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August In Review

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

I feel like it’s been August forever! We finished out the summer and started school. I am once again linking up with Shoes To Shiraz for her monthly Numbers Link Up!

Birthdays Celebrated – 1:
Simon Turned 6!

Birthday Parties Held – 2:
Zachary’s and Simon’s


Posts About Trips – 4:
Lake Oconee | Wisconsin Dells | Iowa | Block Island

Trips Taken – 2:
St. Louis | Florida


Times We Went to Shawnee Mission Park – 2:
Lake Beach | Theatre In The Park

Items Checked Off Our Summer Bucket List – 7:
Mini Golf | Tie Dye Shirts | Volunteer | Lake | Community Bookshelf Library | Visit A New Playground | Science City

Reviews Posted – 2:
Monkey Mat | Ipsy

Books Reviewed – 3

Link Ups Joined – 3
$10  at Target | The Kids Behind The Blog | This One

Doctor’s Visits – 3:
2 sick visits for Zachary | 1 for Gabbie

Days The Kids Have Been Back In School – 10

Back To School Nights I Missed – 2

Days I Was In Florida – 5

Baseball Games Attended – 2

KC T Bones

Items In My August Picture Folder – 713

Photos Posted On Instagram – 27

Pictures Posted For the Fun In The Sun Photo Challenge – 15 (1-14)

Total Blog Posts – 23

Happy September!

It’s Okay #129

Tuesday, August 30, 2016


It’s okay…

…that I accidentally published this post with a back date of last Tuesday instead of today’s date.

…that now that I’m back from Florida, I need to start working on all of my around the house projects. Like putting away the things Gabbie brought to camp. And going through all the books that were in her room that she’s outgrown. I started with the games that were in her drawers!

…that I want to thank everyone for their good thoughts for my father! He seems to be recovering well so far.

…that yesterday I did prep work to start my modified version of the 21-day fix. I don’t want to say I’m following the plan exactly, but I’m trying to stick to the general idea.

…that today we’re going to the Royals game!

…that I ordered Gabbie new uniform skirts over a week ago from Old Navy and they finally arrived. Or I should say, they were finally shipped. Once they shipped, they arrived. I much prefer when I order things and they are shipped immediately!

…that we finally had Zachary’s birthday party. It had to be postponed when he got sick two weeks ago. He still has a cough from that virus but he’s doing much better after finally getting on antibiotics!

…that due to my trip to Florida I slacked off on the Fun In The Sun Photo Challenge. I hope to continue posting the photos from the challenge, although they might not be in the correct order!

What’s okay with you this week?

August Ipsy Glam Bag

Monday, August 29, 2016

This month, I received my 34th Ipsy Glam Bag. This month’s theme was “Sugar Highness.” Here is what I received:


Rodial Smokey Eye Pen in Black – $21:
Create a bold eye with this kohl eyeliner. With super-rich pigment and gel-effect definition, this long-lasting soft formula can be easily blended to create a dramatic smokey eye.
Gift With Purchase over $70 with code IPSYGIFT until 9/10/16.
My thoughts: I have an eye liner collection going on now! I like this one because it is black, goes on easily, and can be blended.

Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Brassica Seed & Shea Oils Silkening Blow Out Creme – $26 for 6 oz, I received 2 oz, a value of $8.67:
This heat protective Blow Out Crème aligns strands for smooth, easy brush glide to reduce styling time.
My thoughts: I haven’t used this yet. I never blow dry my hair! I do flat iron it sometimes after air drying so I could probably try it for that purpose.

Beaute Basics 3 Tone Bronzer – $ unknown. Approximate value $5:
Three silky smooth shades perfect for all skin tones. All in one carry-anywhere palette for glow on-the-go.
30% off at with code BBIPSY30 until 9/30/16, but I could not find this product on their site.
My thoughts: I think this is the 3rd 3 tone bronzer I have received and I still don’t know how to use them! I basically blended the colors together and applied it like blush. I liked how it looked.

