Our Large Family Laundry Routine

Our Large Family Laundry Routine

I know lots of large families.  And they all have different laundry routines.  I finally settled on our large family laundry routine and wanted to share it with you.  After all, I didn’t have it all together and I know some of you don’t as well.  You’re looking around trying to find what will work for you.  If you’re like me you’ve tried so many different things you’re ready to settle for mediocre while wanting fabulous.

I found fabulous ladies!

 

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So what do I do?

First, I found a laundry detergent that works for our hard well water, washing my husbands dirty oily greasy work jeans(he’s an electrician and you don’t want to know some of the places he’s crawled through), as well as my sweet little ones diapers.  Let’s face it, very few laundry detergents can do all of these things.  I though Charlie’s Soap was going to be my go to, but alas it couldn’t handle our well water.  My clothes started to smell, and the stains wouldn’t come out of my husbands jeans. 

So I turned to my essential oil company.  I love their products.  But I’d never tried the laundry detergent.  It was worth a try.  I told myself it couldn’t hurt.  So I went for it.  And now I will never go back!

If you haven’t found “the one” laundry detergent yet make sure to give this one a go.  You’ll love it.  Trust me.

What next?

Okay, so after I found the perfect laundry detergent I needed the perfect routine.  I already has a quasi routine.  Each of the kids bedrooms plus the bathroom has a hamper.  There is a child assigned to bring each hamper to the laundry room and my oldest sorts the clothes.  Clothes are sorted out by jeans, towels, whites, coloreds, and delicates.  Simple.  

I do at least one load of coloreds daily.  Jeans and towels are done every other day on a rotating basis.  So say Monday I do jeans, Tuesday I’ll do towels, etc.  Whites are done once a week or whenever I can get a full load.  How often that is depends on how many breast pads I go through and how many blankets and burp rags the babe spits up on.  Delicates are done whenever needed or every other week.  That’s about the most amount of time I can let them sit on the shelf where they collect without it driving me nuts.

Diaper Laundry too

Cloth diapers get done daily or every other day depending on the weather.  I always line dry my diapers.  When we bring them in at night I like to give them an air fluff in the dryer.  This just takes some of the line dried stiffness out so that they’re super soft on the bitty baby bum.  Check out my post on cloth diapers to learn what kinds I use and why I love them.

Speaking of the dryer.  The only things that get dried in the dryer are my coloreds and whites.  I hang dry the jeans and towels.  Previously I’d hang dry the coloreds and whites as well, but I only have one clothesline.  We use the fence that surrounds our yard to hang out the jeans and towels.  There just is not enough room on it to hang out all the coloreds and whites. Plus some of my kids are old enough they don’t want their unmentionables on the fence for the whole world to see.

Anyway, back to the dryer!  I like to use dryer balls in my dryer instead of dryer sheets.  Artificial smells are not good for you or your clothes.  Instead of those stinky dryer sheets I put a few drops of essential oils on my dryer balls.  Our clothes come out smelling clean and fresh without any harsh chemicals.  Win win for all!  I particularly like using citrus scents or lavender on my dryer balls.  Occasionally I spice it up with peppermint or cinnamon bark.

Where does it all go?

Now I feel that I should tell you about my laundry set up.  First, I have never had a brand new washer or dryer.  We buy used.  Mostly from auctions or friends who decide they want to upgrade.  My husband is a handy man and has rigged up my washing area to allow me to have 2-3 washing machines!  Yeap you heard that right.  I normally have at least two washing machines in running order.  Having two makes it so easy to do laundry.

I used to be overwhelmed with laundry.  Creating a routine really helped but I’d often forget to go switch out loads.  Or I’d go hang up the first load and forget to start a second load.  The biggest problem though was the cloth diapers.  They take a while to wash because you have the first wash cycle with an extra rinse cycle(the first wash I use detergent) and then a second wash and rinse where it’s detergent free.  That’s two full wash cycles with extra rinses.  It takes a while and by the time they’re done and on the line the next load doesn’t have time to get dried on the line.

I’m so lucky.

Enter my amazing husband and his mad plumbing skills.  It’s not pretty but it’s functional guys.  He rigged it up for a second and even a third washing machine to help make my life simpler and to ensure he had clothes to wear to work.  There may have been some times earlier in our marriage where laundry got put on a back burner but that’s a story for another day.  Our large family laundry routine has come a long way from six kids ages 3 and under with four in diapers let me tell you!  Those were the rough days.

