Oct 31, 2012

The Doctor and his Dalek (princess)

So the kids were amazing this year and of course were The Doctor and a princess Dalek. (sam was the 10 regeneration of course)
Since there is no princess dalek I had to create one. It took A LOT of tulle and had stitching but it worked out amazingly. That and little cloak to keep her warm and well it just look plain ol awesome.

For your enjoyment:

Oct 30, 2012

Been sick and busy busy busy

Oh goodness. I know my blog has been so quiet. I am not kidding when I say I have been busy. Both kids in Gymnastics and my full into the semester as well as me getting this darn cold for what seems like forever. ( in reality its been about 3 weeks).

So thought Id give a rough rundown for you all:

First I cannot believe that I forgot to post this. I finished my first 5K. Yes me, brie, I did it. It was such an accomplishment and I am so proud of myself.

A little video for you all.

And now if you all have not been checking out my youtube channel.... which you should. Here are the last few videos I did.


I know, I know I have yet to update for October. I am thinking what I will do is break it up into products I love instead of the boxes themselves? We will see. But hey, keep on the lookout.

oh and if you haven't already, follow me on twitter. I keep up there a bit more often. @brienicole

Sep 5, 2012

August Glossybox

Once again, I am super pleased with this months Glossybox. Seems like they are figuring it all out. If you want an invite let me know! Also, sorry about all the sniffling. I was congested again...

Aug 20, 2012

August Birchbox

So here is the August review. Im getting over being sick and I wanted to get this done before I forget. Do you want a Birchbox? Sign up here

Aug 14, 2012

Sample Society August 2012

Loving this box! I'm going to have to give up glossy and julep as they are the most expensive. Anyways, back to the blog

Aug 4, 2012

July Beauty Army Blog

One of my favorite boxes arrived. Check it out. If you want to sign up CLICK HERE.

Also correction** You do shop in the store, you just don't earn points for shopping. You do get a discount though!

Aug 2, 2012

Mens Birchbox for July

Here is the video for the Mens July Birchbox. If your interested in either the Mens or Womens box click HERE

July Glossybox

So Glossybox came and redeemed themselves! Score. And if you are interested, let me know and I will email you an invite!

Aug 1, 2012

July Julep Maven.

Want to get it for a penny, yes a penny?  This Wonderful box from Julep is a local company based in Seattle, WA. Toxin free polish where they donate $1 from every bottle to organizations that support women! 

Interested? Check out this link
and us the code COLOR2012

Jul 29, 2012

Every Beauty Brand Pedicure Pad review with some help from Delilah

Jul 18, 2012

June Glossy Box review

It is finally here! I was so frustrated with this box. Watch this video to see why, and if you are wanting a Glossy Box of your own leave a comment, tweet or email me at and I will send you an invite.

Jul 15, 2012

July Birchbox

This month was so exciting. I love everything in my box and was not dissapointed! Take a look at my video to see me review whats inside, and CLICK HERE to sign up for your own Birchbox subscription.

Jul 10, 2012

Julep box for a penny!

Yes you read that right, a penny. Wonderful box from Julep. Local company based in Seattle, WA. Toxin free polish where they donate $1 from every bottle to organizations that support women!

Interested? Check out this link
and us the code COLOR2012

Jul 8, 2012

Toms Birchbox Man for July

So, think you man might like to get fun samples in the mail too. My husband did. He was a tad jealous after I got my box, so we are checking out Birchbox Man for a few months to see if he likes it. Heres a little Vlog about this month. And if your interested click HERE to check it out.

Oops, forgot about the Eye candy

How could I have forgot? Jeesh. Well check out the awesome product that I forgot to include in my last Vlog! If you interested in getting Beauty Army for yourself then click here!

Jul 7, 2012

June/July Beauty Army box

I was so ecstatic when I got my Beauty Army box in the mail yesterday. It is a sub like Birchbox and myglam but you get to pick your samples. Take a look at the video below to see what I got and if you are interested click THIS link to check it our for yourself. And remember if you don't like it, you can cancel or pause your subscription. Enjoy!

