Thrift Store CDs

I’m not sure about you, but I spend an unreasonable amount of time trying to take a picture on my phone, finding out that my storage is full, and quickly deleting whatever I can out of frustration. Because of this I’ve never been big on putting music on my phone, which means that I’m generally at the mercy of listening to whatever is playing on my car radio.

A few weeks ago I had the genius (and completely unoriginal) idea of stopping at a thrift store to check out what CDs were available. I was really excited to find a Beyonce and (lol) All American Rejects. After listening to Love on Top and Countdown on the Beyonce CD 30 times in a one-week period, I decided to stop at another thrift store to see what else was available.

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It’s only been a few weeks but I have already found some great music. I was particularly psyched to find the Toploader album as they sing the most beautiful version of Dancing in the Moonlight, and it reminds me of Corinne over at http://skinnedcartree.com whenever I hear it. I’m also in love with the Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Beatles album, as A Day in the Life is the sound of my soul.

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While I realize it’s a bit of a risk to purchase a used CD with no option for return, the cost is so little ($1 or $2) that it shouldn’t worry you too much. I have purchased 7 CDs now and only one track has skipped – and it was easily fixed with a quick t-shirt wipe down. Annnd now I can enjoy some of my favorite songs while driving when there is absolutely nothing else available.

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What CDs would you have your eye out for at the thrift shop?

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Product Review: Activated Charcoal Konjac Sponge

Getting packages in the mail is the highlight of my life. I love getting things because I often forget what I’ve ordered by the time it arrives, so it’s exciting to find out what’s inside. This time I received a konjac sponge to try out for my blog – I enjoy using konjac sponges and wanted to try one out with activated charcoal.

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The konjac sponge arrived wrapped as they usually do. It was completely solid and I was a bit taken aback when I opened it because it has a strong unpleasant scent. I am very sensitive to smell though so I’m not sure that it would bother anyone else.

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I was happy to see that this sponge included the string for hanging and that the sponge itself was larger than most I have tried. It’s not gigantic, but it is slightly bigger than most.

Charcoal Conjac Sponge

Next I took it to the bathroom to get it wet. The sponge softened quickly after running it under the tab. The smell did not linger – I took a huge whiff and there was nothing unpleasant.

Wet Conjac Sponge

After using it on my face I can safely report that this is a great purchase. I recently moved so most of my things are in random locations and hard to find. I haven’t been able to exfoliate my skin chemically for a while, and I will keep this hanging in the shower so that I can do so physically each morning. The sponge is nice and soft so it does not irritate your skin when you use it, and it leaves your skin feeling clean and fresh.

Have you ever used a konjac sponge before? Are you interested in trying one out but have questions? Let me know and I’ll try to answer as best I can 🙂

July Instagram Memories

If you were hanging out with me in July you probably saw literally all the emotions come out of me. I started the month out super stressed, was wiped out by a cold/fever for a week, and then ended the month on a super positive note. Mostly I’m really glad it’s over but also pretty worried about the fact that school starts in ONE MONTH. How did this happen??

I definitely need to say thank you to all of the amazing friends and family members who help me get through the bad and stressful times so that we can have amazing experiences together.

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For 4th of July I went kayaking with my family and Anna. We had a great time and got this super adorable picture out of it. I didn’t watch any fireworks but it was probably the best 4th I’ve ever had.

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Mid-month we went up north to hang out with Kara at her family’s cabin. It was perfect weather and we all had an amazing time. It was so great to see my bestie and float around together venting about how difficult 2017 has been. Fortunately things are looking up for us both.

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I also got to see my family in Minnesota since we brought TJ to the cabin with us, and that was lovely in and of itself.

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If you like what you see and what to see more, please feel free to follow me on instagram @jenrazzle. Hope you’re all having a lovely summer!

 

TBT: 11 Years Ago

The wonderful (horrible?) thing about the internet is that I can tell you exactly what I was doing when I was 17. In pictures. Ready?

In June I was hanging out in Missouri with an adorable baby who is now a 12 year old.

Then me and my friend Cassie went to Chicago. My hair is a huge struggle in every picture. Can anyone tell me why we wore tank tops like this? Probably for the boobies.

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August looked a little boring. I took a LOT of selfies. Many of the selfies featured strongly held opinions which I shockingly still agree with today!

In September I got drunk. And felt it.

What were you up to 11 years ago?

Comprehensive List of Places I’ve Traveled

I wanted to put together a list of places that I have traveled for myself and so that others can ask for travel tips. I love traveling more than anything else – there is nothing better than hanging out in a random cafe in a foreign country, completely cut off from your everyday reality.

