February 2016 Birchbox Unboxing



Happy February, everyone! I always feel like February is such a strange month. We’re smack dab in the middle of winter, but spring is so close I can almost feel it. It’s starting to stay lighter later in the afternoons and get lighter in the mornings. It’s still freezing outside here, but thankfully there have not been any major snow storms. February is, of course, also the month of Valentine’s Day, which is quickly approaching. I’m not really big on Valentine’s Day, but I do enjoy all the cute decorations. And the chocolate. I’m all about the chocolate.

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January 2016 Birchbox Unboxing



Happy New Year!

I hope everyone’s year and month is off to a great start! I have a love/hate relationship with January. On the one hand, I love the feeling of a “fresh” start and the chance to start something new or try something outside of your comfort zone, but at the same time, January can be kind of depressing. It’s dreary and cold outside, and all the Christmas lights and festive decorations have been packed away for another year. My January started off with traveling from Atlanta to Chicago, heading back to work and coming down with some type of respiratory infection and losing my voice. Fun stuff, right?

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December 2015 Birchbox Unboxing



Happy December! I cannot believe that there are only 14 days left in the year. How crazy is that? I feel like December is just flying by, and I’m having to make a big effort to really stop and enjoy the holiday season. This is my favorite time of the year. I love all the Christmas decorations and lights in all the windows, the crisp air, the scarves, the hot drinks, and just the general coziness of the season.

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November 2015 Birchbox Unboxing



Happy November! We are now in my favorite time of the year. As much as I love the time around the beginning of autumn when the leaves are changing and the air is getting cooler, the time between Halloween and New Year’s is definitely my favorite of the year. It’s such a cozy, festive time. I could do without it getting dark at 4:30 p.m. now, but I have been loving  big scarves, tall boots, and all the hot tea and cocoa I can get my hands on. A new month also means a new Birchbox! First though, as always, a look back at how I fared with October’s samples.

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October 2015 Birchbox Unboxing



Happy October!

I am so excited that it is October because it finally feels like fall. The air has that crisp freshness that it loses during the summer, the leaves are changing, the sun is setting earlier, and I just want to be outside all the time. This is truly my favorite time of the year, and it is so short lived in Chicago. We’ve been lucky with some really sunny, but cool weather, perfect for afternoon walks and steamy cups of tea. I’m currently obsessed with the Trader Joe’s Harvest Blend Tea. It’s spicy and apple-y, and basically fall in a cup. My Birchbox arrived super quickly once again, and I’m hoping this trend of boxes arriving earlier in the month continues. Before we get into October’s goodies, let’s look at how I fared with September’s box.

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Book Review – The Cuckoo’s Calling


Once again, I feel like I’m a little late to the party. The Cuckoo’s Calling came out in 2013, but I just now got around to reading it. I think in some ways, I was putting off reading it. We all know by now that the author of the book, Robert Galbraith, is J.K. Rowling’s pseudonym, and since the end of the Harry Potter series, I’ve resisted reading her other works. I’m not entirely sure why. I guess I was afraid they wouldn’t live up to my expectations or that I couldn’t imagine her writing about anything but Hogwarts, Harry, and Voldemort. But, I finally gave into reading her first mystery / thriller novel, and I am glad I did.

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Hello September


I know it has technically been September for 24 days now, but this image just didn’t feel appropriate to post, until now. It is officially fall, though the weather isn’t quite cooperating. It’s getting cooler, but I suppose like most people, I have unrealistic expectations and expect temperatures to plummet into the 60s on September 1st and stay there.

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