Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Wine Wednesday : The Variety of Varietals

Hi ya Gorgeous!

Welcome to Wine Wednesday! Lately I have been doing live videos - but - since I'm traveling this week I did a recording for you!

I've had the opportunity to try some really great wines lately and a few turkeys too. These are the loose ends of some varietals I have had over the past 2 months. 


This video features all the strays from the past few months. Enjoy and please let me know in the comments what wine you recommend in the $10 range!

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

REsolve Tuesday - Time to Release

Hi ya Gorgeous!

Thank you for visiting MakeupUniversity today! This Tuesday just may feel like a Monday after the long holiday weekend.

If there is any military veteran or active duty service person seeing this - who did not get a warm greeting, please let me say my heart felt thanks and appreciation for your service!

This video is to help you get positioned for the second half of the year 2019. What are you working on? What is no longer serving you? Which season in your life is over yet you keep trying to resurrect it?

Let me know in the comments! Thank you for watching - did ya subscribe?

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Monday, May 27, 2019

Memorial Day: In the Land of The Free Because of The Brave! Thank you Veterans!

Hi ya Gorgeous,

It's an important day here in the United States - it's Memorial Day.  It's our day to honor and remember those who sacrificed their life for the freedom we enjoy everyday.

All gave some and some gave all! Today there are many free meals and giveaways for veterans and active duty servicemen to enjoy! See the list below.

Final thoughts, the final Rolling Thunder is happening today in Washington DC - thank you. Going forward, I hope that it can be worked out that the tradition will continue.

Free food and meal deals

Participation can vary. To be on the safe side, check with your closest location.
Applebee's: Through May 31, participating restaurants are offering active, retired military servicemembers and their families to dine and receive 10% off their bill. Also for the month of May, get the Dollarita margarita for $1 at participating restaurants nationwide.
Chuck E. Cheese's: Military families including active-duty, National Guard, reservists and retired service members get special deals year-round when they show their Common Access Card, Uniformed Services ID Card or Dependent ID Card at restaurants.
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill: Veterans, active military and Gold Star family members get a free entree with the purchase of another meal Monday.
Fogo de ChãoVeterans and active duty personnel get 50% off meals Monday and up to three guests get 10% off their meals. Military identification required.
HootersVeterans and active military eat free from a special menu Monday with a military identification and drink purchase. Hooters also offers a daily 10% military discount and a special 20% military discount every Tuesday throughout the year at participating locations.
LaMar's DonutsVeterans and active duty military get a free doughnut and small coffee Monday.
Logan’s Roadhouse: Active-duty military and veterans get a free meal from the American Roadhouse Meals menu with proof of service from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday.
McCormick & Schmick’sVeterans, active military personnel, Gold Star parents and spouses and National Guard get a free entree Monday.
Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub: Veterans and active military who purchase any meal Monday get a free entrée from the “9 Real Size Entrées for $9.99 Menu.” Proof of service required. 
Outback SteakhouseThrough Monday, active military, veterans, police officers and firefighters with valid state or federal identification get 20% off. There’s also a 10% everyday Heroes Discount for servicemen and women, police officers and firefighters.
Potbelly Sandwich Shop: All vets and active military get a buy-one-get-one offer on sandwiches, salads and Pick-Your-Pair when they show their ID.
Quaker Steak & Lube: Check with your local location for Memorial Day discounts for veterans and first responders.
Rubio’s Coastal Grill: All military and veterans get a free adult entree with the purchase of another adult entrée Monday with their military ID and a coupon available at
Texas de BrazilVeterans and active duty military get 50% off lunch or dinner Memorial Day through May 29 with military IDs. Plus up to eight guests get 20% off their meals.
Twin PeaksAll military personnel get a free meal from a select menu select menu item Monday with military identification. Also anyone who donates $5 to Folds of Honor at participating restaurants will get a $5 Twin Peaks gift card to use on their next visit.
More deals: Locally-owned businesses and regional chains also may have military free meals and discounts. One of the easiest ways to find out is to check restaurants' social media channels.

