Monday, November 28, 2016

Tis The Season To Be Tanning...

Winter is here! This is the season us ladies tend to hit to hit the tanning beds most frequent to maintain a glow during this awfully cold season. Tanning Beds have got a lot of flack over the years and for good reason! We all are aware of the dangers of UV rays & skin cancer & blah blah blah.. So we'll just skip all that lecturing shit and jump right into what this post is really about. So, if you are looking for an alternative solution to the tanning bed, look no further. This is a rather long post so you might as well get a snack and a six pack, and enjoy!


Million Dollar Tan- Tan Icon Extreme
Rating: 8.5
If you're in with the beauty blogging/logging world, you are probably aware this is the MOST endorsed self tanning product amongst the loveliest guru's. I love this product for the tan guard, it's spray formula, ease of use, and flawless finish. The brush allows better & more controlled blending than a glove (especially around the hands, elbows, and knees). With that said, for it being an "Extreme" tan,
it's really not that extreme... well until you shower... and then watch your tan swirling down the drain. What you are left with is still tan, just not extreme (on me at least. Keep your own skin tone in mind when comparing.... if you are really pale you might be blown away haha). Unless there is some secret to locking it in, that's why I knocked off some points. Otherwise, I do really love everything else about this product.

Million Dollar Tan- Cabana Tan Face
Rating: 10.0
When it comes to self tanners, I strongly believe for the best, streak less results, a tan guard is a MUST. This product is the exception.. and maybe it is because you can see the entire surface of your face versus the rest of your body so you can blend it better? Whatever it is, this tans my face so amazingly natural and flawless... not to mention the smell will literally drag you away into paradise. I cannot find one bad thing to say about this product, and in fact, I have become so obsessed with it I have ZERO desire to try any other face tanners. This is the STANDARD product for the face.. not the Extreme. I have fair/medium skin and it tans my face to perfection.



St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse
Rating: 9.0
So when it comes to St. Tropez versus MDT, I gave this one half a point more ONLY because of the color payoff. The color result you get (from standard variation) is almost identical to the color result of MDT Tan Icon Extreme. It is only slightly lighter.. slightly. I can't even imagine the result from the Dark variation. As far as watching it go down the drain after showering, this does the same thing... and also kind of stinks after 8 hours. I always apply my tanners before bed so it's not like I was running a marathon. The smell when I wake up kind of bothers me, but there is nothing soap & water can't fix!

Formula Variations: Oil, Lotion, Spray







L'Oreal Sublime Deep Natural Tan
Rating: 8
Straight up, this is a true dark tan.. and almost instantly. It develops quick. It is cheap, easy to obtain, and perfect if you're on a budget. A little bit goes a long way too. The only thing that bothers me is the shimmer that comes with it.. If I apply at night, a lot of the shimmer seems to be gone by
morning (thank you sheets). This DOES rub off on clothes slightly too. It claims it does not, but it does (Don't worry, it washes out). The smell is also a little too "sunscreeny" for my liking, but I am also a weirdo about smells. All & all this honestly is a great tanner for the price and availability... plus it gets ya darker than both St. Tropez & MDT.

Formula Varieties: Mousse, Wipes, Spray, Airbrush, Lotion
 (different)

Available at any drug store.



Sephora Tinted Body Mist
Ratimg 7.5
Comparing this amongst the others really is not fair. As it is a "tinted mist" this is not typically meant for an all over color. I mean, I guess you can use it for that, but I personally don't think you will be impressed. I do think though it is the perfect product for touch ups or when you are running out the door. We've all been there.. put a little swanky top on to find your chest & arms are pasty as shit. That is when this product comes into play. Just spray and blend into desired areas and boom. Instant tan. Instant. (I apply 2 coats). I only gave it a 7.5 as a direct comparison to the others as an all over tanner.
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Vita Liberata Rapid Tan
Rating 9.5
Okay, let me just say the ONLY reason this did not get a perfect 10 is because of the price.. $43.00 for a 3.38 oz bottle.. really?? Ain't no one got money for that! Now, that being said, this self tanner is above and beyond the rest (justifying the price tag). You INSTANTLY see results. Full color development comes after 3-5 hours, but your skin as already tinted immediately after application. The longer you leave the product on, the darker it gets (5hours is max color). I also think compared to the others, this one gives the most "brown" color. This just has an amazing formula. I love it so so so much!! This is the first Vita Liberata product I have tried thus far, but am very ecstatic about trying more!



