Reviewing Causebox: The Spring 2019 Box Reveal

16 Mar

I was planning to share this last week, but got all excited about my Trunk Club… so here it is this week! Let’s take a look at the Spring Causebox!

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 Spring 2019 box:

Ettitude Bamboo Lyocell Eye Mask, retail $15

I do not currently use a sleep mask and I’m not sure how I would feel about having something on my face all night long. I’ll try this one out though and see if I like it. It might help me stay asleep longer on nights when my husband gets up for work way before my alarm goes off.

Kalos Mist Congeniality Elixir Toning Mist, retail $22

I typically don’t use a toner in my face routine. In the accompanying booklet, the creator suggests keeping the toner beside your bed and spraying it on for a ‘moment of peace’ ritual to relax you. I imagine a 1950’s starlet version of Joules spraying on some of the toning mist and then lowering down her eye mask for a restful sleep… maybe we’ll have to try and make this a reality.

Cosmedix Glow Bamboo Brightening Mask, retail $54

I love a good mask and each week I treat myself to Monday Mask Day. For this mask, you apply it to damp skin and it’s rather gritty for exfoliating. Then, once you rub it on with circular motions, you let it dry for 10 – 15 minutes before washing it off. I tried it the other night and it actually did a great job, so I’m really happy to add this one to my weekly mask routine.

Luxe Charm Bracelet from Marina De Buchi, retail $37

I love bracelets, but I tend to be more of a leather statement bracelet kind of girl. This ‘unlock your dreams’ key bracelet is really pretty, but much daintier than I typically would choose. I was initially thinking I might give this away, but I tried it on and it is awfully pretty.

Silky Scarf from Cleobella, retail $52

This silky scarf was the first spoiler for this season’s Causebox and I wasn’t very excited about it. With that being said, I do like the Marigold color of this scarf. And it does look great with the key bracelet. However, I have NO IDEA what to do with it. In the booklet it shows a variety of ways to wear it, including: as a headband, a belt, a bracelet(?!), tied around your neck yuppie-style, etc. And literally none of those ways appeal to me. I went ahead and added it to my Poshmark closet so someone else can enjoy it. Someone purchased it pretty quickly for $19, so that’s a nice surprise!

Megan Portfolio Clutch from Glass Ladder Co, retail $120

This clutch was the second spoiler and I was kind of bummed about it. I’ve come around a little, but I still want to point out that $120 for a ‘faux’ leather (aka plastic) organizer is ridiculous. I work out of a bunch of different locations, so I may use this as an organizer in my work backpack. If it doesn’t work for me, I may give it to my husband to use… which is why I picked the color black (rather than pink or light gray). As expected, it smells like fumes… so hopefully it gets less stinky soon.

WYLD French Pink Clay Konjac Sponge, retail $16.90

This French pink clay sponge is infused with pink clay from France before it’s baked. It is supposed to be powerful, yet gentle for exfoliating your face. I’ll stick it next to my sink for evening face washing and see how it goes.

Altru Macrame Plant Hanger, retail $14

Um, is it 1978 again? I find it very odd that they gave a macramé plant hanger in this box… but no bowl or flowerpot or anything to hang from it. That’s weird, right? I decided to add it to my Poshmark closet, just to see if anyone wanted it… and someone bought it for $8.

Alja Horvat Exclusive Art Print, retail $10

Eh.

Overall Thoughts
After absolutely LOVING the fall and winter Causeboxes, it seems about time I got a box that was just ‘eh’ for me. Out of the three spoilers shared before the box shipped, I wasn’t really excited about any of them. I actually went into my account to pause so I could skip this box, but I was too late and the cutoff had passed. The retail value of everything in my box came to $340.90 which is great. However, I think the retail value of the plastic organizer ($120) and the “silky” but not silk scarf ($52) are laughable. I’m glad I was able to get a little of my money back with the scarf and plant hanger sales. I do like the key bracelet and the mask, but overall this season’s box was really disappointing.

What is your favorite item from the Spring CAUSEBOX?

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Reviewing FabFitFun: The Spring 2019 Box Reveal

16 Mar

This is the week of my quarterly box reveals! I received both my FabFitFun box AND my Causebox, so I can’t wait to show you all what is inside. I’ll post the Causebox review later this week, but let’s get started with FabFitFun!

Before we get into the goodies, here is a quick overview of FabFitFun:

Here’s my Spring 2019 box:

I love that the boxes are always so pretty and I use them to organize things all over my house (especially my closet and office)!

Let’s look inside:

Daily Concepts Daily Detox Brush, retail $18

This brush is supposed to exfoliate layers of dead skin and stimulate circulation with the natural bristles and massaging nodules. With summer coming, this is perfect timing to start exfoliating away my winter dryness. I tried doing some small circles on my dry legs and it felt really nice!

