Morning “INK” Edition – Beauty Tips From A Beauty School Dropout:)


I graduated from Barbizon modeling school at 14 years old BUT yes, I dropped out of cosmetology school at 18 years old-only after 6 months. I had what I thought at 18 years old was a good reason…I was embarrassed. If I did it over again I would have just bit the bullet and went back. Well, what happened was I went with four of my friends from cosmetology school one day to Seaside Heights in New Jersey. We were off to the beach for a day of fun in the sun. We were all on the beach for less than 15 minutes when I found myself wanting to bury myself in the sandy beach and hide forever. We all went to take our shirts and shorts off, when I noticed I was the only one wearing a bikini. I had a really awesome red and black bikini which my boyfriend at the time told me looked awesome on me. I wore it that day but when my friends took all their clothes off well…I was the only one in a two-piece and they all were sporting one piece bathing suits. This was not the embarrassing aspect. We sat there and suddenly three or four boys we’ll call them walked by and we all heard one of them say “Look at the fat one-of course, she is the one wearing the bikini!”. I was mortified. Needless to say, I was only 140 pounds and did not look fat at all. Plus, I always looked 20 pounds lighter than I was, as I was a bit taller than some. All my friends heard them and I guess they too were now embarrassed because we all picked up our things, went back to the car to a parking ticket and left back for New York.

After all that I didn’t want to go back to cosmetology school. My friends did all call me and try to get me to come back but I just was too out of sorts by the whole situation down at the beach in New Jersey. Yeah, it was kid stuff but back then it was a big deal to me. SO, with that being said here are some of my so-called beauty tips for you!!

1. The most important one for both men and women. After 40 years old for many women your hair may seem to be thinning or breaking off more. You may find you have split ends or it’s just doesn’t have as much volume as you thought. Well, there is a dietary supplement that my Doctor actually recommended to me. It’s called Biotin and you can get it at Rite Aid, CVS, Walmart, Target, Kmart or any type of other pharmacy or department store. You can take the highest milligrams once daily but I take 2500mg which seems to do the trick in strengthening my hair. It will not most likely regrow it but will help with losing it and will repair it. I have thinning hair due to age and bleaching the crap out of it. It tends to break off if I don’t take this daily. But this is a great dietary supplement for hair and problems with it at any age-not just over 40.

Listed Information on Biotin:

  • Biotin is an important B Vitamin
  • Helps to support healthy hair and skin
  • Essential for the intermediate metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats

Dietary Supplement. Vegetarian formula. Found in foods such as oatmeal and soy, Biotin, a water soluble B Vitamin, assists in energy metabolism in cells. Biotin helps to support healthy skin and hair.


2. Colgate’s Octagon (Laundry) Soap for acne and smoother skin at any age. Okay, this is an old remedy of my husband’s mother. And yes, after 40 I still have some acne but with gentle wrinkles started to appear. It may even help them, as well. Either way this is a great product. My husband’s late mother had all his siblings (all 9 of them) use this for acne and none of them ever had acne. This product now comes in a soap size bar but when you get it you may be wondering about it-as it is for taking stains out of laundry. I got it and said I’m going to put laundry detergent on my face-say what? But it does work. It’s dark green and may look scary to you but give this to your kids as well for them for acne. They need to use it at least twice a day along with yourself. You can only buy this through Amazon and eBay now I’m thinking. I don’t think it’s carried anymore in regular stores. But a great must-have product. Plus, you can always through some in your load of clothes for optimal cleanliness with no stains.

Information from site on Octagon Soap:

  • best all purpose soap
  • hand soap
  • acne remedy

Colgate’s Octagon Soap is an old-fashioned soap that is a versatile, economical choice for tackling an array of household tasks. A single bar of simply packaged, long-lasting Octagon Soap can perform several tasks so you don’t have to worry about buying multiple targeted products. Octagon was originally marketed as laundry soap (in the pre-washing machine era) but here’s some other household uses that I’ve wrangled up from around the web: Dish soap * Hand soap * Clothing stain remover * Acne remedy * Bug bite/poison oak and ivy remedy * Grease remover Household Uses: Cabinet/woodwork cleaner * Stove cleaner * Bathtub/tile cleaner * Tick repellent

