Thursday, March 26, 2015

Product Alert: These Oils are ESSENTIAL to Your Daily Routine!

^See what I did there?? ;) hehe. but I digress...
For so long, I've heard great things about Essential Oils. They have been known to provide aromatherapy that targets you both physically and mentally. I was incredibly anxious to try the Peppermint and Lavender Oils that were sent to me by InstaNatural, to see what kind of effect they would have on me.

Let me warn you, both the Peppermint and Lavender oils have a STRONG aroma. You can actually smell the oil even when the bottle is completely closed. However, I have really been enjoying the mentholated and floral smells that have been flooding my room. On a daily basis, I have actually been removing the caps (one at a time) so that the aroma can flow throughout my bedroom.

The menthol scent of this oil is invigorating and is my favorite to inhale when waking up in the morning. My other favorite use for the Peppermint Oil is its ability to physically sooth aches and pains. I have chronic muscular pain in my neck and jaw, and even just adding a few small dabs to those areas feels so great. The oil tingles and cools, helping to relax my muscles and minimize the pain. I've mostly been applying the oil in the early morning and again right before bed, when my muscles are the sorest.
The Lavender aroma is not quite as strong as the Peppermint but still smells potent. However, the scent is more calming and relaxing. I love to smell this floral aroma before bed, when I'm trying to get my mind and body into a calming sleep mode. In fact, the past couple of days, I've actually been putting a drop or two on my pillow!

I've been using both of these oils on a daily basis and will definitely continue to do so. I, also, love the fact that you only need a couple drops each time you use them (which is made even easier by the convenient dropper,) so these large bottles will last me a while!
There are really so many uses for essential oils and I haven't even touched on all of them! My next project is to make these awesome vapor discs from Mrs Happy Homemaker. Check out the Health Extremist for a whole list of uses for Essential Oils!

How do you incorporate oils into your daily routine?
I received this product from for testing purposes only. All opinions and photos are completely my own. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Kickstarting my Journey with Advocare

Like most people I know, I have struggled with my weight my entire life. I've always had a curvier figure, and in high school, my daily dance classes and my job as a waitress kept most of the weight off. But as we all know, weight control becomes much harder after high school. Since then, my weight has fluctuated multiple times. Throughout all of this, the maximum weight that I ever lost at one time was 20 pounds, and trust me, I was thrilled!

I have tried many programs but haven't found great, long-term success on any. But recently, I heard about Advocare from one of my best friends (and college roommate,) Amy Showers. Amy and I had always struggled, dieted and worked out together throughout our college years. So when I heard about the crazy amount of weight she'd lost on Advocare, I just had to check it out. Not to mention, Amy's mom and grandma have been on the program as well and have fantastic results. And their physical appearance isn't all that changed. I'm constantly witnessing their new-found sense of happiness, motivation, and mental/emotional health. Who doesn't want to look and feel great all around?!

All of this really is perfect timing since I'm getting married in 7 months, and of course, I want look and feel my best on this special day! So, I'm 110% committing to jump-start my success with the Advocare 24 Day Challenge! I have seen such impressive results just by browsing on social media sites like Facebook and Instagram, and have not heard one single negative comment about the challenge or the program. Needless to say, this makes me feel so confident in the products and the process. Check out these amazing results from Amy, her mom, Pam and her Grandma, Bev! 
Amy has lost a total of 30 pounds in 3 months on Advocare! 

Pam has lost 50 pounds in 5 months on Advocare!

Bev lost 17 pounds and 13 inches in 2 months! She's also quit smoking forever!

What is the 24 Day Challenge?
The challenge consists on two phases- Cleanse and Max. Both phases rely on a strict supplement schedule, as well as a clean-eating meal plan.

Days 1-10 are focused on cleansing your body of bacteria, and preparing it for proper nutrition, which will lead to a healthier lifestyle and physical transformation. The Cleanse phase consists of the following products:
  • Herbal Cleanse- includes fiber drink, cleanse caplets, and ProBiotic restore capsules.
  • OmegaPlex- a high quality blend of essential Omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Advocare Spark- an awesome drink mix full of vitamins to assist with physical energy and mental focus.
Days 11-24 is the Max phase, where you really start to fuel your body and see results. The Max phase consists of the following products:
  • Metabolic Nutrition Systems (MNS)- each daily packet contains CorePlex multivitamin, OmegaPlex, ProBiotic Restore Ultra, thermogenic components and additional wellness supplements.
  • Meal Replacement Shakes- full of vitamins and nutrients to compensate for a skipped meal.
  • Advocare Spark- more Spark! In fact, I've already ordered the large canister because I know I'll become hooked!  
Along with the supplements, you remain on a healthy, clean-eating diet, with focus on portion control and frequent meals. The diet is definitely not as restrictive as you think! You can eat most lean meats, lots of fruits, veggies and even complex carbs, which include potatoes, oatmeal, beans, and whole grain bread, pasta and rice!

