At Home Light Therapy With Neutrogena®

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

 

It's safe to say I've grown to be a skincare junkie. I wasn't blessed with beautiful smooth skin and even though I'm in my early 30's, I still suffer from acne, which can sometimes be frustrating. This is why I'm always researching and trying out new products or services to help my problematic skin.

I recently discovered a new way to treat acne- with Light Therapy! Sometimes going to a med spa can be expensive and not most people have the resources or knowledge to get those type of services. Thankfully, brands like Neutrogena® are changing the skincare game with their at home skincare solutions!

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Once only available in Dermatologists’ offices, clinically proven light therapy is now available at home with this patented mask.

 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

 

The NEW Neutrogena® Light Therapy Acne Mask uses red and blue light therapy to target and treat acne without flaking.

Its patent-pending design allows light to surround the pimple for effective, targeted treatment: blue light penetrates just beneath the surface to target acne causing bacteria, while red light goes deeper into the skin to reduce inflammation. The easy-to-use, portable design is ideal for on-the-go or multi-tasking acne treatment, and leaves behind no mess or residue.

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The New Neutrogena® Light Therapy Acne Mask is not only is affordable but effective as well!

Costing only .50¢ a day (compared to the $500 price it could cost in a dermatologist office), this UV free treatment goes deeper than ordinary acne products and 98% of people tested showed results.

I have combination skin but mostly oily, especially in my t-zone area. It's great when it comes to preventing wrinkles but unfortunately, that also means I'm more prone to acne. Thanks to the New Neutrogena® Light Therapy Acne Mask , I can finally have the skin I've always dreamed of!
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I've been using the mask for over 3 weeks now and I've already seen a huge improvement in my overall skin complexion. At first I was intimidated but after putting on the mask, I loved how lightweight and comfortable it was and how easy it was to use- no complicated instructions. You just put on the mask (like putting on sunglasses), turn on the switch and let the mask do it's magic.

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Duration of the treatment is only 10 mins and the lights turn off when the time is up. The mask is good for 30 uses- which the remaining number will be indicated in the activator.

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If you're like me and want an inexpensive way to treat acne, I highly recommend purchasing the New Neutrogena® Light Therapy Acne Mask (everyday price of $30 at Walmart) or the Neutrogena® Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment .

Both are chemical-free, FDA cleared, UVA/UVB-free and offer visible results in as little as 1 week with results improving over time.

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Finally, a breakthrough in acne treatment that works! The New Neutrogena® Light Therapy Acne Mask powerfully treats your acne and allows skin to heal itself, for skin so clear and healthy, it glows.

Don't forget about Neutrogena®'s other amazing products, such as Deep Clean Daily Facial Cleanser and my favorite the Cleansing Makeup Remover Cleansing Towlettes! 

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Posted on April 18, 2018 and filed under Beauty.

Brunchin' In Style

Thank you Foster Grant for sponsoring this post. Visit FosterGrant.com for all the latest sunglasses styles at amazing prices – for the many shades of you!

Spending time with my girlfriends is my favorite way to spend my weekends. We all get pretty busy throughout the week, which can sometimes make it difficult to coordinate our schedules. Luckily, no matter the number of commitments we may have, we find a way to make time for each other. Even if it’s only once every three months, a girls day is planned out.

Typically good food is always involved.

This past weekend, my girls and I met up at a new restaurant we found on Instagram. Their atmosphere and food looked so inviting that we just had to go check it out for brunch. Luckily, they had outdoor seating because the day was too pretty to stay inside.

Click the image above to shop!

Luke's Kitchen and Bar- Maitland, Florida

Whenever I go out to eat, I love ordering a bunch of small dishes and sharing it with everyone. This way, we all get to sample more items on the menu without getting stuffed on just one plate.

My drink of choice was the restaurant's signature sage mint lemonade. So refreshing and a delicious way to cool down from the warm weather.

Seeing as the day was super sunny, it was the perfect excuse to show off my new Foster Grant sunglasses from their Pre-Summer collection.

The oversized cat eye and sophisticated smoke lens make these sunglasses go with pretty much everything. Whether you’re dressed up or down, you’ll look glam in these chunky shiny black frames.

Foster Grant

I like to carry at least two pairs of sunglasses in my car, just in case I want to change up my look throughout the day. I brought my other Foster Grant glasses with me to brunch so my friend Christine could try them on.

When it comes to sunglasses, I tend to play it safe with either black or brown frames. For this pair, I wanted to try something different but a shade that would still compliment my style.

Foster Grant

These round 70’s inspired purple and yellow ombre lenses caught my attention the moment I saw them on the Foster Grant website.  They add a nice variety to my collection and have motivated me to step out of my comfort zone and try out more styles.

Look how good they look on Christine!

Christine wearing Foster Grant

With more than 85 years of eyewear expertise, Foster Grant creates every pair of glasses with real quality you can see and feel every time you wear them. All of their sunglasses feature 100% UVA/UVB protection, superior clarity, and scratch-resistant lenses, and are carefully constructed to give you the most comfortable fit.

Best part? They are affordably priced!

Foster Grant sunglasses

Foster Grant makes it easy to update your look and accessorize every outfit with a pair of sunglasses – for the many shades of you™!

Get 20% OFF all Sunglasses when you use code YAY20 at checkout for a limited time only.

Next time you go out for brunch with your friends, you’ll be brunchin’ in style thanks to Foster Grant!

 

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


Posted on April 13, 2018 and filed under Style.

Fresco Y Más Grand Opening

There's a new store coming to town, and it's called Fresco y Más!

If you're not from South Florida, then you're probably not familiar with this grocery store chain. The first Fresco y Más location opened its doors on June 15, 2016, in Hialeah, Fla., providing customers an authentic Hispanic shopping experience.

