It's that time of the month again, it's the end of August which means another Birchbox review! This month has gone by incredibly fast! I'm in disbelief with how fast August has just whizzed by. If you have been reading along you'll know that I was pretty disappointed with my first Birchbox but I have to say, if it hadn't been for this box, I probably would have quit my subscription all together. So, what was in my August Birchbox? Let's take a peak!
Another month has come and gone, and with that, I have found new things that are necessary for keeping me feeling like a gentleman. I of course am speaking of the August Birchbox Man box that came in the mail early in the month! Let's get down to the brass tacks:
I am a big fan of rum. Yes, that firewater distilled from fermented cane juices, aged in oak barrels, and drank by sailors and pirates alike. My personal draw to rum (particularly the dark, aged, and spiced varieties) actually has nothing to do with pirates, corsairs, or privateers. I am drawn to the distinct and unique flavor it has- sweet and spicy, and it's not too alcohol-y that it tastes like gasoline. Rum is readily intermingled with various fruits and flavors into a rustic and adventurous beverage to be enjoyed by those of adventurous and risky nature, as well as those who write blogs and live in urban areas. A great example is the Pirate Pounder, which I have devilishly conspired with Heidelberg to create for your responsible enjoyment. This drink follows the same basic principles as our previous cocktails (i.e. muddle, mingle, and shake) as well as uses a couple of the same ingredients so you won't have to get as many things from the store (big plus!). Lets get on with it!
Happy Monday! I've been told that I'm overly optimistic for it being a Monday. I feel like it is important to start off the day (and the week) on the right foot, or you won't be able to effectively get over that mid-week hump, and are left feeling like a sad panda on Thursday (just go with me, here). My Monday morning ritual of shower, shave, and prep has been boosted recently with my recent subscription to Birchbox Man. If you are unfamiliar with Birchbox, it's a monthly subscription box where you get samples and swag of things you most likely want to buy but don't want to dish out the bucks just to try it. My first Birchbox came in the mail a couple weeks ago and I was pretty excited about the samples I received-- Lets dig in and talk shop on what came in the July Birchbox:
Revlon is one of my favorite drugstore brands. I've never been disappointed with their color selections; they are always diverse and vibrant with great staying power. In the past, I've stuck to using their lipsticks specifically their Super Lustrous Lipstick which I can't sing high enough praises for. Don't even get me started about the ColorStay Nail Polish. That stuff is an addiction. Maybe one day I'll show you my ridiculous collection of nail polish but not today. Today I'm going to talk about Revlon's newest addition, the ColorStay Moisture Stain.
Hansen and I decided to jump on the Birchbox bandwagon.
So far, I've been captivated by Hansen's boxes, seriously they are wonderful.
Just wait, you'll see!
The Women's Birchbox hasn't completely swayed me just yet, you'll see why when you see my very first Birchbox but I still have high hopes that my boxes will get better as we go. I noticed that a lot of first time Birchboxers (err..is that even a word? Well, I'm coining it now!) had pretty much the exact same box as me. So, I'm guessing they have a standard box each month they send out to newbie Birchboxers. What a shame.
Anyways! Hansen and I thought it would be fun to do a series of the Birchbox products we get as well as share our thoughts. Each month I'll share my Birchbox on a Wednesday of the month while he'll share his Birchbox box on a Monday of the month. Maybe we will even disclose any tips and tricks we encounter along the way to make our Birchbox stocked with better goodies!
So, if you're curious to see what was inside my box, follow along!
If you have been reading along with Hansen and I, you'll know we started our first garden this year! Which means we've been doing a lot of garden-related projects and crafts. Did you catch our pallet planter? Well to spruce up our patio with more colorful pots for our plants without breaking the bank, we decided to buy several terra cotta pots that were on sale at Old Time Pottery (they were a steal!) and get our creative juices going! For our medium and small sized pots we did fabric pots--you can see how we did those here. The larger terra cotta pots got a bit of a different makeover! So, we went over to our local hardware store and picked up a few spray paint colors, painters tape, and some old boxes.
Hey everyone, Hansen here!
Heidelberg will tell you that I very much enjoy trying new things, especially when it comes to food and drink. Recently, I was enjoying a very tasty brew when as I set the bottle down on the coffee table, was met with a look of utter horror. I forgot the coaster. Now, it should be said that I understand and agree with the importance of coasters -- they protect the wonderful wood finish of the furniture we like, as well as make great decorative pieces. The issue is that we currently don't own any coasters (save the handful of paperboard ones I've acquired from local brewhouses, but even those are becoming worn and tattered). As I finished that delicious, hoppy libation and reached in the refrigerator for another, I quickly took note of the cardboard carton these craft beers were being held in. I had read an article on the inter-webs about turning the wonderful artwork displayed on the 6-pack's sides into some really cool beer carton coasters. The best part, it costs less than the beer to make!
