The Liebster Award

Hello Gorgeous ladies!

I’ve been tagged to do the Liebster Award, which is an award to help bloggers who have a low amount of followers to reach out and connect with other bloggers❤!

Thanks to nobasicmakeup for tagging me!

So basically what I have to do is, giving you 11 facts about me, Answer nobasicmakeups  questions, tag 11 bloggers and find my own questions for the tagged bloggers to answer them! So let’s get started!

11 Facts about ME:

  1. I love to sing & dance, although I’m not good at dancing
  2. I love playing tennis for fun
  3. I play guitar
  4. I have a 6 week old baby boy who was just diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.
  5. I would buy every subscription box in the market if I had the money. I’m an addict!
  6. My favorite band is The Beatles but I like tons of stuff. I’m into Mo and Sarah Jaffe at the moment.
  7. I can do a back bend and move my ears
  8. I’m a goo hoarder. 🙂
  9. I worked at a gas station for 4 years, just quit and couldn’t be happier with my decision.
  10. My husband is my best friend and has saved me from myself more times than I wanna admit.
  11. I’m blunt. I don’t beat around the bush so if you don’t want to hear the truth don’t ask.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My questions from nobasicmakeup :http://nobasicmakeup.net/2016/03/31/liebster-award/

  1. What is the thing you love the most about yourself? My face because it’s beautiful
  2. How many lipsticks do you own? Only 6
  3. Your biggest fear? Getting a roach stuck in my ear. I saw it on ER when I was a kid and ever since I’ve been scared to death of it happening to me. Ahhh!
  4. What do you love most about makeup? I love how pretty it makes me feel when I’m not feeling too great.
  5. Your idol makeupgurus? shaaanxo https://www.youtube.com/user/shaaanxo & https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC39eHhTEqiBlqRbmIIYjm-g
  6. Would you rather go outside without your brows done or with an overload of blush on your face? Without my brows done. Too much blush is the worst!
  7. When did you start wearing makeup? 7th grade I started wearing eyeliner and maskara
  8. What are your hobbies? Singing, organizing, reviewing products, hiking,cooking tennis and guitar.
  9. Tell me one freaky fact about you that noone knows! I can move my ears
  10. Whats your biggest lifegoal? To be happy

    “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

    -John Lennon

  11. What do you do currently (job, study)? I’m a stay at home mom right now. I went from working 50 hours to staying at home. It’s really nice to be able to stay home.

SO I TAG: 

The Millionaire’s Digest

Dolled up by J

Kaylalynnbeauty

anewsideofbeauty

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My questions for you:

1.What religion or spirituality are you a part of if any?

2.What are your top 3 makeup products?

3.Did you play a sport in high school and do you still play?

4.What is your job?

5.What do you do to destress after a long day?

6. How long have you been blogging?

7. What are your hobbies?

8. What is your hair color and texture and what are your favorite hair products?

9. Tell me about your pets if you have any, if not what’s your favorite animal?

10. What has been your biggest struggle in life?

11. Tell me something about yourself that I would never know.

12. Do you have kids, if not do you want kids and if not why not?

 

 

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Body Positivity

“In a society that profits from your self-doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act”

Women seem to constantly be talking about their bodies as if it defines who they are. We call ourselves fat or ugly like it’s going out of style. Thinner women always complain that they are fat around me and in my mind its a huge insult to me. So if you think you are fat then I must be as big as a house, right? I wish I didn’t take it that way but I do. When are us women going to stop degrading ourselves to each other? Its not helping anyone. It’s definitely not helping the feminist agenda either. The product of this self hate is that we push our own insecurities to the next generation and now it’s part of the circle of life to hate our bodies.

 

I’ve struggled with my weight since I was five years old. I remember the first time I thought of myself as “fat”. It was my 1st day of kindergarten. I was wearing a green gingham dress with my long blonde hair pulled back into a pony. It was the first time I saw myself as an object, something separate from my thoughts. I was too young to figure out what I would do about it so I did nothing but get depressed. As I got older I started to do things like skip meals and binge. It wasn’t until middle school that it became a real problem. The girls were cruel to me. The popular girls wanted nothing more than to knock me down. I had something they wanted: I could sing and I could sing well. At my middle school if you weren’t in choir and glee club you were nobody. They had something I wanted too. I wanted to be thin, to be normal. Well, I was barely overweight but I wanted to be underweight. I wanted the boys in choir to lift me with ease even though my dance partner never seemed to have an issue lifting me. Having a good voice didn’t matter because I didn’t have the looks to go with it. Something had to change, and it did. It ruined my life in fact. First, I started making myself throw up every meal. Then that got to be too much. It was hard to hide and I was already losing my friends due to my sullenness. Throwing up wasn’t working so I stopped eating completely. It was fine for a couple of weeks until I found that I could no longer sleep at night. Days of no eating or sleeping flew by. I began to think I was invincible and I was actually losing weight. No one seemed to notice so I kept going until they did. The popular girls started treating me a little bit better. But by then I didn’t give a flying f*** about those girls. I was gaining confidence and didn’t care about what they had to say one bit. My confidence grew and grew until I suffered an awful psychotic break. It was too much for my body and it was about to give out. I had gone far too long without sleeping or eating. After all that, the 1st semester of 7th grade, everything is a blur. My memories are stitched together by what my friends tell me happened.  I cannot remember any of it but I know it was bad. I know I was psychotic for years. After my first episode I was in the mental hospital for I don’t know how long. All I remember is being given love notes and having a little affair with my roommate in the hospital. I was shoved pills to treat bipolar disorder down my throat. Could no Dr figure out that I wasn’t eating and sleeping? That can’t make a person go nuts can it. Yes it can and It should. I believe that after being started on a treatment plan for bipolar, it caused me to never get better. I was eating and sleeping but I was still psychotic.

