Thursday, June 12, 2014

My First Birchbox!!

Yay! I finally got my first Birchbox in the mail a few days ago!
Because I definitely need more stuff. Not really. My boyfriend thinks I am a borderline hoarder, but I'm not. I actually use my stuff, and if I am a hoarder...well...at least I'm an organized one. (The Container Store and I are really good friends.)

Anyways...back to my first Birchbox!


Pretty box...plain and simple. I'm a fan so far.


Looks like it comes with a little description card. How nice. This month appears to be a travel-themed box. I can dig it. I've got some travels coming up.


And here are the contents! 


We have Tinted Matte SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen from COOLA, a fragrance sample of Folle de Joie Eau de Parfum by Joie, Hydrating Conditioner from Number 4 Hair, a Vasanti Cosmetics BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator, Number 4 Hair Hydrating Shampoo, and London Collection Body Lotion by Gilchrist & Soames

Not too bad. Can't wait to try out some of this stuff. I'm not the biggest fan of lotions or haircare products (I'm really more of a makeup kinda gal), but I'm ok with branching out and trying new things. I'm always up for some new fragrance sampling and the mineral sunscreen will be perfect for my beach trip this year. And I'm sure my face could use some rejuvenating. I'll let you know what I think of all these goodies in a few weeks.

Also... I just found out today that I got off the waiting list for ipsy!!! I've been waiting to get on their Glam Bag mailing list for a few weeks now, and today I got an e-mail saying I'll be receiving my first one in July. Woohoo!!! More stuff! Sorry boyfriend. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Being an Old Soul

The other day at work, we had to do this game where you had to write down three things about yourself on a piece of paper, one of which had to be a lie. (We were trying to get to know our new manager and vice versa.) So I wrote down three things: I collect antique books...I have two cats...I have arthritis. After I went through my three "facts," someone goes, "Oh my God, you are such an old lady!!!" I looked at the paper and was like, "Holy. Crap." (FYI: I don't have cats, but that is such and old lady thing to write down!) I kind of always knew I was an old soul at heart, but it all made sense after that morning. So, if you are like me and are basically an old lady in a 25-year-old body, then you are awesome. If not, then just watch some Matlock or something. 

Here are some of the things that might make you an old lady at heart. I personally prefer to call it having an old soul...

1. You love quilts. Pretty quilts make me swoon. Sometimes I put myself through playing hours of church bingo just so I have the chance to win a quilt. I don't know why. I never win (anything!), and half of the time I don't even like the quilts they are giving away. I'm just obsessed with them. And I'm determined to win one since my friend who has been playing with me for years has won. Also...antique quilts are amazing. And pricey. And sometimes smelly. But I can just Febreze them. 

2. You have arthritis in your knees and elbows. Okay, this one wasn't my fault. I've had junior rheumatoid arthritis since I was 2 years old, and recently have acquired it in my elbows. It's super. You get to go to the doctor's office and sit in a room full of sick, old people. (Because that's who gets arthritis. Not two-year-olds.) Then you wait for two hours before a doctor comes to see you, and then he just moves your arms and legs around for a minute, feels around the joints, then tells you to take these horse pills. Oh and sometimes you have to get an injection in the bum. It's a bummer. (Hahahahahaha! I'm hilarious.) So, don't get arthritis, kids. 

3. You own the entire series of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, plus the two movies. (Yes, there are movies.) I don't really need to say much about Dr. Quinn. She's one bad*** woman. And that Sully character is nice to look at too. Just sayin. I also have an extensive collection of Hallmark Channel movies. They're pretty cheesy with a lot of religious undertones that get kind of annoying, but who doesn't love a good, cheesy love story, am I right? I am. I recommend starting off with The Magic of Ordinary Days (I can't even type that without laughing...it's so cheesy) for all you Hallmark newbies. Or if you just want to dive in and go crazy, try the entire series of Love Comes Softly. It actually has a decent cast...Janurary Jones, Katherine Heigl, and Dale Midkiff are in the first couple movies. It's great family fun. And it's a western!!!! I'm basically in love. It doesn't get much better for me than romantic, western movies. Oh, and they are actually books...so read those too. 

