Archives for May 2014

sabbatical. it’s kind of a thing.

sabbatical

noun

: a period of time during which someone does not work at his or her regular job and is able to rest, travel, do research, etc.

:  a break or change from a normal routine 

It’s kind of a thing, taking a sabbatical, if you haven’t noticed….especially around these here blogging parts. In fact, towards the end of last year, I jumped on the bandwagon and had my own little break for a limited amount of time. And it was quite lovely.

God knew what was up when after 6 days of creating the Universe and all of life, He called a time out.

“…and on the 7th day, He rested.”

I’m certainly not God (um, did I even need to write that statement?!?), and I’m certainly not creating the Universe, but there has been a whole lot of busy in my life lately and I’m finding it difficult to do it all well AND be present with the ones who matter most.

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I love blogging. I love writing. And I love each and every one of you that takes the time to read, comment, email and sweetly support me in my little online hobby.

But, if I don’t take a minute to rest and get things back into balance, there will be nothing left of a blog or an online hobby to connect through.

So for the next week, maybe two, will you be praying for me as I breathe and pray and find balance and intention in all that I’ve given my heart to?  Because what good is a rest, if it’s not in His presence?

…and if you really miss me, there is always email, my YouTube, Instagram (my go to social media choice!), and of course, the Mommalogues!

Love you all dearly…see you in a bit!

xo

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yay or nay? products i’ve used up or could use no more…

It’s time once again to share what us YouTubers like to call “Our Empties!” All the products in my life that I’ve recently used up and what I really think of each one. So, basically this is a video that will either help you spend or save your hard earned money. Then again, aren’t all Beauty Videos kind of like that? 😉

I really do hope this is helpful though, so enjoy!
xo

What I’m wearing:
Foundation ~ Lorac Porefection
Bronzer ~ CoverFx in Sunkissed
Blush ~ Lorac Pro to Go (mixed both)
Highlight ~ Mary LouManizer
Eyeshadow ~ TooFaced My Favorite Things
Lipstick ~ Drew Barrymore’s Flower in Tulips 2 Kiss You
Eyeliner ~ Physicians Formula
Mascara ~ Jordana & Younique .
Necklace ~ Twisted Silver Attitude necklace – Use coupon code “MUSING” for 15% off your order, expires 5/31/14
Top ~ Platos Closet

 

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apple pie detox smoothie your taste buds (and metabolism) will love

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A few months ago my Aunt texted me the most delicious detox smoothie recipe using Apple Cider Vinegar, and I have seriously been hooked ever since. Not only does it literally taste like apple pie, but it has the added benefits of detoxing and fat burning as well! I have been trying for nearly a year to find ways to incorporate Apple Cider Vinegar into my daily routine, but was having trouble making it stick due to the strong taste, and now…it’s a habit I don’t ever wanna break.

Real quick, let’s go over some of the benefits that Apple Cider Vinegar brings to your life, so you’ll be just as convinced as I am to make it your new BFF. 

~ Helps to detox your liver

~ Aids in weight loss, increases metabolism & can help to reduce hunger and cravings

~ Has the ability to lower blood pressure & cholesterol

~ Can control blood sugar levels

~ Works to keep your complexion clear

…and so much more, as any quick google search will show you.

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The Apple Pie Detox Recipe: 

2 tablespoons Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother)
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 apple (sometimes I use a whole apple if I’m hungry)
1 teaspoon cinnamon (which also helps with blood sugar & cholesterol)
10 drops of vanilla stevia (regular stevia works as well)

Blend it up in your favorite blender (hello Vitamix, I love you!), and enjoy!
*To keep the cinnamon from settling, be sure to swirl the drink every little bit to keep it mixed in with every sip.

(For best metabolism results, drink in the mornings or before meals.)

You guys will be amazed at how delicious this actually tastes… says the pickiest eater alive. And when you try it, come back and let me know how you loved it AND if you’ve noticed any benefits from incorporating it into your diet! I love hearing this stuff!

xo

p.s. ~ Apple Cider Vinegar is also amazing for your skin when applied topically. I mix it in with my Aztec Healing Clay and oh. ma. word…I swear I lose 5 years each time…. (says the middle over dramatic child…)

 

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what i loved & where i’ve been: spring cleaning, mothers day & school dress codes for parents

What I loved…

10 Healthy Smoothies (FabFitFun): I am a smoothie obsessed girl, and I’m always on the lookout for super healthy but ultra tasty recipes to change things up. I recently found this list, and I can’t wait to try them all!

Ballet Beautiful – Lean Legs & Butt Workout (BeFit): I am full on the fitness train right now, having given up gluten, dairy and sugar for 21 days (Day 18 and no cheats!!!). And in addition to making dietary changes, I wanted to get back into a regular workout routine as well. I’m starting slow with 3 days a week, and hoping that by June when things slow down a bit that I’ll be able to fit in at most 5. Right now I’m doing a little Tracy Anderson Metamorphosis and then adding on a little something extra at the end for a boost. This week was all about this bridge series, which seriously has had my thighs on FI-YAH all week.

Spring Cleaning Series (CleanMySpace): I have once again been absent a bit online this week because I am knee deep in Spring Cleaning my house, going through every single closet, drawer, cupboard and bedroom in the house. Our monthly challenge for May is Finishing Projects (more on that next week), and on that list has been decluttering and getting rid of all the excess, so this week it’s been all I’ve done. This YouTube Channel has always been amazing and inspiring, and I am absolutely loving the Spring Cleaning series.

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Where I’ve been…

Le Musings YouTube: Because of Spring Cleaning, making and editing YouTube videos has been last on my priority list, but I was able to at least get one up! My Best Hair Care Tips & Tricks for healthy happy hair!

