Sunday, August 22, 2010


For a few weeks over the Summer I was religiously filling out any surveys I could get my hands on. Most of the surveys ended up kerplunking :/ and being wastes of my time. I managed to pull through with one prize! I saw an advertisement for a free photograph mousepad from ArtsCow. Of course, I was really skeptical and didn't think I could actually receive the mousepad. I uploaded the picture I wanted to have printed on the mousepad, and choose an adorable heart shape! I hit submit and forgot about the mousepad for several weeks. All of a sudden, right before school began, I received my mousepad!!!! I was ecstatic. Not just because I got this lovely mousepad for free, but I paid no shipping costs and it looks absolutely beautiful! The picture quality is great and the mousepad itself is nice as well =). Yes, I do realize I am getting crazy excited over a mousepad, even going to the extremes of writing a whole blog post about it, but it's fantastic! and free!

Isn't it simply wonderful?!


Saturday, August 21, 2010


This year instead of traveling afar for vacation, we decided to stay a little closer to home. Actually, we did stay home. We tested out the new "stay-cation" idea and quite liked it! Instead of being running busily from activity to activity, being at home kind of gave us more relaxing time, and saved a great deal of cash.. Our stay-cation consisted of: going to 2 amazing zoos,( which was thrilling for me, because I hadn't been to a zoo since I was 5!) , seeing the amusing film Despicable Me (twice. we were into doing things twice this round, not sure why), Driving up to ... (I'm not exactly sure where, but we played a lot of Uno and road games along the way), Eating at delish Red Lobster for lunch, where I discovered that each yummy, garlic-ey buttery biscuit is only 400 calories! ( =(. ) , Eating at festive Don Pablos (so i could get my fave enchilada! ) , and going to my boyfriend's lovely church, of course =).
I included some lovely documentation of our "trip" ;)

at the zoo =).

My sweet pea and this darling giraffe!!

It was such a cutie!

chilling out at the park..

goofing off, of course.

we took a loong journey up to NC, so we brought along some tunes =).

The Staycation idea turned out to be a blast! =) Definitely an option to consider if you are; broke, want a very slow, relaxing vacation, hate traveling, or just want to enjoy being home without working!!
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Top Five Rules of a College Student

Since I've been a college student for approximately 4 days now, I am an experienced source to listen to. I have already developed the Top Five Rules of a College Student. Take notes, you will be tested over this material eventually.

Rule 1: Be cautious of advice. Safe money! Buy books online! BUT what if those books don't arrive for seven months? What if you fail the first 10 papers because you are missing something that is in those books. Think this one over. thoroughly.
Rule 2: Scope out your classes . What about your teacher's body language? Is he trying to scare the sense of out of you? or maybe he's simple trying to keep himself awake as well? This rule takes time, so don't rush it. Oh, and don't let the teacher catch you glaring at him... that may invite some bad attention as well.
Rule 3: Get along with people. As weird as little Sally may seem, she takes exquisite notes and the teacher absolutely adores her. Sally just might have the answer to that bonus question you've been looking for.
Rule 4: Be early. very, very, early. yes, college kids want to sleep, but coming in 15 minutes late to class because you couldn't get parking is a lame way to rack up the tardies.
Rule 5: Be skeptical. you can figure out what that means for yourself.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Current top 10 things I LOVE about my sweetie.

1. He always listens to me when I'm upset.. he let's me go through my little cycle: vent, (sometimes cry or scream, every now and then a combo of both), worry, vent some more, sigh, and move on.
2. He has this goofiness that just melts all my problems away. I can be in the middle of an emotional tornado and he just says something completely off the wall, completely random and useless, and it makes me smile and forget whatever is going on.
3. He can read my feelings 89% of the time, and the other 11% of the time I can't exactly determine what my feelings are either. He knows if I say "I'm fine," I'm not fine. He's learned my voice tones and what all my reactions mean =).
4. He has this lively hope for our future, which makes me just ecstatic ! I cannot wait to spend this rest of my life with this guy!
5. He makes time for me. Whenever. I could call him at 5 a.m. and he'd answer the phone just as readily as he would at 7 p.m.
I really love that.
6. I think its hilariously funny how excited I get when I receive a facebook post or text message from him. CHEESY i know, but hey that's kinda cool if it's been happening for over a year and I still get that excited, right? =D
7. He understands my love for bags.. and shoes, and clothes. Yet he still loves me! KEEPER
8. He constantly encourages me to pursue my dreams and whatever I want to do.. even with I feel like I've failed horribly, he always turns the situation around and helps me see that everything will be just fine.
9. He puts me over his guy friends... which is way importante.
10. He makes every moment of my life happy ( or at least 90% of them) .
I love you so, so much dear!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The sound of happy.