Dryers.  I have one dryer.  With two washing machines this might not sound like a good fit in our large family laundry routine, but it is.  It doesn’t get used as much as it could because I do hang out over half of our loads of laundry.  But it does still see some use.  In the winter I don’t use it except for a fluff cycle on cloth diapers because we hang our clothes up from the unfinished ceiling in the basement near our wood stove.  But during the summer when clothes don’t dry as well inside the house and unmentionables on the fence cause tween angst, my dryer gets some miles put on it.

Let me know if you want to know more about our large family laundry routine!

Pursuing Gold {Litfuse Review}

Pursuing Gold 

 
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About the book:

Pursuing Gold (Elk Lake, October 2016)

With his father dead and his business partner incapacitated, Peter Chandler inherits the leadership of a bank in economic crisis.

With only a newly-minted college degree and little experience, Peter joins his partner’s daughter, Mary Beth Roper, in a struggle to keep C&R Bank afloat while the Civil War rages around Chattanooga. Political pressure for unsecured loans of gold to the government stirs up trouble as tempers and prices rise. Their problems multiply when Mary Beth discovers counterfeit money with Peter’s forged signature. Can they find the forger before the bank fails? The two friends must pursue goldon behalf of their business, as they learn to pursue their heavenly Father to find hope and peace.
Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2gCb1pb

 
About the author:
 

Cynthia L Simmons and her husband, Ray, have five children and reside in Atlanta. She has taught for over thirty years as a homeschool mother and Bible teacher. She’s a columnist for Leading Hearts Magazine and she directs Atlanta Christian Writing Conference. Cyndi has a heart for encouraging women in today’s crazy, upside-down world. She loves history and peppers her speaking and teaching with fascinating vignettes from the past. Her first book, Struggles and Triumphs, was nominated for 2008 Georgia Author of the Year. She co-founded Homeschool Answers and hosts Heart of the Matter Radio.

 
 
 
 
 
My thoughts:
 
I love historical fiction and so I knew I wanted to read Pursuing Gold.  It’s a great book about a “border” area during the war.  The journeys of one man and one woman are chronicled as they try to maintain true to what they believe without landing themselves in loads of trouble.  Plus add in the fact that her father makes him vow to marry her and it just gets better.  Oh and there might be a Confederate officer trying to get Peter to invest in a scheme while also trying to court Mary Beth.  It just gets better and better.
 
I wanted to comment on the cover as I’ve read some negative reviews about it turning people off on the book.  I’m here to say that if you like history you’re drawn to this cover.  Civil War buff here and this cover drew me in.  It’s a period piece and the way the cover is done reminds me of other works that are biographies or letters from the war.  i immediately knew I had to read this one!
 
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The Most Wonderful Time of The Year {Litfuse Review}

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

 

The Most Wonderful Time of The Year

About the book:

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Abingdon, October 2016)

Celebrate 31 days of a Christ-filled Christmas season.

For Christians worldwide, the month of December is filled with joy and wonder as we anticipate the celebration of Christ’s birth. There is no other time of the year that can compare to the Christmas season for both the young and young at heart.

From December to New Year‘s Eve, reawaken the wonder, joy, and magic that is Christmas with daily scripture and inspirational readings of stories behind popular Christmas traditions, carols and movies. Enjoy a wealth of fun activities to help make the most of the season, including heartwarming holiday recipes and homemade gift ideas.

With this soon-to-be-cherished holiday devotional, best-selling author Ace Collins will capture your imagination and help to make each day of December more memorable and meaningful to you, and those you love, by shining a light on the real spirit of the season.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2frWQG8

 
About the author:
 
 
Ace Collins defines himself as a storyteller. He has authored more than sixty books that have sold more than 2.5 million copies. His catalog includes novels, biographies, children’s works as well as books on history, culture and faith. He has also been the featured speaker at the National Archives Distinguished Lecture Series, hosted a network television special and does college basketball play-by-play. Ace lives in Arkansas.
 
 
My thoughts:
 
I really liked how positive this book was.  It’s full of positive uplifting stories to help us celebrate and remember the true meaning of this most glorious time of year.  I’ve enjoyed reading this book outloud as a family.  My youngest children don’t understand or glean a lot from some of the stories, but the older ones do.  It’s a great thing to read aloud during a meal and then encourage discussion about. 
 
