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Thursday Thoughts 25

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~Good morning! Lots going on around here. As you can see I changed up the header and the background a little bit and this is now “Subscription Box Ramblings”. I think I mentioned a while ago that I was tossing around the idea of separating subscription box and non-subscription box “stuff” and this is it.  This page will eventually just have subscription box stuff (and I may end up changing the domain name one day), but for the next few months nothing will really change while I get it all worked out.  Now, if you click on “Blog” in the Menu bar above, you’ll end up on Ramblings of a Suburban Mom which has non-subscription box posts only.  Posts like this.  Hmm, let’s see, what else.  Oh, the Contact Form is now fixed so no one should be having issues with that anymore.  I’m working on fixing the RSS feed so hopefully the Daily Post E-Mail Recap will head out like normal today.  If not today it’ll be ready tomorrow.  Oddly enough, the Contact Form problems caused the RSS feed problems.  It makes no sense, I know. Trust me.  I know.

~I finally got my Tieks calendar! They sent out an e-mail about it back in January (I think they sent it to everyone? who bought Tieks last year) and it just arrived.  Anyway, it’s adorable.  I have like 4 calendars in my office (from subscription boxes) plus a planner and I still never know what day it is.  LOL!

Tieks calendar

Tieks calendar

~I’ve still got quite a few boxes coming this week including Birchbox Man, Birchbox (my March box has shipped), DottieboxFrankie & Albert (I wasn’t expecting that one), And I am still hoping for some March PopSugar spoilers!!  Come on PopSugar!  What are you waiting on?

~L’s school has a big end of school party for all the kids / parents and I need some ideas.  They (well I guess we since I volunteered to co-chair) do like bounce houses, a Photo Booth, airbrush tattoos, games, ice-cream, hot dogs, etc.  But we want to do something else.  Maybe a dunk tank or some sort of make your own something that would be super fun and not super expensive to rent / buy?  Anyone?  Oh and I also have volunteered to bake something for the bake sale this weekend.  I’m thinking cookies.  How many little cookies do you put in each bag?  3? 4?

~Has anyone tried Baby Foot? It removes dead skin cells (which you may not even know about) from your feet.  DO NOT do a google image search if you are eating right now.  Or were eating.  Or ever want to eat again. DO NOT.  I heard about it a while ago and then Kathie Lee was talking about it on Today and how she loved it.  I’m going to order some from Amazon and I will let you know what I think.

Baby Foot

Baby Foot

That’s all from here.  What’s going on this weekend?  Don’t forget to Spring Forward!

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So What Wednesday 13

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This week I am saying So What If….

~I stayed up late (well later than I wanted to) just to see Ryan Reynolds on Jimmy Fallon the other night.
~I am thinking about having a Botox birthday party!
~I went to Target yesterday and the cashier asked me where WB was. LOL.
~I don’t know if the super crazy girls (I’m looking at you Ashley and Kelsey) on the Bachelor are plants, but I really don’t care either.
~I still haven’t gotten my February FrenchBox. I don’t even know if I care at this point.
~I still think that dress is white and gold.
~I will never understand why Baxter feels like he needs an invitation to jump on the couch or the bed.  Even at 3am, instead of just jumping on the bed, he sits there and cries until I one of us wakes up and gives him that personal invitation.
~I used to think that Eric Church sang that song “Take Me to Church” (which I love).
~I hate when I get “Your Item Has Shipped” e-mails, but the items really don’t ship for another week.
~I am probably the only one, but I like Jared Leto better with short hair.
~Even if one of my favorite songs is on the radio, I still flip the channel to see if something “better” is on.
~I still listen to the actual radio in my car.

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Sunday Sentiments 6

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~Happy Sunday!  As usual I am lifting Jen’s Sunday Sentiments and making it mine tonight.

~Good evening! How is it already Sunday? I wonder this every weekend so I don’t know why I am always surprised it goes by so fast!

~Did you see the new Girl Scout Cookie Oven that is supposed to be coming out in the Fall? OMG how fun would that be? I think this is going to be on WB’s Christmas List this year.  He is SO into cooking and baking (so is L but I think he’d prefer that WB asked for this) and will love this.  And who doesn’t love Girl Scout Cookies?

