May Favorites – 2018 Edition

Hello Friends!

May is complete, which means it’s time for another edition of monthly favorites! I have quite a list this month.

Let’s jump in!

Queen Helene Cocoa Butter Lotion

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I love the smell of coconut.. it reminds me of summer… warm weather, beautiful sunshine, lazy days at the beach… my favorite season. I’ve tried another name brand coconut lotion in the past and it’s awesome, aside from the hefty price tag and the little bottle. On a trip to Wal-Mart back in April, I was in the lotion aisle, comparing and contrasting lotions. I really wanted that coconut lotion, but I just couldn’t reconcile the price. As I stood staring at the shelves, I spotted this cocoa butter lotion on the bottom. The large bottle caught my eye, along with the yellow price tag: $2. (give or take) I thought, why not give it a try? Oh my goodness, friends! What a steal! I used it that very  night and fell in love. It’s creamy, it glides on the skin like silk, and the smell… heaven! My skin is so soft and maintains that feel all day. I use this everyday and I’ve only used up a quarter of the bottle. This stuff is amazing, and if you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend that you do!

 

Aussie 3 min Miracle

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By now, you all know that I have extremely long, thick hair. It’s a vibrant red, my signature. But it’s also a pain in the tush to take care of sometimes. The past few months, the weather has been so ridiculous.. cold, dry, wet, snowy, warm – rinse and repeat. The constant change in temperature left my hair so dry and stringy. The deep conditioner I love isn’t readily available in the tub near me. I can get a small packet of it for a dollar and some change, but that would be good for one use on my strands. Not worth the value at all. I browsed the shelves for something new and landed on Aussie’s 3 min miracle. I’ve used this in the past and loved it, but I typically don’t buy it because it only lasts me two weeks. However, Wal-Mart had two packs of it on sale and I opted for this over something new. I’m glad I did. I love Aussie’s products and this hasn’t disappointed. I haven’t tapped into the second bottle yet and my hair is so soft and silky. Now if I could just break down and get a hair cut…

 

Olay Pro-Retinol Eye Treatment and Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream

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Disclaimer: I received the Olay Pro-Retinol Eye Treatment and Microsculpting cream complimentary for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.

 

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen my posts about these products. I received these complimentary samples to try from The Insiders. I am so happy I was selected to participate in this campaign because these products have drastically improved my skin! My eyes look brighter, my skin is radiant and soft, my face looks amazing! I’m almost out of my samples and I’m going to have to purchase full sized bottles next time I go to the store. I went to the dermatologist last week and my doctor was even impressed at how amazing my skin looked. If you are 30+, definitely check out these products! I highly recommend them!

 

Jergens Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturizer

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I love being tan. When I was in my early 20’s, I was always going to TanPro. I loved the lotions and laying in the warm bed. It was so relaxing. About a year and a half into it, my husband noticed three purple spots on my shoulder. It looked a little like skin cancer and I got freaked out. Needless to say, I had to give up my love of the tanning bed. But I still wanted to be tan. I’ve tried many different products, some were successful, some made me orange. This year I decided to give this Jergens lotion a try. Wow! They’ve definitely improved their formula! After three days, I noticed a little glow to my skin and I could see a difference in the quality of my skin in my yoga photos on Instagram. It’s the slightest bit of color, not a bronzed tan, but more of a sun-kissed glow. I love it!

 

Epsom Salt

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All of these new workouts plus the changes in weather have left my muscles feeling achy. Thank goodness for epsom salt! I love a hot epsom salt soak. It’s so relaxing and really helps my muscles recover from all the work I’m making them do. Wal-Mart had bins of 1lb. bags for 88 cents. What a deal!! Each time we go, I grab a few to stock up.

