Archive | July, 2009

New Day…New Beginning

28 Jul

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Well after thoughtful consideration we have decided to move back East.  It was a wonderful ride here in California even with the stresses of the economy but we need to now think with our heads and not with our hearts.  We are proud we took a risk and tried to make a go far away from our home.  With that decision we have another roadtrip ahead of us tomorrow!  I will be getting on a plane and landing in Lowell, Massachusetts to have a job interview.  Steve on the other hand will be picking up his dad at the airport and heading East in the good ole’  Honda!  He has bought his provisions (including fruit by the foot) and will bring along his great sense of humor.  It has been a fast pace week with decisions happening at lightening speed.   

We have learned a great deal from our adventure out West that we will hopefully take back with us when we re-start our lives.  To enjoy each moment and each day and not to take everything so seriously!  To not swear at traffic because really are you going to get to your destination any quicker?! Enjoy your time with friends and family because when there is 3,000 miles between them it made us realize how much we care.  Find some great frozen yogurt out East because it can solve a ton of problems and put a smile on anyone’s face!  The luxury of going into a closet and picking out your clothes rather than a suitcase. The love and support we have recieved after the decision has been immeasurable.  How much Steve and I have really enjoyed spending our days together and that jobs really can get in the way of having fun (except for the whole bills thing..haha).   You can also do a lot of things with cheese, bread, and ham…i swear!! To be thankful for jobs and to realize why people say the grass is greener on the other side…

grass

What we really wish we could bring back to the East coast…the “almost” Calhouns (of course #1!), Frozos, the beautiful sun, the beautiful pool and hot tub we have enjoyed, the amazing mexican food out here, the crazy amount of bike trails, the beautiful coast line, Lake Tahoe because we didn’t get to go (yet!), our West coast family and easy nature of everyone.

Heres to beautiful {broke} California…

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

 Happy Traveling!!

xoxoxoxo

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Cover Girl Products

27 Jul

I like any girl loves to shop! I can normally hold back from the expensive shoes, expensive jackets, and sometimes the expensive purses BUT I can never hold back from a great beauty product!! I love to try new colors, new brands and I am forever trying to find a lipstick that stays on my lips and is not UBER sticky (still no luck on the lipstick!).  I thought I would spread the weath in regards to the hunt for the good, bad and the ugly with beauty products that I have found!

Lets start with Cover Girl!!

Lash Blast Mascara

Lash Blast Mascara

Awhile back I needed to find a new mascara because the expiration was up on my latest mascara but I wasn’t thrilled with the results and wanted to try a new product.  I saw a commerical for Lash Blast and I normally don’t believe beauty product commericials but I drawn to the orange tube for some reason.  I decided to give it a try and see if it was worth it.  I first tried the non-waterproof mascara and absolutely LOVED it!! It was perfect for my lashes and whether I needed a day look or a night look it never let me down.  I felt it left my eye lashes fuller and longer and beautiful 🙂 Then I had some wedding day events coming up and knew that i needed a waterproof mascara and thought okay okay maybe Lash Blast will not dry out my eyelashes and make them chunky like most waterproof mascaras.  And guess what?? I was RIGHT!!?!! I purchased the waterproof mascara and was just as pleased with this version as the first one I bought.  So I say head out to the nearest drug store and try it out for yourself–I think you will be VERY pleased!

Outlast Lipstains

Outlast Lipstains

I am forever trying to find a lipstick that stays on my lips (what a concept?!).  I am not a fan of the lip gloss that sticks to your hair, but I really enjoy how a little color brightens up my face.  I have tried many different lipsticks, but it does the opposite of what lipgloss does.  Instead of sticky it makes the lips really dry! So I thought I would try another lipstick a try.  I heard good things about lip stain from Cover Girl so I ran to my nearest drug store and picked up the product!

Well I was sadly mistaken that this would be the holy grail of lipsticks.  The good thing about the lipstain was that it was a great color on my lips and was very easy to apply.  Unfortunately it did not last on my lips and started to feel very dry.  I also noticed that some parts of my lip would have some color on them and others would not which was completely fustrating.  Another lipstick to add to the pile that doesn’t work on my lips!

 

TruBlend Whipped Foundation

TruBlend Whipped Foundation

I have also in the past  used the TrueBlend Whipped Foundation.  It has been awhile but I did enjoy the smoothness of the foundation and how even it was on my skin.  The foundation stayed on my skin for the entire day and only needed touch ups if I was going out at night.  It came in a ton of shades so I was able to match it to my skin.  The only draw back I found was that you needed to apply it with your  hands which got messy or a sponge but then the foundation would mostly absorb on the sponge and you would waste a good amount of the foundation.   There were great reasons to use this product and the only reason I stopped using it was because I ran out of it and wanted to try something new! always something bigger and better right???

Happy Shopping!!

xoxoxo

Perfect Getaway!

25 Jul
Monterey, CA

Monterey, CA

Looking for the perfect getaway with your love or family?? Then I may have found it for you!!!  Only about an hour down the coast from San Jose, CA and we arrived in Monterey, California.  I had heard about Pebbles Beach and my good friend got engaged in the town right next door but I didn’t really know much about Monterey.  Wow is all I need to say!! The ride was awesome (except for the car overheating) and stopping at a farmer’s market to get strawberries for $1.50 was priceless.  It was amazingly beautiful when we entered the town and it was so quaint and beautiful.  Steve had to drag me out of a book I was reading to take in the views and I am so glad that he did!  The boats, the shops, the bikes, the families, the houses, the wedding we saw…it was all just incredible.  We only had a couple hours in Monterey but we were able to get in a great walk next to the coast and at the end lay down a rain coat (improv necessary!) to read next to the coast.  We want to go back to ride our bikes (that we don’t have yet) and Steve wants to kayak in Monterey.  It made a perfect day and if you need a getaway for a day/weekend/week this is your place!  It was very romantic, but also family friendly. 

