Ipsy Review // March 2017

Hey y’all!

I have recently done a review on my very first Ipsy Glam Bag. Which, in my humble opinion, was 100% worth every penny of my $10. 

Yes, $10 +free shipping for:

  • 1 Bag
  • 5 deluxe sample or full sized makeup, skincare, hair care, nail care, or beauty tool items

It is completely customized to your current beauty preferences. You get to fill out the beauty profile which asks skin tone, hair color, eye color, how adventurous you are with makeup, skin care routine, products you use on a daily basis, brands you have/would like to use, etc.

I thought my bag was pretty spot on, except for 1 thing. Check out my video to see my full review on the products.

Sign up for your first Ipsy bag today! Click this referral link: https://www.ipsy.com/?sid=sms&cid=ppage_ref&refer=1125sk

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You are beautiful (pass it on),

Pretty in Periwinkle // Maternity Style

Alrighty, I am back! 

Let me tell you, it is so hard to think of things to write when you’re constantly thinking about how terrible you feel.


Anyhoodle! I am officially in my 2nd trimester [18 weeks] and feeling much better. I wanted to do a post of my maternity style this time around. I am still in non-maternity clothes {for the most part}, and very excited about that. Last pregnancy, I blew up like a balloon and was in maternity pants at 10 weeks!

I hope you will enjoy this little blog post. I will tell you where I got my clothes and some of the makeup products I used.


    • Dress: Andrée by Unit from local My Story
    • Boots: Pink & Pepper from Marshalls
    • No jewelry [except my rings I wear everyday] // I wanted to go simple with the accessories, and express myself more with makeup.


      • Primer: Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Priner
      • Eyebrows: NYX Tint & Frame Pomade in Espresso
      • Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Naked Pallet in shades Naked, Buck, Smog, and Toasted
      • Bronzer: Makeup Revolution in Hot Summer of Love
      • Highlighter: Makeup Revolution in Goddess of Faith
      • Blush: Makeup Revolution in Peachy Keen Heart
      • Lips: Covergirl Katy Kat Matte in Catoure {this is the perfect shade for everyday & special events}

      Stay pretty,

      A Miscarriage Story // Elizabeth with Love Doing Life

      Hey y’all! Today, I have teamed up with such a very sweet person. We have chatted about this topic and wanted to bring awareness to this subject that is near and dear to both of our hearts. Elizabeth is an amazing human being, dancer, blogger, mother, and wife.

      So, without further ado, here is Elizabeth to tell her heartwarming story:

      First I want to thank Mary-Liz Escanuela for inviting me to share my story with you. My goal today is to share my miscarriage story and how I am dealing with it. Hopefully my story will encourage others to share their story.

      My Story

      In January of this year I received the best news I could have hoped for- a positive pregnancy test. My husband and I would welcome another child into the world on October 10, 2016. We were very excited and could not wait to see our little one at the first appointment. The day had finally arrived for the first sonogram. We could see our baby on the screen and tears began to stream down my cheeks. I was experiencing pure joy.

      After the sonogram we see the doctor and she proceeded to tell us she wants to see us back in two weeks just as a checkup to make sure everything progresses well. We saw the doctor at about seven weeks which is quite early for the first appointment.

      Two weeks go by and this time me, my mom, and daughter are back at the doctor’s office. (My husband was unable to get off of work and I do not like to go to those appointments alone) We walk into the sonogram room first and shortly there after we see Spark (we always choose a utero name for the baby). He/she was beautiful! So tiny. So precious.

      As the technician was taking various images she asked me to hold by breathe so she could get a heart rate from the baby. After two attempts, no luck. She also asked if I had experienced any bleeding. I responded with a no and she fell silent. She held her composure while dodging some of my questions, legally she cannot reveal what the sonogram captures other than the gender. The technician then sends me to see the doctor.

      While I sat there waiting I knew that something was wrong. My mom tried her best to comfort me but I just sat there with tear-filled eyes. The doctor comes in and somberly said, “I am so sorry but your baby does not have a heart beat.”

