2.22.2017

What's Up Wednesday :: February 2017

It's the last Wednesday of the month, that means it's time for our What's Up Wednesday Link Up!

Link up with  me, Sheaffer & Shay the LAST Wednesday of each month so we can read about What's Up with YOU!

Here we go!
What We’re Eating this week.....
 Monday: Slow Cooker Ribs & Mashed Potatoes:

Tuesday: Chicken Taco Soup

Wednesday: Leftovers
Thursday: Stuffed Bell Peppers

Friday: Friday Night Pizza Night

I also made a batch of my Grammy's Split Pea Soup for me to have for my lunches this week.

Other treats I am making....
Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies


What I'm Reminiscing about.....
  15 years ago on February 15th Kevin and I got engaged!
Look how young we were....babies!!!!


 What I'm loving.....
I'm loving my Loving Lately series!
Once a month I post about things that I am Loving Lately.
 
In January, my Loving Lately had a silver/grey theme...check it out HERE
In February, my Loving Lately had a pink theme.....check it out HERE

What We've been up to.....
Go to Tahoe! We've been going almost every other weekend since Christmas.

We went this past weekend despite the crazy weather...our kids are becoming quite the skiers this year & it's so fun to ski with them. Kevin and I are doing our best to raise "non-wimp" California kids when it comes to the weather :)
The snow has been INSANE this winter. So pretty!!
We needed it so desperately, but WOW...I didn't think we would get this much rain & snow in California. The past 6 weeks have been crazy!
Rain & snow are good....the flooding, power outages, road closures & evacuations are not good.

What I'm Dreading.....
The orthodontist....It's that time when our girls need to see the orthodontist....we got a quote for braces...YIKES!! I am dreading those bills for sure!


What I'm Working On.....
Creating recipes for my Instant Pot.
Seriously. I'm obsessed with converting my favorite recipes to Instant Pot recipes.
I need an intervention.
I have already posted my Korean Beef, Grammy's Split Pea Soup, Teriyaki Meatballs, Chicken Taco Soup. I have 2 more Instant Pot recipes that I converted & need to post here....stay tuned for a Jambalaya recipe  & my Rosemary Beef Stew recipe! 


What I'm Excited About.....
As you can tell, I am excited about my Instant Pot.
My goal is to convert all my Slow Cooker/Crock Pot recipes to Instant Pot recipes.
I never thought I would love a kitchen appliance more than my Crock Pot.
It is just so amazing....things that would take hours & all day in the Crock Pot take 30-45 minutes in the Instant Pot.


You need one in your life. Trust me.  I had a dream the other night about creating recipes for my Instant Pot.
LOL! I just love it!

What I'm Watching........
Switched at Birth



 This is Us:


Grey's Anatomy

Scandal
How to Get Away with Murder
And, of course I am watching The Bachelor.
Ugh. Not a fan of Nick, but I've watched every single season of this show....why stop now?!?!

What I'm Reading.....
Here are the books I read this month:
The Women in Cabin 10
4 out of 5 stars...good suspenseful book!

In dark, dark wood

 This was also suspenseful & a page turner.
4 out of 5 stars

Friends We Keep

 Book 2 of the Girls of Mischeif Bay series...it's a good "fluff" or beach read!
3.5 out of 5 stars

Things You Won't Say

I read a few of Sarah Pekkanen's books last year & liked them a lot and this was good as well.
4 out of 5 stars

The next book I am starting is:
The Perfect Neighbors



What I'm Listening to..... 
 Today's hit on Pandora...one of my new favorite songs is
HandClap by Fitz and the Tantrums

What I'm Wearing.....
My rainboots are getting tons of use because of all the rain!
 
When it's not raining, I am wearing These booties....absolutely loving them....so comfortable!
And, not too big of a heel #tallgirlproblems


They are on sale right now, you can save 20%
They come in 8 colors. I have 2 colors, check them out here.
What I’m doing this weekend.....
We have some fun things going on this weekend.
Claire has a basketball game, we are going to Disney on Ice & Kevin and I are going to the Banff Mountain Film Festival viewing with friends.

What I'm Looking Forward to next month.....
 March Madness! I love college basketball and that time of year.

 I'm also looking forward to our school's Kentucky Derby themed auction!

What else is new.....
I started using a new mascara:

I just started using it a few weeks ago and I love it!
You can get it HERE.

Question of the month is:
What is your favorite beauty product?
I can't just pick one favorite beauty product, so I am going to highlight 4 beauty products that I can't live without!
 Rodan + Fields Multi Function Eye Cream:

This eye cream is THE BEST.
It combines powerful peptides to minimize the appearance of crow’s-feet, helps reduce the appearance of both puffiness and dark under eye circles.


 My next favorite product is our Micro-Dermabrasion Paste. This has been a life saver for me this winter.
We have been in Lake Tahoe every other weekend since Christmas which means my skin has gone from mild temperatures here in the Bay Area to freezing, snowy conditions in Tahoe...and the wind on my face while skiing has not helped. I have been using this paste 2-3 x a week and it has saved my skin! 
Micro-Dermabrasion Paste is a high-glide, oil-free formula designed to help promote maximum gentle exfoliation. Use intermittently to visibly improve skin tone and texture. It smoothes away rough spots.

