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Birchbox (May)

I’ve been meaning to share this month’s Birchbox and I just haven’t gotten around to it. Sorry! So, without further adieu, here it is!!

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  1. Beauty Protector- Locks in color, adds shine and instantly detangles your hair.
  2. Isaac Mizrahi “Fabulous”- Parfum with mandarin, jasmine and vanilla scents.
  3. Paul & Joe Beaute– Moisturizing foundation primer
  4. StriVectin– Eye concentrate for wrinkles
  5. Mighty Leaf Tea Pouches (Lifestyle Extra)- Green Tea Tropical, Chamomile Citrus & Organic Earl Grey

So…?

Well, I’ve tried Beauty Protector and the Isaac Mizrahi Parfum. The parfum smells delicious. I love it! As for the beauty protector, my spray bottle was defective. It refuses to pump anything out. This means that I had to screw off the lid and use it the old fashioned way- pour it into my hand. It’s mediocre. I don’t think it works as great as some of the John Frieda products that I love but it works better than some of the cheaper stuff that I’ve previously purchased. Therefore, it is mediocre.

As for the tea, I am moments away from trying the Chamomile Citrus. I no longer drink anything with caffeine in it. So, I can’t have the other two. I will be sure to pass them along to someone who might enjoy them.

I also don’t need the StriVectin, yet. So, I am sending that to my mother or grandmother. They can fight over it. The last thing on the list is the foundation primer and I will give that a go sometime tomorrow.

A Small Bust

This month’s box was a little bit of a bust for me because I couldn’t use or didn’t need some of the stuff in it. However, the boxes are usually great for me. So, I’ll take one bad box for $10. Usually, I get way more than $10 worth of stuff and it’s all useful to me. May just wasn’t my month. Oh, well. Enjoy the pictures! Oh, and if you want to sign up or are interested, please use my referral link at the bottom. We both will get points.

http://birch.ly/15j5OGe

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Do you get a monthly Birchbox? What was in your box? Don’t like Birchbox? Tell me about it. 🙂

Until later,

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Punishment

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My oldest son (Big A), wrote me this letter after getting in trouble yesterday. It says: “I’m sorry that I said that. It won’t happen again. I love you and if you appreciate me for writing you this then the least you can do is unground me.” I immediately broke out into hysterical laughing. Yes, it was cute. It was smart. It was clever and hilarious. No, I did not unground him.

The incident started when he informed me that he wasn’t going to finish cleaning his room because it was going to take up his entire day. This spiraled into a small tantrum and the end result was being grounded for the rest of the day.

I love how smart he is and the big words that he uses but I also know that I have to be the responsible parent and make sure that when I punish my boys I stick with it. Otherwise, they will think that’s what will happen every time. I also know that I am not the only mother who feels this way. My husband is the soft one but that’s another post for another day.

I did, however, fold up the letter and tuck it safely away in my journal. One day I will look back on it with him. It’s a memory that I don’t want to forget. There are a lot of those.

So, what do you do when your kid does something cute and you want to take back their punishment or not punish them at all? Do you find it hard to keep a straight face when you give out the punishment? I’m sure that there is a clan of mothers out there just waiting to welcome me in haha I never thought I would believe it but my parents were right. Sometimes, it hurts me more than them. HA!

 

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Frozen Yogurt Popsicles

Summer is right around the corner and I thought I would share a recipe for a super yummy treat. I will be making these for my boys. The best thing about them is that they are healthy and your kids will never know the difference. That’s always a home run!

**This recipe will yield about 6 popsicles**

Frozen Yogurt Popsicles

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of seedless watermelon, strawberries or any fresh fruit that you prefer (we are a watermelon family)
  • 3/4 cup of fat free greek yogurt
  • Your choice of sweetener (e.g. Agave, maple, honey regular sugar, Splenda) put as much in as you like

Directions

  • Puree your chosen fruit in a food processor or a blender (whichever you have or prefer)
  • Strain the fruit into a bowl and put the juice back in the blender
  • Mix the yogurt in with the juice and blend
  • Add your sweetener
  • Pour the mixture into your popsicle molds
  • FREEZE!

These will be super yummy on those oh-so-hot days. What’s your favorite summer treat? Leave me a comment and let me know or leave me a link to your favorite summer recipe.

Toodles!

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Palmolive (A Review)

 

 

 


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I became a member of Influenster a while back. This is the second thing that I have been sent from them. The first box had a TON of goodies in it. The best thing about the VoxBoxes? Everything in the box is always full size. They don’t send you measly trial sized products. You get the full deal. Influenster is AMAZING! I’ll be sure to do a post about them later.

In this box I was given two bottles of a brand new line of Palmolive dish soap that is coming out. At first I thought, “It’s just dish soap. It can’t be anything special.” Well, I was wrong. This soap was great.

The liquid looks almost like concentrated laundry detergent. It’s really thin and watery looking. The bottle reads that it is “ultra concentrated” which is probably why it looks so thin.

The bottle didn’t have instructions on it but due to the “ultra concentrated” words, I figured that you wouldn’t have to use as much. Bingo! I was right. Two tiny drops gave me a sink full of bubbles. The dishes were squeaky clean and my hands felt like I’d put on lotion. I like this stuff!

So, the pros for me are this:

  • clean dishes
  • soft hands
  • uses less soap

The big con for me is that it costs $3.00 at my local store. I have a dishwasher that I use also. So, I don’t always hand wash my dishes. Therefore, I usually buy something a little cheaper for when I do. I don’t know if I want to commit to $3.00 for dish soap that I won’t use all the time.

Either way, if you hand wash dishes all the time, this is great soap. I’m enjoying it while I have it. The fact that I don’t have to use as much to wash my dishes means that I won’t have to buy any for quite some time. Thanks, Influenster.

Have you tried out this dish soap, yet? What brand do you buy? Leave me a comment and let me know. I’m always up for new suggestions.

 

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Until later,

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