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what i loved & where i’ve been: world vision thoughts, beauty lifesavers & how to lose twitter followers

This week has been all about recovering from Jet Lag. For the first time ever in my life I experienced what it’s like to be tired and unable to keep my eyes open before 9pm at night. (Normally it’s a struggle to get to sleep before midnight!) Nearly every day felt painful, and every night was torture to try to stay awake until at least 10. But now that it’s Friday, I finally feel the life returning to my brain, and am ready to get up and get back to life again!

What I Loved…

Maybe we should stop entertaining our kids so much: We have always told our kids that it’s okay to be bored, because often our best and most creative ideas come during those times of our lives. And while I confess that we definitely started out as TV pusher parents (we were young & couldn’t afford a babysitter!), over the last two years we’ve slowly made some big changes in not creating constant busyness, and I can see now it’s definitely for the better. For all of us.

Scotts suicide reveals tragic side of city’s glitzy scene: The news of L’ren Scotts suicide has been heartbreakingly tragic, and as I read this article on the New York Post about the details of her life, I  couldn’t help but reflect on how social media can contribute to this culture of presenting a life that isn’t exactly what it may seem behind closed doors.  It breaks my heart that she struggled the way she did, and pains me to think that she felt there was no better way to solve all she was facing.  But I pray her story somehow wakes us all up to stop living lives we weren’t meant to live.  To stop comparing  what we have and who we are to what we see being presented through the many “highlight reels” of other people’s lives we’re exposed to.  There is such freedom in living honestly and authentically the life YOU were given to live.

The key to failure/How to lose twitter followers: I can’t for the life of me figure out the perfect balance to gaining and keeping followers. It seems to be such a delicate balance, and it’s continued to be one I can’t seem to find in my online life. Over the last few months though, I’ve started to let go of achieving some perfect formula, and instead simply striving to share what I feel represents me and my life/perspective as honestly as possible.  It’s given me such a sense of freedom and contentment with what and how much I post, and that’s just fine with me. I absolutely love how Harris dissected this entire social conundrum, and I think  Bill Cosby kinda sums it up well by saying, “I don’t know the secret to success, but the key to failure is to try and please everyone.” Amen.

Best kept secrets you don’t know about flying: {warning, this one has a few curse words} With all the traveling we’re doing this year, this article definitely piqued my interest.  While I don’t know if they’re all 100% true, it was still a fun and fascinating read.  If you have anything to add to this list, that you think I should know, please please leave a comment!

~ And finally, one thing I’ve been following this week but can’t say I loved, is this whole mess that has been made among Christians due to the World Vision decision on who they will and won’t hire. I purposefully and intentionally stayed away from certain types of blogs/bloggers knowing that it would just ache my heart even more than it already was. Especially since the little I saw happening on the posts, updates and articles I did come across literally began causing me to lose sleep. (which is why you won’t find any links to any of this here.)  Mostly, if I had to pick an emotion, it’s anger. Anger that the Enemy is sitting back nice and content with this little hurricane that has been created. If we won’t turn from our Faith, then maybe a nice little distraction and a whole lot of division will do the job.  And even better that we look spiteful and hateful and impulsive, and how perfect to create a platform for those ready to jump on the “And this is why I don’t believe…” bandwagon. What really got me was seeing all the comments scattered here and there saying, “What Jesus would have done…” and then what follows is a bunch of speculation that is obviously not rooted in any kind of theology or truth but instead personal experience and opinion. And while I wanted to share at least this much, I realize that perhaps now isn’t the best time to continue going much further into this, as emotions are still raw, and it could easily become a blog post of it’s own.  But, what I encourage you to do if you’ve been following this or have been affected by this, (and am attempting to do myself), is to pray.  Pray with all your heart, from the depths of your heart, for the Church and for the Christians and for every single person lost, angry, hurt, sad and confused by what is being put on display for all to see.  Pray that truth is shared IN LOVE, and that in the end it’s the biblical heart and face of Jesus that all will have the opportunity to see.

Where I’ve Been…

Since I missed last Friday’s W.I.B. post, I have a bit of catching up to do.  Between the articles above and the links below, I’m pretty certain you’ll not be without things to read/watch this weekend.  Enjoy!

