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7 Ways to Win a $50 eGift Card From Sephora! (Ends Monday)

7 Ways to Win a $50 eGift Card From Sephora! (Ends Monday)

Dude, I’m so hooked on Petaluma right now!



So. Last night. El Hub and I were trying to figure out what to do — stay in and catch up on Game of Thrones (a viable option), go grab a bite to eat, catch a movie — but neither one of us could make a decision (it was one of those nights).

From where we live here in Novato, we’re at the northern tip of our county near Highway 101, and the other towns around us, like Sausalito, Tiburon, San Rafael, Mill Valley and Fairfax, are south of us, all the way down to the Golden Gate Bridge, so that’s usually the direction we go. South.

But not last night. Last night we drove north, and it was like heading into a different land! There are lots of big farms and huge tracts of open space, with trees and horses and cows and those tall water towers teenagers are always climbing on TV shows like Friday Night Lights. It’s weird to me that we’ve lived here three years and have only been to Petaluma twice, and it’s right next door! Twice in the same week, LOL!

Anyway, people are weird. :)

We had another good time up there, though. Japanese food followed by ice cream cones at Baskin-Robbins, and then a quick tour of the Dick’s Sporting Goods store, which was actually kind of neat. I’ve never seen so many neon-colored kayaks, canoes, fishing poles and women’s athletic wear under one roof.

And that was about it for me. I hope you did something equally fun.

Now I’m just enjoying my coffee and trying to psych myself up for a good run. I’m going to attempt my first 5-mile run in a while… I’ve slacked a little on my cardio lately, and I’ve had to work my way back up, so wish me luck.

Have a great day and a fun weekend. Talk to you soon.

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  1. Kathleen Blackwell says:

    My current nail polish crush is Naughty by ORLY, it’s a vampy deep blood red color!

  2. Shaylee Anne says:

    I have to go with the nail polish question as well because I have recently fallen head over heels for Sally Hansen Mermaid’s Tale! <3

  3. Melissa says:

    I’ve never gone without electricity for more than a week, i wouldn’t be able to.

  4. Lisa Brown says:

    i have never been on a cruise

  5. Jennifer Pham says:

    The highlight of my week — when my brother called me from another state to tell me he got his first full time fashion designing job :) So proud of him!

  6. Agata says:

    It sounds like you had fun last night. I went for a walk with a group of my friends and we did some exercises on the fitness trail in the park, it was fun although my allergies have been extremely bad the last few days and my nose is dripping and I am all congested. My allergies have never been bad so it’s kinda new for me and really annoying and the meds haven’t kicked in yet…
    Agata recently posted … Polka (dot).

  7. So excited for Kelly’s MAC Collection to release!

  8. monica says:

    fave nail polish right now is occ pool boy

  9. Linda says:

    I’ve never been on the cruise; the idea is interesting (floating around on a boat that takes me from place to place), but there’s just been so much bad press about it.

  10. Julie says:

    I love standup paddle boarding! The first time I went was off of the Pacific coast of Mexico, and it was phenomenal. I also recently went kayaking in a bioluminescent bay in Puerto Rico, which may have been one of the most fun things I’ve ever done!
    Julie recently posted … Milani Brilliant Shine Lipgloss

  11. Regina Reed says:

    Current NP crush is Essie Tart Deco! Perfect for summer.

  12. Tiffanie says:

    Good luck for your run!

  13. Mi says:

    I like Lush face masks.

  14. Maria J. says:

    My Highlight of the Week was finally receiving the NuMe Curl Jam Set after waiting almost 8 Weeks for it.

  15. Alida says:

    Hello K & T!
    The good news is that my neighbors have a new kitten. It is almost as cute as Mr. T, he was named “Tywin” as the Game of Thrones’s Lannister character, and he is extremely friendly. Most of the time he come to “play” to my front yard, and with “play” I mean rub all of his lovely body in my front door, so I hear him and come out to rub his belly. He is such a great speaker too. I just love him! He loves to be outdoors so may be tomorrow we will take him with us to the beach (we need to ask permission to my neighbor first. Have a great weekend!

  16. becca m says:

    I had Japanese last night too! Sushi, maki, udon, yum!!!

  17. Olga says:

    I’m currently in love with Orly “Beach Cruiser” nail polish. It’s perfect for going to a beach!

  18. Edith says:

    Hah. I’m afraid kayaking or cruising might be a bit too adventurous for boring ole me. BUT, I’m going traveling the next few months, and I’m PUMPED!

  19. Katie says:

    I’m loving Formula X Unmistakeable

  20. Meghan says:

    I’ve been white water rafting before and it was a blast! I would totally do it again if I get the chance.

  21. Valerie says:

    Good luck on your run! I ran five this morning too. If I can do it, you can!

  22. Tonya says:

    I’m a new nurse and recently landed my dream job in labor and delivery. I’ve spent 36+ hours this week caring for my moms. It’s completely exhausting but rewarding! I was a stay at home mom for 14 years, so this is my 2nd career. The best thing I did all week? Took a mom to see her baby for the first time in the NICU, 2 days after giving birth. Totally awesome!

  23. Maddie says:

    I’ve been loving the nail polishes from sephora’s lips and tips set.

  24. Candace says:

    I could never go a week without electricity. Going a week without cable was torture enough lok

  25. Icequeen81 says:

    Nail polish metallic dark blue

  26. teresa koedyker says:

    I have never been a cruise but would love to.

  27. Chelsea B says:

    Love Essie Fiji for summer!

  28. Michelle says:

    I’ve been kayaking before when I was 14. I was getting blown out pretty far, so they had to have someone come and rescue me and my kayak lol

  29. michaela says:

    i tried stand up paddleboarding for the first time a few months ago in the caribbean and i loved it, but it’s difficult against a current

  30. Rachel says:

    I’ve been on two cruises, one to Bermuda and the other to the Caribbean. It was really fun

  31. Carolyn Barnett says:

    I love the polishes that have the sparkle in them.I like the painting that goes on the nails too!