Self Tanner Crash Course


Tan Guards: If you have ever used a self tanner, you know some come in white lotions or are transparent when applied. And then there are others that are just straight up brown-- that's the tan guard. It allows you to see exactly where you are applying (my preferred method) to prevent streaks or missed areas.

Safety: My best friend recently complained to me about how pale she was, but did not want to use the tanning bed anymore. I suggested a self tanner to her and she replied back that "self tanners are harmful to your skin.. blah blah blah," so here's the truth:

The main ingredient in self tanners is DHA (dihydroxyacetone), a propertty derived directly from the sugar cane plant. When applied, DHA reacts with dead skin cells and leaves a temporary color. DHA is 100% approved by the FDA, and there is no evidence to support it is harmful, even for you prego ladies! However, it can enhance the reaction of UV rays, so always wear sunscreen when being exposed to the sun for a long period of time... especially when using self tanners. The bottom line: DHA is not a harmful chemical, it's a complex form of sugar.

Fading: Additionally, you should know this up front: If you are looking for a self tanner that is not going to become "blotchy" or "patchy" after a few days, you're never going to find one. Ever. That's just an overall con about self tanners that is inevitable. You shed millions of skin cells daily so when your tanner starts becoming "blotchy", it's not the tanner itself, it's your dead skin cells wearing away. Your activeness will determine  how quick, and where you will start to find patchy spots. For me, I find them first on my arms (the inside part of the elbow hinge <<< is that right lol?) because of how frequently I move them. Sweat can also knock some time off your self tanner. As you sweat, it brings the tanner to the surface. So if you work out every day as I do, it will fade sooner. With that said, although a tanner last X amount of days, I tend to apply more frequently to prevent patchiness before it occurs. Ex: Million Dollar Tan lasts 5-7 days so I apply every 4 days.

Exfoliating: Although DHA reacts with dead skin, you want your epidermis (outer layer) to be even and free of impurities. Exfoliating before any tanning in general is very important to ensure an even tan. Exfoliating prior will help make your tan last longer too.

Removal: If you have ever used a self tanner, you know trying to remove it is a pain in the butt,  especially if you have neglected your tan and are starting to look like you have a skin disease from the splotchy areas. We've all been there, right?! Fortunately, I know of a few methods to help. The first I stumbled upon by complete accident when I was testing eye shadow swatches on my arm. I took a makeup remover wipe and started wiping the swatches off (not gentle, but not too forceful either, just enough pressure) and noticed my tanner began lifting off my skin as well. I was about to shower and exfoliate all my tanner off anyway so I just kept going until the wipe became dry. I mean, this didn't completely remove it, and I wouldn't recommend this method entirely on its own, but it made my exfoliating process so much easier and more effective. It's like it had already done half the work and lifted most of it to the surface. So ever since, I do a quick rub down with makeup remover wipes before the 2 methods below.

The next method is by creating a lemon & baking soda paste. Both contain agents that will help lift the tanner to the surface and remove dead skin cells. The final method is just by straight up exfoliating. My go to exfoliator is by St. Ives  applying vigorously until most of the tanner is gone. You will never be able to fully remove it, but I repeat until it's pretty darn close. Using an exfoliating glove or loofa will enhance the efficiency in both these methods.


Are you all tanned out not?? Ready.. set.. get tan!!

Have you tried any of these products? What are your favorite self tanners?

xoxo.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

fall is in the air .. xx


Fall is my favorite season.

