Friday, July 31, 2009

I Have Mascara Coming Out My Ears

Last month I told you guys I was ordering a fabulous new mascara sample kit from Sephora, and planned on doing reviews of each one for you. Of course, I never need a reason to buy new makeup, but doing it for my blog readers make pressing that order button so much easier!

Sephora Favorites Lashstash Mascara Deluxe Sampler- samples sizes of 11 of Sephora's most popular mascaras for only $39.

Sit down.

I have to admit that I haven't tried a single one yet.

Why? Because I can't put down MAKE UP FOR EVER's Smoky Lash ($22)! O M G - seriously my new HG mascara. Thickening, lengthening, it's one fabulous package.

This weekend the mister and I are headed to CO for our 10th Anniversary Trip and I plan on taking one of the cute little sample mascaras to try- so I'll let you know what I think.

(This probably goes without saying, but remember to go through ebates and don't forget to use one of the fabulous Sephora codes for extra goodies! Plus this week Sephora is offering 5 free samples with each order rather than the usual 3.)

And a question for you.... do you use an eyelash curler? Which one to you use? I have been thinking about getting the shu uemura one but want to make sure it's worth it. I just started using one this year because my mom brainwashed me and told me if I used one it would break off all my eyelashes, and it took me 35 years to make my own decision on the matter.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Mom Agenda School Years Book

Oh, I love momAgenda! (click on graphic above to check them out!)

I just ordered two of the School Years books for the kids- I got aqua for P and rose for WC. Adorable! I'd love to scrapbook my way through their childhood, but let's get real. I'm not going to have the time to do that!

My mom did a book like this for me and I absolutely love looking at it. I love seeing my signature change through time! And those haircuts... oh lord, it's was certainly the 70s!

Through August 2, you can use code MOMNOW to get 15% off.

And if you haven't checked out their free downloads, be sure and do that! They are adorable and so functional. Just what us busy moms need.

Dior Addict Lip Glow

Dior Addict Lip Glow ($28- shut up, I know it was expensive)

What it is:A color-awakening lip balm with SPF 10.

What it does:Dior Addict Lip Glow responds to the color chemistry of your lips to create a shade that is uniquely yours. Smooth it on to moisturize, add sun protection, and enhance your natural lip color.

Yeah, not so much. Crazily enough, it absolutely did not change color on me at all. I have had great luck with Too Faced Mood Swing- I get a gorgeous hot pink with it. But my luck with the Dior Addict Lip Glow was about the same as my luck with Smashbox O-Gloss- no color change there either!

So back to Sephora it went.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Two Children That Reside At My House

were grounded from TV last night.

Because they brought me this while I was cleaning up the playroom.

That's WC's hair. Cut by P, stuck in playdoh. He claims she asked him to do it.....

Monday, July 27, 2009

Report: Cancun

Well, first I want to admit to you that I only took 14 pictures, and half of them are of this little guy. For some reason, after about 5 Miami Vices, I was sure that The Politician would think this was so cool, so I took 7 pictures of him. And not one single picture after that.

Luckily, Cory shared her pics with me this morning so you can share in the fun (and the insanity).

Before we landed in Mexico, we were given some paperwork to fill out. Notice anything strange? What the hell is a "leye"? Maybe your left eye? And what is "Nasal flux"? We weren't sure, but checked no for good measure. We certainly didn't want them putting us on the next plane back to TX!
Cory, me, Steph, Jodie, and Heather

We checked in when we arrived around lunchtime on Thursday and changed and headed straight to the pool. The weather was gorgeous and the drinks were flowing. Jodie and Steph played a never-ending game of Tequila Volleyball and we knew we were going to have fun.
After spending the afternoon outside, we went in to clean up and get ready for dinner. We decided to try the steak house on the resort.

This was my baked potato (that's my hand for size reference)! We laughed for 20 minutes, especially since they gave me a container of sour cream that was bigger than the baked potato itself. Way funny. Do they only have mini potatoes in Mexico? Someone please explain.

After dinner we headed to the club and singled-handedly turned it into a party. Really. We were one big Julie the Cruise Director and had every person in the bar up and dancing with us.

However..... look at my feet! I had to kick off my flip flops to really get down, and I later realized how dirty the floor was. The night ended with me washing my feet in the sink before bed.

Not nearly as bad as this guy's feet, huh? He was a golfer with a serious sock tan, and I guess he didn't apply any sunscreen the first day. His poor feet were swollen and one big blister, and of course I whipped out the camera to take a pic after telling him he needed to go to the hospital. But he seemed to be numbing the pain with alcohol.

