Tuesday, July 31, 2012

DIY Lemon Scrub

I have a list of things that give me intense sticker shock.  One of them is body scrub.  Even the "cheap" stuff is $10 a jar.  Ten bucks may not be much to some, but holy smokes, I can feed my husband and I for 2 days on $10!  So, given my sticker shock, and the fact that I am trying to stay away from chemicals that pervade everything we buy in America, I decided to make my own body scrub.

I did some research online and really, it's quite simple.  You combine some sugar (white, brown, or both) or salt (epsom or sea), with some oil (olive, coconut, baby, etc) and throw in some sort of scent/flavor.

So, scrubbing agent + oil + scent = body scrub.  Now that's an equation I am capable of doing.  So, here's what I did:


I gathered my ingredients:  sea salt, 1 lemon, and olive oil.


I zested the lemon (is that grammatically correct to say it that way?) and added that to about 1 1/2 cups of sea salt.


So pretty!  I added the juice of half the lemon.  (I love how lemon smells--so happy and clean!)


I slowly added olive oil until it was the right consistency.  I wanted it kinda gloopy without being soggy (that's so scientific, I know).  Really, you can't go wrong.  If you accidentally add too much oil then just add more salt, and vice versa.


The end result!


Some people store their body scrub in cute little jars.  I am the queen of practicality, so this little plastic container works well for me. It also fits nicely on the tiny little bath ledge in the corner of our tub.  And good grief, I am klutz enough on non-slippery surfaces; me and a glass container in a slick tub would most definitely result in me getting stitches.

I really liked how this turned out and am excited to experiment with more "recipes".  I love to exfoliate with a body scrub before I shave--it makes my legs so smooth!

Linking this up at:
Titus Tuesdays
Grace at Home
Living Well Wednesdays 

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Newsprint Manicure: A Pinterest Fail?

As a rule, I normally don't paint my fingernails.  Try as I might, I cannot keep a manicure looking decent beyond 10 minutes no matter what I do.  I think I lack the patience to be a habitual fingernail painter.  (Toes, now, that's another story...)

I'm sure if you are on Pinterest you have seen pins such as this one for newsprint/paper manicures:





I work half days on Mondays so thought I would use my time at home to give a version of this a spin.  I painted my nails white, then, once they were dry I soaked them in alcohol and pressed paper on them.  The first page I tried was torn from an old book I had from a DIY project, and barely any of the words transferred.  I think the paper was too thick?  So I went rummaging through the recycle bin and found an old magazine and cut pages with words on it from there.  This was the result:






Not bad, but not great either.  I found that I really had to soak them in alcohol, and then put the paper on and soak that too and press it fairly hard to get the print to transfer to my nails.  I did a topcoat on top to keep it from washing off.  I also had a fairly hard time getting the ink that had transferred to other places other than my nail off :).  I think I would like to try actual newsprint next time, especially some comic strips like this one:

(tutorial found here)


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Living Small: Bathroom


The house we rent is a teeny tiny one built in the early 1900's.  Before bathrooms.  Before closets.  It's been updated since then, obviously, but it is tiny.  And because the bathroom and closets were added later, it feels even smaller.  The original fireplace has been filled in instead of taken out, and that takes up even more (what could be) useable space.

The hubs and I have gotten pretty good at coming up with ingenious ways to live in our tiny house with all of our stuff.  (When I was single I used to joke that when I got married my husband would have to keep all his belongings in the trunk of his car because there would not be room for them in my house.)  We got rid of a lot of stuff when he moved in, and things were OK.  Then my parents dropped off all of my childhood belongings on my porch (that's a story for a different day), and that added a huge influx of even more stuff to our already crowded space.  We're pretty proud of our space-saving solutions, so I thought I would share some tips on how we live small in our tiny space!

Today we will focus on our bathroom.  Yes, we have only one.  With a tiny sink that is right against the wall so that I am constantly bumping my elbow into drywall when I wash my face or brush my teeth.  Our bathroom has no working vent or fan, and the floor is peeling up near the tub.  But, we the water works and we have a washer/dryer in the house, which is a big plus.  Here are some ways we save space in our bathroom:

I LOVE this idea.  I have a large wire above-the-toilet rack from college that sits beside our sink (we put the trashcan and hamper underneath).  I found 2 of these metal planters at an outdoor store when I moved in, and hung them from either side of the rack.  This one holds my hair dryer (which stays plugged in).  A blue one on the other side holds all my brushes/combs.  It's a great place to store things like that because it keeps them from cluttering up a drawer or other space.

