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The Sunshine Blogger Award

Published June 9, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope.
I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Catarina from Beauty of Cafe205 . I want to take a moment to thank her for this thoughtful award. Catarina is a fellow beauty blogger with an amazing blog, you should check her out.

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers who inspire Positiveness and Creativity in the blogging community.

The Rules Are:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. List the rules.
  3. Display the Sunshine Blogger Award Logo in your blog post.
  4. Answer all 11 Questions asked of you by the blogger.
  5. Nominate up to 11 New Bloggers to receive the Award and notify them.
  6. Create 11 New Questions for your nominees.

Catarina’s Questions and my answers:

  1. What was the one thing you disliked about quarantine?

A) Nothing really. I’m use to being home since I’m disabled and never really go far from the house anyway.

  1. Taking trips after quarantine?

A) Yes… our neice gets married next June so we plan to travel up North for her wedding.

  1. Are you quitting your job?

A) I don’t have a job … I’m disabled with Fibromyalgia, RA, Clinical Depression, and PTSD.

  1. Are you still going to do what you had planned before all of this?

A) Yes … there are several things we had planned to do before the world went upside down… 1 of which is purchase our first house.

  1. Plain dark coffee or cappuccino?

A) Plain decaffe coffee

  1. What did you like about being home with your loved ones?

A) Hubby is an essentail worker so he still had to work but I loved that I was able to make masks for all my loved ones and for others who needed them.

  1. What was the funnest movie you watched on Netflix?

A) The Other Guys

  1. Why did you start blogging?

A) I wanted to bring awearness to what it’s like to deal with Fibromyalgia and I also wanted a creattive outlet for my love of makeup.

  1. When did you start blogging?

A) Since July 16th of 2015

  1. Favorite quarantine dish you made?

A) Honey Glazzed Salmon and pan roasted red potattos

  1. Leave a link of your favorite blog post for your blog.

A) My favorite blog post would have to be my very first blog post … it’s what stared me on my adventures into the maddening world of Fibromyalgia and helped me get my makeup art out there into the world. It’s entitled Hello World .

The Questions for my nominees are:

  1. How have you cooped with being in quarantine?

2. What was the best book or movie you experienced whilst in quarantine?

3. What is the first thing you did when quarantine was lifted? or if still on quarantine what will be the first thing you do when it is lifted?

4. What was the scariest movie you have ever watched?

5. Physical books or e reader?

6. What’s your favorite sweets for where you are?

7. Cold weather or warm weather?

8. Sweet or savory?

9. Would you rather be able to have perfect makeup without having to do anything at all or perfectly cook meals without having to do anything at all?

10. Beach vacation or cabin in the mountains vacation?

11. What is your favorite scent of candles?

My nominees are:

Babe on Fire

Chic and Glam

Kimberley of Bewitching Reads

Paige from Cocktails & Curves

Charlotte from Beyoutiful Inside Out

Yve Beauty Boss

Ace from Agnostic Bible Views

Mimi from Blush Darling

Cristian Mihai

Chantel Keona

Amanda and Marria from Quirky Working Moms

Karalee form Tales of a Belle

Once again I’d like to thank Catarina from Beauty of Cafe205 for nominating me for this award. And I look forward to reading everyone’s answers to my question.

That’s all for now dolls. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in good spirits and good health.

Remember … Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

Nominated for Another Sunshine Blogger Award!!

Published April 30, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

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Hey doll hey!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope.
I woke up this morning and found out BeBeautifuls nominated me for another Sunshine Blogger Award!!! I feel so blessed right now.
When I started this blog I never imagined in a 1,000 years that I would receive such amazing recognition from my peers. Thank you so much BeBeautifuls for thinking of me. It’s amazing to received recognition from such an amazing content creator!!

Seriously dolls … You must check out her blog she does all things beauty but she also does other content … you will never get bored!

