Hi, guys! Remember me?! Just popping in today to share some photos from our most recent fishing trip to Manitou Lake.
Colorado has some nice spring days in between the weirdo freak blizzardy, snow days.Maddie gave Owen a chip. She convinced him it wasn't spicy. He believed her.messing with the hook and fixing it … // Read More...
Hi, guys! Remember me?! Just popping in today to share some photos from our most recent fishing trip to Manitou Lake. Colorado has some nice spring days in between the weirdo freak blizzardy, snow days. Maddie gave Owen a chip. She convinced him it wasn’t spicy. He believed her. messing with the hook and fixing […]
You guys, I know that by now you’ve probably seen me post about my new lipstick obsession, LipSense. Before discovering LipSense, I was not much of a makeup person. And even when I was, I didn’t often wear lip color. I hated how easily it would smudge and wear. I hated worrying that it’d be […]
We’re on the last few days of Spring break around here, you guys and phew. It’s been a good one, but I’m worn out. Their Spring break actually started on Friday with a snow day, but yesterday it was 70 degrees and sunny. Colorado weather, man. It’s crazy. Anyway, today I thought I’d share some […]
Hi, friends We got our little lady spayed on Friday. It was a sad day, but she’s doing great. She was a mess the first day (totally to be expected), she layed around on Saturday just resting. (And threw up her medicine) But come Sunday, she was eating, drinking, and feeling better. She’s been able […]
Hi, guys! Remember me?! Just popping in today to share some photos from our most recent fishing trip to Manitou Lake. Colorado has some nice spring days in between the weirdo freak blizzardy, snow days.
Maddie gave Owen a chip. She convinced him it wasn’t spicy. He believed her.
You guys, I know that by now you’ve probably seen me post about my new lipstick obsession, LipSense. Before discovering LipSense, I was not much of a makeup person. And even when I was, I didn’t often wear lip color. I hated how easily it would smudge and wear. I hated worrying that it’d be all over my face or that it’d be faded in weird spots. It just wasn’t worth my time, it frustrated me. Now, with LipSense, I honestly forget that I’m wearing it. I don’t stress about what it looks like because I know that it’s good.
The other day I wore Fly Girl, a very bold red of a color. I ran errands ALL day, I drank water, I munched on popcorn chicken, I had a Parent-Teacher conference, grocery shopped, picked up my oldest early from school, chatted with preschool moms at drop off & at pick up. I came home, changed clothes, and went about my day. It wasn’t until later that evening that I saw my reflection & realized I still had Fly Girl on. (Instagram pic) And she still looked great!
So, let’s chat about LipSense, what it is, why you need it, and why I signed up to distribute.
What is LipSense?
LipSense is a long wearing, waterproof, kiss-proof, smudge-proof lip color that wears for up to 18 hours. It’s lead-free, wax-free, gluten-free, GMO-free, cruelty-free, and is made in the United States! LipSense is not a lip stain. It molecularly bonds to the lip and is worn with a shea butter gloss that permeates through the color to hydrate your lips while keeping the color on.
Why do I need a Starter Kit?
Color, gloss, remover. People often ask, “Do I need the remover?” and I tell them that I’ve only ever tried the remover, but others have suggested various things work, but I figure I’d spend about $10 on buying whatever they suggested anyway, so I go with what I know works – the Ooops Remover.
Speaking of gloss…
We offer quite a few different glosses. Glossy being our most hydrating and Matte being our least
Why I decided to become a distributor.
