Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Well, looky here!

Hey there my friends, how have you been this week?

Today, we had a snow day. Well sort of. The beauty of my job is that it's pretty flexible so I actually worked from home but I got to stay in my comfy clothes at least!

After I was finished with everything I could do, this evening I started on a new project. Something I have never done before.

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That's right, I made a button! 
I was inspired by Autumn and decided that since I am a broke white girl and can't exactly buy ad space I thought up a new plan. 

Button swapping! That's right I just wanted to make an offer to any other fellow broke girls (or guys) out there. If you are interested in some ad space but can't exactly afford to buy it how about we swap buttons? I already have a few blogs that I follow and adore over on my side bar but if you would be willing to share my button on your blog, I'll return the favor! 

So what do you think? Do you have a button, I am just learning and it took some trial and error but if you want some help I think I could offer that too if you would like!  

Leave me a comment let me know if you are interested and we'll get to swapping! 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Birchbox again!

Up next December's Birchbox!  

That's right it seems I'm STILL opening Christmas Presents... :) This box was full of fun so let's get to it! 

Do not ope until Dec. 25th 
 Christmas Birchbox style is one you don't want to miss. This box was just packed with all kinds of goodies.

 First up Color Control Repair Cream from Juice Beauty. I am very familiar with Juice products and was thrilled to see this logo. I truly love this handy lil cream, it was very rich and creamy!

 Here I found a different look at a brand that I thought I knew. L'Oreal. This Kerastase Nectar Thermique is a big fancy name for a heat protectant. I have to admit, I'm more partial to a spray protectant rather than a cream but this smelled lovely and did the job!
 And, what girl doesn't love lotion. It seems we all walk this world with some degree of dry skin ever in search of a solution, one of the best options Thymes Naia Body Lotion!

As a bonus a cute little trail of another Thymes lotion, the Lotus Santal.

Lastly a great new HUGE trail of a Model Co Shine Lip Gloss. Mine was in Berry Pink which was just perfect for me and I must admit this was my favorite product in this box, it was huge, pink shiny and it came with a built in mirror! Great job on this one BirchBox!!

I have to say of all the boxes I have recieved this one was wonderful each product suited me to a T, it just goes to show you, with BirchBox you just have to stick with it! You know sooner or later you're going to get some GREAT stuff in your box! 
I would say the ladies at BirchBox have lucky friends because they know how to give great gifts! 

Do you like what you have seen about Birchbox, and want to check it out for yourself? I encourage you to jump on it, they have great deals and offer awesome rewards for reviewing their products plus it's just a fun community to be a part of. So if this strikes your fancy head on over here and tell they I sent ya!! 

Friday, February 22, 2013

High 5 for Friday

Hey there Friends,

This week has been a good one, some fun, some not so fun and a whole lot of life.

High 5 for Friday with Lauren: From My Grey Desk (PS Who doesn't love that she spells Grey that way? :)


Seriously, I swear I have the cutest co-workers. This is the pastor's littlest daughter and isn't she just a doll? 


This is what we do at small group. Our hosts have several goats and some of them happen to be babies. Since it's been so cold, these babies needed a little help this week so I got to go along for supper time. Seriously, I want goats now! 

My Mantra this week. My biggest lesson/struggle lately has been, keeping my eye on and my faith in the one God that I know holds on to me no matter what. Been needing this daily sometimes hourly reminder at my little desk, keeping my heart in the right place. It's true no matter how the ships been battered or how hard it is to see the shore 
the anchor holds.

AH HA HAPPY MAIL! I came home to a particularly long day at work to a sweet package with that beautiful mug inside. 

 Then come yesterday. The snow-pocalyps has descended on my quaint little town and just in time I has some free samples waiting on me to come in from the cold and warm up! Yum!

I hope your week has been the best one yet, and that if this winter reminder has come to visit you that you are warm and cozy safe at home!

Want more High 5s, (and who doesn't?) Head over HERE!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Who Loves Nescafe Freebies?

This Gal, that's right!

In the last few months I have gotten into a few neat websites where to get a few freebies and then you write a few reviews and it's fun all the way around! They get a couple honest opinions and I get some awesome products plus I get to tell you guys all about it.

This go around I got linked up with BzzAgent and heard about a new product from Nescafe called Mementos.

These little gems showed up in my mail just the other day and it just made me giddy. Because come on, who doesn't love mail? Who doesn't love free goodies? Best of all who doesn't love coffee?

 These beauties are a quick convenient coffee drink. Rather than having to get out and going to a coffee shop I can have yummy coffee drinks just as quick as I can boil water.

 Here's how it works: Nescafe Memento comes in 3 yummy flavors. Mocha, Carmel Latte, and Cappuccino. So pick your flavor.

 Then you take your handy little packet, that fits in a pocket or a purse and just mix it with about 10oz of hot (or boiling) water. Mix it up and enjoy! It's as easy as a packet of hot chocolate and as yummy as something you might get at that big coffee shop.

