Keeping Cool with SLIMQUICK Pure search_me = ‘294_70781’; var scriptElems = document.getElementsByTagName(‘script’), i=scriptElems.length – 1, curLoc; for (; i; –i) { curLoc = scriptElems[i]; if (‘innerText’ in curLoc) { if (curLoc.innerText.indexOf(search_me)) break; }else if (‘textContent’ in curLoc) { if (curLoc.textContent.indexOf(search_me)) break; }} addImpression(294,70781);var clkHndlr = function(event) { addListenersForClickAround(294,70781, curLoc); };addEvent(window, ‘load’, clkHndlr);If I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again – Florida summers are HOT. Just last week, my hometown of Appleton, WI experienced temperatures nearing 90 degrees, and the police department took to Facebook to warn people to be cautious when making plans outdoors. In Appleton, we get about 5ish days each summer when temperatures reach 90 degrees. Now that I live in Gainesville, it’s a rare day when we DON’T hit 90, and we don’t currently have central air conditioning. So what does that mean? It means I’ve had to find creative ways to keep cool.

IMG_8402I’ve never been a big water drinker (I know, awful, right?!) despite my best efforts, so water flavor packets have been a staple for me for a while. When I teamed up with SLIMQUICK, I wanted to get a little bit more creative with the SLIMQUICK Pure flavor packets, so I tried popsicles. I mean, what better way to have a tasty, hydrating treat!

IMG_8420SLIMQUICK Pure Extra Strength is designed specifically to help women lose 3 times the weight by increasing metabolism, reducing appetite, boosting energy, reducing excess water, supporting hormones and reducing stress. The best part? It’s 100% natural!

IMG_8419The Popsicle mold is from Target, and only cost me about $2. Huge tip from the wise, though – be sure to mix the powder into water BEFORE you pour into the mold! I tried to mix the powder into water after the first time I made these, and ended up with most of the powder sinking to the bottom of the Popsicle.

IMG_8423Interested in trying SLIMQUICK Pure? Click here to receive a $5 off coupon and check out these recipes to try something new!

This is a sponsored post thanks to BrandBacker, who connected me with SLIMQUICK. Thanks also to SLIMQUICK for providing me with samples and compensation. You can get yours here: All opinions are my own.


Take Care of the Skin You’re in with the Pulsaderm Buddy search_me = ‘176_37674’; var scriptElems = document.getElementsByTagName(‘script’), i=scriptElems.length – 1, curLoc; for (; i; –i) { curLoc = scriptElems[i]; if (‘innerText’ in curLoc) { if (curLoc.innerText.indexOf(search_me)) break; }else if (‘textContent’ in curLoc) { if (curLoc.textContent.indexOf(search_me)) break; }} addImpression(176,37674);var clkHndlr = function(event) { addListenersForClickAround(176,37674, curLoc); };addEvent(window, ‘load’, clkHndlr);

If there’s one thing I’m bad at (and in reality there’s not just one, I’m bad at a bunch of things), it’s washing my face regularly and taking off my makeup before I go to bed each night. I know! It’s terrible! Don’t yell at me, I’m working on it.

And you know what’s making that just a little bit easier for me? My new Pulsaderm Buddy Sonic Face Brush. I’ll admit that I still don’t wash my face every night. But I’m washing it more often than I was before, and Rome wasn’t built in a day!

I incorporated the Pulsaderm Buddy Sonic Face Brush into my routine for a week, and below are my results. As you can see, the brush comes with two different heads, a regular and a sensitive head. I most often chose the regular head, but I believe the sensitive head would’ve been better on my skin (hi redface) and is probably what I’ll use going forward.





I’m really impressed with my day seven results. I’m the type of person who doesn’t have bad acne, but will get one really big, obnoxious zit here and there (see day 4..). To see it nearly vanish in just a few days was exciting for me, and allowed me to say bye-bye to my heavy foundation and helloooo BB cream!


The Pulsaderm Buddy comes in a cute travel bag and with a charging cord, which is quite possibly one of my favorite features. I had a tool similar to this once upon a time, but it required batteries, which I never got around to replacing once they had died. By the time I did, the existing batteries had eroded enough to ruin the tool. Whoops. But I’m happy to see this won’t happen to my Pulsaderm Buddy!

In addition to the two heads that come with the brush, you have the option to purchase additional heads for different purposes, such as makeup application sponges, pumice stones, and body brushes. I love that it can be so versatile.

You can bet my Pulsaderm Buddy will be traveling with me to my cousin’s wedding this weekend! It’s size makes it an ideal travel tool, and the pouch allows me to keep the Buddy and attachment heads safe and clean while traveling in my weekender bag. There’s even room for my cleanser of choice! The Pulsaderm Buddy Sonic Face Brush has been a game-changer for me, as I’m certain it would be for anyone willing to give it a try.

