Thursday, April 23, 2015

Everyday is Earth Day

Hello There!

I know Earth Day was yesterday, but we should celebrate the Earth as if Earth Day is everyday.
Protecting the planet should be a high priority for everyone not matter what day it happens to be.

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Not matter what you do whether it is small or large it helps to keep our planet for future generations.
A few small things you can do is to remember to always use reusable bags when shopping and not just at the grocery store!  Use them everywhere you shop.
Reuse any items, for example old candle jars can be re-purposed into makeup brush holders, candy dishes, pen cups, etc.  

Larger scale things you can do are to really look at your carbon footprint and try to reduce it.  
If you can compost where you live then definitely do it!
If you have recycling where you live make an effort to make sure you're recycling everything you possibly can.

Small or large we all have a responsiblity to do something to help the Earth everyday!

Until Next Time,

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Brand Spotlight: Badge Global

Hello There!




 The necklace above is from Badge Global, a local company in MA that just went live online today!
You no longer need to live in MA to get your hands on one of these beautiful badges.

I've had mine since Christmas as it was a present from Badge's founder and CEO, Lil, who happens to be my Step-Mom.

The badge I have is the white anchor and I had my chain custom sized, but there are tons of different lengths offered on the site.  It is sterling silver and therefore will tarnish so you have to be sure to store it appropriately when not in use and clean it!

Check out Badge Boutique's new site!

Also, the pattern behind the top picture is one of my Lilly for Target purchases, keep an eye out for a new post coming soon on what I managed to pick up.

Until Next Time,
disclaimer: I am not sponsored by any of the companies mentioned in this post.  There are no affiliate links in this post.  All thoughts/comments/whathaveyou are 100% my own

Monday, March 30, 2015

Monday Motivation

Hello There!

I hope your Monday is going well so far!
I've had an awful cold that started yesterday so I'm feeling a bit out of it.

I am hoping these brighten your day as they have mine!

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And now for something to make you laugh.

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I wish you a wonderful rest of the week!

Keep an eye out later this week for some Spring cleaning tips!

Until Next Time,

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Bring on Spring: A Blogger Swap

Hello There!

To celebrate the start of Spring I signed up for Looking to the Stars's #BringOnSpringSwap.
I actually got paired with Erica, the blogger behind Looking to the Star's for the swap.

I love blogger swaps because they're a great way to get to know other bloggers and who doesn't love getting things in the mail?

So let's take a look at the goodies Erica sent me!



I love reading and I haven't read "The Longest Ride" by Nicholas Sparks yet so I'm excited to read it!
The heart printed item is a photo album. It will be perfect for housing some of our engagement pictures that we're having taken in less than a month!
The "What I Like About You" book is seriously just too sweet. It's a book that I could write in and give to my fiance or he could and give it to me. The pages have lovey quotes in them and then pages to write things you like about someone. It's just the level of sappy that we like, private, but still meaningful.
I absolutely love tea and these are so good. The peach one is already becoming a new favorite! The flavors are perfect for spring too!
Okay so I teared up a little bit when I saw the seed packets. You may be thinking I'm crazy, but just hear me out. So, I've been having such a stressful time lately trying to plan our Wedding and I've just been wishing I had my Gram around to talk to (she passed away a few years ago). Well we used to call her Daisy so seeing this in the package was just like a little to perfect.
Shasta Daisies are now such an important symbol to me of everything my Gram was and it was just comforting to see them there (maybe I sound a bit nuts now...).

Onto something fun after I just hit you with that heavy, cat toys!



The cat is obsessed with those treats. Here she is scarfing a few down (gone in two seconds!).
She loves soft treats as well as anything chicken flavored so she is in heaven with these.



Action shot of the cat playing with the feather toy. Her favorite toys are ones with feathers on them and she loves this already.
She's looking pretty spry for a twelve year old cat!

Overall I'm so happy I signed up for this swap, it was such a fun experience.

You should definitely go over and check out Erica's blog, she's kinda amazing and she just moved into a new place!


Go show her some love on her blog, insta, facebook, twitter, and pinterest!


Until Next Time,

Friday, March 20, 2015

High Five for Friday!

Hello There!

I have not done a Friday Favorites in an embarrassingly long time so I thought I would start them back up again by participating in Lauren Elizabeth's High Five for Friday.


1. One of the Directors at work brought in homemade Irish Soda Bread on St. Patrick's Day and it was so good.  I may or may not have had two slices with butter and jam.



2. Alright, technically this one is from last week, but just look at these two.  My fiance took a bit of time to warm up to her when they first met over 5 years ago, but just look how much he loves her now (though you'll never get him to be this mushy in public).  And oh how the cat just adores him.


