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October In Review

Friday, October 31, 2014

October has been a busy month over here with the Jewish holidays taking up the first few weeks. Here are some of the highlights:

Family Activities:

  • We went to the Pumpkin Patch.
  • We put up our Sukkah and celebrated Sukkot.
  • The boys went to a fun birthday party at a gymnastics place:

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  • We watched the World Series and were sad when the Royals didn’t win.


And now, more about me via Instagram. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably seen these pictures already, but I like to post them here because they are the quick snap shots of my life! (If you don’t follow me on Instagram, you can, here.)

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1. Zachary at the eye doctor. He doesn’t need glasses. 2. Someone lost these glasses on our sidewalk and now our pumpkin is wearing them. 3. My new boots. 4. Simon at Ikea.

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1. My favorite tree outside Simon’s school. 2. Simon cutting. 3. The remains of the solar eclipse. 4. Sunrise in Nebraska.

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1. My favorite tree a few days later. 2. Sunset outside the gym. 3. Gabbie dressed in blue for the Royals.

Can you believe it’s November tomorrow? I know I can’t!

October Ipsy Glam Bag

Thursday, October 30, 2014


This month I received my 12th Ipsy Glam Bag. This month’s theme was “Beauty Candy.” Here is what I received:


Doll 10 H2Glo Highlighter in Champagne – $30 for 10g, I received 4.5g, a $4.54 value:
A lightweight cream formula that glides on easily and blends beautifully to help you achieve a truly dewy complexion.
30% off with code ipsy30%off until 11/30/14.

Figs & Rouge Hand Cream in Mango Mandarin scent – $6.56:
Figs & Rouge Shea Butter Enriched Limited Edition Hand Creams are deliciously fragrant & indulgent. These delectable creams soften, nourish & thoroughly pamper hands throughout the day, quickly absorbing to provide super-soft skin.
15% off with code IPSY until 11/30/14.

MicaBeauty Mineral Eye Shadow in Reluctance – $14.95:
Extremely gentle, free of preservatives, chemicals, dyes, talc, oils, and other fillers. With this unique formula, your Eye Shadows will look ultra-smooth and stay put for hours without creasing or pulling the delicate eye area.
30% off with code MY30IPSY until 11/30/14.

Skyn Iceland Mini Glacial Cleansing Cloths – $15 for 30, I received 10, a $5 value:
When you're too tired to deal with the whole cleanser and wash cloth routine, these on-the-go foaming cloths are the ultimate skin savior. Infused with Icelandic glacial waters and beneficial natural extracts, they sweep away makeup, dirt, oil and other impurities while refreshing and soothing stressed skin.
50% off one item and 20% off all additional with code IPSYGCC until 11/21/14.

Starlooks Lip Gloss in Guilty Pleasure – $12 for full size, I would say I received half of the full size, a $6 value:
Starlooks Lip Glosses are created with a truly moisturizing, luxury, non-sticky formula. This neutral-rose, yet glamorous shade provides the perfect glisten for any lip look and complements any skin tone!
20% off with code IPSY until 11/30/14.


Bonus ItemBellapierre Illuminating Bronzer in Peony – $40 for 9 g, I received 2.35 g, a $10.44 value:
Bellapierre mineral face& body bronzer Features an award-winning silky-smooth powder formula which adds a healthy, sun-kissed glow to any complexion and instantly gives your skin a ‘natural tan’.

Bonus ItemBellapierre Cheek and Lip Stain in Pink – $19.99 for 5g:
Unlike traditional stains that are hard to apply, this oil-free Cheek and Lip Stain will finish off any look with great ease and is super blend-able.

Once again, I pay $10 a month for these bags. I love seeing what comes my way each month! The value received this month was $37.05 before my two bonus items, which I received using the Ipsy Points I have been collecting. The bonus items value at $30.43 alone! I chose the bonus items for the bronzer, which I am enjoying so far. The cheek and lip stain was included with the bronzer and I like it as well. I also really like the highlighter and the eye shadow that I received. I have not tried the hand cream or the lip gloss yet. I did not like the smell of the cleansing cloths and I already use Burt’s Bees brand of cleansing cloths and love them!

If you’d like to sign up to receive your own Glam Bag each month, click here! If you got this month’s bag, what did you think?

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This fall, Blurb is highlighting makers all over the world. One of those people is Paul Lowe, creator of Sweet Paul magazine. Sweet Paul magazine features spectacular food photography, scrumptious recipes, and inspired crafts. In Blurb’s interview with Paul, he discusses his childhood in Norway and provides a delicious recipe. You’ll love Paul’s stories of gnomes, trees (and tree-related disasters), food, family, and memories. At the end of the interview, Blurb features great gift books reminiscent of Sweet Paul. Read the interview here. Ready to start publishing your own book? Save 20% on photo books with code OCT20%, which is great news if you’re planning to make a holiday gift. This deal ends October 31st.

