Jimmy’s got shirt pockets

Jimmy Fallon just released his new phone case/pocket square at J. Crew.  Since I’m fairly certain my brothers don’t get J. Crew emails I thought best that I share the email with them.  Noel responded and said ‘That is SO TRUE!’.  (If you don’t get J. Crew emails either then this one is lost on you. . . sorry.)   Jason responded and said ‘if only he had shirt pockets’, this was a little sad to me.  To think of people walking around without a pocket on their shirt.  So I wrote a song. . . Here it is:


If only I had Shirt Pockets

DayNa Decker

Shimmering Summer Showers

I must be one of the few females who doesn’t subscribe to any of the snail mail sample programs out there.  Paying a fee for trial sizes of products that I *might* like doesn’t make sense to me.  Ok, wait I forgot some of them offer full size products but still. . . I only have a potential of liking them.  I guess I’m of the mind-set that if I want to try a new product I’ll ask friends or family.  You know, people I trust.  Rather than leaving it up to a company of whom I answered a few choice questions and frankly my answers have probably changed since I answered them.  And I doubt that whatever my answers were are an actual depiction of me and my beauty, clothing, food, cleaning preferences.

Not to mention (and this drove Ed crazy for a while) the PROCESS of researching a new product is as enjoyable to me as the actual having and using the new product itself.  I enjoy thinking about something that I might like to try or realizing that in a month I’ll be in need of mascara.  I then enjoy considering my options, reading reviews (most of which I brush-off as people who don’t know what they’re talking about).  And then comes the best part – I.  WAIT.

If I had to have a motto it might be “Patience is a virtue”.  I love being patient,  especially for things.  I finally got a Kipling overnight bag a couple of years ago, something that I had wanted since 1996.  I understand that something is not going to make me happier, a better person/wife/friend, more complete or satisfied or content.  In that understanding I’m just as satisfied to wait.  A lot of times it’s just a month or two until I run out of a product and need it’s replacement.  But sometimes – as with my Kipling bag – it’s years.  In fact I’m still waiting on a pair of lavender pleather pants that I first saw in Dallas when I was 15.  They were $54 and I choose to buy two less expensive items instead.  A decision made because the mall was about to close and $54 was a ton of money to spend on a single pair of pants.  And a decision that I regret to this day.  However, when I get them I’ll appreciate them all the more.  And I’m purely convinced it’ll be way more fun to have lavender pleather pants as an adult than it would have been as a 15-year-old.  

I love beauty products and pampering items and lovely soaps.  I am, I think, a go-to lady for my friends who want advice on what they should use or try.  At the same time I don’t jump on the bandwagon of new musthaves.  I don’t own 8 palettes of nude eyeshadow – I own 2 – neither of which cost over $15.  A $50 item that is worth the $50 is one thing but spending it because it’s the new summer/spring/fall color is a waste.  Thus far, my Maybelline Blushed Nudes eyeshadow stays on all day w/o creasing, fading, or whatever.  And you know who sees in my makeup bag?  Ed.  And he doesn’t care if I’m using designer eyeshadow.

Actually, that was a lie.  Here’s my beauty bag:
Makeup bag


Well that’s just a portion really, there’s a lot more inside.  One of my favorite segments of magazines has always been the ‘what’s in your makeup bag?’ page.  I rarely read magazines anymore because I find they’re full of products people want to convince me I need and I don’t want to be convinced.  And basically everything I’ve already said.

Sometimes, when searching for a product I’m in need of I get in a bit of a tangle.  Lotion, for instance, I hate lotion.  I don’t use day/night/eye/wrinkle/spot-or any other-cream.  I despise the icky-sticky after effects, I can’t stand something heavy on my skin, the time it takes (37 seconds approximately) is the most dreaded part of my day.  Despite the despise my legs were a bit dry so it became necessary for me to use a lotion.  My first purchase was DayNa Decker moisturizer (I also love the buffer), we found it at Saks Off Fifth on sale and I stocked up.  Waiting are about 5 bottles in our beauty pantry and I also purchased enough to give some to all the ladies in our wedding.  It’s a fantastic light lotion that leaves your skin glowing and comes in a variety of delicious scents.  As much as I love DayNa Decker’s products I still loathed the extra step it added to my routine.  However – it’s awesome & if you want luxury you should buy it.

