Well, friends! It’s the last day of July and the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Our summer vacations are behind us, I’m pretty much recovered from surgery, and we’re wrapping up a major bathroom renovation. It’s been a chaotic few months, but things are finally settling down, and I feel like I’m getting my house back.
For the past month or so, it has been in total upheaval. Everything had to be moved out of our bathroom during the renovation, so I had put it all in bins and boxes in my bedroom. At first, it was somewhat contained, but over time as I had to dig to find certain things I needed, it became complete chaos. Plus, I had makeup and skincare products from my morning and nightly routines spread out among the dresser in my bedroom and the other two bathrooms in our house.
In addition to that, I brought in all the product I purchased from the #NSale over the past month, which only added to all the chaos in my bedroom. I tried to keep some semblance of order, but there was stuff everywhere. We’ve also traveled twice during that time, and I’ve been working 12 hour days when we’re home, so suffice it to say, my house was in total disarray.
Now that the #NSale is winding down and the bathroom reno is almost complete, we’ve been able to start putting everything back in its place, and it feels so good!
As I was purging and organizing and getting my bathroom and bedroom put back together this weekend, I started to think it was the end of the season. It doesn’t help that Becca starts marching band camp on Monday, which always makes it feel like summer is over. All of the sudden, I realized that we actually have an entire month of summer left! It’s the end of July, not the end of August.
Of course, we will soon be focused on getting Caroline back to college, and David will be starting classes in a few weeks… But for now, I’m going to try to slow down and enjoy what’s left of the season.
I started yesterday, in fact. I spend a leisurely morning here working in my office, and then I met a friend for lunch. We sat outside and chatted for a few hours, so that was fun. When I got home, everyone here just wanted to stay put, so we put on our swimsuits and got in the pool.
Well, Paul and I got in the pool while Becca sat on the side and got us caught up on her week. David has his own agenda, but he popped in when he got hungry. They all spent the rest of the evening watching the Phillies vs. Pirates, but I fell asleep reading my book and ended up going to bed early. I felt kind of worthless, but it was nice to have a lazy Saturday.
Becca spent the week at a marching band camp at West Chester University, so it was nice to hear all about that. Some of you may remember, that’s where David goes to college. She got to perform on the football field on the last day, so of course, Paul and I went. It was kind of surreal to be back in that stadium, where we attended several football games when David was in the WCU marching band.
I guess it’s time to start planning Becca’s college visits. She really wants to continue playing marimba, but evidently very few college marching bands have a front ensemble. (That’s the part of the band that stands in the front and plays stationary instruments like mallets, bells, guitar, keyboard, etc.) If she’s going to continue in college, that will limit her choices considerably. If you have any to recommend, please let us know!
As far as what I’m planning for the blog in August, I appreciate the suggestions you all gave last week. That really helped as Sidney and I planned out my blog calendar. Even though we’ve gotten a sneak peek of the fall fashion trends from the #NSale, there’s a lot of warm weather left, so I’ll definitely be focusing more on transition styles and outfit formulas that can be adapted for different budgets and climates.
I want to get a walk in this morning, so I need to get a move on here, but I said yesterday in my email newsletter that I would report back on the PMD Personal Microderm Device before the #NSale ends. I realized after I sent the post that I was confusing microdermabrasion and dermaplaning.
Dermaplaning uses scalpel or razor to remove the top layer of skin, and in doing so, it also takes off that white peach fuzz we all have over our face. Microdermabrasion uses a device (like the PMD) that passes over the face, and rough crystals exfoliate and slough off the top layer of skin. Both are a form of exfoliation, but microdermabrasion doesn’t remove the peach fuzz.
The question in the newsletter was specifically about a hair removal tool for peach fuzz, so my answer to that is, I use the Tinkle Razors. That said, I did try the PMD microderm device last night, and I’m planning to continue using it. I have bad melasma (brown patches) and rosacea (redness and discoloration) so I’m hoping it will help.
Alrighty! That’s it for me. I’m off to walk the dog and get ready for church. Have a blessed Sunday!