july favorites: what i’m reading, loving & what you need to know about!

My goodness gracious…my blog got a little quiet there for a bit, didn’t it?

In case you didn’t know, about 6 months ago we took in two little girls for foster care, ages 2.5 & 3, and my life just hasn’t been the same ever since. It’s been quite the journey with so many ups and downs, and even more life lessons and spiritual growth than we were ever prepared for.

I have so many thoughts and experiences to share on all of that, in time…but for today lets just keep things light as I tiptoe back into this whole blogging world again, ya?

I want to get back in the habit of sharing my YouTube videos here for those of you who maybe don’t get into the habit of checking YouTube every week, and in today’s video I’m sharing my July Favorites: what I’m reading, loving & what you need to know about!! It’s just one of those things us girls tend to do…the moment we find something we are obsessed with, we immediately rush out to tell our nearest & dearest urging them to “Try it!!!.” And that’s exactly what this video is all about!

Products Mentioned:
Hydro Flask Water Bottle/Thermos
It Works Green Chews
Shea Moisture Marine Complex Shampoo & Body Lotion
Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex 10 in 1 Conditioner
Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Treatment
Loreal Blow Dry & Extend
Loreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation
Jouer Anti Blemish Primer
Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation
IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Powder/Concealer Brush
Tarte Lights Camera Flashes Mascara
What Alice Forgot
Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick in Vintage Rose

And in other news….

Today I’m over on the Cover FX blog getting up close & personal sharing my best beauty tips, secrets and lessons…what you need to know and what you should never leave home without! I would love it if you took a minute to go over and check it out and say hi!

P.S.

Don’t forget to leave a comment here letting us all know what you’ve been loving as well! Books, food, beauty, scripture…whatever it is you that has made a difference, we want to know!

xo,
Summer
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links to love on the www: fashion, health, life, love, beauty

For your weekend reading/viewing pleasure, here are some of my favorite things and links from the www this week:

~ With my constant struggle of what and how my blog should be, I can’t seem to let go of this post by Glennon from Momastery, where she shares her struggle despite her success at finding her “there!”  It’s so true how we think “we’ll just be happy when…” yet when we get to that place the marker of “there” seems to be continually shifted further and further.  I think my takeaway is that I only want what I can remain faithful and true to.  It’s the constant prayer of my heart.  Bigger is definitely not always better.  (that’s what she said.) (sorry, couldn’t resist.)  If you haven’t read it, you really should.  Definitely one of my favorites!  Goodbye Internet   

~ I recently created a profile on Luvocracy since I love sharing my favorite things both here and on my YouTube Channel

When I first heard of Luvocracy, I absolutely knew we would be a match made in heaven!

Basically, with this website you create boards of products/clothing/you name it that you love or want, similar to Pinterest.  The difference is you can actually make a small percentage if people click through and purchase one of your recommendations!  It’s kind of cool, and there’s actually has a whole lot more to it, so I’m going to point you to their About Page as well as my friend Roo’s page to learn the details.  Her tutorial is perfection, and will totally sell you on it!!!  New Internetty Things (Neon Fresh)  And don’t forget to follow my boards!!!

~ Having recently decided (again) that enough is enough when it comes to Aspertame, I found this article to be super interesting.  Are you guys on the bandwagon too?  Popular Drink Can Trigger Carb Cravings and Even Leukemia (Dr. Mercola)

~ A great friend & MFT, Shelby Riley, recently published two books I helped edit a few years ago.  I loved and applied so much of what I learned from her, that I couldn’t NOT pass her wisdom on.  Not to mention, each e-book is only $3.99 which is kind of a steal when you see that her wisdom will truly transform your marriage! Five Secrets to Better Communication & Assignments for Couples: 10 Weeks to Increased Intimacy & Connectedness

~ I’m so excited to be going to BeautyCon this year, and it would be SO fun if some of you guys were there and we could actually meet in real life!!!!  (Or maybe I’d more excited about that than you? lol!)  Anyway, if you guys are in or near or want to go to LA, then you should absolutely check this out!

