I’m back today with my June Currently post. I always enjoy updating y’all on my life happenings.
I am looking for some guest posters for the first half of July. If you’re interested, please shoot me an email at carrie(at)curlycraftymom(dot)com. I am looking for fashion and/or DIY/craft posts.
This month I read one book…
The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines
I have never watched Fixer Upper, can you believe that? I don’t really watch a lot of TV… but, I was intrigued and wanted to learn more about this famous couple that have their own show on HGTV about flipping houses. This book was really charming, I loved reading about how Chip and Joanna met and how they built up their life and landed this TV show. The book is written primarily by Joanna with little snippets of Chip’s thoughts and feeling thrown in. Now I just need to take a flight over to Magnolia Market in the Silos in Waco, Texas. That would definitely be a dream shopping trip!
I have been loving my FabFitFun boxes! I’m looking forward to the summer box, which will be arriving later this month. I decided to sign up to be a Select member, which means I pay one set fee annually instead of a quarterly fee for my boxes. This allows me choice access and I can pick some of the items in my box. For the Spring box, I knew that if I had been able to select what I wanted, I would have enjoyed my items better. For the summer box, I’ve already selected some of the items and I can’t wait to receive them!
NOT too much to report here. I’ve been getting up at 5 a.m. to work out most mornings. I’ve been running 3 times a week, doing my Jillian work out once a week and a Yoga workout once a week. I’m really interested in joining the Fleet Feet Summer/Fall training program and it starts in July after we get back from our vacations, so it’d work out perfect. They also have a Speed training program that sounds interesting, especially since I’d love to get to 2 hours or under for my half time. I’m a little bummed, the trail by our house is STILL flooded and so I’ve been running on the treadmill a lot, which has been giving me a little running burnout. I think joining a training program again and running with other runners would make running a little more fun again and would also help me achieve some of my running goals!
With the kids on summer break, I’ve been looking for ways to make my life a little easier for me. I’ve been wanting to try Hello Fresh again and I thought this would be a perfect time to use it throughout the summer. I love that all of the meal planning is done and the kids can also be introduced to some new foods and meals. Plus, it makes grocery shopping (with the kids) a little easier since I don’t need to buy as many items! We loved all three meals that they sent us and I ordered next weeks meals already! I probably won’t order it EVERY week of the summer, but it is fun to change it up a bit. I can give three friends a free box! I don’t get anything back in return for this, it is just something they let me do. If you’re interested, let me know in the comments or email me at carrie(at)curlycraftymom(dot)com.
House of Cards
Brian and I hardly ever watch TV, unless it is stuff for the kids or if we have a movie night. We thought we’d introduce House of Cards to ourselves since everyone has been raving about the fifth season that just came out. We’re starting at Season 1 and are slowly going through it. I have always love Kevin Spacey, he is so good in this!!
NOW… the rest of this post is about products I’m ‘Currently’ trying… I happened to have a lot this month, but it’s been so fun to try them out. So, read on if you love product reviews (like I do!!) and I’m even sharing some recipes:
I always enjoy trying out new apps and recently was asked by the kind folks at Keepsake to try out their new app that allows you to effortlessly print, frame, and deliver your photos! I selected a square frame and had them insert a photo of my husband and I from our trip to Italy last summer. We are tasting wine in Tuscany! I love looking at this photo, it takes me back to how much fun we had on our trip.
You can try out the Keepsake app, too and save 15% off your purchase with the code ccm15!
After Bite & Summers Eve
We have a couple of upcoming vacations and I have been a little worried about mosquitos! Thankfully, I was sent After Bite and After Bite Kids to try out! After Bite has been around for 40 years and I was able to try out the After Bite Kids on my son after we attended a BBQ and he had instant itch relief! You can find it at Walmart, CVS, Target, Walgreens and even online at afterbite.com. Right now on their site, After Bite is offering a free super cute Professor Bugsbee (their mascot) key chain with the purchase of any two products.
I also received some Summer’s Eve Cleansing Cloths, which I haven’t tried before… but, I thought why not? These are wonderful for if you want to freshen up after a run or workout or even during that time of the month. I plan to keep a couple under the sink in the bathroom and in my bag. You can find them at CVS, Walmart, Target, Amazon and Walgreens.
