This post is not completely wordless, but they are important words for innocent children. Please repost this on your FB or blog. Take the time and watch.
This post is not completely wordless, but they are important words for innocent children. Please repost this on your FB or blog. Take the time and watch.
I often wonder if God has those days of...if I had onlies…..I think He must…how about you? Here is a list of what I think He might do differently, if given the chance…..oh and if he had a female, such as myself nagging, uh, I mean whispering in His ear…..
1. Infants would all speak in a polite English accent….excuse me mummy, might I get a spot of warm milk…that is…when you get a wee second.
2. Toddlers would be MUTE!!!
3. Puberty would hit in the TWENTIES…when they leave the nest….by the way…this would COMPLETELY resolve teen pregnancy AND the oh-so-awkward moment when a mother discovers her son…you know….doing that guy thing….sigh…EMBARRASSING!!
SIDENOTE: Seriously…why would you equip socially. physically and mentally immature boys with TESTOSTERONE…hello…no disrespect God, but come on…poorly thought out….just wait until they are married or at least out of the house and then go all Emeril on them and BAM ’em with testosterone…..jus’ sayin.’ As for the female side of things…puberty when they leave would remedy HUGE amounts…if not ALL family discord….I realize God that you wouldn’t know this first hand, as you have NEVER LIVED with a premenstrual girl, but trust me…..the threat of HELL is surely NOTHING compared to living with teenaged girls!!
4. MUTE teenagers? I mean, a silent toddler…serenity…silent teens…well…. I am just guessing here, but I imagine it might be something like oh, I don’t know…..HEAVEN!! Unresaonable…okay, I can negotiate…give them speaking privileges M-F 7a.m.- 4p.m…..you know…WHILE THEY’RE IN SCHOOL!!!
5. Menopause…really? Have we not been punished enough for tempting dumbass to eat the apple??!! Why can’t we just wake up one morning and be all…man I feel great…relaxed, serene and hey what do you know…no more period for me….woot woot!!! I don’t understand your logic….the sweating, the mood swings….I’m thinking violence against men might decrease if you cut us some slack….trust me…living with men is plenty punishment enough for asking him to try the apple….I mean HE ATE IT…NOT US!!
Of course, I don’t mean to imply that you are inadequate in any way…. I am just suggesting that perhaps….just maybe you rushed into things a tad….7 days…..clearly 7 days is not enough time to get all the details sorted out. I know how you feel….a list a mile long hanging over your head like a gullitine….you just want to get through it….cross off the heavy burdensome weight of THE LIST….and You sure did have a BIG one…I mean…create the heavens, the seas, the land, animals, night and day…I get it…not a small task,slightly OVERWHELMING….but there a some things you just can’t RUSH….like creating MEN and KIDS….I forgive You, though…I am sure you have a nice shiny mansion with built-in bay windows overlooking the sunrise and sunset, a wrap-around porch with endless amounts of wine delivered by a not-hard-to-look-at-drink delivery boy, who also happens to give a killer foot and shoulder massage! Perhaps, You have taken the liberty to install a huge jacuzzi tub with a little keypad equipped to supply me with all of my whims and fancies with a push of a button and OH I can picture the massage chair vividly…Thank You God…you’re the best!!! I am glad we had this chat!!
Now don’t go getting all offended….I wrote this in jest…a way to giggle on a dreary day!
Enjoy your day!! 🙂
Things are a little crazy here, so I am going to sign off until after Thanksgiving! I hope you all enjoy your Holiday!!
Meet you back here soon!!
Enjoy your loved ones!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! 🙂
Today I am thankful for the privilege of sharing in my family’s joy….I learned today that my niece took her first steps…woowoot!!
So this monday is more of a long challenge instead of the weekly one. I received an email form my FIL (it was a forward) and for once…I generally am not a fan of forwrds…I really appreciated the message and feel it worthwhile enough to make it a CHALLENGE!!
The basic message is this…BUY, SUPPORT and PERPETUATE American-made products, services and business. I mean …really…do any of us NEED another cheap made in China thing?!!
I realize this may be difficult when gift-giving for children, HOWEVER for the adults on your list try some of these on for size…..
1.Gift cards to local businesses or frequented businesses…such as: salons, barbers, car wash/detailer etc.
2. Big spender? How about a gym membership?
3. Pay for services for a set amount of time….lawn mowing, one day spring cleaning, windows washed, winter drive-way plowing etc.
