Thursday, October 30, 2014

Younique 3-D Fiber Mascara: A Skeptics Review

If you are on social media then you must have seen a post somewhere from someone talking about Younique 3-D fiber lashes. For a while there it seemed like every other post on my Facebook feed was about this stuff. It started when one high school friend started selling it, then another. Then a 3rd and by then my interest had kind of been peaked. When it comes to the latest in make-up trends and the latest "it" product to be selling I am a huge skeptic.


I tend to roll my eyes at anything that says it can make something longer, or bigger.

Then my friend Angela sent an email out telling us that she was going to get in on this mascara craze and would be one of the first to sell it in the U.K. (Did I mention Angela lives across the pond?) Now Angela is one of my best friends. She is super smart, gorgeous, and is the type who will tell it like it is. Then she asked if I would review the product on my blog. I said yes because really I was dying to try this stuff out. I mean how can anything make my lashes longer? My lashes are as long as they are going to be. The only way that something could make my lashes longer is if they actually added something to my lashes, and that's crazy!

 Or is it? 

My package arrived the day before my birthday! Great timing Ang! I received this cute black box with 2 tubes inside. The only other thing I needed to grab from my makeup kit (aka my caboodle) was my eyelash comb.

So inside the box are 2 tubes. One is the "Transplanting Gel" and the other is the "Natural Fibers" as well as a pamphlet with instructions. I recently had watched a youtube video about how to apply this stuff and it took the lady like 9 minutes and you know "ain't nobody got time for that!".

So I set aside 10 minutes to try it out. Here is what I'm working with in the lash department.

I start with curling my eyelashes because I that is how I roll. Then I started with my first layer of transplanting gel. It looked like regular old mascara. Then I pulled out the "natural fibers" and I was like "what is this??" It looks like a hairy caterpillar. Then I realized what this product does. The gel is the base for these fibers to stick to. It is going to actually add something to my lashes.

Now the lady on the YouTube went through about 5 or 6 coats of this stuff and that's why it took her so long. I added gel, then fibers, then gel and then fibers and then gel and then I stopped because....

All I needed was 2 light coats and a few swipes of my eyelash comb and my lashes were longer than I have ever seen them. Here they are 5 hours later.....

I have to admit that I am amazed that...

1. this stuff not only works, but works really well.
2. it takes maybe 15 seconds longer to do than my regular mascara does.
3. It lasts all day long and comes off easily with simple soap and water.

My only concern was that my lashed looked "clumpier" than I liked but after a few more applications I am starting to get the hang of it and my lashes look better each time.

Besides the mascara being amazing Angela has even more reason for getting involved in the company. It was the company's mission statement that convinced her to give it a go. The Yonique focus is "to uplift, empower, and motivate women all over the world." Angela has a "day job" that allows her to have flexibility and independence, and even though she never saw herself in direct sales this opportunity to be part of a company that teaches women how to run a business is exciting.

So now I am a believer and new lover of the Younique 3-D lashes.

 The mascara is available in the US now and will be available in the UK on November 1st. If you want to buy the products or just learn more about them you can head over to Angela's website at Here you can check out all the products and even contact Angela with any questions. Or just to say hi, she is super cool and you should totally be her friend.

Head to to order yours today.
 Tell Ang, Punk Rock Mom sent you. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Homeschool Week 10: Dear Diary

Language Arts: We finished the book and the novel chapter study. I forgot how sad the ending is. All that time on the island, surviving and thriving and to just get rescued and well I won't ruin the ending but sad. Now that they book is over I am hoping that we jump into another book right away with a more involved novel study. I really loved how last year we were able to do one that incorporated all different subject.

Math: As math gets more complicated Phi is really hanging in there. She is still going to tutoring on Friday after class but this past week she did not get much done because the tutor did not know how to do the math. Let's say I am glad this is a free tutoring program. I am proud of her, she is working hard and it is starting to show. The work is getting harder but she is really staying on top of it all. She is learning how to expand out complicated multiplication problems and is doing really well.

Social Studies: We started a new chapter. We have moved on from Native Californian tribes and have moved into the 1500's and the First Europeans in California. We studied different expeditions Europe like Hernan Cortes, Juan Cabrillo and Drake. We talked a lot about why the expeditions were sent and what they did. As a project for this Phi had to make up a diary entry as a person who was going across the ocean on a expedition for a year! She had to list the things she would pack. She picked books, notebook, food, compass, maps and a picture of her family. She added sketches of each item. To add a little craft project to this one we decided to make a cover for the diary and to make it look aged. She crumpled the paper, burnt the edges and then stained it with coffee grounds. It was fun!

