Friday, January 30, 2015

Celestial Seasonings

Thanks to Influenster I have been introduced to some great products over the year.  I've tried new products, tried and true products, and everything in between.  This time around I had the chance to taste Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Green Tea.  I was given this complimentary through the Influenster program. 

Let me start out with the fact that I am not typically a tea drinker.  Give me hot chocolate or give me death.  I did go ahead and try it but it just wasn't my cup of tea (get it?...hehe).  The peppermint smell was great, perfect for the holidays, but the green tea just didn't do it for me.  I felt like it lacked something in the flavor profile.

I didn't doctor up the tea itself but I did enjoy it with some Christmas cookies! 

I'll probably stick with my  hot chocolate next time around.


Rimmel London Products

Thanks to Influenster I have been introduced to some great Rimmel London products.  This time around I was given two, count it TWO products to try for free.  They go hand-in-hand. 
The first product is the Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner.  I don't typically wear eyeliner and when I do it is usually light brown; something very neutral.  Perhaps I do that because my hands are not steady and putting on eyeliner seems like a chore.  Plus, I'm the one who always has this gap between where the eyeliner winds up on my eye and where it should go.  Come on, you know what I'm talking about :)  So, seeing this eyeliner I was a tad intimidated.  Especially seeing how dark this liner is.  I took the plunge though.  The first time was a mess.  The second time my eyes were still a mess.  The third time I slowly started to get the hang of it and even my son said my eyes looked different.  The fourth time I was able to glide it on without any problems.  Of course, I'm still working on it but this formula truly does glide on so easily.  PLUS if I make a mistake....I can use the hand make up remover that I also received.
 So when I did make a mistake I was able to use the makeup remover to help clean things up a bit.  I am also notorious for wearing my mascara several days and then having to deal with the raccoon eyes.  One quick swipe with this remove and my raccoon eyes are gone!  I specifically like how the bottle is designed.  It has a small little hole, unlike my other remover, that I can squirt out just enough on a cotton ball or cotton swab.
Here is my fourth attempt.  Not too shabby.
Overall, I am a big fan of these products.  I'm so glad that Influenster and Rimmel London gave me these products to try complimentary.  Thanks!!!

Influenster Frosty Vox Box

So I got my Influenster Frosty Vox Box at the end of December and it was filled with great goodies to try out for free.  Interested in vying for your own box of goodies?  Check out Influesnter here.  Curious to see my vox box items on YouTube?  Click here!

Here are the items in my box this time around.

I don't use Thyme very often.  It isn't a staple in my pantry
but it will be nice to try something different.

Make up remover. 
Great for removing waterproof mascara.  This product worked amazingly well. 
Love the design of the top.  It was perfect to put q-tips in to clean up eyeliner and mascar quickly.

Never heard of this company can't wait to try it.

I love NYC makeup and this color is the perfect neutral. 
I don't typically wear lipstick but this truly is the perfect color for me.

A deep, rich eyeliner.  I don't wear eyeliner much.  It took a while to get use to putting the eyeliner on and not have
a huge gap on my lid.  Once I got the hang of it though, it looked nice.  Even my son noticed a difference.
Red Vines, Cherry.  I don't like them.  Sorry.  My husband, however, devoured the entire bag in one sitting.
Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Tea.  I tried this when I was sick.  For startesr, I am not a tea fan. 
The smell was delicious but the taste did not appeal to me.  I have the other bag to a friend and she absolutely loved it.

Eco Tools Barrel Brush.  I was a little worried about a barrel brush with my hair but I was impressed.
I never had to worry about detangling my hair.  I think it will take a bit of work to style with this brush but more
because I'm not used to using this type of brush, not because of the brush itself.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

101 in 1001...yep I'm jumping on the bandwagon

Have you heard of this before?  The 101 in a 1001?  While looking up some recipe on Pinterest I stumbled upon this and then realized it was a pretty fad-ish thing.  So, of course I'm a follower :)  Not really, but I thought it would give me something to do.  I copied the rules from someone else, so here goes.

The mission: Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The criteria: Tasks must be specific (i.e., no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (i.e., represent some amount of work on my part).

Why 1001 days?: Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple goals such as new year’s resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

I've tried to categorize them into areas of life. I'll add to this list as things get completed.  Italicized means I'm working on it.  Crossed off means it is completed!  Highlighted yellow and crossed off...yep, that means I dropped the ball and won't actually get to complete it.

Start Date:  January 11, 2015
End Date:  October 8, 2017

Current tally (as of 12/28/15)
In Process:  18/101
Completed:  15/101
Off the table:  1

1. Finish creating a list of 101 things
2. Read 25 books (5/25)
3. Consistently write in the five year journal for at least one of the years
4. Trash/Donate 1001 things (500/1001)
5. Read the Bible all the way through
6. Update blog on a monthly basis with how the goals are coming (6/34) (COMPLETELY OFF THE TABLE.  I already failed on this one :(
7. Get family pictures taken
8. Make a list of 101 positive things about myself
9. Get a new haircut (It was okay.  The problem with my hair is that it looks great for one day and then back to the normal mess.)
10. Get a massage (Thanks to a Christmas present I can officially cross this off my list now!)

