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D'OR24K Non-Surgical Lifting Syringe Review

Here's a confession... I'm 31 and I already have wrinkles. No, I don't have the definition of wrinkles, but I do have some deep fine lines (which will develop into wrinkles) under my eyes and some crow's feet starting to emerge. 

Since turning 30 (almost 2 years ago), I have been very interested in anti-aging and wrinkle reducing products; I think I have actually tried almost every eye cream on the market. From serums, to moisturizers, to masks, and even make up, I have tried darn near every thing to get rid of my deep fine lines. Everything promised to work, but in the end, nothing did (well, the makeup covered it for a minute). About two weeks ago, I was able to try out the D'OR24K Non-Surgical Lifting Syringe and let's just say WOW!

D'OR24K Non-Surgical Lifting Syringe Review


Current Beauty Favorites

Tabitha is my name, and beauty is my game. Well, beauty favorites, that is!
I try a lot, and I mean a lot, of beauty products on a monthly basis. Last year I was subscribed to Sephora Play and Birchbox, but after "breaking up with my subscription boxes", I decided that I still wanted to try new things. Nowadays, I will grab samples from Sephora, buy a sampler kit from either Sephora or Ulta, get products from Influenster, or just buy a product to see if it interests me. Currently, I am loving a perfume, moisturizer, nail product, skin tint, and an under eye moisturizer. Want to know what they are? :) 


#SheddBLU 2017 "BLU goes GREEN" recap

#SheddBLU recap, blogger review, Shedd Aquarium

Perfect weather, drinks, bites, an amazing backdrop, fireworks, special animal encounters, and even a show from a cute sea lion named "Ty" all culminated in one of the best nights I had had in awhile. The event? The Shedd Aquarium's party of the summer: BLU

BLU is the Shedd Aquarium's premier fundraising fete and supports their new & improved mission: sparking compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world. BLU also plays a critical role in advancing conservation initiatives, sustaining a dynamic animal collection and teaching children about the extraordinary animals in the Shedd Aquarium's aquatic world; and this year's BLU raised $400,000 for just that. I was able to attend the event and I can tell you- it was definitely a night to remember. 


4 tips to keep your skin healthy with Differin® Gel

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Differin Gel, Beauty Review, Blogger review

A few months ago, I talked about a new acne product medication, called Differin® Gel, that I was going to start using. Differin® Gel is the first and only prescription-strength retinoid now available over-the-counter for clearing and preventing acne. It's the newest advancement and ingredient in the OTC acne category in over 30 years, and it is meant to clear breakouts where they start (deep in the pores). It also prevents breakouts before they begin, and as a result, restores skin’s texture and tone. In the past eight weeks, Differin® Gel has worked wonders on my acne! I am not kidding you!

Today I want to share a few before and after pictures (be warned- I am not wearing ANY makeup) and give you 4 tips to keep your skin healthy with Differin® Gel, if you decide to try it, which I recommend.

5 ways to soothe a sunburn

Sadly summer is starting to come to an end, but that doesn't mean that the fun has to end. The energy is still poppin' and the weather is still beautiful, but that also means that a sunburn could be coming your way, if you're not careful. Like me...

Ok, so three months ago, I burnt. Like crispy, stick-a-fork-in-me, burnt. It hurt like nothing I had ever felt before; and I am NO stranger to sun burns. But here's the thing: it was cloudy outside and I didn't think to put on sunscreen. Perfect excuse, right? Basically it was the kind of weather that is on the way. But fear not, my friends, today I want to tell you the 5 ways that I was able to soothe my sunburn, and will be handling one in the future!


The "Lazy Girl's guide to Summer": 3 ways to get no-heat curls

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Ah, sweet Summer time! The weather is warm, the drinks are yummy, the mood is laid back, and the beachy curls are all the rage. Personally for me, I LOVE the beachy curls. They don't require a lot of product, are low maintenance, and look pretty awesome! Basically they are great for lazy girls like me! So today, I wanted to let you in on my secret for getting them... aka 3 ways to get no-heat curls. 

