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Trees, (Burt’s) Bees & LEDs

When we moved to the country there was absolutely nothing here – no trees, no flowers, nothing. So I started planting trees – specifically trees outside my kitchen windows. This was because I spend so much time in the kitchen – I wanted to look at something pretty.   Well – 12 years later – my vision is real.

The evergreen trees look like something you’d expect to see in the mountains and my sassafras tree has prettier fall colors than the maple we planted in the front yard. It is especially striking when the afternoon light hits it – it just seems to light up and is absolutely gorgeous.

Want to know the best thing about the sassafras tree? ….. I didn’t plant it – it came up all by itself and is perfectly placed for me to enjoy just outside my windows.

Ever feel bombarded by ads and all the claims they make? I do. So, for those that have been thinking about buying one of those ‘new’ LED light bulbs -read this before you buy.

We bought an LED light bulb thinking we’d use it in the office – with the understanding from what we’d seen and read –  that it would give off lots of ‘white’ light, be cool and use less electricity. That being said, on our last trip to Bryan-College Station we stopped by Home Depot and checked out their LED light bulbs. We were surprised to find that there are lots of them out there. The comparable wattage varied from 15 watts to over 100 as did the applications. Some were recommended for tract or spot lights while others were for lamps and ceiling fixtures. Being that we wanted to use the bulb in a ceiling fixture, we opted for a bulb that was equivalent to 75W regular bulb – thought it might be a bit  much, but since we didn’t have any experience, we felt it was better to err on the side of too much light rather than too little.

Brought our treasure home – I say treasure because they are not cheap. This one light bulb cost over $25.00 plus tax – but since the LED flashlights and lanterns we have work really well, we thought maybe the investment would be worth it. After all, the package touts savings of $196.00 in electricity costs by simply using this bulb!

Once we unloaded the car, checking out the bulb was next on the agenda – even before we changed into our ‘country clothes’. Ugh!!! What a disappointment. The bulb gave off less light than the fluorescent bulb we were currently using. In fact, the room looked like someone has thrown a shade over everything – it was dark. Totally unacceptable. We’d have to have flashlights just to find things that weren’t right under our noses. So back it goes. I don’t know if it would maybe work better in a table lamp, but I’m not inclined to pay $25 for a light bulb for a lamp. Like I say, love the LED flashlights, lanterns and the photography light  we bought is LED and it’s great – but think they’ve got a long way to go on making an LED light bulb that works well – at least that’s my opinion.

Now on to some products I do like. Read an article on Fox News last week about buying beauty products on a budget – who doesn’t like saving money and getting good products. I’ve placed the list of 12 products below with a brief description in case you’d like to give one or more of them a try. I even  bought a few of them myself – prices range anywhere from around $3.50 to $27.99 – not bad. I’ve marked the ones I bought with a little heart.  (Note:  I’ve placed links to Amazon for each product at the bottom of the list – wish I’d waited to buy . . .  they are much cheaper on Amazon than what I paid for them at the store.)

1.   L’Oreal Paris Youth Code Day/Night Cream – ” Formulated to increase your skin’s ability to regenerate, this moisturizer will keep your skin fresh, youthful and silkier than you ever thought possible”

2.   Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil – “A miracle hair-cure …apply just a drop to damp or dry hair and watch it instantly become shiny, smooth and frizz-free. ” (For this one I included an alternate brand as you had to buy 4 of the Organix products)

3.   CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Foundation – “….highly moisturizing, fast absorbing and, unlike most foundations, is capable of covering all your blemishes and imperfections with only a thin layer for a natural look:.

4. L’Oreal Colorist Secret Shine Gloss – “Whether your hair is colored, sprinkled with highlights or au natural, this easy to apply 10-minute treatment will infuse your locks with an instant shot of shine.”

5. Burt’s Bees Naturally Ageless Line Smoothing Eye Cream – “Infused with the anti-oxidant power of pomegranate and other natural age-reversing ingredients, this formula instantly nourishes and revitalizes the delicate eye area while diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.”  Wanted this one couldn’t find it – will now get it from Amazon cheaper  :  )

6. Physicians Formula Organic Wear 5X Lash Boosting Mascara – “…..makes your lashes longer than you ever thought possible (without eyelash extensions, anyway) while keeping them soft and free of clumps and flakes for a flirty, fluttery finish. …’s all-natural,100 percent free of harsh chemicals and eco-friendly.”  Ditto

7. Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer, SPF15 – “…lightweight, gentle formula helps even out skin tone and texture for a smooth, clear complexion.”

8. John Frieda Full Repair Touch-up Flyaway Tamer – “…portable wand polishes broken strands, smoothes flyaways and frayed ends with Inca Inchi oil to keep hair sleek and smooth. Simply brush the wand over dry, styled hair for on-the-go touch-ups and a boost of shine.”

9. St Ives Apricot Scrub – “…exfoliatior a few times a week to slough away dead skin and reveal a gorgeous, glowing complexion.”

10. Olay Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo – “This hair removal duo is easy to use and effectively removes fine to medium facial hair without irritation.”

11. Nivea Tough of Sparkle Cream Oil Body Wash – “…deliciously scented body wash that will invigorate your senses and deeply moisturize and soften your skin.”

12.   Roc Multi-Correction Night Treatment – “….quality anti-aging product, affordable and effective at erasing signs of aging such as brown spots, wrinkles and visible pores.”



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