August Loves

These are a few of the things I have been loving this month.

  • Noosa Yogurt– This is my favorite yogurt! My favorite is the apple cinnamon, but it is hard to find. I also like strawberry rhubarb and blueberry.
  • Wawa Sugar-free Caramel Cappuccino– These are so so good. It’s hard to tell they are sugar-free.
  • Dolphins- We had such a great time watching a pod of dolphins swimming around us in the boat for about 20 minutes.
  • Vicar of Dibley– This is such a good show! I binge watched it AGAIN. I watched a couple of years ago and totally enjoyed it a second time! It’s a British comedy. You can find it on Amazon Prime if you have a BritBox add-on subscription.
  • Sanuk Sandles– I have worn these almost exclusively this month. They are made out of yoga material and incredibly comfortable. The only downside is your feet tend to slip around a bit when wet.
  • My Office- We turned our guest room into a guest room/office for me in June.  I wasn’t really able to enjoy it because we had guests in July (and August). Being able to have my own workspace has let me be so productive. I feel like I have gotten more done this month than I have done in the past 6 months.
  • (443) 549-2915– This is a true crime podcast following the case of a woman that was murdered. Her husband was a teacher and was having an affair with one of his student at the time of her death. Hence, the title Teachers Pet.
  • The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand– I have really enjoyed this book. It’s one of those rare books that I have a hard to put down.

August Play by Sephora Subscription Box

(402) 246-3289 is a monthly subscription box of beauty products. They can include makeup skin care, hair care, etc…
It’s $10 a month.
Find out below what was in this months box and what I thought.

Anatasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel

“A lightweight gel that defines brows and holds them in place all day.”

  • Shade: Clear
  • Keep: I have used this in the past and enjoyed it.

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick

“A highly pigmented lipstick in a soft rosewood shade with a smooth satin finish.

  • Shade: C211 (Rose Wood)
  • Pass: While I do like the shade,  it’s just not unique enough. I have a multitude of similar shades.

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“A purifying mask that deeply cleans and refines pores for silky-smooth skin.”

  • Keep: My skins has been a bit of a mess lately. I need all the help I can get.

Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer

“A matte bronzer in a natural hue that blends easily for a sunkissed look.”

  • Shade: Natural Bronze
  • Pass: I don’t use bronzer.

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“A versatile styling cream that can be used to define or smooth wet or dry hair”

  • Pass:  I have tried this before and have found I like other products better.

Bonus…
Ouai VOLUME Shampoo and Conditioner

“A shampoo and conditioning duo that adds body and replenishes moisture.

  • Keep: I love to pack these packets in my toiletries bag for travel.

Final Verdict:

This box was very ho-hum to me. There was nothing new or exciting.

 

A few of my favorite summer things.

For those that know me, it will come to no surprise that summer is most definitely my least favorite season. BUT… I can find a few things I love.

Sunset Boat Rides
I do like to fish. Not near as much as my husband, but I do enjoy it. My favorite perk of having access to a boat (Thanks Dad Reams!) is the sunset rides. It is always beautiful! This last time, we got to watch a pod of dolphins for 20 minutes!

 

Flip Flops
As much as I love shoes, I also hate shoes. I know, I know, I am weird! I try and get away with wearing flips flops as long as I can. I get so excited when it becomes socially acceptable.

I Don’t Have To Turn On The Oven.
Not that I HAVE to use it, but it does give me a legitimate excuse not to turn the oven on! It’s just too hot to turn it on. The words “babe, will you grill tonight?” fly out of my mouth often in the summer. This goes hand in hand with my next love…

Great Grilling Weather
Great grilling weather = my husband cooks! I don’t think I need to say anymore.

Evening Drives With The Top Down
I never wanted a convertible, but once I drove it, ya know, just for fun, I HAD to have it.  I went to drive a mini cooper and someone else had taken it for a test drive. In the meantime, we “wasted” time by driving the mini convertible.  Oh, My, God Bethany, look at that car! (Please sing that in your head to Baby Got Back). Yeah, we drove the other mini when it got back, but just to act nonchalant. 

Swimming
I always forget how much I love swimming! I grew up in the pool. Literally, I ate in the pool, drank in the pool,  tried to convince my parents that a swim was just as good as a shower.  Not having a pool in my backyard makes me forget how much  I miss that weightlessness.

School/Office Supplies
I have mentioned my love of Post-its in a previous blog post, but my love doesn’t end there.  It extends to pretty much all school and office supplies. So, when summer blurs the lines with back to school season, I have a stroll, or two, or ten down those aisles. Getting fresh unsharpened pencils and unsullied erasers were always the high point of having to go back through those school doors.

