Walk on the Waterfront

walk on the waterfront
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As seen on Pinterest

I am starting a new series called As seen on Pinterest. You know how it is. We spend a few hours on Pinterest pinning all these great wonderful ideas that we are never going to do, make, use, create.  Sure we have great intentions. I know I do. But very few projects, meals etc.. do I actually do. So here is my chance to Do

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Have you seen this one and thought “so cheap” and “so easy”  but  yet all  your earring are still all over your make up table and night end table. That was me until TODAY!

Found these two ice cube trays with tops! for $1.50 at the grocery store.

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It took all of 10 minutes to wash these out and put my jewellery in.

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The only question I have is why didn’t I do this much sooner?

Goddess on the Beach

I have to buy a new bathing suit, maybe even two. Yes, I know there are more dreaded things I have to do in my life like a colonoscopy every few years but who really likes to shop for a bathing suit? I don’t even really know where to begin and this late in the season I don’t expect the selection to be great. The choices are endless but those that will grace this body are limited   There is how I WANT to feel in a bathing suit and and how I actually feel.

My day dream: I am goddess of the beach looking amazing in my suit with a light breeze blowing my hair and the bottom of my shear coverup. I slow mow run into the waves and walk like a fashion model down the runway beach.

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The reality: I have to consider my body shape and play up my assets within a reasonable budget and buy a really cute cover up just in case the breeze is blowing.

What are your tips for bathing suit shopping?

I am back….

I am back today from 10 days of camping in a National Park. It was  wonderful to connect with nature, friends and of course family. I have so much catching up to do and here I thought I would have so much more time to blog in the Summer. Follow my instagram account to check out some pic of my camping adventures. Hope to get more pics up soon.

This hike was so beautiful we did it twice.

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Summer Reflection Part Two: Pure Loving Self Kindness

IMG_6018Who does it?

What does it?

 When does it happen?

How does it happen?

Where does it happen?

Why at some early point in our life do we begin to feel unworthy?

It is these questions that will begin the discovery to identifying the people and events that have contributed to feelings of unworthiness.

Let’s go a bit deeper here. I have confidence. I am successful. I am a great mother. I am funny. I am strong. I set goals and achieve them but something deep down says I am not worthy. It happens when I don’t even realize it. If you were to ask me if I was worthy I would say “ Your damn right I am.”  I believe this to be true. I am worthy. But my actions more so my internal dialogue doesn’t think so. Your internal dialogue is that voice in your head that tells you all kinds of things about yourself. Sometimes you have the same tape that plays over and over again with the same message. If this internal dialogue was saying “ your awesome”, “ you look fantastic”, “your the best thing since sliced bread” there would be no problem. But most times it tells us all about the things we don’t like about ourselves and it is relentless. If you haven’t heard you internal dialogue just try to stop and listen to what you tell yourself. Here are some examples. This dress makes me look fat. I am fat, I will never be skinny. That person is skinny, They look good. I don’t look good. I am fat. I don’t look good. I am fat and ugly. Now, how do you feel after all that negative self talk?  You feel fat and ugly. You feel like you are not good enough. You feel very badly about yourself. Stopping this internal dialogue can be very challenging. It can be so automatic you don’t even know really know what is it saying,  you just know you feel really bad about yourself.  Awareness of this internal dialogue is the first step to changing the tape.

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If we begin to practice self-kindness we can begin to change how we feel about ourself. Basically, self-kindness is being your own best friend. When your friend is having a difficult time or is feeling down what do you say to your friend to help her feel better and get her back on track? Most likely, you tell her how wonderful she is, comfort her and let her know that you there for her. You show empathy, understanding, compassion, kindness. Now, how do you treat yourself during a challenge? Do you show understanding or tell yourself to get over it already? Do you show self-empathy? Self-compassion? Self-kindness?

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I have an invisible disability.