3. A daily wash for men and women’s face-a good choice is Noxzema. Noxzema has been around since I was a teenager. You can wash twice daily with Noxzema and it helps with oily skin. It’s great for those with acne. The best way to use this is to use a wash cloth and hot steaming water on it. You press this washcloth over the Noxzema you have heavily put on your face. Leave the washcloth on there for a minute or two then wash it all off. Your face will feel exceptionally clean and have a shine to it. This is also an old-remedy of someone I use to know. Everyone’s mother seems to have an old-remedy these days:)

Listed Information on Noxzema: 

  • Cleans deeply to remove dirt, oil, and makeup
  • Leaves skin soft and moisturized without over drying
  • Tested by dermatologists
  • Enriched with soothing eucalyptus oil
  • Use on wet or dry skin

Noxzema Original Deep Cleansing Cream gives you clean, smooth skin with the Noxzema classic tingle in an easy to use pump. This cream works deeply, removing oil, dirt, and makeup to leave your skin soft without over drying.

This cream reaches deep into pores, removing oil, dirt, and makeup to leave your skin soft without over drying.

Noxzema Original Deep Cleansing Cream reaches deep into pores to remove dirt, oil, and makeup, leaving your skin soft and smooth without over drying. Dermatologist tested, the Deep Cleansing Cream refreshes with the classic Noxzema tingle. Cooling Eucalyptus and Moisturizing Ingredients Made with eucalyptus oil and soothing linseed and soybean oils, Noxzema Original Deep Cleansing Cream removes dirt and oils as it moisturizes.

Use Wet or Dry

The Original Deep Cleansing Cream can be used on a wet or dry face. Apply generously, and then use your fingertips or a wet washcloth to massage the cream into your skin using a circular motion. Rinse thoroughly, avoiding contact with your eyes. In case of eye contact, flush thoroughly with water.

4.  Under eye circles aka dark circles can be very stressful to many. I have yet to find something to totally get rid of them BUT to hide them with a slight lightening of them I have found a product I use daily. It’s Maybelline make-up and it’s called Instant Acne REWIND Eraser for dark circles. It is also for acne. You can use this product under your eyes to hide dark circles along with any blemishes or imperfections you may have. So, it kills two birds with one stone for you!! Play around and find the best color for under your eyes and your skin tone. I use a “honey” named color. The darker ones seem to work better to hide dark eye circles and I am very fair skin but that’s what works for me. I have used this product for many, many years and nothing else has worked to hide my eye circles although they aren’t worst I’ve seen. This is an awesome much-needed product of mine-that I cannot live without on a daily basis.

The listed information on this product: 

  • With goji berry and haloxyl
  • Instantly erases the appearance of dark circles and fine lines
  • Visibly diminishes the appearance of puffiness

Instantly creates a radiant, refreshed looking eye area. Super concentrated formula with goji berry and haloxyl helps to erase the appearance of dark circles and fine lines, while visibly diminishing the appearance of puffiness around the eyes.

5. The best eyeliner I have found is Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner. I have gone through many types of eyeliners. Most of them have smudged under my eyes making me look like a raccoon. I was allergic to a lot of them, as well. None of them stayed on at all and I was not happy with any of them. I then stumbled upon this eyeliner many years ago and have never strayed from it since. They do have a liquid version of it as well and that does work too if you like liquid but I use this in the pencil form. This does not smudge, I am not allergic to it and it lasts most of the day. I may reapply it once during the day but the big plus is it stays where I put it. So, this is my product for eyeliners. This product comes in Brown, teal, black, gray, navy and more!! Great product-would recommend.


Just a FYI here- you can buy cheaper mascara products as they are all mostly made from the same things. The cheaper ones work just as well as the more expensive ones. Maybelline makes a great one which is cheaper as opposed to going real cheap with NYC or something like that. Your on your own with lipsticks. I do buy cheap here but do admit the more expensive stay-on ones work better. So, save your money on mascara and other make-up products and spend it on the lipstick. Lipsticks can make your world go round. One day my husband came home with a new colored lipstick for me. I had been wearing the same baby pink for years. Now I buy different colors all the time for him, as this something he seems to really like and notice about me. SO, for the ladies don’t shy away from your lipstick… take a chance on a new color and sport it for your man:) Also, just thought of one more thing…Palmolive-soaking your nails in it does work and was suggested in modeling school. You soak them for about five minutes or less and then you can push your cuticles back on your nails. Plus, it does make your hands very soft!! Okay, Enjoy your day folks!!

