Saturday, May 17, 2014

Some Cool Pictures

Every now and then I get my pictures off of my phone and notice that I take a half decent picture. 

My cool selfie-artsy like picture I took while at Disneyland.

Took this while walking.  

The proper whipped cream to strawberry ratio.

My Clover's essay on her Mom.

Out on a family walk.

Being Girly Bit Me In The Eye

Actually we're not exactly sure what caused it but I'm guessing it was from not properly removing my eye make up.  So here is my PSA.

Remember peeps, take your makeup off properly.  Get yourself some eye makeup remover.

The night before I rubbed my eye in the shower and my eye lid swelled up.  I googled it and assumed it was probably an allergic reaction so I went to bed and woke up with my eyebrow looking fabulous.  Unfortunately it was attached to a swollen eye lid.  So, off to the doctor I went to find out that it was a bacterial infection.  She gave me some ointment and gave me kuddos for coming in early.       

I mean check out that arch!  
So I had to slather on ointment for a few days.  I hate ointment.  I pretty much despise anything petroleum based.  I really hate the way it feels on my skin.  But it was the ointment or the swollen eye lid so I went with the ointment.  It only took a day for the swelling to go down.

I took my own advice and picked up some eye makeup remover.  Geez all these things I have to buy just to slap some stuff on my face.   


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Testing The Waters

Testing the waters, dipping my toes in, or maybe just jumping in with my clothes on.  I am entering the world of all things girly.  So I thought about just adding little bits here and there but really it all added up quickly and before I knew it, I had a kit.  Which I took with me on vacation.  YES!  I wore makeup while on vacation.

In no particular order...

Brushes.  These are for my foundation. 

I used to use the brushes that came with the Bare Minerals.  Then out of nowhere something happened with my skin and they started irritating me.  I was super red after using the Bare Minerals brushes.  So I switched over to the ones I picked up on sale from BH Cosmetics and no more redness.  Guess my face doesn't like all natural.  So synthetics for me! 

More brushes.

All shoved into my travel bag.  

Mineral Powder Foundation

I've had these for awhile from back when I wanted to "get girly" a few years ago and they sat around.  So I just picked up where I left off and started using these again.  I like mineral foundation.  I don't like thick stuff on my skin.  I just don't, I'm not sure why.  That is why I wear a powder sunscreen because if it's slimy I get grossed out.  So the powder works out for me and I don't feel like my face is melting off when I get hot.    

This BB Cream is awesome for me because it is light.  It also soaks in to my skin and doesn't sit on top and make me feel slimy.  It also has sunscreen in it so that is a bonus.  This was a splurge for me but seems like it will last for a really long time. 

Love this pallet!  My ultimate favorite!  I should have taken a picture of the inside.  It's metal so it's awesome to travel with.  Also a splurge but I use it everyday!

The bronzing pallet from Bare Minerals.  I have no idea what I am doing with this.  Let's just be honest.

Using the black as eye liner with the push liner brush as shown here. 

Packing it all wasn't very hard since I just threw it all in the small makeup case I got at Target.  The added sunscreen in my products helped out when we hit the beach and the Zoo while on vacation.  So that was a bonus of taking my makeup.  The downside was it took an extra half an hour to get ready before dinner.  If you haven't figured it out yet I am "grab my phone and out the door" kind of a gal.  So adding extra steps before I leave the house is tripping me up.  I am getting used to it though.  I like the confidence boost I got from knowing that I looked pretty good when my Hubby took me out to dinner.  I always have that moment where I have him check to make sure that I am not super powdery because I have those moment where I feel like I have no idea what I am doing.  It's getting a little easier as I practice.

Maybe I will learn how to swim in this great big girly ocean.  Wow, that sounded totally wrong but you get what I mean.  :P  

I Have Funny Friends

Also as a side note, I don't understand knock knock jokes.

Every Single Year

Albert Einstein said that insanity was doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

That describes me and tomatoes.

Every single year I plant a tomato plant.  And every single year I think I am going to get this huge bumper crop.  Yet, every single year I get about one or two measly tomatoes.  Which, I never seem to get to eat.  But then again every Spring, here I am planing another plant.

So here we are...

 This year I found some plants at Costso which were a little bigger than I usually plant.  These were already established so I though I would have better luck.  So far so good.  They are also in the front yard this year which has a bit more sun so hopefully I will get a homegrown tomato.  There is nothing better than a homegrown tomato.  Which is why I go through all of this. 

Thomson Seedless yummyness!
My grapes in the back yard are doing well this year which makes me very happy.  These are fairly new, only about three years.  Last year they grew two bunches.  The birds took down one bunch and Clover took down the other one.  So I didn't get any :(.  But this year there are ten bunches between both vines!  I am very excited. 

Hopefully, this year my tummy will be happy also. 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Trying Something New

Trying something new seemed to be the theme for Clover's first official Spring Break.  Just a warning that this is going to be pretty picture heavy.  Hubby decided to plan it back in January and was using it as motivation during stressful work weeks.  Stressed out?  No need to worry because we are going on Spring Break!  He wanted something that we had not done before as a family.  We have hit the Mouse House a couple of times and the Central Coast a lot.  So he chose San Diego this time around.  We usually skip it because it's about a six to seven hour drive depending on traffic.  We left Sunday morning and managed to make it to the hotel in 5 and some change.  Coming home we were not as lucky.  It took seven hours to get home.  We were all very stiff when we got out of the car.  The drive home was the only downside to the entire vacation.  

