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Saturday, November 28, 2020

My husband dived into Manscaping - headfirst!

My husband Ray is 66. He has always shaved his beard, but never considered shaving... Anything else.

So when I brought him the lawnmower 3.0, he looked at me like I was crazy! 😂

I promised him if he tried it, we'd leave his man-parts... Unscathed. While many men do "manscape" their twig and berries... Mine prefers to stay looking like a bush. 😜

One thing about my husband, that he'll freely admit is, to him, hair on a woman is a turn on.  It was weird, when we first got together, to not shave my legs, because he thought it was sexy. 

When my husband asked me to stop shaving my legs, it started out uncomfortable... I felt like everyone knew, and they thought I was gross. I had a hard time wearing shorts, and if I wore a skirt, I put panty hose on, so it wasn't as noticeable.  (He LIVED the way my unshaven legs looked in a pair of hose though) 

Now, 19 years later... It is freeing. It is easy.  It is awesome.  I don't have to bother with the nicks, the stubble and itchy legs, from shaving. Not having shaved my legs in almost 2 decades was amazing for me.  I absolutely love not having to bother with it.  It's as lso helped me not care about what others think of me. I've had such a problem with my self confidence, for so many years, that it really helped me gain control of it. 

But, I wanted to test this baby out. So I waited a week, and first used it to shave my underarms, as it's a thin skinned, sensitive area. I was amazed at how gently it cut. I was able to get a close shave, over all of the curves, without so much as a nick, a pinch or a problem. 

My husband has something that causes his hair to turn in, when cut. It means that he can never use a razor shaving his face, because he will have a chin full of painful ingrown hairs. This means he uses a trimmer set, always. 

When I gave him the Lawnmower 3.0, he was a bit skeptical.  It's not the full size clippers he's used to.  However, he was willing to try it. 

Not only was he willing, but to show just how easy they are to use, he let our 15yr old special needs son, trim his beard. 

They are the perfect size to fit in your hand, gentle enough to trim anywhere, and precise enough to do whatever you want. 

He liked the removable guard, that let him get a closer shave, without being TOO close.) see the pictures, the "stubble" is as close as he can go, without them turning inwards.


Here's some before and after pictures!


Ray is the most handsome man in the world to me.  Seeing him, freshly shaven, takes YEARS off his face. 

If he would shave his beard, he can EASILY pass for 40's... 

Heck, I think I have more gray hair in my head, then him. 😒😂


Tell me I'm wrong!!! ❤️



I have seen my husband trim his beard many times over the years. He always uses a full size hair clipper set, that is big and bulky. 

Watching our teen work so hard to get his father's beard perfect, going from right to left, measuring it, trimming one hair, to get it to match... It was a delight. 

Manscaped Lawnmower 3.0 was easy to use, small enough for my own tiny hands, but strong enough to withstand the forest that is my husbands face. 

Right now, Manscaped is offering 20% off your order... And this includes their 

Perfect package 3.0

The Lawn Mower 3.0 - The cornerstone of a refined & elevated grooming regime

Crop Preserver - Ball deodorant uniquely formulated to help reduce odor for up to 24 hours

Crop Reviver - Refreshing ball toner spray infused with cooling aloe perfect for active lifestyles

Magic Mat - Set of three disposable shaving mats

The Shed - Luxury travel + storage bag

MANSCAPED Boxers - Get comfy in these soft, chafe-relieving boxer briefs


The Weed Whacker Luxury Nose + Ear Hair Trimmer - For Dad :)

Introducing our revolutionary electric ear and nose hair trimmer, The Weed Whacker. This premium trimmer is a technological masterpiece, redesigning the traditional nose hair trimmer by focusing on maximum performance and comfort, and offering a sleek, ultramodern design. 



Shears 2.0

- Slant Tip Tweezers

- Rounded-Tip Scissors

- Fingernail Clippers

- Medium Grit Nail File

The Lawnmower 3.0 groin and body trimmer comes with a charging stand, a cord (you can plug it directly into the trimmer, or use the stand!) a guard, a bag and cleaning brush. 

What's more, they've partnered with the Testicular Cancer Society, so they LITERALLY save balls!! 

Go ahead and check them out.  The hairy man (or woman!!) in your life will appreciate you.  I know mine did!! ❤️ 

 

This post is sponsored by Manscaped. I received the item without cost to me, to test, and provide my unbiased opinion . Everything in this post, including opinions, reviews, jokes and memories shared are my own.  

Friday, November 6, 2020

Get MANSCAPED this Holiday!