Occasionally I’ll find something on sale and snatch it up reviews unread, process unplanned, and patience unrestrained.  God blessed us with TWO fantastic products that will, as long as they’re obtainable, be staples in our household.

Medicine Cabinet

On one of our weekend shopping trips, Ed & I found Kiss My Face Moisture Shave  on sale at the Fresh Market in Little Rock.  We had, on the advice of Chuck Woolery, been using – and enjoying – Creamo Shave Cream.  Creamo is good, Moisture Shave is marvelous!  Do you remember ladies how when we were 12 and shaved for the first time your legs were so sensitive to the air they almost felt numb?  And now sometimes with a new fancy razor you’ll get the same sensation, but not every time because we’ve been shaving for 2/3 of our lives and it just doesn’t happen like that anymore.  With Moisture Shave it happens every day, you’re like ‘feel my legs’ (que husband).  And the kicker. . . I don’t use fancy razors.  I use Bic Silky Touch.  Seriously this combo is going to save you money vs. cheap shave cream & hifalutin’ razors.  Come fall your jeans will have never felt so good against your skin.  It’s concentrated too, you need less than a full pump to do one leg.

We live in the country – 15 minutes from a stop light also 15 minutes from a teeny tiny Wal-mart Supercenter.  It has one entry and I’m betting the sign was brown not too long ago.  I think because of it’s size they sometimes get products that are quickly decided will be booted from the inventory due to the consumer demographic.  I usually fit into the demographic that they’re booting – but that’s ok because items get marked down and I get stocked up.  Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion is the best invention EV-ER!  Instead of the dreaded drying off/applying lotion/waiting on it to absorb/feeling sticky (DayNa Decker doesn’t feel sticky & absorbs quickly) routine I can now apply this in the shower rinse off and I’m done!  There’s no absorption time, I can immediately grab my towel and dry off and my skin is so so so soft.  Oh plus the smell is divine, I purchased the almond oil blend for extra dry skin.  Jergen’s anyone?  You know what I’m talking about – yum.    The Nivea lotion goes a little quicker but I’m good with that because it’s the most extravagant product you can buy for less than $7.

What beauty products can you not live without? Do you subscribe to the goodie boxes?  Which ones are your favorite?  Who are your go-to gals (or guys) for beauty recommendations?  YouTube, friends, blogs, magazines, celebrities, hair stylists. . . where do you get your in-the-know from?

Thanks for reading


~ Janelle

Time Traveling Tingles

Ed and I have recently discovered the morning movie.  Better than a matinee and much better than going with the rest of the world in the evening, morning movies allow for an early breakfast a lovely date and we’re done in time to enjoy the rest of the afternoon.  I mean think about it – there’s nothing going on between 11:00 & 2:00 on a Saturday anyway.  Plus the cost is so unbelievable that it’s almost crazy not to go, and there’s no crowd which lowers the annoyances of common moviegoers so sitting and enjoying a movie is actually possible!  It’s like the 80’s!!!!

We’ve done the early movie two times prior to today.  The first two times it was simple to pick a movie as there was one that we wanted to see.  This time was a little more difficult.  Ed was interested in Unbroken and while it sounded good to me it’s a movie I’d prefer to see in the comfort of our home, in pjs – where I can lie down.  I was interested in Into The Woods but a few days ago I saw that the local children’s theater will be doing the production and I’d rather see it live and support the arts and then see it in the theater.  Then we talked about Black or White but decided that it’ll be on tv in a few years and we’d much rather watch it then.

With all those movies out of the way the standing option was Project Almanac.  We had seen a preview for Project Almanac during one of our previous outings.  It looked like a good teenager movie.  You know good like how the first Final Destination was a good teenager movie.  Take it for what it is and you’re satisfied.  As long as they don’t make 6 additional Project Almanacs I can remain happy with my experience.  I got a little scared when MTV popped up on the screen because I thought I had just settled down for 1 hr 44 min of cursing and nudity that wasn’t relevant but to my joyous surprise it wasn’t.  At all. Who knows maybe I planned it that way.

If you’re unaware – which if you’re one of my readers you probably are – which is awesome – Project Almanac is about teens who time travel by a machine they built.  Before I go any further I have to point out our big gripe about this movie.  It’s one of these movies that’s filmed with a ‘shaky camera’.  I can’t stand those movies.  As best I can tell they are trying to give me perspective – make me feel like I’m there and seeing it as they are.  But my world isn’t shaky (at least not anymore) and when someone hands me a soda or comes towards me I’m not just seeing their arm reaching out I’m seeing them.  It’s all a little unnecessary and a wee bit nauseating and I wish people would quit doing that.

