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May Loot Crate: UNITE!

Yay for another Loot Crate!!!! This month’s theme was UNITE, so this box was bound to be full of awesome team-related items (which means Avengers which makes me super super happy).

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This month’s t-shirt was a Power Rangers tee. I’ve never been a fan, but I can still appreciate the artwork (this I gave to my brother). Also inside the box was a Rick and Morty 300 piece puzzle (not a fan but I do like puzzles), a Loot Crate exclusive Mad Magazine issue, a Bravest Warrior comic, and Team Fortress 2 collector’s buttons (I gave these to my brother as well, he’s a huge TF2 fan).

And the items I was most excited for, the Marvel Avengers stuff! This box included a Marvel heroes ice tray, adult sized shoe laces, and an Avengers: Age of Ultron decal. Unfortunately the decal isn’t one that can be put on the inside of my car’s window, so I’ll have to find a good home for it.

What did you guys think of this month’s box? What other good geeky-boxes are out there?

till next post, Katie

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Tiny Polish Haul!

I used to be one of those people that used food as a way to express my emotions. If I got upset or bored, my stomach would become a black hole of hunger and I would be capable of eating everything in site. But for some reason, over the years that’s changed and now, whenever I’m upset or bored I go shopping. This timeย I had had a stressful day at work and needed to stop by the grocery store for a couple of things.

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I don’t know when I’ll learn that I just need to stop walking down the beauty aisle, I mean it’s not like it was anywhere near the coffee creamer I needed to pick up. But for whatever reason the polish on the shelves were calling my name, singing sweetly to me as sirens call to sailors in the tales of old.

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Sand Storm by Sally Hansen

For some reason I’ve been obsessed with collecting nude polishes lately. This is a gorgeous nude cream that, true to it’s brand’s name, dries particularly fast. Even better, one coat creates full coverage, so this one is perfect for the busy geek!

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Show Steel-er by Sally Hansen

In the bottle this polish looks like a super pretty gray, but once applied it seems more like a gray-toned purple, which has me completely smitten with this polish. Like Sand Storm, Show Steel-er goes opaque in one layer and dries very quickly.

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Heatwave by Wet n Wild

Ya’ll know I’m addicted to this line of polishes. ;) So of course I had to pick up this super bright and summery coral-red polish. I can’t wait for summer to come now so I can wear this happy color on all of my nails.

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Salt Water Taffy by Covergirl

I’m not a fan of many green polishes, but there was just something about this cool, pale, almost pistachio-green one that caught my eye. Being as pale as it is, it did three layers to become opaque, but it dries fairly fast so it’s totally worth it.

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Rotund Raspberry by Covergirl

Can I just say how in love with this one I am? It’s been forever since I’ve worn a deep berry polish and this one is just…wow! Rotund Raspberry is a beautiful polish, going nearly 100% opaque with one coat. This polish is super glossy and the smooth application is like a dream!

I can definitely say that Rotund Raspberry is my favorite out of this batch of polishes. What’s your favorite color to wear? Let me know down below!

till next post, Katie

The Importance of Pampering Yourself

Between work, social life, running errands and taking care of other grown-up stuff, it can be hard to find time for ourselves and take the time to take care of ourselves the way we deserve. It’s even harder to make ourselves take a time-out from life when we know that there are other things to get done. It’s easy to say that we can’t sit down and relax when there’s still laundry to get folded or dishes to be washed, or you promised your parents you’d go out to dinner with them.

But at the end of the day, those clothes aren’t going anywhere. The dishes won’t kill you if you don’t wash them right away. And your parents (or anyone else) will understand if you tell them that you can’t make it to dinner because you need a night in. Because you know what? You deserve a night in, to relax and unwind.

In my opinion, taking the time to relax and pamper yourself is just as important to your well-being as exercising and eating right is. Pampering yourself gives your mind an escape from responsibilities and obligations, and gives your body a chance to unwind and loosen up. I don’t know about you, but I spend 90% of my time worrying about my friends and family, trying to make sure everyone else is happy before myself. In fact I’ve been known to sacrifice my own happiness for someone else’s. So by taking the time out of my week to unplug and untangle myself from the rest of the world I’m putting the focus back on myself. I’m putting the spotlight on myself and giving myself the permission to do what I want and make myself happy and comfortable.

relax_collageMy favorite way to unwind lately is a good old bubble bath. I start out by lighting a candle and starting some calming music; I have a playlist on Pandora specifically for this. Then I run some nice steamy water into the tub and get it all nice and bubbly. Once in the tub I try to just listen to the music and focus on it and my breathing. I suppose in a way I put myself into a meditative state of mind while in the tub, just allowing everything to slip away and let things settle in my mind.

Once the water cools down and I feel ready, I hop out of the tub and change into some comfy pjs (usually yoga pants and a t-shirt) and bring the relaxation-session into my bedroom. Depending on my mood I’ll do one of three things after the bath. I’ll either end up doing my nails, watching some Netflix, or doing some more meditation.

This entire process slowly shuts my mental door to everything that’s stressing me out or bothering me in any way, it pushes away all of the worries from my day or week. And by just taking a couple of hours a week to do these little things for no one but myself, I’ve found that I’m a lot more at peace with myself and others around me.

