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April 17, 2011

My what long nails you have!


Along with my obsession with collecting tabs, I am also obsessed with healthy finger nails! It was not until I was around 20 years old that I discovered this beauty secret. Instead of being selfish I will share my process with you!

First: Buy Hair, Skin, and Nail Vitamins
Read the directions. The brand I take recommends taking three pills everyday with food and water.

$7 at Wal-Mart
Second: Strengthen your nails with clear nail polish. Sally Hansen also makes it in different colors.
Also can purchase at Wal-mart


Three: Moisture your nails with Culticle Cream Directions read: Apply a generous amount daily to nails and cuticles. It's not greasy this product is great!
Hoofer's Choice from Sally's
 Four: Have your manicure set handy. You never know when you'll get a hang nail!
Perfect size for traveling

Hopefully this same ritual works for you! Just another way to treat yourself!


Here's to always being your BEST!

April 15, 2011

I'm thankful for...

Today is not Thanksgiving day, however, everyday I try to remember what to be thankful for. Especially on not so fabulous days. Maintaining a positive attitude I feel is key in order to pursue any goal in life. Maybe, I am too optimistic and naive, but I rather be in this state of mind, than be know as a 'debbie-downer.'

When I get in my bitter-salty moods, the only way I can snap out of it, is to write down what is important. Truly important. Not my favorite Bratz doll, although I do find them amazingly beautiful. Not my build-a-turtle with diamonds and pearls, even though she is truly fabulous. Not my cellphone or any other electronic device, making my social world fairly easy.

If I stripped all the accessories, decorations, or anything else I truly do not need in order to live, what am I ultimately thankful for?

I try not be cliche' with terms or statements that lack meaning. Such as just writing 'life.' Be thankful for life, yes, but I find that too broad and does not really grasp the core of the exercise. I would prefer writing down, 'being thankful for living a life where I never had to worry about my basic needs.' I have received many wants in my life that I have convinced myself to be a need.

But, I truly cannot say that I lived a life and did not have to worry about the necessities, food, clothing, shelter, and love. If anything, I have had only options for each of those categories. So, even though I didn't have a fabulous day mentally, I know today was probably worst for someone else in the world.

To be thankful for list

Even though I am the biggest cheerleader and motivator for my life, I too, have to sit back and remember what is really important. Cliche' Alert: I have to remember that plans are wonderful, but I have to take one day at a time.

I'll share with you my first three:

1. Living a life without worry of receiving my needs.
2. My curly hair.
3. Another day to pursue my dreams.

 I hope you take the time to discover what you are thankful for.

Here's to always being your BEST, even on your not so fabulous days!

April 12, 2011

Don't waste your time on jealousy

"Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead. Sometimes you're behind. The race is long, and in the end, it's only with yourself" -Mary Schmich

That quote should be the theme for everyone's life. We live in a world that is sometimes overly commercialized with outrageous and narcissistic individuals. I am guilty of such behavior. It's easy to become consumed  when constantly broadcasting, "look at me" on social networks, blogs, twitter. I have them all, love using them too.

But, there is another quote I try to follow, "It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice." Pet Peeve: I don't understand why people leave shopping carts in the parking lot, when there is a special area to place them. By not putting the cart away, you're making someone else's job harder. Common courtesy costs nothing. 

Don't get me wrong, I think self promotion is wonderful. If you don't believe in yourself first, how can others believe in you? I'm just saying, don't be so caught up in your personal world, that others, get left behind. And just because I do put shopping carts away, doesn't make me the person of the year. 

It's all about putting yourself in other people shoes. If part of my job was putting shopping carts away all day, I would really appreciate the people who put them back in their rightful place. As for jealousy, there will always be a lesser or greater person than yourself, and the only time you should look down on people, is if you are helping picking them up.

