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I was at Walmart one day last week for groceries and decided to treat myself to something.  I picked up this new Color Elixer lip product (?) by Maybelline.  The color I picked up is 025 Mauve Mystique.
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I don’t know what to call this product.  I didn’t even know what it was when I picked it up.  There wasn’t a very good display, just a bunch of them in a tray on a shelf.  I thought they were lipsticks in a clear tube!  (I was holding it upside down *o*).  They’re not solid though.

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Maybelline states it “delivers the color of a lipstick, the cushiony care of a balm, and the glass shine of a gloss.”  I find all three of those to be true.  It feels slightly heavy on the lips, but it’s not terrible.  It’s not overly sticky to me.  This mauve shade is a nice neutral color on my lips.

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Check out this crazy applicator.  Isn’t it funky?  They say it’s their exclusive angora brush.  What does that mean?  Angora, as in rabbits?  I should look into that more, because I am crazy allergic to rabbits.
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I really like the way this looks on my lips and I’m anxious to try some other shades.


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!

Big News


House Key

I know I haven’t been posting much for a while now.  There are two reasons for that:

1.  I haven’t been making much lately (I do have some Christmas crafts to share soon).

2. I’m getting ready to move!

We are in the process of buying our first home.  It’s so exciting.  Check out my soon-to-be house key above.  It’s old-school. lol

So here’s a picture of the pretty house:


It’s a big, old brick farm-house.  Built in 1937, according to the title, 1939 according to the tax database (is that strange?)

It has so many charming qualities.  Check out the view from the balcony:

Balcony View

Okay, I must add the door to the balcony is in the main bathroom, which is kind of odd…but more on that another day.


This is my new kitchen.  It’s absolutely huge!  Sure it’s dated and has a crazy blue ceiling (Someone liked blue ceilings, there is another room with that color too) but I have so many ideas for this room.  Wait till you see what I do.

Living Room #1

This room might need the most work.  I just love the bay window.

For now I’ll leave you with a taste of the “beautiful” wall paper I will have the joy of removing.

Which do you like better? 🙂



Oh Katy


Some people thought I was crazy when I said stainless steel water bottle. Here is the proof. Oh, and yes there is only water in it.

Christmas Shopping


I haven’t had much time to do anything crafty lately.  I did make a card on Saturday night that I will have to share with you all soon.  My family came to visit and we did some Christmas shopping.  I always have fun when I go somewhere with my sister, but boy did my feet hurt at the end of the day.