What are your favorite ways to relax and pamper yourself?

till next post, Katie

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May PopSugar Must Have Box Reveal

What better way to brighten your day than coming home to a surprise box? I know I’m posting May’s box early this month, but I decided that instead of putting it off until the beginning of June, I’d post it early and get it done and over with, so SPOILER ALERT to those of you that haven’t gotten your box yet.

This month’s box was inspired by glowing skin, mother’s day, fresh flowers, beach bum, colorful, and california sun. Let’s dig in!

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Surf Sand Love Beach Towel: $40

Info: We count down the days until we can spend more time basking in the sun at our favorite beaches, parks, and pools. The year we are even more prepared with our perfect POPSUGAR-designed beach towel with sunny yellow and blue awning stripes that scream California Summer! | http://www.sistersoflosangeles.com

Thoughts: This towel is soft and the perfect size for sunbathing (as if I have time, HA). Hopefully I can convince my family to take a trip to the beach this summer and I’ll have this pretty and bright towel to show off.

Mini Plum Vase in Coral Red: $20

Info: Display your fresh flowers in this bright coral vase designed to spruce up any space for spring. Middle Kingdom’s bud vase is the perfect size to hold your favorite floral stems! | http://www.mkporcelain.com

Thoughts: Talk about the cutest little vase ever! And what’s better, it goes together perfectly with the coral/gray/teal/mint color scheme I’ve got going in my bedroom. Now I just need a few flowers to put in this…perhaps some pretty little wild flowers?

Tri’d & True y-shaped necklace: $32

Info: Once we laid eyes on this Tri’d & True necklace, we knew it’d be an instant favorite. The unique Y shape and triangle charm make a great statement on their own, but the piece looks just as great layered. | http://www.mykitch.com

Thoughts: When POPSUGAR gave us this sneak peak earlier last month I was so excited to see that I’d be getting another super pretty piece of jewelry to use. As a girl that isn’t the best at shopping for jewelry, and one that has very few pieces, I’m always pleased to see that POPSUGAR is slowly adding more pieces to my growing collection. I can’t wait to wear this necklace out and about, I’m so in love with the light and delicate pieces.

Bare Shave Cream: $17

Info: You’ll want to show off your legs all summer long with Sage & Row’s heavenly scented shave cream. This aloe-based goodness will lock in moisture and leave even the most sensitive skin smooth and radiant. | http://www.sageandrow.com

Thoughts: I haven’t had a chance to use this yet, but I can already say it smells (as they perfectly put it) heavenly. It’s not too strong but it’s a delicate floral fragrance that I’m hoping will last even after the cream gets washed off. I’ll be sure to let you guys know if this is worth it!

Dry Shampoo: $4

Info: Say goodbye to lifeless hair forever with a cherry-scented dry shampoo that does it all. You’ll get major body and texture wherever you are, and its convenient travel size is just the cherry on top! | http://www.batistehair.com

Thoughts: What’s better than getting great products in your monthly box? Getting products you already know are fabulous. I have tried lots of different dry shampoos, and none of them have stood up to my standards except for Batiste’s shampoos. The one I got in this box will be great to put in my travel bag (and the cherry fragrance is a plus!).

McCraw’s flat taffy: $1

Info: This multicolored McCraw’s Flat Taffy is just as delicious as it looks! Since it’s made with no artificial colors of flavors added, you can feel good about satisfying your sweet tooth. | http://www.hammondscandies.com

Thoughts: This…this is the one item that I’ve gotten from POPSUGAR that I actually really did not like. The taffy just tastes like the wrapper, and kind of plastic-y. Definitely not even worth $1, in my book.

Approximate total: $150

Well that’s all for this month guys! Another box of (mostly) great items to use and test. What did you guys think of the items? Have you used the shaving cream before, and did you like it? Let me know below!

till next post, Katie
NOTE: I am not being compensated in any way for this post by any of the above mentioned companies or brands. I purchased this box with my own funds and the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am not affiliated in any way with any of the above mentioned companies, brands or organizations. 

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Learn to Dance in the Rain

Sunday is upon us once more. And with it, a new quote to give us a little bit of strength when we find ourselves down on our luck or feeling low during the coming week of trials and tests of strength.

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We all have our own problems, and we always will have something, somewhere in our lives that we all wish we could fix or change. That’s just how it is. And a lot of the time, the things that are causing us stress are things that we cannot change.

But much like a rain storm, these problems are going to pass. And while we can’t do anything to change the fact that they do indeed exist, there is something we can do. We can accept what they are. And learn to live with them until they come to pass. We can learn to stop letting certain things bother us, and just run with it. Or, more literally, we can learn to dance in the rain.

In another way, it also means that we should always try to make the most of our situations. Sure it’s pouring cats and dogs outside, but why not go outside and dance in it? {note: I wouldn’t advise doing this if it was a thunder & lightening storm…} We complain so much about our lives, and all about things we can’t change. So why let those things bring us down when we can let it go and enjoy what we can of it?

What does this quote mean to you guys?

till next post, Katie