Friday, July 21, 2017

5 Must-Have Skin Care Products for the Summer



There are some beauty products that have become staples for me this summer. Obviously, there are some products that are must have such as sunscreen for your face, waterproof sunscreen, and lip balm with SPF, ideally. But as the summer weighs in heavy and the heat becomes pretty blech, I tend to minimize my make up and increase my skin care.

Here's a few items that should be added to your must-have list:

1) Rosewater Glycerin Spray

I actually get this at Whole Foods and this is a must-have. It's light, smells gently like roses, and soothes your skin.  The brand that I use in particular is Heritage Products. Right now, Vitacost has it for $6.92, which is cheaper than what Heritage's online store is selling it for and cheaper than Amazon.

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2) Makeup Remover

I know I just said that I don't use makeup remover, but I do at least put on foundation, mascara, some blush and lipstick. So, at the end of the day, I want a clean slate for my face. I tend to not be a huge fan of face washes at night, but I do use a cleansing facial wipe to get rid of dirt, makeup, and anything else that could be clogging on my skin. I use the Simple, Sensitive Skin cleaning wipe. It's the best on my skin, leaves it feeling really good afterwards, not drying at all, and pretty affordable.

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3) Coconut Oil



Since using coconut oil for my face, my skin has done a total turnaround. I feel like it actually glows. I put it on in the morning under my foundation and it just leaves my skin feeling so good. I don't have dry areas and it just balances out my skin tone.

Lately, I have been using coconut oil by Shea Moisture. And for an all body experience, I've started using their Hydration Body Oil made with coconut oil and coconut milk. This is actually perfect for the rest of the body, like making sure my legs stay summer smooth!

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4) An excellent smelling body wash.

I'm very much into light scents for the summer. Mostly because I find perfumes to be a bit too heavy in the hotter weather. So, scented body washes tend to be the best match for me and I'm personally loving this surprising scented body wash by Shea Moisture called, "Dragon's Blood and Coffee Cherry." (photographed above!) I was a little wary with it thinking it just sounded too weird but this is amazing stuff. It smells SO rich. And the body wash goes a long way too. I also got some scrub with the same scent and I can't wait to try it.

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5) Lip balm.



I mentioned lip balm earlier and I am very cautious with what I use on my lips. My skin can be surprisingly sensitive and some lip balms just make my lip skin tear up and get really raw and irritated. So, recently I started using this hydrating lip balm by Nyakio. It goes on clear, unscented, and is pretty long lasting. It comes in a small tube but I don't find that I need to reapply it a lot. I'm using both the Baobab Lip balm and the Kenyan Coffee Lip Polish.  They are bit on the expensive side - about $22 - $24, but I think they're worth it.

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So what are your go to beauty and skin care products for the summer?

I received the above photographed items in exchange for my honest review. 
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Checkerbox USA - Men's Socks - The Must Buy for the Guy in Your Life

Men's socks? Really? I mean, I know what you're thinking. How fancy could they could? The white ones come in packs of six. You get the nice black ones in a three pack sometimes. Psh, that's it. Well, that perception of socks is wrong. That's the perception that I know that I had at one point. Until I met CheckerBox Men's Apparel.

Check out these socks I got for my brother -



Aren't they colorful? I know he really liked the color and the nice texture of these socks. They felt good to wear, I just know it.

So CheckerBox USA was founded by 17 year old Randy Gervais as an effort to bring about self expression within everyday society. Guys can be who they want to be with these socks. It's self expression! And if you can do it with fashionable accessories, I say go for it. Read more about the company by visiting this link. 

And it may still be summer and you are probably in the whole sandal and barefoot season but as the fall season looms closer, these are the socks you should buy for the guy in your life. Or, if you are guy reading my blog, you should buy these.

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The cool thing is these socks and their other accessories are really affordable. They come at $20.00 a pack. And I know they may not come in a pack of six but this is fashion, you guys! And if this kind fashion makes you stand a little straighter and walk with a bit more pep in your step, you have to go for it. If the colorful socks that Checkerbox has to offer calls to you, than I understand. Sure it may not be the pair of socks you wear to the gym, but hey why not? Lounge around the house and just feel fine, I say.

