Random is Order

"Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature." ~ Eric Hoffer

Julep Maven Box Review – Intro “Classic With a Twist” Box

Starter Box

“Classic With a Twist” Intro Box

This review is now located at my new blog: A Little Cup of Random.  Please click on over, and check out all of my Subscription Box information and reviews.

Thanks for dropping by.  Blog at you later!

Cheers, Shauna

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This doesn’t work so well.

If you’ve made it through my crazy long detailed About Me page, you’ll have read that two of the things I consider to be my worst traits are that I’m a perfectionist and a procrastinator. I can’t even quite figure out how these two things could have developed in the same person because it’s impossible to make things perfect when you are doing them at the last minute.

Honestly, I don’t do things at the complete last minute. Rather, I just wait until I absolutely HAVE to finish something before I break down and actually do it. Because of my perfectionist tendencies, stuff still manages to turn out well since I just flat out won’t complete something that isn’t up to my standards.

Of course, turning out high quality work at the last minute causes major stress so I’m trying to be better about starting things earlier. Although to be fair, starting things is not my problem; my issue is with finishing them. So far, I’m still searching for the motivation to do this because my current method of motivation is reaching the point that I have to just finish something because it must be done.

I’ve been trying to research how people motivate themselves to get things done, but I haven’t found much that I think would work for me. I’m hoping some of you that follow my blog might give me some feedback on how you motivate yourself to finish your projects. Please take a moment to comment below as I really could use the help!

Thanks for reading. Blog at you later!

Cheers, Shauna

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Feel-Good Friday

I spent most of today busy with homework and projects for my internship. Despite being busy, I definitely had a couple of feel good things to focus on today.

~ First off, I saw “Monsters University” today, and I loved it! The marching band cadences had me tapping my toes throughout the whole movie, and I really liked the short before it as well.

~ My natural nails are really soft and weak, so I did some research on something that might help, and found Nailtiques Formula 2. I’ve only been using it a couple of days, but my nails already feel better, and are less bendy.

~ Because my nails are less bendy, my manicure is staying on way better. I’m loving this lilac polish!

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Color Club “Pardon My French”

Please disregard my horrible manicure. I was in a hurry before the movie, and forgot to push back my cuticles.

~ I’m pretty sure I’ve solidified my last internship that I need for school, so I won’t have to stress about that any more. It will be with the company I’m currently with, and I might even make commission off my sales. Extra cash would be nice.

~ And finally, my books for this term’s classes arrived today so I won’t have to stress about having them any more. Studying doesn’t make me feel good, but having the tools I need to be successful does.

What are the things you are feeling good about this Friday? Share your comments below, and have a great day! Blog at you later!

Cheers, Shauna

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Thursday Thoughts – 6/27/13

Ramblings of a Suburban Mom

Today, I’m linking up with my bloggy friend, Jen, over at Ramblings of a Suburban Mom. Her blog is totally fun, and seriously has the most comprehensive list of subscription boxes I’ve found anywhere, so go check her out!

~ I was completely, over the moon excited to receive my first Birchbox (pics and initial review coming soon!) That is, until I opened it and discovered that they think I’m old. Seriously, 2 out of the 5 products were for aging this, that or the other. Now, I will admit that some days I feel older than others, but I never feel old, and I can’t figure out why Birchbox has pegged me that way either. I even went back in to check my profile selections, and the “Aging” category was not checked so I’m really not sure why I got all this “aging” stuff. The real bummer about it is that I didn’t get any of the goodies I was super looking forward to such as the Davines hair samples or the Suki scrub. BB has to be really good next month, or I don’t see myself sticking with them for long.

~ Who here watches Pretty Little Liars?

Pretty Little Liars

Photo Courtesy of The Huffington Post

Please tell me I’m not the only one. Anyone read the books? Anyway, are you not completely loving all the reveals they’ve had going on so far this season? With all the new info and what has already happened, does anybody think that Ali’s mom might be A? OR, do you think they’re trying to set up for the same angle that went down in the books? I don’t want to write about it because I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but come on! That has to be what they’re going for, right? Too creepy if they do, because they won’t be able to carry the same storyline on the show that they did in the books because the two have already diverged SO MUCH. I’m not looking forward to the end of the Summer Season and that crazy, long wait until next January.

