Friday, November 28, 2014
Thursday, November 27, 2014
I have grown so much in a year. I feel wiser, but I don't feel much older than yesterday. My body appears to have more energy. My relationship with God is stronger and constantly improving. My outlook on live is more positive. And I have lost almost 15 pounds since my 29th birthday...I am in a great space for life. Is there more I want to achieve in life? The answer is YES...OF COURSE!!!! Turning 30 gives me a motivation license to work harder for it! I believe this year is going to be a year of goal digging and finding my treasure in accomplishing several of them. I am so excited. More than anything, I am glad I still look great. My biggest fear was that I was going to look horrible, but I am aging gracefully! I love it...It can only get better from here for me. Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!
Monday, November 24, 2014
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to get all dressed and show your friends and family just how glamorous you can be.
I have been so inspired by fall the past few weeks that I decided to create this cranberry makeup look. Once I was finished I just knew it would be perfect for a Thanksgiving celebration.
Foundation-Maybelline FIT ME (Mocha Mocha)
Concealer- Black Opal (Toast)
Setting Powder (under eyes)-Ben Nye Sienna
Setting Powder (all over face) Covergirl Queen
Bronzer-Sonja Kashuk- Chic luminosity bronzer/blush duo (glow-53)
Contouring-Black Radiance Pressed Powder (Ebony)
Blush-Bronzed FX (Garner) and Covergirl Queen (Bronzed Ebony)
Eye Primer- Milani Eyeshadow Primer (01 Nude)
Sonja Kashuk Palette (Eye on Neutral)
Eye Shadow- Metallic Baked Eyeshadow (I Heart You)
Eye Shadow- Anastasia Lavish Palette (Sienna)
Eye Shadow- Coastal Scents Reveal II Palette
Eye Shadow- Wet n Wild Coloricon
Elf- Makeup Mist & Set
Eyeliner- Jordana Fabuliner
Mascara- L'Oreal Paris Telescopic (Carbon Black)
Lipliner-Sally's Beautique (Currant)
Lipstick- Milani (Sangria)
Lipgloss- Maybelline Colorsenstional (rasberry ablaze)
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Two weekends ago I had the pleasure of spending time with some awesome friends of mine. We were so excited to catch up and have dinner at a new restaurant that neither of us had been to. The plan was to try something eclectic and healthy. A vegan experience was at the top of our mental rolodex, but our appetites shamelessly opposed the meatless idea. My stomach in particular spelled out H-E-A-R-T-Y. My idea of hearty usually means MEAT and lots of it. We just knew we couldn't go wrong with Italian food.
The plan was to grab some drinks after dinner in the downtown area so we decided to pick an eatery nearby. After perusing the Urban Spoon website we opted to dine at Nicola's Italian Wine and Fare. Nicolas was a place that I had wanted to try for a long time, unfortunately I never knew where it was. When we approached the restaurant I just couldn't believe that it was right across the street from Hiro, one of the most popular sushi restaurants in Omaha. As much as I want to say this restaurant is tucked away; it really is not. However, I will say that if you are not looking for Nicola's then you might just miss it. There is no breathtaking architecture leading up to the entrance. It has a big city coffee shop charm to it, but then again, it is actually connected to a coffee shop.The patio delivers a pinch of intrigue with a taste of downtown-hipster regalness that convinces you to spend lots of money on cocktails and tipping. Thank God we visited Nicola's in the night chill of fall otherwise we would have succumbed to the patio's visual persuasion.
Once we walked in I was somewhat astonished by how small the restaurant actually was; especially since the patio gave an illusion of much more space. The inside of Nicola's truly did mimic the size of a neighborhood coffee shop. It was very quaint and filled with diners who appeared to be regulars and enjoying their food. There were several people waiting to be seated at the entrance. There was limited space to stand so we waited until we were able to sit at the bar. I couldn't help but to notice that many of the customers were in large parties of four more. The owner of the restaurant was very involved in the guest experience as he took our order for drinks and reassured us that our table was on the way. He entertained us in some conversation as we had drinks and waited for seating. It wasn't long before we realized he was very cultured person and knew a mutual acquaintance of ours. He even gave us some suggestions on places to visit to hear some good local music. We were finally seated after a couple kindly released their table and traded seats with us at the bar to indulge in some dessert coffee. This was definitely the kind of restaurant that made you want to linger around after the main course and stay for some baileys Irish coffee and tiramisu.
When we took our seats I looked all around and tried to bask in the hospitable comfort that Nicola offers. I found it even more peculiar that Nicola's only had male servers working that night. I didn't find it to be a problem; as they all were kind and gave excellent service to their guests.
