My Birchbox review for February!

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I went for a few months without receiving any monthly subscription boxes, and then decided to try Birchbox. I was reminded that I wanted to try Birchbox when we started up Character Badges, and went to manufacture the fancy boxes the sets arrive in. The same box company makes all the cute Birchbox boxes and was saying I should really try the monthly subscription box and see if I like it.

If you haven’t heard of Birchbox, it’s set up just like Ipsy. For $10 a month you have a box shipped to you every month, which is full of very good quality makeup, skincare, and hair products. I have read quite a few reviews that Ipsy has more makeup products, and Birchbox has more skincare and hair products.

My February Birchbox! For $10 a month you have a box shipped to you every month, which is full of very good quality makeup, skincare, and hair products.

So why did I stop Ipsy and decide to try Birchbox?

I keep my makeup simple when it comes to my eyes. I like using a  simple application of mascara from L’BRI, and while I play around with different eye shadows, I don’t like using eye pencils or liquid eye liners. Maybe one day I’ll get it mastered and start using them, but for right now I’m ok with skipping it!

Ipsy was sending along an eye pencil or liquid every box, and even when I adjusted my settings I was still receiving it. I finally decided to just stop the monthly box, as I had built up quite a collection of pencils and liquid products sitting in my bathroom!

Another thing I really like about Birchbox is that it allows you to refer friends to their company, and earn points to purchase full size products in their store. With Ipsy you could only use the points to grab additional free sample size products, and it was very hit and miss when they would even put up new freebie products.

Yes, this email does contain my referral link for new friends that want to sign up with Birchbox. :) If you want to try Birchbox, you should definitely share your own link with your friends on Facebook!

My thoughts on the February Birchbox.

I was a little nervous to get it, hoping I hadn’t just wasted $10, but I ended up loving it! This month you could pick to have the regular box sent to you, or a special Date Night box. I decided to get the Date Night box, and I’m so glad I did!

The February Date Night Birchbox! Receive a monthly box full of high quality makeup, skincare and hair products to try.

Wish Renew Mud Mask – This stuff was great. It was probably my favorite thing in the box, but I have 3 things I really love so it’s hard to pick my favorite! You could tell it was a high quality mud mask (full size product is $44) and I loved that it has naturally sourced and organic ingredients. It left my skin looking clear and healthy, and ready to apply makeup. I had never heard of this brand, and I would love to try more of their products!

Amika Bombshell Blowout Spray – My hair has been really dry and flat feeling all winter. I don’t always see results with hair products like others do, just because my hair is so long and thick. I sprayed this stuff on the top of my hair during a bad hair day, and it really lifted the roots, made it look more shiny and full of volume. I was amazed! You can use it on dry or wet hair.

Lip Tar – Not the most flattering of names, but I loved it. You just need a tiny drop and it keeps color on your lips for hours and hours. It didn’t dry out my lips, which was nice.

The February Date Night Birchbox! Receive a monthly box full of high quality makeup, skincare and hair products to try.

Cynthia Rowley Brightening Illuminator – This came with instructions on where to apply it on your face for the best results. It’s supposed to highlight and lift your face. They said you could mix it with your foundation, so I did. I didn’t really notice anything amazing with it, but I’ll try it again.

Catherine Malandrino Perfume – I knew this was going to be the one product I might not even try, just because I can hardly ever wear perfume without getting a headache. I can’t walk down the laundry detergent aisle at Walmart without feeling a headache start to come on! Most perfumes give me a major headache, so if I want to smell nice I use essential oils!

Overall I loved the box and will keep getting more! 

I used some of these products along with my L’BRI makeup (all the makeup from L’BRI is 25% off this month!) for a fun look. I didn’t go anywhere special, but it made the day more special just by having nice makeup on!

I used L'BRI makeup, along with my Birchbox for a fun look! I first used the mud mask, then I applied the L’BRI liquid foundation, along with the L’BRI wet/dry powder. Blush and eye shadow came from my L’BRI makeup kit (I have this from my consultant kit), and the lip tar was my splash of color!

Makeup from Birchbox and L'BRI, for a nice date night look!

This is the finished look! It’s from my phone, so it doesn’t look super great, but it gives you an idea on the lip color. :)

Let me know if you end up signing up to try Birchbox! I’d love to hear how you like it!





Free Valentine’s Day Printables For Your Children!

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! I love to give my children little gifts at Valentine’s Day, and here are some adorable free printable cards that Sean designed for you all!
Free Valentine's Day printable for your children! Let them know you love them with these adorable printable cards!

Last year I made a nice dinner for us as a family, and each child had a special place setting with candy and a coupon book I had made for them. The children are sick this week, so I haven’t decided exactly what we are doing. I do have a little tootsie roll bank to give them, and of course, these adorable cards!

If your children go to public or private school, you could put one of these in their lunch bag each day leading up to Valentine’s Day!

To get these free cards, go over to Character Badges and follow the instructions there on how to get them! It’s super easy.

Click here for the free Valentine’s Day Cards!

Why We Needed Character Badges As Much As our Children Did!

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Character Badges has been such a blessing to our family!

I never thought I would type this. 

My husband started a blog. 


It’s honestly about time, he is a great writer, and I’ve been on him for awhile now to blog! Here is his first post that he wrote for the Character Badges blog….

Let me start off by saying that I’m painfully aware of how busy life can be. Everybody has a hundred things to do and in the rare instance that some free time pops up (what’s that?) there’s always something (or someone) lurking to fill it.

I sometimes chuckle to myself when I look back to when Caroline and I were first married. We thought we were busy then! I’m sure if you would have come to me 13 years ago with this need or that I would have made some excuse about being too busy (well, that’s not really true because I’ve always been something of a “yes” man). The point is, we definitely felt busy back then, but nothing could have prepared us for how busy we are now.

Of course, having children raised the bar on busyness exponentially. Suddenly our time was not our own. Before children I used to come home from work, kick my shoes off and snuggle up with Caroline on the couch and read a good book or listen to some Chopin. After children I didn’t even have time to kick off my shoes!

Seriously though, children change things in ways that are difficult to explain. They don’t just affect your time. It’s your care and your concern and your emotions and a host of other things. Just as your children need food to live, they need all of these other things to thrive. Some parents embrace these demands while others try to ignore them. Ignoring them always leads to frustration and even bitterness….

Go here to read more

Modest Monday and a Link Up!

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My children became sick this week, we think it is hand, foot and mouth disease they picked up from some friends. It’s hard to not pass things along when you go to a church with large families, and the children are best of friends. :)

I didn’t get a change to take pictures this week, so I thought I would repost an outfit from a few years ago.

Gray Maxi Skirt for Modest Monday

I liked having bangs for awhile..every few years I like to do something different and I’m thinking of doing a new hairstyle again. I probably won’t cut bangs though.

Modest Monday Outfit

I like using scarves with sweaters or shirts that are lower cut. If I’m not in the mood to wear a cami, I’ll just put a scarf on and it makes the shirt modest!

Lilla Rose Flexi Clip |

My hair is so thick that it would take forever to use a curling iron. I like hot rollers, and there is a set on Zulily right now that is really similar to the one I use.

Don’t forget that our 30 Days of Loving Your Man challenge starts today! We will start doing day one and sharing ideas in the Facebook group (you get access to the group after you purchase the bundle). We would love to have you join us!

What I Wore

Maxi Skirt – Deborah & Co.

Purple Sweater- Gap

Scarf- Target

Shoes – Thrift Store

Earrings – Carolina Earrings from Mialisa

Makeup – L’BRI natural skincare and makeup

Flexi Clip – Lilla Rose

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