Excerpt from my sermon on Religious Liberty (2016): I can’t believe I’m up here today but when God calls you to do something you have to move. As many of you know I’m in my last semester of grad school at USF, so between school and having to give the sermon today I have been overwhelmed. I was talking to a friend of mine about everything I had going on and was telling him how stressed I was and that I didn’t know if I was going to be able to do everything I needed to do and get my sermon ready. Do you know what he said to me? He said, “You believe in God right? So what are you worried about?” Wow! Now that is powerful especially considering the fact that it came from someone who does not go to church and does not consider themselves a religious person. I cannot stress this enough we have to practice what we preach. When God calls us to do something we have to have faith that he is going to give us what we need to get it done.
Church family pray for me public speaking is not my forte, but as my mom says when God calls you to do soemthing he will give you all that you need. How I feel reminds me of how Moses must have felt in Exodus 4:10-14. In verse 10 Moses says to God, “No, Lord, don’t send me. I have never been a good speaker, and I haven’t become one since you began to speak to me. I am a poor speaker, slow and hesitant.” In verse 11 the Lord said to him, “Who gives man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or dumb? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? It is I, the Lord. Now, go! I will help you speak, and I will tell you what to say.” I’m claiming that today. God is going to help me just like he helped Moses. Amen. In verses 13 and 14 Moses goes on to plea with God to send someone else, but God insists that Moses does what He asked of him. But God does send his brother Aaron to help him, and spoke through both of them. Unfortunately, I won’t be getting that extra help, but we are going to get through it. Amen!
My mom asked me to give the sermon about a month ago. She calls me and says Amanda I’m the religious liberty leader at church and I’ve been looking for someone to give the sermon. And I’m thingking oh, no, here we go. I’ve been praying about it and guess who God led me to? She goes on to tell me it was me. I’m thinking are you sure? I tell my sister about it and she says, “Mom may want to get on her knees again and make sure.” But God makes no mistakes. Amen.
Open your Bibles with me to Revelation 20, reading just verse 6. “Blessed are those who were raised in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power. They will serve God and Christ as priest and will rule with Him for a thousand years.” Wow. Herein lies one of the greatest and most dangerously misinterpreted Bible texts of our time. Because it is the misunderstanding of this text that is leading more and more Christians here in America down a path that, not unlike Judas, will lead them to attempt a political solution for the wrongs of this world.
Religious liberty today in the United States is being threatened in ways that we, as a church, ignore on a daily basis. Christian’s today talk about the threats to freedom and the need to uphold our values in this country. Church leader, both Protestant and Catholic, for the last 20 years, and mostly under the direction and guidance of the Pope, have been shelving doctrine and uniting instead on the basis of a shared moral, social, cultural, and political value system.
I’m going to stop this post right here as I’m sure I took the latter part of my sermon from another pastors sermon on religious liberty. I don’t want to plagiarize and seeing as I cannot find the original to give credit I’m going to encourage you to look up a post on religious liberty and think about what it means to you. If you would like to see or hear the rest of this sermon please let me know.
According to Jouer’s website the Long Wear Lip Creme claims to be , “A weightless lipstick that offers full-coverage color with a soft-touch finish that glides on smoothly and lasts all day. This buildable and ultra-lightweight lipstick offers a beautiful matte or metallic finish in a wide range of warm and cool shades. Transform your lipstick look from daytime to night with a swipe of a wand. The formula features vitamin E to ensure that your lips remain conditioned no matter how many times you switch colors.”
Prior to purchasing the Lip Creme I read some of the reviews online. Overall, this product had a good rating (4+ Stars). I would have to agree with that rating, personally I’d give the product 4 stars. The only claim from the website that I would disagree with is that the vitamin E helps lips remain conditioned. It’s winter time and unfortunately my lips are extremely chapped, so I have to keep them moisturized and exfoliated. When I applied some of the Lip Creme’s they felt drier than I’d like. The main culprits were the shades Rose Gold and Monaco. I have to say that not all the shades were drying. Watermelon and the other red shades (Fraise Bonbon & Brique) felt amazing on my lips. Another thing that I didn’t like about this product is how many of the shades accentuate the lip lines. I never realized how many lines were on my lips until I applied this product. Not all the shades have this problem, but accentuated lip lines is not a look I want to go for.
