2019-04-14T15:30:19-04:00By |Shopping|

Do you know about the Clarisonic products? Do you use them? What is it? The entire line consists of various kinds of facial cleansing brushes.  You buy the brush and then add the appropriate brush head...for your skin type or problems. You can buy more than one brush head: they are interchangeable. There are about six different brushes to choose from: the very simplest with one speed to a brush with two speeds and then a travel model. I became a total convert about six months ago! I had thought this was just one product I did NOT need!! Not so fast... They were having a big sale before Christmas so once again I took a look. My skin aesthetic center had always recommended the line so I called and asked them exactly which model brush and brush head would be best. My skin is not bad, but it is aging! Indeed. Thus the reason I go to a skin aesthetic center from time to time. Ask me about this if you want more information: maybe, someday, I will reveal what I have done from time to time. I bought the basic model: the MIA PRIMA     It has just one speed which is fine with me. It has a cord to recharge overnight: I have found that one charge lasts about two [...]


2019-04-04T20:49:49-04:00By |Friday Flowers, Garden, Shopping|

My "new take on garden tools" is this: How do you garden if you have any (I mean ANY ) physical problems, aches and pains, are post-surgery, aging, have knees that don't bend with quite the same ease, hips that creak, and any sort of arthritis. That pretty much covers an entire range of issues, doesn't it? Well, maybe you are in one or more of those categories. I am! Having had hand surgery in early December I am almost back to normal, but not quite. And the knees creak a bit. And I am always aware of the elbow surgery of eleven years ago. What are the options? Stop gardening Hire someone to do the gardening Investigate new tools that just might help   #1 is just not an option for me. #2 no, not there...yet! #3 Yes. I have done just that: I have scoured the internet and various companies for all sorts of helpful garden tools that just might be useful to own and use. Very first on my own personal list was a low stool of some kind. I've seen the various benches that show someone kneeling and working in a garden. Well, I don't want to have to kneel! And those benches have a footprint of about 23" long. Do you realize how difficult that would be to put [...]


2019-03-24T14:51:19-04:00By |8 McDowell, Shopping|

Are you a fan of Marie Kondo and the KonMari movement? Do you try to have your tidying up moments "spark joy?" Buy it here To be honest, I have not read the book. I've looked at it. And lately I have watched sections of several of the episodes on Netflix. Again, to be honest here, I am amazed at the tidying up "fever" that has swept over us! I am not a fan. There. It is all so prettified; so canned; so perfect. We are led to believe that by tidying up...I know, there is so much more to it than just that...we will lead better, happier, more focused lives. I totally agree that most of us have just plain TOO MUCH stuff. Shopping is a national pastime; malls have become our mode of recreation; and often it is quantity over quality. But her version of "tidying up" is much more than that and requires a huge life shift. It's just not that simple, folks. So, now that you know how I feel about all this let's get to the heart of my post. My takeaway from watching the bits that I did yielded one very good experiment. I tried it! I tried the very simple, physical way of rolling things before placing them in a drawer. My house is generally [...]


2019-02-17T19:57:16-05:00By |Books, Shopping|

So many books, so little time! I am not a big fan of audio books and have resisted Audible for years. However, yes, I succumbed to the audio version of: BECOMING Her voice is lovely. And her story so compelling. I have enjoyed each and every minute. I'm sure many of you have read/are reading this but I urge all of you to make time for it! A SPARK OF LIGHT So many people have recommended reading anything by Jodi Picoult and I have finally done so! This was my first and I will most definitely be reading more. This controversial topic with the actual setting of an abortion clinic, is told from many different perspectives and actually works backward in time. It is absolutely riveting and compelling, no matter your opinion about this topic. I highly recommend. I read it during my last long flight to London: a perfect sit-down-for-hours book.   DEATH IN PROVENCE Author Serena Kent is actually the husband/wife team of Deborah Lawrenson and her husband Robert Rees. I have posted previously about Deborah and one of her eight books: The Sea Garden This "Serena Kent" mystery is set in Provence, a place and its people the authors know well. It's a quirky mystery and one we are told is "Penelope Kite Book 1."  So if you like this one...well...there [...]


2019-02-03T17:24:23-05:00By |Shopping|

It's been quite a while since I have posted a The time has come to introduce you to DAZZLE DRY Here is the Starter box you get with all three bottles. This time I used Essie "Geranium" for my color. I was on vacation last summer and went to a lovely spa for a manicure. This new-to-me nail system is now my #1 and only nail product I use. It is FABULOUS I have dry skin which translates to dry nails and cuticles. Polish just never, ever lasts more than about five best. It chips so easily no matter what kind of base, brand of polish, or top coat I use. And no, in case you ask, I cannot use any kind of synthetic i.e. acrylic nails as I am allergic to them. It was a never ending problem. Enter DAZZLE DRY. This is amazing stuff! There is an entire protocol and sequence to using this. 1. First, on dry, clean nails you rub on, with cotton pad, the Nail Prep. 2. Brush on a generous coat of Base. Be sure to, as they instruct, "encapsulate" the nail by brushing the end/edge of each nail. 3. Allow this to dry THOROUGHLY. 4. Brush on two coats of polish: the first one thinly and the second generously. 5. Brush on a generous top [...]


2019-01-24T16:50:10-05:00By |Friday Flowers, Shopping|

Valentine's Day will be here before you know it, so let's get a jump start! Whether you are looking for a present for someone else, or perhaps for yourself, here are some fun ideas. I've tried to keep the selection in the "flower" range, with, obviously, some red or pink. And I've included a variety of price points. I hope there is something for everyone... Let's start with some flowers. But no, not roses (or even tulips) but some dried amaranth flowers in pretty pink: Find them ~here~   Succulents are everywhere, including many Valentine gift sources. Here's a cute idea: Available ~here~   I'm always on the lookout for unique iPhone cases: there are SO many out there. This Etsy vendor has a great assortment, including this very pretty watercolor: Find it ~here~   Just so lovely. These vases come in a variety of sizes and the pale design lets the flowers shine. Find them ~here~   How about 80 (yes, that's eighty!) Anemone stems! Find them ~here~   Here is a different idea! Edible rose petals... What a great hostess gift, no? Find them ~here~   And last but not least, maybe you need a gift card to go with your purchase! Look no further. My shop OneNumberEight has a [...]

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