I had several other episodes but I can’t say when each one happened.

I tried to kill myself at least two times by over dose and I also cut up my arms and legs.

I followed Pro- Ana Mia blogs religiously

I starved myself off an on but I never stopped the bulimia…in fact I started abusing laxatives as well.

 

At one point I told a family member and asked them to help me but they said I was just going through a phase and refused to get me any help. Apparently I was never thin enough to warrant worry, so I never stopped.

I remember bits and pieces of high school but they are out of order. I think all of the meds I was on has screwed with my memory.

It wasn’t until I met Steven, my future husband that I realized my worth. Our courtship is a long story so I won’t bore you with the details. Bottom line is that he did alot of work to get me to stop the bulimia and the cutting. When we moved in together he made me stop taking the pills. When they were out of my system, I realized that I was a very sick, delusional person while taking them. Flash forward 6 years and I haven’t had an episode since and haven’t needed psychiatric drugs. My husband saved me from a life of sickness and I’m forever grateful that he came along.

 

What I’m trying to get to is this………

Are your looks really worth destroying your body and mind over? Don’t waste 8 years of your life over it like I have. It’s miserable.

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We all need to get over ourselves and stop worrying so much about our looks and our weight because it doesn’t matter. Be a rebel and love yourself. Being happy should be the priority not “Ill be happy when my skin clears up or I lose 15 pounds.” You will never be happy with that kind of thinking. Surround yourself with people who love you for you and you won’t need to worry about your looks. Tell yourself that you are beautiful and maybe you will believe it someday. I can’t lie and say that I’m happy with my looks because I’m not. It took years to drill that negativity into my brain and it’s gonna take some time to get over it, but my self hate seems to fade every day. I have a son now to worry about and the last thing he needs is for me to lack confidence.

Here’s to the body positivity  movement! May we all accept ourselves a little more each day.  .

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DOTD 3/28/2016

Dinner of the Day!

-Hatch Chile and Red Pepper Chicken Enchiladas

-Mexican Oregano & Asiago cheese Hasselback potatoes, Romanesco & Califlower

-Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies for dessert

DOTD32816Having a good family meal used to be so important in our culture. It was a time to sit down relax,enjoy a homemade meal and catch up with our family members. Now that the world seems to get busier and busier it seems we never have time for it. A lot of people just grab fast food and don’t think twice. Not only is fast food horrible, chemical filled crap but its taking away our ability to learn how to cook and spend time with our loved ones or one.

Now that I’m a stay at home mom, I feel its my duty to make yummy healthy meals for my family each night. I always make a dinner but I don’t normally put much effort into it but starting now, I am. I have a baby boy that’s gonna be eating real food one day so I need to learn to cook for his sake!  That’s why I’m starting my Dinner of the Day Series! Here Goes!

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Hatch Chile Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

Ingredients

1 crockpot

1 lb Chicken breasts or strips

1 packet fajita seasoning of your choice

1 quarter yellow onion

2 cloves garlic

1/2 Red Bell Pepper

1 fresh Jalapeno thinly sliced or canned if preferred (optional)

12 Corn Tortillas

Extra Virgin olive oil to cook tortillas in

1 cup grated mexican blend cheese

Hatch Chile Salsa (I use 505 Southwestern Flame Roasted Green Chile Pictured below)

This stuff is great! Just 4 ingredients no chemicals and fillers

hatch chile

Directions: 

-Throw the first 5 ingredients into your crock-pot with the amount of water specified by your fajita seasoning packet. You can chop the veggies to your preference. I like to julienne the red bell pepper so I can top off the enchiladas with them. Cook on low for 4 hours.

-Preheat Oven to 400

-After the chicken has cooked, fry your tortillas in EVOO (just enough oil to soften your tortillas to make them roll easily)

-Set up your assembly line. You can have family help if you’d like. Set out your tortillas first, then 1/2 cup cheese, then your crock pot chicken crumbled (just wash your hands and crumble the chicken on a cutting board) and lastly your casserole dish of choice.