I’m always on the go, it’s always been my nature and I am also actively running 3 times a week right now. I was excited when Silipos contacted me to try out their Active Line! They sent me a variety of products to try out. I really love the flip flop cushions and the gel digital cap is great to wear in-between toes to prevent friction when running! If you’re looking for extra protection on your feet, be sure to check out Silipos.
StriVectin recently sent me another one of their products and I am in LOVE. It is their Multi-Action Stress Defense Hydrating Water Gel. It gives stressed skin it’s glow back and let me tell you… it is definitely helping, because May was a busy and stressful month! And, it also helps to plump up skin and reduces signs of aging. I just always love the texture of StriVectin products. This one glides on perfectly and has such an even texture. I love putting it on and wearing it all day long!
Recently, I was sent a Cat Hammock to review and my cat Rose has been LOVING it! The cat hammock is from Pet Magasin, a small company that specializes in quality and affordability when it comes to products for your pets. They understand that your pet(s) are part of your family!
The quality of this hammock is unreal. It is soft and there is even a blanket! Our cat is a rag doll, so she is a rather large cat since she has maine coon in her! This hammock fits her perfectly and I honestly think two cats could enjoy it at once! The frame is made from maple hardwood with a clear finish. I love that I can move this hammock around in the house and I’ll either have it by a window or I’ll put it in the bedroom next to our bed if she is wanting some privacy.
You can also save 30% off now using the code 5F2WSQO4 on a Cat Hammock for your feline on either petmagasin.com or Amazon!
I had heard of Evian spray, but had never tried it out until they sent me a bottle of my own! It is a hydrating facial spray that delivers powered micro-droplets of pure evian® natural spring water in a leak-proof canister, sealed at the source in Evian-les- bains, France. Receiving this during such a hot and humid month was such a blessing! It truly is keeping me cool and refreshed all summer! I love to use it in the morning to help me wake up, I’ll use it after I take a run and recently my husband and I brought it along for an outdoor rooftop dinner! We definitely stayed cool gracefully!
You can also follow @evianspray on Instagram and tag two friends in any of @evianspray’s posts to win The Ultimate Beach Essentials:
Mark and Graham Sunburst Beach Tote in Blue
Havaianas Mini Tote in Purple
Sand Cloud Beach Towel – Iris pattern
Evian® Facial Spray Product Assortment 1- 10 oz, 2-5 oz., 3- 1.7 oz.
I have always used the same kind of hairspray for as long as I could remember, but was excited to try something different when Kenra Professional sent me their new Kenra Grip Collection! In the photo above, you’ll see I used the High Grip Spray to create a look for an outdoor date night. My hair stayed in place and frizz-free all night!
I was excited to receive these products:
- Air Grip Spray 5 (5 oz.) – This provides 50% more grip to hair while still being lightweight.
- Whip Grip Mousse 9 (8 oz.) – This has an airy, whipped formula that provides three times more volume without leaving hair stuff
- High Grip Spray 20 (8 oz.) – This gives you 24 hour hold with superior definition and an ultra-lightweight formula
The Kenra Grip Collection is available for purchase at Ulta.
I was excited to receive a full bottle of NeoStrata Bionic Face Serum to try out. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve been more worried about my skin and as a result I usually spend 10-15 minutes on a skincare regimen in the morning and evening! I’ve been using this serum in the morning before I put on my other moisturizer and I’ve been really pleased with it so far. This serum does have a higher end price point, but I’ve found the results are definitely worth it! I have some pores in my t-zone area that are always a little more pronounced and this has helped with that. It has also helped with the fine lines I’m starting to get (boo!) around my eyes. If you have wrinkles or mottled pigmentation, it will help with that as well! This is a concentrated daily-use serum that will definitely restore your skin’s radiance and diminish the appearance of all of your problem spots!
NeoStrata Bionic Face Serum is formulated with 10% Lactobionic Acid, a potent antioxidant and Vitamins A, C and E. This serum provides intense moisturization while amplifying the benefits of other anti-aging products in your daily skincare regimen.
I have been applying the serum all over on my face, but you can also apply it just on target areas, such as the eye or around the mouth. It can be used alone or layered under other products. In the photo above, I’ve been using the product everyday for 2 weeks. I am very pleased with the results! You can use it daily a.m. and p.m. and under your sunscreen. You can learn more about the product and purchase it HERE.
Full Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Several companies gifted me products in exchange for this post. All opinions are 100% mine.