I used to have hair elastics everywhere which would drive me nuts, so to corral them I got a simple carabiner and stuck them all on it; then hung it from the same rack mentioned above.  I also have one of these attached to the handle of my makeup bag that I take to the gym so that the elastics I take out after a workout don't end up all over my gym bag.

I love finding regular items around the house and re-purposing them to organize.  Because we have so little storage space under and above our sink, I used plates from my kitchen to store hair items, etc.  It keeps them all in one place and since they won't stand up on the wire shelves, it prevents them from falling over. 


  Here's another plate (I think I got this one on clearance at Target) used to hold body sprays (I am allergic to perfume, so these fruity gems are my substitute).

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I find lots of good storage items in my kitchen.  This little casserole dish, I threw on the shelf to hold hair accessories-


I'm telling you, I saved myself so much money by re-using containers I already had instead of going out and buying new ones.  

Over the door hangers.  These are awesome.  We have about 4 in our house.  This one hangs on the back of the bathroom door and holds our robes (I have 3-one for each season--crazy but I use them all!).  The pink bag on the right is actually an old tank top I turned into a bag and use to hold cleaning rags.

The medicine cabinet.  It looks pretty sparse because 90% of my makeup is kept in the bag I take to the gym in the mornings.  I used a lot of juice glasses from the kitchen that I didn't use much to actually drink from in here to store q-tips, cotton rounds, etc.

You need one of these.  Go to Ross, because they are cheaper there :).  We lacked the space under the sink to store extra toilet paper, and well, it's just handy to have extra rolls accessible, for obvious reasons!

What are some of your space saving tips?

Linking up today at:


Living Well Wednesday
Works for me Wednesday
Grace at Home 




Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Crossing the Finish Line

Right after we got married 2 years ago, my husband returned to school.  He had gone to college before but never gotten his degree because he started working full time.  After moving to TN and pursuing a different career in personal training, he decided that that particular line of work couldn't offer the financial security he was wanting, so he went back to school to get his Associate's Degree in Physical Therapy Assistant. 

The program he went to is very, very competitive.  Over 150 applied to the program when he did last year.  They take 20.  Luckily, he got in.  It's also a very intense program--they have so much material to cover that even after 6 hours in class each day, students had to go home and listen to audio lectures, in addition to doing homework, etc. 

It has definitely been an intense past couple of years.  The first year Dave was in school wasn't the actual program--it was all pre-reqs.  I worked 2 jobs and he worked part time and went to school.  When I would get home at 6:15, he would be leaving to go train clients at the gym.  I had a horrible case of mono that first year and would be asleep long before he ever got home.  Once he got into the program, he quit working because the school load was so intense.  We have been living off of student loans, saving pennies and scrimping by.  We have been blown away countless times by God's provision of money, energy, and encouragement during the past two years.  And soon, that season will be over. 

Dave's last day of clinicals is next Friday.  Eight more days after today, and school is officially over.  We found out this morning that he passed his board exams.  So as soon as he gets his official license from the state, he can start working.  The light at the end of the tunnel has been getting brighter all summer, and we are so eager to be out of this tunnel!  He has one more hurdle--an In-Service, which is basically a seminar type deal that he has to do--and it's all over.  I imagine that Dave feels like this, crossing the finish line in victory:

(photo credit)   
In actuality, he may feel more like this:

(photo credit)
Either way, he is about to cross that line!  How exciting it is sometimes that seasons don't last forever.  That everything happens in it's own time, and that things end.  On to the next season, Lord! 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

So fresh and so clean, clean

My husband and I have gotten really into all natural living.  We're not hippies who don't bathe or anything; but we have been doing some research into all the chemicals that are in a lot of the products we use on a daily basis, and it is shocking to learn what's in the things we use!

