Let’s Face It


I don’t wear a lot of make-up. Some days,  I wear left over make-up. I’m a simple gal…as far as I’m concerned, if I’ve got lip gloss of some kind on, I’m good and feel put together. My favorites are Baby Lips Dr. Rescue (Just Peachy), and NYX Butter Gloss.  Love lip gloss….love, love, love! See….this is what I keep in my purse. If you want to be my friend, buy me lip gloss, I’m your friend for life.


I have been blessed with bags under my eyes, I know…. I’m the only one. So I like to wear my Bare Minerals matte foundation, just under my eyes, do a swirl around my face with the excess powder with my Kabuki brush, just to cover any imperfections. Done. The mineral powder is light and feels non existent.

Then, I like to use a bronzer, rather than blush. With blush I feel like its too pink, too coral, too red, too much for me to think about, and I’m never quite happy with the look it gives me. A bronzer gives me a warmer, sun kissed, fresh look which I prefer. I use whatever brand comes in my Ipsy bag from time to time.

I discovered purple eyeliner about 5 years ago and I’ve never gone back. I won the purple eyeliner in a TIGI gift basket, so I thought I’d give it a try, I’m a fan, and have used it ever since. The purple, gives my green eyes a pop. I need all popping I can get.

Then comes mascara. Mascara and I are not friends. I have short, flimsy lashes. I’ve thought about falsies too. I use whatever brand promises the longest, most fabulous lashes, and isn’t over $10. But I will be darned if every time I put this stuff on….I get over zealous tying to make my lashes perfect that I slap that stupid brush on my eye! So, then I have to grab the lotion, and a Q-tip and get rubbing. It never comes all the way off. Ever. You would think I would have perfected the application by now. Nope.


Seems like simple turned awfully complicated. Ahhhhh…the trials and tribulations of womanhood.

What is your make-up regimen? What are your favorite products or must haves?


Good at Goodbyes


As the cute little purple hearts were drawn as reminders, and as little notes and sentimental belongings shoved into pockets, and the tears began to flow for some…I was fine. I almost felt a little bad, but I really was.  I sure will miss that sweet boy’s kisses on my forehead for the next 8 days, but I am so excited for him, that I don’t have room to be sad, or emotional, or whatever is I’m “supposed” to be feeling as a Mom. Plus, I’m just getting good at this goodbye thing.


Nothing in this life is free, it may seem free, but it’s not, and neither was this trip. We knew this would be the trip of a lifetime.  My boy was going to see things in 8 days that I will probably never see in my lifetime. We wanted him to really understand what a privilege it is to be able to do this. So we made him work for it. My boy worked hard for this trip, really, really hard. We required that he do his own fundraising.


He came up with a couple of ideas, we helped him fine tune them and execute. He also did many “jobs” for people to add to his fundraising efforts. In total he raised 70% of the cost of his trip. During the process, he would doubt and question himself, and this process of earning it. We kept reassuring him that it’s the right thing to do and sometimes the right thing isn’t easy. We, however knew, that when he would get off that plane and take a look around, he would have pride in himself, and a sense of accomplishment, that his hard work paid off…literally. He kept at it.

Now don’t get me wrong, if we were filthy rich, we may have fronted the bill, because we also believe in working smarter not harder as well. But, we aren’t, so let’s take the life lesson route instead, that sometimes you need to just keep showing up and putting in the work. Done.

So yea…I miss him. Can’t wait to see his face. I’m just so happy for him!

Do you require your children to earn privileges, or are they freely given?

How do you handle goodbyes?

Welcome all adventurous souls

My eldest son, got his blog up and running tonight. He plans to use this as a means to journal his thoughts, and share his experiences while traveling to N.Y. & D.C. Head on over and give him a warm welcome!

A World of Adventure and Amazement

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Hi, Hey, Hello, Hola, they all mean the same thing, all a word of greeting so Hello! I’m Gabriel, and like the title says an adventurous soul. Join me on my journey through life but also on a trip to Washington D.C and New York as well as every day events. This blog does honestly not have a theme, it is truly about whatever I’m feeling like that day, whether it’s a view on a subject or a picture I share with you all. I’m very open-minded, so share you’re views with me and I will share mine with you whether the view is about the planet, religion, politics or anything. So im just about wrapped, I appreciate your presence so, join me and I will with luck for go forward with this blog.


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Sesame seeds are your friends

I like to add nutritional ingredients to my food, smoothies, etc. I’m a fan of chia seeds for agua fresca, flax seeds for baking and now sesame seeds. Great post, had to share! You’re Welcome!


My autocorrect turns the word sesame into seamen which sounds vaguely dirty. Who talks about seamen anyway? Why would autocorrect feel that talking about men at sea is more common than discussing small, nutritious seeds? I mean when’s the last time you ever heard anybody use seamen in a sentence?? Maybe in Alaska or fishing villages it gets more play: “The fish are running superbly this year. Let us pray the seamen return with a fine catch.”

So anyway. I want to tell you about brown seamen. Strike that; I want to tell you about brown sesame. If you’re anything like I was, you don’t give sesame seeds much thought. They are the little white things that fall off bread and collect on your plate, right? Turns out there is more to them. Turns out those little white things are hulled sesame seeds, whereas brown sesame seeds are

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I’m Leaving On a Jet Plane


I may not be leaving on a jet plane, but I am leaving.  We, as in me and my clan, are planning the road trip of a lifetime, or at least we are convinced it will be.  We have a destination to hit by a certain date, and we hemmed & hawed over driving vs. flying, weighed the pro’s & con’s for a few weeks now, and the pro’s of a road trip definitely outweighed the con’s so….here we go!