It's very similar to Spring, just instead of cold easing into warm, it's warm easing into cold. In most cases, Summer puts up a good fight at the end trying to stay longer throughout the days.. but Winter truly gets its revenge in Spring when we should be expecting warm sun and get sun but no warmth.. Springs lately have been so cold it is as if it goes from Winter to Summer. However, Fall is beautiful. It has such a beautiful transformation. The changing leave colors are amazing to see. Then by the time the snow hits, the trees are naked and it looks a whole lot cleaner, i think any way.



Pumpkin Flavored.. EVERYTHING !!




Is it really a surprise that when I say I love fall that that also means I love pumpkin spice anything? I also loveee cider mills.  You can go to cider mills to
pick apples or pumpkins. Soon enough we can also head through corn mazes and haunted houses, and munch on caramel apples and donuts. :) To be honest, anything pumpkin makes me drool. Pumpkin pies, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin cream cheese and bagels from Trader Joe's, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin Jamba juice smoothies, everything pumpkin is sooo delish!








Fall Colors

I love the colors of autumn, the smell of burning leaves that people make a bonfire of in their gardens, the crunchy sound the leaves make when you walk through them and when you get those beautiful Indian summer days at times in the autum


Farmer's Markets.

I LOVE famers markets! One went on last weekend in the town next to me, and I just love being able to take advantage of some fresh (and cheap) summer harvest fruits and vegetables. It's a great way to eat healthy, maybe grab some for home for a future dinner or salad, and not to mention it’s also a great way to support the local farm industry as well. 





Sonny Acres.
Yes it's mainly for children, but one of  my favorite things to do there is the haunted hay ride. It's best to go at night time, on a full moon w/cloudy skies to add to the suspense. i also loooove Halloween decor. i love glitter!. my pumpkins-- i pick the medium sized roundest ones & transform them into amazingly glittery masterpieces lol



Football Season !!
well, not for everyone but football is defff my favorite season so of course im going to plan a great event around it. ot has been so long since I have seen them at soldier field nut  must this season.






Apple Orchards!
I have never been to one in my life, but I am so excited to do so! just imagine . We had so much fun having competitions on who can get the most apples, we got apple cidar for soooo cheap, and drank hot chocolate like it's going out of style-- We took soo many pictures and I just am so excited to get them into my scrapbook.





Fall Fashion 
another favorite of mine is deff the fashion this season. the sweater, vests, scarfs, boots, uggs, Oh my I can go on and on :)

Arent these booties to. die. for? They were on sale at this new shoe port on north avenue in villa park for only $39 !!! Since I bought 4 pairs of shoes, I got 25% off. This is legit my new favorite show store next to shoedazzle.com online ;-)


As much as I love bathing suits and shorts, it is nice to get back into cozy sweaters and scarves. It's so fun to see other fall outfit ideas to see what I can come up with out of my closet. I love the knee high boots, the scarves, and the purses. I love wearing sweater dresses and mittens; leopard print, plaid, patterns.. dark purples and reds, oranges and browns; penny loafers, camel coats, longer hemline.. All of it!
Oversized Sweater and Leopard Pumps



the boots, with tight pants, and long knit sweaters. I love adding layers. Big oversized purses, and long loose waves. IDEAL for fall. 

These two images are perfect examples of ideal fall wear


I also love collecting fall leaves, I store them in my big dictionary so they are flattened and then use them in an envelope to look at. i love baking fall desserts, brewing cider, raking leaves into big piles and jumping into them ;]

Felicia Marie ... *

Monday, September 14, 2015

what makes him perfect < 3


so i had such a wonderful day with my boyfriend, our 6 month anniversary.  i just felt like i should really do more to show my appreciation of having him in my life. thus the start of this blog post...one of my blog friends coincidentally posted a blog that i was very much inspired by.. it was a husband who wrote about his wife of 23 years. He wrote a reason for each year of what he loved most about her that year and why, && i want to do the same.


