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How to Be a Bride (Non-Psycho Version) September 24, 2015

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They say when you are about to die your life flashes before your eyes (sorry, morbid, keep reading!). Well, I would say when you get engaged your life sort of flashes before your eyes too. You see that little girl, with a ring pop; you see you and you friends talking about what kind of dress you want to have; you remember every wedding you ever went to and how you teared up during the vows; you think about the yet to be determined future and how amazing it will be!

high-society-bride-cartoonThere is a stigma about brides and that they are crazy, and some of them do! In interviewing vendors I’ve heard some horror stories; girls who want a sunset kiss photo but also want the photographer to get their portraits in front of a statue on the other side of town. Brides who changed their seating chart the day before and didn’t tell anyone. Couples who wanted fourteen bridesmaids and groomsmen to walk down the aisle, but only wanted to spend twenty-minutes at their ceremony. Some girls think their wedding is a challenge to make the impossible happen. Luckily, most of us are not like that, but what we want our friends and family to know is that WE ARE STILL F!%@ EXCITED, so leave us alone!

Yes, I know my wedding is a year away but what many people forget is that, for a girl, this is something that has been decades in the making, so something as little as a year is practically tomorrow in a girl’s mind. When you’re graduating college, you don’t want to think about it because every little step along the way gives you anxiety, but when you’re a bride every little thing you do along the way is like a tiny party that happens in your brain, confetti literally goes off every single time. It makes you excited, and you want to think about it, talk about it, share it with someone. In fact, some days it’s all you can think about, and you don’t mind at all. Sometimes, this can cause problems with people – like, sort of for example, your groom.

People who aren’t in your brainwave see things differently. To them, there is a calendar year and there is a list of things to do, plain and simple. To you, there is glitter falling from the sky everywhere you walk and with each step a flower blooms, with each vendor you hire a puppy with a bow runs through a field, as each month goes by you feel like your hair gets shinier, your eyes become sparkly-er, and your diamond ring gets bigger. When other people don’t see what you see, it can be hurtful, because to you it seems like they don’t think this is important, they don’t understand that it’s your moment. To you the world is exploding with lace, to them, it’s just another thing they have to do in a long list of to-do’s they already have outside of this wedding.

I’ve only been engaged for just short of three months, but I’ve already battled this. So, here’s my take on how to navigate reality while still letting a rainbow follow you around:

Step one, communication – and this is nothing new. If you’re getting married you’ve done this before, and you’re going to do it again, and again, and again, and again. There is nothing wrong with explaining to your friends, or your groom, how you feel and why their reactions seem hurtful, even though you know they’re not trying to make you feel bad.

Step two, realize that you are the only one in your champagne bubble, and that’s okay. I, of all people, understand wanting to talk about every tiny, little, minute detail, (I have already planned out the order of my processional, and drew a diagram, because I could.), just keep in mind that other people might not be there yet, so make it brief and don’t get too offended when they aren’t jumping for joy.

Step three, just do it! Don’t go Bridezilla crazy, but if no one wants be all doilies and peonies with you, then who cares, do it yourself. Imagine it’s like having a glass of wine, you don’t necessarily need someone else to do it with, it’s just a nice addition. Pinterest the hell out of your wedding! You’re only going to get to do this once, so do it your way – without alienating your entire guest list.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Awkward Significant Other Meetings March 3, 2015

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The GoodGuys File

We’ve all had that moment, we’re meeting our friend’s significant other and could say it’s a little less than what we’d like to be doing that day. Sometimes those meetings are loads of fun but many times they’re just a ball of anxiety in your stomach until you get it over with. Speaking from experience, here are some fun and supportive ways to get through it…and maybe even enjoy it! 

 Your Best Friend’s New Girlfriend 

It’s always exciting when your friend tells you they’re dating someone new! The first thing you always says is “I can’t wait to meet her!” so when you do, remember to respect that this is hard for her so never make her feel like an outsider, invite her in! Meeting a significant other who’s a guy is different, men don’t feel as territorial over friends but women can become very judgmental if they feel another girl is taking their place, so while you should be cautious no matter what gender your best friend’s significant other is, be particularly aware of your behavior if you are the same sex. 

