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Friday, May 23, 2008

Get a little exotic

I'm sure you're already aware of my obsession with skin care and bath and body products. So, it should be no surprise to you that when I received a sample of the new Caress Brazilian Exotic Oil Infusions Cream Oil Body Wash that I was super excited to test it out.

Unfortunately, I don't have a shower puff right now, but I didn't let that stop me. I squeezed a generous amount of the body wash on my wash cloth and took a whiff. It has, what I call, a light island smell. Very subtle and inviting. The body wash didn't lather up like I would have liked, but I blame that on the cloth not the product.

Applying the body wash felt smooth and creamy, but -- at first -- I wasn't too impressed. It wasn't until I rinsed it off and was left with smooth, silky-feeling skin that I saw what all the fuss is about.

This Caress product really lives up to what the company is touting: "New Brazilian Exotic Oil Infusions captures the vivacious charm of Brazil with a unique blend of Passion Flower Cream and Acai Fruit Oil, silkening skin, leaving a luscious, irresistible sheen."

I say, it's a little exotic and a little spa action right in your shower.

And, you're in luck, go to to order your own free sample and "unleash the Enchantment of Brazil."

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Happy feet

My last and fourth child is now extremely mobile. For about a week she has been toddling around consistently prefering to walk instead of crawl.

It's really funny seeing her trying to run from someone when she's barely considered a walker. It's like her feet get happy and she tries to move them quickly. Sometimes she's somewhat successful and then other times she hits the floor with a tiny thud and a bunch of giggles.

Although she often looks like the penguins in the movie Happy Feet; she more often walks like Fred Sanford from that old show Sanford & Son. Remember when he would grab his heart and stagger around? That's her to a tee.

I wish I had a video or even pics to share (no video camera and the digital camera has died), but believe me when I say it's the funniest and cutest thing ever.

Seven songs meme

Tina, who I think is getting way too much pleasure out of tagging me (LOL!), has challenged me with this 7 songs meme. We'll see how this goes because my memory for names, songs, etc., is really bad.

The rules:

List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now, shaping your spring. Post these instructions in your blog along with your 7 songs. Then tag other people to see what they’re listening to.

Okay, here goes nothing...

1. Robin Thicke: Lost Without You
2. Corinne Bailey Rae: Uh... something about letting your hair down. Oh, Put Your Records On is the name of the song, I think.
3. Alicia Keys: Something from her As I Am CD (I almost said album!)
4. Mary J. Blige
5. Beyonce
6. Jill Scott
7. Mariah Carey

Yes, you guessed it, I can't remember any songs from the last four artists. I know you're probably thinking: "Why doesn't she just get her lazy butt up and look at the case?" Well, I hate to reveal this, but my best friend sends me copies. :(

Okay, since you had so much to say: Tag you're it.

Tell me what you think


Power struggles

Little people

It would be nice to think that a parent has control over their children. It would be nice to think that children would always listen and obey as well as follow the schedule and directives laid out for them.

Yea and it would also be nice to have a fresh glass of cold lemonade on a hot day. Ain't happening when I want it to.

The same goes for my youngest daughter -- it just ain't happening! For the past few months, my oldest daughter, who's 16, has been putting the baby to sleep at night. She gives her a bottle and she goes to sleep. And, most of the time, she does it without fuss.

We discovered this one day when Anna, who's almost 1, was giving me a hard time with going to sleep. She kept wiggling, fighting, getting down, playing and laughing no matter what I tried to do to keep her still. Then I started laying down with her at bedtime, which took a chunk of my time when I need to work. And, most importantly, she hogged the bed.

I remember when putting the baby to sleep was relaxing and easy!

So the teenager grabbed her one night and put her to sleep with not much trouble and since then that's been the routine.

Until a few nights ago. Now little Miss Anna has decided to fuss, cry, whine, wiggle, fight and do everything but try to go to sleep.

Now the baby is toddling around and has a mind of her own about what she wants to do.

Why must we have this power struggle? Can't she see that I'm bigger. I'm the mommy, for goodness sake! Doesn't that count for something?


I guess not - especially in the mind of the little person who rules the roost!

It's almost as bad as dealing with her father. ...

Big people

Do you remember last week when he told me he didn't have money for daycare and said that we'd have to pull the two middle children out? I gave the daycare provider their two-week notice and asked her if she could work a deal with me about making the final payment. (You have to give a two-week notice and pay for those two weeks.) I figured if I give her the notice and keep them home she'll give me a break on the amount given my situation.

I kept them home on Tuesday and he talks to her and says he doesn't want them to be punished so he'll come up with the money somehow. He didn't talk to me about it even though he'd already said he didn't have the money. I think, and I'm almost 99.99 percent positive, that had I said, "Well, they're staying in daycare you'll have to still pay it!" that he would have insisted to pull them out.

Why, I ask again, do I have to have everyone working against me? Why the power struggle?

So, the two middle children are back in daycare. And, guess what he says this past Monday when the daycare money is due? I'm sure you can guess. He said: "I don't have the money."


