Updates

New Year. New Adventures

Hey all!

Happy New Year!! Can you believe it’s 2020?

I have been thinking it over and would really like to try to start blogging again (I know, I know.. I’ve said this many times and never followed through). However, you will notice (if anyone actually reads this) that I have been playing with various themes. I am trying to give my blog and face-lift of sorts, playing with layouts and colors until I find something that screams ‘this is it! keep me!!’.

Fingers crossed!

Books, Nuts About Books, Reviews

Book Review: Stretched Too Thin by Jessica N. Turner

Turner’s latest book – Stretched Too Thin is definitely one to check out. The subtitle, ‘How WORKING MOMS Can LOSE the GUILT, WORK SMARTER, and THRIVE’ says it all. Find balance is the key to success in this area and Turner’s book helps reach this goal.

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According to Turner, “As a working mom you can often feel like you’re living stretched too thin. You want to thrive personally and professionally, but the day-to-day responsibilities and mental load can make that feel impossible. While periods of busyness are normal, if life feels overwhelming, it’s time for a reset.” Keeping this in mind, Turner discusses and gives suggestions to help you in areas such as:

  • Work and parent guilt-free
  • Set achievable goals
  • Discover more flexibility
  • Establish clear work boundaries
  • Develop home management solutions
  • Become more efficient and less stressed
  • Prioritize self-care
  • Invent in your marriage
  • Cultivate deeper friendships

The title of the book itself is what lured me into it. I’m sure many of us have been ‘stretched too thin’ during one part of of life. I feel like that could have been my slogan for the past year; between work and caring for a family member it just seemed like time was always escaping me.

It wasn’t until I received the book that I realized the subtitle, and that it was being advertised as a book for working Moms. Well you know what, I’m not a Mom and this book was something that definitely made me thing. Things such as ‘Prioritizing and Practicing Self-Care’ and reading about routines and organizing are things that can help each and every one of us.

Another great thing about this book was how everything was broken down into short, individual sentences. This is great for those who only have a few minutes to spare but still want to try to better their lives. At the end of each chapter there is a section for reflection, to allow you to reflect about the topic you just read by bringing in your real life.

This is definitely a book that everyone needs to read. The little tips and tricks Turner shares are something that everyone could use. I’m definitely going to give a few of these a try, especially with the holiday season on our tails. This is the perfect time for everyone to sit back and reflect. And hey, I may have just found you the perfect gift for that special someone in your life who may just need to take a moment to breathe!

** For those interested in learning more, check out the excerpt and study questions here! (The link will take you to the Nuts About Books page).

“This book, ‘Stretched Too Thin’ by Jessica N. Turner, has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.’

FabFitFun, Uncategorized

FabFitFun – Spring 2019

Hey all!

I’m just a little behind on posting don’t ya think? Hahaha.. However, I did want to go ahead and share the goodies I received in my last FabFitFun box.

Without further ado, here we go!

I was able to customize three items myself (as I am not a select member). Here are the ones I chose myself:

Deux Lux Demi Backpack
“Keep your belongings safe and snug in the cutest canvas backpack. It features adjustable straps, a top handle, and a post-closure – making it the perfect bag for all your spring travels.”
Retail price: $75

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Quay Australia Vivienne in “Black/Smoke”
“These oversize aviators feature a black metal frame, double bridge, and adjustable nose pads for no-slip wear.”
Retail price: $60

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Giadzy Copper Plated Measuring Spoons
“Perfect for baking or cooking, the copper-plated measuring spoon set is the perfect chic addition to your kitchen.”
Retail Price: $15

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“Glada De Laurentiis is the Emmy award-winning chef of Everyday Italian, Giada in Italy, and seven other shows. She’s also a successful restaurateur, and the New York Times bestselling author of nine cookbooks and a fiction series for young readers.”

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The next two items were customizable but since I am not a select member, I did not get to choose. Here is what I got due to the luck of the draw.

The2Bandits Athens Necklace
“Simple yet elegant, an iridescent necklace is a timeless piece to add to your collect.” Retail Price: $30

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Tula Purifying Face Cleanser
“The isn’t an ordinary cleanser; it uses the power of probiotics to gently remove dirt, impurities, and makeup while leaving the skin balanced and clarified.”
Retail Price: $28

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Every box got the following items:

Ouai Leave In Conditioner
“We’re Ouai obsessed with this multitasking leave-in conditioner. It works all day to smooth, soften, and detangle hair with moisturizing properties and enhanced heat protection.”
Retail Price: $26

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Dr. Brandt Skincare Needles No More No More Baggage Eye De-puffing Gel
“Visibly reduce the look of under-eye bags and dark circles with this breakthrough solution.”
Retail Price: $42

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“Drop the bags and everything that comes with them. Formulated with a biomimetic Filmatrix technology, peptides, and botanical extracts to visibly reduce the look of under-eye bags and dark circles for a rested, youthful look around the eye.”

