Sams Club Trip

We ventured out to the city to Sams Club last week. I have not been since February.

First we people watched in the parking lot to access the area. All the shopping pictures and videos online have really done a hatchet job making the larger grocery stores out to be something from a dystopian novel. And perhaps in some larger cities, they are. But ours looked to be okay. Most everyone had a mask and gloves on, as did we. DH is high risk, so our family has been taking strong precautions.

Food was for the most part, well stocked. Signs were everywhere though. Limit One.

Of course you can easily get around that by using their App to cash out. Limit one is something the cashiers eyeball while cashing you out. Just saying.

I stocked up on the basics that we have been running through. Peanut Butter, Bread, Tuna, canned soups, chicken, pastas. That sort of stuff. I have no plans to return for another few months, so I stocked up.

The only thing we could not find were Cape Cod Kettle potato chips, as those are the only chips that I eat. And the store had no pancake syrup of any sorts. I spoke with a worker and they have been out for weeks he said. I guess we are not the only ones eating more waffles and hot cakes at home.

ADHD MOMENT INSERTED- Speaking of, how cute are those tiny eggo waffle machines that every Tom, Dick and Harry has purchased and has made YouTube videos using. I’m having FOMO, but have no plans on purchasing one. I do hear they are only $10. A mom friend of 7, received one for Mother’s Day. Making one tiny waffle at a time.. hmmm.🤔

Moving right along..

We are still good on Meats, but I walked over to them to snap a picture. All were out, except for the most pricy cuts.

There was a sign above that said limit one. I guess I cut it off when trying to discreetly snap a picture. I found other customers watching me take pictures and I got embarrassed. 😐
Again with the Jelly. Limit one.
They had plenty of Toilet Paper! 😱
I’m so sorry, dude with the red shirt who now has no idea he’s in this picture.
We did not need any, as Amazon came through. But I wanted to snap a picture.
Canned Chicken was something I bought. We go through a pack a month. I don’t use it for chicken salad, although that always sounds good to me. My kids use it to make semi homemade chicken noodle soup. They also use it for chicken fettuccine.

And that was our documented grocery trip of the month.

I will be working on two other blogs this week. I swallowed a large bug and almost went to the ER, and several days later I fell ill with a fever and chills. I’m fine now, but do want to document those two awful incidents here. 🤓

Walmart Terra & Sky Line

Has anyone bought this Walmart clothing line before?

I had such high hopes when I saw them on Walmart dot com. I bought three to try. At $6 each.

I was expecting them to only last a season, like any other fast fashion brand. Yet, to my surprise, they only lasted through one wear and one wash. And I didn’t even put them in the dryer. I was looking to replace my Old Navy and Maurice’s basic tees, that are well over a year old. Slightly faded, but no pills whatsoever. Nothing like these pieces that are ready for the trash. Sure I cN sure a sweater shaver, but who wants to bother with that every time you wash and wear them. I wouldn’t even bother with that with cheap sweaters.

Oh Walmart! Walmart! I have not bought your clothing in years, but I decided to give you another try after seeing so many YouTube sponsored videos claiming how your clothing has become top notch.

I bought three different colors.
All were worn and washed once.

And here is a picture of the fabric tab.

60% cotton and 40% recycled Polyester. I think we found the issue here. I know fast fashion has been trying to limit their carbon footprint, but this is not the first item that I have bought made from recycled fabrics that has been a fail. I had a purse once that fell apart after a couple weeks that was made from recycled materials.

I suppose I can recycle these tees as hair towels or car rags… maybe they will work for that.

Garden beds

We have decided to garden on a larger scale this year. Five raised beds and two plots.

The fruit trees are in full swing, and the bees are doing good. Praise God!

We have an old greenhouse area that we are going to fence up for chickens again. The chicks will be here next week. I’m not too happy to hassle with chickens again, and I’m sure our neighbors won’t be either…but we will see how it goes.

Our raised beds will be very easy for me to pull weeds and harvest.
Peaches are in full swing, but need to get some deer deterrent. Two pear trees have no fruit yet.
One plot will be homing beams for my MIL.
Plot two we have not decided on what to plant yet.

Day one of plants

Cooking & Driving Around

Cooking has increased, if that is even possible. Take these gluten free pancakes for example. Only two ingredients, and they are my morning go too now.

