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This isn’t the Playground

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 Do you remember when I made New Years Resolutions and I used to revisit them every month to see how I was doing?

Yeah, me too….

Anyway, I do rembember that one of my NYRs this year was to try to make some new friends. I’ve been kind of lonely and I really needed to push myself outside of my comfort zone if I wanted to meet some new people.

This week has been FULL of meeting new people, and guess what? I didn’t fart, curse or cry in front of any of them!

okay, that’s a lie and none of them may want to hang out with me again, but at least I tried! 

My first attempt this week was meeting a friend from the YouTube channel that The Boss is a part of. We took a short road trip to meet this mom and daughter combo and I have to say that they were some of the sweetest people I have ever met. You know those genuinely kind people that just make you smile? I know, it’s a rarity to find them in the wild, but somehow, I did it.

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We enjoyed a fantastic meal, well, they enjoyed it, I inhaled mine…like a lady… and then we took the girls to the mall and then aquarium.  We spent all day with them and they even said they wanted to do it again. I know, I was sure that they would get in their car and peel out of the parking lot after having spent upwards of 5 hours with me.

Monday night I had dinner with another new potential friend.

This whole situation is kind of like dating. I met the Sunday new people online, Monday’s date was set up by The Boss. 

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She agreed to meet me for Mexican, which basically made me love her already. Then I went all kinds of dork on her by breaking out the icebreaker questions that I had in my purse.

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Yeah, I’m totally serious about that.

It was a little weird but actually kind of fun. I think I need to take these questions with me everywhere. I didn’t ask her to take her picture with me because I really like this one and I didn’t want to scare her away too quickly. I’m a little bummed that I haven’t heard from her since that night, but I don’t wanna come off as a stalker. I’ll give it until tomorrow before I start driving by her house.

Last night, I had another group date, this time arranged by none other than Midget Wrestler. I met two more really nice people and I am starting to think that maybe the world isn’t entirely full of ass hats.

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We sat on the patio, drank sangria and got drunk on tapas.

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Then the night got really interesting.

I got a psychic reading. From a psychic. Like crystal balls and tarot cards.

No, I am not going to tell you what she said, but there were some things that surprised me. She knew where I lived, how many kids I had and she knew far too much about things that have been going on in my life over the past year. I am still digesting all of the information (or maybe all of the fried goat cheese) but I can tell you that today is the first day in a long time that I feel relaxed. Kind of like all of the tension and stress has been vacuumed right out of my brain.

Maybe I will do a full Resolution Wrap Up next month.Then again, it’s me and I admit that I haven’t even looked at my list in ages. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, shall we?

So, sound off: Have you ever been to a psychic?

How do grownups make new friends? Is it too soon to call Mexican food girl? 

No, You Can’t Take My Picture

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I got my head shots back!

Now, with as many selfies as I post on the blog, you would never know that I absolutely hate having my picture taken. I mean, I really hate it.

Sidenote: I actually went through my pictures recently and there are approximately 380 photos of me and food. What does that say about me? 

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That very ladylike gesture was because S was laughing the entire time. She was cheering me on and making me laugh, luckily, but this was absolute torture. I only made it through because she promised me that we could go eat cheese fries as soon as it was over.

I was standing on a sidewalk in downtown. People kept walking by and looking at me, can you imagine? Looking at me!

Go away! Nothing to see here! 

Bet they thought I was someone important. Ha! Joke’s on them.

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Luckily my photographer was a pro and the entire ordeal was over before I completely threw a tantrum.  I told her that I never have real photos taken of myself, so there was a high likelihood that this would be the picture that will be used at my funeral if I perish any time in the next 40 years.

She said that added a lot of pressure and I thought she might leave. 

I am not sure that I want a picture of me eating a donut next to my casket. Well, there are a few that I have taken with my true love, Mexican food, that I would be okay with using.

Family, take a note.

The end result was great. It looks like me, only better.

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I still can’t believe that she was able to capture a single frame in-between my snarky remarks and never take anything serious attitude.

And, I had no idea that my hair had gotten so long. I wear it in a ponytail or bun just about every day.

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This makes me think I should wear it down more often.