      I immediately fell into shock. How can my baby not have a heart beat? What did I do wrong? What happened? So many questions filled my mind and before I knew it I found myself relaying them to my doctor. Question after question after question. I felt like I was having an out of body experience. I could see myself almost interrogating my doctor, my daughter breaking down due to my emotional state, and my mother trying her best to console my daughter.

      My doctor assured me that it was nothing I did or did not do. It was simply that the baby did not grow. Her words were, “Sometimes it’s just the body’s way of taking care of something abnormal.” I can understand why she would say that but as a Christian I could not truly accept it. My doctor told me to take as much time as I needed, which we did. By the time we got back in the car I was shaking and could barely speak.

      On our way home I asked my mom to stop by Chick-fil-A so I could get a chocolate milkshake. That was the only decision I could make and we then proceeded to go home. My husband arrived home shortly after I did and we just hugged. My husband told his family what happened and to please please pray for us.

      I asked my mom to take my daughter back to her house, I knew the environment would be too much for her to handle. During that afternoon my husband and I just rested in silence. I needed to be distracted so we watched a movie and then he went out to pick up wine and a new board game. After the movie, we sat on our back porch and sipped wine while mastering the new game. The thought of actually processing through this information made me sick to my stomach.

      As each day went by where Spark had not actually passed, the paranoia elevated. Each time I went to the restroom I was afraid to look. The stress had reached a level that became too much to handle so I called my doctor to let her know that I would like the medication she told me about to help speed up the process. I picked up the medicine that same day and the waiting game continued. Within 18 hours, after taking the medicine, Spark had passed. I did not have much bleeding or pain in the following days, which I was very thankful for.

      After being seen by my doctor a week later she informed me that everything looked perfect. I let out a sigh of relief. The possibility of an issue hindering my chances of getting pregnant again seemed unbearable.

      How I Am Dealing With It?

      I did take some time off from teaching my fitness classes, attending life group, and church. Distance and time from commitments outside of my family was very important to me. I felt that if I continued attending my regular commitments I would not have the mental capacity to process what I went through. During my time off I distracted myself a lot. I was afraid to admit and contemplate my loss. I poured my time, energy, and attention into my daughter and husband. It had become the one area in my life that I could control, even if it was only a small amount. I even neglected my relationship with Christ.

      By the time I went back to my regular routine I still had not really dealt with my emotions. My husband and I had talked through our initial feelings and again a few weeks after the fact. A dear friend of mine, who also knows this loss, bought me a book to help me navigate this tough time. I have been going through the book very slowly which is partially due to not wanting to. I suppose I equate going through the book with fully admitting my loss. It is not easy.

      After several months of keeping an open dialogue with Christ, my husband, family, and closest friends I have begun to see some hope. And it was not until a dear friend sent me a podcast from Focus On The Family that I realized I truly needed closure. As I was listening to this beautiful story of a woman who too lost a child, I found myself in a puddle of tears. I needed a way to symbolically close this chapter of my life. The pain and sadness will never fully go away but I needed to let it go.

      Spark’s due date was October 10th. On that day I only wore Spark’s ring, for every child I have carried my husband has bought me a ring. Inscribed in the ring is “Spark 10-10-16”. Once my husband came home from work we sat on our back porch and thought about how different our lives would be if Spark were with us. We thanked the Lord for sending us a Rainbow baby, “Bow”. We encouraged each other to see how God can use our story to help others. Then my husband read some scripture and we prayed over the reading and each other.

      We, of course, are sad but we are also hopeful of what this experience will teach us. I certainly do not wish this loss on any parent but what I do wish is that for each parent who has lost a child to know that you are not alone. Know that there is hope. Know that there is someone who wants to cry with you. You just have to be willing to let that person in.

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      Reality Check // Apology Accepted

      “Forgiveness is more than saying sorry.”—Samantha James from Just Friends
       While this may be a funny quote from a hilarious movie, it is actually so true.