BUT Before I get into the 3 ways to get those beautiful no heat curls, I have to gush about my new hair color >>> 

The only dry shampoo you will need this Summer

I have problem with dry shampoo. In fact, I may be a dry shampoo addict. Don't worry, I do wash my hair every 3 days, but you better be sure that on the second & third days (and possibly the fourth), I am using dry shampoo. I mean, dry shampoo is amazing! All you do is spray it in and then the oil from your scalp disappears and your hair is refreshed! 

Product wise, I have tried almost every brand out there. From drug store, to high end, and even the weird DIY stuff, you name it, I have tried it. Why? Because I am one picky gal. There are four characteristics that I always look for when testing out a new dry shampoo- 1) smell, 2) residue, and 3)choke out factor, 4) weight and feeling. 

One of my favorite hair product brands- HASK- just came out with four new dry shampoos last month, and I about jumped for joy. Basically, I was the dancing guy emoji because I was so excited. 

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June beauty favorites

Beauty, Beauty Blogger review, Blogger favorite beauty buys

One of my favorite things about being a beauty blogger is being able to try out new beauty products and then share my views/opinions on them. Granted the whole trying new products out has lead to me having a hoarding issue, but hey, it's all good, right? Ha! Anyways, since I started a full time job, the month of June was essentially about finding products that could either multitask or could cut down on my morning routine. The next five products did both!

Moving soon? Here's some tips!

moving tips, blogger, tips for moving

About a month ago, my family and I moved, and to tell the truth, it sucked! Fortunately, I only had to pack up a one bedroom house and essentially move all the essentials- clothes, toys, bed, animals, etc, to my parents- which was like 100 feet behind my current residence, but it still irritated me. And set my procrastination self into overdrive! Anyways, after moving, I am sharing 7 things that I learned and would do differently

AND... I'm back

In the words of Usher, " It feels so good to be back!"

My last post was published on May 31... #sadface and the reason: a new full time job! What! What! 

I have been talking about needing a full time job for as long as I can remember and now, it is finally a reality! I am currently training to be an RBT- Registered Behavioral Tech- which will provide ABA therapy to children with Autism. Monday was my three weeks and I LOVE it. Even though I am training right now, I have been able to work with children and they are so super sweet. I feel like I am making a difference. 

my change to a cruelty free lifestyle

Around mid-2016, I started thinking about the whole idea of cruelty-free products and the possibility of becoming vegan. Unfortunately, due to my love of cheese and ice cream, I am not ready to make a diet change like cutting out all animal products/by-products, but I am ready to start living a semi-cruelty-free-lifestyle.

Vegan, cruelty-free beauty


How bloggers work with brands

If you are new to blogging, you may start asking yourself "when does the free stuff and money start rolling in?" I have been blogging for almost four years now, and honestly, I didn't even think about money until this year- I just wasn't in it for the money I guess. Anyways, bloggers can make money blogging three ways- 1) affiliate sales, 2) selling courses/ebooks/etc, and 3) working with brands. The third one is the easiest and today is all about it. 

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my acne story & diy acne medication holder

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When I was younger, I really didn't care about skincare products. Sure, I used face wash and the normal things, but I didn't have to worry about acne.

Honestly, it wasn't until I turned 30 that I started to suffer from acne around my time of the month. In a nutshell, my skin can be completely clear until about two weeks before the start of Aunt Flo. Once I start breaking out, I know that it won't go away until the day after I actually start. To be honest, the acne hurts. 

I have never actually been to a dermatologist for a prescription, but I have tried exfoliating with baking soda, dousing the area with apple cider vinegar, different acne spot treatments, and more... but nothing had helped. A few weeks ago, I was at Target and found about Differin® Gel. I knew I had to try it, especially because it's supposed to clear acne with the power of Rx!

