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Sunday, September 9, 2018

My Sunday Night Routine - How To Recharge before the Work Week

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Sunday night is always a bitter sweet feeling for me. I love it because I try to make it as relaxing as possible but at the same time I'm prepping for the next day of work. Here are my 5 steps I try to stick to when gearing up for the work week.
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A Hot Drink 

The first thing I love to do is set up a cup of tea for myself. My favorite type of tea is Yogi Soothing Carmel Bedtime Tea. I also drink their stress free blends either the Honey lavender or Kava stress free blend. When I make a cup of tea I try to stay with the caffeine free blends as not to drink a stimulate as I'm trying to relax my mind and body.
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Face Masks/Pampering

I like to do face masks on Sunday. I'll either use my Aztec secret Indian Healing Clay or a sheet mask from Sephora. This face mask is AMAZING. This is a best seller on Amazon for a reason. This does a great job getting the gunk out of my pores. 
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Aztec Indian Healing Clay has done wonders for my skin. This summer has been ungodly hot in the city. I feel like my pores have been so clogged because of the sweat. This mask takes awhile to harden. I usually keep it on my skin for 30 minutes before I wash/peel it off. (Note it is NOT a peel mask) I 100% recommend mixing with apple cider vinegar for the most punch. - You get used to the smell.
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I love the sheet masks. I love the Biorepublic Cucumber Masks for when I use a peel on my skin or a scrub.  I rotate between different ones based on what I feel my face needs. 

Planning My Week Out

I set up my planner for the upcoming week. I love using different planning stickers to decorate my week to keep me interested. I also find it super calming planning out my time and goals for the next week.
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Cuddle Time

I love to sit on the couch with my husband and our pets to cuddle for a little bit. I love cuddle time I feel like it keeps the love strong in our house. During this time we watch something on Netflix or  we just hangout and talk. Talking without any distractions is so important. Put those cell phones done for a bit!
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Yoga/Mediate

I try to sit and meditate and do a few slow yoga moves to slow down before bed. Most of the time if I don't do it in our bedroom it turns into an extension of cuddle time. As soon as I get on my mat my kitties think it's also cuddle time. I love to sit down with my Mala beads and just repeat my mantra. I find it so comforting to be able to center yourself and just shut out the world. Life can be stressful and worriesome it's so important to be able to relax.
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These are my 5 steps for winding down on Sunday and gearing up for the work week. If not all these align with what you like to do skip it. But I think you should give it a try. It's so essential to have one night a week that you can recharge before the craziness starts. What ever your schedule is taking time for your self is what makes it easy to keep up with your mental health. 
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Monday, September 3, 2018

Wen TSV September 2018

I have been trying to take a blogging break to try and get my life together. I of course have to have my return post be to inform everyone about the newest QVC WEN special value! I already picked up my set in Tea Tree cleansing conditioner.

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Every September Wen has basically a WEN starter kit as a TSV. I must note that its almost the same set from last year except we have a hair oil instead of replenishing mist! You have a the choice between 6 classic scents.

This year set:
 32oz Cleansing Conditioner 32oz (in your choice)
16 oz Fall Fresh Apple Cleansing Conditioner
Treatment Oil
Hair Mask


I must note you will not get the TSV price early without purchasing through an email they sent out. If you did not receive the email, the TSV will become active on Saturday, September 3 2018

The codes to find the kit is:
1 time shipment is: 345121

Happy shopping!


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Wen Falll Ginger Pumpkin Cleansing Conditioner Review

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As you beauties have known for the past 4-5 years I have been in love with WEN. Fall seasonal were my first love and continue to be my favorite scents that WEN releases.
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When I saw QVC having a TSV for a Cleansing Conditioner, a Fall Cleansing Conditioner, Nourishing Oil AND a Mask I had to get it. I had to share my favorite Seasonal Scent review.

What it promises:

What is it: A revolutionary step toward beautiful, healthy-looking, shiny hair. WEN Cleansing Conditioner replaces shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, detangler, leave-in conditioner, and even shaving cream.

Who it is for: Lavender is a universal cleanser formulated for all hair types, particularly dry, dehydrated, or color-treated hair. Great for creating volume without weighing hair down.


Why is it different: WEN cleansing conditioner is detergent-free, yet gently cleanses and moisturizes.


