Things I’m Loving Thursday


My inspiration levels have been off the charts as of late. I went through a little big of a slump throughout the month of January and even some of February. Students were restless, the weather was less than appealing in CT, and my overall mood was low. I lacked motivation to work out, wake up early, and even eat properly (skipping meals and subbing with coffee…not good!) So, after some a crazy long winter blues session, I’m here with what I’m loving now that February is almost over and Spring is less than a month away. 

First up? The lovely Tara Stiles! She’s a yogini master and a inspirational extraordinaire. I’ve been digging her Sharespiration section on her website and have been checking it out and sharing an affirmation that sticks with me. 





This affirmation struck a chord with me because I was allowing my mood to affect my well-being. I wasn’t properly taking care of myself in terms of giving myself good fuel, a proper period of rest, and quiet time alone to practice Yoga and meditate. In turn, I was not able to take care of my students, my husband, my home, or anyone else! Tara Stiles has some very authentic affirmations that can apply to almost any part of your life. Her smoothie recipes are pretty dope, too!







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Going along with the theme of reflection, I’ve become absolutely obsessed with Decomposition Notebooks by Michael Roger. I’ve actually always had a thing for Composition Notebooks anyway, but these were different and fun. I loved the name and the quirky designs. So, obviously when I was at my old job’s bookstore, I had to purchase two.

I love this Forest design, the green ink, and the adorable deer. Inside the paper is “normal”, but the artwork is fun and exciting. These notebooks are from 100% post-consumer waste recycled pages which makes them sustainable. 

I save all of my journals and I’ve been writing in a journal since I was 12 years old. I don’t think I’ll EVER be able to give up the paper journal, especially not since I tie this into my Yoga and mindfulness practice. If I’m having writer’s block, I google QOTD or I search up an affirmation from one of my favorite Yogis and try and write from there. I also use this book for daily ramblings which usually get me where I want to be with my journaling.

 



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Simple meals have been part of my daily routine so I can have more time with my husband, friends, and family and spend less time working and doing meal prep. This is the GPS salad that I made. (Garbage Pail Salad, haha). I had Kale, Avocado, Quinoa, and Roasted Cauliflower and didn’t know what to do with any of it. So, I mixed it all together. DELISH. Filling. Simple. Having salad bowls for dinners and lunches have simplified the cooking system and have made for some tasty leftovers, too. I also just really love my bowl.

What are you loving this week? This month? This second?

Pacifica Perfume & Mascara Review & GIVEAWAY!

The great minds at Pacifica Beauty are always amazing me with their delicious scents, products, and ethics! I love a company that believes in their mission and strives to fulfill that mission every day. Which is why when I received this beautiful care package from them, I was stoked to try some of my favorite products and then get a chance to SHARE them with you all! Not to mention everything from these talented folks are cruelty free and vegan!



Can we just talk about this gorgeous packaging for a minute?



Can we just talk about this gorgeous packaging for a minute?



I'm a sucker for a compliment, but this is super sweet!



I’m a sucker for a compliment, but this is super sweet!

I’m big on packaging and colors because I usually look at items based on their packaging! I also loved the time and effort Pacifica into their materials. I learned more about the company and their mission and really fell even more in love with them as a whole. But what was inside? 



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Mascara and Perfume Galore!



Even their product packaging is whimsical!



Even their product packaging is whimsical!

So, let’s get to the goods, shall we? My package contained: Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mascara in Supernova and Stardust as well as their famous Roll-On Perfumes in Hawaiian Ruby Guava, Tahitian Gardenia, and Tuscan Blood Orange! This all arrived on my doorstep before CT’s first blizzard so I was immediately in the mood for a tropical getaway!



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I loved each of the Stellar Gaze Mascaras! Supernova is a deep, dark black and Stardust is a warm brown color. The mascara tubes and packaging are thicker as you can see above which I really liked. The packaging was smooth, pretty, and fit well in my hand. Right off the bat, I was a fan. 

The formula of a mascara and the brush are the two most important things I consider when trying out new mascaras (that and they must be cruelty free of course). I hate thin, frail brushes. These brushes delivered. They are wide and SOFT, but also strong. I like how my lashes felt conditioned and soft throughout the day. No crispy lashes here. I also liked how the mascara felt going on. Some mascaras in the past have left me with sensitive eyes. This one does not. It is mineral based and natural, so it’s gentle. 

I personally loved both shades of Supernova and Stardust. I used Stardust more for my day looks, for going to work and teaching. My Supernova mascara served me well for more dramatic looks for nighttime and for Valentine’s Day!

I have tried many of Pacifica’s perfumes and lotions before receiving this package, so I was stoked to receive a few scents I have not had the chance to try. First, the packaging is lovely. These roll perfumes can easily travel to work or school with you. The application is simple, but unlike other roll perfumes these actually put a good amount of fragrance on your skin. I did a few rolls behind my ears and on my wrists. The Hawaiian Ruby Guava reminds me of a tropical escape and I’ve used it before. It’s a very SWEET scent and reminds me of candy. If you’re into sweet scents like me, this is a winner! The Tahitian Gardenia was a new scent for me and I really liked it a lot! This scent is earthier in my opinion and is made with tea leaves so the scent is clean and fresh. This scent reminded me of a spring day and Easter flowers. Finally, the Tuscan Blood Orange was sweet and spicy at the same time and happened to be my husband’s favorite. There’s a note of two of strawberry lingering there, too. Perfect for a sexy night out!

