Thursday, March 28, 2013

Julep March Mystery Box


As you may know, I am a member of the Julep monthly subscription service { Original Post }. I love their polish so when I was emailed out their March Mystery Box I hurried up and snagged one before they were all sold. There are only a limited number of these boxes and they go super fast. You pay $25 and guaranteed  to get between $70-$200 worth of product...ummm amazing! The only thing about the mystery box is, it's a mystery. If you don't like what your sent, you're out of luck. 

It came in this sturdy box which I love because I re-use them in my office. 
My box contained:
Essential Cuticle Oil- $18
Lynn {American Beauty}- $14
Lauren {Classic with a Twist}- $14
Portia {Boho Glam}- $14
Camille {Classic with a Twist}- $14  {I think..I could not find it anywhere on their site}
Set of 10 One-Step Polish Remover- $10
Julep Nail File
3 Pack of Twistband Hair Ties- $5
Cute Gift Bag with Chevron Print {It fits my camera perfect}

That's a total of $89 worth of product for $25....chuuu chinnggg!

I really liked the nail polish remover pads BUT you can only use them once. I only used 3 of the 10 and when I sealed the rest in a zip lock bag, they were dry the next day. That was a bummer. 

The Twistbands are amazing! Enough said.

{From left to right: Essential Cuticle Oil, Lauren, Camille, Portia, and Lynn}

This is Lynn, and Camille over Lauren. This picture does the color no justice at all.
{Don't mind my chubby fingers lol}

If you are interested in Julep { Click Here } and learn all about it. I love them!



XX,

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Wardrobe Wednesday

Hello, Hello!
Welcome to Wardrobe Wednesday...for the love of clothes here are my picks this week.


I love this plum pleated skirt with the denim top mix.



Gorgeous color and I love the 'flow' of the material.


I want these loafers so bad that I am heading on over to google.com as soon as I post this lol.

Check out my Pinterest page if you love the clothes. 
Happy Wednesday!


XX,

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Wonderland Hop


The Owl's Skull is hosting her second blog hop called 'The Wonderland Hop'. I have said how much I love blog hops about a million times but I really think it is an essential tool for networking your blog. My page views, followers, and comments have risen at an impressive {to me} rate since I started participating in blog hops. 

Of course her hop is still new, since it is only her second one, but those are the ones I LOVE. Smaller hops make it easier for you to get noticed, in my opinion. You don't get lost in the shuffle and the hundreds of entries. Don't get me wrong, I love large hops too and I participate in them regularly but I love a smaller hops atmosphere.

I feel like it is so important to support each other as bloggers so go on over to The Wonderland Hop #2 and submit your work whether it is your blog, a project, facebook, pinterest, ect. 

XX,

Infinity Hand Towel {DIY}



One of my biggest annoyances in life is a hand towel that always falls on the floor. I am constantly throwing clean hand towels in the dirty clothes because they fell on the floor. What a waste! So when I came across a post on Pinterest of Martha Stewart's 'No- Slip Dish Cloth' I knew I had found a solution to this awful problem. 

So I went to work! 

Once again I changed things up a bit with my supplies. When I bought the Velcro I was rushing and it wasn't until I started this project that I noticed I got the sew on kind {yuck}. I didn't want to run back out to the store and I don't own a sewing machine, so I was disappointed.

What You Will Need:
Dish Towel {pre-washed}
Velcro
Scissors
Liquid Stitch

1) The Velcro will need to be on the 'inside' of one end and on the 'outside' of the other end.
I lined my Velcro before I went all crazy with the liquid stitch....to avoid any clumsy mistakes that I am so accustomed to. Your ends should look like this:
{Make sure you don't have the Velcro on the same sides of the dish cloth}

2) I started to use the needle and thread and then something amazing happened....I remembered I had Liquid Stitch. Yes! So I covered the back side of the Velcro completely with liquid stitch, making sure it covered all of it including the corners, and applied it to the fabric. 


3) Once you place every glued piece of Velcro you will want to let it sit for 24 hours to ensure that it holds really well. {Do yourself a favor and get the Velcro with adhesive already on it} I placed my sewing box on top of the stripes as they dried to make sure they didn't rise off the fabric while drying. 

