Me – I make all the sarcastic jokes. Dad makes all the puns. Austin makes bad jokes because he’s in middle school.
Averie – And I don’t get any jokes.
Me – I make all the sarcastic jokes. Dad makes all the puns. Austin makes bad jokes because he’s in middle school.
Averie – And I don’t get any jokes.
Happy May, of 2019! This is my first post of this year partly because I was trying to figure out the best way to host my photos after Flickr changed their policy and party because I’ve been so mo fo busy this year. Also, I’m old and time flies, so I kept thinking it was the beginning of the year, and it just now hit me that May means that it’s almost June, which is almost the half of the year, which is almost fall, which is almost Halloween. Yay Halloween! Now, here’s a post!
Last year, I bought a cheap purse for $7 at 1/2 of 1/2. I bought it for the size and the sturdy bottom (heh, heh) since my fabric purses wore out quickly on the bottom. By the end of the year, the handle, which was fake leather, had cracked and peeled so badly that it scratched my neck when I used it and I was afraid it might break at any moment. The rest of the purse was fine. My friend said I could see if a tailor could put a new strap on it, but I thought I’d try to fix it first. I found a belt at a thrift store that I thought would work and just needed to find time to work on it.
The general idea was to sew the belt around the existing strap. The trickiest part would be where the belt attached to the purse because there was stitching and hardware attached to the purse that I would need to sew around somehow. I basically fit the belt as close around the purse strap as possible and sewed the belt where I could. I had to use the thread as a tether in some areas just to pull the belt as close to the existing strap as possible so that it wouldn’t flap around on the parts of the strap where I did sew.
This side of the belt had loose threads from where I had to trim the belt to fit because it was a little longer than I needed. It also felt like I was sewing upside down because I was trying to sew to tuck in parts of the belt and thread in front of where the needle was rather than behind.
All of this was still cheaper than paying a tailor to fix the purse. The belt was cheap and I already had all of the other supplies, so it didn’t cost much in that sense. The project only took two evenings to complete. After using the purse almost daily for four months, I’m pretty happy with this project!
Let me know if you’d like to see more crafty and DIY posts like this. Do you sew? Have you ever had to sew something weird like a purse or a shoe? Thanks for reading and make sure to check me out on YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter as well!
Since we got back from vacation in July, I’ve had alot of ideas for blog posts, but was just too busy to do any. This is only my second post this month! What?! I figure it’s about time to put something out there since it’s been a month since we went on vacation.
This is going to be a very photo-heavy post. We spent a week in southern California at the end of July. We were able to meet up with my sister’s family, my cousin’s family, and my mom at different times, so it was nice to spend so much time with loved ones that I rarely get to see. This was also the first time my kids had been on a plane, to the ocean, or to California. Lots of firsts for them! I prepared them with horror stories of airplane security check lines and tiny airplane seats with broken junk and options to pay lots of money for more broken junk. On the way there, we flew Delta and it was the best flight experience I’ve had since I flew Virgin Airlines almost a decade ago. On the way back, we flew American and my kids were pretty disappointed, but did acknowledge that I wasn’t exaggerating with airline horror stories, haha! The ocean water and sand even cleared up my skin by like, 95%, but that changed once I got back home. So, I’ll have another post coming soon about my updated skincare routine. Either way, I took it as a sign that I need to live on the beach for the sake of my health. It’s all just for my health, not because the beach is awesome and amazing and fun and relaxing.
Ben, Austin, and Averie on the way to California
Logan and me, excited to be sitting together!
Our first meal in Cali was at Panang Thai, which is near LAX. No matter which restaurant we chose, the GPS went crazy and kept trying to take us back to the airport. We finally got decent directions for this place and were grateful for the lovely waitstaff and delicious food.
Growing up in the hood and listening to rap and hip hop in the ’90s, I heard alot about Crenshaw. I also wanted to get a picture of one of many bikers who had a death wish on the highway. Why would you pull out in front of so many moving vehicles when the only thing between you and death is a helmet made of plastic and foam?!
I added the moustache to this work of art, but this is otherwise all custom work on a quality vehicle.
When you go on vacation and this is the view you see as you pull up the hotel, you know things are going to be good!
