Wednesday, August 1, 2012

How Far We've Come

With mere days left before The Man returns home from deployment, I can't help but look back at this time and realize how far we've all come.

In the past 11.5 months, I've definitely grown as a parent. I've learned to discipline better (there's always room for growth here), practice patience, and learned to let most of the little things slide--like a super clean house.

The kids have become more independent and we all tend to work better as a team.

Financially, we've established a budget and eliminated our revolving debt. We've even saved up enough to get some much needed time away. What's that word again? Oh yeah, "vacation".

The Man has also evolved while on his deployment. He's working on finishing up his bachelor's degree--something that's been an unfinished to-do for about 10 years--and he's lost 30 pounds. Let me just say, losing 30 pounds takes at least 10 years off of you.

So I can't help but look back at this time and be proud of what we've all accomplished despite the major negative of a piece of the family being thousands of miles away.

To all the families going through their first deployment, all I can say is that it gets better. Use the time to do something good for yourself. It's amazing how at the beginning of the deployment the end seems so far away. You feel overwhelmed. But then you adapt and adjust. You find your support system and you take it one day at a time. The next thing you know, your loved one coming home is right around the corner and you'll look back at it all and think, "I made it! WE made it!"

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Independence Day Mantra

Remember, it's all fun & games until someone loses an eye (or hand).

Happy 4th of July!

Stay safe.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Somehow I Failed

My son insisted on giving me his empty dinner plate tonight.

Why is this a #fail?

Because he tried to hand it to me while I was on the toilet.

Apparently me explaining that he needs to put it in the sink and not give it to me while I'm having the only personal time I may have today doesn't register with him.

Although, I'm mildly curious to know what he thought I would do with it.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

iS Clinical Giveaway Winner

Thank you to everyone who entered the iS Clinical Giveaway.

I'm happy to announce that Lana Bradstream, the seventh comment on the post, is the winner of the giveaway.

Congratulations, Lana!


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Operation: Mulch

I have grown to enjoy yard work and the satisfaction it brings to see hard work pay off.

But ever since The Man deployed, I've been overwhelmed with everything and let the weeds take over my gardens.

I vowed to clean up the flower beds, ridding them if the carpets of clover and other annoying weeds. To really motivate myself, I ordered several plants online that are expected to ship at the end of the month. I will be damned if I'm putting new plants in overgrown beds, so I have the huge task of de-weeding and mulching before the new plants arrive.

I've spent countless hours already de-weeding, and yesterday I mulched half of the yard (go me!).

Now I just have the other half of the yard to go, followed by actually putting the new plants in the ground.

It's a lot of work, and I'm generally sore and bruised the following day, but it'll be worth it when I'm done. I can't wait for The Man to come home and see how great the yard looks.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

iS Clinical Review & Giveaway--CLOSED


I was once told “for beauty, you must suffer.” That isn't the case with the iS Clinical Youth Eye Complex and Active Serum.

The Youth Eye Complex is designed to “rapidly smooth and hydrate” and “reduces puffiness and dark circles.”  The Active Serum is designed to “generate rapid and dramatic improvements in skin quality…diminishes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and uneven pigmentation.”

Easy to use and they do what they say

These products are easy on folks with sensitive skin, like me, but they do what they say. 

I tried both products for four weeks and noticed that my face had a smoother texture, was more supple, and that my eye area was less puffy (great news since chasing two kids leaves me exhausted every single day).

A little bit of product goes a long way

You don’t need to use gobs of these products to see results.

I used my ring finger to gently dab a small, pea-sized amount of eye cream each morning, and just six drops of the active serum was enough to cover my entire face and neck area. Even after four weeks use, I still have about half of a bottle of each product remaining.

Oh, and the bottles look great, too.

Where to get iS Clinical products

The iS Clinical Innovative Skincare line is available through the Cosmetic Surgery Center of Maryland—a Baltimore plastic surgery center—, or you can enter to win your own Clinical Youth Eye Complex and Active Serum, a more than $150 retail value, through 11:59 p.m. ET March 9, 2012.

Giveaway Information

To enter:  leave a comment below stating your biggest skincare concern--don’t forget to include your email address in your comment so I can contact you if you win.

Entries will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, March 9, 2012.

Important info
A winner will be drawn using random.org following the giveaway’s closing date.  The winner will be notified by email. The winner’s contact information, including email address, will be released to the Cosmetic Surgery Center of Maryland for shipment of the giveaway item.

By leaving a comment on this post, you acknowledge that you are a U.S. resident age 18 or older, and that your contact information may be released to the Cosmetic Surgery Center of Maryland.

About the Cosmetic Surgery Center of Maryland

Focused on excellence, the Cosmetic Surgery Center of Maryland’s board-certified surgeons are experienced in today’s most sophisticated cosmetic enhancement procedures. From breast augmentation to body sculpting to facial refinement, their specialties are diverse and their reputations are renowned. With credentials from such esteemed institutions as Stanford University Medical Center, Harvard Medical School and Johns Hopkins Medical Institution, their top-tier surgeons create unrivaled results.

Their highly regarded surgeons are board certified, and serve as active members of professional organizations related to their specific areas of expertise. In addition to performing sophisticated cosmetic procedures with extraordinary results, their surgeons get to know each and every patient – a fundamental element of the Cosmetic Surgery Center of Maryland’s philosophy towards patient care. 

I was compensated for this post and giveaway.

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