Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fall Makeup Trends

With seasons changing, I always like to switch things up not only in my closet but also in my go-to makeup drawer by rotating the products I reach for the most. Fall makeup trends are inspired by deep colours, and some of my favourites include coffee brown, metallic grey, burgundy, and dark purple. Of course I also like to keep staple products that can go with any look too, I guess it's all about balance right? I thought I would share 4 items that I am thoroughly enjoying wearing now that autumn has arrived!

1. Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Broadest Berry - Talk about the perfect dark lip shade! Seems everyone is rocking bold lip colours during this time of year, and I am definitely one to experiment with them too. I love that it's an actual lip balm so it doesn't dry out my lips, but it also has a much longer staying power than other tinted lip products I have tried. On days when I don't want my lips to be the center of attention, I will just dab a little layer on, and when I feel like being more adventurous with my makeup I will be more generous with my application.

2. Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in R.S.V.P. - A staple shade in my opinion - it can be worn all over the lid for an even wash of colour, and I also like to blend it with darker shades in my crease to create a pretty, smokey effect. On days when I am racing out the door I will quickly apply some of the eye shadow with my finger and add a coat of mascara, and doing just that makes me go from looking like I just rolled out of bed to awake and ready to tackle the day!

3. Benefit Hoola Bronzing Powder (reviewed here) - An oldie but a goodie! I tend to reach for matte bronzers when the weather starts to cool off. This one is my go-to for either bronzing or contouring since it layers very nicely, so if you just want to add a little extra wash of colour to give your face more dimension or are aiming to achieve extra sculpted cheekbones, this one will provide beautiful results - without making you look orangey or muddy!

4. NYX Powder Blush in Terra Cotta (reviewed here) - A super pretty, subtle bronze shade verging on slightly peachy on the skin, for when I feel like adding a bit more sheen to my cheeks. It isn't extremely pigmented which is how I prefer my blushes. I've also been loving wearing it as eye shadow, it's a few shades darker than Benefit's R.S.V.P. but still very wearable.

These are just a few of my go-to products that I thought were worth sharing! I hope this gives you a bit of inspiration to try something new, even if it means stepping out of your comfort zone! Makeup is all about being creative, after all, and being a little more daring once in a while is just part of the fun!

Have you tried any of these makeup items? Which one would you be keen on trying?

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Chain Linky CLIMB @ Sew Crafty Angel

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It's the month long Networking Blog Hop 
With our 12th CLIMB GIVEAWAY!
Networking means helping each other grow!! 
If you want to promote a CLIMB link, then use #ChainLinkyCLIMB on Twitter or Google+ so that we can all help each other grow!
Here's how the Giveaway & Co-hosting works - the co-hosts from the previous month's CLIMB will have the opportunity to participate in a Giveaway during the next CLIMB - that gives co-hosts 2 months in a row of blog growing fun!!  (If you would like to co-host please sign up at the end of this post using the last "Linky") 
Please enter below -one person will win:
- $15 Starbucks Coffee Gift Card from Sew Crafty Angel
- 1 Ad Space on A Peek Into My Paradise for 30 days - $30 value
- Turbo Sponsor Spot on 100lb Countdown - $10 value
- 1 Ad Space on Cuddlebug Cuties - $7 value
- 1 lb of Handmade Soap from Heidi's Wanderings - $12 value
- 1 Ad Space on God's Growing Garden - $10 value
- A beautiful Acorn Necklace with a brown basalt stone from Lake Michigan by
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ACORN NECKLACE - Brown basalt stone from Lake Michigan - Hand drilled 5 mm hole with 22 carat gold grommet, Brass acorn charm, Large NuGold brass tarnish-resistant jumpring & Brass big-ball bead chain with clam clasp: undone end to end measures 24 inches. As worn including stone pendant will hang 15.5 inches long. 
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Total prize value is $99!!

CLIMB Giveaway Rules & Conditions:
- this is open worldwide (void where prohibited)
- You must be 18 years or older to enter 
- You MUST have a blog to win the Ad spaces (otherwise this will become a second place prize)
- You must live in the lower 48 of the United States to win the Acorn Necklace (otherwise this will become a second place prize)
- This Giveaway is open from September 29th, 2014 until October 31st, 2014
- Winner must respond to email within 48 hours or a different winner will be chosen
- Giveaway Hosts & Co-hosts can NOT enter this Giveaway!, however - OCTOBER 2014 CLIMB blog hop co-hosts ARE allowed to enter this Giveaway (provided they are not also part of the Giveaway)
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We have changed it up a bit - instead of linking your homepage you may now link up to 4 of your family friendly blog posts per month!!

