A Wee Hike

A week ago Monday was my 26th birthday. Birthday's are a big deal in our family, as are Christmases and random "Happy Tuesday, I got you this present day!" days.

We like an excuse to celebrate in our family basically. It probably has something to do with being Irish. Anyway....

We generally go all out. We swear on our lives and pinky promise that we won't, but we can't help it. The birthday person gets to pick whatever they want to do, and then the whole fam damily joins in. Down through the years we've gone parasailing, hiking, camping, shooting, swimming....you get the idea. We have fun. Eating an enormous amount of food is par for the course as well.

I decided to wanted to go hiking and rock climbing....so that's what Adrian and I did! Our hike was...well it was a tad long and we didn't make it to the summit before our legs gave out. I am determined to go back and reach the top. Next time I will start earlier in the morning and take more water!! The info I read on the trail we took (The Tunnel Trail) said it was either a 4-mile hike or a 11-mile hike. Adrian used a GPS thingy on her phone and said we hiked uphill for much longer than 11 miles. I'm glad, because I was a bit worn out from our "wee" hike and I would have been really upset with my level of fitness if I was that tired from a 4 mile hike!!

How do you celebrate birthdays in your family? Do you have any long-standing traditions? Let us know, we'd love to hear about them!


You know how I'm obsessed with Marvel comics? My sister got me Avengers paper plates and plastic cups....swoon. There's no way I'm 26.


My mother sent our dogs Happy Unbirthday presents......horse toenails wrapped in tissue paper. Bam.



At the beginning of the trail head, before the sunburn and the mountain kicked our butts! 


Tunnel Trail 


Los Padres National Forest 


Hiding from the sun and devouring protein bars. 


A beautiful day for a hike...you could see all the way to the ocean. 


Sisters that hike together....


 Stay together. :) They also get sunburnt together. Oops. 


"You want me to climb THAT?" 


Learning the basics. If you are in the Ventura area and are looking for a climbing gym, check out Vertical Heaven! They're the best! 


Adrian had a gluten free chocolate cake made especially for me!! Thank you so much sissy! 


xo xo Liz 


Quote of the Week

“Do the things you used to talk about doing but never did. Know when to let go and when to hold on tight. Stop rushing. Don’t be intimidated to say it like it is. Stop apologizing all the time. Learn to say no, so your yes has some oomph. Spend time with the friends who lift you up, and cut loose the ones who bring you down. Stop giving your power away. Be more concerned with being interested than being interesting. Be old enough to appreciate your freedom, and young enough to enjoy it. Finally know who you are.” 
-Kristin Armstrong

 



xo xo Liz & Adrian 


Yoga and a Cocktail


I have been supplementing my running and lifting weights with yoga twice a week, and I LOVE IT!! It’s almost addicting….you think you’re going to keep up just fine with these skinny little gals in their stretchy clothes and you think, they’re basically just standing there holding poses. It can't be that hard, right? I buck hay, run for miles and lift, like, iron you know?? And then you stand there, just ya know, holding a pose, and your legs start to shake and you actually start to sweat quite profusely. 

Like I said, LOVE IT. It’s a challenge I didn’t expect and learning some of the more advanced moves is not only difficult but it’s exciting. Who doesn’t want to be able to balance in strange positions like Spiderman?? Unless of course, you’re not Marvel comic obsessed like me.

Here’s a yoga routine by Tara Stile that I did this evening to help stretch my sore muscles from a week of hard training, and help build other muscles that I wouldn’t necessarily use otherwise.






If you try it out, I’d love to hear what you think! Let me know! 


The end of this yoga routine and the beginning of the six o'clock hour brings us to another happy custom. 



Cocktails.

I come from a family where cocktails and horderves are an evening ritual. When we don't have time to have supper together, we make sure to have a little communal something, even if that's just sliced cheese and apples and a glass of red wine. 

I generally like single malt scotch, or a gin and tonic so when I found this recipe on Pinterest I couldn't help but try it. Even the name is fabulous, if not a little naughty....the Suffering Bastard. And since I feel slightly like a suffering bastard myself this evening, I'm going to toddle off and try it! 

