Sunday, August 23, 2015

Target Head of the Class Beauty Box Review

Target Head of the Class Beauty Box
(currently sold out)
This summer Target was offering some themed beauty boxes, and I chose to order two of them- the Honor Roll Beauty Box, and the Head of the Class Beauty Box. These always sell out quickly and are full of fun products to try. 
Here is what the Head of the Class Beauty Box contains:
  • Goody Ouchless Elastics- More! Again, I am finding myself short on hairbands since my daughter uses them too now, so we can never have too many.
  • Bathery Pumice Stone- It may be hard to believe, but I have never owned a pumice stone. Looking forward to giving this a try on my heels in the shower.
  • Hollywood Fashion Tape- Again, something I have never owned, but will probably come in handy sometime, you know, with all that dressing up and going out I do. I kid, kid.
  • CoverGirl Colorlicious Lip Gloss- I am not usually a gloss girl, but this is a shimmery peach called Give Me Guava that might look pretty over some of the stains I have.
  • Wet N Wild Max Volume Plus Mascara- I currently have mascara coming out my ears, so I will probably pass this on to a friend.
  • Herbal Essences Wild Naturals Illuminating Dry Oil Spray- My hair is at the maxium level of shininess naturally, so this can also be passed to a friend. I have read that this smells fantastic, just like summer.
  • Yes To Cucumbers 10–Count Wipes- This little packet of wipes is so darling, and I think I will put it in my purse to use as hand wipes.
I have seen the value of this box placed at just over $25, and with a pricetag of just $5, it was a great buy!

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Target Honor Roll Beauty Box

(currently sold out)
This summer Target was offering some themed beauty boxes, and I chose to order two of them- the Honor Roll Beauty Box, and the Head of the Class Beauty Box. These always sell out quickly and are full of fun products to try.
Here is what the Honor Roll Beauty Box contains:
  • Burt's Bees White Tea Facial Wipes. This little packet contains 10 wipes and will be nice for travel.
  • Bathery Delicate Pouf. I usually go for the cheapie $1-2 pouf, but this is a really nice one that feels thicker than what I typically purchase.
  • CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Primer. This is a full-sized product!
  • NYX Butter Gloss Strawberry Parfait. Again, a full-sized product. I'm not much of a gloss fan, so I will pass this on to a friend.
  • Goody Ouchless Elastics. We are forever loosing ponytail holders at our house (where do they go?????), so it was nice to get a some new ones.
  • Olay White Strawberry Body Wash. A great size for travel and this smells yummy.
  • John Frieda Luxurious Volume 7-Day Treatment.  I am excited to try this- it is supposed to give results that last through multiple washings

I have seen the value of this box calculated to be about $26, and that's a great value for a box with a price tag of just $5.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Target Summer 2015 Beauty Box

Target Beauty Box- Summer 2015
Target has been offering seasonal beauty boxes over the last year or so and this one was recently offered (and sold out). I am so glad I was able to purchase one!
Target Beauty Box
Price: $7 (one time purchase)
I came up with a value of just above $40, and I'm super happy with this box. There was also a coupon for $3 off a $15 beauty purchase at Target.
The box contained three full-sized products (eye cream, lipstick, and nail polish) that I will definitely be trying. I will definitely use the nail polish remover pads for travel, and may give the hair mist a try.
If you like sample boxes like me, the Target Beauty Boxes are great to try because there is no commitment since there is no subscription. It's also nice that you know what you are getting when you place your order! These boxes have been selling out, so be sure and purchase it when you see it next time if you are interested.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Book Review: Accidents of Marriage

I have been doing a lot of reading lately. Such is a side effect of insomnia. The majority of what I have been reading has been light brain candy- mostly YA romance with some NA mixed in. But I set those aside when I was sent a paperback copy of Accidents of Marriage by Randy Susan Meyers to review.

