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Project 31: Day 8 Beauty Tips

Well, I don't know if I would call them "tips" really - but here are my go-to things that I always do for my beauty regime!! First - for my hair, it has to be tamed! I have wild, curly hair & if I just let it go all natural it's all over the place!! So, if I just let it dry naturally I've found this is a good product to just fluff & go!! Though - ideally if I have time I like to partially blow dry my hair, use this... then put my hair up in huge Velcro rollers & let it finish drying...then when I take it down flatness it never an issue and it was still a pretty easy process - just takes a little longer b/c I have to let it finish drying!! I've just recently discovered these products to be honest, but they'll be under my sink from now on!!!
Also - my quickest beauty tip consists of two things:
Nothing removes make up better!!!
If we're on the way home late at night I actually will grab a wipey out of my diaper bag & s…

Ear Infections...Again...or Still...

Well, my little man has ear infections again...or still. I don't know if they've ever gone away. We went in for his 9 month check up (2 months ago) and discovered that he had two ear infections and bronchitis at that time. 
Antibiotics & breathing treatments.(round 1)
Follow up 2 weeks later - still had both.
More Antibiotics, more breathing treatments.(round 2)
Follow up 2 weeks later - still had ear infections, but bronchitis was gone. 
More Antibiotics plus a shot of antibiotics & a flu shot since the bronchitis was better. (round 3)
Scheduled a follow up for 30 days later so we could get his 2nd flu shot (that would have been a week from Monday)
So, yesterday Aaron woke up with a runny eye. He didn't have any fever and he acted fine, though. That evening his eye was still runny and he had a low grade fever of 99 degrees. I gave him some acetaminophen & he went to bed & actually had a very good night, so I had high hopes for this morning. Well, his eye …

Project 31: I'm falling way behind...

Looks like I'll be playing catch up for my Project 31 Posts!!!  Day 5: Write a blog thanking someone who has made your heart come alive... I don't think I say thank you to my husband nearly enough for everything that he does for me and for our children! Michael can be a hard man to love sometimes, but I always do and always will love him - he is the constant rock that I can depend on to be there to help me when I need him. I don't know what I would do without him.   And how can your heart not skip a beat over a man that will have a tea party with his little girl?? and play with Barbies... and of course there's no doubt he'll be out playing football with this guy It's what a great father he is that makes my heart come alive more than anything!
Thanks babe!!!

Day 6: Jaded Beauty. Has the world's definition of beauty ever jaded you? Ya know I've always followed my own path I think - I've never let the ideals of others have much influence on me one way o…

Time for a recliner giveaway...

Superbowl is right around the corner and what better way to watch it than in a new leather recliner?
This would make a super comfy addition to the living room!
Wholesale Furniture Brokers is giving away a leather recliner by Mac Motion Chairs during the Superbowl XLV Recliner Giveaway at! 
  Check out the details on their site and you can browse through their selections of recliners while you're there!! 
The deadline for this giveaway is February 5th.

It's done!!

I finished my scarf last night!

Project 31: Day 4

I don't think I have a favorite outfit...and much less do not like pictures of myself, so today was a hard post for me. Dressing up for work everyday I don't get to wear my favorite clothes - which would be jeans and v-neck sweater or shirt of some kind usually - so on a daily basis I'm in heels and slacks usually. Today, though I am wearing one of my favorite tops and recently it's been a favorite color, too - my long sleeved, v-neck, ribbed sweater - usually red is my favorite color to wear, but I really like this sweater for some reason.  It's a comfy sweater and I love long sleeved shirts...and it's super warm, which is great for days like today when it's so cold and I left my coat at home! Smart, I know! I'm not a super fashionista - I wear what I like, whether it's the latest trend or not! I just like to feel comfortable and wear what I feel looks good on me.

Project 31: Days 2 & 3

DAY 2: WHAT MAKES YOU UNIQUELY YOU? I think the combination of every single thing about me is what makes me uniquely me. I mean - there are a lot of things about me that individually are exactly like someone else - other people are 1/2 Egyptian, have their MBA, are married with two kids, love photography, are brunettes...etc. I bet I could find a LOT people who match some or all of my 100 Things About Me...but I would be willing to be that no where out there in the world is there someone who matches all 100!! I've traveled the world - I've been exposed to a lot of different cultures, I've studied and learned, I have a career, a family, husband & two kids, I have tattoos, I studied art, I love sushi...individually none of these things make me unique - but put them all together and you get Hanna, Uniquely Hanna!!!
DAY 3: WHO IS SOMEONE YOU KNOW WHO INSPIRES BEAUTY? My Grannie - I don't know anyone who is closer to God than she. I once heard my Aunt say that Grannie h…

I'm starting a new scarf this week!

