Thursday, July 31, 2008

I hear you calling me....

You've been calling me for've teased me once when you almost made a surprise appearance here but I was informed you just couldn't handle the heat. Knowing that my friends and family could enjoy your sweet smell whenever they wanted was almost too much for me to bare...

But alas, I have heard your calls, and this time, they will not go unanswered...My beloved, Pontillos Pizza, I will see you shortly........

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Thursday 13: 13 new wedding photos

Thirteen of my fave pics from the wedding I shot last weekend! (and one extra b/c I couldn't get it down to 13!)
***Just for clarification, this was a wedding I shot as the photographer, this was not my own wedding!!***

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Words escape me...

I spent most of yesterday crying, and then I'd calm down and then I'd be right back to crying again. I don't like death. I don't suppose anyone does really. Nobody deserves to lose anyone but sometimes, things just don't make sense.

I will never understands why God calls children home, leaving mothers and fathers with broken hearts and empty, aching arms. I cannot fathom the utter devastation that a mother goes through when burying her own child. It's not natural.

I just don't know what to heart breaks for you, I weep with you, from afar, and wish I had the right words to say to you, but nothing I say or do could ever mend this gaping wound that is left when a 16 month old baby is lost.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Thursday 13: 13 of my favorite Mary Kay products...

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Okay, yes this is indeed shameless promotion on my part, but I really do love my Mary Kay products!! (and there are some mens products too, so it's not just for women...) plus men, you have a wife or girlfriend (notice I said OR, hopefully you do not have both!!) and perhaps they might really enjoy some Mary Kay as a surprise.

These are only 13, since it's "thursday 13" but there are WAAAAYYY more products of Mary Kay that I love. If you'd like to look around please feel free to check out my website. You get free shipping with any order of $40 or more! If you order $200 or more in product, you'll receive the travel roll up bag, a $40 value, for free as my thank you gift!!

13 of my favorite Mary Kay products!

1. Velocity Skin Care (perfect for the 30 and under crowd; comparable to proactiv, this skin care consists of a facial cleanser and a moisturizer that is specifically created for those who still tend to have breakouts/blemishes)

2. Acne Treatment Gel this stuff really works! As soon as you feel a blemish starting to emerge, begin to apply in between your cleanser and your moisturizer in the morning and at night. It won't cause flakiness or redness like Proactive does.

3. Oil Free Eye Make Up Remover-You only need a small dab of this on a cotton ball and it takes all of your eye make up off without any tuggling, struggling, or harsh movements on your part! Dries to a silky feel—no greasy residue!

4. Microdermabrasion Set- Refining Cream-Polishes away dead skin cells using Alumina Oxide crystals. Also, sloughs away surface layers of skin to get down to the layers that are smooth and unwrinkled! Reduces pore size and evens out skin tones. Replenishing Serum: Contains Anti-oxidants and vitamins that nourish the skin and replace anything you may have just stripped away that your skin needs. Leaves skin so soft and with a peach fuzz warm glow!!

5. Day/Night Solution

Day Solution- Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought your face looked tired?? This provides your skin with energy during the day. Also contains antioxidants (natural ingredients found in fruits, nuts, milk)---very important in fighting off free radicals (ultra-violet sun-rays, air pollution, dirt, cig. Smoke) that cause the skin cells to break down, and age prematurely. Also has a great SPF 25.

Night Solution- put this on and in minutes you immediately feel a tightening on your face. We’ve nicknamed it “face-lift in a bottle” !! The beads are Vitamin nutria-beads that are crushed when they come through the dispenser so you get a direct application of Vitamins A, K, and E on your face. Also known as “Crack for the face—once you try it you’ll be an addict!!”

6. Time Wise Age Fighting Skin Care:

Time Wise Age Fighting Cleanser- The TW cleanser has lots of Age-Fighting Benefits, Vitamin E microbeads that provide the scrubby feel—help to slough away dead skin cells, and deep clean. There are two formulas: one for normal to dry skin and another for combination to oily.

Time Wise Age Fighting Moisturizer- The TW moisturizer also has lots of Age-Fighting Benefits, evens out skin tones, lightweight—your skin just drinks it! There are two formulas for the moisturizer as well: normal to dry and combo to oily.

