To Eyelash Extend or Not?

So, everywhere I go, women have these spidery eyelashes that look amazing.  I have wanted longer lashes for a long time…but I was scared to try it.  Until now, my wonderful husband gave me eyelashes for Christmas.

Here is my experience:

It took 2 hours

It was relaxing for the 1st hour and then it made me antsy because my eyes were closed.

It did not hurt except once when it felt a bit poky on the edge of my eye–and the adhesive can burn for a few seconds.

It costs about $100 and lasts about 3 weeks at which time you need a refill

Refill costs about 30-50 dollars

The results: I love them!  They feel like my own lashes and they look like my own but longer.  I feel glamorous and confident enough not to want to put on a scrap of other makeup.  Also, they seem to make my husband do things for me when I bat my eyelashes at him.


South Africa Trip Part 1

Hello Friends,

I went to South Africa to visit my daughter (she was completing her study abroad)  in Capetown.  We felt this was a wonderful excuse to visit Johannesburg,  the Kruger, Durban, and Maputo— “Gilmore Girl” style—lots of spontaneity, gallons of coffee and little bit of charm and wit.

Capetown is a gorgeous place that has an electricity that I have never felt anywhere else that I have traveled.   The people are amazingly friendly (when you say thank you…their reply is always “Pleasure”) and the food is wonderful!

Koeksister and coffee–a donut-like pastry that is uniquely South African and so delicious.

so good! I needed one of these every morning!

We stayed at Naomi’s “Bel-Hoorn Guesthouse” which was our home away from home–walking distance to the University of the Western Cape.

Bel-Hoorn Guest House
Bel-Hoorn Guest House Address: 19 Azalea Cres, Belhar 17, Cape Town, 7493, South Africa  Phone:+27 21 953 0035

The Kruger was the highlight of our African trip because we got to see the ‘Big Five’.  Here are some pictures and videos.

Safari in South Africa–Kruger National Park

King of the Jungle–So close…and majestic…showing us who is the boss!


Giraffes are so graceful


Black Rhino–Don’t give them eye contact…

Don’t mess with this one…he is feisty


Elephantsthey eat so cute!

About Me Bio

20140619_000356Hello, my name is Nina Deaton—a teacher, a new and often frustrated DIYer, and a self-proclaimed experimenter/cooker of foods. I live in Chattanooga, TN with my genius- with-coding husband, my soon-to-be-finished-with-college son and a somewhat autistic dog named Otis Charles Deaton (a.k.a. OCD).  Feel free to follow me in my forays into food, travel, and preparing for an empty nest by adventures in DYI/organization and more.