The Tooth Fairy failed

Ana lost her first tooth and she excitedly waited for the tooth fairy to come as she went to bed that night.  Well, the tooth fairy failed and never showed up!  Tsk, tsk, tooth fairy, how could you?  I mean let's say you were so tired and while you were tending to your other jobs you accidentally fell asleep and totally forgot about it. That's still no excuse.  Jay and I would never let that happen if we were the tooth fairy! 

But luckily, the next day the tooth fairy dropped off a note in the morning(I saw Jay sneak away somewhere, I wonder where he went? ;) and had a very good explanation, she was caught up in a heavy storm and it would've been too dangerous for her to come the night before.  She said she was going to visit tonight and to make sure to put her tooth under her pillow.  Ana was so touched and excited that she left a note for the tooth fairy and other special things for her.

she had me write down whatever she said.  then she signed her name and drew a picture of her and the tooth fairy holding hands.  It says, "Thank you, I made this just for you,  I love you,  I wish I saw you.  Ana."

Then she got her dollhouse dinnerware and put a piece of sea weed, two grains of rice, little pieces of beef jerky and water for the tooth fairy so she won't go hungry during her travels.  She also decorated around the dinnerware all pretty with her favorite jewels.

The next morning, Ana excitedly exclaimed that the tooth fairy came.  And as an apology for being a day late, left her a little more money than usual.  Tooth fairy, we forgive you.  Thank you for coming to our house! 


Come refashion with me at Tag's Redux!

My refashion DIY won 1st place for the Tag's competition, I am so excited!  Thank you so much for your support.  

Come join me this Friday at Tag's thrift store from 3-5 pm where I'll be answering all your DIY, sewing questions!   Bring any of your outdated clothes you have that doesn't fit you right, needs an update, is just plain ugly to the event and I will give you tips and ideas on how to make it into a piece you love.  Basically, you'll get free consultation with me as you use my brain for a bit! 

When: October 3rd, 2014
Where: Tag's 710 South 500 East, American Fork, Utah 84003

Free for everyone, kids are welcome!

I hope to meet you there!

Click here to view the event on Facebook.


The Beauty Movement

I am Brave and Beautiful - a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and I joined in!! Colbie's song says, "Take your make up off. Let your hair down... Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you... "
Megan and her friend Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces have been the team behind this whole project. Their worldwide vision included creating their own video inspired by the song TRY. The talent of Robbins Creative made it possible for them to pull it off. You have to click play and see the beauty and bravery displayed and you might even recognize a few faces in there.
Me along with 101+ other blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes and sizes have decided to be Brave and Beautiful! You can join in this movement too by sharing what you look like without makeup on. You don't need a blog either! Just tag your photo with #IamBraveAndBeautiful on Instgram and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in. ALSO, if you tag it with a second hashtag - #ColbieTRY we just might be able to get Colbie Caillat's attention since she was the inspiration behind it all!
Are you brave and beautiful? I am, here I go!

The above pictures are from my photoshoot for my modeling portfolio.  These photos are results of liquid foundation, concealer, powder, fake eyelashes, drawn-in eyebrows, thick black eyeliner, lipstick, and photoshop.  

I don't wear that much make-up as shown above or normally look like that daily but I do wear minimal make-up of concealer under my eyes, mascara, and blush.  Sometimes I powder my nose or wear lipgloss.  I wear a little more when I'm going to church on Sunday or have parties/gatherings to go to.  But this is what I look like everyday:

My mom once told me to wear as little makeup as possible and stay away from powders and foundations for as long as possible because once you start wearing a lot of makeup, you can't go back and will feel ugly when you don't.  I don't ever want my face to look so different that people will be shocked or I can't bear to go outside in public with a bare face.  After all, my bare face is my real face!  I want to feel beautiful with my real face and confident enough to go out and see people with my real face.  So I purposefully go out sometimes with no makeup or barely any makeup.  I remember a few years ago when I was invited to a dinner/gathering of our High School friends & their wives/husbands that I haven't seen in a long time and I couldn't find my makeup bag anywhere.  After searching, I said to my husband, "Oh well, let's just go." and went to the little reunion and had a great time.  When we came home, he told me he was shocked that I was totally fine with going with a totally makeup-free face, and that it was really cool.  That all the girls he's ever known would've freaked out and wouldn't have gone until they found the makeup or not gone at all.  And bytheway, he prefers me with no makeup!  

