Treat Yourself: From Me To You Stamp

From Me to You Stamp

I LOVE sending and receiving mail. A couple of times each year I go on letter writing binges where I try to send out letters and packages to as many people as possible. Having a baby has been awesome for many reasons, including the fact that I’ve been able to send out so many thank you notes. I just really love the art of crafting a heartfelt message, whether it’s to express gratitude or just let someone know I am thinking about them.

As such, it should come as no surprise that I love purchasing stationery. I have a heck of a collection because I find it impossible to say no when I find something cute, original, or new to me. What might be more surprising is that I also have a mini obsession with stamps. When I got married I purchased all vintage stamps to go on our wedding invitations and I considered it to be one of the most fun parts of the entire wedding planning process. I’ve designed custom stamps at Zazzle, just for the fun of it. Perhaps the dorkiest thing of all is that I regularly peruse the USPS website in search of new stamp designs.

I feel like I hit the jackpot two weeks ago when I was perusing the site looking for stamps to use on baby announcements* because I came across these lovely From Me to You Stamps. I preordered two sheets of these stamps and am already ridiculously excited about affixing them to future letters! Are they not perfect for sending out snail mail to friends and loved ones?! In addition to the lovely stamps themselves, each sheet comes with stickers and decals that can be used to decorate your envelopes or letters! Triple bonus: These are forever stamps so you’ll be able to use them for all of eternity, regardless of if the price of postage inevitably increases.

The release date for the From Me To You stamp is April 1, so if you’re interested you might want to head to your local post office tomorrow. You can also order them online from USPS.com.

Clearly I am a nerd. This is the longest post ever about stamps from a non-stamp-related blog.

Beauty Reviewed: ToGoSpa Ice Water Eyes

Ice Water Eyes

Toward the end of my pregnancy I had a whirlwind weekend where a friend came to town for a few days with her five-month-old son and we drove to Michigan together for back-to-back baby showers. While it was an incredibly fun weekend, I was about ready to pass out from sheer exhaustion by the time she left. Add that to the fact that I looked like a zombie, and I was in a pretty bad state all around.

Luckily I’d had the foresight to place the package of ToGoSpa Ice Water Eyes into the fridge that I’d received in my January PopSugar Must Have Box prior to leaving town. The day after my friend left I decided to put them to the test to see if they could do anything to combat the bags or dark circles under my eyes or just make me feel a bit better in general.

First things first, the package I received from PopSugar contained 3 individual sets of gel eye pads. The eye pads are “are nutrient rich jelly pads of Natural Marine Collagen Infused with Hyaluronic Acid, Chitosan and Vitamins C & E to combat free radical imbalance, sun damage, discoloration, dry skin and wrinkles in the troubled skin under your eyes. This single use under eye treatment will soothe and smooth your beauty woes, and relax and return you to a more energized, youthful state.” While they can be placed under your eyes at room temperature, the packaging says that they’ll feel amazing if you refrigerate them first.

One word of warning: As these eye pads are covered in gel, they are incredibly slippery. So much so that I immediately dropped one after freeing it from the packaging. Oops. I assumed the five second rule was in place though and still used it. (Just Kidding – there’s no right way to use these so I just attached the part that didn’t touch the floor to my skin.

With my Ice Water Eyes attached, I took my pregnancy cocktail of two Tylenol + Tums and laid back on the couch sipping ice water for approximately 20 minutes. Pregnancy is crazy uncomfortable and I was mad tired at the end there, but my mini retreat made me feel like a million bucks.

While I didn’t notice any change to the dark circles that have been plaguing me for months (the only “cure” I’ve found for that is Tarte CC Undereye Corrector), I did notice a slight reduction in puffiness. Perhaps more importantly though is that my eyes just felt more energized. The cold provided just the right amount of a pick-me-up that I needed that afternoon.

I haven’t tried any other cooling eye treatments to see how they compare, or even a DIY remedy like using cold cucumber slices. The only thing I’d change about ToGoSpa Ice Water Eyes is that it’d be nice if they were reusable because the cost per use is a little pricey, as a pack of 6 pairs currently costs $28.99 at Amazon. That breaks down to $4.83 per treatment, which is much cheaper than a day at the spa but is still a bit more than I’d like to pay for something like this. Still, if you’re in the market for a little eye relief, I see nothing wrong with ToGoSpa Ice Water Eyes and would definitely recommend them!

Bean Box – Free Trial Month

Discounted Bean Box Coffee Subscription

Back in January we posted about a discount on Bean Box, but today we have another fabulous deal- you can get one free month! Bean Box is one of the first subscription boxes that I’m excited to pick up for my husband- he’s a coffee fanatic!

Here’s how it works:

1. Start your free trial

Your trial Bean Box includes four unique hand-picked coffees, delivered fresh.

2. Monthly deliveries

Each month you’ll receive a new box, with free shipping in the US, for $20.

