Friday, July 1, 2022

Amazon Prime Purchases - June and a Little Update

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Happy Friday all! I haven't talked to many of you in so long. I have been recovering at home and it was a lot harder of a recovery than I thought it would be. I had plans to go on Instagram and talk about my surgery and how recovery was going, but that never happened. I had plans to write many posts while I was recovering, and that never happened. 

To be honest, I have been tired, sore, and just wasn't feeling it. But believe me, I was all over Instagram everyday keeping up with you all. But now I am back...I am trying to write a post on my surgery, then one on my recovery, plus some Nordstrom Anniversary posts, a Graeagle vacation post and a few others. But I also missed about 3 weeks of work due to my vacation, my surgery and recovery and I have a lot to catch up on. So please bare with me.

Since I want to get my Amazon favorites post out, I thought I would do that today instead of on Monday. Enjoy!

linking up with Tanya

Let's start with some repurchases...
Fairy Tales Detangler

This is our favorite detangler, but since it is not the school year, we use this every other day and another detangler in between. The smell on this one is amazing and it repels lice which let's be honest, is very much needed when your kids are in elementary school.


This is my favorite brand, flavor, dosage and kind of melatonin.

Stool Softener

Definitely not glamorous, but needed post surgery.

And now onto some new items...
Foot Peel Mask

I saw this on a Amazon Must Haves found on Tik Tok and wanted to try it. My feet get so dry and rough during the Summer. It comes in a two pack, so I used one in early Summer and I will use one post Summer. These really do work. I followed some reviews by cleaning my feet, using the masks by cutting a small hole for my feet and not the whole way. Leave on for an hour and then wash thoroughly. Then let your feet soak 5 to 10 minutes per day for 3 days and it flakes off like magic.

Bagel Guillotine

This was also on that page of Tik Tok finds. We eat a lot of bagels and have already used this three different weekends. This one cuts beautifully and quickly. Total must have.

Chi 1 1/4" Flat Iron

I had my previous Chi for 12 years. I only got a new one because the plates had some gouges in them that were pulling and damaging my hair. This one was on sale, had great reviews and allows me to adjust the temperature which my old one did not. So far I love it and use it almost daily.

Ruffwear Dog Collar

Walter's leather collar lost its ring for the leash, so we needed to order him a new one. To be honest, we had so much trouble with that leather collar that I am glad we got a new one. This one has an easy to open (for people) clasp, comes in four colors/designs (ours is sunset), has a place for a leash and dog tag. I got the 11 to 14 inch one.

Custom Dog Tag

Since we needed a new dog tag, I searched on Amazon and I am very happy with the tag. We got the trees, mountain, sun and water tag (says Jasper). It allows you to pick a font, color and size. We chose the small based on the sizing (how big your dog is). I was able to customize the back with whatever I wanted it to say. It came quickly and it very pretty.

Pretty Hands and Feet

I used to use this (but in a blue bottle) when I was growing up. I got it to help with the peeling of my feet after using those masks. Plus I can use it in between to keep my feet not so rough.

Supergoop! Face and Body Sunscreen Stick

I have used this before and while it is pricey, it works so well. Sutton was having problems with our other whole body sunscreen on her face while in Graeagle. Her face was chapped from the wind, sun and pool. I got this again and since using it (when she went to the pool and splash pad), it has helped keep her face protected and chap free.

That was it for our Amazon Prime orders in June. What did you purchase?

Have a great weekend. I am linking up with A Little Bit of Everything.    

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Still Recovering

Hi All! I thought I would be back to writing posts, commenting on your blogs and back in the swing of things. BUT this surgery recovery has been hard. Harder than I thought it would be. Even though they warned me about it. But I thought I would bounce back quickly.

To be honest, I have gone out a bit (I went to the rodeo on Monday since we had tickets for months and I didn't know my surgery would be moved up), but it definitely set me back yesterday. I was bleeding again and my goodness have I been sore. 

So I am listening to my body and taking more time. I hope to be back next week. Fingers crossed. But in the meantime, I watch all your stories on Instagram.

See you soon! And thank you for being so patient about me getting back to you all.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022


So if you have noticed that I am lagging on responding to comments or commenting on your blog posts, it is because my surgery was moved up to Monday. I am currently laying up at home resting, sleeping, and healing.

On Tuesday May 31st I got a call from my surgeon's office letting me know that my surgeon needed to cancel or reschedule my surgery (it was supposed to be on Monday June 27th). They said they had a cancellation for Monday June 13th and I could take that or I would have to wait until August. 

