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About Monica

I am from Amarillo, TX. I love God, my husband and my sweet son...in that order. I began my walk with Christ about a year ago. I love to worship. I love make up. I love shopping. I love to sing. I love to cook. I love to make people happy!

Abundantly Blessed Giveaway!

Abundantly Blessed Giveaway!.

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Abundantly Blessed Giveaway!

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I love, love, love shopping at local boutiques. There is just something about them that makes my shopping experience….umm…enjoyable.

Abundantly Blessed is that kind of store.  I was so impressed by their hospitality…even on Black Friday!   They had tons of people in and they had a long line but instead of rushing people in and out they were inviting their customers to be apart of a prayer chain. That’s pretty amazing to me.

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I’ve recently become addicted to the leggings I bought on Black Friday! I was nervous to slide on the one size fits all leggings over my fluffy tail! One size fits all usually means one size fits small! However, when I put them on, they fit amazingly and the print didn’t stretch all crazy! (Haha…you know what I’m talking about ;)!)
They had an amazing sale on them so I bought a couple of pairs!

For December’s giveaway Abundantly Blessed graciously donated a pair of these cute leggings!  How great are they! There are 2 ways to enter to win.

1.) Comment on this blog post. (+1 entry)
2.) Post the picture below on instagram with the hashtag #iliftmyvoicegiveaway and follow and tag me @Mdozal. (+2 Entries)

I will close the contest and announce a winner on Christmas Eve! (U.S. only)

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Abundantly Blessed is located at 2411 S. Western St in Amarillo, TX 79109. You can add them as a friend on Facebook here to look through some of their merchandise. They do take phone orders to ship out as well! ūüôā The phone number to call is (806) 242-5377. So stock up on some leggings!

Here are some of the items they have right now:
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Good Luck and may God ABUNDANTLY BLESS you! ūüėČ – Moni ‚̧

December 2013 Ipsy Glambag

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There are two times every month that I get extremely excited, when I go get my eyebrows waxed and when I get my Ipsy Glambag in the mail!

Ipsy is a $10 monthly subscription. They send you a customized glambag based on the quiz you take. It is the best $10 I spend each month!

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These are the things I got in my December bag:

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Pop Bright Up Your Life Eye Shadow Trio РThe full palette is for sale for $24. So this is roughly an $8 dollar value. I am not a big POP fan. There is so much fallout with their shadows. I may give this to my niece for Christmas.

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Be A Bombshell – The¬†One¬†Stick¬†– Retail value $16. I have really started to love Be A Bombshell! I got one of their lip crayons last month and use it constantly. Apparently, this is an all over stick but I couldn’t see any other use for it other than lipstick. It’s a pretty red color with a little bit of glitz.

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NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick –¬†Retail value $4. I love anything NYX! Everything I’ve tried from them is absolutely amazing and this lipstick is no exception! This shade of red is exquisite! This is my favorite from this months bag.

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Andrea Strip Lash – Retail value $3.99. I’m horrible at putting on eyelashes. My lashes are pretty long so I don’t use them often. I’ll probably save these for a special occasion!

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Starriy Nail Polish – Retail value $12. I wasn’t sure if I liked this polish but it is beginning to grow on me. I think it’ll be great for New Year’s Eve!

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…and finally…The Beauty Blender. This item wasn’t part of my glambag but was a reward from Ipsy’s point system. I had 1000 points to redeem and decided to spend it on the popular Beauty Blender. A big thanks to all the people who subscribed to Ipsy under my account!

This month’s glambag was great; however, it doesn’t beat last month’s bag! If you want to give Ipsy a try you can subscribe here! I hope you all have a fantastic Friday and a safe weekend! – Moni<3

My Top 5 Gifts for the Cosmetic Freak in Your Life!

About three¬†years ago was when my love for makeup really¬†developed. I mean, I’ve always loved makeup but until three years ago I really had no clue what I was missing out on.¬†I put together this list because I know sometimes people don’t know¬†all there is to know¬†about every cosmetic brand out there like those¬†makeup freaks like me do.¬†¬†Well, this will help steer you in the right direction…or steer SOMEONE in the right direction!¬†I hope you enjoy!

