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Some Things I Love

There are times when I go through dry spells and don’t buy anything for myself. Then there are times I walk into Target and come out with an entire buggy’s worth of crap. I enjoy shopping and I enjoy trying new things. Most of the time, I end up trying things that either have really good reviews or have come highly recommended by other bloggers. And since I find a lot of awesome things through the blogging networks, I figure that it’s only fair I share some things that I love from time to time.

Needless to say, I’ve found some pretty amazing things in the past month or so that I have absolutely fallen in love with.

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February Birchbox
Life, Things I Buy

Birchbox – First Quarter

Back in October, after seeing posts about it all over blogs and the Internets, I decided to go ahead and join Birchbox. There were quite a few reasons to justify it but mostly it was that I like beauty things and for $10 bucks a month, it seemed a worthy little pick me up to have some samples of higher end beauty products that I would probably never buy show up at my door.

It’s been three months and that pretty little box has appeared in my mailbox like clockwork. To date, I’m satisfied with the program. With my initial box I was a bit skeptical but I went in and tweaked my profile a bit and have been nothing but happy with the last two boxes.

I haven’t found anything worth purchasing as a full size yet but I have found things that I love and use regularly. I’m just still not okay with spending $125 on moisturizer. My philosophy is that I’ll enjoy it for a month and then something else will come in my next box that I can enjoy just as much.

In the spirit of a good review, I figured I’d post up the contents of each box for the past three months and offer my opinions about them.

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Finding Joy!


I’ve been forced back into my Benadryl habit since I decided to forgo it Monday night and woke up the next morning feeling like someone was sitting on face and keeping me from breathing while simultaneously scratching my eyes out.

This means tonight you get an annotated entry which is basically just me telling you about Wednesday’s joy.

— The lady I was following on the moped on my way into work. In her floaty skirt, bright yellow heels and Ladybug helmet.

— A coworker bringing her three week old little girl in all swathed in pink with that dewy newborn hair and squishy little baby face.

— Realizing that I am in good with the one department that no one else is and getting them to do the stuff for me they normally make everyone else wait on.

— Sally Hansen Crackle Nail Polish overcoat in Ink Splatter

— Mad Men. (OMG y’all, I am so late to the party on this one.)

— The Talk. We’ve had this on in the breakroom at lunch and I really enjoy the dynamic of Sharon Osbourne, Sarah Gilbert, Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete. And Julie Chen.

And just to throw in things that are not awesome or joyful but I have remained relatively calm about because shit happens and that’s life.

— Baxter has tapeworms, which is literally the grossest ‘effing thing I have ever seen in my life. We started finding what looked like dried rice pellets in place where he slept (i.e. OUR BED, which is vomit inducing itself) and the moment Steve Googled it he realized they were dried tapeworm eggs that secrete from the butt and just kind of hang out back there. And needless to say, when we checked his poop – there were definitely visible. This is not life-threatening and it’s not uncommon for dogs to get them (it’s usually caused by them eating something they shouldn’t – like a flea or a lizard or rodent – and, well Baxter hunts and eats everything). It had not affected his behavior. It just means he had to take a pill and we have to wash EVERYTHING that we have found his ass nuggets on (and fabulous term coined by Steve – let’s see the fun the search engines have with that one!). It also means he has to sleep away from us and we would really prefer he keep his worm butt as far away as possible.

Until then, I’ll be in the corner vomiting. From all the wine I drank to forget about the worms. Then I’ll pass out because of the Benadryl.

Oh LIFE, you are awesome!

Image found here.

Food, Things I Buy

Things I Love Right Now

(Note: you might have seen a very very rough draft of this pop up in my RSS feed the other day. Apologies for that – I accidentally hit publish when I meant to just update my draft. Here is the real post.)

It has been hot, hot, HOT here in Charleston the past few days. I’m talking the kind of oppressive heat and humidity where you can’t catch your breath, the air feels like you’re walking through think pea soup and the only sound you want to hear is the constant running of the A/C and whirring of the fan blades. Needless to say, when it’s this hot out, there’s not a lot of things that make me happy. Except these:

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Summer Loving in Charleston
Entertainment, Life, Things I Buy

Summer Lovin’

Summer is quickly approaching and here in South Carolina, the humidity has descended upon us.  But with this comes the summer fun – beach days, BBQs, movies, drinks outside and long chats into the night.  Flip-flops, sunscreen, yard work – it’s all part of the loveliness that is wrapped into the long summer days and cool summer nights punctuated by the sounds of crickets and the brief flickers of lightning bugs.

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