Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Lip Factory Review - November

It’s time for a Lip Factory review!

Lip Factory is a monthly beauty box that is $22 a month (S&H included) and comes with 5-7 products each time.  The box aims to give you a “full face” of makeup, but its main focus is on…lips of course!  

Before I start the review though, I do want to let you know that I cancelled this box.  Since we are saving for a little person now, I decided to pare down my beauty boxes.  I cancelled this one just in time too, I guess they have a lot of issues in November and as a company decided to close down.  I guess if they receive more funding, they may continue, but as of now they are done for. 

So here it is….the November Lip Factory box!  

           1)     Supercute Lip Gloss in “Love” – .4 oz. (FULL SIZE)
I wish this color were just a bit darker or rosier, I might be able to use it.  Watermelon pink is just not my color though!
Full Size: $14.00 My Value: $14.00

           2)    Ulta Matte Lip Crayon in “Hazy Pink”–.09 oz. (FULL SIZE)
Well this is something I find very interesting.  This is the first time I’ve seen a product from a big box store in a beauty box like this. I have a few of these from Clinique that I really like, so I was curious as to how this would compare.  Unfortunately, it felt pretty dry which was a bummer to me.  The color was just a little too bright too.
Full Size: $4.00 My Value: $4.00

          3)    J.Cat Twist & Kiss Hydrating Lip Balm “Love Kiss” – .14 oz. (FULL SIZE)
Well if I didn’t like the last two colors, I clear won’t like this!  This is was too bright for me. It doesn’t seem much different from the Ulta brand, except for the name and color. Two of basically the same product? Boring.
Full Size: $4.99 My Value: $4.99

           4)    Bellapierre Lipstick in Couture – .123 oz. (FULL SIZE)
Finally a lip product that’s not so bright!  Oh wait, this is on the other end of the 
spectrum. Way too dark! Ugh. I had hope because of the color shown on the outside 
of the box, but the actually lipstick color won’t work for me. I’m not the goth type.
Full Size: $19.99 My Value: $19.99

5)  Mirabella Velvet Lip Pencil in “Red Velvet” – .081 oz. (FULL SIZE)
A bright red lip product! My favorite! Not.
Full Size: $23.00 My Value: $23.00

Final Cost: $22.00
Final Value: $65.98

As you can tell from above, I was not thrilled with this box at all.  I am really glad I made the decision to cancel it, even though they did end up shutting down production.  This box may be great for others, but 5 lipsticks in colors I really don’t like is definitely not worth it to me!

What do you think?

(Also, I swear I’m not a review blog….I just like sharing these fun things! I have not been compensated for this review.)
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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Week 16

What's Going on in There?
Baby is the size of a dill pickle (4.5 inches and 3.5 ounces) and is starting to recognize sounds and voices. Hair, toenail and tastebud growth is also happening!

Maternity Clothes? 
Um yeah totally.  I can still wear some of my regular tops and dresses, but bottoms have been maternity all the way!  Soooo much more comfortable.   I have been searching for the perfect dress pants though and I am really having a tough time with that.
As of my doctor’s appointment on Monday, I was only up 2 pounds.  I think that number may have grown this week though. Wah wah.
Stretch Marks? 
Please no. I have been only putting cocoa butter lotion on a few days a week, I really need to get better at it.  I was never one to wear lotion before, it’s tough to get into that habit.

I think I may have felt something small last week (two teeny tiny bubbles popping) but nothing really this week. Hopefully soon!
Food Cravings? 
Nothing any different than before, just chocolate milk and tomato soup (but not together). I am still waiting for the point where food actually sounds really good to me.  I’m still struggling on wanting to eat anything at all, nothing ever sounds good.
Anything Making you Queasy or Sick? 
Not really thankfully.  The only weird thing is I sometimes gag when I brush my teeth!

What I Miss? 
Gorgonzola cheese, Redd’s apple ale and sleeping through the night without having to get up to pee!
Nothing of the sort.  Not once during pregnancy so far….yay!
I’d say I am still pretty darn exhausted (though not as bad in the beginning, but still not normal). Also, I am feeling the round ligament pain people speak of, it hurts really bad if I move too quickly.  Also, if I stand up too fast (or stand for a long time) I get really light headed. 
Labor Signs? 
We know, but we aren’t ready to announce yet since we just announced baby!
Belly Button In or Out?
Let's hope it stays in for a while. :)
Wedding Rings On or Off? 
On for now, have noticed a tiny bit of swelling on some days, but not too bad.
I wish I was able to take naps, but my work schedule just doesn’t allow it.  I am usually asleep by 9 or 10 each night, but I wish it were earlier!  Good news is I have gone 2 nights without having to get up to pee!  You guys have no clue how amazing that feels!
 What I'm Looking Forward To? 

