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Flawless Facial: The Organic Pharmacy

Hi lovelies,

"Your skin feels like butter!" Marla, my make-up artist at Disney, squealed when she was applying my make-up for a shoot last week. I smiled and replied, "Yeah, I just got the Rose Crystal Lymphatic Facial at The Organic Pharmacy in Beverly Hills, and my skin has been glowing ever since."

I couldn't wait to spill of my skincare and beauty secrets to Marla, and now, I can't wait to share my experience with you guys. Now that summer is officially here, taking care of my skin has never been more important. From wearing the right sunscreen to making that I never sleep in my make-up, I'm always on the hunt for new, fun, and innovative ways to make sure that my skin stays youthful, healthy, and radiant.

And that's where my new beauty and skincare secret is The Organic Pharmacy, comes in. I was fortunate enough to receive their signature facial the other week and my skin has been smooth, soft, and clear ever since.

Located in Beverly Hills, but with locations worldwide, the lovely ladies at The Organic Pharmacy were so inviting, warm, and super helpful when I came in for my facial. I was able to learn about how all of their products are meant to promote not just clean and clear skin, but also to ensure overall health and wellbeing with a variety of supplements, make-up line, herbal creams, homeopathic remedies, detoxes, and more, to treat everything from skin problems, hair loss, sleeping issues, and everything in-between. 

I love the hands-on approach and the spot-on advice that they give at The Organic Pharmacy. After my facial, I received a detailed and personalized analysis of what products I needed specifically for my skin, what my problems areas were, and how to correct them. You can also visit their herbal and homeopathic dispensary to receive your own personalized advice and product suggestions.

For more information and to book your very own facial, visit The Organic Pharmacy, here. 

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Shaking Up My Dating Routine with Colgate® Total Advanced Health Mouthwash!

Thank you Colgate® for sponsoring this post. 

"vs. ordinary, non-antibacterial mouthwashes"

"vs. ordinary, non-antibacterial mouthwashes"

Hi lovelies,

Summertime is for lovers. That's why I'm shaking things up when it comes to my dating routine. This summer I'm all about trying new things, meeting new people, and thinking outside-of-the-box when it comes to finding love in a healthy and happy way. This revelation came after I upped my morning routine by adding in meditating before starting my day and switching up my evening routine by incorporating drinking hot sleepy time tea 30-minutes before bed in order to unwind and relax from my busy day. 

Since I was getting happy and healthy from the inside-out, the next area of my life that needed a reboot was how I approached dating. I evaluated how I could shake things up when it comes to spending quality time with my main squeeze. But whether or not you have a full-time honey, you can still apply my three ways to shake up your dating routine while looking for love. 

Shake up tip #1: Boost your confidence with Colgate Total® Advanced Health Mouthwash 

"vs. ordinary, non-antibacterial mouthwashes"

"vs. ordinary, non-antibacterial mouthwashes"

My pre-date routine to make sure that I feel confident is working out the morning before my date so I feel strong, refreshed, and energized. Another way that I build confidence before my date is picking out an outfit that I feel comfortable in and that really shows my personal style. Then I make sure that my hair and make-up are flawless, without being overdone, so that I make sure that my inner beauty is shining through. I've been shaking up this routine by incorporating Colgate Total® Advanced Health Mouthwash to ensure that I feel confident throughout my date while we laugh, smile, and talk the night away. 

Since Colgate Total® Advanced Health Mouthwash builds on the dual phase trend seen in many health and beauty products, and contains a two-layer technology; combining freshening power with germ killing ingredients (cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC), it makes the perfect addition to my getting ready routine and boosts my confidence to get cozy with my date knowing that I have a happy and healthy smile. 

All I have to do is shake the bottle, next I let the mouthwash clean and remove 24x more bacteria than ordinary, non-antibacterial mouthwashes, and then I see the actual results in the sink! It's that easy: Shake, Clean, See – for a healthier mouth. It reduces the amount of plaque in my mouth, helps prevent gingivitis, and freshens my breath so I stay cool and calm all night long. 


Shake up tip #2: Plan daytime dates

"vs. ordinary, non-antibacterial mouthwashes"

"vs. ordinary, non-antibacterial mouthwashes"

Another way that I'm shaking up my dating routine is planning fun day dates for my main squeeze and myself. It's super fun to do active and creative dates during the day rather than the same-old dinner-and-drinks routine. Day dates allow my beau and I to bond on new levels and create new memories together. 

A few easy and fun ideas for day dates includes going to brunch rather than dinner, taking a pottery class together, going for a hike together, volunteering together, taking a cooking class together, picnicking in the park together, going to an amusement park together, going to the beach together, and so on. The key is to spend quality time together during the day rather than just after hours. 

