Sunday, December 30, 2012

Year in Review 2012

2012 has been an up and down kind of year. Gabby has had her share of ups and downs in school. Being the parent of a preteen is such a joy! Natalie has had her ups and downs with anxiety, which hit an all time high this summer after the Batman shootings and her subsequent panic attack, chest pains and all. My marriage hit a few speed bumps along the way too. We lost our last rat, Peaches, this week. She was nearly 4 and had a tumor which left her unable to stand up anymore. We have had ups and downs with the rescue world this year too, ending with F2F ceasing to exist anymore and being absorbed into Wishbone House. We are up to 7 cats currently, with 2-3 of them awaiting new forever homes. Grandma has gone downhill steadily with her health and mental status, but she is still going strong for 97! 2012 had its share of good moments as well. Jeff is doing great with his fitness, now if only he could quit smoking. I need to get my (ever-growing) butt back in gear and shed several pounds. Gabby joined the cross country team, and even though she is the slowest runner, she still did it! I got to try several new products this year courtesy of Bzz Agent and #igotitfree. I especially love getting in on Burt's Bees campaigns! I'm hoping for more opportunity to try new products in 2013. Sweeps-wise, 2012 was kind of a bust, but then again, I didn't try that hard to enter most of the year. I ended 2011 on a high note sweeping, and still have a little over a day to end good for 2012! Otherwise, 2013 will start fresh and I will put more into entering again. Happy New Year!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Burt's Bees Intense Hydration

Being a Bzz Agent is awesome and right now I have the opportunity to try the new Burt's Bees Intense Hydration line. I love the scent of the products, it reminds me of a sweet citrus candy. Some people might find it too sweet but I love it. I work outside and am sometimes in harsh elements. The face wash is wonderfully creamy and thick, but it still removes the daily dirt. The Night Cream is a little thick and sticky when putting it on and rubbing it in, but once it dries my face feels so soft and smooth. Overall, I am very happy with the products and would definitely recommend this line, and pretty much any Burt's Bees product. *I was given free product from Bzz Agent to test and review.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Bzz-ing about Books

I was recently given the chance to read 2 books for Bzz Agent. Link to The Dark Monk: Link to The Hangman's Daughter: Unfortunately, it wouldn't download onto my Kindle so I have been unable to read it. There are really good review on the books though, so if you are in to historical murder mysteries, try these books out.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Juicing - My New Bzz Campaign

I'm in the latest Bzz Campaign for Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. It is about rebooting your life by juicing. My husband started juicing a few months ago, after watching the documentary, and it has changed his life! I am trying to get on board, but it is hard for me to get past the gritty texture of the juice. Today we put in 1 mango, 2 apples (mac and granny smith), red and green grapes, spinach leaves, celery, carrots, raspberries, blackberries, and a slice of orange bell pepper. Oh, and a chunk of ginger root. The smell was AWFUL!!!! The taste, however, was not bad. Baby steps is the way I'm going to have to approach this whole juicing bit, but I have to keep reminding myself I will be a healthier person for it.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Spring Break

Who would have thought I would have to be mowing the grass already during spring break? I am so happy we have had gorgeous weather (though would like it a little warmer this week) but don't like the bugs and lawn care that come alone with it!!

So far this week we have spent it buying new tires for the van and selling excess Girl Scout cookies that Nat's troop has leftover. Oh, and also been chasing down the troop members that haven't turned in their money from their orders yet. Yeah, that's been fun. I've been stressing so much over the withdrawal that is happening (today) that I can't even sleep! If I don't get $120 to deposit from one of those that still owe, we'll be bouncy bouncy in the troop account. UGH, why is it such a pain to be a volunteer?

Well, we just have one more precious weekday off before it's the weekend and then back to reality until June 8th for the kids. We're going to enjoy every last second.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

2012 Starting Swell

I'm starting off the new year on a positive note so far, and I like it! I was asked to start subbing in the office at school, which means a substantial raise on those days I sub versus the days I work recess. :) So far this month, we've only had 4 days of school each week, which saves on gas! (2 were planned days off, one a snow day). I'm back into my fitness routine which is good for me as I was out of control for the Christmas season. Oh, and I already finished my taxes!!

One down side is that someone is trying to slander the rescue owner that we volunteer for. I totally understand that not everybody is going to love her and sing her praises, but my gosh, the effort that goes in to bad-mouthing and trying to put a person down should be better put to positive efforts elsewhere in the community. I have a suspicion that it is coming from a different rescue in town, and to that I say, aren't we all doing rescue for the same reason -- to save the lives of unwanted shelter animals?? Why does it have to be a competition??? Some people just can't see past their own reflection in the mirror.