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Life: Posh the Vote!

I wrote about my Posh Life (aka my new beauty obsession) a few weeks ago. I’m still obsessed.

This entire month has been filled with Perfectly Posh birthday celebrations — 5x the items in an order, Spooky Posh, a FANTASTIC splurge of the month. PLUS they’re celebrating this election cycle with the Posh the Vote campaign (because — let’s be real — this election cycle has been stressful, so pampering is NEEDED).

Vote for your favorite foot balm through September 27th. Whichever one wins will be on sale September 28th-October 5th. Look for a new pair to battle it out over the coming weeks!

Two items from the Play Footsie collection are up this week (voting ends tomorrow) and I really wasn’t sure which I liked more. I’ve used all of the products in the Play Footsie line (real talk: my feet were gross), but I couldn’t really tell a difference between the foot balms. Well…I fixed that!


First, my footsie transformation:

daily-grindI don’t have a photo of this because…who wants to document how gross their feet were?! My transformation started with a Snarky bar — the Daily Grind to be exact. I scrubbed scrubbed scrubbed and after a couple of uses my feet were feeling pretty. Plus my showers smelled like chocolate coffee — not the MOST relaxing scent, but for a coffee addict it’s heaven!

rubby-scrubbyAfter seeing results, I decided to give the Rubby Scrubby a try. My friend Sara had used it and said it was pretty great, and she hadn’t steered me in the wrong direction yet! It’s an exfoliating soap stick — so a little easier to hang on to than a snarky bar — and it smells like peppermint and thyme essential oils. It’s a little tingly, a little scrubby, and a whole lotta great. At least twice a week, I double up and use whichever snarky bar I grab (I have several now) and my Rubby Scrubby.

After my shower when my footsies are nice and clean, I grab one of three items: Schwanky & Soft Exfoliating Foot Creme, Cool Your Sole Foot Balm, or Warm Your Sole Foot Balm. If I didn’t exfoliate during my shower, I grab the Schwanky & Soft; otherwise I turn to one of the foot balms.

And this is where I was like, “wait…I don’t notice a difference.” You see, my feet were never warmer or cooler after putting it on so when the Foot Balm Vote came up, I really didn’t know. So I used both to compare.

First thing I noticed: Cool Your Sole is much thicker. In fact, I didn’t realize how much thicker until I opened Warm Your Sole and almost had it ALL over my bed. Warm Your Sole is also a little greasier. Did I notice a temperature difference? With them both on, yes, but not much of one. I prefer the Cool Your Sole because it isn’t as greasy and I live in the desert.

Foot Balm

If you have ANY questions about Perfectly Posh, let me know. I LOVE these products and would love to POSH THE WORLD! But first, I’ll start with my friends. If you’d like to try a sample, I should have some I can mail out soon! OR, give the Posh to Meet You kit a try — you can choose a lip balm, a chunk, and a Big Fat Yummy Hand Creme for only $20!


Life: I Poshed.

I signed up for something I told myself I would never do – a multi-level marketing business. I did it because I want all the goodies in the kit and I like the product, not because I want to “start a business”. I never thought MLM’s were evil (I know there are people who do), I’ve just always found it annoying that I can’t get the products when I want (I mean, I’d like to try some LuLaRoe leggings, but I can’t just order them online, I have to know someone. ANNOYING!)

Perfectly Posh IC Logo Pink RoundPerfectly Posh products are made in the USA, they use natural ingredients, they don’t add controversial fillers, they aren’t tested on animals, and they have a lot of vegan options.

I was introduced to Perfectly Posh by my friend Sara who ordered a kit and is far more dedicated to actually growing a business than I am. She also likes smell-goods more than me. 😉 First she tried to grab me with the Big Fat Yummy Hand Cremes, but it didn’t work. Smelly lotions aren’t my thing. Then she introduced me to a Snarky Bar and I was freakin’ hooked. SO MUCH SCRUBBY GOODNESS. Jesse can’t handle the intense exfoliation provided by a Snarky bar, but I love it.

I got my first order in the mail at the end of June and  I wasn’t disappointed.

So many goodies! Thanks, @sar333bear, for introducing me to the #snarkybar. #poshed #hurtssogood @perfectly_posh

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The Tranquilizer Snarky Bar smells lovely and is perfect for scrubbing the day away. I use the Under Wonder Matte Pore Primer every day, and I keep the handy Rehab Solid Lotion Bar at my desk at work (and it all smells delish!).

Of course, they get me with the buy 5, get 6th item free promotion every time. I go to order and I have to add just ONE MORE thing. And I do. Every. Time. I haven’t been disappointed in any of the products yet.

After hanging with Sara and a couple of other consultants on Posh Night, I decided to take the plunge and order a kit (and I purchased a few more items from Sara’s stash).

So many goodies! Thanks for letting me crash your Posh Party tonight, @sar333bear! #smellssogood #perfectlyposh

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Jesse loves that the Gender Bender Chunk doesn’t hurt 😀 and I’m surprised by how much I like the Olive My Love Cleanser sample Sara snuck in my bag. Who knew oil could be a good thing for your face?

One downside to PP (other than how much product I’ve purchased) is that it takes FOREVER for items to ship. I’m an impatient person who is an Amazon Prime member just so I can get whatever I order in two days. Waiting is not something I do well.

So the effort I put into this is still to be determined, but I’m definitely a fan of the product. And I CAN’T WAIT TO GET MY KIT! *Fingers crossed* it comes this week. I haven’t tried any of the masks yet and the August kit has a couple. I think I’ll put one on and do a little reading after Evie goes to sleep!

I recommend taking a look at their products and checking out the Perfectly Posh website to learn more about the company. From what I’ve seen, I’m pleasantly surprised and a little impressed.

Have a happy day!

PS — this photo pretty much sums up my life.


Life: I need this outlet.

I’ve been a terrible blogger lately.

Life snuck up on me. But things have changed A LOT in my life lately and I need an outlet. Let’s see…

  1. New job
  2. Bought a house
    • House is 45 miles from old house
    • New daycare
  3. New job for Jesse
  4. Adopted two cats
    • Apparently allergic to long-haired cats

I’m adapting. The new job is wonderful but comes with its own unique challenges. Our little townhouse is great. It’s the perfect size for us at the moment with two outdoor spaces. We live much closer to my family now. But I’m super far from my friends. Perhaps one of the biggest challenges for me right now.

A new job means losing the comfort and security of the known. I had my work family and I miss them terribly. I miss my regular patrons. I even kind of miss the smell — the mix of books and homeless people and baked goods.

I know it takes time, I’ll get there with the new job. The trickiest part is that my work family also IS a large part of my Arizona family. But I love what I’m doing in my new job.

It’s so different from the public library life. There’s lots of research, more writing, less reading fun books.

But I’m still keeping a foot in the book world. I did a presentation at the beginning of summer on Sizzlin’ Summer Reads with my friend and fellow librarian, Anbolyn, and we are planning another for the fall. It’s interesting to see where our taste in books intersects and where it doesn’t. It really proves that there’s a book for every reader (and when you read it in your life can really make a difference). I’ll post more about our Summer presentation soon. (I promise!)

Happy summer!

Year in Numbers: 2015


Books read: 94

  • 80% Borrowed from the Library
  • 46% Picture Books, Middle Grade, or Young Adult
  • 33 eBooks (I read a lot of ebooks while nursing, now I’m uninterested in reading anything digital)

2015 Reads

Books abandoned: 1 = We Are Not Ourselves.

Books still in progress: 4 (though some might call them abandoned, I am not yet ready to give up on them.)

currently15Pulitzer Prize winning books read: 1! I read All the Light We Cannot See BEFORE it even WON the Pulitzer this year! Woo hoo! Go me! #progress

Blog posts: 10. (Personal) Blogging tends to be last on my list of things to do…which is funny because I’m always writing a blog post in my head. I just need to find the time to type up the words.

