Elizabeth Kathrynx

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6/2/19

Free or Cheap Summer Activities 2019

Photo by Ylanite Koppens from Pexels

If you are ballin' on a budget this summer, I complied a list of free or cheap summer activities you can do with your friends and family! Always check out your local paper and Facebook pages for free events!

  • Go to a park
  • Swim at your community pool
  • Visit the library
  • Play in sprinklers (we always did this growing up!)
  • Go for a hike
  • Play a board game
  • Learn something new
  • Take pictures
  • Watch a movie
  • Visit a free zoo or museum
  • Go to a farmers market (we have a great one every summer!)
  • Start a blog or youtube channel (like me!)
  • Attend a free workout class
  • Go to a garage sale or have your own!
  • Ride your bike
  • Go to a parade
  • Go to fireworks
  • Listen to a podcast
  • Read a book
  • Do Yoga
  • Pick strawberries
  • Pack a picnic
  • Clean out your garage (or any space!)
  • Visit family
  • Plan a tree
  • Go camping
  • Volunteer
  • Plan your next vacation
I hope this list gives you some ideas for some free or cheap things to go this summer!
5/28/19

The Travel Tag


I had some extra time this Memorial Day weekend, so that's why I am blogging agin, a little bit xx
I will be honest, between work and grad school, my time has been very limited, and the blog always seems to fall through the cracks whenever that happens but here's a fun tag for you today! I saw Gemma do this tag, so much sure you go check out her blog!

1. You are leaving tomorrow to start a new life in a new country, where would you go?
Well, the USA is a pretty darn good place to live BUT if I could live anywhere, I would probably move somewhere in Europe, maybe Finland or Sweden.

2. You can take someone for a weekend away to the place you had the best holidays ever, where would that be and who would you take to go with you?
This is tough! My favorite place I have ever traveled has to be York Beach, Maine. My most recent vacation was to Cape May, NJ and I would to take my mom and my sister's with me!

Summer 2018 Cape May, NJ

3. You can get married wherever you want to, your budget is limitless, what is your choice?
I got married almost four years ago but if I could do it over with an unlimited budget, I'd say on the beach somewhere!
Our Wedding 10/24/2015


4. You can get back in time and relive one family trip, which one?
Family vacation to Outer Banks, North Carolina

5. What is the first thing you would pack for a one year travel around the world?
A camera!

6. What would your fantasy 100th birthday destination be, and why?
If I live that long, I'd love to go to where my family came from - Poland and Italy!

7. During your travel you can learn one sport to become a pro, what would that be?
I have never played Cricket, so I think that would be really interesting to learn!

So, that's the tag, make sure you do it and tag me in it if you do xx
5/26/19

Memorial Day Weekend Sales 2019

Photo by Tim Mossholder from Pexels

Bath & Body Works
$10 off 3 wick candles
$10 off $30 with Code: OHELLOSUN

Gap
40% off everything code: READY

Loft
40% off full-price styles Code: FINALLY
 Extra 50% off Sale Style (Online only)

Madewell
20% off Dresses and Sandals Code: PERFECTMATCH

Michaels
20% off entire purchase including sale items 
50% off All summer floral & Garden Collection
50% off Red, White, and Blue
50% off All Summer Decor

Nordstrom
Half Yearly Sale through June 2

Old Navy
All Tanks, Tees, Swim, Shorts & Dresses 50% off
All activewear 50% off Saturday and Sunday only
$1 Solid-Color Flip Flips 5/26 only Code:FLIPPY

Target
Up to 30% off Patio items
Up to 30% off home items
Free $5 gift card when you spend $5 on sun care
Save 20% on select SwissGear items
Free $25 gift card when you spend $100 on toys & games
20% off sandals. Use code: SANDALS20

Vera Bradley
25% off your entire purchase

Victoria's Secret
Free Tie-dye Beach Tote with Any $60 beauty purchase
Code: 60Beach

Wayfair
Memorial Day Clearance up to 70% off

west elm
15% off 100+
20% off 500+
25% off 1,000+
30% off 3,000+



5/1/19

New 2019-2020 Erin Condren Planners

Erin Condren website

If you have been following me for any length of time on my blog or social media, you know that I am a planer girl and have been using Erin Condren products for YEARS! I got my first Erin Condren Life Planner in 2015 and I used a horizontal layout. I currently used a Vertical planner. I did not get a sneak peek of the new planners but I saw all my favorite planner YouTubers made videos and wanted to make an easy-to-access list for you to watch them all:


I am currently undecided which planner I will get for 2019-2020, but right now, I am leaning towards the neutral vertical, like I have gotten in years past. I am also interested in the horizontal, so we shall see!

