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Friday, January 21, 2011

It's Award Season!

Thank you, Annie for the award!  You are so sweet!

Okay, here's the deal. I have to list five guilty pleasures and then nominate three fabulous and sweet bloggers I know and love!

1) Every morning I drink my coffee while leisurely reading the newspaper in the bathtub.  I get up two hours before I need to be anywhere so I can spend an hour or so bathing and 30 minutes walking my dog as well as the 15 minutes or whatever it takes to do my hair and make up.

2) Although I'm always pinching pennies, there are two things that I refuse to compromise on.  One is Paul Mitchel hair products.  My sister is a stylist so we shop at the Beauty Supply House and pay about half the retail price, but it is still kind of spendy.  The second is Proactive skin care products.  I have dealt with acne off and on since I was a teenager and have tried many different products over the years.  The only other thing that has worked consistently is an antibiotic, but I'd prefer not to take antibiotics on an on-going basis.  Proactive is the only over-the-counter product that actually works!

3)  My bedroom is my refuge.  I have an enormous king-size bed with a memory foam mattress.  My favorite blanket is just the softest thing!  I've been known to say that it is so soft that it fills like 25 little fuzzy kittens came and laid down right on top of me and then (sadly) died and sacrificed their silky coats for my comfort!  For the record, it is NOT made of dead kitten fur, but it is just that soft!  This time of year, I'm loving my electric fire which is also in my room.  Since we don't have a fireplace in our house, it looks like a fire and warms the room so nicely!

4)  I've had to limit sweets as part of my weight-loss program, but I typically have a couple of servings of really good chocolate a week.  Yum!

5)  Apparently I don't indulge much as I'm having trouble coming up with five items.  The only other thing I can think of is that I only buy name-brand shoes for myself and my kids.  I think cheap shoes are junk and they fall apart really fast, especially with kids shoes.  So I buy them a pair of name-brand tennis shoes at the beginning of the year and they last all year. 

I follow many wonderful blogs and have learned so much from each and every one of you.  I have also grown and healed so much through this blog and you've ALL been a part of that.  I've decided to nominate some new(er), pre-op bloggers because I hope they'll grow as much as I have through these wonderful community.

Lee Ann - Lee Ann is battling her insurance company for Lap-Band approval and I hope she gets it.  If you aren't follower her, pop over and lend some support.

Blondee - Blondee will be traveling to Mexico in a few days for her surgery.  I can't wait to follow her journey!

Cadx2mom - She'll be banded on 2/10 so let's give her some support too!


Lee Ann said...

Awww, thanks Amanda, you are just so....well...SWEET. :) And I have to agree...quality shoes are a must. The cheaper ones just fall apart and then you're out the cost of those plus the ones you really wanted in the first place. ;) How old are your kids?

cadx2mom said...

Thanks a ton Amanda! You are super sweet - your blog has truly been an inspiration!!

Gen said...

Interesting answers! Newspaper in the bathtub! Cool!

To Band or not To Band? said...

OMG! I just read Heather and she gets up early too! What gets you girls motivated?

MLM said...

LOVE the newspaper in the bathtub..that is awesome!

blondee said...

Thank you SO MUCH Amanda!!! You've been such an inspiration and support for me so far in my journey - I am so lucky to have you as part of my "blog-family"!! =)

The Cozy (not crazy) Coconut said...

Oh my gosh, your guilty pleasures makes me want to go out right now and buy a king size bed with a memory foam mattress and a great blanket!!!!! Great post and congrats on your award - you most certainly deserve it!

To Band or not To Band? said...

I have nominated you for another award on my blog xox

Bec said...

I want to nominate you for the stylish blogger award on my blog :-) it is awards season hehe

Anonymous said...

P.S. I've nominated you for a "Stylish Blogger Award!" Go check it out on my blog :)

Anonymous said...

LOL - we're a lot alike! I DO sleep with 3 furry little kittens, but also LOVE my was my first purchase when I moved out on my own after getting divorced in 2006 and leaving everything with my ex-husband, and I paid good money for it! Also? I get up 1-2 hours before I have to get ready for work so that I can drink my coffee and play on Facebook :). Ooo, and last one? I'm a penny pincher, but will not pinch when it comes to my shampoo (Garnier Nutriesse) or my toilet paper (gotta be Charmin). LOL!

P.S. I'll be in Salem, OR at the end of June - you MUST come to our annual karaoke party up there so we can hang out!

MandaPanda said...

Congrats on the award! I miss long leisurely baths but I can't imagine waking up 2 hours earlier just to do it.