That Concert, Though!

Y’all know that I’m in my early 50’s, and love the music from my childhood/teenaged/early adult years, right? Well, if you didn’t? You do, now! 😉

Last weekend we went and did a Sunday night no-no. We attended a concert in Raleigh at the Coastal Credit Union Walnut Creek Ampitheater.

Who was playing? Just Jason Bonham’s Led Zepplin Experience, Cheap Trick and Foreigner.

I spent many of my pre-teen and teen years listening to Zepplin and was heartbroken upon finding out that John Bonham (drummer for Led Zepplin) had passed away in 1980. I’d kind of had a thing for Robert Plant back in the day because….that hair! That butt! 😍


Jason Bonham’s Led Zepplin Experience…

Anyway, I never got to see them in concert. John’s son, Jason, said that he never told his dad how much he admired him before he passed, so he put together the Led Zepplin Experience to pay tribute to his dad. Honestly? This may very well have been the next best thing to seeing the original band. I’m betting Jason’s dad would be really proud! If you see them? Close your eyes and you probably can’t tell the difference! ❤️

Cheap Trick came on next. They had some new material as well as their oldies. I spent my middle and high school years singing, “Mamma’s alright, daddy’s alright; they just seem a little weird…”


All of my friends had a thing for Robin Zander when we were kids, but my crush was Tom Peterson, the bassist. 😍 He sang a song that night that had a 12-string bass intro, “I’m waiting For The Man,” that was really impressive!

I lost my voice sometime during the last half of their set, and then Foreigner came on.


Now because I am a responsible adult, I don’t keep up with who is singing for which group, these days, because, well, adulting. It is what it is, right? Right!

That being said? I couldn’t hear anything different in the songs, but watched the lead singer, thinking that Lou Gramm’s hair was much darker than I remembered. I also didn’t remember him for his eye-candy factor! Turns out, the lead singer since 2005 has been Kelly Hansen. 😍 OMG! At 56? This guy is HAWT! He was all over the stage, in the audience and packed more energy than a Red Bull AND 5-Hour energy drink combined!!!! I had no idea that the original lead had been out since 2003 with voice issues. (I want to say I saw them in 96/97 with Journey, last…)


Back in the day? It was lighters. Now it is cell phone flashlights!

Anyway, they, too, put on a hell of a show! When they played, “I Want to Know What Love Is,” featuring the Clayton High School Honor Choir, I turned around and shot the above picture of lawn-seating. The lights were incredible; the picture doesn’t do it justice! ❤️

It was 11:00 when the concert was over, which means it was close to one when when got home, let the dogs out, and got to sit down and decompress from all that live-music adrenaline/energy that we had going on.

As far as people-watching went? We were not disappointed. My better half swears that the best people watching happens at WalMart, the airport and concerts. I think he’s onto something. 😂 There is nothing like seeing middle-aged people wearing classic 70’s garb and dancing in the aisles!

If any of you have the opportunity to see any of these groups live? DO IT!

Tell me about your favorite concer experiences!

Until next time, y’all! ❤️

Black Box: Sea-Mask Review

I mentioned. the other day that I had ordered the Restoration Skin set from Black Box after trying the two samples I received from my friend Sharon. In that post I reviewed the Frost face wash and the Six Minute Miracle, both of which I instantly fell in love with.

My set arrived yesterday and I couldn’t wait to tear into it, but I was keeping my 2 year old grandson for the evening so his mom could have some much deserved downtime getting her hair done. I had to do some serious adulting, in that I resisted the temptation to leave my husband to single-handedly wrangle an active toddler so I could dig into my goodies.

It was early enough to open and use the products, but too late for my brain to blog about them. 😂 So without further ado, here we go!

I got the plain brown cardboard box opened and pulled out what was inside. Was I ever surprised! I’d heard Black Box had some cool packaging, but I was still wow’d!


Love the Box! I’m weird that way.

Also in the package was a folder full of product and pricing information that is very in-depth.

The products themselves are pretty. I love attractive packaging, and these are pretty top-notch! The products are housed in air tight and light free containers. I am attracted to shiny, sparkly things, and I love pastel colors, so the contents in the box was win-win for me. They are sleek and modern, and look pretty darn cool on the vanity in my bathroom! 🙂


SEVEN items in this set! Cool packaging, too.

The product I am reviewing is the Sea-Mask.

From the website: Dramatically tighten facial skin and reduce pore size, immediately! Like all of our products, it is the most advanced facial product in its category. It contains three(3) forms of special sea algae harvested from pristine waters. These algaes are known for their ability to remove and eliminate toxins and bacteria. Sea-Mask contains super fruits, vitamins, aloe, the finest calcium-bentonite clay, and other special compounds. This wonderful combination will not only tighten, but leave your skin feeling incredibly soft. The effects last for days, so it is a wonderful way to give yourself a mini face lift. Unlike many face masques that are difficult to remove, Sea-Mask was developed for easy removal. Your skin will absolutely love this product!

