Julep Maven – May 2015

I’m so sorry I’m late in posting this – it actually came weeks ago, but life kind of got in the way.


There aren’t many photos of this month’s Maven box, because my cat photobombed the rest. So bear with me.


I switched from “it girl” to “Boho Glam” because I was curious to try their make-up. This month’s option was… I think blush? I can’t remember, BUT Julep allowed me to go in and swap it out. So I did.


My cat turned the tissue paper into a snack. so ignore her bitemarks. :D


You can see my cat’s head in this photo. This month I got saltwater taffy as a treat, YUM!


I swapped out the make-up item for a eyeshadow brush. I am SO glad I did. It’s much better quality than the target brushes I had. This month I got Becca and Carolyn for my polish colors. I just love, love, love them! They’re very spring-y and fun! They’re also very much “me.” So far I am loving Julep.



“I wish you were here, but you are not. You’re there, and there doesn’t know how lucky it is.”

Today is a special day, it’s the day of my wonderful Auntie Bea’s birthday. We lost her last year, if you recall. Today she’s on my mind a little more than usual.

I know she’s with her family each and every day, but I feel her presence as well. I truly believe she was with us on easter when we went out to have our easter egg hunt and discovered 30k bees swarming in the back yard. She was watching over us as we moved the bees into a swarm box. No one got stung and I believe it’s because she was watching out for us. I know she would have loved Mitchell and he would have seen just exactly why she was such a huge part of my childhood.

Happy Birthday to you, Auntie Bea. I hope you’re up there partying, with your underpants on your head banging pots and pans to celebrate!



My April ipsy showed up today! So here is the post I promised after getting my Julep Maven box.


So today my April ipsy bag came… I knew what was going to be in it ahead of time because they give you a sneak peak. Before I go into my personal opinion/thoughts on the bag, heres a photo of everything together.


Starting with the Jor’el Parker Femina perfume. It smells nice, it isn’t by any means a bad smell… but it does have a hint of “old lady” to it… which is a little off-putting… but I could totally (and probably will) wear it to the next fancy outing we have.


Next up, Hey Honey. I am MOST excited about this. I am really faithful to my MaryKay lotion but I love products made with honey/beeswax. (Hello Burts Bees!) So I’m really excited to see how this works for my skin!


Next up is Hikari blush. I do not, have not and probably will not ever use blush. If you’ve ever seen any photos of me, I have naturally rosy cheeks… always have. I was going to trade it with someone online — but the box came with this nasty residue on it so I’m not sure if I’ll be able to do that.

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Next is the Nude Dude eyeshadow – Fit. I have so many brown eye shadows, I know I typically were natural looking make-up… but the reason I signed up for ipsy was to step outside my comfort zone… but I won’t complain over a new shadow :D


Finally is the lip gloss. I’m not sure how I feel about this particular color, but I’m curious to try it and see how it works. Mitchell said he liked it, but we’ll see how it looks on me, hopefully I’ll remember and I can post a photo whenever that happens. :D



Chick-Fil-A!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Do I have enough exclamation points?)

If you’ve known me for any amount of time, or if you’ve followed me on social media, or here on this blog, you’ll know I have a love for all things Chick-Fil-A.


Visit to the (former) Chick-Fil-A at WWU in Bellingham. 2010?

For those of you that don’t know, I’ll fill you in. Growing up (in the Portland, Oregon area.) a family that went to our church owned two (yes, two wonderful) chick-fil-a locations in the local malls. Growing up I always loved Chick-Fil-A. We went there often (well in my little kid eyes, it was often, reality was probably once a month? at most? I actually have NO idea, but in my memory we were there often.)


Visit to Chick-Fil-A in Georgia with my high school bff, Allyson. October 2008.

So as you can imagine, I grew up not knowing a world without chick-fil-a. I just LOVED their chicken nuggets, waffle fries and lemonade. Other members of my family loved their cheese-cake, and other items off their menu.


Another visit to the Chick-Fil-A in Bellingham. 2011? 2009? who knows. haha.

My older sister, Shannon, worked at one of the chick-fil-a locations while she was a teen. Just one of the many memories I have at Chick-Fil-A was one afternoon. My mom and I had just gotten home from taking her cat to the vet. I was 7 or 8 maybe? I don’t know it was summer and it was close to my Birthday. I bent down just outside our bathroom to pet the stupid cat. She reached up and bit my lip. I remember it hurting, and blood being E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E. Cutting out a few minor details, my mom rushed me to the ER, and they gave me 2 stitches. I still have a scar on my bottom lip where she bit me.


Visit to Chick-Fil-A in Hamilton, NJ the week Lou Passed away. 2009.

I can’t remember EXACTLY what happened next (pain meds or something most likely clouded my memory…or just the pure adrenaline.) We had to pick up my sister from work maybe? Probably, I be thats it. Anyway we found ourselves at the Clackamas Chick-Fil-A. Sitting in a booth, I remember laying down a LOT. Mom asked me what I wanted, my sister tried to talk me into the cheese cake, but no, I wanted my chicken nuggets.


Visit to Chick-Fil-A in NJ 2006?

Sometime in the late 90’s one of the Oregon Chick-Fil-A locations closed. They were both located in local malls, and Because Chick-Fil-A isn’t open on Sundays the mall decided they either needed to change their policy and remain open 7 days a week, or find a new location. The family ended up closing one of the locations… and only a few years later, the same thing happened to the second location. By the time I was in high school they were both closed and I was heartbroken.