7. Satin Lips Set- Lip Mask-Takes off the dead dry skin. Rub to exfoliate. Then remove with a warm, damp cloth. Lip Balm-Hydrates lips for 6-8 hours, even under your lipstick.

8. Satin Hands Set- Takes years off your hands. This set is also great for your feet. Comes in a great little carry bag—great for traveling!! It contains 3 steps: Extra Emollient Night Cream- heavy duty moisturizer. Petroleum jelly base. Great for elbows, knees, cracked heels (put it on and sleep in socks), psoriasis, eczema. Peach Smoothie Scrub: Great buffing ingredients in a fresh peach-fragranced cleansing gel. Hand Cream: Lightweight, can be reapplied throughout the day.

9. Mineral Powder Foundation- Our newest foundation is in powder form! This weightless formula blends for a flawless look and evens out skin tone while providing buildable coverage with the comfort of a silky powder. It’s transfer-resistant and won’t fade away midday. It also will not 'sweat' off of you like some foundations do. Although Bare Minerals has been out for 2 years, our company decided to test it for 2 more years to make sure that it did not interact or interfere with any other MK product.
Comes in 6 different shades.

10. Our new compact- Watch our commercial here to see the new magnetic compact!! And then click here to see all the different combinations you can do with the new compact!!

11. The brush set- This luxurious makeup brush set includes a Powder Brush, Cheek Brush, Eye Definer Brush, Eye Crease Brush and Eyeliner/Eyebrow Brush – all with sleek black wooden handles. The set also includes the Mary Kay® Cosmetic Organizer bag, so you can just roll up your makeup brush collection and go! It's even roomy enough to add your custom compact, lip gloss, mascara, other makeup applicators and more! This will be THE LAST brush set you will ever buy-Mary Kay offers a LIFETIME gurantee on these brushes!!

12. MK Subtle Tanning Lotion- This lightweight, nongreasy formula glides on evenly and absorbs quickly for color that won’t rub off. Skin feels soft, smooth and moisturized, while its tone appears even without streaking and blotching. When used daily, you can build up gorgeous color in about a week. Suitable for all skin types and tones.

And last but certainly not least, for any men out there in blogland landing here....

13. Men's line- It's true, Mary Kay makes a line for men! They have skin care, after shave gel, and cologne. And I must say, even before I sold Mary kay, I bought my husband the High Intensity, and i LOVE it, and so does he!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Is there really greener grass?

I am always wanting bigger and better things...I see so and so's blog and decide I've "got" to get one like they have. And then I venture further down my bloglines, and come to another post about what so-and-so has made for dinner, and I think, man why can't I be like her and make such great food for my family?

But then I speak with another so-and-so who tells me she wants the camera I have so badly and she found herself at best buy stalking it....And then yet another so-and-so confesses she wishes she had the courage to have her own business like I do and sell Mary Kay. And so-and-so wishes that there were more people like me (reaallyyy?? like me?!?) that worked at her office who were really into early intervention.

And then there are other posts I've read from random so-and-so's that all pretty much say the same thing.....We all want what we don't have.

But what we fail to realize is that there is someone, somewhere looking at our grass and wishing their grass was like ours....

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Tuesday Toot!

Every now and then, as mommies, we need to celebrate the success, whether it's big or small....From managing to get all the children dressed and fed for an entire day, or managing to organize you spices in your kitchen or not eating the whole gallon of ice cream in one sitting. So after reading my toot, click on the link above and read the other mommies as well all celebrate our successes, big or small. Then join in, and let us celebrate your victory too!!

My success: Mary Kay

I became an Independant Mary Kay Beauty Consultant 15 days ago, and was not too sure how successful I'd be. I mean I'd sold it back in college, but by sell I really mean I joined as what we call a "personal use" consultant, which means you become a consultant in order to receive the discount on the product, not really selling anything.

I am so happy to report that in the past 15 days, I have sold almost $1300 worth of Mary Kay!!! I've fallen in love with the products, with the opportunity and with the other women that are consultants. My senior sales director said it was almost like a small sorority, which is true. I never was into that in college, and have never really had very many girlfriends. This provides me access to all types of women and I've already made some good friends.

