Thursday, March 5, 2015

Is it Time to Replace Your Old Mascara?

Photo Credit; Lash L'Amour
Have you noticed the women on TV seem to have the longest eyelashes lately? Eyelash extensions seem to be the rage right now. But they are expensive and have to be redone about every 60 days. You have to go to a skilled professional to have them applied.  I knew I wasn't in the market for something that took so much time and money.

But then I discovered Younique Moodstruck 3D lash mascara!

I bought it for $29 online and loved it. Now I sell it!  This is the mascara I use every single day. I love it.

I wrote about it on Heart Choices several months ago. I formed a private Facebook page to promote it to my friends. Many have tried it and from the comments I've heard seem to love it.

However once opened, the mascara should be replaced within 2-3 months.

One of my co-workers mentioned that she sometimes gets little flakes on her face from the mascara. I shared a secret of mine with her. I use Q-tip cosmetic applicators to deal with this. They have pointy tips and I found them in my local drugstore for a few dollars. I apply my two step method and keep one of these Q-tips handy. This way if there is a stray flake I immediately dab it and it's gone. If I notice a stubborn flake after I've applied my makeup, I might dip the Q-tip in my makeup remover and voila's gone, gone, gone.

I love how my lashes pop with this mascara. And it doesn't take me much longer to apply than regular mascara.

My friend Helen was hesitant to purchase it at first. She told me that most mascaras seem to clump on her and she starts picking it. After using the Younique mascara for a time, I asked her if she was picking it. She said no! It didn't clump and it stayed on all day long.

I've had a few friends email me photos of the eyes with the mascara on. Lovely!

So if you've never tried it, here is a link to my Lashes by Debbie site. If you ordered it before and need to replace it, you can also order it here.

Here's to beautiful lashes that don't cost an arm and a leg. :)

Blessings and love,

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Exercise is a Healthy Heart Choice

I know you've heard it over and over again. Exercise is good for you. You have to exercise! Exercise is a healthy heart choice. But let me ask you a question. How many of you enjoy exercising? What excuses do you have for not exercising?

I can't tell you how many women my age groan when they hear the "E" word. Even friends who have the time would rather do anything else but ...exercise.

It takes discipline and commitment. Another dreaded word; the "D" word.

I can honestly tell you I'd rather sleep an extra 45 minutes in the morning. But I've learned that unless I get up and jump on my treadmill first thing, I'm not going to get around to doing it. I may have every intention of exercising when I get home from work but something always seems to get in the way. Even on weekends, I have to do it first thing.

Why do people exercise?
  • Some people exercise to lose weight.
  • Some people exercise because they love to eat.
  • Some people exercise because their doctor told them to do it.
  • Some people exercise to set a good example for their children.
  • Some people exercise because it makes them feel good.
  • Some people exercise because they find they have more energy during the day.
You can add your own reasons to this list. (I'd love to know why you exercise if you do.)

I'm getting older. You're getting older. These are facts.

Each year seems to go by quicker and quicker. I work with people who are mostly younger than me. I teach little children who have lots of energy. It's important for me to keep up.

What I've learned over many decades is that ...exercise is a major key to enjoying a healthy and rewarding older age.

Have you ever noticed how many elderly people become so frail that they spend their days sitting. Every activity becomes a struggle. Is this what we have to look forward to as we get older? Now there are certainly medical conditions that may cause people to become more sedentary. But there's something called sarcopenia that medical people use to describe a condition that becomes quite common in the elderly. They have a change in body composition where they lose muscle and there's more fat. Their bodies become weaker and they have more of a tendency to fall.

And guess what?  It's preventable!

Yes I'm growing older each day. But I want to have the energy I need to do the things I enjoy.

Since this is still February which is Heart Month, I will continue to share my two cents with you about making healthy heart choices. And exercise is a healthy heart choice.

So what are you going to do today? How about going for a walk? If the weather is too cold outside (unlike us in Phoenix) why not pull out one of those exercise DVD's or watch a YouTube video and get moving. What choice will you make today? It's one day at a time, one choice at a time.

Blessings and love,

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Valentine's Week Blessings

What a fun Valentine's week! Holidays are so different for me when I get to spend them with children. This past week we had a Valentine's party at school and the children were permitted to dress up for the holiday. They looked so cute. I'm so used to seeing them in uniforms so this was a nice change.

The students in my Mini-Mustang class are the youngest at our school (2.75 - 3 years old). I have to be creative as I want them to learn but at the same time have fun. By this time, they all know and recognize the first letter of their name. They can identify their own cubby and find their seat with their name.

I cut out assorted color hearts and wrote all the letters of their names on each one. I scrambled the hearts and placed them in the middle of the table. The children had to find all the letters of their name. I could see them looking at the letters of their name tags as they searched. I was so thrilled as they were successful in this task. I added a red heart at the beginning of their hearts and they drew a nose and added googly eyes and we stapled it all together.

To help with math, I brought in a bag of chocolate kisses. They have bags of red, pink and silver at this time of year. I had the children sort them on a graph. Then they had to count each row and tell me which color had the most and which color had the least.

The children also got to sort little candy hearts by color. The challenge I had was to be sure they weren't eating all the candies. I was so glad this activity went well as my principal popped in unannounced to see how our class was doing. :)

We have a wonderful Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA)at our school. Since I celebrated my birthday in February, I was presented with an individual bundt cake decorated so pretty. I'm saving it in my fridge. Yum, yum!

My husband Greg and I had a quiet Valentine's Day at home. That was perfectly fine with me after the busy week at school. After thirty years of marriage, it's so nice to hear the words "I love you" and to simply sit and hold his hand. After going through many ups and downs in our lives, we're at a place where we appreciate one other and enjoy spending time together. We love to sit in our living room as we talk about what's on our hearts as we listen to soft romantic music.

I hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day. I know many people have lost loved ones or maybe are in a season of being alone. I think of my dad as he misses my mom. I think of my friend who is newly divorced and another who hasn't married but would love to find the right man. Just remember that there is someone who loves you and His name is Jesus. God is love; the only perfect love.

Blessings and love,

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Am I a kid or what?

Am I a kid or what?

I love this place...Carmel, CA

I love this place...Carmel, CA