>>For more Differin® inspiration, check out the social hub here.<<

Hello Monday & a life update

I realize a few weeks ago that I really don't talk about my personal life on here that much. I mean, sure I will give you some advice about beauty, blogging, and parenting, but other than my five on Friday recaps, I don't actually go into detail about what's going on with me. Like the deep stuff. Today, that is going to change. Today I am going to give you a little life update and tell you about four (well, three) crazy things going on in my life. 

Dear Mom... thank you

Dear Mom, 

I want to thank you. I want to thank you for everything that you have shown, given, and taught me the last thirty-one years. 

I want to thank you for being there for me every step of the way. I know that in my teen years, I was sort of a spoiled brat (to put it nicely) and then it carried on into my 20s, but you were always there for me; even if I wanted you to be or not. You were, and still are, my biggest cheerleader. You attempted to show me that no matter what life throws in your way, that you must keep pushing on and have faith in everything you do. It really never sunk it until this past year.


Mother's Day gift guide | Sephora

I am the type of gal who loves getting new beauty products for Mother's Day, and I especially love when my new pretties come from Sephora. Sephora is the type of store that just has everything. From the makeup brushes to the face masks, and all the high end products lines inbetween, Sephora has my vote for the best beauty store around. To showcase my love for the store, today I am sharing 15 gifts that I know any mom would love this Mother's Day.

His & Her reviews | Harry's Razors

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In my household, razors are the one thing that has become a staple in the bathroom, right next to makeup brushes and toilet paper. The one thing about razors though, is the fact that they can get so expensive. My hubby usually shaves about three to four times a week, he does not use disposables, and his razors are the most expensive- ranging from $24-45 for a pack. It is crazy! 

While at Target a few months ago, he brought up the idea of using a razor subscription service. I didn't mind the idea- 1) I also shave (my legs) and 2) men's razors can be pretty darn awesome for women. After doing some research, we decided to try out Harry's

The healthy hair diet- 7 Foods Your Hair Will Love

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Hi all, today I have Lucy Green from and she has something very interesting to tell you about! Take it away, Lucy!

How healthy your hair is can be a reflection of many things. Although genetics do play a large role, other factors can greatly determine how our locks behave. 

Stress, lack of sleep, or too much use of heated appliances can all take their toll.

However, many hair problems can be linked to deficiencies in your diet - to what you are or are not eating. By adjusting your daily diet just a little bit you can begin to see and feel the difference in your hair.

10 Unique Mother's Day Gifts

When it comes to a Mother's Day gift, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Card? Candy? Flowers? Personally for me, I love unique gifts. No, I'm not talking about a spa package or a gift certificate for a mani/pedi... I am talking about a gift that is something I can hold dear to my heart. And maybe something that I can show off. :)

I have rounded up 10 unique Mother's Day gifts that any mom is sure to love, and I can guarantee that she will show off.

April Beauty Favorites

I'm sure it's been said already, but it's kinda crazy to see May already. I mean, school is almost out and Summer is like a hop, skip, and a jump away! It feels like just last month I was sending Lil Man to his first day of Kindergarten, and now in less than 20 some days, he's going to be an almost first grader. Ugh! Anyways, a new month means a recap of some new beauty favorites. So without further adieu- my April beauty favorites...

5 things that make blogging easier

blogging tips, lifestyle blogger

When you think of skills and tools that would make blogging easier for you, what is one thing that comes to mind? For me, the idea of time management is a huge part of what makes it possible for me to blog with such a hectic schedule. And to be honest, I kinda suck at it- the time management thing. But luckily there are five things (programs/sites) that make blogging easier for me and allow me to manage my time like a pro.


My favorite hair products for Spring

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Well guys, it's officially spring; which means that there is going to be a lot of fun & pretty hairstyles coming our way. Spring is the season of pretty hair, and I love to see what people do. Personally I am a fan of curls, braids, and no-heat-no-fuss hair, but I do have some essential hair products that I use to create my "PERFECT" hair.


five on Friday

Weekly recap, unicorn frap, blogger, lifestyle blogger

And... It's Friday! 