United States

  1. Alabama
    1. Maxwell Air Force Base
    2. Montgomery
    3. Mobile
  2. Arkansas
    1. Ozarks / Bentonville
  3. California
    1. San Francisco
    2. Sacramento
  4. Colorado
    1. Denver
    2. Ft. Collins
  5. Florida
    1. Pensacola
    2. Niceville
    3. Orlando
    4. Naples
    5. Miami
    6. Everglades
    7. Keys
  6. Illinois
    1. Chicago
  7. Indiana
    1. North west
  8. Iowa
  9. Kansas
    1. Southwest
  10. Louisiana
    1. New Orleans
  11. Michigan
    1. Detroit
  12. Minnesota
    1.  Twin Cities
  13. Missouri
    1. St Louis
    2. Joplin
    3. Springfield
  14. Nebraska
    1. Omaha
  15. New Jersey
    1. Jersey City
  16. New Mexico
    1. Hobbs
  17. New York
    1. Buffalo
    2. New York City
  18. North Carolina
    1. Asheville
    2. Charlotte
  19. Oklahoma
    1. North eastern
  20. South Dakota
    1. Sioux Falls
  21. Tennessee
    1. Nashville
  22. Washington
    1. Seattle
    2. Steilacoom
  23. Washington DC
  24. Wisconsin

I’ve omitted a couple of states because I can’t really provide any information about them offhand.

Central America

  1. Mexico (Let’s not argue about whether Mexico is north or central America. Putting it here for grouping purposes.)
    1. Cancun
    2. Valladolid
    3. Merida
    4. Tulum
    5. Chetumal
  2. Belize
    1. Belize City
    2. San Ignacio
  3. Guatemala
    1. Northern
  4. Costa Rica
    1. San Jose
    2. Cahuita
    3. Puerto Viejo
    4. Jaco
    5. Manuel Antonio
    6. La Fortuna
  5. Panama
    1. Guabito

Europe

  1. England
    1. London
    2. Bath
  2. Netherlands
    1. Amsterdam
    2. Den Hague
    3. Rotterdam
    4. Eindhoven
  3. Belgium
    1. Ghent
    2. Bruges
    3. Bouillon
  4. France
    1. Paris
    2. St. Avold
  5. Luxembourg
  6. Germany
    1. Heidelberg
    2. Aachen

Canada

  1. Ontario

That’s all I’ve got. This list makes me feel like I need to get out and explore the world. Please let me know if you have questions about any of these areas and share your own favorite travel destinations!

Summer Goals Update

Earlier this summer I made two posts with goals for the summer. The first was travel related and the second was related to personal goals. Since the end of July is coming up quick, I wanted to check-in on my goals to see what I have accomplished, what is still manageable, and what will probably need to be pushed back to next year.

For travel, my five goals were to go hiking at Devil’s Lake, get drunk in a cabin with friends, visit Door County, explore a new cave, and visit Canada. I have done 2/5, hiking at Devil’s Lake and getting drunk in a cabin with friends. Both were lovely experiences. I will not be able to go to Door County or Canada this summer, so I will save those for my 2018 summer bucket list. I will be traveling in August so will check with friends and family to see if anyone would like to check out a cave.

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As far as my personal goals, I wanted to break even on my net worth, lose 15 pounds, spend more time with friends, read a book, and prepare to do well in school. Since this section is a little bit longer, I’ll break each one down a bit more.

  1. Break even on net worth: I don’t think that I will be able to accomplish this goal. My networth was -4k at the beginning of summer and is now -3k. I’m a little bummed out, but I am glad I have made progress. I will keep working toward this goal in August and try to get as close as I can. However, I don’t have a job anymore so there is no way that I am going to be able to pay bills, pay for life, and pay off $3k in debt.
  2. Lose 15 pounds: I have not lost any weight but I have been maintaining which is a positive. I no longer have access to a gym and would like to find a way to work out in August. I actually feel pretty good physically so I am not super worried about losing weight at the moment.
  3. Spend more time with friends: I have spent a lot of time with wonderful people this summer. I have made more of an effort to be in touch with my closer friends, and have had lunches/coffee with people who I care about. I can’t spend all my time with everyone which is a bummer, but it’s been really nice to connect this summer.
  4. Read a book: I have read TWO books 😀 – I would like to finish the book that I am currently reading and find another good one or two to read while I am traveling.
  5. Prepare to do well in school: I have been medium on this. I’ve had a lot of anxiety about starting school but am starting to get it together. Mostly I need to get started on my summer math prep class so that I don’t fail stats this fall.

