Sunday, October 25, 2015

A Little of Everything but the Kitchen Sink

Boy, what a past few weeks we've had.  First, I would like to say thank you to the kind hearts for praying for Bruno.  Sadly, he passed away a day later after requesting prayers for him.  We have no clue what took him so quickly.  Such a sad day for me...I cried when I should have been celebrating.  It was our oldest daughter's  birthday.  It just put a funk on the whole day. 
This photo was taken the day he had a little upset tummy and the next day, he was at deaths door.  

~I will definitely miss him~

We were all able to scrounge up a few smiles as we watched Sara open her gifts on her birthday.  We had two birthdays in the same week...her's and Mike's.

Where does the time go?  I am getting older by the minute!

Hannah giving her big sis a birthday hug...
sniff sniff

And the birthday boy.  He's growing so fast, lol.

I am so very blessed to have this little family of mine. And to be able to celebrate special moments like these along with every day living.
God has truly been good to me.

Just look at where I live....the beauty is all around me and I see God in it.  His beautiful and talented artistry just amazes me every day!

Now, I want to talk a little about some make up.  I have a red face that is getting redder as I get older.  It drives me insane!  Especially after going blonde.  A red face and gold hair do not go well together.  Thank goodness for photo editing but Lord, help those that see me in person, lol.  I have good moments and bad with the red.  
After seeing a photo of my gold hair and red face, I decided it was high time to do something about it.  I do not have rosacea, acne trouble, dry skin or oily skin.  I do not know why my face is red, but I do know that my Dad's face is red just like mine.  It must be hereditary.

I googled what I could do with make up and this is what I found.   Bye Bye Redness correcting creme. I was amazed at the videos and reviews, so I knew I had to get my hands on some.  I found that our Ulta store sold it and was off the next day to buy it!

Fair warning...I look like a beet farmer!  These photos are not edited at all.  They were taken with my cell phone, so the colors are a bit off anyways.  But you'll see the difference!  Just look at how the red disappeared!  This is with no other make up on my face other than the Bye Bye Redness Correcting Creme by It cosmetics.  Let me add that I absolutely hate thick make up, that caked on look and feel.  I will not wear foundation.  This stuff is amazing!  I barely used any because it is thick.  A little goes a very long way and that's good with it being $32 for .37 ounces.  But it works and is definitely worth the price.

 The left photo is with a green primer, a loose powder, blush, some eye shadow, lip gloss and of course mascara.  I always wear mascara since my lashes are blonde.  The right photo is just with the Bye Bye Redness correcting creme.  Still no editing in either photo.    Now, I can have my photo taken inside without looking like a red faced goofball!  
And as for my hair, well, I used an ash blonde to tone down the gold and I love it!  The hubby said to me that if I had never colored my hair, then this would be my natural hair color.  I'm sure glad he remembers what it looked like way back when...because I almost forgot, lol!

Now, on to what I've been doing around the house.  I bought some beautiful antique china and finally had the time to rearrange my china cabinet.  I absolutely adore old china, especially with pale pink and blue flowers.

I also love to mix patterns!  See how everything looks so pretty together?   3 patterns are in there....

For the larger pieces that wouldn't fit in the china cabinet, I set them around the kitchen.  Some candy will look great here for Christmas!  I can't wait to start decorating!

Can you believe I changed up the photos here?  The girls have been begging me to do away with their old photos.  I can't wait to decorate this for Christmas!

And I changed this photo as well.  It's pretty nice to be able to do your own photography!

One last thing...Look what I was finally able to buy?!  These gorgeous Poinsettias are a pale pink covered in sparkly snow.   They were 40% off too! I will say again, I cannot wait to start decorating for Christmas!
Thanks for stopping by....
I pray that all of you have a very blessed week to come and that it's full of joy, love and peace!


  1. oh my goodness, melanie i really thought that you are 25 years old and now i see your big children. holy moly, you look great. it doesn't matter if you have a red, green or blue face, your heart has got the right colour. i am so sorry because of your dog. he was a member of your familiy and ge will be it.
    you are great!
    hugs kuni

  2. I am so sorry to hear about Bruno, our pets are family and we miss them forever. Love your pictures, Lynn

  3. Hi! I just found your blog and I love your decorating style! So similar to the things I like. I'm all about vintage, victorian, romantic country and love tea sets. I'll be following you to see the latest updates :-) I am so very sorry about your dog, we just lost our older dog a little over a week ago. :-( It's great meeting you, if you have a chance stop by my blog and say hi. Have a great day!


  4. Hola mi querida hna melanie . Siento muchisimo lo de tu peludito bruno . De seguro que nuestro amado Señor , tiene un lugar muy hermoso para todos los animalitos , porque son sus criaturas . Muchas felicidades para tu esposo e hija .Hace unos dias , descubri tu precioso blog y me encanta . Tu hogar me tiene enamorada , y mas sa
    biendo que es un hogar cristiano y que la presencia de Dios esta ahi . Me maravilla con que sencillez hablas de tu relacion con Dios ,y muy preciosos tus testimonios de cuando quedaste encinta , como el Señor te dio el nombre para cada una de tus niñas ,en verdad Dios es muy bueno y misericordioso . Pues mi niña estoy leyendo todo el blog , y me encanta . Estoy orando para que el Señor te sane de todas tus dolencias . Tienes una family muy linda . Dios te bendiga a ti y a tu preciosa family ,muchos besos y abrazos mi querida melanie , a la espera de tu siguiente entrada , mientras tanto sigo leyendo tus anteriores entradas .

  5. I'm so very sorry about Bruno. I have a Facebook friend who's four dogs where sick this last week also. She also had no idea why. This is so strange. Thank goodness they are oka though. It's so very hard to lose one of our fur kids. I will keep you all in prayer.


Thank you so much for stopping in...I love hearing from you! Hugs, Melanie