Talking about my pins!: lipstick

So I was recently asked by my sister in law to help her learn to do make up. Since I’ve been doing my own make up since like the 7th grade all by myself with no help I have learned a lot. Pretty much by trial and error.. Mostly errors.. A lot of errors… I can’t even look at my yearbooks until like 10th grade. Ugh
Anyway I taught her some basics and soon I am going to go and get a huge hall of makeup. Huge like 300$ because I truly have nothing for make up even though I LOVE IT! I love make up and I really only have the basics now because when your a mom a stay at home mom non the less you don’t really have the funds nor the time to do your makeup. But ladies I do encourage to do what makes you feel the prettiest! And if that’s wearing makeup for your 3 year old then so be it! πŸ˜‰
But anyway I love love love lipstick love it I love the colors I love how it feels everything but the only thing I do hate about it is that in 10 minutes my lipstick is gone. I’ve been on this mission to find a lipstainlipstickgloss stuff. I had discovered it when a coworker showed me her stain gloss stuff and rubbed her hand across the color and NOTHING was on her hand! I was on a search to find it but haven’t. Until now!!! 20140622-221443-80083498.jpg
Of course it’s elf lol
I don’t know if this is the brand she had but it looks just like it almost exactly. I have tried the other elf lip stain that looks kind of like a colored sharpie but that one was no good hopefully when I buy this new elf product I will have more luck.
The only thing is I have other lipsticks I want to last all day! So how do I do this? Well I found this pin on Pinterest 20140622-221827-80307953.jpg
It says if you do these steps your lipstick will last longer but I haven’t tried it yet hopefully this will work for those.
Well I also have a splurge I want to get because I have seen it used on a YouTube make up tutorial and it was amazing! Completely no color fade I was really pigmented and there was absolutely nothing that rubbed off

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Now this is really a splurge because it’s 22$ on Amazon and it isn’t on drugstore.com so this would be one time special order just to try it and have it for special occasions maybe like the wedding πŸ˜‰πŸ‘°
But seriously want to get these two products and compare and also try those steps above for my already bought lipsticks I love!
All of these pins are on my Pinterest page under the board “my style” you have to dig a tiny bit because I have a lot of hair stuff on there because I recently chopped off all my hair!

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In the bottom left I have one of my fav lipsticks on which is I think maybelline 24 hour? I know it’s something 24 hour lol love it!
Hope this inspires someone! πŸ˜™

My biggest struggle

So this post will be about me, man I like to talk about myself, but I’m really hoping it might help someone out there.

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So since I started grade school I was teased and bullied because of how I looked. I have been so insecure throughout my whole life because I felt that everyone was judging me. It didn’t help I had my dad breathing down my neck to be a stick or my whole family judging and talking about me behind my back. I felt so ugly and so fat. I constantly compared myself to other women (even though I was a young girl) trying desperately to be thin going to extreme measures of not eating for days. Binge eating and trying to throw it all up again. I would wear low cut shirts to get the boys attention. I learned how to do make up. I would wear make up and straighten my hair every single day even on the weekends. All I did was dress up. I never had Tshirt and sweatpants days. All I would do was look in the mirror and tell myself I was fat and ugly. Looking back now I was perfect I looked gorgeous and I’m sure a lot of girls envied me. Now I’m a mom and I never do my hair I never put makeup on I always have Tshirt and sweatpants days. But now I’m more depressed I look at myself and say I should have done this I should do this. Because back then I was 130 and now I’m 185. But day after day as my husband tells me I’m beautiful I look in the mirror and say I’m okay with my muffin top I’m okay with my hair in a ponytail I’m okay with my stretch marks. Not saying that I don’t want to change my health habits and loose a little weight but if your not okay with what you look like now then how are you going to like what you look like later. I saw a video about a women who was very unhappy with herself do she started working out and eating right. she got to exactly where she wanted to be. She was one of those muscly girls who flex and tan and get judged and stuff. She said it still wasn’t good enough. She still wasn’t happy with herself even having the perfect body many of us would kill for. If You want to change how you look. You have to love what you look like now. I had long hair when I was young my hair is beautiful but I absolutely never do it and even if I do do it by the middle of the event we are at it’s up in a ponytail. My usual. Seriously people can recognize me from behind because of my ponytail. Horrible😰. But for some reason I always look at pictures of women who have long gorgeous hair and how they style it and I plan on all these things but never do them. So I’m going for that mom look and I’m chopping off my hair for something different to get away from the ponytail so I can find myself beautiful. The only person who is judging you is you. If you think blue eyeshadow makes you look amazing then wear. wear what you feel looks best because no one who is judging is going to matter but you. Make yourself happy in every way. Love yourself for your wrinkles and your big thighs. Love yourself because you made it to fifty. Love your grey hair. Love your own beauty because you are real and the super models in the magazines are photoshopped. Be your kind of beautiful. Love yourself today so you can change and still be happy because it’s you.
Hope this inspires someone! 😘❀️

