"Neu" Makeup Essentials with Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Cosmetics

The New Year is here and what better way to start the New Year right than with a new everyday makeup routine? 

The first brand I ever purchased when I started wearing makeup was Neutrogena®. Growing up, I had acne prone skin and Neutrogena was the only brand that didn't cause me to break out. Fast forward 15 years later and I'm still using Neutrogena! I love it because with their makeup products, I get quality ingredients and formulas at a great price.

My skin is normally a combination of oily and dry, but during the Winter time, my skin needs a little more hydration and love. Lately, I've been using Neutrogena's new Hydro Boost Cosmetics - which is their new line of makeup with hydrating hyaluronic acid that boasts lip-quenching conditioning and a hydrating foundation that's better for your skin than wearing no makeup at all!

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cosmetics

Last year I started being more consistent with my skincare routine and taking better care of my skin. I've already seen a huge improvement! I try to not wear too much makeup during the week. Something minimal look that won't clog my pores.

With the four new products in Neutrogena's Hydro Boost Cosmetics, I've found my "Neu" makeup routine!

I use the Hydrating Tint in the color Natural Beige 60 for a lightweight coverage. It hydrates my skin for 24 hours and a fresh look all day!

I also use the natural looking Hydrating Concealer that has a hydrating core to mask any imperfections. Bye-bye under eyes dark circles!

Before applying any type of lipstick, I always make sure to add a lip balm to prevent my lips from chapping. Neutrogena's Hydrating Lip Treatment helps soothe and instantly conditions my lips. I've also incorporated it to my nighttime routine. 

After my lips are nice and hydrated, I use the Hydrating Lip Shine in the color Almond Nude 27. It's the perfect shade for a natural look.

There are currently 9 shades available for the Lip Shines. Check them all out along with the full collection of Neutrogena Hydro Boost, that also includes cleansers and moisturizers, at your local Walmart!

Text "HYDROBOOST" to 39492 to get $2.00 off HydroBoost products and "CLEARSKIN" for SkinClearing products to get $2.50 via ibotta. 

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Posted on January 11, 2018 and filed under Style & Beauty.

5 Ways To Take Care Of Yourself This Winter

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Living in Florida, we hardly ever experience freezing Winter temperatures. It's mostly sunshine and beautiful weather throughout the year. But the few days it does get cold, I tend to always get sick. The drastic change in weather always affects my immune system and energy levels. And that's never fun! I try to take care of myself so I can be 100% for work, family and friends.

Here are 5 ways to care of yourself (and family) this winter:

 

BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM

Don't wait until you get sick. Be proactive and load of up on supplements and vitamins and make sure you eat  foods that are high in antioxidants. Just like a healthy diet, exercise can contribute to general good health and therefore to a healthy immune system. 

 

DRINK HOT TEA WITH HONEY

Whenever I'm feeling under the weather, I love making myself a nice cup of hot tea with honey. Not only is it super easy and fast to make but it also has a soothing taste. Pour hot water in a mug, then add an herbal teabag and 2 tsp. of honey. To help loosen congestion and tightness in your chest, sip the tea while inhaling the steam from the cup. Although hot tea with honey is not an alternative to prescription medication, it may temporarily reduce cold and flu symptoms.

REST

Getting the proper amount of sleep is important any time of the year, not only during Winter. Good sleeping habits will help fight off a cold and even increase your resistance to catching one in the first place. As simple as it may sound, rest is an important and effective way to stay healthy.

STAY HYDRATED

Your body needs extra hydration when you’re trying to get well. Try to stay away from sodas, sports drinks and alcohol. Instead, fuel your body with fluids that are good for you, such as water, warm tea and soup. Light soups and broths give you the calories needed when you may not have much of an appetite.

USE KLEENEX

Having plenty of Kleenex at home is always a must- whether I'm sick or not. Kleenex is my favorite brand when it comes to tissues. I've tried other brands before and the texture and softness are never the same.  

Kleenex

I love the Ultra Soft Kleenex boxes. They always have the cutest designs and they're the perfect size to keep in my car and bathroom.

Besides looking and feeling nice, the active ingredients in the middle Kleenex layer disrupts the viruses’ protective coating and kills 99.9% of cold and flu viruses in the tissue within 15 minutes!

Kleenex

Kleenex has a moisture activated blue dot layer with special anti viral formula that not only does the job of killing germs but is soft to the touch!

I can blow my nose or even remove makeup without irrating my skin. 

Kleenx

I purchased America’s softest ultra tissue at my local Walmart. It's conveniently located in the Facial Tissue aisle and there are different type of sizes for all your needs. 

You can also shop online at Walmart.com and receive free 2 day shipping all year long!

Click here for a savings coupon.

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How do you take care of yourself this season?


Posted on January 4, 2018 and filed under Health.