He’s my bestestest friend!! He gets me, and there’s nobody I’d rather be with anywhere. We can be doing absolutely nothing.. spend out Sundays sleeping and watching Family Feud or go walking around downtown being in total amazement at the sky and buildings.. Either way, just being with him is all that keeps me going.

he does anything for me especially if it means putting a smile on my face..he works in construction, so he gets pretty filthy.. he has amazing personal hygiene for a male.. def a  plus!

He thinks more of my skills than I do. He has never stopped encouraging me to do things I want to do, and he believes I should charge more for what I do, but because he thinks I deserve it.

he always is touching me.. and i love it. when we are in the car, his hand is on my thigh, when we're walking his hand is on the small of my back or around my waist. when we're waiting in line, he has both hands on my hips holding me against him. i just feel so secure.

He laughs when I do a funny walk, make a silly joke or act goofy, and never tells me im being stupid or childish.. even when i am.. just because he does the same shit and we just laugh at it together. he has a great sense of humor.. and he constantly cracks me up.

He has the best cuddle. His chest is warm against my cheek, i fit perfectly into his arm.. my legs curl right up into his. our bodies just collie with each other.

He tells me I look extraordinarily beautiful-- he always is first to wake up and i wake up to him staring at me. he always tells me that's the moments he looks forward to every morning.. he says i don't need make up and gets mad when i put it on. but then again when i obviously take my time to look extra pretty like for a wedding, etc he always notices and is first to tell me that i look smoking'!!

he isn't like the stereotypical men who forget dates.. he always remembers my birthday, AND even remembers my special little anniversary dates on things between him and i that mean the most to me..
 
He is very clever, and incredibly smart. He can twist old things into new, and new things into something brand new. when he takes on a task, you bet nobody has ever done it better.

He’s got a shaved head and big color changing eyes.. his lips are so plump and a cute button nose. i love running my fingers across his head and kissing him all over.. but what i love more is him holding me at night when i feel most secure. never ever have i felt so secure and safe.

He likes himself. now some girls may hate that in a guy, but he doesn’t overdo it that's for sure. i like it because i don’t have to tell him why I want to be with him, && he doesn’t' get so jealous when im in the presence of another guy.. and that makes my life a whole lot easier && and sometimes I can write lists like this, just for my own amusement. i also do to remind myself how lucky i am.

He learns from his mistakes, and he is a better man because of it. he has changed SOOO much in the past couple of years, and i am so very proud of him. i knew he had it in him, and i am so glad i made the right decisions to remain where i was because i would never have known a love like this if i hadn't of.

I don’t like it when he’s not around. i don't really like "me time" besides when i am doing something FOR him like getting pampered for an event or planning something for him. when i am not with him i am constantly thinking about how long it will be til i am, and i constantly call and text him soo many i love you's that it makes me dizzy. he just truly fills the air with lovely things when he’s around.

He annoys me with awful songs… but yet I love listening to him sing them. I can listen to him sing all day long. he has a voice that can work with so many different genres of music. I would like to be able to record them without him knowing and posting them on a blog somewhere. You’d love them too.

He took me to see 50 shades of grey. Enuff said.

He’s got an excellent taste in movies and TV series, and it is always safe to pick his channel instead.

He makes me feel like a part of “us” for the first time of my life. Never before has the word “us” had a deeper, more profound meaning to me.

&& to finish this off I challenge everyone to take a moment to think about what they appreciate about their spouses, girlfriends or boyfriends!!!

bet you can't list as much as i did without copying :)))

xox rica

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

real eyes realize real lies


I think that we all forget how great we truly are.