I decided in February, maybe towards the end of January that I was going to sign up to become a distributor. One of my best friends, Melissa had just signed up. I’d seen quite a few girls that I’ve followed for years jump on board and it was just so neat to watch them show demos, and so cool to watch LipSense in action. When I decided to sign up, I was not in a great place, my husband was in the middle of a medical retirement from the Army, our life was being flipped upside down, we had no idea what was coming next, and I’d just gone through all that mess around losing baby #4. My brain was a mess, my heart was aching, my stress level was through the roof and I was drowning. I wasn’t happy, I was becoming very bitter and I’d find myself just crying to my husband about how I didn’t want to be like this. I knew that I really needed to change that, so when I heard Melissa getting all excited about such a fun product, I thought, “this is it. THIS is what I need” and I spent a while chatting with her. The more we chatted, the more excited I got about it. I started setting up my business account, my FB group, I ordered business cards, etc etc. When my first order arrived, I was beyond giddy. That’s when I knew that I’d made the right choice. LipSense was the little bit of fun that I needed to help pull me out of my funk, it gave me a reason to get dressed, to take selfies, and to actually care how I was looking.
I mean, come on… I get paid to take selfies. My job consists of talking to people about how cool this product is, which is another reason I was excited to sign up. I’m not a people person. Small talk makes me cringe. This brings me out of my comfort zone. I know the things that I need to do for my small business, and it’s all out of my comfort zone. That’s SO good though. That’s good for me, it helps pull me from my funk bubble. It’s good for my business. I get to meet really cool people. Treating people to coffee is a tax write off. That might be my favorite part, right there. I love coffee and treating people.
Do you want to join me? Wanna sling lipstick? Want the discount for yourself? (20-50% off!) Want to just use the discount for you and your inner circle?! Seriously, all the options! And to keep your wholesale membership, it’s just $55 a year (like a costco membership) and you just have to buy $200 worth of products a year.
Worried you won’t like it? There’s a 100% money back guarantee on all of our products (we offer WAY more than just LipSense, that’s just what I chose to dip my toes in first). You can check out what’s for grabs HERE Simply click, “Customer buy now” and use my distributor ID # 289594 to shop. SO easy, huh?
I’ve done a few happy dances already! I get SO excited when someone just wants to chat with me about LipSense. It’s such a fun thing to show off to people. It’s a game changer, you guys. People love LipSense. And why wouldn’t they?! This stuff is so cool! At my last Vendor event, I played this video on repeat & oh my gosh, so many people would stop to watch it!
So, there you have it. LipSense, what it is, why I love it, and why you need it. Who doesn’t need smear-proof, long lasting lip color?! I feel like I’m forgetting info, but this post is a bit on the long side already. If you have ANY questions/comments/concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask me. You can email me email@example.com You can find me on social media (ambernmccain) and ask me there. You can join my group (I’d love to have you). Whatever is easiest for you.
This is such an awesome product, I really hope you take the time to read this post and learn the cool things about LipSense and the other awesome SeneGence products. Again, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if you’d like to place an order, ask questions, join my team, etc etc. I am SO excited about this, and I know you will love it too!
We’re on the last few days of Spring break around here, you guys and phew. It’s been a good one, but I’m worn out. Their Spring break actually started on Friday with a snow day, but yesterday it was 70 degrees and sunny. Colorado weather, man. It’s crazy. Anyway, today I thought I’d share some of our smile worthy moments with you guys and remind you that making memorable moments doesn’t have to be expensive, or time consuming. Just BE THERE.
Skipping rocks (or at least attempting too) in the Arkansas river. We packed up a picnic full of sandwiches, drinks, Goldfish, and much more then loaded up, picked up my Mom and headed to check out Bishop’s Castle. The COOLEST thing I’ve seen in a long time. Google it and just browse.
A lot of our Spring break was spent in the basement with video games (hello, Super Nintendo) and VHS movies. Binging VHS movies with the kids makes my heart so happy. Teaching them to play Super Mario also makes me really happy. Owen said, “Wow, Mom! You’re really good at Mario” Ha. Uhh, yeah I am.
We squeezed in a zoo trip. Purchasing the zoo membership paid for itself after the 2nd visit. Seriously, look into memberships if you go often – totally worth the money!
We flew some kites at the park before some crazy weather blew our way. Wouldn’t be Colorado without the crazy weather though.
We played in some snow (because Colorado weather is weird), had a snowball fight, made a little snowman, just enjoyed the day as a family. Once everyone was practically frozen, we headed inside for hot cocoa & Goldfish Grahams S’mores.
