Tweens and Botox

Now I have to say…I think beauty pageants are crazy.  You have this young, young girls (sometimes even babies) dressed up and made up to look like they are 20+ years old.  But now, as if making them all made up like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman isn’t enough, the MOMS of the girls are giving the children Botox.  Crazy.  Absolutely crazy.

One mom in particular, Kerry (mom of Britney Campbell) is under fire and defending herself on Good Morning America stating that her daughter WANTS the Botox…so that makes it right.  Read the article and see the video here.  Watch the video and then read the rest of this…I’m curious if you saw/heard the same things I did.

When Britney was asked why she gets Botox, her answer was “I don’t know”.  The look on her mothers face was priceless!  And it was then (after a few whispered words from her mother) that Britney finally remembered why.  Wrinkles.  She gets Botox because of wrinkles.  What 8 year old has wrinkles?  Come on.  And then the mother goes on to tell us that Britney asked for it.  Bull.  That child had no clue what she was doing it for.  That tells me she did NOT ask to have it done.  Not to mention, the mom went on to justify giving her 8 year old Botox because other pageant moms are doing it.  As if that makes it better.  Moron.

So an 8 year old is getting Botox…what if I told you that this same 8 year was also getting “Virgin waxes”?  My first reaction was, “what the heck is a virgin wax”?  Kerry, Britney Campbells mom waxes the fluffy hair from her legs once a month and prevents the growth of pubic hair.  Is your jaw open right now?  Cause mine is.  That mother is waxing her 8 year old daughters va-jay-jay so it DOESN’T grow pubic hair.  I don’t know what I am more appalled at…the Botox or the coochie waxing.

Seriously people.  Why?  Why do this to your child?  Let them have a freaking childhood.  Pageants are creepy and the parents that put their children through it, and please do not insult my intelligence by telling me that your child would rather go through all of that than have a normal childhood, are even creepier.

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Walgreens Brand Health and Wellness

This is a compensated post written by me on behalf of Walgreens. All opinions are 100% mine.

120x30_WalgrensTransparentLogoRecently I had the opportunity to try out Walgreens Brand Oil-Free Acne Wash for the first time and I really like it!  Not only does it keep my face clear of the occasional acne (yes I still get acne, even at my age), but the price is right!  Face wash is one of those items that you have to have.  Sure you could use bar soap to wash your face, but I personally don’t like how my face feels after washing with bar soap or body wash.  But what I HATE is spending a lot of money on face wash.  But the nice thing about the Walgreens brand is that not only is affordable, but it is also the same (if not better) than name brand face washes.  Personally, my favorite aspect is that it is oil free.  I bet you didn’t know that there are a lot of face washes out there that contain oil…to me that makes no sense.

One really nice thing about Walgreens is that a purchase of all Walgreens Brand Health & Wellness Products help to support preventive wellness services to local communities through Walgreens Way to Well Fund™.  Annually, Walgreens contributes up to $3 million to the Walgreens Way to Well Fund™.  More specifically, the Walgreens Way to Well Fund™ provides health tests (and other health and wellness services and education) to local communities.  These services include, but are not limited to preventive health tests through the National Urban League Health & Wellness Tour, as well as vouchers redeemable in some stores.  For more information and details, visit walgreens.com/waytowell.Advertisement

I encourage you to heat to your local Walgreens and try out one (or more!) of the Walgreens Brand Health & Wellness Products.  You won’t be disappointed!  I know I’m not! 

Leave me a comment letting me know what products you like!

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How to Plan a Silent Auction Event part two

In part one of “How to Plan a Silent Auction Event” I told you the importance of making sure you convert PDF.  I really can’t stress how important that is.  One of the things I did was grab a Metro Parent magazine and email EVERY local advertiser to see if they would be interested in giving a donation to the auction.  Had I not converted the files to a PDF, anyone of those locations could have edited my donation letter, if they wanted to (I doubt they would have, but they still could have).  Not sure how to convert a file to a PDF?  Check out this Free PDF trial!

Besides making sure your files are in a PDF format, you also want to make sure that on the day of the auction, you don’t set out the actual gift cards businesses donated.  Things get hectic at the end of an auction.  No matter how much you plan and prepare, you will always have people coming to get their donations or trying to help hand out donations.  That gets crazy.  So instead, I created a nifty template that I could fill out for each donation and print on cardstock.  Then, once the winner is determined AND they have paid, you hand them the actual gift card they won.  Works out so much better in the end and you don’t have to worry about donations ending up missing.

