My 3 Year Anniversary!

 

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Today is my wedding anniversary! I have officially been married to my sweetheart Ben for 3 years! It has been such a fun journey, and I have collected so many precious moments with Ben. From drawing on the sidewalk with chalk to carving watermelons to visiting chocolate and ice-cream factories, to biking and disc golfing, to holding hands during church to eating Chinese takeout and watching movies, the many dates and moments that we have spent together have been so wonderful. It is such a blessing to have Ben in my life as my husband and eternal companion. Knowing that I will be able to be with him forever is so comforting, uplifting, and exciting! I love Ben! Here’s a trip down memory lane via photos:

3.26.2011

Here’s Ben and I when we were dating. In this picture, we were hiking up R Mountain, one of the local hiking trails in the Buttes near Rexburg. It was freezing outside, but I insisted on taking my shirt off, so you could see my awesome shirt. :) This picture was taken March 26 2011.

5.27.2011

Here’s another fun date we did while dating -carving watermelons! It’s way fun, less messy, and a lot more tasty than carving pumpkins. Mainly Ben carved the watermelon, but I had fun eating the insides! This picture was taken May 27 2011.

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Here is Ben and I on our wedding day! Things were really hectic that day, as most weddings were. But Ben is always so good at making me laugh and loosen up. Doesn’t he look so handsome in his tuxedo? :) This picture was taken July 29 2011.

6.21.2012

I can’t remember exactly what was going on this day, but I believe we had Sam and Lizzy, Ben’s brother and wife over for dinner. Here Ben was trying on my glasses and making me laugh. :) It’s the little moments like these that are so priceless. This picture was taken in the fall of 2011.

7.29.2012

Here’s Ben and I on our first year anniversary! We had gone to visit my friends Chantelle and Ryan Reich, and Ryan took us all flying. I looked for a picture of all of us together, but I guess we didn’t take one. That day was so much fun! It was a great anniversary too. This picture was taken July 29, 2011.

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Ben and I went going mini-golfing with my parents for our first year anniversary! Again, I looked for a shot of all four of us, but I couldn’t find one. But, it was lots of fun! I love how well Ben gets along with my family. It really means a lot to me. :) This picture was taken July 31, 2011.

10.27.2012

Here, Ben and I built a snowman together! I think Ben eventually soaked this snowman in orange Gatorade, in honor of Halloween. Rexburg tends to get snow earlier in the year than other parts of the country. It was a fun day together. Ben sure knows how to have fun! This picture was taken October 27, 2012.

5.2.2013

Here’s Ben and I on my 25th birthday! We had just gone through the Ethel M Chocolates factory, and I’m holding a bunch of gourmet chocolate bars in my hand. I think after this picture, we went on to check out the cactus factory in the complex. It was a super fun date, and was a great way to welcome in our new adventure in Las Vegas (Ben was on his first internship). This picture was taken May 2, 2013.

6.15.2013

Here, Ben and I were checking out some Native American cliff dwellings near the Grand Canyon. The name of the park was Walnut Canyon National Monument. This was a fun weekend trip that we took during Ben’s internship. It was really fun seeing these cliff dwellings, and thinking about the lives of the Native Americans who had lived here. This picture was taken June 15, 2013.

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And here’s us a year later! If you’ve been reading my blog regularly, you may have already seen this picture. We enjoyed a fun game of disc golfing at Terramont Park in the Woodlands. It was a fun game, although I could definitely use some improvement. I love spending time with Ben! This picture was taken July 18, 2014.

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A few days ago, Ben and I headed out to Louisiana for a quick anniversary trip. In this picture, we were at Steamboat Bill’s, and just about to eat our dinner. You can see my fried catfish in the bottom corner of the picture. :) It was a fun date, trying new foods. This picture was taken July 25, 2011.

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And here is Ben and I together at the Sam Houston Jones State Park near Westlake, Louisiana. We had fun checking out the bayou and swampland. We saw lizards, dragonflies and lots of mosquitos, but no alligators (though we did see one at the visitor’s center). It was a fun trip, though it was brief.

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I really feel blessed to have Ben in my life, and to know that I can lean on him for support. With all of the fun adventures that Ben and I have had these past three years, I can’t wait to see what happens in the next year!

