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

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Five, Our 6th Year of Marriage.

Morning friends- Real quick, thank you all so much for your kind words and emails this last week. After this post last Thursday, I took a little time off. I just needed to focus on some other stuff. I can't tell you how much I've appreciated all your sweet words letting me know that you are continuing to pray for my family! Truly means the world. I'll be back in my normal routine next week.

I'm popping in for a little different Friday Five today. Dustin and I are celebrating our 6th wedding anniversary tomorrow, can't believe it's been 6 years already. We decided to stay home and enjoy our 3 day weekend around here. So far, we have dinner reservations Saturday night and a kayak trip booked for Sunday. We'll see what else the weekend brings.

I've been thinking about everything we've been so blessed to do this year and all the fun memories we've created just in this last year alone. I decided to share them, so here are 5 of my favorite memories that we created in our 6th year of marriage.

Arizona Grand Canyon
One. A road trip to the beautiful Grand Canyon in March. Yes, we both got violently ill and had to cancel the rest of the trip and head home, but that 1 day we spent exploring and hiking the Grand Canyon was one of my favorite days we've ever spent together. It was absolutely perfect.

Two. The Color Run in April. This was our first time doing it together, he wasn't able to the last time I did. We did it with our friends and family and sure had a fun day!

Three. Warrior Dash in May. My first time swimming in mud and I have to say, I kind of liked it. Yet another fun day that I'm so glad I got to do with him by my side.

Four. A weekend in Colorado with our favorite people. We left Warrior Dash, cleaned up and headed on this trip. It was a perfect little trip with all our family, perfect weather and a fun little visit to the Alpine Slide. Totally worth the lack of sleep that came with this weekend... 

Five. Last but not least, our most recent trip to Cozumel in July. We planned this trip last minute and we were only there a few days, but my favorite part was the day we spent at Xplor. We zip lined, explored the jungle and paddled through caves. Another fun memory made in Mexico.

I'm so thankful for every single one of these memories we've made and adventures we've gone on. I can't say it enough, there is nobody in this world I'd rather be on this fun journey through life with. 

I love you Dustin, happy anniversary!

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Morning friends. I wanted to post a mini update today and ask for a prayer request. Things have been intense the last couple weeks. After months of searching and nothing but being turned down, Christian has finally been accepted to a rehab facility in Florida. This is an amazing facility that wants to help him and has a rehab plan already lined out for him. One thing, the state now has to approve it, the ball is in their court. Our family, people helping our family and the state have called hundreds of rehab facilities all over the country, only to be turned down. We'd been told we better decide if he needs to go to another nursing home or home. Neither are an option for us. This boy has made so many improvements over the last month or 2, he needs rehab so bad. He deserves this! He deserves the best shot at getting his teenage life back. This is not going to happen without intense rehab.

Also, over the last week there has now been 3 arrests of the people involved in the case. The truth has finally come out, and guess what? It's exactly what our family knew from day one. Way too many people had talked. It was only a matter of time before it all came out, and it did. You can read about what happened here here and here on a local radio stations blog. There are more stories on that blog about the arrests, all over the news as well. While it's nice justice is being served and these people have to now answer, like I said before, it doesn't help Christian right now. It sure hurts reading the accounts of that night, knowing that they let him lay there dying while they got their stories straight. Knowing how different things could be if they'd just done what normal people do after an accident. This is something I've had to work very hard to forgive. Some days are easier than others. 

There is more going on, but right now I'm begging you all to be praying for my brother and praying that he WILL end up at this rehab facility. Please be praying for our family. Everything we're going through right now is about more than one can take some days. 

I'm probably going to be pretty absent over the next week or two. I've tried to stay on top of things but sitting down blog planning and typing out posts about makeup is something I've not been able to push myself to do lately.

In about 11 days it will be 1 year since the accident. I've been thinking about this for weeks and thinking about how I really want to sit down and write about the last year. I don't even know where to start. 

I can tell you 1 thing. Our family has had constant faith since day 1. This boy survived for a reason and God has a major plan for him. Although I'm not 100% sure what it is yet, I think I'm getting a good idea. God has this, all of it. Just please keep my sweet, goofy, loving baby brother in your thoughts and prayers. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Girl Loves Pink.

To say I've enjoyed all my fun pink lip shades this summer would be an understatement. I love fall and the darker shades that come along with it, but I sure do enjoy my pinks.

Today I'm sharing my top 5 pinks that have been in constant rotation ALL summer long. 

Pink Lipgloss

Pink Lipgloss

1. Smashbox Lip Gloss in It Girl As you can see, it's very subtle. I always want something on my lips and sometimes I don't want a lot of color. This one is great for light makeup looks. (Can't find online, another blogger fail for me!)

2. NYX Butter Gloss in Strawberry Parfait Another perfect light shade when you just want a tiny pop of color. You all know I love my NYX Butter Glosses.

