Home for the Holidays – BarkBox

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I’m really loving that BarkBox has a theme each month, for November 2016 the theme was Home for the Holidays.

Nana’s Leftover Sammy – $10.00

I haven’t given this to the dogs yet. It’s huge so I am saving it for Christmas

12-inch lamb one pack – $3.00

This all natural lamb stick is made in the USA. It’s made with wheat, corn, and it’s soy-free. I’m saving this for Christmas as well.

Salmon Droolers – $5.00

These all-natural treats are made in the USA. They’re also grain-free, corn-free, and soy-free.

Lick the Chef Apron – $10.00

I don’t remember much about this toy but I think it had the same easy to shred rope as the eye ball pull from last month.

Pepper’s Pumpkin Pie – $9.00

I was really impressed with how tough this toy was. You could barely squish it with your hand. This toy is designated for heavy chewers. After receiving our first BarkBox I reached out to a representative and asked them to mark my subscription as a “heavy chewer”. I believe you can do this yourself at sign-up now.

Below – you can see that Molly was not pleased that I got close to her Pumpkin Pie while she was trying to destroy it.

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Bark & Co Single Roll Poop Bag – $2.00

I thought these were adorable – they had cute saying written on them. I ended up giving them to a neighbor because we rarely walk our dogs.

Pumpkin Cheese Yums – $7.00

These were adorable. They look like mini crescents. They’re made in the USA and they’re gluten free. These are pumpkin and cinnamon flavored.

**Please note – the pricing in my posts are for large dogs. BarkBox typically sells their toys in three different sizes: small, medium, and large. I opted for large after our first BarkBox because I think that they’re harder to destroy.

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September 2016 Birchbox

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This is my fourth Birchbox and I’m still loving it. While I didn’t receive any products that I particularly love in this box, I am really enjoying the subscription in general. Not to mention that Birchbox has great deals on their website like the Radiant Finish Kit and my soon to be posted review on The Meet Your Mascara kit.

  • JUARA Candlenut Body Creme $38.00
    • This smells amazing. I don’t know how to explain the scent. But I didn’t find it to be moisturizing enough that I would want to spend $38 on it.
  • derma e® Microdermabrasion Scrub $32.50
    • I have VERY sensitive skin but I wanted to give this a try. With my new job I’ve been under a lot of stress and have even had a few pimples pop up. For me, that means it is time to break out a ton of face cleaner and in an attempt to make them disappear. I decided to give this a try and it hurt my skin. It made it red hot and stingy. No I didn’t use any other products before or after this to cause the reaction.
  • Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk – Natural Tint – For Brunette to Dark Hair $20.00
    • So I try to avoid dry shampoos at all costs. They just make a mess of my hair. I didn’t realize this was for dark hair and now I’m very interested in trying it. I will return to update my review on this.
  • Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek $24.00
    • I’m not sure what this is supposed to do to your lips. It goes on kind of like lip balm but it smells horrible. I am definitely not adventurous enough to rub this on my already rosy cheeks.
  • Bioderma® Sébium H2O – 500 ml $16.90
    • I haven’t tried this yet and will have to return to update my post.

 

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Thoughts

Wow. It has been almost two full months since I’ve posted on here.

A lot can change in two months.

I’ve transitioned from being a recent college grad who thought they would never find a job to someone who has not one but two really fulfilling jobs.

What I’m trying to learn now is how to compartmentalize work and “life” and how to achieve the perfect work-life balance.

I think that it is something that takes time and practice.

So far I’ve decided that one date night on the weekend is completely necessary. I feel like we’ve morphed into two people who sleep in the same bed but never have time to enjoy each others company.

I’m still trying to figure out how to plan and make dinner each night of the week. I think I’m going to implement a weekly menu soon and try to do all of my grocery shopping and some meal prepping on Sunday.

For example, if I’m making spaghetti with meat sauce or tacos I can brown two pounds of ground beef and freeze them in separate bags. That way when I come home from work I can defrost those in the microwave and put them right into what I plan to make.

I also need to determine what day is the best for laundry. Do you do laundry on Wednesday so you can fold and put away a little bit each night or do you add that to your weekend to do list when all you want to do is lounge around?

On the same topic as date night –- I want to plan at least one adventure every few weekends. We could go to a wine tasting or explore one of the amazing towns we live so close to.

I want to be the type of person that enjoys my weekends and spends any free time that I have doing things I enjoy.

I would like to get back into the habit of making crafts and I think that will be easy with Easter right around the corner. Baking unique things for holidays is one of my favorite things to do.

I don’t know if these thoughts will be helpful to anyone else. But my hope is that I can make you feel a little bit better about the fact that you haven’t cooked dinner in a week because you would rather just go to sleep.

