Saturday, January 10, 2015

Shameless Self Promotion and Lets Talk Skin Care Saturday!

If you have read much of Southern Somedays you are award that the last year+ has been pretty rough. From relationship to health issues it seems I have had to deal with a lot but....wait for it...I am proud to say I think my skin looks great.  I ventured out of my box this year and tried lots of new things for my skin and also became an Avon Representative (see right side bar and come shop with me!)  I started out with Avon hoping to make a little extra money but then really fell in love with the value and quality of the products.  So I am going to reveal my favorite skin care tricks today:

First off, I am loving this Vitale Gel Cleanser, under eye cream and moisturizers  The cleanse takes the make off without making me feel dry.  The Vitale Eye Gel Cream has helped tremendously with the dark circles that seemed to have become my trademark (not one I really wanted to be known by!) and the Day and Night Moisturizers are the bomb, not to mention they smell delish.
 Avon Vitale Skin Care Regiment
Another product that I truly am singing the praises of and wish I could afford to just bath in it and everything would tighten up is Avon's Clinical Thermafirm Face Lifting Cream!  It is a miracle in a jar as far as I am concerned.  
Avon Thermafirm Face Lifting Cream

Along with the Thermafirm I am using Avon's Anti Aging Contouring Serum which has given me some great improvement with my jaw (jowls) line and fore head....which is greatly appreciated since I am still not ready to jump on the botox wagon quiet yet....though it may still happen.
Avon Clinical Anti Aging Contouring Serum
So, if you New Year's resolution was to take better care of your skin, you can go wrong with any of these products!  I use them, believe in them and would love to help you find just the right combination for your skin!
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Monday, January 05, 2015

Happy Birthday!

Today is the day....the day that my first born baby boy turns 18.  I just can't believe it.  Though, to look at him he looks like a man, he has taken on the responsibilities of a man in many areas of life but I can still see that sweet, innocent baby boy in his eyes if I look quick enough.  I am proud of this young man and I know that God has big things planned for him.  He is becoming a real man, a rock that can also be a soft place to land.  I am blessed to have him in my life and my family.  I never knew 18 years ago what he would come to mean to our family years later...but God knew.  I love this sweet man.



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Sunday, December 28, 2014

3 years later

I meant to blog about this yesterday, which was the anniversary of the day, 3 years ago, that my life and that of my family changed but the day got away from me.  But I can't let it go by with praising God. You see, I almost lost this little man on that day 3 years ago.  You can go back and read the story (in 3 posts) here: 2011 Ending in Prayer, (Part 1).  If you have ever seen life leaving the body of your child you will understand the deep and heart wrenching change it can have on you. You can never truly forget. You can never fully be the same.  That day, though...I saw a miracle that only God could perform.  Also, that day started a journey towards a word I knew very little about....Epilepsy.  But, as yesterday dawned I was awe struck by the blessing that I saw when my strong, healthy and seizure free young man wrapped his arms around me.

I should also mention something about our Christmas celebration.  It was fun, fully of family and friends and lots of laughter (laughter being the best medicine!) and way too much food.   I was so glad to have my sweet family gathered around me. I am very grateful for each and everyone of the them and what they bring to our family...even the fuzzy ones!.
Here's to a blessed and joyful New Year!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Being Thankful 2014

I have to admit, this year I have had a hard time finding my groove in being thankful.  Most of that is my own selfishness.  I know I have more than I could ever count to be thankful for...but this has been a hard year.  I have lost a great deal...my life as I knew it, my children's lives as they knew it and love I thought was for a life time. I have had to come to terms with the ugly realities of betrayals and the shock of realizing you don't always know the people you are most vulnerable with.  I have had to begin wrapping my mind around a reality that the last 30 years of my life were not what they seemed and only a mirage.  So, I find myself stunned often by those realities and they make me overlook what I should be thankful for.

Each year on the blog I try to post about what I am thankful for, and this year it is taking more thought, more consideration than usual.  I haven't spent the month of November documenting the special blessings in my life as in the past; but there have been blessings.  I have 3 jobs (yes, 3 part time jobs!) that I like which have come just when they needed to, I have a warm, safe house, a car that is reliable and most importantly I have 3 amazing children to share my journey with.  I know if it had not been for their presence in my life I would not still be standing.  They each have unique strengths and talents and bring different joys into my life.  I am waiting expectantly to see just what God does in their lives in the coming seasons, because I know in my heart He has big plans for them.  He would not take them through what they have faced if He didn't have BIG plans for them.  I can't wait to stand on the side lines and cheer them through their lives.

