Saturday, December 29, 2012

Getting Rid of Clutter: In your Gift Bins!

I don't know about you guys, but I for sure have gift bins! Well now ONE gift bin after decluttering! A lot of what is in the bin is stuff that I have won that I personally would not use, stuff that I received in my beauty subscription boxes that I would not use, and stuff I get as gifts (sad to say) that I would not use! It is not junk it is just stuff I personally would not use.

However, year after year some of the same stuff would be sitting in there. Since the holidays are over this is the perfect time to get rid of stuff you did not gift, yet again! So here is what to get rid of out of your gift bins:

1.) Anything that is broken. Yes, even if it is a little broken. I had a nice makeup kit where only the mirror was broken and all the makeup was fine. I contemplated on giving it as a gift and if I was told it was broken I would say I got it on clearance, which was true. However, no one wants something that is broken. So I took all the makeup out, threw out the case, and made up a nice little beauty box as a gift instead using the makeup that was in it.

2.) If it looks old. The packaging will speak for the gift itself. If the packaging says "2000" on the back or looks like it has been stored for a while, the gift giver will be able to tell.

3.) If it has been sitting there for over 5 years. If you have not gifted it in over five years, chances are you will not. Baby and Wedding type items are the exception and if you want to hold on to those fine. But chances are you will not remember "Oh I had a perfect item that I got rid of" another five years down the road when you actually need a gift.

I threw out anything really old or broken, and donated a lot of other things. Some of the stuff in there I would not have been proud to give as gifts and I certainly did not want to look like the cheapo at Christmas.

I am no pro at decluttering, I still have a long way to go, but if you have any questions about anything you may drop a note and/or picture of it below and I will give my honest opinion on it!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Influenster Holiday VoxBox 2012

I received this Holiday VoxBox complimentary from Influenster in exchange for my reviews on the products. I love trying new products so I was very happy to receive the box. Please watch my opening video or look below to see what I received in the box.

Here are all of the goodies inside of my box:

Quaker Real Medleys Oatmeal+ Cup: $1.79 per cup

NYC New York Color Liquid Lipshine: $2.49

Kiss Nail Dress: $6.99

Eboost: $28 for a box of 20 ($1.40 each)

Goody Quikstyle Brush: $11.99

Total Box Value: $24.66

Also included was a Sole Society coupon for $25 off first purchase.

I will post my reviews on the products as I use them, hopefully soon :)! If you have not signed up for Influenster, head to the site and check them out. If you like making you tube videos and blogging than you can qualify for free packages like this one!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Giveaway: Dog Food Coupons

I have never talked about my cats before, but I have two beautiful kitties who I love very much. Cody & Kaci love to do just about everything with me. Here there are watching TV:

As you all know, I am always on the lookout for getting items for free or for cheap. Therefore, I am always buying newspapers and requesting coupons. Today, I am giving back to the owners of Dogs who need a little extra help. I have an abundance dollar off coupons for dog treats and food and will be giving away an envelope stuffed with them. This contests will run for a month and you may enter everyday, but make sure to do the mandatory entries first!
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Monday, December 10, 2012

Birchbox December 2012 Review

View my Unboxing Video and then come back and read my post :)

This is hands down my favorite box yet, and guess what?! I got a full size product!!  I am super excited to get this lip gloss full size, especially since the rest of the box was all skin care items! But nonetheless, a great box!

Inside the box is:

1.) Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream. This lightweight cream improves skin tone with Vitamin C and grape-derived resveratrol. It is actually a really tiny sample in the box. Full size, $39

2.) Kerastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique Protect. This leave in cream is to be used on towel-dried hair to repair damage. Foil packets are unfortunate, but at least I got two at a decent size! Full size, $42

3.) ModelCo SHINE Ultra Lip Gloss. This even has a cool little mirror on the bottle! Full Size, $16

4.) Thymes Naia Body Lotion. Great sample size bottle! Full Size, $25

5.) The Beauty Extra is Thymes Lotus Santal Body Cream. Not really too excited that my extra this month is another lotion from the exact same company, but at least I can always use lotion. Sadly, it is not as good of a size as the other lotion is and comes in a small foil packet. Full Size, $35

As you can tell from my video I was super excited to FINALLY get a full size product. I knew that the December box would be awesome and I am so glad that I was right! I will be staying subscribed and hope to get more boxes like this one!

Is this box worth $10: YES! The Full Size Lip Gloss is worth $16. So that product alone is already worth more than what the box cost me.
Is this box worth my $10: YES! Not only do I sign up for Birchbox to receive great products and to try new products, but I also sign up for the surprise and excitement that goes along with it and I was super excited with this box!!

Disclaimer: These opinions are my own and I was not asked, nor do I get compensation, to review the box or these items.

If you would like to sign up for the Beauty Box yourself, here is the link:

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Lisa's November 2012 Wins!

Below is my win list for November 2012. I won a lot of items this month!! None of them were huge prizes but I am certain that I will win big soon! Last month I won $224 worth of stuff, so my value of wins this month is almost doubled!!

November 2012

$50 Cash via Paypal (ARV-$50)
Gorton's Seafood Plate & $2 off coupons (ARV-$3)
Johnson & Johnson Gift Basket (ARV-$100)
$5 Walmart Gift Card (ARV-$5)
Love's Christmas Journey DVD (ARV-$14)
The Heart of Christmas DVD (ARV-$10)
Father of Lights DVD (ARV-$24.99)
Purex Free Product Coupon (ARV-$6)
$100 Restaurant.Com Gift Card (ARV-$100)
Libby's Fruit Prize Pack (ARV-$15)
Christmas Story CD (ARV-12.95)
Book-Art of Living Joyfully (ARV-$8)
Gorton's Seafood Plate & $2 off coupons (ARV-$3)
Bobbi Brown BB Cream (ARV-$42)
Angelina Ballerina Superstar Sisters DVD (ARV-$9)

Total Value: $402.94
I base the estimates of my wins on the lowest price I can find for them so if I went out and bought these items at the store it actually would cost more.

Entering Sweepstakes is my favorite way to get free stuff but if Sweeping is not for you, you can get great stuff by signing up for samples or couponing. Remember, there is no point to pay full price for anything because everything can at some point come free or at a discount!