Saturday, October 11, 2014

October Beauty Box 5 Review

This is my second Beauty Box 5.

What is it?
It is a monthly beauty box subscription. It costs $12 a month I believe. You get five products each  month. Some full size, some sample size. So far I have been pleased with my selections.
This month I got:
Chapstick hydration Lock , Retail Value $2.99
I like this and will definitely use it
Bellapierre Cosmetics Cheek and Lip Stain in Pink Full Size Retails for 19.99 (sample was not full size)   I probably won't use this as a cheek stain, but I put it on over my chapstick and liked it as lipstick.

Extend your beauty Cosmetic Tool, Retails for $5.49. This tool is to get the last bit of product out of a  hard to reach beauty product. I don't see myself using this. The tip is dishwasher-safe so it could be used over and over. We shall see, but I don't think I'll use it.

I don't usually like or wear the nailpolishes that I get but I have this fantasy that someday I'll grow my nails and be able to  paint them in these pretty colors. I do know in the real world that I will not be growing my nails and even if I did grow them, me painting them would look like a 5 year old did it. I really need to go in and re-do my profile so I don't get nailpolish but I just have not given up on the fantasy yet.
So anyway, this month I got a brand I've never heard of in a color I've never seen. Nanacoco. Color Illusionist..a purple/blue . Retails for $3.95. Full Size Sample.
And the final sample is Lashem Picture Perfect. Retails for $3.95 but this is definitely not full size. It's a pretty tiny sample. It is wrinkle cream, or if you don't have wrinkles yet it says that it can be used as a primer blend.

So, if you add up the products that were full size you are at $12.49 retail.  plus the samples in less than full size. Not sure I'd buy any of this other than the chapstick so maybe not worth it this month but going to the mailbox and finding a little blue/green box with goodies is enough to make me smile...so I think I'll keep this for a bit longer. I still find Ipsy to be my favorite.  When it arrives this month I will do a review on it too.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

October 8 2014 Update

I had another birthday yesterday. The way to take the sting out of getting older is to think you are older the entire year before. I think I've done this a few times now...my poor memory actually pays off sometimes! :)

I had a great day. Tons of facebook messages (who doesn't LOVE all the greetings from your friends on your b'day!--brilliant move Facebook) flowers and a big balloon from my loves , cake from a co-worker, a certificate for a massage from my mom....just a good day over all. I didn't hear from my sister but I am not going to let that bother me (much)..she lives in her own little world and I've been shown many times that I am often not even thought of in that world.  My step mom called and we chatted for a long time. I enjoyed hearing from her but it's always a little bitter sweet , missing my dad.

This last week we had cooler weather for the first time in forever. It was actually a bit chilly when I let the dogs out one morning. I went to look and my phone said 63 degrees! Of course it was back in the high 80's by lunch but still it was so nice while it lasted.

Life is getting busier. Our busy season is approaching fast at work. I'm thankful because it's also when the money comes in but it's squeezing the hours out of my days and I'm finding less and less time to post stuff on ebay or ship and shop for Amazon. I need to manage my time better on weekends and stop being such a lazy butt.

I'm getting super excited about going to go see Garth Brooks next week (Vic and I both have b'days within a week of each other so we usually do something big for our b'days) The concert is several hours away so we are planning a weekend away type of thing. It will be nice to have a dog hair free weekend! :)

Anyway, I hope that you are having a fabulous October so far.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Planning ahead so others don't have to



It's been four years now since my sisters fiance died. I had lost grandparents but he was the first person close to me as an adult that died , that I was up close and personal in dealing with the "after" effects ,while helping my sister go through the process. It really opened my eyes and made me aware of getting my own plans in order so my family/friends are not burdened with it later.

Gin (her fiance) had cancer, and had the time to prepare as much as he could prior to his death. He made sure she was taken care of and all of the documents drawn up so when he passed she only had to make a few phone calls. My dad would pass a few years later and again I was there to see how helpful it was to have everything planned out ahead of time. I realize that both of these men had cancer and knew that there time was limited , but in reality all of us could do this.

My partner and I went to an attorney to have all of our paperwork done. There is an extra challenge for us since Florida at this time does not recognize same sex couples as spouses or family. We had to protect each other and our assets. Luckily we live in a pretty open community and have both had a few surgeries and have never had a problem with our hospitals or doctors not letting us stay or be a part of the communication. I know this is not the story every where sadly.

Now our next step is to plan and pay for the cremation. We are looking into a few different places . I met with a lady from the Neptune Society (aka National Cremation Society) today and have an appointment later in the week to meet with a local company (Farley Funeral Home). The prices have been higher than I thought (Over $2000) But something that I don't want my loved ones to have to deal with at all.  

If you have any advise or experiences you want to share, I'd love to hear from you.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

TV Obsession and September Ends

As I was looking back at past blogs that took place in September I notice a common thread..TV shows.  I am just as attached to the TV this year, if not more. We have shows we watch almost every night and the nights that we don't have anything on we have stuff backed up on our DVR saved. Sunday nights are the worst..there are so many shows on all at the same time. It's a weekly struggle to figure out what we will watch and what we will record.
This last week ended the season of Big Brother. That will free up three nights of tv watching but I am already missing it.  Congratulations Derrek! I was cheering for you since the start!


Some shows we watched last week:
Below Deck, Little People Big World, Modern Family,Greys Anatomy, Madam Secretary, Scandal, Shark Tank, Amazing Race ,RHONJ and one of my favorites comes on tonight Ray Donovan.   We still have some favorites that have not started back up yet (Homeland, Game of Thrones, Shameless, Nurse Jackie, People's Couch)
Between all of those great shows we fit in specials, documentaries and sports if the Cowboys are playing and we are able to see the game. Many of the Cowboys games don't get shown here because they televise Tampa Bay Football instead.  I tried to watch the new season premiere of Saturday Night Live last night but I thought it sucked. I didn't make it all the way. Every year I have high hopes for the show but it keeps disappointing.

So are you wondering how we have time to do anything else? We do manage to fit in outside life. This week we went and visited my new grand niece Annabelle. We went out to eat a few times, did the weekly grocery shopping, met with the plumber and had our new doggie door installed. I made a few videos and did a weekly vlog for my weight loss channel. Had a great week selling on ebay/FBA. For the month I've made over $650.
Here is a little video of images taken in September 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Autumn Begins

I don't know if it is because I was born in October or what, but Fall has always been my favorite season. Living in Florida now I don't get to enjoy it as much as I did up north. It doesn't cool off in the evenings here and the leaves don't change colors.

Some of my favorite fall memories are playing in the leaves, missing school one day and going out with my mom to take fall pictures in the park, smelling the scents of cinnamon and apples as mom changed out her candles around the house.

This picture was taken in Moberly, Mo . It is of my family. (I'm the one with glasses) The photographer Rob Vance just passed away I heard today :( , he was a life long friend of the family and the reason we moved to Venice Fl. 29 years ago.
I've been in the mood to decorate for fall this year. I picked up some glittery pumpkins at the dollar tree (everything is better with glitter!) and set them on the counter at work. I ordered a large lot of soaps and creams from Bath & Body works in all the yummy pumpkin flavors.  If I was really adventurous I'd bake a  pumpkin pie but not sure I'm up to that. I did watch a youtube video last night with some pumpkin cheesecake cupcakes that looked pretty delish, I'll share the link with you here.

Here are a few other fall photos from my college days.



Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Welcome Annabelle

Guess what! I'm a great aunt .
Little Annabelle Avery arrived just a few days early. I can't wait until she comes home and  I can hold her and spoil her rotten.

It's past my bedtime but I just had to share the special news.