So…to the part you’ve all been waiting for! Enter this giveaway from Curls.nu and Pacifica and you can win all of the above! Two lucky winners will receive each of the perfumes and mascara sets mentioned in this blog post. Get to steppin’ and good luck. This giveaway will make eyelash batting even more fun! ;)

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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. 

 

We Survived a Bathroom Remodel!

If you really want to test your relationship, try tackling as many home improvement projects as possible within the first two years of owning your own home. Seriously. Paint almost every room, re-point the foundation in the basement, hand-pour a concrete pad for trash can storage, clear out the yard and revamp your gardens, rip the whole front off of your home and build a new porch, and while you’re at it: re-carpet the basement stairs. When you’re done? Remodel your second bathroom the month after your wedding. If you can handle this, I’m convinced you can handle almost anything relationship-wise. I’m not really sure why we did all of this at once. Maybe we’re a bit unhinged, but we like getting things done. Our next big project for our 1925 Colonial is a new fence, but that can wait for a little bit. 

Because I’m a beauty junkie, bathrooms are important. We have a half bath on the main floor that company uses, but our full bath on the second floor with our bedrooms needed a major update. We have an original clawfoot tub with traditional fittings, so we wanted to make sure that our remodel brought it to 2015 without losing the 1925 charm ala Nicole Curtis (my inspiration and Keith’s lady crush). Here’s where I used to do my blogging research: 



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Our bathroom was dated. We tried making it more modern with a funky curtain and some nice fuzzy accents, but it really didn’t jive for us. That nasty green and horrific peel and stick tile from the families before us cheapened our whole design.

But…here is where I do my blogging research now!



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We re-did the floor to have our dark hardwood match throughout. We kept the retro look of the 1920s with some funky wainscoting paneling, retro hardware and pedestal sink and added our own touches with our snazzy purple and a badass deer head (chrome). The mature, yet hipster, shower curtain came from my bestie, Lea. The best part? My clawfoot tub has been repainted and I can actually see myself in the bathroom mirror.

Will we tackle more projects? You bet! But first? I should probably take a selfie! 

 

Feel the Love: VDay Must-Haves

This year Keith and I are celebrating our first married (but 12th in all) Valentine’s Day together. We’re not going all out with gifts and flashy items. This year we’re keeping it low-key by doing dinner at one of our favorite local Italian restaurants and by going to see “50 Shades of Grey.” Yes, I know…I’m an English teacher, but we all need some mindless reading now and then, right? So, if you’re in the same crowd as I am and you’re ditching gifts to spend time with the one you love, why not rock a killer ensemble. Here, I’m going to show you my favorite VDay Fashion must-haves (and you can shop my closet if you like them). 



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If we’re going out, I’m all about the sweater dress with leggings and boots, OR a cute sweater with dark skinnies and boots. Note, these black boots work with either outfit. Double duty? Love it! I also love adding a little splash of red since it’s Valentine’s Day. Either of these outfits move nicely from night to day, and add an elegant flair. Pair them with a cute purse or wristlet (Rebecca Minkoff has an adorable lust-worthy heart-shaped one), and your outfit is done! Of course, being the nail junkie I am, I’m obsessed with ORLY’s nail lacquer in “After Party.” I love this shade for its cruelty free status, but the color matches either outfit and adds some vampy character to your wardrobe. 

Once we’re home, I’m looking forward to snuggling into some cozy slippers and baggy PJ’s. Preferably something from Keith’s closet (Carhartt hoodies anyone), and relaxing. To be honest, I’m looking forward to the good old-fashioned dinner and a movie. We’re usually so busy that having a true date night is something that passes through our mind, but never really happens. Who cares if a holiday gets us out and gives me a chance to doll up? 

Happy heart day to all! What are you doing this Valentine’s Day? Do you love it? Hate it? Already shopped and planned for it? Let me know!

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Staying Connected Online

There are so many ways to stay connected online which is one of the many reasons why I love blogging and technology so much! When I first became “internet savvy” in the early 2000s there were not as many options of staying in touch. Facebook was not even a thought and Instant Messengers were the way to chat. Over the years I went from updating my AIM profile colors, to learning how to install adobe flash player and finally working with programs like hotspot shield in our new Wi-Fi friendly world that we live in. Nowadays, anywhere can become a Wi-Fi hotspot, so making sure that your computer and information is protected is so important. Learning how to properly install programs and finding programs that can keep you connected with others helps to make your online experience the best it can be. 

When I’m working online in our constantly connected world, I like to have options when it comes to chatting and creating new relationships with others. I have found that many programs can be found on joydownload.com and easily installed on your computer. Games, social applications, Security programs, and even desktop wallpapers can be found in one easy place for free. So, whether you’re a blogger looking for new ways to connect, or a computer nerd with love for nostalgic games, finding everything where you need it is now possible!



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