On April 18th, Orlando will be home to a new Fresco y Más location! With two additional locations opening up in Tampa on April 11th!

Fresco Y Mas

The new Fresco y Más location will include a brand new Latin Butcher, in-store café, an expanded selection of tropical fruits and a wide array of Hispanic baked goods. 

A new “Cocina” (kitchen) with chefs offering a range of freshly prepared, delicious dishes from scratch and daily specials, including arroz congris (rice dish), Pan con Bistec (steak), garbanzo (beans) and mojo pork.

Fresco Y Mas

Refreshed produce department featuring a farmer’s market with a wider selection of tropical fruits and customer favorites like malanga root, green plantains, and salad tomatoes.

Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of Fresco y Más, works with more than 200 Florida and regional growers to source fresh produce.

Fresco Y Mas

An all-new, full-service Latin butcher shop (Carniceria) will offer an expanded selection of fresh, custom cut meats including t-bone steak, roast beef, whole or half top round, and pork loin.

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The renovated bakery department will offer an expanded selection of Hispanic pastries and local baked goods, including flan, tres leches, croquettes, and custom tres leches cakes, made fresh daily, as well as a wider selection of local favorites.

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Fresco y Más stores will also feature new saving programs such as “Low Price Every Day,” offering savings on more than 800 popular products, an all-new Dollar Zone, that features over 600 everyday essentials for just $1 and an all-new Wall of Value! 

Fresco Y Mas

The new Fresco y Más store will feature bilingual signs through their store, offer residents an authentic Hispanic shopping experience that truly reflects the desires of the local Hispanic community.

The grand opening will be held at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18th, and the first 500 customers to arrive at the grand opening event will receive a free mystery gift card valued between $5-$500! 

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Each new Fresco y Más will also be holding a competition among local schools where customers will have the opportunity to vote for the school that will win a $5,000 donation! 

Orlando Location:
April 18th
7382 E. Curry Ford Road
Orlando, FL 32822

Tampa Locations:
April 11th
8424 Sheldon Road
Tampa, FL 33615

4056 N. Armenia Ave. 
Tampa, FL 33607

Fresco Y Mas

Will you be attending the grand opening?

 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fresco y MásAll opinions are 100% my own.


Posted on April 9, 2018 and filed under Around Orlando.

My Favorite Way To Work Out

If there is one thing I haven't learned to love yet is working out.

There are some weeks where I'm on it! Going to the gym at least 3x/week- doing my Body Pump Class and high-intensity cardio workout. Other days, I want to lay on my couch and do nothing.

For the days I'm feeling extra lazy, I for a walk instead. I find this way of burning calories much more enjoyable than going to the gym. 

My favorite place to walk? Cranes Roost!

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Cranes Roost Park is at the heart of Uptown Altamonte surrounding Cranes Roost Lake. The lake is encircled by one mile of continuous walkway with benches and covered seating areas.

I love taking in the fresh air and being alone with my thoughts. I go around the lake about 2-3 times at a nice relaxing pace, which usually takes about an hour.

Cranes Roost

I don't like to carry anything with me when I go for my walk. It weighs me down and most likely I'll lose it.

Thankfully there are a couple of water fountains around the lake, so not having my water bottle is not an issue and I still keep hydrated.

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After my workout, I head back to my car and immediately wipe off the sweat with the Kleenex Wet Wipes that I carry in my purse. 

I live about 20 minutes from Cranes Roost so by the time I get home and shower, the sweat would already have seeped into my pores.  Everytime I work out, I clean my face and neck with the Wet Wipes and automatically feel refreshed! 

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Kleenex Wet Wipes lack the harsh chemicals that current wipes carry so it is safe to use on hands and face but is also thick and soft enough to clean with.

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Whether I'm running errands or after working out, Kleenex Wet Wipes come in handy and are super convenient for easy cleanup.

Click here to save $1 with the Ibotta Rebate at your local Walgreens store.

What are your favorite ways to work out? And have you tried the Wet Wipes yet?

Posted on April 6, 2018 and filed under Life.

Springtime Drinks ft. Welch's Refrigerated Cocktails!

No matter the season, a fruity cocktail is always a great idea!

Whenever I go out with my friends, you can always bet on me ordering a sweet drink- no matter the day or time.

Although girls nights out are always fun, they can get pretty expensive. For a fraction of the price, you can make delicious cocktails right at home! 

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When I used to live in Costa Rica, passion fruit was a staple in my household. We would always have it as a snack or part of our breakfast. Drinking Welch's Passion Fruit Refrigerated Cocktails takes me back with both the smell and taste!

Passion Fruit and a clear Rum make a delicious combination for a grown-up cocktail.

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Welch's Passion Fruit Refrigerated Cocktails has a blend of grape, apple and passion fruit!

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Watch the video to see how easy it is to make this drink!

Add a kiwi for garnish, and you have yourself a colorful Spring cocktail!

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If you're not in the drinking mood, mocktails are always a great way to still enjoy Welch's Refrigerated Cocktails.

You can never go wrong with anything Strawberry flavored. I picked out the Welch's Strawberry Breeze Refrigerated Cocktails for my next drink.

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Start off by muddling pineapple and strawberries. Then add ice, Welch's Strawberry Breeze Refrigerated Cocktails and a splash of ginger ale soda. Garnish and you're done.

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The Welch's Strawberry Breeze Refrigerated Cocktails is a blend of orange juice, pineapple, grape, and strawberries. 

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It takes less than a minute to make this delicious treat. Watch the video below to recreate your own! 

Garnish with mint to add a pop of color!

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Click here to see what store carries Welch's Refrigerated Cocktails near you. I purchased the two varieties at my local Publix. 

What are your favorite Springtime drinks?


Posted on April 5, 2018 and filed under Food + Drinks.

