Sunday, January 24, 2016

A Long Overdue Update and Entrance Back!

Hello my beauties,
Oh, how good it feels to be typing out my heart once again on this beloved blog of mine. I have missed posting, updating, and sharing makeup tips and tricks so tremendously! The good news is, this girl in on FIRE. Seriously. My soul is stoked and my mind is extremely ready to be back in action and better than ever. I have a lot to update on, which is why I deemed it appropriate to create a video with all of the important updates and to personally share my purpose and passions with you in a more intimate way. Please take a few minutes to watch this video update and get ready to follow along with an exciting new vigor for life, this blog, and my business endeavors! If you are not familiar with Younique or it's excellent line of makeup products, please reach out to me and I can point you in the right direction... for starters, here is my personal Younique Site: https://www.youniqueproducts.com/beccacook
Let's Rock and Roll!


In Summary...
* I'M PREGNANT!!!!! 17 weeks along with a cherished angel baby! (you know I will be sharing more and updating about this pregnancy frequently because of how precious this baby and it's redemption is to me!)
* My son is VERY sick, and I do apologize for the brief moment of his innocence in exposing his boy parts... he is three, sick, and too cute not to forgive him for that "flash."
* MAKEUP MAKEUP MAKEUP! It's coming in full force y'all! I have SO many recent ideas on how to vamp things up with SUPER fun makeup tips, tricks, and tutorials! It's all fresh and it's all worthy of sitting on the edge of your seat!
* Thank you for following and please go ahead and click here to follow me via other social media outlets.
* I love you all and can't wait to have you join me on a new embarkment that is guaranteed to have you wanting more!

Friday, October 10, 2014

All things makeup... and ramblings, rants, and reviews!


In case you haven't caught on, makeup is my jam, and rambling is why people call me a ham. I had the urge to film a little (ok, not so little....) video and it's full of pretty much anything you could ask for...Rebecca at her finest and realest. So watch this tutorial ::show:: and let me know just exactly how much our love can grow!

I hope you still love me in spite of my rambling and tangents! But this video will hopefully help somebody in some way with their makeup process and knowledge! You are BEAUTIFUL just the way you are; makeup is just a fun accessory! Be sure to get your hands on some of the amazing and cheap products and brushes mentioned in this video! LOVE YOU ALL!!!!


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A birthday to remember

Birthdays are a funny thing once you become an "adult" and especially once you're married with children. Your birthday is usually just like any other day; changing poopy diapers, cleaning up messes, dealing with testy toddlers, cooking meals for the family, feeling incredibly exhausted as a result... unless you're gifted with a wonderful husband and family like mine. If you are so gifted, which I pray you are, then you are bound to be spoiled rotten and treated like the queen of the world. And that's exactly how my birthday went; being spoiled like a princess, surprised with countless treats and adventures, blessed with gifts and lavished with love. In case you haven't caught the drift, my husband is a lover and he loves to go above and beyond whenever possible to show me his adoration and appreciation. My birthday was no different... I woke up super emotional because I was having a pity party about how sad it was that we would get a total of approximately 27.5 minutes to spend with the hubs before he had to head off to work and we wouldn't get to see him again until the next morning. And then repeat the process of mourning our virtually voided time with Brandon present. However, Brandon being the amazing man that he is had quite a few surprises up his sleeve, one of which included him taking the entire day off from work to spend doting on me and spoiling me rotten. Bless him. As I was having my pity party in the wee hours of the morning, his initial plans of "going to work" were thwarted by his compassionate heart which led him to reveal to me the first surprise of the day which was his presence being with us all the day long. No work, no leaving, no absence. Again, bless him.


He left me with the responsibility to get "prettied up" while he took the kids with him to the grocery store to "get a few things." I did my best...


I was then left in suspense as I walked out of our bedroom to see that our dining room table was missing, along with many of our chairs and a suspicious array of plates and platters left near the front door. Hmmm where is my table and what is going on here?


Whatever, I'll go with it. Low and behold, he told me it was time to go and I step outside to be greeted by a number of my dearest friends who all had brought delicious food and sweet presents, as well as beautiful company. I was speechless and a tad awkward; surprises aren't my forté. I was beyond happy to have my sweet friends together celebrating my little old life with me and I couldn't help but rave at my husband's thoughtfulness to arrange the whole thing. Well, that was only just the beginning... next thing I know, our beloved neighbors swooped away our children and told us it was time for us to go... to where, I was not yet sure. Brandon grabbed a packed bag, plopped us in his car and directed us right to the beach where we laid out a blanket and enjoyed a glass of wine and SO many beautiful scenes. It was the perfect weather, right at sunset, set up just like a movie scene... It truly couldn't have been more magical...





I couldn't have dreamed of a more magical day full of laughter, fun, and surprises! Oh, lest I forget, he preluded my birthday with a surprise party of it's own... He arranged for my family to all be together and we had great times, delicious food, yoga sesh's, sushi savoring, cupcake indulging... you get the gist. It was amazing... and little did I know what awesomeness the next day had in store for me!!!

he insisted, i obliged. I only consented to doting this fabulous tiara and wand until Alizah decided they were hers!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Get Ready, Rock, and Roll with me!!!

