Category: Just For Fun

Life in the Fast Lane

Published in: Just For Fun

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I noticed that I started doing this recently, and I’m 100% sure that it’s linked to Mommy Land, ’cause now, whenever I eat, I eat hella fast, shoveling every bite into my mouth like someone is about to take my food away. Because I’m always waiting…always listening…for Connor Claire to start huffing and fussing.

She has some kind of special radar. “Ooooh, Mom wants to eat a hot meal? OK, time to turn on Fussy Baby Mode!”

LOL.

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And I don’t just eat quickly. I pay bills quickly, do laundry quickly, shower quickly, use the potty quickly (Haha! It’s true though…) — I move like the Flash during those precious minutes of quiet time when Connor’s napping.

I’ve been wondering (worrying) how I’m going to get stuff done with an infant at home when I go back to blogging full time, and I was talking to a friend (Hi, Steph!) about this the other day, and she said that it is hard to work from home with a baby, but still entirely possible.

Because right now it seems impossible.

She said that the keys are 1) to have routines, 2) to work as fast as you can while the baby sleeps, 3) to be flexible with yourself and 4) to regularly ask for help.

So, um…help?

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Anybody else have any good tips? I could sure use some ideas (and a little reassurance).

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 418

Published in: Just For Fun

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You might be wondering, “So what in tarnation is this Monday Poll thing anyway!?”

Well, it isn’t exactly a poll. It’s more of a constantly evolving (devolving?), somewhat random list of questions I’ve been putting out to readers every Monday morning for the past eight (!) years. (It’s like a kickstart for your brain.) I’ve always enjoyed reading your answers in the comments, and I hope you enjoy reading mine.

  1. I want a new ______.
    Car.

    Not that I need one, because I’m happy with my Mazda 3 (zoom, zoom!). It runs reliably… I’m one of those boring car people who’s all about reliability

    Oh, and it’s paid for. BIG PLUS!

    But if I could get a new car, like, if I won the lottery or something, I’d get a car with power locks, ideally a Volvo, because my Mazda doesn’t have them, and it’s a four door, and ever since the baby came along I’m always forgetting to lock the back door after we take her out of her car seat, so I’ve been basically rollin’ around for the last month or so with my car open…

  2. Camping or hotel?
    Oh, hello, do you know me at all?

    Hotel, ALL THE WAY, since homegirl does not do camping.

  3. What do you want to postpone?
    Ugh, tax day. Make it stop.
  4. Three words that describe your current social life?
    Temporary baby jail
  5. What lipstick shades have you worn down to the nub?
    There have been quite a few over the years, like my old school ’90s love, MAC Paramount. I can’t even begin to tell you how many tubes of Paramount I went through back in the day.

    More recently, let’s see… Ah! MAC Viva Glam V.

Le List

Your turn. :) Just copy and paste the following questions into a comment with your answers. I look forward to reading ’em!


1. I want a new ______.
2. Camping or hotel?
3. What do you want to postpone?
4. Three words that describe your current social life:
5. What lipstick shades have you worn down to the nub?

Good morning, glory! :) How did you sleep last night? Did you have any dreams that you can still remember?

I slept pretty well, actually. No dreams that I can remember, but Connor was good about going back to sleep between feedings.

What are you up to this week?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 393

Published in: Just For Fun, Tabs

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Dear Diary,

It has come to my attention that my assistant photobombed one of my selfies and then shared it on Instagram.

While I do look quite dashing in the picture, this is a gross violation of her employment contract, and I might have to write her up… We’ll see how she does with my dinner tonight. If it meets with my satisfaction, I may just let her off with a verbal warning.

Oh! This weekend I continued updating my portfolio. I found some old kitty modeling pics on a thumb drive. What do you think of this glamour shot of me gazing up at a bejeweled crown?

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Don’t I look majestic and regal?

Or how about this more casual picture of me and my assistant? She appears to be understandably enthusiastic about appearing in a photo with me.

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I also came across a series of instructional kitty modeling memes I did with Marmalade, my professional nemesis.

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I remember that shoot… Marmalade was so annoying! I really wanted to swat his face, but that wouldn’t have been professional.

And then some of these are pics I took myself using my tripod and a timer.

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(read more…)

:)

Leave a Comment for a Chance to Win a $50 Sephora E-GIFT CARD! (Ends Monday)

Published in: Giveaways, Just For Fun

** THE GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED **

This giveaway is closed, and the winner has been contacted (CONGRATULATIONS, KATHLEEN!!!), but check back next Saturday for another giveaway.

Win a $50 Sephora e-gift card!

Win a $50 Sephora e-gift card!

So. Much. Baby jail right meow.

I hope you’ve done some exciting things this week that you’d be so kind as to graciously share with me because I’m serious — the highlight of my days usually involves a quick shower OR a quick 30-minute emergency sneak away trip to Pier 1, See’s Candies (I’ve eaten about two pounds of chocolate this month), Marshalls, Old Navy or Target, during which time El Hub will watch the baby, because those stores are close to home.

Those little daily jaunts, plus the MBB interns and Netflix, have been my only breaks, as of late, when I’m not attending to Connor Claire.

It just gets a tad monotonous is all, and by “tad,” I mean ridiculously monotonous, LOL!

Thank goodness for the MBB interns. Those ladies are incredibly talented, aren’t they? Have you been following their posts? These have been some of my faves…

Their styles and perspectives are all so different, too. It’s refreshing.

In other news…it’s giveaway time. :)

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  • One (1) Sephora eGift card containing $50 sent to the winner by email (international readers, you may opt to receive $50 sent by PayPal instead).

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  • Enter by leaving a comment below.
  • Open to U.S. and international readers.
  • You must be 18 or older to enter (or otherwise an adult based on your local laws).
  • Your comment can be about anything at all, but here are some ideas if you’re stuck:
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    • Do you know anyone who writes in ALL-CAPS all the time?
    • Are you a good storyteller?
    • Dumbest makeup gimmick?
    • Last time you stuck your foot in your mouth?
    • When you think of big, fancy store signs, what’s the first one that comes to mind?
    • Do you ever change your makeup during the day because of your mood?
  • One entry per person.
  • You must use a valid email address to win.
  • The giveaway ends on Monday, April 11, 2016 at 11:59 PM (Pacific Time). :)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

One Month Old

Published in: Just For Fun

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How did this happen?! Time really does fly when you’re sleep deprived having fun!

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So far Connor Claire likes…

  • Listening to music, although I’m not too sure if she enjoys her mom’s lullaby versions of ’90s hip-hop hits… She looked mildly irritated when I did Salt-N-Pepa’s Push It the other night, but that could’ve been because I was messing up the lyrics pretty badly.
  • Smiling right back at you when you smile at her. SO. CUTE.
  • Chillin’ in her baby carrier (I use a Moby Wrap, and it’s awesome) while mom putters on the computer.
  • Staring up at the sky and at the branches and leaves of the oak trees outside, especially in the afternoon.
  • Hanging out with her dad at 3 in the morning…

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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