What I Did This Weekend

This past weekend I reorganized my shoes for Fall/Winter.  This is difficult to do in Arizona when we are still in the 90’s during the day but the 60’s at night (which is cooler than it sounds).  Compound that with us traveling to cooler places and it gets very complicated.  

The first thing I did was swap out my flipflops and most of my sandals in my off season storage at the top of my closet with the close toed shoes and boots I want out for the winter season.  I did keep out some slingback peep toed shoes that I wear almost year round.

I would have loved to have been able to organize my shoes by color and warmer/cooler shoes but, due to the varying heel heights, that didn’t work.

I finally decided to put the more cold weather shoes on the left and the warm weather shoes on the right and hopefully that system will work for me,   

Why does a girl who is almost 6 feet tall need heels like these:

In my defense, these were sent to me by my girlfriend.  Still, it is time to part with them.
I got rid of 12 pair of shoes and flipflops that either aren't ones I wear or should be used as torture devices.  I will be donating all shoes that are still in good condition to loving homes.

I am pretty happy with the end result.


Elle's Life October

Hopefully this isn't too long!  

In Arizona, we normally get monsoon storms in July, so it is very strange weather that we have had lately.

We had trees down in our greenbelt (the area that you see behind me when I film) that Mark filmed for me:

I was concerned out pool was going to overflow!

Other than the above, we have been enjoying cooler temperature with high's frequently below 100 and low's in the 60's - beautiful!  This means we have had all the doors open on the house at night and are able to sit outside...so nice.  Mark captured these adorable love birds at our hummingbird feeder. We have heard there is a wild colony that is developing from some that were let loose.

I had a great month with my social events which, of course, involved a lot of food.  I had lunch with a girlfriend at a great little Cafe where they do everything homemade - chicken soup, green chili quicke their homemade bread.  Good Food + Good Friendship = Wonderful Time

Date Night where we went out for lobster tails.

My crazy (or ingenious) husband takes a drink coozie and puts the ice cream inside.

This pizza is the inspiration for the pizza we make at home.
Here is our version of the same pizza along with the recipe. I may be biased but, I think that we do a better job!

Olivia is growing her hair out.  She still goes to the mainland every month for chemo.  It is only when she has to get both chemo and a lumbar puncture that it really takes a toll on her.  She has to get both the vincristine and lumbar puncture this week so please keep her in your thoughts..

She is loving being able to play hockey again even if it takes her a while longer to get up after she makes a save (she is the goalie)

I frequently take a knit or crocheted baby blanket with me when we travel. Once they start getting big (about 3/4 complete) I leave them at home as they take up too much room in my luggage.  I don't knit/crochet often at home so, this means I have quite a few 3/4 finished baby blankets waiting for me to complete them!  I have decided it is time to finish up a few...especially since I have some girlfriends who are expecting,  I was able to finish up this blanket this month which felt good:

I hope that you had a fabulous month.

Sunday Chat: Anger

The most heated bit of letter writing can be a wonderful safety valve, providing the wastebasket is somewhere nearby." 
AA cofounder Bill W 

Ipsy October

The theme this month is 'Beauty Candy' and everything came in this nice vinyl blue bag that is a nice size and should be great for traveling

An Epice Purifying Exfoliator that will be perfect for travel.

I got this Starlooks Lip Gloss that is quite light and very heavy and sticky.  The cotton candy scent makes me hungry.

Although I don't 'need' another mascara, I have never tried  Model Co Mascara so was happy to get this...even if it has to go into my B.U.S.

This Nicole OPI nailpolish in Feeling Very Cherry looked almost black but when I opened it, it appears to be a dark cherry color.  A little more daring than I would normally wear but, it will get me out of my comfort zone.

This Fig & Rouge Rose Berry Hand Cream smells really nice and moisturizes without being greasy.  It is something that is good for work so I can go right back to typing without leaving a residue on my keyboard.

Although there weren't any products that got me super excited, I am pretty happy with this month's bag.

If you sign up for Ipsy it is $10 a month and if you use my code, I get some points http://www.ipsy.com/r/8ei2?sid=ipsypoints&cid=general 

Sunday Chat: 3 Steps To Listening

"There is a lot of difference between listening and hearing."
G.K. Chesteron

"When people talk, listen completely.  Most people never listen."
Ernest Hemingway

"Most people do not listen with the intent to understand, they listen with the intent to reply."
Stephen R. Covey
"It takes a great man to be a good listener."
Calvin Coolidge

Walmart Beauty Box

I got my first Walmart Beauty Box.  It is free with a $5 shipping charge.  Here is what I got:

I love my Sure deoderant but it does leave white marks so I am excited to try this Secret deoderant

A sample of Clear Shampoo and Conditioner that will go in my travel bag.

I like Juicy Couture so this little sample will be enjoyed and went into my travel bag.

I haven't had the best of luck with Loreal skin care but, I am still looking forward to trying this

I absolutely love Olay skin care so I was really excited to get this:

For $5, I think this was a fabulous value!  If you want to sign up to get your own box, go to https://beautybox.walmart.com