Most importantly, I've found myself again. I struggled with PPD I think, and I lost my own idenity. I am so thankful and can't wait to see what else is in store for me!

Monday, July 21, 2008

As vacation is almost upon us...

I am so looking forward to our first official family vacation. Sure we've done weekend trips to my in-laws. And a weekend trip down to Myrtle Beach while I was pregnant. And Kenney & I had a honeymoon trip to Orlando...But we've never really had an "official" vacation as a family...with all 4 of us. And I am oober excited...did I just say oober? Yeah, more like I'm a goober...

We'll be leaving on July 31st as soon as Kenney gets off of work (we will pick him up on the way as he works right off of 95, and we will travel to an undisclosed location in Pennsylvania (I'm sure I could tell you where, but I feel more important using such skimpy details...)

Well, okay, since you will be at Holiday Inn Express some where in PA. =) The next morning, we'll wake up eat from their YUMMY breakfast, play in the pool, and then jump back into the car, and finish on our trek to western NY!! We'll be in NY from August 1st until the 7th, and then we'll head to Philadelphia for the weekend, and then we'll pile one more time into the car and travel the rest of the way home....

I am so excited because Kenney has never been to NY-I'm dying to show Braydon & him all around where I grew up! B is always asking me questions about when I was a kid, and I'm so looking forward to it. The thought of showing him where I lived is so neat, especially since it's different from where we live now.

I'm looking forward to this trip as well as participating in:

on Friday August 29th...this gives you well over a month to come up with something!!!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

If Andrea can do it.... can i!! For the past few weeks, my friend Andrea has been having "dessert for dinner" and I read her blogs with envy. Yesterday morning, as I looked at my bags full of food from the farmer's market, I decided that if Andrea can do "dessert for dinner" we could do dessert for breakfast...Well, it SHOULD have been breakfast. But since I messed up twice while making it, it became "dessert for brunch".

I started out by peeling the fresh peaches, cutting them up and washing the raspberries. Then I made the cobbler part from the recipe below. While the cobbler was in the oven, I peeled potatoes and diced them. I was going to make hashbrown casserole, since Kenney loves it, but realized I didn't have any sour cream. So I just cooked the potatoes in EVVO and added seasoning salt and pepper. To quote one of my favorite foodies "YUMM-O!" I took some of the turkey sausage out of the freezer, defrosted them and browned them in a skillet. For my finale, I made "orange frost" aka "orange julius" aka Yummy orange drink! Normally, this is reserved for Christmas morning breakfast, but since I was going all out on breakfast, why not, right?

Thanks so much Andrea for such a great idea!! My family loved it, and we might just venture out to "dessert for dinner" this week!! WOOHOO!

Fruit Cobbler

1/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar divided in (2) 1/2 cups (I used Sugar in the Raw)
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk (I used ricemilk, but you can use whatever milk floats your boat)
2 cups fresh fruit (I used about 5 peaches and a small container of raspberries)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups water or fruit (I used the peach juice that came out as I was peeling and slicing the peaches over a bowl and a strainer.)

1. Preheat oven to 375.

2.Cream butter and 1/2 cup sugar until fluffy. Since I used sugar in the raw, it's not really fluffy, but I got it to a nice consistency that I thought looked good enough.

3. Mix flour, salt and baking powder in a seperate bowl. Add creamed mixture slowly, alternating with milk, and beat until smooth.

4. Pour mixture into a lightly greased 2 quart casserole dish and spread evenly.

5. Wash, peel and slice fruit and keep juice for later.

6. Spoon over fruit over the batter.

7. Mix remaining sugar and cinnamon together and then sprinkle over fruit.
8. Pour water/fruit juice over the top and place into oven.

9. Bake for 45 minutes on 375. (During bakingm the juice will go to the bottom and cake like layers should form.

"Orange Frost"
(1) 6 oz can of frozen orange juice (usually they sell them in 12 oz, so you can just use 1/2 of the can or double the remaining ingredients)
1 cup milk (again I used ricemilk)
1 cup water
1/2 cup of powdered sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla
12 ice cubes
springs of mint for garnish

1. Mix all ingredients, except ice, together in blender.

2. Add Ice cubes, a few at a time, on high speed until all ice cubes have been crushed.

3. Pour into cups and garnish with mint.

***For an extra "kick" when the kiddos aren't around, a small amount of vodka can be added.***

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

July is NOT a four letter word!