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Hope you guys all have an amazingly fun/restful weekend!!!

I’ll be back next week with an Anxiety Cure update (it’s been awhile & there are some BIG changes, Part II of my Beauty Favorites and more!

P.S.  It’s YOUR turn!  What links and things did you find yourself loving most this week?  Leave a comment so I can check it out! xoxo

 

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belated april favorites: beauty & books

The latest on my Le Musings YouTube Channel.
You’re subscribed, right?xoxo

© 2013 “Le Musings of Moi”

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book club addition: going public

It’s time to add another book to the book club list…which is, if you aren’t following along, the list of books that I’ve read and LOVED and want all my friends to read as well.
Right now I’m in the non-fiction phase…and the new addition is called Going Public, which I am REALLY liking.
This may cause many of you to gasp, but I’m a christian mom raising what I hope will be godly children, and I don’t send them to christian schools nor do I homeschool.
Now stop the judging.  
{half talking to myself there.}
What’s more insane is that among my close girlfriends, I’m one of the only ones who DOESN’T homeschool.
Well actually….I do kinda homeschool.  
After all, my kids DO watch Letter Factory (english/reading), Team Umizoomi (math), and Dino Dan (science). 
So that counts a little, right?
{patting myself on the back there just a tad.}
We really struggled with our decision to send Taylor to public schools, especially when it seemed we were the only ones, but with where we are in life at the moment, it was the decision we believed was best.
And this book, Going Public, has most definitely helped me find peace in my decision.
Let me just say though, that when it comes to stuff like this, I believe it really is each to their own.
You have do what is best for YOUR family, and for YOUR children.

This book just gives another perspective in the decision making process.
If you’ve read it, or do read it, I’d love to know your thoughts!

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the mood cure update

The Mood Cure
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sat down and started this “update” on my experience with The Mood Cure supplements….
And then how many times I’ve been like, ahhhh….this is BORING, who would even care???
But then I started getting a bunch of emails checkin in to see how it’s going, and I realized I just gotta bite the bullet and get ‘er done.
So, here I am, gettin’ ‘er done.
Okay, here’s the deal…I seem to be on a path.  
Aren’t I always???
It all started with searching for a new multi-vitamin, which led me to the True Balance ones, which led me to The Mood Cure book, which led me to thinking I wanted to give up Lexapro and instead try treating my anxiety with natural diet and supplements…
…whew…
{there’s more…}
…WHICH led me to a longer than I realized process of weaning off the Lexapro…which led me to some not so fun withdrawals (physical & emotional), which led me to research what the heck kind of drug was I on to make me feel so awful going off….which led me to more research, more books, and more reading of other peoples experiences….
Which leads me to now.
Still on a path.
Okay, so here’s the thing.  After I read the book and got all my supplements and vitamins, I started taking them daily while I was weaning off my medicine.  And while the withdrawals were awful (brain “shocks,” lotsa tears), I can’t imagine what they would have been had I not been taking the supplements at the same time.  
Or maybe things would have been the same, who knows for sure.
And THAT’S the thought that made me decide to stop the supplements as well last week, instead only taking my daily vitamins, just to see if I noticed any difference.
{I had been taking the supplements just about a month when I stopped, and had been off the Lexapro for almost 3 weeks.}
And then, not two or three days later I felt the oh so familiar (and unwelcome) feeling of anxiety.
{granted we had some may-jah extended family issues come up WHILE I was watching two of my friends kids for two days PLUS my own, AND had a toilet overflow with poo & pee…
ALL at the same time….so…just sayin…}
{and no, it wasn’t MY poo & pee, btw}
I then promptly took two 5-htp’s (the amino for depression & anxiety) and took myself to a quiet place to pray and breathe. 
Crisis adverted.
Two hours later, the edge was gone, and I was able to float off peacefully to sleep.
Now here’s the thing…and the reason why I’ve been hesitant to write about my thoughts and experience. 
I can’t say for sure where the anxiety I had came from.
Was it part of the withdrawals from Lexapro (which is a common withdrawal for people), or was it due to the high amounts of stress we have going on in our life right now?
And was it really anxiety or was it just emotions that I’m not used to experiencing because I’ve been on medicine for 3.5 years?
And then I wonder if the 5-htp really worked or if it was simply a placebo effect?  
Or maybe it was my new found coping skills?
Or maybe, actually, it was God.
{imagine that.}
You see now why this post has been so hard to write?
At this point in my journey…My hope is to continue to do my best to stay off drugs, and continue to learn about all the other natural options and peoples experience with them. 
My plan for now?
I’m going to stay on 5-htp for the next few months, also taking GABA during high stress times, and just see what happens.
MAYBE even…I don’t even have an anxiety disorder, and what I felt back when I started Lexapro was anxiety, but the expected kind, being that I had just watched my grandpa die all the while having a very strong willed 2 year old at the same time.
Or maybe it is an anxiety disorder….and it took until my late 20’s/early 30’s to develop.
I have so many question marks and maybes…and that’s why I’m reading and praying and waiting.
And that’s where the post the other day came from.
God is surely teaching me something.
I realize that sometimes life is hard, sometimes God allows the uncomfortable, for a REASON. 
And while reaching for a pill to fix it seems the best option at times, what I really desire is to learn the lessons I have to learn. 
All I pray is that I am able to hear HIS voice clearly and then be equipped to do exactly what it is HE wants for my life.
Maybe it’s to take a pill again one day.
Who knows?
Actually only HE does…
which is why I’m tapping into my praying powers a lot more these days….
{could this post BE any longer???}
So, I’ll continue to keep you guys updated, but it may not be weekly…
as you can see it’s much more involved than I realized it would be.
{just another lesson in patience I suppose!}
And if you’re on this journey with me…
here’s some recommended reading:
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In the meantime….I’d love to know…
what’s your experience been with moods/anxiety/depression?
What have you learned on your journey?
{use the comments people, use the comments.}

