Archive | October 2014

Celebrate the Holidays with Avon

Avon has just what you need for gifts for the Holidays! 

I can’t possibly include in one post all the wonderful holiday gift ideas that Avon has for you this year!  So I am going to show you my favorite recommendations.  There is so much more on the website, jewelry, sterling silver, stainless steel men’s jewelry, slippers for the whole family, womens fashions, toys and jewelry for children.  Watches for men and women and the kids too!  Holiday candles and tree ornaments!  Plus all your favorite regular Avon products available individually or in gift sets.

You can order and have these products shipped direct to your home by registering and shopping at my Avon Webstore.  Don’t wait til the last minute!  Shop now and remember that orders over $35.00 ship for free!

 

all wrapped up

All Wrapped Up necklace and earring gift set. $9.99

All Avon jewelry is nickel free and non-allergenic.

 

 

 

 

 

doc-mcstuffinsDoc McStuffins 20 piece Toy Set $19.99

All you need to help Doc McStuffins treat all her toys!  This 20-piece set includes Doc, Lambie, Hallie, and all her doctor equipment.  Ages 3 and up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Femme set

Avon Femme gift set includes full size perfume and body lotion and an exclusive fragrance solid compact. This is my favorite scent! $30.00 for the set.

Elsa and Olaf

Frozen singing Elsa Cuddle Pillow. She sings a selection from the popular “Let It Go”. She is soft and snuggly and ready to be your best friend! 26″ tall. Olaf Cuddle Pillow. There is snow much love to give this season! This whacky character cuddles and snuggles and even glows! Uses 3AAA batteries not included. Both pillow dolls for ages 3 and up. $29.99 each.

Lennox Angel

Lennox light up Angel Ornament. Boy and Girl. AVON EXCLUSIVE! 3 1/2″ high. Uses 2 button-cell batteries, included. Porcelain and white LED light. $19.99 each. COLLECTABLE!

night drama

Night Drama necklace and earring gift set. Goldtone with faux stones and enamel. Intro price $7.99, Will be $19.99! Get it at the great intro price!

Passion set

This is also my favorite fragrance! Yes, I can’t decide so I love both Femme and Passion! This gift set includes a full size perfume, full size body lotion and full size lip color in Scarlet Siren. $36.00 for the set.

Lip crayon set

Give Me Some Lip gift set. Includes 3 Ultra Color Lip Crayons that twist up, in Reddy for Me, Pouty Plum, and Mod Mocha. Also included is 1 Ultra Glazewear Lip Gloss in Clear. A $30.00 value for only $14.99.

Noel musical

Noel Nativity Musical. AVON EXCLUSIVE! Celebrate the spirit of the holiday with this ceramic Nativity scene. Plays the classic carol “The First Noel” Uses 2 AAA batteries not included. $24.99

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Leonardo Cuddle Pillow! Let Leonardo fight the bad guys while you take a snooze! 24″ tall, $24.00 ages 3 and up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Night We First Met

ONE FATEFUL FRIDAY NIGHT

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When I was a senior in high school my best friend and I loved to go to the outdoor ice skating rink on the weekends.

That same year we both worked at a nursing home after school and on weekends. It happened that because of working I was a little behind on my homework, so one  Friday night in January while Saundra went to the rink, I stayed home to get caught up.

BEST FRIENDS MISSION. Around 8 PM the phone rang, Saundra calling me.  “Sue you have to come down to the center right now!”
“Why? What’s going on?”
“There’s a guy, he won’t leave me alone. I don’t want to be rude but I don’t want to be alone with him. You come on down and be with me, he’ll go away, hurry!”

She sounded like this was a real emergency, it must be something really bad for her to get me away from homework and drive all the way over to the rink.

I slammed the book shut, grabbed my coat and asked for the car keys.

“I thought you were doing homework, all done?” from mom.
“Not really, but Saundra thinks she is in trouble at Lloyd Center and she asked me to get down there right away, I think I really should go get her.”