6 Things You Can’t Live Without Your Freshman Year

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CORT. All opinions are 100% mine.
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As a recent college graduate, I look back at my freshman year as a distant memory but with so many life changing experiences. It was such a pivotal time in my life, transitioning from the comfort of high school to a completely different world that is college life.

From learning to adapt to my new professors to keeping up with challenging classes and projects. Times have changed from when I was freshman. There are so many resources to help you out during your first year that I wish I would've had or known when I first started my college journey.

Here are 6 Things You Can't Live Without Your Freshman Year inspired by CORT's blog:

 

CONVENIENT PHONE APPS:

We live in a world where our phones have become an extension of who we are. Try going without your phone for a day. You'll quickly realize after an hour that life is actually harder to navigate. The convenience of various transportation, food, shopping and GPS apps have completely transformed our lives, especially for college students. It saves us time and gives us up to date information at our disposal. If used right, phone apps can be beneficial.

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SPACE SAVERS:

I was lucky to have lived at home during my college years. Not only did I save money but I also didn't have to deal with the crammed living conditions that most freshman have live in. Dorms or off campus apartments are known to be small. You need to get creative in making these small spaces work. Containers, shelves, bins and organizers will truly become your best friend when trying to utilize every inch possible.

 

PLANNER:

With so many deadlines and assignments due each week, keeping organized and staying focused is key in surviving college. Investing in a planner early on will instill accountability and good habits that will hopefully translate in every area of your life. With thousands of different planners out there, make sure you find a planner that is right for you, whether it's electronic or paper-based. I personally use both, depending on the extent of the task. Once you form the habit of using a planner, it will make your life much more easier and organized.

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USEFUL TECHNOLOGY

A laptop, cellphone and headphones will probably be the most useful technology you'll have to invest in. Nowadays, it would be difficult to keep up with the demands of your classes without a laptop. You need to be able to connect to the Internet at all hours of the day and at various places. Invest in a good laptop that will last you all four years of college. Headphones would be ideal as well since most areas on or off campus will be noisy.  A smartphone will also be a lifesaver but makes sure to not let it distract you.

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HEALTHY SNACKS

I always make sure to carry healthy snacks in my purse. Having a daily routine is important but as a college student, no two days are the same. Whether it's studying for a test or getting home late from a group meeting, your food schedule can be off. Proper nutrition is important in order to stay focused and energized through out the day or at least until your next meal.

 

RELAXED ENVIRONMENT

It's important to feel comfortable and relaxed in your home, whether that be a dorm room, shared apartment or a house. Surround yourself with things that will bring you joy and calm you down after a stressful day at school or even when you're feeling homesick. Keeping pictures of your friends and family and sentimental items around your space can help make your day brighter.

Creating a homelike environment when you’re away for school makes your transition to college life easier. Unfortunately, buying enough furniture to fill your apartment might cost thousands, or even more if you want it delivered and set up properly.  Luckily, CORT Furniture Rental can help you find comfortable, stylish and functional items for your living space in no time. The convenience and affordable prices of CORT will help alleviate some of the college stress and lets you go focus on the things that matter- like passing all your courses!

For more information or more useful student tips, visit CORT's blog.
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Posted on December 20, 2017 and filed under Life.

5 Tips to Boost Women's Health

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Veru Healthcare. All opinions are 100% mine.

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In order to look and feel your best at any age, it’s important to make smart lifestyle and health choices. When you're young, health is the last thing on your mind. But that is exactly when preventive care should start, ideally in your early 20's and continue throughout the years.

Women's health should be an ongoing process and something you should take pride in.

Here are 5 Tips to Boost Women's Heath:

 

EAT A BALANCED DIET

Getting the proper nutrition is important for your overall health. Try to incorporate a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and fewer processed foods. Eat whole grains and high-fiber foods and choose leaner cuts of meat, fish, and poultry.

Eating healthy doesn't mean you have to forgo your favorite glass of wine or a piece of chocolate cake now and then. The key is moderation. Eating a balanced diet will help you maintain an ideal weight for your height, which is important because being overweight can lead to a number of illnesses.

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MANAGE STRESS

Mental health is just as important as your physical health. No matter what stage of her life, daughter, mother, grandmother, a woman often wears many hats and deals with a lot of pressure and stress. If not managed properly, stress can have significant health consequences, from infertility to higher risks of depression, anxiety and heart disease.  

You can manage stress with exercise, relaxation techniques, or meditation.

 

EXERCISE

Women need a mix of cardio and resistance or weight-bearing exercise at least three to five times a week. Aerobic exercises (walking, swimming, jogging, bicycling, dancing), which can be done outside of a gym, are great ways to get your body moving while at the same time having fun. Exercise promotes good self-image as well, which is important to a woman's mental health.