Although the subject matter is much more serious, I found myself thoroughly sucked into to this book. Maddy and Ben are a married couple with three children in a marriage that has grown weary and fragile with age and time. After a terrible tragedy, nothing will ever be the same. In chapters told from the points of view of not only Maddy and Ben, but also their eldest daughter Emma, Meyers explores the aftermath of the accident and what it does to their family.

It's a very powerful and emotional book (I found myself tearing up several times during the book), and the author's vast experience working both batterers and victims of abuse is evident in her portrayal of the characters in the book.

Accidents of Marriage was released on paperback on June 9 and is available at retailers such as Amazon. The book was book was recently listed on the Massachusetts Book Awards "Fiction Must Reads for 2015."

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Summer Fun

We are getting excited for summer, and I'm busy planning some summer activities to keep us busy and away from the TV and electronics. Today I'll feature some Season Pass information for the Norman, Oklahoma area, along with a few from the metro.

1. Andy Alligator's Water Park. Season passes are $84.99 per person. Season pass holders also receive a 10% discount on all food & beverage, lockers, retail, cabanas and birthday parties. They've even got a fabulous gluten-free pizza that I enjoyed last summer and can't wait to indulge in this summer!

The $4.2 million-dollar park features a variety of attractions including a lazy river, double tube slide, the first four-lane mat racer in Oklahoma, an 800-gallon bucket of water that will be regularly dumped on kids. (from the Moore Daily)

2. Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. A family membership is $45 and includes complimentary admission for two adults and children (or grandchildren) in the family under age 18. (Note: at this writing, their website is down, but I assume pricing is similar to what it was in 2014.)

From their website: Through world-class exhibits, educational programming for children and adults, public programs, special exhibitions and outreach, the museum brings Oklahoma to the world, and the world to Oklahoma, in a manner that is entertaining and accessible for visitors of all ages and all walks of life.

3. Oklahoma City Zoo. Deal alert: ZooFriends and Mathis Brothers have partnered once again to offer you the biggest discount of the year on ZooFriends memberships! Purchase or renew a membership in May at Mathis Brothers and take advantage of this terrific money-saving opportunity & receive a free gift while supplies last.

 Wildcard Membership: $35
Family Membership: $49
Family Plus Membership: $80

This special offer will only be available at Mathis Brothers located at 3434 W. Reno from May 1-31. Questions? Please call 405-425-0618

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is a zoo and botanical garden located in Oklahoma City's Adventure District in northeast Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The zoo covers 119 acres and is home to more than 1,800 animals. (from Wikipedia)

4. Science Museum Oklahoma. A Silver membership is $125 and is shared by 6 people- great to split between families. You can even add two additional people on the pass for $30 each.

You can also upgrade your membership to an Oklahoma Museum Network Affiliate Membership for $40 and get general admission for any 5 people to the OMN Partner museums: Science Museum Oklahoma, Jasmine Moran Childrens Museum: Seminole, Leonardo's Discovery Warehouse: Enid, Museum of the Great Plains: Lawton.

Note: Old schoolies like me still call this the Omniplex.

From their website: Science Museum Oklahoma is a hands on learning environment for families and general science enthusiasts.

5. Earlywine Family Aquatic Center. Season passes for a family of 4 is $180, and $35 for each additional family member.

From their website: Earlywine Family Aquatic Center integrates a beach-like pool entry with the excitement of high-energy water toys, super tube slides, swimming lanes and twelve gently bubbling geysers.

6. Star Skate. A summer pass is $5 and entitles you to skate for only $3 at their skate sessions. During the summer they have afternoon sessions on Thursdays and Fridays.

7. Kids Bowl Free at Sooner Bowling Center. By signing up, your kids can bowl 2 games free all summer long, M-F. The hours for the program were 9 am - noon last year. Shoe rental is not included and is $3. You can also purchase a Family season pass, but I recommend waiting to do it- they will send you a coupon code to get 10% off. I purchased a pass for my husband and I for just $22.45 so that we can bowl 2 games per day with the kiddos. Last year we purchased bowling shoes from Amazon for around $25 each since we planned on going so much. We averaged at least 3 times per week and by the end of the summer, we were all significantly better bowlers. Such a great program!