 3. We've been trying to be better about cooking ourselves homemade meals so Monday we made meatballs and spaghetti.  The meatball recipe is my Mom's and it's the best recipe ever for meatballs.

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4. Between trying to get caught up at work and the stress of Wedding planning all catching up to me this week this graphic has been my daily reminder to just let go what I can't control and just breathe.

5. I have Monday through Wednesday off of work next week.  We're having a stay-cation and I'm just excited to have a few days to relax.  We will also be cleaning the apartment to try to get it ready for our Engagement Photo shoot that is coming up in less than a month.  I am also toying with the idea of getting my second tattoo before the shoot so I have it for that, but I'm not sure I will have enough time.

I hope you had a wonderful week and that your weekend is enjoyable and relaxing.
Let me know your plans in the comments below!

If you want to do H54F then head over to LE's blog and link up!

Until Next Time,

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Glow and Be Radiant!


Hello There!

As part of trying to get a proper skin regimen I tried out Valentia's Even Glow Serum.
This is a Vitamin C serum, but it is unlike any other I have tried before.

The product comes in a chic gold and white box and the bottle it comes in is an amber colored glass and is made in the USA.

So what's in it that makes it so different?
20% Vitamin C which helps with brightness and texture of the skin.
Organic Rosehip Oil and Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil which have healing properties, repel free radicals, and promote hydration.
Resistem (Plant Stem Cells) which protect against stress-related aging and promotes skin detoxification by removing damaged proteins and other cellular waste.
Hyaluronic Acid (Botanical) which helps with moisture retention and skin elasticity.
Green Tea Extract which has anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant benefits. 
 
So what does all that do?
This product helps to even skin tone, increase glow and radiance, it absorbs rapidly into the skin, boosts collagen production, and reduces wrinkles and fine lines.


So what does it actually do?
I used the stopper to put a dime sized amount onto my face.  The product is much thicker than most serums, but still absorbed quickly into my skin.
For me I noticed that my skin did feel more hydrated and plump after using it.  This also made my skin extremely soft, like baby butt soft.
I do believe this has helped my skin to look healthier and more radiant.
I don't have wrinkles (yet) and only some small fine lines around my eyes.  I think the level of hydration that this provides my skin is helping to reduce the appearance of those lines.
The citrus smell does go away, but is strong when you first apply it.

The serum is orange because of the Sea Buckthorn ingredient.  I do shake it just lightly (1 or 2 shakes) before applying it which is why there are little bubbles in this picture.
I am happy to report that my sensitive skin did not mind this product at all.

If you would like to try out Valentia's Even Glow Serum you can pick it up on Amazon and if you want to learn more about this company then check out their website.

Let me know if you try it out and what you think of it.

Until Next Time,


disclaimer: This is a sponsored post powered by BrandBacker.  The product was provided by Valentia.  I was provided the items to honestly review.  All thoughts/comments/whathaveyou are 100% my own

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Nails, Decor, and Treats!

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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

To get into the festive mood I painted my nails.
I got my March box for Julep in the mail which came with everything to make a beautiful St. Patrick's Day nail look.

I already had polish on and some of it was glitter polish so I used the Party's Over kit to remove it.

I was amazed how it completely wiped my nails clean of polish, even the glitter was gone!

I used all three shades in the box as well as the decals to create my look which includes: Lucky, Brigitte, and Margot. The only way to get the decals now is a part of this set.

This was my final look.  I love how this came out!  I used the Clean Slate pen to clean up the edges so it actually doesn't look half bad.

I decided to decorate my office area at work with some St. Patrick's Day decorations.
I printed some signs out from Pinterest and cut clovers out from green paper and stuck them on the wall right next to my desk.  I actually really like how this turned out. 

I have had this little owl guy at work since Halloween and I put these clover rings on his spiky feather bits to make him more festive.

I had some leftover green tinsel garland from Christmas that I put up with another sign on the window by the door to my office.

I usually go to my Mum's for dinner for St. Patty's, but since it's the middle of the week this year I'm just dreaming of her corned beef.
To tide me over I've been ogling a few recipes that I definitely want to try.


This corned beef and cabbage recipe from The Pioneer Woman is a twist on the classic and it looks delicious.  Seriously my mouth is watering just looking at it.

These Guinness and Bailey's Cupcakes from Cupcakes & Couture sound so good and would be perfect accompanied by the next recipe.


This Irish Coffee recipe from The Pioneer Woman looks absolutely delicious.  Look at all that glorious cream!

I wish you a wonderful St. Patrick's Day to all my Irish (and non-Irish) followers out there!

Until Next Time,

disclaimer: I am not sponsored by any of the companies mentioned in this post.  There are no affiliate links in this post.  All thoughts/comments/whathaveyou are 100% my own