Thursday

Beauty Product Ideas for Summer 2012

My girlfriends have been discussing all things SUMMER. It looks like it's going to be a hot one! Are you ready? Well don't fret. Let's discuss some products for our pool/beach/weekend bags:

1. Spray Tan
    Do you spray tan? I personally do not, however I am finding many do. Don't let what happened to my sister recently happen to you...

    After laughing hysterically, we googled ways to remove. It's not an easy task. What are your favorite spray products? I've heard Fake Bake is excellent. 

2.  Sunscreen
     I use a high SPF every summer & still get a nice color. I love Ocean Potion. It works well. No allergies & smells wonderful. 
  What are your favorite sunscreens? I really enjoy the brands that go on well & smell nice.

3. Kissable Lips
     For me, it's important to protect the lips. Mine burn when out in the sun. I like to find lip gloss with SPF of 30. Not always easy. I did find this stuff. Kiss My Face Organic Sport Lip Balm with SPF 30. It's only $2!



  So what are your fave summer lip shades? Please share. Every girl needs a good gloss in her bag.

Share your "pool bag" must haves with us. Really want to hear about your summer beauty products!

xoxo ~
Mrs. Montgomery
Working on my Tan Like...



Mrs. Montgomery was not paid nor given any of these products to demo in lieu of this post. If anyone would like to send Mrs. Montgomery products to review please email her as she would be happy to try a few.

Wednesday

Color = POW!

When I think of color, I think of the words “BAM” and “POW”! Can you tell that I have a 7YO boy under my roof? It’s all about super heroes, Transformers, and every other character that has magic and power.

But, in all seriousness, color IS powerful. It creates a confidence, it’s eye-catching, and can ‘stop traffic’! Wouldn’t you want to stop traffic? Well, in a good way!

Color is a great way to break out of ‘the norm’. We, especially women, have a tendency to fall into the world of neutrals, because it’s safe. It’s slimming and safe! (Yes, I wouldn’t have even had to say the word ‘safe’, because, as women, we only hear the word ‘slimming’.) There is nothing wrong with the neutral world – it’s a basic canvas of where we can infuse color.

If you are ‘new’ to color, this is a perfect time of year to try it, because color is EVERYWHERE. This spring season has exploded with varying shades of color from pretty pastels to the neon shades of the 80’s. So, pick your favorite shades and give it a try!



Just keep these few things in mind:

  1. Don’t go head to toe in color, or more, specific ONE color and/or varying shades of that color.
  2. You can go ‘all color’ by color blocking your outfit. Just make sure not to use more than 3 colors in your color blocking combination.
  3. Infuse color into your outfit/wardrobe where you are comfortable. Maybe, a dress in a bright color is too much. You could try a blouse, scarf, or a fabulous pair of shoes as a way to ease into the color world.
  4. Make a statement with color. Don’t be afraid to pick your brightest and boldest shade of your favorite color. Be confident and proud.
  5. Avoid being too ‘matchy-matchy’ with your accessories and your outfit. It’s okay to pull in the neutrals or balance one color with a complimentary color.
  6. Have fun! Color is a confidence builder. It is guaranteed to put a little extra spring in your step when you look in the mirror and even make that smile a little bit bigger.
I bought my first pair of colored denim – TURQUOISE! Can’t wait to wear them!

Tis’ the season for color! Enjoy!

Mrs. Stylish Stepmom

 

Tuesday

The Most Magical Place on Earth



Hello, RHOK Stars! It's my turn to post and as usual, I'm always wondering what to write about now days. So I thought I'd just write about me. Self-centered, much?! Ha ha!




Well, it's sort of not just about me. It includes my family and a much needed family vacation. You see, I think I've convinced my husband that we should visit Disney World again. We went back in 2004 when our older daughter was 6. Well, we've since added to our family and our little one is now 5 and almost the perfect age to enjoy the magical place. Perfect age to me is 6-8. She will be 6 in December. But, you can't just do it last minute. Or at least none of my friends do. They are professional Disney goers. They have spreadsheets and stuff. I have stuff - just not anything related to Disney World.








Source: google.com via Dawn's Diversions on Pinterest







So what's a novice Disney goer to do? You ask those in the know on Facebook! And, WOW! I got some great advice. I got so much great advice that I'm now so clueless and scared that I'm thinking we should just go to Branson. LOL! I kid. Sort of.




