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July 7, 2014

This is a sponsored post but all opinions and photos are my own.

I'm loving my @influenster #SpringVoxBox & feel spoiled by @softlipslipbalm #RetroGlam #everlastingfrench  LaborDayMovie #PlayOn #NIVEASkinFirming #SoftlipsCube #AD #SPONSOREDPOST

In March I signed up with a company called Influenster and shortly after qualified for my first VoxBox. It arrived while I was at my parents house at the and of May and with everything that was going on there and the trip home I actually forgot about it for a few days.

The SpringVoxBox had a variety of stuff for me to try out and to keep away from my girls.

The only product I didn’t personally use and love were the Playtex Sport tampons since I no longer have a uterus. Amber and her best friend both used them and loved them when they went swimming and just hanging out around town. They do a lot of walking when they are together and I mean a lot. Our town may be small but they probably walk a good six or seven miles by the time the day is done.

My lips feel softer already thanks to @softlipslipbalm and my new #softlipscube #ad #sponsoredpost

My favorite item in the box was the Soft Lips Cube in Pomegranate Blueberry. I use it multiple times a day. It smells good, goes on smoothly, and lasts quite a while. I have used Soft Lips products off and on for years and eventually fell out of love with them and in love with a certain beeswax based product. While I still use my beeswax brand too, I find myself making sure that the cube is in my purse when I leave the house. I’m anxiously awaiting their arrival at Walmart, Rite Aid, or Raley’s so I can try the other flavors/scents/I-have-no-idea-what-you-call-it.

I have a new favorite mascara and it's because of this perfect wand. Thanks @RimmelLondonUS and @influenster for the chance to review it. #Ad #sponsoredpost #springvoxbox #retroglam

My second favorite item was the Rimmel London US Scandaleyes Retro Glam mascara in Extreme Black. I mean look at that wand. It’s full, shaped the same on both ends, and doesn’t require any weird contortionist maneuvers to apply it. I wear it daily and am always amazed at how great it looks. The only problem I have with it is that the girls keep trying to steal it.

The NIVEA Skin Firming Hydration Body Lotion leaves my skin feeling silkily but not oily, but I do find that if I touch my computer screen I leave a very clear fingerprint even though it seems to absorb quickly. I don’t generally keep it with my laptop though, so it’s not a deal breaker for me. It is perfect for my project bag though. My hands tend to be on the dry side on an average day, add summer heat and yarn and my fingers crack and bleed and then there are no more projects for me. This lotion has a slightly perfumie scent that would drive me crazy on my face or if I tried to use it on my entire body, but it’s not too strong in small doses and I don’t notice the scent on my handwork, so I’d say that’s a win. I’ll definitely be keeping this on hand in my bag.

I've never been a fan of at home manicure kits, BUT the @KissProducts #everlastingfrench manicure went on easy and is holding up so far. Plus, they look pretty. #ad #sponsored #SpringVoxBox @influenster

I buy press-on/glue-on nails for Suki every great once in a while, but have never even considered them for myself since they usually only last her two days and she’s a kid. I was really hesitant to try out the Kiss Everlasting French nails for that very reason. I was surprised at how well they lasted. I cleaned my bedroom and packed/unpacked/moved boxes for about eight hours one day, did housework and sink-fullafter sink-full of dishes, without gloves, did two different cleaning jobs (about 7 hours total) and they really help on. The first nail popped off as I was getting out of the car, and in all honesty I’ve had acrylic nails do the same thing. They lasted a solid five days. I wouldn’t recommend them for everyday use, but if you want fancy nails that go on easy for a weekend these are perfect. There are 28 nails in the set, ranging from size 0 to 13, so you’re guaranteed to find nails that fit well without major filing to make them fit. I followed the instructions exactly when applying them and it went quirky and I managed not to glue my fingers together since they have a tab on the end to grasp.

The @kissproducts Everlasting French nails lasted 5 days. I moved/unpacked boxes, did a ton of dishes, and cleaned today. I lost my first nail tonight. I would definitely recommend them for a weekend or short term wear. @influenster #springvoxbox #sponsor

They still looked great at the end of day five!

The last thing in the box was a peach pie shaped and scented air freshener promoting the movie Labor Day. I lucked out and Labor Day was available at our local Redbox, and needing to write an accurate review Shawn tolerated me renting it and watching it in the living room, a small miracle since it is not his type of movie. I enjoyed the movie enough that I watched it twice before returning the movie. (I was not compensated for the movie rental and was not required to write about the film.)


I wasn’t completely sure what to expect from the film since I hadn’t read the book, but expected it to be along the same lines as The Notebook, and it was. It is not a fast paced story, but it drew me in and I loved it. The basic premise is that an escaped felon forces a mother and son to take him to their home and tend to his injures from his escape. While in their care he develops a relationship with the mother and son and they plan on leaving for Canada. Keep in mind that this all happens over a three-day weekend. Someone discovers he is there, reports him, and he is arrested before they can leave. Years later he discovers the boy has grown into a man and has a bakery making the pie he taught them to make. He writes the now-grown boy in hopes of reconnecting and is rewarded with news that the boys mother is still single and living in the same home. The day he is released she is there to pick him up.


July 4, 2014

Happy Fourth of July. I hope each of you have a wonderful, and safe, weekend! (Photo taken at Brenda’s 40th birthday weekend celebration.)