And oh, here's the recipe in case you want to be a suffering bastard, too! ;) 

The Suffering Bastard

Ingredients       

1 ounce bourbon 
1 ounce gin
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1 dash Angostura bitters 
4 ounces chilled ginger ale 


Good night to all and to all a good night!! 


xo xo Liz 

Here's To The Freaking Weekend




What are your plans for this weekend? I have so much homework I feel like I'm drowning, but I know I'm going to find a way to go climbing at THIS wonderful gym, go for a hike in the LOS PADRES FORESTand maybe even catch a nap by the beach!


If you're on Instagram, tag your adventures with #buckaroobarbie! We'd love to see what you're up to!


Take a look at THIS amazing fairytale home a father built for his family.



Adrian and I made Giada de Laurenitiis's Roman Chicken recipe last week....it's drool worthy.



Cooler weather makes me want to paint my nails vampy colors like THIS.



I can't stop listening to Katy Perry's new song ROAR....and I'm not even sorry.



THIS mother decided to help her 5 year old daughter look up to some real-life heroines instead of just pretty Disney princesses.....go mom!!!



Try this HIIT workout that I found on Pinterest...if you're tough.



Coconut oil and Alzheimer's? 



10 Braid Tutorials 



A NEW JK Rowling book. Oh my....




xo xo Liz & Adrian 






How To Have an Amazing Life

Be Thankful
Look for the blessings you have in your life, and then vocalize why and how you are thankful they are in your life. Watch THIS CLIP and tell me it didn't affect you. Go on, I dare you!! ;)

Write It Down
Take a piece of paper, a deep breath, and write down everything you want in life. Don't think about the people that told you the things you want are unattainable, or how you're not smart enough to attain them. Write it all down. Did you do it? Good job. Now write down some goals that will help you attain what you want in life. Hang up your goals and dreams in a place that you will see every day. Liz hangs her goals up by her bed so they are the first thing she sees when she wakes up, and the last thing she sees when she goes to sleep.  Adrian hangs hers up in her closet because, well, she loves her closet. :) You will be happier when you feel that you are actively working towards making your life successful.

Turn SOMEDAY Into TODAY
We are all guilty of using the term someday as an excuse.
"SOMEDAY I will go take that white river rafting trip I've always wanted to take." "SOMEDAY I will learn Spanish." "SOMEDAY I will go skydiving." "SOMEDAY I will take my family camping on the weekend." "SOMEDAY I will teach that recipe to my daughter that my mom taught me."

If you put things off till someday, that day will come and go without you every noticing. Do the things that you dream about NOW. And if there isn't enough time or energy to do them, maybe the other things in your life that do have priority deserve to have their position reevaluated.

Take Ownership of Your Health
In our media-centered lifestyles, we are constantly bombarded with quick fixes that promise to make us look like the latest and greatest celebrity. Forget all that mumbo-jumbo crap. Don't just rely on what E! has to say about health. Once you lose your health, that's it. It's pretty darn tough to get it back. YOU are responsible for your own health and body. Educate yourself on nutrition, health and fitness. There is no confidence like that of pushing yourself physically and finding out that your body can not only achieve the goals you set for it, but shatter them. Quit eating shitty foods. Quit justifying buying crap and blaming your lack of energy on your kids. Food your body fuel. Take care of it by exercising. And focus on doing things you couldn't before instead of what it looks like...i.e. take up mountain biking, run in a 5k, learn to rock climb, start snowboarding....while you're concentrating on being able to accomplish new things, you'll discover one morning that your body has been sneakily changing.

Wake Up Early 
Watch the sun rise and be amazed at the sheer beauty of it. And then go start your day. You'll feel empowered and productive. And it's pretty hard to be down in the dumps when you feel empowered and productive.

Give Back
Focus on serving other people. If we think of life as a place that's all about making ourselves happy, our lives are probably going to be a pretty lonely, hard and disappointing life. Give to the people around you. Help people for no reason other than to help them. If you have an opportunity to be kind, do it. Even if you won't have the chance to Facebook it later on. OK, especially if you don't have the chance.

