Blogtober Day 1 – Update + Announcement

Hey all!

Just a quick update on this end. I haven’t posted in a few weeks but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything to share.

First of all, I’ve started writing some album reviews over at Canadian Beats!

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I’ve been having a ball writing for them so far! I’ve discovered some great music and cannot see what else they have in store. If you’re interested in learning more and supporting this great site, along with some pretty amazing Canadian talent, click the picture to head over to their website.

Sample Saturdays haven’t disappeared. I did keep up with it over the past two weeks but did not update last week. I do have a progress post coming soon and figured I would change the name of these group of posts to ‘Weekly Sample Baskets’. Expect an update on that tomorrow.

I have also decided to attempt Blogtober again this year!

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Basically I’ll be trying to post every day during the month of October. October seems to be the month when everything happens and I end up failing at this. Lets hope this year is different!

With that being said I am going to end it here. I’ve got a few goodies in store and plan to spend tomorrow writing up some blog posts to have stashed away just in case life gets in the way… if I don’t get a call for work that is!!

Hope everything is well with you all! And if you’re doing Blogtober (or Vlogtober if you are a youtuber) let me know! I’d love to read/watch!

Sample Saturday – Week 2

Hey all!

I know I am a day late with this post but I have a great excuse…. I went to a concert yesterday that started around 2pm and didn’t get home until late. I’ll be blogging about that in the coming days.

But that’s not what we are here for. It’s Sample Saturday progress day! I’ll be honest and say that I didn’t do as well as I expected because I ended up with a few days of work (YAY!) and I used products that were more convenient.

So a quick recap. Last week we started with the following products.

 

The Beginning

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  • SKYN Iceland Cleansing Cloths
  • Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo
  • Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner
  • Dove Nutritive Solutions Daily Moisture Shampoo
  • Dove Nutritive Solutions Daily Moisture Conditioner
  • Dove Advanced Hair Series Pure Care Dry Oil Shampoo, Conditioner, and African Macadamia Oil Packet
  • Dove Advanced Hair Series Oxygen Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner Packet
  • Nivea Facial Cleansing Lotion
  • Aveeno Lotion
  • Jergens Lotion
  • TRESemme Luxurious Moisture Shampoo
  • TRESemme Luxurious Moisture Conditioner
  • Bath and Body Works Shower Gel in Golden Pineapple Luau

 

Week One Results!

So how did I do? I managed a finish five products.

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  • Dove Advanced Hair Series Oxygen Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner Packets
  • Bath & Body Works Shower Gel in Golden Pineapple Luau
  • Dove Nutritive Solutions Daily Moisture Shampoo
  • Dove Nutritive Solutions Daily Moisture Conditioner

I really enjoyed all the products I used up this week. Both shampoo/conditioner mixes left my hair feeling silky smooth and easy to work it. I’d definitely consider buying them in the future.

I absolutely loved the scent of the Bath & Body Works Shower Gel in Golden Pineapple Luau. It reminded me of a body spray I had years ago by Mary Kate & Ashley (I kid you not) and I absolutely loved it. I would definitely recommend this scent and would buy it again if Bath & Body Works still carry this scent!

 

New Additions

 

In the initial post I mentioned that I would be adding some new products each week. Here are the samples I’ve added for this week. Each one is only a ‘one use’ sample so I am hoping to be more successful this week!

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The Product:
Laboratories Klorane
Eye Contour Patches
Sample Size: 2 patches

About the Product:
Smoothing and relaxing patches with soothing Cornflower

Directions for Use:
Remove the white protective film from the patch. Apply patch without pressing on the lower eye contour. Leave for 20 minutes and then slowly remove the patch, starting at the outer corner of the eye. Enhance its effectiveness by lightly patting the application area with the tips of the fingers.

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The Product:
HADA LABO TOKYO
Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask
Sample Size: Contains 1 Mask (20 ml / 0.7 fl oz)

About the Product:
– Deep hydration with super Hyaluronic Acid.
– Drenches skin with a bottle of serum.
– Boosts hydration and restores firmness.

A one of a kind spa treatment at home. This soft, single-use, 100% cotton mask drenches skin with a bottle of serum to boost hydration, smooth fine lines, and restores firmness and bounce to your skin. A refreshing, relaxing and indulgent experience for radiant and visibly younger looking skin.

Free from parabens, fragrance, dyes, and mineral oils, non-irritating. For all skin types.

Directions for Use:
1) Open the foil packet containing the pre-cut mask. Unfold to expose entire surface area.
2) Carefully position the eye, nose and mouth openings as you gently press the mask to your face.
3) Leave on for 10-15 minutes.
4) Gently remove and discard. Do not rinse; Pat excess serum into the skin.

Recommended Use: 1 to 3 times per week for best results.

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The Product:
John Frieda
Frizz Ease Thermal Protection Serum
Sample Size: 4.4 ml

About the Product:
– Prevents frizz and breakage. Smooths split ends from the damage of high heat tools.
– For all hair types; Apply to towel-dried hair.