How do I use it: Apply in four sections: crown, nape, ends on the right, and ends on the left. For hair above your ears, use a minimum of eight pumps (two pumps per section). For hair above your shoulders, use a minimum of 12 pumps (three pumps per section). For hair down to your shoulders, use a minimum of 16 pumps (four pumps per section). For hair past your shoulders, use a minimum of 20 pumps (five pumps per section). For hair to your mid-back, use a minimum of 24 pumps (six pumps per section). For thicker/coarser hair, increase amount of pumps in order to thoroughly cleanse the scalp and hydrate ends. 


What I found 

I have been using WEN for almost 5 years now my first tango with WEN was with a fall seasonal. I have to admit my love for the fall seasonal are still strong. Fall Ginger Pumpkin is what fall smells like to me, I love the pumpkin and spices scent to it. When I message it into my scalp I love the tingly feeling it gives me. 

My hair is always so soft and bouncy after using this WEN scent. I have been sulfate free for almost as long as I have had this blog in 2013. My hair isn't damaged as bad as it used to be but I'm a firm believer that you don't need to have harsh sulfates in your shampoo to clean your hair. It's not good for your hair nor your scalp. 

When I use this I find that I can cleanse my hair every other day without looking oily. This cleansing conditioner gives my hair a lot of volume, shine and bounce. The fragrance only stays in my hair for the first day it wears away on the second day after the cleanse. 

This is what my hair used to look like before I used WEN. It was right after I took my hair from bright red to almost white blonde. 


This is what my hair looks like almost 5 years of using WEN exclusively. 

PROS:
  • Soft bouncy hair
  • Smells amazing
  • Sulfate-free
  • 2 in 1 Hair product
  • It doubles as my leave in conditioner. 


CONS:
  • Pricy
  • While it's a 2in1 I still have to cleanse twice with this
VERDICT: I don't have any true complaints with WEN nor issues. This hair care brand works great with my hair! I've been using these cleansing conditioners for years for a reason. WEN Fall Ginger Pumpkin ties the top of my list with Spring Gardenia Green Tea for my  favorite cleansing conditioners. I 100% recommend this scent and brand. You can purchase on QVC. I just wish it wasn't so expensive. As a home owner with student debt its getting harder to afford such a luxury but if you can I would suggest it. 

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Washed with Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Conditioner
After Using Wen for 6 months
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You can check out my video review of the range:



Check out my other Wen review to find the best pick for you! 
Fall Apple Spice  Cleansing Conditioner




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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Philly Local Series: Miel Patisserie Review - The Best Café Downtown

Today is the first post in my new series Philly Local - where I'm going to be reviewing local spots. I have been going to this little café for years. They have the best macrons around! Miel Patisserie was the reason I began baking them as my signature desert to parties!

Miel Patisserie is located on 17th street between Walnut and Chancellor St in Phila, Pa. This café/bakery has been around for many years! Longer than I've been alive! 

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When you walk into the little shop it has the cutest bee shaped door handles, and a subtle honeycomb theme throughout. It's a small little shop with a few tables scattered around with a bar ledge with seats. During the nice weather you could also sit outside at a few table tops they have. 

I stopped at Miel Patsserie many times over the years. My favorite treat is macaron and their mocha coffee. That combo is super sweet! This time I decided to shake it up by ordering a Tea with Peach Nectar and their lunch sandwich and soup combo. I got the Marseillais half sandwich with Beef Barley, the soup of the day. 
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The combo was perfect for the rainy day I was downtown for interviews! 

After I placed my order I waited at my table and the women at the register brought out my order for me which is so nice. I didn't have to loose my spot at my table. I also ordered 3 macarons as my desert for my lunch. I feel like I couldn't go to Miel Patisserie without a sweet. 

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They have many different treats to choose from which are all delicious as I've gotten the chance to try them over the years! I highly recommend stopping in for at least a cappuccino when you're in town! This is not a café to sleep on! 

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Miel Patisserie is a very clean spot to rest your feet during a day of sight seeing or shopping. They're close to all the great shops in the Rittenhouse area.  

The people working the front are very kind and give great suggestions if you don't know what you want to order. 
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This get's a 10/10 for a must visit spot in downtown Philly! Stay tuned for more of my Philly Local Series up on my blog. Next up is Yoga at the Aquarium! 