One of the things I love about this product is how it applies. One swipe and I have full coverage. One thing I would recommend is not pressing your lips together. Some of the colors can handle it and others it just sheers them out. Jouer should get a pat on the back for the shade range as well. They have some beautiful nudes that work for every shade: Creme Brûlée (a warm nude or muted brown), Noisette (brown nude or chocolate brown), Petale de Rose (cool deep rose or pinky nude), and Dulce de Leche (cool nude or pinky nude that is similar to Petale de Rose). I used either a mauve or dark brown liner with these shades, although I only think it’s necessary for my skin tone with the pink or rose shades.
The only shade I purchased that I wasn’t too impressed with was Melon. It was a little too pink in my opinion for my skin tone and is definitely out of my comfort zone. It also applied a little funny on my lips so I had to use a moisturizer (coconut oil) to get it to work. I was swatching all of these colors back to back so that may have something to do with it, but this was only maybe the third or fourth shade and it just was not working for me. Overall, I am definitely impressed with the longevity of this product, the scent, application, and color range.
Jouer Lip Toppers & Lip Glosses
I would have to give the Lip Toppers and the Lip Glosses five stars easily. I absolutely love the scent of the Lip Toppers I have (Sweetheart and Sweettooth). They smell like fresh baked cupcakes. They have a somewhat vanilla scent but it’s not over powering or nauseating.
The Lip Gloss range offers something for every girl like myself that is obsessed with lip gloss. They have a high pigment gloss (14 shades), a high pigment pearl gloss (8 shades), and a sheer gloss (6 shades). I personally love a good glossy and moisturize lip. Sometimes I want color and sometimes I just want sheer coverage depending on what I’m doing and where I’m going. I have tried the High Pigment Lip Gloss in the shade Broadway which is a brown high pigment gloss that I love, and I’ve tried the sheer pigment lip gloss in the shade Monaco which I also love (my lips are lined in the picture below).
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I really wanted this post to be about how to plan a baby shower, but sadly this post will not be that. If anything it’s what not to do. Typically, someone else plans your baby shower but I had the pleasure, and I say that sarcastically of planning my own baby shower. I had the pleasure of arranging the location, sending out the invites, and coordinating (if you can call it that) everything. Initially I started out with a bang, I had my checklist completed I knew everything I wanted to do and when I wanted to have things done by, but life happens. Basically, I suck at planning and it didn’t help that I was states away from where the baby shower would actually be.
I had to travel for my baby shower so I made sure to arrive three days before the shower, which was on a Saturday. Wednesday and Thursday I pretty much did nothing other than spend time with my family. Friday my girlfriend, cousin, sister, boyfriend, and I slowly began to get it together. We got balloons, party supplies, cups, plates, and supplies to make the cake. I was determined to make my own red velvet cake and cupcakes. For the baby shower the only thing I really knew I wanted was a red velvet cake, balloons, a lot of pink, and the babies name on the wall.
Needless to say Saturday rolls around and we’re not prepared at all. I wake up finish my cake clean up and my boyfriend and girlfriend go out to get food and more supplies. They take forever and at this point I’m getting aggravated because nothing is ready and it’s after 12 and the party starts at 3. I honeslty was a wench, I was snapping on everyone (I can only imagine what my wedding will be like). Thankfully they went out and got additional supplies because it brought everything together.
We ended up having a photo booth (more like a photo area), a set up for the cake and baby gifts, her name on the wall with the most beautiful paper flowers, and all the balloons I wanted. We also had an area for the kids to play, and a set up in the kitchen for all the food. The baby shower, though a headache exceeded my expectation and was everything I wanted it to be. I was honestly worried about not having enough supplies, but we had more than enough.