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YEARLY DOCTOR VISITS

Don't skip your yearly checkup. Prevention or taking care of any illness or disease early on can make a big difference. Make sure you get a Pap test to check for cervical cancer every 3 years if you are 21 or older. If you are 30-65, you can get both a Pap test and HPV test every 5 years. Older than that, you may be able to stop testing if your doctor says you are low risk. If you are sexually active, always use protection and get tested for any STDs.

 

BIRTH CONTROL

Getting to decide when, if ever, and under what circumstances to have kids means having more freedom to pursue educational, personal, and professional goals. Having kids is a blessing but also requires a lot responsibility. Being financially and emotionally stable and ready to support the child would be the desired setting when starting a family.

A method to decrease your chances of an unwanted pregnancy or contracting an STD is by using condoms. Typically, male condoms are used and are the most common. But it's time women start being more proactive with their health and not depend on their partner to bring protection. FC2 provides that solution.

FC2 is the only female controlled dual contraceptive available to women. FC2 empowers women to take control of their sexual health. These are the results from a survey conducted in 2016:

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• Protected sex acts went up to 92%

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Posted on December 19, 2017 and filed under Health.

PayPal makes Holiday Gifting Easy!

Thank you PayPal for sponsoring this post. Visit PayPal to give the gift people really want this season: money!

One of my best friends moved away last year to attend law school. Although Leandra is only two hours away, the distance always plays a role in us getting together. Due to the high demands of school, she rarely has any free time.

Whenever she comes home for the holidays or special occasions, we don't hang out too much because the few days she is home, she spends it with her family- which is understandable.

This year, instead of sending her a gift, I wanted to do something special and different for her.

I'm sending her money through PayPal’s P2P service. I am so proud of her and what she is trying to accomplish that a little bit of money to treat herself to a nice relaxing day, is exactly what she needs and know she'll appreciate.

PayPal makes holiday gifting easy!

You can send a PayPal P2P digital greeting by simply logging into your account on PayPal.com, select Send Money, enter the recipient’s contact information, designate the amount, click the gift box, select your favorite greeting, personalize with a message, and send. The funds go right into their PayPal account; if they don’t have an account, they can quickly open one for free

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I use PayPay weekly and trust them. They recently partnered with Facebook to create a funding source for peer-to-peer (P2P) payments, right in Messenger. People will have the option to send and request money using their PayPal account!

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It’s easy to get started. When composing a message in Messenger with one person, or even a group, people can tap on the blue plus icon, and then select the green Payments button to quickly send or request money. People can then choose PayPal as their funding source when making a P2P payment with their Messenger contacts.

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So, if you’re in need of a last-minute gift or simply just don’t know what to get all of the people on your list, seize the season with PayPal’s free P2P holiday greetings so people can get what they really want this year: MONEY

With PayPal P2P, you can securely send and receive money with family and friends using just a phone number or email address between PayPal accounts. Be it food for Friendsgiving, the taxi to a holiday party, or that group gift for Mom and Dad, there are many reasons to use PayPal P2P payments this holiday season.

To learn more about PayPal’s holiday offerings, go to: http://clvr.li/2hwucFV

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


Posted on December 18, 2017 and filed under Life.

5 Ways To Improve Your Dental Health

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. Product was provided by the client for review; however, all opinions are mine alone. #WorldsSmartestToothbrush #PhilipsSonicare #OprahsFavoriteThings #CollectiveBias

 

For this Holiday season, I decided to give my family gifts that are not only useful but that promotes health as well. We all want to start the year with our best foot forward and become the best version of ourselves. Both mentally and physically. Health is always on the top of my list and would love to encourage everyone, including my family to strive to improve any area of their life that might need more attention. 

For me, dental health is top priority. This year, I'm giving my sister a gift basket that includes the new Philips® Sonicare DiamondClean Smart 9300 Rechargeable Toothbrush. I think she'll love it and all the benefits she'll get from using it.  
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Dental health is something we probably overlook but that is extremely important to our overall health.

Here are 5 Ways To Improve Your Dental Health:

 

USE GOOD FORM

Proper brushing takes at least two minutes and according to dentists, the best way to clean your teeth is to brush back and forth gently in short strokes, paying attention to the gumline. Brush the outer tooth surfaces first, then the inner tooth surfaces, followed by the chewing surfaces . To clean the backs of your front teeth, use the tip of the brush and stroke gently up and down.

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FLOSS

Flossing is an important oral hygiene practice. Tooth decay and gum disease can develop when plaque is allowed to build up on teeth and along the gum line. If the plaque hardens, it will turn into tartar, and tartar can only be removed by a hygienist or dentist during a professional cleaning. Make sure to floss before going to bed.

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USE MOUTHWASH

Mouthwash isn't just for fresh breath. When you brush and floss your teeth, you clean the surface and spaces between the teeth by removing bacteria. However, you may be unable to remove all of the plaque and bacteria by just brushing and flossing. After brushing and flossing your teeth, you should gargle around 20ml of mouthwash for at least 30 seconds, and then spit it out. Mouthwash reaches all of the surfaces and crevices of your teeth, as well as your gums, tongue, and the inner lining of your cheeks and lips.

