*This post is sponsored by the PRIMPNetwork. All opinions are my own.
I would be lying if I said that 2017 has been a fabulous year for me. It’s been one that has brought forth change, sadness, death and more problems and issues than good. Having lost my Dad in June, I have been struggling to deal with all the challenges around me. Then, to top it all off, I have to deal with my monthly “woman” things. You know, that time of the month that makes us want to pull out our hair, crawl into bed and stay there for 7-10 days until it’s all over with. While I’m on an IUD and don’t experience the messy parts of my monthly “not-so-best-friend”, I still experience all the aches and pains and emotional roller coaster that comes with it. Ugh… as if that was enough, I’m bombarded with feelings that I don’t know how to deal with. Today, I wanted to share with you my 3 very easy steps to promote positivity (with the help of Pamprin’s 21 Days of Positivity) and I hope my tips will help get you through that time of the month, or any time of year you may need it.
Start your day with a little positive affirmation
I think self-affirmations are definitely important, but I change it up a bit. For years now I always start my day with a quote – reading from my favorite quote books or searching the internet for some. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I use quotes consistently. Reading them aloud each day or using them as a form of inspiration will encourage positivity dramatically.
“Hey there, beautiful. Go look in the mirror. Really look at yourself. Past the insecurities, past everything you think is wrong. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. Remember that!” – anonymous
Surround Yourself with people that make you happy!
Are the people in your social circle building you up or tearing you down? I believe whole-heartily that the company you keep helps to either encourage you or make things much more difficult. My family (my husband and sons) are some of my biggest supporters. Many say that we are such an elite team unit, but it’s because our ultimate goal is the success for each of us. Together, we can move mountains and their positive and loving energy feeds my soul.
Know that you are not alone, that everyone is struggling
I’ve always been the type of person that helped the little ol’ lady to cross the road or that would give my shirt to the homeless person if that’s all I could afford. My Grandma Young always instilled in me that everyone is fighting a battle and that often times, a person’s smile is hiding their sadness. After dealing with the unexpected death of my father just a few months ago, I have realized that I too hide my sorrows and pain well. I take this thought and remind myself each day that a smile, a small gesture or even a lending hand can change a person’s entire day around. Spreading positivity with encouraging words or help not only helps the recipient, but you also feel good about yourself as well.
“Never underestimate the pain of a person, because, in all honesty, everyone is struggling. Some people are better at hiding it than others.” – Will Smith
Have you ever heard that it takes 21 Days to form a habit? I remember when I worked in Corporate America and that was instilled into our brains. Well, it really is true. If you can do something for 21 days straight, consistently – well then, you can certainly continue to do so. Pamprin invites you to 21-Days of Positivity. Repeat this 7-Day Cycle below three times. Since habits form after 3-weeks of consistent and intentional effort, you’d be amazed at what you can accomplish and how it will all come together.
Day 1 – Start today w/3 positive self-affirmations. Attach your list to your mirror. Read them aloud every day. Add to the list every day.
Day 2 – Find positive company. Who are the stars in your social circle? Who builds you up? Stick with the stars and become one.
Day 3 – Make a list of things for which you are grateful. An attitude of gratitude is a sure fire way to attract positive vibes.
Day 4 – Give yourself and others an “atta girl (boy). When you give encouraging words, you also receive them.
Day 5 – Seek, and you will find. We are responsible for choosing our perception. Look for the good, and you’re 100% guaranteed to find it.
Day 6 – Find what brings you joy and order it up every single day. Unlike fleeting pleasure, joy is consistent. We cultivate it internally.
Day 7 – Stop to smell the roses. Give one away. Be present minded enough to give and receive life’s simple gifts.
Day 8 – Hit “re-play” and make it a habit. Positive thinking begets positive action. Positive action (over and over) creates positively powerful results.3 Easy Steps to Promote Positive Thing With Pamprin
I’m excited to be working with Pamprin. Here’s the deal – we all need positivity in our lives and with the holidays approaching, it’s a must to be able to deal with everything life throws at us. It doesn’t help with the dreaded aches and pains that come with our monthly friend, so with a little help from Pamprin in thinking positive and developing positive habits, while helping with the uncomfortable pain and irritability, I think we can do it! Being a woman, after all, is a superpower, right?
Pamprin Multi-Symptom contains three active ingredients: an antihistamine to relieve irritability, a diuretic to fight against the bloating and the dreadful water weight gain and a pain reliever to help alleviate cramps. Pamprin Multi-Symptom treats all menstrual symptoms from bloating, pain and cramps and irritability. It doesn’t just treat the pain. It has the same strength as Extra Strength Tylenol PLUS the added benefits of fighting against bloating and irritability.
I encourage all of you in joining me in the 21-Days of Positivity Challenge! I know you’ll be absolutely amazed at what you can accomplish over the next 21 days. If you need a little (or a lot) of help during your time of the month, I also definitely suggest you check out Pamprin Multi-Symptom. It’s hard to remain positive when you’re dealing with bloating, cramping and pain and irritability. So, get a little help from your friend (me) and check it out.
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by PRIMPNetwork in collaboration with Pamprin. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links may be posted through out.
Before I start this post and assumptions fly, I wanted to let you all know that I’m not pregnant and not trying at the moment. But, I really wanted to share some information on this subject since I have struggled with similar in the past. I’m currently on Birth Control, but I remember a time when trying to conceive was a struggle for me. You see, I have had several difficult pregnancies and miscarried quite a few times as well, but I also experienced trouble when trying to get pregnant. My twins are now 7 years old and while it’s been a few years since my last pregnancy, I’m constantly worried about what my body will do when and if my husband and I are ready to have another child and add to my family. With so many great products on the market today to assist in trying to conceive or avoid pregnancy altogether, I thought it would be a great idea to share with you an advanced Ovulation Kit called KNOWHEN.
So, what is KNOWHEN? KNOWHEN is an Advanced Saliva Ovulation Test Kit that pinpoints your 5 most fertile days so you’re in control of your fertility. In 2016, the KNOWHEN kit was rated #1 Ovulation Test Kit and it’s easy and safe to use.
How does it work? This innovative test tracks your ovulation using only a drop of your saliva. It identifies your five (5) most fertile days and the best days in your Ovulation Cycle if you’re trying to conceive. With a 98.9% accurate rate (100% proven correlation with a doctor’s ovarian ultrasound examination), this test is 100% Safe, Natural and OB/GYN recommended.
How to use the kit:
- Remove the lens cover.
- Remove the lens housing.
- First thing in the morning before eating, drinking, smoking or brushing your teeth, apply a thick drop of saliva (without bubbles) to the glass surface.
- Wait for the saliva to dry. This will take about 5 – 15 minutes (the saliva must be completely dry for accurate results).
- Replace the lens housing onto the tube.
- Hold the monitor up to your eyes to view the image.
- Compare the image to the chart supplied with the kit (see right-hand side of chart.)
- Input your results on the KNOWHEN App.
The KNOWHEN Fertility Monitor APP is the leading fertility tracking and ovulation monitoring app worldwide. Users made the KNOWHEN Fertility Monitor App #1 because it is:
- FREE – you get full access and functionality included in the KNOWHEN Advanced Ovulation Test Kit.
- DIFFERENT – tracks and records when you ovulate or have sex over your lifetime.
- INNOVATIVE – Identifies your most likely days to get (not get) pregnant.
- ACCURATE – information based on your actual daily test results
- EASY TO USE – quickly and easily monitors your ovulation test results daily.
- REVEALING – shows the fertility pattern of your unique ovulation cycle
- PRIVATE – stores your results on a secure server forever
- FLEXIBLE – access to your secure date when needed, even if you lose your mobile device
- INFORMATION – sends you message alerts on your ovulation status. Provides access to exclusive educational materials and keeps you up-to-date on the latest news and innovations in the fertility field.
