Friend Makin Mondays: Life Skills



All about Queens Day in AmsterdamSo a few days ago the Netherlands celebrated their very first King’s Day(Koningsdag), why am I even mentioning this since I don’t live in the Netherlands, nor am I of Dutch decent? If you are a long time reader of this blog then you might downloadremember that I am a huge fan of Princess Beatrix , I even wore my Zoya nail polish “Beatrix” during the week of her abdication.  I am a huge fan of Beatrix as well as the entire family and honestly how can you not love a woman who’s worn the same hair style for over 40 years…You can always tell when it’s (Queen’s or ) King’s Day… everyone and everything is decked out in orange

CaptureSo what were my Mountains and Molehills this week? My Mountain? Check out this snapshot of Tsuki’s instagram (it happened about 20 minutes ago)  My molehill this week was taking Tsuki to the veterinarian on Friday, after talking to the doctor and discussing the situation, we both came to the conclusion that it was best to proceed with the biopsy, after they took her vitals they took her back… and I burst into tears, I didn’t stop crying until they brought her back and I was able to see for myself that she was okay. We get the results back no latter than Tuesday and in the mean time I’m just keeping an eye on her, she’s still a little tender, but otherwise she’s back to normal. Before I forget I’m not sure if you know but Tsuki wrote her very first blog post AND she has an instagram…she’s a true diva!

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!


Life Skills

1. Do you know how to drive a stick shift?

No, and to be honest I feel a little lacking because of it. I will never be able to drive internationally…. Sad smile

2. Do you know how to jump stat a car?

Nope I don’t. BUT I do have jumper cables in my car… and yes I’ve had to use them 3 times so far. I keep saying that I’m going to back one of those electronic jumpers in case I’m stranded in the middle of no where.. but then again, there is always AAA

3. Do you know how to perform CPR?

I think it’s really important for everyone to have a basic knowledge of First Aid and CPR. But yes I am certified in First Aid CPR and AED.

If you’re not and you’re interested check out this link

4. Do you know how to hang a picture?

First of all I think anyone who’s every lived in an apartment or lived in a dorm room knows alternate ways of hanging a picture in your room… but traditionally speaking I do know how to hand a picture. I use a level and everything.

5. Do you know how to ski?

A big NO! As a black person I jokingly say that “we are a tropical people, we don’t ski” and for all you non black people out there that is a HUGE misconception. There is actually something called the National Brotherhood of Skiers My high school would go on ski trips all the time, and when I was living in Las Vegas I wanted to go but I’m a big scary cat, and I’m afraid of heights, and I’m too much of a control free to “glide” down a mountain with only poles and skis to guide me.

6. Can you draw a basic map of the world?

Never tried…. so I guess I can attempt to do so… hey didn’t turn out half bad, I think I forget Hawaii…and Florida is incomplete…


7. Can you do a decent dive into a swimming pool?

Oh hell no! I’m still kinda iffy on the swimming, plus I’m accident prone. I was actually walking on a deck and slipped and fell into the pool…. so wait… I guess “technically” that is diving!!

8. Can you open a champagne bottle?

Yes… considering that I can’t drink alcohol… and haven’t been able to o so for pretty much my entire life (thanks for no liver disease) I know lots of tricks

9. Do you know what to do if you spill red wine on the carpet?

Nope…I don’t have carpets and I don’t drink red wine… so that’s a simple fix1

10. Do you know the proper way to fold a fitted sheet?

Yes, and I learned how to properly do it from Oprah and Martha Stewart… it’s funny how you see something on TV and you remember it.

So the current count of things Tyra can do is 8 out of 10! So that’s bad…..not bad at all!!! After last weeks FMM a lot of people reached out to me either leaving a message here or emailing me sending me good thoughts and positive vibes, sharing their pet stories and I just want to say from the bottom of my heart Thank You… Thank You Very Much!!! I look forward to spending many, many healthy years with Tsuki!

as my Dutch friends say…

Tot de volgende keer

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Nail Polish Lottery Club–Week 19


Zoya’s Beatrix

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Orange who?
Orange you going to let me in?


Beatrix is described as a “tangerine metal sparkle” with a Pixie Dust finish. It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark orange base with twinkling tangerine shimmer and sparkle that gives it a metallic, foil-like sheen, plus a textured finish overall Two coats and the polish was pretty much opaque, but Zoya recommends that you use 3 thin coats to get the desired look. The thing that I love about this nail polish that you can really achieve  two different looks .

When using this polish Zoya recommends that you don’t use a base coat or a top coat (SIMPLY BLASPHEMY!), But you know me, I NEVER do what I’m told. I did use a basecoat…well I used Qtica Nail Growth Stimulator (and since it’s from the same company… it shouldn’t count)

Let me say that I was surprised that the texture didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would, but I’m used to shine and you just don’t get that when you wear it “textured”, so I added a top coat and literally the polish transformed. Not only does the polish become smoother but there is still a bit of texture there, but the “metal sparkle” becomes really visible.

Week 18 compare

Did I happen to mention how much this polish sparkles in the sunlight?

I was really concerned about removal of this polish? I seriously thought that I would have to use the glitter removal method to take off the polish and that simply was not the case,  with a little vigorous rubbing and it was off, easy… peasy..

Would I recommend this polish to

someone? Absolutely! I loved it! The coverage is amazing, it was a no-problem application, and even after the textured polish trend is over  you’ll still be able to use it , with a few simple swipes of your favorite top coat.

This was the first orange nail polish that I’ve ever worn (I don’t know why; but I thought that the only time it was be appropriate for me to wear this color would be the fall and around Halloween time, but last week,  Julie’s pick was an orange shade, so maybe it was kismet. I really loved the color, this is the type of color that I can wear in the summer and the fall seasons, so it’s super duper versatile for me. I originally purchased this polish in honor of the abdication of Queen (Princess) Beatrix of the Netherlands in favor of her son Willem-Alexander, and I had full intention of wearing it while watching the broadcast, but with all the excitement and the pop and circumstance not to mention the early hour of the proceedings here in America it never happened, so I was super excited to have this as my pick this week.

Taking into consideration. Opacity, Application, Average lasting time on my nails, compliments from other people and removal. this polish would get a 9/10!!

I did purchase more than one Pixie Dust polish, this one and two from the Pixie Dust Summer collection, I can’t imagine that my opinion of those polishes would be any different that this one.

Onward to week 20!!