Experience of a Lifetime

I have been in the Skincare, makeup, image industry for 20+ years helping women see their beauty. Everything from everyday makeup, wedding day, pageant, photo shoots, and TV interviews. Today I was able to have a first. I was the makeup artist on location for a national TV program doing a shoot here in Phoenix. It was an all day gig AND so fun.

Here’s a couple of pics from the day. I’ll post the show when it airs.

Thanks for sharing in my excitement. I just had to share right away. Someone else took the pics of me doing my thing. I’ll update this post when I receive them.

Have an amazing day!

Living the 40 Hanger Challenge

I have been living the 40 Hanger Challenge since February 1st and it was suppose to end on February 28th. I felt it needed a little more time. Not totally sure how I feel about this but I am doing it anyway.

Here’s what I’ve discovered. Some of the pieces I thought I would wear a lot never came out of the closet. I have been replacing those items with ones I want to wear. Weather in the Phoenix (AZ) metro area in February is wacky. Trying to predict what the best items for this was and is hard. Although March/April will stay in the 80’s mostly. It is also hard to get me photographed before I am running out the door or changing in to “mommy clothes”. You know the “mommy clothes”, the ones a mom wears when making dinner, cleaning, doing bathes and taking care of sick kids.

Here’s some photos of what I have put together.

I am continuing this challenge into April. Wish me luck. Transitioning the closet to spring is the next step. I’ll take a group shot of the current 40 before I move things out.

Are you about to pull out your spring wardrobe?

Empty Shelf Challenge – March

I knew this challenge would be hard. I started with a bang and have been dragging the last month or so. BUT, I am still moving forward, inching maybe but moving forward. Here’s the latest I’ve finished.

The Blessed LIfe was a little harder for me to get through not because it’s a hard read but it worked on my heart along the way so I took my time in taking it all in.

The Blessed Life

And because I am a mom and read about 20-30 minutes each kid I will include all these Junie B. Jones books C boy and I have been reading since the new year. These books crack us up.

Junie B.  Jones

I’m looking forward to the next book I’ve decided to re-read. I think it will help me keep on task.

BeautiControl “Celebration” Re-Cap

I was able to attend BeautiControl’s Annual Conference, “Celebration” just last week. I was feeling a little off as I was preparing for my trip.  This could have been partially from my broken toe, or the lack of sleep, or who knows what.  As I tried to pack my bags, focusing on shoes first, then outfit, I became more and more excited.  Remembering that each time I go I have a renewed sense of possibilities, some much needed girlfriend time and refocus of my goals.

Bummer!

Bummer!

I love to people watch and this is the time and place to do it. I wish I was a little more bold in connecting with people so I could get a few “street style” photos so you can experience it too.  The beauty of it is there are so many different kinds of women (and men) who are a part of BeautiControl. And their reasons for connecting with this company are just as varied.

 

Lots of great information and of course amazing stories of inspiration but in the end it takes a little perspiration. Doesn’t anything that is important take work. Luckily this work is fun. One of my favorite things they do for us is give us gifts… so I some of the new product to play with right away and I did… Lighted Lip Shine and the Microderm Apeel

Lip Shine, lighted lip gloss!

Lip Shine, lighted lip gloss!

Me, trying out the Microderm Apeel

Me, trying out the Microderm Apeel

Would you like to try these goodies? Just pop over to http://www.beautipage.com/jackiewheeler

Finishing up Photo a day June

I really should finish June since July is almost done. lol Only two more topics for this month. I was having some challenges with iPhoto uploading my July photos, but now everything is good. It was simple I just didn’t know it. 🙂 Oh well.

5. Sign  I was given this little sign with a big message to keep me inspired in my business. It’s fun and cute and well, I like the theme.

