TAG | 25 Facts About Me

1003570_10101919504614435_1907611018_nFor me, starting to blog is like starting a new book that you just can’t put down. I’ve entered into a new world and every door I open increases my desire to learn more and see more. Tag videos on YouTube are some of my very favorite videos to watch – mainly because you get to know the people you follow on a deeper level. I’m pretty new to Bloglovin’ so I’ve been spending a lot of time (probably too much time) exploring all of the beautiful and creative blogs that exist! I stumbled upon The A Style yesterday and saw this tag and thought it would be appropriate for new-ish blog. So here we go!
 
What is your middle name?: My given middle name is Curtis. I know. It’s unattractive and boyish. Not something I would have chosen for my girls. I legally changed it to my maiden name when I got married. So glad that chapter of my book is closed. It does, however, still exist on my college diploma, which hangs in my office.
What was your favourite subject at school?: Theology. I was blessed with the opportunity to go to Catholic Schools and I was always fascinated with the deep thought required in all of my theology classes. Props to my teachers who encouraged such thinking!
What is your favourite drink?: Beer. If I had to choose a fav, it would be Hoegaarden. I love it. I also love the huge craft beer movement that is going on in my town right now. So many different varieties! And I love shopping local!
What is your favourite song at the moment?: It would have to be Slumber by NEEDTOBREATHE. I’m slightly obsessed.
What is your favourite food?: Ice Cream. No doubt.

What is the last thing you bought?: A dishwasher. Life of a homeowner…
Favourite book of all time?: The Awakening by Kate Chopin. Takes me back to being a teen.
Favourite Colours?: Red. If you are into the psychology behind this, read more here.
Do you have any pets?: We have a dog. His names are: Charlie, Charlie Brown, Charles in Charge, BoBo, Buddy, Dog!, Bub. He is old. He is our original baby. He used to sleep between my husband and me in a queen sized bed. He is now blind, can not eat table scraps, and has a HUGE mass of fat on his undercarriage that can not be removed because its tangled in blood vessels. Poor BoBo.
Favourite Perfume?: Very Sexy by Victorias Secret.
Favourite Holiday?: Thanksgiving. I love food.
Are you married?: 7 years strong!
Have you ever been out of the country, if so how many times?: Yes. Italy twice. Spain twice. Caribbean a few times. Mexico a few times. Canary Islands once. And I stepped into France for about 10 minutes. Spain is my favorite. I love you. I hope to see you again soon.
Do you speak any other language?: I fell in love with a boy from the Dominican Republic when I was 16. *Sigh, young love!* That will make you want to learn a language like nothing else. I then majored in Spanish in college and spent a couple of semesters in Spain. So I would say my Spanish is good enough for a basic conversation. I can read and write fluently though.
How many siblings do you have?: I have an older sister and a younger brother.
What is your favourite shop? So many to choose from! It all depends on what I am shopping for. Food – Whole Foods. Clothes – Gap. Makeup – Ulta.
Favourite restaurant?: Oh, Hot and Hot. Let me count the ways…
When was the last time you cried?: I have three kids ages four and under. I cry a lot. Mostly because I am tired and don’t know how else to react.
Favourite Blog?: If I had to honor just one, it would be Essiebutton. But there are LOADS of others that I am in awe of.
Favourite Movie?: I have issues with watching movies more than once, so I am going to skip this one. I do love movies though.
Favourite TV show?: I’m really into Sherlock right now. I will also watch the crap out of Criminal Minds. Criminal Minds is probably my only exception to watching a show or movie more than once.
PC or Mac?: Mac
What phone do you have?: White iPhone 5.
How tall are you?: I would not use “tall” as a descriptive word for me. I am short. Lets just leave it at that.

Can you cook?: I repeat. I love food. Which translates over to cooking. Love of cooking is something my husband and I share. I love him only slightly more than I love food.

El fin! I really enjoyed this tag! I hope you did too. Share with me if you decide to do this tag as well!

xo, Cissy
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YouTube Has What?!

About 6 months ago I did a google search on Dave Ramsey’s “envelope system”. My husband and I decided to hop on the “Money Makeover” bandwagon. We are pretty fortunate that we aren’t in terrible shape. But we’ve been what Dave calls “normal”. We financed our TV and our mattress. Because who wouldn’t – zero per cent for 5 million months??? Ha. Anyway… we love his ideas and his program. But we both had NO CLUE how to create an “envelope system” for our family’s budget. So, I turned to Google. Oh Google, you are so much a part of my education. Much more worthy than my college degree. (ROLL TIDE). Ok, maybe not more worthy than my degree, but definitely a major contributor.

From my Google search, I came across the YouTuber DebtisDum. I was hooked. Like, the kind of hooked that happens when you taste cinnamon-sugared pecans. I just could not stop. How could I have gone through 31 years of existence and not known about the wonderful world of YouTube?

After combing through DebtisDum’s video library and educating myself on all things Dave Ramsey (which I highly suggest for anyone of sound mind to do as well), I looked over to my “suggested videos” box. My next YouTuber was Alejandra’s organization videos. My life is a chaotic mess at the moment and I needed some steady ground to help kick me in the rear to grab ahold of. So, I was naturally attracted to a video about home-organization. From my viewing history on Alejandra’s channel I was suggested to go check out Organized Jen.

It was all over after that. Organized Jen sealed the deal. I was officially hooked – never to be broken (unless YouTube has a complete makeover).

Now, I’ve never been into fashion or makeup. Ever. I have always worn eye makeup (since probably my junior year of high school), but those were mere attempts at fighting off the terrible consequences of a baby face – say, of a 12 year-old. What kind of 16-17 year-old wants to look like they are middle school. It was tragic to say the least.

So fast-forward to early fall 2013. I am 31. I only owned one foundation – a Bare Minerals powder that I’ve owned since right before my wedding in 2007. In addition, i had maybe 4-5 makeup brushes that I had absolutely no clue how to use or what their purpose was. I thought money spent on makeup products was wasteful for me. Unless of course we were talking about some serious mascara or eye liner that would add a few years to my baby-face.

While I was making my way through Jen’s video library, I noticed she had another channel called the Busy Bee Buzz. It was suggested to me by YouTube that I go check it out. I will do anything YouTube tells me to do. There it was – a beauty favorites video. And she was completely real and down-to-earth. She wasn’t a make-up artist, or someone in high-fashion. Needless to say, I dug it. Not only did I dig it, but I was inspired. I wanted to be able to share my thoughts and feelings on the things floating around in my head.

So now jump-ahead to present day – I started this blog today. I made the jump after reading a blog post on the 18 things highly creative people do. It says they take risks. So, this is me, a working mother of three, jumping in face-first. I hope you enjoy.

Thank you YouTube for the education and the challenge.