Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas...

Merry Christmas loves! 

I want to thank you all - friends, family, bloggy buddies - for enhancing my life and allowing me to share yours. This year has been full of ups and downs, this blog and all it has brought into my world has definitely been an "up". I am so grateful for all the friends I've made in bloggy land. You all mean more to me than you know! I am looking forward to a wonderful 2012 - and can't wait to see what this blog will bring in the new year!

I will be taking a break from the internet this week, spending some time with family and friends. I will see you all in the new year (unless something that absolutely can NOT wait pops up!)

Until then my dears - have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



Thursday, December 22, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Music

Here's one of my favorite Christmas/Winter songs from my absolute FAVORITE Christmas movie! 


What's your favorite Christmas movie?


Sunday, December 18, 2011

12(ish) Days of Christmas Music - Day 9

I love Christmas lights - one thing I miss about living in Georgia is the elaborate Christmas lights displays people would put up on their houses. 

We used to drive around every year just to look at Christmas lights. No need to pay money to go see the zoo lights, etc. The people here don't decorate like they did in Georgia. I don't know if it's just the part of Arizona that I live in - but we might get a few neighbors throwing a string of lights in a tree with a "Feliz Navidad" sign and that's about it. Seriously. One block down from my house, the guy has a blinking "Feliz Navidad" sign in his tree. I think it might be time to move... 

In contrast - there was a guy who's house we used to drive by every year in Georgia who had a red convertible he'd decorate and have a stuffed Santa sitting in it waving at everyone. And that was only PART of his lights display! I miss that. I suppose when you live in a neighborhood of huge houses on 1/4th of an acre lots you don't exactly have much room to be elaborate with the decorations. And we always have the HOA's to contend with. I'm feeling quite nostalgic right now and would love to move back to the country - where we have things like this...

{image via}

And that brings us to today's Christmas song. This is really cool - I didn't even know you could do this to your house until this year. I suppose I just never really thought about it... Check it out! 

What's the best Christmas lights display you've ever seen? 
If you send pictures I'll post them! 


Saturday, December 17, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Music

I'm a little late to do the whole "12 Days' thing. It will be more like 10 days of Christmas music if you count yesterday's post... and I'm gonna count yesterday's post :) For those of you who know me well, you already know that "Late" is my middle name and would expect nothing less than a late start to MY 12 Days of Christmas Music! 

I love Christmas - and I love music. So clearly I love to put two of my favorite things together. The result: I LOVE CHRISTMAS MUSIC! We have a local radio station here in the Phoenix area that starts playing  Christmas tunes 24/7 around Thanksgiving. My radio at work has been tuned in ever since. My alarm clock is set to wake me up to festive music every morning. Love...

So here it is folks - the Belle of the Desert's 12 10 Days of Christmas Music!  


Day #9: Kenny Chesney's All I Want For Christmas is a Real Good Tan

(pic via via my iPhone - I am lame and took a picture of my own desktop background.)
Check back tomorrow as I continue the countdown to the best day of the year with a celebration of my Christmas music favorites! 


Friday, December 16, 2011

Random Friday...


It's Friday and I'm random... so here's Josh Groban's version of Ave Maria. 

I have no idea what he's saying - but it's GORGEOUS! 


Monday, December 12, 2011



Good morning Loves! 

I'm excited - there's finally an official video on YouTube for Adele's "Someone Like You"! 
Don't you just absolutely LOVE this song? It makes me happy...

Me thinks my new co-worker is insane - he's got the back door open and is freezing us all to death! Let me crank up my little heater and throw on a jacket... Have a fabulous Monday Loves!


Saturday, December 10, 2011

It's Holiday Pie Time!

Why are those damn McDonald's Holiday Pies so delicious?

I can't even tell what's in it - nor can I find what it's made of listed online. It's likely that they do that on purpose. It's a yummy, disgusting, sugar cookie-esque, sparse sprinkle laden "pie" tube. I don't even know how McDonald's still sells any of those apple pie tubes - now we have Holiday Pie Tubes. 

And I love them... 

It's most certainly not vegan - and COMPLETELY not gluten free. In fact, I feel deathly ill every time I eat one. I had one today. I will most certainly be sick all weekend. 


There's something wrong with me...

They only have them at select McDonald's during the holiday season - my local McDonald's is - of course - one of those select locations. And every time I drive past it, I want one of those damn Holiday Pies! 

McDonald's is PURE EVIL!


Friday, December 2, 2011

Review! Nad's Facial Wand Eyebrow Shaper

Good morning everyone! I have been MIA for quite a while - I do apologize for my absence. I've missed you all and have missed checking in on your blogs every day. I'll hopefully have time to start doing some catch up over the next few weeks as my last class of the year winds down and I have a short break before the next one. I feel so out of the bloggy loop!

Today however, I am reviewing the Nad's Facial Wand Eyebrow Shaper - which is a handy little thing! 

What is it? 
The unique Nad’s Facial Wand Eyebrow Shaper is the easiest way to remove unwanted facial hair and get salon quality results at home. Incorporating the original Nad’s Natural Gel into a slimline applicator, the Nad’s Facial Wand allows you to apply just the right amount of gel exactly where you want it. 

What does it do?
Perfect for all delicate facial areas, the Nad’s Facial Wand for facial hair removal glides across the contours of your face. Melting with your own natural body heat, there is no need to worry about making mistakes, as any excess gel easily washes away in water. 

I'll spare you the pictures from my attempts... because I am a terrible photographer and I had a huge zit in the middle of my forehead on that day. Ew...

But here's a video showing how to use it...

My Conclusion:
I LOVED the ease of application this little wand provides. I'm typically a plucker - and find that to be rather time consuming. If I have the extra cash I'll get it done at a salon - but always wind up with a rash and pimples from the hot wax. DO NOT WANT! 

With this little beaut here's no rash, no pimples (except the one I already had...) and if you mess up and put some in the wrong spot, it washes away easily with water and you can start all over! (Yes - I had to do it... twice!) 

I give this product... (drum roll please...) 

4.5 Stars 

It lost .5 of a star for the small amount of strips and cleansing cloths it comes with. There is plenty of product but I think I'll be running out of strips and cleansing cloths long before I run out of the product. They strips are however, washable and reusable - so don't throw them away! As for the cleansing cloths - I may experiment with some toner when I run out of those.  

All in all - DEFINITELY worth the 9-ish bucks you'll spend. Give it a try! 


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