Thursday, August 14, 2014

Nature Box #2 Review

Well another Nature Box goes down in the books as awesome. They even threw in a free snack this month. I haven't had time to take photos of each snack but I will throw up the photos from the Nature Box website. What you see, is exactly what you get.

1. Dried Peaches- They were sold out so no picture sorry. These peaches were amazing. They were soft and chewy, with a wonderful sweet peach taste.

2. Apple Pie Oat Clusters- They were sold out of these as well so again, no picture. This tasted like an apple crumble (similar to a cobbler). They were a perfect small sweet ball of goodness when you crave something sweet but don't want the guilt of eating a whole entire cobbler. YUM!

3. Santa Fe Corn Sticks- You like Cheese Doritos? You will LOVE theses and a little handful will do ya!
Photo from Nature Box Website

4. Sticks and Stones- This is a mix of nuts (almonds and cashews) and sesame sticks. The perfect snack for a salty craving. 
Photo from Nature Box Website

5. PB & J Granola- Now last months granola was crunch and chocolaty. This month's is soft, moist and had dried fruits like strawberries in it. This was a perfect snack on it's own or mixed in with the boring healthy cereal that doesn't have any taste but is really good for ya.
Photo from Nature Box Website
6. This one was a freebie extra snack just to say thanks for getting a nature box. What was it: Roasted Garlic Pumpkin Seeds. Perfect in a salad or on their own they have a great taste. The garlic isn't overpowering. So you can actually taste the pumpkin seeds.
Photo from Nature Box Website

If you want to check out Nature Box, my subscription is only $20 a month which is reasonable if you go compare these snacks to comps in the grocery store, here is a link for you. Click


Friday, August 8, 2014

Nature Box #2 came in!

I come home after being out all morning to my Nature Box!

 I was so excited I raced to my office, busted it open to see what was inside. Here's a sneak peak. There will be a review of each product after I've snacked a little. Until then, here's what's inside:

Dried California Peaches, Santa Fe Corn Stix, PB&J Granola, Stick 'n Stones, Apple Pie Oat Clusters, and they threw in a surprised gift of roasted garlic pumpkin seeds. WAHOO!

Happy snack day to me! These are going to be great when I get back into the classroom again!

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Couch is here!

So if you read this post here about us getting a new couch, you'll know that we had to wait 1-3 weeks for it to be delivered. Well it's here and we love it. I got this Simmons sofa for $288 after a 20% off coupon I had at Big Lots. So thrilled I got such a killer deal. Doing a little research, I found that couch on a few different websites for close to $1000. I wanted to show you the couch, as it is now. It photographs on the darker side.

Those pillows on the couch came with it. I'm going to make new covers for them as we are going with a coastal theme in the living room and kitchen. The throw is there for now. I'm thinking of draping it over the arm of the couch or just not have it there at all.  Haven't decided.  The pillows on the floor are from our old family room. I'll be making covers for those as well. 


Now what to go above the couch.... well one of my best friends, Amanda, and I found this sign and I LOVE it. It's got the beachy/sandy vibe to it and I love the saying..... "When in doubt be the more generous of the two." Such a great message. I hope it works for over the couch. It's pretty heavy as it's made of metal so we're going to have to get a nail for the wall and hopefully it will hold.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Our first Bark Box

We got our first Bark Box  in the mail yesterday and we were super excited to let the dogs open it. If you want to know how Bark Box works you can go back to my blog post here and read all about it. 

On to the goodness. For the money we think this box was worth it. Each box comes with a card that tells you not only about the products but how much they cost. The value is at least double what we paid for the box subscription. Also on top of that, we went out to places like Petsmart, TJ MAXX and local pet stores to find items or items similar to price compare and I was shocked at just how much you'd pay more for these types of items in store. I'd much rather get a Bark Box and have a fun little surprise for my pups each month.

So like I said each box comes with an information card like this:
Front and back of the card

After we pulled out the cards we just kind of let the dogs explore and sniff around. 
They started to think this box might be for them when I made them sit with it. These two know how to pose when I pull out my phone or camera.


Pudge was first to check it out. He must have smelt something good.

Sammy made his way over to sniff. 

And they are in.

Sammy pretty much shoved Pudge out of the way.