Girl Scout Cookie Oven

Girl Scout Cookie Oven

~I made a new Instagram tonight – just for subscription box related “stuff”.  It’s “subscriptionboxramblings” and, like I said, will be strictly subscription box related.  Well and maybe a little Target clearance.  But my plan is to post every box I receive on there and spoilers everyone is looking for. I’ll still have my other one (ramblingjen) too and will still be posting boxes on there every once in a while like I do now.

~I picked up “The Girl on the Train” from Amazon and am planning on cracking it open tonight.  What are you reading right now?  I always like to have a book lined up to read next or I get slacking!

The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train

~I feel like there was so much going on with subscription box stuff today that I want to do a quick recap!  We got the second spoiler for the Spring 2015 FabFitFun box, Gwynnie Bee has a free 30-Day trial happening, Green Kids Crafts has a free trial and don’t forget to make your March subscription box selections (or skip if you want). I have have switched over the Spoilers tab to March, so make sure to check that out if you are looking for spoilers.

~B made our February Mantry “Pizza Party” box for dinner tonight.  OMG.  It was awesome.  It really proved that we need to make homemade pizza more.  I was very impressed.

Mantry "Pizza Party" dinner.

Mantry “Pizza Party” dinner.

That’s it for now! Hope you have a great night!
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Friday’s Letters 26

Dear People Who See that Dress as Being Black and Blue, How? This is one thing I will never understand. And frankly, I wish I never would have looked at it. I just do not get it.

Dear WB, No, there is not a frog in your room. No, you do not need a drink of water. No, you are not scared of your Paw Patrol stuffed animal. No, you do not need to tell the dogs something.  But yes, you crack me up.

Dear Spring, Are you ever going to get here?  Please hurry.  We are freezing.

Dear Disney, Do we really need to go see Cinderella to see the new Frozen short?  Isn’t there another way?

Dear “Keychain Access”, You are literally the best thing that ever happened to me. You know how often I forget my passwords?  Every day.  More than once a day at that.  But with you I just need ONE password and then can look up any password I have saved.  Amazing.

Dear Starbucks. I was so excited about your Coconut Milk and then discovered it’s not really coconut milk.  Why?

Dear My Old Teachers on Facebook, Why didn’t I realize how cool you all were when I was in high school?  I mean seriously.

Dear Me, Uhh, how did it take you almost a week to realize that one of your prints on the Gallery Wall was hung sideways?  LOL.

Dear Big Hero 6, Why didn’t anyone warn me about how sad you were? I should have asked L about it before I watched.  He would have warned me.

Dear Llamas That Escaped, OMG, I couldn’t have enjoyed watching you run free any more than I did.  The kids and I were cracking up.  I don’t know if it was funnier to watch you or watch the people trying to catch you.  Awesome.

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Thursday Thoughts 12

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~Good morning!  Not too much happening around here.  It’s still cold and yeah, that’s about it.  LOL.  Starbucks does have a fantastic new drink, the Tiramisu Latte, so that’s fun.  WB and I made a trip there yesterday after taking L to school and I tasted it out. It’s amazing.  It should be good though considering it has about a million calories.

Tiramisu Latte

Tiramisu Latte

~It’s been a slow start to the week subscription box wise, but I am still expecting Birchbox ManFor the FaithfulHammock PackHazel LaneKiwi CrateLittle Lace Box, New Beauty Test Tube and one or two more.  It will be a good end to the week for sure.

~Did you see that PopSugar has their Must Have Resort Box on sale?  I ordered mine (even though I am not headed to a resort anytime soon) and can’t wait to see what’s going to be in it. What do you think it’s going to include?  Maybe a blue clutch?  LOL!

PopSugar Must Have Resort

PopSugar Must Have Resort

~I came across this on The Impulsive Buy last night.  Cotton Candy Oreo’s.  No one seems to know when they will be released, but they seem to be for real.  This is one I may need to sit out.    That just doesn’t sound good to me.  Not like Red Velvet ones did!

Cotton Candy Oreos

Cotton Candy Oreos

~B and I watched Horrible Bosses 2 last night.  It’s not going to win any awards, but we both liked it.  We have the worst time trying to agree on what movie to watch.  I pick the romantic comedies and he picks the action movies or all the movies that were set like 100 years ago (or 100 years in the future) that I don’t love.  Any any of you and your SO’s the same way?  Any movies you’ve both watched lately and enjoyed?

