Saturday, April 11, 2015

I will be HAPPY to Pay $17,0000 for a GOLD Apple Watch when it does these things........

You read it right.
$17,000.
For this Apple Deluxe GOLD watch......or one similar to it.
Now, I believe they start at close to $350.
Some people can afford that model of watch, really want the watch, will use the watch.........
and if they want it, should get the watch. 
Within reason.
At least, in my opinion.
And in case you hadn't noticed.........it's still my blog:)  hehe

And before anyone complains, I know.
There ARE people who can afford to pay $12,000-$17,000 for the watch.
But that doesn't mean they should.
There ARE people who work very hard for the money they have.
But really?  For a watch?
Okay.........for the uber billionaires who want a super apple watch,
I say maybe up to $5,000.  
And this isn't just about Apple watches, but all watches that cost an astronomical amount.
I mean, are y'all crazy?

Because it's JUST A WATCH.
That lets you do things, yes.
And a $600 model will let you do those same things.
I'm not saying I'll NEVER have one but I will say it won't be the first one off the line,
and it won't be a high priced one.
Besides, I have too many beautiful watches that I'm not ready to give up.

I'm sure they're cool.
And techies love their cool tech toys.
I get that.
I'm happy for them.
The reasonable ones.
But 12,000/15,000/17,000?
PLEASE!
What in the heck are we teaching our children?
We're messing them up, that's for sure.

My daughter works at a boutique in a high end shopping center.
And a few doors away is an apple store.
One of the salesmen said they had sold more of the $12-$17,000 version than anything else.  
In fact, there is a wait list.
So here is my criteria for what ANY watch with that price tag SHOULD do.
And when it does, maybe I'll buy it.

1.  When I lose weight by putting that watch on my wrist, I'll buy it.  
Not just a little, but about 30lbs.
And I don't mean by tracking my steps.
Or counting my calories.
But I mean when the pounds melt off at record pace, sign me up.

2.  When it cures childhood cancer and other horrific diseases
simply by wearing it, I'll buy one.
If it kills my MS once and for all, I'll buy it tomorrow.
But it won't.
EVER!
So instead, I'll give my money to research.

3.  If it guarantees a good, sound sleep.......EVERY night, that'd be nice.

4.  If it takes my dogs out at 10 p.m on a rainy night, I'd be tempted.

5.  Cleaning house........that would be nice.  Or making dinner.
But wait...........it's just a watch.

6.  It doesn't fight crime, so that's no good.

7.   It can't keep someone without heat warm.......so it's pretty worthless there.
Or feed someone who is hungry.  What good is it;)

8.  It offers no solution to wars.........or to help our veterans.  I would've paid for that.

9.  I know........if it can come up with a really, truly, wonderful candidate for President and 
make sure they win........I'd fork out a few bucks for that.

10.    If it made me or someone else happy on sad days, strong on weak days,
energetic on tired days, I'd really like that.  

 When spending THOUSANDS of dollars on a watch guarantees these qualities in everyone,
 it's mine!

So there you have it.
When this watch does all that, I will buy one.
(and I am only speaking about the ones over $5,000, okay?  Got it? I'm not denying the pleasure to more sensible/affluent folk)
I really do understand that some people can afford luxury and truly love it.
But there is a limit.
I don't have a socialist mentality.
But i think I do have common sense.
Surely there is a local hospital or church that could do GREAT things with your money.
But until then, I'll keep my pretty little watches, and keep my phone, and keep giving to those who need it, and sharing what I have that I no longer need. 
Somebody please tell me when it actually does all this because then it'll be a keeper.

But UNTIL then, Apple and all you other OVERPRICED watch companies,
you can keep them.
I'll enjoy the simple things.
XOXO
Suzanne

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Going BANANAS....Banana Split Dessert, Bananas Foster Upside Down Cake and...Easter Fun!

Hey Y'all......thought I better stop by and send a shout-out to my PEEPS:)
I hope everyone is doing well and getting ready for SPRING!!
I didn't mean to be gone so long but with a few health problems,
birthdays and busyness in general............life happens.
I promised myself that I would try to do more frequent, 
short posts but I find myself
 with a ton of stuff to share and I figure I better
 cram it all in, once again:)
So here we go..........