Our gender and anatomy ultrasound in a few weeks! We bought an at home fetal Doppler which is such a fantastic purchase.  I look forward to going home every night and listening to our little marshmallows heart beat!

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Break In

So.....our home was broken into this week.  The thieves stole almost everything that was worth any value at all. They ransacked our home, emptying every box, turning over every mattress, emptying every you can imagine it was quite the mess. It seems they probably spent a long time in our home or there were several of them at they were very thorough.

I am very, very thankful that is was on a day that C worked in the morning and that he came home first. I'm not sure I would have been able to handle it.  I am not sure if they had been armed, but they did take our butcher knife out of our kitchen and we found it on a dresser in the master bedroom. So scary. I'm also thankful they didn't harm October (our cat), because they easily could have.

The police came and took fingerprints, but I am not hopeful they will find the crooks.  In the meantime, we are cleaning up their mess, changing the locks in our home (they got in by prying out the deadbolts with a screw driver), adding security alarms (which we were planning on but hadn't done yet) and filing police and insurance reports.  I've heard this process could take up to 3 months, which is very disheartening.  I just want my life back to normal, I miss my nice TV!

I'm hopeful the paranoia and fear in our own home will go away soon, but again, I am very thankful that no one was harmed.  It can ALWAYS be worse.

That being said, things will probably be a little light around here for awhile (as if they weren't already).  So sorry!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Weekly Updates 8-15

Since I don't want to bore you with tons of details about each week of my pregnancy that happened like 2 months ago, I thought I'd share short pieces of how I was feeling each week for anyone that was curious.  I will start doing more detailed posts soon! You'll have to pardon the photo quality, its the only place in our home that has enough light but no terrible shadow! Since I only see C in the evenings because of our work schedules, we haven't been able to take any pictures during the day.

8 Weeks
- I am feeling really good. I actually have to remind myself most of the time that I am pregnant.  I guess I (incorrectly) assumed once you get pregnant you would feel something. I am tired all the time and if I don't eat every few hours I feel a little blech, but I have had no morning sickness to date.  I am hoping that maybe I am one of the lucky ones!  The only other symptom I really have is having to pee a lot.  I never used to wake up in the middle of the it happens every single night.  I thought the sleepless nights were supposed to happen AFTER baby??

9 Weeks
- Seriously you guys....pregnancy exhaustion is NO joke! Some days I can barely function, especially later in the afternoon. Working 40 hours a week is tough, there is definitely no time for a nap. Once I come home from work I pretty much do nothing and I have been falling asleep pretty early every night. I am a lazy bum!  Even the smallest tasks make me so tired. Its ok though, all worth it! Now, if I could just stop getting up to pee every night in the middle of the night and get some real rest, I'd appreciate it! No sickness still, which is awesome.  I have noticed I definitely have an affinity for salty, sour and spicy foods.  I have not really had a desire for anything sweet, dating all the way back to our honeymoon.  I hope this continues!  Sweet to me = more weight gain!

10 Weeks
- This week has really flown by!  We finally decided to start taking weekly pictures, though I am sure at this point the bump is really just "bloat" haha.  I got crafty and made my own little sign to take pictures with each week, I felt quite accomplished. I have had a little more energy this week, which is nice.  Now when I say a little more, I will say that I was proud that I was able to do a load of laundry the other day. So yeah, still not much energy! Smells have started affecting me a bit more, but I don't think its super crazy yet.  Things just smell stronger to me.  Which means smells I previously never liked are a lot worse and make me gag!  Things like the smell of cooking bacon and eggs are no bueno. I've noticed that I have really been craving apples.  I have probably eaten more apples (in various forms) in the last 3 weeks than I have in the last 3 years! Honeycrisp apples, natural applesauce and granny smith apple chips are my favs right now!  Next week we have another doctors appointment, I can't wait to hear the heartbeat again!

