The Busiest Month

Didn’t I say June was going to be crazy? Besides our anniversary/wedding weekend, here’s some highlights so far:

  • GG and I have been going to this weekly free outdoor yoga thing our town is offering for the summer (the weeks that we can both make it, and it doesn’t get rained out).
  • I went to Fall Product Premier in NJ (again). We didn’t have a big team there this time, just me and E (who happened to pull into the parking lot right behind me, so we didn’t even have to work on meeting up). I love everything that’s coming out for fall – this may be a problem (for my bank account)!
  • I’ve been busy with summer band concerts (the ones I can make, that aren’t rained out [actually none have been rained out, but last week’s was cancelled because power at the venue was out after a big storm the day before, and wasn’t restored until the following day]).
  • GG and I had a free Sunday, so we decided to knock a couple things off this list of “free stuff to do in Philly” that I’d put together. First we went to the Elfreth’s Alley Museum – we’d been to the street before, but hadn’t been through the museum. It was just us and one lone guy touring around with a grumpy guide. (Pro tip: the museum is not really free, there is a $5 “suggested donation.” I don’t know what she would have been like, had we chosen not to donate, since a lot of her complaints were money-related.) She cheered up once she got going, and it was an interesting tour. I’d love to come back sometime and see some of the houses that people live in today! It was pretty hot and humid by this point, so we decided to go get some lunch and cool off before making our next stop, so we went to Molly Malloy’s at the Reading Terminal. Finally, we went to the Fabric Workshop and Museum, which is totally free to tour. I’d heard of it, but didn’t really know what this place was, other than that it wasn’t just about cloth “fabric,” it was art “fabricated” from all different types of materials. They had an exhibition from the prolific and varied artist Richard Tuttle who neither of us had ever heard of. I don’t like to make fun of art, but let’s just say, some of his pieces were things I could easily make myself. (Photography was allowed for almost all the pieces, but there were a couple where photos were restricted. One was a short rope nailed to the wall at each end. I told GG, “Don’t worry, I’ll make you one when we get home.”) I checked out some reviews of the exhibit when we got home, and it looks like even the art critics were a little confused, so I didn’t feel so bad…
  • We went to see a live comedy talk show where Sasheer Zamata was appearing as a guest. We’d never been to this show before, but in honor of their second anniversary, they did some special activities, including: having a live pony (which promptly peed on stage); making waffles on stage for any audience member who asked for one; lots of games; and as a grand finale, destroying the coffee table that has appeared on set for all their episodes to that point.
  • I finally joined a CSA! Because I came in late in the season, I paid a pro-rated amount for a “small” share. Even this size share is a bit much for just the two of us (I’d be happier with more variety and less quantity), but since GG had been trying to eat healthier and more vegetables, we’ll definitely get our money’s worth. The pick-up location is really convenient, which has been one of the biggest deterrents to me joining a CSA previously. Very excited for what the summer will bring! (My first week featured candycane beets!)
  • Last weekend featured two birthday parties, each for two people, so that’s four birthdays if you’re keeping count. One of them was a one year-old, and he is adorable and did great, considering all the noise, activity, and different people passing him around! (His b-day cake was also amazing: a lemon blueberry cake!)

After the Independence Day holiday, my calendar is looking a lot more empty… At least for a few weeks!

Boxy Lady

I blame my blog friend, Product Junkie in the City, with my new found interest in subscription boxes. I’m not signing up for a ton of them, but I love reading about her experiences! I did get a couple low-risk ones recently, though. If you’ve been considering joining one of these services, My Subscription Addiction is a great resource – they have boxes listed you never even knew existed, with useful reviews of each!

Target Beauty Box
I’ve gotten this one every year for the last several years. Of course, the Summer 2015 box is already out of stock, so when you hear that the next one is available, you have to grab yours quick! For $5, it’s always a great value!

  • Olay Regenerist Luminous HydraSwirl Eye Cream: I’ve tried this for a couple days, and it definitely does brighten your eyes, because there’s some kind of pearly material in the cream. However, after noticing pearly white smudges all over my face the first day, I’ve decided to just use this at nighttime. Otherwise, the texture is nice, and it is a very generous sample (.5 oz), considering it’s just an eye cream.
  • Revlon HD Lipstick: I got a very bright red color which actually looks pretty nice, but it doesn’t last on me at all, I’ll have to stick to my stains…
  • SinfulColors Professional Nail Color: Despite my enormous nail polish collection, I’ve actually never used this brand before! I had a bottle I got as a freebie from something else, but it’s bright yellow and I’ve never had occasion to use it. The color I got from Target is a really pretty periwinkle blue, and I am loving it! Great, fun summer color, and it goes on really nicely.
  • Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover Pads: I was actually really excited to get these, because removing nail polish is a pain. The individually wrapped pads are convenient and would be especially good for traveling. It’s a thick cotton pad that holds together well and is soaked with just the right amount of remover to do both of my hands (it probably would have been a stretch to do all of my toes, too). It is a very strong remover – you might need to open a window – but it does the job quickly.
  • Fekkai Professional Hair Care: I was looking forward to getting the dry shampoo shown in the picture, but I actually received a little tube of “Brilliant Glossing Styling Cream.” It has a nice fresh, citrusy scent, and according to the package, “a little goes a long way,” so I applied a small amount to wet hair, instead of my usual leave-in conditioner. Now, I’m not sure if it was because of this stuff, or my new flat iron, but I was outside in 99% humidity tonight (before and especially after a giant rainstorm), and my hair looked surprisingly good, with minimal frizz. I’m sure the Fekkai stuff didn’t hurt, anyway.

