I am reading Divergent by Veronica Roth on Audible

Yesterday I was watching various videos on youtube and through the rabbit hole was eventually led to this DIY video about creating an at home coffee and tea bar by Blair Fowler, who is best known as juicystar07 for her awesome make-up videos. Blair was also promoting her free audiobook download link from Audible (and specifically the book she was reading at the time – Divergent by Veronica Roth.

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves… or it might destroy her.

I have never been a huge fan of audiobooks, but after being inspired by the Fowler girl’s amount of reading despite leading busy lives (in a different video, Elle Fowler mentioned that she reads multiple books at a time! HOLY CRAP!). After hearing this, I really wanted to get back into reading like I used to before college. The most recent series I read was The Hunger Games series last year, and before that only a few books here and there. Warm Bodies and World War Z are still sitting on my bookshelf unfinished. In high school I would read at least a book a week!

I followed the link listed in the video’s description (http://audible.com/blair) and proceeded to my one month free trial at Audible. A subscription is normally $14.95 a month, which seems a little steep to me for only one book, but I read somewhere that they offer another deal for 50% off the first three months.

After some browsing, I ended up purchasing Divergent because of Blair’s recommendation and because it is going to be released as a movie early next year! Once I downloaded the app on my iPhone, I was ready to listen.

At first I was skeptical. I have not had a lot of experience with audiobooks, and I was not sure that I would have the focus to give the book my full attention (I am a horrible multitasker). But after about an hour, I was completely acclimated into the world and able to visualize what was happening. I listened while I was at work and was mostly able to do both tasks and only had to rewind a few times. So far I am enjoying the experience.

Audible makes listening to audiobooks very simple. My favorite feature is the “rewind 30 seconds” function. I find myself using it constantly if I missed something or wanted to further analyze a section. You can also fast forward 30 seconds, bookmark a section, speed up the speaker, set a timer to stop reading (perfect for bedtime), move between chapters with one click, and probably more I haven’t needed or discovered yet.

Overall, audible is a great way to listen to and purchase your audiobooks. I suppose my only complaint is the monthly price tag.

*edit – Blair was actually promoting the book Requiem by Lauren Oliver in that video, but in this video that I watched next she mentioned Divergent.. my bad :D

Kanvess – Prints of your Instagram Photos

I ordered 6 prints from Kanvess.com, a site that will print your Instagram photos in cute little 3×3 inch squares, for my gift to Jake for our 6 month anniversary (I will post the pics when the custom frame from Etsy comes in). They cost a reasonable 25 cents each with $1.50 shipping (there is a 6 photo minimum).

From this transaction, I am very impressed with Kanvess. The site is sleek and easy to use, and the app is tremendously helpful. Once I decided on Kanvess, it only took a few minutes to have my order placed.

The prints shipped and arrived within a few days and the quality is fairly nice. I especially love that they offer the hard to find 3×3 size, although it would be nice if they offered more sizes, which is, in my opinion, their biggest downside.

All in all, I will definitely use Kanvess again when I need more Instagram prints! I see a cool Instagram collage in my future!

Poshmark… the new eBay for trendsetters?

If you haven’t heard of Poshmark yet, then I apologize ahead of time for further addicting you to online shopping. I found Poshmark randomly one day a few months ago, and I have been addicted to it ever since!

So, what is Poshmark?

Poshmark is a simple and fun way to buy and sell fashion.
Shop the closets of women across America – and sell yours too!

Ever wish you had a style-mate and could shop her closet? Now you can. Poshmark connects you to people whose style you adore, allowing you to shop their closets, anytime you’d like.
Have items in your closet that you love, but just don’t wear anymore? List it for sale on Poshmark in less than 60 seconds. Sell what you have in your closet so you can shop for what you really love today.

With Poshmark, you’ll fall in love with your closet… again.