 

I Love e.l.f. Makeup!

I Love e.l.f. Makeup!

Today, I decided to do some window shopping for makeup. By this I mean, loading up my online cart with things I’d like to buy, and then once I’m done daydreaming, empty said cart. And, I decided to take a peek at eyeslipface.com! It has been a couple of years since I’ve tried anything new from e.l.f. and they have come out with some new products I’d like to try. There is a new Studio line lipstick, which they didn’t have before. This is pretty neat, as the mineral lipstick was $5, and the essential lipstick was $1. It’s nice to have a midrange lipstick (the Studio lipstick is priced at $3). I really want to try Rosy-Go-Round, Pink Minx, Flirty and Fabulous, and Ravishing Rose. There is also an essential smudge pot lipstick, which I’ve seen other budget beauty bloggers rave about. I also want to try their Studio Blush Palette that comes with four different colors of blush. Two older products that I wanted to try are the two different shades of Mineral eye primer, the Studio lotion wipes, and the Studio brush collection. I don’t know if I’ll be buying any e.l.f. makeup in the near future, but if I end up grabbing some at my nearby Target, I’ll let you know!

7 Things I’m Grateful For -#23

7 Things I'm Grateful For -#23
“Gratitude requires awareness and effort, not only to feel it but to express it.” -Bonnie D. Parkin

1.   Yardley London Bath Bar in English Lavender –I wrote a blog post about this new soap that I have, and I just can’t say enough good things about it! I love how soft and gentle it is on my skin, the delicate, soothing lavender scent, and that my skin feels soft and moisturized afterwards. It’s paraben free, sls free, and doesn’t break my sensitive skin out in a rash. For a bar of soap, that’s pretty amazing!

2.  Revlon Parfumerie Nail Polish in Surf Spray –I got this fun nail polish for two reasons –to celebrate my own wedding anniversary, and in preparation for my sister-in-law Linda’s wedding. It’s a fun blue, and I love the ocean smell once it dries. The scent only lasts for a couple of days, but I don’t mind. It’s definitely a fun color, and perfect for summer.

3.   My Trip To Louisiana –Ben and I went to Lake Charles, Louisiana for Friday night and Saturday morning. It was so fun to get away for a night, and to try some delicious Cajun food. I grew up with my dad making amazing gumbo, and sprinkling Cajun seasoning on lots of dishes. It was almost like traipsing back into my childhood, even though I have never actually lived in Louisiana (my dad went to McNeese University for part of his undergrad study). I also enjoyed seeing alligators and visiting a bayou. And course, it was fantastic spending time with my sweetheart.

4.   Curling Iron –I haven’t pulled out my curling iron this entire summer, but for our anniversary trip, I decided to give curls a go. And, it was so much fun! I just love curls, and I think they look great with my new highlights. I think I might just curl my hair a little more often this summer!

5.   Blueberries –Right now, blueberries are on sale –and have been for the past month. I love blueberries so much! They remind me of being able to go berry picking with my family as a kid. And of course, they taste amazing and are packed full of antioxidants. Instead of grabbing a pint of ice-cream, lately Ben and I have been grabbing a pint of blueberries!

6.   Laughter –I found myself laughing lots this weekend, whether at something funny Ben said, or from watching Numb3rs, or just at silly situations. I think laughter is such an essential part of life. I need to make time to laugh more. Life is just too precious to waste on boring moments.

7.   Purple Lipstick! –When we came back from our trip, Ben and I stopped at our local Kroger. They had a 50% off sale on Revlon purple lipsticks, which brought the price down to $3 each. I was so excited! I just love purple lipstick, and think it will be perfect for fall. I got two shades from the Super Lustrous lipstick collection –Berry Haute and Violet Frenzy. You will see swatches and reviews sometime in the future!

And, that’s it for this week’s gratitude post. I hope that blessings will surround you this upcoming week!

Anniversary Trip To Louisiana, Cajun Food Included!

