Saturday, November 21, 2015

Fall Destination Series: De Hoge Veluwe National Park, Holland

De Hoge Veluwe is one of the largest continuous nature reserves in Holland, spanning over 13,343 acres, with several different types of environments to see. The park has plenty hiking paths, as well cycling paths (with bikes to rent for free). The park also provides different safaris for people to go on and see the wildlife of the park. The Kröller-Müller Museum is also located on the site of the park, and contains the largest private Van Gogh collection in the world, and one of the most beautiful sculptural gardens in Europe. 

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Fashion/Beauty Apps

The following are apps for fashion or beauty purposes. These are for sure on Android, but are not necessarily for iPhones. These are just some of the apps that I've found. There are plenty out there. 

This app is a closet organization app, designed to help you organize your wardrobe, and create outfits from anywhere on your mobile device.

CunPic and DecoPic:
These apps are both created by the same Japanese company. CunPic allows you to beautify your photos, while DecoPic allows you to put cute stickers on the photo. Both of the apps are compatible with one another, meaning that you can edit a photo on CunPic and then move it into DecoPic directly to start decorating it. They also post straight to several social networking sites. 

Beauty Remedies:
This app contains remedies for common beauty problems such as dark spots, dry skin, etc. (Recipes included.)
(The app looks like a woman at the spa. Couldn't get a photo.)

Gothic Beauty: 
This app is for the Gothic Beauty Magazine, and contains several articles, several of which are fashion related.

YouCam Makeup-Makeover Studio:
This app is designed to allow you to change your hair and makeup in a photo to try out new styles and colors. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Autumn Poem

The leaves fall from the trees, 
winds whispering please.
The sun leaves the earth again,
his burden to refrain.
A slumber deep we all will feel, 
with hopeful hearts we must deal. 
Till summer comes again. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Sausage and Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash

I found this recipe on Pinterest and wanted to try it out. Here is the video I made for the recipe:

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

DIY Command Center

This is just a short tutorial for making a command center, which is just an organizational tool to help keep track of things going on in your life. It's really good to have if you have children, or are in school. But even if you're not, you might still find this helpful. 

What You'll Need:
  • Document Picture Frames (I needed three)
  • A Calendar
  • Pen Cup (Basket style is easiest to hang, I actually used a candle holder)
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Pens, Pencils
  • Printed or Hand Done Organization Sheets

1. Print out your organizational sheets, or make your own if you're feeling creative. (I made up ones on the computer, but couldn't print them, so I just hand made mine.)
2. Put the organizational sheets into the document frames.

3. Hang Everything on the wall.
Calendar, Weekly Agenda, Cleaning List, and Pen Cup

I decided to put the Weekly Meal Plan in the Kitchen.

4. Put pens and markers into cup.

Tips: You could decorate everything if you want, using stickers or washi tape. You could also include an extra dry erase board or cork board for other things. I'm considering getting a cork board to put next to mine. 

The calendar I have hung up right now is a free one I got from the Kansas State Fair, with chickens, turkeys, and ducks on it. This is the new one I'll be hanging up in January:

Monday, November 16, 2015

Going Shopping, Just Lilith and I

After I take my husband to work, sometimes I don’t want to go straight home. So, I’ll take Lilith and go shopping. Sometimes we go to the mall, and sometimes we just go grocery shopping. Each of these tasks requires a different set of equipment and skill. This post is informative for new moms, and could help you greatly if you are in my same situation (a “mostly” stay at home mom).

When we go grocery shopping I just take Lilith in her car seat (so far anyways), I place it on the cart, and we shop. I try to get a limited amount of food, usually just what I need. I’ll spend a lot of time looking at stuff, checking out new products, and getting ideas for different meals I can make. She doesn’t like the cart to be stopped for too long though, so we have to move a lot.  When we go to check out, the cashiers usually all come look at her, which is fun. Then we buy our stuff, I load the groceries in the car, then Lilith, and we go home. (Gotta carry her and everything in all at once).