11 Weeks
- Finally I am starting to get a little of my energy back!  It's so nice to be able to come home some evenings and not want to crawl right into bed.  Still not many other symptoms, which I am really thankful for. Sore breasts and having to pee a lot is enough for me.  I think my little bump became a tad bit more pronounced this week, but it is definitely mostly bloat.  The difference of when I suck it in versus letting it hang it out is incredible. The bump seems to be harder this week, which is encouraging.  I know I would seriously hate having strong pregnancy symptoms and morning sickness, but just feeling a little under the weather all the time is tough too.  I feel like it brings on so much more worry! On Thursday we had another doctors appointment.  I was really excited to hear the heartbeat and know that everything is ok, but it turns out the appointment was basically housekeeping.  It was more of a paperwork, pap smear, blood work kind of day. Boo. Good news is, she told us next week we get another ultrasound and they should be able to tell us the sex of the baby....ALREADY!  If for some reason our little bear isn't cooperating, we will find out through the blood work we did in about two weeks.  I seriously can't believe that. It is so surreal!

12 Weeks
- This week went by really fast!  On Tuesday we got to see our little marshmallow, which was super exciting.  It was my first belly ultrasound and I have to say it was quite uncomfortable!  My belly hurt the rest of the evening, which was no fun.  I guess they have to press super hard at this point, since baby is only 2 inches big! Nurse gave us a guess (well she seemed pretty positive) on the sex, but it was still based on a theory.  Once we get our blood test results back we will know for sure! It was fun announcing the probable sex to my momma, went we to target and picked out a little onesie that would give it away. She was super excited! No change in symptoms this week, just the same old sleepy, sore boobs and peeing in the middle of the night!

Ah the cuteness!  Baby had their arms up by their head and legs crossed...just chillin!
13 Weeks
- Whelp, I finally told work this week!  Everyone was pretty surprised, so it was quite fun.  I can't wait until we officially tell the world sometime next week.  I've got to get to work on getting some cute pictures taken for our announcement! I've got some new cravings this week....BLTs and tomato soup.  I may or may not have had both of these items 3 times in the last 5 days. Mmm mmm.  Thankfully C likes them both so he isn't complaining! I got the results from our blood panel (where they test to make sure everything is ok with baby and they are no signs of problems) and all was normal.  Woo hoo!  Also we confirmed the gender is a healthy baby..........just kidding.  We are keeping that a secret for a bit longer. You better believe I have started shopping though!

14 Weeks
Got a little lazy this week, sorry bout those sweat pants!
- It's finally here, the week we have decided to announce our news to the whole world! I can't wait until everyone knows. Also big news, I have officially began the second trimester!  Its hard to believe we are a third of the way through already.  That being said, May sounds realllllyyyy far away still.  I am still super tired and I've had a new symptom creep up recently, light headedness.  I was trying to shop for maternity pants on Sunday and I thought I was going to pass out a few times in different lines I was standing in to pay or try on clothes.  I ended up cutting the trip short and heading home to bed because it scared me so much. Still loving tomato soup this week.  I went and bought lots of cans of it and a bunch of the "soup on the go" containers so I could have some at work too. I am really looking forward to Thanksgiving this week.  Not only for the food (my appetite is slowly coming back) but also for the break!  I get off of work early on Wednesday and I don't have to come back until Monday. It sounds glorious!  Next week I think I will begin doing the regular bump date posts that I've seen around, those are so cute!

15 Weeks
- Um yeah, I totally forgot to write anything for this week.  It went by really quickly, so maybe thats why. I traveled to LA on an overnight trip for work, so baby got their first plane ride.  I think I may have felt the first bit of movement on the flight, but its still pretty early.  Taking off I always feel pretty sick (the pressure gets to me) so I was trying to take deep breaths and ward of some of the yucky feeling.  While I was concentrating on that, I felt two of the tiniest little bubble pops in my stomach. I've read that's baby's first movements feel like sometimes.  I can't be sure, but I hope to feel a lot more of that soon!  We also caved and bought a fetal doppler this week.  For only $36 and the peace of mind of being able to hear that little heartbeat from home whenever you want, I thought it was well worth it!  It is soooo stinkin cute to see C get so excited to use it and little to our little bear.  Makes me love him even more! My weirdest craving lately has been chocolate milk.  To pretty much the rest of the world, this is totally normal.  I however, was taken off of milk when I was about 2 years old due to constant ear infections and haven't had a glass of milk since.  So yeah, 28 years with no milk and BAM!  I have to have multiple glasses of it a day! So very weird!

