Blog Awards


Thank you to Nortina Mariala for nominating me for these awards there’s a few. Nortina is a fantastic writer and I always enjoy reading her weekly contributions to Flash Fiction. She is truly, versatile, creative, and a dreamer.

1. The Versatile Blogger Award

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2. The Creative Blogger Award

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3. The Infinity Dream Award

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Here are 7 facts about me as per the rules for first two awards:

1. I am almost 30 years old

2. I have been with my boyfriend over 5 years

3. I have a BA in English Literature, almost a Certificate in Residential Design, and am working on an Editing Certificate through Simon Fraser in BC, Canada.

3. I have been writing since I was 4 years old.

4. I cried like a baby for 2 days when the killed Patrick Dempsey’s character Derek Shepherd off on Grey’s Anatomy this season. Unnecessary death completely.

5. I am a gifted artist and can draw and paint quite well.

6. I gave my boyfriend a fossil watch and a cinzeo cake for his birthday and took him out to Olive Garden. He just turned 35 years old.

7. I enjoy writing because I find it’s an outlet for my feelings and mood but I also just like to be creative and come up with ideas that are a little out of the ordinary.

For the Infinity Dream Award:

1. What’s your favorite ice cream? Anything chocolate
2. What are you drinking? Pepsi
3. Read any good books lately? Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard

4. Seen any good films lately? Last one was Insurgent from the Divergent Series
5. How’s your weather? Cold and Rainy
6. Had any interesting dreams here of late? Not really, I often dream I’m in school or in the playground playing with somebody or somebodies from Elementary school to University.
7. What’s ailin ya? Pretty good actually just tired.
8. Do you know The Muffin Man, The Way to San Jose, or what I mean?  No
9. If you had to choose, would you rather be a cat or a dog? Dog, no question. I hate cats.
10. What kind of fries do you like? My favorite are Joey’s sweet potatoe fries or NY regular fries
11. Do you think five questions would be more than enough? Yes

Nominations:

Little Learner: https://littlelearner.wordpress.com/2015/05/30/still-waiting/

Suprising Lives: http://surprisinglives.net/2015/05/30/motivation/

I want to also nominate anyone who feels like they deserve an award for their excellent writing. I am not very good at going back and forth from awardee to my blog page and posting all the links so everyone from Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers especially! Also, if anyone wants to tell me how to do ping backs that be great!

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Poetry: Sleep


All I want is sleep

A respite from the light

But insomnia comes at a heavy price

Drugs and pills, you need more and more

And I still wake up in the night

Is it a crime to sleep through the night?

I think it must be so

I beg in tears please let me go

Let me fall asleep again

Your screwing with my life

Because then I’m tired all day

Please let me sleep I’m only human

And I beg for a moment to close my eyes

To sleep to mornings light

And wake up feeling refreshed

But right now it’s so hard to get up

I want to sleep all day

Because at night I lie awake

God, grant me sleep

I’m begging you, 

No sleep, it ruins my days.

Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers – Part 2 – A Whisp in the Wind


Even as a spirit, Bernice told stories well. Bernice’s hands circled her own throat miming a squeezing action and then her eyes rolled back in her head as if she were dying. 

” I get it Bernice, I understand someone killed you but who? Please talk!” Jackie heard the whisper of her sisters ghostly voice finally in the wind, “Davey . . .” 

” Davey killed you Bernice? I mean he’s a prick but he hasn’t got the smarts, has he?” Bernice began to cry and pointed to Jackie. The wind howled and the bell of the old church down by the park began to ring. In the howl of the wind and noise of the bell she could barely hear the force evident behind her sister’s ethereal voice” HE WANTED US BOTH DEAD!” 

Bernice’s concern was evident as she curiously began to fade into thin air. It was daylight and the park was now empty. Bernice had come at an odd time in the day as Jackie was walking. Then, Jackie looked towards the church bell which had rung its last ring and she realized she was vulnerable.

Word Count: 176

  
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Songs that Describe My Life – (Please Go Into my Blog to See Music Videos) 


1. Early Childhood – Baby Beluga

2. Later Childhood –  I Just Can’t Wait to Be King- Lion King

3. junior High – Killing Me Softly – The Fugees

4. High School – How You Remind Me – Nickelback

5. University – Fighter – Christina Anguilara

Rihanna – Umbrella 

Crazy in Love – Beyoncé

6. Working and Getting Sick, and Afterwards – The Rest of Life – 

Just a Dream – Carrie Underwood

Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol

How to Save A Life – the Fray

Where Does the Good Go? – Tegan and Sara

Fix You Up – Tegan and Sara

Be Still – The Fray

Sia – Titanium

There are so many more that represent me but I can’t fit them all! 

Poetry: Hold Me


Hold me tight I am awake

Hold me close I want to live

Don’t let me pour out in a sive

Hold me dear my soul aches

We twist and turn don’t let

Us burn; We are alive

Despite the earth survive

Hold me close don’t unhand me yet

The time will come when we must say

It’s time to go let sleep take me

For then we will be free

For now depart, take heart

To live is to love

To love is to live

Hold me close ’til worlds end

Until the end let us be close

Benefit Beauty Batch


I have a large amount of Benefit Beauty Products to write about for you guys today and part of it has to do with the fact that my last Luxebox was all Benefit products, which in turn, has had me buying and trying from them samples and some great Benefit products. What I love most about Benefit is a great deal of it is mineral makeup and the fact that they are moving away from testing on animals. I hope that ‘moving away’ part happens soon.