What a way to start a post... Right? That's true though.  We are in a day and age where manscaping is no longer some fringe thing that you rarely hear of.  50-70% of men now partake in some form of manscaping. 
Regardless if you just trim your face, your nails, or you like your entire body picture perfect, MANSCAPED has a product for you. 

MANSCAPED, the first and leading men's below-the-waist grooming and hygiene brand, offers a full line of products that have quickly become a staple and daily ritual of more than 1,000,000 consumers in the U.S., plus thousands more in Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. Our intelligently designed and developed product range includes precision-engineered tools, unique formulations and accessories that ensure a simple and effective male grooming routine. Click on the web site link to automatically save 20% Off your order.

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The Shears 2.0 Luxury Nail Care Set -- The Perfect Stocking Stuffer
MANSCAPED is excited to offer The Shears 2.0, a four-piece luxury nail kit. ($19.99 on manscaped.com)

The Shears 2.0 set iincludes:
- Slant Tip Tweezers
- Rounded-Tip Scissors
- Fingernail Clippers
- Medium Grit Nail File

The Lawn Mower 3.0 + The Perfect Package 3.0 -- Essentials for Below-the-Waist Grooming
The Lawn Mower 3.0 is an ultra-premium trimmer designed for groin and body trimming. ($79.99 on manscaped.com)


But Wait, There's More: If you are looking for only the best tools and formulations for your nether regions, we suggest The Perfect Package 3.0, our carefully crafted kit that houses all the essentials for properly tending to the groin area. ($79.99 on manscaped.com)


The Perfect Package 3.0 includes:

The Lawn Mower 3.0 - The cornerstone of a refined & elevated grooming regime
Crop Preserver - Ball deodorant uniquely formulated to help reduce odor for up to 24 hours
Crop Reviver - Refreshing ball toner spray infused with cooling aloe perfect for active lifestyles
Magic Mat - Set of three disposable shaving mats
The Shed - Luxury travel + storage bag
MANSCAPED Boxers - Get comfy in these soft, chafe-relieving boxer briefs

**NEW** The Crop Care Kit - Just the Lotions & Potions
Already have The Lawn Mower 3.0 trimmer? Then this bundle is a must. Housing all of MANSCAPED's best-selling formulations this line-up is sure to take your grooming routine to the next level. ($44.99 on manscaped.com)

Crop Preserver- Ball deodorant is a thing, and it's life-changing.
Crop Reviver- Ball toner is also a thing. Spritz spritz!
Crop Cleanser- Hair + body wash done right.
Crop Mop- Portable wet wipes for balls, butt, and body.
Foot Duster(free gift) - Foot deodorant to show the feet some love, too!

The Weed Whacker Luxury Nose + Ear Hair Trimmer - For Dad :)
Introducing our revolutionary electric ear and nose hair trimmer, The Weed Whacker. This premium trimmer is a technological masterpiece, redesigning the traditional nose hair trimmer by focusing on maximum performance and comfort, and offering a sleek, ultramodern design. ($39.99 on manscaped.com)

Standout Features:

Proprietary SkinSafe Technology helps prevent nicks, snags and tugs.
Powerful 600mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery lasts for up to 90 minutes of use.
Premium 9,000 RPM motor powers 360-degree rotary dual-blade system.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Love is in the air! Get your gift now ❤️

As I sit here, it's nearing Valentines Day.  I'm sure my husband has something grand planned, but just in case he or any other significant others need ideas, I offer to you.. The key to a woman's heart.

*JEWELRY*

Of course that's nothing new... But some of the items I've seen available really get me excited!

I'm sure you've seen people wear necklaces with their name.  They are beautiful and often times distinct.
Have you ever seen one done in Arabic?  To be able for a person to provide a necklace in their native language, to me, shows the hallmark of a great company.
Someone is truly thinking here!

They offer bracelets.  Lots of bracelets.  My favorite has to be the love and memory projection bracelet.  This this is AMAZING.  They take your picture, and somehow, the stone inside can project not only your photo but also words.  Look!

I would love to have my favorite picture of my husband and I, projected with I love you in 100 languages!!

Photo charms
These are gorgeous options for someone who really has an important moment.
They can take your photo and ENGRAVE it on a charm!



And even stuff for your friends, but not that kind of friend!
Check out these bracelets! They offer so many customizable options.  I love this one... It's so simple, yet so poignant. A letter, representing your best friend.  Wear it as a bracelet or necklace, show your pride in your friendship!


If I was shopping for myself, I would definitely pick this for my collection.
My family means EVERYTHING to me.  That means that my husband and my sons are IT.
This necklace is unique and exciting to me.  I love the options and opportunities it presents.  You can literally do ANYTHING!!!



