Thursday, June 27, 2013

Summer Reading 2013

Hello all you summer readers (I am finding that there are quite a few of you). Over the past couple days we have been exchanging titles over Facebook and I thought I would compile them into one list for everyone's reference.

*** I have not read all of the books on this list, I am highlighting them as potential reads for the summer. So if you read one that is not your favorite, please keep this in mind - they are 'suggestions' made to me by some of my good friends.

Couple of things...

  • they are not listed in any particular order
  • thanks to Leila, Emily, Alyson and Amy for the suggestions.
  • the links lead to where I pulled the cover images....this may or not be the best place to purchase - personally, I check them out from the library :)
  • if you have a title to suggest, please leave a comment below (or on Facebook) and I will add the cover to the list below.
Happy summer reading!










{Prequel to this book: Shanghai Girls}



Click here to find the Reading List Archives.

- brook.

Low Maintenance Beauty - [Cover Girl Clear Mascara]

My first Low Maintenance Beauty Item is - Cover Girl Clear Mascara. You can purchase it at most grocery stores and drug stores for a few dollars.

I found this product about 10 years ago when I was in a good friend's wedding. I bought it to use as mascara because I knew I was going to be crying :)....but later read on the bottle that it can be used for your eyebrows.

I now use it every day to help my eyebrows maintain a sculpted form. One tiny tip about it, once you brush it into your brows.....run your finger over once to smooth it out. This is my favorite thing in my make-up arsenal.

So, if you are not feeling like doing much with your face for the day, this is a perfect touch to give a little bit of refinement to your look.

This post is part of a series called....

- brook.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Low Maintenance Beauty

Any of you who have been around me for any amount of time probably have picked up on the fact that as far as 'maintaining beauty' goes - I am kind of a low key girl.

I don't spend a lot of money on anything really....but especially not on beauty products. I don't really DO my hair....and my make-up takes 5 minutes.

But....
I do believe that a woman should look lovely in a natural kind of way. And we all know that 'natural loveliness' some times needs a little help :)

There are a few (inexpensive, time friendly) beauty products to which I am faithful. Over these summer months, I will introduce them to you in a series I am calling....
click each image below for more details on the product.



- brook.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Toddlers Get A Bad Rap

My husband is very observant and is very slow to get on his soapbox. So when he does...
I pay close attention.

Below is a transcript of something my husband said to me in the car on the way home from dinner the other night....

Josh: "You know.....toddlers get a bad rap"

Me: "Why is that?"

Josh: "Cause they are pretty much out of control.......but they are amazing."

Me: "Why are they amazing?"

Josh: "Because they are not afraid to live life and they have this innocence....[F] is so full of life, he is present in every moment."

(a few moments of silence) 

Josh: "You know....we could take a few cues from toddlers."

Me: "What cues would those be?"

Josh:
"[1] don't be afraid to laugh at your situation."
"[2] don't be afraid to learn something new or try something you have never done before."
"[3] smile at people."

(a small pause)

Josh: "those things are huge....if you think about it."


As we grow older, we overcome the 'out of control' part of ourselves and begin to act more civilized....but it seems that for so many of us, we also loose the 'amazing' part along with it.

By [1] not taking myself so seriously, [2] stepping out of my comfort zone, [3] and using fewer facial muscles to express myself, I plan to consciously bring 'amazing' back.

You may also enjoy...
Packing Up and Moving Forward

This post is part of my Diary.

- brook.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day 2013

Happy Father's Day to all you dads who read my blog :).....you won't ever admit it publicly and that is okay :) I have a few cards for each of my 'dad readers' at the end of this post (don't worry, I do not call you out by name :).

When I was prepping for Josh's Fathers day I came across so many cards that were fitting for him....

Happy Father's Day to the coolest 'Daddio' I know.

Because your beard is massive right now.
[My French Sailor]
and you are obsessed with robots.
[Sweet Harvey]
and you have a tape measure in your eyeballs.
(literally, he can tell you the measurement of most anything by looking at it)
[Snow & Graham]
and we both love the periodic table.
[Owlish Grey]

and, my personal favorite, because [F] started calling you 'Daddio'.
(we don't know why, but we love it)
[Not On The High Street]

Okay, my dad readers (all four of you :)

To the camping scholar, I hope you get some time outdoors during this busy season of writing...

{Paper Crave}
To the one who will soon catch a big fish.....

{The Nimbus Factory}
To the one who misses his cars, hopefully you will be reunited soon...

{Lucinda Vintage Design}
To the one who once flew, I hope you never stop pursuing your dreams....

{Curly Willow Co}
Happy Father's Day.

- brook.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

May 2013

I can't even believe that I am writing a May recap already. This spring seems to be flying by - all the more reason to soak up 'these moments' like a sponge.

This month brought lots of baby [B] milestones. He is at that age where it seems like they are doing something new every day.

May 3rd - Quiet Moments

With two toddlers at my feet, my house is usually anything but quiet. Today brought me two very special quiet moments with my boys. The first was when I was nursing [B] just before lunch. I was back in my bedroom sitting in our chair, the fan was on and [F] came and sat right at my feet on the ottoman and stuck his finger his mouth. It was such a great moment of breathing for me.

