How To: False Lashes

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I have been wearing false lashes for about 10 years now. They are seriously the best….I know it sounds a bit exaggerated, but I littereally feel like I have not finished my makeup without putting them on. Since I’ve been using them so long….obviously it has become super easy and quick to put them on. In fact, it actually takes me less time to put them on in the morning than it would to cake on enough mascara to make it look like I have lashes.

So as my first youtube video and first tutorial, I decided to show you how I do it. There are lots of different techniques…this is just the fastest and easiest way that I know.

 Let me know if you have any question or want to see anything else.

Oh, and sorry ahead of time for the bad lighting, rambling, and background noise. HA

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Summer Metalics

 

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Alert!!!

Trending this summer….METALICS! They are everywhere! And for one I love them. Metalic silver and gold just seem…I don’t know….clean to me. I guess because if you look closely you can see yourself in them.  So I thought this was a great summer look. Fresh with white and silver metallic.

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Outfit Details: Top- Maurices, Leggings-Target, Cardigan-Old Navy, Shoes-Gianni Bini (Dillards), Wrap Bracelet- Sassy Steals.
 
 
 
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Fish Tacos

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For a quick summer meal idea, I usually turn to seafood….fish, shrimp, scallops, typically because they are light, quick cooking and delish! So for a simple dinner we had Fish Tacos. I used tilapia, but you could use any white fish you like really. A quick, zesty marinade and a few minutes under the broiler and there you have it. We had ours with all the fixin’s…shredded cabbage, tomatillo salsa, avocado and a lime. YUM!

Garlic & Lime Fish Tacos

4 Tilapia fillets

Zest and Juice of 1 Lime

Drizzle of Olive Oil

1 Tsp minced Garlic

Tortillas

Condiments of Choice

**Cut fish into 1 inch strips. In a baking pan drizzle a little olive oil, the zest and juice of one lime and 1 tsp of garlic. Combine. Then toss fish strips in. Let sit for no longer than 20 minutes. Spread evenly on a foil lined cookie sheet and broil in oven for about 7 minute. Serve in a flour tortilla with shredded cabbage, salsa, avocado and a lime wedge.**
 

The girls enjoyed a scrumches cheese quesadilla. A staple for the babies at our house!

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Kimberly
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Palo Duro Canyon

 

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This weekend we decided to take advantage of the nice 75ish degree weather and take a little drive down to Palo Duro Canyon. It was Corey’s idea, he thought the girls might like it and we really hadn’t spent much time there in the past. Something different. It only takes about 20 minutes or so to get there from the house, so it was not completely unbearable for the girls….although the pictures below are of the girls on the way there. Not looking so happy 🙁

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Overall, it was a ok time. The girls got to look around at some different things and enjoyed the snack on the way home. We went down one trail. Lets just say that our stroller, a City Mini, is definitely not made for off roading. I’m glad we made the trip to the canyon. It was a new experience and I think as the girls get older they will enjoy it more as well. It’s always fun to spend a little time with the ones you love most!

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Kimberly

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April 20th

Today is a very special day. You see, it has a lot of meaning for our family. There are several important birthdays to celebrate. Birthdays of those still here with us and a couple that are with Jesus. Either way,…..it is a date that has tremendous meaning to a beautiful family that I love so dearly and am so thankful to be a part of. My heart breaks for them….but at the same time is so joyous that we are so faithful and rest easy tonight know exactly Who is rocking a sweet baby girl and playing golf and laughing with a cut-up competitor.

Truly bitter sweet.

For me, this date marks a very important day as well. A year ago today, on April 20th. I became a “parent“. No……this is not the girls birthday……that was exactly 44 days ago on March 7th.

Let me explain…. For me (and I would assume most other women), the moment that I found out that I was pregnant I became a MOTHER. Putting their needs, comfort, happiness and health before my own, sacrificing my body (a big sacrifice sometimes…especially when carrying two little bundles) and finding myself shopping for them much more often than myself. Becoming a “parent” on the other hand, usually happens when your child is born….you know…all of the sudden, you are 100% responsible for a child that solely depends on you for everything. Corey and I did not experience it quite this way. When we had the girls they were immediately swept away to the NICU…finally about 1 1/2 days later, I was finally able to even to see them, that was it. Look at them. Now,… I understand the reasons and know that this was exactly what our girls needed, but we were not parents. We were simply visitors.

