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How to Pick a New Years Resolution

It’s almost a new year and that means a new you!

Picking a resolution for the new year can suck though. There is the chance that it’ll never stick, or you are perfect and don’t need to work on anything, or it is so much you have to work on that you can’t pick just one!

Well, I am here to help! Here are just a few guidelines to consider when picking your 2017 New Year’s Resolution:

Know what a New Year’s Resolution is supposed to be..

  • A resolution is when you resolve to change an undesired trait or characteristic about yourself.

Be realistic

  • Pick an ATTAINABLE goal.
  • Something that will BENEFIT your whole self.

How do you see yourself in 5 years?

  • Maybe you want to be a writer, photographer, etc
    • Consider making your resolution to research more, or to take a class
  • Want to get fit?
    • Resolve to eat healthier, exercise more
  • Do you plan to move?
    • De-clutter, deep-clean, put money into savings
  • Maybe you want to move up within your company or find a new job altogether.
    • Build on your strengths, show your worth to the company, impress through success
  • Maybe all you want is to be a better person
    • Identify, cleanse, act

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Make a plan

  • Have an END goal
  • Set SHORT-TERM goals
  • Reward yourself

Stick with it!

  • Maintain motivation
  • Have a good support system
  • NEVER GIVE UP

This year, like most years, I am resolving to get fit and be healthy. I am also resolving to improve my credit score and save money. I have made a game plan for both already and broke it down into small goals for each month.

What is your New Year’s Resolution?

How to know if you have found True Love…

True love is a tricky thing to find. The truth is, true love means something different to everyone.

What might sound like true love to me, might not be true love for you. I thought it would be fun to share with you my story, in case your personality is anything like mine. Instead of telling you the full, long, boring story about how I and my husband met and how we fell in love, and why I know it’s true love, I’m just going to tell you a bunch of s*** my husband says…

For example, one thing that I hear a lot, is “I want you to look hot tonight.” Sound offensive, right? Well, coming from a brand new boyfriend, IT TOTALLY IS! Coming from your husband that you’ve been with for 5 years, not so much. No, it’s just a compliment. It’s him acknowledging the fact that I’m hot to him and he wants to show me off.

Another thing my husband likes to tell me to try and “compliment” me is “Are you really going to wear that?” As in, “You look way too good to go out in public without me!”

I love the stupid s*** my husband says. I know he cares about me and that even when I think I look like a hot mess or the ugly troll that lives under the bridge, he still thinks I’m cute. My hubby tells me all the time that he “chose me for a reason.”

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Of course, we fight, A LOT.

But we always fight to win. By that, I mean we both fight until we both are fighting towards the same thing; each other. No one really gets it, but us, and that is okay. Every couple has their ups and downs. Every couple is different.

  • I found my true love in his bright blue eyes and the way he plays with his puppy.
  • I found true love in his passion towards his projects, and his love for his family.
  • He is different when he is around me than anyone else.
  • I found true love in a loving, caring, Daddy.
  • The more I grow old with him and the more I see him interact with our son I fall more and more in love with my husband.
  • He is so passionate and full of heart and mystery. No one can figure him out, but I got the rest of mine to try.
Here is another That’s 70s Show meme… I feel as if My Hubby and I are a lot like Red and Kitty…haha

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Now, just for fun, I found this questionnaire on FB and HAD to ask my hubby. Enjoy!

  • What is my favorite thing to say?
    • “Right?” [Hahahahahaha}
  • What makes me happy?
    • Chocolate [DUH!]
  • What makes me sad?
    • Yelling
  • How tall am I?
    • 5’7″ [Got that spot on!]
  • What’s my favorite thing to do?
    • Watch your T.V. shows [He thinks I’m lazy..]
  • What do I do when you’re not around?
    • Watch T.V. [Okay, I’m totally lazy… But not lately!]
  • If I became famous, what will it be for?
    • Writing [I sure hope so!]
  • What makes you proud of me?
    • Being a mom [Awe…]
  • What is my favorite restaurant?
    • Chili’s [Yup!]
  • Where is my favorite place to visit?
    • The library [uh…okay.]
  • If I could go anywhere where would it be?
    • Boston [For F***ing sure! And NOLA]
  • How do I annoy you?
    • Arguing [face palm]
  • What is my favorite movie?
    • The Notebook [Wrong… it’s Phantom of the Opera]
  • Who is my celebrity crush?
    • Jake Gyllenhaal [Yup!]
  • You get a phone call that I am in trouble, who am I with?
    • Our Son [Probably true, we are always together when I’m not working..]

