Monthly Archives: July 2012

Naked Faced Day 18

Everything about this make up fast is getting easier. Easier to get ready in the morning, easier to actually leave the house, easier to see people I know and easier to see more beautiful made-up people (not like make believe people, but people with make up on, haha!). My skin seems to have this glow that it didn’t have before when I wore foundation and concealer and powder and highlighter…..gosh, I wore a lot of make up!  I like the glow, however I don’t like the blemishes showing. I hope with time, my face will clear up and I won’t need to cover anything up. I still miss mascara something fierce! I think I may just wear mascara when the fast is over; it’s really the only thing I miss.

I am starting to feel more beautiful just being me. I picked a bad time to stop wearing make up since I’m trying to grow out my hair and it’s in the awkward stage when I feel ugly because of it. Talk about adding insult to injury with the no make up thing! I can finally get some of my hair into a pony tail so just that change up has helped me feel a little better.

We shall see what other changes are in store for my self image for the rest of the fast!

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What’s For Dinner?

What’s for dinner? Is this a common question in your home? It is in mine, and it’s just my hubby and I (well, and Samuel, but he’s not the one asking!). I have such a hard time planning dinners. I’m not exactly sure why. I start out so well and then by the end of the month, I find us searching for something to make.

“Let’s make hamburgers!”

“We don’t have any buns.”

“Ok, how about quesadillas?”

“Samuel ate the last of the cheese with lunch.”

Does this sound familiar? A couple months ago, I started a dinner plan and it worked ok. This is what it looked like.

Nothing fancy, and like I said, it kind of worked, but I knew there had to be a better way.

I have been searching Pinterest to find a dinner planner that would work for our family. This is the one that I really liked the best.

http://clairsfairytale.blogspot.com/2012/01/ultimate-menu-board.html

I love that you can change out the dinners really easily, and on the back of each dinner card are the ingredients, so you can easily write them on your shopping list (or just bring the cards with you) and you never have to wonder if you have the ingredients you need. Awesome.

If you click on the link to the blog above she gives really great instructions on how to make hers.

It took me about a week to finish my dinner board because Samuel has been sick and I could only work on it when he was sleeping, but I could not be happier with the results.

Here it is!

Isn’t it SO pretty???? I had to make some adjustments to mine. We grocery shop twice a month so I like to plan dinners two weeks at a time. I also color coordinated my dinner cards.

Teal – Easy peasy dinners- I don’t need a recipe and they are pretty quick to throw together.

Yellow – Mexican

Purple – Italian

Orange – Comfort food

Cream – On your own

Brown – Out to dinner

Tan – Odd balls- Teriyaki bowls, southwest egg rolls.

Green – Jose’s (We do dinner at Jose’s Mexican Restaurant every Friday with Mike’s parents)

I have tons of this colored card stock (Thank you Britt!) and printable labels that I can run right through the printer so I can easily add dinners.

(The back ground is just wrapping paper I got on clearance last year after Christmas! I love it so much I would love to have a wall that looked like this! I am planning on making a toilet paper roll art project that kind of looks like this. Still collecting tp rolls, so it may take a while to get it up on the blog though. Stay tuned!)

 

Here are the back sides of my “Chili” and “Manicotti with salad and garlic bread” cards.

 

I also like the boxes at the bottom of the board. All of the dinner cards start in the box on the left and after you make them, you move them to the box on the right. That way you have lots of variety throughout the month. You can also see what you don’t really like, and you can switch those out with new dinner cards.  They are made out of 24 count Crayon boxes. I now have a big ziplock bag of crayons, but it’s so worth it! 🙂

I hope this inspires you to create your own dinner board and maybe bring a little organization to your dinner planning. If you have any questions, please leave a comment and I’ll answer as soon as I can!

 

Naked Faced Day 7

This week has been quite a blur. I had a root canal done on Monday and I ended up in excruciating pain and an infection that required strong antibiotics and narcotic pain killers. Between taking the Motrin, Vicodin and antibiotics, icing my face an crying, I didn’t think much about my naked face. Today I am feeling a teeny bit better, and I wanted food- real food- not mashed potatoes or top ramen or yogurt or scrambled eggs, so Mike, Samuel and I went to Jose’s. I ate a chili relleno and some rice (still super soft and no chewing really required, but at least it tasted awesome!).

Mike’s uncle and cousins came and met us for dinner. Mike’s cousin’s daughter is the sweetest, chattiest 4 year old I have ever met. We were in the middle of a conversation and she stopped, stared at me and asked, “Where did you get those freckles?”(although I’m pretty sure she was referring to the pimples and acne scars); to which I replied, “Honey, I’ve always had those, but I stopped wearing make up so you can just see them now”. Oh the honesty f children! I felt a little embarrassed, but her sweet mom reminded her that she had freckles too. 🙂

We left Jose’s and had to run to Winco to get a few things, and we ran into an old friend and his new wife, whom I had never met before and guess what?!? I smiled and introduced myself and it didn’t even cross my mind that I was naked-faced! Success!