Check Out a few other local spot posts! 
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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Planning A Destination Wedding 101 - Part 1: Budget




I had my dream wedding on the beaches of Punta Cana to the love of my life on February 18 2017. It was the hardest thing I have ever done planning a wedding site unseen and I want to share all the wisdom I have obtained and mistakes I've made along the way. I feel like the most important aspect is budget. Without it you have no wedding! 
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I believe setting your budget and having a saving plan is the most important thing you can do for planning for a destination wedding. Or just a wedding in general. 

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  • First thing is first - you want to be is 100% honest with yourself. If you only make $40,000 a year don't think you'll be able to pull off throwing a $30,000 wedding in a year. If you're budget is only $20,000 dont go buying a $5,000 dress. Honestly you will only wear that thing once, - twice if you wear for a rock the dress/trash the dress session.

  • Secondly sit down with both set of parents and your partner talk about what everyone is willing to contribute. You want to get a good look with what kind of money you're working with. Will both sides contribute? Or are you and your fiancé on your own to pay for it? Is a set of parents willing to pay for a vender? It's the best to work that out in the beginning so you know what price range you will be working with for venders. 

I know it can feel awkward to basically put your hand out for money from your parents and can make you feel like a kid but it's better to find out ASAP. 

My rule of thumb is no financial decisions will be made by a set of parents if they do not pay for it. I.E no parent guests lists full of second cousins twice remove you never met. No 350 people guests lists that does not even include you and your other half. 

If you like many Americans now-a-days you'll have to pay for your wedding yourself. My parents have been flakey about what they're paying for-(but lots of demands!!) If a parent is being flaky about how much they're willing to contribute when planning don't count on it. Don't be short on your wedding day paying venders because you thought Mom and Dad would help foot the bill. 

When we sat down and started planning our wedding it was stressful, but we managed. We compromised on what we wanted to pick something perfect for the both of us. Don't let yourself be blinded by the allure of wedding planning. Take what your fiancé has to say in mind when making all the financial decisions. This is his wedding as much as yours. 


Once you have your budget of what is the max you want to spend then you can break up how you want to spend the money. 

 I broke our budget down by what I found most important and then delegated it that way. Keep in mind some big portions of your budget can't be avoided like Venue, Alcohol and Food; otherwise known as VAF. That will take up the most of your budget sorry guys it's the fact of life. There is no way around it. Especially if you're having a destination wedding these people are paying their way to some place not close to home the least you can do for them is give them good booze and food. 

In the Philadelphia metro area venues charge a flat rate of $6,000-$10,000 and that only includes using the space no extras- no decor, no food and no booze in that price! Destination venues sometimes don't have venue fees or are much lower. For example in Punta Cana venue prices vary from $1,500-$5,000US that is a lot more doable when only having a budget of $20,000. 

Alcohol will probably be your next most expensive portion of your budget - unless you want floor to ceiling flowers. Every venue I looked at in the US and Punta Cana, DR the Alcohol was priced per person/per hour. Which actually PC was only cheaper by a few dollars per person/per hour - which yes is a big jump and helps a lot but the venue prices measured out to be the same per plate as venues back at home. 

Once you decide on your max price be aware you might pay more than you originally thought to. My advice is to make a comfortable budget and a max budget. The max is the most you absolutely can afford. The comfortable budget is what you bring to the table when plan.


After you and your partner figure out what is the max you want to spend comfortably then you can decided how you want to spend your budget. You both need to decide what is most important and rate them. Your VAF (Venue, Alcohol, and Food) should be the top of the list in your budget. There is no way around that will eat up most of your budget.

Click here for a copy of the excel I made for the sample. I used one just like this but had more details to it. This is so easy to customize to your needs. My gift towards your wedding planning! Enjoy! 

Summary: Be honest on what you can afford, it's not always fun but it IS necessary. Don't forget to remember your fiancé has a say in what's important. I'm sorry to say it but isn't the 1900s this wedding isn't all about you(the bride) it's about BOTH of you. Once you have your budget set you can then decide on a venue or having the wedding on resort. 

Whatever you choose make sure it fits in your budget and is what you both want. It's not fun living in a poor house to spend it all within a span of 16 hours on one day. 

UP NEXT: Part 2 - Picking the Destination!

Please let me know what you think of this series! Let me know if you have any questions I can answer! 

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