Three Question Thursday 1.5.17



1. “I don’t know how to feel about Carrie Fisher’s death.”

Alright I admit it.. this isn’t a question. When I told Mini that Carrie had passed, she thought about it for a while then told me she wasn’t sure how to feel about it. 2016 was insane with the celebrity deaths, quite frankly. Every time I signed onto Twitter, I felt another piece of my childhood just slip away.

We are HUGE Star Wars fans, in case you didn’t know. Mini idolized Princess Leia. Mini always said Leia was a lady and a princess, but she also kicked butt. As we discussed it, the only thing I could tell Mini was that it was okay to be confused.

I said, “You loved Leia and everything she stood for, but you didn’t know Carrie personally. You know after the next movie, Leia will no longer appear and that makes you sad. It’s okay to mourn the loss of someone, no matter who it is and even if it is just a character.”

Mini has approached me since our talk and wants to discuss the upcoming movies and I’m sure the entire fandom is curious to see how the franchise deals with the death of the most badass Disney princess ever!

2. “Why do I need glasses?”

Uhhh cuz both your parents have poor eyesight and started wearing glasses in the 2nd (him) and 4th (me) grade? It seems like a “duh”, but Mini was very concerned about this. She thinks having glasses will alter her entire image. She was convinced she won’t be pretty anymore. She cried that her friends will not want to be seen with her. She expressed concern that a playground bully had slapped another child’s glasses off their face and she is worried it will happen to her.

glasses photo

I reminded her that her friends don’t hang out with her just because she’s pretty and has nice eyes (I might be slightly biased because it’s a carbon copy of my own eyes and face). They hang out with her because she has a great personality. she’s fun. She likes things like Star Wars or Cops & Robbers. She refers to her friends as “fans” (she’s a YouTube fanatic, sooo yeah). I’m raising a pretty great kid, if I do say so myself. She’s both sympathetic and empathetic. I remind her of all her good qualities. From the time of the exam to the time she received her glasses, Mini had time to think about it. She got used to the idea and even accepted her “new” identity.

I’ll save the pics for a Mini Monday post and let her tell you all about it :)

3. Did you get anything good for Christmas?

No. I’m an adult. Plus, when you’re a parent, it’s all about the kids.



This thing is SO. MUCH. FUN!

My inner nerd went nuts. My outer nerd went nuts. It was a nutsy time.

Have any questions I should answer? Leave them in the comments below :) 

My Word For 2017

When is a word not a word?

When it signals a lifestyle change.

Frankly stated, I’m not a fan of making resolutions.

In fact, they kinda make me feel like this:


I’m the type of person that feels like an absolute, miserable failure if I can’t or don’t accomplish something I really wanted to. It really starts to affect me. It alerts my anxiety daily and just keeps badgering me.

For 2017, I decided to jump on the “word bandwagon” and pick one. In the past, my anxiety coupled with procrastination has been my biggest hurdle. I decided my word for 2017 is….

Drumroll please….


My Word For 2017 - Tina B's World

I haven’t hit “publish” on some blog posts I’ve had waiting in the wings.

I have a few reviews I have been holding onto, trying to figure out how to word them.

There are PTA events coming up that I am in charge of and need to get to work on right away.

I need to reorganize my desk.

I need to finish reorganizing my den/office.

There are several books I started but never finished.

I’m going to stop letting my mind get the better of my and just DO the things on my to-do and must-do lists. It’s time to get my tuckus in gear and just get it all done.


What’s your word for 2017?

December 2016 Photo Challenge: Tis The Season

I have to say I enjoyed this one. The holidays come with their emotional baggage, but are usually a good time. Well, onto the pics!

Tis The Season… for hot soup! Our loaded potato soup, specifically. We start with a potato soup base and add cheddar, bacon bits and grilled chicken chunks. So. Insanely. Good. Also featured? My FAVE iced tea.. Strawberry Half & Half. YUM!

December 2016 Photo Challenge: Tis The Season

Tis The Season… for boots! We purchased Mini her boots for winter and guess what? They are a WOMEN’S SIZE 8!!! Yup, we are in adult sizes now. Shoe shopping just got a bit more expensive!


