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Hello! Welcome to my blog, my name is Tawnya. I'm a
Mommy to 3 little ones, a lucky wife to the Man of my dreams. I am a Cosmetologist, Crafter, Photographer and a stay at home Mom. My blog is simply about everything I love from, decorating, DIY, recipes, beauty, hair, camping, kids you name it. I love life and hope my blog can uplift and inspire many. Thanks for stopping by and come back often so you wont miss a thing!

February 15, 2018

Family Valentines Day Dinner

Love day! We love Valentines Day at our house. We like to celebrate with the whole family as well as a couple on Valentines Day. Each year we have a Valentines Day dinner with our whole family. I try to keep most of the stuff red, pink or white. This is what we did this year.
Vday

Appetizer- Bread with tomato paste sprinkled with garlic salt followed by goat cheese topped off with dill. Put under broiler for about 4 mins or until a little crispy and cheese is melted. It is so easy and simple but yet so delicious.
Side dishes-  Green salad with cucumbers cut out as hearts and cheese cut out as xo's (CLICK HERE for cookie cutters I used) with a strawberry vinaigrette, strawberry banana jello.
Main dish- Spaghetti shaped on plates as a heart with sauce and sausage.
Drink- Raspberry Lemonade
Again this is something fun but it is simple as well and it makes for great memories each year with my kiddos. My kids also get a little chocolate Valentine we give them on their plates which they always look forward to.  You can do any version you like when it comes to this so have fun with it and enjoy ! :)

February 12, 2018

Shine Cosmetics Review

Hello! Today I want to share a bunch of new beauty products that I have been loving lately Shine Cosmetics. You all know that my blog is all about "Simply Everything I Love!" So I can not share this one with you :) I love getting and giving recommendations for things that I love and that I have a passion for. Here is my honest review after using these products for a full year.  All of their makeup is free of all the junk you don't want in your makeup. SCORE!
Lets get started! First off I love their sleek packaging and the colors they use (black, pink and silver).
Here is what some of the packaging and products look like:



I first tried the BB Cream....OMGosh let me tell you.....being a Cosmetologist and Makeup gal, THIS IS WHAT I HAD BEEN WANTING FOR IN A FOUNDATION FOREVER! I tried it and fell in LOVE within a few hours after application.
                                                           (nice natural "shine" glow)
 I went to a booth last year and tried on the BB cream and some lip-gloss on. I told the lady that I would have to wear it for a few hours to know if it was something I would love before I bought any and if my skin would have any reaction (I have super sensitive skin) Within those few hours after putting it all on I kept feeling my face and I couldn't believe that I didn't feel like I was wearing ANY foundation at all! It gave me such a nice natural glow with full coverage. I always hated foundation and how cakey it would feel on my face, and that my pores couldn't breath with it on. I always had a hard time finding the right color, either it would be too orange or yellow on me or it would feel to thick. I thought... THIS IS A GAME CHANGER! I am in my mid 30's and I needed to start wearing something to smooth out my complexion but, I hated every foundation I had used up to this point. I have tried them all at Ulta & Sephora and I was about to give up hope on all foundations. Shine Cosmetics came to the rescue and I am so happy I tried it. What does BB cream do for your skin?

I can be outside in the 100+ degree weather and it NEVER beads up or melts off my skin. It is super long lasting. Full coverage that feels velvety soft on your skin. This seriously gets the label of High Designer Quality but yet at an affordable price. SCORE!!
Next lets talk Lip Gloss!!! I'm a gloss girl I have lip gloss everywhere I go. Again a product I am super picky with. What was different from Shines Lip gloss then others that I have tried? Well, it is never sticky or tacky. It lasts on your lips longer than the typical glosses out there. When I first tried it my lips were dry. I couldn't help but keep rubbing my lips together with the Shine Lip gloss on! It made my lips feel like silk and so luscious. I'm a HUGE fan of their Lip gloss. Admired is my favorite color.
 
