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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Orphan Bead Necklaces




I'm so in love with these necklaces. I'm obsessed with this style right now. I just pick out 30 art beads of a color, each one different, and then wire wrap them on closed jump rings. SO pretty!

Spring Bulbs...The Results Are In!

Well, I think enough time has gone by I can determine which were bloomers and which were duds.

My biggest mistake this year was listening to the "just cram the bulbs in the pot, they will be fineeeee" advice I (think) I heard....somewhere? Or, maybe I just FUBARed them by myownself.  A bunch of them didn't seem to grow up very high, and then the bud would kinda wither and rot. Hmmmm.

On to the results!


Daffodil - BLOOMED
I have one so far, but it looks like I may get more

NO BLOOM

NO BLOOM - I'm really bummed about this one. Bah

BLOOMED 

NO BLOOM

BLOOMED - maybe one?

BLOOMED - maybe one?

NOPE

BLOOMED. All of them. And they were lovely

One (a white one) so far 


I think I killed by putting too much fertilizer. 
It was doing good and then *slices finger across neck*

No blooms yet but growing like a champ

BLOOMED - I knew you were my favs for a reason, I got a ton of these

BLOOMED. I sure love my hyacinths :)

I think next year I may dial back my tulip purchases and go for more hyacinths. 


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Fabletics February 2014 Review

I selected this three piece set from Fabletics for my February shipment. I needed more sports bras, so I paid the extra the get the extra piece this month. I got the tank and capris in black, but kept the sports bra with the purple color. I love that they let you customize the selection by color - more options!  




If you would like to check it out, go HERE [I get referral credit :)]

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. I paid for these products, but this post may contain affiliate/referral links.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

My Bulbs Report


Brent & Becky's Jackpot tulips



And mine!



B&B Flaming Purissima tulips


And mine!


My Hyacinths are also up. I love them! I'd buy these color mixes again for sure! I got them from White Flower Farm


Hyacinths - from the catalog

And mine! Next year I think I will give them a little more room. They got a little squashed. 




Grape hyacinths (theirs)

and mine. I love the white ones and the different shades of blue. 



Saturday, March 8, 2014

Glossy Box February 2014 Review


This month's Glossy Box was GREAT! I got:

Anatomicals Puffy the Eye Bag Slayer:  These smell so lovely! They feel nice and cool against your skin too. And this is a full size pack, not just a trial size. They work nice!

Lauren B. Beauty nail polish in a gorgeous pale pink shade - perfect for summer toes

Pureology Serious Colour Care hair treatment: I don't have colored hair, but I figured it can't hurt. It smells nice and seems to make my hair softer. 

Renu Lip and Eye Active Lift: I admit, I can't tell if this works. Also, this is supposed to plump my eye area up and the Anatomicals is supposed to reduce my eye areas? Confused. 

Sumita Beauty Kala Color Intense eyeliner in black. This is such a lux feeling eyeliner. I'm a little intimidated by the color, but I love eyeliner so I will play with it. 

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. 
I paid for these products, but this post may contain affiliate/referral links.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

MORE beads!

I went bead shopping with the wonderful Sally and her lovely husband at San Gabriel Bead Co.

Look at the goodies I got! Can't wait to get my butt in the bead room and start creating!




Saturday, March 1, 2014

Sole Society Review

Part of the fun of losing weight is getting new clothes, right? And since I was pretty...ahem...low maintenance at my highest weight, I had ONE pair of shoes for work - black flats.

Well NO MORE! Check out the adorable shoes I recently got from Sole Society. I'm so impressed with this web site - cute shoes, fast shipping and reasonable prices.  

These are flats - so cute!

These are actually a Tiffany blue. 

I love these so much! 

If you'd like a discount coupon link (and to give me some referral $$ to spend on more SHOES) comment below with your email. 

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. I paid for these products, but this post may contain affiliate/referral links.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Blush Mystery Beauty Box February 2014

Blush Mystery Beauty Box is another cool beauty box I subscribe to. This was my first month - lets see what I got!

This was what was in the box when I opened it. The non-bagged goodies are EXTRAS! Yay! 

I got a Jonathan hairspray - I've used this and it is fantastic. And full size!

Talika eye decompress - apparently you put that white tablet into the blue liquid and it poofs up to make an eye mask. Sounds cool

Vichy cream to get rid of dark spots. I love a good face cream, especially one that says it will fade my sun spots! My only beef is when the samples are in these tiny foil packets. How am I supposed to be able to tell if this is going to actually work if I can only use it once? Hmmph. 

Dermstore lip gloss. Always on the lookout for a good lip treatment for chapped lips. This is fantastic. It has a great smell/taste, and it has a bit of shimmer to make it pretty! Loved it

Here is the beauty box itself

Bioxidea face mask - I LOVE face masks. Perfect for the tub/relax time

NYX mascara - A great mascara, no clumps!  