I highly recommend using this as an alternative to Advent or alongside Advent for a new tradition.  Growing up I did not do Advent but I’ve enjoyed learning about it with my children and watching them learn and grow during this season.  This book shall remain on my shelf to be used over and over again.
 
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Content or Contention

Content or Contention

It’s just a hard thing to decipher sometimes.  Are we content?  Or are we filled with contention?  Content or contention.  What’s it going to be?

To start off we need to define both the words.

Content: a state of peaceful happiness, a state of satisfaction

Contention: a striving to win in an argument or a heated state

These two words don’t sound anything alike.  In fact, they sound like opposites.  And yet sometimes it’s hard to tell them apart.  It’s hard to know if we’re living in a state of content or contention.  What is your home life like?  Are you content?  Or do you live in contention with your family?

Content or Contention

Taking a moment to find beauty in the hectic everyday life.

 

I think all of us would have to truthfully say at some point that we were living in contention.  It’s so hard sometimes to stay out of that pit.  It seems to just suck us in and want to mire us down in the mud.

Personally, I can confess that there have been more times than I want to recall where I have been filling my house with contention.  Contention with my husband, contention with my kids, even contention within myself and with God.  I’ve wanted what I wanted and I was going to fight for it.  I wasn’t content.  Deep within myself I wasn’t content.  

How can we become content when deep within our beings we’re not happy?  Where can we find contentment when turmoil rolls?

I had to do this.  I had to find contentment.  Life was rough.  It felt like I was out to sea being tossed to and fro by merciless waves.  What I needed was some contentment and to let go of the contention.  I wasn’t happy with myself.  Because I wasn’t happy with myself, I wasn’t happy with my husband or my kids and it showed.  Because I wasn’t content I was making everyone else around me live in a state of contention instead of contentment.  More about how we as moms rub off on and set the tone for our houses in another post.

So what did I do?

I made my mornings count.  I started getting up earlier which was a huge issue for me. I’m not much of a morning person.  Not really because I don’t like mornings, but more because I’m up half the night feeding a baby.  Adrenal fatigue is also a culprit for me not sleeping well at night and not wanting to get up in the morning.  But I made myself.  I made myself get up and spend time in the Word.  I started a good Bible study.  Just by myself.  I have a need to do a Bible study with others, but so far my life hasn’t given me that opportunity so I do them alone.  Even though I don’t have the input of others, it’s still good for me and my life so I highly recommend this.

 

Content or Contention

Never alone, not even to go to the bathroom.

 

So, make the mornings count.  Step one for me was to dig into God’s word just by reading.  Step two was adding a Bible study on my own.  The next step, step 3, was to set a better tone for the day.  Instead of waking up kids with come on it’s morning get up, I started playing praise music.  I diffuse happy oils in the mornings.  I’ll elaborate more on that as well in another post, but think mood oils that uplift and invigorate you.  Basically, I set the atmosphere of my home into a peaceful one.  I set us up to be content.

Contention can sneak up on us and steal our joy.  It makes us feel bad about ourselves and it makes others feel bad about themselves and our relationships.  We can ruin friendships and damage growing emotions of our children.  This didn’t hit me until one day I heard my words coming out of my children’s mouths.  Wow.  Talk about face-planting into a brick wall.  I didn’t want my children to feel that way.  I wanted them to be filled with satisfaction and happiness and peace.  Content.  I wanted them to be content.

Content or contention.

This is going to be a two part-er.  Or maybe you can just keep reading.

Another area of contention in my home was the fact that I was home all day everyday.  My life was and is spent with little people.  All day everyday. Normally this is a wonderful blessing and I love it.  But I’m an introvert.  I need to at the bare minimum get to go to the bathroom by myself, completely and utterly alone, at least once a day.  This was not happening.  I was to put it nicely going crazy for want of a few seconds where there weren’t ten sets of eyes on me or ten sets of hands reaching out to me.  I needed a bit of alone mommy time.  It didn’t have to be much just some.

 

Content or Contention

Stealing a moment alone. On the floor in my room on the far side of the bed.

 

But the big area here was that in needing that me time, I didn’t know how to tell my husband.  He is self employed and gone during the days working.  When he got home he wanted peace.  He wanted(and wants) a bit of quiet time of his own to do his paperwork and decompress from his day.  But I wasn’t giving him that.  I wanted him to put my needs first and give me that five minutes to lock myself in the bathroom and go potty in peace. 

