Saturday, July 29, 2017

Coming out of hibernation!

Hello one and all!

I know you all have been wondering where I have been...The past year and a half have been crazy.  My husband has been battling with kidney cancer and a heart valve that was failing...so just when we think we have him back on the road to recovery and some semblance of normalcy, then we find out that the surgeon that operated on his cancer, caused a herniated bowel (that now needs to be operated on), which will be taken care of on Monday, July 31st.

I haven't even put out my usual yearly Christmas cards/letters...which is definitely not like me at all (for those of you who know me well).  We have not moved, as of yet, but we will be doing so in the next few months. It is real slow going right now...trying to keep Phillip on the sofa, whilst Jr and I do the packing and most of the shuffling off to storage with the boxes as we pack them.  Phillip is allowed to drive us, but not much else.

Things aren't going so well for me either.  As you know, I had my right knee replaced not that long ago, that healed nicely but now, it is having all new problems...and the new surgeon thinks the replacement may need to be replaced, along with my left knee.  As if that wasn't bad enough, my spine may need another surgery to fuse the next vertebrae above the last fusion, since it appears the disintegrating bone disease is moving north, which is something we feared would happen eventually, I had really hoped it would have waited a few more years down the road...but, we gotta do what we gotta do.  I ain't ready to be an invalid yet, tho the pain does put me down more often than I would like to admit!

I also had both eyes operated on to remove double cataracts in each eye.  Simple surgeries, no pain till one of the eyes ended up inflamed and that had to be the most agonizing pain I have ever been thru.

Jr has been doing well.  He is fully homeschooled now.  His middle school was making things rough on him and us in general.  The online school he was attending was just as bad, so we gave up and took him out of school completely and teach him the proper curriculum and extra curricular activities.  He is learning to drive and spends his time racing go karts and doing computer animation, when he isnt helping us or doing his studies that is.

Well, I don't want to bore you to tears in my first catch up post, there will be lots of new things coming down the pike...I am looking into advertising some good companies here on my blog, and posting about them as well.  Only the best for my readers!  My blog will be getting a new look very soon as these new things start happening.  Bear with me folks, I haven't forgotten you!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Hello all!

Would you all rather see more recipes or more reviews? Or would you rather me keep it all about even?  Please let me hear from you.  I don't want to give you what you do not want to read.  As it is we get so much junk in our email boxes, I want to stand out so you have something to look forward to reading each day.

I hope to hear from you all.  I do have lots of recipes and reviews waiting to come your way.  I am going to post a few here and there until I hear from you all...and then I will post as many as you would like.  Both holiday and regular recipes and all kinds of reviews.

If you are looking for a particular recipe, please let me know and I will happily find it for you.  If I don't have it, I will find it for you.  Tried and true recipes, Grandma's recipes, international recipes, desserts, main courses, appetizers, drinks...whatever you would like to see, I will gladly post them.

Keepin it real for you all!
Annamarie

Friday, January 2, 2015

Good evening, dear readers!

It has been awhile since I blog posted to you. Life has been crazy the past couple of months. Hubby went in for open heart surgery to replace a valve in his heart that was no longer working properly, and if that was not bad enough, we also found out he has cancer on his kidney and adrenal gland. So after his open heart surgery heals up enough they are  going to put him in to have the cancer surgery.

As for me, my son and I had a bad stomach virus that had us down for the count flat on our backs in bed for over a week, whilst hubby was in the hospital. We are good now, thankfully.  But now I am suffering from some other kind of infection that is attacking both legs, causing them to swell, inflame and turn red. I am on antibiotics, so i have to let it run it's course.

I have several new reviews for you, mainly positive but I do have some glaringly negative ones as well...namely Dennys in Albuquerque. I also have a lot of product reviews as well.

If you recall, I was doing a lengthy product review for a particular company, apparently, that fell thru, I dont know if it was just a failure to communicate or if it was just a scam or what, but nothing further to report on this group.

I was also being considered to be another company's personal blogger, but that fell thru since they never bothered contacting me back and I got tired of emailing them.  Another one bites the dust.

Happy new year to one and all, happy belated Christmas, Channukah, Winter Solstice, and Kwanzaa too!!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Rimmel Scandeleyes Gel Eyeliner

Women are always looking for ways to make themselves look beautiful, right? Aren't we always looking for that perfect product?  Eyes, lips, hair, hands, nails, lips, etc?  Wouldn't it be great to find that one product to make our one target area look better?

As for me, I already found fabulous products for my lips, nails and hair, which I will reveal in later blog posts, but right now, I would love to talk about a wonderful little product I just discovered, that is amazing!

Yup, I was one of those women who was always looking for the ultimate eye liner.  I was stuck on this one eyeliner (who shall remain nameless) for years, it made my eyes look great, but it nearly always broke the bank for me, since it was much highter than anything else in my beauty regimen...and I wasn't making that much money at the time.  So, even tho I live differently now, and can get pretty much whatever I need, but I always look for that bargain.

