Thursday Thoughts

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Time for a Thursday Thoughts link up with Ramblings of a Suburban Mom!

-I had big dreams of catching up on my box reviews this week, but the blizzard kind of put a damper on that! We got around 18″ of snow and we were literally snowed in! S’s daycare was closed on Tuesday and there were several travel bans. Yesterday I went out to use the snow blower for the very first time in my life and I was able to clear out enough snow to get my car in and out. I was really struggling with the end of the driveway, shoveling it down to a height the snow blower could handle, when a nice man with a snow plow on his truck just plowed the snow at the end of my driveway for me. Without me even asking! It was amazing. I must remember to pay it forward to someone else in need within the next few weeks.

-I need to work on my snow blower technique. I blew snow really far into our yard and our neighbor’s yard, and did an all-around sloppy job of it! Still, it was one heck of a test for my first time using the thing.

-I am sad that I missed out on the last bit of Target Christmas clearance due to this blizzard. I am sure everything has been sent to salvage by now. Oh well…I probably didn’t need the stuff anyway 😉

-One of my friends recommended that I watch Sherlock, so I took a chance and watched it on Monday. It was awesome! I can’t wait to watch another episode when I get some free time…maybe this weekend.

Happy Thursday!

Thursday Thoughts

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Time for a Thursday Thoughts link up with Ramblings of a Suburban Mom!

-Yes, it is Friday. I am thrown off this week by the holiday, B being home from work, and the fact that all three of us are under the weather. I decided to post today anyway!

-I miss watching Survivor. Is it time for the next season yet? I think they said February, right? Just a few more weeks!

-I am thinking about my friend D. It has been ages since we have talked or texted, and we usually make a point to compare notes after Survivor and/or Project Runway each week. Things have gotten busy for both of us these past few weeks and we didn’t even get to discuss the Survivor finale yet! I miss you D!! Phone date soon!

-B’s car wouldn’t start this morning. We are hoping that it is because it is so cold outside and that we can easily fix it this weekend. He took my car to work today, so S and I have been trying to find fun things to do around the house. Right now he is napping!

-Yesterday I was told that S is now the oldest kid in his daycare class. I wonder if that means they’ll move him soon. His class is for 18-30 month olds, and the next class up is 2-3 years, so there is some overlap there. S is almost 25 months old, so they will move him by June, I guess. I should have asked what we need to be working on in order for him to fit into the older class. Probably speaking in sentences and potty training.

-I need a good book to read. Something easy to pick up and put down, and not depressing or scary. Ideas?

Happy Friday!

Thursday Thoughts

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Time for a Thursday Thoughts link up with Ramblings of a Suburban Mom!

-I forgot to write a Weekend Recap post on Monday! Oops! Probably because I worked Monday instead of Tuesday, and then Tuesday was Christmas Eve! I’ll do a Christmas post in a bit and include everything!
-I cannot believe that Christmas has come and gone already! It doesn’t seem possible! Christmas on a Wednesday is no fun, as you have to get back to everything on Thursday. B and I had to work today, which meant S had to go to daycare. Sad times.
-Speaking of daycare, drop off was hard today. Not too many kids were there, and the regular teachers were at an all day training session. No one seemed happy to be there, from the kids to the substitute teachers/aides. S didn’t want to let me go! It is hard when you change a kid’s routine, and not having the same adults as usual was hard on him I think. But training is important, and I’m glad our center takes the time to train their staff well!
-I hope this snow sticks around til the weekend so we can get out and snowshoe, or at least play in the backyard again! We have about 3 inches, but it is supposed to warm up again. 😦
-I am excited about Target’s Christmas clearance! I hope we can get some good deals. I would love new stockings for next year, and we need a new tree. I should probably shop sooner rather than later!
Happy Thursday!

December 2013 Sparaj Box

Sparaj is a monthly subscription box that delivers unique-to-Asia wellness products to your door each month. I recently won a 6 month subscription, and this month was the first box I received. I took a lot of photos since the box was new to me, and also because it was cute!

The box

The box

I love the detail on the box.

First look - LOVE the Christmas stickers

First look – LOVE the Christmas stickers

The tissue paper was held in place with adorable Christmas stickers. I already reused this paper in a gift for a friend!

Real first look

Real first look

Can’t really tell too much still, as there is a Sparaj bag on top!

Sparaj bag

Sparaj bag

The bag is one of those drawstring backpack ones. S really wanted it when I was trying to take these pictures, so I didn’t get a very good photo of it, but you get the idea.


Botanique Candyshop Diffuser

This is the cutest diffuser! The reeds are actually shaped like lollypops. I really like the smell, and I set this up in our bathroom right away!


Nature Republic from earth Foot Mask

The information card says that if you use this product, then in 4-7 days your foot calluses will begin to feel off and you’ll be left with soft and clean feet. Sounds great to me!