Summer Guests
Our home turns into a bit of a hotel with a revolving door over summer. My nephew, Nicholas, spends a few weeks with us. We play games and go for sushi a couple of times. He loves it almost as much as I do. My cousin, Tiffany, comes when her summer starts (she’s a teacher). We usually do nothing together! It’s awesome. Although we do usually binge watch a tv shower. The past few years it has been American Horror Story. She comes back a second time and brings her nephew, Matthew, with her. She usually takes him to the beach and pool. 

Watermelon!!!
I am a veggie girl. I’m not much on fruit, except for watermelon. I love it! I could put away a whole one myself and have many times.

Thunderstorms
Give me a good book and porch with a swing and I’m one relaxed girl. Throw a thunderstorm in the mix. A-MAZ(e)-ING! I have always loved them.  It’s one of my favorite things.

River Trip
We spent a week at the “Rivah” with family. It was so much fun. AND it had a porch! AND there were thunderstorms!  We did nothing and I loved it. The house was an old(beautiful) farm right on the water. We saw dolphins come right up to the edge to eat the schools of minnows. We played games. I only had to cook one night that whole week. I came away with good memories and would go back in a heartbeat. 

 

 

 

Did you know…? Animal edition

Did you know…?

  • 4125639297 are the most trafficked mammal in the world. Their scales are used in traditional medicines. Their meat is considered a delicacy in China. Their blood is used in tonics. 
  • Baby elephants suckle their trunks for comfort.
  • A shrimp’s heart is in their head.
  • A group of parrots is called a Pandemonium.
  • The 3185133284,  found in the Amazon, gets its name because it can run on water with their specially designed feet.
  • The Blue Whale‘s heart is the size of a Volkswagen Beetle. 
  • Ant Eaters have no teeth.
  • Mosquitos are considered the most dangerous animals in the world.  They are responsible for over 1 million deaths a year.
  • Bobcats can jump up to 12 feet.
  • Dolphins sleep with one eye open and half their brain.
  • It can take a 843-493-1135 up to a month to digest a full meal. 
  • Hippopotamus milk appears bright pink. This is due to an acid that they secrete.
  • Leeches have 32 brains.
  • Nine Band Armadillos almost always give birth to identical quadruplets.  This is due to 9735309087.
  • The Paku, a fish similar to a Piranha, have human-like teeth.   
  • Cats have 32 muscles in their ears. Humans have 6.
  • Oysters have the ability to change their sex. Which sex they turn into depends on what is most needed for that mating season.
  • Elephants are very emotional animals. They often mourn the death of their companions. They show this by taking a silent pause, touching the remains with their trunks, and occasionally taking bones or tusks with them as they continue their journey.  
  • Virginia Opossum (aka common opossum) is the only marsupial in the United States and Canada.

 

Hope you enjoyed. Happy learning!

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Let’s play a little game, shall we?

I’ll tell you 5 true statement about me and 1 lie.
Can ya’ll tell which is the lie?

Scroll to the bottom to find the truth.

Let’s Play!

 

  1. I lived in the same house for the first 25 years of my life.
  2. I once had green hair.
  3. I can’t handle spicy food.
  4. I met Jackie Kennedy Onassis.
  5. I’ve never seen a Star Wars movie.
  6. I own over 50 pairs of shoes.

 

 

  1. I lived in my childhood home until I got married. Then, my parents moved away!
  2. My hair, dyed blonde at the time, turned green from the pool. I had to dye it back to my natural brown. Never gone blond since.
  3. I LOVE spicy food! Food is boring without a little kick.
  4. I met Jackie Kennedy Onassis a couple times when I was a little girl. I went to horse races with my PawPaw and uncle. She was often there.
  5. Ready? I have NEVER seen a Star Wars movie. It just wasn’t a thing in my family growing up and I haven’t made it a priority since.
  6. I love shoes and have over 50 pairs. The good ones, I keep in the box and have taken pictures of them. That way I can tell which shoe is which quickly.

Star Wars photo credit goes to 4077587461

 

 

 

 

 

Post-it Teacher’s Treasure Chest

I  like love Post-its.

I might have a  problem.

I have always loved school/office supplies, but  Post-it notes… Those little-colored pieces of paper are my favorite. I love the colors, the functionality, the sizes. When I look at my stash with all the pretty colors, it just makes me so happy.