The new 2019-2020 Erin Condren Life Planner launches on Wednesday, May 8th! Happy Shopping!
4/6/19

YETI Rambler vs Sip by S'well

Over the years, I have amassed quite the collection of different water bottles. Recently, I have gotten two new water bottles, the Yeti Rambler and the Sip by S'well water bottle. I wanted to do a post comparing and contrasting the two so you can decide which one is the best option for you!

I got my Yeti Ramlber as a Christmas present this year and I just got my S'well water bottle in my Spring FabFitfun box!

Materials:

  • Yeti and S'well are both made out of 18/8 stainless steel so they are puncture and rust free

Sizes:

In general, they both offer several size options:
  • Bottle - to drink your water, juice, tea, etc.
  • Mug- mostly focused on the hot drinks like coffee or hot cocoa
  • Tumbler - Meant for wine or beer or alcoholic beverages

Bottles:

  • Yeti only offers 18, 32, and 36 oz bottles. 
  • S'well offers 9, 17, and 25 oz bottles

Mug:

  • Yeti has 10 and 30 oz 'mugs' which they refer to as Ramblers
  • S'well has 12, 16, 20 oz travel mugs

Tumbler:

  • Yeti has 10, 20 and 30 oz tumblers
  • S'well has 10 and 18 oz tumblers

Shapes

Amazon
Yeti has a more traditional shape, which gives more volume for liquids. Function over fashion. 

S'well

S'well looks very similar to a Coca-Cola bottle or an hourglass figure.

Colors:

Amazon

Yeti has some more traditional color options, as well as a stainless steel option.
Some of the color names include: Brick Red, Seafoam, Pink, Navy, etc.

S'well

S'well not only has solid colors but a variety of patterns that appear to come out seasonally!

Caps & Lids

Amazon
Yeti has a variety of lids, include sip lid, tumbler lid, magslide lid, and the bottle straw lid. 
S'well

S'well places a high emphasis on design rather than function and they offer a variety of caps and lids for their products. They also come in multiple color-ways.

Do they keep drinks hot/cold?

In my personal experience, I have found my Yeti does a fantastic job at keeping cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot for extended periods of time. My S'well bottle has a very small opening so I can't fit ice cubes in it, so I have noticed it doesn't keep drinks cold for as long as the Yeti.

Which one is for you?

  • If you are looking for something stylish and sleek, I recommend the S'well Bottle
  • If you want function and volume, The YETI Rambler is the best option

What water bottle is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

3/23/19

FabFitFun Spring 2019 Subscription Box Review - Was it Worth it!?

This post may contain referral/affiliate links. If you buy something, Elizabeth Kathrynx may earn a commission. Read the full disclosure.

The FabFitFun Box is a quarterly subscription box from FabFitFun.com where you get a seasonal subscription box filled with over $200 dollars of items in categories of makeup, beauty, lifestyle, etc.
and bold Spring colors! 

The subscription box: FabFitFun Spring 2019
The cost: $49.99 per quarter
Get 10$ off your first FabFitFun box using my link! http://xo.fff.me/jVrEG
Box contains the hottest season items selected by the FabFitFun team!
Ships to: Canada and USA

Show Me Your MUMU Brie Robe - Retail Value $84

This is a beautiful floral-print lightweight robe to throw on right after you take a shower and features a removable belt and a high-low hem. I need a new robe, so I was excited to receive this item! It is very lightweight so it will be perfect for the warmer seasons!


Wow, what an amazing item to receive in this season's box! I have heard so many great things about this brand and I am excited to finally own a pair of these sunglasses! They come with a leather case and feature a black metal frame, double bridge, and adjustable nose pads. 



These are perfect for baking or cooking! I have stainless steel finish on most of my kitchen appliances, so these don't really match my current decor but could be  a nice housewarming gift!

