Friday, December 6, 2019

Life: Friday Ramblings

I'm laughing pretty hard at... daughter's Thanksgiving day collage she made for school.
She did a great job of capturing the highlights, especially her father throwing out the wishbone!
Note- Daddy did this project with her.  I take no ownership of the typos.

I'm totally blushing because... daughter embarrassed the hell out of me in the church parking lot!
In our SUV, Mushy can't buckle herself in because the car seat blocks the buckle.
When I help her, I have to full on dive into the car with my legs swinging up into the air because I'm short.
My daughter chose this moment to yell out "Everyone, look at my mommy's butt!" at least three times.

I'm smiling ear to ear at... pretty the house looks filled with Christmas decor!
The Christmas tree is up and decorated with our favorite Disney ornaments.
Our Disney stockings are hung along the mantle of our fake fire place.
Mickey and Minnie are all dressed up in holiday gear, lit up, and waving to cars passing by.
I grew up with a Disney themed Christmas tree and absolutely love that we carried on the tradition.

I'm really dreading another... trip this week.  It's an overnight stay in the Philadelphia office.
While I really dislike leaving my babies, I have family that lives in the area.
I'll try to make the best of it by having a girl's night with my aunt and cousins.

I'm feeling some sort of way at...
...the snow I'm watching fall down from the sky and sticking to the lawn.
It's way too early for that to start already, let alone stick!

I'm left scratching my head thinking about...
...what to name my newest plant family member!
We had friends over for dinner and they brought us a beautiful new plant.
He's gorgeous with his colorful leaves that make me think of something tropical!
I'm taking suggestions in the comments.  I'm thinking Dean since I already got a Sam.. too predictable?

What are your Friday Ramblings?

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Review: Neutrogena Ageless Intensives

At the ripe age of 31, I've developed some two very fine lines on my forehead.
Damn you, tanning salons, jet black hair, and orange skin for being "in" when I was in HS.

To help battle these fine lines and any future wrinkles, I've been using anti-aging cream as part of my daily beauty routine since my early twenties.  I've tried all sorts of products.  Most gave me an allergic reaction.  Some dried out my skin and caused flakiness.  Others did absolutely squat, like literally nothing.  After several flops, I finally stumbled across a serum that I really  l o v e.  
It's called Neutrogena Ageless Intensives.
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Review:  Neutrogena Ageless Intensives

Neutrogena Ageless Intensives is a skincare line to help erase the signs of aging and deep wrinkles.

What prompted you to purchase this line of products?

To be honest, it was a complete and absolute fluke.
No joke!  I accidentally purchased the wrong product.  The universe brought us together.
Accident aside, I've always been a huge fan of Neutrogena.  They are the only brand of make up and moisturizers that I will use on my face.  My sensitive skin requires hypoallergenic, oil free, and non-comedogenic products.  My reaction to different products range from acne breakouts to severe rashes that require medical attention.  These reactions result in brand loyalty from me.
The short answer to this question is, it was a beautiful accident with a brand I trust.

What did you like about the product?

The first thing that I fell in love with was the reasonable price and the second was that it worked!
I used Neutrogena Ageless Intensives daily for a week when I saw results.  My two fine lines became near invisible and my skin in general improved.  It felt tighter and was more vibrant.  Having two young children, including a one year old, I'm always sleep deprived.  This line of products has me looking like I am getting a full nights sleep every night.

How long have you been using it for?

I've been using it for a little over 6 months.
The dramatic improvement was initially seen within the first few weeks, but the continuous use of it has kept the results consistent.  The fine lines are still near invisible and my face is still vibrant.
Hopefully it's keeping any new signs of aging at bay!

I would recommend Neutrogena Ageless Intensives skincare products.

Please note that this review was done completely on my own without any incentive or communication with Neutrogena and/or its affiliates.

Have you or will you try Neutrogena Ageless Intensives?

Monday, December 2, 2019

List: Holiday season activities to do this year.

