Life Update

Hey there beauties! TGIF! Yay for Friday! I know that my blog posts have been few and far between, and I haven’t read many of your posts as much as I’d like. I have my good days and my bad days. Lately, I seem to have some more bad days. I just thought I would do an update post and talk about what’s going on with me and my health. 

For a few months now, I have been dealing with jaw and ear pain, even pain in my neck. I have tinnitus in my right ear frequently, and I can’t hear too well out my right ear either. The pain is the worst on the right, but I do have some on the left. At first my primary doctor thought it was from allergies and fluid in my ear, makes sense. After changing up my allergy meds and being in those for a while, the pain has continued. My jaw pops a lot, and I have muscle spasms. So, as far as I know, it’s TMJ. TMJ is Temporomandibular joint disfunction. 

Since I have chronic illnesses/autoimmune conditions, it’s still important to get this checked out, especially since it’s affecting my hearing. The cause of TMJ can come from autoimmune conditions. It’s been an extra painful thing I’ve had to deal with for a few months now. 

Tomorrow I have to get an x-ray to see if there is anything my Rheumatologist can see. If needed, I may end up having an MRI. I have an appointment next week as well to be examined by my Rheumatologist. I actually have like 2 specialists appointments next week. I really dread having to go to any appointments. I really just don’t like to HAVE to be anywhere. 

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know what’s been going on lately. I’m just pacing myself and posting when I can. I am hoping to get this pain more manageable so I can do the things I enjoy in life, such as writing and reading blog posts. I hope to be more active in the WordPress beauty community soon. 

I’m going to try to work on a post reviewing the products I’ve tried in this month’s (September’s) Boxycharm. There were a lot of great things in that box!  I hope you will be looking forward to that. I hope you enjoy these little life update posts of mine. If you have any questions or just want to say hi!! Please feel free to leave a comment. Have a great weekend! ❤

Frankenmuth Pictures

Hey there! How was everyone’s weekend? I am coming back to you today with some pictures from my weekend. My boyfriend and I went away for the weekend. Well, Friday and Saturday we were out of town. This trip was somewhat of a spontaneous one. We hadn’t been on a trip or really did anything fun in a long time. I made the suggestion for us to go to Frankenmuth, MI since I’ve we’ve never been. It was only a couple of hours away, and it wasn’t something overly expensive, but it still looked like a lot of fun. Frankenmuth is a German town known for it’s Bavarian architecture. A nick name for Frankenmuth is “Little Bavaria.”

Frankenmuth has some great tourist attractions and attracts many tourists. There are many shops to visit and fun things to do. Frankenmuth also has their Oktoberfest among other festivals, which started in 1990. Frankenmuth also has a couple of indoor waterparks, it’s a great place to take your family.  It can be very educational as well, there is a lot of history and culture in Frankemuth. I just wanted to share some pictures from my weekend, this post contains mostly pictures with some brief descriptions…

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This is a picture of my boyfriend and I on our way to Frankenmuth.

Here are a few pictures of our hotel room. We stayed at The Baymont Inn in Bridgeport, MI. It was only a 10-15 minute drive from our hotel to Frankenmuth. Since we decided to go at the last minute, it was cheaper to stay at a hotel nearby Frankenmuth, rather than in Frankenmuth. Maybe next time we go and have more time to plan ahead, we will stay at one of the hotels directly in Frankenmuth. The Baymont Inn was all right though. We did have a jacuzzi tub which was nice!

After checking into our hotel, we headed next door to have some dinner at Crackel Barrel. We actually had breakfast for dinner. Breakfast is great to eat anytime of the day. I hadn’t been to a Crackel Barrel in many years, so I was excited about eating there. Not only is it a restaurant, they have a nice shop attached. I’m sure many of you know of or have been to a Crackel Barrel…

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That’s a lot of food I know! We couldn’t finish it all!

Next we headed into Frankenmuth and went over to the River Place Shops….

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The first place I saw was Old Time Photo. I saw this place online ahead of time, and was very interested. At Old Time Photo, you can choose from different themes, such as saloon or pirates…

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We decided to go with Victorian…

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We had so much fun dressing up and doing different poses with different props. The picture above was my favorite, and was the one I picked to have matted and framed. We also just had to purchase the disc with the rest of the images, including the licensing to share any of our photos.

After having our photos done, we browsed a few of the shops and picked up a few souvenirs.

A lot of awesome Michigan goodies!

Of course I couldn’t pass up Mackinac Island Fudge!

