All About this Week

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A very good morning to you all!  Did anyone notice my non-existent Thursday Thrift post yesterday?  I am sorry.  I had something that I was working on, but my photos just weren’t doing the outfit any good so I gave up on the post for this week altogether.  A bad hair day, I guess.  The Thursday Thrift is still alive and well though, even with a missing post every now and again.

So this week, it was a busy, fun, and painful one.

Busy because it was the last of our first nine weeks – I can’t even believe it.  The time has just flown by!  We’ve been working hard getting the last of the work done and I have been working just as hard getting all of my grades taken care of.  I am almost there, a little bit more today and I should be able to enjoy next week’s break without a grade book or a red pen in hand.

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It was fun because there was the annual wine walk in Jackson.  Once again, my guy and a couple of our dear friends got the chance to go out and enjoy the evening.  There was wine tasting, antique browsing, and even a friendly game of pool.  Plus, a late night Mc Donald’s snack.  It’s not everyday that we find ourselves at the drive thru after dinner time.  Those chicken mcnuggets sure are good once in a while.

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antique store, silly mirror selfie

Now for the painful part of the week, my hip.  I’ve already mentioned before about this hip flexor strain, well, it may have been a little more than just a strain.  I spent most of this week either icing it or heating it and there was definitely a lot of hobbling involved.  Really, it has felt like seven days of having a hip that just needs to pop – a constant charlie horse if you will.  The worst part of this whole injury is that it hurt to do everything: moving my foot, my knee, my leg, and even sitting.  None of it had been easy, until today.  It has taken a whole seven days, but I really feel like I am on the mend.  I am happy that dance aerobics will be back in my regular rotation, along with my new found love of deadlifts, come Monday.  I am planning on taking it easy though, I would hate to be laid out for any longer.  It was a hard week, mobility wise.

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And that was about all of my week, oh, except for that iphone I was waiting on.  I got it early in the week and I am oh so very happy with it.  Initially, I wanted nothing to do with the latest and greatest, but once my guy bought his, I was counting the days before I would have my own.  My iphone 4 now seems like a small little brick compared to this one.  I am very happy with the upgrade.  I am now just waiting on the new case.  Hope this isn’t the electronic device I end up breaking…

Well, that is all for me for this week.  I have a week off ahead of me and I have a few sewing projects that I am planning to get to.  And, there is a little lot more wine making research to do.  Until next time, have a wonderful weekend!

Summer Sewing for Fall

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maxi dress back view

I thought what I had made was a maxi dress until I looked up the definition:

“A maxi dress is a floor or ankle length informal dress. Maxi dresses are formfitting at the top and loose flowing at the bottom, cut to flow over the body. They are usually made out of cotton or polyester and come in a variety of necklines, colors and patterns.”  source

I had made a maxi dress, but then cut off the bottom and now have a short dress.  Guess the whole thing that makes a maxi dress a maxi dress is the length, I learned something today.  Maxi dress or not, it’s something that I’ve made, and has now made it onto the blog for today.

I have had this dress hanging up in plain sight, waiting to be finished, for a couple of weeks now.  I cut it out and sewed most of it up one late Saturday evening.  Things were going well, but my material choice, as pretty as it is, was a big pain to work with.  Very stretchy, and very slippery.  It was free though, so I didn’t complain too much.  I stopped where I was when I did because all that I was lacking was the hem.

maxi dress hem tape

From where it hanged, it looked lopsided and I knew I was gonna have to do something about that.  I was worried that my hem wasn’t gonna be an easy task once I did even things out.  My options as I saw them, make this ridiculously long dress short, and buy some hem tape.  I was going to have to chop a good several inches off of the dress regardless, and as it was before, there was a slit up the front that I didn’t like.  This last week, I finally got some hem tape, so I cut right above the slit and finished it up.

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I am not too sure I like the dress.  I picked the v-neck option and didn’t even realize that the back was a racer back style until I was cutting things out.  The arm openings are too low therefore my only option with this dress is wearing it with a shirt underneath.  I have already worn it, and I will admit, I liked it a little more as the day went on.  I am not done with the pattern though, I think a nice t-shirt material and a go at the rounded neck version, with a hi-low hem, will be a keeper.

