Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Dose of Beauty Wednesday

Hello! My name is Dannette and I am a make-up junkie. JUNKIE. Love beauty products of all kinds...especially if they are lux...I can talk shop with a Sephora girl and leave with a new friend.

If you are anything like me, you must go and sign up at Birchbox if you haven't already. It's $10 a month and you get this incredibly sturdy and cute little box (great for wrapping small Christmas presents in!) filled with surprise goodies. They tailor the goodies to the info you provide about your beauty needs. Nobody seems to get the same exact things which makes it even more fun! Afterwards you can go and buy your favorite things on their site and rack up points for $$ towards future orders. You can also get points for leaving reviews of the products you've tried.

In October Birchbox partnered with GOOP! I was so excited when I saw this little equation on the side I got a paper cut trying to open the box.

Filled with GOOP's fave recommendations!
This is the cute little sturdy box you receive. So perfect for disguising a 3DS game at Christmas!

Aaahhhh look at the cute tissue paper! Everything is always so beautifully packaged. You can honestly feel the love.

Looky there...a gift inside of a gift!

Why yes that is a full size $8 bottle of Essie nail polish! In a very trendy fall color I might add. I also received Kiel's Rosa Arctica Eye Cream, Supergoop! Sunscreen, Jouer Lip Enhancer, and a Lemon Zest Luna Bar!
Luckily I had received these FABULOUS Cynthia Rowley Band-Aids in a previous Birchbox so I could fix that paper cut. I find myself looking for boo boos to put these babies on.

So of course all of those deluxe samples got me in the mood for some full size treats, so I made a little hop over to Sephora. Ever since I bought the Urban Decay Naked palette, I've been looking everywhere for a matte palette. Shimmers just don't suit me. Maybe as an accent, but not for full on every day. Kind of an expensive mistake, but it's still worth keeping when I need to get a little more glam.

I was drawn to this Stila "In the Know" palette in...the packaging alone put me in a trance.
Are these perfect colors or what? It even came with a great eyeliner & a little look book that was really easy to follow. I have barely started to dabble with these and I'm already hooked. See that Orange-y color? Looks scary but it's so awesome on. It makes me wish I had brown eyes because I bet it would look amazeballs on a dark beauty.
OK moving on to a product that I can not find in Sephora anymore...:(

A package from Greece? For me?? What could it be??
Oh well only the best moisturizer this dry faced gal has ever used. They stopped carrying my beloved Korres Watercress in the US a few years ago so I found a girl on Ebay to send me some. Cost me a pretty penny but so worth it. I wish they made the smell in to a soap because it's so clean and fresh and not offensive to my sensitive head. I only use this at night, like a night cream as it is very thick. It soaks up overnight and I wake up feeling dewy. So glad I reunited with my beloved!
It's not for has potent in the name for a reason.
So I hope you don't mind me sharing some of my fave things with you today! It's Wednesday! Do something to make yourself feel good today. Don't we all want to be a little prettier?? :)

Monday, November 12, 2012

Menu Plan Monday

This is my new metal dry erase board that I used command strips to hang on my fridge. I didn't think anyone was really paying attention to it until one day I changed the menu for the day and they said, "hey! I thought we were having breakfast!" now I know that they take my board as the truth and they get their little minds and mouths set for the day. Which is GOOD. :)

Happy Meal Planning! Need some idears? Go to for some inspiration!

Oh and I almost forgot to mention...the index cards hanging below there are the kid's chores for the day. Oh how they love those. :)

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Halloween 2012!

Ok so I'm a little late posting these. We are all over Halloween and moving on to the holidays. I'm sure you've realized by now this mom is always a bit behind. :)

My older girls are not trick or treating anymore, but I still have Quinn! This year she wanted to be the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. I found a great costume online and tweaked it to not only make it a little cuter, but warmer.

Meredith was with her mom this Halloween, so Sayler had to hand candy out by herself. We went to my sister-in-law's house because her neighborhood is a nicer walk with more lights on. What is with all of the Halloween Scrooges out there??            

Sayler went ahead and wore her Sailor Moon T-shirt and did her pose for fun. She still has it in her!

Sayler's little Pikachu pumpkin...I love how she cut out the little cheeks so they would glow. So clever & cute!

Quinn & Sayler's pumpkins (Sayler's was double sided)...I think I caught an aura! ;)

Quinn doing her "off with their head!" look. I bought one of those $1.00 tubes of red makeup from Target and used a lip brush to apply. All those years of doodling hearts finally paid off.

