Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September Favorites

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Today I'm listing my September favorites. This is new to me and something I've been wanting to get into lately but haven't had the time (not that I have it now, but still). I'll have little descriptions so just scroll through and if you see something you like or want to try it out let me know in the contact page!

Out of my five mascaras that I have right now, Pumped Up Colossal Volume Express has been my favorite.

I've used this BB cream for forever! It's always done me good and it lasts nice and long.

Sometimes instead of a pencil eyeliner I like to use a pen eyeliner for a smoother and more exact look. This one by e.l.f. was only $2 and is really good quality.

I got this Lancome lip gloss about two or three months ago and I just now started using it. I've loved the way it sits on my lips with the sparkles but without the annoying texture. The shade is Hot Number.

This Wet and Wild glitter was only $1! The packaging says to only use on body and face but I've used it on lips too. It has a lip gloss-y texture and it worked perfectly mixed into a toned gloss, and added a nice amount of sparkles.

Last but not least for beauty and hair products is my feather extension bobbi. Basically just a clip attached to feathers on a small chain. I just recently broke this out and I fell in love with it all over again.

I got this perfume last year at Christmas for $3 at Bath and Body Works and have had it since not really using it because it didn't really fit the season. But as it is now, it's my new favorite. Honey crisp Apple and Buttered Rum Orchard. 

And my favorite hair product this month is Batiste's dry shampoo. Love it! I got the scent Floral Essences.

My favorite three books this month are The Distance Between Us, On The Fence, and The Fill-In Boyfriend. These were all written by my favorite author this month Kasie West. 

I also have included my favorite BIBLE VERSES! All are Proverbs because that is the book I'm going through right now. They are Proverbs 16:2, 16:6, 16:9, 31:25-26, 31:30.

I recently just went to Pay-less and got two new pairs of shoes. I got this pink pair of pumps for $10 and went on my way leaving behind "my" (really my two older sisters') second choice. After a week of agonizing nights (some filled with tears) of thoughts of those shoes which I let get away, I went back to Pay-less and returned the pink pair. I found the blue and ended up getting both for a total of $15 because of a sale. Yay! These are my two new faves for shoes!

A friend of my family gave my sisters and I some of her unused stuff and this purse was among that stuff. I love this purse and have used it all month. 

My top 10 songs include some older ones but I still love them all the same: God Gave Me You by Blake Shelton, House Party by Sam Hunt, First by Lauren Daigle, Fly by Maddie and Tae, Even So Come by Kristian Stanfill, Between The Raindrops by Lifehouse feat. Natasha Beddingfield, When The Stars Burn Out by Philips, Craig, and Dean, Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars, Play It Again by Blake Shelton, In The Eyes by 1 Girl Nation.

And Lastly, my favorite Polyvore outfits for this month:

 AshMade by @ponyboysgirlfriend
 Fall means footballMade by @ponyboysgirlfriend
 Untitled #108Made by @annad121 (me)
Sweater Weather!Made by @annad121 (me)

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XO AnnaD

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Book Review: Once Was Lost

Once Was Lost is a book written from the perspective of Samara (Sam) Taylor. The book follows Sam's struggles with her mom in rehab after a DUI, her faith and doubt concerning God, and the father who spends all his time getting through "one more day" pastoring at a church. On top of it all, a 13-year-old girl in their small town goes missing. Sam needs a miracal. But with the everything out of order and nothing how it used to be, will she be able to grasp one?

I recommend this book for 13 year-olds and up, although it's appropriate for most 12 year-olds. This book was written by Sara Zarr and published October 13th, 2009. Paper back has 217 pages.

Having been a pastor's daughter most my life, I could undersand where Sam was coming from. She knew that no one expected her or her family to be imperfect, that all the imperfections were not supposed to be shared, and that being a pastor's kid you weren't supposed to doubt your faith. No one is perfect (a theme that seems to come up during a lot of my posts). Obviously no one told Sam or her family that. But as the book and characters progress, they start to understand.

I love how this book hit so many points that we can understand through life. I also love that you can clearly see the characters grow and open up. With a beautiful ending and a great plot I recommend this book for you to read whether you be the pastor's kid, one struggling with your faith, or just looking for something to read.

Thank You for reading my post, come back for more later!

XO AnnaD

Monday, September 14, 2015

Peanut Butter Chocolate S'mores


Yesterday the cold front finally hit Mobile. Although it's not really a cold front, but we definitely got a nice day that was perfect for a campfire. We invited some people over and lot's of fun and s'mores.