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Friday, May 1, 2015

10 Makeup Products I'd Repurchase: Update

Time for an update! The question is, if you lost all your makeup (stolen, luggage lost etc), what 10 products would you re-purchase? I have done this twice before and found that some of my answers are still the same, some have changed.

1. Foundation: Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation Serum - $55. I know this is high-end, but it's amazing. It might not work for the palest of skins, but for my warm skintone, it's a perfect match. To me, it looks like I don't have any foundation on, but my skin looks great. It also lasts FOREVER. I have had the same bottle for 10 months and have only used about 2/3 of it and I use it pretty much every day.

2. A damp Beautyblender ($20) is just plain necessary to apply foundation for me now. I started using one about a year ago and haven't gone back to brushes. I watch for good deals at Sephora and usually purchase a set that includes some cleanser to go with it.

3. Powder: ELF HD Powder - $6. We have discussed before how this is a dupe for MUFE HD Powder, which costs $30.

4. Blush: Stila Custom Color Blush - $20. Don't let the bright pink scare you off- it gives you a gorgeous flush. Stila also offers a coral shade, but I like the original pink shade the best.

5. Eye shadow primer: Too Faced Eye Shadow Insurance in Candlelight - $18. It's a splurge, but it lasts FOREVER- a tube will last me about a year with daily use.

6.  Eye shadow: Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Oh So Sexy Eye Shadow Quad -$11. I only use the top three shades, but they are just what I need to create a quick easy eye look. The pigmentation is great and this quad even smells amazing! I have lots of high-end palettes and this is the one I reach for day after day.

7. Eyeliner: Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum in Deep Brown - $11. I love love love this liner- it's so easy to get a nice straight line and even to do a bit of a cat eye with this liner.

8.  Mascara:  CoverGirl Clump Crusher in Very Black - $6. This has been a staple for at least 2 years now and I consider it my HG. I have found that it works great as a topper over about any mascara. There's something about using two mascaras that gives a fabulous effect.

9.  Lippie: L'Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in Berry Persistent - $10. I have a large container of lippies, yet I reach for this most days. It's a gloss that leaves behind a stain.

10.  Brushes: e.l.f. Studio 11 Piece Brush Collecion - $30, but you can often get it for 50% off. This is a fabulous set to start with.

This post contains no affiliate links, and all items were purchased by me.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Reading Rainbow

I was 10 when the TV show Reading Rainbow debuted so I don't think I watched it much.... but I have some memories of it, maybe from babysitting? Lately I've been doing a different kind of Reading Rainbow.... devouring author Rainbow Rowell's books.

Full disclosure- I am addicted to the Audible app! I first began listening to audiobooks when I was training for a half marathon a few years ago, and even though I've given up long-distance running, I've always got a book downloaded and you'll often see me with ear buds in.

Earlier this year, Audible suggested I give Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park a try, most likely due to my predilection for YA fiction (in particular, all things John Green).  

From Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you'll remember your own first love--and just how hard it pulled you under.

You. Guys. So so so so good. So good that anything I write about it won't do it justice. It'll just be embarrassingly *not* enough. Let's toss it to the writers of Forever Young Adult for a proper review.

After E&P, I immediately downloaded Fangirl, which I have listened to no less than 4 times in the past 2 months. It's just that good. (And has my current bookcrush in it.) Again, Forever Young Adult says it better than I ever could.

From At first glance Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl has a lot in common with Eleanor & Park: idiosyncratic girl with troubled family meets good, normal boy and falls in love for the first time. In Fangirl, quirky introvert Cath is safe within the immensely popular Simon Snow (think Harry Potter) fan-fiction blog she writes with her twin sister, but college turns her life upside down, leaving her feeling like an awkward outsider. When she writes, Cath knows exactly what her characters should say to each other, but when it comes to forging real-life friendships, much less a romance, she hasn’t a clue. An immensely satisfying coming-of-age novel, Fangirl deftly captures the experience of discovering your true voice and clumsy, vulnerable, remarkable, first love. --Seira Wilson

So, spoiler alert: I am so Cath. No, I don't write fanfic, but I can so relate to introvert Cath and her anxieties. And Levi, oh Levi. I am officially smitten.