Just a few random and unneeded facts…

  • The only color of scrap paper available was yellow when they were invented. Hence, the iconic Canary Yellow Post-it.
  • In the movie, Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion, the title characters claimed to have invented Post-its.
  •  The average professional uses or received 11 Post-it notes as day.
  •  Often, the word Post-it is used generically for all sticky notes. This is called 909-255-7528.
                                                                         

I have seen the Post-it Teachers Treasure chest before, but I just couldn’t justify spending $100 on it. When I saw it went on sale at (484) 938-5844, I jumped on the deal. I paid $50 for the box, including free shipping.  And, super-fast shipping at that! I ordered on a Thursday and received in it on Friday.
It is 10 pounds of Post-its and is an estimated 10,000 sheets.  You do not get to pick anything in the box and they claim that no two boxes are the same.

Overall, I was pleased with everything in the box. I received 34 items in total.
Between my husband and I, we are keeping 18 items and passing along 14. Most likely they will find their way to my nephew, Nicholas. As he has inherited the love of office supplies.

What follows…
well, to put it straight, it’s Post-it porn…

 

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“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents”.                                                -Emilie Buchwald

Today is national book lovers day!

  • Currently Reading– Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
  • Currently Listening to– Lowcountry Bookclub by Susan M. Boyer and Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Favorite Books- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man by Fannie Flag
  • Favorite Authors- Diana Gabaldon and Philippa Gregory

My love of books and reading started very early. Some of my fondest memories are of my parents reading to me.  When I was quite young, my father went back to college to get his bachelors in accounting and economics.  As an elective, he took a children’s literature class. I got to reap the benefits of that class.  The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis was a favorite. I made a model of what I envisioned the wardrobe to be for a class project.

My mother introduced me to audiobooks. Remember when Cracker Barrel would let you “rent” books on CD? You bought them, but you could turn them back in at another Cracker Barrel and get a certain amount of money back. Do they still do that? We would listen to books on the way to my grandparent’s house. It made a long and very curvy trip bearable and very memorable. Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man was one of those books. It’s still a favorite to this day.

I may not always have a book that I am reading, but I do always have a book I am listening to. I am a big fan of using Overdrive, Libby, and RBDigital to listen to audiobooks that I have checked out at my library.  I also have used Audible. I listen to books when I am working, driving, cleaning, and as I go to bed. When falling asleep, I like to listen to books that remind me of my childhood, ie. Little House in the Big Woods. It’s just so comforting to me.

 

International Cat Day

“A cat has absolute emotional control: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.”                                                     Ernest Hemingway

Today is international cat day!

Did you know…?                                                                                                                     – in 7 years time, a single pair of unaltered cats and their offspring can produce 420, 000 kitties. Yes, that is four hundred and twenty thousand!                                                                                                                                     – only 24% of shelter cats get adopted.  That means the others are either euthanized or living out their lives in chaos.                                              – there are 60 million feral cats roaming the streets in the US alone.

I am an animal lover, but I have a special place in my heart for cats. I guess you can call me an Ailurophile. That’s greek for a cat lover.  I have been owned by cats since the age of 5.

We currently have 5 cats…

                                                                             Sophie is at least 13. We adopted her in 2007 and we were told she was 2 at the time.  She is my baby girl. A tiny little thing at around 5 pounds.

 

 

 

Pumpernickel is 3. We adopted him last winter. He loves to go outside, plastic bags, and belly rubs.

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                   Figaro is around 11. We adopted him last summer. They estimated him to be 10 at the time. He is a grumpy old man that sleeps in the cutest positions.

 

 

 

 

                                                                   Gray is around 3. We adopted him along with Figaro last summer.  He’s our “guard cat”. He growls like a dog at strangers.

 

 

Nala is 2.  We took her from my best friend. They adopted her as a kitten, but her home with 3 young kids was too crazy for her. She’s a huge cuddle bug.

 

 

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I have been a Sephora Play subscriber since May 2016.

It’s $10 a month plus tax. In my case $10.60 per month.

Each box comes with 5 deluxe beauty samples and a perfume or foil packet sample. The samples come packaged in a drawstring bag.

I enjoy it. Even though I may not always like some of the colors, scents, or an item just isn’t for me, it doesn’t go to waste.

What I don’t want, I pass along to family or friends. If something strikes me as something someone in particular would like, I save it and throw it in as an extra to their birthday present, Christmas present, or stocking. What they don’t want, I send to the respite care home that my aunt is a resident at.

Below is a link to subscribe. I have no affiliation with them and will receive nothing if you choose to sign up.

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March Playbox

Lancôme Hypnôse DramaInstant Full Body Volume Mascara

“A black volumizing mascara with an S-shaped curve for extra drama. ”

  •  Shade: Excessive Black
  • Keep: I will put this in my mascara stash.