The rules
Thank the blogger who nominated you in the post and link to their blog
Answer the 11 questions asked of you
List the rules and include the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post
Write a new list of 11 questions for your nominees
Nominate 11 bloggers for the Sunshine Blogger Award

My Questions
1. What is your favorite place ?
Disney World is my favorite place… It holds such nostalgic reverie for me. We went every year when I was a child and then my husband and I had our anniversary there and then went back 2 years later. Once we moved to Florida we went several times but haven’t been in sometime. My illness got worse and I just can’t make it around the parks as easily as I once did. Once I purchase a mobility scooter we plan to start going again.

2. What do you love to do in free time?
I research the latest makeup trends and newest makeup products. I also love to read and watch movies in my free time.

3. What are your favorite colors and associated style ?
Colors: Purple, Blue, Pink, and sometimes Green (but it has to be Kelly green).
Style: I love laid back comfy and cozy clothes. I also really love sophisticated chic.

4. What was the biggest surprise of your life?
Falling in love with my husband. It was a world wind right from the start and I met him at the lowest point of my life …. I didn’t expect to fall for him because he is much younger than me but from day 1 he swept me away.

5. If you get to live with one thing what it would be?
If you mean food wise … I would have to say Pasta.

6. What is your dressing preference ?
Because of my auto immune illnesses I chose comfort over style … My go to looks are a pair of yoga pants or a pair of joggers and a comfy tee-shirt or my favorite sweaters.

7. What was your favorite movie in 2019?
Hmmmm this one is tough for me: I’ll break it down into genres

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Horror: Polaroid

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Drama: Just Mercy

 

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Romance: Sunrise in Heaven

 

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Thriller: Fractured

 

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Action: 6 Underground

 

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Fantasy: Avengers End Game

 

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Indie Film: Tony Morrison: The Pieces I Am

 

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Documentaries: Don’t F**k With Cats Hunting an Internet Killer

 

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Comedy: Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral

8. What you hate the most?
People who are intolerant of other cultures

9. What was the thought behind starting up blogging?
Honestly My hubby created this blog for me as a surprise. I have always loved makeup but felt that I was past my prime for YouTube so I would make little videos just for me and my family to see but he thought I should share my passion of both makeup and helping people understand Fibromyalgia with the world … so here we are several years later.

10. What did you learn on yourself during lock down?
That I can do things out of my comfort zone without fear. For example … I started sharing videos on TIKTOK without fear that someone will be mean …. I also reached out of my comfort zone and started trying new recipes in the kitchen.

11. Who is the pillar of strength in your life?

First and foremost my Lord and savior…. then My husband… he keeps my head above the water even when I don’t think I can go any further.

The 11 questions I would love to ask are:

1. If you could go back in time and visit with 1 pivotal person in history who would it be and why?

2. If you could have any super power what would it be and why?

3. Since quarantine what has been your go to show to watch?

4. Have you learned anything new during this quarantine such as a new craft or skill? If so what is it?

5. What is your favorite movie of the past 10 years?

6. What is your biggest pet peeve?

7. What is the last book you’ve read?

8. If you could live anywhere else in the world where would you live and why?

9. What are some of your favorite traditions from your country?

10. Where do you want to be in the next 5 years? For example : I would love to own my own home within the next 5 years.

11. If you could be any Super Hero which 1 would it be and why?

I nominate the following bloggers

Lynn from Peculiar Blegian

Blanca from Beauty and More

Didi from Didi’s Not So Secret Diary

Pooja from Life’s Fine Whine

Arlene from That Girl Arlene

Mariana from My Cup of Three

Once again I would love to thank BeBeautifuls  for nominating me for this award.
With that said … that’s all dolls … I hope the rest of your day/night is a great one.
Remember … Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.
XOXO

Sunshine Blogger Award

Published April 29, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

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Hey doll hey!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope.

I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by an awesome lifestyle, beauty, and fashion blogger called Isabelle of Outfit of the Day Blog. She is witty and very fashionable … she does these really cute outfit of the day posts that I simply can’t get enough of.

I feel very honored to be nominated for this award and want to offer a thank you to Isabelle for thinking of me.

