Monday, January 15, 2018

My 5 Skin Must Dos for 2018

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Ah, a new year is upon us. I'm mentally checking off all the things I'd like to keep up with this year. Good habits that I want to hold onto. Doing better with my skin is up there, of course. I have sensitive skin and it can react from anything like dryness to food sensitivities, and so I want to take care this year with how I treat my skin. Particularly my face. So what's my top five skin must dos?

1) Moisturize.

There are a ton of ways to keep your skin supple and smooth and moisturizing should be on the top of everyone's list. Lately, I use cetaphil. It's a bit expensive but it lasts long and it makes my skin just glow. I also use coconut oil at night. I'm practically glistening at the beginning of the day as well as at the very end of the day, folks.

2) Exfoliating.

I've started doing this at least once a week and technically you are not supposed to do this too much as it can damage your skin, especially if you have sensitive skin like me (twice a week is fine if you have normal skin). I use a coffee scrub Shea Moisture  - and it is so nice for my skin. I plan on doing this once a week this year. Also, I'm hearing a lot of good things about charcoal cleansers too, so I may try that as well.

3) Facial masks.

I hear good things about facial masks and this is something I'd like to try. I mean, I could have a facial mask on right now, you guys. So it's a multi-tasking thing and there's no reason why I can't do it.

4) Wear sunscreen.

Like one of my favorite songs/poems says - wear sunscreen. Seriously, it's a fantastic thing to do for your skin and the aging process will thank you. Not to mention it's something that you should be doing no matter what the season is, actually. So slather on the SPF 40. Who's with me?

5) Don't touch your face.

Okay I do have a bad habit of picking at my skin. It isn't good. The first step of changing a bad habit is by acknowledging it. I mean, seriously, if I was in that movie Contagion, I'd be the first one out with my pore examination and pimple picking I do. Gross, I know. But we all do it. So my mission this year is to keep my hands off my face. 

What are you planning on doing for your skin this year? Make a list and tell me what you think!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Save Money on Uber Trips (And More)

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I'm a huge fan of finding new ways to easily save money, especially on something I use regularly. So, if you are an Uber fan, you will want to sign up for I take Uber to and from the store pretty regularly. I don't own a car and the ride sharing thing has changed everything for me. It saves me money and actually thanks to me using Ibotta and then also now using I end up earning $3 back from almost each trip I take. Read my Ibotta post to find out how it can save you money.

I signed up for ShopYourWay and it connects with your Uber account and with each trip you earn $2 back. That may not sound like much, but I take Uber regularly so this adds up for me really fast. I've been using it since last December and as a result, I've been able to redeem my points for a coffee grinder and now three new Serta pillows are on their way to me.

I've seen some reviews online about people not enjoying this program and so far, I haven't had any problems with it. Just because of my own concerns, though, I haven't connected a credit card or debit card to my ShopYourWay account. I'm hoping though by some chance I can connect other places to ShopYourWay at a later point and maybe one day I'll feel comfortable enough to connect my credit card.

Until then, if you enjoy Uber, make sure you sign up with ShopYourWay and save money! Sign up with my referral link here.

Have you used ShopYourWay before? Let me know your thoughts on that program!

Royal Hawaiian Macadamia Nuts - Pack These for Lunch!

I'm into having snacks on hand that I can enjoy and not feel too guilty about having. So I got the chance to try out these Royal Hawaiian Macadamia Nuts. I love nuts and seeds as snacks because they are more filling and if I can get a blast of flavor in that kind of snack along the way, I'll be even more happier. And WOW these were amazing. Check out the photos below -

Ah these were just so good and they really hit the spot. When I had a sweet urge, having one of these chocolate covered macadamia's was incredibly satisfying. The cool thing is it's gluten-free, NON Gmo, and has great ingredients.

I loved the Blueberry pomegranate Macadamia Crunch (pictured above). The crunch was berry flavored but not overwhelming. It didn't stick to my teeth (HUGE PLUS) and was filling as well. I loved the dark chocolate covered ones but honestly, of all the ones I tried the Hawaiian BBQ macadamia ones were my absolute favorite!