So, there you have it. I suffered through having my picture made. I’ll tell you more about why I needed head shots soon, I promise.

Don’t worry, I’m not going all professional and glam here at The Nuthouse. I’ll be back to taking pictures of myself while stuffing my face in the next post. I like to stay true to myself.

When was the last time that you had professional pictures taken of you? 

How do people stand in front of a camera and not make weird faces or obscene gestures? 

My Trip to Paris

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I went to Paris!

Paris, Texas Y’all.

I have so many pictures to share with you!

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Why, yes, that is the Eiffel Tower with a cowboy hat. And go ahead and check it out a little closer…..yep, I am climbing it!

I do not recommend doing this. It is considered an unsafe activity.

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I was lucky enough to have a dear friend with me who agreed to take all my pictures while I climbed, or tried to climb on various things in town.

We also got to see Pyro the Dragon. This guy looks an awful lot like Spryo the Dragon from the video games which is why he was on my list.

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Yep, tried to climb him too.

Then we were off to find the Jesus in cowboy boots. I had read about the Jesus in cowboy boots statue that was in a local cemetery online. We had good directions but kept passing him up because we expected him to be bigger.

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This was my face when I was told that I could absolutely NOT climb up the headstone to take a better picture.

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So, instead, I climbed up on the car to see if I could see the boots better. And I could!

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Look!! It’s Jesus in cowboy boots!

I was really excited. Then we proceeded to do some antique shopping and stopped to eat a burger the size of my head.

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Then we were off to Oklahoma. It’s a different world, let me tell you.

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 I don’t think they appreciate my humor.

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We went to Walmart to stock up on supplies. While were were there, I noticed a few things. First of all, it is totally normal to see people dressed in all buckskin clothes, doing some shopping.

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Secondly, they still think this is okay.

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Savages? Really?

Most of the rest of the weekend was wonderful. That’s because I didn’t try to leave the cabin again.

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I will always win at this game. Forever.

Also, I need a fireplace. A gas fireplace. With a remote. That is the shit.

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I returned home well rested and ready to face the week. I got to do everything that I wanted to do this past weekend.

1. Sleep 10 hours a night.

2. Eat an entire log of goat cheese by myself.

3. Play Big Bang Theory Trivia.

4. Watch one really awful disaster movie.

5. Finish an entire book.

6. Not hurt myself while climbing on things that I shouldn’t

Not a bad weekend!

What’s up with you? Do you still see inappropriate school mascots? I was really kind of shocked by that one. 

What trivia game would you win every single time? 

Is it Possible to Have Too Many Jobs?

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I talked last time about how I now suddenly have three jobs, well, another amazing opportunity has plopped itself right down in my large lap and I have accepted.

How many jobs are too many?

Turns out for me, four.

I have had to let something go, and although it hurts me just a little bit, Chickfila was the job that found itself on the chopping block.

It seems that I can handle three jobs, but four just pushed me over the edge a little.

What’s the new job, Suzan? Stop teasing us! 

IMG_1552I’m going to make you wait just a little while on this one, sorry! But, I did have to dress up and even take my hair out of a ponytail. Will wonders never cease?

Friday I spent some time in a couple of my favorite thrift stores looking for a costume.

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Can I pretty please find an excuse to buy a wedding dress? Would it be okay just to wear it around town?

I didn’t allow myself to buy any wedding dresses, but I did come out with a couple of great finds.

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Battlin’ Beavers? Yes, Please!

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And seriously, doesn’t this purse just SCREAM Suzan to you? It does, I hear it.

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Saturday was spent with SL and another freezer workshop. I love these things, It helps me actually make dinner which is something that gets put on the back burner when I have so many other responsibilities. (Did you see what I did there? Back burner….I’m so damn punny)

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Speaking of punny, I am currently listening to Amy Poehler’s “Yes Please”. She’s so funny and it’s seriously making me want to listen to “Bossypants” again.  Tina Fey is my girl crush forever.

Sunday, I had to have my picture taken. Now, with the number of awful selfies that I post here on the blog, you wouldn’t think that I hate having my picture taken, but I do. I really, really do.

