The Liebster Award

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Yay!!! I was nominated for the Liebster Award!! Thank you, martafrant this is AWESOME!!
Ok…here we go…

Rules:
Mention, link and thank the blogger who nominated you.
Answer the nominator’s 11 questions.
Nominate 11 bloggers with a small following(under 200)and link them below.
Create 11 questions for your nominated bloggers to answer.
Notify your nominees.

My Nominees
unicornsandrainbowdreams
SIMPLYCHRISTIANNE
culture through nourishment
insapphicsunshine
bunnybunnbunn
pinesandpoplars
Lippie Obsession
RedRaya
your whole world can change in a minute
smart mouth mom
Exposed Loving

My Answers
The funniest fact about Russia you have ever heard? I’ve never actually heard any funny facts about Russia.
Words don’t matter? If you had the necessity to repeat one word 10 times a day, which word would it be? No
What super power would you like to aquire? Reading people’s thoughts.
One similarity between humans and books? Like books, we all have chapters to our lives.
How would you explain what a blog award is to someone who has never heard about it? I would say that it’s recognition from another blogger who finds your blog interesting and wants to share it and give you credit and encouragement.
How did you create your blog name? It’s my instagram name and I grew up there so even though I was born in NY, NC is home.
If you had the opportunity to spend the day with a cartoon character, who would it be? SpongeBob SquarePants…he’s hilarious!
If you got the chance to take a rapid time trip, which place, time, epoch would you choose? Late cretaceous epoch in the desert regions of the Midwest in hopes to see dinosaurs…see them but somehow not get eaten by them lol!
If you could magically transform into a thing for an hour, what thing would you turn into? I honestly have no answer for that 😕
What makes you admire a woman? Her strength, sensitivity, courage, sensuality, her curves, her confidence, and her ability to be nurturing.
If you had unlimited resources and could solve one global problem once and for all, what problem would you solve? That’s a hard one because there are so many. I guess I’d have to start with love and get rid of all the hate and intolerance…those two go hand in hand.

My Questions for my nominees
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Who has been the greatest influence in your life?
Who is the last person you think of before you go to sleep at night?
What’s your greatest life goal?
What has been your biggest achievement so far?
Are you a cat person, a dog person or neither?
What’s your biggest fear?
If you could go back and meet your 10 yr old self, what advice would you give yourself?
If you were given the opportunity to be president right now, would you?
What’s your favorite color?
What’s one simple thing that makes you happy?

Ok loves, it’s your turn!!! Have fun….go!!
Melissa 💋

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15 Facts about ME!

Big hair, don't care 😏

Big hair, don’t care 😏

1. I was born in NY.

2. Miami is my favorite place.

3. I’m scared of butterflies. Everyone thinks they’re beautiful, I think they’re hideous.

4. I am the care giver of a wounded warrior/combat veteran.(My wife)

5. I love smoothies now but I used to hate them.

6. I don’t like cats…sorry.

7. Don’t judge me but I’m obsessed with Kim Kardashian & the show Keeping up with the Kardashians.

8. I DO NOT like Kanye West!!

9. I watch a lot of HGTV.

10. I don’t like peanut butter.

11. I love poetry.

12. I love the beach, the ocean calms my soul.

13. People always ask me if I’ve ever had braces because my teeth are perfectly straight, I have not.

14. I absolutely adore Tupac.

15. If I had to choose between my make up and my hair products, I’d choose my hair products….have you seen this hair though lol!

There you go loves, a few pieces of Melissa. I hope you enjoyed! 💋

Sunday Fun day with Isaiah

Hi everyone! It was a beautiful day here in Stafford, VA…a little breezy but still very nice. We spent the day at the county art exhibit that was held at a local high school. There was art work displayed  from students from every school in the county, including our precious Isaiah!!

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He was so proud and we’re so very proud of him!! He’s always drawing and painting. He has ADHD and when he’s doing his artwork that’s the only time he’s calm and focused. I can’t wait to see how his talent and love of art will grow as he gets older. To celebrate his achievement we took him to Baskin-Robbins, one of his favorite places to get ice cream.

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It’s been a great day, I love spending time with my family. But, now I’m tired. The boys are in bed, Mom and Mommy are next.