Go Outside
Our lives today are amazingly cushy and full of incredible things like TV, the internet (blogs like this one!), and music streamed live into our kitchens. These are all things that should be enjoyed and used! But we've also become totally removed from the outdoors and nature as a part of that progress. Take time, at least once a week, to do something that connects you to the earth. Be out in the sun, sit by a stream, watch some animals and just be a human outside. You'll be glad you did.

Don't Complain
OK, we don't mean never complain ever because that is just ridiculous to expect. Instead, try to focus on the good instead of the bad. You can't help but feel more positive if you are thinking positively. That sounds obvious but you would not believe how many people quote inspirational sayings, but approach their actual life expecting the worse. If you approach life expecting the bad, you're going to have things go wrong simply because of your attitude!! Look for the good in your life and you'll be surprised to find that it's looking for you!

Enjoy Life
Life is awesome. And it sucks because, well, it's life. We're all given a certain amount of time here on this earth. Enjoy it while you're here. Drink that glass of wine, tell your mom you love her and help that old lady out of her car. Your life is your story, live it out loud.





xo xo Liz & Adrian 


Photo Credit: Tumblr 


Buckaroo Barbie YouTube

Who doesn't like YouTube? Where else on the internet can you learn to change the oil in your pickup, grow sprouts in your kitchen, paint a smokey eye on yourself AND watch compilation clips of people falling?!! 

We love YouTube! So we decided to give all you wonderful Buckaroo Barbie readers your very own channel! We only have 3 videos so far, but here is the latest and greatest that Adrian put together!! 

Click subscribe, and if you enjoy the video, please give it a thumbs up!! 


You can expect lots more videos to come, so stay tuned!! 

Happy Thursday! 

xo xo Liz & Adrian 


Onwards and Upwards


I have struggled, fought nail and tooth, crying through the pain…wiping the tears, and snot in some cases, away and carried on.

I have persevered.

I occasionally gave up, flat-face upon the floor and said, “It is too great a burden for me to bear, I give. You win.” until some person or event came along that spurred me into action once again, and I continued the fight.

I have run as far as I could and fast as I could, and I have journeyed one faltering step at a time.

And now, I am here.

I AM that girl I hoped I would be one day.

Throughout the worst days of my sickness with Lyme disease, I kept a piece of paper tacked to the wall beside my bed so I could read what it had to say easily and frequently. It was a description of a girl….how she was tan from being outside all day long, doing the things she loved. How she was strong from pushing her body to be the healthiest, strongest, most inhospitable to disease and sickness it could be. It talked about how the girl had a job from home that she LOVED and that allowed her to travel with…It was a description of the faint hope I was holding onto, that I would someday come out the other side of the pain and sickness and be able to start living life to the fullest.

I AM THAT GIRL NOW.

I just realized that fact a moment ago, but I am her.

It’s incredibly exciting. And freeing.

Don’t ever give up on the woman you want to be, the life you want. It may not happen right away. It took 5 years of painful struggling for me, and I know I still have a long ways to go. But, if you never give in and keep going, you will get there.

Persevere, my friend.

Onwards and upwards….always.



xo xo Liz


Oh, my Gosh!

Hello, ladies!
Today I decided to show you a new love of my life. Quite an impressive start, isn't it?
I'm obsessed with these goodies and can't help but chattering about them!))))
If you buy them, I hope you'll love them as much as I do, because these products really made me happy and it'd be great if you get this impression too))
NOT SPONSORED!
I bought everything myself and can only thank a wonderful lady, the assistant, who gave me the samples that I absolutely loved and naturally came back and bought everything)))
So, here they are

GOSH BB Cream
Simply gorgeous. Has a very pleasant light coverage, doesn't have any smell if you're sensitive to it, comes in different shades, this  (03 warm beige) matches my skin perfectly! Though it's a bb cream which means that it's not something like MAC Full coverage foundation, it covers perfectly and beautifully! I admit that if you have a problematic skin this product may not be the best for you, but at least try a sample.
I usually apply some MAC Studio Fix powder to achieve "my perfect skin colour", let's put it this way, but here I apply just translucent powder to fix the cream and I'm absolutely happy ALL DAY, ladies. I mean it. I'm a human being, I get oily at the "beloved" t-zone area and it can be humid or hot or rainy outside, but THIS thing STAYS on! PLUS it contains a primer! and a moisturizer! How can you not love it? Don't believe-ask for a sample. I came back to the shop the next day.