Now if they can only make stuff for women too!

Go online and buy yourself a pair of fancy socks today. Shop now.

Or at least loom with envy by visiting their Instagram site and just watching all those great sock wearing men. Follow now.

I received the above socks in exchange for my honest review.
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

20 Recipes Made with Honey Perfect for the Summer [And Giveaway!]



Sometimes it's hard to describe why a particular brand is your favorite. But this one is and I can't wait to tell you why. I am so glad they wanted to work with my blog too!

So, L.R. Rice was started in Colorado back in 1924. It's a women-owned, family operated and in it's 5th generation. Talk about having roots! The family started out working in bee yards, extracting honey and filling glass jars and selling door to door in the Colorado area. They have established relationships with beekeepers across the United States which allows for quality honey to be distrbuted across the country.

Watch their video!




One thing that really makes me like this honey is that it is raw and unfiltered. It's the best way to have honey too. Want to learn more about honey? Check out their FAQ page!

They also offer a wide variety of honey such as wild flower honey and local honey from a variety of areas. Want honey from the Northwest, check out this kind. It is reasonably priced, I thought, it comes at $6.50 online. Roughly that price in the store too.

Honey for me lasts long as well because it is not something I use on everything but I love it so much when I do. This is one of the few brands of honey that I buy regularly so I would highly, HIGHLY recommend it.

One thing is for sure is that whenever a recipe calls for sugar, honey is my go to. However, I tend not to think outside the box too much. So I've collected some really incredible and unique recipes that you need to check out and add to your meal planning!

Kimber Daley from the blog,  "Let's Do Some Good Today"  recommends making fruit salsa with honey! "We love fruit salsa (fruit pulsed in the food processor a few times) and I sometimes drizzle honey over it. We serve it with cinnamon chips (tortillas, cut into wedges, with a bit of butter brushed on top, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, baked until crispy)."

Pam Armstrong of the blog Grey is the New Black and Sidewalk Shoes has a few recipes to share.

Honey Simple Syrup
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Have you ever come across a recipe asking for "simple syrup"? Well this recipe helps you make it yourself!

Roasted Pears with Wine and Honey
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This recipe sounds so fancy and amazing that I really want to try this on my own soon. Made with pears, dessert wine, and ice cream in the ingredients!

Sriracha Honey Popcorn
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I'm in LOVE with recipes that have a sweet and spicy quality and this recipe calls for honey and sriracha hot sauce in the ingredients. Amazing!!

And Rebecca of Strength and Sunshine had a few recipes that will be perfect for amazing honey creations. How about these -

Gluten-Free Cornbread (Vegan)
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I have needed a gluten-free cornbread recipe and I'm so excited about seeing this. I must keep this recipe for the holiday season!