SheKnows Mommalogues:

If you could spend Mothers Day without kids, would you?

Do you feel the pressure to be a better Pinterest Mom?

What types of seasonal allergens does your family deal with?

Do you think schools should have a dress code for parents?

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Happy Mothers Day!!!

xo

 

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hair tips: how to repair dry damaged hair

Struggling with how to repair dry damaged hair?

Been there, done that!

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Over the years I have done A LOT to my hair, going from platinum blonde to dark and back to blonde…(and many colors in between)…and I think because of a few simple & easy hair habits, I’ve been able to maintain its health & integrity.

So today I thought I’d share those tricks, tips & habits of how to repair dry damaged hair with all of you!

And if you have anything to add, or products you die for, let us know in the comments below!

Thanks you guys so much for watching!
xo

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missions trips …how do you save the one who doesn’t want saving?

Missions Trips …how do you save the one who doesn’t want saving?

I’m not quite sure how to begin this story, and there is a part of me that struggles even to try as I fear the heartache becoming more than it is.

I suppose this is the nature of what we’re doing, and maybe in time, it stings a little less? Although, in truth, I pray it doesn’t for me, because something like this should never be easily digested.

I’ve told you before how I came to meet the two orphans we’ve been supporting, Daniella & Nano. (click the link to read the story if you’ve missed it) Immediately, their frail bodies and big doe eyes stole my heart, and I knew without a doubt God was prompting me to allow them in.

We’ve kept in touch over the year, sending letters and pictures and gifts, and we loved hearing that they were safe, in school, and for once, being well cared for. (Pastor Joel took them in to live with him and his family.) We knew they were struggling, as both kids had likely experienced some kind of abuse, but now they were safe, and we had hope.

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About a week before we were about to head over, we found out that Daniella (age 9) had been non-stop crying for weeks at a time, begging to go back to live with her mothers last boyfriend and 17 year old sister who has two small children of her own. The crying was so much, and so intense, that her behavior began creating a lot of distress for Pastor Joel and his wife, and their own three children.

When we finally arrived and were able to sit down with her, the Pastor and Robert (the head of the foundation), we all realized there wasn’t a whole lot more we could do. She wanted to go. She was going to go, and there wasn’t a thing…legally, we could do about it.

We had a heart to heart with her, explaining with a firm tone of love and passion, that we were invested in her. That we wanted so much for her future. For her to know the God that loves her. To one day learn to read. To graduate high school and attend University, and that we wanted so much to love and support her every step along the way. But, that we couldn’t make her do all these things. She had to want it too.

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But what does a 9 year old know about making a decision like that? What does a 9 year old understand about planning for her future, when all she sees around her is a future of poverty & death, just the same as it was for her parents. There is no welfare system, no foster system, no CASA program assigning someone to look out for her best interests…it’s simply her who gets to decide, and there isn’t a thing we can do, but pray and hope and let her go.

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We drove her back to her old village the second day we were there, and all the way I hugged her and kissed her and told her over and over again how we loved her and that we would never stop praying for her. She snuggled in close to me and promised she’d come back to see me the next day, and every day until we left.

It was a promise she had no intention of keeping.
For that was the last I saw of her while we were there.

I asked her brother, Nano, if she was safe and being fed…and he quickly responded that she wasn’t getting beat. It was an answer given too quick, and I felt a cold chill race down my spine. A chill that lingers with me even now.

I just can’t understand. I won’t ever be able to wrap my mind around any of it.

It’s a harsh reality when you can’t play God.
It’s a tough reminder that impossible situations only belong to Him and must be continually placed in His capable hands.

And so each time I think of her face, or glance upon her picture, I will prayerfully place her heart and her situation back right back where it belongs.

With Him.

 

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what i loved & where i’ve been: giving up sugar, most challenging stage of parenting & a go to weekend outfit

I’m not going to lie…I’ve been suffering a bit from PMS (post missions trip syndrome) these last few weeks, and taking it slow on my blog & YouTube channel to instead spend more time with my husband and kids has been just what I needed to recover. I needed to find balance, and also I gave up sugar/gluten/dairy (my poor husband), so the combination may have made my brain cells even more foggy (and emotional) than normal.

But slowly I feel myself getting my groove back, and I’m hoping that by next week I’ll easily fall back into more of routine in all areas of my life, blogging & filming included.

In the meantime, let’s get caught up on where I’ve been & what I’ve loved.

First…Where I’ve been…

A Eulogy for Twitter (The Atlantic): I’ve been struggling with twitter lately, so this caught my attention…maybe I’m not the only one not feeling it like I used to?

Are your beliefs keeping you stuck? (Michael Hyatt): It seems so simple when people like Michael Hyatt lay it out, and yet isn’t it so much harder to do in real life? Even so, I’ve dedicated myself, this 2014, to do all I can to finally stop some bad habits, patterns & beliefs that have kept me stuck for much too long.

My family stopped eating sugar for a year & this is what happened. (Yahoo): I recently decided to give up sugar for at least 21 days (I’m on day 10), and when I saw this article it definitely inspired me to do something similar with my own family, but maybe not SO extreme. I wonder if we’d all still love each other when it was all said and done?

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Where I’ve been…

From the SheKnows Mommalogues, here are just a few of my favorite topics lately:

If I had a reality TV show, this is what it would be called…. The Saldana’s: 2 and Stopping

School Lunch: Brown Bag or Lunch Box?  I’m cheap…but I also care about the environment.

*Most Challenging Stage of Parenting And also, I need sleep.

What disciplinary tactics do I use that I swore I’d never do?  I sometimes surprise myself…

What’s the perfect age gap between kids? The gap that guarantees no fighting.

What’s my go to weekend outfit? My magic pants.

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What have you guys been loving and where have you been?

xo

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