Making Memories at Alden Suites Beachfront Resort in St. Petersburg

One of my favorite cities in Florida is St. Petersburg, which is located in the gulf coast and is part of the Tampa Bay area. From the Dali Museum, to amazing shopping and culinary experiences, this city has so much to offer.

A couple of weeks ago, Alden Suites invited a group of Central Florida bloggers to enjoy a weekend stay in their beachfront resort.

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As soon as we arrived, we were greeted by the friendly staff and were treated to a welcome reception, which included a speech from the CEO of the resort as well as delicious appetizers and drinks from 1200 Chophouse, a local St Pete steakhouse.

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After mingling and getting to know the other bloggers, we were all treated to a sunset cruise- which was the highlight of the evening! There is nothing more beautiful and peaceful than watching the sun set from the water. The colors in the sky were simply breathtaking!

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The next morning we woke up refreshed and ready to take on the action packed day. Alden Suites, in collaboration with Suncoast Watersports, provided a bucket list of activities for us to take part in. The great thing about Alden Suites is that you can have the best of both worlds- great atmosphere to just kick back relax and work on your tan or fun water activities to get your blood flowing.

We opted for both!

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We decided to do waverunners and parasailing but there is also paddleboarding, kayaking and snorkeling available.

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After all the fun in the sun, we worked up a huge appetite! Luckily, Snapper’s food truck was on property, so we didn’t have to go far for lunch. We both ordered the Mahi Mahi tacos and they were the best seafood tacos I’ve ever had! So fresh and flavorful!

Plus, you can’t beat lunch with a view!

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From start to finish, Alden Suites provided an unforgettable weekend filled with comfort, fun and a WOW factor found all throughout the property.

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Situated on four acres of private beachfront, Alden Suites boats 141 one-bedroom suites, each designed with the comforts of home. Amenities include free Wi-Fi throughout the resort and every guestroom, plush beds, flat screen HD TV’s, fully equipped kitchenettes (with Publix grocery deliver service available), large closets, and comfy living rooms with plenty of space to spread out.

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Most rooms also feature private balconies with stunning views of the pristine white sand beach.

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It’s no surprise this beautiful beachfront resort boats Trip Advisor’s Award of Excellence and Traveler’s Choice- providing the perfect combination of relaxation, recreation and value.

Take a look at all the suites available and book your next vacation at Alden Suites!

*GIVEAWAY*

Alden Suites was nice enough to give one of my readers the chance to WIN a Two (2) Night Stay in a Poolside One Bedroom Suite! All you have to do is follow me @fiorella.reategui and @AldenSuites on Instagram and tag who you would take with you on my latest IG post. Super easy!

Winner will be chosen on 11/19/18.

Good luck!


Posted on October 26, 2018 and filed under Travel.

Finding Your Balance. Four Easy Ways To Improve Your Day

This post is sponsored by Himalayan Water but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Self improvement is something I strive to always make time for. I know first hand how important keeping both my mental and physical health in check is. From my mood, productivity and self esteem, if I don’t feel balanced and aligned, I’ll immediately notice a shift.

Here are four things I do daily that help me stay on track and focused.

EXPRESS GRATITUDE

Every morning and right before I go to bed, I write three things I’m grateful for in my journal. I’ve been journaling for the past four years and it’s something that if I don’t do, I feel like something is off. There are different ways to express gratitude though, from daily grateful walks, meditation, or even saying it out loud, whatever works for you.

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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STAY HYDRATED

Being kind to our bodies not only consists of exercising and eating well. Keeping hydrated and making sure to drink at least 8 glasses of water is vital to our health. I never realized how little amount I was drinking until I started keeping track of my water intake. There were days where I was lucky to have one glass in my system. The best way to drink more water is to keep a water bottle with you at all times.

Consuming pure water is just as important as the amount you drink. I was recently introduced to Himalayan Water and love the crisp clean taste it has.

Himalayan Natural Mineral Water is a naturally balanced mineral water sourced directly from the Shivalik Range in the Himalayan Mountains. The water is never touched by human hands, as every drop filters through the mountains for 20 years until it arrives in a confined aquifer 400 feet below ground. It is bottled at the source and brought to the United States.

The balanced pH and the ideal proportions of minerals and electrolytes create a smooth, great taste making Himalayan Water a premium balanced water brand.

