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Tiffany standing in the day spa getting ready for my facial!

Yesterday I received an amazing facial given to me by my very talented and beautiful Sister-In-Law, Tiffany.  She works at Splurge Salon in Highland Village as a hair stylist and is now trained to do skin care treatments at their Day Spa.  I loved the facial (& its results) so much I wanted to share why I think you should splurge on your face too.

10.  You need to take time for yourself and you might as well spend the time on your face since that’s what everyone is looking at 🙂  If you’re a mom, you REALLY need this time and let’s just be honest–it feels good to look good.
9.  You can’t stop getting older but you CAN delay the process on your face!  Tiffany can do a “Youth Renewal” facial for you that tightens and regenerates tissue by improving circulation (from $150).  She can also do a very safe procedure called Native Collagen Infusion that helps soften lines with no needles or injections.  It is just topical strips that promote the production of collagen (from just $20).
8.  All of the facial products Splurge Salon uses are edible which means they do not contain harmful chemicals but do contain all natural products.  The scrub Tiffany used on my face was made from almond shells!  (And everything smelled really good).
8.  Protects your skin from our crazy environment.  I received the Environmental Facial (from $85) that soothes your skin and protects it from the elements. With all of the bad allergies I’ve been experiencing lately & the sun exposure I’ve had in the past, this was just what I needed.
7.  It feels oh so good.  You get to lay on a comfy bed and Tiffany also gives you an amazing hand, neck and shoulder massage during your treatment.  Soft music plays in the background and it is just heaven.  Especially if you have a really loud 4 year old at home and never have a moment’s peace 🙂
6.  Clears up your skin.  The Problematic Skin Treatment Facial (from $85) includes deep cleansing to remove excess oil followed by an exfoliation to polish away dullness and finishes with a stress clearing masque to leave troubled skin relaxed & healthy.
5.  Hydrates your skin.  The Hydration Facial (from $100) softens and replenishes moisture to the dryest skin.  This facial replenishes vitamins, trace minerals and important amino acids.
4.  Tiffany wrapped my face in a warm, moist towel that had drops of essential oils in it.  This felt amazing, smelled really good (she used Jasmine and Rosewood oils on mine) and is fabulous for your skin.
3.  LED Light Therapy.  My last pregnancy left me with a nice splotchy discoloration on my forehand (also known as pregnancy mask).  After just one light therapy treatment with Tiffany, though, the splotchy skin on my forehead is barely noticeable!  This therapy is non-invasive and reduces the appearance of sun spots, acne, blemishes and scars ($60 for 20 minutes).  Splurge Salon is the only spa in this area to offer LED Light Therapy.  The Dallas Spas start this service at around $200 for 20 minutes.
2.  So, what you’re really wondering is how much does it cost, right?  As a single income family, I get it–we watch every penny too.  It may feel like a  splurge to get a facial, but the Splurge Salon Day Spa services are very affordable and offer some services that you can usually only get in the big city (Dallas) but at half the price of the big city spas.
1.  You get a discount!  I love coupons, don’t you?  Since you’re one of my lovely readers and my sister-in-law is awesome, you can have 10% off your facial/skin care service by printing out the coupon below.  Call Tiffany at Splurge Salon to make your appointment: 972-318-0300.

So what it comes down to is you NEED a facial!  Trust me, it feels amazing and leaves your skin looking better than ever.

I’ve been posting pictures of the fun lunches I’ve been sending with Hannah to Pre-K.  Through trial and error as well as great websites like this one, I’ve learned a few tricks for how to create fun lunches and keep them together until lunchtime:

  • Use a shallow container for your creation
  • Put other lunch items beneath whatever your main piece is (character, face, animals, etc) to keep it from shifting or falling apart by lunchtime.
  • Some items I’ve used to get the main piece high enough are a ziplock baggie filled with goldfish and craisins or raw veggies, pieces of ham or turkey and cheese rolled up together or a slice of bread.
  • There are a few common kitchen tools that are helpful in making creative lunches: an x-acto knife, various cookie cutter shapes, and an apple corer (the round end is great for making perfect circles  out of foods like cheese slices)
  • I have found that there are some foods that are common in most of the lunches I have made so these are good to have on hand: cheese sticks & raisins (great for eyes), Nori (roasted, salted seaweed–good for anything that is black/dark like eyelashes), bread, American Cheese, turkey, ham, goldfish, gummies/fruit snacks & craisins.
  • You might think Nori is an odd product but the roasted and slated variety tastes similar to a chip and my 4 year old loves it.  It also sticks very well to cheese, especially if you put a little drop of water on it before you stick it to the cheese.

So, if you ever want to make a fun lunch for your preschooler, I hope these tips help!  I leave you with the guy who lives in a pineapple under the sea….

 

I’m still doing fun lunches for Hannah so I thought I’d post the last 3.  Sean asked how long I’m going to keep this up and I told him until I run out of ideas or Hannah stops behaving well.  I will not admit to tell her she’ll get a PLAIN sandwich if she gets yellow or red at school.  So, here are the penguins, love bugs and letter “B” lunches:

March of the Penguins

In honor of studying the letter “B” this week at school

So I realize I have no posts about our youngest, Leia, on here.  Isn’t that how it always goes with the 2nd child?  I don’t know–I’m an only child but I have heard this and now experienced it with our 2nd born. You just don’t have the time that you did when you only had one baby, you’re slower, you’re older.  You get the idea.

