The UniVoxBox from Influenster!

Hello Babblers!

As many of you know I am obsessed with free samples(check out some tips HERE!) So when I first found out about influenster I was extremely excited! Influenster is a service that is interested in finding opinions about products. When you first log on you select certain badges that apply to you and complete some surveys as well as some reviews and activities to qualify for a VoxBox. These boxes have a theme and are filled with items that target a certain group of people. You need to qualify for a box. My second box is the UniVoxBox. It is targeted for college/post graduate students in my age group. This box had some awesome items and I was very excited to receive it. I am going to leave a review for the items in the box below feel free to check them out! I also have some pictures and videos on instagram! So take a look @BabblingDani 🙂

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univoxboxALL PRODUCT IN THE FOLLOWING REVIEWS ARE COMPLEMENTS OF INFLUENSTER FOR TESTING AND REVIEWING PURPOSES!

I am going to start with the Playtex Sport Fresh Balance Tampons. Personally I do not use tampons so these went to my sister who loves them! They are her favorite tampons and she loved the odor shield.

The Pilot AcroBall Pen is fantastic! I have a new favorite pen! It writes with a super smooth black ink and it comes in all white with a splash of color. The one I received is yellow but there are a lot of colors that they offer! I recommend picking some up!

The RedRose Real Tea Water Enhancer lives in my purse. I drink water or fresh brewed green tea normally and that is it. However I really enjoyed this enhancer so I have it in my bag for when I need a splash of flavor! It tastes great!!

The NYC New York Color Expert Last Lip Color does what it says. It lasts a decent amount of time. I took it off fairly quickly I couldn’t do it anymore it was very vibrant in color and it was just not me at all…I am not a fan of lip color I love my blistex. I would recommend it to anyone who likes lipstick it was just not for me based on my preferences.

The Broadway Nails imPRESS Manicure was FANTASTIC! I put them on Monday morning (it is now late thursday) they are still on. I was extremely skeptical. I am not a huge fan of the pattern I have but I LOVE this product. it took me a little while to find the right fit for my nails but once I found the 10 that fit I put them on in 5 short minutes. They were not a perfect fit but it looks good and I am extremely happy with how easy they were to put on and how nice they look I got a ton of compliments at work this week.

Last but not least the Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation I really liked this product it provided great coverage without looking like I was wearing a lot of makeup. It lasted really well too. It matched my skin tone very well and with a little bit of powder it all blended perfectly. I would not have picked this up on my own but I am glad I purchased it! I really like the product and I would recommend checking it out if you are in the market for a new foundation.

 

Overall I am very happy with the contents of my VoxBox! They are teasing the next one and I am really hoping I can qualify! 🙂 Have any questions about Influenster or any of the contents of the UniVoxBox  please contact me! 🙂

Fat Privilege???

Okay so the other day I was scrolling facebook before bed and I saw this disgusting facebook status (below). The author was a girl who I went to high school with. We were not friends but we were in the same circle of friends. I never liked this girl very much because she had a bad habit of putting people down and being rude.  wpid-screenshot_2014-03-20-22-48-23.png

Well needless to say after I read this I was sick to my stomach. I did not comment because I could not bring myself to comment on the ignorant things this girl said without stooping to her level. The next morning my opinion had changed when I had seen her come straight out and say that “fat people are an inconvenience” to her and they need to be  more aware that there are other people in the world. She basically started asking why fat people think they are so privileged because they choose to be fat… I LOST IT! I was trying to keep my cool and not go off on this girl. This was my first comment on her post.

I am obese. There is no reason for me to deny that. Since you asked why obese people are here I will answer that based on my situation….I am here to be a loving daughter, sister, aunt, niece, friend, classmate, and teacher. I work my ass off to accomplish my goals and dreams. I take offence to your status. However, I am not obese because of my “unhealthy lifestyle”. I am obese because of a medical condition that I have had all of my life. Since I was 12 years old I have dealt with people making rude and in most cases uneducated jokes about my weight. It is not something I can’t control on my own without an extremely risky surgery so I have stayed fat to this point.  When I am out to dinner with friends I get embarrassed when I get looks from people because I eat a salad. People assume I am putting on a show and eating healthy only because I am in public. I am a human. I am here because I have every right to be here just like I have every right to sit down on the train. Or walk a little slower at the end of a long day. I am aware of my size and the fact that it is an inconvenience to me. However…you claiming that my being obese is an inconvenience to you is disgusting. Obviously this status was not about me. I just want to point out that you can not attempt to take on all obese people and bash them for the actions of a few. I am not a person who would attempt to squeeze in next to someone else on a train in fact I would rather stand so there is never a rude status such as this posted about me.  Sure the person you described seems to be a case of an obese person who may live an unhealthy lifestyle. I understand that some obese people do lead extremely unhealthy lifestyles. I just want you to realize there is more to a person than what you see. I am not saying you can not rant on facebook I am just suggesting you think before you post.

Well I got back this whole post about how she does not mean to target people who have a disease just people who choose to be unhealthy. Now I was teased by this girl a lot in high school so obviously she is trying to cover her ass because I am sure she did not expect a comment like mine.