The rules
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you in the post and link to their blog
2. Answer the 11 questions asked of you
3. List the rules and include the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post
4. Write a new list of 11 questions for your nominees
5. Nominate 11 bloggers for the Sunshine Blogger Award

The 11 questions I’m to answer :

1. What’s your favorite food?
This one is a hard one for me… I’m a huge foodie so I love heaps of things … but if I had to whittle it down to 2 things I would have to say gnocchi and chicken bastilla.
2. What type of cuisine do you like the most?

Again super hard to chose since I’m a natural foodie at heart but I would have to say, if I had to choose it would be a toss up between  Italian and Moroccan cuisine are my most favorite …
3. Which is your favorite season?
Spring is my favorite season. I live in Florida and the Summers here are brutally hot and I can’t handle the cold weather because I have Fibromyalgia and it gets exacerbated by cold weather. The Spring in Florida is sublime, just the right temperature and it’s not the rainy season so that’s a plus.

4. What are your daily activities?
I start my day by double cleansing my face (if I haven’t had a shower the night before, which I prefer to showering in the morning since it helps my muscles relax more, then I will do my first face cleanse and complete my second face cleanse in the shower)
I then apply all of my skin care products and whilst they are settling in to the skin I make breakfast for my mother and start to prep dinner for the day.
I then sit down at my makeup vanity and go through Instagram for inspiration for my next makeup look of the day.
Once my makeup is finished I will take the pictures for my blog post and walk out to check the mail and sit down and have a cup of coffee (decaf of course since caffeine triggers my restless leg syndrome).
When that’s done I will normally sit down and do my daily blog post.
I take an hour of devotional time with my Lord and Savior
I then of course check out the newest blog posts of my favorite bloggers and I give myself 1 hour to read whatever book I am currently reading. While I’m reading I will normally will do the laundry. I sometime will work on some sewing projects or knitting projects if I have any going at the time.
* Before the lock-down I would maybe go to one of my favorite makeup stores or the local fabric shop to get some things *
By then it’s time to get dinner started and so I will prep dinner and whilst that is cooking I will do some light exercise … normally I work out on my Elliptical machine. I can’t do it for too long because it takes a lot out of me since I have Fibromyalgia .
After feeding my mother (and husband if he is home early from work) I will check out my social medias (Facebook, Instagram, twitter, and TikTok) and then I will settle in and watch some Netflix.
Depending on what time my hubby is working till I will spend some time talking about his day (I don’t have much of a day because I’m a stay at home wife and caregiver for my mother, and I am disabled because of my Fibromyalgia and RA).
By this time it’s normally time for bed so I will do my first face cleanse and then hop in the shower and do my second face cleanse and my hair treatments as well as wash up.
I then do my my night time skin routine and settle in to first give thanks to my Lord and Savior for the day and then I read from my book for a little while until I get sleepy and I might even watch a few more TikTok videos ….
My life is pretty mundane because I can’t really do much with me illnesses

5. What are the 5 things you can’t live without?
Time spent with God, Hearing my hubby say he’s proud of my for trying something new, being able to read a good book, my morning coffee, and spending time with loved ones.

6. Do you have a favorite person, who is it?
I try not to love 1 person more than another so I don’t have a favorite person in my real life (well outside of my husband of course)
7. What series do you binge watch on Netflix?
Currently I am binge watching Forensic Files and Money Heist. I hop around from show to show a lot because I love movies and shows.
8. What do you love the most about blogging?
The ability to share my passion for makeup and my illness and the response from people who read my blog… getting to meet some many new amazing bloggers who give me feed back on my work and getting to see how other bloggers flourish and getting to just shade my truth with as many people that care to stop by and take a look.
9. Which topics are your favorite ones to write about?
My struggle with Fibromyalgia, Ways to help my fellow spoonies cope with this illness, and Makeup of course.
10. What effect does the corona virus have on your life?
Honestly my life hasn’t changed that drastically. With my illness I tend to stay close to home as much as possible to make it easier for me to manage my symptoms.
It has impacted our finances, as I’m sure it has for many people. I don’t impulse buy makeup anymore … I schedule my purchases on a monthly bases and when I see something extra I use to be able to just purchase it , now I’m more careful and only purchase enough to produce some new content for my blog.  I do feel a bit panicky when I go outside now, since I’m auto-immune I have to be super careful to minimize my chances to contract this virus … so I get scared going out, where I use to get excited to leave the house. I worry for our world and those who are sick more … I feel saddened that so many have lost their lives and so many more are suffering without anyone to care for them…. In short … It has cause my anxiety disorder to work overtime.
11. What do you miss the most during these corona times?
I miss having the ability to interact freely with people …. now a days it’s hard to have a conversation with someone else because of social distancing. I miss being able to visit friends. I miss shopping frivolously for beauty products and my crafts.

