August 1, 2014

Surf's Up

It's that time again. Time for my latest Vox Box review! I received the Surfs Up Vox Box from Influenster and now I'm here to share some of my thoughts on the products. This box was full of goodies that help get you through the summer.

Let's get started.

Hawaiian Tropic After Sun
This stuff smells like heaven - that is if your heaven, like mine, has a beach with coconuts and sunshine! I already know and trust Hawaiian Topic products and their After Sun lotion lives up to it's name. It's silky and fragrant and takes the sting right out of my sunburnt skin. Plus if you put it in the refrigerator before you use it, it gives you an extra cooling effect.

Would I buy it again: Yes
4/5 Stars 

Covergirl Bombshell Mascara
It's rare that I do this but I'm not going to give this product a great review because I used it for a couple days, got excited about it, blogged about it and then it was downhill. The mascara seems pretty awesome with two wands and an extra thick canister (is that what the base part is called? Oh we'll, I'm rolling with it.) but I found it smudged almost every time i applied it because it's supposed to be so long-lasting you have to take it off with eye makeup remover so I could never touchup the smudges and it caused me to have to rinse and repeat just to apply some mascara - and I don't have that kind of time in the mornings.

Would I buy it again: No
1/5 Stars 

First Aid Shots
This mama doesn't go out like she used to so that one random weeknight when I did, I really needed some help. I've never had a Five Hour Energy or any other type of "shot" recovery but on a whim I drank the first aid shot. I didn't like the tastes but truth be told within about ten minutes my tequila hangover was dwindling quickly.

Would I buy it again: Yes. Like I said because I don't throw down as much as I used to I'm not going to stock my shelves with it but I'll keep some around for night when I've had a little too much wine.
3/5 Stars

Jamba Juice At Home Smoothies
This is one of the best products I've EVER received from Influenster. I've tried at least 4 different varieties and none of them disappoint. Up until recently I'd never had a smoothy with veggies because I was scared that it would ruin the taste, boy was I wrong! I'm now a believer! The smoothies are super-easy to make - just add the pre-measured smoothie mixture and one cup of apple juice to your blender and that's it! As a Mama bear to a toddler that prefers cookies to veggies, these smoothies have quickly become my go-to solution. My little guy and my picky husband both love the fruity taste of these smoothies and little do they know that they're packed full with vegetables.

Would I buy it again: I already have several times - I love love love love it.
5/5 Stars

Sinful Colors Nail Polish
The vivid color is the first thing that caught my attention but the reason I'd consider buying it again is because it lasted for 4 full days without chipping. The polish went on smooth and shiny and required very little maintenance after it was applied.

Would I buy it again: Probably. I'll probably buy Etsy and OPI more often but if I see a color I like I wouldn't hesitate to add it to my collection.
3/5 Stars

If you'd like to see more of my Influenster reviews you can check them out here:
Go VoxBox
Optic White VoxBox
Jolly VoxBox

Be Blessed,
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July 29, 2014

Open Letter to Military Wives

Dear Military Wives,

I don't know you but I pray for you daily.

I haven't walked a mile in your shoes and frankly I don't know if I ever could. I'm just not as strong as you. I'll never understand what you're going through and my lack of understanding leaves me short of words so I'll just say, "thank you."

You are the backbone of this country. The unrecognized strength behind hundreds of thousands of service men and women. You  might not have personally volunteered to serve but you do so every day. You help makeup the fiber of our military strength. You let your husbands, boyfriends, fiancĂ©'s, brothers, dads ann sons go overseas for a country who rarely shows their appreciation. We rarely acknowledge your strength and courage. We rarely put ourselves in your shoes. Your the truth we'd rather not recognize but doing so make you a reality. 

Many of you are mothers who care for your children while your husbands are overseas. Stationed away from family and working to provide while also worrying full-time about your loved one(s) and their safety.

I don't understand your struggle. I can't.

You deserve more than thank you. You deserve an award. You deserve to be recognized for your service to this country because you help make this country what it is.

From an ignorant civilian, I want you to know that I appreciate your service. Your families service. Your struggles. Your victories. Your worry and your unwavering strength.

God Bless the USA and families like yours.

Be Blessed,
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July 25, 2014

Making Shoes Work

Spicing up business-causal attire is easy with the right accessories. You just need to make your shoes work for you. No more boring pumps or black flats. Here's some inspiration to add a little flavor to your Monday through Friday shoe collection.

Making Shoes Work

I think I'm having a serious shoegasim over here. Those Kate Spade pumps are killing me. Which pair are you coveting?

Be Blessed,
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July 24, 2014

Self Confidence Where Have You Gone?

