Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Life lately, family pictures

Hello, Hello Hello!!!

As with every single time I am gone from my blog I have missed it.  I know I say it each time but I swear I am going to try and update this more regularly.  It is not an excuse, but for some reason I find it super hard to commit time and effort to something that is simply a hobby for me. I feel so guilty taking time away from my family or things that need done around the house to create content for my blog.  With that being said, I realize it is kind of silly and I also realize it is important for us all take a little “me” time once in a while (like every day!) to do whatever in the heck makes us happy…read, meditate, yoga, write/blog, nap…whatever it is let’s all promise to take a minute for ourselves without feeling the guilt.

Can I get an AMEN?!?! 

Ok…rant over…sorry about that!

Since it has been awhile,  rather then try to fill you in on what we have been up to I just figured I would show you our recent family pictures…because I love family pictures.  I don’t love organizing clothes/getting ready for family pictures, but I am always sooooo happy that we got them. 

The last couple of years we have had the amazing Megan from Anchor Images take our photos and we love them so much. I have made the executive decision to only do mini sessions the last several years.(meaning they last like 10 minutes, no outfit changes and you usually get about 8ish photos)   My husband and my daughter want nothing to do with long photo shoots, so we compromise and I am okay with that.

Without further ado…I know you are on the edge or your seats…

I give to you the French Family Photos 2017 (minus the two dogs and one cat…because seriously we barely got ourselves to this session, there was no way in actual hell we were going to also get the animals to cooperate!!!)

enjoy!!!

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Products I am Loving Lately

Happy Tuesday guys!  As I have mentioned in several previous posts I have started a new business as a makeup artist and I am seriously loving it!!!!  I have a Facebook page strictly for my business and last night I actually did a Facebook live video talking all about several of my very favorite makeup related products. You can check out the video HERE if you want to watch me on my second attempt at Facebook live. 
Let me just say, it looks way easier then it actually is...and I don't mean I make it look easy, I mean when I watch other people filming live they make it look soooooo easy. 
In the video I promised I would list all of the products I talked about with colors and info so here goes:

Products I am Loving Lately!! 

1// Wet N Wild Megalast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick.  I mentioned three colors that I really like and have tried.  They retail for about $5 each...seriously, so affordable and these are amazing!
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Berry Recognize- This is the one I was wearing in the video.
Rebel Rose-My, hands down, favorite of the three...a totally wearable color that is so pretty!!
Nice to Fuchsia-a much brighter color



2// Loreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara:  I. LOVE. THIS. MASCARA.  For those people into dupes of high end products, I have heard this is a pretty good one for the Too Faced Better then Sex Mascara. FYI. This gives me both volume and length, which is the perfect combo and hard to find in a mascara, in my opinion. It retails for about $9. 



3//  MAC Lip Conditioner and Paint Pots:  I just love this lip product for two reasons...#1 it makes your lips so soft and smooth and really works, #2 the smell!!!  It retails for $16.  The Paint Pots are a product I have used for probably 10 years now and can't stop praising.  The color I have currently is soft ochre, but i also love painterly.  I use these little guys as eye shadow bases and they are magical!!!  They retail for $22 but last a long time so it is totally worth that money. 

Ok, so there you have it...the products I am especially in love with right now.  Let me know if you have any products you can't live without that I need to be trying...or products you may have questions about that I can try for you and report back.  


Monday, July 24, 2017

Two reasons slash excuses...

I know, I know I changed up my blog style and name and then...CRICKETS!  This time I do have a good reason; two good reasons actually. 
Well, three if you count my three year old that is 3 going on sassy 17...that also keeps me busy. 
At any rate...
#1. We are in the process of renovating our entire living/kitchen area. That means, tearing down cabinets, pulling up gross carpet...living in complete disaster for about the next two months. We are in the early stages of this but have been busy planning and picking out what we want our new space to look like. Stay tuned...hopefully I can get my act together enough to share this process with you!!!
For now, here is my hard working dad "helping" me rip out some cabinets...and by helping 
i mean he actually did most of the work and all I could do was continue to annoyingly say "this seems so much easier on HGTV!!" 
**side note, the husband was working on this day or else he would have totally legit been helping my dad**

#2 reason I have been MIA...my new business venture of starting a freelance makeup artistry company!!!!   Holy crap you guys, I am so excited about this. It has been such a dream of mine for so long and i feel like I can finally declare, "I am a makeup artist" when people ask me what I do for work.  I will write a full post all about this later this week as well, but for now you can go check out my website and spread the word.  I do makeup for weddings (bride, mothers, bridesmaids, friends) for special events (photo shoots, a special night out, proms, etc) and I also do personal lessons to teach and explain to you all you wonder about when it comes to doing your own makeup.  Check it all out HERE!!!