~ I think I have to just come out and admit that I am completely addicted to nail polish. The problem is that I just joined the Julep Maven program, AND I can’t stop buying OPI polishes everywhere I see them, and the small container I bought for them years ago just doesn’t hold all of my polish any more. I don’t have a wall I can mount a polish shelf on so I need to come up with some other kind of storage, but I can’t figure out what. I was thinking a train case, but don’t want to spend $40+ on one. Plus, Roger’s eyes bugged out tonight when he saw me looking at one at Ulta, and found out they cost that much for an EMPTY case. He totally thought I was joking, and they were full of makeup. Too funny! So, I’m basically looking for suggestions on ways to store my growing nail polish and accoutrements collection as well as all of the new makeup I’m amassing from my subscriptions. Please, share your ideas!

~ I haven’t had a ton of time to read this summer due to my class and internship schedule, but I did pick up a couple of books at the library last weekend. Right now, I’m reading the Jane Austen Mystery series, and yes, it’s THAT Jane Austen.

The books are set in the era of Pride and Prejudice, and feature the fictional diaries of Jane Austen as she recounts her tales of solving mysteries throughout the England of her time period. Author Stephanie Barron (the pen name for Francine Mathews,) does a great job of writing in the language of the time, and keeping with the feel of Austen’s real novels. The first book in the series is, “Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor,” which is the one I’ve pictured here. I’m on the third book in the series, and I find them to be absolutely charming. If you were like me, and wished that you could peek into Elizabeth and Darcy’s lives forever, you will likely enjoy this series as well.

~ I’ve been feeling kind of down lately, and finally pegged the reason for it today. I figured out that I’ve basically been in class non-stop except for a few 2-week breaks since May 2012. I’m getting ridiculously burnt out, and have a wicked case of cabin fever. Of course, there’s not a lot I can do about it because I’m in the middle of another set of classes right now, and can’t really go anywhere. I’ll have a break between Summer and Fall semesters, but it’s another 2-week break, and I’ll have to work. I guess I’m just bummed because I won’t be graduating for another 3 semesters after this one, so I’m looking at solid homework, studying and tests through December 2014, and it’s just making me tired. I’m going to have to plan something fun for Winter or Spring Break, or I’m going to go nuts.

That’s pretty much it for today’s thoughts. I’m working on my Julep post right now, and should have it up tonight. In the meantime, thanks for reading. Blog at you later!

Cheers, Shauna

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Oh, but it doth eluded me.

Sleep, that is. I mean, sleep is that which doth eluded me. Still. And perhaps grammar, but that may be a side effect of no sleep.

Anyway, very few Zzzzzzzzs were to be had last night, so I’m now resembling a zombie more than anything else. I’m going to try heading to bed super early (for me) in an effort to close the gap. I hath forsworn electronic device usage for most of this evening due to its distractibility quotient, so nothing but this simple phone created post will appear for the remainder of the day, and most of tomorrow as well.

I will only add that this gem was found today upon arrival from school.

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As you can see, the box has been opened, and photos taken, but the exhaustion was too severe for much else to occur. I will, however, be back later this week with part one of my review of this lovely package’s contents.

In the meantime, I wish you more sound sleep and pleasant dreams than I have been getting, and hope that I will come to you next with smaller under-eye bags and more enthusiasm. Blog at you later!

Cheers, Shauna

NOTE: Apparently, the exhaustion has caused me to think I am stuck in a second-rate Ren Fair. Please forgive the forsooth and all that jazz. Goodnight!

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But I WANT to sleep.

I’m tired. It’s a combination of school and my internship, but it’s mostly because of a wicked bout of insomnia. I only got something like 3 hours of sleep last night, and I’m totally the worse for wear for it. I had big plans for lots of things today, but only got homework and a couple of other school things done.

Still, I did manage to catch tonight’s SYTYCD, and vote for my faves. I’ll just say right now that I’m loving Tucker and Jasmine H, and I think they will both go far. If you didn’t catch tonight’s show, try to check out the routines on YouTube tomorrow. The opening was especially interesting as it featured a Nappy Tabs choreographed routine that moved from the entrance of the studio all the way through makeup, wardrobe and ended on the stage. The big deal is that it was all filmed in one long take, and was very, very cool to see.

So, I’m off to bed earlier than normal in the hopes that I get more sleep tonight than I did last night. I’m going to try to get up early tomorrow morning to hopefully get more accomplished. Have a great night, everyone. Blog at you later!