I had no problems with making this dress.  It was very easy, and fit strait from the pattern without any adjustments whatsoever.  It’s nice to make something that doesn’t need a zipper. or any tweaking, every once in a while.

maxi dress material

You’ve not seen the last of this one.  And there will probably be at least two more before all is said and done because that is just how I sew – threes of everything is a very regular theme around here.  ;-)

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Linking up with:

Craftastic Monday, Creative Mondays, Do Tell Tuesday, Tuesday’s With a Twist, Simple Sequins and Passion for Fashion.

Happy to be Home

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It has been a whole month of weekly day trips for me, and this last Monday was my last one.  That one day a week traveling has thrown my days off, and I absolutely enjoyed all day yesterday at home.  With the exception of a couple late afternoon errands today, I will enjoy the most of this Friday as a homebody as well.  It is nice staying home!

I woke up this morning with a strained hip flexor.  I must have danced too hard in that aerobic dance class that I took last night.  I am in a fair amount of pain, and moving my right leg is not happening very easily today.  In fact it’s not just my leg, I have decided to step up my work out routine and have been doing some heavier than normal lifting this week.  My WHOLE body is feeling it.  I have been reading up on this and it is true, no pain no gain.  I am going for gain, so muscle pain is probably gonna be a regular thing for me.  It’s okay though.  It just makes me feel like there is progress.  I’m only gonna complain about my leg today.  OUCH!

Enough of my aches and pains, there were other things about this week not involving the gym.  The biggest highlight is the shiny new iphone that is on its way to my front door.  As much as I thought I didn’t want a new one, I am happy to be getting one.  This was mostly my guy’s idea.  He got one a couple of weeks ago and must have thought my old iphone 4 looked pretty pathetic sitting next to his latest and greatest Apple product.  He spent the time on the phone dealing with the wireless company, and even filled out the trade in form for me.  This is most always my designated task, dealing with customer service calls and filling out online forms.  He really loves me, my guy does!  :-)

What else worth mentioning?  I guess I could talk about the photography challenge I have now decided to do.  I mean I will probably use it as a blog topic at one point in the next thirty days.  My niece started it and a couple of other friends have jumped to the challenge.  It’s one of those thirty day photo challenges that is floating around the social network scene.  There is a list and each day you take a picture to fulfill the daily requirement.  I’m on day three, clouds, and since it has pretty much been raining since I got up, I don’t know how good of a photo opportunity I will have.  I did wake up with the thought of clouds in my mind – in addition to that awful leg pain – and as I took Yuki out, I snapped a picture of the morning sky just before the rain came.  I do have something to work with if nothing better comes along.  Good thing Instagram has all those adjustment tools, even a really bad picture has a chance at being something better than it started as.  My case and point, day one, Self Portrait:

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Remember, these are phone photos so they aren’t that good to begin with.  With a little adjustments though, my red, fuzy face is no longer red and now only fuzzy, but in an intentional artistically looking way.

Speaking of Instagram, I should probably be moving on to other things.  My wonderful foodie friend occasionally posts recipes in her feed, and there is some delicious chicken that I am going to be making for dinner.  I need to go make sure I have all the ingredients because I would hate to add Wal-Mart to my list of places to go this afternoon.  Although, if my hip doesn’t get too moving more freely, I may not be going anywhere.  Maybe some ice packs will help…

Have a great weekend everyone!  And in case anyone wants to follow this thirty day photo challenge, my Instagram name is DMGIRL.

Thanks for reading.

 

Product Review // Juice Beauty

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No, I didn’t forget about that little go-box I bought last month, I have been using it.  I just needed a little bit of time to go by in order to form an opinion about the stuff.  And today is the day, you all get to read my thoughts on that little assortment of Juice Beauty products that I have been using for the last month or so.

