Five simple things

September 23, 2018


So this past weekend we celebrated The Mr.'s birthday; He turned 46 this year! It seems that both of us are slowly aging before we know it, but even though our age shows in numbers it definitely doesn't show in us. We both feel like we are in our late 20s, which we're told is great! The Mr. said every birthday just gets better for him. The Bean and I come up with new ways to celebrate it with him and this year was no different. The Bean will turn 15 on the last day in September, so for the last month we've done nothing but celebrate our birthdays. My mom is the best when it comes to remembering birthdays and she is always prompt with her surprises through the mail. I don't know what we'd do if it wasn't for her birthday surprises to us each year. We all three look forward to them and they are such a treat! On a side note, this week was a pretty stress-filled week and it won't stop yet. The Mr. has to work all weekend and The Bean and I are gearing up for another year of homeschooling soon. I usually give him from August 15, his testing day, to his birthday, September 30, as a "summer break" and then we get back to it on the Monday following. Organizing and getting his school schedule and curriculum done before that time as been quite a chore as he is going into the ninth grade this year. I keep reminding The Mr., The Bean, and myself, "We have this."

Here are five simple things that made this week good.

1. This eye cream gift...

I received this firming eye cream as part of the Influenster program and for testing purposes. Although I am not one to use creams like this because of my allergies and how sensitive my eyes are, this one is really nice. I've been using it a week now and I am pleased with the results so far. Most eye creams in the past have made my eyes itch and burn to the point of me rubbing my eyes raw. The Perricone MD firming eye cream feels hydrating and nice when I apply it at night. I have enjoyed it so much that I've been even using a small bit of it during my morning routine, as well. It's holistic and anti-inflammatory. You can purchase the Perricone MD Firming Eye Cream at Sephora, or here

2. This man's birthday...

The Mr. had a great time celebrating his birthday. From a homemade chocolate on chocolate birthday cake-his favorite, to The Bean's homemade banner he could run through. It was a good day.

3. This box...

This was the September Yogi Surprise Lifestyle box and it was packed full of great items. I'm not really a huge fan of purple, but that cashmere shaw is amazing! I can't wait to wear it this fall and into the winter months here in Oregon. You can get on the October list here.

4. This sign...

It's really sad that we have to place signs up in businesses to let people know that they are welcome no matter where, who, what, or why. Hate really has no place anywhere!
(Nearly Normal's Gonzo Cuisine) 

5. Autumn changes...

We are looking forward to the changes here because this is the time of year that makes Oregon shine the best! We are looking forward to some great fall hikes.

A few more things:

• Time to clean out and organize your first aid kits

Have a nice weekend.

Five simple things

September 14, 2018


We had a chilly week here in the Valley this week and a few mornings we had to turn on the heater to low just to get the chill out of the air indoors. We also got a few days of heavy rain and it was welcomed with smiles in our house. With our water bills being pretty large already from trying to stay ahead of the heat, the rain gave us a little bit of a break from watering our garden and flowers. This past weekend was our "Downsizing yard sale" as we like to call it. We ended up selling a treadmill, an armoire, a few nightstands, an electric guitar and amp, a secretary's desk that The Bean used for homeschooling for years. I was sad to see the desk go, but we have other options for a desk now-the dinner table-that helps us be more minimal. We also sold a lot of The Mr.'s card collections; Football, baseball, and golf gear. We tried in vain to sell the wooden picnic table, but no one seemed to be interested in it right now. We will try again with our last sale before we finally move into the next phase of our life in a couple of years. We are gearing up to celebrate The Mr.'s birthday this weekend, too!

Here are five simple things that made this week.

1. This sweet doggie...

Because I don't talk about him enough and how great of a doggie friend he really is. 

2. These blue skies...

It's been awhile since we've seen them because of the fires, but this week was nothing but blue skies and a bit of rain, but definitely more blue.

3. This Yogi Surprise box...

This was the August 2018 Yogi Surprise Box and it was all about chakras and clearing out to make room for the new. You can sign up here to get next month's box and get a $10 credit towards your first one with coupon: REFJVDKY1IDAT

4. These balms...

Because with the temperature change lately they have been a lifesaver.

5. This sleeping kitty...

Because nothing is sweeter than a sleeping kitty. Eleven cat has become such a sweetheart and with the loss of Meia recently, we are giving her extra special attention.

A few more things:

Have a nice weekend.