Oatbox – July 2018

I received July’s box not too long ago. I have more granola then I know what to do with at the moment. I gave my Mother a bit out of each bag so she could give them a try. The cost is $20.00CAD per month and you get two new flavours to discover each month.

The first we have is peanut butter and banana. I am quite extided about this one because who does not like this combination. Plus, I would have never thought about doing it as a granola. The recipe include is for a Breakfast Banana Split. This sounds like a blast and I kind of wish Missy was bigger because I think this would be a very healthy and fun break to breakfast.

Here we have mixed berry. Now this one I know we can all find in the grocery stores but sometimes something familiar is a nice surprise. The Very Berry Breakfast Cake is the matching recipe. It sounds interesting and I will give it shot but not until I have some company.

I have tried this one. It was the closest to me in the pantry. I cannot say it is anything special but I am not mad about receiving it at all. It does have blueberries though, so I probably would not have purchased this in the store myself.

As always I will come back and update as I go try out the products.

Oatbox – June 2018

This is my second month of Oatbox (and the review is a month late I know). I loved the idea of this box. It makes breakfast that much more fun and with two new flavours every month there is something to look forward too. It is a flat rate of $20.00CAD per month ($10.00CAD per bag).

These are made with clean ingredients right here in Canada! The company is based out of Montreal, Quebec. Offering unique flavours/pairings.

I had ordered their jar with the first box and it unfortunately broke while in transit. The company was very quick to rectify and sent a new one out with my next box. Huge kudos to them, customer service is a very big deal to me.

Here we have pear and red quinoa flavours. Every month there is two recipe cards included. While this one here does not specify to use the pear and red quinoa; it would work perfect in it.

Here we have the almond and mango flavour. The matching recipe is for Coconut Snow Balls. I probably will not use this granola for the it but I will try the recipe out soon.

I will update with pictures and the recipes as I try them out.

 

Shop with Me – Barefoot Venus

I went on a bit of a shopping spree. One of my orders which I just received is from the company Barefoot Venus. I received a body wash in my Canada Beauty Box from the Lilly Pilly line. I wash rushing to jump in the shower and this body wash was sitting on the counter so I grabbed it. I am in love with its sent and I did not have a reaction to it.

Knowing I needed to buy body wash and this was a Canafian company I opted to check out their website. I got even more excited that they are in British Columbia! Let’s take a look at what I bought.

Foot Fetish foot lotion $16.25. This has Tea Tree in it but it does not smell like it. It has an almost peppermint-y smell to it.

Playing Footsie foot soak $16.25. I mean you can see the ingredients listed right there. It is a milk bath for your feet. It has a similar smell to the lotion but much more creamy.

Decadent Duo $12.00 in Maple Blondie. This set includes a hand creme and a body wash. I will not lie I had huge Hope’s for this sent. Those expectations were not met. It smells like maple and I think it will be better when I go to use it. It may be too much sent st once.

Decadent Duo $12.00 in Hunny Mango. This is my type of tropical scent. It does not smell like a daquria or some other really strong ‘tropical’ scents. There is a hand creme and body wash.

Ruby Red Gift Set $20.00. These are flavoured in red grapefruit and orange. I love grapefruit flavouring! This set includes hand creme, body wash, mango butter bath soak, and a bonus lip gloss.

Lilly Pilly Guft Set $20.00. I wanted to try out the bubble bath. The set also includes a body wash and hand creme.

Skin Polisher from the Lilly Pilly line for $15.00. Since I knew I already liked this flavour I figured I would buy a new body scrub while I was at it. It is a green tea flavour and very subtle but not so much so I cannot smell it.

So I also purchased a set called Bath Without Limits $65.00. The above three we have seen earlier in the post. These are a cocoa butter bath soak and there is a total of six tins.

Vanilla Shake is a very creamy vanilla smell. It is not over powering what’s so ever. This will probably be the most relaxing sent out of all of them. Also the easiest to balance with something of another flavour.

Wildflower….is a floral soak. There is no way to break down the layers for me. This is an area where they all start to become strong and blend together. I am still going to give it a shot though. I think it will lighten up when it is in use.

Gingersnap soak. This is a winter Limited edition and mostly the reason why I purchased the set. It smells like gingersnaps with out the sugar. Something I would like to use when trying to warm up. Like in the winter.

As I stated I bought the bath soak set because of the out of seasons gingersnap bath soak. I also wanted to know what all the other smells where like with out ordering one of everything. Which is where I was headed. I was confident that I would enjoy the Ruby Red so I did get the bigger set in that one. Gift sets also tend to be value sets as you’re purchasing a lot of product at once or they have smaller contents.

Despiste spending a total of $178 (after taxes and discount). I am happy with the order. I over hyped the Maple Blondie but I just have to get over that ha-ha.

As I use the different products I will come up and update. I have high Hope’s for these guys though. I would like them to become a regular product.

2018 Goal Update – 2nd Quarter

Check out my first update here to compare how things are going along.

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.

  • She is not old enough for lessons here so I will have to take Missy to the next town over. Before I can do that I need to buy a bathing suit. Something I have not done in over a decade.

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

  • I had to give up on the front yard. Something came up and that was the trade off. However most of the backyard will be done. I have the garden redone and the privacy slats ordered. I did however miss trimming the dead stuff from the raspberry bushes.

Setting up the garden and green house.

  • I answered this above. You can see a much more detailed answer here. I am also doing a series on the process of container gardening.

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

  • Still successful in this. It really needs a bigger pot though!

As always trying to keep up with the blog.

  • I really wish this was a routine already.

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

  • Paid off and a future post coming on this.

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.

  • This is coming along slowly.

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.

  • This is not started yet but Missy’s room will be started shortly. She needs to be moved into her own room. Both of us wake each other up.

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

  • I have not seen the therapist since I got the all clear. I have had my hair done a second time since my best friends wedding has happened. I am thinking about getting the master bedroom done. It would just make my self care so much smoother. I need to have proper organization set up.

I am still making an honest effort at everything and that is what matters. Time is flying though and I really hope to have a start to everything by the end of September. Fingers crossed!

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.

*Update: My Mother is in love with this product. I cannot really say more than that but I know how to figure out where we can purchase it.

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.