It's been a crazy week, huh? I mean not on my end, but in the world. Ahem, I'm talking about Unicorn-Gate, or whatever they are calling it. Sure it was a pretty drink and all, but damn people... The Starbucks Unicorn Frap was "supposed" to be a 5 day long affair, but apparently since everyone just had to have one, most of the stores ran out of the mix within the first day... even some within a few hours. Talk about a trend, huh? But the funny thing is this- the drink may look pretty, but most people either said it was sweet, tart, or downright tasted like dog shit. There were so many mixed reviews. Either people hated it or loved it.

But yeah, to be honest, I didn't get one. Sure I went to Starbucks to try one, but they ran out. And you know what? I didn't flip my shit. I just ordered my regular iced chai.  #winforme

Anyways, enough rambling. To recap my week, I decided to do it in a "currently" fashion....


10 nail colors for Spring

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Spring has sprung! Whoo hoo! Other than flowers blooming, trees filling, and seasonal allergies attacking, this is the season for cute sandals and pretty nails. I mean, cause having pretty nails is essential right? After doing some research, I want to share with you 10 nail colors that are cruelty-free and PERFECT for all your Spring manis and pedis!

My 101 in 1001

101 in 1001

I have been talking about a 101 in 1001 for a rather long time. One reason that I wanted to join was because of my 30 by 30 list, and the sad fact that I started too late and never accomplished all of them. Another reason, is the fact that the term "bucket list" makes it sound like I'm wanting to complete things before I die, and one, it sounds morbid, and two, I'm a procrastinator, meaning that I take forever to get shit done. Anyways... 

7 Beauty products that should be on your radar

beauty, cruelty-free beauty

I really love discovering new beauty products. Sure, I have my favorites, but I have this thing for trying out new products and seeing if I love them or not. And my favorite aspect is when the products are cruelty-free. Today I want to share 7 beauty products that I have tried and loved... and YES they should be on every gal's radar!


The only dog chew toy you will ever need

Bulletproof Pet Products, Indestructibone

Having a puppy is a fun thing, but can also cost a lot of money. From crates to food to shots, and of course to chew toys, puppies can be a burden on your wallet. When we first got Ellie, we were over the moon. Our previous dog, Duce, had passed a few months prior and we were lonely. When Ellie came into our lives, she was a spunky little white fur ball who was loving, sweet, and of course, destroyed everything. 

We spent so much money on chew toys, and nothing could stand up to our little Akita, Husky, Pit Bull mix. Being a mix, Ellie has the wide Pit Bull jaw, and she shredded every toy. We bought her stuffed animals, Kong toys, Nylabones, and even real bones, but nothing could withstand her power chewing... until now. 

The perfect baby shower gift basket

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#FirstMomentsMadeSimple #ForBetterBeginnings #MomsFirsts #CollectiveBias

When I first found out I was pregnant with my son, I was excited, just like every new mom. Unfortunately, when reality set in that I was becoming a mom, I realized that I was lost when it came to necessities. Thankfully, the staff at Babies "R" Us was there to assist me with my registry; and through that registry, I was able to come up with the perfect baby shower gift for all of my friends. 

Plan with me: the Create 365 Happy Planner review

Happy Planner

The Create 365 Happy Planner was created by me & my BIG ideas (MAMBI) a few years ago, and combines planning with the need to scrapbook. The idea- dreamt up by a mother/daughter team- has has exploded and there is no question why. Coming in three sizes: classic, mini, and big, the planner is perfect for the diy-ers, bloggers, moms who want to have it all together, and the type A personalities out there. 

I am so inlove with the idea of the Happy Planner that I currently have three: two classics and one mini.

DIY: How to make up your hair with simple things found in your kitchen

diy, haircare, organic

Hi all, today I have Aubrey from, and she has something very cool to tell you about! Take it away, Aubrey!

Taking care of your hair is always a challenge. It’s this time when you’re entertaining the idea of going to a salon and have the stylist do all the job. And it’s also the time when you think you have no other choice but to purchase hair products. The thing is, there are a lot of ways that you can do in order to achieve the quality of hair that you are aiming for. And you don’t need expensive products for that. Just the things that are readily available in your home already serve as perfect hairstyle paraphernalia. Even your kitchen tools can make a huge difference.

