Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I am back in business with lip balm. i have a ton of new flavors, some improved flavors and some oldies but goodies.
Each Lip Balm is custom made, never made ahead of time and waiting on a Shelf. They take a day to properly set up and cure. No preservatives, exept for the natural vitamin E that is in Rice Bran Oil. These have a somewhat long shelf life. plUS FREE SHIPPING WITHIN THE US.
BEESWAX: Beeswax, Cocoa Butter, Aloe Butter, Shea Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Jojoba Oil, Lanolin
VEGAN: Carnauba wax, cocoa butter, aloe butter, shea oil, rice bran oil, jojoba oil
If you need extra healing like meadowfoam oil or evening primrose, it is 3 for $8.
NEW FLAVORS: Dreamsicle(orange vanilla), Herbal Tea, Island delight, root Beer, Root Beer Float, Spearmint, Lime, Strawberry Lime, Tangerine, Tangerine-Vanilla, vanilla Milkshake
OLDIES BUT GOODIES (Classic Bestsellers): Black Cherry, cherry almond, Honey Almond, Vanilla Almond, Honey Vanilla, cherry Vanilla.
NEW CLASSICS:(new bestsellers) Raspberry Lemonade, Honeysuckle Nectarine, Skittles, Plum Apricot, Gummi Bear
MY PERSONAL FAVES: Honeysuckle Nectarine, Raspebrry Lemonade, Dreamsicle, Herbal Tea, Chai Tea
I have decided to keep my listings at 3 for $6, permanently.
Beeswax AND Vegan.
So Check out THEBALMSHOPPE for the flavor descriptions. I currently carry the following flavors (and many flavors can be combined to make your own personal preference.)
CLACK FOREST CAKE
PINK BUBBLE GUM
RASPBERRY CREAM PIE
ROOT BEER FLOAT
Monday, July 20, 2009
Another year, another grey hair another line in my crows feet.
I wont lie, this year kind of sucked.
Since my last birthday post 1 year ago things have really changed.
I have started back to school full time. I am hardly ever home. I hardly have time to cook or clean. My house is a wreck and my kids live on cereal and PB&J sandwiches.
My husband finally has a good job, but works 2nd shift, so I hardly ever see him.
I go to bed late, wake up too early and feel like crap most days.
I have yo yo'd with my weight, struggled with my diet and my self esteem has taken a nosedive.
I have great intentions to go to the Y, but wake up feeling like garbage and decide to sleep instead of doing what I need to do, thus perpetuating the cycle.
I yelled too much at my kids and lost my temper too easily. i even had THREE friends take me aside in concern, asking if there was anything they could do to help me out and point out that I was not the same Sarah they used to know.
I attended a friends wedding as a bridesmaid and had a severe case of PMS with bloating and cramps the day of. I felt like humpty dumpty the whole night.
Peter had a health scare that just about broke my spirit.
I have struggled with my testimony and faith.
I have struggled with my callings at church.
I have struggled financially.
I have struggled with depression and anxiety.
BUT on the plus side this year was also really great:
I started back to school full time. I am almost done and in a few months will be starting off on a career that I really love. My in laws are living with us for the summer, watching the kids and helping out with the house. I am able to come home to a straight house, happy kids and they get real food other than sandwiches and cold cereal.
Yes I dont get to see charles as often, but he no longer works weekends so I get to see him all weekend and in the mornings before I go to school
I do go to bed too late and my kids do wake me up too early. Maybe that is something I can work on.
I have finally made up my mind, made the commitment and have the resolve to stop the madness once and for all with my diet and exercise. I have enlisted Charles to help and am forcing him along.
I have made the concerted effort to stay calm with my kids. I have really paid attention to my "hot buttons" and "trigger issues" and if I feel something coming along I can diffuse the situation easier.
I had three friends pull me aside and tell me I wasnt the same Sarah they used to know and they were concerned. It proved to me that I have loving and caring friends who are looking out for me.
I reconnected with old friends and made new ones at my friends wedding, humpty dumpty and all.
Peters health scare turned out all right in the end. A lot of "why me" and crying etc, but he is completely healthy and fine thanks to his medicinal regiment etc.