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Fifteen minutes later I am walking through the crowd of shoppers at Portland’s only outdoor mall, headed for the rink. I found Saundra without her skates leaning against the barrier wall next to the ice.

“Oh thank God you are here Sue! I really don’t know what to do, can you take me home?”
“What? Home? Now that I am here we might as well skate a little while, don’tcha think?”
“Shhh he is coming over here now!”

IT WAS HIS CRYSTAL BLUE EYES. 

I turned to my left and looked… right into a sweater. Then my eyes traveled up, up, up the tallest guy I had ever met to lock into his bright sky blue eyes. Eyes that twinkled like he knew just what was going on!blue-eye

“Hi! I’m Susan!” I just blurted right out, I couldn’t stop myself! If she didn’t like him, I sure as hell did! My heart started popping and the chill from the ice felt colder and magical.

“Skip” he said. “You Saundra’s friend?”
“Yes, I am. She wants to go home but I’d rather skate awhile first.”

“You two go ahead and skate then, I’ll wait here for you Sue”

skates in hand

Off I went to get my skates, my hands shaking as I laced them up. Finally I ventured out. I loved to skate but I wasn’t any good at it.

Then, swoosh! He slid up next to me and took my arm and we skated around the rink. I held on tight as he whirled me around faster than I ever remember. He smelled good, he was so tall! His body was warm next to mine, I could feel the heat through my ski jacket.

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That is how I met him, the one I had dreamed and hoped for. I had not been thinking about that when I drove over there. I was on a best friends mission.

MAGICAL MAGNETISM.  But when my eyes locked with his, everything else fled my mind. I didn’t think about my clothes or my makeup worn out from being on my face all day. I didn’t think about my hair or whether I had put on perfume.

It was his eyes. The cool twinkling sky blue that emitted a magic signal.

That was all it took.blue eye2

 

Your turn! How did you meet the one you fell for at first sight?

It’s Not An Obesity Epidemic

Found this article on a blog called Dances With Fat. If you have ever had a weight problem, read this. Really, read it and read the comments!

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DefendAh the obesity epidemic.  The media can’t get enough of talking about it. But what are we fighting against? Trumped up charges of fat people causing additional health care costs, or how much we cost the workplace?  People who decided that we’ve have strayed too far from the stereotypical beauty standard?

And what are we fighting for?  A world without people whose weight in pounds times 703 divided by their height in inches squared is greater than 30?  A world where we find a group of people who we can identify by sight, decide that they are too expensive, and systematically attempt to eradicate them through means that hardly ever work but generate tremendous profits across multiple industries?

What weapons do we have?  The first study that showed that weight loss fails 95% of the time happened in 1959.  Since then the same result has been repeated in…

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What Side is Your Bread Buttered On?

 

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Last weekend our family went out to lunch to celebrate the birthday of  my daughter-in-law, Courtney.   She chose Spring Creek Bar-b-que, which is a well-known restaurant around this area of Texas, and a family favorite.

One of the things I love about Spring Creek is their warm rolls.   They are so divine!  You get one on your plate with your meal and then a hostess walks around with a huge basket filled with warm rolls, carrying a long-handled tongs to keep you well supplied with hot rolls.  The rolls are heavenly with butter melted in the middle and are perfect for sopping up the last tidbits of sauces and meat.

Of course, Samantha was not hungry.  She was just too excited to eat.  Before coming the restaurant, her parents had taken her to the animal shelter to pick out a new animal companion, a kitten.  They had visited this kitten the week before and he seemed to choose Sammie as much as she was choosing him.  He is black and his name is Jinx.  She calls him Jinxy Boy.   So with all this going on, she was just to excited to sit still and eat anything.

Never the less, Courtney split up a roll into pieces and buttered them, then placed them on a napkin in front of Sammie.   After awhile she finally sat down and reached for a piece of roll.  Immediately she dropped it back down and exclaimed “this bread is wet!”