The KNOWHEN Fertility Monitor APP is available in the iTunes store and Google Play for both iPhone and Android.
While all the obvious things make KNOWHEN Fertility Monitor APP and KNOWHEN Advanced Ovulation Test Kit ideal for conceiving or avoiding pregnancy, for me there are many things that stick out. As someone who struggled to get pregnant many times and some of my pregnancies resulting in miscarriage I find that documenting and keeping proper files and records are always important to provide to your doctor. A kit and app like this one from KNOWHEN will allow you to keep track of these things easily and provide that information to your physician should you need it. Tools like KNOWHEN allow you to track your ovulation cycle so that you can make informed decisions about your body and whether or not to plan accordingly.
The KNOWHEN Advanced Ovulation Test Kit retails for $49.99 and with the purchase of the kit you get the Fertility Monitor App included. When used careful and taken cared of, your KNOWHEN Ovulation Test can last for years, so long as you do not get it wet, drop it or interfere with the light housing unit. Please note that results are not necessarily typical so while one product will work for some, it may not for others. However, there are a number of positive reviews on the KNOWHEN Advanced Ovulation Test Kit, so I highly suggest checking it out and get informed before making a decision to purchase.
When the time is right, I’ll be using this Ovulation Test Kit to help me with planning my next pregnancy – should there be one. I wanted to share this with all of you because I thought it was a genius product and while I haven’t personally used it, any information that I provide is simply my own.
You can get more information or purchase your own KNOWHEN Advanced Ovulation Test Kit here: https://www.knowhen.com/
Disclaimer: This product was sent for editorial consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. I was not paid to share this product with you. Affiliate links are posted through out.
As we near the end of October 2016, I figured I would share with you a few products from brands that support the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. While Breast Cancer Awareness is widely publicized each year in the month of October, the fact is – this cancer and others do not discriminate and attack all times of the year so it’s important that we do our best to be aware of what is out there and support the cause in the best way possible. “Think Pink” has been a way of supporting those we love and it can be done every day of the year, not just in October. I have been touched by cancer many times in my life, after losing my uncle Allen (my dad’s brother) to Leukemia when I was just a baby, I remember how it has affected my family and Lung Cancer, ALS and Breast Cancer have all been contributions to loss in my family over the years. It is something I whole-heartily support and awareness is important for everyone. Today I’ll be sharing with you a few products and brands that support the Breast Cancer Awareness cause and campaign so that the next time you’re shopping, you can “think pink” too.
Travalo is one of my favorite girly beauty items. It’s not your traditional makeup item, but I love scents and I love to smell good – so Travalo allows me to take my fragrance on the go with me. This October, Travalo – the leader in travel fragrance options, has partnered with Bright Pink. Bright Pink is on a mission to save women’s lives from breast and ovarian cancer by empowering them to live proactively at a young age. Bright Pink is the only national non-profit organization focused on prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women.
In the month of October, 25% off all sales of the Travalo Excel, Class HD and Milano pink models will be donated to Bright Pink. Consumers will be supporting Bright Pink’s goal to reach 52 million young women in the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 45, while continuing to have the ability to refill fragrances directly from a standard bottle through the patented and unrivaled Genie-S pump fill system from Travalo.
Purchase Travalo in the US here: http://us.travalo.com/
Another product I love and have raved about here on the blog over the last couple of months is WINK by Amalie. #PinkWINK is a campaign I discussed here, and is part of their BOGO for the Cure Campaign. For every bottle of WINK that is sold during the month of October, Amalie will donate one bottle to a cancer survivor to help them regrow their lashes and brows that are lost through chemotherapy. This is one of my favorite campaigns for Breast Cancer Awareness because often times we don’t think about the challenges a survivor of breast cancer (or any cancer for that matter) will endure. WINK is also one of my favorite beauty products as I have noticed huge results from using this product over the last 3-4 months.
Purchase WINK in Pink here: https://www.amaliebeauty.com/products/wink
This October, the all natural hair care brand Hair La Vie and all natural foot care brand Baby Foot will also be joining the fight. Each company will be donating 20% of their October sales to help the fight against cancer.
Hair La Vie is one of my all time favorite hair supplements and I’m proud to share with you their campaign for this year. Through their innovative, results-oriented line of nourishing hair supplements and natural hair products, Hair La Vie is in the business of making women not only feel good about their hair, but about themselves. Hair La Vie is also a brand that strives to help causes that they hold dear to their heart and they make it a top priority for them – especially women’s health issues. For the month of October, Hair Lav Vie will be donating 20% of their sales profits to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
HAIR LA VIE designs natural hair care products to help you grow longer, fuller hair faster than ever before. Hair La Vie has been on the market for a little over two years and has been incredibly well-received by thousands of women around the country. To learn more about Hair La Viesuccess stories, please click here.
Hair La Vie Revitalizing Hair Blend Vitamins $39 per bottle of 30 capsules
Hair La Vie Revitalize Shampoo & Restore Conditioner $49 per set, 8 oz. each bottle
Hair La Vie Moroccan Repair Serum $30, 2 fl. oz.
Hair La Vie “Revive” Deep Hydration Masque Price: $35, 8 fl. oz.
Available at HairLaVie.com
Baby Foot, a new product that I will be reviewing for all of you here in the coming weeks, is an all natural foot exfoliant containing 17 natural extracts that help get your feet back to looking and feeling like baby feet. This October, 20% of Baby Foot’s proceeds from their limited edition pink box will be donated to the American Cancer Society. Baby Foot Exfoliant is working hard this month to promote breast cancer awareness with their limited edition Pink Box.
Baby Foot, the revolutionary, all-natural, Japanese foot exfoliant that makes your feet as smooth and soft as a baby’s foot, contains a unique formula that allows your feet to exfoliate naturally, leaving them highly moisturized; $25 at BabyFoot.com.
While October is coming to an end in a few short days, you still have some time to check out some of these sites and support the cause. I am a believer that support for any type of charity or campaign should happen all year long and that’s why my family and I give back to these causes several times through out the year, but I think it’s awesome that companies do this too. I have been easily discouraged over the years by other companies that have exploited the cause of these campaigns, but I’m thankful that there are some great ones out there for positive benefit of those that need it. I have included items that I think would help make any woman (or man) feel wonderful and positive no matter their struggle. Whether it be to help with strengthening and regrowing their hair or lashes/brows, pampering themselves after long hours of chemo and recovery, or bringing a little swagger with a signature scent… I think these brands offer great products with a great cause. Help support the cause and consider these items when you are online shopping.
Disclaimer: The products discussed in this post were sent for feature consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links may be posted through out.
I talk a lot about skin care here on my blog and I love sharing new products I haven’t heard of before with all of you. So, today – like any day is especially “special” because I’m sharing a product line that is new to me but something that offers multi-purpose skin care for anyone. BOOM! By Cindy Joseph is the first pro-age cosmetic line designed for women of every generation. This line is built on the principle of celebrating all ages as beautiful and her products don’t intend to “fix” or “cover-up” – but instead, enhance the color, glow and natural radiance of every woman.
Whether you are looking for a minimal and simplistic approach to makeup for that fresh faced look or want to use cosmetics that are made simply and healthy with non-toxic ingredients, or you want to get your skin ready to handle the harsh elements that Fall and Winter can have – this skin care line is definitely worth checking out. Beauty is about natural color, glow, moisture and happiness (joy) so why not try something that can be absolutely fabulous for your skin.
