First, my rant:
Why, oh why, oh WHY must they discontinue products I have fallen in love with??? Seriously....WHY??? I recently found out that the company who makes my skincare and make-up products has gone out of business. This is a major ordeal for a girl with problematic skin that stages a rebellion at the mere thought of changing products. No kidding. I took me YEARS to find the perfect line.....and I log on to reorder, and literally told my computer screen, "Noooooo!!! You can't do this......I need you!"
I love this skin care line.....because my aggravating, oily, sensitive, break-out prone skin loves this skin care line. I also loved the fact that it was a small, independent company in a world of corporate monopolies. I ♥ the little guys. And I woke up this morning to yet more rebellion at trying new products when I looked in the mirror ~ and I know true beauty is on the inside....but it's really nice when the sight of you doesn't scare people. *Sigh*.
In light of this devastating disclosure, I'm giving a shout-out to a few of my very favorite products (and I am not in cahoots with the product manufacturers ~ I am just a big fan):
I'm not sure why it took me so long to try this, but I am hooked!! I think I avoided it, thinking it was something along the lines of the sugar-laden energy drinks that are all the rage now. I'm a label-reader, and once I took the time to read this one, I discovered that it's full of good stuff! Wow!! It's amazing!!! I think I might be able to conquer my to-do lists with this little mighty booster! I also think I need to find it wholesale. I need lots of it. It's awesome.
Next, we have my absolute most favorite hairspray. And I've tried lots of hairsprays. I ♥ this one ~ it only takes me a little dab and I'm done.....and is the only one that will hold my hair (long hair is heavy!). I know it says Instant Freeze, but I seriously only use a little bit and it leaves my hair less stiff than the others because I don't have to use as much. It smells good, too. I like it. A lot.
And now, because I ♥ CHOCOLATE, and ♥ it VERY much.......my indulgence that leaves me feeling not-so-guilty: Zone Perfect Double Dark Chocolate Nutrition Bars. *Sigh* The let me have my chocolate with a little less guilt. Without ruining my protein-to-carb ratio that I try to maintain.....and are sometimes a quick meal replacement when I'm too busy or am on-the-run and don't have time for a real meal. I may be slightly addicted.....but I'm okay with that.
And now, I'll stop. But I think you should buy these products. I'm absolutely sure that you should......because I don't want them to ever, ever be discontinued. I need them. Every day. ♥
I wonder if I've lost my Homeschool Village linker-uppers yet. If not, your perseverance of reading through all that nonsense has paid off. I promise I'm not this flaky all the time, so please come back! Here's the real find:
One of my children is a very reluctant reader, much to my dismay. His weakest area is also spelling and grammar, regardless of the fact that we drill him and focus on it A LOT. With his two siblings being good readers and also much better spellers, I 've always thought if I could find a book series that he could "get into" that his weak areas would naturally improve (at least a little). It worked for my daughter and my other son.....but they also seem to be naturally inclined that way.
Have you noticed that there's not a whole lot of good fiction series out there for boys? I had been checking out a youth sports series from the public library, but when my other son (they have the same reading level....his is above-average, while his older brother's is average) brought me one wanting to know what !@#$% meant, I was less than impressed. Seriously, is that necessary? I realize that I probably should have been born 100 yrs. ago, but I really despise profanity. I despise how profane, rude and crass our society has become.....and even thought the actual word wasn't printed in the book, it's like saying "this is a bad word and when you're older you can read what it is, because when you're older it's ok.....and that's what grown-ups do". He was half-heartedly reading the series anyway, so I kept searching.
I wanted a series that would appeal to him, but also reinforce good values and character traits. We homeschoolers, we're so picky ~ aren't we? A good friend of mine recommended a series she recently discovered, and I bought him the first 4 books for his birthday.
I also found several series for kids by Jerry Jenkins, another of my favorites, and have them bookmarked for when he finishes this one. I knew he had the Left Behind Kids Series, but was unaware of the others.
Also, for some good non-fiction History reading, we've found these by Peter Marshall to be wonderful. There's a series of three books.....and all three of my children used these as part of their reading time, without complaint!
Now that I've got him hooked, I think perhaps a whole new world has been opened to him.....I hope, I pray. We shall see if his spelling, grammar and writing efforts improve. I'm ordering the next 4 very, very soon. :: )