Sunday, August 31, 2014

Memebox Special #9 Skincare Review

I was contacted a while back by Memebox (pronounced Mi-mi-Box) to see if I would be interested in reviewing some of their K-beauty boxes. I love Korean beauty products, and I'm always excited to try something new, so I enjoy reviewing Memebox immensely.

Memebox(, is a Korean beauty box and e-commerce retailer that has created different beauty boxes for K-beauty lovers. Memebox isn't actually a subscription box, so you can decide when and what you want to purchase. Memebox ships directly from Korea, and ships to 45 different countries, but they cater mainly to US clients. They put out new boxes quite often, and I have a huge wish list on their site!

Memebox carries 4 main types of beauty boxes-

Memebox: The original Memebox comes packed with 4-8 full size products and deluxe samples.

Memebox Special Editions: Memebox special edition comes packaged with 4-8 full size products and deluxe samples that meet specific needs or concerns.

Superbox: Superbox was inspired by Memebox lovers who are looking for full-sized products catered to specific needs. Each Superbox series comes with its own special theme, or to meet specific needs.

Luckybox: Luckybox was created to give everyone a different and unique box full of their favorite products for you to feel lucky and special. Each Luckybox is unique and is filled with 4-8 full sized products and deluxe samples.

Memebox sent me their Special #9 Skincare Box to review. Memebox Skincare Box is one of Memebox Special Editions which is curated with special themes, and contain the best K-beatuy items. It is a day and night skincare routine-in-a-box, that is to address all of your everyday skincare needs. These needs include pre-mature wrinkling and fine lines, large pores, rough texture, and dull and dry skin.

The first item in the Skincare box was a large sample size of Nasarang Rose Balancing Toner. Nasarang states that a high concentrate of natural rose oil is extracted from over 3 million Bulgarian Roses. This is a toner, but on the thicker side, more like a serum. It deeply moisturizes and brightens the complexion. This feels amazing, and I would definitely purchase it in the future.

The next item in the box was also a deluxe sample of Verikos Advanced Power Tightening Cream. This cream is enriched with lotus flower water, collagen, bifida ferments, and peptide components. It hydrates and nourishes the skin, while fighting the signs of aging and improving elasticity and restoring your natural glow.

The Skincare box includes a full size of Boscians Cycle Repair Wrinkle Spot. This spot cream is for treating fine lines and wrinkles on the face. It's loaded with galactomyces ferments, peony root extracts, and adenosine. It is gentle enough to use around the eyes (which is where I need help), where it fills in wrinkles.

The next item is Benton's Snail Bee High Content Essence. This full size serum contains snail secretion filtrate, bee venom and EGF to cleans rough, damaged skin from external stresses and pollution. It helps trouble skin, increases moisture supply, evens skin tone, helps brighten the complexion and remove signs of aging.

My skin is extremely sensitive, and while I reluctantly added a snail serum to my skincare routine, cosmetics that contain bee venom (like lip plumpers) tend to irritate my skin. I sent this particular product to a friend, and she loves it so far!

The Skincare box contained a full size bottle of Dewytree Tea Tree Porest Powder in Toner. While this toner contains green clay and tea tree leaf extracts, it not only treats blemishes and clears clogged pores, but it does it without drying your face!

My skin is also very dry, so I wasn't sure if this would dry me out or not. I do feel like my pores have enlarged as I've aged. This definitely doesn't dry me out, and I'm hopeful that it will help shrink my pores.

Also by Dewytree, there was a full size bottle of White Dew 7 Cut Extreme Serum. This is a gentle serum that helps with lightening freckles, dark spots , uneven skin tone, and sagging skin. It works to soothe, tighten and brighten your face for a silkier, healthier-looking complexion.

The last item in the box was a full size jar of Secret Key Super Plumping Jelly Cream. This gel is packed with blueberry, orange, almond, broccoli, pumpkin, and salmon eggs. It is designed to bring back youthful skin, and to treat the signs of aging, and to moisturize your face, while plumping for a healthier look.

I really enjoy the texture of gels, but they often aren't moisturizing enough. I love this moisture gel so far. It definitely has made my skin look healthier!

was so happy to receive this Memebox to review. Everything was very high quality and fun. If you are interested in trying Memebox, click here. You can also follow Memebox on Twitter @memeboxglobal, or on their Facebook page at

***Disclaimer-Memebox sent me this box to review. I was not compensated in any way, and all opinions are 100% my own. This review does contain affiliate links.***

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What's the Deal with My Cosmetics Obsession?

