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Native Instruments

I have found myself watching KPop mash up videos lately where they use different mixing instruments to create one really neat song. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like if I tried to create those types of songs. It would probably just sound like a bunch of noise, but I do admire those who are interested in that. If you happen to be someone who is interested in different musical instruments, see MF for more information!

TLC VoxBox

Thanks to Influenster, I’ve had the opportunity to test out a few products that are new to me and a couple classics. All of the following products were provided by Influenster for free, but the thoughts are still my own.

Shell Fuel Rewards Network
This is something that seemed interesting at first glance, but upon further review probably won’t be something that I utilize ever. Nothing against Shell or the Fuel Rewards program, but there is only one Shell in my city and it’s completely out of my way to get to. The amount I would save in gas would be equal to the amount of gas it would take to get me to the Shell gas station in my city, so it’s just simply not worth it to me. However, it does appear to be a really great way to help cut back on fuel costs.

Gentleman and I were recently going over our budget and realized that with our minimal driving, we are still spending about $160 a month in gas for the car. It’s a bit less now that Monster is out of school, but that’s still a substantial amount! Every little bit of savings could help, were it more conveniently located. That said, if there are Shell gas stations near you, definitely check out this reward program. It could save you a ton!

Breyers Gelato Indulgences
This was included in the VoxBox but I have not had the opportunity to purchase it yet, as we have not made a shopping trip. However, I will (hopefully!) be able to review this soon. For the purposes of full disclosure, I was provided a coupon to purchase a Breyers Gelato Indulgences for free, which I intend to do tomorrow.

Puffs To Go
Oh man, I love Puffs. They are my favorite tissues. Gentleman and I went on a date last weekend to see “The Fault In Our Stars”. What a beautiful, tragic movie. I was so thankful to have Puffs To Go in my purse because I was crying halfway through the movie and couldn’t stop. I didn’t stop crying until we got home. I was glad nice and soft to wipe my tears away, so I wasn’t a gross, teary, snotty mess. Thanks, Puffs!

Neosporin Neo To Go
This is a product that I have, but I haven’t been able to try out. Neosporin is a nice classic product. Now that it’s in it’s new Neo To Go packaging, it makes it even more convenient. Unfortunately (or fortunately?), nobody in my family has had any scrapes or scratches lately. I have mixed feelings on whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

Ivory Bar Soap
Another classic product. I have so many Ivory soap bars and they are Monster’s favorite. They have a nice, gentle smell and they’re easy on the skin. He has dry, sensitive skin (just like his mother..) and he’s able to use Ivory soap without any issues. It’s nice to be able to rely on a brand for so many years.

Avon Anew Reversalist Express Wrinkle Smoother
Now this is an odd product for me. I’m only 28. I don’t have many wrinkles. At least, not that I notice! I have tried this out and it did help the little wrinkles that I do have around my eyes, but I feel like I’m not able to really test this product as much as I want to. I’m going to do a bit more research with my mother (sorry, Mom!) and get back with you guys.

All in all, another exciting and awesome VoxBox, courtesy of Influenster.

Starting a new business?

Gentleman and I were talking about what it might be like to start up a new business in our town. We thought about what type of business we might want to set up and what the steps might be. One thing that I hadn’t thought of is that if we were to own a business, we would be an employer. That means we would probably need some type of employer’s representation to help us handle legal matters. Let’s face it – neither of us are lawyers, so we would definitely need help in that aspect of things. I am always fascinated by the legal system and how different sections of it work. I’d love to learn more about business law. Perhaps in my free time, I’ll read up on some of it.

Moving is stressful

I have basically been coming home, moving stuff from one apartment to the other, unpacking, coordinating the sale of old items we no longer need or want, etc almost every day for the past like, two weeks. There’s always been something going on. This has left little-to-no downtime for me (and the rest of my family). We’re at a point where the move is (finally) almost over and we are all quite thankful for that. We have one more trip of a bunch of small stuff and cleaning supplies that we need to go grab tomorrow but then we will be done and turning in the keys to our old apartment and being done with it forever. I still can’t believe we moved into such a beautiful, wonderful apartment. I am thrilled beyond belief.

The Gym

Unfortunately, due to time constraints, Gentleman and I have stopped going to the gym. We have a fitness center at our apartment complex, which we’re hoping to utilize from time to time and we also have some work out/fitness type games. Unfortunately, we’ll never get a a bodywork diploma or any kind of achievement for working out all the time. But we are staying healthy by eating right and getting active when we can. And really, that was the goal of going to the gym in the first place.

Pianos

When I was younger, I received my first piano from my Aunt. It was a simple old small Casio keyboard from the late 80s or early 90s. I thought I was so cool. I would learn to play simple songs on it and I just simply adored it. Any time we were over at her house, my brother and I would go play with it. It was so much fun. I wish I still had one that Monster could play with. I think he’d absolutely love it.

Daylight Savings Time

Oof. I think that Daylight Savings messed up my entire household. It’s funny how just one hour can completely throw you off. Gentleman and I are both more tired than usual and feel like we’re getting less sleep, even though it’s the same amount of hours. Monster’s been in a better mood though, which is a nice change! He’s doing great with the change. I just wish I could adjust as easily as he has!

Cubase 5

Has anybody purchased the best cubase 5? It appears to be a program that assists with audio editing. The reviews I’ve read are pretty good so far. The only big complaint I see is that you have to use an e-license dongle to run the program, which wastes a port on your PC. However, if you have a PC with enough extra ports then that shouldn’t be a really big problem for you. I guess that would depend on what kind of computer you have, really!

Haboob!

It’s that time of year again. We’ve been having some pretty nasty dust storms lately, but tonight we got our first official haboob. Oh boy was it nasty outside. As I’ve mentioned numerous times, I have a dust allergy. In my brilliance this evening, I opened the front door to see what it looked like. That was a smart move. I got hit smack in the face with a big gross dust wind. Yuck. I just wish it’d rain!

Audio Power Rack

Has anybody purchased an audio power rack from musicians friend? What exactly would one of these be used for? I read that the cube is designed to be put on a desktop or carried around if needed. I guess my question is: what would the benefits of being able to carry this around be? I think that if I were more of a musician, I would have some of the answers to these questions. Unfortunately, I’m just not very familiar.