Walk Down Memory Lane - My Week in Pictures – August 10 – August 17, 2008 #memories

August 10, 2008 – I took this picture of a some kind of huge bee. We had zipped up the gazebo when we spotted him buzzing around. He was the size of a small hummingbird. After looking at him lying on the table in some sort of spasms I may never kill another bug in my life. Look at those eyes.

August 11, 2008 – My son is so happy in this picture. We had been holding hands and spinning. He had crayons in his hand saying they were like a rainbow. I snapped this just as I let go of him while spinning.
August 12, 2008 at the park early morning with my kids. We like to go before the crowd. We usually go about 3 times a week and I spend 20 minutes of our time pushing my son on the swing. He loves it but I need him to start doing it himself. I am not helping him if I keep doing it for him. He just looked so sad sitting there as he begged me to push him.
August 13, 2008 My 42nd birthday. Interestingly enough there is not one picture of me this day. Not me getting my card or blowing out the candles on the mini cake I made either. Tear. Anyway…my friend and her children dropped by with their dog who was wearing a dress. The dog not my friend.
August 13, 2008 Since it was my birthday I am putting up two pictures. We were graced by a beautiful butterfly for the past 3 days. I think it was a painted lady. She would come in the gazebo and hang for hours. This day I got a bug catcher and caught her so that I could show Goddess who was amazed by her.  In this picture she was kissing the cage. We finally let her go after I took about 25 pictures through the lid. She still hung out in the cage long after I opened the lid.
August 14, 2008 – Why did I not take out my camera. I don’t even remember what I did this day.
August 15, 2008 I went and got my nose pierced. I have wanted one since college and never did it. The other day my husband mentioned that he was going to tell the mortician who embalms me to just pierce my nose, “she always wanted one.” I decided then and there that I waited long enough. I took my kids with me, my son held my hand and it took all of two seconds for the piercing, 3 minutes of bleeding which started 2 minutes after he was telling me that it was amazing that I wasn’t bleeding. Then about 2 days of a dull ache.

Ok, I digress..The picture…my son waited 3 weeks for this Blue’s Clues chair. He had to sleep in his own bed (not come in mine in the middle of the night) for 10 days. Every day that he did he got a Blue’s Clues sticker on a special calendar. When we finally gave it to him blown up (he was allowed to have it the whole time just not blown up – for 5 days it was in the box and the remainder, the box was opened but it wasn’t inflated) he was ecstatic. His face was priceless andhe walked around saying, “my chair is so beautiful.” This is him in his sister’s room playing X-Box.
August 16, 2008 – The annual Oz BBQ. This year the theme was Ozzapaluzza. It was awesome. My kids rocked, the food rocked, the company rocked, the music, what I did hear rocked and the coffee on my way home ROCKED.  My son’s Godmother Bek bartended and hosted a fab shindig which was supposed to feature Alternative music but somehow someone requested Brad Paisley’s, Tick song. Go figure. Interesting choice, since the person who requested the song, may or may not, have children who brought home some ticks, after feeding bread to a deer with the help of Bek’s cohost Ohio.
August 17. 2008 – Totally rocking the nose ring.

Rejunventating Your Skin Has Never Been Easier #Bioque

Over the past two weeks I have been using Bioque Rejuventating Day Cream. I have been a user of facial moisturizer since the age of 12 and really love trying new things these days.

I am totally in love with the jewel looking bottle. It is lovely on my bathroom counter but it what is under the cap that is really amazing.

Every morning after cleansing my face I apply the rejuvenating day cream in upward motions and wait for it to dry before applying foundation. I even add a bit to my foundation. Whenever I apply foundation I mix it on my hand with some moisturizer and apply with a brush.

What I have noticed after using for two weeks. The cream definitely makes my skin feel less aged. I actually do see huge difference in the feel and look. My skin is much more supple, silky and dewy. I think it has to do with the second ingredient Cyclopentasiloxane. This is a type of silicone. It absorbs quickly into the skin and causes skin cells to expand which erases a lot of those lines.  Interesting!

After I go through this container I will be purchasing another. You can too at Bioque.

