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Happiness A to Z in Quotes

Friday, May 29, 2015

When I was younger, I collected quotes that I loved, including things I had read, song lyrics, and even words from my own friends. For awhile, I had a website of quotes and it was great, until of course, I stopped updating it. What does all of this have to do with a book called Happiness A to Z: The Gleeful Guide to Finding and Following Your Bliss? Well, for every letter from A to Z, this book includes quotes about happiness. “Happiness is around every corner but everyone once in a while, we need a map or a pointers on how to find it. This book is just such a guide with 26 chapters filled with ideas and inspiration. Joy unites all people and words are often how we best express our joy. Happiness A-Z is the perfect collection of power thoughts and insightful quotes that express some of the best ways to ‘get happy.’ From exploring the excitement of being fully ‘Alive’ to the adventure of exploring the world’s most ‘Zestful’ experiences, this collection of quotes takes you through the most important ABC’s of life.” Each chapter opens with its descriptive word and a reflection by the author about that word. Next, a series of quotes relating to the word and happiness. In deference to my previous hobby of collecting quotes, I thought I would share some of my favorite quotes found in Happiness A to Z.

Alive: “My point is, life is about balance. The good and the bad. The highs and the lows. The pina and the colada.” – Ellen DeGeneres.

Contentment: “The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.” Henry Ward Beecher.

Friendship: “True friendship is seen through the heart, not through the eyes.” – Anonymous. * “If you want an accounting of your worth, count your friends.” – Merry Browne. * “A friend is someone who knows all about you and loves you just the same.” – Elbert Hubbard.

Gratitude: “When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.” – Tecumseh.

Happy: “A happy life is made up of little things…a gift sent, a letter written, a call made, a recommendation given, transportation provided, a cake made, a book lent, a check sent.” – Carol Holmes.

Kindness: “Every day, tell at least one person something you like, admire, or appreciate about them.” – Richard Carlson.

Relax: “Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.” – Jane Austen.

Zest: “In bad times and good, I have never lost my sense of zest for life.” – Walt Disney.

I imagine this book would be great to turn to if one is feeling sad, to flip through and find a quote that inspires, and to use to cheer up!

Do you like quotes? Tell me your favorite!

I received this book in exchange for my review. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

100 Miles and Talent Show

Thursday, May 28, 2015

This year, as I have in the past, I attended the Lower School Talent Show because Gabbie was performing. This year, I also got to be there for the 100 Mile Club awards. Both Gabbie and Zachary earned medals for completing more than 100 miles this year!

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Then Gabbie performed her tap dance and of course did a great job!

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This is just the start of our end of school celebrations, so stay tuned for more next week!

May Ipsy Glam Bag

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

This month I received my 19th Ipsy Glam Bag. This month’s theme was “Jetsetter.” Here is what I received:

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Lip Pencil + Bonus Revolution High-Color Lipgloss in Ozone – $20 for 1.1 grams, I received .8 grams, a $14.55 value:
Urban Decay's long-lasting, waterproof liner glides on smoothly to prime AND define—for long-lasting lip color and clean lines. Smooch. Pout. Smack. Nibble. Lick. 24/7 stays put through everything (yes, EVERYTHING) you do. When you use this liner to fill in your lips completely, it primes them for lipstick or gloss, grabbing on to color to help it last. Next, finish the bad girl beautiful look with a sample of Urban Decay's brand new Revolution High-Color Lipgloss—insanely intense color with high shine. The high-coverage, ultra-pigmented formula lays down all the color you crave in one coat.
My thoughts: I haven’t had the opportunity to try this yet! I normally love Urban Decay though!

This super creamy mineral gel eyeliner formula provides effortlessly smooth application and intense pigment for amazing coverage and all day wear. Plus it’s waterproof so you’ll definitely be smudge-free!
15% off with code IPSYMAY2015 until 6/30/15.
My thoughts: I love eyeliners, especially the ones that go on smooth like this one!

 St. Tropez One Night Only Instant Glow Body Lotion – $18 for 5 oz, I received 1.69 oz, a $6 value:
This lightweight tinted lotion smoothes on to give you an instant natural-looking golden tan that washes off with soap and water.
25% off with code IPSY25 until 6/30/15. Right now, it is also on sale for $9.
My thoughts: I like the concept and I did try it but didn’t really see a major difference in my skin.

 IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream – $38 for 1.08 oz, I received .14 oz, a $4.93 value:
Full-coverage Color Correcting Cream, Anti-Aging serum, plus Broad Spectrum Physical Only SPF 50+ all in one! The SPF 50+ UVA/UVB Physical Only sunscreen protects against the rays that both burn and age your skin. CC+ is infused with cutting edge anti-aging technology and is clinically proven to improve skin texture, brightness and increase skin hydration by 79%.
20% off $25 or more and free shipping with code IPSY20 until 6/30/15.
My thoughts: I’ve just about used up my tiny sample, so I can say I liked it!

Not Your Mother’s Haircare Deja Vu ‘Do Style Extender – $9 for 4 oz, I received 1 oz, a $2.25 value:
his unique, lightweight cream will ward off any bad hair spirits and cast a clean hair spell (for days!) until your next wash. It will block humidity and repel dirt and oil all while adding body and flexible hold. Made with conditioners for long lasting frizz control and improved shine, and infused with a delicious scent of red apples and berries, this style extending hair primer will keep your ‘do as fresh as it was moments after you styled it.
20% off with code IPSY until 6/30/15.
My thoughts: I didn’t really like the smell when I tried this out. I’m also not sure it’s meant for my hair type!

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 $42.72, which is a lower value than I received last month. My favorite item this month is the eyeliner.

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?

It’s Okay #72

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

It’s okay…

…that this weekend was the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, so I was not online at all.

…that that leaves much to catch up on!

…that this weekend was also Dave’s birthday.

…that I need to make a to do list for the entire summer!

…that my kids need new clothes for the two weddings we are attending this summer.

…that this is the last week of school.

…that my kids always think I should know where all of their things are at all times.

…that Simon is excited to go to Israel so that he can buy Kinder Surprise Eggs.

…that Gabbie is having a birthday party 2 months late and it’s almost Zachary’s birthday too!

…that Simon says the funniest things. He recently told me that his real name is Grown Up Hilarious.

What’s okay with you this week?

Book Survey Part 4

Friday, May 22, 2015

Since I did not finish any books this week, I am here today with Part 4 of the Book Survey! You can read my answers here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. Today I’m answering questions 31-40!

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?

I feel badly if I got the book in order to review it, or if it happens to be written by someone I know personally, but otherwise I don’t mind. I do give my reviews honestly no matter what.

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose?

Hebrew! I once read a book in French, but I don’t think I ever read a full book in Hebrew.

33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?

Probably Les Miserables, or The Count of Monte Cristo, or Anna Karenina. I’d say Crime and Punishment, but I didn’t really read that whole book!

34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?

Any long classics.

35. Favorite Poet?

ee cummings!

36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?

I try not to take too many at once since I can never finish them on time. Right now I have 4 out, I believe.

37. How often have you returned book to the library unread?

I’ve only done that if I can’t renew the book because someone else has it reserved. It’s happened at least twice that I can think of.

38. Favorite fictional character?

I can’t really think of any besides my favorite Harry Potter character, Sirius Black.

39. Favorite fictional villain?

I’m not sure.

40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?

Probably whatever book I am currently reading!

If you’re looking for something to read this weekend, check out these sales from Amy Daws!
Becoming Us is $.99! | A Broken Us is $2.51! | London Bound is $2.99!


Have a great holiday weekend!

Zachary’s International Fair

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Zachary’s last project for 2nd grade was International Fair. Each student gets to research a country and Zachary chose Switzerland.The class does a presentation where they sing a few songs and each student explains why he or she chose his or her country. Then there is time to view everyone’s books and display boards for their countries.

Here he is reciting his part of the Rights of the Child.

This was him speaking about why he chose his country. He said if he visited Switzerland, he would go to a chocolate factory and eat chocolate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. He also said that the Red Cross was started in Switzerland.

The end of the performance.

Zachary and his board.

His book.

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Sharing his display with Gabbie.

A few of the other boards!

The kids all seemed to love learning about their individual countries, as well as the countries that their friends studied!