About Wendy

SAHM of 2 kids, one adult kid (my 21 yr old daughter) and one middle-age kid (the hubby). Currently interviewing to return to my career working with juveniles in foster care and/or with cases in the district court system after taking time off to raise my own children. Avid animal lover who cares daily for our dogs, cats, fish, rat and chickens. My MIL says I need a cow for fresh milk; I say No Way!!! (LOL) Hobbies include listening to music, reading, writing, blogging (a new passion), watching TV (Homeland and True Detective are new TV-drama obsessions) baking, cooking, crafting, crocheting, and cross-stitching. I'm a laid-back mama who prefers not to micro-manage the lives of my family (though I feel sometimes like they micro-manage mine as my schedule mainly consists of coordinating all of their schedules). But, I love it and wouldn't have it any other way.

Sizzling Summer Fun Roundup

So Fab Sizzles Summer Roundup

Summertime is in full swing and we are so excited to share some amazing summertime food, activities, crafts, and beauty tips. Summertime is for fun and fresh ideas. SoFab is sizzling with amazing ideas to make your summer even more enjoyable. I think you will love this round up of amazing summer time posts filled with ideas and yummy treats…. [read more]

Scents To Soothe Your Soul

Scents To Soothe Your Soul-artnaturals-Gurunanda-Everyone Products diffuser and essential oils

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There are many ways to soothe one’s soul, to feed a need inside (identified or not) to promote personal wellness, relaxation, exhilaration, peace … whatever it is that you need to make you feel complete. I have many ways to feed my soul — writing, reading, crochet, cooking and baking, among others.

The one thing that I have yet to explore in any great depth is scent when it comes to personal wellness. I dabble a bit, and by that I mean with candles and room sprays, mostly. Diffusers and essential oils are a new world for me but I’m learning a lot from Gurunanda®, artnaturals, and EO® Products about how to use them in everyday life. If you’re interested in this topic but as clueless as I am, let’s take a look at it together and see what it’s all about…. [read more]

3 Totally Stylin’ Summer Items That Will Get You Noticed

3 Totally Stylin' Summer Items That Will Get You Noticed--Mosevic Signature Denim Sunglasses Cassini-OluKai Footwear Paniolo-Sharkbanz2

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Summer is a great time to try new fashion styles and also to break out some never-before-heard-of essentials, too! This summer my newest must-haves come from OluKai Footwear, Sharkbanz, and Mosevic. No matter where your summer travels take you these three basics will not only get you noticed (big time!) they are so easy to toss in your travel bag to have available for last-minute adventures…. [read more]

Cruelty-Free: American Made Beauty For Hair & Skin

Cruelty-Free: American Made Beauty For Hair & Skin -- Bubble Pop Beauty---Flawless Rebel Pick Me Up Cream-Remedy Hair Serum-Unblemished Love Acne Cream

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I’ve been trying out different brands of skin care and hair care for a while now, looking for that perfect product to provide the nutrients my skin needs and to help with the dry, damaged condition that my hair seems to have fallen into lately.

Recently I found the new Spring line of products from BubblePopBeauty and decided this would be the next brand to try. Included in their current line of cruelty-free beauty products are Flawless Rebel Pick Me Up Cream, Remedy Hair Serum, and Unblemished Love Acne Cream…. [read more]

Sizzling Outdoor Summer Essentials

Sizzling Outdoor Summer Essentials-The Grommet-Things Remembered Personalized Products

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Summertime is awesome because it means longer days and spending time pursuing outdoor pleasures. This year I’m strutting my stuff at the pool and the beach in style for sure with some nifty new items from The Grommet® and Things Remembered.

For some time now I’ve been looking for a new swimsuit coverup. I really liked my old one, it was navy blue, sleeveless, zipped up the front and had a hood and pockets that came in handy at the beach or pool for carrying lip gloss, a wide toothed comb, a little cash and my cell phone.

It’s important that my hands are still free to carry all the other stuff we take to the pool like a bag with towels, extra sunscreen and goggles, bottled water, a book to read, pool noodles or whatever other stuff is being brought with us…. [read more]

Celebrating Independence Day

Celebrating Independence Day

 

How did July get here already? Seems like it was just Christmas. Time really does fly by faster every year. Just wanted to share a bit of the fun I’ve had preparing for the 4th of July. I’ve been picking up little things here and there for weeks as I’ve been in town shopping.