I think sometimes we get caught up in how everyone else is defining us, that we forget to remember that the only thing that really matters is HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT YOURSELF and there is NO REASON for you to be trying to get a guys attention every single day… If he’s too blind to see what’s right in front of him, he’s not worthy of you… plain and simple, because the guy who can’t get you off his mind, the one who can tell you’re beautiful and mean it with all his heart, is the one you want.. not the one who’s with you… while he’s still looking for the next best thing. Take it form me, I am all too familiar.

i know that some times i may not look like I’m not all “put together” as I seem. Yes, everything on the outside of me is always perfectly done. But on the inside I’m truly a fucking mess at times. there is a more to me than what meets the eye. From the looks of me, it is easy to make the following assumptions:

conceited: in fact, i have more insecurities than the next girl. we all do. Does that mean I have to let the world know it? No.  i hold my head up high && come off confident because i am very confident in my knowledge, and ability to accept the fact that I am who I am. I cannot obsess over unrealistic expectations.

know-it-all: i always just give out enough information. (i never disclose it all, that would be my ultimate defeat.)  i am DEEPER than you think. I have been through it all, and therefore help those I know are heading down the path I was on. If I had someone telling me the way at that age I would've very much appreciated it. If you would like to contradict me, I'm game. I can most likely figure you out within 5 minutes of having a conversation with you

Once I do, I thirst for YOU  to figure ME out. I believe myself to be genuine and I would never betray the ones I love. I value my family and those who are REAL. I am constantly thinking and I love to write poetry. i have Loved... Lost... and Learned. (( the three things that every soul should feel. )) i yearn for those that put a smile on my face. I crave for the one that will give to me what I will give to those that give back.

for the past several years i've pretty much kept to myself. too much circulation makes the price go down, if ya catch my drift. The more you are seen and heard from, the more common you appear. If you are already established in a group, temporary withdrawal from it will make you more talked about, even more admired.

You must learn when to leave.

Create value through scarcity.. then when you reappear--everyone will be like "wooooww you look amazing!" i've never really accepted the roles that society foists on me. i've recreated myself by forging a new identity-- one that commands attention and never bores my audience.

it took me a while to understand I am  the master of my own image as opposed to letting others define it for me. i believe by doing this my power will be enhanced  and my character will seem larger than life.


xox rica

Monday, November 24, 2014

happy turkey day! < 3


happy thanksgiving !! 

Whether you celebrate this holiday or not, i hope everyone will max out on some amazing food & enjoy the time with their family and/or friends.

Thanksgiving marks the gathering of summer’s harvest, but it’s also a day when we express gratitude. I believe that living a thankful life is good for your mind, body and spirit. Even though these are very trying times, everyone has something they can be thankful for. regardless of where you presently fall on the thankfulness scale, i encourage you to find something, big or small, to be thankful for. my main ones will be listed below in this post. you all should do the same :)  

family 


i am thankful for my family. every family has its own abundance of issues. Mine is no different. This year I am most thankful for my mother and sister. my mother has gotten me through what seems to be the most hardest of times, and has never once given up on me. she has done more for me these past few months than i can ever expect or ask of her to do. i wrote my mother a letter this year explaining all that she does that i am thankful for and how much i appreciate her and i ended up writing seven full pages!! mothers are just the best :) my sister is my pride and joy. her laughter brightens any situation. i am trying my hardest to get to be the best i can all because of her. she is my #1 motivation.



Whether they're coming to us or we're going to them, family is often the theme of Thanksgiving celebrations. If you're  close to your family, be thankful for their support and legacy of love. If family life is more complicated than it is “Leave it to Beaver,” find ways to show your appreciation for the people who raised you the best they could. Good or bad, your family life helped form what you value most in relationships. Be thankful for them!



friends && enemies 



I do not have many, but my few are something special that is for sure. This year I have gotten chances to become more social. Instead of being so consumed in my own life, I finally meet that friend for lunch that we talked about months ago. i finally let people in that i was afraid to initially because of all the hurt prior females have caused.

