Subscription box addiction

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I have recently fallen victim to the World of subscription boxes. Not only are these boxes a fun convenient way to try new products, but they are typically priced very well. The first thing I would like to share with you is a review of my first Birchbox products.

Above you will find the items that came along in my Birchbox and a brief description and price for the full size.

  1. amika — Bombshell blowout spray
    • This volumizing spray has an excellent scent and while is does work, I do not like it for my flat hair. I have very fine, straight hair. This product increased the speed in which it gets oily (which is already very fast.) I did, however enjoy it when I braided my hair. Sometimes I will braid my hair overnight to give it some waves the following day. I used this spray to help keep the volume in my waves and I had a great hair day, with waves that did not give out!
  2. Coastal Scents — Blush and highlighter duo
    • I LOVE this product. The blush gave my cheeks an excellent color. It is somewhere between a mix of pink and orange, but not too much either way. It had a surprisingly natural look and made my cheekbones pop. The bronzer is excellent as well. The sample size is small, so I was not able to do a lot with it, but I did use it to slightly contour around my nose and jaw and I love it. It is not too dark and noticeable, which is what I prefer.
  3. R+Co — Death Valley dry shampoo
    • I am not a fan of this product. I did not think it did a good job at removing the oil from my hair, unless  I used A LOT. As I stated before my hair gets very oily, very quickly, which means I need a product that will do the job with only a little spray. My go to is Sebastian, dry clean only dry shampoo. It is $20 a bottle feels light, but still effective.
  4. rms beauty — the ultimate makeup remover wipes.
    • These wipes are organic and made with coconut oil. Not only are they a good, natural product for your skin, but the coconut oil leaves your skin feeling a little more smooth after you remove your makeup. It takes off the makeup easily, no scrubbing and wiping your face over and over the again.
  5. The Beauty Crop — GRLPWR lips liquid lipstick
    • I love a good liquid matte lipstick, unfortunately this was not one of them. This lipstick is very dry. It has an excellent dark color, unfortunately that dark color did not lie evenly on my lips. It took too long to get a good solid color, once I got a good solid color it started to wear away and looked uneven again. It dried very quickly, making my lips feel like they were in desperate need of some chapstick. I cannot picture myself using this product.

The next thing I would like to share is that I am now an Urbanity2030 ambassador.

Urbanity is a sunglasses subscription box, you can do monthly or every other month subscriptions and they have glasses for men and woman. I will be receiving my first pair soon and will showcase them on my Instagram and twitter — follow me on both at Mariebakerblog !

Use the url Urbanity2030.com/bakerblog to receive 20% off your first month! Tag me and Urbanity2030 online with your awesome new sunglasses!

 

 

20 things about me. 

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Today my challenge is to share 20 things about myself…Listed below you will find the good and the bad!

  1. I am 23 years old
  2. I have lived in the same house, about 45 minutes outside of Chicago, my whole life.
  3. My dad passed away when I was 12.
  4. I am a NASM certified person trainer. (I left the field 2.5 years ago)
  5. I appreciate a good, cheesy joke.
  6. I have a desire to travel all 50 states and then move on to discovering other countries.
  7. I have big dreams of owning my own business.
  8. I have been with my boyfriend for just over 4 years.
  9. I love being outside.
  10. I can be very stubborn.
  11. I know what I want and will do whatever I need to get it.
  12. I have 6 pets, a dog, cat, bird and 3 guinea pigs.
  13. I love diy projects and repurposing things. 
  14. Sunflowers are my favorite.
  15. I love any/all outdoor activities.
  16. I’ve recently been diagnosed with scoliosis and I’ve had an ongoing battle with herniated discs in my lower back. 
  17. I am currently working towards running a marathon. 
  18. I would love to make a living off my crafts and blogging. 
  19. I have a lot of clothes because I hate throwing them away, I’ll wear them until they cannot be worn anymore. 
  20. I have an irrational fear of worms. 

Back and better than ever

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Hello!

I recently took an unexpected break from social media and blogging due to some stuff going on at home. I am back now and ready to kick some ass!

I am jumping back into getting fit after a recent scoliosis diagnoses and some issues with herniated discs in my back (I’ll share more when I know more, promise!) I am determined to keep pushing forward and meet my goals despite my back issues.

For right now I have decided to do a 31 day “get to know me” blog challenge. Today is day 1, “introduction and recent photo”.

Sooooo…

Hello, my name is Marie. I work for a temporary housing company full time. I have huge goals when it comes to business, fitness and my future. I am blogging to document and share my ups, downs, progress and any setbacks I may have. My hope is to use this blog to push myself and if I motivate others along the way that would be a great bonus!