Outdoor Fun with the New Michelob Ultra Pure Gold!

Lately, the weather here in Florida has been absolutely perfect! No rain and only sunshine throughout the week. Days like these you can't stay inside. Being outdoor is almost mandatory! 

My brother-in-law Gio loves cornhole, and we play it regularly when we have friends over. I love how everyone gets so competitive playing it! It's one of those games that are equally as fun to play it as it is to watch!

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Another activity that is always present when the day is gorgeous is drinking beer!

I don't drink beer often, but when I do, I like Michelob Ultra since it has a light, refreshing taste. Gio always has a 6-pack ready in his fridge. He's actually the one who introduced me to it years ago.

Cornhole + Michelob Ultra Pure Gold

This time, our beer of choice was the NEW Michelob Ultra Pure Gold!

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The NEW Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold is made with organic grains from the country's finest field and has sustainable packaging in partnership with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. Inspired by nature and best enjoyed outside!

With only 2.5 carbs and 85 calories, Pure Gold is the perfect ice-cold beer that you won't feel guilty about drinking.

Cornhole with Michelob Ultra Pure Gold
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Pure Gold is a light lager that is triple filtered and brewed free of artificial colors and flavors.

The taste is lighter than the original- which helps in not leaving you feeling bloated and ready for another round of cornhole!

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Click here to see where Michelob Ultra Pure Gold is available in your area. 

What are your favorite activities to play outside when the weather is just right?


Posted on April 4, 2018 and filed under Life.

Airplane Must Have Items For Traveling

Traveling is something I could never grow tired of doing.  I always look forward to boarding the plane and exploring a new country or city!

This year my mom is turning the big 6-0, and we're celebrating this milestone in Italy!!

I'm returning to this beautiful country after seven years! Last time I was there was back in 2011, and I didn't get the opportunity to explore the Coast. For this trip, my family is renting a car and we’ee driving from Rome all the way to Positano! Excited doesn't even come close to describing my emotions!

Since I'm no stranger to traveling, I've narrowed down the top must-have items I take with me on a plane.

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Airplanes and airports are notoriously known for being extremely cold, no matter your destination.

I like to dress comfortably. Which means flats, hair up and no makeup.

I typically wear either jeans or leggings, and I never board without a jacket or sweater. I made the mistake one time and nearly froze to death! 

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Now to my backpack items and my airplane must haves for traveling.

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Book: My flights are generally over 2 hrs, so it's the perfect opportunity to catch up on some reading.

Snack: Airplane snacks are never healthy, mostly chips and soda. I like to bring an energy bar that will keep me full throughout the flight and will avoid me from falling into temptation. 

Earphones: If I’m not in the mood to read, watching a movie in-flight is the best way to pass the time. Unless you want to purchase earphones, I suggest you bring your own.

Glasses: I never wear my contacts when flying. I tend to sleep on the plane, so contacts become uncomfortable and dry up easily. 

Facemask: Airplanes are harsh on your skin. A 15 mins mask will leave your face feeling refreshed and hydrated. Plus you’ll be in your seat so no one will see you. 

Journal: I like to document my traveling journey whenever I can. Taking 5 mins to write down three things you’re grateful for will start your trip on a positive note. 

Cleaning Wipes: Let’s face it, planes are filled with germs. I like to wipe my pull-down tray before I use it and when I finish eating I like to clean my face and hands. Luckily, I carry the Kleenex Germ Removal wipes with me on my trips. 

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The wipes are free from dyes, alcohol, parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.

No harsh chemicals means they are gentle enough for your hands and face.

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There are 3 types of Kleenex Wet Wipes - and Target sells them each for only $1.49!

* Gentle Clean (blue pack, 24-ct)

* Germ Removal (orange pack, 20-ct)

* Sensitive (green pack, 20-ct)

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Now you can clean your hands, face or body on demand, no sink required. This on-the-go germ removal is perfect for traveling!

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What are your travel must haves?


Posted on April 3, 2018 and filed under Travel.

Blinker App: Buy and Sell a Car Through Your Smartphone!

Technology, especially smartphones have completely changed the way we purchase services or products. Through online shopping or even apps, we no longer have to leave the comfort of our homes.

I recently purchased my car and went to the dealership. Although it was a pleasant experience, the dealership didn’t give me a good deal on my trade-in, something I already knew going in, so I was prepared to negotiate in the new car price instead.

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Each year, 28 million people in the US sell their car to the dealership and lose thousands of dollars. For that reason, Blinker, the first-ever mobile app that puts people in control of buying, selling and financing cars themselves with their smartphone, was created.

Using patented image-recognition technology, they make everything from selling a car with a lien to getting a loan to refinancing as easy as snapping a photo. Plus, because there’s no middleman, so sellers earn more and buyers save more.

Blinker

 

INSTANTLY SEE THE BLACK BOOK™ VALUE OF YOUR CAR

All you have to do is snap a photo of your car and Blinker will instantly display all the details about it, including estimated Black Book™ value, mileage and more.

Blinker App

 

LIST YOUR CAR FOR SALE, EFFORTLESSLY

With the tap of one button, you can list your car for sale in the Blinker marketplace, other major marketplaces, and your own social networks.

Blinker App

 

SELL YOUR CAR YOURSELF, EVEN IF YOU’RE STILL MAKING PAYMENTS

 

For the first time ever, you don’t have to feel tied down by car payments. Blinker releases you from your current loan by paying off the remaining balance and completing all the paperwork when you sell through the app.

 

GET A CAR LOAN WITH THE SNAP OF A PHOTO

By simply snapping a photo of your driver’s license, you can instantly pre-qualify for a loan directly through the app, without affecting your credit score. When it’s time to close, Blinker helps with all the paperwork too.

