Friday, January 31, 2014

Book Club Time!

A few weeks ago I told you I had decided to join Bon’s Book Club and today is the day I’m talking about the first book, which was The Husbands Secret by LianeMoriarty

I just finished reading this a month or two ago, so I obviously didn’t read it again.  I really loved it! I loved how there was three separate stories and in the end they all came together in a crazy way. Also, the secret was not what I was expecting which made it even better.

Please note, if you haven’t read this, there are some small spoilers in the questions below….so beware!
 The book is told from the viewpoint of three women.  Which women did you like the most and why?  Whom did you dislike the most and why?
A: I think I liked Celia the best, because I felt most connected with her.  Her husband was the one the secret was about and I could feel the emotion she felt all the time. I could imagine myself in her shoes.  I disliked Rachel. For some reason, she felt whiney to me.  I know that’s terrible to say about someone who has lost a child, but it was almost as if years and years later she hadn’t healed at all. 

What would you have done if you had found out the secret that Celia did?  Did you agree with the way she handled it?  What is the "right" thing to do in a situation like that?
A: Oh man. I have no idea what I would do.  I know I would be a walking mummy like her.  I wouldn’t know how to process it at all. I honestly can’t tell you if I would have eventually done the same thing that she did as I think in the situation I would feel different.  I think there is definitely a difference between the moral thing to do and the “right at the time” thing to do.  I don’t think John and Celia did the moral thing.  But how could you after all of those years?

What was the point of the side story with Tess?  Do you excuse the way she acted during that week because of the uncertainty in her marriage?
A: I wasn’t completely sure of the side story with Tess.  I definitely don’t excuse the way she acted during that week, but I totally understand it.  Sometimes when C makes me mad I want to do things that I never would do otherwise to “get back” at him for how I am feeling.  *honest moment*

Do you believe the bike accident was adequate "penance" for what John Paul had done?
A: Absolutely not. John’s daughter shouldn’t have had to suffer to pay for her father’s actions. 

Did you like the resolution of the book?  Did you feel there was enough closure?
A: It’s been a month or two since I have read this, but I can say I remember feeling like it wasn’t enough. I didn’t feel like I got closure.  I think that is the only reason this book doesn’t resonate with me as one of my top favorites. 

Well there it is!  My first Bon’s Book Club discussion.
I think this month I was a little out of touch with this book and couldn’t answer the questions as deeply and thoughtfully as I wanted to because I honestly couldn’t remember some of it.  Hopefully next month will be better.

I can say I am not totally looking forward to February’s book, which is I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot bythe Taliban by Malala Yousafzai. I am about 13% into it and I am just not captivated at all. I almost dread reading it. That’s not how it’s supposed to be with books! I sure hope it gets better!

Have you read it?   

Are you going to join in on the book club?

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Lip Factory Review - January

Lip Factory box time!

I have been getting this box for five months now and I really like it.  Yes, one of the months was a miss for me with 3 red lipsticks in it, but I chose not to give up on it.
Lip Factory is a monthly beauty box that is $22 a month (S&H included) and comes with 5-7 products each time.  The box aims to give you a “full face” of makeup, but its main focus is on…lips of course!  

So here it is….the January Lip Factory box!  

            1)     29 Cosmetics Grape Seed Protection Sample – 4 piece sample packet
Well I guess this seems interesting. It includes a sample of cream cleanser, serum extract, eye emulsion and night moisture.  Too bad it doesn’t include an explanation of what to do with these items! I mean I get cleanser and moisturizer, but whats a girl to do with serum extract? The full size bottles of this stuff are ridiculously priced ($175.00?!?!) so I am going to go with the value that the card says.
Full Size: $4.00 My Value: $4.00

            2)    Teeeze Crystal Eyeliner in “Lovely Lazuli”– .3 grams (FULL SIZE)
This is a really pretty color!  I have started playing around with using liner along my bottom lashes so I am going to have to test out this color. It’s a gorgeous blue with just a hint of sparkle.  It comes with a tiny sharpener on the end and a smudger too!
Full Size: $16.04  My Value: $16.04

            3)    Bodyography Electric Lip Slide in “Skintimicy”– .5 oz. (FULL SIZE)
Well I thought I was really going to like this….until I tried it on.  The color just doesn’t work for me.  It looks pinkish in the tube, but it comes out more nude.  It smells amazing though….like pineapples! It’s a very interesting tube too, it looks like a squeeze tube, but there is a sponge brush inside! It is supposed to be a lipstick, gloss, stain hybrid.
Full Size: $19.00 My Value: $19.00

