Beautifully Broken|Inspiration

 

Self Portrait

 

Over the years, I have tried my best to keep my private life private and my blogging life full of the things that I love. And over the years, the passion I had for writing and other things have slowly dwindled. Because after all of this time, I have been silently struggling. Struggling to grow. Struggling to hold on to who I was and I was to become. I have forever been able to stay strong no  matter what I’ve been through, but this time it was different. Different because what I was going through affected me so deeply. So much so, I didn’t know who I was or who I became. I thought I was a strong woman until my world started crashing down. The person I thought I was, wasn’t enough for who I was bound to, my beautiful blessed life, had become a beautiful mess. Everything I thought I knew was no longer. Everything I thought was felt, wasn’t felt at all. And everything I had worked so hard for, meant nothing at all. So where do you go from there? After all, you thought you were living your happily ever after. But my ever after, was just until. Just until he became who he wanted to be. Just until he got what he wanted in life. Just until he could take all he could bear. Without an explanation, with all of the excuses. Every excuse you could think of actually. So now I’m left here. To pick up the broken pieces. A beautiful person inside and out…but beautifully broken. Broken because of what has become of my situation. Broken because my marriage is no longer. Broken because I have to explain it to my daughter one day. Broken because what I thought was forever was momentary. So here I am, beautifully broken. Fragile and cracked but not broken completely. Because I have to stay intact for who is left. A beautiful part of me that I will always hold dear. A miniature version of me who needs to see that a beautiful  broken woman, can become a beautiful and strong woman again, without the damage that left scars. Scars that can be healed and concealed. The beautiful peace about this is, that rebuilding what has been broken, makes me appreciate life even more. What has been broken can be brought back to pristine condition. Beautifully broken for a moment, but beautifully blessed for a lifetime.

 

Read (Luke 1:28)

*Free flow writing. Grammatical errors and all*

 

 

 

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Beauty Review| GlassesShop.Com Product Review + (50% Off Coupon Code)

I was lucky enough to be able to try out a beautiful pair of glasses from GlassesShop.com The website hosts a plethora of prescription eyeglasses online and prescription sunglasses you can order in all styles and colors. You also have a choice to purchase glasses without a prescription.

 

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I chose the GrandPraire Wayfarer glasses (SKU:FP0283) from GlassesShop.com  in Purple/Pink. They are also offered in the color black. These are my favorite style, which is Cat-Eye and I absolutely love the color combinations. It’s a beautiful combination of purples, plums and pinks and perfect for spring.

 

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The site was easy to navigate on GlassesShop.com and the ordering was easy to complete. GlassesShop.com also has the Try-On feature, in which you can use a male or female default photo offered on the website, or you can upload your own photo, which allows for a more realistic try-on viewing. (Note: The glasses that you choose coloring will be a little off in the Try-On View, but the website has product photos that show the true color of the glasses)

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Sidenote: I did fail to enter my prescription for the eyeglasses I chose, but I can wear them for fashion or wear them with my contacts and have style.

For my readers, GlassesShop.Com are offering a special coupon code GSHOT50. You will  receive 50% off on eyeglasses online and prescription sunglasses with free lenses (sale frames excluded).

Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary for a honest review. All product reviews are honest and without bias. Links are not affiliate links for compensation. Thank you for your loyalty! 🙂

Beauty Review| Skincare 101: Blackhead Remover Kit Product Review

Blackhead Remover Kit

This Blackhead Remover Kit from Aotearoa Beauty is one of the most convenient and practical skincare products on the market. This kit comes with a travel kit and includes 5 (double-ended) tools that will help with all of your skincare needs.

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The tools are stainless steel and are no longer than about 6 inches. The tools are used to extract blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and zits that you may encounter on your skin.

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The Tools Include:

  • The Scraper: The thin, loop shaped extractor is used to gently scrap out the blackheads.
  • Angled Scraper: Angled loop is for those hard to reach places.
  • Extractor Stick: Designed to  be placed over smaller blackheads.
  • Flat Loop Extractor: Is designed for pimples.
  • Spoon Extractor: Is designed for small blackheads.
  • Arrow Extractor: Used to pop and push out pimples.

Disclaimer:

Use on skin that has been cleansed and damp when using tools.

Make sure to press or use gently. Do not apply excessive pressure.

Sanitize all tools by soaking in rubbing alcohol for at least 1 minute.

Pros:

  • The cost is low for this product. Especially, since they are used by and recommended by Dermatologists.
  • You can use these tools on any part of your body.
  • They are very easy to use.

Cons:

If used excessively, or with pressure, may cause skin damage. Please use caution.

 

Overall, I absolutely love this Blackhead Removal Kit and I will be ordering a set for a few of my family members as well. You can too as well! They are offering my readers this Blackhead Removal Kit for 40% by ordering here for there Mother’s Day Special.

Enjoy!

 

Question….

Have you ever used skin care tools? How did you like them and do you still use them?

 

 

Christian Inspiration|Single… but not Desperate!

