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Sunday, December 29, 2013

What I got for Christmas

I love seeing what everyone received for Christmas. I received some really cool products, so I want to share those with you! I will break these into categories, to make it easy to read. Here's what I got!

Entertainment:

Dinner for Schmucks DVD: I can't tell you how much I love this movie. My dad and I laugh so hard until tears come down our faces.

Date Night DVD: Again, this movie is hilarious! It never gets old, and you find new things to laugh at every time I watch it!

The Christmas Card DVD: This is probably my all time favorite Hallmark Channel Christmas movie. I watch it every single time it is on TV and I know I will probably wear the DVD out.


The Chew What's for Dinner cookbook: I watch the Chew everyday that I am home, and love most of the recipes that they make. Plus, the banter between Clinton, Carla, Daphne, Mario and Michael is hilarious!

Carla Hall Cooking with Love cookbook: This has those Southern down home recipes that are just delicious comfort food.

The Pioneer Woman A Year of Holidays cookbook: This is probably the best cookbook I have ever received. There are step by step pictures, and everything in the cookbook is something I would make.

These were some of the entertainment things I received for Christmas. Did you get any of these items? Tell me, I'd love to hear from you! Leave me a comment! I am going to do a separate post on the beauty things I received.



Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas Traditions

Wow, I have been a terrible blogger this past week haven`t I ? Sorry about that. Blame it on the Christmas busyness.
I have some fun Christmas posts coming up so be on the lookout for that.

I am a traditional person. Christmas is no exception. My family always teases me that we are going to change things up, and I always shoot them down. These traditions have been going on since I was a little girl, so why change them?

On Christmas Eve, we always have some type of cheese filled pasta. This ranges from stuffed shells, to manicotti, to lasagna. Always homemade of course! My grandma always gives me a Nutcracker on this day as well. (I collect them!)

Christmas Day, we always have hard boiled eggs, home fries, and ham for breakfast. Recently, I started making my breakfast quiche and that has added to the tradition. 

When I was a little girl Santa would always put an orange in my stocking, even now there is always an orange in my stocking. There is always an angel on the top of our tree.

*I will not be blogging the 24-26th to spend time with family. I will be back on the 27th!

What are some of your Christmas traditions? I would love to hear from you! Leave me a comment and tell me! 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Staying in Budget at Christmas

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Also, the amount of money I DON'T have!  Haha!
Christmas season can be rough on your wallet. Between buying gifts for your kids, parents, co-workers it can really make it run dry. I pretty much hate spending money, so this is always a tough time of year for me. This year, I did things a little different. I set a budget.

I took about $160 dollars to buy presents for my family. I have stayed within that budget, but I still need to buy for my parents. Which, I will have to add just a little bit of money to what I have left over.

So all together, I have bought presents for my aunt and uncle, 2 sets of grandparents, and my great grandpa. All that is left, is my parents. (Why are they so hard to buy for?)

I bought some presents online, and I set aside $40 (the total of the bill) to be used when the credit card bill comes in. That way, I won't go over budget and spend that $40 and be scraping around for money when the bill comes in.

This system has really worked for me this year. I would suggest it to everyone, especially if you are frugal like me!

Now, I have some last minute shopping to do!

How do you manage shopping for Christmas presents? Do you set a budget? I'd love to hear from you! Leave me a comment and let me know!

Monday, December 16, 2013

December 2013 Birchbox

Another month, another Birchbox! Who doesn't love receiving mail in today's technological age? Her is what I received in my box!

Camille Beckman | Body Butter- As soon as I opened this, my mom claimed it. She loves a rich body butter, and the scent is slightly musky.

Mally | Lip Magnifier- I am SO excited to try this! I've wanted to try Mally Beauty for a long time. This lip crayon is in the color Soft Nude, and applies very glossy. *After trying this on, it is too light for me, however I will be using this to tone down some brighter lipsticks, or underneath a lip liner!*

Nelson j Beverley Hills | Argan Oil 7 moisture Healing Mask- This mask is said to nourish dry color treated, damaged hair. I love hair masks, and I am excited to see how my hair feels after using this!

Skin & Co Roma | Truffle Therapy Anti Aging Serum- This was another sample my mom claimed! She is always looking for a new anti wrinkle cream.

The Lifestyle Extra this month is a candle from Greenleaf Candle Company. This is the Starlight votive. The scent is slightly citrusy with a hint of muskiness. It is slightly overpowering but might not be like that when burned.

Overall, this box was...okay. There were a few things like the Mally lip crayon and the hair mask that I was excited about but other than that, not much. This wasn't one of my favorite boxes, however I still love the service!

If you want a box of your own, you can use my referral link here!

What did you like about your Birchbox this month? Leave me a comment, I'd love to hear from you!