When we say "having people over for s'mores," it's more than chocolate, marshmallows, and gram crackers. Although whenever the s'mores make it's way to our house we have more than just a basic s'more. We have some special tricks up our sleeves when it comes to s'mores and I am here to share them with you.

First, you need to know, my family LOVES the peanut butter chocolate mixture, almost every tub of ice cream we bring home is peanut butter chocolate, every cupcake has a Reeses peanut butter cup in it, and that's just the beginning.

When my dad brought home the snack size Reeses peanut butter cups as chocolate instead of Hershey's chocolate, our household as we know it was changed. If you love this idea you should definitely try it out! It is amazingly good.

Next peanut butter chocolate combo was discovered when we let some bicyclist stay in our home over night. We had a campfire and a new way of making s'mores. The three guys brought the idea of the open top and peanut butter and dark chocolate chip s'mores.

To make these s'mores spread some peanut butter across half a gram cracker. Next lay dark chocolate chips on the peanut butter. Roast your marshmallow lay it on the gram cracker, do not add other half on top. This version cancels out a part of the sweetness from the marshmallows making a nice bold taste. Also, it's a lot less messy!

Those are my family's favorite ways -besides the original- way to eat a s'more. If your family has any special way to make a s'more, you can comment below, or send them to me via email through the contact tab.

Thank You for reading!

XO AnnaD

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Hey Guys! Just found out that Heather Vogel Frederick is having a contest. Winner will get a signed book of your choice from the MDBC series. I am so excited! Hop on over there and enter. Winner is announced on the 15th.

No Means No When Babysitting

When babysitting you will always come to a point of defiance. Every child has a point where they want to be done obeying and will tell you that. Some do it discreetly and some don't say it at all. But no matter how awesome you and the parents think that kid is, there will be a day.

The biggest issue is dealing with it. When babysitting siblings it's easy: "I'm calling dad." But not so much with other people's kids. You might not know how they punish their children and how they want you to do it. The best thing you can do is trust your instincts.

*You can't physically punish a child; and you might not be able to punish them they way you want to either. Often it's harder to make a kid sit in "time out" than you thought it would. Some don't even understand the concept of "time out!" I find the best way to punish a child is to take away what is causing the problem in different sizes.

For me, most of the time when the defiance comes because of a electronic. Start by setting a timer, both you and the child understand this concept. If it's still a problem, turn off the electronic. Last result, take/put it away.

But sometimes it's not as easy as that. It is definitely hard when it's not a physical thing that is causing a problem. One may have an attitude, be too bossy, or have a medical condition. Still you can take away the problem. It's like algebra, try to get the unknown away from problem or equation. 

*It's okay if children scream, they're not going to hurt themselves. If a child starts screaming at you, do not scream back. Use a gentle and knowing voice, tell them what is going to happen, how it's going to happen, and the options if there are any.

*The worst thing you can do when punishing a children is give in. You are in charge! They might scream at you that you are not, but we both know you are. It also does not matter if what you are "putting away" shall we call it is not yours, you are in charge and your best instincts are what matter. If putting something away is the best thing to do, do it.

*No punishment should ever be a result of frustration or anger from the person giving the punishment. You should not react in anger or frustration at a child when things aren't working out or are stressful. You need to keep calm so everybody else is too. If you yell at a child when you are angry, they don't understand. Your words may be forgotten, but the screaming and wailing won't be.

When punishing there should be obedience from both sides of the equation. If you are punishing a child wisely and respectfully, you are obeying. How? you may ask. Well, if a parent tells you to tell them if something went wrong and you don't, obviously you're disobeying, but if you do let the parents know, you're following the instructions and the rules that were set. It's the same with punishing, if you punish the child with the understanding that it's what needs to be done for the better, you are obeying your better judgement and most of the time the parents as well.

Do not act or pretend to be the child's parent, it will not be good for either you or the child. Do not dish out punishment like it doesn't matter. It does, children remember what happened when they did something. Do not loose it every time something goes wrong, be understanding. Before you inflict the consequences, give the child a chance to say sorry and be forgiven. Only should discipline happen when the child does not respond to NO more than once or twice.

I hope that this gave all you beginning babysitters an idea of how to not get scared and hide when I child says no to you. All of these points I follow and as long as you have patience, and are responsible everything will run smoothly.

Thank you for reading!

XO AnnaD