Science: We also started a new chapter in science. We are done with microorganisms and have moved on to minerals. This week we started by learning different ways to identify minerals. We talked about color, cleavage and fracture, luster, streak and hardness. She is going to be doing some experiments with her class next week.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt

Sick of Pumpkin Patch Posts yet?

Last Wednesday we spent an hour or so at the pumpkin patch at night. You know to get that "fall" vibe. That same day I read the post "Pumpkin Patch Scavenger Hunt" on the blog 365(ish) Days of Pinterest. She had this super cute print-out for a pumpkin hunt that I hoped my girls would like. After we walked around the patch, climbed the hay bales and posed for pictures in every cut-out background we could find I gave each kid a handout.

They loved this idea and were excited to start.

Off they go. Once they found the biggest pumpkin they started checking off their lists.

Next was a search for the tallest pumpkin. Found it.

After looking through a big pile of little pumpkins Phi and Louie are confident that they found the smallest one.

Next up, the ugliest pumpkin. Yup that one's pretty ugly.

And after some searching they decided that this was the weirdest pumpkin in the patch.

Time to look for the longest stem. They found a few and after comparing them this one was the winner.

Next up gourds. This was easy. There was a whole table of them.

Anywhere you looked there were hay bales.

Corn stalks were a little harder to find but they found them and some corn.

The final search was for the perfect pumpkin and of course this was the hardest one. They looked for a perfectly round and orange and they found it.

The girls loved this activity so much more than I thought they would. It made a short little trip to the pumpkin patch exciting, something they will remember and most likely the start of an annual tradition.

You can download and print the Scavenger Hunt HERE

Friday, October 24, 2014

Louie Never Looks At the Camera

At this point I think she does it on purpose. Louie never looks at the camera. 

This is what it's like to try to get a photo of my kids....

"Okay smile!"


"Louie look over here and smile!"


"Better but Phi half closed her eyes. One more time!"


"Louie I have no idea what you're doing. Just look and smile"


"Phi you moved and Louie look here. Right here at the camera"


" Forget it "

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Troop Pumpkin Patch Trip

Over the weekend we braved the giant crowds and crazy parking lot situation to meet up with some of our Girl Scout troop friends to have some fun at the pumpkin patch and earn a hayride fun patch! 

I still can't get over how hot the weather still is in the middle of October.

I cannot tell you how excited Louie is to be an official part of the troop. She is so proud.

Since we were there on the weekend the monkey who will shake your hand for $1 was there. Always a highlight.

She is shaking hands with a monkey! That's bucket list stuff right there.

The weekends are really crazy and with the heat it just doesn't feel like a traditional visit to the patch. I think we are going to try it again, maybe at night so it could feel a bit "fall-ish".

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Homeschool Week 9: Cumbia De Los Muertos

Language Arts: We are just a few short chapters away from finishing "Island of the Blue Dolphins." We worked on the novel study. Phi's school uses the Accelerated Reading website to keep track of books read. I really like this program. The hardest part is finding a book Phi wants to read. This week she asked the youth librarian at our local library for some recommendations and ended up with 2 new book series she is loving! So much that she read one book in one day!

Math: We have moved onto complex multiplication. To make this easier we are learning how to expand out a large number, multiply and add. For example. 7,659 x 3 would become 7000 x 3 + 600 x 3 + 50 x 3 + 9x3. Math was not so hard this week. There was no tears or game systems being taken away this week. That makes it a win!

Social Studies & Science: We are at the end of units for both social studies and science so this week was all about review questions. There was one project for this week and it was all about a cultural tradition. Since it's been on our mind because of the Book of Life movie and all the prep going into the next girl scout meeting Phi picked Dia De Los Muertos. She made a new powtoons presentation and is going to be taking in a few items to share with her class.

Of course I am very proud of this one!

Next week we will finish the book and start new units in science and social studies. Exciting stuff!! 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

American Heat

A few weekends ago we headed out to the still very hot Palm Springs for American Heat. A weekend filled with motorcycles and biker dudes. The main drag in PS was lined up with bikes and it was very cool to see.

So why would this be a family outing? Well because ever since she saw "Teen Beach Movie", Louie is obsessed with motorcycles and even more bikers. Everytime she sees one on the freeway she points and yells "BIKER!"

Louie and some of her biker buddies.

