Beauty Box – Cruelty Free Box 2018

I ordered this one right after I ordered the Canada Box 2018. I look for cruelty free products so I figured this would be a good one to try out.

This box I paid $28.00 CAD for.

MaskerAide All Eyes On Me. One pair of eye gel patches that are suppose to brighten and hydrate. I 100% plan on trying these. Having a 6 month old does not make for beauty sleep ha-ha.

Amike Perk Up Dry Shampoo. I am going to see if my Mother wants to try this out. I have never used dry shampoo. If she does not I might ask my Aunt.

The Beauty Crop Fabulous Flocking Lashes Mascara. This packaging is adorable. I am up for trying out a new mascara at this point. I have not found one that I am in love with yet.

Skin&Co Roma Truffle Therapy Face Toner. I am still using the toner I received from Medusa’s Make Up. I was recently looking at other brands to try out. I am happy to be able to try this.

Living Libations Open Sky Eye Serum. Serum for tired eyes, that is suppose to freshen and tone under the eyes. I am going to give my Mother the option of trying this if she wants. If not I am more then willing to.

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. I originally started using this primer. It is not bad and it does do its job. I just wanted to switch it up and see what else was out there. I am not a fan of the almost silicon feel it leaves on the skin. It just makes me feel that I am completely cutting off my skin from breathing.

Delectable Triple Moisture Body Lotion in Coconut and Cream. I just reviewed this on the Canada Box 2018. The formula is to thin for my liking but it smells like it is suppose to. This one I am giving to my Mother.

I had a choice between this product or the Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream in Sweet Mint and Cream. Which I received in a Luxebox. I was not a fan of the smell and I know my Mother would not use it.

Nude by Nature Perfecting Primer. This is suppose to create a luminous base for make up application. I am excited for this as I have repeat primers which does not help if I am looking to try something new.

The Body Shop Drops of Youth. This is a concentrate serum that enhances the surface skin condition. I am going to offer this to my Mother. I know she is looking to try other skin products. If not I will be more than happy to try it out. I am revamping my skin routine.

Beauty Box – Canada Box 2018

I get notifications about these boxes all the time. Until now though there was never enough in them that interested me. I opted to purchase this particular one because they are Canadian products and between my mother and I, they would all get sampled.

I paid $29.12 CAD for this box. I am hoping I find some winners in here!

LASPA Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen. I usually use sunscreen religiously during the summer. I have a sun sensitivity so it does not take much for me to regret trying to get that precious vitamin D. I will be using this and I do not see myself having a reaction to it as it is fragrance free. This is a sample sample though. I truly will not be able to make a real judgement call on it.

Lovacado Extra Virgin Avocado Oil. This one is not at the top of my list to try. I mean it is an oil that you massage into your skin. I will see if my Mother wants to give it a shot.

Marc Anthony Hydrating Coconut Oil and Shea Butter. This I will be passing along to my Mother. With curly hair this is not a product I want to be putting in it. It is awesome this is made in Canada though.

Evio Green Tea Primer. I received one of these in a a past Little Life Box. I remember being so excited to try it out. It is not my most favourite and I will not be going out and purchasing it. It also is not the worst out there so I have no problem using it.

Delectable Triple Moisture Body Lotion in the flavour Coconut and Cream. This does not have a strong smell and it does smell like it is suppose too. This is a very thin formula, while it does absorb well I end up using way to much. I did not have a reaction to it though. I am using it as a hand cream instead.

BeautySoClean Cosmetic Sanitizer Wipes. I have high hopes for this one. I am going to put a couple in my purse and store a couple at the office. I would not want to waste using them at home.

Nova Scotia Fisherman Forest Charcoal Soap. It smells very masculine and woodsy. Which means it smells pretty good. I did give it to Mister though. I do not use bar soap. It is much to drying.

Barefoot Venus Green Tea Body Wash. I have not tried this. Mostly because I forgot it was in the tube.

Living Libations True Blue Spirulina Shampoo and Conditioner. I am offering these to my Mother first. These are suppose to be a clearing and renewing formulas.

We have another Cake product, this is Heavy Cream Intensely Smoothing Body Butter Balm. It has a bit of a stronger smell to it and the formula is thicker. I have not tried it yet but I have every intention to soon!

2018 Goal Update – 1st Quarter

I am running a few weeks behind on this one. I did not forget though and that is what is important. I will go through the list one by one and see where things are at.

First and foremost I want to get Missy into swimming lessons. I am not a strong swimmer and this is something she should know how to do. It is a safety thing.

  • Well it still seems to be winter here so no swim lessons yet. Also I am waiting to see if we will have qualified instructors this year before signing her up in the next town over.

I want to get our front and backyard all pretty and cleaned up.