SheKnows Mommalogues:
Do you regularly use coupons? “I had enough free toothpaste!”
~ If you could choose a career for your kids, what would it be? “Doing what they love…”
~ Aging: Fight it or embrace it? “I can’t wait to get older…”
~ After a long day at work, I just want to: “Sneak away to my…”
~ What’s one thing you love to splurge on? “It’s so important that I put the cost in my vows…”
~ Tell us about the last time you cried. “My kids were…”
~Favorite day of the week “The day that doesn’t have a birthday party on it…”

Le Musings of Moi YouTube:
~ Beauty Lifesavers ~ Beauty Products you shouldn’t be living without!
~ London Vlog Part I: Buckingham Palace/Changing of the Guards & Tower of London
~ London Vlog Part II: Paris, Camden Market, British Museum, Westminster Abbey & St. Pauls Cathedral
~ And up later today will be my Primark Haul from London! I can’t begin to tell you guys how obsessed I am with that store and how it MUST one day make its way to the U.S.

Okay, so now your turn. What have you guys loved and where have you been these last two weeks???

 

 

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the london i loved: part II (paris, camden market, british museum, westminster abbey & st pauls cathedral)

Hindsight is always 20/20.

And looking back, I wished I had filmed more during our time in London & Paris, but traveling with women I didn’t know very well made me feel a little more than awkward every single time I pulled out my camera. Next time, remind me not to care…

Thankfully though, between my vlogging and my Instagram overload (who knew too many picture posting on IG would cause you to lose followers? isn’t that what IG is for???), I most definitely feel I was able to capture all that we got to experience and see. At the top of my memory list, and what I’d definitely suggest for future London visitors, was walking through Westminster Abbey doing the audio tour, climbing 600-something stairs (alone, ahhhhh!) to the top of St. Pauls Cathedral, the eclectic shopping of Camden Market, the quaint neighborhood (and shopping) in Notting Hill, and of course…the 4 floors of happiness that is also called Primark. Riding the tube was also a favorite and made me wish we had that kind of transportation here in SoCal as well. It’s a little bit of heaven for a road rager, traffic hater, people watcher like me.

That shared…here’s the last half of our time in the London I loved. Enjoy!

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the london i loved.

Last week we spent 7 days in London, Jimmy doing business while I explored my new most favorite city ever.  I brought along my laptop with the intention of getting lost in my writing and work while sipping tea at a nearby British cafe.  I had lofty dreams…fortunately reality didn’t cooperate.

Once we got there I realized my laptop charger didn’t fit the adaptor we had brought, and not a single Boots Drugstore I searched carried one that would work either.  And so, as it would happen, not one time since arriving in London, did I ever open my laptop.  Not for work.  Not for writing.  Not even for YouTube.

It was almost as though God was nudging me to simply stop for a minute and be present in my surroundings.  Maybe it was God, maybe it was circumstances, but either way it only took a day for me to adjust to life without my “right arm” and quite quickly I became consumed with a tourists life rather than an online one.

I loved London.  Loved with a capital L.  Being blessed with blue skies and sunshine definitely made it easier, but the rich history and lovely british accents certainly didn’t hurt either.  I did my best to vlog & take as many pictures as I could to share in the experience (check over on Instagram!), so over this next week I’ll be sharing bits & pieces here as well as on my YouTube Channel.

And now that I’m back to the humming sound of my overworked laptop running, I confess that I’m finding it a bit difficult to gain the speed at which I was attempting before I left.  I find myself, once again, needing to collect my thoughts, regroup and remind myself of what I’m doing and why, then work to get my focus back.

In the meantime….I hope you enjoy the London I saw and loved….

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what i think about the products i’ve used up or could use no more

This type of video seems to be such a big deal in the YouTube community. Maybe because it’s the video of truth. All the products that have been used up in our lives and what we really really think of them. I don’t hold anything back in these either, truly declaring if it’s worth spending the money again or not so much. In addition to that I’ve even started sharing in these videos, the products in my life that I just can’t for another second use again.

Hope it helps you!

As always thank you all so much for supporting me by liking, subscribing & continuing to watch!!! I love that we are in this together, building a fun & supportive community and friendship!!! xo

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~ Some of My Recent Videos! ~
Vitacost Top 10 Beauty & Home Products
Chanel Glossimer Dupe in the Milani Brilliant Shine Glosses
February Beauty Favorites
Candace Cameron Bure Girls Night Swag Bag
Healthy Clean Eating Grocery Haul
Battle of the CC Creams
Get Ready With Me! 
Best Waterline Eyeliner EVER!
Best Hair Products & Tips of 2013
Current Lip Obsessions from the Drugstore
30 Days to Change ~ GET UNSTUCK!
Best of Skin Care/My Skin Care Routine
Best of Beauty 2013

~ Get To Know Me Better! ~
What is Le Musings of Moi?
20 Things To Do Before We Die Tag
The Husband Tag
50 Random Facts About Me
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While I LOVE beauty, health, and all things related, more than anything my heart and soul belongs to Jesus! This quote expresses exactly what I hope shines more than anything:

“Like Paul and every other believer, my life is no longer my own. The focus must not be on me, but on Christ. When someone hears from me publicly, I want it all to point to Him.”
{quote from John MacArthur}

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~ Where & How I Shop Healthy ~
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Love you guys!!!
xoxo, Summer

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health, fitness & weight loss tips & tricks + what i eat in a day + body dysmorphia

There’s something about the time change that reminds me that the hibernation months are coming to an end, and the Spring/Summer fashion and trends are about begin.  Which basically, in my mind, means it’s time to shed the winter layers…and I don’t necessarily mean in terms of fashion.