Three eggs with one chopped up banana. That’s it! I know is sounds gross, but it is so yummy!
It makes three pancakes. Add honey or syrup and it’s a very filling breakfast.
I can’t take credit for this five pound bowl of homemade Granola, but wanted to include it. My oldest daughter made it.
A combination of oats, cocoa powder, nuts, chocolate chips, honey, cinnamon, olive oil, and peanut butter.
We went on a Dunkin Donuts run because I’ve been dying to try their new Matcha Latte’. I still enjoy tea so much more then coffee. I’m the only one though. My house is filled with coffee drinkers.
This was a gas station that had yard sale stuff out. Lol Yes, I thought about stopping, but didn’t.
We did however order a new toilet online and had to go to Home depo to pick it up. Oddly, there was quite the line.
Yep! My new plain Jane look. I was wearing a new lipstick, too. 😁
Beans are sprouting!
And my new manicure set I treated myself too.

Well, that was this past week in pictures. I’m sTill taking my daily walks with the kids. We also started this Netflix series called, Greenhouse Academy.

Shopping: I still have not been able to locate any TP, and we are getting down there. I’m told that if you are at Aldis or Sams club right when they open, you can score some. But that would require me going to bed before 2am and waking at dawn. So I’ll probably procrastinate until we are down to the last roll.

Cooking & Driving Around

Cooking has increased, if that is even possible. Take these gluten free pancakes for example. Only two ingredients, and they are my morning go too now.

Three eggs with one chopped up banana. That’s it! I know is sounds gross, but it is so yummy!
It makes three pancakes. Add honey or syrup and it’s a very filling breakfast.
I can’t take credit for this five pound bowl of homemade Granola, but wanted to include it. My oldest daughter made it.
A combination of oats, cocoa powder, nuts, chocolate chips, honey, cinnamon, olive oil, and peanut butter.
We went on a Dunkin Donuts run because I’ve been dying to try their new Matcha Latte’. I still enjoy tea so much more then coffee. I’m the only one though. My house is filled with coffee drinkers.
This was a gas station that had yard sale stuff out. Lol Yes, I thought about stopping, but didn’t.
We did however order a new toilet online and had to go to Home depo to pick it up. Oddly, there was quite the line.
Yep! My new plain Jane look. I was wearing a new lipstick, too. 😁
Beans are sprouting!
And my new manicure set I treated myself too.

Well, that was this past week in pictures. I’m sTill taking my daily walks with the kids. We also started this Netflix series called, Greenhouse Academy.

Shopping: I still have not been able to locate any TP, and we are getting down there. I’m told that if you are at Aldis or Sams club right when they open, you can score some. But that would require me going to bed before 2am and waking at dawn. So I’ll probably procrastinate until we are down to the last roll.

Vintage Beauty Products

I have been watching a lot of vintage YouTube videos, which has inspired me to dig out some of the vintage products that I have in my collection.

I’m fascinated that there are still a group of vintage beauty products that are still as popular as they were, back in the days..

These are some of the items I still enjoy.

•Nivea Skin cream

NIVEA SKIN CREAM

This was first introduced back in 1911.

It was the first oil to water skin cream on the market.

I read that Marilyn Monroe used it daily to keep her skin soft and glowy.

The smell is what has always captivated me.

I wish they made a candle that smelled like it. People either love or hate it.

I adore it and will walk into the bathroom to open it for a whiff or two sometimes.

I was first introduced to Nivea cream in the forth grade.

My mom used it on her legs and it would smell up the bathroom.

The smell is a strong floral.

It leaves a rich dewy finish to your skin.

Great for your legs and feet!

Slather your feet with it before bed and wake up with very happy feet.

Back in the forth grade I use to put it on my hands before walking to school in the winter time.

The formula is said to be different

From country to country, which I find interesting.

They also make a body wash, which I’m currently using, and a deodorant which I have tried too, but it can only be bought online for some reason.

•Ponds Cold Cream

This supposedly dates back to 1904. I feel as though their advertising makes a woman think that if she starts using Ponds, then a man will purpose to her. 😅

I remember one of my stepmoms having this in her bathroom when I’d come to visit.

It use to be sold in a milk glass jar though, not plastic. I think the cap was blue, too. I’m considering buying an original old milk white container and reposting mine.

Again with the strong floral smell. It smells so good!

Definitely a vintage type of smell, which I happen to love.

You use it to take off your heavier eye makeup. And some ladies used it as a thick night time moisturizer before bed.

I read that Jackie Kennedy used ponds cold cream to keep her outdoorsy skin fresh and dewy.

•Jergens Face Cream

JERGENS FACE CREAM
Notice how older ads had men in them. Knowing how most men nowadays, or maybe even back then do not like strong floral scents, I think it’s a funny advertisement to have. I don’t think he’d be that close to her face with the strong scent. 🙃

This was said to have launched in the 1950’s

It’s a light pink color with an extremely potent floral smell. Almost too potent for me. Lol

It’s a classic though.