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Friday evening was very cloudy and gloomy. It even started to rain on our way back to the hotel…

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Before we headed back to our hotel, we went to the Bavarian Inn to play a round of mini golf. The Bavarian Inn also has a pool, slides, video and arcade games. A lot fun stuff that would keep your kids very busy!

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Here is a picture of my boyfriend sitting on the big chair…

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The next day was a beautiful day for a boat ride on the Bavarian Belle, on the Cass River. It was another cooler day, the sun was out, and there was a nice breeze in the air…

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They had chairs on each side of the boat and in the middle. There were two levels. We sat on the top one. The bottom one had some chairs and tables to eat at if you wanted to. They had snacks and drinks you could purchase on board.

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The boat docks at the waterfall which was really nice too!

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The pedestrian bridge

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The Zehnder’s Holz Brucke (German for wooden bridge)

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The Bavarian Inn

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This man’s Golden Retriever got in the water and went for a swim…

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Many ducks…

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Frankenmuth Funships

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Marv Herzog Hotel

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Quite a few houses along the river…

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The Bavarian Castle Shop

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Gunzenhausen Platz Fountain, named for Frankenmuth’s sister city Gunzenhausen, Germany…

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Zhender’s for lunch…

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We decided to try their “famous chicken dinner.” It was pretty good!

After lunch, we went to the Bavarian Castle shop, then we crossed over the covered bridge to head back to our car…

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Our last stop before heading home was the Michigan Military & Space Heros Museum.

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This museum honors those that served in the military from Michigan, and astronauts from Michigan.

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I thought this would be something neat for my boyfriend to see. I thought it was pretty neat too! I took tons of pictures, but I’m just posting a couple from the museum…

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Well that’s the end of this post. Of course I took many more pics than I added, but then that would be one really long post! I hope you enjoyed looking at my pictures from Frankenmuth. I’m planning on posting another post this week that is beauty related. Definitely be on the look out for that. Thank you for stopping by! Have a great week! ❤

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I’m Coming Back!

Well hello there! Long time no post! How is everyone enjoying their summer? I’ve been meaning to start posting again sooner (at the end of last month), but I’m coming back now. In this post, I’m going to be sharing some pictures of my new home. If you follow me on social media, then you’ve probably already seen them. Though, my featured image on here is a picture of my kitty in one of her favorite sleeping spots. She loves to sleep under the little table in the living room, so we put her bed under there and now she is in Heaven.

Anyhow, We moved from a small apartment to a townhouse at the beginning of June. I really love it! So do my boyfriend and my kitty! ❤ We really only moved about 15 minutes from where we were at before, but we just wanted a bigger place to live. Now we have an upstairs and a basement. It’s very exciting for us! 😀

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In the picture above, is a picture of my boyfriend unlocking the door to our new home for the first time. I love that our mailbox is right outside my door and I don’t have to go very far to retrieve our mail. The townhouses are connected to each other, kind of like a duplex, but there are more than two connected to each other. Luckily, we’re at the end and only have one neighbor on one side of us. Another great thing is not having anyone live above us!

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This is a picture of part of the kitchen. I really love the flooring in here, the cherry cabinets and black appliances. In the previous place, we didn’t have much of a kitchen at all.

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Here is the rest of our kitchen. We have a full-size dishwasher here. Which is great to me, because at our last place it was maybe half the size. Of course, I am very thankful no matter what to have a roof over our heads and food on the table, which is the most important thing.

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Here is the living room, with nice brown carpet, and none of that white/cream colored stuff that looks dirty easily. That was one of the things I was looking for, carpet that would look nice all the time.

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This is a picture of our patio in the back. We have a little table and chairs out there now with an umbrella. We can also grill here as long as it’s so many feet away from the building.

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Here is a picture of the stairs to go upstairs (obviously)…

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Here is the bathroom, which is upstairs. It has the same flooring as the kitchen and also has a cherry cabinet under the sink/vanity. Just your standard bathroom.

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This is the first bedroom. Not too much to see in this picture…

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Here is the closet in the first bedroom. Very big! Which is good! 😉

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This is the second bedroom, which is across from the first bedroom. It’s similar in size to the first bedroom. It has a standard-sized closet, I didn’t take a picture that though. My Mom is actually going to be moving in here this month, and this will be her bedroom. She will be able to help me get some things done around the house when I’m not feeling well. It will be nice to have her around as well, right now she lives about an hour away.

