Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Fun Times at the Carnival

This past weekend we decided to check out the Carnival in Franklin Lakes. The weather was hot and perfect for a fun night of rides and games. There were plenty of small but fast rides fit for kids, and there were some others that were for the older gang too. I personally enjoyed riding with Christopher in the bumper cars and having Greg and Joey crash into us the entire time. The last shot at the bottom was of the super-huge supermoon that also happened to be out that night. As we were leaving the carnival and heading to our car, we turned to look back at the rides, and there was the moon! Huge and bright. We definitely weren't prepared to get proper photography of it, but, the shots Greg got were pretty good all things considered!

Super Moon Shot on the Kodak Z990

Monday, June 24, 2013

Target Beauty Box

Target. They never cease to amaze me by the simple, undying fact that they just really get it. They are the "all for one and one for all" retailer who completely understand their target consumer, and relentlessly give them everything they want. The in-store experience (Starbucks for me, popcorn for my kids). The fashion-forward, on-trend garments at affordable prices. The home styling. The well- known designers. The strong ties to philanthropy. And now, the subscription model for beauty that Birch Box has made so popular. This, apparently, is a new space that Target is dabbling in. And I like it. Funny, too, because while Birch Box seems so awesome and exciting to me, I find I am unwilling to commit to a monthly subscription because I fear I won't use everything in my Box. When it comes to things like skin care, I'm pretty routine. The products I use work well, and I don't veer much from my tried and true. I decided to give Target a try because the Beauty Box was only $5 for 5 deluxe beauty samples, and honestly because my curiosity on how they would deliver this experience was piqued.

My box arrived about 4 or so weeks after I signed up on the Target Style Facebook page. When asked on their Facebook page if Beauty Box was going to become a monthly subscription, the Target Style Community Managers said "we are testing this concept"...
I was impressed with the packaging. It comprised of a sturdy box with a glossy finish, that was wrapped in a decorative outer sleeve, which also had a high end finish.

Beauty Box unwrapped
I was pretty pleased with the diversity of the samples inside. I received a deluxe sized sample of Fekkai Glossing Creme for hair (love this stuff), a Gillette Venus razor set (already use this, so perfect), Sally Hansen Salon Effects nail art (I definitely will not use these), a small packet of L'Oreal BB Creme (will try!) , and a sample of La Roche Effaclar Duo acne treatment. In addition, the box came with a coupon for $3.00 off beauty products from Target. I think this was the only variation of Beauty Box that was sent to everyone in the pilot group (unlike Birch Box, which have 40 or so different variations per flight).
I think $5 is a low cost of entry for something that is fun and has an element of surprise. I would do this again for sure.

Beauty Box Contents

Friday, June 14, 2013

Joey turns 5 + Graduates Pre-K!

Hard to believe it. "Baby Joe", as we affectionately used to call him, is now 5 years old. FIVE. He just graduated from the Pre-K program at the YMCA. He is such a good boy. He gives us reason to laugh and smile every single day. Some of Joey's favorite things are playing board games, playing Uno, and doing puzzles. He absolutely LOVES to help when Greg and I are cooking in the kitchen. If you even *think* of baking or cooking something without him, look out because he will not be a happy camper. Along with helping in the kitchen, Joey enjoys doing other tasks around the house. He's awesome at folding laundry. He doesn't even need to be asked to come and help. He just does. He helps empty the dishwasher, and can set the table too.
He is a big fan of his iPad, and loves to play Sonic, Temple Run, and Minecraft with his brother. Here are some cute pics from his from his graduation ceremony. He was the Flag holder at Graduation, and he did such a great job! We love you and we are so proud, Joey!! xoxoxox

Excellent Flag Holder

With his very proud big brother


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