Next, and by that I mean later that same day, I moved on to one of Rowell's adult fiction offerings, Attachments.

From In sweet, silly, and incredibly long digital missives, best newsroom pals Beth and Jennifer trade gossip over their romances—Beth with her marriage-phobic boyfriend, Chris, and Jennifer with her baby-mania-stricken husband, Mitch. What they don't know is that the newly hired computer guy, Lincoln, an Internet security officer charged with weeding out all things unnecessary or pornographic, is reading their messages. But lonely Lincoln lets the gals slide on their inappropriate office mail and gets hooked on their soapy dalliances, falling head over heels for the unlucky-in-love Beth.

I promise you'll find yourself rooting for Lincoln!

I just finished Rowell's latest book, Landline, which for some reason I was hesitant to start. Actually, I know why.... although her other three books had storylines that could actually happen, Landline has a time-traveling phone plotline. Just suspend your disbelief on that one and go for it, I promise it's an amazing book.

From In Landline, Rainbow Rowell once again shares her insightful, funny perspective on love and relationships, this time delving into a marriage floundering in the wake of kids, careers, and the daily grind. Georgie and Neal have been married for fifteen years and have two young girls who Neal cares for while Georgie works as a sitcom writer. When Georgie skips the family trip to her in-laws in Omaha for Christmas and the rest of her family goes without her, she realizes that maybe her marriage is going too. When a line to the past (literally) gives Georgie a chance to re-live an earlier pivotal moment in their relationship, she sees it as an opportunity to figure out if she and Neal should have been together in the first place. Landline is a deeply resonant story about being willing to go all in--at the start or after being together for many years--for the kind of love that makes “everything else just scenery.” --Seira Wilson

Part of the reason I think I loved all these so much was the narration on Audible. Rebecca Lowman narrates Fangirl, E&P and Landline and she has an amazing voice. I've always called myself a speed-reader but I think I am actually more of a skimmer, and I suspect I may actually have some sort of a visual processing disorder like my kiddos (and this might make even more sense to you after reading about my bookcrush in Fangirl). I've found I get so much more out of a book listening to it rather than reading it.

If you haven't used Audible before, you can follow this link for a great signup deal:
Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks


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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Review: Neutrogena® Naturals Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes

Influenster invited me to join the #WipeforWater challenger and since I love trying new products, I was definitely game. Read on to see what I thought.
This Earth Month, Neutrogena® Naturals is partnering with The Nature Conservancy to save water. Take the #WipeforWater challenge and pledge to clean your face without using water — and only using Neutrogena® Naturals Purifying Makeup Remover Cleansing Wipes — for 3 days! Then, get sharing about your Neutrogena® wipes with your social networks! For each pledge, Neutrogena® Naturals will contribute $1 to The Nature Conservancy to support water conservation, up to $50,000.

Product info:
These ultra-soft wipes effortlessly dissolve all traces of dirt, oil and makeup. It targets even the most stubborn long-wearing and waterproof makeup. Skin is left purified, fresh and healthy-looking with no greasy residue, so there’s no need to rinse. It is formulated with pure, naturally-derived ingredients and without any harsh chemical sulfates, phthalates, parabens, or unnecessary additives.
  • 25 pre-moistened towelettes
  • Clinically proven to completely remove make up, even waterproof mascara
  • 97% Naturally derived formula
  • Wipes made from 100% renewable fibers
  • Free of harsh chemical sulfates, parabens, petrolatum, dyes and phthalates

My first impressions were that these wipes felt so soft and smelled so good! They have a faint green apple smell that reminds me of my college days of wearing Bath & Body Works Country Apple. I do wear quite a bit of makeup, but I did find that one wipe actually did a pretty good job removing most of it, but left some mascara behind. I used a second wipe to make sure any remaining makeup was removed.

