Goodness.

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Is it alright if I check the weather for Phoenix on my iphone several times a day?

I CANNOT WAIT to be in the sun and by the pool in a few short days!!!

#vacationobsession

I am going to have one heck of a week at work trying to get everything wrapped up before I take off.  Too many people to see, meetings to attend, and conference calls to hold before I can leave for Paradise.  Things have been a little bit dramatic lately, and I am ready to get the heck out of here!

I have had the best weekend hanging out with BCW, as TW is in Oklahoma visiting her sister.  BW and I have gone out to dinner, discussed every possible thing sports-related, rehashed the current events in my job, watched lots of March Madness, went to see some Corban Baseball under the lights, and even squeezed in a DQ run. Mom claims to be jealous- but we know she is having a great time.

Another highlight was the beautiful sunshine that came out today!!! Managed to squeeze in a good walk with @Sfrost.  It cracked me up when I pulled up to Riverfront Park and it looked like the entire city of Salem was there acting as though it is the first day of summer.  I can’t remember the last time I saw it that packed.  Clearly I am not alone in missing the sunshine.  I just feel lucky that I was able to drag a certain Someone out in the crowds 😉

And special shout-out to the people at the park with their cat on a leash.  I would never be brave enough to be you.

Mondays.

So last night I had a fun little bout of insomnia.

After about an hour I decided if I was going to be awake, I might as well enjoy myself. Aka Downton Abbey Marathon in the house.

There’s lots of hype around this series. At first I didn’t get it, but after 3-4 episodes I was hooked. Mary is just my favorite. Anyone else as into this as I am?
In other news, tonight is Bunco night. YAY! I am so excited for the fun girl time to come. I really enjoy the group of women that I play with. If I happen to win a little something– even better 😉

And speaking of girl time- of course we can’t forget THIS GIRL tonight…

I know I know. Guilty pleasure. I really like her husband a lot. She is total crazy-pants control freak. He is the voice of peace and calm and keeps her feet on the ground. Me acting like we are close personal friends with this analysis…

Finally, a snapshot from first thing today. This little reminder is how I roll lately.

Couldn’t we all use a little extra dose of truth in the morning?

Sunny Saturday :)

Happy Saturday! and what a beautiful day it was 🙂

The Mama and I had plans for a lunch/shopping date up in Portland. So fun.

First stop was California Crisp for our very favorite Taco Salad. Sometimes we have been known to go to Portland just for this salad 😉

Next up we ran over to Nordstrom- where this happened….

Not going to lie, I’m a little bit in love with it. Not to mention Triple Points weekend! #hello 😉

After a couple more quick stops we headed to Bridgeport. We decided to run in to the Container Store on a whim. And boy am I glad we did because then THIS happened…

(!!!!)

Container Store has a big sale event going on for the next couple weeks, and part of that is free product demonstration classes with a $15 gift card giveaway! Well, we just happened to wander in when one was about to begin and we were recruited mostly for the gift card drawing : ) Well, only 1 other lady joined us so we had pretty good odds of winning and I won!! So much fun. I spent it immediately on some of this:

Then we made a quick stop at Whole Foods before time to head for home.

I was completely dazzled at one aspect of life in the big city, and I had to bring it home with me:

Did you know you can still buy [local organic] milk in cute glass bottles?!??! I did not. I had to bring home this cute little guy on the left.

Now we only have one problem, do any of you drink milk? You are cordially invited to come have a glass or two or quart so I can enjoy my cute glass bottle. 😉

BB.

Do you know about BB Creams?

I feel like I read about them everywhere lately.  One part makeup, one part skin care. A lot like tinted moisturizer, except they have a lot of skin-improving benefits.  They have SPF, moisturizing, and some anti-aging properties to them with a little bit of coverage.  (Not enough for me to go out in- I’d like to keep the friends I have :))  So for me the real purpose is in lieu of a primer for under foundation.  And at this stage in life, if it prevents aging, I’m all for that. Anyway.  I recently ventured out to Sephora with a few good names to try, and was graciously given samples for some of the best. Here are my two faves…

#1

Smashbox.  Very well-known brand, great reputation.  All of their products photograph very well, and make your skin look pretty amazing.  This really made the perfect base for under foundation, and controlled shine very well as the day went on.  And the SPF is 35, which is the highest of those I’ve seen.

#2

Too Faced.  Another good brand and this one claims to be illuminating.  I liked that.  This one did have a very nice sheen to it, and I thought it gave a good amount of coverage under foundation.  Only SPF 20.  Incidentally, this tube is 1.5x the size of the Smashbox for a few dollars less.

The best part about this type of product is that -though they are spendy up front- they say to apply only a pea-sized amount of product every day, so a tube should last quite some time.  I will be using up my samples for another 3-4 weeks, but I intend to purchase one of the two above when I run out.

Soapbox moment: I am on a skin-care kick.  One important aspect of this is that it is basically mandatory to wear an SPF everyday. Even in the O.R. Not optional.  I will fully admit that I was not on this train until recently.  But any expert will tell you it is the #1 way to fight aging, and we all should be doing it! Preaching over! 😉

SO- If you are looking for a lighter coverage product and you have good skin, a BB cream might be the perfect thing for you. Improve your skin a little and get your SPF in one product.  Quick and easy- no foundation needed!

OR- If you are like me, and have a few things you prefer to cover up, this makes a great base for foundation and is actually improving the quality of your skin underneath 🙂

Peace.

It might be a little bit KLove 1996, but I have found myself praying this song over and over the last few weeks.

Let the Peace of God Reign

Father of Life Draw Me Closer
Lord, My Heart Is Set On You
Let Me Run the Race of Time
With Your Life Unfolding Mine
And Let the Peace of God
Let It Reign

Oh Holy Spirit You’re My Comfort
Strengthen Me Hold My Head Up High
And I Stand Upon Your Truth
Bringing Glory Unto You
And Let the Peace of God
Let It Reign

Oh Lord I Hunger For More of You
Rise Up Within Me Let Me Know Your Truth
Oh Holy Spirit, Saturate My Soul
And Let the Life of God
Fill Me Now
Let Your Healing Power
Breathe Life and Make Me Whole
And the Peace of God
Let It Reign