Friday Finds & Check-ins, Volume #677

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Recent Purchases/Rediscoveries: Some of Bobbi Brown’s reformulated Luxe Lipsticks. I bought the ones available via Selfridges, but I’m waiting for BB to have a sale to buy the rest!

Weekend plans: I started fostering two puppies on Wednesday, which is also why I am SO VERY LATE on getting this Friday post up. They’re 6-week old pit mixes named Prince Philip and Maleficent–both boys–though we’re calling them Philly and Mally! I’m building a routine and settling into it with them, and they have been pretty good pups so far. I expect to photograph some new products tomorrow while they snooze. I find I am a bit of a worrier (which will shock nobody who knows me in person!), so I am more involved than I need to be with the puppies – it takes me a bit to find a good rhythm that lets me care for them but not ignore everything else.

What are you looking forward to in November? The cooler weather, which started a week or two ago, has been nice, and I will continue to enjoy that through November. I don’t have any specific planned or happening, though, so not sure I could pinpoint to one thing that’s particularly interesting.

Psst… since it’s Friday and we’re heading into the weekend, if you have some downtime, consider playing one of the games hubby and I have created! 🙂 You’ll find all of our games on Awordy, but here’s a breakdown of what we have so far:

  • Adoptle (guess the name of an adoptable pet in six guesses)
  • Concludle (figure out the subject within six clues)
  • Flipplant (figure out the plant using a mix of text- and image-based clues)
  • Mislettered (guess one letter at a time to figure out the phrase/quote)
  • Unswatched (figure out the makeup item using a mix of text- and image-based clues)
  • Word Frenzy (find as many words from the letters available before the shark devours them)

We just launched Word Frenzy, which is really for me, because I love this style of game and the countdown/timer twist definitely adds to the challenge.

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Seraphine Avatar

Those puppies are so adorable!

Recent purchases: Dior Galactic Eyeshadow Palette (I have no willpower whatsoever.)

Weekend plans: Watching the final two episodes of Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities tonight, going to a Halloween get-together at our friends’ house on Saturday, a family birthday dinner on Sunday, and, hopefully, finding some time to relax and watch some good, scary movies.

What are you looking forward to in November? Cooler weather, hopefully. I recently bought a couple of pairs of boots that I can’t wait to wear! (I’m not really waiting.)

Seraphine Avatar

No spoilers here, I promise. I enjoyed it. Some episodes were better than others, but they were all very well done. Great sets, costumes, special effects, etc. I suggest watching without reading what they’re about. Just go into them blindly. There is one episode that I want to rewatch. And there was only one that I didn’t like.

Genevieve Avatar

The Dior Galactic Eyeshadow palette is just lovely and I know you will enjoy it. Don’t worry, I haven’t had much willpower either lately!
I just LOVE boots – especially ankle ones. I wear mine all the time in autumn/winter and even spring. What colours did you get?

Genevieve Avatar

OMG Christine – these puppies are little bundles of cuddly goodness! How lucky they are to have you and Shaun as foster parents too!

Recent Purchases: My PMG Bronze Godess eye palette arrived yesterday and I am keeping it for my birthday later in the month.
I bought some new goodies for my daughter in law’s Christmas makeup/skincare bag – She likes the Neutragena Hydro Boost products , so I got her the cleanser, day and night moisturising creams and the bright boost moisturiser as well.

Weekend Plans
It’s been a topsy turvy week in our household -Our youngest son Nicholas (father of our grandchildren) has had a big return of his post covid symptoms and had to have a day of heart monitoring – the results of which we get this week. Lachlan gave us a big scare when he was rushed to hospital last Sunday, with what looked like a case of menigoccal infection (vomiting, severe headaches, sore throat, stiff neck and a big red rash). He wa given a blood test on admission and an IV with antibiotics – as the doctors don’t wait for the results to come through before they act – anyway, it turned out to be a bad case of tonsilitis. But he was kept in overnight – we had Harry for the day and overnight. Lachie has now recovered well.
And thirdly, Harry had his Speech and Language assessment – because we were all concerned about his expressive speech development, and the speech pathologist stated that he needs speech therapy and it’s impacting on his development. Anika was told to apply for funding under the new National Disability Insurance Scheme – which is a lengthy and complex procedure. This where we need a Rachel to help us!
So, all in all, it has been a worrying week. On the bright side, I visited my twin sister yesterday and had a lovely day with her, despite the rain.
Today, Saturday – we are taking my younger son and the kids for a day out and on Sunday, it will be just chilling and housework.

What I am looking forward to in Novemeber? My birthday. My twin sister is coming over to our place for a sleepover the day before and I am busy planning a whole host of great things to do on our birthday weekend.

