Marriage Is Hard But It’s Always Worth The Work

Just about two weeks ago, Mr. Divine walked out on his family. His reasons were that he wasn’t happy and he didn’t want to try anymore. Not very strong reasons, but he felt validated in leaving none the less. Nothing I said, did or apologized for helped. He was determined to walk out and abandon his wife and child no matter what. He did not look back, immediately putting in an address change request and telling me he wanted all his stuff.

The last few weeks have been a total nightmare as one could expect. Little Divine is a huge mess, and she misses her dad. Beyond that, she is utterly disappointed in him for what he did. She hurting and acts out every day. She has a hard time getting anything done and prefers to get lost in her books. I had to sign her up for counseling because having the only father you’ve ever known walk out on you is devastating. Having it happen for no good reason is even worse. I don’t want her to have abandonment issues because of what he did. She’s had a really good, trauma free life so far. I don’t want that ruined and her permanently scarred. Even with counseling, the wounds he inflicted will always be in her heart.

Marriage is hard. Mr. Divine and I have been together almost 3 years. That is such a small amount of time in the grand scheme of things. We had many, MANY more years to come together as a family. Mr. Divine has had a hard life and has been abandoned by almost everyone in his life. He’s spent his whole life being unwanted and unloved. That does a lot of damage to a person. It creates a lot of baggage and issues that if not addressed, can destroy your life. I’ve got my own baggage from my personal history including a lot of trauma I’ve done my best to heal from. The difference between Mr. Divine and I is that I have actively looked to heal myself and get better.

Our society tells me to suck everything up and deal with it. It doesn’t allow them to have emotions or hurt over wrongs that were done to them. They are expected to take the hits and brush them off like nothing. They aren’t allowed to be wounded or scarred. They are expected to be Teflon. This does no one good. We are raising men who have no idea how to deal with the crap going on with them. They cannot communicate, they cannot express emotions, they bottle everything up and don’t deal with their issues. This creates broken marriages and broken homes.

We do a HUGE disservice to human kind when we treat our boys and men like this. We are fostering broken people remaining broken, and putting that brokenness into everything they do and touch. It’s not healthy and it needs to stop. Boys and men need to be allowed to feel emotions and express themselves. They need to be shown that communicating in a healthy way is a good thing no matter what your gender. They need to be allowed to be soft and not always expected to just tough things out.

Mr. Divine lived in a world full of people who didn’t help him be the best man he could. I was the one exception to that. I saw who he was, brokenness and all, and I chose to love him as he was. Did that mean I didn’t want him to be the best person he could be? No! My job, as any spouse’s job is, is to love him and try to help him be the best man he can. My job is most importantly to love him no matter what. This goes against a lot of current opinion in society that women need to not take a man’s crap and they should walk away from men who don’t do what they want.

I’m old fashioned and I do not believe that is the right attitude to create healthy relationships and marriages. “The grass is greener….” attitude is harmful to both genders. Walking away and quitting over small things, like arguing, is harmful. When you choose to be with a person you commit to them and you commit to your relationship even during the hardest times. You don’t quit on a person for making a mistake or hurting you.

Which is why I love Mr. Divine and always will. I had a friend make it very clear that she thinks what he did is horrible and that she does not want me to give him another chance ever again. She was so adamant in her stance, that she started distancing herself from me over having normal emotions over our situation, and mostly I think it’s because she wanted me to hate him and never want him back.

I can’t do that. That’s not who I am. It’s not who I choose to be. I choose to love my husband. I choose to forgive him. I choose to stand by his side even when he walks away from me and cuts all ties.

That’s the woman I want to be.

My walk is not yours. You have to make your own decisions about what is best for you in your situation. For me, I’ve spent my life carrying the heaviest weights of life. I am a very strong woman and life seems to think that means I should get the hardest trials. I am very used to going through hell and making it out just fine eventually. That is a part of my purpose and journey in life. I’m able to bear the weight and keep standing.

As I said above, marriage is hard. Mr. Divine and I stopped communicating well at least a month before he left. Mr. Divine was going through a lot of serious life situations and I think it was a lot for him to handle. Neither one of us was wanting to upset the other, so we both kept saying we were fine. We hurt our relationship by doing that. We went to bed angry, and even slept in separate rooms at times. That was also extremely harmful to our relationship. We stopped REALLY talking to each other.