Check out this page to learn more about how Poshmark works: https://poshmark.com/what_is_poshmark

I personally have already sold $40 worth of shoes in my closet I had never worn and were just collecting dust. I have spent over $200 with Poshmark collecting James Avery jewelry, boots, perfume, etc. at a much lower cost than it would have been if I had bought them new somewhere else. Poshmark is an amazing resource for the fashion forward girls who are also on a budget.

I use Poshmark on my iPhone, which is sooo dangerous because I can shop ANY TIME I want. But I believe you can also shop via their website on a desktop computer.

Poshmark is a very cool, new shopping experience. And I can’t wait to experience its evolution as its popularity increases! I urge you, start poshing!

Country Outfitter and Corral Boots!

Last time I talked to you all about cowboy boots it was in-relation to a cheap pair I bought at Ross… well, somehow I have even more so become a huge fan of boots, and recently won two Country Outfitter $150 giveaways (One at I Love Farm Weddings and the other at A Thrifty Diva)! I had already been drooling over the beautiful Corral Boots, so I already knew which two pairs I’d be purchasing!

Country Outfitter

After waiting patiently for my gift cards to arrive, I ordered my first pair of REAL cowboy boots! The first gift card I used to purchase these beauties, my new dancing boots:

Corral Desert Red Goat Leather Boot – R1952

Corral Desert Red Goat Leather Boot Corral Desert Red Goat Leather Boot Corral Desert Red Goat Leather Boot Corral Desert Red Goat Leather Boot

My second pair came awhile after, as there was a little delay in getting the 2nd gift card, but soon enough, I had my FAVORITE pair of boots on my feet!!! These boots are so beautiful, it’s shocking. Every time I wear them I feel like a million bucks!

Corral Yellow/Red/Turquoise Butterfly Boot – A1928

Corral Yellow/Red/Turquoise Butterfly Boot Corral Yellow/Red/Turquoise Butterfly Boot

I wholly recommend Country Outfitter for your cowboy boots needs! They are a wonderful company, and I was actually shocked how fast my boots arrived to me despite them being back-ordered or something like that.

I think I am forever a cowgirl now and these will not be the last boots I purchase… I see an addiction beginning!

Influenster Love VoxBox

A little late to enjoy for Valentine’s Day, but still awesome to receive another VoxBox from Influenster! And it’s SPRING BREAK! So I have plenty of time to review everything! This is my third VoxBox, and I’m always super excited when I am chosen– who doesn’t love trying new products??? Previously, I received the Cosmo and Holiday VoxBoxes, so I already feel like a part of the Influenster team. If you want to know more about Influenster, please check out my previous blog post by clicking here.

But without further ado, I present to you THE LOVE VOXBOX!

I may have gone a little crazy with Instagram, hehe! I displayed the products from the Love VoxBox in my heart shaped bowl I bought awhile back, and blogged about as well. And of course, added a few pink items sitting around my room. Fitting, no?

This month’s VoxBox might not be as grand as previous VoxBoxes, but I am still pretty excited to test them out! Influenster touts these items as “a few to get you date-ready, and some you can share with your sweetie!” Too cute!

  • Influenster Postcard (quick breakdown on each product)
  • Gillette Venus & Olay Razor
  • Kiss Nail Dress – Fashion That Sticks in “Sexy” (Cheetah Print)
  • Stash Tea – Herbal Tea Sampler
  • Ghirardelli Gourmet Milk – Creamy Devotion Bar + $1 off coupon on any 2 bars
  • Truvia Natural Sweetener Samples + 75 cent off Coupon

Here’s a quick review/my opinion of each product.


Gillette Venus & Olay Razor

Gillette Venus & Olay Razor

I LOVED the Venus ProSkin MoistureRich razor I received in the Cosmo VoxBox, so I can’t wait to try out this one, too! I love the packaging for this one, it’s yellow and, though you can’t see in the picture, VERY sparkly and glitters in the light… kinda like Twilight vampires LOL



Kiss Nail Dress - Fashion That Sticks in

Kiss Nail Dress in “Sexy”

In the Holiday VoxBox, there was a package of press-on fake nails, and I really loved them. I’m not sure I like the idea of a “nail dress” because my nails tend to crack when they get too long and I don’t look forward to having to apply stickers to my stubby nails, but the design is very pretty and I LOVE the cheetah print! I will try to be open-minded about them!



