Walmart Beauty Box: Mini Review

It’s here! My Walmart Beauty Box arrived today!

Let’s peek inside, shall we?

Ooh!  Let’s take a closer look:

Included in this box:

  • Sample of Juicy Couture perfume (love the cute little spray bottle but not the scent)
  • Sample of Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy Damage and Color Repair Shampoo and Conditioner (need this for my color treated hair!)
  • Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Solid in Completely Clean 1.6 oz (my favorite scent) [Retail value at $7.92]
  • Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream Moisturizer 0.5 oz [couldn't find this size at but on it is $9.99]
  • L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Deep-Acting Moisturizer 0.5 oz [couldn't find online but 1.7 oz is $16.29]
  • Covergirl Continuous Color Lipstick in It’s your mauve .13 oz full size (looked like a very wearable color, but alas, seems more pinky orange than mauve when applied) [Retail value at $4.94]

Based on the deodorant and the Olay moisturizer alone this box is a great value. Looking forward to seeing what the next one brings.

Sign up here: Walmart Beauty Box


DJ = Party Time!

I love weddings. I really do. What do I love more? RECEPTIONS. I love the food and the decorations and socializing and I love the music and dancing.

A friend of mine is having a commitment ceremony in March of next year, which we hope will be a legal wedding by then!  I am so excited and cannot wait for it.

I plan to be at her son’s football game this weekend. I should ask if they have found a wedding dj. I plan to have a great time dancing late into the night at their reception. It will most likely be our first outing without the baby. I want to really enjoy myself.

Made time for some self-care today with my best girl

In album 2014-08-12

Birthday girl!

Little baby honey turns two in a couple of weeks.  It boggles my mind that I have a kid in general, and that she’s going to be two soon!  It seems like just yesterday she was brand new and I was terrified of doing anything wrong.

Now, I make mistakes all the time!  And she survives!  But seriously, she’s a great kid: smart, funny, kind, loving and gorgeous.  I’m a lucky momma.

So what will we be getting her for her birthday?  We’ve been looking at swing sets at She loves to play outside and right now there is just no place to play in our backyard. I’d like one with lots of options for her, like a slide and a playhouse. I want to spoil my little girl.


Thank heavens for backups!

While cleaning up after my daughter today I spilled a very small amount of water on the keyboard of my laptop.  I wiped it up right away and all seemed fine until after dinner when I tried to type.  That’s when things got weird.

I ran some paper towels under the key, used the blow dryer and even turned off the laptop and let it sit in front of a running box fan.  Two hours later and it still won’t work correctly.

Thankfully I remembered that when I bought my trusty Logitech Wireless Mouse M315 Nano Blades of Grass, I also purchased the matching Logitech K360 Wireless Keyboard with Unifying Receiver (Blades of Grass Version). I haven’t used the keyboard much, and in fact, I didn’t even know where it was.

My faithful and trusty manservant husband dug it out of a box in the garage and ta-da! I can type again. I love that the dongle for the keyboard is so small and will work for both the mouse and the keyboard.

My only issues with this keyboard are that it can’t quite keep up with my typing (I type really, really fast) and that the keyboard layout is totally different that my laptop keyboard: a little smaller and the home, pgup, etc. are not in the same place.

Upsides?  It works! And it has a number keypad on the left-hand side.  I miss that when I don’t have it.

I highly recommend the mouse and the keyboard, especially if you accidentally mess up your laptop keyboard.

New Voice Over Artist

Since we just moved, the never-ending process of unpacking is still happening.  Besides the garage, one of the last places we are unpacking is my husband’s office.

The other day he found my cool little microphone packed in with HIS stuff. I wonder how that happened?  It is a pretty cool little microphone. He hooked it up and let out daughter play around with it. She loves it.

If you’ve been looking for a microphone of your very own, click this link: visit website. There are some pretty cool microphones there, too. Just make sure you pack it yourself so it doesn’t end up in your husband’s office.

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I'm thinking about sending pasta salad for my husband's lunch (he usually just eats sandwiches).  I've got a bunch of dry penne and rotini, plus some Italian dressing.  Is it really that easy, just cook and toss?  Anything I should add?  I was thinking grilled or canned chicken, but what about veggies wise?  Ideas?