 

Holiday Party Games

Here are three game ideas that are a lot of fun!

 

White Elephant Gift Exchange

  1. Everyone brings one wrapped present. In my family adults bring gifts for other adults and children bring gifts for other children.
  2. Upon arriving everyone draws a number and this determines the order of the game. — In this game being last is actually a perk!
  3. Everyone sits in a circle or in the general area around where the presents are piled.
  4. Player number 1 picks a gift from the pile and opens it.
  5. Every player after the first has the option to pick a new unwrapped gift or steal from someone who has already opened one. When a players gift is stolen they have the opportunity to open an unwrapped gift or steal from someone else.
  6. After a gift has been stolen three times. It can no longer be stolen.

These rules can be altered in a number of ways. Try googling, “White Elephant Gift Exchange rules” if you would like to see more.

 

2 Truths and a Lie — Christmas Presents

Name three of the funniest gifts you have ever received. Two of them are true, one of them is a lie. It is up to everyone else to figure out which one is a lie.

 

Paper Plate Game

  1. Give everyone a paper plate and a pen. Tell them to place the plate on their head.
  2. The host will then give this series of directions.
    • Draw a line for a floor
    • Draw a Christmas Tree. Add decorations if you want.
    • Draw a star on top of your tree.
    • Draw a fireplace with a mantel next to the tree.
    • Draw a stocking hanging from the mantel.
    • Draw a present below the tree.
  3. The next step is to grade the drawings:
    • 2 points if the tree touches the floor
    • 2 points if your stocking is touching your mantel
    • 1 point if your star touches your tree
    • 1 point if your star is above your tree
    • 1 point for every Christmas ornament that is ON your tree
    • 1 point if your fireplace is not touching your tree
    • 1 point if you drew something decorative on your stocking
    • 2 points if your present is under the tree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post Grad.

A few days ago I graduated from college with a four year degree.

What I didn’t consider this year is what I planned to do once I graduated.

So far I’ve had three days to do whatever I want —  the week of Christmas — and I’m already finding myself bored.

Last week I had a job interview but ultimately decided that the company was not a good fit for me. I’m entering 2016 with no idea what I am going to do to make money.

I’m currently enrolled at my community college to begin a new degree in a completely different field. However, having completed one degree already it is difficult to get the scholarships I need to continue my education.

I’m not sure what my next step is. Do I drop those classes because I do not have money to pay for them? Do I start a part time retail job? Should I look for any office job just so that I’m working and making money?

My ultimate goal right now is to move out of my house. I feel that once I’ve accomplished that I will be able to think more clearly about what I want to do with my life.

That’s the scariest thought I’ve had post grad…right now I can do anything that I want. I have a degree from a highly accredited business school and I can work in whatever field I choose.

Throughout the last three and a half years I was in such a hurry to finish school that I never stopped to think about what kind of career I want to pursue.

If I could rewind 2015 I would have tried harder to figure out what it is I want to do with my life.

 

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Currently, I am pursing a bachelors in accounting. I am proud to say that come this December I will be graduating. Unfortunately I fell into the trap of being the type of person who “doesn’t quit”. I realized last year that I absolutely hated what I was doing. But because I am not a “quitter” I decided to continue working towards my degree.

I thought that I was making the smart choice. The only choice. Who comes within a year of graduating and decides to drop out of their program? That wasn’t going to be me. So I stuck with it. And with exactly 2 months and 27 days left (I wrote this post a while ago) I am here to tell you that I made the wrong decision.

While I am grateful that I will soon have a bachelors degree. I fell into the trap that a lot of us fall into. I decide to go with the choice that I thought society expected of me. I made a choice without considering how difficult it would be to continue attending classes that I had lost interest in.

Why did I think that finishing a silly degree for a field that I didn’t intend to work in was more important than my own happiness. As we work through our lives things like this become clearer.

What seemed like the end of the world in high school is a minor issue by the time you’re in college and so forth.

Recently, I made a decision to begin doing whatever makes me happy by finding time for the things I enjoy doing. I hope to use this blog as a way to share things I enjoy with anyone who feels like reading them.

This post was left as “untitled” because with a month until graduation I’m still not sure where I’m headed in 2016. & that’s okay I’ve got plenty of time to figure it out.

Fa-la-la-la

It’s officially Fall. My absolute favorite season of all time.

There is something about the cold air and crisp leaves on the ground that just makes everything better.

This is my first blog post and my site is barely functional. I’m posting this to get a feel for what a post looks like.

I’m hoping to use this blog to share all of the Pinterest recipes and crafts that I get myself into.