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Dial Miracle Oil Liquid Hand Soap #Giveaway

Let the luxurious feel of Miracle oil gently remove dirt from your hands and leave them feeling smooth and refreshed.

Ingredients: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Cocamide Mea, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Dicaprylyl Ether, Decyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Peg-18 Glyceryl Oleate/cocoate, Polyquaternium-7, Dmdm Hydantoin, Fragrance, Tetrasodium Edta, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Yellow 5, Red 33, Red 4, Blue 1

The 411: 

I LOVE my Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash. LOVE IT! It goes faster than any other body soap in my house ever has and I think that is because my husband actually uses it too. He never uses anything except soap so this surprises me and tells me there is something to this Miracle Oil.

The hand soap is just as good. It leaves your skin feeling hydrated and soft. It also smells amazing.

If you want a chance to try out the Dial Miracle Oil Liquid Hand Soap it can be purchased at any store where you would find soaps and you can also enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a coupon for a free one.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was offered or received.

NEW Dial® Baby Body & Hair Wash and Dial® Kids Foaming Hand Wash #giveaway

Dial has jumped into the  babies’ personal care pool with Dial® Baby Body & Hair Wash developed with pediatric dermatologists for babies’ perfect skin. It gently removes environmental dirt for a head to toe clean. 

We all want what is best of our littles and this means taking care of them from head to toe with the best products out there. The Dial Baby gentle formula is for baby's body and hair.

It is hypoallergenic and has no added parabens, no artificial dues and is pH balanced.

They have also introduced Dial® Kids Foaming Hand Wash developed with pediatric dermatologists that makes hand washing fun for all ages! 

Kids hate washing their hands. I don't get it. It is so simple but they don't. As someone who works in a school I can tell you that I must say the words "wash your hands" at least 25 times a day and it is always met with "ugh, I don't want to" or even a down right lie, "I already did" when I know for a fact they did not. My eyes don't lie.

The Dial® Kids Foaming Hand Wash has a light watermelon scent and actually makes kids want to wash their hands.  We love it. I think it is funny how quick it goes. My soap lasts forever but put this by the sink and ummmm...well they always smell like watermelon.

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was offered.

Refreshing Flavored Water For The Approaching Warm Months

I received a sample box of Cascade Ice Waters, a flavored water and was really excited to try them out. I LOVE water and the flavors were enticing.

Like Orange Mango, Strawberry Mango, McIntosh Apple, Coconut, Strawberry Banana and so many more. Well, this many more......

My daughter and I grabbed our glasses and opened a Strawberry Mango. We were surprised by the carbonation sound upon unscrewing the first cap. That meant there was fizz and we love our seltzers.  I poured us both a glass so we could try each of them over the next few days.

First sip
Me: Ugh
Goddess: Mmmmmm I love it.

Second flavor
Me: Nope
Goddess: I love this one ever more.

OK I thought, maybe it is because I don't drink flavored water because I like my water.

So to be fair I took the box to work and put it in the teacher's lounge with a bunch of cups and a note saying please sample and send me feedback.

Everyone loved them!

Alex: Where can I buy these?

Cheryl: I like it. It would be a great way for me to drink more water

Chris: It is really tasty.

Cathy: They taste great! I would totally buy these.

Shawanna: The flavors go so well together. The Strawberry, Orange, Mango is amazing. I wouldn't think it would work but I want the whole bottle.

Will: They are really good. I would like them even better ice cold

Anita: 0 Calories? Get out of here? This is delicious.

Lisa: Wow this is really good. My kids would love this too.

Billy:  Who knew? I never heard of them. I like it a lot especially the carbonation.

So it was only me who didn't. I am so glad I brought them to work because what kind of review would that have been. Every bottle was empty when I went back to check.

I think I would have liked them better without any sweetener.

