So, I’ve been on an eternal quest for a healthier lifestyle…for oh, let’s say, eternity.

In March, I added a new skin care regime, because as I lose weight, it is highly possibly that I’ll get wrinkles. And as a woman of 44 years, who still gets carded on a regular basis, the last thing I need or want is to get wrinkles. At least, not yet.

I’ve been using Meaningful Beauty for 3 full months now, and this is me today, without any makeup on and no filters.

Today: No makeup. Fewer laugh lines and crows feet

Today: No makeup. Fewer laugh lines and crows feet

Not too bad for a 44 year old broad, huh? I was trying to find a good comparison picture. I found 1 that would work, but I have full makeup and glasses on so it was difficult to see the difference around the eyes. However the difference around the mouth is pretty significant.

Now, I purchased this product, so MB isn’t paying me anything to review it. Here’s what I have to say.

Yes, my skin looks fantastic and feels SMOOOOOOVE like a baby’s bottom. I’ve noticed a definite fading of crow’s feet and my laugh lines (which I actually love) are noticeably less prominent. I have no issues going without makeup (even though I need new lashes ASAP. Has anyone seen my eyes? Yeah, me either.)

I’m not a huge fan of the cleansing lotion. It doesn’t foam or bubble up, and I feel like I’m having to use more of it than I should. The kit doesn’t come with a night cream, so I use the day cream at night. That’s a huge disappointment. You have the option to ‘customize’ your kit and can add the night cream that way.

I also do not like the “club” set up, however, I have my automatic delivery for 20 weeks, which I can change at any time if I run low. That’s a nice option. Most “clubs” force your into a 90 Day /12 week automatic delivery.

The price point isn’t bad, especially if you set up your delivery for 4 months or more. I don’t need to use a lot of product, one little dab will do ya… or at least it does me. I’ve decided to keep using the product for at least one more round.

In Eating Cleaner news:

I fired up the grill and loaded it with some awesome locally grown veggies this weekend. Sweet potatoes, asparagus, okra, squash, green beans, tomatoes. I also grilled some pineapple, which was oh so yummy. We ate very well this weekend, let me tell ya.

I walked every day for an hour. Monday was hard because Sunday I had some girlfriends over and we enjoyed muy wine. I’ll have you know, I still did not go over my calories for the day, thankyouverymuch.

In OMG how awesome news, I met Ian’s friend-girl this week. (OMG, she’s adorbs). I’m not sure if they’re going to officially ‘date’ or not, it’s really not my business yet (it won’t be until it’s her birthday or Christmas, and then I’ll need to know if I need to buy her a present or not. Haha) But anyway, we were all hanging out on Wednesday and we were talking about parents and parenting styles etc., and I made a comment that sometimes parents have really high expectations of their kids and no matter what they accomplish, it won’t be enough because they expect more. (this is a concept I don’t understand as a parent, but I understand as a kid of those parents.) I said, “for example, I’ve published two young adult novels with a very prestigious publisher, and sometimes I think my mom still thinks I could do better.” She stopped and looked at me and said, “Wait. You’re Melissa Francis? As in BITE ME AND LOVE SUCKS Melissa Francis?”

Me: Yep.


Me: Happy happy joy joy can’t stop smiling.

And in other O517I1Qi7nnL._SY300_MG Awesome News…I got to see my Stacey Jay this weekend! Have you pre-ordered her latest book yet? WHY NOT?


order it. devour it. review it. and email Stacey and tell her she is made of awesome. (because she totes is).

Find Stacey on Facebook

Stacey on the web

Stacey on Twitter: @stacey_jay

Okay, there’s my weekend recap. It was a great weekend. The boys enjoyed Riverfest. Jefe and I enjoyed each other and the beautiful weather, and I also enjoyed my girl time with some of my besties. Life doesn’t suck.

10 thoughts on “smoooove

  1. I got you lashes, yo! And yes I want to kidnap Stacey Jay and keep her forever. She is adorable! I am drinking more water…………..thats SOME improvement on my unhealthy lifestyle. Baby steps. I mean I am drinking more water BUT having Chef Boyardee raviolis so not so good


    • Thanks on the lashes. my little almond eyes are ever so invisible. LOL

      Baby steps, Lynne. You know, more water is a very good. I nearly floated away yesterday, I drank more than 100oz and that is not including the roasted dandelion tea I drank last night. Mmmmm.

      Chef Boyardee sounds so good right now. I want it all in my mouth!


  2. A personal reflection on your anecdote about parenting styles… When I turned 40, I treated myself to my first tattoo. And why not? As a licensed clinical social worker and successfully independent woman, I feel that I’ve reached that place in my life where a tattoo is not going to impact much of anything, so long as I don’t get it on my face or anything. Well, I paid my money, made my choice, and the deed was done – and I was a happy camper. My mom came to visit and noticed the art on my ankle “It that a TATTOO?!?”. “Why, yes it is!” I responded, beaming with pride at my body art. Her response came with a sting of condemnation, like a slap across the face “Well…. I guess you’ll never be a professional.”. What? Seriously?!? How more ‘professional’ am I ever going to be? As though everything I’ve been doing up to this point in my life was less than professional?
    A parent will always be a parent and a child a child no matter what age. But as a parent, just remember, success or failure is in the perception of the person experiencing it, not in your expectations of them. To put it another way, if they’re happy with themselves, be happy with them. :).
    But seriously, when are you going to get on that third book?


    • Jennifer! I did the same thing with my tattoo. I waited til I turned 40, designed it with the artist, and spent my 3 hours in the chair for what I think, is a beautiful representation of my personality. My mother ignored it for the longest time and then finally, we were at the lake and I said, “Okay mom, just what do you think?”
      “Well, for one of those things, I guess it’s pretty.”

      I called that a win. My dad said when I’m 90 I’ll regret it like Aunt Faye did. I said when I’m 90, I hope to remember I have a tattoo. LOL

      I try very hard to give my kids respect and space to make their own mistakes and to learn from them. I choose not to talk down to them or condemn them for their choices and so far, it’s worked for me because they pretty much still tell me everything. (and sometimes, I REALLY don’t want to know…hahaha) Everyone parents differently, and that’s okay. I just hope to never treat my 40 year old kids, like they are 10. LOL

      Sigh on the writing. I’m slowly working on something. Very slowly. But I’m working…


  3. There is no way those bright blue eyes could be invisible. I don’t have any eyelashes, either, and mascara only makes it worse. We can’t all be anime characters with huge eyes. :p


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