ChapStick Therapy

01 Mar 2016 Permalink




There are a few beauty staples that I always reach for. ChapStick is one of them.

I was obsessed with my Dr. Pepper ChapStick all throughout junior high. It smelled so good and kept my lips really soft. It even added just a touch of color which was perfect because Dad strictly enforced a “no makeup before 30” rule. I wasn’t allowed to wear real lipstick at that point, but a tinted balm made the cut.

And even now that I have no restrictions on makeup wearing, I’m still reaching for my favorite ChapSticks to keep my lips hydrated. Long gone are my Dr. Pepper days. Nowadays, I tend to use more of the classics like Cherry or Original.

I’ve also been testing out some of the tropical versions like Aloha Coconut and Mango Sunrise. I actually keep those two ChapSticks in the drawer of my desk at work. I obviously use them on my lips, but they also provide me with a little aromatherapy. The coconut and mango scents take me away to a place that’s more relaxing than a room filled with 8-year-olds who can’t keep their hands to themselves. The only thing that’s missing is a drink with one of those tiny umbrellas.

The ChapStick® product, information and gift have been provided by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All opinions are my own. 

SoCozy Now Found At Bed Bath & Beyond, Harmon, and BuyBuy Baby

15 Feb 2016 Permalink
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of SoCozy. All opinions are my own and not edited by the sponsor.
My two kids have been loving the SoCozy line ever since last summer. They’re all into using it because it smells soooo good, but I’m hooked because it’s non-toxic and free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic colors, and a whole list of other ingredients I can’t pronounce.
Basically SoCozy is super awesome.
SoCozy Now Found At Bed Bath & Beyond, Harmon, and BuyBuy Baby
SoCozy Now Found At Bed Bath & Beyond, Harmon, and BuyBuy Baby
SoCozy Now Found At Bed Bath & Beyond, Harmon, and BuyBuy Baby
SoCozy Now Found At Bed Bath & Beyond, Harmon, and BuyBuy Baby
Recently, I’ve been having Julia wash and spray with the boo! lice prevention line from SoCozy. Now that she’s at school full-time, she’s around soooo many more germs than she was before. Especially in the wintertime! All those kids trapped indoors with all those germs…ugh!! I can’t prevent everything that comes her way, but I can do my best to protect her and her gorgeous red hair.
The boo! lice prevention shampoo and spray smells like fresh peppermint. I’ve been telling Julia that she’s my little candy cane…she just laughs. I’ll take those laughs anyday over tears and cries that would come if we didn’t guard her from lice.
Picking up our favorite SoCozy products has become even easier now that they are carried at  Bed Bath & Beyond, Harmon, and BuyBuy Baby! So while the kids and I are out doing our weekly errands, we can quickly grab our favorite SoCozy products. I keep backups on hand too. There’s nothing more drastic than running out of something that the kids rely on. (Exaggeration…but you get the picture. I do whatever I can to prevent meltdowns, even if it means including keeping an extra 5 bottles of boo! spray in the cabinet.)
Right now SoCozy products are all 20% off…definitely the time to stock up! But don’t wait too long! Offer ends 2/29!! Check out the Locations Page to find the store nearest you!
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Current Beauty and Body Favorites

01 Feb 2016 Permalink

amazing beauty products

I’ve kinda been revamping everything from my diet habits to the products that I use on my body. I started by tossing or finishing up everything that I truly didn’t like. Then I asked about, researched, and shopped for things that better fit my needs and wants.

These products that I’m about to share are ones that I wholeheartedly enjoy! They’re the type of things that I would gush about to my girlfriends…and now I’d like to share them with you.

natural hair products

I had been using hair oils to help hydrate my hair and protect it from heat exposure. Unfortunately, those oils were causing me to breakout along my jawline. I was so pissed when I realized what was happening. I loved those oils…but NOT at the expense of my face.

So, I decided to check out my favorite health food shop and search their beauty section. I figured that something with natural ingredients might be better for my skin.

I’ve been using 2 Chic Blackberry & Coconut Milk Ultra-Repair Leave-In Conditioning & Styling Elixir and Desert Essence Coconut Hair Defrizzer & Heat Protector as needed for about two months now and I love them both! My jawline is looking MUCH better! Plus, besides for my hair getting the conditioning and heat protection that it needs, it smells super yummy.

dry shampoo

On days when I don’t wash my hair, I stick with this Root Reboot Dry Shampoo from Pantene. I’ve been enjoying this product so much that I actually look forward to not washing my hair! I mean, I’ve tried many dry shampoos before, but this one really eliminates the extra oil. I also really like how it adds some texture and lift to my hair. Sometimes I even use it just for the purpose of adding some volume to my locks.


Back in October, I had my makeup professionally done (first time EVER!) for a wedding I was standing up in. Whenever I have the chance to talk with a beauty professional, I just have to pick her brain. Besides for sharing some awesome makeup tips while she was working her magic to make me look gorgeous, this makeup artist told me that her all-time favorite foundation was Make Up Forever Ultra HD.

Up until that time, I was using a foundation that I felt kinda blah about. The color wasn’t really matching to my skin tone as much as I wanted it to, and it really didn’t seem to last all day. So when I finished the bottle of the blah stuff, I quickly went to Sephora to try out the Make Up Forever Ulta HD shades. Instant love! The sales girl was super helpful. She gave me enough of a sample so that I could try the foundation out before buying. But after one full day of wearing it, I placed an order.

herbal tea

This last of my favorites was something that I came across on Instagram. I’m not a coffee drinker, but I love myself a great cup of tea. Especially tea that provides a little something “extra”…

This loose tea from Tea Kitten claims to make your lady parts smell fresh and taste good. So for some reason over winter break, I decided to order myself this magical tea and give it a try. If you are planning on using it for a special night, make sure to follow the directions. A certain amount of ounces needs to be consumed at least 48 hours before hand. Buuuutt, besides for the tea itself actually tasting delicious, it truly done work. Scouts honor.

Shapewear That’s Actually COMFORTABLE

15 Jan 2016 Permalink




I started my secret love affair with shapewear shortly after having kids. I don’t wear it everyday. But on days when I wear something more revealing – like a bodycon dress or fitted sweater – I definitely have something underneath to help smooth things out.

You know, there’s only so much diet and exercise can do. Sometimes a girl just needs a few tricks up her sleeves.

Unfortunately, most shapewear is way too constricting for me. I mean, I gotta be able to eat and breathe in it!

Recently I added the stā Body suit to my shapewear collection. It’s a winner for a few reasons. First off, it’s very easy to put on and wear. I don’t feel like a stuffed sausage, and I’m able to breathe! Also, it’s specially designed to stay in place. The tank part is connected to the panties which means that it doesn’t come untucked or expose any body parts. This is soooo important because no matter how great shapewear makes you look, if you’re constantly tugging and pulling to keep it in place, you’ll just look like a hot mess.

I’m promising more pics with this gem soon! Winter blogging in Chicago really isn’t my jam. Indoor lighting drives me nuts, and I wasn’t about to set up shop for a photo shoot in freezing temps. But…to give you an idea how this body suit looks underneath a fitted turtleneck…

blue turtleneck

See?? Nice and smooth and no one even knows. Having the right tricks makes me one happy – and smoothed out – lady!

stā Body provided me with the body suit for review. All opinions are my own.