What are your Spring break plans? Have you started pinning summer activities? Are you stressing how to keep your kids fed and entertained? Goldfish crackers are a staple in our house, how about in yours? We always have a big ole box and then various bags/prepackaged bags in the cabinet. They make for fun crafts, great snacks, traveling snacks, and so much more. Be sure to head to thePinterest page and YouTube channel for really great ideas for crafts/recipes/and so much more.
We got our little lady spayed on Friday. It was a sad day, but she’s doing great. She was a mess the first day (totally to be expected), she layed around on Saturday just resting. (And threw up her medicine) But come Sunday, she was eating, drinking, and feeling better. She’s been able to keep the medicine down, her incision looks great, and she’s back to her normal self.
I love Heartbreaker. I’m not the biggest fan of Pink Ice on me (I kept it because Miss Madelyn loves it and asked me to) but it is like the perfect color to layer. I layered it with my Heartbreaker and it was soooooo pretty. I layered it the other day with my Violette, also sooooo pretty.
We went to the zoo on Friday while waiting for Missy. David had photography homework, and we thought we could get a few good shots from the zoo. He did, kicked butt on that homework but these are just phone pics that I snapped.
Some kind lady saw me attempting a giraffe selfie & offered to snap a pic of us. I LOVE when people do that. It’s such a simple and kind gesture. I’m NEVER in pictures with my people because someone has to take them. It’s not the greatest photo of the 3 of us, but overall I really love it because it’s a little group shot.
David actually got a close up of this guy.
That’s all I’ve got today, guys. The rest of the weekend was spent at home, cleaning (cuz PHEW) and keeping our eyes on Missy. I hope you guys had a nice weekend.
Renewing our zoo pass was probably one of the best purchases of 2017 so far. Fin pet a snake! And then a lizard. We’ve gone 4x since renewing it. One trip would have cost our large-ish family about the same amount it cost us to renew our yearly membership. We’ve gone 4x already since renewing! Isn’t that insane? It’s such a nice little get out of the house “free” thing to do.
I swatched my hand with a few LipSense colors on Tuesday morning. I gave the dog a bath that afternoon. Didn’t budge. Side note: it’s Thursday and I still have more color than not on my hand. Here’s my group if you’d like to join & want to learn more.
I ordered this for Fin because you can’t be $4 and free 2-day shipping. I planned to save it for a birthday gift, buuuuuuut someone (David) ripped it open, and yelled “FIIIIIINNNNN!!!!!” haha.
Bo being Bo. He doesn’t realize that he’s a dog.
The people of Harry’s sent me and David new razors. I seriously love them. David does too. He uses his to clean up his neck. He was really hesitant to try it because razors in the past have always broken him out. He woke up the day after first trying it and showed me his neck — nothing. No breakout, no rash, nothing! It was great. Mine is the orange (showering handle) David’s isn’t made for the shower.
They’re also offering you a shave club free trial — get a Truman razor handle, razor blade, travel blade cover, and travel sized foaming shave gel for free –just cover the $3 shipping. TOTALLY worth it! The kit comes with soooooo much!
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I love a good prank. Unfortunately, I’m usually on the receiving end. My husband and son prank me all the time. It’s hilarious and awful. I’m always nervous about what’s coming next. haha.
Since April Fool’s Day is just around the corner, I wanted to put together some ideas for all of you pranksters out there.
Here are some of my favorite from Amazon. (Free Two day shipping for PRIME members. Not a member, sign up here)
Today’s post is brought to you with the help of CK Mondavi Wines. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
I love a good BBQ get together, don’t you? Food smells amazing, it’s a nice day, you’re together with your group of friends, what could you not love about that?! Over our decade of Army life, David and I have hosted more than our fair share of BBQs and attended more than our fair share of BBQs.
So today, I thought I’d share with you some BBQ hosting tips as well as a simple dessert because game days and BBQ season are upon us!
