Monday, February 25, 2013

Deleting the naughty...with Seasonsbox February

Seasonsbox has arrived!
February's theme? Love Yourself. Honor the month of love and take the time to love yourself first.

 Here is my referral code, I can get $5 off!

The products:

Kaia Naturals Bamboo Facial Cleansing Cloths:Soak your face in juicy vitamins! These natural cloths are infused with vitamins, organic honey, sunflower and citrus oils and are a three-in-one product: cleanser, toner and makeup remover. They are 100% biodegradable, sulfate, paraben and alcohol free. And, they smell so good!

Bambu Earth Salt Glow in Sugar Cookie Body Polish:
Made from natural ingredients like dead sea salt and coconut oil, pink kaolin clay and essential almond and lemon oil. To use, dampen your skin in the shower and apply all over the body. Gently exfoliate in a circular motion and rinse off. Use a few times a week for best results. It smells delicious and I can't wait to use it.

Dream Organics Rose Water:
Naturally I have already sprayed this all over my face. I love the scent of rose. This Rose water is made by distilling premium organic Bulgarian rose petals and infused with organic rose essential oil. It went on dewy and lightly and did not leave behind any film or oily feel. Love it!

Galerie Au Chocolat Fair Trade Bar:
This chocolate bar is made from Belgium chocolate by Canadian chocolatier in Montreal. I received a flavor called Maple Crunch.  The bar contains milk chocolate with granulated pure maple syrup, so it has a little bit of a crunch. It is very rich, so I have a just a square and I am satisfied.

Loved this box, I will use all these products and am looking forward to next month already!

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Deleting the naughty...when you have no oomph.

I am having one of those days. I knew that having our family separated temporarily wouldn't be easy on us. I guess a gal just doesn't understand until she is right in the thick of it. I am cranky. And sort of lacking oomph. You know what I mean? I don't want to go anywhere, and drag two kids along. I don't feel like doing yet another load of laundry or dishes or cleaning (which, ugh, I seriously need to do so it's show ready). I AM NOT EVEN IN THE MOOD TO WATCH TV!!!! Gasp!

Here's my problem:
I feel like a teen-age girl. You know the one I am talking about. The one that sits by the phone waiting for that cute boy to call. And you wait, all night. And no call. Remember how rejected you felt?  Except now, it's me at 40, sitting by my laptop, waiting for an instant message or the ringing of Skype.  And that boy?  He's my husband, who I should have no worries of rejection over. Yet, there those fears and doubts are. They come creeping up on me like yesterday's underwear. Why isn't he online? Why doesn't he want to webcam tonight? Where is he?  Sulk, sulk, sigh, pout.

I know where he is.  He probably fell asleep in his lounging chair, because that is just what happens when he doesn't have us around to keep him awake. Or, he is working late trying to finish a tight deadline and now he needs to sleep it off.  I have no real worry or fear.  He is a good man. But, a girl still has insecurities that can drive her to insanity. And, because I work at home, not to mention one of the kids home with me, I have no grown-ups to talk me out of a tree. If I don't have a chance to talk to him, then I lay in bed at night where it is real nice and quiet, the cat laying across my chest (reminding me that I am second best and she would much rather have the husband to keep her company), and I think. Way too much.  About the move being a mistake, about whether or not our house will sell, about finances, about what to make for supper tomorrow, anything and everything that makes me worry. Who am I going to call when nobody is answering in the first place? Sulk, sulk, sigh, pout.

So, you guys, the elite few who actually read this little blog, are the ones I am relying on right now. I pound out my feelings and anxieties on this keyboard, some which don't get published, because I need to. Bring me back to my senses and help me find my oomph. I am too embarrassed to tell my husband that I am acting like a teenager.  He knows how I feel about them...  :)

Friday, February 22, 2013

Deleting the naughty...with PopSugar Must Have February

PopSugar Must Have must be one of the most highly anticipated boxes right now, next to Yuzen. The boards just go on fire when a new month comes along and people start wanting spoilers. I slipped, and got the spoilers this month, but I vow next month I WILL NOT!