A lot of people don't realize that ingredients in personal care products and makeup, etc. are regulated by the FDA.  (Side note: not that you should trust the FDA.  In my opinion (emphasis: "my opinion") the FDA is in bed with major pharmaceutical companies, etc and let's things into products that are absolutely harmful).  All that to say that we have started pursuing natural alternatives to household and personal care items.  Turns out that living naturally isn't cheap.  We say all the time that if we were wealthy we would have organic everything.  As it is, some things we're just going to have to use the not-so-healthful thing because we can't afford the better-for-us alternative.  

I've been looking into making a lot of my own cleaning and personal care items and kept reading about the beauty of castille soap.   Have you heard of this little gem?  Dr. Bronner's is the most well known brand.  Castille soap is organic and vegetable based and can be used in tons of different ways.  It doesn't contain harsh ingredients and is great for sensitive skin.  

**Our skin is the largest organ of our body.  Anything you put on your skin is absorbed into your body.  Think about it--would you ingest the sunscreen or lotion you currently use?  Many common ingredients in skin care items are known to be harmful to the human body--known, not just suspected.  Parabens and phthalates are the worst and I guarantee they are in just about every skincare product you own. 

I gathered some ideas online and learned that you can use diluted castille soap as a body wash alternative.  I bought this huge bottle at Target for around $12-13.  Not cheap, but if you dilute it that big bottle should last a good long time.  


 



I used an empty body wash container, added some soap, and filled the rest up with filtered water.  I also added some grapefruit essential oil because I am a girl and like to smell like a fruit salad after a shower. :)  I really like it so far.  It doesn't lather up the way normal body wash does, but lathering doesn't equal effectiveness, so I don't miss that.  I think I should use more soap next time; I only filled up the container maybe a fourth of the way at most and it's really runny.  Next time I'm going to try and make it thicker.  It smells wonderful, and I know it's not slowly killing me--success!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Surveys says...



 (there is no shame if the theme song from this show just played through your head)


What is your favorite place to relax?
I think it depends on what mood I'm in.  Usually I prefer relaxing at home, mostly because I can wear sweatpants and take off my bra (sorry if that's TMI, but it sure is the truth!).  I love curling up with a good book in my chair, or baking something yummy in my kitchen, or taking a hot bath while I watch a tv show on my laptop.

What do you do to vent anger?
Get it out of my system!  Write about it, talk about it, pray about it. I am a very verbal person so sometimes things have to come out of me in words lest they make me go up in flames.  I pray aloud in my car a lot.

Most loved comfort foods:
Coke (from a fountain, not a can or bottle).
Carbs!--muffins and bagels are my vice.
Pizza Hut pizza-partly because it's so yummy, partly because it's delivered right to my door.
Warm coffee drinks--goodness knows a white chocolate mocha has been my comfort more times than it should.    

Do you have any bad habits?
What kind of question is that?--how many bad habits don't I have?  Top ones:
  • interrupting people (I HATE when I do that!)
  • locking the door automatically when I shut it (I have locked out my poor husband so many times when he goes out on the back porch to grill our dinner!  oops!)
  • getting worked up over nothing
  • turning a radio/tv on no matter where I am.  Sometimes, silence is good.  I should learn to embrace it.
Last great movie you watched:
I've seen a few good ones lately:  Spiderman, Brave...I think the last great one I saw was Avengers.  It was sooooo good!

Favorite or most overused word or phrase?
I love the pet names I have for my hubby and our little inside jokes (totally corny, I know).  Hmmm...I say a lot of things I wish I didn't:  "like", "oh my gosh" to name a couple.

Who was your first movie star crush?
Luke Skywalker.  I think Han Solo appealed to me more but he was taken, and let's be honest, who of us can compete with Princess Leia?  I also had a major crush on Bo Duke from the Dukes of Hazzard.

Who/what inspires you?
So many people and things inspire me!  I love Scripture, great quotes, and good poetry.  I love blogs from real people about living life in a very real way.  I am inspired by the fantastic godly women God puts before me; by art and how it stirs my soul; be being outside and seeing God in creation; and by stories!  Oh how stories move my soul!

Favorite beauty product:
I love mineral makeup.  I swear, my skin improved so much once I switched from liquid foundation to a mineral one.  Bare Escentuals is awesome but expensive.  I still buy their concealer because it is the best thing I've found for covering my hormonal outbreaks.  I also love Clean and Clear Foaming Facial cleanser, and St. Ives apricot scrub.

