Make Me Up Mia: A Lifestyle & Beauty Blog: July 2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bronze Glam.

If you read my post Wednesday, you're familiar with my love for the L'Oreal Infallibles now. I mentioned I'd be bringing you a look using Amber Rush.

These are gorgeous applied and blended out by themselves, but with this look I spent a little extra time (I was headed to a weekend dinner date) and added a darker shade in the crease and outer edge of my lids. What makes it glam? False lashes. They make any look glam, at least they do for me.

Oh, and guess what else? It's all drugstore. High five for saving moolah. 

Bronze Glam Eye Look

Products Used on Eyes

Bronze Glam Eye Look
Wet n Wild palette Comfort Zone / L'Oreal Infallible Amber Rush / Wet n Wild Trio Walking on Eggshells

How I Applied

Bronze Glam Eye Look

I One I After I applied my 2 favorite eye primers (one/two) I used my finger to pat Amber Rush onto the lid. You can definitely use a flat brush, I like the finish from using my finger better. I patted it all over, up to my crease. Then I took a clean/semi-clean fluffy blending brush and blended out any harsh lines. 

I Two I I mixed and applied the above 2 darker shades from the Comfort Zone palette into the crease and outer edge of my lids, using a light hand. I used the blending brush to blend blend blend. You want to remove any harsh lines to where the 2 colors blend right into each other. 

I Three I I used the point of the small sponge included in the Walking on Eggshells trio to apply the bottom champagne color on the inner corners of my eyes. Can you tell I love this color? It's one of my all time favorites. Gorgeous used this way, or as an all over shadow. Go buy it, definitely worth the $3!

I Four I I used a flat brush to apply the top cream colored shade from the Walking on Eggshells trio under my eyebrows, highlighting the brow bone. 

I finished off with applying the black liquid liner, a light coat of mascara then the lashes. After the lash glue dried, I applied a little more mascara to blend my lashes with the false lashes. 

You can see in the close up of my 1 eye, I also lined the outer portion underneath my lashes using the dark shadows from the Comfort Zone palette and a pencil brush. 

Do you create any similar eye looks? Do you ever use false lashes?

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Affordable Shadow Love, L'Oreal Infallibles.

Who else loves makeup? Who also loves affordable makeup? I love when I find good quality products at the drugstore, I just love a good deal. 

These L'Oreal Infallible shadows are my absolute favorite shadow from the drugstore. I currently just have 3, but have my eye on a few more. Here are the 3 you'll find in my makeup collection.

Drugstore Eyeshadow

Why do I love these shadows?

- They're actually a pressed pigment, meaning you need very little product but they are very pigmented. These are great for the work week. A quick swipe, blend and you're good to go. (I always use a base, no matter what shadow I'm using)

-Affordable. At about $7-$8 a shadow, they are much cheaper than your high end shadows.

-Great color selection. I know I can always appreciate this. 

-Super easy to apply & blend. I use my finger to pat it on my lids, then I quickly blend it out with a fluffy brush. 

Drugstore Eyeshadow

I love all 3 of these- Amber Rush & Pink Sapphire are beautiful alone on the lids. I love using Iced Latte on the lid with a brown shadow blended in the crease, beautiful! Come back Wednesday for a look using Amber Rush. Check them all out here.

Currently eyeing? Taupe, Perpetual Purple & Smoldering Plum.

Do you own any of these? Think you'd enjoy them?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Five Friday Faves.

Hey hey ladies, it's Friday. (Duh, right?) I'm happy to report this week was much better, I'm finally feeling back to normal. I have a few fun things to share and in order to keep this short-ish, let's jump right in!

::Fave Delivery::
bracelets earrings
My Nordstrom anniversary goodies came in, enough said. Cheers to new bracelets and studs, I'm in love. 

::Fave Food::
My go-to chicken salad! Above you see what you'll need and my favorite way to enjoy it. Also delicious on bread or a tortilla. Make, eat, enjoy.