What every girl needs in her purse, lip gloss and a crochet hook!

My darling hubby taking a picture of Downtown San Diego.

Lots of pretty boats out on the water.

And at the dock.

Fountain at the hotel.  

We stayed at the Sheraton at the Marina by the airport in San Diego.  I thought that the location was going to be a problem because it is right across the street (literally) from a huge airport.  But once the balcony door was shut we really didn't hear the planes at all.  We must have gotten used to the noise because we really didn't notice them until we saw them flying overhead.  It was nice to watch the planes come in and out.

We were at the Marina so there are lots of pictures of boats.

Mmmmm butter

The restaurant at the hotel had fancy butters to try with their bread.  My favorite was the yellow pepper (the one in the middle).  Although the artichoke one was pretty good and so was the sun dried tomato.


Read the fine print.  You wouldn"t rush your Mama!

We tried a few places that were on Zagat and Yelp.  We asked around for recommendations here and there and we got some good dinner places but not anywhere for breakfast.  I didn't want to shell out twenty something a head for the buffet at the hotel so the first morning we went exploring.  We found Hash House a Go Go.  This food was awesome!  One plate could easily feed a family.  The portions are huge.  Our problem is that none of us want the same thing.  This place was kind of small and was packed.  We didn't have too much of a wait but we noticed the line as we were leaving.      

Not your normal Corned Beef Hash.

I like to think of myself as a Corned Beef Hash explorer.  The only problem with that is that I like mine a certain way.  I like it crispy and chopped up really fine and with potatoes.  This was chunky and with onions and cheese, so I was pretty iffy.  The waiter assured me it was awesome so I took a chance.  My mouth was very happy with that decision.  He was right.  It was indeed awesome.  The cheese caramelizes and gets all happy with the chunky hash.  Which was made from scratch and NOT that gross canned stuff.  The peppers and onions were a nice touch.     

Clover's Pancakes were bigger than her head.

Heading over the bridge to Coronado Island.  Which is really a peninsula and not an island. 

Speaking of being out of my is photographic proof that I was in a skirt!

She wanted to get in the water so bad.  It was pretty windy and chilly though.

Night shot over the Marina after having some killer pizza.

We took the recommendation from a friend and hit up Pizza Nova.  The place was very nice looking and I am used to my pizzas coming from little mom and pop places here so I didn't know what to expect.  They start you off with these garlic herby dough ball things which sets the tone for the entire meal which told me that my stomach was going to be very happy.  We even ordered delivery to the hotel one night since we wanted to stay in after hitting the Zoo.  That was a nice ending after all that walking.  

Another place that Clover loved was the Corvette Diner.  That was a fun place.  There was a bit of a wait but it was worth it.  It's an old timey slash retro diner.  They have live DJ that plays songs instead of a jukebox so that was a nice twist.  The hostesses and waitresses are in costumes and the whole nine yards.  They do this thing where they twist straws in your hair which Clover was all about so she got a huge bow put in hers.  My burger was probably one of the best ones I have ever had and that is a pretty huge compliment since I love my burgers.  Hubby had the one with peanut butter on it and he loved it so much I think I saw his eyes roll in the back of his head.  

Nice afternoon in the courtyard.

Having the family in one hotel room presented some challenges.  Why do hotel tv's play so much Spongebob?  Ick, I hate Spongebob.  Then there are really issues like what if one of us wanted to nap and the others didn't?  Easy, we go downstairs and chill.  There was a Starbucks in the hotel so Clover and I meandered around the hotel and found a spot to chill.  I wanted to crochet and she wanted to run around and play.  Unfortunately I left my favorite hook and three balls of yarn in the desk drawer when we checked out.  Hopefully whoever finds my project with work on it and get some use out of it.    

I had to include this one.

Oh, yeah, challenges of traveling with a six year old.  We were getting ready to hit the famous San Diego Zoo and Clover was very excited.  She went into the bathroom and then we just hear wailing.  Like it was the end of the world.  So of course we both rush into check on her.  She comes out and tells us she dropped her toothbrush in the toilet!  We didn't know what to do.  I had a moment where I was wondering why she was wailing over the toothbrush.  Then she said she fished it out!  EWWWWWWW and then told me "I didn't go pee yet so it should be okay right?"  KIDS ARE SO GROSS!  She really loved that Hello Kitty toothbrush that we picked out just for this trip but I had to put my foot down.  She was completely upset that she had to throw it away (and then she washed and thoroughly sanitized her hands).  I promised her that we would go down and buy her a brand new never dropped in the toilet tooth brush and that calmed her down a little bit.  I knew the counter was close in the bathroom but I couldn't figure out the logistics of how she dropped her toothbrush in the toilet.  So I asked her.  She told me "I was really excited and I wanted to get ready super fast to I was trying to brush my teeth while I was going potty and it just slipped."  And then she got mad at us for laughing and told us it wasn't funny.  Yes, yes it was.

We haven't had a family vacation like that in a really long time.  We did a lot of stuff but still have a lot of activities to check off the next time we go back.  We enjoyed each others company even though we were in the same hotel room for five days.  We explored a part of California that we had never been too and that part was a lot of fun.  Just being able to go and see what is out there.  Which we never would have done if we weren't willing to step out of our comfort zone and try something new.