Thursday, March 21, 2013

Off to Washington DC!

I have been so busy all week and unable to post! I'm about to hop on a plane to Washington DC for the weekend :) I didn't really get to shop like I wanted to since I've been trying to nurse myself back to health... But I got a few cute tops from Walmart (believe it or not!) and awesome leopard flats from Target.

I won't be able to post until I get back but you can keep in touch on Instagram and Twitter! @lindsaycene for both

Have a good weekend!

Monday, March 18, 2013

My Weekend (Not-So) Shenanigans!

My weekend was rather uneventful to say the least... but I've learned so much about poison ivy that I thought I'd share a few things with you should you ever find yourself in my situation. (I know this may seem like a boring post... but you might thank me one day! lol)

You see, what happened was...

Last Sunday, I went muddin' with my brothers out in the country. My brother blew a tire so I decided to walk to another truck to be carried home. Apparently, I walked through some poison ivy and evidently, I'm highly allergic/sensitive to it. I got it on my arm, neck, and around my eye. IT HAS BEEN A NIGHTMARE TO SAY THE LEAST. 

If you ever get poison ivy (or oak), I highly suggest going straight to the doctor if you have insurance. I got a steroid shot and prescription which immediately shrunk the swelling and slowed the poison from spreading so rapidly. Still, I wasn't healing as quickly as I'd hoped so they upped my steroid dosage. 

FYI - steroids make you a freaking monster. My husband went with me to the doctor the second time and was extremely relieved when the doctor said to him, "Now, if she's a bit grouchier than normal, it's not her. It's the steroids." His response? 


I had no idea! But apparently, they make you short tempered and extremely irritable. I just thought I was feeling that way because I got poison ivy but I was a bit relieved to be able to blame it on the pills. lol 

Anyway, here are a few tips I received from the doctor (contrary to what you may read online):

1. DON'T take a bath or hot showers.
Hot water apparently opens the pores and makes the poison ivy spread. I read a lot online about "relieving" the itch using hot water (and it works) but the doctor said it does way more damage than helps.

2. Keep your metabolism low and stay cool.
i.e., don't exercise, don't go out in the sun... basically along the same lines of the no heat rule. 
Heat + poison ivy = BAD.

3. DON'T scratch. (obviously)
You can spread the oils by scratching and worse, get infected. If the poison ivy oil seeps into your bloodstream - you're screwed. Well, that's drastic but it's very, very bad.

*I heard/read conflicting reports about if the rash is contagious and my advice is to just assume it is. I had a few instances where I accidentally touched a clean part of my body with the infected part, and BAM, a reaction developed almost over night. (hence - my eye and other parts of my face)

4. Take Benadryl (anti-histamine) like clock work. TRUST ME.
It keeps the itch at bay and if you aren't itching, then you're not scratching.

and last but not least...

This little 1oz tube of miracle paste is worth every freaking dollar. Seriously, we spent $40 on ONE OUNCE. I was skeptical, but after dealing with this for a week... after a shot, all these steroids, the creams, the lotions, etc... I seemed to be getting nowhere. So my husband pulled the trigger and bought this. I am not exaggerating when I say that I saw 10x the improvement in less than 24 hours than I have ALL WEEK on all these meds! (There are before & after pictures online... they are accurate! It worked for me!)

I'd even dare to say to try Zanfel first and if you're not hopeful after 24 hours, then go to the doctor.

I'm leaving for vacation on Thursday and I've been so distraught about this breakout. I almost cried when I saw the improvement after using Zanfel! I'm confident I'll be almost 100% better by the time we leave for our vacation!

If you've ever had poison ivy, was it this much of a bitch to you too?

Friday, March 15, 2013

StickyGram - Magnets using Instagram photos!

Yay! I'm so excited because my new magnets came in. This website is pretty cool. You pick out 9 Instagram images and StickyGram will print them as magnets and send them to you! I've got a lot of metal at my desk at work so I play to use these in place of traditional photos. (They come apart too... mine are still together until I take them to work)

I am pleasantly surprised by the print quality too. I love them!

Price - $14.99 for sheet of 9 images and free shipping
(only $12.99 with coupon code below!)
Quality - awesome.
Shipping - took 8 days from the day I received the shipping confirmation.
Would I Reorder? - Heck yes! When I've got more cool photos to print!