READ DAILY

I recently went to a Tony Robbins conference and one of the biggest takeaways I got from him was the importance of reading- especially self help books. Leaders are Readers. There is so much wealth of knowledge found in books that wasting my time doing things that aren’t productive doesn’t appeal to me anymore. I also listen to podcasts and audio books but my favorite is still reading physical books. I love growing my collection, so if you have any book recommendations, comment them below.

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GO OUTSIDE

Since I work from home, there are days where I don’t even step outside the whole day. Getting some fresh air and changing your scenery will not only give you a nice little break but also some mental clarity. Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed, I take a quick 5 min walk around my neighborhood and I come back feeling refreshed! It’s amazing how only 5 mins can relax you plus it’s a great way to sneak in a few sips of your water. Win-win for sure!

How do you find balance?

To find more inspiration, check out Himalayan Water’s Instagram page.

Posted on September 24, 2018 and filed under Wellness.

From Day to Night

This post is sponsored by Kohl’s. I was paid for this post and received the included shoes as compensation.

 

When it comes to Fall Fashion, I love pieces that I can easily transform from daytime to nighttime outfits. It saves me from having to pick out or purchase a brand new outfit, plus it gets me out the door much quicker. And I’m all about saving time and money!

I purchased this cute floral dress a few months ago and I love how versatile it is. It can be worn any season and can be dressed up or down- it’s all about how you accessorize it.

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The best way to change up your look is by changing up your shoes. It’s a simple swap and completely transforms any outfit. 

For a casual look, I love wearing white sneakers! I wear my BRENNAN sneakers from madden NYC all the time and the classic silhouette and easy slip-on fit makes it my favorite everyday style. More and more, I’m seeing dressy outfits paired with white sneakers and they always look so fashionable. Such an effortless way to combine comfort with fashion. Add a jean jacket and you have yourself a super cute outfit that looks good on everyone.

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The BRENNAN sneakers come in nine different colors and the white one has a cute black/red design in the back of the shoe. It adds a nice little touch to a plain white sneaker.

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Transition your day to night look by adding a classic black heel. For Fall, I love wearing heel boots. I found these madden NYC ROCKETT women’s high heel ankle boots and I had to get them. 

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I love the gold accents and open but closed concept- perfect to show off your pedicure. I also incorporated a black belt. That’s it! And look how different it looks from my daytime outfit. 

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The madden NYC ROCKETT heels also come in red and rose pink color. Which would all go perfectly with my dress.

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Kohl’s has the latest madden NYC for the fall season at such great prices. Their current Fall Sale on most sandals are $39.99, Orig 49.99 and $5 off boots! Check out the latest madden NYC styles here.

 

My blog may contain links to other websites. I am not responsible for the privacy policies of those other websites. When you click on a link, your information may be collected by those websites so I encourage you to read their privacy policies. Any affiliate links are not associated with Kohl’s.


Posted on August 13, 2018 and filed under Style.

5 Tips to Boost Women's Heath

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

 

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.

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Here are 5 Tips to Boost Women's Health:
 

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.

 
MANAGE STRESS

Mental health is just as important as your physical health. No matter what stage of her life, daughter, mother, or 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.


DOCTOR VISITS

Don't skip your annual 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 three years if you are 21 or older. If you are 30-65, you can get both a Pap test and HPV test every five years. If you have certain risk factors, your doctor may recommend more-frequent Pap tests, regardless of your age. Older than 65, women may be able to stop testing if their doctor says they are low risk. In any case,  if you are sexually active, always use protection and get tested for any STDs.

 
Family Planning

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 of 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 after unprotected sex or a birth control failure is by taking the Plan B One-Step pill. 
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WHAT IS PLAN B? 

Plan B One-Step emergency contraception is a backup plan that helps prevent pregnancy when taken as directed within 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex or birth control failure. 


HOW DOES PLAN B WORK?

Plan B One-Step is a product with just one tablet that contains levonorgestrel. This hormone has been used in many birth control pills, but- Plan B One-Step contains a single, higher dose of levonorgestrel and works in a similar way to help prevent pregnancy. Use as directed.
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Plan B One-Step works mainly by stopping the release of an egg from the ovary (delaying ovulation) – it helps to prevent pregnancy BEFORE it begins. The sooner you take it, the better it works. A common misconception is that Plan B is an abortion pill. This is false and it will not affect a beginning or existing pregnancy.
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Plan B One-Step is available for any woman who needs it—with no age restriction. You can find it at CVS, over the counter. If you cannot locate it within the store, you can always ask the pharmacist and they will be able to help. You do not need an ID or prescription to purchase. 
Use this link for a $10 off coupon. Use as directed.
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Taking Plan B One-Step will not impact a woman’s future (or long-term) fertility and is an important option for all women and their family planning efforts. 


