Monday, January 31, 2022

Mascara Love Update Post


Welcome to my Mascara Love Update post. 

Mascara has always been my go-to makeup item. If I had to only choose one beauty product to use for the rest of my life or to put on before doing a TV appearance or going anywhere at all, it would be mascara. A close second would be a great light-pink lipgloss or lipstick 💄, but that’s another post. Stay tuned because I have several of those and am itching to try more and share the outcome with you. Who isn't looking for the perfect nude lipstick, anyway 🤷

You can find the original post about 9 tubes in 5 different kinds of mascara here, so if you add those to this post, it turns out I am able to discuss 11 mascaras without duplicates, and that's just the tip of the iceberg of what's out there (and if you don't count Lash Princess in waterproof and regular as one thing)! And this is ironic or something BECAUSE my original post was from almost 11 years ago.

In case you're wondering, I pretty much always get mascara in BLACK. Back in the ’80s, yes, I did have blue and purple mascaras though, and I would not hesitate to use those again. Just waiting for my daughters to buy some so I can borrow it. (Some of you — like our family ophthalmologist — are freaking out right now about eye diseases and sharing mascara, and I'll do an update post if that ever happens.)

Saturday, January 29, 2022

Let's Keep Your Finances Healthy The Right Way

 Keeping your finances at the right level isn’t the massive challenge that you might think. Here are some simple steps that you can take to achieve this goal. 

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Avoid The Repairs

First, you need to make sure that you avoiding expensive repairs and replacements where possible. One of the best ways to do this is to complete the right checks. For instance, one of the most expensive issues with your home is always going to be a boiler repair or replacement. This can be avoided completely if you make sure that you do complete checks on these home elements on a regular basis. Your boiler in particular should be checked annually or bi-annually. This will help you avoid a replacement that could result in a bill costing you thousands rather than hundreds. 

You need to make sure that you are avoiding car repairs as well. If you speak to a car accident lawyer, they will tell you that the easier way to do this is to make sure that you do keep your car well maintained. 

Pawn Shops Provide Hassle-Free Loans on Valuable Items

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When you run short of money and need some quick, your local pawn shop can help if you have anything of value.  Walk into a pawn shop, and check out the various items they take for pawn.  You may be surprised to see the latest in home appliances, jewelry, name-brand items such as tennis shoes, and expensive purses.  The things you find there have to be of good quality, and in perfect working condition.  These stores have a reputation to maintain, so they want merchandise that is appealing to consumers.  Many pawnbrokers in large cities have more than one pawn shop. This is very convenient for customers who will not have to drive a long distance to get to one.

Thursday, January 27, 2022

How to Choose the Right College


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Are you getting ready to go to college? If so, you have probably realized that there are plenty of great schools out there. It can be difficult for you to decide what college to go to, and there is nothing wrong with taking your time and making this decision. For example, you need to think about the quality of the university’s leadership, as James F. Mellichamp is a prominent leader. At the same time, there are numerous other factors you need to think about as well. What are some of the most important things you need to think about when you are trying to find the right college to meet your needs?

Consider the Size of the Program

One of the first things you need to think about is the size of the program. How big of a school are you looking for? There are plenty of colleges and universities out there that have fewer than 1,000 students. On the other hand, there are also major universities that have tens of thousands of students. What size school is right for you? Do you want to get to know just about everybody on campus? Or, do you want to go to a school where there are always new people to meet? How big do you want your classes to be? All of this is important when you are trying to decide what college is right for you.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Personalizing Homes Can Help People Stay More Flexible

 There have been people who professionally customized their homes for a long time, as well as people who constructed their homes themselves. Still, many customers have relied on what was already available on the housing market for years. 

Market Changes

People could spend years saving for a house that may not be available when they're ready to purchase it. While people may have these problems with many purchases, these situations can be particularly common when housing is involved.

As people save for their new houses, the styles of newly constructed homes can also change. People may prefer the housing that was common in one particular range of years. When it's time to buy a house, there may be fewer available homes that have those designs. 

All fashions can change quickly, and the consequences can be different from one field to the next. Customers buy clothes more often than they buy houses, and fashions related to clothing change especially rapidly.

5 Ways to Maximize Your Fundraising Campaign

 Running a fundraising campaign can be both rewarding and exhausting. Whether you're school fundraising, fundraising for a new club, your favorite charity, or your child's sports team, there are many steps to take to ensure that you'll get the most out of your campaign. If you're looking for new ideas on how to maximize your fundraising campaign, this blog post is right for you! We've got five great ways to make your next fundraiser super successful.

