Holidays

Hey guys I know it has been a while the holidays have been super crazy this year between last minute shopping, visiting a lot of family, work and just being pregnant. This year has been a struggle for the holidays, I def. have a love/hate relationship I love it so much because I get to see family that I don’t get to see a lot and it may be the one time of the year that we actually get to spend time with them. I love it because seeing my kids open their presents and have their faces light up when they get what they asked for its always great especially with my three year old lol we didn’t even wrap her toothpaste (which her dad suggested lol he is a goof like that) but when she seen it Christmas morning it was just sitting by the TV she flipped and was so excited because she had just ran out and she is a freak about brushing her teeth :). On the other hand though I hate it because between me and my fiance we have so much family to visit and they all decided to have something on the exact same day which was also the night we had to have our son back to his mom so he could open presents with her and his family on her side. So the whole day for us was timing making sure we spend just as much time with these family members and the others and making sure we are on time trying not to be to late to each event. Over all of course we loved seeing our family and opening presents but it just becomes so much some times especially with me being pregnant the next morning I had to have help getting out of bed it was just to much of a day for me. On top of that the night before Christmas eve we did all of our shopping for our kids now if you know me when Jody and Caleb came into my life and I started doing Christmas for a child I have made sure shopping is bought or shipped by the end of cyber Monday I hate waiting to the last minute but this year we have had so much going on and so many financial problems that Christmas almost did not even happen. I am very truthful when it comes to life because people need to understand that even if you try and you try and you push sometimes things still don’t pan out, but where there is a will there is a way and we made a way our kids were able to open presents with us and they loved what they got for the most part :p.

On top of all the holiday things I have been dealing with my own problems that could affect not only myself but my family and the only thing I can do at this point is pray and hope that everything will be OK. I won’t go into detail until I have more information so everyone will be left in the dark unless you are Jody so if I do know you don’t blow up my phone or Jodys thank you. I know this post seems like I am being super negative about the holidays lol I do love the holidays please don’t get me wrong spending time with my family ALL of my family (Jodys side included) means everything to me. This year has just been full of craziness a lot of love but a lot of craziness.  The one thing I will always be is truthful I can’t sit here and pretend like the holidays are full of rainbows and sunshine (hahaha) its not! The holidays can do one of two things it can bring out the best in people or the worst in people and I have seen both I have seen people “pay it forward” during the holidays, I have witnessed a person take ten little kids tags off of a angel tree and spend his whole pay check so those 10 kids will have something for Christmas. I have also on the other hand seen people break out in a fight over a toy. I have notice the words merry Christmas no longer exist. I have seen people get into fights over the holidays when it should be about family coming together. I have seen parents just like their kids forget why we actually celebrate Christmas and why it is such a magical time of the year. I am not talking about when parents buy their kids a million gifts and post it on social media you know what more power to you that’s awesome that you have it like that to be able to buy your kids everything they asked for. For me personally even if I had the money my kids wont get everything because I know my kids and if I get them everything they asked for most of it would sit forever and never get played with so I will get them things they need a few things they want and always something to read.

When I say I have seen some parents forget why we celebrate Christmas its because society has us so convinced that the latest is the greatest our kids wont be happy unless they have it. We are so willing to drop $100-$200 on one item and lets face it prices are extremely high for everything; we bought our daughter this little turtle toy that swims $15.00 when we were growing up that would have been maybe $5.00. We are so willing to break the bank so our kids have the best but for some parents they are slapped in the face when their kid freaks out because it wasn’t the color they wanted or they wanted a bigger size what happened to just being grateful for the things you receive? Even if I hate the sweater I’ll wear it because someone that loves me bought it for me, I’ve been that way since I was little (mostly wore things I didn’t like around the person that bought the item though) still I was grateful someone spent their hard earned money on me when they didn’t have to. Parents will just let their kids be ungrateful and just push it aside and say don’t worry you don’t have to play with it I will return it and will a different color who care what freaking color it is. I work my butt off in my case at a job I enjoy but in some peoples case at a job they can’t stand and you want to be mad because I didn’t get the right color kid if you don’t go play with that toy I’ll give it to someone who will be grateful for it you better be lucky you got what you got because some kids didn’t get anything. This year there was one present my son received from his dad and I it was clothes it was the last pair of clothes he opened he started unwrapping it and looked at me and said really? At that point do you know how far my heart sunk I had to take out a loan to make sure they had Christmas and you are going to look at me and say really? more clothes I told him he didn’t have to wear them he could walk around naked and I could give them to someone else. He changed his attitude really quick about those clothes. Same with my daughter she got upset because at one of her grandparents house she was the only kid to receive clothes I told her to be grateful for what she got it doesn’t matter at least they thought about you enough to get you something. Kids don’t realize that we don’t have to get them anything SANTA doesn’t have to visit we as parents keep the spirit of SANTA going we as parents drop hundreds sometimes thousands of dollars to keep them young for as long as possible. Then you have the little bratty kids at school the go around telling other kids how stupid they are because they still believe in SANTA let me tell you something when I tell my kids there is not SANTA it is my prerogative not your kids if you tell you kids there is no SANTA tell him or her to keep it to themselves its not their little business if my child still believes or not. I saw a mother so crushed because her 6 year old son was being picked on at school for still believing in SANTA. If one of my kids come home crying because they are being made fun of for believing me and you will have a talk trust me I don’t go to the child I go to the source because they learn it from some where but bullying is a different topic. If you have stayed with my post this long don’t worry I am nearing the end I know its just a lot of ranting this year I have seen so much negative and it shouldn’t be that way during the holidays. Enjoy your family people Enjoy the love that surrounds you, create the love that can surround someone else, be the joy and love the world needs, one smile can make a difference, being generous can change someones life. Thursday I will be doing a toy review yay lol might as well let parents know what I think about some of the toys my kiddos got and if I recommend them.

