Thursday, October 6, 2016

Think pink this October with eos!

I’ve had my eye on eos brand products for quite some time now.  Of course like most people it was the lip balm showing up in the isles during check out that first caught my attention.  It was such a cool looking brand and it had such unique packaging.
I finally got a chance to try one of the products.  They’ve created a Berry Blossom Body Lotion to help raise money for the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to help aide in the fight against breast cancer.  I mean, what an amazing cause.
I am truly impressed with the product.  I am an avid lotioner and admitted addict.  I have a bottle by every single area in my house where you wash your hands as well as one in my bedroom for after I shower and one in the kid’s bathroom for when they bathe.  I lotion my hands every time I wash, I lotion from head to toe after I shower and I help my kids to do the same.
This lotion is light and almost whipped feeling.  It’s not runny like your typically brands.  It has a really lovely, natural, light smell and it not only goes on silky smooth but it soaks in immediately and is a truly great wear.  It’s replaced my lotion that I carry around in my purse for when I wash my hands at work and when I’m out (told you! addict!).
So if you have been wanting to try a product from eos this is the time because you can help support this great cause.  With each purchase of the eos Berry Blossom Body Lotion (either size), eos will donate 100% of net profits to breast cancer research. In addition to proceeds going towards Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center through the purchase of the lotion, the brand is going to match contributions made directly to Memorial Sloan Kettering!  So if you would like to get involved and find other ways to donate you can do so here.

eos Berry Blossom Body Lotion
  • 100% of net profits will be donated to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center during the month of October
  • High-performing formula that’s lightweight, fast-absorbing and provides 24 hours of long-lasting moisture for skin that’s visibly softer
  • 100% natural; formulated with rich moisturizing ingredients including shea butter, avocado oil and vitamin E
  • Features a light refreshing essence that nourishes your senses
  • Unique packaging combines design and functionality with an easy-to-use built-in pump and draws on inspiration from alluring fragrance bottles, adding style and sophistication to any vanity
  • 6.8 fl oz / 200 ml, $3.99 and 11.8 fl oz / 350 ml, $6.49 at Target, and

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Walmart Grocery Pick-Up – $10 Off!

Wal-Mart grocery online shopping and pick-up launched in our local Kansas City, MO store several months ago.  I had seen an ad online over a year ago and was so excited to see if it was in our area.  At that time it wasn’t, but it’s here now – thank goodness!
When I was living in VA probably about 10 years ago they had grocery pick up at Farm Fresh, which was our east coast chain of popular stores.  I would say in the mid-west it’s the equivalent of Hy-Vee.  So you spent quite a bit more (at Farm Fresh and Hy-Vee), typically a grocery bill increase of as much as 30%.  But I made the switch because at the time I was working hell hours and did not have time to be diddling in the store for an hour or two every week after painstakingly prepping a grocery list and then don’t even get me started on unloading at home and HELLO!  When are you ever supposed to eat that day.
Now it’s all in one place and the best part, it’s free.  So every week I do my grocery thing.  I sit and plan out 2 weeks of kids breakfasts, lunches and snacks… the same for my husband and I.  Then I go through the really time consuming part and that’s putting together actual meals that are fresh and new for each night.  I always research recipes and write down the items that I need to complete each one.
But the tedious part is completely cut out.  I get online and I actually save time because instead of writing out all the usual's I go through my favorites; where the system saves everything you’ve ever purchased.  I can’t tell you how many times that feature has kept me from forgetting little things like coffee or like yesterday where it reminded me that I can get cookie dough and be bad.  And I was sooooooo happy!
It keeps you on budget 100%.  I’ve made a few cuts to save some extra spending money for our trip to New York and Canada.  When I get within $15 of my budget limit (to allow for tax of course) I go back and decide what I can cut down on, what I can push out,  purchase later and what I truly don’t need… like cookie dough (although I'll usually cut something else out :D).
Then I check out.  You reserve a time, pull into the pickup area any time in your hour time slot, call the number on the sign and tell them which spot you are parked in.  And it’s special parking where the spots have their own big signs and a number so it’s not like giving directions to a random spot in the lot.
I’ll call, say I’m in spot 3 and they come out to me.  They load everything in your car, let you know if you had substitutions, etc… and are all around awesome people.  I’m done within 5 minutes and on my way home to unload.  I can make the trip on my way home and still have time to get my kids.  I really can’t stress enough how convenient it is.
I love it so much that even when I only need a couple things I’ll build a mini-list to hit the $30 limit and swing by after work.  I haven’t stepped foot inside Wal-Mart in so long my husband told me we have self-checkout lines now!?  I had no idea.
If you decide to give Wal-Mart Grocery Pick Up a try use the link below for your own personal coupon code and get $10 off your order.  Enjoy!  I know I couldn’t be happier…

