17 Days: South Carolina

Concrete shaking beneath your feet while rushing wind passes by at 75 miles per hour. Universal Studios will charge you over $100 a ticket to go into their park to experience rides with similar motion features. If you want to save the money, you can just park on the side of I 95 north, get out of your car, let a Semi Truck whiz on by at 75 miles per hour, and stand on a concrete bridge to feel its shake. Thrill chasing moments need to happen when trying to capture a perfect picture.

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Ryan got the wonderful idea of capturing pictures at the state lines. His original intention for the pictures were to be taken at the states’ welcome centers. Although, Georgia thought it was time to remodel their welcome center. Ryan and I turned around on I 95 to stop in front of the “Welcome to Georgia” sign on the fast pace moving highway. Was it scary? Yes, but it was worth it.

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Georgia was just a passing through state to get to our first destination, Myrtle Beach, SC. Ryan and I have both been to Myrtle Beach, but we were on our way to meet up with a very special person in my life, my Uncle Rob. My Uncle and I grew a very close bond when I got to the age of 8 years old. He isn’t an uncle by blood, but an uncle by God’s choice to plant him into my life. His wife, Auntie Vickey, was my mom’s best friend.

While heading to Myrtle Beach, we stopped in Georgetown. Georgetown is  small town in between Myrtle Beach and Charleston, SC. It’s right off of a harbor filled with antique shops, family restaurants, tranquil parks, historical markers and a purple/pink house. After the town, we entered into Murrells Inlet.


Murrells Inlet is the suburban city my Uncle Rob lives. Sad to say we only got to spend the night with my uncle, but we celebrated our time together at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants, El Cerro Grande. They have the largest Margaritas I have witnessed in my life, and they probably the best queso in the world! The food might have been amazing and the drinks, but the best part was sharing it both of my favorite men in my life.

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I enjoyed Ryan meeting my uncle. I got all teary eyed knowing that these two men got to enjoy each others company and create memories together. My uncle is my father figure growing up majority of my life. It was very important to me for Ryan and Uncle Rob to meet. Even though our time in Myrtle Beach was short, but sweet. We get to go back in October to enjoy more time with one another.


June 9, 2016, we repacked our bags, quickly stopped by the Atlantic and headed out on the road to Washington DC.


To be continued…

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MOTD: Bright Lights

I really should have titled this Make of the Night, but I already made the art work.  I am being too lazy to redo it. Lol! This look I wore a while back ago.

I was invited to go to Downtown Disney (now called Disney Springs) where we planned to go dancing. I wore all black that evening, but I wanted to add some color. Then I thought, “I am gonna be bold with color on my face.”

I am not afraid to wear bright colors. I love the NYX pink suede matte lip gloss. The blue eyeshadow is from a blue L’Oreal eyeshadow duo I bought years back.

I was going to create a black wing eye, but I wanted to be more daring. I got one of my bright blue eyeliners from Eyetini, and I drew a bright blue wings on my eyes. I love how the blue brings out my blue eyes. *wink*

17 Days: Intro

Four hundred eight hours or in other words 17 days. I got to travel across the great plains and mountains of the American lands. I did not do this on my own. The love of my life, Ryan, was the driver and travel coordinator of this trip. We were like Lewis and Clark on an expedition traveling over 8,000, but we did it in a white Chevy truck.

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We went camping in new territory to hotel hoping from city to city. We watched a couple become husband and wife. I got to witness the reunion of a grandmother and her grandson. We went from an elevation of 9,000 to 100 miles below sea level. I got to touch the sand of the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.

The sights were breath taking and hard to describe, but thanks to a camera to capture all the beauty in a picture. God created some beautiful scenery in America. The sights made me realize we are not meant to be stuck in one place. I am going to share my moments, stories and adventures with you in a new series of blogging called, 17 Days.

Traveling is one of my Fun Little Joys in life. I always had a side of traveling since I was kid when my parents took me on road trips to visit family to adventure off into Amish Country or New York City. In this trip, it was my first time ever going to Pacific Ocean and the furthest west and north I have ever been. The best part is I got to share that life goal with Ryan.