I am embarking on a new journey and a new me this year. Learning how to become the woman God wants me to be. I have gone through a lot in my short life time, puppy love, infatuation, heartbreak, marriage and all the things you can think of during a break up.

There are things in your life you can’t control, but there are ways you can choose to deal with them. By leading a life that is God-Centered, instead of Self-Centered, you can open up the doors to so much happiness and true love for not only yourself but others around.

I have been so thankful to have found Dr. Matthew and Dr. Khamilah Stevenson through their videos and broadcasts from their church, All Nations Worship (ANWA). I have never been so convicted by the word of God than I have been through watching and following them. You can find out more about them and, here.

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My mother raised me as a young teen mom and now is a successful Registered Nurse and CPR Instructor. She has been my rock and my mentor though out my life,  and I love her dearly for it. There is also a need for pastoral leadership and mentorship in my life that can show me through God’s word, what a  woman of God should be, expect and grow into in life.

That is why I am so glad that I decided to sign up for The Online Single Woman’s Conference 2017 (TOSC17)

The amazing couple, Pastors Jamal and Natasha Miller, Married and Young, are hosting TOSC17, with an amazing lineup! They have created this conference to help women of all ages learn how to get into position to be the best they can be in God centered relationships. TOSC17, is specifically geared towards single women, this conference can help any woman struggling with giving and receiving what they deserve out of people in their Christian walk.

TOSC 2017’s theme this year is….(Drumroll please)…

“Single, But Not Desperate!”

As your friend, I really want you to be there because I believe it will be LIFE CHANGING for you — & the best part is that the conference is COMPLETELY ONLINE, which means (no airfaire, no hotel fees, no hassles of packing, & you can watch it from the COMFORT of your home in your PJ’s if you like…)

SO, as someone who cares about you, I wanted to make sure that YOU have the opportunity to sign up for this conference under the EARLY BIRD PRICE!!

When you register for TOSC 2017, you WILL:

-BE EMPOWERED to be contently single and never be prey to desperation

-BE FREED from your past, failed relationships, and baggage that could destroy future ones

-BOLDLY love and embrace yourself so that you can receive love from others

-AUDACIOUSLY live out your single season walking in PURPOSE

UNDERSTAND how to date God’s way

-KNOW how to position yourself to be found by a REAL man of God

(or) how to rightly pursue a REAL woman of God

– RECOGNIZE counterfeits so you DON’T COMPROMISE and avoid them

This year’s lineup of speakers includes the authors

DeVon Franklin & Meagan Good

Don’t miss out on this AMAZING conference while it’s still available for the :

$115 (Until March 31st) It will be $247 after that date, so get it while it’s good!

Register here 

…and prepare for a LIFE-CHANGING CONFERENCE…

I’ll see you there friend!

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Making My Command Center|PinPix Cork Board #bulletinboard

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Disclaimer: I have received this product complimentary of the company, but my thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way
persuaded by the company.

Product Review:

I’m starting a command center for my home for convenience and storage in our dining area. We need a central location for all of our important mail, flyers cards, etc. I have been wanting a cork board for the start of the command center, and this PinPix Decorative Bulletin Cork Board was a perfect fit.

This pin cork bulletin board was shipped and packaged very well. There weren’t any defects or improper packing. The board is huge and is great for the start of a kitchen or dining room command center. I have been able to post papers, business cards, and even a light pen cup to the board and it looks absolutely clean.

There is no messy clean up like from a  normal cork board, this cord board has no tears or loose particles. It’s a self healing board, in the sense that the hole that is made will stay self contained and have less of a wear and tear look. I would recommend this board to anyone whose ready to start a home command center.

Con:

The price is a bit high, but when you think about how many cork boards you can go through, it’s a great investment.

Site Description

“PinPix is a patent-pending canvas bulletin board created with self-healing technology that minimizes any wear and tear when pricked.

PinPix boards are made from high quality canvas with beautiful designs you will be proud to display anywhere in your home.

Prick the canvas with a pin to display a recipe, photo, note or clipping.

Remove the pin and within the space of 48 hours this hole will partially repair itself due to the self-healing quality of the canvas!

You can use it again and again, yet your PinPix board will continue to retain most of it’s original quality and appearance!”

Retail Price: $60.44 (30×20 Size Pictured Above)

Q&A
Do you have a command center at home? 

Would you use this bulletin board?

 

 

Photo Editing Course|The Essential Guide to Photoshop

Photo Editing Tips|The Essential Guide to Photoshop

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I’m a photographer, but I still have a lot to learn about the post-processing phase of editing my own photos. I choose to edit my own photos, as opposed to outsourcing editing services, because I have more creative control on the direction and look of the final product. Outsourcing isn’t a bad thing, but if you are looking to save money in the long run and want to learn to edit your own photos for creative control, online web courses are an excellent start to learning how to create your own beautiful photos.

I personally use, Photoshop CC 2015 and I’ve had a little under 4 year’s experience using it, but I still have a lot to learn about the usage of the different tools, effects, and actions in the editing phase. However, I have learned a lot thus far, but only because I continued my photography knowledge by utilizing my sources, which are books, videos and online courses.