Sign – Dream Big

17. In your bag  Father’s Day gift.  I missed getting my dad’s gift photoed, bummer. This is what we gave hubby’s dad. Kinda a gag gift with sentimental value. I was given this weird “doll” before my hubby and I started dating.  Then I was invited to his family reunion in Yellow Stone. It was threatened that I would have to “camp”. (I don’t do camping well.) Luckily we were in “cabins”. Anyway, I decide to bring this silly doll along “Not a happy camper” and the person that was the most unhappy on the trip would have to wear it. Oh did I mention we drove with his family part way… Ends up Pa had to wear it a couple of time. I have a photo I can’t find of him wearing it. It’s really funny. When we got married it was buried in a box of “stuff”. I found it right before Father’s Day.  It made Pa laugh and remember that trip to Yellow Stone 14 years ago.

In your bag – Father’s Day gift

He also received this yummy wine:

Cupcake Wine – Red Velvet

AND we celebrated Mom’s Birthday with this yummy:

How did you celebrate Father’s Day?

Fashion & Me – Photo a Day June

Here’s some fashion goings on from the month of June.

6. Hat  I have an amazing hat collection. I collect hats. I have over 50. Several are vintage from the early 1900’s. One is vintage from Paris. (Brought that one home from honeymoon) I use to wear them all the time, but, with two small people in my life they have made it a little harder for me to feel comfortable in wearing them right now. Maybe after my youngest gets older, in school, I’ll start again.

Hat(s)

15. Yellow  I wore these fabulous yellow snake skin heels with a fantastic Karen Kane LBD. I would show you the whole outfit but I am still feeling challenged with my self photos of what I am wearing. I just need to have my hubby take them.  I do have to laugh as when I originally posted this pick several people thought it was a real snake. Silly friends.

Yellow – Accessories (Shoes)

18. Something we don’t know about you.   I played the violin from the 4th grade on through high school. I even made it to the Mesa Youth Orchestra. I have’t picked it up in years. I still have it and am inspired when I hear violins being played.

Something you don’t know about me – I played the violin.

19. Imperfect me…

Imperfect – Me

24. On your mind  Having had a migraine, so on my mind is making it go away. I have a feeling my previous photo is one of me having a migraine too. I wish they would just go away! I pulled out my BeautiControl goodies: spa neck wrap, Luxeries of the Sea cooling gel, Spa Detox Mist, Spa Nourishing Eye pads. Aaaahhhh….

On my mind – spa remedy for my head.

26. Where you shop  I shop lots of different places when I have time. “Tar jay” seems to be our go to these days. I think we need to invest in stock in them. 🙂

Where you shop – Target

Do you wear hats? Where do you shop?

Parenthood – Photo a Day – Kids

This month seems to be full of kid themed photos. I guess we just go with it. Here is day 4, 11, 16, 23, 25, 29.

4. Close-Up  Here is my Sweet P, up close and personal.

Close-Up of Sweet P

11. Door  This was the most interesting door I could come up with. This door is also one of the most popular in our house right now. There really is something tied to boys DNA that connect with truck, cars, engines and Ferrari’s, well in this house at least.

Door – Fire Truck

16. Out and About  This was a day that we were staying in. No out and about for us. Sweet P had decided at the time that he wanted to wear big boy pants and potty on the potty. He has at this point changed his mind. But this day this is what I was doing… the glamourous life of a mom.

No Out and About for this mom

23. Movement  There are very few places that have more movement than a kids birthday party. It was a fun filled Pirate Pool Party.

Movement – Pirate Pool Party

25. Something Cute  Of course I took a pic of my kid (and hubby). It was funny cause Sweet P and daddy were pretending to be asleep.

Something Cute – My boys

29. Soft  This handsome guy is so smart and strong, full of ideas and creations and all boy. Yet he has such a soft heart. He is well balanced between strong and soft. Love this kid so much. OH and by the way… this photo was taken right after he lost his first tooth. (Taken by daddy, edited by me.)

