Pumpkin Creme Brulee, serve this thanksgiving

Time Saving, Stress Reducing Tricks for Thanksgiving

So next week is Thanksgiving…..have you figured out what you’re going to do? Are you going out to eat or cooking in? If you’re cooking, are you making all the food or getting some help?  As a kid we always went out to eat for most holiday meals, so I love to cook at home now.  That said, making a whole meal can be a very daunting task.  Therefore, I like to get a little help when I can.  If you have family or friends that are coming over, ask them to bring a side dish or dessert.  If that isn’t an option or you want to manage all the food, I like to get some items pre-made to help me out on the day-of.

Here’s a round-up of my favorite time-saving and stress reducing tricks that help me look like I can do it all on Thanksgiving, I hope it helps you figure out what to serve this Thanksgiving too:

  • I like to order some food items for Thanksgiving, and make the rest. I will usually order a pre-made turkey that I can just reheat day-of, sometimes I’ll also order veggie sides and potatoes. My go-tos are Whole Foods catering or if you’re in Southern California I also like Bristol Farms.
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Lip Products

My Top 8 Favorite Lip Products

I’m sharing my favorite lip products from lip balms, lipsticks to lip treatments. These are my must have items that I buy over and over. After testing and experimenting with so many different products from ones that I buy to those given to me, I’ve narrowed my list down to the “Must Haves”.  See what you think and make sure to let me know what you’re favorite lip products are! I’m always in the market to find great lip balms, lipsticks or lip treatments!

Here are my favorites… in no particular order:

  1. ROSEBUD PERFUME CO.Rosebud Salve– This is a super affordable, very moisturizing lip balm that I use everyday. I carry one in my purse and keep one on my desk. I can’t get enough of it.
  2. Supergoop! AcaiFusion Lip Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 30. If you’ve seen my other posts about using sunscreen you know that I am very serious about skin protection and anti-aging. This is the perfect non-pigmented lip sunscreen. Not only does it smell yummy but it does a great job.
  3. FRESH Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment-This is my secret anti-aging lip treatment that I use every night before I go to bed….Shhhhhh Don’t tell anybody.
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Napa Valley

Napa Valley Guide- Where to Go, Eat and Sleep

If you’ve seen my Instagram, you know that I went to Napa Valley earlier this month.  I have to say that going to Napa with my husband was such an amazing trip for me.  I went to Napa with a friend and it was fun, but I really wanted to experience it with my husband.  Not only is Napa romantic, but it’s such a beautiful place to experience with someone you love…..and I learned so much. Many people think that going to Napa is just about drinking lots of wine. Well, for some it is, but for us we loved learning about how wine was made and how each one is different, in addition to tasting many wines. It’s actually inspired me to take some classes in wine making.

What I have to say next may make you sad…..going to Napa on a tight budget is hard.  Many of the hotels in the area can be very pricey and many of the most popular wineries charge a fee for tastings.   As with any wine tasting trip, you don’t want to stay in a hotel that is too far away because you have to drive. You could take an Uber or hire a driver but that can get really expensive fast.   … Read Full Post

Sephora Sale

Sephora Sale- Beauty Insider Appreciation Event

I know so many bloggers and friends that were so excited about the Nordstrom anniversary sale last month.  Well, I’m that excited about the Sephora Beauty Insider Appreciation Event!  I use the twice yearly Sephora sales an an opportunity to get all the things that I need and use every day that rarely, if ever, go on sale. If you are a regular Sephora shopper like me, you definitely don’t want to miss this sale.  Such a great reason to get excited in my book.    Here is the sale breakdown:
  • Rouge Level
    • 20% off
    • August 24th – September 3rd.
  • VIB Level:
    • 15% off
    • August 30th – September 3rd.
  • Insider Level: August 30th – September 3rd.
    • 10% off
    • August 30th – September 3rd.
So what are the things that I’m getting?  Here’s my list:

 

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Summer

How to Get the Most Out of Your Summer Before It’s Over

Today, I’m talking about how to get the most out of your summer.  So I know that technically August is not the last month of summer, the official last day of summer is Saturday, September 22.  However, for many summer will end because school starts or the weather changes and starts feeling more like fall.  So how can you get the most out of summer during the last unofficial month?  I would suggest making a list of the things you may want to do, then weed out any items that you won’t be able to accomplish because of budget, timing, weather, etc and add them to a maybe list.  
 
Get your family and friends involved.  Everything is always more fun when you get more people involved right?  Find out who wants to join you on your adventures.   Find out what adventures your friends and family want to do and join them too.  Make it a group effort to make the most out of the last month of summer.
 
So, making a list seems so business like.  Why would I suggest it?  Unless you make it official by making a list, there are so many ways to forget and you’re much less likely to do things.… Read Full Post