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VISIT YOUR DENTIST REGULARLY

Few people like sitting in the dentist's chair, but making regular appointments with your dentist guarantees your great dental health. Make sure to schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings. Preventive care and maintenance are just as important for a healthy mouth as good daytime and nighttime oral hygiene.

 

SWITCH TO AN ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH

While regular toothbrushes and toothpaste work well, electric toothbrushes offer a number of additional benefits. The rotating and oscillating movement of the electric toothbrush head removes plaque from your teeth more efficiently than a regular toothbrush.  It's important to choose an electric toothbrush that's comfortable to hold, easy to use, and has the rotating-oscillating head.

The number 1 Dental Professional recommended brand is the new Philips® Sonicare DiamondClean Smart 9300 Rechargeable Toothbrush.
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Only the new Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart 9300 Rechargeable Toothbrush has four high-performance brush heads and Smart Sensor technology for personalized feedback and coaching. 

The toothbrush automatically adjusts to the optimal mode and intensity level and the sensors and app help you perfect your technique, and get a complete clean

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Posted on December 18, 2017 and filed under Health.

Sending Holiday Joy with The UPS Store

Thank you to The UPS Store for sponsoring this post. Make the holiday to-do list a little easier this season with The UPS Store!

The holidays are my favorite time of year. Although it can get pretty hectic, there is nothing like seeing the different lights and decorations everywhere to bring out the holiday spirit. My family actually starts decorating in November! We waste no time!

Besides the amazing food and beautiful decor, I look forward to celebrating and being reunited with all of my loved ones. I come from a big family and there is never a dull moment or a plate not being served.

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This year however, everyone's schedules have been crazy and some of my family members won't be able to make it for the holidays, including my grandmother. 

Although physically she won't be able to join us, I still wanted to do something special and send her a little gift through The UPS Store.

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I conveniently have The UPS store a block away from my house. I brought in all my gifts, placed them in a box and shipped them to my grandmother in Peru. It was that easy and hassle free. It'll be a nice surprise when she receives the box of goodies, since she has no idea I'm sending her anything!

I think she'll love the picture frame I got her. I put the beautiful picture we took together at her 80th birthday party in a mint colored frame- her favorite color!

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The UPS Store

Besides knowing my package will get to my grandma without any trouble thanks to The UPS Store, I love that they are giving back to people less fortunate.

This year, The UPS Store network is the exclusive sponsor of the Toys for Tots Literacy Program, an initiative helping give less fortunate children the ability to compete academically and succeed in life by providing them direct access to resources that will enhance their ability to read and communicate effectively.

Through December 31st, participating The UPS Store locations will support the Toys for Tots Literacy Program with an in-center donation card drive. Every donation helps purchase books for local children in need, making it easy and inexpensive to share holiday joy with those less fortunate.

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What a great initiative for this holiday season!

The UPS Store is also hosting the 5 Days of Giftmas, a fun interactive guessing game where customers have a chance to win some exciting prizes. There will be one Facebook Live game each day Dec. 11-15 at 2 p.m. ET.

Follow The UPS Store brand Facebook page and to play along!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Posted on December 15, 2017 and filed under Life.

Avocado Toast

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SimplyAvocado #CollectiveBias.

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With so many deadlines due before the end of the year, I like preparing quick and easy recipes that will give me energy to tackle my busy days ahead. Lately, my go to ingredient has been avocados!

I was never a huge avocado fan until three years ago. When I discovered you could use this amazing fruit in so many different ways, I was hooked. I use it in soups, as a garnish, in smoothies and even as a base for my pasta sauce. But my favorite way to eat it is in Avocado Toast!

Avocado Toast

I love making Avocado Toast because you can change up the ingredients and create a different kind of Avocado Toast every time. It's a light breakfast or snack that will fill you up without feeling guilty.

My recipe is simple yet delicious and only has 6 ingredients, including WHOLLY® SIMPLY AVOCADO™. 
Avocado Toast

INGREDIENTS:

• Bread
• Ham
• Egg
• Red chili flakes
• Leafy greens
• WHOLLY® SIMPLY AVOCADO™

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Toast bread
2. Pan fry ham
3. Hard boil or fry egg
4. Spread WHOLLY® SIMPLY AVOCADO™, add ham, egg, leafy greens, and red chili flakes in any order 

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I love the convenience of having fresh avocado whenever I want without all the fuss or waiting for the avocado to get ripe. WHOLLY® SIMPLY AVOCADO™, which comes in both Sea Salt or Garlic Herb flavor, is a pure, wholesome avocado dip and spread with minimal flavor enhancing ingredients. So no need to worry about the avocado spread altering the flavor of your dish.
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Avocado Toast with WHOLLY GUACAMOLE®- SIMPLY AVOCADO™

Avocado Toast has the perfect combination of my favorite ingredients and leaves me satisfied throughout the day, which means more time to cross off the million things on my to do list!