As I’m sure you can tell from the photos above, ANY chance I get to visit Chick-Fil-A I take it. Not only that, but I’ve taken many a photo to document it! When we went to NJ for Lou’s funeral, I bought a BUNCH of nuggets and fries, froze them in my Aunt’s freezer and brought them back on the plain for Mitchell to try. We re-heated them and DEVOURED them.


Today’s Chick-Fil-A breakfast!

I’ve had so many crazy Chick-Fil-A cravings that I’ve tried EVERY recipe under the sun. Only ONE comes close but isn’t the same by any means.


Today’s Chick-Fil-A Breakfast.

You can imagine my excitement when Last summer, the City of Bellevue and Chick-Fil-A made an announcement that Spring 2015 Chick-Fil-A would open a location RIGHT DOWN THE STREET from my home!!!!!!!!!!!!


Today’s Chick-Fil-A Breakfast.

I counted down the months, weeks, days, hours, and minutes until the grand opening. Beyond excited I didn’t even sleep last night. Woke up early this morning, and got my Chick-Fil-A breakfast fix! I bet you can figure out where Mitchell and I are going for dinner tonight :D


Today’s Chick-Fil-A Breakfast.

He’s never ever had fresh Chick-Fil-A, and I’m so excited to share this experience with him!


Today’s Chick-Fil-A Breakfast.

The new location, is beautiful and EVERY single employee is incredibly wonderful. I am so happy to welcome them back to the PNW, and am very excited for the other two WA branches and the potential 2 Oregon locations!

I have a Chick-Fil-A related confession to make…. I’ve been writing them one email every year for the last 5 (yes 5!) years. Every single year they wrote me back (even last year) telling me there were NO plans for Chick-Fil-A to expand to the PNW. IT’S ABOUT TIME! WELCOME BACK, delicious food!


Julep Maven, First box. (April 2015)

In my last post, I talked about my Julep Maven, Spring Welcome box. Well this past Friday (I’m a bit behind, oh well.) I got my first actual monthly box!! So I thought I’d share it here too.

One thing I noticed after getting my Spring Welcome Box, was that one of the polishes was REALLY thick, and did NOT stick to my nails no matter what I tried. I bought a base coat, a top coat, you name it I tried it… Not really but everything I could think of. I ended up asking some of my social media followers/friends for help. One (super wonderful girl) that I’ve know for many years suggested I buy a specific type of base coat. So I did and it was like magic. No more problems with the polish being too thick and not staying on!

On with my April box!



And the box is open!


I just love the way they put their boxes together, so fun and cute, and oh hey look! CANDY!


Here is a close up of the colors, aren’t they fun and beautiful?! This particular box was the April “it girl” box, which includes 3 polishes. The colors are Danielle (blue) and Randi (pink).


This bonding base coat came right after I purchased one at the local drugstore (Bartell’s for those wondering.) I am relieved to have a second bottle though, because they are expensive! I used this already, and it is just perfect. So my main suggestion for people looking into using Julep polishes, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A BONDING base coat!!! I cannot emphasize this enough. It is definitely needed. Worth every penny.


Below, is a (quick) sample of the colors on my nails. I am head over heels in love with both of them, but especially the blue! I cannot wait to wear it over the summer!


All in all, I’m incredibly impressed with Julep and the quality of their polishes. I’ve switched my box style for next month, but 3 polishes for $24.99 is a good deal in my honest opinion. Next month I’ll be getting one full sized make-up item and two polishes. I look forward to sharing those with you too!

Up next, ipsy April 2015! (Once I get it in the mail, I’ll try and update this to link to it!)

This blog is in no way affiliated or supported by Julep, I am not paid to write anything, and I do not get any rewards either. Everything is my honest and truthful opinion.


Julep Maven. Spring Welcome Box.


This past christmas, my sister (for all intents and purposes) came to our annual murder mystery party. She came early and helped us prep. A few minutes beforehand we all got dressed and ready for the party. While she was getting ready she pulled out a TON of make-up and such. She mentioned that she had subscribed to ipsy. Told me how much she loved it and that I should try it.

Over the past few years, Mitchell’s family has given me several Julep nail polishes (they know someone who works at julep, so they’re huge fans.) I’ve enjoyed my polishes they’ve given me, but a lot of them were seasonal or small enough they won’t last very long.


So this past month, I cancelled a few monthly subscriptions and freed up some extra funds. For Christmas one of my friends paid for my first month of ipsy and another paid for my first Maven subscription. So I’m officially a subscriber of Julep and ipsy.

I got my first ipsy a couple weeks ago, and have already opened and used everything so I’m not going to talk about that… but I got my Julep welcome box yesterday so I thought I’d share it! It’s pretty cute, and I’m really excited to try the colors!


One thing I’m a little worried about, is if/when the time comes to cancel Maven… I hear its awful, and many times Julep doesn’t cancel, and will continually charge your card after you’ve called and cancelled on several occasions… but I’ll deal (and gladly blog) about that later. For now, I’m oooohhh-ing and awwww-ing over the new polishes and lipgloss I got!







In the bottle the lip gloss looks like it’ll be too pink… but it’s actually PERFECT. It’s very light and I’m quite pleased with it!

All in all I’m really looking forward to April’s Maven box :).