4. How about a gift card to a spa for the overworked or a game of golf at a local course?
5. Restaurant gift cards for dinner or for several breakfasts at the local mom and pop, not the chain places..support local people trying to hang on to their business.
6. Oil changes for the car.
7. Buy from local artisans…hand knitted scarfs, hand-made pottery pieces etc.
8. Tickets to a local theater for a play.
9. Make a donationin the name of the person you are buying a gift for…perhaps they have a favorite charity….GREAT ONE!!
Do we really need to fill our lives up with more c….r….a…..p?
I think not.
SUPPORT OUR COUNTRY!
SUPPORT OUR NEIGHBORS!! (was trying to make this white, but it won’t work for obvious reasong…hehe)
SUPPORT OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES!!
Will you take the challenge??
Please share this post and invite your friends and family to join.
Please feel free to add any more ideas of gift-giving ‘out-of-the-box’ in the comment section!!
ENJOY this gorgeous day!
Yep…it is snowing in NJ!! We have a couple of inches on the ground and it is still snowing steadily with a prediction of the heavy stuff kicking in around 4pm! Although, I love Fall and therefore am not thrilled about snow “snowing” on my Fall parade…it is kinda nice being hunkered down with nowhere to be!!
Already cooked Creamy Potato, Sun-Choke and Onion Soup and Pumpkin Bread!
About to make myself a cup of tea and sit by the window and watch the snow…..
Love these lazy, cozy days!
If any of my male readers clicked on this post to investigate whether or not it was truly about dry skin or just a clever title…it is in fact about dry skin, BUT before you click the X button….know this…women like a man with nice skin….however, we DO NOT wish to WITNESS or be INFORMED about your skin-care regimen. Knowing ruins the fantasy-like illusion of your glowing dew-like complexion of angelic proportions if the realization or image of our very manly man scrubbing his face and applying product comes into our brains! Much like your desire to not be privy to the reality that we just had our bff remove a foot long hair from our cheek….jus’ sayin.’
In any case….the skin-care market is booming…..is it not? I don’t know about the rest of you, but for me the overwhelming amounts of information and product choices in this area left me paralyzed to do ANYTHING!! I mean…. how is a girl to choose between Cindy Crawford’s Meaningful Beauty, which by using would most definitely leave you sprouting long luscious legs and a mole beautifully placed on your face and…. say…. Heidi Klum’s In An Instant leaving you blond, chocolate-eyed and sun-kissed??
So I did what most women do….NOTHING!!! For ten years….my ENTIRE 30’s….. I did nothing to try to preserve what good my skin still ascertained and NOTHING to aid in the prevention my epidermis’ deterioration….sigh!
Two years ago, 6 of my girlfriends and I went on a spa weekend to the Hershey Spa….I highly recommend girls’ get-aways, by the way…good for your soul!! In any case, I signed up for my first facial and was MORTIFIED at the amount of BLACKHEADS my poor, unsuspecting esthetitician was POP…POP…POPPING on my face…..EWWWW…GAROOSSSS!!! They eloquently refer to this as…. extractions.
My sweet, soft-spoken esthetician cajoled me…“it’s not so bad.” UGH!! I rambled in my in-your-face-italian-way about how I don’t know what to do…so…I do nothing!! She delicately suggested that I simply use a warm washcloth on my face before I go to bed each night. And for one year I did as she suggested.
Now don’t get my wrong…I washed my face each morning in the shower with your ordinary soap and the same at night, however, I didn’t do much else…I applied over-the-counter body lotion on my face after each shower the same way I do to my body, as I had done since I was a teen, but I didn’t use any product geared specifically toward the face.
The following year, on the same weekend, the girls and I ventured again to Hershey and again I booked a facial. To my great joy….ONLY FOUR EXTRACTIONS…FOUR…the year before it was something like FIFTY-TWO…NO LIE!!
Progress….I was making progress…yay me!!
This esthetician informed me that the women who seem to have the healthiest skin used Avon and Oil of Olay!!
And so I set out on a search for a manageable skin-care regimen for myself.
I also need to squeeze in here that last November, I encountered DRY SKIN!!
All-over-want-to-remove-all-layers-of-epidermis-on-every-square-inch-of-your-body-with-your-bare-hands DRY SKIN!!
