Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Sometimes Things Just Have to be Thrown Away

I am a recovering pack rat.  Every day is a struggle.  I used to be really bad.  I remember as a child holding on to some of the most insignificant things.  Every broken toy could be fixed or had such sentimental value that it couldn't just be tossed out.  Every sticker I ever got from school was lovingly put in a little bag to look at and peruse at my leisure.  That rusted paperclip still had some life left and it was okay to keep all of the single pairs of socks.  You might find the match some day!

I don't know if my pack rattedness (yes, I made that word up) came from not having much as a child?  Every thing I received was a "precious gift" to me.  Even if it was a ugly, UGLY sweatshirt designed by a family member (sorry if you are reading this) I would keep it for years because the guilt of giving it away was almost too much.  That's a lot of pressure to put on a seven year old!!! 

I still have BOXES of things at my mom's house. I think I keep them there so that I don't have to deal with it. Every time I go and visit I try to throw something away and it is just too much for me.  I have boxes of Barbies and stuffed animals from my childhood.  Yeah, we all have those things, but many of my dolls have their heads broken off and the stuffed animals are stained or biological hazards.  But can I get rid of them?  I have shelves lined with knick knacks and Wizard of Oz collectibles.  I have a drawer full of old eyeglasses!  Why do I need them?  My prescription, and taste, have obviously changed since 5th grade, but there is this overwhelming power that won't let me throw them away.  On a recent trip to my mom's house I found a picture of a boy that I had a HUGE crush on in 10th grade.  This photo was of course taking "Paparazzi Style."  Umm, did he even know my name?  Probably not.  I can't toss it though.  No, I don't have this undying love for him either.  I think he became a priest. 

Why is it so hard to get rid of these things though?  Really, I want to know the answer!!

I thought I was doing so well with getting rid of items.  I really did.  When we started packing up boxes for our recent move I tossed a LOT of stuff.  We donated, sold, recycled, and trashed boxes and boxes of items.  When we moved in I was proud of what I had gotten rid of from the old house.  As I am unboxing the remaining items though, I have to come to the realization that there is still a lot of "stuff" left. 

I just uncovered a tub full of costume type clothing.  I remember in college how hard it was to find costumes for some of the larger individuals.  I received a personal donation of dresses for sizes 20-28 and I thought, "Wow, this is great!  I can hold on to these for the next show that I help costume."  Yeah right!  That was almost ten years ago and I have no plans on doing a show that just happens to need formal beaded dresses from the 1980s/90s.  Do I really need to keep that old sweater vest and shirt I bought to possibly make a Star Wars costume?  Oh, they are also about ten sizes too small, but the fabric is PERFECT! 

It is rough.  These clothes are just staring at me while I'm typing.  I want to just throw them in the trash right now.  I know though, that the minute they touch my (still sewer smelling) trash can that I will get the call that someone needs my help costuming "Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding" and that the actress playing the mother of the bride just happens to be a size 24!  

Plus, there is always the thought that these items are worth a monetary value.  Maybe, just maybe I can post these online and make a buck or two.  Ummm, is spending five hours on Facebook on the Garage Sale site REALLY worth the three dollars I just made on that dress?  Nope, but as I'm writing this I see that those same ugly beaded dresses are getting "likes" on the site.  Who knows, maybe someone will buy them! 

It is hard though, especially with Craigslist, Ebay, Facebook, etc, because everyone (including me) things that their items are worth something.  Well, they are only worth what some one is willing to spend.  Should I keep my pack ratted (again, another made up word) items until I get a dollar amount that seems right?  Wouldn't it be better to just throw them away?  Some items are not worth donating!  After the big tornadoes last year people were donating items left and right.  The problem?  They were donating their unwanted leftovers...broken Christmas decorations, stained clothing,  baby items that were recalled.  Sometimes things just have to be thrown away (if they can't be recycled). 


My therapy session is over.  I promise to throw those dresses away tomorrow morning...well, that is as long as no one wants to buy them :)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Always & Tampax Always Radiant Collection Review

Well, the Influenster Summer VoxBox reviews are coming to an end.  I've enjoyed trying out the items in this particular box.  The last review I have is for the Always & Tampax Always Radiant Collection.  Click here for more info about Always & Tampax.
I LOVE the new Always Infinity Radiant collection.  I actually noticed this product in the stores about a year ago.  With a coupon in hand I purchased it and have never gone back.  With multiple sizes, you can always find the right one for you.  It is comfortable and you don't have to worry about leaks!  That is important.  Compared to other pads, this is the BEST!  I even wrote to Always a few months ago and asked them why they wouldn't just consider throwing out the rest of their products and just sell Infinity Radiant.  Yes, it is that good!
Now, for Tampax.  They have redone the packaging for the lovely tampon.  It is easy to open and has a great design.  It is stylish...well as stylish as you can get when you are talking about feminine hygiene products.  Plus, the protection is great!  
This has nothing to do with the product itself, but need to have a new commercial for this product. 
Ummm, I don't quite get it and it honestly makes me think you are carrying around a dirty "product" around with you. 
Anyway, check them out!  Great products and totally worth the extra cost.
By the way, I did receive this product complimentary for testing and reviewing purposes from Influenster.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion Sunscreen Review