{my “mom” sent me this song this morning, had to add to the post!}

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And now that THAT’S outta the way…
tomorrow we’ll keep it light and fresh and happy.
fashion anyone?

© 2011 “Le Musings of Moi”
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the most amazing books ever

I mean, woah!  
Long time no post, right?
Life’s been busy, duh, but mostly because we went on vacation for a week to my hometown.  
Anyway, while I adjust to getting life on track now that we’re back, I thought I’d direct you to the le book club, that lil link there up above.  
See it?  
Right under the header?
It’s there that I am constantly updating my favorite reads, and when I love a book, I want THE WORLD to follow suit and read it as well.  
{You are THE WORLD, btw.}
Plus, now that the kids are heading back to school, you should have more time for books again, so head on over and check them out.
I’ll do my best to update it weekly.
Enjoy!
© 2010 “Le Musings of Moi”
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book club

I am FINALLY getting around to updating those pages up there you see under my header….
This week my goal is to finish my write up on all my favorite books under the tab,
I have a few up now, so if you’re looking for a good read….
I might be able to help.
And keep checking back, because by Friday it should be all the way updated!
© 2010 “Le Musings of Moi”
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some changes

I am a very busy girl as you probably all already suspected. I mean, what with showering, 2 kids, writing daily, and the occasional social outing, sometimes I wonder how I am even able to schedule in time to breathe!
Due to this fast paced life I live, I am making some changes because, you know, I find breathing to be an important part of life.
So, for the month of April I’m trying something new. Blogversations will be only happen two times. April 11 and April 25.
April 11 Topic: Reading Rainbow. Remember that show? There was this part where kids would show their favorite book and then tell about it, and it was my favorite part because being the nerd I was, I was always excited to find new books. Ya, so whatever…not much has changed. And I want to know about your favorite book. And don’t hate me, but I’m banning talk on Twilight. 😉 I know you all love it, but let’s just go crazy and I challenge you to talk about a different one!
April 25th Topic: Free Week. Post whatever you want. Show off, be cute, and have fun.
Okay then. Whew. Already I’m breathing a little better.
Now, don’t forget, tomorrow starts the week of book giveaways. I was going to do a book a day, but I think I will instead do a different book Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
See, I make one change and now I want to change everything. In fact, looking around my house, I am feeling another email to Thom from Dress My Nest coming on.
I better get working on that.
© 2009 “Le Musings of Moi”
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another favorite: bookins

