WHY can’t I just have my dinner.

The meeting is about to start.  I just get Grandma and myself inside, after having run from the last meeting, just before the gavel sounds.  To my delight, the meeting has, I guess, about 100 attendees.  Maybe more! To my chagrin, I see once we walk in, several people have saved a place for Grandma and me up front – front row, near the doors to the gymnasium.  While that helps me direct her without having to fight obstacles, that means we are already, and still, somehow a focus of this effort.  I do realize I’ve been the most vocal leading up to this point, but I’ve become quiet in the discourse, hoping I would be replaced in the fight.   I sit down with Grandma, and I turn my back to the crowd and push my shoulder against hers to create a sort of wall.  People are trying to quietly speak with us here and there, almost cheer us on.  On occasion, I turn my head just a little and throw a head nod to one of the elder ladies adjacent to us in order to show some level of courtesy and acknowledgment, then I turn back to the stage.   Grandma tells me to pull out the big tray of black and white cookies, that we can have them here.  I am a little excited, imagining the swirl cookies that are one of my favorites.  She says the black and whites are good, aren’t they?  I nod, but am actually […]

TRESemme wants you to #ReverseYourRoutine

The TRESemme Reverse Conditioner and Shampoo kind of shocked me. Influenster sent it to me to review, and I was not at all expecting something that you use conditioner first and shampoo last! In 36 years, I had never heard of doing that!     I opened the conditioner, and it has that special salon smell… you know what I’m talking about! It also has that special salon feel. I feel like I am getting a real treat. The conditioner step is so good, and my words fail the yumminess of the feeling!   I then couldn’t wait to use the shampoo! Unfortunately, I realized it smells just like drugstore variety shampoos. Pretty, but really common and nothing special. I was sad I was using it second and would probably lose the salon smell.   Now, to dry and style my hair. I don’t use much product, and specifically haven’t been using any during testing this TRESemme. My hair is above my shoulders, and pretty thick, so I have decent volume usually. Indeed, this gave me volume and did not weigh down my hair. My hair was not as tangle-free as with other shampoos/conditioners, BUT, I have to say that it felt cleaner without that slick buildup from other brands. And it dried really soft and fluffy feeling!     THE BIG PERK IS, my hair still smells like that special salon vibe all day! I get whiffs of it all day long, which is awesome! I was sure the […]

Ralph Lauren’s Tender Romance, for your everyday Romance

“Tender Romance” smells pretty much like heaven, actually. Tender Romance by Ralph Lauren is slightly floral, a touch of sweetness, and completely airy like summer. When Influenster let me know I was in this campaign to try a new fragrance for review, I was nervous. Completely nervous! I haven’t been crazy for a scent since CK One (every college girl of 1999’s favorite) other than Betsey Johnson’s Too Pretty (which I pretty well love). I have also deeply enjoyed a Dior scent, as well as a Dolce and Gabbana, but… My husband tends to be super sensitive to fragrances. That is, he’s sensitive, unless that scent is food… or nature (he’s pretty into our vegetable garden). Instead of fulfilling my nervous paranoia, I received this gorgeous fragrance, and I’ve been wearing it ever since. It reminds me a bit of the peonies growing by our front door, and how delicate but memorably they greet me each day. It has me dreaming of summer days at the lake, coming soon. My favorite scents are amber and vanilla. This fragrance is a little more girly than I normally sport, but then again, so is Too Pretty… so maybe I’m girlier than I thought! This Ralph Lauren and Influenster box for the win! #candygirlgang Thank you for the indulgent gift for review, Influenster! And, yeah, all opinions ARE my own. Trust me – I’m not afraid to say if something isn’t cool. I like free stuff, but I’m not a sellout. :) #TruthInAdvertising […]

Inspiration | 14 April 2015 | reflecting light

I wrote the pain down, got off and looked up Looked into your eyes The lost open windows, all around My dark heart lit up the skies Give up the ground under your feet Hold on to nothing for good Turn and run at the mean times, chasing you Stand alone and misunderstood And now that I’ve worn out, I’ve worn out the world I’m on my knees in fascination looking through the night And the moons never seen me before But I’m reflecting light Sam Phillips – Reflecting Light

Inspiration | 29 Oct 2013 | we all have wings

Don’t ask me what you know is true Don’t have to tell you, I love your precious heart I, I was standing, you were there Two worlds collided and they could never tear us apart I told you that we could fly, ’cause we all have wings but some of us don’t know why (inxs)

Inspiration | 24 Oct 2013 | unwreck me

I put you high up in the sky And now, you’re not coming down It slowly turned, you let me burn And now, we’re ashes on the ground Don’t you ever say I just walked away I will always want you I can’t live a lie, running for my life I will always want you I came in like a wrecking ball I never hit so hard in love All I wanted was to break your walls All you ever did was wreck me I came in like a wrecking ball Yeah, I just closed my eyes and swung Left me crashing in a blazing fall All you ever did was wreck me Yeah, you, you wreck me … … (miley cyrus. 2013)