Usually, my husband gets me a stuffed bear in a new color and size, per my wishes, but I may just make an exception, and ask for jewelry this year.
Our anniversary is 4 days after Valentines Day, so I can always ask for more, and get it! ❤️

Here are a few things I'd love to have!!
First, a family tree necklace.  If can hold a bunch of names, giving even bigger families options!  Comes in a multitude of colors, options, can be made as a ring, necklace, charm... In so many different options it's dizzying.  There are over 100 ways you can make your family tree.



Another one I discovered, really hits home.  It's so simple, yet so completely unique. Names are reused.  This is life. There are not many TRULY unique names...however a fingerprint. That is unique.
This necklace is so beautiful to me, yet, still so simple.  That this company thought to use a fingerprint...  It really shows their desire to put forth quality products.

Check them out!

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Gavin McHugh - Christopher on 9-1-1 TV show

If you don't know who Christopher is I worry that the rock you've lived under thus far, needs shifting.  Because he is someone you ought to know of.

Prime time FOX drama 9-1-1 follows a cast of first responders - Firefighters, EMTs and Police, along with the 911 dispatch operators, who save lives every day.
That, in itself, not new.
But where this show deviates from the social norms, is where it becomes the absolute BEST in the world of special needs.


Gavin McHugh is an actor with Cerebral Palsy.  He is TREMENDOUS.  So is the show, for casting someone with special needs, to play a special needs character.
Plenty of shows are changing popular culture, and challenging the norms, by including plot lines, characters and the like, that involve special needs people, but unfortunately, they are usually played by an actor.  A double actor....lol
This time, they did it RIGHT.

Gavin is an extraordinary addition to the already amazingly casted 9-1-1.

But... When this season started with the tsunami... The character of Christopher became much more front an center.
Previously, Christopher was a small part... A hi and bye type. Which, for what it was, worked.
But they did something all together different... And it worked.

This last episode, where Christopher is found, after the tsunami, safe and sound, was... Heart wrenching.  Gut checking.  Until the last few minutes, we were sure it was ending horribly.
The honest tears in his father's eyes, as Buck fails to explain what happened... If you didn't cry... I'm worried about you.

Yes, this post is out of the norm for me... But, I felt so moved after this last episode, that I needed to say something.

Inclusive is not something
that is the NORM yet. This is so unfortunate... Not only for our special needs kids, but for us, too.  Kids with different abilities have SO MUCH TO Offer... Yet, the stigma and unknowing, around these needs, has been so overwhelming in stopping progress.

While I love that Hollywood is trying, the reality is, the bulk of any special needs work is down syndrome.  The problem here, is that starts labeling things.

The other day, some jerk called my son the R word.  I got UNHINGED.
He tried explaining himself, because, according to Websters dictionary, my Don "fit the definition".

What's funny, is he does not, but that another conversation.
The issue is, that "special needs" does not fit into this neat and tiny box they seem to want to use.

Special needs is not LIMITED to autism and down syndrome.  Special needs is just that.  Anyone who has needs, different from the "typical"
This is not JUST developmental delay, but physical delay/issues, mental, emotional, social... The list is endless.

We need to, as a culture, get past this labeling that we do, where special needs is just this, or that. 
"You aren't special needs because you don't fit the xyz definition."

It's ridiculous.

To Fox. I commend you.  Making shows is not just ratings.  It's people.  It's lives.  It's stretching peoples minds to show what is... Not just what WAS.

To Gavin, I thank you.  You make us all so proud.  Besides your acting skills being phenomenal, you show all SN kids that ANYTHING is possible.  And, it is.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

My boy is 14 today!

It's an amazing thing, when your kid, has a birthday.

Facebook reminds of of posts we made, years before.
Pictures we've posted
How they've aged, and changed.

I've seen my son grow from a rambunctious kid, into a sweet hearted, amazing teen.
His growth this past year, has been tremendous....

I'm so proud of my boys

This is his "I'm so cool
Look.  Lol.

I took a video, but he's never quite sure what pose to use.










  This is his "this IS my smile, mom" look.  Which simply means, I'm not sure how to be...


Can't get my formatting right today.  Thx blogger.  Lol

Anyway, he had a good day.  Neighborhood moms gifted us a cake and ice cream, which we gave out to kids in the complex.  I'm having another surprise setup for him, for his party at his grandma's... But I'm not going to spoil the surprise.  He's a teen.  I don'tdon't put it past him to read my blog lol!!!

Thanks for hanging in there, my loved readers...