As just a couple bucks a box it won't break the bank and right at 100 calories a cup you won't bust your diet either. My only suggestion... when mixed with 10oz of hot water per the instructions the flavor was a bit milder than I prefer. Now I know several people that aren't into coffee as much and I think it would be great for them, however I was happier with the results at closer to 7oz. 

This was such a fun campaign and I really enjoyed it. Is you are interested in trying a few of these out, as part of the campaign I also was sent some awesome coupons for The Mementos as well. If you would like one of these, leave me a comment, I would love to send you one!! 

Lastly does BzzCampaigns sound like something you would like to do. Check them out here

PS This is a review for BzzCampaigns and Nescafe Mementos but all of the above is my very own and original opinions. I wasn't paid for this just supplied with samples to try and review! 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

There really aught to be a sign upon my heart

He's still working on me.

(By the way how totally sweet are these little ladies?)  

Do you remember that song. I'm certain I sang it in front of my whole church on more than one occasion while I was growing up. The lyrics go like this:

"He's still workin' on me,
to make me what I aught to be
It took him just a week to make the moon and stars
The sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars
How loving and patient He must be'Cause He's still workin' on me"

     It's a song that I learned as a child, but this week these lyrics have been on my heart a lot, and I know that the simple truth behind these lyrics is one that I still need to instill in my heart as I grow. If God spent a week on all of the beauty we see in the world around us then how much more precious and intricate are our hearts if He is so patient to continue molding them every day?

Even more than these are the lyrics of the second verse: 

"There really ought to be a sign upon my heart

Don't judge me yet, there's and unfinished part.
But I'll be better just according to His planFashioned by the Master's loving hands"

     I feel as if more than spreading this message to others there is some of this that I need to take to heart. I am not a finished product and when my circumstances leave me at the end of my rope and I snap, I don't often remember, "Lydia, He's still working on you" Not as much to give myself and excuse or grace for poor choices (which often I need as well) But rather to change my attitude. It's not that I am a "grown up" and "I have arrived" or I should just be able to handle life as it comes, really my Heavenly Father is still molding me. I'll never really be "done" and my circumstances are never just arbitrary life, it's His hand growing me and changing me into the person He desires. When I look at life through that attitude my perspective is totally different. 

     Life's not "just tough" and "unfair" It's strategically placed people and events. All to bring glory to our creator. So will I whine and complain about it? Or will I get with the program and work to make it ALL for His glory? Can I dig deep and look for the lessons I should be learning and most of all can I buckle down, dig in my heels and remain faithful to him regardless of what is going on? 

So this week would you do me a favor, when this song pops in you head will you say a prayer for my family. We are going through some growing right now and every day is a choice to put on the right attitude and give Him glory in the learning. We know that God has a plan in this but in the mean time we are just going to keep at it and keep singing this song. Bless you all for being such sweet friends.

Monday, February 18, 2013


Wait what? Birchbox, what's that? It's been so long are you sure you're still getting those? :P Well don't be silly I have just fallen painfully behind!

In November's Birchbox: Atelier Cologne Rose Anonyme Petite Cologne, Chuao Chocolatier Assorted ChocoPod, Miracle Skin Transformer, Stila all over shimmer liquid luminizer, and Oscar Blandi texturizing spray.

I must admit the perfume was nice but really it was REALLY potent and after a while began to remind me of my Grandma. (She was a very nice smelling lady). Chocolate and Chips? I am a big fan of salty and sweet together, this was a nice change of pace though I was hoping for a chocolate covered chip and it was more like chopped up chips in chocolate. Skin Transformer, I didn't know what to expect from this but it has been one of my favorite products from this box. I saw such awesome results! Stila shimmer luminizer, I have used several Stila products in the past and I always have liked them. This one is so versatile! Highlighter, eyeshadow and so much more. Lastly the one thing that I knew I would love from the time I opened it. The Oscar Blandi spray, it was a wonderful way to fix up that fresh soft hair and make it more manageable. I promptly used this one right up! 

This was a fun box that I was THANKFUL to get!   

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Somebody has a new coat!

     I meant to share these with you for some time. This little cutie had a bit of a bad hair cut and poor girl was nearly naked. Since we were going into the cold winter months we decided to get Miss B a coat. 
     Now, I am not the kind of serious "dress your dog up" kind of gal, and no offense meant if you are but I don't normally do this, unless it's in jest. But she just looked so stinking cute I couldn't not share! 

There you have it. 
Little Miss Model dog. 
She actually seems to be quite enjoying that coat. 
*Disclaimer* in the time it took me to get these picture posted, 'Miss Model dog actually tore up the left shoulder of her coat with what I claim is a nervous habit/itch. Which means I now have to find a way to make her a new 'scratch proof' coat* 
Love that dog! :) 
And yes she does have eyes its just difficult to capture dark eyes under a fringe of dark hair! 
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