Lovely lovely. How are you doing on your summer goals?

Pool floats I’m dying to own

I’m not sure about you guys, but I didn’t notice pool floats become a thing. But I’m super happy that they are. Summer is 2/3 of the way over (cringe) but it’s not too late to buy a pool float. You could even stock up for next year.

These are the floats that I would buy if a) I had extra spending money b) I had consistent pool access.

1. The New Classic
Tried and true, these pool floats are amazing. A couple of weeks ago we went up to my friend’s cabin and had a great time floating around in these. The best part? They have cupholders.

2. Deceptively Delicious Donut Float

I never knew badly I wanted to float around on a donut until I had the opportunity to float around on a donut. This is something that everyone needs to have on hand if they’re planning to spend time in the water.

3. A Pizza Paradise

Speaking of tasty, I don’t think anything has ever looked as delicious as my boyfriend floating around on a giant piece of pizza. Nom nom!

4. Glorious Beautiful Peacock

If you’re not afraid of being upstaged by a beautiful plastic water float, you need this peacock raft. It is probably the most beautiful thing that you will ever sit on.

5. Don’t forget about your pupper!

If you’re lucky enough to have a doggo that will put up with bullshit, you absolutely need to purchase them a pool float. There is nothing better than lounging in the water with your best friend. Just don’t forget that their claws are sharp!

Last but not least.. Invest in an air pump. Seriously. I tried to blow up one of the donut floats and nearly died. I took breaks and kept coming back to it, only to find it completed deflated. Buy an air pump. Trust me.

What cute summer pool float are you dying to add to your collection of very important must have objects?

Review: Tony Moly Super Peeling Liquid Shiny Foot

One of my favorite Asian beauty products is the Tony Moly Super Peeling Liquid Shiny Foot. This product helps remove all of the dead skin from your feet and is absolutely disgusting but also complete magic. I have done a foot peel twice and have been very happy with the results both times. If you’re someone who has stubborn dead skin during the winter, I highly recommend trying this product out.

Tony Moly Super Peeling Liquid

The product comes packed neatly in a nice square box, about the size of a DVD case.

Tony Moly Super Peeling Liquid Contents

Inside you’ll find two packets of “super peeling liquid,” a sample-sized packet of the Tony Moly Shiny Foot foot cream, and two plastic booties.

Tony Moly Foot Peel Process

In order to use the product, you slip the booties on your feet and then pour in the peeling liquid. After you pour it in, you can tie the booties tight around your ankles to prevent any of the product from leaking.

Tony Moly Foot Peel Wraps

The liquid feels very cold when you pour it over your feet. Though it’s cold, the liquid does not hurt or tingle. It’s important that you keep the booties on for at least 30 minutes so that the liquid can soak into your skin. The booties fit my feet perfectly, and I am a US size 9. Because they have ties, the booties will be able to adjust to fit different sized feet.

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Here is a picture of my heel before using the product.

Tony Moly Foot Peel

Here is a picture of my heel after my skin started peeling. This process does not hurt – though it does hurt if you pick/peel any skin that is not ready to come off. The areas that are white tend to be ready to go and the areas that are more skin colored are not quite ready to be removed. It’s always a fun surprise when you look down and suddenly big chunks of your skin are falling off.

It takes about a week for the skin to start peeling, and the length of time that it peels is unique to each person. If you have an event or know that you will be showing off your feet, I would give yourself at least two weeks from start to finish so that you do not terrify anyone.

All-in-all, I really enjoy this Tony Moly product. I would certainly recommend it to anyone who wants to try out a foot peel or a unique product. I am keeping a couple of them on hand so that I can take care of my feet whenever a disaster strikes. Since I can’t keep my feet smooth on my own, it’s nice to know that at least there is a product out there that will turn the situation around.

Review: Mediheal AirGuard Foilab Sheet Mask

I was very excited to try out this sheet mask – not only is it super cool and unique, but it is the first asian beauty item that I have received for free in order to try out and review on my blog. I entered a contest on Mishe Beauty to try out several different products and was really excited when the company emailed to let me know that I had been selected to try out the Mediheal AirGuard Foilab Sheet Mask.

The product arrived in the mail a few weeks ago. I was very under the weather so I wasn’t able to review it right away, and I finally got the chance to do so today.

Mediheal Airguard Foilab Mask Silver Waterful

Right away I was really excited because I have never tried a foil mask before. I have seen a few pictures of them on the internet and had my fingers crossed that I would be able to try this one out. I was excited to see that it was “waterful” which means hydrating, because it is the middle of summer and I have been spending a lot of time in the sun. My skin needs all the hydrating it can  get.

