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What To Pack in Your Beach Bag

July 19, 2016

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For the most part being a girl is absolutely fabulous, I definitely like it a lot more than if I had been born a guy. But there is one time of the month that it's really hard to love being a woman, and that is when we get our period. It's especially hard when that time of the month comes right before you're doing something fun that you've been planning for weeks and weeks. Isn't that always the way it is? Your period is sure to arrive at the most inopportune moment, ready to wreck your plans and take you down. But as bad as my period is, I don't let it keep me from living life and enjoying my plans. Especially when those plans include a day at the beach.
Just because Mother Nature has come to visit doesn't mean we can't enjoy a great day at the beach. You just have to pack carefully so that you have the protection you need for a day in the sun. Let me show you what I pack for a day at the beach while I am on my period. 
What To Pack In Your Beach Bag During That Time of the Month 
I always pack my camera to capture a few shots to throw in the memory book. 
I always pack a lip balm for beach days so my lips can stay soft and moist even while under the hot sun.
For the most protection from my period I pack  U by Kotex® Sleek® Tampons with the exclusive anti-slip rubbery grip. These tampons are the ones I trust the most for helping manage my period when I am out of the house, the last thing I want to worry about while outdoors are accidents. 
Any good beach day includes a great summer playlist and portable speaker. 
Other beach bag must-haves:
SPF lotion 
magazines or a book
And of course you need a bag big enough to carry it all in! I love this Hawaiian print Vans backpack which fits it all and then some.  
I don't let my period ever keep me from having fun and enjoying the last few weeks of summer before school starts again. By using U by Kotex® Sleek® Tampons,  U by Kotex® Click® Tampons which are a smaller design that fit into a pocket, and Ultra Thin Overnight Pads at night, I know I have the protection I need. 
Find U by Kotex® feminine products at CVS and don't let Mother Nature ruin your summer plans. 

My Work At Home Morning Routine

July 5, 2016

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During the summer months my part-time job is a bit slower and I find myself working at home more often than I do during the school year. This is nice because I can then spend those days really working on my blog and social media, as well as catching up on paperwork and all of those things that get behind during my really busy work seasons. I really enjoy these mornings where I can get up at a reasonable time and instead of rushing to get ready with a full face of makeup and hair, I can relax and just let my hair and skin have a break. 

My Morning Routine

When I work I can be up as early as 4:30 am, but when I work from home I get up at the more decent time of 7:00 am. I'm super groggy when I get up and would rather go back to bed, but after looking out at the fresh, new day I get motivated to start my morning. 
I love makeup and I love styling my hair, but I also love those days when I don't have to do all of that. Instead I can just do a very minimal routine so that I am decent, but not stress the makeup or hair, or clothing for that matter. I live in yoga pants and tanks when I am at home and I love not having to get dressed on those days so much.  
My quick routine: I take care of my oral care, I wash my face and always moisturize it. My hair routine consists of  making bun that sits haphazardly on top of my head and that's it. 
The only other thing that I apply to my face is some lip balm to keep my lips moisturized and soft. Now I am ready to head downstairs for my breakfast, which consists of fruit and coffee on these days at home. 
I don't know about you, but for me, coffee is life. I can't function until I've had my first cup of coffee and so I really look forward to getting downstairs and getting that started. Coffee time is one of the perks of getting up in the morning and I really look forward to it.
While my coffee is ready I can start checking emails and social media. There are always a ton of emails to answer, especially on Monday. 
 International Delight Simply Pure Coffee Creamers have only 5 simple ingredients and they are the perfect partner to my morning coffee.
  International Delight Simply Pure is made with real milk, cream and sugar and doesn't lose flavor, so you don't have to use extra. 
 I like my morning coffee to be really natural, I don't even add sugar because I don't like getting all jittery. 
 Instead I want to enjoy the simple goodness of a strong cup of coffee with a dash of vanilla or hazelnut International Delight Simply Pure.
All mornings should start of so nice!
 These mornings at home really are my favorite. I love how there is no makeup, no hair to get ready, and how I can hang in my yoga pants. I also love having my coffee at the table and enjoying 5 simple ingredients in my creamer and a simple bowl of fruit or banana. 
After that it's time to get to work but by then I am on to my second cup of coffee and I am ready to face the work. I usually have really long days but as long as my mornings start off in such a nice, natural and relaxing way, then I can handle it all. Well, most of it.
Find International Delight Simply Pure at Walmart near other International Delight Simply Pure creamers, just look for the Simply Pure label. Need some inspiration for your morning cup of coffee? Check out all of these fun ideas.

