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Monthly Archives for July 2013

My first Birchbox

Last week I received my very first Birchbox and was giddy with excitement while going through it. My daily routine rarely changes and this is in large part due to the fact that I hate spending money on products that I never know if I will like. I know that a lot of stores honor returns, but there are far too many options out there and that’s just too much work. I stick to what I am comfortable with and know will do the job. Birchbox¬†has crossed my mind a time or two but I finally caved and decided that $10/per month was worth being able to sample a large number of beauty products without risk. I’m glad I did!

First to note is their packaging. I do a lot of shopping online and I always appreciate when items arrive beautifully packaged.


This months box included Davines three step hair system, Youngblood Hi-Definition Hydrating Mineral Perfecting Powder, Oscar de la Renta live in love body scrub, Colorclub Wonderlust in Reign in Spain, and a cute set of postcards featuring various cities. (more…)

What She Wears: Neon


Today I am joining the What She Wears link up with my fashionista friend and blogger Becky at Mommy in Heels,¬†along with some of her fellow bloggers. If you have a moment, you need to check out her blog. She’s beautiful, hysterical and has killer style. I’m always learning from her. (more…)


This weekend I finally had a chance to visit a dear friend and her family back in NJ (if you’re new to the blog, my family and I relocated from Hoboken, NJ to PA this past March). She and her family built a beautiful home and moved in months ago, but this was the first time I was able to get there. I love those relationships where things just pick up where they left off. Wish I could pick them and their home up and move them to PA with us ;)

I debated on what to get them as a little house warming gift. It’s hard when you don’t know how much/what decorating has been done. Gift cards are always nice (personally, I love them), but they can also be impersonal. I then remembered something I had pinned awhile back. I love making my pins come to life, don’t you? I borrowed this pin and here’s what I came up with…


As you can see, I started with a glass canister and gathered a number of items that would be useful around their home. I had to include a little something for their sweet dog as well. It’s very practical and chances are it will all be put to use.