I also love bringing my Colgate Total® Advanced Health Mouthwash with me on my day dates so I can quickly refresh my mouth by simply shaking the bottle to activate in the mouthwash, a dual system that freshens breath and kills germs, and then I let the mouthwash clean my mouth, and then I can see in the sink the bacteria that’s been removed and then I return to my date feeling refreshed with happy and clean smile.


Shake up tip #3: Make time for mini-dates

"vs. ordinary, non-antibacterial mouthwashes"

"vs. ordinary, non-antibacterial mouthwashes"

I love to shake up my dating routine by planning fun mini-dates to create quality time with my sweetheart even when we're both super busy. Some of my favorite mini-dates include grabbing coffee at our favorite local coffee shop, meeting up for ice cream when we both can take a break, going for a quick walk in-between meetings, and sending each other fun videos throughout the day when we can't sneak away but want to stay connected. 

Do you have fun and new ways that you're shaking up your life? Then join Colgate Total® Advanced Health and share how you shake up your routine with #ShakeCleanSee! Shaking up your routine can be trying a new workout, trying a new hairstyle or using the Colgate Total®  regimen to help improve your mouth health.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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It's Party Time with Codenames: Deep Undercover

Hi lovelies,

It's summer time which means it's time to play, unwind, and relax with my friends. One of my favorite things to do to destress from work and the hustle-and-bustle of everyday life, is to invite my guy and girl friends over for an adult-only game night.

We all bring over yummy snacks, our favorite beverages, dance to upbeat music, and play fun games that make us laugh all night and create memories that will last a lifetime. It's our way of unplugging from texting, posting, and messaging all day, to really connecting in real life with any screens or hashtags.

During our adult game nights, I love to go beyond the regular boardgames and opt for Codenames: Deep Undercover, a new spin-off of the hit game Codenames takes players Deep Undercover with all-new words, art, and mature play. We get to test our own limits and get to know each other on even a more playful and deep level.

During the game we split up into two teams, each with its own spymaster. Since my friends and I are super competitor we flip a coin to see who will be the spymaster for each game. Once we have our spymasters in place, then we are the only ones that know the true identities of 25 agents while our teammates only know the agents by their secret codenames.

As the spymaster, we get to provide crucial one-word clues to our teammates that can lead to more words on the board. My teammates then try to figure out the correct words in the right color without running into the assassin. But what makes the game so fun and engaging is that all of the clues and words are of mature content, which is perfect for our adult parties, but the content is never offensive. The first team to make contact with all of their spies wins the game.

In addition to our fun summer parties, my friends and I love playing Codenames: Deep Undercover even when it's not our typical game night. My favorite new twist to this game is that there are now blank cards that let my friends and I create our own words and add them to the game.

Plus, Codenames (the original game) has been a smash hit since its release, it was most recently nominated for the prestigious Spiel des Jahres and the won the Origins Awards for Game of the Year, Best Family Game and Fan Favorite. This version combines the original gameplay with an adult theme making it perfect for bachelor/bachelorette parties, ladies nights in, or game night at the local bar!

If you want to have the time of your life and laugh the night away with your besties, then pick up Codenames: Deep Undercover, that is now available exclusively in North America at Target and Target.com.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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3 Reasons To Join The Cirqle

Hi lovelies,

One of my favorite experiences as a blogger is partnering with brands that share the same aesthetic, brand messaging, and brand values. That's why I joined The Cirqle

The Cirqle is the perfect platform that brings together influencers and brands to create meaningful and engaging campaigns that really resonates with their audiences. Thus, I wanted to share with you all my top three reasons why I enjoy being a part of The Cirqle community.

3 Reasons to Join The Cirqle:

Reason #1: Easy-to-use platform
When I sign into The Cirqle, all of the available campaigns are listed in an easy to understand format with an image from the brand, the brand's name, a brief description of the campaign, which areas of the world are eligible for the partnership, and the amount of compensation given for the campaign. 

If I'm a right fit, I simply hit "Apply" and then I submit myself for the brand partnership. It's really easy because once you sign-up as an influencer, for free, you add in your social media stats and Google Analytics and they auto-populate for each campaign.

Reason #2: An awesome selection of brands to work with on campaigns
I've partnered with The Cirqle on a few really fun brand partnerships from helping to spread the word about Versalume, an innovation light that can double as wearable fashion, or working closely with Sony on their Mr Probz campaign to get excitement around their new award-winning artist.

What I like most about their selection of brands is that it's not all one genre. There are fashion brands, beauty brands, music brands, home decor brands, and more. There's a variety of brands to work that can fit any influencers niche.