Do!: Talk to them! Never talk around someone, if you’re telling a story tell it to them and use phrases like “You’ll never believe what he did, let me tell you!” or “I have to tell you about this one time he totally embarrassed himself”. This will not only make the night fun but it will make her feel part of the picture and like you accept her. Even if she says or does something wrong, don’t call her out, this isn’t the time or the place. Feel free to voice what you know, but in an open or kind way. 

Don’t!: Talk around her – try not to use words like “we” or “us”, it will make her feel like an outsider, like you don’t want her taking away your best guy friend. Don’t ignore her either, if she also has a statement or story, listen, even if you think it’s dumb or not entertaining. Not everyone you meet will be a winner, but the first meeting is not for you to act rude, it’s to get to know them. They may surprise you! (more…)

The Man Bouquet – Man Crates January 30, 2015

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Valentines Day, oh the glorified day of love, angels, cupid, chocolates, heart shaped everything and the corporate greed of candy companies! Whether you love it or hate it, don’t care about it or count down to the day, whether you’re alone or tied down, it’s a day of dressing to impress and giving gifts.

Women really get the short end of the stick when it comes to buying gifts. Men have jewelry and perfume to choose from, Godiva, puppies, flowers, flowers, flowers. It’s like a wack-a-mole of which present to buy first, when it comes to the ladies, besides a slinky piece of lingerie what do you get your man for Valentines Day?

ANSWER: Man Crates! Mancrates

DLIH discovered Man Crates this time last year for just this reason. Miss SK just got tired of the notion that Valentines Day was all about the girl, so after some digging and internet research Man Crates surfaced. They are pretty much perfect! Not just for V-Day but for any day; birthdays, anniversaries, congratulation presents, or even just because. There are different options, at different price points all themed around whatever your man likes best. Can’t decide? EVEN BETTER! He’ll probably love his first one so much you can get him another next year, or surprise him in a couple of years when he least expects it. They add new ones regularly so there’s no chance of him getting board.

Man Crates are what you think they are, a giant crates! What do guys love more than something they can tear into or break? It’s like a piñata of awesome goodies for your guy. They even have smaller crates that come in something other than – Ammo Can, Tactical Bag, or even just a regular shipping box full of jerky! To be honest, while the enter gift was unique, fun and a complete surprise, the thing DLIH man loved the best was the the Ammo Can, tries to use it for everything!

So, if you’re looking for a unique gift that isn’t simply a bacon scented bouquet of tools try Man Crates on for size. Fine print: order ahead for holidays, they get slammed and since they are a made in USofA business (support the locals!) they only use the best stuff, so give them a breather and don’t rush the creative process!

Making Life Choices…and Facing Hilarious Realities January 8, 2015

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Check out this great post about the Catch-22’s of being in your twenties! Grab a glass of wine, and laugh your bad day away – The 20 Catch-22s Of Being In Your 20’s, by Lauren Martin at the Elite Daily.

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Things Your Little Sister Won’t Understand August 23, 2014

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The GoodGuys File

When I was about twenty, I would run into a lot of jaded women who had nothing nice to say about men or relationships. “Oh, all that romantic stuff, that’ll end”, or “Ha!, you can never trust a man!” It always bothered me, I felt like, as someone who was younger, you would want to encourage me and teach me and allow me to grow, not just shoot me down and tell me to lower my expectations of relationships. I also didn’t believe what they told me, sure not every relationship is perfect, and sure some people have had bad experiences, but what about those couples celebrating their 40th year wedding anniversary, or that family with three under three and they are still so in love – it doesn’t have to turn bad and boring. However, now that I am the same age as those women, I also laugh at my former self. There is a very distinct line between thinking the world will be a perfect beautiful place, and then the truth of being in a relationship. I recently stumbled upon this gem – “24 Real Facts of Actual Couples…” I sat down and read it with some of my gal pals, also in relationships, and not only did we have a good, solid laugh, but we also almost threw up all over the place. This article was put together by someone who A. probably isn’t in a longterm real relationship or B. Doesn’t know what one is. So, we decided to combat this article and give you the actual REAL version of these 24 REAL couples. (more…)

We Want the Fairytale July 23, 2014

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Ross and Rachel. The Notebook. Marshall and Lily. Carrie and Big. Moulin Rouge. Cory and Topanga. Jim and Pam. Titanic. Romeo and Juliet. We idolize them, these fairytales, these couples that make our realities seem feasible and attainable. It’s not that we put a sheath over our eyes and pretend that all is perfect, and all will be perfect, but at the end of the day, it’s what every girl wants.

