Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Days 20 & 21

30 Days of Thanksgiving

November 20, 2012: I am so grateful for my friends. I love that we get together once per month to catch up & laugh uncontrollably. We had a great dinner and great conversation tonight. I am so blessed to be surrounded by such beautiful, talented, intelligent, and loving women. I don't know what I would do without you.

November 21, 2012: I am grateful to live in Kentucky and I am grateful for UK basketball! Go Cats!

Monday, November 19, 2012

A Week of Thanks

I am getting really behind on 30 days of giving here is a week of Thanksgiving posts.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012: Today, I am grateful for Adam Scott. He is the only reason I allow my husband to watch hours of the Golf Channel.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012: I am thankful for my friend, Stacy. I hope she had a wonderful birthday! Unfortunately, I had to work the evening shift & couldn't call to wish her a happy birthday.

Thursday, November 15, 2012: I am grateful for the X Factor. I am loving this show! This season is so much better than last. I have always loved Britney Spears and she is doing amazing as a mentor to the young performers.

Friday, November 16, 2012: I am grateful to have a job, but even more grateful to see the work week come to an end!

Saturday, November 17, 2012: I am grateful for Saturdays! I love sleeping in!

Sunday, November 18, 2012: I am grateful for a wonderful day. We enjoyed a great church service, then had a great meal at my parents home........with a visit from my brother, SIL, and my 2 favorite little people!

Monday, November 19, 2012: I am grateful for a 3 day work week!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Days 9,10,11 & 12

30 Days of Thanksgiving!

Day 9: I am grateful for FRIDAYS!!!! I wish everyday could be a Friday!

Day 10: I am grateful for good wine, good food & great friends. I hosted a spa party tonight and it was wonderful to have a relaxing evening with the girls.

Day 11: I am grateful for our American Veterans. I always cry when I see a man/woman in uniform. I am so thankful for the sacrifices each of them have made to keep us safe.

Day 12: I am grateful Mondays only come once per week!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Days 6, 7, 8


Day 6: Election Day! I am grateful I did not experience a massive MI while watching the election results....not one of my best days.

Day 7: I am thankful for the gift of prayer. I am praying for God to guide us in the right direction as we are forced to make a life-changing decision over the next few weeks. We didn't want to see this day come, but it is here and now we must accept it. I am also praying for the 90+ additional coal miners, in our town, who lost their jobs today. It has been a devastating week.

Day 8: I am grateful to have a job.........for now.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Day 5 of Thanksgiving

Day 5: I am grateful to live in America! I love this country and still believe in the possibility of the American dream. Tomorrow is an important day for our country as we will ultimately choose a new path for our country or accept what our Nation has become. I am so thankful we have the right to choose our next leader. Over the past 4 years, I have witnessed so many friends and loved ones lose their jobs. My husband lost his job as a railroad engineer just 1 week ago due to decreased coal production in Southeastern Kentucky. He will have other opportunities to relocate within the company, but that means leaving our home and our families. Even if you do not support the coal industry, please think of the other businesses and careers that are being destroyed in this part of the country. Coal miners are not the only people losing their jobs. I have seen clothing stores, restaurants, gift shops, clinics, funeral homes and many other businesses either close or drastically decrease employees during the past 4 years. Our communities are literally dying. Please, exercise your right to vote tomorrow and save our country.


Sunday, November 4, 2012


So I am just a few days late in starting 30 days of Thanksgiving......I will try to catch up....

Day 1: Due to an unexpected Halloween snow, Trick or Treating was postponed to November 1 so we were able to spend the evening with some of our favorite people. I am so thankful for my family. I have been blessed with great parents, wonderful in-laws, a kind & loving husband, a fantastic brother & sister-in-law, and my precious little neice and nephew.

                                Carsyn & Shane                                

Hank as Elvis

Carsyn as Belle

Day 2: I am grateful to know a loving and forgiving God.

Day 3: I am grateful for my friends. We were able to spend the evening, dancing and laughing with some great friends.

Day 4: I am grateful for my grandfather. We had the privilege to celebrate his birthday today. I am so thankful to have the honor of knowing a man who has made loving God his top priority in life. He has always been grateful for the simple blessings, loving and cherishing his family and never falling prey to greed.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Show Us Your Life: Favorite Beauty Products

I have not written a Show Us Your Life post in some time, but this is a topic I LOVE to discuss. I think I have tried every beauty least once. Here a few of my favorites:

1. The Cleanser: I have tried too many facial cleansers from all price ranges and I always...ALWAYS...come back to this. It is simply the best.

2. Wrinkle Control: So I am in my 30's....and the wrinkles become more obvious everyday! I don't want to start Botox just yet, so these are a few of my favorite wrinkle fighters of all time.

Seriously, I have tried so many eye creams from Olay to Obagi and the Eye Concentrate by La Mer beats them all. Nothing else can even compare. I actually see a difference in my skin if I forget to use this for one night. It is a miracle product......expensive, but a little bit goes a long jar will easily last 6 months.

      If you are over 30, then you need to use Retin-A every night. This prescription-only cream can actually prevent wrinkles!

3. The Eyes: I use too much eye make-up, but I just love it!

I line my upper eyelids with Lancome liquid artliner. It is very mistake proof.

I use Lancome Le Stylo Waterproof eyeliner for the lower lids. I have to use waterproof eyeliner & mascara for the lower lashes because I am an emotional wreck.
I use the non-waterproof version of Hypnose Drama for my upper lashes.

Dior 5 Couleurs is the BEST eyeshadow on the market. There is no reason to try anything else.

Even though, I have tried several different under eye concealers, I have never been able to find a product that completely satisfies me. If anyone has any concealer suggestions, then PLEASE post a comment with your advice.

4: The Face: I have used Studio Fix by MAC for several years and I love the product. However, as I am starting to age, I notice that this make-up will thicken over my lines and almost make them more noticeable. Today, I tried Bare Escentuals READY foundation for the first time. I do like this foundation because it feels so light, but I almost wish I had tried the original Bare Escentual foundation first. Please, let me know if you have tried Bare Escentuals or if you have advice for best make-up for the aging face.

These are just a few of my favorite products. I will stop now, because I could on for days about beauty products & skincare.