Simple Pleasure Thursday 8/17

Do you ever just sit and say to yourself “what have I gotten myself into”? It seems I have done that a lot lately. “What was I thinking” has crossed my mind more than once. This week the littles have been so antsy I have said that daily, maybe even hourly, lol! Yes, that saga continues! Now you know I love them dearly and treasure my time with them, but they have been little stinkers with a capital “S” this week! I told them I was going to send them to daycare (specifically sunny side, remember that from the Toy Story 2 movie) and I was going to work at McDonalds…..I’m still thinking it has to do with the lunar eclipse. My friend Robert, wasn’t quite sure about how that works, but my friend Marie thinks it’s probably so. Her words were “people have been just bat-poop crazy”…..Ha! What an understatement! Have you noticed that extra dose of craziness around you? I want to say I can’t wait for school to start back, but then I’ll be running back and forth….even good things can have some negatives.

What is my Simple Pleasure this week? Can I find one? I think it has to be having a few minutes alone in quiet. I ran out last night to get my haircut. I can’t say that was really a pleasure, but I left the house alone to do something other than go to the gym. I am on the hunt for a new stylist; Again. I found one a few months ago, recommended by my friend Paula who runs a Facebook blog The Weigh Inn and is a member of the #saturday7amsocialclub. Can I just say he was F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S!!!! I think it was the best cut I have ever had and it stayed looking great through the entire “grow out time”. I never had that love it one day hate it the next syndrome. Then he up and moved; over an hour away from us!!! The nerve!

Because I have waited longer than I should have my hair was getting to the point I couldn’t do anything with it, so I ran up to one of the chain shops…..the girl didn’t do a bad job, but she was not the replacement I was looking for either. The hunt continues. Or maybe I will be taking a drive to western Maryland….I might be able to get two visits in before the weather gets too bad to chance traveling out that way.

So this weeks Simple Pleasure may be two fold. A few minutes of quiet time away from the house and a good hair stylist! What is your Simple or even Guilty Pleasure for this week?

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Thursday Simple Pleasures 8/10

Hello friends! It’s Thursday again and that means it’s time to share our Simple or Guilty Pleasures. This week I am sharing a Simple Pleasure.

This past Sunday when I went for my long run (usually my only run) I decided it was time to take a different route than I had been taking. I try to switch my routes around now and again, for safety, just in case someone is watching. As a woman running alone and in the wee hours of the morning, I think it’s a good idea.

The route took me down the Peninsula Expressway. This can be a rather busy road, but not so much in the early dawn; which can be good and bad. I was heading over the draw bridge, that crosses Bear Creek, at the perfect time to see the sun rising. Bear Creek opens up into the Chesapeake Bay.

How beautiful is that? God’s handy work. The beauty of nature that is all around us. Sometimes we just have to stop and look. Many times we don’t or we take it for granted. I have run this route many times, but never at the perfect time to see this. I have run this early many times, but I have never seen a sunrise so spectacular while running.

This is my Simple Pleasure for this week. The beauty of nature that surrounds us. A beautiful, peaceful sunrise over the water. Don’t you just love a beautiful sunrise or sunset? What is your Simple or Guilty Pleasure for this week? Please take a moment to share.

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Simple Pleasure Thursday 8/3

Wow! It’s Thursday, that means it’s time for a Simple Pleasure, and the weekend is almost here! Yay!!!

August is off to a great start. After the crazy extended hot weather in July, things seem to have settled down a bit. I wouldn’t say it’s cool, but right now it’s not oppressively hot. I’ll take it!

This week my Simple Pleasure is a good nights sleep! Not just the number of hours I get, but the quality of those hours!

I try to get a minimum of seven hours sleep each night. That seems to be a good number for me. For the past several weeks that has not happened, consistently. And boy was I feeling it this past weekend! So much so that I didn’t even try to run on Sunday!