The Face Shop Face It Nail Pack

I would have never thought to even look for a product like this. The treatment for your nails and cuticles is applied by putting little sheets over each nail for 10-15 minutes. Now to find 10-15 minutes where I won’t need the use of my hands. I am excited to try this though. My hands get so dry in the wintertime, and I never really thought about my nails, but I bet they can use some attention too!


Soapbox soap

This soap is natural and handmade. It will be next in my rotation once I finish up my current bar of soap. It smells nice.

There is also an information card included that has instructions for using all of these products, which is wonderful as the actual instructions on the products are in languages I don’t know how to read. Sparaj really thought of everything!



This box was received as a prize from an online contest. I was not obligated or otherwise compensated to provide a review. As always, all opinions are my own.


December 2013 Love With Food Deluxe Box

Love with Food is a monthly subscription box that sends gourmet food samples to your doorstep. What I love about this company is that they donate a meal to a hungry child for each box you buy. The regular Love with Food box  costs $10/month plus $2 shipping, while the Deluxe box is $19.95 with shipping included. This month we opted for the Deluxe box.


December 2013 Love With Food Deluxe Box

The December theme is ‘Winter Wonderland’, and we are very happy with the looks of this box. This month I am just going to list what we received, rather than describe how things tasted. (We haven’t tried everything yet)

(2) Angell Candy Bar from Betty Lou’s

(2) Excellence 70% Chocolate Diamond from Lindt & Sprungli

(2) Allergen-Free Peppermints from St. Claire’s Organics

(2) All-Natural Marshmallow Topper, Maddy Melts from Madyson’s Marshmallows

(2) Chocolate Dipped Madeleine by Donsuemor

(2) All-Natural Powdered Drinking Chocolate from Les Confectures a l’Ancienne

(2) Natural Crispbread Cracker from 34 Degrees

Molasses Spice Cookies from Grey Ghost Bakery

Spinach Dip Mix from Desert Gardens

 (2) Sun-Dried Tomato & Parmesan Popcorn from Oogie’s Snacks

(2) Roasted Red Pepper and Artichoke Bruschetta from Milas Foods

(2) Sweet Potato Chips from Food Should Taste Good

$35 Hello Fresh Gift Card

Love With Food reusable shopping bag. (Not pictured)


I am very excited to try everything in this box. We are going to take the popcorn with us when we go look at Christmas lights because I always say “We should really have popcorn for this” every time we go. These will be perfect. B and I will probably enjoy the drinking chocolate with the marshmallow toppers together, and we have talked about making the spinach dip for Christmas Eve.

Did you get Love with Food this month? What did you think?



This post contains referral links. If you sign up for a Love with Food box through my link, I will get points to use towards future purchases.

I was not compensated to provide this review. As always, all opinions are my own.

Thursday Thoughts

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Time for a Thursday Thoughts link up with Ramblings of a Suburban Mom!

-Christmas is less than a week away! How did that sneak up so quickly? I think I am pretty much set though, so no last minute scramble for me!

-SURVIVOR SPOILER: I still wish Hayden had won Survivor, but I think that the right person won. I was cheering for Tyson early on, and then the edit just kind of ignored him so it was harder to root for him, you know? Oh well. Good for Tyson. Not too sure what I think about Brawn, Brains and Beauty for the next season though. I wouldn’t like being labeled if I were a contestant.

-I have so much email in my inbox it isn’t even funny. And it is 99% junk email from stores. Frustrating.

-I am just not into The Sing-Off this year. Sorry Ben Folds.

-S has been super moody about his bath lately. What is up with that? Not wanting to get in the tub, then not wanting to get out, then not wanting to walk to his room to put his pjs on. Maybe he’s overtired?

-MERRY CHRISTMAS to all my Link-up buddies!

That’s it from here. I hope everyone has a great day!

Weekend Recap

Oh my goodness, is it Monday already? S and I are both sick, so I am a bit out of it!

Saturday we were excited because B was home! He had a last minute business trip that lasted two days longer than expected Tuesday-Friday and didn’t get home til after midnight Friday night/Saturday morning. S and I sure missed him, and S was so excited when B came in in the morning to get him out of his crib!

We had big plans on Saturday to go snowshoeing and then go to the Festival of Lights, but it was so bitter cold outside that we decided to skip the snowshoeing, and then the roads were horrible at night, so we had to push back the Festival of Lights trip! Sad times, but it was probably just as well since S and I were starting to come down with colds.

Sunday we took a trip to the grocery store and then B went out skiing while S napped. Unfortunately, S didn’t nap for very long and he woke up with a fever, so he and I spent a few hours cuddling on the couch, hoping he’d feel better soon!

This morning S is feeling a lot better, but he’s still stuck with a runny nose. I’m feeling like I am one step behind myself, if you know what I mean. I’m off to rest while S naps. Take care everyone!

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