Don’t Grow Up. It’s a Trap!

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Easter Weekend

Here’s a little of what we did:

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The man surprised me Friday night. He told me to cancel my plans, that we were taking the Baby Bird out.
It’s not often that he tells me to cancel my plans.  In fact, this was a first!  So I did.

We went to a local Japanese restaurant called Miyami! It’s a favorite of ours, and it was time to introduce Aubrey to it’s awesome flavors 🙂

We sat at one of the grills. Aubrey freaked out a little bit when he caught the grill on fire.  I whispered in her ear that it’s just part of the show, and try to relax.

She loved watching the chef set the onion volcano on fire!

She ordered shrimp and rice, I ordered my usual steak and veggies…and of course, the man ordered his Godzilla Roll.  We had the Shumai as an appetizer. I think that I could just eat those as a meal and call it good.

Saturday was pretty quiet. I had to go clean a friend’s house, then I came home and slept for a few more hours.

We set a bonfire up to burn off all of the limbs and vines that had taken over the back yard.

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Aubrey and I dyed eggs:

We used crayons to doodle on them before dyeing. They turned out pretty good!

I decided to go easy on the Easter goodies this year. Aubrey isn’t crazy about candy, but, I found a chocolate cross.  She’s been going to church with a classmate lately, so I wanted her to have a Bible. (The reason for the season, people…)

The bath bomb flower and the “Easter Bunny Poop” is from PrettyFizzyBombs 🙂  I figured Aubrey could do her own little reviews!

Sunday night, the man and I played his game, “Hide and Feed”
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He is in school for Game Design, with Full Sail University. I’m so dang proud of him 🙂

 

That’s it for right now. It’s time for that one thing called Adulting, and I have to go do it.

 

Until next time!

 

~Raven

 

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FJ “Earth” Bath Bomb!

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I took a few minutes trying to look for North America. I didn’t find it…but I thought this was a nice representation of our planet.
A portion of proceeds for this one is being donated to The Ocean Foundation….check it out 🙂

Earth Day is April 22nd. Don’t forget to go plant a tree 😉

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FJ Endless Summer Bath Bomb!

 

I’m addicted to Fragrant Jewels…I keep telling myself that I can quit any time I want to, but I know I’m lying.

Scents of apricot, jasmine, and “jungle wood” filled the air as this one dissolved.

I loved the color of the water…too dark to be lavender, too light to be purple. My camera couldn’t pick it up. But, it was pretty 🙂

The ring came in an 8 (my size): A purple heart surrounded by “diamonds”, and valued at $10.

 

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Rave’s Reviews: FJ Poop Emoji Bath Bomb

I am not going to lie. YESTERDAY WAS A CRAPPY DAY.

That’s me putting it nicely.

I still found a little humor in it though! I forgot that I had a package full of s**t on the way to me. 🙂

Sure enough, that parcel of poop was in the mailbox when I got home last night.

I made tacos for dinner (with homemade taco meat–hamburger, seasoned salt and chili powder–yum), and headed for the bath.

I got this freebie necklace in the box from FJ (It was a promo piece)
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I had to buy this! Sorrynotsorry–It was too funny to pass up! I mean come on–Who doesn’t want to bathe in poop?! (That’s me being sarcastic, y’all…Playing in poop is gross, don’t do it.)

I opened the bath bomb to find glittery mess everywhere…I couldn’t see the eyes or the mouth real well, but you can definitely tell it’s there.

A lot of the shimmer was lost while I was trying to open it. FJ wrapped it *three times* in this hard to tear shrink-wrap plastic.

And into the tub it went.

This next one reminds me of my home state…

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It took about 10 minutes for the ring to pop up
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This bomb is supposed to contain one of two *new* rings….let’s see:

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I’m still wearing it today…that’s awfully pretty 🙂
It’s a $25 pretty, rose gold band, with a pink center and “diamond” petals.

I have no complaints about the smell…The joke is on you, FJ…I *LIKE* the smell of roses!
The scent was a little overpowering…At one point it was so fragrant that it almost smelled like citronella.

There was plenty of shimmer to go around:
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Unfortunately, I have three bad things to say about this one:
1)The removal of the shrink wrap was hard, and made a lot of the shimmer fly all over me–a good bit didn’t make it to the water. It didn’t matter, since when I looked closely at the water I could see the shimmer…but I didn’t pay for loose mess to go all over me and the floor.

2)There was so much loose shimmer that shifted in transit, that it hid the actual face of what was supposed to be a Poop Emoji.

3) The eyeballs, once revealed, caused black and filmy crap around the rim of the tub:
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(Yup, that says WTF?)  Lesson learned about using bath bombs with black coloring in them.  I’d just cleaned out the tub before the bath, too. I was not amused!

The ring kind of makes up for it, though.

My final thoughts on this one:
Silly idea for kids/teens….not as amusing for the adults who have to clean the crap up afterwards.

I’ll just stick to the pretty colored, pretty smelling bombs form here on out. 🙂

Until next time,

~Raven

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Pantry Club! (And how to get one started in your office!)