Memorial Day retail savings

Academy Sports + Outdoors: Through Monday, all active military, military veterans and first responders will receive 10% off their entire purchase.
Blue Star MuseumsThrough Labor Day, active military and their families get free admission to more than 2,000 museums.
Eyemart Express: Through May 31, veterans, active and non-active duty military personnel and their families get a 20% discount on eyewear purchases with a valid military, dependent, retiree, or DD214 card.
Food Lion: 10% off Monday with rewards card and military ID for military personnel, veterans and their family members.
Goodyear Auto Service: Active and retired military can make an appointment for Goodyear and Just Tires through Monday for a free car care check and 10% off Goodyear Tires. Valid ID is required and appointments can be booked for services performed through June 13.
National Vision: Through May 31, active-duty service members, retirees, veterans and their dependents get a 15% discount on eyeglasses, contact lenses and accessories the company’s America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses and Eyeglass World locations.
Omaha SteaksActive-duty military, retirees, veterans, military spouses and dependents get 10% off Monday.
Sherwin-WilliamsFor Military Appreciation Month, active military, veterans and reservists as well as their spouses save an extra 10% on paints and stains.
Sleep NumberThrough June 2, active military and veterans save an extra $100 on any sale price when they get a promo code at
WalgreensWith a free store loyalty card and valid military ID or proof of service, vets, active duty and their families get 20% off regular price items Saturday through Monday.

Special thank you to USA Today for compiling the list that I just shared.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

A Day in Vegas with The Female Quotient

Hi ya Gorgeous,

This week has been epic and eventful and on a whim I had a last minute opportunity to visit with The Female Quotient lounge in Las Vegas at the OAAA expo via VegasBuzzTV.

Whoa. That's a mouthful.  I first met the FQ at Sundance where they hosted a lovely lounge with great panels around the subject of women in film and the work environment. So good.

I made a day trip to Las Vegas and arrived at the Aria for the conference. It's such a beautiful resort and casino complete with a monorail and luxury shopping center including Hermes and Harry Winston stores.

The Female Quotient lounge had a panel featuring several women speakers on the topic of "the messy middle" - and how to deal with it.

The panel tackled the idea of "perfection" - the myth of balance and having it all while giving practical tips and options for women in the workplace who need help.

When I arrived at the lounge there was a table full of NYX cosmetics and two makeup artists giving makeup touch ups to the ladies. There was chocolate cupcakes, cookies and refreshments. A photographer was taking headshots for use on new business cards

I loved encountering a financial advisor who was there to answer any money questions a gal could have! The event was a good battery recharger and  perfect for a mid year boost to keep working towards the goals I have set ahead. 

You can learn more about The Female Quotient by visiting them here:

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Wine Wednesday - All My Israeli Wines in One Place

Hi ya Gorgeous!

Today's wine video is a review of all of my Israel wines I purchased at The Barrel Room in Texas. This photo is from Glory of Zion in Denton. That was such a fun weekend and we had a lot of great experiences while there. We only make it out once a year - and it's always worth it!

Enjoy the video review and there is a link below so you can check out The Barrel Room yourself! Note - in Arizona, the liquor law doesn't allow the sale of the wine in state without them having a facility in the state. Weird. For all of you outside of Arizona - get some!

Thank you for watching and please let me know what your fave summer wine is.

2014 3400 Premium Pinotage from Jerusalem
2014 Yarden Galilee Syrah
2014 Hermon Mount Hermon Moscato
2017 Vintner's Select H cabernet sauvignon semi dry red wine
I get these from The Barrel Room

From Total Wine: 2016 Ben Ami merlot

Oh so good!

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

REsolve Tuesday - Start Something New In the Area of Your Goal

Hi ya Gorgeous!

Happy Tuesday - or - happy Commonwealth day. There seems to be a holiday for any and every day of the year. Which brings me to the topic of today's REsolve Tuesday, the weekly check in for the new year's resolutions made 5 months ago.

In the area of your goal - start something new. If you are working on fitness - do a different exercise program for a couple of weeks. 

Try a new food style or recipes for a week!  If you are working on your business, add a new category.

The point is, do something new. Sometimes trying to revive and persevere in the same old thing just doesn't work.

Ya gotta do the new! Try it! Let me know in the comments how it works out!

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Summer Book Club Reading: Hard Times Create Strong Men by Stefan Aarnio

Hi ya Gorgeous,
I don't know about your school year, but mine is over! Woo hoo! My son graduated last week and now we are in the blissful time known as "summer vacation". Sort of.

I can agree to a some time off but I can't agree to months of tuning out!  He does have some summer camps coming up and in the meantime between now and the next semester starting, he has  a summer book club reading list. It's full of Lee Child, Eoin Colfer and World War II history books! One a week. That's all I ask.

Now, I just received a sample copy of a book that may be on his reading list in another couple of years. Special thanks to author Stefan Aarnio for sharing a copy of his latest book, "Hard Times Create Strong Men"  - you can get a copy on Amazon.  His first book, Self Made is available there as well.

 This book is written for men and as a woman reading it, I found some sideways insight into what might be the perspective of men in situations that women would see differently. Like dating!
I have a guest podcast appearance coming up where we will be talking about this very subject.
In reading the book it reads in a common speech tone and sounds like one guy talking to another. It's definitely not a PC  book and neither is the tone.