Soft – My Sweet boys heart

Home – June Photo a Day

Here is a small glimpse into my home from the Photo a Day challenge for June for days 13, 21, 27, 28, and 30. There are parts of my home that I truly love the way it looks and feels. Then there are other parts that in this phase of my life is a challenge to keep up.

13. Art  We were once told by an interior designer that most people don’t have enough artwork to work with for a redesign. We have an over abundance. We truly appreciate art and having beautiful pieces on our walls. We have a small home and our wall space is limited. We switch things around from time to time. Mostly I dream of the day we’ll have enough room for most of our “collection” to be displayed. Here is one of my favorites. It was a wedding gift from our dear friends.

Art – Paris Scene

21. Where you slept   Trying to make ones bedroom a haven is not the easiest thing with kids. It should be a place I can come to and feel like Jackie not mom or wife or… you know what I mean. Anyway, I am constantly finding cars, legos, stuffed animals and small people clothes in my bed, on the floor, or in my closet. It also ends up being the catch all space for the “stuff” you’re not sure where it should go when people pop over. Here is where I sleep under a beautiful parisian painting.

Where I slept

27. Bathroom  Yes, this is one of the rooms you may not ever get a great pic of… before kids it was a cute room. Not it is a boy bathroom. Still the same color and decor just “kid-a-fide”. We’d been swimming so these are the pretty beach towels hanging to dry.

Bathroom – Towels

28. On the Shelf  This shelf is above the painting of Paris from above. It is one of the areas I feel is most “me”. We did well with color selection, composition, and theme. I try to remember if I could do it once I can do it again.

On the Shelf – Paris love and surprises.

30. Friend  For some reason I wasn’t with friends on this day. However, we have a wall of family and friends in our living room.  The boys love looking up there and finding themselves and our different friends. We need to get a few more frames as our memories continue to grow each year as well as our children. Sweet P is always looking for more photos of him. Being the 2nd child we have tons of photos, just not on the wall yet. Poor Baby. Need to remedy that.

A Friend – Wall full of them

How do you keep “you” in a home full of “kid-ness”?

Parenthood – Photo a Day – Legos

My boys love Legos. I am not always a fan, especially when I step on them and they are ALL over the place. Oh and when I say my boys I mean ALL my boys, including my hubby. I married into Legos so they were in our home even before small ones.  I do love the creativity that comes from playing with them and the learning opportunities as well.

12. From a low angle One of C Boy’s creations.

From a low angle – Legos

Of course as soon as I started taking a photo of the Legos C Boy wanted to get even more creative and help me by setting up some shots. Then he decided he needed to help me edit them. Here is what we came up with.

Lego Fun 1

Super Lego Fun

22. From a high angle More Lego fun. As you can see those little pieces get everywhere…

From a high angle – Lego Play

Do you have Legos at your house?

Food – Photo a day June

I have been wondering if I should post the list of the photo a day so you can see it. Would you like that?  Here are the days that I’ll be doing in this blog, 3, 7, 8, & 14, all related to food somehow…

3. On your plate  We have a Sunday dinner tradition of eating with my parents and grandfather. Hubby doesn’t get to go but the boys love it. You’d think it would be roast and potatoes or something like that. You’d be wrong. We go to a place called Giant Hamburger. They really do have great burgers and french fries. The thing the boys like best is if they’ve eaten their dinner well they get to share a piece of pie, chocolate pie. Here is what was on my plate.

On my plate – burger and fries, yum!

7. Drink Do you get the souvenir cup from Harkins? It really is a great deal even if you only go a few times a year. The boys had just enjoyed using their cup at Summer Movie Fun.

Drink – Harkins Cup

8. Six O’Clock  I am so bad at getting the actual time that is requested. Here is the closest I could get that day. We were having dinner again with the grandparents.

6 o’clock – Dinner with the boys.

14. Time  5:00PM Somewhere… I had the opportunity to have a Mom’s Night Out with some of the moms from the kindergarten class. They are some fun ladies. I had a lovely glass of wine with them.

Time – 5:00 somewhere