Vbeaute Ruboff face exfoliator- I'm loving all the exfoliator the boxes are sending for dry winter skin. This is marvelous stuff. The exfoliant is very fine grain. Feels luxurious. 

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil - I love that this removes makeup and cleans skin without needing water. I always feel bad in drought-y California running the skin to get warm water at night. For some reason it takes forever : / This is amazing -- you rub the oil on your dry face and rinse. Clean skin and not greasy! It's like magic!

Klorane - I'm undecided about this. I just gave some dry shampoo to my SIL, who uses it for her blowouts. I've been going to the gym, so maybe I'll keep this one to try it out

Elizabeth Arden Untold perfume. This is in a teeny pretty bottle. Smells nice, kinda light. A little too light for me - I gave it to a friend.

NCLA nail decals - these are going to my BIL's girlfriend, who loves doing nails. With gardening and jewelry making my nails don't stand a chance. 

The box is $24.95 and I received about $100 worth of products. 

*I paid for this my own self.


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Fabletics Review February 2014

I am seriously in love with this Fabletics clothing subscription. I dug through all my drawers and closet this weekend and found very little in the way of workout gear, and 13,000 tee shirts. I've gotten all my drawers organized to make room for more work out gear! This is a great way to stock up.

Here is the skinny (ha):

You sign up - your first month is 50% off. Each month on the 1st Fabletics reveals your outfit selections. You have by a certain time (I think it's the 10th) to select an outfit (they start at $50 for two pieces, and go up if there are more pieces) or skip the month. There's no issues if you want to skip the month, which is nice if you are stocked up, spent too much on beads (ahem, me), or don't love any of the outfits.

Here is my first month's outfit


These pants are SO comfy. 


This top has a built in sports bra (yay, cause I could only scrounge up three during the great workout gear scavenger hunt in my closet). It also has a little zipped pocket. And it's not tight at the food baby. 

Cute huh! If you'd like to sign up, you can go here (I will get a referral credit)
I paid for this stuff by my own self, thankyouverymuch

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Spring Not Spring

It's not spring but my garden is confused as hell with this weird weather we have been having.

First tulip!

These little guys are my favorites

Wall O Jasmine. You would not believe the smell. It's heaven. 

Hyacinths. These guys are blooming pretty short - I may have crammed too many in there. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Pre-40 Overhaul

Hi all. So, in just a few short months, I will be turning the big 4-0. I'm not worried about it. So far, each decade has been better than the last.

However, I was a little worried about what I lovingly call my "food baby"


That's me on vacation last fall. Now, don't get me wrong. I've been chunky my whole life, except for two skinny blips after high school and after I got divorced 10 years ago. I've learned to love what I look like. I have no interest in being a skinny minnie. What did bother me, however, was how that size kept inching up and up. I can do the math - 5-8 lbs a year for the next 10-20 years....hmmm.

I was mostly worried, however, about my overall fitness. I got winded going up a flight of stairs. I did nothing but sit on my ass all day. And oh MAN do I love to eat. LOVE IT. You gotta understand, my husband and I live to travel. How the hell am I going to see the gorgeous Japanese temple that I flew 10 zillion miles for if its at the top of 100 steps and I can barely manage the 15 steps in my house.

So, I decided now was as good a time as any to take a crack at being healthier. I started on the down-low on January 7. Since them, I'm about 13 pounds down. Here's what's been working for me.

Jenny Craig. Yup. Good ole Jenny. I've been a Weight Watchers girl forever, but it clearly wasn't working for me. I needed something that, frankly, is idiot proof. I eat the yellow box for breakfast, the green box for lunch, a red box for dinner, and a brown box for snack. I mean, obviously there is more to it, but there isn't much more too it. I hate cooking - I don't have to cook. I hate planning - I don't have to plan. I hated counting those freaking points - no points here. I love it. The food is delish, the plan is easy and I'm having good luck with it. So it works for me.

My Fitness Pal. I know Jenny isn't going to hold my hand forever. This will hopefully keep me accountable about portions and nutrition after Jenny. And I love having my facebook buddies on there for support.

Map My Run. This is such a cool app. You turn it on. You got on your walk. It tells you all about your speed, time, etc. And it links with other apps to help with exercise tracking.

Fitbit. I am addicted to this thing. Its a step counter, sleep monitor, calories burned and calories eaten gadget from heaven. Its amazing how motivating this tiny thing is.

Stuff I'm trying ...

Fitstar. This app gives you workouts that use your body weight (no gear!), and the workouts adjust to your level/progress. Very cool.

Yoga Studio. An app with lots of different yoga classes. Very cool as well.

If you are on any of these apps, lemme know. I'd love more friends!
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