Five on Friday

Whew... this week has definitely been a doozy! First I was sick, then I had an important meeting, and then... oh wait a minute, I'm getting ahead of myself. Sorry about that!

Anyways, happy Friday friends! I am super excited (as you can tell) to share my week with you...

Parenting & ADHD: Dealing with judgement

Are you a good parent? How do you know?

I have always thought that I was a good parent. I always put my child first, no matter what. My focus is generally on him, whenever he is home from school. Of course, there is always house work that needs done, a shower that needs to be taken, or a shift that needs to be picked up at work, but I try to keep my attention on my son. 

The other day, a person close to me called my parenting methods into question. Earlier in the day, I had already gotten a call from my son's school because he nonchalantly said "I want to stab myself with a knife." You should have seen my face when his teacher told me, but truthfully I wasn't surprised. You see, my son watches a lot of YouTube. As much as my husband and I try to monitor what he is watching, there is always a video that gets in there that is not parent approved. And the video that sparked the "outburst"? A prank video. And yes, I watched it with him. But why if I watched the video with him, would he say "I want to stab myself with a knife"? It's simple: because he didn't know what that phrase meant. 

Links & Loves

And it's Monday... the most hated day of the week. But, not for me! I love the freshness of a new beginning. Since today is the first day of Spring, I wanted to do something a little light and airy and tell you about some of the things that I have been loving lately...

5 things to do for your blog when you don't feel like blogging

#blogging, blogger about me page

Sometimes in the world of blogging, you feel like you just want to take a break. I get it, it happens to me all the time. When I am not rolling out new posts or just don't feel like  like blogging, but want to stay active with my blog, there are five things that I do and still feel like I have accomplished something for the day.


Walgreens Beauty Haul

#hask, #haskgoesgreek, HASK beauty, Wet n Wild

I love beauty products; the only thing that I love more is cheap beauty products. While I was at Walgreens about a week ago, I decided to grab some new beauty products. I currently have a thing for buying cruelty free products for one reason... no animal testing. I chose two brands to buy from: HASK and Wet n Wild; and spoiler alert, not only did I fall in love with the price, but the products as well!


10 favorite FREE Spring fonts

free fonts, blogger fonts, graphic design fonts

To be honest, I have a thing for fonts. It may well just be a budding obsession, but I can tell you that I have TONS! I really love to mix and match the fonts in Photoshop, especially when I am ready for a blog makeover. And the nice thing is that there is a TON of fonts out there on the interwebs. I can tell you from experience that it's really easy to find fonts and fall in love with them, but sometimes it can be hard to find FREE fonts that you will love.

Letter from the Editor | March

#monthlygoals, blogging goals

Well, it's March. No surprise there. But to be honest, is any one else also trying to figure out where the heck February went? Or how we are already in the third month of 2017? I know it's cliche but it seriously feels like we were just posting pics on Insta of toasts and champagne celebrating New Year's, and now today is the first day of Lent. What the heck?

Sure, since it's March, it means that Spring is right around the corner (hopefully...), and then onto the warmer days, bonfires, beaches, and flip flop weather of Summer; so it's not all bad, right? I mean, this month I am looking forward to a lot of things... like my much anticipated tax return, Lil Man's Spring Break, a full time job (hopefully), a lot of cleaning, and so much more. 

Blog wise, March is going to be a very exciting month!

How to create the perfect purse emergency pack

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Nausea, light sensitivity, pain, and dizziness. All the classic symptoms, and once you experience them, you know what is coming... a migraine. To be honest, if you have ever had one, you may have thought that you were somehow cursed, because they suck. I've had migraines since I was in my late teens. After trying a lot of different prescription drugs, most of which I didn't like, I decided that maybe an OTC medicine would be worth it for me. Or I could just become a hermit and live in my black hole of a bedroom.