Hope everyone had a great Monday!!!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

What's Up Wednesday: Life Lately

One Wednesday a month one of my favorite bloggers, Shay @ Mix and Match Mama and several of her friends host a link up and it always seems like the perfect way to jump back in to blogging.  By answering these questions I can pretty much sum up my life and what we have been up to in a nutshell. 
So, without further ado...my life lately:

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1/// What we're eating this week...   We have been obsessed with these salmon patties you can purchase at Sam's Club or probably most grocery stores. They are soooooooo good and really easy to stick in the oven with some veggies for a super quick and healthy meal. Even my three year old loves these!  Try themImage result for sam's club salmon patties
2/// What I'm reminiscing about... Since changing the blog name I started looking back at old posts and found myself totally getting lost in post after post and picture after picture of my life over the last 7 years.  So many fun memories...I love reminiscing!!!
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3/// What I'm loving...  Why was the first thing that came to my mind wine?!?!  Like, no specific type or brand, just wine.  I guess I will leave this question with that answer.  I am loving me some wine. 

4/// What we've been up to... Oh you know, just a little bar crawl to raise money for cancer research.  We have done the Crawl for Cancer for several years now and at some point we decided we needed to go with a theme. Here is a picture from our first crawl (pre-theme)

  We have done so many fun themes but this year may have been my favorite and one of the most fun yet....Trailer Park/Redneck.  It was hilarious. I went the route of the "jazzed up" yet trashy lady complete with PBR beer cans in my hair as rollers and house slippers. My cousins were equally as hilarious with mullets, pajama shorts and pants and jorts (jean shorts). We had a blast.



5/// What I'm Dreading... Hmmm, I cannot think of anything I am completely dreading other then the humidity this summer.  Gaawwww i hate humidity!!!  

6/// What I am working on... We have several house projects we are beginning to work on: new flooring, finishing a room in our basement, painting the bathrooms.  Other then those fun HGTV wanna be tasks I am also currently working on marketing my freelance makeup artistry business.  Check it out if you need a makeup artist for a wedding, event or even if you just want a lesson on how to do your makeup!!  Abby French Beauty LLC

7/// What I'm Excited About...  I have so many fun things coming up I am super excited for!!! My sisters bachelorette party is this weekend which I am so excited about.  I also have a long weekend planned with my amazing group of friends from grade school/high school. We are heading to Indian Beach...sort of by Clear water Beach.  We live all over the place so it is so special to get to spend quality time with my girls sans kids or distractions. 

8/// What I'm Watching/Reading...  Sooooooo somehow I got talked in to watching the old school show Twin Peaks.  I had no idea what I was getting myself in to. The hubby said he was sort of interested especially because they recently released a new season like 27 years later and so I went along with it.... I seriously can't tell you if I like it or hate it. It is really strange and weird but at the same time I want to know what is going to happen so I keep watching. Anyone else have any opinions on this show?!?!?!

9/// What I'm Listening To...  Books on Audible, like all day every day. It's basically how I "read" any book lately. I love audio books!!!  Music wise, I hate to admit but I am kind of in love with that song by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee, "Despacito" feat Justin Bieber. I mean, I have no idea what in the hell they are saying because it is mostly in Spanish...but I love it and I can't help it. I am also loving Drake White, especially the song "Makin' Me Look Good Again"...so good!!!!

10/// What I'm Wearing... Um yoga pants.  duh

11/// What I'm Doing This Weekend..  My sisters bachelorette party!!! I am her maid of honor so I have sort of planned most of it and I am sooooo excited to hang out with her, her friends and some of our family to celebrate this chapter of her life coming to a close and a new one starting. I cannot believe my little sister is getting married...but that is a topic for another post.

12/// What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month... My girls trip to the beach, I mean duh. Also we fly to Denver at the end of next month for my sisters wedding.... so that will be exciting and challenging. It will be the first time Ellie will fly so I am excited to see what she thinks.  


