July 2008

I hope you can see the pictures I am putting up.  If not, let me know.

Today I will go over Idaho recommendations, well just one really.  We were not in Idaho for long, but I will give you what I have: 

 We stayed at the

Hyatt Place Boise Towne Sq Mall


It was a beautiful hotel and room.  The staff was very friendly!!  They had a kiosk to make checking in and out a breeze but the staff was right there to greet you and see if you had any needs.

The staff advised the hotel had just been renovated but it looked brand new.  Everything was very modern!

The room had a dividing wall so the kids could sleep while we lounged on the sectional sofa watching TV.  And speaking of TV’s, there was a 42′ Flat Panel TV so my hubby and kids were ready to stay put for a long time.  The pool was very comfortable and indoors.

The hotel had many restaurants nearby as well.

The only issue I had was the breakfast.  There was a continental breakfast but you could pay for some cook to order breakfasts as well.  I didn’t think it was really well communicated on the system and I would rather have one or the other -pay or free.

Other than the breakfast I loved this place.  I would definately stay there again!


(We even hooked up our Wii to the TV to play before we left.)

“Hey, this bed is so comfortable!!.  Maybe if I elbow him he will fall out and I can have it all to myself .”

Have a “Comfortable” Day!


OK, I am just getting back to a little, and I mean little, routine right before school is going to start to throw me back off again.  So before things got crazy I promised some recommendations of places that we experienced while on our trip.  Today I will start with Utah……

Arches National Park was pretty.  You can see arches along the way and then into the park there is a long route or you can go just part way in to see a few.  The information booth was very helpful in finding the best places to go with the amount of time you had.  The boys had a good time climbing after being in the car.

– Didn’t enjoy the Sheraton in Salt Lake City.  This is the first time I ever had to change rooms as it smelled completely like smoke.  This is weird since the whole building is suppose to be smoke free.  We went to another room and it wasn’t as bad but still smelled of cigarette smoke.

-Utah Olympic Park was wonderful.  You can do as much or as little as you want to.  The tour is a good price and informative.  There are many things to do and see there.  I would highly recommend the Quicksilver Alpine Slide!!!  Great place for all ages.

Antelope Island at the Salt Lake was full of bugs!!  Not sure if it was just a bad time of the year to go there but we were ready to move on quickly. 

Tomorrow, Lord willing, we will cover Oregon recommendations.

Have a “Promising” Day!

We got back from our vacation on 7/12.  Shortly after that I went to Costco and got a few grocery items like milk and eggs.  We brought home a lot of fruit from the trip so I wasn’t in need of any. 

Last weekend we went to a party and needed to bring an appetizer so I made a peanut butter caramel dip, since I had the ingredients on hand, and before we got there we picked up some fruit.  The leftover fruit came home with us.

So that’s it.  In over two weeks I have dreaded going to the store and haven’t.  And if you really think about it we didn’t go to the store before we went on vacation since we were going to be gone for two weeks.  I hope I still know where to find the store and where the items are in it!

Due to this lack of store attendance, I have been participating in the games of “How Bare Can We Make the Pantry?”, “I Didn’t Know We Had That in There”, “Let’s Try and Pull This Together”, and “What’s the Expiration on that Can?”.   Have you played those before?  It’s challenging but fun to see how far you can go.  You start to wonder if you can make it all the way to empty cabinets.  Which really is sad in and of itself since so many go without food!

Some of the meals have been good like Raviolis with Sausage/Tomato Sauce (using up some frozen sausage and raviolis).  Some have been a stretch like a Fritata with only 4 eggs and lots of fillings.  It’s amazing how much food is really there and how much we are blessed with, but I think the time has come to break down and go to the store.  We are out of milk, eggs, and fresh veggies.  We are very low on most pantry staples and cheese, and you have to have cheese don’t you?.

So I have adequately, I hope, prepared the boys to expect that we will be heading to the store today.  Prayers are always accepted and welcome 🙂

Have a “Blessed With Food” Day!

In the past I use to email back to anyone who would write a comment.  It’s been a fun way to build some friendships and such.  I know some people comment back on their own site.  I would be curious to here what you all do.  So you can leave me a comment letting me know what you do.

But for me, as we approach the new school year, ours starts on Aug 11, I have come to realize I will not be able to email everyone back anymore.  I will try and comment here so you can see.  If you, or I, have something that should be held in private I will not comment here but by email when I can.

Please be patient with me.  Adjusting to homeschooling the two boys is going to be big for me (I think).

Have a “Learning” Day!

For those of you who don’t know we (my children) are enrolled in an on-line charter school this coming school year.  it is part homeschooling and part not 🙂

The school has planned activities, sports, curriculum, and a teacher that they send their work to and can ask questions, etc.

