Friday, April 30, 2010

March of Dimes Fundraiser/Giveaway

Hi! My name is Jayme and I blog over at The TaterTwins. Before I get to my point, I want to thank Claire for giving me the opportunity to use her blog to spread word about this fundraiser!

As the mom of several premature babies who spent time in the NICU, I have decided to raise money for the March of Dimes and to participate in our local walk on May 15th. Funds raised in March for Babies support research and programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives. And they will be used to bring comfort and information to families with a baby in newborn intensive care.

Our first experience with the NICU was over five years ago when our daughter, Amelia, was born 5 weeks early. Then in the summer of '06, our daughter Elora was born 15 weeks early, weighing just a little over a pound. She never did make it home, you can read about her story here. Then just last summer, our twins Ryan & Dylan arrived 7 weeks early and spent about 2 weeks in the NICU.

When your baby comes early it's terrifying. To see them in the NICU hooked up to so many machines is heartbreaking. I hope that by supporting the March of Dimes someday no one ever has to experience it because of prematurity. I have teamed up with a wonderful company- S'more Smoochies- who is offering a giveaway every Saturday through the day of the walk for those who donate. So not only will you be supporting a great cause by donating, but you will be also entered to win some fabulous treats!

So please, consider donating. Every little bit will help save babies!





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Weiners!

Two, to be exact. Two winners, that is.

High Sierra Sport goes to;
hugsfrommandy said... 4
 I follow you in Twitter :)


and a week's worth of Pampers Dry Max & the cute Liz Lange clutch is;
nicóle said... 9
Google friend I am.
Congratulations ladies! You'll both be contacted shortly!

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So so we went to the park, the creepy one.

I want to post  the second part, of Ryans birthday adventures before we head outside, because yes, it was 35 degrees the other night, but it's 80 today. Only in Ohio!
I desperately want need a real camera.
I've wanted one, as Andy says "my whoolleee life"
I had the opportunity, as a kid, but never took it up. Now I absolutely am wanting a camera,wishing I'd pursued photography.
I won first place in a City Wide photo contest as a kid (third grade) for a photo I took of Presque Isle before a storm. It was a good picture..

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Ryan's Birthday morning..

 
I finnaally got around to uploading all the pictures from Ryan's birthday. I have had nothing but troubles, with my software for my Sony camera.
I actually used the online live help, recently, to try to figure out what the heck was going on. The guy actually helped me, but he didn't help me solve the problem, just work around it.
I actually drew a picture, while I was receiving his very. slow. help.


Ehm...awkward pause..

Not in MY garden!

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Deer Off. All opinions are 100% mine.

While I do live in a "city" we live on the outskirts, in what I thought of, while growing up as sort of the re..er..country part of town. I personally, love it!
I love nature & I HATE neighbors. I'd much rather live out in a neck of the woods that is literally that, woods!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

(not so) Wordless Wednesday

Andy, my mom & I were the only people at the nursery on Sunday, it was 45 minutes til close..

Andy loved it.


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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

T-t-t-Tueeessday.

randomtuesday
That's how I talk, or think, in my head sometimes. Like.. It's r-r-r-really cold.
Actually no, I don't think I do, I just made that up..

I do stutter sometimes, when I get nervous. Then I laugh at the stutter, then I get even more flustered. Then I'm over it, because I already looked about as stoopid as I could stuttering & giggling like a fool.

So.. Andy peed on his face yesterday. That was sweet.
Read all about it here.
I'd say we're about 98% potty trained. The other 2% being exactly that. #2.
Poor guy totally pooped his little car panties last night. He just ran off, squeezed it out & as I walked past the door mid push I saw his face, remembered his diapers & said "Oh! Andy, you have on underwear!"
He promptly got a worried look.
I didn't want to giggle, so thank gawd Mike was home, he came in & took over for me.
Ok, actually I just told him "That's all you dude, sorry."

I also have NO intention of doing dishes.
I really like our landlords.. and I really like the price we pay to live here.. For a full  single family house, a big ass back yard, in a popular college town that can charge $1500-$2k a month & 4 guys will spilt it... and trash the house.. We got a DEAL.
However, whoever built this house is a complete fucktard.
I actually need to take pictures to fully explain, but it's like, things are built into the walls & corners with no reference to their use.
Like, cabinets that go SO far back, you surely cant actually put anything in it, much less see it, find it, or get it back out.They added on a back/laundry/mud room apparently, because in the corner, there is a hole in the floor ( drain) and they just put carpet right on top of the cement..
Like..there is a hole there dude..wtf? It's the floor!

