Ask Away...: February 2015

Friday, February 27, 2015

My February Pop Sugar Must Have Box



I really liked last month's Pop Sugar Must Have Box so I was super excited to see what came for February! 

Inside was: 

//Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush.  This stuff is awesome, it hydrates your skin will it gives you a pretty face.  ARV $26
//U.S. Apothecary Rose Water Bubble Bath.  What a great way to relax after a long day. This would be perfect as a gift for someone too!! ARV $30
//ACME Party Box Company Bamboo Heart Cutting Board & Cheese Knife.  Okay this was my favorite thing. I can't wait to use it when I have my own house this year. ARV $32
//Sally Beauty FingerPaints Nail Color.  For the polish fans out there here you go! ARV $5.50
//Chuao Chocolatier Ravishing Rocky Road Bar.  Delicious.  Marshmallows, almonds, and al! ARV $6
//Figs & Rouge 100% Natural Balm.   Great for winter lips! ARV $8
//BaubleBar Mini Arrow Pendant Necklace.  So beautiful and petite.   I have wanted one of these for a while now.  ARV $32



So far after 2 months, I'm hooked to these boxes.   If you want to sign up, go here.




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Pink + Green If You Know What I Mean

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And once again, my favorite boot Ever!!!!





So What I Wore: 
Boots - Impo Shoes | Jeans c/o Mint Julep Boutique | Pink top - Zara.


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Thursday, February 26, 2015

My Health & Fitness Progress

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So ever since about January 13th, I had given up drinking wine.  I packed on so many extra pounds and inches yet I didn't really change my eating habits to anything worse. I was actually eating better.  So then I heard someone say how when they stopped drinking a glass of wine everyday, they actually lost some weight.   Wine has a lot of added sugar so I gave it a shot.   I have lost 2 inches so far off my waistline so I can't wait to see what another month does to me! 



I have also been trying to go on more walks daily.  So I got some awesome new kicks from Topo Athletic to help me stay motivated! 
These are the ST.  They are so freakin lightweight which is why I absolutely love them.  They are Topo Athletic's lightest and most responsive running shoe. 



I love how sleek and stylish they are too.  They are designed to help your foot work naturally through the gait cycle.  This is great when I jog because it gives me proper form.  Seriously I love these, they are so minimalistic!  

Have you ever gave up wine?   Did you see any results? 



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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tips to Save Your Skin and Lips This Winter


I don't know about you but winter has been taking a toll on my skin.   I wanted to go over a few tips to help everyone else deal as well! 


1. Be Mindful of Soaps 
When you wash your hands make sure you are using a soap that moisturizes your skin rather than strips it of moisture.   Just read the labels!


2. Pamper Skin & Lips
I use Fleurs de Temps Body Lotion on my body after a shower.  It's full of nutrients and helps keep my skin super soft. It also soaks in quickly.  For my lips, I use the Mirabella Red Velvet Lip Pencil and I love how long it lasts and the fact that it doesn't dry out my skin. 

3. Bundle Up
When you have to be outside in the cold weather, cover your skin! Wear a scarf to protect your face and neck and always wear gloves!!! 


How do you help your skin survive the Winter? 

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3 Easy Ways to A Fresh Look




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My life can get so busy that it feels impossible to keep up with my looks and beauty routine some days so I just try to smile do what's best and what takes the least amount of time.  There are 3 easy ways that I do that, and none of them are time consuming.   

1// Fresh Brows
I always mind my eyebrows and make sure I look well groomed by plucking them on a weekly basis.   A little detail like that goes a long way. Whenever I get a few spare minutes I just stand in front of my vanity and pluck away.  

2// Fresh Hair
Even if I can't wash my hair everyday (which I never can) I make sure to keep it fresh by using a dry shampoo.  It's quick, easy, and convenient. Dry shampoo holds me over between washes and it helps my hair look and smell fresh! 