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Liquid courage just to get through said pictures. I thought I was going to throw up. Luckily, S was there to cheer me on and make me laugh.

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S was also the one who decided that I needed to write a column called “Bad Decisions with Suzan”.

You can look for that soon.

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Just another day at The Nuthouse.

So, tell me what’s going on!

Do you hate having your picture made? It’s right up there with trips to the gynecologist and having a pedicure for me. 

Do you listen to audio books? I love them. I put on my headphones and clean my house. I am so much more productive when I can listen to something. It helps me not watch the clock as I scrub the toilets. 

You can’t get rid of me that easily!

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Bet ‘cha didn’t think I would be back so soon did you?

Well, surprise! 

I’m finally starting to get the balance back in my life, little by little. Yes, I did get up at 6 a.m. just so that I could stop by here and say “hello”. That’s how much you mean to me. <3

Does anyone else get really excited when Target puts their organizing stuff on sale?

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I totally got caught taking this picture by the girl walking past. She must have thought that I was taking a picture of her. I wanted to chase her down and explain, but I thought that might make things more awkward.

Ah, is there anything quite as nice as knowing that you can put a bunch of crap into new clear bins and suddenly your house will look like it belongs on the cover of “Organized Home”?

What? It doesn’t work like that? 

Sometimes I am not sure if MW keeps me around in spite of my jokes, or because of them.

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By being a BzzAgent, I was able to get the new Screamin’ Sicilian Pizza for free. I haven’t had a chance to bake it yet, but the packaging is so cute! Just look at it!

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I promise to let you know if it tastes as good as it looks. I’m not sure you can go wrong with “ridiculous amounts of cheese”. Just sayin’

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I stayed up late Wednesday night editing again. I keep trying new things and the videos are taking longer and longer to finish. I drink Capri Suns while I work like any other grown woman.

This week I attempted cloning. It was far easier than the green screen. It’s not perfect, but I did learn a lot through the process and know a few things that I will do better next time.

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If there are two of The Boss, which one is really the boss?

Okay, questions of the day. What are your favorite pizza toppings. MW’s son turned me into a “white pizza with pepperoni and breakfast bacon” lover. I can’t get enough of that pizza. 

I found an unopened box of chocolate caramels that I bought at Christmas. Do you think they are safe to eat?

**As a BzzAgent, I received this product for free. All opinions are my own.

Well, this is awkward….

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Yep, disappeared again. I swear I’m not trying to do that.
It’s been such a crazy transition time here at The Nuthouse, but I think I am really close to getting things back on track.

The biggest thing going on would have to be the fact that I decided to get a job.

But then again, you know me, why get only one job?

Yep, I currently have (let me count)…three. Seriously?

You guys know that I have helped The Boss for years with her videos, but what I may not have mentioned is that I help out all of the channels. I have been on a committee for about three years and this past summer, I took on a (totally made up by me) position as Channel Director.

I help all the girls on the channels with miscellaneous things and have even started helping other edit their videos. That’s pretty crazy when you think that I didn’t even start editing videos until October 2014.

I love it, but sometimes it can be overwhelming.

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That’s how I feel a lot these days.

I also have a part time job at Chick-fil-a. Sometimes I think I work there just for the free food and the other employees who are pretty much the best people on the planet.

We also can’t forget about the game company! The game is slowly but surely taking off, so if you don’t have it, you should probably go play it so that I won’t cry. It’s only for iPhone right now, sorry Androids!

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Let’s see, oh, I got my hair highlighted like a real grown up woman! It helps me cover up the grays and distracts from my wrinkles…at least that’s what my hairdresser tells me.

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We went to a funeral for a classmate of The Boss who passed away tragically. This was the first time that The Boss had to deal with the death of a peer and I have to say that I was so proud of all of these kids. They really did band together and take care of one another.

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And The Boss also got to have her first snow days as a public schooler.

 

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She was thrilled!

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Yes, this is considered a “snow day” here in Texas!

I promise to be back again soon! I actually went to the gym this week! You know I have to tell you all about it. I also have a LOT of blog reading to catch up on. I’m so happy to be back with my peeps.