Today the computer arrived and we have a nice little setup for it.  The books come next.  School starts Aug 11th here so there’s not a lot of time left before we start this adventure.

Since we have been back from vacation the boys have been very lazy carefree so I am a bit concerned.  Even the smallest errands have been a true challenge!!!!!!!!  I am a little concerned about facilitating the material, doing my home business, and keeping up the home while holding onto sanity.  So if you are so inclined please pray for me.  I would appreciate it.
Have a “Teaching” Day!

I was on MSN this morning and found this article regarding 12 makeup mistakes that women make.  I am sure I have broken all of them at some point..maybe all on bad days.  Here is the list for you to check over.  Maybe I will see you in makeup jail too 🙂

(Taken from http://lifestyle.msn.com/beautyandfashion/makeupandskincare/article.aspx?cp-documentid=8621979&GT1=32001)

The Dirty Dozen: 12 Makeup Mistakes You May Be


By Sally Wadyka

In an ideal world, you would have all the various makeup products you want, have the time and money to update them each season and have the skilled hand necessary to apply them flawlessly. But even if that’s not the case, there are simple fixes you can try to help correct the most common beauty wrongs. “Makeup is a wonderful tool to enhance your look, but used correctly, it should never look fake or like you’re wearing a mask,” says New York City makeup artist Jessica Liebeskind. Here, the makeup mistakes many women routinely make, plus how to do it right.