It's true-I totally own up to the fact that I have an unhealthy obsession with skincare and cosmetics. I always have, and I imagine that I always will. If you read my blog, you've probably noticed that I review cosmetics boxes pretty often. Trust me-what I write about doesn't even scratch the surface. 

So, when did this all start? I remember the Avon Lady bringing those little tiny lipsticks to the house, and I would be allowed to use them for playing dress up. I was little-maybe 5 or 6. Then, in elementary school, I (like all girls in the 70s and 80s) was really into Lip Smackers. My favorite was 7-Up scented. In middle school, I graduated to lip potion. I don't remember who made it, but it came in a rollerball, and it was really shiny. It was around this time that I started sneaking into my sister's bathroom and doing my best to apply her makeup. I remember her having a Ralph Lauren compact that was covered in leather. I thought it was gorgeous.

My parents caught on pretty quickly, and my dad said that if I was going to wear it, he wanted me to wear it right, and to have good quality cosmetics. He took me to Chicago, and we went to Bonwit Teller. He bought me Clinique, which seems a good place for a girl to start. He bought me everything the girls suggested. They were aware that they were working with a 13 year old, so they kept it pretty safe. When we left the store, I had skincare, makeup, and a bottle of Anais Anais perfume.

Honestly, I think I hardly wore it, but every year, I wound buy a full face of whatever line struck my fancy. 

When I was in college, I started working in cosmetics. I opened a Garden Botanika store in the Tucson Mall. I learned how to do makeup, and how to recommend skin care, and I started getting "gratis," which was basically getting it free, so you could tell the customers what you used or were wearing, without having to make it up. When I graduated, I started working for Lancôme while I student taught, and this is when my obsession really started. I got a discount in the entire department, and when it was slow, we would do one another's makeup. I continued to work for prestige brands part time while I taught until I got married. I spent time at Lancôme, Origins, Prescriptives and Sisley.

When I moved in with M right before we got married, I had so much makeup and skincare, that it was actually difficult to move cross country.

I would like to say that I've gotten better, but I haven't. Enter the subscription box. So, now, I can get cosmetics delivered as presents to my door each month? Heck yeah! I started writing a blog, and many companies send me boxes or product to try and to review. I love it! I can also read about a product on another blog, and find it on the internet. We also have swap groups, to trade for what you've been wanting. I've actually made many friends this way.

So, yes, I'm obsessed, and I buy way too much. It could be worse though, I could be buying expensive shoes or jewelry. I can say though, if you're having a bad day, a pretty new lippie can put you in a great mood!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thursday Thoughts

It's been a while since I've done a Thursday Thoughts post. There seems to be a lot of stuff going on though, so it seems like a good thing to do tonight!

-In the past week, I've reconnected with two old friends. 
*When I was in the second grade, I had my very first best friend, Dani. We probably all did, but she was that first friend who I was inseparable from. We were silly, and we giggled a lot. She moved away to Michigan that summer, and I was devastated. I remember taking my first solo plane ride to see her. We got up at the crack of dawn to see Princess Diana marry Prince Charles...well, I guess we all know how that ended. We kept in touch for many years, and then lost touch in high school. I've looked for her on Facebook over the years, and then I found her! I was pretty sure that it was her, but I was so excited when she wrote back. It's been so much fun catching up!
*I also got together with a friend from my pre-boarding school days, Jodee. I've lived back in my home town since May, and I was so happy that she asked to get together for a drink. She is so smart, and so kind. I'm really glad to have her in my life again. It actually makes me believe that our drastic move will be good.

-I belong to a couple of Random Acts of Kindness groups. They're really fun, and it is so nice to get actual mail. Both of the groups I belong to are ones to decorate your planners. They're so inexpensive to do. You usually send washi tape, stickers, cute post-its, and stuff like that. I ordered some really cute things from China that came today. They were like $.99. Some of the little post its have an Eiffel Tower, which I love. Something funny though, is that they say, "Paris is for Lover." Just one.