Reason #3: Super friendly team
Any time I have a question about a campaign, I can just email my project manager from The Cirqle and they will respond quickly and in a warm, friendly manner to help me navigate through my issue and question. 

It's a pleasure to partner with them and they make every campaign super fun. Huge thanks to them for sending me a lovely Cirqle box full of Inez Cashmere, Marie-Stella-Maris lotion, and Stox Energy Socks.

*Although this is a sponsored post by The Cirqle, all opinions are my own.

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Home Away From Home with Extended Stay America

Hi lovelies,

Whether or not you're a creative professional like me, getting away and unwinding is paramount to leading a happy and fulfilled life and refueling your creative tank. That's why I took a few days off to enjoy myself at the perfect home away from home at Extended Stay America in Glendale, CA.

It was the perfect staycation option to accommodate my creative and healthy lifestyle while also providing me the perfect space to work whenever I felt inspired to do so. The staff was super friendly and checking in was easy, which created a pleasant atmosphere right from the beginning of my stay.

What sets Extended Stay a part from other hotels is that each room includes your own stove, refrigerator, utensils, plates, bowls, pots, and pans, so you can still have healthy home-cooked meals even you aren't at home. I cooked one of my favorite meals of sauteed spinach, veggies, and lemon black pepper fish. I also made iced coffee in the morning and tea at night. It felt just like being at home but in a different environment.

As a writer, it was the perfect place to cook, turn on some music, and then open up my lap top and get to work in a new environment that made it easier to focus, especially since my room had complimentary Wi-Fi and an office desk so I could unwind and work when I felt inspired, all in the comfort of my own room. And when I wanted to take a break, I relaxed in the super comfy queen-sized bed and turned on the TV and flipped through the channels until I found a movie that I wanted to watch. 

The room was super spacious, clean, and the location was easily accessible to shops and restaurants in case I needed to step out and grab a few things. I also went for a run every morning and enjoyed the views of the mountains in Glendale and took in the fresh air while exercising.

AMENITIES

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How to be a Healthy Host with Harvest Snaps

Hi lovelies,

If you know me, you know that I love bringing all of my friends together for some quality time of laughter, bonding, and sharing our stories with each other. But what I love even more, is sharing with you all how I create new memories and experiences with my friends that you can easily recreate at-home with your own friends and loved ones.

My latest obsession is creating new, fresh, and healthy snacks that's quick to make but doesn't sacrifice taste or time because I'd rather be laughing with my friends than slaving away in the kitchen and missing out on the latest scoop from my besties. That means that I'm always on the hunt for healthy and convenient substitutions to the usual ingredients in my dishes and snacks that I make while hosting my friends at home.

Luckily for me, I found Harvest Snaps to help me do just that - create yummy, healthy, and easy snacks and dishes to share with my friends. Harvest Snaps are created from all-natural, real peas and provides an abundant amount of fiber and protein to your diet without adding any unnecessary fat or sodium to your diet.

But what I love most about Harvest Snaps is their wide variety of flavors that I can mix-and-match in my recipes. I can use the same fresh ingredients for my homemade guacamole, spinach salads, and more, and just switch up the flavor of my Harvest Snaps that I pair with my dishes for a fresh, new, and different taste.

You can even find your favorite flavor near the produce section of your grocery store. The delicious flavors range from Lightly Salted, Tomato Basil, Onion Thyme, Habanero, Wasabi Ranch, Caesar, Mango Chile Lime, and Black Pepper.

Part of being a healthy host is making sure that there's nice music playing in the background to create a calm yet inviting environment, there are fun activities for you and your guests such as board games, card games, or my personal favorite, creating mood boards, and also make sure to have a variety of beverages and snacks available.

Two of my favorite healthy, easy, and tasty recipes are below that I love making for my friends, try them out and let me know how you like them!

Harvest Snaps Girls Night Guacamole

What you'll need:

  • Your favorite flavor Harvest Snaps peas

  • 3 freshly chopped avocados

  • 1 freshly chopped tomato

  • ½ cup of freshly chopped red onion

  • 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • A pinch of black pepper

  • A pinch of onion powder

  • A pinch of garlic powder

Directions:

Mix all ingredients in a bowl until blended to taste and personal preference.
 

Healthy Harvest Snaps Host Tip:

Instead of pairing your homemade guacamole with the usual tortilla chips or bread, use your favorite flavor of healthy Harvest Snaps as the perfect companion to your dish.