Jul 3, 2012

Found an amazing top coat

Finding a top coat has been challenging to say the least. I am constantly chipping my nails and having to re-do them way to often. I like to do them about 2x a week but every day was too much. So check out this vlog and keep checking back to see whats in store in the month of July!
Don't forget to follow me on twitter @brienicole and subscribe to my youtube channel to get the latest.

Jun 26, 2012

Summer Target Beauty Bag!

So I got my summer Target Beauty Bag in the mail last week. Here is a peek inside!

These are free first come first serve bags, they post them on their facebook page, so like them and keep a look out for the sign ups!

Jun 14, 2012

June Birchbox

So you wanna see what came in this months birchbox? Well its a good thing I made a quick video to show you just that ;)

If you are interested in getting one CLICK HERE and sign up. Im loving it and I cant wait to get the July box!

In other news, I will be finishing up my internship in August. Its very bitter sweet. I will be missing my friends and the work but I know it means that its that much closer to the big move. We think we are going to fly instead of drive for our visit coming in Sept/Oct. Keep checking back to see the latest! 

May 3, 2012


Well, I suppose its time I share whats been going on here. I wanted to wait until I told my work to announce it. So here it is....

We had taken a trip to Seattle in January and it was a fun family trip with the intention of introducing the city to Tom as he had never been. We thought one day we may move up there. He fell in love with the city, as did I. I lived in Bremerton from the ages of 17-20 and always wanted to move to the city.

We came home and found out we were pregnant and though that it was a sign that we were staying in Reno. Well, as you can see, circumstances changed and we began putting more thought into a move. Tom soon got word that St.Marys (his employer) had got bought out and it is uncertain if he will keep his pay grade, let alone his job. This made our decision a bit easier.  We sat down and talked about some more and spent many hours in thought and we have decided that with me graduating in December and how unstable his job is and the job market in Reno, that now was a good as time as any to go. Sam will be in first grade so its really the start of his schooling and we wont be ripping him from his friends in the middle of school as it would be if we waited a few years. The job market for someone with my degree is plentiful and really, Seattle is our happy place. We really felt like it was home. Everything about that city is us and our family. Our kids could not be more excited. Sam loves it there and if it were up to him we would have never left!

We know its going to be hard to leave our friends and family, but we know great things await us there. It is an easy 12 hour trip by car or a quick flight back to Reno. We have gotten a ton of support from our family already and will continue to need it as we begin this adventure.

The move is not planned til January of 2013 as that is when our lease is up and we can make a clean move. Tom and I are planning a trip in October to pick out a place to live and start applying for jobs. I plan on keeping everyone updated on our move through the blog, so please stay tuned so you don't miss a thing!
For now we will enjoy our last summer in Reno and spending time with everyone before we go.

Here is a little montage of our trip this year... and some of the amazing things that will become our home!

Apr 25, 2012

How amazing is our universe?

I've been studying the Universe lately and the more I learn, the more it just astonishes me. I feel like I missed out on so much, simply by not having an understanding of the universes vastness. Here is a video that pretty cool from and interview done by Time magazine with Neil Degrasse Tyson. (Astro Physicist and one of the smartest men around)

Mar 6, 2012

Rough Waters

Well its been a rough couple of weeks. We found out we were pregnant on Feb 9th, It was shock and surprise and yet still somehow exciting. We figured we were about 7 weeks. We went to the doc and and the first u/s only dated us at about 4. Then with continued u/s the baby continued to grow at a slow pace. Were not quite sure when but the baby had stopped growing. We knew the end was near and we tried to greive. I was to go on March 9th for another ultrasound to confirm. On Saturday March 3rd, I was laying in bed and began to have some weird cramping. I thought hmm. this can and cant be normal. I was only spotting a bit so I didnt think too much of it. Well the cramps got worse and I went into the bathroom because I felt I had to pee, and bam, a giant clot had passed, I called my mother and she stayed on the phone with me. It turns out that I was in fact going into full on LABOR in my bathroom, the contractions were every minute and they hurt like a son of a bitch, and after each one I would pass more clots. By an hour I had passed about 2 pints of blood. It was very painful and I would not wish this on anyone. Sunday I mainly rested, I had a hard time even staying awake, and the pain was still intense. I called the doc first thing monday morning and after arguing with the nurse about going the ER, we were able to see the doc at 1. He took one look at me and my fever and knew something was wrong. He did a quick ultrasound and saw that I had retained most of the placenta and was having a possible infection and could be turning septic. So off to the hospital we went for an emergency D&E, while I was in the room waiting for the surgery to begin, the pain was getting worse. Eventually the surgery began and I awoke nauseous and of course tired. Today I am home bruised and resting, Im on bed rest for the next few days and trying to recover both physically and emotionally.

