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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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!

 

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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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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:

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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!

 

 

Nuts About Books

Compassion Canada

Thursday, October 11 is International Day of the Girl – a day established by the United Nations General Assembly, dedicated to highlighting the unique needs and challenges girls face, specifically in developing countries. For the most part, women living in Canada can access the services, products, and resources they need with ease – but Compassion Canada knows this isn’t the case for the women in the 25 countries they’re active in.

Compassion Canada shared such an inspirational story entitled “The unexpected way men are combatting period poverty in Uganda”.

 

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Men working at sewing machines may seem like an unconventional picture—even more so when you realize they are sewing reusable feminine hygiene products! But for several men in Mulatsi, Uganda, this is a regular practice that is strengthening their community, generating income and empowering their daughters.

 

 

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Working towards a solution—together

When the staff at Mulatsi Church of Uganda learned of all the struggles women and girls were going through, they were moved to intervene. Initially, they bought and distributed pads to Compassion beneficiaries. However, this was not sustainable and proved expensive.

Then a group of Compassion church partners, of which Mulatsi Church of Uganda is part, applied for funding for menstrual hygiene interventions through Compassion’s Complementary Inventions. With the funds they received, the churches were able to education their communities on the importance of menstrual hygiene—and teach their communities how to make reusable sanitary pads. One set of seven reusable pads costs $1.50 to make and will last an entire year.

 

To read the entire post, visit the Compassion Canada Blog Post!

Beauty, Chickadvisor

Nude By Nature Perfecting Primer Review

Hey all!

It’s been a while. Things got super busy and stressful here for a while and many of my hobbies got pushed to the side. However, I am hoping to be back and better then ever.

A month or so ago I was lucky enough to receive a product to review from Chickadvisor. I haven’t received anything from them in a while so you know I was pretty excited.

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This time I was chosen to review a sample of the Nude By Nature Perfecting Primer. Nude By Nature promises “to deliver high-performing natural formulas that provide a beautiful finish and benefits that go beyond make-up. Nude by Nature is more than cosmetic, it’s good for you.”

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This company is also 100% cruelty-free and PETA certified. Nude By Nature does not support testing on animals of any kind.

According to the pamphlet that came with the product the ingredients are “sourced from the pristine Australian environment. Nude by Nature products harness the most powerful Asutralian-native extracts, vitamins and essential oils to improve and enhance the appearance of your skin. Ingredients such as Kakadu Plum and Lilly Pilly, both powerful anti-oxidants, Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil, deep moisturizers, and Vitamins A, C, and E, can be found.”

I enjoyed this product. It didn’t leave my skin feeling sticky or greasy… which is always a bonus for me. It didn’t have much of a smell to it.. another bonus cause some products have a strong chemically smell which I cannot stand.

Nude By Nature have a variety of products for different complexions, blushes, eye products, brow products, lip products and products that allow you to contour and highlight.

For more information check out Nudebynature.ca

#LoveNudeByNature #gotitfree

Empties

February 2018 Empties

Hey All!

Another month, another post about my garbage. I actually didn’t use up many products this month. Most of the ones I use are almost finished so I’m expecting so much more for the month of March.

Nonetheless, let’s get this show on the road! I’m going to do a little different format this time. Let me know how you like it!

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First of all, I used up a Bath and Body Works Gentle Foaming Hand Soap in the scent Gingerbread Latte. The scent of this soap is described as ‘Warm Gingerbread, Vanilla Latte & Whipped Cream’. I enjoyed the soap and scent at first but discovered that towards the end I just can’t wait to use it up. I have one more in stash but I’m not sure if I will repurchase next Fall if this scent is released again.

I also used up one of my favorite antiperspirants/deodorants – Secret Ooh La La Lavender. This is my go to deodorant brand and scent. I’ve already repurchased it and have a back up in my stash. It isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

I also used up a Bath and Body Works Home Wallflower Fragrance Refill in the scent Mango Dragonfruit. The fragrance notes included in this scent are ‘Island Mango, Pink Dragonfruit, and Bright Mandarin’. I enjoyed this scent and would probably repurchase if it i still available.

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I have also been cleaning out various areas of my home and found some products that were either expired or ones that I’ve had for a while and their time was up.

First of all, I have three different lip products. First was a Autumn Harvest Lip Balm from Avon in the scent Apple Cobbler. It still smells great but it seems to be drying up and I know I’ve had it since 2008 or earlier. It is just time to go.

The second is a Mint Lip Moisturizer that I received during my University days when I attended a career fair. It was used to promote a company trying to recruit people. This expired in 2009. I’m scared.

Finally I have an Aquafina FlavorSplash Lip Balm in the scent Wild Berry. Again I’ve had this for a while and the scent seems to be off. It is just time for it to go!

I also have a travel sized sunscreen that I found in a purse while cleaning out. I always have sunscreen with me during the Summer months so it was no surprise. This was the Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Oil-Free Sunscreen with an SPF 30. The product worked well and I’d definitely purchase it again.

Finally I have a La Senza Body Kiss Anti-Bacteria Deep Cleansing Hand Gel in the scent Coconut Kiss. This is just a product that I don’t use so I’ll pass it on to someone who would!

And that’s it for my empties and the products I’m decluttering. It is not much but we all have months like this. The main thing is that I’m seeing a big difference in my stash and I’m enjoying using up some of the products!

Hope you all had a wonderful February. If you have an empties post for the month, leave a link in the comments. I’d love to hear about the products you’ve been using!