Friday, January 29, 2016

Fashion Friday || Melani C.

Hey everyone! I hope everyone is staying warm as we're in the middle of ice and snow. : ) My name is Melani. First I wanted to thank Eden for inviting me to do a Fashion Friday on her blog. I always enjoy reading Literally, My Life. : ) I blog over at Reflections of the Heart about modesty and life.
Sweaters are a favorite of mine lately. This one belongs to my sister, I have a lavender one exactly like it, but I thought this color matched my scarf better. : )
My earrings were a Black Friday deal from Kohls. : )
Thanks, Eden! I hope that everyone is staying warm and enjoying this season. : ) Blessings!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

A Few of My Favorite Things || Blog Tag

Hey Everyone! 

My good friend Elanee over at Elanee's Endeavors recently tagged me to do a blog tag! Since I rarely do tags, I decided it might be kind of fun to give it a try! ;) If anything, maybe you'll get a laugh out of it....? ;) On a side note, apparently this tag is "Winter" themed... which should be interesting since I'm not a winter person at all!
Rules: Use the same title and top picture, answer the questions, and tag 5 fellow bloggers.
A Few of my Favorite Things Blog-Tag Questions-and-Answers:
1. What are some of your favorite "Snuggle Weather" books?
Oh dear... first question and I'm already off to a bad start! Soooo reading... well, I'm extremely busy (and not a huge reader cough cough), so currently I am reading The Bible (one of my New Year's goals is to read the entire Bible... so far, so good! ;)) and... school books... and more school books...! Do texts count? I read texts too! 

2. What is your favorite wintry snack?
Does ice cream qualify as a snack? Because if it does, that's my favorite summer, winter, spring, and fall favorite snack. ;)  

3. What are some of your favorite hot drinks?
 Oh dear, I am bad at this tag thing... confession, I don't really like hot drinks!  I like hot chocolate once in awhile, oh, and hot coffee drinks, but overall I prefer cold drinks... we recently had a cold streak here in Oregon and I may or may not have been caught drinking an iced Americano in 32 degree weather. (Side note, I'm one of those decaf only people. ;))

4. What are some of your favorite Christmas movies?
I'm not a Christmas movie fan either... I guess I find them on the cliqué side. :P But I do like A Royal Christmas as well as Elf.

5. What are some of your favorite holiday songs?
Some of the random Christmas songs that I like include Little Saint Nick by the Beach Boys and.... yeah I'm just going to go with favorite holiday albums. ;) I like Josh Groban's "Noel" cd, Celtic Thunder and Celtic Women's Christmas albums, Barry Manilow's Christmas album, the Beach Boy's Christmas album, and some other random ones. :P

6. Favorite snow day crafts?
Ummm... I don't really do crafts. :P If there is a moment when I'm "snowed in" (thankfully we don't get too much snow where I live!), I guess I would catch up on inside work and such...? 

7. Do you want to build a snowman?
I think I'd rather go build a sandcastle on the beach. ;)

And there you have it!!!! So you probably figured out from the above that I'm really not a winter/snow person.  I'm a California girl at heart who loves summer and sun! (Anyone want to tag me in a summer blog tag?!) :P  But, I do hope you enjoyed all of that and now I guess I have to tag 5 other bloggers to join in on the fun!

Let's see... I choose Emily, Jamie, Bethany, Julia (just because she adores snow), and.... the B sisters!  

And if you saw this and really wanted to do it too, then, tag, you're it too! ;) 

Have a great day! 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Giveaway Winner!

Hey Everyone! 

I'm here to announce the winner of the giveaway that I just hosted! I hope you all enjoyed it, and if you leave enough comments on this post, I might just do another one in the (very) near future. ;)

The winner of the Purely You giveaway is...

Miss Sarah S! :) 

Sarah, I've sent you an email and your prize will arrive shortly! 
For the rest of you, stay tuned for more giveaways and fun! (Also, I need a volunteer for Fashion Friday... comment if you want to do it!)

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Last Chance!

Giveaway ends in two days, so last chance to enter! Click HERE now!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Purely You Minerals || Giveaway

Hi Everyone! 

I promised a giveaway, and life finally (sort of?!) slowed down a little bit... the result... is this giveaway. ;) Have fun entering! 

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I looked through the Purely You Minerals website and found so many amazing products! Below are a few of my favorites that I came across. 

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Dawn - Lip Tint - $8.00

Besides that, they have many other eyeshadow colors as well as foundation, tools, blushes, and more lip colors! 