Just for fun.....C's "baby belly"
Next post will be a full weekly update! I can't believe I've already been writing about this for two months!
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Monday, December 8, 2014

Baby Details

So now that you all know why the heck I've been so sporadic with my posting, I thought I would give ya'll some more details!  Over the weeks I kind of chronicled our experiences and how I was feeling, so I thought I would share.  Hopefully soon I will begin doing weekly posts, but this week I am going to catch you up on everything!

September 26th: The day we found out


 - C and I had been talking about kids for a long time and knew we wanted to try as soon as possible. I stopped taking my birth control on August 24th (when I should have started a new pack) and knew it would be perfect timing to start trying after our wedding two weeks later. We even bought a cute little "Maui" onesie while we were there, just in case. After we returned from our honeymoon, I expected to see Aunt Flow.  I was getting symptoms, but nothing was happening yet.  I chalked it up to my body just trying to get settled in its role after not having to ovulate for so long.  A week past when I expected it, a week full of sore breasts and cramps, I started to think differently. I spent hours on google trying to decipher what my symptoms meant. Could this be it?  C and I had decided to put off a test for a while, thinking things would change.  But they just didn't.  That night we went to dinner for Arizona Restaurant week (where tons of restaurants have special 3 or 4 course dinners for cheaper prices).  We chose a fancy steakhouse that we would never pay for otherwise.  We talked a lot about the "What If's" at dinner and finally, I decided I just couldn't wait anymore.  If there was a little one, I wanted to make sure I was eating the right things and taking care of myself. We stopped by CVS on the way home to pick up a test. We bought a two pack, just in case.  Might as well be practical with our money right? We could use the second one at another time.  We got home and I immediately went to take the test.  I was soooo scared to look at it.  Our lives could be totally changing.  Also, I didn't really want to feel the bummer of it being negative. Well that amazing word didn't take long to show up....Pregnant! Holy cow!  I was in shock.  Its funny thinking back on it, I did almost the same thing I did when C proposed.  I hid my face and turned away! Apparently, that is my shocked reaction.  We immediately took the photo above for future use and began talking about our excitement!  A month after we started trying....we found out we were successful.  C says "We are batting 1000!' The next day, just for fun, I decided to take the second test we had bought "just for fun." I mean, don't all pregnant women take multiple tests?  The funny part is it changed what it say on the front! I went from 2-3 weeks to 3 weeks, overnight!

October 9th: Our confirmation appointment
- I originally had an appointment scheduled for the 6th but the doctor had to call and change it.  Hello!  Do you know how hard it is to wait for that appointment? Oh man, I was on pins and needles. I was so excited that I got to the doctors office almost 20 minutes early.  If you know me at all, that's something I do not do.  I am never early! After waiting for what seemed like forever, the doctor came in and congratulated us. It was finally confirmed, we are having a baby! She told us we were about 6 1/2 weeks along and our due date would be May 30th.  I was really surprised and confused by how far along I was, but then she explained they go by the first day of your last cycle.  So though I was 6 1/2 along in pregnancy terms, I really had only been pregnant for about 4 weeks. Ah ok, phew. We had ourselves a honeymoon baby....or even possible a wedding night baby haha.

October 14th: Our first ultrasound
- I can't say enough how amazing this experience was.  It was sooo neat to see our little blueberry on the screen.  Hearing the heartbeat was awesome too.  My only complaint was she let us hear it for maybe 6 seconds before she was off doing new things.  I would have loved to listen to it longer! C was a little squeamish about the whole process, but he made it through like a champ. We held hands the entire time and I definitely had some tears! Based on baby's size, she moved up the date to May 25th.  I'm not sure that means anything though, cause I mean, have you seen the size of daddy?

Teeny tiny baby!
 Next up are my weekly thoughts up until now, I even have some tiny bump pictures!

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Bon's Book Club - Wonder

This month’s book for Bon’s Book Club was Wonder by R.J. Palacio. I really wasn’t sure what this book was going to be about either.  I’m not sure why, but for some reason I never read the descriptions before I start the book!  Most books I do obviously, but for the book club books, I go in pretty blindly. Here is a description from Amazon:

 “I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.

August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.” 

First of all, this book was a really easy read.  I think I read it in just a few days, which is my favorite kind of book!  I liked the story, but I didn’t absolutely love it.  I think this book is definitely geared toward a younger crowd. I think this book would be great for grade school aged kids learning about bullying and how people are different. 

