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Put Away Over $200 a Month With Six Easy Money-Saving Tips (FREE Printable!)

Put Away Over $200 a Month With Six Easy Money-Saving Tips (FREE Printable!)

Saving money. Ugh, two words I’ve spent most of my life dreading.

Since I was a little girl, I’ve been a terrible saver. The $5 bill my dad would hand me on Saturdays for finishing my weekly chores was never in my hand long. I would either spend it all on candy, or waste it attempting to get the claw to grab me something from the stuffed animal machine. Incidentally, I’ve never won anything out of those damn things!

 



Money tends to have a way of burning holes in our pockets. So many of us live exactly at our means. If we are able to save some money, doesn’t it seem like something unexpected and expensive always happens, like the car needs tires or there’s a visit to the emergency room?

Budgeting can be difficult as well, especially when you don’t have any extra wiggle room. Can you relate?

 

Creating a budget and saving money can be very difficult.

 

Although it may seem hopeless, I’m here to tell you it’s NOT. There are ways that even the WORST spenders can still manage to build up their savings account. I know this because I’ve done it. In fact, for the last year, the Mister and I have been able to put away a nice little chunk of money each month to use for vacations or large purchases.

To my delight, I’ve discovered that I actually CAN save money. So, I’m going to share a few of the best and easiest money-saving tips that have worked for me.

With a few small tweaks to your routine, you can achieve saving success, too. Try one, two, or all of the following money-saving tips, and I guarantee that you will grow your savings more than you ever thought was possible!

 

Make Coffee at Home

Did you know that if you buy one $4 coffee every day of the workweek (five days), you will spend $80 a month? The Mister and I tried saving money on coffee by getting the cheaper gas station stuff, but that was still costing us $4 a day between the two of us.

 

Make coffee at home to save money.

 

Instead, make your coffee at home, and throw it into a travel mug. We use a French Press and an electric teakettle to make our daily coffee. There are always plenty of travel mugs on hand in our house, so we don’t run out if we accidentally leave one at work.

A 20-ounce bag of our favorite ground coffee, Starbucks Breakfast Blend, costs $10.64 on Amazon. This lasts us about four weeks. Add to that our liquid creamer, which usually costs around $3 a bottle at most grocery stores. We use about three bottles in four weeks, which equals $9 for the month.

As you can see, by making these couple of small changes, our coffee costs went from $80 a month to about $20. That saves us around $60 every single month. Put that into a savings account and it will build up quickly!

 

Use Amazon Subscribe & Save

I love Amazon so much, and when I discovered Subscribe & Save, oh boy! A whole new world opened up to me. If you order an item on Subscribe & Save, you automatically save 5%. But, if you order FIVE items, your savings increase to 15%.

Write down any items that you purchase regularly. You are looking for items that you always buy the same brand/size/flavor of. Then go to Amazon and see if any of those items are available on the Subscribe & Save program. You can tell because you will see “Subscribe & Save” listed under the item’s price if it’s available. When you come up with five or more items, set them up in the Subscribe & Save program. It’s as easy as pie!

I currently have six items that I order on Subscribe & Save:

Amazon Subscribe and Save Items

As you can see, I chose items that I buy regularly, and that I always get the same brand/type of. That includes coffee, breakfast bars, dry shampoo, deodorant, cat food, and tampons.

The other great thing about Subscribe & Save is that you can set it up to receive the items as often you need them. For example, I get my six items every two months (except the coffee, which is monthly). This seems to be perfect timing so I don’t run out, but I also don’t have a big stockpile building up.

How much will this save you each month? Well, I save 15% off each item and the shipping is free, so that equals about $11.50 in savings every other month, or $5.75 a month. While that may not seem like a lot, think about the fact that I would have to buy all of these items anyway, so I might as well save a little on them. Factor in that it’s actually saving me almost $70 a year, and it seems much more worth the effort.

Also, consider the convenience factor. I don’t have to use my gas or time to purchase these items. They come straight to my door.

The amount you save will vary by what you purchase. Some people save hundreds of dollars using this service!

 


 

 

Have Extra Taxes Taken Out By Your Employer

This was actually suggested to me by my employer, and I applied her advice immediately.

When you fill out your W-2 form that tells your employer how many dependents you have and what you will be claiming on your taxes, there is a space where you can have extra money taken from your check for taxes. This can be whatever amount you want. In the beginning of the year, when you file your taxes, you will get that money back as part of your return.

 

Have your employer take out extra money for taxes on your W2 to save money.

 

There are a couple of reasons this method is so effective. First, you don’t see that money. It’s taken out before you even get your check, so it’s out of your hands (meaning you can’t spend it!). It’s almost like putting money into a savings account or giving it to a friend to keep for you, only you can’t ask for it whenever you want. It FORCES you to save.

Second, it adds up very quickly. I have my employer take an extra $40 out of each of my paychecks for taxes. So at the end of the year, I’ll get an extra $1040 on top of my regular return.

How’s THAT for saving money? This tactic adds up to an average savings of $80 a month.

 

Use Promo Codes When Shopping Online

Promo codes are rad (90’s kid here)! Seriously, I almost never purchase an item online without using a promo code. It’s so easy! Whenever I’m getting ready to check out, I quickly do a Google search for a promo code.

 

Search for promo codes before making online purchases to save money.

 

For example, a couple of months ago I purchased tickets to a Nascar race from a website called Tickets At Work. Before I finalized the purchase, I googled “Tickets At Work Promo Codes.” I found a promo code that saved me $5 off each ticket. Killer, right?

It’s not really possible for me to determine an EXACT amount that you will save each month by applying this tip. There are too many variables, such as how much online shopping you do, what items you are purchasing, and availability of promo codes.

What I can tell you is that I regularly save anywhere from $2 to $20 each time I use a promo code. It’s definitely worth your time.

 



 

Skip the Drinks at Restaurants

The Mister and I LOVE to eat out, I’m not gonna lie. However, I cringe to think of spending $20+ each time I eat at a fast food restaurant, or even more at a sit down place. However, we have really been able to reduce our food bill by not getting drinks.

 

Skip the drinks at restaurants to save money.

 

Instead of paying for cocktails or soda, just ask for ice water, which is free. When you eat at fast food restaurants, try ditching the combo meals, and instead order from the promotional or dollar menu, skipping the drinks.

If you are worried about missing out on wonderful delicious bubbly soda or your favorite martini, just remember, I’m not saying you can’t have them. I’m just saying don’t buy them at restaurants. They jack up the prices exponentially.

Keep soda or mixers and booze at home, so you don’t feel like you are missing out on anything. The Mister and I just bought a two-liter bottle of soda last night for 77 cents. That’s a WAY better deal than a $2 soda that’s a quarter of the size and watered down with ice!

As far as savings, we eat fast food a couple of times a week. If the average soda is $2, then we save $8 a week by not getting sodas. That’s $32 a month! There’s even MORE savings if you regularly drink alcoholic beverages at restaurants. You can get a six-pack of beer at the grocery store for the same price as ONE beer at most restaurants and bars. WHAAAT?

Of course, your savings will vary depending on your circumstances and habits, but I guarantee you will notice a difference if you cut out drinks.

 

Try The Broke Broad Savings Plan

I’m sure you’ve heard of the 365-Day Money Challenge or the 52-Week Savings Challenge. If you haven’t, I’ll briefly explain the basic premise.

The 365-Day Money Challenge has you save the same number of pennies as the day you are on in the challenge. So Day 1 you save a penny, Day 2 you save 2 pennies, and so on. In the 52-Week Savings Challenge, it’s the same idea, but with weeks and dollars. You save the same number of dollars as the week you are on. So Week 1, you save $1, Week 2 you save $2, and so on. These are great savings plans to help you create a nice little lump of money throughout the year.