In the end everything was perfect! Although, ladies I have to say I totally recommend you let someone else plan your baby shower. If event planning and coordinating peoples schedule is your thing go for it.
Check out some pictures from the shower below!
Baby Shower Do’s and Don’ts
Do let the grandmothers play a role.
Do serve a meal, especially depending on the time of day and where people are traveling from.
Do invite the dad and his friends, and even kids.
Do collect everyone’s names and addresses to send thank you notes.
Do get involved. Allow the expecting mother to express to the planner all the items she wants to have.
Do entertain the guest, play games, have a photo booth, and have finger food and punch.
Do make a guest book. Have a little book where people can sign and write a message to the mother and/or baby.
Do request that people RSVP. Nothing is worse than being under prepared. You want to make sure all your guest have a place to sit and that there is enough food.
Do have a host. The host can greet everyone take their coats and purses, tell everyone where the presents need to go, and make sure all the food is prepared and ready to go.
Do not plan your own shower. Again ladies I repeat do not plan your own shower. Give someone you trust an idea of what you like by providing pictures, a theme, colors, and things you absolutely want to have.
Do not plan a surprise shower. Being pregnant is not a pleasant experience for all moms. Some may be sick the entire pregnancy, tired, or moody. So make sure the mom to be wants a shower and is okay with the day and time.
Do not send out baby shower invites at the last minute, make sure you give everyone enough time to make the necessary arrangements. Guest may need to plan out who is going to watch the kids or dog, or make travel arrangements weeks prior to the shower.
Do not just sit around. If the mom to be cannot make rounds and attend to the guest have the father, or host do that.
Do not ask the mom to be to open gifts if she feels uncomfortable doing so. Make sure you ask the mom to be if she would like to open the gifts. I do not think I have ever been as uncomfortable as I was opening the gifts. I felt like everyone was waiting to see how I reacted to their gift.
Do not skimp on food and cake. If people are traveling from states away or have a long commute be sure to feed them.
Do not plan your shower around friends and family. The baby shower is not about your friends or family. The ones that can make it will be there and the ones that can’t can send a gift. Don’t feel pressured to plan the shower around any individual other than the mom and dad to be.
I’d like to say a special thank you to everyone who showed up, sent a gift or their thoughts and prayers. It was truly a beautiful day!
I could honestly write a book on the need for some type of nipple cream while pregnant! Before I even found out I was pregnant I noticed that my breast were growing and becoming more irritated and itchy. Once the pregnancy was confirmed my breast continued to grow at an alarmingly fast rate. The fast rate at which my breast grew only amplified the amount of itching and irritation I felt. I can distinctly remember one morning in my first trimester going to my mom and crying like a baby. It was one of those cries that comes from the soul, with snot dripping out my nose (come on now you know what I’m talking about). I was in so much pain my breast were bleeding, yes bleeding! They hurt so bad I just wanted to rip them off my chest. Needless to say Ma Dukes was not for the drama (or snot). So I called Chris (baby daddy) and told him about it. After a quick google search he told me to try Lansinoh, which is 100% Lanolin. I would say Lanolin is the consistency of Vaseline, but is obviously better for you than rubbing petroleum jelly on your breast. Lansinoh provided temporary relief but it wasn’t quite doing the job. One thing I will say is that it worked better than the all-natural coconut oil and shea butter I was trying previously. Ladies please note that Lansinoh will ruin your clothes by giving them grease stains.
Here’s What Really Worked
Moisturize your breast prior to showering. I had to slather my breast with lanolin prior to showering. I tried other things like all natural olive oil, cocoa butter, coconut oil, and shea butter, but the consistency of the lanolin worked best. The Mama Mia Keep Calm Nipple Balm works as well.
Stop taking hot showers! This one is kind of a no brainer, but it took me a while to realized that my hot showers were drying out my breast. Hot water dries out and further irritates dry skin (duh).
