I Just Want to Live – Like A Toddler

I’ve been biting off and chewing A LOT of words since becoming a parent. As a non-parent, I talked soooo much crap about what I would neeeeeever do.

-I would never feed my child fast food.
-I would never let my kid play in dirt.
-I would never take a kid under 5 to Disney World.

Disney World

First time parents put sooooo much stress on themselves. Between what doctors say, what their parents say, what scientific research says and what snotty women at playgroups say, it ends up being A LOT of unnecessary stress.

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Beauty Resolutions for 2015…got any?

Beauty Resolutions

Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? Don’t forget to add some beauty resolutions to the list. I don’t just focus on the usual “exercise more” or “eat healthier.” I try to make resolutions for all aspects of my life, including beauty. If you need some help, steal some of my resolutions and we’ll all have a beautiful new year.

 

Use Better Beauty Brushes

I’m so guilty of using my fingers for everything or using the wrong brushes for my makeup needs. This year, I’m making a point of buying a set of beauty brushes that include brushes for foundation, concealer, eye shadow, blush, powder and anything else I might need. I’m also planning on buying brush cleaner to keep my brushes in the best shape possible. Hopefully, the end result is a more flawless look than ever before.

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Carissa, The Ministering Makeup Artist

Makeup by Carissa

 

Carissa is a personal friend of mine and she’s one of those women who feels like a breath of fresh air when you chat with her. I felt a sense of calmness when I first met her and I haaaaate that I don’t get to be around her as much as I’d like. She is truly an inspiring lady and one of the most inspiring people that I’ve ever met. She won’t hesitate to tell you her life story and will listen to yours without judgment.

Name?
Carissa

What do you do?
I’m a makeup artist.

Where can we find you?
MakeupByCarissa.com

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Happy 2nd Birthday!

Happy Birthday, Elle!

Guess who turned 2 today? Well, technically not until 5:29 pm EST (or somethin’ like that) but today 2 years ago, I gave birth to my first and only child.  I mean, WOW…I still look back at those pictures that were snapped immediately after she was born into her Daddy’s arms and I am amazed that my body did it all. And relatively easily.

I am truly one of those natural birthing free-spirited hippies who gets all emotional over things like that but seriously, it’s amazing stuff.

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Workout Approved Cosmetics for the Busy Professional

Workout Approved Makeup (for the busy

Fitness. Lawd. I just…man, you know what? I’ve really gotta get it together this year. Here’s the thing. In 2014 I ran a total of 10 races. Yes y’all. Me. This never been an athlete in her life chick joined Black Girls Run and…was a black girl that ran. Pretty freaky stuff. But I’ve got A LOT to do including dropping a loooot of weight and quitting the “OMGGGG, I don’t have time because I work full time and my husband travels and I’m a mom” excuses.

So. I’ve been getting it in. Very excited to bounce back on board with my Makeup Wars sisters as we highlight some of our favorite workout approved cosmetics.

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Milly, The Beauty Editor Extraordinaire

She Inspires

 

Milly is one fantastic chica. I mean, the girl kicks butt in every single way and I’ve been inspired by her since I first e-met her. We’ve been beauty buddies for many years now and I am always amazed at how she makes this career woman, kiddo raising, dream achieving and fitness focused thing look good. All while hustlin’ and bustlin’ in NYC.

Name?
Milly

What do you do?
I’m the Senior Beauty Editor at Cosmopolitan For Latinas and I’m also a tv expert which basically means I go on TV to talk about beauty products or anything lifestyle related. You can catch me on two national segments at the end of January. I also host events, and am now trying to do comedy party time. I believe that you have one life to live, and you should never live it being ordinary or average. You have the power to be great, just put the work in.

Where can we find you?
CosmoForLatinas.com

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Happy 2015 and Welcome to Clumps 7.0!

The blogger returns

Okay, I’ll admit – that stock photo seems crazy cheesy. And I don’t even like chocolate cake. But despite it all, it seriously describes how I feel right now. Like there’s a party goin’ on! It’s a new year, Clumps officially relaunches and tomorrow I turn the big 3-0! I am feeling incredibly blessed and thankful for this sense of renewal, direction and focus.

I mean, I’m still a bit scatterbrained but there’s always hope that I can do better in 2015. That said, I want to thank YOU for sticking around with me. I took a huge risk not blogging for 3 months and I never once worried about numbers dropping or money being lost. I knew that I’d only come back if and when I found the passion. And…it’s here. But I couldn’t come back to the same ole’ boring e-space. So here’s what’s changed…

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Merry Christmas 2014!

Holidays (1)

Love you guys. I mean it. I know I haven’t been the best blogger sister/friend/cousin/BFF in your head but I’ve got some great things down the pipeline and I promise if you hang in there with me, I’ll make you proud.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Season’s Greetings to all!