can not believe this is the end of September. .. and here is the first half, I discovered Jelly Belly sportd beans I enjoyed a lot for the training! i got sample and hope they have these small package for sale.....
and here is the second half. the only thing I absolutely loved and would stock up is foot sap sheets- i LOVE theae things after long run!! everything else are either just okay or not food.
and that is all! i am excited about October, and a marathon next weekend... just resting up in preperation! have a great autum
Here are my 2018 August empties - actually more like 5 weeks into the first week of September. it is split into two, because the first half was spent at my boyfriends house. He had a lot of mostly used items we worked on finishing them. Of items, Aveda Rosemary Mint body wash and Bath and Body Works Energy body lotion are repurchased travel staples. To reduce future waste, these containers will be refilled. The rest are just okay - my BF likes Axe Snake Peel because its effective in removing hockey stink (his words).
And here are the rest at home. the sketchbook was used aboyt 3 months from May to August. It is Shizen Designs journal, 200 pages, soft cover, blank colored paper (5 different colors) with 80 gsm. it was very frimsy.... and eventually started to fall apart at seams. never again. it was inexpensive, and performed as such.
two pens- Pilot G2 is my go to gel pen and staple. Foray pens have lots of ink left but leaks (i bought a case and this is not the onky one that leaked) . it is also very inky and dries slow, but gives very intense black. it also bleeds through most paper, including this sketchbook. getring rid of it.
two Bath and Body Works candles - Salted caramel is very sweet, strong scent i love. unfortunately burn was not good- wax discolored, puny wicks, etc. but love the scent and i wil repurchase. 1 wick is sweet tabacco- it is a light honey scent, couldnt smell tabacco so much. i got this on sale, wouldnt seek this out in future.
1 hand soap- BBW Spring time and clementines was very sweet orange scent. i liked it but not masculine enough for my partner. so I probably wont purchase this again.
3 hair products, all easily accessable at drugstore. thm ey are all passable. i did like mise en scene perfect hair repair serum though, especially this dispenser was great. will refill with other air serums.
1 face scrub- instanatural skin brightening scrub is wonderful!! love it, only thing was that i wish i could tell how much was left in container.
travel size sun screen is Supergoop SPF 50. I appreciate high SPF, but I am deciding that I dont care for Supergoop products. I tried several, and i dont like how it feels on my skin.
I dont have a lot this year, but am happy with what I am using. I am also bringing in less beauty products in my house, so overall I feel I am gradually decreasing my stockpile. I hope your decluttering is also under thw way. love always- EA
So it is mathmatically official- I have less empties than previous year. I cannot tell why, because I continue to declutter. I am buying less in general, but my collection grows.... what!? I do feel that with me quitting most of subscription boxes, ai have less sample sized items.
I thought I had more. these are mainly June empties. Notable items- I liked rose water from Italy, and colonial candle sweet tea scent. For my pens, Pilot G2 is popular and I like it too! the rest are replaceable foe me.
view from mt washington hotel in New Hampshire..... whilr not emptying, i have been busy traveling!
and here mlare my July 2018 empties! It is getting smaller, right? I loved Aromaflora bath gel, and Estee Lauders sunscreen which is now discontinued. Misshia bidy scrub had a very good texture but it was way too perfumey- i could not deal with it, so tossing it. I usually try to finish items, but this one.. I just could not.
anyhow, that is all for this month's empties. happt summer everyone!!
So I thought it was temporary thing, but this month's empties is the smallest yet. Maybe this is a permanent simplified list- and I am okay withthat. I do note that I have been donating skincare items and cosmetics without adding them here.
Here are a few items I emptied while traveling this month. BBEs body wash Energy is my favorite and gender neutral. would repurchase. and eye gel is also very nice! I would repurchase both. Protein bar was okay- good flavor but chemical after taste.
and here are the rest. biggest thing of course is my journal- Lemome A5 plain paper. It has thicker than moleskine paper, slight cream color- I loved the paper but unfortunately the binding was coming off. I will not repurchase this. actually, none of the items here is a must have for me.... so, it is fine to have them out of my home.
I will be traveling some more next month, and it may be possible to make this bi monthly going forward. we will see. wishing everyone a great summer!
Here is my monthly empties post.. What I used up/decluttering in April 2018.
This month is a lot more compact than usual, but I feel that I have used a lot of full size items I have owned for a long time....
Drink: Kraken rum, travel size. I had it with ice cream. Yay.
Journal: "On The Road" was gifted from a friend, it's slightly smaller than A5 and was good!
