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A Few Uses for Skin So Soft by AVON

Keep in mind that the FDC/CDC has only approved Avon’s Skin so Soft as a BATH OIL.

Use it in your bath and after showers for a great moisturizer.

Use it to remove stubborn makeup.

Use it to massage tired muscles.

Clean tape left on your skin from bandages.

Use it for tanning (use your own spf)

Use it to soften your cuticles.

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Here’s Trixie… I just love her coat after a bath with our favorite neighborhood concoction.

Clean the ink from your hands and desk.

It helps relieve itching

It helps clean oil from your hands… rub it on before you wash.

Use it instead of turpentine after painting.

Put a capful in your liquid soap to use for shaving. Helps keep the razor sharp

Use on dry, cracked skin. It encourages healing by maintaining moisture.

Repels insects (Original formula), according to the Field and Stream Mag

Use for a natural wood cleaner.

Polishes stainless

Use as a lubricant for plumbing

Cleans heavy oil and grease from non-porous surfaces.

Mix 5 parts water with 1 part SSS for spraying show animals, then brush. Beautiful!!

Sponge around doors and screens to redirect crawling critters

It removes lime and hard water deposits from fixtures, tile, shower doors, and windows.

Cleans most vinyl and painted surfaces.

Rub it on brass to delay tarnish

Use it to clean up crayon marks!

Moisturize the leather with it!

Use it to detail the car… on the dash, top, seats, tires.

Remove the tar to save your cars paint.

Use it to remove gum from clothing and carpets

Use it for hoof polish and muzzle, eye and ear enhancer.

Use it when making bath bombs!

Use it on your husband’s back!

Use Skin So Soft as your focal product in a fundraising effort to support your favorite non-profit. Ask your local Avon Independent Sales Representative about the possibilities!

For more info on Skin So Soft by Avon, visit us at More Than Just Makeup. We love hearing how you use Skin So Soft, feel free to include your creativity below!

 

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Skin Support

What a great way to earn extra money for those perfect community service projects!

Why not sell one of the most iconic products available in skin care today?

New Avon, LLC  (US, CAN) supports you in your community service projects by offering full size, discounted products that have been loved for decades!

Skin So Soft, by Avon is available in three formulas.  The Original is most iconic and favored among millions.  The herbal scent of jojoba is gentle, welcoming and great for sensitive skin, even reducing redness!   Ask your neighbors, you’ll find very few people who do not use Skin So Soft.

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Check it out!  There are three varieties. Each $25 set includes the Bath Oil, Body Wash and Body Lotion, valued at $36.00 retail.

While Avon only recommends this for bath oil, check out this list!  My 100 pound Great Pyrenees, Trixie, bathes in it! I use 1/2 cap in 1 Gal. of bathwater with a smidgen of Dawn Dish washing Liquid, a tad of Downy Softener and a cupful of Hydrogen Peroxide.  It keeps her fur beautiful, thinned out and flea free.  (It’s a neighborhood secret and we don’t have a vet, so you may want to check with yours before trying our concoction).

Make your event memorable by personalizing the products for delivery.  A few ideas might include:

Decorating the delivery bag with your organizations theme, logo or colors.  Children could draw on the bags and sign the drawing.  Seal closed with blue or whimsical washi tape.

Using a colorful permanent pen, write a sweet note. “thank you for your support” on the side of the bottles.

Deliver in colorful gossamer bags with iridescent fill, like jewelry!

Copy the 100 uses for SSS on colorful paper, allow the seller to sign each one before wrapping the product in the flyer for delivery.  Write the customers’ name on the outside and tie with raffia or grosgrain ribbon.

Skin So Soft is usable by the entire family, is affordable for everyone and gives your customer value when they support your project.   In addition, your customer will receive a code offering them 10% discount when they reorder online.

When you register your fundraiser with MORE THAN JUST MAKEUP, you’ll also receive a special MEMORY JOGGER Activity for students or club members to help identify potential participants.

