Lazy as ever

So, I’m determined there is something on this computer. And it is Internet related. It has made me give up using it, which has made me not post here. This does not mean I haven’t been doing things. This year’s garden is just a few tomato plants, a single remaining sweet pepper plant, what I think is beetle eaten spinach (or else the brussell sprouts, but I don’t think so), and a couple snapdragon plants. Mainly, I’ve been working a different shift, which makes me less able to do the things I love outside. This also means less fresh ingredients to eat and play with. Upside, I FINALLY got some heirloom tomatoes to grow! Apparently, I can only grow tomatoes in the ground. But, nevertheless, I will have tomatoes to make sandwiches, caprese salads, and soups. Which is quite useful since this week, I’m getting two immersion blenders. One will be for drinks, while the other will be for soups, dressings, and other savory treats. I’ve been wating one for a while and finally am breaking down to buy them. I probably could get away with just one, but I would rather have two for stupid reasons.

I have also still been cooking. I’ve decided that my type of cooking should be referred to, and hence forth will, as lazy and fast. The reason why the fast is because I either don’t have time or the kids are hungry NOW. So, I’ve learned to cook as short of meals as possible. I have a daily window of ten to fifteen minutes to have food prepped and on the table before the demons are hungry. In fact, even if they have been fed, if I make any fresh food, they come running and wanting some. Until I tell them it’s something weird and then they are raiding the fridge to quench their sudden need for food. So, I spend a lot of time when they are asleep doing anything that takes any longer. But, I find that I have less interest cooking for long periods mostly. But, I may have a reason to change that. No, I am not having another one. Just keep reading.

I have started subscribing to spice subscription boxes. They send recipes that use the spices that they send. I have picked up two of the boxes. Most of the recipes they send are longer than the kids are willing to wait for food. So, these get made when they aren’t around. It’s not that they wold want to eat it either, but I am so excited to get new recipes for food from other parts of the country and world. The downside is that most have meat involved and I’ve kept, mostly, to not eating meat. I’m learning alternatives and the one box does offer alternatives at times for vegetarian options on the recipes that they send. It’s working on adapting the other that has really gotten me to enjoy the boxes in general. This has made me more willing to stay at the stove and oven beyond the minimal time.

I will start posting reviews on the boxes again. Along with the rest of the subscription boxes I get. I feel comfortable just leaving and returning to this site as I can. So, there is such a blend of things I want to put here, that it will stay crazy. Hope you’re ready to enjoy the bumps and jumps that are bound to come.


Target beauty box review. March 2016

So, it’s been a little bit since I received this box and I have been using most of it. This is a normal thing for me. These boxes go fast, so having a site to let you know when it goes on sale is important.

This month came with eight products. One was a fool packet of shampoo and conditioner. Another was a repeat from a couple months ago. I don’t want to say it is a regular thing, but to only skip one month and then return to a certain product is a little sad to me. Otherwise, there was a good selection again.

Hair Food Mousture Shampoo and Conditioner- foil packets

This product is listed as paraben, silicone (for the shampoo), and mineral oil free. Unfortunately, I have no intent on using it. This is going to a coworker who I am making a hospital kit for. It is something she won’t have to worry if it gets tossed after one use.

Not Your Mother’s Texturizing Sea Salt Spray

i am not a fan of sea salt sprays. My hair cares nothing for them. Or maybe my hair is just wavy enough that it doesn’t need it. Anyway, it does have a nice coconut smell that reminds me of the beach (or at least the sunscreen on the beach).

SinfulColors Nail Color in Lie-Lac

I first found this product in, of all places, the local dollar store. It is a light lavender color. I have given up on longevity of colors without chips, but remember to always use a good base and top coat with it.

Caress Adore Forever Body Wash

This is what was repeated. Still not impressed. That is all.

Banana Boat Sun Comfort SPF30

Summer must be coming! We have sunscreen! Ok, I will stop while I’m ahead. As in the past, I am still a dork about sunscreen and using it on a regular basis. Seriously, people, just do it.

You are Amazing Juicy Grapefruit Body Lotion

Yes, this smells like grapefruit. Red grapefruit. It also is the longest in taking to sink in, which is a good thing for me. I wish it had a different scent, but it isn’t bad.

Laniege Water Sleeping Mask

This is a nice addition for night for me. My skin is still quite soft after using it.

Nugg Deep Hydration Mask

I haven’t used it yet only because of people being sick and my not having time. There is only enough for one use, so I plan on saving it for a special event.

