Bible Reading

I ordered a book last week Called, From Daniel to Doomsday/The Countdown Has Begun.

It is written by John Hagee. I have heard of him before by my late grandma.

I have been in the word more then usual. I think most of us have. I started re-reading the book of Daniel, as well as the book of Revelation. Together. I think Revelation is twice as long, if I’m recalling right so I’ll probably finish Daniel first.

I’ve been choosing two books of the Bible to ponder and read through each month.

I’m finding as I’m getting older, I simply can not quote scripture like I once could. Next August, I will have lived half of my life as a Christian. It really does seem like just yesterday I asked Christ into my life.

I remember where I was, and all my surroundings of that glorious evening.

It brings me great joy remembering , and I do hope I never forget.

I hope everyone else remembers their life changing day too.

Marriage

When we hear the word, what is the first thing that comes to our minds?

When I was a little girl, it was the dancing scene in the original Cinderella Disney movie. Unfortunately, that changed when I was in a School spelling Bee and had the word and forgot the i. Ever since then, that is what I think of when I hear the word marriage. *sigh*

Moving right along…

What makes a Happy, Life Long marriage?

I think you may get a hundred different answers if you asked a hundred different people.

I asked several of my friends and received many typical, goes without saying answers. Along with some other more interesting ones.

Your basic answers were,

Having a spouse who make you laugh

Having things in common

Not sharing the same bathroom

Not sharing the same bed

Not passing gas in front of each other

Sex every other day

Never going to sleep angry

Having the same hobbies

Having the same friends

Never having friends of the opposite sex

Traveling together

Forgiveness

Praying together

Some of the more interesting ones were,

Having coffee in the morning and sharing a couple blessings with one another.

Reading a chapter of scripture together and then discussing it.

Reading the same book and then discussing it.

Writing each other notes of appreciation.

People watching and making up stories about the people you are watching.

Having your own friendships.

Having the same diet.

Taking turns with the daily chores.

Hiring a housekeeper.

Taking turns with the cooking.

Surprising each other with gifts.

Learning each other’s Love language.

Kissing each other every single day.

Taking a class together.

Going for monthly massages and pedicures together.

Keeping no records of wrongs.

Being able to talk to each other for hours on end.

Going to bed with one another every night and waking up with each other every morning.(At the same time)

Cutting each other’s finger nails

Taking a yearly cruise.

Having a large enough house so each can have their own space.

Having separate bank accounts.

Having an open marriage.

Having the same parenting style, proving you have kids to raise.

My my! So extensive, right?

I do agree with many, but was actually scratching my head at a few.

I think the dynamics of marriage is definitely changing with this generation. I have been married for twenty-five years and things are very much different then they were twenty five years ago. The world is very different, too.

Many people are choosing to not get married at all. It’s more acceptable then ever. Even to raise a family together and not be married is on the rise. I remember hearing about Goldie Hawn and her long time partner as a child, and thinking how crazy it was that they were not married, nor had any plans to marry.

Some people nowadays are even getting married but keeping their own houses and apartments to supposedly, keep it fresh! And never get on each other’s nerves. They simply have date nights, and then go home to their own spaces.

Some people have chosen to remain single and just go out and take care of their needs. They want to be seen as strong and not needing anyone.

Others are marrying their career and pets.

Oh! And in NYC, you can marry yourself!

I won’t get into the utter selfishness this all seems to me, but in all honesty, it does narrow down to that.

Marriage teaches you something new every single day. It’s a selfless act and non stop work that can, and does, have lifelong benefits. You really learn the concept of love.

I got married on a whim. It was not planned at all.

Pretty much a drop of the hat, twenty five years ago. God had a plan that I was not going to get in the way with. Has it been super easy? Absolutely not! But alas’

No regrets.

My husband saved me from myself. And a year later, Christ revealed himself to me and my whole life changed forever.

No regrets.

Old Friends..

I had a friend randomly find me on Twitter a few days ago.

She was my very first friend that I made in my little town, back in 2006. We met on free cycle exchanging garden seeds I think, then found out her family lived right down the street from me. We had lots in common. So much so, it was eerie.

She was originally from Florida like me. Had a baby at sixteen and put him up for adoption. Had five kids and was a homeschool mom. Not to mention church history…Very odd to me. But I have found that the Lord puts certain people in your life at certain times to teach you certain things about yourself. Well, and others. But mostly about yourself.

So apparently, a mutual friend from a website that my husband had (GFC) reached out to her on Facebook, and was asking about me. Then a couple weeks later, she said an unknown person also asked her if she knew whatever happen to me. She said it was through a FB game.

I don’t know why, but I chuckled at the though. Maybe it was the way she relayed it all to me. They say that with today’s technology you can find anyone, anywhere, at any given time.. yet, people can’t seem to find me because i am

Not on Facebook or Instagram. I like that! Lol

Anyhoo, she ended up calling me and we talked for a couple of hours and while her life has taken a polar opposite of mine, and she moved back down South years ago, it was nice to catch up. Different lives though…

I left Facebook, I believe five years ago. I’ve honestly lost track. As so much has changed in the past five years. It really was the best thing I ever have done. Leaving that is. For my mental health. I truly believe that social media changes you. I don’t feel like it’s good for anyone’s mental health, honestly.

