Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Soft Everyday Makeup Look

My new video Soft Everyday Makeup Look is live on my youtube channel! I'm so happy I finally had time to edit and voice over this video tutorial. I recorded it about a month ago, and everything has gone wrong to not allow me to finish this little project. It is my first video using a variety of new filming equipment, editing software and mic. Not only that but I was so nervous about how my voice sounds! I did end up catching what my kids had, and so my voice began to sound sore and rustic. Forgive me, but hopefully by the next video, my voice will be back to normal. If you have any comments, requests or suggestions please don't hesitate to let me know. I hope you enjoy this short tutorial, and if you end up recreating it, I'd love to see #makeupbykimii
It takes me about 15-20 minutes to do, and is very easy on days I don't have too much time to do a full face of makeup, with foundation and concealer,...all the works. 
If you would like to continue watching, don't miss out and subscribe to my channel. My goal right now is to reach 1,000 views fairly soon, hopefully between the next couple of weeks. Also, 1,000 subscribers by the end of March- fingers crossed. If all goes well, I'll be uploading weekly and creating content more ideal for the average busy momma. All the products I used are in the description of the video, so just head on over and check it out ♡ Thanks for all the support.


Friday, February 12, 2016

Weekend Wrap-Up

THIS WEEK: So, this week was exhausting! I spent most of my time wiping running noses, soothing coughs, waking up in the middle of the night taking temperatures, and cherishing the 15 minutes of quiet time in the shower before heading out to deal with fussy toddlers. If you haven't figured it out by now, my kids have been sick and it sucks! Quarantined inside the house is slowly driving us insane. Okay, so it's not that bad, just a mild case of pneumonia but tiring none the less. Not much has happened this week in terms of exciting events, other than that we have officially begun packing to move into our new place, and that I'm 36 weeks and 4 days pregnant. Meaning any day now I'll be rushing to the hospital awaiting the arrival of our little princess because I'll be drinking raspberry leaf tea like there's no tomorrow! The weekend any who, I hope will be full of laughter, smiles, hugs and kisses. Having someone to celebrate Valentine's Day I must admit is nice. Spending all day in our pj's, eating our favorite snacks, while attempting to relax while watching movies Sunday night. Keep in mind it's a bit hard to do when you're toddlers are sick and fussy. Not all weeks can be perfect, but this one I can't complain too much of. February so far is having it's way with me...I'm just kidding. 

SNAPSHOTS OF THE WEEK: Oatmeal breakfast (nice warm and soothing for sick days,) #lovemyself selfie, my oldest darling, fog covering the moon-a strange thing that has been occurring all week in Calgary.
- Get the baby's and mine "go-to-bag" ready

- Have all the laundry done and put away
- Try and establish the kids daily routine back to normal
- Attempt to have Jacob take at least one nap this week
- Keep the kitchen tidy
- Have longer play times with the kids each day
- Go grocery shopping
- Glam myself up at least one day of the week and actually wear pants!
- Write at least one blog post
- Pack 1 box for each room a day

- Make Benjamin go paint our new place

  • I can't wait to not be pregnant anymore! I've never made it past 36 weeks
  • I've started planning and making my fitness goals for when I can begin to work out
  • I really dislike moving
  • I'm constantly wondering how I can achieve my goals and wild dreams as a blogger and youtuber. It's eating my mind.

Something to take away:

" If you can't stop thinking about it, don't stop working for it."


credit: post idea thanks to the freckled fox

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Heart to Heart: Reality Check Rant

I know how much you all just love my life updates,...riiiight? .-. I must admit, that I feel a bit discouraged lately. Nothing is really going as I had hoped since the beginning of the New Year. I started out with such motivation and positivity and needless to say, it's slowly going down. 
I guess in a way, I compare myself  too much to other successful bloggers and youtubers, even instagramers, to the point where I almost envy their success. It's something I want so bad. You, know I've read so many quotes that make me think it's meant to be, and somehow I can achieve it. But to my misfortune reality is telling a different story. There is always something that prevents me from doing a task or project I've set out to complete. Maybe I'm just making excuses for myself or maybe it really isn't meant to be...?
I don't consider my life to be hectic or busy in the sense that I have to go "here and there," it's more like...I have to do "this and that." My husband works two jobs, so I'm left most of the time alone tending to my kids who are toddlers, and my wifely duties and chores. At the end of the day, I'm exhausted wondering how time flew by so fast. Not, to mention the fact that I'm 36 weeks pregnant. I'm as big as a whale and feels like one too. So, you tell am I supposed to do this? How am I supposed to do what makes me happy, and still tend to my family responsibly? I mean, I have the equipment, I have the materials, I have the ideas, I have the determination... but no time? 
Some would say, make a schedule, have a routine. Great Idea! If I didn't already have one,...that changes constantly because kids are unpredictable. Nap time is at noon, well Jacob doesn't want to nap and wakes Sam up. Okay, let's try free play while I go and do chores... kids decide to make a mess I just cleaned up. While the kids sleep at night, film.... well, turns out you're now exhausted from the whole day and just want to sleep. Just this week, my kids caught a pneumonia! Yay, sick all week tending to them pretty much on my own...nothing got done and I'm a zombie. At this far along in pregnancy, staying up soothing kids or waking up at certain hours of the night to administer medicine sucks. So, I don't have the energy to even get up. This month alone, I'm having to tend to the kids, be a wife, pack my entire house, and move to our new place while awaiting the timely birth of our third child any day now. A lot to get done for the end of the month isn't it?
I try to fulfill projects,...I honestly do. For example a few weeks ago I filmed a simple makeup tutorial. I haven't had time to edit it for uploading to my channel. So it's rendering useless in my computer. 
Time isn't even the half of it. I know it takes a lot to build a strong genuine following. I want to be a successful youtuber, a successful blogger- even make money off of it...but it seems no one supports me. Although I get many visits, no one subscribes or even comments on my content. My facebook page is a ghost town,... Why? Am I boring? Does what I post not interest anyone? I do this because I like it, and I want to make my passion my pay check...but how if nothing is working out? Maybe I have to endure this hard slow start. But, the truth is,'s very discouraging. So the question is, do I endure in hopes of achieving a following, and success or stop because it's only time wasted since I have yet to see the fruits of my labours? 
I set out this year to be my year to shine. I got accepted into college, we are moving province, we are awaiting our little addition to the family, I have so many hopes for this blog and youtube channel..but I'm caught between being realistic and facing the music or chasing after what seems to be a far fetched dream. I have the potential, I have the determination...but there's just something missing. Do any of you feel lost or unclear what path you should be on right now? Stay strong...