Archive | December 2017

Merry CHRISTmas

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Merry Christmas!!  Yes, despite the few comments and many emails received due to this holiday blog post, our household still celebrates Christmas and all the joy that comes with the season.  The month of December was filled with joy, celebration, vacations, and family memories and we can’t wait to share our accomplishments with you.

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Here is the list of awesome accomplishments from December:

  1. We completed five Science projects!  This was a fun month for science and all the children had so much fun conducting experiments on their level.
  2. We attended several Christmas parties via friends, family, and church throughout the month.  We even hosted our own Holiday Pajama Party on Christmas Eve.
  3. I lesson planned, and lesson planned, and lesson planned some more!
  4. We managed to laugh and smile through the holiday season a lot more than we thought we would.  Losing a loved ones, no matter when, is hard but we are grateful for the comfort of God as we made it through our first Christmas without Pops, my husband’s father who passed in July, and Great Pa-Pa, my grandfather who passed at the beginning of December. As 2017 comes to an end, I implore each of you to love on ALL (yes, I mean ALL) of your family, make time to make memories, and take lots of pictures. Time is our most valuable currency as well as our most precious commodity and inestimable asset.  Every one should make family time a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly priority because life, no matter how long, is truly short

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Father God, thank you for the reader of my blog posts and viewers of the YouTube videos because their support has afforded a myriad of opportunities and for that I am truly grateful.  Thank you for family, friends, and all the memories we have made with them this year.  Thank you for the year 2017!  It might not have been perfect but strengthening our obedience to your will and growth in your word was worth every obstacle encountered.  Thank you for the every year ending with reminders to be thankful in November and to spread CHRISTmas joy in December! And finally Lord, thank you for the birth, life, death, and subsequent resurrection of your son Jesus Christ through which we have immediate access to salvation.  Just as you did this year, and in every moment of time prior, we trust you to guide us into and through 2018 because we can accomplish nothing without you.  In the name of Jesus, Amen 

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We accomplished a lot more but I think that’s enough to share for now.  This is the last blog post for 2017 and I pray that it finds you all in the best of health, strength, and faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I am so grateful for each and every person that has supported my hobby this year and hope you found encouragement, laughs, and learned a few new things. I can’t wait to see what next year brings!

See you in 2018,

Ta’Neisha K.

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Metallic Halo Eyeshadow & FOTD

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I am definitely an Urban Decay fan! I love the quality of their products and how well they work on all complexions.  My makeup collection is filled with Urban Decay makeup so it was only fitting that husband bought me their newest holiday palette, Heavy Metals.  In this recent YouTube video you can find swatches and my detailed review.

For a bit of added fun, I created this holiday look featuring eyeshadows from the Lorac Mega Pro 4 palette and the Urban Decay Heavy Metals palette.  I also included details on my foundation and glowing highlight in the face of the day video.

 

Enjoy this holiday season,

Ta’Neisha K.

 

Christmas FREEBIES Near You

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I thought the holiday season deserved an extra blog post this week featuring some FREE or low cost activities you can attend in your area.  Now of course the names might be slightly different but the general idea of the activity will definitely be the same.  Let’s dive into this year’s fun list wherewith you’ll be sure to find some fun things in your area to enjoy while making Christmas and New Year memories.  Keep reading because there might be a FREE Christmas Fun Checklist printable link available within this post.

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Christmas Freebies & Holiday Fun List:

  • Trail of Lights: You will be surprised how creative minds can turn local city parks, race tracks, or on large plots of land in your area into a glowing tribute to the Christmas holiday.  In our area most of the trails cost approximately $5 per car or require a donation of goods to a local charity.  There are some walk through trails but we prefer to drive through the trail while eating warm baked treats and drinking hot chocolate.
  • Look in the Library:  Local libraries are also known for hosting monthly FREE activities for “kids from 1 to 92.”  At our library there is weekly story time, knitting groups, chess tournaments, book clubs, crafts for children, teens and adults, Christmas science classes, and even homeschool meet ups all available for FREE.  This information should be available on your local library’s website or social media pages.

