saldana fam cam: intermittent fasting, surfing lessons, workouts & makeup!

I’ve said this before, but I have to say it again, I am truly loving this new vlogging tradition we have started in our family. Time is going so fast (although it doesn’t much feel like it today. ie: summer vacation. ie: kids always around each other. ie: fighting. ie: i’m going a little nutso.)…okay, what was I saying???

Um ya, that time is going so fast with my kids growing up, and I honestly don’t want to miss a moment. Last week was definitely one of my favorites so far this summer, as the kids are finally starting to get into the whole surfing thing, which has been Jimmy’s dream of a lifetime. I love that I was able to capture that “first” of theirs.

We also spent a ton of time at the bay relaxing and getting sunburned (I’ll have a video/post up soon of how I healed it overnight!!!), and then there was THE sweetest thing that happened that my kids have EVER ever done for me so far. That moment honestly is still carrying me through almost a week later…that’s just how much speaking someone’s love language will do for them. {Husbands, pay attention.}

I’m still learning how to do this whole vlogging thing correctly in a way that captures our life and is entertaining to watch, but isn’t overkill and still respects my kids privacy with what they feel comfortable sharing. Oh the balance that is motherhood.

Hope you guys enjoy!

….xo

summers lovin’: health & beauty weekly favorites

Hey guys!

I’m a tad late in posting this, but from now on, every Saturday I’ll sharing the highlight products of my week with you all!

So, here’s what I loved most last week…health & beauty related!

And make sure to let me know too, what you guys have been loving as well!

Giveaway Winner: Laura Vitt ~ Email me your address! summer@lemusingsofmoi.com

Products Mentioned!
For information on how to order the Access Bars email: Kendall_Guerrero@yahoo.com!!
Purely Elizabeth Granola
~ Organics Salads
Kind Bars
Batiste Dry Shampoo Light & Blonde
~ Urban Decay Half Baked
Loreal Infallible Amber Rush
~ Pacifica Eyeshadow Treasure
Wet n Wild Vicious Varnish
~ Em Lipstick in Wow Pink
Cover Girl Colorlicious in Fruitylicious
Maybelline Hi-Lite Blush in Pink Rose
Andalou Naturals Night Cream
Aronia

xo

quick and healthy snack ideas and recipes

I have been in full “get healthy & lose weight” mode these last few months, and I could never survive any kind of weight loss if I didn’t have some healthy and delicious snack options that were also quick and easy.

Because when we’re feeling hungry AND deprived, at least in this family, there is not a lot of preparation time allowed to happen. We want food and we want it now.

So, my friend Dani (stylebydani) and I got together to share with you guys 8 of our most delicious and healthy go to snacks. Whether it’s for weight loss, summertime, or just to get healthy over all, these snacks are sure to make your taste buds and your tummy (not to mention your mood) very happy.

Enjoy!

{Chocolate energy bites recipe}

And make sure to leave a comment if you have any ideas to share as well!!!

xo

a girlfriends guide to life, style & beauty

I’ve spent a lot, A LOT, of time thinking about where I want to go with my blog & YouTube over this last year.
Maybe too much actually, which is definitely not always a good thing, since it’s in those moments of overthinking that I find myself paralyzed and unable to tap into any kind of creativity.

Oh the woes of being a middle child.

But, when I really spend time thinking over this and praying on what I should do, I always come back to knowing that I definitely love sharing what I know to be true of me…and I remind myself what matters most is that I STAY true to me and my focus…despite the process.

I just want to live, learn, and enjoy this life I have been blessed with, and I definitely don’t want to do any of that alone.

I am that girl who when I find something I love or learn something new, I immediately think of who I can tell or who else just has to know. I call my best friends, I text my sisters…I get to Facebooking or sharing an Instagram picture…I just never want to keep what I’m excited about to myself. {oversharer maybe?!? ha!}

And more than anything I just love connecting with other women, whether it’s through sharing our personal stories or by sharing our favorite shade of lipstick…I truly love it all.

So with all that said, I wanted to create a little video sharing my heart in all that I’m doing, and thank each of you from the depths of my heart for continuing on in this journey with me!

lots of love!
xo

being a better mom means saying “me too”

There was once a time where I wondered if God had made a mistake allowing me to be a mom. I felt I was failing much too often, and when I looked around and compared myself to other moms around me, I was certain I was the worst of them all.

Those early years were long and hard and tiring, but I realize now that I would never had survived them if I hadn’t been willing to share the truth of my heart and the reality of my days with the other moms in my life, and especially with the moms I had yet to know from my blog.

Saying and hearing “me too” can save us…even when it seems scary and vulnerable to say so. And today on my post over at A Better Mom, I’m sharing my journey and just how God has proven time and again, that we were never meant to walk this road alone.

Click here TO READ MORE on A Better Mom…

beauty hauls, weekly workouts, what we eat & smoothie recipes

Every Sunday from here on out, I am starting a new thing on my YouTube channel where I upload a vlog video from the week. My kids are growing so fast, and so much is happening in our life, that I don’t want to miss a thing. Plus, I love watching other people vlogs and getting little snapshots into their real life, and so I thought it would be fun to do something similar as well.