  32. Terri says:

    I’ve been kayaking once. I wasn’t very good at it, but it was a lot of fun!

  33. Alicia says:

    The highlight of my week was my cat having kittens! =)

  34. Jennifer says:

    My favorite nail polish color right now is Essie’s Truth or Flare-a nice muted color for spring/summer!

  35. latanya says:

    no, I have not been on a cruise

  36. Colleen Boudreau says:

    I’m loving China Glaze ‘That’s shore bright’ polish.

  37. margarita says:

    Current nail polish crush: Essie Topless and Barefoot with OPI Teenage Dream on top :)

    • jen. says:

      Ooh, good idea! I’m obsessed with Topless and Barefoot. I don’t have Teenage Dream, but I bet I could use Butter London’s Rosie Lee and get a similar look.

  38. Olivia says:

    My current nail polish crush is all things mattified! I especially love putting a matte top coat over glitter.

  39. jen. says:

    I’ve been kayaking, but that’s it. My mom is OBSESSED with stand-up paddleboarding though. She’s always trying to get me to go, but she and her friends leave at like 4:30 am… and I live two hours away from them as it is. Plus, I have the feeling my klutzy self would fall in/ break a leg/ lose my paddle or something else equally embarrassing.

  40. Megan says:

    I have a shade of Hard Candy nail polish that’s a lovely turquoise. Sadly, I don’t know the name of the shade, but it’s my current summer fave.

  41. Rhoda K says:

    I’m loving my truth or flare Essie polish at the moment.

  42. Ashley says:

    I have never really had an interest in cruises! Most people think I’m crazy :)

  43. Bianca Rogoveanu says:

    Never been on a cruise, but i would love to !

  44. Supriya says:

    My baby is 10 months old next weekend…time is flying!!!

  45. anissa says:

    the highlight of my past week has been the addition of two new baby kittens – last weekend, my animal loving daughter rescued a kitten she found in the gutter, chased away a big dog that was nearby, and the next day she brought home another tiny kitten she found all by itself. so we have been dropper feeding them and took them to the vet for a checkup yesterday. a lot of work, but it’s keeping my daughter busy now that school is out. and they are SO teeny and adorable!
    (i’m a DOG person, but who doesn’t love baby kittens)

  46. Denay Haist says:

    I went 2 weeks without electricity! I really missed making coffee, listening to music and surprisingly… being able to vacuum!

  47. Charlotte says:

    My highlight this week was getting the nars cult favorites reward from sephora!

  48. Kim Pincombe Cole says:

    Currently crushing on Zoya nail polishes. Asking me my fave color would be like asking me which child is my favorite – I love them all!

  49. athena says:

    ahh fingers crossed i win! my mom would love this gift card as a gift!

  50. Abby says:

    I’ve never been on a cruise, but I’m hoping someday soon!! :)

  51. Laurinha says:

    I went to Tahiti – about 30 years back, on a 50′sail boat… It was fantastic!!!!

  52. Hollie H says:

    Current nail polish crush is Hard Candy’s Piece of Papaya. It’s so pretty. I can’t stop looking at my nails.

  53. Monica says:

    I’ve never been on a cruise, it scares me! … lol

  54. Danielle says:

    I am totally crushing on Color Club’s The Uptown. I MUST HAVE THIS.

  55. Darlene says:

    The last cruise I went on was like 12 years ago. It was a Disney family cruise. It was a lot of fun and a lot of Disney. When I have the time and money I would like to take a cruise again!

  56. Kylie says:

    We are very, very lucky in that our house seems to be connected to some very important grid, as we have never lost power for more than a few hours. Even during Hurricane Sandy when people a quarter mile away from us went without for 10+ days, we were only out from about 11 p.m.-2 a.m. the first night.

  57. Ms. Elise says:

    Yes, I’ve been on a cruise; I love cruises so much, I just wish I had an opportunity to go on them more. Maybe now that I’ve got a grown-up, big girl job, I can finally afford one again.

  58. I am really loving the bright and colorful cateyed winged liner I have been seeing everywhere! What bright liners does everyone love? Are Stila’s bright liners as good as they look?

  59. Chris says:

    OPI – Black Cherry Chutney!!!

  60. Meg says:

    My current nail polish love is a bright grass green that my husband helped my kids pick out at Sephora as a part of my Mother’s Day gift. It’s perfect.

  61. Nora says:

    I love makeup!!!

  62. Alexa says:

    I have been on one cruise! And I loved it!

  63. Joanna says:

    I have no nail polish crush at the moment because I am rocking my natural nail with just clear varnish.

  64. Denise M says:

    5 mile run? Youre a champ! But then Im not a very good runner no matter how much cardio I do! Haha. My favorite cardio exercise is spin!

  65. Sarah B. says:

    My current nail polish crush is Butter London “Kerfuffle”. It’s a great ring pink and how great is the name?

  66. Whitney says:

    Naked nails for now

  67. Deborah says:

    Really wanna try the Formula X nail polish in Exclamation! :D

  68. Stephanie says:

    I have been on many cruises, we have one planned for October. I can’t wait!

    I live in Petaluma so I’m happy to see you like it. One of the things I love about it is the restaurants. We have very few chain restaurants, it’s mostly cute family run places. Next time you’re downtown check out Bovine Bakery on Kentucky and Brixx Pizza. Bovine makes the most amazing bear claws. If you like ice cream check out Lala’s on Petaluma Blvd.

  69. Tysha Hill says:

    I’m super excited for the Kelly Osborne Mac collection too! The colors look like they are going to be exactly what Ive been searching for. It helps that my coloring is almost exactly like hers.

  70. Bhevarri says:

    Current nail polish crush: OMG NAIL FOILS!!

