READING. Watching documentaries and nothing but documentaries(pretentious I know). Planning holiday weekends. Busy days at work. Getting tickets to events for just Mike and myself. Walks. Wii boxing. Blue skies. Finding random pictures on my phone. Emails. New opportunities. Helping out friends. Sleeping. Waking up early. gchat(duh). Ignoring facebook. Seeing how much I can NOT spend in a week and being surprised at myself in a good way. Carpools! Wedding plans that ARE NOT MY OWN!!! New homes for friends. Brown eyeshadow. Passing on blogs to people and getting new ones to read in return. Ice cream. Restocked candy drawers.
“The reason so many people never get anywhere in life is because when opportunity knocks, they are out in the backyard looking for four-leaf clovers”.
—Walter Percy Chrysler—
Head on over to Vera’s blog,
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I am a firm believer that sometimes, when using a product for a long time, the results simply stop happening. I don’t know if it’s my imagination or if your body just becomes immune to certain factors and simply needs a change. This was the case for me most recently with my eye makeup remover. What once was an easy feat, suddenly was taking much longer than it should
I wear eye makeup every day, even when bumming around. While I may not being wearing a full smokey eye to the grocery store on a Sunday morning, it is more than safe to assume that I have a coat of mascara on. As a result of this daily makeup wearing and schedule that often calls for the reapplication of makeup, I use a lot of makeup remover. I had recently switched from exclusively eye makeup remover to makeup removing wipes and I was surpirsed at what I discovered.
When I was sent Biore Makeup Removing Towels I was THRILLED to try them and review them. I had just thrown out a pack of makeup removing wipes that made my eyes burn SO bad I couldn’t open them for 3 minutes after use. Not a normal way to start the day. Biore’s wipes are clean, fresh, contain green tea, and are durable. Not only are they great for removing dark colors of which I wear a lot, they were great for a quick refresh and provided a gentle cleanse without any abrasiveness. The towels are perfect for use after showering and right before bed. I also advise swiping one across your face and neck after working out or gardening, as they are a HUGE savior when you are feeling less than stellar after hard work. I can honestly say that my days of expirimenting with other brands of makeup removers are through. The price is around $6.00 for a large, yet compact soft package as well. You can’t beat that. I was also sent Biore’s Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser to try and review, this is a product that has been around for a few years yet I had never gotten around to trying it. The Salicylic acid containing acne wash is cooling, a bit tingly, and smooth. The smell is not medicinal as is the case with most acne fighting washes, and there is no drying after use. I am lucky that I don’t get regular breakouts but I still need to fight acne when it happens. I also have a mildly uneven skintone so this cleanser was great for toning down some redness on my face and also cooling my face down in the heat. While there are other cleansers by Biore you can check out, the Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser is great for anyone looking for a non abravise face wash. This cleanser is also around $6.00 a pop as well!Biore products can be found at major retailers and drugstores nationwide! For more information check out:
Disclosure: I was provided these products for free in exchange for review. All opinions are my own.
This summer is quickly passing. And as they typically do, the weekends are more and more of a blur. Questions of “what did you do this weekend?” are usually followed by a brief pause on my end to try and recollect exactly what did transpire over those two and a half days that I try to cram so much into. The weekend was awesome. I just wish there was more of it. Lately I have been feeling like I spend all of my time in my car or at my desk. I don’t like feeling like that and I feel as if I am more and more aware of that fact. I am not sure if it is just because it is summer time and it’s the frantic scramble to cram as MUCH FUN AS POSSIBLE into every waking moment so you can look back in December and say MAN THAT WAS A GREAT SUMMER. But was it? Does anyone even remember it? If someone stayed in every night and read or gardened or cooked couldn’t that be considered to be a great summer too? Balance. Balance. Balance. We all try to find it in SO many ways and places. GO GO GO vs. just hanging out alone. Which is better? As usual I am rambling. I dunno, I give parents so much credit. I don’t know how they manage to find the time for all that they do. It’s funny too, when you are a kid, you don’t even THINK about it. Yet now, as I am NOT a parent, and folding clothes at 11:30 at night, I wonder how parents manage to get it all done. I’m essentially useless today, and I’m glad it’s a bit gloomy out as it perfectly matches my reflective mood. Looking forward to going home tonight and tackling my to do list. As usual a busy week and all I can do is manage to get through it.
