7.26.2017

What's Up Wednesday :: July 2017

It's the last Wednesday of the month, that means it's time for our What's Up Wednesday Link Up!

Link up with  me, Sheaffer & Shay the LAST Wednesday of each month so we can read about What's Up with YOU!

Here we go!
What We’re Eating this week..... 
Monday: Chicken Apple Sausages & Sweet Potato Fries
Tuesday: Dinner at the Giants Game...I had my favorite....Philly Cheesesteak with lots of hot peppers. I get this every time I go to a Giants game :)
Wednesday: Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs &  Caprese Orzo Salad :

Thursday: Out to dinner with friends after we go Water skiing & Wake boarding

Friday: Friday Night Pizza Night!


I am also making these treats this week:
 Lemon Zucchini Bread
 I am also making my Watermelon Salsa for our family reunion this weekend:
This is one of my favorite appetizers!


What I'm Reminiscing about.....
 I am  reminiscing about Luke. He turns 5 in less than 2 weeks!!!! What?!?!
These photos turned up in my timehop a few days ago.
I can't believe these were taken 5 years ago, when I was 8 months pregnant with Luke!
Can you believe there was a 9lb 6 oz baby in there?!?
See more of the photos {HERE}
It seems like just yesterday he was born, but on the other hand, it feels like Luke has always been here.

 What I'm loving.....
 HAWAII!!!!
 We just got back from 7 days in Maui.
We surprised the kids on the way to the airport...they thought we were going to Tahoe.
 LOVED surprising them. It was epic.
We went to Maui for our honeymoon and I forgot how much I LOVE it.

It was an amazing trip...post coming soon!

What We've been up to.....
July has been a fun & busy month including:
My 20 year high school reunion
BBQ for my Dad's birthday
4th of July
5 days in Tahoe
Performing Arts Camp for the girls
Week in Maui
Giants Game

July was AWESOME.

What I'm Dreading.....
That school starts in 2.5 weeks
UGGGGHHHHH!!!!
I could seriously cry.
This summer is going by WAY too quickly & Target has all the school supplies out.
 *SIGH*
 
What I'm Working On.....
 Luke's 5th Birthday Party!
Can't believe he will be FIVE in just 2 weeks!
I am WAY behind on the planning...haven't even sent out the invites yet...on my To-Do list for today.
Just ordered these cookies for the favors....
Luke is so excited for his Superhero party.
I can't wait for his party....I love parties...here are some of his past birthday parties:
Luke's 1st Birthday was a Nautical Theme:

Luke's 2nd Birthday was a Train Theme:
 
3rd Birthday was a Firetruck Party:
4th Birthday was a Construction Theme!

 
I love throwing parties :)

What I'm Excited About.....
Our Christmas in July Special launched yesterday!
Getting to offer you guys amazing deals is so exciting!!
 If you become a Preferred Customer July 25 through Thursday July 31, you will get CONSULTANT PRICING!!! 

This is an amazing deal....you get 25% off AND Free Shipping on ANY of our products!
If you have ever considered purchasing Rodan + Fields, this is a great time!
This is one of the best deals I have all year!

We have products for ALL skin types....
Anti Aging, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Sun Damage, Sun Spots, Age Spots, Melasma, Acne, Acne Scaring, Sensitive Skin, Rosacea, Eczema and MORE!
What is your biggest skin concern? 
We can help  you love the skin you are in.
Want to know what products are best for you?
Answer these 5 questions {HERE}

Email me at melissa_larson17{at}yahoo.com if you have any product questions or if you want to claim this Christmas in July Special! 
  
We also have a Christmas in July special if you are interested in joining my team.
One of the specials this month is if you join my team and I will give you a Lash Boost for FREE!!!!!
Now is the time to join R+F, we are the number one skin care line in North America & our products sell themselves, I want you to join in the fun & be apart of this life changing skin care.
Rodan + Fields has been such a huge blessing to our family. I love that it is web based, we aren't a party company and we don't have to keep inventory.
The Christmas in July promotion going on is that along with a FREE Lash Boost, you can get up to $100 cash back when you join.

Email me if you want to learn more
melissa_larson17@yahoo.com

What I'm Watching........
I am only watching 1 show right now....too much vacation & reading time!I am so behind on my shows! I have things on my DVR from the Spring that I need to watch.
But, I am watching The Bachelorette!



