How To Plan A Weekend Birthday Trip (& Enter to win a decades box from Old Time Candy, ends 4/13)

How To Plan A Weekend Birthday Trip (& Enter to win a decades box from Old Time Candy, ends 4/13)

Drugstore Divas received a product from Old Time Candy for this post. All thoughts and opinions belong to Drugstore Divas.

Planning a weekend birthday trip? Get all the details and tips on how to plan one from www.drugstoredivas.net.

My father-in-law’s 70th birthday was recently, and we’re heading to Washington, DC next month to celebrate. We’re really excited. Pete and I have been planning a weekend birthday trip for his dad, and I figured our planning could really help if you’re planning any upcoming weekend birthday trips.

How To Plan A Weekend Birthday Trip

Pick a location.
First and foremost, you have to figure out where you’re going. For a weekend, you’re probably not going to fly anywhere. Instead, you probably need to head somewhere within driving distance. Look at a map and find somewhere you can get to in a handful of hours.

For us,  Pete realized DC is halfway between us and his dad.  We could both drive there in a morning and still have the afternoon and evening to hang out.

Find activities.
Once you figure out where you’re going, figure out what you want to do there. Look on Pinterest, travel sites, the city’s Visitor Bureau, etc. Write down a ton of ideas, then start to narrow them down based on where everything is located. You don’t want to overbook yourself, so be sure to choose a couple great activities for each day. But leave time in case there’s traffic, an activity is crowded, etc.

Book a hotel.
Once you’ve settled on a location and found things you can do there, book a hotel. You can ask friends for recommendations or look on discount hotel sites. In addition to prices, those often have reviews from people who have stayed there previously. Be sure to check out amenities as well. A hotel could be a great price, but if you’re paying a ton for parking, it’s not a great deal anymore.

Personally, I prefer hotels that offer a complementary breakfast. If you can have breakfast in the hotel for free, you won’t have to spend as much money outside of the hotel.

Pack.
Figure out what you need for the weekend, including any dressy clothes if you’re planning on heading to a nice dinner to celebrate, plus shoes. And pajamas. I’m writing that because I have a tendency to forget to pack pajamas when we go away, and then I end  up wearing whatever Pete packed.

Bring a gift.
If it’s your birthday, you don’t have to bring yourself a gift. I mean, you could, but that would be a little ridiculous. If you’re going away for someone else’s birthday, bring a gift with you.

Planning a weekend birthday trip? Get all the details and tips on how to plan one from www.drugstoredivas.net.

I’m going to let you in on a secret, but you have to keep the secret if you know Pete’s dad. We are bringing him a decade box from Old Time Candy. Let’s chat about it for a minute. Old Time Candy is a site where you can purchase, you guessed it, candy from the past. You can pick and choose, or you can purchase by decades: 1950’s to 1990’s. (You can search candy back to pre-1920’s, but this box starts at the 1950’s). The site suggests you pick the decade when the recipient was 10, so we picked the 1950’s box.

Now, obviously, I was not around in the 1950’s, so I wasn’t sure what to expect in the box. When it arrived, some of the candy was familiar to me, like wax bottles and a candy necklace. But there were some that I had never seen before, like a licorice pipe. That one had me laughing. Could you imagine how up in arms parents of today would be if stores sold licorice pipes?

There was a great mix of full-size candies (like Raisinettes and Bonomo’s Turkish Taffy) and small, individually-wrapped candies (like Honeycombed Peanuts and Walnettos). It was so fun for me to look through everything, and it wasn’t even my nostalgia. I was just imagining how I would be with the 1990’s box, snapping back to my childhood as I picked up Warheads and Cry Baby’s. And that made me think of how Pete’s dad would be going through this box. It’s less about the candy and more about the memories.

Planning a weekend birthday trip? Get all the details and tips on how to plan one from www.drugstoredivas.net.

So of course, that made me think about how much my dad would love this. Yup, I just found his Father’s Day gift (and maybe his Christmas gift too). But back to this box for Pete’s dad. The decades box can be personalized with a “birthday with a zero” box top. Since we are going on this trip for a birthday with a zero, this was perfect.

Do you know someone this would be perfect for? You’re in luck. We are giving away one 4-pound decade box from Old Time Candy. This giveaway starts now and ends at 11:59pm EST on April 13. The winner must be a US resident who is 18 or older. The winner will be contacted via email and will have 24 hours to respond before another winner is selected.

