saldana fam cam: new traditions, simplifying life, clothing haul & the craziest documentarty ever!

Welcome to our Weekly Vlogs!

Every week I include makeup I’m wearing, workouts I’m doing, healthy grocery hauls, all the goodies that come in the mail, what we shop for, church chat, as well as snippits of our every day life as a family! I hope you enjoy, and of course, if there’s anything else you would like to see or have us add in, let me know in the comments below!

This week on the Saldana Fam Cam…
New traditions, making changes to simplifying our life, the craziest documentary you HAVE to watch, church chat, a clothing haul + more!

Websites mentioned:
Fashion Nova (XOSUMMER for 15% off)
Our Church Podcasts

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october monthly favorites | beauty. fashion. fitness.

It’s time to share all my Holy Grail Goodies from the month of October in the categories of beauty, fashion and fitness, as well as some updates on previous favorites as well! (the best primer & waterline eyeliner ever!)

And of course, as always, let me know what you’ve been loving this last month as well! I love to hear from you!

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October Favorites:

Physicians Formula Liquid Liner
Maybelline Concealer/Illuminator
Cover Girl Sharpener
NYX Eyebrow Wax Pencil
YSL Eyeliner Effects Faux Cils
Colour Pop Eyeshadows in 3, Game Face, On the Rocks, Amaze, Lovely
Colour Pop Lippies & Lippie Pencils: Heart On, Flawless
City Cosmetics Primer
Reviva Labs Eye Cream

Twisted Silver Jewelry…
BB Bracelet
Gypsy Bracelet
Armor Bracelet
Capture Necklace
Creekwalk Necklace
Pencil Necklace

Kayla Itsines Workout
Daily Docket

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}

xoxo, Summer

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FTC: This is not a sponsored video. While some products have been sent to me, 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 above may be affiliate.
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the greatest beauty truths we can ever know | #thebeautybalance

I’ve been diving right into this 31 Day Writing Challenge, where each blogger chooses a topic to write about for 31(ish) days. Because it’s right where God has me, I’ve chosen to share on Blending Beauty with Balance.
(#thebeautybalance, if you want to follow along…or better yet, join the conversation using the hashtag!)

It’ll be a fun and encouraging 31(ish) days where I’ll be sharing tips and tricks while digging deeper, finding purpose, and blending beauty with balance — all with a heart of intention. {all 31(ish) Days will be linked here}

a Mama and her little daughter lie on the grass

I think one of the most meaningful posts I may have ever written, regardless of it’s popularity, is the one I wrote for Chloe called, What We Need to Teach Our Daughters About Beauty.

It was written when in the midst of a hurried night trying to tackle one beauty blog post and video edit after another, I suddenly caught a glimpse of my sweet daughter, Chloe, sitting playfully at my vanity. And while there had been many times I’d seen her do this before, for some reason it was this time that I suddenly felt something catch in my throat.

I set my laptop down for a moment and just watched, taking in every single innocent moment after the next, watching her imitate what she’d seen me do day after day most of her life.

The warm tears slipped from my eyes, as I suddenly realized all that I truly longed to teach her about beauty.

There was so much more than the blushes and lipsticks before her (although, yes, I do plan to teach her a thing or two when it comes to those), that I needed her to know. There was so much more about beauty that I longed for her to understand.

I quickly picked my laptop back up and with a steady stream of tears and an open prayerful heart, I poured out the words I needed her to know, and more importantly, needed to be sure I was living myself as well.

It’s that night, that letter, that changed the way I would ever approach the topic of beauty again both here and on my YouTube channel, and it is the reason I wanted to write even more on the topic over at The Better Mom today.

Whether you’re a mama to a daughter, an auntie to a neice, a mentor to a little girl in your life, or even if you’re simply someone who often longs for more meaning in your search for beauty…I encourage you to head over to The Better Mom and read today’s post on Blending Beauty with Grace: The Greatest Truths We Can Ever Know About Beauty.

xo,

Summer

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adorned from the inside out | #thebeautybalance

I’ve been diving right into this 31 Day Writing Challenge, where each blogger chooses a topic to write about for 31(ish) days. Because it’s right where God has me, I’ve chosen to share on Blending Beauty with Balance.
(#thebeautybalance, if you want to follow along…or better yet, join the conversation using the hashtag!)

