Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
Okay, so, the story goes that there was a girl who used to think dandruff shampoo was...well, weird. Don't ask her why, she really doesn't know, but in any event, she just breezed right past that section of the shampoo aisle without a second glance to those "itchy scalp" shampoos.
Then, one day, she had the opportunity to try out some of that "weird" shampoo ...and LOW AND BEHOLD!! it actually, wasn't weird! It was...well...it was wonderful!
So, when that girl received a second opportunity to try out another version of that WONDERFUL shampoo, she jumped on it. (Psssst...yo. If you haven't caught on, that "girl" in the story above is moi. Over 'n out.)
BlogHer and Head and Shoulders provided me with some Green Apple Shampoo and Conditioner, and I've gotta say, Mama continues to be pleased!
One of the very first things I noticed when I used the Head and Shoulders Green Apple Shampoo was the volume my hair had! It was so full of body, and felt so healthy; it was awesome!
I love finding shampoo that can give my hair a little lift, rather than adding a bunch of product to it.
Oh, and get this: Head and Shoulders is gentle enough to use every day on color treated and permed hair! Who needs that pricey salon stuff?!
I will be honest with you about something though; I have a bit of an aversion to green apple. Not the fruit, itself, but the artificial flavor/scent of green apple, so I was a little bit leery about the whole scent part of this review. I can say, truthfully, that the green apple scent in this shampoo is wonderful. It's a light, not over-powering scent that really just ends up smelling clean and fresh and citrus-y.
SO pleased to find that I didn't smell like I had just rubbed a green apple Jolly Rancher all up in my hair. Nope, just fresh smelling all day long!
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Sunday, January 29, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Warning...this post is long. BUT WAIT!! It is FUN and FULL of photos! So, read it, will you? I think you'll enjoy it...especially the part about my "Scottish" husband...
"Bahia de Banderas" or "Banderas Bay"...a "shark-free", mountain-lined, dolphin-filled winter home to humpback whales.
I put "shark-free" in quotes because you know what they say in Mexican markets, "for you senorita, almost free today". Their "free" seems to be just a bit different than our "free". But, that's what they claim.
Shark-free waters because of the (5? maybe more?) different species of dolphins that inhabit this bay...they supposedly keep the sharks away (word on the pier is that there has never been a shark spotted in the bay...) which in turn makes for fabulous breeding grounds for humpback whales.
No sharks to eat the baby whales. Gory, I know.
And now, aren't you so glad you know that little tidbit of information? Someday, if you win a million dollars because of it, you owe me 10%. Finders fee, or something. ;)
So...anyway...onto the story, Mama.
The morning of the wedding, we woke up bright and early...roused my aunt and cousin (whose clock was about 30 minutes behind and whom thought they could go back to bed for a bit...boy were they surprised when we told them they had approximately 4.7 minutes to get ready and get to the lobby to catch our taxi to the pier. Funny stuff...), gathered T. and began our voyage to "Paradise Pier".
Wait. Before I go any further, I have something to share with you. MUY IMPORTANTE, so listen up.
If you get any hint of motion sickness, you MUST procure yourself a scopolamine patch before engaging in any sort of potential motion sickness inducing activity. I wear them on flights, long car rides, whale watching expeditions ('cuz I do so many of those) and I am convinced that they saved me from any...NOT A SINGLE, ITTY BITTY HINT...of seasickness.
And let me tell you something else...I am one motion sick prone chica. Like, I get sick SWINGING, for Pete's sake. I changed my patch the night before our ship sailed from the pier into the choppy waters of Bahia de Banderas and I didn't feel the slightest twinge of barfiness.
Miraculous, I tell you. Thank you, dear inventor of scopolamine. (It does, however, give you the world's worst cotton mouth.)
Okay, continuing on...
So, as the sun peeked over the mountains (I have no idea what mountain range this is...but I do know that Nuevo and Puerto Vallarta apparently used to be in different time zones...basically, the city was split, and they recently both joined CST, the best time zone, but our phones still picked up the old time zone, Mountain time, which was terribly confusing to all of us...trivia for you. Same deal as above...10%.) we waited for our boat to arrive.
Fun story about the boat...the company that our hotel dude works with usually sends peeps out in a rubber raft (no lie) to whale watch. The day we wanted to go, the raft was full, so he worked a deal and got us in with another company, but "oh no" it's on a sailboat. For 20 bucks less per person.