Stash Tea - Herbal Tea Sampler

Stash Tea – Herbal Tea Sampler

I’ve actually tried Stash tea before, and I still have some Stash green tea around here somewhere when I was having a tea kick and trying to do something healthy for a change. I am not a huge fan of tea bags, especially after trying the amazing loose leaf teas from Teavana, but I have been wanting to try the other flavors from Stash. I am most excited about Chamomile!



Ghirardelli Gourmet Milk – Creamy Devotion Bar

Ghirardelli Gourmet Milk – Creamy Devotion Bar

This is a HUGE bar! I am shocked! I am not sure, but I think I have had this chocolate before, but it was caramel inside. That’s as much as I know about this product, but it looks delicious, and I’m not exactly sure how long I will be able to last before I rip open the package and devour the chocolate inside. XD



Truvia Natural Sweetener Samples

Truvia Natural Sweetener Samples

When I need to sweeten my drink or food, I use REAL sugar, because I am very hesitant when it comes to using an artificial sweetener. But Truvia claims to be natural and no-calorie, so I am definitely interested and will have to try it out in my next homemade iced coffee!



Disclaimer: I received these products to test for free through the Influenster VoxBox program.

Influenster Holiday VoxBox

Today my Influenster Holiday VoxBox arrived in the mail! If you don’t know what Influenster is, then you’re missing out! But no worries, click here to learn all about it in my previous blog post on Influenster! Like a bunch of other lucky Influensters, I was chosen to receive the Holiday VoxBox – I was super excited when I got the notification on my profile! It’s so awesome to be chosen two times in a row for a VoxBox. So, without further ado, the Holiday VoxBox:

I was literally racing the rain for this picture. Once I finally had all of the products displayed how I wanted them, it started to sprinkle, but luckily I got this shot before I was forced back inside. I was a little suprised at how small this month’s VoxBox was in comparison to November’s Cosmo VoxBox. But sure enough, it was jam packed with a bunch of cool goodies!

    • Influenster Postcard (quick breakdown on each product)
    • imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails in 240 Tweetheart (Red)
    • Softsoap Coconut Scrub Bar Soap
    • Montagne Jeunesse Face Mask in Strawberry Souffle (Trial Size)
    • New York Color (NYC) Liquid Lip Shine in 582 Nude York City + $1 off coupon
    • Mentos Pure Fresh Gum in Fresh Mint
    • Larabar Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bar + Info packet including a $1 off coupon

And I also recieved a Bonus Item!

    • Proactiv’s X Out Wash-in Treatment + Instructional Sheet

There were three total bonus items but I only qualified for X Out, I didn’t receive these but I figured I’d list them anyways:

  • Garden Botanika Heart Perfume
  • Garden Botanika Lash Primer

I had taken individual pictures of each product as I did with the picture above, but I accidentally deleted them on my iPhone :( So I’ll have to use stock photos for this quick overview of the items.

imPRESS Press-On Manicure
imPRESS Press-On Manicure
I’ve never been a huge fan of glue/press-on nails, but these look like good quality and I’m excited to get them on. I got the color “Tweetheart” which is a darker red than the red pictured in the stock photo. It looks perfect for Christmas time; they come in 36 different colors and patterns!


Softsoap Coconut Scrub Bar SoapSoftsoap Coconut Scrub Bar Soap
I’m not much of a soap bar user, but this coconut scrub might force me to have to change my shower habits! The coconut soap smells so good — just through the box! I can’t wait to try it!



Montagne Jeunesse Face Mask
Montagne Jeunesse Face Mask
I’ve never heard of this brand and the packaging kinda scares me a bit LOL but I’m definitely interested to see how this ‘Strawberry Souffle’ smells.. am I going to want to lick my face?? It’s only a trial size tho, so I only get one time to test it.


