Hello Friends!! It has been way too long.  These past few months have been long haven’t they?!?!  2020 just didn’t seem to go the way we imagined it would when it started.  I had so many things I wanted to achieve for this blog but honestly haven’t accomplished any of them.  With all that our world was experiencing, talking about foundations, serums and shampoos didn’t seem important at all.

Here we are in August already.  I saw someone’s post the other day that said “August is like the Sunday of summer”.  I wanted to cry!! Seriously.  If you know me at all, you know Summer is my favorite time of the year.  I live for it all fall, winter and spring.  Waiting for those temps to rise above 65 degrees in the morning.  No more chill in the air, just a warm breeze. I do not relish in ‘sweater weather’.  LOL! Sorry Mom! 🙂  Although I love summer, summer has been a sad time for me on and off these past years.  6 years ago it was summer when my mom was diagnosed with cancer then 3 years after that it was summer that my dad got sick and passed away in less than 3 months.  3 years later my mom was sick again, summer again.  1 year later here we are in the middle of a pandemic. august

Even through all of it, summer is where I belong.  My skin gets browner, my favorite flowers are in bloom, the days are longer.  We linger outside until the mosquitos win out and chase us back in.  The beach, oh my very favorite place the beach.  Not a lake, not the Sound but the actual ocean where there are endless waves crashing on the shore.  The smell of sea, my salty hair and skin.  The sand between my toes as cliche as that sounds, I love all of it!! 🙂 My happy place.  The place I could stay forever at and never get tired.  Maybe because they say that ‘the negative ions in sea air accelerate your ability to absorb oxygen, and balance your serotonin levels, a body chemical linked with mood and stress”, that’s what draws me there.  That’s was draws all of us there.  I remember when my dad was sick that summer four years ago,  he would say every now and then ‘if I could get to the beach I would feel better.’  The thing is I would have gone to the ends of earth to bring him there but he was too ill for the drive.  Here is a guy who didn’t even love the beach but he knew how calming and healing it was there.  Our Creator definitely knew that and so many of you can probably relate.  One of my favorite pictures of my dad is of him at the beach in Monterey California circa 1984 when he drove from Brooklyn, NY to help my uncle move to San Francisco.  That picture hangs in my house today.  So instead of the beach this year we opted for the “Beach” Club at our local little lake.  Like I said, not a lake person but this was perfect for such an unexpected summer.  It’s family friendly, not crowded and everyone is very respectful of the guidelines.  So for us it worked out.

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So in the middle of writing this post Tropical Storm Isaias blew through CT and while we thought ‘no big deal’, it was a big deal! Ugh.  We lost power for almost 5 days.  My mom almost 7 days.  Today some of my friends are still without power.  Unbelievable!!  You’d think we lived in the backwoods.  Anyway like I said, 2020 is the year that keeps giving.  A couple of weeks ago I spent 3 hours on the phone with a friend.  3 HOURS!! When was the last time you did that?!?!  It feels good to sometimes get it all out when you have a listening ear.  Not that my husband doesn’t want to hear me go on and on for 3 hours (wink wink) but there is nothing like a girlfriend to bounce things off of.  There are so many feels these days.  Sometimes we bottle it all up.  So let it out.  You have permission.

I don’t want to get too deep about it but school is next on the agenda.  No idea how that will look as we decided to remote learn for the first quarter.  Our district is to be full-time in person with option for remote.  Hoping it’s better than the spring.  It has to be right?!?!  No product reviews today but I do have a very awesome giveaway I am hosting with Alaffia.  I talked about them on my last blog post.  Head over to my Instagram @greenglamgirl on Monday and enter.  It’s a big one! Thank you again for being here.  I wish all the very best to you and your family as we heard into unchartered waters known as school season during a pandemic.  xoxo