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My Summertime Must-Have Lip Products

My Summertime Must-Have Lip Products

I frequently go all-out when it comes to bright and glittery eye shadows, liners, and mascaras; but I don’t really play up my lips. However, that doesn’t mean I let them go bare. Depending on the season and occasion, there are specific products I reach for. Since lightweight products and SPF protection are such a priority in the sticky summer sunshine, here are my favorite summertime lip products:

SolScents SPF Lip Balm: this lip balm glides on super-smooth, isn’t waxy at all, and I can attest from firsthand experience that it’s strong and stayproof enough for days spent on the beach and in the water. Bonus: it has a lovely light scent and taste that is very much like an actual Pina Colada!
pictured: Pina Colada

Body Drench Candy Licious Moisturizing Lip Balm: this is my at-the-home-office lip balm. It is a very light balm that does a nice job of moisturizing – and the flavor is nice, too!
pictured: Lime Gumdrop

Yes to Carrots Color Balm: I am up to my eyeballs in various Yes to Carrots lip balms, but when I want a bit of color I reach for these tinted lip balms. They feel, look, and function like a lip balm, but with the added bonus of color! Worth noting: the colors will be about two shades lighter on your lips than they are in the tube. This is my Mom Lipstick.
pictured: Soft Plum

Topshop Lip Butter: this lip crayon is more of a cross between a balm and a lipstick. It’s firmer and thicker than a balm, yet much smoother than even the smoothest lipsticks I’ve tried. This color is gorgeous, and just a shade darker than nude.
pictured: Tamed

essence Lipstick: hands down, this is the most amazing lipstick I have ever tried. Creamy, rich, long-lasting, non-flaky and non-drying, and bonus: SPARKLES. They’re subtle, but they’re there.
picture: Miss Peach

Korres Lip Butter: Korres nailed it when they set out to create a smooth, glossy tinted lip balm with a slightly thick consistency. I can practically feel my lips moisturizing while I’m wearing this nude tinted lip butter.
pictured: Jasmine


I literally have dozens of lip products, but after several months of warm & hot weather, these make the cut. Have you tried any of these? What are you favorite lip products?

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Ryan is eight.

Yesterday was Ryan’s eighth birthday. I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: I can’t believe time flies. I remember him as a chubby toddler. An adorable baby. A peaceful infant. And of course, I remember giving birth to him, and being pregnant with him. Cherish the moments with your children, people – because you blink and suddenly they’re in elementary school, outgrowing clothing every few months, and talking about what they want to be when they grow up (Ryan wants to work at Target, or be an astronaut).

This year we kept things pretty quiet. Between Ryan’s anxiety over lots of people and loud noises (I had to coax him into letting us sing “Happy Birthday” to him – and even then we sang it quietly), tight finances, and being so busy with family, it just made more sense to have a gathering at home. My mom, brothers, and Jason were our guests – though we also celebrated Puff’s belated 19th birthday (he and Ryan shared a cake that Dan made for them). Per Ryan’s request we had homemade rainbow pancakes for breakfast (I cooked), homemade pizzas for lunch (Dan cooked), and a vanilla cake decorated with purple icing (Dan’s masterpiece).

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Happy Birthday Ryan!





Happy 8th Birthday, Ryan!

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The importance of vehicle headlights

When a light on your car goes out, it is imperative that you replace it as quickly as you can, whether it is a standard headlight or a 921 LED bulb. This is not something that you want to put off for very long, and you are best to act on it the same day that you notice it has gone out. There are a few critical reasons why you should do this.

1. You could get a ticket.
When a headlight goes out, the police could pull you over and give you a ticket. They will often do this if the inside light closest to the centerline burns out, but they will sometimes let it go or let you off with a warning for the outside light. While these tickets may not be expensive, you are better off putting that money into getting a new light rather than paying the extra expense of a ticket.

2. The odds of an accident increase.
It seems obvious that the odds of an accident can go up if your lights are burned out during the night, especially when it is the inside light and people cannot see exactly where your vehicle is. However, studies have actually shown that the odds of getting in an accident go down during the day if you have your lights on as well. Even in the middle of the afternoon, the lights help your car remain visible, and you are safer while on the road.

3. You suffer from decreased visibility.
Of course, the biggest issue to you as a driver is the fact that you may not be able to see as clearly without properly functioning lights, especially when driving in adverse weather conditions since the glare from the lights and the rain compound each other and block your vision. With a smaller field of vision, it can be all but impossible to see where you are going.

For any type of car, drivers should always be aware of what they can do to stay safe and decrease the chances that they will be in an accident. Taking a few simple steps to maintain your vehicle could make a huge difference for you and your family.

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Throwback Thursday


July 2009 – Ryan’s third birthday!

(And now I really want ice cream cake.)

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