There is no storage. It's too small. And obviously, there is no (non human) dishwasher.
Lately I've been doing my cooking dishes, as I go, but every damn day I get to the place of  having one load left of laundry..Then Mike comes home.
So, I decided I just don't want to do dishes.
He can.
And if it means having no spoons, eh.. I can wash one or 2 as I need them..

We're suposed to plant the garden today, but the weather online literally TOLD me to "keep a close eye on this forecast" with some forceful words that I don't remember but I know I was like "that's rude wording..."
So... I'm apparently mandated to check back to this weather channel to see whats going on.
A big frost that "could DESTROY CROPS!" might be coming in tonight.

Eh,Screw you weather website.. I'll watch the news to find out my weather instead.

Here is a sneak peak at my garden post, coming up hopefully, tomorrow.
The rude weather people will let us know.

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An Andy-ism

The scene: I'm in the kitchen.Andy just helped me mix blueberry muffins, I put them in the oven & he went in the living room.

Andy: "What about...we pee in the potty!!!" 
(He is "suggesting" it, or "great ideas" a lot lately, like "What about we have some...ice cream!!" for example)

Me: "OK! Let's go! I'll meet you in there!"
(walks to bathroom, where he is pulling pants down, sitting on little potty)

((((((((spray))))))))

Andy: "I PEED ON MY FACE!"


Me: Ahh!! 
(puts hand over him/the toilet & tries to steer him, and his peeing pee pee past the getting too small for him splash guard on the little potty)) Yeah you did buddy!! ((laughs gently, so not to upset him))

Andy:  ((bursts into tears)) "Oh nooo"


Me: ((big over exaggerated giggles)) OMG That's so SILLY Andy! You peed on your FACE!! heheeee!!

Andy: ((giggle)) I peed on my face.. hee..Oh NO! I peed on my pants!!

We got new pants, and cleaned the pee face.
I tried not to laugh hysterically the entire rest of the day, every time he peed ( now, on the BIG potty, because the little one "spills") because I'll never forget the look of pure shock on his face, and the "wow" of my own.

Potty training is fun. And happening, more importantly, for us. Thank goodness for times like these, that make the entire thing, struggles & all completely worth it.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Monday Minute..dumdumdum..

Monday Minute


1 - What drugs have you done in your life?
Oh I knew this day would come.. Gawd..Sorry mom.
(((holds breath)))
Ahh I removed this. I'm a chicken.
We all do stupid things. I certianly don't plan on telling my kids what mom, or dad did in their youth prior to becoming parents & even meeting each other, but, I also have no problem owning up to my actions in life. I certianly know a lot more than I did then.. and that experience likely made me who I am now.. so.. I'm a-ok with that.
In fact, on 4-20 this year, Mike & I were laughing about some of our past 4-20 experience, from before we met.
Here is mine.
College, Ohio University.. 18 years old.
Sitting in my dorm room seriously bummed.. Roommate is like "whats wrong" I'm like "I'm just so bummed, in Womens Studies today we're re making Barbie. It's like..when your a kid & have the flu, or chicken pox on the really cool field trip day.. So sad."
Roommate is like "Uh.. why dont you go??"
Me ((duh face)) "I'm too high!!" (like it isnt even an option to go, I was just THAT high)

2 - A/S/L?
 26/F/Ohio

3 - Do you pick your nose?
Who doesn't?

4 - What's your favorite childhood cartoon
Smurfs

5 - List the URL, of what you believe to be the best blog post you've ever done
Ha.. I dont think this is the best post, but this is my favorite. For those of you who are late to the game, my blog title used to be Are Muffins just Ugly Cupcakes? Where do squirrels poop?? But I shortened, a few months back.
Where Do Squirrels Poop?  HERE!

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

She's not dead, just sleeping.

Seriously. I'm not dead, just sleeping.

I do this, where I go for so long & then after a few months I HAVE to catch up on sleep & then I'm good, as then I do it all over again.

This weekend & hopefully this week, I'm still going to be MIA a bit while I catch up on things around the house,yard & life.

I've been struck with horrible allergies, which is odd, because I typically only get allergies in the Fall. My mom said "Oh yeah, the news said this Spring/Year is going to be the worst allergy season in YEARS."

