Holiday Time — Gifts, Haul-idays, & Photo bombs

I love the holidays… love love love them! This is probably what I look like: Holiday Cheer Dance

I forewarn you this will be a long post with a boat load of pictures.

The one thing that I love about the holidays (beside the gifts & foods) is snow. So i broke out into my own happy dance when it snowed on Christmas day and then I got back to my senses and took a picture.
Snowing

So what do I do to get ready for the holidays? I shop like I have no debt. I do a little shopping for my friends and a little shopping for my self.
shop haul
The Body Shop finally had my moisturizer in stock so I bought 3 on sale for $30 total. Take about a deal!
I also got some gifts for Sephora a gift card, Fresh’s Sugar Lip Duo of lip tint and lip scrub, and the Too Faced Nude eye palette. All gifts from that stores, sadly, I need to go through all the make-up I have yet to even make a dent in.
Bag of goodies
This was a little care/relaxation package for a friend for Christmas– I really hoped she would share. She didn’t.

What I bought myself & some of what I received as gifts
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The second dress & the beautiful fossil watch was from my best friend for my birthday & Christmas. I was one happy cookie. Everything else was the me portion of my shopping trips.

Much like Joey from Friends I tend to wear something stretchy during Christmas to make sure there is nothing stopping me from eating like cholesterol and obesity don’t exist. I also make sure that I’m not the only person who finds that sweat pants are the only things that fits. I accomplish this by making holiday treats– sugary easily done artery clogging treats.
Peppermint bark

pretzel

I ended the year with this quote by Liz Taylor to live by: Liz taylor

Except the drink is going to be my mean green juice in a wine class. You do what you gotta do.

P.s. Don’t forget the Cravebox Giveaway ends tomorrow so don’t forget to enter!

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Teen Time Cravebox – The Bubble Smacking & Good Looking Edition

I just got the Teen Cravebox today but I have to say this seems suitable for most ages. I loved this box and I’m so glad Cravebox is back in the game with some pretty kick ass boxes again. I have to say they pretty much got things for teens right on this and thus my title of bubble smacking & good looking edition box.

This box was priced at $11 including shipping. Cravebox has entries into a raffle for the theme box you enter into. Great way to be suprised and still get what you want. Check them out at :
Teen Cravebox

1) Single Pack of Intuition Razor- In Topical Splash. I love intuition blades they do the job without having to lather up and leaves no cuts. Approx retails for $6

2) Mary Kay’s Lip Gloss – in Passion Parfait. I got one previously in my winter times cravebox in a holiday red. I had loved that one so I look forward to using this one as well. This gloss itself retails at $14!

3) Fruit of the Earth Vitamin E (15 mL). This is great to heal dry skin and lines around the eyes. I’m excited to try this out since its winter and well because I’ve hit my mid 20’s and prevention is the best method right? The consistency of this is lot thicker than it looks so a little goes a long way. Price ranges from $5.50 to $7.50
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4) Pantene’s Silky Moisture Whip (26 g)– This is a sample size which would retail for about $1 (target sample section).

5) Stride iD Spearmint Sugar Free Gum– Ya thats a pretty staple part of being a teen along with the drama. They also provided two coupons for buy 2 packs get 1 free or $1.00 off 3 pack. Its retais for $1 a pack.
I remember when this gum came out because Kellan Lutz was promoting it… sigh hes so dreamy.
gum

I’m excited to get my resolutions Cravebox & enter the book lovers one. I might lay off for a while after that. Might being the operative word.

Henna Candles — I’m on Etsy!

I am so excited to announce that I have officially opened my own Etsy shop! The shops name is Glitteredscrubs you can find me here : GlitteredScrubs Etsy Shop

I have about 5 candles listed as of right now and more to come soon. All these henna candles are hand designed by me and are one of a kind!

These candles are great for decoration, gift, and safe to burn. Each candle comes packaged in cello wrap and tied with a ribbon. I ship within 1 business day of receiving payment with USPS priority mail with tracking information.

 

Be sure to check me out and tell your friends about it. I would also love to hear what you think about them!

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New Years Resolution– All About Health

Here I am blogging once again after midnight but this idea has been floating around in my noggin for a while now. New Years is around the corner and everyone is talking about their resolutions. Top 5 resolutions I’ve heard are losing weight, saving money, losing weight, quit drinking/smoking, and eating out less (to lose weight). I see a trend.

