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.

Skin Care For Every Lifestyle

Skin Care For Every Lifestyle - True Results Retinol Skin Care and ELEWA Holistic Skin Care

Beauty Brite DisclosureSkin care is a topic that I find myself becoming more interested in all the time, now that I’m in my forties. I still enjoy relatively clear, smooth skin. But, I do have some slight sun damage on my cheeks from past sunburns and have noticed the skin (mostly around my eyes) getting a little less elastic.

I’m not really picky about whether I try skin care lines that are all natural or whether they are developed with some chemical ingredients. I know some women do have definite preferences when it comes to the ingredients in their skin care, though. Here, for your consideration, I am offering up my experiences with two skin care lines I have recently given a test drive, True Results Retinol Active and ELEWA Natural.

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Family Friendly Entertainment from Lionsgate Films

Family Friendly Entertainment from Lionsgate Films - DVD- Air Bound from Lionsgate Films

Lionsgate Entertainment, Inc.
Rating: PG for action/peril
Genre: Family
Feature Run Time: 94 minutes
DVD Format: 16×9 Widescreen (2.35:1)
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio

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Lionsgate Entertainment is a name I’m hearing more and more when it comes to home entertainment. Recent offerings from Lionsgate include The Shack, John Wick 2, Shaun the Sheep The Movie, A Madea Christmas, Mockingjay, The Age of Adaline … so many great movies ranging from inspirational to drama, comedy, and animated.

You know with a Lionsgate film, you’re in for a good time. Most recently, my children and I watched Air Bound. It’s a cute movie about some city mice who are tired of the daily humdrum of their lives and want a little adventure. They get an adventure for sure when they meet some new friends who need help saving their family from a bunch of super-villain weasels…. [read more]

Give Your Skin A Do-Over

Give Your Skin A Do-Over - VMV Hypoallergenics Skin Detox Complete Skin Fast Kit

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There are many things that can cause skin irritation. Environmental pollutants, overuse (or misuse) of skin care products or cosmetics, allergic reactions are a few that come to mind. It’s not always convenient to take a week or more without using any skin care products or cosmetics to give your skin a break to repair or rejuvenate itself.

VMV Hypoallergenics offers a product that can help you get your skin issues addressed and give your skin a sort of do-over. This one week Skin Detox Complete Skin Fast Kit comes jam-packed with 9 products to give your skin a fresh start whether skin irritations are the issue or you just want a fresh start before beginning a different skin care routine…. [read more]

Love Is In The Air

Love Is In The Air - Valentines Day 2017

All holidays are a fun time at our house. We don’t get all crazy and plan huge splashy, fancy parties. But, I do always do a little something for my kids for holidays from Valentine’s Day and Easter to Halloween and Christmas.

I’ve always made little Valentine’s Day themed treat bags, buckets or baskets for each of my three children. They are all probably a little too old for this now being that they are 13, 17 and 23. But, I still enjoy making them and they love receiving them, so I don’t plan on stopping this tradition anytime in the near future!… [read more]

Heavenly Holidays Start With Chocolate

Heavenly Holidays Start With Chocolate - Hershey's Chocolate Kisses

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Do you have any holiday traditions in your house? No matter what holiday it is, from Thanksgiving and Christmas to Valentine’s Day and Easter, Hershey’s Kisses are a staple ingredient of holiday prep for me. I always have a candy dish full of Hershey’s Kisses themed for the relevant holiday and I usually use them to make cookies or desserts, too!

Christmas is a huge holiday, even though the kids are getting older and don’t get sucked up in the magic of making holiday cookies or decorating very much anymore. Still, every year I like to find cute little treats to make for my kids (and my nieces and nephews) that will bring a smile of delight to their faces…. [read more]

Read Your Way Through The Blah Days Of Winter

Read Your Way Through The Blah Days Of Winter - A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay and Rejected Princesses by Jason Porath

Rejected Princesses:
Print Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Dey Street Books (October 25, 2016)
Publication Date: October 25, 2016
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Language: English

A Portrait of Emily Price:
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (November 1, 2016)
Language: English

Beauty Brite DisclosureThe older I get the more I hate the gloomy days in the wintertime. But, on the upside, the kids’ extracurricular activities slow down and the cold weather gives me the perfect excuse to stay indoors and burrow into the couch with my favorite blanket and a hot cup of mocha cappuccino.

This winter, when I’m not crocheting or knitting, I’m hitting the books. You might have guessed from the picture that I read… a lot. I do. I read all the time, and I try to choose books from many genres spanning many topics. More often than not, you will find two or three books sitting around because I like to read more than one book at a time. Most recently, I’ve been reading A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay and Rejected Princesses: Tales of Histories Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics by Jason Porath. With these two books, I have been traveling the globe and it’s been a fun ride!… [read more]

Cooking Healthy Just Got Simple

Kosterina 100 percent organic olive oil

Beauty Brite DisclosureCooking healthier is something I’ve been trying to implement on an ongoing basis for several years now. Extra virgin olive oil is one thing I’ve been trying to incorporate into recipes in place of vegetable oil and other various types of cooking oils.

Kosterina has this beautifully packaged extra virgin olive oil that I’m currently using in my kitchen. The bottle itself is so beautiful that I haven’t even bothered pouring it into the decorative bottle I usually put olive oils in (that pretty green one in the picture). I’ve just left the original Kosterina bottle on the counter with the other decorative ones that I have there. The clear bottle contains vegetable oil and the shorter one is filled with marsala cooking wine that I use when making Chicken Marsala, a favorite dinner dish in my family…. [read more]

Better Sleep For A Better You

Airweave Mattress Topper

Beauty Brite DisclosureA good night’s sleep is essential to function well every day. When we don’t sleep well we wake up sore and achy, feeling unrested and not adequately refreshed. It’s all downhill from there. When your day doesn’t start off well it can be hard to have the stamina and patience to tackle whatever is on your agenda.

My husband and I have a great mattress set, one of those fancy memory foam ones. But, we still like the comfortable feel of a good mattress topper. It’s just a personal preference. It was time to get a new one, as the one we’d had for about the last four years was getting noticeably worn and I wasn’t always getting the greatest night’s sleep on it…. [read more]

Bring Some Beauty To Your Life

Chrysmela Earring Backs and I Choose Beauty Tote and MugBeauty Brite Disclosure

I don’t know about you, but 2016 was a long, difficult year for me. There have been a lot of extended family issues to deal with and the cold and flu season has hit my family uncharacteristically hard in recent months. It’s been a bit hard to find the beauty in the world around me, and it’s definitely taken its toll.

So, I’d like to start off 2017 with some fun and useful items that I’m using right now from Chrysmela and I Choose Beauty™. … [read more]

Fun Stuff For Your Hair

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AQUIS® and Scünci have some really wonderful products that I’m enjoying lately. Wrapping my long hair in a regular bath towel is a chore and is so bulky. But, I have found the perfect solution to that problem with AQUIS® Lisse Luxe Hair Towels. They are slim and non-bulky, super soft and absorb moisture from my hair so much better than bath towels.

I love my long hair, but it often falls down around my face when I’m looking down or bending or crouching. It’s pretty irritating because it’s thick and blocks my view from what I’m trying to see or do. Scünci Rhinestone, Ribbon and Metal Flower Choker Headwraps are a fun way to keep those long locks from obstructing my view. Much better than my usual method, which is to stick a pair of sunglasses on my head rain or shine. And it’s a different look than gathering hair back in a barrette, too…. [read more]