April 5, 2014

I'm So Busy and Lovin' It!

My spring is full of amazing products to try, crazy home projects to finish, a garden 5x the size of any I've planted before, and plenty of upcoming events. I can't wait for the weather to be warm so it will match my glee!

Upcoming Product Reviews

1. Belitae Organics Fresh-C Vitamin C Serum
Every time I plan to buy or review a skincare product, I look up all the reliable information I can find on ingredients and product claims. I just got my bottle in the mail and can't wait to see what happens as I try this vitamin C serum because it has some amazing skincare ingredients like hyaluronic acid, L-Arginine, Gotu Kola, and of course, vitamin C. The outstanding customer reviews support the company's claims for smoother, more vibrant skin and a reduction in fine lines.

2. Estee Lauder Resilience Lift Firming/Sculpting Face and Neck Creme
I really wanted the free gift from Estee Lauder in March, so I bought a powder foundation and received this creme as part of my bonus gift. I've been using it primarily at night since it is a bit greasy and highly fragranced.

3. Special K Coffee House Breakfast Shakes
BzzAgent sent me a promotional review kit so I could try out vanilla and chocolate flavors of Special K's new Coffee House shakes. My husband and I have each tried the samples and have a few coupons to pass out. I have some feedback to share, so look for a post on this soon!

Events and Travel

1. California, here I come!
eSalon totally surprised me with a trip to visit their company and have a tour and meet the staff. I'm totally psyched to see the behind the scenes aspects of an organization that makes the products I've tried and reviewed. So far, they've been quite generous with the planning and coordination, so all I have to do is block my calendar and pack my bags! More coming soon…

2. Graduation Days
My youngest nephew is graduating from high school soon, so I'm expecting my in-laws for a visit and planning a trip to Green Bay for the graduation party. The older nephew is also headed off to college this fall, so it will be a bittersweet visit to wish them both the best as they grow up and move out of their parents' house. WJ is off to UW-Eau Claire and GJ is considering either UW-Green Bay or a wonderful small college about an hour from Albuquerque, NM.

Around the same time, my amazing little sister graduates from Carleton College. She's worked so hard the past four years and will soon be relocating to Madison, WI (yippie, she stayed near me!!) for a job in software development. I'm working on an heirloom quilt for her first apartment and a silk dress for me to wear to the graduation ceremony. Then, it's time to talk about cars with her because she's gonna need one!

3. Work-Life Balance
I actually didn't know what to call this section. I have no problem with work-life balance because I love my work and it's flexible enough that I don't miss out on family life. My daughter has a gymnastics event in May. This will be her second event in her first year of the sport and I can't wait to see her show off the new leotard I got her. She has such fun in gymnastics, it's really wonderful to watch her face light up when she see the trampoline.

I have interesting projects at work that will have a real impact on many, many lives, and I'm planning a trip for my husband and daughter to go to visit family in Fresno and possibly a mom-daughter trip to Boston near the end of summer. I'm sure I'll go to Madison to help my sister move into her apartment and we have a couple of camping trips planned, including one with my sister-in-law's family at Whitewater.

The garden planning is coming along, which I'll be blogging about at The Perfect Tuna intermittently. If all goes well, I'll hardly need to buy produce this summer. An occasional trip to the farmer's market should do it. This assumes we have a growing season, however. This weather isn't looking good.

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