-I'm doing my first giveaway. It's for Derma MD's Lifting Duo, and it's worth $238! Derma MD is a clinical line of skincare that I've been using for the past few months. My skin is so much better-I've been pretty lucky in the aging department, but my skin is pretty dry and sensitive. I can definitely tell the difference! If you'd like to enter the giveaway, you can read about it and enter here:

-This is the last weekend before the boys start school. Our neighborhood school didn't have space in kindergarten, and we didn't want them split up, so they'll be going to another school in the district. Transportation might get a little tricky at times, but they'll be going to a really good school. C is so excited to be going into 3rd grade-he's gotten so tall over the summer. He loves school! H will be in kindergarten, and the structure will be good for him. I think he'll be a little more mischievous in school than C. They were supposed to sleep over in the neighbor kids' tent on Saturday, but the little boy who was supposed to host the sleepover got into some mischief today, and is grounded. Little boys...

-One of my friends works for a company called Perfectly Posh, and she sent me some things to try. It was really fun trying body scrubs and a great hand cream, among other things. I'm hosting an online party, so if you'd like to join us-you can check it out here:
She'll be doing giveaways and there are specials. Perfectly Posh isn't very expensive, and the products are fun. If you need something, I would definitely see what they have. Becky gets things to you really fast!

-Several of my online friends and I are doing a book club. Our first book is called The Vacationers. It's supposed to be a great read. Has anyone read it? Any other good recommendations after the summer?

Well-it's almost Friday, so I guess that means it's time to get this posted!! Any plans for the weekend?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Crabberrie Totes-Seriously Cute!

When following all things preppy, I couldn't help but come across Crabberrie. Crabberrie is a company based out of Virginia, that makes the cutest tote bags ever!

I had seen Crabberrie's totes, and was fortunate enough to have a phone call with the owners, Shea and Mike. They have recently launched a new line of totes for sororities, and they have added to their line of sport totes. I visited with them about their company, and offered to write a review for them. 

One of their new totes has an equestrian logo. While my allergies have kept me off a horse, I've been around many riders. One of boarding schools that I worked at had a robust equestrian program, and I became familiar with the riding world. Crabberrie sent me a tote, and I had one of my former students take it to Junior Nationals earlier this summer. Cute, right?

I'm thinking, as a mom, I will want a tote for every sport my boys participate in! Knowing my boys though, I'll probably have at least one wrestler. Since I can't think of a cute pattern that Crabberrie might introduce, I'm happy they have so many others to choose from!

I couldn't very well write up a review of Crabberrie without showing their crab tote! They are very reasonably priced, too, with their large totes being just $48! Please check out, or follow them on twitter @crabberrie. Show them some preppy love, because they are awesome.

I love this company! Stay tuned for a giveaway of a Crabberrie tote later this month. Yay!

***Disclaimer-Crabberrie sent me a tote for review purposes. I was not compensated in any way for this review.***

Monday, August 4, 2014

Perfectly Posh Review and Party

I recently had the chance to try some products from Perfectly Posh. Perfectly Posh is a skincare pampering company, that allows individuals to become consultants, and for customers to host parties in their homes or online.

Becky Perry sent me so many things from Perfectly Posh to try. I'm really sensitive to fragrances and ingredients, so I really like to try things when I can. I was really glad that Becky sent me samples of some body products!

It was a fairly quiet day yesterday, so I had a little personal spa day. I've been looking through the Perfectly Posh catalog (that resembles a newspaper) for about a week-checking things out. My husband jokes that I'm the only person who gets into "product" catalogs like a great novel. That's me!

The first thing I used for my mini spa day was the BFF:Best Friend Forever Exfoliating Face Wash. This was a nice face wash with little microbeads to exfoliate. It smelled great, too, a great combination of grapefruit and peppermint.

After I exfoliated, I put on a mask. Becky sent me two different samples, but I chose Saint Moisture Mask, which is a wash off mask. Saint Moisture Mask is formulated for dry and tired skin. That's me! It's made with honey and avocado. The skincare regimin I generally use doesn't include a mask, and this was heavenly (Get it? Saint? Heavenly? Ha!). Seriously, it felt so nice. I left it on for about ten minutes, and then washed it off when I got into the shower.

The next thing I did was to hop into the shower. I used a body scrub that Becky sent called A Peel to Me Citrus Body Scrub. This scrub energizes and tightens with a citrus zest and loofah scrub.  This felt and smelled amazing! It didn't irritate my skin at all, and it wasn't too harsh on my skin. Sometimes exfoliants can be too "much."