Plan: I make a list of who we’re inviting and what food we want to make. Sometimes we have people bring things, and sometimes we don’t. Make sure you have a full menu, and appetizers, and desserts. People at BBQ love food. The more, the better. You’ll want drinks as well. Don’t forget something for kids, and adults.
Meal –> Burgers & Hotdogs, (the meat usually depends on the amount of people we have coming). Potato salad, Macaroni, Corn cobs,
Desserts –> Anything from ice cream to cake or cookies. It just depends on my mood, who’s coming, how many kids, etc etc. If it’s a larger BBQ, more people = more food, we usually skip desserts. I like simple desserts, grab & go. (This Monkey Bread is one of my go-tos)
Drinks –> We always offer up whatever we have in the fridge (juice, milk, water) but for BBQs we also set out beer, soda, and wine. (You know for wine, I’m gonna recommend CK Mondavi)
CK Mondavi has a game day special promotion going on until March 31st! It’s the perfect game-day wine, amazing quality and great taste! (Keep reading to see which pairs best with your food choices)
Next up, prep your yard. You don’t want people to hang out in your backyard if the grass hasn’t been cut, or if the dogs haven’t been cleaned up after… take a bit and just do some yard work. Make it look appealing, the best you can.
(tidy up inside too if you plan to entertain inside – if not, at least tidy up your bathroom)
Don’t forget the kids. If you know that there will be kids, try to plan something fun for them as well. I like to set up a DIY bubble station and I always stock up on chalk.
Entertainment –> Assuming there isn’t a game on to be watched, you’ll want to provide your guests with some entertainment of some sort. It doesn’t have to be anything too crazy. We usually just pull out the cornhole boards and people take turns with that. Other options include cards, darts, board games, etc etc. Just know your guests and plan for what they enjoy.
See, simple tips. Nothing major. Now onto the recipe I promised above.
Mini No-bake cheesecake bites
To make the crust you will need:
1 package of graham crackers (crushed up) 5 tablespoons of melted butter 1 tablespoon of sugar
Crush the graham crackers. Stir in the melted butter and sugar. Spread into mini muffin pan. Let sit in the fridge while prepping the filling.
For the filling you will need:
8 ounces of cream cheese (room temp) 1/2 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/8th cup lemon juice
Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese (medium-high) until smooth. Beat in condensed milk slowly, followed by the lemon juice and vanilla.
Spoon into crust, cover and refridgerate for an hour. Top with whatever you feel like topping them with. This time, I topped them with diced strawberries and caramel syrup.
CK Mondavi Sauvignon Blanc Tasting Notes: Sauvignon Blanc is always a crowd pleaser and pairs well with almost any food which is why its goes great with appetizers. CK Mondavi Pinot Grigio Tasting Notes: Pinot Grigio is bright with balanced acid and pairs well with seafood, chicken and light sauces. CK Mondavi Moscato Tasting Notes: Moscato is a sweet and juicy wine. Delicious with spicy foods or fruit.
I’m popping in to drop some photos and share with your our past couple of days.
Thursday was Dr Seuss night at Fin & Maddie’s school. This was Maddie’s
David asked Owen to find his scariest dinosaur, then he went to change… Owen did and lined em up to scare David. haha
David & I spent most of Sunday making a cat tree for Crowley. It was easier than expected, just a bit of a pain and time-consuming. WAY better than spending $100+ on one because it cost us $10 to make ours. And cat loves it. We just need to finish tacking the carpet down (ran out of nails).
We spent Saturday afternoon and all of it’s gorgeous weather at the zoo.
And Maddie attended a birthday party on Sunday morning. RSVPing is a very important thing. Maddie was the only one in the class to show. I was the only one to RSVP. Isn’t that just rude?! The little girl’s dad thanked me for actually RSVPing.
And for nonphoto updates…. On Monday I had a dentist appointment. I broke a tooth over the weekend. Oh and our garbage disposal died. Oh, and we lost the 3 goldfish Maddie added to her tank. She spent her own money and bought another guppie. Fingers crossed the guppie lives, okay?! Thanks. Cat loves his house. He’s currently sleeping on the top of it. He gets mad at you if you try to mess with him while he’s on his tree.
