Monday, January 28, 2013

Giveaway: Parnevu Hair Products

Hello Dearies,
How are y'all doing today..

As the Title above clearly states, this post is brought to you courtesy of PARNEVU!!!

I reviewed some of their hair products on the blog a while back, and they have been generous enough to give one Lucky person Three products of their choice chosen BY the winner from their website.

Before you Continue, Please NOTE that this is open to U.S Residents ONLY!!!

Entry is really easy.
I am happy about this giveaway because I really enjoyed the Parnevu products I use and reviewed on this blog.
Here are the Goodies I reviewed HERE.

Good Luck Everyone. :-)

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Phone blogging: China Glaze - Lubu Heels + Update

Hello darlings. .
In case you didn't notice,  I have been kind of MIA these past couple of days.  Been busy as a bee,  and this will remain so for about 2-3 more weeks.  I posted this update on TheDIYLady Facebook Page but I wanted to share it with you on the blog too.

All is well over here though,  nothing hard or sad going on. Just been busy and blogging is currently taking the back seat.  Companies I'm yet to post reviews for,  please bear with me as I'll be back in full force soon.

I also want to share my weekend mani with you all.
Considering that I'm blogging from my phone, this picture below was taking with my phone.

Here's China glaze - lubu heels.

I like that this isn't an ordinary black polish.
THe red shifting shimmer is lovely! !
That's It for Now darlings.
Till later, God bless.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Weekend Mani: China Glaze - Cranberry Splash & Zoya - Gilty

Sup Sugars!

Happy Saturday!
Today on the blog is China Glaze - Cranberry Splash and an accent nail with Zoya - Gilty!
Not much talking is needed, so hereeeee we Go!!!

Two coats of Gilty  was used for the accent nail. 

And Here is Cranberry Splash on its own. SUCH a RICH and beautiful red nail polish.

This mani is on my nails for this weekend. :-)
What's on your nails  this weekend?
I Hope you all have a fabulous weekend dearies.
Till Later, God Bless. 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Swatches of Ruby Kisses HD - African Violet

Hello Darlings.. 
Happy Thursday!!! 

In case you're wondering what "Throwback Thursday" is, It's something I decided to start doing on the blog every Thursday of the week. 
Basically, On Thursday's I'll be posting polishes I acquired before year 2013. I strongly believe I have enough for every Thursday of the week This year. Hahaha...
I realized that not only do I have so many New Untried Polishes, but I have also ABANDONED polishes I got a while back. 
I was sorting out polishes for a blog sale I'll be having soon, and I found so many Polishes I got in 2011 and before that I truthfully Haven't used more than once or twice!! WHY??? 
Also, there were so many 2012 polishes I got and never used! Ha!

So, I got the idea of Throwback Thursday from Instagram, and I decided to start this on my blog until I've exhausted the polishes I abandoned. I will not only be doing swatches, but hopefully nail art and other fancy stuffs too.
Throwback Thursday on my blog will include creating mani's inspired by old pictures of me/whatever else is old.
I think this will be fun. Lol... 

For this first Throwback Thursday post, I chose to do a swatch of a nail polish I got in 2011 and fell in love with!
This is Ruby Kisses HD - African Violet. 

It's a Pink/Purplish polish and this was perfection in two coats.

The formula amazed me because I bought this at a beauty store for only .99 cents. Or maybe $1.99.
I am very excited about this Throwback Thursday Idea and I'd like to hear your opinion? 

That's it for now.
Till Later, God Bless. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

It's a Girly Mani Kind of thing!

Hello Dearies. 

Today I've got the mani I wanted to show you yesterday before I found out the blog had reached over 200,000 page views. I am still very stoked and happy!
If you didn't see the post I made about this milestone, I urge you to go read it now ;-) 

This was my past weekend mani, and it stayed on my nails for about 3 days. 
Since I changed the shape of my nails, I wanted  a really girly and simple mani to compliment the squoval/oval shape of my nails. 

I decided to go with China Glaze - Surreal Appeal and topped if off with OPI - Pirouette my whistle. 

Here is Surreal Appeal alone. It's a coral - pink polish and application was flawless in two coats. Loved it!