::Fave Fashion Piece::
So, I'm in love with a pair of my shoes. I found these a couple months ago thanks to Tara sharing them. I bought them immediately (birthday money = shoes) and I've been in love since then. I'd sleep in them, but Dustin would probably buy me a 1 way ticket on the crazy train. Swoon here

::Fave part of Friday::
Thanks to Katie sharing and Mason creating, I'm taking over The Blog Baton today over on Instagram. Make sure and follow along here, I'll be sharing bits and pieces throughout my day! 

::Fave Moment::
Dustin and I took a big step and hired a personal trainer this week, we start Monday! We'll be training 3 times a week for the next 3 months. Why? Well, if you've been around for a while you know we've been on a weight loss & fitness journey for a while now (here & here). We lost the weight we wanted to lose (we each lost 45 lbs), but we've been kind of stuck for about a year now. It's not about being skinny to us, we want to be fit & toned and we want strength. We want to take it to the next level. We decided a trainer would benefit us in many ways- we want accountability and knowledge regarding our personal fitness and nutrition goals. We both enjoy and are passionate about fitness and just being healthy, being the best we can be. So, here we go! I'll definitely be sharing along the way.

Tell me what you're up to this weekend?

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

July GLOSSYBOX + Discount Code!


It's that time again, I received this months GLOSSYBOX. Many of you have told me these posts are becoming your favorites. Well that's good, because GLOSSYBOX has quickly become a favorite of mine.

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What I received:

Philip B PH Restorative Detangling Toning Mist - I'm really excited to try this out, it's a totally new hair product to me and I'm always on the hunt for something good. Deluxe sample, 2 fl oz

GlamGlow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment - To say I was excited about this is an understatement. I've wanted to try this stuff for so long, but $70, ouch. I'm in love, talk about deep cleaning! Deluxe sample, 0.5 oz. (the $19 one at Sephora!) 

Skin Inc. Custom-Blended Brightening Serum - I love skincare, I'm very excited to add this baby to my current routine. Full size, .34 oz $45

Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm - I am already a huge fan of this stuff, so I was very happy to see this too! I received it in my Ipsy bag a while back. It's the only lip balm I put on before bed and wake up with it still there, it's more like a gloss consistency really. Deluxe sample, .20 oz

Mitchell and Peach Body Cream - I've yet to try this out, but it looks and smells luxurious. I'm a sucker for creams and lotions, I can never have enough. Deluxe sample, 1.4 fl oz

Ok, now the exciting part…. 

If you've been thinking about trying GLOSSYBOX, now is the time! You can receive the 3, 6 or 12 month subscription for 20% off using the code SUMMER14, only through the rest of the day ladies. This is a flash sale and it's a good one. Don't miss out, sign up here

I just signed up for another 3 months because I'm truly loving this box. Each month I've received amazing products that more than pay for the box. GlamGlow? YES PLEASE. Here are my last 3 box reviews-

Which product would you be most excited about?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What Will You Own?

Yesterday I read a post from Elise that I just loved. It was about Owning it. Owning the things about yourself and your life, from big to small. 

We're all different. God made us all different in so many ways. We need to own it and we need to inspire other women to do the same.

Whatever it is about you or what you do, love, enjoy or are passionate about- own it.

I'm not saying we should never change. Change can be good in some areas. If you want to change something for you, then I believe you should, but only when it's for you and not someone else. I'm a big fan of not caring what others think...

Be Beautiful.

Today, I'm sharing a few things about myself that I own. Some are silly, some are not. Some of these things can annoy people. Some are things I've more recently accepted. Some are things I have always been comfortable with. However, it's all me.

one. I'm a clean freak. I love a perfect home, I don't mind cleaning at all. 
two. I'm a Hanson fan for life.
three. I'm not a big fan of reading. I enjoy 1-2 books a year if that.
four. I'm a crazy dog mom, crazy in a good way of course.
five. I can be overly passionate about my friends. 
six. I love fitness & health. We get 1 life friends.
seven. Positive is the only way to be. 
eight. I can only see myself with 1 child.
nine. Due to divorce and my dad later not being involved with me, marriage and children are extremely sacred to me, for more than the obvious reasons. I know what I don't want my child to feel.
ten. I plan everything - you'll find our entire week from food to workouts in my planner each week. 

Your turn, tell me something you own about yourself. If this topic is something you'd like to join in on, write a post and link up with Elise

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Weekending + Christian's Eating!

