February 18, 2013

5 Years Blogging, A Few Favorites, and a Giveaway!

Tomorrow marks 5 years writing on this blog.  I have never marked the "blogiversary" before.  As I said before, I don't like to look back and read too much of what I wrote.  Until I just recently checked, I never knew when I started writing here.  Normally I wouldn't make any deal out of it, but I figured 5 years is a long time.  So for those that have been around a while, thanks for reading and encouraging me.  If you are new, thanks for stopping by, and I hope you'll continue to follow me on this journey.  While I blog for me, I also enjoy connecting with all of you.

Now I just wanted to talk about a few of my favorite things lately.

I blogged about Benefit's They're Real mascara last month.  I still really love it.  I recently had a sample of Korres Volcanic Minerals Volumizing Mascara.  I made my husband take before and after photos of my lashes.  I was going to post a comparison the two, but honestly, you couldn't see much of a difference in the photos.  Up close my husband liked Benefit's They're Real a little more.  I like the smoothness of the application with They're Real too.  They're Real is creamy and thick, whereas the Korres was a bit drier during application.  So for right now Benefit is my go to mascara.
Winter is hard on my skin.  I am always looking for something to keep it hydrated.  Also, I'm getting a bit old and need to worry about wrinkles and lines.  So anything with anti-aging properties is on my list to try.  A few weeks ago I purchased Josie Maran Argan Oil.  They should just call this miracle oil.  There are so many ways you can use this:  in the bath for total body moisturizing, on your face as a moisturizer/treatment, on your cuticles, on split ends, pretty much for anything dry.  You can even use it on your baby as it is 100% pure Argan oil.  Leah had a very dry area on her lower belly, probably from the diaper wicking moisture.  I had tried several diaper creams and nothing was working.  After one day of Argan oil, the red, dryness was gone.  I'm not joking.  After that I was sold on this product.  Seriously give it a try.  And if you are afraid of oil breaking out your skin, most of the reviewers say that it hasn't for them.  Plus the other reason I love this is because of the Josie Maran Cosmetics company; their slogan is "Luxury with a Conscience".  Not only does she have an organic beauty line but she also gives back.

For Valentine's day Pat surprised me with an iPod Nano.  I had a really, really old ipod shuffle from about 8 years ago....seriously old school.  One of my goals this spring/summer is to get running.  I hate running, but I love music so hopefully that will keep me moving.  Pat also got me some iTunes gift cards to load some music.  It was so much fun to pick out music.  I think I may be addicted to iTunes now.

Since I'm celebrating my 5 years on the blog, I wanted to do a giveaway in appreciation for those of you that take the time to read what I write.  I sincerely appreciate each comment/e-mail you leave me.  While I don't blog to have "followers", it is nice to know people care about what I have to say and what is going on for me.  So as a thank you, I'm giving away a .5 oz Josie Maran Argan Oil, a travel size Benefit They're Real Mascara so you can try it yourself, and a $15 iTunes Gift Card.  You don't have to "follow" me to enter, but I would love it if you did stick around ;)


21 comments:

Nicole said...

Congrats on 5 years of blogging! That is a long time.
I think my favorite things lately is Nonni's Toffee Almond biscotti. I just discovered these little low cal treats. Love them!

Monica said...

Congrats on 5 years! Ya know, I don't know if I have a favorite thing! I always see people doing these types of things and I love reading them, but I've never ever done one because I'm not sure I have favorite things. I would say recently my favorite thing has been my sewing machine, but I guess the other side to that is 95% of my stuff is on it's way across the Atlantic right now. Thanks for doing a giveaway!!

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

Congrats on your big day!!

i always have my ipod around & listen to music - it really makes your day. depending on my mood & can uplifted you out of a terrible mood. have a great week. take care. ( :

Alison said...

Congrats! 5 years really is a long time! I have seen numerous blogs come and go over the years, but I have loved reading your's over the years (and staying in touch).

Breanna said...

I'm loving Maybelline Volum Express Cat Eyes mascara, but I've heard such good things about this Benefit mascara!

Bethany said...

I can't seem to get away from decorating with more and more foliage…I'm going crazy for green!

jen @ grown in southern ground said...

my latest favorite thing is spinach and goat cheese pizza!

Breanna said...

Congrat on 5 years! caramel frappachinos and froyo :)

Hanging with the Greens! said...

Congrats on 5 years of blogging!!!


I think my favorite things lately is a pink owl coffee mug from one of my students for Valentine's Day! It's so cute and pink! :)

Hi, I'm Lacey said...

I am new here and am excited to have found your blog! Congrats on the 5 years of blogging! :)

Chelsea said...

I just started following your blog (Laura from Between the Lines shared your link). Congrats on 5 years of blogging! One of my favorite things lately is my new bare minerals makeup :) my skin has gone crazy since I had my son 2 months ago, breaking out like I'm a teenager again, and this stuff feels so nice and is supposedly better for my skin. We shall see, but at least it looks good! :)

Patty Dixon said...

Congrats on 5 years! New reader from Laura's blog!

One of my favorite things is Smith's Minted Rose Lip Balm. This stuff works wonders for dry/chapped lips! I love it and highly recommend it! :)

andthenwelaughed said...

Congratulations on 5 years. Woohoo!

Karen @ And Then We Laughed

The Fischer Family said...

Happy blogiversary my friend! I'm glad we met at the blot party years ago! It's been so fun following you ever since! My favorite thing right now is probably my bb cream. I use one from Aveeno and it is awesome!!

Kate@StillRoomToGrow said...

5 years!! Way to go! i am really loving coconut oil, it has so many useful benefits!!

Jenn said...

Five years is seriously an achievement! A long time to stick with something like blogging. :) I am currently in a long-term relationship with- not my blog, but- guacamole. I just can't get enough of it for some reason. And the 100 calorie snack packs stay fresh for weeks! Amazing, I tell you.

Stephanie said...

I have developed a serious love for quinoa! I could eat it everyday and am a little addicted to trying new recipes from Pinterest!

Dee said...

Congrats on five years of blogging! :) One my favorite things recently is kiwis. For some reason I can't get enough of them for snacks, desserts, toppings etc! :)

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Karrie S said...

Congrats! hmm. One thing I love recently is vintage dresses (shabby apple)

PalouseMom said...

Congrats on 5 years! Wow!! I am loving our new shower... silly maybe but it twice the size of our old one and after a long hard workout it feels sublime!

rachel said...

Target!! :) I love all the cardigans they have.

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