May 25, 2019

I Think I’m Obsessed With Affordable Subscription Boxes


I’ve come to the realization that almost every season I get obsessed with something new. Well something new to me that is. 

First it was online shopping - I spent about US$1000 (not all at once) on clothes at Forever21 and Charlotte Russe. I swear to you they were just having sales back-to-back and I felt pressured into buying things. It was like high school all over again (peer pressure). However I think I got a bit carried away - as usual - especially since I was spending my own money. Luckily I didn’t end up wearing majority of the clothes I bought so I got to resell them. 

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Then I moved on to wigs - I just loved the fact that I didn’t have to comb my hair regularly if I had a wig to wear. I literally bought almost every type of wig that existed. I had a long one, straight one, long curly one, short curly one, a black one, a red one, a human hair one etc. You name it and I had it. They were so affordable and it was like I never had enough even though I could literally wear a new one everyday without repeats. Then to make matters worse YouTube kept suggesting wig installation videos for me to watch so I just kept getting reeled in. 

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This season it’s something out of the ordinary for me - subscription boxes. For those of you know me this might seem something completely strange because most subscription boxes are beauty related and I don’t even wear makeup. As a matter of fact, the only beauty items I own are: 
  • mascara (that I don’t use)
  • eyebrow pencil (that I don't need) and
  • a Burt's Bees vanilla lip balm that I can't live without.
So to find out that I’m paying to have boxes of beauty products sent to me monthly is definitely a shocker. 

In all honesty I just like the excitement of not knowing what I’ll be getting in the box every month. Pair that with the fact that they’re SUPER cheap and it’s a done deal.

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I Think I'm Obsessed with Affordable Subscription Boxes

You might be wondering how I got sucked into this craze and it’s simple - Instagram. AGAIN (see A White Christmas post for reference). I was literally minding my own business and scrolling through my explore page when I saw a post about a free subscription box, just pay shipping. Immediately my red flags went up because nothing could be that easy/simple so I ignored it and continued with my scrolling. 

About a week later I was thinking about ideas for a blog post and I figured that unboxings could be interesting but I needed something to unbox. So I googled reliable subscription boxes and that’s when I found out that Target had some. I ordered my first subscription box from Target then other companies started popping up as suggestions on my social media. I ended up watching people unbox theirs on YouTube then I ordered some more boxes. 

And now I have a total of four monthly subscriptions plus two others that I’m still contemplating. The ones I’ve subscribed to already are Target, Walmart, Birchbox and Ipsy and they were all under US$10 - except Birchbox which was $15. Each subscription is different in terms of availability and payment so I’m not really worried about the monthly sum that will be taken from my account.

Related post: 6 Affordable Gift Ideas You'll Love for Mother's Day 

If you’re interested in getting your hands on a box for yourself here’s some more information about them: 


Walmart 
Target

Birchbox 

Ipsy

Subscription Type 
Seasonal 

Monthly 

Monthly 

Monthly

Price
$5/ 3 months 
$7/ month +tax 
$15/month,
$10/ month + tax

Items Included 
4-6 samples 
4-6 samples
5 samples
5 samples/products
Billing & Delivery 

Billed every 3 months. Free shipping. 

You choose when to pay for a box. Free shipping 
Billed monthly on the same date. Free shipping 

Billed on the last day of every month. Free shipping 

Links 




My boxes were delivered surprisingly quickly but I am yet to open them and believe me when I say that the suspense is killing me. I don’t want to get my hopes up just in case I get disappointed when I do open them but the longer I take to open then is the greater my anticipation gets. I’m at the point where I pick up the boxes every now and then to check if they’re heavy. Then I judge the weight and guess if there are good sized products inside. It’s a bad habit but I can’t help it. 

I’ll be doing follow up posts when I actually unbox each of them and I’ll be going into details of the products I received and whether or not I’ll be keeping the subscription. So stay tuned! 

Comments Discussion 

Would you purchase a subscription box for yourself? 
Which of these boxes are you most excited to see unboxed? 

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May 14, 2019

Jamaican Travel Blog | Adventures in St. Elizabeth

Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth Jamaica, mini van with Bob Marley painting and weed
“Travel far enough; you meet yourself” - David Mitchell 
It is through traveling that we learn of new cultures, traditions and lifestyles. We meet new people, eat new foods and see what makes us different yet the same. It is also through this process that we gain a greater appreciation of our own culture, our roots and what we have at home. 

I’ve lived in Jamaica for 22 years and I still haven’t seen all that my little island has to offer. Are you in the same boat? And I find it ironic that I’m studying Tourism but I basically haven’t been anywhere. But even though I don’t travel much, I make sure that the few times I do are epic. 
Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth, girl peeking out from inside a little shack
My latest trip was a two day adventure in St. Elizabeth and I realized 3 things while on this trip: 

  1. I don’t like sitting in one place for too long - I kinda have a bony butt and it was a three hour journey from Kingston to St. Elizabeth. 
  2. Road trips are better with a group of friends because you never know what will happen next. 
  3. Coconut water tastes different when you buy them in different places. Weird right? 
I visited St. Elizabeth on two separate occasions and I can confidently say that both experiences were completely different even though I was traveling with the same group of friends. Anyways, I had so much fun on the trips so I decided to write a post about it just in case you’re interested in visiting. I also wanted to persuade you to visit *wink wink*. 