This was yet again another controversial box. Me? I liked it, it was fun and different. And let's face it...PopSugar is a website focused on celebrity gossip and trends, so it is going to be a little different and cater to a certain demographic. The big issue with this months box was it's apparel items. No, one size does not fit all, and that is a fact. Many are angry about it, but that is just the way it is. It really is PopSugar's choice to put in the box what they so desire, so if it doesn't work out, then I do think people should cancel. I have cancelled 2 other boxes that others rave about. Am I mad at them?  No. I am not their demographic and their products did not do anything for me. So be it.

On to the products, I am done with my opinion :)

Must Have Fashion
Brokedown Wrap:
This super soft wrap is awesome! It reminds me of my kids' blankets that they both still sleep with. I received white. It has a velcro closure that you can adjust to fit you and it is about mid-thigh in length. It will be perfect for summer. I normally just use a towel that I wrap around me and tuck in, so this will be nice for all that running around I do in the morning. My kids are still little so I can get away with it yet.

Hanky Panky Underwear:
The panty they sent out was the Rolled Signature Lace Original Rise thong. I got a royal blue color. Now, I am not going to share with anyone what/when/where I plan to use/wear this. :)

Must Have Food
Mariebelle New York's Tresor Box:
There were a variety of these sent out too, and I received the Cacao Nibs. I have to be honest, these are just ok. I would have preferred the dark chocolate ones that others got, but I will still eat these none the less.

Must Have Beauty/Must Have Home
Connoisseurs Quick Jewelry Cleanser:
I actually gave this stuff a try this weekend to clean my diamond earrings, and it worked well. I hate cleaning earrings with all the little crevices and hard to handle tiny parts. But it worked, and my previous cleaner is starting to run low.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain:
I received the color Romantic. This stain is a moisturizer and is supposed to stay on for hours. I am not sure what they mean by kissable, but I tested out on my handed and it left a nice smack behind. So, I don't think it means stay-put. This isn't really my go to color, I would have liked something more natural but I plan to wear it this weekend for an event I am attending!

Must Have Entertainment
Safe Haven Paperback and Song Download:
We received the book Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks.  I have read one of his books, and did a book on cd of another of his. While not my favorite author, I will tuck this away for a summer read for sure! I don't go to movies, so this will not be spoiled for me. Also included was a free song download from the soundtrack, "The Journey" by FM Radio.  On a side note, 11 years ago or so...maybe more, I had the chance to meet Josh Duhamel (from the movie) in Fargo when he was home for the holidays. I was dating a friend of his uncle's at the time. Poor guy's luggage was lost so I had to suffer through drinking a beer in the presence of a tshirt and sweatpant clad movie star. Poor me. That's my brush with fame...the only downside was who I was dating, lol!

Special Extra
Conversation Hearts:  not my thing but the kids will eat them :)

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Deleting the naughty...with Love With Food February

Love With Food promised a spicy and sweet Valentine's Day. Items were a bit of sugar and a dash of spice. And as usual, a meal was donated to a child in need from my purchase.

Hagensborg Milk Chocolate Truffle Piglets:
There were two in the box, peanut butter and caramel. They were tasty, although I preferred the flavor from the Thanksgiving box. 

Nektar Naturals Honey Crystals:
Little packets of natural honey. Now, this I could get into.  As much as we are trying to get away from sugar and processed foods (these boxes are not helping), this would be great to stock in my purse on occasion.

Funny Face Choo Choo Cherry Dried Cranberries:
These aren't bad. Low in sugar and fat free, these dried cranberries are a little tart, but just enough sweet to keep eating them!

Beanfield's Bean and Rice Chips:
I got the flavor Pico de Gallo. Made from long grain rice, navy and pinto beans, gluten free, they were delicious. I really liked these and before I knew it they were gone!