Joy, from Purely You Minerals, graciously agreed to do a giveaway and one of you will win 2 eyeshadows, color of your choice!  How awesome is that?!  Thank you Joy! So go ahead and enter the giveaway below and check out the other awesome products that Purely You Minerals offers! 
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Have a great day! :)

Friday, January 1, 2016

Nutcracker 2015

Hey Everyone! 
I hope all of you had an incredible holiday season! Today is the first day of 2016, so HAPPY NEW YEAR! Are you ready to tackle this year and all the adventures and challenges it will bring? ;) 

This year, some of us had the opportunity to be in Northwest Classical Ballet's production of the Nutcracker!  So because I have a lot of pictures and don't particularly like writing, let's just jump right into the photos.  
This picture was taken during one of the many rehearsals that took place before the Nutcracker performances... there were a lot of rehearsals, they were long and sometimes really challenging, but they were also an awesome experience with time spent with special people making great memories. 
Before every performances, there was a warmup class held in the auditorium (rails make great barres people!).  This picture was taken after barre and right before center.
There were so many selfies happening throughout the weekend! 
   Like this one. ;) 
 Some of the lovely girls from our dressing room!  We had such an awesome group and the energy/hype level was never lacking! ;)
See? ;)
Getting ready for dress rehearsal! 
Bethany was Mrs. Stahlbaum in Act 1, I was one of the parents, as was Jordan, and my dad played the part of the mysterious Herr Drosselmeyer! (He wasn't completely keen on the idea of doing it at first, but it only took a little convincing! And let me tell you... thanks to his professional dance background, his amazing personality, and his incredible acting and dancing abilities, he was FANTASTIC!!!! I even had him as my partner and got to dance with him... it was super special!<3)

All ready for Act 1!
Jordan and I... ready to rock the stage... and the world. ;) 
Beginning of the Party Scene during Dress Rehearsal!!!  We all had such a fun time acting and dancing during Act 1... there were a lot of hilarious moments, inside jokes, and laughter... but it was all masked under our elegant characters. ;)
Madison and I acting like rich women. 
Each of the parents in Act 1 were paired up with kids and while some of them ended up with 2 or 3, I somehow ended up with 5!?! Anyway, these were my little girls for the shows...
...and this was one of my little boys! (Somehow I didn't get a picture with the other one... oh well. ;))
One of the senior girls organized a Secret Santa which took place between two of the performances... it was quite fun. ;) 
More dressing room fun! 
Shout out to Shiloh and Tabitha for doing a fantastic job helping out backstage!!! #backstagebeautybuddies
Tabitha, one of my best friends!!! 
This picture didn't turn out very good... but oh well! Miss Maricar, the director of Northwest Classical Ballet is an amazing women and I so enjoyed working with her and learning from her! Love you Miss Maricar! <3
Selfie with some of the hilarious Palace Maidens! They were so cute and so much fun! 
 We had three different Clara's trade off during the different performances, and they each did a wonderful job!!! This is Malia!!! 
Second Clara, Lillie!!!! 
Third Clara, Kate!!!!  They each danced sooo beautifully!
 We also had two Sugar Plum Fairies, so of course I had to get a picture with both of them. ;) This is Ashlyn!!! 
Second Sugar Plum, Megan! They both did a fantastic job and looked gorgeous! 
Light-haired Chinese girls?! Me thinks yes. ;)
Madison did a beautiful performance of Dew Drop!!
Bethany and I ready for Waltz of the Flowers!!!! 
Can you pick Bethany and I out of this picture? ;) Comment if you think you know which ones are us!
Me and the Arabians, who, I might add, were great! 
Emma rocked the Spanish with all that sass! ;)
Makenna and I... double the trouble... double the fun. 
Jordan was also one of the Russians and he seriously killed it!!!!! He did a wonderful job! 
My dad nailing the part of Herr Drosselmeyer as he breaks the spell of Clara's dream!
The whole cast onstage!!! Can you pick Bethany, Jordan, my dad, and I out up there? ;) 
After the performances we were got to go out in the lobby in costume to visit with friends and take pictures... here's Dew Drop, Chinese, Mother Angel, Spanish, and Mrs. Stahlbaum! 
Our pastor and his wife were able to come to one of the performances! 
Elanee and her family also came!!!!! 
Shiloh or my younger siblings aren't in this picture... but I gotta say that I love each of them so much and don't know what I'd do without them!!!!!! 
 After the final performance, some of the cast hit up Red Robin for an unofficial cast party! ;) (The official one came later. ;))

So there you have it... the entire Nutcracker experience in a few pictures. I had such an amazing time... close friends were made, special and hilarious memories were made, lessons were learned, and over all, everything was so blessed by God!!! Some of the things I'll always remember was praying with the whole cast before every performance, dancing the "parent dance" (that won't make sense if you haven't seen a Nutcracker before. ;)) with my father, watching dances from the wings, the tough moments, the hugs, the high-fives, the jokes, the hyperness... everything.  I wouldn't trade that Nutcracker experience for anything, and I'm already looking forward to next year!!! Special thanks to my mother for her professional advice, her support and encouragement, and all that stage makeup help! Special thanks also to Shiloh for her help, support, and encouragement, and my little siblings Judah, Havilah, and Benjamin for being encouraging and cute. ;)

I hope you all enjoyed that post... be sure to keep an eye on Bethany's Blog if you want to see more Nutcracker pictures from her point of view!!! If you want to see more pictures, I would be happy to do a part 2 complete with professional photos, but we'll see. ;) 

Oh... and just a quick bonus picture from after dress rehearsal... All that gel and hairspray did wonders. ;)
  Happy New Year to you all!!!!!