Happy Face

Beauty Quote

I have passion. But I also have bags, blemishes, and a whole lotta blah on my face. I’ve always gone for the natural look, wearing nothing more than mascara and lip gloss, but this weekend during a marathon shopping trip with some fabulous ladies in Las Vegas, I made a shocking discovery – there’s a bit of magic that happens when you put on a new face.

When we walked into Sephora, I must admit I was skeptical. Why do women spend so much time and money on makeup? I thought. But as I wandered down the aisles, and heard muffled comments about firming, toning, and brightening trouble spots, I thought, what’s the harm in trying this all out? I settled into one of their chairs and waited for a makeup consultant to approach me.

“I don’t really wear makeup, but I’d like to try it out. I’m looking for some simple, light and natural products to brighten my face and cover up some of my blemishes, but I don’t want it to look caked on. I don’t want to look like a drag queen when I’m out with my kids.”

The makeup consultant laughed at me as he began pulling bottles, brushes and triangular-shaped sponges from his magic bag. Within 5 minutes, he had found the perfect match for my skin tone and had smoothed out my face with only a few basic steps. A few additional products to highlight and accentuate, and voila! A new face, and a new self confidence in my outward appearance.

Here’s the before and after (my first attempt at a new makeup routine):

While it wasn’t cheap, it was an investment in something more than a pile of products. It was an investment in feeling better about myself, and that’s something that money just can’t buy. Sometimes it takes more than just a smile to put on a happy face. Sometimes you need a little help!

Legacy of an Adopted Child

Legacy of an adopted child

Once there were two women who never knew each other
One you do not remember, the other you call mother.

Two different lives shaped to make yours one
One became your guiding star, the other became your sun.

The first gave you life, the second taught you to live it
The first gave you a need for Love, the second was there to give it.

One gave you a nationality, the other gave you a name
One gave you the seed for talent, the other gave you an aim.

One gave you emotions, the other calmed your fears
One saw your first smile, the other dried your tears.

One gave you up, it was all that she could do
The other prayed for a child and was led straight to you.

And now you ask me through your tears
the age old question through the years,

“Heredity or environment, which am I the product of?”
Neither my darling, neither,
Just two different kinds of Love.

Author Unknown

I came across this poem the other day and I fell in love with it immediately. It speaks so well to me as an adoptee, and I’m sure to anyone who comes from a unique family dynamic such as my own.

Growing up as an adoptee, and especially during my university days when I was constantly faced with the nature vs nurture theories, I was left to question which was more impactful on my life. Because I had only known a life impacted by the surrounding environment, I thought I had all the answers. Nurture won.

Now that I have reunited with my biological father, I realize that who we are cannot be defined by only one or the other, but that it is the combination of both your genes and the environment in which you were raised that makes you who you are.

I feel so blessed to have had the upbringing that I have, and to now know more about my history and where I’ve come from. A perfect balance – two different kinds of love.

Legacy of an Adopted Child

When Life Gives You Lemons (Quotable Bits #38)

“So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”
– Marilyn Monroe
Sometimes life gives  you lemons.

And while it’s easy to get lost in the moment, to bury your head in the pillows and groan I give up, it’s not always the best way to handle those lemons. No, I’m not going to be cheesy and suggest that you make lemonade and move on. Instead, when you’re faced with life’s bitter lemons, I suggest you give yourself 5 minutes or so to wallow in your sorrow. Hang you head, feel the pain and maybe shed a tear or two.

But once that time is up, you need to suck it up, and move on with a smile on your face, because life is short, and there are many good things to come.

And if that doesn’t work, go out and get a drastic haircut. That’s what I always do.
Wishing you a Monday filled with blue skies, wine, cupcakes, and some quotable bits too 😉
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Father & Son

Father Quote

Watching the bond strengthen between my husband and my little guy is magical. They get each other.