Sephora Collection Contour 12hr Wear Waterproof Pencil

 

 

“A long-lasting, waterproof eye pencil”

  • Shade: Flirting Game (shimmery taupe)
  • Pass: While the color is beautiful, I just don’t wear eyeliner often enough to justify keeping it.

 

Dr Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45       

“A concealing, beautifying, and sun-protecting beauty balm”

  • Keep: I am always looking for something to make me look alive on those no-makeup days.

 

Sephora Collection Cream Stain Liquid Lipstick

“A silky lip stain in a deep purple shade that doesn’t require reapplication.”

  •  Shade: Bohemian Purple (deep purple)  This didn’t photograph true to color. It is a lavender base with a hint of taupe. Think 90’s grunge. It’s similar to Kat Von D “Lolita”
  • Keep: This shade in right up my alley. I am a fan of the formula as well. I have used other shades in this line.

Briogeo Blossom & Bloom Ginseng + Biotin Volumizing Spray

“A dual-action spray that provides instant volume and texture.”

  • Pass: While this smells really good, I will resist and pass thing along. I have a natural wave to my hair and sometimes want to tame the volume.

 

The Bonus…

Marajó Nourishing Cleansing Crème & Deep Treatment Butter

“A luxurious shampoo and conditioner duo packed with nutrient-rich butters and botanical oils that smooth, hydrate, and add major shine.

  • Keep: I will give this a go. I am not a fan or foil packets of shampoo as a rule. I have very fine hair, but a lot of it. Most of the time, there isn’t enough to thoroughly cleanse my hair.

 

Final Thoughts   

I am pleased with this months play box, 4 out of 6 things are keepers. The others are not bad products and I know others will enjoy them.

-Happy Unboxing beauty lovers!

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If I would like you to read my blog, the least I can do is fill you in on some random facts about me. (And, I do mean random.)

Some may require some further explanation down the road and I shall do that.

I also left a few easter eggs in there.

Happy Reading!

  • I am a girly girl, but I’m also REALLY lazy.  I LOVE make-up, but I hate to take it off at night.
  • I am an animal lover. I just can’t handle movies where an animal dies.
  • I am a mommy and daddy’s girl. Others had a woobie blanket. I have my parents.
  • I love shows, books, podcasts, blogs, etc… about true crime. If the TV is on it’s either on the Justice Channel, ID Discovery, or Law & Order. SSDGM
  • When I was 33 years old, I had to learn to talk again. Most people who don’t know me would never know it, but I am hyper-aware of when I slur or just can’t get a word out properly. (more on this later)
  • I was once spun up in an orange snow fence and then used as a hurdle for a horse.
  • Speaking of horses… a pile of horse sh*t once saved my life.
  • I hate wearing socks. Even in the dead of winter, I don’t wear them. “I like my feet be cold, Mama”
  • I love sushi. If I could pick my last meal, it would be an extra spicy ahi poke bowl.
  • I am having major wanderlust. I want to go everywhere! I just don’t want to have to unpack when I get home.
  • One of my favorite smells is a plastic beach ball, fresh out of the package.
  • I have been roller skating once in my life. I broke my left arm.
  • My dad calls me witchy. I was in the basement in a house, turned antique shop. I told my dad, “I’ve got to get out of here. There were dead people down here before.” Once we left, he told me the house was once a funeral home with the basement used to prepare the bodies.
  • I am not highly educated, but still very intelligent… Up until my late teens, I thought Alaska was near Hawaii. Stupid maps!
  • We had to move out of our first home when married because a neighbor’s home blew up due to a gas leak. While watching Jeopardy, sitting on the couch, our sliding glass doors imploded in.
  • I startle easily and have quick reflexes. I broke my friend’s nose (by accident) because she scared me. My fight or flight took over, and fight won out. And yes… She is still my friend (Hi, Gwyn Pen!)
  • I spent my summers with my cousin Tiffany. I was either at her house or we went to Hilton Head, South Carolina. On those trips to Hilton Head, we were stuck in the car for 9+ hours with cabbage between our legs and watermelon between our feet.
  • Once, as a teenager, my friends had to wait around for me to dust my tissue box before I could go out for the evening.
  • I don’t get a brain freeze from eating ice cream. I get a back freeze. Oh, and sometimes when I eat peanut butter too.
  • I am a list maker. Packing lists, to-do lists, bucket lists, honey-do lists, shopping lists… Even lists that truly have no function. I even like to name them. A secret one I have, that shall never see the light of day, is called “Mama said knock you out!” I’ll let your minds ponder on that one.
  • This one is probably the hardest one to post. I don’t want to Jinx myself… I have never lost a game of Clue. People try, and they fail. It’s to the point where people refuse to play with me.