Getting Your Little Girl the Perfect Gift

Little girls seem to like many different things. There are numerous commercials that seem to get little girls’ attentions; however, it can be difficult to gauge whether the items are worth getting. Also, it can seem difficult to discern whether something would be truly liked. There are a few things that virtually any little girl will like. When considering which items to get a little girl, consider these.

Most girls like to get shoes. Many shoes seem like they can only be worn for special occasions, but there are two types of shoes that are most versatile because they can be worn with almost everything and at almost any type of the year. Between these two options, a little girl’s feet will be well cared for. For instance, sandals present wonderful foot wear for the warmer months in the year. Boots present an excellent option for the colder months of the year. Both can be worn with jeans, skirts, certain dresses, leggings or shorts. Create any style imaginable. Girls love boots. For instance, little girls like boots like Kids’ UGG Boots.

Little girls like makeup and other accessories. Although it may be improper to give a little girl red lipstick, little girls still like the idea of having lip gloss or lip balm to put on their lips. Soft colors can be used for eyeshadow or blush too. Little girls like to receive nail kits too. Some kits provide fake nails that can be adhered to natural nails. Other kits include various colored nail polishes to paint neverending creations. In the past few years, nail art has reached all new heights. Nail kits help to recreate these looks in an easy way. A little girl will have weeks of fun with a nail kit.

Little girls love crafting supplies. To be more specific, getting a little girl a beading kit serves as a wonderful gift. A little girl could make herself jewelry with a beading kit, but she can also make presents for her friends and family members. Beading kits also help expand a little girl’s creativity.

Getting gifts for a little girl is not hard. Consider what is most useful. Little girls typically enjoy making things. There are numerous kits that can assist in making different crafts. Clothing is also highly appreciated. Accessories are other items that little girls like. Stay within these suggestions when shopping for a little girl and she will be happy.


How to Wear…PLAID

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Look No Further…Here’s how to wear plaid!

Plaid is everywhere, but how you style it is what makes your outfit.  My favorite is look one where the plaid shirt is styled as a wrap-around with all black.  Can you say…super simple.  Here are some looks for you to try.  Here’s my attempt to style a plaid shirt.

Recreate these looks on the cheap with the items I found below:













Have fun!

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Julep Moisturizing Lip Crayon

How Plush is Your Pout?  Is it Julep-Moisturizing-Lip-Crayon Plush?

Plush Pout Lip Crayon

Plush Pout is a NEW full-coverage lip crayon that provides rich color and ultra-hydration with a unique visible treatment core built into the middle.  Order Plush Pout and get a free Julep Lip Gloss in Polished (a $20 value!).

To get your free gift, add a Plush Pout Lip Crayon in the color of your choice and Julep Lip Gloss in Polished to your shopping bag and use code PERFECTPOUT at checkout. Offer ends January 31, 2015.

Jane Park, Creator/CEO at Julep, talks about this ultra-hydrating customer favorite: “Go ahead and reapply as often as you want – putting on rich lip color has never felt so good. The color is so rich and gorgeous, but the formula is incredibly light and hydrating. Plush Pout makes me look forward to reapplying lip color, and I can do it as often as I want without worrying about it feeling cakey.”

Here’s what other customers are saying:

Will be buying more of these!

Got this in my latest Maven box and fell in love after one use. I will definitely be buying additional colors.


Cardinal Red is AMAZING!!!

I’ve gotten many compliments on the color and how great it looks on me from just about every female friend who’s seen me wear it. This is one of my favorite purchases in a very, very long time, from ANY brand!


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Black Blazer 2 Ways

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The 10 Minute Workout Even I Can Do!

If I ever tell you that I enjoy working out, please know that I’m lying through my teeth.  I abhor working out.  Now, the euphoric feeling after working out…I love that.  It’s the whole process of actually working out that I don’t like.

Since I’m no spring chicken and gravity is becoming my arch nemesis day by day, I decided I really need to do something to “get my life” {do people still say that?}.  So, thanks to Pinterest, I found a routine that anyone, and I mean ANYONE can do.  It’s a 10 minute routine so, no, you’re not going to look like Beyonce in a week, but if you stick to it and of course eat right…yadda…you can come close…perhaps…maybe.  Let’s get on with it.


You can actually stop what you’re doing now and do this workout.  If you really put effort into it, you’ll get a good sweat.  I typically repeat this set 4 times, which for me equals 10-15 minutes.  Give it a shot.


Argan Oil Hair Mask {Sponsored}


I can’t say that I’m great when it comes to the care of my hair.  More times than not, I sleep without a bonnet, or whatever their called.  My pillow case covers aren’t satin.  Satin makes me hot.  I don’t pre-poo, poo-poo, or any of those poos that are all the rage now.  I’m doing good when I put conditioner on my hair.  I guess the way I look at it, hair is one less thing to stress about.  However, when it comes to my girls, I’m constantly looking for products that will be kind to their hair.  I want their hair to be moisturized and healthy more than anything.  I don’t put heat on their hair because I know heat is like the worst thing you can do, but I also don’t put any deep conditioners or anything like that on them.  Usually, I’ll just wash, condition and braid weekly.  As I said, I’m always on the hunt for products that will keep their hair looking nice so when I had the opportunity to try Argan Oil Hair Mask, I decided to give it a go.

