Concealers ~ My Review on Some of the Most Popular!

Beauty & Fashion, Fashion & Lifestyle

Over the years, I’ve tried dozens of concealers for covering up dark spots or blemishes on my face. I find that as I get older I prefer less coverage. My skin is not as smooth as it was in my earlier, adult years. And, my priorities and preferences have changed. I like having an SPF in my concealer (and foundation). I also prefer something that goes on fairly light, and can last all day. I consider it a bonus if it’s waterproof so that I can wear it on vacation. 

In this post, I’m going to share my review on five concealers that I’ve recently tried over the past year! Yes, I spent that much time. Wearing each one, for up to two months! Everyone deserves to look and feel beautiful, and finding the right foundation and/or concealer is an important step in the right direction.

How It Feels to be Adopting a Foster Baby

Foster Care & Family

Oh my goodness. I can’t even believe I just wrote the title of this blog post. I am flooded with emotions, as Scott and I are preparing to adopt our first child. A one and a half year old BEAUTIFUL boy that I’ve nicknamed Baby Blue. We have had the privilege of nurturing him since he was five days old! Barely five pounds. Loving on him as if we were the mom and dad every child deserves to have. Unsure if we would lose him, and never even see him again.

We’ve been there. Done that. 

BUT, after years of waiting…Years of trials and a massive heartbreak, it’s finally happening. In just a few days, Baby Blue will have a forever mom and a forever dad. Scott and I will be forever parents.  

I’m going to do my best to share how it feels to finally be adopting a foster baby. For anyone that is waiting for their heart’s desire, my prayer is that this blog post will bless you, in an extraordinary way!

DIY Treats for Easter Baskets

Foster Care & Family

Easter is coming! Time to pick out our Sunday best. Decide on a dinner menu. Bake cookies. And, fill Easter baskets for the kiddos. In this post, I’m going to share my favorite DIY Treats for Easter Baskets, that I found on Pinterest. 

I recently did a Facebook & Instagram Live. I tried making a few of these DIY treats that look so perfect (and easy) on Pinterest! As most of you already know, I primarily focus on FOOD & FASHION, here. (On my Instagram stories, I do a lot of cooking demos and fashion try-ons.) Arts & Crafts? Not so much. 

Nevertheless, just like most of us Pinterest stalkers, I sometimes feel challenged to recreate ideas that look so cute and simple. 

In this post, I’m going to break down 5 DIY Easter Treats that I tried making myself. (In case you missed the LIVE Videos.) Whether you are a mom, grandmother, auntie, classroom teacher, etc. I’m pretty sure that you will want to try at least one of these ideas. 

New BRAND Alert ~ PEACH Active Wear

Beauty & Fashion, Travel & Leisure

So, you may know by now, that I’ve been open to working with retailers and brands, as a Life & Style Influencer. It’s taken a while for me to gain some momentum, and I have a long way to go. One of the most important aspects of what I do is working with retailers and brands that I absolutely LOVE. 

Some days, I feel that I am inundated with invitations from brands that I have no interest in wearing or using. (Or, trying.) I’m very picky! If it’s clothing, per say, it has to be modest, well made, affordable, stylish, and comfortable. If it’s a retailer, they need to have excellent customer service, quick and low-cost shipping, and a FREE return policy.

I know. High standards.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to a new brand that meets all of my criteria. I’m officially in love with this brand! It’s called Peach. (Also known as: Discover Peach.) Peach apparel is designed for gym, work, and play. These are super comfortable and stylish pieces for the active mommy and modern woman. Let me share a few reasons why I am in love with the brand, Peach!

How to Apply Individual Lashes

Beauty & Fashion, Fashion & Lifestyle

I’m often asked about my almost perfect eye lashes. Even though God didn’t give me perfect eye lashes. (Of course, my husband and Baby Blue have them!) Anyway, I can’t remember the first time I wore false eyelashes. What I do recall is having no luck with the traditional one-strip lash. It never looked natural. And, shortly after getting them to stay on, they’d peel off on one side or the other. Not attractive!

Then, about ten years ago, I had my lashes done at a salon, for a special occasion. They looked so natural, and stayed on for over a week! Soon after, I discovered that individual lashes and lash glue are available at any drug store! So, I decided to give try applying them, myself. 

2019 Spring Fashion Trends & Affordable Ideas

Beauty & Fashion, Fashion & Lifestyle

Each season brings about new temperatures, activities, and you guessed it…Fashion trends! Personally, I never feel obligated to partake in fashion trends. Unless they are practical, fun, and affordable! In this post, I’m going to share the 2019 Spring Fashion Trends that I think are worthwhile. (Yes, there are a lot of trends, but I try to select the most practical ones for regular gals, like you and me! I’ll also share some affordable options, for each trend. With different price points. Ya ready??