Its really hard to understand why all of this happened. I feel like It was hit after hit, I lost my wedding diamond out of my ring on our anniversary ( march 1) and I couldn't help but laugh, what more could go wrong... boy was I surprised that just two days later Id be in so much pain. So not only did I loose a baby, I lost my diamond all in one week. Also we have to watch my blood levels due to the anemia and auto immune disease as well ( NO TRANSFUSIONS)

This whole experience has of course caused some changes with the family and home dynamics, We decided that for right now it will be best if Sam would go to public school. We are very lucky and are zoned for one of the top rated schools around. He has had one week and LOVES it. I feel like hes excelling and will be able to adjust well. This means Lilah gets some one on one time with mommy, she even had her first real manicure at a nail shop :)

And with talking to my professor, we decided that it would be best to drop one of my classes for now and re take it again soon. I am still on schedule to graduate soon, just may take an extra semester. :( But I must do whats best for my health and family. This is tough work and I feel like I am strong and I can get through it.

Everyday I know just how lucky I am to have such a supportive husband, mother, sisters and friends. I am lucky to have my two beautiful children as well. We will see what the year brings, but for now.... I rest.

Feb 21, 2012

New things

So Seattle was amazing, We loved it so much and cant wait to go back. In fact one day we hope to move there. I am also getting ready to graduate, won four addy awards and oh ya.... IM PREGNANT. I thought I was further along, but Im only  in my fifth week. We are still worried,  we have yet to see a baby. We have seen a sac twice, once at do and another at ER, I go in again on Monday and its going to be a very LONG weekend. I definetley am nauseous and crampy, which is good. Im hoping for a fetal pole and or yolk sac on monday. Somthing to ease my mind.

Jan 8, 2012

Hello Seattle!

Wow its been a whole month since I have blogged. Things got pretty busy with the holidays. Then at the start of the new year I stopped my steroid treatment. Its been 8 very rough days! I knew I would have to come off of them, but I didn't know I was going to have withdraw symptoms and pain and depression. I know Ive been under attack of sorts emotionally as well. I'm feeling overwhelmed with my duties as a mom, a wife, in ministry and I don't know what the future holds for me in ministry either. I know its changing but how? Its all very stressful right now and I'm sure the pain is not helping, but man it plain ol SUCKS. No better word to describe how I'm feeling.

What I am looking forward to are a few things. First is we are taking a last minute trip to Seattle! My kids and Husband have never gone and it was a quick decision, its been a while since we have taken a family vacation, but we are very excited. Michael and Ashleigh are coming with us, so that will make the trip way more fun. We get to experience it as a family. I can not wait to breath in the "ocean" air...( its the sound and not looking forward to the Tacoma Aroma) and see the beauty and feel like perhaps I can finally decompress. Decompress from the semester, the holidays, the steroids, all of it. I need to breathe.

This song has been so fun to sing while we wait, and Sam loves looking at the photos, deciding what will be his favorite thing.

Also coming up in Feb, I get to go to Texas to see my little brother Graduate from the Air Force. I miss him a lot ( I think Sam misses him more) and even though I know I will be a bit stressed for the trip, I'm looking forward to seeing him and the new man I'm sure he has become. It will be a proud moment as his big sister.

Also, Tom and I received two date packages from our parents for Christmas. One to Tahoe to see a show and stay the night on our Anniversary. And another at the Peppermill here in town..did I mention both include babysitters! SCORE.

These are things are keeping me excited when I'm feeling BLAH. Im trying to spend time in the Word as well. But Im finding music is for now, my peace. If you liked this song, check out some of OWL CITYs other songs, They amaze me