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Date Night Fun: Def Leppard, Journey and Gambling

20 Jun

Oh my gosh you guys, we had such a fantastically fun weekend! Def Leppard and Journey are currently on tour, so on a whim I decided to buy tickets for when they came to Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, MD. When I told my husband about our Rocking date, we joked that he’d totally have to wear some acid-washed jeans and a bandana…

As it was, the crowd watching was FANTASTIC!

Def Leppard and Journey are co-headlining the tour… so they are taking turns going first or second on each tour night. On Saturday, Journey went first:

They were pretty awesome for their 90-minute set and then there was a 30-minute break (complete with timed countdown) until Def Leppard took the stage. I have to say, I love the ‘old people’ concerts and their attention to promptness!

Def Leppard was also incredibly awesome and both my husband and I were singing along with smiles on our faces most of the night! I had checked out their song list online before we went, so as soon as they finished Pour Some Sugar on Me, I knew they only had two songs left… so we ran out before the crowd to get to our car.

When we went to a nearby casino a month or so ago, I signed up for a new member card that had a special deal where they would give you back the money you lost on that first day (up to something like $200). So, the day after, I received an email saying I had a $75 promotion waiting for me! Since my parents were watching Jack for the concert, we figured it would be the perfect time to add on the gambling promotion to our night.

I have one particular group of machines that I like, so Travis and I sat down and had soooo much fun playing the slots. I would put $10 in from my promo card and then as soon as it grew to $30 I would cash out. Then, I did it again! The third $10 didn’t go so well, but then I came back. All in all, we left with winnings of $83, which wasn’t too shabby.

We didn’t go to bed until 3am (I know… insane for us!) and we slept in. From there, we basically had just enough time to have coffee and showers, before leaving to do Travis’ final suit fitting appointment at Indochino (full blog post coming soon).

We stopped by Duck Donuts for a little Father’s Day morning treat too:

Later that night, we took my parent’s to dinner for a little more Father’s Day celebrating. All in all, it was a super fantastic ROCKING weekend and I kind of wish I could go back and do it all over again!

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Do You Have a Favorite Product for (gasp) Aging Skin?

12 Jun

Man, this getting older thing is rough. I’ve pretty much given up on wearing high heels and my body sounds like a cracking drum solo when I stretch in the morning. Of course, it’s better than the alternative…

So, as I’m getting older I’m trying to do even better at taking care of my skin. I’ve been using a really great moisturizer for probably 20+ years that I swear by, but I’ve recently added a couple new products to my routine. I’d love to know if you have any products that you are obsessed with, so leave me a comment and let me know what you recommend!

Here’s what I use:

Origins A Perfect World SPF 40 Age-Defense Moisturizer
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I’ve been using this moisturizer forever and love it for keeping my face hydrated and protected from the sun. They changed the formula a year or so ago to a higher SPF, so the consistency is a little thick now… but it does such a good job that I just slap a little power on the shiny areas and go on my way!

Here’s what I’ve recently added:

Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Power Serum
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I received a deluxe sample of this a while ago and I’ve been using it religiously each day in the am and pm. It goes on like a super light lotion and claims to visibly and dramatically minimize multiple signs of aging. It is supposed to “reduce fine lines, diminish pores, even skin tone and give you plumper, smoother skin.” Over the past 6 weeks of using this serum, my skin tone is definitely more even and my fine lines around my eyes are much less noticeable. The full size is pricy at $77, but the sample has lasted me for so long that I think it is worth the investment.

Aveda tulasara Wedding Masque Eye Masque
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I had an online return to go back to Aveda, so I had a store credit to spend. I’ve been wanting a really good eye cream and this one was highly recommended online and by the Aveda sales associate. It is a super tiny container for $55, but you use such a minuscule amount that it will probably last me a year or longer. According to Aveda, “the ultra-rich crème masque brightens skin around the ye area overnight and contains a potent turmeric extract to help visibly even skin tone by diminishing the look of dark circles over time.” I’ve been using this for 2 weeks so far and I do think my eyes look brighter and less puffy. Also, using this in conjunction with my serum has really impacted the fine lines that were starting around my eyes.

Now it’s your turn… what do you use? Please share in the comments!

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Clothing Purge Report: April & May

25 May

Back at the beginning of April, I shared my first Purging Report, with Selling Clothes: Where, How and What. In that post, I explained my five main ways of purging clothing: Poshmark, eBay, FB Sale Groups, ThredUp and donating. When the weather warmed up, I finally did my closet switch over from my winter clothes to my spring/summer clothes… which is a great time to take stock!

As I went through everything, I made four main piles:

  • Poshmark/eBay: items that are in perfect condition.
  • Facebook Sale Groups: items that are in perfect or near perfect condition in specific brands, such as Anthropologie, Boden, and Stitch Fix.
  • ThredUp Clean Out Bag: items in very good condition, but not perfect enough for me to sell on my own.
  • Donate to Thrift Stores: items in good condition or showing wear.

Poshmark/eBay Sales
I have a hard time selling on Poshmark, but I did make four sales in April/May.