I haven't even had a time to process or research what was shared with me. Just look at a few of them...




This from my friend Amanda:

‎"Renting" DVC points (the Disney timeshare) is the cheapest way to stay deluxe on sight. December and January is my favorite time to go. We go 4-5 tmes a year. Our fave resorts are Animal Kingdom Lodge and Boardwalk Villas. And renting points you can do the dining plan, which usually saves us around 30% on food. We love having everything pre-paid and being able to order whatever we want guilt-free. I use several websites for crowd tracking and predictions, and we never wait more than 15 minutes for anything! Message me if you want more info and I'll be happy to share them with you!




If you go in October, Disney offers classes for kids at no charge and you also get deeply discounted tickets for the whole family. The program is operated year-round for youth groups, but during certain times of the year, it's open for individual enrollment. There are a variety of classes, each about 2-3 hours long. It's called the Disney YES programs. Here's the link.... Individual Enrollment | Disney Youth Groups
www.disneyyouth.com





Disney Youth Groups

www.disneyyouth.com







From Sarah:

When we went we flew Allegiant Air. You have to travel to AR or MO to flyout but we did round trip tickets for 5 of us for $500! Kathy Short turned me on towww.TourGuideMike.com it's $20 and you get all kinds of codes to use. Well worth the $20. I ordered the pins that you trade with on ebay.




From Ginger:

If u stay at a Disney hotel. You get to go in parks early. On animal kingdom day go early. Make an immediate left and do the safari or the line gets ling fast. Also if u stAy at Disney hotel pay $10 extra per day and you get a room up front. Well worth it, all that walking. Also go to jcpenny or sears and buy some Disney clothes-cheap. then you won't spend so much money on souvenirs.




From Laura:

We just went last summer. Stay in one of the Disney resorts & watch for free Disney Dining...we saved close to $1000 off our bill with that!! You guys will have a blast! And we brought our own panchos & a power strip to charge multiple phones, camcorders, cameras :D sorry, I'm getting excited just remembering!!




From Nicole:

we took a neutral colored back pack for each kid last time, with markers for the characters to sign. Served for autographs and snack/water holders.




From Lindsay:

We're going in May and went with the dining plan. I think it is the way to go. Mamacheaps.com has good info. I made out an intenary for each day with show/parade times since those are all available on disney.go.com. Also, the character meals start booking 180 days in advance so try to get those reservations made as soon as you book. You can make reservations through the disney dining website. Good luck, it is overwhelming to plan but now that it's done I'm so excited!




From Kathy:

Here is my friends info. who plans Disney Vacations for free. She is amazing! She will find you the best deal and even give you a daily schedule if you want. (What park to go to on what day, ride order, etc.) She will help you book the meals as well. She is actually at DisneyWorld right now then going on a Disney Cruise so it may be next week before she can get back to you. I would also suggest tourguidemike.com and easywdw.com. We have gone in Dec. and love it but it is busier. This year we went in Feb. and it was great! We took the YES classes (they aren't free) but you get deeply discounted tickets. This may not work for you if you are getting a packaged deal. Bethany can help you sort all of that out. Also, we get Nathan a Guest Assistance Pass because of his aspergers. It really makes a huge difference for us and is probably one of the main reasons we can go back every year. PM me if you want more info. Bethany has planned trips for several of my friends and they have been more than pleased. We stay at Beach Club or Saratoga Springs, both of which are DVC resorts. Let me know if you have any questions, I love planning Disney Trips. I have helped a lot of people plan trips and sort through the overload of info. but Bethany is a "Disney" professional. She has acess to good deals/packages that us common folk don't. :) Happy Planning!


Email bethany@crazyaboutthemouse.com
Website http://www.crazyaboutthemouse.com/bethany






Crazy About the Mouse - Vacation Planning Agents - Bethany Houser


www.crazyaboutthemouse.com









This isn't even all the advice I got. Can you see why my head is spinning?!? So, might as well make it spin more by asking you all for any tips, websites, advice that you may have about Disney World. I just may make a spreadsheet myself and add your stuff to it. I want to have Disney stuff, too. Some of my friends even make their kids (as in sew) Disney clothes to wear that match. Holla! I'm pretty sure my kids will be cheated, according to the standards my friends have set, no matter how much work I put in to it. Shhh..... Let's not share everything with them, Mkay?







~Mrs. Albright

Planning a magical Disney vacation, like a....