Wandering through a closed Chinatown, looking for breakfast, which we did find at a Chinese bakery!
So, of course I spent most of my time at Universal Studios in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I mean, my gimpy feet were bothering me and the sunshine made the temperature hotter. So, to prevent extra pain and headaches, I just hung out with the Harry Potter stuff, drinking pumpkin juice and walking around in air conditioned stores. We did all start our visit with fried potatoes, pumpkin juice, and butterbeers at the Three Broomsticks before getting our own wands at Ollivanders. I did decide on a Cauldron Cake at Honeyduke’s before the evening was over and it was delightful! I wish the cafeteria at work had these.
Pumpkin juice, Excedrin Migraine, Tylenol, and Advil got me through the day.
Ben, Logan, and Averie came back to enjoy a Simpsons donut from the Kwik-E-Mart on the cool patio at the Hog’s Head.
I had already decided that the first day would be Universal and the second day would be at the beach so that we could just relax and not walk around for miles in the sun. The beach at Oceanside is much cooler and wilder than some of the other beaches, but we did read up on it first and knew what to expect. You get used to the cold water quickly once the sun comes out to greet you.
I offered to let this guy look through the telescope, but he was more interested in floor food. Go figure!
Averie broke her toe a month before we went to California. So, she was still walking around in a boot for most of the trip. She wanted to just tape her toes and wear flip flops for anything beach-related, though. Even without toe tape or boots, I was still limping along behind her.
The kids had a million questions about everything in the water and on the pier. We have a saltwater fish tank at home, so we were trying to explain to the kids that all the work Ben does with the fish tank is to mimic the environment of the ocean that mother nature takes care of every day.
Ben and the kids got ice cream here the night that we hung out with my family on the pier.
Night surfing! I can’t even surf during the day. I so admired this dude.
The waves get pretty big at night. All you can really see from a distance is the foam.
The resort where we stayed had a viewing deck that we checked out at night when it was less busy.
I get a bit of vertigo when I get close to the edge, but not Logan!
Sea World San Diego! We didn’t think that we’d be able to afford more than one theme park, but my mom’s friends are both in the military and got some free tickets for us. There was a whole aquarium filled with adorable sea turtles!
Biting flamingo, kakaw!
While eating at one of the food court patios, I heard Ben say, “Oh, we have some guests,” and felt some fuzzy things on my legs. I freaked out! Then, I saw that they were just baby ducklings! They waddled so quickly that I nearly missed getting a picture.
I almost missed the penguin exhibit before I realized that they had it dark and cold inside not because it was closed, but to imitate July in Antarctica. This lil dude was outside of the penguin exhibit and posed for quite a few pictures while complaining at me when I took too long between his various poses.
Our last meal in Cali was breakfast with my sister and nephew at the Naked Cafe. The food was amazing! (Coconut French toast, whaaaat?) If I had to eat at this place for every meal for the rest of my life, I could probably handle that.
Probably my favorite name for a store ever!
Polka dot is a cool color for a car!
My babies, proudly wearing their California t-shirts at the airport.
Our middle schooler, tolerating yet another photo.
That is the end of our California vacation! Thank you for reading this far! I hope you enjoyed the photos and descriptions. If you want to hear some more about our vacation, head on over to my YouTube channel for some vlogs! Let me know if you liked this post by clicking the like button below. Have you ever been to California? If so, what part? Do you surf? Every driven a polka-dot vehicle? Tell me all about it in the comments below!
Hello, interwebz! I’m combining two short posts today – the July Ipsy unboxing and my August planning. I’m working hard to catch up on all of the reviews and tutorials I want to do for you all so that I can start doing blog and vlog posts while I still have steam!
My July Ipsy Glam Bag contained two Secret Key Nature Recipe masks (honey and tea tree), a blue iridescent makeup bag, an Ofra eyeshadow pan refill in Millennium Gold, Dr. Lipps original Nipple Balm, a Lord & Berry lip liner in Mandarin, and Bellapierre Banana setting powder in Medium.