Blinker App

 

REFINANCE YOUR CAR RIGHT ON YOUR PHONE

To lower your monthly car payment, just snap a photo of your car and answer a few questions. Blinker pays off your existing loan and gives you a better loan right through the app.

Blinker App

 

PRIVATE PARTY IS NO LONGER A SKETCHY PARTY

Blinker verifies the identity of every buyer, checks ownership records of every seller, and offers a free CARFAX Report™ for every car in the marketplace.

Blinker App

 

EARN SOME EXTRA BENJAMINS

When you sell your car yourself with Blinker, there are no fees and no middlemen taking a cut – which means you can earn thousands more per sale. That’s no chump change.

 

CLOSE THE DEAL WITH CONFIDENCE

When you complete a transaction within the app, Blinker helps you complete the paperwork, transfer the title and ensures secure payment in as little as one business day - all for free. Plus, our customer support team is available by phone or email to help make the process smoother than ever.

Blinker App

Since launching last year, Blinker has saved buyers and sellers an average of $3,000 every transaction, serviced millions of dollars in auto loans and won a 2017 SXSW Interactive Innovation Award. 

The free app is currently available in California, Colorado, Texas and just launched in Florida. 

Interested in selling and making thousands more than trading it in while at the same time earning some extra cash? Download Blinker here.

For a limited time, when you download Blinker, enter my code FIORELLA and list your car for sale, you’ll earn $200 when it sells!!

 

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


Posted on April 2, 2018 and filed under Life.

I Got A New Car! Tips For Making Your Next Purchase!

Thank you GEICO for sponsoring this post.

Besides owning a home, your car purchase will probably be the most significant expense you’ll make in your life.

There is no greater feeling than driving off the lot with your new car. A sense of pride and accomplishment always seems to be the two words that come to mind. Whether the vehicle is new or old, it’s still a great feeling!

But with a new car purchase, always comes a new set of responsibilities that you need to be prepared to take on. Here are a few tips for making your next purchase. These can apply to anyone making their first purchase or their fifth. Being smart and responsible always makes sense!

Honda Civic 2018 EX

 

REALISTIC FINANCES

Being honest with your finances is the first and most important step to take. You need to analyze what you can realistically afford. Let’s face it, “adulting” is hard and it comes with a lot of responsibility, bills and unexpected expenses. Spending the majority of your paycheck on a car payment is not wise.

I recently purchased a brand new 2018 car, but before making this big purchase, I set down and went through all my monthly bills and made sure if a new car – and all the expenses that go with it- was something I could add on my plate. Luckily it was, and I feel comfortable with my new monthly payments. 

 

RESEARCH

Research, research, research!! Before purchasing my new car, I knew exactly the features, body style and brand I wanted. The internet is a great tool to use and will help you out in obtaining reviews, ratings and even virtual tours of the car you’re interested in purchasing.

Knowing what you want and what you’ll settle for, regarding pricing or features, is a great foundation to have when entering a dealership. Being prepared will help you get the best the deal and save you and the salesperson time- because car buying can be a nightmare if you’re not knowledgeable.

 

DON'T FEEL PRESSURED

When I purchased my car, I got lucky and got a fantastic salesperson. I never once felt pressured and obligated to buy anything. I was informed every step of the way and felt like he cared about providing me with the best service. Unfortunately, not all car salespeople are the same.

Never feel pressured into buying a car. Acquiring debt and monthly payments is something you need be 100% sure about and ready to take on. At the same time, please don’t waste a salesperson’s time if you’re not genuinely prepared to purchase a car. When I signed all my paperwork, I knew I was making the right decision and was happy with everything. That’s the feeling you should have when driving off with a new car.

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PICK THE RIGHT COLOR

A simple color choice may not seem that important, but in the long run, it makes a big difference. For me, there is nothing more beautiful and sexier than a black car! Unfortunately, when it comes to vehicles, black is synonymous with high maintenance!

When I was at the dealership, I was going back and forth with deciding between the gunmetal grey or black color. I must’ve driven the poor salesman crazy from my indecisiveness. I asked five random guys at the dealership what they would get (customers and salespeople), and they all unanimously said: avoid black- unless I was committed to washing my car at least once a week, maybe more.

A shiny freshly clean black car is gorgeous, but add pollen, dust and even fingerprints, and it’s a different story. As much as I want to fool myself into thinking I’m going to keep up with the cleaning, I know I won’t. In the end, I chose the gunmetal color- which turned out to be the best decision. I don’t need the added stress or car wash expense. 

 


MAINTENANCE

All cars require maintenance, whether it’s an oil change, pumping the right gas, keeping it clean or fixing any issues as soon as they arise, keeping up and taking care of your car is extremely important. Luckily, the car I purchased let’s me know if anything is wrong with my car. For example, last week, the low tire pressure light came on. I got the problem fixed as soon as it happened. Sometimes addressing the issue immediately will not only avoid major headaches but also save you money.

I get my car washed every two weeks and make sure I keep it clutter free. There is nothing better than getting in a nice clean car every morning. I also try to be smart with my gas and can sometimes make it last for two weeks! 

Here are a few tips on how to save on gas.

 

SAFETY

Being mindful of your driving can not only save your life but the lives of others on the road.

We’ve all been guilty of speeding or sometimes reckless driving. We sometimes forget that driving is a privilege and we need to be careful when operating a car. So many things can go wrong in a blink of an eye. One of the worst things you can do is use your phone while driving.

A big issue our generation struggles with is the ability to put our phones down. When I purchased my car, one of the selling features was the hands-free phone option. Which is something I use often! I talk on the phone, text and even use my map app without having to touch my phone. I no longer text and drive, and the maps app syncs and displays on my car dashboard. Not everyone has these features, so we need to learn to put our phones away and pay full attention to the road and be mindful of others.