School fundraising sponsors may schedule a virtual video introduction to the fundraising event for parents, sponsors and students upon registration.  Your earnings can range from 35% to 50% depending on the choices of your organization.

Now is the time to give your supporters value in return for their loyal participation year after year.  What other ideas could you use to personalize your fundraiser?

 

 

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Herbie the Hedgehog!

Every year New Avon offers a great fundraising opportunity in the fall to compliment the years’ on-going program to help organizations support community service projects.

This year, Herbie the Hedgehog is the feature attraction!

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How can you use Herbie? 

Traditional fundraising involves taking orders, collecting funds and delivering products.

As an alternative, organizations may want to collect donations and use them to furnish children and children’s programs with the Herbie’s for holidays or for a special event.

Some may choose to purchase a supply for booth sales at your local and social media events.

Each Avon representative has the privilege of offering their customers this and other fundraising projects. At MORE THAN JUST MAKEUP, we offer it to you with 35-50% earnings based on your choices.

Herbie makes a great gift… for Christmas, for a security cuddle toy, for recognition.

FUNDRAISING for Children can be adorable!

Herbie will be available through December 2018. Pre-orders may be accepted in July, 2018.

 

 

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Student Fundraising Ideas

Student projects require money!  Teaching those community service lessons and conducting awe-inspiring projects that leave students feeling gifted, talented, worthy, empathy for others, excitement at their accomplishments, joyful about their successful teamwork and so much more… requires both funds and commitment!


Here’s a list of ideas for your fundraising:

Daddy-Daughter Dances (students sell tickets, decorate, entertain, serve)

Banquets (students sell tickets, decorate, cook, serve, entertain)

Car Washes (always fun!  In some areas, water resources must be considered)

Product Selling (try to sell products people need, not overpriced, unhealthy items)

Facebook Art Show (local artists contribute work to be featured on an event page, buyers can choose and donate to purchase the virtual work)

Helping Others While Earning  (students do the work for the community project and earn while completing the project. Funds can be used for the next project or to more fully support the project)

Candy Sales (um, yeah… we all buy it, but don’t you really hate spending money on that yummy stuff)

Booth Sales (stage a booth to sell donated items from businesses, or sell tickets to draw for those prizes at a local fair or event. )

Cookbook Sales (collect the recipes, publish and sell… host a dinner to sell the books!)

Dress Up Days (encourage businesses to allow employees to wear school colors on Friday in exchange for a donation to your cause)

Cookie Sale – bake cookies and sell outside local businesses. (Be sure to give the owner a special batch all their own) Consider including a copy of the recipe with the cookie so the buyer knows exactly which ingredients are included.  This is best if there are only 2 or 3 recipes and everyone bakes from those with no changes.

Penny Line… invite students, teachers, friends, community to add a penny to the line on a specific day.  Start your line with gathered pennies at the 50 yard line on the football field and snake it through the yard lines for max effect.  Consider “flagging” at the $100.00 marker.

Change Jars – Ask local business owners to allow your organization to place decorated jars near the checkout and collect the customers coin change for your project.

Rent-a-kid –  Have participants sign up to perform “jobs” for donations.  (Of course, this must be well supervised and it works best when the students are matched with their “job” of choice)  Consider working in pairs.

Walk-a-thon’s –  Have students acquire pledges of donations-per-mile. Keep accurate records and don’t forget the thank you notes!


Whichever choice you make for your fundraising project, keep good records! It’s important to have contact information at the close of the event, for next year.  Jot down a few notes to remind the team of the willing volunteers, the names and numbers of those who seemed to be extra supportive (may want to join your team), any problems that need solving before next time and the total amounts raised, spent and donated. Ask those involved to suggest changes for the next event.

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Take lots of pictures.  Parents, school boards, regional chapters, teachers, school news, local news and the students will want to remember the day they learned how it can be fun and fulfilling to give back to the community.  You may even want to use those pictures when planning the next event.

