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Monthly Archive for July, 2010

July Favorites

~July Favorites~

I’m stealing this idea from my sister’s blog: www.einthepink.com

I am gigantically preggy, due in just 8 days (but praying little man decides to emancipate himself from his snug watery quarters NOW).  I’m hot.  I’m crampy.  I’m uncomfortable.  And definitely ready to have this baby.

Anyhoose – here is my quicky for this week:

On this lovely summer day, I thought it would be appropriate to share some of my July Favorites to end the week!
My all-time favorites are stargazer lilies.  A) their scent is just divine – sweet and feminine.  LOVE IT!  B) hello – they’re PINK!
Most of my musical selections in he car now involve kid’s channels for my almost 2-year old, but when I get a few minutes to myself I’ve been blasting Edwin McCain’s greatest hits & Cowboy Mouth.  I’ve also been cranking up the volume for Hey, Soul Sister – my current happy song, California Gurls (don’t know why I like that one), and Your Love is My Drug.  The last 2 may not be awesomely deep songs, but they make me happy, so who cares?
I have not seen a lot of movies this summer – hell, I haven’t seen a lot of movies since my son was born!  But the hubby and I went to see Toy Story 3 on our adult weekend away in June and I loved it!  I love the first two as well, but this one was cute and fun, and it gave me the satisfying ending I needed.
Since I can’t drink right now, I don’t have any froufy drinks to name, but sweet tea is a year-round southern staple.  It tastes even better when it’s a jillion degrees outside!  And Chic-Fil-A lemonade – one word: YUM.
I have made time for some pleasure reading lately, and I’ve gone through a few good ones.  Rebel Debutante by Anna Fields, Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisberger, I See You Everywhere by Julia Glass and My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares.

I have not been wearing or smelling perfumes lately, a lot of scents I just can’t handle right now.  But I love the smell of my son’s Johnson & Johnson lavender bubble bath that we use religiously.  I love the way he smells after a bath just before bedtime.

hmm…..summer indulgences have changed drastically since having children, but I still make time for a monthly pedicure.  It’s been a treat to myself every month for the past 8 years.  I gotta say it’s a definite fave – especially right now.  Having your feet and legs rubbed and feeling the cool tingle of the peppermint lotion before a perfect application of bright polish is so lovely!

Nail Polish Color:
It’s a retired OPI color, but I tracked down a few bottles online after our nail salon ran out – “Strawberry Fields”.  It’s bright, hot pink with some shimmer.  I’ve been on the hunt for a replacement shade, and I think Orly’s “Oh Cabana Boy” is as close as I can get!

May be cliche, but being 9 months pregnant in the middle of July, ice cream is an obsession.  Frozen yogurt, milkshakes, ice cream – whatever.  Add some M&M’s to it and I’m deliriously happy.

Well…I guess see above.  Ice cream in combo with the heat is really a perfect fit!!
Have a lovely weekend, guys!  Hopefully the next post will be announcing the arrival of babykins!
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M.A.C. Villains Collection

MAC Villains Collection

Coming in September 2010, the M.A.C. Villains Collection will be here just in time for your fall cosmetic splurge and perhaps a Halloween treat for yourself!

I was delighted when I heard news of this long-awaited collections’ official debut date.  Who better than MAC to compile an amazing makeup color palette to complement and bring to life some of Disney’s greatest animated bad girls, and their newest bad boy.  With the villains chosen ~ Cruella De Vil of “101 Dalmations”, the Evil Queen from “Snow White,” Maleficient from “Sleeping Beauty” (my personal favorite) and Dr. Facilier from “The Princess and the Frog” ~ we are sure to see some fantastic and whimsical products in the line-up.

I’m hoping for some of the deeper hues that accentuate the previously named visages, things that can add to your “special occasion” cosmetic collection…gorgeous colors that you may not use every week, but that will sure make a dramatic and sexy statement when you do.

With 40 items in the collection set to debut on September 30th, I have marked my calendar and am excited to visit my MAC counter and see if there aren’t at least a few things that catch my eye.  This is definitely something for the wild woman in us all…be bold, let your inner naughty girl shine!

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Guido, Heartburn and other Fabulous things that happen during pregnancy

Guido, Heartburn and other Fabulous things that happen during pregnancy

Ahh…the home stretch of pregnancy #2 and I can say it has gone much faster than the first – mostly, I believe, due to the toddler I’m chasing around and caring for and not having the pregnancy be the SOLE focus of my life for nearly 10 months.  And I can also say, while I’m glad we are soon to meet our second son, I am sad that I won’t be pregnant much longer.

