Happy Birthday

Yesterday I celebrated another birthday.  I stopped counting about 10 years ago because age is just a number.  My health and well being is what is important and what I need to work on.  So I am trying to eat right, walk more and get more sleep.  But as I woke up with hubby singing “Happy Birthday” to me I had to decide what to do for my birthday.  Hubby said anything I want so thought maybe lunch or dinner out, I am not one for a showy day.  As the day went on and I waited for hubby to get dressed, my front door opened and in walked my son and his family.  They live about one hour away and this was a surprise.  Shortly after that the rest of the clan came and I found out the girls were taking me out to lunch while the boys stayed home and ordered pizza.  I was delighted and so surprised.

The day was perfect with close to 70 degree weather – this is NY people, that does not happen.  I hate celebrating my birthday because of the month and the fact that the weather would never cooperate.  But today it did – lunch was great, got cards, flowers, balloons and ice cream cake…..plus hugs and kisses – calls, texts, emails and great conversation.  What more could a mom ask for.  I am blessed.

This morning I had breakfast with some good friends – who treated me – and the celebration goes on and on.  Not bad for an old lady…lol

Snag-a-Bag Time

Nothing makes you feel better than putting on a pretty face. I believe we all have pretty faces but a little makeup never hurt. I always feel undressed if I leave the house without at least some eyeliner.

Of course I have very small eyes and in order to bring them out that eyeliner must go on. Some mascara and lip gloss and I am ready to meet the world. So I have accumulated a lot of samples from Avon and in order to bring in the new samples of products coming this spring, I am offering a great deal. If it is a success, I will be doing this once a month.

No strings attached – I just feel unless someone tries a product – and I am lucky to be able to offer samples – they just don’t want to buy.  Of course Avon has that 100 % guarantee – don’t like it – ship it back.  But what if you can try a fragrance, a lipstick, a cream??  So the following offer is going out to you – please share so everyone can get in on the deal…but remember – it is for the first 25 people that respond……start the countdown!

For privacy you can also email me at shap5@outlook.com….


The time is coming…

One of the best things about working in a school is all the time we get off. All the holidays, one week in Dec, Jan and April – and of course, all summer.  My husband calls it a part time job (and the money matches that phrase – I could be making so much more in the private field – but this is my choice)  I love the kids and happen to be lucky to work in a great school.

But alas the time has come (or will in 4 months) to hang up my hat and retire.  According to my Countdown Timer on my phone (havent found one for my blog yet) I have 133 days of work left.  Doesnt that sound great.  I never thought I would retire or even want to….but everyone says you will know when it is time.

IT’S TIME…..I have started making a list of what I want to do when I retire…..you can check out my Retirement Doings here…… but I also realized that at any given moment I (and hubby) can pick up and GO!  We answer to no one, and if one morning we would like to go to the casinos in Atlantic City and walk the beach – hey, we can do it!

I think I like this idea – called Retired………..ret

Ultra Hydration is Here

Avon has introduced something new.  Well, Moisture Therapy is not really new but there are several different types of MT.  We already have CALMING RELIEF Moisture Therapy which has oatmeal that soothes and relieves dry, itchy skin.  Then there is DAILY SKIN DEFENSE which is formulated with vitamins, and last there is INTENSIVE HEALING AND REPAIR (my favorite) that gives 72-hour moisturization that relieves redness due to dry skin.


And now there is ULTRA HYDRATION with these


  • Natural vitamins and fatty acids make shea butter an incredibly moisturizing ingredient.
  • Moisture hydrates skin and lasts for 24 hours.
  • Shea contains cinnamic acid and other natural properties that soothe the skin.
  • Dermatologist-tested and hypo-allergenic.

There are actually three products in the Ultra Hydration line: body scrub to exfoliate dead skin cells, body lotion for moisturizing, and ointment for an even richer moisturization in extra dry spots.  And get it at a great price – only $6.99 for a 16 oz bottle….check out the brochure info here 



Retirement Doings

As I sit here getting closer and closer to retirement I feel my heart beating so fast at the  thought – What am I doing?  I worked 12 years BTK (before the kids) then stayed home to take care of the kids – and when they were all teenagers – I returned to work.  Here it is 26 years later….and where did that time go.  In between I became a mother-in-law 4 times and a grandma 9 times.

But alas, we will not look in the past but with retirement around the corner – to the future. But to date I have not thought of what will happen when this time comes. But I do have 16 more weeks to think about it.


I did come up with a list of thoughts on what I would like to do:

Wake up late

Sit and Read while drinking my coffee

Shop early in the morning when there is no crowd

Go to the movies in the middle of the day

Work my Avon during the day (my time is limited now so then I will work it full time – or whenever I want)

Garden – love flowers and now I can really get into it – plus going to grow tomatoes again.

Stay home when there is bad weather – no more trudging to work in the snow!

I’m sure there is more – save that for the next blog!



Valentine’s Special

I just got the announcement that Avon will be discontinuing their coupons and great deals.  You can no longer go to Ebates, or use Retail Me Not to get the deals.  So Avon Reps are unhappy since we know our customers love deals and coupons and free shipping.

Of course you can always get free shipping when you spend $40, but some of my customers just don’t want to or even can’t spend that much.  And it is something I truly understand – because – I am the same way.  I have shopped online and used coupons, free shipping, ebates, etc. – anything to get that final charge down.

But today I received an email from Avon – and if you have registered on my site you received the same email – that you can get free shipping when only spending $25 on Avon.  I love these deals.  It is a Valentine Surprise!

So enjoy your Valentine’s Day and use the code XOXO to get that free shipping now – because I dont know when will be the next time Avon will have this deal.  But I will definitely let you know……

or join my mailing list by registering online at www.youravon.com/ashapiro and you will get the email!

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Scaly, dry legs

All my life I have had to contend with scaly, white legs. The dryness made my skin tight and ugly.  The definition of scaly skin is the loss of the outer layer of the epidermis in large, scale-like flakes. The skin appears dry and cracked, though skin dryness isn’t always to blame.  But I thought I would first try to get rid of this dryness myself without going to a dermatologist to see if there was a medical reason.

And where would I turn to in order to find a solution?  No other place than Avon – as a representative I find I cannot recommend any of my products to customers honestly unless I have at least tried them.  I was big on Footworks for my feet and have found my calluses gone and my heels nice and smooth.  So I investigated in the best lotion for my legs.  And I have come up with Moisture Therapy….


While there are more than one type of lotion, I found the Intensive Healing and Repair Body Lotion the best.  So much so that I bought the 33.8 oz size and keep it on my nightstand.  Every night after I shower I rub it onto my legs and have also started using it on my arms.  The best ever lotion and now my legs are scale free, smooth and has so much moisture on them.  This lotion is not greasy and perfect for using before jumping into bed.

It is on sale right now for only $10.49 for the bonus size – get it while it last by clicking on this link https://www.avon.com/product/moisture-therapy-bonus-size-body-lotion-intensive-healing-repair-53258?rep=ashapiro

Winter is not over yet.  Remember spring is around the corner and who wouldnt want beautiful legs!