Thursday, July 31, 2014

Bangs Versus Botox

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We probably all know someone who has given in and done the Botox dance…hey, maybe “we” are the one???  Maybe we snuck into our dermatologist office to get a little lift and fill, or maybe we laughed nervously as we passed wine and cheese at a friend’s Botox party as we awaited our turn at the end of the needle…tiny as it may be.  Either way I bet you have thought about it, even if you would never do it.  Who doesn’t think those little lines would be nice if they just went away? Actually a good friend of mine recently had it done and she said she did OK until they got to the little lines on the outside of her eyes and then she got a little woozy and there was a little bruising.  She was pretty pleased with the results though.

All that is well and good for the brave heart amongst you…but I am a wimp.  Literally, the idea of you sticking a needle in my face…albeit a little needle, FOR FUN, just doesn’t quite make me able to sit still.  Now, there are certain cosmetic procedures that I feel I could endure but for some reason the tiny needle in my face is not one of them!  So, as I sat at my dressing table the other day, I pondered how to handle this dilemma of the particularly annoying lines forming on my forehead (of course, I was reminded of that hysterical scene in Christmas with the Cranks where Tim Allen’s character had a little tooooo much of the Botox love going on.)  And I was struck with an idea straight from God himself of how I could avoid the little needle and hide the lines without duct tape being involved…BANGS!  Why had I not thought of this before????  So, like any good Southern girl I called my Aunt (who happens to be my age…don’t ask as it will forever be a bizarre little tale of how my Mother and Grandmother were pregnant at the same time…back in the dark ages) for her opinion on bangs.
Boy howdy, was she all for it.  In her words, “I tried to let mine grow out the last time I got a haircut. I made it about 3 weeks or a month and then gave up. I trimmed them one morning before work and BAM…it made my whole head look practically marvelous immediately!  It was a miracle. I’m a bangs fan for myself…I mean it…even the BACK looked better that day.”  So, there I sat totally convinced I had completely solved my latest obsessive struggle with aging and then she added, “Fat solves winkles to some extent as well. I’ve somehow mastered wrinkles WITH fat.  Oh well.  Whatever. 

Hey what can I say, my pool of advisers can have a unique perspective from time to time but you gotta love them and I promptly made an appointment with my sweet, precious hairdresser (who also doubles as a therapist of the best kind, not to mention does the BEST blowouts on the face of the earth!)  Needless to say she was a bit wary when I rushed in and said “cut ‘em off” with what appeared to be a spur of the moment idea (it was!) especially since she was more than familiar with my mental state over the last few months.  But, she did it and I lived with it…and not seeing where the little places where the needles would need to go anymore was comforting.  Then low and behold I decided I needed a whole new do and I think, I really do, that I have saved myself from the little needles just a bit longer.   

Bangs win over Botox….hands down!

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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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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!!!

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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