I can't wait to see all these colors come together! I think it's gonna look good! Then some solid fringe - but I haven't decided what color that will be.

Project 31: Day 1 What Does Beauty Mean To You?

So, this doesn't sound like a hard question...what does beauty mean to me...and if I sit and think about it too long I'd probably never be able to answer it. I started to do that, too - think too deeply on it to the point that I though - oh, this challenge is going to be to hard to put into words. I even googled quotes about beauty for inspiration.
Then I sat back and looked at my desktop and around my office and beauty was staring me in the face. I have pictures of Emma & Aaron - my loves, my heart, my beauties - all around me and thought why did I even have to think about it. My children are the best that has ever come from me - the most beautiful thing I've ever done or made - they are perfect - flawless - innocent. Each person has their own beauties in their lives - mine are the two tiny people that my husband and I made together out of our love for one another. They are the most perfect gift that God chose to allow us. I thank Him daily for these two blessings th…

Project 31

What a fantastic project/challenge - whatever you call it!! I found this project through Casey's blog (also fantastic) and thought this would be a wonderful thing to, for the next month or so (don't know if I'll post one every day or a couple in a day or what) you'll see me posting for Project 31 Celebrate Beauty! I'm anxious to see what comes of this & anxious to see what all of  you have to share if you decide to join!

Here is the list: Day 1. What does beauty mean to you?
Day 2. What makes you uniquely you?
Day 3. Who is someone you know who inspires beauty?
Day 4. Style 31. Post a pic of you in your favorite outfit.
Day 5. Write a blog thanking someone who has made your heart come alive.
Day 6. Jaded beauty. Has the world's definition of beauty ever jaded you?
Day 7. Write a blog to encourage another beautiful woman.
Day 8. Have a beauty secret (e.g. hair tip, make up tip)? Share, please!
Day 9. What virtues do you value in yourself?
Day 10. …

Yummy Stroganoff Recipe

So last night I made Stroganoff - it's one of my favorite dishes! When I have time & plan ahead I used to cook beef tips all day in the slow cooker so it would be super tender and ready to go into my stroganoff. Since I don't have tons of time these days and don't plan ahead like I should, I often make it now with ground meat. And since I married a hunter - ground venison actually! It tastes the same to me and is totally lean - no fat whatsoever!!
So other than the venison (& mushrooms - forgot to get their picture) here are some of my key ingredients!
Wocestershire Sauce. Say that three times fast! Egg Noodles - now I know this is rigatoni, but  that's b/c when I started cooking last night & went into the pantry for my egg noodles (which I almost always have on hand) there were none to be found. The rigatoni was a good substitute, but Egg Noodles are my preference!  Black Pepper - lots and lots of black pepper!  Cream of Mushroom & Sour Cream - I'…

Had to share this clip of Aaron walking...

He had just finished his bath, hence the diaper only attire!! He's getting the hang of it and going a little further each time - and would do a lot better if big sister didn't try to "help" so much!!!

I ran out of yarn!!

So, you know I had started working on a scarf a few days ago... Well - I rant out of yarn last night while working on it...I called my mother to ask the best option for tying off so that I could start again when I bought more and she suggested to just sew the sides up if it was long enough and make a collar instead.
I've told you before that my mother is brilliant, right!?!?
So, last night instead of quitting when I ran out of yarn, I just turned the sides together, sewed them up & ended up with this ever so cozy collar instead! 
Again - embellishments would make it way cuter, too but I still like it!
I also made a super yummy strogranoff last night, too! So stay tuned - my recipe will follow shortly!

Don't real women walk around in curlers drinking wine!?!?