The Article By Chrissy Smith and Photos/Product Descriptions from Amazon.


What’s More Important…Having a Clean Rug or Creating Pretty Lines on It???

Alright, so I’m a bit naive at times!! Who would have “thunk” it:) I never even gave it a second thought…that I was suppose to make so-called nice and pretty “LINES” on my rugs. Excuse me for missing this important etiquette out there. I have been vacuuming rugs since I was a little girl. Now my Mother had never mentioned this idea of making sure the rug is cleaned plus putting neatly placed lines on it. Even as a kid I would have said “Mom, you got to be kidding me!” So, my rug vacuuming days went on into my adult years with no one ever telling me about this “line thing”. Now don’t worry because yes I did notice some of this “lines” on some types of rugs but honestly I never really made a fuss over it. I thought “Yeah, okay the rug looks nice and it’s clean.”

Okay, so then I got married and all hell broke loose with the rug vacuuming. I could feel my husband staring down at the rug and critique it with his eyes. I decided I did not like the feeling I got when I was vacuuming in front of him. The reason he was looking down upon my vacuuming is my “Lines” weren’t like the ones he made. He was a landscaper for many years and made pretty lines on the lawns-sometimes even diamond shapes. So, he had lots of practice that is on grass. One day he tells me the problem with my vacuuming and about the lines. I sat there bewildered for a bit-as no one ever mentioned these damn lines to me…I mean ever!! Well, the solution was for him to vacuum or for me to vacuum when he wasn’t around. I replied to his so-called wish for nice-lines with my theory. My theory was that I wanted my rug clean and didn’t really care about the lines, as I didn’t have enough time in the day to worry over damn lines.

With that all being said here is something I posted on Facebook about all of this nonsense!! As I thought it was suiting towards my husband’s attitude towards rug cleaning aka vacuuming:)


(These were my comments on that posting) Nope, this is not me…This is definitely my Husband, JIm:) He thinks his way is the right way and of course, the only way to do things and I watch his face while I do stuff. I know what he is thinking-i’m not doing it the way he says it should be done. WELL, I told him sometimes there are more than one way of doing things so, why does it matter how we do them, as long as the ending is the same!! He didn’t like that one. OMG-he vacuums like he mows lawns-the lawns have diamonds on it-yes that looks pretty I do agree…so, with vacuuming he likes it to have specific lines on it too…. Come on now-I don’t have that time in the day to worry about how my carpet lines look…I just want it clean damn it!!! Am I wrong and everyone else but me worries over the so-called “LINES” that their vacuums make??????? 

I did have a friend reply who agreed with the “Lines” being important too on the rug:)  In conclusion here to some people cleaning it is the most important thing but to others they want both cleanliness and the oh so now famous “RUG LINES”:) SO, What does everyone in the blogging world think about this silly humorous topic here? Are the “LINES” just as important as having the rug cleaned??? 

Article By Chrissy Smith – Photos from Google & Facebook

Morning “INK” Edition – Are Authors “Politically Correct” these days?


Here is three versions I picked of being “Politically Correct” – some dictionary versions and some not!
po·lit·i·cal·ly cor·rect
pəˈlitik(ə)lē kəˈrekt/
1. exhibiting (or failing to exhibit) political correctness. “it is not politically correct to laugh at speech impediments.”
2. agreeing with the idea that people should be careful to not use language or behave in a way that could offend a particular group of people
3. It means tippy-toeing around the obvious and not saying it outright because some wimp might “get emotionally damaged” and call his lawyer on you.
Although, I meaning this in a fun and different kind of way here. And yes, for the most part “Authors are being “politically correct” in how they treat one another. I believe that to be a truly politically correct author that it is the right thing to have common courteous types of behavior towards other authors, writers, bloggers, etc. By this I mean that it’s definitely okay to praise other people’s creations. It’s nice to acknowledge not only your own work but others, as well.
On some other social media types of sites I am asked to “Like” their pages or “add-on” to pages, etc. and I think it’s a great idea to reciprocate to one another and show interests in other people’s hard work too. In life it is about you but it’s also about others. We all work so hard on all the writing we do and it feels great when someone indirectly says “Hey, you’re doing an awesome job with it!”.  Although, that may only be through a “Like” on a page or a retweet of your tweets but any way it comes it’s an indirect way of saying “Hey, I noticed you and am recognizing that!”
I have had people on certain sites ask me to “Like” or do whatever for them and have heard how they “Liked” me back or joined me in something. Then I reciprocated only to realize they weren’t even on my list on the site and just looking for more “Likes” or recognition. I don’t understand that but it is what it is.
With all that being said…I just feel that there is absolutely no harm in all of us giving others “Props” for all that they do too. It doesn’t have to be just all about yourself. We all branch out with promotion on the social media sites and such. But to truly “receive” from others well, I think one must “give” as well! Enjoy your day folks!!
Photo & Article By Chrissy Smith