The first rule of Pantry Club? *Always* talk about Pantry Club! 😉

 

About 14 weeks ago, a coworker in my office wanted to start up what’s called a Pantry Club.
I’d heard of it before, but we never got it going at my last job.

Basically, a group of coworkers agree to spend a certain amount each turn on something on the chosen participant’s list. The person gets what they’ve requested, and falls back in line to give to the next person.

After 12 weeks of waiting, my turn finally came up! I really appreciated my groups contributions.  It’s a great way to get the things you want / need without spending any money!

Here’s how to get this started in your office:

  1. GET MANAGER APPROVAL FIRST (I cannot stress that enough)
    Let’s face it, folks. If you’re working in an office, there are higher powers who have say over what you do at all times. (Especially if you’re a phone slave like me.) The company may have strict policies about gifting, so check with your manager to make sure it’s O.K. before starting up any type of club type group.
    If your manager isn’t sure, check with Human Resources, since they’re certain to have the policies you need information on.
  2. Send your email.
    If your manager / HR gives you the green light, send your team an email to see who’s interested. You need several people to get things going well.
    If some don’t reply, don’t take it personally. Sometimes, people aren’t comfortable with spending money on people they don’t know. And that’s okay! I will say that from my experience so far, it’s a great way to get to know people a little better.
  3. Agree on a dollar amount and how often the club gives.
    You and your group need to decide how much to spend per person, per turn. Our amount is $10 per person, per turn. It doesn’t seem like a lot, but when there are 10 people buying their chosen item to give to you, that’s $100 you don’t have to spend. It adds up!
    Decide on how often the club brings in items to the recipient for their turn.  We go every other week.
  4. Who goes first?
    Draw numbers! Choose the order in which people receive their goodies.
    I pulled number 6, so I’m the 6th person in line to get my items.
  5. When it’s your turn, send an email with your items.
    Do this in advance so people can plan it into their trip to the store.  My list was pretty simple: Toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent, Febreeze; Pine-Sol, trash bags, dryer sheets, bleach, dish soap and Windex All-Purpose Cleaner. The members of my group responded to my email to let me know what they were bringing beforehand, so I could see what I was getting and what I wasn’t. (I’m missing bleach and the Windex cleaner…not bad for my first time!)

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Two members brought in the same item, which is fine by me! It’s less that I have to worry about buying myself 🙂 (Not pictured: Febreeze, but I got two 2-packs!)

If your members don’t bring in stuff on the day you’re supposed to receive stuff, that’s okay too!  Keep in mind that people do have things that come up, and can’t always get to the store.

All in all, I received about $80 worth of stuff that I couldn’t have bought all at once on my own. What a relief!

Have you participated in a pantry club before? Is this something that you think you’d like to try in your office? Let me know!

 

Until next time 🙂

~Raven

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D.I.Y Super Glittery Nails!

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*I am not a professional! I am simply a woman who doesn’t want to spend money on stuff when I can just do it at home!*

I get bored.
When I get bored, I watch YouTube.
I usually see what Cristine (SimplyNailogical) has uploaded.

She taught me how to use glitter polish correctly. I’m almost 30 years old and I didn’t know, how/never thought of trying this until this video. What the heck.

I am the woman who will sit down for an hour, painting coat after coat of glitter polish, only to get frustrated when it does nothing but get gooey and never dries.

NEVER AGAIN!

It’s really easy.

In today’s post, I’m going to show you how to do this without breaking the bank!

The polishes I used:
*Pure ICE “Dazzle Me” (Silver) and “Spitfire”(Pink)- $1.98 at Wal-Mart.
*L.A Colors Color Craze “Jewel Tone”- $1.00 at Dollar Tree

Go get some makeup sponges. I grabbed mine from Wally-World for a dollar and some change.
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Take a couple out of the bag.

You’ll want to apply a thick layer of peel-off base coat and let it dry completely. I decided to put some around the edges of my fingers so I wouldn’t have to deal with stuck-on glitter on my skin.

Once your peel off coat is dry, apply your nail polish to the makeup sponge. A thin layer worked better for me, as it seems that the sponge didn’t want to absorb the polish part (leaving just the glitter). I learned if I applied the polish to the sponge too thick, it just made a mess on my nails.

I applied the glitter by rolling the sponge across my nail. You’ll see in the second picture, above, that most of the glitter transferred onto my nail.

Make sure you set aside some time…It takes several applications per nail for the glitter to really start standing out!

I painted the top of my lids so that the princess and my friends could see what each one would look like before committing 🙂
I really like the “Jewel Tone” from L.A.C. It has pink, blue and purple glitter…and looks awesome on top of a black coat of polish!

I plan on raiding the Dollar Tree for more affordable ideas 🙂

Another cool thing about this method…if you don’t like painting your nails…you can always paint random stuff! I tried it on a picture frame, and it looks pretty cool so far!

 

Until next time–

~Raven

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