Talking about my pins!: Sauces

Oh my! It seems like I haven’t been on here in forever! Been busy bees with my boys. It’s hard in our small town to get out and do things especially in the Texas heat! If we want to go to the park we have to get up early before it gets to hot or we make a play date with their cousins or we go to the college pool. Trying to keep these toddlers happy is definitely not easy!

But today I want to talk about sauces. Sauces can change your ordinary boring dinner into something completely different. Around here I make a lot of grilled chicken with veggies I try to change up the seasonings but it wasn’t cutting it for them. Picky picky. Well I found these little packets of sauce in the freezer section of my local Walmart and I opted for the mushroom sauce oppose to the basil pesto because the hubby loves mushrooms :). But this frozen sauce packet is like little ice cubes portioned in four sections so if you just live with a roommate or husband you can just use two and save the other two for later. I loved that part of it but we love sauce so we used all of it lol. It was a total success everyone ate happily not even noticing it was the third time that week for grilled chicken and veggies! Totally recommend sauces. Today we will be having oven baked fajitas and I will be making a really simple cilantro sauce to go with it. It’s kind of like a pesto but Tex-mex version πŸ™‚ πŸ‘‡
cilantro sauce
I actually don’t have a food processor which is unfortunate but I do have a blender and I hope it works ok!
For more sauce recipes visit my dinner page on Pinterest!

Meal planning! My shopping trip!

So I’m done shopping y’all!
Now I’m going to admit my faults and praise my rights!Lol
Let’s do faults first.
One I bought stuff not on my list but in my defense I had good coupons and these things we semi needed items.
Two I brought one of my kiddos along
Three I kinda went over board on the crystal light…
So when I took my kiddos to the doc for their check ups they weighed my three year old and told me he weighed 52 pounds and was 3ft 3in tall.. That’s a BIG three year old. He is in the 75 percentile for his height but unfortunately his weight has sky rocketed off the chart.. Why am I telling you this? Because my child does nothing but drink juice all day long when he was at day care he would only get milk at lunch and water the rest of the day but he knows we have it here and refuses water now 😦 so because juice has a ton of calories and sugar I decided to not buy juice and get the crystal light mixes and the squirt mix stuff. This has less calories and he still has the water. I went over board on crystal light because as I said last blog post my Kroger was doing the buy five save five and almost all the crystal light was part of that. I got each thing of crystal light for 1.68$! Awesome deal so I bought a bunch.. Like every flavor… Probably won’t have to buy some until the middle of next month. That took a good chunk from my budget that I wasn’t planning on spending for it but at least I didn’t spend a ton on juice and that!
Let’s move on the the praise!
I did so well on my meat! They didn’t have a ton of sales for meat but they had several items on manager special!
I got ground chicken for .79 cents a pound! I only got two because we really don’t use ground chicken but I figured I would come up with something. I got pork chops sets of four for 2.00$ each! Almost every item of meat I got was manager special. They also had the pack of ten burgers for ten dollars. I also got a big bag of chicken leg quarters for 6.69. I did very well and got a lot. My was empty freezer is now packed to the brim! Along with the five for five deal I had corresponding coupons and got some juice for me and the hubby. It was the trop50 and the tropicana farm stand I got for a 1.50 each! For my whole trip I saved around 65$! Woohoo!
I think we should be able to last all month at least I hope so!