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Set A Target

Before you can start making your fundraising campaign a success, you need to know your target goal. This will help you determine how much you'll need to raise and how many people you'll need to reach to make it happen. When deciding on your target goal, keep in mind that the more ambitious it is, the better your chances are of meeting it. But don't be too ambitious! Make sure that your proposed goal is realistic and attainable for the time frame of your campaign. If possible, try using data from other similar drives or surveys of potential donors to help set a realistic goal. Once you've established a target goal, use it as inspiration to get people involved with your fundraiser!

Saturday, January 22, 2022

IMDb's List of 22 Movies You Must See in 2022

 Not to be confused with this list over here of dozens of family-friendly and clean movies mostly free of any type of nudity or sexual stuff.

For more details on each one, check out IMDb's list of 22 movies they can't wait to see in 2022!

And because everybody loves a good movie trailer (tell me I'm wrong!), each movie title links to the trailer on YouTube. Enjoy!

POGO Pass: Entirely Worth the Price! #KansasCity #LasVegas #Dallas #Phoenix #holidaygiftguide

*Yet another update: My oldest is going to ROKC climbing gym in Olathe, KS today and does not have to pay the $18 day pass rate because his grandmother got him the POGO Pass for Christmas!

*Update: went to Skyzone in Lee's Summit (this review is of Shawnee Skyzone, but they are both amazing) to celebrate Callie's birthday. One kid did not jump, but 4 kids would have cost $64 normally WITHOUT the POGO Pass. We have one more Skyzone jump, too! So that would be another $80 (5 kids) without the pass. I'm definitely signing up for a pass … that way I can jump at Skyzone and get into the other places free!

We went for our second Skyzone visit and the rules had changed there once again. They keep raising the prices! A few years ago it was $10 for on hour to jump and now you can only do 90 minutes and it's $22! Extortion! But with the POGO Pass you can jump one hour for free, and my receipt said I would have paid $80 for 5 kids to jump for an hour ($16 each kid). So the POGO Pass pays for itself basically after your two visits to Skyzone and the rest is icing!

Friday, January 21, 2022

How To Help Your Parents Make The Most Out Of Their Retirement

 When your parents retire, they might have all kinds of plans that will help them really make the most of their time now they’re no longer working – they have spent decades getting things ready, which includes understanding they needed to save for retirement and they have a list of what they want to do. Some of those plans may involve your help, and since your parents have taken care of you your whole life, it’s great to be able to give back. So, if you need to give your parents a helping hand to ensure they enjoy their retirement as much as they can, here are some ideas of what you – and they – can do. 


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Retirement is the ideal time to downsize your property. When you retire, you will have less money coming in, so the bills that were once easy to pay may start to become an issue. If your parents own their home and they feel it’s time to move, you can help them with the search for something new. 

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

How To Help Your Child When They’re Struggling With School


Many parents want their children to get a good education. While these key building blocks can help set your child up for success, there are times where this won’t go as planned. School struggles are common among children; however, it can be a difficult experience for many parents to navigate. If your child is struggling with school, here are a few ways that you can help.

Hire a Tutor

The classroom setting can be a difficult one for many children to manage. If they are struggling with the material, classrooms can feel even more stressful and overwhelming. To help your child gain back some control and confidence over their schooling, consider enlisting the help of homework tutoring Harvey LA for more focused attention and care.

The Importance of Outdoor Play


Samuel making a pine cone bird feeder

Outdoor play at school is widely seen as a purely recreational activity—a chance for kids to take a break from their studies. This time is typically short (20 minutes, on average), and is often dependent on favorable weather conditions. But there is a case to be made for children to spend more time outside during the school day as they develop a multitude of valuable skills from being in nature.


Give children access to fallen tree branches and watch as they construct a lean-to shelter with sheer determination. They exercise teamwork and problem-solving as they experiment with various arrangements to ensure the structure is stable. When setbacks occur, children rise to the challenge, excited to see their project to completion instead of being overcome by frustration.

Surprise Treats That Will Delight Your Wife During Pregnancy


Pregnancy can be a beautiful and awe-inspiring experience for many families. The reality is that while both parents are preparing, it can take a more significant toll on the person who is pregnant. This can leave many expecting fathers with a desire to do more. While you cannot take over the pregnancy process, there are many things to do to support her. If you want to give your wife some pampering during pregnancy and show her how much you care, here are a few ideas.