When you first start to like someone, or date someone, there are all these butterflies and exciting feelings running through your bloodstream. Every date is a new adventure, every night your head hits the pillow, so does your smile. It’s a very joyous time, and it fills us with hope and some blind ideas of what our life could be like in a couple of years; white picket fences and all that jazz. After that, one of two things happens, it turns sour and you break-up, or it turns out great and you stay together. After a some months, excitement turns more into pride, like you are so proud to say you’ve been in this relationship for a long time and you want to show your significant other off like a trophy. Having them pick you up from work, meet you for lunch, or attend your bosses dinner is like a badge of honor. If you’ve been dating a year or two, everything is more like routine, not to say you don’t love one another, not to go as far as saying your life is boring, but let’s face it, if you left your pump on a staircase your boyfriend would probably just yell out “Hey, moron, you did it again!…Come get your shoe, silly!”

Cinderella and Prince smaller correctIt sounds crazy, because we bury it deep inside, but girls, we want a fairytale. We know that things will become routine, we know that life won’t be perfect, and the only time it’s even acceptable to wear a tiara is maybe on your wedding (…and even then, questionable), but we want the moments that we can tell our future children about. That time that he surprised you with dinner at your favorite restaurant when you thought you were just going to a friend’s place for drinks; that necklace he got you for christmas, the one you had been dropping hints about for months; that day she came home with flowers, just because. Not every girl, not every women, but for the most part, we want cheesiness. For many of us, it’s hard to admit, it’s like some kind of anti-feminist defeat – “Ew, proposals on the end of a dock surrounded by lilies, so lame” but inside, even if it’s very far inside, we’re more like “OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD, THAT’S SO PRETTY! SO SWEET! I WANT! AHHHH”. Let’s stop kidding ourselves here. We like it when men write us poems, even though they are really, really bad. We like it when our girlfriend or boyfriend make us a picture book of all our best memories, even though everyone does it.

No one wants to meet someone, have all those giddy feelings, and then just decide “Yup, he’s the one. So now my life can go back to being dull and lifeless.” Of course not! Romance is something everyone craves, romantic comedies are dumb, but we watch them – over, and over, and over, and over. Find that little girl, watching Cinderella all wide-eyed, and never let her go…and most of all, find a partner that loves that little girl too. Dreams can come true, sometimes it just takes a little nudging in the right direction.

The Sides of Needing Space June 23, 2014

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There are two types of people out there, those who need space and those who do not. Most people like to think they’re one kind, but are probably the other. So, what happens when you’re in a relationship and spending the majority, if not almost all, your time with the same person? What happens you ask? Fights, tension, lashing out or snapping for no good reason. Human beings weren’t meant to be alone, but they weren’t meant to be together 24/7 either. Finding the balance in a relationship is a fine line, but it isn’t an invisible one.

There are two sides to “I need space” and the only way to make it work, is to understand where the other person is coming from. For people who really do need space, it’s about feeling suffocated. People don’t necessarily want to be without you, they also don’t necessarily want to be alone, they just want some air. Like when you’re stuck in a crowded subway car, or a stuffy office building, you just want to get outside – it’s not that you don’t like where you are, or who you’re with, you just need some air. Space allows people to refocus on their relationship, or other things. For many people, they love their significant other so much, it can difficult to really get other things done while they’re together. They make excuses or procrastinate doing things because it’s easy to just hang out or go out when you’re with the person you like. Alone time lets them work on the other elements on their life like work, career, finances, family and friendships. Sometimes, space doesn’t even mean being alone, it means being apart. Visiting family for a week, going out with friends, or even going to work or out after work can be space. It’s a new setting, a new set of people, and if anything, it generally makes them miss being with you more.