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Angelina Jolie + Brad Pitt … the things you probably forgot

The crazy thing about this article is that until the news broke, I didn’t even realize I remembered all of these things.  I never write or care to think too much on the lives of public figures.  I don't typically have too much of an opinion and I am usually too focused on my own life to think twice about these sorts of things.  But as it turned out, this is well rooted in my past so it did actually get to me.  It struck a hidden nerve.  I didn’t even realize there was a bit of irritation that was tucked away somewhere.  Brad and Angelina and Jennifer had 100% been off my radar for years.  They are never in the middle of celebrity gossip so if I pay attention to anything it’s usually something a Kardashian is doing.  And that’s only because they won’t get off my MSN landing page.

It was a normal day.  I was logging into the bank to check accounts when my landing page (MSN) had the news of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie splitting up.  I never click but I could not help myself this time around.  This time it was real.  Not splashed on some cheap magazine that stirs up fabrications all the time.

I read the short article and was immediately thinking two things… “I expected this a long time ago but over the years they matured (mostly Angelina needed to mature) and they seemed happy,” so I was actually surprised.  You typically hear little things before a total blow out like this and it was all quiet on the news front until this week.  They didn’t even have the typical over shows of affection you’ll see when people who are so obviously going to split in Hollywood are trying to prove to the public that they are madly in love (gag).  And… “What must Jennifer Aniston be thinking!?”

Why was this so significant to me?  I was a Friend’s addict.  I grew up watching the romance between Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston blossom.  I watched when he made his guest appearance back in 1994.  This was before people were insanely chasing and watching famous people.  Before we had reality shows.  Before we knew every detail of actors/actresses, models, socialites, etc… lives.  Before TMZ launched in 2005 and started changing the way people regularly received the hot gossip.

Now here are the funny details.  I was always team Aniston because this was the first really horrible divorce I was of age to really care to pay attention to.  I remember thinking “how could Brad leave Jennifer for this other trashy woman.”  And this is not a hater thing at all.  There are many, many very sexy “put it all out there” females in the public eye that I absolutely adore, but this one I knew too much about.  She had grossed me out beyond repair before the affair with Brad.

So what things did she do that bothered me the most?  I’ll jump into the thick of it.  I won’t even start with the past cutting issues (which I feel bad she use to feel that way) and won’t even get into the 1996 husband shirt blood wedding incident.  I’ll skip forward to the massive build of irritation in 2000.  There was quite a splash of insane things all in a short time such as acting like a complete moron with Billy Bob Thornton.  They were married and wore vials of blood which was one of the many desperate acts I’ve seen in Hollywood.  When people are so desperately trying to cling to each other like this you know it’s doomed.  They are trying in every way to connect themselves to each other so they can’t get bored and walk out.  But bored and walking they did.

I was really annoyed when they came out of the limo on the red carpet and were all like “we just had sex in the limo.”  Well ladi fricken da.  I’m sure most people have some drinks and do that.  You’re having a fun exciting day and you get all frisky.  It happens, like all the time.  Up to that point I had never heard 2 people feel the need to announce it like a couple of trashy idiots.  It was so unoriginal and with the blood crap was getting so annoying.

Then there was the incident with her making out with her brother.  I always hated how she would do something stupid and then explain it away with the most ridiculous explanation and people would be like “oh, okay.”  Seriously!?  She wanted to be gross, has whatever urges, wants attention or whatever and never had the gull to say “I just did it.  Get over it.”  I could at least laugh and think “you go girl!”  But she was moronic.  It was always some long drawn childish explanation to make it seem like the behavior was normal.  “We were just excited and the moment got away with us.”  I’ll tell you.  I have a brother, in fact, a half-brother.  I have had many exciting moments in my life and I have never, ever, not even once, slightly had the urge to make out with him.  Maybe I’m too normal to understand so I was rolling my eyes and always thinking “why are people eating this crap up?”

I think this is the part that really threw me.  So it’s only 1 short year into the 2000 crazies and she decides to change her image.  She starts charity work.  That’s great.  That’s always good.  A year after that she adopts a child.  I remember thinking of how she must be focusing her crazy obsessive bursts of messes into another area and that was at least healthier but you can still see the pattern.  She never does anything slow or level headed.  One day it’s “I’m obsessed with Johnny Lee Miller” the next it’s “Billy Bob Thornton”… then it’s “making out with relatives and acting insane.”  Then it’s “I want to be a different person… overnight charity and kids!”