At one point I almost drowned, and here's the pic to prove it. Steph and I were frolicking out in the ocean and I got knocked down by a big wave. Each time I tried to stand up, I got knocked back down and got all scratched up. Steph kept trying to help me, but we were both dying laughing (and I was swallowing salt water) and we just couldn't get it together.

But I finally got out and lived to tell the tale!

I had a fabulous trip with my girls and loved every minute- even when the AC went out and our room flooded the last day.

But if it wasn't for Carlos the Immigration Worker I might not have made it out out of the country. Seems that they give you a little piece of paper upon entry into the country that you have to have in your possession to leave the country. Yeah, I don't know what happened to that.

So PSA: Don't lose anything that they give you when you enter the country! I had to wait on the Immigration office to open and sweetly ask Carlos to help me get the paperwork I needed in time to get my boarding pass and ticket. He was super-nice and didn't charge me the $45 fee since it was my first time and since "hopefully you learned a lesson." So thanks Carlos!

Stayed tuned for more updates and the other girls upload more pics to our Snapfish group room!

I'm Home

Safe and sound!

Watch for an update post later today to include, but not be limited to, discussion on sunburned feet, dirty feet, small potatoes, iguanas, immigration (!!), and the one of the best vacations I have ever had!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Dear Wild Child,

Have I told you today how much I love you?

Have I told you how grateful I am that our mother/daughter relationship is heading towards what I've always wanted it to be?

Have I told you how much it meant to me this weekend when you patted the couch next to where you were sitting and said, "Come snuggle with me!"?

Have I told you that I know there are great things in store for you in life? Your drive (stubborn-ness?) and outgoing personality are going to take you so far. Once a woman stopped us in a restaurant and said, "She's going to be the president of something someday." I'm pretty sure she's right.

I know we've had some challenges and I am so sorry you had to go through the pain you went through as an infant. So sorry I couldn't get the help we needed for you then. I think that led to your sensory and sleeping problems, and if I could turn back time, you can bet I'd do things different.

But I am so glad that we are where we are today. You've led me to learn so much about parenting and how to be the mom I've always wanted my kids to have. I've learned how to ask for help and how to relax just a little. I've learned that sometimes it takes a village and that I don't know everything. I've learned that's there no one book or method that's catch-all. I've learned that each child is an individual and I have found that taking small pieces of different philosophies has been the answer for us.

As I see your personality develop, I feel pride in my soul- we made you! What a sweet little thing you've become! I think you're going to be a little tomboy, but I was pretty excited this weekend when you wanted me to paint your nails. That's my girl!

So if I haven't told you today, I love you. I'm so lucky to be your mom and I can't wait to watch you grow.


Monday, July 20, 2009

Shred It or Dread It: FAIL

Yeah, I leave Wednesday night for my Mexico trip. And I only managed to lose that 4 pounds I lost in the first week of my failed Shred It or Dread It plan. It's not that I didn't try. In fact, I worked my ass off and worked out a lot. A whole lot. With weights. And cardio. I mixed it up, sure that would do the trick. But alas, there was too many holidays and parties and too much beer I suppose.
But I'm over it. I've decided I'm having a good time whether I have any jiggly bits or not.
So I've purchased the swimming costume (tm Holly) above and I'm going to rock it. (Top here and bottom here from Lands End. Super cheap.) Sure, I look a 35-year-old mom of two who works full-time and can't quite get her act together to get in the shape she wants to be in, but if that's who I am, then so be it.
I'm going to have fun, not worry about holding in my stomach, and enjoy some fruity drinks and Mexican beer with my dearest friends. I can't wait!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Convertible Eye Color

Stila Convertible Eye Color ($22 at Sephora)

Recently I ran across this product in Onyx in my makeup bag. I had gotten this in a set I purchased last year. I've never worn black eyeliner before as I typically stick to brown and plum with my blue eyes.

But I went ahead and gave this a try, and although I found the black to be a little dramatic for day wear (and when the hell do I have a night on the town that calls for a dramatic eye?), this made me recall my love for this product.

The next time I placed a Sephora order I ordered this in Stone and I am so glad I did! Basically this is 3 products in one. First, a fabulously soft and smooth eyeliner. On the other end is a smudger, which saves me from using my finger and having to wash my hands. Hidden in the middle is a coordinated eye shadow shade that is perfect for me to use in my crease. I apply Stila Kitten (go enter the giveaway!) as my base color and then use the stone convertible color in the crease and blend with a brush. Fast and easy, and perfect for work.