Cheers, Shauna

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Random Monday 6/24/13

Random Monday @NotInadequate

“Monday is an awful way to spend 1/7 of your life.”

I’m super feeling this quote today, and just had to add it here. It’s exceedingly appropriate for my mood.

Once again, I’m linking up with my bloggy friend Deb, over at Not Inadequate for a little beginning of the week randomness.

– My new classes for the second half of the Summer semester began today, and I’m already cranky. They’re super-accelerated because they cram 16 weeks of material into 6 weeks. All of my classes this term are online which I normally love. Of course, I only love it if the professors are organized, and I’ve already realized one is, and one isn’t. As an event and hospitality management major, I will admit that my classes aren’t exactly rocket science, especially since I already have experience in the field. Still, some can be pretty challenging, especially with the short time frame.

Today, the professor for my most difficult class emailed to let us know that he is at a conference, and won’t be posting any info about the class until Wednesday at the earliest. He went on to assure us that it would be OK because we won’t have any assignments due this week. This is NOT ok because it means he will be packing 16 weeks of work into 5 weeks instead of the measly 6 weeks we are supposed to get. I am annoyed by this. Somehow, I’m sure there will be more info to come on this topic.

– Speaking of school, I am quite pleased to note that I have received solid As in both of my first term classes, so I’m 50% of the way to my goal of a 4.0 for the Summer term. President’s List is SO CLOSE I can taste it!

– I got the sneak peek email for July’s ipsy bag, and it has a full size Benefit Cosmetics Benetint! I love Benefit, and swear by their mascara, They’re Real!, and I’m a big fan of this product also, so I’m super-excited. I can’t wait!

Benetint!

Benetint!

– I spent the better part of two days working on a scholarship application, and stressed all over to get it submitted by the deadline, only to find out the deadline was extended by two weeks. I guess that’s nice, but I’m irritable that they said people who submitted by the original deadline won’t get bonus points for submitting when we were supposed to. I know that sounds petty, but there’s a lot of money up for grabs, and I could really use some of it.

– I had a great time this weekend on my mini-Summer break, but I didn’t get much done around here so now I feel behind. I just have to finish editing my Julep box pics, and that review will be ready to go. I also picked out the cutest pics of the furbabies to feature in their intro post, and I am working up a post about our visit to the Kennedy Space Center. I’m hoping to get two of those three up tomorrow, plus fix whatever craziness is happening with my Categories section.

– And finally…

– My current song captivation of the week is centered around the new Daft Punk song, “Get Lucky”. This one also features Pharrell singing the most blatant hook-up lyrics I think I’ve come across. I honestly didn’t care at all for the song until Roger pointed out how catchy the completely inappropriate lyrics were, but now I inexplicably find myself singing it at random moments. Yes, the lines are totally wrong, but it’s a complete ear worm, and I just can’t keep it out of my head!

That’s it for today’s randomness. Thanks for braving it with me. Blog at you later!

Cheers, Shauna

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Oh, but it’s a GOOD tired.

We made it over to Cape Canaveral today, and spent several hours at Kennedy Space Center. It was interesting for me, but Roger was like a kid in a candy store. I’ve never seen a grown man stare so longingly at a building as he did at the Vehicle Assembly Building as our bus tour drove by. I’m thinking there will be a tour of the VAB coming up in someone’s future. 😉

After we left KSC, we drove down to Cocoa Beach. Our initial plan was to check out the beach and ocean, but I was entirely too tired after wandering around the NASA complex for forever. As we were driving around, I saw a shave ice place. Now, Hawaiian shave ice is one of my most favorite things in the whole world, but is not very common way out here in Florida, so there was no question about stopping. I was so excited to get one that I didn’t even remember to take a pic which is most unusual for me. I am now sporting a blue tongue though, so you know it was yummo.

I was so tired from our excursion that I fell asleep on the car ride back, and pretty much passed out when we got home. Roger is also down for the count as well. While KSC isn’t HUGE, Florida is hot and humid, and doing anything outdoors just sucks the life out of you. The only saving grace was the wonderful ocean breeze that we just don’t get in Central Florida.

Still, despite the exhaustion, I think it’s safe to say that we both had fun. Roger got to spend time with stuff he loves, and I got to spend time with him, so it was a win-win all around. It was also nice to figure out how close KSC, Port Canaveral (the cruise ship terminal), and Cocoa Beach really are (definitely reasonable driving distance for shave ice!), so we’ve already started talking about cruises and return trips to KSC.

