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Weekly Recap

It’s Sunday, which means it’s weekly recap time!  It’s a HOT one here in Memphis today!  I need to get some yard work done so I don’t get a nastygram from my homeowner’s association but I think only my front yard will get done in this heat.  That’s all they can see anyway.  I’m looking forward to cooler temps.  We’ve got highs in the 70s forecast this week.  70s!  In July!  In the south!

In case you missed it, here’s what was on the blog this week:

  • I shared the contents of my Spring Fling Vox Box from Influenster in, appropriately named, Influenster Spring Fling Vox Box.

    Influenster Spring Fling Vox Box

    Influenster Spring Fling Vox Box

  • Better late than never, I finally recapped my experience with the Feel the Force Premium Package, which was part of Star Wars Weekends.

    Feel the Force Premium Package

    Feel the Force Premium Package

  • Finally, I told you about a few things that have gotten my attention lately in Things That Got My Attention.

    Source: Clark and Kensington OPI making house paint?  Mind blown!

    Source: Clark and Kensington
    OPI making house paint? Mind blown!

  • For those of you who are fans of my Facebook page or follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you got the first glimpse of a new product I’m testing called GO Tape, a new kinesiology tape.  I’ll be reviewing it and giving a lucky reader a roll of it in the next few weeks so be watching for that.

    GO Tape--be watching for a review and giveaway in the coming weeks.

    GO Tape–be watching for a review and giveaway in the coming weeks.

Now let’s talk about my July goals.  Last week I told you I’d update you weekly.  As I’m typing this, I realized how redundant that could get to be in a hurry so I’ll update you at the end of the month.  If anyone has any specific questions about how I’m doing, I’ll answer them.

I hope everyone has a great week!  What fun things do you have planned for the week?  Let me know in the comments.

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Influenster Spring Fling Vox Box

I recently received a box of products from Influenster free for testing purposes that they called the Spring Fling Vox Box.  I love getting vox boxes from Influenster because it’s like a little bit of Christmas!  Influenster is a company that rewards members who have social media influence by connecting them with brands and products to try for free.  It’s free to join and you never know what you’ll get or when you’ll be selected for a box so the anticipation makes it that much more fun!

Influenster

Influenster

This particular box had several things I was excited to try.

Spring Vox Box Contents

Spring Vox Box Contents

  • Rimmel London Retro Glam Mascara–I loved this product!  I use mascara everyday, and I’m usually not picky as to what brand.  I really only have 2 needs:  that it not smudge and give me “raccoon eyes” throughout the day, and that it not flake and get in my eyes.  This met both of those needs and I loved the applicator!  It was long and fluffy, so I could easily apply the product quickly.  The “fluff” aspect of it kept my lashes separated during application. 
    After I applied the Rimmel London Retro Glam mascara

    After I applied the Rimmel London Retro Glam mascara

    I will definitely get this again.  I saw that it also comes in a waterproof variety, too.  I will be getting that one for when I’m running.  It’s less than half the cost of the waterproof mascara I currently use for running so, bonus!

  • Nivea Skin Firming Lotion–This is another product I was excited to try.  I’m approaching a new decade so my skin is not getting any younger.  The timing of this could not be more perfect!  Right away, I noticed the light fragrance and feel.  This is a body lotion and not a face lotion.  While my skin did feel more supple where I applied the product, I don’t think you should expect any miracles.  Still, it is something I would consider purchasing in the future.
  • Kiss Everlasting Manicure–At first glance, these looked like the press on nails of the 80s and 90s.  However, they are more along the lines of artificial nails you can get in a professional salon.  There were lots of different sizes included in the package so finding the right size to fit your nails would not be a problem.  When I read the directions, one thing that caught my attention is the process for removal.  Similar to salon nails, you have to file the artificial nail down to get it as thin as possible, then soak your nails in acetone until the product basically melts off.  I admit I did not use this product for this reason.  My nails are long enough to not need artificial nails.  Also, my nails are kind of thin and brittle, and acetone basically kills them.  It would take months for my natural nails to recover from that so I passed.  I will be giving this product to a friend, though.
  • Labor Day Movie hanging air freshener–This was a promo item to promote the movie Labor Day.  It was released on DVD during this vox box campaign, and promoting the movie was part of it.  I haven’t seen the movie yet but I intend to.  The reviews look really cute.  It stars Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet so I’m curious about their chemistry.
  • Playtex Sport Tampons–What can I say about this?  Tampons aren’t very exciting.  They got the job done, but there is no way I will ever be excited about feminine hygiene, unless it comes with a trip to Hawaii or a new convertible.  Let’s face it, this isn’t going to happen so, it is what it is.

