Coming Soon – Mini Series ‘Cleaning and Organizing’

When we bought the house I wanted to take photos of it empty and things happened so quickly that it was not empty long enough to do that. I do have the relator photos but the previous owners items are also pictured. I of course do not want to post those public. I also wanted before pictures for renovations.

After some thought on what to do; I have decided I am going to do a mini series. I will do the before photos of each room/area before cleaning and re-organizing. The last few months things fell behind and I did not finish getting everything put away anyways. So, we will have a real life, new mom mess.

Also because this is real life each post will be made up of things being done over a course of a however long it takes. I think this will be apparent with pictures but things are getting done. In the end that is all that matters.

Luxe Box – Fall 2017

This is a very late review but have done a year subscription to Luxe Box. It is a quarterly subscription (which is why I had to go with a year). I paid $96.00 CAD with free shipping. If you wish to pay quarterly it is $26.00 CAD and free shipping with in Canada.

I was pretty excited to see what was in the box and have new things to try out. I never know what to buy and I love to try new things.

Three of the items that I did not photograph individually are as follows:

Silicon blender by Laritzy Cosmetics. I do not own any blenders since I have never used foundation or concealer. However I am going to give this a shot when applying primer. Since I have one now.

Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment by Glamglow. This is not something I would have bought a bottle of as my skin is pretty sensitive to exfoliation. I will either give it a shot or I will give it to one of my nieces.

Bath bomb by Sweetie Products. I am excited to use this since it has been forever and a day since I used a bath bomb. I will as soon as I am comfortable soaking in the tub again.

I forgot to take a picture of the actual lipstick but it is Sugar Daddy by Medusa’s Makeup. I have been wanting to try this brand; that it was the number one thing I could not wait to try. I have worn it since receiving the box. It is not a staying lipstick but I am in LOVE with the way it applies and feels. I recently went on a red coloured lipstick spree. So, receiving something in the neutral line was fantastic.

Fit for a Queen by Morgan Taylor nail polish. Wonderful holiday colour if you prefer to go seasonal with nail lacquer’s. I just simply love how it turned out. Applying two coats gave me full coverage. I just have to see how easy it comes off.

Here we have 6 Shades of Nude by Cougar Cosmetics. My swatches suck but Missy was about to wake up and I did not have time to redo them. I have not worn make up in a while but I am hoping this applies nicely. The colours are nice swatched in person.

Intensive hand repair by Barefoot Venus  hand crème. Love the smell (kind of reminds me of sugar cookies). I do like the feel but it just does not cut it when I am washing my hands every 15 minutes it seems.

As always I will come back and update as I try items.

Little Life Box – September 2017

Sorry I am not going to big intro into this box because I am a month late. I am going straight into what the box contains. No fluff here!

Now I did not keep any of the cards or such but I think I can remember what everything was. As you can see there were quite a few large items in Septembers box.

First up we have on the left, Chocolate Coconut Probiotic Smoothie Mix, which I have not tried yet but I have chocolate coconut milk in the pantry. I think it will work great and easier than remembering to take the pills. On the right we have a spice mix for Masala Fish. This is by Jaswant’s Kitchen. We are not huge fish eaters but check out the website. It looks like quick tasty meals that could be made.

These two I cannot try but if I could have I would have loved too. There is the cinnamon supplement (which expires before I could use it) and we do not know any one who would use them. They are going to the pharmacy to be properly disposed of. The second is a feminine ‘Hair, Skin, and Nails’ supplement. Again I cannot use it but I did give this one to my mother for her to try out if she wanted too.

I have seen Skinny Pop Popcorn before but I have not tried it. We usually just make popcorn at home but I will try it at some point. Besides it is nice to be able just have something I can throw in my purse for the day. The red bar is quinoa and cranberry flavoured by Honey Bar. I love these, I had actually bought three different flavours before this box came in. Huge thumbs up from me for this product. The green bar is Freeyumm honey apple oat bar. Which, I completely forgot about but will toss in my bag tonight so I can try it ASAP. They say their products are allergen friendly which is huge for some individuals and families.

*Update – Skinny Pop was alright. I would rather just pop my own popcorn though.

*Update – Freeyumm bar was alright. I think I may try something else from this brand though.

Bounce Bites, coconut almond. I am not a fan of coconut so I have to be honest I am avoiding these a little bit.

Starting at the top left, we have 7th Heaven mud mask. I have used this brand before and cannot vouch for how well they work but I do not break out or react to them. No one has Eczema so not sure if the cream samples will every get a chance to be use. The first vial is a body oil in Lavender. Psyched for this one and I did not see an expiry date so I will be using this the minute I am able to. The vial on the left in some energy gel shot. I cannot find this in the kitchen so I think it was accidently thrown out.

I know I had meant to have this post up last weekend but I am having issues with my personal computer and I finally just said screw it. I have also left Octobers box intact that way I can do a better review of the box and how I really feel about it.

Little Life Box – October 2017

Octobers box has been in for a little bit now (besides I get it later than everyone else, got to love living up north). I paid $26.15 CAD for Octobers box and still a price I have been more than happy to pay. Lets see if this box was worth it though.