What it does: Guards frizzy hair from the damaging and colour-fading effects of heat. Styling and UV exposure while eliminating frizz and flyaways. With thermal protectant

Directions for Use:
Apply to towel-dried hair. Use sparing, dispensing 1 pump of serum into palm. Rub hands together and distribute evenly throughout hair. Avoid applying directly to roots. Use more or less depending on hair length and thickness. Do not rinse out. Style as described.

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The Product:
Nivea Creme Care
All-in-one Facial Cleansing Lotion
Sample Size: 2 ml

About the Product:
– Gently removes make-up, cleanses impurities and protects skin’s moisture balance.
– Massage over face and eyes. Remove with a cotton pad or water. Ideal for daily use.

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The Products:
The Body Shop Body Lotion
Sample Size: about 5 ml each

About the Product:
These are two samples that I got from The Body Shop to try out their lotions. The scents for these are Pink Grapefruit and Raspberry.

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The Product:
Dove Advanced Hair Series
Quench Absolute Creme Serum
Sample Size: 15 ml

About the Product:
– For dry, wavy, curly hair
– Perfectly nourished hair and 72 hr manageability

Directions for Use:
Perfect for use on both damp and dry hair. Rub creme into palms and apply evenly on hair.

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The Product:
Neat & Easy
Deep Cleansing Nose Strip
Sample 1: 1 Strip

About the Product:
– Helps blackheads, oil and dirt.
– Helps to diminish the appearance of large pores.

Direction for Use:
1) Wash your face thoroughly making sure to remove any cream, lotion or make-up. Moisten your nose with warm water, as strips won’t stick if your nose is dry.
2) Dry your hands, open the packet and peel strip off the plastic liner.
3) Apply the shiny side to moistened nose and press down to ensure good contact with skin.
4) Let the strip dry for 10-15 minutes until it feel stiff.
5) Once the strip is dry, slowly peel off the edges and pulling towards the center. Rinse off any residue with water.

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The Product:
Gud – from Burt’s Bees
Natural Body Lotion in Floral Cherrynova
Sample Size: 5 ml

About the Product:
– We can write about happy skin all day. Lavish it generously with the soft scent of cherry blossoms and almond milk.
– Shea butter and sunflower seed oil moisturize skin, leaving it soft and smooth.

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Well that’s all for today! I’m hoping to be able to use up most of these products this week. A few of the shampoos/conditioners from last weeks post were definitely more then one use. If you’ve received or used up any samples recently, let me know in the comments!!

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Sample Saturdays – Week One

 

 

Site Updates

Hello Everyone,

It’s been a hot minute since the last time I wrote.

I’ve had a pretty busy Summer and let this blog fall to the side. I’ve opened up WordPress many times over the past little while with the intentions of writing. I’ve got back posts/pictures already saved on my computer for future posts… but nothing came of it.

I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things over the next little while. As you can probably tell (unless you’re new to the blog…..then Welcome!) that I’ve did some formatting changes. I’m liking how it is turning out so far and I’ll probably stick with what I have for the time being. I’m also trying to get the site more organized and bring some new content in. It should be a great time!

I look forward to being back over the next few weeks with some new adventures for you all! In the meantime, stay cool!

 

Week 7 Update: #Walk100MilesChallenge

Hey All!

Since I’m rather far behind on most things related to my blog (oops!), I just posted my weeks 4-6 update for the #Walk100MilesChallenge. Surprisingly, I have already passed the 100 mile mark and hit 125.75 miles by the end of week 6. However, I decided to keep going with the challenge since I have been enjoying it. My next goal is to hit 200 miles!

It’s been a beautiful week here where I live. Unfortunately I didn’t get to walk as much as I wanted to but I did manage to get a few long walks in. I’ve also decided to start training for the Tely10 but I haven’t registered yet. I want to see if I’ll be around and if I am actually capable of doing it. Until then, let’s get on to the results for Week 7!

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This Weeks Total: 26.98 miles

Week 6 total: 26.09 miles
Week 5 total: 22.17 miles
Week 4 total: 26.73 miles
Week 3 total: 18.09 miles
Week 2 total: 19.57 miles
Week 1 total: 13.08 miles

Grand total at the end of Week 7: 152.71 miles!

This is pretty awesome!! I’ve already managed to get almost 7 miles towards next week! It has definitely been that little bit of extra motivation that I needed to keep me going!

If you’re interested in learning more about the #Walk100MilesChallenge and the wonderful participants….. CLICK HERE!!!

 

Weeks 4-6 Updates – #Walk100MilesChallenge

Hey All!

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve sat down to write for my blog. The past few weeks have been busy with me going to visit my family during our week off for Easter/Spring break. I ended up going out to my hometown last weekend to pick up my Mom who is visiting while the boyfriend is on a work trip. Things have been keeping me rather busy and away from most social medias (other then a quick check on the cell phone if time permits).

However, I’m hoping after that little break that I will get a chance to sit down and beat out some blog posts. I’ve missed it!

