Musings of a Museum Fanatic: March 2014

3.28.2014

Free For All Friday: Eddie Izzard

Comedians aren't usually my cup of tea. I'm not one who will have videos of Dave Chappelle's tours or seek out the local comedy clubs but Eddie Izzard is definitely my exception to that rule. Way back when I was an undergrad I was taking a British history course and my professor (who was before this moment and will always be one of my favorites) played a clip from Eddie Izzard's Dress to Kill ...  



As a freshman history major how can you not think that was the most hilarious thing ever!? After seeing this clip I went back and talked to my friends on the other dorm wing. My friend Julie then shared that she actually had the Dress to Kill dvd! Of course we all know what happened next ... movie night! It was amazing. 



Eddie is a British comedian, born in Yemen and moved around to a number of places in the British Isles during his childhood. He started to toy with comedy during his time aUniversity of Sheffield. In the 1980's he would perform on the streets of the United States and Europe. After improving his material, earning some props doing stand up in Soho, and breaking into mainstream comedy through his performance on thAIDS benefit Hysteria 3 Eddie's career took off from there. Meeting and becoming friends with Robin Williams on the set of The Secret Agent, he then took Definite Article on the road with Williams. Since then he has appeared in a number of movies and TV shows including the FX drama The Riches, Across the Universe and voiced Reepicheep in the remake of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. 

One of my favorite parts of Eddie's humor is that he talks about topics I enjoy and can relate to, like history and religion.  The way he will start with one story and float into another then bring it all back together is just wonderful story telling. One thing you'll notice about Eddie's older shows is that he's wearing women's clothing. According to him he's an executive transvestite ...



I do realize I've only been sharing clips from Dress to Kill. I can't help it, out of all his shows that have been taped it's always been my favorite. Since Netflix has been awesome and put some of the discs on instant and I've been able to get the rest sent, I have expanded my horizons! Definite Article tour was in 1996, two years before Dress to Kill. For some reason I feel that you can sort of tell that it was earlier in his career and see his style more developed in Dress to Kill. Although who can go wrong with humor about playing the violin? 




Like the creeper I am I have totally been stalking Eddie's social media for years now and back in January he announced that his current tour, Force Majeure, will have an American leg! Needless to say I FREAKED out and I'm super excited to see him this summer. Now for your viewing pleasure a couple more of my favorite segments : )




3.27.2014

Bloggy Business: What To Do When You're Stuck?

Getting stuck is the one thing that seems to happen to everyone from the blogger just starting out to the person paid to do it professional. Trust me if it hasn't happened to you yet it will! Everyone approaches this mental block a little bit differently too. Here are some of my favorite things to do when I'm stuck.

Back away from the computer
This is an issue I have not only with blogging but sometimes with work, I'm doing a lot of computer work. If I've been working on an issue or post and the thoughts just aren't working right and I find after 10 minutes I'm aimless clicking between windows I realize I just need a break! When I finally realize this is what's going on I get up from where ever I am and go do another task for a bit, wash some dishes, annoy Kevin or just use the restroom. Giving your over worked and scattered brain even a five minute rest can help clear things up.

Try Something New
Sometimes it's not a mental issue it's the fact that you just ran out of all your good ideas. If that's the case try a something new! It could be anything, a new type of craft, go to a new restaurant, heck even try out a new vegetable you've never eaten before.

Start a List
I've found that working on my 101 list has been an awesome thing. Doesn't have to be as big as a 101 list. Start working on a Summer Bucket list or a list of items you want to accomplish before your next birthday. Not only do I have interesting topics to write on but I actually feel like I'm accomplishing life goals I've had for a while now. It's an awesome feeling to just be able to enhance my own life by working on those goals.

Start a Series  
No I do not mean start re-watching the entire series of Say Yes to the Dress on Netflix instant. I mean start a series on your blog. It could be a weekly series, like my Tunes on Tuesday or it could be a topic you write on all month, like my Disney Month coming up. Take a subject you love and break it down into specific topics. Take music for example on my Tunes on Tuesday I've written about my CD collection, my weird taste in music and specific bands I like such as Smashing Pumpkins.

Look Back
Go back through your old posts. Maybe there is a post where you didn't quite talk enough about this one subject or you see where you could have branched out another way but didn't. You'd be surprised how much inspiration you could find just looking back at your own writing.