I've recently heard so much about the show, Glee, I decided I would look up some of the music and see how it sounded.

It. is . amazing!!!!!!

i love how every song is backed with a full choir and the melodies are so easy to hear!

I'm officially a Glee fan.

Don't Stop Believing

Another one Bites the Dust


Mascara 101

Beauty Post 1

Over the past few years I have experimented with many different brands of mascara.

I've tried super cheap, $5 mascaras, and I've tried really nice, $25 mascaras. Through experimentation and trial and error, I've discovered what works and what doesn't ( at least for me).

I used to use a lot of Neutrogena products, and I used their vitamin mascara for a while. The mascara was very nourishing and skin friendly, but it was a smidge too light and transparent for the type of mascara I like.

Next, I tried Maybelline Great lash for a while. Great last is definitely good mascara, and is worth the money. The only complaint I had was that the mascara was very, very strong, and was sometimes quite difficult to get totally off my eyelashes, even with remover. Also, I found that it dried out pretty quickly, causing me to replace it faster than I should have.

I also tried a few types of Relvon, which I was satisfied with, but not totally sold on. I experimented with Maybelline's Colossal, and actually ended up wearing it for quite a while. I bought 2-3 tubes of it. The brush is amazing and works very well with volume.

I used some define-a-lash for one week, but that was it for me. The mascara was strictly made for lengthening.. and I'm definitely a volume girl!!

Just before Prom, I bought Lancome's Hypnose, high lash mascara. I absolutely fell in LOVE with it. The brush elongates and separates each lash, while coating each fiber with just the perfect amount of dark, black mascara. I found that this mascara was very easy to layer several times, or simply wear alone. It is by far the most versatile mascara I've ever used. Even though I bought the regular version, I found that it didn't smudge very easily, but was able to be quickly removed. If i had the budget, I would wear Hypnose mascara constantly. My only issue is that I devour mascara. I wear it every day, sometimes removing it and then reapplying with a fresh coat. Since I have to settle for a cheaper mascara, I am fully pleased with Covergirl. Covergirl, ( in my opinion) has the BEST cheap mascara you will find. I am currently using Last Blast Fusion. The brush is stiff, but it provides adequate lash separation and fully covers the lashes in mascara. This mascara can be layered, but I've found that I have to wait about 3-5 minutes before reapplying the second coat, or it doesn't work so well. I love that Covergirl offers a big variety in their mascaras and even have some with specks of glitter! How glamorous is that?! Very, I think. Anyway if you are looking for a mascara, I would definitely recommend anything from Covergirl, or for a big budget, Lancome.

My faves:
* Covergirl Lash Exact
* Covergirl Lash Blast
* Covergirl Fantastic Lash
* Colossal

What do I look for in a mascara?

Length actually isn't super important to me, unless I'm really dressed up or trying to do my make-up very elegant. I like for my lashes to be moderately long, but not too over the top. I think that long, skinny lashes look horrible.. but that's just my opinion . Plenty of people prefer to have long, sky-high skinny lashes that reach their eyebrows.. but that's just not me.

Volume is the MOST important factor when I'm buying a tube of mascara. I specifically look for mascaras that are made to add volume, and plump up my lashes as much as possible! Now don't get me wrong, I don't go for the drag-queen effect.. I just have pretty small lashes in general, so I really try to play them up when I wear mascara. When reading the label on the box I try to look for words like: volume, full, and thick.

Brush Size and Style
Carefully look at pictures of the mascara applicator brush, this will tell you a lot about how the mascara is going to look on your lashes. One specific brand recently produced a mascara with a tiny ball shaped brush. It is very hard for me to imagine that a brush that tiny and that oddly shaped would apply evenly and separate the lashes... but I could be wrong. I look for a brush with either stiff or flexible bristles. The soft, flexible bristles make applying the mascara easier, but can sometimes be the first to get tangled up in the old residue and kinda clump up the mascara, making it super difficult to apply. Hard bristles are effective, but just be carefully not to jam yourself in the eye.. i've done this way too many times, and with hard bristles, they are definitely less forgiving and more accident prone.. or maybe I'm just an extremely klutz. . that's probably the case.

Color is ESSENTIAL to your mascara. If you choose a shade that's too dark or too light, it could totally ruin your makeup.
I have medium brown hair, but my eyebrows are dark brown. I usually buy Black or Very Black mascara.. I try to get the darkest shade possible, because it makes my eyes look darker. I do study other people's makeup often though, and I've decided that platinum blondes look a lot better with lighter shades of mascara than Blackest Black. Brown tends to look just right on many blonde or dirty shades of hair. Carefully consider what shade of mascara you want before you instinctively grab the black tube on your way through the drug store.

Aren't these lashes absolutely gorgeous?!!?!

Penelope Cruz has amazing lashes!!

Monday, August 2, 2010