So, who are you in love with? Do you have a true love?

I feel as if there are a million different definitions of True Love, therefore, you might be in love for different reasons than I. Because of love, I feel whole. But I understand, it’s different for everyone. So tell me your whys!

Sunday Spotlight, Dani Enlow

Welcome!

Let me introduce you to another really awesome mom! This is Dani, my sister-in-law! Dani is a stay-at-home mom that decided to take action and start a home based business. Have you heard of Lipsense? That’s what this girl does! She is your new Avon Lady! Scenegence is one of the fastest growing companies, and Dani here has a front seat for the action! Here is a little Q&A to get to know her better.


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Tell me a little bit about yourself:

I have been married to the man of my dreams for 5 years. I have two little girls, 3 years and 11 months (she turns ONE on the 18th! I can’t wrap my head around that!). I love to travel and wish I could do it more. My dream is to travel to Italy and of course Ireland! The most important things in my life are my family and my faith, without these I don’t know where I would be in life.

How old are you?

26

What made you want to get into Senegence?

At first I just fell in LOVE with the products and wanted to buy everything! Ha ha! Then I learned of all the amazing opportunities that the company offers. I love how I can help secure our family financially while helping other women find products that make them feel confident and beautiful.

What do you like most about the product?

I love how it is all natural and I don’t have to worry about what I am putting on my face and body. I have noticed since I started wearing and using all the products my skin, especially on my face just looks healthier and brighter.

Who is your role model?

My mom. To be honest we don’t always get along but I really look up to her. She is such a strong woman and she takes charge. She is incredibly smart and she is always willing to help others, especially her family. I wish I was more like her.

If you could be anything when you grow up, what would it be?

Can I say a superhero? Yes? Then a superhero! I need that super speed to keep up with my kiddos!

How long have you been a Senegence distributor?

4 months and I am loving it 🙂 I have been using the products for 8 months.

What got you hooked?

Definitely the LipSense.

How do you think selling makeup could help you or your family in the future?

First off I feel more confident when I go out. I feel more put together which helps me hold my head a little higher and walk a little taller.
Selling Senegence is helping our family become more Financially secure. It is honestly helping us get out of debt. My husband still has some student loans and we have a car payment and it is helping us pay extra on those every month. And soon it will lead to us buying a home of our own.

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They say a woman can conquer the world with a good shade of lipstick. What is your shade and how does it boost your confidence?

DUSTY ROSE! I just feel like a BAD*** when wearing it. It is a dark color for sure, but I feel like I can take on the world while wearing it! I also just love how it looks on me. Ha Ha

What is your favorite animal and color?

Sea Turtle. They are so clumsy on land but when they get into the ocean they are so majestic!

Mint. Its girly without being pink.

When your husband cooks, what is your favorite thing he can prepare?

Biscuits and Gravy! It is like the only thing he can make to be honest! But he gets it perfect everytime! Whenever I make it i mess it up somehow. I wish he would make it more.

Where do you see yourself in five years? And ten?

In Five years? We will probably have a few more little ones running around and we will have a home of our own!

Ten years? Hopefully working full time with my Photography business and still selling Senegence.

Last question… Who is your favorite Sister-in-law? (Hint.. She is super cool…)

Of course that would have to be LYNSEY! She really is amazing! She is always thinking of others before herself and she LOVES her nieces and spoils them any chance she gets! And she has 7 of them! She is the most thoughtful person I have ever met.


I’ve known Danielle for quite a while now. She is the best person to take Make up advice from. I mean, just look at her! #slaygirlslay

If you are interested in knowing more about her products, like her Facebook page and join her group! You can also book a Facebook party with her to get great hostess awards! Trust me, I’ve done it before!

Dani and I are so excited about this product and my Giveaway that she has decided to donate some to my giveaway!

This is SO big! This Sh** Just Got Real!

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Here are the Links to Danielle’s page and group.