When I woke up Sunday to get ready, for my run, I felt like crap! My sinuses and throat were stinging and burning. You know that “is it allergies or am I coming down with something” feeling? I got, made coffee, and tried to talk myself into going; but I couldn’t make myself get ready. Missing an entire run at this stage isn’t good for the training plan, but stressing my body, getting sick, and missing more runs or workouts would be worse. So I just decided to take it easy for the day. It was actually nice to do practically nothing, for a change.

Sunday night I was in bed at 7:30, and asleep before 8:00! Thanks to my Fitbit I can track my sleep patterns.

This may not look like “good” sleep, but it’s better than it had been and I felt much better when I woke up Monday morning! The first awake period was when “The Man” got up for work. The second was when Miss Quinn decided to come sleep with me. She is not easy to sleep with! I think last week either she, Noah, or both wandered in every night. Do you know how much room a three year old can take up in a king sized bed? 😳 a lot, lol!

One day “The Man” came home and asked her where she slept that night. She told him in “mine and Oma’s bed”, haha! She wandered in last Friday night, not too long before I had to get up and get ready to leave for WW and the gym. When I got up to go she said to him “Pop you need to get on the other side of the bed” meaning my side. He was on “her side”! Cheeky little thing, she is!

Do you have a simple pleasure to share with us this week? Have you gotten a break from the weather? Someone posted to Facebook today, that it’s 50 days until fall! I’m so excited! Fall is my favorite season and Spring is a close second! I like summer for the longer days, but not the heat. What is your favorite season?

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My BoHo Attempt

The past couple of weeks have been crazy hot here. Maybe it was the same where you are too. Last Saturday after doing some shopping at a big box store (you should have seen the fridge before, it was like Mother Hubbard's cupboard) we came home and just vegged, hoping to stay cool. Ok "The Man" slept, I just sat around and vegged. I earned it, lol. I had a very intense workout, with Jeff that morning, which I'll be telling you about in another post.

After "The Man" woke up we decided to go out for dinner at the last-minute. Well it was that or not eat; just because we went to the store doesn't mean I was planning to cook….😂😂. I really wanted to go to Artscape (that is an annual local art festival that always seems to coincide with the hottest weekend of the year). We didn't make it there. It was "The Mans" Saturday to work and at 5:30 that morning it was 84 degrees, walking around outside was not on his list of fun things to do.

So dinner it was, but where to? That is almost always a challenge question.

"The Man" has been on a Tater Tot (of all things) kick recently, much to my dismay….they are ok now and then, but I find them extremely salty. Well, Jeff (I think he's a bad influence, after all I never knew about Duck Donuts until Jeff told me about them, and for those who may be new to the blog, Jeff is my personal trainer) recently told me about and has posted all over social media about tater tots at a Japanese restaurant in the city called Sticky Rice. Apparently they are the best things ever! Now I still haven't made the connection between tater tots and Japanese cuisine, but ok. If it works….Well, "The Man" suggested we go there. Had he finally lost it? He does not eat Japanese food, he doesn't remotely eat anything that resembles Japanese food. So what was he going to eat other than tater tots? Nothing. I looked at the menu online, it would have been a stretch to modify anything to where he would eat it. I just couldn't….maybe we can go there, just because, some day but not for a meal…..I don't see that being an enjoyable date….Do you know what I mean?

Since that didn't work out we went to The Iron Rooster. I've told you about them before. We've only been there for breakfast and they serve that all day, so we could get that or try something new. "The Man" had breakfast and I got dinner. I ordered shrimp and biscuits.

I said biscuits, but it's really only one biscuit. They are HUGE! This may not look like a lot, but I couldn't finish it all (and I ate some shrimp before I took the picture). However, there wasn't enough left to bring home either.

I decided to "experiment" with an outfit and attempt a BoHo look. It was a very casual, hangout and enjoy the evening outfit. Except for the color, I thought it would be coolish should we decide to venture to Artscape too.

No make up, except for some lip color. It has really been too hot the past few weeks. I feel like even the lightest makeup will be sliding off. I imagine you girls know what I mean.

