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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.


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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.

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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...


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