Posted on August 8, 2018 and filed under Wellness.

Summer Fun with Malibu Rum

This post is sponsored by Malibu Rum but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

 

I remember Malibu Coconut Rum with pineapple juice was the first alcoholic beverage I ever had. I couldn't believe how delicious and refreshing it was! It had the perfect blend of coconut and pineapple- two of my favorite fruits.

Fast forward ten years later and it's still one of my go-to drinks!

Whenever I think of summer and outdoor fun- Malibu Rum always comes to mind.

Malibu Rum is like sunshine in a bottle with a smooth, fresh flavor. That's why it's the world's best-selling coconut flavored Caribbean rum and my personal favorite. In addition to the classic coconut original, there are seven different flavors, including the New Malibu Lime.

What I love most about Malibu Rums is that the flavors pair perfectly with any mixer and you don't need too many ingredients to make a tasty drink. I added lemon-lime soda, ice, fresh mint leaves and a little bit of freshly squeezed lime juice to my glass.

Garnish with mint or a lime wedge, and you have yourself a refreshing summer drink.

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Whenever you're hosting an outdoor pool party, a nicely decorated table for drinks and food is all you need and will make your party stand out.

If there is a theme involved, even better! You don't have to break the bank to have a nice party either. Incorporating ingredients and anything that is bright and shiny is always a fun way to take your party to the next level. Guests will appreciate it, and you'll look like an amazing host.

Whether with one friend or twenty, celebrations are meant to make you feel good. Being around water, good friends and delicious drinks, always makes me happy and excited to have more summer get-togethers.

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Give your summer celebration an extra twist with the new Malibu Lime!

Want to have your own Malibu summer experience? Learn how you could win a 4-day/3-night trip for two (2) to Malibu, California by visiting this link!

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Posted on July 30, 2018 and filed under Food + Drinks.

Celebrating Special Moments with Faustino Wine

This post is sponsored by Faustino but the content and opinions expressed are my own. #DiscoverFaustino

 

When it comes to having real and lasting friendships, I hit the jackpot! Not a day goes by where I don’t feel genuine love and support from them. From small wins to major accomplishments, I know I can always count on my girlfriends to cheer me on. 

I once read a quote that said, “When all is said and done, if you can count all your true friends on one hand, consider yourself lucky.” 

I couldn’t agree more.

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One of my favorite activities to do is to get together with my best friends and catch up. With so many things going on in our lives, it’s always nice to take the time from our crazy schedules to hang out, especially when there is something exciting to celebrate!

And what better way to celebrate special moments than with a nice glass of wine!

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I recently met up with my friend to congratulate her for landing a new job at an amazing sales company and to raise a glass to me for moving into my new apartment. It always feels nice to have a friend experience the same joy as you would when something great happens in your life. No jealousy or competition, just pure excitement for one another.

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We decided to celebrate at our neighborhood beach with some Faustino White and Rosé wine- my favorites, and an epic sunset!

Up until recently, I wasn’t a big wine drinker, but now, I love discovering different types of wines. If you haven’t heard or tried Faustino selections, check them out! The taste of both the Rosé and White wines are clean, bright and with a hint of fruity flavors. They’re sweet but not overpowering. The perfect blend!

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Faustino has more than 150 years of experience in the production and aging of premium wines. They own about 650 hectares of vineyards in the best areas of the DOCa Rioja, in the municipalities of Laguardia and Oyon, and it is one of the largest owners of vineyards in Rioja, Spain.

Love and respect for nature are two of the pillars on which the philosophy of the winery is based.

In recent years, Faustino has incorporated new, environmentally-friendly grape growing practices to make their vineyards increasingly sustainable.

Love supporting these type of companies and brands.

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Being able to share special moments with friends is priceless! And having a glass (or two) of wine makes the moment even sweeter!

To learn more about Faustino, check out their website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!


Posted on July 4, 2018 and filed under Life.

Little Black Dressed Approved

This post is sponsored by Degree Women but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

 

This past week I attended Feeding Children Everywhere's 2nd Annual Hunger Awards Gala at the Dr. Phillip's Center. It was such an honor being in a room full of real life heroes who have made or are making a difference in people's lives, especially young children.