Tis The Season… for fancy neckware and Christmas-card-worthy pics! The boys are wearing some ties we found at Five Below and the girls are all sporting some scarves we found at AC Moore. Yes, we pretty much deserve a medal for being able to get the dogs to look at us. The secret is to hold a treat right in front of the camera for the dogs to stare at and tell your (wo)mancub to look at the camera and don’t blink! HAHA!


Tis The Season… to paint ornaments! Mini was a bit bored one day so we dug these out of our craft closet, found some paint and VOILA!

December 2016 Photo Challenge: Tis The Season

Tis The Season… for cozy sweaters! Cheyenne just recently turned 11 and we bought her a sweater for her birthday. She has a lot less hair than the other Pugs, so she gets chilly in the winter time. This is our solution :)

December 2016 Photo Challenge: Tis The Season

 Ok, so there are my five. I have three bonus pics for this challenge.

Tis The Season… for jingle bells! This is Biggie, one of our foster cats. We put the collar on him as a joke. He loved it so much that when I tried to take it off him, he hissed and took a swipe at me until I put it back on. Ok then, kitty. Sorry this pic is a bit blurry. I couldn’t stop laughing as I was taking it!

December 2016 Photo Challenge: Tis The Season

Tis The Season… for cuddling with loved ones, resting up for holiday festivities!

December 2016 Photo Challenge: Tis The Season

Tis The Season… for sales on Build-A-Bear bears and it’s always the season for Star Trek anything! Meet our newest addition, Live Long and ProspBear!

December 2016 Photo Challenge: Tis The Season

I love doing these photo challenges. If you’d like to link up, check out the challenge HERE.

Hope everyone had a great holiday season!

Mini Monday – Post 13 – Make-up Tutorial

Hi, Everyone!

I hope you had a great holiday! Mine was great. I got some cool new toys and got to see a lot of family. We also went to see Rogue One on Christmas Day. It was SO COOL! I loved it!

One thing I like to do when I’m bored is find a make-up palette and paint my face like a canvas. I haven’t learned much about make-up yet. My mom is not very good at it (even she will tell you that) so I kind of just taught myself.

Here is the palette I used. It is from E.l.f.

Mini Monday - 13 - Makeup Tutorial

Yay for all the pretty colors!

Mini Monday - 13 - Makeup Tutorial

I am taking this very seriously, as you can see!

Mini Monday - 13 - Makeup Tutorial

My eyes look pretty here. Just sayin.

First, you need to find your tools.

Mini Monday - 13 - Makeup Tutorial

Eyeshadow brush? Check! Professional? No. HAHA they obviously never met me!

Mini Monday - 13 - Makeup Tutorial

I don’t know what “primer” is, so I’m going to assume that since this looks like a lip gloss, it goes on your lips at the end.

The one thing Mommy knows about makeup is that you start with a clean base so I had to use a cleanser wipe to clean my face.

Mini Monday - 13 - Makeup Tutorial


Mini Monday - 13 - Makeup Tutorial

*wip wipe* This is serious business.

Mini Monday - 13 - Makeup Tutorial

EW! I guess my face WAS dirty! Gross. All clean now :)

Okay, now that my face is clean, it’s time to look for a mirror. I was too lazy to get up to find one, but I see that I can see my reflection in the top part of the palette so I’m going to use that. What could go wrong?

Mini Monday - 13 - Makeup Tutorial

This is SO going to work!

I play softball and like to watch baseball. I see some of the players do this so I thought under my eyes would be a good place to start..

Mini Monday - 13 - Makeup Tutorial

Once I started, Mommy started to snapchat the rest. You will have to excuse her laughing in them. She could barely contain herself. Remember, this is serious business. ;)

So… here is the finished product.

Mini Monday - 13 - Makeup Tutorial

In case you were wondering.. Yes, I AM available for parties!

HAHA! I hope you enjoyed!


Three Question Thursday 9.8.16

Three Question Thursday 9.8.16 - Tina B's World

Here’s my three..

