Julep Friendsgiving Box

Thursday, November 20, 2014

When the November box was released, Julep had a special "build your own box" option.  So far, I've found that Julep has great customer service and makes getting products that you are sure to love super easy. 

Customer service example: My first box came with a bottle of their Freedom Polymer Topcoat. I was getting ready to use it and I accidentally dropped it. It landed just right and BROKE. They offered to send me a brand new bottle free of charge. That's what I call customer service!

Getting products you love with ease example: The Friendsgiving Box. Is there even a better way to thank your customers than to offer to let them build a completely custom box? I don't think so!

The November box included:  "Sawyer" from the Boho Glam collection, "Marzia" from the It Girl collection, and "Devon" from the Classic With a Twist collection . I chose "Bonnie" as an add on.

They also included two little candies, a coupon, one of their little quote cards, and a couple of mini catalogs.

I tried Sawyer out first. It is one of those polishes that looks like different colors depending on the light. And I already know that I'll be layering Bonnie on top of EVERYTHING, all year long!

As always, Julep would like to offer a free trial box to you! Simply click HERE to take their style quiz and get started. I should note that they've just released the selections for their December boxes!

What are your go-to winter polish colors? 

Are you on the hunt for a specific color?  

* While this is not a sponsored post, I have included affiliate links.

The Circle: November

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I'm so excited to announce that I get to co-host this month's The Circle link up with Kiki!!!

I met Kiki earlier this year and we have become great friends. She teaches pre-school and she has a serious knack for taking pictures of everyday things in ways that make them look beautiful. She is also the brains behind The Circle which happens to be one of my favorite link ups!

The theme this month is to share 5-10 of your essentials. What things make you you?

1. Reformation Study Bible - I received this Bible when I graduated from high school and it is something that plays a HUGE part in my life.

2. Walking and Photography - I snapped this shot during a walk on Cape Cod. Wherever I go there are two things that I always do: find a walking route and take pictures of things that catch my eye.

3. Reading - My favorite genres are literary fiction, mysteries, and auto biographies/biographies. I especially love reading outside.

4. Gardening - Thanks to Julie I use these gloves. Thanks to Alice I use steak knives. Thanks to both of them, my Mom, and my Grandma I have come to love growing flowers and vegetables.

5. Baking - My favorite room in every house is the kitchen. Cinnamon Biscuits are one of my go-to recipes.

6. Bags - I picked up this purse when I was supposed to be Christmas shopping a few years ago. I didn't "need" it, but it was THE perfect bag. I'm always carrying things for other people and I have quite a few essentials (remember THIS post?).

7.  Family Time - It's no secret, I love people. I love pulling out a board game and some snacks and spending time playing games with my friends and family.

So, what are the circles of YOUR life? I hope you'll join us by linking up!!!!

In Its Time


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

July 22, 2014
Last month I picked up "Cold Tangerines" by Shauna Niequist and I couldn't put it down. (You can read about that HERE.) The essay about friendship titled "Swimming" really grabbed my attention.

On p. 49 Shauna said these words:

  "Friendship is acting out God's love for people in tangible ways. We were made to represent the love of God in each other's lives so that each person we walk through life with has a more profound sense of God's love for them. Friendship is an opportunity to act on God's behalf in the lives of the people that we're close to, reminding each other who God is...We get to remind each other about the bigger, more beautiful picture that we can't always see from where we are."

It's true.

I have been blessed with so many friends. When I look back, I realize that facing the hardest times together have been some of the sweetest. Staying close and connected takes work and every now and then we need reminders that the work of friendship is worth it. (I wrote one HERE back in January.)

Today I'm writing to remind all of us of the treasure that we have in being able to be friends to one another. May we think about our relationships with people as a means to show them a little more of the God that created everything and holds it all together.

Whether it's a phone call, a card, a coffee date, or a cleaning party - God gives us so very many opportunities to reach out to one another. May our reaching out not be for worthless things, but for more of Him. May we love one another and be friends with one another in a way that points all of us right back to the very source of friendship, namely God Himself.

Every single one of our friends was once a stranger to us in the same way that God and His grace went completely unnoticed. May we be the type of friends who help our friends to be glad that they know us. More importantly, I hope that we can all be the type of friends that make ignoring God and His grace impossible!

Be a friend today, take time to be with God and then share Him with those around you.

Take time to thank the friends who stand beside you doing the same thing.

It's friendship and it's beautiful.

