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April PopSugar Must Have Box

It always brightens my day to come home to the pink & white box each month, and this month PopSugar did a good job with their box! This month’s box was inspired by spring showers, farmers market, outdoor fun, fresh produce & simplicity.

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Dottie Umbrella: $20

Info: With and umbrella as adorable as this, we’re welcoming Spring showers with open arms. Plus, the auto-open-and-close feature and quick-drying fabric are sure to make any outdoor adventure enjoyable, rain or shine. | http://www.dabneylee.com

Thoughts: I’ve been looking for a new umbrella to replace my rinky-dink cheapo zebra umbrella, so this was a pleasant surprise. I love the navy blue & white dot design, and the auto-open-and-close feature is awesome!

Gardenia + Tea Antioxidant Body Serum: $39

Info: We’re addicted to this luxurious serum that takes moisture to the next level. Infused with antioxidants and other superstar ingredients, it has a subtle fragrance of gardenia and offers nourishing effects for softer skin all over. | http://www.oneloveorganics.com

Thoughts: I did not like this one very much…I don’t know if it was just due to user error or something, but I feel like this made my skin feel way too greasy and oily. Maybe I used too much? Not sure. I also can’t say I was a huge fan of the way it smelled.

Rhubarb Spring Candle: $20

Info: Bring the farm stand home to you with this sweet-smelling rhubarb candle. Crafted in Charleston, SC, with natural soy wax, this “candle crop” will fill a room with the scent of fresh rhubarb on a crisp Spring day. | http://www.producecandles.com

Thoughts: This pleasant smelling candle does indeed fill any room with a nice sweet scent. How close it is to smelling like actual rhubarb however is beyond me, since I’ve never had rhubarb before. While I do think it smells good I can’t say I’ll be using it often and may hand it over to my sister, a candle fanatic.

24-7 Bag: $12

Info: From bag to ball, this 24-7 reusable bag compacts in a pinch – no folding or zipping necessary. Made of reliable ripstop nylon, it’s perfect for the market and carries all of your essentials with ease! | http://www.flipandtumble.com

Thoughts: This is a genius idea, and it works pretty well. I was shocked at how easy it was to get the bag back into it’s ball form. I can see this being a staple in any house, since it’s so compact you could even just keep it in your purse – no more “oops I left it in the car – excuses.

Garden-in-a-Bag Basil: $10

Info: Homegrown fresh spices just got easier with Garden-in-a-Bag Basil. No chopping or mincing required – enjoy the miniature leaves straight off the plant for flavorful dishes year-round! | http://www.pottingshedcreations.com

Thoughts: This seems like it’ll be a great addition to our kitchen, we are huge basil lovers! I’m excited to see how well this does, so far I already have sprouts & tiny little basil leaves are growing!

Approximate total: $101

This month’s was overall a pretty good box, I liked most of the items, and the one or two that I wasn’t a fan of I can easily gift to someone else. If you’re interested in subscribing to PopSugar Must Have you can use the code REFER5 to get $5 off your first box. :)

till next post, Katie

*I was not paid or compensated in any way by any of the above mentioned companies to make this post. I am not receiving compensation for linking to any of the above listed companies. All thoughts are my own and made with no bias.*

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Do or Do Not, There is No Try

As an early celebration of May the 4th tomorrow, this week’s quote is inspired by none other than our favorite little green Jedi, Yoda. Throughout the entire series, Yoda has been a symbol of wisdom and patience, something we could all use more of.

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I think that this quote has a message that all of us can relate to, whether you’re into Star Wars or not (and if you aren’t, what kind of uncultured swine were you raised by?! lol jk I still love ya). It essentially means, well, it’s actually quite literal.

There is no trying. You either do it, or you don’t. Succeed or fail. Everything in life is like that. You either succeed in going through with that new fitness routine or you bail and fail. It’s either you stick with your goal of eating better or you “forget” and pig out on chips and ice cream – and whether or not you do it at the same time is your call. You could choose to reach your goal of reading a book every month or you simply don’t reach it.

If you make a plan or set a goal, there are only 2 possible outcomes. The first one is that you go through with the plan or you reach that goal. The second outcome is well, failure to be blunt. And if at first you don’t succeed….well you guys know how that saying goes. After that you have 2 other choices, to keep at it until you finally do succeed, or give up.

Just remember this guys: no matter what choice you make, even if you decide to give up, it doesn’t make you any weaker or worse off than you were before. You still experienced something, and hopefully learned something from that experience. You now know how best to or not to do something or reach a certain goal. And you can use that for the next time you decide to give it a shot.

till next post, Katie

Weekly Rewind 9: Busy Busy Busy!

So this week’s post is gonna be another quickie guys. The past few weeks have felt like nothing but insanity. Between work, family life and blogging life can get kinda busy. Tack on trying to work out more often and attempting to start a business, you get even busier. Then all you have to do next is add the small pathetic attempt to keep a tiny social life going and go on a couple of dates since you’re single, and then be someone like me that has a million different hobbies and nowhere near enough time to keep up with a single one of them. Why do I do this to myself? XD

But I have made some headway with my business, after forcing myself to sit down and do so, I’ve come up with 17 different variations of a logo that I’ve been thinking of using. Essentially, I sat in front of an image editor and played around with variations of my business name until the words became nearly meaningless to me. Does that ever happen to you guys? Haha! All that I have to do next is decide on a logo and start working on label designs…XD

In other news, I started a 31-Day Fitness Challenge that I found while browsing through Bloglovin’. Day 1 was murder, and today was honestly not that bad! I’m determined to try to keep up with this, and I’m excited to see how much of a difference this will or won’t make (I know, no amount of exercise will account for a bad diet/lifestyle).