You can use it to moisturize the skin, take off your heavier foundations, and some women use it as a face primer.

It’s also very cheap!

The price sits at under $4.

I do love that you can still pick it up at any Walmart, and the label has remained a bit old fashion. The original one came in a stunning, vase-like, milk glass jar.

•Sun In Hair Lightener

I was in Jr. High.

Specifically, it was after gym class and the popular girl was using it in her hair and had called me over to spray the back of her head.

I asked her what it was.

She told me that it just came out at K-mart, and was only $2.19. She said it would help my hair too. Help? I thought to myself.. lol

She then went on to tell me that it lightens hair and makes it very blond without bleaching it.

That same day while walking home from school I stopped at the drug store (Rite-Aid) and bought myself some.

I only used it on a small braid that I wore in my hair though.

I loved the idea of spraying and using a hair dryer to achieve the desired color.

Later that year I did my whole head! And my two best friends at the time did their. We thought we were so chic, all having the exact same hair color.

I have some now, that I bought several years ago for the memory.

The price point is still under $5.

•Suave Visible Glow

I do not think this particular one is vintage, but I’m no stranger to self tanners so wanted to include.

Again, I was first introduced to them as a teen. I was in sixth grade when one of best friends showed up to school with a tan.

It was winter time in Connecticut, so I was very shocked when she walked over to my locker with tanned skin. She was pale white, the previous day.

Self tanners have come a long way since those 80’s coppertone days.

Orange-ish skin is a thing of the past.

Nowadays, self tanners have olive undertones which gives a more realistic bronze suntan. Currently I’m Using Suave though. It gives you a very light glow, and since I’m

not leaving the house, but I still enjoy primping, it has been my go too, because why not?!

Noxzema

First introduced in 1914

Another classic! The smell is strong, and almost minty!

It reminds me of all the summer sunburns that I use to get when laying out in the sun slathered with baby oil. We have all done that before, I’m sure. Awe.. the smell of baby oil.

Noxzema was the first cream I ever used on my face to clean it. I think my brother was using it at the time and I borrowed it from him.

It use to come in a glass jar and like everything else, it is now plastic. It’s used to treat sunburns and wash your face.

•Loreal Elnett Satin Hair Spray

This one came out in the 1960’s. Way before I was born, but I started using it in the 80’s, if Aqua Net was sold out.

I remember the price being about $3 a can.

Now it’s $14.99 a can.

The smell is definitely strong and vintage-like.

I only use hairspray a few times a year, and I have had the same can for about six years now.

•Coty Air Spun Face Powder

COTY AIRSPUN

This has been around since 1934.

I have only been through two others in my life. It lasts forever!

It’s one of the very few face powders that come with a giant puff. There is something nice about a large powder puff.

That said,

I have never understood why ladies were known for excusing themselves after supper to go powder their noses. That just clogs the pores on the nose. I don’t even like to foundation my nose.

Coty face powder has a strong smell. It also has talc as the first ingredient so it’s not something you want to use on the daily.

I probably won’t repurchase it after I use my current up, as I have several other, more healthier brands of face powder. I use it to set my other make-up.

As we age, powder is not really our best friend anymore.

In high school I used Covergirl Clean compact powder in the color Bisque. I do recall going through one Covergirl compact each month. They were $2.29ea. I think they are about $6 now.

•Revlon Colorstay Lipstick in the color #4 Nude

#3 is on the top, and is m more of a Rose Nude. #4 is on the bottom and is more of a orange nude.

I was a teenager when Revlon launched its first ever long wearing lipstick.

I went crazy over this particular shade though.

They have been discounted for probably twenty years.

They have been known to revamp the formula time and time again.

Alas’ I buy one off eBay every few years.

And yes! Even though using expired makeup seems to be such a taboo, I really just don’t care. If it looks and smells good, I’m Using it!

I use to pay $4 for it. Nowadays, I pay $15-$20 per tube on eBay. Currently I have #3 and #4 shown above.

Very Similar in color. I also use to wear the shades vixen and true red.

What types or brands of beauty items did you use as a teen, and do you still have a soft spot for them?

Vintage Beauty Products

I have been watching a lot of vintage YouTube videos, which has inspired me to dig out some of the vintage products that I have in my collection.

I’m fascinated that there are still a group of vintage beauty products that are still as popular as they were, back in the days..

These are some of the items I still enjoy.