Use Social Media!  If you are in a small town or a large city,  the communication can sometimes be a little late in coming or get lost in a busy world. Social media is instant… but remember… never put anything on social media you are not willing to share with your grandmother!  ANYTHING you put on social media is there forever!  Be articulate,  planned and thoughtful.  Review each meme and each paragraph for appropriate wording.  Remind students not to be too casual.

ENLIST the assistance of those in your community who are fundraisers. You know who they are.  Everyone has a talent and fundraisers are special people who are very organized, well composed under pressure, and knowledgeable about the community needs and resources.   If they buy into your cause, they will likely open doors for you or send you down the correct path, saving lots of time and increasing your success!

Finally, choose your method of raising money wisely.  Be considerate of your “customers” when choosing to sell products.  Some supporters would prefer to make a donation rather than purchase over priced, unneeded items, just to be apart of your project.  Your customers would love saving money, purchasing products they can use for their family and home. Choose with your customers needs in mind.  Choosing to sell products that are too heavy for students to deliver will cause issues at delivery time.  Choose with students in mind.  Products that must stay frozen will cause issues with mom and dad.  Choose with the parents in mind. Finally, selling too many different items will cause everyone lots of stress. Keep it simple. And fun! And profitable – for your community and students!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cucumber Smile

I love things that are impromptu and special, don’t you?

Like an unintended event that caused two friends to have time together – unplanned and totally unique?

I had a day like that recently and it turned out to be a fun day filled with surprises.

The original plan for the day was to clean out two drawers (it’s a process), cook a new recipe, try to sit and write something personal, bathe the dog and trade my rental car for another.

Instead, I found myself getting dressed quickly, lunch at a new restaurant with my friend, a walk about town (complete with a tad of networking) and a new discovery.  I didn’t get the car returned, but I did make the phone call.  There’s always tomorrow, right?

So, about the discovery.

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Beautiful produce from the Farmer’s Wife in Mt Pleasant, TX.  An impromptu smile!

I have a wonderful reputation for NOT cooking much. When I have, over the last 10 or 25 years, there hasn’t been much to brag about. Instead, I’ve entertained quite a few with my screw ups.  We’ve laughed over ingredient subs (because we lived 8 miles from town) that didn’t work, ingredients left out, burning biscuits, gray dressing and I could just go on and on.

So much so, that when the covered dish dinners were planned, everyone told the hubs what to bring and suggested I might bring the ice, tea, paper goods, plastic ware, etc.  It worked for me!

Now, things are different.  It’s part of my adjustment to not working … some call it retirement, some call it unemployed.  I call it a new season.  So lately, I’ve focused my energies on cooking healthy meals, eating at home, trying new things and resurrecting the meals I used to cook “before”.   I still choose to stay away from the Oatmeal Cookies… so humiliating.

So back to my day.

While walking around town, we ventured into a few little shops. Adorable. My favorite was the Farmer’s Wife. An indoor, air conditioned (thank you) sweet little produce market complete with a selection of wines, beers and healthy treats.  Veggies everywhere, a just-right mix and amount for a cute little market.

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Alexia and her trainee were so welcoming and knowledgeable… making the shopping experience very personal and pleasant.

The owner is so knowledgeable about her family-farm produce that I just couldn’t keep up with it all. My mental notes were not clicking. I was too relaxed and enjoying my friend.  I zeroed in on this beautiful pale green, velvety cucumber… as long as my arm!  Honestly, it was smiling at me. It was beautiful and I was amazed at how heavy it was. She told me all about it, and I forgot it’s name. Her description was perfect  and I felt an urge to give into the tempation. I couldn’t imagine what I’d do with a cucumber that large.  But I had to have one.  I grabbed two of the cleanest yellow squash I’ve ever bought and knew this was going to be an interesting evening.

So, first let me say… next time, I’ll buy this one on the way to the car… not on the way to shopping! It’s big enough to make a difference. Like I said, it was an impromptu day.

Once I got home with my cuke, I had to decide what to do with it. It wouldn’t fit in the refrigerator. Had I forgotten there are only two of us now and neither of us eats too many cucumbers?  I immediately photographed it and text the pictures to my very best foodie friends.  I guess I’ve had my head in the sand, because they knew exactly what it was.  I’m even more excited now.