Over the next 44 days we were able to visit during certain hours, eventually hold the girls once….then twice a day, only for about 30 minutes while they were tube feed. We changed a few diapers, took temperatures, helped with a few baths….all under a close-by nurses supervision.  They didn’t really feel like they were our babies, let alone our responsibility. I know this all sounds DEBBIE DOWNER….I don’t mean it that way. It was completely necessary and we overall had a wonderful experience in the hospital. It is simply the facts.

I remember holding the girls while they were being tube fed, the nurse would leave for the 30 minutes or so it took, it was so relieving…being able to snuggle your baby without worrying if that would be “OK” to do. Corey and I would turn the timer off the second it started going off just so that the nurse wouldn’t hear it and come in to put the girls back in their incubators. We literally savored every second we could.

April 19th, we had to stay the night at the hospital in a room across from the NICU with the girls. We were told that this was just in order for us to make sure that we felt comfortable taking them home. I have taken care of a lot of children in my lifetime….babysitting was my main source of income from about age 13-20 or so. I am extremely comfortable and confident taking care of babies. But this was different. We felt like we were being tested….”Can they really do it? Are they ready to take on the responsibility?” It was crazy! And exciting….we knew that we were close to bringing the girls home. We must have passed the test because…..

The next day, April 20th, we drove away from the hospital with our babies in the back. We were going home…together. It was definitely a day…a moment to remember. I recall looking back at the hospital and for the first time not feeling the heartache of leaving them behind. As we pulled up to our home, I felt a little overcome with emotions….but the one that stood out the most was excitement. I was so excited to show them their room, let them meet little Paisley Pup, see their grandparents, who were all there to welcome them home(with the cutest sign and balloons outside,) hold them. Not having to scrub in and wear a hospital gown every time was exciting in itself! I couldn’t wait to show them off. At 44 days old, only 6 people other that Corey and I had ever seen them in person…I was delighted to have our precious friends stop by and see these still so tiny little babes.

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That was the day that I became a parent.

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They were our responsibility, our babies. We could hold them whenever we wanted, kiss their little faces. They were ours…to love, cherish, adore, spoil, discipline, feed, change, rock and admire….anytime we wanted. WOW….so this is what it feels like….a mother,…a parent. Pretty AWESOME!

Sometimes, I wish that it could have been different. That we could have had a “normal” if there even is such a thing, delivery. Got to see and hold the girls right away. Take them home a few days later to start our new life. That’s not how it worked out, those 44 days were LONG, TOUGH, HARD….but I’ll tell you this, It may not have been the way I planned it,…the way I had hoped it would be. But seeing those two sweet, healthy faces every morning….waiting for me, I realize that it was well worth the wait and far more precious to be a parent that I could have every expected.

Oh for us to see the finished work of art that our Lord is working on…it would all make sense. But we must wait….trust and have faith that it is sometimes very LONG, TOUGH, AND HARD,…..it is not always as we hope and plan, but it is always well worth the wait and far, far more than we could possible imagine.

I pray for hope and healing for my family and for us to always remember He never said it would be easy, He only says we’ll never go alone.

 
Kimberly
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Chocolate Pancakes…why NOT!

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Double Chocolate Pancakes
1 Cup Whole Milk
1 Cup AP Flour
Tbls Granulated Sugar
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp of Baking Soda
1/4 Cup of Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1 Egg
1 tsp Vanilla
2 Tbls Unsalted Butter, melted and cooled
1/cup Chocolate Chips
 
**Mix dry ingredients together then add wet ingredients. Mix until combined and then add chocolate chips. Spray an electric skillet with non stick cooking spray. Pour about 1/3 cup of mix onto griddle. Cook until large bubbles appear and edges of pancakes start to set. Then flip with a spatula and cook other side. Remove from griddle and serve.**
 

Bostyn and Blakely approved. They loved them…..made a big mess for momma, but it was well worth it.  The recipe made enough that we had them for breakfast the next day too. YUM!

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Enjoy!