Stop
Sometimes maybe the best thing for you at the moment is to just stop for a little bit because you're just entirely too burnt out on it. Blogging should be fun and enjoyable, if it's not then it's just really become another chore. I will admit some days it is a chore but I know, especially since I've planned out my topics, that if I don't write about the enjoyable topic I picked for the day I'm going to be really annoyed with myself! That means I'm just being a lazy bum that day and I need to snap out of it!

What helps you get unstuck?

3.26.2014

Humorous History

Most people tend to find history really boring. It was the classes they slept through in school or even skipped all together. I on the other hand think history can actually be quite funny and even downright hilarious if you look at the right moment or look at it in the right context.

I love all the Keanu memes, mostly because they're of him as Ted and I always picture him saying what's on said meme in the Ted voice and it's hilarious. Seriously though just think about it for a moment. Every. Single. Greek statue was a victim of Medusa .... 

When you compare what we do now to what they were doing then it really doesn't make all the selfies we take seem so bad does it? Although I will admit some people do take the whole selfie thing to the extreme. Can you imagine King Henry's instagram today? That would be the most scandalous thing ever! 

Being Lutheran and a history nerd I find this hilarious on multiple levels, which I love!

Note to self don't mess with English kings. Not only is there a good chance they'll chop off your head they always win when you play games!

Look on the bright side you might do dumb things but at least they're not "Roman Emperor sending his army to stab water" dumb!  

Gotta love a little witch trial humor! Or gallows humor if you prefer .... : D

There is so much history humor to love in this tumblr thread it's great! 

So like I said history is freaking hilarious! 



3.25.2014

Tunes on Tuesday: Top 10 Beatles Songs

I talked a few weeks ago about one of my all time favorite bands, AC/DC, and now I'm going to talk a little bit about my other all time favorite band, The Beatles. I'm just going to go ahead and assume that everyone has a basic knowledge of the Beatles because if you don't life's not worth living and you're alive to read this ... we all on the same page? Good! So instead of doing a little band bio I'm going to share my top 10 favorite Beatles songs.

I will admit it's a little obvious that I definitely love the Help! and Hard Days Night albums but it's not just the title tracks I love. One thing I've always loved about the Beatles is that they made it really easy to not only love the huge hits but the deep tracks from an album too.

Now like usual in no particular order and because honestly Beatles songs don't need an introduction here is MY top ten list of favorite Beatles songs.

10. Another Girl


9. Back in the U.S.S.R.


8. Eleanor Rigby


7. Yellow Submarine


6. Within You Without You


5. Paperback Writer


4. I'm Happy Just to Dance with You


3. Twist and Shout


2. The Night Before


1. Help!

3.21.2014

Free For All Friday: Top 10 Favorite Rom Coms

Romantic comedies are one of the best and most hilarious movie genres out there. If done right they're the perfect combination of sappy and amusement. If done right your guy will enjoy watching them with you. In no particular order here are my top ten favorites.

1. Clueless
Clueless is everything that's great about a movie all in one little well dressed Beverly Hills package. Based off one of literature's great novels, Emma, you have the quirky heroine who just wants to help her friends find love and ends up making a mess of everything, the cute love interest (gotta love a young Paul Rudd!), great fashion, weird hats and an awesome 90's soundtrack.

2. 10 Things I Hate About You

Seriously people you really can't go wrong in doing a Shakespeare adaptation. For all of us perpetually single girls it was great to see the tough and strong girl find a guy who liked her just the way she was, bribing her with a guitar helped too! It also doesn't hurt that there is a young JGL and Heath Ledger who are both oh so cute.

3. Sixteen Candles


Sixteen Candles doesn't just top my Rom Com list it's definitely on my top favorite movie's list too. What girl doesn't want to be able to get the most popular guy? I know I wanted to get him! In true romantic comedy form everyone ends up with the person who they're least likely to be with but you knew from the beginning that they should be with.

4. Bridget Jones’s Diary
I feel like if I was single at Bridget's age I would probably act the same way. Who am I kidding up until meeting Kevin I totally was that way! Bridget is an amazing character because for all of her many faults and issues she really is happy with who she is. I mean come on you have to be ok with yourself if you're going to wear a bunny costume like that. Plus it's awesome that a normal woman has two good looking men literally fighting over her.