I tried to take a few pics to really get how pretty this bag is, but it made everything else washed out and hard to see. This is a nice little bag that I might take with my phone, keys, and wallet when I’m running errands. I have never heard of Ofra, but this eyeshadow looks pretty and shimmery. It’s a pan refill that is supposed to fit multiple makeup palettes, but I don’t have any that this would fit. So, it might make a good travel eyeshadow. I’m excited to try the Lord & Berry lip liner and Banana setting powder! The lip liner is the same color as the Kat Von D orange lipstick that I discussed in a previous post, not that the lipstick needs any help in staying powder, but I do like putting lip liner on my lips under lipstick. I’ve heard that the banana powder does good things for oily skin and shine. I’m wondering if it’ll help with sweaty Texas heat faces.
I am addicted to face masks, so these two masks were pretty exciting to see in the package! Honey and tea tree oil are both good for inflamed skin and acne. Honey has natural antibacterial properties while also being soothing and moisturizing. Tea tree oil dissolves pimples and calms skin inflammation. So , the masks are a welcome addition to my beauty routine. The Nipple Cream struck me as odd at first, and then I remembered reading about this. You can put it anywhere from your lips to your shoes. The lanolin mixture will act as a deeply absorbing moisturizer, perfect for my sun sore skin. Imagine what my skin would be like If I weren’t using lotion and sunscreen every day!
Now, on to my planner. I need a simple monthly layout since August will be filled with so many back to school items in a week or two. I finished up my crappy tape in the school design. So, I decided to try to stay on the blue and red path. I added a few stickers and left the rest for writing.
The day after I set this up, I added about four things to the monthly calendar. So, it was a wise choice to keep the monthly spread sparse. Now that I think of it, I need to record a few other things. I use my planners to record my daily health record so that I can look back at the end of the week to see if it was a good or bad health week and what may have caused it. This heat is killing me right now, but usually it’s other triggers like lack of sleep or extra stress. Back to School time is always a bit extra stressful for everyone, amirite?
I subscribed to the July Mommy Lhey box, so I should get that soon. It inspired me to use alot of Mommy Lhey art in my weekly spread. Most of these stickers and washi are from the November Mommy Lhey kit. I love these little animal cuties and girl/woman stickers! I still have quite a few things from that box because you get SO MUCH in them. The boxes are a little expensive, so I told myself that I could get one every six months. As you can see, the supplies last much longer than every six months. So, I definitely feel like I got my money’s worth for the beautiful art and high quality stationery products. Plus, supporting small and independent business women is my favorite kind of shopping!
Well, thanks for reading this post! Did you like the combination of unboxing and planning? Let me know your thoughts if you’ve tried any of the items that were in my July Ipsy glam bag. I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below!
Hello, interwebz! Time for another random beauty and skincare haul and my reviews of the products I impulsively bought at great prices! Let’s dive right in, shall we?
First stop – Daiso. I really love this place. I decided to try the Cocoon Balls and DIY Face Masks. The cocoon balls are supposed to be made of either spider silk or silkworm silk and are collected, dried, and sent to you for to help your beauties. You soak the cocoon ball in warm water for about 10 minutes and then wipe it around your face. It both exfoliates and moisturizes. I was able to use one every day for a week before I finally tossed it, so I thought it was a pretty good investment. It didn’t make a huge difference on my skin, but it did help remove dry skin while adding some moisture. Not bad. I still haven’t tried the DIY face masks. I’m waiting to use this with my peppermint toner from my June Kira Kira crate. As far as I can tell, you soak one of the masks in the toner or essence of your choice and then open up the mask to use it the same as any other fabric mask. I think this was $1.50 for 5 masks, so there’s not much to lose in trying.
I also finally got the soap foamer. I started using my foaming face washes on my body, but thought that they might go further if I used this. I tried using a brush and sponge, but they were too rough on my skin. This foamer has worked on my foaming face washes, regular body washes, and bar soap as well. You add a bit of soap, a bit of water, and then basically churn the two until bubbles form. I like to just smear the bubbles on my body, but they also work better as shaving foam this way. I get more use out of the products and my skin likes this better because it’s lighter and airier than just slathering myself in soap.