“You don’t have to ‘put on’ your face anymore. You already have one.” – Cindy Joseph
BOOM! By Cindy Joseph is a line that includes a number of multi-purpose beauty products that can be used on cheeks, eyes, lips and elsewhere on the body for a natural look that works for both day and evening, at work or play or something that will quickly become essential to your beauty routine. Her products are perfect and proven to compliment every skin tone, race and generation which helps to dramatically pare down your overstuffed cosmetics bag.
Since I don’t really use foundation unless it’s a special event or I’m looking to really dress up some, I thought this line would fit perfectly in my “natural makeup” look that I’ve been sporting lately. I also love these products because Cindy Joseph worked with friends in Hawaii to create her products. Let me share with you the details of the products I was able to try out and you can decide if it’s something you want to check out for yourself.
BOOMSILK (2 oz. – $21.00 / 4 oz. – $36.00 / 8 oz. – $58.00) is a moisturizer that you can use for your entire face and body. This moisturizer can be applied to delicate skin around your eyes, to your lips, your face and your neck and can also be smoothed over your entire body. When using this product, you are applying only the most protective, safe and healing ingredients to your skin.
Ingredients: BOOMSILK contains only the most beneficial ingredients and nothing more: Purified water, organic extra virgin olive oil, beeswax with propolis and pollen, raw Pupekea wildflower honey, and d-alpha Vit E (no soy).
BOOMSilk feels great on the skin. At first, I thought it was a bit oilier than I would have liked, but once it smooths into the skin, it soaks up into the skin so quickly, it disappears leaving your face and body hydrated and smooth. I truly enjoy using this product and have found that I’m using it often – much more than I had expected. If I had to make a note with regard to ingredients, since I’m a coconut lover myself, I would have loved to see coconut oil used in place of the organic extra virgin olive oil, since it works so well with my skin already.
BOOM Cotton (2 oz – $32.00 / 4 oz – $54.00) is a unique non-oily moisturizer. Your skin will absolutely drink this product up, yet leave no trace of oil or shine on the skin. Your skin will be left with a gorgeous healthy glow and feel quenched and moisturized. But, this non-oily moisturizer can also be used on your entire body. And, like the BOOM Silk and the rest of the products from BOOM, it is handmade in small batches by bee keepers in Hawaii. Boom Cotton is organic and pure. There are no emulsifiers, binders, parabens, phthalates, colors or perfumes in the formulation. Boom Cotton is also cruelty free and gluten free.
Ingredients: BOOM COTTON contains only the most beneficial ingredients and nothing more: Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis), Organic Witch Hazel Extract, Organic Beeswax, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Wilelaiki (Christmas Berry) Honey, Vitamin E Oil (Tocobial Liquid)
This moisturizer is probably my favorite out of all the products I’ve tried, and I do enjoy them all – but there is something about this one. The texture of this product is quite odd, but interesting. When applied to the skin, it feels light and almost cooling. This product will be perfect for year round to help sooth dry skin or great to apply during the summer when it’s hot, because it just feels so cool and calming on the skin. I love this and if you can only try one product from the line, I highly suggest this one.
BOOM Touch (2 oz. – $28.00) is something for those sensual beings. Women of every age can now enjoy using a safe product that enhances sensual pleasure while providing extra lubrication. This product naturally enhances sensation, is safe to use internally and to ingest and it doesn’t include any additional scent of flavor. It offers long lasting lubrication. The benefit of this cream vs other products for vaginal lubrication is that it is natural and therapeutic. The olive oil is a great natural lubricant and the bee propolis contains the anti-bacterial effects that normal vaginal fluid provides prior to menopause. With repeated use, BOOM Touch decreases vaginal irritation and inflammation while providing lubrication. Gynecologists recommend BOOM Touch, so I highly suggest checking with yours to see if he/she has heard of it.
This product includes the same pure ingredients as BOOM Silk, with less honey! It will eliminate any concern for those prone to vaginal yeast infections and it’s safe for women of every age.
Ingredients: Purified water, organic extra virgin olive oil, beeswax with propolis and pollen. No extra packaging. No animal testing. No parabens or phthalates.
I know it’s a lot of information to soak up here and some of this stuff may be a bit TMI for your liking. But, we all know I like to keep it 100 here – so I wanted to share this with all of you too. This product is not sticky and provides long lasting lubrication. I do not like to use it often, but when I need to have a little more lubrication down (well, you know where), this product works for me.
“It’s about women, it’s about beauty, it’s about time!”
BOOM Mask (2 oz. – $42.00 / 4 oz. – $56.00) is a deep penetrating facial mask that will nourish and heal your skin while naturally and gently pulling impurities from your pores. This mask is a rejuvenating, cleansing, and nurturing facial mask made from all natural and organic ingredients. There are no man made chemicals, fillers, Sodium Laurel Sulfate, parabens, pthalates or fragrances. BOOM Mask is handmade by the bee keepers on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii. They use raw Hawaiian wildflower honey, organic diatomaceous earth, French pink clay, Hawaiian blue green algae, royal jelly and propolis.
Ingredients: Propolis: A natural antiseptic which eliminates unhealthy bacteria. It’s nutritive value also feeds and nourishes your skin leaving it beautiful, radiant, and healthy. Honey: A natural antibiotic which also hydrates the skin. Diatomaceous Earth: Gently exfoliates, removing dead skin cells which smooths and tones your skin. French Pink Clay: Detoxifies and cleanses the skin. Hawaiian Blue Green Algae: Enhances skin elasticity. Royal Jelly: Nourishes your skin with vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
I honestly wasn’t sure that I would like the mask when I first tried it. But, I love a mask that I can apply a light layer onto my skin and it does the job. I didn’t have any sensitivities or flare ups and my skin felt smooth, looked bright and felt clean but moisturized. I definitely think this mask is nice and worth checking out. The color is a tad bit off-putting, I’m used to green, gray or black masks, but it’s still fun – I think of it as chocolate for the face.
The BOOMStick Trio (Glo, Glimmer and Color – $76.00, 8 grams each tube) is a fun little collection of cream treats for your skin. These three creams are all you need to give your skin that dewy, radiant, colorful look of joy. It’s literally a whole cosmetic bag in just three easy to use sticks. Use these for lipstick, eye shadow, skin luster, highlighter and moisturizer for the eyes, face, lips, cuticles and more. These colors are formulated to blend perfectly with every skin tone. This set is a great value and makes a great gift. If purchased separately – you will pay $81.00 vs the cost of $76.00 for the trio.
These sticks are little multi-taskers for the cosmetic bag. I love the BOOM Glo for use as a cuticle moisturizer or used on the lips. The BOOM Glimmer makes a really pretty soft and natural highlight and BOOM Color blends out gorgeously to add a natural flush of color on your skin. Each product leaves your skin looking naturally flushed and pretty and it’s the perfect trio for busy women who want a little color and pretty without putting on a lot of makeup. These can be used all over the body, including your lips and eyes, so I make sure to use a makeup brush when applying to different areas or clean fingers so that I’m not contaminating the tube.
Also, don’t let the BOOM Color fool you. While it does have a rich burgundy look to it, it blends out to create the perfect shadow look and flushed color for any skin tone. Apply as much or as little as you need to create the look you desire.
BOOMSTICK GLIMMER Ingredients: This product is paraben and phthalate free. This is a lipstick formula. In plain words, it is deemed by the FDA as safe to ingest. Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Lanolin, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Lanolin Oil, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Ozokerite, Ceresin, Tocopheryl Acetate, BHT. Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 774499).
BOOMSTICK GLO Ingredients: Moisturizer in a stick. BOOMSTICK GLO contains only the most beneficial ingredients and nothing more: Organic extra virgin olive oil, beeswax with propolis and pollen, raw Pupekea wildflower honey, d-alpha Vitamin E.