Because I’m going at this one alone, I felt like I needed help to really set this up for fun, education, safety and overall success, and well my sanity.  I knew that we would need to make frequent stops where little ones could release energy, and use the facilities. I also knew, we wanted to see some natural wonders, landmarks, historic sites, maybe something baseball & equine related, and definitely hit some cool restaurants if it were within close proximity to our route.  Let’s be honest, I’m not looking for a 12 day road trip. I stumbled upon this website Roadtrippers.com, and what an awesome website! This site has many road trip planning facets to make road tripping a breeze, and allow you to see & experience things you may have never even known about. I was able to enter my starting and ending location, the date I wanted to leave & arrive.  There are “layers”, which are categories you would like included in your route, I choose lodging, food, photo opportunities, sports, museum, natural wonders, point of interest and then something like cool stuff.  Within those categories are subcategories, so for example, the food category allows you to choose local favorites, chain restaurants (sorry no Village Inn for me), famous restaurants, and the list goes on and on, making the possibilities endless.  There are probably 10 filters if not more for each category.

After you select all your categories & filters, you are asked to determine how far off your route you are willing to go to see or go to any given place, we chose no more than 10 miles. The site then color codes by category all your selections.  You have the ability to click on each flag, and a description, contact information, pictures, ratings, etc. (all provided by fellow Roadtrippers) will pop up to help you decide if this is a destination you would like to add to your trip, and then simply click “Add to trip”  Once at said destination, you have the option to “check in” if you will, and leave feedback for fellow “Roadtrippers” too see.

When you are done, selecting all the places you would like or need to stop, the site automatically calculates mileage to each destination, driving time and fuel costs. You also have the flexibility to edit the trip, save the trip, and share the trip with friends, family and fellow Roadtrippers, which I think is a little creepy, so I opted out of that one. There is also an option to invite others to follow you LIVE on your trip. There are forums, to ask questions about anything and everything you can think of. You can download the Roadtrippers app for both Android & iPhone. Your trip automatically syncs to your phone, acts as your GPS, and makes sure you hit your selections, and still provides options of additional places to see, in case you want to change your mind.

We plan to use Roadtrippers.com for our journey home, but have decided to take a different route, and will have the ability to take more time upon our return. I highly recommend using this site, if you can take the time to follow prompts and patience to do the research, you’re golden. For me, it was a God send.

Do you take road trips? Do you have any road tripping tips?

Shake It Off


A friend, who I admire for her knowledge, and dedication to her over health and well being. Who happens to be 76, looks like she’s 50, exercises far more than I will in my life time, and has the energy that I would kill for. Ok back to the shake….

“Reenie”makes this shake every morning, and will usually add a piece of chicken to eat to boost her morning protein intake. I have renamed it “Reenie’s Be Healthy Shake” I enjoy this shake so much and the way I feel when I drink it, that I’ve made it an actual recipe to enter in MFP (My Fitness Pal) I don’t consider it a smoothie, because there aren’t a whole lot of fruits and veggies to smooth…does that make sense? If I still need to convince you to give it a try…I’ve lost on average 2lbs a week, when I drink this on a consistant basis. The other thing I’ve noticed is the change in my hair and nails from the Silica drops.

Here’s the Recipe:

Garden of Life Raw Protein: 1 scoop
Nature’s Life Pure Vitamin C Crystals: 1/2 tsp.
Life Flo Silica Drops: 7 drops
Macro Life Naturals Macro Greens: 1 tsp.
Dynamic Health Mangosteen: 2 Tblsp.
Way of the Desert Aloe Vera Juice: 1 Capful
Raw Uncooked Oats: 1/4 cup
Frozen Fruit: 1/4-1/3 cup

Fill to cover with water, coconut water, juice, wine, whatever your preference. I prefer just water. Blend and drink… That’s it!

Do you include smoothies/shakes into your daily intake? What are your favorite ingredients to use?

Lost Art

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The art of letter writing is certainly becoming lost, as our age of technology advances, most of us have access to everyone in a matter of seconds via those means. I cannot remember the last I received a hand written letter, my best guess, elementary school?  A time when passing notes was our way to communicate with friends in the awful silence that existed in our school days. I can also remember notes written by boys professing their love & affection.  I can remember the different ways we would fold the lined school paper, the smell of the ink on the paper, and the smudges from ink not being completely dry, and of course decorating the outside of the letter.

Do you remember these folds?


It was exciting to receive a note, it almost felt like the person was giving you are part of themselves. Text messages & emails are great, and they certainly serve their purpose, but there is nothing like a hand written letter.  I’ve seen old movies where women compose a  beautifully written letter to a certain gentleman, and she would wistfully pick up her perfume bottle, and give the letter a little mist, with a smile on her face, knowing that he will smell it and be reminded of her. I think I’m going to grab my pen & paper, my bottle of perfume and get to writing to a certain gentleman, I hope he writes back.


Do you practice the art of letter of writing?

What is your favorite writing tool?

When was the last time you received a hand written letter?

Who do you write to?

Amor A Todas Horas


“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way than this: 

where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.”

Pablo Neruda