Monday, January 30, 2017

What Were You Wearing, America?

Recently there has been an uproar in political circles, social media, and the good old fashioned media about an executive order signed by President Trump. But you know what really bothers me the most about this whole dialogue. Not the actual ban, not the misinformed or biased media outlets (I'm NOT saying they are all misinformed or biased, but there are those that feel they are). No it's the fact that people are more worried that this could anger terrorists to attack us. EXCUSE ME?!?!?
    And I couldn't help but realize that much of the dialogue about how to avoid another terrorist attack is straight out of the much talked about rape culture. To suggest that we as Americans or any American law makers are responsible for terrorists attacking innocent people is as disgusting and heinous as asking a woman what she was wearing when she was raped. I would never dream of telling a woman not to anger a man into raping or attacking her. So why is America treated that way by her people?
   Newsflash here, terrorists will attack innocent people as long as they have the means and the demented minds to execute such vile and despicable acts. There is no reasoning with terrorists, there is no common ground, there is no being sympathetic. Only cold, dark, twisted, evil minds.
    I've heard people in one breath (or paragraph) say how wonderful America is when she is allowed to be herself, free. Then they also say how this is only setting us up for another tragedy. Seems a little bit of a mixed message doesn't it? Is America to blame for the savage attack on 9/11? Oh that's not what you meant? Well that's you said when you say such things.
    Terrorists attack us because of our freedom, plain and simple. The day that we finally decide to not let women vote, to ban all guns, to put gay people to death, to not let women learn basic skills such as reading and mathetics , that's when the terrorists will leave us alone. But we won't be America anymore.
     There is no excuse for a terrorist attack. No reasoning. I can't wrap my head around the fact that some people believe this order is about fear, and then the main reason they have for NOT going through with the order is about fear. Fear of someone else's actions and sick thoughts. Fear about something that happens when America is just minding her own business. I can understand people not wanting this order for their own political reasons, but this, this is just ridiculous.
     Maybe those that feel this is a surefire track to mass devastation can go volunteer in a women's shelter and use exactly what they've said about terrorism to explain to the women about their personal attacks. Maybe then people would understand.
    America, don't let them make you feel it was you. Don't let them tell you you wore your freedom too high or too loudly. Don't let them tell you had too much patriotism to drink. That you should have just let him violate your borders, what's the big deal. Just tell the terrorists they make try, but they can't break you.  

Makeup Monday

  Hey y'all! It's been a hot minute since I've shared any of my favorite Avon products. Here's just a few of the best products I personally use from Avon.

1. Avon True Color Multi Eyeshadow Quad- Naked Truth

 I'm not always the best at coordinating eyeshadow shades together, so I like using easy to follow sets. This is one of my favorites. It's perfect for everyday wear, not too harsh, with just the right amount of simmer. They have about 12 other palettes in this style, and then about 5 in matte.

2. Ultra Color Lipstick- Blush Nude

I love a good lipstick. This is not only a pretty shade of nude, but it's creamy and not drying. It's infused with vitamin E, omega-3 oil, and shea butter. It's a full coverage lipstick, and has true color technology so the color you see is the color you get on your lips. There's about 40 shade, in either shimmer or satin finishes, but this is my favorite. Bonus: lipsticks are 2 for $12 right now!

3. Big & Daring Volume Mascara

  This mascara does exactly what it says. It make your lashes big and gives them much needed volume. It's suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. It's clump-free, smudge-free, and flake-free. It can last for up to 24 hours. It come in black (what I use), blackest black, and brown black, and also black in waterproof.
  If you've used Avon makeup before what are some of your favorite products?

Friday, January 27, 2017

5 Reasons You Get Sick After The New Year

  Good morning y'all! As I had mentioned in an earlier post we all had colds right after Christmas and into the new year, so fun right?! Well thankfully we're all better now, but it got me thinking. We get sick almost every year right around the new year. We're pretty healthy around the rest of the year and we don't get many major illnesses, so I can't really complain. Instead I'll just walk you through 5 reasons I believe we get sick every new year. Now I must forewarn y'all I am NOT a doctor, I just play one on Google, so enjoy my personal commentary on our "new year, new colds".

1. Cold Weather
   Some of you are probably thinking "well duh!", but seriously it's true that cold weather is just another reason you find yourself more susceptible to that pesky cold going around. There was a study at Yale a couple years ago that finally confirmed suspicions that cold weather can weaken the immune system. It also probably doesn't help that we live in Virginia and our weather is more all over place than a toddler on a sugar high. One minute it's 60 degrees, and the next day it's 18 degrees and snowing. Welcome to Virginia.