Horrible Bosses 2

Horrible Bosses 2

~I’m working on breaking out the Subscription List into a few more categories (Book / Reading, Geek / Gamer, etc.) so try and make it more user friendly.  I originally made the list just over two years ago and I am absolutely blown away at how many subscription boxes are out there now.  I have probably added hundreds of boxes to the list over the years  Amazing!

That’s all from here.  What’s going on this weekend?

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So What Wednesday! 10

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This week I am saying So What If….

~I really had to think hard to determine if today was Tuesday or Wednesday.
~Just about everyone I know is pregnant (for real) and I’d be lying if it didn’t kind of make me want another one too.
~I quickly decided it would be much easier to just go over to my friends houses and hold their new babies!
~I love looking at everyones TJ Maxx / Home Goods finds on Instagram. It’s almost as fun as going there myself.
~L really still thinks I am 22. Still.
~I am beyond annoyed that I still cannot locate “Skye” Paw Patrol car toy for WB. Where is Skye? Why can’t I find her? AHHHH!
~I kind of forgot that I volunteered for this big fundraiser / end of year party at L’s school. It seemed like such a good idea (and SO far away) at the time. I may end up regretting this.
~I totally want to watch Big Hero 6.
~I like The Voice 100x more with Christina Aguilera on it.
~I hate when you have to call to cancel something.  I just want to do it online!
~I haven’t checked my voicemail in a good 6 months.  I actually don’t even have a password set up to check it.
~Sometimes I only post on Facebook and/or Instagram because of Time Hop.  I know that in 3 years if I look back and there’s nothing, I will be sad.  On the other hand, will there even be a Time Hop app in 3 years?  We’ll see.

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Sunday Sentiments 24

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~Happy Sunday!  As usual I am lifting Jen’s Sunday Sentiments and making it mine tonight.

~Good evening! It’s Oscar night and I am pumped! I have only watched a few of the movies nominated, but I love the excitement of it all. And I love to see what everyone is wearing of course.  So far I am loving all these dresses.  Everyone looks amazing!

~Is it freezing where you are at?  It’s been “nice” here these past few days (by nice I mean like 25 degrees), but that’s ending tonight. I’ll be surprised if L has school tomorrow.  It’s going to be just too cold. We went grocery shopping today (it was bananas), the kids and I made cookies this afternoon and B made a big pot of chili, so we are all set.  Bring on a “snow” day!

~I finished the gallery wall in my office this weekend!  With B’s help that is.  I have been picking up prints here and there (mainly from TJ Maxx & Home Goods) that I like for a while now so I started to work on my layout yesterday.  I put them all out on the floor and moved them around a bunch of times until I came up with something I liked.  Then I grabbed an giant roll of old wrapping paper and cut out the shapes of all the pictures (a huge thank you to everyone who suggested this).  I hung all the cut-outs up with washi tape (it sticks, but not too much) so I could really see how everything fit on the wall.  I learned that what looks like a TON of pictures on your floor doesn’t look like a ton on the wall!  And then today B hung them all up for me.  It worked out really well because he knew exactly what I wanted where and just had to make sure they were level.  I didn’t worry at all about the spacing between the pictures and figure this will let me swap out pictures if I want.  I am super happy with how it all turned out!

Gallery Wall

Gallery Wall – in Progress

Gallery Wall

Gallery Wall

~Two totally unrelated things I am loving right now 1) Thin Mint Yankee Candle Girl Scout Cookie Candle.  OMG it smells so good.  It’s seriously just like a Thin Mint cookie.  Better really because it lasts longer!  and 2) Chobani Kids Pouches!  I came across these today at Kroger and was thrilled.  L LOVES yogurt pouches and he loves Greek yogurt, so to finally have the two together is awesome.  He says they are fabulous too.

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Things I am Loving

~In case you missed it earlier, the PopSugar Must Have box site is back up!  If you need to check your account, cancel before you get billed for March, subscriber for March, change your address, etc. you can do it now!  And if you ordered the February French Box, do not use the beauty items and make sure you check out their e-mail / Facebook post about the issues with this month.  Hopefully they get that fixed for everyone ASAP!

That’s it for now!  Are you watching the Oscars?

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Friday’s Letters 9

Dear Target, You win, I hit up the Valentine’s Day clearance. I waited till it was 90% off though, so maybe I won?

Dear B, I hope we are still talking this weekend after you hang up my gallery wall with me ;).