What I'm Reading.....
I read SO many books this month!!!!  Eight!!!
YEAH SUMMER!


Mad River Road

This was pretty creepy....3 out of 5 stars

Still Life

Same author, but this was better than Mad River Road. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

 It Ends with Us

THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ THIS YEAR!!!
Yes, ALL CAPS is necessary when typing that!
5 out of 5 stars!!! UGH. So good.

Maybe Someday

4 out of 5 stars!

Confess

4.5 out of 5 stars!!!
Can't wait to read more by Colleen Hoover

16th Seduction

This is the 16th book of the Women's Murder Club series. I read 1 through 15 last Summer & Fall.
This one got published a few months ago
4.5 out of 5 stars

 The Blue Bistro

Who doesn't love a good beach read?
4 out of 5 stars

As Time Goes By



 Love Mary Higgins Clark!
4 out of 5 stars


What I'm Listening to.....
 Pandora's Top Hits!
 I am loving Body Like a Back road by Sam Hunt



What I'm Wearing.....
Pretty much swim suits, swim suit cover ups & work out clothes!
 

  I did get this new bikini for Hawaii and I love it!


Let's be honest....It's summer. I am ultimate lazy when it comes to my wardrobe in the summer.
I wear my bathing suit or yoga pants & a tank top or I wear shorts & a tank top.

I look like a ragamuffin in the summer! Hair in a top knot or a braid with a hat. Flip Flops everyday.
One of my favorite parts about Summer :)


What I’m doing this weekend.....

 Family Reunion with my Dad's side of the family!
We are heading up to Chico for the Reunion, should be fun!

What I'm Looking Forward to next month.....
 Next month I am looking forward to Luke's 5th Birthday!
I am also looking forward to our 15th wedding Anniversary & a weekend getaway for that!
 I am NOT looking forward to school starting next month. Actually in 2.5 weeks. UGH.

What else is new.....
Rodan + Fields now has travel size regimens!!!
 Want one? You can get it for FREE!!!
But only for a limited time while supplies last...so grab it while you can!
FREE TSA APPROVED travel size regimen when you bundle any regimen w/Active Hydration Serum!
This freebie is good for NEW and CURRENT Customers!!
Contact me ASAP to get yours ordered today!

If you combine this with the Christmas in July sale, it is an AMAZING DEAL!


Question of the month is:
What is your favorite thing about Summer?

How do I narrow this down to one thing....

Slow mornings, living in pj's & bathing suits, swimming everyday, staying up late, reading lots of books, traveling, going to the beach/lake, having a garden, all the fresh fruits & veggies that we eat, no homework, no grading, having all day to hang out with the kids.
I love summer.
SUMMER FOREVER!

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Can't wait to read about What's up with all of YOU!

7.25.2017

Aloha, Christmas in July & A Winner!

 Aloha!
We just got back from a week in Maui and it was AMAZING!

We have had this trip planned for 9 months and kept it surprise from the kids.
They thought we were going to Tahoe for the week and on the way to the airport we told them we were actually going to Hawaii. It was one of my top 10 favorite parenting moments. 
 More on the trip later....but it was magical! 

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I wanted to pop in and let you know about a couple things! 

First up....R+F CHRISTMAS in JULY starts TODAY!!!
 If you become a Preferred Customer today July 25 through Thursday July 31, you will get CONSULTANT PRICING!!!
This is an amazing deal....you get 25% off AND Free Shipping!
If you have ever considered purchasing Rodan + Fields, this is a great time!
This is one of the best deals I have all year!
We have products for ALL skin types!
Anti Aging, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Sun Damage, Sun Spots, Age Spots, Melasma, Acne, Acne Scaring, Sensitive Skin, Rosacea, Eczema and MORE!
What is your biggest skin concern? 
We can help  you love the skin you are in.
Want to know what products are best for you?
Answer these 5 questions {HERE}


In addition to the Christmas in July special, we have a FREEBIE going on!
TRAVEL SIZE REGIMENS ARE HERE....and they're FREE!!! 
But only for a limited time while supplies last...so grab it while you can!
FREE TSA APPROVED travel size regimen when you bundle any regimen w/Active Hydration Serum!

This freebie is good for NEW and CURRENT Customers!!
Contact me ASAP to get yours ordered today!
Paired with the Christmas in July Special...there is no deal like this!
Email me at melissa_larson17{at}yahoo.com if you have any product questions or if you want to claim this Christmas in July Special! 
  