Since the Lululemon tank was black and the pants were black with a tan print, I added a bit of color with my Plunder Jewelry. The earrings are called Judy. They are part of the filigree collection and are only $8.00! There is something for everyone in the filigree collection and they are so light weight! The short, bar necklace is called Jefra; it comes with whatever initial you would like. I like that it is gold-colored. Yellow gold has always been my go to, but I am getting out of my box there. The long necklace is called Avery. The size of the pendant and coral/orangish beads say BoHo to me. They remind me of the "love beads" from yesteryear. Who remembers those? I looked at it for a while before getting it. I was worried about the length. I could have shortened it a bit more. The bracelets are the magnetic bling bracelets; Ezra which has black stones and Kayson which is peach stones. The larger bead bracelet that is in the middle of them is from the Julius set that was a special last month.

I don't think the look or outfit was awful, but I'm not sure it was totally me or that I was over successful with my attempt either. What do you think?

I bought the pants two years ago, at Target, but have only wore them once or twice. I practically forgot about them until one of the 40 Plus Style Club challenges last month. The exercise was to style a pair of print pants with an asymmetrical top. I do like the pants, but I have yet to find a shoe I like with them. I'm still working on that, but I wore my nude sandals by Vince Camuto via HSN, this time, I've shown you them before. They were better than some I've tried and I could/would wear them again.

One of the comments from the "experts" in the style club was the pants are more of a BoHo style maybe even tribal, and I'm more of a classic style. As I write this raga muffin would be appropriate, lol. I still have a couple of ideas to work on with them, then I'll decide if they stay or go.

Here are the two looks I put together for the style challenge, along with a closeup of the print in the pants. Now remember the top idea was asymmetrical and both of these colors worked with the pants.


I'm still learning the art of self photography…..stay with me, this may be a long lesson!

I had a aha moment, that day, and decided to try heels for the challenge. I don't hate them, but I don't love them either. I think they look better with these tops than sandals or flats would. These are also much higher than I would wear if I were going to be walking a lot. I did successfully (according to the group) make my legs look long. That's something; right? Lol!

The short top is from the That Woman line by Marlo Thomas and is available from HSN. The longer top is actually the top from the Covered Perfectly Leisure Suit. The top from the leisure suit has been so popular that Pauline has brought them out as a stand alone piece now! If you haven't tried covered perfectly yet, you need to. Remember as a Grandma to Glamma blog reader you get 20% OFF on up to two items!
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Which look do you like best, from the style challenge? I think I like the longer Covered Perfectly top best, but that is within my comfort zone. I am trying to learn to go outside that zone and try new looks. The style club is helping with that. I am trying somethings I would have never thought of.

There's only a couple of days left in July. Plunder still has that great sign up incentive through the end of the month. If you are still thinking about joining me, now would be the time.

There aren't many businesses I know of that you can start for only $99. If you have any questions message or email me at grandma2glamma@gmail.com or just go to my website: www.plunderdesign.com/grandma2glamma and click on "become a stylist" to sign up.

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There’s a New Game in Town

Do you follow the crowd or blaze your own trail? When something new comes to town do you rush out to see what all the fuss is about or wait?

We usually wait a bit to let the craziness die down and to hear some feedback. This is an especially good idea if food is involved! Of course, when something is new they will also put their best foot forward.

A couple of weeks ago a new donut shop opened in town. Duck Donuts.


Have you heard of them? Do you have them in your town? Have you been there?

What is Duck Donuts?

Well a donut shop, of course, lol! I bet the name gave that away, haha. But what makes them noteworthy? Are they worthy of the hype? We/I decided to find out.

We had never heard of them until they opened up a few weeks ago near one of the local malls. Jeff, my trainer (of all people), told me about them, lol! He went there the day they opened….Maybe he was thinking if he turned me on to them it would be job security, hahaha!

We didn’t set out to go there. But Sunday morning “The Man” decided he (needed) to go to the hardware store…why, who knows. We didn’t “need” anything from there. It dawned on me as we were driving over that we would by the donut shop, so why not check it out?

At Duck Donuts they make your donuts to order. That’s right you go in grab an order form and choose your poison…

They even have a sign to instruct you in how to order.

Not feeling adventurous or creative? Too many choices? They had a suggestion for you.

