Archive for September, 2011

Posted: September 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

An American in Australia

Readers beware, how can you be sure this is the real Claire White blogging?

A Claire White imposter has apparently been sighted in the state of New York, doing things like withdrawing thousands of dollars from the real Claire White’s bank account.  (Luckily, the real Claire White has an “air” tight alibi from the U.S. and Australian governments, as she was on a plane back to Australia at the time of the withdrawal.  So after about 35 hours on the phone with Citibank at international billing rates should be able to recover her money… possibly…maybe even this year).

Sure, there are ways to protect myself going forward.  I hear things like “fraud reports” exist, and Citibank may permanently freeze all my bank accounts such that no one – not even me! – can ever withdraw money again.

And the more and more I think about it, this is really my husband’s fault.  After having…

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Maven Box Update

Posted: September 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

There appears to be a few kinks in the maven box. This month for those who have joined before the end of August are getting a free october box…wish I had signed up two weeks earlier.

My own kink to notice is that I never got a preview of Octobers box :(. It was supposed to be sent out, but I never got it.

Anyways, just be forewarned that the company is still going through glitches.


So, onto the goodies:

Join the maven box using my link here:
Use this code to get your first month’s box for $5…

Use discount code WELCOMEMV5 at checkout for your first month. First time mavens only. One per household.



Title: The Grace of God

Author: Andy Stanley

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Publication Date: 2010



What is Grace? How do we get grace? Are we deserving of God’s grace? As Christian people we long to be recipient of God’s Grace. Author, Andy Stanley in his book “The Grace of God” takes a close look at Grace. In 221 pages Stanley tries to tackle the hard topic of grace. It is a huge topic and one just has to go to the Christian section of the bookstore to see that many before Stanley have attempted to describe God’s grace.


Stanley uses a straight forward approach to discuss grace, his writing is clear and understandable. The book is well laid out in 13 chapters. Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of Grace. The beginning chapters stick more closely to scripture when talking about Grace. Later chapters use both scripture and fictional examples.


This isn’t a deeply theological book, in that it doesn’t go into the work of Augustine or Luther etc, but it is a book that I found myself reading a chapter at a time. Having read theological works for years, I have to say I did not like the format of Stanley’s work in having his “key points” bolded. I felt that this was unnecessary for me, and in some ways it distracted my own train of thoughts while reading.


This may not be the great resource that I keep on my shelf to come back to, but I think that this may be a book that I lend to someone who is struggling, and perhaps doesn’t have the theological background. It would appeal more to the crowd that I describe as “theological lite”. If you like Max Lucado, Joyce Rupp, then you may want to try this book. It’s a nice easy reading book on a difficult topic.


Rated 4/5 a good starting point.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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The Maven Box Arrived

Posted: September 17, 2011 in Uncategorized

I just got a “maven box” by julep.

A maven box is the same thing as a luxxe box or glymm box except not cosmetics but nail care. It is put out by the company Julep. You can get one box, or get boxes delivered monthly. The box is expensive, costing $19.99, but this includes shipping and taxes.

What is included in the box are all products from Julep. They contain at least $40 worth of products, all full size. You fill out a survey that decides what products you are going to get and you get a preview of the products before it gets mailed.

I found a 50% off code on a nail enthusiast blog, so I decided for $10, I would try it out for this month. I am glad I did.

It took about 10 days to come in the mail. I got a small black box in the mail. Inside the box was a welcome letter (hand signed) and a letter explaining the contents of the box, costs etc.

Then there was a nice paper gift bag, tied with a bright pink ribbon. Inside the bag were my products:

A full sized bottle of a handscrub worth $36.
Two one use samples of handscrub and moisturizer.
Wrapped in bright pink tissue paper: two nail polishes worth $14 each, and a vitamin e nail care basecoat worth $16.

So my box for this month which I paid $10 came with $80 worth of product.

You can also choose to have these boxes sent to a friend as a gift. In my opinion it is well worth it. If you have $20 to spare a month, it would be a nice treat to get (I don’t have the $20 a month, but if I did I would get this).

The products are very good quality, I tried the polish out tonight, and it is so much nicer than my usual drugstore brands. Little smell to them and they have such a smooth finish. I appreciate that one of the bottles was the vitamin E basecoat. They would have sent this to me based on my sign up preferences. If my partner were working, this would be a definite monthly thing for me to get.

I am very happy with this product. Even at $20, I urge you to try it out. I was very surprized by full sized items. Well done julep, well done.

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Updates and More

Posted: September 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

Hey guys,

I am patiently waiting to receive some new product samples so that I can review with you guys.


Purex Soap

I’ve actually been using this product now for over two months. I started off by using the samples (no longer available). With a one load sample came a coupon for $3 off. As you know I love to save, so I have been buying purex regularly after getting the samples with coupons.

I have sensitive skin, and often even laundry soap can break out my skin. I am always leery of trying new soaps, as it’s often an expensive venture. The sample however allowed me wash one load of laundry and see if I was allergic.

The detergent is colored blue. I have usually added it in the washer before I load my clothes because of the blue coloring. With other colored detergents I have had my clothes stained. A little bit of this detergent goes a long way, as it is 2X concentrated.

All the caps have a measurement in it 1, 2, 3, depending on the size of your load. Follow it, or you will be going through a lot of detergent when you don’t need to. I have used the regular purex, purex clean and the purex with zout. I haven’t noticed a huge difference between the two. I think that it is personal choice.

My favorite out of the three is Purex Clean, mainly because it is better for the enviroment and doesn’t contain the dye. I have found all the three to do a good job at cleaning the clothes, they do leave behind a slight smell, but if you hang your clothing on the line that goes away. This is important to note for those who work in jobs that are scent free.

I have had no issues with allergic reactions, the soap is sudsy even in hard water. For the price it is worth buying on sale with is around $3.99 pretty regularly. If samples come back around I will post so that you can try it out yourself.

The Maven Box

Posted: September 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

After this week of being sick, I have decided to try something new. I am trying out the Maven Box. It comes from the makers of julep. It runs on the same principle as the birch box in the states or the luxxe box and glymm box here in Canada.

The maven box is a new product in which each month or one time only you can be sent a box filled with Julep products. In the box you recieve at least three nail polishes, on hand product and one surprise item. It is pricey at $19.99 a month.

Thankfully another blogger had a discount code of 50%, so I used it in order to try out this new service. The polishes alone are 14.99 each. The box is said to be worth at least $50 each month. So for $10 it is worth the risk.

It was ordered yesturday and today I received notification that the box was shipped. They base the colors and products on a short survey done at sign-up. I don’t know about you, but three polishes a month for a year seems like a lot of polish for me, so I think that this may be a one time or once a year type of thing.

Once this comes I will let you know what I think of it and if it is worth it. I expect that it will get here in about 10 days.

Well, I am currently trying my hardest to get into a great new campaign by bzz agent. I’ve been a bzz agent for over 3 years now, and have done many great reviews as many of you know.

This would be a great one for me to join, as it is on the new kindle. I read about 10 books a month, that is over 120 a year.  I am excited about this one.