July 2014 Love with Food Box

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This month’s theme for the Love with Food Box is “Take me Out to the Ball Game.” These may be my favorite box so far. If you’re not familiar with this box, for $10 a month, you get multiple goodies to try, and every box results in a meal being bought for a hungry child.

-Pineapple, Raspberry, and Mago Fruit Snacks by YamEarth Organics- One of my coworkers asked me whose child I stole that from. These were good, but stuck to my teeth like their life depended on it. I may stick with the processed junk.
-Gum Balls by Tree Huggers Gum- Non-GMO gum? Hey, I’ll try anything that’s healthy.
-Cheddar Baked Fries by Snikiddy- These seemed so yummy and crunchy! I’m looking forward to keeping these in my lunchbox.
-Snap Back Cookies by The Cookie Department- Oh. My. God. Religious Experience. I ended up getting the “Detox” cookie, which is made of ginger and cayenne, among other things. It’s supposed to help with hangovers (ha!). I plan to buy a mix of these. Yum.
-Chicago Mix by GM Cretors- This was a mix of caramel and cheese popcorn, which I was surprised to really enjoy. It was salty and sweet, the perfect snack.
-Montgomery Cherries by Stoneridge Orchards- These dried cherries were sweet, tangy, chewy, and soft. I really enjoyed finding them in my box.
-Good for You Granola, Almond Butter, and Jelly Sandwich by Jolly Oak- As stated previously, I love finding packets of loose granola to take to work with my yogurt. This mix is no different.
-Chocolate Cookies by Dulcetto- This 100-calorie snack is a perfect chocolate fix. These cookies are little and creamy.

This is definitely my favorite box so far. Have I convinced you to give it a try? Click here: http://lovewithfood.com/invite?m=r&ref=ADJ

Ipsy Bag June 2014

It’s that time again! I received my Ipsy bag in the mail yesterday, and this month’s theme is “Pretty in Paradise.” If you subscribed to Ipsy, they will send you 4-5 full or trial sized samples of products for you to try. It’s only $10 a month. I have yet to be disappointed in a bag!

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1. Lash Out Mascara by Be a Bombshell in Intense Black ($15)- This product paid for the bag itself, which I always love. I didn’t notice a big difference in the size and length of my lashes, but it went on well and was lightweight. Quite a few people online stated it smelled like pickles, but I didn’t notice that when I put it on. I’ll try this a few more times before I give it a verdict.

2. Dream Waves Beach Spray by Marc Anthony ($8.79 full sized)- I tried this last night after my shower, and I am OBSESSED. This product smells wonderful and gave a ton of texture to my hair. My hair is wavy and there’s a whole lot of it, so it sometimes doesn’t take to products that well. This product didn’t weigh my hair down or make it greasy. What’s even better? You can buy it at Walgreens!

3. Butter Gloss by NYX in Creme Brûlée ($5.00)- I love NYX because it doesn’t cost a fortune, but the products work well. These gloss went on very smooth and wasn’t overly sticky. It also stays put. After I tried it, I went outside, and the sweat didn’t make it run. I am very pleased with this product.

4. Universal Eyebrow Pencil by OFRA ($13)- Confession: I do not own an eyebrow pencil. I do not know how to use an eyebrow pencil. I had to look it up on Pinterest! I regularly have pretty thick eyebrows, but there are some places that could use some fill. I used this and my eyebrows did look much more “together.” However, I’m not used to how it looks, so I was kind of shocked! I plan on contacting one of my beauty guru friends to see if she can help me master this. Overall, I am excited to have my first eyebrow pencil!

5. for Her by Realtree ($24.99 or $19.99 for Ipsy subscribers, full sized)- I don’t like fragrances. I am very particular with the kind of scents I wear, because a lot of them give me a headache. I like perfume that almost smells like cologne (Adidas Sport for Women is my go to) or not overly florally. This was too overpowering for me. The smell isn’t bad and the packaging was cute, but it’s bound to give me a headache quick!

 

Another month, another Ipsy bag. I’m rarely disappointed, and this is no different!

Beach Reads

If you’re like me, you collect books like shoes or jewelry. I love owning books. It drives my mom crazy, considering I have a library card and a Kindle (that she gifted me). I like to take advantage of those two things as well, but there’s nothing like holding a book in your hands that you own. I also like to obsessively reread my favorite books, so owning them comes in handy.

I took multiple books with me for this vacation, but here are the top 3 right now. I recommend you check them out.

 

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– Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson. Also known as “The Bloggess” in the online world, this book is completely hysterical. I laughed out loud in public, in private, and in front of my family. I felt like I was parting with a friend when the book ended. The book is hilarious, very real, and makes you realize that if you can laugh at the awful-good-funny-stupid-ridiculous things life throws at you, then you’re going to be okay. 

– Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi with Curt Gentry. This book chronicles the Manson murders, the Family, the trial, and everything in between/after. Mr. Bugliosi was the prosecutor responsible for handling the case for the DA’s office in California in the 1970’s. I’ve been trying to read this book for 2 years, because it’s extremely long and, at times, very overwhelming. It completely draws you in and makes you wonder what really drove those people to murder innocent people in their own homes. It truly marked the end of the 60’s and in a sense, the end of the innocence. I finally got the book as a gift back in February for my birthday, and I’ve been hooked ever since. It’s bone chilling and well written. If you like true crime, this book is the end all be all.

-The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly. If you’ve seen “The Lincoln Lawyer” or read the book, you know how wonderful Michael McConnelly is. I watched the movie and then read the book (I know. Forgive me Father, for I have sinned.), and have adored this author ever since. I just started this book today, but it is about Mickey taking on a murder that involved the prostitute he’s been trying to help for years. Knowing Michael Connelly, I’ll be addicted and unable to put it down by tomorrow afternoon.

 

What are you guys reading this summer? Whether it be on a beach, on a lake, on your porch, or on your 30 minute lunch break, a book can sometimes be just the vacation you need. 

Sorry I totally deserted you guys

…but here’s an instant gratification DIY to make up for it! I’m in vacation mode, so I wanted to do this quick DIY before I left. It’s insanely easy. A toddler could do it. If you want your toddler crafting a wine stopper, that is. Whatever. I’m not here to judge your parenting.

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You will need:
-wine stopper (found mine at AC Moore)
-beads

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Pick your beads and twist off the top of the stopper. Add the beads. Screw the top back on. Ta-da! Your own stopper, you classy broad, you.

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I’ll try not desert you guys again. I plan on posting a few more times over vaca. Happy Monday!