Need more inspiration or ideas? As if there weren’t enough choices, they a sign with some more.

All of the donuts start with the same base. There is only one “type” of donut. A fried circle of deliciousness.

This is a larger version of the mini donut machines you might find at flea markets, farmers markets, fairs, and such.

Then comes the toppings. This is where “made to order” comes in.


The donuts are made fresh and not topped until you order them. You tell them how you want it, and they make it!

Our finished product. They do look yummy, but are they? Will they live up to the hype?

I will say without a doubt these are not WW point friendly 😳! And no, I did not even try to figure it out….some days you just enjoy and FFMO; Forgive, Forget, Move, On

The Duck Donut, creed, mission statement?

Did they live up to this?

Overall they did. The place was clean, although a tad messy; which is to be expected when so busy. There was a line to the door when we arrived and still that long when we left, but it moved right along. The staff was friendly, helpful and patient with everyone. They girl topping our donuts saw my phone out and asked if I wanted to take a photo before she covered them (one might think they are used to that happening). The customers were waiting patiently, some were repeat customers others, like us, new and curious.

The price was fair, a bit more than the other popular chain with the same initials (DD) but not significantly.

But I bet you’re really wondering if the donuts were good!

Yes, they were. They were hot and scrumptious. We brought them home, which is about 8 miles away (good thing), made a couple of stops on the way, and they were still a bit warm when we arrived and ate them. I will say I found them extremely sweet, which was likely due to the toppings we chose. I am not a fan of overly sweet donuts. Even being from the south I do not care for Krispy Kreme’s because they are so sweet. I prefer the other DD shop because they aren’t as sweet, IMO. If you need to get your “sugar fix” in though, this will do it!

Will we go back?

Most likely, yes. Not often, it’s not convenient or worth it to just drive over there for a donut or two, but if we are close by for other shopping we will stop in on occasion. For a treat. I am curious to try a more plain version and see what I think.

After this little indulgence, experience, experiment? I am back on my regularly scheduled healthy eating routine.

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Oh, and we never made it to the hardware store, lol. We found the donut shop first and “The Man” decided to head on home; even though we made those few other stops first.

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Janet

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Thursday Simple Pleasures 7/20

It’s Thursday! What does that mean? It’s almost Friday and the weekend? Well, that too, but, it’s time for our Simple Pleasures!!

This week my simple pleasure is fresh homegrown tomatoes and tomato sandwiches.


We enjoy going to the Baltimore Farmers Market every year. It is open from April thru December. I like going the first week it opens, just because, but we don’t usually go often the first few weeks because there isn’t much produce. There are a lot of plants and such, but those plants are much better off if I leave them there, lol!

A couple of weekends ago we went and I got some great tomatoes! I ate tomato sandwiches for lunch every day the following week! They were so delicious! Such a simple thing, but oh soooooo good! Do you enjoy fresh grown tomato sandwiches? What do you put on yours? I like just a bit of mayo and a little S&P. Sometimes I’ll make a BLT but when I want a tomato sandwich, I really just want tomatoes, lol!

I don’t know about where you live but folks here in Maryland swear Maryland tomatoes are better than any other. Ironically folks from New Jersey (where “The Man” is from) will tell you the same thing! I agree and disagree with them all, lol! I have had tomatoes grown Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, New York, Canada, and South Dakota. They are all absolutely great! But I will say this, they were all “homegrown, vine ripened” tomatoes. Tomatoes bought at farm stands or farmers markets; not tomatoes bought at the grocery store, that are half green looking or pinkish. That is the key. There is nothing like a tomato picked ripe from the vine, grown in nutrient rich soil!

I usually buy from the same farmers each year, although My M.O. is to walk through the entire market when I arrive. I do this to see what is available, and the cost. I then walk back through and make my purchases based on availability and sometimes cost, but cost is not the deciding factor. The overall quality and freshness that day is. Then I make my purchases. I then often cris cross the market making my purchases so that I purchase the heaviest items on my out. We often take a wagon with us if planning on making a lot of purchases.

This photo is from five years ago. Wasn’t Noah so cute chasing down his wagon?