Pen: Plumchester p4 pen is a felt tip, and a bit on a gray side and not true deep black - I don't like tip or color - decluttering it.
Facewipes - Kirkland wipe was received in a swap, it's prett scratchy and I didn't like it.
Hair Conditioner - Garnier Whole Blends Illuminating Conditioner. Just okay.
Face Serum - Rohto Hadalabo Gokujyun series - this was pretty good and economical. I have a lot of serums still, but may pick this up again in Japan.
Body lotion/cream - Bath and Body Works Beach Nights, sweet marshmallow scent has a large following- and I like it too. I have a few full size back ups. Secret Wonderland body cream is discontinued, and it's fruity sweet scent. I liked this, but it's too girly for my boyfriend to use. I would repurchase them personally if they come back.
Shower Gel - philosophy Strawberry Daiquiri Cupcake - super sweet artificial strawberry scent. Oddly nice. I liked this, probably wouldn't repurchase it though, because it's too sweet for my boyfriend to use.
Lip balm - I don't use lip balm, but my boyfriend emptied blistex - he liked it.
Foundations - not empty but I am decluttering two foundations, rimmel stay matte in ivory and elf oil free SPF 15 flawless finish foundation in light ivory. rimmel was nice, but I prefer foundations with SPF - that's why I got elf, but this color is too light for me.
Supplements - Puritan's Pride - astragalus 470mg is helpful to boost immune system for me, and will repurchase. Cold-eeze natural allergy relief I got in a subscription box... did nothing to my allergy symptoms. I won't buy it personally.
Candle - Bath and Body Works, sweet cherry pie in 4 oz sampler - I really like this scent, a bit artificial but not like cherry syrup, throw is about 7, also liked lovely deep red wax as well. Have a couple 3 wicks in this scent.
Not too many this month but very excited for the one emptied. Satisfying. WIshing everyone a great month too!,
today is the last day of March and I wanted to update my empties as well as a quick note about my training.
First, empties- My favorite were candles this month, Yankee Candle Golden Cedar Frost smelled similar to BBW Sweater Weather, but not as strong or musky- I prefer Yankee. Everyday Escape Lemon Bar was tangy baked sweetness, I really enjoyed that too. for the size, it smelled great.
BBW Cup of Warmth smelled similar to Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte, so not too sad its discontinued- Secret Wonderland is berry type scent, I liked it. I also liked Bavar creme and pantane shampoo. Other items are okay to not all that great.... I wont repurchase them.
the main reason I do not have as many empties as before was that I have been giving, trading or donating items I do not care about much quicker than before, so they do not make it here.
I have been counting the net items in my collection this year- and shamefulky it is 54 plus items and approx. $167 net cost spent on non grocery items, including clothes, accesaories, cosmetics, etc I have added in 2018, thanks to bulk purchase of ribbons and washi tapes. I am slowly working through them. My goal is to end the year with negative number, over 50 items would be great.
this is the smallest empties to date- but it is a short month and I have been watching a lot of movies in preparation of Oscar viewing.
I really did like this whey powder and would repurchase. I liked BBW meyer lemon hand soap and cinnamon spiced vanilla- it had a very good throw.
I am throwing out a earphone that is acting up along with some dried up pens. I like gel pens and tend to collect many- i am trying to pair down my collection.
this year, my goal is to have 500 empties and declutter (such as clothes, books, tools, etc) total, but more importantly, aim to have net negative items- this means that I have been keeping count of non-grocery items I bring home. as of end of February, my net is plus 65 items, and plus $178 year to date I spent more than I got rid of. obviously I have a long time to go....but will keep trying.
Hi there- Here are my empties through February 4. I was traveling much of January, so I do not have many items this month.
A few items for a short trip to Arizona -
And here are from my longer trip to Park City. Notable item I want in the full size is organic to green coco oil! smells like citrus, not sticky and a little goes a very long way. loved that. My boyfriend liked Jergens Uktra Healing moisturizer for his cracked hands.
And here are the items used at home! one item missing is my pen - uniball vision elite, which is one of my favorite rollerball. I lost it at Egyptian Theatre during Sundance Film Festival.
two candles had terrible throw (I like warm apple pie scent, but it had really bad burn with puny wicks). BBW Aromatherapy Energy is a staple at my household, and my second tube of Ulta double duty foundation in natural beige is another staple for me. Model co mascara did nothung, amd really disliked bounce cheese cream foe its stickiness.
I will keel this post short - wishing everyone a great February!