By donating their time and resources, they are impacting and helping out families that struggle to put food in their table. Such a wonderful organization and cause.  

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When it comes to dressing up for events, 99% of the time, I opt for a little black dress. As much as my grandma tells me to add color into my wardrobe and venture out with new patterns, I always gravitate towards anything black.

I purchased this Gianna Bini dress two years ago, and since then, I've worn it to two weddings and to another event- so I definitely got my money's worth with this number.

I love how elegant and comfortable it is and appropriate for any occasion. 

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SHOP SIMILAR LOOK:

Attending events such as this one can sometimes be a bit nerve wrecking. You are mingling with important people and always want to make a great first impression. That means looking and feeling your best.

Before putting on my black dress I made sure to put on Degree’s UltraClear Black+White Dry Spray Deodorant. It helped me stay fresh and dry during and after the event, for up to 48 hours! And the best part? This deodorant prevents white or yellow stains on my black dress, which is something I always worry about with other brands.

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Degree’s UltraClear Black+White Dry Spray Deodorant is Dermatologist-tested and alcohol-free and has MOTIONSENSE technology, which is scientifically proven to help with excessive sweating. This unique body heat-activated formula keeps you dry and fresh all day - and then some. It instantly responds to changes in your body temperature to help you stay dry.

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Two great benefits all packed into this little spray!

I love how it goes on instantly dry. No need to wait a super long time to put on my dress. I can just spray and go.

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For your next black dress event, make sure to pick up the Little Black Dress approved Degree’s UltraClear Black+White Dry Spray Deodorant! It's conveniently located in the Antiperspirants & Deodorant aisle at Walmart.  


Posted on June 28, 2018 and filed under Beauty.

How the LivingWith™ Mobile App Helps Manage Life With Cancer

Thank you Pfizer for sponsoring this post. Join Pfizer’s This Is Living With Cancer™ initiative by sharing your story with #InspirationLives on Facebook and Instagram to support and inspire those who have been affected by cancer, and be sure to check out the LivingWith™ mobile app available via iTunes and Google Play.

 

Cancer was something I never thought would play a role in my life. We all know about it, hear about it and, for some of us, we know someone who has lost their battle with it. But never did I think cancer would take someone I love from me. I can now include myself in that group.

When my aunt was diagnosed with stomach cancer last year, it didn’t seem real. Especially during the first few months. My aunt was her happy, positive self and continued with her daily routine as if nothing was happening to her body. Her cancer didn’t become “real” until her last three months. I could see how this debilitating disease was taking over her body. Everything from her physical appearance to her personality changed drastically. 

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Naturally, people worry about the patient, but they often forget about the family or people around them. I saw firsthand how my cousin and uncle rose to the challenge of taking care of my aunt. It’s not an easy task being a caretaker—it’s much harder when you’re family because your heart is so heavily invested.

There are so many things to keep track of and most of the time it’s difficult to keep them all in order.

Luckily, there is an app to help make life easier during this difficult time.

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Pfizer launched This Is Living With Cancer™, a national awareness program that includes a free mobile app called LivingWith™. It is designed to help manage some of the daily challenges faced by people living with cancer.

Unfortunately, my aunt passed away before I could use this app. With so many things juggling through your mind, it’s nice to have an app with several features designed to help you manage your life with cancer.

One of the challenges my cousin faced was keeping track of all the appointments and medications my aunt was taking. With just one app, you can access recorded notes from doctor visits and view important documents, such as medication details and test results.

Another helpful feature is that you can send requests to family and friends for help with meals, rides and other support. Something as small as having a nice cooked meal delivered to the home makes a huge difference and is something I know my cousin greatly appreciated. It was one less thing to worry about, and her full focus could be on my aunt—not cooking.

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Although my heart is broken that my aunt is no longer with us, I can honestly say I’m a better person for having gone through this experience. I appreciate life so much more and value the relationships in my life. Life is so precious and can be taken when you least expect it.

I wish I could turn back time and have taken more pictures with my aunt or visited her more, but at least I was with her every single day leading up to her last breath.

I’ve learned so much from seeing my cousin take care of her, and I’m prepared if cancer should strike again in my family. With anything in life, being prepared and knowledgeable will help you navigate through these hard times. 