After I tried these two products I did a little research on the company. Not only did I just fall in love with these two products I tried, but when I found out what this company stood for and what their mission was all about! My goodness this was an amazing company with a powerful message to be shared. READ ABOUT THEIR STORY HERE

WOW! Right?! A company that is empowering women to see their own inner beauty without needing to feel like they need to be this way or that way to be beautiful. A company that doesn't have ANY sleaze or sex related names on ANY of their products. You may be thinking...."I don't have any sleazy or sex related names on any of your makeup" go pull out your makeup and see for yourselves. I didn't think I did either until I payed attention. Wow there are so many names out there I don't want to be supporting in the beauty industry. 

I have a daughter and knowing when she is old enough to wear makeup, she will have a company that has great products along with a powerful message for her to wear. It makes me excited! This makeup line is for all the young girls who dance, all the way up to us Mom's and Grandmothers. Makeup with a message, products with a purpose. How cool is that!

Then I got a few more products after the BB Cream and Lip Gloss. The next one I want to tell you about is the Eyeliner!  This one NEEDS to be in everyone of your makeup bags. Why?! NO more raccoon eyes ladies! It stays put ALL day. No running, smearing or smudging. You have 5 mins to apply it and work with it. Then when it is all set you can rub it go swimming and guess what?! It stays in place! These go on like butter. Super high pigment colors. One swipe application. You can watch this short video HERE to see what I mean...... you're welcome ;)  
Next I would like to tell you about their brow kits. If you do not fill in your brows, you need too. You don't realize how filling in your brows makes everything look lifted and more put together. If you haven't and you start doing it, it will take some getting use too. But don't ever underestimate the power of shaping your brows.  They have a light kit and a dark kit.

I hope you have all enjoyed my review and I hope you will give some of them a try. They have so many other amazing products you can't go wrong with any of them. These are just my top 4 I use every day. You can look at their website HERE Also if you use this Discount code: Tawnya10 at checkout you can save 10% off your whole order. It never expires and can be used unlimited times. They offer a 30 day money back guarantee but I promise you wont need it. Once you get your hands on this makeup you will LOVE it! If you have any questions please leave a comment and I will get back to you ASAP. Have a fabulous day!

February 2, 2018

Cajun Sausage and Corn

Cajun Sausage and Corn over rice is so yummy! Super easy to cook and put together (my favorite way to cook) ;) I always like to sprinkle more Cajun seasoning after it is all cooked for more flavor. Add to your liking





Ingredients:  
1-2 Sausage links 
1-2 cans diced tomatoes
1 pkg of frozen peas and carrots
1 pkg of frozen corn
1 pkg of frozen green peppers
1 T garlic
2 T Cajun seasoning PLUS extra after cooked
Salt & Pepper
Serve over Rice
Head over to my Facebook page for a live video of step by step instructions 

February 1, 2018

Contour & Highlight

Contour and Highlighting can make all the difference in your application of your Make-up. A great way to do this is by contouring the parts of the face that you want to appear slimmer and highlight the places you want to accentuate. Remember this my dear: light colors (highlight) bring forward and dark colors (contour) recede.  

Here is how I like to put the highlight, blush and contour on my cheeks. It gives you a nice natural glow :)
The colors I love to use for these steps are:
Contour (CLICK HERE) color Power
Highlight (CLICK HERE) color Faith
Blush (CLICK HERE) color Enough
Here is a link to my youtube video of step by step :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgPBjCLHSwU 

