Monday, June 30, 2014

Coppertone Clearlysheer Sunscreen Review

Honestly I have not been a huge fan of sunscreen - I mean like what it does but the application of it not so much. It has always been, thick, greasy or in the case of some products oily. It's been my experience that it never absorbs fully then I spend the day feeling like I have been coated in vegetable shorting and everything in the free world is sticking to me.

When BzzAgent sent me the Coppertone Clearlysheer I truthfully was not hopeful but thought I'd give it a whirl, before now I had been running around with no sunscreen on with the exception of whatever had been added to my makeup by the manufacturer. I used the Coppertone Clearlysheer for the first time when we took the grandbaby to the zoo the end of May. I have used it exclusively since then.

The Clearlysheer absorbs quickly and completely no feeling like you jumped in a vat of vegetable shorting. It didn't clog my pores and cause any break outs. I also am able to be outside all day and no burns. It is totally sheer. I wear it under my makeup for added protection with no issues as well. This has become my go to favorite sunscreen.

If you are in the market for a new sunscreen this would be the first one I would try. Let me know what you think when you do.

*as a BzzAgent I received this product free in exchange for an honest review*

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Friday, June 27, 2014

We made it to Friday!!

Its been an interesting week to say the least. We have about a million projects going at work and that seems to be when every client also has an emergency.. It also appears 75% of my staff wants the same days off.. I hate when that happens because I hate having to say no to a day off request. Makes me feel mean.

So yesterday I went and had an eye exam for contacts. I have not even attempted to wear contacts since the early 90's. Everyone said try them again they have made vast improvements in them - you may find that you can actually wear them.  So I did and I am trying.

I am finding that I still have the whole dry eye thing happening even though I have the hydro gel type. Though it is a bad allergy season for me this year and I do now have allergy drops to try so we will see. I WANT to be able to wear them so bad. They have to WORK for me through. Today is actually day 1 so we will see. I did have them in for a few hours last night and watched some TV.

Today I am at work in front of my PC and not really sure why my eyes keep having to refocus over and over on my screens - that is flat annoying and starting a headache.. I did not bring my glasses with me this morning so unless I call D - this has to work.

Anyone else have issues adjusting to contacts or was it smooth sailing after you got used to something being right on your eye??  Maybe I should just skip this and go straight to Lasik lol..

In other news I joined a new 12 week fitness challenge that starts Monday - I committed to this before it even sunk in that it started 4 days BEFORE a holiday weekend whoomp whoomp.. Oh well.

I seem to do better when its a challenge environment. I do have a competitive nature so that really helps. I can join a group but unless its in a time formatted challenge it doesn't matter. Not exactly sure whats happened in the past 6 months - last summer I had motivation coming out my ears. Now I am all ohhh year that donut looks AWESOME gimme 2.. So hopefully this kick starts the clean eating and exercising again.. So this weekend will be the last of the junk for awhile...

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wednesday Confessions

I confess:

I blinked and Monday and Tuesday were gone. Before I even thought about updating the blog. Some weeks are easy when it comes to blogging; others not so much.  There is always a thin line on what to share and what is "too much".

That last week I may have hit my limit and then got pushed a bit therefore resulting in me having an ol' fashioned "hissy" fit in which everyone in a 5 mile radius got told off. My mother included. I don't feel bad about it ether..

Netflix sent me an email for another 30 day free trial so I activated that and D and I have been promptly sucked into Orange is the New Black... Holy shit that's a good show.

So many changes are going on right now that I'm honestly hanging on and taking it all day by day. Don't ask me whats going on or whats planned 2 days from now. I don't know - I am not there yet.

I wonder why I was in such a hurry to grow up and get out on my own. That really only lasts until I think back on teenage years and my parents; then I am glad I am no longer underage and at home.

I know that sounds mean but it is what it is and it wasn't all great. Yep there was good times but the bad times were really really bad. It does piss me off to no end however that my mother remembers things vastly different than how they went down, and some shit she "remembers" never even happened.