 

Mio

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I have a confession my friends. I love soda. More specifically.. diet soda. Even more specific… diet Mountain Dew. Now, before you get on my case, I know it’s not healthy. I know it’s bad for me. But it’s soooo good! However, I know that I need to cut my habit and drink more water. On hot summer days, I definitely crave plain old ice water. But let’s be real, plain water is hard to drink sometimes. There’s really no flavor, it’s bland, and it just doesn’t quench that thirst, ya know? So, I decided to give these Mio flavors a try. I’ve used Mio in the past and loved it. Again, I understand it’s not good for me. But I figure — at least I’m drinking water. And I have been! I drink more water when I add a little Mio to it. I have been slowly weaning myself off of the sweetness and getting back to drinking regular ice water. Now that it’s hot out, I’m craving that ice cold water. So refreshing! If you are having an issue with breaking your soda habit, I’m sharing my top tips to help you kick the can to the curb. Read the tips here.

 

Bacon Wrapped Chicken

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My husband and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary this month. We enjoyed a lovely, relaxing day at home, spent the afternoon chatting with our dear friends and neighbors, and made this delicious dish for dinner. It is so yummy!! Get the recipe here.

 

 

The 49th Mystic – Ted Dekker

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Ted Dekker released a new novel this month and it was an amazing read! If you’ve never read a Ted Dekker, this is the one to read.

“Welcome to all things Beyond the Circle, a wild journey of discovery set in the worlds of The Circle (Black, Red, White, Green). It doesn’t require reading those books, but will add layers of meaning for those who have. Take a deep dive into a nail-biting story that covers two volumes, both delivered in 2018. Continue that journey with a companion book that will blow your mind.
It all begins with The 49th Mystic, a wild quest story that will draw you in and refuse to let you go.”
I finished this in a week and I cannot wait for October for the second installment!

Lego Pinball Machine

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I saved my most favorite thing for last. My son made this Lego Pinball Machine for me for Mother’s Day.  It’s a real working pinball machine! I was so happy when he presented it to me — Pinball is one of my favorite arcade games. He is incredibly creative with his Lego creations!

 

Well, that’s it for me this month. What were your favorite things? Share them in the comments! Also, feel free to leave a link to your post or video if you made a May Favorites. I’d love to check it out!

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13 Powerful Quotes to Inspire You To Follow Your Dreams

Hello friends!

Happy Sunday!

A short intro this week in honor of taking action and following our dreams! Today I’m sharing my favorite quotes to inspire you to do just that!

Let’s get started!!

Work until you no longer have to introduce yourself.You get in lifewhat you havethe courageto ask for.Release your fearsandyou will unlock your growth.Whatever you can do,or dream you can,begin it.Boldness has genius,power,and magicin it.Whether you think you canor you think you can'tYou're Right.Chase your stars, fool.Life is short.For once you have tasted flightyou will walk the Earthwith your eyes turned skywards,for there you have beenand thereyou will long to return.If you don't go after what you want,you'll never have it.If you don't ask,the answer is always no.If you don't step forward,you're always in the same place.It's a terrible thing,I think,in life to wait until you're ready.I have this feelingthat actuallyno one is ever ready to do anything.There is almost no such thing asready.There is only nAnything's possibleif you've got enough nerve.A dream written down with a datebecomes a goal.A goal broken down into stepsbecomes a plan.A plan backed by actionbecomes reality.All you needistwenty secondsof insane courageandI promise yousomething great will come of it.A lot of peopleare afraid to say what they want.That's why they don't get what they want.

 

Now go get it!


-A

Wedding Anniversary Traditions

Anniversaries are special.

This month, my husband and I will be celebrating six years of marriage, though we’ve been together for over a decade. It’s always fun to take a look back, see how we’ve grown and changed, and appreciate how far we’ve come.

Every year gets better. ❤ Best friends and soul mates, we’re lucky to have each other. ❤

Around the time of our first anniversary, we thought it would be fun to follow the traditional anniversary gift themes. We’ve been loosely following the tradition ever since.

For a handy reference, I made this chart featuring both the Traditional and Modern Themes.

 

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About a month before, we discuss the theme and then try to come up with creative ideas. This year is candy or iron… and there are a few things I want to do.. sometimes the hardest part is deciding on which one! There have been one or two years where I’ve gone all out and made a bunch of things because I couldn’t decide on just one.