My self confidence tank is running on empty. There's just nothing in it right now. I'm trying like hell to dig myself out of this hole that I've found myself in lately. This hole where I'm just not pleased with my appearance. I'm running and working out, and reaching out to my accountability partners and I'm just not seeing a change.

It's been a month of hard work and the scale isn't moving, my shape isn't changing and my confidence is plummeting. I need something to change. I just need a little something to encourage me to keep on keeping on.

And here's another issue while I'm being a complete narcissist, I can't share personal fashion pics on my blog. I know, I know I'm vain. But I have some really super cute clothes and accessories to share with you. Stuff that will knock your socks off but I'm just not comfortable enough to stand in front of a camera and work it.
     I feel silly.
     I get embarrassed.
     It's just not happening.

I know I'm my harshest critic but let's be honest when you do fashion posts you're really putting yourself out there. I don't know how some of you do it so often. You ladies are so brave and I truly admire your confidence. I wish I could take a lesson from your book.

And that's it. That's my two cents for the day. I'll pick my head up and get over it but right now I'm just not feeling, well, beautiful.

But as a little happy, so that isn't such a depressing post, I'm going to leave you with this. It makes me laugh every time. My twerking toddler.

Be Blessed,
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July 23, 2014

The Skinny of Blog Sponsorships (Part II)

I've shared all my secrets to Blog Sponsorships in part I of this mini seriest so now I want to let you in on the real deal, who I would personally recommend when it comes to buying ad space. I've compiled a list of blogs that I have personally sponsored and loved. I can say with certainty that I will grace each of their sidebars again in the future.

Let's get started:

Life With A Side Of Coffee

What I love about sponsoring Life with a Side of Coffee: Christine really engages with her sponsors and she actually cares. Plus she's consistent with posts on her blog which keeps her readers coming back which could also explains why she has over 10,000 monthly views!

Christine is a TV-obsessed, book loving, celebrity watching, music finding coffee addict just getting through her 20's in this big city. I'm living life and chasing dreams while experiencing little things in-between.

As a special offer to Everyday Thoughts readers she is offering 50% off all her ads with promo code: EVERYDAY. Learn more about her sponsorship options here.

WOW! Engaged, aware and holy social media love! Christine is another Atlanta-based mama bear who really offers the deluxe treatment for her sponsors. Another thing I love about Christine is that she comments on posts and social media, which is one of my favorite benefits of sponsorships.

In her own words: The So-Called Homemaker is a great blog to sponsor if you’re a young woman with a lifestyle, food, or mommy blog.  Typical readers are between about 18-35 and are almost entirely female.  I love to promote other blogs and spend time every morning doing shout outs for the day, so you’ll be sure to get yours!

As a special offer to Everyday Thoughts readers she is offering 30% off all her ads with promo code: SOCALLEDDEAL. Learn more about her sponsorship options here.

Life After Athens

I'm an Ohio girl and can't resist supporting the good ole OH-IO, even when I'm choosing sponsors. Margret is one of the most endearing women out in the big old blog-universe and she works hard to make sure her sponsors get the most for their monthly ad. The thing that really drew me to Margret is how loyal her following is. She always has a lot of comments on her posts which means that her readers are engaged and trust her.

Margret describes Life After Athens as her little space on the web to talk about all things- being a newly(ish)wed, her love of all things Cleveland, owning her first home, her adorable rescue dog Lucy and basically everything in between.

As a special offer to Everyday Thoughts readers she is offering 40% off all her ads with promo code: EVERYDAY. Learn more about her sponsorship options here.

Always Ashten

Ashten is honest, refreshing and offers something different from most sponsorship options. I took advantage of her Happy Hour Hangout Option, which entitles you to a Google Hangout with her and some of her other sponsors to discuss blogland. Whether that's steps for gaining more readers, how to get more sponsored posts or self-conciousness when posting selfies, Ashten allows you to submit your questions for group discussion. Ya'll this is amazing and I highly recommend signing up, like immediately!

Learn more about her sponsorship options here.

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Raewyn is another girl that went straight to my heart - she's an Ohio State girl! But she made me adore her even more throughout my sponsorship. She offers great options that are bond to meet any of your sponsorship needs. She's also another one who is great about leaving comments on your posts, which I just love.

Raewyn describes her blog as a piece of her heart posted on the internet. She tries to focus on being positive, doing good and empowering girls and women to be themselves. Her blog serves to educate and foster a discussion. 

As a special offer to Everyday Thoughts readers she is offering 50% off all her ads with promo code: IHEARTWQ. Learn more about her sponsorship options here.

And now for a shameless plug: if you're interested in growing your blog, I'd love to help. You can check out all my sponsorship options here. Plus us promo code THIRTY to save 30% off an ad of your choice.

I'm always looking for new blogs to sponsor - who would you recommend?

Be Blessed,
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