Paperback OR ebook aka “Old-school” or Welcome to the New Age?

I know in the world of today there are many advances out there. Some are great, awesome and we can’t live without them but then others we like them although, we could live without them. I guess I’m getting older here and as far as my books I tend to go “old-school” with them. I like paperback books the ones you can actually grasp on and turn in anticipation with every page that’s written on. Trust me I have my share of ebooks and as a published author I of course, sell them in both versions. But for the most part I like the book you can hold regardless if it costs a bit more. I like the covers, the look and the feel of reading it. I’m sure some of you can relate.

In this day and age I realize a lot of people are on-the-go and the e-book is great for that situation. I do understand that. It boils down to everyone has a preference with this topic. I’m not dwelling on it or anything. I’m not even suggesting which is better. I guess I’m just voicing my opinion on which I prefer. Sometimes old-school just seems right to me and with this topic it fits, as well.

Unfortunately, there is probably a grand decline in actual books and a great increase in the use of ebooks. I was thinking that decades from now it will all possibly digital. I feel that would deprive many of us paperback, hardcover, etc. readers of what we like. It would also lessen the use of libraries and we’d see less bookstores, etc. Obviously, the e-book is the more reasonable choice and that factors in greatly to book readers buys.  I would just hate not being able to turn those pages! I just guess I can’t get the “old-school” gal out of me!!

So, how do you all feel about books all being digital in the future? Would you be okay with this? Is this even a possibility? Let me know what you think:)

Article By Chrissy Smith

The iPhone-Given To Us By The Late Great Steve Jobs

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“iPhone is a revolutionary and magical product that is literally five years ahead of any other mobile phone,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We are all born with the ultimate pointing device—our fingers—and iPhone uses them to create the most revolutionary user interface since the mouse.”

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POSTED: Thursday January 9, 2014 8:41 am PST by Eric Slivka.

Today marks the seventh anniversary of the introduction of the iPhone, a presentation that took place as part of the keynote of Macworld Expo 2007 in San Francisco. While the device would not launch until over six months later, that presentation offered the public the first glimpse of what Steve Jobs introduced as three devices in one: a touchscreen iPod, a phone, and an Internet communicator.

“Today, we’re introducing three revolutionary products. The first one is a widescreen iPod with touch controls. The second is a revolutionary mobile phone. And the third is a breakthrough Internet communications device. So, three things: a widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough Internet communications device. An iPod, a phone, and an Internet communicator. An iPod, a phone…are you getting it? These are not three separate devices. This is one device. And we are calling it iPhone. Today, Apple is going to reinvent the phone.Late last year, former Apple engineer Andy Grignon, who was in charge of the radios on the original iPhone, gave behind-the-scenes look at how Apple patched together demos for the introduction, with Steve Jobs showing off developmental devices full of buggy software and hardware issues. The iPhone team knew that everything had to go just right for the live iPhone demos to succeed, and they did, turning the smartphone industry on its head even as Apple continue to scramble to finish work on the iPhone.”

Apple had actually been interested first in developing a tablet known as “Safari Pad”, but as noted by a number of sources including Steve Jobs himself,  the company shifted gears once it became clear how revolutionary the multi-touch interface developed for the tablet could be for a smartphone. Apple’s tablet wouldn’t surface until the launch of the iPad in 2010, three years after the introduction of the iPhone.

Seven years after the famous Macworld 2007 keynote, the iPhone has seen significant enhancements in every area, but the original iPhone remains recognizable as Apple has maintained the overall look of a sleek design with a larger touchscreen and a single round home button on the face of the device.

