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I know I should be blogging, but...

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Sorry.
This is the first streak warm weather without rain in a long time, and we're enjoying it every minute of it! This is about as good as it gets around here.
know some of you are experiencing actual heat waves, so please be safe and stay cool!


Things I Don't Love

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Good Thursday morning!
Are you having a good week so far?
It's time to vent my frustrations in a linky called Things I Don't Love.

Here's how it works:
Write up your own Things I {don't} Love post and link it up here. You can write about anything and everything. It can be about one thing or ten things, and you can choose to include pictures or whatever you'd like. It's completely up to you! Just tell me what you're not loving right now. Please make sure to grab a button or link back to my blog in some way, then hop around the link ups and check out some other blogs. Linky parties are a great way to meet new people and find some fun new blogs to follow, so have fun and be social. I always read and try to comment on every single link up!

Rainy summer days. Our first week of summer break damn near killed me. Seriously. There's only so much Play-Doh, board games, books, TV, movies, video games, hide & seek, and so on before you just want to kill each other after being cooped up for a week straight. This also coincided with a tight budget week so that made for extra cranky people all around. This must have been right before someone got whacked with the rolling pin.

New people working the check-out lines. I know, I know...it sounds mean even saying it. But some days I just need to check out quickly and get the hell out of there without my bread getting squished and things falling out of the cart in the parking lot. 

Mosquitoes. I've got a rogue one hiding somewhere in my bedroom and it seems to only enjoy biting me. I've discovered a couple new ones every day over the last week and my husband doesn't have a single one.


Now it's your turn.

Link up your own Things I Don't Love post below.
Make sure to follow me on Twitter too so we can stay connected!

Lulu and Sweet Pea







Weekend Wrap Up

Monday, June 24, 2013

Time for my weekend wrap up!
This week kicked my ass. For real.
I mentioned that in this post about how I've been summer slackin'.
Pneumonia sucks. I've been coughing and coughing.


And to top it all off I just found out my Photobucket account exceeded it's bandwidth, so now a ton of my blog pictures aren't showing up. Just one more thing I have to start paying for now.

I did manage to blog about this awesome Veet EasyWax kit I got from Influenster. I seriously cannot say enough about this stuff, and I'm not being forced to say that either. I love it!

My not-so-little guy finished up 2nd grade! Tuesday was his last day and now he's off until September.

A friend of mine shared this on Facebook and I thought it was a great reminder to stay positive, even if you think you're having a bad day. I was feeling sorry for myself being sick and all until I read this!

I finished up A Song of Ice and Fire, and man, these five books were so long. I won't spoil anything but George RR Martin sure left book 5 at one heck of a cliff-hanger for just about every character. If you haven't read them yet I highly recommend you do.

We restocked our Play-Doh supply and the kids spent hours playing it on two very rainy days.

We did some yoga. And I also discovered that our children's museum offers a yoga for kids class every Friday, so we are going to try to hit that up next week. 

I took the kids to the library to get their summer reading sheets checked off. They get extra entries to win the grand prize drawing for a new bike at the end of the summer and Ayden is determined to win.

The kids have been having fun sleeping in Ayden's room together since it's summer now. They got creative while making a fort and decided a hammock was a better idea!

Hope you guys had a great week!
Linked up to:
Sami's Shenanigans

Summer Slackin'

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Day 3 of summer break here and I'm already admitting defeat.

Sorry guys. I've got a lot going on, and on top of all of it I have pneumonia too.
 
Don't worry- I'm not going anywhere, and I'm not going to stop blogging. But I will be scaling back just a little bit to make more time for my family and my own personal health & well being. I've been spending a little too much time in front of the computer screen and I can see areas in my life that are beginning to suffer just a little. I figure since it's summer and we all have other things going on I'd just slow the pace down a tad to help me keep up with my real life at home. Hopefully I can find a better balance with all of this and I'll have some good stuff coming up for you guys!

Thanks for understanding & I hope you all are enjoying your summer so far!

Veet EasyWax Electrical Roll-On Kit- a review

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

 Influenster sent me another little present this month!
I was super pumped to find out that I qualified for another VoxBox- a waxing one.

Now, let's get one thing straight: I'm not a waxing newbie. In fact, I'm pretty experienced when it comes to waxing because I had to learn how to do it in beauty school. I wax my own legs and brows, and a few other unmentionables from time to time. And if you have hair that grows back quickly it's worth the discomfort, especially in the summer.

Here's what the kit looks like:


Here's what Veet says about the EasyWax kit:

Discover the new Veet EasyWax Electrical Roll-On- an innovative self-heating wax kit with a roll-on applicator for salon quality results at home. Made with the same ingredients as salon wax, Veet removes hair the first time, right from the root. It works even on hair as short as 1.5mm, giving you smooth skin for up to four weeks. With shea butter, Veet EasyWax leaves your skin soft and touchably smooth. And with regular use, you'll get fewer, finer and softer hair growing back.

Sounds great, right?

Using Veet EasyWax really was pretty easy.
 
Insert the wax cartridge into the electrical warmer. Then plug it in and set it in the base it came with. It should take about 30 minutes for the wax to come to the correct temperature.

 

While that was heating up, I hopped in the shower to exfoliate my legs really well and remove any dirt, oil, and lotion I had on my legs previously. *Your skin needs to be clean and dry for the wax to adhere properly, and exfoliating will help get all of those hairs when you're waxing.* It also helps to pop a couple of ibuprofen prior to waxing to help reduce the pain and discomfort.