We are both pretty tired, but it’s the good kind. I see more visits to that side of the state in our future, but I think we both agree we will wait until it cools down. I will be posting some pics from today’s excursion at some point this week. In the meantime, I’m headed back to bed as my new classes start tomorrow, and I don’t want to be completely wiped for the first day.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend that was either filled with tons of fun, or lots of R&R, or both, whichever you prefer. Thanks for dropping by. Blog at you later!

Cheers, Shauna

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Lazy Day

“Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Those days of soda and pretzels and beer
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
You’ll wish that summer could always be here”

Honestly, summer is NOT my favorite season and I would never wish for it perpetually, (mostly because I wilt like a snowdrop in the heat), but songwriters Charles Tobias and Hans Carste sure captured the lazy feeling that comes with a hot summer day.

Speaking of lazy days, I’m excited to be having one today. Roger and I decided to do the Kennedy Space Center tour tomorrow, and instead spend the day relaxing and catching up with some stuff here at home. So, in between loads of laundry and some light kitchen reorganization, I’m going to work on sprucing things up around here a bit more, give myself a nice manicure, and watch a movie. I know I also need to back up my iPhone and iPad, and do some app pruning and reorganization, and I need to spend some time dealing with my hair which is reeling from all the humidity of late.

I also plan to get my Julep Maven box reveal posted, as well as do a post about the furbabies as they have not made an appearance yet, and NEED to be introduced. There are a couple more product reviews I need to get up as well including one for Redken Argan 10, as well as a new moisturizer.

Mostly though, I’m going to just hang with my hubby ’cause I don’t feel like we have a lot of time to just be together during the week due to all the added pressures of living, and I miss him. I find it amazing that living can so often get in the way of life, and there are times when you just need to slow down, take a breather and reassess. For me, remembering that I get to go to sleep and wake up next to my best friend every day makes me feel lucky and blessed. It was one of the things I reflected on yesterday as part of my Solstice celebration.

So today, I’m going to put day-to-day living on the back burner, and enjoy life as much as I can. I hope everyone else has the chance to do the same. Blog at you later!

Cheers, Shauna

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Feel-Good Friday

I have several things to feel good about this Friday!

– Today is the Summer Solstice, which means the days are going to start getting shorter. I LOVE this time of year because I love Autumn which means FOOTBALL SEASON! Because I am ALWAYS ready for some football!

– Since the classes from the first term of the Summer semester ended yesterday, and my new classes don’t start until Monday, I am technically on my “Summer Break” this weekend. It’s short, but I’m going to enjoy it!

– I have my Julep Maven box waiting to be opened, and reviewed. I decided to wait until today when I would have the time to use the polish immediately. This of course, also means I’m feeling good about doing my nails today!

– I received a shipping notification this morning letting me know that my first Birchbox is on its way, so that should be arriving sometime next week. Woohoo!

– We have some free passes to the Kennedy Space Center that must be used by the end of June, so we’re going to head over there this weekend. I’ve never been, but Roger visited when he was a kid after his parents picked him up from Space Camp. (Yes, you read that right; he did indeed go to Space Camp.) Either way, it should be fun, and I intend to be sure we stop by the beach for a quick splash in the Atlantic before heading back home.

– I have a new camera that I’ve not had the chance to really try out with an actual destination so I’ll finally be able to put it through its paces at KSC and the beach.

– This little gem:

Monsters University

opens in theatres today, and I can’t wait to see it. I loved Monsters Inc., and am excited to see the character development in this movie, and how it will tie in to that one.

– We got the replacement fan hung in our bedroom so I’m able to finally sleep a bit more comfortably. Even better, this one has a light kit with it, so we finally have overhead light in our bedroom instead of just lamplight.

– And finally, today marks my one-week blogiversary, and I’m happy to say that I’m up to 10 followers in a mere 7 days! It’s a lovely feeling knowing that my writing is not just floating out into the ether with no one but me to read it. I’ve been swamped, so haven’t had time to read and comment on all of the blogs I follow, plus new ones, but I’m working through my list, and will get to everyone asap. A big thanks to everyone who is willing to brave the random!

So as you can see, I have a lot to be feeling good about. Please take a moment to let me know why your Friday is Feel-Good in the comments section below. Blog at you later!

Cheers, Shauna

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