Names have been changed to protect the innocent...and my husband...and me...but not the dog. His name is Dexter.

Thursday, November 28, 2013


This is the season for thankfulness and craziness with all the holiday celebrations, shopping lists and hectic schedules.  Its often easy to focus on the big things to be thankful for and we forget about the little things.  So in honor of Thanksgiving, we are making a list of all the little things we can think of that we are grateful for.  And when I say "we", I mean all of us.  A full family list of thankfulness.  This should be good.....
  • family and friends
  • books
  • history
  • books about history
  • fancy soap
  • apple spice cake
  • Christmas
  • essential oils
  • holidays
  • library books
  • food and water
  • shelter
  • glasses
  • Harry Potter quilt
  • headphones
  • imagination
  • Legos
  • movies
  • TV shows
  • car heater
  • cute socks
  • electricity
  • new bedroom blinds
  • shoes
  • clothes
  • purses
  • Holiday Barbie
  • fancy dresses
  • Christmas lights
  • fireplace app on the iPad
  • the iPad
  • earrings
  • toys
  • grandma and grandpa
  • our names
  • nail polish
  • Christmas trees
  • pajamas
  • birthdays
  • fantasy
  • snuggles
  • hair
  • magazines
  • recess at school
  • candy
  • school
  • good health
  • air popped popcorn
  • chocolate
  • airplanes
  • Harry Potter Land! 
  • cars
  • snow
  • the garden
  • homemade grape juice
  •  art supplies
  • Monster High
  • sleep
  • homemade pizza 
  • pillows 
  • blankets
  • Dexter  (best dog in the whole wide world)
  • flashlights
  • ornaments
  • watches
  • angels
  • furniture
  • animals
  • jewelry
  • Chloe  (the girls....not me)
  • hair dryer
  • flat iron that actually flattens my hair
  • warm/hot water
  • grass
  • herb garden
  • winter
  • snow
  • peace
  • justice
  • indoor plumbing
  • restaurants
  • trampoline
  • money
  • Santa Claus
  • telephones
  • music
  • fingernail clippers
  • playgrounds
  • trees
  • pumpkins
  • hot chocolate
  • light bulbs
  • the computer
  • pencils and paper
  • Lalaloopsies
  • plants
  • flowers
  • reindeer
  • dancing
  • Santa Claus' sleigh
  • eggnog
  • family movie night
  • birthday dinners
  • "baby earring" game
  • games
  • chess
  • chess club
  • first grade
  • third grade
  • having the only male teacher at the school
  • someone else doing the dishes
  • senses 
  • eyes, nose & mouth
  • love 
  • braids
  • birds
  • treasure boxes
  • organized closets
  • a working washer (appreciated even more when your washer is broken)
  • autumn
  • spring
  • scrambled eggs with fresh basil and tomatoes
  • superman jammies
  • baptism
  • lotion
  • the ocean
  • Salt Lake City
  • America
  • Pandora Radio
  • Puzzles
  • beds
  • paid time off
  • fire trucks
  • police men/women
  • sticker chores
  • princesses
  • crowns
  • queens
  • tiaras
  • glitter
  • stove/oven
  • kitchen aid mixer
And so many more things.  We are blessed.  Feel free to add if you feel so inclined.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Elase Laser Hair Removal Update PLUS a Giveaway!

When I first talked about laser hair removal last May, several people said they wanted to hear details of how the laser hair treatment worked for me long term.  And I'm happy to oblige you with those fun details.

Since May I have had five laser hair removal treatments.  There has been a noticeable difference since I started my treatment.  The hair growth has been noticeably reduced, but after five treatments the hair is not completely gone.  That's why Elase Medical Spas has their laser hair removal membership that lasts 12-18 months.  The lasers are able to remove hair during every growth cycle which is necessary for complete hair removal.

So....would I do it again?  You betcha!  Even though they had to turn the lasers up after the second treatment, it still wasn't that bad.  And not having to shave anymore? Totally worth it.

Now that we've got my armpit update out of the way, it's time to get to the good stuff.  THE GIVEAWAY!!

This giveaway is awesome! Elase Medical Spa is giving away a chemical peel and cute tote bag.  Now I have never had a chemical peel myself, but I have heard wonderful things about the results.  If you want to know what it's really like, check out the posts from these ladies about their experiences...

Glycolic Chemical Peel from Kim Orlandini
So You're Thinking of Having A Chemical Peel by Vocal Sokol 

Just enter below and keep your fingers crossed!  The contest closes on Friday, November 22 at midnight.  A winner will be randomly chosen and have fabulous skin for the holidays!

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**Disclaimer...I'm a brand ambassador for Elase Medical Spa.  Although I am compensated for my time, all opinions, experiences and permanent hair loss are my own.** 

Friday, November 15, 2013

And Then POOF It Was Halloween

Time is flying by so quickly, I can't even begin to keep up with life, let alone my poor, neglected blog.  But, Halloween pictures must be shared because we love Halloween around here. 

This year we didn't get to do a family theme costume (sob) and I feel like I handled it like an adult.  Maybe next year we can do a theme again.  Or maybe I'll do a theme costume for our neighborhood party and then any other costume for the rest of Halloween.  But let's be honest....its a lot of work to make Halloween costumes.  I have some doubts that I'll do double costumes next year.  Oh well.  Whatever I tell myself to get me to act like a grown up is a good thing. 

First of all....the costumes!  I had an adorable vegetarian vampire and an Abbey Bominable (from Monster High) to call my own this year.  They were so excited about their costumes and Lolly pretty much took charge of her own costume.  The only thing I did was buy her a black long sleeve shirt.  Babs isn't quite old enough to manage a costume plan on her own so I still got to help. 

The day also included some festive foods (I don't have pictures of all of it) and some spider web eyelids.  And that is as close as I ever want to come to having spider webs on my eye lids.

And the Halloween aftermath.  I was so happy we didn't have school the next day.  We just hung out at home all day, sorting candy and relaxing.  And possibly making charts and graphs of our candy.  We're nerdy like that. 
And that giant dog you see sitting in the middle of all that candy...he did not eat one single piece of candy.  He just wanted to hang out with the family.  Dexter really is the best dog in the world. 

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