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Now I am sorry but I feel like she missed my point…. Another persons weight is something that they need to deal with. She is saying that people who are heavy are an inconvenience to her. I think she needs to step back and look at her life choices.

I do understand what you are saying but what you had originally said. “WHY are there so many ridiculously obese people and why do I have to suffer for THEIR unhealthy lifestyles?” That is a generalization of all obese people. That is exactly what you said and therefore what I am going off of. You talking about a 350lb woman is not far off from where I am so I will take offence to it. Their weight is an issue that they have to deal with on their own. So you are still missing MY point. Their weight should not be your problem. If you are uncomfortable move from your seat and find another one! You seeing a person for two stops on the train does not show you what their life is like on a normal basis. I am telling you to not judge a book by its cover. (that is a kindergarten lesson but HELL everyone could use a reminder from time to time…) I am not insecure with myself. If I was I would just sit here and not comment. It is because I am comfortable with myself that I can point out the ignorance in your posts.

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After this response I just left it. I am not going to feed into her childish games. She went on to say that there is nothing psychological about overeating and people choose to do it. I understand her point, I do. And I know that people can choose to live an unhealthy lifestyle. However I honest to god think this girl needs some serious help! I can not even explain how rude she is. As for her saying her friends would understand her comment being a joke. I feel bad for her. I feel bad that she has friends who she could make jokes with about something like this. I am completely disgusted but I am very proud of myself for being able to throw my side into the argument. I have come a long way from the person she used to make fun of 7 years ago…

It is all a part of life…

At 23 years old I have made some bad decisions in my life. I am not perfect. If I was to say I was I would be lying. This weekend I decided to try out a new look. I am extremely picky with who I let cut my hair. I am very particular because of how curly my hair is. I had a few too many haircuts. I tried a new salon for my last cut and I was blown away. My hair looked amazing. The salon is also around the corner from me. So it is perfect and I can walk over you can not beat that. So I went to the salon on saturday and asked to have the under-layer of my hair lightened one or two shades I wanted a very slight difference. Just something trendy and cute.  Something like this…

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Well…My hairdresser took it upon herself to bleach my hair. (keep in mind I just got a teaching job.) I have very dark brown hair. I looked like a SKUNK! It came out this gross orange gold white color it was all different colors and it looks like crap. I pulled up my hair and I looked so ridiculous. It was not a straight layer either. She kept telling me it looked amazing I was mortified. The picture below is what it looked like wet. Once it dried it was a lot lighter and looked worse.

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I went home and I cried to my mom. She finally made me call my hairdresser back. So yesterday I went back in to the salon and asked her to dye it back to my natural color. She did..kinda. half of it is still this gross color. Thankfully my hair on top kinda hides it. I am going to wait a few days and I am going to dye it from a box. Because I really feel like crap about this decision.

This is the first thing I have really ever regretted doing to my hair. I have put my hair through hell and back in the past. So that says a lot. Maybe I was hoping for something a bit out of reach… Needless to say I will never let this lady color my hair EVER again. She does a great cut so I will go see her for that but never for something like this.

So for now I look like I have zebra stripes in my hair. Does anyone else have a hair color horror story?

This is going to be my year!

I have had a very exciting week. I went on that job interview on Friday. It went so well! The Assistant Principal was such a sweetheart! We talked and she looked over my teaching portfolio. She loved it! As I was leaving she told me I interview very well and I am on a great path. She told me candidates would hear back in about a month. Well on Monday my phone rang…I GOT THE JOB!!!! I am now a per diem substitute teacher! I can not explain how excited I am. I really did not think it was going to happen! I am sure there will be a lot of posts about my experiences being a sub.

I also went for one of the many required tests that I needed to have done for my weight loss surgery. I have a lot of different things that affect my ability to lose weight on my own one being P.C.O.S. to spare anyone the gory details I added a link. Basically my body has issues with my hormones. So once I gain weight it is kind of just stuck there. I have dieted and worked out and nothing seems to work so this is my last resort. It is a decision that I have made with the support of my family and a lot of doctors. I have been waiting for this surgery for almost 7 years. I hate the way I look and I am uncomfortable in my own skin. I have had people tell me that I am taking the easy way out but trust me there is nothing about this that is easy. I have opted for the sleeve gastrectomy They will basically be removing 80% of my stomach. I will be on a liquid diet for 3-4 weeks before surgery. After surgery I will be on a liquid diet for about 6 weeks then I can start introducing foods back into my body little by little. There are things I will have to avoid for the rest of my life. However I am extremely optimistic about it all!

I had my first test on Monday. It was psych evaluation I was so nervous because I hate having to talk about my feelings but my doctor was fabulous and made me feel really comfortable! Before I left he told me it is going to be my year. So I am going to keep this positive attitude going….THIS IS MY YEAR!

****Just a little note for everyone….I have an instagram account now check it out! (@babblingdani) I am also on twitter @BabblingDani***

The government owns me.