We keep the day, and evening, pretty low key. We usually cook a nice dinner at home. This year we’re planning on bacon wrapped chicken — it’s one of my favorites!!

…and we always have cheesecake. Yum!

For us, it’s all about having a nice quiet evening, together. ❤

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For fun and creative anniversary ideas, check out my Pin Board: Anniversary Ideas.

Do you have any special traditions? Share them in the comments!

April Favorites – 2018 Edition

Hello Friends!

Can you believe we are finally nearing May? I’m so excited for warmer weather, beautiful sunshine, and trips to the Lake!

But first, it’s time to chat about all of my favorite things this past month.

Let’s get started!

A Column of Fire – Ken Follett

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First up is a book that I actually forgot was coming out. I was tagged on Twitter to share a book that changed my life. (A Circle Of Quiet – Madeleine L’Engle) While I was browsing through other tweets, I saw someone had posted a Ken Follett book. I adore his novels.. they are intriguing and amazing. So I left a comment, basically saying that. Haha! A new friend tweeted at me, asking if I had read this one. I hadn’t. The issue with Ken Follett’s phenomenal historical fiction series is how much time has to pass in order for him to write the next book. In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, I had completely forgotten about it. Thankfully this new friend told me about it.. I immediately hopped on my library app and requested it. A month later it was mine. I spent a good week getting lost in this book. It was simply amazing. As usual, I was sad to finish it. I get so involved in the story and with the characters.. and it’s hard to let go. The way it ended though… I’m looking forward to a new edition to this series. (Fingers crossed.)

 

The Great Interior Design Challenge

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What is it about British Television that I find so fascinating? I honestly have no idea.. It might stem from my childhood: I spent most weekends with my grandparents and every Saturday night we would watch the British comedy line-up on PBS. My favorite show was Keeping Up Appearances. Who could forget the incredible Mrs. Bucket (“It’s BOOOOUUUQUUUUETTTTT!”) I digress. A few weeks ago, I decided I wanted to watch something on Netflix while I enjoyed my coffee. This show looked interesting, so I gave it a chance. That was a bad idea. I sat on the couch for three hours, sipping coffee, and learning interior design tips. haha! There were 16 episodes available. It took about two weeks, but I finished the season. I hope they made more because this show was really awesome!

 

Coffee Nut M&M’s

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I love coupons. Who doesn’t enjoy saving money? I had a coupon, buy one bag of M&M’s, get one bag free. I wanted to try one of the new flavors.. I think it was espresso — it was coffee related — but the store we were at didn’t have the cool new flavors. So, I decided I would try the Coffee Nut M&M’s. Several of my friends told me they were delicious and I had been wanting to try them. Here was my chance. Let me just say… I was not disappointed. They were soooo good. I actually want to try making cookies with them. Can you imagine how amazing that would be?

 

Altoids

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Is an explanation even necessary for this one? Altoids are amazing in so many ways. I’ve been all about these lately. They are perfect to curb snacking and when all the mints are gone, you have a cute little tin to upcycle.

 

Black Obsidian Pendant

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I don’t wear much jewelry. Obviously, I always have my wedding band on. I have a few classic pieces that I wear when we go out, but that’s the extent of it. About a month ago, I won a giveaway on Instagram. My prize was a beautiful rose quartz pendant from Sultry Stones. First impression – the packaging.. it was carefully and beautifully packaged. You could tell that she really takes pride in her work.  The rose quartz pendant is beautiful and when I wore it out on our vacation, I received so many compliments! I’ve browsed her Instagram posts and I love all of her pendants, but I was really drawn to the black obsidian. Originally, my plan was to purchase it as a birthday gift for myself in September, and as a reward for reaching my splits goal. Well, I reached out and the price was so good that I decided to go for it. I absolutely love this pendant. It’s my favorite necklace and I’ve been wearing it everywhere!