Please tell me something that I have missed while I was gone. 

 

 

Locked Out

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So, I kind of locked myself out of my own blog.

It’s okay, you can laugh.

My computer has been giving me a hard time for a very long time and MW had an older MacBook that she wasn’t using, so she has let me hold onto it for her. It’s been nice to have a computer that lets me do stuff. I can actually open my email in less than 10 seconds. My laptop? It took me almost 25 minutes to be able to get it to cooperate.

 

Anyway, I had all my info saved on my laptop, so when it came time to start logging into all my websites on MW’s computer….I couldn’t remember my usernames and passwords to save my life.

The struggle is real.

But I have finally sorted it out and now I can start blogging again….again.

I’m sorry that I am being so flakey recently. It’s been such a time of transition here at the Nuthouse and the changes keep coming. I can’t even begin to catch you up so I have to just hit the highlights.

Let’s see…

*The Boss has the flu, but no one else in the house is sick yet.

*Her cat Jack got out last week and hasn’t come back home. We’ve been checking the shelter and leaving food outside, but no luck.

*I rearranged her room one day while she was at school.

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She was happy and surprised with the results!

*The game is out, but we are waiting on a couple of issues to be fixed and then I will encourage you all (strongly) to go and play it!

 

*I’ve decided that it’s time for me to get a job now that The Boss is in school (and she isn’t coming back to homeschooling).

*I finished my first book of 2015

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What a great book!

*I ran on the treadmill a couple of times this month. No big deal, just some intervals, I promise that I am not going to go sign up for any half marathons any time soon.

I am still struggling to find my new rhythm. I didn’t think it would take this long to find a new routine with The Boss going to school, but I guess 10 years of habits are hard to break.

I’ll get there.

I can’t believe that it’s almost time for the Resolution Wrap Up for January. I haven’t even thought about my resolutions this month, so I think it’s going to be rather embarrassing. 

I hope all of my friends up north are staying warm! It’s supposed to be a ridiculous 76 degrees here today. 

 

 

 

 

Hookahs, Coffee and Zombies? Why Not?

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At some point last week, I went back over to Midget Wrestler’s house and she introduced me to her new drink of choice.

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Yep, honey whiskey and limeade. Let me tell you, not a bad mix! Now I need to see if she can figure out what to do with the glazed donut vodka that I bought on impulse.

Peanut is up to his usual shenanigans.

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He loves to climb inside the blinds and hang there. Then he will usually yell at me like he needs help, but when I attempt to help him, he claws my hands and looks awfully pleased with himself.

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Look at that smug face!

Friday night, Ms. Vodka called me up and invited me to a hookah bar to go watch our friend dance. I tried to bail, insisting that my couch was very comfy and I had found a new show to watch, but she was having none of it.

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I had never smoked a hookah before. I had been to a lounge once before, maybe a million years ago, but I can barely remember it.

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Ms. Vodka ordered us a pizza and a pomegranate hookah. It wasn’t half bad! The place was laid back and watching our friend R dance was the highlight for me. It’s been so long since I have been able to see her perform.

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Isn’t she lovely?

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Such a fun night!

Saturday morning I set off to go run some errands and I was snapchatting A and he figured out where I was. To be fair, I was taking pictures of yarn and he knows his way around yarn! To my surprise, while I was walking out to my car, he and T pulled up and kidnapped me and took me off to have coffee and crepes.

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I think more people should be whisked off while doing errands to hang out with friends over coffee.  Not a bad way to start off my 2015 Resolution to be around my friends more!

Remember, that new show I referenced? Well, I did end up finishing it on Saturday.

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It’s a Syfy docuseries and it’s hysterical. The Boss and I watched several hours worth last night because we just couldn’t stop!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend! 

Glazed donut vodka, what would you mix it with? 

Do you hookah? 

Bonus question: If you were approached to do a reality series about your life, what would the title be? 