Noah enjoyed riding and eating our purchases!

Are you fortunate to have farmers markets? What are some of your favorite finds? What is your simple pleasure for this week?

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Our Visit to Dutch Wonderland

I’ve shared this previously, so many of you know, we celebrated our 37th wedding anniversary on July 8th, with a trip to Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, PA, with a couple of the grand littles.

Then and Now

We were the first car in the parking lot….had it been up to “The Man” we may have been there even earlier, lol! Ok, we weren’t extremely early and at least we are able to get the “bus” parked, before the parking lot filled up!


This was the first time we had been there, but will likely not be the last. It’s designed for kids. Yes, you moms, dads, and grandparents can ride some of the rides and they are adding a new roller coaster which will be for the older kiddos or adults, but this mainly a littles friendly park!

A little bit on the history of the park

I saw the above plaque on the ground as we were leaving. I thought it a bit ironic, and cool, to learn that the park opened on May 20 (that was the date the “The Man” and I met and we went there on the date we were married). It is also (slightly) older than me, lol! With so many things and places not staying around long, it was nice to see it has stood the test of time.

Before going in we had to measure the kids to see what rides they could ride.


Yay! I’m tall enough to ride all the rides, lol!

 

Have a look at this cute little chapel in the middle of the park! How cute was that? And just too perfect for the day!


Of course we had to use it as a photo-op to “re-create” a wedding (my idea, lol). It was our anniversary after all! How could I pass up an opportunity like that?


Our wedding guests and “witnesses”, they sure are cute, but I’m not sure how reliable they are, lol! What do think?
Are we done yet?

“The Man” appears to be talking here, Lol! These are the types of photos he usually tries to get of me, hahaha!Is that possibly a real smile?After we left I realized we didn’t get a “kiss” photo. Somehow we never made it back there to do it…..I’m reasonably sure if the “The Man” never saw the lens side of a camera he’d be happy, lol!

Noah and Miss Quinn getting ready to ride the whip!


We found a dinosaur park! Noah has always loved dinosaurs, and knows the names of many from his books.



But to say we were shocked when Noah walked up to the Ankylosaurus and told us the name of it, is an understatement! To our knowledge this is not a species he has read about. I know his reading skills are quite advanced for a six-year-old, but that is a BIG word!


“The Man” and I took a few minutes to ourselves and rode the gondola! Can’t get to wild, you know, lol!

A corn field

The kids rode almost all of the rides they could, then we spent some time at the water park. No pictures there, lol!

But, look what I found! If you are Disney aficionado you will recognize this!

A highlight of the day. Dole Whip! Just like they have at “the mouse house” but the line was nowhere near as long! I enjoyed every bite/sip (I got the float)!


This cute tunic style dress came from Old Navy. When I picked it up I thought it was navy blue, but when I put it on to wear it the first time it looked black, then outside it was navy again. I have gone back and forth and still have no idea what color it is, lol! Maybe it’s like that dress that was going around the internet a couple of years ago, that no one knew what color it was! Remember that? It’s a great summer dress, that will also work well with leggings or jeans. In fact I had my white jeans on the day I bought it and loved the look. I can see it getting a lot of wear for a few seasons. Although you can’t see them here, since “The Man” cut my feet off (better than my head?)but they show in previous photos; I wore my white low-cut converse sneakers. My earrings are Plunder. These are called White Drop and are part of our filigree collection. We have a large variety of earrings in this collection and they are ONLY $8.00! You can click here to go to the website and check them out, while you are there look around and see what else we have to offer. If you have any questions about Plunder jewelry or how to join my team, message me or email me at grandma2glamma@gmail.com. The bracelet is part of the Julius set that was a special last month. It sold out really fast as most of them do. I didn’t wear a necklace as I wasn’t sure what kind of rides there were or if I would be fighting with it all day. My cross body bag is one I’ve shared with you before. It is by Sharif and purchased a few years ago from HSN. My sunnies are my prescription ones. I don’t usually wear my contacts when traveling, especially if I don’t know how late we will coming home.

