Listen to YOU, not those around you

Have you ever quit, or given up on something that you really liked because of something someone else has said to you, or about you? I know I have. Why is it that we put so much weight into what others think of us? 
You heard the words 'self-esteem' SO many times while you were growing up, am I right? I always heard grown-ups talking about him or her, and if they had a good self-esteem. As an adult now myself, I catch myself thinking/worrying about the youth I work with and my own children, and what they think of themselves? Do they have a good opinion of themselves? How can I help them realize how incredible they are?
Well then it got me thinking about myself and my fellow adults.. A lot of us still put as much stock into what other peoples opinions of us are now, as we did when we were young. No more. You need to take control of your thoughts and feelings about yourself, and never give it away to someone else again.


  • say goodbye to that negative voice inside, and say hello to the new you
    • this means only positive self talk from now on, it's totally ok, and I encourage you to give yourself pep talks everyday.. multiple times a day! Tell yourself how cute and funny you are, and express love and appreciation to yourself. {sounds corny, but trust me, it works!}
  • stop looking in on what everyone else in your industry is doing.. this includes stay at home moms
    • When you compare yourself to others, you are opening those doors for self-deflating.. meaning you will start to feel negatively towards yourself for not being at the level of so & so. You will question what you are doing wrong, why aren't your sales as high, why can't I decorate as good as her, why don't I have as many followers as them.. blah blah blah. I call this static, because when your T.V. or radio has static, you change the station/channel... or better yet you TURN IT OFF! You don't need the static, it really inhibits your growth and causes your goals to get fuzzy. If someone else is at a level you wish to be, celebrate it, because that means it's possible for you too, and then move on. "A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just BLOOMS." 
  • let go of your {negative} past
    • I know this sounds way easier said than done, but in the words of Rob Schneider, 'you can do it!' Every time something negative from your past creeps into your mind, whether it be a past mistake you are having a hard time letting go of, or negative criticism from someone you care about.. quickly replace that thought with something positive that you are doing right now. Did you pay for someone else's meal today, did you offer a sweet smile to a stranger, did you send a text to a friend you haven't talked to in a while? If something negative from your past tries to sneak into your thoughts, stop it quick! YOU are the one in control.
  • congratulate your failures 
    • We all fail, sometimes multiple times a day. Don't beat yourself up over it, congratulate yourself for finding a way that wasn't working and try again. i.e: If you are working on a project that just isn't coming together like you had hoped, walk away, regroup, and come back with a fresh approach. Life isn't perfect, and sometimes we fail big time, but it's totally OK because we usually learn something and we know what not to do for next time.
  • trust your gut
    • Did you know that your gut can tell you things before your brain can?! Learn to tap into that inner voice and listen to it! The more you practice this, the easier it becomes. Your life will no longer be ruled by indecision, because trusting your gut helps you make decisions quickly so you can move on to more important things, like falling in love with who you are and the values you stand for.
I employ you to try these practices in your daily life, to create good, lasting habits. You will be happier and more successful in all that you. I'm always cheering you on, now go have a great day!!

P.S. have you connected with me on instagram yet? What are you waiting for, I love meeting new friends!


Sprucing up my office (Part1)

I like pretty things.. who doesn't??
I feel like I always need to take an average item and make it spectacular! 

I got darling new cards from Tiny Prints, and I knew they couldn't just sit in my drawer! 
I found a few of these little dishes in a clearance spot in Tai Pan (a home decor store).. but they were blue, and nothing in my office is blue!
So I broke out my gold leaf and enhanced it's natural beauty!

Stay tuned for some other small ways I am sprucing up my workspace.


"Welcome to the World of Art and Culture Through Travel” — The World’s Best Child-Friendly Museums

Despite the fact that kids look forward to family holidays because they can escape school, this doesn’t mean to say their learning should stop. In fact, travelling can open up a child’s mind to all manner of historic subjects and cultural delights.
The thought of going to a museum might not be that appealing at first, but there are numerous institutions all around the world that cater for the wants and needs of children. Once they’re there, your kids are bound to have an interesting yet thoroughly enjoyable time.
With this in mind, here are some of the world’s best child-friendly museums.


Fun with Tulips by Andrea Queen B

 Tulips are one of my favorite flowers, and although they look amazing by themselves
I thought I'd have a little fun with them and add in some Lepto {Leptospermum}
The only drawbacks about Tulips I have are, that they just don't last :(
They are a bit pricey for having such a short life span.
Easy at-home flower arrangement
Can you tell I love Black, White and Hot Pink!?
Don't be afraid to add another color or texture in with your tulips..

..or they always look incredible all by themselves!
 Come join my party on instagram.. I blog here, but I micro-blog almost everyday there! 
Plus, I am always giving random stuff away, and chances of winning are always good!

Photos taken by: Sarah Anderson


Brave and Beautiful - Share your Light!

I am Brave and Beautiful - a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and I joined in!! Colbie's song says, "Take your make up off. Let your hair down... Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you... "
Megan and her friend Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces have been the team behind this whole project. Their worldwide vision included creating their own video inspired by the song TRY. The talent of Robbins Creative made it possible for them to pull it off. You have to click play and see the beauty and bravery displayed and you might even recognize a few faces in there.
Me along with 101+ other blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes and sizes have decided to be Brave and Beautiful! You can join in this movement too by sharing what you look like without makeup on. You don't need a blog either! Just tag your photo with #IamBraveAndBeautiful on Instgram and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in. ALSO, if you tag it with a second hashtag - #ColbieTRY we just might be able to get Colbie Caillat's attention since she was the inspiration behind it all!
Are you brave and beautiful? I am, here I go!
I am all for the hot pink lips, anytime, anywhere! ow ow

Stripped bare, no makeup, no jewels, no shoes..
and I am still me, beautiful me.
Let's face it, I like to wear makeup! I mean for heavens sake I have been obsessed with makeup since I could talk, and trained professionally in makeup artistry for over 15 years!
I love to enhance a woman's (or my own) natural beauty with makeup, but we don't NEED it.
Society tells us we do, but we don't!
I am very lucky to have a husband who tells me that when I am in sweats, and no makeup.. it's his favorite. .. cue the AWE's  ;)

I have found that is is SO important to approve of yourself, love yourself, respect yourself, and be downright kind to yourself. 
Look in the Mirror and tell yourself you LOVE you!
Seriously! YOU are the BOMBDIGGITY!!!
Look no further than yourself for everything you have ever wanted in this life.
Happiness, success, health, and wealth are all a state of mind.. and you are the only one in control of your thoughts... So make them good ones!!


Favorite Lip Color Combinations


Boy, I have missed my readers!
 It's a darn good thing Pinterest keeps giving my site high traffic rates!
{Thank you Pinterest!}

I thought I would jump in and share my 2 favorite Lip Color Combos!

I got these first two at ULTA!

oh and P.S. The Lip Injection is pretty powerful, so don't cake it on your lips OUCH!

 These two were purchased at a MAC counter {that's pretty obvious I guess}
Have fun playing with your makeup, start mixing what you already have!
 I bet you come up with some dynamite colors!!