The one with the Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas my fellow bloggers & blog readers! I hope you all have a fantastic holiday! Oh, and for those of you who might not celebrate Christmas... I hope you have a terrific day! Today, I will be attempting to make a whole Turkey for the very first time! How exciting right? And by exciting I mean terrifying! 

But first I will be spending the morning with the Mister, opening a few gifts, & perhaps heading out to Valley Forge to look for Deer. It has kind of become a tradition for us... & Odin too!

We will get back to more blog posting later on this week (especially now that I have a story about what happens when your toe plays chicken with a coffee table!), but for now I wish you a very happy holiday & an even brighter new year!


Violet VoxBox Review

A few weeks ago I received my very first VOXBOX from Influenster. I then proceeded to take pictures of the items & then completely forget about it. Ah, well. Better late then never I suppose! What is a VOXBOX? Well, I honestly could not tell you what the term "voxbox" stands for, but I can tell you it means that you are getting a goody box of stuff sent to you to review from influenster. If anyone actually knows what voxbox stands for, do tell! I'm sure I could google it & further my procrastination of writing this post, but I won't. Anyway, I can also tell you that getting selected for a voxbox is exciting. It's exciting for a few reasons, 1.) you never know what exactly is in the box until it arrives. 2.) it's free stuff for you to try, & you might just find yourself buying these items again & 3.) not everyone gets selected! So if you are chosen, it feels like a great honor! Haha.

Anyway, let me show you what I found inside of the #violetvoxbox.

Holy free stuff Batman! Inside was a small bottle of Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Dry Shampoo, a cranberry SOYJOY bar, a bottle of  Sally Hansen's new Triple Shine nail polish in the color "Dive In", a Goody athletic ouchless headwrap, & a red clay fabric face mask by Montagne Jeunesse.

Let's start with the Red Earth Clay Spa fabric face mask, by Montagne Jeunesse. The application was easy enough. Slide fabric mask from package, place on washed face & "relax" for 10-15 minutes. It actually smelt quite pleasant & it felt amazing on my skin. It was very cooling & my face felt amazingly soft the rest of the day. However, it will stain your clothing. Luckily I had an old sweatshirt on at the time, so no harm done. The mask itself made me laugh as I pulled it out of the package. Remember being a kid & biting holes out of your bologna to make a face? No, just me? Well that is what it reminded me of. Or maybe that is what I was making myself think about when I put it on, instead of the fact it felt a bit creepy (Bloody Face, anyone?). Haha!

And on to the Goody athletic(que) Ouchless headwrap. I've actually only worn this one time since I received it. I used it when I was wanting to keep my hair back when applying the bologna... I mean red clay, face mask. It did it's job. My hair stayed nicely behind the wrap. I will probably use it more once the holidays are over & I'm back to busting my butt on my exercise bike. I like that it is adjustable.

This is probably one of my favorite things out of the Violet VoxBox. It is the dry shampoo from Not Your Mother's. I was just talking to Mr. B about looking for a dry shampoo. Whenever I get my haircut, my hair hardly goes 12 hours before it starts to get greasy. I'm not sure why, but it does it until it grows out a bit. Then it's time to get my haircut again & the cycle continues. This really helps add a little life back into my hair when I don't have time to wash my hair twice a day... I mean, who really has time for that? Not to mention, it's not very good for your hair.

Anyway! One morning I woke up & had nearly no time to get ready & my hair of course, looked terrible. I decided it would be a perfect time to try out my new friend here. I love it. It smells kind of like hairspray, which would be my only con here. You have to make sure you spray it far enough from your scalp, or it will leave the white powder. I'm sure that is probably true with all dry shampoos though. It lasted for a few hours, allowing me enough time to run out to do errands & come back home where I would get a real shower. It took nearly all the grease away & left my hair looking & feeling pretty darn shiny. How does hair feel shiny, well I guess you just might have to try it out & see!

I went to find a larger sized bottle of this. I'm thinking this would be great to keep with our camping gear. I was sad to find out that our local Walmart doesn't carry it, or any dry shampoo for that matter. So I have not bought a new bottle yet, thinking CVS might be a better bet. If not, there is always this wonderful thing called the world wide web. Someone has to have it!

Next up. Sally Hansen's Triple Shine nail color... the color I received is called Dive In. It's a shade that I actually have never bought, for fear of how it would look. I've been buying Sally Hansen's Complete Salon Manicure nail polish for about a year now. Reason for this, the flat brushes! They make it so much easier for someone with a not so steady hand. So needless to say that when I opened up the bottle of Triple Shine to find that wonderful flat brush, I was thrilled!

The color went on so smooth. One coat would have been good enough, but I usually put two just to get that bold solid color. It's lasted a bit too, it's been a good two weeks & my toes nails are still just as shiny as the day I painted them. I will be buying this again in other colors for sure! Keep making the polish with the flat brush, & I will be one happy camper!

