Building self confidence – Makeup tips

So a few months ago I talked about building self confidence since falling into a lull in my life.  So I made the goal to get dressed every day, instead of hanging out in my PJ’s and while I still have PJ day’s (today) it has totally helped get me get out of my rut.  So next up was to add makeup back into my routine.

I love make up, and I have always had it around for like date night.  BUT I hadn’t bought myself something new or exciting in awhile, it was boring and I was still feeling BLAH.  Remember how I mentioned I got called a MAN 3 times in one month?  I was feeling pretty UN pretty and non feminine so wearing make up changes all that.  You just can’t put on make up and not feel more feminine and confident!  It’s all about bringing out your natural beauty!  SO I invested in some new make up and it’s amazing what a difference it makes.  Just 15 mins of make up and I just feel better!

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Preparing for a Blog Conference

Today I am FINALLY getting to attend a conference I’ve been looking forward to attending for YEARS! ALT summit!

Over the last few years I’ve been able to get out of my basement office and enjoy meeting and spending time with other like minded people at blog conferences! They are great for learning, inspiring, and rejuvenating me. I’m a total extravert and Im at my best and happiest when I’m out and having fun. |

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Family photography – smash cake session

YAY! my family pictures for the year are finally here.  I love doing something different every year.  So this year I wanted a fun family activity and lots of color.  So I gave the kids a choice, colored chalk or a family cake smash!!!  I’m lucky my amazing sister/photographer, Chelsea Peterson Photography, was so willing to go along with yet another crazy idea.

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We started with a few “clean” shots before getting into the mess.  I spent a few weeks searching our area for the perfect backdrop.  We originally wanted a white wall but in the end I decided I wanted warmer tones and so when I found this beige brick wall I fell in love.
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Building Self Confidence – Clothes

I’ve mentioned before that the last year was a little rough for me.  I have been pregnant or nursing for almost 12 year straight, and having that portion of my life over has been rough.  I kind of simply quit, quit taking care of myself, because what was the point? I’m at that stage now where I spend a lot of my day in the car, dropping my kids of, picking them up, taking them to activities, waiting in the car.  And when I’m not in the car I’m at home, laundry, dinner, dishes, cleaning (blogging).

I let my love of clothes, fashion and make up go and wore my pj’s almost every day.  I just didn’t bothering to get ready for the day, it kind of felt like “what’s the point”.  Seriously because there wasn’t anything to bother getting ready FOR!  BUT when I got called a MAN 3 times in one month I realized something had to change (YES you read that right, a MAN, once I got called a DAD). My self confidence was at an all time low!

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Live well – TV appearance

Last week was so much fun! I got chosen to film a “live well” story for KSL (local news station)! I spent 2 days straight cleaning my kitchen and house getting all ready for them to film IN MY HOUSE! Eeek!

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We started out at the farmers market, where I got to meet Chef Josh! Then we walked all around the Tuesday night Downtown farmers market where I got a mini lesson in buying fresh, in season, foods!
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Socializing at a blog conference

Being married to an Aspie (aspergers), and having all Aspie kids my family doesn’t like to socialize. BUT I am VERY social and I love being around lots of people! We compromise, I get to do social things, but I don’t force my family to socialize with me. Like Girls night out’s and, my favorite, Blog conferences like IFBC.

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(my first blog conference with Kari, Becky, Char, me, Michelle, Michelle and Kara)

When we first moved to Salt Lake I was really lonely. My husband was out of work and at home all the time, but not really home, not happy and depressed. We were living with my in-laws, and that was new and strange. Certainly not ideal, but we were/are grateful (and over the last 4 years we’ve grown closer and it’s much better/easier now).
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