3 Amazing Advent Calendars for Adults

As a kid, I loved advent calendars.  I collected quite a few as I grew up and I still love them today.  We have a cute cloth one that the kids mark the days with a wooden candy cane each year.  Last year I received a more grown-up version of the advent calendar and found that I still really loved opening a new door each day to find my surprise. Here are my favorites for this year and just for you and they make excellent gifts too. I especially love the idea of giving them as a thank you or hostess gift during the holiday season. The L'Occitane Advent Calendar There is a luxury version as well that is $124 versus the $69 price for the one above. 2.  Clarins Advent Calendar Last year I went with the Tonic Candle from Clarins.  It lasted for months and made my office … [Read more...]

How to Look Great at The Gym- A Brief Guide

  Even though we’ve just left summer behind us, it doesn’t mean that we should let ourselves go. Cold months ahead of us will make it easier to stay in the comfort of our homes, which, in turn, means that we’ll put on weight more easily too. This is why it’s a good idea to get a gym membership and stay in shape. When you go to the gym, you don’t have to spend an hour getting ready, but you shouldn’t look like you’ve just gotten out of bed either. Here’s a brief guide on looking stylish at the gym. Stay clean Yes, you will get all sweaty and stinky after a workout, but that doesn’t mean that you should go to the gym smelling like you’ve spent a whole day in the sun and forgot to take a shower. You shouldn’t go too far with the deodorant, perfume, and cologne either … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Feel Good this Holiday Season

I'm just going to say it, the holiday season is upon us!  Let's not fuss and gripe about it being earlier and earlier each year. Instead, focus on the good and all the ways we can feel good this holiday season. Source: Alisa Anton, Unsplash.com You may have noticed that things have changed around here.  Less is more? I'm not sure when it comes to blogging but I do know that serious health issues have made it impossible for me to work and the guest posts have really racked up around here.  That's fine.  While I continue to heal and still figure out what exactly has me in full body pain and fatigue daily, I'm happy to let others share their voice. Share.  That's a great way to feel good.  Share your love. Share your blessings. Share your home and whatever you have.  I love to share my … [Read more...]

Liberate Your Upper Back, Neck and Shoulders

*Disclosure: This is a guest post.  Affiliate links may be used for compensation.  Opinions are 100% those of the guest contributor. Your upper back, neck and shoulder regions of the body can become stiff and sore when breastfeeding and carrying around a newborn or a toddler. In Iyengar Yoga, we have many ways to relieve this tension and restore full range movement from this, and other parts of the body. Below are a few simple shoulder rejuvenators that you can do with a yoga strap, tie, towel or exercise band. They do not require a lot of time and can be done anywhere.  Shoulder lubrication: Motion is lotion! Try doing large arm circles like you are swimming the backstroke and the crawl stroke to increase circulation and get your arms, ribs moving, and your shoulder … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Hypersensitive Skin

*Disclosure:  This is a guest post. Affiliate links may be used for compensation.  Opinions are that of the guest post contributors only.  Hypersensitive skin is a sensitive skin. People having this problem suffer from a lot of skin infections. The hypersensitive skin is caused due to the reactions of our immune system. The immune system is the system which protects us from many harmful germs and diseases. This system provides enough energy to our tissues and cells in the body. This immune system creates a vital role in decreasing the skin problems through revitalizing our cells but sometimes with vigorous reactions the distortion of the cells of our skin may occur which can cause the sensitive skin problem. Due to the high immune reaction, our skin becomes much weaker and … [Read more...]

Ask a Nutritionist: 6 Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling

As soon as you pack your bags and start making plans for all the awesome places to visit during your travels, you realize: when the hell will you make enough time to cook, pack and munch on those healthy meals? Not to mention getting enough beauty sleep or making sure to drink enough water and not reaching for an extra cup of coffee to keep you alert for another round of sightseeing. Still, as impossible as it may sound at first, avid travelers can actually enjoy all the healthy lifestyle perks while on the go, without compromising their vast must-see lists and diminishing the experience. On the contrary – with a few professional tips to rely on, you can make the most of your adventures all the while maintaining a healthy diet and exercise plan! 1.      Learn about your … [Read more...]

Wardrobe Staple: The Nude Flat

No matter what time of year it is the nude flat is a wardrobe staple.  I recently slid into my trusty pair only to find them too small.  What?! I had to find a new pair and in fact, saw a seriously cute set on a girl walking down the street one day in downtown DC.  I asked her who made them and wasn't surprised to hear it was Sam Edelman.  I quickly logged onto Shopbop and picked up my own new pair.  They are super soft, with a bit of cushion and a classic ballerina flat.  I adore them. Styling the Wardrobe Staple the Nude Flat 3 Ways   LOOK ONE- Fall or patriotic play is however you want to look at this fall combo that looks good on all body types.  The round toe nude flats add comfort.     Nude Flats Look 1 by victoriamason featuring a long … [Read more...]

4 Ways to Stay Healthy Despite a Busy Schedule

*Disclosure:  This is a guest post provided by a guest contributor.  Opinions are 100% are that of the guest contributor.  Affiliate links may be used.   We all know that having a hectic schedule can negatively affect our ability to lead a healthy life. As a matter of fact, recent research has shown that people who don’t have a clear routine often have weight issues, suffer from inadequate sleep and are less likely to exercise than people who do have. According to a recent study conducted by the Department of Occupational Health from the University of Milan roughly 10% of people who don’t have a set routine in place – and particularly people who work shift work – end up with type-two diabetes. Furthermore, people without a set routine eat around 10% less vegetables and … [Read more...]

Be Nice To Your Skin, Because It’s Your Own!

*Disclosure: This is a guest post. Opinions are 100% that of the guest contributor. Affiliate links may be used. Unlike first apartments, purses, and clothes, your skin is with you for a very long time: forever! It’s the largest organ we have, and it deserves to be treated as such. Which means we’d better be nice to it, or we’ll pay the price (think: age spots and wrinkles). Luckily, there are so many simple ways to ensure your skin receives the TLC it deserves. If you start by educating yourself about your skin type and what ingredients will work best, trust me -- your skin will thank you. Don’t be afraid to adjust your skincare routine as you age, or if you notice your favorite products aren’t doing what they should be doing to keep your skin in tip-top shape. I adjust my … [Read more...]

Don’t Fall Out of Your Fitness Routine

It is easy to fall out of a regular exercise plan. From lack of motivation to excuses such as the weather is bad, to pure avoidance—the are many reasons why you may not be meeting your fitness goals. There are so many benefits to exercising including improvements to your health and overall well-being. So, the sooner you commit to your fitness goals, the sooner you’ll see noticeable results. Here are a few ways in which you can stay on top of working out so that you can avoid this common problem and experience the healthy body that you deserve. #1 Be Internally Motivated In short, exercise for yourself! Do not let external factors such as what others think about you, negative comments, or social stereotypes infiltrate your ability (or inability) to exercise. Exercise is important. … [Read more...]