Friday, December 13, 2013

High Five for Friday

Friday rolls around, and it is getting closer and closer to Christmas! I'm linking up with Lauren today, as usual! *Sorry for the lack of pictures this week guys!*

1. I had a birthday on Wednesday! Unfortunately, that day was kind of crappy, so I am instituting a birthday redo today!

2. I pulled out my favorite ear warmer and wore it already! It has been bitter cold here!

3. I am doing pretty good with Christmas shopping this year. Now, if only the stuff I ordered online will get here soon!

4. Season 3 of Farm Kings premiers 1 week from yesterday! I'm SO excited!

5. Mom and I are baking Christmas cookies today!

What did you love this week? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Favorite Christmas CD's Part 2

If you missed part 1 of my favorite CD's for Christmas you can find it here! Here are five more that I enjoy listening to during the holiday's.


I absolutely LOVE Michael Buble's CD entitled Christmas. He does duets with The Puppini Sisters, Shania Twain, and Naturally 7. My favorite song on this album is Cold December Night. 

David Archuleta's Christmas from the Heart has a nice blend of upbeat songs, and slow songs. He also does an incredible job on Ave Maria.

Amy Grant's Home for Christmas is one that I almost always listen to first when I pull my CD's out. I was first attracted to this CD because it has Grown Up Christmas List on it which is one of my favorite songs. I also love Breath of Heaven. 

Let the Yuletide Ring has the entire Nutcracker Suite on it. As a Nutcracker collector, I had to get the entire suite on CD. 

The Martin's Light of the World is by far my favorite Christian Christmas CD. They do Christmas like only the Martin's can, with incredible family harmony!

What are some of your favorite Christmas CD's? Leave me a comment, I'd love to know!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Favorite Christmas CD's Part 1

In my opinion, there is nothing better than Christmas music. I have found myself listening to the same CD's year after year. I wanted to share my favorites with you! I have a lot so I am splitting this into 2 parts! You can never go wrong with Christmas music. I have a wide range of favorites, and I'm sure one of these will suit your Christmas mood!



*NSYNC's Home for Christmas is a great upbeat Christmas CD. My favorite song is the ever popular Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday's. They also do a great job on O Holy Night, which is acappella.

98* This Christmas is also one of my absolute favorites! If you are proposing to your girfriend on Christmas, you will want to play This Gift. It is an absolutely beautiful song perfect for the occasion!

Jingle Bells is all instrumental. I love putting this on for Christmas Eve and listening to it as we eat diner.

Disney's Christmas Collection are Christmas songs like only Disney can do it! I'm 26 and I still love listening to this CD. If you have children, this would be a great CD to pop in the car!

Stay tuned for part 2 of my favorite Christmas CD's!

What are your favorite CD's for Christmas? Leave me a comment and let me know!


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Favorite Christmas Home Scents

I absolutely love my Better Homes and Gardens wax warmer. It melts the wax cubes beautifully,  and perfumes the entire area with a delicious scent. I found the warmer at Wal-Mart for $15 and the wax melts for $2 for 6 cubes. I think the Winter scents are my favorite, and in my area, I could burn them until at least March!

Frosty Peppermint Snow: I ABSOLUTELY cannot be without this scent. It is an icy peppermint that is very subtle, and not overpowering at all. The only problem that I find is that this scent does not last long. I can't get enough of it!

Chocolate Peppermint Truffle: If you love Andes Candies, you will love this scent. It is an exact match to the candy. It is the perfect blend of chocolate and mint, and it is not too strong. Caution: this might make you want to snack on Andes Candies!!

Cinnamon and Spice: This scent is very homey. It isn't a strong scent, but it doesn't fade in the background either. This scent lasts forever, and even when the warmer is off, you can smell the cinnamon scent.

What are your favorite scents for winter? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Favorite Winter Nail Polishes

These nail polishes are a good mix of many different colors. My mood depends on if I want to wear a darker color or a lighter color for my nails. Here are my favorites for Winter!

L-R Giovanna, Ruby Slippers, Kendal, Shay, Kelly, Champagne
Zoya Shay: This is in every single one of my favorites, because it is a great neutral. It is the perfect mannequin hands shade for me. It is a beautiful pinky/peach with a hint of metallic. I love it!

Femme Couture Ruby Slippers: This is my go to Christmas Eve and Day nail polish. It is a deep red with lighter red glitter. It is absolutely gorgeous, and perfect for Christmas!

Zoya Kendal: This is a wonderful Winter neutral. It is full coverage in 2 coats. This is probably the lightest purple, which makes it a great neutral. It goes with anything, and you can't tell that it is purple.

Zoya Kelly: This is a wonderful purple/blue/gray neutral color. It is dark and sultry, and I love this with Essie Set in Stones as an accent nail.

Zoya Giovianna: This is the color of the year: Emerald! So why not sport it on your nails? This is just a gorgeous green.

Nailtini in Champagne: This is a rose gold hue with micro glitter. This is a neutral but with spunk. This is work appropriate, but still festive.