Manna Kadar Champagne Charcoal Body Scrub, retail $34.95

Here is another scrub-type item… this one is formulated with charcoal and dead sea minerals. Between this and the brush, I’ll have skin like a newborn baby!

OUAI Leave In Conditioner, retail $26

I use a leave in conditioner every time I wash my hair, so I’m happy to give this one a try. It is supposed to help with detangling and also heat protection, so I’m hoping it works for my knotty color-treated tresses.

Show Me Your Mumu Brie Robe, retail $84

This pretty floral print robe has a removable belt and a high-low hem. I’ve seen Show Me Your Mumu stuff before and I typically love their designs. This robe is super pretty and can be worn as a kimono over a cute outfit or as a robe around the house. For me, this seems like the perfect little robe to pack for an upcoming vacation. Like, maybe to Hawaii…

The2Bandits Athens Necklace, retail $30

This opal and silver necklace is very simple and pretty. I’ve gotten out of habit of wearing necklaces (I’m more of a bracelet girl), so I’ll either give this one a try or pass it on to one of my sisters.

Dr.Brandt Skincare Needles No More NO MORE BAGGAGE Eye De-Puffing Gel, $24

I’ve used Dr. Brandt products before (mostly the exfoliating face scrubs) and have really liked them. I’ve heard good things about this de-puffing gel, so I’m excited to give it a try. With allergy season coming, I can use all the under-eye help I can get!

Quay My Girl Sunglasses, retail $55

I had to include a photo, so you get one of me by the window in my home office (and I’m totally wearing my pajamas…). I love a good oversized sunglasses frame and bonus points for the cat-eye look! These are really cute and seem to be made very well. I wear sunglasses ALL THE TIME, so these will be a great addition to my collection!

Palmetto Derma Double B Facial Oil, retail $48

Black Currant, Evening Primrose, and Grape Seed oils deliver the super powers of antioxidants that fight free radical damage, brighten the complexion, and soothe irritation. This oil is to be used after serum and moisturizer, but before daily sun protection. I think I’ll try this one at night to see how it works!

Overall Thoughts

After not really liking the last two FabFitFun boxes, this one was a pleasant surprise. I really like the big-ticket item of the robe in this box and it will certainly get used. I’m also excited about pretty much every single product in the spring box. The total retail value of my spring box is $319.95, which is pretty great! I have one more box – the Summer 2019 box – on my subscription before I have to decide whether to renew or cancel.

What is your favorite item from the Spring FabFitFun box?

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Elite Warrior Boot Camp Diary: Week One

16 Mar

I mentioned earlier this month that I was thinking of doing some sort of March Fitness challenge to get me out of my rut. Well, that Friday at the gym I noticed a private group working out with a trainer in one of the rooms and decided to ask about it.

I ended up speaking to the trainer, Walter, and found out that the class I saw was a private lesson called Elite Warrior Boot Camp. I could sign up for 6 weeks (for a fee, of course) and either do just Friday nights, or the three-day-a-week option of Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights.

I walked away from that meeting thinking I’d sign up for the one-day-a-week option. However, I thought about it over the weekend and was apparently feeling quite energetic… because I decided to just invest the money, and time, and pain into the three-day-a-week training group.

Yeah, that snowballed quickly.

Now, let me make this very clear. Although I try to get to the gym 2-3 days each week, I’m not very fit. I can knock out a bunch of cardio, lift some light weights and have tried out a class or two. However, I am NOT what you would consider an athletic (or graceful) person. When it comes to deciding that I could do an ELITE WARRIOR boot camp, it really is all about my misplaced confidence that I can pretty much do anything I want to. Like when I run a 10k with no preparation. It’s not recommended, but I’m stubborn and I do what I want.

Day 1: Monday 11th

I went to the gym ready to get my butt handed to me. There were about 8 people at today’s session and everyone had been working out with Walter for a pretty long time – some for 1 year, a couple for 2 years and one couple for 4 years! I’m hoping there is some sort of pricing break if you renew after the 6 weeks…

Anyways, we started with doing a circuit of 8 different exercises. Each person would do their exercise for one minute and then we’d switch to the next exercise. The first circuit included: running on a weird kind of treadmill, waving around some ropes like some sort of superhero, crunches on a ball, doing a sit/squat thing against a wall, dumbbell stuff on the bench, kettlebell swings while thrusting like a porn star, push-ups on a bar, and stepping up on a box. These are obviously the technical terms.

From there, we went to another room and did a circuit on machines. This circuit was a little different where we would first do the machine, then do something like jumping jacks or crunches, then a plank, then back to the machine, then all over again, then switch to the next machine.

By the end of the workout my arms felt like limp spaghetti and I was seriously concerned about whether I’d be able to get out of bed the next morning.