But little Leia is such a cutie pie and that must not go unnoticed.  She is now 5 months old in all her chubby cheek, gummy smile glory.  It’s fun to see her little personality start to shine.  She is much more laid back than Hannah was as a baby.  She likes to sit and observe but when you have a 4 year old, chatty, high-energy sister to entertain you, who needs to do more than just sit?

So, the most important part–pictures.  Here are some of her latest:

5 month old birthday pic (9.6.11)

Watching Wonder Pets w/ big sis

Also a Ranger’s fan like her sister & Daddy

Show & Tell goes way back right?  When I was in school we would just bring something we thought was cool to show our class.  There was no theme or real organization to it–you just brought something you wanted to show off.  Now, however, Show & Tell has received an upgrade.

Hannah came home with this cute little canvas bag on the first day of school.  It had her name and also a flash card with a letter on it attached via a ring.  The first show and tell day they were just supposed to bring a “Get to Know You” item but after that they were supposed to bring an item that started with the letter on the card (each week they focus on a new letter).  Hannah loves coming up with an item that starts with the letter they are learning.

The “Get to Know You” item was supposed to be a favorite item or something that they could use to tell their class more about themselves.  Much to my husband’s baseball delight, Hannah chose to bring her Ian Kinsler teddy bear that she got at a Texas Ranger’s Game last spring because she LOVES going to baseball games with her Daddy.  In honor of the baseball bear Hannah decided to dress in her Ranger’s outfit (complete with socks) on her very first show and tell day:

I love the upgraded Show & Tell–I think it’s a great idea to help enforce the alphabet plus it’s fun for the kiddos.  The teachers told us we could keep the flash card letters they attach to the bag for review of the alphabet later.  Ah, they think of everything these Pre-K teachers!

Hannah requested a Hello Kitty themed lunch for school tomorrow so here’s what I came up with:

The kitty is really a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  The bow is made out of a pink lady apple, the eyes are raisins, the nose is a slice of a cheese stick and the whiskers are pieces of roasted seaweed or nori.  The seaweed may sound strange but Hannah loves it–it is crunchy and kind of salty like a chip.

After the first day of school when Foofa got all “scrambled” as Hannah called it, I figured out that you need to make your “creation” as close to the top of the container as possible so that the lid keeps everything in place.   So in order to raise the kitty high enough I put a few things underneath it.  On the bottom is a bag of craisins, sliced cucumbers and celery pieces.  On top of the baggie are turkey and cheese roll-ups.  This gets the sandwich high enough and also gives Hannah more things to chow down on since she has seemed to have the appetite of a teenage boy at school.

Hopefully week 2 of school will be as great as the first!

And trust me, when you’re in Preschool you WANT a smelly and you want it bad.

Hannah had her first day of Pre-K last Tuesday (Sept. 4th) and she had a fabulous time!  She learned a lot but I think preschool is as much about training the parents as it is the kids.  For example if you do not have a “schooler” you probably have no idea what a smelly is (I didn’t before day 1).  I’ll save you the Google though.  A smelly is yummy smelling chapstick that gets rubbed on your hand as a reward.  Hannah said she received a smelly for getting on her carpet square quickly when asked.  Why didn’t I think of this reward tactic?!?  This could have really come in handy during potty training.  Preschool, you have amazing (& affordable) secrets!  Stop holding out on me!

The other things I had to learn on the first day of school were the following:

  • The backpack does not come inside the classroom.  It goes outside against the wall underneath a cute little sign with your child’s name on it.
  • Do not leave the lunchbox inside the backpack.  It goes in the big box by the classroom door.
  • The folder is important.  Do not forget it.  Bring it to school each day and put it inside the box on the little table outside the classroom door.  Then take it back home with you and read everything inside the folder. Then take out what you read and send back an empty folder.  Don’t mess this up.
  • There is a sign with a green smiley face, a yellow not so great face and a red sad face.  Each child has a clothespin w/ their name on it that gets attached to this sign according to how they behaved that day.  Pray for green.  Or tell your child they will get a green kermit the frog toy if they get all greens the first week 🙂
  • If you don’t make sure your Foofa special designed lunch you made to ensure your child will eat at lunchtime isn’t close to the top of the rubbermaid container you put it in, it WILL get “scrambled” up by lunchtime and not look like Foofa anymore.  Lesson learned.  My Plex lunch on Day 2 did not get scrambled thank you very much Hannah.

Leaving for the 1st day of school

Ah preschool, you really are cute.  Hannah loves you and I love the 5 hours you give me to nurse her little sister, clean, work-out and eat in peace.  Seriously, though, Hannah’s teachers Ms. Lori and Ms. Jennifer are really wonderful.  Her chapel and PE teachers are also great.  Hannah says she loves running around screaming and singing silly songs in PE.  Preschool is developing a love for school in her that I prayed she’d have.  We are so thankful for her school and the fact that they are teaching her about God’s love & Jesus along with all things smelly 🙂

Here are some pictures of the lunches I made for Hannah for her first week of school.  I really did have fun making these for her and they did their job–Hannah devoured them.