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Blog Hop! Link Up with LambAround

It's time to throw your blogging hat into the ring and share a post or two of your own.
Who else has a long weekend? I don't have to go into work again until Wednesday! And, after that, I'm off again until Monday. I see a lot of laziness in my near future.

Ahhh, so happy. And now...

A Blogger's Before & After Guide to Chemical Peels

Considering a chemical peel? I recently underwent my first Jessner peel and thought I'd share my results, post a Jessner peel review, and answer some frequently asked chemical peel questions (I'm guessing that "Does a chemical peel hurt?" is a biggie!). I'd been planning to order an over-the-counter peel (this one specifically, which I still haven't tried but has great reviews) but my computer led me a different direction.

I decided to do this on a whim, after LivingSocial greeted me one morning with a great $40 chemical peel deal.
Now, I can read your mind. You just gasped in horror and thought You trusted your face to a discount chemical peel?! You're wondering where my mother was and why she didn't stop me. But not to worry. Really!
Here is my Jessner peel before and after:
Chemical Peel Before & After
Also known as "EEEK!" and "Oooh, Ahhh"
Not too shabby, right? To be fair, the "before" is extra bad because the Je…

Austin Hudson-LaPore

Austin Hudson-LaPore: July 8, 1992-June 19, 2013
Yesterday was a long, difficult day. Austin was found in Lake Michigan by a fisherman.
We really tried. I hope Austin's family knows that we did everything we could think of. I hope they know that he meant so much to so many people. It's unimaginable what they must be going through and I just feel so, so sorry that this happened. I'm posting all of this on my blog because I want other people to know how special Austin was. I want other people to care.
Austin's family searched desperately for him in Chicago. His friends back home contacted every media outlet imaginable to raise awareness. The Today Show interviewed his parents, then bumped his story. Even here in Albuquerque, where Austin grew up and graduated from the Albuquerque Academy (one of our top schools), our local paper and news stations didn't care. My boss called the editor at the Albuquerque Journal to plead for them to feature Austin's story. She w…

Missing University of Chicago Student: Austin Hudson-LaPore

Missing University of Chicago Student: Austin Hudson-LaPore

(PLEASE share this and help get the word out!)

He's a brilliant and kind kid from Albuquerque, NM. There's no way he was involved in drugs or anything else. Everyone here at home is just devastated. We've contacted everyone we can think of, from our local politicians to the authorities in Illinois.

The media has been mostly ignoring his story, but if we can generate enough interest, they will have to pay attention!

Sharing Austin's story does make a difference. Here is part of a conversation between me and Austin's dad:

Give our best to Dan and Rachelle and have them do their best to spread the word on Austin's disappearance via Facebook or any email lists they might have. The publicity is getting lots of resources mobilized for us.
Just recently, a canine tracker joined the search at no charge. The media exposure is also resulting in more involvement from the Chicago police.

www.findaustinhudson.com

Help Find Austin Hudson-LaPore

Today, I'm sharing a link to findaustinhudson.com. Austin Hudson-LaPore is an Albuquerque, NM native and graduate of Albuquerque Academy. He recently disappeared from Chicago, IL.

For my employer, he is a family friend.

Please take a moment to share his links via your own blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and any other way available. Help get the word out.

Thank you!

Cake Mix Cookie Bars (That Actually Taste Like Cookies!)

There's no bad time for a chocolate chip cookie. A hearty bowl of oatmeal, mug of coffee, and a side of chocolate chip cookies? What a great way to start the day!

Unfortunately, chocolate chip cookies are time consuming and kind of a pain to make, especially when you just want to eat the cookies right this instant. So, you try to save time and effort by baking a batch of cookie bars, but they often end up tasting more like cake or brownies. Cookie bars don't really taste like cookies, do they?

Until now!

Cake Mix Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Recipe
Quick & Easy (I Promise!) 1 15.25 oz Box White Cake Mix (I usually use Pillsbury Funfetti - a relief after you saw that neon photo above, right?)1 Egg1/3 C Vegetable Oil1/3 C Milk (I've made these with everything from skim to whole - use whichever you have on hand.)1 tsp Vanilla1 Tbsp Brown Sugar1 tsp Almond Extract (optional)1 C Chocolate Chips Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a rimmed 9"x13" baking sheet or pan. If y…

Link Up/Blog Hop - Share Your Links!

Still no news about Omaha. Phooey!

How's the weather where you are? I hear we made the national news here in Albuquerque for being so stinking hot. It actually didn't seem that bad to me, but to be fair, I've been spending my days with my good friend, Mr. Air Conditioner.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Linky Party - Blog Hop with LambAround

Click the descriptions to visit the site and click the photos to share via Pinterest. Have a safe and happy weekend, bloggy friends!

Those Crazy New Mexico Drivers

On Saturday, my mom, aunt Jackie, and I spent the day in Santa Fe. We shopped, enjoyed a top-notch happy hour at Zia Diner, and strolled around the plaza. The highlight of our day, however, had to be the car I parked near (but not too near!) when we dropped my aunt off at the Buffalo Thunder Resort.

The car is resting on top of the concrete barrier.
How does someone do this??
They took the time to put up the sun shade!
My mom took this photo of me. I was going for a look of amusement, but didn't quite nail it. I blame my braces for giving me a toothless, old lady smile.
And, yes, that is a coffee and a Diet Coke. I needed some caffeine for my long drive back to Albuquerque. They're both complimentary at the casino, so why choose?