GOSH Foundation Primer Classic (also has a creamy version and another one with a lifting effect - tested it, though haven't bought, as I simply and fortunately don't have anything to lift)))))
Mamma mia! Mon Dieu! Tuesday I'm in love!)))))
It's the best primer that I've ever come across! And I had MakeUpForEver HD Primer and Porefessional by Benefit, and they're all considered to be very good primers, but this precious is my one and only now. Again, doesn't have any smell, only a great texture that will smooth your skin and help your makeup last longer.

and now...the last but not the least;)))
Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 hr
It does stay 24 hours! And it looks perfect as if you've just applied it.
Plus it can work as a base! I believe they come in 5 shades - bronze, black, grey, blue and sparkly white. Won't say anything else, just show you 2 looks that I did with this creamy bronzy beauty.

Products:
1. Maybelline 24hr color tattoo
Maybelline the Rocket Mascara
Maybelline black gel liner
UD Naked (buck, virgin)
IsaDora neutral kajhal


Products:
UD (Hustle and Virgin)
and the same as in the 1st look

I think that both variants are quite wearable in day time for work or university)might be too much for school.
Still, they're done under 10 minutes which is very convenient))

I send you my hugs and best wishes)))
Have a good day!

Quote of the Week

"Don't be stupid girls. You give up a lot when you give up your right to be intellectually coherent." 
- Our father 





xo xo Liz & Adrian


Light Day

Hello, beauties!
sorry that I don't post that often as I used to but I reeeeally lack inspiration these days(( It's soooo gloomy and rainy and nasty here, that I want to live under the blanket.
Nothing colourful comes to my mind so I at least manages to do something "everyday-like" what can be quite useful... I hope.
So, here is the main thing - apply Virgin (from Urban Decay Naked) with a WET brush!
The rest stays the same))
Wish you a sunny day, ladies!

Products:
Urban Decay Naked (Virgin and Buck)
Maybelline black gel liner
Maybelline the Falsies
IsaDora beige kajhal pencil


Watch Barbie My Scene Jammin' In Jamaica (2004) Movie Online For Free in English Full Length

Watch Barbie Movies Online For FreeBarbie My Scene Jammin' In Jamaica a great animated Barbie movie. The story is about music band having fun in Jamaica. It's a great film for kids and barbie fans entertaining and so much fun to watch. The movie is short but still kids will love it. The music and songs are catchy.

How to Watch Barbie My Scene Jammin' In Jamaica (2004) Barbie Film For Free No Download, No Surveys and 100% Free?
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2- Wait for 5-10 min till the stream load
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Watch Barbie and the Sensations Rockin' Back to Earth (1987) Movie Online For Free in English Full Length

Watch Barbie Movies Online For FreeBarbie and the Sensations: Rockin' Back to Earth. It's Barbie and the Rockers: Out of this World sequel. The movie came out on VHS in 1990. The story is about Barbie and her rock group who had an incredible success. The songs are catchy and nice. It's a classic carton movie that will bring good memories.

How to Watch Barbie and the Sensations Rockin' Back to Earth (1990) Barbie Film For Free No Download, No Surveys and 100% Free?
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Watch Barbie and the Rockers Out of this World (1987) Movie Online For Free in English Full Length

Watch Barbie Movies Online For FreeBarbie and the Rockers: Out of this World. Barbie debut film that was released in 1987. It's the first computer-animated Barbie movie. The story is interesting and the music is great, it will be hard to get out of your head after you watch movie. Animation was good and bright given that movie was made in 1987. It's a wonderful movie for kids and for Barbie fans! Enjoy.