3. Fall in love

Found a roast you love? Want only dark roasts? Tailor your box to your preferences.

Honestly, for $20 a month this is a fantastic deal. If you stop for coffee everyday or every couple of days, that adds up to way more than $20. Now you have the option to make your own!

I will tell you though, this isn’t entirely free- they do charge you $2 for shipping. But $2 with the option to cancel if you hate it isn’t a bad deal, in my opinion.

I’m eager to give Bean Box a try. Are you?

Click here for your free month of Bean Box!

Spotted on Etsy: Hand-Painted Globes from Wild & Free

Adventure Awaits Globe from Wild & Free

I’m looking forward to moving a little later this year because at that point I plan to actually put together a nursery. I can’t say that I have grand plans, but the nursery will undoubtedly have a travel theme.

One item I’d love to purchase to put in there is one of the hand-painted globes from Wild & Free, such as the Adventure Awaits Globe above. I can’t wait to begin taking my little one on adventures! (Let’s be honest: I already have more than a few planned!)

All Good Things are Wild & Free Globe

Or perhaps this All Good Things are Wild & Free Globe would be perfect.

All kids are different and I intend to fully embrace my kid’s interests and whatnot, although I do hope that our kid inherits mine and my husband’s love of travel. I suppose that if this doesn’t happen (sigh…) I will be happy to reclaim the globe for myself one day!

Aside from my kid’s future nursery, I think these hand-painted globes would make amazing gifts for any travel lover! Or, here’s a fun idea – gift one to your favorite soon-to-be college graduate to remind him/her that the world is his/her oyster! (Wild & Free also has a print saying exactly that!)

The hand-painted globes at Wild & Free cost anywhere from $225-$240, or you can request one made specifically for you for $250.

Fashion Friday- Mint and Peach Accessories- 50% Off

cents of style

Today only mint and peach accessories range from 50% off at Cents of Style! Considering these are the perfect colors for spring, now is your chance to stock up. And with these prices go ahead and splurge! ;)

Obviously the scarves above are lovely. I want them all, please! Available in mint, peach, butter yellow and blue. It’s obviously way too hard to choose just one.

Be still my heart with these lace ballet flats. Originally $39.95, they now come to $19.97. They were too gorgeous not to share! Available in sizes 6-10. I am in LOVE. Of course I’m loving the peach, but if they came in mint I’d be a goner. Or at least my bank account would be.

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A gal can never have too many socks! Especially mint or peach ones. These are a great way to add a pop of color to any outfit. I say, go get them both. I know I will!

cents of styleSo many fabulous choices!

What is your favorite way to wear mint and peach?

To take advantage of this deal be sure to use the code MINT at checkout.

Click here to check out Cents of Style’s mint and peach accessories!

Off Our Shelves: Someone Else’s Fairytale

Someone Else's Fairytale

After making my way through The Goldfinch I wanted something light and easy to read and I admit that I’m a sucker for romantic stories. I’d had Someone Else’s Fairytale by E.M. Tippetts on my Kindle for over a year, so this seemed like the perfect time to pull it out.

Synopsis: Jason Vanderholt is Hollywood’s hottest actor. Chloe Winters hasn’t bothered to see most of his movies. When they meet by chance, he is smitten and Chloe becomes the woman every other woman in America is dying to be, but it just isn’t her fairytale.

Based on the very brief synopsis that is available I thought this would be a fun light-hearted modern-day romance. While I enjoyed the first third of the book, the remainder was a chore to get through.

You know how 50 Shades of Grey was, well, extremely sexy (and terrible in its own way)? It’s like E.M. Tippetts wanted to make Someone Else’s Fairytale the exact opposite. The talk of purity rings and chastity was so over the top. The characters weren’t very well developed, even the main characters, and the conversation was beyond trite. The only relationship that remotely interested me was that between Chloe and Jason’s niece Kyra, and even that wasn’t particularly well developed.

If you don’t like actual romance in romantic stories then this book might be for you, but otherwise I’d probably recommend just skipping this one.

Someone Else’s Fairytale by E.M. Tippetts | Kindle (Free); NOOK ($0.99)

Lilly Pulitzer for Target Lookbook: Beauty

Lilly Pulitzer for Target

The Lilly Pulitzer for Target Lookbook was released this morning and is it ever huge! The Lilly Pulitzer for Target Collection contains more than 250 items in 15 patterns designed by the Lilly team just for Target! You’ll find everything from clothing, shoes, and accessories for women, to children’s apparel, and home goods.

The Lilly Pulitzer for Target Collection launches both in-stores and online on April 19, 2015, so there’s less than a month to go!

Prices will range from $2 to $250, though this lookbook did not provide any pricing information.

The Lilly Pulitzer for Target Beauty Collection is pretty fantastic! You’ll find cosmetic cases, nail files, hair accessories, and more! In addition to the Lilly products, there’s also an assortment of exclusive L’Oreal lipsticks and essie nail polishes that were just for this collaboration!

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