Sip by S'well - Retail Value $19.99

I use a Yeti tumbler at work, so I will be very curious to how this compares. It is insulated to keep your hot drinks hot and your cold drinks cold. I got this beautiful purple eggplant colored bottle.



This brush can be used in the show to exfoliate and remove dead skin with the brush's natural bristles and massaging nodules. It can be used wet or dry.


I am still loving my all-natural haircare products by Monat but I always like trying other hair products. This product is supposed to help fight frizz, detangle, protect, and moisturize hair.


This products is supposed to reduce the appearence of under eye bags and dark circles. As I am getting older, I am starting to notice these issues and I cannot wait to try this eye gel!
It is formulated without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.




I have never heard of this brand but am excited to try this body scrub!
It is formulated with charcoal and Dead skin minerals to help polish, refine, and hydrated your skin!

My final thoughts: My box has a retail value of $289 dollars!! I was impressed with this box because it only cost me $49.99 dollars, so it's worth more than five times the price I paid!! I love the S'well bottle and Quay sunglasses but honestly the other items are kinda of, meh, to me. I wish I got some of the other items, like the Tula Purifying Face Cleanser or the Ciate London Translucent Setting Powder. 

If you re thinking of trying FabFinFun, do it!! Get 10$ off your first FabFitFun box using my link! http://xo.fff.me/jVrEG

What did you think of the Spring FabFitFun box? Which items did you pick up?
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2/19/19

The Blogger Tag


So I recently saw a post from Gemma over at touch of belle. Gemma is one of my favourite bloggers so you should definitely head over to her blog and have a look if you haven't already. The post was the bloggers tag and so I thought I would give it a go!


Question 1: How tall are you?
I am 5'2

Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent if so what?

Nothing really comes to mind...

Question 3: What is your biggest blog related pet peeve?

I don't really have any pet peeves really except maybe when people have really annoying layouts or bloggers copy each other and don't give proper credit.

Question 4: What is your biggest non blog related pet peeve?

People being late or blowing you off at the last minute.




Question 5: What is your favourite song?

The Scientist by Coldplay

Question 6: What is your favourite social media site?

Instagram! 

Question 7: What is your favourite way to spend your time when you are alone?

Watching TV/Youtube

Question 8: What's your favourite junk food? 

I love sour candy

Question 9: Do you have any pets, if so what kind and what are their names? 

I have two cats, Luna(bottom) and Mia (top)!




Question 10: What are your favourite fiction and non fiction? 

Favorite Fiction - After series, Fifty Shades series
Non fiction - I don't really read non fiction books.

Question 11: What is your favourite beauty product or tool? 

I love my beauty blender!

Question 12: When were you last embarrassed and what happened? 

I say dumb things sometimes and the last time I remember was saying something about a particular holiday and a parade.

Question 13: If you could only drink one beverage besides water for the rest of your life what would it be? 

Chai tea.

Question 14: What's your favourite movie

I have so many favorites but I love Spanglish!

Question 15: What was your favourite lesson in school and why? 

I actually really enjoyed History in high school just because I loved learning about the world and our country's history. 




Question 16: If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be and why? 

I haven't traveled to too many places outside the USA but I love the Boston area!

Question 17: PC Or Mac? 

Apple all the way. I have a Macbook, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch.

Question 18: Last romantic gesture from your other half/ close friend? 

Husband bought my flowers on Valentines Day!

Question 19: Favourite Celebrity? 

I have quite a few celebrities I follow on social media.

Question 20: What blogger do you secretly want to be friends with? 

There are so many amazing bloggers, I would love to be friends with all of them!




Question 21: Who is your biggest inspiration? 

My mom.

Question 22: What is your favourite blog to read?
Here are a few favorites...


Question 23: What is your favourite high street shop? 

I think high street is like lower end stores. My go to's are Target, Marshalls/TJ Maxx.

Question 24: Are you in education or do you work? 

Both. I have a full-time job as a Business Analyst and I am working on my MBA part-time.

Question 25: One thing you are proud of? 

I am proud of going back to school for my master's degree!



So, that's it for The Blogger Tag! I hope you enjoyed it 

and tag me if you decided to do it too!