  71. Carla says:

    I would love to go on a cruise actually, it’s on my bucket list! :)

  72. Joey says:

    Zoya Bevin has been my nail crush lately. I know it’s not new, but it’s new to me and I love it! Soooo pretty!

  73. Amber says:

    I love to surf, so I’m loving the warmer weather and am hoping to plan a trip to Hawaii later this year. Right now I’m just gearing up for California :)

  74. Camille says:

    ooooh, i’d love to go back home and explore everywhere! :) glad you had a new adventure.

    just being a semi-homebody with The Man. finished up at the gym. i’d like to do more running, but the indoor track is whack. (8 laps = 1 mile). it was too hot to run on the outdoor track, which i prefer. *sigh* at least i did something.

    hope you had a good run! 5 miles is no joke. power to you! :D

  75. Meg says:

    Current nail polish crush is Maybelline Color Show’s Punk Rock Pink. It’s so pretty for spring/summer by itself or I’ve also been loving it over nude polishes!
    Meg recently posted … Influenster Spring Fling VoxBox

  76. Katy says:

    I think in 2008 when Hurricane Ike brought strong winds through the midwest, my house was without power for at least 4 days. I don’t know if it was an entire week though. I enjoyed it SO much. The whole house was so quiet, and at night, it was so much darker than normal (I grew up in suburbia). The only problem was the refrigerators and avoiding food waste.

  77. Susan T. says:

    I live in a National Park in the Rockies so I grew up canoeing! I’ve never been brave enough to kayak though even though many of my friends do it!

  78. I went without electricity for 4 hours and I thought I was going to implode. I missed everything electricity allows me (music, phone, television, even enough light to read by!)

  79. chiara says:

    My current crush is Essie Cute as a Button….and it was my obsession last summer too! I swear it’s the perfect manicure and pedicure color for the summer!

  80. Missy M says:

    We love cruising

  81. Yes, when I was a kid I went kayaking with my dad on the river near our house, was fun! Until I got trapped behind a fallen tree branch one time… nearly tipped over and got a major scare :-)
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  82. Ada says:

    OMG! Those Dolce&Gabbana lippies look absolutely stunning!

  83. Georgie says:

    I’m supposed to be revising for exams at the moment, but I keep getting distracted because I’m beginning an internship in Germany in less than a month! It’s only until the end of January but I could not be more excited. I’d use a Sephora voucher to buy an office appropriate Bite Beauty lipstick and a taupe eyeliner.

  84. Carolyn N. says:

    I’m loving the Revlon Wintermint nail polish!

  85. Ashley Celikay says:

    I am currently obsessed with Funky Fingers Nail Polish!

  86. Serina says:

    Heyy girl! What do you think of yves rocher fragrances / perfumes?? They’re a lot cheaper than regular perfumes so that’s a plus!

  87. Daraya says:

    I have done all three – kayaking, canoeing, and stand-up paddle boarding! I have to say that I love stand-up paddle boarding (or sitting-down paddle boarding) the best out of the three! :)

  88. Debbie Clauer says:

    I went tubing for the first time last summer in a nearby river. It was a super good time!

  89. Lynn says:

    I really like covergirl mint and opi caught with my khakis down, both green!

  90. Kristy says:

    I love that a sporting goods store was a part of your date night with your husband.

  91. Stephanie says:

    Fave nail polish atm is Pond by OCC. I also accidentally Suspiria but i’m digging it so I guess I’ll keep it ;P

  92. Andrea Amy says:

    i have never been on a cruise. not something i would ever do. i have a crazy fear of large bodies of water and I can’t swim so no way.

  93. Amy Kitts says:

    I actually just got back from kayaking with my husband at Noris Lake (East Tennessee). It was so beautiful and peaceful there today!!

  94. stacey says:

    The highlight of my week has been getting to spend time with my grandfather. He is in the hospital after a stroke, and seeing him open his eyes and squeeze my hand was a wonderful moment.

  95. Christy Peeples DuBois says:

    Oh yes I’ve been on a cruise and I love love loved it more than any other vacation I’ve ever been on. It was beyond wonderful.

  96. Alice says:

    Thanks for hosting these giveaways! Right now I’m into the natural look but with red lips :)

  97. Cristi H. says:

    My major nail polish crush right now is Tom Ford’s African Violet. I could just drown in it!

  98. dawn says:

    A black jelly with fine red glitter. Too lazy to look at the bottle for name and brand! >.<

  99. christina says:

    I love that you write a bit about little day trips to do in the Bay Area. I want to go to Petaluma soon! (We live in San Bruno)

  100. Jennifer says:

    Nail crush? “Forever Yummy” by essie!

  101. Jessica says:

    The best part of my week was I seen x-men days of future past last night.

  102. Kristen says:

    I’m liking Essie’s mint candy apple

  103. Jessie C. says:

    I have never been on a cruise.

  104. Christina P says:

    We have one more week of school then it’s vacation time!

  105. Shana says:

    Current nail polish crush: Sephora by OPI “Mermaid To Order”. Perfectly matches MAC’s Alluring Aquatics collection!

  106. Erlinda says:

    Started gardening a few days back – very relaxing!

  107. Andi says:

    My favorite polish is opi thrill of brazil. It’s the perfect red ;)

  108. nlm8 says:

    Canoeing is fun! Very soothing activity. Plus I am not crazy about oceans so lakes are a good alternative ;-)

  109. Celia says:

    Never gone without electricity for a week, but this last winter (after a mix up by the electric company) my dog and I were without power for a day and a half- it was super irritating but we DID reenact part of Never Ending Story (by which I mean I made him hide under a blanket with me with a huge study book open in front of us and some fake candles for light).

  110. Janelle M says:

    Everytime I see your cat, I start to think about my cat and have to go pet him. His name is Hamilton and we’re thinking of adopting a kitty brother for him. (^x^)

  111. Lorelei says:

    China glaze -peachy keen- loving it!