Use sensitive skin soap. I noticed that my breast were the most irritated after I showered, so I figured my soap had something to do with that. The soap that I found works best is Dove Sensitive Skin.
Moisturize your breast after you shower. While your skin is stretching and expanding it is so important to keep it moisturized. After I shower I like to use a Nipple Balm or Cream. I sometimes will use the Mama Mia Keep Calm Nipple Balm, but I prefer Era Organics Healing Balm Extra Soothing & Moisturizing, Era Organics Honeybuns Mommy Balm, or Motherlove Nipple Cream.
Use nursing pads. If I feel like I am about to have a really bad flare up I will saturate my breast with a mixture of lanolin and healing balm and cover them with the nursing pads.
Let your breast breathe. If you don’t have anywhere to go I recommend letting your breast get some air. Not having clothes or a bra rub against them really helps. Just apply some balm or cream and be free baby!
Lansinoh HPA Lanolin, Mother Love Nipple Cream*, Mama Mia Keep Calm Nipple Balm, Era Organics Honeybuns Mommy Balm*, Era Organics Healing Balm Extra Soothing & Moisturizing*
* These products are USDA Organic Certified
Please note photos taken directly from @eraorganics
This product has been my absolute go to since I’ve tried it. I have extremely oily skin and most foundations make me look like a grease bucket instead of giving me a natural glow from within. Not this foundation, it gives the “my skin but better look”! I love how it evens out my skin tone and blends in so beautifully. A little of this product goes a long way. Its creamy, light-weight, cruelty free, vegan, non-irritating, and blends out like a dream. This product claims to be long-wearing, waterproof for up to 12 hours, able to adjust to your body temperature to effortlessly blend into skin, and easy to use and apply. It also claims to improve skin appearance, cover redness and skin imperfections like skin discoloration, pores, blemishes, dark under eye circles, hyperpigmentation and dark spots. In addition this product is paraben free, sulfate free, phthalate free, fragrance free, gluten free, synthetic dye free, and GMO free. In the past I have put foundation (L’Oreal) on my face and immediately had my skin become irritated and itchy. By the time I took the foundation off I had a chemical burn, therefore I am extremely picky when it comes to my foundation and most products that go on my face. The $46 price tag is well worth it. This is one of the only foundations that I have emptied multiple compacts.
When I tried this liquid lipstick I feel in love. I love that they do not dry out your lips and have them cracked and cakey. This is one of the few liquid lipsticks that I have tried and have gone out and got the whole collection. This brand is cruelty free and extremely affordable. I purchased all of my liquid lipsticks from CVS and often did so at a discounted price and received CVS bucks to purchase more makeup. Check out the Highlight listed as Swatch Videos on my Instagram (@fromfarmingtofashion) to see some of the swatches. They look supple on the lips without being to matte and are transfer resistant. My favorites are Berry Healthy (one of the few pink shades I like), Fight Free Radicals (a gorgeous red), and Nutritious (a beautiful brown-girl friendly nude). The Brand as a whole I belieive could expand quite a few of its shade ranges in various products, but the liquid lipsticks cater to every shade.
Kat Von D: Current Crush Glitter Gold, Everlasting Liquid Lipstick & Lip Liner
Current Crush: Glitter Gold is a gift I received around Christmas. I immediately feel in love with this product after the first try. I love the versatility of this product and the way it dries down matte. I was able to place this product on my hooded lids and had zero creasing or transfering. This cool to the touch glitter gel blends out beautifully to give a golden highlighted look. It can be worn on the lids, lips, or anywhere else on the body. I love that this product allows you to explore your creative side with its versatility. It glides on smooth and creamy and I find that I like to use a brush to place it and my finger to smooth or blend it out. This product is cruelty free, vegan, and paraben free.
