Thursday, April 20, 2017

Sephora box

Terrible picture of a really good box.

So far, the Sephora Box is by far my favorite beauty box. This month was one of my all time favorites. I cant not pick what one thing I was most excited to get because I really wanted it all.

Living Proof is my favorite hair care line (and coincidentally, my favorite Bible Study!) its expensive, so I love these large sample sizes. I already use Josie Maran Argon Oil, so was happy to try a large sample of her new primer, which I already love. I've been wanting to try Watts Up by Benefit, because me and the highlighters have a thing. and I love Chloe. Floral scents are my favorite and I don't have any Chloe because it is expensive (Since I buy myself one nice perfume each year for Christmas, this will probably be what I get this year).

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


I really want to start juicing, but its too much to try in my restricted upstairs bedroom kitchen. I regularly blow out fuses trying to cook breakfast as it is.... I cant tax the electrical system by adding one more thing.
So, I have relied heavily on pure juice, the kind you buy that is nothing but the juice of a crazy amount of pressed/pureed/pulverized fruit and veggies.  It is shocking how much fruit your really drinking in one bottle (3 1/2 apples, a banana, 22 blueberries, 1 sweet potato, 1 grapefruit, etc...) It is also shockingly expensive, but I feel like its justified since I cant use my own juicer and I need that extra nutrition. 
I look at it as just another unexpected flood problem and expense..... but a tasty one.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Simple Woma's Daybook: April 18, 2017

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Outside my window:
For the most part the weather has been surprisingly pleasant.  Enjoyed a long string of beautiful blue skies and sunny days. But I know the hot weather is around the corner.

I am looking forward to:
One of my yearly goals was to do some travelling this year and I really have. I was in Vermont in February. I'm going to Gulf Shores in May and plan to shop here heavily for the house. I'm going to Maine for a long Memorial Day weekend and planning another trip for a long Labor Day weekend, right now, looks like it will be to Niagara Falls.

 Around the house:

This is somewhat of a sore subject. A flood update....  The few I know whose house is already fixed complains about the poor workmanship and quality. I try to have patience and not rush the contractor because I'd rather have it done right and avoid years of complaining about the finished product. The progress seems to happen all at once then nothing happens for the next few weeks. Its getting depressing. The wooden front stairs are built and are prettier than ever, the new iron spindles are in, I have electricity downstairs, and the fridge is plugged in (its sitting in the middle of the kitchen, but it is plugged in). I have a washing machine hooked up but no dryer. The master bath tile shower has been started and a new fence is about to go up. But, it is so slow. If I get moved in by August, I'll feel lucky.

I am watching:
I finally came to the realization that living upstairs is not as temporary as I think it is. Its been 8 months since the flood and 6 months since I moved upstairs. There is realistically no end in sight. I've been without cable the entire time. I do have a TV but its more trouble than its worth to move it from window to window and arrange the antenna just so, hoping to get a channel. I broke down and got both Netflix and Sling TV.  Now I'm just moving my laptop from place to place. Its weird to watch TV on the computer, and I wouldn't have chosen this, but I get to watch  HGTV, the Food Network and Lifetime. I just started watching the Crown. Its been a LOOOOOOOOONG time since I watched a series.

I listening to:
Since I've been watching very little TV, I can finish an audio book in 2 to 3 days.  I read about 2 books a week. I decided that I need to make efforts to read more of the classics. Last year I read The Great Gatsby. Now, I'm reading Jane Eyre, (and you cant get much more classic than a book written in 1840s). Some parts of it are vaguely familiar so I think I half-heartedly read it (or probably the cliff notes) in Jr. High like everyone else.

I am reading:
Bible study at church, uninvited by Lisa Terkuerst. Its not the first study I would pick, but its what the women's group at church is doing. Honestly, its not my cup of tea. I'm muddling through it.

I am cooking:
I'm trying to cook more, its still not easy. I  can make breakfast and I made Taco Lettuce Wraps this weekend. Having a real fridge downstairs (with a freezer) helps a little.  I can make smoothies now, and put more than 2 bottles of water in the fridge at one time.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Target Haul: or alternatively title: How I spent $90 in 20 minutes in Target

My biggest problem is Target.... ugh! I got to stay out of Target.

