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February In Review

Friday, February 27, 2015

What? Another month is over? I can’t believe it, can you? Here are some of the highlights:

Family Activities:



  • I kept busy bringing the kids to various appointments and events!
  • I finished watching Breaking Bad.
  • I freaked out when I was tweeted by both Tony Goldwyn and Kerry Washington during a Scandal episode.

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. The tweets I was talking about above. 2. Simon at the zoo. 3. Flamingos. 4. Zachary and Gabbie playing with the snow.


We have a bunch of events coming up in March, so it should be fun! Also, happy birthday to my mom today!

Torah Celebration

Thursday, February 26, 2015

This past Sunday, we attended a party to celebrate the completion of the writing of a Torah Scroll. The Torah is the first five books of the Bible and more broadly, includes all Jewish law and tradition. The words of the Torah are written on a scroll, by a person trained to do so, on parchment in Hebrew. There are 304,805 letters in the text of the Torah and each must be written with considerable care to avoid any errors. Finishing the writing of a Torah is a cause for a celebration. The celebration we attended took place at the University of Kansas and the Torah completion was done by our friend, who is a trained scribe.

The KU Jayhawk was supervising!

After the Torah was finished, there was a parade, but it was really cold outside, so we took the bus!

Gabbie and friends on the way to the bus.

Zachary on the way to the bus.

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Simon on the bus and at our destination, where we had a nice lunch.

Simon and his friends from school – aren’t they adorable?!

After lunch and before heading back home.

I would have liked to take more pictures of the event to share, but at least I am able to share what it was all about!

Xtreme Bugs

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

While my brother-in-law was here, he was very interested in seeing the Xtreme Bugs exhibit at Union Station. Because he is a beekeeper, he especially wanted to see if there were any bees in the exhibit! As it turns out, there wasn’t very much about bees, but he, my sister-in-law, Zachary, and I checked out the exhibit together. It was just before it closed and it was empty besides us, so we went through it quickly!


I think Zachary liked his alone time with the grown-ups – Gabbie and Simon didn’t want to see the bugs, so they were with Dave!

It’s Okay #59

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

It’s okay…

…that I actually went to the gym 3 times last week!

…that sometimes I just want chocolate.

…that when I got my hair cut, she straightened my hair and it was magical.

…to encourage you to enter the giveaway here for a year long Clickin’ Moms membership.

…that I bought Gabbie a copy of the book I reviewed here, Out of My Mind. Amazon Prime membership shipping is great!

…that I also ordered Simon an Olaf costume. He now has 3 Purim costumes to choose from.

…that Simon always makes me laugh!


What’s okay with you this week?

February Ipsy Glam Bag

Monday, February 23, 2015


This month I received my 16th Ipsy Glam Bag. This month’s theme was “Ipsy Love.” Here is what I received:


City Color Cosmetics Cream Lip Stain in Flirtini – $5:
A hybrid between a lipstick and gloss, our Creamy Lip Stain is a new kind of lip product that applies smooth and creamy like a gloss and sets with a matte finish.
20% off with code IPSY20CL until 3/31/15.
My thoughts: I liked the color and how it felt, but I didn’t love the taste on my lips. I have so many lip gloss products and it’s the product I tend to use the least!

GLAMGLOW BRIGHTMUD Eye Treatment – $69 for 12 g, I received 2 g, a value of $11.50:
The World's First TAP ON + WIPE OFF Reverse Action Under Eye & Orbital Eye Treatment.
30% off with code IPSYFEB30 until 3/31/15.
My thoughts: It looked pretty gross when I applied it, but the skin under my eyes felt smoother after removal. I would definitely not spend this much on a product like this one!

Luxie Beauty Large Angled Face Brush 504 – $6.40:
Coated with a revolutionary antibacterial solution for minimal brush cleansing, your brush remains fresh and clean for longer periods of time. The density of the brush allows for an even application without any wasted product and does not absorb the product into the bristles.
30% off with code ipsy30 until 3/31/15.
My thoughts: I like it! This is a great price for a brush like this one that works well and feels nice at the same time.