I cut the tip off and it’s more solid in the middle. The seeds are so tiny around the outside of the slices.  I cut about 10 slices and proceeded to gather some ingredients I remember mama using on her cucumbers.  Olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, parsley, cherry tomatoes, purple onion slices and how beautiful it looked.  I added a little kale and spinach under it, tossed it all together and there ya go!  Not the new recipe I had planned for tonight, but a new recipe I remembered from my childhood.  I don’t know if I ever really made it myself, but I can just picture her doing it now. Her hands were just like mine are now.  I remember the way she sliced the cucumbers (she sliced two at a time).  I remember her washing the onion after she peeled it. I remember how she covered the vinegar bottle opening with her thumb to let the proper amount drizzle out all over every single slice. Mama loved cucumbers.  Into the frig for about 20 minutes and I just couldn’t wait any longer.

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Yummy cucumber, cherry tomatoes, purple onion slices mixed with olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Check out the huge cuke leftovers! I need a bigger family!

Well, the texture was a little different.  The slices were crisp and the fresh fragrance was “melony”.  I think I added a little too much vinegar but I can adjust that next time, after all I have plenty.  After cutting 10 slices, it still looks whole.

So, any covered dish dinners coming up? I’ll donate a cucumber salad for your event. Ha!  I’m off to grab my computer and research some cucumber recipes. I have lots to use and it’s so tasty, I don’t want to miss it.

Sometimes our plans are just that… our plans.  I love it the way God makes us see that ours are not necessarily His.  Beginning with the ‘unintentional’ and ending with a beautiful day of friendship and the gift of sharing a new discovery with my family and willing friends, the day was way more successful than I could have ever hoped.  Remember, it’s about living better!

Feel free to share your impromptu moments below. I’d love to read them.

As for tomorrow?  Bring on the impromptu!

 

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Choosing Fundraising Items to Sell

Many companies offer fundraising groups the opportunity to purchase and resell their products for discounted prices in order to support community service events.

When choosing a product to sell, it’s important to look for a reputable company with a solid history of value and community service.  Those companies will provide professionally produced tools for your team at little or no cost to your event, be available by phone or email to provide support and initial direction.

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Fundraising profits from sales can run from 20% to 50% on sales items and 100% on donated items.  Expect to spend money for delivery and collect sales tax if your community project is not able to provide a 501(C)3 designation.  Depending on your media policies, you may want to purchase newspaper, radio or social media ads.  Many times that can be donated by the media with a well written letter or by having a local advertiser donate their prepaid space to your organization for a period of time.  If they do this, be sure to send a personal thank you note!

New Avon has a history of providing full size, quality products at a reasonable price to help customers earn income to support their pet projects.  New Avon Sales Representatives have access to fundraising materials, from professionally produced flyers to checklists and contacts designated for fundraising support.

Choosing flyers that are quite busy with sales options may be confusing to the customer and the student. Keeping the options simple and informative will encourage your participant to feel great about the products they are selling.  Ingredient labels are clear and products are full size and familiar.

Choosing products that are usable by all members of the family will assure your customer of the value of their purchase and create a good feeling about sharing their income with your project.  They’ll thank you for being responsible with their personal resources!

The company you choose should provide you with delivery options, an incentive or two and a personal contact for support.  You need to know you are selling quality products to the valued members of your community.  Ideally, using a local contact is good business.  Supporting the small businesses (and large) in your local community is always a great idea – for everyone.

 

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Fundraising with Students

Every year thousands of Student organizations across the nation work with sponsors to plan important community service projects and fundraising efforts that will be needed to support their plans.

Every year thousands of Non-Profit Organizations depend on the fundraising efforts of the community to help support their goals.  It’s a win-win.

As small children, parents begin by teaching us to share with others.  To donate to special causes and plant trees for the environment or deliver food to the shut-in neighbor.

By the time a student reaches the classroom, the education becomes more a formal avenue for sharing.