4. You spend an unreasonable amount of time at antique stores or flea markets. What do I look for at antique stores you might ask? Mostly antique books. Any kind of cool paper product. (I'm really into postcards, photographs, vintage advertisements, and maps. Vintage maps...ugh...dying!!!!) Quilts. And, oh my God, Pyrex. I love me some vintage Pyrex. It's my new kick. Of course, it seems everyone else on this planet is also obsessed with those, so I'm not doing anything original there. I just like old things. Plus old books look awesome on bookshelf and make me feel intelligent. I'm going to have a library someday...

5. You start buying shoes based on comfort rather than looks. The past year or so I have been buying shoes because they are comfortable instead of buying shoes because they look pretty. Oh believe me, I still buy a pretty Target shoe here or there if it's not super uncomfortable, but I'm finding myself trolling Naturalizer and Clarks for shoes nowadays. I have also started to hoard Merrell shoes. I know some of my friends would be horrified at this, but I don't want to have to wear orthopedic shoes at age 40 if I can help my feet now. Pretty sure I already have plantar fasciitis. It's pretty much the worst.

I don't dress like an old lady or anything yet. I just kinda act like one every once in a while. I like to think it's endearing. Ta for now!
     

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Life Lessons: Part 3

Part 3 of my Life Lessons posts comes to you today. This post is not the most entertaining, but I really just need to get this off my chest. Consider this more of a venting post. Sometimes you just gotta let your frustrations out.

Shoes. Oh my God...buy decent shoes! This comes from me working in a footwear department. Every day I have people come in who have a lot of feet problems. You know why? Because they wore crappy shoes earlier in their life and now they have bunions and messed up toes and flat feet and plantar fasciitis. Yes, our shoes are not the cheapest out there, but they are real shoes! People always come in and are complaining that their feet hurt. That's because you run in Nike shoes. Nike shoes suck. Yes, they are pretty and come in fun colors. I have Nike shoes. I wear them when I go out in my fun little workout clothes when I want to look trendy but not actually workout because working out makes me sad. I don't run in Nike shoes. Brooks shoes are the way to go for serious runners or for people who want a good supportive walking shoe. (I say "walking shoe" with a grimace because I hate that term more than anything else on Earth right now. WTF is a walking shoe? I want to punch people who come in and want a good "walking shoe.") Also...don't hike in hiking boots you get from Wal-Mart. Oh, you're surprised your $35 hiking shoes from Wal-Mart broke after 3 miles and gave you blisters....DUH! You get what you pay for people. I'm not saying all your shoes need to be super nice, but please don't buy all your shoes from big box stores (Wal-Mart, Target, K-Mart, etc.). Don't get me wrong...I have several pairs of Target shoes and I love them, but if you're looking for a shoe that you are going to wear...
A) almost every day (like running shoes or work shoes)
B) shoes you are wanting to have for 5+ years (hiking boots, snow boots, special occasions shoes) or
C) shoes you will need for a trip with a lot of walking or traveling
...dear Lord, please buy decent shoes. I've been really good lately about investing in my feet. I bought some nice waterproof Merrell boots this past winter that I wear all the time when it's cooler. I also have some not-so-cute summer sandals that I wear a lot when it's warmer. They don't hurt my feet so stop judging. I would love to get some nicer sandals, so if anyone would like to gift me the new Tory Buch 'Savannah' wedge sandal in Newport Navy, I will be forever in your debt. Like, seriously, forever. I'm OBSESSED. That's them right there. Look. I want that.

Monday, April 28, 2014

SkyMall Fun!!!

Hey one and all!!! I was in Texas this past weekend for a wedding (again) and there was a bit of a delay on my flight so I thought I would have some fun with a SkyMall catalog. Whilst I was flipping through the seemingly endless pages of the best stuff on Earth, I came across a few gems that are definitely worth sharing with the world. For those of you who don't fly very often and do not have the good fortune of being able to view the SkyMall catalog, here are some of my favorite items available for purchase.