Ok...so that is about it for the questions. Hope you had a great hump day!!!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

New Name but Still Fearless and Laughing

I am so excited to share with all of you the new name and look of my blog!!!  I have loved my little blog over the years...it has been such a great place for me to share my feelings, my random thoughts and pictures...so.many.pictures!  I have grown so much over the last almost 8 years. I mean, just read my first ever blog post waaaay back in 2010 HERE.  Good lord...I was worried about turning 30!  Some of the stuff I have written over the years is a little cringe worthy when I read it now, but I couldn't bring myself to delete it.

There is a long story as to why my previous blog name, Fearless & Laughing, became somewhat unavailable to me but it came at the perfect time. For years I have thought about changing the name because as the years have gone by my life has changed.  Those two words will always remain two words I still strive to live by and do daily, be fearless and laugh, however that spoke to me more when I was 29, trying to get over a divorce and find myself and making this blog.

I am now 36, happily married, a working makeup artist and a mom.  This blog is less about bar crawls (although I still do them...more on that tomorrow) or finding random adventures to fill my time and more about being a mom...being a wife...finding humor in the small everyday things. This blog is about my life, which will always be random and will always be similar to how I was at 29 worrying about turning 30...but now I have different worries, different inspirations and more to say.

At 36 I have a bigger voice then I ever did at 29. I know who I am, I know what I want and I am so truly happy with my life.  I love lip gloss...it makes any face look pretty and more awake! and OH MY GAWD I love yoga pants....specifically athletic stretchy ones that help hold in my mom legs/butt/thighs.  (see below...also my cute family and dogs)



I mean, is there anything more comfortable then a nice pair of stretchy yoga pants, a comfy (but cute) tee and some lip gloss... I say HELL to the NO and that is why I decided to name my new and improved blog LIP GLOSS & YOGA PANTS.  Apparently those closest to me agree that those two things are sort of my favorite because when I polled family and friends with a list of 15 different possible new blog names, this one came back as the winner more then any of them.

What can i say...I love yoga pants, lip gloss...my family/friends...wine...makeup...and iced coffee.

I hope you will join me in this new journey and adventure as I continue writing yet another chapter of my life and having it documented for all to see.  I once read a quote in a magazine and I have no idea who said it but it spoke to me. When people ask me why I blog...this is why:

"I wanted a similar space to hers. I wanted it to be a love letter to my kids. I want them to look back on this space years from now and read every feeling, see every joy and be able to know every tear.  They will see in the images and stories an unimaginable love for them."

I write because it feeds my soul, because it helps me figure things out...I document with stories and words on a blog because I want my daughter to know who I was as she was growing up. I want her to be able to look back when she has a child of her own and read how I handled this crazy life. I hope she laughs at me...I hope I give her courage to speak her own mind.

I love to blog and I hope you love to read it. Thanks for all that do!!!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Two Bedroom Apartment in Downtown Zanesville

*** This is an updated post...we had two apartments for rent, but we are currently still looking to rent the two bedroom***
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My dad purchased a building in downtown Zanesville years ago and turned half of the upstairs into a beautiful art studio for my mom and her artist partner.  I have been in love with this building since then…so much, in fact, that we had our wedding in the downstairs. 
Since then, he has transformed the other half of the upstairs into two STUNNING apartments.
  Obviously this building holds so many memories for my family which is why I am super excited to share this with you guys.  I jokingly (sort of ) told my husband we should sell our house and move down there…they are that gorgeous.  If you are looking for an apartment or know someone that is…you need to look at these!

Let me take you on a little tour so you can see for yourself.

