Friday, July 8, 2016

#ZzzQuil VoxBox

I got another box of goodies in the mail last week... or maybe I should say another goody in a box. Just one this time. Influenster sent me a ZzzQuil VoxBox. Inside was one dose of ZzzQuil (gelcaps) and a coupon for $2 off a ZzzQuil product. My husband loves this stuff, so I was eager to try it out. 

The verdict: I slept like a baby. 

I don't generally take sleep meds. Melatonin gummies once made me feel incredibly bad. So, I try to steer clear of this sort of stuff. But, I decided to go ahead and take the ZzzQuil and was pleasantly surprised. It worked really beautifully and I didn't feel horrible in the morning. I just felt like I had slept really well. 

I'm definitely going to buy it. I think I need this stuff in my life. Especially since ye ol' insomnia has been creeping up on me again. 

Disclaimer: I received ZzzQuil for free from Influenster for testing purposes. However, the opinions herein are entirely my own. 

Friday, June 24, 2016

The Goddess VoxBox

I've qualified for a VoxBox from Influenster. I'm so thrilled!! I've been feeling pretty yuck lately, so this has been a lovely surprise this week. It's filled with all sorts of awesome goodies, all of which I'll use, which is nice. No box full of useless junk here. This box is pretty dang fab!

The box came with a full-size bottle of Dickinson's Witch Hazel Hydrating Toner, a box of Always pads, three packets of Downy fresh protect to make my clothes smell good, a lovely bottle of Sinful Colors nail polish, three packets of Cutex nail polish remover pads, and information about eBates.

Dickinson's Witch Hazel Hydrating Toner: I love it! I have really sensitive skin and it makes my face feel awesome without making me break out. Anything I can use without a problem has my vote. It also smells really lovely.

Always Radiant with FlexFoam: I already use this product, so getting a little box was great with me. They smell nice, the scent light and clean. The wrappers are really cute, too.

Downy Fresh Protect: This stuff smells amazing! I will not only use all of the packets they sent me, but I'll definitely buy more. It made my clothes smell great. I've always used the ones made by Gain before, but I'll get this one next time for sure.

Sinful Colors Porcelain Matte Nail Polish - Cheshire China (lavender) The color is fabulous. Really, really nice. It's a color I would buy myself. I'm not sure how I feel about the matte finish, I'll have to use it more. I do like that it actually stays put without chipping off after two hours. That's a win for me. I'll be putting it on my toes next!

Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover Pads: Yes, yes, and yes. I love it. It's so much cleaner than wrangling a bottle of nail polish remover and cotton balls. I'm buying this... lots and lots of this.

Pantene Expert Intense Hydration Shampoo & Conditioner: The product is exactly what you would expect from Pantene. It made my hair super, crazy soft. Not just the first day, either. It wasn't a one hit wonder like some shampoos, which tend to make my hair feel great the first day but gross after a few days. I'm getting this shampoo next time I shop!

I love getting these boxes. I haven't gotten many of them, but I hope to get more in the future. They're really fun and a great way to try (and share) some really neat products. Thank you, Influenster!!!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Missing Texas...

I was almost 21 the first time I moved away from home. A native Californian, I picked up and relocated to Texas to be with a man I met on the internet. It was a radial thing to do in 1999, when there was no such thing as eHarmony or Match. We met randomly and I took my chances. Divorcing and blinded by youthful recklessness, I went.

It was just a few short days after Memorial Day in 2015 when I moved away from home again. We left Texas on May 28, 2015. It was another adventure, one I was happy to be having, however difficult it was. I wasn't quite as overcome by the adventure as I was when I was 21, but I was ready for a change all the same.

Now that it's been a year since we left Texas, I realize that I took Texas for granted. I miss my friends there, but I also just miss Texas. I miss the food and the cities, the people... everything but the weather, really. I want to go see Amanda and Karen, have dinner with Tommy, drop by to visit Melanie. I want to go to the drive-in and museums in Fort Worth. I want to shop at Central Market and have some really excellent Tex-Mex. I want the little towns with their town squares and Granbury at Christmastime. I want to go to Waco and walk on the suspension bridge at night. I want to visit Lover's Leap at Cameron Park where Matt proposed to me all those years ago.

I want Texas back.

Thursday, May 5, 2016


I'm feeling a little melancholy... do people still say that?

I realized tonight, quite suddenly, that I quite miss Texas. I spent 16 years of my life there. I met Matt and got married there, I graduated from college there (twice), and I met many of my very closest friends there. I'm just a little bit homesick... or a lot, a lot actually. Which is kind of ridiculous, since I don't know that we'll ever go back there. Some of the best years of my life were spent there, so ridiculous or not, I feel it.

That's not to say that I don't love Utah. I do. It is gorgeous here. There're seasons and mountains, and the people are super nice. I've met some really wonderful people here. I'm sure, when we're onto the next place, I'll miss Logan, too. Perhaps not as much, given that we've not been here long, but enough. Given the choice, after all, I'd just stay here.

But, it's not an option any more than is going back to Texas. And, in fact, going back to Texas may be more of an option. It's really too bad. Eventually, we'll be in neither place and I'll have one more place to love and miss. Or, maybe I'll be lucky and not love it. Maybe it'll be a place I won't have to miss. Maybe.

We have a long road ahead of us.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

In 2016...

It's a new year. I'm so excited. I've decided that this year, I'm going to treat myself better, with more care and kindness. It's vague, but it's appropriate for where I am in life.

I need to lose weight, take better care of my skin, try for more positivity, take more time to read and less time to worry, go back to therapy, give up one-sided relationships, make a new friend, drink more wine, eat less carbs, sleep better, close the comments section, treat my husband with more tenderness, learn something new, and be less judgmental. I need to make more time for the things that matter and be less concerned about the things that don't. I'll write more stories and finish the ones I've started. Pay down our debt and worry less about money.

This year, I'm taking better care of myself by letting go of the things that hurt and hanging on tighter to the things that feel good. I'm letting go of people who make excuses, but don't do anything to make things better. I'm going to work harder to make connections with the people I love and value. This year, I'm having a modicum of self-worth.

But, most of all, this year I'm going to be more open. In 2014 I said that I would take chances when things come into my life and, I think, I've stayed true to that over the last two years. I've picked up and moved, gotten a job that's completely different than anything I've done before, we've bought a house even though it was a fiasco. Last year, for the first time, I succeeded at (most of) my resolution... even though it was from 2014. While I didn't make last years resolution work, I still think my year was full and wonderful anyway, even when it was difficult.

Happy New Year, y'all!!