Days spent NOT in Arizona: MANY. 2 trips to Denver (and a stop in Wyoming), 1 trip to Seattle, 2 trips to Disneyland (one by way of San Diego),  and 1 trip to Florida

Mommyhood: The Balance

I’m not sure how people do it — marriage, parenting, working, hobbies. How does that even work?

As you can tell, one of the things that I’ve let go of is this blog. It isn’t because I don’t have things I want to share (because I do), it’s that I don’t have time to share them. If I’m going to write a blog post these days, it’s for work — I get paid to do it. If I’m going to share a photo, it’s going on Facebook or Instagram — both are easier. If I have a quick thought, it goes on Twitter (and sometimes doesn’t make sense and comes out of NO WHERE). If I notice an interesting bookish trend, it goes on Goodreads (listopia has become my friend).

Pens, markers, pencils, books!
Pens, markers, pencils, books!

I have all of these other outlets, that force this one aside. It’s unintentional, but it happens. This isn’t the only hobby that gets squeezed or just left behind. I haven’t touched a crochet hook in almost a year. I color occasionally, but often have to decide between coloring or reading. The stack of books by my bed causes me anxiety, so I feel guilty about coloring instead of reading them. Funny thing is…coloring helps with anxiety more than reading. Perhaps I should grab my coloring books and pencils more than I grab a book filled with words.

Library books, galleys, and books I’ve been “currently reading” for MONTHS.

According to Pew, I read more than the people they surveyed. And I’m pretty sure I read more than several of my co-workers. But when you tend to spend a lot of time on the bookish interwebz, it can never feel like enough. There’s always another book you must read. Sometimes 7-10 in a week. I have zero patience for uninteresting books, if it doesn’t grab me immediately it will most likely end up forgotten like the pile below all of those library books. (I WILL finish a few of them…I WILL!)

Another thing I haven’t figured out how to fit into my life: Shutterfly. I miss it so much. I hardly have time to move images onto my back-up hard drive from my phone (it is both a blessing and a curse to have 128 GB of space on my phone), much less organize them into a photo album of our lives. It’s almost time for our annual album and I’ve gotten through January (I went back to work in February, so…). I’ve got thousands of photos to sort through…perhaps we’ll get our desktop fixed (ha! add it to the list of all the things we have to spend money on) soon so I have a computer with a real disk space (I’ve only got an HP Stream to use now…very limited hd space).

So how do other people do this? How do they make it work? How do they balance ALL OF THIS?  Is this why so many marriages end in divorce? There’s no me-time anymore so people get bitter and unhappy and the marriage falls apart? I’m not suggesting we’re anywhere close to that, but I can see why it happens. I’m lucky to have Jesse. He makes the marriage part easy and he does his best to make sure I get a couple of days to myself a month — on those days I get facials or massages or become one with the couch (or fit in dentist appointments and haircuts and laundry).

I’ll figure it out eventually. I’ve heard it’ll get easier after it gets harder. I’m aware that I still have the really challenging days of toddlerhood ahead.

Red lips.Funny thing: I’ve given up on wearing any color other than black to work to cut down on 1. shopping, 2. loads of laundry, 3. thinking about how I look. I’ve kept it so simple the past few weeks and it’s been AMAZING. How did I not discover this sooner? Black shirts, black pants, black shoes, red lipstick, crazy hair (its natural state), maybe simple accessories. So easy, so awesome, and I’ve never gotten so many compliments before in my life about 1. my awesome lipstick (yes…I still love red lipstick, in this photo it’s Ruby Woo pencil and lipstick with an Urban Decay primer), 2. how thin I look (no, I haven’t lost weight…in fact, I’ve probably gained some), 3. my Betseyville glasses (that I’ve worn for at least 2 years), 4. my crazy hair (who knew a middle part was on point (is this where I can use the word “fleek”)?! I can thank my nutso postpartum new hairs for this. There’s no controlling them, so sometimes I can’t do anything about how my hair parts. I could do an entire post about my new hairs. It looks like I got bangs, but weird wispy super fine bangs…all over my head).

At least I’ve figured one thing out…kind of.