Some people simply don’t need as much space as others, probably because they aren’t used to it. Maybe they are an only child, or have felt a lot of separation in their life. To them, needing space is a synonym for all sorts of things – it means not wanting to be with the other person, it means leaving, it brings up the anxiety of being alone, which for many people can be difficult. For people who aren’t used to being alone, or don’t have a need for it, hearing “I need space” is instantaneously negative. It makes them feel like they’ve done something wrong and they’re being punished, it creates a sense of insecurity and even fear. However, some people, they just don’t need space. They are people persons, they like being social, they like chatting and telling stories and laughing and being around people. Not to say that people who need space aren’t like this, but for some people, life is just boring without others.

So, what’s the right way to go about making it work? First rule of thumb; don’t deny people who need space. Telling someone you don’t want them to have time alone is the fastest way to start the beginning of the end. People don’t like being denied something that’s rightful theres, people also don’t like being bossed around. There are going to be moments, maybe fights, where space is the last thing you want but you’re going to have to let them have it because they need it, and your relationship needs it. Second rule of thumb; understanding people who don’t need space. Whether they have an emotional reaction to the word “space”, not like being alone, or simply want you to stop leaving every single time you need to take a breath, listen to them. See where they’re coming from and work to control how often you might need space. Walking away isn’t always the answer, sometimes things need to be handled together.
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Winning the Ex-Games May 23, 2014

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The GoodGuys File

You could say it was all a blurry dream, because it was; there I was seated in a chapel filled with friends and family to witness the marriage of a man and a woman, and all I could do was go up to the groom and say “No!”

The hard part about dating is that we never want to admit the truth – that we were dumped, that we don’t have feelings for someone, that we don’t care they are dating someone new. We do, we do all these things, but because we have egos and don’t want to admit defeat, we hide behind lies or versions of the truth in order to save ourselves from embarrassment and, also, reality. Reality means admitting something, accepting it, and moving on, and we aren’t always ready to do that.

When “this guy” met “this girl”, I remember thinking how wrong she was for him. Did he just want someone who wasn’t me? Did he no longer enjoy phone conversations until 4am about books and music? Did he not want to ride around town singing to the top of his lungs anymore? Maybe. Maybe this is how I saw things, from where I stood, maybe she was everything I wasn’t to him. Still, no matter how rational I was, I never liked her, there was something about her, and most of all, it was because she came right after me. Years after this initial shock, I felt like I was in a competition – who would get married first, who would be together longer, who would become successful first, whose significant other would be more successful. You would think I still had feelings for this person, but trust me when I say the only feelings I had were of annoyance.

After we broke up I dated other people until I ended up in a long-term relationship, he didn’t, in fact, he only waited about two months before diving into it. For a long time, I told myself that she was the one for him and I could get over it or I could bother myself about it for the rest of my life, but after you know a person so well, after you spend so much time with them, caring about them never goes away, even if they hurt you. I always felt like the girl for him would be a girl I could get along with, would be someone I would hate to like, but not be able to help loving. I felt like no matter what we had been through, I didn’t want him to be unhappy, and I didn’t want him to fall in love with someone who would cause that unhappiness. Even though we ended rocky, he was always a special person, he deserved someone who knew how great he was, and I wasn’t the only person who thought she didn’t, his mutual friends gave insight into how non-him they felt she was. Still, the heart wants what the heart wants, so we all stood back and watched their relationship  grow for four years.

The other day, I won. I won. I won the competition. This convoluted competition I had built in my mind. They broke up and I and my boyfriend are still together. There was shock, there was excitement, there was a little feeling of satisfaction and then, there was nothing. I realized that all along, I had one true feeling, that she wasn’t right for him. Years after we split, it had become so apparent that he wasn’t right for me either (only he can speak on if I was ever right for him, but I’m guessing not). I was waiting to win something, but in all honesty, I was just looking out for someone I cared about.

When we exit a relationship and our ex begins a new one, there are always an array of feelings. Some last days or weeks, some last years. It’s okay to still care about them, somewhere deep inside, and it’s okay to worry about who they date, knowing that they’ll never be with you again; knowing that when they meet the right person, you should be happy for them. It’s hard for friends when they hear that you “don’t like the person he’s seeing” and most of the time they’ll be correct in assuming you still having feelings for your ex, but every now and then, every 1 out of 3, you’ll actually want them to meet someone like you, but better. Having an adult relationship means recognizing that you weren’t their perfect match, this doesn’t mean you aren’t allowed to question the people they do chose to be with. After all, you spend so much time with them, have so many conversations and experiences. Sometimes, the best people to tell you who you should be with, are the people who know why you’re not with them.

