Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Cucumber Makeup REMOVER

I would just like to say THANK YOU to this little pack of CUCUMBERS! I was looking for something quick, fast, and easy that would remove my makeup without me feeling guilty for using my newborn son's baby wipes. LOL!

This costs me $2.99 and my face feels refreshed! All of my makeup was removed easily and I don't have to worry about Christopher Anthony running out of wipes soon.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Rest... RECOVERY... Realization @ Pelican Beach Resort




Sometimes you just need to get away for a while. Thank GOD my husband got that memo & made it happen for our family! We enjoyed a week long vacation at the Pelican Beach Resort in Destin, Florida.

Now growing up I used to go to school with kids that went to Destin EVERY summer. I did not know what to expect but from the pictures I thought it was too good to be true.... Uhhhhh IT WAS NOT!

Destin, Florida should be on every families list of places to visit during the summer. You get to see other families here enjoying each other and spending time with one another. In this day and age, it is very important that you spend time with your children and expose them to different things in life.

Destin gives you a break from your everyday hustle & grind while not losing sight on what matters most to you. I needed this vacation just as much as my hardworking husband did and our children enjoyed it as well.

I've gotten some REST... I feel as if I have fully recovered... and I still realize that GOD IS GOOD!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Life's a PEACH



Yea I am giving yall the *side-eye* treatment for that quote! WHO SAID, "LIFE'S A PEACH!?"

Last time I checked I didn't want to make cobbler out of the peaches I was handed in this LIFE! I'd rather stick with the "When life hands you lemons make lemonade" quote! LOL

I do know one thing.... "LIFE'S A PEACH" looks great on my NAILS & LIPS! Thanks to Victoria's Secret Lip Gloss & Orly Nail Polish for these sweet peaches!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

YOGURT WARS!!!

 Lord knows I love frozen yogurt! I absolutely love the new Watermelon flavor at Pinkberry and I am a new fan of the Taro flavor at Yoforia.




I wanted to know if there were any other frozen yogurt lovers and which one of these two franchises you think is the BEST!





My VOTE: PINKBERRY!!!!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

How do I feel about the NFL & NBA LOCKOUTS??!

I feel like Mrs. Touhy on the movie,THE BLINDSIDE,
 'What is it GONNA take!?'

Sports*Partum Number 4

<------- Does this man look familiar? He is from the Great State of Mississippi and he does not want to say "Goodbye" to FOOTBALL. There are rumors circulating our great nation that the quaterback who has worn the "NUMBER 4" religiously may be returning again this season for some professional football.

*RAISES HAND*    Ummm AINT WE IN A LOCKOUT? WILL WE EVEN HAVE A SEASON?? This is not about YOU FAVRE!

Please stay home in Mississippi... Ride a John Deere... And Coach the next greats that will come out of the Pine Belt!

Where is BEYONCE when you need her?? She loves the "Number 4" for various reasons but I am slowly beginning to hate the number! And yes I am from Forrest County, Hattiesburg, Mississippi... Take that to the bank! #iCare

I WAS THERE...But NOW I'm HERE

Around this time six years ago I was a single mother living in Ellisville, Mississippi and I had just given birth to my first son Sean. During this pregnancy I had to face a tough reality. My reality at that time was that I did not have my son's father by my side, did not finish college and I was unsure of my existence. I had lost my grandmother months before to breast cancer and I did not want to live.

I WAS THERE....

I needed to find myself and I needed to know what I wanted to live for. When I found out I was pregnant with my first born I was so happy. The joy that took over me was unmeasurable. This was God's way of saying, "Dawn I need you to live a little while longer". I have always tried to escape my reality if it didn't look the way I wanted it too in the mirror. My escape attempts were harming my mind, body and soul.

I WAS THERE....

Months went on during the pregnancy and having someone inside of me growing kept me alive! I wanted to grow and I wanted to give him life. When I had Sean I cried joyfully. I could not stop. I could not believe what God had given me and why he chose me. I was grateful. Then it hit me. I had to do this alone and only God could help me. That was okay but could I at least get some help along the way from someone on earth?

I WAS THERE.....

Weeks after his birth I had come down with Viral Meningitis. This illness took over my body and I was no longer able to be around my child. This hurt me more than anything I had faced before this time. All of the abuse, all of the lies, and all of the troubles I went through could not compare to those weeks apart from him. I had to get better and I had to do it fast. Not soon after my recovery nature hit....

I WAS THERE.....

Hurricane Katrina destroyed what safety net I created for my son and I. We struggled for the first few weeks and it was 4 families living under one roof. I will never forget that experience and seeing how hard I had to work for my family I never wanted to go through that again. It was tough but we got through that the best way we knew how and that was fighting together. Helping others who had less than what we had was even more eye-opening during this experience.

I WAS THERE.....

Mentally I was never able to sit back and see how these major events would affect my next pregnancy. A new life. A new chapter. A new city. New Expectations. It may seem like it was better but in some ways it even harder for me mentally. All I have known is to struggle and to not rely on anyone else but myself up until this point. Now that I am married and we have had our first child together I am in a different space. Happier... YES. But lost---->Of Course! Why?

I AM HERE

I am in the same role as I was before but in a different setting. So many more emotions have surfaced and I have been so confused as to why. I am a college graduate this time around. I am with the man I love this time around. I am physically healthier and I am able to provide for my family. But why am I sadder this time around? 
It is all mental
The one thing that I feared the most was not a mental illness, not viral meningitis, not being alone, not being married, not Hurricanes, but it was postpartum depression. This is really an illness that should be monitored and I am determined to get through this the best way I know how. I was caught off guard by the sudden bouts of sadness but now I have a ritual that I can go through to get back to happy. This time around was not as easy as the first but when I break loose I have a testimony to share.

NOW I AM HERE... Highly Favored & Blessed... God thank you for loving me still!


*Inspired by "I Was Here" Beyonce*

****My SONG cry*** POSTPARTUM

I Can't See them coming down my EYES so I have to make the SONG CRY!
 
I Can't let you know it cause my PRIDE won't let me show it!

I am ME. That is all I am perfect at being. God knows I didn't expect to be in this place but I will give it my best face and say CHEESE... Cause I WON'T see it coming down my EYES so I will make the SONG CRY...

You f*cked up WORLD!

God thank you for Family & Friends!