2. The Holiday High
   With Christmas comes excitement and good feelings about family and friends, and maybe even a few people you don't normally like haha. Christmas truly puts a little more peace in the air. Well it does for me. They even say people are more likely to be looking for love right after Thanksgiving up until Valentine's Day. My point is that Christmas brings happiness, it's the high point of the year for so many families and individuals. Everyone knows that endorphins are the chemical explanation for happiness, and most people start to feel a little low once it's over. When your endorphins are a little lower it weakens your immune system leaving you open to whatever germs and bugs are going around. Merry Christmas ya filthy animals.

3. Crowds/ Family Gatherings
    Now I love family/friend gatherings around Christmas. God wants us to not only honor the birth of His son, but to be thankful for our brothers and sisters, and cousins, and uncles, and that one person that you're not really sure how you're related to but you love just the same. With all that said OF COURSE we're all going to be sick after Christmas we all just came in from the cold and are in someone's living room with sometimes 30 other people you haven't seen since last year. You don't know if so and so washed their hands, and they don't know if they're about to fall sick the next day. Oh the suspense haha! Hey at least everyone is all sick together.

4. Poor Diet
   At that family gathering you probably had at least 2 of your favorite foods, which I would dare to guess are riddled with fat. That's why they're delicious, duh! Not gonna lie, I love any food that I know I'm going to hate myself for eating in just a few hours because I'm so full. But I'm usually too full to even eat dinner so I call it even. Then I eat leftovers for breakfast. I say all this to say we all know that keeping up good dietary habits is good for our overall health. So when we veer off that track our immune system turns against us. Which really makes no sense to me, like you would think it would be happy with all that mac 'n' cheese!

5. The Christmas Rush
    My final reason I believe we get sick right after the new year is basically all the different things we're doing right around Christmas time. We're going to this family gathering, we have to bring a casserole to this get together, we still have to wrap so and so's presents, oh yeah we have to get that person a present. We're staying up later, and getting up earlier. Every weekend is more jam packed than the next. When you're stretched too thin your immune system gets even thinner. We love Christmas, and all the memories made, but we're maybe just a little glad once we can catch our breath. Then comes the colds.
  Nevertheless, the good news is this: when we look back on Christmases of the past we don't think about how sick we were right after. No, we instead remember our family and friends, and all the funny/sentimental/weird memories we made. Then we get a cold.

Linking up with April

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

My Thoughts on The Trump Inauguration

  In case you haven't heard, like if you've actually moved to Canada or Mexico like some people said they would or you're like that one man that STILL doesn't know who won the election, America has a new commander in chief, Donald John Trump. Now this post isn't exactly political, it's just a personal commentary of last Friday's inauguration. So if that sounds like something you're interested in, read on!

  • "Melania's outfit looks so much like something Jackie Kennedy would wear, I wonder if they were going for that. Never mind all the networks seem to notice too, so it was probably intentional. Either way it was a nice choice!"
  • "I wonder if Trump is wearing a Trump tie? Would that be a conflict of interest or is that fine?"
  • "I like that they've (the presidents in general) kept the tradition of going to church service the morning of the inauguration"
  • "Wait, they have a whole part of the morning dedicated to drinking coffee and tea?! Man I love America!"
  • "I really like Ivanka and Tiffany's outfits, but all I can think about now is what if they spill something on themselves. There's nowhere for a stain to hide!!!"
  • "Has anyone else noticed that Ivanka and Tiffany tend to color coordinate their outfits? It's actually really sweet. Twinning!"
  • "Trump is using the Bible his mom gave him in 1955 and the Lincoln Bible, love it!"
  • "Melania brought Michelle something in a Tiffany's box, nice touch. My mom always told me to bring the host a gift (side note: Michelle brought Laura Bush a present 8 years ago as well, so it appears the Trump are hoping to keep the tradition!)"
  • "Wow, I can't believe that Obama's inauguration was 8 years ago."
  • "I'm really surprised they're allowed to have water bottles at the inauguration, and are they like special White House water bottles or is it BYOB? And if water bottles are okay why isn't there any Starbucks?!!? It's gonna be a long day!"
  • "Seriously though imagine how long a day this must be not just for the Trump and Pence families and those involved in Congress and what not, but people working the inauguration."
  • "Awww Jimmy Carter made it, he's such a nice guy (side note: he still teaches Sunday School!)"
  • "Aww I'm glad to see Michelle went to say hello to him, he looked like he was trying to get her attention before."
  • "It's a shame George H. W. Bush and his wife couldn't make it"
  • "Trump is talking a lot about God, like more than is usually politically correct. I can dig it."
  • "And it's over? I was kinda expecting a longer speech, but that's fine by me!"
  • "They don't waste any time getting a framed picture of Trump taking the oath! Has that always been a thing?!"
  • "Trump's grandkids are trying to help him by handing him the pens to sign documents. I think they're trying to subtly say hurry up haha."
  • "Aww Barron is playing with his nephew, that's pretty cute!"
  • "Now it's time for the parade!"
  • "Trump's grandkids look like they are loving this, which I would expect them to be too tired by now. "
  • "Al Roker is trying so hard to lure Mike Pence in with candy, and Pence seems tempted but also seems like he remembers his mom telling him not to take candy from strangers. And he probably had no idea that's a tradition."
  • "Here comes the school band that was catching the flack for being invited to perform in the parade, and Trump is making a point of standing up for them and cheering and clapping, that's nice."
  • "Now I'm really just waiting to see what all the Trump and Pence women wear to the inaugural balls."
  • "He has the Rockettes performing? How did I miss this?!"
  • "I like Melania's dress, I knew she'd wear white. Michelle Obama wore white to her husband's first inaugural balls as well."
  • "I knew he would pick that song, although that first line is kinda unfortunate, those opposed will have a field day with that haha."
  • "Wow, Ivanka's dress is stunning, definitely my favorite dress of the whole inauguration. And again I can tell Ivanka and Tiffany went with the same color scheme."
  • "Do you think the kids have their own ball?"