Bobbysue's Nuts, Original:
This was a mix of almonds, cashews and pecans coated with a mixture of salt spices, sugar and egg white. Really good and make for a nice snack, morning or afternoon.

Milly's Savory Teas:
Ok, this is different (that's a Minnesota nice term). Tomato Basil Sipping Broth - soup broth in a tea bag. It is a sipping broth in a blend of spices, herbs and green tea.  I just don't know, and I am still too afraid to try it. I will, but just not today. :)

Jer's Squares:
This is an all natural chocolate filled with crispy rice and valencia peanut butter. Yummy!!

Donsuemor Chocolate Madeleine:
I haven't tried this yet but plan to. It is a creamy, moist french tea cake. You can see it in the top photo on the right.

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Deleting the naughty...with Yuzen February

Got the first Yuzen seasonal box. Spring is in the air, and the theme of this box. Take time to celebrate affection, commitment and the planet!

The box arrived as lovely as usual, with pretty paper and ribbon and a nice message. I really don't mind that this one went quarterly. It truly is easier on the pocketbook and makes it a little more enjoyable for me, no stress!

On to the products:

Essence of Vali Eau de Parfum:
I really love the Sleep oil product we got in the previous box, so am excited to try this out. It is a very earthy, warm scent, reminiscent of patchouli or sandalwood. I think of this as more of a fall scent though, but am planning to give it a try the next time I see my husband. It is supposed to be sensual and serene. Perfect.

Jane Iredale Lip Treatments:
A bag of 3 little mini's from left to right; Just Kissed Lip Plumper in Tokyo, Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain in Forever Pink, and Lip Drink. These are super cute miniature lipsticks. Love mini's! The first I tried was Lip Drink, went on smooth and smells like lemon. I haven't tried the other two yet, but the stain is a nice peachy light color, so I think it will go well with my skin tone. The Tokyo plumper is a little to pinky-rosy for me, but I will at least try it.

Red Flower Candle:
This is my second mini tea light candle from Yuzen, and I really love the scents. This one is Italian Blood Orange. It smells very citrusy, almost like grapefruit. Love it, and plan to use it in my kitchen for the summer.

Spa Technologies Marine Repair Cream:
I am excited to try out this product on my 40 year old face! I have been hearing a lot about marine products lately and they are a hot commodity. I want to nip these forming wrinkles in the bud now so I will give this one a serious try.

Juara Avocado Banana Moisture Mask:
This is a leave-on mask made from all active botanicals. Avocado for hydration and banana puree for optional moisture. This will be a great quencher for the current season, actually. It is horribly dry and cold and might be what my skin needs.

Naturopathica Espresso Mud Body Scrub:
I am not sure on this one. It looks like bird poop and smells like day old coffee with cream in it. But...I am willing to try it on a day where I feel less than zippy. Containing ingredients like coffee arabica, sarsaparilla, volcanic pumice and black silt clay, it will exfoliate and well as remove impurities. I have read that using coffee on your skin can be a stimulant too, so this would be great for a quick scrub on a tired morning.

Kneipp Deep Sleep Mineral Bath Salts:
This is going to go perfectly with some new tea I picked up this weekend when visiting my husband. I have been having trouble sleeping with all the anxiety from this move, so I was looking for some easy, natural remedies. I bought a box of Tazo Rest, which is an all natural herbal infusion tea of rose petals, valerian root, lemon balm, honeybush, orange peel, lavender, ginger and some citrus oils. It smelled horribly strong, but the flavor was actually wonderful and mellow. I fell asleep at 9 or so. I'm not sure if it was the tea or if I was just tired, but, whatever. So, the next time I am sleepless in Minnesota, I am going to combine it with a warm soak. These salts are made with natural thermal salt and contain the essential oil of valerian root and hops. Yes, please. Induce sleep on me.

Nova Monda Chocolate Truffle Hearts:
Nova Monda has been in Yuzen boxes before, so I had no doubt these would be delicious. They were. I ate them already. Two chocolates, one Sea Salt and the other was Cacao.  Yum.