So me again…

This post will be about me but if you follow me you know I finally went on my big shopping trip today and things went great but I had such a big list that I will have to go back tomorrow and once I finish I will write all about it πŸ™‚
Anyway so I’m suppose to come into some money finally which we will have to pay back later but it’s hard being broke and if you don’t have to pay it back until way later then why not live a little? Idk how I feel about this but there is a lot of things we need… Ugh but anyway I have made a wish list for myself because I really need clothes I can’t fit anything anymore and everything I did fit for some reason has been lost.. I think I had my clothes in a trash bag when we moved and it took us forever to get unpacked so we started just throwing things away and I’m pretty sure my clothes were a part of that… I think it was a bag I thought was old baby clothes but I found that bag so anyway. I have nothing to wear and what I do wear does not fit not even my t shirts fit anymore. This is so frustrating I can’t even be comfortable anymore. I’ve gain quite a bit of weight since the kids which is no excuse but I planned on loosing weight obviously this would take a while. But should I really be buying practically a whole new wardrobe if I am trying to loose weight.. I don’t think I’ll ever get to where I want to be but hopefully in a medium but I have to buy x large now… How can you even try to loose weight when your shirt comes up and exposes your belly to everyone while you work out or all your shorts all so short you look like a hooker on the corner.. Also all my clothes are from early High school (my parents stopped buying clothes for me when I got pregnant) I don’t feel like a grown woman when I wear most of my things But it’s also hard to even go in public because I worry how I look.. I think I will buy the clothes and hopefully I will slowly loose weight and can buy or alter things later..

Meal planning!

So I’ve been busy lol. And today was suppose to be shopping day but my hubby is off tomorrow and offered to watch the kids all day while I did my thing plus another bonus is my local Kroger and probably yours to is havering double points when you shop on the weekend! So I am super excited about my points I’m about to add up because lord knows we need the discount on gas.its $3.55 here! In Dallas it’s like $3.30 and we are closer to the gulf! Don’t get me started on the monopoly we have here ugh… Anyway. Another reason is Kroger just ended it’s last promotion and began a new one with the buy 5 save 5. I love these deals because that dollar off each is awesome and if you have a coupon it’s even cheaper! And most of the time I get most of the items that qualify. So I just decided that it would be best to wait until tomorrow. I did however go get stuff for dinner because I literally had used the rest of my meat last night. If you haven’t figured it out by my clues of shopping one month at a time so much money for groceries and a specific “shopping day” we receive food stamps. I know to lots this is a horrible program people take advantage of but my hubby works 25 hours a week at 9 per hour. That doesn’t bring a lot in and even if I did work all my money would go to day care.. So before you judge us we especially me do not plan on being on this forever I hate having to use it but we are two struggling student parents. So if you pay taxes and also buy your own food thank you for your help
But anyway so shopping day is tomorrow! I have gone through my coupons and my ad to find not a lot of items on my list are on sale which is really gonna hurt the budget but hopefully once I get into the store I will see more deals I can take advantage of. If you didn’t know the store can’t put everything in their ad so they put what they think will draw the customers and they have other sales also in the store they didn’t advertise.
But if you are trying to really budget and can shop at your leisurely then hitting those sales are a must and it might be good if you buy a bunch at once and then you can do the freezer meal thing! I would do the freezer meal plan buttttt one my freezer is TINY I mean extra small… And two I don’t have the leisurely option.
I found this article about her freezer meals and the options she has are so down to earth that a regular family would eat the prices are ridiculously cheap that she has but it’s from 2011 so don’t count on your shopping trip to be that cheap. Freezer Meals!
I found it really interesting and hope it helps someone πŸ˜ƒ

Meal Planning! Helpful shopping tips

So I was tired of writing the original title and I plan on writing about this particular topic a lot so it gets it’s own title😊

Okay so I have gotten through my entire list for our grocery trip! Good thing to because shopping day is only 2 days away! I would have been done sooner but so much had been going on lately.
This is my list

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Pretty big huh? Well 90% of it is basics… When I said we ran out of food I totally meant it.. We even went into my back ups. I keep backups just in case this was to happen. If we didn’t have help from family and friends we would have had to resort to a food bank or something. A friend of ours actually didn’t know we needed food but helps us out every now and then and they brought us a ton of canned goods enough to keep us fed and have a back up stash. They even brought snacks for the kids which is what I was worried the most about. We are so blessed to have such good people by our side.

