Look Gorgeous with Minimal Effort using Mineral Fusion Makeup

Look Gorgeous with Minimal Effort using Mineral Fusion Makeup

Products from the Mineral Fusion Makeup Line available at Whole Foods Market, will keep you looking gorgeous with minimal effort.

The Mineral Fusions company is based in Denver, CO and they make skin care and cosmetics (in the USA) that are free of gluten, parabens, talc, artificial colors, synthetic fragrances, SLS, and phthalates. They’re also committed to sustainability and utilize wind power, soy inks, packaging from recycled materials and packaging that is recyclable.

I am a huge fan of Mineral Fusion and use quite a bit of their products so when the chance came to write about them as a Whole Foods Ambassador, I decided to share with you my favorite Mineral Fusion products.

#1 Hydrating Primer. My dry skin loves this primer. It smoothes and evens my skin tone and allows my foundation to glide on smoothly for a flawless look.


#2. Lash Curling Mascara. The curved brush on this lash lengthening mascara separates and defines lashes and is made with a hypo allergenic formula.

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#3 Lip Pencil. I use this lip pencil to line my lips and also use it to fill in as a base layer under my shear moisture lip tint which come in at number four.


#4 Sheer Moisture Lip Tint. This sheer lip tint adds shine and color without drying out my lips.

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#5 Nail Polish. With 61 shades to choose from that are free from formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl, phthalates and camphor, this polish is long lasting and goes on streak free.

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These products with just a touch of foundation and blush can give you a glamorous look with minimal effort.

Whole Foods Market is committed to carrying products that are up to their body care standards and Mineral Fusion fits the criteria. You can check out their standards here along with a list of 400 unacceptable ingredients that cannot be in any of their body care products.

Whole Foods Market carries the Mineral Fusions Makeup line and now for a limited time you can pick up this Whole Foods exclusive eye shadow palette that includes six neutral colors, eye shadow brush and eye pencil.

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Disclosure: Whole Foods Market provided me with some samples of the Mineral Fusion products and gift card, but all opinions expressed are my own.

Word Addiction Game App

Word Addiction Game App

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I will admit I am a Words with Friends junkie, so when I got contacted to try the new Word Addiction game app, I was very intrigued to see how it worked. After downloading the app and playing a few games,  I decided to do a little research about the game. It turns out the game was recently developed by a lady in Washington, Missouri, a suburb just outside of the St. Louis metro.

This is a girl after my own heart as she is a WWF addict as well as avid scrabble player. Word addiction is an elevated rendition of the other popular word games but takes the challenge a step further by offering a variety of boards to choose from, the ability to start a word wherever you choose and bridges and blocks to detour opponents from scoring more points.

Games can be played with a friend, a random opponent or solitaire.

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I currently have all three types of matches going on at the moment. My phone is quite full of game apps as I like to play to pass the time when we travel. I really like the solitaire option of this game as it can be played while the phone is in airplane mode or when I’m looking for something to pass the time while waiting on an opponent to take their turn.


If you like scrabble or other word games similar to that, i would suggest you give word addiction a try. Download the app and then come find me under sharminmeadows.

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I look forward to playing you soon!



Giveaway ~ $25 Gift Card to Scooter’s Coffee

Giveaway ~ $25 Gift Card to Scooter’s Coffee


Up for grabs is a $25 gift card to Scooter’s Coffee so if you are a caffeine junkie keep on reading on how to enter.

Scooters recently gave me a $25 gift card to try out their new organic iced teas and now it’s your turn to get your hands on a $25 gift card to Scooters so you can try them for yourself.


I have to admit I am not a huge iced tea fan but I had the chance to stop into scooters after day of shopping and the tropical hibiscus iced tea I tried recently was refreshing and sweet and unexpectedly delicious.


It is not overly sweet and has a little tartness to it. To enter the $25 gift card giveaway to try the teas for yourself just comment below on what your favorite ice tea flavor is or what you love about iced tea.


Contest will be open for one week and winner will be drawn at random by Random.org.  Contest ends midnight, July 1, 2016. Winner will be notified via email so be sure to leave a valid email address with your entry.  Good Luck and thanks for entering.

My Summer with the Nokia Lumina 2520 Part Three

My Summer with the Nokia Lumina 2520 Part Three

With summer coming to an end, I have one more post to share with you about some of the features of the Nokia Lumina 2520 which Verizon Wireless loaned out to me in June.

Nokia Lumina

Nokia Lumina

I am not one to watch a lot of news, so having the MSN news app on the start screen has really helped keep up with current events and news.

Another start page app I liked was the Reading List.  The handy features allows you to add content you find on the web to read at another time. I always feel like I am finding myself reading an article and then having something come up where I cannot finish it, or wanting to keep it for a reference and this app does the trick.

If my blog was more video based, the Video Director app on this tablet would be sweet! This app allows you take content from your videos and photos and select clips from them and then add music, titles and customize to create cool videos.

With What You’re Missing KC! being mostly about food, it is no surprise that I am loving all of the foodie apps available to download via the Windows Store.

