October Obsessions & November Goals

November Goals

Can we talk about the fact that d-day is less than three weeks away? Are you kidding me? I’ve been rather quiet on the blog front but my November Goals are still at the forefront of my head every day. Most of my November Goals involve baby planning and holiday shopping, but some of them are personal goals, too. Here’s a look at my list!

  • Finish organizing the nursery.
  • Choose a pediatrician.
  • Keep working on my Happy Planner–did you know artsy fartsy planning is a subculture? Now you do!
  • Finish Christmas Shopping before Thanksgiving! (only a few more gifts to go).
  • Finish wrapping before Thanksgiving. 
  • Deep clean the entire house. 
  • Clean all baby clothes.

So, I still have a few to go as you can see. But, let’s also talk about what I’ve been totally obsessed with throughout the month of October!

Blue Apron–wow this was fun! We ended up receiving a lot of vegetarian and vegan friendly meals that were delicious! I personally loved the Acorn Squash and Cous Cous. Having three meals delivered to the house per week was really easy and simple. Some of the recipes were a little complex for me (I’m not someone who’s terribly patient), but it was a fun way to close off October. 

Graphic Novels, ya’ll! We’re doing a new reading revolution at work and I’m pretty in love with reading for 10 minutes each day with the students. I’ve also gotten into Graphic Novels which add a nice change from the regular books I read. V for Vendetta is amazing, and oddly appropriate for this time of the year (wth, Election Day 2016???)

Final October obsession? LulaRoe leggings. Yeah, I jumped on that bandwagon and got some awesome gravedigger prints, owls, and some solids as well. They’re been so comfy during these last few weeks of pregnancy and I need some comfort in my life. I love that they are so buttery soft and wash so well. Plus, let’s be real, printed leggings are fun!

By the time I post again I might have a baby and a whole new list of obsessions (probably all involving my baby), so tell me everything you’ve been loving so I can find some new things to pass the time!

Derma E Introduces Fresh, New Packaging!

Derma E

I’m so excited to talk about one of my favorite cruelty free skincare brands, Derma E! I’ve been a Derma E devotee for years now and have always loved their animal friendly, and wallet friendly, products. Coming in March 2017, Derma E is releasing their all new, fresh-faced branding and packaging. I’ve always loved their careful packaging and attention to detail, but this new look is fresh, fun, and fabulous! And not to worry, their ethical, earth-friendly formula that we all love hasn’t changed a bit!

Derma E

Where Can You Get It?

Derma E is one of the most accessible cruelty free brands out there. Once March hits, you’ll be able to shop at Whole Foods, Sprouts, Ulta Beauty and Target. CVS and Walgreens Pharmacies are keeping their shelves stocked, too! Keep an eye our for their new sleek look on all of their products. But, just this past month you’ll start seeing the following lines: Hydrating, Anti Wrinkle Line, Firming and their best selling Microdermabrasion Scrub + Overnight Peel, looking brighter and lighter!

The New Design

Derma E Once you open up your Derma E products, you’ll see their trademark Lotus Flower, symbolizing Beauty & Efficacy. Derma E’s true goal is to provide us with beauty from the inside out–ethical, sustainable, and affordable! 

Now, their missing and their goals are located on every package as well as their commitments to the environment and local communities. 

If you’re new to the brand, their Hydrating Line is one of my personal favorites. Their Hydrating Day and Night Creams are perfect for combination skin! Packed with antioxidants and Hyaluronic Acid, these creams reduce the appearance of fine lines, dry skin, and wrinkles. 

Green Tea, Vitamin A, C, and E pamper and nourish the skin and smooth you out! The scent is light, fresh, and clean, and the cream absorbs super fast providing you with a great canvas for daytime (makeup primer not needed!), and a boost of hydration for nighttime. 

Whether you’re looking for hydration, anti-aging, clearer skin, or a skin detox, Derma E has got you covered. 

I’m loving their new lifestyle focus and the fact that I can purchase these amazing items at so many places. What will you try first?



