I’m Baaaack

Well, hello there!  It’s been awhile. I’ll get into the details about that on a later post. I just wanted to come say Hi! And that I plan on posting much more often. I have a HUGE bin of empties to review. I was trying to figure out how to “stage” them to photograph, when I came across a wonderful post on http://www.ElleSees.net on how to make a beautiful tray. So, my sweet hubby made a run to our local Home Depot and picked up the materials. Then he made me a tray!  You will be seeing it in action staring this week! Have a great Monday!

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Happy Memorial Day

Almost 79 yrs ago
My Nanny, she gave birth
The sun shined a lil’ brighter
When my hero arrived on this earth
He was the youngest son
His Daddy was a preacher
He grew up very quickly
With Vietnam as his teacher
He did a couple of tours
Got commissioned on the battlefield
His love for his country stayed true
Never to lessen nor to yield
He gave so much for what he believed
For the freedom we have each day
I’m so thankful to have him here
So he can hear me say…
Thank you Major Richardson
For serving the red, white & blue
You’ll forever be my hero
Always Daddy…I love you.

Strong…. NOT a statistic

My daughter is one of the most stubborn people that I’ve ever met.  I used to almost lose my mind over just how stubborn she was.  Now?  Now I see how she was blessed with a tenacity for which I will be forever grateful. You see, she could have been a statistic.  But she was much too stubborn and strong  for that.

Jennie was a straight A student and varsity cheerleader when she got pregnant as a sophomore.  Yes.  She was 16 years old.  I thought the world was ending at the time.  I assumed her education was finished and all of her dreams were unattainable because she was a child having a child.  Boy did she prove me wrong.  We moved her to an alternative high school where she could work at her own pace. She turned in her final school work while she was in the hospital with Pre-Eclampsia.  Kaydence was born in 2004.  In 2005, Jennie was Valedictorian and gave the speech with her family and her daughter watching from the audience.

Jen started college right away.  Brent, Kaydence’s father, graduated high school in 2006 and he and Jennie got married that June. They both worked and went to college.  Chandler came along in 2007.  Kallie in 2009.  Jen graduated from Tarleton State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Child Services in December of 2009.

A lot happened during those years, they were young adults raising children.  Chandler starting showing signs of illness when he was 9 months old. He spent his 1st birthday in the hospital.  He would later be diagnosed with Schwachman-Diamond Syndrome.  He also has a Chiari Malformation and he had a major surgery for that in 2009.  That’s a lot for a young couple to go through.  Unfortunately, Jen and Brent’s marriage did not survive all of this trauma.

But, remember, Jen is one stubborn young lady.  That stubbornness was a Godsend in 2012 when she had her thyroid removed due to Thyroid Cancer.  November 1, 2011, Jennie married Tony.  He has been wonderful in taking care of her and the kids.  The kiddos are incredibly blessed because not only do they have loving parents in Jen and Tony, but their Daddy remarried too.  His wife, Shanna is a wonderful stepmom.  They have all adjusted to co-parenting.

I’m proud to say that not only has Jennie gone through everything that she has and survived, but she has thrived.  She is almost finished with her Master’s degree.  She is a middle school Special Ed teacher.  She is strong.  She is a survivor.  She is NOT a statistic.  She is my daughter and she makes my heart sing. I love you more Jen!

 

Pressing Eye Shadow

imageimageimageLast night, Bug and I pressed all my loose pigments into eyeshadow pans.  I bought a Z Palette and some metal shadow pans from Amazon. Then we watched a few tutorials on YouTube and bam!  Well, not quite that fast.  But, it was easy. All you need is loose shadow and rubbing alcohol!  I never used my loose shadows because I am a total klutz and knew I would end up a shimmering, colorful mess if I even attempted. But now!  Now they are all lined up in pretty pans and will be much easier to use. Oh, I’m sure my face will still end up being a shimmering, colorful mess, but hopefully my vanity and clothes will stay shadow free now!

Tuesday Thoughts

I haven’t updated in awhile.  So much for my consistent thrice weekly posts!  I wrote this post earlier, but it just disappeared.  So frustrating.  I really need to learn how all of this works.  This month has been crazy busy and all of the events really deserve their own posts, so I’m just going to do a quick recap.  