My dad was all excited that she was changing and growing up but all I could think of were the things that practically happened the day before.  How could anyone give her a kid!?  How does no one notice that this person has a dangerous pattern?  How can no one worry what her next burst will bring, hurt, blow up, cause?  I was worried because now she had a child and I always felt that mentally she might not be good in that area.  Maybe not in any area.  Especially when it comes to someone depending on her.  How was a kid going to keep her attention and affection?  It really did worry me that everyone was giving thumbs up while this was going on and no one ever bothered to question anything.

Some time went by and I let it go.  As long as no one mentioned her name in connection to "being a respectable" or "normal" person I didn’t care.  She was doing charity work, acting and by this time had Maddox.  Then the crazy came back… again.  She has the affair with Brad.  You know, whatever.  You get interested on set.  Again, happens all the time.  But again, it’s how this was handled.  I mean get it together already!

Jennifer was nice enough to be quiet about the fact that her and Brad separated because of the affair in 2003.  Angelina was still going around trying to keep her fake image and actually had the nerve to claim on air that she would never have an affair with a married man.  That's when Jen finally let it spill and rightfully so.  Here is this woman trying to act like she’s sexy and dark and now perfect all while going around having affairs and trying to take what’s not hers and trying to look like the good girl while she’s doing it?  As if I wasn’t already annoyed enough.  That’s when it was 100% confirmed with me.  Crazy.  Crazy liar, lies for her own personal gain.

In 2006 you get the stupid explanations again trying to explain why she’s not a bad person for the affair because she dropped on the “good person” scale and needed to claw her way back up again.  And I still didn't understand why she kept trying.  Let it go.  Give in and realize.  You’re bad.  Just be bad and enjoy it, stop trying to put on this facade.  They became “kind of a pair.”  They accidentally discovered a love they weren’t looking for and didn’t expect.  Okay.  Well, you pursued it and crushed people.  It’s an affair no matter how you want to write it up on paper and explain it away.  This is pretty much what everyone claims so they can go gallivanting and do bad things.  “love” “best friend” … so unoriginal.

So now here sits Brad Pitt wondering what happened.  Wondering how she could act like this.  How she could do this to him and his family.  Try to take his family away.  Well, dude… she’s crazy!  Hello!!  She’s always been crazy.  What on earth would possess a person to think that all that crazy isn’t going to be lurking underneath waiting to pop out and cause some type of monstrous destruction like it always has.  I never would have gotten involved with that.  You would have to be so blind not to have an awareness of what will happen one day and what kind of crazy will be unleashed on you if you are on the wrong end of what goes down with a person like this.

Well, best of luck to you Brad.  You did wrong back in the day but I honestly think this might be a bit more than you deserved.  I do wish much luck to the kids.  They are the only ones who deserve none of this.  Now we will wait.  Child abuse allegations, affairs and all sorts of things are being flung around and so quickly.  I guess after this blows over it will at least be interesting to see what other crazy starts to happen because Angelina has been unleashed.  Pandora's box has been opened.  It's kind of a scary thought.

Friday, September 23, 2016

New York and Canada in Fall

We’re about to kick off and go on a last minute fall vacation – it’s creeping up just around the corner.  I could not be more excited!!  Typically when I choose vacations I go with warm, especially this time of year.  But I decided to do something different.
I hate to say it but when you’ve been to a few beaches they sort of start to blend together.  Last year we did California, Mexico and Catalina Island and we took the huge trip this past spring across the United States and hit a lot of country land like Memphis… then a bunch of beaches and islands.  We traveled through all of the keys and even stopped off in Tybee Island.  And of course we’ve been to Costa Rica and the Bahamas a few other random places.  So it was time for something completely new.
This time it’s New York for a bit and then St. John Canada and Halifax Canada.  I’ve never seen any of it.  I hear the foliage change is supposed to be stunning this time of year.
Things I’m freaking out about.  I don’t really know anything about New York.  This will be my first time hailing cabs and what not and we’re going with kids.  I’m very nervous.  We’re staying in Time Square and kind of sticking around our general hotel area for outings.  I have my eye on Bobby Flay’s restaurant Bar Americain.  The menu sounds really good.  Especially the Shellfish Cocktail trio.
Then it’s off to Canada and that’s where it’s really going to get interesting.  When I travel anywhere I follow the food, wine and the beer.  Absolutely anywhere I go I always order a few things that the area is known for, even if it scares me.  I’ve heard that Nanaimo Bars are a must, Bannock, I will most likely come back home with Ketchup Lay’s as a joke and hand them out for the holidays… maybe hit up some of the crazy ice cream and apparently I have to try the lobster rolls (so I will!).
I’ve made plans to hit both the Halifax and St. John famous market places so I can find maple syrup, wine and beer to bring back home with us.  I’m going to spoil the kids rotten and let them buy tons of toys that you can’t get anywhere else…
But I still need to figure out the money situation.  I didn’t even think about it until my husband mentioned that I’m going to need some Canadian cash.  What worries me is that I can’t cheat if my phone isn’t working to tell me what’s what.  Maybe I’ll jot something down on paper to remind myself.  I believe it’s pretty self-explanatory but I want to make sure things aren’t overpriced.  Like if I see that something is $52.37 CAD it’s only about $40 USD.  We shall see how it goes.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Minsky’s Pizza Coupon!!