Good morning! I'm happy to report I'm finally feeling back on track after returning from vacation… It only took 2 weeks. I had a wonderful weekend with family and catching up on stuff, I'd say it definitely helped. Here's a little Weekending recap.


-Friday I was worthless thanks to the Nordstrom sale going live. I finally narrowed it down to the above 3 items, they're on their way to me right now.

-Dinner at Red Robin with my step mom

-A quick run to Abercrombie where we both got a pair of jeans. Thanks to Kallie for the heads up on all jeans being 

-Cheesecake & wine on the patio to end the night. YUM. 


-We spent the day with my family. It was so nice to see everyone, we failed at getting pictures though with all of us. 

I have to share a HUGE praise report. Since the accident Sept 1, Christian has been on a liquid diet through a tube in his stomach. Just this last week he started eating! He's even downed an entire hamburger and a milkshake! He's on a roll, he's got a lot of catching up to do :) He's such a rockstar.


-Errands and chores; grocery shopping, car wash, food prep, cleaning, etc.

-Pixie enjoyed a nice little walk, then got mad over a bath.

-The Mr. made us a wine rack with a pallet he brought home. Score!

What did you do this weekend? Enjoy the Nordstrom sale at all?

Friday, July 18, 2014

High Five for Friday.

Happy Friday! Sorry, it's pretty much the only way I know how to start these Friday posts. Who's with me?

I wish I could say that this week has been way better than last, I feel back to normal after vaca, but I don't. Sheesh, I'm still in beach vacation mode over here. I'm still trying to find my motivation for getting back into the swing of life. Help. Me.

It has been a good week though, and I'm looking forward to the weekend for sure. I'm determined to feel back to myself next week, so cheers to that! (I think said that last week too, oops)

One. Over the weekend our Kansas family (my in-laws) came down and we went on a float trip. We had the best time! I absolutely love spending time with all of them, it's always a blast. This was my first time to ever go floating, marked it off my list. I can't wait to do it again! 

Two. Anytime I get beauty stuff in the mail, it's a good week. This week I got my July Ipsy bag and I also got some goodies from Glossybox that I can't wait to share! 

Three. My Arizona family is here! I haven't seen my cousins since we went out there in July 2010, so too long! I am so excited to spend Saturday at my grandmas house with all of my aunts and cousins. Our family is pretty scattered, so I cherish these times for sure. 

Four. Our sweet Pixie celebrated her 8th birthday on Tuesday. Thank you for the sweet Instagram comments, you made her feel special :) She has brought us 7 years of nothing but the most JOY. 

Five. In Mexico, I read Melanie Shankle's The Antelope in the Living Room and loved it. Now my friend let me borrow her first book Sparkly Green Earrings. I can't wait to read. No, I'm not a mom yet but I love her humor and I know I'll appreciate it, I will be a mama one day!

If you ladies missed my polish review on Wednesday, make sure and check it out here. A polish that lasts at least a week, is cheaper than Essie and removes easy? Yup, I'm in love. I bought 2 more this week- Pink Bikini and Lobster Roll.

Weekly Polish

Enjoy your weekend- let me know what you'll be up to!

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

{Ipsy} July 2014

July 2014

Popping in to share this months Ipsy bag with you all. Can we just take a minute to talk about how cute the hot pink bag is this month? I love it. 

Not familiar with Ipsy? It's a $10 flat a month beauty subscription service. Each month you receive a hot pink bubble mailer that contains a new makeup bag filled with 5 deluxe sample or full size beauty products for you to try out. Yes, I said $10.

July 2014

::What I received this month::

Befine Moisturizer Barely short of being full size, $24

Pur Big Look Waterproof Mascara Also barely short of being full size, $20

The only thing I doubt I'll use from this bag is the tanning oil. I'm pale and I burn, so spf 8 is not for me. Other than that I look forward to trying it all out, especially the mascara and bareMinerals shadow!

Are you an Ipsy subscriber? Which of these products would interest you most?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Finally, A Lasting Nail Polish?

