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Do I need Hulu?

14 Oct

We cut the cord from cable a few years ago, so we had been living with just Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Youtube on our television. Last year, Hulu ran a Black Friday sale where you could buy a year’s subscription for just $1 a month… so I went for it. I mean, a DOLLAR a month?! Come on, that’s way less than I spend on coffee!

And now it’s time to make the big decision before my Hulu subscription goes up to whatever the normal price will be…

Here’s the thing though. We’ve had hulu for 11 months and think *maybe* we’ve used it 3 times.

Total.

I wanted to use it to watch all the Veronica Mars sessions on my Kindle while working out, but apparently my Kindle is too old to stream Hulu at all.

So yeah, we haven’t used it.

BUT, before I made the decision and just cancel our subscription… I want to know; do you use Hulu? What do you watch on Hulu? Do I need Hulu? If so… convince me!

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AR Workshop: Making My Own Chunky Knit Blanket

10 Oct

Back in July, Lindsey and I made a couple awesome plank wood signs at the AR Workshop in Annapolis (you can read about it here). We had so much fun that when I saw that they were running a chunky knit blanket workshop, we immediately signed up!

You can find an AR Workshop closest to you here: https://www.arworkshop.com/ The chunky knit blanket workshops registration fee was $85 and it included all our materials and instruction.

I’m not really a knitter. In fact, I tried taking a knitting class about 10+ years ago and found it so boring that it literally would put me to sleep when I tried doing my knitting homework. However, these blankets were hand knitted, meaning that no hooks were needed… just the chenille yarn and our hands. So, I thought they might be easier.

We started off with balls of yarn – Lindsey used 5 balls of yarn and I bought an extra ball because I wanted my blanket to be a little larger (since my knitting was a bit tighter). From there, we closely followed the instructor to make a slipknot and then the braided end of the blanket. I literally started and tore mine out probably a half dozen times until I ended up with this:

Once the end was finished, we started making the loops. Once you get this step down, you are good to go, because the rest of the blanket is basically just making loops over and over again:

And over and over and over and over again.

And over and over…

Once we got down to our last balls of yarn, the instructor came over and helped us finish the ends of our blanket with another pretty braid. And we were done!

It took us just about 2 hours on the dot and we both LOVE how our blankets turned out. While we both are pretty darn crafty, neither of us had much knitting experience… but our blankets look pretty darn awesome. They are soooo soft too and were perfect for some couch laziness while watching Netflix movies that night.

When I got home, Jack immediately tried to steal mine and when I told him that it was MINE, MINE, ALL MINE he asked if he could go to a class and make one too! I did a little searching online and I some similar yarn on the Joann’s website for about $6.50 each… so I went ahead and placed an order. I’m hoping to recreate another one with Jack at home… so wish me luck!

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Reviewing Causebox: The Fall 2019 Box Reveal

8 Oct

I feel like I’ve been looking forward to this box for ages and I’m so happy it’s finally here!

About Causebox:
Every season, members receive a limited edition curation of products from the leading socially conscious brands. Some of them are designed exclusively for Causebox. Each box is designed and filled with love. From the original artwork on the outside of the box, to the lovingly handmade products that fill it up, there is love in every detail. The cost is $49.95 per quarter if you subscribe annually, or $54.95 per quarter if you subscribe by the quarter. I don’t have a referral code to give you, but if you click on their website you might see a pop-up with a promo code on it: www.causebox.com

Let’s check out what I received in the Fall 2019 box:

Known Supply Weekend Duffel, $108 value

Source: Causebox.com

An oversized duffle for everything from weekends away to trips to the gym. Handmade by artisans in Jaipur, India.

Out of all the items in this box, this was the one I was most excited about. Typically when packing I’ll pack either a backpack or a small suitcase, but this duffle is perfectly in the middle. I picked the gray/white stripes with the natural colored straps and I love the pretty gold-ish metal accents on everything. I saw some people complaining on the Causebox Instagram page that this bag was smaller than pictured… but once you stuff it full of stuff I think it’s exactly the size as represented. I used this for last weekend’s girl trip to Lindsey’s house and it was the perfect size!