  112. Clemence says:

    I’ve never been on a cruise before!

  113. Lorelei says:

    China glaze’s Peachy Keen. Loving it this summer

  114. tina says:

    my fave highlight of the week was seeing Katy Perry live :D

  115. Evangalia Kanaraki says:

    I love the “kermit me to speak” Opi nail polish!!!

  116. sienna says:

    My forever nail crush is chanel taboo.

  117. Mallory B says:

    I’ve only been kayaking once, last year, but I was so thrilled with it! We live in an area with lots of rivers/lakes/dams so my husband and I really want to get our own set of kayaks so we can go more often.

  118. Ellen says:

    Biggest party – Dispatch concert in Boston, ~2004

  119. Catherine Crain says:

    i’ve been on a cruise before but just send me to a fancy spa any day!

  120. Bunny says:

    Having the power out for 57 hours in December due to ice storm was bad enough… I spared my fridge the horror and emptied it after 36 hours the took anything that was still mostly frozen to my Grandmother’s house and cooked it.

  121. Erika C. says:

    I cannot wait for summer…time to start shopping for cute bathing suits.

  122. Ana says:

    The highlight of my week was my 27th birthday on May 27!

  123. Lindsey says:

    I can totally relate to your experience in Petaluma, Karen! I live in rainy Seattle and recently took a trip to Eastern Washington for the first time, where the environment is very flat and arid. There were miles of farmland in every direction! It felt like a different world in the same state.

  124. Kay Barrett says:

    Yes. I have gone without electricity a few times. I’ve been through a few hurricanes, with the most recent being last year. Most of the times we’ve lost pose, sometimes for a few days and sometimes a week or two.

  125. Nicole says:

    I’ve never been on a cruise.

  126. Hanusia says:

    I love your blog- and your cat!

  127. Rachel says:

    i was sick earlier this week, but better now. have a good weekend everyone!

  128. LC says:

    I love Essie’s Van D Go!

  129. MsAnne says:

    I need to read.

  130. Lori P says:

    I am currently Formula X by Sephora in “Push the Limits” which is a pretty close dupe to OPI’s “Cajun Shrimp”

  131. Kelly D says:

    I went on cruise with my husband a year or two after we married and we enjoyed it.

  132. Sharon Bruzzi says:

    I love the cat stuff on your blog :)

  133. Justine says:

    I’ve been kayaking and canoeing but I haven’t tried stand-up paddle boarding yet.

  134. Stephanie G says:

    I’ve never been on a cruise, but I’ve always wanted to go on one!

  135. Mardi says:

    I can’t answer any of your questions but I can tell you that my dog has been sick this week. We don’t know what’s wrong with her but the vet has done blood tests so we might find out tomorrow. Hope it’s not serious! She has been lethargic and weak and won’t eat (except really smell dog food eewwww) or drink. She is five years old and perfectly healthy up until now. Poor Dahlia! Hope she feels better soon!

  136. Michaela says:

    The biggest party/concert I’ve been to would be the San Diego Street Scene concerts that they used to put out in the late 90′s. The set up was awesome-there were cool popular acts in addition to international stars that maybe a typical American concert goer would not be familiar with as well as Rock n’ espanol bands that were popular (because we are near the Mexican border we have stations in Spanish). It was awesome because you can float from one stage to another. When I think back at it, I don’t know how the concert promoters were able to separate the acts so they can all be heard. Exciting times…

  137. Tania G says:

    Love going on a cruise, they are so much fun.

  138. Colleen says:

    I’ve driven through Petaluma many times (I drive from SoCal to Eureka more than once a year) but have only stopped once and it was only to camp. I’ll have to make plans to make a detour there on my next trip. Your pictures of it look lovely.

  139. Maria says:

    I’ve never been out of electricity for more than a day. I don’t know if I would make it a week. I will definitely not make it through the zombie apocalypse!

  140. Cassidey says:

    I went kayaking on my honeymoon in Hawaii–it was a lot harder than it looked! :)

  141. kelliegonzo says:

    My current nail polish crush is Essie Play Date, perfect for summer!
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  142. Anibal says:

    The highlight of my week was getting the new Urban Decay Electric palette!

  143. Dianna Thomas says:

    I went on one cruises to Alaska, aboard the Princess line– Oh My Gosh — they certainly know how to take care of a person– and it was the best thing I have ever done for myself.

  144. Jenn E says:

    I have never been on a cruise!

  145. Lynda says:

    i like kayaking while sitting

  146. Monica says:

    Orly – snow cone is my current nail polish fav

  147. Kellyn says:

    I’ve been on a cruise to the Caribbean! I enjoyed it, although the weather was not the greatest. :)

  148. Fran Sperl says:

    I’ve never been kayaking, but I really want to try it!! Seems like it would be a killer upper body workout :-). There are some groupons for kayaking lessons and tours in our area. Hoping to purchase one soon!

  149. Roseli says:

    So, this yeatr in my family vacay we went to Florianopolis,Brazil and at the beach there was a sandboard station and of course my family wanted to go there, it was crazy in one minute I was already going down in the sand haha, I have such good memories of this day and my bunburns.

  150. Jillian says:

    Never been on a cruise :/

  151. Amy says:

    I’ve never been on a cruise, but would like to go someday.

  152. Lauren says:

    I loooove kayaking! I haven’t been in forever since I’m up at college, but it’s a ton of fun/

  153. Saima says:

    Yes, I’ve kayak at the bay, Redwood City, however want to do more within the bay, so fun and totally worth it.

  154. Midaa H. says:

    My current nail polish crush is Nicole by O.P.I nail polish in Promises In The Dark.

  155. Stephanie says:

    Loving all the bright nail polish colors for the summer. Still trying to get my nerve up to try the lime green and neon pink.

