Mother’s Day Gift Guide :: 2017

Mother’s Day is right around the corner – May 14th to be exact. I love holidays like this because they are an excuse to spoil your loved ones. It’s also a great excuse to do a bit of shopping. Win-win!

I typically like to get several different things and make like a gift basket of sorts. Last year, I grabbed a purse for my mom and filled it with fun, different little bits for her.  It was fun. I think I might make the purse gift bag idea a Mother’s Day regular.

These gifts range from the affordable to the seriously extravagant. I know not everybody’s budget allows for some of these more expensive items, but you and your siblings (or father, or whomever) could always go in on some of these if they seem up your alley.

 

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Pink Bath BombTisty Tosty Bath BombMom Bath BombTime to Shine Traceless Hair RingPep Start SwipesHeart Makeup EraserCustomized Bracelet

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Mini Pretty HandsPurify, Hydrate & Glow  – Garden in a CanApple Tree to BeDon’t Look at Me MaskMask of Magnaminty

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African ParadiseBest FriendsThanks MomAmbient Lighting PowderFlowers

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Coach BaseballSmart Fresh Herb GrowerPerfume SamplerMask-A-Holic KitTravel DryerCheek DuoWallet Phone Case

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Checkbook WalletFlower Bomb Gift SetBow ToteLeopard Pillow

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Duxbury Weekender Travel BagMelbourne Anywhere WeekenderMLB BackpackNFL Purse

What do you plan on getting your mom? If you’re a mom, what’s on your wish list?




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Tackling Life :: May 2017 Goals

I am so thankful for all of my extra free time this month! I’m going to use it to really focus on me and getting my life in order.

I have been doing really well the last few weeks on meal prepping and healthier snacking habits. But, I have been slacking in other areas. For instance, I haven’t been getting enough sleep, reading any, or working on learning Spanish any. Continue reading

Netflix Workout :: The Following Season One :: Arms & Abs

I’m in the habit of switching Netflix on whenever I’m cleaning or cooking. It gives me an opportunity to catch up on shows or, in this case, become obsessed and binge a new-to-me show.

At the beginning of the month I was tired of the same shows and nothing new on Netflix was really interesting me. In a moment of television desperation, I clicked on Kevin Bacon’s smirking face and began The Following. The Following follows FBI agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) as he spirals in and out of control.

The first season revolves around Ryan’s quest to catch illustrious serial killer Joe Carrel and has  heavy Edgar Allan Poe theme. No spoilers, but I quickly became hooked and finished all of the episodes on Netflix (aka, all three seasons).

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I wanted more of an endurance workout and let me tell you, my arms are so freaking sore.

 

Have you watched the following? What do you think about it? What’s your go to arm or ab workout?

 




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Mask Monday :: Tony Moly I’m Real Sheet Masks

I may have a slight attachment to face masks if the completely full shelf in my bathroom is any indication. My obsession started off small a few years back with those two dollar packs from Walmart and quickly escalated into a full blown investment. I like to keep a mix of high end and more affordable masks in my collection. Continue reading

Fab Fit Fun :: Spring 2017

I don’t even know where to start because I adore this box so, so much. Every season’s box is fantastic and filled with tons of useful, fun goodies. I’m still using stuff I got in my first box. The items are that great!

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Y’all know how the Fab Fit Fun boxes work? They have two different plans – seasonal and annual. Annual is your best deal at $179.99, while seasonal is $49.99 per season. If you pick the annual membership, also referred to as select, you can customize your box or pick different add ons. What all do you get for your $50? Over $200 of product! Very cool, tight? Sign up here! After signing up, you’ll get four boxes a year, each tailored to a different season.

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The Spring 2017 is amazing and perfect for Spring and the transition into Summer. The bright blue box screams Spring with the fun tri-colored pattern. This season’s box was designed by Cat Coquillette, the founder of CatCoq. I love that the use different artist ech box.

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Roundie by Gypsy 05 ($50)

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This is the cutest thing! It’s like a picnic blanket and layout towel in one. It’s small enough to fit in a purse or backpack, light weight enough to carry around at concerts  or festivals, washable, and big enough you can share the space with your friends. I’ve already tossed mine in the trunk of my car for impromptu park visits or when Cody and I go hiking. So far we’ve used it for lunch in the backyard, a puppy play date, and to layout on while I read.

Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray by Briogeo ($20)

This light weight spray has coconut, argan, and rosehip oils and acts as a conditioner and heat barrier. I go natural most of the time and sprays like these are great for refreshing curls throughout the day and fighting frizz. I love this product because I am huge on using paraben, sulfate, and phthalates free hair products. I’m trying to improve my hair’s health and avoiding those icky items in hair products has helped immensely.

Zip Pouch by Milly ($45)

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You can never have too many ‘toss and go’ style bags. This cute Milly bag is no exception to the rule. The Slay All Day bag is water resistant, making it prefect for storing hair products, makeup products, and even bathing suits. I know this bag is going to be used so much this summer!

Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator by Dr. Brandt ($79)

I’ve been wanting to try this face wash for so long, so I was beyond excited when I found it in this season’s box. I’ve only tried a few products from Dr. Brandt, but all of them have been fantastic (Try the Pore No More primer!). This scrub uses lactic acid, aluminum oxide crystals, and botanicals to basically polish your skin, revealing brighter and smoother skin. I use this with my Clarisonic Mia Fit and I know I’m going to invest in another bottle after I finish this one. I only use a scrub twice a week, but the results from Dr. Brandt have lasted all week. A little goes a long way so it is well worth the price.

Hydrating + Face Mask by Karua ($28)

Oh how excited I was to find a face mask in this box! They included a months supply at one mask a week, perfect to try this brand and evaluate the quality. This mask targets dry, dull skin, improving hydration by 40% while promoting elasticity. Oh, I’ll have a full review coming soon after I’ve had a chance to use all four, but I can confidently say that these masks are so worth the price. My skin was glowing after one use. I use them before bed and 12+ hours later, my skin was still extra hydrated and bright.

Lip Kit by RealHer ($48)

I AM AWESOME. I love that these lips kits come with positive affirmation’s on the box and on each individual item. I got the shade deep nude. I’ve been wearing the lip liner and liquid lip combo for the last few days and it is great quality. I’ll probably be investing in another kit sometime, because they are basically smudge proof. What is amazing is the story behind the products. The founder created these products so that his daughter and girls like her would have positive impact from makeup. Also, 20% of all of RealHer’s profits are donated to a non profit organization – AAUW – that helps fund scholarships, advocacy, and education programs among others.

Nail Polish Set by Deborah Lippmann ($19)

I received the colors ‘Like A Virgin’ and ‘Shape of My Heart’. Like A Virgin is an almost sheer white, while Shape of My Heart is a sheer pink. Both of these colors are perfect for spring and can even easily transition into summer. Layer them over other colors or wear alone, wither way your nails are sure to look great.

Diamond Kite Crawler Earring Set buy Luv AJ ($85)

This set is simply perfect. Made from 14k rose gold with diamonds studded in the middle of each diamond, this set can transition from day to night with ease. I actually only own two pieces of rose gold jewelry, so I was hyped to see these in my box. I wore them to work and got tons of compliments. Also, how cute would these be if you had your ears double pierced.

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Obviously this was a great deal! I got eight amazing products delivered straight to my door (well, PO Box), got introduced to a few new brands, and I love every single one.

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Do you get the Fab Fit Fun boxes? If so, what was your favorite product this season?




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