Favorite Sounds:
Children laughing, the wind moving through the trees in Autumn, waves crashing against a beach, my husband's voice, British accents, Australian accents, South African accents, crickets chirping, bacon sizzling because it reminds me of my Grandma. 

   


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Reasons why my husband is awesome

I love being married.  Not only because I have a built in companion and someone to do stuff with all the time, but also because I have someone who complements me so well and who reminds me of truth when I'm too stupid or immature to choose to see it.  My husband is one of the best things God has ever given me.  And he's so stinkin' cute, yes?

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I love that God in his wisdom put me with someone who balances me out.  I am loud.  Dave is quiet.  I am a dreamer and idealist.  Dave is tethered in wisdom and practicality.  I am easily excitable.  He is steady as a rock.  I have a short fuse.  His is longer.  God knew I needed his personality and gentle truth to counteract my natural tendencies.

We live in a teeny-tiny house that we are renting right now.  When I first moved in as a single gal I thought the hundred year old little house was charming and quaint.  Now that I am married we have definitely outgrown the sweet little house and it's cramped quarters and pint sized dimensions drive me nuts most days.  We were both in the kitchen earlier this week trying to cook, which meant that I was having to store stuff from the counter on the floor while we cooked so that we could free up the only counter space we have, which is about 2 square feet.  I was frustrated and cranky and said aloud, "I hope that someday Jesus will be good to us and give us a real sized house with a decent sized kitchen."

To which my husband sweetly responded with, "He is being good to us."

Truth hit me like a big red truck.  Yes, He is indeed being good to us.  Right now, even in our tiny kitchen.  It's so easy for me to pray for goodness for my future and be blinded to the goodness in my present.  We are soaking in His goodness even in this stage of life.  Dave made it through school and will be done in less than 3 weeks.  My job is going well.  My health is getting better.  We have a fantastic, thriving marriage.  God is bringing healing to my family.  And I get the joy of cooking with my husband in a little place we don't own but get to call ours.  I'm so eager for the good on the other side of the fence that I forget to look down and feel the soft, green grass that I'm currently standing on.

My husband is right; Jesus is being good to us.

To me.

To you.

If you are a son or daughter of Christ, He is being good.  He has to, or He and His word are liars.  What are we going to choose to believe today about His goodness?  We can choose to see it and praise Him for it, or we can choose to see things the way Satan wants us to; to focus only on what we don't have and think that God is being unfair and holding out on us.  Don't fall into the enemy's trap, dear friend!  Choose this day to see the good-whether something as big as a marriage or something small as a sunshiny day or a favorite song on the radio--and thank Him for it.  Bask in the warmth of His love and goodness today--it is there!  He promises!

*sharing this at Imparting Grace--go check out the link party there!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Scarf Organization


I am not the most fashionable person in the world, but I consider myself pretty fashion savvy.  You'd have to live under a rock, fashion wise, not to know that scarves are a very big fashion trend right now.
I have a few longer ones hanging from an over-the-door organizer in my bedroom.  I also had quite the stack of old silk square scarves that belonged to my Grandma.  I was going through some boxes of her stuff recently and came across them and, knowing that scarves are in, decided I wanted to put them out somewhere where I would see them and wear them.

Pinterest once again came to my aid with a lovely little idea.  I took an existing plastic hanger, bought a pack of plastic shower rings from the Dollar Tree, and grabbed some leftover ribbon to make this dandy little guy:


All I did was lay out the rings and tied them together with ribbon.  I knotted the ribbon well so that it wouldn't come undone, then just trimmed the excess.  It took all of five minuted, and $1.  A 3M hook in my closet is the perfect thing to hang it on.  Easy peasy!  Now to find outfits to wear all these with...





















Friday, July 13, 2012

Olympic bodies

Are you an Olympics fan?  I remember when the Olympics came to Atlanta in '96 and I made this little notebook that I decorated to put all the Olympic newspaper clippings, etc in.  (I was 14 and ripe in my dweebness at that stage in life).  But hello, the Olympics were practically being held in our backyard, and who can forget Kerri Strug's vault on her injured ankle?! 