•Nivea Skin cream

NIVEA SKIN CREAM

This was first introduced back in 1911.

It was the first oil to water skin cream on the market.

I read that Marilyn Monroe used it daily to keep her skin soft and glowy.

The smell is what has always captivated me.

I wish they made a candle that smelled like it. People either love or hate it.

I adore it and will walk into the bathroom to open it for a whiff or two sometimes.

I was first introduced to Nivea cream in the forth grade.

My mom used it on her legs and it would smell up the bathroom.

The smell is a strong floral.

It leaves a rich dewy finish to your skin.

Great for your legs and feet!

Slather your feet with it before bed and wake up with very happy feet.

Back in the forth grade I use to put it on my hands before walking to school in the winter time.

The formula is said to be different

From country to country, which I find interesting.

They also make a body wash, which I’m currently using, and a deodorant which I have tried too, but it can only be bought online for some reason.

•Ponds Cold Cream

This supposedly dates back to 1904

I remember one of my stepmoms having this in her bathroom when I’d come to visit.

It use to be sold in a milk glass jar though, not plastic. I think the cap was blue, too. I’m considering buying an original old milk white container and reposting mine.

Again with the strong floral smell. It smells so good!

Definitely a vintage type of smell, which I happen to love.

You use it to take off your heavier eye makeup. And some ladies used it as a thick night time moisturizer before bed.

I read that Jackie Kennedy used ponds cold cream to keep her outdoorsy skin fresh and dewy.

•Jergens Face Cream

JERGENS FACE CREAM

Said to have launched in the 1950’s

It’s a light pink color with an extremely potent floral smell. Almost too potent for me. Lol

It’s a classic though.

You can use it to moisturize the skin, take off your heavier foundations, and some women use it as a face primer.

It’s also very cheap!

The price sits at under $4.

I do love that you can still pick it up at any Walmart, and the label has remained a bit old fashion.

I remember the year, and even the day this launched.

•Sun In Hair Lightener

I was in Jr. High.

Specifically, it was after gym class and the popular girl was using it in her hair and had called me over to spray the back of her head.

I asked her what it was.

She told me that it just came out the previous day and was only $2.19, and that if would help my hair. Help? I thought to myself.. lol

She then went on to tell me that it lightens hair and makes it very blond without bleaching it.

That same day while walking home from school I stopped at the drug store and bought some.

I only used it on a small braid that I wore in my hair though.

I loved the idea of spraying and using a hair dryer to achieve the desired color.

Later that year I did my whole head! And my two best friends at the time did their. We thought we were so chic, all having the exact same hair color.

I have some now, that I bought several years ago for the memory.

The price point is still under $5.

•Suave Visible Glow

I do not think this particular one is vintage, but I’m no stranger to self tanners so wanted to include.

Again, I was first introduced to them as a teen. I was in sixth grade when one of best friends showed up to school with a tan.

It was winter time in Connecticut, so I was very shocked when she walked over to my locker with tanned skin. She was pale white, the previous day.

Self tanners have come a long way since those 80’s coppertone days.

Orange-ish skin is a thing of the past.

Nowadays, self tanners have olive undertones which gives a more realistic bronze suntan. Currently I’m Using Suave though. It gives you a very light glow, and since I’m

not leaving the house, but I still enjoy primping, it has been my go too, because why not?!

Noxzema

First introduced in 1914

Another classic! The smell is strong, and almost minty!

It reminds me of all the summer sunburns that I use to get when laying out in the sun slathered with baby oil. We have all done that before, I’m sure. Awe.. the smell of baby oil.

Noxzema was the first cream I ever used on my face to clean it. I think my brother was using it at the time and I borrowed it from him.

It use to come in a glass jar and like everything else, it is now plastic. It’s used to treat sunburns and wash your face.

•Loreal Elnett Satin Hair Spray

This one came out in the 1960’s. Way before I was born, but I started using it in the 80’s, if Aqua Net was sold out.

I remember the price being about $3 a can.

Now it’s $14.99 a can.

The smell is definitely strong and vintage-like.

I only use hairspray a few times a year, and I have had the same can for about six years now.

•Coty Air Spun Face Powder

COTY AIRSPUN

This has been around since 1934.

I have only been through two others in my life. It lasts forever!

It’s one of the very few face powders that come with a giant puff. There is something nice about a large powder puff.

That said,

I have never understood why ladies were known for excusing themselves after supper to go powder their noses. That just clogs the pores on the nose. I don’t even like to foundation my nose.

Coty face powder has a strong smell. It also has talc as the first ingredient so it’s not something you want to use on the daily.