Editorโ€™s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration with the help of BrandBacker. All opinions are honest and my own. I was not provided any compensation for this review other than the aforementioned products.

Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum Review

I have been so excited to share this new product with you guys from Valentia! A while ago I talked to you about their amazing brightening moisturizer and the Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum is just as wonderful for your skin. It’s almost like a before bed smoothie of powerhouse ingredients. Delicious, no? 

The Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum backs a serious restorative punch when it comes to rejuvenating the skin. Here’s what’s inside and how it works: 

This Retinol Serum Will:
– Diminishe wrinkles
– Stimulate collagen
– Improve skin tone
– Manage breakouts
– Condition skin

– Retinol (Vitamin A): Works at the cellular level to stop winkles, manage breakouts, and evens out skin discoloration.

– Vitamin C: Guards skin against environmental free-radicals to prevent premature aging.

– Vitamin E: Provides intense hydration to diminish the drying effects of retinol.

– Squalane: Derived for pure olive oil to soften and condition delicate skin.

The Vitamin boost present in this serum makes skin feel so amazing overnight! I used a dime-sized dollop on my face and neck each evening right before bed. The application is super convenient with the easy dropper top. 

Gone are the days of heavy night creams that clog the skin! This serum is clear, light, and absorbs quickly and a little bit goes a long way. As someone who has typically oily skin, I was a little reserved when it came to using skin oil. Oily ladies (and gentlemen), fear not! My skin is supple, soft, and smiling!

Currently, Valentia is offering 15% off of your next purchase by going to http://valentia.com/join, so make sure to stay in touch with them on Facebook and Instagram so you can stay up to date with this luxurious cruelty free brand! 

Editorโ€™s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration with the help of Influenster. All opinions are honest and my own. I was not provided any compensation for this review other than the aforementioned products.

#NestleSplashofFun Healthy Hydration


This summer I really tried to up my water intake because I’m pregnant and it was hot! As someone who tries to be eco-friendly, I’m one of those people who cannot give up bottled water. #sorrynotsorry We all have our flaws, right? But water gets to boring and sports drinks are packed with sugar, also not good for baby or Momma! So, when I got a chance to try Nestle’s Splash, I was excited! I love all things citrus (and I’m too lazy to actually infuse my water), so the Mandarin Orange flavor was perfect. 


 First of all, I scored some sweet shades, an awesome beachball, and a fun bendy straw. As someone who used to work in the promotional products industry, I’m a sucker for swag. The flavor of the water itself was a little sweet at first, but I really ended up enjoying it. I found that it was light and refreshing without the usual calorie pack of Gatorade that I’ve favored throughout my pregnancy so far. Would I try it again? Definitely! I love a good flavored water. Anything to make my hydrating just a little bit easier. Even Myles was a fan!


What’s keeping you hydrated this month? 

Editorโ€™s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration with the help of Influenster. All opinions are honest and my own. I was not provided any compensation for this review other than the aforementioned products.

Target Made to Matter Back to School Collection


Target has long been one of the places I go to snag a lot of my cruelty free goods and just about everything else I could possibly imagine needing. Their Made to Matter Line features cruelty free, safe, sustainable, and organic products for the home which I’m completely obsessed with! A lot of my favorite items like Mrs. Meyer’s, Annie’s, and Pacifica were in the Made to Matter line, but I was so excited to see more brands that I use on a daily basis and some new ones too! I’ll be talking about all of these amazing products, but here’s just a brief look at what was inside their back to school bag (which I”ll be using to tote things to and from school!)

Bitsy’s Brainfood Smart Crackers in Chia Veggie – $3.99 – I love anything cheddar! Cheese flavored snacks are my weakness, but these babies have low sugar, 1/2 a serving of veggies, and are made in a nut-free facility. These would be excellent to have on hand to pacify a hungry 8th grader if necessary. 

