More From Our Wedding Vow Renewal

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

Five, ten, fifteen, twenty, those numbers, and alike, are well rounded numbers to do something with. So for this “wood” year of marriage the Hubs and I decided to renew our wedding vows because five is a good number to do something with.

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Our second wedding consisted of just us. We didn’t have family or friends there and no fancy reception took place. We wanted to honor and respect our marriage without it being busy and one of the best places to do that in New Mexico is at Hacienda Vargas in Algodones.

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The wedding chapel at Hacienda Vargas offers the grace and elegance of historical New Mexico. In its rural setting the adobe chapel is more than 200 years old and care has been taken to preserve the spirit of the Old West, the influence of the original Spanish settlers, and the presence of the Pueblo Indian culture.

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Now who would have thunk five years after our first wedding we would renew our vows? I didn’t think of doing this. It was all the Hubs’ idea. However, once it was agreed, everything else was me.

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What I learned after being married for five years is marriage is not easy. Everyone says that and everyone who say that is telling the truth. If we were just dating I would have moved on. But marriage is different. We took vows before God and those are to be taken seriously. During our marriage the human in us has stepped in but God stepped in and snapped us back into place. Who else is better to do that than HIM?

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I also learned that the Hubs is the only man who has been able to slip under my skin, invade my blood, and seize my heart. He is my soulmate and I plan to stay married to him in this lifetime and continue well into the next.

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I just realized something. Around the time we first married we purchased a house and then got married. Now we did the same thing. We purchased a different house and then re-married. Wow. How about that? I wonder what positive venture will happen to us in the future?

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Wedding Vow Renewal

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

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On Saturday, August 26, 2017, the Hubs and I renewed our wedding vows after being married for five years.

Our vows were renewed at Hacienda Vargas, a bed and breakfast with a wedding chapel in Algodones, New Mexico. This rustic venue is beautiful, very southwestern and just beautiful. We enjoyed our stay and our private wedding ceremony, by candle light, with just the two of us, was romantic,  fulfilling and (secretly) emotional.

The photo above is at dinner at Prairie Star shortly after our wedding. Professional pictures are scheduled to follow soon.

Grey Hair Don’t Care

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

Grey hair don’t care. That’s what the Hubs said about continuously dyeing his hair.

It didn’t take him long to go all grey and the results are in the picture below.

Honestly, I like it better brown, but he will always be Da Baby no matter what!

Hey, check out my draw-string afro. I love all of the drama it provides.

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A Few Items Added To My Beauty Collection

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Recently I decided to increase my make-up collection. Believe it or not, I have products from 11 years ago, way back during my beauty pageant days. I often wonder if I should keep or toss the Tarte eye shadow and blush palette kit? The colors are just as pigmented as they were when I purchased them, and I know the make-up rule says toss them, but I wonder… They still work.

To increase my collection I have shopped at ULTA and Sephora and I am a quarterly subscriber to Vegan Cuts Make Up Box.  Here in Albuquerque there are only three ULTA and two Sephora stores. Folks from larger cities are probably cracking up right now. I have had a lot of fun giving my money to these places in exchange for some really cool all-natural, vegan, organic, cruelty-free make-up that makes me feel glorious and look beautiful. The entire process has been therapeutic. Trust me. It’s what I needed. Below are just a few items.

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PUR Chrome Glaze High-Sine Lip Gloss in (L-R) Squad; Neutral Red, Smarty Pants; Coral, Arm Candy; Strawberry and Rebel; Dark Plum.

These lips glosses are thick, shiny and lasting. I love the way they look on my complexion.

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PUR On Point Lip Liner in color Vamp Brick Red. This lip liner is so pigmented you can wear it by itself and still be fashionably in-sync.

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SHEA MOISTURE Creme Concealer in color Hazel. For my dark circles I couple this concealer with Tarte’s Maracuja Creaseless Concealer in color Rich. The two have been doing the trick to make my dark circles less noticeable.

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SHEA MOISTURE Lip liner in Pencil Light. During the summer I often wear light lip colors and a light brown lip pencil is a perfect blend for all the colors I wear.

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SHEA MOISTURE Ultra Smooth Long Wear Eye Pencils in colors Navy, Brown and Gold. The Gold is my summer favorite.

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Lady Slipper Orchid

Friday, June 9th, 2017

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I spotted this beauty during a hike in the Santa Fe mountains. This orchid is actually called, Lady Slipper, and is a rare and unusual plant native to northern North America.

Just sharing.

Strike A Pose

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

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White Sands National Monument

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

I have wanted to visit White Sands National Monument since I moved to New Mexico six years ago, and now on a sudden whim, I was finally able to do it.

As I have mentioned several times before New Mexico is full of hidden treasures. This state is absolutely beautiful and White Sands National Monument only enhances the wonders of this spectacular place.

White Sands possesses remarkable dunes of pure white gypsum crystals that covers 275 square miles. A National Monument since 1933 White Sands is one of the most magical places in the Southwest especially at sunset or sunrise.

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Gathering of Nations

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

I enjoy living in Albuquerque for reasons of cool things to do all of the time. Some folks will disagree but there is a lot of fun stuff to do here. For example, I have been meaning to go to Gathering of Nations since I got here but haven’t done it until now, and wow, what an experience!

Gathering of Nations is a Powwow that has grown to one of the world’s most recognized annual festivals that spotlights Native people coming together to celebrate and share culture, singing and dancing.

It has been in Albuquerque for 33 years and hopefully there are no plans to move. Below are some photos, but I swear, they do nothing to display the true beauty of this event. ENJOY!

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