March Arcade Block Unboxing

Can you say OBSESSED?!

This is my new favorite thing … after my kids of course. But seriously, close contender. 

So Nerd Block is an amazing subscription box service for those of us who are of the geeky persuasion. There are SIX different themed boxes to choose from and I chose the Arcade Block which is a box of all video game themed goodies! All nerdy, all awesome! They are $19.99 per month and are worth every penny! Check out the video below to see what I got in my March Arcade Block and visit Nerd Block to sign up for your very own!


Just so you know, this post was not sponsored in any way. I loved the box so much that I wanted to share it with all of you so you can get one too. I’m so sweet!

March 2015 Favorites!

Although the month of March was a huge blur, I wanted to gather a few of my favorite things to show you what I was into! For those of you who prefer video over text, I also filmed a video so you can jump right to that. 

Here are all of the products that I mention in the video along with links where you can get them.

BB Flawless Complexion Enhancer – Younique

Absolute Love lip balm – Absolute New York

Cocomint Cream Tea – David’s Tea

Cards Against Humanity

Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens 10 color Pack

ARC Discbound Notebook System – Staples

Brooklyn Nine Nine

 What were your favorites from the month of March? What videos would you like to see from me?

Thank You, Universe!

I’m not going to lie, I’ve been struggling lately. I wasn’t surprised that I’m feeling this way and I was hoping it wouldn’t happen this time but it is what it is and I’ll deal with it! I’ll fill you in a bit more in depth in the coming months as I gain more traction and control of things, but for now just know that I’m doing ok.

I think the universe knew that I needed a little pick me up because this past month I have won not 1 but 2 giveaways from blogs that I love! 

First I won the new book written by Dana of The Wonder Forest called 365 Blog Topic Ideas: For The Lifestyle Blogger Who Has Nothing To Write About. It’s funny because when I entered the giveaway, I made a note to buy the book because I was sure that I wouldn’t win! 

 

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THEN I got an email from BreAnna at Bre Pea letting me know that I had won her giveaway of a 1 year membership to Clickin Moms, a community of over 16,000 people of all skill levels who want to improve their photography, share photos and learn from one another. I’m so excited to dig in!

Sometimes that’s all it takes to add a little spring to your step!

What I Read – The Time Keeper

I recently finished reading The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom and I can’t say that I was blown away but I wasn’t really disappointed either. I’m pretty easy to please! It was a very quick and easy read which surprised me because for some reason I thought that it was going to be very heavy and dark. 

I found myself waiting for some big, catastrophic event to happen or event an interesting plot twist but it never came. The overall story line was pretty predictable as it went along. I wouldn’t say I was bored because I did enjoy the narrative voice and the characters but the book just didn’t make me feel anything strongly one way or another. I went into it thinking that it would probably make me cry based on the synopsis but unfortunately it didn’t give me all the feels. 

Once I finished it I was left wishing that it would have followed the characters a bit longer or that it was a bit more substantial. I liked it, but I wasn’t satisfied. If that makes any sense at all! Albom is the author who wrote Tuesday’s with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven, neither of which I have read but I have always heard good things about. So maybe I just worked it up a bit in my mind ahead of time.

Here’s the synopsis:

In Mitch Albom’s newest work of fiction, the inventor of the world’s first clock is punished for trying to measure God’s greatest gift. He is banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more days, more years.

Eventually, with his soul nearly broken, Father Time is granted his freedom, along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.

He returns to our world–now dominated by the hour-counting he so innocently began–and commences a journey with two unlikely partners: one a teenage girl who is about to give up on life, the other a wealthy old businessman who wants to live forever. To save himself, he must save them both. And stop the world to do so.

Told in Albom’s signature spare, evocative prose, this remarkably original tale will inspire readers everywhere to reconsider their own notions of time, how they spend it, and how precious it truly is.

Have you read The Time Keeper? If so, what did you think?

What Am I Going to do when Target Closes?!

 

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As I’m sure everyone has heard by now, Target is closing all of it’s Canadian stores over the coming months. The first round of store closures happened last week and the store that I go to is closing this week. I’m heartbroken! I may be exaggerating slightly, but I think you feel me. 

Like many people, I don’t necessarily go to Target with a list of things that I need to buy. I go to Target to grab a latte at Starbucks, roam the aisles, and get away from the kids. Is that so much to ask? Is this a phenomenon only enjoyed by stay at home moms? It’s kind of like my happy place! Just imagine my horror on the day that I found out that it would be closing. My Facebook feed was blowing up with other women who were just as sad to hear the awful news as I was. 

It’s not like we even had Target here for that long. I don’t even know that my local store has been here for 2 years so clearly I can live without it. It’s just that it became “my place” to just go, wander and not have a small person grabbing at my yoga pants and constantly asking for a snack. I could go there and casually browse and spend far too long at the Target Dollar Spot and put way more things in my basket than I actually needed.

So now I need a new “spot”. I need a new store to go browse, be alone with my thoughts, and take a breather from the every day noise in my house. There are a few contenders that I have in mind like Michael’s (craft store), Fabricville (fabric store) or Value Village (thrift store) but what I really want to know is … do you have a place that you like to go just to get away for an hour?

I’d love to hear about your “spot” … or am I the only one that does this?