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Teachers and club sponsors, (bless them) are diligently juggling the needs of the district, the students, the parents, the community and that’s just at work!  So fundraising needs to be simple, straightforward and achievable.

It’s an unbelievable opportunity to teach students about handling money, sharing, approaching a sale, customer service, entrepreneurship, trust and teamwork. It can be such a valuable character-building opportunity that Avon is proud to support.


It’s important to have a plan. 

What’s the Lesson?

How will a fundraising event support the objective?

How can the community use the funds from this project?

HOW will we support our chosen project?  Click here for a few recommendations

How much time is required to reach the goal.  What IS the goal?

Which students will commit to the goal reaching? Which parents or sponsors are willing to assist?

Where, when and how will the fundraiser take place?

What’s the hard deadline for submission and delivery?

Who will be in charge?

Who will analyze and report the results?


At what level will the project include the students? Planning,  Neighborhood Sales, Digital Sales Team, Expediters (assemble the orders), Distributors (deliver), Monetary Team (manage the finances). Recognition Team (plan to recognize top sellers and/or teams), Marketing (get the word out to the community) Quality Assurance (help others with struggles).

Depending on the age of the student, teachers may need a parent meeting or a lesson on making change, shaking hands, greeting, selling and personal safety.  (Don’t forget PARENTS need to accompany smaller children and keep older children within sight)

For upper grade students, goal setting, planning and achieving are empowering lessons to support decision making for the future. Self awareness, presentation and safety are also corresponding lessons.

MORE THAN JUST MAKEUP is pleased to offer virtual and age appropriate introductions to the students’ fundraising project when registering for an Avon Fundraising Event.

Each project will include a Memory Jogger Activity to help students identify potential customers or locations to collect donations and sales.  An Event Planning Checklist is also available to registered organizations.

Student fundraising projects can be unbelievably successful for both the givers and receivers, with careful planning and support of a dedicated team.   Choosing a well recognized company, trusted for years in the US and abroad, that can provide professional resources, will help your fundraiser succeed.

What are your fundraising challenges?  We’d like to help.

 

 

 

 

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Blooming Success!

It’s been almost a year since I learned about life changing forever!  Everything happened at once.  It was both annoying, maddening, freeing, frightening and I felt blooming crazy.

One of the things that helped me find a little sanity was the Girl Project.  I had always wanted to be able to go out to the back yard (garden, for my new UK buds) and sit in the morning with coffee or tea.  I imagined myself enjoying writing from the patio, watching the dogs play safely away from the trucks (Texas folks like to drive trucks, ya know). I would be able to smell the aroma of beautiful flowers, see the green trees at their best, the blue skies of my rural life and there would be no work involved to keep it that way! Ha!

Well, the no-work part didn’t happen.  I’ve had to pull some weeds, shape some shrubs and prune the roses.  Much easier than if I had to do it all from scratch. Remember, I love my desk and my car… not a shovel or trowel.   I love heat and air conditioning, not sweat and cold.  Thankfully, the weather cooperated and I didn’t have to sprinkle the yard or cover anything from freeze.  My “girls” made sure everything was just as I needed it to maintain their hard work and my granddaughters are closer to the ground than me, so they did a great job when the weeds started growing faster than I could pull.

It’s been getting a bit dry, and it looks like the rain is coming.  The farmers across the road are mowing their pastures, so it must be time to mow the yard.  My love is out there getting that done, so I took some time and scissors (I know it should be a different tool) and ventured out to see what blooms I could find before they get pounded away.

What a beautiful sight!  I am so excited!  Take a look at the blooms from the back yard. They weren’t there a couple days ago… yesterday we were out and about til dark, but this morning!! How exciting I am to show you the blooms I brought in!

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Now, I’m not an arranger, so I guess I need to put that on my list of things to do in retirement.  Because, the “girls” did so well, I know I’ll have blooms all summer on the hydrangeas, beautiful color from the variety of lily’s and the fragrant gardenia!  The honeysuckle on the dog’s fence is fragrant and the rose bush is climbing across the new closed-in porch. The miniature crepe myrtles are still growing and I’m just totally excited.  It’s going to be perfect.