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Let's Get Social @ Sew Crafty Angel Social Media Mixer

Welcome to the 18th week of the Social Media Mixer!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Week 17 - we had 126 blogs and numerous social media link-ups!

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The Social Media Mixer is all about networking and making connections. Also, you can gain exposure and increase your social media following! Link up your blog posts and social media accounts and mix it up with some of the other linkers. Each week, the Weekday Mixer will start on Saturday nights at 8:00pm and go on until Wednesday nights at 11:59pm. A blog post will be chosen each week by each of the hosts and guest hosts and featured in the following week’s link-up! If chosen, a brief summary about yourself and your blog/website and all of your social media accounts will be featured. It’s a great way to stand out among the crowd!  One blogger will be chosen for 2 weeks of free ad space on Epic Mommy Adventures!

Welcome your hosts!

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 Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Angel from Sew Crafty Angel | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | Julia from Minivan Dreams | | Liz from Look by Liz Lewis | Kaitlyn from Three Sisters and Us | Shana from Technotini | Anni from Grapefruit Princess | Tiffany from Mrs Tee Love Life LaughterCe Ce from A Chicago Mom |  Jillian from Baby Doodah | Holly from Southern Mom Loves

And welcome your guest hosts for September!

Avie from All Things Avie | Cyndi from The Decorating Chica | Danielle from Dancing with my Daughter | Emily from The Unextreme | Jennifer from Mommy Life After Ph.D. | Lauren from Life in the Wilde | Lori from Lori's Culinary Creations | Mila from Mila's Little Things | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Soro from Mom Swaddles All | Tara from Anything & Everything | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles

And here are the Featured bloggers from last week's Social Media Mixer...

Holly chose...

Slow Cooker Beef Chile Verde Nachos from Lou Lou Girls

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My cute hubby called me from work and told me that he had just signed up to bring a main dish for the company pot luck dinner. Main dishes can be so hard because you have to get the dish to the party without falling apart and then finding something that will feed so many people! I love challenges! We decided on these incredible nachos. They were a big hit at the party! Mike told me that everyone was trying to get the last piece of meat out of the slow cooker because the meat was so tender. The great thing about nachos are that everyone can make their own the way they like.


Cathy and Avie chose...

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon-Brown Sugar Icing from Mayhem in the Kitchen!

Last year I bought the Costco pack of organic pumpkin puree, and based on how September has gone thus far, I’m going to need to stock up again this year. I know a lot of folks think this whole pumpkin spice thing is overrated, overdone, overblown, but I just can’t help myself. As soon as the air gets crisp and the leaves start to crunch, the pumpkin obsession stirs within me and there’s nothing I can do about it. …OK maybe it’s not quite that bad. But it’s close. I knew I was ready for fall when I went through and sniffed the entire autumn themed line of wax melt air fresheners at the hardware store. Twice. Three times on the Pumpkin Pie and Spiced Cider varieties. Lucky for me, one of my coworkers shares my pumpkin love, and requested a pumpkin spice treat for her birthday, so I didn’t even have to think of an excuse to make these.

Mila chose...

Therapeutic Blogging from The Realist Optimist

Our culture revolves around the idea of self-sufficiency and independence. We don’t want our survival to be dependent on anyone besides ourselves. But I’m pretty sure our culture has it wrong. Community is important. It always has ben and it always will be. We’re born into families, we play on teams, and we’re assigned to work in groups. We’re designed and engineered to function not in isolation, but in relationship with other humans. Even us introverts. After writing my most recent post on physical, emotional, and spiritual therapy, I realized that something was missing. I threw out a whole lot of information about the various forms of therapy and I neglected to talk about one of the best forms of therapy I have ever found: BLOGGING! I realize that some of you might not believe this fact, so I decided to make a list of the…5 Reasons Blogging Counts as Therapy

Cyndi chose...

Project: Pallet Shed- Finishing touches! from Scrapality

It’s been a long journey and a learning lesson from the first pallet to the last. My pallet shed is finally complete and I am very pleased how it turned out.

Ce Ce chose...

Crockpot Lasagna from 4 Sons 'R' Us

On top of it being an all-out yummy classic comfort food, lasagna is a busy mom’s secret dinner weapon. It’s such a great option, especially when we’re talking about a crockpot, not oven, version because it’s so easy to throw together and it’s really filling, so a little goes a long way. Plus, this recipe usually makes enough for leftovers, which is a bonus because lasagna is one of those foods that almost always tastes even better the next day.

Natasha and Silvie chose...

10 Reasons Why I Am No Better Than My Kids. from Domain of the Mad Mommy

Am I supposed to hold myself to a higher standard? I mean, I am their mother after all. Yet, somehow, I am no better than my kids.

Lori chose...

