Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Lovely Light Outages

It's so funny to me when a letter in a store's sign goes out and takes the meaning to a different place. There are two places in town that I go to frequently:

*I get my clothes all fresh and wrinkle-free at the "LEANERS" (at least they don't really shrink them!)
*I get my medication from the CVS "HARMACY."

That is all.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

"You Look Like a Baby, Woofus!'

Happy Valentine's Day!

It's been a good two weeks. Ramona's been relatively calm and reasonable. Today, however, I'm alone at home with her despite the fact that it's Sunday (hubby has to work) and she is kind of nutso. She was being pretty obnoxious this morning while she was in her high chair so I whistled to get her attention. She looked startled. I felt odd, whistling like that at my kid. She looked at me, scrunched up her face, and said, "I NOT a doggy. I a little GIRL." At least it got her attention. :)

After she got down, she decided to annoy the Rufus. I walked into the kitchen and witnessed what she'd done to him. He didn't seem to mind much; he was just sunning himself, glad she'd left the room. When I started laughing and ran to get the camera, he lazily walked through the house behind me to see what was up. I'm not sure how he avoided running into something, at least a little bit.

Then Ramona pushed the headbands back to where they were supposed to go and said, "You look like a baby, Woofus."
The Little Girl hugging the Baby:
He came over to beg me for back-up and she still wouldn't leave him alone:
Look at how his eyes are pleading with me to stop the embarrassment:
We ended up taking off the headbands and he's content again, lying in the sun where he started.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

A Poem: Tissue Paper Ghosts

I absolutely love poetry. I can't remember a time when I didn't. A few minutes ago, I came across one that gave me goosebumps and made tears prick my eyes as I thought of the way time marches on, every moment fleeting as we do our chores, love our families, shove aside our emotions and worries when we can or just have to, and trudge through the decades and the roles we cloak ourselves in as we get older and older.

It's called Tissue Paper Ghosts and it's by a writer named Katie Ford Hall. I don't have permission to post it here, of course, so here's a link.

Friday, February 12, 2010

SNOW!!!!

We never get snow like this!!! Best. Day. Ever. I got to drive in it, build a snowman, make a snow angel, and go "sledding" (on a sheet of cardboard) down the driveway. I really want to go down the huge hill in the back but I ran out of time. Maybe tomorrow...


Wheeee!!!! This was her second time down. She loved it.
Getting ready (these pics are all in reverse order because of the way they uploaded to Blogger)
We had a hard time getting started, but once we did, we almost hit the mailbox!
Woooo! There was a big mound of snow blocking the way, but we figured out how to manage.
At the top. Neither of us had ever done this. We were both a little nervous. The driveway's pretty steep. haha
Bushy brows and rosy cheeks are in, yes?
Close-up!
She looks way more elegant than I do trying to catch snowflakes on her tongue.
High-five! Thanks for letting you borrow my hat? No problem, any time.




It looks like the snowman's giving them the evil eye. He's going to try to kill us later when all the lights are out, isn't he?

My sorry attempt at a snow angel. The idea came up and I was down in a half-second!
The beginnings of the snowman.

This was meant to show how deep the snow was after it first started coming down. When I moved my feet and Ramona saw that there was mud underneath, she started to cry because it was "dirty" and we had to go in for a while. This was before the snow got a good bit deeper, hubby came home, and we started the snowman (she's been dying to make a snowman since she saw Caillou do it).

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Yoga Today

I discovered something awesome this morning in my daily blog-crawling time. It's Yoga Today. I love, love, love yoga but I'm not very experienced in it. I know the major poses and I'm fairly flexible, but I never stick to it long enough to really master it. Mainly because the workouts are kind of long and repetitive, and I only have DVDs to use for now. I don't want to pay the usually outrageous (imo) fees for a yoga studio on top of my gym membership fee. I also get bored with the DVDs I have. I love the way it makes me feel, mentally and physically. I have a lot of unexplained pain that almost fades to nothing after a few days of yoga.

Blah, blah, blah, enough with the I-<3-Yoga spiel. Yoga Today is neat because you can go there and do their free one-hour video that changes every week. If you'd like more, you can pay $3.99 per video download OR you can sign up for a year-long membership, which is $89.95 at the moment.

I just did the free video for today. It's 54 minutes of hard work.

Though this sounds like an advertisement for them, I'm not affiliated with them at all. I just found this this morning and thought it was so cool I had to share. I love the idea of a new workout every week--for free!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Yoplait Greek Yogurt

Yoplait has a Greek yogurt out now. I just saw it in my grocery store, but I'm not sure it's new. I can empathize with those who live in places that don't have grocery stores full of obscure items, and I have a feeling that the Greek yogurt from other brands may fall into that category for a lot of people. Yoplait, however, is often on shelves anywhere you can buy yogurt, so maybe, just maybe, they'll stock this one too.