1. Wearing too much (or too little) makeup.
“Your makeup should be time and place appropriate—so what looks perfect for a big evening event shouldn’t be the same as what you put on to go to the grocery store or the gym,” explains Liebeskind. When you consistently overdo your makeup, you run the risk of looking like you’re trying too hard. Toning it down a notch—for a more natural look—will be a better option for every day. On the flip side, Liebeskind cautions against being so afraid of looking fake or overdone that you skip makeup altogether. Her prescription for the perfect minimal makeup: A good moisturizer, under-eye concealer, blush, curl your lashes and add a sweep of lipstick or gloss.
2. Never updating your colors, products or techniques.
Still using the same eye shadow, blush and lipstick shades you fell in love with when you first started wearing makeup? Well, unless that was just last year, chances are you’re long overdue for a trip to the makeup counter. “Just like you pay attention to which jeans are currently in style—and feel outdated if you’re still wearing bootcut when the look is straight-leg—you need to pay attention to makeup trends,” says Liebeskind. That’s not to say that you have to toss and replace all your makeup every season, or that you have to wear bright red lipstick just because that’s what the models were sporting on the fashion runways. You can find ways to make the trends your own (perhaps swapping your circa 1990s brown-toned lipstick for a wine-colored stain if reds are in fashion) so that your face looks as stylish as your wardrobe.
3. Using the wrong color foundation.
You could have beautiful skin and perfect application technique, but if you’re wearing a foundation that doesn’t exactly match your natural skin tone, the results are going to look awful. By picking a shade that’s an exact match, you’ll make it very easy to get a flawless looking face. To find the right one, Liebeskind suggests trying on three—pick the one you think is the closest color match, and also try one shade darker and one shade lighter. Go to the makeup counter with no makeup on, and swipe the three shades in stripes that run from your cheek down to your neck. As you blend each one into your skin, look for the one that blends so effortlessly it literally just disappears. That will be your perfect match.
4. Over-tweezing (or ignoring) your eyebrows.
“The brows are such a central and important feature on your face,” says Liebeskind. “And when they’re well groomed they can enhance your eyes and your entire look.” If yours are out of control, it’s worth the time and money to let a professional take tweezers to them. Get a referral from a friend in order to find someone you know will do a good job. The worst thing you—or a pro—can do is to take off too many brow hairs. “As we get older, the brows naturally become more sparse, so if you tweeze your brows too thin, they might never fully grow back,” warns Liebeskind. If you follow your brows’ natural arch—but clean up the areas over, under and between brows—you’ll find the best shape. Visit a pro for a tune-up every few months and you should be able to keep them groomed on your own in between.
5. Wearing a rainbow of eye shadow shades at once.
Just because your compact came with four or more colors packaged together doesn’t mean you have to paint them all onto your eyelids at once. In fact, Liebeskind recommends using no more than three shades at a time—a medium shade on the lids, a lighter one to highlight the brow bone, and the darkest as a liner for the top and bottom lids. For a simpler, everyday application, you could skip the liner and just use a single light shade all over the lids up to the brows.
6. Not caring for your skin.
All the makeup in the world can’t compensate for skin that isn’t well primed. In order for makeup to go on smoothly and look its best, you need to think about your skin before you start to reach for your foundation or concealer. “If the skin isn’t properly hydrated, your concealer will look cakey, your blush splotchy and your foundation won’t spread evenly,” explains Liebeskind. For dry skin, slather on a rich moisturizer or a face oil before applying makeup. Oily skin will look best if you start by washing your face with a cleanser that absorbs oil and then use a lightweight, oil-free lotion that will hydrate the skin enough for makeup to go on smoothly, but won’t make the skin greasy or shiny.
7. Choosing the wrong makeup for your skin type.
Just as using the right skincare will help your makeup look better, it’s important to be sure you’re using the right makeup formulas to enhance your skin. If your skin is on the dry side, avoid powder foundations and blushes. Creamy formulas will blend better, and if you have any fine lines or wrinkles, a cream will help smooth them over (as opposed to powders which can settle into lines and make them appear more obvious). Normal to oily skin should stick to oil-free liquids and powders. And it pays to reassess your choices every so often to make sure you’re using the right formula for the skin you have now: You may have had oily skin since your teenage years, but if you are now over 40, chances are your skin is starting to shift toward the dryer side.
8. Going to bed with your makeup on.
“If you’re going to take the time to put it on, you’ve got to also take the time to take it off,” says Liebeskind. Leaving your makeup on overnight can clog your pores (not to mention getting your pillowcase dirty), plus, if you’re not removing your makeup, you’re not caring for your skin by cleansing and applying an appropriate night cream. To make a clean sweep: Use a makeup remover pad first to get rid of eye makeup and anything else that might not come off with your face cleanser (like a long-wearing lipstick).Follow with your usual facial cleanser to finish the job.
9. Paying too much attention to one feature on your face.
There’s a fine line between enhancing your favorite feature and overdoing it. “You don’t want to overcompensate so much that instead of seeing your bright, pretty eyes, all people notice is your elaborate eye makeup,” says Liebeskind. The trick is to play up your eyes more subtly and then add a little makeup to the rest of your face. For instance, just because you don’t want to call attention to your mouth doesn’t mean you have to leave it naked. Use a pretty, natural pink lipstick or gloss so that it still looks well-groomed, if not eye-catching.
10. Trying to draw on larger-than-life lips.
You’ve probably read advice from a makeup artist who suggested lining your lips outside your natural line in order to make your pout look fuller. “It’s not that it’s bad advice, but most women don’t have the technique to pull it off without looking silly,” says Liebeskind. A more foolproof approach: Apply your lipstick or gloss first and then take a pencil (in the exact same shade as your lipstick or gloss) and draw a light, thin line just at the outermost edge of your mouth. “The goal isn’t to make your lips look like you got silicone injections, but just to create the best version of what your lips can be,” she says.
11. Attempting to create contours that don’t exist.
Using darker shades of blush to try to brush on an optical illusion of more prominent cheekbones or a less prominent nose is a trick best left to professionals making someone up for photography or film. This is one technique that rarely works in the real world. No matter how skilled you are with the makeup brush, it’s nearly impossible to use dark colors that aren’t glaringly obvious when viewed in person, especially in broad daylight. Focus instead on pretty, soft makeup that plays up your best features.
12. Confusing concealer with cover up.
They may sound like they are intended to serve the same purpose, but according to Liebeskind, there is a big difference between the two. Concealer is what you use under your eyes to disguise dark circles and brighten the skin. It should be creamy in consistency and should be one or two shades lighter than your perfectly-matched foundation. Cover up—which should be used to camouflage blemishes or other flaws—needs to be exactly the same shade as your foundation. In fact, unless you want a treated cover up (designed to help dry up pimples), your foundation can double as your cover up. Use a small foundation brush to dab the product onto the blemish and set with translucent pressed powder.


Sally Wadyka is a freelance writer whose work appears regularly in Shape, Runner’s World and Real Simple.

Vacation is over and I have been trying to get back in to a routine of everything, plus get back to my business that I needed to catch up with (Pampered Chef for those who didn’t know that already), tackle the laundry, play with the animals (no not the kids), keep kids busy while on break and not on vacation anymore, and, and, and.  Well you know what I mean. 

We had a great vacation.  It is the first two week vacation we have ever done and I highly recommend it.  I know for a lot for people, us too until this year, it is not possible, but if you can swing it, do it!  I could really tell the difference having the extra time.  And don’t be one of those that say “must be nice” because well that’s just not nice now.  Work toward what you want and don’t let anything stop you, k?  Can you tell that’s a pet peeve of mine?  I hate it when someone only takes out of your life the good and never the blood, sweat, and tears that got you there.  Ok, off of soapbox now 🙂

I will be writing soon about recommendations of things we did on our trip.  I have wanted to put more pictures but it hasn’t been working right so when I have time I may be able to share those too.
How have you all been doing?  I missed all my blogging friends, acquaintances, commenter’s, etc!

Have a “Non-Routine” Day!

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