Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Searching for my own camera damnit!!!!

I want to be able to add photos to my blog. I need a digital camera to do that. Now it's just a matter of finding the right one for me. I am a frugal person by nature and I generally will not shop specifically for me alone. I usually go without to make sure may family has what they need first. Well... not today LOL! I have found this Huge Sale online and there is a camera that I am drooling over. I want it in the worst way.

Chris has his own camera that he uses for work only and every time I ask to borrow it he gives me the "Hell No" look. When it comes to his camera no one touches it. Jeff has his own camera and he also will not let me touch it. Apparently the both of them think I am too clumsy to able to handle a digital camera. I swear the two of them are in kahoots with the "don't let mom touch your stuff" drama all the time. It's wearing thin on me right now! Unfortunately that is about the only thing thin on me...sigh....

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Feeling Overwhelmed...

I feel like my brain is in overdrive and I can't slow down. My mind is constantly running and I have been on empty for weeks now. I am not sure if I am not completely over being ill or if something else is trying to invade my body.

So many things to do in a given day but my body doesn't function like it should. I clean when I have scheduled appointments but doing anything else that day is a no go. I hate feeling run down all the time and I hate not knowing how to fix it. Sleep eludes me almost every night and when I do get sleep, I wake up just as exhausted.

So many thoughts cloud my brain all at once and sometimes I feel so disconnected with myself. I am not sure if this is a case of anxiety or if I am just taking on more than I can chew. Whatever my problem is, I need to slow down. Although I feel if I slow down than I will forget how to breathe. I need help!

Monday, March 2, 2009

A Product Review: Smooth Away

How many of you have seen the commercials for Smooth Away? I bet many of you have. It looks simple enough to remove the hair on t.v. but I will be honest, many of the products advertised on t.v. look simple enough to use. So, when I was given the opportunity to try this product out, I was looking to be disappointed. I am a skeptical person by nature and not easily impressed.

After receiving my product in the mail, I had to wait a few days to try it out since I had already shaved that morning. It is pretty simple to use. The bigger pad is recommended for legs and arms and on men, the chest.
Smooth Away is recommended on clean and dry skin. So, after my shower, I dried myself off and went to work. The directions say to start out by gently buffing the area in a circular motion with slight pressure. Three times in a clockwise motion and then three times in a counter clockwise direction and repeat until the hair is gone. I have to admit that overweight people will spend at least 3 times as long getting all the hair removed. There is just more ground to cover and it took me almost an hour and a half to do just my legs. You also have to take into consideration the coarseness of your hair. The coarser the hair the longer it takes to remove. I am of German/Italian descent so, along with being overweight, my genetics was another strike against me.
Don't get me wrong, Smooth Away does work. It is painless, but it is time consuming. I just can't justify spending so much time removing hair with a product that takes me what seems like forever when I do not have the time to begin with. Shaving my legs takes me about 10 minutes in the shower to shave both my legs and underarms. Smooth Away also is about as effective as shaving when it come to the time it takes for the hair to grow back. Well.. for me it is anyway. I did try out the Hair Inhibitor Moisturizer that claims to need at least 61 days of daily use to notice a difference in the the time of hair re-growth and a more finer hair quality. I haven't used it long enough so I can't say whether it works or not. Although I do have my doubts. I just don't think I have the kind of hair that cooperates with this kind of hair removal. So this product will not work for me. I am sure that there are people out there that may benefit greatly from using Smooth Away. I am just not one of them.

One package of Smooth Away contains the following:
1 large and 1 small paddle
Four micro-crystalline replacement pads for each
Carrying/Storage case

I am not sure how long a box should last a person but I went through all four of my large pads in one setting. Like I said before, I am overweight and there is more ground and the pads do lose their effectivness quickly. They do remind me of fine grade of sandpaper so maybe that is why it exfoliates the skin as well. I wasn't really thrilled of "sanding" my skin either. It just doesn't sound all that appealing to me. Like I said I am very skeptical person to begin with.

The suggested retail value for this product is $9.99 and you can find it just about anywhere.

If you have the time to commit to this kind of beauty regimen than by all means you should try Smooth Away.

2009 Family vacation!

This is Chris' idea of roughing it. LOL!
We have talked about going rv camping for several years now. Something different to do with the family but not as expensive as booking flights, securing a hotel, paying for the local attractions and not to mention all the meals eaten out. Let's face it, we are talking some serious moolah here.
Camping is a whole different ballgame. We have discussed what would be more enjoyable, tent, cabin or renting an RV. I loved to go camping as a kid and have many fond memories with my family doing so. Chris and his parents camped a lot. Our kids have not been so fortunate. While they have camped with other organizations, we have never camped as a family.
There are a ton of campsites in the state of Florida. I never knew how many there are. In fact there is a nice one less than 10 miles from our home. So I think this year we are going to get serious about doing a weekend trip around the kids spring break vacation. Which is just around the corner. I am not sure we will take an rv or not but I know one thing, Chris is already looking into the rentals for the end of this month.