First up, one of my ALL-TIME FAVORITE desserts,
and perfect for Easter!
Banana Split Dessert 
We've made this in our family for years and I cam across it recently in 
one of our old cookbooks.
Everything about this is pure YUM
 TRUST ME:)
Seriously, this is so good I think you just need to try it:)
Banana Split Dessert

2 cups graham crackers 
1/2 cup butter melted 
1/2 cup butter 
2 cups sifted powdered sugar 
2 eggs 
5 bananas 
1 15 1/2 ounce can crushed pineapple, well drained 
1 8 ounce container frozen whipped dessert topping, thawed 
semisweet chocolate, shredded 
1/3 cup chopped nuts optional 
maraschino cherries 
In a mixing bowl toss together the graham crackers and the melted 1/2 cup 
butter.  Press crumb mixture onto the bottome of a 13X9X2 inch baking 
pan.  In a small mixing bowl beat the remaining 1/2 cup butter about 
30 seconds til softened.  Add powdered sugar; beat till fluffy.  Beat in eggs. 
Spread egg mixture over crumb mixture. 
 Slice bananas lengthwise into halves 
and arrange over egg mixture.  Spoon pineapple over bananas.  Spread with 
dessert topping.  Sprinkle with chocolate and the nuts, if desired.  Cover 
refrigerate at least four hours before serving.,  Cut inot squares to serve. 
Top each square with a cherry.  Cover and chill to store.  Serves 15. 
From the Avon International Cookbook 1983 

Ready for more banana goodness?
How does Bananas Foster Upside Down Cake sound?

Pretty good if you ask me:)
So here you go........
Bananas Foster Upside Down Cake

1 cup brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup butter, softened and cut into pieces, (divide 1/4 cup for sauce and 1/2 cup for cake)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3 large bananas, yellow but firm, sliced diagonally into 1/4-inch pieces
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sour cream
Place brown sugar, 1/4 cup of the butter and cinnamon in a small saucepan. Heat over medium low heat until butter is melted and mixture is smooth, stirring occasionally.
Pour into a 9-inch round cake pan or a 9" square pan.
Arrange banana slices over brown sugar mixture.
Place remaining 1/2 cup butter and sugar in a large bowl; 
beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.
Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.
In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
At low speed, beat in flour mixture in 3 parts alternating with sour cream,
 beginning and ending with flour mixture.
Spread batter over bananas.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 min or until cake is golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool in pan on wire rack 15 minute.
Run small knife around edge of cake; carefully invert cake onto serving plate. Serve warm.



Before we get to the fun stuff,
here's another cute idea for Easter.......Deviled Egg Chicks!
Simply make your usual recipe for deviled eggs but instead of slicing the egg
lengthwise, slice it horizontally and scoop out the filling that way.  
(Does that make sense?))
Add peppercorn eyes and a tiny carrot nose and you have the perfect brunch dish:)

Okay.......moving on to some fun stuff!
I think I am desperate for little kids again.
I know this for sure.......
if i did have a little one, I would grab some cotton balls, 
cut out bunny shapes and make a bunny photo frame of my kiddos!
Like it?

Using those plastic eggs and some pipe cleaners, make some egg bunnies to hold
a little treat.  This would be a great way to share treats with the rest of the class:)

Next is one of my favorites.......
Now you can "egg" your neighbors (without getting in trouble:)
I made this one because to me, it's the perfect combo of Easter Bunny fun
with a lesson/reminder on the TRUE meaning of Easter.
The reason we celebrate...........our risen Savior.

The obvious thing to do would be to share this with families with children.
However, I think the opposite would be a wonderful treat.
Do you have an elderly couple or someone living alone, who may like to wake up to some eggs in their lawn on Easter?
Now that would be a special treat:)
If you do a search online for "you've been egged", you'll find many variations on this.

Easter treats.........
these are so adorable!
I tried looking around for the exact instructions but came up empty.
However, it looks like these cute faces were made with pumpkin cookie cutters!
CLEVER!!
 Oh gosh, I have to share these EVERY year..........
Bunny Butt Cookies!
 
Here is the link with instructions: Bunny Butt Cookies

Kids would LOVE these straws.........
PEEPS Straws!

How about some bunny pancakes?
This is sooooo cute:)

Need a last minute favor?
These are super cute and easy...Cotton Tail donut Holes.
Follow the link for the free printable:

And who couldn't use advice on life once in awhile?
Especially if that advice is from the EASTER BUNNY?
Here's something just for fun........
What's your Easter Bunny Name?
My name is Bubbles MacDoodle!


Okay, told you I had some fun stuff:)
But now I leave you with this.
It's great to have fun............
but it's more important to remember this:

Happy Spring and may God Bless You!
XOXO Suzanne
A.K.A Bubbles MacDoodle

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

CONFESSIONS of a 50 Y.O Makeup Junkie...

Why hello there!
How are y'all doing today?
It's just me, your friendly, LAZY blogger:)
What can I say.........
I've been getting a few things ready for my friend's shop AND for some reason,
I've had a run on tutu orders.
The Beach Gypsies are back in business!! 
 I think. LOL
But more about that another time.
For today it's a beauty blog..........
for us chickies who are over the magic number of 50.
(And everyone else, too:)
So let's get to it!