 Until next time,

 

April 10, 2011

My new favorite tote

Bear tote from forever21.com
 Simple, classy, and useful are the three words that come to mind when looking at this lovely tote. The handles are not shown in the photo, but trust me, it is a bag and a cute one at that.

I like to think that this dainty, little bear is happy, wearing her pretty, big bow and a pearl necklace. Who or what couldn't feel elegant wearing a set of pearls? Pearls were not just made for us sorority women. Although, I can see why sorority women would feel special wearing some. They can help you feel more polished, poised, and presentable. Triple P!

So what makes you feel special? It could be something tangible, or maybe it's much more deeper than that? Maybe it's the morning sunrise? I have white, sheer curtains in my room, so my room is bright in the morning. Beginning a new day can be special.

So before this day ends, I am going to remember the things that are special to me. So special, they're priceless. Such as, inner beauty, honesty, and perseverance.  This bag inspired me to share with you the special things we can discover in our world.

Until next time,

Here's to always being your BEST!

April 7, 2011

I Love My Hair

I did not always love my hair. Especially on windy days or even humid days. On windy days it can turn into a lion's mane. On humid days, it can sometimes feel like a swamp on my neck. Gross! Maybe I provided too much information?

Some people have found my hair to be amazing. Like nothing they have ever seen before. Some say it's cool, neat, or cute. Lovely, I can still be cute after the age of 24! Below are some more random questions that people have commonly asked me.

Questions:

1. I have been asked if my hair is real?
2. Did it get a perm?
3. How long does it take to straigten it?
4. Is it soft?

Answers: 

1. My hair is real, because it is attached to my head.
2. It is a lot to handle, but it is not a perm.
3. Yes, about an hour and a half.
4. Yes, but it depends on how much hairspray I use.

My hair even has a theme song! How many people can say that?



So if you have curly hair celebrate! If not, it is okay, you can still be Sassy!

Here's to always being your BEST!

April 6, 2011

A cake that is in a cup



Since October 2010, my sister and I have been making cupcakes monthly. Mostly to celebrate the holidays. Oh heck who am I kidding, it was to satisfy my sweet tooth! I just love how something so small can taste so good!

I choose not to count calories when eating cupcakes. It is not fair to the dessert itself. It served it's purpose to fill me up like a butter cup. Plus, who am I to discriminate a treat with such delight.

Don't you smile when you see a cupcake? Especially the miniature ones. How you can imagine just gobbling them up. I am a cupcake monster that enjoys sprinkles and buttercream icing.

These cupcakes were designed by my twin for Superbowl 2011. We decided to have a Valentine's Day themed party. We combined our love for cupid and football.
Gobble. Gobble. These were made with our niece and nephew. Spice cake with caramel icing and candy corn.
Halloween pumpkin cupcakes.

We get our inspiration from the books: Hello Cupcake and What's New Cupcake. Really great books, easy to follow instructions. I also like that the books show you how-to make house items into baking tools.

Maybe one day if you are ever in my neck of the woods, you can enjoy one of my cakes in a cup!

Here's to always being your BEST!

April 4, 2011

Philanthropic Obsession


I have an obsession with collecting tabs from tin cans. People have seen me pick them up in parking lots, take them off the drinks they are drinking from, and I have asked complete strangers, "May I have your tab?"

All for a good cause, of course!

Every since my friend Jessica, told me she collected tabs for the Ronald McDonald House, I was hooked. It was simple, easy, and anyone could participate. So why tabs?
The Ronald McDonald House Charities uses these tabs to collect funds for people and patients that stay in the house while receiving medical care.

On the back of every cardboard house that is used to collect tabs you can find the following passage, "Pull For the Ronald McDonald House: Recycled beverage tabs help your local Ronald McDonald House, a 'home away from home' for families of children with serious illnesses who are undergoing treatment at nearby medical facilities."

So put your tabs to better use, instead of throwing them away.

For more information and to find your local Ronald McDonald House please visit the website, Ronald McDonald House Charities

Here's to always being your BEST!

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