After my shower, I chose the Creamy Coconut Cocktail Skindelicious Body Butter. I always say-this summer/winter/whatever, I'm going to be better about putting on body cream. Honestly, this felt and smelled great. The coconut smell wasn't overpowering, although I'm a fan of coconut. It sunk in quickly, and I didn't feel sticky at all. This was really nice.

I used the Night & Day:You are the One Face Moisturizer. It felt really nice and didn't leave my face feeling tight or irritated at all. It is made with lavender, glycerin, and natural olive oil. It not only felt great, but it smelled good too. This would be a good moisturizer to keep in my tote to apply when I'm feeling dry during the day.

The last product that I used was probably my favorite. I'm fairly obsessed with hand creams and lip balms. This Hey, Honey Healing Hand Cream was super moisturizing, and is made with real honey. It smells amazing, and left my hands feeling so soft.

It was so nice for Becky to send me samples of Perfectly Posh products. The line is reasonably priced, and the products are fun to use. I really liked everything I used, and I especially am excited about the body scrub, and their products for manis and pedis!!

As a thank you, and a way to spread word about Perfectly Posh and Becky's business, I'll be hosting an online party for Perfectly Posh. You can order through the Facebook event or through this link:

The party goes until Saturday, August 16th at 2:00 PM CST.

Becky will be doing specials and giveaways, AND there are new products coming out! The August Special is the Good Morning Beautiful Face Mask Wash, which is in limited quantity, and is selling for only $16! Good Morning Beautiful Face Mask Wash gently cleans, tightens and energizes your face with lemon, green tea and caffeine. Grab one before they are gone!

Let's have a great party for Perfectly Posh and for Becky! 
Any questions?
Message Becky on Facebook at 
Go to her website 

Woo hoo!

Derma MD Lifting Duo Kit Review and Giveaway

Happy Monday, everyone! It's a great day because I'm doing my very first giveaway!  I'm super excited!

If you follow my blog, you've probably seen that I've been using Derma MD skincare. It has totally changed my skin (for the better)! It used to be really dry year round, and very sensitive, but it's not flaky anymore! That's huge!

Two of the most recent products that I've been using are the S-Cargot Lifting Serum and the Uplifting Neck and Night Cre'me. I've been using this kit every night for the last couple of weeks, and I've noticed a big difference in my skin. I can tell that my face looks more rested in the morning.

I'm giving away a Derma MD Lifting Duo. It's valued at $238.95!

Here are the kit details:
The Kit contains both Uplifting Cre'me and S-Cargot Lifting Serum.  Both Derma MD's S-Cargot Lifting Serum & Uplifting with  Alpha Lipoic Acid and DMAE complex work synergistically to tighten, tone and firm the neck area, while  additional anti-aging ingredients increase collagen levels, improve elastin, hydrate, and provides a lifting appearance. Neck and face look young and soft again!

Derma MD has a lot going on right now! They are featured through Thursday, 8/7 on HauteLook. You can check out their products and amazing sale prices at

This kit is not in the HauteLook catalog, but you can get it for 50% off at and use code "Preppy Mom." 

You can also enter to win it from me!

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

July Mission Cute Review

I was so happy when Mission Cute sent me their July box to review. I had heard a lot about them, and what intrigued me the most was that 50% of their net proceeds go to LoveGrows. LoveGrows is a "conglomeration of churches, businesses, families and individuals who share a common vision of helping orphans in need." To learn more about LoveGrows, you can read about them at or 

As I said, I had heard of Mission Cute, but since every month is completely different, I had no idea what to expect in my box. When I opened it, Mission Cute was packed nearly, and very cute!

The first item was a Bee Happy 5 x 7 faux gold print from BySamantha! At first I thought it was a greeting card, but I'm trilled that it is a print. This will look great matted and framed. If you'd like to see other prints and home decor from BySamantha, you can find them at

The next item in the box was a canvas tote with a trendy navy anchor print. I'm really into anchors at the moment, so I'm loving this. If you'd like to pick up this cute tote, or see what else they have (there are several different sizes and prints), visit

The next item is simple, but so beautiful. It is a "You are Beautiful" sticker from Shawna Armstrong. I put cute stickers in my planner to liven it up, so I'll find the perfect place for this. If you'd like to see more stickers and prints by Shawna Armstrong, you can find them at

The final item in the July MissionCute box was made exclusively for the box. It is a beautiful gold toned "Love" necklace, in a cursive design that reminds me of a monogram necklace. This can be worn dressed-up or dressed-down.