St. Elizabeth Jamaica 

St Elizabeth is one of Jamaica’s largest parishes, it’s capital is Black River and it is located in the South Coast Resort Area. St. Elizabeth along with the other areas on the south coast are classified as being “Off The Beaten Track” as they consist of rustic communities, plantations, safaris, flatlands and the hills of the cockpit country. It is also an area visited for adventure and the experience of living like a local. As an ideal description, The Jamaica Tourist Board said it best “ We are a land of unique experiences, engaging activities, breathtaking landscapes and a warm welcoming people.” It’s a place that will have you falling in love with it again and again and I am proud to call it my home. So if you’re looking to visit somewhere that isn’t reflective of the typical all-inclusive hotel scene, St. Elizabeth is the place for you. 

Things to Do (St. Elizabeth Jamaica)

St. Elizabeth has a lot to offer in terms of things to do; whether it’s touring a rum estate, climbing up a waterfall, taking a boat ride on a river or just relaxing at the beach. There is something for everyone regardless of your preferences. 

To start off the adventure we took a trip to Nassau Valley where we participated in the Joy Spence Appleton Rum Experience. We got to tour the entire estate while getting a mini lesson on the history of the brand. 

appleton estate entrance sign, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth
appleton estate jamaica rum sign, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth
The Joy Spence Appleton Rum Experience 

appleton estate jamaica rum sign with peacock in front of it, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth

There was also a mini alcohol class that we attended and we got to sample three of the popular rums at the property. 

appleton estate joy spence rum experience alcohol class, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth
appleton estate quote by Joy Spence on a wall inside the lobby, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth

But the experience wasn’t complete without actually indulging in the “spirits” of the estate. 


three signature drink mixes by appleton estate bartenders, cranberry and rum, stormy valley, ginger beer,  Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth
And taking a piece of it home with me.
appleton estate 2oz souvenir bottle of signature blend rum, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth

Jamaica Black River Safari was up next on our itinerary and this time we were taking a trip up the Black River. 
Jamaica black river safari sign on boat, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth
We had a guided boat tour up the river and we got to “interact” with some of the crocodiles that lived in the river. I say “interact” because there was not much that took place between some scared college students and the crocodiles. 
ladies on a boat ride up black river at Jamaica black river safari, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth
Any sudden movements triggered a choir of screams and exclamation from everyone on board. 
ladies on a boat ride up black river at Jamaica black river safari, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth Jamaica, things to do in Jamaica

It was a peaceful and informative experience nonetheless and definitely something out of the usual. 
panoramic view of the black river safari in St Elizabeth Jamaica, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth Jamaica, things to do in Jamaica

Last up on our to-do list was visiting YS Falls. Getting to the location was an adventure in itself because we were a bunch of dry-land tourists from the other side of the island and a local that wasn’t from “that” part of the parish. We eventually got there and after purchasing our tickets we took a tractor ride up to the falls. 
three girls, swimming in the river at ys falls, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth Jamaica, things to do in Jamaica

The property is extremely big and is complete with two large pools, a series of waterfalls and a zip lining experience. On both visits we didn’t get to test out the pools because we were more interesting in climbing the falls. The sizes and heights of the waterfalls increased the higher up you got and the zip line started at the highest point on the property. 
three girls sitting on top of a rock in the river at ys falls, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth Jamaica, things to do in Jamaica
We definitely did the zip line because we aren’t a bunch of scaredy cats and it’s an experience we’ll talk about every time it comes up. If you do end up visiting, have your phones ready for line #3 - trust me. You can thank me later. 

Places to Eat

Eating is completely up to you - you can choose to either buy food from the attractions you visit or you can buy street food whenever you see a vendor. Some popular spots to buy food are:

Lover’s Leap

Lover’s Leap is literally a restaurant on top of a seaside cliff. The journey there was were interesting and there was breathtaking view when we arrived. 
lover's leap sign, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth Jamaica, things to do in Jamaica
The restaurant is a mix between a sports bar and a restaurant complete with a bar and a stage for life performances. 


three girls sitting at the bar at lovers leap, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth Jamaica, things to do in Jamaica


There are also gazeboes on the property for picnics and they have a deck for outside seating that overlooks the sea. 
girl overlooking the view on the deck at lovers leap, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth Jamaica, things to do in Jamaica
Their menu is extensive with a variety of affordable meals and drinks on offer. Be sure to take a jacket or scarf with you because the temperature is completely different from the flatland areas.


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Middle Quarters 

This was once a vibrant area for local vendors but times have changed and it is now a popular spot to get Jamaican Pepper Shrimp a.k.a Swimz. 