Eventually he got to a point where all of the things going on were overwhelming him and he just didn’t want to deal anymore. No, this is not the healthy way to handle life but it’s the way he chose to do it. I let him go simply because that’s what he wanted. I did what I could to try to talk him out of it but he was determined to be stubborn in his poor decision. That’s his choice, one he will have to live with for the rest of his life. One he will have haunt him for the rest of his life.

He is welcome home at any time. Things will not go back to what they were before, they can’t. We need marriage counseling. And there will need to be remedies for the damage and broken trust caused. But I will always have my door open to him whenever he wants to come home. I choose to be the woman who does that instead of the woman who throws him away like every single person he’s ever had in his life has done to him.

Everyone deserves to be loved. Even the people who are the hardest to love. Even the people who hurt you the most and break your heart. It’s a choice to love those people and it’s one I choose to make.

I let Mr. Divine go 100%. I sent the last messages I would to him, then I deleted all the messages as well as his contact info. I won’t contact him again. The ball is in his court and it will remain that way. I will be the woman he loves and keep our family and our home running on my own. I’ve taken care of myself on my own most of my life so it’s nothing new for me. Mr. Divine was the one time in life I got to really share my life and world with someone else. I’m sad he chose to end that.

Most importantly, I hope one day he realizes that he made a mistake and remembers all he had.

And I hope he chooses to come home.

We both had our friends fail our relationship. His buddies screwed him over by not telling him to go home and make it work. They did him no good by their actions. They failed as friends and they will be stuck with that knowledge for the rest of their lives, that they helped destroy a family for no reason. Those people are people I will never trust again. They made a choice and they are responsible for it. They will forever live with what they did and the lives they destroyed.

My own friends who have been hurtful to me over still loving him, they also have blame they hold. They tried to force me to do and see things as they wanted without any interest in how we feel. They then distanced themselves from us because we refused to hate him and give up on him. That’s not friendship. You choose to be there for friends, not demand they do things your way or you stop being there for them. I will never forget the friends who put us in that situation. When we needed them the most, they chose to fail us because we still chose to love the man who we shared every single day with.

I’m disappointed all around in the people who know and how much they let us all down. I’ve got a daughter who is broken and hurting, and all she wants is her dad back. I haven’t eaten much in weeks. One friend told me she could tell how much weight I’ve lost in just a week. I’m a mess. I miss my husband. I am angry and hurt and so very sad. My life has been shattered and my heart ripped to shreds.

And none of this had to happen. It was all over a few arguments during a time when a lot was going on in our lives. There was no need for it to go like this. It was all such a waste. What we had was a love story for the books. It was incredible how we fell in love right away. We were best friends, lovers, and soul mates. Our life was so amazing together. Yes, we had some really hard times, but the majority of them were really good. And as time went on, our foundation got stronger and we kept conquering any issues that got in our way.

It always got better. Mr. Divine lost sight of that along the way. I’m so very sad for him because what an awful feeling to lose hope.

I won’t quit hoping. I have faith in our love and in us. I trust that we met and fell in love for a reason. And most importantly, I want him to know that I won’t ever quit on him. Years can go by and I still won’t quit on him. I will always see the best in him because I know him in a way no one else ever has. I will always love him because I will always feel he deserves to be loved. Everyone deserves at least one person who is completely committed to them and won’t ever quit on them. I will always be that for Mr. Divine.

Keep working on your marriage. Day in and day out do the work to make it amazing. Talk, really talk. Be open with each other and never go to bed mad. Wake up each morning giving the day a fresh start and wiping the slate clean. Value all the good there is in each other. Love each other unconditionally. Never quit on each other. Believe in the love you share and the foundation you’ve built. Trust one another. Put your family first. Don’t ever stop putting in the hard work because in 10  years it will all have been so worth it.

Stay strong through the hardships in life. Trust in the process and look for what you can learn through the experience. Remember, you are so very strong even when you don’t feel that way. Keep going forward even when all you can do it crawl. If you need support, I will be here for you the best I can. I know what it’s like to hurt and struggle. I also know that you can survive this and come out the other side. I have faith in you.

