12 Ways to Boost Your Kid’s Brain Power This Summer With Art Activities

12 Ways to Boost Your Kid’s Brain Power This Summer With Art Activities

I don’t know about you, but as a mom, I’m always looking for ways to give my kids the best possible foundation for learning and for eventually becoming successful adults.  (more…)

Video Blog: Intro to QueenBeeing

Video Blog: Intro to QueenBeeing

“QueenBeeing” can best be described as a lifestyle that begins with understanding and employing the art of being your true, authentic self and of manifesting the life of which you’ve always dreamed–but it’s also so much more.

 

A Younique Journey: Am I ready for this level of awesome makeup?

A Younique Journey: Am I ready for this level of awesome makeup?

younique unboxing presenter kitI feel like I’m about to embark on a whole new level of awesome when it comes to makeup, people. So, as I mentioned last week, my friend Sarah recently introduced me to this Younique makeup stuff. After trying it for a couple of weeks, I posted about it and shared my thoughts–the stuff is great.

That, along with the fact that I am in love with the company’s whole philosophy (it happens to fit RIGHT IN with my message–it’s “Uplift. Empower. Motivate.”–don’t you love it?), led me to shell out $99 for a presenter’s kit.

(Which, TBH, is really more like a sweet deal for anyone–the whole marketing thing is done online and there’s no reason to need to share these things with any potential customers).

See, all of the “parties” you do are purely online. The reason for the presenter’s kit? Simple–the company wants you to USE them and talk about them to your friends and relatives via social media. That’s the whole deal–what could be better, right?

younique case makup frontSo, my kit arrived today and I have to be honest, I’m a little intimidated. I’ve got probably 40 or 50 little pots of colored stuff that has labels like “matte” and “pigment” and “concealer” and something else…along with another set of 3D Fiber Lashes (woot, can’t ever have too many of these, I’m telling you!) and some makeup brushes and a little white charm….and a few other things.

Plus, it came in this super cute leather-looking case with embossed designs. It looks classy and expensive. I always enjoy stuff like this–and it could be used for makeup or for something else. It’s got touch appeal too.

But the intimidation comes in because, while I like to think I’m pretty skilled with basic makeup stuff, all these little pots and jars and mixing and whatnot–this stuff is a whole other level for me. Check out what people do with this stuff–it’s kind of amazing. Can I do it? We shall see!

But you know what? I’m going to give it a shot, and see if a “real” person can effectively use this stuff. I know I’ve managed to do pretty well with the 3D Fiber lashes (well, now that I’ve figured out how to properly use them–a post is coming up on that one later) and the other few things  I’ve tried. But this color stuff? I have no clue.

At this point, I’ll ask you–have you tried Younique products before? Do you like them, and what are your best tips for all these colors and how to use them most effectively? All links and ideas will be appreciated.

As for me, I’ll keep you posted–I’ll review and share my own progress/experiments/successes and failures with this brave new makeup frontier right here at QueenBeeing.com. Stay tuned.

 

Why You Really Should Listen to Your Elders

Why You Really Should Listen to Your Elders

vs_elders_01After Nance Rosen’s comment on yesterday’s post regarding the facts about losing 100 pounds,  felt like it would be appropriate to continue the discussion. Today, we are focusing on our elders.

In part, Nance said, “There’s ALL kinds of ‘invisible’ people, or people who get overlooked, labeled lazy or treated as stupid. People with physical handicaps. The elderly. Youngsters (with opinions). People from cultures that are quieter than the typical American. Introverts. Ambiverts. People coping with illness, physical and mental. Parents who have to hold down two or more jobs and support several kids. People who work fast food. People who use food support debit cards. Kids who need school lunches. Anyone with an accent other than British.”

“The list is long,” she continued. “The point is: we are not in high school and no one is with the cool kids. Everyone goes home to their own concerns – and most people are alone with them. Even the happy, well-treated, slim, strong and beautiful people.”

Right on, sister.

Way too often, I see people around me minimizing the value of the older generation. People roll their eyes when an elder doesn’t understand some of our current technology or asks too many questions. Some consider their older family members more of a burden than an amazing resource.