5. The Wedding Date
Probably one of the most underrated Rom Coms I LOVE this movie. I can watch it over and over again. Long story short Kat hires Nick as an escort to her sisters wedding where her ex fiance is the best man who has done some pretty crappy things to her. For Kat she does need to realize how awesome she is and does thanks to Nick and his awesome knowledge of women! Seriously if you haven't seen it before you really net to Netflix it.

6. 27 Dresses

Pretty almost everything Kathrine Heigl is in I enjoy so obviously one involving some killer dress up moments would be one of my favorites her films. I can definitely relate the being the OCD controlling type and no I didn't say the OCD cleaning type Stephanie! I mean come on look at that closet with all the dresses she's kept from the years, I feel like I'm looking in a mirror : )

7. Never Been Kissed

I already talked about my Drew Barrymore love so I don't need to expound on this one much : ) Can you see a trend in the movies I like?

8. She's All That
Typical high school rom com, hot jock, geeky art girl, evil popular chick to be taken down, a makeover and a killer dance number. It's one of the classics.

9. Can't Hardly Wait
While you're watching Can't Hardly Wait you feel like it's just a goofy teen comedy but really when you boil the plot down to it's essence it's a romantic teen comedy. Who doesn't love a guy who believes in all these different signs that you're the one for him? Oh and don't forget about writing you a love letter! Guys don't write enough love letters anymore ... hint hint Kevin!!  

10. My Big Fat Greek Wedding



Another one of my all time favorite movies this one definitely takes the cake. Killer one liners paired with everything Greek it's a great time. Going along with my favorite theme of finding the guy who loves you for you and your family for your family. It reminds me a lot of my family. Not so intense but the same sentiments. 

3.20.2014

WW Individual Chocolate Souffles


In an effort to keep my sweet tooth satisfied but also keep up with my attempt to loose weight, I've been looking into some of the Weight Watcher recipes I have acquired before and am getting in the current material. This recipe is found in the Weight Watchers 360 starter book.  I picked this guy because these are all ingredients we have on hand, especially in the small quantities the recipe calls for.


WW Individual Chocolate Souffles

Ingredients:
2 Sprays cooking spray
1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa
1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp granulated sugar, separated
3 Tbsp low-fat chocolate milk
1 large egg white
1/2 tsp powdered sugar

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat two ramekins (6oz) with cooking spray.

2. In small saucepan over medium heat whisk cocoa, flour, and 2 Tbsp granulated sugar. Add milk. Cooking until smooth, stirring constantly.


3. Remove from heat and cool for 5 minutes.



4. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl whisk egg white until soft peaks start to form. slowly add remaining 1 Tbsp granulated sugar. Continue beating until soft peaks form.


5. Fold cooled chocolate mixture into whites, a little at a time, until no white steaks appear.


6. Pour batter into ramekins. Bake for about 14-16 minutes, until set and tops look dry.


7. Dust with powered sugar and serve warm!


3.19.2014

About Me: Pin Me

It's so amazing how there are so many memes and pins that can so accurately describe me. Sometimes it'a almost down right scary since you know someone else put it there to begin with and that means you're not the only one!! In the effort to share more about me personally I thought I'd share some of the ridiculous pins that oh so perfectly describe me. I have way to many on my About Me board but what can I say I'm a complex person with some complex weirdness going on! I'm really hoping that I'm not the only one with some of these too : )
Yup exactly. The 90's are also only about 10 years ago too ... right????

 Every. Single. Time. I literally just did this at Kevin's parents house last night. Their basement light is at the bottom of the stairs (terrible idea!) and I had to get something of ours from our storage area. So much running and shutting eyes. 

 I will also go out of my way for that crunchy looking leaf as well. 

 Just ask Kevin : D
 I obviously have issues with the dark and being alone. I'm working on them

Obviously doing it this way is waaaaaaaaay more fun too. 

We all know you have to press harder to make the character jump higher or whatever duh! This is why I'm nervous for our all day video game marathon. My fingers might fall off!!






3.18.2014

Tunes on Tuesday: the 1960's

It seems I'm on a bit of a 1960's kick lately, starting off last week with professing my love for the Gidget movies and now sharing some of my favorite tunes from the 1960's. I have always been a huge fan of rock and roll music from the 1960's. Growing up we always had the oldies station on the radio or one of my dad's cassette tapes in whatever was the closest player.