I found that these left a bit of residue behind, which was a little hard for me to leave alone. I guess I'm just used to that squeaky clean feel! I think someone with drier skin than mine might like this feature, but I couldn't resist giving my face a pass with a damp washcloth to get that residue off. I definitely used less water than I normally do when washing my face though.

I don't think these will change the way I wash my makeup off, but these will be great for times when washing with water isn't an option. They will be *perfect* for my daughter's theatre bag to help her cleanse off her makeup after a production. She has a role in our local children's theatre production of Dear Edwina Jr. coming up so I have already put my package in her bag. Since she is young, I love that these wipes are free of harsh chemicals.

Neutrogena® Naturals Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes retail for around $6-7 for 25 wipes.

Disclosure: I received this item complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

2015 Summer Movie Programs in OKC/Norman

I've gathered up the summer movie program deals for the area and am so excited! These are such great deals! This year the Regal Spotlight Stadium 14 seems to have the best movies- there are 18 options! Harkins and Warren each will show 10 different movies.

Bricktown Harkins 16
Okla City, OK
Admission: $2, or $5 for season pass for specific day of the week (BEST DEAL of the bunch! This makes the cost 50 cents per movie!).  Please note that individual ticket seating availability may be limited due to advanced purchases made by season ticket holders.

Summer Movie Fun begins June 1. All shows begin at 9:45 am. The same movie is shown every day, M-F.

June 1-5 The Lorax
June 8-12 The Boxtrolls
June 15-19 Rio 2
June 22-26 How To Train Your Dragon 2
June 29- July 3 Penguins of Madagascar
July 6-10 Mr. Peabody & Sherman
July 13-17 The Nut Job
July 20-24 Puss in Boots
July 27-31 Curious George
Aug 3-7 Dolphin Tale 2
Regal Spotlight Stadium 14
Norman, OK
Admission: $1 per movie

The 2015 Summer Movie Express runs for 9 weeks with select titles playing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 am throughout the summer. Each week both movies are available on both days.

Week 1Tue June 2
Wed June 3
Nut Job
Week 2Tue June 9
Wed June 10
Earth to Echo
Week 3Tue June 16
Wed June 17
Week 4Tue June 23
Wed June 24
Rio 2
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Week 5Tue June 30
Wed July 1
Mr. Peabody
Book of Life
Week 6Tue July 7
Wed July 8
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Penguins of Madagascar
Week 7Tue July 14
Wed July 15
Madagascar 3
Dolphin Tale 2
Week 8Tue July 21
Wed July 22
Muppets, Most Wanted
Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Week 9Tue July 28
Wed July 29
The Lego Movie
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

Warren Theatre
Moore, OK
Admission: $2, or $15 for season pass

All shows begin at 10:00 am.

The Lorax June 2 and 4

Rio 2 June 9 and 11
Mr. Peabody & Sherman June 16 and 18
Hotel Transylvania June 23 and 25
The Lego Movie June 30 and July 2
Penguins Of Madagascar July 7 and July 9
Despicable Me 2 July 14 and 16
The Croods July 21 and 23
How To Train Your Dragon 2 July 28 and 30
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 August 4 and 6

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Target Beauty Box- Spring 2015

Target Beauty Box- Spring 2015
Target has been offering seasonal beauty boxes over the last year and this one was offered (and sold out the same day!) a few weeks ago. I am so glad I was able to purchase one.
Target Beauty Box
Price: $5 (one time purchase)

I came up with a value of about $26, and I'm super happy with this box. There was also a coupon for $3 off a $15 beauty purchase at Target.
The box contained two full-sized products (lip gloss and makeup setting spray) that I will definitely be trying. My skin is a bit oily for the gel cream, but it's always nice to have travel sizes of shampoo and hair spray.  
If you like sample boxes like me, this is a great one to try because there is no commitment since there is no subscription. It's also nice that you know what you are getting when you place your order! These boxes have been selling out, so be sure and purchase it when you see it next time if you are interested.

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