And Melissa over at Beyond Mommying has a really healthy but tasty looking Gluten and Dairy Free Banana Bread you should try. It's made with bananas (obviously), applesauce, coconut oil and honey in the ingredients!
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Ashleigh over at Suburban Salt has a really incredible Lavender Honey Apricot Preserves recipe I think you should try. I'm kind of really into the idea of using lavender in recipes so this is so intriguing to me!
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Stacie over at Divine Lifestyle has a really flavorful chicken recipe using an instant pot! It is made with onions, honey, thyme, and seasoning that really make this so tasty!
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Also Stacie has an amazing cranberry honey butter recipe that would make an amazing housewarming or hostess gift. You must try this!
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Lecy over at A Simpler Grace blog has a really easy to make and no-bake peanut butter and chocolate ball recipe that is made with honey, oats, and peanut butter in the ingredients! Definitely perfect for the summer!
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Jamie Reed over at Splendry has a really unique cookie recipe that uses honey and pineapples! What a refreshing treat.
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Jenna over at The Urben Life that has a really tasty Honey Mustard Chicken Recipe made with honey, Dijon mustard, olive oil and some really healthy ingredients.
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Brett Martin over at This Mama Loves blog has a really refreshing Honey Rhubarb Iced Tea recipe.
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And if you are in need of an appetizer, how about this Honey Gorgonzola Cheese Appetizer!
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Interested in comfort food? You ought to check out this recipe by Allison over at Loving Living Lancaster that features country ham and honey biscuits. This is good stuff!
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Do you have a picky eater at home? Then you ought to try this Sweet Bananas and Honey Dessert by Barbara over at the blog Atlanta's Frugal Mom! 
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Want something refreshing? This is a honey sweetened orange lemonade recipe that looks PERFECT for the summer made by Laura over at the blog Joy Food Sunshine. Check it out!
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And check out this healthy peanut butter granola that she made too! This is totally doable! I love it!
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Also, Jamie over at the blog Denver Housewife has made this incredibly unique Honey Citrus Carnitas with Avocado Lime Cream that she made with an instant pot. You make it with sour cream, avocado, honey, and some really good spices!
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And we all need a little chocolate in our life? How about this easy three ingredient healthy fudge made by Lydia over at Thrifty Frugal Mom? In any recipe that asks for sugar, I always prefer using honey and I love that this one uses honey, coconut oil, and cocoa powder. Guilt free fudge people! Check it out!
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Then last but not least, make sure you check out this recipe by Tereza over at Cityscape Bliss blog who has a recipe for Mulled Wine with Orange and Honey. Talk about an amazing summer drink!
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Make sure you visit the LR Rice Honey online store where you can select just the kind of honey YOU want to eat. You can also purchase honey by the case too. That means you can probably make all of these recipes if you buy that much honey!

I am so happy to announce that I am giving away two bottles of honey to one lucky reader! Enter via Rafflecopter below. US Only. Ends 7/28.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

5 Ways to Watch Movies Online For Free

Now you don't have to pay a thing to watch a good movie.

I'm in the process of cutting the cord, or at least, cutting BACK on the cord. It's quite the process, let me tell you. I find that I'm contemplating online streaming services such as Amazon streaming, Netflix, and Hulu. My biggest hestiation is that it's so easy to spend money on streaming services and soon I'll be spending as much money as I am on cable. But did you know that there is a way to find free movies online and not ditch on quality content?

Well today over at NationalViral.com, I've talked about five ways you can watch movies for free. I've tried each of these sites myself and I'm a regular visitor to them.

Check out my article here.  

And then come back and tell me which sites you visit to watch movies!
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Colorfy Your Kitchen! [Sweese Bowls Review[



So I had the chance to review some bowls! They are made by a company called, "Sweese." I like the mission for their products - they build stuff meant to last. And they want to create products we can use again and again. I like that a lot! Check out more about the company here.

I had the chance to try out the assorted porcelain fluted bowls by Sweese. 

I have to say - I LOVED these. First, and foremost, I've had them a couple of weeks now and I'm so happy to see I haven't chipped them (does this happen to anyone else all the time)? One of the biggest things that I like about these bowls is that they are very very colorful. And they are also microwave safe, freezer and oven safe as well. I've microwaved with these bowls (I've also put them in the dishwasher and so far, so good). They are fantastic for soup because it holds a lot. To me, these bowls hold a generous sized portion of soup, or beans and rice, or cereal. Thanks to the fluted sides, they're easy to hold and it is just a cool design. I really really like these.

You can buy them on Amazon for $29.99 right now and I think that is a fantastic price for something that I think is high quality. They offer so many other products too so be sure to check out their Amazon page to make your kitchen feel special! 


I received these bowls in exchange for my honest review. 


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Monday, July 3, 2017

Shea Moisture and Nubian Heritage: My Newly Discovered Favorite Beauty Products


Summer is here you guys! I am not a fan of the heat at all, and just recovered from this massive heat wave last weekend. What an intense ride that was! However, one enormous plus is that I rediscovered these amazing new products that I can't wait for you to try out. 

The first is by a brand called, Shea Moisture." This is one of my newest and most favorite companies. They offer SO many things. I had the chance to try out a few items:

Shea Moisture 100% Extra Virgin Coconut Oil


If you haven't had the chance to use coconut oil on your skin, you need to now. This stuff makes my skin GLOW. And it lasts so long. I accidentally forgot that this stuff melts in the heat though. So you've been warned! I love this brand especially because they make it with fair trade and natural ingredients. I'm not the type to use coconut oil for food reasons but I LOVE it for my skin. I put it on my face every morning and use it as my moisturizer. 

