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CLUELESS ABOUT MAKEUP | More overwhelming than expected

Kathy Thornburg

Over time, I have slowly incorporated new makeup items into my routine, but I am in no way an expert! I decided to challenge myself a bit and try a LOT of new items I've never used before (highlighter, primer, cream blush, oh my!). I might have taken on a bit more than I can handle.

You can find some ELF products in stores, at or on the e.l.f. website. You'll likely find the best deal at the ELF Cosmetics websites. Just be aware that they do NOT accept returns or exchanges. They will however replace items damaged during shipping.

Use my link for $5 off your e.l.f. purchase!

Here's what I got...
High Definition Undereye Powder
No Budge Retractable Liner
Iris Beilin Mis Amores Lip Palette
Kiss It Goodbye Lip Color Remover
Silver 11 Piece Brush Collection
Acne Fighting Spot Gel with Aloe
Beauty Shield Primer (Favorite product!)
Glitter Silicone Blender Duo
Poreless Face Primer- Large
Cream Blush Palette
Mattifying Clay Mask (So refreshing)
Retractable Kabuki Brush
Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer
Antioxidant Booster Drops
Beautifully Bare Satin Lipstick
Velvet Matte Lipstick
Iris Beilin Mis Amores Beauty Clutch
Lip Exfoliator (I would skip...easy to DIY)
Free gift with purchase (Eye shadow, highlighter, lipstick)

Let me know your favorite makeup tips in the comments! You know I need them. :)

LOOK WHAT TROY DID! (Bragging on the husband)

Kathy Thornburg

Today I want to share with you what my husband has been up to. He works for a non-profit organization that helps connect churches with middle schools and high schools and to start Bible clubs in these schools. Recently, he had the opportunity to write a Bible reading plan called "Commissioned" that is available for free on the Bible app. Each day will guide you through a devotional followed by some Bible verses that go along with that day's message. This plan is not just for schools with YCI and not just for students. Anyone is welcome and encouraged to start the 5-day plan (I just started it today!)

Here's a link to take you directly to the plan...
Commissioned Bible Reading Plan

*This post is not sponsored.*

PARTY PREP- food allergy style! (GIVEAWAY!!!)

Kathy Thornburg

Attending parties is a little different when you have food allergies. Bringing along your own special treat to events is key to staying safe, feeling included, and being prepared. We love to enjoy the desserts that are served at the parties we attend when we are able to verify they are safe for our allergies and dietary restrictions, but bringing along a back up treat gives us an option when we find ourselves in a situation we did not expect or when the menu changes at the last minute. With a little preparation in advance, you can be prepared for any party or event that comes your way!

*Check out Bo and Ty Sweets to learn more about their products!

*A big thanks to Bo and Ty Sweets for providing our family with samples to try and for sponsoring our giveaway. All opinions are our own. We hope you will enjoy them as much as we do!*

DVDs that Teach about Allergies

Kathy Thornburg

Any time mainstream media picks up an important issue and covers it in video form, you can't help but watch it through the cracks of your fingers over your face. You know what I mean?

Sometimes, when people talk about food allergies in the media, it's either extremely offensive or just plain factually incorrect. BUT sometimes food allergies are presented in a clear, informative, and positive way that helps spread awareness and understanding to a new and wider audience.

When I saw this All About Allergies DVD at my local library, I snatched it up right away, knowing that I needed to watch this and let you all know if it's any good. Here, you'll get a brief description for each episode along with any online resources available related to each one.

All About Allergies is a PBS DVD consisting of five episodes. All episodes are around 15 minutes long- some being a couple minutes shorter. I would say that overall the episodes are valuable, but some are better than others. Daniel Tiger is our favorite of the episodes on this DVD and seems to portray food allergies in the most positive and clear way. Arthur is a bit more dramatic and a little scary for very young viewers. The character with allergies is about 10 years old and  deals with issues that small children might not need to deal with for some time. Peg + Cat is about environmental allergies (Peg is allergic to clover) and WordWorld is about being allergic to peaches (just like Daniel Tiger!). 