P.S. I hope all this information proves helpful for your very own Disney vacation!

Monday

Old.

Other than lotions and potions I buy in stores, I have no other wrinkle control.
That's right.
My name is Priss and I do not botox.
(You probably think this is obvious)


I kinda, sorta think injecting poison in your skin is going to end up causing problems later in life.
I'm in the minority on this one, and that is okay.  I'm not judging those who do botox.  I envy your beautiful smooth skin!  I just think there might be something long-term that I don't want to deal with.

I did, however, rethink my skincare regime on our recent ski trip.
Skiing in the middle of a snowstorm tends to make you cover up.
I bring you... the ski ninja!

Mrs. Priss with the ski ninja

I think with all this crap on my head I begin to look more like a cabbage patch doll than the middle-aged mom that I am.  My skin is all scrunched up under the balaclava and the goggles.  It's not pretty.

This is a balaclava, by the way.

I loaded the two-seater ski lift with my thirteen year old son and snuggled up close.  He gives me a kiss on the cheek then looks at me with rare scrutiny.

"You're getting lots of wrinkles," he says.

Don't worry.  He lived.
I actually laughed, to tell the truth.  In a bit of hopefulness, I told him maybe it was all of the gear.
He told me to smile so he could check again.

"No. That's not it.  You're getting wrinkly."
The thirteen year old boy has spoken.

Well, crud.
I'm getting old.

Never fear, however.  Miracles do happen!

Sitting on the airplane on the way home, this same thirteen year old boy starts a new inspection.
He taps me on the shoulder and says,
"Hey! The wrinkles are gone!"

Whew!
For a second there, I thought I was in trouble.


Mrs. Priss

Aging rapidly like...

Thursday

Are You DRAWSOME?

Hello, my name is Mrs. Hart and I confess...I am addicted to mobile gaming. No, not just any game either- Draw Something by OMGPOP.  "Draw Something is THE addictive social drawing game and its now available free for Apple iOS and Android Devices! Draw and guess words, play cooperatively with friends or competitively with rivals." I basically describe it as mobile Pictionary. I have been a member of the iFamily for exactly a year now and this is my first time to engage in such play- scandalous, huh?

You might ask, what is the obsession with this? Absolutely nothing other than the challenge of figuring out someone else's drawing and guessing the word being drawn. No one really wins "the game", you both gain coins or a percentage of coins if you guess each others drawings. That is why it is kind of fun to find someone who is good- not me, LOL! Oh, and be careful because you can have lots of games going on at one time. Let me show you a few of my games. Now remember, I do not profess to be an artist. Also, keep in mind some of the drawings you wonder why or how you or the other person ever thought of such way to draw the word given to them. I have even seen some of drawings that simply look like gutter talk -I am not showing you any of these.

My cousin Tonya F. made me guess this one.

My SIL Elizabeth W. drew this one!
I drew WATER for my BFF Angela K., she guessed it! WooHoo!
I guessed this one immediately, but it did leave me guessing exactly HOW this person could be such an artist.
An iPad allows you more room than an iPhone and some devices allow the use of a stylus.

I did not guess this one. Was all around it, but it didn't come to me. Kicked myself when I found out.
Do you know what it is? Tell me in the comments.

I love when I guess the item how the game tells me how "DRAWSOME" I am! Are you "DRAWSOME" yet? If so invite me to play a game. My Draw Something name is ShaRhonda C. and yes, I am addicted. If not, download the free version now and get started. The premium version is available right now for .99- no ads and more words!


♥Mrs. Hart♥
who is confessing her gaming addictions today like


Disclosure: I am really not "addicted". I can brush my teeth, put my makeup and clothes on, and go to work 6 hours each day before I have to play a game. I usually play during American Idol, or some other television program.

Tuesday

Spring! Flowers! Fun!


Happy first day of Spring y'all!  Of course around here, it wasn't even like we really had winter- so I think we just merged, rather than changed. We already had a wonderful string of 80 degree sunny days, only to become a FLASH FLOOD thunderstorm state just in time for Spring Break. Of course! It's Oklahoma, after all!

Spring is birthday season at my house. My kids have 3/24 and 3/26 birthdays....so this weekend it's party central around here-whether I am ready or not. They are turning 12 and 8, I can't even believe that. I may need to find some some sort of superwoman energy drink to get me through! Luckily, the kids have been with grandma since Saturday- but will come home tomorrow. At least I had a little R&R to prepare.