4) Hang that bad boy on your stove handle and enjoy the luxury of your dish towel never falling off again!


Such an easy fix to such an annoying problem!


XX,

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Liebster Award


I was nominated for my very first Liebster Award by Ashley at Casa de Castel! When I first seen the Liebster Awards going around I thought they were so exciting and couldn't wait to get one. Liebsters are a way for blogs with less than 200 followers to connect with other bloggers, share a little more about yourself, and a way to help promote other small blogs. I love this concept because small blogs need a little lovin' too!

The Rules:
{1} Each blogger should answer the questions the tagger has set for you.
{2} Choose 11 new bloggers to pass the award on to and link them in your post.
{3} Create 11 new questions for the chosen bloggers.
{4} Go back to their page and tell them about the award.
{5} Each blogger should post 11 random facts about themselves.
{6} No tag-backs!!

My Questions From Ashley:
{1} What do you enjoy most about blogging?
I love to meet new people and blogging has been a great platform for it. I also find inspiration through blogging. I don't know about you but I have learned TONS from blogs lol.
{2} What are you currently reading?
I have to be honest, the only books I'm currently reading are my Business & Government books for school. 
{3} What is your favorite color?
Yellow because it's so happy.
{4} Where did you go on your last vacation?
My last vacation was to Bay St. Louis, Mississippi where I grew up.
{5} Coffee or tea?
Tea {Sweet Tea} if I had to choose but I gave all the sweet yummy stuff up for water :(
{6} Your favorite store to shop?
I LOVE Bath & Body Works!
{7} What was your favorite childhood toy?
My favorite childhood toy would have to be my Spice Girls tattoo maker. Those were the good ol' days!
{8} What is your favorite season?
Spring...it's not too hot nor too cold, just perfect!
{9} If you could meet one famous person, who would it be?
Oprah.
{10} Your favorite Craft Supply?
Hot Glue

{11} The best thing about yourself?
My amazing cleaning ability.

11 Random Facts About Myself:
{1} I'm OCD. Plain and simple.
{2}I wake up every morning and the first thing I do is clean my house. Every morning.
{3} I currently have wedding and baby fever...Steven had better get busy lol
{4}I have very bad anxiety and find it hard to go to busy places like stores, concerts, ect. 
{5} I'm a Netflix addict.
{6} I love the south but hate humidity. I have curly/poofy hair so bad things happen with humidity.
{7} I am in college for the second time. 
{8} My pets are my kids.
{9} I'm the closest with my youngest brother {he's 15}. He is so much fun and so quirky.
{10} I'm devastated to be turning 25...I now it sounds silly but its so true.
{11} I love the smell cinnamon, ALL year long. It makes me feel comforted and at home.

Bloggers I nominate:
{1}Jeannie at For What It's Worth
{2}Amanda from Temporary Waffle
{5}Meghan at Make Something Daily
{8}Kelly Mae at Kelly Mae
{9}Laura at The Turquoise Home
{10}Lindsey at Very Truly Me
{11} Alice at The Owl's Skull

My Questions for you:
{1} What is your middle name and do you like it?
{2}Who are you inspired by?
{3}What is your favorite brand of jeans?
{4}Why did you start blogging?
{5} Watch T.V. or read a book?
{6} What's your favorite holiday?
{7} Where would your ideal vacation be?
{8} What is your favorite 'throwback' movie?
{9} What celebrity would you like to meet?
{10} If you could only choose one: Facebook or Pinterest?
{11} What do you 'splurge' on?


Thank you again Ashley for the nomination, this was pretty fun! 

XX,


Friday, March 22, 2013

Huge Accomplishment

This may seem so little and petty for some people, especially bloggers who are well established but I finally hit over 100 page views in a day...120 to be exact! 
I normally get around 30-50 per day on average and sometimes even lower than that, so this has me over the moon. I am so glad that my blog is slowly progressing and it has turned into a wonderful networking experience. All I can say is THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! You guys are all awesome. 


I set a few goals when I first started my blog, which are:
1) Get 20 followers ( which I am SOOO close to reaching)
2) Get 100 page views in a day

Now that I have one goal finished and another so close, I think I will start setting my new goals.
This is so exciting for me!

Happy Friday Y'all!

