Monday, August 26, 2013

Guest Post From Wifey - Birchbox Review

Hi everyone! Guest blogger Marla here (aka Wifey) to talk about my Birchbox. If you have never heard of "boxes" then you are missing out. I first heard about them from a friend of mine and she was trying to explain the concept to me and I could not really picture what you are paying for and then getting in the long run. So I did some googling and came across this website; My Subscription Addiction.

This blogger subscribes to many, many boxes and gives a little review each month on them. After looking through the reviews, I decided to start with a cheap box that interested me. I always love getting beauty product samples when I order from Sephora. Birchbox supplies that for only $10 a month.  On the Birchbox website you fill out a profile and answer questions about what you like in products, your hair type, etc. Then they will send a a box that month that closely matches your preferences.

Each month has a different theme, August was "Finishing Touches". They also sell full sized versions of the samples if you really love them.

Here is what it looked like when it arrived:

Inside there is a whole bunch of different samples including a full sized eye liner pencil!

Included is a card describing each product sample you have received and the retail price for a full sized product. As one can see from the card, the eyeliner is worth $20 and I only paid $10 for the box. Plus I received some great coupons from Ann Taylor, one is for 20% off and another for 30% off. So far I have only tried the Benefit products, the eye liner and the hair treatment. There are also feet wipes and a sunscreen sample in the box that I will eventually try out.

In the Benefit sample packet there are three different types of face cream. I love the eye cream! It reduces puffiness and under eye circles really well.  I loved it so much that I went ahead and ordered a full sized version.

The samples are small, but you only need to use a little bit of each product for it to work, so they are actually lasting me longer than I thought they would!

I also loved the Amika blow out spray. It makes my hair soft and smooth and it holds my style all day. Plus it has a great smell! This is another item that I will consider purchasing.

Getting the sample box is fun and something to look forward to each month. If I get bored with it I can cancel anytime. I may just try this one out for a few months then try something that gives nutritious snack samples or something else. I know there are other cheap boxes out there and there are also more expensive ones that will ship you wine and clothing. 

What kind of box would interest you? 

Hope you enjoyed my guest post and I hope to do more in the near future!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Plants vs Zombies 2 Released Today

The much anticipated Plants vs Zombies 2 was released today for free for all platforms!  I have to say, the first one was one of my favorite games on Android and I even installed it on the iPhone and finished it on there too.

Great game to pick up and play a few rounds and put it down, but you could also play it for a few hours if you're not keeping track of time!

Get some!

Monday, August 12, 2013

New Kitten - Wookie

Well, we didn't quite plan on getting another kitty, but if you decide to just 'stop in' to pet the kitties as you're driving by an animal shelter, it doesn't take a Rocket Scientist to realize it could happen!

We were coming back from St Augustine and planned to take I95 home, but there was a backup due to a real long train, so we took US1 instead.  Since we would be driving right by the shelter, we figured we would stop in real quick.

It was about 30 mins until they closed on Saturday and I said it was getting close to closing time, but the wifey said let's go anyhow.  We walked in and they directed us to the first little glass door/window room on the left.  There were 3 black kitties roaming around.  Two of them had white collars which meant they were microchiped and that they had been at a recent adoption event together, but the other little guy didn't.

He was super friendly and had a loud purr and rubbed his nose in your face, just like our former black kitty Stinky.  The other two were kinda docile and quiet and didn't do much. We played with the one little guy for a while.

We then went into the big room where there were several older kitties in cages and 5 or so kittens running around on the floor.  They were real playful, but none of them really kept our attention.

As we were walking out of the big room, we were pulled back into the first little room by the little guy wanting more attention through the glass.  He was really attentive and you could tell he really liked us.  It was about 5 minutes to closing time and wifey said something about taking him home and I said noooo, we can't do that.  So wifey walked out of the room a bit sad and I stayed for a little longer. 

I really liked the little guy and I'm partial to black kitties since our buddy Stinky was such a good kitty and we still miss him a lot.  But I was thinking that we really shouldn't get another kitty and I thought since he didn't have the white collar, that he wasn't ready for adoption yet anyway, so that would save us from having to make any decisions.

By this time it was close to closing and the front desk guy was talking to the wifey and trying to convince us we needed to take him home.  So I mentioned that he is a great kitty, but he's not ready to go since he didn't have the white collar.  He said no, that's just so they can keep track of them and mentioned the other adoption event the other two were recently at and said, "oh he's all ready to go, he just needs to get neutered in a few weeks but he can go home with you right now". 

So that was that and away we went!  Now our kitty family is back to an even number and it's kinda freaky how much he is like Stinky was.  He rubs his wet nose on the side of your face, purrs real loud and will sleep right on your hand.

His name is Wookie because he was making a weird purr noise and sounded like Chewbacca from Star Wars.  We could almost call him Boogey, cause he has been sneezing and has lots of boogers (I know TMI), but we call Monkey boogey sometimes, so Wookie it is!  He is 4 months old and is all black, with a few stray white hairs here and there.  

He has a little cold/upper respiratory thing going on, but otherwise checked out well at the vet.  We're keeping him in our spare bedroom for a few days to slowly get him introduced to our other boys and also so they don't catch his cold thing.  And also cause he's a kitten and wants to get into everything!

So far it's been interesting.  We are really hoping that him and Monkey become friends, since Buddy and Sage are best friends and they team up and pick on Monkey all the time.  So far so good, Wookie is carefree and just kinda ignores the other guys when we let him out and he plays and does his own thing until he gets hissed at by Sage or bopped on the head by Buddy.

He wandered into the closet where Monkey was today and went right up and they touched noses almost and Monkey did not hiss or do anything, so I think Monkey is going to be the first one to warm up to him.  I think Buddy will be next, as it seems he wants to play with him until he gets close and it will take a bit of time for Sage.

Hoping by the weekend they'll be one big happy kitty family!

Here are lots of pics from the last few days....

Sniff sniff, what's that under the door?
Buddy on the other side
Listen up Wookie...I run the show around here, so back off!
Careful behind you, watch your back Wookie...
Laying on my arm
Go Bills!
He was so curious about the blinking lights on the laptop
Hmm, he seems ok I think...
This is funny.
Buddy does not usually snuggle too often, but he was hanging out today.
Buddy acts like he wants to play, just don't get too close.
So cute, but looks are deceiving.  This is right before Buddy bopped him on the head. 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Friday Week in Review - Picture Style

Monkey wants to go to the gym or get away from Buddy
Best friends
Love Hadley in the background wanting to see what's going on
Buddo close-up
Hadley funny faces!
Her favorite one!
Smiley girl!
Max upside down photo bomb.
Buddy in full sleep mode
Sisters' Bday Gift Reveal - 30 Rocks!
Celebrating Sisters' Bday remotely and catching up with buddy Scott at Lemon Bar

Buddy loves to snuggle, but only on the spare bedroom bed.  Weird, but fun!
And here are a few late additions from a quick FaceTime chat this morning...

Max says have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Happy Birthday Jen and Michelle!

My twin sisters turn 30 today!  :-o   Yes, I'll always be every so slightly older, but 30 is the real deal!  Do it up right!!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Free Piggies!

Bad Piggies, the latest game from Rovio, the makers of Angry Birds, is free for 1 week for the your Apple iDevices.  Grab it for your iPhone or iPad.  Enjoy and Happy Thursday, the weekend is almost here!

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