Turns out that was the best thing that ever happened! The boat was an old Norwegian racing boat that won a bunch of races back in it's day. During one of the World Wars, Norway (I think it was Norway...this just in!! It was, indeed, NOT Norway. Holland, apparently. See comments below, thanks bestie!) was afraid their "treasure" would be looted and pillaged (or stolen, but looting and pillaging sounds so much more fun) so they filled it with mud and sank it in a lake.
After the war, they resurrected it, refurbished it and sent it off...and today it is a whale watching boat! Not sure if you know this about sailboats or not, but they have a galley. And I'm not sure if you know this about galleys or not, but they are teeny tiny kitchens.
And the fun thing about kitchens on boats is that they procure delicious drinks (more on this in a sec) and fresh guac and pico and chips from within.
Oh yes...so, remember? We were supposed to be booked on a rubber raft? (FYI...rubber rafts don't have galleys) For $20 bucks more? And instead, we "so sad" got booked on sailboat (with a history!!) AND got free drinks and snacks?
Hell ya!! Also, friends, meet Gil:
He was our very own personal "professional wildlife photographer" on board. Fun stuff. The following are his photos (between this paragraph and the next...I want to make sure to give him credit...but get cred for mine! Oh, and not all of these were from our watch...he keeps his best and adds ones from each expedition! We didn't see any whales breaching...saddness.):
Also, friends...meet my husband, who apparently becomes 1/16th Scottish (or so he claims...VERY loudly) after several (yes, I said SEVERAL) margaritas. Do you remember what I said earlier? About getting up really early? Yeah, so my Scottish husband had several margaritas WAY before noon. Which is WAY before it's 5 o'clock somewhere.
Even ask Jimmy Buffet. The time of day that my husband was downing tequila was probably even too early for Jimmy. Plus...remember what I said WAY at the beginning of this epic novel? The whole "morning of the wedding" thing? You know, that whole reason WHY we traveled to Mexico and left our children (which is a whole 'nother story) in the care of others, in the first place?
Yeah, THAT reason?
Well, I had visions of my newly Scottish husband passed out cold, unable to make it to the ceremony...and with the way my normally quiet and reserved husband was TALKING REALLY LOUD, I was certain we were headed in that direction.
So, I did what any controlling and overbearing wife would do...I asked for a sip of his drink and promptly tossed it into the depths of the ocean...handing him back an empty cup with a cute little "oops" attached.
He promptly (LOUDLY) ordered another. And...repeat above scene. And repeat the ordering.
I finally threw my hands up and thought, "Oh well!" at least I tried. Thankfully, we were on our way back to the pier by the time he was really getting Scottish...at, you know, 11 am. (And why Scottish?) He kept saying things like, "I BUILT IT WITH MY OWN TWO HANDS!!!!" with a very thick and (have I mentioned LOUD?) Minnesooootan sounding Scottish brogue.
Anyway...the whale watching was AMAZING! We talked about how even if we hadn't seen a single whale, it was worth it. Awesome crew, awesome weather, awesome scenery, awesome pico (and the Mr. would throw in a "awesome margaritas!" here)!
We even saw a couple of dolphins who came and swam alongside our boat for a bit...but I missed it. By the time I got up to the front, they swam off. :(
So...if you are traveling to the Nuevo/Puerto Vallarta area and want to do some whale watching...ask for the Pegaso tour/company. You will NOT be disappointed!
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
After a bit of "oh no! What about Mexico?!" we nailed down a very loose, not at all solid plan and went to my brother's wedding, knowing we'd be seeing them at some point after we returned.
Well...the Saturday after we got back, we hosted THEM at OUR house for two nights! I'd totally be lying if I told you I wasn't a bit nervous. I was. To be hosting virtual strangers in my house for two nights? Yikes.
We chatted over supper...looked at old photos, showed the kids where they lived on our atlas, chided my husband about his "dumbphone" (aka a Droid), and friended one another on Facebook.
Our kids (okay, and me too) were totally enchanted by their accent! I dug out some M&M's (apparently other countries don't get our fun flavors?!) for Jill's sweet tooth, introduced them to Mike's Lemonade ("lollywater"!!) and waffles, and provided them with (what they claim) was their best night's sleep!
We even pulled through and delivered a nice little snowfall for them...since they don't get this kind of weather in Australia...I know, aren't we the best hosts ever?
What? You mean you don't make your visitors from the other side of the globe shovel your snow? (Kidding...Paul asked if he could, "have a go at it" when Dubya was shoveling!)
I miss them already. I wish we could've had more time with them...two days just wasn't enough! My hubby has already suggested we open a bank account to start saving to take the family to see them in Oz! Gulp...if I freak out on a 4 hour flight to Mexico...what will I do on a 14 hour Transatlantic flight?!