XX,

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Friday Funny

When I first seen this video I literally cracked up. Its hilarious! So if you need a pick me up or just want to boost your already great Friday mood, check this out......



LOL, I love it!

XX,

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

DIY Spring Wreath

I hate to waste money when it's not needed so when I was considering my spring wreath this year I decided to make it myself. A little over a year ago I picked up this super ugly wreath for $2 because I knew I could re-purpose it one day. Well, that day has come. I wish I would have taken a before picture of the 'peacock' wreath before I stripped it, but I forgot {sad face}.

What I used for this project:
Old Recycled Wreath 
Rustoleum Spray Paint in Satin Lagoon
Krylon in Clear (optional)
White Fake Flowers & Decor 
Hot Glue Gun & Glue
Wire Snips

Satin Lagoon & Triple Thick Crystal Clear Glaze

When I first started I had a decor arrangement picked out in my mind but changed it last minute. So I didn't actually use the pink and yellow flowers or the ribbon.


1) After stripping the original said 'peacock' wreath I sprayed the new naked wreath with 2 coats of the Satin Lagoon spray paint. After letting it dry for 45 minutes, I applied a clear coat. This is optional but I wanted to do it because the sun beams all day long in front of our house so I didn't want the color to fad so quickly. 

 
Naked Wreath After Satin Lagoon & Clear Spray

2) After I allowed the color to sit for about 24 hours I prepped the decor flowers. I used the wire snips to cut the stem off at the base of the flower. 

3) Once I had the flowers ready I went through and set them out on the wreath so that I could have an idea of what I liked. Once I got the desired look I began hot glued my little heart out.

4) All Finished! All that was left was to hang it.

Finished Product {I hate our front door color and it needs repainted but we rent so I have to deal with it}

I have to say it was so simple and I loved being able to make it how I wanted it, that I think I will continue to make my own. I know that the instructions weren't necessary  and I actually felt stupid while writing them but this is my first time posting one of my DIY projects. 

I love my Spring Wreath DIY and I made it for about $10. How awesome is that! Steven was happy he didn't have to spend money and I am happy with the look.
 Win - Win situation!

XX,

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Wardrobe Wednesday

Happy First Day Of Spring!
In honor of this glorious day, this weeks Wardrobe Wednesday will be all Spring and Summer wear. I am SOO ready for warm weather and I'm sure you are too.

If you would like to see my whole Clothing board and so much more awesomeness, check out my Pinterest.





I am loving the white with a pop of color trend. These outfits have me in full blown Spring Fever mood.
Let me know your thoughts!

XX,

My ACE Update



A month ago I shared that I would be starting my ACE weight loss journey { Original Post }. I have gotten so much more out of this experience so far than I ever would have thought. I take one ACE pill a day and I have to say, I really like it. It doesn't make me jittery and I love the energy that I get from it. I really thought that it was going to be a struggle at first to make the changes but making it a lifestyle change instead of just another diet fad has changed our lives dramatically.

Before starting ACE, I was an out of control Mountain Dew addict. It was bad...really bad. It's so easy to run down to the gas station and get a big fountain drink multiple times a day and I was HOOKED. So my first decision was to start drinking water more often. To my surprise though, I completely stopping drinking pop on my first day of the "change" and it wasn't as bad as I thought that it was going to be. The hardest part was that Steven still drank Mountain Dew so it was always in the house. It was so tempting and I have to admit I did relapse one time after about a week. That Mountain Dew tasted so good....at first...then it was so sugary to me that it hurt my stomach and it started to taste disgusting. Steven knew how much of an achievement not drinking pop was so when he seen that I had one after a week, he decided that he would quit also and no longer have it in the house. That's one of the many reasons why I love him. So I can now say it has officially been 4 weeks since my pop relapse and I am POP FREE. Yayyy! I bought the Brita water bottle that has the filter built in and it has been a miracle for me. It more economical financially and for the environment. I was def recommend it to you especially if you are always on the run. This is the one I have:


My next big challenge was exercise. I am not a big exerciser but I knew that I would have to stay active. I am one of those OCD gotta wake up and immediately clean your whole house type of people. I feel awful and so out of whack if I don't do this. So I made changes like instead of mopping the floor I would scrub it with a brush, and I do lunges as I vacuum  Things of that sort. After a few weeks of this it started to get warm so we now also go on a 3 mile walk at least 4 times a week. I also started Pilates  which I love! Not exactly a big workout plan but I am staying active and slowly increasing what I am doing.

