Monthly box subscriptions

I always look at monthly box subscriptions and I always want to try some but I never know which ones to buy and I get really overwhelmed looking them up and then I just give up and never actually order any.
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These are a few of the ones that I looked at.
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I just think these boxes would be cool to get. To me, it’s a little pricey but I keep looking at it. One day I will take the plunge and do the annual subscription for a year. The yearly fee is $270.00 for 4 quarterly boxes. I think it would be fun to try this for a year. Maybe that’s what I’ll get myself on my birthday.
The Allure Beauty box looks really cool.
https://beautybox.allure.com/ . And for $15.00 per month it seems doable.
Birch box is one I have heard before. My coworker had it. She loves getting samples so she enjoyed this box. She said there were some samples that she didn’t care for and she didn’t renew her subscription after a year.
This $15.00 a month.
Kawaii boxes
I actually did order one box for my daughter and she looooved some of it. I think I loved the things more than she did. I might order it again when she gets a little older. It’s $22.00 per month. Honestly, the things I kept, I still have.
Loot Crate:
I have looked at this to get for my son. It’s $20.00 per month.
beef jerky boxes.
Because I love beef Jerky. It’s $28.00 per month and I think both my husband and I would enjoy this. I still might get it. My husband has been in the habit of trying out beef jerky recipes at home so I haven’t actually needed to buy any beef jerky in a long while.
There are other food ones, there are fashion boxes, makeup…. There are monthly boxes for everything and if I could afford it, I would probably subscribe to as many as possible. It would be like Christmas every day. It would be awesome. But then I would have to clean up, and there would be a lot of things that I probably wouldn’t use, so then it would be a waste. That is my exact thought process every time I look at these things. Then I close all the tabs and I don’t order anything.
What’s your experience? Do you get a monthly box? Have you tried monthly boxes? Which ones do you love?
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Today

I wanted to write a really great blog today but the truth is I am feeling a little down on myself today.
I ate a lot over the weekend, there was cake and pizza and steak and wings… I drank beers.
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I just feel really huge today and my stomach hurts. I didn’t actually gain anything according to the scale, but I just feel gross. Like a big fat blob.
It’s Monday too, so that doesn’t help. I am off work the rest of this week.
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I will try to post some blogs but I will be taking the kids with my friend to an indoor water park tomorrow through Thursday. And even though I feel like a whale, I will be getting in a bathing suit because my kids will want me to play with them in the pool and they don’t care if I am feeling gross. They just see me as Mom with or without the 10 pounds I keep losing and then gaining back. So I will Suck it up (or in, but not really because who the hell really cares) and have fun.
I hope you all have a great week!

Weekend plans

It’s Friday! Thank the heavens. Next week is April break for the kiddos too! Yay for all. Related image
This week felt long to me. This weekend is going to be pretty low key.
Tomorrow I have to clean a little and then my husband and I will be working in the backyard to fence it in and I want to fix up the side of the garage. It just looks like it needs help. We have a detached garage and between the garage and the deck there is a little area to walk into the backyard.  It’s where all the water falls when it rains so no grass ever grows there and it is kind of a muddy mess right now. I want to put stones down and make it kind of a walk way. Something sort of like this:Related image
We’ll see what happens. I’ll probably do a blog about it with pictures when we decide what to do. That’s my plan for Saturday. Followed with wine and a movie on Netflix.
Sunday I am taking to kids to a friends house for her daughters family birthday party. The same ones we are going away with for a couple days next week. That should be fun. Then it’s Monday. Weekends go by way to fast! I only work Monday next week though so it will be a break for me too. Next week is going to be fun! Image result for spring break free cartoon image
I am trying to decide if I should write new blogs to post while away or if I should re-post some older blogs that didn’t get many views because I was just starting out. I am leaning more towards writing new posts because that was my original challenge to myself. Back in November my challenge was to write one blog everyday that I have to work for a year. This is an unplanned vacation so I feel like not posting is breaking my own rules.. We’ll see.
What are your plans for the weekend?