I really am a makeup junkie.
But fortunately, I am a CHEAP makeup junkie!
And when I love something, I will use it to death.
(Or at least until something else catches my eye;)

HOWEVER,
this time, I feel really good about what I have chosen
AND
I have been using this stuff for quite awhile now.
See what you think..........

First up is SKINCARE!
OOOOOHHH.......this is a biggie for us over 50 chickies:)
Some things go unspoken but assumed.
Like...........SUNSCREEN!
~Considering the fact that I grew up BAKING in Michigan as a teen,
and have lived in South Florida (ahem.......the sub-tropics, technically)
for just over 20 years, I know a bit about sunscreen.  
Actually, I know about the PRICE you pay for baking in the sun,
which led me to know a little about sunscreen:)
Here is what I have to say about it...........
Use ingredients that have it added so when you forget, you have some help.
If not, use at least 30 SPF.  50 SPF if you really want to.
But most dermatologists will say the 100 SPF is just hooey.
Don't ditch your 30 and run to the store for 100 thinking it's better.
That's just good ol American marketing at work!
I like SunBum, Australian Gold and Neutrogena.  But that's just me:)

But here's what I really want to show you and it's for every day skincare.
For less than $40.00
y'all can keep your skin soft and mostly wrinkle free!

* Prices above are approximate, within 20cents, from Amazon.
Let's face it.........most of us are fighting dryer skin in these magical years.
And wrinkles.
So those are the issues I'm addressing here.............
#1 Coconut Oil  
I've talked about this (as everyone else has) many times before.
But in a nutshell, it's the BEST I have found for removing makeup (especially eye makeup),
moisturizing skin all over your body, and adding shine to hair.
Oh.......and it is a FABULOUS shaving cream:)
Seriously!  
I use the brand pictured above 
but just make sure you get any extra-virgin coconut oil.
I also use Lou-Ana, found at the grocery store.

#2 Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum
It's actually a very light cream in a tube, but we'll go with serum;)
Now, it boasts the claim that you will see improved skin in seven days.
And guess what?????
I DID!!!  I really LOVE this product and slap it on AS WELL AS coconut oil.

#3 Pond's Cold Cream
 If you are buying expensive cleansers, you're kinda crazy.
Sometimes you have to give Grandma credit for her soft skin back in the day.
My absolute FAVORITE cleanser is Pond's Cold Cream.
Again, I'm SOOOOOO SERIOUS!

Makeup...........
For simplicities sake, I am sharing my number #1 favorite drugstore line.
After that, I'll show you a few favorites from other lines.
But for me, the winner in the all-around make-up line,
the one that makes you say your friends are crazy for buying expensive stuff is.............
NYX.  (NEVER to be confused with NYC makeup)
I was a bit of a M.A.C junkie..........and I still could be.
(more about that later:)
But this is a copycat line that is significantly cheaper!
My advice is to go to Ulta for your NYX.  
They carry a HUGE selection and drugstores are only just adding in bits and pieces.
In the above photo, you will see the items I use.  
Shades are individual but I can say I like the brown, purple and black eyeliner,
 mascara in jet black, blush in desert rose
 and the lipstick is awesome in Audrey, Tea Rose or Natural!

Honorable mention goes to:
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer
which I also use with the desert rose blush.

Since my eyelashes seem to have disappeared, 
I use a primer before my mascara.
My fav is M.A.C Prep + Prime.

Lip Pencils........
You're gonna love these, cause they are awesome and even CHEAPER than NYX,
 which are pretty cheap:)
ESSENCE Lip Pencils (at Ulta) are $1.49!!!!!
And their lipstick is pretty great too...I like Natural Beauty.

Okay, I think that covers makeup:)
Moving on to HAIR.........
Mine is short these days.  (Very short!) 
So I wear it piecey and I like it soft and shiny.
So.........Garnier Fructis is my choice, partly because of the AMAZING scents;)
I love Pixie Play for the tousled/messy look:)
And next to Coconut Oil, I am in LOVE with shine serums.  I use this one,
 but most work great.
And not just for hair.........they are AWESOME for dry skin too, everywhere:)

Okay BEAUTIES, I'm done.
Rambled enough.
Showed you how cheap I am:)
Shared my confessions with you.
Hope you enjoyed this and found something you want to try also!
Suzanne

Wait.........I forgot to show you what I'm excited to see.
M.A.C Cosmetics CINDERELLA line, coming out this week.


So pretty............
Aaahhhh...stay tuned.  I'll be sure to let you know if I try it;)

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Yummy, SWEET Valentine's Treats That You Can Make in a Hurry!

Happy Hearts Day!!!!!
Need some last minute ideas for your sweethearts?
 (big and small ones alike:)
well I've got you covered.......and I can vouch for them all! 
(and i'm starting to look like it;)
Let's get to it.........