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GETTING INSURED

You’ve purchased your new car, now what? Insurance! 

Every state in the United States has minimum auto insurance laws. Most states require at least some type of liability insurance to protect other drivers on the road. In my lifetime, I’ve been in three car accidents. Only one was my fault

Being protected not only brings you peace of mind but also prevents an awful situation from becoming worse! Choosing the right car insurance company can seem overwhelming since there are so many factors involved when making that decision. 

Here is an excellent article all about insuring your first car.

Honda Civic 2018 EX

GEICO is known primarily for low rates offered directly to consumers online and over the phone. When it comes to car insurance, GEICO is the real deal. In 2015, GEICO became the second largest auto insurance company in the United States! But did you know that GEICO is more than car insurance? They insure from homeowners to travel and even pet insurance.

Take a look at everything they insure here

Are you thinking of purchasing a new car soon?

Some discounts, coverages, payment plans and features are not available in all states, in all GEICO companies, or in all situations. Homeowners, renters and condo coverages are written through non-affiliated insurance companies and are secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. GEICO is a registered service mark of Government Employees Insurance Company, Washington, D.C. 20076; a Berkshire Hathaway Inc. subsidiary.

Hopefully, these tips will make your next car purchase a fun and memorable experience, as it was for me!

 

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


Posted on March 23, 2018 and filed under Life.

Need A Last-Minute Appetizer Idea? Create A Cheese Board!

Whenever I have friends over or need a last-minute appetizer idea, I always resort to making a cheese board.

Everyone loves cheese and pairing it with crackers or bread is always a crowd pleaser. For the ingredients, I typically just use whatever I have available that day in my kitchen. Making a cheese board is pretty straightforward and there is no right or wrong way to create them. The ingredients are based on your taste and what you would like to serve to your guests.

Cheese Board

I love olives and often eat them alone as a snack. Pearls® Specialties offers a variety of stuffed olives that would add refined touch to any cheese board without spending too much.

Pearls® Specialties
Pearls® Specialties

The possibilities are endless when it comes to creating a cheese board. There are so many different kinds of cheeses to choose from, but I would recommend including both a soft and hard cheese.

My favorites for soft are Brie and Goat cheese. I found a cranberry goat cheese that is the most delicious cheese I've ever had! Every time I serve it for my guests, they rave about it! Try to find it at your local grocery store and serve it to your friends at your next get together. Trust me; you'll thank me! 

Cheese Board

I normally like to add some fruit as well- typically either strawberries or grapes but I've seen figs on cheese boards. Figs look nice and would probably taste delicious with the cheese since it's sweet.  

Cheese Board with Grapes

I love adding multigrain crackers because they're a perfect size and go great with any type of cheese. You can also add tortilla chips or bread- depending on the different ingredients and flavors on the board. 

Nuts and meats are always a great addition as well. 

When it comes to olives, I would include both green and dark olives to add a nice contrast in flavors and color. The three Pearls® Specialties I used for my board were the Pitted Kalamata, Garlic Stuffed Olives and Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives.

Accompany with your favorite wine with these delectable olives will add a fancy touch to your next get-together or Spring celebration!

Cheese Board

You can purchase Pearls® Specialties on Amazon or at your local supermarket.

Have you made a cheese board before? Let me know your favorite ingredients so I can add them to my next board!


Posted on March 19, 2018 and filed under Food + Drinks.

Say Goodbye to Blackheads with Bioré

When it comes to having a skincare regimen, I've come a long way! I never thought I would enjoy and actually love taking care of my skin as much as I do now, but I do! Such a big difference from a year ago- where the extent of my skincare routine was going to bed without makeup on- which sadly, didn't happen often. 

By consistently keeping up with my skin care, I've already seen dramatic changes in my texture and appearance. 

One of my favorite brands is Bioré®. I've been using their pore strips for years!

Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask and Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips

Now you can say goodbye blackheads with Bioré's two new products: Self Heating One Minute Mask and Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips!

Infused with natural charcoal, the Self Heating Mask heats on contact to open pores and draw out pore-clogging dirt and oil, then cools leaving skin tingly smooth and refreshed. And it's achieved in only one minute!

Perfect for when you're in a hurry or just want a quick treatment. The small packets makes it convenient for traveling as well!

Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask

HOW TO USE:

 

WET FACE: Leave face wet – the Bioré® Self Heating One Minute Mask is activated by water.

APPLY MASK: Dry hands, open single-use packet, dispense contents into hand and apply mask to face. You can add a little water to your fingers to help spread the mask and activate warming.

MASSAGE: for about 1 minute. As you massage, the mask will heat up. For more heating action or for your preferred consistency, massage in a little water. The mask does not dry/harden.

RINSE: After one minute has passed, thoroughly rinse with water to remove the mask.

Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask
Bioré® Self Heating One Minute Mask

This was my first time trying out a self-heated mask and wasn't expecting for it to get as warm as it did. But this actually helps with removing oil from clogged pores and can be used 2-3x/week.

My face felt super smooth afterwards!

Bioré® Self Heating One Minute Mask

One of the most satisfying things you can do for your face is removing nasty blackheads with a single pore strip! I love the feeling of seeing all skin impurities come out. 

The innovative Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips works like a magnet and removes weeks (yes- weeks!) worth of pore gunk in just 10 minutes and leaves your skin 3x less oily. When used regularly, they actually diminish the appearance of pores!

 

HOW TO USE:

 

1. Wet nose

2. Peel strip off plastic & apply to nose smooth side down

3. Wait 10-15 min

4. Peel off strip starting at edges 

5. Check out all the dirt and oil

Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips

Not all pore strips are created equal! Only Biore Pore Strips are the trusted, and dermatologist-tested way to purify pores.