What I gathered from reading is a "take charge, take no prisoners, make decisions and stand by them" attitude and less weakness in being in charge of one's own self and life direction.

Topics range from sex, women, family, children, work, money, government, politics and everything that goes with those!

In reading the book, if I were to direct it as a scene in a film, I would definitely start with a father, bringing a journal to a son and asking him to sit down so they can discuss what's inside those hallowed pages.

As I made my way through the sections of the book I can agree with much of what Mister Aarnio is talking about.  That there is a gap in boys becoming men because there is a lack of generational transfer in knowledge, skill, craftsmanship and mentoring. It leaves a young man, to seek out the help he needs to grow into a strong man.

Every chapter has a good take away learning point, though page 484 has my favorite. Mr. Aarnio is talking about how he donated to help rebuild Haiti after the devastating earthquake.  He traveled to the Haiti to see first hand how the relief effort was impacting the local economy. The donation had built a very small no frills concrete building - not exactly what was described when the donation was made. Sometimes, when the West rushes in with aid to help, like the Red Cross, the help does more harm than good. Because of all the hand outs there was nothing for the local villages to do and they soon learned to rely on the free hand out versus grow their own cotton, to make fabric, to sew clothing to sell. Or grow their own food to feed the families and sell!

This book is a good read. It's large but worth the effort. If you are a mom of boys, this is a good book for you to read. If you are a man, this is worth you taking a look at.  Perhaps some of you don't read it cover to cover and instead use it more like a reference manual and go to the sections you need help with in the time of need.

Either way, I liked "Hard Times Create Strong Men" and I think it's relevant to today's culture, our future, and has practical applications that can help a young man change his ways for the better, now!

Get your copy on Amazon here.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Wine Wednesday: The Request Day - Post Your Go To Must Have Summer Wine

Hi ya Gorgeous!

Happy Wednesday - more like Winesday around here!

So, due to yesterday's accidental morning dose of melatonin and not getting my video assignments done and countless other things, I am not able to get online and do a live video today with a review of all of my new favorite wines from Israel!

I only have one left !  Next week I will do the Israeli wine video review.

Now - it's summer. Well, sort of. Our weather here in Arizona has been so weird! It would normally be warming up but instead we have had one freak storm after another. So much rain, which is a good thing - just odd.

Please let me know in the comments here on the blog or on the Facebook page for MakeupUniversity - what is your go to must have summer wine?

I wanna know!

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

REsolve Tuesday: Don't Quit! Even When You Feel Like It!

 Hi ya Gorgeous!
Happy Tuesday! Happy summer vacation and in case you like me have a heinous commute for the school year - happy no more commuting!

Oh it's the little things in life that bring such joy! Like, not having to do the 4 hour round trip grind of commuting - we both hate it! Ugh!

Though that is not what is at the top of the list for today's REsolve Tuesday topic, it's actually, don't quit.

See, we both hated the commute but it was so important to do it. So we did. There could be something that you are working towards, or on, or waiting to see the end of the tunnel light peek through and though you may be wanting to just give in and give up, to quit, I'm here to tell you, don't!

Don't quit!

Even when you feel like it!  You will be more mad at yourself for quitting than you will if you stick it out.  I have read numerous accounts of people who have survived suicide and they all say they regretted it the nano second that they jumped off the bridge, swallowed the pills or slit the wrists.
Regret can be a powerful thing.  These suicide survivors were hurting so bad the moment before hurting themselves though the power of life is such a precious gift that the moment they tried to give it back, they regretted it!

So I tell ya, no matter what the struggle is right now - please don't give up. Find one wee piece of joy that you can hang on to that could help you make it through.  People who work the 12 steps for addiction recovery, sometimes start with just focusing on the hour.  Make it through this hour. Then the next.

Start planning on your calendar - write it down - the victories you have enjoyed and how you are going to celebrate the next one!

You can do it! I'm cheering you on! 

p.s. Why no video today? Because I keep melatonin in my bedside stand and it is right next to my morning thyroid medicine. Sure, I should have seen this coming and it has honestly never happened until today.  This morning, in the wee 5 am early light, I fumbled in the drawer for the pill bottle and as I swallowed I noticed, the pill shape was different! Talk about the feeling of regret!

I had swallowed the melatonin instead of thyroid medicine and as there was no getting the pill back I had to adjust my day to half of the workload because I knew that I would be spending the other half asleep!

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Flashback Friday - The Mother's Day Edition - great gift ideas!

Hi ya Gorgeous!
Happy Friday! I hope you are having an awesome day and getting ready to celebrate an amazing holiday weekend!  In the USA, it's Mother's Day - a time to honor the person in your life who has been a mother to you!