3// Fresh Smile
This is my favorite part.  I don't have weeks or months to wait for whiter teeth.  So I use Colgate® Optic White® Express White Toothpaste for an easier and faster way to get whiter teeth in just 3 days from brushing!!* It's so much less of a hassle than other methods. I love that I don't have to sit around and wait for an hour for a product to help my teeth look great.  I can just use it as part of my regular routine when I brush my teeth! It has a great fresh mint flavor and I love how fresh my breathe is afterwards! 
Colgate® Optic White® Express White Toothpaste` has 2 times more of the professionally recommended whitening ingredient (vs. Optic White Sparkling Mint Toothpaste). Express White is different than other toothpastes because it has Hydrogen Peroxide and it's less hassle than whitening treatments.   There are 3 sizes available: 3 oz, 4.5 oz, and a 1.45 oz travel size that will hit select stores on March 14th. This is such an easy solution for me to keep my smile looking great.   

Speaking of travel, my 3 ways to a fresh look are also great when you are preparing for a big event like a party, a dance, or a presentation at work.  You can take care of your face, hair, and beautiful smile.  3 days is enough time to prepare for anything really, so make sure you go out and get Colgate® Optic White® Express White Toothpaste.




It's not hard to find Colgate® Optic White® Express White Toothpaste , just look for the huge Colgate® endcap in Walmart like I did! And on February 28th, there will be a roaming demo in 550 store where ambassadors will be giving out $1 off coupons good on Express White Toothpaste.  See if your nearest store is on the list.
Can you fit these 3 tips into your routine? 



*For best results, use as directed for 4 weeks. 

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Day in the Life of Me


A lot of bloggers have been doing posts lately about a day in the life of them as a blogger/mom/full time employee.  So I figured I'd give it a shot.   I decided to pick a random day in the middle of the week to walk you through my life and how I go about balancing EVERYTHING.


5:50 AM | Alarm goes off (which sends my 4 dogs into a whirlwind of excitement for food. 
//I go to the bathroom, chug my water and vitamins, and brush my teeth.
//I head straight downstairs and feed 3 of the dogs, and as soon as I turn on the Keurig to make coffee, my 4th (Rocky) has appeared at my feet. 
//I take Rocky out to pee, then feed him and continue making coffee and getting out my Belvita.
6:00 AM | I sit at the table and eat/drink while working.
//I check my 2 email accounts.
//I check all my social media accounts.
//I enter a few new giveaways I've found.
//I check my bank account.
6:30 AM | I head upstairs to get ready for work.
//I brush my teeth again,wash my face, and get dressed.
//If my hair is straight, I touch it up with my flat iron.
// I feed my rat, and play my Covet Fashion App while waking up.
6:50 AM| I head out the door after grabbing my already packed lunch.
7:15 AM | I arrive at my full time job.
//During the day I am really busy at work but I manage to make the most of my bathroom breaks.
9:30 AM | Snack/ Bathroom Break
// I get some steps in on the way to the bathroom and while I'm walking I use my phone to respond to emails, and check my social media accounts.  I also respond to any texts I have.
11:00 AM | Another Bathroom break
//I get more steps in and I get on my phone to share my blog posts on social media for the day. (I schedule Twitter posts but I always live post on Facebook and Instagram.)  I also respond to texts.
11:30 AM| Working Lunch.
//While I eat lunch at my desk I do social media on my phone, responding to people that have contacted me regarding blog stuff.   I also read through magazines and make note of any companies I see that I'd like to reach out to as well as any blog post ideas I get.
2:00 PM| Break Time.
//Once again I use the restroom, get some steps in, and respond to social media/emails/texts on my phone.  If I don't do this throughout the day I have an INSANE amount of blog related emails by the time I get home.
4:00 PM| Leave work.
//As I drive home I can hear my email account on my phone chiming.  By the time I get home I'll have anywhere from 10-15 emails.
4:15 PM| Arrive Home.
//As soon as I walk in I'm greeted by my 4 dogs as well as my parents' dog. 
// I let the 2 boy dogs outside on a leash with me.
//I grab the mail and head inside to feed all 5 dogs.
//At this time I also go and tidy up the potty pads throughout the house. 
4:30 PM| Settle In.
//I open the mail and packages and respond to texts.
// I head upstairs and have to log in excel everything I got in the mail that day. 
//I open my blog post planner and set dates for when I'll post about any items I get.
// I check email and respond to emails.
// I also pack the next days lunch.
5:00 PM| I begin cooking dinner.
5:30 PM| Errands. I'll eat my dinner later so I put it in the fridge but at least I got it cooked before the other members of my parents' house come home.
6:00 PM| Run to a few stores to take in-store photos for blog campaigns as well as purchase the necessary items.
7:00 PM| Arrive home to eat.
7:30 PM| Shower time. I also do my hair.
8:00 PM| Set out the next days outfit and take some blog item photos.
8:30 PM| Edit Photos.
9:00 PM| Respond to emails before turning computer off for the night to watch TV and go to bed.