I have a ton of Kat Von D products that I could put on this list, but I tried to be fair and not overload you guys with one brand. Two products I could not skip over are the Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks & Lip Liners. The Liquid Lipsticks are long wearing, very pigmented, nondrying and give a comfortable lightweight matte finish. Out of the 42 shades offered I only have a few, but I do plan to build my collection in 2019. The Everlasting Lip Liners have become a favorite of mine as well. These Lip Liners are a little on the expensive side, but totally worth the splurge. The Lip Liners come in 30 shades and are long wearing, water resistant, and do not bleed. Personally I like to line my lips with them pop on some gloss and hit the road. My absolute favorites are Hawkwind, and Crucifix. These bad boys are definitely a must have, they don’t skip or tug at the skin, nor do they bleed outside the lip line.
Brushes: Luxie Beauty & Morphe Brushes
The quality of your brushes helps determine how you makeup will look. I hate doing my makeup and finding brush strokes on my face, or even worse the brushes leaving hairs all over the place. Morphe brushes are affordable and offered in a variety of designs and bristle types. I would definitely recommend them to any makeup enthusiast. Another company that produces some high quality brushes and deserves to be mentioned is, Luxie Beauty. I first received these brushes with my Ipsy subscription and loved them so much that I had to make a purchase. Luxie Beauty is cruelty free, 100% vegan, and slightly higher in price. With Luxie brushes I feel like you pay a little more for the more luxurious packaging, and various brush branding or color schemes. I would say that both brushes preform similarly, but Luxie Beauty being cruelty free and 100% vegan give it a one up on Morphe. Also, I love the fact that Luxie Beauty allows Ipsy to provide full sized makeup brushes in their Glam Bags. It is a great way for Luxie Beauty to advertise their products and reach a demographic that wouldn’t normally gravitate to the brand.
Setting Products: Morphe Setting Spray & Too Faced Setting Powder
When Jackie Aina helped Too Faced extend their shade ranges for their Born This Way Foundation and Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer I had to try them. The foundation is currently on my list of products to try. ( Please don’t go broke buying makeup! Set a budget and only spend that amount. Sis, you are not a beauty influencer and you are not getting products for free, so spend your coins wisely!) I believe Too Faced released their Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder or extended the shade range around the time Jackie Aina helped extend the concealer and foundation ranges, so I had to try it around the same time. I fell in absolute love with the Setting Powder in Translucent Medium. I loved the silky lightweight formula, and the luminous finish it gave my skin. One thing I will say is do not pack it on because you will start to look cakey. A plus side to Too Faced is that it is cruelty free and the setting powder is made without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. Another important point to make is that this product is made with hyaluronic acid, which is said to help hydrate the skin and reduce wrinkles.
I have to briefly mention the Continuous Mist Setting Spray by Morphe. This spray is the bomb.com! I love the way it evenly mist over the skin. This product has been a absolute life saver. I know for a fact that I am not the only person who has sprayed a setting spray on their face only to have it come out in this ugly squirt that leaks down your face, or leave a weird residue. With this setting spray you don’t have to worry about any of those issues. I love how it is evenly mist over the skin and helps the makeup settle into the skin. The only down side to this product is the fragrance.
Buxom Plumping Lip Gloss
If someone asked me, “What is the one product you can’t live without or leave the house without?” I would have to say lip gloss. No one wants to be walking around with dry crusty lips or skin. It’s uncomfortable, unattractive, and most importantly painful. For a short spell my lips were contstanlty cracked in the corners, peeling, or bleeding. To remedy this problem I first tried a ton of drugstore products, only to find out they made the cracking and peeling worse. The only drugstore products that worked were CarMax and Vaseline, but I wanted something that was a bit more light weight and gave me a light splash of color. I found everything I wanted and more with Buxom’s Plumpling Lip Gloss. I love the color range, the bits of sparkles/glitter in some colors, and the tingling feeling as it slightly plumps your lips, most importantly I love that it leaves my lips feeling hydrated and supple.
Please note all images were taken directly from the beauty brands Instagram accounts.