How about you? What are your favorites? Leave me a comment, I'd love to hear from you!


Friday, December 6, 2013

High Five for Friday

Friday, you are here again! It is lovely to see you! I am linking up with Lauren, as usual! Here is what I loved this week!

1. I worked 4 days this week subbing, and I had to leave at 2 for a doctors appointment today. The plus: I get to eat Olive Garden for dinner!

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2. I just learned that I am going to go see Donny and Marie in concert the day after my birthday! I'm SO excited!!

3. Have you started your Christmas list? I definitely need to! Tell me that I'm not the only one who makes Christmas lists to use as "hints" for my family.

What a cool way to address a Christmas card!
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4. I found this cool way to address my Christmas cards! I'm doing it this year!

5. This week, I am glad it is Friday!

How has your week been? Let me know, I'd love to hear from you! Comment away!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Tortilla Soup

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For some reason lately, my soup of choice has been tortilla soup. I've had it at a couple restaurants, and both have been different. One style has been broth based, and another tomato based. Both were very good, but I preferred the broth based soup.

I should also mention that I LOVE Mexican food. I make a mean enchilada bake, which I usually make for Cinco de Mayo. Mom and I love to can our own pico de gallo (which would be awesome on top of tortilla soup!)

So basically this post is going to be a pre-post to an upcoming post. I found the Pioneer Woman's recipe of Tortilla Soup, and I decided that I absolutely have to make it. It looks delicious! I will make sure to fill you in on how it goes!

Do you have a favorite tortilla soup recipe? I'd love to hear from you! Leave me a comment with your favorite recipe!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Christmas Gifts for "The Others"

I entitled this post Christmas gifts for "The Others" because you know you always have those people that you don't know what to buy for them. People like hairdressers, co-workers, and maybe your child's teacher. I pulled these ideas from my Pinterest page. These gifts are small, and relatively inexpensive, so if you need to make multiples of this, it will not break the bank.

Homemade Stocking Stuffers - take white gum and draw a snowman face on the plastic. How adorable is this? This is just a cute way to decorate your gum.

Christmas? Who doesn't love a peppermint sugar scrub? This can be made in bulk and be gifted to many different people. Plus, it could be done in a few hours on a Saturday.

Reindeer Noses (Whoppers & Bubblegum) would make adorable Christmas party favors, inexpensive too! I thought this gift would be adorable for a child's class. Who wouldn't love to munch on "Reindeer Noses", and Rudolph's nose?

Socks & matching nail polish for a simple but fun Christmas gift! What woman doesn't love getting nail polish and matching socks? I know I would! This would be great for your hairdresser or child's teacher!

Can you see yourself giving some of these gifts? If you do, I'd love to hear from you! Leave me a comment and let me know!


Monday, December 2, 2013

Bain de Terre Nourishing Conditioner Review

I have been trying this new conditioner out and I have been loving it. I received this in an Ipsy bag, and was pleasantly surprised. This conditioner has macadamia oil, and argan oil. It is paraben free. This conditioner is thinner, but don't let that fool you. It is incredibly moisturizing. I put this on and leave it on for 2-3 minutes and when I comb my hair out, it is so soft and manageable. I also find that I don't have a problem with styling afterwards. Another aspect that I love about this conditioner is that is smells incredible! It is so fresh and sweet smelling. 

You can buy this at Ulta or locally!

Have you ever tried this conditioner? I'd love to hear from you! Leave me a comment and let me know!

P.S. Sorry for the blurry photo.    :(

Friday, November 29, 2013

High Five for Friday

It is Black Friday. Are you going shopping? I don't think I am, but I might participate in Cyber Monday!! Large crowds of angry people all vying for a specific item does not appeal to me at all. Here is what I have loved this week!

1. I made homemade pretzel buns for the first time! They were really good, and so easy since I made the dough in the bread maker!

2. It snowed here, and it is absolutely gorgeous outside. I love when the snow sticks on the trees.

3. There was a two day marathon of Farm Kings on Wednesday and Thursday. I've watched every episode, but it never hurts to re-watch them!!        ;)

4. I ate way too much yesterday, as I usually do. Plus, we have tons of leftovers!

5. As much as I ate yesterday, there are two things I am craving right now: Chipotle, and a turkey sandwich on a fresh roll with mayo. YUM!

Did you link up with Lauren? I'd love to hear from you! Leave me a comment and let me know!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

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I'd like to wish all of my readers a Happy Thanksgiving. Take time today to list what you are grateful for; big or small. There is a lot of sadness in the world, and today is a great time to reflect on what we have. I'm thankful for many things, but having a loving family and wonderful friends top my list. I'm also thankful to have my health, when so many around me do not.

From a blogging standpoint, I am thankful to my readers who read my blog, even during times of no posts!

