Sunday, March 24, 2013


Being on the glorious H4 visa I cannot work so I have to find other things to entertain myself with. I use social media a lot and have connected with lots of different people from all over the place. I sign up to various web sites and get coupons and free samples in the mail. It really is amazing what offers there are out there for getting stuff to try for free. (Please note that Apple is NEVER going to offer something for free, despite what you may see online, specifically and currently on Facebook as a 'for example'!)

One site I signed up for a while ago was Influenster. A few days ago I got my first VoxBox in the mail and was very happy to see it was stuff that I would use and buy. The VoxBox I got was the Sugar 'n' Spice box. This blog post is about the products I received in that box.

Of course no sooner had I opened it than my kids snagged the belVita breakfast biscuit. I have had them before so I know how yummy they are but come on kids! Give me a chance!

Getting Colegate Optic White toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash to try is a great deal too. Always need toothpaste and Optic White is one I would use and buy again. The US is known for people having ridiculously white teeth and I can't remember the last time I didn't use a toothpaste without whitening in it. I am planning on getting my teeth straightened and sorted out at a dentist here in Mount Pleasant so if I can go in with whiter teeth then that will be a good start.

I am admit I can be a weird person. Odd things bother me at times. Like elbows. Elbows that are all dry and  scaly. Yuck. They really bother me. See, weird. I have a big bottle of Vaseline Cocoa Butter moisturizer in my bedroom and I use it every day, as I'm not getting any younger I need all the help I can get to keep my skin smooth and moisturized. I specifically put it on my elbows, knees and feet (heels) to stop them drying out. As it is generally warm here for a lot of time, I am wearing t-shirts, vests and sleeveless tops a lot of the time. No one wants to be looking at gross elbows so I want them to look nice and smooth. Even though my kids are young I am trying to get them to make sure places like elbows, knees, feet are moisturized. Now, as many parents know even trying to get sunscreen on kids can be a challenge. I find myself saying "Will you stand still" over and over again when putting sunscreen on them before they go out to play or whilst we are at the beach. When spray sunscreen came on the market I was a very happy camper. It made it so much easier getting it on the kids. When I saw I had a spray moisturizer from Vaseline in my VoxBox I was very happy as it meant both of my kids would not complain and I can give them a quick spray of it and rub it in before the moaning started. Now they don't moan and I get what I want. I win.

I have been doing Weight Watchers for a while and so far I have lost just over 10lbs. I want to lose a bit more and I have cut out a lot of junk from my diet and portion sizes have shrunk too. One thing I haven't changed is how I drink my tea. I can't drink coffee as it makes me ill, so I have tea with milk and 2 sugars. Oooh, sugar. 2 teaspoons of sugar is 1 points in Weight Watchers land. If I have 3 or 4 cups of tea in a day it adds up pretty quickly. So I was very intrigued to see Nectresse in my VoxBox. Nectresse is 0 points for the same amount I would put in my tea so I would instantly have a points saving. So far so good and I am liking it as a substitute. Lets see if it helps on the scales at Weight Watchers.

I have a confession, I am in my mid 30s and I haven't got a clue what to do with regards to make up. Mascara I can handle but beyond that I am stuck. I do know how to take it off though. I am an expert at that. I know I have to clean my skin and not sleep with make up on. I think the fact I don't wear much make up, always wear sunscreen and moisturize has helped me keep my face in decent nick. Ok there are a few laughter lines and wrinkles but I don't think I look like I am knocking on 40 in a couple years. I got some Dickinson's Oil Controlling Towlettes which have witch hazel in them. Like the spray moisturizer I am all for something that is quick and easy to use. As someone who's skin can't decide if it is dry or oily or normal but definitley sensitive, I am very glad to use something that covers all bases.

"I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes."

Monday, March 18, 2013

St Patrick's Day

What do you do when it is snowing where you used to live in the UK and the weather in the town you lived in Indiana is cold and having wintry weather, and the weather you have is warm and sunny with the temps around 24°C/75°F?

You go out for (green) ice cream and spend the afternoon at the beach, of course.

It was a bit breezy so the people out wind boarding, I think that's what it is called, were going at quite a speed along the water.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Girl Scout Camp

K has gone away again.

We've sent her packing.

Well, until Sunday morning anyway.

She's gone on a Girl Scout 'Outdoor Skills' Camp. She wasn't sure if she wanted to go but decided on the deadline day of handing in permission slips that she did want to go.

This camp out is not near a beach so she shouldn't come home with sand  in everything. She may come home mucky though. It is going to be sunny and about 24°C/75°F so not too bad for sleeping in a tent!

She was happy and smiling when we left her. Even after a visit to the port-a-potty.

When we pick her up on Sunday she will have her Brownie vest back with some new badges added to it as one of her troop leaders offered to do it for all the girls.

Friday, March 1, 2013

I Hate the DMV

I do. I really do. It's always something that causes a problem. This time I thought I would be clever. I would check before I went that my documents would be acceptable. As my visa expired in September I did not want to have to get into an argument with someone and not get my drivers licence renewed. So I emailed them, twice, to check that my I-797C, valid passport, expired passport with expired visa, letter from SSA, current drivers licence and letter from husbands work would suffice to get my licence renewed. They said yes. I also dug out a copy of our lease to take to prove SC residency.  I put everything in a box in our bookcase yesterday. I was all prepared for a conversation about why I don't have a valid visa in my passport. "A visa is an entry document and I have not left the country so I do not need an entry document so therefore I do not need a new visa."

This morning Ben gets everything out that I put in the box, I thought, and we head off to the DMV. It opens at 8.30 am and we get there at 8 am so we do not have to sit and wait in the waiting room with all the 'happy' people. If you can avoid spending anymore time that absolutely necessary then you do what you can.

So we get there and wait until 8.30 and when we get in we go straight to a desk. The woman gives us a form to fill our for a renewal of our licences and we duly fill it out. She looks at everything and then I find out that I cannot get my licence renewed. Ben can but I can't. Everything we have is fine, except for the fact that the letter from his company confirming he works for them does not mention me. It also transpires that Ben did not bring our lease, but he gets out of trouble by the woman saying that a lease is not accepted as proof of SC residency. The letter from his company can be used as proof of SC residency but only for him as it has his name on it. He needs to get another letter for me that says the exact same thing as the one he is showing the woman on the desk but it needs to say that I am his dependent. Even if I had a copy of my bank/credit card statement to prove SC residency I would still need an amended letter from his work. (Let's not mention the letter we have is the exact same as the one we used last year!)

I need to go back to the DMV on Monday. I can't go to the DMV here in Mount Pleasant as they only deal with US citizens. I need to go back to Leeds Ave. (Check bottom of page where it says "DMV Offices")

Now do I drag Ben back to the DMV with me on Monday? Even if he'd brought the lease with him, I still wouldn't have gotten a licence due to the letter from his work, so it is not really his fault.

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