My youngest daughter Jayde has a tight coil versus Julia who’s hair is curly.  Jayde is the one that I really struggle to find good products for. I tested this on her and after just the first use, it made a world of difference.  Her hair was much easier to comb through and it took much less time to style her hair.  I typically stray away from hair products that are white and creamy because I don’t like the look of caked up product on the hair and white creamy products seem to leave this kind of residue.  Argan Oil Hair Mask was different.  I combed through Jayde’s hair washed it out and was able to get a good clean wash. I love how Jayde’s hair feels much healthier.  I’ve now used it on her hair a few times and I’m very satisfied.

Enough about my experience with it, here’s some information about the product itself.  InstaNatural’s Argan Oil Hair Mask is a deep conditioning treatment designed to transform dry and damaged strands into soft, shiny, healthy hair. Its restorative ingredients – such as Argan Oil, Japanese Green Tea, Amino Acid Complex, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil & Vitamin B5 – work together to penetrate hair deep down and deliver ultimate nourishment and hydration to enhance texture and shine. This intensive blend full of organic ingredients also serves to strengthen hair to defend against heat damage and other external aggressors.

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This is definitely a product I’ll continue to use and hope to find in my local grocery store.  For now, I’ll have to buy it online here.




Dressing for Fall in Cali + The Substitute

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It is so important for parents to instill a sense of destiny in their children.  Once they realize that they have immeasurable potential, there is no stopping them.  I am not saying that they won’t deviate from the path – all of us have done that.  But thank God they have been given a path to deviate from.

In Genesis, the Lord promised Eve a seed.  He said, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel” (Gen 3:15).  When Eve produced what she may have thought to be the promised seed, there were real problems….  In the heat of rage, Cain killed his brother….  Now her eldest son was a criminal on the run, and her younger son was snuffed out in the prime of life….  She was supposed to be the mother of all living and all she had raised was a corpse and its murderer.

But God unwrapped the blanket of failure from around her and blessed her with another son.  His name she called “Seth.”  Seth means “substituted.”  …Suddenly, as she held her new baby in her arms, she began to realize that God is sovereign.  If He decrees a thing, it will surely come to pass….  Eve called her third son “Seth,” for she understood that if God makes a promise to bless someone, He will find a way! Even if it means appointing a substitute, He will perform His promise.

God’s purpose was not aborted when Cain killed Abel.  In spite of the fact that life has its broken places, ultimately everything God has ever said will come to pass….  Satan tries to assassinate the will of God in your life.  Nevertheless, He who has begun a good work in you shall perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.  When we suffer loss like Eve did, there is a feeling of forlornness.  However, you cannot allow past circumstances to abort future opportunity.  If you have experienced loss in your life, I tell you that God has a way of restoring things you thought you would never see again.  




Wednesday Prayer – Comfort in God’s Promise




Hurting People, Hurt People

how to wear a winter coathow to wear a winter coathow to wear a winter coathow to wear a winter coathow to wear a winter coathow to wear a winter coathow to wear a winter coathow to wear a winter coatHealing cannot come to a desperate person rummaging through other people’s lives. One of the first things that a hurting person needs to do is break the habit of using other people as a narcotic to numb the aching of an inner void.  The more you medicate the symptoms, the less chance you have of allowing God to help you.  The other destructive tendency that can exist with any abuse is the person must keep increasing the dosage.  Avoid addictive, obsessive relationships.  If you are becoming increasingly dependent upon anything other than God to create a sense of wholeness in your life, then you are abusing your relationships.  Clinging to people is far different from loving them. It is not so much a  statement of your love for them as it is a crying out of your need for them.  Like lust, it is intensely selfish.  It is taking and not giving.  Love is giving.  God is love.  God proved His love not by His need of us, but by His giving to us….

The Scriptures plainly show that the infirmed woman who touched Jesus in the crowd had tried to lift herself.  People who stand on the outside can easily criticize and assume that the infirmed woman lacks effort and fortitude.  That is not always the case.  Some situations in which we can find ourselves defy willpower.  We feel unable to change.  The Scriptures say that she “could in no wise lift up herself.”  That implies she had employed various means of self-ministry.  Isn’t it amazing how the same people who lift up countless others, often cannot lift themselves?  This type of person may be a tower of faith and prayer for others, but impotent when it comes to her limitations.  That person may be the one others rely upon.  Sometimes we esteem others more important than ourselves.  We always become the martyr.  It is wonderful to be self-sacrificing but watch out for self-disdain.  If we don’t apply some of the medicine that we use on others to strengthen ourselves, our patients will be healed and we will be dying.

During the holidays we often forget that there are many hurting people out there.  I felt like someone needed to hear this today!  God bless you!

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