Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Lallie's December Escapades

Picture overload for sure, but I haven't caught anyone up in weeks!  Enjoy!  
Lallie's Christmas dance recital.  She dances with two of her best friends and they have the best time!

What is is with Rapunzel the Elf?  She keeps getting into all kinds of mischief!
Lallie at a recent birthday party.  What a fun craft idea (and no her name is not Holly, good try!  :-)  Other misc. pictures from our Christmas holidays.
Going to meet Santa with our little shopper.  Lallie has good taste, she bought me a present at J.C Crew.  I have NO idea what it is (*wink, wink*).  
Pajama Day at school where they will sing Christmas carols to the other classrooms.  Lallie scaling her first rock wall!  Geezer would be SO proud!  (She did get scared about half way up but I was super proud).  Night swim on December 17th?  Why the heck not!  It was 80 degrees out!
And have to throw a little achievement of mine in.  :-)  I ran my first 5K!!!!!  In 40 minutes, but hey, I ran it and I persevered.  Have I ever mentioned that I severally dislike running?
Happy Tuesday Y'all!  

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Acts of Kindness

I have TONS of pictures to catch y'all up on....soon.  I need to get them organized.  But today, acts of kindness.  

Some people (experts) say that completing five random acts of kindness per week can increase your life span (by how much, I don't know).  It's a difficult task when you think about it.  After all, humans are naturally selfish sinners due to the fateful acts of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.  But of course, if you go further into history, God sent his only son in human form to die on the cross for our sins.  And going backwards, we are innately good, we were made in God's image after all.   So, it's difficult ...but it's not.  It's just plain complex!  

During this Christmas season (and throughout all seasons for that matter), the media, facebook and nearly everywhere else you turn has people are speaking of hate, violence and cruelty.  I've often found myself overwhelmed with sadness with what is happening in this world and can't hardly stand to read facebook or listen to the news.  Especially where Lallie is concerned.    

And then I dig a little deeper, looking for that small headline at the bottom of the news webpage and find the simplest and most random acts of kindness.  So simple, yet I'm nearly brought to happy tears.  You know that feeling, the one where your stomach quivers and your heart warms?  Here are a few I've experienced as of late, both through personal experience and from hearing from others.

From Facebook (a shared photo) - A Home Depot worker helped a young autistic boy obtain a washing machine display because the little boy loved it so much and would always look for it when visiting the store.  For some reason, this little display helped keep him calm and controlled his outbursts.  One particular Home Depot employee went out of his way to make phone calls to obtain this machine for this child, making him a very happy boy (and family).  The employee was thanked publicly on facebook (as was Home Depot).

From Facebook (personal friend) - The person in front of her at Dunkin Donuts paid for her coffee (unknown person paid).

Personal experience - I ran my first 5K this past weekend.  I ran it in just over 40 minutes.  15 minutes after I completed, I was leaving and saw the same Junior League member that greeted me at the finish line standing in the same spot.  I asked her why she was still there and not hanging out with the rest of the crowd.  She said "I'm waiting for the police officer to finish the last round, if there is one runner left, I don't want them to arrive un-welcomed and without someone cheering for them."

It is these stories and many more that nearly bring me to tears quite often.  Unblemished kindness through normal people throughout this world making a big difference in other's lives, even through the smallest of kind acts.  And it makes me wonder why so many preach and publicize hate and don't boost up those that are kind hearted?  Why do we really have to DIG for the good?  Why do acts of kindness have to spread across the country before they are recognized (like the K-Mart layaway situation last year, where people would randomly pay for other's gifts on layaway)?   As we all know deep in our hearts (and it's sometimes hard to believe), there is WAY more kindness and goodness out there among people than hate.  For every one person causing major turmoil, there are hundreds more there to lift the victims and families up.  For every country going through traumatic situations and wars, there are WAY more charitable groups giving time, effort and money to assist.  For every one person going through a tough divorce, family loss or whatever, there is an entire group praying for that person.  Yes, Virginia  there is a God and he's ever present among us daily, even when we can't see it.  

So I remembered a verse in the Bible that gives me a little hope and comfort this season when trying to look past all the hate in this world and remember the kindness.  It doesn't explain why people like to publicize and glamorize the bad things but it certainly gives me a little peace in trying to understand why things are the way they are. 

“Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.  But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,  so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Matthew 6 :1-4

And that my friends is what I will continue to hold dear and pass onto Lallie.  That kindness, goodness and wonderful acts are being done on a daily basis by many people all over this world and are going unrecognized (at least by people but certainly not by God!)  God has instructed us through the Word to not boast ourselves in such acts.  Of course, that doesn't mean we can't boast on their behalf, which I thoroughly plan on doing whenever I run across the simplest of acts from now own.  After all, we are commanded to spread the Good News!  And what better way to spread such Good News but through people acting in God's likeness every single day, especially now during this Christmas season.

Happy Thursday Y'all!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Target / Neiman Marcus - Hmmmm....

We just happened to be at Target on Saturday and had the chance to see all the new Target / Neiman Marcus collaboration products.  I'll admit, I've not been the first to run out and scoop up all these designer collaboration products in the past.  If I'm there, I'll look, but I haven't made any special trips.  I don't think I've actually purchased anything from any of the designers.   I sometimes feel like they are knocking off themselves (I could be crazy for thinking this).  And I'm not going to wear something just because of it's name, especially if I look silly, no  matter how cheap or expensive it might be.

Anyways, I was overall pleased with the collection.  They have some really cute items and I love the variety of home, accessories and clothing.  But, there were a couple that had me thinking "what is that?"

Case in point....
Granted, this is a child's hat by Skaist-Taylor (and I'm sure it's adorable on a kid.  Lallie wouldn't put it on).  But who says I can't be silly and take self-portraits in Target? :-)  No, I didn't buy this hat though it would be great for a Tina Turner type Halloween costume.  Heehee.  (insert singing of What's Love Got to Do with It?)
Am I right???

Here are some of the items I thought were on the cute side.

Other items I found very cute were the little girl's dresses.  They were adorable!  
Marchesca Girls' Beaded dress $99.99.  SO classy, I love it!  Lallie would look adorable in this dress.  LOVE this dress!
Jason Wu dress for girls $59.99.

This one is on the list: "Who would wear that?"  I don't know anyone personally.  Of course, I don't know any celebrities or runway models who could get away with wearing this while looking glamorous.  I did take another self-portrait of me wearing this but I was trying to look like one of those glamorous people with a cute pouty face and well....it didn't turn out well.  
Skaist-Taylor vest $79.99.
What did y'all think of the collection?  

Happy Tuesday Y'all!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Mascara: Bare Minerals Flawless Definition is AMAZING!

For years I've been using Maybelline's Great Lash Mascara.  It was the best thing I could find and I know a good majority of you agree with me (not to mention the adorable pink and green case).  However, during the winter with my horrid allergies, I can't wear this particular mascara as it doesn't have an hypoallergenic qualities and any little tickle makes my lids swell and push my contacts around.  It's just a mess and I end up having to wear my glasses and no mascara.  And I just haven't found another hypoallergenic mascara that covers as well.

Anyways, for most of my other makeup, I'm a Bare Minerals girl. I like not having any liquid on my face whatsoever outside of moisturizer and this makeup achieves that, gives nice natural coverage (and get this....) stays fresh ALL DAY LONG.  Recently, I purchased one of their kits and included was Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Mascara.  I'd never tried their mascara before so I was game.  

There are several Flawless Definition mascaras from Bare Minerals so to be clear, this one is the original (no waterproof, no volumizing or curling).

I am SOLD!  I will never go back to Great Lash.  It's absolutely amazing and even though it's not marketed as hypoallergenic  I have had zero issues wearing it!  Yay!!  It has great coverage for my thin lashes.  It lengthens like I've never seen a mascara do before (I have very short lashes) and it thickens them without clumping or overdoing it and keeps a nice, natural separation between the individual lashes.  I actually received a compliment on my lashes!  Seriously, who has ever received a compliment on their eyelashes?  

I thought I would never get away from Great Lash.  It's a great mascara, Bare Minerals is just better.  I will never go back.

And there you have it, my latest makeup update.  Try it, I'm sure you won't be disappointed!

Happy Monday Y'all!