28.11.16

CUP-A-TEA

Lately our apartment has been driving me crazy. I really hate to be that person who is always complaining, but our apartment is really starting to feel small. It's constantly a mess, which I'm actually ok with since we have a toddler. However, the messiest places are actually our kitchen and bedroom, which are places that Calvin never goes into. We have barely any storage, I hate putting away laundry so it stays folded in our laundry bags until we do our laundry again and I've even avoided putting our Christmas tree up because I know our living room is going to feel even tinier.

Alex and I have been blessed in some many ways recently, and I'm not trying to sound like that spoiled kid who wants just "one more thing" and they will be happy, but I really would love to move into a bigger place. Technically we don't need a bigger place, I'm just being a diva. Our kitchen has always been my least favourite part of our apartment, so I avoid it like the plague. Which means the dishes get more and more piled up, we rarely ever eat a legit home cooked meal, and our dinning table is more of a dumping ground than an eating place.

Whenever I start to feel overwhelmed, I make a hot cup of tea and breathe. Maybe it's my mom's British blood, or my horrible addiction to procrastinating, either way a cup of tea seems to be the perfect escape from inconsequential stresses. So this is what my late afternoons look like. Leggings, a cozy sweater (I'm obsessed with this one from Rosegal), and a nice warm cup of David's Tea. Now excuse me while I actually get some house work done.

15.11.16

Lips by Beks

Well the day has finally arrived. The day that I can share what I have been preparing for over the past week and a half. A couple weeks ago, I signed up to an independent distributor for LipSense. For the past week, I have spent every moment that Calvin has been napping or sleeping to watch training videos, design my logo, business cards, order product and supplies. It has been pretty go, go, go, but it has been so much fun and I am so excited to finally be sharing my new venture with you all!!!

Firs things first, for all my Canadian friends, you're probably asking yourselves: What on earth is LipSense? Well let me take this moment to give you the lo-down on a product that is the biggest game changer to makeup. For as long as I can remember, I have loved wearing lip colours, but I always hated how they would wear off, or dry out my lips. I always thought it would be perfect if there was a product that could stay on my lips all day, and not feel like I am wearing anything.

Well ladies, I am happy to say there is a product that can do all these magical things and more! LipSense is a long wearing lip colour that molecularly bonds to your lips. It is not a stain, but a 2 part system that involves a colour and gloss that locks these molecules in place. The gloss has ingredients like shea and vitamin E so your lips stay hydrated. I know it sounds kind of science-y, but it is 100% safe and all our products are created with proper pharmaceutical and cosmetic standards.

I remember seeing my first video about LipSense back in May and thinking: "This can not be real. No way can this product do all that claims AND be good for you." As the months went by I watched this company grow and grow and GROW! I slowly came to realize that this had to be the real deal and needed to try it for myself! I thought that it was only available in the States and that made me super frustrated. Then a few weeks ago one of my friends in Alberta posted a picture about her wearing LipSense. As soon as I found out it was available in Canada, I knew I wanted to be a distributor and get in on the ground level of this company. The company in Canada is currently growing a 1200% rate. THAT IS CRAZY!!!! I knew I needed to be a part of this team and bring such an incredible to Canada.

With all that being said, if you are in Canada (or have any Canadian friends) and are interested in learning more about this product, you can visit my Facebook Group Page, Instagram feed or send me an email at: lipsbybeks@outlook.com

I'm just busting at the seams with excitement and can't wait to see where this company takes me :)

11.11.16

SWEATER WEATHER with ZAFUL

 
This post is in collaboration with Zaful

Oh November how I love you. I never was a fan of daylight savings in the fall because it meant darker nights. But for some reason this year I am loving the dark, cozy nights. For the past 2 weeks I've been having a cup of tea every night to keep me warm. Sweaters are a definite must for me. I love wearing them with jeans, over dresses, or with leggings at home.
I am obsessed with this sweater from Zaful. Big, chunky, black and fun details. I've really been loving the whole bell sleeved trend right now. It's add a little something extra to a simple, basic piece. Zaful have some great options for sweaters right now! From cardigans, to pullovers they have some real gems! It's the perfect time to shop with them since they are having their November Sale!