When you are traveling, your first sights is from your car’s point of you. Since I was the passenger majority of the trip, I got to constantly capture pictures from the car’s point of view. All of the pictures in this blog is from the car. In each series, I will write about a new national park, city, event or moment. It won’t just be 17 blogs either. We did so much more that just 17 events in 17 days. I know it sounds crazy, but it was not crazy. It was an adventure!

I think the best part of a road trip is the anticipation. The road trip builds up adrenaline which stirs up excitement to a new adventure or new place. I think the best part of the trip was not knowing exactly where we were going to next. Yes, Ryan told me, but at the same time he changed locations or plans.

The 17 Day trip begins in Orlando, FL heading to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

To be Continued…

MOTD

Wanted to show my makeup of the day with the world. Enjoy!!! *Hugs*

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Fashion Creations | 2016 Patone”s Spring/Summer Colors

I created nine different outfits that reflect my personal style. The nine outfits have a street to bohemian style, and they even have some classly flare to the outfits, too. These fashion outfits have been inspired by the 2016 spring/summer Pantone Colors.

 

 

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OOTD | Blurred

When you wake up, your eyes are out of focus. The world is a big fuzzy mess, or maybe just your room is a fuzzy mess. Blurry vision is the worse, but sometimes I wish I can just blur out what I do not want to see in every day life.

Fashion is a huge hobby for me. It’s a passion. The worse thing is when I see a person who does not put any effort into getting ready everyday. The funny thing is that it does not take much effort at all.

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This outfit is something I put together in less than a minute. My hair only took 30 secs to put up. Lastly, my makeup was only a 5 minute task. That’s a total of 6.5 minutes to get ready. Yes, it’s not my best outfit in the world, but at least I’m not a blurry mess

 

Clothing

Vest from Ross

Floral Tank Top from Forever 21 Plus

Chiffon Dress Pants from Forever 21 Plus

Brown Sandals and Jewelry from Goodwill

(All items from this OOTD are discontinued)

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IPSY Review| April of 2016

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This month’s Ipsy Glam Bag was very impressive. I got such a great mixture of some wonderful products. The bag design was like a pastel tie dye print. In my opinion, the design didn’t wow me. It seemed a little cheesy and cheap. It was definitely not my favorite Glam Bag design.

Products

Starlooks Liquid Eyeliner: Rose Gold $12.99

Luxie Beauty Tapered Highlighting Brush: Purple, $24.00 (link is a pink brush which is only color available now)

Adesse New York Gel Collection: Irina, $18.00

Purlisse’ Blue Lotus White Tea Tree Mask, $8.00 each (Received Two)

Tarte’s Lipsurgence Lip Creme: Moody $24.00 (Sample Size)

Review

I mentioned how I didn’t like the bag design, but I did say I really liked the products. The polish has to be my favorite. Lately, I have been into the color gray. I feel gray is an all season long color. This gray has a slight purplish color to it. Adesse New York  is the brand and I never heard it, but their Gel Effect Polish made application very simple. It took only two coats.

Tarte Cosmetics gave Ipsy sample sizes of the Lipsurgence Lip Sticks. The color is very natural for a pink color. It’s lip formula made my lips stay moist the whole time I had it on. It lasted for a good 7 hours. I drank and ate while wearing it, too.

The Starlooks Liquid Eyeshadow is very glowing. When I started to apply it on my eyelids, the pigments of the color shined and stood out. This is a perfect color for a summer glow look.

I didn’t get to try out two of the products giving to me. That’s the Purisee Face Mask and the Luxie Highlighting Brush. The brush does have very soft bristles. I did have to trim down a few of the bristles sticking out from the tamper of the brush. I just used a face mask the day before and I didn’t want to put one on so quickly. But, it’s probably like all the face masks I have used.

Color Swatches

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Click here to sign up for Ipsy. It only costs for $10 a month. It’s worth every penny especially the true price of April’s glam bag cost $70.99. That’s a $60.99 savings! Whoo Dang!!! Go get it!

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Love Came Down | An Easter Story

This is my personal testimony.