My other small gripe is that the one guy in the movie sees himself in a video of his 7th birthday party.  I’m fairly certain that if I saw myself in a video of years back my first statement would be something like, ‘Well we know I get there . . . ‘ yet they NEVER said that.  They knew he was there and they talked a lot about his clothes and stuff but they carried on almost as if they weren’t sure.  They were saying things like ‘We can only go back three weeks’ not ‘let’s just go ahead and set it for when I was seven’.  It all makes sense I guess anyways because we know that you can’t change the past without changing the future.

Lot’s of people talk about this in regards to Back to the Future.  I’m not going there – I’ve seen the movies but I don’t know them good enough to go on that tangent.  So let’s talk, for a second, about a book called Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman.  This is a fabulous book that not only discusses linear time travel but all kinds of other goodies also.  Your brain can start hurting from thinking on the circles of time we live in and it’s so wonderfully fun that your kids would enjoy it on their own level also.  What better thing to do between 11:00 & 2:00 on Saturday since you’re not at the movie?

So obviously we can’t change the past because the past indefinitely changes the future and the outcome we don’t know nor can we plan for in any way so we’re stuck in what could be a horrid loop of events or we’ve got a ‘good’ outcome but we don’t realize that we’ve got the good outcome because we’re a different person than we started out being and don’t realize anything anyways.

The next step is to think that we can only change time by our decisions that we make RIGHT NOw.  The fact that my ‘w’ was lowercase may have affected in some way a great great great niece that I’ll never even know.  But that’s how I typed it (actually I hit 2 first which looked cool) and so we’ll never know.  My brother Noel says ‘Resolve to live as if you’ve been given the gift of time travel and are getting to live for a second time.  This time do it right!’  That carries a lot of weight.  It’s only our choices right now that are affecting our future – remember by changing our choices in the past we take away the people that we are right now so everything becomes null and void. . . maybe even the world.  OHHHHH!!!!

But we’re still having problems because we are taught to think of time in only a linear fashion.  Today, yesterday, tomorrow.  None of that really means anything.  Let’s say for a minute that the real point of time travel, the real way to change history is to change the future.  What if we really are all moving at such high speeds that subconsciously or whatever we travel to certain moments in the future and set them as we’d like only to go back and live them up to that point which is then enjoyable.

I’ve got two examples –

Back when I drank – I’m guessing it was probably 5 years ago.  I posted on Facebook (I’m not on there anymore) about how it’d be fun to get one of those parachute things like we played with in elementary school and play with it as adults.  I got several people who commented that they thought that would be fun and we should order one and blah blah blah.  Most of those people were the other people who drank – I think I had a few sober friends comment.  None the less I thought yesterday about that randomly and the thought that I had was how I’m embarrassed that I posted things like that – I mean it would be fun but I feel like people who KNOW me kinda must’ve known (a lot) that I posted things because I drank and whatever and that’s sad.  It’s like one of those things that you’re upset about years after the fact that no one else knows.  BUT in the movie today, in a concert scene, there was a glimpse of people playing with one of the parachute things.  Maybe in this time travelling world, I, in a split second, travelled to that point of the movie then because I changed my future I changed the past to where when I got to that point of the movie in ‘this time’ it’d give me a heart tingle.  You know heart tingles are those things that are just meant for you that probably 99.9% of the other humans don’t even knowtice.

I’ve got another one:  As long as I’ve known I’ve loved the stars (in the sky), I also love counting things (we’ve discussed that), and the number 22 (I was born at 10:22, my sister’s birthday is the 22nd).  Paramount can’t start a movie without me counting the stars (you get to 17 right by the ‘T’).  But the other day I was watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s and noticed that there were 24 stars!!!!!!!  I almost had a BIG panic attack and quickly had to Google ‘stars in Paramount Pictures logo by which I found that the Paramount logo originally had 24 stars, one for each of the stars Paramount represented, it was  later changed to 22 stars, although no one knows why.  But here’s the answer – ME.  At whatever point in time I realized that I would be writing this blog – loving 22 – loving stars – always looking forward to counting Paramount stars in a Paramount movie.  But none of that happens with 24 stars so by changing the future (me right now) I changed the past – you’re welcome Paramount & thank-you.

