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Over the past few days I've gotten to enjoy a break from my hectic life. The kids I care for are skiing in Colorado and the company I do consulting for has remained quiet. I suppose I'm on what you call spring break.

What do you do on spring break?

Go on vacation?

Sleep in?

For me, spring break was initially going to be about catching up on life. I was going to get up early every day, blog (as usual), … and just, y'know, catch up. (Sorry. I don't really feel like sharing my intimate life details with you all today.)

Anyway, on Tuesday, one day into my break, I'm doing my work, getting caught up, and I notice something moving. When you are using your peripheral vision and you have dark hair, you typically aren't too alarmed to see something like that. It's just like "Oh – it's just my hair." Perhaps I had moved my head just the right amount to cause movement? Whatever. I decided to look anyway, just in case.

If you've been following my blog for a while, you know that I am horrified of roaches. When you live in an older home in the city, you expect to see them. It doesn't matter how many times you spray, they always come back. I think I once read that roaches are the only living creature that can survive an atomic bomb going off. I wouldn't be surprised if that were the case…

But what I saw when I moved away from where I was sitting, to get a better view, was not a roach.

It was worse.

Needless to say within minutes I had Justin on the phone. "What do I do?" I asked.

I tried to describe what I had seen … and I failed pretty miserably. Nevertheless, Justin shared his opinion: KILL IT. (duh.)

Then, clean EVERYTHING.

So much for spring break!

By that point the creature had (unsurprisingly) scurried away, so I had no option but to follow Justin's orders. (That's what happens when you turn your back for like two seconds…)

Over the next few days I found myself scrubbing, washing and cleaning every crevice, in my bedroom, where I had initially seen the thing. I dusted, I vacuumed, I trashed… If it is a household chore that can be done in the bedroom or master bath, I did it. (Luckily, when Justin got home from work, he helped. #lovinghusband)

Then, we sprayed. Because why not?

I didn't think we were that messy, but now I'm ready to tackle the rest of the house. It was on my list of things to do anyway…

And I can only assume that that thing will not soon return for a friendly visit… Or at least I hope it won't.

You never know though.

The good news in all of this is that I managed to somehow get my husband to clean his area of the room (!!!) AND I got to try the new Purex Crystals ScentSplash, which added an amazingly refreshing scent to my laundry!

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Hope everyone is having a fantastic Thursday! Only one more day until the weekend! :) 

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131 comments:

  1. Wait--what was it? What's worse than a roach? A rat? Inquiring minds want to know!

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    1. Haha, I'm curious, too!

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    2. It was a scorpion! Eek! They bite which makes them far worse than roaches to me! :-/

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    3. Mandy be careful scorpions travel in two here in Oklahoma so if we find one the other is near, but they are little and we can kill them easily..

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    4. I'm glad that Colorado doesn't have scorpions or palmetto bugs.
      slehan at juno dot com

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    5. Maybe I should move to Colorado! ;)

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  2. If you haven't yet, you should try Dial's Miracle Oil Hand Soap & Body wash.

    So, what was this "thing" you saw? Hope it's gone now!

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    1. I have tried it and loved it! It's so awesome when you find great products that work well. :)

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    2. I have been wanting to try the Dial Miracle Dry Oil Hand Soap but haven't had the money. I will have to get some next time I am at the store.

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  3. I'm not sure why, but my first comment was not published. But you should try Scentsy washer whiffs!

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    1. Glad your second comment went through… Wonder what happened? :(

      I've never tried Scentsy washer whiffs. Thanks for the suggestion! :)

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    2. Quiver is my absolute favorite Scentsy Washer Whiffs scent!

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    3. I have never even heard of this but will check it out!

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  4. Whenever you see a bug or something icky the advice will be to kill it :)

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    1. haha. I'll remember that for next time. :)

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    2. I have to agree. All icky things must die!

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    3. I'm the odd (wo)man out. Leave the creatures be. :)

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    4. aw i try to get them on a piece of paper and put them back outside !

      but sometimes if i am too scared i can't help but squash them :(

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  5. My favorite lotion to help me fall asleep is Bath and Bodyworks Sleep lotion from their aromatheraphy line.

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    1. I've used that! It works really well.

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    2. Interesting! I've never heard of it. Currently I just take melatonin, but it would be nice to not have to mess with my body like that. I'll have to seek out this lotion next time I'm at B&BW. :)

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    3. I will have to give this a try, thanks :)

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    4. I love Bath and Bodyworks, will have to check this out!

      kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

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    5. I love Bath & Body stuff! Will have to try this one.

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    6. That's one of my favorites as well!

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  6. Purex rocks . Have you tried all their products

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    1. Nope, I haven't tried all of their products. They keep coming out with new ones! Do you have a favorite Purex product? :)

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  7. I absolutely love Bath & Body Works candles!

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    1. They do have awesome smelling candles!

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    2. I've never bought a B&BW candle. I've definitely considered it though! All of their scents are amazing!

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  8. Nothing makes people smile more than frisky animals in the Spring. I recommend a trip to the closest zoo!!! Great was to enjoy the nice weather

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    1. I love the Zoo -- think I will take you suggestion and go this weekend.