Cindy Joseph worked as a professional make up artist for over 27 years and she has learned the skin on our bodies is the same from the top of our head to the tip of our toes. To protect, nourish, and moisturize your whole body, all you need is one product, as long as it’s safe and does the job.
BOOMSTICK COLOR Ingredients: This product is paraben and phthalate free. This is a lipstick formula. In plain words, it is deemed by the FDA as safe to ingest. Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Isopropyl Myristate, Acrylates/Stearyl Acrylate/Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Octyldodecanol, Canola Oil, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Polyethylene, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Silica, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Dipentaerythrityl Hexacaprylate/Hexacaprate, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Ozokerite, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcristallina), PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Tridecyl Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Neopentyl Glycol/Dicaprylate Dicaprate, Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Red 33 (CI 17200), Red 30 (CI 73360), Blue 1(CI 42090), Red 40 (CI 16035)
I love cosmetics, I love makeup and all the colors they offer and every single thing in between… but I’m a believer that while I do enjoy the pretty and sparkly things – I love natural beauty on me as well. Society dictates beauty on many levels and many times it’s superficial. With teenage girls dealing with their own personal issues of self esteem and women in society struggling to find their groove, I love that a cosmetic and product line offer products like these to enhance what is already gorgeous and natural beauty.
This line initially was designed for the Baby Boomers (ages over 45), but I think it would be a wonderful line for anyone who loves great and simple skin care or products. I love how easy each product is to use and the price point is reasonable. When you think about your cosmetic or makeup routine, skin care routine or just your every day life, could you use a little simplistic approach to things. Like I said before, I love the pretty things that the makeup industry offers, but as we get older, less is more sometimes and since I’m 36, I’m always looking for preventative products as well as great ones to help me on my journey. I love looking natural and these are definitely products I think I’ll enjoy for years to come. I love BOOM! products so much I’m picking up a few sets for my loved ones, my mom and mother in law will surely enjoy them and so will other friends and family members. These will make great gifts for sure.
Have you heard of or tried anything from BOOM! by Cindy Joseph? If so, what are your thoughts? If not, is this something you will check out.
To learn more about the product line and the founder Cindy Joseph, head on over to the website: http://www.boombycindyjoseph.com/
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.
As a busy mom, I’m always looking for ways to cut my cleaning time in half. Whether it be delegating the duties at home to a “willing” helper or accomplishing each chore a little at a time to get it done… I try my best to make it happen. Though, I’ll be honest – I always think to myself, “Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could all have our own personal Robot like they had in Bicentennial Man?” Well, not really… because I’d probably develop a motherly bond and have difficulty letting go, just knowing me… lol. But, I think I have a solution and my family and I have been loving it the last month. Today, I introduce you to bObi Kaho’ohanohano, the new baby in our house. But, bObi is not your traditional or typical baby. Nope – she is a robotic vacuum.
When my family and I was given the opportunity to give bObi a test run, let’s just say we were quite overjoyed and completely ecstatic to receive her. She came bundled in a sturdy box, well packaged and even included a little card that welcomed her to our family. The directions are easier to follow than I would have ever imagined and getting her going and started was a complete breeze. We were all excited to try her out… well, almost all of us. Ikaika who is our King Charles Cavalier Spaniel is still currently on the fence about her and still hasn’t decided if he likes her or not.
Our family has a traditional vacuum, which I’ll be honest – I really enjoy. It does it’s job but obviously, it can’t do it without someone behind the wheel actually doing the vacuuming. I don’t mind running the vacuum, it’s kind of soothing – but finding the time in my hectic schedule can pose many issues. We have a small house in general, so a standard vacuum will surely do the job without issue in very little time, but finding the time in my day is what seems to be the biggest problem.
Immediately after receiving it, my boys were so excited, they couldn’t contain their excitement. While our living area is small, we were eager to try bObi out for ourselves. I plugged her in the night prior to let her charge through the evening and then the next day, we were able to take her for a run. Our biggest challenge is a small living area and the fact that things move around in our house consistently. The boys have a table they do their homework on and it gets folded up and put away when we vacuum usually, so we wanted to be able to leave it out and have bObi work around it. The vacuum learns a pattern of where everything is in the house, or you can easily use the remote control and guide it in the direction you want for yourself. There is also a sensor on the vacuum so you do not have to worry about it bumping into things. It has run me over a few times, but I noticed it’s normally when the sensor is on the opposite side of the unit.
bObi has a small sweeper attached to it with brushes that work to pick up all the little pieces or sweep them into the cleaner… it’s awesome. I love that it gets near to the base boards in my kitchen or in the areas where dog hair gets caught and sweeps it up quickly and easily. bObi does not get all the rubbish in certain areas all the time, but it’s still learning to make its way around our house the the boys ever-moving their things around the rooms. While it won’t get that piece of lint or hair the first run sometimes, as it comes back around – it picks it up and leaves my house clean. With bObi’s dirt sensors, she is determined to go back around and get it done – so no lint or dust will be left behind.
I set bObi on a timer so it will run a sweep through the house and kitchen area each day at 10am while I’m sitting at my desk working. It’s so convenient for us that I think our traditional vacuum is starting to feel a bit left out. I use bObi daily and run my traditional vacuum on Saturdays to get a really good, deep into the carpet clean. bObi will reach under the beds and tables and below the cabinets because she’s so petite. It’s nice not having to bend to get under those areas with my traditional vacuum.
bObi Classic retails for about $269.00 on Amazon ($749 USD on bobSweep website) and comes with all the attachments to get it done. A charge overnight and you’re good to go and ready to clean the next day. Mop, sweep, sanitize… have lots of fun and get a few moments of breathing time for yourself.
You can see bObi in action while she goes through our hang out area. As you can see, Ikaika (our dog) is not yet a fan. But, he’s warming up to her… especially since she keeps his area where he sleeps, nice and clean! We are looking to replace our carpet and I can’t wait to see how bObi performs on the new one.
Oh, I forgot my favorite part… bObi mops. My bObi unit comes with a mop extension and 2 mop cloths which can be attached to the unit to do a quick mop. bObi comes with a UV light that kills bacteria and filters the air with her built-in HEPA filter. She’s seriously genius! I use this specifically for my kitchen. This is the perfect way to “spot mop” or do a quick mop during the weekdays until I do my thorough cleaning and mopping on Saturdays.
Charging bObi is really easy. It comes with a charging station and you can either let it run it’s course for it’s usual vacuuming and let it return to its dock or press the “juice” button on bObi or the remote control and it finds the docking station and recharges itself… simple and easy.
I think technology advances are so fun and exciting and I’m so thankful to have bObi to help me complete a few of my chores – mopping & vacuuming… check! I have never tried a robotic vacuum before so this is an experience my family and I are enjoying and we’re very thankful for. If you are in the market for a new vacuum, I highly suggest giving bObi or any of the other bobSweep family members a try. After having bObi in our house for just about a month now, she’s settled in and is a great addition to our family. Even Ikaika is starting to enjoy her (since she’s so quiet in comparison to our traditional vacuum), he has made her his friend and even rides her from time to time, lol.
Now that you’re done reading my thoughts (and my family’s) on bObi, do you think she will join your family? We’re just a humble family with a little home that we love and I figured instead of staging or prettying up the post, you could see bObi in real life and experience what we experience – good cleaning and a little less hectic-ness and stress for mom. Hope you enjoyed!
Check out the rest of the bObi family here or the whole bobSweep family here.
Disclaimer: The product featured in this post was sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased as with anything I post on my site. Affiliate links are posted through out.
You know, I’ve said this time and time again… but who I am today and what I have become was in part molded for me by those before me. My parents, my grandparents, family and friends who have inspired who I am as a person today. I recently was introduced to a beautiful Angel Locket by Yourself Expression and I wanted to share with you this beautiful piece that has completely won over my heart.