They are 6 oz and have 0 grams of fat, 130 calories, and a whopping 12 grams of protein, so they make great snacks for anyone hoping to bump up their protein intake with a healthy snack. If you have little ones who love, love, love their yogurt, you can eat this even if they're hooked on their more colorful, fun yogurt.

I keep hearing that yogurt's great for you, blah blah blah, but I couldn't get on the bandwagon before Greek yogurt because it was either full of high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners. HFCS makes me feel guilty and sluggish; artificial sweeteners make me feel ill (even in something as small as a yogurt). They do have some sugar in them, but for me, that is the lesser of the evils. If I plan to have a yogurt, I put less sugar in my coffee or something along those lines so it evens out. I want to switch Ramona over to it, but she's hooked on the yogurt that comes with the candy bits on top. I made the mistake of grabbing those once and she hasn't been interested in any other kind since.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Free Shipping from Sephora

Get free shipping from Sephora.com by entering the code TOUCHDOWN when you check out with any order of $25 or more. That's for this weekend only.

Similarly, NARS is offering free shipping on orders of $25 or more. I'm not sure how long that one lasts though.

Facefront Cosmetics Sale

MAC--Gift with Purchase?!?!

I don't think I've ever seen MAC do a gift with purchase before, and this one only applies to Nordstrom stores or Nordstom.com. When you buy any two MAC eyeshadows, you get a free Shroom (it's their best-selling shadow). Nice!

I was tempted since I'm finally about to finish off my Shroom after about 6 years, but there's not a Nordstrom near me and $8.00 shipping for 3 eyeshadows (total cost pre-shipping would be less than $30) is a little steep in my opinion. They do have free shipping with purchases of $200 or more, but I don't need that much stuff! LOL So if you need a lot of things from Nordstrom or you have a store near you, go check it out!

This is for today (February 6) only! If you take advantage of it, let me know what your two shadow picks would be. I had two picked out (Arena and Style Snob) before I backed out due to the shipping cost.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Maybelline Stiletto Voluptuous



Most people--myself included--tend to review things they're passionate about, whether they love them or hate them. So today I'm reviewing a product that I just find "okay." I wanted to go buy it so badly. I passed it up once at Target because I didn't get anything else there and didn't want to stand in line for just a mascara. Then I had to go to CVS and I caved. I think I paid $8.99 for it.

The packaging: The same cute stiletto-shaped packaging as the original Lash Stiletto, but a stunning red instead of the black shade from before. The tip of the stiletto is black. I don't have any issues opening the tube like I do with Cover Girl LashBlast (love that stuff but I feel like a wimp when I try to get it open so I don't buy it too often). The brush isn't goopy when you pull it out because the inside ring of the tube does a good job scraping off the excess product.

The brush: I found the brush a little awkward to get used to. I like to coat the tops of my lashes first, then go underneath. It was weird to try to coat the top lashes without making a mess because it's got a tapered tip but the brush as a whole is still curved. I think that shape helps curl the lashes when you do go underneath, though. When I apply my mascara, I like to wiggle the wand from roots to tips and kind of do a curling motion, too. This brush is not conducive to that kind of application. It's strictly a sweep-from-base-to-tip kind of brush. You may be able to wiggle it a little, but again, it feels awkward. It's great for girls in a hurry who just like to sweep it on and go, but not good for control freaks like me.

The formula: Not too wet, not too dry. I'd say the formula's on the drier side as opposed to Maybelline Great Lash, for example, that goes on like water. I got Very Black and it is...I don't notice any "patent leather" shiny effect with this one and I didn't with the original one either. Very Black is not as black as the Great Lash Blackest Black, if you're familiar with that one, but it's not gray, either. It's definitely black. I think I read that some people had a hard time dealing with the smell, but I didn't notice one (especially not in comparison to Maybelline Colossal!)

The effect: Mediocre. It brings out my lashes, but the effect is fairly natural. I attribute this to the inability to maneuver the brush the way I want to. I can get the same kind of lashes from a coat or two of Great Lash or a coat of just about any other mascara. It's nothing special, but it gets the job done without clumping. I had visions of fanned out, beautifully thick and long lashes in my head, so I was a little disappointed. I think I like the original better.

The wear: It stays on just fine, but I don't think I'd notice a drastic difference if it did start to lose its effect. It didn't flake, so that's a plus. I was a little worried about that because in a few of the reviews I read, people said it did flake.