Enjoy being around those you love today, eating good food, and being grateful.


What are you thankful for this year? Leave me a comment and let me know!


Stay tuned for a "What's on my Thanksgiving Plate" post!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Today

This is just a quick post for you today. I know the weather is a little treacherous out there, so please be careful if you are traveling. If the roads get bad, pull off and take your time. Safety is at the up most importance. Safe travels everyone!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Sally Girl Connecting Compact Eyeshadow Review

I don't go into Sally Beauty Supply often. I will stop in maybe once a month but I almost never buy anything. This last time however, I did end up buying 3 of the Sally Girl Connecting Eyeshadows. Initially I had my eye on the Revlon Shadowlinks, but read some poor reviews. These reviews said that the Sally Girl shadows were of better quality, so I wanted to give them a shot. Plus, they were only $.99. YES! You know I love a good beauty steal! I chose three colors, Beige, Rich Mocha, and Gun Metal.

Beige is just that, a matte beige color. This color would be best described as medium flesh toned.

Rich Mocha is a medium brown with micro glitter. I don't notice the glitter much when it is on my eye.

Gun Metal is the strangest name. It is a satin white, but beautiful highlight color.

The quality of these eyeshadows are good. I noticed that they do need several swipes of the brush to attain the pigmentation I desire. These are a little bit harder than a Wet N Wild eyeshadow, and there is some fallout with the shadows. These are not the quality of The Balm's matte eyeshadows in the Meet Matte Nude palette.

You are probably asking yourself if I like them. The answer is yes! Even though the quality isn't as creamy as other shadows, the staying power is really great! I love that the beige color is the same color of my eyelid, and that the rich mocha has just enough definition to go into my crease. Together, these shadows create a simple, mostly matte, neutral eye.

I also love how you can pick and choose from over 48 different colors and create your own connecting compact like I did!

Have you tried these eyeshadows? I'd love to hear your thoughts! Leave me a comment and let me know!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Be A Bombshell Lipstick Review

Red lipstick and Thanksgiving/Christmas just go together like PB&J. There are so many variant shades of red, that you can never have too many reds. I received the Be A Bombshell lip crayon in Hot Damn in my Ipsy bag for November. When I saw the color, I knew that this will be a well loved favorite for the holiday season. This was also my first experience with Be A Bombshell lipstick!

Hot Damn is a pure red with micro glitter. You absolutely cannot feel the glitter on your lips. This lip crayon has a waxy texture. I believe that the texture makes it perfect for it adhering to the lips. I love that this lipstick doesn't feather outside of the lip line (again, probably due to the waxy texture). This has very good staying power, and leaves a slight stain behind. This product also does not need sharpened. I also love this paired with the Aqua Lacquer by POP Beauty in Splashing Scarlet.



How I would wear this: I would pair this with a matte nude eye, with classic black liner. Keep the cheeks simple, add a subtle highlight and use this lipstick. (Look for a photo tutorial in December!)

Have you tried any lipsticks from Be A Bombshell? I'd love to hear from you! Leave me a comment and let me know!

Friday, November 22, 2013

High Five for Friday

I know I have been the worst blogger these past two weeks. I have had some some sub jobs, and no time to write ahead in my posts. I promise I will get better, I'm still learning to balance between blogging and jobs.

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 I am linking up with Lauren like I usually do on Friday's!

1. The district I subbed for this week starts school at 7:35. It's early BUT, the students leave at 2:20. I could leave at 2:45. This makes me happy. It was nice to not leave at 4:00.

2. I plan on having an at home spa day this weekend. I need to use a face mask and a hair mask, plus I need to paint my nails!

3. My goal for this next week is to get a lot of blog posts written up for this month, and part of next month.

4. I have a new found love of hummus. I tried the Sabra Roasted Red Pepper kind, and it was seriously delicious! I recommend it!

5. What is everyone making for Thanksgiving dessert? I might make a chocolate pecan pie!

If you link up, I'd love to hear from you! Leave me a comment and let me know!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Put A Lid On It Review

This post is a review of a new favorite eyeshadow primer. I have been using this primer by The Balm, and love the consistency, and staying power. The Put A Lid On It primer has a silky texture. It is colorless.

I apply a small amount of this on my eyelid, blending all the way to my brow bone. Then I apply my shadows. By using this primer, my shadows apply smoother and last longer. This also goes on clear, unlike some primers.

The Balm always knocks it out of the park when it comes to packaging. I received a full size of this when I purchased my Meet Matte Nude palette.

*I have oily eyelids. This doesn't give me all day wear, but it definitely helps them to last much longer than usual.*

What are your favorite eyeshadow primers? Have your tried this one from The Balm? I'd love to hear from you! Leave me a comment!!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Seasonal Dilemmas

Now that it is definitely Fall/Winter, I have had some issues with my skin and hair. Both are extremely oily. Which is causing me to break out, and have disgusting hair. I wash my face twice a day, and try not to wash my hair on the days I won't be leaving my house. I still get extremely oily. I want to hear some of your tips on controlling the oil. I use my dry shampoo, but should I use a clarifying shampoo? I need your tips and tricks. I can't be a total grease ball!