I have currently lost eight pounds but lost a lot more in inches. It has been slow so far but I think that is a good thing. I wanted a lifestyle change, not a fast and dramatic weight loss just to gain it back. As far as eating goes it isnt perfect but we have ut out almost all the fatty, sugary  JUNK food. We are going to start juicing in about a week so I will update you guys on how that's going later. 

Bottom line, I am very proud of myself. My skin is clear, I am more active, and accomplished one of my new years resolutions (Get rid of pop). 

Do you guys have any juicing recommendations for newbies like us? Did you like juicing and see benefits for your overall health? Let me know in the comments!

XX, 

February Beauty Army Box

Happy Tuesday! The weekend will be here before you know it.
Like Julep {Original Post} I am also a member of the Beauty Army monthly subscription service. Beauty Army is a sample service where you pay $12 per month and receive 6 samples. 

You take a beauty profile quiz and you will be offered the choice to pick 6 samples out of the 9 offered. If you don't like the choices available you can take the quiz again and get a different selection. If you have a month that you can not afford or you just don't like the samples offered, you can skip that month. 

So here's my February box (I know I am super late):

This is the greeting card that will come in each box. I love the sturdy box that it comes in because I use them for storing items in my craft room.

These are the samples that I chose. With Beauty Army it all depends on what you pick on whether you will get a full size product, deluxe sample, or a tiny one. 

I of course tried most of them already.
I love the Jonathan Dirt Texturizing Paste. It doesn't leave the hair greasy or heavy. Its really a great product.
I really didn't care for the Nelson Argon Oil. It took forever to rinse out of my hair and I kept finding the little beads on my scalp. But it did leave my hair smelling good. 

If you are interested in getting a Beauty Army subscription CLICK HERE! It really is a nice program and I would recommend doing a Google image search of their monthly boxes and you get a better idea of what they normally look like. This box is a little on the small side compared to others. 

If you are already getting a Beauty Army box, what do you think? Do you like it as well? Is it worth the money? I personally love it because I get the chance to try new products to see if I like them before buying and I LOVE the excitement of knowing I will get this awesome little box every month.

XX,

Monday, March 18, 2013

Julep Maven Subscription


I have mentioned my Julep Maven subscription a few times already, so I thought that I would share my March box with you . Julep is a monthly subscription service that costs $19.99 a month and you get Julep nail polishes and beauty products. With Julep you take a style quiz and will be assigned a style profile and they will send you at least $40 in products that compliment your profile. My profile is bombshell! What I like best about Julep is you get to see what you are getting and if you don't like it you can choose a different style profile, skip the month, or send it as a gift. I LOVE that! Another wonderful thing about the brand Julep is that a percentage of all nail color sales go to organizations that empower women and the polishes are also non-toxic.

The packaging is gorgeous and I loved my March box. It was a little small this month compared to others but  I still enjoyed it. 

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This is what it looks like when you first open the package. Excuse some of the pictures, I could not wait to open it so I grabbed some quick snaps.

Tip Card & Style Profile Card

March box contents. Like I said, I was not happy with how small this box was BUT I love love love the colors. From left to right:
Chelsea (Bombshell) $14.00
Kathleen (Bombshell) $14.00
Essential Cuticle Oil $18.00
And a sample of 'The Best Pedi Cream Ever'
That's $46.00 worth of product I got for $19. Not too shabby.
The cuticle oil is my absolute FAV!! Even if you aren't interested in the monthly subscription, you should still get their cuticle oil. It is amazing. 

Kathleen & Chelsea

Color swatches for each polish.

If you are interested in checking Julep out CLICK HERE! Also there are a few codes that you can use to try  your first box for FREE or for a penny. Enter code FREEBOX or PENNY at check out. Since it's your first box and you would be getting it free, you will have to pay $4.99 for shipping BUT you will only pay shipping that time. 

Check it out and let me know what you think. Try it for the first month and use one of the free codes and cancel if you decide it isn't right for you (you can cancel anytime).

XX,

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