Once I became a mom, a friend told me about Excedrin®, and suggested I give it a try. After doing research, I found out that Excedrin® Migraine starts to relieve migraine pain in 30 minutes and is the #1 Neurologist Recommended Among OTC medicine for migraines. Symphony Health Solutions, 2016. After reading that, I decided to give it a try, because moms aren't allowed to be hermits; and there would be instances when I couldn't shut myself off from the world to deal with a migraine, like when I had a little boy's birthday party to get ready for.

Friday Favorites & a freebie

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Sometimes I feel as if the week goes really fast... but this week, I am so happy for it to be Friday! Since the weather changed earlier in the week, I have been fighting either an allergy attack or a sinus infection (honestly, I'm leaning towards the allergies), so I am so ready for r&r with my two main men. 

Anyways... despite the health things, here's some things that I have been loving this week & there's a FREEBIE at the end!

60 blog post ideas for the uninspired

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Let's face it, when you have been blogging for a long period of time (September will be 4 years for me), you start to run out of the creative post ideas. Sometimes it's hard for me to either organize my thoughts and expand on a particular one, or it even can be difficult to get around writer's block. It happens.

To help me in those times, the one thing that I am always carrying around with me is a notebook. In that notebook, I usually write down all of my post ideas. From the very detailed post idea: "how to create a printable with Canva", to the obscure & needing brain power to make it happen post idea: "monthly beauty favorites", and in between, all my ideas are generally written down in that notebook. So it's a handy notebook, huh?

Today I wanted to open up my notebook and give you 60 blog post ideas that you can use in times that you are in need of inspiration.

The easiest way to make a photo book with Shutterfly

Shutterfly, photo book, easy photo book, shutterfly make my book service review, blogger review

Truth is, I take a lot of photos. Like alot. Since I do, I'm no stranger to making photo books. To me, it's just easier to keep everything digital, instead of printing things out, especially when I am always getting free 8x8 book offers from Shutterfly. Over the past few years, I have made a few photo books, and have always loved them, because with a Shutterfly photo book, the slimline design is beautiful and the covers are always stunning. When I display them, they actually look like they belong. 

One of my goals for 2017 is to finally organize all of my pictures, get them either printed out or in a photo book, and put them some where they can be enjoyed; instead of on my computer's hard drive. Unfortunately, I had been dreading the goal, due to how time consuming it can all be. I mean, I can be a little Type A personality when it comes to making things, especially when it comes to objects that are going to preserve my precious memories. It happens right?

A few weeks ago, I was introduced to the new Make My Book Service from Shutterfly & I felt instantly relieved for one reason: it was hands down the easiest and most time effective way to make a photo book.

SoCozy kid's haircare review

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Before when it came to Lil Man's hair, sometimes I really didn't care what I used to wash it. I know that sounds bad, but he generally has rather short hair, and unless it short enough to spike it, it just lays there. On top of his head.

My thoughts on kids products changed late last year. I personally have been interested in cruelty-free beauty products, and when I thought about my kid, I learned that maybe he should be using cruelty-free products too. But that's the problem: there aren't a lot of brands out there that are designed specifically for kids, AND are cruelty-free.

A few weeks ago, Brandbacker introduced me to SoCozy.

4 fun & yummy snack options any kid would love

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Ok, let's be honest: one of the hard things about being a parent of a school-aged child is choosing the right type of quality snack to send with them everyday. Especially if your child is picky. 

For me, when my son started kindergarten last August, one of the main things that the school stressed was sending "quality" items for snacks and lunches. When I was informed about the "requirement", I was dumbfounded, to say the least. My son was, and still is, a picky eater. Sure, he loves all types of fruit, but even though he really doesn't have a taste for chocolate, he really likes his fruit snacks, mac and cheese, yogurt, and cheeseburgers.

When I was coming up with snack options, I ran into a few problems:
  • I would find something that he liked, send it everyday, and then he really didn't like it anymore. Of course, I couldn't blame him... I would get tired of the same things over and over too.
  • He only liked a certain amount of snacks items, and some of them weren't mom approved. 