Here’s the deal. I’ve tried the 52-Week Savings Challenge, and I did just fine, until I had a really difficult week financially. Toward the end of the plan you have to save more and more money each week. I just don’t have $40 or $50 every week to put away. So I failed.

The 365-Day Penny Challenge was way too much effort for me. I had to remember to put away money EVERY SINGLE DAY, and it drove me crazy having to store all that change. I gave up on that challenge as well.

So I created a new plan, The Broke Broad Savings Plan. This plan is quite simple, and by the end of the year you will have saved $702!

The Broke Broad Savings Plan worksheet!

Here is why this plan works so well:

1: You never have to save more than $26 in one week, and most of the time it’s much less than that.

2: You can choose how much you want to save each week. You don’t have to do the weeks in order. So when you have a bit of extra money, you can knock out the higher weeks, and when you’re struggling a bit financially, you can work on the lower weeks.

3: The goals are all in whole dollar amounts so you don’t have to mess around with change.

Give this plan a try and I bet you’ll be surprised at how much easier it is to stick with than a lot of other plans out there. If you follow it for the whole year, you will be saving an average of $58.50 a month.

Click here to download your FREE PRINTABLE of The Broke Broad Savings Plan so you can track your savings!

 

The Savings Add Up!

I’ve given you six great suggestions to start saving money. But how much will you really save if you follow my advice? Well, obviously it will be different for each person.

By implementing each of these six strategies, I personally save about $236 a month! Your savings will probably be similar, or even greater, depending on your circumstances.

The very best part about all this is that it’s pretty easy to do. None of these tips are too difficult or time consuming. If you are anything like me, you love easy, and you can stick to easy!

Have you tried any of these tips? What kinds of strategies have YOU found that help you save money? I’d LOVE to hear your suggestions!

Don’t forget to download your free printable here——–>>>The Broke Broad Savings Plan 

 

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Put away over $200 this month with 6 super easy money-saving tips and tricks! You can also download a free printable Broke Broad Savings Plan!

 

 

Happy saving Broads!

 

 

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Boxycharm Subscription Box: March 2018 Unboxing

Boxycharm is a beauty subscription box that costs $21 per month. They feature makeup, skin care, and hair care products, and their website states that they send 4 to 5 full-sized or luxury-sized beauty products in each box. The company guarantees the box value to be over $100. We will be checking out the March Boxycharm today.

Boxycharm is my all time favorite subscription box. If I had to get rid of all of my boxes but one (what a sad world THAT would be), I would keep Boxycharm without thinking twice.

 



 

For me, no other box delivers the fantastic value of Boxycharm. Every month I find myself wondering how they can send so many amazing and EXPENSIVE products, but only charge $21! It rocks my socks!

You can sign up here.

 

The Box:

Here is this month’s box:

 

 

I’m so happy to see this gorgeous floral print! It reminds me that spring is here, and we made it through the cold winter. But Bae-cation? Really? What does that even mean? I hate using the word bae (no offense to anyone who uses that word, it just never sounds right when I do).

 

 

So I’m just going with the idea of vacation, which is nice for March, since most of us will be enjoying spring break this month.

Here are the items listed, with descriptions and retail values:

 

 

That is one of my favorite things about Boxycharm. They list retail values, and they are almost always right on the spot with what I find when I research values for the items.

There was also a nice coupon in this month’s box, for 25% off of a $50 purchase at ButterLondon.com.

 

 

That’s $12.50 off of a $50 purchase! Pretty good in my book.

 

So, the first item in the March Boxycharm is this set of three South Mane Under Eye Gels:

 

 

Anything that helps with eye puffiness and dark circles is great for me, as I’m going through my 30’s. I’m still getting used to dark circles and morning bags underneath my eyes.

On the South Mane website, there are several reviews raving about how these eye gels work really well, and they actually remove dark circles, making your whole face appear refreshed. I hadn’t even heard of this brand (apparently they started as a body care line and moved to hair care and other kinds of products), so I’m glad to see some positive reviews.

These retail for $3 each or a 3-pack for $9 and you can get them here. Boxycharm said $10, so pretty close.

 



 

Up next is the Pretty Vulgar Make Them Blush compact in the color Hush Blush.

 

 

First off, I LOVE their packaging! The gold is so much fun, and I really like a sturdy blush compact. The color is a beautiful rose hue, and looks to be pretty universal for lots of different skin tones.

 

 

I’ve tried several products from Pretty Vulgar and I’m a fan of the brand. Their website is addicting! Everything is so beautiful and sparkly!

This blush retails for $26 on Pretty Vulgar’s website, which is exactly the price listed on Boxycharm’s information card.

 

Moving on, we have The Vintage Cosmetic Company’s Smokey Eye Makeup Brush Set.

 

 

Super cute set! They are on the shorter end, so they pack easily. The bristles are nice and soft, and I like the cute wording on the brushes. Another nice feature is that the set includes a smudge brush.

This set retails for $23.29 on The Vintage Cosmetic Company’s website. Boxycharm lists their retail value at $23.15, which is extremely close. The only reason for the teeny difference in price is that you have to convert the price to US dollars, since they are a UK company. The Euro fluctuates slightly, causing  the small (pennies) difference between prices.

Youu can get this brush set here for only $19.99!

 

Up next is Butter London’s Double Decker Mascara:

 

 

I have never tried this mascara, but this is what the Butter London website claims: “Get 200% thicker lashes in just one coat and a 314% increase in lash curl. The interlocking nylon fiber brush grasps each individual lash to lengthen, curl, and multiply lashes from root to tip.”

I have no idea how they came up with those exact percentages, but it sure sounds good! This will be fun to test.

You can get this mascara for $20 here.

 



 

The last item in March’s box is the Pur X Boxycharm Eyeshadow Palette:

 

 

First, I have to say that I just LOVE that I always get some sort of palette in each box! This gorgeous palette is a collaboration between Pur and Boxycharm. It has 12 fantastic colors, as you can see:

 

 

I like that it includes some nice kind of bright neutrals, and then some really brave colors.

I’m a fan of Pur Cometics, partly because they make great products, but also because they sell cruelty and paraben-free makeup that is never tested on animals.

Check out the colors in the palette swatched:

 

 

That blue though! I’m digging the mix of shimmer and matte textures. It looks pretty versatile, with a lot of different possible color combinations.

You can get this exclusively on Pur’s website for $36.

 

The Verdict

Well, Boxycharm, you always impress me, and the March Boxycharm is no different.

I love the palette, as well as the brush set, and the eye gel packs are going to be great for when I wake up with puff-face. I’m also super excited to try the mascara, and of course the blush is just gorgeous! It’s awesome that every product is full-sized, too! But what about the value?

Boxycharm’s information card puts the total retail value of this month’s box at $115.15. From my research, I found the total retail value of all the products to be $110.99. So it’s very close.

Interestingly, Boxycharm’s boxes are usually higher in retail value, closer to $120-$150. So this month’s box value is a little lower than normal. But the curation of products is so good, I don’t really mind.

Again, the cost of the box is $21/ month.  What an awesome value, right? Like I said, in my book, no other beauty subscription box even compares in value for the price!

I am not paid or affiliated with Boxycharm in any way. My monthly subscription comes from my own pocket, like everyone else. I just love them THAT much!

Again, I highly recommend signing up! If you sign up using my referral link (here it is again), we BOTH get extra points, which can go toward free products!

 

Talk at ya later Broads!