Awesome.  I can only take so much in the way of medications, due to nursing & being allergic to everything under the sun. So, I currently feel like I'm high on crack ( or what I imagine a crack head would feel like, at least.. never tried it for myself, thankfully!) with a faucet for a nose & eye balls that I am certian will only stop itching when rubbed with sandpaper.

I just didn't want to leave ya hanging..
I've got the next install of "Our story" (what? not caught up, start HERE.) coming up, pictures from Ryan's birthday, the switch to my domain name & other fun stuff

So.. haha.. now you just have to wait until I don't feel like crap.
Suckers!!

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!!! 

Are you doing anything special, to celebrate the day?
What do you do on a daily basis, to be Green?

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Gluten Free Bread, no longer a contradiction!

I got this media op today & I had to share it with all of you, since I know so many friends who themselves, or their children are living a gluten free lifestyle.
These sounds pretty yummy & I'll be checking them out (even though I am not gluten free, I do love a good bread now & again!)
Hopefully, once I check the book out, I will share some first hand pictures & taste tests from our household.
Even with out a bread machine, you can often adjust recipes ( with a bit of bread know how) to make delicious breads with out the machine!
Enjoy! Yum yum!

Crusty French Baguette
Makes Two 12-inch loaves, 12 slices each

You’ll be amazed by this one — a crusty loaf with a typical French bread texture.

 Baguette pan or baking sheet, lightly greased, then lined with parchment paper and sprinkled with cornmeal

2 cups brown rice flour    500 mL
2⁄3 cup potato starch    150 mL
2 teaspoons granulated sugar    10 mL
2 teaspoons xanthan gum    10 mL
2 teaspoons bread machine or instant yeast    10 mL
1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt    7 mL
1 1⁄2 cups water     375 mL
2 teaspoons cider vinegar    10 mL
2 egg whites, lightly beaten

1. In a large bowl or plastic bag, combine brown rice flour, potato starch, sugar, xanthan gum, yeast and salt; mix well
and set aside.

2. Pour water and vinegar into the bread machine baking pan. Add egg whites.

3. Select the Dough Cycle. As the bread machine is mixing, gradually add the dry ingredients, scraping bottom and
sides of pan with a rubber spatula. Try to incorporate all the dry ingredients within 1 to 2 minutes. Stop bread
machine as soon as the kneading portion of the cycle is complete. Do not let bread machine finish the cycle.

4. Divide dough in half and form each half into the shape of a French loaf. Place parallel to each other in prepared
pan, at least 6 inches (15 cm) apart. Using the edge of a moistened rubber spatula or a sharp knife, draw 3 or 4 diagonal lines, 1⁄4 inch (0.5 cm) deep, across the top of each loaf. Let rise, uncovered, in a warm, draft-free place for 60 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).

5. Bake for 20 to 23 minutes or until internal temperature of loaf registers 200°F (100°C) on an instant-read thermometer. Remove from the pan immediately and let cool completely on a rack.

Tips
Store this bread loosely covered in a paper bag to maintain the crisp crust. Use an electric or serrated knife to thickly slice these loaves on the diagonal.

Ancient Grains Bread
Makes 15 Slices

Here’s a quartet of healthy grains — sorghum, amaranth, cornmeal and quinoa — combined in a soft-textured,
nutritious loaf that’s perfect for sandwiches.

1 cup sorghum flour    250 mL
3⁄4 cup amaranth flour    175 mL
3⁄4 cup cornmeal    175 mL
1⁄4 cup quinoa flour    60 mL
1⁄2 cup tapioca starch    125 mL
1⁄3 cup packed brown sugar    75 mL
1 tbsp xanthan gum    15 mL
3⁄4 tsp bread machine or instant yeast    4 mL
1 1⁄2 tsp salt    7 mL
1 1⁄4 cups water    300 mL
2 tbsp vegetable oil    30 mL
1 tsp cider vinegar    5 mL
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 egg whites, lightly beaten

1. In a large bowl or plastic bag, combine sorghum flour, amaranth flour, cornmeal, quinoa flour, tapioca starch,
brown sugar, xanthan gum, yeast and salt; mix well and set aside.

2. Pour water, oil and vinegar into the bread machine baking pan. Add eggs and egg whites.

3. Select the Dough Cycle. As the bread machine is mixing, gradually add the dry ingredients, scraping bottom and
sides of pan with a rubber spatula. Try to incorporate all the dry ingredients within 1 to 2 minutes. When the mixing and kneading are complete, remove the kneading blade, leaving the bread pan in the bread machine. Quickly smooth the top of the loaf. Allow the cycle to finish. Turn off the bread machine.

