Just Feeling Thankful

And, coincidentally, it happens to be that time of year to remember gratitude! Truth be told, I’m not really one who counts down the days to Thanksgiving by marking each one with a declaration of all I’m grateful for. Maybe I should do that, but I don’t. There’s a lot of trendy Facebook things I don’t do.

But upon reflecting on recent time spent with loved ones and BFFs and siblings from out of town, I realize what I’ve always known, what makes life beautiful. I’ve gotten to sit and laugh hysterically with my husband and close friends over amazing cuisine in our favorite restaurants. I’ve gotten to catch up with siblings and their spouses, while recounting the never-dull family history through the wit of my dad. I’ve gotten to relish lovingly home-cooked meals and quiet conversation with my mom and stepdad. I’ve gotten to indulge in pumpkin crepes and colorful tree-lined walks while chatting with the dearest of friends. Be it for birthday celebrations (they all seem to fall in October and November!!) or just the regular get together, it’s been nice. No, it’s been wonderful. And in every gathering I’m reminded of how fortunate I am to have so many great people in my life. For my wonderful husband, my parents, my step-parents, my brother and sisters, my step-siblings, my nieces and nephews, my extended family, and my amazing friends: I. Am. Grateful.

And, I realize more than ever that these joyful times that seem so abundant are actually terribly finite. I learned this most acutely with my grandma’s passing, but still sometimes forget in the day-to-day mundanity how fleeting it all is. What I’ve also learned is to look for the good in people, and truly appreciate it. Even though there will always be some who mostly only elicit cynicism from me, over all I’m amazed by the people in my life and their unique gifts. I feel like I look at each person and see such a starkly different set of characteristics from my own, and I marvel at them. And I think finding and nurturing this appreciation for life and all the remarkable people in it is what makes it worth living.

So…happy November to you, and happy Thanksgiving!


Best Spring Color I’ve Found: A Nail Polish Review

I’m pretty girly when it comes to things like clothes, accessories, and makeup. Nail polish, however, falls more into the category of an addiction/obsession. I probably own more nail polish than most nail salons (ok, maybe not. But close). And it’s probably because I become fixated on a certain color, or a certain shade of a certain color – and my mission is to find that perfect polish.

Well, mission accomplished (for this season, anyway).

I’ve had lilac on the brain for some time. But the lilacs that I could find and had purchased were either a tad too cool, too pale, or too muddy. I was after that perfect lilac that was just warm enough to almost look pink, but also pale enough to to never be mistaken for pink (although the untrained eye, aka men, might not catch the subtle distinction between the perfect lilac and pink). I’m sure you’re thinking that this is way TMI on my thought processes regarding finding nail color. But I’m not sure I’m alone in this approach, after all, there’s a reason certain colors and palettes become huge trends. Also, we live in an age when all colors are on the table, not just your reds and semi-reds. But part of what makes a good nail color is whether or not it looks good ON your nails, next to your skin. There are certain colors I can’t pull off with my yellow tones. lacey-lilac nail polish

But the color I’ve found for you today is one I firmly believe will look beautiful on just about anyone, with almost any skin tone. I say this because it is both warm and cool, and just the right value (relative lightness or darkness) to compliment fair, medium, or dark skin, whether summer or winter toned (ok, maybe really reddish skin… not so much). It is L’Oreal in ‘lacey lilac’. I think this is a brand new color. Also what I like about it is that it has a very consistent coverage (2 coats is plenty) and very good shine. So if you’re out of top coat like I am – not a problem.

Anyway, spring is upon us – so no more heavy, rich winter colors, people! Go out and get ‘lacey lilac’ from L’Oreal and prepare to feel pretty!

A Must-Read!

For those of you who are interested in Comparative
Religion, I’m so proud to announce that my husband
‘s first book is available on Amazon. Devin Rose, author of If
Protestantism is True
wrote the back cover blurb:

“Vandapool’s first comparative religion book is
an invaluable primer for understanding the root of the division
between Catholics and Protestants. Primarily written for Catholics
who want to understand their Protestant brothers better, he
illustrates the illogic of Bible-only Christianity, and
simultaneously establishes the case for recognizing proper
ecclesial authoriry.”

Picture 4 copy So order the book and
enjoy! You’ll be glad you did.