Thursday, July 31, 2014


Last week was insane. My brain is still spinning from all the information that was thrown at us. Overall, it was a great experience. I was able to connect with some really awesome people and I feel less worried about the program as a whole.

I was worried that the curriculum would fly way over my head, but so far I've been able to hang in there. In general, I'm the type of person that doubts my skills and gets all panicky and awkward when I'm in a new situation. Then, I realize I know more than I give myself credit for. Don't mistake that for me feeling like I know everything, I just know more than I thought I did. I definitely didn't receive an inflated head from boot camp. I walked out having more questions than I had answers, for sure.

I did learn, however, that being away from Shepherd for that many days literally breaks me. I was emotional and weepy the entire time. I'd start thinking about him and I'd get all misty and messed up. It was horrible. We were so busy (with every moment accounted for) that it was hard to find free time to be able to video chat with him...and as luck would have it more than a few of the moments I could steal were during nap time! Doh. It was torture. At one point I just made Bryan go into the room as Shepherd slept and watched him for a few seconds. Bryan made sure to get close ups of his little hands and feet for me. I wanted to cry, I ached so bad.

On Sunday as I drove home, I had a migraine. It started in class (most likely from lack of sleep) and when I got home, I ended up suffering most of the night. I couldn't fall asleep. I was so overly tired that I just couldn't shut my brain down. It made me have a new appreciation for Shepherd's schedule and what happens when he gets 'overtired'. Luckily for me I'm not a kid and I can take Nyquil to go to bed. I ended up falling asleep and staying that way for 10 or 11 hours. It was glorious.

I had taken Monday as a vacation day, knowing my limits and wanting specific time to hang out with Shepherd. Turns out he's cutting six teeth at the same time and is not happy. Ever. Yay for me! All I wanted are kisses and cuddles and all he wants is to throw things around the room and generally be grumpy. So, I did what any normal parent would do in this situation, I forced my love on him. I win. :)

Anyways, class has begun and I'm diligently checking the website and getting a jump start on assignments so as not to slack off. I am a master slack-off-er so I have to be really good about doing what I need to do. I told Bryan that everything just has to be scheduled now. The only free time is planned free time...which sometimes doesn't seem very free at all. "Honey, we have an hour for free time! WE NEED TO HAVE FUN NOW - IT'S OUR ONLY CHANCE!" Oh well. It's only for a year...

Friday, July 25, 2014

Things I Love Around The Internet

I have two more days of Boot Camp, so this post is all about things I love around the internet. I'll be posting a more in-depth write up of my experience there, but for now, enjoy:

The one above is great! Put a post-it up for 21 days and every day you finish your desired habit rip it off! By the end of 21 days, your habit will be set. I need to do this. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Today is The Day

Well. Today is the day. My first official day in the USC School Business Management program. I check into the dorm today and get settled in and I report to class at 11:00am for an intense beginning into the next year of my life. 

I'm scared. And I'm excited. Mostly, I'm scared. 

The people in my program, they are all established. All of them have been to college. All of them are already a CBO, Superintendent/Principal or Board member. I keep telling Bryan that I am way, way out of my league. 

But I got into the program. The coordinators saw something in me that they believe can complete the program. Despite my doubts and insecurities, I wouldn't have been accepted if I wasn't a viable candidate. 

I have to keep reminding myself of that. I'm there to learn. What I don't know they will teach me. What I do know will lay the ground work. I can do this. 

Wish me luck!

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Calm Before The Storm

I have a few different things to share with you about my weekend, but before I do I wanted to show you a quick hair re-do I did at work. On my break, I sent this picture to Denise to show her that I had one of those really thick eyeliner days, where you plan to do a thin line but it just keeps getting thicker and thicker? I also was having a bad hair day and so we laughed about bringing the bump back. Before I ended my break, I realized how bad my hair really looked when I hit up the ladies' room. I took my hair down (and made sure to use take a funny picture for Denise, cause, duh, and then used my monitor to fix it. I think it came out alright, don't you?  