At-Home Spa Day

The pregnancy experience can have intense physical symptoms. Whether she has muscle aches, back pain or is just tired, consider creating an at-home spa experience for her. Draw a warm bath with her favorite candles, book a massage appointment Chicago IL and give her a foot rub. With this kind of pampering, you will give her a bit of me-time that she likely needs.

Monday, January 17, 2022

Trendy Living Room Styles to Consider in 2022


The living room is probably one of the most important rooms in your house, since it's where you spend a lot of your time with your family and friends. In fact, this is where memories are created and shared. Especially during the pandemic, we spend more time working and relaxing at home. So why not make sure that your living room has a nice vibe? A lovely, soft sofa would definitely help you relax after a long day at work or school, while stylish coffee tables and lamps could enhance the décor even more.

Best Ways to Work with Contractors for Home Reno Projects


Renovating your home can refresh the overall look of your house and add extra value to the property, but tackling home improvement projects isn't easy. With so many designs and styles in the market today, finding a style that matches your home can be a challenge.

Then you will have to choose the proper home renovation material including all types of fixtures, tiles, paints, etc. Home reno does not have to be expensive when hiring the right contractor for the job. Contractors know where to get quality products like Marshalltown building supplies and they can do everything from home design to handiwork in creating your dream home. Working with contractors saves you time and effort, it also makes home reno projects efficient.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Why Does Self-Isolation Boredom Set In?

What could be so bad about staying at home for a few weeks? 

But, self-isolation during the pandemic is a lot more than just staying at home. It takes its toll, both mentally and physically. It doesn’t matter how much you love your home. The prospect of not going out as you usually would, for a walk in the park or a catch-up around a cup of coffee, can create a lot of mental pressure. Boredom kicks in. You’ve been trying to keep yourself busy, but despite a huge list of hobbies and activities you could do, you can’t help but feel too bored to do anything. Why is that happening? 

Monday, January 10, 2022

How to Make a Confident Start to the New Year


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Starting the new year feeling confident and ready for the challenges ahead is an excellent way to make this year a positive one. When you feel confident in yourself, it can make such a significant difference in your life. People that feel confident tend to feel happy, more optimistic about life, and less anxious. Increasing your confidence levels could help you to live your life to your full potential and do things you have only ever dreamed of in the past. Whether it is initiating new friendships or applying for that job you have always wanted, confidence helps to make it easier to facilitate each of these things. So, there are many benefits to be gained from building your confidence. But, for many people, understanding how to boost their confidence can feel like a significant challenge. 

If boosting your confidence is your aim for this year, but you are unsure where to begin, the tips below should help you on your way to becoming a confident version of yourself:

Friday, January 7, 2022

Get Your Chimney and Fireplace Ready for a New Year

With the winter season comes a desire to light your fireplace, get comfortable, and enjoy the evening. After you have enjoyed your fireplace, however, there are some steps you will want to take to get it ready for another year of use. Between pests, soot, and other factors, there are many factors to consider. Continue reading to learn how to get your chimney and fireplace ready for a new year.

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

How to Recover from Holiday Spending Using Your Phone #Swagbucks

Did you find yourself spending a little more than you had anticipated over the holidays? It's easy to do, especially when you want to give all your friends and family the perfect gifts. Well, I have an easy way for you to recover from your holiday spending from the convenience of your cell phone.

Swagbucks is the web’s most popular rewards program that gives you free gift cards and cash for the everyday things you already do online. Whenever you shop, watch videos or search the web, Swagbucks gives you points called SB. You can use your SB to redeem gift cards to hundreds of your favorite stores.    

With the Swagbucks Mobile and SBTV apps, I can use my spare minutes to earn free gift cards on my phone! Like the Swagbucks website, I can rack up SB by shopping, answering surveys and watching videos.    

While you wait for the coffee to brew, download free games and other apps through the Discover tab: 20 SB    

During commercial breaks, take a featured survey or fill out your survey profile: 60 SB    

While standing in line at the grocery store, answer the daily poll: 1 SB    

When you’ve finally made it to the gym, watch style, tech and celeb news through the SBTV app: 2 SB for every 10 videos    

Just as you’ve put dinner in the oven, your Swagbucks app tells you there’s a new Swag Code!: 3 SB    
Before you go to sleep, use the Swagbucks app to shop from your favorite stores. You deserve it!: 100 SB    

By downloading the Swagbucks mobile app, I can earn a free $10 gift card by the end of my week. Who knew playing on my phone could be so productive!    