CosRX One Step Original Clear Pads – These are the bomb! I didn’t really start seeing true progress on my face until I started using these. The acne and dry patches just started disappearing. Instead of having a bump on my face that turned into a patchy sore, I just started to have skin and some white heads. That’s not ideal, but it’s improvement that I hadn’t see so rapidly since I started my new eczema – acne skincare journey. These BHA pads break down gunk in my pores over night. I go ahead with my normal skincare routine otherwise – essences, lotion, cream, etc. In the morning, I wash with water and go with my normal skincare routine. I have seen and felt so much improvement to my skin and its texture! I’m finally starting to move into the post-acne treatment phase of skincare. Yay!
Sephora – I ran into the store at the mall while my husband and daughter looked at other things. I wanted to pick up the Murad acne spot treatment to use during the day, but it had salicylic acid, which bothers my skin a bit. I used to only use salicylic acid, but I think I may be allergic now. Next too the Murad area, I found the Peter Thomas Roth Acne Spot and Area Treatment with sulfur and colloidal oatmeal. Yes! These are products my skin likes nowadays. This was also a few dollars cheaper than Murad. I use this on any blemishes and whiteheads that I see in the morning. It smells a bit like sulfur (aka farts), but nobody around you can smell it and it works wonderfully. I’ve smelt worse with less benefit. I grabbed a Green Tea Sleeping Mask to try because they had been out for over a month. This was supposed to clean your pores and moisturize while you sleep. It was okay, but it was way more than a single application. That means that you have to find a way to seal it each night. The consistency is of gel rather than the cream that I was expecting. It did a good job of moisturizing, but I’m not so sure about clearing out my pores. The Sephora Honey Lip Scrub was a good deal. I thought it was lip balm, but was pleasantly surprised to see it was a lip scrub, since I have been looking for a cheap lip scrub. This stuff does the job for a fraction of the price of most lip scrubs. When I got to the counter, I also had enough points to get a sample size bottle of Supergoop! Setting Mist so I can tote it around California when I’m on vacation. You spray this on your face over your makeup to reapply sunscreen throughout the day. Brilliant! If you haven’t tried any Supergoop! products and you are the type of person who, you know, has ever been outside, then go try this stuff now! Supergoop! is probably my favorite non-Asian sunscreen maker.
Arome Her Indie Soaps – Roaming around the mall, these girls stopped my husband, my daughter, and me to try to sell us some handmade soaps. I’m kinda biased towards handmade soaps since one of my BFFs, Cathy, used to make them. She gave me high expectations for handmade soaps. Well, this stuff is good for your skin, money goes to help orphanages, yadda, yadda, yadda…I ended up buying the patchouli and charcoal bar for me and the milk and oatmeal bath bomb for Averie. Holy Moly! The bar of soap is so wonderful! I use it on my face and body. I have used it with the foam maker from Daiso to shave. It’s amazing. I even wrapped it up to take on vacation to California because I figured that no matter how my skin may react to all of that sun, sand, and saltwater, this soap would calm down and repair my skin. Each of these was only $5 too, which is a killer price for anything handmade and sold at a mall kiosk. This is the next best thing to having a friend who makes quality soap products for you! The only problem is, I can’t find them online. So, if that little kiosk in the mall disappears, I won’t be able to get any more of this stuff.
Alrighty, that’s all for now. Let me know your views on these products, if you’ve tried any. Have you ever gotten addicted to something that you bought at a mall kiosk? Have you used anything patchouli since high school? What’s your favorite sunscreen? Leave your answers below!
Hello, Interwebz! It’s time for a post that I thought I already did! I was preparing to do the unboxing post for my July 2018 Kira Kira Crate and realized that I never did the unboxing post for June. Whoops! So, let’s get to it.
June’s box contained quite a few items that I couldn’t wait to try, but mostly items that I have to wait to try. Womp, womp, womp!
I was surprised to get a giant bottle of peppermint toner, but I am worried that it might be too strong on my face. Now that my eczema and acne are clearing up, I think I can start trying to use it soon, though.
I have used the nose brush, which I thought was pretty unique. When washing your face, you are supposed to use the brush to get in the weird angles of your nose and really scrub out all the gunk. I didn’t feel like it was doing anything other than irritating the skin around my nose, so I only used it once or twice. The mask looks super luxurious, but my skin goals right now are just to clean and calm. So, I will be gifting this mask to my sister as a little treat when I see her next.
