Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Becky over at The Branches, one of the sweetest people I have met whose blog I can't get enough of, is having a suppertastic (i don't think that's a word but that's how great it is) giveaway!
Okay ladies here is a giveaway you don't want to miss!
We all like our make-up and what can be better than amazing mascara...
Go over to her blog and check it out ASAP!!!
Have a wonderful weekend all u lovely ladies :)
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Does Anyone Want a Free Yellow Lab that goes by the Name of Charles and Has the Potential to be Well Behaved?!
He was being fairly good this morning and since the weatherman promised it was going to be a day that resembled summer (still waiting on that day to show up!)....I decided to take the pup for a walk...I know, I know...that statement never ends well!
I will first say that he had been doing very well on his walks since the Hubs has gotten back! Well not today!
We start out on our walk and we head straight for his first marking spot..fire hydrant #1 (there are about 6 or 7 along our walk). That's when I spot them....a father, young son and female dog...oh no! Please charlie, can you go blind for a few minutes as to not see them I plead! Even worse it was a female dog that Charles has made "friends" with in the past...I so NEED to get him fixed!!
Well lets just say he didn't go blind and as soon as he spotted the female dog...he ran..oh no! so basically there was me caught behind the running Charles trying to make him stop and telling him to sit (yeah like that would work)! The dad was very nice and the female dog let Charles sniff her for a few minutes with my feeble attempts to control him. We finally were able to part with them and I decided to change our route since they were heading the same direction we were! We headed the opposite direction and on to the little walking path in our neighborhood. However, the Charles had decided to continue to sniff everything along the way and pull as hard as he could (maybe it was his raging hormones or something)!
That's when I saw him...squat position ready....oh no...he is going to poop! luckily I get him on the grass and smart thinking me had brought along a poop bag. He does his buizness and I pick it up..but the nearest trash can is by a house with someone mowing their lawn and a yard full of kids...I have already learned my lesson for the day...so we turn around a head the opposite direction. I usually have to use both hands to control him but since I still had the bag of poo I had to make due with one hand on the leash...not fun! He was still pulling like crazy!
We finally made it to the trash..me very frustrated and Him all happy..stupid dog! I was trying to be a good mom and get him fully walked out so we continued on. We had only walked about another minute and I had enough!
Let's just say the walk ended early and if someone had driven by right then and asked me to donate a dog...well it's a good thing dog donations were not present in our neighborhood today!!
What are your crazy dog stories??? any advise for me???
Have a great Thursday (it's thrusday right?)!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I have been trying to be good about cooking on a budget and saving money. This week has been the first time that I have actually made a menu for the week and stuck to it! Last night I made Penne Pasta with braised Short ribs (courtesy of Giada) which I had to start mid afternoon so the beef ribs could braise. This would workout well b/c then all I would have to do is put it all together when we got back from the run.
The Hubs got home and we changed and started off on what has become our nightly run. Everything was going well, except I have to add that I think my body is protesting b/c my hip was hurting so bad that it made my last 3 toes on my right foot numb..very annoying when trying to run! Anyways, I toughed it out though and made it the whole way. When I got home I wanted to get dinner done so I didn't take the time to change out of my workout clothes (can we say dedication...i think so?!) One of the last parts to the recipe was to transfer the cooking liquid and veggies into the food processor and mix till creamy to form the sauce. Since I didn't have a food processor I decided to use my immersion blender. However, the immersion blender decided to be MIA! I had always heard that if you don't have a food processor a regular blender works great too, and i have one of those so I decided to give it a whirl.
The Hubs was standing there laughing and asking what happened..while I was standing there in shock and horror with meaty juices all over me! Then I started surveying the damage. Luckily there was still a decent amount of the liquid in the blender so our dinner was not ruined.
What happened next was in no way on purpose though I wished I wouldn't have said the previous comment....
I had figured that I just hadn't had the lid on tight so I made sure that it was on tight this time, placed my had on top of the lid to make sure it would stay on this time and hit Blend one more time....
Again..complete shock as the still very hot liquid once again sprayed all over my just cleaned kitchen and me again!!! What the Heck!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Okay so this is not a beauty/body product but OH MY GOSH it has changed my life!! And now without further blah blah (since I know you are dying to know what it is)...
Today's featured product is...
Anyone with a pet (or without one) understands how annoying it is to have animal hair all over everything, which in turn gets all over you! We have enough shedding problems to deal with on our own without throwing our animals into the mix!
While we were moving there was a period of about a month that we had to kennel The Charles and I had actually got used to not having his hair over everything...then he came back! Don't let their short hair fool you...labs shed like crazy! Now don't get me wrong I missed him terribly but couldn't he have just left his shedding at the kennel?! And the worst part was that he was shedding out of control when he returned..I blame it on the shedding of the winter coat! We had gotten new couches and I was determined to keep our new casa nice so sorry charlie no more couch time :( Sadness..it was hard but I was determined. However, even though he wasn't directly on the couch his hair still managed to get all over it! It was driving me crazy and I was tired of people saying "Oh you must have a dog" how did they know? oh yeah my new accessory (white lab hair) couldn't leave home without it! so embarrassing! Once the Hubs left for his trip I needed to cuddle with someone so I started to let The Charles on the couch...big mistake...more hair! Seriously people, I could make like five more dogs with all the hair he lets go!