A quick and delicious recipe solution for this holiday season.

Avocado Toast
Avocado Toast
Avocado Toast
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Posted on December 13, 2017 and filed under Food & Entertaining.

5 Simple Ways To Relax And Recharge

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Eight O’Clock Coffee. All opinions are 100% mine.

 

The holidays are the busiest time of the year for many. Including myself. It's easy to get overwhelmed and stressed out. From entertaining guests, cooking, cleaning to shopping for gifts, it can all be too much.

Here are 5 simple ways to relax and recharge.

 

WRITE:

One of my favorite things to do is write, especially in my Five Minute Journal- and all it takes, you guessed it, 5 mins!

I write down three things I'm thankful for first thing in the morning, as well as three intentions I have for the day. I noticed that focusing more on my blessings rather than the things I can't control, helps me improve my outlook for the day. Research has shown that by simply keeping a gratitude journal—regularly writing brief reflections on moments for which we’re thankful—can significantly increase well-being and life satisfaction.

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MEDITATE:

Most people are under the impression that you need to set a lot of time aside or have a special space to meditate. Although you certainly can, just 5 mins a day can also be just as beneficial. Whenever I need to take a mental break, I stop whatever I'm doing, put a quick timer on and just close my eyes. It's hard to believe that only 5 mins can change your whole outlook, but it can.

 

TAKE A GRATITUDE WALK:

I love walking! Whether for exercise or exploring a new place when I travel. There is nothing like breathing in fresh air. Taking a quick stroll around the block will deliver the benefits of alone time, physical activity, and a few minutes to gather your thoughts! I love reflecting and going over my goals during my little walk break.

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LISTEN TO MUSIC:

Studies have shown that listening to soothing music can relax your mind and body. But in my opinion, listening to any kind of music you like works just fine. Your favorite song can be a quick fix for a bad or stress out mood.

 

TAKE A COFFEE BREAK:

Did you know that just the odor of coffee can help reduce stress hormones? I recently started drinking coffee in the afternoons either to pick me up or relax me. I think finding the right blend is important not only for the taste but also the benefits it delivers.

I love Eight O’Clock Coffee Infusions! They've added a nice twist to an already perfect blend of coffee. I drink the Relax Decaffeinated blend with coconut milk. Great combination to enjoy for when I want to relax and unwind.
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Posted on December 8, 2017 and filed under Health.

5 Easy Ways To Feel Better During Your Period

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Seventh Generation. All opinions are mine alone. #SeventhGenerationFemCare #CollectiveBias.

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We've all been there. That one week every month where you have to deal with the painful cramps, headaches, swollen breasts and backaches. This can be frustrating and uncomfortable but when you are prepared both physically and mentally for your period, it can be much easier to deal with.

Here are 5 easy ways to feel better during your period.

Exercise:

As much as you don't want to, doing some type of physical activity will actually help alleviate some of the pain. Exercise triggers your brain to release endorphins, your body's natural pain reliever. Easy exercises like stretching, yoga, walking or swimming helps increase blood flow, which cuts down on cramping. Sitting still can actually make you feel worse. I like to take 30 mins nature walks around my neighborhood. Not only does it help soothe the pain but it also takes me mind off of the fact that I'm on my period.

 

Stay Hydrated:

Even though you're feeling bloated, drinking water will eliminate the water building up in your body. Drink eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of water throughout the day. If your body is dehydrated, it might make you feel more sluggish and make the cramping worse. If you’re on-the-go, be sure to carry a water bottle with you. This will help you stay hydrated throughout your busy day.

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Eat Good For You Foods:

A week before my period starts, I always crave and want to eat anything and everything in sight. Afterwards I feel worse than I did before. When you eat enough of the right foods, you will feel physically and emotionally better. Having healthy snacks such as fruits and vegetables readily available helps you steer away from the foods that can make your period symptoms worse, such as junk food, chocolate and salty snacks.

 

Take Pain Medication:

I usually get cramping the day before and the first day of my period. Some months the pain isn't too bad I can go on without taking any medication. Others, I want to cry from the unbearable cramps. For those days, I take an over the counter medication and in 15 mins my pain goes away. Talk to your physician if over the counter painkillers do not work and you continue to have severe pain during cramps.

 

Comfortable Feminine Product:

Having the proper and dependable feminine product makes a huge difference when having to deal with your monthly visitor. There is nothing worse than discomfort or accidents happening. No fun! I recently found Seventh Generation™ feminine products brand at Target in the feminine care aisle and had to try them out. You'd be happy to know that they are hypoallergenic, free of chlorine processing, and the tampons are certified organic.