-First Pour about 1/2 cup of the juice left over in your crock pot into your casserole dish.

-Next fill each tortilla with chicken and cheese, roll and place into casserole dish, repeat with all 12 tortillas.

-Top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese

-Top with a layer of Hatch Chile salsa

-Top with Red bell pepper strips from crock-pot and pour remaining juice on top of enchiladas.

-If you like it spicy, thinly slice a Jalapeno and place on top of enchiladas, canned is fine too.

-Bake for 10-15 min

-Let cool 5 min

Ready to Serve!

Mexican Oregano & Asiago Hasselback Potatoes, Romanesco and Califlower.

Ingredients:

-1 TB Mexican Oregano

-2 tablespoons grated Asiago Cheese

-Salt and pepper to taste

-Garlic Powder

-Extra Virgin Olive Oil

-Small Creamer Potatoes

-1/2 cup Romanesco

-1/2 Cup Califlower

Directions: 

-Preheat oven to 400

-Cut potatoes like you are slicing them but don’t cut all the way to the bottom, cut till you almost hit the bottom.

– Put your veggies and potatoes in a dark baking dish.

– Sprinkle the first 4 ingredients on top and toss in EVOO

-Place foil on top of pan and bake at 400 for 30 min

-Let cool 10 minutes

Ready to Serve!

 

Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

As if! Like I’m gonna give you my secret recipe! pff!

Hope you enjoyed the recipes!

Carson Paige ♫

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walmart Beauty Box Spring 2016

Walmart Beauty Box Spring 2016 First Impressions

I just got my Walmart Beauty box for this spring!

The cost of this box is just $5 per season and the box is always valued at more than $5 so it’s totally worth it. It’s so nice to get a surprise in the mail. You never know whats gonna be in it.

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This box is STUFFED! As soon as I opened it I knew It was gonna be good!

The first thing I went in for was the Colgate Optic white toothpaste.

It clams to make teeth whiter in just 3 days-we’ll see about that!(I’ll comeback here and update you after I’ve tried it for 3 days) I’m exited to try it.

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excuse the pajamas, I didn’t feel like getting dressed. Who dresses up to open a box anyways? I’m just being real here.

Next up is a sample of John Frieda brilliant brunette subtle lightening shampoo. It is supposed to visibly brighten brunette hair. Its a pretty generous size sample and would be great to take on a trip. I’ll be giving it to a brunette friend as my hair is blonde.

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The next product in this box is a sample of Cera Ve Healing ointment. I’ve never heard of this so I don’t know what to expect. It looks and feels much like Neosporin. It will be great to have on hand for cuts and scrapes. (I’m pretty clumsy)

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This next item is something that I already purchase regularly. It’s one of my must haves. It is a travel size of Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer in the color fair to medium. I use this self tanner to give myself just a little bit of color as I’m against tanning beds or laying out. I use it sparingly as the ingredients are questionable. I have sensitive skin so I try not to over use any products but I’ve never had a reaction from it. I’ve tried alot of self tanners and this one gets the biggest bang for your buck.

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The next item is something that my husband and I could both use. Its Curel Itch Defense Body wash. We both are prone to dry, itchy skin so we have to be careful with our body wash. I can’t wait for us to try this. It would be a miracle to find something that works for both of us!

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Now we have the Biore Baking Soda Pore cleanser. I’ve been using the Biore Ice cleanser as my main face cleanser since I was in high school to stop breakouts. Now the ice cleanser is starting to dry out my skin too much so maybe I will like this one better.  

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I usually cannot stand getting packet samples but the ones I got in this box were pretty nice. I got a sample of Berts Bees BB Cream which I’ve been wanting to try. It comes with a $3 off coupon so If me likey me buyey! There’s a packet sample of Neutrogena Oil free Acne correct and cover. I’m guessing that its a CC cream? It also comes with a coupon for $1 off. I’ve been wanting to try new BB creams so it will be nice to try these. There is a sample of Loreal Paris Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial oil-dang what a mouthful! Yet another thing I would actually like to try. Next there is a True Match card with a $1 coupon. The card has stickers you can match to your skin color to find the best match in the Loreal True Match foundation collection.

My box came with a sample of the new Vera Wang Embrace Perfume. It smells sweet and light. I could live off the perfume samples I’ve gotten in my lifetime but I’m always up for more. I keep them in a jar in my guest room and let anyone take one.

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and last but not least, my favorite item in the box….

The Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Color stick! 

I’m exited about this because I never buy lip color products and I’m starting to want to start trying out lipsticks.

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Overall I really love this box! I would value it at around $15 not including the coupons!

Thanks for listening to my rambles!!

Carson Paige