I finally made peace with 2 out of the 3 girls who i had falling outs with. Although there is one more female out there, I can comfortably say i have no hate in my heart. Thanks to the internet, I can look up these girls and to be perfectly honest, I couldn't help but smile when I saw how good they are doing. We all shared some of the same struggles so to know we all got up and through them is truly remarkable. I have no jealousy, no vengeance, no revenge stirring, just pure happiness for them. Unfortunate we could not make our friendships work, but it clearly was for the best.
&& I'll leave it at that. 

certain some one -- *
i am so very thankful for having such a wonderful best friend-- this person knows who he/she is. time has gone by very quickly, and i am so blessed to have my angel by my side with me experiencing life and seeing our relationship blossom into something beautiful. While this relationship has been difficult some times, it's been a great learning experience for us both, in a positive way. I've learned that I can handle more than I ever thought possible. i've gained a lot of independence within this past year, and am very content with knowing i am on my way.


  freedom

i am thankful for freedom and opportunity. I have the opportunity to do and become ANY THING i want. That is a good feeling. i am blessed to live in the United States of America. This country DEFINITELY has its down sides and faults; however I would not choose to live any where else. I believe this country is one of the safest, and i also believe we as a people still have a voice, and many of us intend of using that voice.

My freedom is some thing I will never take for granted. I know so many people who have been to prison, and to think what it must be like not having an opportunity to shower with warm water at my so chosen time, and my choice of what food i eat and when, etc is absolutely terrifying to me. My freedom is very important to me. This keeps me from breaking laws that are as simple as littering!

So I say this -- and reiterate it until you all agree-- Be very THANKFUL to live in a country packed with the freedoms and opportunities so many dream of & even better- achieve!


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i-n-d-e-p-e-n-d-e-n-t
"do you know what that means?? tell em!"


it wouldn't be hard to label me as a very lucky girl. when in reality, luck has little to do with all that i have. i have worked my ass off for what i have & i am always on my grind for that paper. i have walked multiple paths of life so far, and don't plan on stopping any time soon. See below:

  * apartment *
I finally got my own place! No more roommates; no more crappy, unsafe places; no more worrying about creepy neighbors, no more filthy, bug infested apartments, no more instability. I have my own apartment in Wheaton, IL which is less than 15min from my sister! Being so close to my sister has me jumping for joy. Not to mention my landlords are such wonderful people. I am very blessed to have such ones whom are so great, generous, and caring as they are. They help me more than any landlord ever has before. I will have pictures of the place up soon. I am still furnishing it and will type up an individual post about my new sweet pad in the near future :) The image above is actually a video but for some reason isn't working for me. :(


* employment *
I just started a new job a couple months ago, and I am really loving it. My boss is a phenomenal guy who says i have a lot of promise. There is a lot of room for advancement and I definitely see myself going far being under his wing and guidance. Do you have a job? Be thankful. It's hard to find and more importantly KEEP one these days. Be thankful for the freedom and flexibility that your job may offer you. If you're still looking for work, just be thankful for the skills and experience you can bring to the table. Many people do not have the opportunity to even use a keyboard, or file, or work with cars, etc. Americans have so much opportunity and resources that it is literally coming out of our asses-- I hate when I see them not being used to their full advantage!




* clothes, make up, and shoes *
im thankful for all of the material items i own as far as make up, clothes, shoes, purses, etc that i have been blessed with to be able to buy this year. many people are not able to enjoy sure luxury -- and i am very grateful to be one of the few whom has been able to.

I am very sad my favorite store Dots has closed down. However I have been shopping a lot more at Ross, Burlington Coat Factory, and this new store called Factory Mills which is an outlet store sort of of all different designer brands. I absolutely love what they have, and most of all -- the prices!!
From shopping at Ulta so many times and spending so much, I joined their rewards program. In June of this year I had a total of $96 in rewards I could spend. I was SUPER STOKED!

I bought all my favorite girls their Christmas gifts early, and bought three new mascaras I absolutely fell in love with. I will be doing a review on them soon so stay tuned!

