Tuesday, April 30, 2013

My First Birchbox

Have you heard about Birchbox?  It's a monthly kit that comes to you filled with all kinds of beauty and lifestyle samples - for only $10 shipped!

I'm definitely a person that gets all excited over grab bags and I always have been.  Yes I know they aren't always all that and a bag of chips, but the thrill of not knowing what you're getting is just so much fun to me.

I finally talked myself in to signing up and just received my first box.  Right off the bat I'm smiling because it's PINK!

Here's the box inside - very understated and classy, not giving even a hint of the goodies that await....

And this is what I got!  (Sorry for the bad lighting, but it was a cloudy day.)

  • Hail Merry .88 oz Gluten-free, Vegan Choco Macaroons
  • Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skincare samples
  • Juice Beauty .17 oz Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream
  • Ojon 1 oz Rare Blend Deep Conditioner
  • Super Goop! 2 ml Advanced Anti-aging Eye Cream
  • Caudalie 1 oz Divine Oil - a unique formula of exceptional oils (grape, hibiscus, sesame and argan)
Worth the $10 to me?  A resounding yes!  There are several things I will really enjoy trying and if they work I might end up ordering more.  And nothing matches the thrill of a grab bag to me.  :)

Deep Thoughts - Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than her belief that she is beautiful.

** This is not a paid/sponsored post - Birchbox has no idea who I am other than a happy subscriber to their monthly box.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Cake Batter Rice Krispie Treats

I have loved eating and making Rice Krispie Treats for just about as long as I can remember.  Even as an adult you'll find me reaching for this treat above many more 'sophisticated' things at any sort of potluck.

Then I found out that you can add to them and make them EVEN BETTER!  While I still think the original recipe is the best, it's fun to change it up once in a while.

I first saw the Cake Batter Rice Krispie treat come through my Pinterest feed and it linked back to the recipe at Gimme Some Oven.  One thing about me, I am thorough, which in this case meant I read through all the hundreds of comments.

I ended up using the original recipe on the Rice Krispie box and added 1/3 cup of Pillsbury strawberry cake mix to the melted butter and marshmallows.  There really was just a nice hint of strawberry cake flavor!  And it made a beautiful, pastel pink color, but for my purposes I wanted Power Pink and added 3 drops of red food color.  Once I pressed the treats in my 13x9 pan I added a light mist of sprinkles on top just for fun.

If you're interested in more Rice Krispie Treat recipes I have a Rockin' the Rice Krispie Treat board on Pinterest.

Deep Thoughts:   Leave a little sparkle wherever you go

Saturday, April 27, 2013

It's a Girl!

It's a GIRL!  Grandbaby #2 will be a Little Sister for Brooklyn.  When they told her it was a girl she clapped her hands and jumped up and down.  Happy, happy Big Sister!!!

This is the picture that was posted to Facebook to let the world know that a baby girl is on the way.  Cute!!!

"One daughter was so much fun
Now James and Loni are having another one!!"

Friday, April 26, 2013

Medic Bear Fun Card

The daughter of one of our friends has recently started boot camp and is training to be an EMT.  She's a very compassionate young lady and I can imagine she'd be a huge asset to any team.

But we all know (or know about) how boot camp can be a trying time so I've sent a few things to try and brighten her days.  This card was in a recent box and I thought it was quite cute.  Looking at it now I'm not so sure a young lady at boot camp would want a cutesy teddy bear, but really it's the thought that counts - right?  ;)

This kind of card is so fast to put together and I'm doing more and more cards this way instead of stamping.  I bought the Medic Bear graphics at Scrappin Doodles and printed the bear in the ambulance on card stock.  I then printed it again, cut out the cross and popped it up using dimensional tape.  And of course Stickles glitter glue on the light, cross and headlight.  Love the little fun pop it brings.

Looking forward to the weekend!   :)

Deep Thoughts - "Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle."  Christian D. Larson

** Linking to:  Weekend Wrap Up Party