5. Rare Gem Limited Edition¬†Picture Perfect‚ĄĘ Eyelash¬†Curler¬†by Tarte1618wpid-20131211_135043.jpg

This gem is $19.00. I once had this eyelash curler but I lost it!¬† ūüė¶ I bought it again at the end of November and fell in love all over again. My lashes are so long and STRAIGHT! It’s so sad. I struggle so hard to keep them curled.¬†This curler works wonders!¬†¬† It will surely satisfy anyone on your list!¬† The regular sparkle-less curler is only $16…but hey the rhinestones add that extra touch! ūüôā You can find this at Ulta or order online.

4. Black Market by Urban Decay

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This beauty is on sale right now for $24 dollars on the UD website. It is regularly $36.¬† I have¬†had these eyeliners before and I absolutely love them; however, I don’t own this set yet.¬†They are so smooth and glide on so well!¬† I recommend these to anyone who doesn’t have a favorite eyeliner!¬† These colors are fantastic too! Any makeup lover on your list will appreciate this.

3. Glamorous Blush Palette by Bh Cosmetics

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This awesome blush¬†palette is only $10.95 right now! It would make a great stocking stuffer!¬†I love anything from BH Cosmetics. They have great pigmentation and the packaging is always space efficient. This is one on my personal wish list this year!¬† ūüôā

2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Catwalk Palette

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This sultry palette is only $29. I have just recently become a fan of Anastasia Beverly Hills. I started with the Brow Genius Kit and now I just want all of their products! I’ve seen so many amazing tutorials with this palette. I would love to get this in my stocking and so would your daughter, sister, aunt or best friend!

1. Naked3 by Urban Decay (surprise, surprise!)

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I am obsessed with all of UD’s Naked products. This¬†phenomenon retails at $52. I have the first two palettes that I received as gifts and I use them daily and I think they are well worth the price! The best thing about this palette is that these are brand new, never before seen shades.¬† Both palettes prior have had¬†some repeats from UD’s other palettes.¬† Naked3 has mattes, shimmers, darks and lights…it is amazing! I’ve tired to get my hands on this the past couple of days but have been unsuccessful. So if you find one some where snag it!!¬† Someone on your list will be very happy to get this!

Well, that’s it!¬† These are my top 5 gifts! I hope this helps when it comes to shopping for your loved ones! What products are you hoping to see in your stocking this year?

Be blessed – Moni ‚̧

The Season of Giving

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It has been an amazing week so far and it’s only Wednesday! It was the idea of some of my co-workers to partner up with a local Spanish radio station¬†here in Amarillo and host a toy drive to benefit the families we work with.¬†¬†This took place this past Saturday, Sunday and Monday and¬†I am absolutely floored by the response of Amarillo’s Hispanic community.

I was so blessed to see some of these families come and donate bags upon bags of brand new toys.¬†I wasn’t sure I wanted to blog about it but I just had too.¬† I wanted to share some the special stories I heard while on location.

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We had one mom bring all of her son’s birthday gifts. Harsh right? Lol that was my first thought but then she said that she told him if she could donate the 10 toys she knew he wouldn’t play with, she would buy him a toy he really wanted.¬†¬†Of course he agreed and she brought us a huge bag full of brand new toys.¬† Not only is she helping our agency and the families out but she is showing her son the importance of giving things we really don’t need.¬† Although there was a definite reward for her son, maybe when he is a dad he will do the same thing with his kids and bless 10 more people!

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We also had a¬†the Army donate 32 pairs of pajamas for our families! What a blessing! Who wouldn’t love One Direction and Spiderman PJs!

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A local horse track, Carril San Carlos, came and donated a couple of large remote control toys and some precious life-like baby dolls.
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We had plenty of women go in and take their kids; however, I was amazed of the response of the men taking their families and explaining to them that these toys were going to bless someone.

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Through these strangers acts of kindness God really spoke to me.¬† I realized that even something as small as donating a toy can bless so many more people than just those who receive¬†the toy.¬†I was absolutely blessed. I went home so emotional and amazed.¬† We always say we live in a horrible, cold world….but the fact is….there are still so many good people out there.¬†People want to give…sometimes they just don’t know where their donations or time could be used. A big thanks to Viva Media and La Super Economica for helping us so much and giving their time!

