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Friday, January 31, 2014

Friday Facts

Oh, Friday, I've missed you! 

Here are my five facts...

1)  The heating unit in my gym at school is broken.... I'm bundled up and still cold.

2)  Today is payday... the third of the month.  Holla!

3)  Day 9 of my AdvoCare Herbal Cleanse -- I'm cranky.  And I want pizza.

4)  My make-up looks amazing today.  (Yes, tooting my own horn there.)

5)  I'm rooting for the Broncos this weekend!!!

On as side note.... What self tanners do you all use?  I've been using Tan Towels, but would consider switching to something different, but I need suggestions.  Thanks!!!

Monday, January 27, 2014

A Lesson On Who's Really In Charge

A couple weeks ago I noticed my SUV would pull to the left when I drove.  I knew this meant my alignment was probably off and if I let it go, my tires would wear unevenly and it would be more costly.

I did what any responsible adult would do and made an appointment for an alignment check one day after school (at a nationally known business).  Thinking I knew the diagnosis, I didn't worry about it.  After sitting in the waiting area for about 20 minutes they called me to the desk. The man behind the counter proceeded to tell me not only was my alignment extremely off, but I had other issues that were very costly to repair.  When I saw the total at the bottom of the estimate sheet, I about died. 

I set an appointment for a couple days later to get everything fixed and went home overwhelmed.  I felt defeated as this was just another unexpected bill to add to the list. 

I decided to call a mechanic, who came highly recommended from a friend.  The mechanic, James, highly recommended I get a second opinion.  

The next day, James looked at my SUV.  The diagnosis -- the first place I had gone to lied.  My alignment was just slightly off, but the list of other repairs I got were completely unnecessary.  James suggested I get my tires rotated because they were wearing unevenly just from daily driving.  He also suggested I never buy Good Year tires again, as he has never had good experiences with them or seen good wear on any his customers have had.

I breathed a sigh of relief, but still felt overwhelmed.  What if James was wrong and the list I got from the first place was accurate.  How as I going to pay for the repairs?

I couldn't shake those thoughts so I went in and talked to a friend at school.  Her words were simple.  "God will provide."  I knew that in my heart, but in my mind, I still thought the "what if's."

I cancelled my appointment to have the repairs done at the first place and made an appointment at a third place.  I needed my oil changed anyway, so I asked the third place to rotate my tires as well.  They asked if it was just a routine tire rotation or for specific reason.  I briefly filled them in on the diagnosis I got from the first place and from James, then went at sat in their waiting room.  As I sat there, I kept thinking, "what if they find the problems the first place found?" 

Half an hour later, they called me up to the desk.  Their diagnosis..... the same as James'.  My alignment was just slightly off, but most of the issue was my tires needing to be rotated.  My total -- $15 (I had a coupon for a free oil change). 

My friend from school was right.  God had provided.  Sometimes I need the reminder that, in all aspects of life, I'm not the one in charge.  He is and He will always provide all I need.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Make-Up Organization

A couple days ago, Trista from Life According to Trista did a link up about what's in your make-up bag.  My answer.. WAY TOO MUCH!  (Read Make-out 2014

So, over my Christmas break (which was extended by a full week due to the 14 inches of snow that dumped on us the Sunday before we were scheduled to go back) I sat down and went through my collection.  

I stated by emptying the bag that housed most of my cosmetics.  I sorted each product and made a list of what I have.  Wow.  I was shocked to discover how many tubes of mascara I have opened (8), how many eyeliners I have (8 - 5 of which are black), how many lip products I have (28), how many single eyeshadows I have (32), how many blushes I have (7) and how many different perfumes I have (6). 

I was embarrassed as I sat there on the floor in my living room just looking at all the stuff - so much that I could not bring myself to take a picture of it all. I made a list of how many of each item I have, and am determined to get those numbers down.  

After what felt like hours of sorting and deciding what products I could throw away I finally started putting them into my new Muji drawers.  

In order to hold myself accountable and use up the products I already have, I am keeping the empty bottles/containers and will do a post on all my "empties" at the end of each month. 

I am very happy with the way this organization project turned out. The Muji drawers are small enough that they can sit nicely right on my vanity.  I have space for them in my cabinet, but am starting out with them being visible so I don't fall into my former habit of using the same products over and over and over again.  I love being able to pull out a drawer and really see what I have.  I have found myself using (and really liking again) products I have not used in a couple months.  

Muji acrylic drawers for the win.   

My next organization project... the linen closet in my master bathroom.