After the rain, I plan to start loving my dream yard.  I’ve picked out my tea cup, my tea flavor and I have the press all ready to go to the back yard on my beautiful copper serving tray from Avon Living.  I’m glad I got it during the holidays. The copper is perfect. There are some beautiful serving pieces, I think I’ll just need to add to my perfect backyard table… stay tuned.   It will be a great place to test products, write suggestions and continue my venture into my personal retirement transition. Who says you have to stop all work?  Aren’t you supposed to do what you love?  I love playing with makeup, rearranging furniture (poor hubs) and redecorating on a budget.  The daylight will be fantastic!

Since this is written, maybe I won’t even “work”  … just enjoy the day, the dogs and some lovely blooming success. Sometimes the success is just about living better in the moment.

Now, let’s all be thankful for the rain that WILL find my backyard! I have confidence in the farmer’s judgement, my girlfriends’ advice and good labors and my ability to adjust to my new found freedom.

 

 

 

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Long weekend Try-Outs

I tried a few new products this weekend.

First, Oui French Style Yogurt, from Yoplait.

Now, I know it’s probably not new, but it is new to me.  I’m that girl that hates to shop in the store. You know the crowd,  the overwhelming choices and being the planner I am… I never go with out a list.  AND, I only buy what is on the list!  So, for me to find something new on my own, without first hearing about it from a friend, is just a miracle.

So, on this day, I just couldn’t get up the appetite for anything at home and went looking for “yogurt”.  Thank goodness my list didn’t have a brand or flavor already chosen!  As I entered the dairy section, (after a 6 months absence) I noticed the yogurt section had changed dramatically. There were so many different labels and offerings.

Point of clarity: I shop a small local grocer when I’m desperate. Price won’t matter. Cleanliness does. Service does.

So back to the hunt for the yogurt.  I’m sure someone who walked up might have thought I was a wax figure as I stood there reading each variety of label front.  Peach, strawberry, blueberry, vanilla, orange, caramel, chocolate… and it goes on!  Line after line of white plastic containers with all sorts of flavors and styles.

THEN! Right above my eye level there’s this glass jar of yogurt. I could see the product inside. Brightly colored yellow on the bottom…lemon. Pastels with fruit were strawberry and raspberry.  Beautiful!

So, as you can tell above, I tried it! Don’t you love the smooth texture of yogurt?  This is supposed to be french style… and I’m not a gourmet, so I really couldn’t tell the difference between it and other Yoplait yogurts. But, let me tell you… on this day, at this time… it tasted excellent!

I love that the label is removable and the container is glass.  It has a rounded edge and it’s quite adaptable for other uses.  I do love to re-purpose.  Here’s what I used the first jars for:

I can’t wait til I find some ribbon or maybe tape to decorate them. I’m sure I’ll have a complete collection soon. While I like the clear water in the flower container, I think I have some music print wrap paper to decoupage the pencil jar for the piano. I’ll be looking for rose gold washi tape for my foundation, to match my system!   I have a special event coming up soon and I think they’ll make nice bases for centerpieces. Maybe if I start now, I can root some pretty ivy for the table.   It’s sort of like having baby food jars again, without the twist at the top.

The next thing that was new to me was a personal cleanse product. I’m not great at this but why not? It’s a long weekend, no where I have to be and it just might give me a jump on next week’s health kick.  Yeah, I decided to try to summon up some extra will power and do a better job planning meals and getting exercise.  So, I read some labels and most seemed rather daunting. I found this one from ESPIRA.  It says it’s a 3 day cleanse.  Three caps in the morning and three in the evening for three days. Easy to remember… the power of 3!  I really couldn’t tell I was “doing” a cleanse and I felt great at the end of the three day period. Everything seemed quite natural and it seems it helped reset my metabolism rhythm.  I read someone said it’s the gift that keeps on giving, ha!