The most recent one I encountered is Smoothier.  I am addicted to my Vita-Mix and one thing we do a lot of around here are protein shakes and smoothies.  Since a lot of my shakes are usually made up with what I have on hand, the Smoothier app is handy for calculating all the calories I am blending up. You just select the ingredients you have and it will calculate the calories.

Today on hand I had non-fat plain yogurt, frozen strawberries and a peach, which were all ingredients I found in the app. I guess my only complaint would be is that the app needs a broader range of common smoothie ingredients as added some honey and almond milk to the smoothie so it would have been nice to know the additional calorie count in those.

Strawberry Peach Smoothie

Strawberry Peach Smoothie

August was a busy month for the me as I emptied my nest sending both kiddos to college. I am sorry to say that this tablet has no way of drying those tears unless, someone has created some kind of tissue holding tablet case this device will fit in. However, having the Skype app on the start screen makes it easy to keep in touch, at the touch of the screen.

Kids leaving the nest

Kids leaving the nest


Last but not least, and which I have already mentioned before, you know this tablet makes a great travel buddy.  My most recent trip was riding the coattails of my hubby business trip to Napa Valley, where we tacked on a couple days to play. I love the entertainment features of being able to play games and watch shows while waiting on flights and in the air. It is also handy for looking up fun things to do and of course finding yummy places to eat like Cookhouse at the Oxbow market, which have some pretty amazing biscuits!

Beef Sausage and Egg Biscuit

Beef Sausage and Egg Biscuit from Cookhouse

It is now time to send back the tablet and I wish to thank Verizon Wireless for loaning it out to me. For more information on features about this tablet check out my posts on months one and two. To get tablet specifications, pricing or ordering information visit Verizon Wireless.





My Summer with the Nokia Lumina 2520 Part Two

My Summer with the Nokia Lumina 2520 Part Two

This is a three part series on the Nokia Lumina 2520. Verizon Wireless has graciously loaned me this tablet for the summer and in return, I will be sharing monthly posts on all the cool features. Read part one here.

Nokia Lumina

Nokia Lumina

July was a busy month with the Nokia Lumina 2520 and I. For starters I took it with me on National Social Media Day to an event held in Wichita. The guest speaker was Social Media Expert Mark Schafer and with Microsoft Word already installed on this tablet, it was handy dandy for taking notes on all of the great information he had to share. I could literally write a whole blog post just about that.

After the event we headed out for vacation where the tablet help pass time in the airport.  I was able to hook up to the wifi and watch some Netflix while waiting on a delayed flight.  I also downloaded various games and apps from the Google Play store to keep me occupied while in the air.

While exploring all of the features of the tablet I came across what looked to be an Xbox controller on the touch screen. I was intrigued by this as my son is an avid Xbox fan. Once home I opened the app and had my son log into his Xbox account, which opened up another level of features to this tablet.

In the app we are able to download apps and games from the Windows store, play a select number of Xbox games, look up Xbox friends, find achievements and more. Did you know my son has played 150 Xbox games? Neither did I but the achievement section tells you that. I am not sure I really wanted to know that! No wonder he had so much trouble with that math class in college, I am thinking he should have beed studying instead of playing.

Well I am sure that is more information than you wanted to know about my sons Xbox playing habits but none the less it is a fun feature of the tablet for the avid Xbox fan out there.

Lastly, I paired the Bluetooth keyboard with the tablet and it works like a dream. I love how it becomes a mini laptop. The keyboard is easy to use and makes easy to take on the go.

I have one more month with this Nokia Lumina 2520 so stay tuned for next months post on what else I can discover about this tablet.

In the meantime if you are interested in additional information about this tablet including specifications, pricing or more check out Verizon Wireless.com.


The Nexus 7 by Google

The Nexus 7 by Google

I recently had the chance to demo the new Google Nexus 7 loaned out to me by Verizon Wireless and am quite sad I have to send it back!

I have been on the go quite a bit these past few weeks and this tablet became my best friend. I had the best time trying out!

 While visiting other cities and trying to find our way around, the Google search and navigation system was a lifesaver. At the airport when my flight was delayed 2 hours, the ability to steam and watch Netflix made the waiting time pass quickly. Its thin and sleek design allowed it to slide seamlessly in my bag making it easy to take it on the go!

The high resolution of the sleek 7-inch screen makes the text super sharp and images very vivid and the tablet can be used vertically or horizontally. I must admit I love to play Words with Friends and usually play it on my phone, so playing it on the larger screen of the Nexus 7 became quite addictive.

Another addiction I have is cooking. I had the best time downloading cooking apps and searching for recipes and the size of this tablet is perfect for using in the kitchen. With all the apps and games available for download through the Google Play store, I am sure you will find an app for whatever you are addicted to as well!

At home, I found myself grabbing it when I needed a quick Google search or email check. The speed was phenomenal and sure beat firing up the ancient laptop I have!

One last note, most of my travel is the stretch of I-35 that runs from KC to Wichita and the 4G service this tablet has through Verizon Wireless never failed me, even through the Flint Hills of Kansas.

I wish to thank Verizon Wireless for letting me try out this tablet. If it were their goal to convince me to buy one by doing so, they have succeeded! I would very much recommend this tablet if you are in the market for one.

For tech specifications, service plans and additional information on the Nexus 7 check out VerizonWireless.com.