Learning to Ski ~ As an Adult

Fashion & Lifestyle, Travel & Leisure

This weekend, Scott took me skiing. It was my first time, officially learning to ski. I had gone skiing, once before, in my early twenties. But, I made the mistake of going with a group of experienced skiers (who advised against taking a lesson). Let’s just say, the skiing didn’t go that well. I was grateful, however, that I could at least say that I tried.

Since starting LE Woman (in my forties), I made a commitment to model extraordinary living, regardless of our circumstances! (Age, body-type, disability, etc.) Last year, I tackled scuba diving. Another experience that initially went badly, for me, many years prior. I’m so glad that I did it, for a second time, because I loved it!

Since then, I’ve been wanting to give snow skiing another shot. In this blog post, I’m going to share how my first official ski lesson went. Along with some advice for you first-timers. Especially those who may feel that it’s too late to learn something new. 

Home Remedies for Depression

Fashion & Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

I’ve been meaning to write about this topic for a long time. For years, I struggled with debilitating health symptoms, such as anxiety and depression. I didn’t realize I was depressed, because I wasn’t sad. I just felt…paralyzed and numb. Depression comes in many ways. My hopes in writing this blog post is to encourage you (or someone you know) to get medical help if you feel that you are struggling with depression. I also want to share some home remedies that can help, as well.

Travel Like a Pro ~ Even with a Toddler!

Fashion & Lifestyle, Travel & Leisure

Ok, so I may not be considered a Pro at traveling. But, I do know how to travel like one. Some may say I go overboard, because I do a LOT of planning, and I try to think of everything. Of course, it’s easier to travel like a pro without a baby or toddler (let alone several) in tote! But, it can be done, as well. In this blog post, I’m going to provide some tips on How to Travel Like a Pro, along with how to do so with a toddler in tote! 

Random Acts of Kindness ~ 20 Ideas that are Short & Sweet!

Foster Care & Family

Some days I feel like I don’t have enough hours of the day to get everything accomplished. Other days, I feel burdened that I could be doing more. Blogging is something that I feel is my gift to share with others, while doing something I love and enjoy. But, it takes up a lot of time. I sometimes wonder if I should be doing something all together, different!

This month we celebrate Valentine’s Day and Random Acts of Kindness Day. (It’s February 19th this year, in case you didn’t know. Because I surely didn’t! lol) And, I figured it’d be a good time to reflect and brainstorm some ways we can make time to spread random acts of kindness. 

A Special Occasion Look on a Budget

Beauty & Fashion, Fashion & Lifestyle

Meet Giavanna, a recent college graduate, with an invitation to a Black Tie Wedding. Gia, like any girl, loves nice dresses. Nice, heels. Nice, bags, etc. But, sometimes, it can be difficult to dress the way we want, when we’re on a budget. Fortunately, there are a bunch of tricks up a girl’s sleeve. I’m grateful Gia allowed me to lend a helping hand and show her how to shop for a special occasion look, on a budget! So, I’m sharing all of my tricks and tips…

Real Confidence ~ You Have What It Takes!

Foster Care & Family

I started using Instagram a little over a year ago with a greater intention. My hope is to expand my reach and hopefully make a greater impact on women, around the world. I love helping anyone, really. But, I have a deep burden in my heart to help women.

Why, you may ask? Because God allowed me to experience a lot of tribulation, that women can understand and relate to, best. My story is actually far from glamorous. Yet, for whatever reason, God has me using it. Ironically, it was after my greatest tribulations, that I learned about real confidence. My confidence comes from God, alone. It’s part of the message I hope to share with every woman I know!

Hosting a Galentine's Day Party!

Food & Home, The House on High Street

I’ve been enjoying Valentine’s Day, ever since I was a little girl. Back then, I loved making cards and passing out treats to my classmates and teachers. It was simple fun, and it made me happy to share even the littlest thing with others.

When I first heard about a “Galentine’s Day Part”, I thought it was so silly or merely reserved for single women. But, then I remembered something. Valentine’s Day is not just for lovers! It’s a day to spend with those you love! Galentine’s Day (official or not) can be the perfect excuse to gather the friends you love and do something special. And, fun! 

In today’s post, I’m going to share just how easy it is to throw something together. Without spending a lot of time or money! Read on…

Winter 2019 Top Fashion Pieces & Their Much Less Expensive Counterparts

Beauty & Fashion, Fashion & Lifestyle

I realize a lot of fashion bloggers post fashion pieces that are way out of the average women’s league. Who wouldn’t want to wear quality fashion pieces that are show stoppers? But, let’s be realistic. Most of us are not spending several hundred dollars on a jacket! Especially, when we can achieve a very similar look for much less. So, in this post, I’m going to share some of the top fashion pieces, for this winter 2019, along with their much less expensive counterparts. 