What I learned from this very strange experience, and this very strange dream, is that sometimes winning isn’t bad, it isn’t about you being malicious or ill-willed. When your parents took away your phone, or your teacher gave you detention, they weren’t doing it because they hated you, they were doing it because, in the long run, it would be better for you. Sometimes, no matter how happy you are in your own relationship, you’re going to focus on someone else’s for the soul reason that who they’re dating isn’t up to your standards, your very-very high standards. After all, you are comparing them to you 🙂

There is truth behind every reality. You’ll always care for your exs’ a little, you’ll always wonder about their lives, you’ll probably always want to achieve more than them, have a better spouse than them, build a bigger home then them, but you’ll also always appreciate your time with them. They made you who you are, and without them, you would be missing a tiny, tiny, tiny, piece of what you know about yourself.

[Being Without] All The Single Ladies April 23, 2014

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Back when I was…anything prior to six months ago, I had a set in stone theory about couples and their friends. I had a real angst for those couples who got together, became their own best friends, and magically stopped hanging out with anyone who didn’t resemble them. Sure, other couples, double dates, and newly together friends were fine, but their single pals, or work buddies suddenly were too much effort or too much time. How rude! How unfair! How, down right, wrong.

Theories (as I so loosely use the word) are based on life experiences. Much of the time,we have theories or ideas because we are lacking in the experiences to real know, so we develop something that makes sense to us, or justifies actions, whether our own or someone else’s. When it came to couples who magically stopped seeing their single friends, I was firm in my beliefs. Until I became one.

It was about three months ago that I really noticed it. I fell in love with evenings that included dinner parties with people over the age of 28, meeting for after work drinks with his work friend and wife, having meaningful discussions with my married friends about home life, future plans, and how their wedding went. When I was invited to a bar crawl with the ladies, I hesitated. Rather than being excited, I was tired. Truth be told, I sounded like an old lady. I’d never shied away from fun with friends before, so I knew something was up with me.

The next event I was invited to went much the same but, this time, I didn’t bail, I went out. All my friends were talking about we’re their “boy problems”, which guy they were trying to pick up, and how much they were “out to win it”. With the full acknowledgement of sounding insensitive, I didn’t care. Picking up guys was no longer fun for me, neither was discussing pre-relationship conundrums, or drinking so much my face would fall off. It even shocked me how bored I was with the whole night, and all I wanted to do was go home and watch tv on the couch with my better half. It all became very clear to me a few weekends later, when we were invited out to dinner by a married couple, I had the best time! I was excited and counted down the days until that night. That’s when I knew, I was one of those people who no longer had anything in common with her single friends.

I make fun of moms a lot; how when they get together all they discuss are their kids. I now see that conversation is a function of where you are in life. In saying that, I fully believe that you should have interests outside of your significant other, child, job, or small circle, but I can no longer blame people for sticking with their kind. I don’t dislike my single friends, I don’t adore my married friends, I just find that living with someone, spending most of your time with them, and having serious problems that you need to work through, are discussions my single friends can’t weigh in on. I know when I was single, I couldn’t weigh in on them either. I had lots of advice and ideas, but no real knowledge of what would work or not.
For a long time, I felt bad about this, I felt like I was in the wrong, that I should try harder to find something to talk about with everyone, but then a married friend told me to relax, this was normal. She said she had gone through the same thing. At this point in our lives, we’ve forgotten how to go to a bar to ” meet someone” or the total stress of blind dates, or how to “be cool” when you see a really cute guy on the bus and you definitely chose that day to not wear makeup. We’re not boring, we’re not old, we’re not plumping around in sweatpants and a concert t-shirt. We still put makeup on and our men know that other guys still find us attractive, but we also don’t care anymore. We like putting our guys before ourselves, and doing weird things like cooking, cleaning, and sorting his laundry….because some weirdo wife gene kicked in and now something that was once a chore or a bother is, for lack of a better word, fun. It’s hard to explain that to your single gal pal: “so then after the gym, I had nothing to do so I was sorting Tim’s laundry and the doorbell rang.” Sorry, back when I was younger and single, my reaction would have been, ” can Tim not sort his own laundry?” It’s one of those weird I’m-a-grown-up phenomenons that just happens to you, like puberty or going bald. You wake up one day, and it’s just happening.