  156. Miki says:

    I hauled some new lippies this weekend that I’m super pumped to try out!
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  157. Berry says:

    Current nail polish crush is Deborah Lippman’s Daytripper. I’ve been gravitating toward oranges and corals for a few weeks now.

  158. Efrain says:

    Well, today I went to the mall but couldn’t get MAC’s brow gel since it was sold out bot I get a Bourjois’ powder so I’m happy (and broke).
    Efrain recently posted … Mi opinión: Face form de Sleek en Medium

  159. Annaham says:

    The highlight of my week has definitely been this weekend, lol.

  160. Arely Lopez says:

    The highlight of this week was when my husband jumped out of the car to open the door to an elderly person. I Love him <3

  161. Niki T. says:

    My current nail polish crush is Starrily “Clowns Are Our Friends”!

  162. Leslie Kiley says:

    I love cruises! I have been on several. I in the Hawaiian Islands, and 2 in the Caribbean! I am ready for more!

  163. Megan says:

    Current nail polish I’m loving is Alive by Formula X. Such a pretty peach color!

  164. Corey says:

    Current nail polish crush: Dior Vernis Gel Shine and Long Wear Nail Lacquer in Incognito 257. I’ve only seen pictures of it but it looks like a really unique pinky nude and I gotta have it!

  165. Layna Sweeney says:

    I’m having a blast teaching my 14 yr old daughter how to put on her makeup, but she’s started off doing well on her own after watching me in the mirror for years. It’s also so much fun teaching her about what product to put in her hair to get certain looks. I’m personaly hooked on the Garnier line of hair products. They work well. The hairspray isn’t sticky, the shampoo & conditioner works wonders, but my favorite product is the Sleek & Shine serum.

  166. Laura Case says:

    I just tried out the new makeup forever pigment palette, wow. So much fun!

  167. Jess says:

    Just ate a cinnamon escargot!

  168. mrsshukra says:

    Catching up on my recorded shows!

  169. Taylor j says:

    Lately I’ve been really in to champagne colored nail polishes!

  170. Mican says:

    I have gone without electricity for several days after a hurricane. It wasn’t fun. We learned from that experience and bought a generator so we never had to do that again:)

  171. Anna says:

    My current Nail Polish Crush is Deborah Lippman’s What Ever Lola Wants, it is the perfect fun summer polish for my toes.

  172. MelodyJ says:

    I currently love Orly Passion Fruit Nail Polish. Yes, I’ve gone a week without power after a hurricane about ten years ago. It’s pitful people can’t go a day without power. A day is no big deal! It’s wonderfully peaceful.

  173. sarah thompson says:

    I enter every week for this Sephora gift card so hopefully this will be my lucky chance! Thx.

  174. Katia Audrey says:

    I’ve never been on a cruise, but I’d love to!

  175. Maren says:

    Canoeing, yes! Fun! Cruising, no… I always hear about people getting sick on them.
    Maren recently posted … MOSTLY THEY ARE A HUMAN

  176. David Evans says:

    I have gone w/o electricity after hurricanes Isaac and Katrina

  177. Kimberley Dinh says:

    Yes I have been kayaking! It’s one of my favourite activities. For our silver duke of Edinburgh expedition my group kayaked for 2 days and hiked for 1. At the beginning of the third day everyone whined that we should have kayaked for all 3 :)

  178. Hollie says:

    Hello Ms Karen,

    I know this is totally random but I just have to ask. Can you recommend a drugstore foundation that has light coverage which is safe for everyday use… I was hoping something similar to Nars Sheer Glow if that even exist. hehe

  179. Jessica says:

    I went to a music festival a few years ago and it was crazy, but fun! There’s nothing like tens of thousands of people singing along to the same song.

  180. Ashley Tucker says:

    I’ve gone on 2 cruises, one to Cozumel the other was to the Bahamas.

  181. Ashwini says:

    Currently crushing on Maybelline Color Show Glitter Mania!!

  182. Rene Groyer says:

    Never wear nail polish but I reckon I should give it a go soon.Happy Sunday everyone :)

  183. Lucy Nguyen says:

    I have never been on a cruise

  184. Christie says:

    Hi Karen! i’m going on a school camping trip in two weeks…already worrying about what makeup to bring ;) the most adventurous trips i’ve ever participated was cruising and hiking! I went cruising around the Mexico, Haiti and another trip around Eastern Europe. love love loved it so much, got to meet new friends too. :)

  185. Krista says:

    OPI’s Goldeneye has my heart, so glitzy.

  186. Liz says:

    I’ve been stocking up on Revlon Colorsty nail polish, since it’s being discontinued.

  187. LIZ says:

    I have never been on a cruise.

  188. Abbey says:

    You know what I did this weekend that was fun? I painted my nails bright pink and got to try out my fruit themed stamp plate by using the watermelon pattern! So now my nails have a ton of little watermelon slices all over! :)

  189. Bons says:

    I’ve never gone on a trip before, but would love to.

  190. Grace says:

    I’ve been without power for 1 straight week, this was during the winter too when it was in the minuses.. severe ice storms broke down all the power lines in my neighbourhood. It was quite sad, and err smelly lol, just huddling around candlelight! makes you realize how far technology has come though, thanks for contest!

  191. Kelly says:

    I have gone without electricity many times. I use to live in a hurricane prone area and we would get hit once every few years.

  192. my current nail polish crush is Avon Bare Necessity, but it’s been discontinued!

  193. Shea says:

    While I don’t have a specific color that I’m crushing on, I’ve fallen in love with the matte look. Especially over a white or light color.

  194. Alix says:

    I need a new YSL Glossy Stain! (Fuchsia Tomboy, to be exact.)