Easter of 2012 I felt true love for the first time. The love came from the heavens. It wrapped me up and started filling up the voids in my heart. “Love came down to set me free.”

Before that Easter of 2012, I was living a wild child life. Now, I was not always wild. I just escaped from my Christian roots and wanted to have “fun.” This “fun” was selfish, lustful, cruel, ignorant, childish, hurtful, lazy, disrespectful, addicted and possessive. The “fun” started after my separation from my ex husband in 2010.

I was claiming to be a Christian, but I did not act like one or live my life like it says in the Bible. I was what they call a Fallen Christain. I was raised in church my whole life. I knew some what of the Bible, but more dearly I knew what God approved and didn’t approve. I honestly turned my back on God and said, “I want to do it my way.”

I did not realize how badly I had fallen. I thought this was life, and it was amazing. I was a person who got behind the wheel several times drunk. I started to sleep around with guys. I got chance to try drugs. I would steal small petty things from stores. I would lead men on. I was a back stabber to my friends. I abandoned my long distance family. I hung out with the wrong crowd of people. I even refused to pray and go to church. I thought all of this was true living.

One evening, I started to have a really bad aniexty attack. This aniexty attack was so strong. I hid inside my closet in my bedroom crying. I felt lost.  I felt so alone. I wanted to just tare my hair out, and I wanted this life of mine to end.

Then I heard a whisper, I could not make out on what it said; but all I know, I looked up and saw on one of my shelves my Bible. I ran to my phone. I Googled “bible verses on aniexty.”

As these bible verses popped up, I started to write them on my mirrors in my room. I have four mirrors in my room. I wrote four bible verses. Proverbs 3:5-6, Matthew 6:34, 1 Peter 5:7, and Phillipines 4:6-7. I felt the verse would reflect on me to help me with this horrific aniexty attack. This happens in December of 2011, and I have not prayed for over a year.

On that day, I began to pray. I prayed what my heart desired. I prayed for a man to come into my life where he can help me become closer to God, again. Yep, I prayed for a man. Some of you may think, “now that’s silly.” It might have been, but it’s what I wanted.

So, God gave me a boyfriend. This boyfriend (now an ex) in the beginning seemed to be the best thing in my life, because he said he was a Christain. He told his whole Christain background and it was impressive. I figured if I stay around him long enough he will help me. As we got to know each other more and more, my focus of getting closer to God wore off. This boy was more of a bad boy. Loved the crazy stuff we were doing.

When I got to meet his parents, they got my attention. This couple was so sweet and had this light about them. I got to spend more time with them, and I found out how deeply in love they are with Jesus. My ex boyfriend’s mom would tell me stories of witnessing a blind man getting sight for the first time. His dad told me how he prays over people. They would go on and on. I was very much messmerized by their stories, their church life and faith in Jesus.

After one day of fighting with the ex, I glanced over at a piece of paper. The paper was his parents church’s sunday service program. I told my ex, “I want to go to church with you parents for Easter.”

On Easter, it was a beautiful day. The weather was in the high 70s where only the sun was in the sky. The grass and all plants were bright green. The flowers was blooming. The day felt happy which made me feel happy.

I got to dresss up in a pretty pink and white stripped dress. I did my hair, but most importantly I dusted off my Bible. I drove over to the ex’s house and met up with his parents.

I climbed into their car, and we drove off to church. When we arrived, they were both dancing in the parking lot (from hearing the music from the outside). Lol!!! I felt a warmth and joy coming from that building. I am very shy (at first), but here I didn’t feel like I was shy. I was smiling at people and shook hands with strangers.

Then I entered the church, the music was louder and extremely up beat. The crowd inside the worship hall was clapping and putting their hands in the air. I have been to a praise church before, but I never understood it. I just examined the people around me.

I noticed his parents started placing their hands in the air. His mom was waving her hands back and forth. She even started jumping. I saw others dancing around me. I started to clap because the music was really good.

Then the music started to slow down. The moment it did I felt it was getting really warm, but with a calming in the atmosphere . I felt this moment started becoming sacred. I closed my eyes. I didn’t know the songs, but I started to pray. As I prayed, I started to see a light. I ignored it and opened my eyes back up.