8.11.16

IN THE DETAILS

SO much has been going on in our family recently. In just the past week alone we have been blessed beyond anything I could have ever imagined! This post may be quite long, and quite confusing, but I wanted to document for my sake the blessings that have literally been thrown at us non stop!

Let's rewind to May. On social media I noticed a lot of fellow bloggers getting involved with a certain company and becoming distributors of said product. I kept seeing video after video but I was skeptical. I felt that this makeup product was way too good to be true. As the summer went by I noticed the amount of growth that these ladies experienced and thought to myself "Huh, maybe this company isn't your typical direct sales gig?". Then last week I had so many promptings to join and becoming a distributor in Canada, which kind of horrified me if I'm going to be honest. This was something I had never done before, and never had an interest in doing, and yet I was being pushed. If I was going to do this, I needed to act fast so I could be a part of the growth here. So I talked to Alex (which I was hesitant about. I had no idea how he would act to me saying "Hey I want to sell makeup and fork out a few hundred dollars before I sell."), and he was over the top supportive! When it came time order the product he encouraged me to order quite a high amount which had a pretty hefty price tag. I have to give a shoutout to him and his amazing support. I still have moments where I think of all the what if's, but he keeps calming me down and telling me I can do this!

Here's the thing. Never in a million years did I think I would ever sign up to be a direct saleswoman. I hate sales. I always have. At my first job I was a cashier at a sports store. We were asked to sell keychains, the proceeds of which would be donated to children who couldn't afford to participate in sports. I was horrible at it! I seriously would sell maybe one a shift, while other cashiers would sell at least a dozen each! I remember my manager pulling me into her office and showing me the tracking sheet. And there I was all the way at the bottom with a grand total of 5 within a 3 week period. After that little chat, I actually did even worse. Knowing that I was being tracked made me so stressed. Next I had a job working with shoes. We were pressured to sell at least one pair of shoes and one accessory at every sale. We were tracked on our sales, but we weren't given commission. So I literally had no drive to be up-sell. Besides I hate pushy sales people, so there was no way I was going to be one myself!

With all that being said, I still feel that this was presented to me at the perfect time. First off, if I am passionate about something and love the product myself selling doesn't feel like selling to me. I'm literally busting at the seams, checking the mail everyday just waiting to get my hands on the product and tell everyone about it. I'm not mentioning the name, simply because I want the reveal to be a big thing since non of my Canadian friends have heard or seen this product. To all my American friends reading this, I'm sure you've already guessed what I'm talking about, please don't mention it in the comments since I really want to make the announcement BIG. And yes I have officially become an even more stereotypical Mormon blogger.. :)

After this experience, Alex found out that one of his co-workers, who gets full time hours, got a second job and will only be working one shift a week at his current job. Which means Alex can finally get full time hours! He's still job hunting, and wants to move on from retail, but knowing that we will be getting a bit more income is a huge blessing! Our entire marriage we have been blessed with savings and have been able to add to it every month. Since he graduated though, we've had to dip in a little here and there for our bills. We're really trying to save for a down payment of a house and so watching our savings slowly decrease has been a little stressful. We literally see our house getting further and further out of reach.

Yesterday when we opened our mail box we noticed a letter from OSAP (student loans). We kept reading and re-reading the letter, thinking we misunderstood it contents. Once we put Calvin down we immediately logged onto to his online account to see what was going on. A weight on my shoulders instantaneously lifted when I saw the total that we owed to be $2,000. The government gave us a few grants that forgave $18,000 of our student debt!!!!! Like WHAT????!!! We couldn't believe our eyes. I went to bed with my pillow wet, covered with tears of gratitude.

I guess it's true what they say: When it rains, it pours. These experiences have me reflecting and thinking to myself: "But what have we done to deserve this?" I feel completely undeserving. I feel like our family hasn't been as centered around the gospel and it should be, I myself get pretty easily distracted. And yet our Heavenly Father keeps throwing blessings after blessing at us.

This past Sunday almost every single testimony shared had the line: "The Lord is in the details of our lives." Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints my whole life, this concept isn't new to me. And yet it never seizes to amaze me how aware He is of me. I can't begin to express the overwhelming amount of joy, peace, and love we have felt as a family over these few short days. He is aware of us. He is aware of you.