Well It is the time I have been dreading since I took out my first college loan. I just made my first student loan payment. I am owned by the creditors! I owe them about 8 times more than I made last year alone granted I was student teaching and going to school for the first half of the year so I made nothing… I am in the process of trying to lower my payments we will see what happens with that.There is so much red tape around college loans it is ridiculous. I am surprised I haven’t been asked for a urine sample and a blood test. They seem to know every detail of my life.

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I just applied to grad school (everything is officially in and I am just waiting for a response) I also submitted my FAFSA since I am obviously a broke post grad and can not even think about paying for school. I am basically forcing myself into more debt so I can put off paying the debt I already have. (YAY deferment!)

I wish I was handed a stack of money at graduation instead of a piece of paper that is proving to be completely useless right now… I also wish I had a money tree growing in the backyard…

If there are so many fish in the sea why do none of them bite for me?

Hello my lovely babblers!

This post comes from my realization that I need to stop looking for a man so hard and enjoy life. Here is a series of why this realization came about…

So I am single. As single as I have been for the past 23 years of my life. I live in a constant state of being single. I am always the third wheel. I am the one who gets forgotten when my friends find their significant other. That is who I am and I get that. It is hard being the “big” girl in your group of friends. You constantly get pushed aside and forgotten. I have always dealt with it well. Or as well as can be imagined. However, there comes a point in your life where you just need to take a step back and realize that being alone kinda sucks. I am at the age where my friends are getting engaged and married. Some are even having kids. Here I am spending my Friday night on OkCupid.com or other dating sites that i gave in and wasted money on just trying to see if there could possibly be anyone out there for me.

I have had some success. I have met some great guys who I talk to for a few weeks until life gets in the way and we stop messaging or texting and that is that. I went on a date or two and that was that. It seems like there are a lot of duds out there. Not all are bad and I am not saying that but I cant seem to catch a good guy. If there are so many fish in the sea why do none of them bite for me?

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I have decided to delete my accounts and just be me for a while. I think I need to take a step back. It is like people always say love will find you when you least expect it and maybe (hopefully) that will be soon. I suppose I need to stay positive. (advice on how to do that is welcomed!)

Before I delete these accounts I need to let everyone in on the joke that is OkCupid.com and the selection of men available. I included a screenshots of the initial message I received from one of the very horny guys. I wish I could pull up the instant messages he sent me because they were worse…..

That same guy was sending me instant messages telling me he wanted to “Fuck my brains out” I ignored them and let him keep going 45 messages after he told me he wouldn’t want to fuck me because I probably sucked in bed because everyone on this site does. Okay boy whatever you say!   I hate when guys put their dick before their brains.

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All accounts are now disabled. Now I get to wait to see what happens with my life. Wish me luck!

The future scares me…

So tonight I went out to dinner with my mom and my 15 year old sister. As we are sitting in applebees I hear a conversation from the table behind me. There was a young boy (about 11 or 12) talking to his parents. They were talking about what they did during the day when suddenly a part of me died.

I got a HUGE slap in the face about how technology has changed childhood. The little boy told his parents that he had just watched a really weird movie called Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets have you ever heard of it? Both parents said no….My heart started to pound and I got sweaty. I think I may have had a small heart attack… I know I grew up during the height of Potter-Mania but to think that these kids had never heard of it is crazy!

Am I the only one who has ever experienced something like this? I am still in shock!

Post Grad Struggles

Well, where do I begin? I graduated college in May 2013 with a B.S. In Childhood and Early Childhood Education and a concentration in English. After 5 amazing years of living in the most amazing little town in the world (New Paltz, NY) I packed my bags and moved back home to live with mom.

When I went away to school everything was very different. I left my Mom, Dad, and 2 sisters at home. My parents got divorced while I was in college. It was the best thing to happen to the girls of my family! My Dad is a horrible person and I will leave it at that. When I moved back after graduation I moved into a nut house.  My uncle is going through a divorce so he moved in.He has 2 young sons and they stay with us every other weekend. My sister and her now husband lived with us! She was pregnant when I moved home. (HOLY HORMONES!)–as if we did not fight enough before pregnancy.  And then there was my mom and youngest sister. My house was NUTS and still is. My sister and her husband moved out but there are still way too many people in this house!

I had been applying to jobs for months before I moved home with no luck. No one wanted me I was either over qualified or under qualified for everything. Luckily I am still covered by my mom’s health insurance for 2 more years. I have turned to being a Nanny to my 6 month old niece. I watch her at my house five days a week. I am not making nearly enough money but at least I have a form of income.

Having a teaching degree in New York right now seems like a waste of my time. There is not a single job out there. I just keep reminding myself to keep my head up and hope that the economy turns around soon!

While I wait for a job  I have to find something to cover expenses. My college loans cost me about $500 a month because I paid for college entirely on my own. (Working on lowering the payments currently) That does not include any other expenses and does not leave me much in the way of a savings. My social life is almost non existent because of this lack of money but I am okay with that.  I still get out often enough to see my friends and enjoy being a 20-something Everything will turn around soon enough.

I have to remind myself it could be worse. I am lucky. I have an awesome family. They support me. I realize how lucky I am and I dont know how I would do this without them.