  195. Loris Ayoub says:

    I have never being on a cruise

  196. Josee says:

    Current nail polish crush? It is Josie by Zoya. A super green looks like my name on it :-)

  197. Bridget Heiple Reich says:

    I have never been on a cruise, but I would love to!! :)

  198. Tracy says:

    I just found your Youtube channel! I loved the Fab 5 videos, super helpful when looking for new brands to try. You should do more of those :)

  199. Krystle Thomas says:

    I have never been on a cruise but I almost booked one this year!

  200. Ann says:

    Today I will be heading over to my daughter’s again to finish up planting! Weather is already gorgeous.

  201. hannah says:

    My current nail polish crush is Essie Grenadine! I don’t love Essie’s formulas but the color is just so pretty.

  202. deb cohen says:

    awesome chance need colors for summer !

  203. Belle says:

    I am glad i made someone so dear to me happy today :)

  204. Barbara B says:

    Have never been on a cruise but would love to go. Mostly for the food LOL!

  205. Colleen says:

    I have never been on a cruise but I would love to go on one one day.

  206. shehla says:

    i like ur u tube channel. Post videos often. thanks

  207. AmyBS says:

    I never have nail polish crushes! I love makeup and skincare but for some reason, nail polish just doesn’t do it for me.

  208. Jasmine P says:

    I really want to go to the Harry Potter world at Universal Studios! So cool!

  209. Carmen says:

    I’ve tried to write this comment three times and I haven’t been able to write anything interesting at all! I didn’t sleep this weekend so it may be my biggest party. I never win anything so I hope I win this time!

  210. Tracy says:

    Have you ever gone without electricity for more than a week?
    Yes, Northeast blackout of 2003. Most awful experience. Humidity that could melt your face off and no computers or TV to pass the time. You don’t realize how much “noise” electronics make until there is dead silence. Very eerie.

  211. Melody says:

    I just moved to Houston and I’m trying to figure out how to wear a face of makeup and non frizzy hair in this humidity! O.o

  212. Angela H. says:

    My current nail polish crush? All of them!!!! Bwahahaha *rubs hands together with an evil grin* I have started dabbling in nail art. Recently I have done a galaxy look, gradient with powdered glitter and then top coat with glitter, and my favorite is on my nails now, it’s a watercolor look with lime green, royal blue, and purple on a baby blue base with a green/blue/limeish gold glitter top coat. It reminds me of under the sea as the sun shines through sparkling off all of the particles. So pretty!!!! I wish I could post a picture.

  213. Nataya says:

    I am looking for a certain kind of coral nail polish. haven’t found the right one yet. Good luck and have fun weekend too!

  214. Mandy says:

    The highlight of my week has been an offer on my house!

  215. Julie B. says:

    We have two kayaks, for my husband and myself. We live right by a lake so it’s convenient.

  216. Jennifer M-K says:

    Have you ever been kayaking, canoeing or stand-up paddle boarding? – I’ve been kayaking twice…once in Canada and once in Puerto Rico. The one in Canada the water was as cold as ice so I’m glad no one fell in or they probably would’ve needed treatment for hypothermia. The one in Puerto Rico was quite a challenge…the water wasn’t cold but we were kayaking at night down this windy creek/river dodging trees and extremely low lying branches and other obstacles to get to the Bioluminescent Bay. The bay itself was calm and easy to navigate (and beautiful) but getting to and from it was hard…especially the trip back against the current in the pitch black with that winding path and the current continuously fighting us and trying to suck us into the trees and marsh that may have led to a cliff for all I know. Once was enough for me with that one…at least until I have significantly more upper body strength because man was that a workout!

  217. Andrea says:

    I’m hungry and tyring to figure out where to go!

  218. Jessie says:

    My current favorite nail polish is Essie’s ‘Using my maiden name.’ Love it! I think it came out in last years bridal collection.

  219. Jennifer M-K says:

    Have you ever been kayaking, canoeing or stand-up paddle boarding? – I’ve been kayaking twice…once on Canada and once in Puerto Rico to get to and from the Bioluminescent bay. I would recommend the later if you have decent upper body strength, are not claustrophobic, and aren’t afraid of the dark since the tour goes against the current half of the time, the majority of the trip is down a narrow+winding creek with lowlying branches and other hazards to navigate, and happens after dark so you can see the water glow.

  220. Danielle says:

    The highlight of my week has been any chance I have gotten to read.

  221. Molly says:

    Highlight of week:
    Made 2 deadlines.
    *sigh of relief*

  222. Cindy says:

    Current nail polish crush – Illamasqua Regal!!

  223. Lindsey M says:

    Black nail polish will always be my nail polish crush ;)

  224. Joy says:

    I prefer canoeing to kayaking, it feels slightly safer anyway!

  225. Amy says:

    Highlight of my week was s’mores and fire with family!

  226. brittany says:

    im ready to win it’s been ages!

  227. roz says:

    I’m really loving all the L’oreal nail colors right now

  228. Chrissy says:

    I live in Connecticut, and we were hit with two major storms. The first storm, we were without power for 5 days. I thought that was a disaster. It was a hurricane, my basement flooded and it was just a hot mess. But, the worst was yet to come – not but a few months later in winter we were hit with a major snow/blizzard/ice storm and we (along with the entire state) were without power for 11 days. Yes, 11 days! It was freezing, horrid and I never want that to happen again! No shower or anything for a LONG time! ugggg! But, I washed up and still put lip gloss on every day – also, dry shampoo was a lifesaver!

  229. Amoure says:

    The highlight of my week happened Saturday. I attended a Praise in the Park celebration with one of the churches I attend. The weather was nice and I really enjoyed gathering with friends and family.

  230. Emily says:

    I love kayaking but don’t get to do it very often.

  231. Seyran says:

    My current nail Polish is minty green by essence. For $2.75 I am pleasantly surprised!

  232. Kate says:

    Finding out we are having a baby boy!

  233. Andrea says:

    I’ve never been kayaking or anything, but I’ll be going on a raft float trip for the first time over 4th of July weekend!