I challenge you to look in your community to see if there are any shelters, non-profits or even just families that could use some help.¬† Some of the kids your child goes to school with may or may not have food to eat when they get home….they may or may not have heat….they may or may not have the warmth of love…ALL YEAR AROUND.¬†You don’t have to do it by yourself! You can serve as a light for your community and just like fire that light will spread.¬†You¬†could get your place of¬†employment to put together a small toy¬†drive¬†or maybe get¬†food together.

My desire to be a light in my community has grown so much this year. It has filled me up so much more than any paycheck or materialistic thing could ever fill me.¬†It’s a high! Who would like to get high with me!¬† Be¬†blessed!¬† – Moni ‚̧

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DIY Feathered Headband

Hi lovelies!  It has been a crazy busy couple of days. I spent all last week in Lubbock for training. By day 3 of waking up at 5:30, I was a zombie. On the final day we caught bad weather and had to come home early.

Along with training, our Bluprint class was preparing for our annual Bluprint banquet. This banquet is put together to fellowship, celebrate the past year and of course to celebrate the birth of Christ.

This years theme was the 1920s Gatsby.¬† The first thing I think of when I hear the 1920’s is prohibition and flapper dresses. I’m not going to lie, the first thing I said was, “ain’t no one putting this fluffy girl in a flapper dress!” Lol.

I decided to dress up in a black sparkly shirt, some black palazzo pants and gold and red accented jewelry. I still felt like something was missing though. I finally decided I needed some feathers in my life!

I decided to make this feathered headband to give my outfit that 1920’s pop!
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(Yes I used my son as a model) ūüôā

I got so many compliments on it! It was about 13 bucks to make with a lot of left over material. So I thought I would share how I made it. These are the supplies you need:
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1 yard of black sequined elastic, a flower of your choice, black feathers, red feathers and a specialty feather, piece of black felt, scissors and hot glue gun. I bought all my supplies at Hobby Lobby.

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I started by cutting a PERFECT circle the size of the back of the flower out of the felt.
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Make sure it doesn’t exceed the size of the flower.¬† (Don’t glue it just yet!)

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Measure the headband around you head and then tighten it a little so that it’s not too loose. Cut where you need to cut and then¬†glue to the circle.¬†The circle will go on the inside of the headband so be aware of how you glue it.¬† So it’ll be in between your head and the¬†headband.¬†ūüėČ

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Then just start gluing your feathers in the order you want! ūüôā I put my biggest feathers first then just worked the rest in.

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This is what it looked like just before I added the flower.

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The next thing I did was add my flower. My flower and a pin like this so instead of gluing it I just pinned it through the feathers, headband and the felt. I just felt it was more secure like that.

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And it¬†eliminated the¬†bulge of¬†excess glue.¬† Once it is pinned you are done! ūüôā It literally took me 10 minutes to make this cute headband. I think you can changed around the colors and minimize the feathers and you can make a cute casual headband.

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Here are some more photos of our Bluprint Gatsby Banquet! (#BPGATSBY)
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I hope ya’ll have an amazingly blessed week! – Moni ‚̧

The Bible App for Kids

I have long awaited the creation of a good Bible app for my son. All the apps I would download were not very entertaining or for older kids.

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This Thursday the YouVersion family released the new Bible app for kids! I was so excited and downloaded it right away. Since yesterday was pretty busy, I was not able to get into the app and take a look around. This morning my son found the app while playing on our tablet. He was automatically hooked! I sat with him for a while and I must say I am definitely impressed.

Life Church is behind the  YouVersion family.  The YouVersion Bible is my go to Bible app. It is quick, easy and self explanatory.  The kids app is that and so much more. It covers 7 Bible storys from Genesis to the empty tomb and notates that more stories will be coming soon. Which will help our kids stay engaged!

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Not only does the app read each Bible story out loud but it also provides animated illustrations that move as you touch each one.

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I was also impressed by the way the app challenges the user with questions and rewards. 

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The only thing I wasn’t too crazy about was that I had to download each story. It really isn’t that big of a deal compared to the rest of the great qualities this app has.

This app is amazing. If you are a mom I definitely encourage you to download it for your children!  What an awesome way to learn the word of God. My 4 year old has loved it! Here are some photos of him navigating through it!

God bless you – Moni ‚̧

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