Some weeks may be more chit chat, some weeks more beauty, and some may have more of the kids & Jimmy than anything else. But each week I want to capture the essence of our life and interests so that we can always look back and see where we were at that time of our life.

I really hope you guys subscribe and join my family each week in all that do and love!

xo

summer’s lovin: weekly favorites ~ makeup organization, cover fx, hourglass & more

Every week, most likely on Saturday, I’m going to be doing a new thing on my YouTube channel where I share the products (beauty, health, food, workouts, etc.) that I most loved that week. I love hearing what other people use and love, so I hope that you guys find this fun and helpful as well!

+ DISCLAIMER +
This is not a sponsored video. I will always share my honest opinion of everything that I try and review on my channel. I will never accept payment in exchange for a positive review. Some links below may be affiliate.

~ Weekly Favorites ~
byAlegory
CoverFx Blemish Primer (coming soon!!!)
NYX Lipliner in Fuschia
Milani Lipstick in Rose Amour
Milani Lipstick in Rose Hip
Covergirl Colorlicious in Fruitylicious
Jane Eye Primer
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Under Eye Concealer
Hourglass Ambient Powder
Andalou Naturals Night Cream

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Now tell me, what did you guys love most this week?

 

learning how to write again

I’ve been at this blog thing for quite a long time.
What started as way to write, years later has turned into something far greater than I ever expected. And I don’t mean that in terms of page views, readers, or even SEO.

You see, I simply wanted to write.
I’ve always felt and said that in order to breathe, to think, to be…I just needed to write.
Writing was my exhale.

And for years I’d found comfort in the pages of my journals, processing through my parents divorce, rape, death, broken friendships, broken dreams, heartbreaking decisions and painful relationships…as well as celebrating the joys, the lessons, the wisdom and the strength that stood out through it all.

Allowing my pen to spill the stories, the feelings, and the memories, gave words to so much that I found I was never able to speak out loud.
Inside it was just a hurricane of emotions, but on paper, it would suddenly make sense.
And only once that it was written, was I able to find the courage and the words to speak.

Starting my blog…
It was because I deeply longed to write and have it be…less lonely, I suppose.

I never had expectations of how many readers, or comments, or page views, or even had any comprehension of SEO or Google Page Ranking.

I simply wanted to share publicly the echos of my journals in hopes that maybe there were others who connected and needed to feel less alone in it as well.

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And as things happen over time, things changed.
Blogs changed.
Blogging changed.
And I changed.

I looked around and quickly noticed I wasn’t enough.
I compared…too much, and then suddenly I found myself joining the race and dancing the dance.
I tried to put on the costume and act the part, doing all that I felt I was supposed to.
I attempted to look like everyone else, all the while longing for the simplicity of what it had all begun as for me.

Still though, I shared my life, joys and struggles…but as I’d close the laptop each time, I noticed that I was feeling even lonelier than before the blog had ever begun.

Writing was no longer what it once had been to me…and it no longer soothed me the way I had always known and needed.
I was trying to play by the rules and keep up, and it simply wasn’t working for me.

Here I was totally exposed yet incredibly alone, and I found myself beginning to resent writing for causing such a struggle.

It was when an opportunity to submit a book proposal to an agent who had hope for me and my ideas, a lifelong dream of mine, seemed to stop me in my tracks. My excitement was quickly replaced with feeling paralyzed by the task of having to include my reach, my numbers and ultimately what felt so much like my “worth.” I compared, I fell short, and in that, I lost my ability to write.

Ironically, it took until this last writing sabbatical, weeks of not writing…for me to find the truth in all this.
To find the reason behind my resistance.

It’s as though God stepped in and put a firm halt to the dog and pony show and said, “Stop this. This isn’t who I created you to be. This isn’t what I’ve asked you to do. You are not them. You are you, the you I created with my own hands just I needed you to be, and just because it maybe doesn’t look like what the rest of them are doing, doesn’t make what I have for you wrong. It doesn’t make you not enough. You are enough. My plan is enough. Trust me.”

“They” say to know my page views, and not only know it, but strive for more. I should create titles and topics and keywords that have something to do with SEO, and then promote and get others to promote so that page rank or something like that gets me further up the blogging chain. Clickable links, pinnable pictures, weekly memes, link ups, not too much of this, but just enough of that…

I’m not trying in any way to say all of that is wrong. It works for them. It works for SO many. And at one time, I was so incredibly envious of those who understood it, played it well and had opportunities I could only dream of, come rolling in one after the other.

But I now understand and fully accept and embrace that I am not them.
And I did not come to play.
I simply came to write.

And so from this moment on, whether it makes sense or not, or follows successful blogging protocol or not…simply writing is what I must get back to doing.

All the rest I joyfully place in God’s ever so capable hands, right where it belonged from the beginning.

 

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.

prioritiesquote

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

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