People keep asking me how we’re doing, and how life is now that David’s out of the Army. I thought I’d take today to just update you guys on our new life.
It’s weird. It seems surreal. It seems like David’s just on a vacation, or on leave still. Yesterday was his last official day in the Army. (He had 2 months of leave saved up and took full advantage of that PAID time). But it’s officially official. We went yesterday morning to get our new I.D. Cards. His is blue, blue = retired!
Life so far for us has been … interesting. Again though, it doesn’t seem like he’s actually out of the Army, it just seems like a long mini vacation so far. We’re in that weird month of no paychecks coming, so that’s TONS of fun (read: VERY stressful for Amber, the bill payer, and money controller) but other than that, I’d say we’re doing OK.
College is going well. The only class he’s not loving is the “Welcome to college/ how to be an adult” class, but he’s an almost 32 Combat Vet and it’s full of 17/18-year-olds that are fresh out of High School. And it’s taught by a former Mil spouse that emphasizes that she’s a FORMER Mil spouse (divorce that left a bad taste in her mouth about Military members). That’s been interesting to say the least, but overall classes are going well for David.
As far as the kids and I adjusting… well, the kids are excited that Daddy now takes them to school in the mornings & they don’t have to ride the bus. Otherwise, I think they’re enjoying having him home for longer periods than what they’ve ever been used to.
I have witnessed my children approach him and say, “Daddy… can I blah blah blah” <-- Do you know how HUGE that is?! Usually, it's "Mom! MOM! MOM! Dad, have you seen Mom?!" because I've been the main parent for so long. I've been the parent that they rely on, that they know will be there. It's so weird now that David is that parent too. We like share responsibilities, you guys. If you're a Mil spouse with kiddos, you totally get how huge of a deal this is!
They keep asking when Daddy has to go to work again, or if Daddy has to go to the field anytime soon, or if Daddy's gonna leave again soon which breaks my heart, but I excitedly get to say, "Nope! Daddy isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Remember, he's OUT of the Army now, so doesn't have to do that anymore" and they skip off happily. Seriously, it's a dream, you guys! IT IS SO NICE HAVING HIM HOME STEADILY!You guys, I like our new life. While we definitely have our struggles with David's medical stuff, life just seems a lot calmer without all of the day to day Army life stressors. Don't get me wrong, life is far from perfect, but I definitely am enjoying spending more time with my husband. That's a huge bonus.And in case you're wondering how he keeps in shape....
Haha. Bo is loving all the extra attention he’s been getting as well. (Missy too). Even the cat seems happier. <-- THEY GET ALL THIS NEWLY DISCOVERED LOVE AND ATTENTION!I don't really have much else to update with. We've honestly just been enjoying having David home and just hanging out as a family.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Head & Shoulders. The opinions and text are all mine.
I’ve talked before with you guys about my scalp psoriasis (read that here) – so when I got an email about trying the Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp Care Clinical Solutions Itch Relief Dandruff Shampoo and Leave-On Dandruff Treatment, I was honest to goodness pretty excited. Colorado is SUCH a dry place to live, and it messes with my psoriasis. I just stay so dry and my scalp stays itchy and flakey.
Let me give you a quick run down about each product that I was sent.
Below is a photo of the packaging, so you know what you’re looking for when you go to purchase these for yourself (which I HIGHLY recommend if you suffer from a dry, itchy scalp). It really is the best dandruff shampoo!
I liked the shampoo and that it moisturizes my hair leaving it feeling soft and clean. I love the Leave-on Dandruff Treatment. I was really hesitant about it; worried that it would leave my hair greasy, stinky, or just feeling weird… but nope. None of that. I really like this stuff. I didn’t end up scratching at the back of my head while using it which is HUGE because usually by the end of the day, my head is just flakey & itchy. Especially if it’s a day that I have just washed it.
So, if you’re looking for remedies for dandruff, I recommend giving Head & Shoulders Clinical Solutions a try! It works wonders for me and my scalp.