Here’s what I created for the “fake” gift cards:

To go along with the “fake” gift cards, I also made sure that EACH donation that had a gift card had their own manila envelope labeled with the bid sheet number, what the actual donation was, and the retail value.  This not only kept me organized, but it made it so much easier at the time of distribution after someone paid for their items, to make sure they got everything they were supposed to get.

Finally, it is important to know your location.  Know exactly where you want your guests to sit and enjoy dinner, where your entertainment will take place, and where you want the actual auction items to be at.  I recommend you have one spot where people both enter and exit your auction items.  It keeps everything contained in one area and at check out time, it makes things more manageable.  If I could do one thing over, I would make sure that a table was pulled in front of the entrance/exit so at distribution time, only the people handing auction items out are able to be in that area.

But above all, relax and enjoy your event.  The event that you spent so much time planning!

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How to Plan a Silent Auction Event part one

For months and months and months I have been planning a silent auction for my daughters school.  I have to say, when I started…I was a nervous wreck.  I had NEVER done anything like this before that I was solely in charge of.  Sure I had other board members at the school, but this was my gig.  Talk about stressful.  There were times when I seriously was like “I can’t do this”.  But as the months went by and we got closer and closer to the date of the auction, I started to calm down and realize that not only did I plan everything to a T, but I had kept my things really organized, making it so much easier on myself to execute things and get things done.

There are a few things I learned that are a MUST if you are planning an event like this:

  1. Stay organized…being organized is paramount in the success of an event.
  2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help…that was a problem for me.  I never wanted to inconvenience anyone by asking for help…but now I know…ASK!
  3. Convert to PDF.  When you are mailing or emailing out donation request letters, you don’t want anyone to have the ability to change any of your letters.  Anyone can read PDF with an Adobe reader.

I have to say, the auction was a HUGE success.  Sure we had a few snafu’s with Paypal at checkout, but it all got handled and we made a nice amount of money for the school!  But above all…I learned that I had one it takes to plan and execute an event like this!!

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Check Your Horoscope…You have a Whole NEW Sign!

Well…apparently, according the the wobbly Earth we live on, it’s so darn wobbly that we have all new astrological signs!  You see…your original astrological sign that you have known for your whole life was determined over 2000 years ago.  However, now the stars have shifted so much in the night sky that our horoscope signs are close to a month off.

The “new” signs are:

  • Capricorn: Jan. 20-Feb. 16.
  • Aquarius: Feb. 16-March 11.
  • Pisces: March 11-April 18.
  • Aries: April 18-May 13.
  • Taurus: May 13-June 21.
  • Gemini: June 21-July 20.
  • Cancer: July 20-Aug. 10.
  • Leo: Aug. 10-Sept. 16.
  • Virgo: Sept. 16-Oct. 30.
  • Libra: Oct. 30-Nov. 23.
  • Scorpio: Nov. 23-29.
  • Ophiuchus: Nov. 29-Dec. 17.
  • Sagittarius: Dec. 17-Jan. 20.

Did you see it?  There’s a new sign in on the mix.  Ophiuchus.  It’s a formation that the ancient Babylonians ignored simply because they did not want 13 signs.  So how many of you have Ophiuchus for a sign???

I used to be a Pisces.  Now I’m an Aquarius.  So what does that mean for me?

Aquarius is the eleventh sign of the zodiac, and Aquarians are the perfect representatives for the Age of Aquarius. Those born under this sign have the social conscience needed to carry us into the new millennium. These folks are humanitarian, philanthropic and keenly interested in making the world a better place. Along those lines, they’d like to make the world work better, which is why they focus much of their energy on our social institutions and how they work (or don’t work). Aquarians are visionaries, progressive souls who love to spend time thinking about how things can be better. They are also quick to engage others in this process, which is why they have so many friends and acquaintances. Making the world a better place is a collaborative effort for Aquarians.

You see that???  I have what it takes to carry us all into the new millennium!  Though don’t think so highly of me just yet.  I just read that Aquarius is ruled by Saturn and Uranus.  I am one of those people with the sense of humor of a 12 year old boy…I can’t say Uranus without giggling.

However, this sums up that I have ALWAYS been an Aquarius at heart.

Baseball and tennis are fun for these folks (though they should watch for weak ankles)…

Yea…remember what happened to me and my weak ankle not too long ago?

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