Have any of you struggled with this? I'd LOVE to hear your tips, leave me a comment and let me know.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

November 2013 Ipsy Bag

I'm going to go out and say that this bag was absolutely over loaded with products! It was awesome! I have really been loving my Ipsy bags. Here is what I received in my bag this month!

Starlooks Gem Eyeliner Pencil in Topaz: This is a beautiful icy blue color. This color will be great for the Christmas season. I'm glad this was in my bag because I usually don't stray from my everyday brown, or purple, or black liners. This will help me to break out of that rut. I only swatched it, but it applied very smoothly. *This is full size.*

Pixi Beauty Bronzer in Subtly Suntouched: This is my first Pixi product! I have looked at Pixi products at Target, but never purchased before. I swatched this, and while it isn't overly pigmented, I think it will make a beautiful highlighter. It gives just enough sheen.

TRESemme' Tres Two Hairspray: I love this hairspray. and I love having the mini for travel! It has a great hold!

Nailtini Nail Lacquer in Champagne: I straight up love this color! It is a beautiful rose gold color with micro holographic glitter. It is a perfect winter neutral that has enough sparkle to it. This will also be great for the Holiday's! *This is full size.*

em Pillow Plush lip balm in Vanilla: This is by Michelle Phan. This is a potted lip product. The color is a beautiful neutral with micro, micro glitter. It gives your lips shine without feeling gritty. This does feel very smooth on the lips, and you could definitely use this as a tinted lip balm.

Be a Bombshell lipcolor in Hot Damn: This is a beautiful Christmas red lip crayon. This has slight glitter, but again, you absolutely cannot feel it on your lips. This does leave a slight stain behind.I envision using this with a matte neutral eye, some Pixi bronzer as a highlight, and this on your lips. It would be the most beautiful, simple look for the Holiday season! *This is full size.*

This month overall was a fantastic month for Ipsy. I think this is definitely worth the $10 a month!

What did you get in your Ipsy bag? I'd love to hear your thoughts, leave me a comment!

Friday, November 15, 2013

High Five for Friday

Friday is here again! It is always a wonderful way to bring in the weekend. Here is what I loved this week.

1. I made another visit to Freedom Farms. I bought some apples, and bread.

2. I absolutely loved my Birchbox and Ipsy bags this month! The Ipsy review is coming tomorrow!

3. I am subbing today and I got to wear my jeans to school. I love days like that.

4. I just want it to be Christmas, because I have some amazing posts for you already planned out!

5. I discovered that McDonald's iced coffee with caramel is AMAZING!

Thanks, Lauren for the link up!

What about you? How was your week? Leave me a comment, I'd love to hear from you!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

KMS Free Shape Review

I wanted to do a quick review of the KMS Free Shape Hot Flex Spray. First, some background. My hair will hold a curl, but they definitely lose their shape after a while. I have to use some type of hair product to make them stay perfect. I absolutely love Redken's Spray Starch, which my stylist told me is discontinued. I received this KMS Free Shape in a Birchbox, and I have tried it out. Here are my thoughts!

I like this product. It isn't sticky like hairspray, and definitely holds my curls. KMS is light, and doesn't tangle my hair when I spray it in. It doesn't make my hair greasy, and I like the scent. I love that a little goes a long way with this! I love that my hair is not crunchy after putting this in. (There are too many I's in that paragraph!)

Would I repurchase this? Maybe. I currently have a lot of Spray Starch left, and will probably use what is left of the KMS for travel. I don't use these products every day, so a bottle will last you a long time if you would buy it. KMS products are available at selected salons, you can view all of their products on their  website.

Do you love KMS products? Leave me a comment, I'd love to hear from you!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

November 2013 Birchbox

I swear that little pink box can cheer me up anytime! I wasn't feeling well when I received this, but looking at the goodies inside instantly cheered me up. Here is what was in my November box!

Color Club|Nail Polish: Dark N' Stormy- Oh this color is absolutely gorgeous! It is a beautiful dark gray, that is slightly metallic. I envision this with a sparkly accent nail, and it will look absolutely Fall/Winter like.

Dr. Lipp|Original Nipple balm for Lips- This was originally used for new mothers to help with nursing woes, but they swear by this stuff. Who wouldn't want an emollient balm for your lips for the dog days of winter when your lips are super chapped? I'm excited to try this out!

It's a 10|Miracle Leave In Conditioner- SO, SO, SO excited about this! I have heard rave reviews about this product, but never have tried it! You readers know how much I love to try different hair products! Definitely be watching for a review once I have had time to sample this!