*Use the code FRIENDK6KP and get $2 off your first order!*

*I was not paid for this post. These are just awesome. That's all.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Makeup Must-Haves TO GO

I found myself in a little situation the other day. You see, I don't carry make up in my purse. It's just too bulky and I don't want to keep going from my bathroom to the purse back to the bathroom. You follow? SOMETIMES, I'll have mascara in my purse but not usually.

Well, the other day I had a situation arise where I needed a "touch up" but I was out of luck as I had NOTHING of use in my purse. So I came home, and decided to gather makeup basic must-haves to save my ass the next time that happens. 
(read below - this is not so much about the actual products featured)

one //  EYELINER
Ok, this one is not necessarily a "must have" but it's small and if you have an extra, why not?

Something neutral for your eyelids. It's natural looking and you can use the applicator or your finger.

three //  CREAM BLUSH
Easy to blend without a brush! Plus, you can use it on your lips if you need to. Unless you're like me and already carry 10 lip glosses lol

four //  MASCARA
I don't think I need to explain this. lol I mean, this is my minimum always.

five //  POWDER
Sometimes you need something light to even out your skin tone and kill that shine beaming from your forehead. 

*Extra tip:  If you are desperate, a toilet seat liner (in public restroom) doubles as a oil blotting sheet. Yes, just like the ones you buy in those little pre-cut squares. I've tried it. It works.

Do you have any tips to add??

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Starfish Story: A Must Read

Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?"

The young man paused, looked up, and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean."

"I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this, the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die."

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!"

At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, "I made a difference to that one!"

1907 - 1977

Curly Hair Routine, Habits, and Awesome Products

I have naturally curly hair and I've literally tried every product out there! I finally found what works for me :) 

First, here are a few "habits" I have regarding my curls:

- I only wash my hair about twice a week 
(as in, literally wash with shampoo... I usually just condition if it's dry and tangled)

- I only brush it when it's wet

- I don't touch my hair too much before it's dry

- Less is more! Don't apply too much product or you end up with oily, crunchy hair. 

My "Routine":

1. I brush my hair right out of the shower
2. I add mousse first, then hairspray

Tried n' true products:

1. White Rain Extra Hold Hairspray
2. Suave Captivating Curls
3. Garnier Fructis Anti-Frizz Serum

Suave Captivating Curls is the shizzzzzz. If you use it, you don't need serum. It has some sort of built in serum that balances perfectly with the mousse. I always top off with the White Rain Hairspray. It seems to work well with the mousse. I only use the anti-frizz serum by itself and topped off with a little hairspray. 

Honestly, I think all a lot of serums are the same. Just make sure you don't use to much!

My "daily routine" is just the mousse and hairspray. 

Comment if you have any questions! I'd be happy to answer :)

Disclaimer:  I am aware that some of these things are not "technically" right or what's taught in cosmetology school. I'm just sharing what works for me!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

So I seem to have an obsession...

So I went back looking through my phone and I think I've discovered an obsession.

I love taking pictures of my dog when he's asleep. 

I don't know, maybe it's just me but aren't your pets way cuter when they're cuddled up snoozin'??

Am I the only one?

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Bachelor Theories

My husband bailed on me Monday instead of watching The Bachelor:  Women Tell All. I mean, can I blame him? It's okay though... I had this handsome stud to watch it with me. 

Obviously, he was pretty interested in it. 

Honestly, I was a bit bored with the episode on Monday. It lacked sparkle drama. My theory? I think something is up with Sean & Des. They both seemed way too giddy towards each other. And who do you think the letter is from? My theory - Sean's mom begging him not to propose to either girl. My mother-in-law thinks with from Des, or her brother. We shall see!

Sunday, I took engagement pictures for a close friend I used to work with. I'm just in love with this photograph. It's so romantic.


Back to The Bachelor - 

If Des doesn't somehow end up with him in the end, I'm on Team Lindsay!

What do you think?

A Walmart Fashionista - Style on a Budget

I don't consider myself a "fashionista" by any means... but sometimes a girl's gotta get dressed up. i.e., for a Christmas card photo shoot.

