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Choosing My Mood: HAPPY

I’ve been in a fantastic mood all week!  Don’t you love when that happens?  And I’m extra excited to write when I’m in a great mood – spread that energy around.

 Choosing Happy

Last week was a damper.  The whole last month had me feeling emotional.  Too much happening in America that weighs heavy on you after hearing & seeing so much of it.  Once something bad happens it kind of spirals. You know?  (Anyone watch The Secret?)

I stayed away from writing because BLAH.

 Choosing Happy

The good news – this week I’ve been feeling stell!  Such a mental decision to be happy.

When I wasn’t feeling that chipper I couldn’t figure out why everything felt soo off.  My mood wasn’t extraordinary & everything else seemed to be dragging too.

I told myself I was going to ignore the news & social media & hot conversations.  I wanted to be happy.

I had to make an effort, but thought it was worth a try.  And it worked!  Every time I do this it reminds me how welcoming other people are to such happiness & kindness.  Or I should say, how quickly you attract the same kindness you project.  People need it too.

And people that aren’t kind shouldn’t bring us down with them.  A negative person shouldn’t change a positive person.  Even though negativity is incredibly toxic, it’s worth the effort to avoid.

 Choosing Happy

If you couldn’t tell –> Kindness is basically my favorite thing on planet earth & beyond.

So, last weekend Wafiq & I spent some time at the pool + cooking some new {delicious} recipes. I went to the grocery store & as a result – I vowed not to go outside for the rest of the summer between the hours of 11:00pm – 4:00pm.  It’s the sun! KILLS. ME.

People in Texas (or Dubai), always tell me they could NEVER live in the cold when they find out I’m from Minnesota (the Arctic North).


Winter in Minnesota is the same as Summer in Texas or Dubai. You stay inside. What’s the difference!?  At least in the winter you can layer up the clothes and manage the outdoors.  Am I wrong here?!

I suppose it all comes down to preference.

Choosing Happy

How’s everyone else doing this summer?

I’m having fun w/some new blog post ideas this month.  I’m really starting to love blogging.  It’s kind of a trick to figure out but it’s worth it – brainstorming new ideas & constantly working the creative side of my brain.

I’m loving the process.

Wafiq is surprisingly busy considering he doesn’t have a job at the moment.

And Bernice is on board with the No Outdoors between 12:00pm – 4:00pm house rule I’ve established.

As long as I stay positive & avoid outdoors between the hours of 12:00pm – 4:00pm +++ keep the cold drinks flowing –> I’m destined to have a great rest of the summer!


Talk later!




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June Monthly Favorites 2016 | MissBassmaster

Happy 4th of July weekend everyone!

Summer is seriously the best isn’t it? So many exciting weekends, hot weather, sweat, family & friends, water, food & good times. Loving it!

I didn’t have time to figure out filming this month’s favorites, but it’ll happen eventually – for now, this is what I tried & loved in June –>


1. Milani Color Statement Lipstick – 28 Nude Crème

 I loved this lipstick awhile ago & then lost it… & then found it again.  I immediately remembered why I loved it so much –> the perfect, everyday, color.  My lips would be PALE (my whole face would be pale) without some color.  Adding a little flesh to my lips easily does the job.

I don’t like using expensive lipstick for work & grocery store runs because it feels like a total waste. This lipstick is perfect because it’s affordable to have a few extras hanging around.

2. Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer

Get ready for this.  This lotion goes on your skin when you’re still wet!  You finish your shower, quickly grab a small amount of moisturizer, run it over your body & pat yourself dry.  IT WORKS.

I have extremely dry skin & can’t go a shower without moisturizing.  This product works miracles – super fast, you only need a small amount, and it keeps your skin feeling comfortable & moisturized.   Most definitely keeping a bottle in the shower from now on.

Has anyone else tried or heard of this?? Variety of scents + it’s affordable.  Totally worth it you guys.  Even just for those times you’re too tired to apply a full body moisturizer – this gets the job done in seconds!

3. Urban Decay Naked Weightless Concealer

So freaking good!  Do you ever buy something & it’s so fantastic that you wish upon your lucky stars it lasts forever?!  This concealer helped me understand what make up artists mean when they say “airbrush finish”.

4. Sigma Large Powder Brush

I want to cuddle this bad boy.  In the winter I tend to stay away from bronzing my face or using powders because I’m way too dry as it is.  But this summer, I have fallen in love with bronzer & this cuddly brush.  It’s super soft, covers evenly & blends exactly how I want it.

5. Vicks VapoRub

I’m bringing it back you guys. Obsessed is an understatement.  I can’t preach it’s praises enough! With the amount of rain we’ve had in Texas the mosquito’s are ramped! Needless to admit, I’ve gotten eaten alive this past month and Vick’s is literally my best friend.  Before going to bed, I kiss my Vicks jar goodnight. (LOL! …But seriously)

6. Black Moonshadow Sports Bra

A super constraining, wire bra is literally my worst nightmare this summer.  You get it, it’s HOT! Sweating is happening on an hourly basis.  I hate ruining my chic, sassy, classy braziers with sweat!  Damn you summer!  So I’m quickly hopping on the sports bra chain &&&& I’m obsessing, hard.  Here are a few more affordable options that I’m loving: here & here

7. Amazon Prime

 Can I use the excuse I was out of the country for approximately 2 years as my reason for not knowing the glory that is Amazon Prime? Wafiq & I are speechless.  One day I ordered something w/$4.99 shipping & it took a little over a week to get to the house.  He ordered something through Amazon Prime & it came in 1 1/2 days!  He got it before my order!

After hearing peers rave about Amazon Prime, I can finally say I understand.  Just one more reason to never leave the house.  Perfect. Going forward, I’ll try to link all my amazon products to have Prime as an option 🙂

8. Graceland

EEEEEEEEE! This was my series for the month & it’s soooooo addicting! The characters are edgy & make you want to live out your inner badass & sweat a little.  They live in luxury & have the most dramatic, undercover cop lives I could only dream of. It’s hot & so fucking good. I love it.



That’s it for June! Send me anything you discovered or have been loving this month – always open to get inspired!


Be safe this weekend & have fun!



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