Juicy Couture|Viva la Juicy Noir- I like how this smells. It isn't heavy and seems like a good Fall/Winter scent.

Ghiradelli|Toffee Crunch- This is a full sized chocolate bar y'all! Who doesn't love that? I absolutely can't wait to savor small pieces of this at a time. I have the flavor Toffee Crunch.

In addition to the samples, they also included a gift guide with items from the Birchbox shop! It has gifts for the guys in your life as well.

I'm so anxious to see what you got in your Birchbox! Leave me a comment, I'd love to hear from you!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Wet N Wild Finds


I was browsing through my local Ollies, and stumbled upon a gift set from Wet N Wild! You know that I am a big fan of their products, so I was so excited to get my hands on this! It is a set of two six pan eyeshadow palettes, and 2 lip liners.

They eyeshadow palettes that they had were Greed and Lust, both of which I have come to find out are discontinued. I was instantly drawn to these palettes because they each contained 3 matte eyeshadows.

The box said that there was an eyeliner and brow pencil in the kit, but there were two lipliners in mine. This is probably one of the reasons they were on Ollie's shelves.

Once I get to experiment with this palette, I will do a review on them and maybe a photo tutorial!

Have you ever found Wet N Wild products at your local discount bargain store? I'd love to hear from you! Leave me a comment and let me know!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

UniqOne Hair Treatment Review

There are many times that I wish I didn't have to heat process my hair as much as I do. I give it a break when I can by not washing it, and using heat tools on it everyday. I also try to use a hair masque once a week that gives it some sheen and healthiness back. I received the UniquOne Hair Treatment to try, and I wanted to give you my thoughts!

The consistency of this is like a conditioner. It is nice because you can spray it into the palms of your hands and run it through your hair, or spray it all over your hair. It is a leave in treatment that helps prevent split ends, increase shine, and repairs your hair. This also acts as a detangler.

I spray some on the palms of my hands and smooth it down the sides of my hair. This way, it catches the fragile pieces that are damaged and helps to repair them. I blow my hair dry, and style as usual.

After using this product, I like that this is a leave in treatment. It also doesn't leave my hair greasy, or hard to style. I have noticed that I do have more shine to my hair after using this. The only thing I don't like about this is the scent.

Would I purchase this? I'm not sure. If my hair was significantly damaged, perhaps. I like the idea of a leave in treatment, but I am not sure if I would want to spend $18 on a leave in treatment.

If you want to purchase this, you can find it in the Birchbox shop!

Have you tried this product? I'd love to hear from you! Leave me a comment and let me know!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Tip for Growing Out Your Bangs

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I am growing my bangs out. I've had them for over two years and it is time for a change. If you've ever grown out your bangs, you know what a frustrating process that can be. They are either in your face all the time, or crunchy from copious amounts of hairspray. I discovered a trick that not only keeps your bangs out of your face, but avoids the crunchy hair feeling. Here's how you do it!

1. Style your hair as usual. For me, this includes putting my bangs in a velcro roller to curl them.
2. Once your hair is styled, remove the roller if necessary. Then separate your bangs by pulling the top layer up.

3. Spray a spritz of dry shampoo on your bangs as if you were doing it to absorb oil.

4. Run the dry shampoo in, smooth bangs, and apply hairspray.

That's it! The dry shampoo gives your bangs texture. I found that this helps prevent my bangs from falling into my face and I don't use as much hairspray. The dry shampoo acts as a binder, helping the hair stick together.

Have you ever tried this trick? Leave me a comment, I'd love to hear from you!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Chapstick Hydration Lock Review

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The weather is getting cooler, and chapped lips are bound to happen. I usually apply lip balm to remedy this problem. I received this ChapStick Hydration Lock in my October Birchbox, and have been trying it out for you! So far, I am loving it!

The scent is Vanilla Creme, and although the scent is faint, it is still there. The chapstick glides on smoothly, and is very emollient. I apply this at night, and wake up with the balm still left on my lips. This promises 8 hour moisture, and I definitely agree with that. This is not a waxy type lip balm either. ChapStick Hydration Lock also contains the antioxidant CoQ10, and hylauronic filling spheres.

This would make a great lip primer for those drier lipsticks that you may have. This smooths out your lips perfectly! If you like the matte lipstick look, but hate how some of them feel on your lips, try this lip balm underneath.

I definitely think I will be repurchasing this again! I have seen this at Wal-Mart for under $3!

Have you tried this lip balm? What did you think of it? I'd love to hear from you! Leave me a comment and let me know!

*I had taken pictures of this, but they ended up being erased.  :(

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Week in Review


Another week passes, another week in review post! Can you believe it is November already? Where has the time gone? These posts are a great way to catch up on what you might have missed!