Again I didn’t know how to tell him I just needed that five minutes.  So we got into a time on contention.  We fought.  We weren’t happy with ourselves or each other.  I was struggling with anxiety and depression and was not content with myself.  I had feelings of my body failing me.  And I had feelings, in all honesty, of my husband failing me because he couldn’t see what I needed.  He couldn’t see because I couldn’t tell him.  

We’ve since begun to communicate better.  But to get to this point there were some major blow ups.  I cried.  I’m not ashamed to admit I cried a lot.  But it was a cleansing crying.  It allowed me to voice my feelings and needs.  In return my husband felt able to voice his as well.  We grew as a couple in ways we hadn’t before.  And that’s saying something because we’ve been married for 12 years now and have 10 kids guys!

Content or Contention?

What are you going to choose?  I had to take a long hard look at myself and what I was portraying to my children.  I had to set my day up and go into it with an attitude of content. When I made my mind up that yes I was content.  That yes I was at peace and satisfied, then my attitude followed.  And when my attitude was set it was easier for my children to adopt this new attitude.

Life is still rough sometimes.  But I’ve learned to express myself better.  I’m not bottling(oh whole lot could be said about bottling ladies) as much and I’m learning to help my children express themselves better as well.

What about you?  Are you in a season of content or contention in your home?  In your life? Or how about with yourself?

Sweetness Unleashed Prize Pack

Sweetness Unleashed Prize Pack

In honor of the launch of Fetching Sweetness I’m participating in bringing you a great giveaway!  The sweetness unleashed prize pack is a great win for some lucky guy or gal!  Especially if you love pets.  And the book is wonderful.  Make sure to check out my review of the book as well as enter to win in the giveaway. 

A recipe for love and loss, merriment and mayhem, fun and faith in the backwoods of the Pacific Northwest can only be found in Fetching Sweetness by Dana Mentink. It should have been so simple for Stephanie Pink: Retrieve a reclusive author’s valuable new manuscript and be promoted to a full-fledged literary agent. But when the author’s canine companion, Sweetness, makes a break for it and Stephanie has to track Sweetness down, she meets Rhett Hastings. They’re in for a surprising string of adventures and misadventures.

Celebrate the release of Fetching Sweetness with Dana by entering to win the Sweetness Unleashed Prize Pack!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on August 24. The winner will be announced August 25 on Dana’s blog.

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A Beauty Refined {Litfuse}

 A Beauty Refined {Litfuse}
 
 

About the book A Beauty Refined:

A Beauty Refined (Bethany House, July 2016)

What does it take to reveal the true beauty of a hidden gem?

Phoebe Von Bergen, the daughter of a German count, is excited to visit America for the first time while her father purchases sapphires in Helena, Montana. Little does she know, however, that her father’s intentions—both for her and the gemstones—are not what she thinks.

Ian Harper, a lapidary working in Helena, finds the dignified young woman staying at the Broadwater Hotel more than a little intriguing. Yet the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes that her family story is based on a lie—a lie she has no knowledge of. And Ian believes he knows the only path that will lead her to freedom.

Meeting Ian has changed everything for Phoebe, and she begins to consider staying in America, regardless of her father’s plans. But she may not be prepared for the unexpected danger that results when her family’s deception begins to unravel.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/29Sh70o

 

About the author of A Beauty Refined:

 

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than one hundred books. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana.

 

My thoughts:

 
I love Tracie Peterson as an author and greatly loved A Beauty Refined as a book.  There was mystery and intrique, danger and daring.  Yet within it as well we see a girl come to know herself and understand her strengths.  She learns to stand up for what she wants and what is right.  Her past confronts her and she can’t escape it.  Can she embrace it?
 
When you’ve been raised by a man you thought to be gentle yet firm but who never raised a hand to you, you don’t easily believe him bad.  But when evidence supports this and he turns on you when you refuse the marriage he’s arranged, it definitely becomes easier.  
 
Can Phoebe find true love and acceptance?  Will she even survive?  And who is this woman claiming to be such a big part of her past?  
 
I loved this book and highly recommend it as well as the rest of the series.  Definitely one to add to your home library or request that the local library add.
 
 
 
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Hair Stylist Wanted!!!

Hair Stylist Wanted

Guys and girls!  Apply now!  Hair stylist wanted!

Did I get your attention?  Hair stylist wanted.  Let me tell you, I’m not an expert with hair styling.  I’ve learned a lot in previous years and I’d love to share my knowledge as well as the knowledge of other wonderful ladies who offer their wisdom and support.  