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Review – Walmart 2017 Spring Beauty Box

When I first discovered monthly boxes, I was excited by the idea of getting fun little packages in the mail every now and then. I started looking online and there are so many companies who do monthly or quarterly boxes of some sort! It was very hard to choose from, and there are so many I still want to try. I liked the idea of little beauty boxes with skincare, haircare, and makeup items in them. When I say Walmart had a quarterly/seasonal beauty box, I figured I’d try it out.

For $5 every 3 months you will receive a small box filled with a few sample size items. After using Birchbox for so long, I’m starting to lose my excitement for sample size products a bit. I do tend to like the full size items in the more costly boxes. Sample size it useful for trying out a product before you purchase full size, and for discovering products you love that you never would have known about!

In the Walmart Spring Beauty Box I received 9 samples. That’s not bad for $5! Keep in mind, these are drug store brands and not expensive brands like in other beauty boxes. Below are the items I received, the place to find them, and my thoughts on them.

Colgate Optic White Radiant Toothpaste – This is a 0.75oz sample. It came with a little paper showing the benefits of this toothpaste. I can’t say that with this small size you’ll see a drastic improvements in tooth color, but it is a nice little size to take on with you for trips. I prefer all natural and fluoride free toothpaste so I won’t be buying this in full size. You can find it in full size at Walmart and on Amazon.

Dove Advanced Care Cool Essentials Antiperspirant – This is a 0.5oz sample. It smells good to me, not a strong or over perfumed scent. This is a great way to test out this specific antiperspirant to see if it works for you. Each person is unique so some deodorants and antiperspirants may not work for you. This is also a very handy size to throw in a gym bag to use after you’ve worked out. I won’t be buying this in full size as I stick with chemical free deodorants. You can find it at Walmart and on Amazon.

Biore Baking Soda Acne Scrub – This is a 1oz sample. I am a big fan of facial cleaners and scrubs. Your skin is important and too many times we get caught up in makeup and forget skincare. The more you focus on skincare, the better skin you will have! This little scrub actually smells good which is nice since a lot of acne products have a strong chemical smell. It has 2% salicylic acid in it to help fight breakouts. It’s been a nice cleanser for us girls to use in the Divine household! I like using products with a little salicylic acid in them even if I don’t have breakouts at the moment because my skin is prone to breaking out and I feel it helps prevent them. You can find it at Walmart and on Amazon. (Biore also has a similar charcoal scrub that I am going to be trying as well! You can find it at Walmart and on Amazon.)

Gliss Hair Repair Ultra Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner – Each bottle is a 1.7fl oz sample bottle. I received one bottle of shampoo and one bottle of conditioner. These both smell really good! I am not a fan of strong perfume scented products so I was pleasantly surprised as to how gentle and pleasant their scent it. The bottles say they hydrate and soften hair with keratin. I liked how my hair felt after using them, though I won’t be buying them in full size as I don’t use hair products with that many chemicals in it. If you don’t care about chemicals, give these a try! The scent alone is really nice. You can find the shampoo at Walmart and the conditioner at Walmart. You can buy the set together on Amazon which is how I buy my shampoo and conditioner.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Moisturizing Conditioner – This is a 1.5fl oz sample. There was no matching shampoo in my box. It smells really good! I like the scent and don’t find it to be too over perfumed. The product leaves your hair very soft. I won’t be buying to full size due to the chemicals in it. If chemicals don’t bother you, check out this conditioner! I can’t speak for the shampoo, but if you try the conditioner you might as well try the shampoo too. You can find the conditioner at Walmart (along with the shampoo too) and on Amazon (along with the shampoo).