My hubby is patient – willing to play cars for hours, happy to have my little guy walk up his legs and flip over 100 times after a long day at work, and calm at the onset of one of my boy’s toddler tirades. The boy world is still a bit new to me, but for my hubby, having a boy seems to have brought out the little boy in himself.

Father Son

And on days like this, I’m happy to sit back and watch the magic happen before my eyes.

Week of Change

This past week has been all about my children. Integrating my big girl into Kindergarten, ensuring my little one adjusts to going to daycare without his big sister, and spending quality time with them both in every spare moment in between all the changes they have had to face. We’ve had so much fun as a family, I only wish the week didn’t have to come to an end! Here’s a little look back at what we’ve done this week, accented with a quotable bit (of course!).

“The mark of a good parent is that (s)he can have fun while being one.”
– Marcelene Cox

I hope you’ve all had some fun times with your kids this week as well!

Back-to-School Quotes

We’ve been preparing all week, and tomorrow, the big event will be here – my big girl will be starting Kindergarten (eek)! In honour of this momentous occasion, I thought I would share 10 back-to-school quotes:

Back to School Quote

“If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylums would be filled with mothers.“ – Edgar W. Howe

“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.“ – Sydney J. Harris

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.“ – John Dewey

“Education`s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.“ – Malcom S. Forbes

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.“  – William Arthur Ward

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.“ – Chinese Proverb

“The important thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.“ – B.B. King

“Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance is to drop back.“  – Chinese Proverb

“Teaching children to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.“ – Bob Talbert

“All I ever needed to know, I learned in Kindergarten.“ – Robert Fulghum

Brother & Sister (Quotable Bits #34)

Nothing melts my heart more than seeing these two together – watching them love, grow, and bond in a way that will hopefully last a lifetime. I was watching a cute show on Disney Junior with them the other day when this sweet little song came on about a big sister and her little brother and the bond that they share (Stella & Sam).
“Since you were born,
I’ve known you,
And all the things I’ve shown you,
I was there when you came home,
Straight through my front door,
Into my life,
We’ll always be together,
Brother, sister and best friend,
Baby we’re the perfect blend”
Listen to the full song HERE (Click on “Since You Were Born”)

Oh how I love these two
Now it’s your turn! Pick a quote, add a photo or write a blog post, and link up your quotable bits! The linky will be live all week, and don’t forget to tell your friends, the more the merrier!

Pinterest-ing Funnies (Quotable Bits #33)

I’m still figuring out this whole Pinterest thing, but I must admit, I’m not totally hating it. The only problem is, while most people seem to be using their Pinterest skills for good (new recipes, craft ideas for the kids, and cool new DIY projects), I seem to have developed an obsession for pinning someecards quotes. They’re witty, silly, and sometimes totally inappropriate, but for some reason, I just can’t stop pinning them. Here are my recent top 5 faves:
Admit it, you can’t wait to repin these little gems, can you? You can follow my pins here!
Now it’s your turn, pick a quote, write a post about it or add a photo, and link up your quotable bits! Don’t forget to tell your friends, the more the merrier!

Down By The River (Quotable Bits #32)

If you follow me on Instagram, you may know that I live alongside a river – the backdrop for many of my postings. I don’t live in “a van down by the river” a la the famous Chris Farley SNL skits, but I do spend a lot of time there, and am so thankful to have such a beautiful setting only steps from my front door.

This weekend was a beautiful, hot and sunny Summer’s weekend. Too hot to bask in the sun, but just right for toe-dipping in the icy river’s waters. We had quiet rock-throwing family time by the river’s shore, and play time with a group of friends at dusk after a delicious BBQ.

The river has become a part of our Summer weekend routine – tubing, picnicking and wading in its natural beauty.

“A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself.” ― Laura Gilpin

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Butterflies (Quotable Bits #31)

“I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days – three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.” 

– John Keats

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Another summer quote for another long weekend filled with summer family fun. I can’t get enough of this weather, and hope that it stays with us forever.

Now it’s your turn! Pick a favourite quote, add a photo or write a post, and link up your quotable bits!