How to Watch Barbie and the Rockers Out of this World (1987) Barbie Film For Free No Download, No Surveys and 100% Free?
1- Click the play button (icon) in the middle of the video player
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Watch Barbie Mariposa and the Fairy Princess (2013) Movie Online For Free in English Full Length

Watch Barbie Movies Online For FreeAnother Barbie movie Barbie Mariposa and the Fairy Princess. It's the sequel of Barbie Mariposa and her butterfly fairy friends. Length of the movie is 77 mins. The story is delightful. A great entertaining movie for Barbie Fairytopia fans. Enjoy this great movie and let me know what do you think about it.

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Redefine Your Future Article

A special thank you to those who have commented, sent me texts and emails about the "Redefine Your Future" blog story released this week. I truly appreciate your posts over the last few days on my Facebook pages.

In case you didn't see it, here it is:

http://redefine.rodanandfields.com/blog/barbie-bassett-no-rain-in-the-forecast/

Happy Labor Day weekend!

Bright Side

Can't believe that summer is over(((
But I won't live a day without my beloved bronze eyeshadow! And though now we have to go back to school/university/work/business of terror, I decided to combine classic+bright summer features.
That's what I got as the result! (Don't forget to curl!)
Wish you a lovely start of working days!
and it's not a sarcasm))))

Products:
ICING (the bronze eyeshadow)
UD Naked (naked and virgin)
IsaDora inliner kajal 56 blonde pencil
Maybelline black gel eyeliner
Maybelline the Rocket mascara


Give It a Shot


You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

I have that quote saved somewhere in one of the many folders I have entitled “Quotes.”
And right now, that particular quote was niggling at me today….or more accurately screaming in my face, asking if I was paying attention.

I feel very blessed to be going to school where I’m being trained to become a Medical Transcriptionist…I freaking love it!! I’ve also been really terrified of getting a bad grade on an upcoming quiz and not doing well overall in my studies. Which means I’ve been really good at putting off taking the quiz.

Until today, that is.

By allowing fear of failure to hold me back from even trying, I had been missing out.

Failing before I had even started, because I hadn’t even tried. By not taking a shot at the quiz (I knew the material, I have the ability), I had missed 100% of that quiz.

It turns out when I actually took a shot at it, I got a 95%.

Sometimes the hardest part can be just getting started on the task at hand. A lot of runners say that the most difficult part of their run is lacing up their shoes and walking out the door.

Don’t let fear of failure hold you back.

You’re only holding yourself back from achieving all that you can be.

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

I’m going to try my very hardest to take advantage of every shot I can get my hands on this week, and I hope you do, too. 


Good luck!!




xo xo Liz 




Social Media and the Great Outdoors

Hello dear readers!!!

You might have noticed my conspicuous absence the last week or so. I was off doing an amazing thing….are you ready to hear what it was?

I took a little social media break. I say “little” because I couldn’t stop looking at my Instagram (I know, it’s a problem), but for the last week I haven’t checked my email, my Facebook or this blog.

It felt GREAT!!

You have probably read some articles, like I had, on the benefits of taking a short break from all the “white noise” that surrounds us every day. IE: Facebook, Instagram, email, our smartphones, twitter, and heaven knows what else there is to distract us from real life.

I had poo-pooed the idea of taking a week-long break because how would someone who worked from home actually make that work?

The answer?

It just does.

I finally checked my email this evening and I have several hundred messages waiting in my inbox and the thing is, not one of them is do or die urgent. It is OK.

I heartily encourage you to take a block of time that works for you and ignore all the distractions the world is shouting at you. A week might not be sensible for you, maybe you can make a long weekend work or maybe just a day….but whatever time you can make free, please give this a shot!

Go outside and just listen to the birds. Play with your children. Read a book out loud with your family. Go for a hike. LIVE. Be still and LISTEN to the world and the people around you. 

At the end of our lives we will remember with fondness the memories we made while actively LIVING in the world, and not the Facebook “likes” we received on a posting.

Beautiful Lady Bug Canyon, Los Padres National Forest 



xo xo Liz