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VivianBishopxo: February 2014

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

February Favorites

I cannot believe how quickly this month has flown by! With March approaching, you know what that means....SPRING is coming! I know a lot of you are very excited for the warmer weather, and of course spring break. I on the other hand am excited to bust out my sandals, and bright nail polishes!

I wanted to get my February favorites up, because I have been LOVING quite a few new and old things this month. So I'm just gonna hop right in..

Brookeside Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Candy - Holy moly are these things addicting! I usually am not a big fan of dark chocolate, but I absolutely love these. I have a small bag in my desk drawer at work for when I need a little chocolate pick me up, and I don't feel THAT guilty.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge - This is my #1 all time favorite makeup applicator product! I had always used a dense face brush to apply my foundation, and never considered buying the beauty blender because of the pricy $30.00 dollar price tag. This sponge when wet, is so fluffy and bouncy that your foundation goes on so flawlessly. I have noticed such a huge difference in my makeup application since using this sponge. All I do is wet the sponge and squeeze out the excess water, and bounce the sponge all over my face and neck with the foundation (instead of swiping or pulling the product around) and I have so much more coverage and absolutely no streaking. This sponge is less than $6.00 at Ulta!

 Tone "Petal Soft" body wash -  I received this product in my Bzz agent kit to try out, and I love this. I am such a sucker for not only packaging but things that smell amazing and this has both. My favorite flowers are peony's and the scent of this body wash is so girly and pretty.

OPI - Dont Bossa Nova Me Around - I have no words for how absolutely beautiful this nail polish is! I hunted for it around my town for two weeks before I finally found it, and boy am I so happy I have this nail polish in my life. It is the prettiest "nude" like color I have. It is a blush toned, but still very subtle and romantic looking. Any and all nail polish fanatics, you need to get your hands on this color.

Ed Hardy "Love Kills Slowly" Perfume - Don't judge me for wearing Ed Hardy perfume, when you smell this perfume you'll know why. This is literally "my" kind of scent, it is so girly and clean smelling and perfect for fall! Joe recently bought be a new one because mine was getting dangerously low. Perfect spring and summer scent.

My new crockpot - I know, I'm a grandma; but this thing has changed my life! I have found so many perfect and delicious recipes on pinterest to just throw in the crockpot for the day, and dinner is done! Life is made so much easier since this purchase.  

My favorite crockpot recipes:

Tri Tip with Salsa - This is literally so easy and my favorite. We serve it with black beans, and sometimes chips and nacho cheese. So great for parties.

Chicken and Stuffing - Comfort food!!! So easy as well, and very filling!

What were some of your February favorites?

***Tone Body wash was provided by BzzAgent for testing purposes only. Everything else was purchased on my own and all opinions are my own.***

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Anthropologie Giveaway!

Hi Lovely's!

I hope everyone's week is off to a great start; and if you're snowed in and having the winter blues, then you need something to brighten up your day!

Brittany and the girls on her sidebar have a giveaway for all of you, and I am so excited about this one! It is an Anthropologie gift card giveaway! If you don't know what Anthropologie is then check out their website, because they have everything! Especially the cutest mugs I've ever seen.

Go check out Brittany over at Happy is a Choice, she is truly the best host ever since I have been on her sidebar. She makes everyone feel special and hosts these amazing giveaways.

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Monday, February 17, 2014

The perfect getaway

These past few days were filled with so much happiness and days off that didn't include homework, grocery shopping, and cleaning! Since this was the week of my Birthday and Valentines day I thought I would post about our week!

Wednesday: This was my 22nd birthday! I had work until 5pm and was surprised that my co-workers brought me such sweet gifts. (I work with my mom in the office, so I know that's how they knew) After work we went straight to BJ's which is where we had dinner and I got to open presents from my mom and sisters. I also had a red velvet pizookie, which if you don't know what that is then you need one right NOW. Its a hot baked soft cookie, with ice cream on top and it's amaze. After dinner Joe and I went home, where I found flowers and the whole living room decorated with balloons, streamers, and a banner for my birthday and Valentines day. I swear he's the best.

Also, on mine and my moms lunch break we went and looked at a wedding venue and I think it may be the one!!

splash cafe

Thursday: I had class which was a bummer because Joe and I wanted to head to the beach, but I had to be responsible first. Thankfully, my teacher let us out 45 minutes early and we were good to go! We left home around 2:30 and arrived in Morro Bay around 5:00. With the help from a Venti Starbucks Carmel Macchiato; thanks birthday reward! We were just in time to see the sunset, so we checked into our room and walked down to the dock and ate dinner watching the sunset! When we went back to the room we watched a show that I swore I would never, ever watch but when you're in a hotel without your trusty DVR you will stoop low. We watched three episodes of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.......I am so ashamed. We got sucked in because of how horrible it was. I know, no excuses but it's true. Then after that train wreck, we went to sleep.