For those of you who would like a not-so-subtle travel pillow or who would like people to judge them...the SkyRest is just the thing for you!!! Packable, soft, and lightweight, it's the perfect gift for weary travelers or for people who just like to sleep while sitting up.
SkyRest
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Now this is just awesome. Give your kids a ride on your shoulders...hands free!!! Now you can hold other items like your coffee, your phone, or even your other child, all while hauling a human being on your back!!! Talk about multi-tasking!

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If you're too lazy to take your dog outside to go to the bathroom, this will solve all your problems! Comes with optional sprinkler for easy cleaning. "Why stink up your lawn when you can just stink up your house?" It just makes so much sense.
Porch Potty
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"Turns your pool into an enchanting Venetian canal!!!" (Does not include sewage smell, overpriced everything, and pickpocketers.)

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Just in case you want to experience a Bigfoot sighting...every single day.

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This is something I would totally have in my garden if I ever have one. It's a classy, traditional water feature with a little bit of hilarious. Plus it reminds me of this peeing toy my aunt used to have when I was a little girl. It's just so perfect.

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Last, but not least, is the perfect gift for those who are maybe just a little too obsessed with Jurassic Park. Or for those people who just want to scare the crap out of their neighbors.

Check out these items and thousands more at www.skymall.com!!!

Tribute to My Greatest Companion

My dog of fifteen years died last week. It honestly does not seem like I've had her that long. I still called her my puppy up until the day we put her down. Even in her last years, with her face all grayed and eyes clouded from age, I always saw her as the puppy that I picked up from the Missouri farm over fifteen years ago.

I remember the day we got her like it was yesterday. My dad and I drove three hours to pick her up from a farmer who was selling a whole litter of Irish Setter puppies. (Disclaimer: I was only 10 years old at the time we got Kasey. At that time, I didn't understand the overpopulation problem with shelter animals. I am a full supporter of adopting animals from shelters and getting them spayed and neutered. I condemn stores that sell animals from puppy mills as well as people who breed pets to make money. PLEASE ADOPT A SHELTER ANIMAL AND SPAY OR NEUTER YOUR PETS!!!) Compared to her brothers and sisters, Kasey was shy, but still playful. She wasn't the puppy we were originally going to go home with, but something about her changed our minds at the last minute. So we placed her in a box in the back seat, stopped at Petsmart to pick up a few items, and brought her back to Illinois to her new home. My brother and I probably took her for ten walks that day. I even tried sleeping on the floor next her crate that night, but her incessant whining to be let out was not conducive to a good night's rest. It was still one of the best days of my life.

From that day on, I couldn't imagine life without a dog...without Kasey. Dogs love you with a love that is so genuinely unconditional and pure. They make great snuggle buddies when you're sad, pillows when you're tired, and companions when you feel lonely. They are there for all the good moments and all the hard times. If you have never owned a dog, you probably don't understand. And that's okay...some people just aren't dog people. No judgment here. I know people say this all the time, but dogs really do change your life. Looking back, I can't imagine growing up without Kasey. I guess I'm forever a dog person.

It was hard to let her go after fifteen years, despite the fact that she no longer was really a dog. With her hearing all but gone and her hips giving out, she wasn't able to do the things she loved most: chasing birds, going for walks, and tearing up my dad's tennis balls that he was planning to use on his Tuesday night tennis game. The past year her health had deteriorated significantly, but she still managed to retain her loving personality...always greeting us at the door when we came home and wagging her tail whenever someone brought home a cheeseburger, whether they were going to share or not. She was the greatest first dog I could have ever asked for, and I'm both happy and sad that I'm able to cross an item off my bucket list: #16. Own a dog for their entire life.