I’m fairly certain most of us can agree that time isn’t as liner as we think it is.  Some people would argue that changing the future is as simple as setting goals and reaching them.  I guess that’s ok, if you’re kinda boring, but I think that we’re granted little heart tingles by God.  Whether we set them into motion or not is something that at this point is satisfying enough to think about until my brain hurts real good from the circles I’ve got to go in before I can’t remember if I’m at point A or H and where point C came into play – or did it drop out?

This may be rambling and a little off base for some of you but there’s a sure fire way to know that changing the future will change the past.  The only way we can be certain and the only way we’re granted to know for certain what our future holds is the acceptance of Jesus as our Lord and Saviour.  When I accepted Christ I immediately and eternally changed my future (Heaven) and immediately and eternally changed my past (forgiveness).  While I don’t have scriptures to post and while I’m guessing I’ll wait till Heaven to know if I traveled to change movie logos or not I urge each of you that while it’s fun to ponder on time travel take the necessary time to ponder and consider the time (or lack thereof) you’ll be spending in eternity.


Bret Michaels Eyelashes

So I’ve accomplished growing my lashes long and full. But they’re blonde and by blonde I mean basically transparent. I’m one of the fortunate toe heads of the world which wonderfully means I don’t need to spend a fortune on salon visits but on the flip side I’ve been drawing on my eyebrows since I was like 12. I even had them tattooed at one point – they faded – it was pretty cool for a few years though. (This might explain some of my life long obsession with eyebrows.)  I always longed to be one of those blondes who had gorgeous dark natural brows.

Ahhhh Kate you have such lovely dark eyebrows.

Ahhhh Kate you have such lovely dark eyebrows.

A while back I had the opportunity to go to seven Bret Michaels concerts in a 2 week period. Yep SEVEN – TWO WEEKS, all VIP, all alone (except for one) & totally sober – Praise The Lord!

Bret & Me

Bret & Me

Prior to one of the concerts I went for eyelash extensions. The first place I went to was a chop shop of extensions that made my eyes water for like two days and they were SOOOO painful. I realized something was wrong (duh – haha) so I went to a new place a few states away to get them fixed. The girls there were Amazing! and I went back a few times for the fills, until it became too difficult to get there in a timely manner due to my work schedule of traveling and I got tired of eyelashes falling out, I actually kinda missed my mascara, and I really wanted to head towards a simpler lifestyle rather than one where I’ve got extensions on my eyeballs.

Lovely Lash Extensions - they were pretty!

Lovely Lash Extensions – they were pretty!

When I got the false lashes off my real eyelashes were ruined! Not because of anything other than a few months of having extensions.  I look like a different person w/o makeup so I knew that going sans mascara for however long it took eyelashes to grow wasn’t gonna cut it.  But I’ve also tried a few of the growth serums in the past that didn’t work a spits worth.  So I knew I was gonna have to get the name brand stuff – but that’s expensive and I’m a bargain shopper.  So I did my research and came up with a site called All Day Chemist.  In a few words – THEY ROCK!  Better customer service than you’ll find in most US call centers AND the price is unbeatable.  Not to mention a bottle that is ‘supposed’ to last a month lasts me like 4 so that’s like a quadruple bonus.

   But now here’s the thing – I can’t find a mascara that’s suited for my long lovely lashes. I get a new favorite that’ll last for one or two tubes worth and then I decide it drys out too fast (possibly made worse by my constant traveling?), or it starts clumping to quickly, or it makes my lashes look scary.

I’ve had several favorites over the past couple years – and I’ve had several that promptly ended up into my ‘I’m just going to put you in this makeup bag and maybe retrieve you later to use again, but really I know you’re going to live here for 11 months till I can throw you away because you went bad and not because I didn’t like you in the first place.’

*First I loved Tarte gifted Amazonian clay smart mascara but it got dry
*Then I loved Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara but it got clumpy
*Next I moved to Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara but it gets kinda thick (however the waterproof is NOT gonna come off ever)
*Recently I’ve been using Makeup Forever Smoky Extravagant Mascara that was free for my Birthday from Sephora, but after this morning I’ve decided it’s scary looking
*I have my ULTA birthday gift Calvin Klein CK One Color Mascara at home yet to try but really am I supposed to think that I’ll be impressed with a guy’s mascara famous for his underwear ads and ubiquitous 90’s cologne?

