So I am going to start off tonight by saying I have been completely humbled by the response to Monday's blog post.  I never imagined it would have the effect it did.  I have read your posts, texts, Facebook Posts, and emails.  I have felt every emotion from full out laughter to being brought to tears.  I am more than ever sure, that as women, we hide behind our smiles.  We pretend to have it all together, have our homes all in order, have perfect relationships with our husband and children, and pretty much just live a perfect life.  Well, I am tired of living behind the smile and the lies.  We need to be real with one another.  My mom taught Elizabeth and I so many things, but one thing she always stressed was "just be real".  Elizabeth has an easier time with that than I do....but I can promise you, right now, I am as real as I've ever been...what you see is what you get.  I am going to keep striving daily for the "realness" in me to shine through.  And it may not always be "real shiny" but it will be me.  We all struggle.  End of story.

One other thing, if you write to me on the Blog Page, please know I do read each of them.  Right now our Programmer is fixing it so I can respond to you.  Thank you for your patience in this. Keep leaving messages...I read EVERY ONE OF THEM!  And enjoy it.  And I think the other readers enjoy reading your responses too.

And now on to some "Lighter Fare"....

As I have gotten closer to the age of 40, I am really starting to see things happen to my skin...things I don't like!  I have always taken very good care of my skin, product wise.  But I was a teenager in late 80's/early 90's.  Tan skin was in.  And I liked very tan skin.  I don't do anything just a little, I do it all the way and go way beyond overboard.  That was my tanning style.  My girlfriends and I would lay out on silver mats and douse our bodies in baby oil and iodine.  And we didn't just tan once in a while...we tanned everyday to get that golden, sun kissed glow and super blonde hair.

FUNNY SIDE NOTE:  Back to the baby oil and time in high school, I couldn't find my regular spray bottle to mix my "goddess tanning oil" in.  Soooo...I used my moms Scruples Spritz Hairspray bottle.  And yes, I dumpled her "Scruples smelling goodness" out to put my mix together.  Yeah, you can probably see where this is going....Mom and Dad were in St. Louis on an overnight trip and I got a phone call from a screaming, crazy lady on the other end.  Um, she had taken her hairspray bottle with her.  And, she had gotten ready in the dark, trying to not wake my dad.  And then the lights came on.  You can imagine her surprise.  And if my memory serves me correctly, she was also wearing a white sweater.  Oops.  Sorry Mom.  :) The never was a dull moment with me around and there pretty much still isn't.  I've been called Lucille Ball many times.  Pretty sure that day she was calling me some other things.  Memories, mom, memories.
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So...all of that being said, I am getting lines in my face that I don't really approve of.  And my skin is not as bright and glowy as it once was.  As I have told you before, I am a product junkie!  BIG TIME!  Pretty much if it's on the market, I have probably tried it or have read about it. *On this blog, I will never give you advice about a product unless I have used it a lot and deeply believe in it.*  Now, I am a huge believer in the benefit of a good facial/peel, but time/money does not allow this to happen much in my life.  So, I try to find products to do the job.  There is one product that has completely changed my skin...One that I 100% believe in...RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream.  I use this stuff faithfully every night at bed time.  One of these days, I will go over my skin care routine, but for now, if I can get you to use anything, it would be this.  I have had people compliment my skin recently, and I know this is what is making the difference.  Through my extensive research and trials, I know that Retinol is one of the only chemicals that truly can reduce wrinkles.  I like this cream because it’s gentler but just as effective as the prescription ones.  I've tried the prescription ones and they were too harsh on my sensitive skin.  Now, I have to give a disclaimer with this post.  I know my oil friends, sell other product friends, and natural friends, will not like this post.  And it's ok, not everyone has to always agree with me.  I am just letting you know what works for me.  And I have tried certain oils for wrinkles and other products people have sold me, and I have desperately wanted some of them to work, but they just didn't for my type of skin.  And that's the deal, everyone has different skin and different needs.  But, I can tell you, this RoC Cream has worked well for several people.  Give it a try.  It's about $20 at Wal Mart.

**IT'S YOUR TURN:  What is the one skin care product you would not be without??? Tell us below and you will be entered to WIN RoC Deep Wrinkle Night Cream!!!
TODAY I'M LOVING:  And I am loving them big time!  Our Winter Solstice Boot.  This boot is Boho and Beautiful.  It's one of those boots that the picture just does not do its full's a gorgeous boot. And works great for those of you who need a wide calf boot!  That's a definite plus!
This week we are giving back to the families that have cancer. Come in to the store or shop online and receive 10% OFF of your entire purchase! That 10% will go to supporting the Grahn Strong Foundation. Also this weekend is our town’s Fall Festival & we will be open during our regular hours! So while you are out and about come on in and see us! - Use Code: STRONG10

Love & Many Blessings,