I don't like to spend a lot of money on clothing. I just can't see spending $30+ on a shirt when I know I find the same "look" for way less! So when it came time for a cute outfit to coordinate with my husband, I knew the look I had in mind and headed on over to the local Walmart. (You won't find me on People of Walmart!) lol I found all the pieces you see at Walmart except for the boots. I'll break it down for you:

Jeans // Walmart - $19
Ok, so these are Levi's "cheap" brand but they are so comfortable! I swear they feel like skinny pajama jeans, but don't have the look. lol

Denim Shirt // Walmart - $10

Scarf // Walmart - $5

Boots // Off Broadway Shoes (an outlet store) - $60
They are by Michael Shannon and they're real leather. I highly suggest visiting your nearest outlet mall when it comes to shoes!

I wanted to buy my boots at Walmart for like $40 (by L.E.I.) but my husband refused. He made me to get "decent" shoes so they'd last longer. I wasn't going to complain!

See the rest of our photos here.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Day We Became Mr. & Mrs.

January 8, 2012

Our Story:

We're college sweethearts... met his freshman and my sophomore year. We lived in the same dorm and one day I happened to walk by his room when he decided to yell "Hey!" out of the blue. My immediate thought? "Freshmen." lol We started out as friends hanging out quite often until 2am just talking and getting to know each other. I actually turned him down 3 times before I finally said "yes" to a date! 

A couple years later, we got engaged. He surprised me with our pup Dierks at the time by dressing him in a dog tux that read "Will you marry Dad?" It was perfect! The road got a bit rocky from there and we actually ended up breaking up (very shortly lol) twice. We did a lot of growing up and after a taste of what life was like apart, we knew we were meant to be together. 

After 5 1/2 long years of dating, we finally tied the knot!

*See more of the "details" from the wedding here.
*The chapel even blogged about me here!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Weekend Shenanigans Link Up!

It was a great, beautiful weekend here in Dallas! I definitely tried to take advantage of the sunshine :)

one // My good friend Jessica created this drawing for me! I LOVE it. Is she not amazing??

two // Saturday I took Bentley to the dog park. My dog is awesome. That is all.

three // Celebrated my little brother's 22nd birthday Saturday night. I absolutely love this photo and the joy on my baby brother's face (5 years old). (Maybe it's for the cake but I choose to believe it's for his love of his family) lol That was a wonderful night. I am truly blessed to have the family I have!

four // I took some engagement pictures at the botanical gardens in Grapevine, TX. It was my first time here and this place is gorgeous! (and free!)

five // "back of my camera" shot

six // My husband opted for a trip to Cabela's instead of hanging out with me Sunday. He posted this super-hot mullet on his Instagram. (I'm assuming he was pretending to take a picture of the turkey decoy? lol) Good one, babe. ;)

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Everyone's having babies and I'm all like "Where's the wine?"

Is it just me, or is there something in the water? 

I can't even open my Facebook without being bombarded with sonograms, baby bumps, and adorable little bundles of joy... all the while I'm sitting here with a glass of wine like "Who's up for happy hour?" Now don't get me wrong, I'm happy for them but sometimes I feel like I'm falling behind in the game of life.

I will be 27 in October and I swear I deserve a trophy for not getting knocked up thus far. All of my friends are having a baby (or two). They all talk about symptoms, baby names, baby clothes, cribs, formula, and so on... and sometimes it just kind of feels like I don't really have much to contribute.

It's really easy to get caught up in all this but be careful... Don't miss out on your own life. I've recently found this to be true for myself. For so long, I felt like I was falling behind or missing out on something. I would look at other people and be jealous of their situation. My husband recently brought it to my attention that we've (especially me) been so consumed with the future, that we're totally missing out on the present. We're missing out on the enjoyment of having the freedom to come and go, we don't have the stress of another mouth to feed, we're getting enough sleep at night, we can afford to go to Mexico or Washington DC or a cruise whenever we please (sort of lol - no daycare means more money for vacations!) 

Now, please don't get me wrong. I want a baby. I would even say that I have baby fever... but I'm going to be happy where I am right now. I'm going to enjoy this time. My time will come when it's my time. God's timing is perfect and I'm sure there's a reason it hasn't happened for us yet. No matter where you are, try not to compare your situation with another. I find this quote to be so true:  

COMPARISON is the thief a joy.

You are awesome.

Now leave me a comment and be awesomer! ;)