I probably won’t repurchase it after I use my current up, as I have several other, more healthier brands of face powder. I use it to set my other make-up.

As we age, powder is not really our best friend anymore.

In high school I used Covergirl Clean compact powder in the color Bisque. I do recall going through one Covergirl compact each month. They were $2.29ea. I think they are about $6 now.

•Revlon Colorstay Lipstick in the color #4 Nude

#3 is on the top, and is m more of a Rose Nude. #4 is on the bottom and is more of a orange nude.

I was a teenager when Revlon launched its first ever long wearing lipstick.

I went crazy over this particular shade though.

They have been discounted for probably twenty years.

They have been known to revamp the formula time and time again.

Alas’ I buy one off eBay every few years.

And yes! Even though using expired makeup seems to be such a taboo, I really just don’t care. If it looks and smells good, I’m Using it!

I use to pay $4 for it. Nowadays, I pay $15-$20 per tube on eBay. Currently I have #3 and #4 shown above.

Very Similar in color. I also use to wear the shades vixen and true red.

What types or brands of beauty items did you use as a teen, and do you still have a soft spot for them?

Negatives of Quarantine

Things I have not liked since being self quarantined.

I decided to document a few things that I have not liked about being at home 24/7.

I’m for the most part, a Polly Anna, but I wanted to think about some things that I have not been happy about. After-all, I’m human.

Despite my exercising daily for the past three weeks without skipping a day, I’ve managed to gain weight.

Sure, I’ve been cooking and eating more, but it’s not fast food or fried, and I thought since I’m working out, things would balance.

I hopped on the scale this morning, and hopped right back off!

I hopped on the scale this morning, and hopped right back off!

Before all of this started, exercise was not part of my daily routine anymore. Mainly, because shopping was.

And when I say I shopped, I mean standing in line for the store to open at 9am and not leaving until 3pm.

Three days a week! 😳

That never seemed like exercise to me, but I guess it was.

Another thing that has been bothering me is having the internet constantly down. Even though I have data, it’s still pretty bad and doesn’t allow me to work well.

And lastly, the house.. there is just no use keeping in clean.

I’d like to see a magazine layout of everyone’s “lived in” houses as of lately. That would be a beautiful, realistic sight. 😏

SNS Nails at Home

I bought a nail dip kit. You can either do SNS nails or acrylic nails in the comfort of your own home. After watching a couple YouTube videos, I decided why not? 🙃
Getting my nails done in at the salon each month costs $40, because these nail tips are always an extra $10. So actually $30, unless you get nail tips, and then it’s $40. The whole kit was $15 and it’s enough for six months.

After you clean your hands, trim, and push back your cuticles, you then rough up the nail bed to get rid of the shine (slightly) Then spritz rubbing alcohol on the nail bed. Lastly, you match up a tip for each nail. And wa’la!

I suppose some ladies like a nice talon claw, and leave their nails at this length, but I like a quarter of this length. Lol

My kit came with six colors. I was drawn to this bright turquoise because it reminded me of the ocean, and a particular crayola crayon that was always my favorite as a kid. 🙂

I cut to a suitable length, and dipped twice. Then I filed down the rough glitter and applied a gel-shine top coat. Everything you need comes in the kit. I bought the Azure kit and the Kiss kit. (On EBay) They
I wanted to get two, to compare the quality.
Almost there…
I got a little powder on my cuticles, but will do better next time. While this is actually pretty easy to do, it takes practice, like anything else. You can not rush. I allowed myself three full hours to just relax and enjoy the process. Overall, I’m pleased with them. They will last 4-6 weeks. If you get bored with the color, you can soak them in acetone for 7 minutes and redo them another color. The kit also comes with a clear color that you can use with regular nail polish. Changing your color as you please.
Has anyone ever tries these kits before?

State of Mind

I went to bed last night irritated.

I started praying and then laid still to meditate for a bit.

I then instantly realized that I was irritated because I left the house for four hours.

We went out for a drive, then out to eat, and then another drive.

I was off of the routine that I’ve been so happily sticking with for the past month.

I’ve never considered myself as a routine type of person, as I get bored so easily, yet, I thrive best when I’m on a routine.

Not just any routine either, but one that involves many things.

I also have been really enjoying my hobbies since being at home. Not to mention, cooking.

I did not cook yesterday, or sew.

I worked and took my evening walk, and the remainder of the day we were in the car out.

Today on the other hand was different. I worked, took my walk, sewed, did some organizing, and watched a movie with the kids and primped a bit.

I’m genuinely happy!