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Facial Moisturizer – I remember when I was pregnant many years ago and I slathered myself in Palmer’s Coconut Butter to avoid stretch marks, as everyone said to do. Yeah, it didn’t work…. Thanks Little Divine. This is a .17fl oz sample packet. I am not a fan of coconut oil for skin care much because despite how amazing it is, it is very bad at clogging pores. This product as has a lot of chemicals added to it as well so keep that in mind. If it doesn’t bother you, feel free to give it a try! I didn’t get much from the packet but at least I didn’t break out from the 2 times I tried it. My skin did feel quite soft after using it. You can find it at Walmart.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Luminous Hydration Facial Oil – This is a 0.03fl oz sample. This one goes along with the sample above. It looks like Palmer’s has a whole coconut oil facial line of products. Due to my breakout prone skin I am not a fan of face oils. I use oils as my first step in my face cleansing at night only. I feel that oil cleansing is very helpful for your skin, I just cannot let adding oil to my skin be my last step as it will break me out. However, I did try a little on m face for this review. The smell reminds me of a tanning oil scent. It didn’t feel heavy on my skin and I was careful not to use too much. It rubbed into my skin well and my skin felt very soft after. You can find it at Walmart.

Rimmel Stay Matte Lightweight Liquid Mousse Foundation 200 Soft Beige – This is a 0.05fl oz sample packet. This sample came on a little ad for it that included a $1 off coupon on any Rimmel product. They sell a primer and a powder to go with this set as well. I have my own preferred primers I use (Mac and Balance Me – which is sold in the UK mostly so it’s harder to find) but if you don’t have set ones you like yet, you might want to give Rimmel’s primer a try. This foundation was pretty impressive. It went on very matte as soon as I rubbed it in. All the shine on my face was gone. And a little went a long way. I actually used a very tiny amount, maybe a pea sized bit of it and it covered my whole face well. My skin is soft and it doesn’t look fake. I didn’t get a choice of colors so this color is a little darker than I would use, but it still looks decent with my current sun kissed color. I liked how evenly and easily it went on my skin. It seemed to last for a while before I noticed it wearing off. I would definitely give this drug store brand a try! You can find it at Walmart and on Amazon.

I would have to say this box is worth the $5 spent. However, most of the products I wouldn’t use regularly. This is based off my personal preference with beauty and skincare products. If there were more natural and chemical free products, I would like that better. I did like the Biore face scrub and the Rimmel matte foundation. I will probably buy those in full size because both impressed me. The other products are fun to try but aren’t things I’d buy full size.

What did you think of your Walmart Spring Beauty Box?

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Recipe – Homemade Peppermint Castile Exfoliating Scrub

This is seriously one of the easiest recipes I’ve made. I came up with this idea simply because I wanted to have a good exfoliating scrub to use in the shower but I am using up any products I have at home before I buy new ones. I had a bottle of Peppermint Castile Soap sitting under my counter that didn’t have a use right now. I originally bought it to mix with vinegar for our homemade cleaning spray – until I discovered that castile soap and vinegar don’t mix…..

We use other soaps for hand soap so I was left with a bottle that rarely got used. I ordered microdermabrasion crystals online a while ago to use with my face and body wash so I thought why not combine that with the castile soap for a homemade scrub!

The ingredients are only three things: An empty soap dispenser, a bottle of natural soap, and microdermabrasion crystals. I picked up my soap dispenser at Walmart for .88 cents. The Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Soap you can find on Amazon. And the microdermabrasion crystals you can find on Amazon as well.

I simply poured soap into the soap dispenser until it was almost full. Then I added 2 tablespoons of microdermabrasion crystals to it. I shook it up and it made the soap foamy white. And done! The crystals will settle on the bottom of the soap dispenser so I shake mine up before I use it.

Now I have an all natural exfoliating scrub with no yucky chemicals in it! (^.^) I like the peppermint scent in the shower because it’s invigorating. I’ve used the scrub on my face and my body. I plan to make more scrubs myself in the future! I like knowing exactly what’s in my products and the words being easily pronounceable.

Have you made a homemade scrub before?

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Review – Do and Discover Rock and Gem Dig Discovery Kids

The last few weeks have been super busy in the Divine household! Little Divine went to summer camp at our local animal shelter for a week and she had a blast! Plus we just celebrated 4th of July here in America as well. I’ve been trying to get all caught up and back into a rhythm at home since they have ended.

One thing I like to do is have Little Divine work on projects of some sort during the week. During all of our moving, resettling, and moving again over the last year, we’ve ended up with a large collection of projects and activity kits that haven’t been done. Now that the major events of the summer are over – with the exception of Little Divine’s birthday – I feel we can get back into a little bit of a routine.