Here are the basic instructions for using Veet EasyWax:
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My before & after:

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I cannot believe I'm actually posting this picture of my hairy legs on the internet, but I figured it was necessary for my review. Notice how in the before picture the hair is pretty sparse? Sure, it grows in a little darker right there on lower legs, but it comes in patchy because I'm a pretty regular wax user. Waxing really will help decrease the amount of hair that grows back if you use it regularly! And any redness, bumps, or irritation you might have afterward will go away within 24 hours.

What I loved about Veet EasyWax:

  • It really was easy to use. It wasn't messy like the wax pots with the little wooden sticks that I was used to using. Cleaning up wax drippings off the floor and counter afterwards is never fun, and the EasyWax made clean up super easy.
  • It kept the wax at a consistent temperature. With microwavable waxes, I'm constantly running back and forth (with sticky, half waxed legs) to the kitchen to re-heat the wax. Then sometimes it gets too hot and I either burn myself or have to wait for it to cool down. Wax warmers can be really expensive too.
  • The Perfect Finish Wipes it comes with are awesome. Seriously, I love them! They are perfect for cleaning up the little bits of wax that get left behind when you're finished. I've tried other wax removers and they don't work as well as these little babies did.
 
What I didn't love about Veet EasyWax: 

  • The cord was a little annoying. While it was nice that it kept the wax at the perfect temperature, sometimes the cord got in the way or knocked stuff off the counter while I was using it. A battery powered option would be great!
  • Wax went on a little too thinly. I found myself going over the wax 2-3 times to get the right amount on there. One swipe with the roller was too thin and didn't get all of the hairs. If the roller allowed a little more product to flow through at a time that would be great.

I've read online that people have said the kit needs to come with more strips. I disagree, and there's a simple solution to that problem: reuse your strips. That's right, you can reuse them. After you're done waxing an area, use that same strip again (wax side facing down, directly on top of the new wax you spread on). After doing this once or twice, you can probably even wax an area with the same strip without reapply more wax. Simply place the used strip on the area, press firmly, and then pull it off again. Voila! It will remove the hair. I reused each strip 3-5 times. I waxed both of my lower legs, from the knee down, and I still have an entire pack and a half of strips leftover for next time. So reuse those babies!

Now, aside from needing a tan on my thighs, my legs are smooth and ready for summer!

If you've never waxed before I highly recommend this kit. It really was much easier to use than traditional wax pots that I've tried (and trust me, I've tested out a lot of them).

You can buy the Veet EasyWax Electrical Roll-On kit for around $30 at places like Walmart and Amazon.You can also buy refill kits if you just need more wax, strips, and wipes. I will definitely purchase a refill!

So what do you think? Do you think you're ready to try your hand at waxing?


Disclosure: As a member of Influenster, occasionally I am sent products complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster. As always, all opinions on the products I received are my own.

Weekend Wrap Up

Monday, June 17, 2013


Time for my weekend wrap up! Let's see what happened this week...

We had the Sunny Summer Swap reveal on Monday.

I chaperoned my son's field trip to the zoo.

 It was my birthday this week & I celebrated with a giveaway.

 I hosted another week of Things I Don't Love, where I talked about my white thighs & UPS.

I wrote about 23andMe's genetic testing and my own family history.

 We got ready for summer reading through our library!

My mom sent me this awesome water bottle from her coffee shop (Thomas Hammer Coffee- hence the hammer on the bottle). I love it! I've been doing great at drinking water, which usually I suck at.

We went to a parade. Lily was annoyed at first but look how much candy we got!

And my son drew this picture for his dad for Father's Day. I guess he wanted to create a superhero. And yes, I am proud. I mean, from a purely artistic standpoint :)

And finally, I'm thiiiiiiis close to finishing up the last Game of Thrones book. I have 300 pages left to read (out of 1100 for the last book!) I'm getting anxious to see how this one will end, but I'm sad too because I won't have any more GoT to read, and we have to wait until next year for season 4 on HBO.

Hope you had a great week! I'm off to the couch now where I'll spend my day sick, sneezing, & coughing while hopefully getting some reading done.
Linking up at:
Sami's Shenanigans

Things I Don't Love

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Good Thursday morning, lovelies.
Are you having a good week so far?
It's time to vent my frustrations in a linky called Things I Don't Love.

Here's how it works:
Write up your own Things I {don't} Love post and link it up here. You can write about anything and everything. It can be about one thing or ten things, and you can choose to include pictures or whatever you'd like. It's completely up to you! Just tell me what you're not loving right now. Please make sure to grab a button or link back to my blog in some way, then hop around the link ups and check out some other blogs. Linky parties are a great way to meet new people and find some fun new blogs to follow, so have fun and be social. I always read and try to comment on every single link up!

UPS. They changed my tracking info at 10pm after waiting on a package all day, and then left me hanging for an extra 3 days. Thanks UPS!

My white thighs. They haven't seen the light of day in...well, I can't remember how long. I bought these shorts, which are a little shorter than I normally wear, and my pasty thighs prove it.

Spilling this giant soda on my cream colored area rug. Imagine the horror: going to grab a deliciously enormous A&W root beer, somehow missing, knocking it over, and having the cup split and break, dumping its entire contents onto the only spot in the living room with carpet. Yeah, that was a fun one!


Now it's your turn.

Grab a button.
Link up your own Things I Don't Love post below.
Make sure to follow me on Twitter too so we can stay connected!
Lulu and Sweet Pea





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