Thursday, April 23, 2015

Write or Die Wednesdays

Running barefoot in the night
Blades of grass slipping between my toes
Your rough, callused fingers intertwined with mine
Our breath visible in the cold, crisp air
You look back at me over your shoulder and smile
That smile.

I could follow you anywhere and I know I'd be safe
Time means nothing when we're together
We're vagabonds, you and I
With no real place to call our home
We'll find someplace someday

I am your home and you are mine
So for now, let's just continue

Monday, April 13, 2015

Makeup Mondays: Younique's Stiff Upper Lip Stain [Review/Tutorial Video]

Why, hello again!  I'm back with another makeup/beauty post for you!  Aren't you excited?  No?  Well get excited because today I'm talking about the new Younique Stiff Upper Lip Lip Stains!!!

I could type for days about how awesome these things are but I won't.  Instead I'll show you!  Watch below:

Sorry for the awkwardness but it was just a quick one-cut kinda video.  I need to brush up on my recording and editing skills obviously.

So what do you think of this product from what you've seen?  Have you tried a lip stain before?  Have you tried any of the Younique products before?  You may get a chance to try one soon...

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Makeup Mondays: Body Merry Age Defense Neck Cream [Review]

Welcome to another edition of Makeup Mondays here on Frikken Duckie!  It's been quite a while since I've done one of these so I figured it's about time!

I'm really excited about sharing this product review with you all because I had been looking for a good product to use for my neck and decolletage areas.  I've always been pretty good at taking care of my face.  Cleanser, toner, moisturizer, microderms, serums, scrubs, masks, etc. have all had some face time.  Unfortunately, I never really paid much attention to any other area until just recently when I started noticing the wrinkles in my neck.  Yuck.

Thankfully, I received the Body Merry Age Defense Neck Cream not too long ago and have been using it to try and tighten my skin and reduce the appearance of those nasty wrinkles.  The ingredients in the product are actually pretty great for your skin (Vitamin C, glycolic acid, co q10, etc.) and I have noticed a slight difference in the appearance and elasticity of my skin in those areas.

It's a simple looking product.  No fancy tools or gold foil labels necessary.  It comes in a small tube-like container and all you do is pump it once and apply the cream all over your neck and decolletage area.  Once it absorbs into the skin, you're good to go.  You'll notice that your skin automatically feels tighter and firmer!  It does have a subtle scent, similar to cucumber but it's not overpowering so you don't have to worry about smelling like a vegetable all day.

You'll see that just one pump is enough to cover all the areas you need to cover so you won't have to worry about accidentally wasting product (don't you hate that?) by using too much.  All in all, I really do love this product so far.  I feel like it's a great value for the price considering similar products on the market can run upwards of $100 and you KNOW I am not about to pay that much for any type of cream.

So what do you think?  What do you use for your neck and decolletage areas?  What ingredients do you look for when buying anti-aging products?  Check out the Body Merry Age Defense Neck Cream for yourself!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Monthly Mantra: April

Nope, this isn't a dream!  I'm back!  Well, sort of.  Things have been crazy busy (what's new, right?) since my last post and I haven't had time to get around to blogging.  Sorry 'bout that.

I finally had time tonight to get around to creating this month's mantra and I really love it.  I don't know if it's been said before, but it's something that popped into my mind the other day while I was thinking about spring and about trying to grow as a person.  It originally started out as "any old weed can grow, but only a flower can bloom"...or something like that.  I like this simplified version better.  What do you think?

Anyway, I'm hoping to post more this month but not promising anything.  I've really been trying to keep the rest of my life on track and blogging has been on the bottom of my priority list lately.  I'll post an update of what I've been up to later.  When I have time.  Haha.

So, what about you?  Have you been growing or blooming?  What is your favorite thing about spring?

And, as always, feel free to save the above image to use as inspiration!  Just please try to link back to me!  Thanks!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Thursday Thoughts: Quick Life Update

Okay, so I realize it's been a while since I shared a personal post on what's been happening in my life lately.  Truth is, there's so much happening that I hardly have time anymore to sit down and write.  Our day-to-day is so crazy right now that none of us have been able to really relax and take a break from it all.

