Thursday, July 28, 2011

shampoo cost versus performance

I am the youngest of 4 girls.  (I am just in the second half of my 30's)  Growing up, we used whatever shampoo my mon had in the house.  Generally the cheapest kind, White Rain, VO5, Suave.  If we wanted something different we had to use our own money to buy it.  Becky's favorite was the Suave Strawberry shampoo and conditioner.  (This was the 80's) and Kim who always had the more expensive taste, her shampoo of choice was Silkience.  Boy, I knew Kim would freak out if I used her shampoo! 

I could pretty much use anything, but in High School (after I started coloring my hair) I liked to use Aussie (that is what the rich popular girls used, and while I wasn't popular - using my income from my job to splurge on a bottle of shampoo was doable).

As I got older and colored my hair more and more damaged (I'm talking bleaching 5 times in one day to get the purple out so I could dye it green then falling out in chunks damage) I needed to use 'Salon' products, Biolage, Paul Mitchell and the like. 

I stopped coloring my hair 'crazy colors' in 1997, and stopped coloring it all together in 2001 (no gray yet, so I'll enjoy my natural color as long as I can)  If you didn't know me you'd have no clue how badly damaged my hair was.

I still liked to save money so I would buy whatever 'good' drugstore shampoo was on sale. (SunSilk, Herbal Essence)  After I stopped working and we lost an income, then had a baby I needed to save every penny possible.  I generally buy the 32 oz Suave Professionals for $3.  It really does work pretty good. 

Yesterday I was in Big Lots and needed shampoo.  They had a 33+ oz bottle of (Kim's old expensive favorite from the 80's) Silkience for $2!  I grabbed it, excited to try it!

In the shower this morning as I squeezed it into my palm, I noticed how "watery" it felt, and as I massaged it into my scalp it didn't suds up like I'm used to.  I'm sure my hair is clean, but I don't use any other products, and I didn't like the way my hair felt while I was rinsing it out.  I'm not going to be wasteful, so I'll finish it up, but I am not happy with the perfomance especially from what used to be an "Expensive" shampoo!

What is more important to you when it comes to shampoo?  Frugality, or results?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Apple, Apple A A A

Lydia sings this song every week at speech therapy.  Today she burst out with it on her own!

I was cracking up - she started Apple, Apple, A A A, then she went Baby, Baby A A A.  LOL!  She's TRYING though instead of just saying "DAH" to everything, so this is HUGE!  She is behind other kids her age, but compared to where she was 6 months ago - AMAZING!

Monday, July 18, 2011

I'm hungry

and this is the inside of my fridge.... lol

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

so, I've got these feet.... They're the only ones I have and they tell a story. 
a story of a childhood in NJ where I couldn't go barefoot outside until the first day of summer.

carried me through teenage years in (fake) Birkenstocks and dirty heels.

my 20's in steel toe Doc Marten's and red suede Etnies.

the first half of my 30's (nearly all of them) in sneakers. 

I have heel spurs and plantar fasciaitis.  I have orthotics in my Easy Spirits.

I have not had a pedicure in years.  I've always had rough heels.

lately (disgustingly) I've noticed my soles of my feet cracking.  so gross.  I have tried EVERYTHING. 

today I got:

It came from Amazon while I was at the Dr.  I can't wait to try it!  I will let you know how it works.

They're my only feet.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Another Superpoints invite  I can't believe I got 25 on a spin two days in a row!  If you'd like to sign up, this invitation is good for 48 hours.  I've been cashing out to paypal every week.  It isn't much, but it helps!  You can also get, Starbucks, Dominos Pizza and others!  It is by far the easiest earning program I've done. (I've been using some for about 15 years)  You click the Super Lucky Button and wait to see if you win.  Easy as Pie!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Superpoints invite

****GONE***** If you would like an invite, just let me know! Good for 48 hours only.  Superpoints is invite only, it is very easy, and you can earn all kinds of goodies.  Paypal (to help with those bills or a splurge) Starbucks (for your fix) Amazon (for ANYTHING really) and much more.

This invite will get you an automatic 25 points to start out, but it is only good for a limited time.  Hurry!  First come first serve!

Friday, July 1, 2011


Are you a member of Superpoints?  Would you like to be?  It is invite only.

Right here is an invitation  If you accept it, you automatically get 25 points.  You can cash out for all kinds of prizes.  Paypal,, Starbucks. 

After you sign up, on the home page see "get points"?  Click there and the third option down is "Super Lucky Button" click there and you will see a circle, akin to a wheel at the fair or boardwalk.  Click it and you get a chance to win.  It is that easy!

If the above invitation is already taken here are some more: