Archive | December, 2011

Birchbox December 2011

10 Dec
So have you guys heard of Birchbox yet? I am all over this! I LOVE trying out new products, but don’t want to waste my money on a full-size product that I might not like, so this is the solution: A Birchbox! “Four to five hand-picked deluxe samples delivered to your door for $10 per month.” Free Shipping.

Here is what was included in December’s Birchbox.

I am excited to try this stuff! I am LOVING That perfume too! The box also included a $20 off a $75 purchase from Birchbox. (Birchbox sells full sized products too, so if you really like something, you can order it!)

So if you are a beauty product guru, this might be something for you!

These are a few of my favorite things…

7 Dec
I figured I would do a quick post about a few of my favorite things right now. πŸ™‚
1. Flour and Sugar Glass Canisters.
I bought these canisters and “improved” them by using my Silhouette! So much fun, and I L.O.V.E. these πŸ™‚ They look fabulous on my counter, plus I have a large container to hold ALL of my flour and sugar in now. Before I had these, I had flour and sugar in a few different containers because I had nothing big enough to hold it all.
If you are interested in buying a set of these, you can email me at abarber1029@yahoo.com

2. NAKED 2 Palette!!

This is AWESOME. You guys know I loved the Naked palette by Urban Decay, and now they have a follow up one. I think I may even like it better than the first one! Love the colors, love the packaging, love the fact that they threw in a double-ended brush this time. It also came with a small Lip Junkie Lip gloss in Naked–It’s great, I just forgot to add it in the pic. Yes, I bought these the MINUTE they came out. I think they are already on back order, but keep checking the website!
http://www.urbandecay.com/

3. mark. Cosmetics makeup bags.
I have all three of these. The gold one is really big which works great for travel, and the small one is what I use in my purse to hold a lip gloss, mascara, and powder. I probably use the mid-sized purple one the most though. It is just the perfect size.

4. Lip gloss.
Cutest packaging ever. Thanks mark.! πŸ™‚

5. Shea Cashmere Shower Cream and Body Cream
Smells dreamy and is the perfect formula for moisturizing; not too greasy.
www.bathandbodyworks.com

6. Softsoap Wintermint Party body wash.
You can get this stuff at Wal-Mart. Smells just like peppermint, and is very refreshing!

7. Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa mix.
Need I say more?? Other than you can get this at Wal-Mart in the Christmas Gift section.

8. Comfort & Joy Scentsy bar.
“Combine the anticipated with the unexpected. Spicy, familiar woods marry with surprising white florals, pure citrus, and just a nibble of gingerbread for a winter fragrance that’s anything but ordinary.”
To me, this smells very fresh and clean. Love it. Makes my house smell like I have been cleaning, when we all know I have been blogging instead.
www.amberbarber.scensty.us

Try these out…all of them, or just a few! πŸ™‚

30 Sucks Pajama Party

5 Dec
My best friend recently turned 30 and to celebrate, we had a “30 Sucks Pajama Party”. There were strict instructions to not bring your children! When you turn 30, you at least deserve a little grown-up time without being interrupted with the constant barrage of “Mama, Mama, Mama”. However, our “grown-up” time was thought to be best spent by having a sleepover. A throw-back to remembering our younger days, if you will. πŸ™‚ It was very cliche. We even watched “13-going on 30”. (Well, at least I did. By the time we got to the movie, the term “Sleepover” was taken literally by most.)
30 really doesn’t suck, but we really wanted to make some sucker center pieces for the tables. Cute huh?! (At least I don’t imagine it really sucks. I will soon find out.) We also had cereal boxes for breakfast since it WAS a sleepover.
Here is the set up πŸ™‚ We gathered here in my Studio. I love this room by the way. This is my space: the place where I work, craft, chit-chat with friends, etc. I am working on turning it into a “Coffee Shop” themed place, little by little.

And the Birthday Girl’s favorite cupcake (according to her husband) is a Pumpkin Cupcake. I decided to make Pumpkin Spiced Latte Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Icing. I found the recipe here. I stuck with the recipe for the most part. I nixed the espresso powder and used instant coffee granules, added more sugar (why not?!), and a cream cheese filling. Now the icing job is lacking on all accounts, but that is what happens when you are impatient and won’t go to Hobby Lobby to buy a large Wilton decorator tip. All that matters was the cupcakes were delish πŸ™‚

HA-Here is the Birthday Girl, Cassidy. I was trying to leave her nameless, in case she cared, however …. (Sorry, I don’t photo shop.)

We got wild and crazy with a game of Phase 10 πŸ™‚

This was my sly way of seeing all of the cards everyone had….haha! πŸ™‚

We set up an air mattress in the living room and the kids were all too happy to play on it in the morning. πŸ™‚ Here is MK enjoying her cereal while sitting on it.
And here is my other little sweetie. She spent the night with a friend of ours..and had a WONDERFUL time! (Thanks again HOLLY!)
And yes, Holly is the coolest; she even paints fingernails whatever color you want…and that includes EVERY color. πŸ™‚
I would say that Cassidy’s turning 30 was pretty anticlimactic, but that’s how we want to keep it! I mean, 30 isn’t the end-all. Martha Stewart didn’t become “Martha” until she was 41… so we have plenty of time to accomplish what we want to, Lord willing. πŸ™‚
Happy 30th Birthday Cassidy! Love ya πŸ™‚