You can purchase these macadamia's on their website. It seems a bit expensive online, but you can also visit their store locater to see where you can purchase these nearest you.

These macadamia's are perfect for snacking on the go. So often when I need a snack I have a hard time finding something that won't leave me feeling guilty (i..e chips, cookies, etc.). So having something like this on hand is such a nice go to item to toss into a lunch.

I received the above items in exchange for my honest review. 


Monday, January 1, 2018

My Top 5 Favorite Ways to Eat Crackers

Snack time when you are gluten-free can be tough. So much temptation for things that aren't healthy and all that good. So I had the chance to try out these great gluten-free snacks and it made me think about all the ways I truly love to eat crackers, especially when it's a guilt free experience. For me that means healthy ingredients, not too much calories and nothing that my body will disagree with. And that I found in these crackers.

1) As a scoop for something I'm eating.

That is usually beans and rice, actually. Or a burrito. I love scooping with a cracker and it goes especially well when I'm having beans and rice, which I tend to have a lot of in my diet. Potential other scoopable food - macarooni and cheese (although doesn't compliment crackers well).

2) With cheese.

I'm a huge cheese fan. If there's a food, I'd love to be as healthy for you as a bowl of broccoli, it's cheese. And for me, these crackers I got were fantastic paired with cheese. Swiss cheese. Cheddar. Gouda. So much options!

3) Nut butters.

So, I confess, I'm a bit partial to peanut butter, but you know I do love my share of almond butter. I haven't yet tried cashew butter or sunflower butter although I do believe that's next on the agenda of nut butters I love to try. But these crackers I enjoyed paired so well with peanut butter. They break a tad easily (which is good! That means they don't have cardboard texture) but when I mastered the spreading of the peanut butter on the cracker it was a great experience.

4) Cream cheese.

Okay, so don't judge me on my choice of cream cheese, but I do enjoy it. In fact, get me so onion and chive cream cheese, put it on a cracker, and then top it with jalapeno pepper slices...YUM you guys. Such a fantastic combination. I didn't have the heart to put cream cheese with my other noted cheese item because we all know cream cheese isn't the same as regular cheese (as much as I hate admitting it).

5) Tuna salad.

Oh this is a fantastic cracker to have with tuna salad. It makes a great scoop to scoop up the tuna AND it is great to have on top of the cracker. I love tuna with lemon and a dash or two of hot sauce mixed with a bit of mayo and minced onions.

How do you like to enjoy crackers?  I even shared these crackers with a couple of people and they liked them a lot! The mild taste of the herbs and spices combined with the cracker texture made these a great hit.

So why get Jilz Crackers before any other cracker you might buy in the store? It's certified gluten-free, non-gmo and contains ingredients you can understand. Plus, they taste good and you won't feel guilty afterwards. If you like crackers but want a guilt free experience, find out where you can buy Jilz Crackers in a store nearest you. 

I received the above items in exchange for my honest review. 

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Add KnitBest To Your Wardrobe [Review]

I love sweaters this time of year. While most of the time, I'm wearing heavier sweaters, I like the kind you can layer with other things. I had the chance to try out a couple of KnitBest sweaters that I really liked. Knit Best sells a ton of sweaters and you can find a lot of the sweaters on Amazon (my favorite place to shop!)

I'm actually fairly new to shopping online and it is such a beast of burden for me to shop for clothes online. I get so picky and it's so tough to find the right type of thing. So for me, I was excited to see how I felt about these sweaters.

Here's the first one I got -

It's a "Womens Long Sleeve Open Front Cotton Cardigan." I wore this to work and I loved the feel of it! First it's made of 100% soft cotton and WOW do I love the feel of this. It isn't scratchy one bit. It's easy to layer with too. I wore a long sleeved shirt underneath it comfortably. There were only two points I noticed. First, I'm tall (5'10) and so the sleeves weren't as long as I liked, but it wasn't noticeable to others (and barely noticeable to me). And then there's no buttons or tie to close up the sweater. Not a big deal but it's kind of nice to have the option. Purchase this now.

The other one I had to review was the this blue cardigan.