I'm missing my square shaped nails already honestly. 
But I found out that this shape helps from nail breakage and it also makes my fingers look skinny when they're stretched out. lol..

That's it for now loves.
Till Later, God Bless.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Thank You For Over 200,000 Page Views!!!

Hello Sugars!!!

It's such a beautiful Morning Over here... 
I came on the blog this morning to blog about a mani and for some reason my eyes went to the Blog View Counter on my Blog.
I was pleasantly surprised and Caught the meter at a little over 200,000 Page Views!!!

I didn't even know I had that many of you viewing my blog in a little over 1 year!!!
Jahhhhh Jahhhh Jahhhhhh!!! I'm Over here SMILING and CHEESING HARD!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lookie here!!!

THANK YOU ALL SOOOOOOO VERY MUCH!!! Like For reals?!?!?! Y'all are TOO MUCH!!!!! I am beyond grateful!!! Beyond Beyond Grateful! 
I will spare you the details of when I started blogging and how I didn't know how blogging would be, and  how it's one of the best decisions I've made, and how I am so totally freaking excited right now... 

Oh.. Wait, I didn't spare you the details at all.. I just said it! Hahahahaha... :-D

You Guys, I am so happy! 200,000 views IS a Big deal to me y'all! It really really is. 

To celebrate and show how Happy I am. I am declaring an Unplanned Giveaway!
This giveaway is to show my Gratitude to you guys!
Sadly, I can't give you ALL gifts, but I hope this giveaway expresses my Sincerest APPRECIATION!!!

As at Right now, I really don't know what will be in the Package the winner(s) will get.
I don't know how many winners I'll have, But there shall be at least one guaranteed winner!! Lol..
I LOVE surprises and if you've ever partook in one of my giveaways, I hope you can testify to the fact that I giveaway awesome prizes (haha), so Yes, the Winner or winners definitely have something to look forward to. :-)
Prize(s) will include Nails/Beauty Related products - Obviously.
I will urge winner(s) to post a picture of whatever they get on our facebook page, and might even do a post about whatever I send. 

Entry is easy. 
The Only Mandatory Option is that you should provide me with your email address. 
You don't have to share this giveaway because I don't really care for "random-ites" who didn't contribute to this milestone. lol.. I want to THANK YOU, who came to read this post without the knowledge of  a giveaway embedded within! So yes, You don't NEED to share this, except of course, if you don't care about being a winner. Hahahaha..

Every Other entry option is Optional. I made this so because this is to thank you all for over 200,000 page views. I Know that I didn't get to that number because of only a certain group of people such as GFC followers, FB Likers or Twitter followers. It's a combined success and as such I couldn't make the entries mandatory. 
But I'd like you to follow me Via GFC  and all the others if you have an account. You will get rewarded with additional entries if you do those things. 

I added one other option which is to follow me on Instagram. Please NOTE: This option is VERY optional. I post personal pictures, nail pictures and random pictures on my Instagram account. If you'd rather not see those things and will unfollow me after this giveaway is over, just don't bother following. Seriously. lol... Let's spare each other the headache. 

Winner(s) have 48 Hours to reply my email after I send it.
Failure to reply email shall result in me choosing another winner.
Open to EVERYONE in every Country as LONG as you've received Nail Polishes/Nail Art goodies before.
If you've had problems with Nail mails, please don't enter as I'd hate to have whatever I send get lost in the mail. :-)

Now the fun part.

Note: That Mani I talked about at the beginning of this post has been scheduled for later. Lol.. Giveaway and thanksgiving takes priority! :-D

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Blabs: The Naked Truth about My Nails - Nail Care E.T.C...

Hello Darlings!!!

Life certainly has been keeping me busy, but today I have something to share with you all.. Something I've been planning to share all along!

It's BLABBING time!!!

Today's blabbing is brought to you by my Nails...
I realized I've been blogging for a year now, and I never really shared with you all the deets about my nails.

Now, before you get super duper excited, This is not a fancy post that's gonna teach you how to get FABULOUS nails, because let's face it, Its NOT as if I have the best nails in the world. lol.. BUT, I do Love my nails in their own special way. :-)

I just want to share with you all whatever you shall read below. LOL. Hang with me, Ok?

First off... I shall Start with the FAMOUS hand (It is famous right?)
This is the hand you see mostly on the blog, It's my left hand because I'm right handed.

Here it is in all its nakedness (Cover your eyes oh ye little ones). Lol

About this Hand:

  1. The nails on my "Famous Hand" have been square shaped since forever. I Love the square shaped nails soo much. When my nails grow out, people actually think they're fake! The sad thing about square shaped nails is that when they do grow out, they start curving inward, and look really weird, so I always find myself washing my hands A LOT so I can make the nails soft and bend them back to square. 
  2. Bending my nails on my own certainly makes my nails prone to breakage and when one breaks, I get tempted to file them all down - because different length of nails just doesn't look right. I must admit, I get stubborn once in a while and refuse to file them all down
  3. My left hand nails almost always contain some form of nail art. Whenever I do nail art on the blog, About 85% of the time, that nail art is NOT done on my right hand. I am definitely not ambidextrous AT All, so I can't always use my left hand to create beautiful goodness on my right hand nails. Except for when I do Nail Art stamping! Which is a life saver!
  4. The nail on my Pinky looks Longer than the rest of my finger nails because my pinky has extra short nail beds! So I have to grow the nails on it out longer so the length of the "Nail bed" looks "longer" when I paint my nails. When they're painted, you can't tell that the nails are longer. Yaahhh This is a Trick I discovered a while back. Lol... 
  5. Speaking of nail beds, I have short nail beds. Iam wise enough to appreciate what God has given me.. BUT DANG @ All of you with Really Long Nail Beds.
    Even when your nails break/are short/nubbins, they still look longer than my Entire nails + Nail Bed. Lol..

Anyhoo, Enough about the "Famous hand".
It's time for my Right hand. 

About this Hand

  1. I wish it could be the famous hand because I LOVE the nails and everything about my nails on this hand!
  2. I'm not joking about #1. lol.. Seriously, The nails on this hand grow like WEED! And they hardly EVER break! I have gone about 2 months or more without breaking a SINGLE nail on this hand. Idk HOW it happens, but it just does. The nails GROW like WEED once again! They are even, and my cuticles are always nice looking - They are right? :-P *sighs*
  3. I tried to make this the "famous hand" on the blog for a while but It was seriously A LOT of work to get it painted and make it look decent for the blog. I spent lots of time cleaning up after polishing and making things look right that I just had to switch back to the Left hand. 
  4. THIS IS MY EXPERIMENT HAND. Layering combinations, nail art experiments, Nail Shape experiment, And Any kind of Experiment you can THINK of. Lol.. As you can see above, the nail shape is different from the shape of the "famous hand".
    For the purposes of this post, I took a 1 week of "nail growth" picture for you guys.
    Look above: On the Left is One week ago, and on the right is After one week. You see the visible growth? I told you it grows LIKE WEED!!!
  5. As I stated before, It doesn't always look identical to the "famous hand". lol.. I have been known to have different mani/styles/color of polish on both hands AT the same time. 

Nail Care... 
Heck, Who am I fooling, I don't think I specially care for my nails. So, let's just call this, "What I do to my nails". lol..

  1. I wash them A LOT! That's a personal nursing thing though. I can't have dirty hands, so Yeah, I find myself washing my hands a lot! This is good because it helps me clean the dirt that might be under my nails (since I have to grow them out to avoid the look of nubbins). 

  2. I am a firm user of this product below. Petroleum jelly. Yaaaasssss!!! Picked this up at a dollar store. It's the TRUTH my loves. I tried Burt Bee's Cuticle cream and while it was NICE, I must say this Jelly below is more economical for a Frequent hand washer like me. This is also really moisturizing. Seriously!
  3. I always have a nail file in my purse. If I have a little breakage on the side of my nail or  top of my nail, I quickly File it away before it becomes something that'll cause a big nail breakage.
    This nail file is by Cheeky, and you can find it HERE. Set of 5 for less than $10. Also check Cheeky's Amazon page if you'd rather shop there.
    I have to say,  I Love this glass file!