This cranberry SOYJOY bar was gone as soon as it arrived. I couldn't wait to try it! I absolutely love cranberry! I never had a SOYJOY bar before this one, so I was a bit nervous that I would hate it, like most protein bars. But, I was pleasantly surprised that I really liked it. My only real con would have to be the size of the bar, it's quite small & I would have loved to have a couple more bites. But, hey, that might just be the fat girl in me. The texture wasn't too bad for me, but I could see how it might bother some. The flavor was really good, it wasn't too sweet, nor was it dry. It actually tasted smooth & creamy to me. I like the fact that they are all natural, made with non-GMO Soy & are gluten free. I would grab one of these in a pinch, if the price was right.

And that was it. My very first voxbox, complete with my very first voxbox review. I look forward to my next one! Are you on Influenster? What has been your favorite voxbox so far? If you aren't on Influenster yet, let me know... I still have five invites to you. :)

And of course, I must mention that these products were given to me for free to sample/review by Influenster & the companies who supplied the products to them. Or in their words... "I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes."

South Park Christmas...

This year I decided I wanted to paint our large window for Christmas. I have not painted in a very, very, very long time. Think elementary school. And never have I painted on a window.

Well that has changed. This year, I painted a South Park scene & I honestly think it turned out better than I thought it would. Haha!

Next years will be better, but for now... I'm pretty darn proud of myself. :)
Lit up at night. :)

Ancient... like a dinosaur.

Mr. B's ancient, think Bedrock Fred Flinstone, computer finally decided to give up the ghost last night. His monitor burned out completely & I find it really odd as I was just telling you guys that I had hopes for a new computer making its way into our house.

Kind of spooky ain't it?

Anyway, we talked about replacing just the monitor. The computer still runs even though it gives us every problem in the world. It must be close to 15 years old by now. We entertained the thought & searched for deals. It seemed the best we could do was just a tad under $100. That to me seemed ridiculous, especially when we're not even 100% sure that it would connect to his stone age system. So I decided to just look & see what there was out there in terms of bundles. It is the season for that you know! Couldn't of been a better time to replace it. We found a HP computer with Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard, & an HP Wireless All-in-One printer for under $500 at Walmart. Problem solved. His current printer is just as old as his computer & it has been finicky about printing for the past year or so. On the credit card it went. Of course we are completely broke now, but who isn't this time of year?

What's on your Christmas wish list this year? Aside from that $500 million dollar lotto ticket? Haha.

Snow Day, 2013.

I'm sure everyone's news feed & blog feed is filled with images of snow... So, you won't mind a few more! ;)

Last year we didn't get snow, I mean it "snowed", but nothing stuck. It melted away as fast as it came. But this past week, we got about 5 inches of snow. Love it! This is Odin's first real snow, & I think he has totally found his element. :)

Back from the edge of the Earth...

So, I am back from the edge of the Earth. Or at least that is where I have seemed to fall off of. I really had no intention of abandoning my little blog for so long, but it seems that I must have needed a little vacation from the blogger world. I'm not going to lie, some of my absence is due to my laptop running so entirely slow. Hopefully in the future there will be a new computer in our household where it won't take two hours to open Google Chrome. Or, I will just have to get faster at typing with my Nexus Tablet & write more through there. The later is probably closer to reality

Life has not been too interesting or exciting since I have been gone. The Mister spent time here at home while on the mend from his clavicle fracture. We decorated for autumn & spent quite a few days out & about with Odin. We caught up with a lot of old television shows on Netflix. In general, we spent time together. Which was really what we all needed more than anything. Odin, Kora, & Apollo all bonded with Mr. B while he was home. I noticed it more after he went back to work, as Odin waited at the door for his Daddy every time he left. It was a tad bit heartbreaking, but it was more sweet than anything.

We decorated our porch for autumn this year. I loved how it turned out. We even carved pumpkins, though I never really got a decent picture of how they turned out. Either way, we had a lot of fun & have decided that we will buy more than two pumpkins next year.

Thanksgiving was quiet. I decided to make a Muscovy Duck for the very first time. We bought it at a farm out near Kutztown, Pennsylvania. I had never made duck before, & was even less failure with the Muscovy Duck. I Googled it for weeks before Thanksgiving before finally deciding the just roast it as if it were a chicken. Most people can't decided or even agree on how to cook Muscovy, as the Muscovy duck is actually a perching waterfowl & is leaner than other ducks. Anywho, about two hours after putting the duck into the oven, & worrying about ruining it. It turned out amazing. The Muscovy meat was odd though. The legs & other 'dark' meat pieces were like wild turkey, yet the breast meat tasted & looked like roast beef. Either way, it was amazing & the Mister declared that every Thanksgiving will be celebrated with Muscovy Duck. After dinner I plucked what meat I could from the bones & found that there was quite a bit left over. I decided to use it up in Duck Fried Rice. Yum!

This year Mr. B's work is giving them Turkeys for Christmas. So, I guess I am making Turkey! Time to start Googleing. We normally don't go for Turkey, since it's just the two of us. But who is really going to say no to free? Certainly not I. Leftovers are always welcome. It's a great way to make your dollar stretch. I look forward to my first Turkey cooking experience, just as I looked forward to the Muscovy. I got this! Ha.

Anyway. just playing catch up. Thank you all for sticking around, even when I jumped ship for a while. Will write again soon. :)
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