12 Days of Things I Love

Happy December! This month I'm doing 12 Days of Things I Love.  Each week I will share a few more items until we hit that magic number 12. I've done three items this week so far.  Let's get started, shall we? I featured this item to kick off the event.  It's a darker take on holiday nails and since Essie is one of my favorite nail polish brands I had to share it. You take Essie Wicked and apply it over your base coat.  Then layer on Essie Bordeaux and finish it off with a top coat.  It's a deeper burgundy that glows with depth.  I love it this holiday season and through the new year. Next, my can't go a day without my cozy shearling-lined slippers from Lands End.  I have a Josie Blue pair from last year and they held up well all year long.  This year you can monogram … [Read more...]

Cyber Monday Deal From Me to You

Welcome to Cyber Monday! This is me. Healthy. Fit. Full of life back in September when H and I went to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic with NO KIDS! Despite all my health issues from Lyme and tick co-infections the best thing I have done in 2018 was to fix how I was eating and starting working on feeding my body the right way and getting it stronger than ever. It's working, don't you think? I would have never posted that picture before. So, how are you feeling about 2019? Are you like, "Ugh, Vicky. It's the holidays. I'm not there yet." That's fine. I get it. I totally understand. We don't often want to think of the things we need to do for ourselves to be healthy until it is too late or already January. BUT.... Maybe you just want to see me before when I was … [Read more...]

Be Merry, Be Bright: Gifts for All Budgets

Are you a Black Friday or a Cyber Monday kind of gal? Me? I love being able to cozy up to my laptop with a mug of tea or coffee and whizz around Cyber Monday finding deals and just the right gifts for all budgets. This week Shopbop is letting us all start early with their latest sale and it is a big one! Sale Begins: Tuesday 11/20/18, 7:18am Eastern Time Zone (New York) Ends: Sunday 11/25/18, 11:59pm Pacific Time Zone (Los Angeles) CODE: MORE18 •             15% off orders of $200+ •             20% off orders of $500+ •             25% off orders of $800+   Want to see my favorites?     BaubleBar Torrie Resin Hoop/Ban.do Play Nice Yoga Mat / Shashi Solitaire Ring/Free People Big Sky Slouch Beanie Yosi Samara Flats/ Cloverpost Chain Bracelet/Rebecca … [Read more...]

Are Excuses Holding You Back?

All my life I was told I was too small, too weak to do so many things. I was picked last for everything from preschool to high school. I once dated someone who told me that his hitting me, torturing me and scaring me was his way of making me better and stronger. He was "toughening me up" because I was weak. I wasn't capable of being strong. When I decided to run my first 5k someone told me that I wasn't a runner. I wouldn't be until I had been doing it at least six months. WTF, right? I believed it all. I used them as reasons to dictate my life and keep me from trying things. It kept me scared and immobile and afraid to try anything physical or new. In the end, they were all excuses. Excuses I held on to because it felt safer that way than trying something new and possibly … [Read more...]

5 Car Malfunctions that Could Cause Accidents

Many of us spend time every day in a vehicle, but driving daily can make it easy to forget the dangers of being on the road. In 2014 alone, 30,000 fatal car accidents occurred in the U.S. Those thousands of accidents have almost as many causes-- distracted driving, intoxicated driving, and driving while sleepy all lead to dangerous operation mistakes. Sometimes, however, the driver isn't necessarily at fault. Vehicle malfunctions also contribute to car accident statistics every year. Here are just a few common car troubles that can lead to life-threatening accidents: Brake Failure Brakes might be a car's most important safety feature. When a car can't be slowed or stopped properly, accidents ensue. In fact, in crashes caused by vehicle failure, faulty brakes were listed as the … [Read more...]

8 Amazing Foods for Healthy, Glowing Skin

Many, if not most, Americans are concerned with their appearance. Americans care so much about looking their healthiest and best that in 2017, experts performed 17.5 million surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. The number of such treatments is growing, too, as 2% more cosmetic procedures were performed in 2017 than in 2016. Cosmetic surgery can seem like a drastic step, especially since procedures are often costly. Luckily, there are other effective methods for improving the appearance of your skin without going under the knife. If you want a natural and healthy glow without spending a big chunk of cash on makeup or cosmetic procedures, try revamping your diet. Use the following guide to make food choices that will nourish your skin without breaking the bank. Foods … [Read more...]

A Glam Guide: Décor Ideas for a Lush Home

Sometimes the most stylish and glamorous homes are those that feature a simple, tasteful design. If you want to add a touch of glamour to your space, you should find different ways to make it sparkle, without creating a kitschy look. You just need to introduce the right elements and let style dominate your space. Colour it glamorously Colors are always a great place to start when decorating your home. A beautiful, glamorous color scheme for your living space can feature simple and neutral hues. Beiges, creamy whites, soft greys, and lovely blush hues are all inherently elegant and sophisticated. If you use them for your home, you’ll create an open, chic space with a sense of effortless beauty. In addition, using a neutral color scheme for walls, furniture pieces, and other design … [Read more...]

Car Buyer Beware: Consumers Should Check Vehicle History For Flood Damage

The recent hurricanes that have hammered many of the southern states have destroyed countless homes, leaving many families with no choice but to completely rebuild their properties. Thousands of vehicles were demolished in the storms, too. But experts are saying that some unscrupulous second-hand sellers might try to pass off those flood-damaged vehicles as perfectly fine automobiles. Nearly 40 million used cars exchange hands each year, between dealership and private party sales. There are laws that are made to protect consumers from being sold a lemon, like the one that requires flood damage to be reported on a vehicle's title. But of course, there are still those who will try to take advantage and dupe unsuspecting buyers. The Motor Vehicle Anti-Theft Act of 1996 actually … [Read more...]

Are You Living a Reactionary Life?

My worst nightmare. Are you living a reactionary life or are you putting habits and practices into place that can change your life? I capital 'H' hate spiders. 🕷🕸🕷 I don't even like them in emoticon form. They cause me to react. So I guard my house against them throughout the year. Small steps but it works. Every day you have a choice to change your life with the steps we take, the words we speak, the thoughts we have. All if that is in our control too. What we think becomes how we speak. How we speak becomes how we act.👇 Do you think, "I'm a terrible mother" and then find yourself reacting that way and the being filled with regret? Do you think negatively about your spouse, home or job and then spew words of anger and discontent towards them or about … [Read more...]

How to Recognize and Report a Drunk Driver, Safely

Every day, drivers encounter a variety of dangerous situations on the road. While ice and heavy traffic are familiar hazards, every now and then particularly frightening situations can arise. One troubling scenario a driver might find themselves in is suspecting another driver on the road of drunk driving. In fact, every two minutes, someone is injured in a drunk driving crash. Though not always preventable, knowing the signs of a drunk driver and knowing how to report one can help save lives. There are several warning signs drivers can look for that could indicate drunk driving and that warrant a report, including: Swerving or uncontrolled turns Driving unusually slow Erratic breaking and acceleration Straddling lines or crossing into the wrong lane Inappropriate … [Read more...]