We have several dig kits for kits that involve excavation on a small scale. I think these kits are really fun because kids learn to do the work to unearth their treasures! (^.^) It brings a different level of excitement because it feels like a treasure hunt. Since the weather here is so warm, I thought this would be a great activity to do outdoors!

We started with the Do & Discover brand Rock & Gem Dig. This set is sold at Toys R Us and on Amazon but has now been rebranded under the Discovery Kids Rock & Gem Dig name. The set says it included 11 gems hidden in the block, a pair of little safety goggles that were too small for Little Divine, a mallet, a dowel, a magnifying glass, a brush, a streak plate, and a color poster with instructions. I found the brush they included to be pretty useless so I pulled out one of my paint brushes for her to use instead.

The box it came it was a really good size so I was very surprised at how small the little block to dig in was. It was actually quite small. I’m hoping some of the other sets we got have more to them. We decided to use a rectangular plastic storage container about 6 inches tall as her excavation site. This way all the extra dirt is contained in one easy place for clean up!

In the above photo you can see where Little Divine discovered her first gem. It wasn’t long after she started chiseling away that she found this one. I was thinking this process would take a lot longer than it did, but the block was pretty soft and easy to get through. This is definitely nice for younger kids, but it makes the process too quick for older kids.

Here is the kit totally demolished! The box says it includes 11 gems but we only found 10. Both Mr. Divine and I looked through it with Little Divine and we couldn’t find an 11th gem anywhere.

Even with 10 gems, Little Divine was quite pleased with her new treasures.

Once the gems were all cleaned up, Little Divine tried to test them out on the streak plate to see how it would work. She’s taken classes on rocks and minerals before so she knew that with a streak plate you can tell what a mineral is by the color of powder it leaves behind. She was unable to get any sort of streaks to show up on the plate included though. We tried several times but no results.

I did like that her set came with a large poster with information on identifying gems. Extra learning material included in a fun way is always nice! We will be keeping the poster and the 10 lovely gems Little Divine dug up.

All in all, this was not a bag kit for about an hour’s worth of use. I am disappointed in how small it was and how easy it was to break through. Also, the streak plate and some of the tools they sent weren’t very useful. I would say this kit is great for younger kiddos and those who aren’t expecting anything too fancy. Little Divine is about to turn 11 so this kit was enjoyable for her but not extremely challenging. She does love little treasures so the gems were a nice add to her collection! (^.^)

I’ll be reviewing other kits in the future so keep an eye out!

Have you tried this Rock & Gem Dig set?

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Recipe – Mango Kale Madness Smoothie

Here is another smoothie recipe for you using 310 Nutrition shake powder! As with all my smoothie recipes, you can use any powder you would like in it including weight loss and protein powders.

I made this one for my breakfast shake today. It’s a very yummy blend! It’s another simple recipe because the last thing anyone needs is a complicated recipe to make the process harder! (^.^)

Feel free to share the pic above with the recipe on it, I like to add my recipes on my pictures to make it easier to share.

Recipe:

1/2 cup of cottage cheese
1 scoop of 310 Nutrition powder (I used Salted Caramel)
1 cup of frozen mango chunks
1/2 cup of frozen kale
2 cups of water

Blend and enjoy!

Seriously, it’s just that simple. I would recommend keeping cottage cheese or yogurt on hand for your smoothies. It adds healthy calories to them as well as thickening them up a bit. I use plain yogurt to avoid the extra sugars in the fruit filled ones. Look for organic if you can, if not it’s okay! Use what you can afford to get. (^.^)

The Salted Caramel is really good when you mix things in with it! I found it too sweet mixed with just almond milk or water. The addition of non sweet things like yogurt and the frozen veggies help mellow out the sweetness.

Please understand these products are made slightly sweeter because that is how the general population eats. We’ve become way too used to overly sweetened foods as a society! Due to that, companies who make healthy shake mixes have to make things a bit sweeter because if they didn’t, everyone would complain they are too bland….

With any shake mix, do what you can to tweak the recipes before you give up on it!

If you try this recipe, let me know what you think!

