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Travel Tuesday-Eastport Beach & Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland

April 30, 2013
I'm linking up for Travel Tuesdays and am sharing some of my pictures from my trip to Newfoundland, Canada.  I went in the summer of 2010 to visit my friend Leann whom I met while teaching English in Seoul, Korea.

We left our base in St. Johns to go on a little road trip, stopping at Eastport Beach along the way.

You know how people joke that they're taking the scenic route when they take a wrong turn?  Well, I'm glad we went down the wrong road because it allowed for us to see this view, which Leann told me was "typical Newfoundland."

We stopped and got some poutine at a cute place called Whimsicals. 

We camped overnight near Gros Morne National Park.  Thank goodness Leann knew about pitching the tent because I had never been camping before besides in a swag, which doesn't require much assembly!

The next day we were up and at 'em for our hike up Gros Morne.  Some parts were harder to climb than I expected, but this is coming from someone who is extremely unathletic.

A moose!

We went to a butterfly house on our way back, too.

Hopefully I'll be able to link up for Travel Tuesday next week, too!  Then I can share my pics from St. John's.  What a great trip...Leann was a fabulous host, and I hope that one day I can return the favor and that she'll come visit me in the States!

April 2013 Glossybox Work that Beauty

April 29, 2013
Here are the contents of my April 2013 "Work that Beauty" themed box.

The contents card:

Alterna Haircare Bamboo Style Boho Waves Tousled Texture Mist- I was so excited about getting this product!!  I have naturally wavy hair, and at the beginning of the day the waves look nice, but by the end of the day my hair either looks frizzy or like I forgot to brush my hair--I assure you that I DO brush it!  I tried some of this out today and my wavy hair stayed wavier longer!  I loved the effect, and I'm not really a believer in most hair products.  I don't know how it would work for those with straight or curly hair, though.  

Bvlgari Eau Parfumée au thé blanc- This Bvlgari product is actually a tea bag that can be used in the bath tub to scent the water.  Although I am more of a shower girl, this product interests me because I haven't ever seen anything like it before...at least not in the form of a tea bag! 

The Honest Company Honest Organic Lip Balm- The scent I received was Orange Vanilla which seems to be the scent that most Glossybox subscribers are receiving.  Before using it, the product was completely unscented, but once I applied it, I could smell it on my lips.  As someone on the Make Up Talk Forums described it, it smells like a creamsicle!  I did not think I would be excited about a lip gloss that has no color, but the scent was so good that it won me over on the product.

Tigi Cosmetics Glow Blush- This item came as no surprise since Glossybox promoted their box by showing spoilers for this.  It is a full size and valued at $22, which is more than the cost of a one month subscription to Glossybox.  I love it when one item retails for more than what the box sells for.  It makes me feel like I am getting a good deal.  I'm very satisfied with the color and overall look of the blush.  The shade that I got is called Brilliance. 

Wash With Joe Coffeemint Invigorating Body Wash- I never knew that they made coffee scented body wash!  I like the smell of coffee especially in the morning because drinking a cup is a part of my daily routine.  While drinking a real cup of coffee will help wake me up, this body wash will also do the same thing because it is very strongly scented of coffee and mint.  I wish the sample was larger than the 1 oz. we received, but don't I always want more?  

Le Métier de Beauté Replenishing Daily Solution- This small, foil sample was already given out in January's Man Repeller Box, but since Glossybox decided to make this a member's exclusive, I see it as an extra bonus.  The card that the foil is attached to also has the promo code: Glossybox on it so that Glossybox subscribers can save $75 on the product.   Even with the $75 off, it still costs $150 which is way out of my price range.  I will still enjoy using the sample, though. 

In my opinion this was another great month for Glossybox!  As a side note, the Glossy mag was missing from the box in order to save paper in honor of Earth Day.  The web version of the magazine can be accessed from their site.  I'm not a huge fan, but may take a look if I have some extra time.

What product appeals to you the most from this month's box?

Throwback Thursday #2

April 25, 2013
Linking up for Throwback Thursday!  Today my Throwback photos aren't that old, but since I just finished up my coursework, I decided to include pictures of myself with my cohort.

