Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday Favorites: June 26

Welcome to the first of my new post series- Friday Favorites. Every Friday, I'll share with you all of the random things I've been obsessing over throughout the week. Enjoy!

Orange is the New Black- Just like the rest of the world, I just binged watched the new season on Netflix. I'm so hooked on the unprecedented plot, as well as the character development of this show. They've just started filming season 4 so I know there's more to come!

This American Life- I started listening to this podcast after finishing the spin-off series, Serial. I've become so hooked on listening to old TAL podcasts on Soundcloud. It's really made me look forward to the long drives and there are so many amazing stories I've heard on this show that I will never forget.

The 5 Love Languages- I read this book based on an assignment from my Priest in preparing for my upcoming wedding. At first, the book felt like homework, but after just the introduction I was hooked. The book provides amazing insight and advice into the world of all relationships. Everyone should read this!

African Decor- So I'm decorating the living room of our new house and I was inspired by the room's rich maroon and gold colors to go for an African theme. I've been loving the unique decor I've found so far and have even created my own African-inspired artwork! Elephants and lions and giraffes, oh my!

What favorites have you discovered this week?

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Product Alert! Ensure a Soothing Sleep with the PolarGel Pillow

Like a lot of people I know, I suffer from nights of restlessness. I constantly toss and turn, trying to find a comfortable position or the "perfect" angle for my neck. And, by far, one of the most important things to me when falling asleep, is the temperature. I'm all about the cold so this recent hot weather has been affecting my sleep even more than usual! And we all know that a good night's rest is critical to a productive day!! These are huge all huge reasons as to why I was so excited to try the PolarGel Pillow Mat! 

This light and portable gel mat has been a great addition to my nightly sleeping habits. Especially in the summer months, it feels so soothing. During the day, I stick the mat in the refrigerator; it folds easily and only takes up a small amount of room! Then, before bed, I unfold the mat and slip it into my pillow case. From there, I can rest the cool pillow against my head, neck or back. The mat is thin and the gel contours so you get maximum comfort!
I also love the size of this mat at 12"x24." It covers my entire pillow and stays secure in the pillow case. It also stays cool for such a long time! Even if it takes a while for me to fall asleep, my head is always resting on a COOL pillow.

This product really is awesome for nightly use and I know that myself, as well as multiple family members, will benefit from it. The PolarGel Pillow is really such a luxury to have during the summer, or when suffering from hot flashes, headaches or migraines. I really think that I'll find even more uses for it in the near future. Perhaps for outside use or to combat a fever! I highly recommend this product to anyone at any age! So now you can experience that "flip the pillow over to the cold side" feeling any time!

How do you ensure a good night's rest?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

#WeddingBelle: My 3-5 Month Checklist!

After the first couple months of booking the vendors and making basic wedding decisions, I was able to slow down a bit. The last 2 months have still been busy but definitely more leisurely. So I've grouped my most recent checklist into Months 3-5. Take a look all my progress so far!

Month 1:
  • Hosted an engagement party
  • Picked a date and time
  • Set a budget
  • Booked the church and officiant
  • Booked the reception venue
  • Created a guest list
  • Blocked out hotel rooms

Month 2:
  • Took engagement photos
  • Chose and ask the bridal party
  • Picked my color palette
  • Bought my wedding dress
  • Booked the photographer
  • Booked the cake maker
  • Booked the DJ
  • Booked the honeymoon
  • Booked hair and makeup
  • Ordered and mailed Save the Dates
  • Created a wedding website

Months 3-5:
  • Met with and booked florist
  • Met with photographers
  • Met with Priest
  • Met with Cantor and chose our ceremony music
  • Bought honeymoon plane tickets
  • Chose first dance song
  • Created wedding registry
  • Ordered invitations
  • Groomsman chosen and ordered their tux rentals
  • Planned rehearsal dinner
  • Bridesmaids have begun to plan my bridal shower! 
It's been a crazy few months around here and we're really starting to get to the details! Only 4+ months to go! Stay tuned! 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Giveaway! Product Alert! Protect Your Skin with Sun Si'belle

Summer is here! Time to enjoy the sun and show some skin! Now, I like to get a nice sunkissed tan, just like everyone else, but the older I'm getting, the more I'm realizing how important it is to take care of your skin. Sun exposure can cause premature aging, blemishes, burns, and even cancer. So protecting your skin from sun damage should be top priority year-round!

Now that I've been paying closer attention to my skin, I've become much more aware of what I'm putting on it. I've recently come to try out the Sun Si'belle Broad Spectrum SPF 30. I love the fact that this formula is light, non-greasy and moisturizing. The lotion is also tinted, so it's great for evening out skintone and creating a healthy, but natural glow! It's also light enough to wear under OR over your makeup. But really, I've found that it's a great alternative to face foundation or BB cream because who really wants to wear a full face of makeup on a hot summer day?! Not me!

The formula also contains anti-aging ingredients and antioxidants that are actually HEALTHY for your skin. They repair your skin and will even lighten any dark spots or blemishes. Unfortunately, I haven't used the product consistently enough to notice a difference in this area; however, based on their Lumiessence Lightening product that I tried previously (the review can be found here) and the fact that both products share many of the same ingredients, I have high hopes for my future skin! There's no doubt that this lotion is definitely what you would call a multi-purpose product!

Through the trial of other Sweetsation products, I've found the brand to be incredibly high quality and reputable. This is definitely a company that I trust and will continue to use! 

Interested in trying it out for yourself... well you can!! I've partnered with Sweetsation to GIVE AWAY a bottle (a $35 value!) Enter below for your chance to win! The winner will chosen randomly and will be contacted via email, as well as announced on the On The Fly Facebook page. GOOD LUCK!
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How do you protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun?
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