Daniel Tiger- 2 episodes

In the first episode, Daniel eats peaches and has an allergic reaction (his tummy hurts, he itches, and he has a rash on his face). The family immediately took him to the doctor to get him checked out. The doctor gave Daniel advice on how to stay safe and educated him about food allergies. Daniel and his mother work together to bake muffins for a school event the next day. The episode ends with a real life story of a young child eating lunch safely at school.

The second episode takes off where the first one began when Daniel brings safe muffins to school to celebrate 100 days school. He tells his teacher about his allergies while his parent stands next to him. Daniel plays with his friends in the play food center at school and they talk about the difference between being allergic to a food and not liking a food. There are multiple engaging songs and another real life story- this time about a crossing guard helping kids get to school safely. Both episodes focus on how we all help each other out. There was no mention of testing for allergies and no talk about emergency medication. Daniel is only given an oral medication at the doctor's office. Of course, you can't fully cover everything in just one 15 minute episode, but you may like to follow up watching this episode with a talk about what medicines keep your child safe during an allergic reaction and how important it is to keep it near all the time.

You can watch clips from this episode HERE.

Arthur- 1 episode

This episode titled, "Binky Goes Nuts," is about one of Arthur's classmates who develops a rash and goes to the doctor for a skin test that reveals an allergy to peanuts. His mother is very fearful. The doctor explains anaphylaxis and gives them things to read to learn more. Throughout the episode, Binky (who says he is almost 10) has nightmares about his allergies and is not happy with how his mother is reacting to the news. She emails all of the other families in his class and tells Binky he shouldn't go to the candy store. He is embarrassed at first but then is encouraged by a friend who also has allergies. In the end, Binky decides to take his allergies seriously and prove to his mom that he knows how to make safe choices so that she can trust him more with managing his food allergies.

You can watch this episode for free HERE.

PBS also offers additional free resources and printables to go along with this episode.

Peg + Cat- 1 episode

This episode, "The Allergy Problem," follows Peg as she struggles with sneezing. The doctor tests her and her cat runs away. While Peg searches for the cat by plane, she worries she might be allergic to her cat. She eventually find her cat inside of a whale (talk about an adventure!) and the whale is allergic to feathers. After talking through the day and what she has been in contact with, they solve the problem by discovering that clovers were causing her to sneeze and not the cat. The cat was first wearing a clover necklace, but after taking it off, Peg felt much better.

A few Peg + Cat videos and clips are available online, but this episode is currently not included. Other videos and activities related to Peg + Cat can be found HERE.

WordWorld- 1 episode

Pig needs all the letter A's to make an apple pie. Sheep comes to help, bringing peaches for the pies. Pig sniffs the peaches and starts to sneeze. He is sneezing so much that he can't tell them he is allergic to peaches. They get an ambulance for him but pig says he does not need it. Finally, ant (who knows about pig's allergy) tells the others that he is allergic to peaches. They get together a bunch of ants to carry away all of the peaches and pig instantly feels much better.

The point of this episode is really to teach the A sound and not to teach about allergies. He wants to ask for a-a-apples but can only say a-a-choo. They continually guess what things starting with "a" he could need. This is clearly meant for a very young audience and can open up the door to talk about allergies with your children but should not be used on it's own as any type of food allergy education.

For other WordWorld fun visit PBS online HERE.

You can buy All About Allergies on Amazon HERE.

Kyle Dine & Friends DVD

I would also highly recommend you check out Kyle Dine & Friends Allergy Awareness DVD.

His video is very informative and is by far the best resource for teaching children about food allergies. It is great for home use and for schools. There are two discs included- each geared towards a different age range. My kids love the songs, puppets, and engaging messages.

If you have any suggestions for other ways to teach children about allergies, let me know in the comments below!

NEW Enjoy Life Chewy Bars (taste test!)

Kathy Thornburg

We love love love Enjoy Life products. It's one of those companies we recommend to others constantly, and we feel Enjoy Life always has our back. It's so exciting to see so many new products hit the shelves in recent years, and Enjoy Life just rolled out three new chewy bar flavors!

Check out their website for more info about...

Caramel Blondie

Carrot Cake

Lemon Blueberry Poppy Seed

In this video, everyone in our family will taste test these new flavors and choose their favorite. Who will pick the winning flavor? Which one are you looking forward to trying first? Let us know in the comments below!

Disclaimer: We were provided with each of the new chewy bar flavors for us to try. All opinions are our own!