It has been a hot second since I have laid it all out on this blog. I have tossed the idea around for a long time about changing the direction of what I want to write about and what kind of blog I want to have. But over the last few months I have realized I just want to be genuine, real and raw with people about life.
I write this tonight as I am overwhelmed with the day of activities that I have accomplished. You see, I am a single mother to two little boys. I am my kids sole provider and while I have an amazing support system and family, some days I find myself completely and totally exhausted. While driving home from cub scouts with my boys I just wanted to cry. I was hungry, tired and I still had to get gas in my car, I felt completely alone and overwhelmed. My kids were tired from the long day of schoolwork, jiu jitsu and their first pack meeting of the year.
Why I thought it was an amazing idea to have us all involved in all these things is beyond me. I do not pretend to know what I am doing, nor do I take what cards I have been dealt with lightly. I do not want them to miss out on life because they only have one parent around to do things, so I make sacrifices on the daily for my children and die to myself so they are happy. I am not my kids bestie, I do not give them everything they want. I have taught my boys that they should work for what they want in life. They see me fight for it in the gym, on my knees and in life. They have seen my at my strongest and at my weakest.
I have an amazing life, and yes I can do a lot of things and multitask like a boss. I still make it to the gym 5-6 days a week, meal prep, can still maintain friendships, volunteer as a youth leader at my church, home school my kids, and still find time late in the evenings for myself.
I not only work my main job, but hold two side businesses as well. I am rarely home, and when I am I want to soak up the peacefulness of it all before it slips away.
I do not regret the circumstances and situation that has brought me to where I am and who I have become today. The pain of my separation from my ex husband nearly did me in. But here I am today stronger than I have ever been, happier than I have ever been, with a fire inside me that burns to make myself a better person and to strive for greatness in life. I chose to rise up, to stand up, and that is what matters most my friends. What you do when you have been knocked down by life onto your knees.
Monday, January 26, 2015
You took the plunge and decided to try Younique's 3D fiberlash mascara and you have had issues with it clumping? It is probably due to one or a few of the following.
You use regular mascara prior to using the 3D Fiber lashes.
I realize the insert that comes with the mascara specifically states to use the 3D fiberlash mascara over your regular mascara, but as you know, all mascara's are not the same. I do not use regular mascara first, I find that it clumps. I personally like my lashes better with just using Younique's 3D fiberlash mascara.
You're using too much gel or too many fibers.
When you first start using your new mascara, there tends to be a lot of fibers and gel on the wands when you remove them. You want to build layers and not try to achieve the long lush lashes in one coat. The mascara builds nicely and you should use less product and build it by adding more coats.
Not letting the fibers set.
If you don't let the fibers set long enough, when you go to seal them with the gel, it can cause the fibers you just put on your lashes to stick to the wand. Switching off between eyes gives the fibers some time to set and won't come off with a quick swipe of the gel when you seal them.
After I get the desired length I use the blow drying method, you can watch the video here for that:
***If you haven't tried it, put down the falsies, break up with your extensions. Go to: https://www.youniqueproducts.com/nicolehoyt.. click shop, add 3D Fiber Lashes to your cart and wait patiently by the door -- swipe on your fabu "Lashes" and be wowed instantly!!!
Happy Monday Ladies! Xoxo
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
BUT guess what, here I am 2 years later living and crap. Who would have thought that the most dark times of my life would have brought confidence, strength, and the endurance to deal with all the petty stuff that comes a long with it.
The awkwardness of the entire situation was quite comical, but he blankly stared at me, didn't correct me, and said "Yes I fed them. He didn't really eat much." I was semi mortified, and quickly apologized and said "Sorry, I called you that for close to 8 years, it was out of habit." No response from him, he just told me that his girlfriend was mad and sitting in the car and that he needed to go.
I don't know how you can literally not live with someone, hardly speak to them, unless its about your children, and you still accidentally call them babe.
LORD HELP ME.
We all live and learn. Divorce is the hardest thing I have ever done, next to being married (if that makes sense).
You pick up your broken pieces and move on, live, love and love again, laugh much and often, hold you babies tight, find your passions, and just live.
Monday, February 17, 2014
This past month I have found a couple new favorite products that I wanted to share with you. My all time favorite is this new Maybelline Baby Skin - Instant Pore Eraser with Blur Technology . I found it on pinterest (go follow me, I pin cool stuff) and wanted to give it a shot, it makes my make-up look flawless. I absolutely LOVE it.
So over the past year with stress, it has done a number on my hair, and I found this conditioner that blows my mind. Joico K-PAK Revitaluxe Bio-Advanced Restorative Treatment, 5.1 oz.I use it once a week and leave it in after my shower for about an hour and rinse it out with cold water. I could tell a huge difference in my hair within the first use of the conditioner, my hair not only looks healthy, my hair is starting to shine again. I also take 5000mcg of Biotin that I bought from super supplements, and omega plex from Advocare.
Last but not least is this foundation/powder in one, MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation NC20 for Women, 0.52 Ounce. I am usually leary of products that are combination foundation and powder, because they seem to be more creamy and does NOT go on how I would like, but I have been nothing short of absolutely amazed by this product. I have been using it every day, and is my go to foundation.
People ask me all the time what makeup and products I use, so I figured I would share. Enjoy!
Friday, November 22, 2013
With my busy life I sometimes find it hard to stop, take a breath, and just bake like I use to. My boys requested a fall favorite at our house that has been a tradition for the past few years. My pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. These are a staple in the fall. My kids call them cupcakes because they are that delicious, and naturally I do not correct them.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Yield: 12 muffins plus 12 mini muffins
1 15 ounce can 100% pumpkin
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips, optional
1/2 cup chopped pecans, optional
1. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Spray muffin pans with cooking spray.
2. Bring pumpkin, ginger, cinnamon and cloves to a simmer in a medium saucepan, stirring occasionally, until puree thickens about 5 minutes. Pour into a mixing bowl & allow to cool for a couple of minutes. Whisk in brown sugar and oil, then slowly whisk in eggs.
3. In a separate bowl whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk flour mixture into pumpkin mixture until just combined.
4. Stir in chocolate chips.
5. Divide batter among the muffin cups and bake until golden and cooked through, about 10 minutes for the mini muffins & 13 minutes for the regular sized muffins.