Buffalo Chicken Fingers

Food & Home, Rachel Maria's Recipes

It’s Super Bowl LIII on Sunday! I’m still sad that the Eagles are not going to be playing, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the game! We are hosting friends and family. (Honestly? If the Eagles were playing, I wouldn’t host anyone. Because, I’d be anti-social and glued to the TV. LOL!) Anyway, I made these buffalo chicken fingers last weekend, and they were a huge hit! I highly recommend you try these, immediately if not sooner! 

Baby Blue's Bedroom Makeover ~ Transportation Theme

Baby, Foster Care & Family, The House on High Street

Baby Blue is now fifteen months old! And that’s how long it’s taken to complete his bedroom makeover. As you may recall, Scott and I have done quite a few bedroom makeovers throughout the past five years. (Six makeovers for two bedrooms. But, who’s counting!) So, I guess you can say we’re slowing down a bit. However, Baby Blue finally has his very own, little boy bedroom. With a transportation theme! From firetrucks to motorcycles. Dump-trucks, trains, race cars, and seaplanes. It’s super fitting, since Baby Blue is all about, “Go! Go! Go!”

My New Skin Care System by Jan Marini

Beauty & Fashion, Fashion & Lifestyle

Friends, I am so excited to share about a comprehensive skin care system that I will be using for the next several weeks. I was recently selected by Jan Marini’s research team to not only try her award-winning skin care management system, but to speak with Jan, (founder and Chairman of the Board), personally for a 30-minute one-on-one consultation! In this post, I’m going to share what I learned from this conversation. Along with the skin care system that Jan Marini, herself, has recommended for me.

Spicy Asian Noodle Soup

Rachel Maria's Recipes

We’ve been eating a lot of new dishes at The House on High Street, lately! I’ve been experimenting with new ingredients in an attempt to replace a few that I haven’t been too happy with. 

Anyway, it’s been so cold outside! I’ve been craving hot soup with a lot of flavor and just enough spice. I decided to experiment with essential Chinese Food ingredients because I just love that ginger/soy/sesame/chili sauce flavor! And, come on now. Who doesn’t love Noodle Soup?

What to Wear on Valentine's Day?

Beauty & Fashion, Fashion & Lifestyle

So, you may or may not love Valentine’s Day. But like it or not, it’s coming in a few weeks, and I believe we can choose to make it extraordinary. Last year on Valentine’s Day, I cried a lot. Over a broken heart. I was missing Baby Banana so much. At that time, Scott and I really had no certainty of being forever parents. Anyway, I’m regretful that I didn’t make it a little more special. Valentine’s Day is the day to celebrate love and our loved ones! So this year, I’m wearing something Valentine-sy. I’m eating a big serving of chocolate. And, I’m going to celebrate all the love that surrounds me, every day! So, let’s get to the fun part. What to wear for Valentine’s Day?

The Perfect Crudité Platter ~ With Authentic Asiago Cheese!

Fashion & Lifestyle, Food & Home, Health & Fitness, Rachel Maria's Recipes

The Holidays may be over, but Scott and I are still hosting gatherings at The House on High Street. On Sunday, we had our neighbors over for the Eagles’ Game. (They won!) Even though we typically serve burgers, wings, and/or pizza for a football gathering, I wanted to make something that was healthy and delicious! So, I put together the perfect Crudité platter! If you haven’t made one before, I have such good news for you. It’s super easy. And, fun! And, so worth making because it’s delicious and healthy.

Heading into 2019 with Confidence and a New Attitude!

Fashion & Lifestyle, Foster Care & Family

I know that New Year’s Resolutions can be corny and ineffective. I’ve read that 80% of them fail by February! That’s not a very promising statistic. I also read that in order to truly make a lasting improvement (like a habit) it has to be repeated for 60 days. So, if we can just keep a commitment until the end of February, we can make 2019 a successful year!

Rachel's Top TEN Picks from the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale!

Beauty & Fashion, Fashion & Lifestyle

Hey, there! So, you may know that I am on vacation from blogging. (Until next week.) But, I wanted to put this blog post together because the Nordstrom Half-Yearly sale is going on right now. And, it ends on January 2nd. If you’re a Nordstrom lover, like myself, you know that there are only two sales a year! The Anniversary Sale (in July) and the Half-Yearly Sale (end of December). So, I decided to round up my TOP TEN picks to help you identify some of the best of the best deals. Items that are not only on sale, but great accents, possibly necessities, for your wardrobe!

Five Lessons that Saved My Marriage

Foster Care & Family

There was a time I thought I’d never make it. But, in just a few months, I’ll be celebrating my tenth year wedding anniversary! It is said that tin or aluminum best represent the tenth year of marriage because these metals reflect the resilience and tougher-than-nails strength of a marriage. Since the average length of marriages that end in divorce is eight years, I suppose it’s safe to say, Scott and I somehow made it over the hump! 

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