Black and Decker cordless power screwdriver
I bought some glass door knobs for the inside doors and I am dying to see how they look!  But they are just sitting there, waiting for the contractor, who has been ignoring them. I'm sure door knobs are not the very top of his priority list, and they probably shouldn't be on mine either. My plan was to help him by getting them in. Have I ever put in a door knob before? Ha.  Ha. Getting the electric screwdriver is my first step. This is obviously going to be a long multi-step process.

Extra fine point Sharpies
I want these at work and asked my Secretary to order extra fine  Sharpies, but she keeps handing me boxes of fine sharpies and finally said, if a finer one exists, she cant find it. I knew I could find the extra fine ones at Target, and here they are.

Essie Love, Color and Treat nail polish
This is new and I was sucked in. I haven't seen any reviews on it, just the advertisement in magazines which was enough to sway me.  They say you can tell a lot about a woman's emotional state by the way she takes care of her nails. Clearly I am fine. In color Laven-clearly.

Burt Bees Peppermint Body wash
My motto is  let me buy anything to make me excited to get up when the alarm rings and jump in the shower. So far, my plan of trying all the appealing body washes .... not working.  This is my latest attempt.

Pure juice is expensive, but living upstairs  I'm not eating many fresh veggies or healthy anything, and feeling like I need some help in the nutrition department. And I've been sick! This is where the fresh juice comes in. The ones with nothing but pureed fruit and veggies. This bottle has 3 1/2 apples and 22 blueberries, oranges and carrots pureed into it, among other things. So how can you not feel better when your consuming this?

Elf Flawless Foundation
This is another you-tube made me buy it product, (here) and I have to admit, its really good, and its $6, and because I'm just that shallow, the packaging (heavy glass bottle with a pump) makes me happy too.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
I am on the hunt. I cant find a really great concealer that I really love. This one is ok, but... the hunt will go on.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


The annual LSU Library book sale. I stumbled across it yeeeaaaarrrs ago and I've been going faithfully every March.
Some of my favorite books have come from rooting around on the overflowing tables. Its a lot to go through and I have never visited all the categories in all the different places they are set up, even though I keep saying I want to.  

This is the most I've ever spent here, $36. But I got 12 books. I don't think I've ever bought more than 4 in the past! But I had a good reason.

I was specifically looking for cookbooks since I lost every. single. one.  in the flood. I mean every last one of them. 

Aunts, who are no longer here, had given me some cookbooks that I found and replaced (Cake Doctor, Pots, Pans and Pioneers), and I found a couple of the older cookbooks I had collected (Nestle Toll House cookbook from 1980).

They have such great books, you just can not pass them up.

I'm already looking forward to next year.

Monday, March 6, 2017

5 days in Vermont

I left New Orleans while the City was just waking up.

I camped out in front of the fireplace, a lot.

Vermont has more than 100 historic covered bridges, more than any other state. I had plans to visit quite a few of them, but because they are mostly located on the side of a mountain, on a dirt road, covered in mud and ice and its hard to get to them in a rental car.....
I visited four of the historic bridges

Of course, I played in the snow.

Who knew that Vermont was such a foodie place? Everything was delicious.
I visited a cheese factory (mmmm..... Alpine Cheddar is my favorite....) 
an apple cider mill (probably my favorite shop/factory to tour... cold apple cider and hot apple donuts. The entire operation smelled heavenly. Its the top producing mill in New England and still made with machines built in the 1920s and it is DELICIOUS. They feed the apple scraps to the pigs then make apple bacon!)
and Ben & Jerry's  which was delicious, but surprisingly small and cramped (and crowded).
I also visited a glass blowing studio and watched glass being made, brought back a dark blue hand made candle holder for my new bathroom (that is being built), had to baby it and carry it in my purse for the trip home. We both made it in one piece.  

Vermont is very rural, and there are a lot of small little towns. I wondered around the little towns and braved icy paths. The air is so fresh and clean.
Every little town has a white church with a steeple. This one was in Stowe.  

Did some shopping at the General Store.

The coldest day I saw, visited the State Capitol in Montpelier. It was about 20 degrees. Vermont was the first state after the original 13 colonies. 

Home. Back to reality.