Or...time to embarrass myself!
So...when I wash my hair at night I either just let it dry down naturally - it I want a little bit of a wild look in the AM, or I'll put it up in Velcro rollers and even sleep in them if it isn't dry by the time I crawl into bed (not the most comfy sleep on those nights). 
Last night was a roller night. 
Last night was also a "have a glass of wine night"!! 
Ain't I cute?? I was tired and wanted to sit, relax and catch up on my DVR after the kids went to bed - particularly Private Practice b/c I missed it last week. Only thing is, when I clicked on PP on my DVR, it wasn't PP that played - it was some other show that I had never seen. My DVR played a dirty trick on me last night it would appear AND to make matters worse the latest episode isn't even online to watch AND to make it even more worse Aaron did NOT want to go to sleep last night so I kept having to go in and get him, rock him, change him, feed him, soothe him, play…

Video Game Chair Giveaway

Wholesale Furniture Brokers is sponsoring a contest...and the winner gets a Free Video Game Chair* in your team's colors & logos!!
How cool is that!!! If you're a gamer - or know someone who is - a video game chair of with your team's logo would be the perfect prize!!
And it's just in time for the Super Bowl, too - you can watch the game sitting in your team's chair! So, who do you predict will win this year???
Want to Enter? (Enter by January 23, 2011 Before the Conference Championship Game Begins)
Write a comment on their Official Blog Post that includes the following: 1.Two teams that you think will make it to the Super Bowl 2. Your email address.
The deadline for entries is Sunday, January 23, 2011, at 12:00 pm, PST. On Monday, January 24, 2011, they will pick the winner who has chosen the two teams that have advanced to the Super Bowl. If there is more than one person that picked the two advancing teams, they will randomly select the winner from the peop…

I have such a sweet hubby!!

Michael came home with these beautiful flowers for me yesterday!!  Aren't they so pretty!?!?!

Why I Love My Speedlite

Every Sunday morning my kids are subject to me and my camera! I've never taken them to have a professional picture taken, so I take advantage of Sunday mornings when they are already dressed up anyway for church. I try to get ready so that we have about ten minutes or so to take a few quick pictures of them all dressed up. We don't have time to go outside for these or to the park so we have to take then in the house where I don't have a lot of natural light to work with at that time of day. get around that I use my Speedlite and I love it! Anytime we do anything indoors I pull out my speedlite and I have always been so happy with the final outcome of my pictures. It's an excellent flash for non-professional photographers IMHO!!
I took these pictures yesterday morning before church. Most of them are straight out of the camera. I think I adjusted the temperature on a couple of them, but that's it and they all turned out great! I love this candid shot of her…

I finished my first hat...with minimal errors!!

WooHoo - I finished my first hat this weekend! I have to admit it didn't come out PERFECT, but can you tell!??! I still think it looks pretty good & it's definitely warm! Mom also told me a variation to my stitch if I didn't want the rows...I'm doing that stitch now with a scarf I started when I finished the hat. I think I like the look of this stitch better than the ribbed look - all depends on the pattern really. And I'm doing a double crochet stitch, too so it's a much tighter pattern - be good and warm wrapped around my neck!  Our neighbor came over to visit last night & brought Aaron a 3 pack of Baby Legs - I love these things! And love that when they outgrow them they can wear them as sleeves, too!! Anyway - I'm in search of a pattern for these now - I think they would be very fun to make and be a good beginner pattern for me, too!

Proof that kids watch EVERYTHING you do...

So, my little girl is growing up and doesn't need mommy's help as much anymore on big girl tasks (tear), but it's also good that she is learning to do things on her own - I know this in my head, please someone explain it to my heart!!
Well, one of those things is getting dressed. She's actually been getting dressed on her own for quite a while - including picking out her wardrobe! Now, when I would help her get dressed I would put her shirt over her head and then she would slip her arms in and through the arm holes. Normal order for dressing a toddler! Well, the other day she was in my room while I was getting dressed and she commented on the fact that I put my arms in first, then slipped my shirt over my head and put my head through the hole the time I really didn't think anything of it, except, "Hmmm...she is right. I hadn't noticed that I did it differently when I dressed her."
Well, this morning I was doing my hair and Emma was in her r…

Beauty Tips from Emma

I came into Emma's bathroom yesterday to find her in front of her mirror with brush in hand. Emma is not the most tender-headed person, so you can imagine that when it's time to brush all that hair I try my best to be gentle, but when there are tangles it isn't the most fun task!! 
So yesterday she told me, "This is how you do it. Gently!!"  She then proceeded to attempt to make a ponytail - this wasn't too successful, though. I guess I need to teach her how to put on a ponytail holder!
Except for braids, though she really doesn't like to have her hair up at all. Most days she tells me, "Mommy, I just want to wear it down like this," and then she swings her head around to make her hair swing!! LOL! On those days she wears a headband, b/c that's something she can put in her hair on her own. Usually, though I just pull up the front at least into a little ponytail with a clip to keep it out of her eyes!

Finding her like this in her bathroom m…