Sunday, 3 May 2015

Coffee & Reading

I always felt reading the Sunday newspaper and drinking coffee was a very grown up thing to do and something I should  be doing, so I did. While I no longer have a newspaper subscription, I still feel that a great Sunday includes coffee and reading.

With this concept, I decided each week- on Sunday- to share some of my favourite articles from the past week. So grab a cup of coffee (or your beverage of choice) and enjoy!

I love being a millennial, but I agree our generation are not good conversationalists- and it drives me crazy! Millennials: It's Time to Start Talking to Strangers, should be mandatory reading.

There are some good points on this list, and some nice reminders too, so it's worth reading 20 Things To Do When You're 30 That Will Make Life Better At 50.

I jumped on the Epsom Salt bandwagon a few years ago, where I would use it in a bath or foot soak.There are so many more uses, and this article, 22 Uses For Epsom Salt – Why It Should be in Every Home & Garden, lists some of them. 

In honour of the Kentucky Derby yesterday, The 18 Most Absurd Kentucky Derby Hats Of All Time.

Hope everyone has a great Sunday!

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Weekly Wrap Up

A blog friend of mine, years ago, had a Saturday link up called 'Weekly What'. She eventually cut back on her blogging and the link up came to an end, but I kept doing it...I liked the concept; basically you put all of your Monday-Friday posts in one post on Saturday. It's essentially a summary of the past week on your blog. 

I thought for 2015, I would bring the concept back...

TUESDAY: I linked up with Amber for Hey, It's Ok.

FRIDAY: I finished the week by reviewing the Spring Fab Fit Fun box.

Also, today is the Kentucky Derby!! Can't wait for the race later this afternoon! Hope everyone is having a great weekend and has a chance to watch the Derby!!

Friday, 1 May 2015

Fab Fit Fun- Spring 2015 Box

I love a subscription box just as much as the next girl, and I have to say that I love Fab Fit Fun! This is currently the only subscription box I subscribed to. 

Fab Fit Fun is a seasonal box that is $49.99 a quarter or $179.99 a year. I bulked a little bit at the price tag, but the value of the boxes are amazing and you get full size products. Also, I like that Fab Fit Fun is not just a beauty box, they send a variety of products. They also include a card with product information and price, which I like.

So, what did I get?

Jules Smith Scarf- A favourite design with celebrities, this scarf is lightweight and perfect for the spring. The splash of colour will be perfect for some of my work outfits or pair well with jeans for a weekend look.
Value $42
Cosmos Creations Premium Puffed Corn in Salted Caramel (sponsored)- Fab Fit Fun will included some sponsored items to offset the cost of the box. Said to be gluten-free, made without GMO corn, and with all-natural ingredients. Salted caramel is one of my all-time favourite flavours, so I can't wait to try this!
Value: $1.49
Merriweather 3 DVD Set "Intense Body Blast" and $25 gift card- This is a full body workout that takes basic high intensity interval training and combines it with Pilates (which I love). Each DVD is a different level of difficulty and the run roughly 30-40 minutes. I'm really looking forward to using these!! The $25 gift card, which I likely won't use, can be used towards one of over 500 products.
Value: $61
OFRA Cosmetics Eyeshadow Brush Duo (#11 and #20)- I have had the same makeup brushes for years and I'm slowly replacing them with different brushes that I've gotten from subscription boxes. Brush #11 is for eyeshadow application and brush #20 is for concealer or liquid foundation.
Value: $45.90
Yasi Metallic Flash Tattoos-  A variety of designs to pick from and perfect for music festivals, or the summer in general. These aren't my personal style or preference, so I may or may not use them. Might be fun to try.
Value: $36
Rifle Paper Co. Cities Coaster Set- First of all, the box they came in is really pretty and the coasters themselves- featuring New York, London, Tokyo and Paris- are super cute! 
Value: $16
Sprout It App Card & Miracle Grow Gro-Able Seed Pod- I got the Cilantro seed pod, but there are a ton of different vegetables and herbs available. I love the concept of grow your own stuff, but I do not have a green thumb. This sounds super easy; take the lid off, plant the pod (which is biodegradable). The Sport It App (which is a free download) can be customized to your location, and will provide tips and reminders for gorwing your plant. 
Value $1.49 (pod only)
ORLY Nail Polish in Cake Pop- A "subtle pink creme colour", which I'm not crazy about it. It's a good colour for the tips of a french manicure. I do not like this went on really streaky and I had to apply multiple coats just to cover my nail. Even then, it just looked a 5 year old painted my nails.
Value: $8.50
 Palmetto Derma Collagen Booster and Restoration Serum- This product promises to do what a lot of serums do: increase collagen, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, slow down aging. Does it work? Only time will tell. It has more of a water texture, as compared to other serums, which I liked, and didn't feel heavy or greasy on my skin. This is something I will definitely use.
Value $48
ORLY Nail BB Creme- You know BB creams for your face? This is supposed to be the same thing, but for your nails. It is supposed to "help smooth, moisturize and brighten natural nails". It's not a top coat, base coat and you're not supposed to use it with nail polish. It has a "peachy tint". Does it do what it's supposed to? No idea, but it did add shine to my nails, which I liked. It also went on MUCH better than the other ORLY nail polish. 
Value $15
Total Value:  $273.89 (doesn't included sponsored item)
What a FANTASTIC value!!! I got 9 full size products (plus a sponsored item) and the value is well over what I paid. I won't use every item, but I will use most of them. Plus, I love the variety of types of products included. I can't wait for the Summer 2015 Box!

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Kentucky Derby- Decor & Entertainment

We are in the final days leading up to one of my all time favourite days of the year- Kentucky Derby!! The Derby is THIS Saturday and I cannot wait!! 
Last week, we talked about food & drink, so today I am sharing some Derby decor and entertainment ideas.
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Some people go all out with their Derby decor (like this blogger). I would, at least once, love to do that. I'm never organized enough to throw a big party, so I tend to keep my decor on the simple side; flowers, flowers, flowers.

If you want to go all out, think what the Derby is about; horses, Kentucky, the South. Lots of colours, lots of flowers and lots of horse racing paraphernalia. There are so many ideas on Pinterest. You can check out my Kentucky Derby Pinterest Board for more ideas.

Remember, the Derby is also referred to as 'Run for the Roses' so any decor piece that you can incorporate roses into, is a good idea. 

For my parties, I stick to flowers and not much else for decor. I basically just put vases of flowers around the room. Red Roses, Hydrangeas and Lilies are personal favourites. 

As for entertainment...

NBC Sports does a great coverage leading up to the race. It can be tedious to watch all of the coverage, but I usually have it on in the background. If you prefer music, you can find a pretty good playlist here.

If you are going for a BBQ/tailgating vibe, corn hole, slip and slide, and horseshoes are a lot of fun. 

What my family does, is each guest is asked to contribute $2 to the pot when they arrive and they get to pull a number out of a hat. The number they have, is their horse (for example, if I pull #4, my horse is the horse in the 4th post of the race). Whoever has the winning horse, gets the pot. It's just a fun little thing we do. 

Regardless of what you pick as the 'entertainment', the race, the most exciting two minutes in sports, is the central point of your party. So make sure you and your guests watch it!