Three years ago, I decided to go back to school to get my Master's degree in Early Childhood Education.  In order to get into the Master's program, I had to take one year of pre-requisite classes.  The first class I took was Art Education.  You would think that an Art Ed. class would be a piece of cake, but it was a ton of work!!  Even though it was intense at the time, looking back, it was probably one of my favorite classes.

My prof modeled a lot of lessons for us, and we got to participate in them and make the crafts.  

After completing my year of pre-req's I entered an M.Ed program with 12 other students.  We were part of a cohort that took almost every class together for the last 2 years.  

Social Studies Methods

My teaching partner and I in the field

Study break

In Haiti, where I went to participate in the Keep Books Project

Early Childhood Educators--We collected those donations for a high poverty school as a part of our service learning project.

It's certainly going to be strange not seeing these faces on a regular basis anymore!  I know that I made some friends for life, though!

Done with my Master's! (and a few random thoughts thrown in)

April 24, 2013
Last night I wrote my final eight page paper and submitted it via e-mail, so now I am 100% totally and completely done with my Master's degree!  It is such a satisfying feeling.  I had two glasses of sweet red wine to celebrate, and then was extremely lazy and watched four episodes of The Vampire Diaries because I could!!  I didn't leave the house once and wore my pajama bottoms all day.  Yes, having a day like that was much needed...so much so that I even decided to mention it on here.  I also finished reading the book Safe Haven that I received in my February Pop Sugar Must Have Box, and just had an overall relaxing, calm, peaceful day that wasn't predetermined for me.  My sister called and mentioned that I sounded way different, and that there was no longer a "rushed" tone to my voice like there usually is.  She noticed that about me before I even told her that I was officially finished, which must have said something about my prior stress levels.  My cohort will be going out for Mexican food tomorrow to celebrate with our professors, and then that chapter of my life will be closed. 

The other good news is that I got two substitute teaching jobs lined up for May at a small, rural school district.  Now I can at least earn back the money I spent on paying for my sub license, and along with a little extra for my trip.  I'm really excited because one day I'll be subbing for a kindergarten class, which is my grade of choice (though I also love 1st grade).

On another random note, I also found out that they are releasing a follow up to the movies Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, which are two of my favorites.  The next movie in the sequence is titled Before Midnight, and I had no idea that they were even making this movie, so finding this information out came as a very pleasant surprise!  I hope it is as well made as the first two are.

One last subject change before I turn in for the night...
I am VERY curious about Drew Barrymore's new makeup line called Flower.  I really want to try out some of those products, and the good news is that they are available at Wal-mart and are affordable.  Have any of y'all tried stuff from her line?  Thoughts??  I will probably be checking out this out soon!

Mini Lush Haul

April 22, 2013
My awesome sister got me some Lush products to try out for my birthday!  Here's what she picked out for me.

From left to right: Godiva Solid Shampoo Hair Stick, Whoosh Shower Jelly, and a Sugar Scrub.

Godiva Solid Shampoo ($11.95)- My sis knows I am a fan of Lush's solid shampoos.  They are very convenient, especially when traveling.  I don't have to worry about shampoo exploding on a flight or about the liquid restrictions.  The solid shampoos are also lightweight compared to bottles of liquid shampoo.  I'm going to save this shampoo for my trip to Africa!  I did try it out yesterday, though.  It left my hair looking shiny and feeling soft.  Also, my hair looked a lot less frizzy than usual, but this may have been due to the weather here.  I'll have to keep trying it to be sure on that one. This solid shampoo smells very strongly of jasmine.  If you don't like that smell, in no way would I recommend this shampoo to you!  Even by the end of the day I could still smell the jasmine in my hair--the scent really lingers, which is of course good if you like that smell.  I usually prefer fruity scents or fruity florals as opposed to straight up floral scents, which this definitely is.  So, next time I'll let my sister know this.  Still, it was fun to try out this product and I really liked the results!
One last thing about this shampoo is that it is supposed to be a conditioner, too.  There are conditioning oils in the shampoo, but never, ever has a 2-in-1/shampoo and conditioner been sufficient for my hair.  I always have to have a separate conditioner for my hair if I expect to get a brush through it.  This product was no exception to the rule, so make sure you have some extra conditioner with you when trying it out for the first time.

