A Treat For Your Feet

Summer is around the corner, which means sandal season. There’s nothing worst than seeing women who wear sandals and their feet are screaming for attention. As mothers, we spend our time and energy on everyone and everything else and we neglect ourselves.

I’m learning to take me time, and I have to admit I am thoroughly enjoying it. I have a pedicure monthly now, but try to keep my feet soft and my polish fresh in between. I came across this chocolate foot scrub, and decided to try it. It smells delicious, removes dead skin and leaves your feet baby soft. I’m using it once a week.

Here it is:

  • 3/4 cup peppermint essential oil (I purchased mine on e-bay)
  • 5 tablespoons of grated chocolate, your choice
  • 1 cup sugar (I used white)


Mix all ingredients until it is thickened. You can add extra oil if it gets too thick. Store left overs in a jar. I used old an old Mason jar that I had saved to store mine. I tied a pretty bow on it and it’s sitting on my bath tub.

Soak your feet in a nice tub of foot soak for 15 minutes. Leave the water on your feet and massage the scrub onto your feet in a circular motion. Rinse. Before you completely dry your feet, use a little cuticle oil and a orange stick to push back your cuticles. Rinse again and than dry those tootsies. Finish your pedi with a good foot lotion. I normally use Bare Foot lotion, purchased from CVS, but I upgraded and I finished with a whipped chocolate lotion this time. The smell is devine, and it felt so good. Be sure to trim your nails properly and add a coat or two of polish or a clear color.
I would suggest that you use a base coat before you apply color and a top coat to finish. Use the top coat every 3 – 4 days to keep color fresh. Enjoy. This scrub can be used on elbows too. Leave a comment with your foot care tips. We want to try yours too.

White Sangria Recipe

  • 1 bottle of white wine
  • 1 cup of white cranberry juice
  • 3/4 cup of Apple flavored Barcardi Rum
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of red seedless grapes halved
  • 1 orange sliced
  • 1 lime sliced

Stir first 4 ingredients until sugar is dissolved.  Add the red grapes, orange and lime slices.  Chill up to 2 days before serving.  The longer you chill it, the better it tastes.  Nice refreshing drink for a GNO party. *Note: This can be served in a punch bowl, but it looks beautiful served in a nice glass pitcher.  Great center piece on the food table.

Welcome To CVS

Welcome to CVS. You can find these feathered friends wandering the grounds at our local CVS welcoming the customers. Aren’t they adorable. These little fellows will pose while you take their picture and entertain the children for a few moments. The parking lot is full of moms and their little ones enjoying the new greeters.

When I saw them I wondered if Wal-Mart would pick up on the idea and fire their greeters. Why do I say this, because these feathered friends are friendlier than the greeters at my local Wal-Mart. The greeters there look like they’ve eaten a jar of sour pickles, they’re mad as hell about it, and they’re ready to take it out on you. I’ve yet to have one ask me if I needed a cart or say Welcome to Wal-Mart. They act like they’re doing people a favor by letting them in the store to spend their own money. There have been times when I’ve looked at a few of them, and said to myself I’m scared of you. I wanted to ask if they had woke up that way, if they were having a bad day or what, but I was actually afraid to say anything. So I just kept walking, and occasionally I would look back over my shoulder to make sure they weren’t following me with an ax, lol.
Aside from the mean greeters, just trying to find a parking space at that store raised my blood pressure a few notches. By the time I reached the front door of that store I was usually frizzled. A warm welcome would have been nice.

I know times are tough, but it is a job and you are getting paid. Can I get a smile please? I’ve thought maybe they really don’t want to be here; they’ve lost a six digit salary and this is the best they can do for now. Who knows what’s going on in someone’s life.  Maybe my timing was off and I just showed up on their bad days.
I am pleased to announce that my trauma is over, they’ve built another Wal-Mart that’s a little closer to me. I’m no longer stressed because I can’t find a parking space within a 1 – 2 mile radius, and to top it off the greeters always have a smile and Welcome Me to Wal-Mart. I love good customer service.
I still can’t get the memory of mean Wal-Mart greeters out of my head. I guess I’ve been damaged for life. I’m tempted to send the pictures of my new feathered friends to Wal-Mart’s corporate office, and suggest that they replace those mean greeters with a few little duckies. They understand customer relationships. Everyone enters and leaves CVS with a smile on their face. A grassy knoll, a few bugs and worms and a flashing camera is all they require in compensation.

How’s your Wal-Mart greeters? Please leave us a comment on your experience(s).

Only Positive Attitudes Beyond This Point

Have you ever been around someone who has a frown carved into their face and they reek of negativity like a drunk reeks of alcohol? If you say black, they will say white. You see the glass as as half full and they see it as half empty. I work with a manager who falls into this category. When I see her, I want to run in the other direction.