This is a sponsored post thanks to BrandBacker, who connected me with Pulsaderm. Thanks also to Pulsaderm for providing me with the amazing Pulsaderm Buddy! You can get yours here: All opinions are my own.

Old Factory Candles + Giveaway!

Happy Thanksgiving! Can you believe the holidays are already here? I’m thankful to be able to spend some quality time with my family over the next few days, and with the snow we’ve gotten and are expecting, you can bet I’m thankful to be able to take the 2-week trip to Florida I have planned for the end of the year.

With the arrival of the holidays comes the arrival of holiday gift shopping. The last couple of times I’ve gone to the mall, I’ve instantly regretted making the trip. It’s cRaZy this time of year! After my most recent venture, I vowed to complete the rest of my shopping online, and I’ve got the perfect gift for anyone on your list.

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I had the opportunity to try the Winter Wonderland gift set from Old Factory Candles, which includes Hot Chocolate, Roasted Chestnut, and First Snow, and I think they make a great holiday gift. I chose the Winter Wonderland set because I wanted something seasonal but not overbearingly “Christmas”, but I did seriously consider the Happy Holidays set. Candles always make a good gift, but what’s special about these candles is that they’re made in the USA with soy wax and self-trimming cotton wicks. So what does that mean to you? The soy wax is the superior wax option when compared to the standard alternatives. I like this article that explaines why soy candles are the way to go. They don’t build up dark soot on the sides of the jar, like many standard candles, and are therefore not putting off toxins during the burning process. That’s a win-win in my book!

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Wanna hear the best part? I’m partnering with Old Factory Candles to give away a gift set! You’ll get to choose which set you’d like to receive, and if you have Amazon Prime they’ll ship fast and free to the location of your choice! Don’t have Amazon Prime? You can still enter. Old Factory Candles will work with you to reimburse the shipping fee to your PayPal account. Enter below, and make sure to head over to Amazon to check out the different scent options that’ll make anyone on your list happy (there’s even a Man Cave set for the fellas in your life!). Enter below, and enjoy the holidays with your whomever you’ll be spending it with!




This is a sponsored post thanks to BrandBacker, who connected me with Old Factory Candles. Thanks also to Old Factory Candles for providing me with these deliciously scented candles! You can get yours on All opinions are my own.


Miracles CAN Happen!

I am SO excited to share a new product with you guys today: the KISS InstaWave automatic curler. Now, I am the first to admit I’m not the most patient gal in the land (by FAR), so curling hair has never been one of my strong suits. It takes too long, I can’t ever get the curls to look the way I want them to look, I end up with weird crimps, the curls don’t hold… I could go on all day about the things that go wrong when I try to curl my hair!

When I heard I’d be receiving the KISS InstaWave as part of a BrandBacker campaign, I’ll admit I was skeptical. Other curlers hadn’t worked for me, what’s going to be so different about this one?, I thought to myself. Still, I applied for the campaign because I was determined to learn to curl my hair.

This automatic curler is seriously a miracle tool, and if you’re as impatient as me, you have to have it. The tangle-free wand creates beautiful curls instantly. Left-handers (like myself) rejoice! This curling wand can be operated by anyone, at any angle, and in EITHER HAND! So often I come across products designed for right-handers that require me to contort my arm into unimaginable angles, but not the KISS InstaWave curler. Because of the curl dial that allows me to choose curling left or right, I’m able to switch sides and angles with ease.

The curler automatically shuts off after 90 minutes, so you don’t have to get to work or school, only to realize you left your curler on and have to run home before you burn the place down.

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 11.45.22 AMStep 1: Section your hair into about 1-inch sections. Holding the wand vertically, place the hair on the wand.

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 11.45.35 AMStep 2: Using the Curl Dial, touch either left or right to curl your hair in the desired direction. I prefer to curl all hair away from my face, but KISS recommends alternating curl directions for a natural look.

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Step 3: Once you’ve held for 5-10 seconds (I chose to do 10 seconds for more curl), release the wand by pulling down vertically.

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 11.47.02 AMStep 4: Enjoy your beautiful curl and repeat!

Once I’ve curled my whole head of hair, I spray it generously with hairspray (I have thin hair that has trouble holding curl). After the curls have cooled and the hairspray has set, I run a wide-tooth comb through my hair to release the ringlet curls I’ve created and get my desired look.

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One could say I’m a bit obsessed.





This is a sponsored post thanks to BrandBacker, who connected me with KISS InstaWave. Thanks also to KISS for providing me with my new favorite styling tool! You can get yours at Target, Ulta, or on All opinions are my own.