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22 July 2014

{Out of the Box}: July 2014 Ipsy Box

Out of the Box is a feature I do to showcase and give a brief review of products in the subscription boxes that I receive.

Today's review is of my Ipsy makeup bag for April.  Ipsy is a service where "each month, subscribers will receive a beautiful Glam Bag with deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products. Members can watch and play along with the stylists with the same products that they are using. All for only $10 a month. "  If you are interested, please click to use my referral code and help me earn free bags.

Here is my bag full of goodies:

And a little about each item....

~Bareminerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Broad Spectrum Shadow in ($18 on

~Elizabeth Mott Tints & Sass in Cherry ($22.99).  I've never used a lip and cheek tint before. 

~Faith Aromatherapy Citrus-Ginger Anti-Oxidant Body Lotion (full size $17.99)

~POP Beauty Sunkissed Bronzer ($10).  The one time I used a bronzer, I ended up looking like a clown.  I'm a bit leary, but willing to give it a try.  I've watched a bunch of videos on youtube on how to put on both bronzer and cheek tint.  I think I can do this!

~Pur-lisse Pur-Protect Essential Daily Moisturizer, SPF 30 ($55 for 1.7oz).  I always need moisturizer.  I just hope it doesn't smell or make me break out. 

I'm so happy I signed up for the Ipsy subscription bag.  Even if I'm not 100% pleased with all the products, they're still fun to try.  And a much better quality than I would have purchased on my own.  This box/bag is definitely a keeper (unlike PopSugar, still on the fence about that one)

15 July 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: TV Shows I LOVE LOVE LOVE

I don't usually do Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, not because I don't like the post, but because I usually don't have time, remember to post ahead, or can think of 10 things.  However, when I saw other bloggers posting about their favorite TV shows, I knew KNEW that I had to participate today.

So, today's topic is:  Top Ten TV Shows!  I thought, my top 10 favorite kids shows, my top 10 favorite as a kid/teen, my top 10 now...but ultimately decided on my Top Ten that I will always make time to watch.

10.  Friends
I have memories of yelling at the tv with my dad when Ross said Rachel's name at his wedding to Emily; to coming home at 11 and watching the West Coast feed; of hosting a series finale party.  This show was my teenage to college years.  
9.  Broadchurch
Ok, I couldn't find a picture of the logo, but basically, it's a British murder mystery that was on BBCAmerica last summer starring David Tennant as a crusty chief detective hunting a child's murderer in a sleepy little oceanside British town.  My friends across the pond would laugh when I posted status updates about it, and would NOT let me look on wikipedia to see who did it.  The "American" version, also starring David Tennant is to come out in 2015.
8.  the first 4 seasons of Psych
I'm not inclined to resign to maturity.  I can always spot the pineapple.  I wanted a sidekick named Lavendar Grooms, Chocolate Columbo or Gus "Sillypants" Jackson.
7.  the Drew Carey version of Whose Line is it Anyway? 
The remake of the remake just isn't as funny.

6.  Supernatural
This is my most recent Netflix binge.  I friggin' love those demon-hunting siblings who crisscross the country (seriously, that is how Netflix described the show.  Like, really Netflix?  Ya idgits.  You make it sound like a rom-com or something).

5.  Breaking Bad
I like the ambigious-ness of it.  Is Walter White a bad guy, is he good, is he just caught in a bad situation and can't get out?  IS HE STILL ALIVE?!?!?!?!   Plus, it's set in Alberquerque, which I LOVE.  And...YO.  

4.  The Big Bang Theory
 I think I've watched every episode that is in syndication.  I can sing "Soft Kitty".  I can knock correctly.  I love Professor Proton.  

3.  The Walking Dead
Again, the ambiguity.  They're good people put into tough situtations.  How would I react?  How long would I survive?  
2.  Longmire
I couldn't find a good image that I liked.  But really, I don't know why I love Longmire.  Is it the setting?  (Wyoming) Is it the characters?  Is it the stories?  I just don't know.  I love them all.  But I'm so worried that I'll hate the books that I'm not ready to read them yet.