Now, I’ve used a lot of mask products in my lifetime, and if you are like me? Mask = something heavy and clay-like that requires vigorous scrubbing (and sometimes a putty knife) to get all of it off your face, right? Not this one.


SeaMask. I’m in love!

I tried it this morning for the first time.

I will admit that I was a little perplexed. This is a relatively small container compared to the massive tubes I am used to. I was convinced I would use half of the contents on my first use. Not even close! A wee little bit goes a long way. (+1!) First of all, it isn’t green or blue, like I’d expected; it’s kind of tan, which is great, because I could actually walk to the mailbox without frightening the neighbors. (+1!)

So I applied a thin coat to my face and set my timer for 20 minutes. Within the first five minutes I could feeling it drying, and my face started to feel a little tight. (+1!) After about ten minutes it felt like my skin was being pulled to the center of my face!


I wanted to smile, but I was afraid I’d crack my face!

By fifteen minutes the sensation was a little tingley, but more than that? I could feel my heart beating in my face! 😳 No lie, you guys! I took my pulse, and yes, it was beating in time to my face! This is not an uncomfortable feeling in the least! (+1, because something was going on, there!)

Time up, I took a selfie and went to the sink to rinse my face, expecting to take some skin off with the scrubbing I was certain I’d be doing. Nope! Not even a little scrubbing. This stuff rinsed off so easily I almost couldn’t believe it! What I basically did was soak a washcloth in warm water, hold it over my face for just a few seconds, and began wiping it off. It came off so quickly and easily that I was pleasantly surprised! (Another +1!) Once I had rinsed everything off, I went back over it with cool water, which actually felt really nice! If you rinse your face with warm/hot water, it’s good to follow up with cool/cold in order to close the pores.


I could smile!

Okay, don’t laugh. This is after. I didn’t smile bigger because I don’t often show my teeth, especially when I’m not entirely awake, but it is what it is. Yes, you can see some redness where the mask had been. This is where circulation was improved and and faded within about 15 minutes, which was good, because the last thing I wanted was to be allergic to any of these products!

What do I not like about this mask? Nothing. It smells nice, my face still feels amazing (I moisturized with Infusion AM and used my Little Secret Weapon around the eyes) even after sweating like crazy in this eastern North Carolina humidity!

Next time I review, I will cover the Infusion AM.

If you are interested in trying some of these products yourself, you can absolutely leave me a comment, or simply visit my website for more information.

It may be a few days before I get back here, as I have a busy Sunday night planned, which I hope to share with you later. 🙂

Until next time, y’all!


A Quick Reunion…


Alan and me in the pool-house showing some love…

I grew up in Santa Clara, California and haven’t been back since 1996, when my grandpa died. It’s now 2017 and I live in eastern North Carolina and have for 21 years.

A high school friend of mine had been staying in Greenville, South Carolina for the last several years, and every time we tried to connect, something else came up.

My friend, Alan, is in the process of moving from Greenville up to Bellingham, Washington, and made plans to stop here Monday afternoon, stay over, spend yesterday here, then head out this morning, but hit a glitch and didn’t get on the road until yesterday afternoon.

He arrived at the house last night just before ten o’clock. We fixed him a lime twisted gin and tonic and fed him and talked until the wee hours of the morning. We ended up falling into bed (he in the guest room and the hubs and I in our room, just to be clear) and rolled out of bed after ten this morning.

After several cups of coffee (nectar of the gods, we both referred to it as, because old habits die hard) my husband started the grill and we feasted on Salmon Kyoto, asparagus and jasmine rice for brunch.

Alan had a few things to pick up, so I drove us to the local store and the entire time, neither of us could shut up! From ten last night, until his departure shortly before five this evening, we reminisced about our childhoods and caught up over several decades.

That said? Simply talking about our childhood in the ‘burbs of the Silicon Valley brought back a LOT of forgotten memories. It is like having an opportunity to re-live your childhood with someone that shared that experience with you on the opposite coast from where we grew up! My husband was born and raised here and runs into childhood friends regularly, and he “has” that. I don’t. Having Alan here today, and my girl Vicky here last November was like revisiting my childhood once more, and honestly? It feels really good to get back in touch with one’s ‘local’ roots, even if you are a whole country away from where you grew up!

The sad part, to me, is when they leave. 😕 While I am always happy to see my childhood friends? It’s like the memories that they dredged up with me leave when they do, and I’m left as the lone Valley Girl in the South.


Just being us after too many years! ❤️

When it was time for him to head out? My heart broke the littlest bit, because there went another link to a really happy childhood. I felt the same way when Vicky rolled out last year.

All of that being said, I just got notification of a multi-class reunion to be held at Central Park in Santa Clara in September of 2018, so you know I will be saving pennies to get us out there!

Until next time…