RIP Kasey




Thursday, April 24, 2014

Life Lessons: Part 2

Alright, I'm back with another life lesson.
Next up on my list of things to not skimp out on: mattresses. I have also made this mistake. I had been sleeping on a twin bed for years...the mattress I bought senior year of college for my apartment. It was nice. Pretty comfortable and much easier to move from apartment to apartment as I bounce around to a new place every year. But I was tired of the small bed and wanted to graduate to a full size. Luckily, Labor Day rolled around and Sears was having a mattress sale. My mom had been wanting a new mattress also, so she bought one for herself and one for me. It wasn't the cheapest mattress, but definitely not a very nice one. Now, seven months later, I'm totally regretting the decision. Every morning my neck and back are so incredibly stiff and sore; it feels like I'm sleeping on a bed made of slinkies (which, essentially, is what a mattress is I guess). Regardless, it's just not comfortable. My pillow also needs to be replaced and I need to get a mattress topper, which I think would help improve the situation a little bit, but seriously people...don't buy crappy mattresses. You spend eight hours a day on that thing. Make sure it's a good one!!!!

My next mattress...I'm thinking Sleep Number or one that doesn't "transfer movement." You know what I'm talking about...the one where you place a glass of wine on one side and jump and it doesn't spill. Just amazing. Until that day, however, it's the slinky mattress for me.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Life Lessons: Part 1

Over the years you learn a few things. It's just a part of growing up. You get older...you get wiser. Most of the time you learn things the hard way. Like don't get too close to an open flame after you put half a bottle of hairspray in your hair. Don't buy gas station hot dogs. There is no such thing as blinker fluid for your car.
This life lesson is a three-part post about when to not be cheap. I love a good deal, trust me. Marshall's, TJ Maxx, outlet malls, dollar stores...I shop them all the time. But that does not mean everything in your life should be cheap. My three things to not cheap out on: bras, mattresses, and shoes. (Also...wine and coffee, but that's just me being a snob I think.) This post is about bras since I recently have learned I apparently know nothing about them.  

You wear bras every day. Most of us wear the wrong size every day, but at least we wear them. I personally can't even remember the last time I bought new bras, so I recently decided to invest in some new ones. I'm a big girl now...I need to wear bras that I didn't own when I was in grade school. So I went to Victoria's Secret armed with my Secret Rewards card (which turned out to be worth $10) to buy some new ones. The bras I had been wearing for years were just so incredibly uncomfortable. I thought it was because they were just really old, but it turns out I was wearing the wrong size. Like REALLY wrong. Now, I know Victoria's Secret bras are sized differently. I'm pretty sure they make them super small so that you feel better about yourself when you find out you actually wear two cup sizes bigger than what you had been wearing for over ten years. That was my case.
So the other day I walked into Victoria's Secret and grabbed my good old 34B. My trusty B cup. The lady in the fitting room gave me a room and asked if I needed to be measured. I've never been asked that before. I was like...what they hey. Why not? Maybe she can give me some recommendations for some good push-ups too since I can't seem to fill out any of my dresses. So she measured me and brought me a new size because apparently the sizes I grabbed were wrong. You know what she brought me? A freaking 32D. I told her she made a mistake and brought me a D instead of a B. She kind of laughed and was like...um no. So I tried on the ones she brought me and it fit! Like, really well. What had I been doing? My whole life has been a joke when it came to undergarment shopping until now. Maybe that's why all of my bras were poking the crap out of me. So I bought some new bras then and there in a completely different size than what I had been wearing since Bill Clinton was in office. (Now the real question is what size do I wear in normal bras? Because I sure as hell don't wear a D cup in those bras I saw at Macy's, I can tell you that.) The bras were a little pricey (as are all things at Victoria's Secret), but I feel better having new ones at least. I got a boring nude colored one and a racerback blue one...nothing super sexy and fun, but I'm planning on having these for a while so I decided to get nice, versatile ones that I can wear with a lot of shirts. I'm INVESTING. That's the key word here. Spend more money...get more out of it. So basically what I'm saying is that don't buy cheap bras. Get good ones that will last a long time and that are comfortable. Also...get measured because you're probably wearing the wrong size.