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five easy ways to stay in touch due to long distance

For the better part of three years, my best friend has lived about 14 hours away from me. When she left, it was like a part of my heart went with her. Since she moved, she has been back twice and I have went to see her once. Of course, in person, monthly visits were impractical, and since we both don't really like to talk on the phone, we have tried to stay connected in other ways. And guess what- they are really easy ways that everyone in a long distance relationship (any type) can use to stay in touch!

five easy ways to stay in touch due to long distance

Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer Review

Today I am back with another great product from one of my personal favorite skin care lines, Valentia. I recently had the chance to review their new Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer and again fell in love. I have had the chance to try quite a few of Valentia's products (all via Brandbacker) and I love the line for a few reasons: their products are alcohol free, paraben free, cruelty free; their products are and made with 98% natural & organic ingredients; and the ingredients are specially selected to work together to achieve optimum results. 


Amazon Gift Card giveaway

Who doesn't love Amazon? I love that you can find and buy so many things, and with most of the stuff you can buy, you can get two day shipping. I mean, how cool is that? And did you know that they also deliver on Saturdays? True story- my brother had bough a car part off of Amazon, and within 48 hours, it was delivered into his hands!  

Since I love Amazon, I am giving you guys a chance to win a nice little gift card to buy anything your hear desires. 


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the world in which we live

Today I am going to get a little personal, political, and real up in here. I am generally very upbeat on here and never really share things that could be considered controversial, unless I am talking about disappointing beauty products. I do this because I don't like to be negative, I don't want to cause an uproar, and I don't want to show that side of me. 

I mean, I don't want to brag, but if you take a look at my about page, you would see that I have my Master's. Therefore, it means that I am educated (sure, it could also mean that I am in debt up to my eye balls and have a stupid piece of paper saying that I am). It means that I have written persuasive essays, term papers, research papers, and I can debate with the best of them, but I have always stuck by my grocery list of things I will never blog about. Today I am going to break a rule... today I am going to blog about something that is really getting to me.


SMART STUFF Natural Insect Repellent Review


The one thing that makes me happy about Fall, is the weather. I love the smells, the crisp air, and the fact that I can walk outside without feeling like I am going to melt. Unfortunately, with the weather still being in that weird in between- mild warm, but not hot & cool, but not cold mix, there is one thing that I absolutely hate: mosquitoes. 

Of course, with mosquitoes, the only way to get rid of them is to either stay indoors or use a mosquito repellent spray. Many people use the latter. I, on the other hand, can't. When I was pregnant with Lil Man in 2010, I found out I was allergic to deet; which one of the main ingredients in mosquito repellents. I really didn't care, since I'm not a big outdoorsy person. Unfortunately with current mosquito population near doubling every night when I take my dog out, and the fact that Zika virus is a thing, I knew a few months ago I needed to find something that would be deet-free, natural, safe for me and the whole family, and didn't make me want to vomit from the smell. 

A few weeks ago, SMART STUFF gave me an opportunity to review their natural insect repellent, and after reading about the company, I knew it was a product and company that I could stand behind.

smart stuff insect repellent review

five classes I wish I had in highschool

Since graduating high school so long ago, whenever I have encountered a problem, I have always said, "Man, instead of stupid non-existent Math, they should have taught me that in school." Most people have agreed with me, and some have said, "well, that's what college is for."

I usually laugh, but then think that college is where you learn about your alcohol limits, learn to procrastinate, and teach your body how to run on Red Bull and two hours of sleep. I could give you a long list about what college taught me, but instead I am going to talk about five classes that should have been taught in high school along side of English and History, instead of Pre-Calc.


the easiest apple crisp I have ever made

A few weeks ago, Lil Man went on his first ever school field trip. Needless to say, but I was a little worried that he was going somewhere without a member of the family with him. In the end, he did wonderfully (at least that's what I think- I never received a note saying that he was any different), and he brought me home 5 beautiful apples that he had picked from a tree by himself.Unfortunately, I refused to let him eat the apples because they were lumpy, bumpy, and brown. When he asked why, I told him I was proud of him and promised to find something to make with them. 

I knew that the most practical way to use the apples was to make apple crisp with them, and set out to find a recipe that I could make.