 I love it, and it works well with a few sleeveless tops I can't normally wear. I would say though it's definitely on the lighter side, fabric-wise and since it's so cold this time of year, I will probably enjoy wearing it more in the spring. This one came around the waist area for, although again I'm pretty tall. My camera for this shot above was so crummy, but this is definitely a navy blue color. I promise! Purchase this now.

Also, the prices for KnitBest is what attracts me the most. They really aren't that bad. Like that blue cardigan is only about $19.99 right now and that long sleeved black one I got is only $36.99.

So purchase your KnitBest sweater and see what else they have to offer! Purchase now.

I received the above sweaters in exchange for my honest review. This post contains an affiliate link for which I will receive small compensation if you purchase through my link. 

Saturday, December 23, 2017

5 Ways to Watch Movies for Free Online

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Over the summer, I cancelled cable. The thing is I wasn't entirely eager to just sign up for a ton of streaming services (although I do have Amazon prime, just not for streaming purposes only!). You see, there are way more ways to enjoy movies and even TV than just streaming services. And I'm not talking about the sketchy sites where you download things you shouldn't, but real ways to enjoy some awesome movies online without putting yourself at risk.

Here's my top favorites -

1) - for TV Movies, especially.

Alright, depending on the types of movies you enjoy, you can find a lot on YouTube. Forewarning though, if you find something, watch it soon, as sometimes they can be taken down pretty fast simply due to copyright issues. But if you are wanting a way to watch movies (or even TV shows, especially ones from the past), YouTube is a fantastic start. Plus if you are a sucker for Lifetime movies, like me, they have a ton posted on YouTube. 


Crackle is by far my favorite of the freebie sites. They update their list monthly and even have some TV shows you can watch as well (a select few Seinfeld episodes get posted and for all you 90's kids out there, they also have "The Critic" an animated series voiced by Jon Lovitz.).  It's all good quality, nothing you have to download, the only trade off is that you have to watch ads. You don't need to sign up either.


This is another one of the good quality ones. A few gems are in the collection of movies you can watch through TubiTV. The cool thing is you can search by categories such as "Newest Arrivals" and "Movies Not on Netflix" The only downer is there isn't any way to sort when you bring up lists. You do need to sign up to watch movies, but it isn't a bad thing because you can build up your queue (one major perk of using this site).


Okay this is my new favorite! PlutoTV actually offers up a variety of actual TV channels you can watch as well as a series of web channels that offer up TV. The annoying thing is when you try to watch now they push you to download their app, either for your laptop or smart device. Not a bad thing but if you want to strictly stay on the web without downloading anything, it can be a bit of a task to get to their actual viewing area. But click here and that will take you to the watching area.


Okay this is a bit redundant, but Reddit can help you with finding movies online. Where to start is their subreddit forum 'Full Movies On YouTube." This basically saves you the effort of finding decent movies to watch for free. They provide the IMDB rating as well as a summary of what the movie is about too.

Do you know where else to watch movies for free online? Let me know in the comments!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Another Way to Save Money on Your Groceries

Looking to save money on groceries? I am very much into apps such as Ibotta, but have you heard of Checkout51?

That's another one you may not have heard of but lately I'm really able to rack in the savings. First, you can really save money on things like beauty products (I have saved money on my Simple brand Face Wipes and you can also save money on brands like Nubian Heritage. I talk about them a lot and currently had the chance to try out their incredible new kind called "Indian Hemp & Haitian Vetiver." A mouthful right? Well, it smells great and actually a perfect lotion scent choice for people who aren't too into the more flowery and fruity scents. Works for both men and women. It has a green grassy scent that smells very clean. Anyways, right now you can save $2.00 on Nubian Heritage brands and that is an incredible savings on a quality product. When you go into stores, make sure you are looking for this:

So, anyways, right now I have about $25 and some change and I've only started being active again. They have so many savings on Christmas related items, food and medicine products, and store specific savings as well. I have both this app and Ibotta app downloaded. These are my go to's. So make sure you download this one and start saving on groceries today!

Download Checkout 51 app.

This post contains affiliate links for which I will be compensated if you purchase or download via my link. I also received the above mentioned product in exchange for my honest review.