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Ipsy Subscription Box: March 2018 Unboxing

Ipsy is a fantastic monthly subscription box, created by beauty influencer Michelle Phan, as well as Marcelo Camberos and Jennifer Goldfarb. It’s been around since 2011, and is the very first subscription box I ever tried back in 2015.

When you sign up, you complete a beauty profile quiz, which determines the products you receive in your bag. Some subscribers don’t think the quiz makes much of a difference, but I have noticed I almost never get hair products, which was what I specifically stated in my beauty quiz that I didn’t want. It seems like they’re listening.

 

Elaine Turner

 

I stick with Ipsy because it’s only $10 a month, you get 4 or 5 sample, deluxe-sized or full-sized products that always come in a cute little makeup bag, and the company’s website says the value of each bag is around $50.

Another thing I LOVE about Ipsy is that you get points for reviewing the products in the bag, and you get to trade in your points for extra items. I’ve gotten several awesome FREE items from my points, like a full-sized concealer, an eye shadow palette, and a crystal nail file.

 



It’s also exciting because your bag comes in a bright pink bubble mailer. Every time I see that super shiny pink in my mailbox my heart flutters with happiness!

Let’s check out this month’s box!

 

The Box

It’s more of a bag than a box. Here it is:

 

 

Pretty cute, no? I’m a sucker for black and white ANYTHING. What’s super cool about this month’s bag is that you can color it yourself! It comes with a couple of markers, so you can fill in some areas and make it a little more customized to your taste.

 

 

Aren’t those the cutest tiny little markers? My personal taste is to leave it black and white, because I think it really makes that bright pink zipper pop. But who knows? Maybe I’ll change my mind later.

This month’s theme is “Create.” The information card is pretty adorable, so I’ll probably tape it to my bathroom mirror.

 

 

I love any themes that have to do with creating, crafting, making, upcycling, or similar. The back of the card explains that this month is all about embracing the artist inside each of us. It encourages trying something new, or mixing and matching things from different areas of your life to create something unique.

As usual, the card explains how you can show off your bag and products by snapping a selfie and posting it to your social media accounts with the appropriate hashtag. You may even get featured on ipsy.com!

 

 

Now, on to the products!

 

The first item I see obviously is the Goodnight! PM Mask by Meg Cosmetics.

 

 

There are two of them, which is nice, because you can enlist a lady pal to mask it up with you. According to Meg Cosmetics’ website, these masks are made with an “eco-friendly lyocell sheet infused with Avocado Fruit Extract which helps with nourishing the skin while maintaining firmness.” The formula includes Camellia Sinesis Leaf Water, which is vitamin-rich and helps encourage moisture and elasticity.

Again, I love, love, LOVE getting masks. Not only are they fun and  great for your skin, they are also nice to tuck in to a gift for a friend.

These retail for $6 each on the Meg Cosmetics website.

 

Next up is the SLMISSGLAM L36 Tapered Highlight Brush.

 

 

It doesn’t get much cuter than this, does it? Super girly, and pretty decent quality as well, I’ve used many slmissglam brushes. They are nice, middle-of-the-road makeup brushes, and they get extra points for being so damn adorable!

I could only find this brush in a set on the slmissglam website, so I divided the cost of the set by the number of brushes it included. I came up with an approximate value of $13.

 

The next item is Tarte’s Sex Kitten Eyeliner in (you guessed it!) black. Please forgive the crummy picture, I didn’t have time to retake it.

 

 

Prepare for a mini rant!

I’m just NOT excited about this item. That’s coming from a HUGE Tarte fan! But the truth is, I’m sick to death of black eyeliners.

There are a couple of reasons for this. First, I don’t wear dark eyeliner unless I’m going out, and since I’m turning into an old lady who likes to stay at home, I hardly ever go out. Second, why do sub boxes always send black? I have so many black eyeliners it’s ridiculous.

I keep a box on the top shelf in my bathroom that’s labeled “For gifts/giveaways.” When I know I won’t use a makeup item, as long as it’s sealed, I’ll throw it into the box. I can’t dig it out later when I’m putting together a gift for a friend or when I’m doing a giveaway with multiple related items. Almost every time I receive a black eyeliner in a subscription box, it goes straight into the gift/giveaway box.

I have one more beef with this item, and that is, it looks tiny as hell! It’s really only half the size of the full-sized version, but it seems much smaller. It’s pretty difficult to hold it and line your eyes, because of the size. It feels awkward.

I would like to point out, that, despite my complaining, this eyeliner glides on very nicely, and it’s waterproof. It has fantastic staying power. It stayed on my hand for hours after I swatched it for this review. So if you are in the market for a new black eyeliner, this would be a pretty good choice.

The full-sized version goes for $20 on Tarte’s website. That would put this smaller sized version’s value at $10.

 

Up next is Doucce’s Freematic Eyeshadow in Marisa.

 

 

This color rocks! It’s sort of a pinky rose, with a nice shimmer to it. I always like getting single shadows that aren’t in a pot or palette. A couple of years ago I purchased a lovely magnetic palette from Etsy, and these slip right into it.

This particular shadow sells for $10 on the Doucce website, but you can get it here for $8.

 

The last product in this month’s bag is the City Color Glow Duo highlighter palette.

 

 

If you’ve read my Ipsy reviews before, you probably already know that I’m not a big fan of City Color. I have nothing against cheap makeup companies, I just don’t think City Color puts out great products. I’ve struggled with colors being too muddy, especially for bronzers. Their packaging screams poor quality a lot of the time as well.

However, I am pleased to say that City Color hit the mark with this product.  The colors are quite pretty, and I really dig that one side is cream and one side is powder.

One of my favorite beauty gals on YouTube, Kandee Johnson, taught me to always put powder over cream, because it creates fantastic staying power. So I’m pretty happy to see this feature in the duo.

You can purchase this palette in a circular version on City Color’s website for $5.99.

 

Here are the items swatched:

 

 

The two on the left are the City Color highlighter duo. The pink spot is the Doucce eye shadow. Of course, the black line is the Tarte eyeliner.

 

The Verdict

This month’s bag had some highs and some lows. For lows, I was disappointed in the itty bitty black eyeliner. Just a miss for me. As far as highs, I was happy with the cutesy makeup brush, the set of face masks, and the eye shadow pan I can add to my magnetic palette. The DIY coloring bag with two mini markers was a really nice touch for this month, and played very well into the “Create” theme. Most of all, though, I was happy to see City Color finally impress me! The Glow Duo highlighter palette is something I will definitely get use out of.

As far as value, I paid $10, and the approximate value of all the products in the bag is $48.99. I’m happy with that. The last couple of months, the bags have been lower in value than normal, so I’m glad to see it back up around the $50 mark.

 



I am not paid or affiliated with Ipsy in any way. I buy a monthly subscription like everyone else.

I highly recommend signing up, because Ipsy rocks, and you get great value for the price you pay. If you sign up using my referral link, we BOTH get extra points, which can go toward free products!

Do you subscribe to Ipsy? If so, what did you think of your March bag? Let me know in the comments!

 

Enjoy spring break!

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Bring It Like a Broad: Bitty-Broad Isis Brown Faces Her Bullies

Bring It Like a Broad: Bitty-Broad Isis Brown Faces Her Bullies

Today is one of my favorite days of the month! That’s because it’s the day we publish our monthly series, Bring It Like a Broad!  I love it because it’s a chance to celebrate females, and all we are capable of .

Remember, the purpose of this series is to highlight real ladies who are doing or have done the extraordinary. Our goal in celebrating these special people and their accomplishments is that each of us will be encouraged to believe in the possibility of our own goals and dreams. We also hope that seeing these women changing the world will blaze paths for all the little girls out there who will grow up someday and want to join their ranks.