 Then she saw a pink Harley Davidson. Mind Blown.

Best of all it was a fun day.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Homeschool Week 8: Breaking News

Language Arts: We are getting close to the ending of the book! I love that Phi is reading this book at this age. What a great reminder how girls are just as strong and resourceful as boys can be. Karana is such a great example of the strength and courage a young girl can possess. I am bracing myself for the ending. Phi did all the novel study assignments. I have noticed that Phi's reading comprehension this year is a little better than last year. She is already reading novels a but faster too.

Math: We dove right back into multiplication and anyone who has been following along since last year knows that this is not Phi's forte. Getting her to memorize the multiplication tables, combined with these crazy common core lessons has made it really hard. She still hasn't them all memorized but we are slowly working on it. This was the first week where math was hard. There may have been some talking back on her end, and there may have been 4 days without electronics. I hope that these hard weeks are few and far between this year.

Social Studies: We talked about the Native California tribes close to home. We talked about the desert tribes. We talked a lot about about how the climate determines how they build their homes and what they wore. We talked about the governments they developed. When we were talking about what Phi thought made a good Chief she talked about traits like, honest, brave, kind, funny and realized that her Tata would make a damn good Chief. I told her he was kind of like the Chief of our tribe!

To bring the lesson to life a little more we took a trip to the small Native American Museum in Palm Springs. It was a very small place but it was enough to let Phi learn a little more about native governments and she got to touch and see a few of the plants and what they were used for.

Science: This week we studies microorganisms. We talked about the 3 different types of microorganisms The assignment was to write a newspaper article about one type of microorganism. There needed to be quotes from an expert and from someone who has dealt with the microorganism first hand. We got permission from Phi's teacher to do a video instead.


Big thanks to Uncle Matty for helping us out. 

Despite the math we had a pretty fun week! 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Back to Troop

There are a lot of things I am now that "cool teenaged" Elissa would never had imagined. Things like blogging, knitting and being crafty in general. You can add Girl Scout Troop leader to that list, but here we are. Last year when we started Troop 2123 we had 4 members. Last week we celebrated the start of our new troop year with an investiture ceremony with our 20 troop members. Yes 20! 

It's been a crazy and so awesome first year and Melanie, Jessica and I are super pumped for the new year. We wanted to start the year off right with a very special investiture/rededication ceremony. The 3 of us really worked and planned our tails off and the results were amazing. We had such a special night for all the girls. 

The night was extra special for my tribe. First off our troop decided to open membership to Daisy aged siblings. That meant that Little Louie's big dream was going to come true. She was going to get to be a Girl Scout. All last year Louie watched from the sidelines. She talked a lot about how she couldn't wait to be a Girl Scout. She would carry Phi's sash around and ask me about each and every badge. When we decided to let Daisy's in I kept it a secret from Louie until the night of the ceremony. Before the ceremony started Joey and I presented her with her vest. She was a bit stunned but as soon as the ceremony started she was excited to be a part of it all. 

We started our ceremony with a special Girl Scout promise. Each girl was given a special candle and we passed on the light. It was really awesome to see.

We wanted the girls to know that being a girl scout is a commitment. We wanted to remind them that as troop members, troop leaders and parents we are all dedicated to making this the best experience for them possible. To emphasize this we had each girl, each parent and each troop leader sign a contract.

Even Louie...

The last part of the ceremony was the pinning of each member. Each girl got a new membership star for the new year, an investiture badge, a badge with their level. Our troop had 4 girls that were bridging up to the Junior level and my Phi was one of them. To mark the occasion we made a "bridge" with balloons and at one end Phi removed her Brownie sash and walked across the bridge.

Ugh could I be anymore cheesy proud Mom in this picture....

Then I got to present her with her new Junior vest. It was a very proud moment for me. Seriously just writing about it makes me teary eyed. I am such a sap.

Before we let the girls loose on the cupcakes and other goodies we had one more surprise in store for them. Troop leaders Melanie's Mom made each of the girls their very own personalized bag. 

 We also had a photo backdrop set up where Melanie took some really great pictures of all our girls. 

Here is our newest (and youngest!) member of Troop 2123

And her silly face....

And our brand new Junior's silly face....

That's better....

If you would have told us 5 years ago that we would be so involved in Girl Scouts we never would have believed you. But this group has been such a blessing in our lives. We have a new big group of really great people in our lives and our girls are making life long friends, learning important skills and gaining self-confidence. 

Of course the access to Girl Scout cookies helps too!