I hung a poster like the one shown outside my office door, hoping Ms. Negative would see it and it would have an affect on her. To this day, I don’t believe she even noticed the poster. Her employees are begging other managers to help them find jobs in their departments, and she walks around like everything is fine. There’s constant drama in the office, and guess who is always in the middle of it.
It’s so bad that I refused to ride with her on a business trip. I didn’t want to be stressed out before we reached our destination. I have wondered if people with this mind set are aware of the devastation that they leave behind when they exit a room, a party or any social interaction. I know this lady is miserable and unhappy with herself and her life, and I should have compassion, but I find it hard to feel anything except dread and nausea when I see her. I am a strong woman emotionally, and for the most part I am able to keep my emotions in check, but I have found someone who literally makes me sick.
Rather than allow Miss Negative to affect my health and bring me down, I knew that I had to come up with a method to ward off her devastation and the sign of the cross or a voodoo doll would not be sufficient. I thought of using a baseball bat to put her out of her misery, but the thought of me being handcuffed and dragged off to the pokey ended that quickly. Besides, I’m not a violent person. The perfect solution came to me, a smile. I knew that she wouldn’t understand it, but it would help me get through the days when I had to interact with her.
Smiling has been shown to improve one’s health. It helps reduce stress and you’re seen as a more attractive person. Personally, I feel better when I’m smiling and I see myself as an attractive person. Additional benefits are:

  • Reduces your blood pressure.
  • Reduces stress.
  • Changes your mood.
  • It’s contagious
  • Boosts your immune system
  • Produces a positive attitude
  • Draws other people to you.

Be sure to start your day with a smile. It’s very becoming. Leave us a comment and let us know how you deal with negative people.

Uptown Baby Couture Give Away

Is it Naptime yet? How many times have you asked yourself that question? We found this haute tee at Uptown Baby Couture. It’s perfect for any mom who loves bling. The products are made with Swarovski Crystals. Uptown Baby Couture specializes in haute gifts for celebrities, moms, grandmothers, and babies. You can find pacifiers, tees, flip flops, and car seat covers at this upscale boutique.

Several tees caught my eye while I was browsing. If you’re looking for a gift for a technically savvy friend or family member who’s moving in the social media world, they have iBlog or iTweet tees. Sweet! I don’t consider myself to be technically savvy, but I blog and I tweet. I would sport these tees. Imagine yourself wearing one of these tees at BlogHer 09. If you’re not attending you should recommend one of these tees to someone who is attending.

I like the fact that Uptown Baby has a large selection of tees to choose from. Girls Night Out, Haute Mamas, and Brides. You’re sure to find that special gift in one of these categories. Uptown Baby offers their tees in long or short sleeve and they offer a variety of colors for their crystals. You can choose, clear, black, red, or emerald to name a few. Custom orders are their speciality.

You’ll also find a varity of tees for the girlie girl. Their Little Princess collection is divine. Spoiled Rotten, Move Over Cinderalla, and Daddy’s Princess is part of the collection.

Uptown Baby is offering a custom tee for Mom. Mom deserves a little pampering too. You could be a winner. Here’s how: Visit Uptown Baby and browse their tees. Come back and leave us a comment on which tee you would choose if you’re selected as the winner. This give away is open to US Residents 18+ only. Give away will expire June 1, 2009 at mid-night.

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Sausage and Stuffing Recipe

Skillet Sausage and Stuffing

Preparation/Cook Time: 35
Serves: 4
A mixture of sweet and hot Italian pork sausage, onion, green pepper and Pepperidge FarmĀ® Herb Seasoned Stuffing are cooked together to make a savory skillet dish.
Ingredients
  • You will need 1 lb. sweet Italian pork sausage, cut into 1″ pieces and 1 lb. hot Italian pork sausage, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 medium onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 small green pepper, cut into 2″ strips or small red pepper, cut into 2″ strips
  • 4 cups Pepperidge FarmĀ® Herb Seasoned Stuffing
Directions:
COOK sausage in skillet until browned. Pour off fat, add water, onion and peppers. Heat to a boil. Cover and cook over low heat 5 min. or until sausage is done.  Add stuffing and mix lightly. Cover and let stand 5 min.
TIP: If you like moister stuffing, increase the water to 1 1/2 cups.
*This recipe is from the Pepperidge Farm site.