Don't forget that offers 4% back on Sephora orders, and of course, here is the link to see all the official coupon codes for Sephora., Inc.


I am plum tuckered out.

I'm not sure if I can even make it through the work-day.

I made it through four nights of VBS OK, but yesterday's PreK field trip did me in.

I bet you're wondering how Shred It or Dread It is going... let's just say not well. Damn holidays and parties. And I love beer too much to completely cut it out. Maybe I can make good decisions for the next few days and lose a few pounds before next Thursday. Yeah, probably not.

Off to get my second Coke of the morning... I suppose that's part of the problem huh!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Stila Eye Shadow Giveaway!

Head over to my giveaway blog- I'm giving away a Stila eye shadow in Kitten!


The other day we were driving down the street and The Wild Child said, "Look, there's one of the Jonas Brothers!"

What? There are no Jonas Brothers here, my dear. And how do you even know who they are? You are 3 1/2!

Damn Disney Channel.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Dear Jillian,

Oh, Sweetie. I am 99.9% sure you made the wrong decision last night. I think you are too.....

I mean, how cute is he? And genuine, and realistic..... I don't blame him one bit for wanting to take it a bit slow. The track record for Bachelor/Bachelorette pairings aren't too good, my dearie.

(By the way, Reid, if you happen to google yourself and stumble upon this, I don't think your official ABC pic did you any favors and I didn't want to use that pic. You are so much more handsome than that so I did a little screen cap that captured your cuteness a little better. Next time, exercise the Power of Veto if you aren't feeling photogenic on Official ABC Picture Day.)

Jillian, I just don't think that Ed or Kiptyn are right for you. Ed stole my dad's swim trunks from 1978 and that's a problem. There was also some mysterious bedroom issue. That's can't be good. And Kiptyn's mom...... oh lordy. She'd be a fun mother-in-law.

But I will keep watching and see how things go. Maybe you'll pull a Jason and end up with someone you let go (Reid!)? We shall see.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Yummy Find at Sam's: Golden Grahams Treats

Golden Grahams Treats: Chocolate Marshmallow

O. M. G., these are beyond fabulous. 3 points, and pretty big. What a great way to start my day! I picked up a giant box at Sam's because I knew just from looking at the picture I'd love them.

I think these are a product re-work, becuase I remember eating these in the past, but they weren't this yummy back then......

Friday, July 10, 2009

The Big Brother 11 Office Pool

Yes, I drew Scarfy McScarferson in the office Big Brother 11 pool.

Knowing my track record with who I draw in the office pools, I was sure he'd be a nitwit and was destined to go home first.

But I really liked him! He's funny and not at all annoying.

So maybe the streak is broken.....

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


Does anyone currently use Bare Minerals foundation in Light? Email me if so. barelytogether at yahoo dot com

I had an unused jar of this to pass on to someone who would use it, but Clemson Girl has claimed it! Thanks for emailing me!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Dear Wes,

Just so you know, I won't be buying your record.

You give me the willies and country music a bad name.

Monday, July 6, 2009

"Your Daughter"

was a little too quiet last night while I was working on some bookkeeping in the playroom so I went to investigate her whereabouts.

I found her in the kitchen in this get-up that she dug out of a sack of baby clothes that someone just returned to me.

It's a 6-12 month outfit that's pants and a long-sleeved shirt. However, on a 3 1/2 year old, not so much.

She was doing a little jig, although I'm not sure how she was seeing where she was going with that infant towel over her head.

And her name is now "Your Daughter" since that's pretty much what we refer to her as.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Recap Roundup

Yeah, I forgot to take the camera to the ILs, which is where we went Friday for the 4th celebration. We had a fabulous time, but I have not one single picture to remember it by, damn it. I am losing my mind at 35.

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Hope you had a great holiday and cross your fingers for me that my MIL got a pic or two she can share with me from the holidays!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Fresh Sugar Lip Gloss Giveaway

Be sure and check out my giveaway site- I've got a tube of Fresh Sugar Lip Gloss up for grabs!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

"Your Daughter"

I know that anytime my husband starts a sentence with "Your daughter" there's trouble.

Last night he called me from the golf course and said, "Your daughter just ran over her own leg with a golf cart."


Turns out he and The Politician walked down the fairway to get a ball and left the Wild Child sitting peacefully in the golf cart, and she promised she'd stay put. My husband turned around and saw her standing up in the floorboard with the pedal to the metal... then saw her fall out and get her leg run over.

Luckily, she's fine. Laughing and running and such. She seems to have been given 9 lives to go along with her Conduct Disorder. Good thing.

But just how many heart attacks is she going to give us?