10 things I would tell my younger self

I was thinking about a what I would tell my younger self last night.
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1.) Nothing good happens after midnight, go home.  Unless you’re up to nothing good, then stay a little longer.
2.) Get some sleep, you’re going to miss it in 10 years. ( I think this is because we are currently working on crate training a puppy. I miss solid sleep so much right now.)
3.) Start to save your money now. Why are you not investing yet? It’s for you in the future. (Put down the latte, pick up an iced coffee and put that $3.00 you saved in the bank.) Image result for investing free image cartoon
4.) Don’t stop writing. It’s what you love and it also helps you process your thoughts.
5.) Go to the dentist regularly, not just when your tooth hurts. Image result for scared of dentist cartoon free image
6.) Take a few more trips alone. Pick a city, get a room and explore. (these were some of my favorite trips pre family)
7.) That psychic in New York was right about everything except the 3 kids… Unless she meant dogs, then she was 100% Correct. Image result for psychic free image cartoon
8.) Go to more Museums instead of window shopping.
9.) I know you want it, but it doesn’t fit and you aren’t going to lose that 5 lbs. Put it back.
10.) Keep your credit card debt down and your score up. You’re going to need that in the future and it takes a lot of work to fix it.
This is just a quick list of a few things I would tell my younger self. And I am sure that the list will grow and change as I get older! What are some things you would tell your younger self?

Kids and life… I’m still learning.

I have two kids. A 7 year old girl and a 9 year old boy. Next week is April Break for them. We were planning on having MeMa come and watch the kids Monday thru Thursday and then Friday my husband and I are taking the day off for our 11 year wedding anniversary. We don’t have anything planned for the anniversary, we just took the day off to hang out all together. Image result for 11 year wedding anniversary cartoon free image
This past Tuesday my friend was telling me how she booked a suite at one of those indoor water parks for her daughters birthday and she is taking her 2 daughters and her birthday daughters best friend. Our kids have basically grown up together. They are honestly more like cousins than anything because they have been to every Christening, first communion, birthday party (both family and friends), family picnics, even some holidays, and plenty of play dates through out the years. So my friend was telling me how she was going alone and wished she had another adult to go with her and then she asked if I wanted to come with the kids and share their room. I would only have to pay for the extra $50.00 per night for the daily water park pass and then obviously for our food and activities… Image result for great wolf lodge free image PA
I asked my husband if he minded if I took the kids Tuesday to return on Thursday and he doesn’t care. They’re off from school anyway and he has to work… The thing he really cares about is that Me ma would only be coming for one day so he will be missing all the dinner she makes when she comes to watch the kids… He’s joking, kind of. He’ll be home to take care of the dogs. I have plenty of vacation time so why not??? Image result for great wolf lodge free image PA
Tuesday I skipped into school to pick the kids up and I was like “Guess what??” Wanna go to the indoor water park??? The only catch is you two have to share a pull out bed.  And to my surprise BOTH kids were like, nah, maybe some other time! I was honesty shocked. When I was their age, if someone asked me to go away with them, I would  have slept on the floor in the closet to go. Just mention a hotel and you could have taken me to the next town over and I would have pretended as if I had never seen it before. Are my kids spoiled?
After telling them all the other fun things there are to do at this resort, my daughter changed her mind. My son gave me a couple excuses about why he wanted to stay home, but the main reason is he wants to sit in front of the television and play video games all week with his friends. I told him that there will be a daily time limit and he would not be doing this and then he decided that maybe he will go after all. Image result for great wolf lodge free image PA
I am honestly still so shocked over their initial response. I don’t mean to sound like an old fart “back in my day, blah, blah, blah…” but that’s how it feels when things like this happen.
So this is where I am at. I am both super excited to go but also like, why am I the only one who is excited? We’ll see how it plays out. But does this happen to other people too? Do you get so excited about things and your kids are just like, Meh?

I am so tired.

I forgot about puppy training. When we adopted Max two years ago, he was pretty much crate trained already. He wasn’t house trained but I didn’t mind teaching him to go outside. Max would actually put himself to bed in the Crate when he was tired. Image result for german shepherd puppy in a crate free image
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Luna is NOT crate trained. She was adopted from a farm and I assume she doesn’t understand why she’s the only one in a crate overnight. It’s because she needs to be trained still and she likes to chew and I don’t trust her to not pee everywhere while eating all my furniture. So she is crated at night and when we are out. My husband walks them in the morning, on lunch and at night. We are fencing the back yard this weekend so we can let them out to run around too now that it’s getting nicer out.Image result for sleepy cartoon lady at work free image
So I am exhausted because Baby Luna cried a lot last night. My husband got up at 4 AM and took her for a walk in hopes that it would help her sleep for a few hours. It seemed to help. We got a combined total of about 3 hours. We’ll get there. I just forgot about this whole part. Image result for coffee more free image
I was going to write about spring today, but that might have to wait till later in the week. I am also going to put something together about our surprise trip to Great Wolf Lodge in Pennsylvania next week. That’s coming up too. For now, it’s coffee and lots of it, all day. Happy Tuesday!

Meet our new addition

Well, we did it. We are proud parents again. Meet Luna. Our German Shepherd puppy.