I am looking forward to this coming week, hopefully off of the Vicodin and feeling more like myself. Well, it’s time for more Motrin so I better sign off!

Naked Faced Day 3

When I glanced at the calendar to see how many days I have not worn make up, I was surprised – This is day 3??? Really? That’s it? It feels more like 3 weeks!

The last few days have been hard. Saturday I went to a BBQ pot luck with about 30 people, then Sunday was church and today I went to the dentist. Three days of being out and about, around people, put-together people. Every time I thought about not wearing make up or saw a beautiful woman wearing make up, I felt embarrassed. I was happy that I did not think about it the whole time, just moments of realization that I was naked-faced. It also felt strange that my hair was done, but my face wasn’t.

Sunday when I was getting ready for church I felt the most anxious. Saturday’s pot luck was with friends with whom I am completely comfortable around, but Sunday morning at church, people I didn’t know would see me, judge me. I put on a necklace, then a ring on my right hand, then another necklace….then I felt like I was cheating…was I allowed to try to feel pretty with jewelry?? I left them on and it did helped ease my anxiety a little, though no one but my family noticed the extra jewelry. All I usually wear are my wedding rings and studs in my ears that I always leave in. I felt like I was overcompensating for the no make up, but the jewelry didn’t make me feel any more beautiful when I thought about it so I left everything on.

The upside of the no make up is getting ready for my day is much quicker! I do like that! I also like that I can rub my eyes without worrying about having mascara all over my face.

The downside of the no make up has been not being able to cover the acne on my chin that just seemed to pot up the last couple days, and that my face is swollen from the dental work I had done this morning and I can’t even divert attention to my pretty eyes.

So far I’m not feeling pretty with my naked face, but we will see if that changes as time goes on. Only 37 days to go!

40 Days Of No Make Up

I have decided to fast make up for 40 days.

A few days ago I went to Target with my mom and Samuel, and I didn’t get a chance to put on make up before I left the house, and of course, like every time I leave the house without make up, I saw some people that I knew. Not just once, but twice while we were shopping. And I found myself feeling extremely embarrassed and not wanting to talk to them. We did stop and talk, but the whole time I was thinking, “They probably think I’m such a slob”, “Ugh! That stupid pimple on my chin is huge, I bet they can’t stop staring at it!”, “Why didn’t I just put on some foundation before I left??” I honestly can’t remember what we even talked about; I was so preoccupied with my naked face.

I realized this is a problem. A person should be able to have a conversation, naked-faced or not, and be able to engage.

I was also thinking about how when we start wearing make up we are told that it should be used to enhance our natural beauty. But, what if you have worn make up for so long, or you wear so much of it that you don’t feel you have any beauty at all without it. I feel that way now. Because of my pregnancy, I developed Melasma, or pregnancy mask, also known as raccoon eyes. I have dark spots on my upper cheeks and around my eyes and even a spot in the center of my forehead, and to me they are so noticeable…in reality, most people probably don’t have a clue they are there. I have looked in the mirror and cried because I see the acne, the scars from past acne and now that I’m closing in on 30, the fine lines around my eyes.

Again, this is a problem. I shouldn’t look in the mirror and cry. At some point, my vision has become skewed. I obviously don’t see what my husband sees (“You are altogether beautiful, my darling, And there is no blemish in you.” Song of Solomon 4:7), and more importantly, what God sees (Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You. For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.” Psalm 139:12-14).

I wear foundation, concealer, blush, eye shadow, eye liner, and brow liner everyday. It takes me at least 10 minutes (that’s when Samuel is up and pulling on my leg) and up to 30 minutes when I’m going on a hot date with the hubby.

Last night I came across this blog http://melissajenna.com/2012/06/27/fresh-faced-for-40-days-because-you-should-love-what-you-look-like-naked/ and BAM! It hit my like a ton of bricks! I’m not the only one who feels this way! Like Melissa mentioned, I am very vain. I don’t think I’m the most beautiful woman, but I think I’m pretty (with make up on, of course!) and I won’t pass up looking in a mirror!

I am looking forward to this journey…now that I’m really thinking about it, 40 days is like an eternity! I am interested to find out all the things that God will teach me during this time. I also want to take on this challenge just to see if I can do it, to see how other people will react when I take off my sunglasses, and to learn to love myself  for what I look like naked (naked-faced, that it…my body is another story…the Lord is constantly working on this area of my life!). I’ll be blogging along the way, so stay tuned!

So here’s to day 1!