Wordless Wednesday * Inspired by Orson, our own version of dressing up in a sheet and jumping out of a bush and saying Boo! We couldn’t soap all your windows and steal all your garden gates…so we did the best next thing. Happy Hallowe’en!

October 29, 2014 at 5:00 am

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Mary Kay Helps Me Achieve That Naturally Youthful Look

October 27, 2014 at 8:26 am

The product featured in this post was provided free of cost to me. Please note that any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

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As you may gather, my dressing table and bag are full of Mary Kay products today, but let me tell you about times gone by.

I enjoyed doing my hair, and makeup, wearing stylish dresses accessorized by good jewelry, luxuriating in expensive perfume through my single work years.  Marriage and a beautiful baby girl changed all that in 1966.  Reality was a full-time job with an infant 24 days old.  Wake up call came early.   Change, clean, feed and pack up the baby; get ready myself; off to the sitter; on to work.  Time management meant my clothes changed to washable casual and time completing my toilet cut, foregoing most cosmetics, and wearing my hair drip-dry,

The children are gone now; also the grandchildren.  I know it sounds like it is all about me, me, me BUT with just hubby and me around,  I again have time for myself, shopping for clothes for myself, putting on makeup, and having my hair done.   Hubby says I am vane because I have my hair dyed the same natural brown with which I was born.  I am just not ready for gray hair.  The beauty salon I frequent is great for coloring, washing, cutting,  and blow-drying hair.  However, its policy is strictly no eyebrow coloring.

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Time to tame the frons.  Mascara just doesn’t work for me here; nor does brown eye shadow.   Wow!  The Deep Brown Mary Kay eyeliner is just my shade.  I can shape, fill, and color  those wiry wisps of brow so they accent not detract.

I have to admit that time has taken a toll on my skin.  Years, sweat, blood vessels, and pigment all take their toll.  Good cleansing, potions and lotions help save off coarse, thick, dry skin and wrinkles  and good cosmetics reduce the visible flaws of aging.

My biggest complaint up to now has been rough, sore, cracked lips 24/7.   I found a reason to smile when Mary Kay at Play solved the problem.  One application of NEW Poppy Love Jelly Lip Gloss leaves my lips moist all day and into the night.

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Didn’t Kierman Shipka  look great at at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy awards?  Attribute her Naturally Youthful Look to  Mary Kay At Play Jelly Lip Gloss in Poppy Love across lips, Mary Kay Eyeliner in Deep Brown on lower lash lines, Mary Kay At Play Baked Eye Trio in Earth Bound under brows, and Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color in Shy Blush.

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Mary Kay works for me.  I bet it will for you too.   Visit Mary Kay online at MaryKay.com, and also on Facebook and Twitter.

Do you have any makeup tips or tricks for looking young?

BOOK REVIEW * Roaming Reindeer by Angela Meju

October 26, 2014 at 11:34 pm

The product featured in this post was provided free of cost to me. Please note that any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

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Roaming Reindeer

  • Author: Angela Meju
  • Illustrator: Gau Family Studio
  • Reading level:
  • Juvenile Fiction
  • Hardcover: 43 pp.
  • Publisher: Match My Picn (October, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978099606234
  • Price: $34.95

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Traditions like The Night before Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, and Elf on the Shelf bring magic to the holiday season. Enter Angela Meju’s Christmas children’s book and its keepsakes Reindeer 1 & 2.

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Story Summary:
Gus and Sam, two of Santa Claus’s reindeer, decide to help Santa find out who is naughty and who is nice. Santa has given them magical powers to change size and fly which they use on Reindeer Roam and inside houses. As toys in disguise, one scouts as the other roams. There is so much work that they ask their reindeer friends to work with them in pairs. Then Santa packs his sleigh and knows where to go.

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My Opinion Only:
Grandson LA loves books. I love reading to him. Sharing Roaming Reindeer together was a huge win-win. He loved the idea of Santa’s shirted reindeer helping so much it inspired him to help. When the little boy in him showed, Reindeer 1 & 2, reminded him that one would always watch as the other reported to Santa. Sweet boy that he is, he was good as gold. He wanted Santa to check his list and see LA was nice. What a simple behavior motivator! What a way to show teamwork! Bet that girls and boys will love Reindeer 1 & 2. Imagine them seeing them daily trying to keep them together lest they send bad news. Roaming Reindeer is fun.