Invite your friends to download the Swagbucks Mobile app so they can start earning their way to free gift cards. It's 100% free to download and 100% easy to use. Its available for both iPhone and Android devices.

4 Reasons to Hire a Professional Carpet Cleaner Instead of Cleaning the Carpets Yourself


If the carpets in your home are dirty, they can affect the overall appearance of your home. As careful as you are with your carpets, accidents happen, and the carpets can get stained. In addition, normal wear and tear can affect the carpets' appearance. According to Love To Know, it is best to clean the carpets every year to keep them looking great.

If you are planning to take the DIY route, you should consider the benefits of hiring a professional in carpet cleaning Denver CO.

#1 Save Time

Cleaning your carpets yourself can be a very time-consuming project. First, you will need to remove all the furniture from the room, which will take a lot of time and strength, and this is before you even start cleaning the carpets. The time it will take to clean the carpets depends on the number of rooms you have to clean, which can also take a while. Finally, you will have to move the furniture back into place when the carpets are dry.

A professional in carpet cleaning will move the furniture, clean the carpets, and put everything back in place when they are done. This will save you a lot of time and energy.

#2 Prevent Damage

If you don't have experience cleaning a carpet, you can end up doing more harm than good. If you use too much water, it will get trapped underneath the carpet pad, causing water damage to the floor underneath and can promote mold growth. If you use too much soap, it will remain in the carpet, affecting its appearance and the way it feels.

Professional carpet cleaners are trained to clean the carpets with just the right amount of water and soap, so you won't have to worry about water damage.

#3 Professional Equipment and Products

You can purchase a carpet cleaner. However, the carpet cleaners in the store won't be as powerful and effective as the industrial-strength carpet cleaners used by professionals. In addition, the carpet cleaning solution used by professionals is much more powerful than the cleaners you find in the stores. Therefore, hiring a professional will ensure your carpets are as clean as possible.

#4 Prevent Health Issues

According to the CDC, dirty carpets can create biological pollutants in the carpet, such as bacteria, mold, animal dander, dust mites, and pollen, which can make your family sick. DIY carpet cleaning may help a bit; however, home and rented carpet cleaners cannot always reach the dirt and other pollutants deep down in the carpet, putting your family's health at risk.

Professional carpet cleaners use industrial-strength machines that can easily reach the dirt and debris trapped deep down in the carpet, reducing the risk of illness.

If your carpets haven't been cleaned in over a year, you should schedule an appointment with a professional in carpet cleaning. The longer you go between cleanings, the more challenging it will be to get the carpets clean. Hiring a professional can save you time and energy and ensure the best results possible. In addition, hiring a professional will keep your family healthy.

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Lose Weight Drinking a Chocolate Fat-Stripping Frappa

I posted about the Trim Healthy Mama Orange Creamsicle Shake that I make when I'm feeling run-down or like I'm eating too much junk. Just maintaining my weight right now is important to me as I focus on physical therapy for my hip/knee (just a lot of muscle work), so I'm not actively trying to lose weight but I do want to FEEL GOOD!

I got some good responses to that post ... some women are really losing weight just by making a simple change of replacing one crappy fast food meal a day with this shake. It really can be breakfast and lunch because it makes a lot. Then snack on veggies or fruit or almonds and you're good until dinner.

*Bonus: you aren't running to Starbucks for their mocha frappuccino light that I always get and pay 5 bucks for. Save money and gas and do it at home.

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

4 Things to Consider When Moving to a New State

 Moving to a new state can be exhilarating. It's an opportunity to discover new people, places, and things that you never knew existed before. But it can also be stressful - especially if you've never lived in the state before. The good news is that there are many aspects of your move that you can plan for ahead of time, so you don't get caught off guard when the big day arrives! This blog post will discuss four important considerations when preparing to make a move from one state to another.

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Monday, January 3, 2022

The Benefits of Getting a Police Loan to Buy a Home


As an officer of the law or support staff, you do so much for the community to ensure order and peace prevail every time. For this reason, you are entitled to live one of the best and most comfortable lives. Buying a home is one factor that contributes to such a lifestyle. Nonetheless, if your finances are low, you may consider applying for one of the law enforcement home loans CO, and enjoy its benefits. The advantages of acquiring such funding to purchase a residential property are explained below.


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