Lyra’s Back to School Clothes

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I swear that I bought the cutest stuff for Lyra to go back to school with. I’ll admit that the entire item isn’t pictured, but I’ll definitely be taking pictures of her when she’s dressed in each outfit. Yes, I decided this needed a post for itself.

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After seeing this kitty dress, I immediately had to have it (for Lyra, of course). But seriously… WHERE IS ONE IN MY SIZE?! I would wear this dress every single day. EVERY DAY.

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I only featured my favorite items. But yeah. I had to share because CUTE!

Vitality VoxBox

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I haven’t received a VoxBox since last year and I believe it was a college related one. I don’t even remember the name… that’s how long ago it was! I was really excited to be selected to receive the Vitality VoxBox, but when I saw how big the box was, I was genuinely surprised. All of the past VoxBox’s that I’ve received have fit perfectly in my mailbox.

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When I opened the box, I was even more surprised! FULL SIZE PRODUCTS! The only sample in the box is the Bikini Ready Energy Gummies, which I’m anxious to try since uhm, I need energy and exercise and stuff. haha!

Also, have you all seen the new Influenster site yet? It’s completely different from when I last visited (like, two weeks ago) and it’s AMAZING! Much more user friendly than the last design!

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Here’s a list of everything that is included in the Vitality VoxBox:

  • First Degree® Advanced Burn Cream: $5.97-$8.99
  • Playtex® Sport® Fresh Balance™: $3.99
  • Elizabeth Arden FLAWLESS FUTURE Powdered by Ceramide™ Caplet Serum: $60 for 1.0 fl oz
  • Pure Leaf Iced Tea
  • Softlips® Cube: $3.49
  • Bikini Ready Energy Gummies: $14.99

I can’t wait to test out the products and share my experience with you all! Except for the tampons because, ya know. That’s gross. ;)

Disclosure: I received these products complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster.

P.S. Sorry for the horrible pictures. I was so excited about the box and too lazy to actually prepare for a “shoot”. haha!

Trip to Massachusetts & Mom’s Memorial

This past weekend, we traveled to Massachusetts from North Carolina by VAN. Don’t ever attempt that unless you love being in the car and traffic for freaking hours! Anyway, we were going there for my mother’s memorial service, but I also wanted to show Lyra places of my childhood because I’m all cool like that. I won’t be posting any photos from the memorial of other family members because I’m not sure how they’d feel about being on my blog. I didn’t even ask them… haha!

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I was trying to take pictures of all the state ‘welcome’ signs. Didn’t work out too well since I only have West Virginia and Maryland!

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Some random, awesome house on our way to Massachusetts! I wish all houses still looked like this.

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We passed three of these trucks. No big deal, right? No… it’s smiling at you.

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My aunt picked flowers for our room at her house. They are so pretty! And that random apartment house… I used to live there on the 3rd floor. It’s haunted. Or at least that’s what my mom told me.

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My husband wanted a picture of this building because of the face. He said it looks like it’s going to start talking to you. haha!

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I loved the door to the church house place!

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Pictures of my mom. I was all brave walking in there, but no matter who it is, the pictures at a memorial or funeral is what makes me cry. I can’t really explain why. Just sad to see various pictures from different times in her life and then she lost her life.

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I HAD to take pictures of Lyra in front of this wall of my elementary school. My mom took pictures of my brother and me in front of this wall, so it was all nostalgic! Minus the freaking graffiti. How do people get away with doing shit like that?! Seriously…

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I always thought the brick building by my elementary school was neat. It looks so old, which I love.