I couldn't help but be swept away by all the wonderful fabric pots Christine Chitnis made over on her blog that I had to make my own! She didn't do a step by step guide so I thought I'd help out by offering my own. One of the main ingredients to fabric pots is mod podge. Honestly, I had never even used it before but now mod podge is my new favorite craft supply. Seriously, this stuff is fantastic. I wasn't quite sure how well it was going to work on fabric & pots let alone used to make a fabric pot but I couldn't believe how amazing it was. So, lets get started.
Good Morning! I just wanted to do a quick little post to tell you that over the next week or two I'll be redesigning my blog--yay! Finally! Hansen and I are doing all of the changes ourselves, so please bare with me as I go through this process. Excuse our mess =) As always you can find us on Hansen and I's other social media platforms.
My father would take me shopping for our "Daddy Daughter" days and I just loved going with him to all the different stores, looking at the displays and then coming away with a pretty dress or winter coat.
++Hansen found this sad, neglected and left to the side of the curb chair awhile back. I can remember him saying on the phone, "We can do something with it, it has potential!"
Well, when he brought it home I gave it a good look over and decided it wasn't in too bad of shape and it shouldn't be too difficult to bring back to life; all it needs is a little sanding, a fresh coat of color, and reupholstering!
I thought this would be the perfect DIY tutorial to show how to reupholster; reupholstering can be tough but a small project like this one is a great first project for beginners!
+So, lets get started!
Recently, Hansen and I had the opportunity to go to an introductory Backpacking class where we reviewed few of the guidelines to consider when you are out in nature! I've compiled a list to help you when you plan out your next trip.
+Hansen and I have a few camping trips planned now that Summer is well on its way and the nasty weather is hopefully behind us.
We thought we'd share a comprehensive guide to help you pack for your camping trips this year!
+While we aren't experts, we consider ourselves well versed and have backpacked quite a few times throughout the Smokey's and Middle Tennessee.
+Beauty Balms have been around for awhile but they only recently hit mainstream over the last couple years. Beauty Balms help to treat, hydrate, prime, protect and camouflage the skin. Beauty Balms or BB creams are formulated for all skin types, especially those with sensitive skin. They are an excellent source to moisturize and smooth dehydrated skin, prime and correct discoloration for uneven skin tones, smooth the skin, and with the addition of SPF protect your skin from the sun.
+I've always been a huge advocate of Stila eyeshadows, so it didn't take much of a leap for me to try out their beauty balm. Let me just say, I fell in love. I've tried several other beauty balms and illuminators in the past but haven't been impressed.
One of my favorite staples to wear in the Spring is mint pants. I even carry them over into Summer on chilly nights. Unfortunately, they aren't the easiest thing to pair. So, I'm sharing three of my favorite mint outfits for inspiration & whatever your day holds!
+Correct me if I'm wrong but I think Blackheads are far more fickle than pimples, at least pimples I can say good-bye to while blackheads make a home and bury themselves for what seems like an eternity...
Finally! I found something that is giving my blackheads the boot!
+An easy, at-home remedy for those pesky little buggers.
++Crop Tops & Midi Skirts. Not the first time we have seen them hit the runway, but this Spring they are an absolute must! I can't wait to expand my wardrobe with brightly colored (barely showing) mid-drift tops, full vibrant midi skirts, elaborate sandaled heels, and bright colored polish!
+He has never been one for extravagant birthdays or huge celebrations, so we seized the opportunity to have a little get-together to commemorate!
+My mister chose he wanted a late lunch, bowling, and of course, games! The birthday boy chose BBQ at Jim N' Nicks! I can't even think of the last time we had BBQ to be honest. At the very least it has been over a year!
Heidelberg and I like to explore, try new things, and overall just get out of our comfort zones from time to time. On our last excursion, we ventured into the world of craft cocktails. Before we get ahead of ourselves, let me explain a little about us and our choice of beverages.
+++When I found the Topshop dress above, I instantly fell in love. I just adore this season's skater trend! Not to mention, it is timeless. What we call "Skater"can be seen throughout Fashion History. Plus, the trend is flattering on almost every single figure, which is hardly ever the case.
This post is for any of you ladies out there who have to deal with cellulite. Especially with Spring just around the corner, showing a bit more skin is inevitable. I couldn't say if I'm excited or loathing the idea.
For those of us who have cellulite it means we have the task of getting rid of it, or at the very least, diminishing its appearance...Oh dear...