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Our Sunday Night

My kiddos and I did a gingerbread house tonight 🙂 I put it together they decorated their little butts off. They are so proud and their little house is so cute. My daughter went sweet tart crazy on the roof and my son added his own little minecraft twist on it having Steve help put the candy on. Take a look at the final master piece ❤ I’m so happy they love to be creative and they have such a great imagination.  We used the gingerbread house kit my best friend got my kids for Christmas.

P.S The scissors are out because I was using them.

My Favorite Mommy/Nap Time Activity

First off I know it has been 4 days and I haven’t posted anything so I promise I wont over load on post today 🙂 ❤

When I first had my daughter I didn’t have a lot of mommy time as a first time mom I was so worried about failing so worried about not being able to be a good mom. I always feared I would do something wrong, I wouldn’t listen to the mommy inside and do what was best but the one this I learned and I learned it very quick as a mommy we can only do our best and some times we will fall short but that’s ok we are suppose to make mistakes. My biggest thing was not leaving my daughter for the whole first year of her life she had only stayed with someone else a hand full of times if it was myself or her father and she only stayed with them for 2 hours tops. So when she would take a nap my favorite thing was watching my shows 1:00pm was Wendy Williams 2:00pm Lets Make A Deal 3:00pm Ellen now she didn’t sleep this whole time she would actually watch Ellen with me this was my mommy time while I was a stay at home mom.

When I became a working my that of course changed now my daughter does stay with other people even sleeping over (only family of course) and my favorite mommy time consist of a long uninterrupted steaming hot shower as my fiance says it feels like lava lol and sleeping. Those are my favorite things when I have mommy time unless we are going some where special I take a little “mommy” time to do my favorite hobby which is my makeup.

What is your favorite mommy/daddy/nap time activity? Let me know in the comments below or on my facebook page MommyinMakeup

Makeup Review

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Quick makeup review.

This was my look on Thanksgiving, Yes I was feeling myself that day 🙂 I didn’t think pregnancy could look so good 😀

Now don’t get me wrong I see a lot wrong with my makeup, the lighting etc but I don’t care why because I am OK with my imperfections.

My foundation is Estee Lauder I am a huge fan of the Double Wear Maximum coverage foundation. If you go with this foundation please remember a little goes a long way, I literally only use a pea size of the foundation and it give me a full face cover.

My lips, eyeliner, highlighter, contour & blush are ALL bhcosmetics. I am a huge huge huge fan of bhcosmetics they have amazing deals all the time, and even with out the deals the makeup is very inexpensive & a great quality. I can put any of the makeup from bhcosmetics on in the morning and it will last me ALL day. I also used bhcosmetics to do the girls from the Cinderella Affairs Makeup.

All of bhcosmetics products are

  • Paraben Free
  • Non-Irritating
  • Allergy Tested
  • Clinically Tested
  • Cruelty Free Product

Go visit http://www.bhcosmetics.com and check them out yourself. Let them know MommyinMakeup sent you 😉

My lipstick is their Color Lock Long Lasting Matte Lipstick in Seductive

I used their Contour & Blush palette for my contour.