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My husband and I let Lyra hang out with my aunt for a little while and we headed to Fort Phoenix beach. I decided to spread some of my mom’s ashes on this beach and that was a total fail. I was trying to wait for the wind to stop blowing and even when it was blowing, I also figured out the direction so the ashes wouldn’t blow back at us. The wind stopped, so I let the ashes go. THEY BLEW IN MY FACE. MY MOTHER IS IN MY DAMN EYEBALL. I was wondering if I was going to end up with super powers or something after that, but I didn’t… unfortunately. If my mom had been alive, she would have busted out laughing at me… and she wouldn’t had blown into my eye… :(

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Okay, so I had to take pictures of this church because I’m scared as hell being near it. I know that makes no sense. When I was little, my mom and I would walk passed it and I would cling to her leg until I pretty much cut off her circulation. Maybe not that extreme… But this church is freaking HUGE. And I have an immense fear of heights/tall buildings. I used to tell my mom that the beast from Beauty and the Beast lived there and that it wasn’t a church, but an evil castle. HAHA. I remember my mom was like, “Let’s go see Santa!” and he just happened to be at this church. The picture of me on his lap, I’m devastated because for one, the church and for two, uhm… Santa? He creeps me out. But really… this church has every North Carolina church beat! The architecture especially. NC churches are BORING inside and out.

ANYWAY. I thought that I would be able to go near the church without flipping out, but I couldn’t do it. I clung to my husband for dear freaking life! And then we went inside, which wasn’t as bad, but the ceiling was sooo high up. I still needed to hold his hand. :p The details in the church are SO BEAUTIFUL though! My husband has most of the detailed pictures on his phone because I didn’t want to disturb anyone with the clicking of my DLSR.

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There was a super moon on our way back to North Carolina! This is the best I could get from a moving van.

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This bridge was on our way back to North Carolina and I thought it was pretty neat with the letters.

And that was pretty much our trip. I wish my mom could have made it back to Massachusetts like she wanted to before she died. I tried my best to carry out her last wishes, but some weren’t possible with her condition. I just hope she’s happy now that she isn’t in pain and miserable. :/

Dalton’s 4th Birthday

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I love birthdays and I love celebrating! Dalton’s 4th birthday was the 29th of July, but we had a small party on the 3rd of August. Both days we pretty much just hung out and played outside, but we did have CAKE! Here are just some random pictures from our day! :)

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My Judeee!

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Parade making out with plants outside. ha!

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Dalton wanted to do a ‘tough’ face, but we just look angry!

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Lyra and our Ninja Turtles balloons.

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Our custom made toy car garage! How cool is that?!

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Slytherin Lolita Cosplay

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So this post was supposed to be my trip to Asheville Anime Regional Convention, however, we didn’t make it there. I didn’t even know it existed until I saw a post on Facebook from Jad Saxton (voiced Yuki from Wolf Children and Sena from Haganai) saying she was going to be there. Of course I immediately told my husband and I just HAD to go… because duh… Jad was going to be there and it’s Asheville. I mean… DUH!

My plan was to take Lyra and have her dress as Yuki like she did for Hoshicon and I would dress in my revised Slytherin student cosplay. Well I’m super indecisive. I woke up on Saturday not wanting to go because I drove ALL DAY the day before and I just didn’t feel like going for a 1.5 hour drive to Asheville.

BUT Jad responded to my tweet about how I only found out about the con thanks to her, so then I ran to my husband and we were like, “No, now we HAVE to go!” But I’m a girl and I take forever to get ready and I was having a severe hangry moment which made me take longer to get ready. I finally was ready, we packed up everything in the van and started to drive. We still hadn’t eaten so we stopped for food and then we needed gas and then we looked at the time and we were definitely not making it for the autograph session with Jad.

So in the end, we didn’t go. I know we could have still went and met up with Jad in a panel or something, but I’m an introvert and it was just like… all the driving from the day before, rushing around, being hangry, crying about being hangry, more rushing… I was just overwhelmed. hahah! Hopefully there will be a next time. :)

Anyway… since I was already dressed up, my husband wanted to take pictures. So here they are. ♥

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That’s really my engagement and wedding ring, by the way!

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SLYTHERIN PRIDE! waddup.