 

Snuggle Dryer Sheets

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I’m normally a Bounce dryer sheet kinda gal.. but when I went to the store to get more, the shelf was empty. I was about to grab the Gain dryer sheets, when my husband pointed out that Snuggle was a better deal. “Sure,” I shrugged. Well… that ended up being the perfect choice. When we got home and opened the trunk to grab the grocery bags, we were surprised at how amazing the trunk smelled… the scent was coming from the unopened box of dryer sheets. Using them on our laundry has been equally amazing. The scent is phenomenal and they keep static at bay. 200 sheets for $5.97? You can’t beat that!

 

Magnolia Tree Blossoms

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We have the most beautiful tree in our front yard… for about a month in the spring time. Then the flowers fall off and we’re left with green leaves for the rest of the warm season. Last year, the weather was pretty weird and it didn’t bloom at all. This year, however, it decided to start blossoming early. This was worrisome as the weather has been ping-ponging back and forth between winter and spring. But, the tree has prevailed! It is full of beautiful pink, purple, and white flowers. It is so lovely!

 

The Bishop’s Pawn – Steve Berry

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I have been waiting for this novel for a little over a year. This is another Cotton Malone adventure and it was one of the best yet! The story explores a theory surrounding the death of Martin Luther King, Jr., in a twist that I had never heard of before. We learn how Cotton got his start with the Magellan Billet. This is another historical fiction novel (one of my favorite genres) and keeps you hooked until the end. What I love the most about Steve Berry’s novels is he separates fact from fiction at the very end… and in the process you end up learning interesting new facts. Per usual, I devoured this story and I am looking forward to the next Cotton adventure!

 

Well, that’s it for me this month. What were your favorite things? Share them in the comments! Also, feel free to leave a link to your post or video if you made an April Favorites. I’d love to check it out!

 

 

 

 

 

March Favorites – 2018 Edition

Hello Friends!

March is finally coming to an end and the weather is slowly starting to warm up. Thank goodness! This month was a little rough, with everyone getting sick, but also had some awesome moments — celebrating my son’s birthday and enjoying a staycation! Spring Break is coming to an end and it’s time to get back into our everyday routine. Starting with…

Another round of monthly favorites!

Let’s jump in!

 

Better Homes & Gardens Essential Oils 3-Pack

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I use my diffuser every day, mulitple times a day. I like to set it up in the morning while I do Yoga, while my son does his schoolwork, during my workout, in the evening while relaxing, and of course, at night. We bought a second one for my son’s room because we love ours so much! Not only does the diffuser mist out a pleasant scent, but it also helps keep moisture in the air. This pack of three essential oils was an amazing deal. All three scents are wonderful! The eucalyptus is my favorite and is perfect for stress-relief, congestion, and allergies. I love the lemongrass in the morning to help wake me up while I practice yoga. The sweet orange is awesome, too, and is the one we use at night. Be sure to check the bottles closely before buying. After getting this home, we realized that the eucalyptus was only half full. And if you don’t have a diffuser, I highly recommend getting one.

 

Blistex LipBalm 3-Pack

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I might have an affinity for 3-packs this month. Hmm… haha! Blistex has upped their lipcare game with these three balms. I used the Soft & Lush and the Deep Renewal. I loved both of them! The Deep Renewal smelled like coconut and vanilla, and kept my lips soft and smooth. The Soft & Lush also had a slight vanilla scent. It glided on smoothly and kept my lips feeling softand hydrated. I had my son use the Ultra-Rich Hydration because his lips are always so chapped. It worked pretty well when he remembered to put it on (or when I reminded him to. haha!) The three pack was around $3.50, which isn’t bad for three luxurious lip balms.

 

Bare Minerals Fresh Faced Made-2-Fit Liquid Foundation

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*I received a complimentary bottle from Influenster as part of a contest. All opinions are my own.*

Yes, this was featured last month and it made the list for this month as well. I love this foundation! We took several trips up north this month to visit family. Whenever we go somewhere for the day, I take my little makeup kit with me for touch-ups. I have combination skin, but it never fails, by mid-afternoon, my face starts to look very shiny. That is.. until this foundation. I didn’t need my make-up kit while we were out because I didn’t need to touch-up my face. I applied my make-up at 7am. At 4pm, it still looked flawless! 7pm, 9pm, 10pm, 1am… my make-up still looked good! No touch-ups required. I was impressed!

