Thursday, January 12, 2012


I just received my first Julep Maven box!!!! Julep Maven is a mani/pedi-related program you can get monthly. Normally it's $19.99 a month for at least $40 worth of retail. You take a style quiz, to determine which style you fit into. I actually took it twice because I had different answers and it only let me choose one at a time in most categories. I got "American Beauty" and "It Girl." I decided to get 3 months of "It Girl" because it looked most fun in the previews of past months and the intro box.

If you sign up now, you can use the promocode "JANUARY" and get your first box for $5. If you don't like the next month's preview, you can SKIP that month, with no charge. You can pull another "style's" box for the month. You can even cancel at any time. I'm THOROUGHLY excited to be receiving monthly goodies!

I received my intro box today!

Normally a bottle of Julep nail polish retails at $14. So, I received a $54 value for $5 this month. Woohoo! You get full sizes of each product. I've heard the quality is good. They're BIG 3 FREE :) So no harsh chemicals. It's a small company based in Seattle.

Sleepy and excited... Which color should I use next week? Leah, Megan or Hayden?!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Organizing... again!

Blogging from the bathtub. Someone should seriously invent a waterproof laptop. Does that exist? *google later*

Yesterday I went to Target to get some organizers for my beauty crapolla. I was running out of room for my nail polishes. As usual, the $1 section at the entrance of Target trapped me! For a good 10-15 minutes. Despite Bryce's efforts to pull the cart away, I managed to get a good $25-30 worth of cute (Valentine's-themed) crap. Did you know there are $2.50 items in that section?! Who would have known... Before having buyer's remorse (YES, I BOUGHT A GIRL'S XS SHIRT WITH A COOL LOOKING YORKIE ON IT FOR MY NON-EXISTENT CHILD!) I decided to shove half of my $1-2.50 items on a random shelf. I got 5 new organizing bins, containers, whatever you'd like to call them.

I recently signed up for a year's subscription of Birchbox, so I knew I needed to make more room on my desk for those goodies I'll be getting. ALSO, I signed up for three months of Julep Maven boxes, which are mani/pedi items (Click that link and use promocode of "JANUARY" and get your first box for $5). So, I know my nail polish collection will start to grow, too. I also am using a small bedside table to the right of my desk, which I'll be using more since I only have that one row of room in the photo.

Why do I get so excited about organizing this stuff? Underneath my sink has tons of hair and skin goodies that I like to reorganize once in awhile... freak!


PS Not planning to have a kid any time soon. But I also bought cool pacifiers I saw at HEB. Bryce is going to lose his mind if  I buy another thing like that. Ha!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Maze Runner- James Dashner

WHOA, WHOA! The Maze Runner, a young adult, dystopian,sci-fi, by James Dashner was wonderful! This past week, I spent a couple of days at home since I was sick. This allowed me to just drown myself in my kindle! Specifically The Maze Runner.

Those who say if you like The Hunger Games then you'll like The Maze Runner are right!

Thomas, 16, the main character, wakes up in an elevator, known as the Box with no memories. He enters a world where other teenage boys have gone through the same memory wipe and have learned to live in the place they have been sent, called the Glade. The boys have taken it upon themselves to take on roles in order to survive. Some of these roles are cooks, gardeners, slaughterhouse workers, cleaners, medics, etc... One role Thomas is completely drawn to is being a Runner. The Glade is surrounded by a maze. The Runners are the smartest of the bunch. Their part is to run around their assigned section, which is miles upon miles, all day and memorize what position the walls have moved into during the night in hopes of finding the exit. The Runners have been charting out the maze for two years and cannot figure out the exit, but they keep at it regardless. They have to get back to Glade by a certain time at night, BEFORE the maze walls close, or they have to face a Griever.

Grievers are slug-like machine monsters that have saws, claws, and other tools for arms. No one has ever survived being trapped in the maze over night. During the day, if you've gotten stung by a Griever you have to get back to the Glade and get an injection of Grief Serum, which is one of the items the Creators send the boys. The healing person goes through the Changing, which is a gruesome toll on the body and flashes of memories from "the real world."

Since Thomas's arrival, things start to shake up the Gladers' routines. He makes a friend, friends-ish friends, and enemies. He regains very vague memories of things, but can't figure out where the memory comes from. Even though the Gladers receive a new boy in the Box every month, the day after Thomas's arrival the Box brings them a girl in a coma. She wakes up for seconds and tells the boys that the ending is here. She falls back into the coma...

This is the very beginning of the Maze Runner... highly recommended read! I hope they do make the trilogy into a movie. I have begun The Scorch Trials. So far, it's great!


PS I did finish that hoarders book before I got sucked into the Maze Runner. Ha.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

The Maze Runner

I downloaded my first book on my Kindle Fire... The Maze Runner by James Dashner. I've actually been avoiding reading the book since I'm in the middle of a self-help book about hoarders. Sadly, that book has lost my attention. It's a lot less interesting than I'd expected it to be. I have a weird thing about not wanting to start a new book until I've read the previous one. I've made an exception!

The Maze Runner is a page-turner! If you like the Hunger Games series, I think you'll enjoy it. That's what I had heard, and I agree! So far, Thomas is the main character, about 16 years old, most of his memory has been wiped. He appears in a place called "the Glade" and meets an array of other teenage boys. He's learning about the place, the people and is drawn to the Maze. Only "Runners" can go out into the maze, whose walls change overnight, and Thomas is certain he needs to be a Runner. He has a vague feeling he's been in this strange land before, but keeps that to himself, except for when he mentioned it to his half-asleep friend, Chuck. A newbie shows up once a month, but where I just left off, a new boy has arrived just one day after Thomas, so the group of boys are shocked and confused...

I'm excited! I'm sick in bed, so I'll probably read all night. I may actually finish that book about hoarders so I can stop thinking about it, ha.

Happy New Year!