How do I get started?
It's easy! The first thing to do is make this commitment to yourself! Then, check out my Advocare site to browse and buy products. If you're interested in doing the full 24 day challenge, feel free to email me at and I'll hook you up with Amy! Amy and Pam are getting a team together for a group 24 Day Challenge that will start on April 6th. This is plenty of time for you to make this life-changing commitment and get the awesome support you need to complete your journey! It could be the best thing you ever do for yourself!

What else can Advocare do for me?
The Advocare support system is like nothing I've ever seen before. Throughout the Challenge, you'll have a Coach to answer questions, provide support and motivate you every day! If you sign up through me, you can have both me and Amy with you on every step of your journey! On top of that, Advocare allows anyone to become a Distributor and to receive discounts and share the products. For a $79 fee, you can get all of your items up to 20% off. There is also potential for your to earn commissions and bonuses, and really grow this into a business for yourself! Any option you choose will be the right one because there's really no going wrong with this. 

Have you tried Advocare? What weight loss programs have worked for you?!
Disclosure: I have received no compensation for this post. I am an Advocare user and have recently become a product distributor; however, my motives are purely to help others and to share my personal journey. All opinions and views expressed are my own.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

#WeddingBelle DIY- Show Stopper Shoes

This fabulous Wedding Belle DIY project comes from my awesome and crafty friend, Samantha Williams. She actually MADE her own wedding shoes!! Check out how easy these glitzy shoes are to make and to customize:

1. Purchase a pair of shoes- Sam used purple suede pumps that she bought from Kohls; suede is the ideal material for this project. 
2. Protect the inside- The best way to do this, was to use an old sock and stuff it with plastic bags until it fills out the inside of the shoe.
3. Using blue painter's tape, cover the parts you don't want glittered- Sam covered the soles and the peep toes.
4. While wearing gloves, spray the shoe with 3M spray-ment in small sections and sprinkle the glitter on, then tap down to make sure it really sticks. Sam only needed to do one coat then she just filled in some emptier spots; she also used Martha Stewart loose glitter.  
5. Let the shoes dry- Sam waited about a week in a warm dry area before touching hers.
6. After completely drying, spray both shoes of the shoe with the clear spray paint top coat twice.
Sam said that these shoes were so easy to make and the glitter completely stayed in place. It didn't fall off or get on the dress at all! They also looked so awesome under her dress and were totally a show-stopper. So if you want to add a personal and glamorous touch to your wedding shoes, try out Sam's DIY shoes! And don't forget to send me a photo of the final product!

Thanks again to Sam for the photos and the tutorial. 

What eye-catching DIY project did you complete for your wedding?!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Travel Easier with the Dot&Dot Packing Folder

I think I speak for most people when I say that packing is such a challenge! Not only do you have to decide what to bring and what you'll wear, but you have to consolidate it without causing wrinkles. Ugh, not fun.
 But, I did get the opportunity to try out a Dot&Dot Packing Folder, which undoubtedly makes packing easier! The folder is 15 inches and can hold up to 7 shirts and/or pants. It's really sturdy, well-made and super trendy. All you have to do is open the folder up, stack your folded clothing, then close it back up again! There's also a handy folding board to help with the process.
I love the way it keeps your clothing tightly packed to prevent wrinkles and creases. It's also so compact so you could easily slip it into another bag or backpack. 

Now, my family and friends can attest to the fact that I bring way too many clothes when I travel, even just for the weekend. I don't think I could fit a weekend's worth of clothes in this folder, but I could definitely fit clothes for an overnight trip! I'll also definitely use it if I have an outfit in mind for a special occasion. I can put the outfit in the folder, making sure it stays together and stays neat, then put the sleeve in my larger suitcase! 
Overall, I think this is a really cool product that can be extremely useful. I know I'll be using mine on my weekend trips to visit my Fiancee! Want to buy your own? Check out their Amazon page! There are so many colors to choose from, so you can be as stylish as you want!!!! 