Seventh Generation at Target

 Free & Clear Pantiliners to keep me feeling fresh and prepared before my period. The innovative PureFit™ design offers an enhanced fit, safely trapping fluid away from the skin to keep you dry for reliable, leak-free protection and comfort.

Seventh Generation Pantiliners

Free & Clear fragrance-free Ultra-Thin Pads with Wings: The pads are incredibly thin yet still offers leak-free protection with a comfortable fit.

Seventh Generation Pads

Seventh Generation™ Comfort Applicator Tampons: For the days I'm feeling more active, tampons are great! I love this new Seventh Generation product because the smooth, BPA-free plastic applicator super comfortable and made with 95% plant-based materials. The Free & Clear, Certified Organic Cotton Tampons are hypoallergenic and do not contain any sort of fragrance- natural or artificial.

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What tips do you have to get through your period?


Posted on December 7, 2017 and filed under Style & Beauty.

Fall in Florida

Off the shoulder grey sweater

There is a cold front expected to hit Florida this weekend, with the temperature reaching 55 degrees! For some, especially if you’re living up north, that is a normal day for you. But for us in Florida, or should I say me, I'm kind of freaking out! Thankfully, they'll be plenty of sunshine and cute fall fashion to keep me warm.

During the Spring time, I added a few off the shoulder pieces to my closet and fell in love with the style. Now that the temperatures are getting a bit colder, I can still keep on with the trend with this cute off the shoulder grey sweater.

Perfect to pair with jeans and maybe a cute jacket or scarf.

This is Fall in Florida!


Posted on December 6, 2017 and filed under Style.

Fresco De Piña

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Emergen-C®. All opinions are mine alone. #FallImmuneSupport #CollectiveBias

Fresco de Piña

Fall is here, and what better way to enjoy this beautiful weather than with a refreshing homemade pineapple juice!

My mom and grandma have been making their own version of pineapple juice, called Fresco de Piña, for as long as I can remember. It's not your typical pineapple though.

This recipe calls for the pineapple skin and core, not the actual fruit. These parts of the pineapple are filled with so many nutrients and are a great way to use the leftovers of the fruit that you would normally just throw away.

Not only does it taste good, but it's also healthy since there are hardly any calories. All you need is a whole pineapple, apple, spices, and water.  I recently started incorporating Emergen-C® Super Orange to my Fresco de Piña.  It's packed with Vitamin C plus other key antioxidants such as zinc and manganese to support your immune system along with B Vitamins to enhance energy naturally*.

Emergen-C® dietary supplements are the delicious way to start your day and a great way to add more fizziness and flavor to my drink. Hover over the below photo to shop for the Emergen-C® shown.

Fresco de Piña

INGREDIENTS:

• 1 Whole Pineapple
• 14-16 Cups of Water
• 2.5 oz Cinnamon Sticks
• 10-12 Cloves
• 1 Apple
• 1 packet Emergen-C® Super Orange per 6 ounce glass 

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Wash Pineapple
2. Cut pineapple skin
3. Cut pineapple in half and cut out the core
4. Peel apple skin
5. Bring water with cinnamon and cloves to a boil
6. Add the core, pineapple and apple skin to the boiling water.
7. Boil ingredients, partly covered, for about an hour, stirring occasionally
8. Let water cool down, then strain
9. Add 1 packet Emergen-C® Super Orange per 6 ounce glass. Drink room temperature or cold

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Fresco De Piña
Fresco De Piña
Fresco de Piña
Fresco De Piña

Bring the spices and water up to a boil. Then add fruit, and let it boil for about an hour.

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I prefer to have my Fresco de Piña chilled. After it cools down in the pot, strain and refrigerate to allow all the spices and fruit flavors to concentrate.

After it's nice and cold, I serve myself a glass and add one packet of Emergen-C® Super Orange. It's a delicious way to start my day.

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I found the Emergen-C® Super Orange in the lower shelf of the Vitamin and Supplements aisle at my local Walmart. Make sure to also try to Emergen-C® Blueberry-Açai and Emergen-C® Immune+® Gummies Orange.

Emergen-C® Energy+, available in bold-flavored Blueberry-Açai, powder-packed Lemon-Lime, and fruit-y Mango-Peach, is flavored with natural, real fruit flavors. It’s also gluten free. Emergen-C® Energy+ comes in portable packets that you can easily stash in your pocket or bag. It’s an anytime, anywhere product for your energy and immune support needs.*

Your favorite fizzy flavors, now in a yummy new form! Emergen-C® Immune+® Gummies support your immune system with Vitamin C and Vitamin D, support your energy with B Vitamins,* and are made with natural fruit flavors. No water needed! Bursting with fruit-y deliciousness, chew your way through Emergen-C® Immune+® Orange & Raspberry Gummies to support your immune system with Vitamin C and Vitamin D.*

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This Fresco de Piña is the perfect recipe for this time of year and a nice twist to your typical store bought pineapple juice.
 