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Colors

My 19 month old grandson loves the Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers in colors. He would eat them until he exploded if I allowed it. They’re baked, crisp, and healthy. A serving is 55 crackers, which he receives far less. The calories from 55 crackers is 140 and 20 carbs. I allow him to snack on these colorful crackers with sliced apples. His response is hummmmmmmm!
Did I mention these tasty little treats come in fabulicious colors like yellow, purple, green, pink, and red. Pepperidge Farms has been making Goldfish snacks since 1997. I remember eating these crackers long ago, they didn’t have the colors, but they were just as delicious and fun. You can find these tasty snacks in the following flavors:
  • Original (plain)
  • Cheddar
  • Colors (Cheddar flavor, but with different colors)
  • Parmesan
  • Pretzel
  • Pizza
  • Cheese Trio (Cheddar, zesty cheddar, and Parmesan)
Your mouth will never be bored with these options. I highly recommend this delicious snack, so pick up a bag on your next trip to the grocery store you’ll love them, they are “The snack that smiles back! Goldfish!” Leave us a comment, and let us know your favorite flavor.

Darling Daughter Give Away

Look what we’ve found at The Darling Daughter! Isn’t it adorable. You can find it under the Brilliant Category along with an array of hair bows. They also have a She’s Special, She’s Teensy, and a few other categories.

I fell in love with the hats. These are perfect for the girlie girl. I love the chocolate hat shown. Chocolate is one of favorite colors and one of my favorite foods. It makes a statement, yummy!

You have to check out the hair accesories as well. They have the cutest bows from infant to toddlers to young ladies. My favorite bow is the Chocolate Blossom. Sweet! Oh My Stars is an eye catcher too.

The prices are incredible. The hats are an astounding $10.00. Can you believe it. The bows start at $3.00. The Darling Daughter understands that we’re experiencing hard times economically, but there’s no need to sacrifice style or have to give an arm or leg to have your little darlings look beautiful.

Last, but not least you need to check out the bracelets. They will make great baby shower, birthday, Christmas or any special occassion gift.

One of our readers is going to be given the opportunity to make a purchase from The Darling Daughter. Chantel, co-owner, is offering one of our readers a $20.00 Gift Certificate toward the purchase of a hat or hair accessories. You could be the winner. Here’s how: visit The Darling Daughter and leave us a comment on which item(s) you would purchase if you’re the winner. Remember, the gift certificate must be for the purchase of a hat or hair accessory only.

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My Fish Pedicure Was Wonderful


Have you ever had your feet nibbled on by little fish? It’s amazing! I had a Fish Pedicure tonight and I can’t believe how soft and beautiful they are. I’m rubbing my man’s legs with my feet, and he’s enjoying them as much as I am. I wouldn’t have dreamed of brushing my calloused feet up and down his legs last night. My feet were dreadful. I think they scared the manicurist when she saw them today. I’m a high heel and boot wearer, and my feet show it after the winter months. When the weather breaks, I treat myself to pedicures regularly. I start off the season with a Fish Pedicure. I’m telling you, it’s so relaxing. Once you have one, you’ll make an appointment for another before you leave the salon.
Yvonne’s Hair and Nail Salon in Alexandria, VA is the only place in the country that uses this method. Yvonne’s has been featured on The View, CNN, and in major newspapers around the country. Her shop is 1 1/2 hours away from me, but it’s so worth the trip. I usually schedule a manicure, The Fish Pedicure as well as their regular pedicure when I go. The Fish Pedicure consists of a 15 or 30 minute foot soak in a tank full of tiny carp, who eat off the dead skin. The carp had their work cut out for them today, I choose the 30 minute session. My feet are as smooth as a baby’s butt now.
The salon serves wine, water or soft drinks while you’re indulged. Between the wine and the carp nibbling at your toes, there is alot of giggling going on. They also wrap a warm and soothing towel around your neck to help you relax. Next, they bring trays of lotions and salts for you to smell and than choose your pleasure. The flavors consist of citrus, sea breeze, cappuccino, and lavender. They’re used to massage your feet and legs after the pedicures. I choose the citrus this time.
Once your Fish Pedicure is completed, they move you into a massage chair. Your back, butt, and thighs are massaged while they continue to buff your feet. Once that is completed, they lay you completely back in the chair, oil your feet and wrap them in plastic for 5 – 10 minutes to allow the oil to pentrate. They buff them again to ensure they’ve removed all layers of dead skin. You are truly pampered from head to toe. My feet feel like I’ve lost 30 lbs off of them. Oh, how I wish that were true for the rest of me. I was driving home thinking, how light they felt. I have an appointment for a regular pedicure in two weeks. I can’t wait to go back.
This technique has been used in Turkey and Asian countries for years. The owners of Yvonne’s Hair and Nails decided to try the technique in the States and it became a major success. Approximately, 10,000 women from across the country have taken the plunge. It’s an experience that you won’t forget. If you’re ever in the area, you must make an appointment.

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