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When I took the mask out of the packet I was surprised to see that it was in two pieces. I have been wanting to try a split mask for a while, but thought that I would need to cut one of my own in order to do so. Masks tend to fit my face pretty well so I haven’t needed to do it, but they never fit my boyfriend or my friends.

I was also very confused about how to put it on my face. I wasn’t sure if I needed to peel anything off, so I fumbled around with it for a while before I finally realized what to do.

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I had a lot of fun putting this on. I was not able to get off the couch so I did it blind and adjusted using my phone. I did think it was a bit of a strange fit and had a hard time straightening it out to try to make it look nice.

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I enjoyed the fact that even looking super goofy I looked adorable.

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I had a hard time looking cute in this mask, maybe because my hair was wet, but I did have a lot of fun trying it on and taking pictures. It’s very fancy and cute! I texted my boyfriend and he called me a beautiful robot.

I didn’t care much for the serum. It had the standard chemically smell that a lot of masks have and it started to sting my face after a few minutes. I was worried that I might have an allergic reaction, so I probably need to check out the ingredient list and see if there is anything in it that might have caused that reaction. My skin was fine when I took the mask off, but it was not the most enjoyable sheet mask experience I have had.

The mask does contain “70% Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate.” I hadn’t heard of this before but a quick google suggests that it is a fermented fungus and is very common in asian skincare products. Apparently it is very good at moisturizing and locking that moisture in.

One of the coolest things about it is that the silver side felt dry, but when I took it off my skin was very moist from the serum. The material kept the moisture in so that it would absorb rather than evaporate.

All-in-all, I really enjoyed trying out this mask. The main draw is how cute and unique it is, but the mask itself was pretty nice. If you’d like to try it out feel free to check out the Mishe Beauty website. You can also apply for any of their ongoing campaigns and maybe receive a product to try yourself.

Do you think you’ll try one of these masks out? Do you have any other questions? I still want to try the gold version, it’s so beautiful!

My Favorite Blogs

Before I started blogging I didn’t pay a lot of attention to the blogging community. I had a photoblog back in the 2000s where I posted dozens of pictures of what I was doing every day, and I’ve started various small blogs for specific purposes, but nothing all-encompassing or long lasting. I also have not spent a lot of time visiting websites on the internet outside of social media / reddit / personal finances the last couple of years.

Now that I have this blog and can appreciate the amount of dedication it takes to have a blog and post in it regularly, I’ve been making sure to peruse my friends blogs on a regular basis. Here are a few that I visit + some comments on what I like about them.

#1 SkinnedCartree – My friend Corinne runs a UK Lifestyle blog. She makes a TON of money blogging and does such a great job with social media engagement. She is truly an inspiration. I love her blog because she combines practical information with product reviews and other goodies. She posts daily and I always love stopping by to see what she’s been up to.

Favorite Post: Postcode Pride – Corinne recently posted about the absolutely beautiful city of Bath in the UK. I recently visited in April and was just in love. It should be on everyone’s bucket list.

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Corinne and I loving each other at the Louvre in 2008

#2 Champagne Taste – Sarah recently started a fashion/lifestyle blog and I am so excited about it. I know nothing about fashion other than the fact that I really love everything Khloe Kardashian wears and I can’t afford any of it. Life is really hard. Sarah’s blog is full of tips on how to find quality items at decent prices. I’m looking forward to utilizing these tips when I have an income again after grad school!

Favorite Post: Why You Need It: the Louis Vuitton Speedy Bag – I actually really need this bag now. Thanks a lot, Sarah! This was one of her first posts and it was very persuasive, she’s definitely going to do great things with her blog.

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This is the only picture of me and Sarah that isn’t terribly embarrassing.

#3 Inspo & Co – I have never really talked to Katrina about her blog so she might be surprised by this mention, but I absolutely love it. Everything that Katrina does is so beautiful and I find her work very inspiring. From body positivity to vibrant and colorful photos, her blog is a visual treat. Side note, Katrina used to pick up books from the library I worked at and I’ve always thought we should be better friends because everything she checked out was something I loved.

Favorite Post: L. Feminine Hygiene Products are the Bomb – I like this post because we need more real talk about tampons. I’m currently using Lola but it’s a bit of a pricey service, so I’m definitely looking forward to checking this product out. I had no idea there was something so neat and affordable at Target. This is why we need bloggers!

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Katrina and I don’t have a lot of pics together.. But we’re both in this one!

If you have a blog that you want me to check out, let me know! I’d love to learn more about your interests!