But anyway I good tip I have found really helpful is to split your list into categories. Mine has meat produce frozen can cold/dairy snacks and miscellaneous. Make a rough draft list for starters and have the categories laid out which ever way you remember the things you need once you feel you are done make a new list and put the categories in an order of most important, most expensive, or the most to the least whatever works for you just some kind of organization is good. I put meat at the top because it is what we consider to be most important. (Just happens to be one of the categories that have to most because we have ran out of reserves) second I have produce because my youngest loves fresh fruit and I use fresh vegetables the most when I cook so that category has a lot and is important. They are also close to each other in the store. Another good tip is if you know your store well and go a certain way every time you go you can organize your list to the way you go through your store. I have actually read that if you are shopping and trying to stay healthy to shop the perimeter of the store. That has the fresher items most of the time and will rarely have snacks to tempt you. This doesn’t quite work at my local Kroger because at the very end of the right side is the bakery and snack isles… If you know your store well just stay away from the isles you know will tempt you. I start out at meat and make my way around the store avoiding the processed foods and snacks. Make your list and hopefully it’s smaller than mine so you can leave room for added things that you forgot but remember later. Make sure you make a list way in advance to your shopping trip because I always forget something and then I go shopping and whenever I am unloading I go oh shoot I forgot that… So you have your list right but then you see something and go oh I can put that in this or that would be a good snack for the kids. IGNORE IT. Stick to your list. only get what’s on the list and if you have money left over you can always come back. But most of the time you won’t because you didn’t really need it to begin with. If it’s something you actually do need but forgot on the list then that’s ok. I always forget to get olive oil but if I go down the isle by accident because it’s on the baking isle (I don’t bake so I don’t go through there) I will see it and go oh I need that. But most of the time I forget and end up using all my butter or vegetable oil. Ok well you have added things to your list and feel it is complete you have even double checked your recipes to make sure you haven’t missed anything. Make another list so it’s nice and pretty and to go over the categories again so that not to miss a single thing and there you go! You are ready to go shopping!
Another helpful hint is if you can afford it or know someone who will watch your kids it will help you concentrate more without them there. It’s also helpful not to hear mama I want this or juice or pleaaaassse. For some of us this is not an option so I have found that if your store has those buggies with the cars in front where your kids can sit it helps them stay out of your hair for at least a little bit. Another tip is to forbid any toys into the store because 1 it could get lost and 2 you won’t have to stop every ten feet to pick it up because they want to play maybe if I throw it I can get out and run around.

This is my meal plan
Don’t laugh ok

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I have this list also in categories by the type of meat each has. I have a ton of recipes that include chicken because chicken is really like a blank canvas and can be used so many different ways. But my hubby is not a chicken fan. He likes it but is tired of it all the time. So I make sure I have different proteins each having close to the same amount so that he can’t say he’s tired of chicken because we will have a different meat almost everyday. This has fourteen recipes on here because I only plan on shopping for 2 weeks but I was thinking that if I do it right these new recipes could be spaced out over the whole month that way we have equal amounts of new and old. But I didn’t plan out the old yet… I think I should just try and get through these two weeks and have all the extra stuff to be creative. I have lots of boring ideas just up there in my head. I’m really good at taking what we have and turning it into something we have never had before but love.
Now my list has chicken beef pork fish and other. The other is because I have a ton of recipes that don’t include meat but can be added to it. I just tried to pick out the simplest recipes from my Pinterest because this is my first meal plan and I want to buy regular ingredients that if not used I can add to my reserves. I suggest this as well because you don’t want to get over whelmed. I have a few roast options in there probably more than I wanted but it’s okay they will create great leftovers.
I hope this helps anyone trying to meal plan! If you have anymore helpful hints comment belowπŸ‘‡