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Radiance Facial Wipes



I like these wipes! I'm not as enthusiastic about these as I am about the coconut oil. I found that I wanted the wipes to be a bit more damp BUT I still found that they took off make up and other things accumulated on my skin that day. It's also such an easy way for me to wash my face (I just won't otherwise). I love this brand so much too, so I highly recommend their stuff.

I also had the chance to try out some stuff by Nubian Heritage!



First this Coconut & Papaya Body Lotion & Body Wash. Oh you guys I love this stuff. I love the lotion and it really doesn't take a lot to moisturize. It smells AMAZING. Also it doesn't make my skin feel greasy afterwards as a lot of lotion does. This body wash is fantastic too. It compliments very well with the lotion and you don't need a lot to lather up either. Leaves me feeling SO clean.



I also had the chance to try out the Coconut & Papaya Deodorant. Oddly, this smelled nice but it was touch and go for me. One day it helped me smell nice all day. Then another day it didn't. I may save it for the winter time when it's not so hot out!



I also got a collection of African Black Soap! This is definitely something I'm saving for a skin, acne break out day. This stuff is fancy stuff and I feel like I want to reserve this stuff for a special beauty day experience.

Overall, I really think you guys should check out the Shea Moisture brand and buy yourself some of their face wipes and coconut oil. They are so wonderful. For the Nubian Heritage, you must buy this Coconut and Papaya Body Lotion. This stuff is my new favorite summer products. I can't wait for you to try this stuff.

Right now you can buy the facial wipes for $5.99 which is a fantastic deal! You can also buy the coconut oil I tried for $12.99 right now. The coconut & papaya body lotion is available right now to purchase for $12.99.  And their body wash for $12.99 as well! 

I received the above items in exchange for my honest review. 
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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Snack Ideas When You Want Some Energy



What category do you fall under? A mini-meal throughout the day type of person or three major meals all day? I tend to vary. As the weather gets warmer, I definitely fall under the mini-meal throughout the day type of person as I cannot stand eating heavily on a hot day.  And as I try to get exercise into my day, I definitely like choosing the right snacks for an energy boost.

Here's my top five favorite snacks for energy boosting -

Nuts and Seeds.




More specifically, I got for pistachios, sunflower seeds, and almonds. Those are my go to energy boosters! Add in a cheese stick or two and I'm definitely good. 

Some peanut butter and fruit. Or peanut butter and celery. 

I usually go for berries as my fruit of choice but then also I love adding in some peanut butter. Mixing the two into yogurt is an excellent snack or pre workout breakfast. Or my other snack favorite is peanut butter and celery! 

Hard Boiled Eggs


Oh I love when I can make a bunch in advance in preparation for the week or to make sure I have energy for exercise. I like this because it isn't obnoxiously filling, and I just have mine with salt and pepper.

Oatmeal

Oh I like oatmeal. Even better I like baking with it. If you need some ideas outside of the box, I'd recommend "peanut butter oatmeal balls" of some kind as it's a great way to get oatmeal and have a blast of energy.  Here are some recipe ideas!


The other newest thing that I've discovered is great for energy - these Go Macro Bars! It was so cool, I was in Whole Foods yesterday and saw someone in line with one and I almost was like, "Hey, I just discovered these! They're so great!" I couldn't wait to try some when I had the chance.

I think one thing that stands out is that they don't have a lot of sugar. I think this was the biggest perk to me. I had the chance to review a variety of flavors. My favorite was the "Protein Pleasure" which was the peanut butter chocolate chip flavor. That was so good. I'm such a sucker for something with peanut butter and chocolate.  They had other bars with some other nut butters such as sunflower butter, almond butter and cashew butter. I still can't help but love the bars with peanut butter the most. And another thing I really like about them is not only are they certified gluten-free, they are also Non-GMO verified and USDA Organic. These are so important factors for me!

Check out to see which bars you would like! 

What snacks or pre-work out meals do you go for when you need some energy? I'd love to know your ideas!

I received the above bars in exchange for my honest review.

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