Malin + Goetz Recovery Treatment Oil, $82 value

A multitasking treatment oil that provides hydration and helps skin feel softer, smoother, and brighter. Naturally composed of nine antioxidant rich oils.

With fall and winter coming, I’m happy to add this antioxidant oil to my stash. I like being able to sample these items long term before committing to the high price, so this is perfect for me.

La Beaute Soi 10-Piece Makeup Brush Collection, $24 value

A 10-piece set of makeup brushes for every imaginable use and look. Every brush is made with vegan, cruelty-free bristles, and packaged in a thoughtfully designed vegan leather clutch.

First off, you all know how I feel about “vegan leather”… can we just call it what it is?! PLASTIC. I can see how this makeup brush set might be useful to many people, but I’m really not that involved with putting makeup on. In fact, I typically only use one brush… maybe two if I’m feeling fancy. I’ll either gift this one or donate it.

Nashelle Heather Drop Lariat necklace, $38 value

A custom-for-Causebox take on the classic Y silhouette. For every product sold, Nashelle donates 10 meals to those in need.

For this necklace, I was able to choose between silver and gold and I went with the gold one. I like the weight of this necklace and both the design and the chain are substantial. I’ve tried adding it to a couple outfits, but it’s really just not my style — to me it looks like a dog choke collar. I think this one will probably be added to my Poshmark closet.

La Lueur White Cactus Coconut Wax Candle, $35 value

A fresh take on autumn, this candle was developed from sustainably sourced ingredients including a proprietary coconut wax blend. Every La Lueur candle is hand-poured in the USA and packaged in a gorgeous reusable glass vessel.

I actually really like the scent of this candle and the glass vessel is really pretty, so this one is a keeper!

Glass Ladder & Co Terrazzo Travel Wallet, $18 value

For this choice I was able to pick between this travel wallet and a felt letter board. The letter board looked super cheap, so I went with this travel wallet even though it is once again vegan leather. Sigh. It is fine for storing a passport and stuff while traveling and I will get some use out of it, but it’s not very exciting.

Bonus: $25 Known Supply Online Store Credit

There was also a postcard for a special promo code to get $25 store credit at the Known Supply online store. I did a quick search of the website and it looks like they have some cotton t-shirts (graphic and plain) for $34 – 54, so I may use this gift card towards something.

Overall Thoughts
I really like the Fall Causebox! The duffel bag is really well made AND adorable, the candle smells good, and the face oil has promise. While the necklace seems well made, it’s not really my style so I’ll list it for sale so someone else can enjoy it. I’m not enthused about the two vegan leather/PLASTIC items in the bag though and wish they had some non-plastic choices.

What is your favorite item from the Fall Causebox? Do you like Vegan Leather??

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post.

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Weird Memories that Live in my Head

7 Oct

Whenever I smell a skunk’s spray, I think of an episode of Baggage where a contestant said that she really loves the smell of skunk spray and if she sees a skunk while driving, she will ‘nudge’ it with her car so that it sprays it.

Let me repeat.

She will RUN HER CAR into a skunk to get it to spray her car. For funsies. Because she likes the smell of skunk spray.

And I learned this on an episode of Baggage, a stupid game show hosted by Jerry Springer about 10 years ago.

Why does this information live in my brain?

Who knows.

All I know is that it won’t leave. So as soon as I smell skunk, I think of that lady on Baggage.

Another random memory that I can’t get out of my head… this:

This episode aired on November 23, 2000 – almost 19 years ago – and I think about Joey’s moo point more often than any normal person should. Sure, I know it’s a moot point. But come on… a cow’s opinion doesn’t matter, so it’s… moo. SO. MUCH. SENSE.

Now it’s your turn. What random bit of knowledge(?) has just stuck in your head? Please, please, please share in the comments because I can’t wait to read these!

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