 

Alien Deep With Bob Ballard

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I love a good documentary. If you are looking for something new to watch on Netflix, look no further than Bob Ballard’s Alien Deep. You might recognize his name — Bob Ballard is credited with finding the location of the Titanic Shipwreck. But what you may not know, is that Bob Ballard has been exploring the deep ocean waters for decades; he witnessed the birth of a new island in the Arctic, has done numerous deep dives, invented new equipment for exploration ease, and so much more! This docu-series was so interesting and I was disappointed that there were only 5 episodes.

 

So of course, I needed something else to watch… Netflix doesn’t disappoint…

 

Big Dreams Small Spaces

 

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Monty Don seems to be a British National Treasure, revered for his gardening and horticulture skills. I was drawn to this program because, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve taken more of an interest in gardening. We have quite a bit of space and I was hoping to learn a little something to help me out this spring and summer. There are six episodes available on Netflix and I binged… haha! In each episode, Monty helps two people or families fix their outdoor space. In one episode, two neighbors, co-workers, and friends decided they wanted to tear down the brick wall in between their apartments and create one garden together. In another episode, a lady wanted to transform her front yard into a community vegetable and fruit garden. My favorite was the couple who wanted to create a sensory garden for their young son. This was a great show and I hope Netflix brings me more seasons.

 

Well, that’s it for me this month. What were your favorite things? Share them in the comments! Also, feel free to leave a link to your post or video if you made a March Favorites. I’d love to check it out!

Things That Are Ruining My Life

Hello friends!

Happy Sunday!

This week I wanted to do something a little different.

I’m a pretty big fan of Jenna Marbles. A few years ago, she made a video about several things that were ruining her life at the time. It was both hilarious and relatable.

I recently hurt my shoulder. I think I actually just exacerbated an old injury. Like normal when this happens, I took it easy. No arm movements, definitely no weights. Well, I woke up one morning last week to a sharp pain in my other shoulder.

What?

So, I’ve been taking it p r e t t y easy this past week, even modifying my yoga and poses for my yoga challenges.

As a result, I’ve had a lot of extra time on my hands.

With this time I could be working on my spring cleaning (which I am doing, albeit slowly) or getting ahead with my writing projects, product campaigns, etc..

Instead, I’ve found myself increasingly interested in the following things. All I want to do is engage in mindless fun and entertainment.

So, as I was cleaning yesterday and mulling over ideas for this week’s post, I thought about what I’ve been doing the past week. Why not share my latest obsessions and all the things that I want vs. tackling my actual responsibilities.. because the reality is, we all get like this from time to time.

It’s a struggle.

The first thing that is ruining my life is….

Best Fiends.

Do you play this game? If you don’t, don’t start.. it’s super fun and super addictive. If you do play it, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

It’s similar to candy crush, but so much better. You get these cute little fiends and you try to take down the slugs by completing your missions. Each level is different and there are side missions you can do to gain prizes. One such prize is 2hrs of infinite energy. I love those. But, when I get them, I’m committed to my fiends and taking down the slugs – 2 hours of staring at my phone, playing this game. Also, I like to level up faster than my Facebook friends. (I’m very competitive.)

Now I’ve been playing this game for a few months, but it’s only recently that I’m completely obsessed with it.

And where did I learn about this fun game?

YouTube.

Which is subsequently also ruining my life.

Back in the day, I used to get on YouTube for music. I had a bunch of playlists and would jam out to my favorite songs and get to watch the music videos. (You know, back when music videos were awesome!) Occasionally, I would have a friend recommend a funny video or a cover and I would watch that, but I wasn’t into all the creators and such.

Fast forward a few years…

I have my favorite YouTubers and I will watch their videos while I’m doing random tasks around the house.

