Life Lately, Shopping & Style

My Current Obsessions List (June 2018)

Hello, blog world!

I’ve discovered a lot of new favorites lately, so I thought it would be fun to do a blog post dedicated to them.

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Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in Big Spender

Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick, $24, Sephora

My favorite colors are Big Spender (a rose color, pictured above) and Bawse (a deep red). This lipstick is so comfortable to wear that sometimes I forget I’m even wearing anything. It isn’t transferproof, but it is long wearing. I put on my lipstick at 6:45 am and I wear it until 5 pm, sometimes even several hours past that. I only have to do a quick touch up after lunch. It also did great in summer Colorado heat.

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Huda Liquid Matte Lipstick in Trophy Wife

Huda Liquid Matte Lipstick, $20, Sephora

This is another one of my favorite lip brands. It’s more liquidy than Smashbox Always On, but it dries quickly and it’s also long-lasting and comfortable to wear. It has a yummy smell, almost like vanilla. I really like Trophy Wife, Icon, and Heartbreaker.

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ColourPop Ultra Satin Liquid Lip in Dopey

ColourPop Ultra Satin Liquid Lip, $6.50, ColourPop

Okay, can you tell that I have a big thing for lippies?! ColourPop is one of my favorite makeup brands overall. All of their products are highly pigmented and priced beautifully. The Ultra Satin Liquid Lipsticks are amazing. My favorite colors are Dopey, The Rabbit, Ambush, and Redman.

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ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter in Over the Moon

ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter, $8, ColourPop

I am obsessed with highlighters, especially the ones by ColourPop. One of my favorite colors is Over The Moon (Described on the website as “The cow jumped over the moon to find this sheer opalescent pearl with hot pink and violet glitters”). I feel like a mermaid or a unicorn when I wear it!

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Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Large Crossbody in Black

Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Large Crossbody, $148, Macy’s

I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect crossbody and I finally found it! I don’t really use big purses anymore and I like being hands free. Most of my purses are handbags and shoulder bags. I was looking for a quality purse that wasn’t too big and wasn’t too small. I made it my mission to find one in Colorado earlier this month.

I’m more of a Kate Spade kind of gal and I was bummed that I didn’t find one that I liked at the outlet. I also looked around Coach, but I didn’t find a crossbody there either. I did find the latest Disney collection there though… So that was a win!

I haven’t been really into Michael Kors the past few years, but I felt the urge to pop in their store and look around. When I saw this black crossbody purse I knew it was the one! Since it was at the outlet I was able to snag it for $93 with taxes.

I’ve been using it everyday since I got back from vacation and it’s held up nicely. I love it so much that I also ordered the blush pink color.

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Fjallraven Kanken in Black

Fjallraven Re-Kanken, $90, Zappos

I blame my sister, Jennifer, for getting me hooked on this brand! I just got my first one a few days ago, and I’m already obsessed. They come in a variety of colors and I decided to go with all black. I chose this color because black goes with everything and I love how it looks tactical. This backpack is made with all recycled material and has thoughtfully placed pockets. The bag looks small, but it can carry a lot. I really like the handles at the top and the removable “pad” that’s stored inside. I’m sure you’re like, “huh?! Why is there a foam pad in there?” You can take it out of the bag and sit on it. It’s genius. Sounds way more comfortable to sit on a foam pad than on concrete while watching Fantasmic at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, haha. I’m so excited for my new travel bag!

I eventually want to get another color, maybe a Mini size. The color Slate (a dark grey) is calling my name!

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Shooter starring Ryan Philippe as Bob Lee Swagger

Shooter (TV series) on USA Network

I love this show. I rarely ever rewatch series (that aren’t sitcoms), but this series is that damn good! The cast is phenomenal. It’s about an ex-Marine sniper (Ryan Philippe) that was framed for trying to kill the president. You may even remember that there was a movie called Shooter starring Mark Wahlburg starring in 2007. I finally watched the movie this month! It was really cool to see the similarities and differences between the movie and the first season of the show. There’s also a novel called “Point of Impact” by Stephen Hunter that the movie and series originated from.

Watch Seasons 1 and 2 now on Netflix. Season 3 just started and the season premiere episode was crazy!

Thank you for reading!

With Love

Our Home

Living Room Transformation

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We’ve reimagined our living room!

Sean and I went grocery shopping at Costco on Super Bowl Sunday. As I turned around the corner, my eyes met the couch I’ve always dreamed of having! I told Sean it was just like the feeling I got when I first laid eyes on him… My cheesy pickup line worked because he said we could get it! Hahaha. But for real – I knew it was “the one” when I saw it. I’ve always wanted a gray L shaped couch with tufted seats and this met my specifications.

We found one a couch that we liked at a local furniture store, but it was more on the pricier side. We had actually been eyeing it for almost 2 years, but we kept choosing to travel more instead of spending money on new furniture.

I love our Costco find even more and it wasn’t nearly as expensive! As the saying goes, timing is everything.

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After Valentine’s Day I also refreshed our mantel. We originally had our Thomas Kinkade canvases at the stairway, but I always felt they should have been a focal point somewhere else. I decided to put our Mickey & Minnie “Alaska Adventures” away for the season and put the Mickey & Minnie “Hawaii” art piece in its place. Then I moved all the 14 x 14 Thomas Kinkade canvases to surround it. I love how it all turned out! My favorite Instagram account, Disney_at_home, even featured it! 🙂

We moved our TV from the corner to against the wall. We eventually want to get a new TV and mount it on the wall and get a new tv stand… Maybe in the upcoming year or so.

When I’m home and not sleeping, most of my time is spent in the living room. I love how welcoming and relaxing it is. I love taking naps on the chaise!

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Thanks for reading. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!With Love

Lifestyle

Ideas for ways to deal with stress

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The next few months are going to be insane for me. I have a major training initiative at work. On top of that – live a healthier lifestyle, feed my faith, keep my household going, make time for my husband and loved ones, run my little side hustle, and find time for myself. Stress is unavoidable when there are many things going on in life. I think it’s imperative to have stress management skills.

I write these as reminders to myself, but I also hope this will be a helpful list for others too.

Go for a walk

Preferably outside to get some fresh air and to clear your mind.

Follow a routine

Every evening I:

  1. prepare my snacks and lunch
  2. make sure my purse and backpack are ready to go
  3. check that my alarms are turned on

I also keep everything in the same spot. My backpack and purse are always by the mudroom and my lunch bag is always on the kitchen island. I am not a morning person (the only time I am is when I’m on vacation, haha), so the less I have to think about where things are the better.

I know some people also plan their outfits the evening before. I might have to try doing that too.

Embrace shortcuts

My favorite recipes are easy meals. My ideal time is 30 to 45 minutes for prepping and cooking. Sometimes I am so mentally exhausted from work that I don’t even want to cook anything. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with ordering takeout from time to time. There are also rare days where I don’t even want to deal with washing dishes, so we’ll use disposable plates and utensils. Again, nothing wrong with that.

Some may think ordering takeout or using paper plates is lazy, but sometimes it’s worth having an extra hour or so that is freed up for you by not having to cook or do dishes.

Create an organization system that works for you

I used to try and organize my life with multiple resources. I would juggle between paper planners, notebooks, Post It Notes, work calendars, and regular wall calendars. My method was ineffective and I regrettably had things fall through the cracks. I’ve narrowed down my system to just using my work calendar and using my phone. I also still use regular wall calendars, however I don’t ever write in them. I just use them as a quick reference to glance at.

The great thing about a Smartphone is that it’s basically a mini laptop! I love the Notes app on my iPhone. I can easily create folders so I can organize various notes… I have folders for everything. I’m not kidding – I have a folder for my small business, a folder of things to do, a folder for wish lists, a folder for goals, etc. I especially love that I can conveniently log onto any computer with Internet access to update all of my Notes via http://www.icloud.com. In addition to Notes, you have immediate access to other apps such as Photos, Reminders, Pages, and Keynote.

Another app that I really like using is the AnyList app. Sean and I use it mostly for grocery shopping. You add items to it and it will automatically categorize your item. So for example, if you add Ranch Dressing and Soy Sauce to the list (this is literally a real life example, haha), they will go underneath the Condiments & Dressings category. If you add bottled water and soda they would go underneath the Beverages category. I also love this app because Sean gets a notification immediately if I modify a list since it updates in real time.

Plan something to look forward to

For me, planning vacations is just as fun as going on them! Planning is one of my favorite stress relievers – even if the trip is months away or if I’m even just daydreaming. Looking at food menus at Disneyland and Walt Disney World makes me happy, haha.

Make yourself a priority

You owe it to yourself to set aside some “me time.”

Sometimes my “me time” is putting on a face mask, painting my nails, and enjoying a bubble bath. Sometimes it’s blogging. Sometimes it’s crafting. Sometimes it’s taking a drive alone – I LOVE listening to loud music with the windows rolled down (during summer of course) and feeling the wind whip through my hair. Sometimes it’s sitting outside and listening to nature. Sometimes it’s shopping (okay fine, a lot of the time… Ha!).

Often times it’s sitting in front of the TV to watch reruns of I Love Lucy and Everybody Loves Raymond.

Talk to your spouse / significant other

You know the saying – communication is the foundation of a strong marriage. I gave Sean a head’s up a few months ago that life will get pretty hectic and the first thing he said was, “What can I do to help you, baby?” That sweet gesture alone meant so much to me.

I’d love to hear your ideas for handling stress. Thanks for reading!