Oreo Cookie Balls (or Oreo Truffles)   
 So good and SO easy!
What you need:
1 pkg.  (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
40  OREO Cookies, finely crushed, divided
4 pkg.  (4 oz. each) BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, broken into pieces, melted

MIX cream cheese and 3 cups cookie crumbs until blended.
SHAPE into 48 (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 min. Dip balls in melted chocolate; place in single layer in shallow waxed paper-lined pan.  (Tip: use a toothpick to dip)
Sprinkle with remaining cookie crumbs.
REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm.
(Substitute white chocolate if desired)

We have a tradition of making pink or red foods on Valentine's day.
This next drink is on the menu:)

Maybe I should stop here and get to dinner rather than dessert:)
No complicated dish here.........
Pizza with heart pepperoni!
Or take it a step further and shape your own dough in a heart:)
Me?  I'm lazy.  It's the heart shaped pepperoni for this girl:)

Okay, okay........you want something healthier, right?
How about fruit kabobs?
(Well, there IS fruit!  And marshmallows too!)

Don't you just love vintage Valentines?
The good old days:)

Sweet and Salty Valentine Popcorn
1/2 cup unpopped popcorn
1 bag Colorburst Pastels Candy Melts 
(Wiltons............or use any white chocolate to melt)
1 bag Valentine M&Ms
Sea Salt to taste

Lastly, I share you cookies made by my own little Valentine:)

Love, Love, Love on Valentine's Day!
XOXOXO
Suzanne

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Michael Kors is Pretty in Pink, Tan and White, just in time for Valentine's Day...and SPRING!

Can you believe it's already Valentine's Day?
Me either!!!
Today, I thought I'd share my favorite picks for a truly
SWEET Treat........for yourself or for your Valentine to give you,
straight from Michael Kors.
(HINT: just send him this blog post and direct him to the
nearest MK lifestyle store;)
Michael Kors Pretty in Pink

I suppose I should say that my daughter works for
 Michael Kors in Naples, Fl.
In fact, she just got a promotion!!!!
Happy, Happy, HAPPY!
She even had a few other offers at the time but when
she got the offer from MK, that sealed it.
She loves working there and she loves the product. (Me too:)
Actually, I liked MK well before she started working there.
She just helps feed my habit;)

Funny thing is, I'm not a "designer" person.
I will shop at MK and then stop at a thrift shop on the way home.
Walmart carries my favorite leggings.
I really like the sundresses at the beach store.
And I'm a regular at Target.
See.....I spread the love and help out a variety of stores!
But I do LOVE Michael Kors.

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, (YIKES..........need cards!)
I thought I'd share my favorite goodies from the new line.
According to Taylorina, they are flying out of the store so act fast.
And if you're near Naples Waterside Shops, 
pop in and see Taylor.

Check out this GORGEOUS line of "Pink".
Complimented by the camel color, it's so fresh!

Are you a fan of Rose Gold?
It's my absolute favorite.
Well before I knew about MK, just sayin:)
In fact, back in the day, I had a ROSE GOLD fingernail on my pinky.
For real.
No kidding.
(although maybe I wish I were;)
And nobody does it better.....see for yourself..........
I just feel that unless you have the skin that is made for silver,
rose gold is such a warm, attractive metal.

Maybe now I should mention two of the things I love about the MK line.
1.  Michael uses a lot of Rose Gold, which I love. (as we already know, right:)
2.  He believes in mixing metal.  Layer it on.  
You don't have to have ALL silver or all gold or rose gold. 
 Thank you!  (This is especially great for us indecisive types:)

Fun fact...........Michael Kors calls his camel color "luggage". 
 It's a best seller, goes with everything and is his own personal favorite color.
And if you don't have anything in that shade, get it:)
And with spring coming, mix it with WHITE!
I also included my first ever, favorite grown up perfume.........
Michael Kors Signature.
It has scents of gardenia, vanilla and more but he had me at gardenia.
Seriously, I wore my daughters perfumes...sweet, surfer girl perfumes:)
Now we all love this.
It's pretty and light enough for life in Florida.......or wherever.

Well, see anything you like?
I know you did;)
Like I said, find a store or shop online at Michael Kors.
If not, I have one more tip!
Someone sent us Shari's Berries for Christmas.
I'd seen and heard the ads but thought.........ewww!
They''ll be rotten before they get to Florida.
Was I WRONG!
We fought over these berries and devoured them in record time.
And these are some seriously big berries!


I just sent some to my Mom for hearts day and her reaction was the same as mine.
Oh My Heck these are good!!! :)
They ship quick so if you need em, there's still time.
Although shipping may be $$$ at this point.)
But keep Shari's Berries in mind!

See ya!
Suzanne

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