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New Year, Same Me, New Goals

I have to do this – the obligatory New Year’s Resolutions blog post. I can’t help myself. So if you’re looking for something as basic and cringy as a pumpkin spice latte, then you’ve come to the right place.

RESOLUTION ONE:

Stop swearing like a sailor. I grew up on the Last Frontier and never grew out of it, so cut me some slack ok? But I’m trying to cut back. Like people who are addicted to cigarettes, I figure I can ease out of the habit. Maybe get down to one a day and then eventually quit altogether. Or just save it for when I am really losing it, or visiting the Last Frontier, maybe special occasions. You get the point. The bottom line is, it’s going to look bad if the foster kids go off to Pre-K with potty mouths, so I’ve got to rein it in.

RESOLUTION TWO:

Join a cult. I mean, who doesn’t love kool aid? Just kidding. Not THAT kind of cult. My cousin Sophie talked me into giving Orange Theory a shot so I signed up for 6 months of classes. There’s been some discussion of moving Spann Family Olympics (aka Christmas) to a new, and more tropical location, next year, so we have to be ready for it. Nothing like circuits and a pounding bass to get your butt in gear.

OMG “butt” isn’t a curse word, right?

RESOLUTION THREE:

Read more non-fiction. Technically, this was my resolution last year but I liked it so much, I figure I can just keep it going into 2019. My favorite nonfiction book that I read last year was Bad Blood. If you like crime books, you’ll probably love this one.

RESOLUTION FOUR:

Publish a blog post every week. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night feeling inspired and I write 3 posts in 20 minutes. But usually, that’s not the case. So my goal is to write even when it’s not easy, mostly because google’s algorithm cares very little about what my content actually says as long as my posting schedule is consistent.

If you have ideas for blog posts, or there’s something in particular you would like me to write about, I’m open to ideas, so share in the comments. The holidays are over and I could use some inspiration!

3 Makeup Products I’m Loving Right Now

Lifestyle blogger and makeup queen, Lucille, shows off her wedding guest makeup look

In my family, I am the makeup queen. For all my southern girlfriends, I’ll pause for a second so you can clean up the coffee you just spewed all over your keyboard reading that sentence.

It’s crazy, I know. Because I am actually NOT a makeup queen. I leave my house without foundation regularly. The other day, I realized I was using a contour brush as a blush brush. Or maybe it was vice versa…

But when your sister is a commercial fisherwoman, one cousin is a boho photographer/world traveler who packs her TP out of the woods and the other is an Ivy League grad (sorry to stereotype) then I am the expert.

So, a few weeks before Christmas (when the family all gets together) I brush up on my “expert” makeup skills by watching a couple Jaclyn Hill videos and taking a trip to Ulta. This way, everyone looks #flawless at midnight mass. Plus, I secure my spot as grandma’s favorite grandkid (you hear that, Clayton?).

Without further ado, here are my 3 favorite makeup products I am loving right now:

  1. Victoria’s Secret plump me up lip gloss. So this is a never-say-never scenario. I NEVER buy the little trinkets by the checkout register. But I was in Victoria’s Secret the other week and the line was long and slow. And my lips were really chapped…so I bought it. What I love about this lip plumper is that it’s clear, doesn’t have sparkles in it, yet it has a SUPER high shine. I have had trouble in the past finding a completely clear gloss because most seem to either have some color in it or sparkles. Not this one. It was $12 and I wear it at least 3 times a week so totally worth it.
  2. Colour pop eyebrow pencil. This was a recommendation from Rachel, who works at Ulta. I went in to get a lipstick but her eyebrows were so perfect! I had to ask what products she used. Normally the employees always recommend the expensive stuff – Anastasia, tarte etc. But not Rachel. She took me straight to the colour pop section for this $5 gem. As Kim K. would say “I’m obsessed”.
  3. Hempz age defying body moisturizer: ok I know technically this isn’t a beauty product but it makes the list anyways. Last year I turned 30 and noticed I have wrinkles by my eyes now, even when I’m not laughing. This year, I turned 31 and now I’ve got them on the corners of my mouth. So, why NOT give the age defying lotion a try? Prior to finding this at TJMaxx, I was using Aveeno. It really is great for dry skin, but Hempz lotion feels equally as moisturizing and I like the smell.

I figure most of you showed up here for a foster kid update. However,  we aren’t expecting a placement until January. And even I can only come up with so much to say on that topic. So instead you got this makeup post. It is a lifestyle blog, after all. But don’t despair! There’s a silver lining. Now you know what to buy for the 30-something woman on your Christmas shopping list. You’re welcome.