 

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I’m so excited to share with you that Lilla Rose is offering a FREE SHIPPING discount on all new consultant kits until July 31st.  Yes!  You read that right.  Shipping is free for the rest of the month when you decide to take the plunge and join Lilla Rose as a hair stylist.  

A good hair stylist can be hard to find.  In fact, you yourself may be great at doing hair but never seem to have the time.  Or maybe you use that ponytail holder WAY too much.  That was me.  I always wore a ponytail or threw my hair up in one of those super huge jaw clips that would give me a headache.  I often threatened to chop off all my hair so that I could maybe do something with it.

 

hair stylist wanted

 

No more!  Now I’m my own personal hair stylist and I do awesome at it if I do say so myself.  My secret is Lilla Rose.  Once I discovered a Lilla Rose flexi clip there was no turning back.  I was and still am hooked.  From the day my first XL clip arrived I knew I was done with the jaws of death(what I affectionately called those jaw clips) and made the total switch to Lilla Rose flexi clips.

As I’ve used and signed up to be a consultant with Lilla Rose I’ve branched out into their other hair items as well.  Their u pins hold up my hair with ease.  The head bands are wonderful and don’t give me a headache, plus they don’t slip around.  Bobby pins are super cute and work in anyone’s hair.  And can I just say I finally found a hair stick that I didn’t break shoving into a bun?

 

hair stylist wanted

 

Since the flexi clip hooked me with Lilla Rose I want to share more about them today.  Flexi clips come in sizes mini through Mega.  Mini is the smallest possible size.  This is the size that my 5 year old with super fine barely there hair wears.  From there you go up to an extra small, small, medium, large, extra large, and mega.  Mega’s are huge guys!  You may think you have a lot of hair but most people are not going to need a mega.  

What I love most about the flexi clips is that you can use a different size for a different style or use one size for several styles.  Plus, did I mention all the cute styles they come in now??  You can get one to go with every outfit!  Great with jeans or a wedding dress, flexi clips are a must for every girl.  And guy too.  I’ve seen guys wear flexi clips in their ponytails or buns and even on their beards!

With all that said, I do want to say that if you take advantage of the free shipping offer on a consultant kit that you also have the opportunity to join some wonderful facebook groups with all the resources you need to succeed.  I joined Lilla Rose as a consultant for the discount.  I have six daughters.  That’s a lot of hair!  I knew that I was going to want to share my flexi clips with them and that we were going to want a variety.  I then fell in love with all the wonderful ladies that are a part of the team I’m on.  They’re super supportive and want to help everyone grow their teams and earn money while enjoying Lilla Rose.  Oh and did I mention getting to see some of the most awesome hair styles of all times?  Oh yeah.  Some of these ladies have a gift.

 

hair stylist wanted

 

So, you can join Lilla Rose with free shipping until July 31st.  You can sell or just buy the kit and become a consultant so you get a discount and earn money back for buying products you love.  Included when signing through my site is being added to some wonderful facebook groups and having the support you need to grow a business if you choose.

I hope to hear from you soon!  Let me know what your favorite Lilla Rose item is if you’ve used them or tell me what you’d like to try first!  If you’re not ready to become a consultant that’s great too.  I hope you enjoy Lilla Rose as much as I do though.   Remember, hair stylist wanted!  You are wanted!  Once you join you can post your own hair stylist wanted sign as well and let the journey begin.

Facebook Party Tomorrow!!!

Facebook Party Tomorrow!!
 
Facebook Party Tomorrow 

A female bodyguard plus her star NFL client plus danger equals a great recipe for romance! Her One and Only, book four in Becky Wade’s Porter Family novels, releases May 3. To celebrate, Becky is hosting an author chat party on her Facebook page on May 5 at 5 PM PDT/8 PM EDT. Join Becky for an evening of book chat with other bookworms and prizes.  The facebook party tomorrow is going to be at 7pm CST!!

Plus a portion of all pre-sales and sales the release week of Her One and Only will be donated to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. For more details on how to purchase a copy, click here.  This is a great opportunity to support a great cause so make sure you attend the facebook party tomorrow!  It’ll be 7pm CST on May 5th, 2016.

