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Friday, September 19, 2014

A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home

The book A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home by Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman called to me when I saw it. I love handmade, homemade, and cheerful so knew I would love this book. 

This book is beautiful. It's cheerful. It's filled with ways to make a house your home. A cheerful backyard picnic table? An art gallery wall? An activity blanket (Joe comes back to this page time and time again and tells me that he must have this made!), awesome ways to display jewelry? This book is a wealth of beautiful treasures.

I think the only thing I didn't feel flowed well were the food recipes throughout. I suppose I could have done without them, as there are so many cookbooks out there and I feel this book could have done without including them, though I also will probably try a couple so no harm done there. 

Disclaimer: This book was sent by Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

IPSY September Bag

My September IPSY bag is here! IPSY is $10 a month and includes a makeup bag and 4-5 sample or full size items. I'm almost always thrilled with my bag of goodies, though this month wasn't too excited when my glamroom updated (on the 10th of the month you can see online what your bag includes...there is usually an assortment of 15 or so items and your bag will include 4-5 of them).
The September theme is "Street Style" and the cool bag fits the theme  perfectly. I really enjoy the bag this month!

The items in my bag were:

*Cailyn Art Touch Tinted Gloss (Love Affair) A pretty fall color!

*Pacifica Natural Minerals eye pencil (Fringe) I don't need more eye pencils, but I do love Pacifica products so will be trying this out.

*Nourish Organic Moisturizing Cream Face Cleanser 

*Crown Makeup brush, two sided

*Briogeo Don't Despair Repair deep conditioning mask for hair

Not my favorite mixture of products ever but all are new to me products that I look forward to trying out. IPSY is always a fun mixture and at $10 is totally worth it! Think Christmas with these bags and stocking stuffers with these products for all the women and teens in your life!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

September PopSugar Must Have Box Review

I am so happy that I resubscribed to PopSugar Must Have for the fall. They usually get better and better as they lead up to the holiday season and this September box was a hit for me!
I had used a $10 code when resubscribing so was able to get this box for $29.95. It included:
*Tilo Scarf in Raisin ($125). This was the spoiler for the month that made me resubscribe and while I wouldn't pay $125 for a scarf, I do think it was totally worth the $29.95 that I paid for the box. It is super soft and the colors are perfect for fall.

*Oribe Superfine Purse Size Hairspray ($20). I've only heard good things about this brand so am excited to try it.

*Nicole Miller Stereo Earbuds ($20) For myself or a gift...I know the teens in my life can use them for sure! 
*Nike $20 gift card, along with a free shipping code so I can pick out something cheap or free!

*Letter C Design Pencils ($5). I wouldn't pay $5 for pencils, and actually don't use pencils now that I think about it, but these are adorable with the little gold arrows. I'll use these for a stocking stuffer for Becca.

*Rifle Paper Co. Garance Dore Assorted Girls Notecard Set ($18) I'm a huge fan of Rifle Paper Co. items and these are adorable cards!

*Urban Remedy Brownie ($6) and $10 code off $50

*Ghirardelli minis ($4)

This was such a great box for September and I'm loving it! You can use code REFER5 for $5 off your first PopSugar Must Have box. I'm hoping I'll love the next few boxes just as much as this one!

Disclaimer: Referral links included in post. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Drops of Awesome

We all want to be more awesome, so when I saw Kathryn Thompson's Drops of Awesome "The You're More Awesome Than You Think Journal" I had to have it! 

It's an amazing journal filled with 40+ prompts to help you discover your inner awesome. This would make a wonderful gift for yourself or any teen or woman in life. 

Because life is hard. And speaking from my point of view, teenage journals, mother's journals, can be filled with angst. It's easy to write down the bad things that happened during the day. This journal helps you fill it with your awesomeness! 

"Every time you do something good, something kind, something productive, it's a Drop in your Bucket of Awesome."  

 Look how awesome it is inside! Who wouldn't want to sit and journal about their awesomeness within these pages?!

We can all use encouragement and writing down the good things about ourselves, the good things about our days, the good things about our life help us focus on just that - the good!

There are words of wisdom throughout this journal and some great thoughts to ponder. I'm excited to get to work and make myself more awesome than I already am. ;)

Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by Familius Publishing in exchange for my honest review. You can see more or order this book through Amazon 


U.S. Cellular Entertainment

Does having a cellphone in your hand mean that you can save money on entertainment costs for your household?

Many households that have cellphones have dropped their landlines completely. Now the trend seems to be cutting cable costs and going for streaming via the computer, tablet, and smartphone. Hulu Plus and Netflix begin at just $7.99, which is an extreme savings from cable and satellite.

We do not have cable or satellite, nor any streaming service, though I have considered trying out Netflix to get some programs that our family may enjoy. The fact of the matter is that while cable delivers a huge amount of channels, there often just isn't anything good to choose from. Also, with families being so busy and on the go these days it is easier to stream an episode when you can watch it rather then when it airs. Having U.S. Cellular’s 4G LTE network means that you can watch your favorite shows wherever you are!

Having so much at your fingertips can be a distraction, especially when fall television is new and kids are still getting into the routine of school. That is where the U.S. Cellular Parent-Child Agreement comes in handy. It's a perfect way to raise awareness of what you expect of your child with their phone and have them agree to your terms. 

Have you been able to cut household costs by having a smartphone? 

This post is sponsored by U.S. Cellular Blogger Brigade but all opinions are my own. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Magnolia Market

I love reading books about shop owners, whether be a bakery, vintage thrift store, or in this case, a market. Magnolia Market by Judy Christie did not disappoint.

While the beginning chapters were a bit too secretive for my liking, only delving into the details later, the rest of the book was quite enjoyable. It was a slow read, meaning I was able to put it down throughout the weekend and pick up during some quiet time. 

The premise of the book is that Avery's life is falling apart when she helps to take control of a mom and pop market that is as well. I enjoyed all the little details of the market. There is a religious slant to this book but in a good way, here and there but not so in your face or fake like a lot of Christian fiction can be. I wouldn't consider it a Christian book though, as it is very mellow and light. 

It was a nice cozy read for a chilly weekend!

Disclaimer: This book was given to me by BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, September 12, 2014

September Birchbox Review

I'm still loving my Birchbox subscription! It's a fun sampler of products, you can earn points for each product reviewed on their site (10 points per product, 100 points equals $10 to spend in their shop and you can stack the points - I'm at close to $40 saved to go on a spending spree near Christmas!).
This month the theme is "Fresh Paint" and is about fall's colors, textures, and inspiration. The box design is amazing this month and I've decided to start saving these for some special project in the future.
There are over 50 varieties of boxes each month, so you never know what mixture of products you will receive. My box included:

*Avene Cleanance Soap-Free Gel Cleanser

*Chapstick day and night

*Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eye Pencil

*Whish Shave Crave

*Jouer Anti-aging Moisture Primer 

*Juicy Couture Gold Couture sample

I actually am liking all the products this month and happy with this box! And with 6 items reviewed I "earned" $6 in credits for their shop. Birchbox is $10 a month and there is a subscription for women as well as for men. I think this would also be an excellent gift for a teen or college student.

Referral links included in post. 


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