Sunday, August 21, 2016
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Does anyone else love Birchbox?
It’s so fun! Here’s the deal. Every month you get a box of beauty products delivered for $10. Most are sample sized but a generous sample size and sometimes you will get a full size. You set up a beauty profile so you can decided what kind of products you want to get. Like I said “no perfume”.
I have lots of beauty products now and there’s some stuff I don’t have to buy anymore because I get them enough. Plus- it’s way more fun to try before you buy.
They also send a card that tells what everything is, how to use it, and how much it costs for a full size.
Here’s what I got this month:
1st up- a lip balm- great for this season of cold and dryness. I’ve used it and I really like it!
A mascara- it’s works well, don’t know how much curling it does but I really like it so far!
Dry shampoo. I was soooo excited about this one because I love me some dry shampoo. I’ve only used suave so it was great to have a fancy brand to try.
Sometimes they will throw “lifestyle” products in. I love it when it’s chocolate or tea. This is my least favorite product in the box but it smells really good… like Christmas even.
I haven’t tried this face mask yet. You look absolutely ridiculous when you put it on so I have to wait for everyone to be gone.
So then when you get your products you can write a review on them on the birchbox web site and earn points, then with 100 points you get $10 towards your next purchase. It adds up quickly and it’s fun to pick out free stuff!
Here’s the link to check them out. Birchbox Web Site. There might be a waiting list to get boxes but put your email on it and they will let you know when there’s a spot.
I didn’t get any bonuses to write this. I wish I had but I just wrote it because I really like getting beauty stuff every month! Do you love birchbox too?
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Thursday, September 4, 2014
About a year ago a friend found a dresser and a side table at a garage sale and it was exactly the kind of dresser I had been looking for to use as our entertainment center. Of course, I didn’t document the before picture but if you look to the left of this adorable boy, you can tell how it turned out.
So after the dresser was done the side table sat in the garage for a year because we didn’t have time to get to it. I had a vision though…
A friend sanded it for me to save some time.
I painted the doors and drawer white and stained the wood all the way around and the legs. Staining furniture was apparently new to me because I did it wrong a few times and had to re-do it. Even with the unprofessional stain- I really like how it turned out!
Here’s a picture of the bedroom that it goes in. This is before I had finished the side table but you can imagine how great it looks :-)
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
So, I don’t remember if I ever posted about this trip last November so I’m going to post about it now. I also want to announce that I am going back on another trip to Portugal in October. This crazy summer and kindergarten prep hasn’t given me much time to even think about the fact that the trip is coming closely and also that I haven’t thought about how I am going to pay for it.
I am hope to write this and show you a little more about why I love Portugal and why I’m going back. I hope you will feel led to pray for the people of Portugal and the trip. If you also feel led, you can help fund my trip by sending a donation to the church. Every little bit will help!
First Baptist Colleyville
Att: Susan Evans
5405 Pleasant Run
Colleyville, TX 76034
Please put Portugal Missions in the memo line and my name somewhere in the envelope but not on the check.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
And now, a little about sweet Portugal!
As usual. The pictures are out of order so let me tell you a little about this trip and then you can see the sights.
5 people from First Colleyville went to Coimbra Portugal last November to bring Thanksgiving to Portugal. We were working with missionaries there MG and Cristi. They think of great ideas to engage people and create community. So we went to cook Thanksgiving dinners and invite people over to the house to feast and fellowship. We cooked 5 American dinners for 5 different groups of people and they came over, visited, we prayed together and they built stronger relationships with the missionaries there.
I saw this bag on the train. It made me laugh.
I love Europe so much. The history, the architecture, the food. It’s wonderful. We were in the city of Coimbra for the majority of the trip but the last day we went to Lisbon and toured there. I have pictures from both cities.
Here we were touring a castle.
A little “restroom”. I’m assuming this is a men's room.
Lots of hills to climb!
A beautiful church with no roof.
The churches in Europe…. amazing. Most of the early history of architecture revolves around churches- but that’s another post!
This elevator was designed by the guy who designed the eiffel tower.
There is no starbucks in Coimbra but there was in Lisbon- so I went a long week with no soy vanilla chai. Long. Week.
This is actually the Madrid airport. It’s architecture is fantastic! I love the use of color. The seats are horribly uncomfortable.
A little game after dinner.
I don’t make pies normally but I did here- it was thanksgiving after all! I was very pleased with how it turned out.
This was a beautiful bridge in Coimbra.
The whole group!
So many beautiful doors in portugal. I could make a whole blog post about doors.
This is what so much of the city looked like- beautiful buildings, mosaic tiled streets that were full of pedestrians. LOTS of walkinghere.
I think Michelle was too tired to move.
We got to tour a really cool underground city… or former city.
This was one of my favorite cafes- or at least my favorite decorated cafe.
Another one of my incredible pies :-)
Sometimes we were so hungry yet so busy, we had to multitask.
Pumpkin cake balls. So American.
My friends always look cute in selfies and I look ridiculous. Not sure why.
Lots of stairs.
Not all the pies turned out perfectly. I’m sure I didn’t make this one. I’m also sure we covered it in whipped cream and called it delicious!
The Thanksgiving Buffet!
Y’all, this city is so beautiful! Everywhere you go it looks like this.
This was the little hotel room that Mike and I stayed in. It had an upstairs and downstairs. Super cute and every corner of space was used. There was even a miniature kitchen.
And this- there were cafes everywhere stocked with delicious pastries. Like seriously, there were more delicious cafes on every corner than there are Starbucks around here.
And I’ll end with a beautiful church.
The October trip is a little bit different than the Thanksgiving trip. I am going with 4 photographers who are taking family photographs for lots of different families. The last day we will have a party and give them photographs as a gift. It’s a great way to minister to families and create community.
I know you are wondering why I am going- since you can tell my photography skills are nothing to celebrate.
I’m going to assist- to cook or clean or visit with families as they wait for their turn… anything and everything that I can do to help, I will. Maybe I’ll learn some photography tricks too!
Please let me know if you have any questions about the trip and please be in prayer for us as we prepare and especially for our friends who are already in Portugal- most of the prep work falls on them.