Good night loves, Melissa 💋

Today’s quick & simple make up

Hey loves!! Today was a long day. I had a lot of things to do starting early this morning. Nothing major, just a lot of errands to run and I was running late. I didn’t have time to do a whole “beat face” routine, but I didn’t want to go out looking like miss no face…not that I’m opposed to going without make up, I do it all the time…just not today.
It took me less than ten minutes to complete my look using just a few products.

1.Oil free moisturizer for combination skin by Neutrogena
2.L’OREAL BB Cream
3.COVERGIRL Ready, Set GORGEOUS  concealer
4.Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara(my absolute favorite)
5.elf Eyebrow Kit
6.Burt’s Bees pink grapefruit lip balm
7.NXY lip smacking fun colors in 621 milan

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Excuse my squinting…the wind was trying to blow me away!

So that’s it my dears…simple yet effective.

Good night loves, Melissa 💋

Spring shopping with the boys

Hey guys, I hope everyone has been enjoying this beautiful spring weather. I certainly have and so have the kids.  For those of you with kids you know how fast they grow.  Every time you turn around they need new clothes and shoes because they’ve out grown what you just bought not too long ago.
That’s the case with my two boys.  Isaiah(8) has really big feet but it seems like the rest of his body grows the fastest.  He’s getting so tall so fast.  So while his shoes last him a while, unfortunately his clothes don’t. De’Quan is 14 and I think he’s right in the middle of his growth spurt.  I swear every month to two months he out grows his shirts and pants.  His shoes last a little longer though.
Being that they needed new clothes that actually fit, and new clothes for spring, I took them shopping  Saturday. I decided to shop for Isaiah’s stuff first. He’s the easiest.  We went to ONE store and got everything he needed and wanted in less than an hour. Awesome!!
Then it was De’Quan’s turn. Now, my wife and I are not the type of parents who go out and buy our kids something they want just because everyone else has it. We want them to develop their own sense of style and De’Quan is in the process of finding his style. It’s changed many times in the last two years. That’s  perfectly normal for a teenager and I can understand that.
I took this child of mine to five different stores before going to the mall. Out of those five, there was only one, Tilly’s, where he found one outfit that he liked. So then we went to almost every store in the mall with the last one being Foot Locker. Here’s where my mind was blown. We spent a little over an hour in there. He drooled over every shoe in the store for nearly half an hour. He was all over the place, in shoe heaven. He didn’t know what to do with himself. Then he zoned in on these:

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For forty minutes he explained to me how these are the hottest shoes out right now, how they would upgrade his “shoe game”, and how much he really really really wanted them. I knew these sneakers were expensive because they were in a display case at the front of the store so they’re the first thing you see as you walk in. But honey, when I saw the price my jaw hit the floor! I mean, it’s almost comical how much these shoes cost… $275.oo for what?!! That’s a bill…a light bill, gas bill, and pretty close my cell phone bill. I just don’t see the point in spending that much on shoes that he’s going to out grow in a few months. What sense does that make? His response to my reaction was that they cost just as much as my Coach/Michael Kors bags. 😑 Touche’ De’Quan, but the answer was still no.
I will say this, he understood and he didn’t complain or give me attitude like I see so many other kids do when they dont get what they want. He simply said, “I guess I need a job.” I guess we’re doing something right. 🙂

Melissa 💋

The finished product of last night’s hair session with my wife

If you happened to read yesterday’s post about how I had to rely on my wife to handle my very detailed hair care routine, you know that I was a little concerned about how that was going to go down. I did manage to do some of it myself but then the pain set in and I realized I was doing too much lol! Now, she wasn’t nearly as gentle as I would have liked her to be, especially with the detangling part, but everything else went pretty smimg1429147775984oothly. And I must say, she was an absolute pro with the diffuser. Other than a little frizz due to the fact that she couldn’t stop playing with my curls before they were dry, my hair is on point. My curls are bouncy, fluffy and springy and my hair is properly and thoroughly moisturized. I’m very impressed. I should probably get her to do it more often even after I’m healed, just to give myself a break…definitely worth a shot!

Just a little inspiration/motivation

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.  *Lyndon B. Johnson

You can’t change the past loves but the future can and will be whatever you make it. Make it beautiful, make it count!