Friday, June 8, 2012

New Blog!!

Well as you might have noticed, this blog hasn't really been about our family lately, more about me, haha. So I have created my own personal blog!!! Which I want to add will be updated MUCH more regularly....should be fun! I don't know if I'll do anymore blog posts here, but I'll keep this blog for a while until I decide what to do with it. In the mean time......

Check me out at:

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Current Beauty Wish List

There are many things on my beauty wish list at the moment, and I'm hoping to sell my wedding dress by this summer so I can have some personal beauty spending money on some things I would really love to get. I have divided them into categories - Makeup Books, Makeup and Perfumes....and everything on my wish list I want because I've either heard amazing things about the products or have read wonderful things about them.

I'd love to hear what's on your beauty wish list!! So please leave me a comment telling me what's on your beauty wish list, or send me a link if you do a blog post on what you are wanting!!


The Makeup Artists Handbook

Express Makeup by Rae Morris


Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

Urban Decay Naked Palette 2

Mac Mineralize Skin Finish

Loreal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer

Benefit Porefessional Primer

Several NYX products - I won't show them all, but a few of their products I've been wanting to get are some of their powder blushes and bronzers, I also want all three of their studio perfect primers, I want to try their pore filler too. Here's a picture of one of their blushes I want in Cinnamon - yes it looks really orange, but you can blend it out to a beautiful sheer wash of color:

Sigma Eye Brushes:

Urban Decay makeup setting sprays - I'd love them all!

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils in several different bright and fun colors, I love doing a neutral eye and then putting on a bright pop of color with an eyeliner. Some of the colors I want are Woodstock, Electric, Ransom, and El Dorado.


Givenvchy Organza

Cacharel Gloria by Cacharel

Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker

Kenzo Parfum d'ete

Calvin Klein eternity for women

Estée Lauder Pleasures

Bulgari Eau de Parfumer White tea

Lancôme miracle

J'Adore by Dior

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

What I'm Grateful For

I know it's not Thanksgiving, but I am feeling particularly grateful today EVEN with all the stressful things going on in my life right now, so I thought I would share what I am grateful for today.

- Jesus Christ - I know this is obvious, but He is amazing! He is always near, even when I stray, He never leaves my side. He has granted me with such good health and I am SO appreciative!!

- SO thankful for a beautiful, healthy, cute baby girl - sometimes I look at her and I'm like, "What? She's mine? How the heck did that happen?" She is my baby doll, my sweet potato and my joy. I love her SO much!

- very grateful for my amazing best friend and husband, he is going through so much right now and yet he is still doing his best to provide for us and do all the manly things I don't do. And I'm so glad he's in good health. And he's sexy.

- green tea, it's yummy. And healthy!

- clean laundry, as much as I hate doing it, man I love a good pile of clean laundry.

- being able to buy whatever we need food wise and in general, and a lot of stuff we don't need but want, the Lord always provides way beyond what I could imagine.

- Godly friends who are there when we need them, they may not always be close by but are there through phone calls, emails and prayers. VERY grateful for the body of believers!

- makeup - yes I love my makeup, I was just going through it last night to pack some away and I was getting all inspired again with all the colors and products I have.

- music - AHHH, I love music! I love to sing, I'm so grateful I have a voice to sing with and ears to listen to music, music is such a huge and vital part of my life.

- knowing Mother's Day is coming up and I FINALLY get to actually physically celebrate it! I know I kinda celebrated last year when I was pregnant, but I actually have a sweet baby now, I am so blessed!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Me: from A-Z

I copied this from my friend these kinds of things - I tag all of you to do this on your blog too!! :)

Me: from A-Z

A. Age: 27 - whoa!
B. Bed size: Queen....we've talked about getting a King before, we might someday, sure would love the extra room.
C. Chore that you hate: I hate putting away folded clothes (don't mind folding them but hate putting them away, haha) and I hate emptying the dishwasher. I would almost rather wash dishes instead of empty the dishwasher and make room for dirty ones. What the heck?
D. Dogs: Don't really like them, they're kinda gross and stinky. I'm not a huge animal person, but I'd rather cats.
E. Essential start to your day: COFFEE!!!
F. Favorite color: Purple, pink, and I really like earthy, tuscan colors.
G. Gold or Silver: Absolutely silver - although I like silver or gold on my eyes.
H. Height: 5'2
I. Instruments you play: Piano, and I sing.
J. Job title: Music Teacher, Dabbling Makeup Artist, Mom and Wife
K. Kids: Cassandra (Cassie) Faith is 7 months old and 1 week
L. Live: Lakeville, MN but just for a few more months - then we'll be in Pensacola, Florida baby - oh yeah!
M. Mother’s name: Susan
N. Nicknames: Anna Banana, Annabug, Twana, Babe
O. Overnight hospital stays: When I had Cassie
P. Pet peeves: Bad spelling, super negative people, badly done makeup, dirty ears and fingernails
Q. Quote from a movie: "The bend and snap!!"
R. Right or left handed: Right.
S. Siblings: One older sister and 7 brothers
U. University: Nope
V. Vegetable you hate: SO many, lol - carrots, tomatoes, peppers, squash
W. What makes you run late: I don't usually run late - I always plan for things super early so that way I am on time - I'm usually early for everything!
X. X-Rays you’ve had: Never had one
Y. Yummy food that you make: Pot roast, whole chicken in the crock pot, mashed potatoes, enchiladas, grits, mmmmm.
Z. Zoo animal: Definitely the monkeys, love them!
You do it! :-) And if you do, please comment so I can make sure to come read it. Happy Sunday!