“Anyone who joins my group and follows my page will get 10% off their first order when they mention your blog!” -Danielle

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1289844741059896/?__mref=message_bubble

https://www.facebook.com/KissableLipswithDanielle/?__mref=message_bubble

Sunday Spotlight, Mckinzie

This is a long one! So buckle up, grab some hot cocoa, sit back and enjoy!

I’ve been wanting to spotlight some fellow moms for a while now. I thought I would start close to home. Let me introduce you to my sister-in-law, Mckinzie. She is an awesome woman and incredible mom! The last two years she has taken our family Christmas pictures. She is really good at what she does. Here are some of her personal favorites along with a Q&A to get to know her better.

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Tell me a little bit about yourself:

I have been married for 5 years to an awesome guy with two girls, 3 and 10 months. I graduated with a Bachelors in Family Studies from BYU. My faith and family are my biggest priorities!

How old are you?

26

What made you want to get into photography?

My family has always loved to travel and it was always my job to take the pictures! My dad bought a DSLR a long time ago and I loved it.

What do you like most about taking pictures?

Pictures are how we remember everything. I barely remember my wedding day but I look at the pictures and it all comes back. I love being able to capture those memories.

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Who is your role model?

My mom! She worked hard to get her education. She is a great person!

If you could be anything when you grow up, what would it be?

That is a very good question. I really want to help people. I want to be a foster parent and help kids. Maybe a Child Life Specialist. I still don’t know!

How long have you been taking pictures?

A very very long time. With a DSLR? About 2 years

Is this something you want to do for a living, or just a fun hobby?

It’s always just been a hobby but recently I’ve been taking more pictures of friends and family and it’s pretty fun! So right now I would love to practice more and maybe start a little business! If anyone wants to model for me I would love it!

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How do you think taking pictures could help you or your family in the future?

I love getting professional pictures of my kids but it’s expensive! Now I can do it. It would also be nice to make a little extra money to support my family.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. What is just one word to describe your photography?

Family

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What is your favorite animal and color?

Elephants. Purple.

When your husband cooks, what is your favorite thing he can prepare?

I laughed at this question. My husband doesn’t cook very much. He makes a mean Ramen, Mac and Cheese, and pancakes.

Where do you see yourself in five years? And ten?

In five years I see myself with a couple more kids! In ten years I would love to have a career.  Who knows!

Last question… Who is your favorite Sister-in-law? (Hint… She is super cool…)

Lynsey! Duh haha. She is the most thoughtful person I have ever met. She is always thinking about others!

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I’ve known Mckinzie for a very long time… In my opinion, there is no one better for my brother, than her. She really was sent from God just for our family. Kinzie fits in perfect! She and David have gone through everything and still show the world what it’s like to be kind and loving. I am very grateful for her and her family. As you can see from above, they really make cute kids!

These next couple of photos are of my little brother and sister. My mom wanted to get pictures of them because, well, look at them! I was lucky enough to tag along in this photo shoot. Aren’t they amazing?


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LASTLY, here are a couple of my favorites from our Christmas pictures this year. Be sure to check out Facebook for more.

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DIY Christmas Edition

Let’s Do This!

I’ve done a lot of DIYing lately and I promised to show you all how it’s done. Today’s post will have different “sections” to it. First, I want to tell you how I make my homemade spa care stuff, then I want to show you cute DIY Christmas gifts, and lastly, how to make your own fun social media posts.

I love to just drop a bath bomb in a hot bath and sink into it.

This recipe is so customize-able! Use whatever essential oils you want, then use the bath bomb that is going to fit your mood or need. My skin is so soft and silky smooth after one of these baths! I just love it!

The biggest question I got from the giveaway was how to make the Root Beer body scrub. Well here is how! I use a blend from Eden’s Garden called “Root Beer”. In my opinion, it smells just like the drink! Here is a link to where you can buy this blend. I love it because it is great for sore muscles and grounding yourself. It would be great in a bath bomb too!

http://www.edensgarden.com/products/root-beer

My favorite secret is this delicious, SUPER EASY, lip scrub.

I discovered it when I first started using Lipsense. They tell you to exfoliate your lips often, so I found this easy, yummy, and effective lip scrub. You just have to try it!