I will spare you the gory details of the torture I endured and the amount of cash I laid down on products that offered ZERO relief. I will also spare you the knowledge that I used my hubby’s “secret weapon” to itch his back…. which I have spent countless hours teasing him about….well…. no…. I won’t spare you….introducing…..the best scratcher on the market….
BEHOLD….BEA…as my hubby so lovingly named her!
Yep…an ordinary household scrub brush on a long handle…and YES IT WAS NEW!!! Secretly, I would spend hours scrubbing my skin raw to experience a moment of satisfaction as only the way that scratching an itch can deliver.
Finally, I discovered relief and a skin-care regimen. It varies slightly with the season, but here it is…
My morning routine…..
~I use Lever 2000 everyday in the shower year round on my stinky parts….my feet, my pits and my privates…let’s face it you need to keep these clean peeps!!
~I use Neutrogena Deep Clean Invigorating Scrub on my face everyday year round. I love this product…it has a nice mentholated feeling. It is an exfoliator, so if your skin is sensitive use it a couple of times a week instead of everyday.
~I use Ambi Foaming Cleanser on my face to remove all of the crap the exfoliator just loosened up….IMPORTANT STEP!!
~For my body I mix a little of the Neutrogena Calming Body Wash with Cetaphil Restoring Body Wash on a mesh pouf sponge. The Neutrogena really calms and moisturizes, however it doesn’t suds up, which is why I add the Cetaphil which also moisturizes AND creates a sudsy, foamy wash!!
~ When I am all finished and before I get dressed I apply Cetaphil Lotion (not pictured) in the Spring and Summer months and Eucirin Calming Cream in the Fall and Winter or whenever my skin is dry.
~For my face I apply Oil of Olay Definity Eye Illuminator (don’t think it really does anything, but it feels really nice around my eyes) and Oil of Olay Regenerist UV Defense SPF 15.
Phew…done. I chose Oil of Olay because you can get it anywhere, however I heard super feedback on the Avon line, as well. Oil of Olay has a website where you can answer questions about your skin and it will come up with a gazillion products to use…I just chose a cleanser and moisturizers from the large group.
Here is my night-time regimen….
I included a picture of the Cetaphil lotion just so you would know what you were looking for if you were interested. I only use lotion at night if my skin is crazy dry…I hate feeling slimy when I go to bed…yep…I have issues!!
~So…anywho…if I am really tired I use a really warm washcloth…I hold it on my face to let the heat loosen the dirt and then I gently scrub my face with it….HA…me gentle…yea right, but that’s how you’re SUPPOSED to do it!! My poor self is going to awaken one morning with my facial skin GONE from the harsh scouring and discover a mere skeleton terrifyingly staring at itself! Sigh. Then I slather on some facial moisturizer and call it a night.
~When I am not exhausted I use the washcloth, primarily because it feels really, really luxuriously good…truly! Then I use Oil of Olay Total Effects Revitalizing Foam Cleanser.
~During the mild months, I then apply the same eye cream as in the morning and either Olay Definity Restorative Night Cream OR Olay Regenerist Night Recovery Cream.
~ In the Fall and Winter I use Clarins HydroQuench Moisturizer-small blue one on the right (this one is pricey…Fifty bucks and can be found at Sephora, BUT it does last me the whole two seasons and really helps!!)
~ The Reddish bottle in the picture is Olay Regenerist Night Resurfacing Elixir….I just thought I would try it…you wear it before your night-time moisturizer….feels good, but not worth the money in terms of results!
So there you have it. Remember, I began with just a washcloth and some warm water!
I have given up on the notion or hope that I will be miraculously transformed into a model beauty, besides…they are mostly AIRBRUSHED anyway and have decided to care for what I was given in a way that makes me feel good, healthy and proactive without breaking the bank!
Enjoy your weekend….rumors of snow are fluttering about for the NorthEast….I am not keen on the thought of a white Halloween!
I actually am wondering if we have ever had a white Halloween….GOOGLE….be right back!
I am back….according to Google…no snow on Halloween in the NorthEast….however Middle Eastern states have had snow on Halloween….
Enjoy your weekend and have a safe and spooky Halloween!!!
Confession….I strongly dislike doing crafts!
Don’t like it one little bit!
Of course, being that God has a sense of humor, He made my last and final child…..A CHILD WHO LOVES CRAFTS!! Ugh! I can’t get this kid to play with Barbies, Lil Pet Shops….she loves crafts!!
Because I love my child WHO loves crafts, I sucked it up and constructed a Haunted House from Foamies….sheesh!