Genevieve Avatar

Thank you Sarah – yep, he really did give everyone a scare – including the doctors at the hospital because menigoccal infections have been rising here, although it’s not clear why. So Lachlan was treated as if he had it. We are so lucky that the local hospital (which is a public one here – no fees) are just so good and on the ball.

kjh Avatar

I just got cancelled and crashed. I’m a slp here in the states. I wrote a lot and might try again later. Let’s do a quick summary. Maybe your new insurance plans will have great coverage. If so/if not: check your public schools for their (the schools’) requirements. Here they must cover age 3-21 or 22. Check University clinics that have slp graduate schools. That’s a great resource and the costs are nil to sliding scale. Well supervised and UTD/state of the art. Also regular grad school clinics. Also MO: Early language-based preschools are better than general early interventions, esp if the child has only a language-based difficulty and not PT/OT. Without getting all speech, there are significant issues in the curriculum, like reading (both sound-symbol associations and comprehension, written language. Eventually there may be problems in abstraction, executive functions (planning and organizing,) even social/pragmatic language. Many to most Unis have extra help for college level classes. Even if the MD says not needed, get an audiology work up ASAP. Discuss what the needs are, so the assessment is not just raise your hand when you hear the sound. The audio eval can do auditory processing (you’ve heard that one before, lol.) If your tyke lives in the Melbourne area like you do, there will be a lot of options. Do not wait. Good luck.

kjh Avatar

Crashed again. Errors/autocorrects: All speechy.. college level help, tutoring, not affiliated with any grad school clinic. Most Unis have tutoring and help, when they do not have a therapy clinic.

Nancy T Avatar

Wow, your family got hit hard with various, and rather serious health issues this past week, Genevieve. I am so sorry that all of these things are happening to your son and two grandsons. It is true that a severe case of tonsillitis, usually those caused by streptococcus bacteria, can be THAT bad to where it can mimic the very dangerous form of meningitis. I’m sure that you all breathed a huge sigh of relief when you learned that it wasn’t that one! Here’s hoping that all get everything that they need to either get well or receive much needed speech therapy and assistance. My son literally had 11 years of speech therapy as he had very little in the way of vocabulary or intelligible speech at 3½ years old. He still has some difficulty communicating.

Rachel R. Avatar

Wow, those health scares! I hope your son won’t experience any more issues. Thank goodness Lachlan didn’t have meningococcal! I hope his tonsillitis clears up quickly.

I’m sorry your son and DIL have to start navigating disability services. No fun! I hope Australia has better help for doing that than we do here. They may want to check and see whether there are organizations or groups for parents in the area or online. Other parents who have been through it are often the best resources. I’m glad Harry will be getting help early in life. That’s so important.

Susan Nevling Avatar

My daughter works inn pittbull rescue but had to stop fostering. She couldn’t give them up after the foster period. She has 3 big goofy dogs. Two are getting elderly.
Thanks for fostering.

Helene Avatar

Adorable puppies, but they are so young! Don’t they have a mummy? I really like the little tan one a lot.

Recent Purchases/Rediscoveries: No purchases, no rediscoveries either, it’s been a boring week.

Weekend plans: Stubbs, the schnauzer needs a bit of grooming. I also need to do a bit of gardening and the house needs cleaning, but I really dislike cleaning so I think I can find about a thousand more interesting things to do. Maybe rearrange my MAC lipsticks.

What are you looking forward to in November? November is an awful month, it gets darker and darker, it’s getting colder and there’s nothing fun at all with the month.
I’m such a downer!

Helene Avatar

I had to ask as things are so different in my part of Europe. Here puppies are kept with their mum until 8 weeks and never neutered/spayed until at least 6 months of age, though breeders and the Kennel Club thinks one should wait until they are about 8 to 12 months, I and some breeders say wait until 18 to 24 months. My dog isn’t neutered.
From what little I have seen on TV and read I understand that there are a lot of dogs in shelters, so I guess it’s something that has to be done.
Now for my follow up question, how does such an early neutering/praying affect the growth of the puppies, both physical and psychological?
Here we wait as I said, until the dog is grown up or at least almost grown up,

Don’t think of this as a negative post, please, I’m always curious when it comes to differences between countries, not only when it comes to animals, to most everything.
I love that you are so kind and sweet and spend time fostering puppies, I’m sure they have a really good start in life, thanks to you, all three of you.

Nancy T Avatar

What’s funny is that I KNEW that those cute babies were Pittie mixed! That’s because the only doggo I ever had the honor of having was a Pitbull named Maudie. She “adopted” me as her “puppy”. All wonderful for the two years we had her, until she became EXTREMELY protective of me, and reacted to my Mom disciplining me…my Dad rehomed her, which broke my little 3 year old heart.

Purchases/rediscoveries: Nothing in either department. Last night, I wore a full face of makeup after not doing so in around a week?

Weekend plans: Attempting to use my brand new Hoover Power Pet carpet shampooer! I have literally never used one of these before, so this ought to be interesting. Also tomorrow, I have my meeting on Zoom. Laundry on Sunday, maybe?

What are you looking forward to in November? The cooler weather! Getting to wear jeans, boots, sweaters and sweatshirts! Pumpkin pie! Not that pumpkin spice, but actual pumpkin pie. Baking things. And very carefully and prayerfully trying to figure out WHERE to go when my lease is up here. Move back to S. Scottsdale? Or to Ohio because my daughter and her son are there, and perhaps I can be of some assistance? Or, my dream of New Jersey? So much to consider no matter what I choose to do.