FabFitFun Box
The main selling point for me getting this box was that you can order it after they reveal what’s in it. The Spring 2015 box had a few things I was excited to try, and seemed like a great value! I’ve already been billed for the Summer box and I’ve seen a couple sneak peeks of what’s coming in that, so it should be along shortly. If you’d like to try FabFitFun, I’d love it if you could use my referral link – you’ll also get $10 off your first box!

  • Hello Fresh Gift Card: $40 Off First Week of Delivery: The aforementioned Product Junkie has subscribed to this, and it seems decent. I’ve been using some of Blue Apron’s recipes, but haven’t subscribed, so I’m excited to try this out! When I do, I will definitely post a new review.
  • Vow to Be Chic Gift Card: It’s a service where you can rent a bridesmaid dress or a white dress. I’ll most likely not be using this one…
  • Cosmos Creations Premium Puffed Corn: This stuff is amazing. I pretty much inhaled the whole bag.
  • OFRA Cosmetics Eyeshadow Brush Duo (#11 and #20): I was looking forward to this one because I’m always on the hunt for new makeup brushes. Well, #20 is humungous. This is for eyeshadow? You could cover your whole lid with one swipe! #11 is nice, I had another one of a similar size, but I prefer the bristles on this new one, so I’ve replaced it in my kit.
  • Sprout It App Card + Miracle Grow Gro-able Seed Pod: Guess what – I have a flower pot now! So I will be able to grow this little pod of tomato seeds! Check back for updates on my black thumb :o/
  • Rifle Paper Co. Cities Coasters Set: I guess I should have known from the name of the company, these are just cardboard coasters, like you would get at a restaurant. They are very cute, though. would make a great add-on with a gift like a bottle of wine!
  • ORLY Nail BB Creme & ORLY Nail Polish “Cake Pop”: I was excited for these, too! The BB Creme one should be great, I’ve used “almost” nail polishes like this before, where it’s something just a little more than a clear coat. Cake Pop is a very pale almost white pink, and I often have bad luck with shades like this looking streaky. This was looking pretty good after two coats, but was still just a little streaky, so I added a third. Plus, bonus: when you wear light colored nail polish, the rest of you looks more tan in comparison! [Edit: 6/16] I’ve now tried the BB Creme one, and even though it says on the bottle that it is “peach,” I see no color at all when it’s on my nails, it’s basically clear. Hopefully there’s at least good vitamins in it or something. [/Edit]
  • Merrithew 3 DVD Set “Intense Body Blast” + $25 Gift Card: I haven’t done the workout yet, but I’ll definitely use it some night where I just can’t even when I get home, and then by the time I’ve got my act together, the gym is already closed. The gift card is for the Merrithew web site, which I checked out, and they have cute yoga mats in the $30 range, so I think I’ll pick up a new one for myself! [Edit: 6/15] I ordered my mat, it was $3.99 after using my $25 gift card, but shipping is $11.13?!! Oh well, I guess I’m still paying only $15 total for what I hope will be a really nice yoga mat… [/Edit]
  • Palmetto Derma Collagen Booster and Restoration Serum: I haven’t tried this yet, but my sensitive combination skin has had some bad reactions to “serum” type products in the past. The nice glass bottle is a good size. I’ll update here if I have an overwhelmingly positive or negative experience.
  • Jules Smith Scarf in Watercolor or Modern Art Prints: I’m not sure which of the designs I got, but it’s the one with the larger patches of color, which I will assume is the “Modern Art” one. It’s not huge, but it’s a very pretty coral/turquoise/navy print on a lightweight cotton that will be great for summer!
  • Yasi Metallic Flash Tattoos: I’ve been seeing these all over since last summer. These are all different star shapes, and I bet with some creative placement you could make some cute designs. I’ll report back.

Nice Weekend for Weddings

Can you believe GG and I have been married for nine years?! Usually we try to plan a nice dinner out or even a brief trip for our anniversary, but this year GG had already made plans to play in a band with our friend A at a Relay for Life event. So we had time for a quick (but nice) dinner at home before he had to drive to the event, about an hour away.

We decided to make reservations at Seasons 52, since it was nice and close by. I guess because GG said in the reservation that it was our anniversary, they brought us a little card, and a couple free glasses of champagne. Our appetizer was amazing and something I need to re-create: blistered Shishido peppers with roasted corn, Sonoma goat-feta cheese, lemon aioli, and sumac. Apparently it’s a new menu item, and three different managers came by to see how we liked it. (We loved it! I’d just picked it on a whim!) Then I had the salad I usually get, GG had a pork tenderloin, and we each enjoyed a couple of the mini desserts :o)

Then on Sunday, we went to this wedding we were sort of accidentally invited to. So, funny story: I posted on Facebook about some cat food I couldn’t use, and a friend of mine from high school (she was a freshman when I was a senior) said she could take it, so we met up to drop it off. We talked for a while, and then she goes, “You guys are local, right?” and hands me an invitation to her wedding! My friend is Chinese, and apparently her parents were in charge of invites, and she was worried there would be “too many Chinese people” there! So GG and I ended up going, even though I was sure I would know nobody there.

It was a gorgeous day for the little outdoor garden wedding, and they did a really nice job of incorporating Chinese and western traditions (her husband is not Chinese). When we sat down for the reception, I found that we were at a table of people from my high school, but because they were all three years behind me, I didn’t really know any of them. The girl sitting next to me was actually even younger than the bride, and we started talking about how we both knew her. I shared that I was her “band mom” in marching band, and this girl goes, “Oh, she was my band mom!” So that made her my band granddaughter!

Also, I wore a very cool maxi dress, so I didn’t even need to shave my legs ;o)