 

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About the Book

After ten years in the NFL, super star Gray Fowler is accustomed to obsessive fans. But when Gray starts receiving death threats from a stalker, his team hires an executive protection agency to guard him until the culprit is caught. Dealing with bodyguards 24/7 is a headache, especially when one of them is a young, beautiful woman. How can a female half his size possibly protect him better than he can protect himself?

Dru Porter is a former Marine, an expert markswoman, and a black belt–none of which saved her from disaster on her last assignment. In order to rebuild her tarnished reputation, she’s determined to find Gray’s stalker and, since relationships between agents and clients are forbidden, avoid a romantic attachment between herself and the rugged football player with the mysterious past.

Yet every secret that leads Dru closer to the stalker also draws her closer to Gray. As the danger escalates, they’ll survive only if they can learn to trust their lives — and their hearts — to one another.

Learn more and purchase a copy.  

 

I personally can’t wait!  Have you ever attended a book facebook party before?  If not, don’t miss out on the faceboook party tomorrow night!  It’s going to be awesome and for a great cause!

Just a Moment in Time

Just a Moment in Time

Blogging Through The ABC’s -Letter J

Just a moment in time.  Just a blink of an eye.  Just the time it takes a tear to fall.  Just the time it takes a babies laugh to sound.  

What are you doing with your moment in time?  Are you making it count?  Are you living for the future and what will be?  Are you living for the past and what has been?  Or is your focus on the here and the now?

 

Just a Moment in Time {Blogging the ABCs Letter J}

 

I think these are all questions we need to ask ourselves.  What are we living for.  We may only have just a moment in time but we can make that moment count.  I’m working on making my life not about what I’ll do tomorrow or next week. I’m learning to focus on today and make each day the best it can possibly be.

What am I finding out? I’m finding that just a moment in time is all it takes.  That’s all it takes for a hug.  That’s all it takes for an encouraging word.  Truly.  And guess what?  Those moments in time add up.  And they matter.  They matter to me and they matter to my children.  And by taking the time to make that moment in time special and memorable for that child I’m helping the next person they meet to not just have a moment in time but to have a good moment too.  

With bedrest comes long moments of reflection.  It also means that I could allow myself to be a captive audience for my child and all of my children.  I could take just a moment in time and dedicate it to making that one child feel loved and special.  I wasn’t looking at my to do list.  I wasn’t seeing all I needed to get done.  I was reading books.   I was kissing ouches.  I was making each moment I had count for me and for someone I loved.  

Having this time where I was literally just lying around thinking made me think(imagine that).  Not just think about myself and all I wasn’t able to do, but about all I WAS able to do and all that maybe I hadn’t been doing as much as I wanted.  I hadn’t been giving each child as much one on one time for school as I wanted to.  But now I was able to.  It has rearranged my days.  

Just a moment in time.  That’s all it takes guys.  Just think about it.  What are you doing with your moments?  Are you taking that spare moment to sit and check email?  Nothing wrong with that.  But is there a child asking for your help or your attention?  I know from experience that sometimes I need that moment to myself.  We all do.  But those moments shouldn’t add up to a long time.  Just remember that it’s just a moment in time.

That’s all we’re guaranteed you know.  Just a moment in time.  Just the moment we’re in.  Make the most of it.  Make it count.  I know I’m doing a lot more reflecting on what  I could be doing, what I should be doing.  I’m doing a lot more with my moments in time.  Those moments are meaning more hugs, more books read, and more feelings of love.  

My children won’t always be here.  When they’re grown and out of the house I’ll think back on these moments.  These moments that I thought were not that important.  They’re so important though.  We will never get to do them over.  Just a moment in time.  That’s all we get.  I think I’m going to go tickle a two-year old and cover a five-year old in kisses while I listen to another read me their read aloud.  Life is good.  This moment in time, it’s just a moment in time, but I’m owning it.  I’m making it last.  I’m making it count.

Don’t forget to check out all the other Blogging Through the ABC’s posts as well.  We’re slowly working our way through the alphabet one week at a time.   

 

Blogging the ABCs- a new blog series

 

 

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All About The Eyes

All About the Eyes

Let’s talk all about the eyes.  Because it really is all about the eyes.  They’re one of the first things you notice about new people or even old friends.  Eyes are a window to the soul.

So let’s talk all about putting makeup on our eyes.  For me, my eyes are my best facial feature.  I’ve been told they’re striking and they change color too!

