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Sunday Sentiments 0

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~Happy Sunday! We made it home from up-north earlier this afternoon and spent the afternoon laying low and recovering from the LOMG drive home. Traffic was insane. We clearly should have gotten up earlier. No matter though since we are home now and had a great time up-north.

Up-North Fun with the Cousins

Up-North Fun with the Cousins

~The extra time in the car did allow me to finish the Judy Blume book that was included in the June POPSUGAR box, “In the Unlikely Event“.   I loved it.  I didn’t realize that it was based on real events that happened during the 50’s!  The majority of the characters were fictional, but the events were real.  Somehow that made the book even more interesting.  If you read it, what’d you think?

Good Book!

Good Book!

~If you missed it yesterday, I am giving away an Apple Watch, so make sure to go ENTER!

~I have been getting a lot of questions / comments on KEEP Collective so I thought I would run a little sale!  If you order today or tomorrow you will receive a free $7-$9 key of your choice when you make a $50 purchase before tax and shipping! I will email you to find out what Key you would like (or you can e-mail me) after you place your order and will ship it separately.  If you aren’t sure what would look good together or cab’t decide what to get, I highly recommend checking out the “Explore” section on the KEEP site. There are tons of ideas on there!

My Keep on the KEEP-Collective Website!

My Keep on the KEEP-Collective Website!

~Just a quick reminder that today is the last day for a lot of the 4th of July subscription box deals.  My favorites include the FabFitFun offer, the Little Bundle coupon code and the Birchbox Sale!

That’s all for now, I gotta go watch The World Cup! GO USA! I’ll see you in the morning!

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Friday’s Letters 1

Dear Up-North, It’s good to see you!

Dear Bath & Body Works, Stop having sales! For real. I want to resist your insanely cheap 3-wick candles, but I just don’t know if I can.

Dear Fresh Air, You exhaust me. No joke without five minutes of arriving up-north I start yawning and want to take a nap. How does anyone get anything done up here?

Dear Fish, Please let us catch you today. We will throw you back in – I promise. All you have to do is snag that worm, hop on the hook and let L reel you in.

Dear Swim Class(es), Thanks for being so fabulous and making my boys love you so much!

Dear B, It’s been so fun having you home this past week! I think I may have forgotten how much easier things are when you are around.

Dear WB, I am blown away by how good you were on that long car rise yesterday.  I will likely pay for it on the way home, but you made the way up a breeze.

Dear LEGO, Please tell me that whatever you are going to make the legos out of in the future will still snap into the old plastic legos?  Please? Because I think I may cry if they all don’t work together.

Dear Chuck E. Cheese, You’d think my kids would be over you since we JUST visited you like two days ago.  But no, your commercials are on non-stop and I still here “I WANNA GO THERE” each time we see you.  No matter that we were just there.  They want to visit AGAIN.

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Thursday Thoughts 7

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~Good morning!  Can you believe this weekend is the 4th of July?  Summer is flying by!  As I mentioned 1000x before we are headed up-north for the weekend. The weather is supposed to be gorgeous so I am hoping for lots playing in the lake, bbq’ing and sleeping in.  We’ll see what the boys (mainly WB) think about the sleeping in part though.  I can hope.

~Botox! I have been promising pictures for ages and here they FINALLY are! The top is before and the bottom is after. Obviously. All the lines didn’t go away, but it’s certainly better.  Will I do it again?  Yes!  I would probably get more next time actually.  I didn’t want to go overboard the first time and end up with that constant surprised look or anything.  But I am happy with the results and while it’s not a huge change, I am happy.

Botox / Filler before & after

Botox / Filler before & after

~Has anyone been watching Big Brother?  I can’t seem to get into it this season??  I am hoping that changes, but so far I’m not feeling it.  I am, however, completely hooked on the Rehab Addict.  I love seeing what she comes up with for these houses and all the work that goes into fixing them up. So cool!

Rehab Addict

Rehab Addict

~Did you see that The Honest Co. just launched On-The-Go kiosks at a few airports around the country.  They will have travel-sized shampoo, wipes, and exclusive travel friendly kits.  I am a total sucker for vending machines like this and love seeing them at airports!  If you see one take a picture for me!  I like those Benefit truck ones too.

Honest Co. Kiosks

Honest Co. Kiosks

~I don’t have too many subscription boxes still arriving this week, but I know FabFitFun is on it’s way, Dottiebox should be arriving soon and SprezzaBox has shipped.  But really, I think that’s it!  Everyone seems to have shipped to avoid the holiday so it will be a good chance to do a little catch-up.

~I am getting my striped KEEP Collective TimeKey today though and I am excited about that.  If you aren’t familiar with them, they offer a personalized line of jewelry designed by you.  You select the bracelet (they come in an assortment of colors and textures from mesh to silicone to leather) you like and then you can add whatever keys you wish.  Everything is purchased individually and is totally interchangeable – it’s meant to be mixed and matched. The orange band below with the gold navy/white striped TimeKey works out to be $88, while the Navy “love” bracelet on the left works out to be $58.  I’ll post a picture of mine on Instagram when I get it!

KEEP Collective Striped TimeKey

KEEP Collective Striped TimeKey

That’s all from here!  What are you doing this weekend?  Whatever it is, have a great weekend and BE SAFE!!!!

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So What Wednesday… 9

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This week I am saying So What If….

~I really want to see Magic Mike XXL.
~I am sad that Ben & Jen are getting divorced.
~I am so excited about Team USA advancing to the Final game!
~I was actually relieved to only get one subscription box in the mail yesterday.
~Instead of unloading the dishwasher like a normal person, I am using children’s silverware.  Oh well.
~I actually like Chuck E. Cheese early in the morning before it gets crowded.
~I have to look way from WB when he’s in a time-out because he sits there and laughs and makes funny faces which cracks me up.
~I gave the plumber going to my old condo to fix something the complete and total wrong address.  Oops. Luckily he’s fabulous and just laughed at me.  #imlosingmymind
~I want Target and all those other stores to put those school supplies away.  Put.them.away.  Summer just started!
~I am looking forward to the drive up-north.  I hope to get a good chunk of my book read!
~I am pretending like B may not have to go on an extended overseas trip again this summer. I’ll deal with that if / when it happens.
~Speaking of B, I am not sure if he’s ever going to catch up on all the sleep he lost!

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Sunday Sentiments 4

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~Good evening! This weekend has been all over the place. Yesterday was freezing cold and super windy and tonight has been absolutely gorgeous. We went out for frozen yogurt this afternoon and have been playing outside since. Not a bad Sunday night!

~I got some comments / questions yesterday about what Lilly Pulitzer for Target stuff is going at Goodwill. When Target things get marked “Salvage” it means they are shipped to Goodwill to be sold there. Items get salvaged out at Target when they have been on the floor too long, if the package is damaged, the instructions are missing, etc. It’s fantastic. Like a big garage sale of Target leftovers. And other stuff too of course.

~When I dropped off my cousins the other day, I was also able to hit up the outlet malls! Specifically the Pottery Barn Outlet. It’s about an hour and half away from my house – close, but far enough where I don’t go a ton. I was hoping to find a super cheap duvet, but no luck on that. I found some reindeer dinner plates at a super discount (the set of 4 was $19.97), an adorable wooden golf club set (40% off) and an Uncle Sam costume for $4.97.  I always talk about doing a float for the 4th of the July parade up-north (my uncles own a hardware store in town) and this will work quite nicely.

Pottery Barn Outlet

Pottery Barn Outlet

~I rented Still Alice last night and I loved it.  Has anyone else seen it?  I highly recommend renting it.  Have you seen any good movies lately?  Any recommendations for anything else to rent?

Still Alice

Still Alice

~Did you see this Thrilliest article ranking the States today? Basically they ranked all the States and Michigan came in 1st.  It has been all over my Facebook feed today, but I suspect that’s because most of my friends live in Michigan or have some sort of connection to here.  Anyway, I thought it was super cool.  And MI is really a great state!

About Michigan

About Michigan

That’s all for now! I will see you in the morning!

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Friday’s Letters 1


Dear This Week, You FLEW by! Seriously, I have no idea how, but you are already over! Wow.

Dear My Inbox, Will you ever be cleaned out? Do I really think I am going to answer those e-mails in there from two years ago? No. But for whatever reason, I cannot move them to a different folder. I cannot.

Dear WB, I don’t know why you have taken to calling me “Jenny”, but it does make me laugh.

Dear L, The party is over. Your cousins are leaving today. Luckily we will see them next weekend, but it’s back to real life around here.

Dear XFINITY, Did you seriously send me a letter telling me that, basically my cable is too cheap and you were going to have to tack on some charges to let me keep my “cheap” plan.  Hey listen, if you add on charges it’s not that cheap anymore.  I am tempted to call and discuss this with you, but I know the conversation will led to nothing other than a rise in my blood pressure.

Dear Weeknight Fireworks Lovers, You must not have dogs.  Because if you did and your dogs lost their minds every time someone lit off a firework at 12am on a Tuesday night, maybe you couldn’t do it?  I don’t think Baxter and Buddy have gotten a good night’s sleep in weeks.

Dear Keep Collective, I am pretty much obsessed with the latest time piece you are releasing today.  But how many watches does one girl (who used to hate watches BTW) need?

Dear Mom2Mom Sale, I guess I should get started on planning you. I’m such a sucker.

Dear Laundry, How do you accumulate so rapidly?  Probably because I only do laundry once a week, but still.  So.much.laundry.  And I will never get over what happens to all our socks.  Are the sock companies in on this?

Dear Up-North, We’ll see you next weekend!!!

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~Good morning! Thank you for the birthday wishes yesterday!  I took the kids to SkyZone in the morning to jump which they loved and then we had dinner at my parents house.  B sent flowers (he’s away again this week) and L surprised me with a handful of super pretty purple stones that he had gotten at the zoo a while back. He says he picked them out just for me and was saving them for me until my birthday.  He’s so sweet.  He also helped my Dad vacuum my car which *might* have been the best birthday present ever.  It was such a mess.

Little buy - big foam pit

Little buy – big foam pit

~Ugh. I missed Big Brother last night!  I kind of forget that I can record shows now that I have cable so I only caught the last 10 minutes.  I assume I will be able to catch up pretty easily tonight though.  Did anyone watch?  What did you think of the cast?  And while we are talking about trashy tv, let’s discuss The Bachelorette!  Oh man.  Listening to Kaitlyn and Nick “talk” in the bedroom was beyond awkward.  For me anyway.  Turn those mics off!  I am looking forward to the conversation where she tells the other me about what happened though.  That should be super awkward!

~I am plotting another giveaway and I am curious, do you think I should do one “big” item or a bunch (well a few) smaller items? I am leaning towards one big item, but I want to hear what you think!

~If you are a Citrus Lane subscriber, make sure you check out the “Add to Box” feature  this month.  They have three Mystery Box options in there for $15 (boxes promise a $30+ value).  I am kind of thinking about trying the Playground Ball one, just to see what’s all included in it.

Citrus Lane Add-To Box

Citrus Lane Add-To Box

~It has turned out to be such a bust subscription box week!  I am still expecting Your Secret AdmirerFor the Faithful, Five Four Club, Hammock Pack, Birchbox Man and  Doodle Crate for sure.  I believe that FabFitFun is supposed to ship this week as well.