I have to admit I would like to lose some weight but that is not my priority this year. Weight is just a number. While it does matter its more important to see how healthy I am. I can weigh 100 pounds but if I’m having a Big Mac everyday and consider cleaning the snow off my car as adequate exercise I’ll still have problems. During my years in nursing school I have finally understood the importance of a healthy diet, lifestyle, and mental health. I’ve also first hand witnessed why its so important with every patient I’ve had including myself.

So my New Years resolution is to BE HEALTHY.

Being Healthy- My definition:

  • Not eating out more than once every 2 weeks. 
  • Eating healthy portioned meals
  • No frozen meals, minimal canned items, and healthy bread
  • More veggies & less meat
  • Getting regular check-ups
  • Cleansing my system out— I explain how I do this further down.
  • Exercising- gym or home workouts 2-3 times a week for 30 minutes each time
  • Cutting down on pop and drinking more water
  • Getting sleep of 7-8 hours every night- within 1-2 hours of a set bed time.
  • De-stressing — yoga, calm time alone, reading, etc
  • Preventive & holistic treatment methods

I plan to make gradual changes. If I honestly decided that starting 1st of January I need to start doing all of this, I will have failed on one or all of these counts by the end of the week. We are creatures of habit, changes need to be brought in gradually and one or two things at a time. That doesn’t mean I can’t make conscious decisions to try and grab water before I grab that coke can right away. I just don’t want to cold turkey everything because I will be setting myself up for failure.

Health has different meanings to different people. It is a level of functioning based on mind and body. I want to be healthy enough  to have controlled blood reports of anemia and amongst other things. I want to be healthy enough to run without my asthma interfering. I want to be healthy enough to feel good about my body inside and out. I want to be healthy enough mentally to face and concur my problems without it taking a toll of me. I want to be healthy.

One of the things I have started already is trying to get back into the habit of juicing to cleanse out my system, be nutritious, and heal my body. My favorite juice recipe is The Mean Green from the Joe Cross’s documentary movie Dead, Sick, and Nearly Dead. If you haven’t watched this I would highly recommend it. Its available on Netflix and Hulu. As gross as it looks and sounds the juice actually tastes pretty okay.

The recipe for the Mean Green Juice is:

  1. 1 bulk of Kale
  2. 4 stalks of Celery
  3. 1 Cucumber
  4. 2 Granny Smith Apples
  5. 1/2 Lemon
  6. Ginger Root (approx 1 inch)

Below I have pictures the ingredients and what the juice looks like. The 3rd juice picture is another recipe I like (super yummy) of Spinach and Mango’s.

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Herb order
To have a healthier juicing experience I like adding flax seeds in my juice but I’ve had trouble with the whole seeds I have. So I went bought some flax seed oil and a few extra health items on iherb.com. In my house we try to use more natural and holistic methods to prevent and treat any minor problems. So I pre bought some cough syrup with zinc because at one point some one in my house is going to need it. I also got natural ear drops since I get ear aches easily and Chicago’s cold weather takes a toll. Then I got some yummy apricots for myself and tore into the bag before I could picture it as a healthy snack.

If you haven’t heard of iherb (I am little addicted to that website) it offers supplements & healthy products (food, beauty & cleaning) at a low price.

Iherb has a discount code for first time users. My referral code for the discount is RIM717 which gives a discount of $10 off 40 or more purchase and free shipping. Or $5 off orders of less than $40.

These are the small steps I have taken in a effort to be healthier. There are so many small details that will make a difference. This week I have yet to go to bed without taking off my make-up and moisturizing. My first small step in having healthy skin.

What do you do to be healthy? Do have any new years resolutions? Want more juicing recipes? Want to learn about the health benefits in details for something, let me know.

Cravebox Winter Favorites Giveaway!

Hey guys,

It might be because I posted something before  12 a.m. and I don’t fully function before night falls–the curse of the night owl. That or I just have horrid memory, either way I’m doing a different post for a giveaway (wohoo!).

Check out whats inside: Winter Favorites Cravebox

The rules:

1) Must be a subscriber to my blog

2) Must be 18 or older or have parents permission so that I can send you the box

3) Leave a comment below telling me your favorite thing about winter

4) Tell me where I can contact you if you do not have notifications for comment replies. I had to pick another winner for the holiday spruce up box since the first winner never replied.