Great day in Monterey

Great day in Monterey

Before you go make sure you bring layers of clothing.  We left San Jose and it felt around 85 degrees and it was bright sunshine, but when we got to Monterey about an hour later it felt like 65 degrees! We were almost not prepared for this climate change but thankfully we had a few pieces of clothing from another trip in the car! We also wished we brought a small blanket to sit on and enjoy the view (rain coat worked though!), a small backpack and picnic items would be wonderful to complete the day.  If you have bikes they are great to bring along and your walking shoes because there are tons of trails and paths to walk/ride on.  And as always bring your camera!!  Most of all take in the views and relax because after a long week of work this is exactly what you deserve!

Sitting on Lover's Point Bench

Sitting on Lover's Point Bench

Happy Traveling!
xoxoxoxo

Land that I love…

25 Jul

So before we got married we decided to move all the way across the country to Northern California.  We decided to leave our jobs and our lives back East and start fresh.  We were very excited about the idea of living across the country and starting our lives as a married couple in a new place.  Once we decided we plunged in head first and hoped that like a cat we would land on own two feet in the end.  With the help of Steve’s dad and the support of all of our family and friends we headed out West.  I have always wanted to take a roadtrip cross country so now I can cross that off my life “to do” list.  Along the way we saw amazing sites, reunited with amazing new friends, and became really proud to be an American.

Most of my travels in the US lead me to the east/west coasts.  It would be my first time to see the middle of the US and I couldn’t have been more thrilled.  Everyone said it would just be a long boring journey across plains–BRING IT ON!! Although we did see a ton of straigh road with nothing in sight for miles I absolutely fell in love with Colorado.  It was amazing and I couldn’t put my camera down! It was one beautiful snapshot after another.  When I thought it couldn’t get any better we landed in Utah.  These two states made me realize how really small I was in the world.  Of course I was eager to get to our destination of California but I seriously wanted to have an extended visit and didn’t want to leave!

Colorado National Monument

Colorado National Monument

 

Arches in Utah

Arches in Utah

Going cross country seemed so daunting to me and I remember when my roommate Tara told me she was going cross country and I thought…wow she is so amazing and brave! Although she is amazing and brave going cross country is seriously EASY!! Way easier than I could ever imagine and way more fun than I ever thought.  So go get your car checked out, pack a bag, grab a pal and your ipod and go across this amazing country! Here are a few tips to help you along the way…

Things We Learned On Our Roadtrip:

1. BE PREPARED! Make sure you charge up your camera the night before each day!  We forgot to charge the camera and almost missed some great goats and essential documentation of signs!

2. BE CREATIVE! Crystal Light To-Go packets work wonders! Keep refilling the water container and put in a packet–Easy and Save $$

3. BE RESOURCEFUL! GPS’s are not only great for directions but great to find food (that isn’t McDonalds) and the nearest walmart for essentials

4. BE PATIENT! Stop and give yourselves time to sight see because even though the destination is important enjoying the journey is even more important.

5. BE SAFE! Keep car maintenence items (coolant, oil, tires, gloves, flashlight) in your car because you never know on I-70 when you might need to pull over and fix the car

6. BE AWARE! Read the plaques!! You can find some great information that is precise and quick!

7. BE ALERT! Rotate the driving.  We tried to really stick to a 2 hour schedule for driving to keep us alert and to make sure we had time to nap, take in the sights, or read a good book.  This really helped keep our spirits up especially those long hours on lonely roads (aka kansas, nevada, ohio, etc)

8. BE SMART! Research! Research! Find out what each state is known for and see if it is accesible by the route you are taking. Perhaps it is food (aka BBQ), perhaps it is landscape (arches), perhaps catching up with friends (yeaaaa Indianapolis) . 

9. BE READY! Use your AAA agencies for materials (even if you have a GPS) or go to loal travel store in your area.  We were able to reasearch cheap hotels, resturant reviews, hand held maps  as we went that really helped us out to save money and to be more knowledgable about what was in the area .

10. BE FUN! CELEBRATE YOUR ARRIVAL!! Whew 3,000 plus miles is a huge accomplishment so don’t forget to do a pump fist, do a little dance and of course have some bubbly near by!

Arriving in California!

Arriving in California!

Happy Traveling!

xoxoxoxo

Dreams do come true…

22 Jul
picture by the clambs
picture by the clambs

After over a year I was able to marry by best friend and love.  It was an amazing year of planning the wedding and celebrating with friends and family.  Twirling my finger around in delight and squeeling through the holidays–it was all amazingly breathtaking.  Walking towards a new life in my hot pink shoes surrounded by everyone I loved was a feeling that I will never forget and will never be able to recreate (not that I would want to).  During our honeymoon I looked at my new husband and said…”NOW WHAT?? ” I spent soo many years thinking about my wedding that I realized that I had all of this new space in my head! I was completely dumbfounded that I would have all this time to absord new things besides colors, themes, flowers, seating charts, escort cards, suits…okay okay you get it!  So I decided that there will be few and far between posts regarding my wedding because everyone has heard me talk about my way enough over the past 365 days!

So now onto greener pastures that include trying to learn how to bake, creating a “to do list” before we start thinking of babies, adventures traveling around California and the western side of America, get back to crafting and scrapbooking, drink lots of wine, try a new hobby and hopefully soak in all the relaxation that I can. 

Cheers to life after a wedding!

xoxoxo