A Summer Häagen-Dazs Me-Moment

June 30, 2016

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Summer is here and it's not only a super busy one, it's also a really hot one! Temperatures in our area are sticking around the 105° mark. What that means for us is that we are constantly looking for a way to give ourselves a cool treat without too much of a hassle. 
That's where 7-Eleven comes in. 7-Eleven is the place I usually stop in before work to pick up snacks, coffee, cold icees and other treats year-round. But during the summer 7-Eleven the place where I can quickly stop in and grab myself some Häagen-Dazs® ice cream. After a busy day, the last thing I want to do is stop by a grocery store with long lines and crowds of people, I want to just grab my treat and go. I can quickly pop in, grab a few flavors of Häagen-Dazs ice cream and vamonos
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Once I am home with my two pints of Häagen-Dazs ice cream, I can enjoy a quick treat before the family arrives. Not that I don't want to share with them, but a girl just needs 15 minutes of sweet quietness and a bowl of ice cream, at least a few times a week.
My two favorite flavors of Häagen-Dazs ice cream are Coffee and Strawberry and I can practically eat a whole pint on one sitting because they are that good.
However, most people (specifically my family) frown upon me eating the entire pint of Häagen-Dazs ice cream on my own, so I will instead serve myself a few scoops of whichever flavor is calling my name that day. Sometimes I am feeling like having some of the strawberry flavor which has chunks of stawberries in there and is so refreshing. 
And other times I need some Häagen-Dazs Coffee Ice Cream. YUM!
But whichever Häagen-Dazs ice cream flavor I pick, I know that I am going to enjoy that me-moment to the max. Which then helps me keep going for the rest of the really hot summer day and finish everything that has to get done, without going postal. 
 When was the last time that you enjoyed a moment for yourself?

Honoring Our Heroes: Military Families

June 22, 2016

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My sisters and I live a very peaceful life, a life that is safe and we never have to worry about waking up to some of the horrors that happen around the world every night.  A lot of that safety is thanks to military families and the service men and women who do so much for this country and everyone living in it. We grew up as a military family and we know first hand what it is like to have a parent who is absent anywhere from a few months to a few years. We grew up moving from one station to another and knowing that at any moment another deployment could separate us all.I think that a lot of times we don't realize just how much military families do for the rest of us. Giving up a parent/s for months or years at a time is very hard. Being born when your dad is on deployment, like my sister China was, and hearing the stories from mom about how she had to drive herself to the emergency room to have her because there was no one else to take her. Or not knowing whether your parent is alive for months at a time, this was back before the internet, and sleeping with the phone next to your ear for fear of missing a call. We were pretty lucky when you come to think of it and we know it, because our dad came back in one piece every time. 
Then there was the time that we got stationed in Hawaii and we got to spend three of the most amazing years living on that beautiful island getting to know every inch of it and its people. This was the night of our arrival in Oahu, I was only one at the time and those three years were some of the best of my life. Again, we were lucky to have gotten stationed together and at such an amazing place. Today I want to talk about Honoring Our Heroes, the military personnel of the United States and their families. 
Behind every military man and woman there is a family who is home waiting for their arrival and struggling day-day without them. 
 You too can help honor our heroes by purchasing something for your home that you already buy.  Show your appreciation to our active duty service members and our nation's 23 million veterans by shopping for Kleenex® Brand at Kroger and Kroger's family of stores. I purchased KLEENEX® BUNDLE PACK® Facial Tissues and KLEENEX® BUNDLE PACK® Tissues which we always have in our living areas.
Buy one Kleenex® Facial Tissue 4-pack bundle from your local Food 4 Less and other Kroger stores and Kleenex® Brand will donate one pocket pack to the USO.
Giveaway: There will also be 13 giveaways, one from each Kroger family of stores, with a prize valued at up to $100. You can enter the giveaway by sharing your “Hero Story” on social media and tagging it with the hashtag #HonoringOurHeroes.
More than 2 million Americans serve on active duty or in the reserves today, the Kroger Co. Family of Stores and the USO stand behind our nation’s military community. Honoring Our Heroes is a way of saying thank you to our active duty service members and our nation's 23 million veterans. Kroger stores have raised more than $14 million since 2010 to help support USO programs - the largest cumulative gift to the USO in its nearly 75 year history.
Our service members and their families sacrifice so much for our country, we could never do enough to thank them fully. But shopping for items that I already purchase for my home and shopping at stores like Food 4 Less and Ralph's that do so much for them, is one of the ways that I try to give back to active duty personnel and their families. Our dad retired years ago, but so many families out there are still fighting that daily fight and doing for us. They are truly heroes. 
Find Kleenex® Brand products at Food 4 Less and find out more about Honoring Our Heroes
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