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New at the Grocery Store: Limited Edition Seasonal Goodies

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While I'm grocery shopping, I'm always on the lookout for new snacks and foods to try. I realize if you despise grocery shopping and make it your mission to get in and out of the store as soon as possible, there is no way you are going to slowly browse each aisle looking for new foods. So I thought it might be helpful for me to share the new things I've tried and a quick review so you'll know whether to add it to your list the next time you are making a mad dash to the grocery store. 
At this time of year, there always seems to be an inordinate amount of new items in special edition fall flavors and this year is no exception. Just look at all of these pumpkin and apple flavored items.... Thomas English Muffins - Limited Edition Flavors: *Pumpkin Spice - Absolutely delicious, especially when toasted with melted butter and cinnamon and sugar. Yum! *Apple Pie - These are ok....for me it wasn't a strong enough flavor.
Thomas Bagels - Pumpkin Spice *Really like these, especia…

Palette of the Week: Lorac PRO Palette 2 ~ Makeup Looks

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Part 2 - Makeup Looks
Here are a few of the makeup looks I created, using the Lorac PRO Palette 2.  If you don't have this palette, you can easily recreate these looks using similar colors you may already have in your makeup collection.  Or, get inspired with these application techniques and create your own unique look with completely different colors!
Look #1:  Silver Smoke

Buff ~ Brow Highlight
Lt. Brown ~ Transition Crease Color
Cool Gray ~ Inner 1/3 of Lid
Silver ~ Center of Lid  *Note:  To increase color vibrancy, first apply Maybelline 24Hr Tattoo Shadow in Silver Strike as a base in the center of the lid; then apply Silver eyeshadow over it. Charcoal ~ Outer 1/3 of Lid
Black ~ Darken the Outer "V" Rose ~ Using finger, layer over Silver in the Center of Lid
*Finish with NYC liquid black liner along top lashes; L'Oreal Black Kohl liner along inner rim and lower lash line
Look #2:  Jade with Envy

Buff ~ Brow Highlight
Lt. Brown ~ Transition Crease Color
Jade ~ All Over …

Palette of the Week: Lorac PRO Palette 2 ~ Review and Swatches

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Part 1 - Review and Swatches

Several months ago, Lorac released the second edition of the Lorac PRO Palette.  I absolutely loved the first edition so I was excited to get my hands on this baby.  As with the first palette, it contains 8 matte shadows and 8 shimmer shadows.  And, with the exception of the matte black shade, there are no other shadow colors repeated from the first Lorac Pro Palette.

The palette has a matte gray rubberized cardboard cover....

 Inside is a nice sized mirror and 16 shadows....


Where to Buy:Ulta, Beauty.com, Lorac Cosmetics
Cost:  $42 (includes a mini Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer)

Favorite Colors:  Buff, Lt. Brown, Cool Gray, Rosè, Cocoa
What's To Love: *Buttery soft texture *Highly pigmented colors *Great color variety *Super slim packaging, which makes it super travel friendly

What's Not To Love: *Because the shadows are so soft, there can be some fallout when applying - just be sure to tap off the excess before applying to your eyes.

Summary:  Exception…

It's Been Over a Month....Where Have I Been?

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When Facebook sent me a message saying that it had been over a month since I'd posted anything on my page, I was shocked to realize that much time had passed!  So I thought I'd jump start my blogging with a brief little update on what's been going on in my world over the last month....

I think one word could encapsulate most of my busyness these last several weeks...."Piano"! 

As many of you know, I've started teaching piano again.  After a break for summer, lessons resumed and I've been a bit shocked at the continued growth of my student base.  A few days ago I added my 14th piano student!  Little did I know that 18 months ago when sweet Abby from church asked me to give her piano lessons that I would wind up with 14 students!  Because it had been more than 15 years since I'd taught piano, I was a little unsure of my teaching abilities.  But since I'd closed my jewelry business a few months prior, I was trying to determine what direction God was …