Here’s What I Received in My August Birchbox

August Birchbox

I can’t believe it is the last day of August! Seriously – where on earth is the time going? This feels like the fastest year on record. Once the calendar hits September it feels like things ramp up even more because everything is all about the HOLIDAYS.

Until that happens though… tomorrow… Birchbox has sent out the summeriest of boxes, which seems like a great way to mark this almost end of the season.

Here’s what I received in my August Birchbox:

R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo

R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo – I do love dry shampoo and I love that this is such a giant sample (this sample alone is probably more dry shampoo than I have ever used in my life), but man – the subscription boxes have really loved their dry shampoo this summer! In the past two months alone I’ve received three different containers of dry shampoo. I feel like I would really be loving this if it weren’t for the fact that I have super curly hair, which means that I wash my hair every single day… unless I have a blow out. Considering I get a blow out approximately three times per year, it could be awhile until I put this sample to use.


Curly Hair Solutions Silk Leave-In Conditioner

Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper Silk Leave-In Conditioner – Speaking of curly hair… I am thoroughly smitten with the Living Proof Curl Line at the moment, but I always love receiving new curly hair products. (And honestly – curly hair products are sent far too rarely.) I have never tried anything from this brand so I’m excited to give this product a whirl. We are heading out of town for the holiday, so this leave-in conditioner is definitely finding its way into my luggage.

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Reminder: Today’s the Last Day to get a FREE August Amazon Kindle First Book

Just a quick reminder that TODAY is the last day Amazon Prime Members can take advantage of the Amazon Kindle First Book program and grab a FREE book for August! A new selection of books will be available tomorrow, so you might as well grab one of these free books today while you still can!

Here are the August Kindle First Book Selections (this month there are six):

The Good Neighbor

The Good Neighbor by A.J. Banner

Synopsis: Shadow Cove, Washington, is the kind of town everyone dreams about—quaint streets, lush forests, good neighbors. That’s what Sarah thinks as she settles into life with her new husband, Dr. Johnny McDonald. But all too soon she discovers an undercurrent of deception. And one October evening when Johnny is away, sudden tragedy destroys Sarah’s happiness.

Dazed and stricken with grief, she and Johnny begin to rebuild their shattered lives. As she picks up the pieces of her broken home, Sarah discovers a shocking secret that forces her to doubt everything she thought was true—about her neighbors, her friends, and even her marriage. With each stunning revelation, Sarah must ask herself, Can we ever really know the ones we love?

The Hundred Year Flood

The Hundred Year Flood by Matthew Salesses

Synopsis: In the shadow of a looming flood that comes every one hundred years, Tee tries to convince himself that living in a new place will mean a new identity and a chance to shed the parallels between him and his adopted father. This beautiful and dreamlike story follows Tee, a twenty-two-year-old Korean-American, as he escapes to Prague in the wake of his uncle’s suicide and the aftermath of 9/11. His life intertwines with Pavel, a painter famous for revolution; Katka, his equally alluring wife; and Pavel’s partner—a giant of a man with an American name. As the flood slowly makes its way into the old city, Tee contemplates his own place in life as both mixed and adopted and as an American in a strange land full of heroes, myths, and ghosts.


About That Fling

About that Fling by Tawna Fenske

Synopsis: As the top PR person for the Belmont Health System, bright, beautiful Jenna McArthur knows how to spin bad news and make it sound good. But when her adorable Aunt Gertie—a secret romance writer—urges Jenna to embrace her wild side, Jenna tumbles into bed with Adam Thomas, a guy she’s just met, for a fun and fantastic one-night stand. Too bad Adam is the one guy who’s totally off-limits. There aren’t enough clever words in the world to spin the story in a way that won’t wreck Jenna’s closest friendship or destroy her job.

With the irresistible Adam always around her at work, wearing an aura of temptation like a fabulous cologne, Jenna has to hold tight to her senses to avoid falling for him. Will he take her to the heights of pleasure again—or will their attraction destroy everything she’s worked for?

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There’s a Huge SPANX Sale at Zulily Today!