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    2. I like going to the botanic gardens in the Spring to see all the new flowers.

      slehan at juno dot com

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    3. We went last weekend with my 1 year old, it was a blast!

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    4. Yeah the zoo is always fun. (CoreyOlomon at gmail dot com)

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  9. I recommend a picnic in the park in the spring. So relaxing!

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    1. This is one of my favorite things to do in the Spring! Up here in the north it is still a little too muddy, but it will be nice soon enough.

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  10. I love the smell of lavender and it really relaxes me, I have some Fabreeze Lavender that I spray on our sheets and it our bedroom it is totally relaxing you should try it.

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    1. I use lavender essential oils in a spray bottle. Febreze products give me a headache.

      slehan at juno dot com

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    2. I love the idea of spraying lavender scent in the bedroom! I bet it is relaxing. :)

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  11. Mandy hate to scare you but here in Oklahoma if your find one scorpion you usually have another one near, keep your eyes open and remember they are little then we are, so we can kill them..

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    1. Shhh… Don't say things like that. ;)

      But yeah, I will keep my eyes open. I've heard they are just as hard to get rid of as roaches. :(

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  12. If you haven't tried Papa Murphy's Cowboy pizza, you should definitely put that on your list - absolutely love their pizzas!

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    1. There isn't one near me unfortunately. :( I'm planning a trip to Asheville, NC soon and I see there is one there. I'll have to try it during my trip. :) Thanks for the suggestion!

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  13. Now that it's Spring, go out to your local botanic gardens and see the flowers. Denver Botanic Gardens is one of my favorite places.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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    1. I'm nowhere near Denver, but you are right. This is the perfect time of year to go see gardens. There are so many pretty flowers blooming right now. :)

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  14. I really like Suave Sea Minerals Body Lotion, it makes my skin very soft!

    kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

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    1. That sounds AMAZING! Does it smell as good as it sounds?

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  15. I get so many emails with good coupons but, I don't have a printer. I would love someone to offer one of those for us to win.

    A cat left a foul odor in the rug so when I carpet cleaned I added some vinegar to the solution..it seems to neutralize the smell..all good here now.

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    1. ha. I want someone to offer a printer as well. Mine is like 10 or 15 years old. Have you checked at places like Goodwill? They might have a printer for cheap. I imagine any printer is good when you don't have one, but I really have my eye on those bluetooth printers. Not having to use a cord would make life so much easier!

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  16. I recommend kicking off your spring cleaning by taking down all of your curtains, completely dusting and washing all of your windows, washing your curtains with a laundry booster like these crystals, hanging your clean curtains back up and opening up the windows to let the fresh breeze blow the scent of your nice clean curtains throughout your house. That always motivates me to get going on the rest of my spring cleaning!

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    1. That does sound wonderful. :)

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    2. I agree that windows should be the first thing you do. I have to have bouncy music when I clean.

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  17. Aussie hairspray is the best! Try it! :)

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    1. I think the Aussie conditioner is pretty awesome. :) Will have to try the hairspray!

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  18. Relax and enjoy your spring break!

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    1. It's already over, but thanks for the thought. :)

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  19. I recommend going to see Cinderella. It was a great movie!

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    1. I haven't seen it yet, but I've only heard good things about it. The new style dress Cinderella wears is absolutely gorgeous!

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  20. I recommend that everyone try Dial's Miracle Oil Hand Soap!

    andysavi.mom@gmail.com

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  21. I recommend the Woolzie Dryer Balls. I tried to win them for a year without luck so I finally purchased a set. They really work -- cut the drying time down and clothes smell fresh.

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    1. I have been using Woolzies for about 2 years now and I absolutely love them!! I highly recommend them to everyone!!

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    2. I'm trying to win some too, Thanks for the information! Glad they really work! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

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  22. I recommend going on a hike whenever you get the chance- it's fantastic!

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    1. I agree & luckily my family enjoys the outdoors. However I have nieces that prefer to sit in the house.

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  23. I love Woodies watches and sunglasses. They are super stylish!! :)

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  24. I recommend using water and doterra lemon oil mixed in a spray bottle to get stains out of clothes. Works just as good as Spray n Shout.

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    1. Interesting. I love the prospect of saving money. Thanks for the tip!

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  25. I recommend trying Trader Joe's Firecracker chocolate bars. They are dark chocolate with pop rocks.

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  26. I would take a camera out into your neighborhood, and see what kind of photos you can get. Sometimes looking at familiar things in a new way is enough to shake things up a bit.

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  27. Nothing beats the smell of fresh laundry I would love to try these

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  28. You should try https://www.google.com/search?q=schick+hydro+silk+disposable+review&espvd=2&biw=1440&bih=799&tbm=shop&source=lnms&sa=X&ei=Xng0VZ_aEMmxsASlo4CACQ&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&dpr=1 This razor is by far the best my legs are so smooth my husband has no idea who he is sleeping next to now! Goodbye porcupine!!!!