Then a few weeks ago I was strolling around target on my lunch and I saw the answer to my problem (or so I hoped)! I had seen the fabric sweeper on TV but didn't know what to think of it. They claimed it would do the job of 145 sticky lint remover sheets but since those never work for me that didn't leave me with a lot of hope. But since it was about $5 or under I decided to take a chance. I got home and first banned The Charles from the couch again (he needs boundaries anyway..its good for him) and got out my pledge fabric sweeper. I started with one of the cushions and did the sweeping back and forth motion that box directs .... were my eyes telling the truth...the hair was actually coming up! I could see my couch again :) I have used it for several weeks now and although it looks full it is still picking up pet hair everyday!! Seriously if you have pet hair problems and haven't tired it yet go out and get it RIGHT NOW! It will change your life! I even bought another one for upstairs since I'm too lazy to walk up and down the stairs to get it (pathetic i know)! Once it is full you have to buy another one...but as I have said it has lasted me several weeks and it is around $5 or under...you can't beat that!
Okay so on a side note...I have to apologize for giving The Charles such a hard time because I just used one of those swiffer sweepers on our bathroom floor and I have no room to talk about shedding! sometimes I am amazed how much hair comes off my head and yet there is still so much there! Is anyone else amazed about this?? Gross I know but I had to unclog the bathtub the other day and I swear I pulled out a full head of hair, and it had only been from about two weeks worth! Maybe I'm shedding my winter coat!
Anyways...sorry about the random tangent! Pledge Fabric Sweeper...You Rock!
Are there any products you are wanting to try? Let me know and stay tuned to next weeks episode!!
Monday, June 15, 2009
So here is the story..
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Side note - Okay so I have this intense fear of spiders or basically all insects. This fear was intensified last summer when our house was infested with fleas via the Charles, and I several days of crawly creatures in my house!
Back to today - when I saw the frightening creature first I held back the scream that was at the tip of my throat and tried to re-group quickly. I quietly tip-toed past the creepy crawly creature and ran to the bathroom to grap some good old TP. I wanted him to be unsuspecting so I could sneak up and get him. However, when I came out of the bathroom he was no where to be found..you know what that means folks...He is somewhere inside the house!! NOT COOL! All the sudden I started to get the crawly sensations and thought it was crawling all over my body! He is still MIA but now I freaked to walk anywhere near there!
Does this happen to anyone else??
What is your best creepy crawly creature experience?
Saturday, June 13, 2009
All that changed though when He finally made it home!! I can't tell you how excited I was!! He returned home on Thursday morning and I was seriously as giddy as I was on our wedding night (sorry if that is TMI but it's true)!So needless to say my weekend started a little early this week!!!
We spent the rest of Thursday getting all of his in processing taken care of, running errands, and basically spending time together! Oh, how I missed him! The Charles was really excited to have his dad back too...his tail has not stopped wagging!
Since the Hubs didn't have to be back to work till Sunday (boo for working on The Lords day) that still gave us two whole other days together...and it felt like the most precious gift ever! On Friday we decided to take a road trip...whoo hoo...gotta love road trips!! We drove down to Washington DC/Northern Virginia area to our favorite Mall and restaurant (actually we go there more for the restaurant but you have to love that it is in a mall)!! For those of you familiar with the area...we LOVE Tyson's Corner and even more WE LOVE COASTAL FLATS restaurant!!!
If you are in that area and ever looking for good food the Great American Restaurants is a group of locally owned restaurants that are by far the best food that I have ever tasted..and i am a huge foodie that is very picky!! They have these rolls that are to die for and don't even get me stared on the White Chocolate bread pudding (all i can say is heaven in my mouth and five pounds on my hips..but totally worth it)! Everything there is homemade with the most delicious sauces. I think they have about 7 different restaurants around the area and have amazing customer service that makes the food taste even better :)
Ok, back to the weekend!! On the way home we hit horrible traffic but as long as I was with the Hubs I totally didn't care! Oh and we were able to start a new book on CD which made the return trip go by quickly. We stopped at the best Panera ever on our way home (their bread is by far has the best texture and freshness of any Panera I have been too before). So are you starting to see a pattern...my life revolves around food :)
Today was a chill day...hanging around the house...running errands...walking the dog...having our first grill-out of the summer and having huge rainstorms to go along with it!
This weekend has seriously been top-notch and I can't even express how amazing it is to have our family whole again! It was really hard to have him away, especially at the end with all the complications, but having him back again makes it all worth it!
How was everyones weekend???
What was your favorite thing you did this weekend?
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
You have won your own bottle of Nivea Beautiful Legs and some other sun essentials :)
Thank you all so much for all the comments, new followers and participating in my First Giveaway!! I have already been able to meet some really neat people and read some amazing blogs :) All of you lovely ladies Rock!
