Disclaimer:  I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review


I recently had the opportunity to review this eye cream by Valentia.  It’s called the True Glow Eye Cream.

It claims to:

  • Reduce wrinkles and fine lines
  • Lighten dark circles
  • Depuff eye area
  • Nourish and hydrate

Let’s start with the packaging.


How luxe is this packaging?  I love that it’s in a tinted glass bottle.  Plus, it has a pump!  Now, I will admit the pump on mine is a little difficult.  I don’t usually want a whole pumpful of the product and try to only do half a pump, but most of the time it won’t let me.  Otherwise, I think the packing is fantastic.


The cream itself has a kind of gel-like consistency.  It’s very light and easily sinks into your skin.  It has a slight cooling sensation upon application that feels refreshing.  It does have a faint, sweet orange scent.  I don’t really notice it unless I’m trying to detect it.

I’ve only been using the product for two weeks, so I don’t really feel that I can agree or disagree with the claims made by Valentia.  It feels nice on my skin, it seems to be moisturizing my under eye area, I  haven’t had any negative skin reactions and the bottle looks luxurious sitting on my vanity.  That’s a plus, right?

Here’s a link to Amazon if you’re interested in the product.


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.

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.

Pretty cool


I picked up these wood die cuts by K&Co. the other day. I thought they looked pretty cute.

But yet they were kind of blah for my tastes. Do I pulled out my copics to see how they’d work on wood. I think it turned out pretty cute. Now I just need to think of a project to use it on.

I’m ba-ack!!!!!


Let me tell you this:  It really stinks to still have dial-up internet.  I have sooooo many pictures I’d like to share with you all (haha I make it sound like people are actually checking out my blog).  Anyway, I have lots of pictures I’d share if it didn’t take 20 minutes to upload a picture.

Since I have some time on my hands this evening, I figured I’d better do a post.  In case you were wondering if I had died or something.


The first card I made is for the 2 Sketches 4 You challenge #50.  I was sitting there staring at this birdhouse paper by Jilliebean Soup.  Then I had an ah-ha moment and turned the sketch upside down to make this cute little birdhouse.  Do you like it?

I follow Dawn McVey’s blog and I just LOVE every single card she makes.  Lately I’ve been inspired by her “ruffle” cards.  Here’s one I made:

Oh yeah, and I bought some Ippity stamps lately.  Guess what?  I TOTALLY love them!  They are so cute.  I really love the set I used on this card; it’s called Regal Greetings.

It’s a little hard to see in that picture, but I created the background with one of the stamps from the set.  I’ve been playing with the crackle paint again too.

A CardPatterns Sketch


I don’t know if I got this done in time or not, but I’ll post it anyway.

I have been watching this challenge blog (Sketchy Thursdays) through my blog reader for a couple weeks now and when I saw they were giving away Copic markers this week I thought I’d give it a try.  I already have all my Christmas cards done, but I made another one especially for this (and the chance to use some more of the new Christmas paper I got 😉 ).

Everyone loves a giveaway!


Have you seen Donna Downey’s blog today?  Awesome giveway.  She’s giving away a bundle of beautiful, yummy fabrics.  They look just gorgeous!  Make sure you check it out for a chance to win.

Hey all. Today I was going to post some cards I made, but when I went to upload the pics they looked really grainy. So I guess I’ll just wait until another day. I’m having a lot of fun using my Unity background stamps and those Ranger Perfect Pearls. I made 2 Christmas cards already, that is really good for me.