My personal favorite parts of spring are flowers, cleaning out the yard for summer fun, both the nice weather, and, I know it may be weird: thunderstorms!  Baseball season is also fun-but I am not gonna lie it's nice when it rains a little and there is no rushing to practice!

Lately I have seen so many pictures people are posting of flowers popping up all over, from the ground to the trees. It's always nice to see landscapes all over the US from people on Instagram and Twitter! I love it, don't you agree? But, do you know how many people think certain flowers (especially on trees) are something they are not? It seems quite a lot. I feel it is my civic and Southern duty to give you a little Spring horticulture lesson before I leave you to enjoy your break and your flower photography.

CHERRY BLOSSOM

This is a MAGNOLIA. Your Southern card shall be pulled if this is mislabeled.

PINK DOGWOOD

State Tree of Oklahoma: RED BUD

The ever so lovely TULIP TREE

And, the WHITE DOGWOOD.

I just love all of those trees above. They are so gorgeous in full bloom! The other white floral trees you see everywhere are Bradford pears. They are probably the most prevalent, and are pretty- but they stink to high heaven! Have you ever taken a whiff of one in full bloom? Amazing how something so pretty can smell that bad!

I hope y'all enjoy your first day of Spring (even though it may be a bit dreary)! Let me know your favorite spring flower and activities in the comments. We are nosy around here, we like to know things.

Mrs. Sinclair,
 
searching for her rain boots and umbrella

Monday

Spring Break Ideas

I am blogging from Spring Break 2012.
I'm not on the balmy beaches of the Atlantic.

I'm not on the snowy white mountains of the Rockies.
Seriously. How cute is Mrs. Priss!

I'm here...
                                                   

So fun. So crazy. So Swag.
Here are some ideas for a Spring Break Staycation...
  • Avoid your local zoo, aquarium, museums during this time, unless you love crowds of kids & irritated moms
  • Rent lots of kids movies & fun snacks
  • Send the kids outside - in the event of bad weather, send them to Grandma's
  • Make a kids "To Do List" include things like, clean/organize garage
  • Hire neighborhood teen to babysit so you can meet your girlfriends for lunch & shopping
  • Get glue, paint, glitter {for girls}, sand {for boys} - let the kids craft
  • Call your hubby every 30 mins & ask, "When are you coming home?"
What are you doing for Spring Break? Are you rocking at "staycation" or traveling to an exotic location?
If ya wanna catch Lorax 3D Holla'!
xoxo ~
Mrs. Montgomery
Staying in my pjs all Spring Break like...



 Photo Credit 

Thursday

St. Patrick's Day Round-Up

I love St. Patrick's Day. Kids generally love it as well. I can remember as a child getting up on St. Patrick's Day and donning my green in hopes of not getting pinched that day at school. Do kids today still pinch if someone isn't wearing green?!?

I thought it would be fun to share some of the cool things I've found on Pinterest and the Internet regarding St. Paddy's Day.  We've been cooped up at home all week - ALL WEEK - with the flu at our house. We certainly could use some fun things to break up the boredom around here. Thankfully (and, hopefully) we will be well just in time for Spring Break. Woot! Woot!

I'd sure like to find a Pot O' Gold at the end of these adorable rainbow cupcakes from Living Locurto.



What about starting your kiddo's day off with some Lucky Pancakes from Betty Crocker?






After breakfast what about a little scavenger hunt from Modern Parents Messy Kids?



My kids would totally find this memorable - a little leprechaun mischief. What about your kids?


Take a look at the fun this family had over at Six Silly Seeleys. What great parents they are for creating such fun memories for their children.


Our very own Mrs. Montgomery made these adorable burlap shamrocks for her booth, The Rustic Rack,  which she shares with Tracy at Creme de la Creme Boutique in Collinsville, OK. Isn't it darling?



















Are you going to a St. Patrick's Day party and need an appetizer to bring? What about a Reuben Dip from Skip to my Lou?  It only requires 5 ingredients! You can't get much easier.



I am personally not a fan of green beer, but that's mainly because I'm not a fan of any beer. I am a fan of these adult beverages!








As always, you can find just about anything and everything you could ever want to eat, drink, make or do on Pinterest. If you aren't on Pinterest and would like an invite, please leave your email saying you'd like to be invited and we will certainly invite you.

