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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Rave’s Reviews: Pretty Fizzy Bombs

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While browsing Twitter a few weeks ago, I came across @PrettyFizzyBomb. I noticed she has a website, and is selling those lovely things that turn your bathtub into a laboratory!

Yes, I’m talking about bath bombs (What else would I be talking about?!)

I tried something different–I asked the owner, Samantha, if I purchased some products if she’d be okay with me reviewing. I love that she said yes 🙂

I ordered, and my package arrived about a week later. (Last Friday, to be exact!)

I tested out “Block Party” first. Price: $5.00

I had to try this one first! I *love* that there’s an ingredient label on the back. I was curious to see if this one would sink or float. It floats 🙂
This has a juicy scent to it. It’s not extremely overpowering, which is nice. My bathroom smelled really nice for hours after. My skin felt nice and smooth, and I believe that the amount of oils used is perfect!  It didn’t leave that disgusting ring of film around the tub.

I absolutely had to try “Sweet Pea”. (Aubrey’s granddad nicknamed her Sweet Pea, and I get a smile when I see anything sweet pea scented 🙂 ) Price: $7.00
XL Bath Bomb!
This one has glitter!  For me, it’s the perfect amount. Because there’s not a lot of it, there was no need for a shower after. The scent was spot-on, and I enjoyed every single moment of it!

I believe this was a clearance item…I wanted to try it anyway, because I love the smell of apples!
–I was not disappointed 🙂
The entire time I soaked, I wanted a caramel apple so dang bad. (The struggle was real!)
I may just have to go grocery shopping in a little bit…hmm…haha 😉

I also ordered a Breathe Easy Sinus Bath Bomb, but I haven’t used it yet. My sinuses are being nice lately, and I can’t review something that I haven’t tried!

Pretty Fizzy Bombs has a lot more than just things that make your bath go BOOM! She makes bubble bars (I’ve yet to try any, at all; but it’s on the list) and soaps; I’ve also seen bath salts, sprays, and *handmade* crochet loofahs. (Now that’s unique!)
Everything is reasonably priced, and handmade 🙂

I’ve been chatting back and forth with Samantha on Twitter, and she seems like a really awesome lady! Please check out her store on Etsy!

 

 

 

 

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At Nine, We Push.

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“Here is a gift for you today,
So when I’m born you’ll light my way.
And when that happy day is here,
Burn this candle and spread good cheer.”

 

And oh my god, I’m still crying. This isn’t even my own child. Haha 🙂

I woke up at 8:30 this morning, planning on doing all kinds of things. By that, I mean I was going to wash clothes and mess around on the internet for awhile. But! I picked up my phone when the alarm went off at 8:30, only to find 17 missed called from a combination of the best friend, and her boyfriend.

“IT’S BABY TIME!”

I called to confirm that it was indeed, baby time….”She’s at 8…” [centimeters]

HOLY CRAP!

I threw on the first clothes I could find, and headed up to the hospital. Out of the two that we have in our tiny town, luckily she chose the one only a half-mile down from my house. I made my way to her room and found an actually mostly calm best friend, her boyfriend, and her big sister.

Their dad and his significant other made it just in time…
Their mom was on the way up from Florida.
This labor / delivery was scheduled for 5:30am this Thursday…Miss Paige had other plans!

My best friend let me have the honor of being in the room when it was time to push. This was supposed to be her mom’s place…but, her mom hadn’t made it here yet. I double checked with her and her sister to make sure it was okay, and not even 5 minutes later (or so it seemed), I’m standing on one side, her boyfriend on the other. He held her leg on his side…and I tried to hold her leg on my side, but I was in the way and the nurse assisting just held it instead. 😛

I know from my own baby-birthing, that it’s a slimy, bloody and disgusting thing. And it’s painful. Sooooo painful.
But what I witnessed today was absolutely amazing and beautiful. (Not the actual fact that I had to look out of freaking curiosity and I saw things I ain’t supposed to ever see…I’m good with never having to see that again…LOL…But, the beauty behind it all…)

Paige was born this morning at 9:10 am, weighing in at 6 pounds, 11 ounces. She measures 20 inches long.

And she is perfect.

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“Aunt” Raven is in love with this new pink, wiggly baby girl!

Welcome to the world, little one. You just don’t know how much you are already loved!

 

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The last few days…

…Have been great!

I took a really pretty selfie the other day. I know, I’m basic. But sometimes I get a little full of myself, and feel like showing that off…

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I don’t wear a lot of makeup. When I do, it’s the basic stuff. I’m just wearing mascara and lipstick here. (My eyes distract you from my huge forehead, I know. Blame my parents.)