Thursday, April 5, 2012


Yep so if you follow me on facebook and read my latest status announcement, you will see that our big news is that we are moving to Pensacola Florida the first week of August.

The Lord has opened a ton of doors, and since we haven't ever really gotten settled here in Minnesota, and since our lease is up at the end of May we feel as if it's time to try a new place. We will be staying with some good friends the last couple of months we are here, they have very generously offered us their entire finished and empty basement. Thanks Margo and Derek!! Ya'll are the best!

I am so looking forward to being back down south after almost 6 years of living in the north since I got married. I have tried to be brave and have tried to survive here in the cold north, but it's been extremely hard for me. And northern people can be a wee bit distant and cold themselves, I know they don't mean to be, but I grew up in the south where everyone was just so friendly and welcoming and you had parties and get togethers all the time. I miss that.

We will be staying with my grandmother in Pensacola in her big house for a few months while we get settled and look for a house - and then of course two of my aunts live just minutes away from my grandmother. I am so excited about this new adventure, the move will be difficult but worth it.

I can't wait to live so close to the beach, be near southern people again, hopefully not see snow again (until we visit family back here in MN,) be around my extended family and a couple hours closer to my family, and also visit a lot of southern churches until we find the right one - I love southern churches, people are so friendly.

We will definitely miss all our family and friends up here in MN and it will be tough to say goodbye, but we are at peace knowing we are doing what we feel the Lord wants us to do and start a new chapter in our lives. Thanks in advance for all your prayers as we go through a lot of changes!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Yes I titled this blog post simply, "Life". Why? Well because I honestly couldn't think of a better name, haha! And because so many different and random things are going on in our lives right now, I couldn't fit it all into a blog post title.

Sooooo.....we will be having some news to share with people probably by the end of this week, no we aren't pregnant so you can cross that off your list of things to imagine about us, but it is some pretty big news and I can't wait to share with everyone. The Lord has been working in our lives and opening new doors and we are excited for this next journey and adventure in our lives.

In other news, my little baby girl is almost 6 months old - in fact, she will be six months old tomorrow! Oh my goodness, the time is literally flying by, on one hand I want to majorly slow it down, and on the other hand I am loving how big she is getting and the new things she learns each and every day. I can't believe she's not a newborn/infant anymore - I love this stage in her life. And even though the newborn stage was extremely challenging, I can't help but want a sibling for Cassie, she is very social and loves to be entertained, she would love a sibling. Perhaps that won't be too very far in the future....:)

Oh I just joined a book club with some other awesome ladies in the area, so excited about this - I have been wanting more excuses to read books I wouldn't normally read, and this book club will be perfect for that. We picked out our first book, "Watership Down", and yes it's about bunnies - we all laughed when we heard about the book but at the same time it intrigued us so we had to read it - especially with Easter coming up. ;) I think it will be a unique and fascinating book, can't wait to get it from the library and start reading!!

Spring is here and I'm loving it....I just saw some beautiful birds outside the window this morning and it put a song in my heart. You never know how much you miss birds until winter is over and spring arrives. Tis a beautiful thing!

And now since Cassie is taking a good nap, I shall sign off and go beautify myself. ;) Haha, or at least try I should say.

Until next time!!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Thoughts From A New Mom

- I knew being a mom would be hard, but I didn't realize the full amount of difficulty it would entail. ;)

- I have such a sensitive heart, I hate it when my baby is feeling bad, even though I get frustrated from not getting sleep, I still feel worse for her - I somehow take the pain she's feeling and feel it myself.

- I honestly thought I would have way more fun experimenting with cute girly clothes and accessories, but I guess I should have known I would dress her more like I dress myself - casual, comfy and easy. I am such a plain jeans and t shirt girl, Cassie usually wears sleepers because they're easy, haha. I might experiment more when she's older.

- Goodness, I had no idea baby fingernails and toenails grew so dang fast! I can't keep up!

- Giving baths are getting much harder, I assume they are getting harder before they get easier because she can't really sit up in her tub yet but wants too, so is constantly moving and trying to sit up.

- She started moving around in her bed last night for the first time, I came in at one point because she was fussing, and she was horizontal in bed, lol, I think she will start scooting very soon!

- No matter how hard the difficult moments, any moment she looks at me and smiles or touches my face, or tries to kiss me, I melt away and fall in love all over again.