So to combat my problems, I decided to make a list of 4 fun and yummy snack options. Out of that list, I decided to rotate the items to give my son a variety, and learned something very important too!


Detox your skin with Derma E

how to detox your skin with Derma E

Since 2015, I have been in love with charcoal beauty products. And the reason is simple: You know the clean & refreshed feeling you get when you go to bed with your makeup on, wake up the next day with an oily face, and wash you face? I get that feeling whenever I use a charcoal cleanser or mask.

I recently had the chance to work with an amazing brand: Derma E, and try out two of their charcoal products: the Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask & the Purifying Daily Detox Scrub. So today, I am going to tell you just why charcoal beauty products are the bomb dot com, and give you a review of the two charcoal products from Derma E.


Cruelty Free Beauty | 10 Valentine's Day gifts for HER

Cruelty Free Beauty | 10 Valentine's Day gifts for HER

For the past few months, I have been slowly descending into the world of a cruelty-free lifestyle, and I have to tell you, it's been going quite well. Early in 2016, I knew that I personally wanted to start the lifestyle, and my first change was to make a transition to cruelty-free beauty products. I am proud to say that as of now, 90% of my beauty products are not tested on animals, and the majority of them are vegan, also. 

For Valentine's Day, I wanted to make a cruelty-free beauty gift guide, like I did for Christmas, for one reason: to help you also go cruelty-free. I know that there are alot of people out there that love the idea of cruelty-free and using products that aren't animal tested, but sometimes there is alot of time and effort to do so, and quite frankly no one has the time for all that.

So to help you out, I am giving you 10 amazing beauty products from companies that are cruelty-free (some are also vegan), and they would be prefect for the beautiful women in your life.

February Goals

Ah.. monthly goals time again.

I mean, I really love keeping track of my goals, because I feel like if I post them on here, then I am being held more accountable for them. And I really love to compare the completed vs not completed monthly goals; as it helps me keep track of where I'm at. And I'm excited for a new month.

February is a wonderful filled month for me, as I have so much to look forward to: my dad's & hubby's bdays, the love day, and a few extra days off with Lil Man because of President's Day. But before I get into the joy that the month of red, pink, and candy, let's recap my January goals first.

January Beauty Favorites

I stopped doing my monthly beauty favorites about mid 2016 for a few reasons: a lot of my products that I had discovered in previous months had become part of my beauty routine, so it would be redundant to tell you guys about them EVERY month, and I really wasn't buying any new beauty products. One of my goals for 2017 is to bring back my monthly favorites, as I want to discover at least 3 new beauty products a month, because to be honest, it's fun!

In January, I discovered a great nail, a new all natural shampoo/conditioner company, and some really helpful makeup.


Instagram Comment Pods

Social media is essential for bloggers. It allows a person to connect to blog followers, interact and show that they are real people, and to create and maintain relationships. My favorite form of social media is Instagram. I love how a picture can spark emotion in a person, and allow that person to connect with another on a deeper level. 

When Instagram changed their algorithm mid-2016, it made it harder for accounts to grow for one reason: they took away the chronological order. So instead of seeing the photos in order of when they posted, with the just posted at the top (like Snapchat), the algorithm made it that the most popular photos were seen first. A lot of individual users were not amused by the change, but some figured out a way to beat it. The most useful idea that emerged was and still is, is Instagram Comment Pods.

If you are an Instagram user, and have no clue as to what I am talking about, then this post is for you! I will tell you what Instagram comment pods are, why they are essential to growth, and tips for commenting.


Friday Five

Hey there friends, and happy Friday! I am so happy that it's the weekend! I finally get to spend some much needed family time with Lil Man and the hubby, because this week hasn't been super awesome & amazing for one reason: I have been battling a sinus infection. Thankfully I am starting to feel better and get the motivation to get off the couch and do things, so this weekend even if we are going to go grocery shopping and out to dinner, I am good to go!

Other than the sinus infection, this also happened this week...