We will definitely be watching the Olympics this summer.  My hubs is a huge track and field fan. I myself like diving and gymnastics the best.  You know one reason why I like the Olympics and all the media frenzy surrounding them?  Because they give us great physical ideals to aspire and look up to.  In today's culture we tell women and girls to look like this:

Victoria Beckham

Keira Knightley

Lindsay Lohan
I'm all about being a healthy weight, but most of the women whose bodies we admire are not only entirely too skinny, but they also have little muscle tone.  They look downright sick.  Probably because they live off of skinny lattes and not much else.  And we glorify it.

Contrast that with these amazing women:

Dara Torres

Kerri Walsh

Misty May-Treanor
I mean, ladies, really, would you rather look like an emaciated Holocaust survivor, or a healthy, robust, strong, fantastic looking athlete?  I hope my own daughters will not desire to be super skinny, but instead to be super healthy.  I also hope that for myself and my friends.  So, ladies, let's put down the Diet Coke, and go lift some weights!  Proverbs 31:17 says that a woman of virtue "girds herself with strength and makes her arms strong."  Now that's something to look up to.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Hair tips

If you are on Pinterest at all, you have probably seen hair styles and tutorials from this lovely lady:


Her name is Kate and her blog, The Small Things, is the best blog for hair tutorials.  Now, I will be the first to admit that I am not one of those cute girls who always has good looking hair and makeup.  Quite the contrary, actually.  I've learned a lot over the years but right now, at 30, I am probably about where most girls are at age 16 in the beauty department.  Kate's blog has been a great help.  I've tried out quite a few of her styles and tips and have been really impressed with how they turned out.  (Granted, my hair texture is a lot like hers, so I'm sure that helps).  I recently followed Kate's tutorial in how to curl your hair with a curling iron.  Here's how her hair turned out:


And here is how mine turned out:




Not bad, huh?  Granted, her hair looks amazing, and mine only okay  But I liked the results.  For all of Kate's tutorials, check out this page.  Her tutorial on how to trim your own bangs is good, too.  Happy Hair Days!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Goodbye Hollywood!




I told you that studying James was kicking my butt!

One of the verses we've been studying is James 2:7--"Do they not blaspheme the fair name by which you have been called?"  In the video session last week, Beth challenged us to disconnect from those who blaspheme the name of our Lord.  We glorify social status in our society.  And her challenge really got to me.  And it's led me to make a change.

I am guilty of surfing the internet more than I should.  One of the places I love to visit on the internet is people.com.  I'm not a huge fan of all the Hollywood gossip, but I confess I like it more than I should.  I do love the photos of celebs and their outfits and what they've been up to; I don't know how it started but I have a habit of checking people.com multiple times a day.  Now, the fact that I visit any website multiple times a day tells you what kind of loser I am.  But people?  What am I, a 15 year old girl?  I really felt God nudging my heart during last week's video session not to visit that website anymore.  Because why should I be so curious and --I'll say it--invested in the lives of people who blaspheme the fair name of my Jesus?  It seems like such a little inconsequential thing--I mean my goodness, it's not porn or anything.  But it's not glorifying or honoring to God for me to put people on pedestals, especially those who are not only not believers, but who often actively speak out against my God and his people.  So, this proclamation is to help me hold myself accountable.  No more celebrity crushes for this girl!  May God get all the glory I give out!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Big Prayers



Oh how I needed this reminder this morning!  It's amazing how often I forget just how big and how good my God is.  My prayers often echo the doubts in my heart about His goodness and size.  There have been certain prayers that keep recurring in my heart lately, and I realized in the midst of praying this morning just what kind of prayers they were.  Small prayers.  Puny prayers.  Prayers with the flu it seems like.

I so want my prayers to be healthy and robust.  Not these weak "well at least please bless me with x" type of prayers.  As if God operates on an "at least" basis.

He keeps pushing me to believe --and act on the belief--that He is big and good and able to do so much more than I would imagine.  Ephesians 3:20 has been my favorite verse ever since I read it in my Dad's old "The Way" Bible in his nightstand:

"Now to Him who is able to do more than we dare to ask or even dream of; infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes."--Amen and amen! 

I can look back on the timeline of my life and see big dots of his goodness; a constant succession of Him accomplishing His perfect will for me.  It's good for me to look back and see that goodness, and to remind myself that I can apply that to the unknown of my future.  Things won't turn out how I think they will, or even how I want them to sometimes.  But God is good.  He knows the desires of my heart.  And He desires to bless me.  May you join me in praying big prayers this week and in remembering that God is bigger than we can comprehend.  May you capture part of His goodness this week!

