Are you ready for the most random post EVER? Well, here it is.
Yesterday I had to take care of a few errands and I randomly stopped into Walgreens. This was a fortuitous decision on my behalf because I rarely go to this store as CVS is closer to my house. I spent some time wandering the aisles, because it’s impossible to just run in and grab what’s needed, when I spotted a rack of Seamless Fleece-Lined Leggings. Really, without even thinking about it I grabbed a pair. At $5.99 it was a fairly cheap impulse purchase.
Well, I’m wearing that impulse purchase today and let me tell you: These leggings might be one of my favorite things EVER. They are so so so comfortable that I may not wear anything else this winter.
No, seriously. I ran back out to Walgreens this afternoon and purchased 3 more pairs for myself and a pair for a friend. (They’re $5.99 each or 2 for $10.) I now have a COLLECTION of leggings from Walgreens.
There are few things I rave and gush about, but these cheap leggings? I LOVE them.
The Seamless Fleece-Lined Leggings are available in one-size-fits-most (traditional sizes) and one-size-fits-most (plus sizes). I got the plus size version for myself and they fit great. It’s hard to describe the fit on leggings because they are tight but there’s also plenty of room, if that makes sense. There’s definitely enough room that the waistband will stretch enough to accommodate my ever-expanding waistline without getting too tight, but I think they will work fine after the baby is born, too. I really cannot comment on the traditional sized leggings, except to say that if they’re anything like the plus size ones then they shouldn’t be as constricting as fleece-lined leggings tend to be. (I love fleece-lined leggings but they always seem to run really small.)
I don’t expect these leggings to hold up forever, but the quality is surprisingly good and hey, for just $5 per pair they seemed like a worthy investment.
Thus concludes my love letter to the Seamless Fleece-Lined Leggings from Walgreens. If you see them on the shelves I highly recommend treating yourself to a pair!
It feels like the subscription boxes are really going out of their way this year to spoil their subscribers! The December PopSugar Must Have Box was one of the best boxes I’ve ever received from any company. The December Glossybox had FOUR full-size products included that I can’t wait to use (and I’m already using the deluxe sample of nail polish). And now the December Birchbox came stuffed to the brim with a bunch of new-to-me products. This is shaping up to be one of the best months ever for subscription boxes!
Here’s what I received in my December Birchbox:
I believe that every Birchbox this month came stuffed with a $10 coupon to spend at Gap, with no minimum purchase requirement! This could come in VERY handy for those after-Christmas sales that are on the horizon!
Vasanti Cosmetics Kajal Extreme Intense Eye Pencil in Rose Gold – The past couple of months Birchbox has been sending out emails allowing subscribers to pick one of the samples they would receive. I missed previous emails, but this month I was able to choose this product. Rose Gold. Eyeliner. It combines two of my favorite things so it seemed like a no-brainer! I will probably use this in more of a highlighter capacity rather than a stand-alone liner, but we shall see!
W3LL People Bio Brightener Stick – Speaking of highlighter, my box also contained this one from W3LL People, which is a brand I’ve never encountered before. While this is a deluxe sample, I’m pretty sure there’s enough product here to last me a lifetime! This product allegedly adds a “flattering shimmer while nourishing skin.”
I am pretty shameless about my disinterest in cleaning. Whenever my money tree arrives in the mail I just might hire a daily cleaning service to stop by so I don’t have to think about it anymore. Until then though, I try to find cleaning accessories that make life as easy as possible such as the Quickie HomePro Tub N’ Tile Power Scrubber and now the Broom Groomer Pro from Quirky.
I don’t actually mind sweeping. You get a little bit of a workout, you can see immediate results, and it is relatively painless. What I do mind, however, is cleaning the bottom of the broom where all of the “junk” builds up. This completely grosses me out even though it’s usually just hair and dust. This is where the Broom Groomer Pro comes in and it’s such an ingenious idea that it’s pretty amazing it didn’t really exist before the fan base at Quirky put it together.