 

All About the Eyes

 

The first thing you’re going to need is a good eyeliner.  My favorite eyeliner is from Younique.  It’s smudge proof and isn’t washed away by swimming or tears.  None of their products are marketed waterproof but rather water resistant so you can still wash them off with soap and water.

This eyeliner is different from others in more than just it’s smudge proof.  It isn’t exactly a pencil but it’s a pencil.  Make any sense?  Maybe you should take a peek!  This eyeliner has a soft tip that is easy to sharpen and easy to use.  It’s not a gel liner but it’s not super hard either.  It reminds me of a crayon that has softened in the sun.

Now for some application tips!  I like to use two different eyeliner colors.  You use whatever color you decide to compliment your eyes on the outer area and white or silver on the inner corner.  This helps to make the eye appear more open and awake.  If you’ve never tried it you’re going to be amazed by how it looks!

My favorites to use are purple and white.  Younique has fun names for their eyeliners and the purple is called passionate while the white is named pristine.  All their eye and lip liners have names that start with P.  A cute naming system that helps them stick in your brain.  It’s all about the eyes ladies and having fun products helps to emphasize that!

After applying my eyeliner it’s time to move to the eyeshadows.  Yes, I said shadows.  You’re going to be using at least two but most likely three eyeshadows to highlight and open your eyes even more.  Like with the eyeliner you’re going to have a darker color to help and a lighter color to open.

So, what I do is choose a neutral natural type shade to go all over my eye.  Then I choose a darker color(normally close to the eyeliner I used) to put on the outer corner V area of my eye.  The inner corner of the lid I then put a light color on to help with opening the eye more and making them pop.  Everyone likes their eyes to appear bright and beautiful and that’s what we’re going for here.

 

All About the Eyes

 

Younique has some gorgeous eye pigments as well.  These are a powder that you use a brush to apply wet or dry to your eyelid.  You can get either matte or a shimmer.  For an example, I might cover my whole eye with sexy, put curious in the inner corner to brighten and open, and then use flirty or glamorous on the outer corner V of the eye.  

 

All About the Eyes

 

Another option is the new splurge cream eye shadows.  These need a special brush to apply and they’re more of a wet type shadow that stays put amazingly.  An example of what to use with these are elegant for the eye covering shade, dreamy for your inner corner, and noble for a nice purple on the outer corner V area.    

The last option for eyes includes the new eye shadow palettes that Younique has out.  They have three.  Palette 1 has warmer tones while 2 and 3 have cool tones.  I’m a cool tone kind of girl and palette 3 is my favorite.  It has shades of purple and pink that are suitable for a cool toned girl and really offset my blue eyes.  

 

All About the Eyes

 

Using palette 3 I will cover my whole lid in determined, put smitten on the inner corner for the brightening effect, and then place flippant on the outer corner V area.  If you like more sparkle cheeky is a gorgeous shade for that outer V as well.

The last finishing touch to the eyes is putting on your mascara.  Younique has a patented formula that they’ve just reformulated to be even better than ever called 3D+ fiber mascara.  It’s really simple to use.  You apply a coat of the gel on your upper and lower lashes of one eye.  Then you apply the fibers.   You then let the gel and fibers sit and dry a minute and place a sealing coat of gel on top of that.  You can repeat these three layers as many times as you want to get the desired effect.  

 

All About the Eyes

 

This is as far as I go with my eye makeup.  You can take it a step further though and use some brow gel and liner.  I haven’t figured them out yet myself.  They come in three different shades and are a new addition to the Younique line.  You can get light, medium, or dark.  I’ve heard great things and they look awesome on those I’ve seen use them.  I’ve just not been brave enough to try them yet!!

And there you have it!  All about the eyes with Younique eye makeup.  You’re going to love these products as much as I do.  If not, they do offer a money back guarantee.  The first time I tried Younique makeup I got the wrong shade of foundation and I just didn’t like it.  They were super helpful and told me to keep it and still refunded my money.  I’ve since fallen in love with several of their products.  The first one that was true love was the eyeliner.  I’m telling you that stuff is magic!!

As an added bonus in our all about the eyes exploration Younique just launched a liquid eyeliner in five shades for all you liquid eyeliner lovers!  I’ve never gotten the hang of it.  I’m still trying though as some of these are pretty colors!

If you’re wanting a quick pick me up remember it’s all about the eyes.  See how much better it makes you feel if you get your eye makeup figured out and just right.  It gives me a lot more confidence especially if I’m having a bad day or not feeling great.  It’s all about the eyes ladies.