2015 Resolutions

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That’s right, kids, I am bringing back the resolutions. I know, I know, there are a lot of people out there that HATE the word resolution. That’s okay, call them whatever you want. I know myself, and I like to have goals, they keep me on track, they give me something to strive for. I feel great when I accomplish them and even when I don’t, I can look back and see what it was that made me leave that goal behind. Was it too far fetched? Was it not really as important as I wanted to think it was? Is it something that I really want, or just something that I think I should want.

I like my resolutions, so I make them.

2014 was a bust. Just take my word for it. I don’t really want to go back and revisit it. At all.

So, let’s just move forward and look at what I want to accomplish this new year.

 

Health

1. More weight training. I have a new nifty fitness journal that I want to use this year. I like putting pen to paper for my calendar and to do list, so why not my fitness? It makes sense to me!

2. Start running again. Yep, I said it. I don’t plan on tackling any half marathons this year, but I would like to get back to being able to run a 5K if one came around that I was interested in. It seems like a lifetime ago when 3 miles was the absolute shortest that I would run.

3. Eat what makes me happy and screw the scale. That’s right. Eat all the Mexican food and as long as I am comfortable in my clothes and with myself, who cares what a stupid scale says.

Home

1. Pinterest Projects. I really liked this goal last year. I got some cool stuff done that had been on my radar for a while. Of course, I do have “Survive the zombie apocalypse” on my boards, so we will just have to see what happens there.

2. Declutter Calendar. I need to take this one seriously. Specifically in my closets. You can look forward to me publicly shaming myself by posting pictures of my closets.

3. Make a filming area. We have a lot of supplies for filming for The Boss and they are scattered all over the house. Tripods, lights, camera (where is that battery charger, anyway?), costumes and props. On filming day, I have to run from room to room trying to find everything. A central location would really make my life easier.

4. Organize household files. I do have a file box, but there is no organization allowed in there. Any time I have to find something, it’s an all out scavenger hunt. I have to get this under control so that I can find things when I need them (*see resolution #1 )

 

Happiness

1. Send more cards and letters. This really is a lost art. I sent out 40 Christmas cards and received 9. It made me really sad because I love getting mail. This year, I will be sending out REAL birthday cards (not ecards, yuk) and letters of thanks to people I love.

2. Read 20 books. I failed on this one last year. I started out really strong, but then fell off the book wagon. I love reading and I hate that I feel like I have to force myself to start this again. I am always looking for recommendations!

3. Travel. My goal is four trips this year. I love to travel and see new places. I have two on the calendar already, so I just need two more to make this goal happen!

4. Friends. I am lumping two together here. I want to make sure that I am making time for the friends that I have and I want to make some new friends. I feel strange saying that, like maybe I am nine years old, but it’s true. I have some great friends, but I am in a different place in my life now and I know that there are some awesome people out there somewhere that could be great additions to my circle.

 

There you have it! My 2015 Resolutions. I have a few ideas about how to make some of these happen, and I admit that I have some private goals as well But those are just for me.

What about you?

Do you make resolutions? Do you hate that word? 

 

Walmart Winter Beauty Box Review

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I love subscription boxes. Like totally love them. And it turns out that you love when I talk about them so it’s really a win win.

And here’s the surprise!

I’ve started a YouTube channel to supplement the blog! That’s right, just in case you need a little more of me in your life, you can go watch my videos!

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Go watch it here!!

I will still post a quick review on the blog, but if you want a more in depth look at the box, not to mention, you get to see me in all my crazy HD glory, go ahead and watch the video too!

I had forgotten that I had signed up for the Walmart Beauty Box some time ago. My box came in last week and I was able to try out all of the items inside.

The box is FREE you just pay $5 for shipping and handling. It’s great for people who just want to try out some new products but don’t want to commit to a monthly subscription service.

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I go into full detail on the video about all of the products, but I can tell you that the lipstick was my favorite item. I will buy more of this brand since it really does stay all day. My least favorite thing is a toss up between the body wash, which I found completely underwhelming, and the coupon for the powder that expires today. That really seems pointless.

If you are interested in checking out this beauty box, you can go here.

*Full disclosure, I bought this Beauty Box myself. Walmart does not know that I exist.

Did you watch the video? Would you like to see more videos from The Nuthouse?

Do you subscribe to any monthly boxes? What is your favorite? 

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