1.  I Love Lucy
That zany redhead!  I have a Vitameatavegamin poster in my classroom (and can quote the episode).  Again, I think I've seen every episode out there, and can quote many of them.  Basically, if you tell me a scene, I could probably tell you what will happen in the episode.  Plus, Ricky taught me Spanish.  

*all images found via google image search and are labeled as "for reuse"

{Out of the Box}: July 2014 Popsugar Must Have Box

Out of the Box is a feature I do to showcase and give a brief review of products in the subscription boxes that I receive.

Today's review is of my Popsugar Must Have box for May...."With POPSUGAR Must Have, you'll get an exciting monthly box full of fun, full-size products that are hand-selected by our editors."  You can subscribe monthly ($39.99), for 3 months ($109.85), for 6 months ($214.70) or for the year ($429.40).  Yes, you save money by signing up for the longer subscriptions, but it's my understanding that that amount comes out of your account all at once, rather than monthly.  If you'd like to try it out, please use my referral code as it helps me earn free boxes.

This month's box was inspired by "hot summer nights, eating al fresco, longer days, lemonade, sunshine, vacation, outdoor workouts".  Which is cool, but I wish there was one main overarching theme, rather than a variety of inspirations, you know?

Of all the boxes I've gotten (since February), this is probably my least favorite.  To me, there isn't anything special.  The things I like are mundane items that I could pick up anywhere.  There wasn't a zing! exciting item.  I've heard the August box is the anniversary box, so I have high hopes for it.  Otherwise, I'm cancelling my subscription.

Here is a look at the overall box, then we'll look at each item individually.

~ Michael Stars Beach Hat ($48)
Yeah, any hat that is "one size fits all" does NOT fit me.  Ever.  I don't wear hats because I have a huge head.  Plus, even if this did fit, it's big and floppy and I don't like that style.    

~French Bull Ziggy Salad Servers ($12)
 To me, these are ok.  The idea of cute utensils is cool, but again, not really something I'd use.  I don't make big salads, just grab what I need out of the bag.  I'll keep them, because you never know when you'll need salad servers, but on the flip side, you NEVER KNOW when you'll need salad servers.
Every food item Popsugar sends initially looks like something I'd hate.  Then I try it and I love it.  So, I'm willing to bet this will be ok. 

~Acme Party Box Company Chevron Straws ($7)
Cute, but I don't use straws.  I like that they're paper and supposedly reuseable (how, I'm not sure.  I mean, straws get wet and when paper gets wet it pretty much turns to a pulpy mess).  I'll probably end up using them to make a cute birthday decoration/present for my students.  They kind of scream "Happy Birthday" to me.  

~TKO Jump rope with soft grip handles ($13)
Um, ok.  It seems that I never really enjoy the "fitness" portion of the box.

~Revlon Bold Lacuer Mascara ($7)
I have a ton of mascara (still have my Mary Kay that I love, and got Be a Bombshell mascara in my Ipsy bag last month.)  However, you run out of mascara when you least expect it.  So, this just saves me a trip to the drug store.  I'm ok with that.

~Sun Bum Sunscreen and Lotion ($20)
You always need sunscreen.  I'm down with that.  I am excited to see what the cool down lotion does, as I know I'll burn at least one more time this summer.  

All in all, this box was a let down.  I'm seriously rethinking my subscription.  

03 July 2014

Review: Crankee Doodle by Tom Angelberger

Product Details 
Image and Summary from Amazon:
“Yankee Doodle went to town / a-riding on a pony / stuck a feather in his hat / and called it macaroni.” Many know the song “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” but few understand it. This unapologetically silly picture book reveals that the legendary ride to town (and the whole macaroni thing) was all suggested by Mr. Doodle’s overeager pony. This just makes Mr. Doodle cranky: “I do not want macaroni. I do not want a feather. I do not want any other clothing, any other pasta, or any other parts of a bird. I do not want anything that they have in town!” A historical note ends this colorful, comical take on a nonsensical old song.

This standard really has never made any sense.  Why would Yankee Doodle call the feather in his hat macaroni?  I understand the riding a pony part, I understand the sticking a feather in his hat bit.  But naming it, and naming it after a delicious cheese-covered pasta?  Odd.  Of course, now I realize that in 18th century England, the term "macaroni" was slang for "fancy", but still.  Even that doesn't really make sense.  