But now that I can’t do my typical workout, most mornings I’ve been traveling down a YouTube rabbit hole. Watching video after video.. some from my favorites, others that I find along the side of the screen. Yesterday, I watched Vanity Fair’s Celebrity Tinder Take-Over playlist. It was hilarious! But it also took up all of my morning. Also, Vanity Fair, please make more of these videos because they are awesome!

And last, but certainly not least…

Instagram.

Social media has its pros and its cons. I personally think it all comes down to mindset, attitude, and choice. It’s very easy to buy into the toxic energy, but you know what? You have a choice.. you can follow people who inspire you, people who are encouraging, people who are just awesome human beings.

So, with that attitude, why is Instagram ruining my life, you ask? Because it’s just so much fun!

You all know I’m passionate about health and fitness.. Since I created a new profile this past June, I’ve been all about the yoga challenges. There are so many and they all look like something I’d like to do… and that’s why 99% of my posts are me in random yoga poses. But it’s not just about what you post.. you also want to take time to scroll through the hashtag and see other’s posts. Give them some likes. Leave encouraging comments. There is so much inspiration, and when I let it, it takes up a good chunk of time.

Instagram is simultaneously ruining and bettering my life. haha! And don’t get me started on Insta stories. Seriously? I LOVE them! It’s actually one of my favorite parts of the platform. I don’t want to make full YouTube videos.. it’s very intimadating. But a few minutes of an Insta story? Okay, sure! It doesn’t make any sense whatsoever.. and Phil DeFranco actually made a comment on one of his recent videos about people who make super long Insta stories. Basically saying don’t do that, just make a YouTube video.

Me.

Haha! But I really love just watching my friends’ stories and seeing what they’re up to. One of my friends always posts movements from her workouts, another friend posts snippets of wildlife from her new backyard.

And then all the beauty inspiration! I follow a lot of beauty gurus and make up artists. I won’t ever be able to do my make up as well as they do, but I love seeing the different looks they create!

I could probably write an entire post on why I love Instagram.. but I think you get the idea. haha!

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So those are the things that have been ruining my life.. or rather, the things I’ve decided to do rather than other things that I should be or could be doing.

But now that I’ve written this post, of course I’m back to my typical routine of chasing that mythical utopia of finding a good balance between getting what I have to do done and making time for the things I love to do.

How about you? What things are ruining your life right now? Share them in the comments. I’m always looking for suggestions on fun new things to try! haha!

In all seriousness, I hope you enjoyed this more light-hearted post this week. Next week we’ll be back with more fitness and lifestyle inspiration.

Have a great week friends!

-A

January Favorites – 2018 Edition

Hello friends!

Here we are at the tail end of January. This month has been abuzz with activity — From yoga to birthdays, extreme cold weather to 60 degrees.. Personally, I’d like to go back to that 60 degree weather. Despite being soggy outside, it was so nice to open the windows for a bit in January! haha!

This month I hosted my first ever yoga challenge on Instagram! It was a lot of fun and I hope I get the chance to host again!

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But I digress..

Let’s jump in to the point of this post — things I’ve enjoyed more than other things this month! I love favorites posts and videos! It’s interesting to see what other people have really liked, and sometimes something catches my eye and I test it out.

Let’s get started!

 

Bill Nye Saves The World

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I grew up watching Bill Nye The Science Guy. It was one of my favorite shows! So, when I first heard that Bill Nye was coming back with his own Netflix series, I was excited! When the first season came out, we all sat down and devoured the entire thing in one sitting! Then, it was announced there was a season 2! Of course, we sat down and watched all the episodes. It’s hard not to. Once you start the first episode, you just have to keep going. Classic Bill is back and better than ever! He has celebrities come on, panels of experts, fun experiments, and this season he has Bill Meets Science Twitter — scientists from around the world have tweeted at Bill about what they do, and he chose a few to come on the show and talk about it. It’s very cool! I highly recommend this show for the entire family!!

 

Hair Sanity Rejuvenator

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DISCLAIMER: I recieved this complimentary bottle to test and review. All opinions are my own.

