Ipsy & Rocksbox Unboxing!

I was super excited last week to find some amazing goodies in my mailbox so I thought I would do a quick Ipsy & Rocksbox unboxing video to show you guys all the treasure that came inside my glam bag and jewelry box!

Items found in my February Ipsy* bag:

Emite MakeUp Professional Eyelash Curler – You can use code IPSY20 for 20% off any purchase
Eva*NYC Up All Night Volumizing Spray – You can use code EvaNYC65 for 65% off any purchase
ModelCo BLUSH Cheek Powder in Cosmopolitan – You can use code IPSY20 for 20% off any purchase $39+ plus free shipping
City Color Cosmetics Creamy Lip Stain in Flirtini – You can use code IPSY20CL for 20% off any purchase
Mitchell & Peach Fine Radiance Face Oil – You can use code IPSY23 for 20% off any purchase

Ipsy is a monthly subscription service for only $10 and every month you will receive 5 products (either deluxe sample size or full size) inside of a cute cosmetic bag designed to match the monthly theme.

 

The goodies I received in this month’s Rocksbox:

SLATE Barred Cuff

Perry Street Isla Necklace

Wanderlust & Co Triple Cage & Crystal Silver Ring

Rocksbox is a subscription service for unlimited designer jewelry sent straight to your door for $19/month! Unlimited means you can keep the jewelry for as long or as short as you would like. You also have the option to purchase any of the pieces in your box separately at a discounted price (with your subscription, you will receive $10 Shine Spend to put towards the purchase of one of the items in your box). Each box will contain 3 pieces of jewelry based on your style survey and the items on your wish list. You can create your wish list by visiting the Rocksbox site and mark the items you love in the Wish List Gallery and you can follow Rocksbox on Instagram and any of the items posted can be added to your wish list by simply leaving a comment with the hashtag #wishlist (so easy, right?). If you are interested in trying out Rocksbox, you can use the code JAMEEBFF to receive your first month free!

 

I hope you guys have enjoyed this quick unboxing video & are having an awesome week so far!

Reminder: Blogging for Endometriosis Awareness kicks off next week! Make sure to check bloggingforendo.com to make sure you are up to date on all of the details and I hope you join us!

Charlie’s Legacy: Grieving The Loss Of A Pet

Charlie's Legacy: Grieving The Loss Of A Pet

 

Not a day goes by that I don’t grieve the loss of Charlie. It will be two months next week since we lost her and just the thought of it brings tears to my eyes. She was my constant sidekick and my ever faithful shadow and to not have her with me is like a piece of me is missing. For 12 1/2 years she was my best friend and I try to count my blessings in that we had her in our family for so long and she lived a full and spoiled life for 14 years. I am so, so grateful that we celebrated her birthday with a bang as she started to decline a month later. Thankfully, her decline was swift so she didn’t have to spend a lot of time in pain so for that I am grateful but if we could have had her 1000 years, I would have wished for 1000 years and a day.

She was just a perfect dog. She was very gentle and quiet spirited. I had written a post on the power of pet therapy and I wish I had known more about it early on as she would have been the perfect therapy dog to visit nursing homes and hospitals because of her gentleness.

She never tore anything up except her bed or her toys. She would destroy her bed but even in her young years, she never destroyed anything in the house (her floppy-eared companion, on the other hand, destroys everything).

She loved hanging outside and enjoying a cool breeze. John and I took the girls (Charlie and Chloe) with us on our first family vacation after we were married to the Outer Banks. The house we rented was on the sound side and the porch was gated so we just left the front door open and Charlie practically lived out on the porch, soaking up the breeze.

She was just amazing. There just isn’t any other way to put it. She was a huge part of this family and we all feel her loss. Chloe mourned for weeks. She still looks for her but she isn’t quite a mopey as she was those first weeks. Abby will come up and sit on my lap and whisper in my ear that she misses Charlie. We made a stepping stone (we used this kit from Hobby Lobby) and buried a box with her collar, letters and our favorite memories so being able to see it helps. There are many times that I have went out and there to talk to her like I would if she was here. I know one day we will be together again.

Charlie's Legacy

 

Helpful resources for grieving the loss of a pet:

Rainbow Bridge – This is an amazing resource. The “Rainbow Bridge” poem is beautiful and they also have grief support resources, a community, and ways to memorialize your pet.

10 Tips on Coping With Pet Loss – This is article provides great advice for moving through the grief process and the website also has many resources such as helping children cope with the loss, creating a memorial, and deciding when is the right time to get a new pet.

Coping with the Death of Your Pet – The Human Society is obviously a great resource to keep bookmarked when you are a pet owner but they also provide a lot of advice and resources for dealing with grief after losing your pet.

What Not To Say to Someone Grieving A Pet – Goodness knows as with any life experience, you get bad responses from well-intended persons. They want to help but they just don’t know the right things to say. I hear it every day about chronic illness but you also hear it after losing a pet and every time I hear “Why don’t you just go get another one?” I wanted to scream. My Charlie isn’t was a thing to be replaced. We will likely adopt another dog but in time. This is a nice article to read and yell at the computer “I know, right?!” Definitely a must read.

Dog In Mourning: Helping Our Pets Cope With Loss – Like I said in my post, all members of our family grieved the loss of Charlie and that included Chloe. I knew she would grieve but I didn’t realize just how hard it would hit her. It makes since as for her 8 years of life, she has always had Charlie so to be without her was a big struggle. This article gives great advice on helping your pet cope with loss as it can help you identify the signs that your pet is grieving and ways to help.

I hope these resources can help you with grieving the loss of a pet like they have been able to help me! If you have recently suffered the loss of a beloved pet, you have my deepest sympathies!