This hilarious book, as told from the pony's and a cranky Yankee Doodle's perspectives, gives a better explanation for the song.  

Cece Bell's hilarious illustrations only add to the story.  

And a shameless plug, this book is on the 2014-2015 Virginia Reader's Choice Primary Book List.  You should check it, and the Elementary, Middle and YA lists as well. 

01 July 2014

#HarryPotterReread : Week 3

LESS THAN 20 DAYS!!!!!!!!

I finished Book 1 and have started Book 2.

And before I start talking about Book 2, I have some questions and theories about Book 1 that I want to address:
     *Why the Snape hunt?  It's a big jump from hated teacher to evil minion of the Dark Lord.  In book 1, Snape never really interacted with the kids except to shoot them nasty looks and give them lots of homework.  Why then do they just assume that he is in evil cahoots with Voldemort?
     *Also, you'd think after learning that it was Quirrell behind the wonky broom incident at the Quidditch match, and the troll NOT Snape, and that Snape was actually trying to protect Harry and the Stone, you'd think they'd let up a little.  In fact, you'd think that by book 3, the kids would just realize he's kind of a slimeball with no social skills, but not actually an evil mastermind.
     *I saw this post on Facebook the other day (and about died), but then started thinking about books written from the other character's perspectives.  Below, I'll share my suggestions...

Photo: "Draco Malfoy and the Rejected Handshake"

JK Rowling responds to a fan imagining the world of Harry Potter from Draco's perspective.

Which one is your favorite?
          If Book 1 was from another character's perspective:
               1.  Neville Longbottom and the Missing Frog
               2.  Ron Weasley and the Good Chess Game
               3.  Hermione Granger and all the stupid people
               4.  Ginny Weasley and the book she wasn't in except for 2 sentences at the beginning and end.
               5.  Neville Longbottom and the Time He Was a Tattletale

I'll check in later on in the week with some of my thoughts on Book 2. 

30 June 2014

{Out of the Box}: June 2014 Ipsy subscription

Out of the Box is a feature I do to showcase and give a brief review of products in the subscription boxes that I receive.

Today's review is of my Ipsy makeup bag for April.  Ipsy is a service where "each month, subscribers will receive a beautiful Glam Bag with deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products. Members can watch and play along with the stylists with the same products that they are using. All for only $10 a month. "  If you are interested, please click to use my referral code and help me earn free bags.

This month's Ipsy theme was "Pretty in Paradise", and I liked about half of the things in my bag.  I really like the bag itself, though.

I don't feel like opening up the photo editor today and numbering each item, so from left to right (clicking the product name will take you to the site):

1.  OFRA Universal Eyebrow Pencil ($13)--I do NOT need an eyebrow pencil.  My eyebrows are thick and dark (actually darker than the pencil they sent--basically, they are jet black, except for that one random gray one).  Now, that doesn't mean I won't look on the website and see what  other products OFRA offers, but as for an eyebrow pencil, not needed.  

2.  Be A....Bombshell Lash Out Mascara ($15)--this was a full sized product, which was really nice (and apparently something Ipsy does a lot).  This mascara is ok, but not the best I've ever used (that is my Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara).  Be a Bombshell lengthens, but doesn't really volumize (and my Mary Kay does both).  I'm using it right now over the summer to conserve my MK, and because I'm not really going anywhere.

3.  Mark Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray ($6.65)--this smells SO  GOOD.  I don't have curls, but it gives my thin, fine hair a nice texture and some volume. 

4.  Realtree for Her Perfume ($24)--We got the sample size, but the price noted here is for the full size.  I did not like this product.  It does NOT smell good at all.  It gives me a headache.

5.  NYX ButterGloss in Creme Brulee ($5)---Creme Brulee is a nude/sheer color, but it doesn't make me look like death (as most nudes do).  I kind of wish Ipsy had sent me a darker color, or something a little rosier, but this is great for summer.  And it smells SO GOOD!

So all in all, another great bag.