Since I scheduled this surgery date over two months ago, I didn't want to wait it out any longer. And I got back from my Graeagle trip on the 11th, so I figured why not? 

It took some time to change all my other appointments, work commitments, etc., but I got it done. So if I am slow to respond to your comments, please know I will probably next week.

Now onto healing and recovering.

Monday, June 13, 2022

4th of July Outfits for Men and Women

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Now that I shared my Kids 4th of July Outfits, I thought I would share some for Men and Women. Now, it was a lot harder to find any. Maybe I am just shopping early, but I thought with Memorial Day not that long ago, there should have been more patriotic wear. I guess not. But I did find some cute stuff, and more for women than men, but still a few men finds.

4th of July Outfits for Men and Women
One  |  Two Three  |  Four Five  
Six  |  Seven  |  Eight  |  Nine  |  Ten

I know adding a sweater in for the 4th seems weird, but if you are like me, then you more often or not are camping during the 4th of July. In the evening and mornings it is cold, and this is perfect to start or end your day. 

I also love the pairing of Six and Nine or Seven and Nine because they are things that can be worn all Summer long.

Men kind of get little here because it is either stripes or full blown flags and stars on their outfits. I do love the USA shirt which you can wear for the Olympics or the 4th of July. The shorts are technically pjs, but I see them more as lounge shorts. 

What will you be wearing this 4th of July?

Friday, June 10, 2022

Friday Favorites and Happenings

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Happy Friday all! Definitely not much to start this blog post with other than we are now into Summer break for the kids and that means no more packing lunches daily and a bit of a break from homework. Though we are still reading as much as we can because we don't want the girls to fall back during the Summer.

Anyways, onto Friday favorites and Happenings.

ONE. With my upcoming Graeagle trip, I knew that I needed to get a CC cream with spf in it, so I didn't have to wear a full face of makeup daily. Who wants to wear a full face of makeup when they are on vacation? 

I haven't used this product in a few years, but I grabbed a color based on my current foundation selection. I did the find your shade on both Sephora and IT Cosmetics website. I bought it in light which is a taupe color with warm undertones.

I love this CC cream for vacation because it has spf 50 in it and it gives my face some color without going the full makeup route.

I heard they changed their formula, but to me it seems the same so far. Now I know others use this as their daily "foundation", but I usually like more coverage with a traditional foundation.

It Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50

TWO. J Crew Factory was recently having a sale and since Rory wanted to grab a pair of their khaki's and tees, he needed a bit extra to get 20% off and free shipping. So I have been wanting this shirt for awhile, but never wanted to pay for shipping. But since he had an order, I added this shirt to his order. You may just see it next week in a 4th of July Adult Outfit post, but in a different color.

J Crew Factory Smocked Tie-Shoulder Tank

THREE. My girls had their last day of school on Friday June 3rd. Technically, they were supposed to be in school until Tuesday June 7th (half day), but we had plans for the next week. We asked the girls if they wanted to see their cousins and miss the last day and a half and they really wanted to. Of course, I asked their teachers if they were doing any school work and would miss out on anything big. They said that they were turning in grades on the 3rd and they would miss some movie time, some math practice and reading practice. But mostly just a fun day. So we decided Friday would be their last day. 

I snapped these photos of them. 

And here are side by sides to see how much they have grown in the last year!

FOUR. I saw this dress on Amazon and loved it immediately. It would be so cute for date night, girls night or a casual wedding. My only concern is the little cut out on the belly. After having kids and multiple hernia surgeries, I don't show my stomach that much. Is this too young for me? 

The photos make it seem like my belly button is covered and just shows some stomach which I am ok with. The only problem is it takes a long time to get here. But if I order it now, it will be here by end of June-ish, early July. What do you all think?

Pink Queen Women's Sexy Cutout Midi Dress

FIVE. Weekly funnies.

Have a great weekend. I am linking up with A Little Bit of Everything.    

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Kids 4th of July Outfits

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We have less than a month to 4th of July/Independence Day. I am already shopping for outfits for our 4th of July dress up. I try to buy things that the girls can wear for more than just the 4th, but it doesn't always work out that way. Even when their outfits are full on flags or stars, they usually rock them all Summer. They are even rocking their cute rompers from last year as much as they can.

Since I already bought the girls outfits, I thought I would share some of my finds and contenders. I even included boys as I was searching for outfits for my nephew.

Kids 4th of July/Independence Day Outfits

Many of these come in baby, toddler and kids sizes. So many cute options. I got the girls the Stars Shirt and Red Shorts, but the Star Dress was a close second. I just wanted the blue denim style option for the star dress, but my Target did not have it in stock or available to send to me at this time.