Happy new year! 2017 flew by me, and 2018 is already here. I was hoping to post this before the year end, but didn't have time to do so before I left for winter holiday. I will post this now, with a very quick description of notable items only.
Art/stationary related -
3 boxes of tea. Of these, I like Stash's lemon ginger the best, but they are all good.
4 jars of nutritional supplements - normal stuff I take. I am not brand conscious about these.
sfh pure whey protein - in tropical and churro. These were taken by my partner, and he said they tasted terrible. I guess I won't buying more of these.
3 perfume samples - all not my thing, so I will giving these away.
Pond's Evening Soothe wet cleansing towelettes - 30 towelettes, I paid about $3. These are good, not scratchy.
Garnier Whole Blends honey treasures conditioner - I liked these, affordable and does its job.
Laura Geller Spackle tinted under make-up primer was very nice, it's not silicony and moisturizing. I liked this and might purchase full size.
benefit They're Real mascara was also nice, I also like Roller Lash as well and have a back up of Roller Lash already.
Marc Jacobs black eyeliner crayon was very dark and soft and thick - not for me, and it dried up in the end. If you want a very defined eyeline maybe you might like this. but not for me.
ELF mineral eyeliner transferred to my eyelid, so I am getting rid of it.
Too Faced Melted likpstick in melted candy - really didn't like this color, too bright of a color for me - so I am getting rid of this as well.
The rest of the items are non-descript - not too good or bad, and won't repurchase.
That's it for me! I wish everyone a great new year, and I hope to focus on mostly art and running related items going forward, with some fun beauty and lifestyle items mixed in. Stay tuned!
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Hi there and happy holidays! I hope you are enjoying your winter.
Here in Oregon, it started to rain constantly and the days are getting shorter every day. It's perfect time to stay indoors and write in journals. Also, at this time of the year, people start to look for journals for the coming year - so I wanted to write about my current journal set up.
For a datebook, I use Muji's A6 Monthly / Weekly Notebook for at least four years, probably longer. I like it for its minimalist style, smooth paper (it says you can use fountain pens but I don't use fountain pens in this notebook), flat laying and reasonable pricing. It's 900 yen, which is approx. US $8 as of November 30, 2017. It used to be 800 or 850 yen a few years ago, so the price is slightly up... but still affordable, and it's very good quality. I really love this notebook.
I always either go to Japan or find someone to go there in the fall to obtain this book. Last year, I went there at the end of November, and couldn't find the dark gray I always buy - so I ended up with the red cover. They have a few other options too like craft paper color which was less attractive to me. This year I had a friend track it down for me (the one with yellow cover) in dark gray, so I am happy about that. This year for the first time, I saw this on Amazon - for $30, which is crazy, but still cheaper than going to Japan. I would pay $30 over having to look for another journal. I love it that much.
Muji has the same notebook in A5, which I also got a few in 2017 and used as my sketchbooks. I just LOVE the smooth paper and lay out. As a con, all the holidays are Japanese holidays, which isn't so great for other countries - Personally, I have used Japanese planner all my life, so I am used to it and have learned to ignore it.
I am very picky about datebooks. My criteria:
Here is the weekly layout. Everything is here, but nothing unnecessary. It's perfection for me.
The white pen on the journal is the only pen I write with in this journal - it's Uni Jetstream 0.5mm, and this is probably my third Jetstream. The ink is like a hybrid of rollerball and ballpoint pen - I am not a big fan of ballpoint with an exception for this pen. Jetpens.com has a comprehensive explanations of how this pen works.
While it writes like a rollerball or gel pen with dark, smooth ink, it dries quickly and waterproof once dry, which is very important for me as I do color code my entries with highlighters (shown in the photo above). I use 4 colors to highlight my entries depending on my activities - I use green for fun activities, yellow for obligations such as work meetings or doctors appointments, orange for time spent for art, and pink for physical exercises. At the end of the week, I can quickly look it over my weekly spread to see how balanced my life that week (for me). While I love gel pens, most pens smudge with highlighters. This pen doesn't. At 150 yen, I can't imagine how this technology can be produced and sold so inexpensively. I used to buy several when I go to Japan, but nowadays you can easily get these from Jetpens or Amazon. I use this pen only for this notebook and for nothing else, so it lasts a long time. I use 0.5mm, but Uniball makes other sizes, and I have 0.7mm as well, which somehow feels more like ballpoint rather than a gel pen - so I don't use it as often personally.