  • See the first part of the above answer ha-ha. Everything is still covered in snow.

Setting up the garden and green house.

  • Still winter.

Keeping Missy’s Christmas/Easter Cactus alive. It is her first plant and her Grandma bought it for her.

  • So far I am succeeding.

As always trying to keep up with the blog.

  • I am going back and forth on this but I could be doing worse.

Have my debt paid off (even with taking mat leave I am sure I can do this).

  • I am going to say my debt is officially paid off. Now there is a small balance but that is from something very recent. At some point this year I will make a post about how exactly I did paid it all off. Also what has and has not worked for myself. I do not think it is anything magically but it took some work to find out exactly what worked for me.

Seriously getting my life organized. I mean it is now more important than ever to get things to become habit. And good habits that Missy can grow up seeing.

  • I have no comment on that right now.

I want to get at least two rooms renovated. Probably the office and Missy’s room. There is nothing big that needs to be done. Pretty much just painting and adding working pieces to the rooms. I am only saying two since I want to focus on outside.

  • It is tax time, I have not even begin to look at doing this.

I also need to make sure I focus on me some this year too. My health really depends on this.

  • I have started this. I seem a therapist a couple times. More so I could make sure my mental health was good and I received the all clear. I did get my hair done but right now that is about it.

As you can see somethings I have not been able to start at all yet. I have been making attempts at other things. As long as I keep attempting eventually it will become habit. I also can try other ways if something really is not suiting me. It is nice having my debt paid off and lets me focus on other things.

I really cannot wait to see what I get done by the end of June!

Freedom Japanese Market – February 2018

These are all over YouTube and not sure if I have ever seen this box specifically but I did want to try something different from what I have been getting. There are Canadian candy subscription boxes out there but it is a bit much for our household. This was more for the gimmick than anything else. I purchased three months of the original box at $68.97USD. There was a $3.00 discount on there for signing up for the e-mail thing. This a monthly box and the monthly cost is $24.99USD with free shipping.

A couple things to note about the box though. In the pro column would be they include an English list of everything that is in the box and they include a handmade origami each month. On the con would be that it can take weeks to get and there is no tracking. To me that was not enough to say no to the box. It is coming international and the shipping is free. It was something I expected.

If I happen not to have a picture of the origami above this it is because I have misplaced it. A mom brain moment. I set it down because Missy woke up before falling asleep all the way and when I came back I could not find it. It is super cute though ha-ha.

The blue on on the left is Tonkotsu Umaibo, a crunchy puffed corn tube flavoured like pork cutlet sauce. This is also open. The reason I decided to try this one first is because it was thee most disgusting sounding one to me. Part of that reason is that I do not like pork. I imagined it being much worse than it is. No I would not buy it off the shelf but I ate a third of it. I will give the rest to Mister to try. I found it to be a savory seasoning on a giant Cheeto.

The one on the right is Cheese Umaibo. The only difference is that it is a cheese flavouring. So, this tastes like a giant cheese puff! I absolutely want to find some of these to buy ha-ha

Here we have Takoyaki-Tei, puffed rice balls coated with takoyaki sauce. The name of the sauce sounds so familiar and I just cannot place it. Since this is a fair sized bag I am going to wait to try this with Mister.

This is another one I plan on waiting to share with Mister. These are potato chips with soy sauce and mayonnaise. I cannot say these sound appetizing but is mayonnaise not a condiment that varies in flavour in every country?

These have a smell that smells like a regular chips with a slight vinegar smell. They do not taste like anything special and they are not gross either. I am just not a huge fan of chips.

Pachi-Pachi Panic!, soda flavoured ramune candy and grape pop rocks. Pretty excited to try these ones out.

These things are amazing. I mean pop rocks are pop rocks but combine them with whatever ramune candy is and it is a pretty great mix. No I did not share this one.

Here is another one I am phsyced to try out. They are small candies that taste like apple, banana, cherry, and orange. My only qualm with this is that, as you can see, there is a toothpick included. I just simply do not think it needs to be in there.

The banana is the one that tastes the most like a banana candy. The orange has a decent flavouring to it. The green apple is alright I guess. I found it had a bit of weird after taste. The cherry flavour was hardly there. Mister was not even able to tell me what it was and guessed based on the colour.

This the bonus snack, a twisty marshmallow stick. The flavouring might be different (maybe) but we have these here. Another fun fat about me is that gelatin grosses me out. So the most that I use marshmallows for is rice squares. This will absolutely be the last thing I go to try.

Ouji no Wasure-Mono, a chocolate filled cookie that is designed to look like a princes crown. The photo on the packaging reminds me of a meringue cookie.

These are Soba Meshi, which is a puffed rice and dried soba noodles. I am looking forward to trying this one.