These beautiful Angel Lockets are the perfect way to express love or remembrance (or both). These lockets are unlike the traditional lockets you are accustomed to. They are bold, but dainty and offer gorgeous geometric shapes to compliment who you are as a person or your personal style. Each locket features filigree-like detailing and crystal accents. What makes these lockets different than your traditional ones is that instead of holding a picture inside of your loved one, each locket houses a sphere with a chime inside. Each necklace can be personalized to fit your taste by choosing the color of the sphere, making your choice something that is symbolic to you or simply your favorite shade or hue.
The chime inside is subtle, light and not distracting at all. It serves as a reminder that someone you love is thinking of you and always with you in spirit. Each locket is meant to keep love and protection around you or the person you gift it to.
Teen Entrepreneur Shelby Golguski and her brother Gordon created Yourself Expression to share things they love with others – young and old. Their Angel Lockets merge customized accessories and an on-trend look perfectly. There are various different lockets in different shapes, designs and finishes that make these so pretty and unique to your personal style.
I have the Yourself Expression Spiral Design Angel Locket in Gold with a Silver Chimer. My chain is made of stainless steel and my locket is silver plated with a copper base. My chimer is a clay-painted ball that makes a soft chime when you move. Each Angel Locket can be easily cleaned and wiped dry and you should take care in not wetting it or wearing in water. The chain is 32″ and the locket 1″ in size.
I have had this locket now for about a month and have absolutely fell in love. It reminds me of my childhood and if you know anything about me, you know that each jewelry piece I use consistently has some type of significant meaning to me. The piece is lightweight and I absolutely love the soft chime I hear when the necklace moves about it. After using this consistently over the last month, I also love the fact that it hasn’t tarnished on me or turned my skin green as well. Most jewelry pieces will do that to me after the first use if they are not real. It’s sturdy and really well made. Each locket is $20 and I look forward to picking up one or two more to add to my collection because I am absolutely in love with my locket.
They say that when a loved one passes, you will carry a piece of them in your heart always. What makes this locket so wonderful is that the little chimes that come from it are little reminders that I’m never alone. As a lover of mythical creatures like fairies and unicorns, I am reminded that there is always a little bit of pixie dust somewhere to help brighten my day and that I always have angels over my shoulder.
I think this will be a timeless piece for years to come and a great gift for yourself or a loved one. Angel Lockets are a unique gift and the perfect little treasure for anyone to have. It’s affordable, well-made and stylish. I love the concept and enjoy the product and I’m proud to share it with all you today.
What about you, do you think Angel Lockets is something that you would enjoy or a loved one would like as a gift? Have you heard or seen anything like this before?
You can check out all the designs available for the Angel Locket and purchase your own at: https://www.thegrommet.com/yourself-expression
Disclaimer: The products featured and discussed in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.
I’ve been told time and time again that I have beautiful long hair and while my hair grows quickly and my hair is long, it sheds A LOT. After having my twins almost 7 years ago, I found that my hair really took a beating from the rough pregnancy I experienced. Over the years I have shed a lot of hair and while my hair grows well and grows quickly, it needed something that would really just give it a little extra love and sprinkle some magical fairy dust to get it back to what it used to be. I take all kinds of supplements and over the years I have taken specific ones for hair strengthening that included Biotin. I have enjoyed them all – but this one I’ll be talking about today, well – I can honestly say… it’s definitely my favorite tasting. Today I introduce you to the NeoCell Biotin Bursts, a gourmet biotin soft chew that the perfect dietary supplement for those who are looking for a different way to get their daily Biotin.
Now, let’s be honest here for a minute… I was immediately drawn to this product because of its packaging… hello – it’s purple. But, honestly after having tried other products from NeoCell, I knew that I would enjoy these. You can read about other reviews I posted on products from NeoCell here and here. These Biotin Bursts are the perfect soft chew for a daily supplement of Biotin which is perfect for hair, skin and nail health and they taste absolutely delicious.
I am all about taking care of your skin and hair so it’s really nice to find a product that can help with both. The NeoCell Biotin Bursts deliver high absorption beauty nutrients in delicious chews. Since Biotin is an important B Vitamin that promotes healthy hair, skin and nails as well as energy support – you’ll get great benefit with this product. The high potency formula supports the metabolism of proteins in the body creating natural energy, luxurious hair, resilient nails and vibrant skin. The fact that this product has Acai Berry added for antioxidant support and protection from free radical damage is a huge plus.
The Biotin Bursts are soy, wheat, lactose, palm oil, yeast and artificial flavor free. It is Gluten Free! You basically take one chew daily and let the product do the work. I take so many different types of medicines due to different health ailments and I certainly am not a fan of taking an additional pill to help with the strength of my hair, so I love that I can have a chew that taste great. I did mention that before, right? It really does taste great. My husband has been taking these with me and we have really enjoyed it.
Each Biotin Burst is individually wrapped and like I mentioned before, you need only take one chew daily. They taste like a berry chew and don’t have any chalky or weird after taste at all. If you are a fan of Acai berry or strawberry and blueberry mix, I think you’ll enjoy the flavors of these because it reminds me of a combination of those flavors. With 10,000 MCG of Biotin you get enough of that hair and nail supplement for daily intake. I just love that it’s so easy to take without any funky flavor, pills to swallow or yuck!
** Other ingredients: dried cane syrup, rice syrup, maltodextrin, natural flavors, sunflower lecithin, sunflower oil, malic acid, citric acid, glycerin, fruit and vegetable juice for color, stevia.
Over the last couple of months of taking this supplement, I have noticed that my hair is stronger and tangles a lot less. There is less breakage and shedding which is something I notice immediately because my hair naturally sheds a lot. In combination with some of my favorite hair products, I have noticed that my hair has really improved and over the last couple of months. Summer takes a beating on my hair and leaves it dry and brittle and I noticed with the use of the Biotin Bursts along with my other hair care faves, my hair seems to handle the Hawaii heat nicely.
NeoCell’s Biotin Bursts can be found at a variety of retailers like Vitamin World, Whole Foods & GNC. I love the convenience of shopping online, but I love that I can find products I enjoy in a store near me so I don’t have to worry about running out and waiting on a shipment. So it’s convenient to pick up at my local stores like Whole Foods. The retail for about $13 for a 30 day supply which is an awesome price! You can learn more about the product or find a location and retailer near you on their website here: http://www.neocell.com
Have you tried anything from NeoCell before? If so, what have you tried and what are your thoughts? If not, is this something you think you would be interested in checking out?
Disclaimer: The products mentioned and featured in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased as with anything you may see or read on this site. Affiliate links are posted through out.
The last few weeks have had me talking about relationship advice on my Thirsty Thursday episode I do each week but I have been saving some motherhood topics for today. As many know who follow my blog or YouTube channel, I am a Stay at Home / Work from Home mom and honestly, I’m proud of it. I wish each mother could experience staying at home with their children and spending the time with them watching their child or children grow. But, being a stay at home mom comes with a certain personna, or stigma I shall say, that can sometimes hit a few nerves. Today we are going to do a “Confessions of a Stay at Home Mom” segment – something I used to do a lot on my channel and blog in the past and we are going to touch base on the following subjects. These questions were emailed to me for advice and topic consideration…
” Do you think Sta at Home Moms are lazy? What do you think about what is said about Stay at Home Moms, calling them lazy or that they have an easy life and don’t do anything.”
” Do you feel you push your kids too hard to be successful? Do you think some parents can push their kids too hard to be great?”
Thanks so much for joining me on this episode of Thirsty Thursday. Don’t forget – if you are interested in submitting questions or topics for future episodes, you can email them to email@example.com. As a reminder, I am not a professional at all and do not get paid for my advice. All opinions are my own – my honest thoughts on the subject and I am in no way judging anyone for the choices they make or their own opinions, these are just mine.