Influenster VoxBox Reveal

Monday, November 17, 2014

I was selected to receive Influenster's Moda VoxBox. As you can see, it was jam packed with some really great products! Let's talk about them...

* I LOVED the Swiss Miss Simple Cocoa. With only five ingredients, I felt better about drinking it and it truly was RICH and creamy.

* The Resource Natural Spring Water left my mouth feeling tingly. I do enjoy bottled water, but there was something about this one that I didn't like.

* I've been using JERGENS Ultra Healing lotion for years. They've got a new formula and have been running a 7 day challenge. I didn't realize notice a difference between the new and old formula, but I will continue using this lotion!

* Hair Food was new to me. This Moisture Hair Mask seems to work really well. I love the smell and the fact that my dead ends almost disappear after I use this product. If you're after smooth, silky, healthy hair (that smells nice) this is worth trying out.

* Whoever thought of a soft pack of Puffs is a genius! My Grandma always kept a box of tissues in her car and when I got my car I followed suit. When you have kids climbing in and out of the back seat, tissue boxes soon become rather crushed. This soft pack would fit under the seat or above the back seat perfectly. I love it!

I'm not a make up wearer. However, I've always enjoyed playing around with it. Since I don't wear makeup, my lips and skin stay pretty clear and healthy. That said...

* My lips are rarely chapped, so I don't feel like I can give an honest review of the Rimmel London Moisture Lip Liner. I think the idea is a good one, but it didn't leave my already moisturized lips feeling any different.

* I loved the Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick! They sent me a crazy bright color, but the name won me over because it is "As You Want Victoria"! I loved the way this lipstick covered my lips and felt on them. This will provide great color and leave your lips feeling hydrated rather than "under attack". 

* I have sensitive eyes so it's not a good idea for me to wear mascara, however I did try out the Rimmel London Rockin' Curves Mascara that was included in this box. It went on really well and the shape of the wand was pretty handy. I think it could take some getting used to, but overall, I think you'll love it.


*Swiss Miss Simply Cocoa = $2.29 || Five Stars

* Resource Bottled Spring Water = $1.49 || Two Stars

* JERGENS Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin Moisturizer = $5.99 - $6.99 || Four Stars

* Hair Food Moisture Hair Mask = $14.99 || Four Stars

* Puffs Soft Pack = $1.99 - $2.49 || Five Stars

* Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lip Liner = $5.99 - $6.49 || Two Stars

* Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick = $6.99 - $7.49 || Four Stars

* Rimmel London Scandeleyes Rockin' Curvves Mascara = $5.49-$5.99 || Four Stars

To learn more about Influenster or to sign up, be sure to email me (victoria.mjfh@gmail.com) and I'll get you a referral link!

*I received this box from Influenster for review purposes. All thoughts are my own honest opinion.

All Kinds of Plans

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

August 1, 2014

I'm sitting by the fire with a hazelnut mocha that Wendy made me, hitting the pause button on life for just a minute. This week has left me kind of a mess and it's only Wednesday!


Sunday was my brother's 22nd birthday. This is the 5th birthday of his that I have not been able to spend with him. Sure, there is skype and that's all well and good, but it's just not getting any easier. I miss him.

Over the last week or so I was chipping away at Madeleine L'Engle's "The Small Rain". It was her first novel and I had ZERO expectations. In fact, I assumed that I would probably hate it. I didn't. I decided to take however much time it took to finish it on Monday morning.  I never do that and it made for a lovely morning! Monday also included lots of cleaning and laundry and a walk on what we expect to be the last "fall" day of the year.

Then there was yesterday. I headed to my friend Heidi's house for the day. We made soap and sunscreen and I helped her daughter make a necklace and kept her son out of trouble. We visited with Ruth and then Dennis and Darlene too for a bit before I had to head back home. As I sat down on the couch last night I was so glad that I set aside that time to spend with all of them!

And today...I finished up the last webcast for a poetry class I've been taking, took a walk to get the van, and then I met up with Joe to run some errands.


I had all kinds of plans for my blog this week and now none of it seems important. I might write or I might just take this week off, I haven't decided yet.

There are people around us and the pain and the fights with sin and the aging aren't easy. We shouldn't leave each other to deal with these things alone. I'm so glad that God prepared things for me to do in this life and right now my soul is just overflowing with JOY in Him.

Excuse me while I praise Him and pick up the pieces...I'll be back soon!