Friday, January 28, 2011

CSN Store Review!


I was recently contacted by CSN Stores to do a review on one of their products.
I am so excited to have been given this opportunity!
CSN Stores has over 200 online stores. Yes, you read that correctly. Over 200 stores where you can find anything you need whether it be swingsets, cookware and even nice home furniture!

Here are a couple of items that are available.

CSN Stores has offered to give me $25 toward any one item to do a review on. I am not quite sure yet what I will be choosing. I need to look around some more and see what I would like to review. If you want to see something specific, please let me know.

Disclaimer: I was asked by CSN Stores to include a link for a "swingset" as part of the agreement of the review. By doing that, I am receiving $25 in compensation for advertising their store. Therefore, I am receiving an item from CSN Stores to review. I entered into this agreement by my choice and the compensation will not in any way affect my review.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Blizzard Bloghop

I've never participated in a Blog Hop before so I apologize if I am doing this wrong.

Hi! Welcome to Life Is A {Beautiful} Mess. My name is Katelyn.
I am currently engaged {have been for almost 7 months} to a wonderful man named Jon.
He is a Soldier in the United States Army.
The Army only has his soul him for another year.
We have three fur-babies who we adore.
 Top left is Thumper. Top right is Jake. Bottom is Maci.

I started this blog as a way to express how I was feeling.
Since then it has definitely changed.
My blog is all over the place and I wouldn't have it any other way.

As of right now I do not have a wedding date. Crazy, I know!
We are kind of just taking it day by day right now.

I was a full time student and nanny. I am taking a break this semester though.
Sorry you had to find out this way, Mom!
For the time being, I am just a full time nanny.

I carry my Nikon with me everywhere.
I love photography but I don't call myself a photographer, for now anyways.
I've been studying and reading up on it as much as I can so maybe I can call myself a photographer one day.

I love trying new recipes. Do I love cooking? Not always.
Reading is another passion of mine.
If I sit down with a good enough book chances are I'll finish it within a day.

I unfortunately was born in California.
Only lived there for two years of my life so I don't remember a bit about it.
Texas is where I am from. I am a southern girl at heart and always will be.

Want to join?

Blizzard Bloghop

I'm really looking forward to meeting new people and finding new blogs!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

This Is Way Overdue!

Remember this post about the Marc Jacobs perfume I won?

I received it....

Over a week ago.

I feel awful that I'm just now sitting down to write this.

My apologies, Jen!

I took a picture of my winnings and thought I would show ya'll!

I love love love this perfume!
I had a little roller ball of it but it was almost out so I am very happy to have won this!

Buyer's Remorse?

I had it for maybe half a second when I bought this!

I always have that feeling though when I buy big items.
After that half second was done, I was over the moon with my purchase!

I would show you pictures of my actual car but it's been raining ever since I got it and it now needs a bath.
I've had it for exactly two weeks now.
I still get all excited when I get to drive it.
The kind of excitement where you squeal out of delight.

This is my first brand new car.
My last car was "new" but it was used.
The car before that was given to me as a graduation gift.
And then the car before that was a hand-me-down when I turned 16.
Three cars in four years is no good.
It was time to have one that is going to last me for years to come.

I still don't have a name for her.
Am I the only one who names my cars?
I sure hope not. 

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Want To See My Makeup Bag?

I thought I would share with you what I carry daily in my makeup bag.

Here it is!

I got this makeup back at Charming Charlie.

Yes, I have five mascaras in my makeup bag. I like to layer them. Not all five at once though.
From L to R: L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes, Buxom (my all time favorite!!), BADgal Lash, Maybelline Falsies.

From L to R: Benefit Brow Zing, NYX Blush (This is my go-to blush lately. It's in Dusty Rose.), NYX eyeshadow (I actually use this to contour my face. It's in Taupe.)