I have struggled with my testimony and faith. Then I was called to give a talk in church. My first talk in 12 years. It was exactly the lesson I needed to learn. It made me go back and revisit memories and feelings from my past. It made me realize what I was missing and how to get it back.
I have struggled with my callings, but realized that I just need to have an open mind and work hard and the blessings will come. I struggled with the Activity day Girls, but opened my heart to them and they are the nicest, sweetest most loving group of girls, who just want to love and share. They are so creative and fun and I have found myself so impressed with them and their sweet spirits.
I have struggled financially, but now charles has a really good job and is bringing home a steady paycheck plus commissions plus really great insurance. We can pay the bills, have leftover money and see a bright light at the end of the tunnel. We have set up a savings account, set up a coin and tip jar and see our savings and finances really picking up. In a few months I will have a job making money as well.
We got to go to Disney World, all expenses paid. We had a great time as a family.
We got to go to Disney On Ice, The WBT Skyshow fireworks, apple-picking, to the beach, to a UNC basketball game and had a feature story on Carolina news 14.
Finn started Kindergarten and despite all the notes and telephone calls home about him, he did exceptionally well on his report card.
Peter was in 2nd grade and did so well. His teacher and his PE teacher worked extra hard with him and I saw so much improvement.
We planned, booked and paid for a cruise to the caribbean with charles family for his mom and dad's 50th wedding anniversary. We planned, booked and paid for fun excursions for this cruise(when I say "we" i really mean "I")
so despite all the bads, there were a lot of goods.
So bring it on life, I am ready for this next year. Hit me with your best shot.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
In Roatan(honduras) we are taking a zipline excursion through the jungle!! I am REALLY excited about this. We will be at a place that has the jungle canopy ziplines, a monkey habitat and exotic birds etc. Then we head over to the beach for lunch and fun.
And finally, the one I am REALLY the most excited about. Lamanai Mayan Ruins in Belize.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
- financial worries
- Peter stress
- school stress
- social setting
So looking at this list it is like 90% of my day.
Monday, July 13, 2009
a few years back I purchased the Windsor Pilates off of some infomercial. I mean, Daisy Fuentes uses it and look how great her body is. However I used it about 5 times and shelved it to be forgotten.
I have been having lower back pain and heel pain and every night I go to bed and my legs are burning. I need a REALLY great stretch to loosen up to help alleviate all of these things.
I was actually looking forward to it. I really was.
I get dressed in my yoga pants and cute T-shirt, head downstairs and pull out my (dusty) Pilates DVD. I Open the case and one of the disks is missing.
I have Disk One, which is a 29 minute DVD on Pilates basics, showing you the moves etc.
I have the accelerated fat burning workout for those who dont have a lot of time. But the actual 20 minute workout DVD is gone. i cannot find it anywhere.
so I think to myself, well I can at least do the basics video, maybe get a few stretches in.
Oh no. Apparently that is not part of the plan. The basics DVD is all scratched and dented and the very center is cracked and broken.
So here I am, awake, trying to do the right thing by exercising and the fates are against me.
I thought I would go out and jump on the trampoline, but it had rained so it is all wet. Plus my kids are up and they would want to jump with me and I would get no peace.
Now that I am up maybe I will just go to the YMCA and work out.
I have about 9 weeks until I go to the Caribbean and am forced to snorkel in a swimsuit. If that is not motivation I dont know what is. But then I have to find my good workout shoes and socks, I have to find my MP3 Player, I have to get my water bottle blah blah blah.
I guess i am just finding excuses. But I really had it in my head to do some pilates.
I will have to run to Target today and pick up a new DVD.
Maybe I will just go back to bed...
Thursday, July 9, 2009
This is my favorite contestant. I laughed so hard at poor walter.
"You will probably hear me scream like a girl"...
seriously I rewound this guy on my DVR like 5 times to watch it again and again and again.
It really made my day.
wanna know what else made my day?? i FINALLY beat my 6 year old at Mario carts!!!
Have a great weekend.
I spent all day figuring out all the buttons and doo dads and rules and instructions. So after playing around, here are some cards I ended up with. I really love the cherry blossom cards(obviously. I made like 10 of them)
By the way...I completely walked out of Michaels without any ribbon.