The verdict: I wouldn't buy this one again because I like my lashes to be "BAM!" but if you're a fan of the natural look and want a mascara you can just throw on and go (with the additional perk of a little curling without a separate tool), you may like this one. It's just an "okay" product in my book.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Sigma Makeup Brushes (SS188)

Sigma Makeup brushes--at least the 188--are like digging into a big dish of creme brulee, starting to feel a little guilty, and then lo and behold, you find out it's got half the calories of a normal batch of creme brulee (but all the flavor!). I've only got the 188, so I can only speak for that particular brush, but I've heard great things about the others.

I normally love MAC brushes, but I never buy them because they cost so darn much and I'd rather buy eyeshadow. I'm always on the lookout for good alternatives. I really needed a 188 style brush to apply my cream blushes. Fingers deposit too much color sometimes and it's hard to blend out. Enter the Sigma SS188 Small Duo Fibre Brush. It looks just like the MAC one, but it's about half the price.

I received it quickly, washed it, and got very little shedding. That's the first great sign. I hate looking like the carnival's Burly, Hairy Woman display when I'm done putting on my foundation/bronzer/blush, and I hate the fingernail marks I get sometimes once I'm finally done prying all the brush hairs off my face. I got none of that with this brush when I applied my cream blushes. The hairs stayed where they belong--on the brush. It blended my new Cremeblend Blush from the MAC in Lillyland collection like a dream.

I don't have MAC's 188 but I do have the larger 187 for foundation application (Sigma has an SS187 too) and the quality feels the same to me. The brush density is comparable. I don't think I'll ever buy a MAC brush again. I can't wait for the day when I need to replace my shadow brushes. I'm using Loew-Cornell's 239 lookalike from Michael's and it works okay for now, but I can't wait to need a replacement. I imagine the bristles of actual shadow brushes are a little bit softer.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

I Am Not a Cook

Friends, enemies, neutral readers...I am not a cook. That statement won't shock anyone, really. For the first undetermined period of time early in my marriage, my nights to cook consisted of lemon-pepper chicken or Hamburger Helper. I'll give you one guess as to who's the chef in my family (in my defense, I love to bake). With my husband's busy season in full swing now, however, I'm trying to expand my horizons. So far, I have learned two things:

1. I love Crock Pots
2. It's probably completely possible to give yourself an aneurysm using a garlic press

My mom recommended a cookbook called Fix It and Forget It--Lightly, so I bought it. I'm all about eating healthy even though I'd almost rather skip a meal than make one (don't really have that option with a family though!), so I thought this would be a good solution. So far, the recipes look bland--and they kind of are--but they're tasty enough and easy to do with a toddler on hand. I can't always promise to be able to make dinner at a certain time, especially not when I really have no clue what I'm doing. With this, I can do my prep work before things get crazy, then "fix it and forget it."

I'm still afraid I'll kill myself and anyone brave enough to partake in one of my home-cooked meals if I try to cook a chicken breast in a pan on the stove rather than safe and sound in the oven for an hour or more. But I can do more than lemon-pepper chicken or chicken-in-random-sauce this way. And if I get distracted, it doesn't matter. It's almost as good as inviting my mom to just move in and cook for us. ;)

We shall see how this Hungarian Goulash turns out and how long it takes to get this garlic stink out of my hands. They stink so much of garlic, I'm afraid I'm going to be shifted to an alternate reality soon where I am a vampire slayer. I could probably murder a whole colony of them before the stench gave out.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Popcorn and a Movie Day

Why, hello there, bags under my eyes! I must be dehydrated or something. A coffee addict. Dehydrated. Something to ponder. Ramona's busy eyeing the popcorn and not paying any attention to the camera.

Today, Ramona and I had a cheap date. We went to Starbucks and I got my drink for free because they were out of what I wanted last time. Her big, super-chocolatey chocolate milk was just over $1.00. Then I had a free coupon for a non-new release at Blockbuster. We went there with Cinderella in mind, but they were out of that one so we got Anastasia instead. I've never seen that one, but I'm kind of intrigued by Russian history and will take my little tidbits of info where I can get them. ;) (I have a book to read about it later so I can get all the facts straight.) Plus the back of the DVD case promised a fabulous soundtrack, which at 2 years old is probably the most important thing aside from the presence of a cartoon dog with a floppy tongue or ears. We both enjoyed the movie until I started singing At the Beginning with the credits and she told me to stop. Ouch.

Bribed with the popcorn we got at CVS on the way home, Ramona curled up in my lap and sat still for almost the whole length of the movie. I don't think that's happened since she learned to walk. We covered up with the leopard print blanket and she almost fell asleep on me. Luckily, Rufus was there to provide the entertainment. Ramona giggled her butt off because when she threw popcorn his way, he'd catch it mid-air.

Perfect afternoon. Time for a nap for her and some work for me.