Thursday, September 27, 2012


Hey everyone!!

Last weekend when I got home from work Eric told me that our computer was pretty much useless. Our entire operating system was gone! The only screen that came up when you turned it on instructed us to insert the disc for Windows 7. Well, we didn't have it!

Eric talked to the IT guy at his job who told him to bring the laptop in. He had a Windows 7 disc and kindly installed it for us! I don't know what's going on with our laptop, but hopefully with the new installation these bugs stop.

It's nice to be back ;)

Friday, September 21, 2012

Avon Suede Nail Enamel

Yesterday I got my Avon order and it included two shades of Avon's Suede Nail Enamel.  It comes in six Fall perfect shades and I chose Touch of Taupe and Sumptuous Rose.

It's also available in Fuschia Feel, Soft Violet, Blue Royale, and Platinum Beauty.  The model on the page here is wearing Soft Violet and Platinum Beauty.

It's recommended you wear this polish *without* a base or top coat, and I have to agree.  Unlike most nail polish, this dries to a very matte finish and although there is some shimmer to it, it's not glossy at all.  A top coat would ruin that effect.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Are You Sure it's not Contagious?

I'm in a much better mood today than I was yesterday.  Eric got a chance to Facebook me before class and said that he *did* in fact try to wake me to get me to come to bed.  I'm not sure if I believe him, but at least he was feeling bad about it.  When he got home we relaxed together and he watched a couple of episodes of Pretty Little Liars with me on Netflix.  It's kinda funny because whenever I watch it while he's home, I have to explain all the back story to him.  He's into it, but he won't admit it!


Wednesday, September 19, 2012


I'm in a funk today.

There will be no Wordless Wednesday today because I still haven't gotten around to getting the old functional-but-losing-steam camera out.  There haven't been any new pictures in weeks.  Why is it that I have absolutely nothing to show for my birthday?  All the money I got from well wishing family members went straight to bills to make up for all of the work missed to attend the wedding and its functions.  My camera is gone, which was the coolest present I've had in a long time... ugh!

And I don't know why but Eric seems mad at me.  It rained allll day yesterday and I'm sure he was cranky about walking home in the storm.  Even with a big sturdy umbrella, the bottoms of his pants and his shoes were soaked through.  And when he walked in he caught me dozing on the couch.  "Rough day?" he asked me sarcastically.  I'm not Storm, it had nothing to do with me that it rained.  And it's not like I've never had to walk home in the pouring rain myself.  So what was I supposed to do with that?  Am I not allowed to take a catnap after the boys have had dinner?  I didn't get the memo.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Janna from Thoughts from a Mommy, Wife, and Friend has generously awarded me with the Very Inspiring Blogger Award!  I can't even tell you how surprised I was when she told me last week.  I feel very honored, and I have to pass it on to some of the bloggers who inspire me.  So here are the rules:
  • Display the nomination logo on your blog
  • Link back to the person who nominated you
  • Tell us 7 things about yourself
  • Nominate and link up with up to 15 bloggers for the award
  •  Let your nominees know!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Avon Top Picks: Campaign 20

Once again it's time to flip through the latest Avon catalog and find the best deals and hottest new products!  This campaign is chock full of great sales, and you should definitely take advantage of them to stock up your makeup bag and try new things for fall.  As always, if you see something you like, just click on the AVON Storefront tab to be taken to my Avon eStore. 

The Kindness & Honesty of Strangers

On Friday-my birthday- when I checked the mail there was a mysterious package.  A big USPS envelope with something small inside.  I didn't recognize the handwriting on the front, and there was no return address.  Thinking it was a birthday present, I rushed inside to open it.  I ripped open a corner and peeked in.  There was a black case...

My camera!  I was so excited I was near tears.  Even though I posted an ad on Craigslist in the lost and found, I wasn't expecting anyone to respond.  I was pretty sure it was lost forever.  Also in the envelope were my ID, debit, and EBT cards.  Even though I cancelled my debit & EBT, I hadn't yet gone to the DMV to get another license. 

I slowly unzipped the case and removed my camera from it.  The first thing I noticed was that the lens cover was damaged.  I turned it over and noticed that the screen wasn't broken, but it bulged ominously.  Expecting the worst, I turned it on.  With the screen backlit, it was impossible to hope that the camera was salvageable.  A spiderweb network of cracks covered the entire screen.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Happy Birthday to ME! And Wedding Fantasies

Today is my birthday!

