Letting Go of Hurt

I have spent the past few weeks feeling hurt and have allowed bitterness and resentment permeate my soul because of a family member’s actions on Facebook.  I won’t post the details on here in case that family member happens to read it, but basically it boils down to my brother and I got snubbed in pictures and it’s just a continuation of being snubbed and treated like “The Others”.

It finally dawned on me that this person has no idea what they did and they are living their life the same way they always have and meanwhile here I am sitting in misery wondering what the heck I did to deserve this.  What kind of crap is that??

Letting go of resentment, bitterness, anger, hurt, etc., is very, very, VERY difficult.  But it’s very, very, VERY healthy.  It has nothing to do with the person who wronged you, but everything to do with you.  Forgiveness is like a gift to yourself saying, “It’s okay…you can let this burden go.”  And, in the end, it truly is a burden being let go.

So, with all of that being said, I’m going to try hard to let it all go.  If my family member is going to continue to live their life and continue to do the things they do, I can’t change that.  But I CAN change the way I react and take the hurts and snubs and etc.  So….here’s to letting go.

Letting Go and Moving On

Sometimes things happen out of the blue and you end up losing baggage that you didn’t even know that you had.  You know what I’m talking about….that feeling of “ahhhh” and “what the heck just happened?” all at the same time.  The same happened to me recently and I’m still not quite sure what happened, but I’m very glad that it did.  It’s a confusing state of thoughts and emotions.

What’s interesting is that this event caused me to take a long look at my life and it helped me to realize that I’m living a lie.  I’ve been doing a disservice to myself and to everyone else by being fake and trying to be unlovable in order to keep people away from me.  Basically I tried to made sure people didn’t like me on my terms instead of on their terms.  What a miserable way to live, let me tell you.  So not only did I lose the baggage that I mentioned above, but it’s time to lose the baggage of the lies that I’m living.

I don’t know if anyone else is going through something like my own self-realization, but maybe one single person out there is.  And maybe one single person out there needs to hear this:  it’s okay.  It’s okay to finally let go and live and be who you’re meant to be.  If people don’t like the real and true you then they’re not really worth being in your life anyway.  As Oprah Winfrey says, “Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.”  Here’s to you and me, my friend.

July/August, 2015 Kawaii Box Review

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This is probably going to end up being a long and epic (at least in my own mind) post.  Hopefully you’ll stay with me until the end AND get as excited about kawaii and Kawaii Box as I am.  If you DO get super excited about any of the products listed in this post, you can check them out at Blippo and buy what you like.  If you use the code KAWAIILOVE, you’ll receive a 10% discount from all products at the shop.  The coupon also says you’ll receive free shipping worldwide, but I haven’t tested it out yet.  Anyway, moving on to the awesomeness.

I’m going to post pictures and descriptions first and then, at the end, I’ll go over what I think about everything.  I know my opinion is so HIGHLY coveted that you’ll all be anticipating it breathlessly.  :)

(I’m listing the actual items in alphabetical order.)

The box when it arrived and after I fought with the tape on it.

The box when it arrived and after I fought with the tape on it.

I figure you can read it all too.  Exciting stuff!!

The description card – I figure you can all read it too. Exciting stuff!!

The box with the tissue paper taken off -- squee!!!

The box with the tissue paper taken off — squee!!!

A little bracelet...that doesn't fit. :(  But it will make a cool gift for someone else.

Pastel Pearl Bracelet:  A little bracelet…that doesn’t fit.😦 But it will make a cool gift for someone else.

A do-it-yourself pack of chain candy.  Apparently you can chain the strips together and then mow down on them.  Hopefully they're yummy!!

Kracie DIY Chain Candy:  A do-it-yourself pack of chain candy. Apparently you can chain the strips together and then mow down on them. Hopefully they’re yummy!!

A little eraser that looks like a cookie -- yum!

Dessert Eraser:  A little eraser that looks like a cookie — yum!

A cool little set that has glitter glue AND sparkles to add to it.  Definitely glittery.

Korean Glitter Glue Set:  A cool little set that has glitter glue AND sparkles to add to it. Definitely glittery.

What's better than an alpaca??  THREE of them in different colors on a keychain!!  SCORE!

Alpaca Keychain:  What’s better than an alpaca?? THREE of them in different colors on a keychain!! SCORE!

5 pencils with cute little icons all over them.  Each pencil is different.  Fruit, flowers, sea life, owls, and spacemen.

Cute Pencil Set:  5 pencils with cute little icons all over them. Each pencil is different. Fruit, flowers, sea life, owls, and spacemen.

(Sorry that this description is so weird looking – it’s because the picture is so narrow.)

This is so like Mario Brothers!

Mushroom Mini Plush:  This is so like Mario Brothers!