Below you will find a recent photo of me. This photo is from a few weeks ago at the Hilton Chicago. Truth, I hate this photo. I am so far from my weight loss goals, however, this is the real me. I love and respect myself  no matter how I look. I am posting this with all my courage because I want to encourage everyone to love themselves.

 

 

 

 

What to expect in April (2017)

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Spring is here! For me that means spending a lot of time outside, travelling and shopping for spring/summer.

 

Here is what to expect:

 

Travel:

I’ll be spending a weekend in Chicago (4/21-4/23). I have lived 45 minutes away from Chicago for 23 years, aka my whole life, and I have never spent a night in Chicago. I also haven’t done or seen about 90 percent of what the city has to offer, I suck. I know. That is all going to change though, starting this year! I want to see everything!

Towards the end of the month I will be attending C2E2. This This is a Comic and Entertainment Expo that happens every year. My boyfriend, Bryan goes more for the comics, I go mostly for the entertainment and artwork. This Expo started in 2010, I’ve gone twice and each one is better than the last. I’ll be posting a blog later on about preparing to go to C2E2, what to expect and what to bring along. My boyfriend will be posting on his blog – ComicBookSense — about how to prepare to get your comics signed, the artists and entertainers who will be there, and how he plans to have a successful trip. Follow along on his blog for more info on that!

After our trip I’ll be posting about what we did, where we stayed and what we ate, look out for that at the end of the month!

 

Fitness:

Look out for posts this month about the beginning of my fitness journey. I will be going over my meal prep, the beginning of my 5k training and my yoga/flexibility journey.

 

Fashion:

I’ll be sharing some of my favorite workout clothes and where to buy them.

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Antique Shopping

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Hello!

It’s cold, rainy, and does not feel like spring at all. Fortunately it looks like it will warm up next week and stay that way, hopefully!

If you follow my previous posts you know that this week I was off work on a little staycation. It was much needed! I was at the Volo Auto Museum earlier this week, I made a post about it, but I did not get to discuss the antique stores. The Auto Museum has 4 antique malls on sight. They are huge! I was only able to make it to 2 of the shops, however I was not disappointed with my finds.

I will start with my favorite item:

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This stand is just under 3 inches tall and the ball is probably just over 2 inches in diameter. This is a beautiful piece, the stand is made out of a heavy metal and the ball is glass. I was amazed by item from the start and talked myself out of it. My boyfriend insisted on going back to the mall the following day since he had a couple things he wanted to go back for and I couldn’t resist picking this up. It was about $30 altogether and it was definitely worth it.

I also got a couple other items including a Hawaiian shirt, a piggy bank (I collect piggy banks), and some jewelry. I will show a couple of my favorite pieces below, I believe it is all handmade, however the owner of the booth I bought it from was not there for me to ask.

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It is hard to tell, but these are purple pearls. My favorite color!

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This matching earring and necklace set was only $3.00!

 

 

 

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This is the reason we went back to the malls on day 2, my boyfriend needed Godzilla, I’d say it was worth the trip back!

 

Antique shopping can be a lot of fun, there are a lot of unique items waiting for the right person to pick up. Listed below are a couple of tips I use when I go shopping so I do not over do it.

  • Price match, if you are unsure if an item may be worth the price, look it up online, check a couple forums and see what the item is going for, it only takes about 5 minutes. Example — I found a Sega Genesis and I was dying to buy it, the price is $129, I looked online and was able to find it at about $60-$70.
  • If it is a decorative  piece determine if it fits in with your home décor and if you have a spot for it. A lot of items look awesome, but when it comes down to it, you might end up with a lot of cool pieces that do not match anything, then they end up in storage.
  • Do you really need to start a new collection? You will find a lot of pieces that match or belong in sets and it can be easy to pick up things with the intentions of starting a collection. My tip is to really consider what you are purchasing, these collections require time, money and research, determine if you will have the patience and space in your home for the new collection you are looking to start.
  • Don’t be afraid to haggle. This does not mean to low-ball someone. You never want to offer less than what the item is worth, that can be an insult to the seller. It is okay to offer a little less to see if the seller will budge, just be open minded in case they do not want to lower the price.
  • If you find something that is worth a lot of money online check out the condition and make sure the one you are purchasing is in great shape, otherwise it will not sell for much.

Have fun, take pictures and always check back in for new items! Feel free to leave a comment with your favorite items purchased in antique stores, I would also love to hear about any collections you may have!