NYC New York Color Liquid Lip Shine

NYC New York Color Liquid Lip Shine
I was given the ‘Nude York City’ color, which is true to it’s name: a nude. It’s glittery and smells of chocolate! At only $2.49 each, I’m sold!



Mentos Pure Fresh GumMentos Pure Fresh Gum
I love gum! And this one is so tasty! I’ve already chewed a few pieces and I’m already hooked… guess I’ll have to stop at the gas station later…




Mmmm! I can barely contain myself, I’m ready to eat it now! I’ve never heard of Larabar, but apparently it’s a big thing. I’ve been listening to the youtube reviews on them and I can’t believe I never tried them! I got ‘Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough’!



X Out Wash-in Treatment
X Out Wash-in Treatment
As a bonus product, I received Practiv’s new X Out treatment. As opposed to their 3-step system, X out is a 1-step, twice daily treatment! Seems more hassle free than the 3-step program, and might actually work for me! Awesome!


It’s such an honor to be chosen once again to review items, and I can’t wait to get started!

Disclaimer: I received these products to test for free through the Influenster VoxBox program.

Influenster & my Cosmo VoxBox

I signed up with Influenster about a month ago, because my friend Michelle encouraged me to join. Influenster is a “community of trendsetters invited to share their lifestyles and show their influence to qualify for personalized product shipments, special rewards and exclusive deals from the brands they love. Members love testing the latest products, giving insightful feedback, and spreading the word on their favorite finds!” And the best part about it? It’s absolutely FREE! Michelle had already received a VoxBox and enjoyed the process, so I decided to give it a try. I wasn’t initially active in the community, but within a few weeks, I received an email saying I had been chosen to receive the Cosmo VoxBox! It was a shock, because I figured I wouldn’t even be considered because I was so inactive after joining! Luckily, they give new members a chance to become involved, and I patiently awaited my first VoxBox!

Registered members “play the game” by unlocking badges that reflect their lifestyle, expertise and power to influence. By earning badges that tell us more about you, Influensters can qualify for VoxBoxes (complimentary packages of products to test & review), rewards (bonus giveaways/discounts) and other special promotions targeted toward our most active and influential members! Learn more at Influenster.com!

I came home after a night of trick or treating with a friend’s kids on Halloween night, and upon checking the mail, I had finally received my Cosmo VoxBox!  It was the best “treat” of the night! Included in my Cosmo Voxbox: (you can click the products below to see my review of them on this blog!)

Influenster Cosmo VoxBox


Amazingly, Influenster ships the full-size products for FREE! As I mentioned before, this is my first VoxBox and so, I’m still learning the ways of Influenster, but below are a few tips and a quick outline of what you do once you have a VoxBox! I recommend checking out their site and learning more about Influenster because it really is an awesome source! Sign-up ASAP!

What’s next?

“When you get your VoxBox in hand, please login to your Influenster.com profile to ‘check in’ your box. Next, start integrating these products into your routine and developing your opinions on each. We’ll follow up in a few weeks with your (mandatory) Product Evaluation Survey.”

How to be an Active Member

Influenster encourages members to spread the word for products they are excited to test, and for the brands they rate positively! Once you have your products, here are some immediate ideas on how you can be an active member:

~Upload a photo of your VoxBox products, tell us which ones you are most excited to test.

~Make a VoxBox video where you unveil your products and talk about which ones you are most excited to test or a video featuring your favorite product talking about your amazing experience trying it.

~Feature your VoxBox products in your blog and share which ones you are most excited to test.

Note from Influenster: Although we send complimentary products to qualified members (and love doing so!), Influenster is NOT a ‘freebie’ website where just anyone can get free products.  You have been handpicked among a large pool of members to receive this VoxBox at no cost because of your influential power and willingness to share your positive experiences with your networks.

Disclaimer: I received these products to test for free through the Influenster VoxBox program.