The Buffy

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My life is pretty dull. I play with a toddler, watch a lot of Yo Gabba Gabba and experiment with the crock pot. I have no bed time and I find humor in Laffy Taffy jokes. Conan O'Brien is my anti-drug.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Daily bla bla bla

Ya know when blogs start slowing down and suddenly the updates turn semi luke-warm and you think, 'Yup, that writer has absolutely nothing valuable to add to the conversations of the world"?

That is so me right now. I've been wracking my brain trying to think of something to write about for a few days now. Life experiences? Lots of great stuff is happening, house stuff and family stuff and other stuff, but nothing I can really discuss in detail at the moment because I don't want to jinx a single thing. Product reviews? I've got a few in the works, including my odd experiences with a workout apparel subscription company and another company I shouldn't really shouldn't technically get affiliated with. (More on that another time...)
The kid? Eh. Same ol'. She just finished up swim lessons today and absolutely refuses to make shovels out of her hands to scoop scoop SCOOP. The kicking? She's a pro. The fearless jumping into my arms? Throw in a little 'Teddy Bear Teddy Bear' song remix and she'll dive head-first into the water. So, swimming lessons happened. She's two. She can [sort of] count to 10 in Spanish and her new schtick is talking in baby talk which makes me absolutely insane. But, sigh, stuff is pretty status quo with the shorty.


Has anyone else been stalking daily deal boutique sites? I'm suddenly obsessed with collecting any and every J Crew knockoff statement necklace I can get my Baked Cheeto-dusted-fingers on. It's getting borderline ridiculous, how many emails I get from these flash sale sites each day. But I'm craving more!
Current list:
Very Jane
Groop Dealz
Sassy Steals
To Adorn
The Savvy Craft - this one is a relatively new site and still ramping up

Am I missing any good ones? Please share! I love me some pretties!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

The Subscription Box to End All - the VIP.





So, I love getting fun presents in the mail. And I also love spending some dinero on myself for frivolous things. But I can't always justify dropping $30 on a moisturizer that I don't know if I'll even enjoy, especiallly being a stay-at-home-mom. Being a mom ruins things, ya know? When I heard about this new(er) quarterly delivery service curated by Giuliana Rancic(!!!!) that focuses both on health and beauty and pampering and all things lovely, I was twitterpated.

The box is the fabfitfun VIP box, and is $49.99 each. Pricey? Kinda, in theory. But wait until you see just what I got when I opened said box.


Drumroll...


Wow.


Clockwise, starting at top: Ivory Mason Sunglasses (valued at $135), KIND bar (around $2), Infinity Sun Glow on the Go ($35) - are we catching a trend yet? For $50, the first three things are already totaling almost $175.


Evian Brumisateur Facial Spray ($12), Purlisse-Pur-Delicate Cleanser ($36), Yes to Cucumbers Towelletes ($3)


It Hair Surf Spray ($7), Catalina Su Lip Gloss ($14) and finally Orly nail polish ($8.50)

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I'm going to be honest... I haven't had a chance to try everything. The eyeglasses are a little small for my face but I have a friend who I know has been looking for shades for a while. I may just surprise her with these ultra-trendy specs and see if she loves them as much as I do. The KIND bar? It was gone in about 20 seconds. I'd never tried KIND bars before, but now I'm hooked. I went out and bought a box from Target the next day. The Catalina Su gloss is amazeballs. It's a little frosted but the perfect nude shimmer for summer. The Purlisse-Pur cleanser is so gentle and smells delicately feminine and unassuming. That sounds mega pretentious, but it's true. I'm a big fan. I threw the Yes to Cucumber wipes in my overnight bag because I always forget to bring makeup remover when I travel.

My final thoughts? While $49.99 seems steep, it's under $200 a year for what could potentially be $800-$1200 worth of products.

Yeah. Worth it. Check out the VIP box for yourself. Seriously. Go. Right now. GO!

I received this fabfitfun VIP box free to review, but my opinions are 110% mine and I was under absolutely no obligation to boast. If you like pretty things, you definitely need to check this subscription box out. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

A Fourth in Review


We have an annual 4th of July BBQ and family get-together at our house, but this year it was tinged and bittersweet. My small community puts on a fireworks display at the park about a block from my house. It's wonderful. People park at our house, eat for a few hours, socialize, drink... and then everyone grabs their lawn chairs and hauls it over to the park at dusk just in time to gaze in awe at the sky. It's convenient and gives us a sense of community. And, heck, we've had the tradition since we moved into this house 6 years ago.


But it was our  last time hosting here. We are moving next month and won't have such easy access to the fireworks. We wanted to make this year special, and were given the opportunity to do so with Sun Drop.



With souvenirs, some food and soda, tunes and game ideas paid for already, we were able to relax into the July afternoon and enjoy family and friends.  It makes me sad to see this tradition go, but at least we got to send it out with a bang! (Pun totally intended). Thank you to all the friends and family throughout the years who have made our 4th of July celebration amazing! Whether it was a simple get-together or a huge ordeal with far too much food (as it usually is), it has never not been a great time spent with those we love!



Thanks to Crowdtap and Sun Drop soda for giving us the chance to host our last party in our sweet little home!