If you’ve ever struggled with learning a new editing program, the editing process and curating of your photos, this online course from Craftsy will extend your knowledge on editing with Photoshop. Craftsy is an online service that offers online classes for creatives like you and me.

They are currently offering, The Essential Guide to Photoshop Course. Craftsy is offering this course to my readers for 50% off the Original Price $49,99 to $24.99.  This offer will be good from 3/20 to 3/28/16 @11:59pm MT

About the Course:

The Instructor of the course is Skott Chandler, an award-winning photographer and teacher. He has exhibited throughout the United States, France, Hong Kong and Switzerland.  He has taught Art Institute of Colorado and the Denver School of Photography.

The price is great and there is a lot to learn from taking The Essential Guide to Photoshop Course. Here’s what you’ll need: A computer, Adobe Photoshop® and Adobe Bridge®. The skill level for the course is beginner.

The Essential Guide to Photoshop Course Benefits:

“Watch classes on your own schedule: wherever, whenever you want.

Your access never expires.

100% money back guarantee.

The Essential Guide to Photoshop The Course Offers:

“14 HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access

Class materials, including helpful keyboard shortcuts

Hours of close-up instruction and Answers from Skott in our virtual classroom”

 

I will be taking the course this week as well to refresh my editing skills. Share your experience and comment below on how you benefited from taking The Essential Guide to Photoshop.

*Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, which means that I receive a percentage if you purchase through my link.  If you do, thank you for your support. Although this post contains affiliate links, all of my opinions are my own and were not persuaded by the company in anyway.

Will you be taking the course? What are you using Photoshop for?

Blogging ? Photography? Hobby?

The Essential Guide to Photoshop Course. Craftsy is offering this course to my readers for 50% off the Original Price $49,99 to $24.99.

This offer will be good from 3/20 to 3/28/16 @11:59pm

How To Take The Best Self Portrait|Self Portraits Tips for Bloggers

How To Take the

Best Self Portrait

Self-portraits are the one way you can express yourself that you have complete control over. Whether you’re showing off an outfit of the day, or wanting to add photos to your website, these tips on how to take the best self-portrait will help you along the way.

What type of camera should I use for my Self Portrait?

I use aNikon D5200a Nikon D3100 DSLR (previous camera) for my portraits. I have an 18-55mm kit lens, a 50mm 1.8 lens, and a 55-200mm lens. The best lens for portraits would be the 50 mm 1.8, because it gives the best bokeh (depth of field-blurred background), but the kit lens would be fine to use as well. As far as DSLRs go, I would recommend the Nikon D3100 DSLR or the Canon Rebel T3i DSLR. They are both reasonably priced and are the equivalent of each other in rank.

Point & Shoot Cameras are great as well and there are a lot of good ones to choose from. I would highly recommend any point and shoot that is above 12 MP, because of the high print quality and computer screen quality.  The Canon Power Shot SX170 IS Digital Camera or the Nikon COOLPIX L820 Digital Camera.

What type of lighting should I use for my Self Portrait?

The best way to shoot a Self Portrait is to have great lighting. I would definitely recommend shooting outdoors because the more natural the better and the light is more appealing. The best times would be during the day, preferably the golden hour (6-9 am 3-5 pm). If you can’t shoot during those times, you can shoot in the shade to avoid the direct sunlight that can wash out your picture. The image will look a lot better after you edit them if you choose to.

If you shoot indoors, that’s great! Natural light, once again, is the best option for lighting. An open window or open door can provide you with the best light. If you lack the natural light you need to take indoor portraits, you can use photography lighting. The best way is to use the 3 point lighting system. This will help you achieve beautiful lighting.

How can I shoot my Self Portrait?

You can take your Self Portrait on your own by using a tripod and setting the self-timer or use a wireless remote trigger. Make sure to shoot from different angles with different expressions. Having lots of options to choose from will help you to select the best photos from your photo shoot.

Where should I shoot my Self Portrait?

Choosing an interesting location will help make your Self Portrait  stand out. Also, make sure that the background isn’t cluttered or full of people, cars or other distracting elements. You want your self-portrait to be more about you, not the background. There are a few options to shoot your self-portrait such as parks, school campuses, and urban/city landscape. EXTRA TIP: Try not to shoot in public areas alone for safety reasons, but if you have to, shoot in well-lit, populated areas during the day.  If you can, shoot a Self Portrait on your own turf—home or apartment, do it! I’ve gotten some of my best photos in my backyard.

Lastly, show your best styled outfit for your Self Portrait and show a style you’re comfortable with. If you ever choose a style that isn’t part of your brand or preference, it will convey in your photos. Choose wisely and have fun with it! Don’t take your shoot seriously! Relax, have fun and be yourself! Your personality will shine through!

 I hope these tips helped you on how to take the best self portrait. I will go more in depth on the cameras settings that would be best used for self portraits in a future post.

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Tell Me…

Have you ever taken a self portrait? What were some of the problems you experienced, if any?