Friday, August 28, 2009

Fun Friday Finds | For your body

With my travels this summer I have come across some great products that I am adding to my arsenal full time...

Jane Iredale Magic Mitt

This is a very simple mitt that is a great make up remover that uses NO cleanser. While I still use my Clarisonic, it isn't recommended that you use it twice a day. I have been using this mitt for about three weeks now and have had great results. If you are one that still goes to bed without washing your face this might be the solution for you - it's easy! Plus I am using less of my cleanser which means I am saving $$.

While in Maui my aunt was sunburned pretty bad - the sun is pretty intense there and you have to apply sunscreen at least every 15 minutes. Luckily there was a Lush store close by so we could pick up some remedies. If you don't have a Lush store, you can order online. I first discovered this store several years ago in Canada and couldn't wait for it to come to the US. I remember walking in for the first time and being literally blown away but the fragrance but more so by the innovative packaging of beauty products. They sold solid soap by the pound packaged grocery store style! For sunburn relief there are two must haves....

Breath of Fresh Air toner

This is a hydrating toner for your face but can work on sun burned skin. If it's convenient you can keep it in your fridge to keep in cool. Spray this on your sunburned areas.

Dream Cream

Then apply this cream - which is DREAMY. I used to have this as my main body cream but the container does not travel well so I stopped using it. Now that I have it again I may be giving up on the Lubriderm!

Depending on the severity of your burn you may start to peel. If you do, the Buffy Body Butter bar is your answer. I used this when I was in Maui to keep my skin super moisturized and exfoliated at the same time. I have to admit it's on the expensive side because it doesn't last very long. The smaller bar lasted the length of the vacation which was about a week. If you purchase this bar don't forget to get the tin!

And since we are on the topic of Lush - Kirk loves their solid shampoo bars. His favorite is this one - it used to be mint scented, but is now cinnamon.

Have a great weekend and Enjoy Life!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Celebrating Mess | Remembering the 80s

This is what my office looks like right now


This is the real deal people. It's not like this all the time but with everything that is going on I have horse blinders on and can only concentrate on the computer. It's amazing that I can actually concentrate in all of this chaos because normally everything has to be wiped cleaned for me to sit down and work again. Maybe this is a new '40' thing??

Today I will be leaving the confines of my house to go to this ones open house for pre-school. Can't believe how time flies. This new school year I will be on pick up duty so I have to learn the ropes - I keep thinking it's going to be like that scene in Mr. Mom...

Speaking of Mr. Mom, I was reminiscing about John Hughes and all of his movies I frequented during the 80s. Most of them I have on DVD and watch over and over again. Here are my top 10 in order:
  1. Ferris Bueller's Day Off - "He'll keep calling me, he'll keep calling me until I come over. He'll make me feel guilty. This is uh... This is ridiculous, ok I'll go, I'll go, I'll go, I'll go, I'll go. What - I'LL GO. Shit" [Cameron]
  2. National Lampoon's Vacation - "Why aren't we flying? Because getting there is half the fun. You know that" [Clark Griswold]
  3. Breakfast Club - "We're all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that's all." [Andrew Clark]
  4. Weird Science - "Maybe it was a dream, you know, a very weird, bizarre, vivid, erotic, wet, detailed dream. Maybe we have malaria." [Garry
  5. Some Kind of Wonderful - "Don't go mistaking paradise for a pair of long legs." [Watts]
  6. Pretty In Pink - "Good Morning! Welcome to another day of higher education!" [Duckie]
  7. Sixteen Candles - "Donger's here for five hours, and he's got somebody. I live here my whole life, and I'm like a disease." [Samantha]
  8. Mr. Mom - "I yelled at Kenny for coloring outside the lines! Megan and I are starting to watch the same TV shows. I'm liking them. I'm losing it!" [Jack Butler]
  9. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation - fav scene is when they untie the tree!
  10. Planes, Trains and Automobiles - "You wanna hurt me? Go right ahead if it makes you feel any better. I'm an easy target. Yeah, you're right, I talk too much. I also listen too much. I could be a cold-hearted cynic like you... but I don't like to hurt people's feelings. Well, you think what you want about me; I'm not changing. I like... I like me. My wife likes me. My customers like me. 'Cause I'm the real article. What you see is what you get." [Del]
What were your favorites?

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Busy summer

Wow what a summer! And it continues to be a great one filled with family, great friends, wonderful places to see and exciting things to do. I am back in town and looking forward to hunkering down and getting things started around here. So stay tuned for some fun announcements!


My Twitter account is no longer working (suspended) and I haven't heard a 'tweet' from Twitter if they are going to fix it. It also won't allow me to start a new account - so for now I will be only updating through Facebook. As soon as this is fixed I will be back on, hopefully. If you know how I can fix this please email me.

Just recently my friend Anna came into town and we went on a whirlwind Twilight movie tour. I kept the blog up to date with iPhone posts but have now moved all of those over to it's own page here. (You can also find the link on the left hand side under "quick links".) I have included better photos and also some notes about the places. If you or your children are 'Twilighters' I highly recommend this trip!
I am in the process of cleaning up the blog. Deleting and moving, trying to decide where things should go. Bare with me as I make the updates.


No, I am not pregnant...LOL! It seems every time I want to make an announcement everyone gets all excited because they think I am PREGO. Not that there is anything wrong with that, it's just not the case with me... this announcement would part one of my new business ventures which is an Etsy store! My main business is called DOXZEN STUDIOS, it will entail much more than an Etsy store but this is launching first. I have a preview of what is in the store on the right hand side of this blog. It will automatically update as I list more things.

I have been a junker/thrifter for years but really got into it when my friend Dottie explored mixed media art. She showed me the ropes of a hard core estate sale shopper! As I ventured into the mixed media art I started to bring home more and more treasures (that were not going to be used in art projects!) not knowing what I was going to do with them. Now I have accumulated enough stuff to 'share'! I have listed some aprons from my extensive collection. There are some that I am going to be sad to see go but they need new homes. I don't cook enough to wear 100+ aprons! You can also use aprons in the kitchen to decorate - they make a great valance on the kitchen window.

Would love to have you stop by the Etsy store and check them out.

DOXZENSTUDIOS.COM is currently being developed and will be up and running soon. Everything is going to happen in stages and as soon as a stage is up to launch I will share first here. Here is a sneek peak of my artwork that I am working on. A little bit of everything and I will be using some lyrics from some of my favorite songs. This one is titled "Home is where I want to Be" - if you know this song who is your favorite version? I love Shawn Colvin's version - we played this at our wedding when the mother's walked down the aisle.

Enjoy life!