What I actually miss are my friends from childhood, my high school experiences with Drama Club and the fun things we used to do as teen's - like cruise the 'AV.

This is turning into "the summer of changes" - best thing to do is hold on and remember that if you are not changing you are not growing...

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Friday Letters

Dear Universe: Please pick on someone else or at least let up a bit I need to catch my breath.

Dear Family: When I warn you that I am at my limit and you keep pushing until I literally lose it - that's your damn fault. You received a warning shot it simply is not my fault you choose to ignore it. Don't act all surprised when I flip out and tell you exactly what I think and how I feel about what you have said, what you have done and what you are doing. You act like you are new here.

Further more, stop acting like you are entitled to information - personal information, that has nothing to do with you.  I don't HAVE to share a damn thing with you, I couldn't care less if I told the dog down the street but not you. I get to CHOOSE who I tell what to. It doesn't involve you, it doesn't effect you. You are not entitled to know just because you are related to me.

Dear Parents: Stop giving your kids the world, stop praising them when they every single little thing and for goodness sakes stop giving out trophies for simply showing up. All you are really doing is making the next generation feel like they don't have to work for anything, the world owes them everything and that they can run around acting like the Heir to the Massengill Fortune.

I am all for building self esteem but stop over inflating them so that when they hit the real world they #1 are ready for it. #2 they are not running around acting like little assholes and treating everyone like personal servants and #3 they don't get all butt hurt and need therapy when the world runs them the fuck over. Trust me I have a child from the Millennium generation and she treats everyone like shit unless you are from here generation and the rest of the world wants to slap the snot out of her.

Dear Ladies: stop saying I'm sorry for EVERYTHING

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Thursday Confessions

I confess:

This song has been stuck in my head for days... its NSFW or politically correct and I LOVE it.. It is on the Deluxe cut of the Heist by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

Castle by Macklemore on Grooveshark

I started working out again this week - I remember why I did it in the first place :-)
It is a wonderful feeling and endorphin rush. With my stress levels of late I can see a LOT of time in the weight room.

I have only worn black and white so far this week.. Hey it happens especially when they are the major colors in your closet.

I always look strange in "selfies" because I think the smile is forced so I don't really smile and I apparently have Resting Bitchy Face.

I get tired of straightening my hair all the time so yesterday I was rocking the curls - and think I may do so more often.

I LOVE black and white photos and have a tendency to turn them all B & W.

Growing out this pixie cut is driving me insane but if I cut it off again I just have to start over.

People who are constantly late, have a ton of excuses on why something isn't their fault it or create a bunch of drama are really starting to piss me off. Grow up, buy a watch - use it and take responsibility for yourself.  Your shit isn't my problem, I have enough of my own problems. This isn't high school and you need to get it together. 

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Random Life Happenings (like really random) and a Q & A

A month or so ago I ordered a coordinates bracelet. I saw one in a article in a magazine and fell in love with it. Unfortunately the one I saw in the magazine was crazy expensive, especially since it was sterling silver. By the way jewelry industry, sterling silver is NOT that expensive. Yes I get some of the cost is craftsmanship but lets get real here.

So I went to the all knowing Google and did an internet search where I found this wonderful Etsy store Tatum Bradley Company. Everything is hand crafted so it takes a little bit to get your order, about 4 weeks, but it is so worth it! I am beyond pleased.

* Disclaimer - I received NO compensation for the review - I was not even asked to give one. I purchased this on my own and was so pleased I wanted to share.

I have gotten a few emails over the past few weeks with either questions and a few requests for an occasional outfit of the day.

So here is today's outfit ..

Tank, maxi and sandals from Target..

A few questions:

Q: How tall are you?
A: I am 5'11

Q: What do you do for a living?
A: The only thing I will say is that I am in the IT Field. I don't really blog about work with the rare exception of something very general.