4. Select the Bake Cycle. Set time to 60 minutes and temperature to 350°F (180(C). Allow the cycle to finish. Do not turn machine off before taking the internal temperature of the loaf with an instant-read thermometer. It should be 200°F (100°C). If it’s between 180°F (85°C) and 200°F (100°C), leave machine on the Keep Warm Cycle until baked. If it’s below 180°F (85°C), turn on the Bake Cycle and check the internal temperature every 10 minutes. (Some bread machines are automatically set for 60 minutes; others need to be set by 10-minute intervals.)

5. Once the loaf has reached 200°F (100°C), remove it from the pan immediately and let cool completely on a rack.
To make this recipe egg-free: Omit eggs and egg whites from the recipe. Add 4 tsp (20 mL) powdered egg replacer
with the dry ingredients. Increase yeast to 2 tsp (10 mL). Increase water by 1⁄4 cup (60 mL). This flavorful egg-free
loaf is shorter than some.

Tips
You can use 1⁄2 cup (125 mL) liquid whole eggs and 1⁄4 cup (60 mL) liquid egg whites, if you prefer.

Gluten-Free Cycle
If your bread machine has a Gluten-Free Cycle, you will need to make these adjustments:

1. Warm the water to between 110°F and 115°F (43°C and 46°C).
2. Warm the eggs and egg whites
3. Follow the recipe instructions, but select the GlutenFree Cycle rather than the Dough Cycle and Bake Cycle.
4. At the end of the Gluten-Free Cycle, take the temperature of the loaf using an instant-read thermometer. It is baked at 200°F (100°C). If it’s between 180°F (85°C) and 200°F (100°C), leave machine on the Keep Warm Cycle until baked.
If it’s below 180°F (85°C), turn on the Bake Cycle and check the internal temperature every 10 minutes. (Some bread machines are automatically set for 60 minutes; others need to be set by 10-minute intervals.)


These recipes are printed with direct permissions per  the publishers request
 by Donna Washburn and Heather Butt
(Robert Rose; April  2010 Softcover/$24.95)

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Part 4- Florida Bound

I've been avoiding writing this part since before I began this damn story. This is the part I hate.
I don't like talking about it, because it reminds me of the horrid time Florida was,I can't share the whole story, for fear of seriously offending & upsetting family members, but I suppose it's crucial in my story,seeing as how tomorrow is my 4 year wedding anniversary, so... gulp.. Here goes...

Are you caught up on Part One, Two & Three?
Good. Lets go.

Two weeks later, after knowing Mike for exactly six months, we packed 2 animals & 2 cars, as full as possible & hit the road..
Next stop?
Florida, Baby! 3,200 miles from home.


And on we went. Our plan was to drive it in 2 days. Mike was in his Jeep, I was in my Corolla, with echo riding in the front seat, on her bean bag (seriously, she didn't dig dog beds, but loved a bean bag chair!) and Max's kitten self, in a cat carrier. Our cars were packed to the MAX.
I remember Mike had a Nextel phone, at the time, and not a ton of minutes, so my mom thought it'd be a good idea for us to get walkie talkies. We picked some up at Lowes, charged them up & set on the road one morning. I believe it was July 7th, or 8th? 2005.

So off we went. Mike was "Pale Hale" and I was "Rubber Duckie" we had quite a hilarious time with those walkie talkies!! It was pretty uneventful, both of us listened to CD's and smoked cigarettes as we cruised our way down South. We stopped just outside of Savannah, for a beer, dinner & a hotel that was pet friendly. I remember the people we sat next to, at the bar across from the hotel we're from Akron (where we had just left!) what were the odds? They, like everyone else, encouraged our journey & applauded our adventerousness to just pack up & go. The next morning we woke & finished our trip. Or so we thought.


Right outside of Jacksonville, Mikes Jeep started sputtering, we knew it was on it's last leg, but we'd been hoping it'd make it all the way through the trip, here we were, several hours out & his car died.

AWESOME.