 



This month’s Broad is actually one of those little girls. We’ll call her a Bitty-Broad. In fact, when the following events unfolded, she was only in 7th grade! Which just goes to show, we can learn things from our kids every day. Sometimes they display wisdom and courage far beyond their years, as did our Bitty-Broad.

 

THE BROAD

Imagine being named after an Egyptian goddess. Now imagine that goddess represents magic and healing, and was one of the most important deities in Ancient Egypt. Pretty cool stuff, no?

That’s how our Bitty-Broad, 14-year-old Isis Brown felt. In fact, people would often tell her how beautiful and unique her name was. She was proud of her name.

 

Statue of the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis.

Statue of the goddess Isis, courtesy of http://www.resurrectisis.org/

 

Then, around 2013, her name became famous. Unfortunately, as I’m sure you know, it wasn’t the kind of “famous” a 7th grader, or anyone, wants. The news outlets began extensive coverage of a terrorist group called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. If there’s one thing the media loves, it’s nicknames. So the term ISIS became a household name.

Little Isis Brown from Oklahoma was suddenly thrust into the spotlight at school. People no longer complimented her on her unique name. Instead, they called her a terrorist. They accused her of killing Americans, saying they saw her on the news. She could hear the kids whispering behind her back, calling her a killer and anti-American.

It began to have a detrimental effect on Isis. She started avoiding certain classes, hiding out in places where she wouldn’t be bullied. She would often come home from school crying.

 

Isis Brown, the brave 14-year-old who faced her bullies head on.

Photo courtesy of www.news5cleveland.com

 

But it didn’t just affect her school life. Kids took to Facebook to make fun of Isis. The bullying even began to destroy one of her favorite hobbies, deejaying. Many gigs she had lined up dropped her because of her name. Music was one of the biggest parts of her life. Can you imagine having so much of your life turned upside down, just because of your name? Now imagine that happening to you at 14-years-old. It would almost be impossible to bear.

Finally, our Bitty-Broad reached her limit. She could not go on letting these kids bully her, without sticking up for herself. Isis didn’t go to her principle privately, or ask her parents to intervene. No, she was even more courageous than that. She took to Facebook and created a video to address her tormentors.

In the video, she encouraged other people who share her name to be strong, remember what their name means, and not cower or avoid places where bullies will be. “No, you be the bigger person and show you’re not putting up with this anymore.” she stated. “That you can fight this battle, that you’re not going to let some wannabe bullies pick on you.”

She concluded the video by saying, “So you kids out there with the name Isis, “Love your name, cherish your name. I’m still learning – and I know you guys are too – but, in all reality, you’re named after a goddess. You’re not named after the terrorist group.”

Do you know what happened? The kids at school apologized! They now describe her as being brave and strong.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

There are a few things I really love about our Bitty-Broad’s experience.

First, it is incredible to see such a young girl gather the amount of courage Isis did, and face her fears. Remember, courage is not lack of fear. Courage is taking action despite being afraid.

Second, Isis went through three years of torment before she made this video. Sometimes, it takes us a while to get up the gumption to defend ourselves, and that’s okay.

Third, you don’t have to save the lives of thousands of people, or become the CEO of a huge company to be considered brave. Sometimes, a little girl in Oklahoma can show just as much courage as anyone else. In fact, when you show courage in the small things in life, it helps you to stand tall in the bigger things.

Lastly, you never know who you can learn a life lesson from. It’s not always the old experienced people that have profound wisdom. Sometimes we can learn as much from the bravery of one little girl, as we can from volumes of historical figures that changed the world.

Isis Brown is one of my personal heroes. She has taught me that your voice, no matter how small, can influence and help others. She also reminds me that your name isn’t who you are. No, it’s the way you live your life that defines your true character.

 

 ***Watch Isis Brown’s video response to her bullies here.***

 

Is there a woman you know personally who inspires you and others in some way? Is there a woman from history that you look up to? There are no guidelines–if a woman is inspiring to you in ANY way, it counts!

Please email me if you have a lady you want to see featured in Bring It Like a Broad.

You can also email me with any questions or comments you may have: theog@thebonafidebroad.com.

 

Be brave!

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In My Belly in 30: Vanilla Kettle Corn with Double Chocolate Drizzle (Popcorn Indiana Copycat Recipe)

In My Belly in 30: Vanilla Kettle Corn with Double Chocolate Drizzle (Popcorn Indiana Copycat Recipe)

I have a serious addiction to popcorn. Not just any popcorn. Chocolate drizzled popcorn. Oh lawd, nothing makes me happier than munching on a fresh batch of drizzled popcorn!

My addiction began last July, right after we moved to Flagstaff. Mr. OG and I were super excited because Flagstaff has a Sam’s Club, which neither of us had ever been to. So we went to check it out, and I ended up purchasing a nice big family-sized bag of Popcorn Indiana Black and White Drizzlecorn.

 



I sampled it after we got home, and then proceeded to eat half the bag in one sitting. By the next day, it was long gone. I couldn’t believe the party in my mouth! So, the next time we went to Sam’s Club, I got two bags, which lasted two days in our house.

Then I started craving the stuff. Like big time, ALL the time. So I thought I’d better stock up. We headed to Sam’s Club, and I went straight to my Popcorn Indiana end cap. To my absolute HORROR, it was full of tortilla chips! I frantically searched the snack aisles, and then desperately consulted a store associate. He explained that they ended their contract with Popcorn Indiana and no longer carry the drizzlecorn. Broken-hearted, I sulked home.

I just couldn’t live like that, so I began online research. I could NOT BELIEVE that my lovely bags of popcorn I was paying five bucks and change for at Sam’s Club were $15 + on Amazon. The best deal I could find was ten smaller-sized bags for $40. So yeah, I bought them. And ate my ten small bags in five days.

 



I knew Mr. OG was not going to let that continue. He asked me if any other popcorn would work. Smart Food? Moose Munch? “NO!” I replied. “It has to be Popcorn Indiana!”

You see, no other chocolate popcorn, or flavored popcorn, is quite like theirs. They have this wonderful sort of crunchy sugar coating on the outside of the popcorn, and then they drizzle it with dark chocolate and white chocolate. It’s HEAVEN. And nobody else makes it that way.

So I set out to create the perfect copycat. Do you know what happened? I made it BETTER. Now I won’t buy Popcorn Indiana’s Drizzlecorn, because my homemade stuff takes less than half an hour to make,  and is freaking delicious!

I can’t stop. I make a batch at least every other day. It just hits all of my taste buds in all the right ways. It’s sweet and salty, crunchy and melty, and the most perfect snack I’ve ever encountered. There’s no doubt I’m completely addicted. And I’m gonna be a doll and share the recipe with you. But I warn you, you may become addicted, too.

 

Vanilla Kettle Corn with Double Chocolate Drizzle

Ingredients:

 

Vanilla Kettle Corn with Double Chocolate Drizzle-Popcorn Indiana Copycat Recipe

 

1 bag butter popcorn

2 Tablespoons butter

1/2 teaspoon salt (I like pink Himalayan)

2 Tablespoons water

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup milk chocolate chips

1/3 cup white chocolate chips

 

***Side point*** If you can get some of this stuff, do it:

 

You’re popcorn will turn out just fine with regular vanilla, but this Madagascar vanilla really kicks up the flavor and makes it all that much more AMAZING! If you can’t find it at your local grocery store, get it here.

Instructions:

Put small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add butter, salt, water, vanilla, and sugar, and let heat to simmer, stirring occasionally.

 

 

 

While it’s heating, pop your popcorn.

 

 

Also, measure out your chocolate chips into two small bowls.