The awesome late Steve Jobs left us with some exceptionally innovative creative products. The iPhone in my opinion is the best cell phone out there. Steve Jobs changed the way we looked at cell phones with this vision of his. Our society would be greatly lacking if not for the late Steve Jobs. Our technology advanced drastically in many areas with him in our world. He captured the essence of what we all didn’t even know we had been looking for or that we could have even dreamed up. With all this being said I want to personally say “Thanks!”.

After buying my first Apple iPhone many years ago…I have never had any other phone. This is a one-of-a-kind phone and I just cannot say enough good words to promote it. I wanted to pay tribute here to Steve Jobs and all he brought to our lives.

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Morning “INK” Edition – Writer’s Block is Not A Reason to Worry


Writer’s block is not a reason to worry. I know this is a common problem amongst writers and authors but it really isn’t something to get frazzled over. I use to freak a bit about it until I realized there really wasn’t much I could do about it. I believe it’s just something that happens to the best of us but there are ways of dealing with it.

First and foremost do not stress over this thing called “writer’s block” it will pass. If you sit and dwell on it well-it really does nothing to help the situation. What I believe is the best distraction is to move on to working on something else. If you have total writer’s block on writing anything then move to situations that relax or revive you. What I mean is just leave the writing of anything for a while. Honestly, when it’s time to write again you will know it and the storyline or whatever you are writing will just flow.

How long does “writer’s block” last you say? Well, that’s a loaded question that I really can’t answer. The reason being is that it’s different for everyone and every time you have it. It’s never quite the same. I had writer’s block with my first novel I wrote which we plug here:) NO REAL ESCAPE To My Nirvana gave me hell (excuse my french) in the beginning. I was about five or six chapters into writing it and then went totally blank. I had no idea at this point where the book was going or what to do with it. But before that moment all was flowing nicely and I was writing, writing and writing more. I was stumped, aggravated and just really pissed at myself. I soon realized this is getting me nowhere. I actually went on to write other books which were self-help books, etc. They weren’t of the creative nature like this novel was where I had to “think” more and create.  I had the information instilled within my memory bank for the self-help types of books. So, at least I didn’t waste the time as it was many months before I figured out where that drama-crime filled novel was going. BUT and the big “but” was when I went back to write the novel I wrote that book and then two others to follow. I ended up with a trilogy. When I went back to it I never stopped writing while never having writer’s block with that book again. I was amazed when going back to it that I just knew where it was going and never stopped. I was the happiest person on earth the day I ended the book with my trilogy. Wow, what an accomplishment I thought!

With all that being said writer’s block does suck big time but sometimes it helps us get farther than we ever imagined with our writing endeavors. I do believe with some the writer’s block may last only hours although, other times it can be months or more. When I have it I am thinking on and off about the book which usually does lead me back to it with a renewed sense of where to take it. SO, please don’t ever give up because of this scenario because it may be leading to a bigger adventure in writing for you!!

 Photo and Article By Chrissy Smith

Myths About Being An Author

Cover for the book NO REAL ESCAPE To My Nirvana

Cover for the book NO REAL ESCAPE To My Nirvana

Don’t be mislead if you’re deciding to become a writer aka an author. Many people have these aspirations or delusions of hitting the lottery with writing. They think “their story” will not only become a best-seller but also will be turned into a movie. I’m not saying this is not possible but this doesn’t happen for most. The biggest myth about being an author I’d say is that it’s glamorous and trust me, that is just not the case. If you enjoy writing and want to start out with it as a hobby than I say go for it. You can always then see where it takes you and if you’re that good then maybe you will hit the lottery. But it’s best to take it so-called “lightly” at first.


Writers work very hard not only on their books but then on promotion and marketing of them. It is not an easy gig as lots may believe. It’s not always pretty and yes, we do get “writer’s block”. No one is immune to that either. It happens to us all and really it sucks! But we deal with it along with stresses that come along with this so-called glamour gig. People are just so misinformed to think this is anything of the sort. For the most part anyone who does write should do so because it makes them happy. But from my perspective I know it’s a journey from writing the first page to the last although, my biggest smile was when I finished the last page. It was like a big weight came off my shoulders. Needless to say I had no idea what was to come with publishing, promotion, social media and much, much more. So, write if you love to write, keep your expectations low and then when it progresses to more than you expected…well, then that will be a very pleasant surprise!


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