Day 2: Wednesday 13th

I was still sore from Monday, mostly my poor non-existent abs. There were only 4 people in the Wednesday class, so there was lots of extra attention from the trainer. I really liked that we did entirely different exercises than the first day. However, I did make a BIG mistake. I was really hungry during the first class, so I thought it would be a good idea to have a yogurt before the Wednesday session.

This was WRONG. This was a TERRIBLE IDEA. We started with doing all sorts of stuff on a step, like push-ups, kicking around like a crazy person, step ups, squats and more flailing around. I honestly thought I might hurl and I may have even turned a little green.

Towards the end of the session, Walter had us go onto a group of treadmills to do some sprints. Basically we would walk for 30 seconds and then run flat out as fast as we could for 30 seconds. Over and over and over. There was some friendly competition on how quick you could turn the treadmill to for the sprints and over the course of the 25 minutes or so I was able to get quicker and quicker without the treadmill throwing me off. I actually REALLY liked doing the sprints and plan to add this to my list for when I exercise on my own.

Day 3: Friday 15th

I was surprisingly not feeling as sore as I expected going into the third class of the week. Today’s class was in the private fitness room that had piqued my interest the week before… the punching bag room! When I walked into the room, Walter instructed me to put on a pair of boxing gloves and I knew it was about to go DOWN. There were 5 of us in Friday’s class (one woman was in all three days – she’s super fit and totally my hero) and we all got our own punching bag.

Let me tell you, I punched and kicked the bejesus out of that bag! It was like the bag had personally wronged me. It was a GREAT way to get the stress of the workweek off my shoulders and I loved every single second of it! We used boxing gloves from a bin, but I’m thinking I might buy these boxing gloves so I don’t have to share hand sweat with anyone (BLEGH!).

After beating on the bags for about 30 minutes, Walter had us go pick a cardio machine and do 10 minutes out there. Then, we returned and punched, elbowed, kicked and kneed the bags for another 20 minutes.

By the end of the hour, I was dripping with sweat and had a huge smile on my face! Once again, I am NOT an athletic person, but give me a pair of boxing gloves and I turn into Ronda Rousey! And yes, I had to google her name, because I’m not a sports person.

Week One Thoughts:

I wasn’t really sure what to expect going into week one, but I was pleasantly surprised. Sure, there were times where I wasn’t going as hard or as fast as some of the other people in my class, but I did the best that I could for the entire 60 minutes of each session. I certainly worked out much harder than I do on my own and I learned a bunch of new ways to work out too. I was sore after each session, but not so sore that I needed to pop any Tylenol. Mostly I’m proud that I decided to put this 41-year-old body to the test.

I can’t wait for next week!

If you want to follow along with my Elite Warrior Boot Camp, I’m trying to post after each workout on my Instagram account (find it here). I’m also planning to do a half-way point blog check in at the end of week three!

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Date Weekend Fun in Northern Virginia

13 Mar

This past weekend, my parents generously kept Jack overnight while Travis and I had ourselves a bit of a date weekend. I HIGHLY recommend getting away for even a night if you can, because even if you are only an hour or so away from home (like we were) it is such a mental refresh!

For our date weekend, I booked us at a Springhill Suites in Northern Virginia. The hotel was super nice and clean… and less than $100 for the night, which included breakfast. Once we arrived, we checked into the hotel and immediately went rummaging for some food nearby.

After filling our bellies at Elevation Burger, we decided to go do some wine and cider tasting at a couple nearby wineries.

First stop was Corcoran Vineyards where we had the choice of tasting their ciders or their wines, so we went with a cider tasting. From there, we went to 8 Chains North where we did a wine tasting and also enjoyed some locally made chocolates!

We started to get a bit hungry again, so we went back to the Loudon One area to buy our movie theater tickets and then went by SlapFish. To be honest, we chose that restaurant because the name made us giggle… but we were too busy making yummy noises to laugh when we got our Clobster Grilled Cheese and Lobster Grinder Roll! HOLY WOW it was soooo good!

After dinner we had some time to kill, so we stopped by B Doughnut, Starbucks and killed some time in the Barnes & Noble.

And THEN… we saw Captain Marvel!

AHHH, so good! I honestly wasn’t sure if I was going to love this one as much as I love the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, Thor: Ragnarok, and Avengers: Infinity War. The bar was set very high, but I LOVED Captain Marvel and it was a fantastic addition to the series!

It was also a great end to our date day! We enjoyed the comfy hotel room and had the free hotel breakfast in the morning — I just love those make-your-own waffle set ups! We hung around the room and watched some HGTV until check out at noon, then hit up Lost Creek Winery for one last tasting.

After our tasting, we stopped at the Roots 657 Café for an AMAZING lunch. I got the country pulled pork sandwich with a side of corn pudding and Travis got the bacon cheeseburger with a side of fries. We did a little splitsy action, so we both got a little of everything and YUM.

All in all, it was a fantastic date weekend and I ate way too much delicious food. So yeah, it was perfect.

Do you go on date weekends?

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