Harvest Snaps Spinach Salad

What you'll need:

  • Your favorite flavor of Harvest Snaps

  • 2 cups of fresh spinach

  • ½ cup of chopped tomato

  • 1 medium-sized carrot, chopped

  • A handful of goat cheese

  • 2 tablespoons of your favorite low-fat salad dressing

Directions:

Mix together all of the ingredients except for the Harvest Snaps and goat cheese, as you should sprinkle these ingredients on top of salad once all other ingredients are combined.

Healthy Harvest Snaps Host Tip:

Instead of topping of your salad with your usual croutons, break up your favorite flavor of Harvest Snaps into bite-size pieces and sprinkle them on top of your salad for added flavor, taste, and crunch.

Enjoy!

*Although this is a sponsored post by Harvest Snaps, all opinions are my own.

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FOX's The Gifted. Watch the full trailer now.

Hi lovelies,

The official trailer for the new FOX show, The Gifted is finally here! Watch it below and see how it all began.

What tore them apart will bring them together. 

#TheGifted #AreYouGifted #ad

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Taste the Rainbow with Stouffer’s Family Size Macaroni & Cheese

Hi lovelies,

I spent the past week unwinding on the beach while on a lovely holiday in Mexico to watch one of my best friends from college marry the love of his life. The vacation was exactly what I needed: sun, sand, and good laughs with close friends.

But since getting back to reality, its been an adjustment to get into the swing of things after unplugging from the usual hustle-and-bustle of my daily life. My usual routine entails running from meetings, errands, photoshoots, coffee dates, events, and hitting the gym, all while finding the time to squeeze in actual work with blogging, taking photos and videos, and juggling my on-camera hosting duties.

However, due to my busy and active lifestyle, one of my top priorities is making sure that I enjoy every moment of my life by finding ways to incorporate fun and easy ways to stay grounded, healthy, and connected to my friends and loved ones 'in real life' and even when I'm not on vacation in Mexico!

I know that feeling grounded and healthy starts from the inside out, and that's why I turn to Stouffer's. Their prepared meals help me keep my eating habits both balanced and nutritious without sacrificing a ton of time.

I especially love the Stouffer’s Family Size Macaroni & Cheese, not only because of its authentic and fresh taste, but also because it's the perfect way to accommodate my busy lifestyle while providing meal options that are actually good for me.

With Stouffer’s Family Size Macaroni & Cheese as my busy lifestyle meal partner-in-crime, I don't have to sacrifice the quality of my food just to save time. My nourish meals on a schedule secret is to prep my meals for the week and since Stouffer's provides family size options, I always have enough leftover for a few days worth of meals, so I can just heat it up, enjoy, while on-the-go. 

Plus, when I have my friends and family over, it's any way to create a meal without starting from scratch. That way, I can focus on unplugging and connecting with my friends and not on spending a ton of time in the kitchen, since Stouffer’s Mac & Cheese recipe includes real, simple ingredients, like freshly made pasta, cheddar cheese, milk and butter.

My favorite way to balance my meals are by incorporating prepared foods as my entree and then I pair it with an easy-to-make side dish made of fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy. So if you're busy like me, but want to maintain balance in both your life and eating habits, then check out my recipe below for my favorite “Taste The Rainbow” side that I pair with my go-to Stouffer’s Family Size Macaroni & Cheese

It's called “Taste the Rainbow” because of the vibrant colors from the fresh veggies and ingredients from the green spinach, red tomatoes, purple onions, to the yellow and orange sweet peppers.

If you need more info, check out Balance Your Plate, which is an educational program designed to help you put together delicious and nutritious meals that incorporate both frozen and fresh foods. Additionally, research has proven that Americans are only meeting MyPlate recommendations for vegetables, fruit, proteins, dairy and grains seven days out of 365, so beat the odds and try out a nutritious side dish with a freshly made Stouffer's prepared meal. 

Taste the Rainbow:

  • 1 cup of fresh spinach

  • ½ chopped tomato

  • 2 chopped sweet peppers

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • small handful of goat cheese

  • 2 tablespoons of Omega 3 Oil

Directions: Combine all ingredients, except the goat cheese, into a stick-free pan and sautee until crisp or around 5 minutes on a medium fire. Once sauteed add to plate and sprinkle on goat cheese and enjoy!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Work it: BBVA Compass

Hi lovelies,

I recently listened to the BBVA Compass 10 podcast series, Working Moms Mean Businessand even though I'm not a mother, the lessons learned from the podcast resonated with me as I'm navigating creating a career that fulfills me while seeking harmony with my career, personal life, and romantic life. 

The podcast series is hosted by Emma Johnson of the Wealthy Single Mommy, who is also a writer and blogger that focuses on personal finance. During the podcast, I realized that as an entrepreneur, particularly a female entrepreneur, that many of the same crossroads and challenges that many working mothers face, were very similar to the same experiences that I needed to overcome while paving my own way as a creative professional. 