From L to R: A travel brush, Urban Decay De-Slick in a Tube, a sample UD De-Slick, Benefit Eye Bright, and a little spooly thing to tame my eyebrows.

What's in your makeup bag? I would love to see!


This was supposed to post last Thursday (Janurary 13th) but if you read my previous blog then you'll know it didn't.

I ran across this through Adrienne at Right Here, Right now!

It's called Business2Blogger. (Duh, Katelyn, it's in your title.)

It's a free opportunity for bloggers (and businesses) to review products.

Like I said, this is a completely free service.

How does it work, you ask?

They will send you an email at least once a week with opportunites to sign up for to do a review.

There are two ways bloggers can be selected for these campaigns.

Free campaigns and paid campaigns.

Free campaigns are open for submissions for 18 hours. B2B will then use a random number generator ( to choose 10 Bloggers submissions to send to the businesses who want you to do the reviews. Businesses then look at who was sent to them and they choose who they want.

Paid campaigns are also selected by to select from the Blogger submissions. They are then looked over to make sure they meet the campaign requirements. B2B repeats this process until the required slots are satisfied, and the results are then sent to the Business.

B2B is run by three bloggers.

Shauna at Blah Blah Blog.

and last but not least

Want to know anything else? Just click on their button right below.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Really, Blogger?! Really?

I had a blog post scheduled for last Thursday because I knew I wasn't going to be around a computer until now.

I also had one scheduled for Saturday.

Did they post?


They aren't even in my edit posts section.

They're just gone.

I'll be rewriting them both sometime today.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

I Don't Want To Go!

I need to schedule an appointment with the dermatologist.
Like now. It's been long overdue.
I have several moles that over the years have grown dark spots on them. There is one in particular on my neck that has my mom and I worried. I'm scared though. Not about finding out if there is anything wrong with them. I'm scared about the pain of having them removed.
You see, I don't handle pain well at all.
You're probably wondering how I even have two tattoos. Those actually didn't hurt and I got them in two of the worst spots! (My wrist and the top of my right foot.)
I have a huge fear of needles. Like so huge that I start hyperventilating and crying.
Yes, I said crying.
Yes, I know I am 20 years old and a big girl.
They still scare me though.
Has anyone ever had their moles looked at and removed? How was the process?

Thursday, January 6, 2011

I'm a winner!

Remember the Marc Jacobs giveaway that I blogged about?

I won!!

Look what I get.

Thank you Jen!

If you haven't checked out her blog, Slumber Designs, you should.

I hope everyone is having a fantastic week!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Look here!

See the button at the top of my blog that says, 365 Photo Blog? Go ahead and click on it after you're done reading this.

The title of it should be self explainatory.
I want to grow in my picture taking abilities. I thought maybe this would be a good way.

Oh, right now I just have the link of the new blog on that page. Does anyone know how to make it to where when you click {365 Photo Blog} it takes you directly to that blog? I don't like that you click {365 Photo Blog} and then have to click on the blog link. I hope that all makes sense. If anyone knows how to do that would you pretty please let me know?!

Anyways, go ahead and go click on the link. If want you can also click the follow button!
Only if you want to though.

Also, if you have a 365 blog then head over to Right Here, Right now and link it up!

I just couldn't do it!

My eyes wouldn't allow me to stay up until at least midnight.

Guess what time they finally wanted to close?


That's right, I couldn't stay up an extra 30 minutes.

I think New Years Eve is overrated anyways.


I thought we would be starting this new year off with a clean slate.

That was not the case at all though.

Jon and I were driving yesterday when my car died.

Yep, it just died. No explanation at all.

Gas? Check.

Thank goodness for USAA. Thank goodness that I opted for towing on my insurance. Thank goodness that we get one free tow a year.

Turns out my timing belt went out.

I have the worlds worst luck with cars.

Check out this AWESOME Marc Jacobs giveaway that Jen at Slumber Designs is doing. I couldn't pass up entering! I love Marc Jacobs perfume!
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