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How to apply liquid eyeliner for absolute beginners

One of the biggest complements I receive is for my liquid eyeliner application. It’s something that most makeup beginners struggle with, the permanence of liquid liner is tough. There’s an art to it, which you can learn today. Remember that practice makes perfect, so play with it even when you’re not going out.

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How I lost 40 pounds with this diet

Over the past four years my weight has yo-yo’d between healthy and very much not healthy. Like any adult this happens because life is a complicated thing. I started as a dance teacher, I got married, I changed careers from dance teacher to office drone, then divorced, then in a new relationship. I’ve gained, lost, gained and lost again. Right now I’m hovering around 170 pounds, October 2017 I weighed in at 211 pounds. I’ve faced several set backs (Christmas cookies) and busted through several plateaus. Continue reading “How I lost 40 pounds with this diet”

Can an overweight adult return to ballet?

For most of my life dance consumed my identity. “I can’t, I have dance” was my mantra. Now that I’m an adult and no longer known as “that girl who dances” I feel adrift. My body is different, my life is not how I ever pictured it, but my love of dance remains. The joy I find in warm-up at the barre hasn’t ended. I find myself plie-ing and rom de jambe-ing just thinking about ballet classes. There’s a sad little vacancy in my life, nothing else can fill. So I’m going back to ballet classes and I’ve never been more uncomfortable in my life. Continue reading “Can an overweight adult return to ballet?”

In case you missed the Bremerton Bridge Blast 2018

Happy 4th of July! Last night was such a treat, the entire community got together to enjoy the amazing fireworks show at the Manette Bridge. And what a show it was! It was the second annual Bridge Blast in Bremerton, WA. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys a great fireworks show. Pro tip: get on the south side of the bridge for the best view next year! Here’s a recording of the show from the Kitsap Sun in case you missed it: Continue reading “In case you missed the Bremerton Bridge Blast 2018”

Getting back into our routine

What good is a daily routine? When it comes to your health it can be a game changer. I know for me that I do best when my routine is almost written in stone. Before we moved in May, I woke up, took the dog out, fed the animals, fed myself, made Aaron’s lunch for work and then woke him up so I could make his smoothie while playing some fun morning music. Once he left for work I started my workout regiment, showered, got dressed and went to work. After we moved it fell apart. Continue reading “Getting back into our routine”

Ten creative Pride beauty looks I am worshiping right now

“When you hear of Gay Pride, remember, it was not born out of a need to celebrate being gay.

It evolved out of our need as human beings to break free of oppression and to exist without being criminalized, pathologized or persecuted.

Depending on a number of factors, particularly religion, freeing ourselves from gay shame and coming to self-love and acceptance, can not only be an agonising journey, it can take years.
Tragically some don’t make it.

Instead of wondering why there isn’t a straight pride be grateful you have never needed one.

Celebrate with us.”
― Anthony Venn-Brown, A Life of Unlearning – a journey to find the truth

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Summer must haves to protect and beautify your skin

Summer sunshine can wreak havoc on your skin, it’s essential to take care of it while you’re young or it just won’t hold up well as you age. Not only that, but too much sunshine without sun screen or protection can mean skin cancer. So for those just learning how to protect and nourish your skin, here’s a quick guide. Continue reading “Summer must haves to protect and beautify your skin”

The top ten most beautiful smoothie bowls on the internet

If these smoothie bowls were people they would be Miss Universe contestants. They’re not only beautiful and appetizing, but they’re also healthy as all get out. If you don’t know already smoothie bowls are my health food obsession. The sumptuous images below have everything from sea shell shaped cookies to coconut bowls. Everything about these smoothie bowls scream “eat me!” in the best of ways. It’s colorful, its playful, and it’s the perfect treat for the hot weather we’ve had here in Washington. Enjoy!

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What I learned after surviving the absolute worst time of my life

I wondered ‘What could all of this possibly have to teach me?’ I worried my fiance and I would just fight each other until the relationship fell apart. I lost friends. There were some tense moments when we felt lost in the depth of cruelty addicts are capable of. In all of this, I found the true strength of my support system and my own inner strength. Continue reading What I learned after surviving the absolute worst time of my life