Monday, January 23, 2017

BBQ Ranch Chicken Casserole

      Good morning readers! I hope everyone's week is off to the best of starts. Whether you're having a good week, or a week you already wish was over you still have to eat. So here's something quick and delicious you can make for dinner! Most people love BBQ sauce and ranch dressing, so why not combine them and put them in a casserole?! My whole family loved this casserole, and I was not a bit disappointed to eat the leftovers the next day for lunch. By the way BBQ ranch is a great condiment to just keep in the fridge for sandwiches, or burgers and fries. Here's the simple recipe:

    • 1 12.5 oz. can of chicken breast
    • 1 can of yellow corn
    • 1 can of diced tomatoes
    • 1/2 lb. Rotini pasta
    • 2 cups Colby jack cheese (1 cup to mix, 1 cup to top)
    • 1 1/2 cups ranch dressing
    • 3/4 cup BBQ sauce
    1. Cook pasta until done. Be careful not to overcook as you'll be cooking it further in the oven.
    2. Drain the can of chicken and flake the chicken a part.
    3. Preheat oven to 350 and lightly grease your casserole dish ( I used butter).
    4. Drain corn and tomatoes and mix all together with chicken and pasta. Salt and pepper.
    5. Whisk together ranch dressing and BBQ sauce. Pour over pasta mixture and mix evenly.
    6. Mix 1 cup of cheese into mixture. Then top the whole casserole with the remaining cup of cheese.
    7. Bake for 20 minutes.

    Wednesday, January 18, 2017

    This Will Be Our Year

      Hey y'all! I hope everyone's year is off to a great start. As you can see I'm a little behind on blogging. First it was an unfortunate reaction Miller had to some new formula. Warning to all parents, but especially parents of children with g-tubes, Pediasure is NOT always the best formula. It can sometimes be too harsh for little bellies. So don't be afraid to keep things like they are formula wise. Miller was almost instantly better once we switched back to his original formula.
        Then came the holidays. We had wonderful, memorable celebrations with family. Lots of food, lots of thoughtful gifts exchanged, lots of laughter, and lots of reminiscing. Miller was very spoiled, not just by presents but by affectionate relatives too. He of course was more than happy to oblige. I have to say this Christmas felt extra magical.

    Miller's 1st visit with Santa Claus

    Ugly sweater Christmas cookie decorating

    Miller (well actually me haha) opening his Christmas presents

    I saw this shirt at Target and thought it was too cute!

    Mommy forgot milk so Santa got eggnog this year...oops!

    Happy new year!

        Once all the festivities had ended and the happy chaos had died down, then came the colds. UGH. Seriously though each week someone new had the cold. I just did my week. Thankfully Miller didn't get one. So now I think (or hope) life will start to get back to a routine.
         With the new year comes new goals, new hopes, new beginnings. I'm actually one of those dorks that loves making new year resolutions. I probably just love the chance to make a list. All the same resolutions get made. Most years it's about reading more, or exercising more. The basic new year resolutions. Well this year I made the basic ones, but I also made a more general resolution. Not really a resolution, but more a mantra. 'Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen'.

      My mom always says that to me. She says it so much she actually gave me a necklace ( a gold fortune cookie no less, can't get a more optimistic symbol than that) because it came with a card that had that saying. The last few years have taken a bit of my optimism I'm a little ashamed to admit. It can be difficult to keep the kind of attitude that good things are headed your way when you've been delivered a few low blows. So that's why this year that's my mantra. And I have to say this year I actually believe it.
       What are your new year resolutions? Did you make any? Are you an optimistic person at heart?

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