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five shows to binge watch on Netflix

At only $10 a month, Netflix offers more flexibility than cable, and there are plenty of good shows on Netflix. You can find old shows, like Quantum Leap, Alias, and the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer, current tv dramas, Netflix original series like Orange is the New Black, kids shows, and many great movies. 

I have a small confession... I tend to watch Netflix more than regular TV. Sure I still like to watch my favorite shows like Chicago Fire, SVU, and the like, but I love the idea of Netflix: there are no commercials and you don't have to wait until next week to see the next episode. I guess that's why alot of people, including me, will binge watch shows on the loved streaming subscription & today I am going to share five shows that I love to binge watch. 

Product Spotlight | bareMinerals

Spoiler alert, one of my favorite makeup/skincare lines is bareMinerals. I have been using bareMinerals for almost two years now for a few reasons. Other than the fact that their formula feel luxurious on my skin, it's also completely cruelty-free. Part of the BareEscentuals family, bareMinerals is the sister company to Buxom and md formations, and owned by Shiseido. bareMinerals is also a vegan-friendly and cruelty-free line, their products are not sold in China, and as an added bonus, according to their site, bareMinerals does not work with any manufactures that do animal testing.

Since I love bareMinerals so much, today I am going to share six of my absolute favorite products from the brand*.

favorite bareminerals products

one year

Today marks one year anniversary of my puppy's journey over the rainbow bridge. And I still miss him every day. Truth be told, my loss has gotten easier to live with, and essentially the guilt associated with my decision is almost nonexistent now. A year after his death, I am no longer cursing the heavens for the low blow it delivered me, I no longer have blame for anyone, and I finally realize that the reason for the decision was not made from haste or irresponsibility, but out of love. 

My favorite Facebook blogging groups

Since it's a great place to connect, there is no doubt that people spend way too much time on Facebook. You can sell gently used items, read company reviews, connect with old friends, and more. But Facebook is also essential to bloggers and online entrepreneurs for one main reason. 

In the past few months, Facebook has made it harder for fan page growth, but they have also made it easier for bloggers and online entrepreneurs to connect with other like minded people, get help with questions, learn about Pinterest group boards, promote posts/content, get inspired, and more via the emergence of blogging groups. Personally, I belong to a lot of different blogging groups, and today I am going to share seven of the ones that have benefited me the most and that I have had the most growth because of. 


Sometimes when you just don't have anything special to write, a currently post is the best thing that you can pull out of your hat :)

How to create a printable with Canva

One of the best tools that a blogger can use is Canva. Not only, is it (mostly) free, but it is also fairly easy to use and to navigate. I use Canva for the majority of my blog graphics, including the hero images, Pinterest images, my header, and even printables that I send out with my newsletter

Today I am going to show step-by-step how you can use Canva to design and make your very own printables to either share on your blog as a freebie/newsletter opt-in or you can even open up an Etsy shop and sell them if you wanted to. No matter what you choose to do with it, having the knowledge of being able to make your own printables will definitely help you in the long run.

how to create a printable with canva

The best kept secret in skin hydration

*I was given product in exchange for a review, but opinions and thoughts are all mine*

This Summer I have been taking more showers due to the high temps and sweating, and since I have been bathing more, my skin, especially my feet, has been really dry. To combat the dryness, I have tried a few lotions after my showers, but didn't like that they either were either too fragrant or greasy; and I felt like I was going to have to deal with dry skin until Fall. I also had the notion of throwing out the idea of flip flops, because no one likes to see some cracked heels. It just looks bad. 

My skin salvation finally came in the form of a brand called Aquation. Powered by Hydro Balance, Aquatation uses an advanced dual phase technology that delivers hydration and creates an invisible barrier to help prevent moisture loss while encapsulated actives penetrate deeply for long-lasting hydration.* The products are dermatologist recommended, can be used on face & body, are fragrance free, and are non-comedogenic (meaning it is specially formulated to not cause blocked pores).