Monday, October 27, 2014

This Too Shall Pass

Hello Y'all!

So a lot has happened this weekend (and previous week) and therefore I feel the need to blog about it.  Some of it is happy, and some of it is sad, but all of it is relevant to my life, and where I am now.

I finished my five week long pledge process, and last week was my first full week as a CERES Sister!  That is super exciting, and, so far, I am totally loving it!!  I went to Zumba all week long with my sisters, and even worked at the State Fair on Friday with some of them.  Overall, super amazing experience, and believe was not easy!!!  Nothing about my pledge process was easy, but as soon as I was accepted, all of the difficulty was worth it!  We immediately started our Fall Retreat, and it was AMAZING!  Corn mazes, and gold mining!!  So much fun!  Definitely something I am looking forward to enjoying!!!

This leads me to my next event.  I met with my advisor, I enroll in classes later on today, and I should be graduating in MAY!!!  This is exciting news!!  I have been a student at NC State now for seven years, and, for me, that is long enough!  I am ready to not be a student anymore!  I am ready for new adventures, and less homework!  At the same time, this is scary y'all.  This is real.  I have been a student since I was six, so that is 18 years of my life in class.  It will be hard to believe, and probably hard to handle!

Speaking of hard to handle, Saturday was super bittersweet!  I was really excited to see my brother marry the love of his life.  Of his life literally!  Brett started dating Kathryn when he was in the 10th grade, but they broke up for several years.  Flash forward like 12 years.  They try a relationship again (and believe me when I tell you Brett NEVER stopped loving Kathryn for a second) and he pops the question, she says 'yes,' they move home and forward onto Saturday!  They had a BEAUTIFUL wedding, in a BEAUTIFUL location, with a BEAUTIFUL ceremony!!!  Get the picture??  It was amazing and love filled, and joy filled and I am so excited for the both of them.  Brett is settled, something he hasn't been in a long time, and in love and I hope they have 75+ more years of love, laughter and beautiful moments together!! 

The bitter part of this story?  When we first moved to our house in Westfield, 20 years ago, some of our family brought us a cat.  We named her Simba (Lion King kid, duh!) and within a few weeks she got pregnant.  Now, as a four year old, I did not really understand how this happened, but I was super thrilled to have kittens.  On Father's Day 1995, Simba went into labor under my bed, and we didn't get to go to church because Simba had her kittens!!  Super excited four year old!  She had five, and two were identical and the sweetest kittens out of the liter.  Simba went on to run away and get hit by a car, but we kept one of the two identical kittens and gave the other to my cousins.  They named their kitten Calamity, and we named ours Sassie.  On Saturday morning, around 7, my Mom walked into the living room to find Sassie on the floor sprawled out, and she called me and Dad in to say "Good-bye."  We petted on her, and told her she was a good girl, and to just let go.  Around 7:30 she passed away, and a part of my life and childhood disappeared.  She was 19, and loud, smelly, and pretty darn crazy, but she was ours.  

This too shall pass.  Everything that happened in the past week is changing, and one day will only be a fond memory.  I might be an old soul, but things seem like they will last forever, and then change in a heartbeat.  My mom's whole day is going to be reconfigured because she is not worrying about Sassie and taking care of her.  Our Christmas will be different this year because instead of pictures of Sassie in the paper and Phoenix next door, Phoenix will be roaming around the house.  We don't wake up to Sassie meowing for food, or to be let out, and while that is nice, it is also sad too.  We got new pigs on Saturday, and the farm kept on growing and going without a quintessential piece.  But that is how life is, y'all.  Change is inevitable, and the ticking clock is chasing after us all.  To quote one of my favorite Christmas movies: "There is never enough time to do or say all the things that we would wish. The thing is to try to do as much as you can in the time that you have. Remember Scrooge, time is short, and suddenly, you're not here any more."


Friday, October 24, 2014

Review: October Birchbox

Hello lovelies!  

It has been too long since I have posted anything!!  Waayy too long!!  I will have to do a write up soon of what all I have been up to, but for now, we can just stick with the basics!  I have yet to do a Birchbox review, and I know I promised one!  Technically, I promised September and August reviews, but I actually clicked the wrong skin tone color, and so I really don't like anything they sent in those boxes (except the eye liner)!  This is the first box that I was actually super excited to receive, and I think Birchbox hit it on the nose!  Here is what I got!

Camille Beckman: Tuscan Honey Glycerin Hand Therapy

Y'all, my hands look rough in this picture!!  Sorry!!  Anyway, this stuff smells pretty good, but I have been using it and honestly, I don't see a big difference.  The full size cost is $13.95, but I think the Aromatherapy that I pick up at Bath & Body Works does about the same thing.  

Conclusion:  I think I am going to keep using this to see if it gets better, but as of right now, I am not going to purchase the full size product.

Coastal Scents: Revealed Eye-shadow Palette Set

Ignore Phoenix's photo-bomb!  I could NOT get her to get out of the picture! lol  Anyway, this stuff is pretty!  It is gold and metallic and I thought I wouldn't like it, but I do!  The downside: The full size is $34.  Not feeling that, which is a total shame!  

Conclusion:  I like this enough that I have not ruled it out.  I think I will check out Ulta and see if I can snag a better deal!!

 Dr. Lipp: Original Nipple Balm for Lips

When I first saw the name of this, I laughed out loud, but seriously.  It has done wonders for my lips!  It isn't flavored and I kind of feel weird rubbing on my lips, but I am seriously trying to make this stuff last!  The full size is $14.50, and while I think that is a little high, I really like this stuff!  I might try to use some of my Birchbox points toward it!

Conclusion:  I think I am going to buy this.  I am going to search for a better deal, and let you know, but I think it will happen folks!  Good stuff!

TOCCA: Eau de Parfum, Florence

So this is love!  This is expensive love, but love non-the-less.  First off, I love gardenias!  If I could grow them and roll in them, I would, but alas, that is not in the cards!  This stuff smells amazing, and I love it!  Downside: y'all this is $68.  I don't have money to be throwing at smelling nice, but surely somewhere this stuff is cheaper!!  

Conclusion:  I love this, but it is too expensive for me.  I think I am willing to pay like $25 for perfume, so as of right now, this is a no go.

Vasanti Cosmetics: BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator

Y'all, this is bad, but I haven't used this yet!  I am not a big fan of facial washes because I have to do it in the shower, and most times I am too busy singing to wash my face.  I really only wash it about once a week (maybe).  This is also $34 and I don't think I want to buy a full size.  I am going to try it, and get back to you, but I like the stuff I use already, when I wash my face at all!

Conclusion:  I can't pass a judgement, because I haven't tried it!

I really liked the stuff I got in my October Birchbox, but honestly, I am not willing to pay the hefty prices for the full sizes.  Still, every month it is really great to get the little treat of beauty in a box!  For $10 a month, this is a pretty fun little treat!  I think I will keep my subscription for a few more months and see what else I can find!  If you are interested in receiving a Birchbox, you can sign up here!  They have boxes for men and women, so don't be afraid to give it a try!

What special things do you treat yourself with?  Like I said, let me know!


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