Just another day in the life.....










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Waiting for Blue Skies

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I am so sick of winter.   When it snows it's just icy slush and the wind is so obnoxious. I am ready for blue skies and white fluffy clouds. Where is Spring?!











So What I Wore: 
Boots - Guilty Soles | Jeans, Bag, & Necklace c/o Maurices at Rockvale Outlets Lancaster | Top - Target.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

PSA: To Anyone Who Thinks I'm Obsessed With My Dogs


All my life (or at least since I was 19 years old and got my first Chihuahua) I have joked that I am a crazy dog lady.  I love that title, because after all, I AM a crazy Chihuahua chick.   What I can't get past is the eye rolls I see people do, not necessarily about me but about other people when they talk about their dog or cat.   Or when they make snide remarks like "It's just a dog/cat/rabbit/hamster,etc." 


So I decided to write a blog post that would explain why my role as a dog mom is really no different than your role as a human parent.   You see, my dogs are just like your kids in many ways, and also they are different from them in many ways.  So here is my list.  I thought if I explain it, maybe people will understand why we consider our pets as family members, just as if they were humans. 

1| My dogs are dependent on me but not just till they are in their teens.   Just like your children are dependent on you for at least 18 years of their life, my dogs are dependent on me for their WHOLE life.   It is I who will have to take care of them when they are seniors.

2| I WILL live to see them pass.  One blessing (and curse if it's the opposite) of being a parent to a human child is that your children usually outlive you.  Haven't you heard people say that's the absolute worst thing (and an unnatural thing) for a parent to have to bury their child? Well, the crappy truth is that as a pet parent, I eventually will have to make the difficult decision of when it's time to let my babies cross the rainbow bridge.  And if you have ANY friends that have had to do this, you hopefully can understand how devastating it can be. 

3| My schedule revolves around my dogs.  I can't just go from work to happy hour if I wanted to, because no matter what I always have to stop home to feed my dogs and let them out.  It's not possible to stay the night at someone's house if you can't be there in time for their breakfast and first potty of the day. 

4| They are expensive.  Vet bills add up, as do food and grooming costs.  Oh and pet insurance? It doesn't work out to everyone's advantage, especially if you haven't had it since your dog was a puppy.  

5| My dogs get sick. Just like your kids get sick, my dogs get colds, coughs, allergies, and bumps and bruises. Oh and just like your kids, they need the proper nutrition to stay healthy, and I'm NOT just talking about Grocery Store Dog Kibble. 

6| They have behavioral issues.  Some dogs don't like strangers, or strange dogs, or loud sounds, or obeying rules.   They can destroy your favorite shoe just like a child could! 

7| Each dog has their own personality.  When one isn't around, the entire energy in my house is different because that dog's special energy is missing. Pixie is the smart bossy girl, Stella is sweet and cuddly, Rocky is loyal and loves to be held, and Grace is the dependable sidekick. 

8| I miss them when I'm gone.  When I'm away from home, I miss them, just as you miss your child when they are at school.  And they miss me.  If you don't believe that a dog can miss it's owner just go to Youtube and watch some of the awesome reunions between a dog and their owner.   

9| I miss work for them.  Vet appointments and emergencies can pull you away from your job and other regular commitments.  

10| They are not my whole life but they make my life whole.  So when you see me post about them, just know that what it looks like to you, is what your posts about your kids look like to a pet parent. 

11| Tolerance.   Basically, what I want you to know is that if YOU are annoyed by or get irritated with someone talking about their pets and how much they love them, then that's YOUR problem, not mine.   I can tolerate people talking about their kids even though I don't have any.  I can relate through my pets.  


I repeat... if you are annoyed with me talking about my dogs or sharing photos of them on Facebook then the problem is within YOU, not me. 

You do not have to agree with my love for my dogs and you certainly don't have to understand it, but if you can't respect it then keep it to yourself.  I always tell people that if you were to tell a pet parent "It's just your stupid cat" it would hurt them the same way it would if someone said "It's just your stupid kid." 


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