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Mandisa Out of the Dark

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Press Sample: Product given for testing and review purposes from Propeller Consulting, LLC 



I have been a fan of Mandisa's voice ever since she was a contestant on American Idol season 5, I  especially loved when she sang Mary Mary's Shackles. It has been 4 years now since she released "Overcomer" that won her a grammy.

Mandisa wrote her song “Overcomer” in 2013 to encourage her close friend Kisha, who was battling breast cancer. Mandisa really believed and prayed that God was going to heal her, but when Kisha went to be with Jesus in 2014, Mandisa’s foundation was shaken in a way she never expected. She fell into a deep pit of depression for close to 3 years, shutting out her friends, family and the rest of the world. Mandisa believes if she had kept going down that road she was on, she would not be here today… but God stepped in and lifted her out of that pit by using her close friends to communicate their love for her and God’s love for her. This album is Mandisa’s way of letting her fans into her story – it’s called 'Out Of The Dark' because that is exactly where God lifted her out of! 
You can watch her talk openly about this on Good Morning America last week here: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/mandisa-opens-overcoming-depression-47020463

In this new CD titled "Out of the Dark", She takes us through what she went through and how her friends and family were her spiritual rock that did not let her stay down and lost.

This cd is full of encouragement, inspiration and hope and it really lets us into Mandisas life and the struggles she faced and how she overcame them and how we too can overcome, bounce back and be that come back kid by standing on the word of God and surrounding ourselves with positive people.

The CD contains 15 tracks with three bonus ones.

Acoustic Video for "Unfinished”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQFpXcvFI0A






Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this product. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. 
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The Yanola Floral Print Kimono

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Press SampleProduct given for testing and review purposes at a discounted price.

This chiffon kimono was perfect for the concert I recently sang at.
It's very flowy, not that sheer and the floral print is very colorful and vivid.

I'm 5'2 and with my 4 inch heels it fit just right. This one size kimono from Yonala is intended to be worn as a swimsuit cover up but I'd rather keep it in my closet to be apart of my fashion wardrobe so I can pair with a skirt, shorts, leggings or skinny jeans. In the pictures below, I paired it with some soft pink jeggings and a black cami and to accessorize with a black chocker and a long tassel pendant.
You can get this cute kimono for $14.99 on Amazon. Link is below...




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ColourPop New Ultra Metallic Lip Collection : Treat Wave, Sandwishes & Dirty Birdy

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ColourPop has done it again with their metallic lippies! These liquid metallic lipsticks are not only beautiful but they are very pigmented, silky, long wearing and give your lips a gorgeous and unique metallic finish. I wear these with a lip liner and I'm good to go but you can also opt to wear them alone or on top of a different color lipstick.
Colourpop has very affordable prices and they always ship their products with a cute little note. 
I already had owned 4 of the metallic lippies in the colors Zebra, Man Eater, 3 Way and Flitter and now to add to my collection, I just added the three new ones in Treat Wave, Sandwishes and Dirty Birdy.
In the pictures below, you will see these beauties swatched on my hand. They are having a sale now with free shipping for a limited time so go check them out at ColourPop.com.


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The first one swatched is "Dirty Birdy
Here's a description from the ColourPop website.
Cost of lippies: $6.00
Ultra Metallic Lip A super intense metalized liquid lipstick created with high-impact metallic pearls. This formula is not completely transfer-resistant but is very long-wearing while still being smooth and comfortable on the lips.
           Shade Pinks Net Weight 2.8g (0.10oz)
           "Treat Wave" Shade Neutrals
                      The one that really caught my attention,"Sandwishes" Shade Pinks
                                                            
























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Everyday is Mother's Day: Download This Book for Free From Broadstreet Publishing

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Every Day is Mother's Day! If you are a mom, you can agree. It seems our job is never done but at the end of the day it is truly a blessing and a very rewarding experience. I'm a recent homeschooling mom of 2 beautiful kids. I have a 9 yr old boy and an 11 year old girl.


Although being a mom is great, it also comes with daily challenges and life struggles and that's when we need to take "Breathers". Some examples of "Breathers" besides taking deep breaths can include pampering ourselves, going out, reading, praying and having a devotional time with the one who gifted you these children, I'm not talking about your spouse ☺️ I'm talking about our Heavenly Father, God. Well, this is what I do on a daily basis and I love it because it fills me with peace, directs me and feeds my soul. 

Today's blog post is a great way to get you started to "Breathe" and "Recieve"by downloading this beautiful devotional by Karen Moore absolutely Free. It's filled with 365 daily devotions to get you closer to God, to be inspired, directed and encouraged. 
Here's a sample read from this book.

May you be encouraged and strengthened by reading this daily devotional. Congratulations, Mommy! You deserve it, Now "Breathe".


Click on my favorite flower the Gerbera Daisy to download Every Day is Mother's Day from Broad Street Publishing:



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Fantastic Easter E-Book Specials From Broadstreet Publishing

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Easter will be this Sunday so why not download some of these awesome and inspirational e books from Broadstreet publishing from as low as .99 cents on Amazon, Google Play or Barnes and Noble. They also have devotional books for children but I noticed the Prayers and Promises for Girl's link was not active for 99 cents but for the boys it was. Regardless, these are great deals! Here is the link so you too can be blessed and inspired by these books.