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For our three year anniversary, Ben and I decided to go to Lake Charles, Louisiana! I grew up with cajun food, thank to my dad’s amazing cooking skills, and was super excited to visit. And, it was lots of fun! I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

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When we first got to Lake Charles yesterday, we checked out the local visitor’s center. While there, I saw an amazing alligator sculpture, made by a a local artist. It’s like a 3D mosaic, and it’s super cool looking! We also got a Louisiana patch and some postcards from the gift shop. And, there were lots and lots of pamphlets to choose from!

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I also got to a see a real alligator! They have a free alligator observatory right next to the visitor’s center. It was kind of cool seeing an alligator so up close. It was also pretty obvious that this gator had the right idea -it was super hot and humid! Staying under the water was probably the smart choice. :) There was another alligator chilling underneath some bamboo plants.

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After we unpacked our things at our motel room, we headed over to Steamboat Bill’s for some local cajun food! It’s a fun restaurant, with lots of cajun choices, as well as some more “normal” choices for the less brave. From crawfish to catfish to boudin to po’ boys to gumbo, there was lots of creole choices to choose from. We spent of a lot of time staring at the menu sign, trying to pick something from the huge list of choices (and by us, I mean me).

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And here’s me being goofy! You can see all of the food we tried. I ordered some catfish and fries, and Ben got some gator bites and a boudin ball (it’s a type of rice/sausage mix that usually comes inside a sausage). Really, we sampled each other’s food and got to try a little of everything! I liked everything, especially Ben’s gator bites. :) I actually really liked the jalapeno ranch that they served with the entrees. :)

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And here’s us, the happy couple! I think Ben looks striking in his awesome hat and brand new shirt from the Boot Barn. It was a fun date, and we got to try a lot of fun things. We left full, and content. If you’re ever in Louisiana and happen to see a Steamboat Bill’s, I recommend it!

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Then, today, we checked out Sam Houston Jones National Park, so we could see a real live bayou! We were hoping to see some alligators in the wild, but it was probably too hot a day to spot any.

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But, as you can tell, the scenery was lovely! All in all, it was a fun trip, and a great way to celebrate three years of being married to my sweetheart. :)

 

Revlon Parfumerie Nail Polish in Surf Spray

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So, on Wednesday, in my Things I Want blog post, I mentioned that I really wanted the Revlon Parfumerie nail polish in Surf Spray. And yesterday, I mentioned that I bought it in my An Unlikely Haul post. So today, I figured I’d actually show you what it looks like on me!

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I really like this nail color. It has a pearlescent finish to it, which I think is really nice. And the nail polish bottle doesn’t lie –once it’s dry, it really does have a nice ocean scent to it. It’s a really pretty translucent blue that’s perfect if you want a nice subtle look to your manicure/pedicure. The coats are thin, which lend this translucent look to the nail polish. I’m actually wearing three coats, for a more opague look. While I know a lot of people don’t like nail lacquers with a thin formula, I think they’re fun for softer looks. And because you can build them, you can wear Surf Spray as light or as bold as you want. I’m not sure if this is true for all of the Parfumerie polishes, as this is the only one I have tried. I have found that oftentimes there are different levels of opacity within the same collection, depending on pigment.

PLUS -Another great aspect of this nail polish is that it’s DBP, Toluene, and Formaldehyde free.

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As for application, I’d say this nail polish is pretty typical for drug store quality nail polishes. One coat dries in a breeze, two coats take a little longer, and you have to be careful with the third coat. Even though the third coat seemed dry, I still managed to dent and smudge one of my nails when I was placing my SD card back into my camera. That said, a nail enamel dryer, or just some extra time would have taken care of this little issue. When it comes to applying evenly, I thought this Revlon nail polishes did a good job of not streaking weirdly. Also, I didn’t have that annoying issue of the tips of my nails not being coated correctly, which was nice.

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Recently, I have started to take more of a look into Revlon products in general. Of the four “mega-brands” in my drugstore –Maybelline, L’Oreal, Revlon and Covergirl, Revlon is the only company that claims to distribute cruelty free products in the US (granted, their nail polishes are animal tested in China as required by law… but that’s a whole other debate). I also like that Revlon has more of a retro feel to their brand. And, looking over the years, Revlon nail polishes have been some of my favorites. In fact, I wore a Revlon nail polish for my pedicure for my own wedding!

Disclaimer: This nail polish was purchased with my own money. My opinions are my own. :)