Crowdtap With Unilever Sample Review

2017-09-18 17.21.01Crowdtap is one of my favorite places to earn a little cash and hopefully get picked for a sample. The last one that I got a couple weeks ago was a mystery box. I know that there would be products by Unilever, that’s it.

I felt like I hit the jackpot. The box was heavy and I was stunned to see full sized samples inside. It made me want to take a shower right away to try everything. Since I had just gotten my hair done, that had to wait a few days.

The Nexxus Shampoo and Conditioner are high end, I couldn’t even find it at the store. I rarely splurge on salon quality products. I had high expectations for the Nexxus Caviar Complex. Expectations that fell very short. The scent wasn’t awesome, it didn’t lather well so I had to use a lot of it, and the conditioner didn’t do much for my long air.

Dove Clinical Protection deodorant is also a bit pricy. I can be sensitive to fragrances in my pits, so I was worried when the powder fresh scent was strong. I had no sensitivity issues, that was good. However, at the end of an eight hour work day, I didn’t smell so great. That’s a big turn off.

I didn’t have much use for the Tresemme Keratin Smooth spray. I don’t use a flat iron or curling iron. I used a few sprays before drying my hair. This stuff smells amazing! I didn’t notice a difference, but that’s only because I wasn’t using it to it’s full potential.

 

I’m always grateful to try samples and leave reviews of my experience.

Because of Crowdtap and a sample of the Olay Duo, I’ve purchased another one and highly recommend it.

The box full of samples I got from Unilever recently just don’t fit in with my needs.

-Kristina Wise

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The Death of Chevron

I’ve seen this coming over the last few months, but it’s all but official now. The fad of Chevron is done. For the most part I’ve been in denial. I LOVE my teal and white chevron blog header, and I’ve even scooped up a few household items of the same color combination.

Now I have to come to terms with this.

A favorite website of mine, Apartment Therapy, just posted an article about trends specifically targeting chevron. Read it HERE.

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Thanks a LOT, Listerine! *Sarcasm.*

So, what’s the next popular pattern idea? Personally, I’ve had my eye on Moroccan Trellis patterns.

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In the meantime, I’m going to snuggle with my classically beautiful, not to mention homemade, chevron afghan.

-Kristina

Throw Out 50 Things

Have you ever had a day when you finally notice how cluttered your house is? You open your closet and a couple of shoe boxes fall on you. Or you struggle to open the junk drawer in your kitchen. Maybe you’re looking for stamps in your desk and come across what feels like a billion pens.

Clutter is so frustrating!

It makes you wonder why you have so much stuff to begin with. For a second you may ponder ditching it all and taking up the minimalist lifestyle. Never fear, there is a sweet spot between too much stuff and owning next to nothing.

It’s my pleasure to introduce you to one of my favorite books:

Throw Out 50 Things

If you’re looking for a book with a detailed guide on how to organize, move along because this isn’t the book for you. However, if you want to de-clutter by means of letting things go, then BINGO, this book will help you do it.

The premise of the book is right there in the title, and that might sound easy until you get right down to it and realize all the rooms in your house to go through.

Bedroom – Bathroom – Kitchen – Living Room – Dining Room – Attic – Garage

Since I live in an apartment, I don’t have that many rooms, but let me share with you a space that I worked on. The linen closet. I don’t have that many linens, it’s just me and my husband, so we also store medicine, bath and beauty products in there.

BEFORE:

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Ouch, that hurts to look at. The sad part is that it looked even worse in person. There were so many lotions and unused/expired bath products. I couldn’t find the Aleve even though it was right up front, it was cluttered with the rest of the medicines. My favorite part was my hotel stash, I had four freezer bags full of them! Shampoo, conditioner, hand soap and body wash. If that wasn’t a cry for help, then surely saving a bunch of prescription bottles was.

Are you ready to see the results of the purge?

AFTER:

2017-04-06 Linen Closet After

Unbelievable, am I right? Where did everything go? Short answer, the trash. I took nearly everything out, looked it over, and decided if I’d use it in the next year, could I donate it, or was it better to be trashed? The answer was almost always trash. I had to confer with my husband on a few things, but he was surprised how quickly I slashed through this project. Also, there were two heavy trash bags to take out.

Let’s look at a smaller project.