If you happen to be visiting, picking up or ordering delivery today from Minsky’s Pizza, print out this coupon and give it to the driver or the restaurant.  They will donate up to 15% of your order total to our St. Jude team.  So take the time to eat some pizza today!
If you aren’t in the area and you would still like to donate to our team, you can do so on our official St. Jude website here:
You can link up and donate to any of our team members.  The link above is for the team captain.  Or you can donate towards…
Good from Open to Close today, Wednesday September 21 at 3 locations:
7007 NW Barry Road
Kansas City, MO 64153
205 N 291 Highway
Liberty, MO 64065
7198 Renner Road
Shawnee, KS 66217

Thursday, August 25, 2016

2 Awesome Labor Day Cocktail Recipes

In the Midwest when Labor Day rolls around it’s still pretty hot and humid.  And I remember it being the same when I lived on the east coast in VA.  When these two recipes were passed along to me I thought “how perfect!”  My favorite part is that I learned about The Traveler Beer Co.  My husband and I have a beer club membership and we have found a lot of cool new favorites.  One of our tops is the Evil Genius Beer Company and now I’m adding Traveler to our list.  And both of these drink concoctions are offered at El Original TX-MX in New York City so if you’re in the area mention one of these off menu drinks and give them a try for sure…

1 >>> The Lemon Shush (4 Servings)


      - Curious Traveler Lemon Shandy (1 bottle)
      - 3 oz. of fresh lemon juice
      - 3 oz house made honey syrup
      - A dash of bitters

Honey syrup ingredients:

      - 3-5 cubes of fresh pineapple
      - Lemon zest to taste
      - 3 oz. of honey
      - 54 oz. of crushed ice

Homemade Honey Syrup Directions:

Muddle fresh pineapple then add lemon zest and honey. Bring to a boil on a stove and let it cool to room temperature.

Slush Directions:

Break down crushed ice as much as possible so the carbonation of the shandy won’t dilute the slushy.  Blend till smooth. Combine all ingredients, except shandy. Add the homemade honey syrup, water and lemon juice. While those are blending, add shandy base.

Garnish with a dash of bitters and lemon wedge.

2 >>> Grapefruit Shush (4 Servings)


      - Traveler Grapefruit Shandy (1 bottle)
      - 3 oz. of grapefruit juice
      - 1 oz. of lime juice
      - 2 oz. mint simple syrup
      - 54 oz of crushed ice

Mint simple syrup ingredients:

      - 3-5 pulled mint leaves
      -  2 parts water
      - 1 part sugar

Mint simple syrup directions (makes 32 oz.):

Combine mint leaves with 2 parts water and 1 part sugar. Bring to a boil and then let it cool to room temperature.

Slushy directions:

Use crushed ice to be broken down as much as possible so the carbonation of the shandy won’t cause it to separate or dilute. Blend till smooth. Combine all ingredients (except shandy). Add the mint simple syrup, water and lemon juice. While those are blending, add Shandy. Garnish with a ruby red grapefruit wedge.
Garnish with grapefruit wedge and mint sprig.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Healthy Banana Berry “Ice Cream” Pie

I recently learned about this awesome and super easy 100% real fruit ice cream pie from Yonanas.  This is something you can make for birthdays or hanging out on a warm day.  It won’t take a lot of time and every slice you are eating tons of fruit instead of tons of junk.  It really doesn’t get any better than that.  To make the pie…


  • 32 chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 4 frozen over-ripe bananas
  • 1 and 1/2 cups frozen mixed berries)


1 >>> To make the pie crust: In a food processor, pulse the sandwich cookies until they resemble grains of sand.

2 >>> Press the crust into your pie pan and freeze until it sets.

3 >>> Take your frozen bananas and berries and put into a food processor or blender and blend until it turns into “ice cream” – and yes!  This really does work.  I use this exact same process to make my banana honey ice cream and it rocks!

4 >>> Use a spatula to scoop the mixed berry mixture into the cookie pie shell.

5 >>> Cover and freeze for a minimum of four hours.

6 >>> Let pie thaw approximately 30 minutes before slicing.