November 2, 2013

things that made me swoon in October...

October swoonage | yourwishcake.com 
1. Julep Kajal Eyeliner — I accidentally forgot to cancel my Julep subscription after receiving my first (free) box when I missed the cut-off day. (Isn't that always the secret goal of subscription boxes that allow you to "skip" months? Well played, Julep!) Anyhow, I'm glad I ended up getting the box after all, because aside from two pretty polish colors, there was also this awesome eyeliner—and sharpener. I've been consistently bugged by the drugstore eyeliner I've tried recently; it just doesn't glide on nicely. This, however, is exactly what I hope for in a pencil eyeliner. And I love having the option of either black or dark brown. For me, the $22 price tag seems a bit steep, but for those of you who love to splurge on makeup, I think this would be worth it!

2. Pure Komachi 2 knives — Jay and I recently purchased a knife set from Amazon that we've been pretty disappointed with (never trust an item with no reviews!) and were excited when this set went on sale at Costco this past month. And for only $25! They work better than the ones we paid more for on Amazon, and I'm glad we at least have a good set now.

3. 19 Kids and Counting — I've spent the past couple weeks catching up on the most recent seasons of this show on Netflix (mostly on my phone while washing dishes or doing my hair) and it has only reaffirmed my love for this family. I've been working a lot on being more intentional with what I watch, listen to, hear. And I can honestly say this is the only show I've watched in a long, long time that always manages to leave me with a light heart. For a reality TV show, that's quite a feat.

4. Desperate by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson — I recommend this book to any mama of infants or youngsters. It focuses a lot on a mother's need for community, encouragement and mentorship. This book is beautifully written and filled with so much wisdom. There are also links at the end of each chapter that feature little videos from the authors. I love that! I'm almost finished, and it has been exactly what I've needed to read as of late.

5. Postagram — I may be a little bit obsessed with this app. You're able to select photos from your phone or Instagram account and turn them into postcards sent directly to any address you choose. Even better, the recipient can pop out the photo from the postcard they receive and keep it forever and ever amen! I sent postcards as thank-you notes after Eisley's birthday, and sent out a few Halloween greetings to friends and family (as shown above!). I have yet to pay for one, because they typically offer free postcards from sponsors and you can sometimes find promo codes for free credits (one postcard is .99 or 5 credits). I don't mind having a brand logo on the postcards I send—the photo is what people are excited to see, anyway. Oh! And I recently discovered that if you scan a postcard that you receive, you earn credits for your account. Fantastic.

So, what made you all swoony last month? I want to hear!

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11 comments :

  1. This one is my VERY favorite eyeliner: smooth, long-lasting and only $13! :)

    http://www.sephora.com/retractable-waterproof-eyeliner-P230234

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    1. Thank you for the tip, Carla! Love the idea of waterproof eyeliner (which I don't think I've ever intentionally used, come to think of it). Thirteen bucks for something that lasts for ages sounds like a pretty good deal to me!

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  2. lately I'm loving my Jordana 12-hour liquid liner pencil that I got from Walgreens for maybe $2.99...the Jordana mascara is awesome too and for just a few bucks.

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    1. Oh, awesome! Thanks, Brandi! It's been ages since I've used a liquid liner, and I may have to see about getting some of this. :)

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  3. I am such a closet 19 Kids fan. I went on a little marathon when it came on Netflix.

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  4. UGH. I love and hate Julep. I keep forgetting to cancel my sub in the tiny 4 day window & getting surprise boxes. Which is like, okay -- but kind of expensive. I missed out on the eyeliner though.
    xx Abby | a geek tragedy

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  5. Sent my first Postagram today. Thanks for posting that link.

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  6. I am in love with Julep. After being completely disappointed in Birchbox and realizing I only cared about nail polish, I signed up and have totally become an addict. Also, I love that you can ship them out to friends - super simple birthday gifts!

    I remember when 19 Kids started - when they just had the "special" on them - it was a *little* out there for me. Mostly because all the clips with the kids made them seem very robotic and it was weird. But, once it gained popularity and became a series, I guess they edited it better or the family became more comfortable on camera because then I LOVED IT.

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  7. Oh, I love Postagram. I've been using it for a while to send pictures to my family (yes, they send internationally, too!) from places that I visited last year.

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  8. Postagram is BRILLIANT! Thanks so much for sharing. We have grandparents who live far away, so they will LOVE this.

    We've been swooning over the Little House on the Prairie books. I just started reading them aloud with my four-year-old, and my three-year-old and I are reading the pictures books based on the series. Brings back great memories.

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  9. I'm going to have to check out Postagram! Thanks for the tip! I really like Print Studio - you can make nice quality prints from your Instagram and other phone photos.

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