Thursday, November 27, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

Julep Tatiana nail polish

Julep Tatiana nail polish

Two coats of Julep's Tatiana nail polish. Described as a golden burnt orange microglitter, I think it has more of a coppery tint. Really love this color!

Julep Tatiana nail polish

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Escape Monthly Hawaii - November 2014

Escape Monthly Hawaii

Escape Monthly is a monthly subscription service that brings you a taste of a vacation destination, a literal vacation in a box! Normally $49.95 per month, they also have a mini-box for $24.95. Half the size of a regular box, but just as much fun! I thought about ordering a mini box, but they sent me an email with a really good deal for the full size box, so I signed up for that one instead. 

Escape Monthly Hawaii
The information pamphlet

Escape Monthly Hawaii
First look at my Hawaiian goodies! I was really excited about this box because I've been to Hawaii twice and loved it!

Moon Maui travel guide and Seashell Lei
Moon Maui travel guide and Seashell Lei bonus item
I really wish that they would make the guidebooks optional, as I'm never going to use them. And the seashell lei was a disappointment, as stores were handing these out left and right everywhere!

Hawaiian Host Kona Glazed Macadamia Nuts
Hawaiian Host Kona Glazed Macadamia Nuts
While I like macadamia nuts okay, I don't like the taste of coffee so will be passing these along to one of my coffee-loving friends.

Royal Hawaiian Orchards Blueberry Pomegranate Macadamia Crunch
Royal Hawaiian Orchards Blueberry Pomegranate Macadamia Crunch
The info card says I was supposed to receive a different flavor, but they're not bad. A little heavy on the nuts and light on the fruit, but still tasty.

Personal Paradise Noni Papaya Pineapple body lotion & shampoo
Personal Paradise Noni Papaya Pineapple body lotion & shampoo 
The scent isn't overly strong, but pleasant. I think I might actually use these as I like the smell of pineapple.

Hawaiian Rainforest Naturals Stress Release Bath Crystals
Hawaiian Rainforest Naturals Stress Release Bath Crystals
I'm more of a shower person, so will pass these along to someone who enjoys baths.

Honey Girl face & eye cream gift bundle
Honey Girl face & eye cream gift bundle
Didn't realize until just now that the big jar is upside down! Oops! I don't really care for the scent of the face cream, as it has a weird medicinal smell to it. The eye cream doesn't smell as bad, but I've never been much of an eye cream fan as I believe that regular face cream works just as well.


I've been a little disappointed with the last two month's boxes, as I've been to both places and could have easily put together a better box. Next month's destination is Europe and promises a luxury European Christmas, so we'll see. If they don't step up their game, I'm going to cancel.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Nicole by OPI On What Grounds? nail polish

Nicole by OPI On What Grounds? nail polish

Two coats of On What Grounds nail polish. A few days after application so you can see it pulling away from the outside of my nails. Despite this, this polish is the longest lasting polish I've ever used and it stayed on a little over a week before chipping! Kind of hard to get off, but not as bad as glitter polish. Love the look and color of this one!

Nicole by OPI On What Grounds? nail polish

Saturday, November 1, 2014

My TKR: To sleep, perchance to dream

TKR souvenirs
TKR souvenirs

I miss sleep.

Oddly enough, the last time I slept well was the night of my surgery. That was probably because they knocked me out with morphine, but it was still my last full night's sleep.

When I came home from the hospital, I moved into the guest bedroom because a) it was closer to a bathroom, b) the bed was easier to get in and out of, and c) I didn't want to keep my husband awake all night.

Despite having four extra pillows to work with, I could not find a comfortable position and found myself tossing and turning all night. No matter what configuration I tried, I just could not find a good position. Logically I know that I did get some sleep because I never fell asleep during the day, but it felt like I was awake all night. I also developed humongous bags under my eyes. Lovely.

My physical therapist assured me that this was normal and that I'd start sleeping better at the four week mark. Online research confirmed the magic four week timeframe, but no one could say why.

Much to my surprise, I did start sleeping better once I hit four weeks. Granted, it was only for an hour or two at a time, but it felt great! I was thrilled when I started getting solid two hour blocks of sleep!

Sleep has gradually gotten better, sometimes hitting four hours at a time! I'm still waking up in the middle of the night at least once, but at least I'm not waking up at 5am anymore! And sometimes I even manage to go back to sleep and not wake up until eight, which is awesome!

Can't wait until I can finally sleep through the night. And I'd love to stop waking up before dawn, as I'm totally not a morning person!