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We are all in puppy love but my husband is puppy hypnotized. This is his dream puppy. He’s been talking about wanting a German Shepherd for years. We spent our entire Saturday driving 7 hours round trip to pick her up and then spent $160 on toys, treats for training, a leash, collar, her own food and water bowls and now we are home and settling in.

Luckily, everyone is getting along great. We have an old man pit bull who just turned 12, Nacho. He’s just happy that he gets to go relax while the other dogs play.

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We have a 2 year old Rottweiler/ pit bull mix, Max. He’s 92 pounds and still thinks he’s a lap puppy. He’s my mush puppy.

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Luna is a very smart and very sweet puppy. Her and Max are already playing and I don’t think it will be long before she’s in charge.

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Everyone is super happy. We are now a family with 3 dogs and a turtle. We will be fencing in the backyard next weekend! How is it Monday already? Ugh… Time to get ready for work.

How was your weekend???

Hi Loves! Weekend Update

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! We plan on cleaning up the front and back yard and cleaning the house tomorrow. There may be a trip to visit a little German Shepherd Puppy that my husband has been searching for. It’s hard to find female German Shepherd puppies available for adoption. Wish us luck!

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Sunday we will be hanging around. I am going to try to spend Sunday putting together a new book. I have heard from a few people that if I combine my mini books and sell them all together, that might help me sell a few. So I am thinking about trying that. I also would like to maybe create my own cover. I have heard that might help sell some too. We’ll see. Once I figure it out, I will let you know! If you would like to support me you can head over to my new book page, buy one and let me know what you think, that would be amazing!

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I also want to do the second revision on my new young adult fiction book. I need to add more to it. I think this book is coming along really great. I am super excited to finish and publish and promote it. So fingers crossed. The great part is that I can turn it into a series if people really like my character.

I need to work on my blog too. I keep going back and forth about upgrading to the business plan so I can add the plug ins and maybe get some more traffic. Does anyone have it, and what are your thoughts?

I will also spend time catching up on my favorite blogs and looking for new ones. So, drop your link in the comments if you want a visit.

I need to figure out Pintrest still. I am part of a group on Tailwind, I have not figured out how to do anything on it yet. I do pin my blogs, I haven’t received any traffic at all. I was thinking about working with one of the people on twitter who create pretty pins and will redo my account for a small fee. Anyone try this yet? What has been your experience?

Facebook still won’t let me post my blogs. I have no idea why. I am going to give it another few weeks so I can at least promote my new books and then maybe I’ll delete it. I am back and forth with keeping it. I hope I can promote my blogs again if I give it some time. I was getting at least 100 views from that a month. Ehh, we’ll see.

Instagram… I will leave that for another day. I am still trying to figure out what to really use it for. There is a lot of follow till I follow back and then unfollow going on there too and I just haven’t had the energy to really sit and try. I have read that it is great for some bloggers though so I will get to it at some point.

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What are your weekend plans?

Thank you for stopping by and thank you for taking the time to read my blog.

I wish you all a happy weekend!

 

Do you want a Turtle?

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You better really want a turtle before you get one! I went with my family on a whim one day. I remember growing up, my friend always had a mini-turtle in a tiny tank and his name was Forest. I thought this turtle was the coolest pet. We even tried to cut school one day to head to Chinatown in New York City so we could buy our own. About 8 of us cut school and started walking to the train station. About half way down Greenwich Ave, our friend, who knew where to go and was paying for half of us to get there, was spotted by her mother (because we had to stop at a store to get cigarettes…)  We all ran and our friend was taken back to school. With limited money, we all hopped the bus to Stamford and ended up in the news because some guy was stabbed in a restaurant and we had just got kicked out of the mall… but that’s an entirely different story. 
This story is about me growing up and thinking mini-turtles are awesome and we should take the kids to Chinatown to explore. Also, if we happen to see a mini-turtle we could pick one up because they are so cute.
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Guess what? We found mini-turtles and we bought 3 because my niece was with us too.
We brought the turtles home on the subway and then the train and no one said anything. Then we started to research them and did you know that these little turtles are actually illegal? When they are so small they are illegal to buy because they carry Salmonella and other diseases. I did not know that! Now, before you go on about how that’s illegal and I am part of the problem and blah, blah, blah… I honestly didn’t know. So, I am sorry to anyone who might be offended by this.  I probably should have researched this BEFORE we went and then I probably wouldn’t have bought them. Related image
A few months later we had my daughter’s birthday party at the aquarium and she told the host about our little turtle from Chinatown and luckily the host was like “oh, a rescue turtle”. Umm, yes. Unfortunately, two of our turtles died but one, Bob, survived. Not only did it survive but it grew and grew and now we have a huge tank downstairs with a filter and rocks and turtle food and it’s crazy. Moral of the story: do your research kids. Now every animal they want we have to research for a year and visit at a rescue shelter before we consider bringing one home.
Right now, girl wants a bunny and boy wants a parrot. They are researching but we did adopt them one each through the World Wild Life Fund for Christmas presents. They received plush animals and certificates of adoption for real ones. If they can prove they are responsible, take the time to learn about their animals and visit them and they still want one; we will probably get them one. Back to Bob the turtle. He’s a giant.
This is a list of allllll the things we have needed to buy for our mini chinatown turtle. Bob is a Red-Eared Slider Turtle.
We bought him a tank like this:


Aquatic Fundamentals 16751, 75/90 Gallon Upright Aquarium Stand
heater and lights:

Zoo Med Aquatic Turtle Uvb & Heat Lighting Kit

Zoo Med Turtle Tuff Splashproof Halogen Lamp 75 Watts

Century 7 Day Heavy Duty Digital Programmable Timer – Dual Outlet (Indoor)

EHEIM Jager Aquarium Thermostat Heater 300W

Zacro LCD Digital Aquarium Thermometer Fish Tank Water Terrarium Temperature

this filter:

Fluval Canister Filter, FX4 Filter (250 Gal)

Fluval Carbon, 100-gram Nylon Bags – 3-Pack

Fluval BioMax (500g)

and he eats this food:


Tetra ReptoMin Aquatic Turtle, Newt and Frog Reptile Floating Food Sticks,10.59 Ounce

Fluker’s Buffet Blend Aquatic Turtle Food , 7.5-Ounce

Zoo Med Natural Aquatic Turtle Food, Maintenance Formula, 45-Ounce

Zacro Automatic Fish Feeder – Rechargeable Timer Fish Feeder with USB Charger Cable, Fish Food Dispenser for Aquarium or Fish Tank

Large Sun-dried Red Shrimp 10 oz. by Zoo Med

Water conditioner, because that’s a thing… Who knew?

Tetra 19514 ReptoGuard Water Conditioner Block, 6-Count

Zoo Med ReptiSafe Instant Terrarium Water Conditioner 8.75 FL. OZ. (Pack of 2)

Fluker Labs SFK43000 Eco Clean All Natural Reptile Waste Remover, 8-Ounce

A dock for his turtle butt:


ZM 40GAL TURTLE DOCK TD30

I seriously had no idea how much goes into taking care of a turtle. But I love Bob. I really do. And I better because he’s going to live forever. Okay, only 20 to 50 years…

Some weeks are just like that, I guess.

Ever have those days where you just didn’t sleep well the night (or week) before and you wake up exhausted? Last week was a tough one for me. I was just feeling really down about a lot of things going on in my life and it felt like everyone I cared about was mad at me, or disappointed, or I was annoyed and I couldn’t communicate what was going on.Image result for cant express emotions free image
Then I got my period for the first time in over 2 months and I was like “Oh, this is why there are a million emotions going on and I don’t seem to understand any of them.” It was an overall bad week. I fought with my mom, my husband, myself. I am still on this damn waiting list to talk to a therapist since January. My son at least gets to see someone this week. I just feel like I am losing my shit and I am trying really hard to hold it altogether right now… I say all this to say, I’m exhausted. My entire soul feels tired right now. I feel like I need to nap for a week just to feel somewhat normal. Image result for tired soul free image
I know how this goes though. This is where I start to feel better, I hope. I’m starting to be able to put into words what I am feeling and then I can tell the people I feel those things with what I am thinking. So the healing/digging out  can start I guess. Image result for spring free image
 It’s getting nicer out. I am going to try to get outside more, get some sun and focus more on the positive things coming up. I am trying to get my first Young adult book completed so I can self publish in a couple weeks. Then I can focus on promotion. I am just waiting for my readers and the editor to get back to me.
We have summer coming and vacations. My blog is doing well. I am thinking about paying for the upgrade to business in a couple months if the numbers keep up.
I am going to get through this. But first I need to go home and sleep till tomorrow.
Writing wise, I’ve had 4 rejections for some online magazine articles. 1 guest blog that I sent and was never published. I have no idea why. I didn’t ask. Not one person has bought any of my other published books. I’m like losing steam. I know I’ll be fine. I know it takes time.
I’m just feeling extra shitty lately and I really want to just scream and cry and not have to leave my house at all but there are kids and things that need to be done and work that needs to be finished by deadline. So I will drag myself through it all till I finally start to feel better. I hope this passes soon. I promise to be back tomorrow happier.