However, today’s post is not an update one on the happenings in my life. Instead I am here to update you on the #Walk100MilesChallenge.

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I’ve been keeping up with the walking and exercising the best I could, but to be honest I haven’t tracked it. I have left short comments about my progress with the ladies who are also completing the challenge, but nothing official. So along with you all, today is the first time I’m going to see some numbers as well!

Previous Data:
Week 3 total: 18.09 miles
Week 2 total: 19.57 miles
Week 1 total: 13.08

Grand total at the end of Week 3: 50.74 miles

Week 4 (April 8-14): 26.73
Week 5 (April 15-21): 22.17
Week 6 (April 22-28): 26.09

Total at the end of Week 6: 125.73 miles!!!

Wow! I’m impressed! The goal was to hit 100 miles and I managed to do it in a little over 5 weeks. I’ve definitely been enjoying this task and I plan to keep going!!!

Week 7 results coming shortly!

If you’re interested in learning more about the #Walk100MilesChallenge and the wonderful participants….. CLICK HERE!!!

Week-in-Review #1

Hey all!

Hope you all have had a fabulous week.

At least much better than mine!

The week started off fairly good. I was in a good frame of mind and had the energy and motivation to get things done. I had a couple of days of work at a school I haven’t been to in over a month. It was great to get back there and see so many familiar faces.

The end of the week brought nothing but misery. I missed two calls for work because my cell phone decided it didn’t want to let messages through until it was too late. Then I was left with an abundance to get through and no work. I made sure to tell those people who tried to call the home phone if I don’t respond. Hopefully that fixed this problem.

Somewhere around Thursday night I started to feel achy and my throat was pretty sore. This lasted for a few days and drained all the energy I had from the beginning of the week. It also progressed into a head cold and as I type this my ears and nose are blocked and my throat is still sore. However, Life must go on.

It was announced on Friday that one of my favorite drummers was no longer a member of the band he has been with for the past 11 years. The circumstances around this announcement seem to be rather vague but we know he hasn’t been performing with them since mid last year due to an illness. We also knew that he was ready to return but didn’t. That’s when speculations started to arise through the fandom. I guess we will never know what really happened. However, I wish him the best of luck on future endeavors and will continue to follow to see what magic is creates next. After all, he will always hold a special place.

I finally got to see Beauty and the Beast last night. I really enjoyed the movie to be honest. It had been my favorite Disney movie growing up and it didn’t disappoint. There were a few moments that seemed a little over the top (hello.. Be Our Guest!) but for the most part it kept the simplicity that I loved. This is definitely a movie that I will watch again (and probably purchase when it is released to own).

A little bit later we are heading out to do our weekly grocery shopping and prep. I’m anticipating many shoppers as we are calling for yet another blizzard tonight into tomorrow. I am soooooooo over Winter and snow. But the icing on the cake is the freezing and rain that seems to come after all of the storms we’ve had lately. This just leaves a mess. *Sigh*

But for now, I’m going to leave you all with a little recap of this weeks blog posts.

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Book Review: For the Record by Regina Jennings

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Spring 2017 Babe Box Unboxing – #GirlPowerBabeBox

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Spring 2017 Babe Box – Add On Bundle Unboxing

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Week 2 Update – #Walk100mileschallenge

 

Hope you all have a fabulous week!

Update: Where have I been?

Hey all!

I wanted to do this post before I published the #Walk100MilesChallenge post and update on progress but I didn’t get around to it.

Why?

Because in all honesty, I have no excuses. I just haven’t been feeling like myself. I think a part of it has to do with Mother Nature being so, so, SOOO indecisive. One minute are have barely any snow, the sun is shining, and the temperatures are starting to warm up and then ….

BANG!!

Back to Winter we go! I’m so over Winter it is not even fit. I cannot wait until I can comfortably go outside without freezing or needing to wear layers upon layers of clothes to keep from freezing.  I cannot wait until I can comfortable spend time outside without shivering to pieces. I’m becoming impatient now.. hahaha

Secondly, work. Work has been pretty steady.. thankfully. I enjoy what I do but there for a few weeks I found that by the time I got home at the end of the day  I was exhausted. I didn’t even have it in me to clean up after Supper and that definitely isn’t like me. I’m the one who cleans when they are bored after all. Thankfully I am over that stage right now and I hope it doesn’t come back anytime soon!

So that’s basically what has been up with me and to be honest, I miss writing and posting. I have made a list of ideas of future posts and even have some written that you will see this week! I cannot wait to share them with you. Hopefully this funk that I have found myself in is quickly coming to an end. I cannot wait to feel so much better and have so much more energy. To be honest I could go to sleep right now, sitting up at the computer. This is so not like me.

I also want to welcome all the new followers that I have  since I last posted. Thanks for stopping by and subscribing. I would love to hear from you all.

And now I’m going to head off and tackle some more of the tasks on my to-do list for today. Sorry for the lack of posts and the random ramblings in this one!

Take care!!