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    1. Awesome! That has been something I've been looking for forever! Women's razors typically don't work well. Thanks for sharing your find!

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  29. rose water is super refreshing on your face in the hot summer

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  30. Burger King has the best chocolate chip cookies...2/$1...when I want a treat I have a couple...all alone...in my car!

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    1. Awesome! I don't go to BK much, but I think I would for a yummy cookie! :)

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  31. I think everyone should watch the show The People's Couch. Its was on Bravo and can be found on Netflix. I laughed more then I had in a long time. Im not sure why it's not more popular.

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    1. I've never heard of it, but I don't really watch much tv either. Thanks for sharing. I'm looking it up as I type. Can't wait to see a funny show! :)

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  32. I recommend getting everything ready for the next day the night before. Mornings are always hectic with small ones so doing that is the only thing that makes it go by without being so crazy hectic

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    1. So true! I don't have small kids, but I've watched them overnight before and it can really be a struggle to get everyone going in the morning.

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  33. I recommend Aussie 3 minute miracle, make the hair nice and soft.

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    1. I love that product! It makes your hair so soft!

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  34. I think you should try Cheesy Ranch Chicken if you like chicken! It is delicious! megan tilley
    countrycamogirl89@yahoo.com

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  35. I love Arby's chocolate turnovers and mint shake! Yum! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

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  36. I recommend Tim Tam Arnott's cookies. I just tried them, and they are so chocolaty delicious, I'm already craving more!

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  37. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is my new favorite show on netflix.

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  38. Try removing stains from cutting boards with a lemon and coarse salt.

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  39. I would recommend coming to Sanibel,Florida for vacation. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

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    1. I've heard fantastic things about Sanibel. One of my ex-neighbors had a dog they named after Sanibel; it was their favorite vacation spot. I haven't ever been though… I guess I should visit! :)

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    2. I'm going to have to check that out:) I've often thought of going to Florida:)
      anne

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  40. Check our your local farmer's market for the freshest and most affordable produce.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  41. I love the smell of fresh laundry!

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  42. I love Jamaica. Disneyland for adults.

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  43. I love eating pepperoni pizza and I think you would like them too

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    1. haha. I don't know anyone that doesn't like pepperoni pizza…

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  44. I cloth diaper my daughter and love it! :)

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  45. I'm not entirely sure if that last post worked -- I highly recommend Honest Company products. I swear by their diapers & wipes, have also purchased their swim diapers & cleaning products!

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  46. You should come to Williamsburg VA and try Busch gardens! Thanks so much for the chance to win.

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  47. If you have spiders in your house, try the sticky mouse traps!

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  48. I recommend reading The Girl on the Train. I just finished reading it and it is an exceptional thrilled. Loved it.

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  49. You need to try Click Espresso Protein. It is amazing!

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  50. If you plan a picnic this summer, bring some fresh mint leaves to put on your blanket. Ants don't like mint and it will keep them away while you enjoy your lunch!

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  51. Mix a tub of low-fat plain greek yogurt with blended mango, pineapple, or the juice of 2 grapefruits, pour back into the tub, and freeze! yummy and healthy froyo!

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  52. My family loves the lavender scented purex crystals! dlcdriver55@gmail.com

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  53. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, which is only about 100 miles from Seattle, is one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities in the world. (CoreyOlomon at gmail dot com)

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  54. I'd recommend traveling to Carlsbad, CA:) the beach is fun and great restaurants. annejk112233 at yahoo dot com

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  55. I would recommend getting outside and going for a daily walk. No matter how stressed out I am, I always feel better after a walk.

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  56. I would recommend to you that you go to the great smokey mountain and see Cades Cove!

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  57. Move away from the scorpions lol! That's my recommendation! Another recommendation I've got for you is a book! If you like reading, check out Melissa Tagg's books.

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  58. Maybe take a long walk, or look into geocaching...try something new and fun!

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  59. I just finished the book "The Art of Racing in the Rain". If you like to read...I recommend it. I couldnt put it down.

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  60. No get away. It's almost yard sale season! Get out and see what kind of unique treasures you can find :)

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  61. Dial's Miracle Oil Hand Soap & Body wash.

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  62. Have you ever been to a CiCi's Pizza Buffet. They are so good and very affordable. I love the Mac & Cheese Pizza. Yum!

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  63. I recommend Tide pods..They've been around for awhile now but I love them, I just toss some in a baggie in my purse and off to the laundromat I go. They work great and aren't messy at all!!

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  64. Chik Fil A's polynesian sauce, don't ask, just try it.

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  65. My recommendation--visit Savannah, Georgia. It is such a charming city!

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  66. You really need a all girls day and into the night-- With Spa treatment-- masking, pedi's done,a new hair do, maybe a clip and a color.A little shopping for a great fun Spring outfit, and new sandals.A very long quite Lunch, with a glass of wine. and and maybe a good movie. It always gets me into the mood to climb the highest hill( HOUSE WORK) and get back to a reality world I live in.

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  67. If you suffer from headaches, pain or stress I would recommend you try essential oils if you haven't already. I love doTERRA's lavender, peppermint and In Tune!

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