1. If you played for Major League Baseball, what would your walk-up song be? 

Three Question Thursday 9.8.16 - Tina B's World

I can’t tell you how much this stumped me. I thought about it for days, weeks even…

What song describes me?

What song would get me pumped up to hit a home run?

What song comes in clutch when I need motivation?

I’d have to have a list to pick through. It’s impossible for me to pick just one or even three! I would have a roster-size rotation of songs (for non-baseball fans, that is either 25 or 40).

Here are a few I’d choose, in no particular order:

  • DMX – “You Could Be Blind”
  • New Kids on the Block – “Remix (I Like The)”
  • Jamie Foxx – “Winner”
  • JC Flow – “Doin Me”
  • Curt Chambers – “Digging For Gold”
  • Johnny Cash – “Rusty Cage”
  • Backstreet Boys – “Show Em What You’re Made Of”
  • Rod Stewart – “Human”
  • Jussie Smollet – “Battle Cry”
  • Jimmy Eat World – “The Middle”
  • BoyZone – “Who We Are”

Google them all. Or YouTube them. Spotify. Whatever.

2. What are you looking forward to in the next month? 

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My birthday. I don’t relish the faces people make or the reactions I get when I tell people my birthday is September 11th, but it is what it is. I’ll be 35 on Sunday. No, my age doesn’t bother me. I’m good with it. There’s plenty of other things in the world that bother me. I guess you could say I got 99 problems, but my age ain’t one.

3. What’s your fave breakfast? 

It’s a toss-up. I love plain ole Cheerios with bananas and milk.

I also love challah bread french toast. One of my local diners makes it and it’s simply divine!

That’s my list.

Have YOU been asked anything cool recently?

August 2016 Photo Challenge: Black & White

August was a very interesting month for us..

Some things happened, good and bad, but for this, we are concentrating on the good :)

I tried to photo as much of it as I could, so here goes:

Mini had her softball awards dinner. She will tell you all about it in one of her “Mini Monday” posts (coming next Monday), but for now, here she is with her team ball…

August 2016 Photo Challenge: B&W - Tina B's World

 7-Eleven decided to add another “Bring Your Own Cup Day” to their calendar… Mini and her father couldn’t have been more thrilled about it! Yes, that is a Slurpee hat she is wearing :)

August 2016 Photo Challenge: B&W - Tina B's World

In the beginning of the month, our canine brood looked like this:

August 2016 Photo Challenge: B&W - Tina B's World

By the end of the month, it looked like this:

August 2016 Photo Challenge: B&W - Tina B's WorldYup. We got two more Pugs. Are we crazy? Maybe, but we’re definitely full of love.

We got Mini’s pics done for her birthday (which was in June, because we are SO on the ball with these things!) and she looked amazing! So grown up :)

August 2016 Photo Challenge: B&W - Tina B's World

Okey doke, now for the bonus pic:

My incredibly lazy, but insanely cute office staff, doing what they do best!


Can’t wait to see everyone else’s entries! Link up with us HERE.

Three Questions Thursday 8.18.16

Three Questions Thursday 8.18.16 - Tina B's World

Here is a little looksie at three random questions I was asked in the past week and my responses to them…

I really should keep better track of questions asked so I don’t have to go back into all my social media and texts from now on!

1. Do you keep a journal or diary?

Three Questions Thursday 8.18.16 - Tina B's World

I used to. Many times over the course of my life, I kept a journal. I’d write things down. Random thoughts. Sometimes a good writing exercise would pop into my head and I would write it down. Other times, I wrote out things I was angry at.

As a kid, my parents read my journal. As an adult, my roommates did. When I moved in with my then-boyfriend, now-husband, I couldn’t trust him not to read it after all the other time I had been burned. My blogs are the closest thing to a journal I keep now.

2. What age do you consider “old”?

Three Questions Thursday 8.18.16 - Tina B's World

I think “old” is a state of mind and it also varies from person to person.

When I was younger, I thought people who were in their 60s were old. Now that my parents are all in their 60s, it doesn’t seem so old anymore. Nanny passed right after she turned 93. Yes, i agree that is old… but Nan never really seemed “old” to me until she was near the end.