We had a great time. The weather was great, not too hot, which after a week of really hot, humid conditions that was a welcome change! This is a great park to visit if you have little kids. We purchased our tickets a week in advance so we got a bit of discount and the adult price was less than $35.00. “The Man” was even less; since he turned 60 this year he got the senior rate!!!! I don’t think is too bad for a day at an amusement park that almost all littles can enjoy! Food, just like most parks, was overpriced and not the best, but edible. They also had some semblance of healthier options. If you are a camper, they also have a campground and offer cabins. Have you been to Dutch Wonderland? If so, please share your experience with us!

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Happy Anniversary 

37 years ago today, “The Man” and I got married. And we’re still married, lol! 

The odds were probably not in our favor. Talk about a “whirlwind” romance; we met on May 20, 1980 (I was 16), I turned 17 on June 14th, and we got married July 8, 1980! Yes, just seven weeks to the day! Oh, and, “The Man” is a few years older than me…

Then July 8, 1980
If your next thought was: we “had to get married” you would be wrong. I guess you could say it was “love at first sight”. In less than a week we were talking about and making plans to get married. It could be said I wanted to “get away from home” and on some level that might be true. I do know and knew that if we had not married when we did, my mother (who had mental issues) would have done all she could have to interfere. Even after we were married and up until she passed in 2001, she periodically did whatever she could to break us up! Enough about that for now! 

However….

Just a bit over a year later, on July 23rd, baby number one came along, and before we had our fifth anniversary all three had arrived. 

It hasn’t always been easy! We have had hard times, good times, bad times, and fun times.  Some days I want to throttle him…..And I wouldn’t doubt he feels the same…..lol! But at the end of the day, it comes down to loving each other and being determined to work out our differences and work through the problems. As the Diamond Rio song states “we meet in the middle”. 

We have been truly blessed. We have three great, reasonably well adjusted kids that are each successful in their own way, and six beautiful grand littles. I am blessed that I have been able to spend almost everyday with some of them. We have all that we need and most of what we want. 

Today we are heading to Lancaster, PA to Dutch Wonderland, an amusement park, with two of the grand littles. We usually go away for the weekend on our anniversary, this is the third year in a row we haven’t. I had lofty ideas of surprising him with a trip to Hawaii for our 35th, but we got the surprise (fortunately before I had booked the trip) our youngest son finally proposed and they get married a week after our anniversary. A big trip and a wedding wasn’t possible; especially since they were originally thinking of getting married in Las Vegas. Two big trips in that time span would have been too much for sure. Then last year we had our DILs baby shower on our anniversary weekend. So I’m just putting this out there now…because if it’s on the internet it has to be true…right? We are going somewhere fabulous for 40, so no weddings, babies and such in three years, lol! Got that guys?!? Hahaha! 

We have arrived! Hopefully this makes sense as I was writing on my phone, while riding. 

Now July 8, 2017

Have a great weekend! 

Until the next time 

Janet 

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Simple Pleasures 7/6

It’s time for Simple Pleasure Thursday.

Today my Simple Pleasure is: Spring/Summer rain! Don’t you just love the smell of rain in the air during spring and summer? That earthy smell; either just before or after the rain?

This morning it is raining and after a couple of weeks with scorching hot/humid weather, it is refreshing (for a bit). Now don’t get me wrong, there are times when I have to be out and about, running around that I dislike rain; probably like many of you. But this morning just sitting here drinking coffee and looking out the window at a nice soaking rain is refreshing. The “powers that be (the weather man)” has predicted that this will last off and on all day. We shall see about that, lol!

We are coming up on the end of the week and I haven’t clobbered “The Man”, yet, lol! For those who don’t know, he has been off work on “vacation” all week….I seriously get almost nothing accomplished when he is home. It’s much like having another child underfoot…..at times.

This Saturday (our anniversary) we are taking a day trip with two of the grand littles, Noah and Miss Quinn, to Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, PA. This is an amusement park, mainly for kids. We have passed it for years but have never been there. It should be fun, right? Have any of you been there? If so, what are your thoughts, experiences, recommendations? At least the outlets are just up the street, should I need some retail therapy after, hahaha!