  • I met the Farm Kings. They are unbelievably nice, I can't say it enough times! 
  • Even in today's digital age, I like to read an actual magazine. Here are my favorites!
  • A blog post is not complete without a lip product! Here is my new favorite combination!
  • Like always, I linked up with Lauren on Friday! Here was the best part of my week!
Let me know what your favorite post of the week was!

Friday, November 1, 2013

High Five for Friday

It is a windy Friday here in Pennsylvania today. It is a good day to wear a hat. Here is what I loved this week!

1. I got called into substitute yesterday. Yes, on Halloween. The kiddos were already pretty excited, and trick or treating didn't even start!

Weather Icons Royalty Free Stock Photo - Image: 313402152. I have begun the Summer to Fall clothes switch out. It isn't my favorite thing to do, but I like rediscovering my closet with the Fall and Winter clothes.

3. The local weatherman made his Winter weather predictions. Looks like we are going to get a lot of snow in February!

4. I am subbing all next week, I should plan my outfits and lunches out!

5. If you haven't seen my post on it yet, I finally met the Farm Kings! I am already plotting my return visit before the home market closes for the season! I must get more Honey-crisp apples and apple cider!


What did you love this week? Thanks to Lauren for letting me link up with her!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

New Favorite Lip Combo

I wanted to share a new favorite lip combo with you! This is a good neutral pink color that goes with everything. You need 3 products!

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L'Oreal Fairest Nude lipstick is probably as light as I would go, as far as nude on my lips.
Starlooks lip liner in Tickle Me Pink is a mauve-y pink that applies smoothly.
Model Co lip gloss is a beautiful light pink gloss that isn't sticky.

To create this look, I lined my lips with the Starlooks liner. I filled in my entire lips. Then, I put a light coat of Fairest Nude on top of the liner. Then, I add a sheer coat of the Model Co lip gloss.

This combination is a go to neutral for every day use. I like to use this for days when I can reapply, because it isn't long wearing. You can use any type of sheer pink gloss for this look. I just happen to have the Model Co on hand.

Have you ever tried layering different lip liners and lipsticks? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

My Favorite Magazines

Even in today's digital age, I still like to pick up the occasional magazine or two. Here are a few of my favorites.

I receive Taste of Home monthly. The recipes in this magazine are easy, and use ingredients you most likely have on hand. I have made so many recipes from this magazine, and have yet to find one that I haven't liked.

I also receive Women's Health. I like this magazine for the information it provides. Not only does it give me beauty advice, but it also gives relationship advice, recipes, and exercise information.

Woman's World I almost always pick up at Wal-Mart. I absolutely love this magazine. It is an easy read, and has recipes, and beauty tips in it as well. However, it also contains short stories that will lift you up.

What are some of your favorite magazines? I'd love to hear from you! Leave me a comment and let me know!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Mandii Meets the Farm Kings

If you follow my twitter account at all on Thursday nights, you know how much I love the reality show on GAC called Farm Kings. They are a group of 9 brothers, 1 sister, and a Mama Bear, who own a market, bakery, and restaurant, not to mention a farm! Plus, as an added bonus, they are about 20-30 minutes from my house! The show chronicles living as a farming family in today's world, the family dynamics of a large farming family, and running successful businesses and farm. (How many times did I just use the word farm?) If you also watch the show, you know that they are also one good looking side of beef. (I'm not talking about the cows, people!!) I digress.

The King Kids (in order of birth): Joe, Elizabeth, Tim, Pete, Dan, Luke, Sam, John, Paul, Ben.

Well, I explored all that is Freedom Farms during their Fall Festival. First, we went to the home market, where we saw all of the fresh produce. Not only did they have the produce, but they had meats, eggs, and soups for sale. It was there we had our first encounter with a King man. We saw Pete! We had seen him earlier in the year at the Tri-County Produce Auction we go to in New Wilmington, PA. (See below.) We talked to him for a good 5-7 minutes, got a picture, and then a hug!!! (If this doesn't tell you how amazing this family is, I don't know what will!) He was just the nicest!!

Next up was the actual festival ON THE FARM!! We drove down the pathway and was stopped by Elizabeth (Bitty)  where we had to pay our $5 per person entrance fee. Again, she was so nice. Up next was my Mom's favorite, Tim! He told us where to park, and John directed us to our spot. Mom told Tim to "get his smile ready." I was cracking up in the backseat, and so was Tim (not in the backseat!) We got our picture with Tim, and then I saw Molly King. Who is Molly King you ask? She is Lisa's golden retriever. She is an adorable pint size bundle of love, who greeted everyone with a wag of her tail. Today is her birthday! I got my picture taken with her too. We sampled some fresh apple cider, and looked at some of the merchandise. We talked with Lisa King, the woman behind all of the King kids. She talked to us for 15 minutes, just like she had known us for a long time. I will say it again, they are so unbelievably nice!