1. My daddy is in congestive heart failure.  He’s had a couple of different procedures, but really isn’t doing all that great right now.  My momma is confused and worried and I’m worried about both of them.

2. A friend of the family passed away on March 19th.  Dave was the father of my son’s best friend.  His funeral is tomorrow.

3. I turned 50 on March 4th.  My sister came in from Florida and all of the people that I love so much made sure that I had a wonderful celebration.

4. My mom and I went on a road trip to Mississippi to pick up my granddaughter.  The weather was awful, but the time spent with my mom was priceless.

5. I seem to have fallen down that deep dark hole that is called depression.  I have even been ignoring the caring crate.  But I am fighting, make that clawing,my way out of this evil fog.  I have devised my own little coping system that I will share on a future post.

So, all of the above, plus just life in general, has made for a crazy, painful month.  I’m definitely looking forward to the April showers and even more excited about the May flowers.

Still kickin’

Susie

Friday Faves and Failures

  I have 12 empties for this post.  I cannot figure out for the life of me how to turn this stupid picture around.  Sorry.  I’m obviously still learning how to blog.

1. Eco Beauty Goodnight Cream– Ipsy.  This lotion was okay.  It wasn’t great but it wasn’t horrible either.  It is not thick enough for me in the winter.  But I finished it up when it was still hot outside.  I used it after all my other nighttime products and before my face oil.  It did the job.  I like the pouch but I would not repurchase this lotion.

2. Angel Face Botanicals Grace Facial Toner–Goodbeing Box. I loved this.  I used it every night after cleansing and it made my skin feel great. It was not drying at all.  I can definitely see myself purchasing this toner when I finish my others.

3. Olay Botanicals Moisturizing Toner–Walmart (I believe).  This was a nice toner.  I used it in the mornings after cleansing and it didn’t dry me out.  I like the Olay brand and would buy this when I run out of all the others in my stash.

4. Royal Apothic Bubble Cream–Little Lace Box.  I was so happy to discover this!  I loved the cream itself.  It smelled so nice and it made my skin so soft.  I felt like I was in a fancy hotel spa every time that I used this. I definitely plan on buying this in the future.  My only complaint is that it was hard to squeeze the cream out of the tube.  

5. Laneige Water Sleeping Mask– Popsugar + Target. This was the first sleeping mask that I ever tried and I immediately became a believer!  I used this twice a week and I loved the way my face looked in the morning.  All plump , dewy and soft.  I’m so happy that I have a couple more of these thanks to Target boxes.  I will purchase a full size when I use those for sure.

6. Suzanne Kaufman Shower Gel/Shamoo. Net-A-Porter 2014 Holiday Box.   This gel showed me that just because it is expensive, it doesn’t mean that it is better.  I tried it as a shampoo and was very disappointed.  So then I used the rest as a shower gel.  It was okay.  Will not purchase full size and will even give away if I get another deluxe sample.

7. Simple Micellar Wipes–Target.  I love these.  I use them in the mornings to remove my nighttime products.  I have several other brands to use right now, but I will definitely repurchase these at some point.

8. Dove Dry Spray–Allure Thrills.  This worked just fine and it was nice to get a full sized deodorant in a box.  But, it made me cough every time I used it.  I don’t think that I will buy it just for that reason.

9. Olay White Strawberry Body Wash–Walmart.  This gel worked fine, but the smell just wasn’t for me.  My grandkids ended up using it as a hand wash because they liked the sweet scent.  They called it the candy wash. I would buy this, but in a different scent.

10. MD Solar Sciences Tinted SPF 30–Birch Box. Loved this!  I don’t wear foundation unless it’s as special occasion, but I love tinted sunscreens and BB Creams.  This was a great match for my skin and I do plan on purchasing a full size this summer.

11. Beauty Protector Conditioner–Birch Box.  My new favorite shampoo and conditioner!  I love the way it makes my dry, mature hair feel and the scent takes me to my happy place!  I have already used my BB Points to buy the full sized set.

12. Eyeko Black Magic Mascara–Quarterly Box (?). I did not like anything about this.  It was a very dry formula and flaked in my eyes.  My eyes were so irritated and watery that I had to remove it within the hour.  I did not finish this.  I just filed it under “trash”.

