One of my top obsessions!

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE…ALL things office supplies!

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I love the colored organizers,desk chairs in hot colors, blinged out staplers,colored writing pens,Sharpie maker pens,rubber bands in all hues and the colorful beauty of writing and printer papers. The crazy part is I think I might love office and paper supply stores just as much as lipstick and that is epic.

I just visited The Container Store and roamed the store for hours! I am addicted. It is my happy place besides being in my own store.The second I get into a store like this or a paper/card store I love the smell. The thrill of being there. Do you like it too? Do you have a passion for office supplies too?

I so look forward to hearing from you!

Share with me your LOVES too!

 

 

The Beauty of being a TWIN!

Once upon a time there was a lovely woman who gave birth to a set of twins. After the twins had been delivered the Dr. quickly came into the room and said to the woman “You have two babies. One is a healthy baby girl and the other is a form we do not know. We recommend you put him in an institution.”

My mother quickly replied…” God gave me two babies and I am taking TWO babies home. I am so glad she did! I am a twin to that handsome charming boy and I couldn’t be prouder!

My twin was born with Down Syndrome. He is a VSP!Twins Kissing

MY…Very Special Person!

Today is our Birthday and since he passed away our birthdays do not get any easier. In fact it is a day I need to smile more and handle myself with TLC.

Norman was laughed at,treated badly and ignored by the universe and by people he came across daily. They stole his little read wagon several times when we were children. I hated the way he was treated and not readily accepted.

He was the kindest,sweetest and SMART guy. He loved music,Sci- Fi  movies and a huge Star Trek fan! You should of seen the look on his face when he actually met Captain Kirk  when I took him to a Star Trek Convention. We were of humble means but he made our family rich!Every day of our lives!

You know the THEME song in the movie the Titanic? That’s all I can think of …my heart is so full today and my heart will go on and on.Until we meet again.I truly miss him.

Next time you see a person tall or short,young or older who has Downs…introduce yourself they love meeting new people!Say Hello and you just might meet a new BFF for life.

 

*Get to know the person NOT the disability.

Barbie Beauty

Cruising the shelves of a Dollar store I was looking for more than I went  there for.You know you NEVER know what you are going to find when you take time and explore. Since I am in love with ALL things color and pink is at the top of that colorful l SAW a spray bottle down the beauty and health aisle.

Since my hair tangles so…I had to pick this bottle up and TAKE IT HOME for a test drive.Barbie

At first I thought it was strange to try this cotton candy scented  de-tangling spray but those thoughts soon went away. I am writing this post to tell you I LOVE it. I know I am not a kid but this woman is here to say IT WORKS!

Now, no the ingredients are not like my grown up expensive spray…but for $1.00 its a win win for me! Did you ever have your bottle of liquids when you travel and somehow magically open and half of it pour out and disappear?

Little girls LOVE Barbie and I do too!

On the Go again!

Never a dull moment. How’s life with you?

Starting to pack my makeup bags and luggage. I am so ready to work and rock  New York City too. As much as I travel for work and play…packing is always a challenge when I have to fly for my work.Between the beauty supplies needed as a working make-up artist. So many rules too much beauty and clothes! I want to take every lipstick and walk in closet with me!

Other than working which is my fave’ thing to! I look forward to taking it all in…the city that is and the many things it does for my spirit and soul.I miss living up north.

PS

Found this artist on Instagram who drew this playful illustration of me and my LOVE for makeup and all things LIPS!

I am wild about this shade …it is like a violet with a touch of pink ! Do you like this hue? 

I am hoping to find clothes and accessories in this hue! May even create a lipstick in that shade for my cosmetic line too.

SPRING is calling me!

Stay tuned …I can’t wait to share my beauty,travel and food adventures from my trip with you!

 

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15 Things to Give Your Lover…

….when you are on a limited budget!!!  It is that time of year to show your affection with your lover or significant other.

Enjoy MY simply and fun ideas!

It can be as simple as a home-made card from construction paper,printer paper or decorative paper you may have at home.

Bake or buy them what they love…a pie,a cake,brownies,cookies.Or even a simple yummy muffin.Add a note card like “To My Stud MUFFIN”.

Make a bottle of  massage oil simply buy  almond oil,jojoba or grape seed oil.Attach a tag to it and ribbon with hearts or lips.Write that they are going to get a sensual massage from you.

Buy some Hershey’s kisses chocolate in the kind they like:Dark chocolate, milk chocolate,with almonds and more. Lay the kisses down with rose petals and make a trail from when they open the door to the bedroom. Or you can simply do this on the bed.

Another D.I.Y. you can do is make a jar of aromatic relaxing bath salts.Add a candle and you’re good to go.

Flowers are fabulous but so very expensive this time of year especially.Buy him or her a useful plant like rosemary,mint or fresh parsley.They are magic in the kitchen and plants purify the air.

Nothing says “I LOVE YOU” like strawberries gilded in chocolate,nuts and or sparkling shades of gold,red or pink sugar.He or she will swoon and love you for this edible gift.

Champagne is out Prosecco is in! And the best part it is cheaper.