Samantha does not eat wet bread.  It did not matter that it was butter, the bread was wet and it was unacceptable to her.

This caused me to start thinking about that old saying “you need to remember what side your  bread is buttered on”.  Any of you remember that?

What it means is that you should realize who is providing for you and show appreciation and gratitude.  It can also work against you.  If you are in a bad relationship but you have no wherewithal to get away and on your own, you do whatever is necessary to keep the peace and get along, because you know what side your bread is buttered on.

I heartily agree that our lives are better when we show gratitude and appreciation for the blessings we receive in life.  Not to do so is selfish and wreaks of entitlement.

But I think Sammie makes a good point as well.  This bread is wet!  A person, especially girls and women, needs to be able to butter their own bread!  This idea is called empowerment.

In order to empower yourself you will need to realize that you are strong and brave, that you are gifted and talented.  Tune into your intuition.  If you feel like you do not trust your intuition, practice it.  There are many books available on this topic.  The main thing is:  you already know what you need to know, and if anyone tells you differently then you must be strong enough not to listen!

You have a right to choose the kind of life you want to live.  You have a right to choose the teachers in your life.  I am not talking about public school here.  I am talking about parents, coaches, leaders, friends, parents of friends, counselors, spiritual leaders, ministers, the list goes on.  You choose these people yourself.  If they do not serve your well-being and growth, make another choice.  In the end you become what you choose to be, you become what you think you are.

I want to repeat that.  You. Become. What. You. Think. You. Are.

If you don’t like who you are, change the way you think about yourself.  Practice a new thought, and it will become part of you.

Sammie finally did eat some food.  Her daddy bribed her with banana pudding.  One bite of meat, then one spoonful of pudding. ( hey, anyone remember a song like this? Let me know if you do, I am curious to see who comes up with the same answer I am thinking of!)

Sammie knows who butters her bread.  She is too young to butter it herself right now.  But she is only three years old.  Her parents, grandparents and great-grandparents are in her life because she chose us.  We will make sure she learns to butter her own bread.

Women, girls, listen closely!  Butter your own bread.  Don’t accept wet bread from anyone just because you don’t think you have any other choice!

You always have a choice!

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Please share your thoughts and comments below!  Don’t forget to let me know if you remember the song I hinted at in this article!

AVON CUSTOMER CONTEST!

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I am having a contest for my online customers!

Any customer who places an order of at least $35.00 before midnight 10/8/14 will go into a drawing. This includes first time customers!

 

 

 

1st Winner will receive a choice of a full size fragrance, either Femme or Far Away.

( If the winner is a man or would prefer a men’s cologne, I have Exploration) If you are allergic to fragrances, and you are a winner, let me know and I will substitute a full size skin care product!

2nd Winner will receive a full size shower gel.

3rd Winner will receive a full size AreoVolume mascara in Blackest Black.

Prizes will be mailed by me, they will not be included in your package from Avon.

Go to my webstore to register, shop and place your order!

Fragile Glass

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blue glass

There are few things as beautiful

as hand-blown glass

nondescript long clear rods

transparent

submit to fire and melt

while the artist turns a hand

shape and color come forth

as small zoo creatures

or large wavy art bowls

little carousels with wavy lace

and gold tipped horses

don’t drop it!

glass like this

is fragile

easily broken

handle with care….

I am glass.

Susan Hudson 10/4/14

glass wolf

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Fragile Glass

blue glass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are few things as beautiful

as hand-blown glass

nondescript long clear rods

transparent

submit to fire and melt

while the artist turns a hand

shape and color come forth

as small zoo creatures

or large wavy art bowls

little carousels with wavy lace

and gold tipped horses

don’t drop it!

glass like this

is fragile

easily broken

handle with care….

I am glass.

Susan Hudson 10/4/14

glass wolf