~My garage sale I was thinking about for this weekend isn’t happening (I have no idea how I thought I could do that), but I want to get rid of some larger items that are collecting dust in the garage.  Where do you all sell your stuff at?  Craigslist, local Facebook swap groups or consignment shops?  I’m talking baby / kid stuff like strollers, a pack-n-play, video monitor, etc.  Any ideas?  And if you bottle fed, what did you do with all the bottles when you were done?  I have a zillion that are just sitting in my basement and I am thinking I could donate them somewhere? Do places take used bottles?  With a new nipple on it and a bath in the steamer it could be as good as new.

That’s all from here!  What are you doing this weekend?

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So What Wednesday! 16

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This week I am saying So What If….

~I love getting all those Happy Birthday messages on Facebook!
~I was more excited about meeting Olaf last night than either of my kids.
~As usual, I am already super annoyed by fireworks this year.
~I am obsessed with getting 10,000 steps a day.
~Every time I list something for sale on a local swap site I regret it.  People ask the craziest questions!
~I am way too excited about Big Brother starting tonight.
~I am going to miss having all these extra kids in the house when my cousins go home tomorrow!
~I love Miggy even more now because of this video.
~It’s only a matter of time before Buddy jumps / falls in the pool next door while he’s chasing an animal.
~I still call WB, “WB” on here even though he’s not a baby anymore.  (The B stands for “baby” – it’s not his middle initial like I think some people think it might be?).
~I still want to go to a storage locker auction.
~I will never get a chance to finish (or even start) all the projects and crafts I have planned in my head.  No way.

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Sunday Sentiments 6

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~Good evening and Happy Father’s Day! B got back into the country yesterday morning and we’ve been busy enjoying our weekend together.  The boys were thrilled to see him and B was even more thrilled to see them!  A good weekend for sure.

Jet-Lag

Jet-Lag

~I have been spending a TON of time lately trying to get the subscription box list updated and I *think* I have everything. Please let me know if there are any I have missed! There are a few boxes that I know are launching soon that I haven’t included (The Baby Guy NYC is one of them), but that is mainly because the websites weren’t up yet.

~I know I have mentioned by Tori Burch FitBit bracelet on here a few times and a few people had mentioned that theirs were peeling.  Well, mine wasn’t – until now.  The actual pattern itself isn’t wearing off, but the top coating on it is.  Not cool. I suspect that once that coating totally comes off the pattern will wear off too but I am not sure.  Has anyone had this happen?

~Does anyone use Periscope?  I have been hearing a lot about it so I signed up for an account, but I am not totally sure what to do next?  How do I find people to follow?  And what makes it different than say, YouTube?

Periscope

Periscope

~I’m switching up my subscription box subscriptions a bit and I am wondering if there is anything new out there you’d want to see a review on?  I am thinking maybe Burke Decor, The Beauty Crop Box and one or two more.  Any ideas?

That’s all for now! I will see you in the morning!

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Friday’s Letters 0

Dear Golf, I don’t know why, buy I always enjoy watching you!

Dear Tiger Woods, What’s going on???  I almost can’t even watch.

Dear L, Yay for finally moving up to the next level in swimming! I am so proud of you!!

Dear Reality Steve, Wow. I thought I had spoiled The Bachelorette for myself by reading your blog. And then I checked your blog again for whatever reason. And well, just go check it if you spoiled it for yourself early on.

Dear Sleeping In, I don’t know why, but WB thinks you are overrated. I, however, do not. Trust me.

Dear South Korea, Why did you stop selling Oreo O’s? WHY? Or if you are still around, where are you hiding? Not in the 27 zillion stores B went to. I’m pretty much crushed.

Dear My To-Do List, Sadly you are still pretty long. Not sure why I thought I would have “all this time” to get things done while B was gone, but clearly I didn’t.

Dear Traffic Jams, I do not miss you one bit from my old commutes to and from work.

Dear Bath & Body Works, Why can’t I avoid your Semi-Annual sales?  They aren’t as good as they used to be, but I still can’t stay away.

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