You can purchase both products at your local Target store or on Amazon!


Posted on March 15, 2018 and filed under Beauty.

Style Without Stiffness with TRESemmé Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Spray

When it comes to hair care, using the right products is essential. Not only to maintain your locks stronger and healthier but to help keep your style lasting longer!

It seems like every day I'm learning about a new hair care product I didn't know I needed. For me, finding the right hairspray has been a game changer. I wanted the perfect hold for my hairstyle yet still be able to move and have a bounce to it.

Now I can have both thanks to NEW TRESemmé Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Spray, the newest innovation in styling from TRESemmé!

I'm picky when choosing the right harispary because I've tried quite a few brands and there is nothing worse than a hairspray leaving your hair sticky and stiff!

Some traditional hairsprays are formulated with clunky particles that sit on top of the hair which creates build-up. The whole purpose of hairspray is to help maintain your look without weighing you down.

Luckily, TRESemmé got it right with their new line!

TRESemmé Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Spray

The way these hairsprays work is by coating the hair fibers in a layer of various polymers that form bonds between the fibers to hold the hair in place. Micro-Mist blends two types of polymers in hair sprays: “tough” and “durable”. Too much of the “tough” polymers and hair feels stiff. Too much of the “durable” polymers and hair has flexibility but no hold. 

The breakthrough NEW TRESemmé Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Spray has the perfect formula that gives you style without stiffness for a natural, lasting hold that will move with you.

My kind of hairspray! 

Besides being a great product, the new hairsprays are packaged in a smaller can which contributes to an overall reduction in CO2 and are ergonomically optimized and easy to hold, yet still, contain the same number of sprays in the 11 oz. can.

The new technology result in a more targeted, efficient spray that comes out softer for a truly lightweight, flexible hold and fast-drying coverage including adjusted valves, inserts, and actuators that are specially designed to cut the spray in half and narrow the cone angle of the traditional hairspray.

The hairstyle that looks good on me and the easiest to create, are loose effortless waves. Beleive it or not, I can only use my straightener to get the waves to come out nicely. I've tried curling irons and wands before but I just can't seem to get the curl to stay. 

A rounded straightener, detangler brush, and TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray is all I use to achieve my loose wave look.

Whether you are looking for a date night look or everyday style, the NEW TRESemmé Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Spray keeps your style intact without the stiffness.

The hairspray I've been using has been the Texture Hold, but there is also the Extend, Smooth and Boost

Head to the hair aisle at your local Walmart and pick up a can. Let me know what you think of this new hairspray formula!


Posted on February 16, 2018 and filed under Beauty.

The Lion King at The Dr. Phillips Center

I've been lucky enough to have seen many Broadway shows in my lifetime. Most of them have been at the stunning Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando, Florida.

I always get excited when the Broadway lineup is released for the year. This season, the show I had my heart set on was The Lion King. It's my top 5 Disney movies and a show I've been wanting to see it on Broadway for years. 

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More than 90 million people around the world have experienced the awe-inspiring artistry, the unforgettable music and the uniquely theatrical storytelling of this Broadway spectacular—one of the most breathtaking and beloved productions ever to grace the stage.

The Lion King at the Dr. Phillips Center

Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, The Lion King brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. The Lion King also features the extraordinary work of Tony Award-winning choreographer Garth Fagan and some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice.

The Lion King at The Doctor Phillips Center

From the opening number until the end of the show, you're in for a visual treat! The amount of talent represented on one stage is truly magical and something special to watch live.

Whether you're young or old, this Classic will leave you with so many emotions. Sometimes when a movie is turned into a Broadway show it doesn't live it up the original.

The Lion King not only exceeded my expectations but left me in awe of such artistry.

“A wondrous spectacle of imaginative puppetry, African rhythms, athletic dance and brilliant design. It grabs hold of your imagination from its very first moments.” 

— Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle

The Lion King at the Dr. Phillips Center

There is simply nothing else like The Lion King.

Take your family, friends, and loved ones to watch this beautiful production! The show will be at The Dr. Phillips Center from February 14–March 11, 2018, so make sure you don't miss this Disney classic!

Purchase tickets here.


Posted on February 14, 2018 and filed under Shows.

Is Microblading Worth It? My Review and Results

The recent trend right now is all about the perfect brows. Thick, beautiful well-shaped brows. I never realized how important they were until I started getting into makeup. Brows frame your face and can make or break any beauty look.

Growing up, I had nice thick eyebrows. But then high school came around and like every teenage girl, I over-plucked mine. Back then, thin eyebrows were in. Unfortunately, I can't grow them out because when I got laser hair removal, I made the mistake of lasering the hair of my already thin brows.

Luckily, there is a solution! Microblading.

Microblading

WHAT IS MICROBLADING?

Microblading is a form of semi-permanent makeup technique that creates hairlike strokes to fill in sparse or thinning brows using fine deposits of cosmetic tattoo pigments. The strokes are drawn to perfectly blend with your own eyebrows.

Before you make the investment, make sure you do your research and go to a reputable establishment. When it comes to beauty, never go cheap!

I got my eyebrows done at Magda's Skincare Clinic and can't say enough good things about my experience! From start to finish, I felt comfortable and appreciate the attention to detail.

Magda's Skincare Clinic

My aesthetician, Marina holds a certificate in eyebrow Microblading and specializes in PhiBrows technique. Two important distinctions to look for when choosing the person to perform microblading on your eyebrows.

My first appointment took about 2 hours. In the first 15 minutes, we discussed the desired look I wanted to achieve- which were natural looking brows and an arch to them. My eyebrows were too thin and straight.

After the mini consultation, she numbed my eyebrows and stenciled in what my future eyebrow would look like. 