Wednesday, May 21, 2008

He's done it again

New York Times bestselling author Carl Weber did it again. He wrote another interesting, entertaining and intriguing book that I couldn't put down. Weber's latest, Something On The Side, is filled with friendship, love, betrayal and sexual exploits -- all the makings of a good novel.

Published by Dafina Books in January, Something On The Side features six plus-sized women who have formed the Big Girls Book Club (BGBC). The women -- Tammy, Egypt, Isis, Nikki, Coco and Tiny -- are a colorful bunch. Between Tammy who supposedly has the perfect life but decides to give her husband a threesome for his birthday and hot-to-trot Coco Brown whose mission is "entertaining" unavailable men and accepting money for it; there's never a boring moment.

When you have a moment, pick up a copy of Something On The Side and see how the other side lives. You won’t be sorry.

Also, check out my review of one of Weber’s other books, The First Lady.

More things about me meme, awards

Tammy, who is the sweetest ever, tagged me with this meme.

Here are the instructions:

Remove ONE question from below, and add in your personal question, make it a total of 20 questions, then tag 8 people in your list, list them out at the end of this post. Notify them in their chat box that he/she has been tagged. Whoever does the tag will have blessings from all.

1. Do you believe in love at first sight? No.

2. Have you ever felt stupid? Why? Yes... for getting married.

3. Where is the place that you want to go the most? Anywhere but here.

4. If you can have 1 dream to come true, what would it be? To make a good, comfortable living with my writing.

5. Do you work to live or live to work? Work to live.

6. Do you like being who you are today? No.

7. If you win $1 million, what would you do? Pay off all my bills, invest, put money away for my children's college education and take a vacation.

8. If you meet someone that you love, would you confess to him/her? Maybe.

9. What are the requirements that you wish from your other half? Aww, I should have replaced this questions... trust, I guess.

10. Which type of cars I love the most? Nissan... Pathfinder. Quest.

11. Which do you prefer from your other half? hug? or a kiss? What's with the other half stuff? Ba hum bug!

12. If you have faults, would you rather the people around you point out to you or would you rather they keep quiet? Point them out to me, but in a nice way.

13. What do you think is the most important thing in your life? My children.

14. Are you a shopaholic or not? No.

15. What kind of electronic device/gadget you own that you like most? DVR.

16. If you have a chance, which part of your character you would like to change? Patience, I guess.

17. Are you in love? Yes, with my children.

18. If given a chance, do you want to see your future? Yes.

19. Would you still be friends with your best friend whom had betrayed your trust? Depends on why and what they did.

20.When was the time you cried? Yesterday, but the day's still young! :(

Hmmm... who do I want to pass to? Well, I think I'll leave it up to you. If you want to do the meme then feel free and leave me a comment so I can check it out.

Tammy also gave me these awards. Well, I know she gave me the first one and I think she gave me the other two, but I can't remember. Hey, chalk it up to lack of sleep, stress and the crying baby at my feet.


You can win Boogie Wipes & a cute tee!

My sweet blogging friend Tina once joked that if there's a contest then I'm there... well, I guess that's true because here I go telling you about another contest. At A Wrestling Addicted Mommy's Blog she's giving away Boogie Wipes (go there and read all about them -- they should fab!) and a cute tee.

There are all kinds of chances to win so don't miss out. Good luck.

Back & forth, up & down

My health & weight loss journal

I don't know what the deal is, but I can't keep this fluctuating under control. Oh well, I'm back up again as you can see from the ticker. Instead of avoiding telling you; I came right out with it... Aw, who am I kidding? I weighed myself several days ago and have been avoiding saying anything.

Well, there you have it... my not-so-good weight loss update.

On another note, which is not positive either, I have been very stressed... not good for the health. And my sinuses are waging a war inside of my head. Thank God for sinus medication.

I hope you're fairing better than I am.

Smart pre-schooler

There's something that happens to little people between the ages of 2 and 4; they get this 'oh, that's how that works" or "that's what that is" look on their face. Things just seem to click in place for them.

Well, the same thing happens between the ages of 4 and 5, and I've never seen it so obvious than with my 4-year-old son. He'll be 5 in October and I can see how the world and things people say are just really making sense to him. He's rationalizing, explaining and reprimanding.

Here's a normal interaction that I often hear between him and his 3-year-old sister:

"Ow!" he yells.

"I said sorry," she says.

At this point I would hear him running toward me as she screamed behind him, "I said sorry! I said sorry!"

Then something changed.

"Ow!" he yelled.

"I said sorry," she responded.

"No, you didn't!" he countered.

"Yes, I did!"

"No, you didn't!" he insisted.

"Sorry, sorry, sorry!"

Hmmm? I thought. He finally realized that she was either tricking him or she just didn't know the right way to say it.

Then today's "conversation" took a different turn.

Once again I heard: "Ow!" he yelled.

"Sorry... I said sorry!"

There was a pause before he said, "It still hurts!"

My goodness, I thought, it seems like he's figuring out that sorry doesn't do much especially when it keeps happening. I find their interactions pretty funny.

But now something else is dawning on me: Why does my 3-year-old keep hitting and hurting her brother? Well, I guess that's a dilemma for another day.