I nominate the following 8 fellow bloggers: I’ve nominated these individuals because they are simply put amazing! They create amazing content and keep me coming back for more week and week….
1. Bonnie from Queen of the Girl Geeks   because I love her Bath and Body Works hauls and her who could ever resist a geek when you yourself are also a fellow geek?
2. Mimi from Blushy Darling because I simply love her content! I truly do … she does really good Makeup Mondays.
3. Deidre from Retro Dee simply because she is freaking amazing and endearingly quirky.
4. Joanne from Find Away By JWP because she has got amazing taste! I just love her outfit of the day and get the look posts
5. Vivian from V Beauty Talk  because she is my go to for all things K beauty.
6. Orentenimi from Orente Cares because she is classy and stylish and her makeup looks are seriously on point. She has amazing advise and hacks … I look forward to each post she puts out.
7. Diane from In Diane’s Kitchen because her blog posts speak to my foodie sole! She puts out such yummy posts and let me tell you they have single-handedly kept me sane during this lock-down … I have tried many of her posts out for myself.
8. Ernestine from Time With Ernie  because she has amazing content. She has a few blog posts on I believe it’s emotional intelligence that is outstanding. She’s just a lovely person.

Now it’s time for my 11 questions:

1. What is your all time favorite movie and why?

2. What made you decide to start a blog and how have you grown because of starting it?

3. If you could have a 5 course gourmet meal with anyone in the world, past or present who would it be and why?

4. Have you learned anything new or tried something new during this Corona Lock-down? If so what?

5. What is your spirit song? What I mean is … what 1 song when you hear it helps you fight your way through the day and why? (for instance : I have 2 Mine are: Broken and Beautiful by Kelly Clarkson- because it reminds me that with my fight with Fibromyalgia I don’t need anyone to fix me, I’ve got this all by myself …. I can get through it and I will not back down on that…. And my second one is Fight Song by Rachel Platten – because when I feel like I just can’t deal with the pain and the exhaustion, and isolation of this illness, when I’m close to my breaking point… I play this song and it reminds me that I am stronger than I even know I am and it makes me dig deeper inside and pull myself up out of the pit that I’m in.)

6. What is your favorite sweet?

7. If you could have 1 wish to change any 1 thing that has happened in the world what would it be and why?

8. What’s your favorite holiday?

9. What’s your favorite animal?

10. If you could go back in time and give your younger self 1 piece of advise what would it be?

11. What’s the first thing you will do for yourself when this Corona virus lock-down is over?

Well dolls that’s all from me … Once again I would like to thank Isabelle for the nomination.

I hope you all have a great rest of your day/night and that you are in great spirits and health.

Remember dolls … Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

 

Real Neat Blog Award

Published April 22, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!!! How’s your day going? Great I hope.

I’m honored to announce that I was nominated by RetroDee for The Real Neat Blog Award!

Thanks RetroDee for the nomination doll! I feel very honored.

The ‘rules’ of the Real Neat Blog Award are:

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs; and asking them seven questions.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

Now for the 7 questions I was asked to answer:

1. Who or what inspires you to write your blog?

My husband. I’ve always loved playing in makeup and really wanted to do a Youtube channel but I dont have enough courage to start a channel so he created this blog for me as a surprise one day when I was having a seriously bad Fibro day.

2. Would you consider doing a You Tube channel, or do you already have one?

I have an account with Youtube and have always wanted to produce videos but I feel self conscious of my weight and the gap in my front teeth. I also feel as if at 46 I have missed the window to really make a go at it. If I could go back in time and push myself to jump right on in I totally would.