So, I love the fall colours this box had. Plus, the cards are always so pretty. Not as many big items this month but there are a lot of items so Yay!

FYI: the pictures are kind of horrible I could not find a spot where I was not getting a shadow.

Who says save the best for last. We are going to do them first! On the left there is ‘Green Tea Primer’ by Evio Beauty. Cruelty Free stamp (PETA), Paraben free, and vegan. Excited about the vegan aspect and of course that they say they are cruelty free. I will not be opening this until I finish with my current primer though. Oh and it is made in Canada!

On the right we have a lavender mud bath mix by Black Oxygen. Pretty sure I can use this right now. I wish I had done this earlier as I had a bath the other night.

*Update – I have tried the mud mix. Not sure if it is really for me though.

Two whey protein mixes. One in vanilla and one in strawberry, sweetened with stevia. Not thrilled but always happy to be able to try things out.

I have three sample packs of the ‘Organic’ Jelly Bellys. Have not tried them yet but I have mixed feeling about organic label. I mean they are still jellybeans and not healthy for you. This will not make me feel less guilty about eat them. On the right is strawberries and cream flavoured fruit and nut nibbles by Nakd. I want to say I have tried the brand before but no promises there. I am excited about these ones as the ingredients list is very small. Dates, cashews, raisins, rice flour, and natural flavouring. That is it!

Toothpaste samples by Auromere. These are being put in the bin of travel products. We are currently using a vegan, Canadian toothpaste. Which, I happen to love and I will have to check with Mister on how he feels about it.

*Update – I tried the licorice flavour and I love it. I will buy it if I come across it but since it is not Canadian I will not specifically go looking for it.

Always enjoy this brand and while I cannot use these right now I am hanging on to them. They do not expire till 2019, lets just hope I remember to update when I am able to use them.

These I do not think I am comfortable using. They sound kind of interesting though. Pink Ice Energy Crystals. Raspberry and Mint flavoured. Suppose to be a dietary supplement. I would suggest doing some reading on these if you are interested in them. I am really on the fence about how I feel.

I have had this brand and the fact that they have chocolate cookies are a little exciting. Just not healthy for you. Awesome to be able to try this junk food with out actually having to buy more than you should!

On the left we have Handfuel marcona almonds with sea salt and freshly squeezed lemon. Mister seen these and told me I should be eating them right at this moment ha-ha. I keep stuff like this at the office but these sound much more refreshing or at least lighter. On the right are Laiki black rice crackers. They are vegan and kosher with a very limited ingredients list. Not holding my breath that I will like them but maybe I will be pleasantly surprised.

Besides a couple items I would say this box is worth what I paid. Cannot wait to see what November brings!

Looking Back on 2017 and Looking Forward to 2018

Happy New Year!

Every year I do a goal/objective list for the up coming year. I also take a look at how the previous year went. You can take a look at the 2016/2017 post here. I prefer goals instead of resolutions as I feel like goals are not so hard set. Life changes and I adapt my plans as needed. With that being said lets see what happened in 2017 that was not on the list.

  • The biggest of course is Missy was welcomed to the world!
  • Bought a vehicle that can hold the dogs and Missy.

Honesty I just cannot think of what else happened in 2017. I would like to say being tired has fogged up my memory but I really do not think anything else happened. It was all just pretty standard. Now for what the goals of 2017 were and how they turned out.

  • I have to quit smoking again :(.

This has been off and on. I do think I am doing pretty well though!

  • Moving back to the small town.

This has been completed.

  • Than buying a place in said small town.

This has also been completed,

  • Dealing more with clients in the office.

I would say that this has happened.

  • Making sure things stay caught up in the office. Keeping the new procedures in place.

I really have to stop adding this to the list. It is just so hard since life happens and we adjust our priorities through out the year.

  • Having my debt cut in 1/2 from what it was at the beginning of 2017.

So, as I had hoped I have paid off more than half. In fact I have paid off 60% of my debt. Now it would have been more but I had a couple bigger baby purchases. I did still have restraint though!

  • Staying on top of the blog.

Again, something I should quit adding to the list. One of these years I will meet this goal though.

  • Keeping my time and life organized.

I really do not feel like I have completed this one. I do feel like I am getting on the right track to even say I have made progress.

 

2017 was a good year for progress. I am hoping that 2018 will either stay on the same level or be even bigger. With that being said I want to take a look at the goals I have for the upcoming year.

  • 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.
  • I want to get our front and backyard all pretty and cleaned up.
  • Setting up the garden and green house.
  • Keeping Missy’s Christmas/Easter Cactus alive. It is her first plant and her Grandma bought it for her.
  • As always trying to keep up with the blog.
  • Have my debt paid off (even with taking mat leave I am sure I can do 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.
  • 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.
  • I also need to make sure I focus on me some this year too. My health really depends on this.

This list is longer than what I usually do and there would still be a few more things I would add. Somethings I have on my list every year. Plus, with Missy, that adds some extra items. I do not think the list is unattainable and most of these things would not hurt anything if they were not completed. What does your 2018 year look like?

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