Who designs these things…clearly someone who DOES NOT sit down and build them with a child…that’s who!! There was NO instructions…ZERO, ZILCH, NADA…simply follow the picture...huh!!??
Follow the NON-3D picture to construct a 3D Haunted House….GREAT!!
Have I ever mentioned how much I not only dislike crafts, but maps, as well, I also have ZERO capacity to decipher a map!! It’s true…so looking at a FLAT photograph of a CRAFT is like…..well….you might as well have someone instruct me how to build it while speaking in Japanese….good times, people, good times!
After much frustration, which I desperately tried to keep hidden from Tal….we completed The Haunted House….
And this photo below shows why I do things that I despise!!!
Enjoy your day!
When I was growing up my favorite season was always Summer, for all of the obvious reasons…..no school, beach, sun, free time with no schedules. As I have gotten older, while I still love Summer, Fall has become my new favorite season. The vibrant colors, crisp air, the scent of Fall, sweaters, jeans, Fall boots, gorgeous days and chilly nights to snuggle under blankets. I love Fall activities also….pumpkin picking, apple picking….fun family-friendly activities which do no involve freezing your butt off or sweating your butt off!
PAUSE….insert sound of needle scratching across a 33 record here!
I CANNOT for the life of me concentrate and continue to write eloquently about the season of Fall with one of my precious-too-many-daughters CATERWAULING from the bathroom, which means….heaven forbid…. that a spider is occupying the same room as her. You all are familiar with the fact that I am terrified of snakes….completely rational by the way…but spiders…I mean…come on…I get it they’re gross and a ‘lil creepy HOWEVER I have yet to see a spider CONSUME anything larger than itself. A snake though….I mean for Pete’s Sake…it is entirely plausible and HIGHLY probable that a snake could ACTUALLY DEVOUR a human….without even CHEWING….jus’ sayin’!!!! In any case, I have been trying to ignore her ear-piercing, spine-seeking shrillness to no avail….I must rescue the princess from the dreaded spider, a job usually preformed by her younger sister, who is already in bed…rrrrr.
Be right Back!!
Okay, spider problem resolved and for some uncanny reason, I no longer feel like writing about Fall….so I will save this to a draft and hopefully resume in the morning!
Wednesday morning…..NOPE...not happening…Fall is gone!
And I am going to be late for my eye appointment….ugh! Let’s just dig around in my eye a LITTLE bit more!!
So I wish you all peace…and by peace I mean ACTUAL, AUTHENTIC peace, as in quiet, as in peaceful quietness…as in no kid noise, as in the PEACE that Lisa will mostly likely NEVER encounter because she thought it would be FUN to have five kids and it would be so nice for them as they grew up to have each other, BUT no…all they do is fight and drive me batty with their incessant needs and wants and complaints…I need this…I want that….how come you took her here….why do you ALWAYS take her side….
Nevertheless, my friends I wish for you peace because I am ever so loving and giving that way.
Do enjoy your PEACE and think of me and as you picture me bring forth the image of the movie Parenthood with Steve Martin…the scene when the pet frog escapes at the breakfast talble…yep that’s the one….welcome to my world! But to you…peace! 🙂
I just received the most wonderful 30 minutes of blissful massage EVER!!! The kind that compels you to inquire if Mr. Masseuse could possibly be folded up andtake up residence in your back pocket to be at your beck and massage call for the rest of your ENTIRE life.
So good…you would move Mr. Masseuse and his large extended family into your home and give up your very comfortable bed and food and television and computer and ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING he desires, if he would just massage me every evening….sigh.
There is NOTHING….AND I DO MEAN NOTHING in the world that rivals a good massage….not Godiva Chocolate, not Ryan Gosling in all his romantic sexy glory, not EVEN….well nevermind. And this one was BEYOND commendable…as in a small man with all of his weight bearing down with his elbow on my aching back….the kind that transmits tendrils of pain…BUT GOOD PAIN….all over your back and neck. The kind that turns you to jelly and turns your brain into a mushy, cloudy, hazy daze. The kind that quite possibly elicits your profession of undying love for eternity to Mr. Masseuse. The kind that has you seriously contemplating kidnapping….or should I say masseuse-napping…which I am surprised at the low rate of this crime…masseuse-napping….you would think it would be the fastest growing crime in America! In any event…..it was a sky parting and angels singing kinda massage.
I love you Mr. Masseuse. I really REALLY LOVE you!