I am not understanding of myself in regards to this disability. I lack compassion for myself. I am not my own best friend, in fact I wouldn’t treat anyone the way I treat myself  in regards to this disability.  I was asked if I was not worthy of this compassion and understanding. Once again my first thought is “of course I am” but knowing I am and treating myself as if I am is in conflict. My internal dialogue is being mean, really mean, nasty.

So here is my project to practice pure loving self kindness. This really is not easy for someone that tends to be very hard on herself. Being hard on yourself can have its perks in getting things done and accomplishing goals but not so much when you need understanding. Changing your negative internal dialogue is major work. Listening to and identifying the negative thoughts is a good beginning.

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You look disgusting Video

This is powerful! Have you seen this video? The reason I ask is I am sure I have seen the before and after of this same girl on other social media sites promoting the amazing make-up transformation. However, after seeing the whole video now I am quite disturbed. It makes me very sad to know all she has gone through. As well it reminds me of several important things: One snap shot doesn’t tell the whole story, make-up is a personal choice with or without it we are beauty people. Thankfully, the blogging world that I have been apart of has always been a positive, rewarding experience but it also opens you up to hateful people that troll about looking for mean and hateful things to say.

June Purchases

I had great intentions of getting this post up June 30 but that didn’t quite work out. But here it is now!  I purchased less this month in beauty and spent more of my hard earned cash on Summer clothing. It was a good trade off!! 🙂 IMG_6060 IMG_6062 I have not had nearly enough time to play with this palatte as I just finally got it. Long story short. I ordered it from Amazon US site and had it shipped to my friend that was in Florida and I had to wait for her to come home before I actually got it in my hands. It saved me money which was great but I need more time before giving any real feedback. I did however order this after receiving a sample in one of my Ipsy bags and really liked that sample. I really like using these wet it enhances the color. IMG_6063 When I got a sample of this in an Ipsy bag I fell in love immediately and could’t wait to get it from my friend. However, it is not the same as the Ipsy sample, as that one was tinted and this one is not. So, I do feel that one gives your face a white “glow”. However, once you put on foundation or powder you do not notice it. But I wanted this for the beach so I could reapply and reapply without any makeup and still have a bit of coverage and sun protection, Even though I double checked it before ordering I ended up with the wrong one. I am a bit disappointed as the Ipsy sample is holy grail face sunscreen. Any tips on where I can buy this in the USA please share as I am hoping to get to the Maine in late Fall. I can’t order from the company on line and Amazon is way too expensive with shipping and all.  This is the one I wanted.  IMG_6064 I bought this after reading about it on Pores for Thought I was intrigued. A facial cleansing oil? I do really like this product. It is like smearing oil all over your face and them BAM add a little water and it washed off completely. It removes make up and leaves your skin feeling fresh. When in The Body Shoppe I was reminded about how they do beauty with heart. With so many chemically filled beauty products that are produced unfairly this reminded me to be a more conscious shopper. I was also reminded of this at LUSH when I purchased these charity pots for my co-workers as a thank you gift for a great year. All the money ( excluding tax) from these pots when purchased do directly towards a given charity. The charity is identified on the top. I purchased ones that gave back to education in some way.  LUSH is another great company that is very conscience of the products they are making. The mini size of these pots were 6.95. 05236 IMG_6067 Another great Body Shoppe purchase was this bronzer. It gives your skin a light glow and a real I just been to the beach look. I love this product. 81m325oBQzL._SX466_ Finally, I made my first Butter nail polish purchased. Hey, everyone raves about it! I had to try it out. These are minis purchased for 20.00 US plus shipping and tax. In the above picture you can see I have Green Fairy on. I had to do three coats to get good coverage. It didn’t start out well but I am only on day 2 of wearing so I can’t give a verdict just yet. I do however, really like the color of Green Fairy.

The girls at work who I adore but will not be working with in the Fall gave me this beautiful MK electric blue clutch.  They know how to make a girl feel special. IMG_6069