The next picture is even better of this AWESOME little set.

Rilakkuma Notes:  The next picture is even better of this AWESOME little set.

There's assorted sizes of sticky notes in here and every single one is ADORABLE.  (How could Rilakkuma be otherwise, though?)  You can use them in journals, day timers, on notes for school, as reminders, etc.  The sky is the limit!

Rilakkuma Notes:  There’s assorted sizes of sticky notes in here and every single one is ADORABLE. (How could Rilakkuma be otherwise, though?) You can use them in journals, day timers, on notes for school, as reminders, etc. The sky is the limit!

On the outside it looks just like a strawberry doughnut with yummy sprinkles all over it.

Squishy Doughnut Mirror:  On the outside it looks just like a strawberry doughnut with yummy sprinkles all over it.

On the inside, it's a cute little compact mirror!

Squishy Doughnut Mirror:  On the inside, it’s a cute little compact mirror!

This is a sticker sack full of little sticker flakes...definitely a win in my book.

Flake Seal Stickers:  This is a sticker sack full of little sticker flakes…definitely a win in my book.

A little wooden coaster that looks like a piece of toast with a face.  Definitely kawaii!

Kawaii Toast Coaster:  A little wooden coaster that looks like a piece of toast with a face. Definitely kawaii!

That’s everything!!  I think my two most favorite items are the Rilakkuma Notes set and the Alpaca Keychain.  I absolutely adore both Rilakkuma and alpacas so these are very dear to my heart.  *sighs contentedly*

My least favorite items are the bracelet and the toast coaster.  The bracelet kind of sucks because it’s so tiny.  I’m sending it to my best friend’s little girl, though, so at least it won’t be wasted.  The toast coaster isn’t my favorite for only one reason — it’s wood.  It seems to me that it would get ruined very quickly.  I decided I’m going to try and decorate it (or ruin it – with my luck) with the glitter glue set…or with whipple and cabochons.  We shall see.

This is my most favorite Kawaii Box so far and my third up until now.  That’s not a lot to go on, but I think they’re getting better and better…at least out of these three.  I hope they keep adding something with alpacas in the boxes each month!!

I highly recommend Kawaii Box if you’re into kawaii and cutesy stuff.  They’re only $18.90 per month with FREE worldwide shipping.  That’s an awesome deal.  And, as I said before, if you fall in love with any of your items and want more, you can just head over to Blippo and buy one or two or fifty.🙂

Thanks so much if you’ve read this far — you deserve an award and a huge round of applause!  As always, stay kawaii!

Stay Kawaii!!

Stay Kawaii!!

Beauty Joy Box Subscription Unboxing

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Beauty Joy Box is a pretty hip monthly subscription box that provides 4 beauty products (at least one being full-sized) and 1 jewelry product.  The cost is $15.00 per month with free USA shipping.  Not too shabby!!

This was actually my last month because of my kawaii addiction (there’s too many kawaii things left to buy out there!!), but I wanted to share what was in this month’s box.  Usually they send a cute box with tissue paper and tissue “strings”, but this month’s was just a brown delivery box (disappointing) AND I didn’t receive an info card so I have no idea where or who the jewelry comes from.  But, no worries…let us begin.

Full-Sized Almay Liquid Lip Balm in Apricot Pucker

You’ll be able to see that it is a very subtle color.  It’s not too dark at all and is great for a “light” day look.  I imagine you could add it to a darker lipstick to add some lighter shine.

Almay 1 Almay 2 Almay 3

Cargo Cosmetics Essential Lip Color in Dubai

Again, this is another VERY subtle lip color.  It pretty much blended into my skin/lip tone and didn’t have a “wow” factor at all.

Cargo 1 Cargo 2 Cargo 3

NYX Single Eyeshadow in Bright Green

This is a VERY bright color and not my style.  I have green eyes, but they’re dark and this green just doesn’t suit them or me at all.

NYX 1 NYX 2

Nabi Retractable Waterproof Lip Liner in Hot Red

Again, another BRIGHT color.  If I was wearing a bright red lipstick, this lip liner would be perfect.  It is NOT a good fit for the two lippies that came with this month’s box.  But alas, I have 1500 lip sticks (slight exaggeration), so I’m sure I have something to work it with.  :)

Silver Arm Cuff

I have no idea who made this or which company it came from since I didn’t receive an information card with this month’s box.  It’s pretty, but I have big arms (oh how I wish I were a size -4) so I tightened it to turn it into a bracelet.

Arm Cuff

So, overall, I give the box…..3 out of 5 stars.  It definitely could have had some more flattering colors and items that went well together.  AND an information card would have been useful as would keeping with the cute boxes.  Perhaps I’m being overly picky, but this is just my opinion so take it as you like.  :)

I still recommend them, though!!  For $15.00 a month, you can’t beat it.

