Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Rifle Paper Co. Sidewalk Sale

I love stationary. I love cards, notebooks, list pads, place cards, gift tags, if you can print it and write on it, I love it. The collection I have is getting out of control. This is just my collection of blank/thank you cards, and the gift tags that were stuffed in those boxes.

I try to shop local as much as possible and one of my Winter Park favorites is Rifle Paper Co. They have some of the best stuff! Seriously, if you haven't been in that adorable shop get yourself there soon!

Over Valentine's Day weekend Rifle had a sidewalk sale, and of course I filled a paper bag full of paper goods in minutes.

There were so many cards I had to stack them for the picture, but this gives you a taste of how freaking adorable Rifle products are.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Giving Plants a Try... Again

Over the weekend Christopher and I stopped by South Seminole Farm & Nursery to look for a plant for our kitchen. We ended up with 5 new plants, none of which are tall enough for the space I'm trying to fill in the kitchen.

Half of out new plants have spikes, and then half are so soft and pretty. I'd say that about sums us up. By the way that cute little cactus can grow to be 8 feet tall, we found that out as we were paying for that $3.50 little cutie. Yikes!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Birchbox: March 2015

At the end of last year I tried to play the system and I gifted myself a Birchbox subscription when gift subscriptions were on sale. With the sale and my Birchbox points I only paid $68 for a year of Birchbox. Awesome! Except you can't redeem a gift with the same email address you sent it with, so I had to make a second account and it was kind of a mess. So this month I resubscribed with my regular account and now I'm getting two boxes for the next several months. I'm not gonna lie, I'm kind of excited about it. I've decided to keep my main account profile settings the same and in my second account I'm going to change the profile settings to be more adventurous. I'm excited to see how different my boxes are, if at all.

This was the first month with two boxes, and both of my profiles were pretty much identical. I had a couple of similar products, but there was only one product that I got in both boxes.

March Birchbox #1

The lip crayon is really nice and a great color for me. I also really like this Beauty Protector spray, my mom gave me a full size one a couple of months ago and it's great!

March Box #2

I don't like the Juice Beauty face wash, I bought the full size version before sampling it about a year ago and I think I had more breakouts while using it. I love Davines products, so even though I haven't tried these yet I'll probably love them. 

I don't wear perfume because they all give me nasty headaches, so both of those went in my guest bathroom, and the highlighter that came in both boxes is a little weird for me. I don't really know how to use highlighter and this is a gel with a brush like nail polish... I don't know what to do with it. 

Two Birchoxes is awesome, but I have a feeling I'm going to need to take a week off work just to try all of the products after a couple months.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Spring Break 2015

The biggest perks of working for a college (when you're full time) are the forced vacations, Christmas break, Spring break, Thanksgiving break... they're great. Last week the college was closed SPRING BREAK! Woo Hoo!!! I didn't jet off anywhere exotic, but I definitely enjoyed a week away from the office. 

The first weekend of Spring Break we dusted off the hammock, fixed a couple of frozen drinks and I attempted to use hot rollers for the first time. It was interesting to say the least. 

Sunday night we went to The Food Truck Bazaar at Fashion Square Mall, it was delicious but a little chilly, so we only ended up getting food from three trucks. First, picadillo and chicken pesto empanadas from La Empanada Truck, no pictures because we were so hungry, then we tried two new ones, Midnight Sun Ice Cream Sandwiche Co. and SMAC Food Truck

Wednesday I met two friends from work for lunch and then coffee and shopping and more coffee. I also tried the new Chick Fil A frozen lemonade on my way home. I love drinks. 

Thursday I went to an event called Meet + Make hosted by Sarah of Sarah Hearts. It was awesome. We painted a set of 4 glasses, while eating snacks and making new friends. I'll post more on this soon. 

Friday I left for a beach weekend with four awesome ladies, and we had so much fun we're doing it again next month. Nothin like a good girls weekend to finish off Spring Break!

Quiet morning beach, afternoon beach from the covered balcony, and sunset on the wrong coast. 

How pasty white girls dress for the beach, Key Lime pie for Pi day, scary looking but pretty jelly fish, Trader Joe's 2 buck chuck wine tasting. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Aunt Natalie & Uncle Chris

On Sunday, Christopher and I became Aunt Natalie and Uncle Chris! Our niece is so beautiful and we couldn't be happier for my brother and sister in law. It's so much fun to have a new addition to the family and I have a feeling it's only going to keep getting better! Welcome to the family baby girl! 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Storing Milk Bottle Vases

My mom has a set of Milk Bottle Vases, that are perfect to small floral arrangements. She brought them over for the baby shower we hosted last month, and that's when I noticed she wraps them in paper towels to keep them "safe" in their box. I almost cried.

I knew I had to do something about this situation before I returned the box of vases to her, so I took a few days to think it out. After considering other things you could wrap them in I thought of the perfect solution. 

Men's socks! The vases fit snugly into them, and they wont slip off in the box, they are reusable and washable. They will last for pretty much ever, and if you buy more vases, socks are sold almost everywhere. Bam! Problem solved.

I slipped those bad boys into the socks and returned them safely to their owner. Look how comfy they look.

Now, Dad if you're reading this, those socks are not for you, they are for the safe keeping of glassware. Do not steal them, buy your own. Thanks!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Birchbox February 2015

For once I ripped into the products as soon as I got my box. I usually open it up, read all about the products, put them in my office and don't let myself do anything with them until I take a picture. As you can see in the picture, the BeeKind conditioner is open and I LOVED it. I think I will probably buy the full size as a little splurge for myself soon. It smells amazing and left my hair really soft. Plus, some of the proceeds support honey bee research and sustainability which is very important. Yay Honey Bees!

The eye make up remover works well and didn't irritate my face, so that's a keeper.

I have mixed feelings about the Juice Beauty products. I'm pretty sure they cause me to break out. Either that or I've had 5 freak breakouts coincidentally the last 5 times I've tried a Juice Beauty product. I just don't think this brand is for me. I wish it was.

I don't wear a lot of make up so I tried the eye liner and looked like a street walker... into the "one day I'll learn how to use this pile" it went. I also don't really use BB or CC creams very often because the samples I've received haven't matched my freakishly pale skin well enough yet.

I love Birchbox so much, I've been thinking about getting a second subscription and making the beauty profiles completely opposite just to see what the differences would be. I really love samples, and bright pink mail.