If you remember, I unexpectedly made my way into Ulta looking for some beauty products by the brand Juice Beauty.  I found just what I was looking for and then some.  Their Organics To-Go box was a great starting point for me since I couldn’t decide which one item I wanted to get.  Here’s the run down, all one thousand plus words.

Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk

First off, the Cleansing Milk.  I like cleaners that foam up some when I use them; helps me to know it is really doing something.  This did not.  You apply it to a cloth (a nice little one came with the kit) and gently rub it into your skin.  I hoped it was in fact working, since it seemed more like I was applying lotion with a washcloth rather than cleaning my face.  I want to say it worked because the lightly colored cloth looked a little dingy once I got done, but it didn’t feel like my face was as clean as it is when I use my regular castile soap.

Final thoughts on this one: It had a pleasant smell and I liked the way it made my skin feel; however, I don’t think I will be buying this in the regular sized container once I get done using the one that I have.  I like my castile soap more.

Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist

Next is the Hydrating Mist.  You use this after the Cleansing Milk and it is a toning spray.  I have used a toning spray once before and it took me a while to get to where I liked using it.  I never get the spray on my face where I want it to be.  Usually it’s closer to my ears and mostly on my nose.  That’s how it was with this one as well.  I like the way it smelled though, and if made my face feel fresh.  It even says you can use as a skin refreshing mist throughout the day.  When it was hot out, it was a nice little pick me up.

Final thoughts on this one: It grew on me.  I wasn’t crazy about it at first, but I ended up liking to use it more as the days went by.  It was just as it claimed, a nice facial refreshment.  I don’t know if I like it enough to replace it when I run out though.  At this time, I could go either way.

Juice Beauty Antioxidant Serum

Then there was the Antioxidant Serum.  This is the stuff I have some experience with; I am always trying something new from this category of facial products.  I liked it, a lot.  It rubbed in nicely, a little went a long way, and I really liked the way it made my skin feel.  You put this stuff on after you clean and before you moisturize.  It was thin and absorbed well and quickly making it easy for the final moisturizer to go on top of it.

Final thoughts on this one:  I liked that it had more of a liquid consistency compared to some other similar products that are usually a cream.  It makes it nice to use as an undercoat, if you will.  It did have a very oil-like smell, not as nice as the other items in the box.  But I will be buying this one again, for sure.

Juice Beauty Nutrient Moisturizer

Now for the Nutrient Moisturizer.  My main draw to beauty products is how free of chemicals they are.  The more natural the better.  I am very picky about lotions especially.  I have a whole assortment that I have tried and use.  This one was up there as far as quality, and I liked that about the whole line.  As far as a facial lotion, this was nice stuff.  I really felt like it was moisturizing and the feeling stayed with me long after I had put it on.  It rubs in very easily and you don’t have to use a lot, but it is thick.  You have to be quick when rubbing it in, a few circular motions later and it is not that easy to spread out anymore.  This could maybe cause you to use more than you need, but after a few times, I had it down and only used a little bit at a time on little amounts of skin at a time.

Final thoughts:  This most definitely will be on my to buy list when I run out.  I really like it for a face cream, and I liked the way I felt like my skin looked after using it.

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel

Lastly, the Green Apple Peel.  I was a little nervous about this one because I do have sensitive skin and I have experienced that burning sensation and red face look after using some products similar to this.  Let me tell you, it isn’t a pleasant feeling, and red, on my face, is not my color.  I have also read up on my antioxidant peels, and know that they make your skin sensitive to sunlight afterwards, so I wanted to use it when I wasn’t planning on any outdoor activities the next couple of days.  I was expecting a sticky, film like feeling when I applied it, but it wasn’t like that at all.  It rubbed in very easily, spread out well, and didn’t burn at all.  You leave it on for about ten minutes and as it sat it got a little sticky, but my face didn’t feel like it was on fire and my color stayed the same.  It washed off wonderfully and I am not kidding when I say my face felt so smooth afterwards.  I even wanna say I was glowing.  :-)

Final thoughts:  I liked it a lot and this will also be on my to buy list.  You don’t need very much when you do use it and you are only supposed to use it 2 times a week, so this is one that will definitely last me awhile yet, even in the sample size.  Plus, I am planning on using it even less than recommended – probably one time a week rather than the two suggested.