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When it comes to eyebrows and her craft, Marina is a perfectionist! Which I greatly appreciated because the process can be scary. After we reached the desired shape and took "before" pictures, it was time to get the microblading!

Since I don't have any tattoos and have ever done anything like this before, I was a bit nervous. But after the first stroke, I felt at ease and confident of the process and Marina.

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Tiny incisions are made then the eyebrow is covered with more pigment.

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The whole process took about an hour.

For my eyebrows, we did both microblading and shading to give it a more natural look. 

BEFORE AND AFTER:

Before and After Microblading

Marina cautioned me that my eyebrows would become darker within the next few days and to not be alarmed because they would gradually fade into a lighter shade.

After the 4-week healing process, this is what my eyebrows look like.

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It's important to follow instructions regarding the aftercare of your brows. This will help in achieving the best results and prevent scabbing. 

Here are a few questions you might have regarding Microblading:

 

HOW LONG DO YOUR EYEBROWS LAST?

Some skin types can retain ink better than others. Very oily skin types will probably have the most difficult time achieving lasting results because the oils will fade the ink. On average, microblading can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years.

HOW MANY SESSIONS DO YOU NEED?

On average, most people need two sessions. One first session then a touch-up session four weeks later. The reason for the touch-up is because depending on your skin type, the skin may push out a bit of ink and in some places, the hair strokes won’t be as saturated. Also, so you can see if there are any minor changes needed after the first session that need to be filled in.

DOES IT HURT?

Everyone's pain tolerance is different. For me, it didn't hurt but I definitely felt a bit of discomfort towards the end when the numbing cream started to wear off. Nothing I couldn't handle though. 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Prices vary depending on the salon, location and aesthetician's experience. Check out Magda's Skincare Clinic's website to view their latest specials.

I'M STILL UNDECIDED, I NEED MORE INFORMATION

I recommend doing your research before getting microblading to see if it's right for you. Magda has a great section on their website that answers any questions you may have. Click here for more information.

So is Microblading worth it? For me, it was 100% worth it! I feel like my face looks more put together now-even when I'm not wearing any makeup. I've gotten so many compliments about my eyebrows and how natural they look. So happy with the results!

If you’re interested in other skincare services, Magda’s Skincare Clinic offers additional services including customized facial treatments, chemical peels, LED light therapy, microdermabrasion, Non-Surgical Facelift,  permanent makeup and microneedling treatments.

Have you considered getting microblading done?

 

This was a collaboration with Magda’s Skin Care Clinic for their microblading services. All opinions are my own.


Posted on February 9, 2018 and filed under Beauty.

Making Health a Priority with Nokia Body+ Scale

At the beginning of the year, I made it a mission to make health a priority in my life. I've always struggled to maintain a consistent weight. My weight seems to always fluctuate between 5-15lbs. The constant yo-yo is not good for my body or self-esteem.

With the help of Nokia Health, yes, Nokia, the brand that brought me my first phone, I'm confident I'll achieve my weight loss goal this year!

If you're trying to get healthy as well, here are a few weight loss tips to help you through your weight loss journey:

 

HAVE PATIENCE

When it comes to losing weight, it really is a marathon, not a sprint. Most of us would love to lose 20lbs in 2 weeks, but that is neither realistic or healthy. The road to success is challenging and painful at times, but the reward at the end is worth it. Making slow positive changes is better than doing a complete 180 and giving up after a week. Know that weight loss will take time, but if you stick to it, the weight will stay off longer, and your mind and body will thank you for it. Instead of setting a big number goal, set small attainable weekly goals. I'd rather focus on losing 1-2lbs a week then stress about 30 lbs in a few months. Makes the journey less overwhelming. 

 

KNOW YOURSELF

As someone who has been on countless diets and has failed most of them, the best advice I can give is to figure out what works for you. We're all different; there is no one size fits all for weight loss.

For me, keeping track of my food intake with points, not eating after 7 pm, increasing my water intake, exercising 3x/week and limiting my social outings is the best way I lose weight. The social aspect makes the most impact on my diet. I know my self-control is not the greatest- especially in the beginning stages of my weight loss journey, so I limit my social interactions. It might seem extreme, but going out usually means drinking alcoholic beverages and eating unhealthy high-calorie food. I'd rather avoid those tempting situations until the second month, where my willpower is stronger because I know I'll likely cheat. Then I slowly start attending events or get-togethers, always being mindful of what I consume though.

Research a program or healthy diet that works well for your personality and lifestyle- this will help you successfully lose weight.

 

STAY CONSISTENT

With anything in life, consistency is key! I know it's easier said than done because I struggle with this concept as well. But it really comes down to consistently making better choices. Only eating salads and living at the gym is also not the answer. You need to learn to balance and practice moderation. I love the 80/20 rule, where you eat healthy 80% of the time and the other 20% you're not as strict. This rule helps you stay more consistent in achieving your weight loss goal because it makes eating healthy more attainable.

 

TRACK YOUR PROGRESS

Stepping on the scale can be a scary and daunting task, but in my opinion, it shouldn't be. You can't plan or set a goal if you don't know where you are exactly. The number on the scale represents your starting point. From there you can then determine your weekly goals and plan accordingly. 

Having the proper tools to track your weight is extremely important. No scale is 100% accurate in calculating your exact body weight because various factors can affect it, but having the right scale, such as the Nokia Body+ scale can and will help track your progress. 

While people focus on weight, full body composition helps you know what goes into that number, so you can pinpoint your efforts.

An Ideal Weight Loss Companion:

High-accuracy weight and full body composition is just the beginning. This Nokia Body+ Scale coaches, rewards, and records all your data automatically. And with tools at hand such as trend screens and nutrition tracking, you can set goals — and achieve them!

A great and benefital feature of this scale is their app, Health Mate. 