I recently set up a vanity for myself. I don’t use much make-up (Google vanity and look and the images that come up, they can get HUGE), and the small space works perfectly. Except that it took no time at all to get cluttered.

BEFORE:

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Ugh, I don’t even want to talk about this mess. Seriously though, those socks were there for more than a few days. Gross, I know.

AFTER:

2017-05-09 Vanity After

Now this is something I can talk about! The mirrored base was free from a friend and sitting in the back of a shelf in the kitchen, it looks glam on the vanity. My favorite cereal bowl is chipped, so instead of tossing it, I’m using it as a catch-all. Only my daily necessities are on the vanity and the rest are in the closet.

The best part of clearing all that clutter is that you find what you really need, what matters, and discover that without extra stuff, there’s more room for life.

Throw Out 50 Things is written by Gail Blanke. Every time I read this book it inspires me to clear out a different part of my house. My advice is to start small. Instead of the whole kitchen, just tackle the refrigerator. That could mean getting the rotten and expired food out. Or you could even throw out old magnets for restaurants that went out of business.

Get cracking! You don’t have to wait until the weekend to start getting rid of that clutter.

-Kristina Wise

This is Why I don’t have Children

I’m writing this post in response to a great article I read yesterday.

http://mudroomblog.com/this-is-why-im-single/

Melissa Zaldivar walks us through the steps that most young adult women go through. People look down on you with pity because in their eyes, you’re not complete. Maybe it’s something you’re doing wrong, not going out on enough dates, you haven’t been in a serious relationship before, or you’re just not trying hard enough.

At my wedding, there weren’t many single women there, so I didn’t have a strong passion to participate in the tradition of throwing my bouquet. I gave the flowers to my maid of honor, who was my only single bridesmaid and my best friend.

Being single in your twenties is hard, and I can only assume that it gets harder the older you get. When I was twenty-five, there was a lot of pressure to get married and have children. The pressure wasn’t from family or close friends, but from acquaintances and co-workers – people I see but don’t converse with often.

When I graduated High School, a lot of people were disappointed that I wasn’t going to college. I didn’t take a year off, it was my plan all along to not attend collage. People thought that was a poor choice. Everyone goes to college! I didn’t want to go. I didn’t know what kind of degree I’d go for. I didn’t want to waste thousands of dollars over four years just to get a degree for something I could do without one.

A lot of people were surprised to learn that I met my husband through an online dating website. Once I met him, I fell in love with him fast. A year later we were married.

At a couple of our wedding showers, some people were a little nosy about wanting to know our plans to have children. When someone asks how many children you want, they don’t expect you to come back with zero as the answer. Why would anyone not want to have children?

Do you have a minute, because I can whip up a list on why I don’t want children pretty fast.

  1. They cost a lot of money. My husband Shawn and I barely have enough to get by with just the two of us. Kids are expensive! Food, diapers, education and so much more.
  2. ┬áThere’s a good chance a child of mine will inherit some of my mental health conditions. It’s discouraging to think about passing on anxiety/depression to a child.
  3. Personal health reasons. Becoming pregnant might put my health in jeopardy.
  4. Most kids drive me crazy. Take it from a retail worker, I see a lot of kids out of control. Parents yelling and chasing after them. False threats and real anger. When they leave I breath a sigh of relief.

The number one thing that I see people say online and in real life: “I was never fulfilled until I had children.” or “Having kids has given my life purpose.”

Your life had no purpose before you had children? That’s incredibly sad! I volunteered at summer as a camp counselor, I’ve traveled to Niagara Falls, Nashville, Colorado and countless other amazing places. I was in a church band. I’ve written novels. I have had and still have tremendous goals and dreams for my life. You mean to tell me that it’s all nothing until or unless I have children?

I. Don’t. Buy. It.

Most people probably feel sorry that I don’t have a desire to have children. That’s okay. But don’t think less of me. There’s a whole lot that I want to do in life. If I end up having kids, then great. But if I don’t, that’s okay too. Life is complicated and unpredictable, anything can happen in an instant to change our plans.

In the meantime, I am wonderfully fulfilled by the love of my husband and the support from my family and friends. My purpose is not found in having children. I am a writer. Always have been. I find joy in inspiring others to do more.

I have a great marriage where my husband supports my dreams, goals and passions.

THAT is what life is about for me.

-Kristina Wise