I cannot make up my mind about these. I do like them but I am not sure if I want to purposely go out looking for them. I remember as a kid we use the crush up ramen noodles and mix in the dry flavouring. Then we would eat it just like that. This reminds me of that but the flavouring is better and much less salty.

This was the first thing I wanted to try but it is late and I am hoping they taste good. Sona Manmam Soda, soda flavoured gum and one piece is extra sour!

Okay the flavour does not last long and I did not expect it too. They were very good though and very soft. Being soft makes a difference because of their size. I did not share this one either.

Waffle-Kun. A waffle shaped biscuit that is coated with milk chocolate. It looks like what it is suppose to and it does not taste bad. It tastes like a plain biscuit. Really not sure how to explain that one. The chocolate is basic and nothing special though.

Mister had the same thoughts as me. It is a basic biscuit with chocolate.

7 Stick Chocolate Cream, 7 crunchy wafer sticks filled with delicious creamy chocolate. I have a pretty good guess what this is going to taste like. I am in no rush to try it.

These are wafer sticks. They are not quite as sweet as the ones I would buy at the store. I think that is because the wafer is plain and not chocolate. I would buy these.

This fish looking thing is Puku-Puku Tai. A taiyaki shaped biscuit filled with strawberry chocolate. The only reason why I am not trying this one right now is because of its size.

Looks like a fish and smells identical to our strawberry wafers. I have not made up my mind on the taste yet though.

Last we have a potato snack and these are flavoured spicy shrimp. So, these look pretty much like Hickory Sticks. Man I miss eating those. However, they smell like fish flakes. Why I did not think this would be the worst item in the box is beyond me. There is a kick to them, sitting at the back of my throat. I have not tried fish flakes so maybe they do taste like them too. I mean I did not gag (and I had two mouthfuls for an honest tasting) but I am not a fan of these. If the spice was paired with something else I think I would be all over these.

Mister liked these. Said they were alright and finished off the bag. Wish I could have gotten more from him.

I will come back and update as I try items. I will also try to get Mister’s opinion on them as well.

 

Cleaning and Organizing – Laundry Area

I lost the before photos for the laundry area but trust me it looks better now ha-ha. I do have the after photos though.

On the floor we have the container that we keep the dry dog food in. I purchased this on amazon. There is a smaller container that is empty right at the moment. It actually is only ever in there when a new bag gets opened. The laundry hamper is used for towels and clothes. I also have a plunger hidden back there.

The bottom shelf starting from the left is canned dog food, dog treats, dog grooming and health items. Once Missy can walk some of this needs to be moved. Galaxy’s pills are there. The first basket is clippers (nail and hair), hair brushes, and toothbrushes. The last basket is all the cleaning clothes and in the back I have the mop pads.

On the middle shelf starting from the left are all soy candles and the basket contains wax melts. We have the regular cleaning supplies loose and in the basket is stuff I do not use often. I put them in a basket just so they stay together.

On the top shelf starting from the left we have the water additive for the dogs. One basket contains filters for the dog bowl and the other contains random dog items and poop bag rolls. The blue pail is just random cleaning items, tools, small bag rolls, and the attachments for the forced air dryer. A large excess of laundry soap. Normally I would say you are not saving money when buying smaller containers but when the sale come on it turned out I saved more on the small bottles compared to the big bottle. Unfortunately it is not very environmentally friendly either. I have two rolls of paper towels behind the one box of tissue. I hardly ever use paper towels.

On the left side of the closet is pretty basic. The only things missing are the mop and the vacuum. The fabric hamper is not truely suppose to be there but I currently have no use for it. I am going to hold on to it for a little bit longer before I donate it.

Across from the closet are the washer and dryer. Is my cow not pretty! It was the first piece in my cow collection. I have been dragging it along with me for 11 years. Okay, so, on the left we have dog towels and mostly laundry supplies. I also put the essential oils in here. There is no way for Missy to get to them in here.

On the right starting on the bottom is just a small brush and dust pan. The middle shelf has extra cans of air, the basket is magic sponges and brushes, latex gloves and the fuzzy dust things. On the top shelf are the tools for cleaning the dryer vent and face masks. I have the face masks from when I was cleaning homes. I used them particularly at seniors homes since they have compromised immune systems.

These are things that no longer belong in this area and are not actually leaving the house. I had to throw out a bunch of stuff but I have no photo of that. The few things in the bin are being put in the porch with the other dog items in that area.

I am hoping areas like the cleaning supplies will get smaller. I am just currently trying to use up products I have and just will not repurchase them. I also get cleaners from my mother if she cannot stand the smell of them and they do not bother me. I really do prefer just the vinegar.