The 1960's were an amazing time for music! Rock and roll was will new and so many great things were being done with it. It became so many different sounds and types in really just a short period of time. The rock and roll of the 60's was being taken by people who made it their own and molded it how they thought it should be.

Girl power was born in the 1960's!! You had amazing rock divas like Aretha and Cher who started off their long and illustrious careers. There were tons of amazing girl groups too. The Ronettes, The Shangri-Las and The Shirelles (to name just a few) were topping charts like no other. I always had this dream about starting my own girl group like the ones from the 1960's, they just always seem so poised and cool.



The British were coming in droves to the U.S. and not just ones that sounded like the Beatles. The Rolling Stones and the Kinks were tearing things up with insane guitar riffs and lyrics. I can remember when I was younger listening to the Kinks all the time with my dad. Theirs songs don't necessarily seem so full of raw emotion with how today's music sounds but I did and still think they have that unbridled passion.


The U.S. wasn't slacking though turning out crooners like the Righteous Brothers, Percy Sledge, and Marvin Gaye. The African American groups such as the Four Tops, The Temptations and The Chambers Brothers playing songs that just stick with you for the rest of your life.
  


Another movement during the 60's was that of folk rock. Folk was pioneered early on by artists like Woody Guthrie, people like Joan Baez and Bob Dylan came along and really melded folk and rock together making it more mainstream. Taking what they started groups like the Mamas and the Papas, Lovin' Spoonful and Crosby, Stills & Nash moved to using electric instrumentation but with the folk sound.



Drugs ended up being a huge influence in both songs and types of music that emerged, the most prevalent one being psychedelic rock. It seemed that every band had a song that "referred" to drugs, even today so many songs are still questionable about whether or not they're referring to drugs. Jimi Hendrix and others propelled the crazy psychedelic guitar riffs into immortality. Some songs it seems you can only understand if you're on drugs. Psychedelic rock is just nuts. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is one of my all time favorite songs. For years I would listen to this song on repeat ... on my record player. Pretty sure my parents would have thought I was on drugs if I wasn't in fifth grade!
     

After starting to write this post I realized there was no way I could really do any of the artists and songs I love so much from the 1960's any justice by doing one post. So let's just call this one a brief outline and a taste of what is more to come later on Tunes on Tuesday. Here is a couple more of my all time favorites : )





3.14.2014

Free For All Friday: Gidget

If you haven't come to realize this about me yet, I tend to be an old soul type of person and it definitely shows up in my likes. I love the Beatles (although who doesn't), I love reading about really old things, and my taste in old movies like Gidget

For those of you who have never heard the term Gidget before it's your lucky day! Back in the late 50's Gidget was a character was created by author Frederick Kohner in his book Gidget, Little Girl Big Problems. He based her off his daughter, Kathy, and her exploits in the Malibu surf culture. After that first book seven sequels were made along with three movies. Somewhere during my childhood I encountered said movies and totally fell in love with them.

Gidget, the first of the three films, stars Sandra Dee, James Darren and Cliff Robertson as the three lead charactersFrancie/Gidget (Sandra Dee) is your typical tomboy, develops much later than the other girls type of girl. During a man-hunt to the beach and a daring rescue by Moondoggie/Jeff (James Darren) on surf board she is in love with the sport of surfing and Moondoogie. Getting a board, teaching herself how to surf and making friends with all the guys, who fondly nickname her Gidget (Girl + Midget = Gidget). After some crazy escapades involving multiple attempts to get Moondoggie's attention, including an attempt to become a woman with the much older Big Kahuna (Cliff Robertson). I don't want to give away the surprise ending but it's definitely a fun one!        


Next up in the supposed trilogy is Gidget Goes Hawaiian. An obvious location for the surf obsessed crew, this film sees a new red headed Gidget (Deborah Walley) and her parents head off to Hawaii after being wrongly encouraged to go by her than boyfriend Jeff. Obviously he should know that he should say Gidget should stay in Malibu. Silly boy what was he thinking? After meeting some new friends on the plane including the conniving Abby (Vicki Trickett), Gidget is still pining for Jeff. Her well meaning father gets him to fly out and chaos ensues. Gidget and Jeff are annoyed at each other, Gidget flirts with one of the other boys, Jeff flirts with Abby, Jeff is concerned when Gidget takes a tumble on the water skis, Gidget stays out all night and so much other drama it will make your head spin! Like most movies from this time everything ends well and everyone is friends again.      