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The LivingWith™ mobile app is a great resource for anyone going through cancer. With so many fears, questions or concerns racing through your mind, it’s great to have something that will help you through it all.

For more information and to download the LivingWith™ mobile app, please visit www.ThisIsLivingWithCancer.com. Patients and their loved ones also can find the initiative on Facebook and Instagram

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

Posted on June 20, 2018 and filed under Life.

Staying Confident and Fresh with Summer's Eve®

This post is sponsored by Summer’s Eve® but the content and opinions expressed are my own.

Dating can be scary and nerve-wracking, no matter how much of an expert you think you are. But dating doesn't have to be stressful. Dates are meant to be fun and enjoyable and if you're lucky, an opportunity to meet someone who you're compatible with and want to spend more time getting to know.

Here are 4 tips to help you get through your big day!

 

RELAX:

First dates are always frightening because you don't know what to expect. Just as much as you want to impress your date- they're on the same mission to impress you and are probably just as nervous as you are. Take a deep breath and visualize the date being a total success.

 

BE YOURSELF:

Always be authentic! From the way you look to the way you carry yourself, it's important to never pretend to be someone you're not. Many women feel the need to dress a certain way or layer on a pound of makeup in hopes the man will find them attractive. If you're into makeup, then it's totally fine to doll yourself up just a bit more for the date, but if that's not you, then there is no need for all that production. Keep it simple and classy.

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BE CONFIDENT:

The number one quality most people find attractive is confidence. The way you present/express yourself can either make you seem interesting and appealing or cocky and boring. Most of the time the latter won't yield another date. People want to be around good energy and someone that can hold a conversation. A pretty face and a nice meal can only go so far. There is only one of you in this world, so make sure you showcase your best qualities.

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GOOD HYGIENE:

Besides being present and making sure to say your please and thank yous, having good hygiene is crucial before, during and after your date. People who have poor hygiene or body odor are perceived negatively. You only get one chance at a first impression. Using the right products, such as Summer’s Eve® Blissful Escape™ before your date can help you stay confident and fresh all night long.

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Using Summer’s Eve® Blissful Escape™ Cleansing Wash in your shower can help you feel more refreshed and ready for your date. The gentle formula removes odor-causing bacteria and is pH balanced.

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The Summer’s Eve® Blissful Escape™ Cleansing Cloths are great because they are individually wrapped in a secure soft pack. You can use them anytime you want to freshen up- whether, on your date or everyday life, they're the perfect little companion!

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All Summer’s Eve® products are clinically tested with Safe Scents™ quality standards, which ensures their products gentle enough for your most delicate skin.

Head to your local Target and purchase the new Summer’s Eve® scent, Blissful Escape™, available in a 15oz Feminine Cleansing Wash and a 16-count Cloth pack, for your everyday moments like crossing your legs, working out, getting your period, or even getting up close and personal. Save 20% with Cartwheel through June 30, 2018!

Stay confident and fresh with Summer's Eve®!

Posted on June 7, 2018 and filed under Beauty.

This is Living with Cancer™ – My Story + Words of Encouragement

Thank you Pfizer for sponsoring this post. Join Pfizer’s #InspirationLives initiative by sharing your story with the hashtag on Facebook and Instagram to support and inspire those who have been affected by cancer, and be sure to check out the LivingWith™ mobile app available via iTunes and Google Play!

At the beginning of last year, my whole world changed. My aunt was diagnosed with stomach cancer. The news came as a complete shock. Although cancer is now a common word we’ve all had to familiarize ourselves with, I never imagined it would ever hit so close to home for me.

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We live in a time where we probably know someone who’s gone through cancer, survived it or passed away from it. I’ve never had a personal connection to cancer until now. Finding out my aunt had stage 4 stomach cancer affected me tremendously because not only was she my favorite aunt, but she’s the one I was the closest with.

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From celebrations to family get-togethers or random visits, my aunt never missed the opportunity to be around her loved ones. Her personality could light up a room! She was never shy about starting up a conversation with anyone she came in contact with. She had a heart of gold and was so generous with her time and love. No matter how busy or tired she was, she always made it a point to shower us with her affection. And food! She loved to cook. Her way of expressing her love was through her cooking. One of the many reasons why I loved her!

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Sadly, eight months after she was diagnosed, my aunt lost her battle last November. I was devastated. I’ve never felt heartbreak like that before. Seeing her through the physical changes and pain was traumatic. Although it’s been three months since her passing, I still find myself sad and angry that she had to go through such a terrible disease. Sometimes life isn’t fair. I try not to question her timing, but I can’t help but wonder, why her? She was so full of life and had so much to live for.

