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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

MagicSliders, or How We Moved This Oak Armoire

(Please ignore the clutter visible in this picture; we are currently rebuilding our family room and our house is in a state of disorder.)

We were blessed by my husband's brother with this oak entertainment armoire. It's very heavy - I can't even guess how much it weighs. It has sat in our living room for a couple of weeks because my husband had no one available to help him move it besides me - and physical strength is not my strong suit. So, how did my husband and I move it this weekend through the living room, hall, and into our bedroom? Magic, or specifically, MagicSliders.

These furniture movers are incredible. We were able to slide the armoire on our carpeted floors with ease. We purchased our set from Target but you can find a local retailer here.

Ponpoms in My Mother's Day Present

My husband saw me looking longingly at this vase on Mother's Day at the Columbia Restaurant Museum & Gift Shop and bought it for me. It says, "Agua." This weekend, he bought me a bouquet of Ponpoms. Isn't he sweet? :)

The Quest For a Good Flavored, Colored Lip Balm (Part 1)

I am on a quest for a good flavored and colored lip balm. It seems I can find one or the other but not both. My lips get dry and they're a little pale so I'd like a colored lip balm to wear daily around the house but I like a little zing in my life and want my lip balm flavored. Is this too much to ask?

Item 1: Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer in Rhubarb, purchased from Cracker Barrel. At under $4, the price wasn't too bad. I love many of Burt's Bees other products (Milk & Honey Body Lotion, Body & Bath Oil, Fruit-Flavored Lip Gloss, Beeswax Lip Balm, Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme, Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme, Coconut Foot Creme, and Hand Salve) and thought I would love their Lip Shimmer, too.


  • Feels light on my lips
  • Good visible color
  • 100% natural
  • Peppermint flavor
  • Leaves lips feeling tingly


  • Waxy - feels waxy, tastes waxy, and waxy clumps break off
  • Lip balm twists up in the lipstick-like tube but doesn't twist down
  • My Rhubarb does not look like the color on the website
  • Doesn't glide on well


Item 2: Love My Lips Lip Juice in Strawberry Blitz by Bari Cosmetics, purchased at Wal-Mart. The name reminds me of one of my favorite VeggieTales songs. At $1.99, the price was great. Unfortunately, while I do love my lips, I don't love this lip gloss.


  • Wet shine
  • Nice squeeze tube with slanted applicator and screw on cap
  • Low Price
  • Glossy, not waxy


  • Not natural
  • Smells like my old Strawberry Shortcake doll - which would be great if I was still 7
  • Tastes like regular Petroleum Jelly
  • Poor visible color


Is there a flavored, colored lip balm out there for me? Is Bonne Bell my only hope? Stay tuned to the further tales of my quest.