Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Subscription Box Review: Vellabox - June 2018

First off, the disclaimer:
I received this box courtesy of in exchange for my honest review.

    Hello to my loyal readers and faithful followers.  I am attempting to try something new.  The big trend on You Tube right now seems to be unboxing videos.  Most are Ipsy and other makeup subscriptions.  However, because of this trend companies like Barkbox and others have become known commercially too.  
    My 1st review however, is for none of those subscriptions but rather for Vellabox.  
Vellabox is an all-natural, artisan subscription candle box company based out of San Diego, CA.  All of their candles are high quality, non-toxic, lead free, and hand poured by artisan candle makers.  They offer three different monthly  subscription boxes great for oneself or for gifting.  As a gift, you may chose a three, six, or 12 month options.  The different boxes are as follows:
  • Lucerna ($10/month) - one 4oz candle and a special gift that total 25 hrs of burn time
  • Ignis ($20/month) - one 8oz candle and a special gift that totals 50 hrs of burn time
  • Vivere ($30/month) - one 4oz and one 8oz candle plus a special gift that totals 75 hours of burn time
Each month has it's own theme, matching the packaging style to the candle scents and time of year.  Vellabox partners with a different lifestyle brand each month as well for the special surprise gift.  Lastly, Vellabox offer options to buy candles from favorite brands without subscribing!
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  Upon opening the  box, I soon discovered I was given the Ignis box to sample and review.  The 8oz candle was packaged in a beautiful mint green gift bag.  It had an adorable printing of cacti and succulents.  The candle created by Vacant Wheel was a wonderfully smelling.
 It's a soy candle and the sent for June was Cactus Flowers: Flowering Desert Succulents.  I have not gotten around to light it to test the throw yet, however I shall inform my readers of that when it does happen.
   As for the bonus item?   
The lip balm with SPF 15 was made by Aloe Up, a company in Eden Prairie, MN.  The one downside to this lip balm was that I wish it had a scent to it as well.  Will I use it?  Yes.  But it wont be my first go-to.  That's reserved for my Burt's Bees.
Use code "VELLABOX18" upon check out to get 20% off purchase. 

The lip balm was made by the company Aloe Up 
Use code "VELLA" upon check out to get 15% off purchase  

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Free Monthly Box Review: PINCHme May 2018

Hello to my readers and followers!
Another month has come and gone and today brings us the PINCHme Box for May 2018!

Unfortunately, I had put IN for the box and it was promised to come  but nothing came...
That's kind of upsetting.  Not only that but the only thing I DID  get was a coupon for an energy-based drink from select Walmart stores.  My Walmart doesn't even sell them!  Frustrating!
Anyway, on June 12th I DID put in for another box and again, it's been promised time.  We shall see....

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Job Searching....Again....

Yes, you've read right...
Once again the 18 Month Curse hit me....
Let me explain:
Ever since leaving collage, I have been unable to hold a job.

I don't understand it. It's like I am able to hold the job for a year and a half.  And then, all at once...they decide they DON'T want me so the ones in charge do EVERYthing they can to find ways to fire me and make it look like I was at fault.
Ah well, back to the search right?

Saturday, December 2, 2017

December 31 Prompts: Day 2 - Worst Part of Day & Reaction

And I'm back loyal readers!  Told you I'd be!
Today's prompt asks me about my worst part of the day.  Now, I'd like to think that I really don't have a 'worst part' of the day and normally I don't.  However, there are days.
For example, if my son never got a nap that day then my day goes bad.  Especially if it's a Wednesday.  I'm totally behind in what I need to do because I didn't have the time to myself.  And if that is the case, I get irritable. 
I try to calm myself down by taking deep breaths and reminding myself that Eli doesn't me to irritate me.  After all, he is only 3.  Sometimes it works. 
Other times......

Friday, December 1, 2017

December 31 Prompts: Day 1 - Favorite Part of Day

Hello my readers!
In November of last year I did the 30 Day Blog challenge.  I decided that I liked doing that so much (and that my blog needs more content) that I decided to do these challenges monthly.  If you have any questions for me as well, I will gladly answer them.
December 1st asks about my favorite part of the day. 
Honestly, I can say my favorite part of the day is the 30-40 minutes between the time that my son Eli is picked up by his Grandma and before I head off to work.  On Wednesdays it's different.  The hour/hour-half that Eli sleeps is another one of my favorite times of day. 
I know I know, it sounds selfish but it allows me to focus on me.  To get things done without the interruption or the noise from Eli. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

My True Calling

I know my true calling is to be a stay-at-home mom (SAHM).  I've known this since my son was born.  I may not have recognized it right away.  In fact, I know I didn't!  It actually hit me after I was fired from Alorica.  Of course I HAD to find another job because bills needed to be payed and one paycheck wasn't going to cut it.  It was also nearing Christmas and son wasn't going to have a happy on with only one paycheck.  However, time spent looking for another job made me realize that I'd much rather BE home.  That choice made, I took a part-time temp job at Gordmans for the holiday season.  Now, I could have left as soon as the season was over.  However, the manager asked me to stay on and we still need my paycheck.  Now I work at Gordmans (mostly Thurs.-Sat.) and it's STILL part-time. And every other week I work with NO days off except the Weds. and Sundays I asked to be removed.  Plus there's now rumors of the whole chain being liquidated. 
Well, the new news is that the Gordmans store in Sioux City is spared.     However, I still wasn't getting the hours I wanted.  I put in my 2 weeks and applied at Menards.  Now I work for a $1 more but at least I have a constant schedual.  I'm in Wallcoverings & Groceries and, granted I do have to stock the latter more than I'd like to, I'm also learning about paints and stains (among other things) and can't wait until I move beyond stocking shelves.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Manifesting My Destiny

  I read magazines while my son sleeps or while he's at his grandma's.  Parents, SHAPE, allure, BGH, and Family Circle are the magazine subscriptions I currently receive.
    As I was reading the Jan. edition of Family Circle I came across an article that stated if I took time to journal what I wanted as if I've already gotten them, then it will come true.  As strange as that sounds, I've heard that from other sources as well.  So, I've decided to give it a go:
   I first want to say:  I can't believe my plushies have been SO popular!  I wouldn't have dreamed that I'd made $1000 dollars in a month!  I'm SO busy with orders!  But I'm happy!  My wish is to make enough money to be a Stay at Home Mom (SAHM).  I can finally quite my 9-5 and stay at homw with my son,  Hurray!