This is an easy one! All you need is bottled Root Beer (Or regular for your adult friends), a hot glue gun, red puffs, pipe cleaners, and googly eyes! The rest is self explanatory! I love how easy and cute this idea is. It’s pretty cheap too! For those crafty moms, you probably already have most of this in your house.

 

This last craft is very near and dear to my heart. Our local fire department has been so good to our family, and especially to Tod. We printed a picture he took with them and made them this cute survival kit for Christmas. Very easy, but can become pricey depending on how many you do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lastly, I wanted to share this hidden gem that I found. I wanted to make custom graphics for my blog and Facebook. I found the site Canva and fell in love! I don’t pay for the upgrade, but you can. Even with all the free stuff, it’s so easy to use and they give you a ton of pre-made templates to use! You can use it for everything! Posters, Social Media posts, blog graphics, the works! Go check it out! https://www.canva.com/

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway

I am SO thankful for all the support these last 12 days! At times, it got crazy, but it was fun! Thank you to everyone who entered my Christmas giveaway.

I do want to do more giveaways in the future. So give me ideas of when and how. I want to try new things and to explore different options.

I want to give a shout out to all the new comers! There were a lot that liked my page in December. Thank you, especially to you!

Here is some of what is being given away…

LuLaroe from Katie and her mom, Julie

Homemade goodies!

 Body Scrub! Sugar lip Scrub!Bath Bombs!

 Lipsense and more!

This was such a fun giveaway to put together! And don’t worry! I will post the recipes and how to DIY all the homemade goodies later this week!

For more fiveaways, make sure you follow me on Facebook and Instagram!

If you would like to collaborate on a giveaway, please contact me.

Sunday Spotlight, Katie Case

Meet my Lularoe mommy friend, Katie! This girl is a super cute mom of 2, who runs her own business with her mama. Here is a fun Q&A about Katie!

Tell me a little bit about yourself:

I’ve been married for 4 years to my best friend, Daniel. We have two girls together. Harper is 3 and Finley 6 months. We currently live with my parents, and are trying to save up for a house!

How old are you?

I’m 26 years old.

What made you want to get into Lularoe?

After I had my second baby, I was feeling so bad about myself. I bought a pair of leggings and a shirt from LuLaRoe, I felt so cute and was so comfortable. I wanted to make others feel that way, and after a lot of thought, me and my mom decided to become consultants.

What do you like most about the product?

I love that it can fit anyone, from kids to plus size. And it’s so comfortable. I love that I can wear it to just hang out in the house, or go out, and still look cute!

Who is your role model?

My mom. She is so hard working, and so caring. She takes care of my kids even after working a full time. She’s my best friend and I’m glad I can be on a team with her.

If you could be anything when you grow up, what would it be?

Well my ultimate dream job, is to work at the bippidy boppidity boutique at Disneyland, and do the little girl’s hair, and make them look like a princess!

How long have you been selling Lularoe?

Since September!

Is this something you want to do for a living, or just a fun hobby?

I quit my job after selling for about a month. And I don’t regret it. It’s a lot of work, so I’m grateful I can do this as my job and stay home with my girls. So hopefully I can keep doing it as a living.

How do you think this business could help you or your family in the future?

I’m hoping it can help get us a house and provide an income! Which it has helped us so far!

What was the very first thing you bought from Lularoe?

I think it was a pair of black leggings when I was pregnant with my daughter, 3 years ago. And I still have them and wear them!

What is your favorite animal and color?

I love all animals. I have a special place in my heart for all animals. But I would say dogs and cats! And I’m obsessed with black and white!

When your husband cooks, what is your favorite thing he can prepare?

Guess what? He usually cooks! I’m a horrible cook. Tonight he made mashed potatoes and chicken and it’s awesome! He’s a pretty good cook.

Where do you see yourself in five years? And ten?

In a house, maybe with one more kid. And hopefully being able to stay home and be with the kids. And same with 10 years. I just want to be a mom!

Last question… If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it? (You can’t pay off debt with it, or give it to charity)

Pay off debt! Haha just kidding. I would get a nice big house, hire a maid and a cook. And go on some vacations with my whole family!

If you are interested in learning more about Lularoe, join Katie’s group on Facebook! I love keeping up with the sales and finding one of a kind items!

 

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/lularoejulieandkatie/