I am also super excited because Avengers: Age of Ultron came out in theaters today. Unfortunately I don’t know when I’ll be able to see it, but I’m hoping I can go soon. Maybe I’ll bring my brother to see it with me and we’ll make a day out of it.

And just because I’m feeling chatty, I’ve realized that I’m growing to be more and more comfortable and content with being single. I’m not pining for someone to hold my hand and dote on me, and I’m happy knowing I don’t have to worry about anyone else but myself. Things are changing around here ya’ll, and for once it’s for the better. :)

I hope you’ve all had a great week, and have an even better weekend. Love ya!

till next post, Katie

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6 April Favorites

One more month down guys! I can’t believe June is just a couple of months away (aka my birthday month, I’ll be 21! Wee!). This month has been mostly about finding myself again, and the beginning process of building myself up to be the person I want to be. Along the way I discovered these 6 items that I found to love.*

1. Green Market Purveying Reed Set in Lemon+Cucumber

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One of the best things about PopSugar and other subscription boxes is that it gives you the opportunity to try and experience products you’d otherwise never hear about or think about giving a try. I got this reed diffuser set in March’s subscription box and I absolutely LOVE it! I didn’t think that lemon and cucumber would be a good fragrance pair, but surprisingly it’s wonderful and relaxing. I loved it so much I went to the company’s website and bought a candle in the same scent, perfect for bath time.

2. Maybelline Color Sensation Lipstick in Orchid Ecstasy

For whatever reason lately I’ve become obsessed with the purple and fuchsia (you ever just look at some words and wonder why they’re spelled the way they are?) shades this month. Orchid Ecstasy is such a vibrant and different color, and the formula is amazing and long lasting, which impressed me considering it’s a drug store brand. It’s the most beautiful shade of fuchsia that I’ve seen, and until now I’ve stayed away from colors besides my berry and pink shades. So I jumped for a change and decided to dip my toes into the pool of wild colors…needless to say I dove in and don’t want to leave the pool. (oh and did I mention that it smells like the marshmallows in Lucky Charms cereal?)

3. Bliss MicroMagic Microdermabrasion Treatment

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Another product that I got in last month’s PopSugar box, this is a really great exfoliator. This is a volcanic pumice with aloe and Vitamin E to help smooth and soothe your skin at the same time, and the wonderful mint gives a great fragrance. However, it is extremely abrasive, so it’s not recommended to be used more than once or twice a week. If you have sensitive skin I’d steer very, very clear of this one. But, even though I exfoliate every night with a super gentle exfoliator, I like to use this once a week to give my face a bit more of a thorough scrub and cleanse.

4. Sam & Libby ballet flats

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I’ve been searching for a pair of black flats for the longest time, and just recently found these beauties at Target a couple of weeks ago. These have got to be the cutest and most comfortable flats I’ve found in ages! They are ballet flats, so they don’t have a lot of material to them. The sole is padded and super comfy, while the rest of the shoe is soft and gives a lot – no need to break these in prior to wearing – ! I may have to go back and get the same pair in nude…

5. Batiste dry shampoo

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There are days when we don’t have time (or energy) to wash our hair. – Insert some trendy beauty guru speech about how washing your hair too often is bad anyways here – So on the in-between days I like to use this dry shampoo, which works like magic I tell you. My hair is usually pretty oily when I don’t wash it every night, so I went through a few different brands before finding a product that actually worked. A few partially-used cans of useless dry shampoo later and I have this fantastic one that works every time. Plus, this one comes in a lot of different varieties! You can get it in different fragrances, or go for a tinted version (blonde, brunette and red head), so if you have colored hair this will help cover your roots and make your dye job last a lot longer.

6. L’oreal power moisture mask

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Colored hair is typically dry hair, even for a gal that has an oil problem. My scalp will get oily but the rest of my hair will get dry and frizzy. So to help counteract the effects of coloring, I’ve been using this moisturizing mask about three times a week to rehydrate my hair. All you have to do is scoop some out of the tub, massage it through your hair (but keep most of it away from your roots, as you would a conditioner) and let sit for 5 minutes. Afterwards you rinse it off and once dry my hair feels sooooo wonderfully soft and smells fantastic too!

That’s all for now folks, I hope April treated you well!

till next post, Katie

*I am not receiving any form of payment or compensation for writing this post. I am not affiliated in any way with the above mentioned companies/brands/organizations. All products were purchased by me, and all thoughts and opinions have been formed on my own and are 100% honest and true.

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DIY Mug: Baymax!!!

Ya’ll know how much I love Big Hero 6. And a while back I caught a glimpse of Lady Sue’s Baymax mug (btw you should check her blog out here), and of course I had to have one of my own. So I decided to do a little DIY! I loved how it turned out, so much that I had to share it with you guys today! :) I’ve seen this sharpie decorating method all over Pinterest, so I figured this would make a great way to try it out as well.

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This is super super easy and fun to do, all you need is a ceramic/stoneware mug (or whatever else), a sharpie and an oven. Decorate the item as you wish, of course I chose Baymax’s face and the famous “badaladaladala!” for mine. Then you bake it in a preheated oven at 350 for 30 minutes and let cool in the oven.

I love how it turned out! In fact I am fighting the urge to run out and get more stoneware items to decorate with my multi-colored sharpie collection…so I think it’s safe to say that you guys will likely be seeing more of these in the future! XD

till next post, Katie