Annie’s Organic Berry Patch Fruit Snacks – $3.45 per box – When I saw Berry Patch snacks in my bag I jumped for joy! These are a favorite in my house. These fruit snacks are soft and flavorful and don’t have any of the nasties that commercial fruit snacks have. I love throwing these in my purse or in a lunch box for a quick snack throughout the day. 

Mrs. Meyer’s Lemon Verbena Vinegar Gel – $3.99 – MM was always a brand I loved having in my home. I’ve never tried the Vinegar Gel before and am looking forward to using this in my bathroom and around the house. I’m obsessed with cleaning and am looking forward to using this Made to Matter item. Vinegar is a very effective cleanser, but having it premixed will just made it more convenient for quick clean-ups too. 

Shea Moisture Peace Rose Shampoo & Conditioner – $10.99 – Yet another Curls.nu favorite! I’ve never tried this Shampoo and Conditioner, but the scent is amazing. I’ll look forward to letting my curls experience this moisturizing treatment. 

Babyganics Moisturizing Daily Lotion – $7.29 – Babyganics is a brand that is on my registry. I’m a big fan of their wipes and can only imagine their lotions will be just as great. 

Pacifica Beauty Dream Big Mascara – $15.99 – If you’ve been reading my blog for long enough you KNOW Pacifica is my JAM! 

Justin’s PB + Banana Chips – $1.99 – It is so hard sometimes to grab quick, easy snacks! I’ll be throwing these in my lunchbag throughout the week for quick energy and to beat the 3 p.m. slump. 

Honest Company Organic Healing Balm – $12.95 – Since I’ll be meeting baby in a few short months, I’m super excited to try the Honest Company healing balm. I will NOT be using big brands that have toxins and additives in them on my baby love, so sampling this balm beforehand will be great.

Honest Company Orange Hand Sanitizing Spray – $2.98 – Likewise, 8th graders are germy freaks. This hand sanitizer will have a happy little place in my desk drawer for easy cleaning. 

Happy Family Super Smart Pouch in Berry & Beet – $1.60 – Of course, I’m going to want my little one to have lots of healthy snack choices and Target Made to Matter makes that really easy. These pouches are perfect for tiny hands and offer fun flavors like the strawberry and beet I received!

Seventh Generation Laundry Packs – $12.99 – I love everything I’ve tried by SG, but have always been curious about laundry packs. I love the idea of less mess when it comes to pouring detergent and will definitely let you know how these work out. 

Method Pumpkin Clove Gel Handwash – $3.49 – It’s Fall, I live in New England, and it’s almost time for pumpkin flavored everything. So, why not add that flavor in the kitchen or bathroom? This Pumpkin Clove hand gel smells AMAZING.

Yes to Carrots Coconut Paper Mask – $2.99 – Paper masks are all the rage right now because they’re quick, easy, and effective (a triple win, no?) Yes to Coconut provides skin with some extra moisture and a lasting scent of summer. 

Tom’s of Maine Whitening Toothpaste – $4.99 – My dentist told me my teeth look better than ever. When I told her I switched to Tom’s she couldn’t believe it. A natural toothpaste?? I’ve tried their total care and look forward to brightening my smile in time for picture day. 

Tom’s of Maine Naturally Dry Antiperspirant – 4.49 – This sultry men’s scent of Tom’s is perfect for my husband who works outside 24/7. Their Naturally Dry formula keeps everything smooth, comfy, and smelling great. 

Suja Juice Coupons – Juices Retail at $2.99 – Suja Juices now offers probiotic waters and I’ll get to choose my flavor. Updates soon to some as my baby bump can always use some extra probiotics. 

Nature’s Path EnviroKids Granola Bar – $4.99/box of 6 – Nature’s Path Envirokids is not just for kids. I am obsessed with their chocolate chip, nut free, vegetarian flavor. 

Stay tuned as I share my faves with you within the coming weeks and happy back to school from Curls.nu!

Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration. All opinions are honest and my own. I was not provided any compensation for this review other than the aforementioned products.

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