Dr. brandt recommends:
After your eye moisturizer, warm a tiny amount between fingers and gently pat directly on bags and dark circles. Use alone or under makeup. For best results let dry in between applications. Reapply as needed.”

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Manna Kadar Champagne Body Scrub
“Formulated with charcoal and Dead Sea minerals, the luxe and gentle body scrub removes dirt for polished, hydrated, and refreshed skin.”
Retail Price: $24

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I’ve been loving all of these products and decided it was finally time to show you right before the FabFitFun Summer 2019 box is released!

If you are a FabFitFun subscriber, what is your favorite product you’ve received so far?

 

Books, Nuts About Books, Reviews

Book Review: The Cost of Betrayal

Hey all!

One of my goals for this year is to read more. That being said, being a teacher I am always reading some form of materials. I’ll be honest and state that I mainly focus on educational pieces that will either be used in the classroom or help guide me in my teaching.

However, I want to incorporate more varieties of reading into my life again. When I was younger, I spent most of my free time reading. It wasn’t uncommon for me to start, finish, and possibly start another novel in a day. I kinda miss that.

For the past few years I have been a member of the Nuts About Books program where I would be sent various books to review. I’ll be honest, I kind of slacked on that over the past year as life and its happenings got in the way of most things. However, I hope I am back on track now.

The first book that I’ll be reviewing for you all is The Cost of Betrayal. This book consists of “Three Romance Suspense Novellas” by Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey and Lynette Eason.

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Betrayed – Dee Henderson

The first in the compilation is a Betrayed by Dee Henderson. In this tale we follow along with a married couple; one being a member of the FBI while the other is retired and completing many projects. After finding a box full of hidden treasures, Ann Falcon once again becomes engrossed in discovering the mystery behind initials written on a box, a pink pocket knife and a ring. After doing some digging, she discovers that these objects may have been clues to a murder years before. Getting her husband (Paul) involved, Ann discovers that a woman (Janelle Roberts) has been wrongly convicted and serving time for a crime she did not commit. The work the Falcons complete on the case prove that Janelle is innocent and the truth behind the case is even more shocking then one could imagine. With Janelle freed, they fear her life may be in danger and she is whisked off to a safe haven.

I am a fan of suspense and romance novels and would definitely recommend this one. I was intrigued by the surprising plot twists that kept popping up throughout the pages and couldn’t put it down until I finished reading it. It is definitely a page turner, one that I’ll let you read for yourself to discover the mystery behind what really happen that faithful night.

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Deadly Isle – Dani Pettrey

Throughout Deadly Isle, we are introduced to Tennyson Kent and the many misfortune events that have happened in her life. Fresh from the latest turbulence in her life, Tennyson settled down for what was suppose to be some relaxation as a storm surge tackles her isolated island. With a potential murder on the loose, she is thrown into the arms of a former flame as they set out to discover some hidden truths and try to remain alive.

Pettrey had me hooked from the start. The story began leaving me on the edge of my seat, needing to continue reading to find out what would happen next and who was responsible for various events. There always seemed to be a plot twist, something that we would not expect. This is definitely a must read.

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Code of Ethics – Lynette Eason

When I first began reading Code of Ethics it seemed really familiar to be, almost as if I had met these characters before but couldn’t quite pinpoint if I had read this story before or if it was another novel I had read. All I knew at the time was that I was hooked.

Code of Ethics is written from the point of view of Ruthie St. John, a trauma surgeon who we later learn is a part of a family of officers. Ruthie was counting down the minutes to her grand escape; a weeks vacation to seclusion where she could do whatever she wanted away from her ‘real life’. But something, or someone, changed her plans. Detective Isaac Martinez ends up in the ER with a gunshot wound shortly before she is set to leave. After removing to bullet and checking on her patient before leaving, Ruthie discovers that their is more than meets the eye – with a side of crime and corruption. Fearing for his life, St. John helps Martinez run from the hospital and into what they hoped was a safe place. Unfortunately for them nowhere was safe, as they tried to outrun deadly killers while locations the evidence they needed end the danger.

This was, by far, my favorite of the three. Eason knows how to keep a reading captivated in the story they are reading. Many of the events are things that could happen in real life, at any point. I couldn’t put the book down until I finished the entire thing. (And for those of you wondering, I had read Oath of Honor by Lynette Eason previously where the same characters were mentioned with a different plot. That was the first book in her Blue Justice series.

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I’m really enjoying getting back to reading and taking some time for myself. It has been just the thing that I needed.

So what are you reading at the moment? I’d love some suggestions!

 

Disclaimer: I was sent these books to review. These are my own opinions.

 

Beauty, Challenges, Cleaning, Declutter, samples

Declutter Challenge: Samples to use up!

Hey All!

As with most other years, I’ve challenged myself to declutter my home and life. One of the first things I am working on is those pesky sample packets that we all have a love/hate relationship with.