Kawaii Box Giveaway Insanity!!

What can I say?  I’m a sucker for giveaways…especially KAWAII giveaways!!  It’s a sickness I tell you.  But what a way to go.  *sighs*

Alice Fairy Dream is so very kind enough to offer up a Kawaii Box giveaway.  YOU could win a free Kawaii Box and see what all the fuss is about.  And let me tell you, all of the fuss is not enough fuss….there’s no words to properly describe how awesome Kawaii Box is.  And, if you’re semi-aware of the awesomeness of this box, be sure and check out Blippo where you can buy products from the boxes.  So say you’re absolutely in love with your pink poo pencil sharpener, you can head on over to Blippo and buy another one — even in a different color!!  Oh, the humanity.

Anyway, without further ado, I present to you….the Kawaii Box Giveaway.  Be sure and check it out, follow her great (and cute) blog, and try to win an awesome box!

Subscription Addiction!! Wholly Hemp

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Wholly Hemp is such a an amazingly good subscription.  According to their Social Mission, “25% of profits go to developmental microloans….to women in developing countries.”  As of RIGHT NOW, they have benefited 1,495 people by providing 299 loans.  That’s huge!

I just received an email today…well yesterday if we’re being technical…that said the following:

” As a member of 1% For The Planet we have vowed to contribute 1% of our sales to environmental causes and organizations. Since you make Wholly Hemp possible, you decide the cause we support each month. This month 1% of our sales will go to help protect 100 miles of the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest.”

I don’t know about you, but I am not aware of a ton of companies that offer monthly subscription boxes and that actually work hard to help not just people in developing countries, but the environment as well.  It makes me proud to be a subscriber!

You want your mind to be even MORE blown away?  The email also said this:

“Our facility is powered by 100% renewable wind power, which means all your favorite products, our website, and even the computer used to write this very email, are all powered by 100% sustainably-sourced wind energy. Last month alone, our use of wind energy saved the equivalent of 600 miles of greenhouse gas emissions.”

Really?  So not only are you just helping the environment and women in developing countries, but you’re actually practicing what you preach??  Mind.  Blown.

Moving forward.  Wholly Hemp offers three different plans for their subscription services.  For $10 a month and free shipping, you receive 2 items per month.  For $20 a month and free shipping, you receive 4 items per month.  And for $40 a month and free shipping, you receive 8 items per month.  How I wish I could afford the $40 a month one.  I love these products.  I currently subscribe to the $10 a month one and the following is what I received for August:

Bodacious Bergamot Soothing Soap — It says on the package:  “Let the sweet and spicy aroma of bergamot take you away to a world of tropical bliss.  With a touch of tangy lemon and sweet orange, this soap smells just like a citrus smoothie (although it probably doesn’t taste the same…we don’t suggest you find out).  To use as shampoo, lather and apply to hair, then rinse.”  It contains saponified hemp-coconut-palm-sunflower oil, bergamot oil- and rosemary extract.  It is NOT tested on animals!

I have EXTREMELY sensitive skin and all of the soaps I have received from Wholly Hemp have helped soothe my poor skin and have helped cut down on itching, bumps, and redness.  And they smell great!

Bodacious Bergamot Soothing Soap

Bodacious Bergamot Soothing Soap

Peppermint Lip Balm – Ingredients:  coconut oil, beeswax, hemp seed oil, sunflower oil, vitamin E, peppermint oil, and rosemary extract.  It’s Lanolin free and NOT tested on animals!

This stuff is AMAZING!  It is so soothing on my lips and feels tingly because of the peppermint.  Someone asked me if it tasted funky because of the hemp seed oil and I can say with a rousing NO WAY DUDE!  This stuff tastes great.

Peppermint Lip Balm

Peppermint Lip Balm

And, of course, one of my most favorite parts….my sticker.🙂

Awesome Sticker!!

Awesome Sticker!!

So, the moral of this long blog post is to give them a try!!  Go to the links I provided, check out their ingredient list, see for yourself how amazing this company is.  Try it out for just one month!!  I promise — you will be hooked.  :)

Another Kawaii Box Giveaway!!

I am always stoked to find out about these Kawaii Box giveaways.  Nothing says “Awwwww” like a box full of kawaii goodness.  This time, the giveaway is from Girl Meets Box.  You should check out their blog and read reviews on assorted boxes and hear their opinions on the different subscription services out there.  I ALWAYS recommend looking up opinions, reviews, and unboxing videos before subscribing to anything!  Alright, now to the fun stuff.  The giveaway is located here.  Be sure and enter, have fun, and GOOD LUCK!!!  :)

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