 

 

Your butter mixture only needs to heat for about five minutes. It should look like this:

 

 

When it does (like I said, about five minutes) turn off the heat.

Dump your popcorn into a large bowl.

 

 

Drizzle the butter mixture over the popcorn, 1/3 at a time, tossing the popcorn thoroughly with tongs between each third.

 

 

When the popcorn is completely covered in the butter mixture, spread it out evenly on a foil lined cookie sheet.

Microwave each bowl of chocolate separately, until melted. I do the milk chocolate first, because it looks better on the popcorn to have the milk chocolate between the white popcorn and the white chocolate. It really makes the white chocolate drizzle stand out. I also microwave each bowl for 30 seconds, stir thoroughly, and then pop it back in for another 30 seconds.

 

 

Using the milk chocolate first, drizzle the whole bowl over the popcorn, careful to do so as evenly as possible. Follow with the white chocolate.

 

 

Put popcorn into fridge for about 10 minutes to harden chocolate.

 

 

When chocolate is set, which happens very quickly, use a spatula to break it up. Put the into ziplocks bags.

 

 

I divide mine in half between two half-gallon zip locks.

 

 

That’s all there is to it! Except to enjoy!

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Musings from the Maestro: Music | Are You Really Listening?

Hello Broads!

I’m so pleased to introduce a new series on The Bonafide Broad blog! It’s called Musings from the Maestro. We have a fantastic new contributor, The Maestro, who loves all things music. His (yes, our first male contributor!) name in the real world is Ryan, and he has volunteered to share some his introspection with us.He will pop in with his musings every once in a while. We hope to share thoughts from The Maestro on all things music, including influential artists, historical styles, lyrics and their meanings, reviews of music-related products, and more. I can’t wait to see where this goes! Hope you enjoy!

 



Here is The Maestro’s introductory post:

 

Music | Are You REALLY Listening?

For centuries, all around the world, music has been the inspiring, uplifting, creative, consoling, angering, endearing, driving art form for many walks of life. From the long flowing strings of Mozart, to the short plucking strings of bluegrass, and from the twangy sounds of country to the upbeat foot tapping tones of pop, there is something for everyone to enjoy or be entertained by (whether they know it or not).

 

Man relaxing and listening to music on a stereo.

 

Music is powerful. It moves people, not just physically, but emotionally and intellectually. Whether you’re a head bobber, a sing along-er, a foot tapper, a dancer, or just a listener, you can find yourself hypnotized by the instrumentals or lyrics of your favorite artists or bands.

I often say that there is a difference between hearing and listening. I learned that from my mom. When I was younger, she would ask me to repeat what she just said to me, and usually all I could say was “Uh, I wasn’t listening.” Taking this little lesson and applying it to other aspects of my life has helped me to communicate better with people and understand things that are often overlooked.

 

Abstract Music

 

I really noticed my mother’s lesson in action when I listened to music; it gave me a whole new outlook and appreciation for the art form. These days people are moving so fast, overlooking the details and just accepting the short version of things. People don’t often take the time to stop and really listen. This is one of my fears, and a place I don’t want society going.

When we first become young adults, we start to realize how fast life goes by. What we don’t realize until we are nearing the end of our life journey, is that we maybe didn’t grasp or experience as many emotions, knowledge, or moments as we could have. These are often regrets, or missed opportunities, and we all have them. That’s why I want people to slow down and take interest and pride in the minute details of everyday life. A great place to start practicing this is with music.

 

Sheet music with headphones

 

Attention to detail is a rare attribute, but it’s one of the most important ones you can have. Being attentive towards all aspects of what goes into making music, especially from a producing and listening standpoint, has really been a saving grace for me.

I have encountered many miseries and obstacles in my life, just as we all have. I know I will continue to experience these kinds of things. In the past, I found myself struggling to deal with my thoughts and emotions. So I began looking for outlets and places to turn for relief. Sports were the most helpful for me, but I noticed that they only really helped when I was on the field or the court. At this point in my life, I didn’t want to vent or talk to anyone about my problems. This was because I had developed a horrible habit of demanding dominance over my emotions and not allowing them flow freely.

 

Vintage record player

 

But then I encountered an artist whose music changed my life, healed my emotional wounds, and made me fall in love with the beauty of creativity and self expression. Since then, I have been obsessed with the making of and listening to music. I am still constantly learning all I can about music today.

I want you to ask yourself: are you REALLY listening to music, or just simply hearing it? This is so important, because the difference can change your life. I’m not an expert and I certainly don’t know everything, but I want to open a door that can help others find a true passion and appreciation for music, just as I have. My hope is that we can spread the love of music. I’m optimistic that if we all work together, we can bring back the days of really listening to music, and not just simply hearing.

 

No music, no life--Neon Sign

 

So here’s to opening our minds and our hearts, not just our ears!

 

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Bring It Like a Broad: Irena Sendler Saves 2,500 Children During the Holocaust

It’s that time of the month again! The time where we celebrate women, and all we are capable of . Yep, it’s time for Bring It Like a Broad!

Remember, the purpose of this series is to highlight real women who are doing or have done the extraordinary. Our goal in celebrating these special people and their accomplishments is that each of us will be encouraged to believe in the possibility of our own goals and dreams. We also hope that seeing these women changing the world will blaze paths for all the little girls out there who will grow up someday and want to join their ranks.

 



The first two installments of this series were interviews with women I know personally, who have majorly inspired me. Today, we are going to honor a woman from the past who made an enormous impact on the lives of those around her.

 

THE BROAD

Most of us have heard of Oskar Schindler, a German industrialist who saved the lives of 1,200 Jewish people during the Holocaust. He has been the subject of books and movies, and is a person who is incredibly inspiring for his courage and bravery. But he is not the only person who risked his life to save others during the Holocaust.

Meet our February Broad, Irena Sendler.

 

Irena in 2005, photo courtesy of irenasendler.org

She was a Polish woman born on February 15, 1910 near the Warsaw ghetto. Today would be her 108th birthday, so it’s fitting she be recognized as our bad ass broad this month.

Irena’s father had a great influence on her throughout her whole life. He was one of the first Polish Socialists, and was a doctor, whose patients were mostly poor Jews.

During World War II, the Warsaw ghetto was the largest Jewish ghetto in German-occupied Europe. Irena was a Senior Administrator of the Warsaw Social Welfare Department. This organization provided food, money, and other services to the elderly, to orphans and to the poor and homeless. She was the equivalent of a social worker today.

 

Photo found by Teresa Prekerowa, courtesy of Wikipedia

 

When Germany invaded Poland in 1939, Irena began to use her position as a social worker to aid the Jews. In November of 1940, the Warsaw ghetto was sealed off. Almost 400,000 people had been driven into the extremely small area, only about 16 blocks. Conditions were horrible. Good hygiene was impossible, there was no food or medical supplies, and there was no space. Soon, disease became rampant, as well as death.

Because she was an employee of the Social Welfare Department, she was given a special permit which allowed her to enter areas of the ghetto where the Jewish people were. She was supposed to be checking for signs of diseases like typhus, because the Germans were paranoid about the diseases spreading beyond the ghetto.

She began sneaking clothing, money, and medicine in to the Jewish people. She would report the Jewish families she was helping as having highly infectious diseases, in order to prevent the Germans from coming to inspect.

Irena joined a secret group called Zegota (the Council to Aid Jews) in 1942. This group was organized by the Polish underground resistance, and Irena was one of it’s first recruits. She became an integral part of the organization, and a huge reason they were able to accomplish so much. They created over 3,000 false documents to help Jewish families. In 1943, she was nominated to head Zegota’s Jewish children’s section.