For my Eyes & Highlight I used their new NUDE ROSE 12 color shadow palette. (Beautiful colors compliments any outfit)

My blush is out of their 39 color special occasion eyeshadow & blush

One of these days I’ll be able to give you guys a quick video of how I apply my makeup distractions and all 🙂

Kids eat free or almost free stl area

 Tuesdays(only)

Applebee’s  – Tuesday, after 3pm; 1 free kids meal per adult meal purchased

All area locations 

 

Bob Evans  – Tuesdays after 4pm; 1 free kids meal per adult meal purchased; Dine-in Only

All area locations

 

Chevy’s Fresh Mex– all day Tuesday; Two (2) kids meals with purchase of One (1) adult entree; 10 and under only

All area locations: Hazelwood, O’Fallon-MO, Olivette, South County, O’Fallon-IL

 

Chili’s – all day Tuesday

All St. Louis area locations 

 

Denny’s – Tuesdays, 4-10pm

All area locations

  

Fazolis – Almost Free! Tuesday Kids Night, 5-8pm; 1 adult entrée = 2 kids meals at $.99

All area locations

 

Fortel’s Pizza Den – Tuesdays all day- kids eat FREE! (one kid’s meal per paid adult)

All area locations 

 

Fuddruckers – Almost Free! Kids Meal $.99 with adult meal; Mon-Tue after 4pm

Sunset Plaza, 10752 Sunset Plaza, St. Louis, 63127 – 314-966-3833

 

IHOP- Kids eat free from 4 – 10 pm, limited to one child per adult meal purchased

At these MO locations only: Bridgeton (daily), Ellisville (M–>F), Wentzville (daily 3-8p)

At these IL locations only: Alton-IL (daily), Belleville-IL (daily), Wood River-IL (daily), Glen Carbon (Tue only)

 

Krieger’s Sports Grill – Tuesdays, 10 and under, with each paying adult

Both locations – Chesterfield, Big Bend

 

Lone Star Steakhouse– all day Tuesday, 12 and under, with purchase of adult entree

Orchard Bend Shpg Ctr, 11969 St. Charles Rock Road, Bridgeton, MO  63044; 314-770-1255

 

Max & Erma’s- All day Tuesdays; offer not valid with other coupons; Kids 12 and under with adult entree

Both locations:  Lake St. Louis, Mid-Rivers Mall

 

McAlister’s Deli (MO) – Almost Free! Kids Meal $.99 with adult meal, dine-in only; all day, every day

STL locations: Ballwin, Creve Coeur, Des Peres, Fenton, Maplewood, South County, St. Charles

 

McAlister’s Deli (IL) – Kids Night, Tuesdays 5-8pm!  Kids Meal free with adult meal, dine-in only

IL locations: Fairview Heights-IL, Shiloh-IL 

 

Moe’s Southwest Grill – Kids Eat Free with purchase, all day Tuesday

Cottleville and Creve Coeur locations

 

P’Sghetti’s Pasta & Sandwiches  Almost Free! Monday and Tuesday, after 4pm, Kids 12 and under eat for $.99 with adult purchase.

Both locations: South County and Glendale

 

Stir Crazy – One free kids meal per adult entree purchase, after 4pm (Tuesday & Thursday)

10598 Old Olive Street Road, Creve Coeur, MO  63141,   314-569-9300   

 

Talayna’s – Tuesday after 5pm; 1 free kids meal per adult meal purchase; kids 10 & under.

Four Seasons Shpg Ctr, 68 Four Seasons, Chesterfield, MO 63017   314-469-6650

Courtesy of http://saintlouis.kidsoutandabout.com

The power of beauty

Before I get started on what this blog is truly about let me first say in my last post I posted cold and flu prevention please check it out. I know most of it is well known but we don’t always prevent getting sick. There is a nasty little bug going around and it hits you out of nowhere so please try to stay healthy this winter…

Well I was sent home today from work not in trouble or anything of that nature but that nasty little bug I was talking about has gotten the best of me. So I am in bed I slept most of the day and now I decided to type up a post for you all 🙂 My blog is called MommyinMakeup so I know a lot of you are wondering well when will the makeup part ring is pretty little bell…well the bell is ringing. The one thing that people do is judge it doesn’t matter how nice you are at one point or another you judge. Don’t worry I do it to sometimes we don’t even realize that we are doing it. One of the main things I hear women and even some men judging other women on is BEAUTY. We all hear beauty is in the eye of the beholder some may not know what that means but it means that all because you don’t find him or her beautiful doesn’t mean someone else doesn’t or wouldn’t.

I have seen a lot of women lose so much confidence about themselves due to others talking them down. Let me tell you sweetie you are beautiful maybe not to them but who cares about “them”. I hear other girls say man I hate her because of how pretty she is, or are you kidding me he is with her, he can do way better, I look way better than her, or why is she so big and trying to look pretty she will never be pretty until she hits the gym. See that’s where people are WRONG that comment that you just made is what makes her better than you looks and all. People don’t realize including me sometimes that the words that come out of your mouth are what make you look ugly inside and out. I have friends who rock their natural beauty and I have friends who love their makeup it doesn’t matter how you decide to wear your beauty just wear it. Just don’t forget to be a humble person that’s what truly makes someone beautiful.