For the plans that are not finalized yet, I would use either pencil or Pilot Frixion (shown above, Frixion ball slim in 0.38mm in green I bought in Japan) - basically something I can erase later.
For this datebook, I use Uni Jetstream in black, pencil/erasable ink pen, and highlighters - that's it. I don't use anything else. I don't include any stickers, nor inserts, nor anything here - my datebook is very streamlined and meant to record my activities and future planning. I also write some lists on the right side of weekly spreads sometimes but never a lot. I use this everyday, and a bit OCD about it, like many Japanese people.
SHere is my current travel watercolor setup. I have Canson 4x6 watercolor pad, which I can use as a postcard when I am done - I am currently trying out plumchester 4mm, which is similar to the one I was using before this - Steadler Pigment Liner 0.5. Both are fine point pens with waterproof inks, which is important in watercolor so that the color doesn't get muddy. For the watercolor, I bought this business card sized case on Etsy and filled it with my tubes of watercolor from various brands. I use it with a water brush pen. This set up is compact and easy to transport - I love it. If the space allows, I also carry either 6 or 12 set watercolor pencils, either Staedtler or Caran d'Ache.
Now, when it comes to sketchbooks/journals, I am a complete opposite. Here is the space I write anything and everything, I use all sorts of materials, and affix all sorts of things inside - from plane tickets, business cards, receipts, Christmas cards, etc etc. This is an exact opposite of how I use the datebook. My datebooks are very streamlined. My sketchbook is completely free style. It's a place for me to make a mistake, and try different things. It's a place I practice. I do try to keep about the same size at A5 for future storage, but I fall in love easily with journals and always want to try different ones, as you see below..
Here is my current set up - I am using poppin gold journal in soft cover A5. It says "all is bright" on the cover, which I thought was perfect for the holiday season. I typically do not buy a lined journal, but I saw this at a yoga studio sale for only $1 - and I couldn't say no to the price tag and holiday spirit. It has worked out okay, but it's hard to draw over lines... so I am glad I only bought one.
I use all kind of pens in here. I really like gel pens in my sketchbook, because they write smoothly, I can see the ink level and they smudge easily - this may sound weird, but I personally use pens with light wash in my sketchbooks, so for the exactly opposite reasons from the fine tip pen for my watercolor, I use smudgable pens which is an assets to me, even though it can be annoying some other times. Other important point for me is if it bleeds or not - I hate bleeding, so any pens that bleeds won't get used. Other than that, i pretty much use anything here - currently I am using Uniball Vision Elite (it doesn't leak on the airplane so I take this when I travel) and Uniball micro rollerball pen. I also routinely use Pilot G-2, Zebra Sarasa, Uniball Signo. All these brands, along with Pentel, Sakura, Too, and Kuretake has been around for at least thirty years in Japan, and I would trust pens from any of these companies. I am from Japan, so I am very partial from Japanese pens. Also a big fan of Staedtler which makes my favorite drawing pencils.
For calligraphy I am currently using ZIG clean color, and sometimes I use Stabilo pens, both of which came in Artsnacks.com subscription box. I do have a HUGE collection of pens (in random estimate from someone who knows me well.. approximately 952 in my collection. UGH.), mainly black gel pens I draw with, and I am working on having less... so I am mainly working on using what I have at hand before they go bad. Yes, pens go bad - so use them!
I am not too crazy about embellishments and stickers and such, but I keep a lot of mementos inside, which will result in super fat books. I don't care for spiral bound sketchbooks or super fat sketchbooks, so I commit a sin.... I do tear pages out to accommodate additional items I am adding as needed. This is why I have not purchased certain journals with pre-printed pages because it will make it obvious that some pages are missing and that would bother my OCD (haha). I am fine doing this, but I know some people gasped here... At the end of the day, this is where you are expressing your creativity I feel - so do what you want, absolutely. If you want to keep all the pages, please do so.
so here is the year in review. I tend to prefer blank, or dotted pages over lined pages because I am an artist and like sketching.
I am now anticipating to use the current journal before the end of the year and have already ordered a couple of journals for 2018 (in addition to Muji datebook), despite having over 10 blank journals at hand. I am afraid I am a bit addicted... and I hope you are too.
If you are thinking about starting a journal for 2018 - my recommendation is just start. All you need is a blank notebook and a pen. This can be a college notebook and a ballpoint pen, all can be bought at Staples for $2. It really doesn't matter what you use as long as you love it. Fancy stationery doesn't matter. Just know what you love and stick with it. I have kept journals as long as I can remember and have always enjoyed it - I hope you do too!!
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