Irena and her coworkers began to smuggle infants and toddlers out of the Warsaw ghetto, saving them from being sent to concentration camps. They got very creative in the ways they would sneak the children out. Sometimes they would use ambulances, but more often they had to hide the children in suitcases and packages.

 

Children in Warsaw ghetto, photo courtesy of iwka.wordpress.com

 

Remember, it was no light slap on the wrist if you were caught helping the Jews in World War II. In fact, it was a huge risk, punishable by death. To make things worse, the Nazis wouldn’t just kill the person aiding the Jews, but also that person’s whole family, and sometimes even their close friends or acquaintances. She risked her life every single day, and she had to be very strategic in order to protect those close to her as well.

Once the children were hidden and smuggled out, they would be placed with either Polish Christian families, or into orphanages and convents. The children were protected further by being given false names. They were also taught to recite Christian prayers, just in case they were ever tested by Nazis.

Irena and her helpers were very careful to make sure the children didn’t lose their Jewish identities. They kept detailed documents listing the children’s real names, fake names, and locations. Of course, they couldn’t risk those documents being found, so they would hide them in jars and bury them. Irena was determined to get each child back to their family after the war was over, if at all possible.

Sadly, the Germans eventually caught on to what Irena was doing. In 1943 she was arrested and her home was ransacked. During this event, Irena was able to toss the lists of children to her friend, who hid them in her loose clothing. Her friend was never searched, thus keeping the children safe.

Irena was brutally tortured and beaten horribly. The Nazis fractured her feet and her legs, among other things. But Irena was courageous, and never betrayed any of the children or her coworkers. She was sentenced to death by firing squad.

 

Pawaik Prison, where the Nazis held Irena, photo courtesy of irenasendler.org

 

Fortunately, on the way to her execution, members of Zegota were able to bribe some of the greedy Germans into letting her go. She immediately went in to hiding.

You would think that would be enough for her, but it wasn’t. Irena had a determination and drive that isn’t seen a lot in this world. She returned to Warsaw with a fake identity, and began working with the Zegota organization again, continuing to help and hide Jews. She also worked as a nurse.

 

Photograph by Anna Mieszkowska, courtesy of Wikipedia

 

When the war ended, Irena and her coworkers turned the children’s records over to one of their colleagues who attempted to find the children and return them to their parents. Sadly, almost all of the parents had either gone missing, or had been killed in concentration camps. That goes to show that if it weren’t for Irena, most of those children would have been murdered, too.

It’s a travesty that Irena’s accomplishments went virtually unnoticed for decades. In fact, it wasn’t until 2000, when four students at Uniontown High School in Kansas won the Kansas State National History Day Competition, that Irena’s story became mainstream. They won by writing a play about Irena’s accomplishments, called Life in a Jar. It brought the spotlight to Irena and all she had done. The world finally took notice!

Irena lived a long and meaningful life after the war, still staying involved in activism. She passed away in May of 2008.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

By the end of the Holocaust, six million Jews had been removed from this earth. The absolute horror of the atrocities that took place during that time are indescribable. Before the war, there were 9 million Jews in the 21 European countries that would eventually be overrun by the Germans. By the end of the war, two out of every three of those Jews had been killed. 1.2 million Jewish children were murdered. That doesn’t account for the thousands of children who were left disabled, missing body parts, and without families.

 

Irena with some of the children she saved, photo by Mariusz Kubik, courtesy of Wikipedia

 

Irena Sendler saved 2,500 Jewish children. That’s more than twice the number of Jews saved by Oskar Schindler! She used her position to do what she believed no one else could. She risked her life, enduring torture and ridicule at the hands of the Nazis, and almost being killed, only to go right back out and do it again.

I can’t think of a more courageous woman than Irena. She reminds me that sometimes we have the ability to help a person, and we always should. It wasn’t her fight, but she fought it anyway. Those children mattered to her, and she knew she could make a difference, so she did. Imagine the 2,500 children she saved, and how many people’s lives that affects. Those 2,500 people now have children and grandchildren, all of whom wouldn’t even exist today if it weren’t for the courage of this woman.

 

A tree planted in Irena’s honor, photo courtesy of iwka.wordpress.com

 

“I did nothing special. Any decent person would do the same thing under the circumstances. When somebody is drowning, you reach in to save them whether you can swim or not. Race, religion, nationality don’t matter.”  -Irena Sendler

Isn’t her humility incredible? When we go through hardships in our life, stop for a second and look at the big picture. Not to say our problems aren’t relevant, but just remember, no matter our situation, we can change this world, just like Irena did. We may not save thousands of lives, but if we can affect just one person for the better, then our life means something more.

 

Is there a woman you know personally who inspires you and others in some way? Is there a woman from history that you look up to? There are no guidelines–if a woman is inspiring to you in ANY way, it counts!

Please email me if you have a lady you want to see featured in Bring It Like a Broad.

You can also email me with any questions or comments you may have: theog@thebonafidebroad.com.

 

Until next time,

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Information for this article was taken from:

wikipedia.org

irenesendler.org

iwka.wordpress.com

patch.com

 



 

Tutorial: 3 Easy Ways to Upcycle Last Year’s Calendar

Hello my broads! Have you put up your new calendars yet? I received a fantastic calendar as a Christmas gift from a coworker this year called “Nuns Having Fun.” It’s all pictures of nuns bowling, bicycling, sailing, etc. I love it! You can buy it here.

 



I SO loved last year’s calendar, though. It was a beautifully illustrated work of art, called “The Lang 2017 Love to Cook Calendar,” with paintings of fat chefs creating amazing concoctions on nice thick paper. It broke my heart to take it down, and I just couldn’t throw it away.

So I started to think, how can I use this expired beauty? Broads, you’re in for treat!

Today I’m going to show you three fabulous ways you can upcycle last year’s calendar. I promise, you will be so excited, you’ll start collecting everyone else’s old calendars, too. You’ll also realize these three projects are just the beginning, and I bet while you are making these, your brain will be coming up with a ton of other ways you can use your old calendars!

Let’s get started on project numero uno!

 

 

Project 1: Pen/Pencil/Paintbrush Holders:

For this first simple project, you’ll need your calendar, four empty tin cans, a ruler, glue, a Sharpee, and scissors (not pictured).

 

 

The first thing you want to do is measure your can to see how wide you need to cut your paper. Make sure you measure only the flat part that the paper will be glued to, and not the lip of the can. Mine were about 4 inches.

 

 

Next, you need to find four pictures or areas of a picture that you like. Measure the four inch width and mark it across your paper with the Sharpee.

 

 

Then use the ruler to connect the marks and make a straight line. Take your scissors and cut along the line. That should give you a nice four inch wide strip of paper. Repeat the process with your other three papers.

 

 

You’ll end up with four strips of four inch wide paper, like so:

 

 

Now grab a can. squeeze a line of glue vertically down the can.

 

 

Take a strip of your paper. Starting at the glue line, wrap the paper around your can. You’ll want to make a new glue line about every 1 1/2 to 2 inches to make sure your paper is nice and sealed to the can. When you get to the end, cut off the excess paper.

 

 

Then you can draw a line of glue at the very end to seal the edge of the paper flat, like this:

 

 

Make sure you press it firmly and hold it for a few seconds so it stays flat and doesn’t raise on the edges. Repeat the gluing process with your other three cans and papers. Before you know it, viola! You have gorgeous holders for your art utensils!

 

 

I took my project a step further and you may be able to as well, depending on what you have laying around your home. I had a drink caddy with four glasses and a jug that I never use. I took the glasses and jug out, and put my cans in, which created an awesome little art utensil caddy. So cute!

 

 

That’s project one, and it was easy as pie!