I personally rock both natural beauty and makeup, I hear a lot of people criticizing others for wearing makeup because “natural” is the only way well let me enlighten you. Everyone likes to believe that people (I’m not going to say women but I know a few fabulous men who wear makeup as well and they look gorgeous) < don’t judge go somewhere else for that 🙂 anyways back to what I was saying Everyone likes to believe that people wear makeup because it has some kind of magical power to make you into something or someone else well let me bring on the bad news it doesn’t turn you into anyone else if your a b* without makeup your still a b* when you put it on, not to say it can’t give the illusion of being someone else hint hint (Drag Queens) but at the end of the day those queens still know who they are and the people around them still know who they are it isn’t their makeup that makeup its the person behind it. I have days that I just want to be natural and I want to wear my freckles yes people I’m African American and I have freckles lol, then their are days will I will do a quick 15 minute face concealer, mascara, one eye shadow & a little gloss, but then there are days that I want to really enhance my beauty and I take a hour just to do my makeup.

It has always been my opinion that makeup should only be used to enhance the beauty that is already there. To help those beautiful eyes pop, to give those gorgeous cheek bones a little lift & color. I look at makeup like a art people can judge me if they want I’m fine with that but any time I put on my makeup I look at my face as my canvas and my makeup as my paint, When you start with a blank canvas anything is possible and you only add to the canvas you can’t change that its a canvas but you can enhance that canvas ( just my out look of it) and for you men who say you were deceived by her appearance because of the makeup she wore lets get real you knew she was wearing makeup when you met her stop playing the victim. When I started dating my fiance I wore makeup all the time, one day I decided I wasn’t going to and he still loved the way I looked freckles and all. When I do wear makeup it isn’t to please anyone, it isn’t because I’m insecure or that I’m trying to be someone I’m not, It is to enhance the beauty that my man sees every day, the eyes that he loves to look into, the lips that he loves to kiss. When you decorate a tree you don’t think that the tree is trying to be something else right? NO because underneath it is still a tree. So at night when I take off my makeup I am still a mommy, a soon to be wife, a daughter, a sister, a cousin, I still try to be a humble person (doesn’t always happen but I can admit that), I act not differently makeup or no makeup. If that person is a sweet heart 9/10 out of they will still be a sweet heart when the makeup gets taken off and the house clothes get thrown on. ❤

WITH ALL THAT BEING SAID PEOPLE PLEASE LOVE YOURSELVES, WHO CARE WHAT THE NEXT PERSON HAS TO SAY BECAUSE SOMEONE SOMEWHERE KNOWS YOUR WORTH. ❤

In a later post I will talk about my makeup and what products I personally enjoy using. I will also cover how I manage to take a hr out for makeup and still pay attention to my munchkins.

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TIS the season…To get sick

I have been battling with a cough and stuffy nose on top of being pregnant this whole weekend the week has been pretty bad considering just about everyone at my job is sick as well. Here’s a little cold & flu prevention courtesy of http://www.lysol.com kills 99.9% of viruses & bacteria.

Cold and flu are powerful viruses that are spread easily between people. It’s important to do everything you can to prevent the spread of germs so that you – and your family — don’t get sick.  Flu can also cause mild to severe complications, especially for at-risk groups like young children and the elderly.

The good news is that prevention of cold and flu is relatively easy. It begins with basic practices like:

*Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces
*Remembering frequent hand washing
*Getting a flu vaccine

Cold and Flu Prevention Tips

Cold

The basic steps for preventing the spread of cold germs are:

*Practice frequent and thorough hand washing
*Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces regularly
*Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, and dispose of used tissues in the trash
*Follow basic health habits to help fight off cold viruses.

Seasonal Flu

CDC recommends the following steps to help prevent becoming sick with the flu:

Get vaccinated. According to the CDC, vaccination is the best protection we have against flu.
Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
Stay away from people who are sick.
Wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.  Reduce germs on surfaces like bedside tables, bathroom surfaces, kitchen counters and children’s toys clean by using disinfecting wipes, disinfecting all-purpose cleaner or disinfectant spray. Follow label directions to disinfect properly; rinse children’s toys after disinfecting them.
Try to avoid contact with those who are sick. If someone in your home is sick, try to keep the person in a separate room, if possible. Throw tissues and other disposable items used by a sick person into the trash.

Since the disease can be spread via hands and surfaces, proper hygiene is critical to reducing the risk of contracting the flu.  And if there is an outbreak in your area, follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.

Seasonal Flu Vaccine

Getting vaccinated is the best protection against contracting the flu.

Be safe & healthy this winter everyone. ‹3

*Source: http://www.lysol.com, CDC