Thursday, April 23, 2015

April 2015 Birchbox

April has been a crazy month so the arrival of my Birchbox was highly appreciated!  I am completely obsessed with the box this month.  However, I do wish they had included something from Rifle Paper Co. inside like a small journal or pack of greeting cards. 

I received five amazing samples this month that are great for Spring.

First, there was a tiny sample of Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine Cologne Absolue.  The fragrance is subtle with citrus undertones and I really like it.  Unfortunately, I have yet to master this type of packaging... 

Next was a sample of Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream in coconut.  This smell is amazing and the creme leaves my skin soft and refreshed after shaving.  I might invest in a full-sized bottle! 

My sample choice this month was the Jouer Tint creme blush.  The color is amazing and I love the texture.  This blush will be perfect for warm spring days to add a flush to my cheeks. 

My least favorite sample this month is the Number 4™ Super Comb Prep & Protect because I rarely style my hair.  I also highly dislike the scent.  Hopefully soon I will find a use for it and if you have any ideas, please let me know. 

I am most looking forward to the effects of the Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel.  Last summer I began a long battle with acne and now I have several dark spots and scars.  I really hope that this product lives up to my expectations! 

What did you receive in your April Birchbox? 

How to Plan a Romantic Date Night at Home for Her

When Googling date night ideas recently, I discovered that there is a lack of date night ideas for her.  Almost every blog I read provided wonderful ideas for how to surprise him.  So here is some ideas to surprise the special lady in your life.

Setting the Stage

String Lights

Little touches of light in a dimmed room can resemble stars and set the stage for a cozy and romantic night.  The lights above can be found at Target however, you can use leftover Christmas lights or tea candles. 

Fresh Flowers 

You do not have to go crazy and get a huge bouquet like the one pictured.  However, fresh flowers can double as a gift and decoration for the evening.  To make small bouquets look bigger, you can wrap the a bow around the vase. 

Something Special 

Girls love presents and most of us love jewelry!  Put a smile on her face by surprising her with a classic necklace or pair of earrings.  Charming Charlie has a wonderful selection of affordable jewelry and accessories. 

The Perfect Meal


To start the evening, chose a finger food to share.  I found these amazing cheese rolls that would be a perfect appetizer to an Italian themed dinner.  These would also pair nicely with some wine or a specialty cocktail (if you are over 21). 

Main Course

Because its a special night for you and your honey, its the perfect time to try a new recipe or prepare a favorite meal.  Pinterest is filled with dinner ideas for all themes and this Carbonara with Pan Seared Scallops looks delicious.  Picking up dinner from your favorite take-out restaurant is also a great option! 


To end the meal, pick a romantic dessert like these Limoncello cupcakes.  Non-bake pies and trifles are perfect if you do not enjoy baking.  If you are not into sweets, think about preparing a fancy cup of coffee or a fruit salad.  

Things to Do


Watching a movie together is a perfect excuse to cuddle for two hours.  Find a movie that makes your lady happy like her favorite film or a feature she has been dying to see.  Cue up the movie after dinner so you can engage her in conversation before diverting attention to the T.V. 


There are several games on the market today designed for as little as two players including Ticket to Ride.  Card games or trivia can also be fun to get you and your partner talking and laughing.  Remember to tone down competitiveness to reduce fighting.