4)   Teeeze Eye Shadow in “Take a Dive” – 2.5 grams (FULL SIZE)
Oh man this color is gorgeous! A really pretty sparkling ocean blue.  I am guessing that this is supposed to go with the eye liner above. Me thinks that may be too much blue for my eyes together though!
Full Size: $16.00 My Value: $16.00

5)   Be a Bombshell  The One Stick in “Girl Crush” - .26 oz. (FULL SIZE)
Aw man! I seriously just ordered this the other day! I really like this color.  I received an orangey red one in another box that I didn’t like at all. This one will definitely be getting some use! For eyes, cheeks and lips. So awesome!
Full Size: $16.00 My Value: $16.00

Final Cost: $22.00
Final Value: $71.01

What a great box!  I can’t wait to use the shadow and liner.  I wish the lip slide was in a different color, but oh well. Someone will hopefully benefit from that! Such a great value as well.

What do you think?

If you’d like to sign up…..use my referral number? Pretty please?  It’s 385223.

(Also, I swear I’m not a review blog….I just like sharing these fun things! I have not been compensated for this review.)
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Monday, January 27, 2014

Hand Painted Logos

For Christmas this year I decided to get crafty.  I have several friends who are huge fans of different sports teams, so I thought I would create something around that.

After spending some time thinking about it I decided to hand paint the logos on a canvas.  Today I thought I would show them off!
I have actually started selling these recently. Each one takes a couple of hours and some are more difficult than others, but I thought $20 was a fair price (which includes the paint and 12x12 canvas purchase).

Several of C's fans have ordered his team logo and I have several other orders that have come in. I am really excited to work on these more!

If you'd like one, let me know!  I can do any logo for any sport :) 

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Friday, January 24, 2014


Even though I posted about it when I first began my blog, I thought I would come back to it.

The reason for part of my blog name.

My sleeping issues.

Seven or so years ago I started having a lot of trouble with my sleeping.  I remember yawning constantly.  I was always tired.  Always.  No matter how much I slept, I just never felt satisfied.
So, I went to see a doctor. Actually, I saw a lot of doctors.  Nobody could really figure it out. 

One weekend, I ended up in Urgent Care because I was yawning so much I was actually getting short of breath (I think that’s what happened…I can’t really remember). While we were there, the nurse suggested I get my thyroid checked.

Well, it turns out I have Hypothyroidism, which is when your thyroid is under active.  Your thyroid is responsible for making the hormone that controls the way your body uses energy.  Symptoms of hypothyroidism include feeling tired and weak, memory problems and weight gain.  In fact a lot of times it is diagnosed due to weight gain.  Mine was sneaky and I didn’t gain any weight, which is why it took several doctors and finally an urgent care nurse to figure it out.

I have been on thyroid pills since then. I have to get my blood drawn every 3-6 months, which for a person who hates blood and needles really sucks!  I also can be very moody, have very intense feelings and I am still tired all of the time.  It’s something I live with and it doesn’t really bother me much. I really hate that C has to deal with my moods sometimes though!  Now that he understands it, I think it really helps.  I am not as crazy as he thinks haha.

Even though the meds were supposed to help with my tired feelings, they didn’t.  My doctor then prescribed me a sleep study.  You can read all about it here.
Hot stuff right?
Let me tell you, getting a sleep study done is not the most fun thing.  It’s just so weird. You are in an unfamiliar room with an unfamiliar bed, tons of medical contraptions stuck to your body and not to mention they have a video camera watching you the whole time!

Which is why I am really upset that I have to do it yet again.  

I had given up on fixing my problem and lived with the sleepiness since my last test.   I didn’t want to go back to the crazy Russian nutcase that was my doctor. Finally, I decided I would try once again.  My mom had seen an episode of Dr. Oz about sleep and the “Sleep Doctor” that was on the show actually has an office here in AZ. So I went to see him.  He prescribed another sleep study since it has been so long since the last one. 

So, on Monday night, I have to show up to the Sleep Center in Scottsdale and spend the night alone in a weird office building that has bedrooms set up in it.  I really, really don’t want to do it.  But I know that it will be worth it. I am confident that this guy can help me!

Please keep your fingers crossed that it goes well!

Have you ever done a sleep study?
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