What You Don’t Need Doesn’t Satisfy.

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My grandparents are on a mission in the Philippines for the LDS church, and every week my grandma sends a letter out to all her extended family sharing thoughts and experiences and basically just keeping in touch. I am a horrible long distance communicator, and I have come to treasure these letters that have allowed me to feel closer to my grandma even though we are further apart than ever.

In the Philippines the lifestyle is completely different than it is here, as you could imagine. I admire my grandparents who, in their mid 70′s decided to give up basically all the material comforts of their home and country to bless others. I’d like to share an excerpt from one of my grandmother’s letters home about 4 months ago.

“The wonderful Filipino people are really happy with their lot in life.  They are the hardest working people I have ever seen.  I also grew up in a very poor home…but nothing like here.  I decided that, someday when I had my own home, things would be different from the home of my childhood.  It was more of a dream.  Someday I would have a fine new home, with clean windows, privacy, nice furniture….everything would be nice and new, and things would match.  I was a preteen then, and now that I am 74 years old, I still long for that dream. But I am slowly learning that happiness is more than matching silver, and coordinated color schemes. It’s usually only when company is coming that I ever feel a measure of discontent. Before we set our hearts too much on anything, maybe we ought to observe how happy people are who seem to have nothing. There will always be a newer watch, a more powerful computer, a fancier car. ‘You can never get enough of what you don’t need, because what you don’t need never satisfies.’ -Mary Ellen Edmunds” [Read more...]

Budget Beauty: Drugstore Makeup Faves

Best budget makeup! This post has some great dupes too...

Do you have expensive taste when it comes to makeup or are you content with what you can get at the drugstore? I find myself hopping back and forth with some products, and I keep a few “splurges” around but most of the time for day to day I don’t care enough to want to put on my fancy makeup. Unless it’s super humid, then I have to pull out the big guns. Anyway, today I thought I’d share my drugstore makeup faves that I use on a day-to-day basis!

BROWS:  ELF eyebrow kit. It’s $3 and I only use the left side because it’s kind of a gel instead of a powder. This one is new to me but I’ve really enjoyed it and will be purchasing again!  [Read more...]

The Great Fall Boot Roundup

I have a serious passion when it comes to boots. I also have a serious passion about saving money and I absolutely LOVE it when I find a pair of boots for a quarter of the price that look exactly like a pair of designer boots that I’m drooling over! My closet is 99% boots and booties, so I consider myself a conosieur of sorts when it comes to hunting down the best boots at the best prices. And with cold weather closing in, I’m sharing with you my must-have booties for the winter season, with splurges and steals for you to pick and choose what price range you want. Bonus – once you find your perfect boots, come visit me at my blog MyLifeAsMaya for how to style them!

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Easy Oreo Truffles

These easy oreo truffles are AMAZING! Easy enough that kids could help make them, and delicious enough that they get requested by friends family and coworkers all the time! If you have never made Oreo truffles before, get stoked, because this is a recipe that everyone should have in their arsenal! Seriously, they are the most delicious, decadent little devils, and they only take three ingredients to make! Say what??! They taste like gourmet chocolates, but my three year old basically does all the work when we make them (except the actual chocolate dipping part). For the last several years we have made a double batch of these and given them out to our co-workers for Christmas, and they have always been a huge hit! One batch makes about 50 truffles, so they go a long way.

If you need a treat recipe that is sure to impress and low on stress, here’s your new baby. [Read more...]