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Let’s Play! Overwatch Widowmaker VS AI Video 5-27-2017

 As many of you know, I’m a gamer amongst other things. I enjoy gaming when I have free time and I play a wide variety of games! I have a YouTube channel for anyone who’s interested in checking it out. (^.^) I do a lot of Let’s Play videos showing in game play from different games, plus some tutorials, game walk through videos, as well as character spotlights.

Recently I created a video showing in game play from the game Overwatch by Blizzard! In this video you’ll see me playing as Widowmaker, a fun spider-like female character. This game was Co-Op against AI, meaning against computer generated bad guys rather than playing against other real live people. Playing games against AI is a great way to try out a new character and learn their skills without being in a game against people where you might feel more stressed.

Have you played Overwatch yet? Who is your favorite character to play?

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Review – Poshbox Spring Box 2017

As though of you who follow my posts know, I like getting treats for myself occasionally. I spent so much time for many years sacrificing for others and putting my needs on the back burner. And it burnt me out and drained me! Since the end of 2016 I decided to make a lot of changes in my life. I am very happy with those decisions! One of which was to do a little bit more for ME.

We cannot give back and do a lot when we are sucked dry, drained, and burnt out. That’s just a fact. You have to take time to recharge, replenish, and rejuvenate YOU. That can come is a multitude of forms depending on each person, so find what works best for YOU and do it! Our families, friends, communities, groups, activities, organizations, commitments, etc. need us to be healthy and doing well. Why? Because when we are, we are giving our 100% because we are in a good place! When you let yourself get sucked down to the bone, you can’t give anywhere close to 100% because YOU are not anywhere near 100%.

You have to take care of you to be the best you possible. It’s not the same as being selfish or self-absorbed, it’s making sure you are doing what you need on all levels – emotional, physical, health wise, mental, spiritual. You need to put yourself as a priority and take care of you.

One of the ways I decided to pamper myself was with Poshbox. I recently started using 310 Nutrition and I kept hearing from ladies in the group how awesome their Spring Poshbox was so I decided to give it a try! Salted Caramel seems to be the favorite flavor of A LOT of people who use 310 and that was included in the Spring box, which was an extra motivator for me.

Let’s start off with the 310 products.

First off you get a bag of Salted Caramel flavor shake powder. It’s not the super big bag, which I didn’t know, but it does have at least 14 servings in it. As I said, this seems to be a preferred flavor in the 310 Facebook Community group.

Next is a 310 shaker cup. If you’ve been a 310 customer for a while, you probably have a few of these! If not, this is a handy thing for them to send with the shake mix. Nothing like getting a product to try without the necessary equipment!

They even threw in a sample of the 310 Detox tea as well! This is a great way to try it out and see if you like it.

Then there are the Kashmere products! I received a full size Kashmere Kollection Purifying Masque and a travel size Luxurious Toning Oil. I would have LOVED full size of both products, but I’m still very thankful for both! (^.^)

Also included were two Beachwood Essential Oils – apricot kernel oil and Bulgarian lavender! I was out of my lavender oil so this was perfect timing. And the Beachwood lavender smells amazing! I like lavender at night especially to help me relax for bed time. The apricot kernel oil is a carrier oil so it’s good to use with other essential oils that may irritate your skin if you put them on it directly. I sometimes have this issue with my tea tree oil.

Another item included is a small size Purely Wrinkle Free clothing spray that you just spray on clothes to remove wrinkles without ironing. This is handy for those who don’t have the time or desire to iron. The small size is also small enough to fit in a bag on the go in case you need to de-wrinkle while you’re out.

And the last item is Hydroderm Triple Effects Eye Serum. This is a very tiny bottle. I thought they skimped by giving me another travel size until I looked up the price. This 10ml bottle is $40 to $60 normally!

I’ll do a link up now where you can find all of these products at the lowest price in case you don’t want to buy the whole box or you missed out on this box. These links may take you to Amazon if I find Amazon has better prices than the company’s site.