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Giveaway: Win A $100 Amazon Gift Card (Ends 4/12)

Giveaway: Win A $100 Amazon Gift Card (Ends 4/12)

This Summer Beauty post is sponsored post on behalf of Pure Body Naturals. All thoughts and opinions belong to Drugstore Divas.

Let’s talk summer beauty must haves. Okay,  okay, I know it might not be summer yet where you are, but it’s so much like summer here in North Carolina. We’ve been living in 70+ temperatures for a while. I’ve been taking my daily walks with Pete in a t-shirts and jeans, but every day I keep wishing I had on shorts. Come to think of it, I actually was wearing shorts on our walk last week.

So it’s basically summer here, and  that has me thinking about summer beauty, which is different than winter beauty. You’re thinking less about dry skin and more about sunburn. Everything I use is just to prevent me from hurting my skin while I’m outdoors in the sun.

So, for me, my summer beauty routine usually consists of a lip balm and sunscreen (and, sometimes, aloe). If I don’t reapply that sunscreen, I get burned so easily — and then aloe is a must.

To kick off summer with new products, we are helping to give away a $100 Amazon gift card. This giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 or older. It starts now and ends at 11:59pm EST on April 12. The winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner may be selected.

You can use the gift card on anything you want, but if you want to use it to check out a few products by Pure Body Naturals, check out the list below:

What is your summer beauty routine? Be sure to comment and let us know your favorite products.

Drugstore Divas has no direct affiliation with Pure Body Naturals. Pure Body Naturals is responsible for prize fulfillment.

*HOT* Walgreens: Free 8×10 Photo Print (Today Only!)

*HOT* Walgreens: Free 8×10 Photo Print (Today Only!)

free 8x10 from walgreensI’ve been waiting for a free 8×10 from Walgreens. See, our house is pretty bare. It’s my own fault. I have this anxiety about banging holes into our brand new walls. And don’t even get me started on Command Hooks and how one actually ripped a huge chunk out of our wall when we hung the first — and only — poster up in this house.

But still, I order 8×10’s in the hope that one day our house will be old enough that I don’t mind taking a hammer to it. It’s been a yer now. Maybe when we get to two.

Right now, though, we can all get a free 8×10 photo at Walgreens with the code PRNTEXCLSV. The code is valid today, March 26, only. Upload your photo, crop it if you need, then choose in store pickup and it will be completely free. Checking out and using that code is easy; going through my photos and picking which to print, well, that’s gonna be hard.

If you can’t decide on just one photo, you can use a site like PicMonkey to design a photo with multiple images first. Be sure to choose 800×1000 as the size, then add any photos or text.

What did you print a photo of?

Shop Your Way: Possible Free Points For Entering The $150 Pick Your Spring Prize Instant Win Game

Shop Your Way: Possible Free Points For Entering The $150 Pick Your Spring Prize Instant Win Game

shop your wayIf you know me, you know I love free money. And if you’re a fan of Drugstore Divas, you must love free money too. Also, if you’ve been around here, you read our posts about how you could get Shop Your Way points for free. Right now, you may get points for free.

First you must be a Shop Your Way member and have signed up under a personal shopper (for free). You can sign up under me via that link.

Then, head to the sweepstakes section and search for the $150 Pick Your Spring Prize Instant Win Game. Right now, it’s a doorbuster, so everyone who enters while it is is getting 3,000 free points. It can stop being a doorbuster at any time, so hurry. It may take up to 24 hours to see the points in your account.

I usually use these free points to fill our pantry. Our local Kmart has a great grocery section, selling everything from pasta to chips to refrigerated items. I usually order packaged food online to use my points, but if you prefer to use yours in store, you can purchase those cold items. Just be sure to give your cashier the phone number associated with your Shop Your Way account at checkout and the register will apply any points and coupons you have available. 

This time of year, though, I usually save up all my points and then use them to pick up Christmas presents. Sears and Kmart have great gift items. You can purchase toys, clothes, home items, tools, and more. So you can find something for everyone on your holiday shopping list. But, if you’re looking for something specific that you can’t buy at Sears or Kmart, you can still use your free points on wrapping paper and tape — items that I blow through during the holidays.

What do you usually use your Shop Your Way points on?