Poshmark isn’t my favorite selling venue, because they take a cut out of every sale. So typically I will cross-list items on Poshmark and Facebook and see where it sells first. I do like that Poshmark is a much larger platform, so more people see your sale items. Also, they have the buyer pay for shipping so as a seller all you need to do is print off the postage and slap it on a box. My total Poshmark sales for April and May were $129 before fees (20%).

Facebook Sale Groups
I belong to some brand-specific Facebook groups: Boden Mamas B/S/T, Anthropologie BST, Non Crap Mama Clothes, Rothy’s BST, Stitch Fix b/s/t Large and Stitch Fix B/S/T. If you are interested in joining any of them, you need to submit to join and then the administrator will approve each person (I am not the administrator of any of these groups).

I have the most success in selling when I post on these boards. Typically, I would post a ‘clothing purge’ and then follow the rules of the page for how many items to post. Then, if someone wanted an item, they’d comment on it with their Paypal address. When you post the item, you need to be sure to include enough for shipping, since the buyer typically is expecting to only pay the listed price. However, there are no selling fees involved… so you keep more of your money. I run all payments through Paypal, which takes a small fee and protects the buyer from a sketchy seller.

Stitch Fix items sold:

  • Floral print shirt, $25
  • Black and white dress, $40
  • Blue print blouse, $25
  • Floral patterned dress, $50
  • Mixed print tank top, $25

Total: $165

Boden items sold:

  • Yellow jersey dress, $40
  • Maxi skirt, $17
  • Green dress, $45

Total: $102

Anthropologie items sold:

  • Maeve sparkle skirt, $17
  • Coffee tee shirt, $28
  • Tracey Reese maxi skirt, $50
  • Chiffon tee shirt, $28

Total: $123

Rothy’s items sold:

  • Hot pink round toe Rothy’s, $125

So, let’s talk about these Rothy’s. As you know, I am a new lover of Rothy’s shoes (Let’s Talk about Rothy’s: Are they Worth the Money?) I only had the points version and was curious on whether I’d like the round toe version. I saw a hot pink pair pop up on Poshmark and scooped them up for just $80… knowing that I could easily resell them on the Rothy’s BST page if I didn’t like them. I wore them once and liked them… but loved my pointy toes more. I had a few referral codes burning a hole in my pocket, so I decided to use them for a pointy toed pair in red. I really don’t need two bright colored pairs, so I decided to sell my pink pair. That same day, someone posted on the Rothy’s BST page that they were looking for my exact shoes in my exact side, so I sold them for $125.

ThredUp Clean Out Bag
I filled my ThredUp Clean Out bag up to the brim with a bunch of Jack’s nicer outgrown clothes and a bunch of my stuff too.

It was so full it was busting at the seams! The last ThreadUp Clean Out bag resulted in them taking 8 items and paying me $36, which average $4.50 per item. With this full of a bag, I was hoping for a payout around $80 – 100.

Instead, they accepted just 20 of my items for $50. They accepted 8 additional items as “consignment” items for a possible additional $7.30. I know for a fact that I sent them 4 pairs of identical Old Navy jeans that Jack grew out of… but they only accepted 1 pair on consignment. For this bag, their payout averaged $2.50 per item, which is absolutely ridiculous. Not to mention the dozens of other items that they for some reason decided not to accept. I don’t think I’ll be using them again.

Thrift Store Donation
After cleaning out my closet, Jack’s closet and Travis’ closet, here’s what I have to donate at the thrift store:

It’s like the CIRCLE OF LIFE… thrift style! I like that the clothes go back into the community and I can also write the donation off on my taxes.

How did you like my first bi-monthly ‘what I sold’ post? Did you find it helpful? Do you have any clothes selling tips?

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The Slow Death of Blogging

17 May

The internet has been proclaiming that blogging is dying for the last 5 years. Or maybe even more. With lots of other social media platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, etc, people have been moving towards the micro-blogging of their thoughts. Lots of those rockstar bloggers have closed shop. Lots of people have just gotten bored of reading blogs.

I started Pocketful of Joules over 7 years ago… and I get it.

Over the past 7 years, I grew a pretty big following and then it ebbed and flowed and has slowly been decreasing over the past few years. The way readers interact with blogs has changed too. It was typical to get lots of comments on a blog post… and now I have many posts that have lots of visitors, but they don’t get even one comment. I used to check my stats every single day to make sure everything was *okay* with my numbers. Now, I don’t really bother and may check Google Analytics a few times a month.

Over the past 7 years, I have published 1,007 posts.

And I still enjoy it.

However, I don’t really enjoy a lot of what blogging has become. There are SO MANY bloggers that are basically just trying to sell, sell, sell shit to you so that they can make money. There are lots of copy-cat bloggers out there who don’t bother to put in any of the work.  There are so many bloggers that are just boring (or unable to write a proper sentence). And don’t even get me started on those super curated fake-ass Instagram accounts.

A few years ago, I read probably 20 blogs regularly. Now, that number is down to just 6 blogs. I haven’t added a new blog to my list in probably a year.

I honestly don’t know how much longer I’ll be blogging. I guess as long as I still enjoy it.

So, here are my questions for you:

1. What are your thoughts on the death of blogging?
2. Do you still enjoy visiting Pocketful of Joules?
3. What other blogs do you read?

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