As a redhead with very fair skin, I go through my fair share of sunscreen.  I have tried SPF 15 all the way up to 105.  Does it really make a difference?  I don't know!  I still usually burn unless I diligently set my clock for every hour and reapply.  Anyway, as much sunscreen as I go through, and I don't even use it every day like I should, I will always accept free sunscreen.  So, I was excited to receive in my 2012 Summer VoxBox from Influenster the Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion Sunscreen in SPF 30.  Check out their product info at the bottom of the post.

For me, there is not much you can say about a sunscreen.  It either works for you or it doesn't.  I have to say that I love the protection that this sunscreen provided and the creaminess of the lotion.  My hands were NOT greasy after applying the lotion, which is extremely important to me.  The smell was very tropical, perfect for Hawaiian Tropics, but I did find that it could be a bit overwhelming.  I have to use a lot of sunscreen and I found that the smell, while nice and not chemically smelling, was a bit too much for me.  Still, a definite must for the summer!  I'll have to check out the SPF 50 next time.

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion Sunscreen

Also available in SPF 12, 30, 50!

With its ultra-luxurious hydrating silk ribbons, Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration™ lotion sunscreen nourishes and pampers skin while providing broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection, and 12-hour moisturization when out in the sun.

Where to Buy

You can find Hawaiian Tropic products at most major retailers.
Suggested retail price: $8.99 for a 6oz bottle

By the way, I did receive this product complimentary for testing and reviewing purposes from Influenster.

Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color Review

My Influenster Summer VoxBox is full of goodies to try!  This week I tried out the Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color in Ionic Indigo.  Check out the product info at the bottom of the post. 

I have heard a lot of hype about this product and was ready to try it out.    The nail polish itself has magnetic properties.  After doing a base coat of polish you do a second coat and hold a magnet over the wet polish.  The magnet then helps create, supposed, dazzling designs and waves throughout the polished nail.  As you can see from the looks REALLY neat.  Two separate trials later and I can say that I am deeply disappointed in the nail polish.

I followed the instructions on the back of the bottle exactly as described.

1.  Apply one coat of base coat. Shake Magnetic Nail Color to activate.  Remove overcap with magnet  and set aside.  Apply one coat of Magnetic Nail Color to all 10 nails and let dry.

2.  Apply a thick second coat of color to one nail and immediately hold the built-in magnet over the nail.  Hold for 10 seconds.  Repeat for all 10 nails and let dry.

(There were a few other instructions to I chose to cut them out to spare you ALL of the details!)

So, I followed the directions the first time and had three out of ten nails work.  I thought, "maybe I didn't let the nails dry long enough between coats?"  "Maybe I should put a thicker second coat on?"  "Perhaps I should hold the magnet over the nail longer?"  "Maybe I need to shake the bottle longer?"

I wanted to give the product a fair shot so I tried it again today.  I changed added more time between coats and I put a thicker coat on as well.  Still no difference!  Maybe I have a faulty bottle, maybe my magnet isn't as strong as it should be.  Maybe it is even the color...maybe it doesn't show up as well with the deeper color.  I don't know.  Oh, and with the magnetic lid coming off as a separate lid from the nail polish, all I could think was "choking hazard!"

If I was given this product free again...I would definitely try it out.  If I had to spend my own $10 on the bottle....nope!

So, if anyone is interested in a slightly used bottle of nail polish, let me know!  I have one that will be sitting on the shelf for quite some time.

There Ionic Indigo - Perfect!
I'm sure lighting, hand models, and make up artists help...that is if it isn't computer generated.

My Ionic Indigo - Dud!
My thumb is the only one that turned out close to a finished product.


Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color

NEW! Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color is summer’s hottest nail trend that allows you to create a gorgeous 3-D nail art effect in just seconds. This unique formula has been specially developed with metallic particles – just hold the built-in magnet over wet polish to reveal a unique design on the nail. Seal with a topcoat for extra shine! Learn more at

Easy steps
Shake and Apply 2 coats
Hold Magnet for 10 seconds over wet nail polish
Instant Attraction!
Let dry and seal with a top coat for extra shine

 Where to Buy

Available at chain drug stores, food stores and mass merchandisers nationally.
Suggested Retail Price: $9.99


By the way, I did receive this product complimentary for testing and reviewing purposes from Influenster.