But Pudge wasn't having any of that. 
Here's our haul.

Both dogs REALLY love the 2 bags of treats and we'll have to see who ends up getting that bone. Pudge is enjoying the toy, yes that would be a Baboon butt. It has a squeaker and it crackles. Now if you know Pudge, you know that he love to rip plush toys to shreds.  This is day 2 of him playing with this thing constantly and there isn't a hole insight. 

Over all my hubby and I are really enjoying this box for our dogs and think it's well worth the money. If you'd like to check this box click the link here and give it a shot. You can cancel at anytime. 

Now everytime we get a package delivered to the door Sam and Pudge this it's for them! 

Bark Box love! 

Sammy snuggled with the box for a while after all the fun and treats were put away.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


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Ipsy Bag July

I've been a Ipsy bag subscriber since 2012. I enjoy them much better than the Birchbox I use to subscribe to. Trying out new makeup and skin items is always a lot of fun, and when it comes to products and lines I'm not familiar with, this is a perfect way to try.

I'll be sharing the Ipsy bag I receive each month here for you to check out!

July's Ipsy Bag

Monday, July 14, 2014

New Couch For the New Place

     We needed to find a couch since we sold our set before moving. The set was nice but it was very grand and getting really old to where you could feel the wooden base when you leaned on the back. You couldn't tell by the way it looked. We wanted something cheap but nice quality, something that if we got rid of it after the year of living where we are, we'd have no problem selling it for next to nothing.

Our one day mission to find a deal:

     We started our journey by seeing what IKEA had to offer. We are NOT fans of the low to the ground couches at all that IKEA is known for, but they had some other styles. Well turns out it costs just as much to ship it as it would to buy it. So IKEA was out.

    We checked out a chain furniture store in town that I am not a fan of at all because of the pushy salespeople but according to their painted windows they were having a sale, so we went in. I had to tell the SAME PERSON 4 times as she followed us around the store, that we are just looking and the last time I gave her the "teacher look" so she would back off. We left not soon after that. You know even if that store had nice quality pieces which it really didn't, and the prices were reasonable, which they were not, I still wouldn't buy from them because of the poor customer service.

    Next we went to a local furniture store that was going out of business. Employee was super friendly until he wouldn't let my husband and I look around. He wanted to be our guide and that is not what we wanted. I told him we were just looking, and he proceed to ask me what department I was looking for so he could point us in the right direction, I again told him that we were just looking, and he then tells me that it's a big 3 story store (It was an old building that was a split level.... not 3 stories). I told him we'll manage and that again, we were JUST LOOKING. After he could tell I was getting frustrated with him, again the teacher look was given, he backed off and left us alone. This store had nice, quality furniture, with the prices to match. So we looked around the entire store at everything just for fun and left.

    I get, I really do, these people work on commission, HOWEVER, that does not mean you badger the customer until they cave. I am a teacher.... I work with 20+ students 5 days a week, I do not cave.

    So, back tracking to a few days before yesterday we were at Big Lots. Don't underestimate that store. It's been around since before I was born AND it is still kicking after a few name changes. You never know what you are going to find there..... they had Keurig coffee makers there for less than $100... get what I'm saying. That is a MAJOR SCORE in itself. So we went to grab something basics, tape, push pins etc. and the woman at the register gave me a 20% off coupon for my entire purchase for Sunday, July 13th only.

   Fast forward to yesterday again, I remembered I had that coupon and suggested to the husband that we go check it out, though I was skeptical because in the past some their furniture has not been awesome. I should have listened to my own words of wisdom "You never know what you are going to find there" because we found a Simmons Sofa and love seat but we only wanted the sofa. They were selling it for $360 then with my 20% off it knocked the price down to $288! Yeah I said $288 for a Simmons Sofa. It's high quality for a bargain basement price. Here's the website photo of the sofa and then the display model in store:  It does come with the two pillows as well.

The actual color is a mix of the brown on the top and the brown on the display model. It's neutral and perfect for our Coastal themed family room. It should come in 1-3 weeks. I'm hoping it'll come this week and it's not damaged from the ride here, so we can get it in. We've got our first house guest coming to stay for a few days next week and it would be nice to not have to sit in rolly chairs while we relax and watch TV.