Goodbye, Makeup!

Something happened in my heart this new year. I began to realize that I have too much when others have so little. I know this is something that is in the back of everyone’s mind but in the past few days, the Holy Spirit has brought it to the forefront.

To those who know me and my passion for makeup know this is a hard one for me but after praying and considering, I’m very excited about making the following decisions and in the meantime, I will have an open heart to receive anything that God might want to show me.

1. I have downsized my makeup collection (by more than half) and will be either donating (to women that need it) or selling the other half.

2. I have also vowed not to buy any makeup this year, unless it’s something I ran out of, meaning, I won’t be buying lipstick any time soon.

3. I will be saving that money and donating it to the ending of human trafficking.

If there is something in your life that might be taking a higher priority than what it should be? If so, I invite you to join me.

Happy New Year!

2014 was a year that I will remember forever. Not only did I experience being pregnant for the first time, but also, all that comes with that, such as giving birth, taking care of a baby and all the nuances that come along with that such as changing diapers, breastfeeding, sleep deprivation, etc., I’ve experienced it all for the first time, in 2014.

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I’ve been thinking about what I wanted to do regarding my resolutions/goals for this year. After thinking up so many different ones, I realized that they all fall into these three main points:

  1. To love Jesus
  2. To love myself well
  3. To love my family well

To Love Jesus

Simply put, to live a life that is worthy of my calling. To love him by seeking him and drawing near to him every day. To be more attentive to the Holy Spirit and following his guidance. To show others the way, the truth and the life, who is Jesus.

To Love Myself Well

I am not one to have major insecurity issues, but my health is not in my top priorities and it should be. After losing almost 30 pounds last year, I became pregnant. What a miracle! I don’t want it to stop there. I want to be healthy, strong, and fit. I want to make good choices with regards to the things that I eat and be wise with my time so that I can have time to exercise every day. If I am healthy, I will be able to live a lifestyle in which I can lead my family by example.

To Love My Family Well

I’m blessed with a husband and a son that are out of this world. My husband is my soulmate and although we get on each others nerves from time to time (heck, we work together 24/7), we are crazy about each other and wouldn’t have it any other way. And this past year, we were blessed with our miracle baby, Peter Louis. He is the most wonderful baby and we are truly in love with him. I want to be the best mom I can be and be the best wife I can be.

What about you?

What are some of your goals for this year? Do you believe in new years resolutions? Share them below.



January 2013 Favorites

It has been a while since I blogged about my monthly favorites but since I often asked what my favorite products/things are, I figured I would start my monthly posts again.

That being said, it’s the end of January and although I don’t have many things to talk about it because the cold and flu have gotten a hold of me since the beginning of the month, I still have some things that I enjoyed.

January 2013 Favorites

Skin Care

Korres Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturizing & Brightening Cream
There is nothing worse than being sick during the winter. Not only is the weather working against you, but being sick sucks all the moisture out of your skin. This moisturizer has been a lifesaver during this time. It is extremely hydrating and smells like rose heaven.


Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush
I have worked two out of four weeks and during that time, I didn’t wear much makeup, but when I did, the stand up product was this brush. Although I love my Real Techniques Buffing Brush & Expert Face Brush, I have to say that this brush is much denser therefore providing better coverage.


Pitch Perfect
Hands down, this movie takes this monthly favorite award. I watched it when it came out back in October and after watching it ten times later, it is just as funny. I am a singer so the awesome singing is just a bonus.

I also have been continually obsessed by any Audrey Hepburn movies, particularly the classic (aren’t they all) Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Funny Face.


Ellie Goulding | Halcyon
I had Ellie’s first album (Lights) on repeat for months. Halcyon is just the same, if not better. I am in love with her voice and the musical arrangements. I listen to it when I’m getting ready in the morning, working, cleaning, driving, etc.

Pasta: My Kryptonite

If you know me, you know that I’m obsessed with pasta. It’s my absolute favorite food, whether in an italian dish, a soup or a salad, I just cannot get enough of it. Give me pasta ice cream or a pasta sandwich and I will probably eat it. Since it is the one food that I have issues with (every day), I thought that I should probably start looking for some substitutes and so on a search I went.

I have tried wheat pasta and absolutely hated it. I can’t even have one bite of it, that is how much I despise it, so I carried on with my search and during the process, I found out that cabbage is a great substitute for pasta.

Cabbage with Meat Sauce

Today, I tried making cabbage with meat sauce and I have to say, I really like it. I enjoy cabbage so that is a win but who would have thought that throwing some meat sauce on top would make it taste so yummy. I boiled about two cups of cabbage (I should have put a bit of salt), strained it and then added the sauce on top. It was great. No, it didn’t taste like pasta but it had a good taste and texture to it, and like every healthy meal, it made me feel like I had made the best decision of my life.

If you are a pasta lover like me, I encourage you to try cabbage as a substitute. You just might enjoy it.