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Tips for Wearing Make-Up

make-up lesson for mompreneursProctor and Gamble just released a study suggesting that women who wear make-up look more “competent, trustworthy and likeable”. This is a challenge for stay at home moms who have become accustomed to going out bare-faced, in sweats and a ponytail! However, once you pronounce yourself an entrepreneur some changes must be made.

I have never worn make-up but have found that as I get older I do look a little better when I apply foundation and eyeshadow.  Hopefully that’s enough to help me be perceived as “competent, trustworthy and likeable”.  LOL!

Even though the study is funded by the company that manufactures and sells Cover Girl, they did acknowledge that too much make-up can make you come across as someone who is trying to hide something or “shield” yourself. We all know women who are so insecure that they try to cover up flaws with the right clothes and too much make-up.



And then there are those that don’t know how to apply make-up and just need to be trained. My sister is one of those; completely confident…so confident about who she is it doesn’t matter if you don’t like her BLUE eyeshadow and dark lipstick! She’s going to wear it anyway!




So mompreneurs, educate yourself on how to apply make-up, walk in your confidence and don’t use the make-up to hide behind your lack of confidence…people can see it any way!

What do you think about women who wear too much…or too little make-up?

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Quotes About Mothers

It’s tough being a mother. I love it but it’s tough. Some days I’m like the whiny kid:

  • Dang I NEVER get to do what I want!
  • Dang, I NEVER get to have my goodies all to myself!
  • Dang, I NEVER get to sleep straight through the night!
  • Dang I NEVER get to go anywhere…by myself!

Today was one of those days. LOL!

But I ran across this beautiful video, that has wonderful quotes about mothers and motherhood and my heart overflowed with gratitude…because God made me a mother!

My favorite mother quote is from Oliver Wendall Holmes:

The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men, from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls into their bosom.


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Life is Simply Beautiful, Have Fun!

As I watch my baby girl sleeping, I am in silent awe. She is so simple. So beautiful.  No lumps, no curves, no bruises, no runny mascara staining her face from last night’s escapade…


simple beauty by becky carpenter

Just simple…simple beauty.

She has one conscious objective: TO HAVE FUN!

Unconsciously, it’s coded in her DNA to survive, to eat, to reproduce, to grow. Those things will happen naturally.

But the conscious objective, TO HAVE FUN, is something that she goes after with all abandonment!

she plays with her breakfast



Eating cereal in the morning turns into a milk sensation.




she loves outdoors



Going outside is like wonderland!




she loves dress up



Even putting on clothes becomes something that she delights herself in!




I think children are here to remind us that life is really simpler than we make it out to be.  We can see this easily when our teens are freaking out over something that really amounts to nothing.  Or when our BFF is in a tizzy about something that we KNOW will work itself out.

But can you see it for yourself?

Life is simple. It’s beautiful. Have fun!

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
~ Confucius

What’s one thing that you can do today to have fun?

I Am One Stressed Out Momma!

Whew! The summer is almost over and I, for one, will be happy!

My oldest child is leaving us in 2 weeks to go off to college.  So I wanted to make this the best summer yet! I wanted his younger siblings (ages 4, 5, 8 & 13) to remember him having fun with us. I wanted them to remember him!

I wanted him to remember having fun with us.

So everybody is home this summer. No summer camps to separate us. No special trip for this one or “friends’ houses for the week” for that one.  Not even a little get away for me and hubby.

I want us all together, having fun.

Now this is a little crazy because we’re homeschoolers which means that we are ALL always together; but I wanted to be conscious about creating “fun” time.  Because we’re ALL always together it’s not necessary to structure our time. It’s not necessary to create “family” time and “teaching moments” and “stimulate” conversation. It’s happening 70-80% of the day. But it is necessary to create fun.

I’ll never forget when a Pastor friend of ours was visiting a few years ago. He sat down to eat with the kids, but they were quieter than normal because adults were in the room and they were trying to be polite by “keeping down the noise.”

After a few minutes of quietness my Pastor friend said, “well aren’t you kids going to discuss your day?” Looking at my oldest kid he said,  “Don’t you think your brothers are interested in what happened to you today?”  Looking at the others he said, “Aren’t you guys interested in each other’s day?”

That was such a weird concept for my kids that they all looked around the table at each other a bit stupefied to which my friend started a little sermon about the need to “care for each other” and “talk to each other” and “taking time out to be there for one another….and don’t you want to know your brother better and hear about each others’ day?”

My 2nd born son who was just 8 at the time piped up and said, “I already know about his day, we did everything together. We do everything together everyday. He doesn’t have to tell me about it, I was there.”

It was the first time that I consciously realized the power of homeschooling. We don’t have to create artificial conversations to discover each other and “share” our philosophies, it’s ingrained in our daily activities.

However, we do have to create fun…let me rephrase that….I have to create fun. They have fun together 24hours a day! Even as I type this my 17yb and 13yb are at the movies together, while my 8yb, 5yb and 4yg are in the boys’ room screaming in laughter. It’s 11:30pm.

They know how to have fun. I am always working or cleaning, planning or organizing.

Well, I wanted this summer to be a summer of conscious fun, so we’ve been to the movies once a week. The library once awaterpark week. Completed the library’s’ summer book club requirement weeks in advance. We’ve hit the water park a few times. The playground on heat-tolerable nights. Shopped together at the mall 4 times (which is extremely rare, because I hate shopping and I especially hate the mall!).  And had a couple of quick stay-cations.  My mother has been here. My sister, niece and nephew have also come here visit, my 2nd born son & I are working together as volunteers on The Generous Garden Project and we have helped a friend move.


Classical pianist, singer, actor, Christian rapper Manny HoustonBecause my oldest is a musician (classical pianist, Christian rapper and actor) this summer, his last opportunity before college, he was focused on producing music and creating videos. This means that 50% of the summer I’ve had 2-5 guys spending nights and days here as they camped out in the make-shift studio. And although I’ve enjoyed the piano and guitar playing, singing and laughing coming through the walls, it has kept me on pins and needles trying to keep them all fed and full.

I’m one stressed out momma. After you get a certain age creating fun becomes WORK WORK WORK!

It’s a good thing that I enjoy my job, it doesn’t stress me at all. But not being able to work because I’m creating fun for them IS stressing me out, TO THE MAX.

As much as I have loved this summer I’ll be glad to see it end…then I’ll start the stress of homeschooling.

What has your summer been like?

Mother’s Day Proclamation

Happy Mother's Day from Lady T

Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts, whether your baptism be of water or of tears! Say firmly: “We will not have questions decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us reeking of carnage for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy, and patience. We women of one country will be too tender to those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.” 

From the bosom of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with our own. It says “Disarm! Disarm!”

The sword of murder is not the balance of justice. Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession. 

As men have forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel. Let them meet first as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead. Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means whereby the great human family can live in peace, each bearing after his time the sacred impress not of Caesar, but of God.

In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask that a general congress of women without limit of nationality be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient and at the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace.

Julia Ward Howe
Boston 1870
Mother’s Day was originally Mother’s Peace Day and it started with Ms Howe’s  proclamation; a proclamation for the children!