Saturday, August 22, 2015

Quick mini facial with bliss #product review

One of the things I try to do regardless of what is going on is take care of my skin, which is a good thing for a couple of reasons: One, it helps me keep a youthful look and two, I'm addicted to skincare products. That's one of the reasons when I was asked in June to do a review and giveaway for Skin1.com I jumped at the chance. I've reviewed their products before and each product has done wonders for my skin. Plus, they "pay" with a $50 online store credit. (Click the links for my other reviews.)

See where this is going, right?

One of the things I ordered with my credit is the bliss 'night night' facial in a box. It's a "3-step, spa-at-home overnight treatment for beautiful, younger-looking skin." It is so simple to use and the products feel very luxurious on my skin.


Friday, August 21, 2015

Home is not so sweet: flooding and useless management

Given my on and off again presence here on my blog over the past year or so, you've probably gotten used to it. Maybe you have been thinking I must not be feeling well because I haven't been posting. That's only partially true. The reason I haven't been around for about two weeks is because on Tuesday, August 4th my apartment flooded.

(Here is where I need to say, "Shaunalynn, if you make one flooding joke I'm gonna disown you.)

It sounds as dramatic as it was. Let's see if I can tell you what happened in as little words as possible. Be forewarned, however, that the tale may get a little lengthy and I really hope you'll stick around. (I'll see more negative bounce rates and time on blog reports that will make me cry if you don't.)

(Please forgive the quality of the photos & video. I have not had a chance to do any editing.)

What really happened?

According to "reports," - the mouths of people who were working on the plumbing and other maintenance personnel - a pipe in the water access panel "just" broke. After listening to the men a little further, I heard one of the plumbers mutter, "Damn rotted pipe." Wait, I've gotten ahead of myself:


There is a water access panel outside and to the right of my front door. The water had been turned off at about 9 a.m. that morning because there was an emergency plumbing problem in one of the units in my building. That's what I was told; along with: "It'll be a couple of hours." Around 1:30 p.m., I saw the same plumber, working in the access panel, who notified me about the water being turned off and told him it's been more than a couple of hours like he said. He apologized and said they had another problem within said panel and they were working as quickly as they could.

Although I would have preferred to stand and harass them (you know you want to do stuff like that, too), I went into my apartment, sat on the couch in the living room and picked up my laptop for some Internet browsing. I was sitting there for less than an hour when I heard an extremely loud popping sound. Seconds after that sound water began gushing under my front door and from under the laundry room door. By the time I closed my mouth and rushed to the door the water was already flowing over my feet and was up to my ankles.


This is the closet where the water heater is stored inside the laundry
room. The water was flowing through and the wall from all corners. 

All of that debris and the insulation from inside the wall was
pushed out by the force of the water.


Initially, in those few seconds, when I heard the loud pop outside of my door and the subsequent gushing of water I didn't think much of it. It's not the first time the maintenance crew or a plumber has opened a value and let the water run. When I saw the water coming under the doors, I jumped up and yelled, "Hey!" I thought the plumbers were still there because it hadn't been but a few minutes since I heard them talking outside of the door.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Tried and true tips for back to school

It's been a week and a half since my children returned to school. That's not long at all, but it still feels like an entire month or two has passed. I have filled out stacks of paperwork, helped with homework, prettified hair for picture day and have ironed 100 school uniforms.

Okay, that's a bit of an exaggeration. However, if you're a mom then you know how much needs to be done during the school year including making sure everyone is on a schedule. That means dinner served on time, homework and chores completed expeditiously and a little time set aside for relaxing.

I know you're as busy as I am and will understand if I share previous back-to-school posts with you. I'm sure you'll find them as helpful and entertaining as I think they are.
Here are my three from last year...

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

It's time for The John Boos & Co. Boos Block #Giveaway

The John Boos & Co Boos Block Giveaway ~ Ends 9/04

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Deliciously Savvy is hosting another GIVEAWAY! It's for a new style of cutting board from the John Boos Co. You see them all over The Food Network and every cook wants one (I know my daughter would love one). The American Black Walnut Tenmoku Cutting Board in American Black Walnut is their newest addition at RV of $202. They are made in the USA and are custom made when ordered They are fabulous cutting boards... one that you will treasure for life.

Enter Today and Good Luck!

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Hosted By ~ Deliciously Savvy

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PLUS a big thank you to all of the blogs participating and promoting this fabulous giveaway. "You are the best," says Deliciously Savvy.

1 lucky winner will receive this cutting board to add to their culinary tool collection as well as board oil to always keep it perfect.

This board is 20" x 15" x 2", weighs 11 pounds, retails for $202, Made in the USA and they send you the board oil to keep it perfect always!

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1 LUCKY WINNER will receive
The American Black Walnut Tenmoku Cutting Board
($202 RV) From John Boos Co!!

Giveaway Dates ~ 8/04 9PM EST until 09/04 9PM EST

Entrants must be 18 years old to enter and giveaway is open to US residents only.
Any Questions Email Me At mcushing7 (at) hotmail (dot) com.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Time for Back-to-School Shopping & Saving Money

Summer is in full swing, but for some of us it's coming to a close. The first day of school is merely two weeks away. It's the beginning of going to bed on time and it's also time for back-to-school shopping.

Each year the teachers send home lists with the 20 or so supplies the children will need for class, but right now I'm only focusing on saving money on back-to-school clothes. Regardless of if your child wears a uniform or street clothes to school, I'm sure you are as interested in saving money on clothes for school. I know I am.


 If you're apt to do online shopping then you'll be interested in saving money by using coupon codes, offers and store credits. I don't blame you because that's how I shop as well. It's a great way to save money without leaving the comfort of your home, and - as an added bonus - you will be able to avoid the crowds.

Instead of just popping directly to a retail site be sure to click on your links to review your discounts. For instance, you can get Neiman Marcus promo code and offers just by clicking a link to reveal your code. Right now there is a coupon code to receive a $25 gift card, which is sent directly to your email, with any purchase that’s $50 or more. Sounds like a good deal, right?

Don’t waste any more time; go ahead and start saving on your purchases right now. While you’re shopping for school clothes, remember to pick up something for yourself.

Where do you normally shop for your children's back-to-school clothes?
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