Friday, July 6, 2012

(Un) Justified Anger



I remember hearing that Beth Moore was going to be doing a study on James and thinking to myself that it would be the most in-your-face thing since Dr. Phil. I mean good night, if you've ever done a Beth Moore study you know that she is going to bring it, and James is the single most convicting, knee-you-in-the-gut book of the Bible.  Together, they make for a rather intense time.

I signed up to go through the study at my church this summer, knowing that it was going to kick my spiritual tail with it's truths, and boy was I right.  The thing that has stood out the most so far is James 1:19-20, specifically the command that I am to be "quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger."  Heaven help me (quite literally!), I am none of those things!  And it's the last one that really gets me.

I have known for some years now that I am a very angry person.  It didn't come out until after college when years of pent up emotion came flying out of me, most of it in the form of anger and rage and some rather unholy and unladylike language.  I was battling some clinical depression at the time and I remember my therapist remarking that I exhibited depression like a guy--meaning, instead of being super weepy and crying all the time like most women do when they are depressed, I just got mad as hell at everything, which is typically how men exhibit it.  It is something that I hate about myself and which I am constantly begging God to take away or lessen.  Ironically enough, it's usually the little things that get me irritated.  Traffic and long lines and being put on hold; little inconveniences that make me the most unpleasant, rude, you-know-what-word-I'm-thinking type of woman.  I hate it.  And I can't seem to get on the front end of it.  I wish I were the type of woman who, when she recognizes that she's getting all worked up over nothing, could let it go, or at least fake letting it go and being cheerful so as not to snap and be mean to the person on the other end of the phone/cash register/other car, etc.  How do you stop anger and it's ugliness before it happens?  I plow on through so quickly that I don't remember to stop and give control to the Holy Spirit like I should.  Oh how I want to be that woman who lets the Spirit accomplish holiness in her!

I realized earlier this week when I was studying these verses on James and exploring the reasons for my own anger, that much of it seems to stem from my childhood and family of origin.  I was raised in a family in which emotions were not always validated.  I could be mad or upset, but only about things which everyone else was mad or upset about.  I remember how much I hated it when my mom would tell me to "Calm down!"--oh, how those words could rile me up!  Especially when no one else ever tried being calm when they were worked up about something.  My own emotions weren't validated and given their own weight, especially my anger.

I think that had a lot to do with why the anger started coming out as soon as I was on my own; as if for years I had kept so many feelings repressed and they just erupted like a volcano, spewing their ugly ash over everyone close enough to feel it.  Maybe that has something to do with why I get mad now and feel that I can't let it go; maybe in my mind I equate letting anger go with my anger not being validated or justified in some way.   I don't know.  It's something me and Jesus have to keep chipping away at I guess.  Oh that I would no longer give in to the sin of ugliness that rears its ugly head each time anger swells up in me!  May God grant me the grace to conquer the quickness of anger and what it brings out in me!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Craft Organization

I kept seeing similar ideas on Pinterest for this little gem and thought it was so cute, so I put one together myself.


All I did was get 3 cake pans at Goodwill.  (The top one wasn't as small as I wanted because I wanted to go with gradient sizing, but it works.  One can't be picky when picking up supplies at the thrift store.)  I bought two of those brass candlesticks that abound in thrift stores because nobody uses them anymore and spray painted them white.  Then I just used a strong glue and attached them all together.  It's perfect for my craft table because I can store stuff vertically instead of having it spread out all over my prime surface area.  Here's a pic of the finishes project:


 Total cost was under $7 for the whole thing!

Check out some other great ideas at  Titus 2days, Grace at Home.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Fruity Nails

Knoxville hit an all time record high yesterday of 105!  We spent the day with friends at a local pool; I haven't been in the water all summer, so it was nice to be out in the sun without sweating to death.  Afterward we went back to their house for a cookout and one of their daughters gave me a pedicure and manicure.  Check out the nails she gave me:


 
 So cute, right?  She painted my toes pink with white polka dots on the little ones and white chevron stripes on the big ones.  I loved these strawberry fingernails!  So perfect I find myself wanting to nibble on them! :)