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April 28, 2015

Review: Schick Hydro Silk® Disposables

*FTC Disclaimer* I received this product for free to test and review. The opinions that follow are my own, and are not influenced by any entity.

I was definitely a little skeptical going in to this Bzzagent campaign. I have used Venus razors for since high school, with no inclination to switch. Although in that time, I have tried a few new razors, I always gave them away and went back to my old faithful Venus.
The last time I tried a Schick razor, I ended up with a red rash all over my legs. Once the rash healed and I could begin shaving again, I swore I would not buy another razor other than Venus. I have held true to that.

When Bzzagent gave me the chance to try out Schick Hydro Silk® Disposables I wavered a bit, but ultimately decided it was worth a try. When the box got here, I opened it up and used one that very night. Initially, I thought "well, this is pretty nice.." Aside from the handle feeling odd to me (likely just due to being different from the skinnier Venus razor I use) it gave me a good, close shave. I was a little unsure about the serum on the razor head, too. This was the very thing which had caused my discomfort so many years before! However, this time there were no issues with an itchy rash. (Whew!!)
I'm not sure that I really feel moisturized any more than after any other shave though, my legs still felt dry and in need of lotion. Which I ended up having to apply.

Another aspect I want to mention, is how delighted I am by the length of time the serum is lasting! I am going on over a week of using the same razor, and there is still serum each time! That's super impressive to me because I would have expected it to be good through 2-3 shaves and then have to shave minus the gel on the head!

I'm definitely pleased with the Schick Hydro Silk® Disposables, and I will consider them as an alternative purchase for my shaving needs in the future!

Spring Time DIY Project!

Lately I have been really in to gardening, and subsequently, flowers. Flowers are something that I've always found beautiful, but figured I didn't have the know-how or the patience to mess with it.

I decided to start planting flowers this spring, and after I saw a super cute tiered plant project on Pinterest - I knew what I had to do. (You can find my inspiration here: tiered planter project.)

My husband and I are already working on a ton of household projects, so we have been at Menards and Lowes on a weekly basis for months. Yes, months. We have a lot going on.
Anyway, while we were there, I decided to pick up some cute plastic pots to attempt this project.

Initially, I had planned to plant seeds, but with this being my first go-round, and with weather here being so fickle and unpredictable in the spring, I opted for some adorable flowers that were already past the difficult point. These were purchased from a local green house, which I would rather do than buy from Walmart or any other such place when possible.

We grabbed the pots and a fresh bag of potting soil, and I went to work.

The finished project looked cute, but bare. Now that I had an idea what type of plants I might want to see here, I snapped a photo and headed to the greenhouse. (Another great option about a local greenhouse is that with me not knowing too much about flowers yet, a really knowledgeable staff member was able to help me find ones who fit in to my idea of what I want here.) 
I showed her a photo of my project, and we were off and running.

I chose a Lighthouse Salvia for the very top, and livewire grass, gazanias, and a few different varieties of petunias. Above, you can see them about two days after I got them situated in their new home.

Here we are, about two weeks after settling in. Due to frosts in the evening, I'm still having to drag them inside our garage in the evenings, and then back out in the sunshine every day. Once we get some steady temperatures, I will be able to place them outside permanently! Look at that Salvia! It grew so much already!

Overall, this project was very easy. Even for me. The price was right, too.

Another positive point is that this spring project got me super psyched to do MORE planting, and since then, I have planted seeds in containers, too! I can't wait to learn and (hopefully) see some more cute flowers sprouting up soon!

April 23, 2015

Review: SoapBox Acai Berry Shampoo & Conditioner

I'm always looking for ways to make my life a little greener, and to rid my body of harmful or unnecessary chemicals. One area that keeps stumping me is my shampoo and conditioner choices. I'm forever on the hunt for a shampoo/conditioner that doesn't include sulfates and parabens, but still makes my hair soft, silky, and manageable.

Most options are just "pretty good" at their best.  That is incredibly disappointing for me, because this is an area that is important to me!

Influenster has given me the chance to try out Soapbox's shampoo and conditioner in the scent Acai Berry.  How could I say no to that?