It's that time again...Rachel's having a "wordless wednesday with a twist" fotofest....The theme is "July/summertime". After looking at my pictures, head over to Rachel's blog to visit all the other participants entries!!

This is Bob, an Army reserve who recently returned home from a year long deployment to Iraq, his second tour.
Of course, FIREWORKS!
They both have the same look on their face....

beautiful is an understatement...

Makenna and my niece Chloe are just sooo pretty. And I'm not at ALL biased. =)

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

missing mikey...

Braydon just doesn't understand why Uncle Mikey isn't here. Aunt Rachel is here. His cousin "gigi" (Noah) is here. Baby Chloe is here. But no Michal. We've had many talks about how Uncle Michal is away learning how to do his new job, but he still doesn't get it.

Anyways, I read the story below and had to share in honor of Michal. Michal, may you never have such a day....

Rob is a commercial saturation diver for Global Divers in Louisiana . He performs underwater repairs on offshore drilling rigs. Below is an E-mail he sent to his sister. She then sent it to radio station 103.2 on FM dial in Ft.Wayne , Indiana , who was sponsoring a worst job experience contest. Needless to say, she won.

Hi Sue, Just another note from your bottom-dwelling brother. Last week I had a bad day at the office. I know you've been feeling down lately at work, so I thought I would share my dilemma with you to make you realize it's not so bad after all. Before I can tell you what happened to me, I first must bore you with a few technicalities of my job. As you know, my office lies at the bottom of the sea. I wear a suit to the office. It's a wet suit. This time of year the water is quite cool so what we do to keep warm is this: We have a diesel powered industrial water heater. This $20,000 piece of equipment sucks the water out of the sea. and heats it to a delightful temperature. It then pumps it down to the diver through a garden hose, which is taped to the air hose. Now this sounds like a darn good plan, and I've used it several times with no complaints. What I do, when I get to the bottom and start working, is take the hose and stuff it down the back of my wet suit.This floods my whole suit with warm water. It's like working in a Jacuzzi.

Everything was going well until all of a sudden, my butt started to itch. So, of course, I scratched it.This only made things worse. Within a few seconds my ass started to burn. I pulled the hose out from my back, but the damage was done. In agony I realized what had happened- The hot water machine had sucked up a jellyfish and pumped it into my suit. Now, since I don't have any hair on my back, the jellyfish couldn't stick to it, however, the crack of my ass was not as fortunate. When I scratched what I thought was an itch, I was actually grinding the jellyfish into the crack of my ass. I informed the dive supervisor of my dilemma over the communicator but his instructions were unclear due to the fact that he, along with five other divers, were all laughing hysterically. Needless to say I aborted the dive.

I was instructed to make three agonizing in-water decompression stops totaling thirty-five minutes before I could reach the surface to begin my chamber dry decompression. When I arrived at the surface, I was wearing nothing but my brass helmet. As I climbed out of the water, the medic, with tears of laughter running down his face, handed me a tube of cream and told me to rub it on my butt as soon as I got in the chamber. The cream put the fire out, but I couldn't go to the bathroom for two days because my butt was swollen shut.

Sunday, July 13, 2008


Today was my first day of smiling! Crazy I know. I'm a true Northerner at heart, and quite proud of that. I watched a "training DVD" about body language and about how we can set the tone in any room just by how we stand or the looks we give.

I'm not the one to talk to random strangers, that's more my dad's type. But today I decided to put a smile on my face, no matter what happened just to see how people responded. I would offer a "hi" or "hello" to anyone who looked me in the eyes.

I went to Books-A-Million to sign a wedding photography contract, and smiled at the woman behind the register, who looked so bored. She smiled back, but then went right back to being bored. I smiled at the lady with the 20 foot hair, who obviously didn't realize 80's style went out of style in the 80s!! She did a half smile and continued to look for books. I found a table and got my contracts ready, my albums out, and looked up.

I smiled at the elderly gentleman at the table next to me, who looked at me briefly, and then resumed the deep conversation with himself out loud. Can we say "inner monologue" not working?