So here’s where I’m at now – googling and reading reviews of yet another 10 mascaras. I’m sure three of them will be immediately booted because of the skinny, vibrating, flimsy, *whatever* brushes. But when I find my next favorite I’ll be sure to share what it is!

Has anyone ever used a brown sharpie? Sometimes I wonder if that’d work. . .


As always here are my loved links:

All Day Chemist –  (I’m not a Dr. – don’t take my advice as professional – and order from India [or anywhere] at your own risk.)

All above mentioned mascaras can be purchased directly from the links above or at Sephora and / or ULTA.  Both of these stores offer fantastic frequent shopper clubs that are not only *FREE* but you also get goodies during your birthday month!  All the mascaras I mentioned are also GREAT products that I would still recommend although they’re not currently on my favorites list.

Martha Stewart Meatballs

Here we go. . .

I called Martha Stewart months ago.  I’ve called a few times – not Martha herself but her Editors Hour on Sirius XM.  (I HIGHLY suggest Sirius XM if you’re in the car for more than 47 minutes a day.)

*In fact if you’re one of those people who resolved to waste money on a monthly subscription to something in an attempt to make you feel better about yourself all while not fulfilling the obligation you’ve made in your head resulting in actually feeling worse about yourself Sirius XM is a great place to put your money.  AND in your 47 minutes each day you can listen to 5.73 minutes of uplifting Jesus music,  4.22 minutes of coffeehouse sounds, 12.8 minutes of Dr. Laura teaching you how to be a grown up, 1.3 minutes of the animal psychic lady,  3.9 minutes of your choice of  feminist working moms who date WAY too much, 7 minutes of sports, 6 minutes of 50’s music, and pull into the driveway with your last 6.05 minutes of 80’s rock.  BAM!!!! You just accomplished way more than you did at the gym.  Next up put on some sneakers and run to each office / bathroom / water cooler / break room throughout the day.*

So the first time I called Martha I called to talk about eyebrows with Ramy from Ramy Cosmetics.  Eyebrows have always been my favorite thing on a face dating back to preschool when my best friend had super lush dark eyebrows that any 4 year old would be jealous of.

Then the last time I called it was to speak about a mutual disgust of pumpkin spice everything, and also give a shout out to Dukes Mayo, plus throw around an idea for pumpkin corn relish.  If it appears in Martha Stewart Living it was most likely my idea.

Then there was the Meatball time.  Daniel Holzman & Michael Chernow from The Meatball Shop were on and someone suggested a game of us listeners counting the times they said ‘balls’.  Anyone who has known me for more than 1 flight of stairs can tell you that I count things – 19.  This was like giving me a big ole counting game!!!!! Whoop-DE-DO!!!

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My winning tally mark page / my other ‘look up’ notes for the day.

The guys were so impressed with my skills at the game that they upped the prize from a The Meatball Shop cookbook to a variety of goodies from the Martha Stewart closet. (I had a pic of The Meatball Shop cookbook – but deleted it.  You can check it out here: http://shop.themeatballshop.com/collections/frontpage/products/cookbook)


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Martha Stewart goodies included: Martha’s new One Pot cookbook – signed. Two red tennis balls from the Martha Stewart pets line, a wooden spoon, measuring cups and measuring spoons, and an adorable oven mitt. Along with a hand scribed post card / thank you note.

*I drive for my job – I’m in marketing and usually I’m in the car for about 7ish hours a day.  This particular day was a seeming long drive where I tend to get a little bored and at the same time have spotty service because I’m in the middle of not-a-populated-area.  In face I dropped the call after the fact and had to call back to ensure I got my goodies, which I did.*

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Me. Driving.

Since it was such a fun phone call I went back out to my car and taped the replay of Martha that evening to share.  Thus Blu July was born.  (Actually Blu July was born lots of years ago as a personal shopping business before people in my hometown knew they needed a personal shopping business.)  So now for all of you to hear and learn the proper way to count things, which is much attributed to my older brothers, here I am winning the Martha Stewart Meatballs game.

You can order Martha Stewarts One Pot cookbook from Amazon here:


Check out Ramy Cosmetics & all his eyebrow knowledge here:


Get your New Year off to a great start with Sirius here:


*Other than the things mentioned, I haven’t received any gifts or money for my opinions of people and products mentioned in this blog.  However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t give me a free month of Sirius or pay my my remaining month at the gym.*