The Madness of Kids Birthday Parties

It’s October and I’m already starting to get ideas/plans for Kinsey’s January birthday. Call me crazy, but if I start now it doesn’t get lost in the holiday shuffle. That said, looking on Pinterest and seeing “friends” parties on facebook of One year old and Two year old birthday parties is ridiculous. It is point blank and simple. RIDICULOUS! Birthday parties have become the equivalent of mini weddings. “Spare no expense!” “They’ve gotta have the best!”


Screen Shot of Searching Luxe 1st Birthday on Pinterest

Lemme back up and say when I was little I had some pretty kick ass parties! My mom put a lot of effort and love into my makeover/princess party, my cowgirl corral party (including a chuck wagon food bar and a jail photo booth before photo booths were cool, circa 1995) and a psychedelic flower power 13th birthday! And that’s just a few. I have every intention to use my creative powers for good and throwing some pretty amazing bashes!

The biggest difference is, I remember these parties. I have every intention to use my creative powers for good and throwing some awesome parties for my kids too! I know they are going to get more extravagant with age.

By biggest gripe or shock to the system is these crazy, extravagant, over the top 1, 2, and 3 year old birthday parties. These kids won’t remember them. They realistically won’t. These parties are for the parents. And how each one can out do the last.

As I planned Kinsey’s party last year, I had to keep my party fantasies in check. My husband helped me by reminding me that for her at One it was just another day. And as I start the ideas this year, I have to remember the same thing. We kept it pretty simple last year, it was family only( our fam is big at 22 people!). And I made a few banners and blew up a few balloons and let that be. None of the decorations cost over $30 + the cost of food.

I keep debating on inviting friends this year, but know that it’s unnecessary. She is still little. Family is enough.

Why do we have to “keep up with the joneses” when it comes to parties?
I don’t wanna outdo myself and ideas for times she won’t even remember. I want her to have her best parties ahead of her that she’ll have wonderful memories of! She can have a fun party with out breaking the bank and feeling like an extravagant production.

KISS-keep it simple, sweetheart!

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News & Notes

Hello there stranger! It’s been a while. A long while. Truthfully, in this absence I considered deleting this thing. It crossed my mind multiple times and really it broke my heart at the thought. But I have to be honest with myself and you. Blogging is hard, for me sometimes. Between blogger jealousy and burnout, it’s been tough. I know that tons of people do it every week, every day, sometimes multiple time a day and are a lot better at it than me.

August was a crazy month around here. We found out aug. 2nd that we are gonna have baby #2 in April, right around Easter. We found out really early and chose not to tell anyone until after our first doctor appointment. All of the first trimester stuff hit early. Morning sickness was a beast; tiredness was overwhelming!


I know I’m not the first person to ever go thru it and stronger people than me have done it. It was a rather large adjustment for our little family. Running after a 20 month old who is all in, about, and around everything is a fun, exhausting adventure. Add all that up plus a few days of working, and this little place got left behind. I’m back for a while, but this time with much more real expectations. I don’t know that I’ll post every day or even every week. There might be quite a few more “real” honest posts, mainly because I can’t make stuff up or be fake.

It’s another chapter in The Fierce Glamour’s life. Cheers!

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Benefit They’re Real Push Up Gel Liner: Review

A few weeks ago, Benefit launched their newest makeup invention: They’re Real Push Up Gel Liner

20140721-220946-79786630.jpgIt boasts some big things:
“It’s the FIRST EVER lash-hugging gel liner in a pen! This matte black gel formula won’t smudge, budge or dry out, and the innovative soft AccuFlex™ Tip hugs your lashline from corner to corner. The closer the line, the bigger the eye!

91% said it was longwearing*
81% said it was waterproof*
88% said it hugged the lashline*
84% said eyes looked visibly larger*
*Results observed in a consumer panel survey on 32 women after 2 weeks” [source]

Those are some serious promises! I used my Ulta gift card from Christmas to snatch one of these bad boys! Now, I’m a huge Benefit fan. Probably 1/2 of my makeup bag is filled with the makeup goodness. But when it comes to eyeliner, I’m pretty skeptical of any brand, bouncing back and forth over the years, with limited success. Ladies, I’ve found it! This stuff runs circles around the other guys and laughs while doing it! It lives up to all that hype!

It goes on smooth, stays where you out it, doesn’t smudge, and is perfect for different liner looks! I can finally achieve the perfect winged look again! There isn’t much wrong with this liner! The special tip allows for precise placement! The long lasting ability is the best feature. For our recent trip up North, it lasted from 4 am til 8pm when I took it off.

Tips & Tricks
For easiest application apply light pressure as you glide along the lash line. Light strokes haven’t proven well for me.

It is a little hard to remove! Soap and water won’t touch it. I’ve found that good ole’ baby oil does the trick, but that’s not the best for contact wearers or if you have oily skin.

20140721-232922-84562588.jpg[after washing with face wash and water.]
Mary Kay’s Oil-free Eye Makeup Remover removes the eyeliner easily with no problem!

I really love this eyeliner. I’m so excited to share it with you and hope you have as good as results as I have!

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