This little bottle is full of miracles! You might have seen my review on the Hair Sanity 2-part system earlier this month. This was an extra gift to test and review. I loved it! Most of you know that I have super long, thick hair.. I didn’t think I would get a full use out of this tiny bottle — I ended up getting 4 uses! Yeah. It comes out as a thin liquid, but when you rub it in your hands, and then onto your hair, it thickens up to penetrate all of your strands. Leave it on for about 5 minutes or so, rinse, and style as usual. You’re left with shiny, silky, soft hair! I love this stuff!! It’s perfect for wintertime!

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MainStays Cool Mist Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser

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This was a Christmas present and I am actually surprised by how much I love it! This little diffuser has made such a difference in the overall quality of our sleep. You just fill it with water, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil, plug it in, turn it on, and let it go. You can choose to cycle through the colors, have it sit on one color, or just use the misting feature. The light takes some getting used to, especially if you normally sleep in a completely blacked out room. The unit turns off automatically when the water level gets too low. This is such a fabulous gift. Right now we only have lavender essential oil, but I am looking into getting a eucalyptus oil. I love the minty refreshing scent of eucalyptus!  If you don’t have one of these, you might consider looking into getting one!

 

Sand Cloud Mint Baja Towel

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I recieved this towel from a giveaway Sand Cloud was having on their Instagram. It’s huge — 38×64 inches and it’s made from 100% Turkish Cotton. I love this towel and I cannot wait for summer! I have big plans to take this up to the Lake, using it for yoga pictures, fun landscape shots, and laying out in the sun! I want to purchase a couple more so my husband and son can each have their own!

What I really love about Sand Cloud is that they donate 10 percent of every purchase toward protecting, rehabilitating, and preserving marine wildlife, protecting and preserving the world’s oceans, and working on water quality issues. You can read more about their mission here. You can use my referral link for a discount if you are interested in shopping! 🙂

Loreal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Repair and Protect Balm

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DISCLAIMER: I recieved this product complimentary to test and review. All opinions are my own.
Isn’t that a mouthful? haha! But seriously, I love this stuff! You might have seen my review earlier this month. I like to use this in place of my regular conditioner. It helps keep my hair touchably soft, and my red vibrant and gorgeous! I cannot say enough good things about this product! I highly recommend it!

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Well, that’s it for me this month. What your favorite things? Share them in the comments! Also, feel free to leave a link to your post or video if you made a January Favorites. I’d love to check it out!

 

 

7 Things You Should Do When You Start Feeling Sick

Hello friends!

Happy Sunday! Our very first Sunday of 2018!

Originally, I had planned on writing up a little something concerning mindset and gratitude. But yesterday, throughout the day, I started to notice a familiar little tingle in the back of my throat. Granted, I went to bed pretty late the night before and still woke up early and went about my day. I was planning on taking a nice afternoon nap, but I was surprised with a burst of energy and by the time I was actually ready to relax, I didn’t have the time. Go figure, right?

Getting sick usually happens at the most inopportune time. I have so much planned these next few weeks. I simply cannot get sick.

I’d say that’s probably the vast majority of people.

I have a few tricks up my sleeve to try to stave off this potential cold/flu virus and I thought I would share them with all of you this week.

Let’s get started!

 

Disinfect all common surfaces.

Grab out your Lysol wipes, paper towels and cleaner spray, whatever you use and spend 5-10 minutes wiping down all door knobs, faucets, light switches, TV remotes, and whatever else you can think of that everyone is always touching. Clean your computer, keyboard, mouse, tablet, phone, all electronics as well. I like to use a paper towel with a bit of hand sanitizer to wipe down most of that. Be sure to use something that is electronic friendly.

Run your humidifier/vaporizer.

I love to have my humidifier running with a little Vicks solution to spread that euclyptus scent throughout my house. Be careful with this, though. You don’t want to put too much humidity in the air. The general consensus on the ideal humidity level is a range between 30% and 50%. It all depends on your home. For us, we strive to maintain a delicate balance between our dehumidifier and our humidifier.