I love getting flowers for Anniversaries, Birthdays, Mother’s Day or “Just Because”, but I’m always open to fun ideas and little things that make these occasions fun, exciting and sentimental. While flowers are nice, I love finding products that are practical and will have a purpose. This year, I wanted to share a few items that I have been loving lately that would make GREAT Mother’s Day gifts. Whether you are buying this as a treat for yourself or making the day of that special mommy in your life, these gifts are definitely some that will make any woman happy. Read on if you want to check out this round up of Mother’s Day Gift Ideas.
I have had my fair share of great Mother’s Day gifts. My husband and I are so in-tune with one another that we usually know exactly the gift we want to get for one another or something that is practical and we’ll get a lot of use out of. My goal for this list is to offer a variety of goodies for any woman, whether the stay-at-home or work-from-home mom, busy business woman or the granny with style, these gifts will surely please.
Let’s start with a little makeup – shall we? I recently was introduced to Youngblood Cosmetics, a beautiful line of mineral cosmetics created by Pauline Youngblood. From Foundation to lipstick and everything in between, Youngblood Cosmetics offers a wide range of color cosmetics that is made with quality ingredients and great black and chic packaging. I have been using a few of the products from the line and look forward to trying more. Anything from Youngblood is gorgeous, but two of my favorites is the Pressed Mineral Eye Shadow Quad in Shanghai Nights ($43 USD) and Mineral Radiance Compact (pictured) in Splendor ($43 USD). Each or any of the products are perfect for the sophisticated woman that is looking to add a little color to their life or the makeup and beauty loving mom that wants to try something new.
A great cleansing oil and a fantastic mud mask is perfect for that mother in your life. One of my favorite gifts to give to my favorite gals is the Borghese Fango Active Mud Mask for Face and Body so I just had to include the Fango Active Duo Set as a gift option. This two piece set retails for $60 USD but the Fango Active Radiance Facial Oil retails for $60 on it’s own, so it’s like you get a free product or gift with purchase. This set is gorgeous and I love how Borghese products display on the vanity. The Radiance Facial Oil has a blend of botanical oils that help to transform the skin’s texture, soothe dull and dry skin and nourish and restore lipid loss due to aging and environmental damage. The Fango Active Mud for Face and Body is one of my holy grail masks, offering a detoxifying mineral-rich mask that hydrates and firms the skin while reducing fine lines and providing you with smooth and toned skin. Paired together, this not only makes a wonderful gift – but a great treat for anyone.
Can we just talk about the design of this unit for a second? My gosh, it’s so pretty and girly and would make the most wonderful Mother’s Day gift for any mom. The Michael Todd Soniclear Petite is one of my favorite skin cleansing tools. I have raved about it time and time again here on my site and would recommend ANY of these units for a gift. This cleansing tool is the petite version, smaller than the original and the elite but perfect for travel and comes with a universal USB enabled charger which makes this great for those on the go. It’s a waterproof unit with 3 speeds to help tailor to your cleansing needs and is antimicrobial. What makes it so great is not only the design (and the pattern) but that this product is reasonably priced at just $109.00. I seriously wouldn’t mind unwrapping one of these as a gift and I know it would make a fabulous present for anyone.
I wrote about these two products from LATHER on my blog a few weeks back and they continue to be favorites of mine so I know they would make any mom or mom to be happy. The LATHER coconut creme body whip ($22 USD) is one of my favorite body butter / lotions to date. I have used MANY, trust me, and I find that it not only smells yummy – it moisturizes my skin wonderfully and leaves a light fragrance that is so delish. This body creme is silky and whipped to perfection and my skin is left soft and hydrated for hours. This is the perfect creme for any mom or mom to be. I highly suggest this as a gift to that “mom to be” because this would make a great body creme to lather on the body while pregnant too. The Vanilla & Argan Lip Scrub ($10 USD) is a must have for anyone. It is moisturizing and tastes delicious and sloths away any dry skin on your lips leaving them plump and soft for your favorite lip product or for kiss… teehee. What’s great about these products is that they come from a great brand and are made with quality products.
With the summer months just around the bend, nothing says beachy and ready for some sun like a great tote. This gorgeous striped Sportswear Tote by Helly Hansen ($50 USD) is lightweight and the perfect bag to store your everyday essentials for all your summer fun activities. It’s available in three different colors: Navy, Aquamarine and Sorbet and has a shoulder strap and carry handles. Marine stripe fabric and detailing give this tote the perfect look for sporting and toting around this summer. As a handbag lover, I know that I would love to get this quality made bag as a gift this Mother’s Day.
The next gift is one of my favorites… for moms like me who like to take their hair ties and rubber bands and turn them into an unsightly fashion statement as we wear them on our wrists. The Bittersweet Hair Tie Bracelet ($45 USD) was created by Maria Shireen – a functional fashion accessories company. It was a gift from her husband as he had it designed and created so that she could eliminate the pressure on her wrist from the elastic bands but also make her hair tie look like a stylish bracelet, by creating a channel that holds the hair tie in place. Hello – total genius, simple, unique but functional. This bracelet has literally changed my fashion game up hugely. If you have seen any of my outfit posts here on the blog – then you know that I have turned my many hair ties into the ugliest thing to grace my wrist, but I NEED them at a moments notice so I keep them handy that way. Now with the Bittersweet bangle I can literally look fashion forward without being a fashion faux pas. This literally makes a great gift for any mom and I know they will make use of this bangle as much as I do. I love it so much – I have my eyes on the gold and rose gold too.
You can’t go wrong with buying your favorite mom a perfume for Mother’s Day and Pacifica Beauty offers a set of three for just $19 USD. The Daydreamer Roll-On Trio offers three delectable scents that would make any mother happy. Tuscan Blood Orange, Tahitian Gardenia and Indian Coconut Nectar (one of my favorites) this set offers a roll-on perfume for everyone. Pick up the whole set and gift it together or break up the set and make three mother’s happy this Mother’s Day. Pacifica offers cruelty free products and are available on their website: Pacificabeauty.com, Target and Ulta stores.
Now, of course – I know there are moms out there that may be stationery, planner, pen or paper addicts… like me. So, I wanted to make sure that I included something that would satisfy those moms too. I LOVE pens and some of my favorites come from PenGems and from their signature collection. I probably have 8 or 10 of them and I love them not only because of the way they write, but because they are beautiful, stylish and just a great statement to any planner, purse or notebook. Pens, pencils and notebooks can be great gifts for mom from children or grandchildren. I love searching through Target’s One Spot Dollar Spot section for cute notebooks, pens and pencils as well to give as gifts. You can get a great selection for about $1 to $3 and you’re bound to find something you will enjoy as well as the favorite mother(s) in your life. These kinds of gifts are easy to personalize and make great little presents to open.
Of course, we can’t leave out the techie gadgets and nothing says awesome like the gift of a camera. The Sony RX100 iv ($950.00) is the perfect gift to give that will help that special mom capture every moment that her family has. It’s compact and powerful. With the ability to capture images in 21MP at up to 16 frames per second and record videos in 4K or HD – this is the perfect camera for a beginner or camera enthusiast, offering an impressive compact camera for every day use or for special occasions.
Whatever gift you decide to get that mom or moms in your life, I’m sure it will be wonderful. These are just a little suggestions of products and goodies I’ve been loving lately. Of course, as I mentioned previously – I love flowers and welcome them with open arms (especially my favorites) but when you want to think a little outside of the box, some of these presents would be perfect gifts for your loved one. I look forward to Mother’s Day each year because it reminds me that being a Mommy is so much more than presents – it’s love and happiness year round. I look forward to my sons making me beautiful handmade cards that take them hours to complete and while Mother’s Day is everyday in my house, I think it’s a day worth celebrating. Besides, I wouldn’t be a mother myself without the help from my mom and those that have come before me… right?
