2018 New Year’s Resolutions:

Hey everyone, how are you?

Throughout this year and previous years, I have been struggling with keeping blogs. One thing I hope for next year is that blogging becomes a habit for me or something I, at least don’t give up on.

November is ending soon and Christmas will soon be here. Another year will come to an end; another chapter book closed; a new one to open.

Usually at this time, people begin to think of things they want done or to do next year. Goals that either get swept under the rug or try-fail-succeed. A list easy to create; yet, not-so-easy to accomplish.

I, like them, have created this list time and time again. I, like some, have failed tremendously. I, like the few, have swept them under the rug. A list once made forgotten as the new year unfolds.

Every year when I make this list, I always write the same things- lose 30 lbs, read one book a month, write more, pray more, etc, etc. To me, it’s never heartfelt; rather, it’s everyone’s making this list, why not I? Then, I sit down to make it only to find an empty brain.

My stupid brain voided of all the things I can accomplish next year. My brain should be on cruise control. It should be ecstatic by now. A year is coming to an end! A new beginning is underway! But no, it’s not.

In fact, my brain is running the complete opposite right now. It’s dragging. Time’s ticking rather slowly with me on sleep mode. And so, I watched YouTube videos to hype my brain of the new year that’s coming (whether or not my brain’s intent).

And now, here is my

New Years Resolutions:

1. Travel more.

2. Using Digits app, save money.

3. Declutter my makeup.

4. Purchase makeup only when: needed, sale, or after October when Christmas gift sets come out.

5. Read one book a month.

6. Write for thirty minutes a day.

7. Revamp my WordPress blog.

8. Pay off my debts.

9. Set aside money for a car.

10. Clean my room.

11. Declutter my room.

12. Focus on BALANCE.

13. Watch YouTube videos other than makeup reviews, swatches, tutorials… etc.

14. Pray more.

15. Have more of God and I time.

16. Think of going back to school.

17. Follow my Low Nickel and GERD diets.

18. Follow and cross off as many as I can on this list.

19. Find inner peace.

20. One a day poems or lyrics.

21. Learn about poetry again.

22. Learn about cosmetics and how it’s used (only time to watch on YouTube).

23. Wash and clean my car at least once a month.

24. Declutter my trunk and keep it that way!

25. Eat less out and more at home.

26. Learn and keep sautéing.

27. Eat healthy.

28. Love myself.

29. Focus on the present.

30. Be more positive.

Poetry: Bound

Baby given up with no name;

Until someone took her in- shelter from the storm;

Once nameless, now framed with a name;

Adopted by a family, last name changed;

Growing up, a feeling she never could ignore;

Secrets kept, she never once implore;

Memories lost she couldn’t restore;

Bound lost, lonely, abandoned, hopeless, dazed, and confused;

A house that felt like no home;

A family disconnected;

Betrayed of lies;

But one remained hidden deep inside;

Within her heart, a longing she couldn’t sway;

A face once without a name, named.

Had a home.

Had a family.

Had a life beyond some.

Yet, deep within,

A child once nameless,

Could never separate her from reality;

Deep within, her heart bound by

Lost, lonely, abandoned, hopeless, dazed, and confused.

Prompt: Minimal

Well now, last Monday began first day of spring. This week art has been running through my head. For some reason, my brain is excited for spring. It’s coming up with paint art ideas even on days we don’t have art.

Two days ago we did a butterfly art inspired by a teacher in an older class I worked in last week. She had placed paint on a paper as an example and showed the older class a butterfly. They decided they wanted to draw or cut one out, then paint. So, I took her’s for prek since teacher I work with is always looking for “easy” “quick” art. The kids enjoyed it but theirs did not look like a butterfly. One sort of did. Most looked like bugs or leaf, etc.

Yesterday, I decided to use paint again and this time paint their hand. They loved that! Minimal products for a creative, fun activity the teacher can’t say no to. Well, I’ll be painting hands individually; so, I think there will be some problems of the other kids waiting. To me, that’s no problem at all. Just do a game with them or a coloring page and they’ll stay occupied until their name is called.

Yesterday wasn’t art day. But I got the paint all ready for it. Instead they colored a Papa John’s picture. If their parents turn it in to the one addressed on the page, they’ll get a pizza for 2.99, I think. I thought a free pizzas for the kids who turn it in. But nope! Oh, well.

I’m still thinking of art to do. It’s the easy quick and minimal materials that’s tricky.

Lip Smacker Tsum Tsum Collection

Just how cute are they! Disney’s Tsum Tsum collection from the maker’s of Lip Smacker lip balms.

There are so many characters and flavors. I haven’t found Minnie Mouse or Tigger, which are two I been wanting. I did find Mickey Mouse, which I wanted, but at the time couldn’t get.