Dear The Real World, Have you ever had an episode without a fight? For real. There are some angry people in the real world obviously!

Dear Michigan State, Things are looking up! A few weeks ago I wasn’t sure you’d make the tournament and now I feel like you are going to make a run!

Dear L and WB, I love how you two are becoming so tight! I think you two actually LIKE hanging out with each other. PLEASE let it stay this way.

Dear ipsy, My Glam bag isn’t here yet, so stop sending me e-mails telling me it’s time to review my products!  But I do love how many new reward items you have been putting up!

Dear “Pancake Art”, I see people on Facebook creating these amazing characters out of pancake batter and they make it look SO easy.  However, it’s not.  It just not.  At all.  Don’t be fooled!

Dear Flip-Flop Weather, Listen, you can’t get here soon enough.  This -15 stuff is for the birds.  The fuzzy birds who can stay warm. It’s just too cold for the rest of us, including my dogs, who HATE this.

Dear emojis, Who thinks of you?  Can you talk to whoever made you and get some new ones? We need some fresh stuff!

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Thursday Thoughts 17

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~Good morning! It’s Winter Break for L this week so he’s off, but it’s so cold here that there is no way he would have had school anyway! We went to a new aquarium in the area yesterday and the kids loved it.  L more than WB, but WB was into it too.  I’m not too sure what we’ve got going on today, but it’s certainly nothing that involves being outside.

The Boys!

The Boys!

~I still haven’t hit up Target’s Valentine’s Day clearance, but I believe it’s still 70% off at most stores right now.  The Brickseek Target Inventory Checker now has prices, so you can easily see if your store is 70% or 90% off!  Just go here and enter your zip code and a Valentines clearance DPCI (it doesn’t matter what – you are just checking prices – “200-09-0362″ is for a Valentine’s day travel mug)! If it’s $2.4 it’s 70% off, $0.8 means it’s 90% off!  There are some lego packs, Hot Wheels and Crayola packs I am hoping to find at 90% off, but that’s about it this year.

~Did you see that Jimmy Fallon paired up with Ben & Jerry’s for a new ice-cream flavor? It’s called “The Tonight Dough” and sounds like maybe it’s the most amazing ice-cream ever!

Tonight Dough Ice-Cream

Tonight Dough Ice-Cream

~I found some great prints at TJ Maxx / Home Goods recently and have big plans to redo the gallery wall in my office and on the staircase. B has requested that I “draw him a picture” of how I want everything hung up.  I’m planning on laying everything out on the floor to get an idea of how to arrange everything.  Any other tips?

~Do you have a Five Below near you?  If so you need to grab some of these Revo Chap-Ice Lip balms. They are like mini EOS balms and they are awesome.  And this pack is only $3.  The doughnut candles are from Home Goods.  They smell so good!  I wish I could find some of the other scents.

Lip Balm

Lip Balm

~I’ve still got an assortment of boxes coming this week including BabeBoxxbluumCitrus Lane, FrenchBoxipsy (my ipsy is clearly taking the LONG way this month), Koala Crate, Loot Crate, Petit VourPhone Case of the Month and one or two more I can’t think of off the top of my head.

That’s all from here.  What’s going on this weekend?  Are you planning on watching the Oscars?

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So What Wednesday! 13

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This week I am saying So What If….

~Target Valentine’s Day Clearance is 70% off and I am not even tempted (okay maybe just a little) to go to the store and check it out.
~I googled Jade from the Bachelor’s Playboy pictures the other night when she was showing them to Chris.  I bet I am not the only one who did either.
~I am excited that B’s flight got canceled yesterday because it meant he didn’t have to go out of town this week.
~While I have zero idea why PopSugar is down for maintenance for the next few days, I can only hope it means that a new Limited Edition box will be released when they are back up.
~I have spent way too much looking up gallery walls on Pinterest.  And I am no closer to having an idea what to do with mine!
~I never trust those “Compare To” prices on tags at TJ Maxx so I usually end up standing in the store googling or scanning stuff with my phone to see what the real cost is!
~Everything that is ever missing in this house is always under the couch.  I have no idea why we even look anywhere else.  It’s under the couch. Always.
~After I paint my nails I walk around waving my hands in the air and acting like I do anything because I don’t want to wreck them. Then after about 15 minutes I forget and they end up smudged.
~I liked it better back in the day when Groupon just had ONE local deal per day.  It seemed more special back then!

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