Then, there is also lemon skin oil and hair pads for reducing static. These are all things that I can use, but haven’t used yet. The body oil will wait until it’s a bit drier outside. I want to really test it to see how it works then, as opposed to when it’s 100 degrees F with 40% humidity. I could use the hair static things all day every day, which means that I haven’t used them yet. I guess I’m waiting until I meet the Queen of England or something. The Little Twin Stars blotting papers are so cute that I don’t even want to use them! I want to wallpaper my bedroom walls with them, but my husband would get creeped out. My walls wouldn’t be oily, though.
Wow, that was a quick unboxing! Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products and what you thought about them. Aren’t Twin Stars just the cutest? Do you think a brush is the best way to wash and exfoliate around your nose? When do you most want to remove the static from your hair? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading!
Hello, interwebz! Today, I want to share some thoughts and reviews on products that one of my BFFs, Christina, has given me. She is much more knowledgeable about beauty than I am and has been really supportive of my efforts to find beauty and skincare products to help my “new” skin. Also, I found out that her mom has eczema. So, I’ve been swapping stories and suggestions with her mom as well. Hooray for supportive friends and family!
Christina was kind enough to share some Kat Von D products with me. I have never tried the brand, but have heard alot of good things about them. I immediately smothered my mouth with the Studded Kiss Ultra Violet lipstick and loved it! I had never worn a purple lipstick as an adult, but it looked better on me than I thought it would. I tried the red a few weeks later and it was VERY red. I liked it, but definitely need to do a full face of makeup to balance out the VERY red lipstick. The third color was a nude that worked whether I wore makeup or just sunscreen. Christina also gave me a Tattoo Liner that I tried a few times before washing my face. I am not very skilled at eyeliner, so I mostly use it just before washing my face because I’m trying to get better at applying it. I wore it once in public and kinda messed it up, but I managed to mostly remove and cover the mistake with alot of eye shadow. Mostly. Either way, I love this eyeliner because it’s a very smooth application, the brush is fine tip, and the color is rich. It stayed through puddles of sweat in the Texas heat, and that’s the highest compliment for any eyeliner! These products are also vegan and not tested on animals. Wearing this makeup made me feel a bit more glamorous than normal because I knew they were designed and approved by Kat Von D, who is a completely badass!
At a time when I was using foaming face washes that burned the sore spots on my skin, Christina gifted me with Pacifica Quinoa Sensitive Super Gentle Face Wash. Guess what! This stuff actually works! It calmed my skin while also cleaning it. There is a scent, but it’s not strong or perfumey and has not bothered my skin or sinuses. I started using the other foaming face washes on my back and chest and I use this on my face. Since switching, the eczema on my face has calmed down quite a bit. Yay!
In my late teens – early twenties, I used Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Lotion like it was going out of style. I was self-conscious about stretch marks all over my body from gaining and losing weight all the time. I figured that if Palmer’s worked for pregnant women, it could work for me, and it did, but it was too rich to use in the summer. (I don’t think they even sell it now because they have so many specially formulated products, but this may be it.) However, they recently came out with coconut oil products. Christina’s mom gave me a bottle of Palmer’s Coconut Oil Body Lotion to try and I love it! I use it every night on my hands, legs, and feet. My heels are so dry right now, even during this sweaty summer. This lotion keeps them pretty well exfoliated and smooth and has taken care of some cracked areas around my fingernails as well. This is definitely a must try for anyone needing deep moisturization in high-humidity areas.
Christina also gave me some Acure Ultra-Hydrating Shampoo to try on my eczema-ridden scalp. It doesn’t irritate my scalp, but it doesn’t work quite as well as the Korean stuff that I have been using (post on that to come!) That being said, since this shampoo is organic, sulfate free, and paraben free, it works better on my hair after I have used hair dye than the Korean stuff. The Korean stuff I have just heals your scalp and prevents hair loss. This stuff heals your scalp (a bit more slowly than the Korean stuff), makes your hair smell nice (light almond scent), and protects your hair (and any dye on it). So, I’m alternating it with my Korean stuff as needed and am very grateful to have just the right arsenal of hair products at my disposal in the shower.
Those are not all of the things Christina has given me over the past few months, but those are all of the beauty products! Thank you for reading this post and let me know if you’ve tried any of these products. Are you as in love with Kat Von D makeup as I am now? What do you use on your dry heels? Any other suggestions for gentle face washes? Let me know in the comments below!