I was excited to make this video documenting what I’m doing myself to lose these last few-ish lbs, but I couldn’t jump right in without first sharing my journey through health, fitness, and my own real life struggles with weight and body dysmorphia.  My 20’s were incredibly rough for so many reasons, but the hold that my body and weight had on my happiness, is one of my saddest memories of all.

And so…without going into more detail…here is a little about what I’ve walked through, what I’ve learned, and how Im going about making the last changes to getting healthy once and for all.

Side note: My sweet friend Abby from Color Swept Beauty and I did this fun collab to help inspire you guys to get in shape for the upcoming Spring & Summer months!!! We each took a different approach to sharing our tips & tricks, so go over and check her video & channel out next and be sure to subscribe!!!

Don’t forget to leave a comment sharing your own tips & tricks as well!!!
*Sorry for the bad lighting guys! I was trying to escape the noise of my kids! =)

Tracy Anderson Q&A Part 1
Tracy Anderson Q&A Part 2

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what i loved & where i’ve been: dwts, speed reading & chanel glossimer dupe

What I loved…

How to give your home & your stuff meaning:  I just loved this so much, as this is such a thing for both Jimmy & me. We never want our home to be just for us…and this just one of the reasons why.

Cancer causing chemical found in 98 shampoos & soaps: I’m always on the hunt for healthier and safer products to use in my family and home, so when my best friend told me about this particular ingredient being used in natural products, I began to do my own research as well. This is just one of the articles I came across, but I’m still in the process of reading and learning…and weeding through my products.

Who really runs my Facebook page?:  I can’t tell you how much more I loved Candace after I read this article.  It breaks my heart to see some of the comments she has to deal with, especially knowing her sweet spirit like I do. So I was especially proud when she took the time to share this personal post straight from her heart.
And in other Candace news… SHE’S GOING TO BE ON Dancing With The Stars!!!! Be sure to watch starting March 17th and VOTE FOR CANDACE!!!

Love your wife, don’t be a stupid fool: I mean, this had me at “love your wife, don’t be a stupid fool.”  But, then the actual article really was so so SO good, and so so SO true. This was a tough lesson for Jimmy & I, and still can be actually. But once someone really laid this out for us awhile back, it was as though a light bulb went off and things in our marriage started to get so much better. You have my permission to forward this to any men who are married in your life. And remember wives…the same goes for us. Sigh.

This insane new app will allow you to read novels in 90 minutes or less: You just don’t even know how amazing and incredible and fascinating this technology is!!!!  Jimmy and I both love to read, and yet finding the time with kids and work and life makes getting through our lengthy book look a slow moving process.  But, when (not if) we get this app…watch out. (although I’m not sure it will released on iPhones….yet)  Have you guys seen this???

Mad Cow California ~ Stop feeding cows chicken manure: This is just gross, and yet another reason why we are sticking with Organic Grass Fed meat.

Where I’ve been…

Le Musings of Moi YouTube:
~ I found a Chanel Glossimer Dupe among the Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Glosses!!!
~ My top 10 Vitacost Home & Beauty Products that you MUST have!
~ My weight loss, health and fitness tips & tricks + what I eat in a day (this will be up later tonight, so be sure to subscribe!)

SheKnows Mommalogues:
~ Favorite outdoor activities for Spring
~ Our favorite family snacks
~ My favorite books as a child
~ Facebook or Twitter?  Which is best?

What about you guys?  Where have you been and what have you been loving?

xo

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top 10 vitacost beauty & home must haves!

Over the years Vitacost has truly become my online happy place to shop!  Not only does it provide me with the opportunity to shop… but it also gives me thrill of finding a good deal AND getting packages in the mail!!!  It’s so many pieces of heaven in one little place!

I get a lot of people and friends who ask me what I get and love the most, or what they should order or try, so I thought it might be helpful to make a Top 10 Vitacost video and update it every few months.