Y'all rock.  ♥️♥️♥️

Thursday, August 15, 2019

THINGS can get better. THEY CAN.

So a lot of my past posts, have been about my sons anger issues... We've spent so much time, energy, blood (literally), sweat and tears, dealing with this, that to be able to post, this post... Is the light at the end of the tunnel that I never saw as a possibility.

I'll recap, first.  From the age of 3, our son, would hurt us.  Get angry, laugh... Didn't matter.  
Doctor #1, said he was a "spirited child". He'd grow out of it.

Doctor #2, said that she didn't think we should worry, that it was "environmental"
That PCIT (parent child interaction therapy) would fix the issue.  After a while, they realized that wasn't the case, as we interacted fine.

Soon, theythey "released" us... Even though things weren't better... They have a "short term" program.

By now, he's 6.  Nothings getting better... He's stronger.  He hits, kicks, throws things...

New doctor, nothing.  Doctors 3, 4 and 5, were useless. 

Dr 7, finally prescribed him an anxiety medication, Prozac. However, NEVER RAISED it above the starting dose.  For several years... Kept him there.  Even thoughthough, he was a BIG kid... He wouldn't increase it.

By now, he's 11 and 12...hes choking me, to the point I nearly pass out. I have more bruises than body parts.  I've gotten bloody noses n lips, thought about calling the police, and even considered inpatient mental health...
But, I knew it wasn't the answer. 

Then, I talked to a friend.  Dr 8.  She Understood. She was empathetic.  Understanding. She knew the previous Doc was incorrect in his medical treatment...

So, she agreed to see and treat our son.  Free.  Our ins didn't cover her, and we couldn't afford her, otherwise. But she's a dear friend, so she was willing to help.  The first thing she did, was prescribed a mood stabilizer.  The VERY FIRST DAY HE TOOK IT, WE KNEW....
This medication was going to save our family.  Our marriage.  Our lives.
And, it did.  We went to Dr 7s office, and immediately asked to switch prescribes.

This new doctor, we explained the frustration with doctor 7.  And the revelation of Dr 8.  
Dr 9, agreed that the new medication was a good idea.  She removed the Prozac, started him on Zoloft, and increased the mood med (Risperidone)

By now, it had been about 5 months of this medicine.  We went from getting attacked 10 to 15x PER Day.  Bad, beat up, choked, hit, kicked etc... Beat up. 
To... Nothing.  Smiles, normal tern frustration, but NO Attacks. 
It was... Revelation. 

My husbands blood pressure dropped, A LOT... We stopped arguing (our arguments were a result of our stress, we later learned)
And began repairing our lives.  Our marriage. 

Now, a year later, his Zoloft is at a good dose for him. The Risperidone is gone.  We haven't been hit, choked, attacked... FOR OVER A Year.
Our marriage is the best it's been in Years. 

Our life has resurfaced (I don't believe we fell out of love.  Our fear, our hurt, our stress, simply covered things over do much, it got trampled...)

And now... Our son is a teenage boy... Who is so sweet, so kind... So loving. 

The right doctor, can change a life. 

Sunday, March 17, 2019

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So, I disappeared for a while.  Parenting a special needs kid can RESULT get the best of you.   But, ya gotta just get back on that horse!!!

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Monday, May 21, 2018

What is next??? Any options at all?

I truly wonder if there is going to be any REAL help out there... Inpatient psychiatry doesn't even look like a viable solution... most kids stay there 3-5 days, and if the doctors don't SEE the behaviors you and the outpatient therapists are reporting happen, they cannot treat them.

I'll be the FIRST to tell you, my son won't be aggressive there to other people... it's not him.
The ONLY way that he'll be aggressive, is if they put us in a room alone, where he doesn't know they can see him... Then his colors may come out. Especially if he knows that we won't take him home.

I'm so lost.  I don't even know what to do.  I can't keep getting abused every day... I can't watch my son slowly kill my husband.  I honestly don't know if I could even forgive my child, if he did something that caused his father's death.  How could I even look at him, much less continue to live with him alone, taking the full on beatings that his father saves me from?
My husband will get in between us, just so our son will turn his anger on him, and off of me...

I'm so scared. I don't want to loose my son OR my husband...  but in the process, I'm really just loosing myself.

I need help...  and have no where to go anymore.  I love my mom, but she doesn't really even like my son.  She loves him, but barely knows him...  She is angry with him, because he hurts us.  And because of that, it shows every time she sees him.  She used to not believe there was even anything wrong with him.  For years.  Until she met a woman with a child with similar problems, who told her stories.  That changed her opinion of his issues, and her willingness to believe... but she's still not there.

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