June Birchbox


I subscribed to Birchbox last month.  My June kit arrived a few weeks ago and I’ve wanted to post about it, but hadn’t taken the time to until today.  I threw away the outer “packing” box, but this is what it looks like when you open it up.


Here’s what it looks like inside.  This is only the second one I’ve received, so I’m not an expert, but there tends to be a little postcard on top that mentions the theme of the box and the products inside are described on the back.


The goodies are all wrapped up in this hot pink tissue paper.  Here’s a peek of what I found inside.


The first product I pulled out of the box is this Stila One Step Bronze.  I haven’t tried it yet.  I’m not sure what I’m waiting for.  It is a really good size sample.


Next was this little plastic zipper bag.  It’s a super cute hot pink animal print.  It’s made by tili.  The description on the postcard says “perfectly sized for storing all your travel essentials.”


Then there was a sample of Taylor Swift’s Wonderstruck perfume.  I haven’t tried this yet either (I’m still using the Bvlgari sample from last month, which I love!)


This might be my favorite product this month, Stainiac (color is Beauty Queen).  It’s a lip and cheek stain.  I’ve loved lip and cheek stains ever since I tried Benefit’s Benetint.


Lastly is a bottle of Melvita Rose Floral Water.  This is a pretty awesome sized sample as well.


So that’s my June Birchbox.  Maybe I’ll update you when I try the products and give a little review.

I’m super excited because I signed up in time to get a Glossybox this month.  It shipped this week, so I’ll share some pictures of it when it comes.

So, I did some of that ab workout last night.  Not the whole thing.  I did about half the reps that it called for.  It was tough.  I should have done more.  Oh well, at least I did something.

Tonight’s movie night at our house.  We’re watching Act of Valor.

J has wanted to see it for a while, so we got it for him for Father’s Day.

We had this crockpot chicken recipe for supper tonight.  It was pretty good.  I only used 1/2 a fryer chicken.  It was nice and moist.

Now we are trying to decide whether we want to have popcorn or ice cream while we watch the movie.  What do you think?



Have you seen this ab workout popping up on Pinterest?  I like to scroll through the fitness category and I’ve seen it several times recently.  I didn’t really take much notice of it (other than a giggle at the smile that girl has on her face while she’s doing all those exercises)…until I saw this post.  Wow!  I hope you don’t mind me linking to you Shannon.  I’ll say it again, wow!  Her results are impressive.

So Sunday evening I thought I’d give the 300/30 ab workout a try.  It was hard.  I couldn’t do all 25 reps of each exercise.  Some I cheated on.  Instead of counting both sides of an exercise as one rep, sometimes I counted each side as a rep.

I’m still sore.

That’s good, right?

But I didn’t do the workout last night.  I just tried to do it tonight and I couldn’t even do 5 of the first exercise.  That might be because I didn’t change out of my jeans yet though 😉

I’m off to try again.  Wish me luck!

What is this thing?


We have this plant growing at our house.  It was here last  year, but that big hail storm we had must have stopped it before it got this big.


It is big!  It kind of looks like some type of Hosta to me.  The leaves on it are huge, they kind of remind me of banana leaves.


This week I noticed a flower coming out.  It’s kind of a pinkish red color.  If anyone knows what it is I’d love to find out.


This is what I decided to do with my planter this year.  It’s a sad looking picture.  It’s much prettier in person, but you’ll have to trust me on that.


J bought me this hanging basket for my birthday.  I liked it because it was unique.  I love the black leaves.   There are two kinds of white petunias in there too.  I really like the ones with the dark centers.  I hope I don’t kill it 🙂


I planted these flowers around the porch.  I don’t know what they are, but I thought they were cute.  They seem to be pretty hardy too. That’s always a plus for me.


My butterfly bush is flowering!  I just planted it this year too.  I really hope it takes off.  I haven’t had any luck with perennials here at the new house, but this is only our second summer here.


Don’t flowers just make you smile?

I’ll admit, I’m relatively new to all this pinning action.  I just can’t stop.  I love to look at Pinterest on my Kindle Fire.  The layout is fabulous on there.  It’s so much friendlier for viewing.  It’s sooooooo addictive though.  After you scroll through so many pins you come to this little button at the bottom that says “load more pins” I keep telling myself just one more.  Then I realize it’s 11pm and I have to get up for work in the morning.  I’m sure I’m not the only person with this problem though.

So, if you’re like me you probably have hundreds of pins to delicious looking recipes on your “Recipes to try” or “Yum!” board.  For the last month or so I’ve been trying to make at least one of these recipes each week.  Unfortunately, what I’ve found is that even though these recipes look so beautiful, a lot of them don’t taste nearly as good as they look. 

However, the one I tried this weekend was absolutely fabulous.  The original recipe came from a site called Our Best Bites (click on the link to view the recipe). 


These Chipotle Beef Taquitos were so tasty.  They were baked, another plus in my book since I have a little fear of frying food.


They have a little Chipotle pepper in them which made them just the right bit of spicy.  Now I need to figure out what to do with the rest of the can of peppers.