Monday, July 28, 2014

Make-Up Monday!

Avon has some great deal going right now and some wonderful new products as well.  Fall is just around the corner (hard to believe when it is 100 degrees outside but I have already started plumping up my fall wardrobe and thinking about fall make-up colors.  I know some areas in the South even started school TODAY!!!  Now, that is crazy! 
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Make-Up Monday!


Speed Dry Nail Polish Sale Colors $1.99
Can it be Monday already???   I promised to share some of my favorite Avon make-up finds with you  and today my focus is on nails. I think hands (and toes for that matter) can say a lot about a person and your "make-up routine" shouldn't stop with your face!  Although I like a professional manicure as much as anyone, it isn't in my budget, so I do my own nails and have found I really like Avon's Speed Dry 30 polish. It truly dries in 30 seconds and I have found it lasts better than traditional nail polish on my very thin, dry and brittle nails.  Best of all it is on SALE!

Right now you can stock up on some gorgeous colors for only $3.49
So, come on, lets get those finger and toenails looking gorgeous!!!! Thank You for supporting my Avon Store and me!
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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Two steps forward, Three steps back...

I have been doing really well lately, or at least I thought I had been..  I haven’t cried in a while.  But today, when I was getting my youngest ready for camp I opened a drawer and saw all sorts of memories.  They were clothes he had out grown, clothes from happier times when we had a whole family.  The tears started and I couldn’t stop them.  I just wanted to lay down in those clothes and cry myself to sleep.  I am crying again now as I think about it.  I miss my family and what family meant so very much.  We are now full of fractures filled with anger, hate and mistrust.  One thing I wanted my entire life is for my children to have close loving relationships with each other and I am seeing that dissolve before my very eyes. I hate this. I miss having back up when a child rearing issue comes up.. I miss knowing that there is someone who can step in when I can't handle it.  I am so tired of doing this alone.  I miss having someone to share the day with…I am lonely.  

I am tired of being strong when I really feel like “where are you God?” Why did this happen to us?

When will it ever, ever, ever get easier?

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Make-Up Monday!

As  you probably know I am an Avon Lady.  I sell Avon not just for the financial rewards but also because I really, really love the products and think they are an astounding value compared with drug and department store beauty products.  So, I am going to start profiling products I particularly like and use regularly (theoretically on "Make-Up Monday".)

Firm & Restore DD Body Cream
One of my favorites is Skin So Soft Firm & Restore DD Body Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 15!  It is fantastic.  I have lost quite a bit of weight this year and the need for firming cream has been huge and this has really helped the tone and look of my skin.  It also soaks in quickly and doesn't leave me feeling oily or greasy.  Oh, and at only $12.00 a bottle it is much cheaper than my previously used firming cream, with much better results.  I promise you won't be disappointed!

Age-Defying Corrective Neck & Chest Cream SPF 15
My next go to favorite has become the Skin So Soft Firm & Restore Age-Defying Corrective Neck & Chest Cream SPF 15 . I have a lot of sun damage on my chest area and this amazing stuff has reduced the appearance of that in no time flat.  I have tried all kinds of treatments for it and it never seemed to help.  I also feel like it has helped the firmness of my neck and under chin area substantially. It is also another steal at only $12.00!!!

 Also, right now there is a GREAT give-away going on and we all like a give-away, right?  With a purchase of $75.00 or more you get this great Summer Survival Kit: which retails for $47.00 but can be yours FREE with your purchase!
FREE with $75.00 purchase...everything you need for Summer Survival!

I want to thank all of you out there who support my Avon business and if you have any questions or would be interested in selling Avon yourself, please contact me!

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Monday, July 07, 2014

Banana Bread, Frugalista Style

I am committed to becoming a better steward of what I have been given and one big area that I think I can save is in the kitchen/pantry.  Years ago I was a good couponer and did most of our cooking/baking at home but over the last few years that just went away.  The last couple of years, in particular, saw me almost completely stop cooking/baking.  I used to really enjoy it, though, and I think if I could get back in the swing of things I would enjoy it again and it would be better financially and health wise.  Not to mention, with 2 boys and their friends, it is important to always have some snacky stuff on hand.

So today I decided rather than throwing out the 3 bananas that had seen better days I would make banana bread!  I found this recipe which called for just a few ingredients (all of which I had on hand!)

Banana Bread

  • 3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-1/2 self rising flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. With a fork mix the butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl.  Mix in the sugar, egg and vanilla. Add the flour last and mix well. Spray a 4x8 inch loaf pan with no stick spray. Pour mixture into prepared loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour.  Cool on rack before removing from pan Iif you can wait that long!) Slice and enjoy!

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Friday, July 04, 2014

Happy 4th of July, 2014

I can't believe I am actually sitting here on the 4th blogging about the day already, but my kiddos are both napping from the fun we have had already.  I am not even sure we will make it out to see the fireworks because they are so pooped!
 Me and my baby girl!
 There were races (that is my sweet baby boy on the very right!)
 And, of course, diving for dollars saps one's energy!
 And most of all aggressive water volley ball will really take it out of you!

So, I am hoping for a second wind so we can catch the fireworks later and finish up this really wonderful celebration!  I hope you had a wonderful day filled with friends, family and fun.
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