Family and Relationships
11. Invite a friend over for dinner (Boom.  Got this done.  Hawaiian Luau at the Purin house!)
12. See all living family members at least once (Mom, Dad, Michael and his family, Mother and   Father-in-law, Britt and Jessica, Carrie and her family, Christie and her family, Beth and Jamie, Grandma, and Oma and Grandad.)
13. Make a family time capsule
14. Have at least 25 dates with my hubby (1/25   #1 - Thunder Game!, #2 - Radium Girls @ OBU, #3 - #6 Our Cruise! #7 - Anniversary dinner)
15. Have 10 Mommy/Ezra dates
16. Have 10 Mommy/Henry dates
17. Finish "Mom" book for the boys
18. Have the family watch a sunset
19. Have the family watch a sunrise
20. Have the family watch the stars one night

Fitness & Health
21. Run a 5K without stopping
22. Lose 10 pounds
23. Lose 10 pounds
24. Lose 10 pounds
25. Lose 10 pounds
26. Lose 10 pounds
27. Drink my recommended water intake for the body weight/ounces challenge for one week
28. Work out whether at the gym or not at least three times per week for a minimum of three months
29. Complete the 30-day challenge for abs
30. Complete the 30-day challenge for squats
31. Complete the distance between Shawnee, OK to NYC

32. Make pasta from scratch
33. Go to an orchard of berry farm and pick fresh fruit
34. Learn how to poach an egg
35. Learn how to can something....anything!
36. Find the ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe (Attempt #1 - I found one that I really like, but doesn't quite fit Peter's idea of "perfect" so back to the drawing board. Attempt #2 - Okay folks, this may be it!  I need to make a few more times just to be sure but this may be the winner.)
37. Plant a garden and eat at least one item from it
38. Make bread from scratch
39. Make home-made ice cream
40. Go one week without having any food waste

41. Clear out my inbox and keep only essential emails
42. Clean up the attic
43. Organize all photos
44. Get my Dropbox all organized
45. Clean up my classroom file system

Financial and Future
46. Start an IRA or Roth IRA
47. Have three months saved
48. Pay off Peter's student loans (Oh.My.Gosh.  We are almost there.  The light is at the end of the tunnel.  I can see it.)
49. Pay off the car loan
50. Update will
51. Keep up with the envelope system for at least six months (6/6)
52. Put something in to the boys college savings accounts.

53. Update website
54. Update theatre resume
55. Update education resume
56. Get new headshots
57. Submit children's book
58. Have at least 10 items for sale on Teachers Pay Teachers
59. Have an item funded on Donor's Choose or with the Limeades for Learning Project
60. Research and possibly apply for graduate school
61. Attend at least 5 workshops or webinars to further my teaching (4/5 - #1 Drumming, #2 John Jacobson #3 Special Needs #4 OCDA workshop)

62. Enter Ezra's quilt in the state fair
63. Finish Hawaii scrapbook
64. Finish Disney World scrapbook
65. Take a pottery class
66. Learn more about my DSLR
67. Finish Christmas Wall Hanging
68. Finish Christmas Stockings
69. Finish Alphabet Project
70. Get Ezra's Baby book to current status
71. Get Henry's Baby book to current status
72. Complete five Pinterest craft projects
73. Find a pattern for a blanket for Henry

Entertainment & Restaurants
74. Attend a Thunder game (Yay! We had our date night at one!)
75. Attend an OKC Dodgers game
76. Attend a Broadway musical or a touring production of a Broadway show
77. Purchase a lottery ticket...and hopefully win big!
78. Go to a corn maze
79. Go to a drive-in
80. Perform in a show
81. Hit all the major parks in Shawnee with the boys
82. Visit the Science Museum (We bought a museum pass to use in the summer and we got to cross this one off last week.  What a fun museum.  Too much to see in one day but now that we have our pass we can check it out again.)
83. Ride the Water Taxi in Bricktown (Happy Mother's Day to me...a week late because of the weather, but we did it.  The boys loved it.)
84. Visit the OKC Memorial
85. Visit the Oklahoma State Capitol Building
86. Take the boys to Andy's Alligator Park
87. Eat at Sunny Side Up
88. Take the boys out for chocolate at the Melting Pot
89. Try Big Truck Tacos

91. Go camping
92. Visit 5 new-to-me states (We hammered this one out in a long-distance drive: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.)
93. Visit 2 national parks
94. Visit a new-to-me museum (Science Museum counts!)
95. Go on a cruise (Peter and I went to the Bahamas to celebrate out 10 year anniversary.)
96. Stop randomly at some drive-by attraction
97. Take a car trip with over 1001 miles (See number 92.  We cleared 1001 miles easily.)

98. Catch a cat
99. Get rid of all the unmatched socks
100. Do something 101 times (55/101)
101. Not make another list of 101 things to do.  (I say this because EVERY ONE I've seen always puts "to make a new list."  Well, I'm bucking the system folks and NOT doing it.  This is a one shot deal folks. 

That's it.  Let's see how it goes.