I recently came across this website and have started to LOVE it!!! I’ve traded in several of my old books, and in return earned points and am ordering several hardback books I’ve always wanted to have! All for $4.95! Do I sound like a commercial? 😉

Here’s the rundown from their website www.bookins.com

Bookins is a unique book and DVD trading engine. Use it to find good homes for your books and movies, and to get items you want in exchange. 

Offering items is easy.

Simply enter the ISBN or UPC code from the back of your book or DVD. Our site will fill in all the details like title and cover image. Then, pick items you’d like to receive. Our system will automatically arrange for shipments. From you to one member and from a third member back to you, and so on. You never have to contact anyone, there is no bidding, and there are no hassles of dealing with different traders and personalities for each exchange.

In addition to automating the exchange process, providing postage, and tracking all shipments, we have a staff of professional customer service representatives. If there is ever a problem with a trade, let us know and we will quickly resolve it. We will also provide credit for lost or damaged items. You value your time. We recognize that, and don’t want to waste it. Let us help you find new homes for your used items. You’ll reinvent your book and movie collections, save money, and have fun watching our system work for you. The Basics You own the books and DVDs you get. Keep them or exchange them when you are done.

Books and DVDs can be exchanged for each other. Just let us know what you have and what you want, our system will take care of the rest. Convenient shipping. Print shipping labels with free prepaid U.S. postage from our website. Use regular paper. No need to go to the post office. No need to use your own stamps. It’s Easy. Our system arranges for you to get the items you select. No need to contact other members. No bidding. No negotiating. Flat rate shipping. Every item you receive is $4.49, regardless of weight. This shipping charge includes delivery confirmation. Track all shipments right on our site. Our Quality Guarantee. 100% satisfaction with every book every time, or your next shipment is on us. DVDs you receive will be playable, or we will replace them at our expense.

So, click this link Bookins and check it out.

Happy Reading!

© 2008 “Le Musings of Moi”
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favorites friday – "my sisters keeper" by jodi picoult

I can’t do it.
I just can’t do it.
This blog schedule thing just isn’t working for me.

I mean, it’s messing with my creativity. (well, it’s either that or my lack of sleep…) But, whatever the reason, I tried it, and it didn’t fit. It’s not to say I won’t still post about all that stuff, but I’ll do it when I feel inspired. It’s weird how when there isn’t a paycheck involved, creativity and inspiration need to come at it’s own pace. Hmmm….strange.

Anyway, to say I really tried for two full weeks, here’s my Favorite for this Friday:

I just finished the book “My Sisters Keeper” last week and I still can’t get it out of my head. It’s that good. It’s so good that I wish I had come up with the idea and written it myself. Except I wouldn’t have because it had way to much medical mumbo jumbo that would take far too long to research for me to get the facts right. And we know by now how I am with things messing with my creative juices.

This book was amazing.

The story itself was incredible and touching and in addition I loved how Jodi Picoult wrote each chapter in a different characters perspective. I found myself totally agreeing and relating with one person and hating the rest, until I got to the next chapter and suddenly I felt sympathetic towards that person as well. By the time I finished the book, I loved and understood every single person in the story.

There are moments of tears, frustration and sadness, but I promise it all ends well and it is worth every emotion you feel along the way. There were so many parts that I was shocked by that I would grab Jimmy and read it out loud to him so he could feel the shock along with me. I don’t think I’ve ever done that with a book and him before.

So, there. My new favorite this week. There are only a few books that I love, love, love (Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas is one…), and this one made it to my top five for sure.

© 2008 “Le Musings of Moi”
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