More Life: Getting Back On Track

It's been awhile since I've written anything here. I love to write but am not very good about keeping up with it. I have a few posts that I've been working on that I'd like to get up soon. One of them is about my weight-loss/health journey story. May not be interesting to anyone but me. The reason I'd like to get it up is to have a record of it somewhere. If I was cognizant, I would have kept better records of where I started and where I am today. There are a few things I do remember and things I currently do and other things. Those will be up in a post or two soon.

Other posts I'd like to write are reviews of things I've been loving lately, food posts, healthy lifestyle posts, etc. I really do need to exercise my writing skills. Hope anyone who reads this is having a good summer. See y'all soon!

Planners and MORE Review: Paper Mate InkJoy Gel Pens and (mini-review) Uniball 207 Gel Pens

A few months ago, I started getting interested in planners (yes those paper and pen ones) and the whole phenomenon of decorating them! I don't exactly know what piqued my interest but I'm sure something about them was fascinating enough for me to consider purchasing one, and I finally did a few weeks ago. It doesn't start until July 2016, so it gives me a few weeks to prepare and get started working on mine. I learned in my education of planners and planning that the right kind of pen really makes a difference when writing in whatever you plan to write in your planner. There seems to be a consensus that gel pens are the way to go. There are many kinds to choose from and many ranges of prices. And the colors... well I could on and on about the array of colors they span. What I discovered is that people who use planners and like to write in them want a pen which is reasonably priced and works well.

I haven't tried many gel pens but my current favorite are these medium poi…

More Life: Life Happens

Life sometimes happens when you least need it to happen. In my case, toward the end of January, my knee started swelling one afternoon to the point it hurt to touch it and I couldn't even walk on it. Initially the doctors thought it might be gout, which the doctor explained to me that when people lose a large amount of weight and are taking certain blood pressure medications, can happen. I was assured I could resume normal activities in a week. I got some anti-inflammatory medication and took a blood test to confirm findings and was on my way.

Well, things got better after I started taking the medication, and after two days, I could actually walk on my leg again. But then, it started to get a little worse and my whole leg started swelling. I was also told that the blood test results were negative regarding gout and referred to an orthopedic doctor.

Before I could go in to see the orthopedic doctor, my knee was hurting badly and I was getting worried about the inflammation in my wh…

Beauty Box (non) Subscription: May 2016 Target Beauty Box (Spring Fling)

Target has been coming out with a beauty box every month so far this year. This is great but what would be greater is if they just offered a subscription! Sadly, if you want this box, you need to be on your toes. Stalk beauty forums or in my case, get lucky enough to find an email in my inbox from Target letting me know their new beauty box was available!

The May 2016 Target Beauty Box was themed Spring Fling and sold out pretty quickly! The link I provided is just to let you see the page and the products included in the box. This was one of the better beauty boxes at least for me. It cost a little more than some of the boxes they offered earlier this year but many of the items seemed higher end in price, so having a deluxe size sample before spending the money on purchasing a full-size product is helpful.

This month's box cost $10 but the overall value I calculated came out to $40.15. Here are the products included:

The first sample was Hair Food Dry Shampoo infused with Kiwi Fra…

Beauty Box (non) Subscription: March 2016 Target Vacay Vibes Beauty Box

Target seems to be coming out with these beauty boxes every other month or so now. There were two in January and now another one this month. I'm not complaining but I wish Target would just come up with a subscription so that we wouldn't all have to fight to get one of these.

To be honest, this wasn't the greatest box but for the price of $5, it wasn't all that bad. I really wanted the box for a couple of items. The theme of the box was Vacay Vibes, so all the items were related to products you might need on vacation!

I'll start off by saying I wasn't very happy with the Caress body wash. It seems like this is in every sample box I get. This scent is called Adore Forever. Personally it doesn't remind me of vacation or spring time. The bottle is 1.8 fl oz and worth about .53 cents of product. A full-size bottle retails for about $3.99 at Target.

The next item was a sample packet of Hair Food Shampoo and Conditioner. I would have loved a nice deluxe sample of…

Product Reviews: Dove Cool Essentials Dry Spray (Influenster Target VoxBox)

Occasionally, if I'm lucky, I will receive a box from Influenster. If I'm super lucky, I will get a box with a variety of items. If you don't know what Influenster is, it is a website where you can learn about products and even get a few for free to try out and submit a review. There are also other activities you do to earn more free products to review. And who doesn't love something for nothing. You also might get super lucky and receive one of their boxes with a variety of items to try.
But I've only been lucky lately from Influenster and received two items from them. One was the Dove Men+Care Extra Fresh Dry Spray Antiperspirant for my husband to try out and the other was Dove Cool Essentials Dry Spray for me to review. In this post, I will only be reviewing the Dove Cool Essentials Dry Spray since I have used this product.
The Dove Cool Essentials Dry Spray comes in a cool and simply decorated canister. The fragrance is called "cool essentials." I wa…

Beauty Box Subscription: January 2016 Target Refresh Beauty Box

In my previous post I reviewed the first to two beauty boxes Target came out with earlier this month. Target does not offer a beauty box subscription so you need to subscribe to beauty blogs or groups to find out when these come out and grab them as fast as you can since they sell out quickly!
This beauty box, the Target Refresh Beauty Box (please note this box is sold out but I provided a link in case you were curious), came with nine items total and cost $7. The box also included a card with a description of each item and a coupon to use in-store or online for $3 off of a $15 beauty purchase. I love when they provide a coupon but it usually expires within a short amount of time, in this case by February 14, 2016.

Here are the items I received in the box (front row, L-R): Simple Micellar Wipes (full size!!!!) - Retail price: $6.99; Clear Men Scalp Therapy2-1 Complete Care Anti-Dandruff Shampoo (sample size) - Cost: 71 cents; Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy Total Care Nourishing Shampo…