With Love

Our Home

Valentine’s Decor

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We took our Christmas decor down over the first weekend of the year. During the process I decided that I wanted to decorate our mantel for the Valentine’s season. My second favorite seasonal decor to raid through at Target’s Bullseyes Playground are Valentine items (In case you were wondering what my personal ranking is – 1st is Christmas, 2nd is Valentine’s, and 3rd is Halloween). This year’s offerings did not disappoint. I love all the shades of reds and pinks together!

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  • “I Love You Like Mickey Loves Minnie” sign is by me
  • “Mickey & Minnie Kind of Love” sign is by me
  • “Forever” sign is by me, the heart is from Target
  • “So This is Love” sign is by me, the heart is from Target
  • “XOXO” sign is from Target
  • “LOVE” arrow sign is from Target
  • I think the vases are from Fred Meyers, I bought them several years ago
  • Garland is from Target
  • The first Mickey & Minnie is actually a photo holder from Aulani
  • Mickey & Minnie Alaska Adventure is painted by Noah
  • Mickey & Minnie “and they lived happily ever after” is from Hallmark

That’s about it for our Valentine’s decor aside from a heart mobile that I hung outside. As far as what are we doing for Valentine’s Day? Nothing planned because we both prefer to save up for our upcoming Disney trips! =D

With Love

Life Lately

2017 Memories

 

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2017 – Thank you for being so good to me! Here are some of my favorite highlights:

I turned 30 in January.

Hello 30. It was my best birthday month ever!

  • I had a fun party with my closest friends and family. Everything was pink, gold, and oh so sparkly!
  • We went to Disney World. We stayed at the BoardWalk and the Wilderness Lodge. We got to ride on Soarin’ Around the World and Frozen Ever After for the first time. We went during The Festival of Arts and I got to meet my favorite artist, Noah, and Sean even got me a signed print! We also saw Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland perform.
  • We sailed on the Disney Magic and officially fulfilled one of our goals – sail on all 4 Disney Cruise Line ships. It was so MAGICal to sail on the first ever Disney ship. The shows on this ship were my favorite: Twice Charmed, Tangled, and Disney Dream – An Enchanted Classic were all so dreamy. We even got a cabana on Castaway Cay.

I opened up my Etsy shop in April.

Read more about my side hustle adventure.

I went to Seattle for the first time in May to celebrate one of my best friend’s birthday.

We did lots of touristy things and ate a lot of yummy food in the 2 nights we were there! See my recap post on my old blog here.

I went to my first Velicaria family reunion in June.

It was so cool and heartwarming to be able to attend! I got to see family that I haven’t seen in years and met lots of new faces. I look forward to going again in the future.

I went on an epic California trip in July.

  • We went to D23 for the first time! Read all about our tips, tricks, and favorite memories on this post.
  • We had a magical visit to Disneyland.
    • We got to stay in a newly renovated suite at the Grand Californian.
    • We ate at Steakhouse 55 for the first time.
    • We got to see the reimagined Fantasmic show.
    • We got to say one final goodbye to the Main Street Electrical Parade.
  • We got to spend quality time with my family in Temecula.

I resurrected http://www.disneylin.com and I started my new blog here on WordPress.

If you’d like to browse through my old blog, visit Lin Loves Disney.

I earned my associate degree in Business Administration from American Public University in September.

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I began a Visual Communications certificate from APUS.

I finally learned how to use Photoshop and Illustrator! Right now I’m taking a web development class where I’m learning how to write HTML codes manually. I just need 3 more classes to complete after the end of January.

Sean and I celebrated 6 years of marriage (and 9 years of togetherness) in November.

  • We ate dinner at Simon & Seaforts, watched Daddy’s Home 2, and stayed in Alyeska for a night.

I started the keto diet in November.

It’s been an awesome lifestyle change!

Other 2017 Highlights

  • We built a fence. It’s nice to not worry about our dog, Lucy, running off. It’s also really nice to enjoy some privacy.
  • I got to go to Juneau for a quick work trip.
  • My family bought us a new grill, a firepit, and adirondak chairs.
  • I celebrated 10 years working at my company.
  • Sean and I went on a fancy date to Seven Glaciers at Alyeska Resort.
  • I love our home so much! It’s been so much fun decorating seasonally. I love coming home to our little paradise and just relax.
  • My Instagram account exploded! I mean that in a good way. One of my Disney Cruise pictures made it to the official Disney Cruise Line Instagram account. Several of my home pictures have also made it to one of my favorite accounts, Disney_at_Home. It has been really awesome to connect with Disney fans all over the world!
  • I finally learned how to use my pressure cooker. It quickly turned into one of my favorite kitchen appliances. Another favorite kitchen gadget purchase is a mini raclette! I LOVE CHEESE. I’ve lost count how many times we’ve used in and I eventually want to get a full size version.
  • We had several houses guests! I love that we have lots of room to be able to accommodate our visitors.
  • We saw a lot of good movies this year – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Coco, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Jumanji were my favorites.

Again – thank you, 2017, for all the awesome memories.

With Love