Letter of the Week - A

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Last week, I started working on the Letter of the Week Curriculum with Simon. Although the curriculum suggests that it is for age 3 and Simon is 4, I still feel it is appropriate for him at his current stage of learning. I used our garage door, which we go in and out of most often, as a home for our alphabet poster and weekly letter poster, which I found at


Instead of using flash cards with Letter A words, I wrote them around the Letter A poster and each time we looked at the poster, I pointed out the words to Simon. He is not supposed to be able to recognize them right away, but he was interested in looking at the words. Our key words for Letter A were apple, alligator, animal, astronaut, airplane, alphabet, and ambulance.


We did a few activities throughout the week which I found via various websites. The Do-A-Dot page came from, as did an ABC Phonics Coloring Page and an Alphabet Cut and Paste Sheet, which was Simon’s favorite activity.


Simon requested a page where he could trace the letter A and I found one at He tried but didn’t complete the page, and he also did not color the awesome Alligator A from

Finally, at, I discovered the Things That Fly and the Zoomin Moving Alphabet printables. Simon enjoyed the airplane and ambulance worksheets. I did not use all of the pages available but picked and chose the ones that focused on writing and cutting. There are a lot of pages available!

Depending on our weekly schedule and as time allows, I would like to do more art projects and activities based around our weekly letter!

It’s Okay #44

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

It’s okay…

…that Gabbie and Zachary were off from school yesterday. They’re off next week on Thursday and Friday too.

…that we went to the farm but we had to leave because of a little bit of lightning.

…to be a fan of the away team at a game – we watched the University of Nebraska beat Rutgers while surrounded by Nebraska fans and it was still fun.

Both teams wear the color Scarlet! [Source]

…that I was surprised to realize Halloween is this week. We don’t celebrate, but we do give out candy if kids come by!

…that I bought an Extreme Dot-To-Dot book for myself! But the kids are working on some pages too.

…that we are wearing shorts in late October – what?!

…that I’m proud of the kids for reaching 25 miles in their run / walk club – last year I didn’t report our weekend walking and they didn’t get to 25 miles the whole year (Zachary did at the very end) but this year they’ll surely get to 100!

What’s okay with you this week?

Old Factory Candles #GiftIdea

Monday, October 27, 2014

It is coming up on the time of year where people buy gifts for one another. I like to keep our teachers in mind and I like to gift them gifts that are cute and practical as well as fun. When I was approached by Old Factory Candles with the request to try their product, I immediately thought that they would make a fun teacher gift.

Sold exclusively on, “Old Factory Candles are hand-poured in the USA with natural soy wax, self-trimming cotton candle wicks, and premium fragrance oils. The Old Factory Candle Gift Sets each contain 3 different scented candles. Each candle burns clean and even for 20 hours. The subtle jar design makes it the perfect complement for any decor, and any room of the house – kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, family room, great room, and basement. Each gift set is themed around a group of related fragrances. So everyone is sure to find something perfect for every occasion, every room in the house, and all the special someones in your life.”

I love the fragrance themes that are available, such as Fall Harvest which includes Pumpkin Spice, Cranberry, and Autumn Leaves, Romance which includes Rose Petals, Champagne, and Dark Chocolate, Vacation which includes Sea Breeze, Hawaiian Lei, and Awapuhi, and Newborn Baby which includes Baby Powder, Baby Shampoo, and First Blanket. There is even a set called 50 Shades that includes Leather, Vanilla Sex, and Jasmine Bubbles! I chose the Coffee Shop set, which includes Coffee Bean, Hazelnut, and Chai Tea. My thought it to combine the candles with other coffee themed items or a gift card to a coffee shop.


The candles come in a compact cardboard box and are very cute. I like that they are made from natural materials and are all white. I did not burn the candles since I plan to give them as a gift, but they all smell as I expected them to.

Which fragrance theme do you think you would like to try?

Scandal Sunday 4.4B–The Key

Sunday, October 26, 2014


This week’s episode was part two of last week’s episode and it was added at the last minute. I’m assuming there were too many things going on that they didn’t want to cut out, and therefore they added more to make another episode instead of removing things instead. The problem resulted in some mixed up scenes that normal viewers may not have noticed – like the fact that when it’s clearly a day later, Olivia is re-dressed in the same outfit. And there is a scene where it is morning, followed by a scene where it is the night before again. These things don’t really matter. What did matter in this episode?

