Category: Friday Five

Friday Five ~ There Is Magic In Your Smile


“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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Did you know when you smile you are throwing a party in your brain?  Smiling activates the release of neuropeptides which fights off stress. Smiling also relaxes the body which can lower your heart rate and blood pressure.  Studies have shown that those who smile are treated differently than those who do not.  People who smile are thought of as attractive, sincere, reliable, and relaxed.

Smiling is contagious.

Here are just 5 of the millions of things that make me smile…

  1. Swinging on a swing set.

  2. Hearing someone speak Italian.

  3. Having coffee & donuts.

  4. Sitting by a fire.

  5. Last but not least, Handsome.  From that silly moment I caught him looking at me, I have not stopped smiling.



Smile! It does a body good.

It will make your day brighter and your brain throw a party!


Until next Time…


Friday Five ~ Best Apps Edition

We’re talking APPS today…Friday Five Best Apps Edition

1. Companion: Mobile Personal Safety

This is an App designed for your personal safety.  Companion was designed by students at the University Of Michigan.  All you need to do is enter your destination and select a few of your contacts to be your Companions (your contacts don’t even need to install the App on their phone).  Companions will get a live map of your progress and will receive updates that you made it from Point A to Point B with no problems.  If something happens along the way Companion will check on you to make sure everything is okay.  If you don’t respond within 15 seconds, Companion will alert your contacts.  There is also a “I Feel Nervous” button and that information will be passed along to your contacts, also.  You can also call the police with just two taps.  iOS & Android ~ Free

2. Untappd: For Beer Lovers

This App is to help you discover and keep track of every brew you drink with a network of fellow beer drinkers. You check in different beers and rate them.  It finds you nearby venues, events, and beers that you will love. You can even send a virtual “cheers” to friends for their beer selection. iOS ~ Free

3. Prisma:  Photo App

Turn your photos into incredible works of art using the styles of famous artists like Munk or Picasso!  It also has a ton of special effects.  Check out this unique photo App for yourself and create your unique art style. iOS~ Free

4. Magisto Video Editor & Movie Maker

Have you ever tried to edit a video?  It a long pain staking process.  Magisto make the process simple and makes your videos look as thought they were edited by a pro!  The App takes your photos and videos and edits them together into videos you can share with your family and friends at places like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, even WhatsApp. iOS ~ Free

5. Pause: Learn to relax

In this crazy life that we all have sometimes it’s good to just take a moment and Pause.  This App was made to help you relax.  With a backdrop of soothing music, you move your finger slowly across your phone screen.  Focusing on the slow and steady movement will help you to relax. iOS ~ $1.99

What are your favorite APPS you can’t live without?

Until Next Time…


Friday Five

Friday Five

In the world of beauty there are an endless amount of beauty tips and rules to follow.  Over the years, I have learned a thing or two about some very important beauty tips from my mom (I should have listened to her sooner), make-up artists, friends, and my short career in a cosmetics department (I do miss the free make-up).

Today, I’m going to share with you my five favorite beauty tips that I follow daily! And if you’re not doing these things you should!

  1. Always remove your make-up before going to bed and apply a night cream no matter how tired you are.
  2. Make sure to exfoliate your lips prior to applying lipstick.  Doing so will make your lips look more plump and help your lipstick stay on longer.
  3. Never pump your mascara & get a new one every 3 months!  The only thing it does is dry out your mascara!
  4. Clean your make-up brushes and sponges once a week.  Swirl the brushes around in warm water and a mild soap. This helps to fight against potential bacteria and breakouts.
  5. Always wear a sunscreen!

And now for five make-up trends I won’t be doing…EVER!

  1. Adding faux freckle, this trend is just plain crazy.  I just don’t get it.  The girls I have seen it on just looks horrible and their skin looks dirty.
  2. Wearing Unicorn make-up.  These women paint their faces pink and glittery, great for Halloween, but not for daily life.
  3. Noticeable contouring.  Make-up needs to enhance the beauty each person has.  The beauty of the face needs to stand out not the make-up.
  4. Over spray-tanned skin.  If you are looking like a Oompa Loompa you’ve gone too far with the spray tan.
  5. Overly thin or thick eyebrows.  Eyebrows are to enhance the eye not over power them.

What is your favorite beauty tip?  What beauty trend would you never do?

Until Next Time…


Friday Five

Friday Five ~ Cinco De May Edition

Happy Cinco De Mayo!  Today on Friday Five I thought I would give you a little inspiration and five visuals to get you in the Cinco De Mayo mood!  If you’re having a get-together you still have time to incorporate a few of these ideas to kick your party up a notch!

Of course no Cinco De Mayo party is complete without a pinata and these beautiful pinatas have beauty and function!  I’m sure your guest will be wowed by this pinata made with fresh flowers and streamers. (made by Kristin Guy)

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 How cute are these table centerpieces?  They are so easy to make with just a can of mexican salsa de chile fresco and a few succulents! (100 Layer Cake-let)

Friday Five - Cinco De Mayo I’m loving these tissue paper fiesta flowers!  These flowers bring color and fun to any Cinco De Mayo party. Learn how to make them with Val. (Val Event Gal)

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Get the party started with the drink of Mexico! Tequila, Of course!  These adorable sample sizes of Patron make the cutest “welcome to my party” drink. (Diana Johnson)

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 End the evening spicy with these mini hot sauce bottles as party favors. (Wilkie)

Friday Five - Cinco De MayoStay safe, please don’t drink and drive!

Until Next Time…


Friday Five

Favorite Things, Inspiration, and Five Happenings This Week!

The week started off slow…literally!

I spent last Saturday in the Emergency Room with a swollen leg. “They think” it’s a sprained knee.  Even though I’m not very mobile I know I will always have my trusty Yorkie (Biscotti) to keep me company.  (more…)

Sharing Love

There are so many wonderful bloggers out there with such informative and brilliant information.  I thought I would start a new series called Sharing Love, where I will be sharing with you all my favorite posts I have read over the past few weeks.

Chelsea from Two Twenty One has a great post on “How to take Better Smartphone Photos” Check out her Favorite Phone Camera Apps + Tipshow-to-take-better-smartphone-photos-darker-pink

Take a look at You Grow Girl.  The Much to Do with Violets post tells you 8 ways to use those beautiful little purple flowers.

sharing the love Looking for a beach table setting for your next casual dinner party?  Uncommon designs has one of my favorite Summer Beach Themed Summer Tablescape.


Thanks for checking out some of my favorites blogs posts!  If you have a favorite blogger or post that you have seen lately, please share the link in the comments section and maybe I will feature them in my next Sharing Love post.

Until next time…

Friday Favorites I

Happy Friday Favorites!

I thought I would share with you all my favorite moments and things that inspired me from this past week!

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Dinner at a favorite restaurant of mine. An evening full of laughter and the wonderful company of friends. (more…)