I bought one of those $5 long sleeve shirts at Target in red, and some of the Disney leggings that looked like they had leather on the front. This costume actually came with a white pair of leggings with little hearts down the side but I needed a warmer option. It ended up cuter than I had planned. She was so happy and loved her makeup so much she fought me on washing it off that night.

One of my good mommy days. :)

Just for fun, this was Quinn in her Katy Perry costume last year. This is my payback for being a lifelong Madonna fan.

I hope you all had a fabulous Halloween! Let's go BLACK FRIDAY!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Prize Finds

Hello! How have ya'll been? I know I've been gone for a while and I apologize for that. I was in my little cocoon I go in sometimes...I've emerged and I'm ready to flutter around a bit.

Me. Cocoon-ing.

With the weather getting a little cooler we are coming to the end of one of my favorite seasons...garage sale season! I love to garage sale and thrift. So much that it started to be sort of a problem. I had trouble leaving a "prize find", as I would call it, behind. I figured if I couldn't use it I sure knew someone else that could. Or there are those things that you think you will use, upcycle, re-paint, etc., only to end up back in my "to Goodwill" basket.

I did come up with a nice solution for this thanks to Instagram. I find that if I take a picture of the "prize find" that is not necessary in my life, I snap a little picture of it and post it, it gives me the same satisfaction somehow.

Like these really cool glasses. I have kind of a glass obsession.
Or this cute little print that was still in the package. Kissin' Don't Last-Cookin' Do.
Once I add the filter to make it look a little cooler and post it I feel creatively satisfied. Try it! It'll not only save you some money, but it will save you a lot of space in your house. I'm sortakinda a hoarder. No flat dead cats anywhere yet.
I'm going to share a few of the things that I have found lately. Since it's one of my fave things in the world to do, why not incorporate it in to my blog.
These are on the top of my list of fave finds. From the 70's!
Didn't we all own these when we were little?
I know, right??
I am a huge Simpsons fan and I got this near mint Homer for 25 cents! He's going on my desk at work to keep me happy.
Found this awesome leather checkbook cover at a garage sale for 50 cents.
Not a fan of pictures of myself, which is why this one is so far away and heavily filtered. But I bought this lightweight yellow Banana Republic hooded cardy from Goodwill. Perfect for church!
Back view.
The sleeve which I love. I'm kind of obsessed with sleeve landing.
So there you have it. I am soooo much better about not buying everything in sight.
I think this will be a regular feature in my blog...what I found/bought. :)
Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Have ya'll been wondering where I've been? I've been here, perusing around, finishing up posts that I don't publish...I don't know why. Well I guess I do know why but I wasn't in the mood for sharing. Which for me is kind of silly because I am always one to throw it all out there. I guess I just didn't feel "ready" or whatever it was...and the fact that it's really no big thang just makes it more silly.

So I've been feeling a little low lately I guess. Sometimes life throws uncomfortable things your way and you just have to deal. My way of doing that is to check out a bit. Lay low. So that's what I did. Now I'm in the process of picking myself back up so I don't end up staying in that isolated place I seem to get too comfortable in. It's not good for humans to be alone like that. We aren't designed for it.

Part of the process of getting my chin back UP where it belongs is trying to get my life a little more organized. The problem with that is, I'm not very good at it. I've never been shy about admitting how hard keeping organized is for me. There are many things I'd like to change about the way I go about my daily routine that I know in the end will make my life easier. Isn't that what all of those blogs out there are all about? How to keep your house in order and the mail off of the table and your kids healthy and happy? Is it just me or does it seem to come so easy to everyone? I have such a hard time with it all, even though I know I already do a lot. I work full-time, cook, bake, entertain in my home, run the kids to their activities and to school, help with homework, make sure everyone is clean, all appointments are made and kept, presents are made and bought for all birthdays for my kids, husband, family, in-law's AND ex-in-laws. All the moms out there understand this and also know that I've only scratched the surface. All of the above is what every parent struggles with getting done. When you start to add in the housework and the keeping the family organized, that's where I start to struggle. I end up having to spend an entire day of my precious weekend cleaning and when I'm done I still don't feel like I've gotten anything done!! It makes me feel like a complete failure even though I've completed all of the above and more! Isn't that silly? Told ya! I'm a silly girl.

I keep asking myself, is it possible to change in this way? If I am a lax person, is it possible to become the ultra organized person I long to be? Can I get my house to a place where I don't have to spend my precious weekend inside cleaning a never ending mess? Can I organize my life so that it's a little more simple? I don't know for sure, but once again, I'm going to give it a shot.