In the third and final movie Gidget Goes to Rome she persuades her parents to let her go on a trip with her friends and the boys, chaperoned by one of the boy's aunts and her fun dogs. After arriving Jeff starts to fall for their bombshell tour guide and an old war time pal of Gidget's father turns up to keep an eye on her (asked by her father of course!). As they take in the sites, which include multiple day dreams and messes by Gidget, everyone seems to be having a grand old time. Although Gidget ends up biting off more than she can chew with a 'Dolce Vita' cocktail party and falling in love with a much older man. As usual though things end up just as they should be : )

These movies might be a little tame compared to ones these days but they are full of humor and fun. I would definitely recommend heading to your local library and picking up one of the movies or if you're really committed it's only $13 on Amazon for all three. Of course I already have the complete set  and it's totally worth the investment : )   

3.13.2014

Pampered Chef: New Spring Products

My two favorite times of the year in the Pampered Chef world are September and March ... when the new season of products comes out! Like usual the Pampered Chef did not disappoint with the new spring products.

This season a bunch of the products got a new face lift and turned blue! We have the Cobalt Blue Color Coated Tomato Knife and the Cutting Board — Cobalt Blue to name just a couple. Of course all of those products would be the ones I already have ... you always need an upgrade right?

I am super excited about the new additions to the Bamboo line. Not only do we have a large Bamboo Platter again but there are some great pieces to help around the house like the Bamboo Charging Station and my new favorite the Bamboo Tablet Stand which holds your cookbooks. I am so insanely excited about the Tablet stand it's ridiculous. I've been hoping for a cookbook holder since I started and it is even better than I hoped since it's part of the bamboo line.

This season the Pampered Chef came up with an entirely new line of products as well ... Gardening tools!! The Pampered Chef is extremely committed to bringing families together and since people are becoming more concerned with where their meals come from this category was a natural fit. Like any Pampered Chef tool these garden tools are top of the line with full tang construction and ergonomic grips these guys are going to wow the gardener in your house.  Unfortunately for us I can't do a full on garden but I'm going to be trying my hand at herbs again and I know the Garden Trowel is going to be a huge help and a great all purpose one for my little balcony garden. Next month in April (just in time for Mother's day!) there will be special garden tool gift sets that include a special Garden Tote!

Kevin has even been super excited about some of the new spring products ... the expansion of the On the Go pieces and now that some of them come in black and grey! Although I still don't see why he wouldn't want to rock out The Pampered Chef® On-the-Go Insulated Beverage Cooler — Paisley Dot? Silly boys! The one piece I know is going to have a fight over is the new The Pampered Chef® On-the-Go Trunk Organizer. As soon as Kevin saw it in the new catalog he wanted it, I will probably have to stash mine in my car immediately! With three huge pockets that can be collapsed and multiple mesh side pockets for all your little items this guy is perfect for those in need of some serious car organization help. Plus with Velcro on the bottom this guy isn't going anywhere!
The Pampered Chef has also come out with just some great new gadget type items. We've been using the new Mini Scoop 'N Drain and the oh so helpful Cord Wraps already. Pretty sure I need to get at least four more of the Cord Wraps to really get things organized but it's a good start. Maybe they should make bigger ones for my under the sink dryer and straightener cord messes. There are fun new products too, like our new "Batter Me Up" and "Stressed is Desserts ..." scrapers. Besides being a perfect size in great colors they have measurements on the reverse! Can you guess which color I got?

These are just a few of the new spring products the Pampered Chef has for you this spring! Check out this video from the Pampered Chef YouTube page highlighting ALL of the new products. Be sure to let me know if you have any questions or if you want to get in on some great deals like the Garden Tool gift sets coming up in April.
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3.12.2014

Naper Settlement

One of my all time favorite places to both visit and work at throughout the years has definitely been the Naper Settlement. An open air museum located in Naperville, IL (30 miles outside of downtown Chicago) it's a great place for everyone, both kids and adults. Started in the late 60's with the saving of St. John's Episcopal church. The church was moved to the already donated Martin-Mitchell land (which included the Mansion).


Since that time more historical buildings from the area have been moved to the property and been reconstructed to make it an entire village. I was a volunteer in the Print Shop for a summer, telling people about the first printing presses  and to mind their "p"s and "q"s. There is also a Blacksmith shop (which is run by volunteers and staff trained to metal smith), Pioneer Cabin, the Fort, and a ton of other really neat buildings. During the summer most, if not all, of the buildings are open to the public with costumed interpreters in each.


