Trying New Things: Day 24


Day 24: Spray Tan

Back in my twenties I had an affinity for tanning beds.  I liked them for two reasons:  1)they gave my pasty Alaskan albino skin a more healthy hue, and 2) they warmed me up on many frozen days during the long Alaskan winters.

But now I’m older, wiser, and more scared of skin cancer, so I’ve resigned myself to having pasty white skin, even in Texas (because, helllo…it’s way too hot to go outside).

I’ve been intrigued by the spray tan thing for a while, and Jerm encouraged me to go for it this month, so today I tried it for the first time.

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I was kind of nervous that I was going to walk out looking like a Cheeto, so I took the girl at the counter’s advice and went for a level one.  I didn’t take a photo of the results, but the difference is minimal so i think if I ever try again I’ll go for the level two shade.  It was quick and painless, although admittedly frivolous.  It’s supposed to last 7-10 days and I recommend this method for my frozen Alaskan friends.  Yes, it costs more, and no, it doesn’t keep you warm, but it’s better than skin cancer, right?

Have you ever tried a spray tan?  Were you happy with the results?

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Trying New Things: Day 23


Day 23: Japanese food

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This wasn’t what I had on my to-try list today, but Uncle John took us out to a Japanese hibachi for dinner so I changed it last-minute. It worked out well for me, too, because I hadn’t yet conquered what was actually on my to-try list.

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I’ve never been to a Japanese restaurant or tried any variety of Japanese food (except for my attempt at sushi earlier this month), so I didn’t really know what to expect, but let me tell you – it was pretty stinkin amazing.  My favorite part was the grilled veggies and I even ate COOKED CARROTS and LIKED them! (Huge deal for me.)

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The hibachi master (okay, I have no idea what they’re really called) really seemed to enjoy his job and put on a nice show for us with his knife and spatula twirling and giant flames.  Even Mad and Susannah ate just about everything that was put in front of them. (Huge deal number two.)

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I even ate my entire meal with chopsticks so I could get the full experience, which is another first for me.  How did I get to be thirty-five without ever trying chopsticks before?

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Doesn’t that look delicious?  Have you ever tried Japanese food before?  What did you think?

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Trying New Things: Day 22


Day 22: Nail Art

I’m pretty new to the whole nail polish game.  I know that’s weird, but I never liked it until this past year.  I’ve experimented some with colors and glitters and stuff, but haven’t ever attempted any kind of nail art or designs before.  I ended up taking the cheaters route because I have a feeling that any design I tried on my own would end in some form of disaster.  I bought some Jamberry nail designs a few months ago when my sis-in-law had an online party, so I decided to give them a try today.  I picked a simple, subdued design because I’m a chicken.

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The verdict: these things are not particularly user-friendly.  They take quite a bit of effort to adhere and file down to the size of my nails.  In fact, I only got about half of my nails done today before giving up (don’t worry, I’ll finish tomorrow). Hopefully they’ll last a while because I’m not particularly sold on this product.  Nail polish is much easier to apply. But they are pretty cute!

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So what do you think? Should these count as nail art or did I totally cheat on this one?

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Trying New Things: Day 21


Day 21: DIY Eyeshadow Primer

You guys, I’m pretty stoked about this one.  A few years ago my sister gave me an Urban Decay primer and I fell in love with it.  But not so much with the price tag.  When my tube started getting low I started scoping out the price of replacing it and just couldn’t convince myself to lay down $20+ for a shadow primer.  So when I saw this post about making my own knock-off version I knew I had to give it a try.

This would have been uber-affordable if I ever used foundation, but since I don’t I had to purchase some, which drove my cost up a little.  I decided to give it a try with the cheapest stuff I could find first and get some more expensive stuff if that didn’t work out.

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  • 1/2 tsp chapstick (I couldn’t find the all-natural stuff that the original post recommended, but the original worked fine for me)
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp liquid foundation
  • small container or jar

Run the chapstick under hot water for a minute to soften it up, then mix everything together until it’s smooth.

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I’ve used this several times now and have been very pleased with the results. To be totally honest, it seems to work just as well as the Urban Decay, and for a much-easier-to-handle price tag.  Yay for knockoffs!

What DIY beauty products have you tried?  Would you try this or just stick with the name brand stuff?

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Trying New Things: Day 20


Day 20: Sending unexpected happy mail all month

Cause everyone loves getting something from the postman that isn’t junk mail or a bill, right?Obviously the month isn’t over yet, but so far I’ve managed to send something unexpected every week. Hopefully they’ve brightened up the recipients day a little bit.  Sometimes just knowing someone is thinking about you can make a difference. I hope to teach my girls to write real letters to friends and family instead of just relying on electronic methods.  There’s something so much more personal about a handwritten letter.

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Oh, and just as an aside, I did try something new yesterday, even though I didn’t have time to blog about it.  I’ve had a (possibly) irrational fear of leave-in conditioner for years.  I was suuuuure it would leave my hair a giant greasy blob, so I refused to give it a try.  Unfortunately my hair is a frizzy mess so I decided it might be worth trying in my attempts to tame it.  And guess what?  It did help a little!  I don’t have a photo of my hairs to prove it, so you’ll just have to take my word for it, but it definitely did not make my hair greasy.  I don’t know why I was so paranoid about it, but I’m pretty sold on the stuff now.

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I also tried an apple fritter with bacon in it because the donut shop we stopped in was out of the regular kind.  Not sure I would pick it if I had a choice, but it actually wasn’t that bad.

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Trying New Things: Day 18


Day 18: Follow a Cleaning Schedule

Totally boring topic today, but I desperately needed a cleaning schedule to follow.  I printed this particular checklist off a year or two ago and have searched high and low for the original source to credit, but I don’t think it’s available any longer.  (The website listed on the bottom is no longer valid.)

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I laminated this bad boy, use a dry erase marker, and start over again each week.  (Technically I used this for a while earlier in the year, so this is kind of a cheat.) So far I’ve followed the list pretty well this month.  It works for us, which is awesome.  End of boring post.

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Trying New Things: Day 17


Day 17: Cooking Meat on a Grill

Another truth about myself: I’m not particularly skillful when it comes to cooking meat.  I’m okay with putting meat into dishes, but don’t know the first thing about cooking meat by itself. (Although I’ve successfully cooked a decent turkey a few times.)

I decided I needed to learn to grill, which I usually always leave up to Jerm.  What is it about guys and grilling, anyway?

So Jerm showed me how to get a fire started (he refuses to use charcoal, which would probably be ten times easier) in the old grill tonight.  You’d think being a former Alaskan and all would mean I could start a fire pretty easily..not so much.  Apparently I’ve lost that skill along the way.

But after the fire was successfully roaring the rest was pretty easy.

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I’ll probably leave the grilling up to Jerm from now on, but at least now I more or less know how to do it if I need to. Go me.

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