Friday: This was our one and only full day to spend at the beach so we got a really early start and headed to Pismo beach, the fog was really thick and crazy so we waked the boardwalk, bought a ton of candy, and ate at the best place for clam chowder - Splash Café. We did some mandatory outlet shopping and headed back to Morro Bay. When we got back it was still pretty cold but so much less fog, so we decided to go to the aquarium and feed the Seals! This was Joe's first time doing this, I have done this since I was little so I took pictures while he held raw fish to feed them. They would bark for the treats and slap their bellies, it was funny. Then we walked the beach on the hunt for sand dollars which is something you just have to do when you go there. They are my mom's favorite and I wanted to get one for everyone! We found a ton thankfully and walked the beach for a while. We were missing Pepper pretty bad and we still had a three hour trip home, so we decided to leave and head home.

This fish seriously was scary..

I could not have asked for a better Birthday weekend! I hope you all enjoyed the pictures!

Ameliorer la Vie

I am linking up with Rachael and Lisa!

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

February Ipsy Bag and It's my Birthday!

Now I don't know about y'all but I'm feelin' 22! Now it actually will make sense when I sing the song; best year ever! I have had that song permanently drilled into my head these past few days.  

22nd birthday

Amen girl, AMEN!

Leaving for the beach tomorrow with my love is just what I need right now!

Anyway I'll shut up about my birthday, I got my Ipsy bag just in time for my special day, and it was beautiful like a perfect birthday/Valentines gift that I sent myself.


This months bag is of course PINK! You can't send an Ipsy bag and it not be pink the month of February, it just wouldn't be normal.

So...here's what I got!

"The Look Of Love" Ipsy Bag:

Pop Beauty Plump Pout Mini "Peony Petal" This is such a pretty color lip-gloss! Peonies are by far my favorite flower ever, so when I saw the name I was stoked. The lip-gloss is not sticky at all, unlike many other lip products, and it's a very pretty pink color.

Zoya Nail Polish "Odette" Oh my gosh guys, I love when we get really good polishes in our bags and this made this whole bag for me! I am in love with this color and with Zoya.

City Color "Be Matte Blush" Blush is not something that I get too excited about, nor anything matte, I have pretty dry skin. I'm sure this color will be very pretty in spring though.

Eyetini Cordial Cream Shadow I received the brown shadow, and I will say it is VERY pigmented, I am a little intimidated to put this on my eyes, but it is very pretty!

NuMe Intense Renewal Hair Mask - I am always excited to get anything to help moisturize my hair, so I cant wait to try this out!

I was overall very pleased with my bag this month!

If you're interested in signing up with ipsy here is the website!

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Valentines Day

Valentines day is almost here, which also means my birthday is too! February is by far my most favorite month ever. I know that a lot of people look at Valentines day as a superficial holiday, where you're expected to buy the one you love flowers, chocolate, a date night, a heart felt card; the list could go on and on. I just cant deny a day dedicated to love and pink. I show Joe every day that I love him and same goes for me, but its so nice to go out on a date and get gifts, just because someone loves you.

I was actually brought home from the hospital two days after I was born on Valentines day, and my mom says I was her Valentine. You don't have to be in a relationship to have a Valentine, take out or treat your brother, sister, other single friend, or parents and just share the love. Share the love with your dog, I'm sure they could use another treat, or bone; and hey, they love you unconditionally every day of the year.

I love baking, it's like grandma status on my nights off. I love to bake, watch Netflix, and be in bed before 10PM. Making food or baked goods for someone is the best way (in my book) to show them some love. You are actually taking the time out to make them something delicious and not eat it yourself. Pinterest is full of easy, cheap, and fun things to do for someone you love!

The point is, just show someone you love them this Valentines day. Make it a point to uplift someone who may down and just love them.

Here are some ideas for Valentines day stolen from pinterest of course:

pinterest valentines nails



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Monday, February 3, 2014

Week One of Online Blogger Bible Study.

This past week Brittany and a group of ladies, including myself started an online bible study. We are reading "The Modern Girls Guide To Bible Study" It is written by Jen Hatmaker who is hilarious and truthful, it makes this book so easy and fun to read!

online bible study "a modern girls guide to bible study"

I wanted to be involved in this study for so many reasons. One being that I work weekends and I work, and go to school during the week. I do not have a local church that I attend, I did in Las Vegas and loved it. We haven't found one that fits us, and it makes it hard to attend when you work all day on Sunday. I need this study to stay committed, to learn, and to grow. I love the fact that I am finding so many other bloggers in the midst of it also!

I was lucky to get partnered up with a really great girl named Katie, we are both pretty busy girls but we exchange emails and try and encourage one another. She is so sweet, and I am so happy to be paired with her.

It wasn't until around the third day; chapter 3 that I started getting the most out of the book. I hadn't been journaling or participating in the study guide. After I started journaling along with the readings I felt so much more fulfilled. It completely clicked for me when Jen made a reference about taking a phone message and actually writing down the message, as apposed to saying "go ahead, I'll just remember." When we write things down we are actually engaged and thinking. She even has a section on what questions to ask yourself and journal about which is really helpful for me.

I am excited for this next week, being more dedicated and engaged!

Link up on Brittany's blog if you are involved in the study as well.

Happy Is A Choice


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