Disclaimer: Most of the products discussed, mentioned and featured in this post were sent to me for review and editorial consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased and I was not paid to feature these products. Affiliate links are posted through out.
What is Gal-Entine’s Day? Celebrating Your Girlfriends on Gal-entine’s Day
Celebrating any holiday is much more fun with our Gal Pals. So what is Gal-entine’s Day? Well, it’s basically a time when we as besties gather together with our gals and have a great celebration of friendship. There’s no need to compare our love trials and tribulations… we all just get together to chit chat and have fun before Valentine’s Day and celebrate the bond we have between friends. Traditionally celebrated on February 13th (the day before Valentine’s Day), this special day is meant to be fun and a way to not only reconnect with our besties, but to have a little fun. So – get on the phone, social media and start texting your girlfriends for a day or evening of laughs, fun and excitement to celebrate your friendships. Wondering what you can do on this Gal-entine’s Day? Well, read on to get a little inspiration!
Gifts? Presents? What do you get for your bestie on Galentine’s Day?
Well, giving your gal pals a little token of your friendship is sweet and perfect for a day like this. I tend to like to create a little DIY or have something made specifically for my girlfriends. You can opt to create a friendship bracelet (yes, those are still cool and not only for pre-teens) or even bake something sweet. Get the gals something that can be personalized like a locket or something that will remind you of your childhood.
DIY – Fun Projects for the Girls
DIY products can be fun to do when you’re with a bunch of friends. I tend to have a ton of supplies for all kinds of goodies laying around my house in my craft bins, so anything can make for a great product. Something my sister and I used to do a lot is create candles or soap to give as gifts or to display in our bathrooms and we had so much fun making and using these products. Bath bombs are fun too or a really easy sugar scrub in cute decorated jars make wonderful creations. Have fun and let your ideas soar. It’s not only something to do with your friends, but it’s memento they can take with them when the night is done.
Am I the only person that enjoys shows like Criminal Minds, Empire or Orange Is The New Black? Well, why not gather around the tube (television since most people now have flat screens) and binge watch some of your favorite shows with your gal pals. Order pizza or make a quick Pull Apart Pizza (recipe here) and indulge in some gorgeous chocolate berries from Shari’s Berries. Not into my flick choices? Well, choose some of your faves or rock out to Pitch Perfect and have a mini Aca-session with your gals.
If you know me, then you know this is not something I take part in often. I’m the only person in my family that is tone deaf and because of it, no one wants to hear me sing… lol. But, Karaoke evenings are fun and I have enjoyed taking part in them. Either pull out your Karaoke machine you have stored away or head over to your local Karaoke Bar and have some fun. Sing to your favorite tunes and enjoy the night with some appetizers or finger foods (pizza works – can you tell that’s my favorite food) or delightful desserts. Belt your heart out to your favorite tunes and have a party.
Paint ’N Wine Event
There are a few locally owned places on island where I live that offer a paint event (sometimes a little wine) that you can take part in. These cool events allow you and your friends to go and get a very awesome painting instructional class from an artist/teacher and allow you to create the masterpiece yourself. While there you have the chance to have a little wine and talk story all while having a great time. Note that if you take part in these, make sure you have a designated driver accompany you or pick you up from the venue as it can be a lot of fun. You can take the painting home after and remember your night with your girls. If painting and wine are not your thing, see what kind of “tasting” events are available. A local restaurant here offers a Tea Time event once a week where you drink tea and have a light brunch under the trees in a beautiful courtyard. It’s gorgeous and so much fun .
Ah, as a beauty and makeup lover, I knew I had to include this. A day of pampering is always fun. Gather your gal pals and pull out your favorite makeup, skin care items and mani pedi favorites and do a little pampering. If you have a local Mary Kay representative or an Avon rep, contact them to see if they would like to do makeovers while sharing their products with your gals. Since I have a makeup artist kit, I tend to pull those out and just make it a fun activity for everyone. I may do smoky eyes on all the girls (something they are not used to) or do a full pedicure and manicure on each. All of this fun while eating and drinking and dancing to your favorite songs. It’s like a sleepover without sleeping – just old school fun. I also like to up together little bags of treats for each friend – including a nail file, some chocolates of course, and anything beauty related. ELF offers some good makeup for a $1.00 and you can stuff a bunch of treat bags with things that you love and know they will love too. Looking for fun ideas on makeup looks to create? Head on over to my Valentine’s Day Playlist on YouTube and get a little inspired.
Don’t leave out your Far Away Besties
I don’t know about you, but I have friends all over the World and many of them live hours away from me let alone a whole continent. While they live so far away, I still want to let them know that I’m always thinking of them. A sweet card that comes with something special or a handmade sentiment is always a great thing. It will be great if it gets to her on February 13th so she checks her mail box and is surprised. Also, with technology now a days, there are many ways to communicate face to face without being there in person so Skype and have a chat to catch up. This is the perfect opportunity to talk about your Valentine’s Day plans and to share that new outfit you bought for the special occasion.
Who’s Up For A Girl’s Trip?
Living on an island really doesn’t help much for road trips here, but what is so great is that Hawaii is filled with so many awesome destinations that it’s easy to find sanctuary anywhere. If you and your friends are riding the single train for now, hey – what better time than to plan a girl’s weekend trip. Head to your favorite resort and spend the weekend at the pool or at the spa and just rejuvenate your body for the following Monday. Not single? Well, that doesn’t mean you can’t do this too… take a drive to wine country (here on Maui, we can head up to Tedeschi Vineyards) and have a wine tasting and then breakfast at Kula Lodge. The options are endless whether you live on Maui or are anywhere in the World. Sometimes a weekend getaway with your gal pals are the perfect way to really relax and rejuvenate the soul. And, what better way to have some relaxation than with your besties.
Day Trip to Buy Makeup
This may sound like an odd one… but since our local Sephora is a two hour drive away, my sisters and I have a tradition where we drive together (all three of us) and take a trip to the other side of the island to go shopping at our local Sephora. This gives us about 4 – 6 hours of time with one another (sometimes longer) and we get to chit chat makeup, have brunch and just relax and enjoy each others company. Most the time we don’t even buy makeup but spend an hour walking around Sephora chatting about our favorite products and testing out new ones we have yet to try. It’s our time together and we enjoy it.
While Galentine’s Day is February 13th, I think that any time of the year you are feeling like you need a little Gal love is appropriate to do something like this for your girls. Your besties are the ones that see you through every single trial and tribulation, every event and exciting moment. Celebrating with one another and sharing the love you have with each other is a great thing to do all the time, but especially on Galentine’s Day. What are you doing for your gal pals this year? Comment below and share some ideas that you may have!
Did you know there was such thing as a Gal-entine’s Day? If not, how do you plan to make use of this new day each year.
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Yes, it is that time of year when most people create a laundry list of resolutions that not only depress them and make them feel unaccomplished, but also add to the paper clutter. Let’s face it, I have done it time and time before and about two years ago I decided that instead of the “resolution” route I would aim to have a “goal” or better yet – a challenge. I am no short of making those “lose weight by Spring” and “save enough money for a trip” resolution people but this year I figured I would change things and focus an important challenge on my makeup spending. After working on my yearly January Purge of the household items and including my makeup stash, I realized… “Wow – I have a lot of makeup!” Of course, I knew this information – but when I had it all laid out in front of me, I couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed and out of breath. And, I didn’t even spend much on makeup last year – so I couldn’t fathom where it all came from.
