Saturday, August 27, 2016

Summer is Now Over

We did it. We made it through our first summer in North Carolina. My final thoughts? It was hot and humid! I am really really looking forward to cooler weather and Fall. I know we live here on the coast but I have my fingers crossed we will experience seasons more than we did in California.




A week ago, I was predicting ice cream and swimming and more Pokemon hunting. I think we managed all three successfully. We even threw in some other activities for good measure :) Like a Ghost Walk in Old Wilmington. Not quite as scary as we hoped but still enjoyable!



Life is good! And now here we are ready to start another school year. I can't not tell you how much I look forward to the schedules and opportunities for the kids to meet friends. We need some people in our life. You know, cause of the husband's work schedule and all.

I hope you all have a great week and welcome September with as much excitement as I do!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Ipsy August 2016 GlamBag

I just received my August 2016 Ipsy Glambag! I'm pretty excited about my loot. Once again, the majority of the items were cosmetics with a couple skin care items thrown in. I'm going to jump right to the good stuff because we all know how Ipsy works by now. You pay $10 a month to receive a cute makeup bag filled with 5 items. The bag always has a value well above the $10 fee. I've been extremely happy with this service. I always receive at least one item that I use in my daily or weekly routine. Often times, I receive 5 things that get added right to my weekly wears.




Recently, Ipsy added videos for each product they send to demonstrate a few ways to use your glambag products. I love it! It's like the most personalized Youtube tutorial channel ever. I'm telling you Ipsy is the way to go. Click over to MY LINK and sign up! You won't regret it. Promise.

Now back to the contents I said I was getting right to. Sorry about that!

1// Lord & Berry 20100 Maximatte Crayon Lipstick in Intimacy $20.00
2// Beauty For Real I-line 24-7 Eyeliner in Black Magic $14.00
3// Ofra Cosmetics "You Glow Girl" Highlighter $12.00
4// The Organic Pharmacy Rose Facial Cleansing Gel $25.50
5// Olive Natural Beauty Anti-Aging Facial Moisturizer $16.00

The retail value of this bag is $87.50. Can you believe the value? I know what you are thinking. Tipsy probably sends the trial size. Would you be surprised to hear they don't for the makeup? You get the full size real deal. The skin and hair care items are usually smaller sizes but I divide the price by ounces and then multiple the ounces received. This bag was a crazy good deal, huh?



My favorite item is the Lord & Berry Matte Crayon Lipstick in Intimacy. I also really like the Ofra highlighter shadow. My least favorite was the Beauty For Real Eyeliner in Black Magic. It did not apply smoothly and the color wasn't as intense as black should be, think gray. My opinion only :)

Another good Glambag experience. Are you ready to sign up? Here you go:

https://www.ipsy.com/new?cid=ppage_ref&sid=link&refer=wswla

Want to view more recent Glambags?
July 2016 Ipsy Glambag
June 2016 Ipsy Glambag
April 2016 Ipsy Glambag

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Endless Summer

I'm beginning to think summer will never end. I remember the days when I wanted summer to go on forever. When I worked at the elementary school and going back to school meant back to work.  Now, that we've moved to a new school district with a  new school calendar, I'm wondering when the heck these kids are going to be out of my hair!



With one week left, we are stepping up our end-of-summer game. We will be trying to get out of the house a little more. Enjoy cold treats a little more. Think more positively about hanging out with our siblings more *wishful thinking*. I know all you mommas out there get it! By August, your kids have had about enough of each other and possibly you had enough of each of them too. Only in the most loving way, of course :)


I am telling you Pokemon has been our summer lifesaver. At the beginning of summer, I couldn't get the kids to move away from the Xbox games. Then came Pokemon and suddenly their little eyes and ears perked up and they were ready to leave the house. I admit I'm just as sucked in by the silly app as the rest of the world. However, I totally use my kids as an excuse for that one! I play for them!


Here we are winding down to a new school year with some pool party fun. Complete with an abundance of floaties. Check in the background there must have been ten of them. Would you believe my kids have never had the privilege of swimming with these types of pool toys? They loved it.

As always, we will give this last week of summer our best effort! Bring on the ice cream and swimming and Pokestops. We've got seven days to get it all out of our system!



Nicole

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Ipsy GlamBag July 2016

Opps, I forgot to post my July 2016 Ipsy Glambag. I'm still all about this service. I promise you $10 is nothing for what you receive. You don't have to know your way around a makeup bag to appreciate this monthly subscription service. I was far from that. Before Ipsy, I was averaging 1 makeup day every week or two. Now, I'm learning and becoming more comfortable so the days are increasing slowly.  I am more aware of skin care and hair care than before the Ipsy subscription. I didn't realize how important those two things were, especially for someone who hasn't figured out reverse aging yet.



My July 2016 Ipsy Glambag:

1.) Nunzio Santiano Anti-Frizz Sheets x4
2.) theBalm Cosmetics Meet Matt(e) Trimony Eyeshadow in Kumar
3.) Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Primer
4.) Vasanti Cosmetics Professional Eyeshadow Brush
5.) Skyn Iceland The Antidote Cooling Daily Lotion

I did the research and the math, dividing price by quantity when necessary, and this bag has a value of $40.50 based on retail prices. That's a good deal!

I usually receive more makeup but I was happy to try out the skincare and haircare items sent my way. I'm not always impressed with every product but it is fun to experiment! My favorite for July 2016 Glambag was theBalm Cosmetics Eyeshadow. I love their products. My least favorite was the Nunzio Santiano Anti-Frizz sheets. They didn't work :(

If your interested, here is my referral link. Use it if you like :)

https://www.ipsy.com/new?cid=ppage_ref&sid=link&refer=wswla

Want to view more recent Glambags?
June 2016 Ipsy Glambag
April 2016 Ipsy Glambag
March 2016 Ipsy Glambag


Nicole
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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Colonial Williamsburg Virginia


As I mentioned in the previous post, we took a day to explore Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. 
Military families receive free admission each calendar year, so it's worth seeing at least once. 
Colonial Williamsburg is best described as living history. It's an entire early colony complete with houses, businesses, and townspeople milling about.

My soon-to-be 6th grader was really into it because he spent his 5th grade year learning American History. He even stepped to the front of the angry mod of colonist storming the Governor's Palace. 


And because this is the East Coast all the streets are lined with leafy green trees.
And we love that!



Everyone is in character and every building you visit has it's own expert to educate you on their particular craft.


There is also a Liberty Lounge for military members and families to refresh. 
Given the humidity and heat, it's a really nice service provided.


And because these are my kids and they are goofy and drive me crazy, I will give you a very real picture of what touring a historic attraction looks like for us :)