      I am going to be completely honest here. I am so not one to forgive. If Marcelo does something that I don’t like…UGH!!! I want to pull out my hair sometimes, but I don’t because I have nice hair. However, during those times of frustration and conflict, it is evident that there is discord in our relationship. I hate being the first one to apologize. That sounds terrible, I know. But, it is extremely accurate. I have gotten better over the past year, but I still struggle. We have sat down several times (much to my dismay) to talk about why I struggle with this. I am still trying to understand why, but I have found that mainly I want to be right all the time. It is just mere selfishness.

      I want to do right by Marcelo, but I also like being right. We have reaped the consequences in our relationship when neither of us apologizes in a timely manner. Without apologies, our marriage is not in a good place. We’re unhappy or we aren’t growing together as a couple. Not to the extent that one associates with being unhappy in a marriage (i.e. separation or divorce). We always make sure we never go to bed angry {no matter how late the time gets}, we always kiss each other {because we never know when it may be our last}, and we always tell each other “I love you” {because we do}.

      I was reading another blog when the writer used this verse, and it punched me right in the gut.

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      I felt the conviction as I just sat in my chair and stared at the computer screen.

      When I married Marcelo, I made the decision that I would love him…ALL of him until the day I die. That included the things that annoy me. But those things are so trivial compared to the meaning of our marriage. If I choose to nitpick everything he does, every single day, for the rest of our lives…I actually don’t want to know what would happen to our marriage, but I have a feeling it wouldn’t be good. It would end in disaster.

      From this day forward, I will choose to better myself. I will not get mad over the stupid stuff, I will stop placing blame on him, and I will accept when I am wrong as hard as that is going to be. The thing is we are only 3 years into our marriage. We’ve just barely scratched the surface. I would never want him to grow bitter or angry toward me because I am stubborn. I want to forgive easily and be slow to anger. I want to affirm my husband and love him as I am meant to. My husband is just plain awesome and I want to show him that through my words and my actions. I aspire to be a good wife who has a compassionate heart, is kind, humble, meek, and patient.

      The Convicted Wife

      Marcelo, Me, and Little P in St. Simons

      I Like You // Reminders

      As most of you know, Marcelo and I went on a cruise last week. It was absolutely amazing and relaxing; however, we sure did miss this little cutie.


      So, here’s where story time comes in. I’m sure you tell your significant other or spouse “I love you.” Marcelo and I do all the time, because we love each other & we want each other to know that. Well, last week as we are walking up the stairs on the cruise ship, Marcelo says, “I like you.” I was baffled for a second, but I replied with an “I like you, too.” And, I started to really dwell on him “liking” me. The more I thought about it, the happier I got. It gave me the warm fuzzies. We also talked about what a shame it is that some couples love each other, but can sometimes forget why they like each other.

      Marcelo is my best friend. I like him…like a whole lot. I liked him before I loved him and fell in love with him. He was a person I wanted to be around and I still want to be around him. We can sit and talk about anything or we can just be in each others presence without saying a word. Just being together is fun for us. Sure! Just like any couple, we do things that annoy one other, but we get over it fairly quickly. We remember to keep on liking each other…through thick and thin.

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      Don’t forget to like your spouse today and everyday.

      I like you forever, Marcelo!
      Mary Elizabeth aka

      Essentials // Cruisin’

      In exactly one week, Marcelo and I are setting sail for the Caribbean!

      We are excited to check out work mode for a little bit.

      We love going on cruises {Royal Caribbean is our cruise line of choice}; however, this time will be a little bit different because we have a baby and it’s going to be hard to be away from her. Sure, no phone, no problem was great when we didn’t have a baby. NOW? I am so excited to spend some quality time with my Mr., but leaving behind baby girl is going to be tough. Tell me it’s going to be okay!

      Alright, emotional stuff aside. 

      I wanted to share my top 10 cruise essentials with y’all. This goes for first time cruisers and experienced cruisers.