I also have many dear, special friends to be thankful for, some old and some new.  I wish I could tell you what each one has brought into my world this year but it would take days to write each blessing down.  I am just thankful for their love, support and help.

I am also thankful for my parents and their support this year.  It was a painful year of loss for them as well but they did all they could to help me and the children.  I am blessed.

It is a different year...this 2014.  Holidays won't be the same and our family is learning to be a family...just a smaller one...but we are blessed.  Thank you, Lord.


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Birthday Week!

Birthday week….yes, I said week.  I probably should have said month because my baby girl has always had a way of spreading it out for the whole month.  This week my first born baby turned 23.  That is a real, grown up number…23.

I can’t begin to find the right words to express what she means to me and has since the very first day I found out she was on her way.  That day changed me and changed my life.  Then on the day she was born something amazing happened to my whole world.  It just seemed more beautiful and love more plentiful.  She made me want to be a better person and I wanted her to have a life filled with joy and love.  I knew that day that I would do anything to make that happen.

This last year she has had to take care of me though, more than I have taken care of her.  She has had to lead me through some dark days, even when she was dying inside.  She has fought for me like no one else ever has.  Little did I know 23 years ago how much I would need her one day.  I am so grateful for the blessing that God created and shared with me  in this beautiful, smart, talented and strong young woman.  

Happy Birthday Week, my sweet girl!

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P.S. Please pop back a post and throw your suggestions in for my new blog name and enter my give-away!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Naming Contest!

So, I have decided I do want to pursue a new blog with a different feel, which I hope to show growth and transparency in my life and heart and also share the things that I still love even after the hard year I have faced.   I don't want Southern Somedays to go totally away because it recorded my life for years, the life I had always dreamed of and loved....until the very end. But I also lost a lot of myself in the pain of the past year so I am hoping to refocus and share that transformation.  It won't always be pretty and filled with bubble gum and roses and I am sure there are those out there that would rather not read some of the words that may tumble out but it is my story, my life.

There was a while where it was easy to overlook what I  really love, what I really enjoy and what I just think is just fun and now is the time to do some rediscovery. But without a name, I am feeling stuck...so help me out!  If I pick your suggested name and/or tagline (you must leave in a comment!) I will send you Talbot's new, amazing fragrance roller ball.  I am in love with this perfume and think it is perfect!   You will receive Talbot's new signature fragrance in a travel-ready .25oz fragrance rollerball. Timeless, feminine and modern, this new scent exudes an easy elegance with a fresh, floral and fruity bouquet. 

Can you tell I really love it???  So fire up those creative juices and help me find a new blog name so I can get that new blog up and designed!

P.S. Comments and suggestions left on the previous post will be considered as entries as well!  Thanks!!!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Something Wonky This Way Comes...and a Give-Away


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Something has gone terribly wonky with my blog.  My photos seem to have gone the way of the wind and I am trying to figure out how/why.  Anyone with any GREAT ideas or has had this happen to their Blogger blog please let me know what is going on!!!

In other wonky life things, there really isn't much to report which I consider to be a delightful thing as I have had a couple of year of wonky and don't consider wonky a good thing.

I am working 2 jobs that I like and trying to balance being a single Mom, house cleaning (sort of), cooking (doing much better here!), laundry (sucks) and trying to develop a grown up girl life of my own.  I have been spending a lot of time studying budgets and financial things as I feel I really let myself be really stupid in that area for way too many years...but I am working on it...even if it makes me sleepy reading most of it!    I have moments when I want to cry but those are fewer and fewer between and usually just when I am really, really tired.  I am meeting new people and spending time with them and that has helped a lot as it is always good to find others to laugh with and experience new things with.

I am even considering stopping Southern Somedays and starting a new blog to reflect my new life but can't come up with a good title.  If you have any ideas please leave them in the comment section because I think a new blog, just like new bedding, or a new purse can sometimes just give you the creative burst you need!  If I pick your name I will send you a prize (not sure what but it will be something wonderful I can promise!!!

I have missed you blog friends!

Edited to add....I fixed it all by myself and my photos are back!  Whoot!