So, in the end, it was worth the cost and I may get some of it after trying.

Babor cleanser review

So, I recently did a review on the Liz Earle cleanser. I found a foil packet of another company and it had a cleanser and so I decided to use it and make a casual impression. First and foremost, I don’t think there is too much impression-wise that can be decided from a foil sample. I normally can only pull two or three uses on these types of samples. Therefore, my thoughts usually end up wondering if it is worth spending the money for the full size if I’m still not blown away by the product if it could just take longer to see results. Secondly, I find that most foil packets don’t have as much information with use as the regular samples, which could skew results for certain products (like cleansers). So, I tried it with not a secure mind.

Babor cleansing is listed as a mild cleanser that is good for sensitive skin. This was actually labeled a cleansing milk. I did not get any redness from this and after use, my skin did not automatically get tighter with either use. In fact, this came out of the packet quite easily and is a liquidy cream color. It glided on easily and sank in quickly.

There are no fragrances listed with this product and I didn’t notice much of a scent, unlike some products, with this. To me, this is a good thing.

But, I did have to scrub more with this product to get basic makeup off. On a makeup free day, it was similar to splashing water and such. For me, I want something that I don’t want to be rough with my face to get product off. This means, when I put the product to clean my face, I want quick removal. Perhaps this is just too gentle for me.

On their site, a full bottle is $32.00. I can not justify that price to see if it was just the sample size being the issue. I wish I had been sent two of the cleanser. But that wasn’t the case and so this goes into my not try again list. Not the company, mind you, just this cleanser.

Have you tried anything from Babor before? I am curious about their other products though.

Birchbox for May 2014

I got back to this box after a hiatus from life. I do appreciate getting items to try whenever possible. It has allowed me to try new companies and items than I would have if I had to buy full sized items of everything. It also lets me make really different and more personalized presents for family on items I know that would be wasted otherwise. Birchbox offers points that expire after a year to use towards items in their shop. These can be earned by referring friends, buying a box subscription or other items, and reviewing products in the box you receive. This month boxes came out late, so I received points in my account. Normally, boxes come out on the 10th of the month, but this month I received mine on the 14th. I am still impressed by how quickly it got to me.

This month, I had a yellow outer box. It is a bright yellow that the mail lady (I know this because I’d graduated with her son) had a hard time fitting into our mailbox. While the rest of the mail was in the back quite nicely, this was diagonal at the front close to crammed in. In her defense, we have only a standard mailbox. Plus, it wasn’t bent or crunched, so she did a good job getting it in.

Inside is the traditional brown, branded box. These boxes are a perfect fit for me to carry my makeup when I’m travelling. I feel more secure with them being in boxes than a makeup bag for the same reason I am with a solid suitcase for checked luggage. I also use them for small presents for the males in my family to make them concerned about what they are getting. Golf balls fit nicely in them, along with fishing flies.

This month, the inside of the box had such a cool print, it needed to be mentioned. It was a black and white herringbone print that was very bold. I will keep this box for me for product photo shoots.

I received five items in my box to review for points this month. Along with that, I also received a coupon for Kate Spade Saturday. This was an item that everyone received, which is cool. The other item is something I really was excited on finding. As per the baggy post, I buy sunscreen all the time. The other item was a coupon for Supergoop. This is perfect for both Murder and me. She plays softball over the summer, so she always needs it added. One application can last a game.

Here is what I received to review in my box:

Noya lip gloss in Summertime Peach- this color is way too close to my skin tone, so it is a fail that way. I love Noya, so I will be willing to part with money for a full size of one of the other three colors in the collection.

Supergoop SPF30- this is the sample I mentioned in the baggy entry. I am looking forward to using it on the road trip.

Shea butter- the joys of doing this on my family’s iPad is that I can’t just look at the item to give the brand name. I will when I get home. But, this stuff is nice and thick. Beyond that, I’m not overly impressed. I may have to try it on Mayhem to see if it keeps her skin soft. My skin is just too dry.

Kerastase cleanse shampoo- this stuff is specifically designed for long hair. It is a foil packet, which makes me sad because I have almost nowhere to put it if I can get a second use from it. But, maybe this will work with my thick hair. Something to keep in mind as it keeps getting longer again.

Kerastase cleanse conditioner- I will see how I like this conditioner. Currently, I use Garnier’s Pure Clean conditioner for my hair. It works to clean it, but it feels a little heavy still in my hair.

So, do you receive Birchbox? What did you get? Would you want to get a Birchbox?