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This is a picture of the steps leading in to the basement…

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It’s just your typical basement, it’s nice to have the extra room for storage…

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Last but not least, the washer and dryer. I am so thankful to have our own washer and dryer to use. I don’t have to worry about having enough quarters to do laundry now.

So I know this wasn’t too exciting of a post, it’s just more of an update post. We have a lot unpacked, but there is still more to do. I hope to get all of that done in the next couple of months at least. Moving can be rough, but it’s all been worth it. We’re so much happier here and I really don’t want to move again for a long time!

I hope that everyone is having a great summer! My next post will be beauty related. I am looking forward to blogging again and interacting with everyone. I also can’t wait to read your blogs and catch up on what’s new with all of you. Leave me a comment down below if you’d like, and let me know what’s new and how things are going with you. I’d love to hear from you, even if it’s just to say hello! 🙂 Thank you to everyone who stops by and reads! I really appreciate it! ❤

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 Checking In…

Hello there! I just thought I would write a post to update you all on what’s been going on in my life. I didn’t want you to forget about me…or think I would disappear again for a year and come back with a whole new blog…haha! Those of you that have known for a long time would know what I’m talking about. I hope that joke at least cracked a smile.

So, yes we have found a new place! A 2 bedroom townhouse with a basement, I’m very excited! I will definitely share some pictures on here. Moving Day isn’t until June 9th. We have the movers scheduled and the truck reserved. Also, we mostly have everything packed up, just a little more left to do. I have to thank my Mom and older brother for helping us out with that task. Thank you Mom and Joe! ❤

Packing my makeup away and needing two moving boxes… (Yes, I’m going to declutter) it’s very hard to choose what to leave out. Whatever I choose will be what I have to use for the next few weeks. It’s not too hard when it comes to foundation, concealer and etc. It’s more complicated when you have to choose specific blushes or eyeshadow palettes. Maybe I could do a post on what I choose to keep out and what are some of the products that I always am gravitating towards lately.

I’ve gotten a lot of medical/specialists appointments out of the way, though they’re not all done yet. I’m looking forward to having things slow down though, so I can focus on my blogging and being more consistent. I’ve been staying active on social media, trying to share new products and things on there. If you’re not already following me on social media, there are links on this page in the right side menu. There are social media icons with links. I’m very active on Snapchat. If you do add me on Snapchat, please leave a comment on this post to let me know who you are. You never know who is going to add you on there. I mostly snap about everyday things, my cat, and makeup. I try to load a majority of my snaps onto Instastories on Instagram, but I don’t get everything loaded on there. At least not as much as I do on Snapchat. 😉 I’ve also posted my names down below…

Anyhow, I am planning on coming back to blog on the regular in mid to late June. I will just have to get everything unpacked and settled, that way I don’t have any distractions. Please comment down below to let me know how things are going with you and what’s new. I’d really love to hear from you! I miss you all and will be back before you know it! Have a great Sunday! 🙂

Lots of Luv,

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Taking a break…

Hey there! I just wanted to write a post here to let you know that I’m taking a break from the blog for a little while. I haven’t been able to spend time on it as much as I’d like to. I just have a lot going on lately and will be back when things settle down. 

I have had some health stuff going on lately, no worries though, I’m okay. I’ve had a lot of appointments though, and in between the appointments, I’m just trying to take care of myself. 

On top of that, I’m also apartment/townhouse hunting. I have a list of places I’m interested in, but have yet to get out to actually look at them, and go there in person. My significant other has some vacation time starting next week, which would be the best time to finally get out and look!

 I’m looking to move as soon as possible. So in the meantime, we have to start some packing and get a head start on that. I’m not moving very far, just would like more of an “upgraded” place to live. 

Going along with my health stuff, I’ve been diagnosed with Rosacea recently. I just started treatment for that a little over a week ago, and am trying to stay away from trying any new or different makeup/skin care products for a little bit. My skin routine is definitely more simple and gentle now. I plan on trying to only wear makeup on special occasions for a little while. 

Not that I haven’t bought and hoarded my share of makeup lately…Though, I need to chill for a while and go on a no-buy/low-buy. Anyhow, I will still be active and present on social media of course. I have some pictures and things to share on Instagram as per usual.