I have had a wild ride recently with work, travel, a graduation, now Mother's Day and then my birthday. All good times, all in a weekend!

Don't even ask about the wild weather! It's been cool and raining in my normally hot and dry desert home. No complaints - just weird.

Now below I have some classic and helpful gift ideas for your Mother's Day celebrations and there is still time to get something wonderful for your mom!  I swear by buying fragrance at this time of year for the gift with purchases - so get some perfume for you and some for mom!

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

What Wine to Gift for Mother's Day?

Hi ya Gorgeous!

Happy Wine Wednesday! Oh girl- or boy - it's time to prep for Mother's Day. Personally I've had my gifts picked out for quite some time and I'm looking  forward to Sunday!

Now to add to the mix, on top of my gifts, I also have 2 new wines that were gifted to me and now I'm going to introduce them to you!

Meet Unruly!

Hope you enjoy it and remember to comment and let me know which wines you love to gift on special occassions!

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

REsolve Tuesday - Nomo Fomo

Hi ya Gorgeous!

Happy Tuesday - REsolve Tuesday to be exact! May birthday month continues to be amazing and everywhere I look there is so much to celebrate! Wee! Like giddy joy of a xenomorph enjoying a ride on a swing.

Artist Unknown - please message for credit!

 I'm continuing on the journey of tracking the goal setting from the beginning of the year - this video will check in wiht you!

Oh the sweet joy of taking stock and monitoring progress! Today we are focusing on Nomo Fomo - I'll explain in the video!

 Enjoy and please let me know in the comments what you are working on!


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Monday, May 6, 2019

MET GALA - Who Wore What

Hi ya Gorgeous,
Happy Monday.
Today is the MET Gala in New York and I've known of it, seen some of it before though I must admit. This year? I'm a tad more interested because Ocean's 8 was free on Prime and I watched it. No, not the original, the remake of the remake with all women and the story is told with all women.

The movie is centered around the MET Gala so I wanted to see what happened last night.

Whoa. Like her or not - Kim Kardashian West stole  the show - more so than Lady Gaga in my opinion because Manfred Thierry Mugler came out of retirement to dress her and the dress inspired by Gina Lolobrigida is amazing.

 Lady Gaga did a beautiful 4 part fashion show on the pink carpet and her makeup is on point! But! I still think, the best was Kim's dress!

Where as I think the best dress design was Manfred Theirry Mugler with Kim Kardashian West , my second runner up goes to Zendaya in a gorgeous color changing Cinderella ball gown! Wow - the feels!

So, dish - would you like to go to the MET Gala? If yes, who do you want to dress you and what type of costume would you want?

I think I would go and I definitely want the biggest, fluffied dress possible!

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Friday, May 3, 2019

Fuel Your Body Friday with HOPE& Sesame Seed milk

Hi ya Gorgeous!
How ya doin'?  It's Friday! It's May 3rd - the day before, May the Fourth Be With You! Are you planning on going - or, better question, did you get the confirmation to enter the new Star Wars land in Disneyland before it opens to the public?

That business is crazy! I do want to go and see it, though I will definitely be going in 6 months ...and when it's not hot.

Speaking of hot, it's been weird weather here - so hot, then cold, then rain, and now getting hot again. My plants to not know what to do! Speaking of plants, I have a live video for you today of a "first impression" tasting of the HOPE& Sesame seed milk in original flavor and vanilla. Plus, I have some tasty snack samples from Mozaicz and Handfulls.

As summer is rapidly approaching and a need for healthy grab and go snacks for road trips, days at the amusement park and picnics, you may want to try these!

Thank you to the brands and a chance to sample the new flavors and products!

Be sure and viisit for 20% off Hope & Sesame 1L 6-pack variety using the code SESAMELOVE    And then...check in on social media to follow along on the good journey!

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HOPE& Sesame organic sesame seed milk
Handfulls fusions denali mountain mix
Mozaics organic popped veggie & potato chips

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Wine Wednesday - Vintner's Select H

 Hi ya Gorgeous!
Oh you know what day it is -Wine Wednesday! I received my order of wines from The Barrel Room in Texas which is full of imported Israeli wines.
It's also the first day of May - which means, May birthday month! My birthday, my peiby's birthday and several friends all have birthdays in May - so let the fun begin!

I'm so excited to start the sipping! My first bottle I"m opening is the Vintner's Select H - a semi dry cabernet sauvignon.

Thank you for watching today! I have my first wine review from the Israeli wines I bought in Texas over Passover. Oh so good! Enjoy this review and introduction! If you have a wine I should try - let me know in the comments!


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