There is nothing like a handwritten LOVE letter! Write like you mean it and on paper.Not a text message please. I have done this to my husband and I must tell you he LOVED it. The look on his face said it all. He still  has it. If is is too much for you to do…try a note on the mirror made with a simple soap bar and write the words  “I  LOVE you” or any short message or words that mean something special to the two of you.

If you have a few bucks treat them to a Passion Fruit Facial by Skin Spa by Casey at Jacksonville Beach. Everyone needs pampering! The skin will look amazing!

Don’t have money for a date on the town? Set up a picnic in bed or throw a pretty throw or blanket on the living room floor.Prepare a simple cheese tray with crackers or a rustic fresh bread.Add music and a cocktail. Feed each other grapes and enjoy the night kissing away!

If you don’t have money for a sexy chocolate sauce from those types of stores….try a simple bottle of Justin’s Hazelnut spread.You know what to do.Lick the night away!

If you do have some money and you want to spring…make HIS or HER heart sing with a custom bottle of perfume or cologne …JUST FOR THEM! http://www.blendcustomparfum.com2-2013 BLEND PARFUM STUDIO

I once found a REAL key at the hardware store that was white with a set of lips on it. I wrapped it in a big box with a V-day type ribbon and bow. I wrote a message with it that read “you have the key top my heart forever”. He got such a kick out of it.

I hope these ideas… help fuel your imagination for the perfect gift!

PS

If you don’t have a Valentine maybe it is time to be your own Valentine and treat yourself to something delightful.

Birthdays!

Noreen_twinsA birthday is a day for extravagant joy-cake,candles,calories and most of all,the blessing of knowing how special you are to others. A beautiful life is a light in the world.Celebrate it!

These lovely words came from the back of a birthday card I received this week. I couldn’t have said it any better. I try and be a light in the world and live a beautiful life.

I learned that from my handsome and wonderful twin.

I want to make a difference in this world.Don’t you?

I miss my twin and my birthday is not the same without him.

Happy Earth Day!

I hope you are loving her today!

Say no to styrofoam cups,skip the plastic straws and recycle,repurpose and reuse!

For more beauty and lifestyle ideas…read my article today on:

http://www.voidlive.com a cool magazine based in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. ENJOY!

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A Fun Gift in a Gift BOX!

Jacksonville in a Box


Created locally …it is the PERFECT Valentine gift to show your love for Jax. or Florida
Choose from a Jacksonville Experience $54.99 or The Snack Box  this $34.99 for all things Jacksonville!
Free shipping within the USA and the military.

Check out the website for more details. www.jacksonvilleinabox.co

Items in the Box:

Sweet Pete’s Taffy
Peter Brooke Chocolate covered popcorn

Fresh Jax Seasoning
Bono’s BBQ Sauce
Papa Johns Cotton Candy
Alligator Jerky
Jacksonville Suns Foam Finger
Jacksonville Jaguars Pennant

Armada FC Magnet
Heart of Jax Poster
Vintage Jax Postcard
City of Jax Flag Postcard
Intuition Ale Koozie
Bold City Koozie
What a blessing…

 And since it is so popular he has teamed up with our local ARC to fill and pack up the boxes and help a good cause too. Employing people with developmental disabilities and special needs.

 

 

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I believe!

I believe in Christmas….SANTA,MRS. CLAUS,elves putting up a holiday tree,Frosty the snowman,Rudolph and all the yummy and wonderful things this time of year!!!

I believe that JESUS is the reason for the Christmas season.

NOT just about giving gifts. It isn’t even our birthday.

I wish my blog followers and readers of my blog a very…

MERRY Christmas!

And  I want to let you know how much I enjoy your likes to my blog posts and hearing from you too!

I also LOVE reading your blogs!

I hope you enhoy this holiday in your own beautiful way and hopefully with those you love.

MRS CLAUS

The Southern Women’s Show…you gotta go~

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If you’re looking for girl fun or mom and daughter time and want to explore NEW things…this show is for you!

If you want to learn some awesome recipes and get in on some tasting too. This show is for you.

If BLING is your thing…they’ve got it!

If you LOVE to celebrate the beauty of cooler fall…and some pretty things to your home decor too. This is a must fun event for the ladies.But some guys come too.

If you want to get healthier they have some educational and fun booths for you.

If you want to get a makeover they have makeup artist from department stores waiting for you.

Want a new perfume? They’ve got that too!

If you want to see THE HOTTEST,LATEST kitchen GADGET or yummy find that’s sweeping the country get your ticket now.

If you just want to browse or shop your flip-flops or sneakers off…please do!

I have guest spoke for this show for years in Jacksonville and across the country and the wise and chic woman who started it knew exactly what we wanted! Thanks Joan!!!

Now, to the best part I am guest speaking at the show again this year and hope if you live in or near sunny Jacksonville Florida I will see you there.

The show is a month away…time to get your tickets and come out and play!

If you live in Jacksonville Florida and plan on attending…reply and like this blog and tell me why you love this show!

I am giving away a few sets of tickets FOR YOU and a BFF to the Jacksonville show…FREE!

Stay tuned to my next SOUTHERN WOMEN’S SHOW blog!

YOU could be a winner.