Q: What is up with your ever changing wedding rings, I see different ones in your pictures all the time.
A: I have a few different sets (from over the past decade) and a few stand alone bands (the bands were my mom & dads) I change them around every so often.

Q: How long have you been married.
A: 10 years, we have been together for 13.

I saw this today and and fell in love with this quote:

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Monday, June 16, 2014

The One Where I finally Updated......

So its been a few weeks, I'd like to promise that its going to change but at this point all I can say is I'll try.

I was out 2 weeks ago for a business trip then a few days vacation, then last week was a hurricane that has me still catching my breath. I won't get into all the details of everything, lets just say that when you get to comfortable the Universe will knock you on your ass to send you a message.

I am trying to find ways to compartmentalize the stress from the stuff that touches me on the fringes but doesn't effect my actual daily living - I don't know how else to describe that.

Like my mother and my grown daughter fighting A LOT and loudly and frankly "meanly". Then I get phone calls from one or the other of them with ALL the glory details. This doesn't effect me directly but it does stress me out - badly. As they both bitch about the other to me. I can't change it its not mine to change yet they both think and act like I can do "something" about the other.

Neither of them fight fair and I can not mediate, that puts me in the middle and then either my daughter or my mother are pissed as an wet hen at ME. Forget that shit. Last weekend they had a major blow up that is still sending out shock waves. Send battle gear!!!

Another thing that has thrown me for a loop, a friend of mine who is not much older than I am had a stroke while at work. She was found unconscious in the ladies room. She is doing well but spent a week in ICU and has now been moved to a rehab hospital to relearn some basic skills, and some coping skills for the major life changes this will have. The day before she was at Zumba and now she's facing having to relearn basic everyday skills. That right there I can't wrap my mind around. That knocks the wind out of me.

As if all there were not enough for one week, the Universe looked down and said "I don't think you have enough to deal with, lets see you juggle" and tossed down a life changing hurdle that I am not yet ready to talk about or throw out there, I am still processing it myself.

Look around today, smile, say thank you to whomever you choose for what you have in your life, hug each other tighter and savor the moments..

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Friday, June 06, 2014

Spring Voxbox 2014 - Labor Day

I received my Springfling Voxbox for the most part I am pretty impressed.. The Rimmel London Retroglam mascara hands down is my favorite. It doesn't flake, it comes off easy at the end of the day but wears well all day. Which honestly is the key factors for me when it comes to mascara. I have had some that flake and then when I attempt to remove it even with eye makeup remove remover part of my eyelashes come off with it.

The retroglam formula goes on easy and doesn't clump horrible - lets face it ALL mascaras clump going on. The key is will the lashes separate or will you have spider lashes. This doesn't give you spider lashes.

The Nivea firming lotion smells great, absorbs well and doesn't leave you greasy. Honestly ladies the firming part of any lotion is a topical temporary thing for a few hours after you apply it. I have read the science behind the claims and if any of it is true that remains to be seen while I am keeping an open mind I am practical and I don't think that a topical lotion will fix age.

You can grab a sample of Nivea here.

I received Kiss nails in my last Spring Fling box as well and honestly I am passing these again to one of my friends Tween's. I have an acrylic overlay on my own nails to keep them for splitting and I am not soaking that off to glue on nails that will rip mine. Its taken awhile to get my nails to the point where I don't have tips on them just a strengthener.

The tampons will also go to a friend as well I no longer need them as a member of the hysterectomy club LOL.  I did notice the are "lightly scented" and to each their own but scented items anywhere near a women's lady bits is generally not a good thing. Its a chemical for all intents and purposes that you are placing inside you.  That ups the risks for toxemia at the worst and a nasty yeast infection at the best.

The air freshner was from Paramount for the movie Labor Day - its peach pie and now every time I get in my car I want pie!

 I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.
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Just Finished - Mother, Mother - Koren Zailckas

Ever have a book that once you finish it you have no idea what to read next because nothing sounds good after the world you just finished. ...