Netflix’s The Little Prince Movie Review

Netflix’s The Little Prince Movie Review

The Little Prince movie review

I remember reading Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince because I was an overachiever. It was the summer after my first year of college, which I referred to as the longest summer of my life. It was the first time I’d be off from May until August. Public school summers were much shorter, and the next year I would have been accustomed to long summers. But that year, that would be the longest.

Being the overachiever I was, I decided I would learn Japanese.

While doing that, I found out my friend had a required reading assignment of The Little Prince. She was also required to write a paper on it. So me, with a summer of free time, decided to read it and write a paper.

Years later, when I saw Netflix was releasing a theatrical version, Pete and I put it on a long list of things to stream. 

We finally got to it last night, and thank goodness we did.

The written version of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince is sandwiched between a new tale of an overextended 8-going-on-40-year-old girl who moves with her workaholic mother into a suburb with an elite elementary school. Missing from the picture is the daughter’s overworked father who is in a skyscraper office building in some unseen town.

As the little girl is set to begin a summer filled with schedules and life plans, an airplane piece flies through the wall of the new home, eventually introducing her to an incredibly eccentric aviator. Or, former aviator. He’s aged, now, and shouldn’t be starting the plane he keeps in his backyard.

She, being a studious little girl with no time for anything except her schedule, is shockingly distracted when the aviator flies a piece of a story into her bedroom window. It tells the story of a little prince, who was wandering through Africa, finds an aviator, and asks him to draw a sheep. So he does. And it’s wrong. Again. Wrong. Third time. Wrong. So he draws a box with air holes and says the sheep is inside.

“This is exactly the way I wanted it!” The little prince exclaims … just as I mumble over him, “I remember that sheep.” And that’s when the tears started forming. I couldn’t remember the story,  but I could remember the feeling of it. And it hit me in the gut.

Each important quote that was buried in my memory hit me harder than the one before. Until “What I see here is nothing but a shell. What is most important is invisible … ” and then the exchange: “I can’t take this body with me. It’s too heavy. … But it’ll be like an old abandoned shell. There’s nothing sad about an old shell.”

The flood gates opened and there was not enough material in my sleeves to wipe all my tears.

When you’re an overachieving college sophomore-to-be, these thoughts don’t hit you as they  do when you’ve gone through a bit of life, when you miss someone so deeply, both heart and shell.

Just as the tears stop and you regain control of your breath, you flash back to the bread portion of the sandwich, with the little girl and the aviator. And that doesn’t give you any reprieve from the tears or the message. It just comes in lines you haven’t memorizes, so your heart doesn’t see it coming.

When you’re younger, and you watch this, you’ll take from it that you don’t have to grow up and become dull and boring. You can keep your excitement and wonder. And when you’re older, and you watch this, you understand when someone says, “It is lonely when you’re among people, too.”

No matter how old you are, you have to watch this. Right now. Right this very second. Drop everything and stream it on Netflix. Or pick it up on Amazon here and watch it as soon as it arrives. Just watch it with tissues. And maybe with the lights out.

The animation is amazing and visually beautiful. The story of The Little Prince is beautiful. And the story around the story is just as beautiful and heartwarming. You will love every second of this, even the parts that stab you in the gut, even the parts that cause you tears.

How To Get Grease Out Of Your Jeans

How To Get Grease Out Of Your Jeans

Did you drip grease on your favorite pants? Find out how to get grease out of your jeans from www.drugstoredivas.net.

Experience is an educator, especially if experience comes in the form of dripping grease onto your favorite jeans when you’re out to lunch with your mom. Bad experience? Well, it depends how you look at it. Lunch with your mom is always a great thing; potentially ruining your jeans is not. Luckily for me, my mom had a trick for getting grease out of jeans.

I’ll let you in on it because I’m chock full of life hacks lately. (Speaking of those, have you seen my way to get wrinkles out of clothes without ironing? Okay, sorry, I’m burying the lede here.)

So, to get grease out of your jeans, as soon as you are able, use a toothbrush to scrub dish soap into the grease spot, then throw your jeans into the wash.

When they come out, inspect them. If the spot is out, feel free to dry your jeans. If the spot is still there, use the toothbrush to go back over it with dish soap. Then wash. Repeat that until the spot is gone. Then throw the jeans in the dryer. Make sure you don’t dry your jeans until you are sure the spot is out or it will set in forever.

That’s all.

It works too. After lunch, I followed these instructions and it worked to get the spot out.

The moral of the story: listen to your mom (and don’t freak out if you get grease on your jeans).

Do you have any life hacks?