      1. Passport and Identification : Okay, this one may seem fairly obvious, but it is actually something that is so common, it’s commonly forgotten. DO NOT FORGET THIS. You can’t cruise without it.
      2. Multiple Bathing Suits : Duh! You can’t go splish-splashing without these. I always pack multiple because sometimes bathing suits don’t fully dry overnight, especially if you don’t have a balcony state room. I bought some cute ones from Cupshe. They’re super cute, super cheap, and suprisingly good quality {for how cheap they are}.
      3. Reusable Tote / Waterproof Tote : This is going to come in handy when you are getting off of the cruise ship and you want to go to the beach at one the private islands or port of calls. It’s great for carrying towels, extra sandals, or extra pair of clothes just in case.
      4. Aloe Vera : You may have the highest SPF known to mankind, but odds are you are going to get burnt at some point. Even if you don’t get burnt, use aloe to re-hydrate your skin {trust me, your skin will thank you}. I guarantee you, you are going to underestimate the amount of time you’ll be spending in the sun. This is especially true for 1st time cruisers. 
      5. Mini Medical Kit : We always make sure to pack one of these, even if we don’t end up needing it. They are a life saver. It’s perfect if you get a small cut or if you need pain meds when you’re away from your room or the ship.
      6. Antibacterial Wipes : These are pretty awesome to have while on vacation in a destination that is not native to you. There are various germs in various regions of the world, so these are great to have while you’re at the different port of calls and your travelling through the different cities/countries.
      7. Bug Spray : This is a big deal! When traveling in the Caribbean especially, the air can have a little more humidity. More humid = more mosquitos. You definitely don’t want to be miserable with itching the rest of your trip. Get the bug spray, and wear the bug spray! 
      8. Formal Wear : While you don’t have to participate in formal night(s), it is fun to dress up in something nicer than a bathing suits for a change. I don’t bring anything too fancy, because I do want to enjoy the night time activities. So, bring something nice, yet comfortable enough to dance and walk around the ship in. 
      9. Vitamins / Airborne / Dramamine : These are fantastic if you want to stay healthy on your cruise. Pack your daily vitamins to stay on your routine. Make sure to pack Airborne {or if you prefer the natural route, echinacea}, because you definitely don’t want the sniffles while you could be out snorkeling or getting a nice tan by the pool. If you get motion sickness, trust me you’ll want this. There are other remedies for motion sickness if you don’t want to take a pill. Again, you don’t want to be sick and cooped up in your room, when you could be having fun on your vacation. 
      10. Rain Jacket : Weather can be unpredictable, so you may want to outsmart weather and pack this item. You can still enjoy nature while being protected from it. 
      11. Bonus – Internet package through your cruise line : This is for all the parents out there. We decided to do the Internet package because we want to be able to keep up with our baby girl. We will be able to email back and forth with my mom so we can stay updated. For this nervous mom, I have no doubt this is a great investment already. 

      I’m hoping there was something on this list that surprised you and you will remember to pack on your next cruise.

      *Also, if you’re looking to plan a cruise or vacation in the future, contact my hubby, Marcelo. He is a travel agent that specializes in Disney travel, but he can book anything. Click here for his Facebook page. Make sure to like it!*

      Bon voyage,

      Dream It // Do It

      Walt Disney once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

      I have dreamed it, and now I’m doing it. After talking about it (6 months ago), I have officially launched my vlog/YouTube Channel.

      The main reason I wanted to start doing this was to try something new. It will be a challenge just in the fact that I have a baby who is on the move; therefore, I will be recording while she is napping.

      This vlog is designed to help other moms and dads throughout this thing called parenthood.

      I will have special guests on the channel and we’ll be talking about different things. I already have some wonderful people lined up to talk about topics such as: health, wellness, pregnancy, postpartum, milk supply for the breastfeeding mama, how to support your wife before and after baby, baby product ratings, just my life in general raising a baby, etc. I already have some great ideas and I am excited to share those with everyone.

      I am always looking for topics to talk about, so please feel free to give suggestions on what you would like to see and have me talk about it.
      I am hoping to post a new video bi-weekly, so be on the lookout. Click the link below to go to my channel and check out my first vlog.


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