3. NARS Lip Gloss in Angelika I eyed this gloss for so long and I am so glad I finally went for it. Such a fun cotton candy pink. It's true what everyone is saying too ladies, the new NARS lip gloss formula is a million times better than the old. No more awful smell! 

4. MAC Viva Glam Gaga Lipstick Of course these are limited edition so if you want this now you'll pay like $50+ for it, no thank you! So here's a good alternative for under $5 NYX Narcissus

5. Covergirl Jumbo Gloss Balm in Berry Twist This is one of my favorites. I love the shade, formula and price. Huge fan.

Real quick, I'll be taking over The Blogger Closet this week. Make sure to follow along here on instagram to check out some of my ootd's.

Your turn! What lived on your lips this summer?

Friday, August 15, 2014

Life Lately, My Week.

Sorry I've been a little absent lately, it's likely to continue. Life has been a little crazy! I know you all understand, seems like summer has been hectic for us all, am I right? 

I've had a great week though, and looking forward to my weekend for sure. Happy Friday! 

One. Dustin and I bought a new car! We traded in my Honda for a Toyota 4Runner and we absolutely love it. I've missed my last SUV for a long time, I'm so happy to be up high again. 

Two. We spent Sunday with Christian, who as you can see is cracking us up here. You guys, he is SUCH a ham these days. He loves to make you laugh, he even cracks himself up! 

Three. I got Kacey Musgraves tickets for myself and a few friends. Can't wait to see her again! Who else loves her album?

Four. Yesterday was my beautiful mama's birthday! I was able to take the day off and spend it with her, we had a nice lunch at her favorite place.

Several of my family members were in town yesterday, we all attended the hearing of one of the boys who had been arrested in Christian's case. The judge has set a jury trial for Oct 6. 

Later yesterday, a big arrest was made in the case. Angela Gray, the mother of Christians friend and the women who was driving the ATV when the accident happened was arrested. All I can say is it's bittersweet. I'm glad she will finally be answering for her stupid actions, but it doesn't make Christian better right now. Our MAIN focus is getting him into a rehab facility and better. PLEASE continue to pray for him and his healing. Please pray for her family too. She has several kids, including small ones. It's a sad situation, all the way around. You can read one of the news stories from yesterday here

You can keep up with Christian and our family here. Thank you for all your continued prayers, we did receive some positive information yesterday regarding a possible rehab facility for Christian. My sweet baby brother only deserves the best, he deserves a chance to continue his life as a normal teenager! God has done so much lately, we know without a doubt he is in control. We know this is only the beginning :)

Have a great weekend friends! 

Linking up with:

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Jewels I'm Crushing On.

If you remember my jewelry storage & organization post from last week (see here), you know that I don't need any jewelry. That doesn't mean I'm not online window shopping and drooling over it! 

These first 2 necklaces, I've been eyeing and wanting for SO long! I am so in love with the bright colors and I really think that I need both necklaces in my life ASAP. But, for now I will just continue crushing on them..... 

ONE I Kendra Scott Rayne Necklace in Neon Pink (anyone want to buy me one, pleeease?)
TWO I Crave Jewels The Heirloom Collection Shelley Necklace (How fun is this?!)
THREE I Stella & Dot Signature Engravable Bar Necklace 

ONE I Jadedslo Gold Monogram Bracelet
TWO I Rustic Gem Fuchsia & Turquoise Summer Jewel Dangle Earrings
THREE I Stella & Dot Gold Renegade Cluster Bracelet

PS- Oh hey husband. Don't forget about that 6 year wedding anniversary in 17 days ;)

What jewelry have you been crushing on lately?

Friday, August 8, 2014

Girl Dates + Peppermint Converse.

Popping in for a quick look back at my week. I don't know about you, but I always love reflecting back for these Friday posts. This week was a slow one, but I can't complain...

one I I fell in love with this fun liner look from The Beauty Department. Sure, I have no idea where fancy to where it, but it's amazing and I wish I'd thought of it. 

two I A perfect pair of Peppermint Converse made their way into my closet. Thanks to a sale, coupon and tax free shopping, I scored them for $22. Don't mind if I do....

three I Dustin and I are celebrating our 6 year wedding anniversary later this month. We're not sure what we're going to do, but we're thinking about renting a little cabin tucked away somewhere. I just started looking yesterday, but cute little bedrooms and stunning views are drawing me in for sure!

four I Our 2nd Monthly Faves link up was this week and I definitely enjoyed reading all your favorites! Mark your calendars, it's the first Wed of each month. Share everything you were loving the previous month- food, beauty, clothes, recipes, blogs, people, workouts, etc. Anything at all, no rules. I love reading un-favorites too! 

five I Girl dates. My sweet friend Jen and her mini me, Sadie, took me out to a wonderful girls dinner after work Tuesday. We had the best time eating, chatting and enjoying yummy drinks. Thanks again Jen! 

Enjoy your weekend friends. 

Tell me your favorite thing from this week.

Linking up with:

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

{Monthly Faves} July Loves.