I debated doing a post on this since there was some controversy around Ipsy last month. I didn’t hear about it until after I got the shipment, though. So, just a quick summary and we’re good to go!
I really do look forward to my Ipsy packages! The mailers are pretty and I like the products that they’ve picked for me so far. The little blue makeup bag is sturdy and cute! I can’t organize enough, so they’re always handy. Getting two masks in one package was pretty exciting! They are both from The Saem, a Korean skincare company. One is apple for smoothing and brightening. The other is a acai berry and is to moisturize and firm skin. This time, I found my Luxie small shader before I tossed the packaging into recycling. Now that my skin is starting to clear up, I’m looking forward to learning how to do makeup like an adult!
I guess now’s a good time to talk about the makeup from this package. The K Voss macaroon lip balm smells good, but not particularly macaroony. I usually don’t like lip balms in tubs either, but I guess I can keep this in the bathroom so that I can wash my hands before each use. I also got some M.A.C. Lipglass that I can take with me on the go! The color name is Nymphette, but the color just looks like a shiny copper. I guess Nymphette sounds more interesting than “shiny copper”. Other than the skincare masks, I’m most excited to try the Pretty Woman nail polish in Vacay (aka very pale pinky cream). Pretty Woman polish is supposed to guarantee no chipping, cracking, fading, or peeling for up to 10 days. We shall see. Either way, I think this is a perfect light color for the summer and will polish the heck outta my nails with this!
So, that’s the quick breakdown of what came in my June Ipsy package. Have you tried any of these products before? Did you like them? What do you think macaroons smell like? Let me know in the comments below! Also, I started a YouTube channel. So, make sure to check out scarletloser on the YouTubes and let me know what kinds of videos you’d like to see. Thanks for reading!
Hello interwebz! First off, go enter my giveaway if you haven’t already. There are still a few days to enter to win a page of XOXO Prints penguin stickers! Now, I wanna tell you about my second trip to Little Korea for skincare products.
I wanted to get full size bottles of a.c. care Bee Venom Serum and the BB Cream. I picked up more of the Ekel masks that I love in different varieties (20 for $10!!!) and got some sample size bottles of the a.c. care Lotion and Pure Skin Toner. Everything was about $100 and I nearly passed out, but I remembered that it was for my skin that is painfully falling off my face. I already tried some cheaper stuff and this worked better. Skin is the largest organ of the body, so you have to take good care of it! That being said, the full size serum ended up being completely different from what I got in the sample container and the sample stuff worked better. The sample I had said it was specifically for acne and the full size bottle didn’t, but there is only one bee venom line, so I don’t really know what’s what. I am on the lookout for a better way to treat this acne since the full size serum was disappointing. The b.b. cream is different too, but in a good way. It actually looks better after it sits on your skin than the samples did. So, I will likely be buying more of this b.b. cream, but not the serum.
We went by Tony Moly for the first time. So much cute stuff! They also had some fancier products that I hadn’t seen before. I grabbed a few cheap things for $1 – an eyebrow trimmer (for Ben), an eyeliner pencil sharpener, and lip tint. When I got home, I realized that the lip tint said it was not for resale, which made me wonder if that was directed at me or the store since none of the other products had that warning. *shrugs* I found a cheap container to use my witch hazel toner in so that I didn’t have to use the giant bottle on my bathroom counter. I also grabbed some single use pimple extractors. I used a few of them, but the pimples left terrible sores that healed more slowly than the ones I do with my fingers. It was also more painful, so I was sure that I did something wrong and have stopped using the extractors until I can figure out how to use them correctly. My favorite purchase there was The Chok Chok Green Tea Essential Soothing Gel. The sales lady at the store asked if she could put some on the store areas of my back and I accepted her offer. Immediately, my back felt cooler and less painful. I’ve been using this magic potion on my face, neck, and back ever since. It is made with green tea instead of water and is just wonderfully soothing to the skin.