A time when things were just a little quieter! (This was 1-2 years ago.)

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Take control of skin care

There aren't many things in my life right now that I feel like I have control over except the way I care for my skin. I was doing a little skin evaluation this morning. I peered into the bathroom mirror and, surprisingly, I was fairly pleased with what I saw.

The crows feet that had tried to appear about a year ago have all but disappeared (thanks to an eye cream I was using). I don't have any laugh lines and the creases in my forehead are minimal. Even my neck is mostly smooth (but that's only thanks to Nora Ephron's book "I Feel Bad About My Neck" and the heads up she gave about caring for your neck just as you do your entire face).

The most recent concern was drooping jowls and the saggy turkey neck thingy that starts happening. All of the things I mentioned are concerns that women my age and older have, which is the exact reason I jumped at the chance to try Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Ageless Lifting & Firming night cream.

Let me first tell you that I absolutely love Aveeno products. For the past two Christmases my oldest daughter has given me an array of Aveeno lotions that I guard with my life so the opportunity to try this night cream is almost like a dream come true. (Don't laugh at me, I know I obsessed.)

I've been using the cream for two weeks and I already see a difference. In studies they've conducted women showed a 97 percent improvement in just four weeks! Here are the three main things I like about the product:

*It smells and feels great.
*It works quickly (remember, I've only used it for about two weeks).
*It contains wheat protein and shiitake mushrooms (I'm a sucker for natural ingredients).

Now, Aveeno also has two other products in the Positively Ageless Lifting & Firming line: a daily moisturizer with SPF 30 and an eye cream. I can't wait to get the eye cream because 100 percent of the women who used it showed an improvement in dark circles (which I have a problem with), firmness or eyelid droopiness in just four weeks.

For me, that's exciting! LOL!

Needless to say, I highly recommend Aveeno Positively Ageless Lifting & Firming night cream and any products in that line. And, in case you're wondering, this is not a sponsored post, but -- as I've told you before -- I am a BzzAgent who gets a chance to try some wonderful products.

Now, it's your turn, go ahead and take control of your skin care.


Monday, May 19, 2008

Keep it icy and hot

Quite sometime ago, I was told that I had a little bit of rheumatoid arthritis at the base of my neck. I didn't think too much about it at the time because I wasn't having any problems. However the last few months or so I've had increased pain at the base of my neck and in my shoulders.

Right now, my life isn't exactly stress free so I initially assumed it was just tension. As it worsened with no relief during stretching and hot showers I remembered the arthritis diagnosis and have been hoping the medication I'm already taking for fibromyalgia (prescribed by a rheumatologist!) would help.

So, when I had the opportunity to sample the Extra Strength IcyHot Medicated Patch, I jumped at the chance. (SIDEBAR: I learned about the free sample at Freebies4Mom ... that blog is fabulous for money-saving tips and free offers.) The sample came from WalMart and I tried it right away.

Last night before I went to bed, I placed the large patch on my upper back across my shoulders and the base of my neck, and I immediately felt the intense icy cold. It's a surprising coldness that kind of numbs the area and then about a minute later the soothing "hotness" settles in. It's a little tingly, which can probably be attributed to the 5 percent of menthol.

When I awoke this morning the patch was still in place and my shoulders and neck felt great. I wish I had another patch to use right now because hovering over a laptop all day can cause quite a pain in the neck.

I'll definitely use this product again and recommend it for anyone with pain that can be relieved with a little (BIG) IcyHot!

Upgrades, goodies at Entrecard

There are some new and exciting things going on at Entrecard. First, I'm assuming due to popular demand, is the ability to add more than one blog to your Entrecard account. Now, all you have to do is click on "linked blogs" from your Dashboard and follow the instructions. Sounds great, huh?

Second, Entrecard has an official eBook. It's free and it'll guide you to Entrecard success!

Third, now all you have to do is go check it out!

BTW: Happy dropping!

Do you smell that?

When you have kids in the home it is not uncommon to sniff something offensive. Sometimes I'm forced to ask small individuals if they have to boo boo because I'm thinking I sniffed a poo. Other times I pick up the baby and cautiously inhale near her diaper. And there are still other times when the smell goes totally unidentified.

Like today.

I walk into the office, ready to get busy and I think I smell something, but being the conscientious person that I am -- I ignore it.

I package up the SanDisk Cruzer Gators for the lucky winners and I realize I'm getting a headache and my sinuses are throbbing. Sniff. "What is that smell," I say to my invisible friend.

I stand up. It's stronger in the center of the room where there's absolutely nothing. I sniff wires, touch the exercise bike (maybe it's hot and has a short. Nope), I look under desks, try to peek behind a bookcase, peep under books... I can't see anything and I don't smell anything. I open the door to the storage area and the smell goes away.


I sit telling you about this wondering if it's some sort of toxic waste that will overtake me or an electrical fire brewing in the walls (God forbid)... I'm also wondering how many people I can find to come into the office and do their own sniff test. Maybe they can find it for me.

Or maybe it'll just go away and I can waste my time playing the sniffing game later.
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