Welcome back for our 2nd Monthly Faves link up, so happy to be back with Kelli sharing what we were loving in the month of July. I can't wait to read YOURS! Grab a button and link up-

Make Me Up Mia

I don't have a ton of products this month, but yeah, it's 99% beauty this go around. What can I say? 

CND Vinylux Polishes- See full review here. Definitely my favorite recent discovery. Not sure what could top this anytime soon... (L to R: Gotcha, Lobster Roll, Pink Bikini

Rusk Dry Finish Texture Spray- I got this in my June Glossybox and have been loving it! Perfect added texture, actually smells good and is workable. As someone who doesn't wash my hair daily, I appreciate the fact that it can used and not have to wash it out at the end of the day.

VS Luminous Lotion in Sheer Love- Ok, any scent would be fine but this is my favorite VS scent hands down. This lotion is my favorite in the summer, I used the heck out of it at the beach. Anytime we're going out, I use this on my arms and legs. It's a very subtle glisten and smells AMAZING. (Blogger fail, it's not available anymore! Other options here)

elf Blush in Twinkle Pink- elf has some great products, their blushes are one of them. Oh, and they're $3! This is such a pretty pink for summer. It does have gold flecks in it but I don't mind. Sometimes you just need a little gold in your day, am I right? Don't worry, you won't be sparkle face.

elf Golden Bronzer- I'm pale, like stupid pale. I do get a hint of color in the summer, but my face does not. I try to keep it from getting sun really. This is a light bronzer for all over, not contouring. Just the right amount of glow for me. 

Urban Decay 24/7 Double Ended Eye Pencil in Naked (Zero & Whiskey)- I'm a big fan of the UD liners. I love this duo because it has your 2 standards, brown and black, all in one stick. Great for traveling. Zero is a perfect black and Whiskey is a great reddish brown, makes my green eyes pop. 

Swatches below- can you guess which swatch belongs to what?? 

I've already talked about the two food loves below, but I've been hooked on them all month so they had to be included in here as well. 

So easy and full of flavor!

My favorite healthy chicken salad mixture, I talked about it here.

If you follow me on Insta, you saw that Pixie was helping me get this post together over the weekend. She is always all up in it and too cute not to snap pics of. Aren't you all lucky... 

What were you loving in July?! 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Jewelry Storage & Organization.

Another Monday, I'm on cup #2 now. This weekend was pretty perfect, simply for the fact we had zero plans. It's been so long, there were a couple moments I really didn't know what to do with myself. Gym time, errands and down time- much needed. 

Sharing my jewelry storage & organization with you today. This is going to be more pictures than anything, I'm sure you're ok with that… I don't know about you, but I need to see my options, otherwise I forget about them. I found a couple very affordable displays at Claire's a while back, I love having it all out for me to see and pick from. 

Jewelry box, gift I Similar
Spinning earring stand I Here
Bracelet stand, Claire's I Similar
Watch tray, Hobby Lobby

My silver and gold chains are hanging in my jewelry box, but all of my fun necklaces are on my closet wall. I had an old shelf with knobs I painted black years ago, it works perfect for my necklaces. I've been thinking about moving this, or creating a new space for my necklaces by all of my other jewelry. It'd be nice if it was all together. 

I did a similar post a while back sharing my makeup storage & organization, you can see it here

How is your jewelry displayed? Do you need to see it all too?

Friday, August 1, 2014

Friday Faves + Reminder

This week flew by and I'm not complaining about it, and as always I'm overly excited about the weekend. Who isn't right? Here's the reminder- Next Wednesday is our 2nd Monthly Faves link up. Last months was great, and I can't wait to see everything you've been loving in July. So mark your calendars and join in with Kelli and I!

I have a few highlights, moments and loves to share with you from my week. 

Improvements. This guy, my little bro, smiled using BOTH sides of his mouth! Why is this so exciting? Since the accident almost 1 year ago, he's barely moved his entire left side at all and any smiles have been crooked using his right side only. Then, mom called me last night and yesterday he started moving and lifting his left leg & arm! This is a HUGE improvement my friends, what a fighter he is!  #prayformayberry

Date nights. Dustin and I enjoyed a movie & ice cream date night Sunday evening. It's the little things. 

Killing our workouts. I told you last week we hired a personal trainer for the next 3 months. We started Monday and we are loving it, like can't wait to go each night! Even though it's super tough and we've been very sore, we still love it. Are we weird? 

This mani. If you follow me on Insta, you've seen this already- I was in a fun mood one night this week and decided to do a little something extra with my nails. Insert multi pinks and leopard. I fell in love. I did an easy leopard tutorial a year ago, check it out here. I swear it's easy, and adorable.

Easy + Delicious, sign me up. This has become a favorite recipe in our house. It's easy, so delicious and full of flavor and it's wonderful as leftover too. Win. Shay has supplied us with so many yummy dishes, find this one here

I have to share this pic too, how gorgeous is this sunset I snapped from our patio this week? I was in awe.

As always, enjoy your weekend loves!  

Linking up with:

Blogging tips