  234. Siobhan says:

    I’ve never been on a cruise, but I spend my summers sailing on my parents boat.

  235. I’ve been kayaking a couple of times. While I enjoy it, I am not a huge water person, so I still get a little freaked out on the water.
    Lisa @ Lisa Living Well recently posted … Grain-free chocolate chip and banana muffins

  236. Amy says:

    I’m currently wearing Essie Lollipop on my fingers and toes. It’s a beautiful colour, which makes me baffled as to why someone would return this (which is how my cousin got this for me in the first place).

  237. Christine says:

    I have a huge nail crush on everything Scofflaw Nail Varnish releases. It’s the perfect balance of unique color combinations, glitters, and fantastic nail formula.
    Christine recently posted … Throwback – San Diego Chargers

  238. samantha says:

    I recently got a nude Revlon nail polish score from Big lots.. love it!

  239. patricia says:

    Obsessed with Dior Incognito nail polish! :)

  240. Priscilla S. says:

    I am loving Zoya’s new summer collections.

  241. susan says:

    I has been on an Alaskan cruise and loved it! I can’t wait to try another destination.

  242. amy rouse says:

    I just finished planting my garden! So happy it’s done

  243. Sam says:

    The biggest party I’ve ever been to was an emmy after party thrown by HBO in Beverly Hills. There were acrobats, fire throwers, harp players, beauty salon, Wolfgang Puck buffet, Godiva desert bar and a Moët champagne bar. The best part was the people watching! Tons of random celebrities (Sigourney Weaver, was my favorite spotting) but at each round table was the complete cast of almost every show a that time. Sex and the city, true blood, big love, dexter, that seasons dancing with stars…etc. etc. An awesome night!

  244. Kait says:

    Ever been on a cruise? Nope, and I would be happy if I never do! lol.

  245. I have never been to cruise.. wish I would go some day!! :D
    Poo@beautyandmakeupmatters recently posted … 10 Benefits of Vitamin E Capsules for Skin and Hair

  246. Laura says:

    I’m wearing Butter London’s Shambolic on my toes right now, it’s a great polish with a lot of pizzazz in the sunshine.

  247. Jennifer says:

    The biggest party I’ve been to was a college party, as I only graduated last year! It was a bunch of a cappella kids, though, so it was… rowdy, to say the least.

  248. Madeline Richmond says:

    I just moved to MA and there is a Sephora about ten miles from me now. :) yay!

  249. Sarah says:

    The highlight of my week was finishing my first year of university! :D

  250. Kate G says:

    I actually do have a new favourite nailpolish, they are from L’Oreal’s textured Gold Dust line. I have reviewed a couple of them recently on my blog, and still have it on days later, which is NOT like me at all! Here’s one http://katezillablog.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/loreal-rough-around-the-edges-notd-swatch-review/

  251. MK says:

    I love Sally Hansen’s Lacey Lilac!

  252. Michele says:

    The biggest (& best) party I ever went to was my own wedding. It was great to make memories with family and friends!

  253. Natalie Brown says:

    Hi! I have been canoeing. Many times. I spent my middle school and high school years living in Northern Wisconsin and my uncle owned a canoe rental for the river that ran through our town. You could take anywhere from 3-day trips with camping to 1 1/2 hour trips. It was always super fun!! Hoping you have another fabulous week!! Thank-you

  254. leyla says:

    I went kayaking once and didn’t like it that much, although the view is quite cool from the water

  255. Catey says:

    Today I helped a friend move a couch across the city to his apartment! Something to cross off my bucket list!

  256. Tania Tugnait says:

    My favourite nail polish is Essie – Aruba Blue

  257. Vanessa F says:

    I love kayaking! Someday I would to stand up paddle board.

  258. Jocelyn says:

    I haven’t been without electricity for a whole week, but I came close a couple of years ago. There were so many trees down after a huge storm that it took 5-6 days for my neighborhood’s wires to all be repaired.

  259. tiffany says:

    Went to muay thai then ran a 5K today! I feel unstoppable!

  260. Rebekah says:

    Hi, Karen! I’m new to your blog and I’m loving it, so thanks for what you do. :) My latest nail polish crush is OPI’s Party In My Cabana. It’s from the Miami collection, I believe, so this color is from a few years ago.

    I rediscovered this rich pink color as I was shopping my polish stash a few weeks back, and I’ve been reaching for it ever since. This polish has a nice formula that looks great with just one coat, plus it comes with that nice, wide OPI brush that delivers such amazing results.

    If you can get your hands on this color you might love it too!

  261. Isabel V says:

    The highlight of my week was helping my best friend make bangers and mash for a family dinner party at her house! One of her sisters made 4 boxes of mac ‘n’ cheese, and I brought homemade oatmeal coconut chocolate chip cookies. Needless to say, we all ate way too much. We then spent the rest of the evening watching TV, telling stories, and laughing our butts off.

  262. Liz says:

    I’ve been on a cruise before, but after 21 years in the Navy I am totally over it.

  263. Len says:

    The highlight of my week was getting to see my 3 month old niece. :)

  264. Candice C says:

    My current nail polish crush is KBShimmer! It’s an indie brand that is simply divine.

  265. AmyD says:

    Rediscovering my love of Shiseido Lacquer Rouges!

  266. Kathy says:

    Always willing to comment on my latest nail polish crush. . . . That would be an Indie brand called Initial Lacquers which I bought on Etsy. She makes lovely pastels with matte glitter and offers the small sample size bottles. Check out her “lucky me”, “First day of Winter” and “Last Day of Winter”. Up until a couple years ago, I wore nothing but pale pink, now I am up to my cuticles in glitter and Nail Stamping plates.

  267. Clara says:

    Had a much needed pedicure on Saturday…thank god!

