Friday, July 18, 2014

Surfs Up VoxBox Review

I was very excited to find out I was chosen for my very first VoxBox. The one I would be receiving was the Surfs Up VoxBox and had all your beach beauty essentials. Perfect. 

It's like Christmas in July!

I received in my box:
-Not Your Mother's Texturizing Shampoo & Conditioner
-Sinful Colors Nail Polish
-First Aid Shot Therapy
-Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun Lotion
-Jamba Juice At Home Smoothie

Perfect beachy waves for Rumble's maiden voyage out on the boat!

Not Your Mother's Texturizing Shampoo & Conditioner

During the summer I am down the shore almost every weekend. While I'm there the last thing I want to do is bust out a blow dryer. I prefer to enhance my naturally wavy hair and go for a beach wave look. Well it's taken me many years of product experimentation to find what looks good and this shampoo & conditioner may need to be added to the routine. The only thing I found is that I really had to work to get the shampoo to later but besides that no complaints. I followed my usual hair routine and spritzed some sea salt spray in my hair, twisted into a low bun for 10 minutes. Then took it out and let it air dry. This time I felt as though my waves had more shape to them and worked their way farther up the roots than they normally do. Two thumbs up for this product, would definitely use again.

Sinful Colors Nail Polish

When you work at Disney, you can only have neutral colored nail polish to keep within the Disney look. So after I left I got really excited whenever I could wear fun colors on my nails. The color I received in my VoxBox was perfect. It's that great shade of mint that I've been loving all year. The only problem I have is that nail polish does not stay on my nails for longer than a day. Unfortunately this was the case with the Sinful Colors bottle as well. One thumb up for color, one thumb down for lasting effect.

First Aid Shot Therapy

This was the one product I was a little hesitant about. If I have a headache I'll just take an Advil, why would I need this? Well after a little too much 4th of July celebrating I was looking for something to squash my headache and remembered this guy was in my VoxBox. I ripped open the wrapping and drank the berry flavored mixture. Within 10 minutes my headache was gone, talk about fast relief. Two thumbs up.

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun Lotion

When I'm down the shore I'm more or less outside all day in my bikini. My skin gets lots of exposure to the sun during the summer and can use all the nourishing it can get. I applied the lotion to my legs after a day of being in the sun and the first thing I noticed was how good it smelled. It had more of an after shower gel consistency than a lotion consistency but no complaints here. My legs were moisturized and smelled great. Two thumbs up.

Razzmatazz Smoothie Kit

Jamba Juice At Home Smoothie

We didn't get the actual smoothie in our VoxBox but we did get a coupon for a free At Home Smoothie and 50% off a second one. I've had these before so I was thrilled to see the coupons in there. My go-to flavor is Razzamataz, all the fruit and yogurt is already frozen, you just need to add liquid and you have Jamba Juice in your kitchen. Two thumsb up.

I was super pleased with all the products I got in my VoxBox and hope I get to try more in the future! 

QOTD: Which product above would you most like to try?

"I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes."

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Where in the (Walt Disney) World Wednesday-Jellyrolls

In honor of my mother's birthday this Saturday (and the extra night we're adding on to our trip just to go here), I'll be talking about her favorite place in all of Walt Disney World-Jellyrolls!

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Jellyrolls is a dueling piano bar located on the Boardwalk at the Boardwalk Resort right across from the Atlantic Dance Hall. It can be easily walked to from Yacht & Beach, and the Swan & Dolphin. If you're in EPCOT earlier in the day you can always take a stroll over her from the international gateway entrance. There is a $12 cover to get in as Jellyrolls is 21+.

Happy Birthday to my mom on Saturday! 
There are 2 pairs of performers each night and can play nearly any song you will come up with. It's no frills in here with free popcorn and daily drink specials. There's seating scattered throughout with stacks of napkins typically on each table. It's on these napkins that you write down your song request. You then place your request on one of pianos, typically with a tip. I've seen someone throw down $100 just to have their song played before. I've heard everything from Billy Joel to the thong song. You name it they'll play it.  Watch your wallets when the booze starts flowing people. 

Really getting into it now!

Not only do they play your song, but it's a big sing-a-long that everyone joins in on. Sometimes there's certain songs where the players will have you stand up and do a dance to get everyone loosened up. It can get rowdy in here, especially whennventions are at 03e nearby resorts. This is also a great place to go celebrate post-race during the RunDisney weekends. 

Jellyrolls is truly one of my all time favorite adult activites where you can let loose and not have to worry about making a fool of yourself. Trust me, there's always going to be someone acting more drunk ridiculous than you. Next time you're down by the Boardwalk, be sure to check out Jellyrolls!

QOTD: Have you ever been to Jellyrolls? What song would you request?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Diet Bet Review

You guys know Patty, right? One of the lovely DisBroads over at My No-Guilt Life. Well Patty has recently started talking about DietBet in her blog, I believe she's onto her 3rd round of games that she'll be hosting. I decided to take the plunge and try out round number 2. Now that it's complete I can give a little more info and my thoughts on how it works. 

What is DietBet?

DietBet is a game where when you lose weight, you win money! There is a game host, the host will set what the bet amount is to buy into the game. The game I played had a $30.00 buy in. If you reach your goal weight, you get to split the pot with all the others who reached weight as well. If you didn't make weight, you don't get any money back and your bet stays in the pot to be distributed among the winners. 

How much weight do I have to lose?

There are 2 different types of games at DietBet, the Kickstarter and the Transformer. I played in the Kickstarter game where you have 4 weeks to lose 4% of your body weight. In the Transformer game you have 6 months to lose 10% of your body weight. 

How does DietBet know that I'm not cheating to make my final weigh in?

When you first weigh in, you must take a full body picture of yourself standing on the scale and then a close up shot of the weight on the scale. Next to the weight you must also have a note card with your secret word that has been assigned to you by DietBet. The same must be done for when you weigh out. So even if you reach your goal weight during week 3, you must maintain it until week 4 when you are given your code word to take your final weigh in picture with. 

You're probably asking, "Lauren, did you win?!" and the answer is YES. I have a hard time losing weight, I'll usually loose 2-3 lbs then plateau for a few month then lose another 2-3 lbs, but this game kept my behind in check. I plowed through 6.2 lbs in 4 weeks like it was nothing. I'm back down to a weight I haven't been since freshman year of college, and I'm less than 10 lbs away from my overall goal weight. Having money on the line made me seriously motivated. I did NOT want to lose. 

Considering I'm away for the next 2 weeks I don't think I'll be joining the next game, but if you're looking for something to keep you accountable in your weight loss journey this is a great option. Patty has 2 more games starting on July 14th and 15th. Check out the links below if you're interesting in joining. 

How do you hold yourself accountable when reaching a goal?

Don't forget that sign ups for Princess Half-Marathon weekend begin tomorrow at 12PM EST! We'll be running the Glass Slipper Challenge, will you be joining?