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


Posted on December 5, 2017 and filed under Recipes, Health.

Take Action for Human Rights - Amnesty International

Thank you Amnesty International USA for sponsoring this post.

Both my parents came to the USA from Peru (South America) in 1980, with a dream and desire to obtain the American Dream. Through their ups and downs, they have achieved their goal and in return gave my sister and I a better future.

Unfortunately, more and more people all over the world make the difficult decision to leave their homes not for a dream but to flee horrific violence. Others are escaping discrimination, persecution, or extreme poverty.

Right now, we’re in the middle of the largest global refugee crisis in generations. Tens of millions of people – many of them children – have been forced from their homes in Syria, Central America, Africa, and other parts of the world.

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Many refugees face violence and human rights abuses while trying to find safety, and then face discrimination and hostility when they finally begin to rebuild their lives in another country.

Every time I watch the news, it breaks my heart seeing people, especially young kids, suffering and going through inhumane conditions. No one should ever have to go through such a traumatic experience, no one! All of them deserve to have their human rights respected, and that’s what Amnesty International USA helps ensure.

Amnesty International USA is a global movement of millions of people demanding human rights for all people – no matter who they are or where they are. They are the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization.

Amnesty International

Decades ago, countries of the world agreed to a set of basic principles for how refugees would be treated when they go to another country seeking asylum, or emergency protection from violence or persecution. The United States and other countries agreed to treat people with compassion and respect their human rights while their claims are considered.

The United States has not been living up to this commitment. People seeking asylum are sometimes imprisoned and held for many months without access to attorneys or translators. Children are sometimes imprisoned and separated from their families. Some people seeking asylum are deported without having their claims heard – and they are forced to return to countries where they may be tortured, imprisoned, or even killed.

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There’s only one place in the U.S. that you can hold a child who’s never committed a violent action or crime for nearly 700 days and that place is Berks County Residential Center in Pennsylvania.

Berks is currently holding at least 60 parents and kids. Many of them are from Central America, where Amnesty International has documented horrific violence. Their only so-called crime is seeking safety for their families as they flee violence or persecution. Whether for two weeks or two years, no family should be jailed for seeking safety.

It’s time for the U.S. government to end the cruel practice of family detention at centers like Berks once and for all. They must immediately release detained families. Amnesty International USA is fighting to ensure that people with asylum claims are given a fair hearing and humane treatment.

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HOW YOU CAN HELP

In the face of this humanitarian crisis, governments around the world are not doing enough to help. Families have been forced to flee their homes because their lives are under threat and their human rights are being violated. 

We need take immediate action in favor of human rights and shed light on the #TheBerkKids. The issue of immigration and the violation of human rights is something we need to stand up for and get involved. Education and awareness is key for any change to be made. 

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We all share a responsibility to help people who have lost everything, and to give them a chance to rebuild their lives safely the same way all of us would need to if we were in this horrible situation.

Please donate and visit Amnesty International USA to learn more about this crisis and what you can do to help.

We are all part of one world.

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


Posted on December 4, 2017 and filed under Social Good.

Staying Cozy This Holiday Season With Solmate Socks

Thank you Solmate Socks for sponsoring this post. Learn more about Solmate Socks and grab your coupon for Free Shipping in time for the holidays!

You know that amazing feeling you get when you put on your favorite sweater when the temperature drops? Well, now your feet can feel just as cozy this holiday season thanks to Solmate Socks!

These super comfortable socks will add color and spice up your sock collection by offering multi-pattern mismatched (yet still stylish) socks!

Solmate Socks

If you know me, you know I am the queen of mismatch socks (and staying warm), so being able to do both makes me a big fan of this brand. Solmate Socks were pretty much made for me... and for everyone in your family! They offer socks for adults, children and babies!

How cute are these patterns?  I especially love the knee high socks. Perfect for wearing them with a long t-shirt around the house or even outside with long boots.

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Solmate Socks also offers Holiday themed socks as well.

Solemate Socks

One of the many reasons why I support Solmate Socks is because they are Eco-friendly and knit in the USA (Oregon) with cotton yarn that is created by recovering scraps from the production of other cotton products, mainly t-shirts. By using this recycling process, those scraps are diverted from landfills, and the demand for new cotton is not increased.

Besides adding a little something fun to your feet and continually working to improve their methods to ensure the lowest possible amount of waste, Solmate Socks believes in giving back.

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Did you know socks are the most needed items at homeless shelters?

In an effort to do their part, Solmate has been donating socks for the past 17 years to various charity groups across the US, including family services organizations, refugee centers and homeless shelters.

These donation recipients have shown immense gratitude over the years, and they have reinforced how important it is for their company to continually find ways to give back and help those who are less fortunate.