  • Cascade Ice waters are free of unnecessary and unhealthy “extras” found in other flavored waters like calories, sodium, caffeine, gluten and sugar. Compared to many popular soda brands which can contain upwards of 38 grams of sugar, Cascade Ice beverages are sugar-free and full of flavor.
  • Cascade Ice has 21 delicious and unique flavors including Cranberry Pomegranate, McIntosh Apple and Orange Mango in addition to the line’s three newest flavors, Strawberry Banana, Coconut Mango and Coconut Pineapple. The sparkling waters have a delightful “fizz” combined with natural fruit juices. 
  • Cascade Ice is available for purchase in all 50 states, at retailers such as Albertson’s, Safeway, Ralph’s, QFC, A&P, Raley’s, Coborn’s, HEB, Market Basket, Shoprite, Food City and Price Choppers, among many others. Click here for a full map of retailer: http://cascadeicewater.com/wtb.html

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary sample box for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was received or offered.

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Mother's Day Gift Idea - Photo Ideas #TellOn

One of my favorite days is Mother's Day because it is about honoring family and celebrating all that is beautiful about motherhood. 

My favorite gifts over the past 11 years that I have been a mom are the ones my kids have made for me. I love that they are personal and emotionally valuable which is really what your mom wants from you.  Remember the handmade arts & craft gifts you made as a child for your Mom? Artifact Uprising helps you recreate that special sentiment through their line of beautiful and refined products, including:
  • Hard Cover Photo Books
  • Soft Cover Photo Books
  • Calendars
  • Instagram Friendly Books
  • Decorative Photo Displays
  • Photo Cards
  • Post Cards
The item I went with is the Wood Calendar starts at $29.99 and consists of 12 of your favorite photos on a quality wood clip board with a magnet on the back for hanging up. You can start the calendar from the month you are purchasing so there are no wasted months.

It is a quality piece and I love the card stock recycled paper. My photos look amazing. I also love that it isn't glossy so; no nasty finger prints.

The other one I had printed out was the Soft Cover Photo Book.  I truly wish I could make 100s of these.

Everyone I have shown it to wants one and writes down Artifact Uprising mostly because it is truly a beautiful piece of art!

Believe me, moms, grandma, aunts, dads, grandpa, YOU...yes, even you will love this.

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Mother's Day Gift Idea: Timeless, Seamless And Ageless = #JordWatch

I haven't worn a watch since carrying a cell phone became the norm. Why wear one when I had my phone on at all times? I didn't realize how much I missed wearing one until I received a Jord Watch. Made of various types of wood, Jord Watches are truly unique time pieces that even watch enthusiasts will appreciate. It's a watch made of wood or a wood watch.

The watch comes in it's own lovely wood box with the Jord logo.

It also sits on it's own very special pillow. I really did love the presentation of the watch! 

The watch also comes with two extra links and the necessary parts to attach it to the watch. You DO size it when you order it by measuring your wrist and ordering the one closest to your wrist size. I needed to add one link to mine. It fit but was fit too perfectly. Adding the link was easy. We just took one of the nail like pieces that came with the watch and lightly hammered it against one of the nail like pieces already in the watch. It came out one, two, three. We insert the extra piece and lightly hammered it back into the watch. It is NOW perfect. Moves slightly and doesn't make me claustrophobic.  I LOVE IT!

 Isn't it a beauty. I literally can't stop taking pictures of it. You should see how many I didn't post.

It also looks seamless from the outside of the watch. It is the underside that has the clasp. Just lift it up from one of the pieces next to the Jord imprint and it pops right up to open up.

I can't stop looking at it!

Ready to play catch! It's a perfect watch for this busy mom because it doesn't look sporty, it doesn't look dressy and it doesn't look too casual.

It is a truly beautiful piece of art!

This is the Ely but there are so many to choose from.  There are even men's watches and with Father's Day coming up, this is a pretty nice gift for him as well.
My next Jord Watch will have a dark hue and a blue face like the Cora! It is WOW!
I use the watch almost every day. Honestly it is easier then taking out my cell to check the time. My job requires me to time check about 10 times a day and this looks so much better than checking my phone. No one can mistake me for using my cell at work and I can quickly give someone the time when they ask instead of searching for my cell in my pocketbook or digging it out of my pocket. Why did we ever give up watches?  I have no idea!

Check out the many varieties at Jord Watch and be as impressed as I am.  FYI the price is pretty amazing too!

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