You can always find me hanging out at the makeup area, checking out new products and whatever deals I can find.

Well, while on one of these little jaunts to the makeup counter, I was looking around for what was new for eyeliner.  So, I normally stick to the cheaper ends of the makeup area, but I decided to roam out of my comfort zone, and decided to heck out the Rimmel area, and something new caught my eye.  The young lady filling up the cosmetic aisles had just gotten done filling in the Rimmel area, and I looked up and saw a product I thought I would never use...gel eyeliner.

I had always been a liquid or pen eyeliner kinda girl but I figured, let's try something new...what a surprise! I was getting tired of my eyes looking like racoon eyes, but I wanted my eyes to look wide awake and not like Alice Cooper, ya know? The produt is alled Rimmel Scandeleyes Gel Eyeliner. It is a pretty decent sized pot of the gel eyeliner and a nice brush that has a great tip on it. Upon reading the back of the product, I also found out it was waterproof, it gives up to 24 hours of rich intense colour that doesnt flake, smear or run.

I couldn't believe it, it really did sound too good to believe. Needless to say, I took it home.  And I was truely amazed at how great this product really works.  Every one of it's claims were completely true. I have actually been complimented on how great my eyes look!!  And it was my first day out using the new product.
That was the sell point for me...can't wait to go and try the other colours.  I can say it is easy to use, goes on smoothe and clean, and I won't go back to the other products, now that I have tried this one!  Anyone want some used eyeliner?? lol  For the price, this brand is far less expensive than any other brand, and literally works incredibly well...you won't be sorry if you pick up this product, you will be saving money in more than one way!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A new day...

Another day of wondering what is going to happen.  There is a gentleman who is trying to get me to blog for him, but he is trying to get my readershjip/following up..And I am trying to get my friends to add/follow me.

I don't know what is going on, but when i looked at my readership a few days ago, I had over 60 readers and then today, after broadcasting on facebook and meetme, to get my friends to join, I come in here to find I actually lost three readers! What's up with that?

Come on, Guys, I need all the readers I can get!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Homemade Churros

Here is a fantastic little recipe, that is simple and fantastic.

Homemade Churros
Ingredients:
4tbsp sugar
2tsp cinnamon
3 1/4 cups bisquick or home made version(I will post this later)
2 cups hot water
vegetable oil

Heat 2 or 3 inches of oil in a saucepan over medium heat, until a thermometer inserted into the oil reads 375degrees f.

While the oil is heating combine cinnamon and 3tbsp of the sugar together in a small bowl and set aside.

In a medium sized bowl combine the bisquick, sugar, and hot water, mixing till a soft dough forms.

Carefully spoon the dough into a pastry bag fitted with a 1/4 inch star tip.

Once the oil has reached the correct temperature, carefully pipe 3 inch strips of dough into the hot oil.  Cook until golden on all sides.

Remove from oil using a slotted spoon, and drain on paper towel or napkins. Roll the churros in cinnamon sugar.  Serve.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Here is a review for you: Tiger Balm, Ultra Strength

As many of you know, I have a lot of health issues.  Fibromyalgia, Knee replacement (and other knee issues), spinal reconstructions and various other health issues.  I have tried so many different muscle rubs, patches, and pills.  For me, not much works real well, and I am always looking for something new to try.

Well, years ago, I remember using TigerBalm, regular.  It worked pretty good, but, of course, if you use something too long, it just doesn't work very well anymore. So, I went back to trying out various other things, with no luck.

Now that I have all these new health issues, I mentioned, and the pain can be incredibly over the top.  When we went shopping, I made my usual trip to the analgesic aisle.  I saw several new things, but most too expensive to try.  But there on the shelf was my old favourite and stand by, "Tiger Balm", but right next to it was something new, "Tiger Balm Ultra Strength".

I brought it home, and gave it a try.  I put it on my knee which was screaming bloody murder at me by that time.  And after about fifteen minutes, I could feel that old familiar tingling start to set in.  Then it went beyond, and as time went on I started to feel a soothing warming sensation, and as more time went on, a cooling sensation moved in after the heat.  Let me tell you, my knee was, as Phil Robertson says, "happy, happy, happy" ...LOL.  I got some soothing relief that gave me some more freedom of motion, and pain relief than I had gotten from any other source.

The great thing about Tiger Balm, is that it is all natural.  It doesn't rely on capsaicin like all the other sources use.  Tiger Balm's main active ingredients are camphor and menthol.  But the other ingredients clove, mint, and such, also give it a very pleasant scent that goes well with the warming and cooling qualities it gives you when you massage it in.  The more you rub it in, the warmer/cooler the area becomes.  And you won't smell like you came out of the locker room!

All I can say, is wash your hands thoroughly after use, and don't rub your eyes.  This is a really great product and it doesn't cost an arm and a leg.  If you want something that actually works, then this is the product for you.