Wednesday, April 25, 2012


I have super exciting news!

I've been meaning to say something about it, but I've been a little busy.

I joined Pottermore a week ago since it has finally been opened to everyone.

I was sorted into Gryffindor!

I wasn't too surprised, as I have always felt that I belonged in Gryffindor, but I could also see myself being sorted into Hufflepuff.

I was also assigned a wand in Ollivander's shop.

My wand is 14 1/2 inches, elm, phoenix feather core, solid.

I haven't gotten too far into the Pottermore experience, but what I've seen so far is pretty amazing.

I love getting little bits of background information on the characters that didn't make it into the books.

Information like:

                  - How Petunia met Vernon Dursley.
                  - Why Professor McGonagall is so passionate about beating Slytherin in Quidditch.

If you are a Harry Potter fan, and you haven't already, you should definitely check out Pottermore.

If you have been sorted, which house are you in?  If not, which house do you think you would be sorted into?

Monday, April 23, 2012

Weekend Recap & You Capture

I don't know about you, but my weekend was exhausting.

We started the (longer than planned) process of painting our house this weekend.

I don't have much for a weekend recap because that is basically all we did.

We had a chance to go to a NASCAR race, but we couldn't because we had to much work to do on the house. ( We have never watched NASCAR, but I think it would have been fun to try something new.)

We were supposed to go to the mall so I could visit the Lush store and restock some of my products that I've used up...but I never got the chance.

The one thing I did accomplish was getting my camera out and taking some pictures of "sunshine" for You Capture.

Of course, I didn't think about it until Sunday and it was cloudy all day. So, I just had my camera around my neck while I worked outside and every once in awhile the sun would peek out for a few seconds and I would try to get a decent shot.

This was the best one:

The sun also came out while I was trying to get a picture of the tree in our front yard.

So that is all for my (kind of) sunny weekend recap.

How was your weekend? Did you manage to have more fun than I did?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

April Birchbox

I received my April Birchbox last week.

This is my 3rd box, and I still think it's pretty exciting to get a package in the mail once a month.

I never check to see what kind of items they might be sending. I like for it to be a surprise.

I think it's more fun that way.

The theme for April was "Natural Wonders." The packaging inside the box was green this month, which I loved!

Green happens to be my favorite color.

As always, I got some samples that I am really excited to try.

1. Juice Beauty - Oil-Free Moisturizer

2. Dropps - Laundry Detergent

3. Amika - Obliphica Nourishing Mask

4. Wonderstruck by Taylor Swift

5. Zoya Nail Polish - Lotus from the TRUE Spring Collection

I am always excited to get nail polish in my box. It's fun to try new colors and the samples last a long time.

It's hard to tell in the picture, but this nail polish is a very pretty purple color that has some glittery sparkles in it.

I have already used the nail polish and while it is very pretty, I think I prefer the bright green color I got last month for spring. I think the darker colors are better for fall or winter.

I am still enjoying Birchbox.

The only complaint that I have so far is that I haven't received a lot of makeup products. In my first box I got some lip gloss and some stick on eyeliners (which were a disaster, by the way.) I can't complain too much because I have loved most of the samples that I have got, but I would like to see some more makeup samples.

Maybe next month.

What products do you love? Have you used any of the products that I got in my box? If so, what did you think of them?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

I'm Back

I can't believe I made it! One whole week without the internet.

I realized a couple things last week.

Not only was it not difficult to go without internet, I was a happier, more productive person without it.

Once I forced myself out of my usual routine, I found that I had time to get all my work done with plenty of time to spare.

In 5 days I :

     - Spent 1 day at the zoo with some family members.
     - Spent 1 day shopping with a friend.
     - Read 3 books.
     - And I still had time to do all the basic housework that I usually put off till the last minute because I'm too busy surfing the web.

Now all of this doesn't mean that I'm not happy to be back.

There were times when I wanted to look up information, but didn't because I knew it would cheating.

I am more than happy to have to convenience of the internet back at my fingertips.

The internet is really my only source for news and current events. It's how I find out what is going on in my city.

I'm happy to be back.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Time Off

I've been feeling a little overwhelmed lately.

When I'm overwhelmed, I tend to shut down.

Unfortunately, this blog is always the first thing to go.

Also, it's come to my attention that I really have no idea what I am doing with this blog.

I rarely post and when I do, I don't really put a lot of effort into my posts.

I know it's just fear. I'm afraid if I'm honest, people won't like me.

I'm afraid if I actually try, people won't think it's good enough.

I'm afraid that people will think my blog is stupid. (It kind of has been because of my lack of effort.)

Anyways, I've been thinking hard about what I want to do with this blog, because I certainly don't want to get rid of it.

I may decide to delete some past posts. I haven't decided yet.

I wanted to let you guys know that I will be taking a break from the internet next week.

That means no Facebook, Twitter, or reading other people's blogs.

I feel like it's the main reason that I don't get anything done. It's just too good of a distraction.

I'm going to use my time off to refocus my energy on what is important to me.

There are 3 main areas I feel need my attention the most:

      1. Daily Routines - I feel like I can't focus on my work when my house is a mess. I am hoping to set some routines in place that will help me get my house in shape so when it comes time to work, I can do so without distractions.

      2. Blog - Like I said above, I need to figure out what I want for this blog. I'm hoping to come up with a posting schedule and some new ideas to keep my posts interesting.

     3. Pick up my Camera - One of the reasons I started this blog was to have a place to post pictures I took. I don't think I have picked up my camera since I got my iPhone (6 months ago!) It's just so convenient to use my camera's phone. The weather is nice and it's the perfect time for me to get back out there and start taking pictures again.

So, that's it.

Those are my plans.

I guess I will see you in a week.