*view from the top of the hill at my cottage yesterday. Love when the lake and sky blend together.
Weekday parties. Meetings to plan camping trips. Packages in the mail. New opportunities. Friends who understand exactly what you are saying. Holding onto motivation. Actually getting a good nights sleep. Chinese takeout. People who have creative ideas. Facemasks. New pens. Accessories. Finishing books. Sitting outside with friends. Evening walks. Busy weeks. Budget Travel magazine. Thinking about traveling out west. Adding to my inspiration board. Gutting my office and enjoying the new clean space. Sleep. YSL Parisenne perfume that I finally bought. Looking for new books to read. Packed social calendars. Fruit snacks. Fashion blogs that don’t just pull content from other blogs. Rediscovering. Magic. Too many bracelets. Hippie fashion. High art.
“Hey you’re invited to my sour cream party!!”
That was the general response when I invited people over my house for my sour cream party. And I can’t say I blame them as it isn’t exactly something that you get invited to on the regular. Luckily for me, I have an amazing network of friends and family who support any and all of my crazy/creative endeavors, whatever they may be!!
I signed up for the party hosting site, http://www.houseparty.com, and was chosen as a host for the Breakstone’s Sour Cream party. This was my first party for the site and all I can say was that it was FUN. It is no secret that I love to entertain and that I love getting people together, especially in the middle of the week for fun they may not otherwise be even having. So all of the people who were unsure of what they were getting themselves into had a BLAST. There was the party pack that House Party sent to get the party rolling, which included a ton of freebies for everyone, and the emails that generate as the party date gets closer that are FULL of ideas. This was a great time. Guys and girls enjoyed themselves, there was lots of laughter and LOTS of eating. Good. Fun.
The Breakstone Flavors that we tried were: Jalapeno, Garlic and Herb sour creams and then for the dips we tried French Onion, Buffalo, and Ranch. Chipotle and Southwest Style were not available in my area. Hands down, the Jalapeno was the party favorite and the massive amount of potato skins that Mike made (hand scooped and all!) were DEVOURED. So good. As far as the dips go, good ole French Onion was the fave. There wasn’t a bit left at the end of the night.
I am so glad that I was able to host this party and I’m so glad that people actually came AND that they had a good time. And besides, who doesn’t love a party where your only requirements are to eat, drink, and show up!? No pushy candle sales here!
I’m totally looking forward to hosting my next event for http://www.houseparty.com
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It’s weird how sometimes when I am non stop, my thoughts are in perfect order. At idle times, I can’t focus for the life of me. I have a lot on my plate, a lot coming up and going on, and I can’t sort through it. Lately too, my procrastination is hitting my creative work, my personal work, and I’m uber productive at home and at work. (For the most part). I haven’t read anything lately, magazines are sitting untouched, and the same goes for my writing. Where is the balance? Is it even possible to be productive and motivated in all aspects of our lives or must our brain and heart pick and choose?
Check out the new album, “As Big as You Can Get It”, by my friend Scott’s band, Drunk Dude 69. Music is available to download and the blog is great! Be sure to check out the section “Studio Night” it’s a must read!
The past two weeks have been a blur. I can’t see the lines under the days in my planner becuase they are so crammed with shit. My life has been work, fun, friends, family, and house stuff. Non stop. I’m almost positive I will get sick. It’s bound to happen. Everything has been, to lift a term used by my pal HP, “wild”, lately. Not bad, just WILD. I don’t mean wild like barfing in sinks, hanging from trees doing keg stands, or late night trips to Vegas wild, just wild as in INTENSE. Dreams are sharp, the days are a manic blur, and people, myself included are stretched thin. I think it was Memorial day. The kick off to SUMMER SUMMER SUMMER. Planners fill up, the sun blares down, and drinks are icy cold saviors at the end of a harrowing day or night. No need to discuss how it went from spring showers every day here in Cleveland, to BURNING desert. I love it. The heat makes you weird. Good weird.