Some Influensters also received a Soft Lips Cube in their box to try, but I was not one of them.  I’ve never tried the product, either, so I can’t say anything about it other than it looks really cute.

I really enjoyed getting this box and trying the products, and I really love Influenster.  The mascara and the skin firming lotion were definitely my favorite products!  Did you get the Spring Fling Vox Box?  What was your favorite product?

Disclosure:  I received these products free from Influenster for testing purposes.  I was not required to write this post, and other than the free products, I’ve received no compensation.  As always, my opinions are my own.

Congratulations to Becky Ginther for winning the headband from RUNway Gear!

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I’m a Bad Blogger!

I guess you’ve noticed by now I’ve been a little MIA lately.  Sorry for that!  Have you ever felt totally overwhelmed with life in general to the point that you can only focus and complete what absolutely has to happen at that particular moment and everything else gets put on the back burner?  That’s been me lately.  Between work, a huge list of things around the house that need attention, and my running woes, I haven’t really had the mental capacity to fill you all in on what’s been going on.  I’ve been doing some fun things that I’m sure you all would love to read about, and if you follow me on Twitter and Instagram you might already know about some of it.  However, when it comes time to share after the fact, I’m already in the mentality of handling what’s next on my it-has-to-get-done-now list.   I deeply apologize and hope you’ll stick with me while I catch you up.

So, here are a few of the things I’ve been doing this year (I do plan to write more in-depthly in the coming weeks about these things).

  • I took a semi-last minute trip to New York in January with a girlfriend of mine.  It was my first time going!
  • My family booked our third Disney Cruise Line trip, which will be coming up next year.
  • I once again registered as a St. Jude Hero for the Memphis St. Jude Half Marathon.  To support me, visit my fund-raising page here.
  • Over Memorial Day weekend I spent 24 consecutive hours in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World for the Rock Your Disney Side 24 Hour Event.
  • I also took some extra time to enjoy some of the special things happening during Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • I finished my first distance event since being injured–the Navy 10 Nautical Miler.
  • I’ve been working with a company called BzzAgent and will be bringing you a Coppertone product review and giveaway soon.
  • I’m also working with a company called Influenster and will be reviewing their Spring Fling Vox Box.
  • I’ve also had a request from a reader to share exactly how I went from couch to half marathoner.  I’ve touched on my story a little bit but I never really shared what happened between point A and point B.
  • Finally, I have developed a summer slush recipe that my family loves and I hope yours will, too.

So, what story should I tackle first?  What are you most interested in?

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Influenster Jolly Vox Box

Back in October I registered on the Influenster website in hopes that some day I would get to participate in a Vox Box campaign.  Influenster is a website that in a nutshell tries to find people with the most social media influence who are willing to try products for free and use said social media influence to promote those products.  Sound like a scam?  Nope! Totally legit!

Here’s how it works.  You register, link your social media accounts, take a few surveys in areas you feel you have the most expertise or interest in such as beauty or fitness, do various other tasks and watch your Influenster score rise.  A high score means a better chance of getting a Vox Box. A Vox Box is a box of products to try for free.  In exchange, Influenster along with the companies represented in the boxes wants its Influensters, as we are called, to promote the products using our social media channels.  I love free stuff.  I love social media.  Seemed like a perfect match to me!

So in December I got my very first Vox Box, the Jolly Vox Box.

Jolly Vox Box

Jolly Vox Box

In it was a sample of Puffs Ultra Soft and Strong To Go Tissue, NYC New York Color HD Color Trio Eye Shadow, Rimmel London Show Off Lip Lacquer, Skinny Cow Candy, and Ducklings Mini Rolls by The Duck Brand.

Look at all the cool stuff!

Look at all the cool stuff!

I couldn’t wait to try all the products!  The tissue was a perfect size to slip into my purse.  The lip lacquer was so silky and the color was super vibrant.  The eye shadow was a perfect day time color and something I can easily wear every day.

Love the neutral shades!

Love the neutral shades!

The Ducklings came in very handy when I had to insulate my outdoor faucets due to record cold arctic air.

I have the prettiest insulated outdoor faucets in the neighborhood!

I have the prettiest insulated outdoor faucets in the neighborhood!

My favorite, though, was the candy.  In no way did it taste light or low cal.  Delish!

It was really fun to get this box and try all the products.

I received these products complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster.

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