The podcast that really hit home for me, was the "Mom Momentum in Careers" interview featuring Samantha Ettus. The podcast touched upon creating healthy boundaries both at home and in the workplace, and gave Shonda Rhimes' "no emails after 7pm" policy as the perfect example of how to create the working lifestyle that you want while conditioning your co-workers, employees, and even bosses, to do the same. 

Another a-ha moment came to me while reading the "Mom Guilt: Why we have it and how to conquer it" ebook, when I saw even more parallels between working moms and myself, such as having to embrace your own sense of independence, financial freedom, and becoming a true example of what it means to be a successful and fulfilled woman. The pursuit of seeking a holistic life was the same for me as a female entrepreneur. 

When I left corporate America to forge my own path and cultivate my own personal brand as a writer, blogger, and influencer, I quickly learned that there was no such thing as "work/life balance." The lines between me-time, work-time, life-time, family-time, boyfriend-time, friend-time, and personal-time, all began to blur and there was no way that all of the parts could get equal attention.

But my true moment of clarity came when I realized that they shouldn't. Not all areas of my life needed equal time and attention and it was ok to accept that without feeling like I'm being a bad friend, sister, daughter, girlfriend, or professional. It was ok to give more attention to certain things at certain times and that didn't mean that I was lacking in any sense. All of these beautiful parts that make-up a fulfilled life needed to work in harmony with each other, not perfectly balanced and opposed to each other. 

Additionally, whether you're a mother or not, I learned that if you are a woman in the workforce who decides to defy convention, you are bound to experience push-back, guilt, and self-doubt. All of which are born from the need to not feel judged by your co-workers, peers, family, and friends, and most importantly, by your self.

Through my own personal and professional successes and pitfalls, I have found that self-judgement is one of the biggest killers of living a complete and fulfilled life. I remember when I first started out and I had no idea what to charge for my services. I was scared to ask for what I knew I was worth out of fear of being rejected and hearing, "no."

But literally, out of necessity, since being a writer, blogger, and influencer is my full-time job, I had to start charging what I was worth in order to stay a float. It taught me to quickly get comfortable with the word, "no," and that it wouldn't stop me. In fact, it made the "yeses" even that much sweeter. I was doing less work, but in a more meaningful way, while getting paid based on the value that I was providing and delivering for my clients. 

For more insights and to listen to the podcast and download the ebook, visit here.

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Mineral Fusion x CVS x EWG

Hi lovelies,

One of my favorite ways to take care of my body and let my inner beauty shine, is through using eco-friendly and cruelty-free make-up and beauty products on a daily basis. The secret to achieving flawless and effortless beauty is to use products that are formulated with healthy and safe ingredients that are antioxidant- and mineral-rich. That's why I turn to Mineral Fusion® for my face and body needs. 

What sets Mineral Fusion a apart from other make-up collections, is that all Mineral Fusion products are 100% vegetarian, eco-friendly and free of gluten, parabens, SLS, phthalates, artificial colors and synthetic fragrances. Most SKUs are 100% Vegan.

Mineral Fusion is also recognized as cruelty-free and holds certifications from PETA and Leaping Bunny. The brand boasts the most EWG VERIFIED products, with over 120 licensed items from its color cosmetics collection.

THE BEAUTY SCOOP ON MINERAL FUSION

"Dedicated to providing safe, effective beauty solutions, Mineral Fusion now provides accessible products to the ever-evolving, health-minded consumer more conveniently than ever before. Beginning in March 2017, Mineral Fusion announced its distribution roll-out across 300 California-based CVS stores and CVS.com. Earlier in 2017, the brand expanded into more than 50 The Vitamin Shoppe locations, as well as VitaminShoppe.com. All points of retail now offer the brand’s vast portfolio including skin care and EWG VERIFIEDTM color cosmetics.

Staying true to its core values, Mineral Fusion continues to contribute to the wellbeing of its community – the pursuit of Minerals on a Mission®. Through the official partnership with philanthropic organization The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Mineral Fusion has taken strides to support the fight against domestic violence and helps women in need through monetary and product donations year-round.

With rigorous criteria and strict ingredient standards, Mineral Fusion is also committed to good manufacturing practices and robust labeling, ensuring trust among its consumers. Furthermore, the brand uses sustainable technologies in all production including the utilization of wind power, soy inks and 100% recyclable packaging.

Mineral Fusion® is available at Whole Foods Markets nationwide, MineralFusion.com, as well as online and in select stores at The Vitamin Shoppe and CVS."

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