I was really pleased with the July MissionCute box. The items were all extremely well made, and very on trend. I love the philanthropic element of their mission. If you'd like to buy a box, the subscriptions begin at $29/month. MissionCute can be found at

***Disclaimer-MissionCute sent me this box for review purposes. This review does not contain affiliate or referral links. All opinions and reviews are 100% my own.***

Saturday, August 2, 2014


I seriously almost decided to go to bed, but I refused to throw in the towel on day 2. That would be pathetic. I went to The University of Arizona. Not kicking and screaming by any means, but also not totally psyched. Coming from a small boarding school on the east coast, it was an unusual choice. I had gone to visit Tucson over spring break my senior year, and my brother took me to a fraternity party. That made the decision go down a little bit better.

So, I signed up for sorority rush and headed to Tucson. I knew my brother and his girlfriend, and a guy who had graduated from my high school a few years before, and that was it. I pledged a sorority that I seemed to fit in (Honestly, how can you really tell in 5 days? Luckily, it was a good choice), and set about my college career. Joining a sorority was good for me-it helped me meet people and forced me to get out. I actually loved it. The girls were great, and it was so much fun. I mean, come on-it was A LOT of fun.

The Theta house at UofA and several of my sorority sisters our freshman year.

I had vacationed in Phoenix because my mom had moved there, but holy hell, it was hot. I remember walking back to my dorm one day that fall, literally in tears because it was so hot. In many ways, I didn't want to like it right away. I was still with my high school boyfriend, who was all the way across the country. I wanted to be with him, and I worried about not being with him. Also, while the whole no season thing was terrific when I came to Phoenix from New Jersey in December, but it did take getting used to from April to October.

So, once I let myself like Arizona, I loved it. I'm actually a huge Wildcats fan. My roommates over the years varied from awesome to "what the heck," and, like everyone, I have college stories that I think are HILARIOUS. I'll spare you.

Wilbur and Wilma Wildcat

I started out pre-med, which is a huge joke. Not because I don't have the brain power, because I absolutely do, but because I went to a huge university where freshmen could pretty much only get 8am classes. I had lived a regimented boarding school life for three years-I went to class when I was told to, I ate when and what I was told, sat with a table of people I was assigned to eat with, and dressed in a dress or skirt for dinner each night (except in February, when girls were allowed to wear dress pants). There were a few ways that I "stretched out" in college, and one of them was having very poor attendance at morning classes. I had a lecture in the basketball arena! I think I went twice. So...I guess you could say I lacked the dedication to be pre- med. 

Like many college students, I really didn't have anything else that I wanted to do. I thought maybe Psychology, but that was the 8am basketball arena class. That didn't seem like a good choice. So, I changed my major a million times. I decided on education, which I would have never guessed prior to college. Then I spent some time studying in Paris, so I changed it to art education. I have a lot more interest than talent, but sure enough, I graduated with a BFA in art education.

I stayed with B all through college, which looking back on, was a terrible idea. We both did our own thing-we had agreed to date others, but I spent a lot of time missing him, and wishing I was at school with him. Those are not bad things necessarily, and he was generally a nice guy. He's a very nice adult, so it's pleasant to see him at high school reunions. We broke up within 6 months of graduating college, once we moved to the same place. Really, the horse was dead long before we stopped beating it.

I did date a mish mash of college boys while in school, so I definitely would never say that I missed out. I went on fun trips with my friends, and went to Phoenix when my laundry really needed to be done. I'm kidding...but not really. I'm still friends with several of my college friends, and I can honestly say that I'm GLAD I went to a huge school. There was so much to do, and so much that was offered. I didn't speed through, but it took me longer than four years. 

Good times...

Ok-comment and tell me where you went to school! What is your favorite memory?

Friday, August 1, 2014

Memebox Special #7 Milk Box Review and August Discount

I was recently contacted by Memebox (pronounced Mi-mi-Box) to see I would be interested in reviewing one of their K-beauty boxes. I had seen Memebox, and was hoping that I would get a chance to try one of their boxes. I love Korean beauty products, and I'm always excited to try something new.