(Bowl of Squash Soup $4.95)
I started off with their soup of the day; which happened to be a squash! It was absolutely AMAZING!!! The squash was pureed to perfection with no traces of its origin once being a vegetable. The texture was creamy and evenly whipped. There was just that right touch of buttery sweetness to it that was very reminscent of sweet potato bake. It was extremely delectable. There seamed to be a sea of floating pecans that I tasted with every bite. Honestyly, the pecans may have been a little overkill. The soup was served with a slice of toasted buttered bread. It was the perfect compliment to the soup. I finished this dish anticipating the likes of Thanksgiving. It was undoubtedly a first plate that warmed a cold soul and left you with delightful memories of family and holidays.
(Lasagna Mediterranean $18.95)
For my main course I decided to go with the server's suggestion of the Lasagna Mediterranean. The ragu sauce lived up to it's menu description of being hearty. I would have liked for the consistency of the sauce to have been just a tad bit thicker. I felt that it was a little too watery and runny for my liking. Nevertheless, it was still tasty and filling. I asked the server to bring me out a boat load of Parmesan cheese to coat my lasagna. The meatballs added to the heartiness of the lasagna. The seasoning was a little heavy for me as I have cut back on salt. It shouldn't be a problem for anyone that regularly consumes a large amount of salt. I think the Lasagna Mediterranean was good, but it didn't make me jump for joy. I would order something else the next time I return. Our server assured my party that all their dishes are prepared homemade. I think this adds to the charm of Nicola's.
(Ravioli di Scampi di Gambero $16.95)
(Ravioli di Carne or Formaggio $15.95)
Overall I really enjoyed my experience at this restaurant. The quaint charm of Nicola's is perfect for any dinner occasion; whether it be a night out your with family, friends, or your significant other.The food is delicious, the service is FIRST CLASS; moreover their crowd is satisfied. Nicola's Italian Wine and Fare definitely reaffirms the notion that looks aren't everything.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
How God Speaks to Me
I am working on hearing from God. I am also learning how God speaks to me. I have discovered that God speaks mostly to me through prayer and dreams, but mostly through prayer. If he puts something on my heart it usually shows up as a cluster of thoughts while I am quiet during my prayer time. If he is trying to spell something out to me or warn me he will give me dreams that I need to interpret. Sometimes these dreams are a string of visions with people randomly participating in outlandish events that make ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE. But he gave them to me for a reason and somewhere in that cloudy vision there are significant details and symbolism of instructions. If those dreams are ignored he continues to give them to me OVER and OVER. Eventually I will say, "okay God I get the point...you need me to do this."
He also introduces me to people who have the anointing and purpose to give me knowledge of what God intended for me to know. Those people are my favorite.
Discipline plays a HUGE Role
I want to SEEK GOD AND HIS KINGDOM FIRST before I do anything else in my life, so I am making an effort to make him a priority. As I put forth this effort to seek God first, I discovered that takes discipline. It takes to discipline to quiet yourself down and just get on your knees before him and hear him out. It takes discipline to listen. It takes discipline to consult him about your strongholds and no one else. It takes discipline to wake up in the morning and worship him and read the bible. It takes discipline to listen to his messengers during a workout instead of listening to music that may distract you. It takes discipline to remove all distraction that interfere with your precious time with the Lord. It takes discipline to want make him priority because HE SHOULD BE A PRIORITY not because you feel obligated or want something from him. It takes discipline to really want to get to know him.
What I want
I am currently working on having discipline in my life. It is the one thing that I am asking God to give me, because I believe that discipline is the key to many problems in life.
Hebrews 12:11--For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
I long for discipline so I can have the BURNING DESIRE to seek God and his Kingdom FIRST. I don't want to figure life out on my own anymore because it yields no permanent rewards. I want the life and everlasting joy God intended for me to have.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Friday, September 19, 2014
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Last weekend I had the opportunity of visiting one of my friends in Davenport Iowa. Her apartment was an absolute dream to experience. The apartment had so much character. Her personal touch on her home decor definitely complimented the architecture of the apartment. I loved her taste and it inspired me to make some inspiration boards for my next apartment. I definitely want to take my time researching the theme of my house and the color scheme. My favorite color is a ocean/teal blue. But I definitely love crisp white and clean lines. I also want to incorporate accents of pink. These images are giving me absolute life right now. I am moving to California next year, I do believe around May-June. I still have some kinks to figure out, but I am really excited about moving and apartment hunting. I plan to take some time to stay with my mother to save and make the best decision in choosing a budget friendly apartment. It is California after all; so I need to be patient and resist the temptation to just jump all in. But in the meantime I am excited to start crafting my vision for my California apartment. Enjoy!
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014
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