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three day gentle cleanse to help reset metabolism

Of course this brand has other products and I think I might try the Hunger Block. Taken 30 minutes before meals appears to be the secret. All the products are Vegan. And, as I’m going to do a better job of meal planning, that may just support my goals while I return to better habits. There are also shakes that one friend loves. She adds peanut butter and almond milk to hers. We’ll see.

Next, I will be moving around more. I’ve decided to sweep the sidewalk everyday instead of every two weeks. I’ll also take both dogs walking instead of one. If the hubs wants to walk one of them, that dog will be extra happy.  I earned a Fit Bit once during an incentive, and I have it all charged up and ready to go.

So, I think having a long weekend when you are retired is a little useless. I enjoyed them more when I was working. Now, they appear to be an opportunity to explore and find something new. Of course, it’s still a time to remember or celebrate certain historical acts, but as far as being off work… I’m always off.  (maybe in more ways than one)  Just as a note, I may earn a little from any purchase you make of espira, but the yogurt review is all on me. I love it and plan to be specific on my shopping list.  Lemon is my favorite flavor!

Finding new products and taking time to share them with others is a great way for me to be about living better, in my book!  I’d love to know your thoughts about how I spent my long weekend. Just take a minute and jot it down at the bottom of this post.  Subscribe, if you like.  I’ll let you know what else I discover about my new retirement adventure.

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It’s a Grand Night with the Grands

This morning.

Excitedly, I enjoyed the grand girls.  Rarely do they stay over on a school night.  A series of comical events took place and that’s how it came to pass… but that’s another post!

First, I need to say the eldest will graduate high school in a couple of weeks.  I was present when she was born, but my favorite baby memory was toddling as fast as she could across the living area, slamming the wall with the loudest thud! So excited that she arrived first at the wall, turned with eyes blazing and CRASH! Down came the shelf holding granny’s antique ruby cut glass goblets.

Every single piece broken and shattered.  The now 18 year old graceful beauty, stood there, frozen with the biggest smile and eyes flickering.  Trying not to panic, I said ‘great job!’, be very still”.  Poppie was about to lose it behind me.  She was barefoot.  I reached over, grabbed her up and we laughed as Poppie grabbed the broom.  Safe baby, no more ruby cut glass goblets.

Now, during her last two weeks of high school, I get a night. Like the days when her mother was small, I made school lunches. Turkey on cheese bread, veggie bag, lil cheese and freshly made fudge.  I even drew pictures on the sacks so they could tell them apart (I bet they appreciate the heck out of that embarrassment ).

The middle child is just exactly that. She agrees to second fiddle when the sleeping choices are discussed. She’s happy to wait her turn in the conversation and pleasantly lays out all her clothes for the morning. Since I’m a makeup freak, I’m her best friend right now. I have tons of makeup. She especially likes the airbrush because it’s different, but shy’s away from skin care (which is ok, for now).

The ‘little’ is all under my feet! She wants to help make fudge. She talks incessantly. She’s excited to learn to read the recipe, and I am able to help by stirring the sugar and butter, as her reach is quite short. She didn’t taste it once… not even once! She measured twice and got everything just right. A little impatient waiting for it to boil, we had time to talk about her upcoming piano recital, the STARR test tomorrow (what?) and my iPad needing charging. She was first to rise this morning and prepare for school before making her way to the kitchen to check on the fudge.

At grandma’s we always have ice cream with breakfast. We’ve done it since our now 20 year old grand was a tot. Her mother was not too sure about that, but continues to deal with the ritual.  Today’s menu includes egg taco’s, salsa (we usually have pancakes) and ice cream. What else?

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Ice cream goes with breakfast at grandma’s

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It’s fun to be a grandma. You don’t get days like this very often. When I do, I try to make the very best of them.  Soon (very soon) there will be two to stay over on a school night. It will never be like this again.

How excited I am to see the next phase, when I have three adult grands and six little’s. What’s your favorite grandma guilty pleasure?  At this time, while discovering my own retirement phase, it’s definitely going to be an adventure in living better!