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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Mother's Day Gifts/Beauty Edition

Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you are having a wonderful weekend.  I had a fantabulous time celebrating my birthday with my Sista.


Remember the balloons from my Dad's 100th?
My Sista drove three hours in the car with these balloons.  Evidently, the store was out of "4's" and had to give her a "6" instead.

We celebrated my big day at Sorellina's.  The food and service were outstanding.  My #1 had a bottle of vino sent to us.  And my #2 had a flower arrangement delivered to the hotel room.  She also sent me my new scarf that I am modeling in the photo. 

I told them that they get a free pass for Mother's Day.



We did a little shopping the next day.



And the Mister took us to Earl's for a scrumptious lunch.



The Mister took it upon himself to order dessert.
I told Sista that she could nosh on the mint garnish and I would take care of the rest.


On Saturday, the Mister and I met my buddy, Annie and her Mister for the MFA exhibit of Art in Bloom and an unbelievably delectable lunch at Abe and Louie's.  I am planning a blog post on the event.  This is a sneak peek of Annie and one of the spectacular arrangements.


Before I go off to enroll in Overeater's Anonymous, here a few ideas for Mother's Day gifts.



Does your Mom need a new makeup mirror?
This one is a good one.
I just wish that I could find one that wouldn't show so many wrinkles laugh lines.





I got a new Clarisonic for Christmas and love it.
I didn't realize how bad my old was until I used the new one.








If your Mom's makeup brushes look as ragged as mine, she needs some new ones.   







My #2 gave me this cosmetic bag for my purse last Christmas. 
There are a couple of sizes - I got the medium which fits all of my miracles in a tube. 







How about a new weekend bag for you your Mom?








Or travel cosmetic bag?





I'm thinking of investing in one of these. 
My goal for this Summer is to purge and get organized.
I had the same goal last Summer, but I just didn't get around to it.
I thought shopping for more junk and reading trashy novels was more crucial to my mental health and well being.







After walking around the museum yesterday, I could have used one of these foot massagers.






And one of these massagers.  









My hairdryer is an antique, so I am in the market for a new one.  When did they get so darn expensive? 
And are they worth the money?
I might give this one a whirl because it says it dries hair quickly which is my only requirement.  Oh yeah, I also want to look like I just walked out of a salon.    







How about a facial steamer?
I upgraded from sticking my head in the dishwasher at the end of its cycle to having my own personal steamer.
It also helps my sinuses.



I've mentioned these Alpha Beta Peel pads before.  
They're pricey but worth it.






My girls have gotten into facial masks. 
I think they are fun to try.
How about a bag full of different kinds for your dear ol' Mom?



I'm going to treat myself to one of these contraptions so that I don't ingest one more calorie.


Until next time...



The Sun


Preppy Empty Nester
Preppy Empty Nester

I'm Katie. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am an empty nester meandering through my middle-aged years while entangled in the never-ending process of renovating an antique home on the South Shore of Massachusetts. I love to write about books, movies, TV, celebrities, decorating, and weekend adventures. My favorite writing material is derived from my family: the Mister, my girls, #1 and #2, and my two untrainable, rambunctious pups, Chowdah and Chili.

33 comments:

  1. Happy forty-first birthday!! It looks like you had a great time, and I think any dessert eaten on your birthday doesn't count because you are obligated to celebrate! (dear lord, what is happening to that poor woman in your final picture??) -Jenn

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  2. Happy Birthday! It looks like you had lots of celebrating in the big city!

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  3. Happy Birthday Katie! It looks like your family treated you like a queen - which is what we all really want. :)

    We went to San Antonio last weekend and now I'm with you and need to join OA! It's just too much fun to overindulge when you are on a trip.

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  4. It sure looks like you had a fantastic birthday!! I always love your product reviews and wanted you to know that Lands End surprised me and DO carry my size in that swim skirt. Ordered one and got 25% off with free shipping. Can't wait to see how it looks! I have many tops to match it up with.

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  5. Forget everything on your list. I'll take the desserts! I may have to go get a chocolate sundae or something!
    Glad you had a fun weekend!