  268. I’ve never been kayaking… but I have been on a canoe and this girl once knocked our canoe over because she was upset that it wasn’t moving fast enough. People are strange. haha.
    Stephanie Burge recently posted … May ’14 Favorites | Woohooo Let’s do this

  269. Marije says:

    Hi Karen! I love your blog. Greetings from spain!

  270. Trude says:

    I’m currently loving SpaRitual’s polish in Uncharted. It’s a bright fuchsia/hot pink with a bit of shimmer. So pretty! And I love that the bottles have the rubber grip (the company was founded by the daughter of the guy who created Orly so she has access to the patent). :)

  271. Emily says:

    I have never been on a cruise… not sure if I ever will go on one.

  272. Cocofiere says:

    I just discovered (and of course bought)the new LE L’Oreal Miss Denim collection of textured polishes and am looking forward to trying them out…..as soon as I figure out how to stop my nails from splitting and looking like nubs. LOL

  273. Katie says:

    Never been on a cruise

  274. Mahdi Martin says:

    Yes I have gone without electricity for TWO weeks. It was only supposed to be one week, but we got lost in the vastness of Big Bend for an extra week. It was horrible, and that’s an understatement!

  275. Alyssa Lee says:

    Highlight of my week was going to Santa Cruz boardwalk and meeting some fellow NYers!

  276. Melinda L. says:

    I have been on 2 cruises and highlight of the week was biking 35km after not having ridden in 5 years

  277. Jennifer says:

    I have been canoeing but it was a LONG time ago.

  278. Katie S says:

    I did a lot of canoing and kayaking growing up but haven`t yet tried paddleboarding. From what I`ve heard, it`s a workout!

  279. lara says:

    i have been kayaking once – in puerto rico to see the bioluminescent algae – it was 100 degrees, midnight and 200 percent humidity. worst night ever!

  280. PinkandSparkles says:

    I wish i could win this once!!

  281. Andrea Darst says:

    Last week was rough being the first week back at work after being in Mexico on vacay for a week!

  282. Aarthi says:

    Living in Florida, the power goes out quite a bit. One summer, we went two weeks without power!

  283. Lindsey Brazelton says:

    I just recieved my June Maven box from Julep, and I love all of the colors that were sent to me this month!

  284. Sara says:

    I just bought a la mode eyes. It was the last one so I took it as a sign!! $

  285. Rachel says:

    I’ve never been on a cruise.

  286. Malaika says:

    I’ve never been on a cruise but I’d love to go on one soon. It seems like such a great getaway.

  287. Sylvia says:

    My dog has taken over my couch. I’m now relegated to the chair.

  288. Samantha says:

    I went on a cruise to Alaska when I was younger and it was AWESOME!

  289. Sherry says:

    Current favorite nail polish is OPI Amazon Amazoff.

  290. Emily C says:

    My weekly highlight was the warm weather

  291. Ruth says:

    I have been on 2 cruises. Once with my sisters and had a great time and once with an ex where we quickly realized we weren’t suited to each other lol

  292. laura says:

    i’ve got sally hanse’s min sorbet on my nails right now.

  293. rebecca says:

    thanks for this giveaway! my comment for you is that i am OBSESSINGGGGG over your Jem lip look!! OMG girl gimme them glitters, stat.

  294. Cristen says:

    I would love to go kayaking one day! My uncle lives on a lake and when I was younger my cousins would take me around the lake in this little canoe they had. They used to paddle their way to opposite side of the lake where they would go rock climbing on some pretty impressive natural rock formations. I probably didn’t enjoy it as much as I would now but I love being by water.

  295. Viviana Baltazar says:

    I have never been on a cruise, but one day I hope to.

  296. Lynn says:

    Really have to try paddle boarding this summer.

  297. Cyndi Ploegman says:

    I’ve gone both kayaking and canoeing on many occasions and would have to say that I prefer kayaking. :)

  298. Apryl Veldman says:

    :)

  299. Lindsey L says:

    My nail polish crush right now is Maybelline ColorShow in Blue Bombshell. A beautiful blue that my little piggies are loving!

  300. ally says:

    I’ve never been on a cruise!

  301. Tiffany says:

    I regularly go canoeing, kayaking, AND SUP/SUPYoga-ing! They are all amazing workouts and it is simply fantastic just being out on the water!

    And funny you should mention going without power – I go to friends’ weekend cottage quite frequently and to say that it is rustic is a bit of an understatement…there is no running water, no hydro, no bathrooms (except two outhouses) and the only power is a bit of solar and a generator. I affectionately refer to it as glamping. Anyway, my friends’ offered me the cottage on an upcoming weekend which I was thrilled about but have been genuinely surprised about how many friends aren’t interested in coming bc of the lack of modern amenities! Oh well, their loss!

  302. Casey says:

    I’ve never been on a cruise but I do one for my honeymoon!

  303. Thomas Murphy says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  304. Natasha says:

    OH goodness, our little family decided to go canoeing this past weekend – everything was all fine and dandy until we tipped over before we even got anywhere! We were soaked with nasty mud water, soaked with mud, phones submerged (THAT was seriously expensive).. needless to say, we won’t be trying that out again :( I don’t know how anybody before us was able to stay above water – that was the shakiest canoe we’ve ever encountered!
    Natasha recently posted … Summertime – the Essentials

  305. Jamie C. says:

    I’ve had the Hourglass Immaculate Foundation on my wishlist since it’s December and I would love to use the GC towards it.

  306. dyan says:

    I finally depotted 30 MAC eyeshadows into a MAC duo pro palette. It felt good to get a little more control over my ever growing collection!

  307. Andy says:

    I’m going to Lady Gaga’s ARTRAVE concert in July!!

  308. Gina says:

    I used to kayak on Lake Union all the time when I lived in Seattle…then we’d have margaritas and tacos at a fun little Mexican spot in the water above the kayak rentals:)

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