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Sweet summertime.

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Mama splurges…

I don’t really do makeup. I think girls/women who use it tastefully look gorgeous and I admire them for it, but I’ve never felt comfortable in it. Actually, as a teen I got made fun of a lot for my complexion and I tried wearing makeup but it didn’t seem to help my looks or self-esteem so I stopped using it. Recently however, I’ve been feeling like sometimes it’s nice to have just a little something to spruce up the look. So I “splurged”. I say splurged because to buy makeup seems silly and unnecessary to me but I did it anyway, spending a whole $6.00 on some mascara. I love it! It makes me feel more dressed up, and it wears really well which is important to me, because if it feels heavy, clumps or smears and looks cheap I’m not going to use it.

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It’s funny what a little mascara can do for a girl sometimes…I felt like a whole other person just by doing up my eyelashes

I decided yesterday to pick up a new nail color as well. I love nail color and feel like it’s a great accessory for all occasions. I’ve always wanted a mint color and when I saw it on the end shelf at Target I couldn’t resist. Bad mama.

So here they are, my two current favorite beauty essentials:

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Reviva HypoAllergenic Mascara in Black (picked up from The Vitamin Cottage) and Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear nail color in Mint Sorbet (picked up at Target)

DIY Word Art

I had been wanting to do some DIY word art with my cupkeiki, I figured it would be a blast for her to paint. I decided to do it on a day when my niece also had the day off of school, she needed an activity for the afternoon and I needed a way to let my cupkeiki get crazy with paint while I photographed it. The project worked out ok…I bought sticker letters and flat canvas’ from Michaels, and used acrylic paint I already had on hand.

First we placed our stickers on the canvas:

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Then the girls painted over them:

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While this was a fun project, and the girls enjoyed it, my niece and I decided that painting over the stickers didn’t work out so well. The paint seeped under the letters, causing some of the areas to not show once they were peeled off. We decided that next time we would try painting the canvas first, placing the stickers and then spray painting over them. Perhaps there are better stickers to try out as well…I’ll have to research more.

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My niece decided to mix up some black paint and paint over where the stickers were because otherwise you would have never known what the phrase said.

Memorial Weekend Camping

My cupkeiki and I got our first camping trip of the season under our belts this last weekend. We went up with my mom and her husband and had a blast. I think the highlight of my trip was watching my cupkeiki play in the dirt. I slathered sunscreen all over her, since she refused to wear anything but a diaper, and the minute she was let loose she was in the dirt. I love her for never holding back when it comes to making a mess in dirt or mud.

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Birth with Dolphins

This morning I’ve noticed this article several times on different sites. I can’t help but share it too! It’s ridiculous to me that someone would want to do this, but having lived in Pahoa (where this couples plans to deliver) I’m not surprised to read a story like this. Pahoa is a small town, part of the Puna district. People living in Puna are often referred to as Punatics. People from the mainland who are “hippy” in nature seem to find themselves happily settled there, finding a sense of freedom and community with others who have done the same. Locals often consider them a plague to the island, but it’s Hawaii and everyone wants their slice of paradise.

I guess all I have to say is, good luck to this couple. It sounds like a disaster in the making if they go through with it, which they probably won’t once they realize just how wild the ocean really is.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/2013/05/28/dolphin-assisted-birth-heather-barrington-adam-barrington_n_3346982.html