Blood Moon 2014

Tonight is the first of the blood moons that are to come in the next year.

There are 4 of them, to be exact.

I snapped these photos from my back yard, using a tripod.

It's just amazing that the God who can create this beauty is the same God who loves me unconditionally.

Two Months

Its been two months since my mom passed away. 

It feels like yesterday. It feels like a million years ago, at the same time.

Alex and I celebrated 10 years of marriage last week, and ten years ago I never dreamed that Mom would not be here to celebrate with us. She would have been so proud for us. 

Six months ago I never could have dreamed that this is where we would be. One year ago my parents moved to Amarillo (where we live) so that we could be closer. With my Dad having Alztimers, mom was needing to be around someone who could help them out on a regular basis. 

My dad is doing the best he can and I am trying to help him while still giving him space to grieve. Some days I am clueless as to how to help him, but I am trying my best. We are doing our best.

So, this is where I am. I am grieving. Hurting. And trying to put one foot in front of the other. 

Part of my healing process is going to be getting back into my studio. That's where I am happiest. Moving paper, getting messy and losing my self while I create. There hasn't been time for me to create yet, but (hopefully) I will be able to have enough time to play. 

Spring is less than 30 days away and I don't know about you, but I am oh so ready to welcome warmer days and fresh colors that come with Spring! I've spent some time thinking about what my must haves for Spring will be, and here is my list of my Top 5. 

I love a good chapstick and when you add in just a bit of color? Well, then I am in love. And this one is ah-maz-ing. Dior Addict Lip Glow is a moisturizing lip balm that enhances your own natural lip color. It is super hydrating and perfect for your pout when going for a natural look. It is pricey but it last forever (I have used the same tube for over a year).

I am pretty clueless when it comes to picking color for my eyes,  but the Urban Decay Naked 3 makes it so simple. This collection has rose toned neutrals that make it perfect for spring and summer looks. This is a definite must have for anyone who struggles getting the right rose color for their eyes. 

I have been trying to grow my fingernails out and I have found that if I add a color to my nails vs. leaving them naked, then I am not tempted to bite and pick and them. My go-to color for my nails these days is Essie Mademoiselle. Its a pale pink when you look at the color in the bottle, but once you swipe it on your nails, you find it to be the most natural looking nail color. Its perfect!

Mascara is something that I absolutely never go without. Like, ever never. My eye lashes are pretty thin and need quite a bit of help so when my hairdresser was telling me about L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara I knew I had to give it a try. The verdict? It was a score! With it being so reasonably priced ($8 a tube) I found that it has quite a bit of bang for your buck.

This next item isn't really a make-up item. But it is something that I would use daily to take my make-up off every day. Its a staple at my house!
 It's my list…I can add it if I want to!  

Using coconut oil to take off my make-up has been the absolute best thing I have learned from Pinterest. It takes off all my mascara, foundation, eye-liner.
Its fairly inexpensive, makes my skin feel oh-so-soft, and has no harsh cleaning agents. (and before you ask, nope! I have never had it cause pimples, etc). An
added bonus is that you can use coconut oil to shave your legs while in the back. It will make them soft and ready for spring shorts! Sidenote: I only use organic extra virgin Coconut oil. Spend the extra and get the good stuff! 

So, what is on your must have list for Spring? 

Any new products that you are dying to get your hands on? If so, tell me about them!

Today is the 5th of January, and I wanted to share 5 things that's on my mind right now.

1. Wanting…..This sign, from House of Belonging. I have the perfect place for it to hang in our dining room.

2. Reading…...I am a blog junkie, and have recently become a avid reader of Momastery. Glennon, the author of Momastery, is a recovering screwup who is trying to better the world - and raise compassionate kiddos- one day at a time. A bit of humor and a whole lot of loving on people, I identify with so much of what Glennon writes.

3. Listening…….Let Her Go by Passenger is on repeat in my car. Seriously cannot get enough of this.

4. Eating……Chicken Pot Pie. Alex and the boys absolutely love chicken pot pie when its cold. And today? It's cold so we will be making this for dinner.

5. Dreaming…..of a vacation (and hopefully it's soon!). We are tossing around a couple of places, and all of them involve a beach and warm weather. Yes, please.