I’ve met people in their 70s and 80s that I think are old. It’s true what they say “You’re only as old as you feel”.

3. What made you smile in the past week?

Three Questions Thursday 8.18.16 - Tina B's World

Mini’s softball awards were last week. She won the Sportsmanship trophy. She was shocked and confused when she won. Throughout the season, Mini has been helping the younger girls on her team.

She gave one a lesson in hitting.

She high-fived girls who made good plays, even if they weren’t on her “team” when they played (she was in an instructional league with one big team and they’d be split in half to play an actual game).

She cheered for everyone.

After I explained this all to her, she just said “Oh. Are you sure I deserve it? Other people cheered too.” THAT is why she won it. Her humbleness is one of her best traits.

Well, that’s mine.

Have YOU been asked any interesting Q’s lately?

Chatterbox: Mabel’s Labels Review

Some of you might be familiar with the House Party website. They give you packs of awesome stuff to throw a party with and you post about it.

I have hosted two parties with them. I am a dummy and keep forgetting to take better pics, but I am going to do better. Promise!

They also have a Chatterbox program, where they send you awesome Chat Packs to review and post about. I have tried some Dove hair products, illy k-cups and Doggy Dentastix to name a few items.

This Chatterbox was from Mabel’s Labels.

I have been dying to try the labels, but with spending cuts we’ve made, labels just weren’t in the budget. I was pumped for this Chatterbox though!

I was sent a coupon code to use on the Mabel’s Labels site that gave me an Ultimate Back to School Combo for free! We went with a Science theme because we’re super proud nerds :)

First off, the Mini Tags. I loved the brilliant blue of these. The colors just popped. Mini has decided these will be her backpack’s zipper pull :)

Chatterbox: Mabel's Labels Review - Tina B's World

Next, the Custom Shoe Stickers. Circular and perfect for crayon, colored pencil and marker boxes too!

Chatterbox: Mabel's Labels Review - Tina B's World

Next, the Mini Custom Name Stickers. Perfect for pens and markers.

Chatterbox: Mabel's Labels Review - Tina B's World

Last, but certainly not least, the Tag Mates™ Stick On Clothing Labels. These are a great size to stick on clothing tags, but also for labeling individual pencils (because I’m crazy like that).

Chatterbox: Mabel's Labels Review - Tina B's World

Not only are these stickers cute, they are insanely durable. I scratched them with my nail several times and not a scratch mark on them. I can’t wait to see how they hold up during the year! :)

If you want more info about House Party and their Chatterbox program, click HERE.

To check out this and other fantastic labels from Mabel’s, click HERE.

Mini Monday – Post 12 – Summer Camp Part 3

My last week of Summer Camp was a great one!

I am going to miss all my new friends and I can’t wait to see them in school next month.

We had a camp Talent Show this week and it was so much fun! I didn’t perform and stayed in the audience.

Now onto my crafts:

We did some scratch art. I made a door knob hanger.

Tina B's World: Mini Monday - Post 12 - Summer Camp Part 3

We also did tie-dye. I had so much fun and these were awesome colors. When I took it out of the bag, I was afraid I would get dye on my hands so I put on some rubber gloves.

Tina B's World: Mini Monday - Post 12 - Summer Camp Part 3

What does THIS fox say? Nothing! He’s made out of paper! HAHA

Tina B's World: Mini Monday - Post 12 - Summer Camp Part 3

This turtle is cute and was a fun project. It’s name is “Netor” (pronounced “nectar”).

Tina B's World: Mini Monday - Post 12 - Summer Camp Part 3

My favorite craft I did all summer was the lanyard. I love doing the box and barrel stitches. I love seeing all the colors and patterns together. It is so pretty,

My least favorite craft was the Pokemon one. I don’t play Pokemon so I don’t know what to do with the craft now. I don’t want to just throw it out because I worked hard on it. I just don’t know what to do.

I did not want camp to end. I would love it to be all summer. Mom says I have a few weeks of nothing to do before school starts. I hope I can go to the beach once or twice!

I hope I have just as much fun next year when I go!

See you next time!