 

 

Project 2: Bookmarks

For this project you’ll need your calendar, a paper cutter, glue, a Sharpee (not pictured), a hole punch, some ribbon, a ruler, and a piece of sturdy cardboard.

 

 

The first thing you want to do is measure and mark the width of your bookmark on the cardboard. I’m doing 1 1/2 inches.

 

 

Connect your dots and use the ruler to draw a straight line for cutting.

 

 

Use the paper cutter to ensure very straight lines, like so:

 

 

Next, you’ll want to cut your calendar paper about two and a half times as wide as your cardboard piece, and about and inch longer. So for instance, my book mark is 1 1/2 inches wide by 5 inches long. So I’m going to cut my calendar paper 3 3/4 (1 1/2 X 2.5) inches wide and 6 (5 1) inches long.

 

 

Put your cardboard piece on top of your freshly cut calendar paper. Now get your glue and line both short ends of your cardboard with glue.

 

 

Next, fold the ends of the calendar paper over the cardboard, and press them hard to get the glue to seal them.

 

 

You’ll now line one of the long sides of the cardboard with glue, and fold the paper over, pressing hard again to get a nice firm seal.

 

 

Put a line of glue across the middle of your bookmark, like so:

 

 

Then simply fold the last end over so your cardboard is completely wrapped in the calendar paper. You’ll also want to put an extra line of glue on the short ends, and press nice and hard so they seal better, like this:

 

 

At this point, put your bookmark(s) under a book or something else flat and heavy. This will allow for flat drying. It’ll take about 30 to 60 minutes to get dry enough. I did two bookmarks. You can do however many you want.

 

 

After drying, punch a hole in one end, centered.

 

 

Take your ribbon and cut it to the length you want. I did about 8 inches, giving myself a little extra to work with.

 

 

Thread your ribbon through the hole punch and tie it securely. Trim if necessary.

 

 

There you have it! Lovely bookmarks!

 

 

These were super simple, and since I’m always in need of bookmarks for my cookbooks, they were put to use right away!

 

 

 

Project 3: Mini Pocket Notebook

Our last project is a simply adorable mini pocket notebook. You will need your old calendar, a paper cutter, a Sharpee (not pictured), glue, a hole punch, a ruler, computer paper, and twine.

 

 

First things first, you want to measure how wide your paper will be. Think of how wide you want your notebook and then double it, because you will be folding your paper in half.

I actually cut out a few pieces and folded them to give myself a good idea of exact widths and lengths. I settled on 5 inches, so I will have 2 1/2 inch wide paper in my mini notebook.

 

 

Use the paper cutter to cut your paper to the length you measured. See how I put my paper at the 5 inch mark?

 

 

Your calendar paper will be the outside cover of the notebook. I wanted mine 1/4 inch bigger on all sides than my white paper. So that would be 8 3/4 inches long (because my paper was the standard 8 1/2 by 11), and 5 1/4 inches wide. Follow the same process of measuring, drawing your lines, and using the paper cutter to get everything nice and straight.

 

Now, fold your white papers in half, and use your hole punch to make two holes. They will be on the folded side, about 1/8 to 1/4 inch from the edges. Since I didn’t get a good photo, I drew up a quick diagram to show you what I mean. The two circles are approximately where you want your holes punched.

Make sure you punch the holes while the papers are folded in half, so when you unfold them you will have four holes all together.  You will need to punch two holes into your cover paper (old calendar) as well, in the exact same spot as the white paper, so they will line up perfectly.

 

 

Next, measure out two pieces of twine.  I did mine at 12 inches, because I wasn’t sure how much I would need. If you plan on just tying a secure double knot, you probably only need each string to be about 4 inches long. But if you want to try a cute bow, 12 inches is a good amount to work with. You can always trim them down later.

 

 

Now put your white paper and your cover paper together, lining up the holes. Thread the twine through the holes and tie, making sure it’s very secure. I settled on a double knot because I’m terrible at tying secure bows.

 

 

It should look something like this:

 

 

You can stop at this point if you want, and have a wonderful mini notebook. However, I like to do one last step because I think it makes my mini notebook a bit more professional and polished. What I do is glue the very first white page and the very last white page to the cover page, like this:

 

 

Now you have a gorgeous mini notebook!

 

 

 

 

Final Thoughts

It only took me about an hour to complete all three of these projects, and I just LOVE how they turned out!

 

 

Now I have little pieces of 2017’s fabulous calendar around my house!

I really enjoy upcycling in this manner, because I not only save myself some money, but I also feel like I’m contributing to saving the earth. What’s not to love about that?

What have YOU done with your old calendars? Please comment and give me some more ideas for what to do with the rest of my calendar!

 

Toodles Broads!

 

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Boxycharm Subscription Box: January 2018 Unboxing

Boxycharm Subscription Box: January 2018 Unboxing

Boxycharm is a beauty subscription box that costs $21 per month. They feature makeup, skin care, and hair care products, and their website states that they send 4 to 5 full-sized or luxury-sized beauty products in each box. The company guarantees the box value to be over $100.

Boxycharm is my all time favorite subscription box. If I had to get rid of all of my boxes but one (what a sad world THAT would be), I would keep Boxycharm without thinking twice.

 



 

For me, no other box delivers the fantastic value of Boxycharm. Every month I find myself wondering how they can send so many amazing and EXPENSIVE products, but only charge $21! It rocks my socks!

You can sign up here.

 

 

The Box:

Here is this month’s box:

 

 

So the theme for this month is “ROCK 2018,” apropos for January of course. I have to say, from this viewpoint, my box is looking pretty damn good!

 

 

 

The first thing I always check out is the info card:

 

 

I like their information cards because most boxes don’t list retail prices. Boxycharm is always honest with their retail price listings too. I’m glad, because it’s really frustrating when sub boxes try to make products seem more expensive than they are. But Boxycharm is always right on with their information.

 

 

Okay, now for the goodies! The first item I see get’s me really excited, because Dr. Brandt is one of my very favorite brands. I don’t get to buy it in real life because it’s pretty spendy. So I adore any of their products coming in my sub boxes. This is the Pores No More Luminizer Primer:

 

 

 

I have been wanting to try this product for quite a while. It is very highly reviewed all over the internet. Apparently it creates a wonderful glow to your skin without making it look or feel greasy. It also helps reduce the size of your pores, and it really brightens up dull skin. I’m excited to try this out!

According to Boxycharm, this bottle retails for $38. However, you can get it on sale here for only $28.88.

 

 

The next item in this month’s box is IT Cosmetics Brow Power.

 

 

I’m excited to see this, because I am at the very end of my favorite (Anastasia Brow Wiz) brow pencil. When I opened the package, I saw this cute little message:

 

 

I really love positive little messages in my sub boxes!

 

 

So the pencil looks like your standard eyebrow pencil, which is perfect for me. The shade is Universal Taupe. Taupes work well for me because my hair is light brown/dark blonde (depending on the time of year), but my brows are usually just a little bit darker than that. Yay! Score!

The information card puts the retail value of this pencil at $24. You can get it here for $24.97.

 

 

RealHer Makeup

 

 

Alrighty then! Next up is this lovely Pur Bronze & Brighten palette:

 

 

The colors are gorgeous. A bronzer, a blush, and a highlighter. I really love how peachy coral the blush is. I’ll probably save this for summertime, because to me, it’s screaming sunshine.

Boxycharm says the retail value of this palette is $34. Sure enough, Pur ‘s website sells it for $34. However, it’s currently out of stock right now. It’s a VERY popular palette.

