January 2014 - xoxo Rebecca

Nails - Down The Bayou Lacquer

I'm excited for another week to share some new polish I got. This time I am sharing two colors I got from a giveaway during the holidays from an etsy shop called Down The Bayou Lacquer. I love it because it's not something you can find in a store, but custom made. So that makes it pretty cool. The shop is currently under going a new look and collection so it will be back up soon with products. 

These are the colors I received from the giveaway. The first one is called Jingle Jingle Mr. Bingle
This polish is a frosty blue with multiple blue colored sparkles added to it. It reminds me so much of winter. I really like the feel of this color. Especially on those snowy days. To get the coverage, I applied three coats of polish to each nail.

The second polish is called Love Bugs
This polish is clear with multiple red and black sparkles. I paired it with Loreal's Rendezvous as a base coat to give the sparkles a bit of color. This combination reminded me of lady bugs, Valentine's Day, and Mickey Mouse.

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xoxo Rebecca

THAT FRIDAY BLOG HOP: FEATURED BLOG - CRAFTY HOUSTON


Happy hopping everyone! Thanks for joining us again for That Friday Blog Hop which goes live every Thursday evening at 8pm EST. So join us each week & link up your blogs, social media outlets, or anything you'd love to share. 
   
xoxo Rebecca

Say It With Style - SmartBuyGlasses

There's so many people that wear glasses. Myself, I personally have an obsession with sunglasses. And cute, fashionable sunglasses at that! So when I say SmartBuyGlasses' website for designer eye wear, I knew I would love it instantly. And I did.

They have such a huge selection of all different brands and designers you can think of. From Dolce & Gabbana® to Juicy Couture .... and so much more. The names go on and on. And the glasses are so cute and stylish and fashionable.
xoxo Rebecca

Sweet & Sassy Outfits - Guest Post By Rachel Laitala

Guest post written by Rachel Laitala from Rach Marie PR. You can connect with Rachel through her blog or her other social media networks such as Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook

Sweet and Sassy Valentine’s Days Outfits


So, you have your Valentine's Day plans figured out but don't know what to wear? Whether you are having a low-key night at home, hitting the town with your girls or doing it big with you sweetie here are some easy, yet eye-catching, looks you can put together easily.
Low-key night:



Girl's Night Out:


 Date Night:


 Makeup product ideas for any outfit:


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residing in California who is wife to her Captain America
xoxo Rebecca

THAT FRIDAY BLOG HOP: FEATURED BLOG - CHAMEL'S CREATIONS


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Wordless Wednesday - Three

My three pieces of happiness. Natalya, Reg, & Larissa
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Larissa's Birth Story


Two weeks have passed since I gave birth to my third child, but my second daughter. Now I had two girls and a boy to love forever and ever in my heart. I don't know how detailed this will end up or if anyone is even interested in hearing it. But these were the events that took place two weeks ago.

The week before having my daughter, I was having mild contractions. Some, not so mild either. We had gone to the hospital thinking we may end up having a New Years baby instead. Of course, I was sent home and nothing came of it.

The weekend following, I began to have more contractions. I was for sure I would need my husband to take me to the hospital but waited it out. The contractions died down and I felt normal again. Then in the very early hours of Monday morning {Jan 6th}, I started to have really intense contractions. They lasted two hours. I was in so much pain, I could barely move. So I got a hold of my parents and told them I may have my husband take me to the hospital.

The pain started getting so bad, I felt very nauseous and knew the time was getting close. My body hits a certain level of pain before I start to throw up uncontrollably. It has happened with every pregnancy when I hit labor.
xoxo Rebecca

Sponsored Post {IBM PureFlex Systems} By Jenny Ashly

The article below is a sponsored post by Jenny Ashly. 

There are two exams that will help you demonstrate your skill level in IBM PureFlex Systems. You may take either the C4120-782 IBM PureFlex Systems Sales V2 certification exam or the C4120-783 IBM PureFlex Technical Support V2 certification exam. The C4120-782 exam takes 90 minutes to complete, contains 50 questions, and the lowest possible passing score is 66%. If you take the C4120-783 exam, you must be to earn a 66% on the exam's 45 questions within 75 minutes. 

If you are able to pass the C4120-782 exam, you will have fulfilled one of the requirements of the IBM Certified Specialist - PureFlex Systems Sales V2 certification. Prior to taking this exam, IBM recommends that you have experience dealing with the PureFlex family, customer environments, buying behavior, and solutions. IBM also suggests that you should have at least three months of hands-on experience selling PureFlex and a year of experience in storage, networking, servers, or systems management. Doing well on this exam will require a thorough knowledge of Competitive Sales Tool, Interoperability Guide, ATS, Distributor support, and PureFlex sales and technical sales structure.

The ability to successfully pass the C4120-783 certification exam makes you eligible for the IBM Certified Specialist - PureFlex Technical Support V2 certification and the IBM Certified System Expert - PureFlex Technical V1 certification. Passing this exam requires you to be able to evaluate the current customer environment, establish customer requirements, develop the solution, and present the solution.


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That Friday Blog Hop


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Wordless Wednesday - Introducing....


If you were following me on Facebook last week you know we had a baby girl. I can't believe I have yet to announce it. But time and energy has got the best of me lately caring for three kids now. Especially my two youngest. Two babies under one and a half is sure hard work. I will get my newest little one's birth story in soon. 
But in the meantime, here are her photos.

Introducing Larissa Elaine Hope


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How To Be Creative With Your Facebook Page

A lot of bloggers have been getting more and more creative with their Facebook pages. I recently decided to change mine up, update it, and make it pretty. And it was actually fairly simple to do. So how do you make it pretty? I'll give you a run down of how I did mine.

Everyone seems familiar with changing your profile picture and your cover banner. But what about those annoying little app boxes? That is what we are going to do today. Turn those ugly app boxes into something more pleasing.


Here is what my Facebook page looks like. The tab photos can be made anyway you like them. I simply just coordinated with the ombre colors of my blog to match. But you can do whatever you choose.
The first step is to install your apps onto your Facebook page.


Installing the apps:
  • Search Facebook for the apps you'd like to add
  • Click the link that says app underneath
  • Click install page tab and follow the instructions
Now that you have chosen which apps you would like to show up, it's time to create your image to replace the ugly old app buttons. You can use any program. I use Adobe Illustrator the most when doing any designing. It's the program I am most familiar with but like I said, any editing and photo creating software will do.

Open up your program and create a new document to the size of 111 x 74 pixels. That is the image area for the Facebook tabs.

Next, create your background. Whether it be an image or a solid color, the choice is up to you. I decided with a solid color to match my blog template color

Then find the type face you would like to use as the wording for your tab box.

Now save your work and you are ready to upload it into Facebook.

Changing your Facebook tab photo:

--> To the right of the tabs, there will be a box with a downward facing arrow. Click on that arrow.

--> Hover over the tab whose image you would like to change, click the edit pencil that appears.
--> Click edit settings, a little pop-up box will appear.

--> Where it says custom tab images, click on the change link to the right. {you can also change the name you want as well here to appear underneath the tab}

--> Hover over the image, click the edit pencil that appears, and upload the new image you created.


That should be it. Then you just continue doing that for the rest of them and once finished, you should have a beautiful Facebook page all nice and pretty and unique.

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residing in California who is wife to her Captain America

xoxo Rebecca