When we go to the mall, however, this requires more equipment; we normally need a stroller (although next time we go, I'm taking her in carrier). It’s much easier to shop with Lilith in a stroller, she likes to be able to see out the front. I also bring her toys, because she needs something to stay occupied with while I'm looking at stuff. We usually stay at the mall longer, so I normally have to breastfeed while I’m there. The first time we went I took the nursing scarf, but she hates it, and it was a pain in the ass. So, now I just pop a boob out and feed her. 

We look around at a lot of stores and I’ll buy some stuff, but usually not a lot. It's more for fun, than just getting stuff; Which is why I try to have someone go with me, so it’ll be more fun. But we do tend to go by ourselves (at least its better to go with your baby than completely by yourself). At the mall too, everyone wants to come look at Lilith. She’s definitely a cutie who gets lots of attention everywhere we go. When we shop at the mall I don’t have to worry about carrying a bunch of heavy stuff, so it’s a bit more fun.

The first time you go shopping, just you and your baby, it'll seem rather difficult (if you're a first time mom, that is). Once you get the hang of it, however, it's a fun activity to kill some of your alone time! :)

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Going to Visit My New Niece

Monday afternoon my mother called me to tell me that my sister-in-law had gone into labor, and that we were going to be rushing out of town to go see the new baby when it arrived. My brother and sister had decided to wait to find out the gender till the baby was born, so everyone was really anxious to find out. We quickly loaded the car and drove out of state to try and make it in time.

About an hour and a half from our destination, our Grandpa called to let us know that the baby had been born. She was a girl, whom they named Makayla, and she weighed 7 lbs. 12 oz., and was 19 ¼ inches long. Everyone had really thought that the baby was going to be a boy, but I had a feeling that it was going to be a girl. So, I had brought gender-neutral gifts and a gift for a girl. But my parents had to stop and get new gifts for the baby. By the time we got to the hospital, everyone was leaving and my brother and sister were getting ready to go to bed. So we just looked at the baby, left the gifts, and said our congratulations.


The next day we got to come back and actually see the baby. She looks so much like her mom. We also visited a lot with my brother, who is extremely hilarious and had us cracking up the whole time. It was really nice to get to see them. We didn’t get to hold the baby, but maybe when we go back for Christmas, they’ll let us hold her. 

My sister-in-law with her new daughter.

My brother with his new daughter.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Fall Destination Series: The Berkshires of Massachusetts, USA

The Berkshires, or Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts (and Connecticut) are very beautiful to visit in the fall. The trees burst into beautiful reds, oranges, and yellows during autumn, a serene tapestry of colors. The Nature Conservancy named the Berkshires one of the Top 200 Last Great Places.

In towns around The Berkshires, there are many great activities to do, including outdoors activities, arts festivals, and several specific fall festivals. Outdoors activities include rafting, canoeing, camping, hiking, and so much more. There are also loads of incredibly beautiful Inns and Bed & Breakfasts to stay at and relax in the beautiful surroundings.


Friday, November 13, 2015

OOTD Nov. 13th, 2015

Today I had to go to my mom's office to work, so I dressed up for going there. Not super dressy since we weren't expecting any clients, but nice in case someone came by. I did a simple makeup:

A nice sweater with a black tank top (tank top from Target, and the sweater was thrifted):

Simple black gaucho pants with plain black flats (gaucho pants are thrifted and the flats are from Walmart) and a black "pearl" bead necklace to top off the look (got the necklace from a friend):

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Review of L'Oreal Manga Mascara

L’Oreal Miss Manga Voluminous Mascara comes in at least two varieties, with both waterproof and non-waterproof types. I have purchased the original waterproof kind, and have worn it for a few occasions recently. The wand applicator swivels, and has a long brush with ragged bristles for maximum coverage. The color I got is Blackest Black, which is the color I pick for both eyeliner and mascara. To me this mascara was a disappointment.

I had the image of the girl’s eyelashes from the commercial in my mind. Very exaggerated, dark, and dramatic. As of now, I have yet to be impressed by the volume and drama that my eyelashes had after applying it. I hope that I am simply applying it wrong, and that the mascara actually works better than it appears to, but who knows. Maybe it works really well with false lashes. Only time will tell (perhaps I’ll update on this post).