Hey loves! I have had this crazy itch for far too long and I NEEEEEEEDED to create a makeup/hair tutorial so that my sanity isn't threatened any further. So, with that being said, for the sake of my sanity, please watch this tutorial and enjoy! I put so much time into my tutorials and it's all for YOU! So, have at it and laugh away. And be prepared for more of these to come in the frequent near future. Love to you all. If you have any further questions about products or tips used during this tutorial, PLEASE don't hesitate to let me know. I love you all SO much!!!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

An ALMOST Wordless Wednesday

As I'm sure many of you are as well, I'm blessed to have beyond incredible friends and family in my life. I will never, not for one mili-second take those people for granted and I will always let them know how much they mean to me and what great value and importance they hold in my life. However, as I'm sure many of you can relate with, there are those that come into our lives and it seems wonderful and that lasts for a season, but then they leave. Leaving takes on many forms and looks differently for each scenario, but however it plays out, it is most definitely not easy. Any person that comes into my life, I take great effort and intention to instill a secure knowledge in their hearts of their significance in my life and I trust that my words will be taken with credence. On whatever level you are able to identify with me on this, I feel compelled to encourage you with this...After you've done all that you can do... no matter how bad you want to fall down and cry... just stand. You're going to make it anyhow. Sometimes we miss the window of opportunity thinking it'll come back to us with the same benefits... to be successful, you have to be a risk taker or you'll be crippled by should of, could of, would of's for the rest of your life -- so jump and grow your wings on the way down.






“If you want to forget something or someone, never hate it, or never hate him/her. Everything and everyone that you hate is engraved upon your heart; if you want to let go of something, if you want to forget, you cannot hate.” 
― C. JoyBell C.

“Letting go doesn't mean that you don't care about someone anymore. It's just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself.” 
― Deborah Reber

“Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.” 
― Steve Maraboli

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Best

This weekend was the best. We spent the weekend with my lifelong best friend Erin and her amazing family. Erin and I have been friends for 15 years and we have only grown stronger as friends and more appreciative for unwavering and authentic friends such as each other as the years have gone by. She and I get each other more profoundly than any other (minus our amazing hubbies!) and we flow and function as friends with ease and sincerity.


We had the greatest, most refreshing time at the beach reminiscing and playing with each other's kids and pretending we were kids ourselves. Thankfully we got some quality time on the beach before the rain came in and as we ran to the cars in the pouring rain, we just laughed and thanked God for the good times and memories that were being made.






 That evening we were all on cloud 9 because of the truly astounding time we were all having together. We had the best laughs, the best conversations, the best food and drinks, the best heart to hearts, and the best impressions made that will never be forgotten.


Later that night, Erin and I took a long walk around our neighborhood and the depth of understanding that existed during our random and amazing conversations was beyond exhilarating. We walked past many of the lakes in our neighborhood and paused at each lake to take in the wondrous beauty of the moon and stars reflections on the water. We proceeded to land ourselves on two of the many adirondack chairs located throughout... and more stupendous conversations happened while the breeze perfectly blew against the warm air and created a nostalgic atmosphere. I am forever grateful for the legitimate and incredible friends that I'm blessed to have in my life. Never, not for one second, take for granted those ardent and trustworthy friends that have been placed in your life either; they are rare, but when they come, hold on to them for dear life.

“Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” 
― Albert Camus

“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” 

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.” 
― A.A. MilneWinnie-the-Pooh

“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.” 
― Jane AustenNorthanger Abbey

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.” 
― Henri J.M. NouwenOut of Solitude: Three Meditations on the Christian Life

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wednesday's Word for the Week

~ Confidence ~
:: The feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust. The feeling of being certain about truth of something. The feeling of self-assurance arising from one's appreciation arising from one's own abilities or qualities.::


Confidence, not pride or haughtiness, is a trait that is of utmost importance for a happy, fulfilling, successful, and rewarding life. It truly saddens my heart to see so many precious souls walking in unnecessary self-defeat and void of the glorious confidence that would radiate and impact their lives profoundly. Insecurity is an ugly lie that has unintentionally placed blinders on one's mind, literally making it impossible to value the beauty and magnificence that is possessed by the individual. 


The amount of vacillation that is so prevalent amongst so many causes my spirit to vigilantly and indignantly want to battle the lie that initially instigated and created that self-doubt. Do you KNOW how PRECIOUS and LOVED you are? Because you are expressly cherished and inestimable and it's time to throw away that cloak of insecurity and agree with the confidence that has been given as yours to walk in. I can confidently tell you that it is safe to rely on the fact that you are most certainly unique in the most brilliant way, you are illustriously beautiful, and you a rare kind of wonder; one of a kind. 



“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.” 
― Bertrand Russell

“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” 
― Mahatma Gandhi

                                              “The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.” 

“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.” 
― Ansel Adams

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