Work has been really good. My calls haven’t been that bad, and I’ve been able to assist most everyone I’ve talked to. I got a KUDOS CALL yesterday! In the call-center world, that’s where the caller speaks to someone over you to let them know you provided excellent customer service.
A few calls later, a woman made my evening by telling me I cleared up the confusion she was feeling, and it’s wonderful to have had me to answer the call. I calmed her down. Her life’s in hell right now, and I brought some peace to it. It’s an amazing feeling, knowing I’ve helped someone 🙂  (Even if it’s to just sit there and let them vent.)

The blog, in my opinion, has done really well this week. I’ve been working on growing my views here, as well as followings on FB, Twitter, and Pinterest. I have signed up for Instagram, but that’s going to be a slow process.

I decided to treat myself last night, so I went and did this for myself:

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I’m going to leave that big, so you can see the detail of the shirt. Those are skinny jeans *gasp*, and some awesome strappy sandals I figured I could get away with as work appropriate.  I purchased a “dress down badge” yesterday, so I can wear jeans / sneakers whenever I want for the next 2 months…my wardrobe is so…business casual.

Today is going to be a GREAT DAY!
Not only is it finally Friday, but-Today is “Pantry Club / Stock Pile” Day! –And guess who’s turn it is?! *Points to self*

I have a whole post that will be dedicated to that, and how to get it started in your office (if you work in one…if not, you’re lucky!)

I found out tonight that my niece will be here next week, if not sooner 😉 I am so dang ready to meet her, hold her, love on her little tiny self!

It’s gonna be all good 🙂

Until later,

~Raven

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The Baby Bird’s Blurbs: “Really Awesome Bath Bomb” (Aubrey’s first blog! Sort of.)

It was a typical, Sunday evening….Time to unwind and mentally prepare for another long week.
Whether it’s going back to work, or back to school; We all dislike Mondays.

My one and only child, Aubrey, is awesome. She is sweet and kind (and overly sensitive sometimes, like her mamma ). She is a goofball (like her daddy), and swears up and down that she’s going to make YouTube videos, and become a Veterinarian.

She is a lover of all furry animals (the big dogs too, although they scare her). She calls herself part-cat, meowing and purring when she’s happy. When she’s mad, she hisses and growls.
I keep telling her to knock it off, that she’s not an actual cat…She just meows and goes about her business. (Like a cat does.)  Maybe it’s just a phase.

She loves games, like her dad. She plays Minecraft and Roblox. (I don’t, and I don’t try!)

She hates school and homework. And angry people. And, her favorite color is BRIGHT pink. (Or at least it was the last time I checked.)

Aubrey’s been listening to me go on about all of these bath bombs: So, it must have piqued her curiosity enough to want to see what the big deal was. I had an extra FJ Watermelon bomb that came in the mail last week. I showed her how it worked…she stole my ring…(“Garnet” gemstone, teardrop setting with “diamonds” all around and halfway down the ring…it was pretty!)

Madeline’s Market sent me an extra bomb in the mail last week. I still am unsure if this was an accident. Or maybe it was fate. Who knows?

So after hearing Aubrey go on and on about how she wants to try, I caved and let her test this one.

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It didn’t survive shipping, but that’s alright! It’s going to good use either way!

I removed the wrapping for her, and she immediately began to claw at it with her nails.
She is also impatient like me, so she was chomping at the bit to put it in the water.

I had to remind her to be patient and let the tub fill up.

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“It looks like an explosion of pink!!!”

The moment my kid had been waiting for. She was excited to see the reaction (She’s also a self-proclaimed scientist…Her grandparent’s backyard is full of “experiments”..My yard is slowly becoming another laboratory!)
So perhaps her curiosity was in the name of Science. 😉

I decided to grab the pen and a piece of paper. I mean, that’s what we do here: Review things that fizz.

I asked her to describe the scent.
“I don’t know what to say.”
“Well, what are you thinking?”
“It smells like…a candy…Smarties? …Or, cotton candy?”

She then reached down to play with the bath bomb while it was still fizzing.
This whole process took about 5 minutes, the same as the last one.

Aubrey became impatient again, and decided to break the rest in half. Boy-was she disappointed that it didn’t have a ring! I explained that not all bath bombs have rings inside. She accepted that, but still wasn’t amused. (Now I have to measure her finger and buy her one that has a ring in it…*Thanks, FJ! UGH!*

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According to the princess, it “has purple-ish stuff in it”.

She climbed in. After a minute I asked her how her skin felt. She said “soft”, and “feels awesome”. 🙂

“Well kid, what do you think?”
“It looks pretty awesome–Try it yourself!”

There you have it, folks. My kid’s first blog, or something close to it. 🙂

 

Until next time,

~Raven [and Aubrey!]

 

 

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