Alright ladies, how many of you have seen the CND Vinylux Weekly Polishes? I had seen them only on The Small Things Blog but for some reason hadn't paid much attention. I think for some reason I was under the impression they still had to be cured with a UV light. 

Then, I read about them again on Cassie's blog (here) I decided right away it was time to test them out for myself. So I went on Amazon and placed an order. You have to buy the Weekly Top Coat separate then you can buy a color polish, there are 76 color options. I wanted a pretty standard pink, so I went with Gotcha. I got them pretty quickly and it was time to put this baby to the test.

weekly nail polish

::My process::
-I used a base coat. You don't have to, it's habit for me.
-I applied 2 coats of the pink polish
-I then applied 1 coat of the top coat

Guess What? It actually worked.

Weekly Nail Polish

I got my first chip on day 8, 1 chip on day 8 is a WIN for me. With most polishes (Essie, OPI, China Glaze) I have a chip after day 3, 4 at the most. I always use a base and top coat too.

I tested it twice. The 2nd time, I wore it to Mexico. Guess what, I came home CHIP FREE. Everyone knows water and sand = chips. I always get a shellac manicure before a trip, but I'm sick of spending $30 for a one time polish that rips apart my nails. No more, this passed the test.

My favorite part, they aren't expensive. They're cheaper than Essie polishes! I ordered them off Amazon, the top coat was about $6.50 and the polish prices vary but are all under $8! 

Removal? Came right off! No soaking, no tearing up my nails.

The only "cons" would be it's not a quick dry top coat. I'm pretty spoiled to my quick dry no waits, so when I use this I will just have to make sure I have some TV time afterward to just sit. It's a pretty thick polish as well. 

I will definitely be buying more of these. They are my new trip/vacation go to's for sure.

Have you ever tried these? Do you think you will? 

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Why I Blog - A Virtual Blog Tour

Recently, my friend Nadia from The View is Beautiful asked if I would like to participate in a Virtual Blog Tour. You answer a few easy questions about your blog and then share a blogger or two that you enjoy to continue the virtual tours. 

I was happy to join in and sure appreciate sweet Nadia for wanting to include me. If you don't know Nadia, you need to go check out her blog. She's a sweetheart from Canada with a love for making things beautiful. Nadia blogs about a lot of things, but her beauty posts are what pulled me in, and now I'm just hooked. Go check her out! 

Here are my answers to the questions for everyone, enjoy-

What am I working on?
I would love to be working on more makeup tutorials, that is where my passion is. I just struggle with the time to create and photograph them. You should see my notes on all the looks I want to play with and share! I promise they're coming. Lately, I've just been working on sharing tips and products that I've recently found and love. I have a new love coming Wednesday, so I hope you come back!

  How does my work differ from others in the genre? 

All blogs differ, depending on the person behind the keys. We all have our own flare we add to our special space.


Why do I write what I do?

I started my blog to share all of my favorite products and makeup looks with anyone who will read it. I discovered the YouTube beauty world a few years ago and became hooked instantly. I'm not really a behind the camera girl, so the blog was born. Never say never though, one day I might get brave...


How does my writing process work?

When life isn't crazy, I like to take care of most of my posts on the weekend. I swear, there is nothing better than having weeks worth ready to go. I get up really early with my husband during the week though, so I have time to work on stuff then as well. I use a planner for everything so I definitely always have a week or 2 planned out in there. I keep a big post-it in the front where I jot down all my blog ideas when they come to me. I prefer using good old paper and pen, not my phone. 

Ok, now I want to introduce you to 2 ladies that I adore. If you don't know them, you're definitely missing out. 1 is a real life bestie of mine and the other would certainly be if we lived near each other! Oh, and we're all fur baby mama's. It's the best. 