For Star Wars and Lip Smacker fans, “…in a galaxy far, far away” four lip balms will be released. Sometime in April I hear Yoda, Darth Vader, Storm Trooper, and R2D2 will hit stores and Lip Smacker site. I’ve already seen reviews by my two favorite YouTube lip balm reviewers: Lip Balm Addict and PurpleStars02.

I’m usually wearing lipsticks often. But this year I seem to be going through a daily lip balm phase. I’m very picky about lip balms. I feel they are not very moisturizing or lasting. But wearing these, I feel like my lips are moisturized and once applied, I don’t feel the need to reapply within five minutes, thirty minutes, or an hour later. Even when I put this on before sleep, I wake up with my lips not dry.

Each character has their own flavor. After my review, I will tell you my top favorites and which I would like to have an extra. For review, the characters are picked by the pictures I took before blogging.

Tsum Tsum 1:

Based on pictures because my boxes are in my trunk, I have two Dale’s, rather than Chip and Dale. It’s a bit upsetting I didn’t check one box before purchasing when I went back to get its twin, but I still kept it. *facepalm for not reading the box before purchasing*


I might give one away to someone who really likes the smell of Kooky Oatmeal Cookie. This scent is not my favorite and if I were to have duplicates of certain Tsum Tsums, this one wouldn’t make the cut. I guess Dale just got lucky. Luck, the daily prompt word for yesterday… my mind’s still thinking about that. Anyways, these are so cute even if I don’t like the scent so much.

These stacked easy. Some Tsum Tsums for me were very hard to stack.

Removing is simple. Just twist the bottom cap and a half egg shape on the cap will appear. Smelling, this does smell like oatmeal cookies. But it’s not my kind of cookie flavor or smell.

On my hand this lip balm left no tint, just a shinyness. The same on my lips.

Tsum Tsum 2&3:

These Tsum Tsums are together pictured because their flavors are similar. Both have a blueberry scent.


On the left, from the movie Lilo and Stitch, meet Stitch.
Stitch’s flavor is Blueberry Wave. That scent reminds me of blueberry chewy Airheads. Though blueberry scent isn’t in my top five favorites, between this and Dory’s, this one to me, is more lighter blueberry scent and my favorite.


Below a swatch of this lip balm.


Dory, Dory, Dory… your memory might be a bit hazy, but Lip Smacker’s sure knows how to make you look, smell, and flavor named adorable. Blue Tang Berry, like I said before, a bit more stronger berry scent than Stitch’s. If you’re a blueberry fan you’ll love this one. Again no tint.


Tsum Tsum 4:

Daisy!


Glamorous Daisy with a scent just as glamorous as she. Daisy scent is Glamorous Cotton Candy and the shade of the balm is pink as her bow and shoes.


Just like all the others, Daisy leaves your lips shiny and tintless.


Tsum Tsum 5:

Most everyone’s favorite snowman from Frozen is back to bring you warm hugs and smiles.

With Olaf’s Icy Truffle Treat scent melting on your lips, you’re sure to turn the frown upside down.

When first purchasing and smelling, the scent reminded me of Andes mint chocolate. I love these mints.



Tsum Tsum 6:



Alice In Wonderland’s Cheshire cat scented in Plumberry Wonderland is sure to drift your nose buds into wonderland.


To me, this little furball (which is not so furry, more like rough) smells like bubble gum. Like all the other lip balms it doesn’t leave any tint, just a shine.

Tsum Tsum 7:

From the classic childhood movie of a child and his best friends who are stuffed animals comes the little old gray donkey who’s always down in the dumps and losing his tail.


For a character who’s so depressed, you would think their flavor would be a gloomy one and their name would quite so fit it. But nope! “Cheer Up Buttercup”, the sad lil’ Eeyore wants a smile on your face. Even when his face has none….


This Cheer Up Buttercup scent isn’t my favorite and not putting a smile on my face persay. I’d say Olaf won that job.


This balm like all the rest left a shine, but no tint.


Meet two of the many friends in the 100 acre woods.


Sadly, I don’t have bouncy fun, fun, fun… I’m the only one! Tigger. But enjoy a picture of the three friends in classic movie Winnie the Pooh.


Tsum Tsum 8:

This little bear stuffed with fluff (or should I say stuffed with balm), wasn’t the next on the list. I switched it because it goes along with Eeyore. Carrying his honey pot full of honey around and diving his hands and even his nose in it until he gets stuck, Winnie the Pooh loves his honey! So it’s only fitting that Lip Smacker would name a scent after his favorite snack in the world- honey!
This lip balm is called Honey Pot and it’s one of my favorites. This has a nice honey scent.