We finally made it to The Face Shop this time! Since I had already loaded up on my skin supplies for the next month, I didn’t need anything. I did get some face cream for Ben. He has very sensitive skin too and his skin stays red and irritated after shaving. He hasn’t used it yet, but he did take it out of the box after a couple of weeks. We got some samples of other face products for both Ben and me. The Dr. Belmeur Lotion has panthenol. So, if Ben doesn’t use the cream by the time I need more, I will be trying Dr. Belmeur for myself! We also got some various product samples. I tried the Daily Repair Ato Salt Cream and it was literally life changing. When I have some more money, I am going back to get some more. It cleared up almost my entire back in one use while I was in the countryside! Normally, I have to use my steroid creams to get results like that after visiting the countryside. The Salt Cream has no steroids and no side effects that steroid creams have. If you have eczema , this is more than worth the money- no redness, no dry skin, no desensitizing. You just get soft, healthy skin.
Thanks for reading! Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products and what you thought of them. Don’t forget to enter my giveaway while you still have time!
Hello, interwebz! I have been working on this post for awhile, but have been sick and busy. So, it’s a few weeks late, but you might get something out of it (literally!) I found a birthday scrapbook kit from Tuesday Morning and ordered some stickers from Etsy. Then, I mashed them all together in my planner for the monthly overview and first week of July.
I gathered together all of my stuffs and prepared myself for some epic planning…and then worked on it five minutes at a time throughout the day.
I ordered a few stickers from XOXO Prints on Etsy. I mean, penguins, you guys. Penguins. Also, I wanted to do a mermaid or sea theme for the week of my stepdaughter’s birthday because she loves mermaids and sea creatures so much. XOXO Prints had both! I just love Natasha’s work and these photos cannot do justice to the vivid colors. As a member of the Facebook group, I also got some freebies that I want to hug. I placed all the stickers in the back of my planner on some extra pages to make sure I have access to the penguins as the moods strike my planning soul.
Then, of course, I ordered some Gertie stickers from WilaWalaCo. Jenna recently moved across the country and I was kinda feenin’ for a Gertie fix. When I saw the “Pants Are Evil” stickers, that was it! I had to buy them! I want one for every day of my life. Pants are worse than bras. Pajamas for life!
I also picked up some Gertie stickers to remind me to be creative and track my instagramming. Gertie is the unicorn mentor that I’ve always wanted. Le sigh. I’m a Gertie Gal on Facebook, so I got some freebies with my order. In addition to another sticker to add to my discount card.
The Stickery was recommended to me, I believe, by my good friend, Sarah. The store had great prices on some social media productivity stickers as well as a Christmas countdown sheet that I loved. With these stickers, I might actually be inspired to get stuff done when I’m not dying from stress and the heat! Woo hoo!
First, I worked through the scrapbooking kit and added it to the last week of June, which is when we celebrated Averie’s birthday. There was a little folder and a few questionnaires. I think Averie will both be humiliated and love looking back on these in the years to come. Lilah actually took all of the pictures since I was in no shape to do so. Extra thanks to Lilah for preserving these memories for us!
Then, I started on July. It’s a busy month, and I’m really looking forward to our family vacation this month. I apologize for all of the green boxes, but I’m trying to protect people’s privacy. So many birthdays, doctors, memories, and events this month!
So, I focused on the first week of July next. As you can see from the monthly view, it’s a busy week. We celebrate Independence Day in the U.S. on Wednesday and I’m off work, but I’m also on call and will be out of town. Work is complicated by the holiday. Life is complicated by the holiday. What’s a gal to do? I just loaded the pages with beautiful and happy stickers to remind me of the good parts of each day.
I went in and filled out all the events afterwards and tried to keep it looking semi-pretty. By the end of this week, there will probably be no white left on these pages. Until then, breathe in stickers…breathe out stickers…Wait. Eww. Gross.
If you have read through all of this, then you deserve an award! This month, I’m actually going to give one of my supercoolreallyawesome readers an award. Remember those XOXO Prints penguin stickers? If you win, then you will get your choice of a full sheet of the coffee penguin, sick penguin, or celebrating penguin stickers. Do you know how hard it was for me to not use these yet?! The contest starts on July 4th at 12 AM CT and ends July 11th at 12 AM CT. Click on the RaffleCopter link below to enter the giveaway for a chance to lay your hands on some of these cute stickers!
Thanks for reading and good luck!