Thursday, December 29, 2011

Make Up Make Over!

This Christmas I was so excited to get a couple of gift cards to Sephora!

I am so not a make up person.  It's not that I don't want to be but it's just a completely foreign concept to me.  I'm not sure of the right brushes or tools, I have no sense of what colors match my skin tone and to be honest I'm not even sure where to begin.

Well, what happens at Sephora if you have no idea what you want?!  Free make over and free tutorials!

Here are the results:

Don't worry, I know I look slightly awkward here.  But the eyes had to be closed to see the effect of the eyeshadow- which was what I was most excited about!  My tutorial was how to do a "light smokey eye." Along with that we matched some blush and lip color!

Here's the loot I left Sephora with:
Make Up For Ever, "aqua lip" in Nude Beige 1C
This eye shadow palette comes with 12 great colors, a shadow brush, and "eyeshadow potion" which is the base coat to keep eyeshadow on your eyes and prevent creasing!

Stila, illuminating liquid foundation

Now I just need to figure out how to replicate the eyes and look for New Year's Eve!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The sweetest moment of Christmas...

The pictures don't do the story justice! My grandma, Jamin's Grandmama (as she has named herself), was a professional seamstress throughout her life.  Of course along with alterations she was very skilled in crochet, knitting, embroidery, etc.  She has had a couple of strokes and has a pretty bad case of arthritis...but she still wanted to make Jamin something personal for Christmas so she hand made this blankie for him.  Something that would used to have taken her a couple of days at most took her months to complete.   It was made with dedicated time and so much love it brings tears to my eyes.  Look at that pic of Jamin checking out the blanket and giving grandmama a big "thank you" kiss!  The sweetest moment of Christmas <3

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas Morning in Pictures!

Christmas Eve at the Nymark's

Christmas Eve Eve started of with a trip to see some lights at the Botanical Gardens...

Then on Christmas Eve we went to Mimi & Pappa's for some dinner, we had a surprise guest stop by after...

Then everyone went into a gift opening frenzy...

Then there was desserts...lots of them...

Merry Christmas Eve!

Friday, December 9, 2011

oh, BOY!

It's a BOY!

Meet Owen Vincenzo Nymark!

Owen- "Young Warrior"
Vincenzo- "Victorious"

Then & Now

Thanksgiving 2011

Then & Now

a month and a half?

It's been a month and a half since my last post!  And now its almost Christmas time! Terrible! And to think, posting twice a week was one of my Fall goals. 

The scary thing about my Fall goals is that I have only one more week until I am off from work for Christmas break.  Which is when my official winter begins.  I'm almost afraid to look at the post for fear of seeing all my unaccomplished goals staring right back at me!

Well, let's give it a go!

1. continue to blog at least 2 times a week Fail!
2. read three books (shouldn't be hard since I'm already 1 book deep into the Hunger Games trilogy- obsessed!) Success!
3. Yoga once a week. I am an old brittle woman who has thrown out her back one too many times for the age of 26. I need more stretching in my life. MAJOR fail.  A girl can dream..
4. Use food processor at least twice and mixer at least once (can we say Christmas cookies?) Success!  I used the food processor twice to make a creepy Halloween dessert and last week I whipped up some pesto.  I love Pesto.  Bought the ingredients tonight to make some home made Christmas treats this week!
5. Make butternut squash soup from scratch. Fail.  BUT, it hasn't been cold yet! I've worn a jacket once this year, and by noon I was roasting.  I think this allowed to move to "winter goals" without guilt or shame!
6. Try to make a new kind of meat for a main dish (I only use chicken, sausage, pot roast, and ground beef.) I want to try my hand at a pulled pork, or a brisket! or maybe a Thanksgiving turkey!)  Well, I can't even pretend I tried this.
7. Go to a pick-your-own farm and pick-my-own  Not the right season- silly me!
8. clean/organize my dresser drawers Success! And they are still bursting at the seams with old t-shirts
9. continue learning to use my SLR camera! Success!  I've been learning the past few weeks how to take better pictures of Christmas lights.  I was getting into the season and learning at once- two birds, one stone.
10. Bring lunch to work everyday and drink at least one full water bottle (this is so hard for me to do!) I brought lunch everyday! I am so proud. I drank nothing.
11.Begin and finish new crochet project  I still hope to do something before Christmas.  Ive got 16 days!
12. keep up with Oprah's Live your Best Life show- I watched one episode.  It is designed for middle age women with lots of guilt and trauma.  Not for me.

and here are some MUST-DO's that I neglected from my summer goals list:
1. Make Jamin's 1st year scrapbook- Oh my gosh, I still haven't done this.  I really need to. Very stressful!
2. Visit the Sponge Docks (I'd love to go during the Greek festival, but I think it's in January- maybe this will wait) Adding this as something to do in January!

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