Spanx Sale at Zulily


There’s a huge SPANX Sale at Zulily today, and I recommend checking it out if you’re in the market for shapewear, hosiery, or a SPANX Swimsuit because this sale has all of those items at prices at least 50% below retail!

There ARE some plus size items included in the sale, though most items are in traditional sizes. There’s also a separate SPANX for Men Sale.

SPANX sales tend to sell out quickly so hit this one up early if you’re iterated!

Click here to check out the SPANX Sale at Zulily!

The Rundown: Crazy Swimwear Sale at Bon-Ton , Extra 40% Off at Lane Bryant + More

The Rundown: Shopping Cheat Sheet

I hate to say this, but can you believe that summer is rapidly coming to an end? It unofficially ends next weekend with Labor Day, so be sure to go out and make the most of this last weekend of August.

There are a few good deals this weekend, but the majority of stores are saving up their really great deals for next weekend. Long holiday weekends are the best for savings!

Happy shopping, everyone!



In Between In Between by Jenny B. Jones has amazing reviews on Amazon and it is currently available as a FREE Kindle download!

Synopsis: Katie Parker is about to get a new life—whether she wants one or not. With her mom in prison, and her father AWOL, Katie is sent to live with a squeaky-clean family who could have their own sitcom. She launches a full-scale plan to get sent back to the girls’ home when she finds herself in over her head…and heart. When Katie and her new “wrong crowd” get into significant trouble at school, she finds her punishment is restoring a historic theater with a crazy grandma who goes by the name of Mad Maxine. In the midst of her punishment, Katie uncovers family secrets that run deep, and realizes she’s not the only one with a pain-filled past. Katie must decide if she’ll continue her own family’s messed up legacy or embrace a new beginning in this place called In Between.


Buy in Bulk and Save

Boxed Discount via Groupon

Have you heard of Boxed? It’s a new-ish wholesale shopping site that will ship bulk products direct to your door. The awesome thing about Boxed, aside from shipping to your door? There’s no membership fee!

If you’re interested in checking it out, be sure to pick up this $75 for $100 Boxed voucher from Goupon. I love anytime I can save money on groceries and while I’m pretty devoted to Amazon Subscribe and Save (most of those items are bulk sizes as well), I’m going to take advantage of this savings for Boxed!


3 Sales You Don’t Want to Miss

American Apparel

Things are not going well at American Apparel what with the ousting of their founder (good riddance), declining sales, stores closing, and declining stock prices. There are some rumors the store may not make it into the new year. I wouldn’t be surprised to see an aggressive Q4 full of sales… starting today!

American Apparel Flex Fleece Zip Hoodie

Through August 30, 2015 you can take 25% off all American Apparel hoodies with code “STOCKUP”. The Flex Fleece Zip Hoodie worn by the excited-looking man above is $48 normally or $36 after the discount is applied.



Swimwear probably isn’t at the top of anyone’s shopping list right now, but August is the best month to buy swimwear! Whatever’s left in-stores is marked down to rock bottom prices because the stores just want to clear their shelves.

Bon-Ton Swim Sale

Lauren Ralph Lauren Laguna Ruffle One-Piece – $35.60 // Reef Desert Bloom Underwire Swim Bra – $8.80 // Reef Desert Bloom Tie Side Hipster Bottoms – $6.80

There’s an amazing swimwear sale at Bon-Ton that runs through tomorrow, August 29, where you can save up to 80% on select styles. No coupon is necessary as all prices are marked to reflect the discount.


Lane Bryant

(Plus Size) Take an additional 40% off all clearance items at Lane Bryant with code “OHYEAHLB”. This offer is valid both online and in-stores for a limited time.

Lane Bryant Clearance Sale

Zipper Trim Floral Chiffon Top – on sale for $34.99, get it now for $20.99 // Lena Sexy Stretch Slim Pant – on sale for $49.99, get it now for $29.99

While there are tons of fantastic summer items included in the Lane Bryant clearance sale, I also spotted quite a few items that will be ideal for fall work wardrobes (and play wardrobes)!