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I have to remind myself that feeling sad is not what she would’ve wanted for us. Instead, she’d want us to live as she did. Always positive and grateful. No matter what she was going through, she always had faith. I believe we should all strive to maintain that same attitude. I miss her every day, but I know she’s watching over my family and her life lessons will always be instilled in me.

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Pfizer has created This is Living with Cancer™, an initiative designed to help people manage their lives with cancer and stay connected to their communities. As part of This is Living with Cancer, Pfizer has launched LivingWith™, a free mobile app designed to help patients and caregivers manage life with cancer and organize important information in one place. People can download LivingWith™  for free on any Apple or Android device.

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For more information and to download the LivingWith™ mobile app, please visit www.ThisIsLivingWithCancer.com. Patients and their loved ones also can find the initiative on Facebook and Instagram.

Remember, you’re not alone. Together we can get through it.

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


Posted on May 30, 2018 and filed under Life.

Game Time with Michelob Ultra Cactus Lime

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. This content is intended for readers who are 21 and over. #CollectiveBias #MiCervezaPremium

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When my sister got married, well long before that, I gained a brother- Gio! Besides our names rhyming (Gio-Fio) we have many traits in common which allows us to get along great!

One of the many things I love about him is that he accepted me from the beginning. He never came between my sister and I and the special bond we share. I'm always welcomed in their home and genuinely love hanging out with them.

Besides being my best friends, Dani (my sister) and Gio are amazing hosts! There is never a dull moment with them or at their house. We love having fun and enjoying our family time together.

One of the many activities we love is doing is game night... it gets pretty serious! From cornhole, board games to cards, we are a competitive bunch! If you haven’t played corhole, I highly recommend it. Not only is it fun but you can burn almost 200 calories playing it!

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Another favorite of ours is playing dominoes.

Gio is from Puerto Rico and grew up playing dominoes with this family when he was younger. Naturally, he taught us how to play.

Dominoes with Michelob Ultra Lime

I never knew playing dominoes could be that much fun and entertaining! You could play for hours and not even notice the time passing by.

Last weekend, Gio and I decided to treat ourselves to a nice cold beer and a friendly game of dominoes.

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Michelob ULTRA is a staple in our home. But this time we wanted to try the Michelob ULTRA Lime Cactus flavor with only 95 calories and 5.5 carbs.

I'm usually not a Lime-flavored type of person but with this beer, the flavors worked well, and the lime wasn't overpowering.

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I enjoy Michelob ULTRA for its light crisp and refreshing taste and how well it compliments an active lifestyle.
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Have you tried the new Michelob ULTRA Lime Cactus yet?

Also, what your favorite outdoor games are- always looking for fun suggestions!

Posted on May 1, 2018 and filed under Life.

Spring Snacking with My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream

This post is sponsored by My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

The past couple of weeks have been crazy busy with work deadlines and apartment hunting. Add a two week trip to Italy that I recently took, and my schedule has been non-stop. I was either behind a computer or running around doing errands and taking pictures. Despite sometimes being chaotic, I love being busy and productive!

You all know how much of a fan I am of snacking. It's pretty much what keeps me sane and moving forward on busy days. I love going outside in between my breaks for some Vitamin D and something to munch on.

My latest craving? My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream!

I had seen these small balls of ice cream at my local supermarket before but never purchased them until now. So what makes this snack so special?

My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream is luscious premium ice cream, wrapped in a sweat soft mochi dough. It's like nothing I've had before. It’s sweet, cool and gooey all at the same time. It’s creamy meets chewy, silky meets soft, delightful meets delectable. They're the perfect size companion for running around town or enjoying at home. 

With 8 flavors to choose from, there is something for everyone. (Salted Caramel, Vanilla, Mint Chocolate Chip, Sweet Mango, Ripe Strawbery, Cookies and Cream, Green Tea and Double Chocolate)

I got the Sweet Mango and devoured it until the last bite! So refreshing during these hot sunny days.

I love finding new snacks and sharing them with you guys. Snacks don't have to be boring. Check out My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream's Instagram page for some more colorful Springtime snack inspiration!

Have you tried My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream before? What flavor should I try next??


Posted on April 26, 2018 and filed under Food + Drinks.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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! 

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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.