The truth is, even those elders who haven’t experienced a formal education still have more life experience than your average Joe, and you can bet that they’ve learned some valuable life lessons along the way. Instead of feeling burdened by them, take a few minutes to actually listen the next time your grandma tells her stories. As her life has progressed, she has likely learned a few things that you haven’t yet.

Consider yourself lucky if one of your elders is willing to share this valuable information with you. The benefit of their knowledge and experience isn’t the only thing your elders can offer you. They can be one of the keys to understanding yourself better.

Knowing who came before you, whether biologically related or not, can be intense. I know that I have personally related to people of all ages, races and sexes in trying to come to a better understanding of myself.

After all, we are all connected. Your elders may also offer you a friendly ear when you need to talk, sage advice when you don’t know what to do, and much more. Who of us doesn’t wish we could reach into the past and have a conversation with someone who is no longer with us? Everyone has likely felt that way at some point.

Now, you can change things–take the time you’ve got to spend time with someone you love today.

Mini-Bliss Mission: Hang With Your Elders

Today, I challenge you to take a few minutes to talk with one of your elders. Call your grandma, chat with an elderly neighbor, or go visit one of your friends or family members in their homes. Whatever action you take, be sure to take a few minutes to listen to them. Remember, even if they don’t text like a pro or couldn’t send an email to save their lives–your elders have something important to say. Who knows, you might just learn something new!

What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments section, below.  

QB Style Guide: How to Find the Perfect Little Black Dress for Your Body

QB Style Guide: How to Find the Perfect Little Black Dress for Your Body

Black Givenchy dress of Audrey Hepburn

“One is never over or under dressed with little black dress” ~Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel artistic director

It’s pretty much a requirement for every woman–fashionista or otherwise–to own at least one perfect “LBD” or little black dress, regardless of age, income, weight and personal beliefs.

Whether you’re going out for a much-needed date night, a dinner party, a night out with the girls or even for a formal or semi-formal occasion, that black dress can be exactly what you need to get styled to perfection for the occasion–and depending on the fashion accessories you choose, you can dress that look up or down.

Though you can find the right dress for your body and your budget on your own, it might take time and could cost you more than you’d like. That’s why we’ve put together this blissful style guide to finding the perfect little black dress.

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Blissful Style Guide: How to Find the Perfect Little Black Dress for Your Body

Here are some time-tested fashion and style tips on how to select a perfect black dress based on your body’s problem areas.

  • Problem Area–Flabby Arms: Select outfits with half or three quarter sleeve or wear a shrug or shawl, so that your “bat wings” remain unnoticed. To camouflage the problem part of the upper arm, look for a shoulder with some ruffly or layered fabric, avoid big poofy sleeves.
  • Problem Area–Thick Neck: Choose a V-neck LBD to help divert attention away from the neck and elongate your neckline.
  • Problem Area–Broad Shoulders: Go with a V-neck or scoop-neck, which draws attention more toward the middle and away from width. Avoid strapless styles and spagetti straps.
  • Problem Area–Narrow or Sloped Shoulders: A boatneck or straight-across bateau will give you a wider look.
  • Problem Area–Big Boobs: A boatneck or bateau will work to draw eyes up away from your cleavage. V-necks will also by reducing the ‘bulky’ appearance , but note that you may show more cleavage this way. Choose thinner fabric, as you can’t afford to add more bulk.
  • Problem Area–Small Boobs: A simple padded bra can help. Choose round necklines, and feel free to rock the sleeveless ones too. To draw attention towards shoulders, try a cropped jacket. You can wear nearly any neckline with the right bra.
  • Problem Area–Flabby Belly: Ruched fabrics will help hide rolls. Consider avoiding clingy ones–they’ll show more than you’d prefer. The empire waist is sometimes safe, as it flares from high on waist and hides what lies beneath. Using a body-shaper will also help, and will also help you look little less flabby. If you are short waisted with fuller hips, skip the empire waist, it’ll make you look pregnant.
  • Problem Area–Long waist: Use a wide belt to break up that torso.
  • Problem Area–Short Waist:  Try aribbon or narrow belt, will help with that distance. Or, you can eliminate belts completely.
  • Problem Area–Extra Pounds: Make sure sleeves don’t fall below the wrist, and can also use a colorful and lightweight shawl or tunic-type top.

 

What other tips do you have for finding the perfect little black dress for your body? Share your thoughts, experiences and relevant links in the comments section, below.

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