Here is what I've been currently working on that I hope will help me in the areas of my life that seem to keep me in constant stress:

1. I have made a cleaning schedule that includes my children. My girls are 15, 12, and 8 so there are many things they can help me with. I told them that if they want a ride to their daily activities, they have to do their chores. What they don't realize is that this will also teach them the skills of cleaning. Something that I lacked when I became an adult and one of the reasons I struggle now.

2. I have been creating weekly meal plans for quite some time now, but I am going to move it to monthly. I'm not going to do all-or-nothing in the beginning as I will obviously have to learn how to do this, but I do think life would be easier for me and the less time I'm in the grocery store, the less money I spend. I have got to get my grocery budget down. I spend way too much money there and some of it unnecessarily.

3. Make a budget. No, I don't have one. I've tried so many times, but it's so hard for my brain to wrap around it. I work on commission and my husbands hours vary so we never, ever make the same amount of money. Not even an average amount...but I'm going to do my best.

4. With my new cleaning schedule in place, instead of spending the entire Sunday cleaning, I am going to spend a portion of it baking treats for lunches, and making at least one thing to freeze for another meal. A casserole or soup or something like that.

So there they are. My school year resolutions I guess I'll call them. I'm going to do my best to not get down if I can't perfect every single one off the bat. Instead I'm going to aim for it to be near perfect by the end of the school year, taking baby steps all the way there.

In the meantime, although I won't be sharing how to do the perfect budget since I'm not an expert, or how to create the perfect monthly menu plan, etc. I will try to share the baby steps. The things that are helping me get there.

Before I go, why not share some pictures of my three little helpers after their back-to-school haircuts. They make being a crazy mom fun. :)

This is my stepdaughter Meredith. She is 15 years old. Her daily activity is swimming. She has had a lifelong obsession with Sly. (yes, I'm talking about Sylvester Stallone) We will be attending The Expendables 2 on opening night. She is counting down the days.

This is my daughter Sayler. She is 12 years old. Her daily activity is soccer. She loves elephants, Pikachu, and Hello Kitty. She is a video game girl, just like her mom. She is currently obsessing over The Legend of Zelda-Ocarina of Time for 3DS, which is the game I was obsessing over when I was pregnant with her, for the N64 system, respectfully.

This is Quinn. She is 8 years old. Her daily activity is gymnastics. She will be starting Chow's in a few weeks where she hopes to fulfill her Olympic dreams someday. She loves Hello Kitty (like sissy), dancing, and singing. She is currently obsessed with perfecting her back handspring.

Here's to another great school year! We can do this! :)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Flat Out Pizzas

You know those nights when you are running the kids around for after school activities, and you only have a small window of time for dinner and you really don't want to hit the drive-thru again, but instead want to make a frugal, healthy meal in minutes? Since that is the dream of every working mom out there you raise the white flag and try not to cringe as you hand your kids their meal in a box.
Sorry for the ramble...I tend to get dramatic when I feel busy and overwhelmed and underfed. :)

This isn't some ground-breaking recipe or anything, but it sure has made me and my family happy on many busy nights...and with the addition of a few healthier ingredients, it's about as healthy as you can get for pizza. My hubby was just saying last night how much he enjoys them.

So here is my little fast/frugal/healthy recipe for pizza for a busy night. Or on a night where you are craving naughty pizza!

First get yourself some Flat Out Wraps. They come in many varieties and are not only whole grain, but low in calories too! Of course you need some pizza sauce, (leftover spaghetti sauce works really good too!) your choice of cheese, (leftover taco cheese and meat work really good too!) and whatever else personifies a good pizza to you.

I keep frozen peppers and pineapple on hand just for these pizzas. Turkey pepperoni is a must!

First I get my veggies, pineapple and jalapenos going with a little coconut oil. You are basically just heating these through, but you can get a little color on them if you work with them a bit.

Get out your Flat Out Wraps and get some pizza sauce on them. I like a lot as you can see.

The pizza on the right is my daughter's. She likes pepperoni ONLY. I like lots of stuff on mine.

What I love about these is you don't have to use very much cheese at all. If you use the Kraft cheese with a touch of Philadelphia in it, they do melt a little nicer.

I like to top mine off with some hot red pepper!

This is 5 minutes in a 450 degree oven. Yummy right?

Throw some fresh fruit on your plate or a quick side salad and dinner is done! Because of the fiber in these, one will really fill you up and will kick that pizza craving right out of ya.

Dude! Is that delivery? LOL