We parked in a hotel lot, he ran in to explain the situation,let them know his car had to stay there until we could finish the trip, and we packed as much as we could into my little corolla. Max's cat carrier had to go. Mike, a custom to light travel didn't have too much that couldnt be left, so the boxes were all mine, and I tried to figure out what i could leave behind, after all, I'd just packed 21 years into the car, to leave anymore behind, even for a short time, was NOT in my plans.
A few hours later we pulled into Cape Coral, Florida. I remember taking the sights in, it was all new to me, I'd never even visited Florida before! We pulled up to the house Mike had lived in, with his family & headed inside for me to meet them. I'd met Mikes step dad & his mom, when they came to visit in Ohio & we'd had a blast, I thought for sure this wouldnt be too bad.

Mikes mom, his step dad & his 16 year old sister. We'd be staying with them, while the duplex was finished. The construction had been delayed & our new home wasn't ready. So, we'd be living with his family.

...Yeah....


I'll take this time to say that they are a devoutly religious family, and Mike & I living in a guest room, with a surprise cat & a incontinent dog wasn't on ANYONE'S fun list.
We both had jobs lined up, at the private school Mikes step father had started.
The duplex would be done soon.
This would be ok.
I don't even think we were there 10 minutes, before we were told the jobs were a no go. Us living in sin just wasnt acceptable.
In fact, Mikes step father, Greg, wasn't even in HIS job anymore,which he has essentially CREATED, because a new pastor had come to the church & long story short?
The dude was fucking nuts.
I'm talking the type of guy who names his daughters "religiously evil names" (because they were women, duh) and eventually destroyed the entire church, as it basically came out what a quck & cult-ist he was. Sad story, too long to tell here.. The entire family left the church, Mike & I went to the service to speak to him & he directed his sermon AT US. He preached of evil treying to come nto his church & how he must keep it out, while staring at us "living in sin" spawns of the devil
Needless to say, Mike & I stood up & left that sermon & Mike found a job as an electrician the next day.

So, here we were. 1300 miles from home, living with Mikes family, as his step father was battling Lou Gerigs, Mike was working, and I was just there.
I didn't know anyone, I didn't know anything in town & quite frankly, the traffic was giving me anxiety. I mentioned before, my series of bad car accidents & the Florida was of driving was NOT helping!!
Mike would spend time with me, when he got home & was trying to show me around so I could learn my way, but to be honest, it was sinking in how much this place just wasn't for me. We'd likely been there only a week when I started feeling pretty depressed, it was clear this wasnt the situation I'd expected, or hoped. I spent most of my days reading, or going to the library. I genuinely had no idea what to do, or where to start & was missing home.
I remember it like it was yesterday. From the smell of Air freshner.mixed with the tan scent of my skin, the warm feeling of clothes stuck to my back, from having just sat out in the sun..
I was standing by myself, in the room Mike & I were living in at his parents & I realized I loved him.

It hit me that as much as I hated it there, I'd rather be there & be unhappy with the locale I was living in, and have Mike with me, than go home & be with out him.
I just knew leaving, atleast, with out him, wasnt an option.
I was in love!





Eventually, the duplex was ready. Three bedrooms, 2 baths, brand new. We had one side & Mikes parents had the other.

I was spending my days unpacking the few boxes, mostly clothes, we brought,moving furniture that we got, setting the house up, reading library books & trying to get myself used to this new climate as I prepared to look for a job.

We'd spend the weekends going to the beach. Rum runners on Fort Myers, driving around the luxury neighborhoods of Naples, picking our dream home after swimming in the ocean & walking the beach.

I always wanted to have kids young. Not 16 young, but I'd always known I wanted to get married & have babies young. At age 18 I had an emergency surgery to remove one of my ovaries & sometimes I'd get upset, worried that, that plan might not happen easily.
Mike always told me "I PROMISE you'll have babies, ok?'

I think we all know about the circle of death. And death itself is a funny thing, it affects those it happens to, obviously, but also those who are even slightly touched by it. I think that the sadness, and realization of what was obviously happening to Mikes step father, Greg, mixed with the booze we drank nightly hit both Mike & I. We began to talk about having a baby.
Yes. Andy was planned!
I stopped drinking & got a book from the library about getting pregnant.(gawd, my sister is probably like WHAT?!?!?!)
Ok, I realize that it may have not been the most responsible, or well thought out plan, but for craps sake, I had one ovary, one nuts, so to speak!!
I didn't ACTUALLY think getting pregnant would be easy!
But ya know? We were young, silly & in love, we wanted the biggest act of love possible, a child, so boo to anyone who thinks that wasn't a great decision, because ultimately, it was the best one Mike & I EVER made.