4th of July 2017

I always like to try to find certain things like 4th of July themed paper plates and napkins, red licorice, pinwheels, sparklers, Pop-Its, Hershey chocolate bars, and glow necklaces and bracelets for the kids. But, I also seek out new and interesting things. This year I found a few new treats to delight the kids…. [read more]

2 Personal Wellness Products To Help You Chill Out

2 Personal Wellness Products To Help You Chill Out-Culturelle Pro-Well Immune + Energy Supplement-Mind Fuel Nest - Inspirational Jewelry and Clothing-Peace Love Yoga Bracelet

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It’s not hard to get really caught up in the fast-paced life that we all seem to be living these days. Chilling out can seem like an unaffordable luxury when compared to all that we have to get done on any given day of the week. But, as I’ve gotten older I’ve learned that relaxation isn’t something to relegate to the occasional stolen moment. It’s something we should all attempt to work into our everyday lives, even if we need to actually schedule it in our calendars.

Rest and relaxation doesn’t need to be a big production or take a lot of time to prepare for, either. Small changes to many areas of our daily routines can bring big benefits. Here’s how I’ve added two simple products from Culturelle® and Mind Fuel Nest to my daily routine to promote personal wellness on a small scale…. [read more]

gel♥︎Us much?

gel♥︎Us much? - ybf beauty gel-us eyes 5 pc. gel eyeliner collection

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I rarely wear eye makeup anymore. Not because I don’t want to. It’s just that when my kids were small it took more time than I could handle to do eyeshadow and eyeliner. It got to the point that I only took the time to do makeup that was that involved when I was going somewhere fancy.

My kids are now long grown old enough that they don’t need me 24/7 or crash my bathroom time on the regular, yet somehow I still haven’t gotten back into eye makeup. But, I’m trying and ybf beauty is helping with a new eyeliner collection that is really cool…. [read more]

You Deserve A Style Makeover

You Deserve A Style Makeover-Chloe + Isabel Jewelry Summer 2017 Collection

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I recall vividly the days when I had a jewelry box full of rings, necklaces, and bracelets. Not expensive pieces, as a matter of fact I’d label the majority of them costume jewelry. But, they were cute and varied to reflect my many moods.

Once I had my first daughter, I quickly learned that these formerly beloved items became tools of torture that she would use against me as she learned hand-eye coordination. That kid grabbed for anything and everything within her reach and yanked it toward her little cherub body to leave no doubt that she was proclaiming the item was “hers.”

Over the years (which brought me two more babies) my jewelry box sat alone and neglected on my dresser the majority of the time. Some of the jewelry tarnished or I just got to the point that I didn’t love some of the pieces anymore. In any case, eventually most of my jewelry got lost, given away or stolen by my daughter for “dress up.”

Now that my kids are too old to care about such things, I’m slowly acquiring new jewelry pieces that reflect my style now. The newest additions are from the Chloe + Isabel Jewelry Summer 2017 Collection…. [read more]

Gift Ideas For Your Favorite Guy

Gift Ideas For Your Favorite Guy-Molton Brown's Tobacco Absolute Collection-Coby CMB-102-BLK Over The Ear Headphones with Built-In Microphone and Bluetooth Speaker

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Why is buying a gift for a guy so darn hard? I’ve been married for over twenty years now and for most gift-giving occasions that include my husband, I am stumped and have to wrack my brain for a gift idea. You’d think the longer and better you know someone that gift giving would get easier.

True, there are the go-to gifts that I will get him: a bag of Snickers, beef jerky, BBQ-related items, Star Wars stuff, University of Kentucky Wildcats fan merchandise, gift cards to restaurants or Best Buy. But, I can’t get him that stuff for every holiday! I quit buying him clothing long ago because he prefers to buy pants himself to make sure he gets the fit he wants, shirts I’ve bought him have hung in the closet unworn. I’m pretty much relegated to getting him new tshirts, underwear and socks at this point, and the occasional new bath robe or hoodie.

It’s not that he’s too picky, per se, or hard to please — it’s more that he has everything he wants and when something new comes out he often gets it for himself. This year, I found the perfect rocking chair at a local garden store and snatched it up for a Father’s Day gift for the hubby for this year. He’s been talking about getting one for several years but not done it yet. I had to hide it in my daughter’s closet so he wouldn’t stumble across it! I also got him some new BBQ tools and a few other little odds and ends (including some Bourbon infused beef jerky). He does love his bourbon!

This year I’m also adding in these two gems I found from COBY® and Molton Brown. The hubby is in the media business and can always use a good pair of bluetooth headphones. And, while not super crazy about it, he cares about his appearance so I thought some nice masculine-smelling bath and shower gel would be fun to stick in his gift bag for Father’s Day this year…. [read more]