 

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A Small Town With a Large Surprise 

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I am halfway through my week off and I have enjoyed every second of it so far. I spent yesterday in a nearby town called Volo. Volo, llinois is a little town here in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, just about 15 miles south of the border to Wisconsin. This town has a population of about 3,000, but don’t let this tiny town fool you, the hidden gem in Volo is what the website calls a “35 acre antique themed park”. 
The Volo Auto Museum is a great place to spend your day, whether you have a love for cars, antiques, movies, history, there is something for everyone! 

The photo above is the map from the website that shows all of the attractions this museum has to offer

This Museum features 33 exhibits, below is a list of some of my favorites and why I enjoyed them, I won’t list all 33, and there is no way my words or photos can capture the awesomeness that is inside, so you will just have to venture out to Volo for the full experience! 

Duesenberg Room

After buying tickets you walk into the Duesenberg room, in this room you will find a collection of Duesenberg II’s. This room is filled with an elegent collection of vehicles. This is one of my favorite exhibits due to the beauty, details and care that has been put into all of these cars. Each one is truly a work of art. 
                                                    

Duesenberg II Torpedo Phaeton

 

I also have a slight (growing) obsession with hood ornaments, that made the Duesenberg room extra cool for me as some of the vehicles featured Lalique Crystals. René Lalique was a freelance jewelry maker and after working for some of the best Parisian jewelers he purchased his first workshop. Years later he began to experiment with glass and created his first perfume vile. After much success following an exhibit he took part in he continued to grow his business, eventually venturing into retail. In 1920 car mascots, better known as hood ornaments entered his inventory. These pieces of glass are beautiful and are by far one of my favorite things to look at on these vehicles. 

                                      

Here you will see two upclose photos of some of these brilliant pieces of art. Search Lalique glass to view or purchase some of these stunning pieces of art.

                                          
     
Bizarre Car Exhibit

This exhibit features some very unique cars, cars that you didn’t know exhisted, but you end up glad that they do. There is a lot of variety, from the World’s fastest barstool to Johnny Cash’s Git-tar Dragster, you are sure to find something you’ll love! 

                                

Cars of the Rich ad Famous – Including vehicles owned my celebrities ranging from Michael Jordan’s 2005 Bentley GT, Britney Spear’s 2006 Mercedes-Benz to Rod Stewerts 2002 Dodge Viper and many more in between! 

                                                    

Michael Jordan’s 2005 Bentley GT


The Disney Exhibit — Featuring movie inspired displays, including Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and Herbie the Love Bug.

There are many more exhibits this Museum has to offer, including (but not limited to)Hot Rods and Customs, TV and Movie Cars, the Warner Bros gallery, Campers, Kiddie rides, and Muscles cars. There are constantly new vehicles being restored and brought into the museum, so each experience will have something new to offer. You can follow their social media pages for more details on events and what is coming to the museum. Feel free to comment with any questions and check out my instagram at MarieBakerBlog for more photos from the museum. 
The Volo Auto Museum also offers four, that’s right, FOUR different antique malls with over 300 vendors. I have not had the chance yet to photograph my finds, but I will be doing that tomorrow morning. I have not decided on whether or not I will be making a mini blog post, or just posting them on my Instagram/Twitter, but follow me there for more details! 

Below are some more photos from my trip. Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter, at MarieBakerBlog, for even more photos from the museum and details from my antique finds! 

                        
                  

What to expect this week | Travel & Fitness |

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Things are starting to warm up in the sleepy suburbs of Chicago and I am so excited for spring. I have this week off work and I have a lot planned!

This weeks traveling:

I have a travel bucket list and I will be starting it full swing this week. I plan to travel to all 50 states, by travel I mean spend at least 1 month in each state, submerging myself in everything the states have to offer, from the biggest tourist spots to the smallest trails and sweet spots.

The first state I am starting with is of course my home state, Illinois. How often do you act like a tourist in your own home town? How often do you take the time to vacation in your own state? Every state has something beautiful to offer and I plan to discover it all!

This week I will be discovering the Volo Auto Museum and the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. I just bought my first nice camera and I plan on documenting the whole week. I’ll be posting a blog about my discoveries and posting photos on my Instagram – MarieBakerBlog.
This weeks fitness plan:

This week I will also begin working out 5 times a week, I will share my daily workouts and some motivation on my fitness Instagram — MarieBakerFit. I am pondering the idea of doing a 5k and showcasing my training as well, so follow along for more details on that!

Feel free to tell me your favorite spots in Illinois, I want to see everything from the tourist spots in Chicago, to the beautiful trails in Galena and the Superman statue in Metropolis. Follow along to see my trips and share your sweet spots!