What is your simple or guilty pleasure this week? Do you like the rain? The sound of rain on the roof, the smell in the air? Take a minute and share with us!

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Until the next time

Janet

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Some Girl Time and A Make-Over

This past Saturday I grabbed my daughter and headed to Ulta for an IT cosmetics makeover. Now we are not new to IT. We have been using IT products since the end of last year. I thought it would be a fun thing to do. Have a little girl time, spend some money, etc. I needed to buy a new mascara (amazing how mine had just run out).  I started using the IT Super Hero mascara when it came with a kit I purchased around the holidays. I wasn’t sure about it at first, but came to like it. For several years I was using Dazzle Lash in Brunette from MAC. I loved it, it was the first mascara I had ever used that didn’t flake all over my face. But when I needed to buy a new one last year and headed off to MAC I discovered they no longer make it. In fact I guess it had been way too long since I last bought it, because they looked at me as if I had three heads!

I decided to show you all the results of this event and make it a blog post.

Here I am, before, with no makeup. I may not win a prize, but…..

Here is the after. All made up 😳. A bit scary in my opinion! If I was not a user of IT cosmetics, this would not have enticed me to become one!!!

I think I quite resembled “The Joker” from batman! The “old”, “real” Adam West Batman! I tend to go for a natural “no makeup” look. I’m not sure what I ended up with, but it is not me! My daughter said it’s just because I take horrible selfies, lol! I will admit I have not mastered the art of selfies yet, and I may never, but I don’t think that is it!!!

I never use eyeliner and this look is why. It certainly has not made me think I should start! I look as if I slept for three days in my make-up; after a bender! I also do not use mascara on my lower lashes.

Why? Well I have rather sparse to almost non-existent lower lashes (and the top ones are nothing to brag about)! I have been considering trying Lash Boost from Rodan & Fields. I have seen several pictures of ladies with lashes much like mine now and the results are amazing! Some are consultants for R&F and some not. A couple are people who I actually know. They have a great special going in right now, which is making it hard to not jump on the bandwagon!  I have to admit, it’s VERY expensive and that is partially what has held me back. Have any of you heard of and/or used their products? If so what are your thoughts? I will keep you posted on the decision, but if you have tried it, please let us know your thoughts.

Since this week has been crazy and I have not posted the blog much this week I have also not drawn the Plunder piece for last week. I will do two at one time and announce the winners.

Thank you to everyone that has participated! I hope the winners have or will enjoy their prize. I know one hasn’t arrived, yet, as it had quite a way to travel, but is on the way!

Today is the last to sign up with me for Plunder and have the chance to earn your kit for free and earn a free cruise in January! How lovely would that be? When it’s cold, dark, and dreary at home to be cruising the Caribbean!

You have until midnight so log onto to my website, click on Plunder Opportunity and then become a stylist or email me at grandma2glamma@gmail.com with questions or for details. I don’t know if there will be another opportunity like this. Starting a business for $99.00 is unheard of, but to start a business for free?! WOW!

Next week I will be sharing some of the looks I pulled together for the June challenges in The Style Club. You will really get to see my “selfie” taking at work, as I took several days of looks with my phone and a “selfie button”. Hopefully, my lack of skill will not scare you away! If you have not already joined there is time to do so, or get on the waiting list for the next wave. July’s challenges will focus on color. It promises to be interesting, but not as busy! Thank goodness, lol!

If you have not signed up for the blog email, yet, you can sign up with the subscribe button at the top right side of the page or on the “pop-up”. I will not share your email with anyone else, you will just be the first to know when there is a new post. You can also follow me social media through the pop-up or by clicking the following links: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Bloglovin.  The Facebook page has now reached over 600 likes! Twitter and Instagram aren’t far behind! Thank you all for helping to get it there!

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Don’t forget to leave a comment so that you can be entered in the Plunder drawing for this week. Of course your comments help more people to see the blog too and that’s what helps to get it out to more people. I really do appreciate it!

Until the next time

Janet

           

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