Limited Edition: Home Sweet Homespun

Are you looking for a holiday gift that will wow everyone? This Limited Edition Birchbox is a show stopper. This box is FULL of things to keep you “cozy at home”. Everything item in this box is devoted to all things handwritten and homemade. What I love about this LE box is what it’s perfect for a hostess gift or even as a little treat to yourself—either way, there’s plenty of warm fuzzies to go around.

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You can find this box at Birchbox.com for $40.00 which is a total steal as it’s valued at $96!

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Pie’s & More, a hidden gem in Mason City, IA

Pie’s & More is cute little restaurant in Mason City, IA. It’s hidden away in a little strip mall. This strip mall doesn’t get a ton of traffic so I think a lot of people forget about this place, but with food and service like they have, it should be top of the list for best comfort food in North Iowa.

Pie’s & More has become part of our family tradition the week of Thanksgiving. On Wednesday, everyone starts to roll into town around 10am, but since no one wants to make lunch we all meet up at Pie’s & More, which is located in the Willowbrook Mall. We have quite a large family so we try to get there around 11:30 to get one of the large tables saved for us. My favorite spot is sitting in the front window so I can people watch while waiting for everyone to arrive.

The absolute FIRST thing you HAVE to do upon arriving is to pick out the type of Pie you want. It sounds crazy to order and receive your dessert before you get your entree, but it’s an absolute must if you want the pie you want. Since pie is in their name, this is what people come for so it goes fast. They have something new and different every time I go, but my favorite are coconut cream, chocolate and Banana Cream. Other people in my family like Apple, Peach and Pecan.

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Naturebox Subscription Review

Just last week, I got my 2nd and 3rd naturebox subscription. I’m not sure what happened but I had 2 boxes sent to me. Normally, Naturebox will send you a box of 5 bags that are full of different snacks that you have placed into your online “pantry” for just $19.95/month + free shipping. They have snacks for any type of person out there. There are vegan, soy-free, milk-free, gluten-free, non-GMO, as well as nut free.

Since I’ve got a total of 3 boxes, I’m thinking this will be my last one as I wasn’t in love with it and the price is kind of high. Since I am saving up for my wedding, I am cutting back on a lot of things and sadly, this will be one of them. This month, there were quite a few items that I wanted a lot more of so since there were so many,  let’s start with those items.

Whole Wheat Raspberry Figgy Bars

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Ipsy Bag Review | November 2014

So I am sad to say that my Ipsy subscription will be coming to an end next month. I love this subscription, but with my wedding just a short 5 months away, I need to focus on saving and starting my life (finances and all) with another person. Funny thing, last month was actually suppose to be my last month, but since the website wouldn’t let me cancel and I didn’t notice till after I received my bag I am finishing it off in December. I want to thank the @IpsyCare twitter account as they helped me finalize the cancellation and gave me 1 month complimentary as an early “wedding gift”. Seriously, how sweet is that!

Like I said before, I love Ipsy and I’m sad to be leaving them for now, but every penny counts when saving for a wedding. 🙂 If you are thinking about joining Ipsy, I would highly suggest it if you love all things beauty! They are a monthly beauty and makeup subscription bag. Each month you get full size or deluxe-sized products, plus a super cute makeup bag.

This month’s theme was “Girl Meets Glitter” and the bag sure met that theme!

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Birchbox Review | November 2014

So, I think I really like picking what is in my Birchbox every month. I do sometimes like the surprise sometimes, but it’s fun knowing what you’ll be getting. I know, I’m kinda bad like that, but I’ve always been like that since I was little. I really hate waiting for Christmas, because I like to plan what I’m going to do with my presents. 😛

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If any of these products trip your trigger, click here to sign up for your own Birchbox subscription.

One of the boxes you could choose from was the (red) box which has products from companies that make donations to charities. It was a box full of great things all for a great cause. This month’s Birchbox, I choose the Guest Editor box which is a “Happy Holiday Hacks” Box from BuzzFeed Life.

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