The Key – The title plot of the episode returned to Olivia’s law school friend, Penny from Lost (aka Catherine). When her daughter was killed, it was by the head of her husband’s security team, and the reason was that he wanted a key that she had. She actually gave the key to her friend Faith, and Olivia and Quinn witness him killing Faith as well. After thinking hard about it, Quinn realizes that Faith swallowed the key and she goes and cuts the key out of Faith’s body. What we don’t discover is what the key was for.

Huck – distracted by stalking his former family, Huck isn’t around when Quinn needs some security equipment that in fact he is using for his spying. Eventually, his wife Astrid from Fringe (aka Kim) agrees that she will let Huck see his son, Javi. Huck comes to the house with a present for Javi, but instead Astrid from Fringe confronts him with a doctor. She thinks he needs help as she doesn’t believe his story about the spy agency that was threatening to kill his family. The scene made me question whether something had happened to Javi. During all the times that Huck has spent watching Astrid from Fringe he hasn’t seen his son?


Cyrus – Olivia is freaking out that she doesn’t know where her “boyfriend” is. Cyrus finally throws her a bone and lets her know that he is accused of having killed Jerry and Harrison. While he actually did not kill them, Cyrus reminds Olivia that Jake did kill James. And that Olivia is ignoring that fact.

Mellie – After Fitz asks her why she is still hanging around the White House doing nothing, she tells him she’s there because Jerry is there. Now that he’s no longer in boarding school, she can visit him every day at 2:30. His grave, that is. But Fitz doesn’t show up for their regular 2:30 grave visit and Mellie assumes he is with Olivia. Instead, Fitz was trying to get a confession out of Jake. He tells Mellie that their son was murdered and she has an epiphany that Jerry died for a reason – to keep Fitz and therefore herself in the White House. Mellie sheds her robe and Uggs and gets in the shower – apparently she’s on her way back.

Papa Pope – When Olivia confronts her father, stating that he was the one behind Jerry and Harrison dying, he manages to shed doubt on her theory by explaining why Jake would have done such a thing and why he hadn’t told her the truth – because he wanted her to be happy. Olivia doesn’t know who to believe, and she has a break down in front of Abby, who has come to accuse her of ruining yet another person in her life – David Rosen. The truth is, whether it’s due to her own actions or that of her father’s, Olivia really has ruined everyone who is in her life. And it’s too much even for her to take.


Fitz – Holding in his grief has apparently gotten to him. After telling Mellie to never mention his son to him again, he returns to the interrogation room where Jake taunts him about Olivia and he lets lose, beating Jake with his own presidential hands. Even though Jake tried to explain what actually happened, Fitz either believes that Jake is guilty, or as Jake suggests, he wants him to be guilty so he can hate him for a reason that is allowable and not just for sleeping with Olivia. Jake also claims that he is a good guy and that is why Olivia loves him, just like she loves Fitz. Except that Olivia could never love Jake like she loves Fitz, and Jake is not a good guy.


Next week’s episode is called “An Innocent Man” (excellent Billy Joel song, by the way) and while the story line introduces a man in prison who claims to be innocent, I’m sure the title refers to Jake as well. Because as much as Fitz wants to believe it and as much as Papa Pope tries to convince Olivia of it, Jake is actually not guilty of killing the President’s son.

I wonder which is better for Olivia – having the person who murdered her best friend and her lover’s son be her new boyfriend or having that person be her father?

What I’ve Been Reading #64 #WhosReadingYou

Friday, October 24, 2014

Move aside, Gone Girl. You by Caroline Kepnes is the most amazing psychological thriller I have read in a very long time. The description of the book doesn’t begin to explain how creepy, twisted, and obsessive this book actually is. “When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe works, he’s instantly smitten. Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: She’s gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and as sexy as his wildest dreams. Beck doesn’t know it yet, but she’s perfect for him, and soon she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom made for her. But there’s more to Joe than Beck realizes, and much more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect fa├žade. Their mutual obsession quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences . . .” Joe is a manager at a book store in New York City who has a lot of thoughts about things like Stephen King and Ikea. As the book’s narrator, he tells “you” his thoughts – you being Beck. The entire book is written as Joe addressing Beck in the second person. Joe is an accomplished stalker who uses social media (and in person stalking) to discover everything he needs to know about Beck, her best friends, her love interests, and her therapist. What he does with his information is what makes the book insane! Joe is crazy, but Beck has her own issues that are revealed as the story continues. I received this book as a perk from and I highly recommend it!

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Have you read anything good lately?