Let's take a gander through the pros and cons of this amazing VoxBox!

Scent: The acai berry shampoo and conditioner smells amazing. It's very strong, too. If you are looking for one that sticks around, this is a good option. My husband, when asked if he wanted to sniff my hair, made the comment he could "already smell it" but he made sure to clarify it didn't smell bad. ;-)

Texture/Color: The shampoo is really delightful, I love that it's CLEAR with no dyes. The conditioner is thicker than some sulfate-free products and I like that as well. It felt like it was actually coating my hair, which is a big PLUS.

Packaging: The bottle was a little awkward for my tiny hands, but it's cute overall. Space saving on the edge of your tub or shower as well. Don't forget that the back of each bottle has a HOPE code on it, which you can enter on Soapbox's website, to find out where proceeds from your purchase went!

Chemicals: Soapbox shampoo and conditioners are free from sulfates and parabens!

Bunny Logo: Yes! I would also like to take a moment to mention that Soapbox does so many other amazing things, and I would love for you to read about them here!

Price: At $4.99 at bottle, it's hardly going to break the bank. Which I'm glad for. I was worried that it would be incredibly expensive compared to what I'm used to paying for shampoo.

Availability: The Soapbox products are available at Target, but I found that Amazon carried two of the scents, but no the one I reviewed here.

Final Verdict: While the first couple uses were difficult for me, as I noticed my hair gave me more issues with tangling (okay, that sucked) this seemed to get a little better with continued use. I wash my hair about 3 times a week, so keep that in mind. I'm not lathering up daily with this one. (Oh! On that note, I have to say I was extremely impressed by the lather Soapbox shampoo produced!) My hair is actually feeling better with each use. In the past, during my FIRST switch to a sulfate free hair care line, I was told that it was very common to experience a "detox" period while your hair got used to not having the sulfates that smooth the strand. While I'm not 100% verified on that, I have found it to be the true that, when bouncing back and forth between sulfate and sulfate-free, it often took my hair some time to get used to the sulfate-free products.
I have noticed fewer flyaways and overall better looking hair. (It's got that pretty "swish" movement!)

So there you have it. My thoughts on the Soapbox products. After learning the price, I will absolutely buy Soapbox products again in the future. I'm sold! A huge THANKS to Influenster for giving me the chance to try this product for free in exchange for my honest opinion of the product! I am excited to have finally found a great shampoo that won't feed my body junk chemicals, all the while, I can contribute to a worthwhile cause!

February 28, 2015

2015 Goals: Two Month Accountability Check

Accountability Check!

Well we are two months in to 2015, and I'm ready to do another check-in with you. (Whether I want to or not!)

  • Keep a closer eye on astronomical events. We haven't caught anything special yet, but I'm hopeful!
  • Buy even less. We got our tax refund, so we did some spending. We had our old laptop, which had been broke since last summer, looked at. Turns out it was definitely dead in the water and would take more money to fix than it was worth. Plus, since it was so old they weren't able to procure anything but refurbished parts. No good. So we found one at Best Buy with everything we needed and snapped it up. Then we (okay, Husband!) removed the hard drive from the old one and we turned it in to an inexpensive external hard drive. (Plus I was able to get all my files.) And our tax check allowed us to finally make the jump to bi-weekly grocery shopping!
  • Complain less. This one is my biggest challenge. I move forward and backslide several times a week, but it is what it is, and I'm trying my best!
  • Tech free Sundays. It's definitely difficult to remember that only one day is tech-free. For both of us. Since 6 days a week, our routine includes sitting down with coffee and our phones to scroll through pinterest together, it's difficult to remember on that last day! It's even worse now that The Walking Dead has returned and I fell like I need to live tweet! lol!
  • Read 55 books. This goal was definitely going to be a cake walk for me right from the beginning. I'm sitting at 9 books right now, well ahead of schedule. (I had anticipated blowing right by 55 books.)
Allllllllllll right! How are you guys doing on your goals and resolutions for 2015?? Tell me in the comments below, I'd love to know!!