ModelCo BLUSH Cheek Powder in Peach Bellini – $22:
ModelCo’s BLUSH Cheek Powder creates a beaming, rosy glow to brighten every complexion. The micronized color pigments and luxurious, pressed powder delivers a sheer, natural radiance that lasts all day.
20% off + free shipping on orders $39+ with code IPSY20 until 3/31/15.
My thoughts: This blush is surprisingly bright – you really need to control how much you put on! I like how it looks though!

‘Tini Beauty Rob Scheppy Eyeshadow in Pearl Fizz – $39.50 for 8 shades, I received 1, a value of $4.94:
The must-have shimmering beige powder shadow from the palette designed for 'Tini Beauty by Hollywood makeup artist Rob Scheppy…the perfect shade to highlight brow bones, add dimension to lids and illuminate the eyes.
40% off + $5 Shipping + Free Nail Polish with order with code IPSYEYES until 3/31/15.
My thoughts: I love shimmery eyeshadows, so I’m enjoying this one!

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 $49.84, a nice value! My favorite items are the blush and eyeshadow.

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?

Scandal Sunday 4.13–No More Blood

Sunday, February 22, 2015


For me, this week’s Scandal did come Full Circle – it brought me back to the season premiere and how awful I felt after watching it. I try to watch the show from a place that is not only about Olivia and Fitz, because I realize their relationship is not the only point of the show. However, with all of the build up showing Olivia’s love for Fitz, with her dream of Vermont and the fact that he gave her the ring that she never takes off, to see her literally throw the ring in his face left me in a bad place. Obviously she is in a state of shock and she feels like she is all alone, but somehow I expected her to react differently to seeing him again. At this point I can’t imagine how she should have reacted, but to treat him like he should have let her die? To act like Mellie does and blame him for everything she’s “sacrificed” for him? That’s not what I expected her to do.


Looking at other parts of the episode aside from that last scene, I don’t think all that much even happened. The other main event was obviously who bought Olivia. Even though OPA tried, she ended up being bought by the Russians. The CIA wanted to get rid of her to protect state secrets and Cyrus went ahead with this plan behind Fitz’s back. However, when he saw who the Russians really were, he halted the plan because he recognized the buyer – it was Stephen from Season 1’s OPA team. Here is where I know I read too many spoilers and speculation – I had been reading all along that people thought it would be him. I didn’t agree, and when I saw it was him in the end, I wasn’t even surprised. It was Abby who got Stephen involved, and I liked that part of it.


What we didn’t find out was who was the ultimate mastermind behind everything. I thought it would have been too obvious if it was her father, and he acted like he was surprised by the whole thing, so maybe he wasn’t involved. But who was? Andrew certainly didn’t do it all on his own. Speaking of Andrew, Lizzie used Huck to give him a stroke, so I doubt he’ll stay VP for long. Any guesses on his replacement? My guess is Lizzie.

I actually don’t even care about Andrew or Lizzie. I care about Olivia. And I’m interested to see how she will deal with the trauma she has gone through. Plus, Cyrus told the CIA director that Olivia is Fitz’s heart. His heart is apparently broken. How will he mend it? Scandal is not on next week. When it returns, I will be waiting to see Olivia work on healing herself. From what I’ve read, it won’t be easy.

What I’ve Been Reading #73

Friday, February 20, 2015

Gabbie read Out Of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper twice this year – she loved it that much! She is going to be doing her Reading Fair project on this book and I decided that I wanted to read it as well. I was impressed! While being totally age-appropriate for an almost 10 year old, it was also an interesting and enjoyable read for me. “Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom—the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged, because she cannot tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she’s determined to let everyone know it…somehow.” For someone like Gabbie who has never met anyone with cerebral palsy, this book is very important and teaches a lot about friendship, tolerance, and disabilities. For myself, having worked in the past with kids with physical disabilities, it made me wonder if any of them were like Melody – stuck in their own minds without a way to communicate. I seem to remember that some of the children had communication boards like Melody’s, which can be very expensive but are so important for kids who have no ability to speak. I think this book should be required reading for kids Gabbie’s age and their parents – it is so important for kids to learn about differences and how to interact with those who may not look the same as us, as well as to realize how lucky we are when we can talk and walk and do everything else we can do when not everyone can.

I have not read the book Wonder yet, but I believe the two books have similar themes. Have you read either one?