Holland Bamboo/Bamboo Avenue 

If you’re looking for an ice cold jelly coconut just take a stop is Holland Bamboo when you’re passing through. 


girl drinking from a coconut at holland bamboo, bamboo avenue, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth Jamaica, things to do in Jamaica
It’s also an excellent spot to get some Jamaican snacks and that Insta-worthy pic. 


girl standing in the middle of the road at holland bamboo, bamboo avenue, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth Jamaica, things to do in Jamaica

Santa Cruz Town 

This is a popular town in St. Elizabeth so there are multiple food franchises located there along with local vendors dispersed along the sidewalks. You can literally find KFC, jerk chicken, stewed beef, jerked pork and fried fish within walking distance of each other. There are also multiple sports bars along the stretch. 

Places to Stay 

We ended up staying at a small beach/sea themed local hotel but it had the feel of a family owned guesthouse - Idlers Rest. 
bicycle at the entrance of Idlers rest hotel, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth Jamaica, things to do in Jamaica

It wasn’t your typical hotel but it is located on the beach and embodied the meaning of relaxation. 
room one at idlers rest hotel, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth Jamaica, things to do in Jamaica
We woke up early one morning, took a short walk along the beach, had a complimentary Jamaican breakfast on the deck and then relaxed in their hammocks until it was time to checkout. 
girl sitting on a bench in front of rooms twelve and thirteen at idlers rest hotel, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth Jamaica, things to do in Jamaica

Their rooms have single, double, triple and quad occupancy so they can literally cater to groups of any size.

This trip was an adventure to remember and we have pictures to guarantee that we do. 
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Comments Discussion 

Have you ever visited Jamaica? 
Are you interested in visiting? 
What are some things that you want to do when you visit? 

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May 5, 2019

I Gave Up Junk Food for Lent Pt. 2 | I'm Not as Strong as I Thought

What did you give up for Lent? Was it hard giving up junk food? What are my results?

As promised, here is the follow up post to the original I Gave Up Junk Food For Lent. If you haven’t read that post go ahead and click here to check it out. It’ll give you some background to this post. 

So to start it off, I failed guys. I succumbed to the temptation and the amazing smells of food and I could not give up junk food completely. But...let me explain because it’s not as bad as you think. 

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I Gave Up Junk Food for Lent Pt. 2

My original challenge for lent was to give up junk food at my school and substitute them for green smoothies. This included foods like: 
  • KFC
  • Burger King
  • Chinese food
  • Patties
  • Pizza
  • and any other food that wasn't cooked in my house.
I thought this would be somewhat easy since my mother already cooks healthy food - my stepfather has high blood pressure and my little brother has hyperthyroidism so they can’t eat just anything. Giving up these foods at school would just equate to me eating more home cooked meals and saving my daily lunch money. And saving money meant I could spend it on other things I want. So the motivation to get it done was definitely there. 

Nonetheless I took on the challenge with maximum motivation however, after two days I started thinking that I bit off more than I could chew. Normally I can finish a regular fruit smoothie (papaya, banana, pineapple and berries) in five minutes or less but this vegetable smoothie took me about 15 mins. It wasn’t even a smoothie anymore but the time I drank everything - it transformed into warm-ish green juice *barfs*.

I never had any issues eating these same vegetables but this blend had me feeling some time a way. But I had to drink it for the greater good of my body - was trying to get fit for summer (didn't work as planned though). I eventually found ways to get around the weird taste like adding more blue agave (sweetener) or making sure that the straw was as close as possible to the back of my mouth so the juice didn't touch my tongue when I swallowed. 

Picture of a green vegetable smoothie and a pink fruit smoothie, What did you give up for Lent? Was it hard giving up junk food? What are my results?


BUT about a week after Ash Wednesday the smoothie shop at my school closed down (indefinitely) and my replacement meals basically disappeared. At first I tried to work around it by eating larger potions at home before I went to school. Then I moved on to bringing lunch with me daily but I got tired of that really quickly. My only other option was to remove patties from the list of banned foods and use them as a substitute for smoothies. 

So I basically ended up needing a substitute for my substitution. Sad right?! 

Anyways, this worked for the remaining days of Lent and the more time passed the less guilty I felt. When Lent finally ended I actually was surprised that I didn’t go crazy and eat a bunch of junk food so that's an improvement. But I definitely didn’t turn it down when my mom offered me some Wendy's. So you guys should be a little proud of me.


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Apart from the technical difficulties that arose, I completed my mission and I find myself having little interest in eating burgers and fries nowadays. Surprisingly I miss the memory of drinking smoothies with my friends everyday and I even miss the weird taste of the green smoothie. 

I don’t know if I’ll be drinking it any time soon (since I’m on summer break) but if the option pops up I’ll seriously consider it. I’m also thinking about purchasing a mini blender so I can make my own smoothies when the cravings arise. 

Comments Discussion 

On a scale of 1 to 5, how do you rate my performance? 
Would you consider giving up junk food? 
Have you done it before? 
Do you have any recommendations for substitutes I could use for junk food? 


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