Birthday Celebrations Continue

October is a big month for birthdays in my life. Not only my own, but many of my friends and family. Most importantly, my husband’s birthday falls near the end of October. Because of that, we’ve gotten in the habit of having a little getaway about midway between the two to celebrate both of our birthdays. This may have to be the last time for awhile though, because I really didn’t like leaving my corgi on his own, with only daily check-ins.

Still, we had a great time. We went to the fascinating B&B in California known as Vision Quest B&B at the Monterey Zoo. The Monterey Zoo is an amazing facility that is kind of in the process of being turned into a Zoo. For years it was Wild Things Animal Rentals Inc which hired out exotic animals for photoshoots, movies and television. Now, it is home to many retired show business animals and they are shifting their focus to education and conservation. Although, truth be told, they have been working in animal education for many years. I seem to vaguely recall them coming to my school when I was a kid with a very large boa constrictor.

The B&B portion of the business is great, with safari-like bungalows and a great view of the big elephant playpen outside the window. The playpen is a large enclosure, I think they said 5 acre, where their four African Elephants hang out during the day with their friends who consist of two water buffalos, an ostrich and zebra. I don’t think I’ve ever come across such a unique business and facility. It is owned and operated by some of the most dedicated animal lovers I have ever seen, and it was a great experience to stay with them for two days.

I’ll include a link to their website, although be forewarned, that it is a bit outdated. The very friendly and knowledgeable staff told me that updating it with more current information is in the works, although she had no timeline for that. They also have a Facebook page, which is updated with events, pictures and videos occasionally.

Vision Quest B&B

As always, I will leave you with an AVON coupon code.


Fall Trends

I like to keep up with fashion and beauty blogs online. I even pick up a magazine every now and then. Sure, most days I look like the tired mom that I am, but I do pay attention. I appreciate a good outfit when I see one, and every now and then I even wear one! So, I’ve been seeing new Falls trends being discussed and I’d like to illustrate how AVON can help you, and me, enjoy some of those too!

First up, is Monochrome Outfits. Monochrome can be a little difficult to pull off, but it is everywhere right now. You can alleviate it by breaking it up with soft shades that accentuate your main color, or with bold accessories. Basic black accessories with gold accents are also great for adding drama!

Brown outfit by AVON, Grey by MARK. AVON uses adult women’s sizes, MARK uses juniors.



Next up is leopard print! Leopard print is everywhere, but it really is a classic that everyone can wear. If you’re not fond of leopard, other animal prints are great too, and easy to work into your wardrobe. If you prefer a touch of animal style, accent pieces like jewelry or handbags are great and have more impact than you’d think!

All of these pieces can be found in the current AVON catalog or online.



Also hot this Fall are romantic styles and soft colors. Add some sweetness to your wardrobe with delicate jewelry or pretty florals. A soft colored bag or a lace-edged camisole layered into your warm outfit will bring the romance.

Some of these are AVON and some are MARK, and those camis are on sale, in AVON’s adult women’s sizes, for a four pack that includes all four colors!


Vivid green is a hot transition color to Fall’s warm browns, tans, and burgundies. Whether you build your outfit around it, or just use it as bright accent to your neutrals, this color can have a lot of impact. Think emeralds, not limes, for this transition color.

The dress and top are AVON, the jewelry shown is MARK.


All this and a lot more. AVON has fashion clothing and accessories as well as wonderful makeup and cutting edge skincare! Time to start thinking about that fall wardrobe! As always, I’ll leave you with a coupon code!





August Anticipation

I have put in my first Avon order. I’m very excited to get the products and start trying them out. I also ordered things for my mother, my mother-in-law, my brother and my sister-in-law. I know it seems funny that this first order is all family, but as I’m not getting out much right now this is pretty good. Although one of my driving reasons for becoming an Avon Lady was to be my Mom’s Avon Lady, I am learning all about Avon and the products and getting pretty enthused about it.

I am waiting for the box to come, and I’m feeling that anticipation of getting fun new things in the mail. I can’t wait to try them out and write about them. I’ve already enlisted my Mom as a test subject for the Anew Clinical Eye Lift Pro Dual Eye System. She’s only been using it for a few days and says she loves it. To be honest, I think her eye area does look better; smoother and more awake. She is a woman in her late 60’s who loves to garden. All the testing and learning we’ve been doing has given her new determination to really take care of her skin. We also went to a salon yesterday and got her a fresh haircut and some highlights to help her transition to her natural silvery color. She looks so much better, although to me she has always been and always will be beautiful. Now, more and more, she is feeling beautiful.

While we wait for more wonderful Avon products, I thought I’d post about the wonderful new coupon code and gift package going on right now. The new Sophia fragrance is coming out and with any online order over $50, not only will you get the free shipping offered on any order over $40, but you’ll also receive an amazing gift set when you use the code SOPHIA. It includes a sample vial of the new Sophia fragrance, and a makeup bundle that includes a Super Extend Precise Liquid Liner in Black, a Super Extend Winged Out Mascara in Blackest Black, an Avon Pro Lip Brush, an Ultra Color Lip Crayon in Reddy for Me, an Ultra Glazewear Lip Gloss in Clear, and an Ultra Indulgence Lip Color in Poppy Pink.  Shop my eshop to get this online exclusive.