May 29, 2013

birchbox reveal: may 2013

A lot of bloggers have subscribed to receive something called a Birchbox.  It's kind of like a magazine subscription, but it allows you to sample high end beauty products to help you decide if you want to purchase the full size later on.  After reading bloggers constantly reviewing this neat little box, I decided to try it out.  I like to receive packages and this one looked like fun.  It would be a little treat to me!

May 2013's box (and my very first box) was full of some super awesome products.  I haven't used all the products yet, but most of them I have been extremely pleased with.  

1. Amika oil treatment: This product was amazing!!!  I am so sad that I ran out of it today.  I have never used an oil on my hair before, but this one made my hair soft and served as a great heat protectant. I put it on my hair before blow drying and flat-ironed.  It smells good and works well.  Definitely worth a splurge purchase (maybe for an upcoming birthday present to myself :)

2. Coola Cucumber SPF 30 Matte Finish:  Lately I have been enjoying the pool at my apartment complex, so with my fair skin, sunscreen is always a must.  This sunscreen smelled wonderful, didn't leave a greasy feeling, and did a good job blocking the sun.  If it wasn't so darn expensive, I would purchase it.

3. Isaac Mizrahi FABULOUS perfume:  I can't decide if I like this perfume.  I am always in the market for a new perfume...but some days I like it and other days I don't.  This one was just a maybe for me.

4. Amika Nourishing Mask: This deep conditioner was okay...but I have seen and used better. It smelled great, but didn't give the results I definitely a no-go for me.  Not worth the money.

5. Marvis Toothpaste:  My dentist likes to call my mom a tooth/teeth warden. Growing up we had to do everything...brush, floss, rinse, fluoride tablet, etc.etc. every morning and night.  I am so grateful she cares so much about teeth...still to this day, I do not have a cavity (knock on wood) and have some of the prettiest teeth. This toothpaste had a great minty flavor, but no grit to it, so my teeth felt nasty all day long.  Great travel size, into my carry on it goes for my travel next week!

6. Sumita Eyeliner: haven't used this yet.

7. Cotz Face Natural Skin Tone SPF 40: I opened this and saw that it was fairly dark in the bottle. This sunscreen is supposed to match your skin color so you don't have to wear makeup while out at the beach or pool.  I may have to pass this one on...this chick is white and stays white. 

Overall, I was impressed and cannot wait to receive my next Birchbox! Comment below if you need a referral!

May 15, 2013

day 15: a day in the life of me.

5:00 am: wake up. my body reminds me that I grew up in agriculture and once was an agriculture teacher. proceed to lay in the bed.

6:15 am: rarely am I not up or out of bed before this.

6:15-6:45 am: shower. watch our meteorologist big weather on ABC 11. figure out what I am supposed to wear.

6:45 am: eat a bowl of cereal in my bed. watch the news some more.

7:00-7:20 am: brush teeth, make bed, style hair, makeup, etc.

7:25 am: make lunch, gather things

7:30 am: head to work. (I have a 25 minute commute). turn on g105. listen to bob and the showgram.

8:00 am: arrive at work. greet coworkers. get some water and a coffee on occasion. chat it up with office roomie.

8:00-10:00 am: email. mail some things. random meeting. catch up on agriculture news.

10:00 am: snack #1

10:30 am- 1:00 pm: work in excel. a lot.

1:00 pm-2:00 pm: eat lunch. maybe run an errand (the post office almost every day!)

2:00 pm- 5:00 pm: back in excel. mail some packages. pull sales data. chat it up with my office roomie. maybe take some awkward pictures to highlight some new things :)

5:00pm: go home in "lil red". 

5:30 pm- 6:30 pm: maybe pick up some groceries. change. go for a walk/run/take a pilates/barre class.

6:30 pm- 8:00 pm: eat/make dinner. clean up apartment a bit.

8:00 pm- 8:45 pm: hot bath. magazine/book time.

9:00 pm: blog. asleep by 9:45 pm most nights.

May 13, 2013

day 13: to the FedEx man

Dear FedEx office man,

Several weeks ago we had an ugly encounter.  I was especially grouchy and you just caught the apex of it all...and for that...I am so (so, so, so, so) sorry.  

See...I send a lot of things through FedEx and enjoy packing these items at work. Most of the time the packages are just chemical literature going out to our sales guys, but sometimes I get to send fun things like shirts and stuff. All in all, I like to send packages to other people.  Packages make me happy and receiving them has always been one of my favorite things.