The Latest in Cat Pumpkins and More from Oh My Heartsie Girl

Welcome To Weekend Fun Party Halloween Pumpkin Preview I could not wait to start sharing these cute creations I found while searching on All You and Good Housekeeping websites.

Jillian chose...

Fall Handbag Essentials with U by Kotex from Warrior Queen

It's the first day of fall and California spent the morning pretending it was going to actually have cold weather for once. It's quickly thrown a JK in our faces, but I took advantage and wore my favorite Sevenly sweatshirt as I dashed to Walmart to get the best deal ever...which totally inspired today's post. It does help that my mom's best friend gave me a Kate Spade handbag this past week...Paulina's so proud of me!

Tiffany chose...

The Phone Call That Left Us Speechless from How Do the Jones Do It?

It was a school night and we were just getting ready to crawl in bed when the phone call came. ‘Jenny and her young daughter, Grace, don’t have a place to stay tonight. The hotel won’t take credit over the phone … can you go to the hotel in the next town over and pay for two nights?’

And the winner is...

Therapeutic Blogging from The Realist Optimist

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Friday, September 26, 2014

CLIMB Cohosts WANTED for November & December!

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CLIMB Cohosts WANTED for November & December!
Cohosts also have the option of participating in the CLIMB Giveaway the month after cohosting!!  It's 2 months of blog growing fun!
Remember - If you co-host you will receive a free Weekly Sidebar Ad and your blog button will appear on both Angie's blog & Angel's blog!!
(The Ad will run live a few weeks after you have co-hosted)

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

A Mother's Shadow - Win a Signed Copy @ Sew Crafty Angel

A MOTHER'S SHADOW - Front Cover (for Amazon) My book is out for all the world to see.….and yes, I’m kinda freaked out. What if no one buys it, what if peo­ple don’t like it, what if.…oh, the list goes for miles, how­ever I won’t bore you any longer with my anx­i­ety attack.

     So why did I write this book? I’m glad you asked, heehee.
About the time my youngest kid reached junior high school, I real­ized that my ‘job’ as a stay at home mom would change. I will always be a ‘mom’ to my five kids, but they were reach­ing the point of being more inde­pen­dent and I felt it time to explore options of my own.
There were a few of us gals in the neigh­bor­hood who were at the same point and iron­i­cally, they all felt to go to col­lege, and most became teach­ers. I on the other hand was needed to help with ser­vice, fam­ily needs, some seri­ous med­ical issues came up for me, Stan, and well, life hap­pened basi­cally.
Mean­while, I con­tin­ued to pray for guid­ance and dur­ing this same time frame to know what direc­tion I would be most help­ful with, as well as ful­filled.  I felt impressed to write a book. A what I asked? A book. The End of the con­ver­sa­tion of the what He would have me do.

Though I enjoy read­ing, time con­straints from fam­ily, church, etc., squeezed out much of my ‘leisure time’ (you know how you put what you love the most on the back burner?).  The ques­tion then was: what in the world should I write about? I knew I wanted it uplift­ing, worth someone’s time to read it, mem­o­rable in a pos­i­tive way, and useful.
So the decade long odyssey began. I would write and delete, write have Stan read it and delete; with this going on for a few years.  I con­tin­ued to give it my very best effort, pray­ing and ask­ing for guid­ance and finally it hap­pened! The name ‘A Mother’s Shadow’ came to me and the basis of the story. After another length of time, the idea for mus­ings with each chap­ter evolved, the names of the main char­ac­ters, the time period and setting.
I have had pro­fes­sional edi­tors, fam­ily and friends who have been so incred­i­bly gra­cious and kind to read my book, some even a few times, as I have given every effort to make it as ‘per­fect’ as pos­si­ble.   There was one funny sit­u­a­tion I’ll share while work­ing with Elana my last edi­tor. At one point of the book I have a main char­ac­ter very preg­nant and going into labor.
I the char­ac­ter say­ing some­thing like, “Harry, we are going to have a baby.”
My lovely Elana emailed back (it will be my remem­brance and word­ing of our cor­re­spon­dence from here on): what in the world does that mean?
I wrote back, Emily is going to have a baby of course.
Elana: no duh, but why would you write, ‘we are going to have a baby’? Where’s the descrip­tion, the antic­i­pa­tion, the emotion?
Me: It’s there in ‘we are going to have a baby’.
Elana: Who says that?!
Me: Me
Elana: When?
Me: When I have babies.
Elana: What are you talk­ing about?
Me: I have had 5 babies and all of them c-section. Not with even one of them did the baby drop, nor I go into labor; not even a Brax­ton Hick. So, when the doc­tor wasn’t golf­ing and the baby seemed large enough, he said it was time. I would call Stan and my mom and say, “We are hav­ing a baby”.
I could almost see Elana shak­ing her head in dis­be­lief. Being the awe­some edi­tor she is, she sent me a few ideas of how to describe it and what to include to make the scene much more appeal­ing and to involve the audi­ence. I think it’s pretty good now — if I do say so myself, lol.