Not a huge outdoors fan? Well there are the typical museum exhibitions found inside the Pre-Emption house. In the basement of the Pre-Emption house is the permanent exhibit "Brushstrokes of the Past". Which is an interactive exhibit that tells the story of Naperville through the paintings of Les Schrader. Taking you through the very first days of Naperville when it was settled by Joe Naper it brings you right up to the present day. On the main floor there is a temporary exhibit space that currently hosts the very interactive exhibit "Food For Thought".


Naper Settlement also hosts a vast array of programs throughout the year.  One of my all time favorites is Civil War Days coming up this May. It's a wonderful weekend of re-enacting. They also do lecture series and walking tours of downtown Naperville. The past couple of years the Settlement has been branching out and having more mainstream events on the property, such as an ale fest and bridal showcases being hosted on the property.


Visiting:

Being right in downtown Naperville it's very easy to get to the Settlement. The Metra BNSF line goes right through downtown and it's a short walk from there. I wouldn't recommend walking in the winter time but in the summer you can take in the beautiful sights of the downtown Riverwalk area and make a fabulous day out of it. You can easily drive there from all directions too.

It's $12 for adults and $8 for children (if you're a Naperville resident with ID you get in free!) so it's a great price for a fun day. If you head there in the winter the prices are much cheaper but the buildings aren't open (only for special events), even still the grounds are beautiful in the winter time.

Kevin's Mom, Kevin, Kevin's Dad, Bethany's Mom, Bethany's Dad, Bethany, Me and Louie at the Ale Fest

3.11.2014

Tunes on Tuesday: How I Feel When I Listen to Music

Music has always been a huge part of my life. I started playing the violin in third grade, I was a part of every play/musical both in school and through Sunday school up until college. I can remember hearing my dad play his guitar and singing when I was pretty small and oldies were a background staple throughout my entire life. To say I like or even love music is putting it mildly. Not even sure there is a word strong enough to describe my feelings about music. I mean come on I've been dedicating a day each week to it!

It's always funny what kind of mood I'm in when listening to songs. This first pin cannot describe how I listen to music any better! I'm also a terrible channel surfer when I'm listening to the radio in my car. Must always flip through all my channels first just to make sure there isn't a better song on, then commit to the one I want to listen to.


Even now after listening to music for my entire 28 years it still amazes me how much it can make you feel. Certain songs instantly bring you back to that one summer when you were little or can remind you of that one friend or boyfriend you have tried to block out of your memory. It gives you that warm feeling of remembering family or makes you enjoy that righteous anger you're feeling as you bust it out on the treadmill. Seriously though that little girl is me every time one of "my songs" comes on. 



Being a snob about my music is also an important part of my musical experience. If I'm not a fan of said song or said genre *cough cough Country cough* it's tough cookies. Certain music will definitely not be played around me if I can help it and I will defend my music to the bitter end!


Music is just so darn awesome. I challenge anyone to tell me they don't have one song that hasn't moved them or doesn't have a memory for them. Doesn't matter the genre or anything, everyone has that with music. That's just how life is. Music is life. 
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3.10.2014

Pretty Little Beauty Swap

SO I'm a little late to the link up game with Southern Beauty Guide's Pretty Little Beauty Swap but I wanted to share anyways : )

I was paired up with the fabulous Krista over at Kristie's Blue Jeans. It was great getting to know her. We decided straight off that getting to know people through these swaps is always awkward for the first couple of emails. She is a huge nail polish fan, doesn't leave home without her rosewater balm from C.O. Bigelow and like me isn't a huge fan of wearing yellows. 

Krista hooked me up with some fabulous beauty swag. I'm totally loving the Nivea Creme. Tried out the Wet & Wild lipstick today, I love how silky smooth it goes on but I think I have to play with the amount though. I put it on really thick at first and got a little clown going on haha. Blotted a few times and we were good to go!

 I haven't used the Body shop items yet but they smell divine. Is it sad that I'm very excited about the little loofah? It's a perfect travel size guy. I don't know why you can't find them more often in a smaller size, it really is quite handy. Super excited to have some new polish colors to add to my collection. 
Head over to Southern Beauty Guide to check out some more of the swaps that went down.