Benefit Serum1. Benefit Facial Serum – http://www.ulta.com – $55.00 – I have been searching for a great facial serum for sometime. Something that fights aging, leaves skin refreshed, and smooth. Well I found it. Benefit Facial Serum is awesome. It has made my skin so nice and I hardly ever break out when I use this serum. It plumps up the skin and smooths it out and is anti – aging, it is also is non-greasy. I was using this Retinol Serum before, which was great for winter but now that it’s summer, I need something that I can be out in the sun with because the Retinol Cream has Vitamin A and you are not supposed to spend a large amount of time in the sun with Vitamin A on your skin. Plus, Benefit’s Serum is non-greasy so I don’t have to worry about my face looking all sweaty with makeup dripping off by 5 pm in the hot summer weather. I completely recommend this product it is worth the price! And it lasts a good two months.

2. Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream- http://www.sephora.ca – $40.00 – 
I received this cream Benefit It's Potent Eye Creamas a sample from Luxebox but have been pleasantly surprised by how much I like it and how long the sample has lasted. I put it on at night and I definitely think it helps with dark circles in the morning. You need such little cream on each eye and I like how it feels on my skin — it doesn’t sting my eye skin like many eye creams do. So, if you are looking for an excellent eye cream, try Benefits It’s Potent Eye Cream. You won’t be sorry. But if you don’t buy it, I also think there are comparable eye creams on the market but the price and gentle ingredients make this a cream one I like to use.

Benefit Pore Perfect3. Benefit POREfessional – http://www.sephora.ca – $12.00-$37.00 – I didn’t expect to like this product given that it’s a product you put all over your face before your makeup. I tend to find when you layer products under your foundation, besides your skin care, they make you break out. But this product was awesome. For those of you with problems with bigger pores this is definitely the product for you but even if you don’t have bigger pores such as I, this product works greatl. It smooths out the skin and gives a great canvas for foundation to be applied to. I don’t even know how to quite describe it just makes your face feel so lovely. I got a sample of this and used it for a week or two and was convinced that it was a great product to buy for regular use.

4. Benefit Gimme Brow – http://www.sephora.ca – $28.00 – Strong brows have really become Benefit Gimme Browa point of focus on the face recently. I received a full-sized sample of this product and it has lasted me over 2 months. It comes in a lighter and darker shade and makes your brows look more dense. They stand out more and you can see the individual hairs on your brows after you have gone over your eyebrows with a brow pencil to darken them and fill in the sparse spots. I totally recommend this product and am going to buy it when I run out. It’s pretty amazing. It also can create little hair look alike so where your browns don’t grow far enough on one side or the other.

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5. Benefit Brow Pencil – http://www.sephora.ca – $26.00 – I am ambivilant about this product. I love the color and how it makes my blond brows contrast with my skin. I love how soft the pencil is so that it just blends right into my brows but it doesn’t last very long at all, maybe a month of use. Because having a soft pencil has a downside too, it gets used up fast and needs to be sharpened almost after every use. On the good side, it does have a little brush on the end so one can brush out their brows after using the pencil and then apply Benefits Gimme Brow. I think I can find a cheaper pencil that is a bit harder in just the generic drugstore section. Some brand such as L’oreal makes great eyebrow pencils for much cheaper. So it’s up to you whether you purchase this but after this time I am not buying this pencil again.

500 Followers


I just wanted to thank you all for following my blog mandibelle16. I’m touched that 500 of you are actually interested in what I have to write about in my life, stories, poetry, beauty blogs etc. So cheers and thanks again for the follows, I’ll have more blogs up this weekend!  

   

Flash Fiction For Aspiring Writers – A Whisp in the Wind


Can you see her? Gesturing to me and wringing her hands desperately trying to make me understand something. “Well spit it out Bernice,” we always use to tell her and she’d laugh, shrug, and with a giggly sunshiney but quiet voice explain a funny story.

Bernice and I always use to go to the gazebo in our favorite park and talk the situation out when she or I had a problem. The last time she spoke to me she was concerned about my new husband Davey. ” Jackie” she sighed, ” he’s just not right for you. There’s something about him I can’t put my finger on . . . and he hates me, seems threatened by me as your sister.” I shrugged off Bernice’s accusations, although, she had been right that Davey wasn’t for me. 

Bernice doesn’t talk to me anymore or meet me anywhere but at the gazebo. She gestures and flails her hands and I beg her to talk. My sister is a pale ethereal figure who tries to make me understand something. What? I don’t know. Plus, there’s this funny dark bruising around her neck. She won’t explain. It’s as if she’s a ghost. . .

Word Count: 193

  
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How’s Your Year Shaping Up So Far?


Prompt: How is this year shaping up so far? Write a post about your biggest challenges and achievements thus far.

