Free Write

As I sit to write the first blog for Writing 101, I’m really unsure how to proceed. Stream of conscious is really difficult for me. I usually end up thinking of my to-do list. Things I need to be doing, not this hobby.
1. Write my second blog post for my back-up plan website. I have #1 written and saved in drafts. I really need to get two more written and scheduled. On that note, I need to make sure they are going to the right page when I hit publish and not my homepage. It’s WordPress, but I’ve not done a retail site before. I had someone else design this one, and I’m really glad I did. It was done much better and much more quickly than I would have done.
2. Answer emails for my real job. I have about 5 in the inbox.
3. Finish cleaning the kitchen. ‘nough said.
4. Write reviews for the wineries and restaurants we visited in Fredericksburg over the weekend before I forget. By the way, I loved the house we stayed in, but didn’t get any pictures. It was perfect for us and the two couples we were with. We didn’t get any group pictures, or any pictures at all really. Good job, blogger!
5. Unload the chicken feed and bedding in the back of my jeep.
6. Clean out the coop and lay fresh bedding.
7. Figure out how to remove the dad-blasted grasshoppers that showed up in my vegetable garden over the weekend. I can’t even tell you how frustrated I am about this. They destroyed almost the whole garden last year. I need hints for getting rid of them organically. I found a garlic spray that I’m going to try, and I need to replace my cilantro, so maybe those two steps will help? I used white flour last year, but it didn’t seem to help. I have a sprinkler that waters every morning, and I just can’t get out there before work to reapply. I don’t think the spray will work very well for the same reason. I know I should have worked the soil to get rid of the eggs over the fall, but I was so burnt out and disappointed that I just couldn’t.
8. Got my first NatureBox in the mail today. I need to put all those snacks away, too. Need to write my Birchbox reviews.
9. Need to get a glass of water. I’m kind of thirsty. I’m slightly dehydrated. I was putting all the groceries in my car this afternoon and my foot cramped up. While I was essentially standing there. Why do we have to get older? This sort of thing would never have happened even five years ago.
And now I have 7 more minutes left and I’m totally through my to-do list. Short term, anyway. There’s a longer list, but that’s just overwhelming. Wouldn’t it be nice if the list actually went as quickly as the typing did? Thirteen minutes to go through it all. But I have to admit that I extend my time outside as much as possible. It’s starting to get hot (hello, Texas summer!) but I still love the chance to be in the sun. I’m in an office or the car for the majority of my day at the real job, so the opportunity to be in the sun is welcome. Probably why I love my Jeep! Those Freedom Panels come off at every chance!
And now, the timer’s gone off. Time to get to work!
Thanks for stopping by! And, please let me know if you have any ways to get rid of the grasshoppers! If it’s something I’ve already listed and you’ve tried it, let me know how it went. (But I will not pick them off by hand. YUCK!)

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Birchbox

I’ve recently been introduced to the new world of subscription boxes. For the longest time, I looked from afar, but really didn’t see the benefit. I don’t spend the money on these items now, so I wouldn’t be saving any money by subscribing. But, after reading reviews of StitchFix from Meals and Miles and KERF, I finally decided to make the plunge and order a box. For those who haven’t heard of StitchFix, let me fill you in. You pay $25.00 and fill out a questionnaire about your style. A stylist then selects five items for you and sends them your way. You can then choose to purchase items (one or two pieces or all of them). If you don’t like them, you send them back. The pieces I’ve seen are really more expensive than I like to spend, but my wardrobe needs some serious help, so I decided to try it. My first box will arrive in late July, after all of our summer trips are done and all I have left is work. I’m excited to see what they’ve selected.
I then saw that Birchbox was running a special: $5.00 for May’s box. That was half off! Thanks to Maskcara and How Sweet Eats, I have a new obsession with beauty items and makeup, so I thought I’d try this one, too! In this box, you receive 5 samples of new products and makeup after filling out a short questionnaire about your style and interests. I received my box yesterday and couldn’t wait to dig in. At first, I was seriously underwhelmed. I knew this was going to be samples, but I really thought they would be bigger than the samples I get with every Ulta purchase. And, again, to purchase the full-size of the products is probably more than I will ever want to spend, but it was worth a try! But the more I looked and studied the products, the more excited I got. There is some pretty cool stuff in that one little box!

First Birchbox
This morning I did use the spray, the eyeliner and the perfume. I won’t be reviewing until the samples are gone, to make sure I give them a fair shot. I will, however, say that I LOVE the perfume. I want the full-size, something I haven’t said about a perfume in years. The smell makes me so happy!
I will keep this subscription on a month to month basis. If there’s a month where my budget just can’t handle the $10, I’ll cancel, but who doesn’t love getting a gift in the mail every month!
Both programs, like most, have a referral program, and all links in this post are referral links. There’s also a link on the side bar for both StitchFix and Birchbox, as well as my favorite online shopping tool, Ebates. Don’t know about that one? I’ll have to tell you about it someday! The more referrals you get, the more points you get towards purchases, which may one day result in me actually buying something from these!
*Tell me all about your favorite subscription services. Food? Clothes? Pet Products? I’m all ears!