*oh and i promise that it was completely random...i don't know how most people do it but I went with the name pull from a hat :)
I can't thank you guys enough for your encouragement and the fact that you read my blog! Stay tuned for next Tuesday's episode of "try-em out Tuesday"! This may be my first giveaway but it wont me my last!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Welcome to the first episode of "Try-em out Tuesdays"! I am so excited to share with you my first experiment and hopefully make you more educated when you enter the beloved Target (or a similar store)!
Now ladies since it is June, I officially consider it summer and summer means none other than the dreaded (or anticipated) shedding of the layers of clothes and even stepping into a ..dare I say it..Bikini!
We all frantically try to get ourselves ready for this special season and though many of us look forward to vacation, cute clothes, and warm weather...we feel that our bodies are not prepared for the unveiling. Some go as soon as they can to the local tanning salon and pay crazy amounts in order to camouflage the lovely (or pasty) white skin that God gave them. Others go to their local target and stand for hours trying to determine which product will get the job done fairly well enough not to blind anyone without spending an arm and a leg (well a least then it would be less skin to worry about)!
I have found myself in the same situation and had recently seen a lot of commercials for "Nivea Sun Kissed Legs" which promised tan and glowing legs in five days and the need to shave less ...what more could a girl want! And at under $10 was if for real? There has to be some catch so I decided to purchase it and check it out myself.
So here goes the unveiling of the first test....
Now for a little background on my tanning expertise/experience...I worked at an upscale tanning salon in Bako, CA for about 5 years (shout out to EuroTan) and pretty much tried every bed and every product possible during that time. My work experience made me set on the fact that High Pressure "Euro" beds were the only way to go in order to tan safely (don't worry I wont go into my speech but if you want to know more please ask) and if I wasn't up for laying in the beds then spray tanning was the only way to go! However, along with the move to NJ taking me away from the fam it also took me away from my beloved EuroTan. I tried a couple places around here but nothing compared and I really couldn't afford to spend all that money right now (since I had tanned for free when I was working in the salon).
I have tried several "over the counter" tanning lotions but nothing really delivered good results.
Now for the results (and if you are still with me through all that..thanks)!
I give this Product a grade of a B.
I was actually really surprised that it did as well as it did! When I started my legs were pasty white and within 5 days they have been transformed into a tannish golden color that looks natural and isn't streaky! Hot Dog we have a winner :)
The reason that I gave it a B and not an A is that I really didn't see any change in the shaving frequency. My legs were still just as hairy (which is pretty bad) and I still had to shave just as often, but at least I was shaving tan legs instead of blinding white ones :)
I would totally recommend this product if you are looking for a way to spare the innocent by-standers from being blinded as you shed the layers this summer! And you just can't beat the price! I believe it was about $7 and I found that it has worked the best of all the other tanning lotion options presented in your local drug store. I would just forget about the shaving factor because that isn't as promising.
Well i hope this helped all of you fine ladies in your quest to save money and look HOTT :)
And in celebration of the first Try-em out Tuesday episode I am doing my first giveaway!!
All you need to do is follow me and leave a comment (if you already follow me then you can just leave a comment)! This will close Sunday at 2pm eastern time and then the winner will be chosen randomly and announced Sunday night and will receive their own bottle of Nivea sun kissed legs and a few other summer goodies :) Also, If you post this on your own site I will get two more entries into the giveaway! You may only enter once otherwise.
Good luck all!
Oh, and don't forget to tuned next Tuesday to find out if the price actually makes a difference in life of your nail polish!
Have a great Tuesday!
Monday, June 1, 2009
Well a few weeks ago The Charles woke up at about 2am ready to go. I let him out to do his business and then I put him in his crate (which we keep in the garage) so I could get some more shut eye. Now I was half asleep when I locked him in his crate with his cookie (yes I bribe my dog and I am not ashamed to admit it)! I went back to sleep but then I woke up at 6:45 am to a scratching noise coming from downstairs. I was really confused since the Hubs was gone and the Charles was locked up (or so I thought)! I cautiously made my way down the stairs and I heard the noise coming from the garage. I opened the door to an escaped dog and some dirt! Now where did the dirt come from you ask???? I had no idea! I checked out the trash bags, but no holes..I checked all around and I couldn't figure it out! That's when I remembered the potting soil by the garage door..bingo! First I should add that the Charles had acquired this new obsession with eating dirt..eww gross! The Charles had ripped open the soil bag and now there was potting soil everywhere! I appreciate him trying to help me garden but usually you can't really grow things on cement..sorry to break it to you Charles :)
I was steaming mad as I read him the riot act (which i know he didn't understand but at least it made me feel better)! Then I had to figure out how to clean the mess up. We had yet to purchase a big broom or anything that would help in this case. That's when I spotted it...the fireplace tools! Bingo again! Apparently the fireplace sweeper and shovel can double as potting soil pickup tools!
The funny thing is that just the day before I thought to myself.."Wow, our garage is still really clean"!