Shelby with Recent Somethings

Shelby is a native of South Carolina and the (sometimes sassy) voice behind Recent Somethings.  Wife, mama to 4 fur children, and a 9-5’er, Shelby began this blog in 2012 with the goal of finding a little space online where she could ‘put it all out there’.  As a confessed wino, food lover, and bargain shopper, Recent Somethings is one big mix when it comes to posts.  Fashion finds one day and real-life randomness another, you never know what may pop up on this blog.  Although Southern at heart, Shelby definitely aims to incorporate diverse content for ladies all over.  You can follow Recent Somethings via Bloglovin’Google Followers and Instagram

Next up: Kristal with The Strong Family

Kristal is a wife, mother, and most importantly, a child of God. She’s a stay at home mom and new homeschool mom. She adores a good cup of coffee! She blogs about a variety of things including her faith, family, friends and more. She is a strong and beautiful women inside and out and I'm blessed to call her one of my best friends! Check her out on Bloglovin' and Instagram.

I hope you'll check out all of these sweet girls, I sure enjoy each one of their blogs for many reasons. Go take a little tour!

How does your writing process work?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Let's Inspire Each Other

Friday is here and I'm skipping out on my usual Friday post today, because well I was in Mexico and I'm still trying but not succeeding in "getting back in the swing of life"... Hopefully next week I will be a little more back to myself!

That's ok though, because I saw on Insta yesterday that Karissa said she was co-hosting a link up today all about weight loss struggles and success stories. I'm all about motivation and us lifting each other up! 

I LOVE reading about other girls who have gone through it too. I love reading about all of their tips, blogs are where I found a big part of my personal inspiration. I also love sharing my story, because it's a big part of my life. Being healthy is important to me. 

So with that being said, I'm linking up this post to share the 2 posts I've written in my year of blogging regarding my weight loss journey and what works for me. There have been a few changes here and there, but most from these 2 posts still remains the same. So, if you're bored or you're new around here, I'd love for you to check them out. I can't wait to read all of the others as well. 

June 18, 2013

May 13, 2014

If anyone has any questions or wants to chat, email me!

Have a good weekend sweet friends.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

{Skincare} Routine & Currently Using.

Michael Todd moisturizers eye creams

Well, after this post you may think I'm crazy- I have a skincare routine that involves several steps, but it really does go fast and I'm kind of weird... I LOVE exfoliating, washing, toning and moisturizing my face. I kind of obsess over the way my face feels after. 

I hear girls talk about how they go to bed with makeup on at night. I would die. NOTHING at all against it, hey to each their own ladies, but I enjoy my nighttime routine so much that I could never do that! It's like spa time to me. See, I'm weird. I'm sharing my steps and products with you today. 
moisturizer eye cream

:: AM Routine ::

{Wash} I wash my face with my Michael Todd Charcoal Detox Deep Pore gel cleanser

{Moisturize} I apply a daytime eye cream, I'm currently using the Origins GinZing Refreshing eye cream. Then I apply my face moisturizer, the Philosophy Take a Deep Breath gel cream moisturizer. Sometimes I will apply my Michael Todd Antioxidant Carrot Multivitamin serum before my moisturizer as well (am & pm). I usually do this before I brush my teeth and do my hair, that gives it a little time to set in before I do my makeup. 

:: PM Routine ::

{Wash} I use a makeup wipe and remove most of my makeup. Then I put a little of my Michael Todd Charcoal Detox Deep Pore gel cleanser on my Clarisonic and cleanse my face. 

{Tone} I immediately use my Michael Todd Organic Lemon Toner. I use a toner because it gives me that extra clean feeling, really removes any last bit of anything left and refreshes my face. 

{Moisturize} I then apply a night eye cream, I'm currently using the L'OCCITANE Immortelle Eye Balm. I follow this with my Egyptian Magic cream all over. (read more here or here)

:: Extra things I use/do ::

-I try to use a mask once a week. I am currently rotating between the Michael Todd Kaolin Mask and the Pumpkin Mask.

-I keep the Michael Todd Jojoba Charcoal scrub in my shower and use it on nights I don't use my Clarisonic. 

-I have been using my Clarisonic almost every night. It says it's gentle enough to use twice a day, but I just do it once. It depends on your skin, you may do it less. My skin does totally fine with once a day, I am really liking it so far!

-If you have oily skin, I can't say enough good things about the Philosophy Take a Deep Breath moisturizer. It's the only one I have ever found that really sinks into my skin without feeling oily immediately or making me more oily throughout the day, I highly recommend it. 