Here’s a quick rundown on the products:

Body Lotions/Creams

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  • Nivea In-Shower Body Milk – 9 ml
  • Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Ultra-Hydrating Body Butter – 10 ml
  • JIC Naturals Day At The Spa Premium Body Butter – 1.8 ml
  • Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizer – 3 Days to Glow (Medium to Tan) – 8 ml (x3)

Body Washes/Cleansers

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  • Biore Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub – 2 g
  • Le Petit Marseiliais Mandarin & Lime Extra Gentle Body Wash – 10 ml

 

Masks

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  • Laboratories Klorane Smoothing and Relaxing Patches (Eye Contour) – 2 patches
  • Sephora Almond Foot Mask – 1 pair
  • Origins Drink Up Mask
  • Origins Clear Improvements Active Charcoal Mask – 5 ml
  • Life Brand Calming Face Mask (Aloe Vera & Mint) – 15 ml
  • Masker Aide Hydrating Facial Sheet Mask (All Nigher- Awaken, Replenish & Refresh) – 23 g
  • HADA LABO TOKYO Ultimate Ant-Aging Facial Mask (Deep Hydration) – 20 ml
  • Skyn Iceland Solutions for Stressed Skin Fresh Start Mask (with Ice Age Mud) – Step 1: Blue Clay and Step 2: Activating Gel
  • Indigena Blueberry Masque

 

Moisturizers

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  • Olay Total Effects Whip – 0.5 ml
  • Burt’s Bees Night Cream – 1.7 g
  • Eco-beauty by La Fresh Group “good day. day moisturizer” – 15 g
  • Eco-beauty by La Fresh Group “good night. night cream” – 15 g
  • Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar – 2 ml
  • Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins – 1.5 ml
  • Origins GinZing – 1.5 ml
  • L’Oreal Paris Revilalift CicaCream – 7 samples

 

Hair Products

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  • Nexus Youth Renewal Rejuvenating Elixar – 4 ml
  • TRESemme Keratin Smooth Styler (Heat Activated Treatment) – 10 ml
  • Garnier Fructis Full & Plush Volupuous Blow Out – 10 ml
  • Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser Shampoo and Conditioner – 10 ml (x2)
  • L’Oreal Paris Extraordinary Oil Shampoo and Conditioner – 10 ml (x2)
  • L’Oreal Professionnel Mythic Oil

 

Scents

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  • Oui Juicy Couture – Eau De Parfum Spray – 1.5 ml
  • John Varvatos Dark Rebel Rider Eau De Toilette Spray – 1.5 ml

 

Make-Up

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  • Benefit Fine One One – For Cheeks and Lips
  • Garnier Skin Naturals Miracle Skin Profector Daily All-In-One B.B. Cream (Light) – 1.5 ml (x2)
  • The Body Shop Vitamin E Cool BB Cream – 1.5 ml
  • Fresh Sugar Nourishing Lip Balm – 0.4 g
  • Stila “In The Light” Eye Shadow Palette Samples
  • Urban Decay Revolution High-Color Lipgloss – Failbait and Bittersweet

 

Well that is everything for now. I really wanted to start small but there is more in that pile then I realized! Cross your fingers for me!

If you are on a similar journey, let me know. Leave a link to your blog/video in the comments below. i would love to hear from you all!

 

Updates

Hello 2019!

2019

Hey All!

It’s been a while since I posted. Many things happened over the past 6 months that prevented me from having any real time to devote to this.However, I am hoping that 2019 starts to look up. After all, people always say something along the lines of “New Year, New Me, Fresh Start.”

Many people have started adopting a word of the year. I decided that this is something I want to do for myself this year. I decided to choose the word RESET. Why? Because I just feel like I need to reset and get back to the basics. I found myself at a point that I envision myself getting back to earlier in 2018 before life threw its curve ball. However, I put everything else before myself when it was needed. I feel like everything is at a good point to start taking care of me again.

With that being said, I do have some goals in mind that I’m going to share to hold me somewhat accountable.

  1. Exercise: I felt so much better after starting Zumba early last year. I haven’t joined up for any classes but I’d like to get back to it; whether it be following Youtube videos or what I remember. This was beneficial for many areas of my life. I felt so much better and had much more energy.
  2. Read More: I challenge myself to read at least 20 books this year. I love reading and have many books here feeling neglected. I am hoping to incorporate book reviews back into the revamp of the blog.
  3. Write More: I write online for Canadian Beats, an online Canadian Music site. I try to keep up with reviews but, again, that has been pushed to the side for much of the past few months. Not only am I hoping to be more involved in that again (I love music after all), but I am hoping to start blogging more. I really enjoy the creative outlet that it gives.
  4. Adventure More: So far I have one trip planned for this year. I’m heading to Toronto this Summer for the Backstreet Boy’s DNA tour. I cannot wait. I am sure there will be many more adventures to add to the list!
  5. Declutter: This is always my mission. I just hope to figure out something that keeps me organized and keeps down on the dust. Oh boy aren’t my allergies driving me crazy as I begin this task.

 

I’m sure there will be other small goals that I will incorporate throughout the year. Do you have any goals set for yourself? If so, I’d love to hear all about them!