Optional:

Like me  or add me on Facebook : Alli Ann

Follow me on Twiiter: Soul2quz

The giveaway will end on January 7th at 7 pm EST  and the winner will be chosen by using random.org. You will have until January 9th to contact me if you are the winner or another one will be chosen.

Good luck everyone and I look forward to reading your replies! 🙂

Its a Winter Wonderland with the Winter Favorites Cravebox

Hey Guys,

The holidays are over and radio stations are no longer playing Christmas music (yet here I am listening to it on spotify). I got my Winter Favorites Cravebox a little over a week ago but I’ve been wrapped up with festivities and shopping. Getting down to business the cost of the box is $14 and well over worth it! I really love this box, check out what was inside!

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Inside the box:
1) Camball’s Golden Butternut Squash Bisque- This came with a recipe card. This retails for about $3.99

2) Heniz Chili Sauce- This also came with a recipe card for meatballs, although this a great combo for fries or burgers (tried & agreed). $3.99

) Mary Kay’s Lip Gloss- I received the Red Pass 3 ion (Shimmer) lip gloss which is the perfect holiday color. This itself retails for $14! This is my first time trying a Mary Kay product and I have to say I am impressed with the product, it had good staying power and the color was as beautiful on as it seems in the bottle.

4) Belvita Breakfast Biscuit – 1 package and a coupon for buy one get one free. This values for approx $ .72 for one ($3.59 for a box of 5).

5) Vitabath Shower Gel (5 Sample Packets) Each packet comes in a different scent

This box also contained 3 envelopes (really cute ones) with offers for a lot of free items with a long expiration date. The free offers included are perfect for coffee lovers and holiday treats.

The Pillsbury envelope contained: 1 free package of refrigerated cookies ($3.82 value), 1 free pie crusts package ($4.01 value) and booklet for Pillsbury deserts recipes.

The International Delights envelope contained: 1 free half gallon iced coffee ($3.99 value), 1 free creamer product ($4.99 value), & recipe card for mocha cookies.

The third envelope contained: 1 coupon for a free Nancy’s Frozen Appetizer or dessert (up to 32 count) ($3.99 Value)

This box comes out to a whopping $43.50 including the free coupon inserts (but including the Belvita offer & Vitabath sample costs).

If you’re interested in buying Vitabath there is a Cravebox offer of 25% off on their website with the code: HOLIDAYCRAVE

What do you guys think of this box? For those of you not familiar with Cravebox they have speciality theme boxes, the cost varying from $11-15 per box. Winners are chosen by a drawing entry. Make sure to check out my future and previous boxes from Cravebox and their website if you’re interested.

They currently have the drawing open for their Resolutions Box!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE! ❤ GlitteredScrubs

Holiday Time- Love with Food Box

The Holiday box of Love with Food arrived a few days ago but the holiday preparations have been keeping me busy. I really liked the holiday box, just because there were so many yummy goodies to try. Have a look.

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What the box contained:

1) Bag of 479 Sea Salt Caramel

2) Nunes Farms Honey Cinnamon Almonds

3) Nikkis Gingerbread Boy Cookie

4) 4 Taffy Town’s Salt Water Taffy Candy- this is pretty amazing stuff!

5) Big Chocolate Dipper’s Belgin Milk Chocolate Dipped Nutter Butter Cookie (whew that was a mouthful).

6) Kara Chocolates’s Candy Cane Milk Chocolate Truffles- I have to say I loved these, they melt right in your mouth. I would end up comparing the quality of the chocolates to Lindt.

7) Madecasse Chocolate’s 2 mini chocolates

8) Hill’s Brothers Mocha Mint Cappuccino Mix

9) Inserts for Ecomom ($10 credit for first time users), Craft Coffee’s 10% off (code LOVEFOOD), Cloud Mom, and Virgin Wines

I am pretty impressed by this box, it had the box completely filled with great samples. I was considering canceling my subscription after next month to cut down on costs, but now I’m re-considering. This month Love with Food also donated 2 meals for every box to NY & NJ Food Banks for Hurricane Sandy Relief.

Moms: I have two Ecomom credits available from Love with Food that I have no need for. The first two people to reply (subscribed users) can have them! 

What do you think of this box? Have any subscription boxes that you love?