It’ll be a fun and encouraging 31(ish) days where I’ll be sharing tips and tricks while digging deeper, finding purpose, and blending beauty with balance — all with a heart of intention. {all 31(ish) Days will be linked here}

 

 

I tend to ponder so often about the message I’m putting out there with all this beauty, hair, makeup and fashion talk, and I confess that I have truly been in the trenches over this deep longing to know just how to live and share a life of beauty with balance.

Because sadly, the truth of the world we live in, is this:

The burden of unattainable beauty has far-reaching implications for women’s economic well-being. Not only are women in the United States spending much of their money on cosmetic products – a total of $7 billion spent per year on cosmetics1 – but they are now taking increasingly drastic measures to alter their appearances through surgical means. Money spent on cosmetic surgery and non-surgical aesthetic procedures is increasing drastically among all women, including younger women and women of color. And the economic implications reach further, even into the workplace, where research shows that women who don’t adhere to particular standards of beauty are impacted professionally and financially. {ywca.org}

And while I was listening to a John MacArthur sermon/podcast on the topic of beauty the other day, I was tearfully overcome with just how this beauty balance message really is needed in our lives, maybe more now than ever before.

I notice us all longing for beauty, and yet we seem to all be looking in the wrong places to find it.
We spend, and we tweak, and we nip, and we tuck, and still we end up somehow feeling, often times, more empty than ever before.

 

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The truth is, while fashion and beauty may allow us an opportunity to express who we are, nothing truly lasts or shines brighter than the light of Christ at work in our hearts.

“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
Matthew 5:16

And as I pray and read and study the scriptures on this very issue, I keep coming back to this thought:

“We are to be adorned from the inside out, making every effort to blend beauty with grace, ultimately reflecting His light and His beauty in all that we are and in everything we do.”

This beauty balance?

It really begins with our hearts and knowing where it belongs.
It starts with our focus and on whom it should always remain…

And when we are able to humbly come to this comforting place of truth, only then will we experience a beauty that truly satisfies.

 

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blending beauty with balance | #thebeautybalance

The beauty balance really all started with this:

“Consistency breeds Credibility.”

This is one of those quotes that sits with me often and settles into my mind while I attempt to blend some balance throughout my life.

There is so much I want to do and so many things I long to be, and yet when I strive to take them all on at once I lose my balance and fall short in nearly every area.

There is no consistency, no credibility, no balance…which ultimately leaves behind a bitter taste of feeling unconnected.

Consistency.
Credibility.
Connectedness.

And it is these three C’s tumbling around in my mind that have led me to this 31 day writing challenge hosted by The Nester (who you will love).

It’s where God has me.
And it’s what God is laying on my heart to be and to share.

And so I’m committing to be present here and purposeful in my writing and content, prayerfully choosing to share for 31(ish) days on Blending Beauty with Balance.

Brushes for makeup on pink background

As I shared the other day, it’s true that I love beauty, style, and fashion…I mean, I just experience such a giddy joy in finding a fabulous shade of lipstick. And yet, even though that may be a lot of the content both here and on my YouTube channel, what brings an even greater joy to my soul, is living that beauty, and knowing that the beauty we delight in is truly a reflection of our Creator.

It’ll be a fun and encouraging 31 days….sharing tips and tricks, while digging deeper, finding purpose, and blending beauty with balance — all with a heart of intention.

I hope you’ll come back each day and join along in #thebeautybalance conversation, and I’ll be sure to link each post back to this page, so that there will be a landing spot for all of the 31(ish) posts.

And of course…to make it even easier to follow along, I encourage you to subscribe to my blog so you’ll never miss an update!

Day 2: The monthly beauty box balance | Beauty Box 5
Day 3: Best of Life. Health. Beauty | Girl Chat
Day 4: Saldana Fam Cam: My inner struggles with comparison
Day 5: The work at home, stay at home, mom balance
Day 6: Be still
Day 7: How to shop healthy on a budget
Day 8: Adorned from the inside out
Day 9: Top 5 Weekly Beauty Faves
Day 10: Saldana Fam Cam: Sprouts Grocery Haul & The Best Smoothie Ever
Day 11: Bulu Health & Weight Loss Box
Day 12: The Comparison Cure
Day 13: How to straighten hair with minimum damage
Day 14: Yay or Nay? Reviews on the products I’ve used up!
Day 15: Saldana Fam Cam: Healthy Grocery Hauls & a New Family Member
Day 16: Summer’s Lovin’: Top 5 Beauty Favorites of the Week
Day 17: Saldana Fam Cam: Whole Foods Haul, Kayla Itsines & Funny Yoga
Day 18: The Greatest Beauty Truths We Can Ever Know
Day 19: Erin Condren Life Planner vs. Whitney English Day Designer
Day 20: We Are His Poem, We Are His Masterpiece: A Pastors Perspective
Day 21: Makeup Totally Worth Buying

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outfit of the day: instagram vs. the blog

If you happen to follow me over on Instagram, then you might have seen me post these outfit of the day pictures, mentioning that I’ve been playing around with the idea of doing fashion/outfit posts again.