Why the name A Mother’s Shadow?
Remem­ber when you were a child and afraid of the dark?  The imag­ined mon­sters and scary things loom­ing in the clos­ets and under the bed? The fear of the shad­ows make it dif­fi­cult to see clearly what is real, what is not, what to fear, what direc­tion is cor­rect and how to be on the right path, at that moment as well as in life.
Now con­sider the intense heat of the beat­ing sun on your skin, seem­ingly to pen­e­trate clear to the bone. We all have hard­ships in life that weigh us down, even to think­ing that one more step is almost impos­si­ble. Com­pare demand­ing and gru­el­ing times in your life as walk­ing in the desert, with­out direc­tion and only mirages to chase.
We have two choices to leave as a legacy:
1– A her­itage for fam­ily and friends to remem­ber us with fear, con­fu­sion and hopelessness.
2– A her­itage of opti­mism,  joy, clear direc­tion to over­come life’s chal­lenges with dig­nity, faith and courage.  To offer shel­ter from the heat of life’s tri­als, to be a place of refuge for cor­rect prin­ci­ples and a trusted source of goodness.
That is what A Mother’s Shadow is about.  Help­ing us real­ize the shadow/influence  which we will, with­out ques­tion, cast on gen­er­a­tions to come; whether it be neg­a­tive or pos­i­tive, will affect count­less num­bers of our pos­ter­ity, as well as our own life and loved ones now.
I hope you will enjoy my book; find it will be inspi­ra­tional, thought pro­vok­ing and a delight to read.
As always, Rec­og­nize a bless­ing and be a bless­ing today.
Your friend, Carrie

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Tiny Treats Bags from Fat Quarters

This is just to cute and easy so I wanted to share my find with you all.  It's from All People Quilt which is filled with all sorts of adorable sewing treasures.  

Turn Halloween-theme fat quarters and store-bought ribbon into pint-size goody bags to fill with yummy favors from this adorable little pattern found on All People Quilt

Materials for Four Bags
This project results in two sets of two contrasting bags (for example, two light bags with dark bottoms and two dark bags with light bottoms) 

•    18×22" piece (fat quarter) each of light and dark novelty prints (bags, linings)

•    4—12"-long pieces 3⁄8"-wide grosgrain ribbon: orange, black

Finished bag: 4×4×2"

Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42" of usable fabric width. 

Measurements include 1⁄4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order. 
See Cutting Diagram to get the most pieces from each fat quarter. To save time, layer two fat quarters and rotary-cut through both layers.
From each light and dark novelty print, refer to Cutting Diagram and cut:
•    4—5-1⁄2×6-1⁄2" rectangles
•    4—3-1⁄2×6-1⁄2" rectangles
•    4—2-1⁄2×6-1⁄2" rectangles 


Pattern from 

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Assemble Bags

1.    For one light bag you will need two dark print 5-1⁄2×6-1⁄2" rectangles, two darkprint 2-1⁄2×6-1⁄2" rectangles, and two light print 3-1⁄2×6-1⁄2" rectangles. 
2.    Referring to Diagram 1, join one light print 3-1⁄2×6-1⁄2" rectangle and one dark print 2-1⁄2×6-1⁄2" rectangle along one long edge to make bag piece. 
3.    Cut one 12"-long piece of ribbon into two 6"-long pieces. Referring to Diagram 2, pin ribbon ends to right side of bag piece, 2" from side edges. (If you are using a printed ribbon, place right side of ribbon toward right side of bag piece.) 
4.    Referring to Diagram 3, layer a dark print 5-1⁄2×6-1⁄2" rectangle (lining) and bag piece, right sides together. Sew together along one long edge to make a bag unit. 
5.    Repeat steps 2–4 to make a second bag unit.
6.    With right sides together, layer bag units; pin. Join units around all edges, leaving a 3" opening along lining edge for turning (Diagram 4). Press seams open.
7.    To shape flat bottom for bag, at one corner match bottom seam line to side seam line, creating a flattened triangle (Diagram 5). Measuring 1" from point of triangle, draw a 2"-long line across triangle. Sew on drawn line. Trim excess fabric, leaving 1⁄4" seam allowance. Repeat with remaining bottom corner of bag and both corners of lining.
8.    Turn bag right side out through opening and finger-press seams. Slip-stitch lining opening closed. Insert lining into bag to complete a light bag. Press along top edge.
9.    Repeat steps 1–8 to make two light bags and two dark bags, reversing fabric placement for dark bags.