Washing Cloth DIapers

Hey ya’ll! See what I just did…..future Texan here! We filmed a very short video to show you guys how we wash our cloth diapers. I understand that different things work for different diapers and also people. We use Alva baby diapers and here is what we found works the best. I wash the diapers 3 times. This really helps clean them completely and they absorb better when you thoroughly clean them.

Thanksgiving 2014

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Turkey, stuffing, casserole, gravy, mashed potatoes, lipstick, shaking sillies out, pie, whipped cream, and so much more. These are just some of the things that were involved in this years Thanksgiving. This year was nice and informal. I love having a lot of guests and especially cooking for them all, but this year was nice too because it was so casual. I don’t think I’ve ever had such a casual Thanksgiving and I loved it. We just did whatever. No dressing up, nothing over the top. Paper plates and plastic silverware for dessert. We had the Thanksgiving basics to eat, no herb crusted lamb and roast beef. It was nice. I enjoyed this pace for Thanksgiving. Audrey spent most of the time applying her lipstick……..nonstop. She hasn’t gotten the idea that you don’t rub lipstick on for minutes at a time. But it is quite entertaining how she puts it on and says “I prittty”. So cute! She was the only one who wore anything “fancy”, because she picked her pink dress out herself. And since Thanksgiving she’s worn it every day. Yesterday I picked out pants and a pink shirt for her to wear, she had a tantrum for about an hour. And finally came back to the room with the pink dress OVER her other outfit. Stubborn baby.

If you would like to watch our Thanksgiving vlog – https://www.youtube.com/Smohrtolove

TEXAS!

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Well here I am…… in San Antonio house hunting. We decided yesterday that it would be better if I flew out by myself and Tom stayed with the monster. This way we could move into a home by Christmas. I have a stack of homes that we found online, I hope one of them is a fit. We are going to rent first and consider buying later. I guess I flew out at the right time…….just missed the snow. It’s so warm here in San Antonio. It was a little bit of a shock walking outside and not needing to bundle up. I could literally wear shorts….. The heat will probably kill us the first summer, but I think we will get used to it. I hope to post pictures of our new home soooooooooon!

How God Speaks To Us

Growing up I’ve always been in awe of people who have seen the Lord or heard from him. I believe that God speaks to everyone and its up to the person to be willing to listen. I have had encounters where I just KNEW that God had sent it to me. Sometimes it was a feeling, other times it was something I was reading but I knew it was God placing it in front of me. Tom and I have had a lot of life changing decisions over the last year. All of these things happened all at once, and came to a head all at once. Now that we are at the end of a lot of these things I feel excited but also scared. It takes practice to trust God and to listen to what he’s telling you. I’ve realized that a lot of times we ignore “gut feelings”. We label them as just emotions and nothing more. But I believe that this is just another way that God speaks to us. I used to think there was nothing behind these feelings until recently and now I pay a lot more attention to what they could mean. God doesn’t just speak to people audibly and visually, he uses all of our senses. We have to become more sensitive to the ways He speaks to us.

Today is a big day for us. We have been praying about it for over a year. I have been working on strengthening my faith and being sensitive to God speaking to me, whatever way he chooses. It has been HARD to curb my thinking, and like any bad habit it takes time to break. I don’t know what the outcome of this day will bring, but I know that God spoke directly me today. I don’t want to get into details about the situation, but we have been dealing with some legal issues for a while. Tom and I have worked together on all the decisions regarding these issues, and today we trusted God to lead us where we needed to go. Although I felt peaceful in the morning, as the day went on doubt started to creep in. I started to worry more (which we know does NO good) so I decided to refocus my energy on reading. Lately when I feel doubt I always bring up “Trusting God Day by Day” written by Joyce Meyer. Well at this time I was praying to God to speak to me about how I could push this doubt out of my mind and replace it with peace. I typed a search for “fear” in my book (on my iphone) to see what there was regarding this emotion. I didn’t choose the first result or even the second, my fingers were led to the one God had for me.

My last thought was “God please protect us through this”, and to this God answered You Have Nothing to Worry About“. As soon as I read those words I was settled. I KNEW they were for me. It was an amazing moment for me that I just HAD to share. I took a screen shot to show you:

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I think God has really used Joyce Meyer and her ministries to speak to his children. We don’t know how God will use us to bless others but Joyce Meyer has been a blessing to me by writing this devotional. I hope any of you who need a little ‘pick me up’ will read this and be encouraged that God IS speaking, we just have to practice listening.