We took a hay ride around the farm to see where the magic happens. There was a brief stop to pick pumpkins. Also at the farm location, there was face painting, a maze, punkin' chunkin' and a bouncy area. We each got the pulled pork sandwich for lunch, and it was delicious! I am not a huge pork fan, put this was so good. Chef Dale did a great job with the pork!! After milling around some more, we decided to go back to the home Market to see if we could catch Dan. We pull in, and who is carrying pumpkins inside the store? Daniel! He had just returned from a farmer's market with Sam. The film crew was there so we shopped around and waited for them to finish their filming. Dan was so nice and accommodating when asked to take a picture, and we weren't the only ones!

All in all, my Sunday with the King's were 22 thumbs and 4 paws up. If you want to catch up with this family, tune into GAC on Thursday nights at 9:00. Season 3 premiers December 19th!


*Fun Fact: I was there when they were filming one episode! When Pete and Luke were at an auction selling their produce, I was there! My mom got to talk to Pete, I however was trying to bid on pickling cucumbers so we could make more sweet pickles. I did say "Hi" to him though!  Plus, we were on TV! How cool is that?! *

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Week In Review


Here is my second Week in Review post! Here are a few of my posts from this week!


  • Do you get lazy about taking your makeup off? I do! So I tried these cleansing cloths! I really like them, and I love the convenience factor!



  • These lip stains from Jordana are so pigmented! I absolutely love them! Plus, they are super cheap!



  • I created a new goal for myself! Time to get fit and healthy!!



  • As usual, I linked up with Lauren for High Five for Friday! Here is what I loved for the week!
Let me know what your favorite post was! 

Friday, October 25, 2013

High Five for Friday

It is a chilly Friday here in PA. I'm not sure how I feel about it. I'm linking with Lauren, just as I normally do. Here is what I am loving this week.

1. It snowed briefly here. I don't like it. It is too soon. In fact, I still haven't put my Summer clothes away. I had better get started on that...

2. My family had our first Buckwheat pancake dinner of the year. It is a tradition that when it gets cold, that is what we have for dinner. Plus, can you go wrong with breakfast for dinner?

3. This is the weekend that I am going to see the Farm Kings. I'm so pumped!

4. Cashew was looking too cute after his bath!

5. My month and a half streak of no lunch duty ended on Wednesday. It was SO good while it lasted!! That is the most stressful time of the day for this sub!

How has your week been? I'd love to hear from you! Leave me a comment and let me know!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

A New Goal



Sorry for the lack of a blog yesterday, subbing has kept me pretty busy!

I have a new goal that I want to attain. I would like to complete the Color Me Rad 5k in June of 2014. I have seen some of my Facebook friends pictures as they completed it, and it looks like so much fun! However, this 26 year old is overweight, and out of shape. (Yes, I said it!)

I plan to take on this challenge gradually. I want to make small changes every month to not only my food habits, but my exercise habits as well. Examples include, cutting out pop, eating less bread, eating less dessert. Not going back for second helpings, doing squats and crunches. Moving more. Then in April, I want to begin the Couch to 5k program to prepare me for the 5k.

It is going to be challenging, but I want to do this. Not only to lose weight, but to get healthy, and improve my self confidence. At the end of every month, I will be giving you an update on what change I did for the month.

I hope you will either join me or support me through this journey.

My November change is: I am going to give up drinking pop during the week. I will only allow myself to drink it 1 day on the weekend. 

Have you done the Color Me Rad 5k? I'd love to hear from you! Leave me a comment and let me know!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Jordana Twist and Shine Balm Stain Review

Suprise! I have fallen in love with a new lip product. It's ok that you were shocked, I was shocked myself...NOT! The Jordana Twish and Shine Balm Stains are a moisturizing balm stain. They are very comparable to the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains that I, and so many others love.

Cranberry Crush
These stains are moisturizing! They glide on your lips like butter, and give an incredible shine. Once that shine wears off, it leaves behind a beautiful stain. The color selection ranges from nudes, pinks/berries, to browns. There is a total of 8 colors in this collection. These are definitely opaque in one swipe. They have a slightly fruity scent that quickly wears away.

You also get more product than the Revlon stains. I purchased the colors Honey Love and Cranberry Crush. These colors are comparable to the Honey and Crush from the Revlon line.

Honey Love
Honey love is a beautiful mauve-y pink color. For me, it is my perfect MLBB look. This would be my go-to everyday lip color, if I wasn't adventurous with my choice of colors. The stain leaves behind a neutral pink color.

Cranberry Crush is a gorgeous deep cranberry shade that is perfect for Fall! It is not an oxblood red, but a combination of red and purple. It leaves behind a stain in the same color.

Honey Love
The best part about these is the price. They are $2.99! With that price, you can buy the whole collection and not break the bank!

I know that I want to get 2 more, Rock n Rouge, and Terra Crave.

Have you tried these balm stains? Leave me a comment, I'd love to hear from you!


Cranberry Crush

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