Okay, now I am done.  I have said this before, I am not usually a beauty blogger and yet, this may have been one of my longest posts.  If you stuck it out this far, thanks for reading.  I hope I have left those of you interested in this topic something of some use.  I do like reading – and even writing – review posts, and have personally found some of them very helpful.

*Disclaimer:  I purchased these items with my own money and was in no way obligated to do a review.  No compensation is involved with this post; all opinions are my own and are completely honest. 

A School Day Out

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Hi, everyone!  Another Friday and another month.  What a week I have had!  It’s been nonstop, but still a great one.  Our little school group got to go on its first field trip of the year this past Tuesday and we all had a blast.  We made it to the Discovery Park of America over in Union City and enjoyed every minute of the day.  It’s a newer museum, one year open, and what I couldn’t get over was how big the place was.  The grounds were huge!  So today, you lovely readers, get a nice photo-heavy post all about it.  I came home with 265 pictures, and picking the right ones to show was not a small task, but I got a few of my favorites edited and here you go, Discovery Park of America in pictures.

The day started on level three.  There were space exhibits, hands on energy activities, and the ever present museum water tables.  Plus building blocks, a cloud cannon, and some optical illusions.  Of course, distorted mirrors make for the perfect selfie opportunity, don’t you think?

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Discovery Park illusion

Whoa!  Is it just me or does this picture look like it’s moving?

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We all had a lot of fun with the thermal camera and couldn’t help but compare how hot everyone’s hands were.  White-hot was the final consensus on that one.

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Then there was the quick slide that led to the next level, which actually ended up being a very big part of the day – the slide that is.  Most everyone kept going back up the escalator then sliding back down, over and over again.  One can never be too old to go down the slide, I always say!  (Actually, I don’t always say this.  Just in print and on my blog.)

My boy and his cousin quickly found out that the little scrub booties they were given to cover their shoes, made for an extra slippery ride when hanging out of their back pockets.  What is it with going down steep things at high rates of speed?  Must be a boy thing.  I went down but was hoping for a slow ride with no wardrobe malfunctions.  The older lady before me was not so lucky.  Wearing a dress while sliding down slippery objects is probably never a good idea.  Unless you’ve got experience with that sort of thing, which I seem to have a little bit of…

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throwback to a couple of months ago and that huge hill in Memphis

Level two was where the fish were.  Yes, there was a small aquarium in this place as well, along with some fishing artifacts, and what-nots pertaining to the local tribes and settlements of yesteryear.  It is a really impressive museum, if I may say so again.

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From here we ended up in a war-era themed room with stairs down to the vehicle museum.  I always want to see classic vehicles all lined up in a museum-like setting, and this day I got to.  Of course there were Corvettes, and Mustangs.  Plus the boy’s favorite of the room, a Dodge Viper.  Also many, many real classics.  It was very cool.  I think I took the most pictures in this part of the museum.  Bright, shiny paint jobs with lots of chrome-spoked wheels, it was dazzling!

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Discovery Park classic cars

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Discovery Park viper

Moving on to the outside.  This took the second half of the day and there were just as many things to see out there.  A Japanese and European style garden, a newly planted tree maze, an old mill town display, a barn filled with antique tractors, a pioneer village, and fully furnished train cars.  Plus a seasonal pumpkin house and maze.  Did I miss anything?  Oh, yes, one more thing, there was also a vineyard, at the museum.  Pretty neat if you ask me!

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Discovery Park pioneer

Discovery Park train

Discovery Park vineyard

And that about sums up the field trip.  It was a little hotter outside than we expected this particular day, but a couple of umbrellas made all the difference.  I would highly recommend this museum to anyone in the West Tennessee area.  I know we will be going back soon because my guy needs to have a look at this place.

Any museums that you have found particularly impressive?  Let me know, perhaps I will be in the neighborhood one day and see it for myself.  Thanks for reading!