Memebox(, is a  Korean beauty box and e-commerce retailer that has created different beauty boxes for K-beauty lovers. Memebox isn't actually a subscription box, so you can decide when and what you want to purchase. Memebox ships directly from Korea, and ships to 45 different countries, but they cater mainly to US clients.

Memebox carries 4 main types of beauty boxes-

Memebox: The original Memebox comes packed with 4-8 full size products and deluxe samples.

Memebox Special Editions: Memebox special edition comes packaged with 4-8 full size products and deluxe samples that meet specific needs or concerns.

Superbox: Superbox was inspired by Memebox lovers who are looking for full-sized products catered to specific needs. Each Superbox series comes with its own special theme, or to meet specific needs.

Luckybox: Luckybox was created to give everyone a different and unique box full of their favorite products for you to feel lucky and special. Each Luckybox is unique and is filled with 4-8 full sized products and deluxe samples.

Memebox sent me their Special #7 Milk Box to review. Memebox Milk Box is one of Memebox Special Editions which is curated with special themes, and contain the best K-beatuy items. Milk box contains products with milk ingredients which are helpful for making your skin radiant. Milk has healing properties that repairs sun damaged skin, prevents premature aging, and also provides abundant nutrients for a youthful look.

This was the entire contents of the box at a glance. I was pretty excited right away. I've never tried any of the brands before, and they all smelled great! I also have sensitive skin, and the products seemed like they would be soothing.

The first product was Bubble Bath Steam Milk by Hello Everybody. This had a great light vanilla fragrance, and contains almond oil, chamomile and rosemary leaf extract to soften and nourish the skin. The packet should have probably been for one bath only, but my son wanted a bubble bath, so he enjoyed the Steam Milk as well! 

The next product in the box was a bottle of Hello Everybody Nature Holic Body Lotion in Milk Scent. I like products that have pumps, so immediately that was something I liked. I know it's silly, but I don't like putting my fingers in things! This lotion is all natural, made from organic goat's milk, aloe vera, honey, lemon balm, and spearmint extract. It made my skin so soft, and it absorbed quickly without leaving me sticky at all.

The next item was a Chamomile Milk scented jar of Pure Smile's Choosy Lip Scrub. This contains sugar, peach extracts, milk protein extracts, chamomile extract and bees wax. It sloughs off dry skin from lips and leaves behind softer lips with a bit of a luster.

The next item in the Milk Box was a Milk Mask Pack by Pure Smile. It's a sheet mask that you put onto a cleansed face. The milk protein nutrients hydrate and smooth uneven skin texture. I had never used a sheet mask before, and it felt a little strange to me. I left it on for about 15 minutes, and I actually preferred it when it came time for mask removal. It was so much less messy. It left my skin feeling super soft.

The next product in the box was a Donkey Milk and Argan Oil Steam Cream by Skin Ceramic. I was super excited about the steam cream, but I wasn't too sure about the Donkey Milk. When I tried it though, I loved the whipped-cream like texture. Donkey milk is actually more nutritious than cow or goat's milk. It moisturized my super dry skin easily, but it was still very light weight.

The next item was Enesti Rice and Milk Foaming Cleanser. This is made with mineral rich hot spring water, and it's packed with rice and milk extracts. I noticed that it gave a deep clean, but also left my face feeling soft. Sometimes deep cleansers can dry out my face, but this did not. 

The last item in the box was Pure Smile's Choosy Lip Pack in Milk. To be honest, I had never seen anything like this before! It's a mask for your lips, and it's almost like a patch or sticker that you put on your lips. It's loaded with milk protein extracts to strengthen the moisture level if your lips. You leave the mask on for about 15 minutes, and then pat in the remainder once you remove the mask. I wasn't able to keep the mask on for more than about 5 minutes before my lips began to itch. I can be sensitive to products, so it happens from time to time. They were very soft though!!

was so happy to receive this Memebox to review. Everything was very high quality and fun. If you are interested in trying Memebox, click here. You can receive $5 off your order during the month of August by using code  A1HXGU (only valid for one purchase per person). You can also follow Memebox on Twitter @memeboxglobal, or on their Facebook page at

***Disclaimer-Memebox sent me this box to review. I was not compensated in any way, and all opinions are 100% my own. This review does contain affiliate links.***

Growing Up

Ok everyone-I'm really going to try to be better about posting this month. I know I post reviews of amazing companies and products, but I want to be better about writing about the rest of life, too. So, here we go.

