Thursday, June 27, 2013

June Cara Box Exchange & Day 3 Paleo Up-Date!

I had my first experience with the Cara Box exchange this past month and it was great! The exchange is sponsored by Kaitlyn @ Wifessionals and is a wonderful month long event where bloggers and non bloggers can be joined up with a couple ladies to get to know and exchange $15 packages with. I had the pleasure of being matched up with Brooks @ Cotton & Boots and Desiree @ Macke Monologues.
These two ladies are energetic, busy women that found time to really get to know me through emails and my blog! The whole Cara Box experience was awesome and I'm just sad I missed the deadline to sign up for the July one!
Desiree is a wife and mom to a little boy named Marcus (also the name of my hometown..weird huh?!) and she was actually in Omaha and the surrounding area while we were communicating! You can check out her blog to see what I gave her :)
Brooks is a southern sweetie that is engaged and pup mom to two adorable dogs! She was spot on with her carnival package and we even sent a lot of similar items! I would laugh every time I would read her new blog posts and was blessed to be matched up with her for my first Cara Box experience.
Off to the Carnival we go....

 Kobe was excited to see what we got too and he even helped me open it!
Sweet card from Brooks that had a little story explaining each item in the package!

1 // Glow Sticks & Sparklers - Just in time for the 4th of July
2 // Pinwheels - I will use them for some crafty projects :)
3 // Sunblock (non-oily stuff that I can't bring myself to spending money on, so I was really excited about this item!)
4 // Animal Crackers - Classic and were devoured within 5 minutes of opening my Cara Box
5 // Firecracker Red nail polish - Love the color and will be painting my nails TODAY!
6 // Glade Lemonade Scented Candle - This sweet fragrance filled up the whole box and the candle is already in my kitchen to bring the smells of summer indoors! Brooks said she bought one to so we will have matching smelling houses ;)
What a great idea and wonderful experience. Connecting women through blogland and gifts!


Paleo Update!

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am trying the Whole30/Paleo eating lifestyle. I have worked 12 hour shifts for the first days of going Paleo and I have learned that preparation is key so that I don't succumb to carbs and junkfood on those long nights at the hospital. Sunday I prepared hard boiled eggs and frozen fruit salads.
Strawberries, Bananas, Pineapple and a bit of OJ
Now if you are critiquing my Paleo ways you may notice OJ is not allowed. Well to really give these fruit salads a kick I had to add a little ;) The hard boiled eggs were a great end of the shift snack and the fruit helped quiet my sweet tooth! My main meals have consisted of salads with chicken sausage or chicken breast and cashews are yummy when you are still a little hungry. Plus I'm half tempted to just snag a foley catheter from the stock room because I have been gulping down water which leaves me heading to the bathroom about 4 or 5 times a shift.
So after 3 days I feel pretty good and have a decent amount of energy, but I will always miss chocolate!


  1. great box you received in the exchange, I have never seen that sunscreen, I will have to check it out actually! I participated for the first time, stop by and check out my link up if you get a chance :)

  2. I love the box you got! Sparklers are soo creative, I would have never thought about that!

  3. I loved hard boiled eggs they really fill you up! When we did paleo, we ate so much fruit, probable too much:) but it does take care of that sweet tooth we all have:)

  4. Thanks for joining the lady’s hop!
    I followed you back on bloglovin.
    See you Monday for a new blog hop with Pinterest.

  5. Animals crackers were a hit with the Cara boxes. :)
    Our bag was consumed (more like inhaled) within days of getting my mits on it!


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