  4. I DON'T CUT my cuticles. I just let them be. I've heard that it's a bad thing to cut them, and I've experienced how bad cutting them can be. It's just unnecessary. 
  5. I use an E.L.F concealer brush for clean up when I paint my nails. I dip the brush in polish remover and use it to clean around my cuticles and wherever else needs clean up.
    My brush is old and needs to be replaced. Lol.. I will work on that ASAP. That's the brush in front on this little "working station" of mine.
  6. Speaking of work Station, My Work station isn't a table.
    Get your imagination ready. Lol.. When I paint my nails, I'm mostly ALWAYS on my bed. I sit up in bed, place a pillow on my thighs, place a table-like platform board looking thing on the Pillow, put a Tissue paper or regular paper on the board, and GET To BUSINESS.
    Look Below.
  7. Yes IT is Very comfortable. Painting my nails is a Hobby and one of my favorite past time. A Leisure activity that I do while I'm on my bed. Having a more serious "work station" would take the fun out of painting my nails in my Opinion. Maybe I'm just saying that because I don't want a special painting table? Ha!
    Anyhoo, I turn the fan on in my room and open my door so that the Polish fumes don't get in my head and make me dizzy (is that possible?). Lol.. 
  8. As you can see above, When I'm polishing, I usually have my Cotton Pads, My Personally made Polish remover - in an old Zoya remove+ Bottle, my Petroleum Jelly, Nail File, Clean up brush and the polishes I want to use. 
  9. My polish stash is right beside my bed, so if I want to choose another polish, it's easy to get to it. :-D
  10. My Base Coat is Usually Kleancolor - Calcium and Topcoat is Seche Vite or Color Club Topcoat found in the color club packs at Ross. BOTH are fast drying and I LOVE that! When I'm having a "swatch-a-thon" I use regular cheap topcoats like the NYC, Sally Hansen, Or Color Club Topcoat. 
  11. I drink LOTS of water - personal preference, but I think it helps with my nails - Just throwing that out there. lol.. I don't use special pills for nail growth. 
  12. Aside from the regular "mishaps of nail breakage" - especially on my left hand, My nails do fine!
    As you can see from my right hand nails, My nails grow well, I guess the left hand nails just don't have room to grow because I'm ALWAYS messing with them. Lol.. Swatch and clean, Clean and swatch.. *sighs*
  13. Speaking of cleaning and swatching, On an average, I wear a mani for about 3 Days. Especially on my left hand. Yep. Three days is about as Average as I get. I've gone a week before here and there... 
For My pictures
  1. I need to invest in a photo box. But for now I just take my pictures using either a Black, White or Red background. Whichever one shows the Polish/Product I want to showcase in its true color. 
  2. I use my Canon Rebel EOS - XS. 
  3. Sadly I don't have any fancy Photo Editing Software. 
  4. I take my pictures with LOTS of Love and hope they look decent enough to show you guys. Lol.. Seriously... I do, I position my hands in the most awkward of positions just to show you the polishes in the best light. I love you all, I really do. Lol

Alright, I think I covered everything in that little write up.
I have sat down for some minutes now hoping to remember ANYTHING else I might have missed, and nothing comes to mind, soooo..... I think now is the time to say... 
Speaking of my personally made Polish remover - since I Know someone WILL ask - it's really easy to make. 
It composes of pure acetone, glycerine, and water. I mix them together and it's kind of a cheaper version of Zoya Remove+. You can read all about how to make this HERE

Last but not the least... 
I Decided to follow my right hand and I went ahead to shape my left hand nails just like it.
Oh Dears! I don't know HOW I feel about this....

My "Famous hand" Looks different AND Odd. Lol.. I guess that's partly because the nails on here aren't as long as my right hand nails, but OH well, the damage has been done, and I'll try to see how I feel about this in the next couple of weeks.
One good thing about this shape is that, my nails don't bend inwards and I don't have to bend them to make them square!

Sooooo... Did you enjoy this post?
What do you think about my new nail shape, Tell me the NAKED truth... ;-) Don't sugar coat it.

Share whatever else you want with me... I'm ready to read.
If you have questions... Ask and I'll answer to the best of my ability.

That's it for now sugars.
Till Later, Happy New week, God Bless. :-)

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

OOTD, FOTD and Swatches of Darling Diva - Pot 'O Gold.