And here’s the swatch you probably don’t need to see; since it’s all the same- no tint, just shine.

Tsum Tsum 9:

Thumper from Bambi is up! It’s our second to last scented lip balm.



Thumper’s kisses smells like caramel on your lips. That’s why it’s called Caramel Kisses. As for me and caramel, well… caramels not my favorite candy, flavor, or scent. So when it comes to talking about it I’ll let Thumper’s quote speak for itself.


Tsum Tsum 10:

Last but not least, everyones favorite childhood fairy from Peter Pan. Well, most everyone’s. It’s Tinkerbell! 


Sending sparkles your way, maybe a little bit of pixie dust may magically sparkle your day with this Pixie Peach Pie scented lip balm.

The scent is a pleasing peachy scent. I like the color of this balm. And like all the others, it doesn’t leave any tint.



These Lip Smackers are cute. I love collecting these and trying to stack them. Some can be stubborn and not connect with another. I wish they were a bit easier in stacking.

At first when I tried opening Eeyor, I was ready to pop him open by pulling on his body until I turned him over to see the words, “Twist off”. The bottom twist off. I saw another YouTube video on Marvel collection that their heads came off. That’s why I started pulling on the body.


They have other characters on Lip Smacker website, such as Donald Duck pictured lol’n above.

If they were to come out with more, I wish they would come out with Disney Princess Tsum Tsums. At least the old classics- Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Aurora, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty. In addition to that, Pochahontas, Anna and Elsa from Frozen. They could make it like they did with the Marvel characters:


I hear Star Wars will be hitting stores in April. Lip Smackers if you read this, maybe you can make a tribute to Princess Leia and create a lip balm? A Tsum Tsum one. I wonder what flavor that would be….

Prompt: Graceful

Last few weeks, watching the kids play, I been noticing certain girls wanting to teach dance to their friends. They come and tell me how no one wants to play with them. To which I ask, “Did you even ask them to play?” Their response, “No.” Then, I tell them how I can’t help them when they didn’t try. I tell them they need to ask because no one can read their minds. Sometimes they run away asking, other times they stand there looking confused. Kids.

One day I asked them what are they planning on playing because when I suggest some kids to ask to play with, they say no, they don’t want to ask them. They look embarrassed or weirded out in asking those kids (mainly the boys). The girls tell me excitedly they are dancing. And they need two more two teach it.

I’ve seen two of the girls when they teach dancing, they are very picky about how their classmates are standing. If their classmate moves from that position, the girls would immediately go back to them and move them to the correct position.

It’s not just the younger age group of girls dancing, it’s also a few of the older girls; however, the older kids don’t get as picky on positions and move their friends to the position they are telling.

I watch how the kids turn so gracefully and sway to a tune in their heads. The older kids hum the tune sometimes. The younger kids, most of them don’t. If you ask them to sing a song, some of the kids in the younger age go quiet. A lot of them don’t like the spotlight and yet, they’ll dance right there in front of everyone.

It’s fun watching the kids have fun. They do work all morning in the classroom and their routine is about the same everyday- it can get rather boring. Play time they can run around outside, climb on the jungle gym or the monkey bars for the older kids. They can express themselves.

Graceful

Prompt: Cheat

Cheat

I have been working with daycare kids since 2012 and switched to a private school since last February. Since then, I have realized, not only high school students try to copy and cheat off one another on homework, papers, test, etc. Even 3.5-5.5 year olds try to copy off of each other’s papers!

There are two little girls- they are cousins. They have the same level of paperwork. After passing out the papers, the children sit and do their work. The teacher made it clear for them to do it on their own. She’s the lead teacher, so I say, “Ok”. As long as they try we can help them.

No matter how many times the other teacher tells them they have to be separated or tell them to separate they find their way together again. They sit together and one peaks onto the other’s paper or even ask, “Is this one right?” I think it’s cute they learning off of each other because they are cousins. One does know some of it a bit more than the other. Still, it’s not good to start a habit in copying.

I find it interesting that whenever the other teachers been around these girls always go and sit together. But when teacher goes off on vacation and it’s just me or me and a helper, they only did it once or twice to me in two weeks.

Looking at the word “Cheat”, I was thinking about these two girls. How they haven’t sat together last whole week and the week before. Week before they only did it once or twice that was it.

They aren’t the only ones. Another two girls used to sit together everyday, too. They started to separate and do their own work, rather than sit and talk and exchange answers.

I hope they keep at it because I don’t want them going to another school and get caught copying off of someone else’s work. I always tell these kids to try to do it by yourself. I won’t be following you into your other schools to help you. They just shake their heads- some understand, some I question whether they do.