A to ZEN of Life

Avoid negative sources, people, places, and habits.

Believe in yourself.

Consider things from every angle.

Don’t give up and don’t give in.

Everything you’re looking for lies behind the mask you wear.

Family and friends are hidden treasures, seek them and enjoy their riches.

Give more than you planned to.

Hang on to your dreams.

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.

Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

Keep trying no matter how hard it seems.

Love yourself.

Make it happen.

Never lie, steal, or cheat.

Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.

Practice makes perfect.

Quality, not quantity in anything you do.

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

Stop procrastinating.

Take control of your own destiny.

Understand yourself in order to better understand others.

Visualize it.

When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

Xcellence in all your efforts.

You are unique, nothing can replace you.

Zero in on your target and go for it.

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Review L’Oréal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream

I got the opportunity from SheSpeaks once again to recieve, test and and review a product, this time it was L’Oréal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream. I have to say as a person who does NOT use foundation ever, or any makeup very often at all, I was excited to see exactly how this would effect my skin.

Unfortunately, I am very unpleased with this product. First, the tone made my face look washed out (I took photos, but they look awful, so I am not sharing), and dry. It did not help with the look of my skin at all 🙁 It was very thin, and did not cover very easily.

Overall, I would not purchase this product for myself, and would only recommend it for someone who did not need much coverage of blemishes or skin issues, and for someone who did not require a great deal of hydration to their skin.

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32 Undeniable Truths For Mature Humans

Sometimes, being an adult means that you will get all kinds of additional opportunities. However, the truth is, being an adult actually means you have all kinds of additional responsibilities. But, most importantly, being an adult honestly means you get to learn some basic truths about how the world works and the nature of the human condition.


1. I think part of a best friend’s job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I’m pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

9. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren’t going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don’t want to have to restart my collection…again.

13. I’m always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.

14. “Do not machine wash or tumble dry” means I will never wash this – ever.

15. I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? **** it!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voice mail. What did you do after I didn’t answer? Drop the phone and run away?

16. I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

17. I keep some people’s phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

18. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

19. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.

20. I wish Google Maps had an “Avoid Ghetto” routing option.

21. Sometimes, I’ll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and suddenly realize I had no idea what the heck was going on when I first saw it.

22. I would rather try to carry 10 over-loaded plastic bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.

23. The only time I look forward to a red light is when I’m trying to finish a text.

24. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

25. How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before you just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear or understand a word they said?

26. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!

27. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

28. Is it just me or do high school kids get dumber & dumber every year?

29. There’s no worse feeling than that millisecond you’re sure you are going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.

30. As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers, but no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate bicyclists.

31. Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

32. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey – but I’d bet my *** everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time!

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A New Year with New Goals

Old: Not designing & developing websites, not blogging, not sharing my homeschooling journey, not sharing my trips and vacations, not sharing my (other) passion, cooking and recipes, not using my camera everyday.

These are the items that are a part of my 2011 goal list, and on this NEVER used site, is where I am going to start.

I am an amazing designer – why I just stopped? Who knows. Why I stopped blogging – that ties into the lack of design, since that is what I most often talked about.

I quit noting my lesson plans online when a couple snagged my daughters URL for their “wedding site”. Never let your long owned domains lapse even a day! – they got a VERY heavyweight domain of mine -making over 9 years of work left sitting on a server with no face. Her site was where I documented everything homeschool. That was discouraging.

I have neglected the blog that I share with my husband, and we took plenty of trips, both on the motorcycle, and in our RV that would have been great to write about and share, but I hate the design (not mine – a template)… again, this goes back to the not wanting to design.

There were several times over 2010 that I did photograph some of the dishes I made, but I shared all of them on Facebook instead of posting to a place that is more mine.

My camera aggravates me – I have an awesome camera that the LCD screen cracked on only 2 months after getting it by someone else, so I can’t take the kind of photos I am capable of.

I know what you are thinking (if you are still reading)… the same thing as I am. Excuses.

So, no more for me. I am getting back on track in 2011.

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