While the first day of Winter isn't until December 21st, it's officially the start of the holiday season.
Where I'm from, the holidays are the unofficial fifth season of the year.
There's something magical about this brief, unofficial season.
...and because I love being extra, I have to celebrate every moment of it...
I'm looking forward to a festive month ahead and hope that you are too!

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Twelve holiday season activities to do this year.

1.  Go for a real life Polar Express adventure.
I haven't done this with the kiddies yet, but I hope to once they get a little older.
First hand accounts tell me that it's a fabulous experience.
You hop on the train in your pajamas and get a golden ticket for the ride.
Actors reenact different scenes from the childhood classic while you sip on hot chocolate.
The highlight of the trip is going to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus himself.
I know my babies are too young for this, but I'd totally go with adults now!  I mean, it sounds amazing.

2.  Visit your local holiday light show.
We have quite a few near me, but my favorite is the Jones Beach light show.
The display is absolutely beautiful and takes a solid 45 minutes to drive through.
It's a fun, easy way to get into the holiday spirit.
Tip- Take a drive through your neighborhood for a free and personalized light show!

3.  Venture out to a local craft fair.
This is a great way to get out of the house and support your local community.
Many vendors are your neighbors and will appreciate the support.
You may score a great find for your yourself or someone on your gift list!

4.  Attend a local tree lighting ceremony.
The tree lighting ceremonies around here are usually loads of fun!
The ceremony starts with a parade, hot chocolate vendors, and a local artist's performance.
The grand finale is the lighting of the Christmas tree as the community cheers.
Who needs Rockefeller Center when the local event has accessible bathrooms and parking!

5.  Host or attend a gingerbread house party.
My babies and their friends love to have their annual gingerbread house extravaganza!
It's a great way to be creative, reconnect with friends, and come home with an edible holiday decor.'s also an excuse for the mommys and daddies to indulge in a nice bottle of moscato...

6.  Volunteer to make someone else's holiday enjoyable.
You can go caroling at a church, nursing home, or hospital to put a smile on someone's face.
You can adopt a family and prepare appropriate presents for each member.
You can make homemade Christmas cards for your local charity.
You can start or participate in a mitten tree to ensure that all local families are warm this Winter.
You can volunteer to read a holiday story to children that can't read themselves.
You can volunteer at a local charity to prepare a holiday celebration for those in need.
There are many ways to get involved for holiday memories that feel good.

7.  Designate a day to devote to Christmas baking.
Every year we pick a day to dedicate to Christmas baking as a family.
We have lots of fun making homemade ricotta cookies and red velvet cheesecake brownies.
Tip- Make extra goodies and  purchase inexpensive holiday tins to give away to some special people!

8.  Have an ugly sweater, Hallmark movie marathon, egg nog, holiday party.
Combine all of your favorite holiday things for one inexpensive and fabulous party!
Except I'll swap the egg nog for a hot mint chocolate beverage, please.

9.  Have breakfast with Santa Claus.
Every year we go to church for breakfast with Santa Claus.
We get to eat a yummy breakfast, meet Santa, take a picture, and sing along with Mrs. Claus.
The best part is that the proceeds of all this fun is to benefit a really good cause.

10.  Go window shopping to see the beautiful displays.
While I prefer the suburbs of Long Island to the city, the holidays in the city is a sight to see.
It's worth the trip just to see window displays and light shows on the buildings.
The Macy's on 34th street is famous for a reason and deserves all the credit it gets!

11.  Attend a holiday show.
Whether it's a local school performing The Nutcracker or Radio City to see the Rockettes, just go!
Many libraries, churches, and community buildings have some sort of show to go see for free.
They are fun to watch and the performers will appreciate the support.

12.  Have lots of fun with The Elf on the Shelf!
My daughter talks about Elfie all year long and really looks forward to his return!
I wonder how many are named Elfie by unoriginal parents everywhere...
She still remembers the year that Elfie fell causing a pile of pots to crash on the tile floor.
It was the morning after Thanksgiving so that pot avalanche was definitely an unforgettable return!

What are your favorite holiday season activities?

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