All in all, a great box. I am only unsure of the espresso scrub. But, the whole point is to try new things and find new favorites.

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Deleting the naughty...with my chin-up and my roots deep.

Monkey and I (with Peanut in my belly), 2008, 
picking Daylily's from my garden together.

Chin's only going to get better. Those are the words my husband said when I was starting to feel anxiety and doubt about this move, this new start. That's hard for someone like me, who is bound and determined to plant roots. I am a farmer's daughter, mind you. The earth runs deep and the soil and I get along. I am lonely for my husband, and what makes it wose right now is that I can't get outside, into my garden, the dirt and watch things grow.

We are now starting our third month apart in this new adventure of ours. He's all settled into his apartment, although sparse and tiny. It's only temporary. But I miss him terribly. Going it alone with the kids, doing all the running, cooking, cleaning. I am growing weary.

Blessed be Skype, and all the accessories like web cams and instant messaging and Internet. Last night we ate supper together. We placed the laptop with Skype running on one end of the table. He ate his supper there, so far away, and we ate ours here, the three of us. But with magic, we ate together.

Since the house is listed and the signs are up I am like a human vacuum cleaner, following Monkey and Peanut around picking up every little thing they drop along the way in the hopes of keeping the house clean just in case someone calls and wants a showing. While liberating, it is also exhausting having the magazine house I always wanted. You spend all your time wiping things down, doing dishes, putting them away, hiding papers, hiding dirty clothes, hiding....hiding, hiding. Then, your house looks perfect. The only problem with the perfection is the sudden realization that you don't want to sell it anymore. All that work to get it to look livable and now you really want to live in it. The emotional toil adds to the exhaustion and makes you sad. Because you relive all those golden moments...the first night in the house, the baby's first steps, the door you slammed on that one big fight, the nights spent in front of the fireplace just talking...those are the things that cause roots to grow.

I like roots, hence the reason I love to garden. It's hard to leave behind all the seeds that have been planted and survived. Our first house was the one my husband grew up in. He bought it from his parents before we met. Once married, I moved in and, well, started growing roots. After 10 months, the market was good and we decided to trade up while the getting was good. I asked "Are you sure about this? I mean, this is the house you grew up in." He was fine with it, he said.  I didn't believe him. At all.  How could he not have an emotional stake in this house, all his memories were there. In 10 months it was almost like I had dug deeper into the soil than he had in his whole life. I mean, really...what about that big tree, didn't he play in that tree?

One of my favorite photos of Peanut, 2010, with a 
flower from my garden tucked away in her hair.

He made me painfully aware of the fact that I hate moving. In fact, he said I was a train wreck. I don't recall it being that bad, but think about it...I was having my roots ripped out of the ground. It wasn't a simple cutting. I am going to have to leave behind that big maple tree, the one we planted and decided was Monkey's tree. I was going to have to leave behind that big, beautiful, blooming rose bush. I was going to have to leave behind that gorgeous, fragrant blossoming crab apple tree that died and somehow grew a new little sprout out of the dead middle. I was leaving behind my life.

So now, we are officially owners of some dirt. This dirt is going to have a home built on it with a new yard, new trees and new grass. So I vowed to myself that I wouldn't leave all the plants behind. I was going to dig up parts of my garden and take them with me to our new house. Plant them there, grow new roots with the old ones. After all, I am not leaving behind a life, I am continuing to grow the one I have, one I am very blessed to have.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Deleting the naughty...with Goodies Co. January

Always excited to see Goodies arrive!

Theme: New Year New You, a box loaded with sensible foods to enjoy while living life on-the-go.

Goodies is the Walmart Labs sponsored box that you request an invite to. At the time I subscribed I got the introductory rate of $7.

You can also purchase items you sample from their shop right on their website. They show you the popularity, the ratings given by samplers, and are good about letting you know if a product is out of stock.

