Monday, September 29, 2008
Eventually, I'll have a crafting desk I've got my eye on where the sling back chair is currently. I still need to hang up my pictures, bulletin board for inspiration pictures, and maybe a few shelves. In the mean time, I'm looking forward to working out and reading in this room. Most of my windows face north but the two windows in this room face east and it gets great light in the morning. I only have a few projects left until my whole house is done, but this was the last big one, yeah! The couch pulls out so I'm ready for guests if you want to visit Indy!
You might want to ditch it if you see this in the ingredient list: phenols. Why? These compounds actually strip the top layer off your lips, according to RealAge skin expert Dr. Amy Wechsler.
Phenols are included in some lip balms (Blistex, for one) to help remove very dry, chapped skin off the surface of lips. But if you’re just trying to keep lips moist, the phenols can backfire by removing your lips’ natural protective layer. That may also explain why some people get addicted to them, Wechsler writes in her new book, The Mind-Beauty Connection -- the stripping effect can leave lips feeling raw, so you reach for more balm.
Careful Lip Care
To break this vicious lip-balm cycle, Wechsler recommends opting for a good moisturizing lip balm instead. One of her personal favorites is pure, simple Vaseline petroleum jelly. (Use it at night, since it offers no sun protection.) If you need to slough a bit of dry skin from your lips, just brush them very gently with a soft, wet toothbrush.
References: The Mind-Beauty Connection. Wechsler, A., New York: Simon & Schuster, 2008.Copyright © 2008, RealAge, Inc. All rights reserved. RealAge shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon. RealAge® is a federally registered trademark of RealAge, Inc.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
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Thursday, September 25, 2008
100 days to Christmas
On Monday, the first day of Autumn, I looked out the window at the office and saw one traitor of a tree that was standing tall and proud in all it's golden glory. It was then that it hit me that Fall was coming and it wasn't going to wait. Cut to today--I was in my friendly neighborhood big box buying the necessities; turkey, milk, the Sex in the City movie. In one last glimmer of summer I then came upon a beautiful sight! Blueberries, raspberries and strawberries, YUM! One of my most favorite parts of summer still available. I rushed home and had a big bowl of yogurt and berries for dinner. It may be Fall but at my house it is still summer!
I guess I'm giving my feelings for Fall a bad wrap. I actually like Fall. MY birthday is in the Fall (and I still love my birthday)! Football games, camp fires, waking up huddled under the covers with a cold nose, sweaters, what's not to like? My problem is winter. I hate the Winter and Fall is the last step before Winter. I was thinking about this on the way home tonight-here is my ideal year: Standard Spring with the trees budding and flowers blooming. Warm (but not too hot) Summer with sunny days and playing outside. Fall with cooling days and changing leaves. Then, the best part, Winter would be the month of December only. Cold weather to foster the Christmas spirit, hot chocolate, skating, shopping. Then Christmas morning would have 6" of beautiful fluffy snow perfect for playing in and building a snow man. Then at the end of the month it would start to warm up-Spring! Ah, what a great year. If anyone knows where this exists be sure to let me know!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
This week's TAT has to do with recycling. Did you know you can recycle crayons? Bicycles? Metal siding? I was surprised to find how many things are recyclable . It may require mailing in small items or doing some research in your community, but with the internet it is really easy to find! So check out the links below and recycle something you never have before!
Real Simple: How to Recycle Anything
Consumer Recycling Guide
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
Monday, September 22, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
The fact of the matter is there are many such stories all over the blogging world, and each of them are special. Whether it is funny photos of the family pet or updates on a grave situation, everyone is telling their story. So for Take Action Tuesday this week I encourage you to get to know your blogging neighbors. You don't need to have a blog of your own to participate, so reach out and cyber-touch someone (and don't forget to leave comments, blog authors LOVE comments!). A great place to start is with any one of the blogs below-they have a TON of links to others, see where you end up!
I'm an Organizing Junkie
Thursday, September 4, 2008
I was at my friendly neighborhood big-box this evening and was strolling through the book/magazine area and found a book that made me laugh out loud! Don't worry, it isn't dirty! It is a little picture book basically with some great lines in it. Below is one of the pages. If you can't read it, it says "Ooh, look. The NFL playoffs are today. I bet we'll have no problem parking at the crafts fair". While I'd be more likely to want to watch the playoffs then go to a craft fair, the idea is pretty good! It got me to thinking. As Single Gal what would I really appreciate my mate to do? I loathe doing the dishes. I also despise taking out the trash. One of the other pages in the book is a complete hottie scooping the litter box, that would be awesome too! That's about it, pretty much everything else I can tolerate. Mr. Right-if you're out there, please know that I look forward to sharing chores and if you volunteer for these two that will win you BIG points! ;)
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Take Action! Go! And be sure to leave a comment if you participate, ESPECIALLY if you choose to take action in a different fashion. May be a good idea for a future Take Action Tuesday!
It has been a crazy 5 days! I've traveled 700 miles, been in 3 states and made my bed in 4 different places. Some time was spent on work but most of it was on play. I'll have some great pictures to post later in the week. The adventure began Thursday in Indy and went from there...
Friday-New Albany/Louisville KY
Sunday and Monday-near Millersburg, OH
Tuesday-Columbus and then finally home to Indy
Hawkins and I are very tired after our big adventure and the kitties are glad to see us (I think)!