Growing Up

I always assume that all my readers know me. As Preppy Mom's Wanderings has grown, however, that is no longer true. 

Growing Up-in a post.

I grew up in Bettendorf, Iowa. It might sound strange, but this area is actually really terrific. We're right on the Mississippi River, and it's a large community. No, I didn't drive a tractor to school :)

My dad, who you may see me refer to as Dr. Bob, was a surgeon here. He was the kindest, most amazing dad in the world. A friend recently referred to him as a real gem of a man, and I think that she nailed it. He worked really hard to give us everything that we could ever want. I now see, as I look back, that he worked too hard. He wanted us to have everything, and he didn't stop to take care of himself. He had a heart attack in the parking lot of the hospital where he had a patient prepped for surgery inside. He was only 52.

My mom was a pretty typical mom. She drove us to lessons, the orthodontist, and cheered embarrassingly too loud at my sister's swim meets. She grocery shopped and took ceramic classes, and had dinner ready when my dad got home from work. Something that I remember about my parents, was that the minute he came home from work, he immediately went into the kitchen to give my mom a kiss. That's a pretty great memory. My mom has never gotten over losing my dad. It was 1988, and she was two years younger than I am. Wow.

I'm the youngest of three kids (ha-we're far from being kids anymore)! My sister is the oldest, and I feel like I never knew her growing up. Another friend recently said that my sister scared the shit out of her growing up. I think a lot of people probably felt that way. She was pretty intense. Now, however, she is the kindest, sweetest person. She's my best friend, and I pretty much talk to her in one way shape or form every day. She's successful, she's in a great marriage, and she's an incredible mom. So, if she was scary to you when you were growing up, and you're reading this- I hope you get a chance to meet her again. My brother and I have always been close. We're close-ish in age, and we went to boarding school and college together. Besides- once I got to about 14, our friends became date-able! He's uber successful and lives a pretty great California life. One of the things I love about my brother, is that he is stinking hilarious. He's silly and has the best one liners that will come out of nowhere. He's terrific.

So this is my family. My mom is pregnant with me in this picture.

I think I was a pretty average kid. I was (and still am) the kind of person who had a couple of very good friends, but I was friendly with many. 

This is me in probably the 1st grade.

I had a "boyfriend" here and there in middle school. Basically that meant that I might sit with him at the high school football game, and there was a chance he might put his arm around me. We were so amazingly cool- ha!!

So, in 9th grade I met my husband. No, I'm not going to tell you that we went out until we were out of school, and that we lived happily ever after. 9th graders weren't allowed to leave campus for lunch. My friend, though, was dating M's best friend, and so we sneaked off campus for lunch. My parents sent me to school with a lunch ticket. That wouldn't get me too far at Hungry Hobo, so I had to borrow money from M. A few weeks later, he gave me a ride home from school because I missed the bus. I was leaving to visit my sister at boarding school in Switzerland the next day, and M told me to bring him a Swatch (hey, it was 1986). Being a naive 14 year old, I picked one out and called him when I got home. I said it was Andrea, and M said,  "Andrea who?" Very proud. So, I told him who I was and that I'd brought him a Swatch. He invited me to go out. On Halloween of 1986, we went to see Crocadile Dundee. We dated about a month, and then I broke it off because my parents were worried about him being a senior and driving a car. Oooohhh.....
Seriously though, we stayed friends for many many years-more on that later.

I went away to boarding school in New Jersey when I was 15. It was the best thing (other than getting married and having kids, obvi) I've ever done. My school was amazing. I had a great roommate, C, a steady boyfriend, B, and it felt like home. I was a pretty decent student, but I honestly loved it there. I was a little homesick here and there, but not really. I made good, true friends. My dorm parents made me feel like I was part of their family, and the faculty really cared about what we did. Amazing three years of my life. 

Pictures of the stunning boarding school, Blair Academy, that I was so lucky to attend and graduate from.

I got into really solid colleges, but my dad didn't plan well to die so young, so I ended up at The University of Arizona. My mom had moved to Phoenix, so I was close-ish, but not so close that I had to live at home.

I actually think college deserves another post. I wasn't really growing up (although I learned a lot), but I was far from being an adult. So, that will be another day...

Please, if you're a blogger-write about how you grew up, and link back to me. If you're a reader-what sticks out in your mind about growing up?