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  6. Hello my dear Katie
    I'm so glad you had a lovely week, and special time with Sista for your birthday. It looks a delicious celebration! And love the balloons( and your gorgeous scarf ) did I tell you, I wear pearls every day as well :)

    Many happy returns once again, much love
    Sally xx

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    1. Why am I not surprised that you wear pearls every day, Sally? Thanks for your note and I hope you have a fabulous week, pearls and all...

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  7. Happy Birthday, pretty lady! I wish you had called me, although I'm basically a stranger, to celebrate. All those cool restaurants a reasons to wear all of the pretty serves I have tucked away and never worn. Shopping and eating out...totally me.

    The gifts are just perfect. My mom passed almost twenty years ago, I was looking at your goodies more for myself. Funny about the makeup organizers. I just did a whole renovation of my vanity and had to use almost 100 of those acrylic cases! As I fiddled with ideas, I kept going to Sephora. Those makeup tutorials on You Tube are dangerous.

    Anyway---glad you had a good time with your sista, your look so much alike. I suppose I could give my kids some subtle hints for Mother's Day, thanks for the great choices!

    Jane

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  8. 41 never looked so good!! I love that sista and the fam celebrated you in style and I spy Miss Daisy. Wait, I don’t see any mula in there, tell Mr. to up your allowance!!! Lol. Makes my heart happy to know you had a ball and ate well too! Let’s keep the party going this whole week! xo

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  9. Happy Happy Birthday, Katie! I hope this year is fantastic!πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‚πŸΎπŸŽπŸ’

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  10. Happy 41st birthday:) You look fantastic....and sounds like you were lavished with lots of love and goodies as you deserve.....you only live once, glad you got to dine on decadent meals, if not for your birthday, then when?
    Hope this year is your best yet, wishing you much love, happiness and laughter.

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  11. Happy Birthday Katie...looks like you had a fabulous celebration!

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  12. Happy Birthday! Sounds like you have a great weekend. Your girls are so thoughtful and send you the nicest gifts. I got a laugh when you talked about upgrading from sticking your head into the dishwasher because I tell my hubby that is the poor woman's facial.

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    1. Great minds think alike, Melissa! Have a great week.

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  13. What a darling post...happy birthday dear Katie!

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  14. Happy Birthday to my BBF! That's my Blogger Best Friend! Thanks for your witty, informative and numerous hilarious posts. Wishing you all the best!
    Annemarie

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    1. Thanks Annemarie!! Hope you have a wonderful week!!

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  15. Happy Birthday to you, and many more happy shopping days throughout the year!

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  16. Your birthday celebration looked terrific and so do you! Love the new scarf.

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  17. That is definitely the way to celebrate!! I stopped worrying about the pounds when I realised that my mother at 91 was teeny tiny. I just have live to be old and I will be teeny tiny too!

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  18. Happy Happy Birthday! Of course I sent your b'day card late, so you'll have to extend your celebration time for a few days! ;P
    I would've LOVED the art in bloom exhibit. We went to one at the New Orleans Museum of Art last year and it was over the top!

    xo,
    RJ

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  19. Sis, I hesitate to point this out but the numbers are simply in the wrong order, dear. 1 then the 6.

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  20. Happy 41st birthday, Katie! Oh, the fun you had celebrating! You look so fabulous!

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  21. Well, my goodness, you do know how to celebrate and what a grand celebration and you certainly do not look a day over 41! You should check out the Lange hair dryers. Oh, my, totally amazing and they are very expensive but are 1/2 off quite frequently. Have a great week Katie and may the year ahead be totally awesome!

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  22. Happy Birthday Katie, it sounds like you had a fabulous time! I love your Mother's Day suggestions!
    Jenna

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  23. Happy Birthday Katie! It sounds like a perfect celebration! laura

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  24. Forget the moms! I need to shop!

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  25. Happy birthday! Looks like you had a wonderful time. Loving all the picks for Mother's Day gifts. I have hinted around to my girls that I would like an 8 quart insta pot. So we shall see. LOL! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  26. A well-deserved birthday celebration for young and fabulous you! XO

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  27. Happy 41st Birthday! You don’t look a day over 21 . . . the Mister is a lucky guy! Love all these Mother’s Day ideas and hope my nieces take note . . . Auntie’s can be remembered too!

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  28. Happy belated birthday! Sorry I was traveling and didn't get a notice of your birthday until late. Looks like a great way to celebrate your birthday. You look fabulous!

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