I smiled at the frazzled mother with the 2 or 3 year old son screaming "I want to play with trains" I gave her my biggest sympathy look. I've been there, and then I was reminded why I like "working". Even if these meetings only last an hour, I still get an hour "free"!!

After my meeting, I grinned and said hello to the man wearing a pair of sweat pants (sweat pants, really? In mid July in the afternoon?) and his rebel flag shirt as he hopped down from his dirty pick up truck. He said "hello there little lady" and I had to try hard not to snort with laughter! I managed to remain in control until I got in my car.

It was successful and I suppose smiling and interacting with strangers isn't all that bad.

I'm reminded of the time during college that as I passed through a shady part of town and yelled 'drug deal'...yeah so I just have to remember not to talk to every stranger!!

divine appointments

I strongly feel that things happen for a reason. Case in point: Today I was summoned from church because Makenna was crying. When I went to the nursery, I saw a friend who used to be in my bible fellowship group, but had left because her and her husband were asked to lead another group. I hadn't seen her in probably a year maybe?

Her son is 5 years old and has Autism, and we started talking about what doctor they were using, and what treatments she was using with Michael. She said they were going to a doctor in Wilmington and they were going the biomedical route as far as treatment goes.

I was so excited to hear that, and we just had a great time talking about doing the GF/CF diet, DAN doctors, mainstream doctors who weren't very supportive, etc. It was so neat, and we both were encouraged after I left there. We promised to get together to share recipes, and ideas, and I am so thankful Makenna decided not to take her bottle during service!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Open for business...

As you already know, I'm a Mary Kay lady and my director has challeneged me to get "30 faces in 30 days" and I'd like you to be one of those 30!! But what does that mean? I'm begining my book of "before" and "after" shots. I need to get 30 women to take the before pictures, to do a Mary Kay makeover and take after shots to keep in my book. It is just amazing to see these in the other ladies' books.

You won't be pressured to buy anything, I just need to practice and get my 30 in 30!!! Would you be interested in being one of them? If so, please let me know! I'd love to have you over, go to your house, or whatever works!

Already love Mary Kay products and want to buy some?!? I'd love to be your consultant!!

E-mail me

Friday, July 11, 2008

chickens and politics....

Why did the chicken cross the road? A new twist on an old joke.......

BARACK OBAMA: The chicken crossed the road because it was time for a CHANGE! The chicken wanted CHANGE!

JOHN MC CAIN: My friends, that chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road.

HILLARY CLINTON: When I was First Lady, I personally helped that little chicken to cross the road. This experience makes me uniquely qualified to ensure -- right from Day One! -- that every chicken in this country gets the chance it deserves to cross the road. But then, this really isn't about me.......

DR. PHIL: The problem we have here is that this chicken won't realize that he must first deal with the problem on 'THIS' side of the road before it goes after the problem on t he 'OTHER SIDE' of the road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he is acting by not taking on his 'CURRENT' problems before adding 'NEW' problems.

OPRAH: Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross this road so bad. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I'm going to give this chicken a car so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.

GEORGE W. BUSH: We don't real ly care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road, or not. The chicken is either against us, or for us. There is no middle ground here.

NANCY GRACE: That chicken crossed the road because he's GUILTY! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks.

PAT BUCHANAN: To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.

DR SEUSS: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I've not been told.

JERRY FALWELL: Because the chicken was gay! Can't you people see the plain truth? That's why they call it the 'other side.' Yes, my friends, that chicken is gay. And if you eat that chicken, you will become gay too. I say we boycott all chickens until we sort out this abomination that the liberal media white washes with seemingly harmless phrases like 'the other side.'

BARBARA WALTERS: Isn't that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart warming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish its life long dream of crossing the road.

BILL CLINTON: I did not cross the road with THAT chicken!!!! ......... What is your definition of chicken?

COLONEL SANDERS: Did I miss one?

DICK CHENEY: Where's my gun?

AL SHARPTON: Why are all the chickens white? ..........We need some black chickens!

Heres the one I added:

Al Gore: The reason he moved is because of this global warming. This is clearly the inconvienent truth!

Do you have any you can add?!?