Monthly Archives: November 2012

T.G.I.F For Sure

This is the week that felt like it would never end; thank god the weekend is finally her.

Let’s get laughing.

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These pranks are hillarious! I’m not sure which is funnier – Dennis Quaid or Ellen laughing.

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Happy Friday Everyone!


Cold Sore Cover-up

Cold sores. There is not much to say about them other than the well-known fact that they suck. They usually strike when you are stressed out, and/or fighting a cold; so basically when you feel like crap, they add to the crap party and make you feel that much worse.

This is how my luck usually goes. All weekend I was fine…then Sunday night I felt the stirrings of a cold sore. First I tried to pawn it off as the beginnings of acne but come Monday morning  (OF COURSE!!) I could no longer lie to myself. I had a *FLIPPING* coldsore!

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When I showed up at work all eyes were on me, or more precisely on my cold sore. Ahh, joy! My friend, Julie, then told me about this product called Abreva Conceal Invisible Cold Sore Patch that she heard about.

Could it be….could there be a way to hide this hideousness that has perched on my face???? It was worth a try. The process looked easy enough.

Step one – Wash your face and make sure the cold sore was clean and dry.

Step two – Take out the patch out of the package and stick it on the cold sore. Hold it there for approximately 15 seconds.

Step three – Gently pull away the applicator tab, at a slight angle away from your face.

Step four – apply concealer, powder and blend in with your makeup.

Here is my review on this….

This may work if you have a very small cold sore and it is hidden on your lip. I, unfortunately, had a cold sore cluster above my lip so this really didn’t work for me.

Adding makeup over the patch to conceal it, was like trying to add makeup on a piece of scotch tape that you placed on your skin. It came off looking shiny and made my lip look worse (if that was possible). When all was said and done, my upper lip looked puffy and with the layer upon layer of concealer and cover-up that was applied, I ended up looking more like this……

In conclusion, the cold sore cover-up looked worse than the cold sore itself. The Abreva Conceal Invisible Cold Sore Patch cost 9.37 at Wal-Mart. Next time, I will put my money toward something that I am sure will help me get through my cold sore drama. 😉

Note – all images were taken from Bing images. Taking a picture of my cold sore was just not happening. 😉


Christmas Countdown

With Thanksgiving being over the holiday rush is in full swing. We still have decorating to do (that is a constant in our house), presents to buy, and lessons to teach. After all, the holiday season (whether it be Christmas, Hanukah, or whatever) isn’t all about presents but rather about family, being grateful for what you receive, and giving to those around you.

As I attempt to teach that lesson to my little man, I realize a more immediate lesson is lurking in the wings: how many days until Christmas. It would seem that with every snowfall or Christmas cartoon, my little man believes (or hopes) that that is the signal that tomorrow is Christmas. After the umpteenth failure attempt to explain it to him, I thought there must be an easier way.

I had planned on recreating this cute idea (from Pintrest) where you open an ornament a day until Christmas (who knows…I may still do that).

Then there is this idea (which was sent home by JBear’s daycare) is inexpensive and easy enough so we thought we would give it a try.

This is how you do it (super simple). Think up a 24 of cute ideas of things to do for Christmas. These may range from singing carols in the living room to making hot chocolate and using a candy cane to stir it. There are so many cute ideas and I can definitely see this turning into Christmas traditions. Then print them onto a label sheet.

Next, cut different coloured chart paper into strips; red, green, and white for example.

Stick a label on to each piece of coloured paper. We did this as a family and looked at the calendar to see which idea would work best on which day. For example, camp out by the Christmas tree was one we saved for a weekend.

Next curl the paper into a circle and either staple or glue the ends together. Then do the same thing for the next piece and so on, interchanging colours and hooking them all together so they make a chain.

This idea is a great way to create/continue family traditions as well as a great way for little ones to count down to Christmas. Bonus, this is also a way for parents to stay sane over the holidays because you child won’t continuously ask you if tomorrow is Christmas. 😉

It looks like my little man approves.

What do you think? Is this something you would try? Do you have a great way to count down to Christmas?


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