I'm 27 :(

Other than that, it'll be a pretty normal day.  Last night our friends T & L came over and played rummy while I scrolled ALL of the wedding category on Pinterest.  We might be serious about this wedding thing on our 10th anniversary.  I was looking at venues yesterday and the one that I fell in love with happens to be right downtown.  I pass it all the time!  I wasn't looking for anywhere close or convenient, but it just happens to be both. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

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Potty Training Progress

Disclaimer: This post is full of poop.  If you don't like hearing about poop, or even the word "poop" maybe skip this one and come back tomorrow.  ;D

Although I introduced Matthew to the potty at around 2 1/2 his interest level was low, so I didn't push him.  When he turned 3 I really got into the whole potty training thing and put him in big boy underwear for a week and voila!  One potty trained preschooler ready to go!  During the day, anyway.  He still hasn't had a dry night, and let me tell you, those overnight underwear are expensive.  I've been told this can be normal up to age seven... argggg!!

But I'm not really here to talk about Matt right now... I want to talk about Lucas!  Lucas got a potty for Christmas last year (isn't Santa the bomb?) and I would sit him on it every now and then, when I thought of it, but again, I was in no rush.  He showed a lot more interest in it that Matt ever did, so pretty soon I was encouraging him to pee in his potty after every diaper change.  And usually he did pee, even if it was just a little bit.  Lately I've ditched the potty.  Now I sit him on the big toilet seat after every diaper change.  He's not intimidated or scared of falling in at all, and actually prefers the bare seat to covering it with his detachable potty cushion.  Sometimes he'll tell me he wants to go potty and we'll rush to the bathroom.  He hasn't told me quite on time yet, but when he does tell me, there's only a little in the diaper, and he finishes on the toilet.  Pretty good for the totally lazy laid-back approach we're taking. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Avon Top Picks: Halloween Edition!

It's that spooky time of year again!  Avon's got the most adorable decorations ever, and I want to share them with you here.  I've provided product numbers to make ordering easier for you (you won't have to flip page by page through the brochure online) so if you see anything you like just go right ahead and click on the AVON Storefront tab to be taken to *my* Avon store.

Let's get started!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Mr. & Mrs.

Amanda’s Books and More
More photos on FB this morning.... adding some :D
That's me in the middle

Ok, I have to add ONE more pic.  Last one, I promise!
My handsome little guy!

Four Day Weekend Highs & Lows

It has been a long LONG weekend!  Lemme just break it down for you.

No school for Matt.  Do you really need a four day weekend for Labor Day?  Monday and Tuesday were already half days!  Just don't even bother opening school until Tuesday!  Friday morning Eric's mom picked the boys and me up to go get Matt's tux.  It only needed some minor altering, basically just needed to let the pant legs out a few inches.  I paid for it myself (hurrah for automatic savings) and we went back home.

Eric was supposed to get out of work at 3:30 so that he would have enough time to walk home and get a shower before his dad came to pick us up for the rehearsal at 5.  This was pre-arranged, but his boss just couldn't let him go until 4:15.  He barely made it out of the shower on time.  I packed my purse up with a few diapers, wipes, sippy cup, baggie of cereal, two motorcycles, and a fireman.  There wasn't much room left for my wallet so I stuck the important things- my ID, debit card, and EBT card- in the inside pocket of my camera case, and threw that on top.

Nicole wanted everyone there 10 mintues early, but we got there a few minutes late.  It was ok though.  We were still the first people to arrive.  Once we were all inside the Father started telling us what order the bridesmaids would we walking in.  As he's doing so, the best man, the groom's brother, started making strange sounds and shaking his arm in a weird way before he fell over.  Yeah, he had a seizure.  His poor mother!  She's an RN though, so she didn't lose her cool.  One of the other groomsmen is an EMT and the maid of honor is almost an RN, so he was in good hands until the paramedics arrived.  We thought it had been caused by dehydration.  He'd worked 25 out of 48 hours, had been walking between two jobs, and hadn't eaten anything since lunch the day before.  As it turns out, though, he'd had a few of these episodes in the previous weeks, but hadn't told anyone about them.  Scary shit.