Do you have any fun activities planned for Saturday? Do you have any fun traditions you'd like to share with us?  We'd love to hear all about it!

~Mrs. Albright
Planning a little leprechaun mischief, like......

Tuesday

(Mis)Communication

One of the gals from the RHOK posted this on our Facebook page recently and I really had a chuckle over it.
Facebook has been way too fun for me.  It has made it too easy for me to share laughs with 800 of my closest friends over the past few years.  But are we really communicating with each other?

I have one friend who isn't allowed to be my Facebook friend because his wife has never met me.  I don't have a problem with that, but I find it odd since I never dated him and he lives 2000 miles away.  Either way, it works for them.  Or does it...
You see, the funny thing is that we talk to each other using Words With Friends.  This makes things complicated.
I wanted to tell my friend that I was having a fun girls trip to Vegas so I sent a message through our current game.  He had a little bit of trouble with it.

Since it has been 20 years or so since we hung out, it made sense that he didn't remember who my friend Leslie was.  Conversing by typing on my cell isn't my favorite so I tried to indicate that she was one of my best friends from high school by typing "bf."
You can see how that went over.

And then came the clarification and the AHA(!) moment.


I seriously recommend typing carefully.
This is how rumors get started.

And how was Vegas?
We didn't share a hooker, but we danced. And danced. And danced.
See our Ellen dance dare video?



Oh - and we hung out with the band and compared our matching boots, too.
Or maybe that was just me.
I just love musicians.


My name is Priss and I am a groupie.


Do you have any funny communication faux pas to share?

Mrs. Priss 

Who stayed out all night in Vegas like...

(who also remembered later that she's too old for this)

Monday

An Itch to Etch: Another Craft by Mrs. Hart

Line by line, moment by moment, special times are etched into our memories in the permanent ink of everlasting love in our relationships.- Gloria Gaither


I love personalized items with my last name. You would think with a name like Crow, I mean HART, I would be able to find lots and lots of memorabilia that would name the figure, right? Wrong. I married after that era. I only have one bird at my nest. So I try to make up for it here and there with letters and other items to give our home a little style.

Our niece is getting married March 20, 2012. I had an itch to get creative with her wedding gift. She is still in college and will be setting up a home for the first time, so of course she is going to need it ALL. Since one of my favorite things to do is cook, I went on a Pinterest search and ran across a few glass etching projects with Pyrex casserole dishes. Who doesn't love a good casserole? Who doesn't like to impress their family with a great casserole the first time you have them for dinner? Or, have you ever taken a casserole dish to a potluck or to a friend and had to leave the dish and never have it returned?

Here is the gift that my niece opened yesterday from us- Personalized Etched Casserole Dishes, etched personally by ME!


It only takes contact paper, Pyrex/Anchor Hocking Casserole Dishes, a Cricut, a single use sponge paint brush and a magic ingredient from Hobby Lobby called Armour Etch- $19.99 for the 10oz size so make sure you use a 40% of coupon! And of course rubber gloves and eye protection (yeah right- I had to put that disclosure in there).

Cut contact paper line side up with Cricut. You will need to predetermine size according to number of letter and size of pan.

Peel paper off of the contact paper. Lay the sticky side of contact paper on the underside of pan. Make sure all edges are completely smooth and even. No gaps.

When you flip it over, this is how the letters/name will appear.

Apply a very generous amount of Armour Etch with sponge paint brush. Make sure you wear gloves (I did) and proper eye protection like the bottle says. Only put cream where you want it etched.  Leave on pan for one hour. Then rinse etching solution off. Make sure you clean your sink thoroughly. Then remove contact paper and wash again, can use soap. DO NOT scrub pan at this time.

The 8x11 dish- ELLIOTT on the bottom

The 9x13 pan- ELLIOTT on one side.
I etched from the inside on this one.
The other side of the 9x13- EST 2012
The 11x13- the happy couple's initials!




I have over 3/4 of Armour Etch left. I guess I will just have to keep on etching. This is really addicting and fun. Imagine all of the glassware and all of the cute sayings you could etch. Wine glasses, pie plates, dessert plates, mirrors, candy dishes....the list goes on and on! I can't wait to use the rest of my bottle. What etching project do you have an itch to try first? Can't decide? I have a few ideas on my Pinterest board, Craft Ideas, if you want to take a look.

♥Mrs. Hart♥
Keeping the Crafting Itch like 

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