The Broom Groomer Pro is a 2 piece set – a broom and a dust pan – but what really makes it special is that the dustpan has “teeth” on it that will remove the “junk” from your broom. It eliminates touching the “junk” with your fingers, wasting a paper towel, or doing what I tend to do – ignoring it altogether.
Another great thing about this set is that it clips together and folds up pretty small, so it’s great for tight spaces!
The only thing I don’t like is that the handle on the broom doesn’t extend, so you will definitely still want to hang on to your regular-sized broom for heavy duty jobs! This set alone is great for small messes, but I’m pretty short and using just this broom alone was a no-go for me. The dust pan itself works with brooms of any size, of course.
The Broom Groomer Pro costs $19.99 at Quirky normally, but through December 29 you can use code “LIGHTS30″ at checkout to take 30% and pay just $13.99. Unfortunately delivery is no longer guaranteed in time for Christmas, but a broom – and broom cleaner – are something that can be used year-round!
If you’re looking for a last-minute holiday-themed gift suggestion that kids are sure to love, be sure to check out Dance Like an Elf ($19.95), which is a fun little speaker that plays music and calls out dance suggestions that will get the entire family moving around the Christmas tree!
The dance moves that are called out include such fun things as “stir the hot chocolate” or “ski jump,” among many other prompts, which will make for a super amusing dance party! There are actually 30 dance cues and 12 songs that play, so it will take awhile to go through the entire rotation. (It might be an awesome thing to have on hand to tire out little ones on Christmas Eve so that Santa can make an earlier-than-usual appearance!)
There is still time to order the Dance Like an Elf from the Hallmark Store online, or you can find it in your local Hallmark Store. Additionally, I spotted it in Walgreens (on sale!) yesterday, so keep your eyes peeled if you’re heading out this weekend to do any shopping.
Hallmark has a bunch of holiday-themed gifts that would make spectacular last-minute gifts for any little ones you know (or those who are young at heart)!
Disclosure: While I was provided with a Dance Like an Elf to review, all thoughts expressed above are my own.
I feel a little funny writing about this Amazon Gold Box Deal, because as many of you probably know, Gilmore Girls is now available for streaming on Netflix. (In fact, it’s what I plan on watching when I’m on maternity “leave.” (And by “leave” I don’t actually have a clue what I’m going to do.)) However, if you don’t have Netflix or just want to own the entire series, this is a great opportunity because Gilmore Girls (The Complete Series) is on sale for $52.99 at Amazon today!
This is a 42-disc DVD set that includes all 7 seasons of the show, as well as a bunch of bonus material from every season.
This is one of Amazon’s Gold Box Deals of the Day so the set is only available at this price through the end of the day today, December 19, 2014.
Like the PopSugar Must Have Box, Glossybox has also really stepped up their game in 2014. This used to be a box that I was a little “meh” on, but they’ve really impressed me over the past few months! (It all already has me wondering which box will prove to be the best of 2015?!) While PopSugar has continued to send boxes that make me feel as though I’m celebrating a birthday each and every month, Glossybox has done a tremendous job of introducing me to new brands and filling their box with top-quality products each month.
The December box was no different.
Here’s what I received in the December Glossybox:
Ciaté Mini Paint Pot in All Aglow – While this is a deluxe sample, it did inspire me to paint my nails immediately! Y’all know how much I love glitter nail polish, and this gold color is amazing. (Apparently it has flecks of red glitter, too?) This is the first time I’ve tried polish from Ciaté and while I like the way the polish applied and the way it looks, I have one small complaint: As a polish that’s made almost entirely of glitter, it flecks off quite easily, even after a top coat is applied. I took the photo above the day after polishing my nails and you can see that some of the glitter has already flecked off my index finger. That said, I think this is a great holiday polish and plan on reapplying before Christmas!
Toni & Guy Leave In Conditioner ($16.99) – Full Size Product! – One of the various boxes has sent a Toni & Guy product before that I didn’t end up using but I will definitely make use of leave-in conditioner! My mess of curls needs all the extra moisture they can get and apparently this product helps to “tame frizz and improve manageability.” Sold!