I think there a part of me, of all of us, that will always feel a little bad. When those friends are finally in a serious relationship or married, I’ll probably have kids, and when their kids are babies, mine will probably be starting school, maybe we’ll even out one day, maybe we won’t. The point is that, it’s okay. I say that a lot on DLIH, but I say it because it’s true. Sometimes we need to accept what life brings us, even if it’s not always benefiting everyone. If you think of it in the grand scheme of things, your friends have found someone they love, maybe someone they want to spend the rest of their life with, or they had a baby, or they are finally out of a relationship and are getting their masters degree. Sometimes the things that make us drift apart are not bad things at all, they’re great things.

If you love something, you let it go, you ride the wave of life and if it dumps you on the shore, with all your friends, and a margarita bar. Then you know you did it right 🙂

It’s a Birch Box! April 15, 2014

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Perhaps you’ve heard the buzz going around about this thing called a Birch Box. I first heard about it when a friend posted a photo of her first Birch Box. Looking at it, I could tell two things – it was, in fact, a box, and it had a lot of small cosmetics, and such, in it. I’ve never been a samples girl, usually when they get thrown in my bag at Sephora or elsewhere, they sit around on my vanity for a couple of months collecting dust until I try them out, all in one day, in an effort to get rid of them. So, the concept of a Birch Box wasn’t really something I thought I would enjoy. The holidays came and when I opened my presents on Christmas morning I had a complimentary 6-month subscription to Birch Box. So, I thought, why not?

First thing’s first, What is a Birch Box?

A Birch Box is Netflix for the girly girl (Men, you don’t have to keep reading, but you DO need to scroll to the last sentence!). Like trying new eyeshadows, perfumes, nail polishes and chocolate (yes, chocolate!)? Then you’ll like Birch Box. Birch Boxes arrive on your doorstep once a month, like a magazine, and are filled with a variety of different new product samples for you to try. They aren’t just samples like you get from a store, some of them are large enough that you can really try them out by using them for a month or two. I got a face primer that I’ve been using since January! A Birch Box can contain any of the following – makeup, perfume, skin care and lotion, hair products, tea, chocolate, nail polish, a healthy snack, fun cards with tips or motivational quotes, and other fun things!

So, how do you know what’s coming to you?

Well, you don’t, but you can control what you like and don’t like. When you set up a Birch Box account you create a profile and by answering certain questions, Birch Box knows what to send you a lot or a little of. If you’re not a nail polish person, or if you really love perfume you can tell them so they don’t send you as many, or send you a lot! If you try a product and you really like it, you can mark it “favorite” on your profile or buy it! For everything you buy you get Birch Box points which can be credited towards purchases! In a way, its like a personal shopper that gets you everything you want in one, easy place, and you try it out first!
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“I’m just not a samples person, I know what I like and don’t like.”

Said, ME!, but I love Birch Box. I’ve bought so many new products in the short time I’ve had it. Sometimes I need something (like face primer) but because they can be rather expensive, I don’t want to shell out for something I won’t like. Additionally, perfume; every time I find one I like, it gets discontinued. I hate shopping for perfume because it’s so time-consuming and there are a lot of brands I won’t even try because of preconceived notions. I found a fantastic new perform through Birch Box, it was sent to me, so in an effort to get rid of it I tried it and I loved it! Birch Box isn’t just about getting samples, it’s really about making your makeup, skin, nail and hair care easier!

…Did I say chocolate before?

Yup! 90% of your Birch Box is makeup and such, but you’ll also get chocolate to try, tea, an other goodies like healthy snacks and granola. So, if free nail polish isn’t enough to be excited about, you can look forward to a scrumptious little something too.

How do you get a Birch Box –> sign-up! you can get different lengths of subscriptions so you don’t have to commit to a full year.

What if you’re thinking, “I’m a guy, this was the most pointless post ever!”

HOLD YOUR HORSES! there’s Birch Box for men! No, it’s not masculine nail polish and invisible mascara, it’s stuff for you guys! check it out on the website!