Hello All,

Today on the blog is my First OOTD/FOTD post of the year 2013.
Also, I have swatches of Darling Diva - Pot 'O Gold, Since it was the mani I rocked with my outfit.

For this mani, I layered Pot 'O Gold over zoya - Logan. 

Pot 'O Gold is a very shiny, Glittery Polish. I Got lots of compliment on this one. I LOVED it!

 Here are some Picture I took with my phone and Uploaded on Instagram - @Thediylady
Here you can see how very clear the glitter is.
This mani totally complimented my outfit!

Here's My FOTD for The First Sunday Of the Year at Church.
Simple Yet Bold Makeup to compliment my outfit.

Here's the Outfit I wore to Church on the First Sunday Of the year. This is a traditional Nigerian Outfit.

And That's it for today my loves.
I hope this year has been a blessed one for you all.

Pot 'O Gold is still currently on my nails, and I am seriously amazed at how pretty it is over Zoya - Logan. I had to do this same mani for my mom's friend because she loved it on me so much. lol

If you're interested in Pot 'O Gold, Or want to check out other Polishes by Darling Diva Polish, Please go to her Etsy Shop HERE.

That's it for now sugars.
Till Later, God Bless.

Darling DIva Polish Provided for review. Opinions are 100% mine.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Swatches and Review: Darling Diva Polish - Cherubic

Hello Darlings.. 
Happy Saturday!

Today I have a milky base glitter polish by Darling Diva for you all. 
The milky base polishes weren't originally my favorite, but I must say, they've grown on me, and when I find unique ones, I love them. 

This is no exception, and it's called - Cherubic 
It has purple and pink hex glitters, and also heart shaped glitters. 

What you see here is two coats of perfection. A white polish with no streaks and amazing opacity? Count me in.

Aside from the fact that the heart shaped glitters didn't really come out to play, I love everything about this polish. The soft looking glitters embedded in the white base just looks fancy!

If you're interested in this polish or want to check out other polishes by Darling Diva Polish, Please go to her Etsy Shop HERE.

That's it for now sugars.
Till Later, God Bless.

Provided for review. Opinions are 100% mine.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Freebie/Deal Alert: Code Works NOW - 3 FREE Zoya Polishes

Hello Sugars,
This post is originally scheduled for Monday, but due to recent developments, I wouldn't want you to miss out, so I'm posting this now.

This past week, Zoya Announced that on Monday Jan. 7th, with the use of the code: ZOYA2013, each person will get 3 FREE polishes of their choice, only pay $10 shipping and Handling fee.

Obviously, a lot of polishaholics were excited about this.
Anyhoo, Fast Forward till today, Rumor has it that the Code actually Works NOW, and you don't have to wait till Monday January 7th to use it.

Now you understand why I'm posting this now.

I don't know how true the rumor that the code works is because I haven't made a purchase, But if you're interested, CLICK HERE to register/sign in to your zoya account and make your purchase. 

To Check out some Zoya Polishes I've swatched/used on this blog, in case you're still trying to decide, CLICK HERE
To read more about this deal, CLICK HERE. 

If it's not true that you can process your order now with the Code, just wait till Monday. :-D
Enjoy Shopping Darlings. 
Till later, God bless. 

P.S: I just discovered that the Zoya website is timing out right now, there must be a lot of traffic from people who have discovered the code is working. *sighs*... Polishaholics DO NOT Joke about Deals/Freebies. LOL...

Nail Art & Review: GALS Stamping Plates - Princess Set

Happy Friday Y'all!

On the Blog today is my review of GALS Stamping Plates, the Princess Set.
I reviewed The Fairy Set on the blog a couple of weeks ago. 

As with the Fairy Set, This Princess set comes in a little squared box.

There are product info on the back of the box.

And a little bar code paper came with the set as well. 
Each Stamping plate had a blue covering you have to make sure you remove before using. 

If you're interested in seeing plate comparison with other plates, please check my post on the Fairy Set.

To view the plates and see the nail art I did with a design from one of the plates, please Click Read More below, because I have a bunch of pictures to show.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Swatches: LEX Nail Lacquer - Tuilleries

What it do peoples?