Kimberly
 
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Purple & Orange…

 
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Today I was inspired by my girls. I picked them up some super cute skinny jeans the other day in a pretty purple. There wasn’t really a shirt that I could find that went with these jeans….so I decided to go ahead and get them anyway and see if there was something they already had in their wardrobe that might work. Luckily, they had a shirt that had some of the same color purple in it…the shirt was a soft orange and surprising I really liked the way it looked together. So…I stole the look for myself.

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Outfit Details: Purple Skinnies-GAP, Orange Tank-Ann Taylor Loft, Cardigan-Old Navy, Earings-Target, Necklace-Premier Jewelry

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Kimberly

 

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A Tune…

If you ask my husband, he will assure you that I have the voice of an angel.(ok, well he might not say those exact words…but he should) Anyway, I usually am not into “car photos”…you know, the ones that girls take while there in their car and think that they are so cute that everyone else in the whole world should see them and then comment on how cute they are. Yeah, I’m sure you know a few of these people. I don’t put myself in that category, but I do have to admit that I am fixing to post car photos.

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And there it is….HA! The reason I’m posting this is because I literally laughed out loud at myself yesterday. I have been going to tan (save the it’s not safe comments…I already know) quickly after dinner a few nights a week. Being home with the girls all day is still a joy…but having just a few minutes every now and then to…I don’t know….turn the radio up and sing whatever I want as loud as I want is kind of nice. So….yesterday as I drove home from the salon which is literally right down the street….I found myself singing and bopping my head around (for lack of better words) to a good song. (Right now I am lovin’ Florida Georgia Line- Cruise) I’M COUNTRY. But that is beside the point. There were cars all around me…I didn’t even think about the fact that I am now that weird girls singing like a loon in her car.

So there you have it….my first post of car photos….this is what a dork I looked like. I just smiled and drove on. I am totally going to be an embarrassment to my kids someday.

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Kimberly

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Yep….I Tried It!

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

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I love pizza, …any kind really. I haven’t found any that I really don’t like. Pineapple, bacon and potato, cheese and peperoni… you name it. So when I started to see this new fad of CAUILFLOWER EVERYTHING going around on pintrest, the pizza crust idea caught my eye.

Now, lets be honest….it was not the best pizza crust ever….it didn’t taste like a fabulous carb filled delight that I enjoy pizza for being, but it was OKAY.

I like cauliflower to begin with, so the taste was fine with me. The texture was not that of pizza crust, but if you are looking for a different way to enjoy a “pizza like meal” without all the carbs….this is one way to do it.

After reading through several recipes  I came up with this concoction.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust
2 Cups Shredded Cauliflower
1/2 Cup of Italian Blend Cheese
2 tsps. of Italian Seasoning
1 Egg
 
**Use food processor to shred Cauliflower. Then place in microwave for 8 minutes, no need to add any liquid. After Cauliflower is cooked add egg, cheese, and seasoning. Then put on pizza stone and press into shape of pizza crust. Bake on 400 for about 12 to 15 minutes. Until crust starts to get golden brown. Then top with preferred toppings (I used alfredo sauce, fresh spinach, chicken and Italian cheese)and bake an additional 5 to 7 minutes.**
 
 

For me, there is really no way to substitute anything for the real deal pizza. If that’s what I craving….I’m going to eat the darn thing, but the recipe itself is pretty good.

Enjoy!

Kimberly
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Celebrating a Sweet Baby Boy

 

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One of my dearest girl friends is expecting a sweet little boy! We are sooo excited for her…we can hardly wait. (of course we will…darnit!) Anyway, she is due in May and he will be well spoiled with love from us. A few Saturdays ago we had a baby shower for her. It was such a fun time. She looked awesome, lots of ladies came to shower hew with gifts for the little guy and the food was yummy.

Ever since I started playing around making cakes, I found I really enjoy it. Its a creative outlet, something new, fun to experiment with and delicious! I mean it’s cake, who doesn’t love it. So, after a little bit of encouragement from my always encouraging hubby…I decided I would MAKE the cake for the shower.

