Monday, April 20, 2015

Book Review: Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

Disclosure: I was provided a review copy but all opinions are my own.

Have you mastered positive habits in your everyday life? Gretchen Rubin's latest book, Better Than Before, promises to help you add an extra dose of sunshine and happiness into your life by offering ideas for establishing new habits and reworking old ones, leading to a healthier, happier, more streamlined life. Rubin examines everyday habits, and their positive and negative effects on everything from weight to procrastination, by researching the science behind habits and also testing out positive habit forming techniques herself. This book led me to analyze my own everyday habits, and to and to honestly decide what's working for me and what's not working for me. Rubin gives concrete advice to help overcome some simple hurdles that have made my life just a bit simpler. Here are just a few of the tips that I took away from this fun (and useful!) book.

Check out the guaranteed low prices on P&G products Walmart’s Stock and Save event!

Disclosure: I have been compensated by P&G for sharing this information and the giveaway gift card. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Running out to the store for home basics, at the last minute, is neither fun nor budget friendly.  Walmart’s Stock and Save event is a great opportunity to take advantage of limited-time rollbacks and guaranteed low prices on P&G products so you can always have home basics on hand. 

Now until Thursday, April 30th, 2015 you can purchase your favorite P&G products at incredible savings, including:

Friday, April 17, 2015

$1000 for you + $1000 for him + prostate cancer awareness = a win for everyone!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Prolaris and Myriad Genetics via Global Influence.

Did you know...

  • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men (after skin cancer), but it can often be treated successfully. More than 2 million men in the US count themselves as prostate cancer survivors.

  • Every year, 1.2 million biopsies lead to 240,000 prostate cancer diagnoses.

  • Every year, over 30,000 men die of prostate cancer.

Creating a Travel Friendly Wardrobe with Gudrun Sjödén

Disclosure: Special thanks to Gudrun Sjödén for sponsoring this post. 

I'm always on a quest for comfortable fashions that will carry me from work to play and fit my very active lifestyle, clothes that are multi-purpose and can be dressed up or down with accessories, clothes that travel well. I've found an answer in Gudrun Sjödén, a Sweden-based company that creates unique designs featuring natural materials – for women of all ages, shapes and sizes. Vibrant and sustainable, this is a brand that honors women who appreciate individual style and comfortable, organic materials. 

I visited LA last week, and my trip plans ranged from a hike in Runyon Canyon to afternoon tea at an ultra luxe hotel in Beverly Hills. I hate checking in suitcases, so I'd have to fit both my clothing and my daughter's clothing in a small carry-on. I needed to pack items that would be comfortable and versatile. I ended up packing three Gudrun Sjödén dresses, a shawl/scarf,  a pair of sandals, and a dresser pair of low heels. 

The fact that these super comfy green sandals from the summer collection only grew comfier as time went on was key - we walked so much on this trip! My kids and I laughed every time I received a compliment on these sandals, too: five people complimented my shoes, from a surfer dude in Huntington Beach to a chocolatier in Beverly Hills - everyone seemed to love my sandals! 

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Two New Beauty Product Reviews: Silk'n Flash & Go Permanent Hair Removal System and the Mumbani Fresh Face

This review was from over two years ago. I still use and appreciate both products, and wanted to re-share!

I recently received two beauty products to review:

The first, a Silk'n Flash & Go Permanent Hair Removal System was a Godsend. Okay, maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration, but I have been a client at American Laser Skincare for seven years, and for seven years I have DREADED going in for my laser hair removal touch-ups. There is nothing more unsettling and unnerving to me (in the beauty department) than stripping down, wearing sunglasses yet freezing my butt off, and being painfully zapped by a laser hair remover. That said, laser hair removal has worked well with my skin (very fair) and hair type. In the end, I really have saved money and most of all, time. But back to the maintenance appointments: I dreaded them. So when I was gifted a Silk'n Flash & Go system, an FDA cleared home laser hair remover, at a Pretty City event, I was delighted! It's super easy to

Monday, March 30, 2015

Explore Chicago's Greektown with Kids

This post originally appeared at, where I am a contributing writer.

Greektown, located just west of the Loop, between Van Buren and Madison Streets and along Halsted Street, makes for a fun day of exploring. Easy to reach via taxi or CTA (take the Blue Line to UIC Halsted and follow Halsted North), this fantastic neighborhood gives visiting families a taste of Greek culture (and cuisine!).

Start your journey at the brand-new National Hellenic Museum (333 S. Halsted), the star of Greektown. This unique cultural gem aims to connect visitors to the history of the Greek immigrant while also showcasing Greek culture and Greek-American artists. The kid-geared Greek Monsters exhibit gives children the chance to explore ancient Greece with their own eyes and hands. Kids will get up close and personal with the wacky Greek Monsters via interactive exhibits. My 5-year-old daughter enjoyed learning the stories behind the monsters, and even made a giant monster of her very own. The museum's glass-paned windows usher in the sunshine, making for a bright morning or afternoon.

Our favorite kid-friendly Greektown restaurant is Greek Islands (200 S. Halsted). Every kid will enjoy the flaming Saganaki cheese appetizer - be sure to lean back when the waiter shouts "Opa!" so you don't get burned! The small plates section of the menu is perfect for families and gives everyone a chance to try and share a new dish or two. The fried zucchini chips, Keftedakia meatballs, and spinach cheese pies will be appreciated by kids and adults alike and are all priced under $6 each.

No trip to Greektown is complete without a visit to Pan Hellenic Pastries (322 S. Halsted). My favorite here is the Galaktoboureko, a milk custard with a hint of lemon, encased in a buttery phyllo shell. The honey and walnut baklava is always a hit with my kids. Milk cartons are available as is strong Greek coffee and tea. Your kids will love the colorful selection of almond, butter, orange, and anise cookies. I always let my children fill a small box of cookies of their choice to take home as a souvenir of our Greektown visit.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Enter the GB Travel Safe Sweepstakes Today! #GBTravelSafe #IC #ad

Disclosure: I participated in a Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central for GB. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

A safe, comfy car seat is one of those baby purchases that requires research and investment. It's an item that you'll likely use day in and day out. Most importantly, when it comes to baby's safety, you need to make sure that your car seat is a perfect fit in every way. Car seats save lives!

Today is my firstborn's birthday. I fondly remember buckling him into his carseat for the very first time 14 years ago!