 

 

Moving on, we have the Crown Pro Glam Metals Palette:

 

 

If this isn’t a gorgeous palette, then I’m a monkey’s uncle! I just LOVE the design on the palette, and the colors! Oh MY! They are so pretty! See them swatched below. I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of getting palettes from Boxycharm.

Boxycharm says this retails for $25, but I couldn’t find it for that price. On the Crown website you can get it for $29.99.

 

 

La Roche-Posay- ACD

 

 

This month’s last item confused me a bit. It’s the Girlactik Matte Lip Paint, obviously.

 

 

However, that’s not what is listed on my card. Apparently I was supposed to get Grande Cosmetics Grandelips Hydrating Lip Plumper. Oh well, I’m actually really digging the color of this Girlactik Matte Lip Paint. The shade is called Posh, and it’s sort of an orangey-plum color.

 

 

But my very favorite thing about this lip paint is the texture. I love matte lip colors, but I have noticed that often times when you press your lips together, even after it’s completely dry, there’s a weird sort of dry-sticky texture to it. Not so with this Girlactik Matte Lip Paint. I would say this is almost a mix between a matte lip and a lip stain. I’m really into it!

So the information card is not correct, as I received a different item. But the retail value of the Girlactik Matte Lip Paint is $23 on their website, which is just a little less than the item I should have received.

 

 

Here are the swatches:

 

 

The nine swatches on top are the Glam Metals Palette. The horizontal line is the Girlactik Matte Lip Paint, and the three on the bottom are the Pur Bronze & Brighten Palette. I didn’t swatch the brow liner because they all kind of look the same. I forgot to get a dab of the primer.

 

The Verdict:

I feel like Boxycharm really nailed it this month! In fact, this is probably my favorite box I’ve ever gotten from Boxycharm. I was a little worried, because my Ipsy Glam Bag this month wasn’t my favorite. It seemed like they just threw all the extra crap they had from last year and tried to make a bag out of it.

Not so with Boxycharm. This January bag has TWO palettes in it, plus a Dr. Brandt item, a brow liner, and a nice lip color. What’s not to love?

Let’s check out the value though, to make sure that it rocks!

According to the information card, this month’s box has $148 worth of product in it. However, since one of my items was incorrect, and some of the prices I found were slightly different than Boxycharm’s, my calculated value is $140.84. Pretty close.

Again, the cost of the box is $21/ month.  What an awesome value, right? Like I said, in my book, no other beauty subscription box even compares in value for the price!

I am not paid or affiliated with Boxycharm in any way. My monthly subscription comes from my own pocket, like everyone else. I just love them THAT much!

Again, I highly recommend signing up! If you sign up using my referral link (here it is again), we BOTH get extra points, which can go toward free products!

 

See ya later Broads!

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Ipsy Subscription Box: January 2018 Unboxing

Ipsy Subscription Box: January 2018 Unboxing

Ipsy is a fantastic monthly subscription box, created by beauty influencer Michelle Phan, as well as Marcelo Camberos and Jennifer Goldfarb. It’s been around since 2011, and is the very first subscription box I ever tried back in 2015.

When you sign up, you complete a beauty profile quiz, which determines the products you receive in your bag. Some subscribers don’t think the quiz makes much of a difference, but I have noticed I almost never get hair products, which was what I specifically stated in my beauty quiz that I didn’t want. It seems like they’re listening.

 

Elaine Turner

 

I stick with Ipsy because it’s only $10 a month, you get 4 or 5 deluxe-sized or full-sized products that always come in a cute little makeup bag, and the company’s website says the value of each bag is around $50.

Another thing I LOVE about Ipsy is that you get points for reviewing the products in the bag, and you get to trade in your points for extra items. I’ve gotten several awesome items from my points, like a full-sized concealer, an eye shadow palette, and a crystal nail file.

It’s also exciting because your bag comes in a bright pink shiny bubble mailer. Every time I see that super shiny pink in my mailbox my heart flutters with happiness!

Let’s check out January’s box!

 

The Box

I guess it’s more of a bag than a box. Here it is:

 

 

Isn’t this month’s bag CUTE?

Here’s a better look at it:

 

 

I love the sporty look, which goes along with this month’s theme, “Game Face.” Every month there is a card included explaining the month’s chosen theme, like so:

 

 

This is the perfect theme for January! It’s a fresh year, and we all have goals. So Ipsy is encouraging us to put on our game face and conquer our goals.

I especially like that this month’s card serves more than just the purpose of giving information. The back side has a spot where you can write down your goal, and put it somewhere you can see it and be motivated. Great idea, Ipsy!

 

Okay, so let’s see these products!

First off, we have Dermelect Cosmeceuticals Microfacial Exfoliating Mask.

 

 

I’ve never tried this or any other products from Dermelect. However, since moving to Flagstaff, the dry air has really been taking a toll on my skin. So I welcome any sort of skin products in my sub boxes right now. I will definitely try this.

This sample says it’s 15 ml or 1/2 ounce. You can get the full-sized bottle, 2.7 ounces, on Dermelect’s website for $38. That means our sample-sized bottle’s value is about $7.

 

Next up is this cute little bottle of Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo:

 

 

I’m a daily user of dry shampoo, as much for the volumizing effects as for the oil-sapping benefits. I haven’t tried this kind. According to Oribe’s website, this product is supposed to give your hair UV protection, and it’s also vegan, cruelty-free and gluten-free. Pretty cool.

As far as value, the full-sized (286 ml) bottle is priced at $44. Get it here. Our sample size is 43 ml, making it’s approximate value $6.62.

 

For our next item, we have the City Color Contour Palette:

 

 

City Color always strikes me as a pretty low-end brand. I’ve never really sought out their products, because they usually look so cheap. I’m not against inexpensive or drugstore brands by any means. But I mean, just LOOK at it. This is a brand new palette and it looks all banged up.

The value is not very high. Their full-sized version sells for $6.99 here, and this palette is a little over half the size of the full-sized version. So the approximate value is about $3.90.

See it swatched below.

 

Moving on, here is our next item, a Dirty Little Secret eyeshadow pot:

 

 

Dirty Little Secret is a brand I really like. I have never found a product of theirs that I didn’t like. This eyeshadow is pretty unique, not a color I see a lot. It’s called Sangria. You can see it swatched below.

This is a full-sized product! Woohoo! It retails for $12 on the DLS website, although it’s not currently in stock. You can get it on pre-order though.

 

Our last item is another full-sized product, the NYX Lingerie Lip:

 

 

The shade is #07, which is Satin Ribbon, a nice nude beige. I’m a big fan of NYX. It’s one of those brands that’s affordable, but compares in quality and value to higher end makeup companies. This lip lingerie dries very matte, and stays put for a LONG time. See it swatched below.

Like I said, this is a full-sized product, so the retail price is $7 on the NYX website.

Here are the products swatched:

 

 

The top left three are the City Color Contour Pallette, to the right of them is the DLS Eyeshadow Pot, and underneath is the NYX Lip Lingerie.

 

 

La Roche-Posay- ACD

 

The Verdict

So this month’s bag wasn’t my favorite. The City Color Contour Palette was a miss for me. But I was happy with the DLS eyeshadow and the NYX Lingerie Lip color, the only two full-sized products in the bag.

As far as value, I paid $10, and the approximate value of all the products in the bag is $36.52. That’s a little disappointing, because the bags are usually around $50 in value.

I am not paid or affiliated with Ipsy in any way. I buy a monthly subscription like everyone else.

Although January’s bag was a disappointment, I still highly recommend signing up, because most of the time Ipsy gets it right. If you sign up using my referral link, we BOTH get extra points, which can go toward free products!

 

Do you subscribe to Ipsy? If so, what’d you think of your January bag? Let me know in the comments!

 

XO Broads!

 

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