-This is not a Michael Todd sponsored post, I just really like their products and I bought the entire kit a while back, that's why I have so many. I would definitely repurchase, great products for a great price. Check out the kit here

-I use different eye creams and moisturizers during the day and night because I have oily skin. During the day I prefer lighter products. At night, I slather on thicker products to really soak in overnight. 

Call me crazy, but is there really a better feeling than crawling into bed at night with fresh breath, a clean & soft face and a moisturized body? 

I have no complaints on these products, but I also love trying new things. I'm always open to suggestions ladies, so... 

Tell me your must have skincare products? 
Do we have any of the same steps or products?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

I'm Baaaaack!

Ok I'm late to the party, but I'm still joining in with a Weekending post- 


We made it home from Mexico- guess what? We had a successful and relaxing vacation, finally! We didn't love our resort, but we made the most of it. I wanted a total disconnect and time relaxing with my love, that is just what I got. The worst thing that happened? I lost my sunglasses in the caves. That's why I can't have nice sunglasses, only Tar-Jay for me.

Cozumel, Mexico

In Mexico, I:
Drank more Miami Vices than I care to share
Read an entire book- loved The Antelope in the Living Room
Took a nice long nap on the beach
Didn't take very many pictures (oops)
Slept in everyday
Ate my fair share of guacamole, pico and chips
Only wore makeup twice
Drank Bailey's in my coffee
Ate fresh pineapple every single day
Played Spanish Scrabble while drinking cerveza

We also went on a little jungle excursion....
Don't be jealous of my sweet head gear, pimp water shoes or my pale/sun burnt skin-

Cozumel, Mexico

Also, listen to me ladies. You should end every trip in first class. Trust me.... So. Much. Room. Blankets & pillows. Unlimited & complimentary Cape Cods, Blue Moons, Sandwiches, bottled water, Goldfish crackers (Goldfish!) and candy bars. They treat you like royalty up there. No, I am not an alcoholic- but when you're on vacation and drinks are free, you drink them. 

We made it home late Monday night, I was then plagued with a migraine that kept me up sick all night, but I am SO glad it waited until after we returned home! Whew! 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

{Monthly Faves} Tried & Loved in June

It's here, our first official Monthly Faves link up! Kelli and I are happy to have you link up with us, it'll remain open throughout the month so feel free to post anytime. It will be on the first Wednesday of each month.

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I'm excited to see what everyone has been loving the last month, let's see what I've been obsessing over....

Olay Miss Dior

-Olay 2 in 1 Advance Ribbons Soothing Creme Body Wash. I needed a new body wash and I tend to want to always try something new. Holy cow this smells amazing and it's so moisturizing! I will buy this again for sure. 

-Alterna Caviar CC Cream 10 in 1 for hair. I received this in my May Glossybox and I'm hooked. It makes my hair so soft and smells amazing.

-Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet Perfume. Thank you sweet hubby, he saw it on my birthday wishlist and scooped it up. He and I both love it! 

Pink Blushes

-Stila Custom Color Blush in Sheer Pink. When I saw Amanda's post about this, I knew it had to be mine. Blush is my thing. Thank you Ulta coupons and birthday money!

-Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Rose. Another thing that was on my birthday wishlist, after I received a Bergdorf giftcard in my May Glossybox, this is what it went for.


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I've told some of you how I can't get enough quinoa recently, I'm hooked! I've been eating it a few different ways, above are my 2 favorites that I found on Pinterest. (Recipe below the phot0) I enjoyed the Caprese one throughout the week for lunches and Dustin and I loved the Taco Salad Bowls for dinner. Anyone else love Quinoa?

Speaking of Pinterest, do you follow me on Pinterest

Monster Trail Mix

I apologize in advance for sharing this with you. It's good. Too good. If you want a little sweet treat snack, this is so good friends.

Of course, after taking a photo I had to fix a little bowl to snack on. 

Trail Mix

Somebody else wanted in on the action too...

She's been loving these- they're small & soft, perfect for her tiny teeth. I'll just have to trust her… 

Dog Treats

Thanks Pix!

So… I'll see you next Tuesday, I'm off for Mexico early tomorrow morning and will be in complete disconnect mode :) Happy 4th of july to you all, have a wonderful holiday! 

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