And there you have it!  I have decided to use that grey round bin that came in PopSugar recently to house all of my empties.  This is one of my favorite posts to write because it feels good to actually use the products and it shows the progress that I am making. Kind of “justifies” buying more boxes!

Winner! Winner!

One of my favorite blogs is Subscriptionista.com. If you have never read it, head over there and be prepared to be entertained. It’s a blog about subscription boxes, yet so much more. Their writers are always informative while remaining firmly tongue in cheek. They make you feel like you are a friend they’ve known for years!  Anyway, they recently celebrated their year anniversary of blogdomness.  As their way of saying “thanks for reading”, they hosted a give-a-way.

I can’t even begin to tell you how many contests I enter on different blogs. But, but, but…this time I didn’t just enter, I WON!  Yay for me!  What magical product did I win, you ask? Well, it was several products! I won a mini travel bag of Korean skin care!  And! I received my prize on Friday, March 4.  That may be an ordinary day for you, but for moi, it was a huge day!  I turned the big 50 that day!  Yes, I guess I’m officially middle aged. I really don’t know when in the hell that happened. Yesterday I was a teenager. But now I’m receiving AARP cards in the mail. Dammit.

Back to the prize!  It was a wonderful feeling to receive a box in the mail that I didn’t have to use my credit card for!  I can’t wait to try out all of my goodies and I will let you know if any of them made me look 25.  Heck, I’d even take 40!

Thank you Subscriptionista.com!  I love the goodies and I love your blog!  Happy first Anniversary!

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Friday Finishes~Faves and Fails

Hi Y’all!  It’s Friday review time!  Today I’m going to review a book, but first I wanted to recap this past week.  I know my goal was to post every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  That did not happen this week.  Last weekend was great.  Adrian and I went on a dinner date and then walked for about an hour at our local “health park”.  One of our grandsons had a birthday party (he will be 8 on the 27th) and another grandson was treated to an amazing night of fun courtesy of Western Wishes. I am planning a future post about Western Wishes and how they have impacted his life.  Then Sunday, we had a sleepover  for the grandkids. (they had Monday off for President’s Day).  That was so much fun.  Until the scary part came….. Our youngest grand (he’s 1) had a seizure.  I had never seen a baby have one.  I did not stay calm.  I freaked out.  Thank God Adrian was already home from work.  He was a rock.  We called 911 and they took JL to Cooks Children’s Hospital (about an hour away).  It was a febrile seizure.  Turns out he had a severe ear infection and it caused his fever to spike quickly which in turn caused the seizure.  I’m happy to report that he is just fine and I’m also reporting that I’m praying I stay calm if it happens again.  But, please God, don’t let it happen again!

So, for my Friday Finish this week, I am reviewing a book.  I downloaded this book to my BlueFire Reader app.  The book came from the public library.  It’s called Ally Hughes Has Sex Sometimes and the author is Jules Moulin.  I know the title makes it sound like it’s all about sex, but I promise it’s not.  This is a sweet novel about love.  Ally Hughes is a college professor and single mother to 20 year old Lizzie.  The book begins when Lizzie is 10.

I really enjoyed this story.  It is a funny, sweet rom com that is a light and easy read. I laughed out loud several times and that always a win for me.  I love when writers can make you laugh and/or cry.  I could see this book as a movie on the Hallmark or Lifetime channel.   The story is about trying to juggle motherhood on your own while working and having your own life.  Ally has too much self guilt and doubt to have her own life, hence the title.  Although it was a little unrealistic at times, I’m really glad that I read this book.  Sometimes a sweet, simple and easy book is just what is needed.  I think this story fits that description just right! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Craziness

 

Right after I pledged to post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, everything got a little crazy.  It’s almost midnight and I’m taking my mom for a procedure in the morning, so I will post while I’m playing the waiting game.  This past weekend was busy, good and terribly frightening all at the same time.  This is my motto right now:

 

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This is my way of meditating right now…. by coloring.  Yep, I’m embracing my inner child and coloring.  Only I’m a big girl now, so I get to use permanent markers instead of crayons!!  And I stay in the lines better nowadays too!