The second came that afternoon when I was enjoying some outside time with the boys. [F] was playing at his water table and [B] sitting beside me on a blanket picking at a piece of grass. I could hear the birds and the wind in the trees. I feel calm just reflecting on these moments.

May 9th - [B] discovers his own strength.

Today I found [B] sitting up in his crib smiling a big grin. He was so happy that he had pushed himself into a sitting position all on his own. Moments like these make me so thankful I am at home with my boys. I am able to experience all of their firsts.

May 11th - Old Ones But Gold Ones

Us circa 2001

Long over due. That is the best way I can describe our visit to Gainesville. Our dear friends, the Griffins, live there and we do not see them often enough. They have two boys (a few years older) that are close in age like [F] and [B]. And we had a blast.

[F] didn't even nap all day and I was so enjoying soaking up time with them that I didn't think about photographing our visit to include here (next time I will do better). Thankfully, Joy sent me a picture of this dinosaur sculpture made by Josh and the boys. It was a wonderful day filled with lots of boys and lots of play.


May 12th - Mother's Day

Along with a beautiful necklace, beautiful office supplies (pretty office supplies make me so happy), and chocolate. Today brought me the best gift of all, rest. My husband went out of his way to make sure I got to sleep in and didn't have to cook :) It was lovely.

May 13th - Target Free Second Tuesdays

Every second tuesday of the month admission is free to Imagine It!, the Atlanta Children's Museum. My friend, Devon, told me about this..... so Josh and I took the boys to see what it is all about. Normally it is pretty expensive to get in, so we were glad that Target footed the bill :)



The museum itself has lots of really cute sections for kids to explore (i.e. a grocery store, a fishing area, etch.), but overall the facility is a little out dated and needs some TLC. If you have little kids ages 2-4, it is definitely worth going on the free Tuesday....other than that, you may not feel it is worth the money.

May 14th - [B] decides solids aren't so bad.


[B] has struggled with a serious gag reflex - so solids have not been his favorite. Today, he did very well and ate 1/2 of a banana :)

May 22nd - I am in trouble


[B] started crawling today. That equals two on the move.

I hope that your May was a good one.

Do you have a special memory from this last May?


Post a memory you had from this past May in the comment section below. It could be anything big or small. Feel free to include a picture by clicking the.....
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Also, if you wrote blog post about a memory of yours from May - feel free to include a link within your comment.

I look forward to reading about a memory of yours from this past month :)


This post is part of my Diary.

- brook.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Club Dancin' Playlist [June 2013]

With this post I bring you a new workout mix for June 2013.

It includes two more from Robyn, my current obsession.

And a tune from Beyonce' you all know, Single Ladies. This song has crossed my path twice in the last month via You Tube and with that I knew I had to include it. The first time was with this hilarious video.
The second time was with this low key cover by Sara Bareilles.

I hope you enjoy this mix. Keep it up, workout buddies!

Cardio List June 2013 by Brook Powell on Grooveshark
Club Dancin' Archives

- brook.

Monday, June 10, 2013

10.ten.tenth [June 2013] - Seeing Life After a Bad Dream

Last night I had a really bad dream....one of the worst of my life. My husband laughs at me sometimes because it takes me a while to recover if I have had a really bad one. He doesn't have vivid dreams, but for those of you who do - you know exactly how real they seem.

It was one of those dreams that seemed to go on forever. I dreamt that [F] was abducted. We searched and searched and waited and waited and he was no where to be found. After a while, I turned to my father-in-law and asked him if he thought we would ever find him. He said "It is not looking good, sweetheart." I could feel my lungs filling up at the beginning of my first sob.....and I woke up.

It was 3 am. I went into each of the boys rooms to check on them and then paced the house for a few minutes. Luckily, I was able to go back to sleep. When I woke, I knew I was going to shoot 10.ten.tenth. I spent this rainy day with my boys at home and I made a conscious effort to try and include a family member in each photo (and I succeeded with all of them except one). Here is my 10.ten.tenth for June 2013 - Seeing Life After A Bad Dream.

[9 o'clock hour] - Morning hugs and love

[10 o'clock] - Reading with a lovely weight in my lap and on my leg
[11 o'clock hour] - Willing hands waiting for a much need nail trimming.
[12 o'clock hour] - "Pen, mama, pen" "You mean pencil, baby." "Yeah, pen, mama." "Close enough, love."
[1 o'clock hour] - Crossed baby feet watching the rain from the front porch.
[2 o'clock hour] - I don't usually rest during nap time, but today I watched a movie with my girl.
[3 o'clock hour] - "Mama, does their nap time have to be over....it was so quiet."
[4 o'clock hour] - "Write, mama, write" "Okay....I" "i" "Love" "o" "You" "u"
[5 o'clock hour] - Matching up shapes correctly...for the first time :) So proud, I am.
[6 o'clock hour] - The only calm spirit amongst us during dinner prep. So thankful for her.

10.ten.tenth is part of...
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