A Sugar Scrub- ($6.25)-I was really excited about trying out this sugar scrub, but overall, this product did not meet my expectations.  The product has ginger, lavender, and fennel in it, so it did smell nice, but when I used it on my skin it hurt!  I wasn't even really pressing down on it hard, and it was just too painful to bear on my arms and legs.  I ended up using it on the soles of my feet which didn't cause me any pain, but I expected to use this as a body scrub.  The worst part of it all is that you are not supposed to put this scrub directly under running water or it will "melt."  I adhered to this, but my scrub still dissolved into a mess. See pic below.  I would recommend avoiding this product.  Lush does have tons of great items to choose from, and you wouldn't want to be stuck with this!

I'll try to pick up and use what I can, but overall a lot of this is going to get wasted.

And, because I want to end on a positive note, the last product I'm going to talk about is one that I love.

Whoosh Shower Jelly ($6.95)- When I first got this, I didn't know what it was or what to do with it!  Apparently, it can be used as a body wash, shaving gel, or even as shampoo.  When using it, if you just pull a piece off and try to use it directly on your body, it tends to be very slippery which leads to it dropping and going down the drain.  It's much better to break off a piece and use it with a loofah.  The great news is that you don't even need that much to get a good lather going.  I think this jelly will last me awhile, and I LOVE the citrusy smell of grapefruit, lemons, and lime.  If you read the lid it says that Whoosh is good to use to help wake you up when studying for tests, so I know that is why my sister got it for me, which was pretty thoughtful of her. :)

What are your favorite Lush products?  Have you tried the Sugar Scrub, and was your experience as disastrous as mine?

Happies and Crappies

April 19, 2013
I thought I would join in on this Happies/Crappies fun, so I'm linking up with The Vintage Modern Wife.

1. I finished up the bulk of my coursework for my Master's of Education degree this week.
2.  At first I was extremely irritated to find out that my graduation will be delayed until August because of a study abroad opportunity I'm taking advantage of, but then I realized that it will also delay my loan repayments for a few more months, and that = happiness!
3. In less than a month I'll be in the very beautiful Cape Town, South Africa.
4.  I received a $1,000 grant for my study abroad trip and that should be arriving in my account within the next 10 days.
5. Since I work at a movie theatre, I get to see free movies, but I just never have time to do so.  Today I actually had time, and went and saw The Host.  It was a lot better than I thought it was going to be, AND I got the whole theatre to myself!!  I love it when that happens!
6.  I got my substitute teaching license in the mail last week so that I can hopefully earn some extra cash before the end of the school year.  Won't it be nice to get paid after doing oh my gosh...almost 1,000 hours of student teaching/field work!
7.  I'm working with someone who is going to design my blog.  I love her work, and can't wait til it is finished.  I feel like some people really do judge a blog by its cover, and mine doesn't look so swift right now.
8. My professor asked if I would write an article to be published in her new book.  I'm happy but also scared about this.
1. I still have one more paper to do in order to finish up my degree...I told myself I was going to do it today, but I went and saw The Host instead and now I am doing this.  I just have no more motivation left!
2. While I am estatic that my program is ending so that I can move on with life and start my career, I'm a little sad about not seeing those in my cohort on a regular basis.  There are 13 of us in the cohort, and we have had almost every single class together for the past 2 years.  Two of the guys in the cohort have become my really good friends, and one of them will soon be moving to Savannah.  :(
I'm going to miss him!
3. I'm worried that my delayed graduation will affect my chances of getting a job.  Also, I'm not going to apply until after I get back from South Africa.  The whole interview/moving thing stresses me out--I love traveling, but in day to day life I am a creature of habit that loves a routine.
My Crappies aren't really that crappy...more just some worries.  Wow, writing this was almost therapeutic!