February Birchbox

February Birchbox

Oh February Birchbox, you have finally arrived. This month’s box came with:

  • Ghirardelli Milk & Caramel SQUARES
  • twistband™ Headband Collection (Easy to make! Check out my twistband tutorial!)
  • Juicy Couture Couture La La 3.4oz
  • TIGI Rockaholic Fun Times Flexible Hairspray
  • Secret Agent Beauty Secret Lip Affair

With this month’s selections, I wasn’t as pleased or excited as I have been in the past few months. I had been loving all my Birchbox picks until now.

The twistband wasn’t a very exciting item to get because they’re pretty easy to make. I also got one candy square of one of my favorite chocolates which I devoured in seconds. I wish that it were a chocolate that can’t be found at every store. It kinda felt like getting a fancy Hershey bar.

I have gotten enough fragrances, especially Juicy Couture ones from Birchbox. The only two real products were the Secret Agent Beauty Secret Lip Affair and the TIGI Rockaholic Fun Times Flexible Hairspray. However, the “Lip Affair” has a lip plumper (which I don’t want to use). And I don’t use hairspray much so even though the sample size was generous it didn’t feel useful.

It’s not a bad box, it’s just that they had totally stepped it up the past couple of months so I was expecting something just as awesome. I can’t help but feel a little disappointed.

Birchbox subscribers, what did you get in your box this month?

Forcing Bulbs: Growing Tulips in a Vase

Growing Tulips in a Vase

With spring around the corner, I’ve been thinking about gardening quite a bit. I LOVE flowers, so I thought why not grow flowers myself?

Last fall, I purchased a whole bag of tulip bulbs from Costco for a pretty reasonable price ($10-$15 for 50 bulbs!). However, I have come to realize that I don’t have enough space to plant all 50 tulip bulbs in the yard.

After doing some research (and staring at some photos on Pinterest), I learned that you can grow bulb plants in containers. So here begins my experiment of growing tulips in vases!

What I used:

  • Tulip bulbs
  • Gems (pebbles or river rocks also work)
  • Vase
  • Water

STEP1 Step 1. Place gems in vase—fill up about 1-2 inches, depending on the size of your containerStep2 Step 2. Place bulb on gems. Step3 Step 3. Surround the bulb with more gems for support. Step4Step 4. Fill vase with water until about 1 inch away from the bottom of the bulb.

Step 5. Move the vase to a cool, dark place. The bulbs should be in this environment for 4-6 weeks. This is meant to simulate the dormant, cool period that tulips need in order for the roots to grow well. Then, they can be brought out into the light.

That’s it! As long as everything goes well, you can expect to see some updates on these! I have planted four bulbs this way—two in small mason jars, and two in vases. I’m really hoping this works!

Does anyone else have any experience in forcing bulbs? Any tips?