When I first started this blog, way way back, I used to do those kinds of posts at least once a week, and I totally loved it. I have no idea why I stopped, but I actually kind of miss it a little.

So, I asked my IG crowd if they’d be interested in having me post at least once a week, and whether they preferred me to do it here on my blog or just over on Instagram, and the overwhelming response was Instagram.

But, I wanted to check here as well, and see what you guys might want… and as I continue to ponder over it, I may just end up deciding to post in both places, or just occasionally post here but always post there.

So many options, ya know?

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fashiongreendress

{dress: target, boots: charlotte russe, purse: forever 21, bracelets: forever 21, sunnies: tj maxx}

I’m thinking maybe Chloe should guest post sometimes as well…after all she styled both herself and Giraffee in this picture:

fashionchloe

So, what do you guys think?
Should I take what I post on Instagram and put it here on the blog as well, or is IG the new and only place to be for fashion pics?

xo

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summer’s lovin’: july favorites 2014 | beauty & lifestyle

July Favorites 2014 | beauty & lifestyle

I’ve pretty much decided that from this point on, I’ll continue to do weekly favorites, but then do a round up at the end of each month sharing with you guys my ultimate monthly stand out stuff. And not only will I include my beauty favorites, but I thought it might also be fun and helpful to start including fashion, health and lifestyle favorites as well.

I like to keep things well rounded.


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This month was really all about not spending money and trying to dig into my stash/collection of goodies, and doing my best to rekindle the love for what I already have. Getting into this habit of shopping my stash has actually been kind of fun, though the thrill of a new beauty product in your life is hard to beat…but saving money has got to be a close second, right?

Or third…

Or…

Okay, so maybe the thrill hasn’t hit me quite yet, but it IS a responsible thing to do, and I really am having fun rediscovering some oldies but goodies.

It’s called being a grown up.
On a budget.

Fun Stuff.

Okay, so, here’s what I loved and used most this month…

Products Mentioned:
Tracy Campoli (i want personal sessions!)
Walk off the Earth (makes me so happy)
Lorac Pro to Go (must have for all)
Wet n Wild Blush Heather Silk (don’t apply with a heavy hand!)
Milani Baked Blush Berry Amore (all their blushes are so good!)
Khroma eyeshadow stick (if the Kardashians can do something right, it’s makeup)
NYX Butter Lipstick in Hunk (just one of my favorites colors in this formula)
Hanae Mori perfume (this scent is heaven.)
Sibu Seabuckthorn Eye Cream (even if you’re not aging, get into this eye cream habit!!!)

What did you guys love most this month???

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FTC: This is not a sponsored video. While some products may have been sent to me, 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 above may be affiliate.

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holiday gift guide for her!

You subscribed there, right?!? (It’s like a hug. And hugs are nice. I like hugs.)

~ HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE LINKS & DISCOUNT CODES ~
IPSY
Birchbox
Glossybox
Conscious Box
Shop Love Threads – Enter SUMMER15 at checkout for 15% discount (through the end of December)
See Jewelry Online Etsy
Jennfer Zeuner Monogram Necklace
Erin Condren Planner
~Kindle Paperwhite
Sigma Makeup Palettes – Use code BF2013 for Free Shipping
Skin Care Samplers from Vitacost
(*some are referral/affiliate links. xo)

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Email me at: summer@lemusingsofmoi.com

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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}

love you guys!!!
xoxo, Summer

*some products were sent to me, however, it is always my right to choose whether or not to ultimately share them on my channel. you only see what i truly love*

music by Helen Austin (used with permission!)

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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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major haul goodness! conscious box, influenster & then target happened!!!

I love PACKAGES IN THE MAIL.  It’s absolutely the best day ever….especially when it’s combined with an accidental Target shopping day.  Here’s all that I got and some mini reviews on stuff I already tried!  (and then the next day I made some returns out of guilt.  sigh.)

And then….

3 MUST HAVE Items for your next Amazon order.

Tinkle brushes are only $3.99
And my kindle cover was $12.99

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© 2013 “Le Musings of Moi”

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