Well...on that beautiful sunny day, our FedEx "picker-upper" could not pick up my package due to me sending it ground.  After sending so many packages at work, I realized that this certain package did not need to be there quickly, so I thought I would save money by sending it ground.  Little did I know that FedEx has several different divisions.  There is a FedEx Ground Division and a FedEx Express Division (air).  Our FedEx "picker-upper" only picks up FedEx Express packages, so he could not take mine.  Our wonderful executive assistant mentioned that she could take it to the FedEx store and ship it for me.  I told her that I would take need for her to take my burden.

So off I went.

I walk in to the FedEx office and hand the nice young gentleman the package, say thank you, and begin walking out...then I hear "ma'am". Dang. That means something is wrong..."yes?" I said. 

"Ma'am, you have this package shipping out by FedEx ground,which is fine, but you have it in the FedEx Express box.  You will need to purchase the FedEx ground box and ship it in that." 

"Do what?!?! That... is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard."

"I know, we just want to make sure your package ends up in right place."


So, I proceed to begin opening the current box...and out falls the 18 million Styrofoam peanuts I stuffed in there that morning. Right. Onto. The. Floor.

I proceed to kneel down (in my dress), lecturing every single one of those darn peanuts as I pick each of them up.

"Ma'am, let me get a broom to help you clean that up."

"Does it look like I need help cleaning this up?!? I have wasted a perfectly good $2.00 box because it wasn't the right color. Now, there are a million peanuts on the floor. I think I need a little more help than this."

He proceeded to help me clean up my peanuts, pack my new box, and sent me on my way.

"Have a good day ma'am!"

Now that is some good customer service. Hats off to you FedEx...dealing with crazy ladies and mess...and for my crazy that day. I'm sorry!

May 9, 2013

day 9: a moment

10 minutes.

10 simple quiet minutes every day that I spend planning.

I find some motivating quotes, pray for those I love, and plan what needs to get done that day.

This moment is one of the best moments of my day... it is sweet and beautiful.

What's your favorite moment of the day?

May 7, 2013

day 7: big fat scaredy cat

day 7: the thing(s) you are most afraid of.

I like to think I am a relatively brave person, until it comes down to two things: 

crime scene shows & the 11:00 pm news.  

Why are crime scene shows and the 11:00 pm news so creepy?!?!  It's all about death and people that are out to get other people...what happened to the happiness of this world? Obviously,  there isn't much of it past 9:00 pm at night.

I can guarantee you that past 7:00 pm, the only thing on my television are happy shows.  Some of my favorites are Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond, the Golden Girls, and anything on HGTV.  (If I can't do the DIY projects, might as well watch somebody that can, and relish in their glory and talent.)

I should have listened better to my dad when I was a teenager.  He always told me, "nothing good happens after 10:00 pm, so you don't need to be out that late." I think it's kinda the same thing with television. No wonder my family is usually in bed and asleep before 9:30 pm. Nothing good happens on tv after 10.

I wouldn't have admitted this 8 years ago...but man, my daddy is the smartest man in the world.

May 6, 2013

what do you do?

day 6: If you couldn't answer with your job, how would you answer the question, "what do you do?"

I really struggled writing this post today and honestly can't tell you why.  The weather has been kind of depressing here lately...maybe that's it. Who knows?

What do I do?

Every week I find myself looking for an adventure.  It doesn't have to be far away vacation adventure, but I want to learn something new and experience it.

Raleigh is such a beautiful city. North Carolina is such a beautiful state. I am so lucky that I have gotten to explore it so much.  I have really become passionate about this state, what it offers, and the agriculture within it.  My parents could not have chosen a better state for our family to live in.

Sounds crazy...but that's who I am right now.  I am young. I live by myself. I can explore things

And it makes me happy.

May 4, 2013

"what's up with those quotation marks?"

day 4: What's my favorite quote and why do I love it.

Working with or being involved in leadership based organizations most of my life has allowed me to see many quotes...we are talking thousands.  When someone asks me what my favorite quote is, I really struggle.  Quotes for me are always changing.  Life takes different spins and, in essence, my quotes fall with what's happening in my life.  Not all quotes have to be positive either...when you're sad, you need sad quotes, when you're happy...well, I think you get the picture.

My quote is very different today than it was 5-6 years ago.  I have my favorite oldies, but my current favorite that has really been speaking to me lately is:

"Dedication involves making the space to let young ideas take hold; 
every tree was once a seed and every company was once an idea."
Zephyr Bloch Jorgensen

Blogging for me is something that is therapeutic; it's relaxing, motivating, and exciting.  Blogging started for me when I was a freshman in college.  I had always wanted to start a blog, but could never find anything to write about.  I didn't think people wanted to read about my life...because sometimes I didn't like reading about my own.  Let's admit it, for those of you that know me, I am an old soul.  I go to bed before 9:30pm most nights (meaning I am asleep), I wake up and go into the office early, and I have a very distinct routine.  My life can be BORING and quite truthfully, I am a-okay with that now.