52 Girls Night Ideas

girls night out
A happy mom is a good mom! So, I recently decided that I need to start planning to have a girls’ night once a month. Who doesn't like Girls Night Out?!? I have compiled a list of things that I think are fun but yet frugal as well. Often it is fun enough to just invite the girls over, have a few snacks around, and talk with each other!
Here is a list of a bunch of easy, frugal Girls Night Out ideas…
 Spa Treatments
  • Do each others fingernails and toenails with cute nail art ( I like these CLICK HERE  CLICK HERE)
  • Put on face masks and put cucumbers on your eyes sit back and relax
  • Try Makeovers on each other with tutorials you have found on You Tube
  • Experiment with hairstyles on each other
  • Go to a pedicure place and relax while you all get a pedicure (sometimes Cosmetology schools have great deals under $15)
  • Make sugar or body scrubs
  • Play the game where you are blindfolded while you do makeovers for a more fun and goofy time.
  • Go out for a Massage - every Mom needs one of these at least once a year ( Message Envy only charge $35 for an hour, not bad)
  • Hit the makeup counter at a department store and get your makeup done for free
FOOD:
  • Have a Fondue Party everyone bring something to share
  • Get a group together and cook a bunch of freezer ready meals (each person in charge of one meal for everyone that attends)
  • Have a recipe swap
  • Pot luck dinner
  • Gingerbread contest
  • Cook off challenge- have a blindfold test to see who's wins
  • Smoothie making party
  • Bring a new recipe you always wanted to try on Pinterest to share with everyone
  • Make gifts in a jar
  • Make your own pizzas
  • Go to a restaurant for an appetizer or dessert
  • Have a progressive dinner at each others houses or at different Restaurants
Just Hanging Out:
  • Watch a Chick Flick and have popcorn
  • Sit around and talk with a bunch of junk food
  • Play cards
  • Play some board games
  • Have a my favorite things party
  • Have a clothing swap
  • White elephant swap
  • Homemade gift exchange
  • Go out for frozen yogurt
  • Treat yourselves to a gourmet cupcake
  • Go to a movie
  • Go Bowling
  • Try a fitness class together at the local rec. center
  • Mini Golf
  • Of course last but not least go shopping! Retail therapy is always fun with your girls even if you just window shop.
Games:
Crafts:
  • Make a wood sign with a cute vinyl saying
  • Make headbands or clips for your daughters hair
  • Make greeting cards or thank you cards
  • Make jewelry
  • Scrap-booking night
  • Make homemade cleaners
  • Make homemade food items
  • Sewing party
This is just to scratch the surface of ideas on some fun girls nights. I would love to hear some of your ideas as well that I haven't come up with. Comment some of yours to share with everyone. Enjoy!

January 27, 2018

Inside Out Chicken Cordon Bleu


This is a VERY quick and easy recipe which I had to put on the menu. This is a keeper at our house, everyone LOVES it! Here is my version of Chicken Cordon Bleu. Here is what you need to do.

Ingredients:
4-6 Chicken breasts cut in half length wise
1 cube of Cream Cheese (put block in microwave for 20 seconds to get it spreadable)
1T Parsley (add some in cream cheese then sprinkle more on top)
Salt to your liking
Ham slices on each Chicken Breast
Provolone Cheese on each Chicken Breast
Sprinkle all over some Bread crumbs, I like to use Garlic herb
13x9 pan sprayed with Pam
Foil to cover while cooking

Spray pan with Pam and cut your chicken breast in half long ways. Here is my FAVORITE knife I like to use CLICK HERE. Spread cream cheese and parsley all over each chicken breast. Top with ham and cheese on each. Top with bread crumbs. Put in oven at 400* for 30-40 mins. Uncover the last 5-10 mins to crisp up the bread crumbs.


Right out of the oven, perfect and tender 


Sauce Recipe:
2T butter
1.5 cups of milk
2T flour
2T Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper
 

January 25, 2018

Easy Meal Planning



As a Mom of little ones I love my easy meal planning system. This is my favorite way to plan our food for the month. I color code every day for our breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack and, dinner. This helps me save money every month on our food spending which is a big bonus. If you plan you never have to have the dreaded "Whats for Dinner" etc.. talk.
I  love the BLUE SKY  calendars to plan because there is enough space and the calendars have nice lines, they are spiral bound plus they are cute. You can hang them up too. CLICK HERE TO BUY. I love sharpie ultra fine markers to write everything down. I love lists and something about just writing stuff down makes me happy. CLICK HERE to buy markers.


ACTION PLAN:
I start off with brainstorming ideas I want for the month on regular notebook paper. I make columns with Breakfast/snacks/lunch/dinner.
  • Browse cookbooks and Pinterest for meal time inspiration.
  • Keep a Legend at the bottom of the calendar to know what each color stands for each day.
  • Then I plan out each month.(I try to plan for at least 2 months at a time) We allow for eating out 2 times a month. The rest of the time we try to keep to the plan and eat home as a family.
When we plan out our meals it really does save A TON OF MONEY! I will be having a post about my time saving tips and tricks on how I plan and prepare all of our snacks for the month as well. Enjoy!
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