I found these three articles helpful:

Humidifiers: Air moisture eases skin, breathing symptoms

How to Maintain the Proper Humidity Levels in Your Home

Relative Humidity and Your Home

H2O and Orange Juice

Staying hydrated is important, especially if you are starting to feel sick. Be sure to drink plenty of water. Adding pieces of fruit or splashes of lemon juice is a great way to mix it up!

I also love to have an extra glass or two of orange juice when I’m feeling under the weather. The vitamin C does wonders for your immune system. Because I am not a fan of milk, I always choose orange juice with added calcium and vitamin D.

Hot Tea.

Tea has many benefits. When your throat is sore, nothing is better than a cup of soothing hot tea. When I start to feel sick, I reach for Yogi Echinacea tea. I also love Yogi Kava tea. Both are delicious and great for boosting the immune system and de-stressing.

Wash your hands.

The single best way to stop the spread of germs is by washing your hands. This is so important. I used to work in the healthcare field, and this was always the number one thing that was emphasized. Everyone should wash their hands, but when you’re starting to feel sick, be even more mindful of lathering up.

Hot bath.

It is so wonderful to sink in to a bathtub full of hot bubbles and relax. An epsom salt bath is always a good choice, too, if it’s available to you. When I don’t have any epsom salt, I like to add a little baking soda to my bath for a detox. I think it’s more mind over matter with the baking soda, but hey, whatever works, right? haha!

Sleep.

Last, but not least, my favorite: sleep. I think part of my problem right now is that I didn’t get enough sleep. Getting to bed at a decent time is a struggle sometimes. There is just so much to do. However, your body needs rest, especially if you’re starting to feel sick. We can’t always control what time we need to be up. (I have to be up at 4:50am each morning) So, try your very best to get to bed early, or at least at a decent time. I always shoot for 9pm. Most days I get there right around 9pm, but life gets busy and there are nights when I’m lucky to get there at 10pm. Getting to bed early when you are starting to feel sick might just help prevent you from getting full blown sick.

 

Those are the seven main things I do when I start feeling unwell. Do you have any tried and true tricks? Share them with me in the comments. I’d love to know anything else I can do. I’m keeping my fingers crossed and my thoughts positive that I’m going to be feeling better later today.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

 

How To Deal With People

Hello Friends!

Happy Sunday!

Thanksgiving is this week in the U.S.

Thursday evening, after the turkey (or ham) and pumpkin pie have been gobbled up, naps taken, football played (and watched), the official start of Christmas shopping begins.

Black Friday in particular is always a mad house. People get up super early to score deals on gifts for their family and friends, as well as treasures for themselves.

With the holiday season in full swing, I thought I would repost this gem from last year. It was around this time that I encountered some rudeness and was inspired to write this post. I’m proud to say that I held my tongue and remained the better person by not responding in the heat of the moment. As I reiterate below, sometimes the best response is silence.

Manners are important.

Being polite is important.

Treating people with respect is important.

These are universal truths and you’ll find that you get a lot further in life by using your manners.

I think this is something we all can keep in mind this holiday season, and beyond.

Without further ado…

How To Deal With People

-Simple, straightforward, and to the point –

In all situations, in all encounters, with strangers, people who work in customer service, rude members of your family, etc..

Be polite.

Be kind.

Remember your manners.

When in doubt, remain silent.

“Be kind to unkind people. They need it the most.” -Buddha

This will save you a lot of future headache.

Is it easy? Is it instantly satisfying?

No. Not at all.

In fact, it could probably be one of the hardest things you will ever do – it is one of the most challenging skills to master.

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And it just might kill you… Constantly deflecting rudeness, personal criticism, just plain meanness….Always striving to be gracious and kind, no matter the circumstance.

But you will be a better person for it. It’s the right thing to do; other polite, well mannered people will respect you; and in my opinion, it is a true mark of being an adult.

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When people are rude to you,they reveal who they are,not who you are.Don't take it personally.

 

There is never an excuse for being rude.

Never.

Always be polite.

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