On the blog today is Lex Nail lacquer - Tuilleries. 
This is a pretty light pink jelly base packed with silver, red, pink, orange and purple glitters. 

Milky base/jelly polishes are starting to really tickle my fancy. I generally don't like Visible nail line, but this built up well in 3 coats. 

The glitters came out to play all on their own, and that's a definite PLUS!

 This is my first polish by this brand, and I love how their bottle looks. Look at the design on the cap. :-D

I got this polish in a package from one of the ladies in my birthday group (last year August). Took me long enough to wear it. Smh.. Lol..
SO beautiful though, this one. 

That's it for now dearies. 
Till Later, God Bless. 

Deal Alert: 60% OFF on

Oh Hi there!

Just a quick post about an awesome deal! 
Right now, On, you can get 60% off your entire purchase when you use the code: NEWYEAR60

That's an awesome deal since bloom carries a bunch of goodies from different brands. Nail Polishes, Makeup, Hair products, and everything beauty related. 

That's it for now. 
Enjoy Shopping. 
Till Later, God Bless. 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Sally's Beauty Supply: January Coupon

Hello World..

This is the first Sally Coupon of the year.
As always, it doesn't have to be your birthday to use this.

Print it out, or show your store this coupon on your phone to use it. 

You're welcome and Enjoy Shopping. 

Shout out to Traci for this one. 
That's it for now. Till Later Y'all.

Swatches and Nail Art: Darling Diva Polish - BJ

Hello Dearies.

It's day Two of the new year. I hope Y'all are having a FAB 2013 Thus far?

I'm trying to be an awesome blogger this year by having more stuffs for you guys.
I'm not gonna share my plans with you so that no one holds me accountable when I'm not able to deliver. Hahahaha... BUT, I'll be doing my best to make sure I stick to my plans.

You should be able to detect the changes yourself throughout the year (Hopefully, when I stick to it). :-D

Today I have swatches of Darling Diva Polish - BJ.

This is a pink holo infused nail polish and it was opaque in 3 thin coats.

The Holo is certainly more visible under a lot of lights but the pink shimmer and lovely sparkles blink even in the dimmest lights.

I love the formula on this very much.

 I decided that all the pink gorgeousness shouldn't go to waste, so I stamped a very girly design on BJ using GALS Plate 36.

The white bows and the pink certainly pleases the girly girl inside of me. LOVE this!!

 See the holo and shimmer peeking through the bows?

I can most certainly say this is MY FAVORITE mani I've done in the year 2013!! *winks*

Note: BJ was named after the creator's Soon-to-be Sister-In-Law... BJ is her initials. :-)

If you're interested in this polish or want to check out other polishes by Darling Diva Polish, Please go to her Etsy Shop HERE.

That's it for now sugars. 
Till Later, God Bless. 

Products in this post were provided for my review. Opinions are 100% mine. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! 2013!!!!

Hello Hello Hello!!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bada Boom Bada BANG!!!
We're ALIVE!!! So ALIVE, and Whoaa..HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just a quick post to wish all you wonderful people a HAPPY New Year!!!

On My nails to ring in the new year was a BLING BLING manicure done with All China Glaze Polish.

I couldn't capture it well, But I wasn't even bothered because I was way to happy with the finished result that my camera's shenanigans didn't even affect me. Lol..
Isn't that such a GREAT attitude to enter the new year with??!?! Yeeehhhawwww!!!

NOT Gonna Sweat the small stuffs this year. SO HELP ME GOD.
Anyhoo! I ran in the new year singing praises, praying and dancing at Church.
My nails sparkled as I lifted up my hands to worship my King. :-D

Here's my mani!

I captured it in so many lights... So here's another... 

And here's another.

Hope you get the idea of what I had on my nails...
I'm not even trying to be a perfectionist with my picture right now.. Lol...
Base coat: China Glaze - Glistening Snow
Gradient and accent nail done with China Glaze - Pizzazz. 

Way too excited and pumped about the new year... SO HAPPY NEW YEAR Y'all!!!!

Here's to many more Nail Polishes, AWESOME DEALS, Freebies, and LOTS OF Awesomeness in all our lives in this year 2013!!!
Take care sugars!!
Till Later, God Bless!!!