(Always first shop Vitacost through Ebates or Extrabux for extra cash back! I check both to see which is offering more cash back each time I shop.)
~Vitacost: (Get $10 when you sign up!)
~Ebates: (for $5 credit)
~Extrabux: (for $5 credit)

*ftc ~ All products were purchased by me, and I don’t get paid in any way for making this video! =)

~ Products mentioned ~
(See below for Vitacost, Ebates & Extrabux discount links!)
Monoi Tiki Vanilla Coconut Oil
Pineapple Coconut Oil
Almond French Milled Soap
Earth Friendly Hand Soap Lemongrass
Spry Gum
Spry Toothpaste
Sibu Exfoliating Scrub
Andalou Naturals Brightening Facial Cleanser
Giovanni Unscented Cleansing Wipes
Earth Science Hair Masque
Ecco Bella Cosmetics
Ecover Dishwashing Tablets
Caldrea Stainless Steel Cleaner

{My first Top 10 Vitacost video}

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Make sure to leave a comment sharing what you guys love most Health & Beauty product wise too!

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While I LOVE beauty, health, and all things related, more than anything my heart and soul belongs to Jesus! This quote expresses exactly what I hope shines more than anything:

“Like Paul and every other believer, my life is no longer my own. The focus must not be on me, but on Christ. When someone hears from me publicly, I want it all to point to Him.”
{quote from John MacArthur}

 

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12:1 getting unstuck ~ books over t.v.

I still need to write a post wrapping up all that we experienced and learned throughout our February challenge of service and kindness, but given that we are now into the first week of March, I thought I better first address our new months challenge.

booksovertv

This is the month that we’ve decided to limit the T.V. watching and instead focus more on reading and writing books, both individually and as a family. (more on the writing a bit later!)

~ I have some writing to get done & some books stacked up that I have been meaning to read for over a year now…
~ Jimmy has books to finish for his seminary classes…
~ We’ve always wanted to choose a book to read together as a family…
~ And I want the kids to be reminded that reading is actually fun and not just something that needs to checked off a homework list for the day.

And so we’re limiting our TV watching to one hour on the weekends and a half hour each weekday night, (Might be a little more now that I have a dear friend to cheer on!), and instead replacing the extra time rekindling our love for writing and reading books.

Already, I am seeing the changes and I love it.  Just yesterday as I was taking an extra long shower to escape my day for a bit, Chloe found her way in with a stack of books ready to read to me all my quiet time long.  She reminded me it was “book month,” and that she needed to read me some stories so I wouldn’t be alone during my shower.  Never in my life have I ever wanted to give up my quiet shower time more than I did in that moment.  She even took the extra time to poke the book past the shower curtain so I had an opportunity to see each picture that went with the words she was so graciously reading to me.

We also started a new book about Jim Elliot, an incredible missionary, that we’re reading together as a family each night that we’re all able to sit together at the dinner table.  It’s amazing.  We’re making memories.  And I cherish it more than I ever thought I would.

In addition to this challenge, we’re also choosing this month to bring back the first two months challenges as well: Health & Kindness, and do our best to successfully juggle all three. I think every three months, we might bring back the old so as to really keep things a part of our lives and really solidify our new habits.

I have to say, I am LOVING these monthly challenges.  I love that my family is so involved in this with me and that we are actively working together to make positive changes in our lives.  I love that we can already look back and reflect on all the ways we’ve been able to make 2014 really count.  We haven’t been perfect, but we’ve certainly done our very best…making sure to pick ourselves back up the next day when maybe the day before had been a bust.  And in breaking all our hopes, dreams and goals up into 12  thirty(ish) day challenges, we are already so much further ahead in accomplishing our 2014 goals then we ever have been in previous years.

12 in 1: A year to getting unstuck… it’s good.  It’s really really good.

 

 

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february beauty favorites w/discount codes!

It’s time, once again, to share all my beauty favorites from the month of February!  These are the products I loved and reached for the most last month, and would definitely recommend to any one of you guys!

Enjoy!!!

Products Mentioned:
{some affiliate links}
Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette
Makeup Geek Gel Liner Rave
Whitening Lightening Brow Bar To Go
Loreal Pore Vanisher
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Dim Light
Maybelline Master Hi-Light in Pink Rose, Coral, Nude
NYX Baked Blush Illuminator/Bronzer in Foreplay
Ecco Bella Lipstick in Sangria
Ecco Bella Lipgloss in Power
Maybelline Color Whisper in Berry Ready
Wet Paint Nails in Shock & Aqua
Butter London in Lushington ~ If you spend $20 or more at Butter London use the Promo Code “bezziemate14” and receive a limited edition Boho Clutch!!!
Dr Sponge Charcoal ~ Use Code: SUMMER for 10% off on all orders, Valid Thru 03/31/2014

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Now it’s your turn!!!  Let me know in the comments below or on the comments on YouTube what you loved & reached for the most last month!  It can be anything at all, doesn’t have to be related to beauty!!!

xoxo

 

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