Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Leggings !!

Being a flufflier type woman, I never, ever thought that I'd want to wear leggings each and every day, but a friend of mine was having an "online shop" as a way to help supplement her income, and since I like to help out - I bought 2 pairs of leggings - thinking my daughters would wear them.  Boy was I wrong !  These are the softest and warmest things I've ever worn, plus they come in such bright, bright colors that they simply make you feel good inside - and they fit perfectly.  Sizes?  Oh year, try like 2 sizes, Tall and Curvy (which is me) and OS (one size) which fits up to about a size 12.  My daughter wears both - but she likes they length of the T&C.

This is what I was wearing on Christmas day ...

This is the pair my daughter wanted... yes they are buffalo .... don't ask

  I ordered this pair just because it looked fun.

  I tried to get the bottom black/blue pair of these, but I think someone else grabbed them before I did.  Those I would have worn out in public !

  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these !!   This is one of those pairs that you have to feel good about yourself when you are wearing -- how could you not ??

  This I got for the 14 yo daughter of a friend of mine - They love them too - and wear them for PJs, to school, and to swim practice !

  These are for her younger sister - who's such an instigator - I love her.  Her favorite color is purple, so I know she'll adore these.

 And this is next on my list to buy for myself.  Such fun prints.  Now this company is NOT sold in stores - they only make 1,000 pairs of each print/size and then you'll never find it again.  You'll get some hard to find items going for crazy money on ebay, but that's not why I buy them, they are the softest leggings I have ever owned.  This company also makes skirts (long and short) and dresses for both adults and smaller kids.  I do own a couple of their maxi skirts, again, very soft and beautiful prints.  The dresses are also amazing, but I want to lose another few pounds off my baby "pouch" before I invest in a dress or two.  The company is called LuLaRoe  and they only sell online, or if there is a dealer near where you live, you can try on that way.  FB has quite a few different groups - but here's the thing - they'll announce the time and date of the "pop-up" sale and they'll start posting photos.  I've seen pop up sales with 250 items all sold within 10 minutes.  You see a photo you like, in your size, you quickly type SOLD, your email address,  and then you cross your fingers and hope you were first in line !  I've linked the site above, you can put your zip code in and look for someone close to you.  I don't sell the stuff myself - not enough time in the day - but it's like Avon, if you have the time and you are good at selling, all of the affiliates I've dealt with seem to love it, and it pays for their LuLaRoe addiction (yes, it is an addiction - I probably have 2 dozen pairs of leggings now ... my jeans are lonely !)  

Monday, December 28, 2015

Resurrecting for 2016

I've started a couple different blogs since I last posted here in 2014 - but I rarely posted because it seemed like it would take forever to build back up my files, recipe files, quilting files, photos - just too many posts to just "forget about"   So - if it's not broken, why?  Yes, some of my links probably no longer work, and I'll fix those one by one - so if you see one that doesn't work, give a shout.  I also will be opening this to the public - so they can follow along on my 2016 journey.

So - a refresher on who's who in 2016

Me - Mom, wife, businesswoman, chauffeur, homemaker, and homesteader wanna be.  I am on a constant search for the perfect property.  I found a 7 acre parcel with a pond full of fish that would be perfect since it already contains a barn with water and electricity where I could raise rabbits. goats and chickens, but the house, although amazing, is more than I need, and I cannot see paying top dollar for the house when I'm really interested in the land.  I've been married nearly 20 years - come next month.  20 years.  Wow.  I also will turn 50 next year.  Double wow.  Where has time gone?

Sham - Also known as DH (dear husband at times, sometimes the D stands for something much different) and Shammy to my mom.  He's an awesome provider, but his Middle Eastern culture is seen in his lack of showing affection.  I know he loves me and the kids - its a given, but sometimes a gift or some flowers would be nice.  Ah well, it's been 20 years, I don't think he's going to change now.

Mona - my first born.  My first preemie baby, at 31 weeks, I was scared !  3 pounds 3 ounces of a little fighter, who turned out smart as a whip, is a Sophmore/Junior in college, and also a manager of a local Drug Store ... she amazes me each and every day !

Leenah - my second daughter.  Who's life seems to revolve around the pool.  Who swims 7 days a week most weeks, for 2-3 hours each day.  She also amazes me that she can manage her schoolwork with the time spent in the pool and excel at both.  She also can follow any recipe and make an awesome dessert or a satisfying dinner.  When she's in the mood, she's the best mom's helper there is - although now that she's a little older, she's not in that mood as often :)

Nadia - my third daughter.  The one that made my son's existence possible.  Born as a preemie at only 27 weeks, she scared me too, but it also showed me another side of my husband, the helpless side, when he felt there was nothing more he could do to ease my pain.  She's so smart - I don't know how all that knowledge can fit into one little head.  She's got her sights set on Med School ... yet she's just in High School.   I do believe she'll succeed no matter what she does, and I'll help her every step of the way.  She's got such a great heart ... I'm such a lucky mom.

Adam - my son.  I waited a long, long time for him.  Most people think that I wanted a boy for my husband, but truth be told, it was me who really wanted a boy.  He was born at just 23 weeks and 3 days.  Yes, I know exactly the day I got pregnant with him.  If it weren't for Nadia, I doubt he would be here, because it was her birth that taught us about steroids that could be given to help develop his little lungs when it was apparent that he was coming early no matter what we did.  Sure, he's got some learning delays, but to sit and talk with him, you'd never guess.  He also swims, not as well as his sister Leenah, at least not yet.  He terrorizes his sisters, that's his job as the younger brother.  He is my heart.

And Felix - the newest member of our family - my kitten.  He is about 9 weeks old now - full of life, but when he's tired, he's perfectly happy to sleep across my shoulders or in my lap.  If I'm working he'll curl up in an old towel-lined cookie tin next to my desk so he can keep his eyes on me.

That's who we are - welcome to our family - as we welcome in 2016 !