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Learn more on the Roaming Reindeer website. The Roaming Reindeer is also on Facebook and Twitter.

Breast Cancer Awareness Is smart.

October 25, 2014 at 5:00 am

The product featured in this post was provided free of cost to me. Please note that any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

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Breast scare. Be aware. It could save your life. When I was a teen, my never sick mother was hospitalized. Tentative diagnosis: breast cancer. Lucky that particular problem proved benign. Fast forward one half decade later, I feel a lump on my breast. Classic defense mechanisms denial then intellectualization set in.

I fear then man, or should I say woman, up and visit my family doctor. He refers me to a specialist. Of course, I panic. Still I follow through. The gynecologist’s exam shows it is a sebaceous cyst. I am lucky. However, what if????

Don’t be an ostrich. Don’t stick your head into the proverbial sand. Be proactive. Breast Cancer Awareness saves lives. Did you know that breast cancer caught and treated in Stages 0 and 1 has an almost 100% survival rate.

Soft & Dri and Play for P. I. N. K. are partnering in breast cancer research. From May 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014 sales of specially marked Soft & Dri products sold in North America such as Aluminum Free, Dri Gel Antiperspirant and Aerosol Antiperspirant Deodorant in specially marked packaging will support Soft & Dri’s $10,000 donation to Play for P.I.N.K.

Women, what’s in it for you? Think pink. Two big wins:
#1 Possible cures.
#2 An antiperspirant deodorant made for you that keeps you fresh and dry 24 hours.
Look for Soft & Dri in local stores everywhere. Those aerosol pink cans and plastic pink gel tubes are made you.

Learn more on the Soft & Dri website.

Down Syndrome

October 24, 2014 at 11:23 am

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Learn more about trisomy 21, a reality that begins the moment of conception. All children are individuals who are not the same and differ widely but have the same basic needs. Satisfying physiological and safety necessities is not enough. This child, every child, needs love, belonging, esteem, and self-actualization. Education and research gives hope for a brighter future.

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Help make the world a better place.

Wordless Wednesday * Beware: Pickled Pedalers on the Roads

October 22, 2014 at 5:00 am

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Book Review: Peekaboo Barn With FREE App

October 19, 2014 at 5:00 am

The product featured in this post was provided free of cost to me. Please note that any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

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Peekaboo Barn

  • Author: Nat Sims
  • Illustrator: Nathan tabor
  • Reading level: birth-3 years
  • Juvenile Fiction
  • Boardbook: 22 pp.
  • Publisher: Candlewick Entertainment (August 5, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 980763675578
  • Price: $7.99

I talked to all my children while they were still inside my womb. Ah, those were the days! Back then they had to listen. Then after they were born, I began reading to them. Books–no matter how they appear electronically or on paper–are the key to learning. I am glad that publishers are marketing more and more for young readers especially the youngest ones. You are never too old OR too young to learn.

Now I have four children and seven grandchildren. Know what? Every holiday each one finds wrapped in with his/her presents a book. New release, cookbook, reference book, picture book, there is a good book to fit every age, interest, reading level. Recently I reviewed Peekaboo Barn, a lift-the-flap book. I like it but better still my grandson will like it more.

Brief Summary:

Sturdy Peekaboo Barn invites infants and toddlers to guess the animal who makes a familiar animal sound. Then it allows them to open up what is behind the doors. Although flaps may rip as very young still developing their fine motor and tactile skills open them, seeing roosters, cats, goats, horses, dogs, hens, sheep, rabbits, cows,geese, pigs, mice, donkeys behind them is something to which they relate.

The Peekaboo Barn app has been played over 85 million times worldwide. Night & Day Studios recently unveiled an updated look to their classic app that features vibrant colors, more robust and playful animations and three new farm animal friends. The app includes twelve different language options, as well as a feature for caregivers and children to record their own voice in the app.

My Opinion Only:

I keep a small children’s library for young visitors. Peekaboo Barn became its newest addition. A sincere interest and good reading habits begins in homes surrounded by books.

Learn more about the book on the Peekaboo Barn website. Peekaboo Barn is also on Facebook.  Learn more about the app on the Night And Day Studios website.