March is usually one of the busier months for us and this year it is 300 times busier.  This is what the rest of the month's schedule looks like for us:

Soccer games Mondays and Wednesdays with practices on all the remaining weekdays, little league baseball practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays with games on the weekends, Joey's baseball games, doctor's appointments, CCD, Chloe's birthday on the 19th, Joey's birthday on the 30th, and that's still not everything because we're waiting for the rest of the baseball schedule to be given to us.  Did I mention that Joey's car has been down for the past week?  Oh, and we're expecting a tropical storm this weekend.


I have a feeling that by the end of this month I'll have a full head of white hair.  

So, what have you been up to?

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Confessions, because it's been a while.

Ever since Kathy's confession linkup died, I haven't done a confession post or linked up with any other confessions.  I'd like to think of it as my mourning period.  But, I've been so inconsistent with my posts and replying and commenting on other blogs that I figured it's about time I make a little more noise around here and join up with the other sinners in confession.

So, here it goes:  I confess...

That I may have bitten off a bit more than I could chew with trying to switch over to WordPress.  Holy frikken crap.  I thought I could do it all on my own, but it looks like I'm gonna have to fork out some cash to get it done right.  Anyone have tips or suggestions or wants to do it for me?  Please?

I had planned on doing a makeup post this past Monday, I really did.  But, if you caught last week's post, you would know that Younique launched 6 new products on March 1st, so of course I was busy browsing and drooling over everything.  ALL.  DAY.  LONG.  If you check my browser history for the past couple days, you'd see.  But seriously, I am so excited to try out the new products (and give you all a review, of course) and I may even do another makeup giveaway this month since it's been a hot minute since I've done one around these parts.

I've gotten ahead of myself again with the whole business planning thing.  Here I am thinking about names, logos, models, etc. and I haven't even started on creating an actual product.  #iknowican bust out that sewing machine tonight and get started on something instead of spending my time browsing for stuff that I can't afford.  Time to turn on some tunes and get productive.

I started the 14 Day Yoga Shred Challenge the other day and holy hell am I out of shape!  My legs and core are killing me today but it hurts so good.  I cannot wait for the next video to be up.  I'm also doing the #JourneyToHandstand challenge on Instagram, but I haven't posted any photos of me doing the poses because, awkward.  I really do hope I can do a handstand by the end of this though.  Anyone else doing a fitness challenge this month?

I've been playing around with Photoshop lately and having a little too much fun using the resources I've been downloading.  So far, I've done a mock-up of some Younique business cards, a few quote prints (including the one in the Monthly Mantra: March post) and a bunch of new logo designs for the blog.  I've even decided to create a new brand logo for this shop because (a) the owner is awesome, (b) her designs and products are amazing and (c) I think it's a great way to show my love and appreciation to someone doing what I aspire to do someday (soon) by creating a fresh new look and supporting her business with a post and banner here on Frikken Duckie and hopefully making her do a happy dance at the end of it all.

So what do you have to confess today?

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Monthly Mantra: March

Welcome to the third month of 2015!  Can you believe we've made it this far already?  I really can't.  There's so much I still haven't done that I had planned to do within the first four months of the year.  The biggest thing is getting my shit together and actually completing one swimsuit.  I have been talking about it for so long but I've been making up excuses as to why I haven't started on it yet.  "I have no time."  "I'm too tired to set up the sewing machine."  "I can't find my measuring tape."  "I need more space."  My list of excuses goes on and on, trust me.

The thing is, the reason behind my excuses is because I'm terrified.  What if it sucks?  What if I can't get the design right?  What if the fit is off?  But mostly, what if it's not as good as everyone else?  There are thousands of people who do the same thing and have the same ideas and dreams that I do.  I'm just making it up as I go and they have so much experience already.  What if mine aren't as amazing as theirs are?  What if I can't live up to that standard?  

All of these things have been holding me back and keeping me from doing something that I've been wanting to do and I can't keep doing that to myself anymore.  I need to stop thinking of everyone else and start thinking about myself, not in a selfish way, but as a way to clear my head and focus my energy on doing the best that I can do, not trying to match or beat someone else.

What has been holding you back?  Who have you been comparing yourself to?  How much happier do you think you'd be if you let those thoughts go?