Nature's Bakery Whole Wheat Fig Bar:
I received the Raspberry Fig Bar. It was delicious, enjoyed in the afternoon with a cup of tea. I have actually purchased these before and my kids love them too. 100% natural and contain lots of whole grains to make you feel good...and full. I really like these. 

Wild Garden Hummus and Pita Chips:
Another product I am already familiar with, and another family favorite. We all love hummus, even down to the 4 year old. Made from chick peas, tahini, sea slat and other natural spices. I love that the pita chips were multi-grain with sea salt too. Great snack kit!

Stretch Island Fruit Chews:
Very Cherry was the flavor received.  I thought these were ok, a little gummy for my taste, but my kids went ape for them. I've purchased the fruit leathers by them before, and those are a little different. But the flavor is top notch, lots of fruit for the bite, and made up of several different fruit juices: apple, cherry and orange.

Go Nola:
This was not my favorite item in the box. I got Wild Blueberry Wave. I chose to eat the little portion as a cereal for breakfast. I struggle with blueberry flavored things because it sometimes tastes off to me. I like fresh blueberries and sometimes dried ones don't like me :)

Skeeter Snacks Cookies:
Also familiar with this brand, not that I've purchased, but received from Love With Food one month. Luckily, it was a different flavor then. This time around I got to try Chocolate3. This is a no nuts cookie that will satisfy your chocolate cravings for sure: chocolate cookie, chocolate chips and chocolate chunks. Really good and really crisp.

Flamous Brands Falafel Chips:
I've bought many a bag of these falafel chips in Original, my husband loves them. I have not, however, tried the Spicy. While I don't always get excited about overly spicy snacks, I was willing to give them a try. Made with corn, chickpeas, black beans and also containing some organic dehydrated vegetables like onion, garlic, spinach, carrot, red and green bell peppers and tomatoes, cayenne chili and sea salt...gluten, wheat, dairy, lactose, preservative and cholesterol free. I didn't think they were first. Then they started to burn. So, while I won't enjoy these in mass quantities, I know my husband would. Otherwise, we love the original, also good with hummus!

Cascal Natural Soda:
This all natural soda is fermented and caffeine-free, said to include detoxifying properties and boosts energy levels. While it is not carbonated, it does say effervescence is added. I got Berry Cassis, which is black currant, tangerine and lemon flavors. At 80 calories, I am pumped to try this and will update. It's too cold and I hate drinking cold drinks when I am freezing, so I will wait just a bit for a warm-up!

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Deleting the naughty...with Beauty Box 5 January

I was planning on cancelling Beauty Box 5 but I forgot my deadline, so I have another 3 boxes. Oops.

They don't really have a theme or idea in mind when they curate this, so it doesn't have any rhyme or reason, just samples.

Pencil Me In Eye Pencil:
I received the color Lapis, which is a dark, navy blue. The description says it is a vitamin-packed natural formula that is smooth and lasts all day. I am willing to give it a try. I have read that blue is a good color for brown eyes, which mine are sort make them pop and brighter. Came with a self sharpening tool in the cover.

Model Co Colourbox Lip Pencil:
Pomegranate is the star of the year, and the color of this lip liner. It is a rosy coppery color, a little dark and could be used to fill in rather than line I think, it was soft. This pencil also came with a self sharpening cover. I am close to completing my Model Co line..have gloss, mascara and lip liner.

Ferro Cosmetics Desert Rose Blush:
Mineral based, the blush is a warm peachy color but a little too shimmery for my taste (and age), but it's pretty. I think it would look good with a tan and a night out on the town.

Perfumies Solid Perfume Stick:
This was my least favorite product. It was mushy, not solid enough for a light swipe on the wrist and it was like a melted chapstick. The fragrance I received was Stardust, a fruity orange/citrus scent.

Surprise 2012 Favorites (Leftovers):
I gathered the 2012 favorites were just leftover, and received 2 more sample packets of Purlisse SPF 30 daily moisturizer, which I've gotten before. I will use it, just not in the middle of winter, I need a little vitamin D.

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