My parents 30th wedding anniversary was coming up, my sister & I had a game for them, they had to follow clues, make phone calls to us & find their way to their ultimate gift, a date out at a high end local restaurant my sister had set up.
It was Sweetest Day, a holiday I now know isn't celebrated all over, maybe just Ohio, even. Mike was sure it wasn't a real holiday, and maybe it isn't, but I've celebrated it my whole life, so damnit, we were doing something special!

Mike is like me, not super fabulous at secrets, which include things like "just close your eyes & I'll see if this ring fits"

Dude.. I snooped that house apart until I found the ring, okay?
I KNEW what was coming.

I remember casually mentioning to Mike that I'd hate for someone to propose at a nice Italian restaurant, it was just too cliche for me, take me to the beach & pop the question any day, I dont need no stinkin' meatballs to make a proposal special!!

I remember the flicker over his face as he said "Oh.." and when we made plans to spend Sweetest Day, on Captiva Island, I knew it was coming.
Hell, I'd found the ring already & I knew he had it tucked in the car, or on him somewhere.

That Saturday, it wasn't too sunny, a bit over cast, but still a nice, early Fall day in Florida. We put on our swimsuits, cover ups & hit Sweet Tomato's, which is still my favorite place & I fail to understand how every town doesn't have one.. it's just WRONG.
We both picked out a bottle of wine, a 2002 Le Snoot, Merlot for Mike & Chardonnay for me & headed to the beach.I remember the giddy feeling in my chest because I knew it was going to happen, but I didnt know when!

We swam, we sat, we drank, we got really close to giant beach birds.. The sun started to set & I remember smiling at Mike & saying "this is perfect"

He said he could think of one thing that would make it more perfect.. and dropped to one knee.

I of course, started to tear up as he asked if I'd marry him. I said yes, he slipped on the ring & we kissed.
As our lips parted & we looked out over the ocean, a dolphin & his mate began to jump through the air.
Priceless.
Mike to this day still says "You have NO idea how much I had to pay those dolphins to do that, really!!"

We both agreed we wanted the wedding to be back home, in Ohio. We had our venue picked out, and we both agreed we'd think more about it in a year or so after we saw what was going to happen with his step father. Greg.
A month later I found out I was pregnant. Surprise!!!!
Mike & I on Captiva, after getting engaged
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Moley moley moley!!!

Austin Powers, anyone? I must admit, as 13 year old boy'ish, as it is of me, it is impossible for me to hear the word "mole" with out picturing this..

OR this.
(PS. Remind me to tell you the story of my dad wackin' a mole, with a croquet mallet, as a kid. EEK!)

and hearing "moley moley MOLEY" in my head.  
I'd also like to say, I've been gagging, and refusing to look at my computer screen, while typing, so, typos be damned, my gag reflex can't handle the hairy fucking mole.

So. I'm going to the dermatologist, this week. I've been tossing around blogging about it after the fact, but I thought, why make you guys wait to have to look at hairy mole pictures? I can do before and after!

I have never been to a dermatologist. Ever. I'm a little scared, to be honest.
You see, I tanned a lot as a teen.. Like.. a lot as in Mike may or may not have thought I was Spanish the first time we met ( in my defense, it was a dimly lit bar, ok??) 
As I've gotten older, I've learned that it isn't a white lie to keep kids out of tanning beds, it does cause skin cancer. ( I know, shocker, right?) and I decided to ask my family doctor for a referral, just to be on the safe side.
Unfortunately for this story, I don't have any fabulously hairy moles, and if I did, I'd have probably tried to cut it off with scissors long ago.. fuck waiting for the derm, man. Hair + moles= no good for me

I got the referral & it sat in my car for a month while I forgot to ake the appointment. Eh.. I don't take my procrastinating lightly.

I sat down to pee one day recently, and opened my new Glamour to read while Andy sat on his potty, next to me.
What was this??
An article about skin cancer & checking moles ( dude, you can call em beauty marks all you want, but moley moley moley it is!)   Long story short, I'm fairly sure I have at LEAST 10 different spots of melanoma.

Seriously. I was all "Help me look at my back..what is that?? Oh.. a cookie crumb? Hmm..cookie.. " (it's hard to see certain spots of your back,try it!) and I checked every single piece of skin I could. Mike, growing up in Florida, had several spots removed as a kid, and I made him strip off his shirt, so I could peek & poke at any little moley moley's I found on him, too.

