A little while ago I was reading one of the blogs I follow and I came across this awesome little concept that I had to look into. A little box of beauty products – some full size and some samples. There is a small cost each month and you receive this special little box. Birchbox is an American based company that supplies a little beauty box each month with products for you to test and view. If you like them, you can purchase the products on their site or wherever you can find them locally. As I live in Australia, I decided to have a scout around for a local version as I would receive it quicker. I found it:
Bellabox is the Australian version I have come across. For $15 a month, you receive a little surprise box, filled with goodies. I have got the June and July box so far and I am loving it. The products are amazing and there are usually 5 – 7 products each time. Shipping is free.
This is what I received in June.
Just head over to http://bellabox.com.au/ and sign up for free. They will ask you to fill out a profile so they know what you like. There seems to be a theme each month. June was “Girl’s night in / Girl’s night out.” and July was a travel theme.
I cannot wait to get my August box.
Do you like shopping? I loooove it. Unfortunately it is not happening as much as I would like it to. I think the reason is the kidlets. Ha ha. I wouldn’t change that for the world. I do however, still like to browse online shops when I get a spare moment. We live in a country town which is quite big but there are not many options. I have a few favourite online shops which will come in a later post.
Today I wanted to share my new favourite. I am currently waiting on a parcel delivery. It is coming from America which is the only downside as I have a wait for about a week or so. ShopRuche is gorgeous. I love vintage inspired clothing and this is just the place for this. Everything is so pretty. The prices are pretty good as well. What I also love is the fact that you can become a member for free, have a browse and save items into a wishlist for later. You might miss out as I did with one item but at least they are saved, ready to purchase when you can. Click on the link below and have a browse.
I love shopping but once the kids came , I have had to be more creative. I am also trying to trim down a little so am avoiding buying too many clothes until I am ready. So what is a girl to do?
Buy accessories of course!!
I know that could also be an issue when it comes to money. I like to think I can find a good bargain. Just a little something to add some bling to an outfit. A bright, chunky necklace could do wonders to jeans and a t-shirt. I always buy jewellery when it is on special and I thought I would share my tips on how to buy Bling on a Budget.
K’Mart has been stocking some really cute accessories and a lot of these can be less than $10. Never underestimated what you can find in some of the more reasonably priced stores.
A lot of the ladies clothing stores stock jewellery and some can be marked down quite significantly. Look what I picked up today from Rockmans. It would have cost $66 but I scored it for $24.
I subscribe to the Colette Hayman website and they often have online sales that have accessories so marked down, it is so worth stocking up. In the past I have picked up rings for $2 and necklaces for $5. This is their current sale. It is a small one but if you subscribe to them they send you emails when they have their sales.
Finally, there are a couple of shops / websites that I love browsing through. They always have a sale on and that is when I go a little silly. You can also find their specials on their websites.
DIVA – http://www.diva.net.au//shop/sale.html
LOVISA – http://www.lovisa.com.au/shopby?sale=1
Have a browse and spend a little to add a lot. Say sorry to your husbands for me.
I have had my mum and step-dad here for a week now and we have been very busy. I am trying hard to stick to my goals for 2013 and am doing better than I thought. I have taken a side step with the decluttering of my body. We are being pretty good but I have probably eaten bigger meals than normal. I am not too worried though as I planned for this and will be back on track, in a hard way, once we are all back into work and school routines next week.
I have decided to wean myself into it a little bit and decided today to start being strict with my iron tablets as I have very low blood iron and am not very good with taking them regularly. I also thought I would begin by having a warm lemon drink at the start of the day. There are so many benefits to doing this and I always feel great when I have one consistently.
Some benefits are:
1. Boosts your immune system
2. Helps with weight loss
3. Aids digestion
4. Acts as a gentle diuretic
5. Clears skin
There is a lot of information out there but I fund a simple explanation of the benefits at MindBodyGreen .
As mornings can get quite hectic, I have a little routine. I put the kettle on as I get breakfast for the kidlets. While they are eating I put 2 – 3 fingers high of hot water in a mug and then squeeze in the juice of half a lemon. I top this up with warm tap water. Then I drink this as I am getting everything else organised.
If you don’t already do so, why not join me on this little step to feeling cleansed and rejuvenated at the start of your day. Have a go for a week and let me know how it is going.
Last year I got motivated and lost about 10kgs. This year I have had so much going on that my motivation has been lacking and a couple of kgs have crept back on. Recently I feel I dodged a bullet, healthwise, and have been trying hard to get back on track. We are trying to eat more natural foods with heaps of vegetables and fruit. A friend from work put me onto Cyndi O'Meara who helps others 'change their habits' and become healthier and happier. She has written many things but the e-book I have been following, is a 21 day schedule that gets you on the right track.
The first thing I have most mornings is a lemon drink – hot or cold. It is a good way to start the day and helps flush the kidneys. Cyndi suggests you drink another cup of water after this. It truly works. For the first week or so I found I was going to the ' ladies room' a lot and this is quite normal. I actually look forward to this lemon drink. Give it a go for at least a week. If lemon is too bitter, Cyndi suggests grapefruit or lime.
TRY A HOT OR COLD
FIRST THING IN
Join the ride to health central.
STOP! POUR A CUPPA AND READ ON
Let’s make March all about you. I declare March to be Yummy Mummy Month. March is all about mum’s having fun. I have attached a list of 31 things to do. Some are for yourself, some are with your kids. They are in no particular order. Just choose one a day to do. Go on I dare you!!!! I am hoping to do all of them, write about some and photograph others. I would love it if you would download this freebie and join in the fun. Sometimes we have to say enough is enough. There will always be housework to do. There will always be running around to do. There will never be another March 2012, when you will be whereyou are and your kidlets will never be that age again.
Seize the moment!
Seize the Day!!!!
Who is in???????
31 Days of Fun
I Can’t wait to hear how everyone goes.
Over the past year I have lost 10 kgs and have been pretty good at maintaining it until recently. The last kg or 2 seem to be popping back for a visit. I am back on track to hopefully getting these off again before christmas. We are off on a cruise in April and I need to lose a few more. I do however have some guilty pleasures or treats that I just can't get rid of.
At the moment I enjoy having a couple of malt biscuits with my coffee. I am a little naughty as I love to dunk them in.
Other guilty pleasures/treats:
- A quick pedicure – especially when a massage chair is involved
- Some chocolate with our evening cup of tea
There are so many more. I think as busy parents we need these in our lives to help us get over the hurdles we encounter daily.
In the new year I will be putting out a challenge with about guilty treats and pleasures. What is your guilty pleasure or treat when you are in need of a little time out?
Lots of smiles
Paula 🙂 🙂