Yes, I am one of the women who adores being pregnant.  I’ve been very blessed and had near perfect experiences both times which probably contributes to my love of being with child.  I love the “glow”, I love having luscious hair, I love the awesomeness of growing a tiny person inside me and being a vessel of humanity or “incubator of tiny humans” as I like to call it.  I even like the waddle I have adapted near the end of both pregnancies.

There are a few things I do not care for as much, but they come with the territory, and I’m a big girl and can deal with these changes – some temporary, some more lasting.

Guido would be first on my list of not so favorite things about being pregnant.  Guido is my friend. He’s been around for the better part of 6 years now, but lately has been more prominent in my life. Guido is a varicose vein on the back of my left calf. Not terribly attractive, I’m aware of that, but until my first pregnancy he was just “there”.  Hanging out.  He’s never really hurt me physically, never any pain or throbbing, so I haven’t been too concerned about him. But I had him inspected about 4 years ago and was told he could be “taken care of” (this inspired my pet name for him – Guido). I was also told that the chance of developing new varicose veins is higher when pregnant, and if you have existing ones they could get worse. Well, several years ago with pregnancy on my mind for the future, I decided not to bother with Guido until a bit later down the road – that I’d wait until I was done having kiddos and could enjoy the benefits of vein removal. Well, after two pregnancies, Guido is now full on FUGLY.  Longer, darker, ropier,  and he’s conquered virgin leg territory – wrapping from my calf around to the front side and creeping his way up the back of my thigh.  Yes, lovely I know… Definitely sucks, and I’ve even banned skirts, short dresses and capri pants this summer because of Guido. I can’t see him, so I don’t think of him often, and he still doesn’t hurt at all. But man…Guido is one ugly SOB. I’m so freaking pale he is particularly noticeable on the back of my white leg. Ultimately, Guido knows he and I will have to part ways. He doesn’t belong here…not until I’m 92 at least…so we will meet again. For now, I’m trying to ignore him and enjoy the hot, humid summer in my cute maternity clothes. I know he’s watching me, keeping tabs on my whereabouts. But he knows his days are numbered…he’s throbbing a bit now, not painful, but noticeable, and Matt is urging me to have him looked at again this fall after we settle in with baby.  At least if I have to go through several months of compression hose (due to insurance requirements) I’ll be wearing jeans all winter anyway.

Heartburn is number 2 on my list.  EVERYTHING sets it off, particularly in late afternoon and at bedtime.  I try not to overeat – hell, I can’t really overeat, there isn’t enough room in my tummy right now!  But milk…popcorn…chicken…pasta…cereal…EVERYTHING is sending that fire up my throat.  And I’m popping Tums like candy.  Ok, not really, I’m trying to watch the calcium intake with those things, but it feels like it.  I have a bottle in the bathroom, one in the car, one in my purse and one in the kitchen…just an arm’s length away if needed.

And surprisingly the sleeping isn’t as rough yet as I expected.  I still wake up to pee at night at least once, but napping mid-day with Evan and going to bed at a “normal hour” are helping.  I can make it through the day (while chasing a toddler) without being completely wiped.  I’m in a nest of pillows, of course, taking over much more than my fair share of our king size slice of heaven, and I have ear plugs in to block the major chords of my husband’s snoring (yet my mom powers still wake me if there is even a sniffle audible on the baby monitor – cool, but weird how that works), and I have out ceiling fan on high speed with all the covers kicked off my side while my poor Matt has all the covers and a blanket pulled up to his chin to try and cocoon his core in warmth so he doesn’t expire from extreme hypothermia overnight.

And as a bonus, so far I haven’t developed any NEW stretch marks.  I’m just reusing the old ones, which is fine with me!  Yay for me…being green and “recycling” (hey – gimme a break, I’m pregnant and was trying to be witty).

Otherwise – all is good.  I’m only +3 pounds overall (I lost 22 initially, and gained those back slowly over the first 7 months), my blood pressure has been excellent, I’m good to go with no gestational diabetes or Strep B to worry about, I have a good appetite, kiddo seems to be happy and healthy and we are all waiting with held breaths for his ultimate decision to check out the big, beautiful world.