Now, do I really have melanoma? Hopefully not! But, I did make an appointment,for a full body skin check, just to keep up & up on my skin health.

You see, a quick slash of water, some soap & tanning aren't exactly healthy skin care regimens.. I guess.. It worked for me for 21 years, but the last 5, I've been learning the lesson that skin requires more care, protection & maintenance.

The lovely folks over at NEOCUTIS, a professional dermatological skin care company, that makes some amazing products sent me over some of their cleanser, to help me on my path of dermalogical rightness.
And. I. Love. It.
These are the cleansers & skin care products professionals use to clean, prepare & maintain the skin for further procedures. The wash is soft, it doesn't foam, or need lathering, it just goes right on & washes right off leaving my skin feeling soft & smooth. That's my favorite part of it, it doesn't scrub, or irritate my skin, which, having sensitive skin, is a huge plus.

I'm using the cleanser for sensitive skin,Neo Cleanser which also promotes anti aging ( cause 30 isn't THAT far away!)
NEOCUTIS makes products specially used & sold by professionals only, and I'm excited to see what the doctor has to tell me about  my skin, Neocutis & skin health, in general, this Thursday.
I of course, am hoping for "wow, your skin is gorgeous, you don't need any help, and your in perfect skin health" of course, but I'm also actually excited to learn more about what exactly dermatologists look for.

So my question is, for those of you who "have been" Do I have to get nekkid? I mean, seriously..that's my only question. Do I have to lay there, in my skivvies, or strip down? Should I wear a sports bra & maybe some full coverage boy shorts? I don't want to walk in & strip down, only to get a WTF look.
I know I know, they'll tell me what to do, but I like to be prepared.
Know what to expect.. no suprises for me!

So, those of you who have been, will you share a bit, with me?
And those of you who havent been.. you really should. I'm giving you a "judgey' face right now..
Do you not care about your skin health?? You know, your skin is your biggest organ.. you oughta take care of it!!
You guys should all make appointments with your own local dermatologist, ask them about which NEOCUTIS product is right for you & embark on my path of skin righteousness.
Oh..and get those hairy moles you don't want people to know about checked out!

Moley moley moley!!

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Temptation is Beautiful.

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This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of KAO Brands. All opinions are 100% mine.

It's almost like this fell into my lap. Just this morning, I was emailing with my BFF, and touched on our long standing Trip to Vegas, plans.

I personally, have never been. Mike, has been many times &  seen & done ( no hooker jokes please) it all in Vegas. They routinely went every so often, as Mikes step father was a pretty amazing gambler. Mike has some fun stories of his step father making enough per visit for the rest of the trip, and the year! Pretty impressive.. I however, have different plans for Vegas. They include my 2 very best friends, no children &  me lifting my ban on drinking. They don't say "Vegas Baby!!' for nothing..

Temptation is Beautiful is giving away a weekend, to the city of Temptation..Vegas, of course!  A weekend, plus $1500 spending money for 3 friends, to get away to Vegas. 

Count me in!! This has been on us girls calanders for 4  now, and it's getting closer, ever year. How amazing would it be to win a weekend, spending cash & speed that vacation up to um..NOW?!

I took the quiz as I was doing my daily entry today to find out how Tempting I am, and I think it's broken, because I only got this, for my score-


What do you mean just right?? I want to be HOT HOT HOT!! I guess I lost one "hot" per child I've had..huh??
Which is exactly why I need to get away, to Vegas.. to get some of my "hot" back! ..Pshh..women don't find me threatening?? I guess mac & cheese in the hair will do that for a gal..

Not only are they giving away an amazing vacation, at Temptation is Beautiful but they're giving away amazing daily prizes. You can enter daily, to win that great gift basket, pictured above, chock full of some of my own favorite beauty supplies. I am in love with Biore products, so winning that alone would be a plus, for me!

Take the Temptress Temperature Quiz, while you enter for your own chance to win a Vegas weekend, at Temptation is Beautiful and tell me how HOT HOT HOT you are!  I want to know all about it.
Don't forget, that sharing your results via the social network sites gets you extra entries, into the giveaway!! So, share away!!

While your at it, I'd love to know who each of you would do with a get away, for 3, to Vegas, so tell me the details of your dream vacay in Sin City.

And hey? If you win..can I go with you??
I tend to get kind of slutty when drunk..Haaayyy!!

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