I had so many online relationships that it consumed me. God! I wish I could have all those hours back. So many people needed a friend to just listen, and the truth is, for that time I was their friend. I became everyone’s sounding board. People needed to talk t try o me every single day in order to get on with their own days. This lady in Spain comes to mind when I think k of everyone as a while. She had shared her daily bearings from her husband with me in detail. Along with her body pain and being forced to work the streets. She felt suicidal on the daily and said that talking to me each day helped her to carry on. I sent her care packages a few times.

I learned that most people need a Therapist to confine in. Most everyone could benefit from a non-bias person to just listen to them. I was that person for years. For many!

And it ended up making me need a person to talk to, listen to me. It was an awful feeling. So looking back now, I realize how how and why having many people in your life never works.

Looking back, I simply could not keep up with everyone’s daily lives. I had people from Israel, Spain, France, the UK, and India, talking to me on the daily. Not t trying mention the US… Telling me all about their lives. Mostly complaining. I remember a couple of sisters who would mention that their country would not allow them to google certain things. They would ask me to google things for them and pass on the information. Nothing shady! Just medical advice and relationship things. Very odd! They were very nice and had dreams to move to the USA some day and meet up.

My eight years of Social Media had its place for sure. No regrets, persay, because I learned an awful lot. About myself, and how much we all have in common. As a whole.

But for my own health, I simply can not maintain that caliber of humans in my life. Even less, as I’m getting older. People come and people go, and where one time in my life that deeply saddened me, it does not anymore. I’m very happy with the few quality friends that I currently have right now. And as far as social media, I only have one friend in Kansas that has stayed in my life and I do consider a real friend. Facebook and Instagram will never have a place in my life. Despite them being valuable with my reselling business. And I’m Told a social media presence would make me more money, but the simple truth is, the cons outweigh the pros 100%.

I sometimes wish I knew what I know now, but in my twenties and thirties. But then again, it was all part of my life journey and walk with God, so I guess not. I simply can’t have regrets because everything happens for a reason and letting things happen organically, is something I’ve always preached. My OCD use to get in the way of that, but no more. Christ truly does heal all. Amen and Amen.

Keep me in the moment lyrics

By Jeremy Camp

I feel like this song would be so helpful to pray on with everyone, but specifically young people just starting out with their walk with the Lord.

I’ve been thinking ’bout time and where does it go
How can I stop my life from passing me by, I don’t know


I’ve been thinking ’bout family and how it’s going so fast
Will I wake up one morning just wishing that I could go back? I’ve been thinking ’bout lately, maybe


I can make a change and let you change me
So, with all of my heart this is my prayer… oh Lord, keep me in the moment


Help me live with my eyes wide open
‘Cause I don’t wanna miss what you have for me…oh Lord, show me what matters
Throw away what I’m chasing after
‘Cause I don’t wanna miss what you have for me (what you have for me)Keep me in the moment

Oh, keep me in the moment
Keep me in the moment
‘Cause I don’t wanna miss what you have for me…

Being Comforted & Family

I randomly bought a box of State Fair corn dogs at Walmart last night and my daughter just had one and said she was comforted and felt good.

It got me thinking about certain things that we are all comforted by. Even for a mere moment.

Obviously food is a main one. For me it’s a grilled cheese sandwich dipped in tomato soup or a bologna sandwich on Wonder Bread.

But there are many things besides food that may comfort us without us even putting two and two together.

Anything that makes one feel comforted for the moment can take us to a more easier time in our lives. Shopping and oddly, getting rid of clutter are also comforting to me.

Both take me back to childhood. Walking around a mall for hours on end and not buying anything instantly comforts me. This is something that I have done for the past thirty years. It started with my mom and then transcended into my teen years with my friends, to my early adult years with my hubby, and then moved on to with my teen girls. Such wonderful memories have been stored in my heart.

Playing board games and doing crafts also issue a sense of comfort to me. Then there is reading and discussing what was read. This was something I started with my two oldest and has always brought comfort to me, hearing my kids different views on materials that have been read.

Of course what was once lengthy books and news programs, have morphed into random online, trending news stories, and even memes with my younger kids. But I think many of us parents can relate to that one. I don’t think a day goes by without one of my kids sharing a meme with me and each other. To some parents, the giggles behind their phone screens bring comfort to me. I don’t see it as a time waster because we have balance. Our parents memories were much different then ours, and our memories are much different then what our kids memories will be. The important thing is, they are Valid and important. Memories and feelings are all valid and important. I have truly come to realize this in the past decade.

It’s these simple moments that really tie a family together. It’s not about thinking the same about everything that make up a loving family. It is about excepting each other’s differences and loving each other regardless of those differences that tie us as one. I feel like having debates with one another and trying to push them, are what divide families. Just look at most of the families that try to have Holiday get togethers and end up

Fighting and at odds with one another.

The movies always focus around this and in most times have that take center stage. Families are like a marriage. It takes work and choices. Choices of accepting one another, forgiving one another and having enough respect for one another to let us each be who God has allowed us to be in order to grow into his will for us as individuals.

That is a chose families make. The only thing traditional about how I raised my kids was that they all have a mother and a father. Everything else has never been seen as traditional, but I’m okay with that. No regrets. Only Love.

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 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?