 

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The Glassesshop.com Grand Prairie Wayfarer and 50 % Off for You

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I got very excited when GlassesShop.Com reached out to me to review one of their eyeglasses.
Finding glasses online is not an easy task. There are so many styles and sizes to choose from so you need to know not only your prescription but PD (pupillary distance) as well. All this info you can acquire from your eye doctor. Thankfully, I have my prescription info so it makes shopping for eyewear easier but the decision making can still be challenging. After looking through their website, I picked out a frame that matched my new hair color. These glasses are so pretty in pink and purple and they are called the Grand Prairie Wayfarer. Yes, they are bigger than my normal ones but that's ok because they still fit me well and I'm absolutely pleased with them. They are fashionable and comfortable to wear because they have no nose grips.

My new specs came in a sleek plastic case with the company's  logo on it and a cloth to clean them. 
This site has an array of styles and also carry prescription sunglasses as well. 
I have good news for you! GlassesShop.com is offering my readers a 50% discount on their frames with free lenses including sunglasses. (Sale frames excluded) just type this code GSHOT50 at checkout.
Here are some more pictures of my cool new glasses :)

 

 



 





 






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Dust Free Brushes and Blenders

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Press SampleProduct given for testing and review purposes at a discounted price.



Good day my friends,
I'm all about finding new ways to store my beauty brushes and makeup sponges. This new acrylic makeup brush organizer is not only spacious and beautiful, it organizes and keeps your beauty items dust free. I like that it comes with pink pearls for decor and for holding the brushes in place. It also has 3 small side deep drawers to hold your beauty sponges or blenders or small items like blushes or lippies. You can really get creative with this organizer and add other items besides brushes, the option is yours. I'm using it to store my Sonia Kashuk brush set among others and the 2 beauty sponges I own and in one of the other drawers, a mini Tarte blush and Bare Minerals mini powder.

The HABIBEE Acrylic Makeup Cosmetics Organizer 

can be found on Amazon for $32.99 with Prime.

 






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Carnival Conquest: ARUBA

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Welcome back my beautiful friends!
Thank you for taking the time to read about my Carnival Conquest travels.
Here's the last post from my wonderful Spring Break vacay.
Our last port on the cruise was Aruba. Unfortunately, I did not have a good experience there because of a mishap that happened at the beach with one of the employees that worked there and left me shaken but the beach was very beautiful. The trip to the beach was very unique in itself. We took a crew member's advice and decided on Baby Beach on the southern part of the island. This beach is supposed be less touristic and very beautiful for snorkeling at 8ft level.
So we took 45 minutes on two public buses. The first bus was very hot, no AC so the driver left his doors open. We stopped everywhere where there was a bus stop pickup. There were so many students on the bus too from different schools. I loved that I saw many different nationalities and that they too spoke Spanish. Then after that long hot ride seeing the neighborhoods and cacti, we arrived at another bus terminal to catch another bus but this time it was a mini van with AC. 
The family and I spent less than an hour on the beach because of the incident and plus to use the bathroom that I had to wait 40 minutes to open was a cover charge of 2 bucks on top of that. It was ridiculous! After all was over, the employee apologized for what had happened including his coworkers for the drama that occurred. Unfortunately, I can't explain what happened because it's traumatic, embarrassing and upsetting. Anyway, we did not enjoy Aruba as planned and waited 40 more minutes to catch transportation. I didn't even want a souvenir from there that's how upset I was. Next time and if there is a next time, I will go to the busy beaches or places and not the secluded ones. 
Here are some pictures...

 






Nope this was not the bus we trekked on for 40 minutes. Whew! 

The mini bus was the second ride to get to the beach. 
Way better.
 

Baby Beach has a Flintstone theme and it has one bar and an expensive bathroom lol oh yes one worker was dressed as Fred. 
 










 
I captured what the town looked like from the boat. The downtown area was really colorful and pretty with lots of shops. I should have skipped the beach and stayed in town. 😊
 

Stay tuned for more upcoming posts! 😘
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Carnival Conquest Cruise To Curaçao

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Let's visit Curaçao shall we?
I really enjoyed walking around in this beautiful Dutch island. The people were so beautiful and friendly. They spoke various languages and Spanish was one of them.
During the day the hubby and decided to go alone while the kids were at camp on the ship. We shopped a bit, walked around and took photos. Then in the evening we picked up our kids and strolled into the town again. The kids weren't too thrilled at what they saw because they had entered the CuraΓ§ao night life which I didn't  blame them because it was for adults. Although, it looked pretty  lit, it wasn't for me as well. I definitely preferred it during the day.
Here are some fun pictures and yes I loved how the ship looked as a back drop.πŸ˜‚









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We laughed at the sign. You know 7 eleven 😁





We saw 2 of the crew members. Barbara our kid's camp Ocean coach who is dating the ship's music director, they are great people and make a beautiful couple.

Ahh, the interesting bridge that separates to let the boats pass by. When that happens you are left behind on the other side with no way out until the gate reopens and the bridge comes back into place.


See they are trapped from reaching the other side LOL



I would definitely like to return and tour more of the island and it's many attractions.
So much beauty and history there! 


Next up Aruba! Stay tunedπŸ€—


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