It’s a difficult task to look at your year in terms of challenges and accomplishments and put it all in perspective. I suppose I’d prefer to turn the question back on you and have you comment on how your year has been thus far? Any takers? But in all seriousness it’s been an okay year. Nothing to brag about but nothing to get upset about either.

My biggest challenges I think revolve around my health and will for much of my life. If you think of yourself going to sleep most of you wake up with a full battery or a full amount of mental and physical energy. When I wake up in the morning I have three hours worth of physical energy in my battery and two hours worth of mental concentration. It was extremely disappointing for me when I lost physical and mental energy last summer and went down to the amount I currently enjoy. For me this means less time I can be out at night, less time I can be with my friends conversing, and less time I can spend studying for classes or spend reading. I really miss it! It also means less time I can spend walking around sight seeing and shopping on vacation and that hurts to as you know I am going to Las Vegas in two weeks. 

Plus, the amount of exercise I can physically do is sad indeed. Recently, I have started doing 7 minutes of exercise a day — 15 squats, 15 push-ups, 45 seconds plank, 15 toe raises, 15 bicycle crunches, 15 knee raises, and 15 diagonal knee raises — and it was extremely tough beginning that and I’m proud I can do that but it still kills me that I can’t do more and that that is less then I have ever been able to do. Keeping my weight down is always an issue since I can’t exercise but I eat very carefully and try to eat small healthy portions. Of that I am proud.

I am proud of my online classes even though editing is not always the easiest task for me because of the detail involved. But I go over my work a number of times and mistakes are becoming easier to pick out as well as copy editing symbols easier to remember and use. I am also proud of myself for submitting fiction in a course and receiving good and bad comments I can learn from and rewrite some of the fiction I submitted.

I managed awhole year without a dog in the house. This may not seem like such a big accomplishment but when you are at home all day it is nice to have a companion. And I really miss Nikki at times, I still miss her, but I have managed to live without sharing my food, without tumble weeds of hair, without Nikki pestering me to go out every 5 minutes, I have managed to live without cuddles, without dog kisses, and barking every time someone comes to the door. These aspects of pets you adore and hate but you learn to live with them and miss them when they are no longer there. 

I have taken many writing courses and thus, improved my writing. I have learned to think of new ideas to write about, to write pieces of fiction, and to give compliments and constructive criticism to other bloggers. I have written a lot of poetry some good and some bad and I have taken many pictures both good and bad as well. 

To sum up my year, it has been a year of difficulties health wise and learning writing wise and I couldn’t be happier to have the year turn out like it did. Now is your turn, how was your year?

Do Clothes Make The Woman?


Prompt: How important are clothes to you? Describe your style, if you have one, and tell us how appearance impacts how you feel about yourself.

  It has always been important to me to have clothes that make me look good ever since I was a little girl. When we were poorer and did not have so much money I hated that I had to wear second hand clothing from some other little girl but I knew we were poor so I didn’t complain much about it. I have had to buy my own clothes since about grade eight and I did not have much money to buy clothes until I was in university. Before that, Christmas or my Birthday was a grand affair because I got to go shopping and buy whatever I liked at the stores I liked. But I still always bought only clothes on sale to stretch my funds.

Luckily in highschool, we wore uniforms but there was always one day a month where we got to wear street clothes so it was a big deal to have a new outfit every month. I had a bit of money so most often I was able to scrape enough money together to buy a new shirt at least. In university, I wore what I wanted and mostly had the money to shop a bit and buy what I liked every so often. Luckily, my tastes ran to Gap, Jacob, and Hollister and those stores had sales very often. So usually, I could always find a shirt or two and occasionally I would buy an item from Lululemon since wearing yoga clothes to school from Lululemon was a big deal. 

  

 My style now runs more to what I like to wear. Every couple months I can get an outfit I like and I can buy it from where I would like to which is usually Banana Republic, Anthropologie, Lululemon, or Victoria Secret. I enjoy shopping but I also learned from over shopping about 3 years back, that too much shopping can get you into debt (along with other things). I have a budget of what I can spend on clothes or even makeup and I stick to those budgets.

I think you can tell that appearance is quiet important to me but you have to wear what suits you and looks good on you. I am almost 30-years-old and I’m a couple sizes bigger then what I was in university and I can’t wear the tight bar tops and short skirts I use to on a night out. I can’t wear tummy revealing tops tops to school and I would rather people see me as professional or at least well put together. I would always care about this because my mother taught me to but also because I am sick and can’t work I look a lot more approachable, intelligent, and with it if I dress nice. This does not mean I will always be able to shop at Anthropologie but wherever I can shop I will shop to look nice.

  I feel better if I am dressed nice as if I have my armour on to face the world. I feel more confident, and more like myself. I feel ready to face the day and take on the tasks I need to get done. Even if I am just going to a doctors appointment I dress up and don’t wear yoga pants. This makes me feel I am on the same level with my physician and that he or she knows I mean business and can comprehend well what they are saying because I am educated and have insight into what they are saying to me. Do clothes make the woman? No, the woman makes the clothes and they help her present herself in life.