Lipssticks have been my latest obsession. I finally found some colors that I can actually pull off. I was always afraid to take that step, but to my surprise, i can rock a nice bold lipfabulously :)


* Splurging *
i am really getting specific with this list huh? lol i have gotten the opportunity to eat out at restaurants a lot more this year, as well as now having a kitchen i can dine in at too! i absolutely love going out to eat. i am a big reviewer (yelp!) and love to take in all these restaurants have to offer. People put  their entire lives into their restaurants, so i absolutely love to see their dreams come alive and help contribute by adding my two cents. Not to mention, i am a big food lover, especially Mexican food-- So why not, right? 
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my long hair  xx

 I have been trying to grow my hair out for  4 years now. Back in 2010 I cut it all the way up to just above my shoulders! Check out the picture to see exactly how short it was! Now it is a couple inches past my waist line. I want it down past my butt, and then I am going to cut it into long layers.  I absolutely love long hair. i think every woman should have it in their lives at least for one few year phase. I feel so sexy, feminine, and like a legit super model any time the wind blows at me. LOL Not to mention, it keeps me warm in the wintertime.

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my teeth ..

yes, you read right. i have been desperately needing to see a dentist to get some teeth fixed. I think i must have inherited a horrible teeth gene from one of my parents because i know people who have HORRIBLE hygiene and still do not have as many teeth issues as i have had. Money was always an issue for me. Thankfully I was able to catch up and get all the work I needed done in my mouth. I have one or two more that I will be doing next February or so when I get my tax refund check back. I am very happy and proud of my pearly whites!! :)

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basic life necessities
i may not always have exactly what i want, but i have more than enough to eat and more than enough choices that over half of this world does not get to have.  my home isn't perfect, i often feel its "too small"  and still renting-- but it's a warm, safe place to live and in a nice, quiet neighborhood in a wonderful community based town. im blessed to have the things i have and to have what i need. ESPECIALLY when knowing that there were times I, myself, have been in situations where I didn't have enough to eat, clothing to wear or a place to sleep- I'm definitely thankful for the blessings of having "enough" and "more than enough."
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 creativity 
i am thankful for the opportunity to have explored my crative side this year. i have creativity wanting to burst at the seams. i love making things i can either decorate my body or home with. Jewelry, pillows, scarves, clothes, etc. A wonderful lady showed me how to many some, she is absolutely wonderful at it herself. Here are some of both of our masterpieces !!


These are some of the charm bracelets I absolutely love to wear but many of them are sold at crafts shows as well.

Below are embellishments sewn and glued onto cut off jean shorts and below are Swarovski gems i glued onto a pair of plain black Pleaser heels <3











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my current beautiful town
i am so thankful to live in such an amazing area. i am living in Wheaton, IL. This town is considered a "rich" town. I hate to say it but you can just tell from walking thru it. You can see how involved members of the community are. You can see how clean and kept this town is. You can tell it is very family oriented with how every house has seasonal decorations on their lawns, or signs in the front yards showing support for what ever group. I enjoy walking to work (yes, i luckily work a mile away from my apartment.) On my walk, i get to see such amazing houses, I pass by runners, dog walkers, etc and they are so friendly. I get offered rides on cold days from little old ladies.. theyre so cute. i love living in this area. i am so glad i had this opportunity, and i hope to stay here for a while.



born & raised in chicago


Although I am living in Wheaton now. I will never forget where my roots are. i am thankful to have been blessed with being born in this wonderful city of Chicago. this is the city that was raised from the ashes (was totally destroyed in a great fire), and with hard work and dedication, Chicago was rebuilt, better taller wider and prouder, welcoming all opportunity to make us a better community... Including the world's first skyscrapers, first feats of pure brick, and even the innovative steel frames that have led to the boom of beautiful skyscrapers of great cities all around world! the streets of Chicago have made me act like a lady, but think like a boss. i have a heart of gold, but sense ulterior motives from miles away in this city. i grew up being exposed to it ALL but i would not have it any other way.

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I am thankful for life- i am thankful for yet another day that God has given me to live on his beautiful Earth and vall the blessings that God has given me. Too often, we grumble about the world we're living in or the life we have. i have realized that each day is a gift from Him and it becomes what we make of it. there can be good found in anything that happens, we just have to open our eyes and see it. i am very happy with how much i have grown this year & so excited to see where life may lead me in the coming year.

i am DETERMINED to try harder. it is finally that time.


Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
 
xox rica

Friday, August 29, 2014

interesting life hacks xx

Hey lovelies!

OMG Has it been forever since I last posted. I am working on a post that will allow you all to catch up with me. SO much has been going on with me -- verry verry good stuff, and of course can't have the good without the verrrrry verrrrrrry bad stuff! So tune in for that within the next couple weeks. I wanted to quickly post this post as I came across it in my email and thought it was so fun and interesting, I just had to share with all of you! I hope you enjoy! ;)

Life Hacks!

I would use this idea in my bathroom for my blow dryer, straightener, curling iron, etc
It works perfectly for both I would have to say.




I have live in a small apartment and think this is just genius. I am so excited to try it as I have very limited counter space, and have a lot of kitchen items on my counters that take up room such as my blender, toaster, coffee maker, etc




I really wonder if this one here works. I am sure you have to have the exact grip and movement. I would probably be there for minutes trying to get it open haha






This is pretty known... news paper or paper towels.. or here's something --
EMPTY ALL LIQUODS PRIOR TO DISPOSING THEM. ;)





YES! I so need to do this as my Zippers go down to regularly because I wear my jeans so tight!






So this looks like it takes up a lot of room in your fridge, but it also holds quite a bit. It can be a good idea, but not one I am willing to try. 




This is a good idea; however I throw my tape rolls in my junk drawer, basement, etc and I could imagine what kind of dirt and dust that exposed sticky part would pick up. It isn't a big deal, but when you're a wuss like me-- id constantly be worried about spiders whenever I go to grab it lol





I actually use the hangers in the picture below this one to hold my boots up on the closet rack; however some times with my leather boots I will get an imprint of the clasp in my boots and that isn't good because it doesnt come out..



Who'da Thunk it!?



I already knew this one as well.. Some are pretty common-place. It works very well!




I am SUPER excited to try this one!! Those bottles are so sturdy and thick, theyd make for EXCELLENT cups. I am determined to do this this weekend!!



This is GENIUS! Some of these are kind of like, DUH moments. Why havent I thought of that!?





At work, this happened to me, and I actually used one of these prior to seeing this image, and it works great! I was bummed when I saw I wasn't the first one to think of doing it LOL






Not really sure if this one works or not.. I wouldnt think the sticky part is strong enough to grab onto all the dust. I will try it and let you all know though!





How cool is this one!? So neat and resourceful. Who needs a baby bath when you have this. Get a tub Pillow for the younger babies, and you're good to go!





I am excited to tell my Boyfriend this one for his yard!






This one below works great, but a lot of dirt and dust gets trapped on the velcro as well believe it or not.





When I worked at a pizza restaurant-- a lot of the drivers told me about this. Unfortunately people tend to order 2 liters and not smaller, so unless you had an empty small size bottle in your car... this wont really help.




My boyfriend uses this one below for his lunch. It works very good. My girl friend also puts sun screen lotion in it for the kids at the beach, easy application, and you wont over use.



I really want to try this one below... Can you imagine how good of a scrub that would get?
I'm a cleaning nut, so I get excited over this stuff! lol




This one below I already knew and used.. I use this for my Bullet & Blender






I am so using this idea very soon. This is so ideal as I am on my laptop for hours at a time, and sometimes my lap or table gets so hot I feel like I should turn my laptop off to give it a break. But when you have a lot to do, its almost impossible to do that. So here is a very good solution!





This works great! I tried it! Who would've thought!?



&& the one I found MOST helpful and am excited to try is ...


Thank you for reading guys and gals! I hope some of these help you out in your day to day lives just as they have me. If you know of any others, please let me know. I would be very happy to add them to the list!
Until then, take care and have yourselves a very amazing and safe Labor Day weekend. So sad Summer is almost over =[ I have to live it up these last few weeks, that is FOR SURE!!

Toodles!! *
 
Rica Marie 

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