Hopefully we’ll have some good news to post on here soon.  I told Sugarpuff (baby’s nickname until he gets here) that any time from July 26-August 7 is good with me.  He can be on time or a smidge early, but I’d prefer him not to take after his brother and make me wait an extra week.  That was not cool.

Signing off for now.



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Closet Exhibition…ism

Closet Exhibition…..ism

So I’m backing up a few weeks ~ I’ve been in and out of town, trying to enjoy the last few weeks of freedom before I’m “grounded” due to the imminent arrival of baby #2.

I spent my little sister’s birthday weekend with her in Atlanta.  Just the two of us – the kind of trip that hasn’t happened in years due to school, family, kids.  The last trip we took alone was a Caribbean cruise in March of ‘08 – it was her senior year spring break and I was pregnant with my first son.   She is a whole decade younger than me, just turning 20!  But we’ve been inseparable since her birth.  Our relationship has been a variety of things…sister/sister, mother/daughter, babysitter/babysittee, therapist/client, fashion coordinator/client (the last two have gone both ways)…

So, needless to say, we were both quite excited about this rendez-vous!  Shopping, neat little restaurants, just planning our days as we went and not having to worry about the precious toddler I usually have with me when I’m visiting her in Hot-lanta.

Now another bit of background for you – and I’ll try to keep this short.  I’m an art major, and I did a few strange projects while in my major…some were more like social experiments and I altered my behavior to elicit certain reactions, some were more personally risque – using my entire body as a paint brush and wallowing on a 9′x13′ canvas, which I did do in the privacy of my own school studio, but then showed my technique by wrapping my naked painted self in bubble wrap for my walk from my studio (in a campus dorm) to the art building.  And not that this had to do with my classes, but senior year I enjoyed a near-weekly Friday night outing to see and participate in the Rocky Horror Picture Show at a local movie theater.  It was such an odd thrill to dress up in lingerie, gaudy (but impeccably applied) make-up and the tallest hooker shoes I could find that I was still able to walk in – and present myself to others like me who not only enjoyed the movie, but the act of preparing for it as well.  My mom asked my favorite professor at some point if he could “put me back in my box, just a little”.

Well, the last live Rocky Horror show I went to was the night before my college graduation in May of 2002.  I’ve thought fondly of those shows often, but not having a nearby local group that presents the live part made me figure it was pretty much a thing of my youth.  Until I realized where my sister & I would be – in ATLANTA – and that I would be toddler-less!  And as a bonus, it was not only her birthday weekend, but it would be her first live viewing!  And I’d heard great things about some of the Atlanta rocky troupes…so after a brief internet search, and a few phone calls just to confirm information, I decided that our Friday night activity would be Rocky Horror live!

I know, seems weird to do something like that with your little sister, but she seemed to like the idea very much, and we spent part of our shopping time looking for the perfect debut outfit for her.  She is taller than me by a few inches, extremely slender and fair, and with something like Rocky – the sluttier the better, but we were sure to pick “tasteful” whore clothing – she was fully covered, but looked HOT in her black corset, ruffle boy shorts & fishnets.  Her hot pink wig and matching boa, added to our amazing make-up work made it all just perfect.

Being humongously pregnant didn’t stop me from dressing up, it just stopped me from wearing lingerie as none of my former Rocky outfits fit right now.  We sliced up a black tank top of mine and found iron on rhinestone lettering to insinuate that I was carrying Frankenfurter’s baby, which in itself amused the crap out of me.  And after procuring an awesome lavender colored wig for myself, and a fabulous little top hat and purple boa to accompany it, we were set.  We began make-up application at 10 pm, and with our effortless & time-saving wigs (thank you Craig at Junkman’s Daughter!!) , we were out the door at 11:15 to make it to our movie date!

It was a full theater that evening, and my little “birthday virgin” looked smashing.  She and two other birthday viewers had the audience sing to them before the naughty pre-movie games and prizes.  We Time Warped with everyone in the aisles, shouted obscenities at the screen, while trying to take in the cast & crew’s fairly awesome props and costumes, and we thanked the cast as we left for such an elating, bizarre, fabulous experience!  for Elizabeth’s “first time” I wouldn’t have changed a thing!  We had a ball.  A weird ball, slutting it up together for a Rocky Whore-er evening.

Now I just sigh and count the years until I can do it again….

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