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  • Stores Offer More:  Did you know that some of your favorite stores might offer free classes or activities during this season?  Holiday themed story time at Barnes and Noble, Pottery Barn, and a few locally owned book stores is always a fun way to spend our time off from school during Winter Break.  We have also attended free or low cost holiday themed craft workshops at Lego, Michaels, and Home Depot.
  • Chick-fil-a Christmas Rocks:  This eatery is known for hosting activity nights throughout the year but during this season you might be cable to catch a week of FREE breakfast giveaways as well as free entrée gift card giveaways.  Most of the time your local restaurant will have a Facebook page that shares upcoming events and registration information.  Also, if you have the Chick-fil-a app, you might receive an extra goodie or two during this time.

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  • Print it Out:  If your neck of the woods is under snow, then you can still have some holiday fun with your family.  Just keep your printer nearby and stock up on ink and paper before the storm hits so you can create your own fun worksheets.  I like to print out holiday mazes, scripture studies, funny word searches, and craft templates.  Try painting with homemade pudding or whip cream for your littles or find a holiday themed science project via Pinterest for your older children.  Either way, don’t let the weather hinder your household’s Jingle Bell Rock!
  • Cheers for Volunteers: Volunteering your time is the most rewarding and memorable gift you can offer during this season.  There are so many families in need and a myriad of organizations that could use your help to collect, sort, and hand out donations.  Some families even volunteer Christmas morning and then return home to open gifts.  Whether you decide to donate your money or time, you won’t receive a bigger reward than the feeling of knowing you’ve helped make a stranger’s holiday season bright.

Now, of course there are so many more freebies or low cost activities in your area but this should be enough to get you through the remainder of 2017.

Okay, okay, OKAY! I appreciate you all so much that here is one more fun freebie download that I found on the Family Education website.  Click here to download your Christmas Fun Checklist Printable

Have a great week,

Ta’Neisha K.

Let’s Review It: Lorac Mega PRO 4 Palette

Prior to my no buy, I purchased a few makeup items and I wanted to share a quick review of each one.  Today you can see a close up and swatches of the Lorac Mega Pro 4 palette along with my review via this recent YouTube video.

 

 

This Lorac palette definitely has lots of color options to choose from and I am glad to have it in my collection.  With the holiday season upon us, be sure to wait for a coupon code before you purchase any new makeup.  I know you want the new products in your hand but I promise it will be worth the wait and worth the money saved in the end.

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Be sure to check out Lorac’s Instagram for close up swatches on various complexions.  You can also see various looks by searching #megapro4 from makeup artists, busy moms, and makeup lovers around the globe.

Have a grand week,

Ta’Neisha K.

December Planner Spreads

2017 is coming to an end and I must say that I am truly happy with the new planning hobby that I started earlier this year.  Throughout the past ten months I have come to find a sense of tranquility when I am decorating my planner and peace when I see things are organized for the month or week.  Of course, I still leave room for spontaneity especially because I am married to Mr. Spontaneous himself, but I find comfort in knowing the bill payments have been scheduled, the appointments are set, and the meal plan is complete.  Next year I plan to add Memory Planning to my hobby and I look forward to creating some beautiful scrapbook photo albums.

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My December planner spreads are filled with plenty of glitter, sparkle, and color.  I love the holiday season so my planner spreads definitely reflect my love for Christmas, family time, and making lifetime memories.  This month the spreads feature stickers from the Me and My Big Ideas (Happy Planner) sticker books as well as washi from Dollar Tree and Amazon.  You can see my monthly and weekly planner spreads via this recent YouTube video.

My faith journal monthly spreads include a breakdown of a beautiful card made by my friend Catina, along with other goodies available in detail via my recent blog post.

 

Hope your holiday season is off to a great start and I pray that you enjoy making great memories for the remainder of 2017 and beyond.

 Make this season bright,

Ta’Neisha K.