Exhausted!

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Here is an update on our ever stressful life. I have been working on getting our house ready to list the last two weeks. It’s been so much work on very little sleep. I was painting, packing, cleaning, scrubbing, polishing, vacuuming, washing, lifting, and chasing a rowdy 2 year old around. Audrey added 10 times the work load. I would pack a box full of stuff and walk away to grab more……..well by the time I would come back the little munchkin had emptied them!!!!! I had to then move these very heavy boxes into the garage so the house would look pristine for showings, only to have Audrey follow behind me to lock me IN THE GARAGE. I boiled water and scrubbed the porch to clear spider webs and bird poop, I noticed Audrey being quiet and she had spilled a whole sippy cup of milk on the freshly mopped wood floors. I had no idea how much work this would be and I can’t believe I did it! Now that I worked so hard to get this house PERFECT, I have to keep it that way. I have a bedspread that I use only for showings and Audrey will take it off every chance she gets. She loves the mini throw pillow that she lovingly calls “Aude pillow”. So when I am not sweeping her crumbs in the kitchen or polishing furniture, I am constantly searching cabinets and rooms for this “Aude pillow”. I paid $340 to have window cleaners come and lately I’ve noticed that any window Audrey height has lip and finger prints. The other day I caught her licking the window!!!!! On top of all of this she has become obsessed with taking cushions off of the couches………

How did I birth the busiest baby ever!? I am convinced that she is what I get because I wasn’t an easy baby. I constantly pray that my next one is simple. I would love to have a baby that – sleeps, takes a bottle, isn’t 8lbs at birth, likes the carseat instead of screaming for HOURS (really I had no idea how a newborn baby could even have the energy to scream the whole 3 hr car ride with NO breaks), actually cried like a baby instead of shriek like a pterodactyl, says “momma” earlier than 16 months lol. I don’t think I can survive another Audrey.

BUT thank you Lord! The house IS finally listed and we are tying up other future determining issues. Our prospects look good for all our upcoming battles though. I am happy to report that my daily devotional – Trusting God Day by Day by Joyce Meyer had been a Godsend. It’s still difficult not to let emotions get entangled with the web of malignant negative thinking, but since I have been reading this devotional it’s a lot easier to remind myself that God is in control. One of the recent devotionals was all about how God lives in us and you have to ask the question “Is it comfortable for Him to live there?” Any negativity that is effecting you will make his home in you a lot less comfortable. So lately it’s been nice to focus on calming any storms that arise. It still takes effort not to slip into negative thoughts, but it’s a lot easier when I get reminded daily through my devotional. It’s good to be on God’s side because he is victorious.

Smokey Eye

Smokey eye looks are very popular, but I don’t think it’s a really specific look? There are so many types of “smokey eye” looks. There really isn’t a rule on how to do them correctly. I think to qualify as a smokey eye you just have to fade your colors out and blend really well. For this look I used my Too Faced Chocolate Bar…..I LOVE that thing. It’s my favorite palette.

Skincare

I have really been blessed with good skin. I don’t have moles, blemishes, or acne. I do however have light freckles……… I don’t like my freckles, but I know that some people really like freckles. My freckles were much darker before I started using Obagi products. Other than my light freckles I have one spot of hyperpigmentation around my mouth that I get really self conscious about. It’s in such a weird spot so it’s hard to conceal with makeup. I was lucky enough to skip over the “pimple” years. Through the hormonal high school years I only had 4-5 pimples TOTAL.

I didn’t start taking care of my skin until I was 20. I’m a really low maintenance kind of person and I just didn’t see the point in skincare since I didn’t have any issues to begin with. I went to a dermatologist and they showed me these special pictures of the sun damage my skin had gotten over the years. Although I had great skin on the outside, this machine showed me that I actually had quite a bit of sun damage. From that point on I started taking care of my skin. I became a religious sun block wearer and I made sure to wash my face day and night. PREVENTATIVE skincare is the key. You don’t want to discover the damage in your 40’s, by then it will be nearly impossible to help. A good sunblock is the best skincare product. You can only disguise aging and skin damage for so long……..why not focus on preventing it?

Emerald Green Tutorial – Too Faced Palette

Have I mentioned that I really love this Everything Nice Palette this year? I didn’t buy the one from last year. This palette comes with colors to do smokey natural looks as well as fun colorful looks. I LOVED emerald green last winter, and I find myself attracted to it again this winter. This look was fun and very wearable. If I was going to wear it on a night out I would use some black eyeshadow also.