I'm about to spend five nights away from my son and to say I'm freaking out about it is an absolute understatement. It's going to be very difficult for me. While in LA, I'll be really busy so I'm hoping the days just fly by. The nights will be the hardest. :(

Saturday we had some special Momma/Shepherd time at the park. We had a great time exploring and we didn't have any accidents with ducks - so that was great! There was one moment where Shepherd tried to grab duck poop but I caught him in time. Boys are so gross.

(You can't see it but he raised his hand at the end. :)

Yesterday, we had a low key morning, where I focused mostly on playing with Shepherd and reading a book for school. Denise was in town, so we got together for a few hours. We ran a few errands and then picked up the boys to go over to my Mom and Larry's house to swim! Denise had to leave early but we stayed for dinner. It was a great time just hanging out with Larry in the backyard. My Mom is in the Azores right now she missed out on the fun. :)

Although I'll be gone this weekend, I have some posts lined up so you won't miss me too bad. Also, I'm going to be tweeting, so make sure to follow me on Twitter, @meganlauriana. I'll be tweeting about what I'm dealing with at school and also all the many times I make a fool out of myself. You can enjoy my awkward from afar. 

Hope you have a great week!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Ipsy Glam Bag: July 2014 - First Impression, Value and Swatches!

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I received my July Ipsy Glam Bag! The theme this month is Sensationally Sunkissed! Let's review the items and the value!

The color of this bag is very cute, but the overall style and feel isn't my jam. The inside is felt which, to me, isn't great for cleaning. Oh well!

It was a very cyclical bag! The variety was great, a little skin care, a little beauty. All in all, great range. Let's get into the actual product.

Value: $1.50
Verdict: I liked the feeling of this. It left you slightly tacky - not exactly slimy or sticky, just slightly tacky, which I think is great for a natural oil. I used a dry oil at my Mom's house on the fourth of July and I REALLY liked it, but it definitely wasn't all natural. I cannot wait to give this stuff a try!

What: Nailtini Straight Up Color in Mango Rita (Full Size, .05oz)
Value: $13.00
Verdict: This is such a pretty color! I love it! It claims to be opaque in two coats and it is. My nails are painted at the moment but Bryan let me swatch it on his nail (what a guy!) and it's beautiful. I'm refreshing my mani this weekend and will be using this color. I love it!

What: Elizabeth Mott Tints & Sass Lip + Cheek Stain in Cherry (Full Size, .35oz)
Value: $22.99
Verdict: I don't know why but I was not expecting this to come out so..... jelly-ish? Not jelly. But... Watery but with a glossy finish? It's so strange. But the color is really pretty. I'm not sure I would pick cherry to put on my cheeks, but it blends out fairly well and maybe it would be a good base to ensure a powder blush stays all day. It's definitely a pretty color on the lips, although again the consistency throws me off. It is slightly sticky and my lips have been a bit chapped from being sick and it kind of burned when I put it on, which hasn't been the case with other lip glosses I've used on aggravated lips. It says a bit tacky on the cheeks as well, which I don't necessarily like, it can make powder a tad clumpy. I'm going to keep playing around with this and see. I expect much more for the price, for sure.

Value: $9.32
Verdict: I am stressed TO THE MAX. So, I have the know? And I've used this and while it didn't make them go away, it sped up the process of the spot. Spots that were under the skin and didn't have a head all of a sudden did. I'm going to keep using it and see what happens but color me intrigued. 

Let's not forget this little guy!

What: BareMinerals 5n1 BB Cream Eyeshadow in Divine Wine (Sample, .03oz)
Value: $5.40
Verdict: I swatched this and I liked the consistency. I let it set, rubbed it and it stayed put. I let it on my hand and there was minimal fade over time. I haven't worn it on my eyes yet because I've been sick and I tend not to do my make-up when I'm ill. I can't speak for the anti-aging or brightening claims but I will say that this color isn't something I would wear on a normal basis, but will be a good base for other looks. I would definitely consider this to be great for a one shadow make-up look...if it was in a more wearable color!

Below is a swatch of the BareMinerals eyeshadow and the Elizabeth Mott lip and cheek stain. The stain had two swipes then was blended out.

Paid: $10
Overall Value: $52.21

Overall, this was a great bag! I'm happy with the items and I think Ipsy did a great job!