Below are some of the local organizations Solmate Socks have donated socks to:

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Along with socks, Solmate Socks has a line of accessories that include hats, scarves, and regular & fingerless mittens. Check out their whole collection here.

Life's too short for matching socks, especially when you can wear fun and beautiful Solmate Socks. Purchase a pair for yourself and give another one to a loved one this holiday season. They make the perfect gift and stocking stuffer!

Use promo code: FUNSOCKS for free shipping until December 31, 2017.

Solmate Socks, the perfect way to celebrate color in everyday life!

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


Posted on December 1, 2017 and filed under Style.

Guilt Free Banana Ice Cream

This post was created in partnership with Ninja® Intelli-Sense™ Kitchen System with Auto-Spiralizer™. I received complimentary products and compensation to facilitate my review, but all opinions within are my own.

 

Would you believe me if I told you there is way to make delicious yet healthy homemade ice cream that is dairy free with no additional sweeteners or ingredients?

Well, good news! That magical recipe exists and only requires one ingredient:

Frozen bananas!

The Guilt Free Banana Ice Cream!

Banana Ice Cream

The recipe is super easy and simple and only calls for ripe frozen bananas and a good food processor (which is important). 

My tool of choice is the Ninja® Intelli-Sense™ Kitchen System with Auto-Spiralizer™, which features a smart base that transforms into four high-performance appliances: 72 oz. Total Crushing® Blender, 64 oz. Precision Processor™, 24 oz. Single-Serve Cup, and Auto-Spiralizer.

Perfect for pretty much any soup, snack, appetizer, entrée or dessert recipe. There isn't much this multi purpose system can't do thanks to the 12 Smart Programs: Chef-designed automatic recipe creations deliver optimal results every time. Precisely calibrated patterns of pulsing and pausing combined with ideal speed, power and torque for each attachment create everything from fresh salsa and pizza dough to margaritas and decadent ice creams—all it takes is a simple tap.

To get the smooth consistency for the banana ice cream I use the Precision Processor™.

Ninja® Intelli-Sense™ Kitchen System with Auto-Spiralizer™

INGREDIENTS:

• 2 Frozen Ripe Bananas

Optional (but highly recommend):
• Add your favorite mix-ins
 * Nuts
 * Fruit
 * Chocolate
 * Spices
 * Nutella
 * Honey
 * Coconut

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Add bananas in the food processor
2. Blend for 1-2 minutes until smooth consistency
3. Add in mix-ins (optional)
4. Pour into a bowl and enjoy immediately as a soft serve! For firmer ice cream, freeze for 1 hour

Banana Ice Cream
Banana Ice Cream

After the bananas have been blended to reach the desired consistency, add mix-ins to the banana base. The possibilities are endless and you can create different flavor combinations depending on what you're in the mood for. 

For my creation, I added peanut butter powder, chocolate and an assortment of pecans and pumpkin seeds.

For a creamier texture, add coconut milk - although it's not necessary. 

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Banana Ice Cream

I like to top it off with extra mix-in for a crunchy topping.

Banana Ice Cream

Watch the video to see how easy the banana ice cream is to make with the Ninja® Intelli-Sense™ Kitchen System with Auto-Spiralizer™.

One feature that you'll be sure to love from the  Ninja® Intelli-Sense™ Kitchen System with Auto-Spiralizer™ is the Intuitive Touchscreen. The sleek, flat screen responds to your touch and lets you select between vessel-specific Smart Programs and manual options. Plus the durable, easy-to-clean screen stands up to everyday kitchen wear and tear.

Another impressive feature is the Smart Vessel Recognition: In a snap, Ninja’s Smart Vessel Recognition Technology automatically senses which vessel is attached to the base and the touchscreen changes to display a customized menu of Smart Programs on the touchscreen, enabling one Smart Base to become four high-performance appliances.

It's no surprise why this multi purpose blender/food processor system is featured in Oprah's 2017 Favorite Things List. 

Ninja® Kitchen was kind enough to send me the complete system and a special gift for my readers.

Use code FIORELLA15 to receive 15% off your very own Ninja® Intelli-Sense™ Kitchen System with Auto-Spiralizer™ – good from now until Dec. 31”.

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If you're feeling lucky, Ninja is also giving you the chance to win the complete system! 

Prize: Twenty-Five (25) winners will be randomly selected and will each receive one (1) Ninja® Intelli-Sense™ Kitchen System with Auto Spiralizer™

Dates: 11/10 – 12/31

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Winners will be randomly selected from all program entries and Ninja will facilitate fulfillment of the 25 winning prizes.

For information on where to buy the Ninja Intelli-Sense™ Kitchen System with Auto-Spiralizer, visit www.ninjakitchen.com.

Leave a comment below with suggestions on what I should create next with Ninja® Intelli-Sense™ Kitchen System with Auto-Spiralizer™. Would love to try out new recipes! 


Posted on November 29, 2017 and filed under Food & Entertaining.