Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Bout of Books 12.0

Bout of Books


Hey there, bookish geeks! I have been very lackadaisical in my updating of this thing recently, but honestly I pay real dollars for it each year and I would really like to see it go somewhere!

I was thinking this while scrolling through my YouTube subscriptions, and discovered that - joy of joys - a new Bout of Books is coming up later this holiday season! Best yet, it's not during anything really pressing at work, how perfect is that? It's actually the one week with no commitments! The next week, on the other hand - but that won't taint BoB!

In case you're not on the fabulous gravy train that is Bout of Books, let's let the inventors of BoB tell you in their own words what it is:
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 5th and runs through Sunday, January 11th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 12 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

So you might be wondering, while you sit there eating your microwave lunch as I am right now ... well, what are the goals? This is where people vary wildly. Some people read a book a day and aim to read 7 books - some people aim even higher and go for 10! Some people are happy to just read 1. But me, I play the BoB game a little bit differently, and here's why:

We spend all our lives on screens. We work on screens, we play on screens at home, and we rely on our pocket-sized screens to buoy us from screen to screen - we can't even walk from our work-screen to our home-screen without whipping out another screen to keep us satiated and amused between the two! And while the cell phone has so many incredible uses, it also does this to us and that really, frankly, sucks.

So to me, BoB is less about powering through 4 books in 7 days, it's about disconnecting from those screens. I have to rely on them at work, sure, but at home? In the bathtub? On my lunch break? A book - an honest-to-god glue-and-paper book - is so much better and mentally stimulating. It helps your brain reboot, helps your anxious mind calm down and still and sync up with something unrelated to your daily life.

My BoB 12.0 goal? To read more, full-stop. I don't care how many pages or books it is, I just care that I'm reading. On a purely superficial goal, I guess it would be nice to read 300 pages, but I won't hold my breath or be angry at myself if I don't achieve that. I just want to achieve anything at all!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Bic Soleil Glow Razors

Readers, I have a confession to make: I didn't shave my legs for, like, two weeks.

No, wait! I can explain!

I was given the opportunity to review the newest in the Bic line of disposable razors: Soleil Glow, thanks to my generous friends at BzzAgent. And while I try to review everything to its fullest and utmost potential, there are some products that I need a little help really getting into. And with razors, well ...

I did it for science, I promise. BzzAgent will thank me later. (maybe).


This is what the razors look like: your typical three-bladed razor. But what makes these cool is (besides the awesome pastel color scheme!) that they have a plastic barrier around the razor blades, making the head pivot. You typically see pivoting heads in razors, but often just on non-disposable ones, the kind where you swap the heads out. So it's nice to see a bargain-priced razor with the finesse of a more expensive one!

I set out on my test, legs fully hairy and ready for action. I'm blessed with sensitive skin but never in the leg department, for reasons I am not quite sure of, so I don't typically use shave gel - I just get right to it! I was able to rub each leg down with some water and swipe the razor up and down my legs, rinsing it a few times. Total time? Maybe 10 minutes. And at no point did the razor get clogged, jammed, dulled, or otherwise become any lesser than its original, untainted version of itself.

Overall, I would highly, highly recommend these razors to someone needing to go buy a few. They shave beautifully, are reasonably priced ($6.99 for 3), come in cute colors, and boast a very nice pivoting head.

Plus, I didn't shave my legs for two weeks for you. Surely my commitment means something, reader. Come on, now. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Tone Petal Soft Body Wash


I love a good shower. One of my favorite things after a long, hard day is to get in the shower and just revel in the warm water. Unless it is summer, in which case I am conflicted and equal parts wanting to be warm and relaxed and wanting to be in a deep freezer - living in Georgia makes it difficult sometimes, y'all.

Because of this, there's no surprise that I've used a lot of body wash in my life. But near the end of my graduate school career two years ago, I started to focus primarily on Bath & Body Works body washes, paying - with a coupon - about $11 for two bottles. This is pretty uproariously expensive, but at the same time they do smell very nice and make your entire bathroom smell lovely. However, I noticed that my skin always felt a little dry and tight after I used them. But they say moisture right there on the bottle, so they can't be that bad, can they?

Apparently, they can.

When my bottle of Tone came in the mail from BzzAgent, it was a day I had spent cleaning, scooping the cat's litterbox and generally getting filthy, so a shower was exactly what I needed. I was a little skeptical because I tend to equate price with quality, so I was unsure that this cheaper, bigger bottle would do the same stuff the B&BW body wash did. Boy, was I wrong.

The body wash in this bottle smells amazing, first of all. It's got a floral scent, but it's not knock-your-mama-out strong, just pronounced enough to be a subtle nod in the direction of a flower bed. It's a pleasing soft pink color, and most importantly it is the most moisturizing body wash I have ever used.

Even in Georgia, the winters can dry your skin out, and now that we're back to our typical 70-80 degree weather, we are all still recovering from the crazy ice storms of February, and so is our skin. My elbows in particular are pretty rough right now, but when I smooth this body wash over them, it just soaks right in. I can hear my skin sigh with relief, too. (maybe I'm projecting, but I like to imagine that this is the case).

What this Tone product does is add moisture to your skin in all the right places, and it doesn't take any away, either. Your entire bathroom will smell like a lovely French perfume shop, and you will smell pretty good, too. I cannot get enough of it, and I will definitely be re-purchasing from this brand when my BzzAgent bottle runs out.

So don't be fooled by advertising, everyone, and give this stuff a try. Sometimes, the best things in life are free from BzzAgent and smell like a European spa.