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My Audio World — June 18, 2015

My Audio World

I have always enjoyed reading but with me being so ADHD, I tend to fall asleep the minute I am still for 5 minutes and only make it through one or two pages.  Then there is reading in the car which also puts me to sleep. I probably have over 300 books in my “game room” waiting to be read or I have read but of course refuse to let go of them.

In the mornings, I am not ready to Jam quite yet. I like to ride down the peaceful roads and see everyone’s plants and how their gardens are doing.  Its my “me ” time.  But, listening to the radio host talk about her ” no no hair thing” she has everyday ten times a day makes me want to choke someone.  By the time I get to work, I am so tired of them TRYING not to sound like commercials that I am ready to kill someone.

I promise there is a point………

My friend told me about audible.com.  I love it!!!  I have listened to several series already but it actually became quite expensive so my latest thrill is   Amazon Unlimited .  It is ten dollars a month but you can have books for free.  Now, they aren’t by my man Nicholas Sparks, or the latest releases but as far as the audio world, it is making me happy.  To me, audio books on Amazon Unlimited are sort of like Netflix… by the time the series is available, it is all there and you can gorge.  No waiting a year for the next book to come. my current “read” is More Than You Know .  I picked it cause it is summer and the chairs are really cute on the beach.  It is about a mom who raised three daughters on her own as a single mom. The father had died in a car crash.  The girls are going through her stuff and they are learning that mom had another love they had never known about. She kept him secret all those years. I am not even half way through the book yet but I am loving how the daughters are admiring her more rather than maybe judging her as the mom had feared.

I have enjoyed so many books this way and it is neat how some of the narrators really get into character and change their voices.  My favorite narration book was  Water For Elephants .  Even though I couldn’t wait for the book to end,   I also couldn’t wait until the little old man would talk.  It made me want to just squeeze his cheeks!

Birch Box? Glambox? Sample Society? Ipsy? I have never heard of these til now! — June 9, 2015

Birch Box? Glambox? Sample Society? Ipsy? I have never heard of these til now!

A few weeks ago, I went to Austin to visit a friend/ get my hair done. It was the first time I have ever dyed my hair or done anything like that. Therefore, I only trusted my true high school friend who I have known since we were three years old. I knew she would be honest with me since she told me point blank, “What you have going on now is not working for you. You look stuck”. Yes, thanks friend. But, it made me happy because I loved her honesty. I knew it and had asked opinions before but like all girls say, “Oh girl. you look great”. Yea, whatever.

Me? If someone asks my opinion and they’re good friends I will not be so harsh but I will say something like, “You looked better the other way” or something along those lines. But there is a reason Lisa and I have been friends for so long. We both walk around with our foot in our mouths half the time. Well, I do. She just doesn’t care.

After staying all the day at her salon, me and Jordan went back to her house to get my car and hang out before the 3.5 hour trip home. Her (hot) husband had gotten the mail and she was going through it. She opened a box from Birchbox. I asked her what it was and she said it was a beauty box she gets every month for ten dollars. She said most of the time it is samples but sometimes they give you some cool stuff. Her box had two wrinkle creams, a Lipstick, and a candle. She looked at the lipstick and made a disgusting face and asked Jordan if she wanted it. Jordan didn’t like it either so I took it. It was bright pink and horrific looking but I put it on to be silly and it ended up being a very nice gloss. It was called Chosungah 22. I had never heard of it but I told them it was mine now since they turned their nose up to it so quick.

A few days later, I found the gloss in my purse at work so I decided to search it. It was worth $18.00. So, I decided to search this Subscription box thing. Wow!! Have I been under a rock forever??? I had no clue there were so many out there. Of course then my head is spinning because I have to decide which one to pick. There are several bloggers out there offering reviews for all the boxes. My favorite has been My Subscription Addiction .  Hers seem to be the most recent reviews. She receives a box, takes pictures and reviews the entire box on her blog every month. I like this so I can go back and see which one was best over the past six months since it appears some months aren’t that good. She also has coupon codes for most of them so you can get a discount on your first month.  I am really wanting to try PopSugar but it is $40 a month (I think).  That is a little pricey.  They seem to put something that is “household” and I am not into knick knacks so that would just annoy me.

Finally, I rounded out my choices to
Ipsy – $10 a month for make up and beauty
Glossybox – 25.00 per month for make up and beauty but all full size stuff. They say it is about $100 worth of stuff a month so we will see
Birchbox  – $10 a month
Elizabeth and Clarke – $25 to $60 per quarter for shirts

There are so many more I want to try but I just can’t justify them. I really want to try the boxes geared to working out but in the reviews, they mostly seemed to be things like energy shots, etc. That doesn’t impress me. I would be more interested in trying out jogging bands, socks, hair stuff, etc.

Of course the “foodie” in me wants to try the food boxes as well as the craft beer and wine boxes as well.  Yea, I need to get a better job.  Being a desk jockey isn’t paying for my internet shopping habits.  I love coming home from work to a “present” though.  No matter what happened that day, it makes me think part 2 will be better.

I finally got my first box last week! I was so excited. It was the Birchbox . Here is a picture of it and my goodies inside:

birchbox stuff

EEEEEEKKKKKK So Exciting!!!

first birchbox

Well, not as good as Lisa’s but oh well.

It is all sample sizes but for someone like me who barely uses any make-up it is good. And, it is the good stuff that God knows I wouldn’t pay full price for. Last year, my husband got me the Urban Decay eye shadow and it is still barely used. When it is something that expensive, I don’t want to use it and mess it up. LOL! Also, I figure the total of all my beauty boxes are $45.00 per month. Between Jordan and I, I spend about that much on $4 lip glosses since I lose mine constantly, plus shampoo, hairspray, etc. So, maybe I won’t have to buy anymore in the store and we just live off my subscription boxes from now on.

Anything to Justify getting something in the mail is my philosophy !

I do have to admit, I wasn’t very impressed with my box but I have been using the eye shadow this week. I normally stick with beige and dark beige but I figured the whole point of this is to try and step out of my comfort zone and be somewhat of a girl periodically. Well, the eye shadow is great! Even I can put it on without looking stupid so that is HUGE in my opinion. That is why I never wear color… it always ends up blotchy. This goes on very smooth. I hope I get some more of this in my other boxes.

Saturday, I received my first Elizabeth and Clarke box. I was very skeptical but ended up loving all my shirts. I am a Ross and TJ Maxx kind of girl. It is hard to find quality clothes at those places that are solid colored. You can also pre-approve the items you receive before they’re mailed to you. For $20 a shirt, it isn’t bad for the quality you receive at all. I never spend that much on clothes but I figure once every three months for three decent shirts isn’t that bad. I am a 5K free t-shirt wearing kind of girl so cute casual clothes is hard for me to come by. I also get to dress pretty casual at work so these shirts will work out esome for that.

I am not into spending hours getting ready or looking like a total different person with make up on but that is why I like these.  They aren’t filled with make-up and have other products to try.  I am really working on trying to fix my hair at least once on the weekend so I am hoping if I get a new box once a week, that will encourage me to play dress up and my husband will stop complaining about me not “caring for myself”.

Whole other subject…………… 

By the way, I just got an email my first Glossy Box is on its’ way!!! Yay!!!