I really liked how the author told the story from different points of view.  I’m not sure I have ever read a book like that.  It was interesting to read the thoughts and feelings of those around August, not just from August himself who has dealt with this his whole life.  Getting to hear from his classmates, who weren’t ever around someone like August before was nice.

I know this may sounds petty, but I can’t decide if I wish the author gave us more detail on his face or not.  I mean, there were bits and pieces thrown in, but I am a very visual person, so I would have liked that. On the other hand, I’m not sure it’s actually necessary.  I think the author did that on purpose.

I do have to say the author did a great job in helping me connect to August.  I felt myself really pulling for him and being so proud of him by the end of the book.  I may or may not have even shed a few tears multiple times in the book.  I even had my first real pregnancy cry when his dog died haha.

I liked the book and am glad I read it, but I don’t think personally it was my style.  I like more mystery and suspense or funny books.  I’m not sure if I would recommend it based on that reasoning. If you are looking for an easy read though, this definitely fits the bill!

Next up for Bon’s Book Club is My Story by Elizabeth Smart.  I have been really looking forward to reading this book.  I met her in March of this year and actually got a signed copy of the book, so it’s been sitting on my shelf waiting for this month!  I can’t wait to start it!
Have you read Wonder? What are your thoughts?

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Boxy Charm Review - November

Boxy Charm time!

After deciding to cut back on some of my beauty boxes this month (bye bye Starbox and Lip Factory), Boxy Charm still made the cut. It always has a fantastic value and I am hoping I continue to love it!

This box is $21.00 a month with free shipping and is a “beauty box subscription that surprises you each month with the best beauty products from popular and chic brands. Each box contains full size and luxury size beauty samples from preferred well-known brands.” They aim to cover a whole look from makeup to nails, which I really like. 

The theme is “Sparkle and Shine” which is strangely very close to the theme of this month’s Ipsy bag.  Coincidence?

Here is the November Boxy Charm!  

1)      MicaBeauty Eye Primer   .3 oz. (FULL SIZE)
Ok, you have got to be kidding me with that price.  Would anyone seriously pay that?  There 
are several very reputable brands that offer eye primers for muuucchhh cheaper.  My favorite 
one, from MAC, is less than half that price! So, this is a bust for me.  I just can’t even get  
past the full price.
Full Size: $44.95 My Value: $44.95

2)      OFRA Pressed Blush in “Paradise Pink” – .28 oz.  (FULL SIZE)
First of all, this blush is HUGE.  I can’t decide if that is a good thing or a bad thing.  It certainly won’t fit in my “day to day” makeup case, that’s for sure.  I guess the good thing is, you definitely get your moneys worth!  Unfortunately, this color is just too bright for me.  I look much better in peach and rose colors.
Full Size: $24.95 My Value: $24.95

3)   Tarina Tarantino Eyelicity Glitter Liner in “Glitter Mist” – .17 oz.  (FULL SIZE)
My second glitter eye liner this month….wah wah.  This really isn’t my thing, or at least any more.  I was addicted to this stuff back in high school! I’m not really sure I will be getting any use out of this one.
Full Size: $16.00 My Value: $16.00

4)   Kevin.Murphy Color.Bug in “White” – .17 oz. (FULL SIZE)
Ok this seems like it could be a really fun product, especially since it seems so easy to use.  My only complaint is the color….who in the world wants to color their hair white?!? Unless I guess you were going for the look of Rogue from X-Men. This is definitely a bust.
Full Size: $25.00 My Value: $25.00

5)   bellapierre Shimmer Powder in “Reluctance”– 2.35 g. (FULL SIZE)
If you can’t tell from the picture, this is a shimmer green color.  I have used several of their shimmer powders and I love them.  I think all of the colors I have used though are neutral, some I curious to see what one with some color looks like on! Hopefully it is still pretty subtle.
Full Size: $14.99 My Value: $14.99

Final Cost: $21.00
Final Value: $125.89

As always this box has an amazing value! The only problem is, I won’t get much use out of the items, considering I really only liked one of them.  I guess I will get use out of the ridiculously high priced primer as well, so the cost is covered for me.  If the blush and color bug were in different colors I would have loved those as well!

What are your thoughts?

If you’d like to get Boxy Charm, you can sign up here!

(Also, I swear I’m not a review blog….I just like sharing these fun things! I have not been compensated for this review.)

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