Salted Caramel 310 Nutrition Shake Full Size

Salted Caramel 310 Nutrition Shake Smaller Size in Starter Kit (may not be available for long)

310 Nutrition Shaker Cup

310 Nutrition Detox Tea

Kashmere Kollections Purifying Masque

Kashmere Kollections Luxurious Toning Oil

Beachwood Apricot Kernel Essential Oil

Beachwood Bulgarian Lavender Essential Oil

Purely Wrinkle Free Clothing Spray Large Size

Purely Wrinkle Free Clothing Spray Small Size

Hydroderm Triple Effects Eye Serum

Did you sign up for Poshbox? What did you think of the products in it?


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Recipe – Tropical Green Smoothie

This morning I went outside and at 8am it was already HOT. This week we are having a heat wave so I thought a smoothie mix would be a really nice treat!

I used my 310 Nutrition Salted Caramel shake mix but this recipe can be used with any powder! You can use a nutritional powder, a protein powder, a weight loss powder, etc. Just add one serving of your powder to the mix and enjoy! (^.^)

Recipe:

-1 cup of water
-1 can of pineapple juice 6oz
-1 organic Greek peach yogurt 3.5oz
-1/2 cup frozen spinach
-1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
-1 cup of ice
-1 scoop of Salted Caramel 310 Nutrition shake powder

I blended this all up in my Ninja Master Prep blender and it was ready to serve! This made 2 and 1/2 tall glasses full of smoothie for me! I found the taste to be even better than expected, especially since I found the Salted Caramel to be a little too sweet for my taste by itself. This mix was REALLY good and not overly sweet! On top of that, I couldn’t taste the spinach at all.

I added up the calories and it has 378 according to MyFitnessPal. Not a bad morning breakfast! I had to force myself to drink all of it because I felt very full long before I got through the whole thing. I do try to drink it all just to ensure that I get all the calories my body needs for the morning.

What is your favorite way to enjoy your drink mixes?

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The Complete Idiot’s Guide To European History

The Complete Idiot’s Guides aren’t just for idiots!

Who knew right?

It turns out they can be super handy tools for learning. They offer condensed info on subjects and are generally presented in a way that can be understood pretty easily. Mind you, some vary and are meant for kids while others are meant for adults. You can absolutely use the adult versions for kids, just keep in mind that some of the info may be over their heads.

For example, today Little Divine learned what heretic means. She’s ready The Complete Idiot’s Guide to European History. She’s been studying through the ages starting from the beginning and working her way up. This book was a suggested book from the library website based on other books I was getting for her on the subject. I’m surprised it was suggested as it isn’t a children’s book, but I like trying new things so we’re using it!

Little Divine is turning 11 next month so I didn’t feel it would be too over her head. I figured she’d ask questions as she read, like she did this morning with heretic.

I’m very pleased with how the book is set up. There are lots of chapters and each is relatively small, between 10 and 20 pages usually. I find that breaks up easier for younger readers. As you can see in the picture, I’ve used sticky tabs to mark each chapter with the date and pages she needs to read. I find this to work wonders with helping her keep on target with her reading. It’s easy to forget which chapter you were on after a weekend so sticky notes help kids know what to read and when!

We are two days into the book and so far so good! I am not one of the coddle my child parents so if death and crime come up in her book, I’m okay with her reading it. It opens up discussions on so many things! History is often very, VERY ugly. I don’t feel that at this age there is a reason to hide that from her. I also want her to see the good in history as well. I strive to give her a very well rounded view of each subject she learns.

We are planning to get more of The Complete Idiot’s Guide books on many more topics! Have you used these books in your homeschooling before? Tell me what you thought!

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Handmade Jewelry Set – Mermaid Magic

I created a new jewelry set today! (^.^) This one is called Mermaid Magic and it’s stunning in person!

The hand beaded necklace is about 21 inches all around, and it has a silver plated clasp in the back.

The hand beaded earrings dangle about 2 inches long from the top of the silver plated hooks to the bottom. Their hooks close in the back.

This set is listed on Etsy here: Mermaid Magic. It comes gift boxed and I always send a little something extra free with each set!

This set was created because I found the beautiful mermaid pendant and I had to find JUST the right beads to match it! I chose these beads because the iridescent color reminded me of the shimmer of a mermaid’s tale! (^.^)

Taking beautiful individual pieces and putting them together to create a work of art is why I do what I do! ❤

What do you think of my new set?

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