Who needs 50 plus makeup palettes (most of which probably have the same or similar eye shadow shades) and over 200 lipsticks? Well, up until today – I did, or at least I thought I did. Each year and several times a year I purge my makeup, but this time it seemed out of control and I was disappointed with myself. As a blogger, especially one who blogs about beauty products, you can find yourself wrapped up in all the pretty shimmer and sparkle. Sometimes I’m completely entranced by the new packaging – Too Faced gets me on that every time, or sparkle and shimmer for the eye lid, yup – ColourPop’s to blame for that one. There are so many reasons why buying makeup is so fun and besides, I’m the only girl in my house and I want to embrace that chic, girly and flirty side that makes me feel feminine. But, as I pack up a bunch of unused cosmetics that are being donated to the Women’s Shelter and saying goodbye to the makeup I’m handing over to friends and family, I am starting to realize that “Enough is enough!”
“Whether I’m wearing lots of makeup or no makeup, I’m always the same person inside.” – Lady Gaga
I literally can hear the lady at my local Sephora sobbing in tears as I am typing my revelation, hahaha! Don’t get me wrong, I will still purchase makeup if I feel like it’s something I’ll need – like Mascara, that’s something you use up and throw out after a few months. Or, if it’s something I really want. But, I won’t be stalking ColourPop’s Instagram page and Urban Decay’s Facebook waiting for the next release to feed my addiction as a makeup lover. As a blogger who writes about beauty products, this may be a challenge, but I will be smart about it and make it work!
Now let’s be honest and real for a minute. Committing to not buy any makeup for the entire year of 2016 is literally like saying I won’t eat pizza – which is my favorite food and impossible. But I can be realistic and do it in waves. So I think my challenge will be to break up the challenge into quarters – every three months. This way it will allow me to reflect every couple of months on how the challenge is going and what needs to be done to accomplish my goal.
I’ll be taking part in this challenge with my friend Beth from Pearlznlacebybeth.com. Together we will encourage one another to stick to our goal/challenge and keep one another on track. We each agreed that we would build a wishlist of items that we’ve had our eyes and minds set on (we’ll list it here in our posts) and do our best to keep to it. Each quarter we will update and make a new post outlining what we spend on makeup purchases and what we bought. This way we are not quitting cold turkey but will not buy frivolously.
My wishlist of items:
- Too Faced Peanut Butter & Jelly Palette
- Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette
- Too Faced Sweet Hearts Bronzer
- Too Faced Sweet Hearts Blush – peach
Pretty much everything listed right now is from Too Faced Cosmetic’s Spring and Summer Collections for 2016. I may add or delete some products but the goal of this is to stay within the lines of what my wish list is and not buy on a whim. I will also purchase eye liners and mascaras since I go through those very quickly. Should other releases or other products become available, I may add to this list, but again – it’s about keeping it all under control and not buying “just because”. Each quarter I will stop in and update with a post that states what I may have purchased and if I did buy any of my wishlist items. My friend Beth and I will each do this together to not only be a great support, but to help challenge one another.
What’s not included: Sponsored Products, Press Samples, Gift Cards or Gifts and The Basics
It’s obvious that as a blogger I receive Press Samples and samples as a part of Sponsored posts. Since these are sent to me and I do not pay for it out of my own pocket, they are not counted or included. Gift Cards or gifts will not be counted since they were provided to me as a gift. The basics include my mascara, eye liners and other things that I use consistently, repurchase often and most the time are drugstore or affordable. Each quarter I will list any purchases I have made that are not a part of my wish list as well as the cost of each. This will help me keep a running tally of how much I’m spending as well as allow me to keep motivated.
Some may be asking what this may mean for the blog? Well, everything will be the same. Well, if you read my post “This Life I Love“, then this challenge will be absolutely perfect because it will also challenge me to focus my blog on all the things I love, not just makeup. I consider that a win win! So what about you, will you be joining myself and my friend Beth on our Makeup Spending Challenge journey? If you do, be sure to comment on each post letting us know how you plan to accomplish your goals and how you did each quarter – we’ll be very excited to see. Wish us luck!
Also – be sure to stop by my friend Beth’s blog (click this link) to read about her Makeup Challenge and her wishlist.
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Have you ever had those days when you wake up and feel like an epiphany has completely taken over your body? The feeling overwhelms you and leaves you stunned and in awe. I swear, it seems like over the last month I have been going through this very thing several times a week. It delights me that I can go to bed in the evening and wake up the next morning with my head filled with thoughts that I simply can’t wait to get onto paper. This has been my routine lately and my mind is telling me to pay attention to the signs as they are what my heart is telling me my soul wants. In 2015, everything I did and everything I strived for had to do with self discovery, finding out who I am and what I want out of life. It was about growth, not only for myself but my family and about strength because we had to really rely on one another to ensure success or simply to just get by. This year, I want to take everything I learned from 2015 and incorporate it into my personal “Planner” so to say, that will enable success and ultimately, help me to achieve my life goals. Let’s face it, living life is an accomplishment already and last year was a challenge all its own.
So, what’s in store and what’s new for Honey? Well, first of all I really feel like over the years I lost my identity and who I truly am and last year after really accomplishing so much more than I thought I ever could personally, I realized that the little changes I made to my routine and myself created a monster. Not the scary, freaky and ugly kind, but the kind that really wasn’t satisfied with everything or anything. I should be tapping myself on the back, applauding my accomplishments and realizing that not only am a I strong, confident and beautiful woman but that I attained and superseded a plethora of goals I had and I didn’t even realize it.
“I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, a woman who teaches by being.” – Maya Angelou
This year 2016 my mind has been made up. My goal is to engage in my thoughts and bring them all to life. Like an artist takes to his canvas or a writer to paper, my plan is to really embrace who I am as a person and use that as my strengths, not my weaknesses. One of the things I plan to do is start with making changes to my blog – I know, I know, yet again. I realized a lot about myself last year and that is that I lost my sense of personal identity on my site. I found that I was producing content that lost my personal sense of style. I love doing product reviews and I really truly enjoy trying new products and new things – but I lost the embodiment of what Honeygirl’s World really is… My World, My Life – the things I love. My site turned into a plethora of beauty (which isn’t a bad thing), but while my reviews showcased my personality, I felt that I still lost a lot of who I really am. This year I plan to incorporate more of me into the site and retro back to what it used to be when I first starting blogging. My site will not only be for reviewing my favorite products, but sharing bits and pieces of who I am and what I love. I kind of feel like all of that got lost over the years and I plan to bring it all back. I started Honeygirl’s World as a way to document my life and that is where I plan to take it once again.
So what can you expect from me? Well, as if I wasn’t a blatantly honest soul – you can expect that much and more. I really want to hold myself accountable for all the things that I let slack over the years. My goal is to keep on top of YouTube, posting three or more videos a week – we’ll see how that turns out and just keep that portion of my life much more organized. I want to really keep on top of my blog – posting 5x or more a week, preferably more and work at keeping the content fresh and exciting but also weave in so much more of myself that you’ll feel like we are bff’s and know me on a personal level. I want to also check off things from my bucket list and in order to do that I must be more diligent and really make this “Stay at Home, Work From Home Mom” thing work. I want to make even more time for family… my family – my husband and children are my everything and so this year I plan to really be “Super Mom & Wife”.
“You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance at doing what you love…” – Jim Carrey
In a week, I’ll be turning 36 years old and I’ve reached that point in my life where I don’t think I’m even old… the 30’s are the new 20’s anyway. I’ve embraced my looks, my beauty and what I look like on the outside so now I just need to embrace my beauty on the inside and continue to feed my soul. Will you be on this journey with me? I hope you’ll stick around and see!
Wishing you all a wonderful 2016 and a year filled with endless blessings and happiness!