Genevieve Avatar

You’ve never really liked that place where you’re living in now – so maybe it’s a good sign for you to look to live further afield. Perhaps look at the feasibility of living either in Ohio – close to your daughter and grandson or even NJ. Does your daughter live in or near to a big city?

Nancy T Avatar

You’re definitely right about that, Genevieve! Living in Arizona is difficult enough, but the westside of the Greater Phoenix metro area is lacking in so many ways: public transit isn’t as good as over in Scottsdale/SE Phoenix/Tempe, no really nice places to go to for a diversion, plus, it hasn’t been what I was hoping for when I made the move over here, either.
My daughter lives in a more rural/countryside area, but within an hours drive to two larger cities.

Ana Maria Avatar

Recent Purchases: A big Paula’s Choice order, since my skincare and body care is running low. The 20% discount and free gifts made it better than any Sephora sale 😆 : Extra Care Non-Greasy Sunscreen SPF 50 (body), C5 Super Boost Eye Cream (mini), All Over Hair & Body Shampoo, The UnScrub, Skin Revealing Body Lotion 10% AHA, Ultra-Rich Soothing Body Butter, RESIST Weightless Advanced, CLEAR Purifying Clay Mask
Free gifts: Omega+ Complex Serum, RESIST Super-Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30, C15 Super Booster

Weekend plans: I just had both my flu and second booster today, so I’m not making any plans… just in case I don’t fell the greatest.

What are you looking forward to in November? Having more days off, even if I don’t plan on celebrating anything. My workplace gave us two additional vacation day mid-November; I wasn’t planning any traveling, since it gets busy and crazy around Thanksgiving, but two weeks before that sounds perfect.

Zia Avatar

Recent Purchases: Nothing!
Rediscoveries: Nothing this week! No makeup at all last 7 days due to health stuff!
Weekend plans: I’m going to get my COVID and flu vaccines
What are you looking forward to in November? Colder weather!

Nikki Avatar

Recent Purchases/Rediscoveries: My Makeup Revolution order-Revolution x Beetlejuice It’s Showtime eyeshadow palette, green Revolution x Beetlejuice Strange & Unusual mascara, Revolution x Beetlejuice Lydia lipstick, and Rock ‘n Roll Beauty Def Leppard Hysteria lipstick-arrived yesterday (the earliest date of its delivery estimate window), and I’m really looking forward to combining the Beetlejuice items with my Melt x Beetlejuice Waiting Room palette!

Weekend plans: Worked all day today, weekly grocery run tomorrow, not sure about Sunday.

What are you looking forward to in November? My uncle and I both have November birthdays, so I’m looking forward to the joint party that will happen sometime during the month.

Nikki Avatar

Thanks, Genevieve! My birthday is the 6th, my uncle’s is very close to mine (I don’t feel comfortable sharing the exact date online without his permission), and it looks like the joint party will be on my actual birthday-so we’re a week away from it all!

Sarah Avatar

Recent Purchases: Haven’t shopped the Sephora sale yet but I am getting moisturizer and either a blush or a lipstick. Also picking up more Josie Maran body moisturizer this month. The winter months make my elbows and calves…unfortunate.

For my birthday, I am shopping my stash for my look. I will report back next week.

Weekend Plans: Prepare for my birthday party. Try to decide on a lipstick (Armani 400 or YSL Bold 21) for my lipstick purchase vs Pat McGrath’s blush in Desert Orchid. I am allowing myself one of these three! Get the house ready for guests. Read. Wishing my presents would arrive faster!

I am looking forward in November to: Improving my walking via physical therapy and my book club. We are reading Banned Books for November and there are so many to chose from I am a little overwhelmed. (It is a Bring Your Own Book Club.)

Genevieve Avatar

When is your birthday Sarah? I hope you have a lovely time. It’s a tough decision re your birthday purchase – which product do you think you will use the most? And that’s maybe the one I would go with….
I hope your walking continues to improve and that the physical therapy helps you along your path to mobility. Best wishes for your special day.

Rachel R. Avatar

How adorable are those puppies?! I want to pick them up and snuggle with them.❤️


*Give Me Glow e/s singles in Trust Fund, Grunge Lavender, Sour Apple, and Lemon Lime.
*Spoiled Lips Cosmetics Trick or Treat Palette e/s palette, Candy Corn Highlighter Palette, and Halloween brush set.
*Kailav (50% off palettes clearance) Rococo, Art Nouveau, and Le Jardin II Palettes.
*Dior Backstage Rosy Glow Blush in 001 Pink.


Decorating the front porch and buying candy for Halloween. Yes,. we’re terribly behind. October has been rough. Other than that, the usual errands and chores. Maybe watching some horror movies.

October being over! Usually I love October, but this one was mostly awful. Also, continuation of cooler temperatures and rain I’m ready for sweater weather! Having the family home for Thanksgiving weekend is always wonderful.

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