Ciate London Paint Pot in Spinning Teacups – $15:
No shrinking violets here. This lovely lavender will give your fall wardrobe a hit of whimsy. Let the purple reign.
30% off with code IPSTER until 9/30/16.
My thoughts: I haven’t used this yet but I do have a mini version of the same and I remember liking it. I feel like this is more of a spring color, but I may wear it in the winter anyway!

tarte cosmetics tarteist lash paint mascara – $23 for 7 ml, I received 3 ml, a value of $9.87:
A jet black lash paint mascara that increases lash volume by 2700% instantly with a patented soft bristle brush.
My thoughts: This went on pretty thickly and I don’t know if it increased lash volume by 2700%, but it did make a difference!

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 approximately $76.87, which was way more than last month! I love the bag this month, and my favorite item is the eye liner.  

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?

What I’ve Been Reading #133

Friday, August 26, 2016


For her summer reading for 6th grade, Gabbie read Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech. As she’s been doing with books she enjoys, she asked me to read it when she was finished. This story is about a girl named Sal who takes a trip across the United States with her grandparents, following in the footsteps of her mother, who had recently left the family. While on the trip, Sal tells her grandparents the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother had also recently disappeared.

“Thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle, proud of her country roots and the ‘Indian-ness in her blood,’ travels from Ohio to Idaho with her eccentric grandparents. Along the way, she tells them of the story of Phoebe Winterbottom, who received mysterious messages, who met a ‘potential lunatic,’ and whose mother disappeared. As Sal entertains her grandparents with Phoebe’s outrageous story, her own story begins to unfold--the story of a thirteen-year-old girl whose only wish is to be reunited with her missing mother.”

Sal’s grandparents have a lovely relationship with each other, and watching them allows Sal to learn about love, while she simultaneously learns to deal with grief. I imagine that Gabbie’s class will have many discussions regarding the lessons given in this book – one of which is that you don’t know a person until you “walk two moons in their moccasins.”

For my book club, the next book we are discussing is Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. At first, I wasn’t sure that a somewhat lighter read would raise much of a book club discussion, but while I was reading, I realized I was very wrong.

Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads: Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?). Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay. New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all. Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.”

Each of the characters in the book has something happening other than what is on the surface, and each of them is complex and thought provoking. Throughout the book, interspersed with the story which leads up to a very eventful school trivia night, are snippets of interviews with moms and dads from the school that is the center of the story. While the children deal with bullying and friendships, the parents form alliances and friendships of their own. What we know is that something awful happens at the trivia night, but until the book reaches that event, we don’t know exactly what occurred and can only guess from the story being told. As the story unraveled, I found myself gasping and greatly transfixed by what occurred. I can’t wait to discuss the book with my book club!

What have you been reading lately?

Rhode Island–Block Island

Thursday, August 25, 2016


I did a lot of traveling this summer. A few days after we got back from Wisconsin, I hopped a plane to NJ and met up with a good friend for a girls’ trip to Block Island. I first heard of Block Island about 15 years ago when a band I loved was playing there. I was unable to attend the concert, but I’ve wanted to visit Block Island ever since. And now I finally got to! We spent our first night in NJ and in the morning we took the train to CT, where we caught the ferry to the Block. The water was rough that day and I was lucky I had my anti-seasick pills!


We stayed in a cute little inn called the Sea Breeze.


We rented bicycles from the inn, as bikes are a major way people get around on the island. I don’t know when the last time I biked was before this, and I was a little nervous! I think I did pretty well for someone my age though! My friend is in much better shape than I am (she is training for a marathon right now!) and she was very patient with me too. We took our bikes to the lighthouse on the southern point of the island. I introduced her to geocaching, and I took pictures!


We checked out the beach for a little while. The water was freezing!


On the opposite side from the beach is a large pond where boats come in and the water there was much warmer!


We tried to visit another beach but it was a bit farther off the road than we thought it would be, and by then I was tiring out from all the biking!


We explored a lot of the east side of the island while we were there, but we never made it all the way to the north point, where there is another lighthouse. If I ever go back, I want to get there too!


Did I mention the beach was beautiful??


Our weekend was lovely! Have you ever been to Block Island?