I  volunteered to take care of the cake far before I even thought about making it. You see, in my family the “CAKE” is usually the centerpiece to the table, the important part. This played true in our wedding, the shower for the girls, and their birthday party. So naturally, when the hostesses were discussing what part of the shower they would like to take care of…I wanted the cake! After calling around to several bakeries for prices….I realized the type of cake I wanted to get (although not extravagant) was going to cost a pretty penny. Not to sound cheap….I would have gladly paid double what I was quoted for this dear friend. But as I talked it over with my husband….he told me “Go for it! You can make it and probably make it look better.” I don’t know about that…but I decided what the heck….I am going to do it.

It turned out pretty good. Of course I could see every little thing that wasn’t perfect. Taking time to make this cake actually gave me time to think about how important this shower actually was. I had time to really think about and cherish what a sweet friendship I have with this little momma to be. What a bumpy, but soon to be so exciting journey this has been for them. And what a wonderful set of parents  God is entrusting this little boy to.

To the guests of this shower it was just a cake….but to me it was a labor of love! A time to reflect and be thankful for amazing friends that have been put ever so gently into my life.

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The cake was:

Top tier-Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Buttercream

Middle Tier-Chocolate Cake with Mocha Chocolate Buttercream

Bottom Tier-Vanilla Cake with Teal Blue Vanilla Frosting

I used Marshmallow Fondant to cover and decorate the cakes. Fondant is usually hard and gross to me, but I found a great recipe and instructional video on making marshmallow fondant and really like it. It tastes good and is easy to make and use. I will link the video and recipe below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJCUy3ezRxE

Kimberly

 

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Healthier Carrot Cake

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Carrot Cake it an essential part of an Easter meal as far as I’m concerned. A dense, delicious, usually unhealthy cake. You would think that CARROT cake is healthy, I mean carrots are a vegetable….right?! So, in hopes to take a somewhat unhealthy version of this cake to a healthier one….I made a few substitutions. Bostyn and Blakely approved….and I felt perfectly ok with feeding them a few bites of it.

Healthier Carrot Cake
4 Eggs
2 Cups of Sugar (I used 1 1/2 Cups of Splenda & 1/2 Cup of Sugar)
1 Cup of pureed bananas
1/2 Cup Veg Oil
2 Cups of Flour
2 tsps Soda
3 tsps Cinnamon
1 tsp Salt
2 tsps. Vanilla
3 Cups raw grated Carrots
1/2 Cup crushed pineapple drained
1/ cup walnuts or pecans (chopped)
 
Mix first 9 ingredients. Then add carrots, nuts and pineapple. Pour into a 13X9 pan and bake at 350 degrees for at least 40 minutes or until not soft to touch in middle.
 
Cream Cheese Frosting
1 stick Butter or Margarine
3 oz of Cream Cheese
2 tsps. Vanilla
3/4 box of Powdered Sugar
1/2 cups of chopped nuts if desired
 

As you can see, the frosting is not really a healthy version, but HELLO…it’s frosting. We are going healthy on the cake…so a little bit of decadent cream chees frosting isn’t going to hurt!

Enjoy!

 
Kimberly
 
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Easter

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What a wonderful Easter. We had all the family together for a fun filled weekend. I am so thankful that Corey’s family and my family get along so well. We are truly like one big happy family. It makes it so nice to be able to send time with all of them together. We went to church on Saturday afternoon and then enjoyed a dinner out.

We are so thankful for what Christ had done for us and celebrated a beautiful sacrifice.

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All the little girls had a great time hunting Easter eggs after a yummy brunch on Sunday!

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The weather was perfect for some fun time outside. Bostyn and Blakely even tried out their new shades…pretty cool kids I must say.

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Kimberly

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Pop of Pink

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You can never go wrong with pink in my book. It’s pretty, cheerful, and feminine. Perfect! I have to admit this is not my own color combo, I saw a look like this on Pintrest and wanted to do something similar. After digging around in my closet….this is what I came up with. Pink skinnies with neutrals stripes. Great for an Easter weekend.

Outfit details: Taupe collared shirt-Express, Striped Sweater-Old Navy, Pink Skinny Jeans-Target, Bubble Necklace-Charlotte Russe, Bracelets-Target, Cream Ring-Dillards
 
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