I have accepted that it is okay to have a lifestyle blog now.  I don't have to be a super talented Pinterest crafter or a top chef; that is who other people are. Me...well, I am me.  I am an old soul, a lover of romance, and a girl that is trying to find her goals and dreams again. 

When I think of DEDICATION...this is always the first picture I think of.
 I was truly working towards a dream that I spent hours thinking about.

I don't want a million followers and I don't even want to live financially off this blog.  What I do want, is people to enjoy reading about my realize that I go through struggles too.  Sometimes I don't know how to post the ugly...but ya'll, it's there.  We ALL have ugly parts about our lives and I hope that you can see I hurt too sometimes.

For me, the blogs that I tend to read on a daily basis aren't full of giveaways. They are full of faith, hope, love, and the struggle to get there.  I care about people I haven't even met because I feel like I know and care about their story.  I begin to know who they are. Maybe one day I can meet them :)

So, the quote above symbolizes where I am today.  Before, I didn't dedicate myself to developing a blog or finding where I needed to be...but this quote has given me the encouragement to make that time, to plant that seed that will eventually turn into something quite spectacular.

May 3, 2013

day 3: nail biting moments.

Day 3: Things that make you uncomfortable.

The picture doesn't do justice.I tried a coral lip stain that was awfully bright for my lips.
 I managed to rub most of it off before dinner with a friend.
-public restrooms: what do you touch? what don't you touch? who is in the stall next to you?

-nail polish on my fingers: I love a clear coat of nail polish or a french tip nail, but if I paint it a color, I feel like a completely different person.  It's just not me and I feel self conscious.

-singing in front of people: I did not receive the beautiful vocals of the family...all the older ladies at church think Christopher has a great voice. I agree and I am glad it's him and not me :)

-acne: I have it and have had it since 5th grade. I am almost 23...and we still can't seem to find a solution. *sigh*

-change: I like to think I enjoy change, but I honestly struggle. I do not like getting thrown out of a routine. I am a creature of habit.

-growing up: Isn't this one for everybody? I am not afraid to be older, just the growing up into an adult phase makes me a little uneasy.

-meeting people for the first time: I am nice and cordial, but you will really get the true me on visit #2. 

-spending money on things I don't need: I used to be a great so much. I guess it's because I want to look like a professional and feel like I didn't have anything in college.

-being in charge: I am quite content with data entry and mundane tasks and am good at it. Give me a task and I will find a way for it to get done.  Make me manage and that's where I lose all confidence.

What makes you uncomfortable?

May 2, 2013

time to educate.

Day 2: Educate us about something you know a lot about or are good at.

Umm. yeah. 

That is exactly what I thought when I read this prompt for the "Blog Everyday In May Challenge". 

I was a teacher, so you think I would naturally educate ya'll about my subject matter (Horticulture, Agriscience, and Animal Science).  Well, I am going to talk about it, but I am definitely not going to teach you like I did my students. With this prompt, I really want to tell you about something I think I am good at, or am passionate about.


There is something about agriculture that is so extremely special to me.  Most people take their food and their clothing for granted.  We can just walk into the store and buy what we need and most of the time, expect it to be there at all times.  

We are blessed in the United States.

There are several people that help make that possible for us everyday.

and...that brings me to my point today.

Agriculture is a family.

When I graduated college last May and moved to start my first teaching job, I moved to a small southern town.  Agriculture employed most of the county...and the first place you always look to find a group of farmers is the local grill.  Not just any grill, but one that is open before 6:00am and serves great biscuits and sweet tea.  

One of my first weeks on the job, I walked into a grill around 6:15am, ordered an egg and cheese biscuit,  and started conversation with these farmers.  They recognized my boots and the FFA emblem on my jacket...they asked what I did...and from that point on, we had a connection.  

I can go anywhere in this world and know that I will always have my agriculture roots to help me.  Anyone that works in the agriculture industry supports each other to help reach our final goal:

To feed, clothe, and educate the over 7 billion people of this world. 

I would love to be an outreach coordinator in the agriculture industry.  I don't know if this is a real job, I would love to visit schools, different trade shows (Southern Women's Show, etc.), and educate ordinary people about agriculture and how we cannot live without it. 

Campaigning for the NC Commissioner of Agriculture

While teaching high school agriculture, I realized that people in this world are getting further and further from understanding where their food comes from...and it's sad. I want to change that.

Today, the agriculture industry employees more than 21 million American workers (15% of U.S. jobs). Agriculture has a huge impact on you, on me, and on the rest of this world.

Need a little understanding of how agriculture impacts your life? Check out this short video.  

What are you passionate about?