The front the of building is just as beautiful as the inside…and it sits right next door to Zak's. For those that don’t know, Zak’s is a restaurant and bar that has amazing margaritas and great food. I mean, you can walk over, have a drink, eat some good food and then walk on home…doesn’t get better then that! The downstairs of this building houses a super cool company called Disrupt Media, a social media company for funeral homes...such a unique concept and they are very successful at what they do!! 
 Front of the Building…the entrance to the apartments is the far left door.
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The hallway and steps that lead upstairs are even pretty…the exposed brick and exposed beams in the ceiling, so cool
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This apartment is 2 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths.
View from the front door.
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The kitchen and living area are complete open concept with hardwood floors, high and beautiful ceilings, and the kitchen is high quality and amazing! There is a crazy amount of cabinet space for an apartment like this and the cabinets themselves are beautiful…plus they have that slow closing ability (I am sure there is a technical term for this) so they don’t slam shut ever…so nice!
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Both bedrooms are a nice size with a full bath and closet in both.
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There is also a half bath with a washer/dryer hook up in a huge room that could also be used for storage, or your bike, so you can bike to all the great things downtown has to offer. I mean, seriously…how nice is all of that space?!?!
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You guys, these pictures don’t even do it justice. If  you know anyone or are someone that would be interested in renting this beautiful space you can email me and I can get you in to actually see it in person. ( abbyfrench22@gmail.com)
Besides being beautiful, the location is pretty cool as well. As I mentioned, you would be neighbors with some pretty talented artists (Studio 202)in the same building…and you are also surrounded by tons more cool artists and studios downtown which you can find here. The first Friday of every month there is actually an Art Walk and you would literally just have to walk out your front door to be involved! 
Other then the restaurant I mentioned earlier (Zak’s) there are also several other pretty amazing restaurants too. The Treehouse is a really cool coffee shop and also has amazing food and is only about a block away. .   The Old Markethouse Inn is another great place to grab a drink and some good food and it is also only a couple of blocks away. Another little place to grab some food that is really close is Dooleys on Market.
As if that all wasn’t plenty of great things to do right in your backyard there is also a pretty great gym right next door that offers personal training, classes and more called Schimmel Fitness. I know my mom loves having it so close to her studio and utilizes the proximity every single day.  I  mean a gym literally next door to you is pretty great!!! There is also a brand new BEAUTIFUL yoga studio that just opened down the street, Grass Roots Studio.
As  you can tell, I am extremely passionate about how fabulous and amazing this apartment and location are. Spread the word and let me know if you have any questions at abbyfrench22@gmail.com

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

That one time we almost got another puppy...

We got our dog, Reggie, about three and a half years ago as a cute little chubby puppy.  He is a pure bread black lab and we had no clue what we were getting ourselves in to.  At the time, I was about 4 months pregnant, neither one of us had ever owned a dog and we both worked full time jobs. The husband had always wanted a dog so when a friend on facebook posted that they had bred labs and puppies would be available it all seemed to fall in to place.




And then the puppy phase happened...crate training, getting up every 3 hours to train, teething, puppy biting, more training, losing that freedom you used to have.  In the throws of it, it was super crazy and a HUGE learning experience for both of us.  In the end, we have the best dog in the world and wouldn't trade any of it!  We love our dog and feel like he is such an easy dog that fits so perfectly into our little life.



The last couple of months we had started talking about the possibility of adding another dog to the family. For me, this meant a playmate for Reggie...this dog LOVES other dogs, so sometimes I feel bad he doesn't have a live in playmate.  This also meant a dog for Ellie (our three year old daughter) whom loves Reggie but they never really connected on the level he had with Joe and I.  To Reggie, Ellie is just this thing that came in to our lives and took our attention away from him...he likes her, he tolerates her, but he doesn't really pay much attention to her.  I started painting this perfect picture in my head of getting this new puppy that loved Ellie and they grow up together and play together and it would sleep in her room...and blah blah.

I started looking online for the perfect puppy...we like to get puppies so that we can train them from a young age and it is hard to find small puppies at the shelter.  We aren't against finding one there, but we want them to be a puppy!  I came across beagle puppies and for some reason it seemed like the best idea ever to get one.  It would be a mid-size dog, I don't have anything against beagles as a breed, it was very affordable (as opposed to some other dog breeds) and so we talked about it.  In true French fashion...we talked and we talked and we weighed pros and cons and we talked some more.  We went back and forth...was it the right time to get a puppy, is this the right dog for our family?????!!!!???

We drove to meet the puppies and picked one out and put a deposit down....and then we came home and the next day realized it just wasn't the right time for us.  We would rather be a little embarrassed to have to now go back and tell everyone we are NOT, in fact, getting a puppy then to live with something that doesn't feel completely right for our family.  It was such a hard decision for me and I cried and felt terrible and prayed they would find another home for that puppy...but in the end it was a huge relief to finally decide now was not the right time...and honestly, a beagle isn't the right dog for us either.  We LOVE labs! So when the time is right, we will most likely add another lab to the mix...but it probably won't be for while now.

Whew...long post about a simple story:  We almost got a puppy until we decided we shouldn't...anyone else ever make a decision and then have to go back on that because it just didn't feel right. It is a tough thing to do, but in the end, I a proud of us for doing what we feel was right for our family.

PS, if anyone is interested in the beagle puppies they still have two available and you can find them HERE