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Coffee, anyone?

Some photos of our coffee plants in Guatemala… they are about 2 years old and are growing quickly… got 800 pounds this past December and hoping to double this December.  While they are small, they sure put out lots of coffee….cafe17cafe11


Blogger Issues?

Don’t get me wrong… I love the ease of using Blogger-but… lately it just hasn’t been working right at all.  I’ve purchased a domain on WordPress but probably won’t be doing much until after I return from Guatemala.  Then to build up my followers again and all that junk…ugh.  So NOT looking forward to it!

Between disappearing posts, comments and not being able to follow or see if I follow someone via GFC it has been frustrating to say the least.  I’ve seen a few other bloggers mention they were jumping ship as well, after the recent fiasco when we couldn’t get into Blogger for a few days.

I don’t like having to switch format and learn a whole new setup either, but I guess I need to learn to go with the flow.  Heck, I am only 45 so I guess you’re never to old to learn something new if you put your mind to it.

Then to add insult to injury, Canada Post returned an item I’d mailed to a giveaway winner just the other day-a few weeks later mind you-saying they wanted more postage???  Ok, I know they were going on strike and all, but geez-this is the first time that has happened.  So off I go to re-mail the package in yet another mailer-hoping that the Canada Post decides not to strike so my poor winner can get her BBQ thermometers before BBQ season is over up there!

How are you all dealing with the Blogger issues?  Are you just going with the flow or heading for the hills and finding another format to use?

Have a great weekend everyone, now that it is cooling off here in Maine I am extremely happy.  Heat and I don’t get along very well.  I’m off to bed, it’s been a long day and this humidity has made the old lady in me come out and made me extremely tired.  I’ve fought with the cat and hubby for space on the bed all day, and been refused… now I’ve got it all to myself (well almost, the cat is still there!) so I am taking advantage of the few hours I do have until hubby gets home!  Goodnight everyone!

Covergirl NatureLuxe Review

I’ve been a BzzAgent for some time now, and recently signed up to try out the new CoverGirl NatureLuxe line of makeup. First, let me explain that I received two items free of charge to try out-and offer my opinion on through BzzAgent.

When I finally went to the campaign and opted in, there was not a huge selection of foundation to choose from. I am VERY light skinned, so when I received color 330 Chamois, I knew it was going to be way too dark for me. Luckily for me, my 9 yr old was a willing participant-and considering her dad is Guatemalan, she got the good genes and his wonderful skin tone. (Which makes mom very jealous since she gets awesome tans in the summer!)

When the package arrived, I was surprised to see that this foundation also had the added benefit of SPF 10 sunscreen. Granted, it’s not the SPF 30 that I am used to-but I have to admit, ANY sunscreen (for the times that we all forget to put it on, me included) benefit in a foundation is definitely a plus.

I am not a huge foundation wearer, when I was younger I used to wear it occasionally-but it always felt caked on and some of the gals from the 80’s (my era, lol)literally wore it as a mask-whenever they smiled it would crack, and you could see the tell tale white skin around their hairlines and under their chins where the foundation stopped and their true skin color began.

Nowadays, I just use foundation for my under eye circles, blending in a light color to go with the rest of my face and hoping to not look like a raccoon. The first thing I noticed was that it has a pleasant scent-and a light texture. Rubbing it in a few spots I noticed I didn’t feel like it was suffocating my face, and instead, allowed plenty of room for my skin to breathe. Some of these foundations are so heavy, and this was not one of them. I am glad that this provided a creamier, lighter version of most foundations I had gotten accustomed to, and I can definitely see myself using the Alabaster shade in the near future.

Granted, although it was not my correct shade, it did a great job of making my skin feel as natural as could be. The packaging was the right size, perfect to fit into a purse or travel bag, which was also great. It looked great on my daughter, as it blended nicely with her skin tone, and took away her under eye circles when she was a bit tired from staying up too late one night and had to head to school the next day. At only 9, she’s got a few years to go before she gets into cosmetics other than some lip gloss now and then. (or at least I hope so!)

Another product that was sent was the CoverGirl NatureLuxe gloss balm for lips shade 235 Grenache, with another added benefit, this time SPF 15! Considering your lips can get sunburned, I loved this. I really liked the fact that it left my lips feeling soft and lasted awhile without running or bleeding. I love pinks, so the Thistle 210 and Tulip 205 shades are on my TO BUY ASAP list since they look gorgeous!

Did you know that NatureLuxe Silk Foundation contains a touch of cucumber water and natural jojoba and rosehip extracts? By changing the formula a bit for more natural ingredients, they were able to get rid of some of the heaviness used in conventional formulas to create a smoother, creamier, more refreshing foundation. And I bet you didn’t know that the NatureLuxe lip gloss balm had mango and shea butter ingredients, which make your lips feel soft and kissable too 🙂

These 2 products definitely get a thumbs up in my opinion! You can find them in your local drugstores, online, and of course at Walmart, Kmart and other similar stores. The prices are reasonable as well, between $6-10 each so it won’t break the bank either. Thanks to BzzAgent and CoverGirl for providing me with the products needed to do this review.

Disclosure: As stated in my review, I am a BzzAgent and was provided the products in order to review them and offer my honest opinion. All opinions above are my own based on the products I received.

A Time for Changes…

After the recent fiasco with Blogger being down for a few days (well, it actually seemed like an Eternity, lol) I’ve decided to go ahead and publish a blog on WordPress.

I want to switch the focus a bit, with Blogger having my personal family blog and on this blog keep things more business like-I love doing reviews and giveaways, and once I build up my numbers here I should be good to go!

Having been using Blogger for so darn long, I feel like I am leaving an old friend and heading out into the unknown with WordPress.  Bear with me as I tweak things around a bit and get used to the format and settings.  I will be having a blog makeover soon as well, hopefully before I head to Guatemala in June-and I hope to get some neat items from Guatemala to give away to readers when I get back.

Settle in a bit, relax, and put your feet up.   For the next few review posts, I will publish them on both blogs-as I get used to this format.  (and get more followers!)