When the music was over, the pastor started to preach. He preached about grudges. Grudges that we hold against ourselves and others. He was talking about Easter is a time to renew yourself. That Easter is about beauty, the rare beauty of life. We need to let go all grudges. We need to forgive. Let go of the past and let it be renewed. Let it be renewed with Christ.

The music started back up. I closed my eyes. I started to cry. I realized how hurt I am from all of my past people and events in my life. The biggest hurt was me hurting myself. I needed to let go. I started to lift my hands to the sky. I started to pray out loud to God to forgive me and asked for his help. My eyes were still closed. The light I saw before came back. The light became very clear when I saw it was his face. Jesus’ face was infront of me.

Jesus then hugged me. Embraced my heart. Jesus let his love come down over me. I felt his presence. My body and soul shook. I then went to my knees and surrendered my life to him. At this moment, I went to the alter and had people pray over me. I wanted to know more about Jesus especially his love.

That day God shared his wisdom with me. He opened my mind, heart and eyes. He explained more how Jesus came to this earth to die for our sins. Jesus wanted to break my chains full of sin, depression, guilt, aniexty, lust, etc. And he did just that. He gave me a new start on his day of resurrection.

Easter is the day to celebrate the day of our sovereign Lord’s resurrection. He died for us, but he came back to us. The Holy Spirit of Jesus remains here on earth to guide us.

After that Easter, I still struggled. It was not easy to just let go right away of all my “fun.” But, I never went backwards. I only continued to go forwarded. Yes, Easter of 2012 was the day I surrendered my life, but it was not till September 16, 2012 I decided to fully live for him. That is the day I mark myself as a Born Again Christain.

I now live my life for God. His love Came down to set me free. I am all his. I am his sheep. I let him carry me. I trust only him and not my own thinking. I walk with him and talk to him. He is my husband and best friend. He died and saved me. His name is Jesus!

If you struggle in you life to live, I now how you feel. I have been there. I know sex is great. I understand being party girl/guy is fun. I know you say that drinking and driving isnt too bad. I can relate to the you thinking the world revolves around me. Oh, I also said I only live once. It’s fun for awhile, but it gets exhausting.

You will crash. You will burn. You will do worse as time goes on. Although, it’s never too late. I am a changed life because I turned to Jesus. Stop running from him and run to him.

I hope this has touched someone’s life that has read this blog post. I hope you want to change your life around. If you do, just pray. Pray this, “God, I am sorry. Please, forgive me for the life I have been living. I want to know you more and learn why you died for me. I accept Jesus as my savior and God’s only son. I trust your Holy Spirit to guide me. Pour your love on me. Amen!”

Now get grounded in a local church that fits your peronality. It’s always best to grow with people like you. They will help you get regrounded. It works because I have and still am there. I pray for great things for all of you in Jesus’ sweet name!!!

 

Happy Easter!!!

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OOTD | Chambray & Pastel

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Hey! It’s me! Your author/blogger of Fun Little Joys. As you already know, I am a blogger of inspiration, beauty and fashion. Oh, I blog a little bit on my life style, too. Blogging has become one of my favorite hobbies. I think what is more fun about blogging is when you can include your family, friends, co-workers and even your pets.

I was out in the back yard at my boyfriend’s home shooting this blog for outfit of the day. As I was getting the camera to take pictures, Daisy (the chocolate lab pictured)  kept coming over by me. She was not just wondering what I was doing, but seemed like she wanted to be apart it.

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She kept sitting and standing. This dog seemed to be following my every move. She jumped to give me kisses and even turned her backside when I turned mine. Once I got to see these photos, I was amazed how well she posed. Lol!!! I love it!!! I was so happy I got to get Miss Daisy May to be apart of this Chambray and Pastel photo shoot.

“Be the person your dog thinks you are.”

-Unknown

What am I wearing?

♡Teal Tee from Forever 21 Plus♡
♡Black Jeggings from Walmart♡
♡Chambray Blouse from Ross♡
♡Black Laced Flats from Ross♡
♡V Neck Layered Necklace from Foreve 21♡
♡Tear Drop Earrings from Lane Bryant♡

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