I also have the WordPress app on my phone and will still recieve and reply to notifications. Though I don’t get too many comments these days, due to my lack of effort I’m sure. I do apologize for that as well. Thank you to those of you that do read my posts and comment. It’s very much appreciated! I hope that everyone has a great weekend! I will be back soon! 💋

P.S. You can connect with me on social media if you would like to, if you don’t already. There are icons in my side menu. Also, if we’re friends on Instagram, don’t forget to check out my Instastories. I post random things and makeup things on there often. ❤ xo

Getting to Know Me: 50 Random Things About Myself

Hello there! How is everyone’s week been going? TGIF! 🙂 If you do know what that means, then you are probably around my age. I meant to get a different post up sooner this week, but I was out of town visiting with family for a couple of days. So, I just thought I would do a post listing 50 random facts about myself. I thought it would be a good way for those of you that don’t know me, to get to know me better, and I thought maybe there might be some things that no one knows. Here we go…

  1. I am left-handed.
  2. I live in the southeastern part of Michigan.
  3. Not only do I love all things beauty, I love cats too. I have a cat named Allie.
  4. I am 6 ft. tall.
  5. I have Trypohobia. Google it!
  6. I lived in Las Vegas, NV for 2 years.
  7. I have been in a relationship with my boyfriend for 5 years now.
  8.  I listen to a lot of 90’s music. They don’t seem to make music like they used to.
  9. I hate the heat and am most comfortable in the winter.
  10. My favorite food is grilled cheese.
  11. I feel like I need some form of chocolate at least once a day, everyday.
  12. I love to watch movies in my free time. My favorite movie is 10 Things I Hate About You.
  13. I am double-jointed.
  14. My favorite color is purple.
  15. I would drink a Starbucks Double Shot Vanilla Energy drink every morning if I could.
  16. I am your typical introvert and prefer staying home whenever possible.
  17. I do love shopping, and am so glad that I can do most of it online.
  18. I’m planning on moving to a new apartment very soon!
  19. If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would travel to Ireland, where my ancestors are from.
  20. I have 2 brothers, and am the middle child.
  21. I’m not much of a drinker, but I enjoy a glass of wine every once in a while. My favorite is Pink Moscato.
  22. I love mermaids and have a fascination with them. I even have one of those mermaid blankets.
  23. One of the best feelings in the world is putting on a brand new pair of socks.
  24. Only a couple of people know that I have a “lazy eye.” I can control it though, as weird as that sounds.
  25. I am a huge University of Michigan Football fan. Go blue!
  26. One of my favorite television shows, is the American Horror Story series.
  27. A television show that I’m currently watching is Feud: Bette and Joan. It’s written by Ryan Murphy, the same guy who writes for American Horror Story.
  28. My favorite Disney princess is Ariel, The Little Mermaid.
  29. I am a huge fan of Pusheen the cat.
  30. I was a certified Phlebotomist. I’m not one anymore because of my health issues.
  31. I have chronic illness/pain. I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Sjogrens’ Syndrome, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, and am being monitored for Lupus. Since I’ve shared that, please don’t try to contact me to sell me on some miracle cure…one of my biggest peeves!
  32. Speaking of peeves, I hate when people leave time on the microwave and don’t clear it.
  33. When I was a kid, I was a clogger for a short period of time, which is a form of dance.
  34.  I used to take guitar lessons when I was 14.
  35. I might possibly be going on a road trip this summer with my Mom to Tennessee.
  36. My eyes change from green to blue and vice versa.
  37. The only other country I have been to is Canada.
  38. I wear pajamas a majority of the time. Whenever I am at home, I am in pajamas.
  39. I hate grocery shopping.
  40. I have an interest in photography and love taking pictures.
  41. I love the ocean. I have been to the Atlantic, Pacific, and the Gulf of Mexico.
  42. I also have a fascination with sharks. I get excited for shark week every year. I also got to go to see sharks at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas…Along with watching the mermaid show at The Silverton.
  43. I have big feet and wear a size 11 shoe.
  44. I am planning on doing a spring/summer giveaway. I think I will host it on Instagram, since most people at least have Instagram. Be sure to follow me on IG here. I’d like for it to be international. If anyone can tell me about their experience with that, it would be so helpful! ❤
  45. I have a bad habit of biting my nails…
  46. My favorite shade of lipstick to wear is a “pink-nude” shade.
  47. I love to bake and cook when I feel up to it.
  48. I am quiet at first until I get to know someone. I have a weird and sometimes twisted sense of humor.
  49. I hate doing dishes.
  50. As you can tell from my featured image, I am on Snapchat. If you’re on there, let me know so we can add each other. I’m on there all the time!

Well that concludes this post. What are some random things about you? Let me know about it. I hope that you enjoyed reading! Be on the lookout for my next post on the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette! ❤

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