3. What era would you live in if you could pick any time period (or do you like this one?)

I would love to live as an older person in the 70’s I was a baby for the 70’s so I missed so much.

4. What’s your favorite TV program?

All 3 Chicago shows: Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago P.D.

I also am a huge Shadowhunters fan

5. Do you believe in ghosts?

Yes I 100% believe in ghosts … I’ll have to do a post on my ghost encounter one day.

6. Do you enjoy cooking or baking better? Or neither?

I enjoy them both but I love baking just a little bit more than cooking.

7. Who is your favorite band of all time?

Christain Music: Casting Crowns

Secular Music: Fallout Boy

Finally, I nominate the following blogs: (please remember that there is no pressure to participate, if you don’t want to, or don’t have the time, no worries!)

My Nominees:

Courtney Carruthers

Be Beautifuls

Ruelha

Didi

bekkibee22

Alexandra

Olive

My Questions For the Nominees are:

1. What book did you read as a teen that you still love now as an adult?

2. What is your favorite and least favorite makeup product?

3. What is the one accomplishment you are the proudest of?

4. What is your favorite skin care item and why?

5. What makeup look would you like to try and master?

6. What is your favorite movie and why?

7. What is your favorite book and why?

Well that’s all for now dolls. Hope you have a great test of your day/night. Remember dolls …. Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

Xoxo

Food Award !!!

Published April 10, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

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Hey doll hey!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope.

My fellow blogger Alex has nominated me for Food Award! Super excited. This is my first blog style award and I love doing tags. Alex from You and Me and Cup of Coffee is am amazing beauty and lifestyle blogger and I highly recommend you check her out.

The questions Alex has asked the nominees and my answers to them:

1. What is the fanciest, most exquisite dessert you’ve ever tried?                                  Tirramisu from this little hole in the wall family owned Italian resturant called Deleon’s from Philladelphia, PA. It’s no longer in business but it use to be mine and my husband’s favorite little get away and they made the very best Tirramisu I have ever tasted!

2. If you could swap your current diet for a specific country/region cuisine for one week, which would you pick? (e.g. Mediterranean, Thai, Chinese, etc.)                             I would pick Moroccan! Next to Italian cuisine, Moroccan cusine is my favorite style … I can cook Italian food pretty well but have never attempted to do Moroccan food… so that’s why I choose Moroccan Cusine as my answer.

3. Breakfast of your choice: espresso and croissant with jam or pancakes with bacon and maple syrup?                                                                                                                                 I choose espresso and croissant with jam. I don’t typcally eat breakfast and when I do it’s normally something small.

4. If you’re hosting a family and/or friends gathering, what dish is an absolute ‘must’ on your dinner table? Would you prepare it yourself or let your guests help? There are 2 that every one always asks me to make…. #1 My Puerto Rican lasagna (which is called Pastelon) and #2 My version of Pasta e Fagioli

5. What’s the first dish that you learned to cook from scratch?                                     The first dish I ever learned from scratch was Gnocchi… I tried to make it after I watched the great Lidia Bastianich make it on her show. To my surprise I did a really good job at it.

Rules:
1. Thank the person that nominated you
2. Pingback to the creator Elisha at https://africaboy.home.blog
3. Use the same featured image as your nominator
4. Answer the five questions
5. Create five questions about food
6. Nominate 5 people

I nominate:

1.CoffeeMama
2.bekkibee22
3.Melly the blogger
4.Brother’s Campfire
5.Olive

My questions:

1. Do you have any family dishes that have been passed down from generation to generation? If so what is it?
2. Is there any foods you didn’t like as a child that you absolutely love now as an adult? If so what is it?
3. What is your most treasured place to eat and why?
4. Are there any foods that bring back a vivid memory for you? If so what is it and why does it trigger that memory for you?
5. What’s the one meal or dish you would love to learn how to make that you haven’t attempted? Why haven’t you attempted to make this dish?

I love these question and answer tag posts!!! It’s always so fun to get to read everyone’s answers…. I hope you will participate.

Well that’s all for now dolls…. Hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night. Remember … Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

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