We also have a Christmas in July special if you are interested in joining my team.
It is available in limited quantities for consultants and our business kits, so if you are interested in joining the business, you can still get Lash Boost.
One of the specials this month is if you join my team and I will give you a lash boost for FREE!!!!!

Now is the time to join R+F, we are the number one skin care line in North America & our products sell themselves, I want you to join in the fun & be apart of this life changing skin care.
Rodan + Fields has been such a huge blessing to our family. I love that it is web based, we aren't a party company and we don't have to keep inventory.

The Christmas in July promotion going on is that along with a FREE Lash Boost, you can get up to $100 cash back when you join.

Email me if you want to learn more!
melissa_larson17@yahoo.com

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The winner of the $250 Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway is:
ASHLEE R.  
Congrats!!!!!! Email me or leave a comment so I can send you that gift card! 
If you didn't win, the sale is still going on & open to the public, and you can see my favorite sale picks HERE!

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Tomorrow is What's Up Wednesday! 
Link up with  me, Sheaffer & Shay the LAST Wednesday of each month so we can read about What's Up with YOU!

The question for the month is What is your favorite part about summer?
Here are the rest of the questions:
See you back here tomorrow!


7.21.2017

2017 Garden {Month 2} + An Amazing DEAL!

It's been a little over 2 months since we planted our 2017 Garden so I thought I would do another garden update.
I love this quote....so true! Ha! 
 My favorite part of my garden is my tomatoes....I plant 10 tomato plants each year :)

Here is what our 2017 garden looked like when I first planted it:
And, here it was a month later:
 And here is it TWO Months after planting it:
Here is what has been going on in the garden.....my tomato plants are growing like CRAZY! 
Box #1 
 Early Girl Tomatoes:
I planted 5 Early Girl plants
Tons of green tomatoes, but they haven't turned red...yet.
By this time last year, I already several Early Girls turn red, this year we have only a couple orange colored ones:
In the next week these orange ones should be ready to eat!
These are the best on sandwiches, hamburgers or Caprese Salad. YUM!

Box #2
This plant has a variety of 5 different types of cherry tomatoes.
I have yellow pear tomatoes:

Sun Sugar:
Super Sweet 100....we've had some red ones :)
 Sun Gold:

This year for the first time, I planted green cherry heirloom tomatoes:
I thought they were doing great, then I looked at the bottom of them...

 UGH.
If you see a dark, rotting spot on the bottom of your tomatoes, it's blossom-end rot. This problem, caused by a calcium deficiency, can be solved a few ways. When tomatoes, peppers, melons, and eggplant develop a sunken, rotten spot on the end of the fruit, the cause came long before you found the problem. 
This happened to some of my Early Girl tomato plants a couple years ago, so  I ordered some of THIS spray  to help with the bottom rot. It works great!
 
Box #3
This is the box where I plant my herbs, onions, lettuce, squash & zucchini:
Zuchinni has been out of control....I pick 5 or 6 a week.
Same with the squash!
You can see my Lemon Zucchini Bread recipe that I posted the other day HERE
It's SO good!

Around the garden boxes, I planted some plants that are vines:
Watermelon:
Cantaloupe:
Pumpkins:
The view from how are garden looked from this direction 2 months ago at the beginning of May:
 
  One month later in June:  
  And, 2 months after we planted it in July:
 It's so fun to see the garden grow...my kids love heading out to the garden each morning to see what we can harvest each day!
 They love picking the cherry tomatoes off the vine & eating them right there in the garden!
What is your favorite thing to plant/eat in your garden?
Happy Gardening!

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Just a friendly reminder that the $250 Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway ends TONIGHT!
Click HERE to enter if you haven't entered yet!

ALSO, I just got an email from Rodan + Fields about a new deal that starts NOW!
Attention anyone who travels or love teeny tiny, cute things! I'm SO excited! TRAVEL SIZE REGIMENS ARE HERE....and they're FREE!!! 
But only for a limited time while supplies last...so grab it while you can!
FREE TSA APPROVED travel size regimen when you bundle any regimen w/Active Hydration Serum!
 These will NOT last! Don't miss your chance! I just ordered my Reverse one! 
This is good for NEW and CURRENT Customers!!
Contact me ASAP to get yours ordered today!
Message me or email me:
melissa_larson17@yahoo.com


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