 Overnight Restorative Cream:
Oh, how I love this overnight cream. When I wake up in the morning, my skin is so incredibly soft.
Our Overnight Restorative Cream is an ultra-moisturizing cream that replenishes skin’s natural moisturizing factors while you sleep for visibly firmer, less-lined skin in the morning.

  Lash Boost
 Get lush, longer-looking lashes in as little as four weeks with Lash Boost.
This nightly eyelash-conditioning serum features a unique proprietary formula that improves the appearance of lash volume and length for lashes that are 100% real, 100% yours.
I am obsessed with Lash Boost...it is my current favorite R+F product....the results are incredible.
Here are my friend Caroline's lashes:
 Aren't her lashes incredible?

I need to update my close up before & after photo of my lashes...but here is what they look from a distance like as of last week:

 So, if I could only use 4 beauty products for the rest of my life these would be them!
Eye cream, Micro derm paste, overnight cream & lash boost!

 I know so many of you who are curious about R+F products, but are nervous to take the plunge!
Guess what? Now is your chance!
I am placing a BULK order of these 4 items next week on February 28th.
I am offering these at my CONSULTANT PRICE!

Eye Cream - $60
Micro-Dermabrasion Paste -$68
Overnight Restorative Cream - $62
Lash Boost - $125

The eye cream, paste & overnight cream each last 5-6 months.
Lash Boost will last 4 months

Send me an email or leave a comment if you would like to order any of these items.
melissa_larson17@yahoo.com
Prices include tax and shipping!
This is a great way for you to try one (or some) of our amazing products at a discounted price.

All products come with a 60 day, empty bottle, 100% money back guarantee so you have nothing to risk by trying them out!
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Can't wait to read about What's up with all of YOU!

2.17.2017

Loving Lately // February 2017

It's time for another round of Loving Lately!
I did this last month & it was fun, so here is this month's Loving Lately!

// ONE //
I am loving these 2 nail polish colors. They have been on rotation the past few weeks, perfect for February!
Berry            //         Pink


This is my favorite type of nail polish because if you use the base coat & top coat, I have found that it doesn't chip for about a week!!!
I have now have about 10 colors, but it comes in 65 different colors! I am telling you, this nail polish is the best!


// TWO //
I love my sisters! It was my younger sister's birthday last week, so we had a girls dinner over the weekend.
So thankful to have sisters that are 2 of my best friends.

// THREE //
I know I talk about this a lot, but I am LOVING Lash boost
(see my lashes in the above photo...LOVE!)
When you buy Lash boost & a regimen bundle, you can get up to 30% off! This is an amazing deal that R+F is offering this month!
 If you want to love your lashes and have longer, fuller, darker looking lashes and great skin,  I would love to get you started!

What is your biggest skin concern? I'm here to help! We have products for all skin types.

I am so thankful for the R+F products....our Reverse regimen got rid of my pregnancy melasma that I had with all 3 pregnancies.

Take THIS quick 5 questionnaire to find out what is best for your skin!

All new preferred customers this month get $20 cash back and  a FREE essentials item (body sunscreen, body lotion, gauze pads or lip shield)

Like all of our products, this bundle comes with a 60 day empty bottle 100% money back guarantee!

Email me with questions or to place your order:
melissa_larson17@yahoo.com 

 // FOUR //
Speaking of lashes....I am loving this mascara
I just started using it a few weeks ago and I am loving it!
You can get it HERE.

// FIVE //
Forget roses.....give me all the Pink Tulips!
Love this time of year when tulips are in bloom!


// SIX //
Chocolate dipped strawberries with sprinkles? Love them!
These were the goodies I made for my Valentines....I love adding sprinkles to everything!


// SEVEN //
Our school auction is next month and it's a Kentucky Derby Theme.
How fun is that?
I love the Kentucky Derby! Here are some dresses that I am looking at.....
I love stripes:

This Solid Pink is cute:


How fun is this one? LOVE it!

Not sure if I am a floral person, but it is Kentucky Derby-ish.

I like this one, but not sure about the belt:

Love this color blocking, it would be fun with a big pink hat!
 Which one is your favorite?
// EIGHT //
This long wear Lip Gloss is my all time Favorite. I LOVE them. These are my 2 favorite colors:



Last summer, the girl at the MAC counter told me they were discontinuing it, so I stocked up...but now I am almost out of my last tube & it is discontinued, so now I need suggestions on what long lasting lip glosses you recommend!

// NINE //
You guys....we got a Roomba for Christmas.
It's amazing. Like really amazing. I am in LOVE with it.
 We have named our Roomba...the name is "Ralphie" after the University of Colorado buffalo mascot. It only seems fitting since our dog's name is Boulder & Ralphie does a great job vacuuming up all that dog hair!
The Roombais everything and more. And it's $75 off now!
It runs everyday for an hour when we are at work & school.
What I really love is that my kids know they have to keep their bedroom  floors picked up so that Ralphie doesn't ruin any of their toys.
So, it's a win-win.....their rooms get picked up and then vacuumed :)
LOVE it!

// TEN //
I am loving these earrings....they just came out with some gorgeous new colors!

I have 3 of these earrings...I like this size because they aren't too big.

I am loving this blush color....aren't they perfect for Spring?


This month's Loving Lately had a pink theme....last month they were all grey/silver in color. Ha!
You know I love a theme ;)

What have you been loving lately?

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