Every weigh-in appears in the Health Mate app automatically, via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth sync. With your history available 24/7, you can see what works, reinforce positive behaviors and stay focused on your goals.

Not only is this Nokia scale stylish, but it's user friendly and effortlessly tracks your weight loss journey and progress all in one place.

Learn more about the Nokia Body+ Scale, a well as purchase it here.

What are your tips or healthy routines for maintaining your ideal weight?


Posted on February 6, 2018 and filed under Wellness.

Achieving My Best Self For The New Year

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Thank you Tropicana Essentials® Probiotics for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are 100% mine.

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The New Year always brings forth new goals and resolutions we want to accomplish. On a personal level, I simply want to be the best version of myself- in every aspect of my life. I want to be happier, healthier and more productive than last year. I want to end this year knowing I was 100% committed and gave it my all- which is what we should strive for: Progress not perfection. 

Here are 7 things I'm committed to doing in achieving my best self for the New Year:

 

LIMIT SOCIAL MEDIA

As someone who has battled with depression and anxiety, I constantly have to give myself grace. It's easy to fall into the trap of comparison, especially nowadays with social media. As a blogger, the pressure to create and post picture-perfect content is extremely high, and the competition has become bigger than ever. But I've learned that everyone is fighting their own battle. No one truly knows what goes behind closed doors- even if their Instagram photo shows otherwise. This year I'm limiting my time spent on social media and living my life more offline. 

 

JOIN TOASTMASTERS

This has been one of my goals for the past three years! Although I'm an introvert, I don't consider myself a shy person and can be social without a problem. My problem comes with being the center of attention- as in being put on the spot or giving speeches. As a person who stutters, this can be even more difficult . Even though I no longer feel ashamed of my disfluency, I still struggle with public speaking. I've been asked numerous times to speak at panels and even do segments on live TV, but sadly I’ve turned most of them down. I believe Toastmasters will help with my confidence and communication skills. The goal is to speak fearlessly, not fluently!

 (Photo taken by  David Alpuche  at the  NSA 2017 Conference  - a friend who stutters and inspired me to join Toastmasters)

(Photo taken by David Alpuche at the NSA 2017 Conference - a friend who stutters and inspired me to join Toastmasters)

READ

I used be obsessed with reading, particularly self-help books. I have a closet filled with books I've purchased over the years but haven't made the time to read yet. This year, I want to make a conscious effort to read at least 30 minutes every night before going to bed. Not only will I be absorbing a wealth of knowledge but hopefully reading more will help me become a better writer. Plus, studies have shown that shutting off all electronics an hour before going to bed helps you sleep better and wake up more refreshed the next morning. Sounds like a win-win to me!

 

DRINK MORE WATER

I'm pretty sure drinking more water is on everyone's list. It took many years to finally learn to enjoy drinking water. My only problem is my consistency. There are days where I drink the recommended number of ounces and other days where I barely drink one full glass. The solution will be to take my water bottle with me at all times. In the past, this has helped me in reaching my water intake goal. I'll also be swamping out sodas and high calorie drinks in favor of water.

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NEVER STOP LEARNING

I was never someone who loved school. I admittedly struggled with it, yet I loved learning, if that makes sense. It would take me hours just to complete an assignment. My mind would wander somewhere else or I would procrastinate until the last minute to turn something in. But when it came to researching things I cared for or was passionate about, I could spend hours learning. This year, I want to focus on spending an hour a day on listening to podcasts and reading articles that will help me grow both professionally and personally. 

 

BE MORE MINDFUL

This topic is one that interests me the most. Being mindful of my thoughts and actions towards myself and others is something I want to work on more. I want to be more present and practice patience. Foster the friendships and relationships I currently have and build new ones. Go back to yoga and meditation. These two exercises always make me feel at peace and bring a sense of self awareness that in return, I feel, makes me a better person. I want to be more mindful with my eating habits as well. I'm guilty of sometimes eating just to eat. I want to nourish my body with good food not junk. I want to increase my grateful walks as well- which is essentially going for quick walk around my neighborhood and reflecting on all my blessings and future goals.

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TAKE CARE OF MY GUT

I've struggled with keeping my digestive system regulated for as long as I could I remember, which is why taking care of my gut is extremely important to my health. In the mornings before I eat anything, I drink a warm cup of lemon water, followed by stretching and breakfast. One of the new things I recently incorporated into my diet is probiotics. 

I used to take pills, then switched over to gummies. Now I'm drinking it! I recently discovered Tropicana Essentials® Probiotics. My favorite orange juice brand now combines nutritious ingredients with probiotics and brings them to the mainstream juice aisle for the first time!
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Every eight-oz. serving of Tropicana Essentials® Probiotics delivers one billion live and active cultures to your gut. Plus, each serving provides your whole day’s vitamin C and has no added sugar or artificial flavors.

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I picked up the Pineapple Mango flavor, but they also have it in Strawberry Banana and Peach Passion.

Tropicana Essentials® Probiotics is an accessible, nutritious and convenient way for you to get more probiotics into your daily routine with a delicious taste!

Tropicana Essentials® Probiotics is available in 32oz bottles next to the other refrigerated juices at Walmart. Go try and it and make your gut health a priority!

 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tropicana Essentials® Probiotics.


Posted on January 29, 2018 and filed under Wellness.

"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 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 has me looking fresh all day long!

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!

Neutrogena at Walmart

Have you tried the new Hydro Boost Cosmetics or Skin Clearing line yet? 


Posted on January 11, 2018 and filed under 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.  

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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!

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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. 

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I purchased America’s softest ultra tissue at my local Walmart. It's conveniently located in the Facial Tissue aisle and there are various 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.

Kleenex at Walmart

How do you take care of yourself this season?


Posted on January 4, 2018 and filed under Wellness.

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.