Monday, January 30, 2012

Review: Bean Boots

[All photo's taken by Mary Beth Osborn]

I decided to take on this week's GBE topic over here on this blog, so you guys can see the pictures nice and big! So let's get on with my review.

Some of you may know, but I like the outdoors, and am outside everyday in some fashion or another. I also dog walk in rain, snow, and freezing conditions. I'm someone who loves quality over quantity. I'd rather wait and save my money for a good brand and quality product, than buy something that will break in a few weeks. I needed new winter boots, my last ones wore holes in my socks and I wore through them very quickly. And so this year I asked for these for christmas - lady's and gentleman...

-Meet the Bean Boot-

L.L.Bean is one of my favorite brands because of their long-lasting quality and great products. I have worn these boots everyday since I got them and I love them! I wore them snowshoeing, dog walking, to school, through puddles, snow, you name it and my feet have been warm and dry. Not to mention cute! I love the way they look on, and that woodsy, outdoorsy feel they have which is very much my style. Just today I got complimented on them!

I also love that they're made out of waterproof leather, they have great tread so you're less likely to slip in the snow, the shearling inside is super soft, and they're made right in Maine! 

The exact boots that I own and are shown in my pictures are the: 

I pair them with a nice thick sock and I'm ready for anything! I've only had them for a little over a month, and they look like new (If you're not looking at the dirt I've got on them). After having these I love them so much that I want to purchase 8" unlined boots so that I can have Bean Boots to wear when the weather gets warmer!

If you're looking for a waterproof, comfortable, and warm boot this one is fantastic.

*This is not a sponsored post, all opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Snowshoeing in a Winter Wonderland Part 2

Laying in the snow

And Here is there promised part 2. I can tell you it was pretty cold, but I don't feel cold when I look at these pictures.

This is the last week of break for me, and I can tell you I am happy to be going back from school. I'm slightly nervous as to what kind of work I'll be doing (and how much supplies and books will cost), but I'm excited to be DOING something again. I really like what I do, and the thought of having my hands busy on projects makes me happy.

It will also be funny to see how many people will give me double takes because they haven't seen my new hair cut! I thought it might be cold having my hair so short in the winter, but it's made no difference, it might actually be warmer because it doesn't get caught on anything and it fit totally in hats and hoods!

I'm happy I could get out snowshoeing while I could though, before break ended (a break that was WAY too long). And I know it won't be the last time I snowshoe!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Snowshoeing in a Winter Wonderland (Part 1)

Here I'm waving to you guys!

Crossing the frozen steam

{All Photography by Mary Beth Osborn}
So we finally got a good snow, and I decided to take advantage of it and went out snowshoeing in the backyard. It was really a beautiful day, it was cold, the sun was shining, and a thick blanket of snow on the ground. I took out my camera and had a ball. 
I had gotten my snowshoes for christmas years ago, and had only worn them a few times, so I made it my priority to take them out this winter. 
I love snow (if you don't already know), I love the way it sparkles like glitter in the sun, it's softness, I even like driving in it! (I'm crazy, I know)I think winter might be my favorite season, although I adore fall.  

I'll be putting up Part 2 tomorrow, it includes more pictures of my face all cold with my red nose, and more photos from my walk. 

Friday, January 13, 2012

I Got a Hair Cut!

Now if you follow me on my other blog (To Create, To Live, To Appreciate), you'll have seen my "before" hair. It was long, curly and crazy. I cut off about 12 inches (a whole foot! Yippee!) and sent it to Locks of Love. Again this wasn't sponsored or anything, just something I wanted to do. I grew my hair out for a long time, so I was so excited to get it cut.

When I was getting it cut all the lady's in the salon said "wow I'm sure they'll love your hair!" to which I'd respond "I hope so!". We got two ponytails out of it, you heard me two. And just for fun I weighed them and they came out to 3.4 ounces, I have some thick hair. I sent out the package yesterday, hurray!

I am now enjoying radical things like:
-Being able to have all my hair in a hood
-Leaning over and actually being able to see (no more curtain of hair!)
-Being able to run my hands through my hair
-Having Bangs! (I missed them)
-And not having to pull all my hair out when I put a shirt on

Amazing I know.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Starry, Starry Night

So the other night the moon was really bright, I was up late and letting out a dog my family is sitting. Then a thought occurred to me as I looked up at the night sky (which was much clearer that I'd seen it in a while), why don't I try taking long exposure and capture the stars? And so I did. Are some of them shaky? Yes. The last one is my favorite (I think it's the best). 

Whenever I type something in parentheses, it seems to me that in a live conversation that you'd put your hand up to your face, lean in close, and say it with a smile, like it's a secret and then end with a wink. Yes, I know that's a lot for a parentheses, but that's just what comes to mind sometimes. 

Also I've been known to talk in accents, sometimes quite horribly, and to make up my own. I can tell you if I had a scottish accent I'd never shut up because it's the one that I can never seem to get. Honestly I am such a goofy person when I get comfortable, and especially when there's a chance to make someone laugh. How can you pass that up you know? Laughing is the BEST I tell you. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Little Red Riding Hood

Throughout History the tale of Little Red Riding Hood has been told. 
That's all I've got to make this history relevant, but I think it's close enough to count.
My little sister is posing as Little Red here, she was thrilled to do a photo shoot with me. I mean from the poses she had I think she'd been waiting a long time for this. She does love having her picture taken. And since she was so excited she let me do her make-up and hair, when she would normally run away and cry at the thought of anyone touching her sensitive hair. 
I think it turned out well, and we had fun.
This riding hood never did run into the wolf. It is a great story though, and it makes you wonder how it made it's way all the way through history and who on earth come up with it?