BUT there's one thing I started doing a couple years ago, every single time I go out.  Or if I know people are coming over to my house.  If I don't do it, I don't feel as beautiful or confident enough to look at people in the eye and I do feel pretty self conscious.  That is to draw in my eyebrows.  I used to have really nice and full eyebrows but in Jr. High it was "in" to have really thin eyebrows.  So I plucked almost everyday all throughout Jr. High to College!  I started growing out my eyebrows a couple years ago but since I plucked so much for the last 14+ years, the growth is very sparse.  It is slowly growing again and I am hoping, but I doubt I'll have my natural eyebrows ever again.  So I draw in my eyebrows and without it, I don't truly feel beautiful.  If I had my old eyebrows, the ones I was born with, I would feel confident enough to have anybody see me without any makeup whatsoever.  But now, I have to draw in my eyebrows in order to feel confident in my bare, real face. Eyebrows really make a huge difference!  I honestly look 5 years younger with a full, thick eyebrows.

So here's my natural face.

Whew!  Now that I've done it, I want you to join in the beauty movement too!  Upload pictures of your natural face and tag #braveandbeautiful and #colbietry. I would love to see your beautiful faces.

I do feel more confident now than I've ever before however, because as I get older, my confidence comes more from my inner beauty than my outer beauty.  With age comes wisdom, kindness, selflessness, empathy, more failures & experiences you learn from, more friends, and purpose.  You start to worry less about things that don't really matter in the end and focus on long term happiness.  I have had serious self-image and body-image issues in the past with an eating disorder that lasted for 6 years.  I had an over-eating disorder and gained 39 lbs. and thought about weight every single second of my life.  I was a prisoner in my own thoughts.  It got so bad that one night I prayed to Satan.  To help me be anorexic.  To give me enough will power to starve myself because I tried but never could do it.  It gives me the chills every time I think about that night.  But am happy to say I no longer have an eating disorder.  I've read many times on the internet of people saying once you have an eating disorder, you will always have it somewhat.  That you can never really be cured from it, and you will carry it for the rest of your life to some degree,  Well, I am here to tell you that it is 100% curable.  I know because I am 100% cured.  I never think about weight anymore.  I don't give a crap if I gained 5 lbs. overnight.  Life is not about looking perfect, it's about being your best self, trying to perfect ourselves in Christ.  And that true beauty comes from within.  True beauty is what you can't see but can feel.  It's the love you emanate.  Kindness.  Sympathy.  Intelligence.  Your stories.  Your smile.  Your warmth.  Your heart.  Your love for life.  Your optimism.  Your laugh.  Your personality.  Your views on life.  Your life lessons that you learned.  Your friendship.  Loyalty.  Honesty.  If people can't see your true beauty but only judge you on your outside appearance, those people are not beautiful themselves and you don't need them in your life.  The truly beautiful, worth while people are the ones that will see the beauty that's in you.  Grab on to those people.  Surround yourself in them.  Do not spend your precious time with the people who don't see your true beauty.  You only get one life.  Live it right the first time because there is no second time.

xo, Sarah

share your natrual beauty - brassyapple.com
Below are more brave and beautiful women bearing more than their natural beauty. They each have a little bit of their heart to share with you. Some get very personal. Some share stories. For some this was very hard to do yet they gathered their courage and did it anyway. We hope as you click around (and YES pin these different posts!) you will feel the importance of it, the empowering effect it has and that it encourages you in some way.
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