How do you make packing easier?
I received this product from for testing purposes only. All opinions and photos are completely my own. 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Let's Get Chocolate Wasted with Macris!

Last week, I had the privilege of meeting up with the Harrisburg Social Media Club at an awesome new spot in Lemoyne, PA- Macris Chocolate! The store just opened its doors in October 2014 but is part of a larger company that has been making gourmet chocolate since 1919! Elena Macris, Owner, comes from a long line of chocolate experts. She's ventured off from her family's business, Philadelphia Candies, and is definitely going to do big things here in Central PA!
 First off, the decor in the store is gorgeous; it's so elegant and beautiful. Plus, the amount of chocolate on display absolutely shocked me! There was just so much variety! Not to mention, all of the chocolate is handmade, so you know it's high quality stuff ;)
I also got to hang out with Ellen- check out her amazing blog, Ask Away!

Macris also does all kinds of customization. You can stop in the store and purchase pre-packaged gifts, favors for corporate parties, or coordinate full chocolate experiences for events. They really have so many great solutions and are 100% willing to work with you on anything you want! Such a great perk of a small business. 

Now, let me tell you about the awesome Cocktails and Chocolate tasting that Macris set up for us! Check out the pairings we tried:

  • Sparkling wine and hawaiian sea salt white chocolate
  • Sake and dark chocolate with ginger
  • Tequila and ancho-chile dark chocolate
  • Duclaw Sweet Baby Jesus beer with a scoop of ice cream and peanut brittle
The pairing was an entirely new experience and it was so fun to taste all different types of chocolate! And of course, I couldn't leave empty handed. I brought home a pound of chocolate (only $22) for my Fiance and his family to enjoy. I had such a hard time deciding which of the chocolates I wanted! I ended up with such a variety that included chocolate covered pretzels, marshmallows, graham crackers, potato chips, truffles, and more! 

If you live around the Harrisburg, PA area, you absolutely MUST stop in to Macris Chocolates. Whether it's to buy for an event, a gift, or just a treat to yourself, you won't regret it! But if you live outside the area, don't worry, Macris Chocolates and Philadelphia Candies will actually ship packaged chocolates directly to you. So check them out ASAP, and follow Macris Chocolates on Facebook and Twitter! 

What's your chocolate of choice?!
I received no compensation for this post. All opinions and views expressed are my own.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

What's #BehindTheGlow: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

I know how important a good facial moisturizer is; but I have to admit, I've never invested in a high quality product for this purpose. Most of the time, I'm moving so fast that I just use regular Vaseline body lotion. Now, I'm not saying that it's a bad choice- I, personally, love Vaseline's line of lotions- but it's not the best choice for the skin on your face. Keep in mind, this skin is extra sensitive and is constantly exposed to the conditions in your surrounding environment. Whether it's dry office air, cold wind, or a hot sun, your face can take quite a beating so it's important to keep it hydrated, healthy and glowing. 
Needless to say, I was super pumped to try out Neutrogena's new Hydro Boost Water Gel from Influenster. I have always loved and trusted the Neutrogena brand, and I could tell this product was perfect for all ages and skin types. I knew right away this stuff was the real deal! 

The gel smooths easily all over your face and neck. It dries quickly with little scent (and the scent it does have is great.) It feels cool and refreshing when you put it on, which makes it perfect for soothing after a long day, or for a fresh blast to wake up in the morning. 

Despite its quick absorption, I can definitely feel the difference on my skin for hours. It feels so smooth and soft, not to mention the long-term effects: no more dryness or itchiness, plus a radiant glow! And I've only been using it about a week!
Here are a couple of my favorite things about this product:
  • It's oil-free, lightweight, and leaves no negative effect on my skin.
  • The gel can be worn under makeup, so I use it after washing my face at night and in the morning before getting ready. 
  • A little goes a long way, so I know that this jar will last me a long time!
This stuff is awesome and can be applied and dried in less than 30 seconds- which fits right into your busy schedule! 

I don't know if I'll get into a strict skin routine any time soon but I've definitely added another step. I really can't wait to see more long-term results and I would 100% recommend this product to anyone who needs a healthy moisturizer. Not to mention, this is the perfect time to repair your skin from the harsh winter weather and prep it for the summer sun that will be here before you know it!

Now tell me, what skin care products are behind YOUR glow?
I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. All opinions and views expressed are my own. All photos are my own.