Attitude of Gratitude — Free Print

On occasion I can be a bit of a Negative Nellie. When I let jealousy creep in, it's easy to forget just how blessed I really am. But once November rolls around, I'm surrounded by people counting their blessings. It motivates me to count my own. I decided to create a physical reminder for my home to have an "attitude of gratitude."

Here are the top 3 on my list of blessings…

  1. A Father in Heaven who knows and loves me. Who I can turn to whenever I need help.
  2. My supportive husband and children who may see me at my worst, but love me regardless.
  3. Friends that inspire and motivate me to be a better person.

If you'd like your own reminders of gratitude, I'm sharing these 8x10 prints with you. Just click on the image below for the link to your preferred color choice.

Girls Getaway at Universal Studios

A HUGE thanks to Visit Anaheim for the opportunity to visit Universal Studios Hollywood. It was amazing!

As much as I love taking my children to theme parks and living vicariously through their wide eyes, there's something about visiting one with just your friends. No worries if anyone is going to get scared on a ride. You can split up without fear of someone getting lost. Plus, you're just paying for you instead of adding in the whole fam. So here's a snippet of my girls getaway at Universal Studios Hollywood!

I joined my friends and fellow bloggers Jana, Summer, and Ashlee for a fun-filled week that topped off at Universal Studios Hollywood.

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We had less than one day to see everything and jumped right in. We went for the newest rides and first one on our list? Fast & Furious – Supercharged!

It's a part of the Studio Tour that is no longer a live show, but a crazy 3D interactive adventure! You really feel like you're racing along with Dom and the gang with 360-degree HD screens. Trust me, even if you've been on the tour before, you're going to want to go again just to experience the adventure.

Next on our list was Despicable Me Minion Mayhem.

This is another 3D ride that turns you into an actual minion! You're there to be trained but in usual Gru fashion, not everything goes as planned…

The line for this one had my favorite artwork in the park — Minion recruitment posters!

Despicable Me was everywhere in the park from the tickets to the actual characters.

Oh, hey there Gru!

I even found my minion doppelgänger, Bob! (It's the two different-colored eye thing.)

I HIGHLY recommend hitting up Universal Studios Hollywood during September and October when they're decked out for the spookiest Halloween you've seen!

You get up close and sometimes too personal with the special effects makeup and prop skills skills that Universal Studios is known for. Just ask soon-to-be headless Jana!

The detail of everything just blew my mind. But I was glad to be there with my friends instead of my kids because I know they would have had nightmares!

Just writing this post got me all nostalgic. I'm thinking another girls weekend needs to happen soon. Where would you go with just the girls?

Everyday Makeup Tutorial

If you're like me, my morning routine doesn't always involve makeup. But when it does, I want to look amazing! Younique sent me some fantastic products that I've been able to easily incorporate into my everyday makeup look. I can't wait to share my tips and these products with you!

I started with Younique's Moonstruck Addiction Shadow Palette 1. Because I have brown hair and blue eyes, I gravitated to the warm neutrals. Palette 2 is cooler with grays and silver while Palette 3 uses shades of pink and purple. You can use any of these to create your own look based on your favorite color combinations.

Once you've chosen your palette, it's time to work on your canvas. Applying makeup is a lot like creating art using highlights, shadows, and gradients. Follow the same rules as you would creating dimension in a painting. Use lighter colors on the parts of your face that are prominent — the brow bone, center of the nose, and chin.  Use darker colors to contour and create depth — the crease of your eye, under the cheekbones, and in the crease above your chin.

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My final tip has to do with lips and cheeks. To get more bang for your buck, consider using Younique's Stiff Upper Lip Stain on your cheeks. Since I'm so pale, I used the color Shy, but if you're tanner, consider other colors. Just make sure you use it sparingly and blend like crazy into the apples of your cheeks. It creates a natural, flushed glow that lasts all day.

To see me apply the entire makeup look, watch this YouTube video of the process!

What does your makeup routine look like? Could it be amped up with a new product from Younique?

This post was sponsored by Younique. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my viewers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission guidelines concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising.