Influenster Playa Voxbox Review

Influenster

It has been a while since I have received a Voxbox from Influenster but I finally got one! My Playa Voxbox came in the mail just a few days ago! If you’re not familiar with Influenster they are a community of reviewers who share opinions on various products and test products for free based on their social media presence. To learn a bit more about Influenster and what types of goodies you can get for free check out this post on the Goddess Voxbox I received last summer.

Here are the 5 items that came in the Influenster Playa Voxbox

Frank’s RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce

Frank’s RedHot Cayenne Pepper Sauce is already a staple in my pantry. I love spicy food and this is the best one around so you can’t go wrong with it. It’s a classic and I was excited to get on for free!

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Coupon for free Daisy’s Squeeze Sour Cream

If I buy sour cream I usually reach for Daisy’s however, I have yet to try out the squeezable product. I don’t like sour cream as a topping so the container that it comes in doesn’t really matter to me. I only purchase sour cream to use in baking recipes. However, for all you sour cream lovers out there, I’m sure the squeezable pouch will come in handy!

Radiant Toothpaste by Colgate Optic White

I haven’t used Colgate brand toothpaste in a few years because I have switched to an all natural brand. I have been in the process of switching over to more natural products and Tom’s Toothpaste doesn’t clog my pores! Did you know that if you’re prone to white or blackheads around your mouth area it could be your toothpaste! Since I switched over to a natural brand I no longer experience breakouts along my mouth and jaw! Even though I am now loyal to my natural toothpaste I did try this one out and it left my mouth feeling fresh and clean. I will be taking this cute little tube travelling on my summer vacation.Influenster

Eva NYC Purse Perfect Hair Towelettes

These towelettes contain argan oil and omegas 3,6,7 and 9 to instantly calm frizz and add shine to your hair. I love that if you’re in a rush you can just throw them into your purse and go! These adorable and tiny packets are also perfect for travelling. Not to mention they smell so good and will have your hair shining with one simple swipe of a towelette!

Suave Body Lotion

This lotion smells so good! This body lotion has cocoa and shea butter in it and smells so good! I seriously love the smell of cocoa butter I really can’t get enough! Even though this lotion contains cocoa and shea butter the consistency of it is still very light. It is great if you don’t need too much moisture on a daily basis. I have very dry skin so this works for me in the summertime but in the winter I will have to switch to something thicker.

Have you tried out Influenster? If so how do you like being a part of their program? I’ve been a member since 2011 and I always get excited to try out new products. It’s like getting a birthday gift in the mail…only it’s not your birthday!

Northside Festival 2017 Brooklyn NY – Part 2

Welcome back lovely dazzlers! This is part 2 of my experience at the Northside Festival in Brooklyn, NY. If you haven’t heard of the Northside Festival then check out part 1 here to get the details! Let’s get into it from where we left off in the last post!

Six hours later and my makeup is holding up pretty well! No smudging just yet. Find out more about my look of the day here!

After a long day of walking around exploring the shops and art at the block party, it was time for a late lunch/dinner! I read good reviews about Alls Well Pub on Bedford Ave and let me tell you it did not disappoint! Alls Well serves breakfast until 4 pm so I made it just in time for some huevos rancheros with crema and cotija cheese. It was very spicy but I ate every last bit and cooled off with a grapefruit Paloma!

After dinner, we headed to McCarren Park and got there around 4:15. To my surprise, there wasn’t much of a line yet so we were able to get amazing spots (there was no seating just first come first serve). Inside the venue, there were food trucks, ice cream, and drinks being served. They were also selling mats just in case you wanted to sit on the ground at any time during the concert. I was lucky enough to have the Gypsy 05 Boho Beach Roundie I got from my spring FabFitFun box with me! It was a perfect size and the boho vibe was perfect for a festival cute!

Time for Music!

Woohooo we were able to get seats close to the stage!

Saro

Saro kicked off the night at Northside Festival

The show took a while to get started but at 6:30 the first artist took the stage. Saro is a indie pop artist from LA who was performing on the East Coast for the first time. You can check out his EP In Loving Memory here! 

BJ the Chicago Kid

BJ the Chicago Kid at Northside Festival

The next artist to take the stage was BJ the Chicago Kid. He performed his r&b hits and did a few covers for all of the r&b lovers in the crowd (love me some old Usher hits). You can listen to his latest here. BJ the Chicago Kid really got the crowd singing and groovin along!

Miguel

Miguel at Northside Festival

The last performer was Miguel! I have been a fan of Miguel since around 2010 so I was really excited to see him live. I just loved his energy and his vocals (he is such a good singer!!). If you haven’t heard Miguel’s music before you should definitely try it out! One of the reasons I am such a  big fan is because he is not your typical R&B singer. I would say his music is based in soul but he blends in elements of rock, hip-hop, and funk. It’s hard to put a label on his music because it has so many influences. One thing is for sure he is a rock star on stage! If you’re interested in hearing his music check him out here. I also have some videos of the event on my Instagram.

Miguel took the stage wearing mirrored aviator sunglasses and a leather jacket.
Miguel sang all of his hits! Adorn, Do you, How Many Drinks and Coffee

I will for sure be looking out for Miguel’s next tour or performance dates. He is one of my favorite artists and after seeing him perform live I am an even bigger fan! If you haven’t heard Miguel’s music click here for a taste!

Music festivals and concerts are some of my favorite things to do in the summertime and this one did not disappoint! What artists do you enjoy to see in concert? Have you been to any festivals this season?

Northside Festival 2017 Brooklyn NY – Part 1


Hello, lovely dazzlers! Today I am sharing with you a quick post on my day trip to Brooklyn over the weekend for the Northside Festival! If you haven’t heard of it before the Northside Festival is a five-day event where you can experience new music, art, and speakers on a range of topics.

Northside Festival in Brooklyn, New York

There are two main events at the Northside Festival from June 7-11. Northside Innovations (June 7-9) is geared toward entrepreneurs and innovators. It includes interviews, panel discussions, talks, workshops and more. Northside Music (June 8-11) and included headliners Dirty Projectors, Kamasi Washington, Miguel, and a punk/emo marathon with Thursday and PUP. There were options to purchase a 5-day badge for all events, a 5-day badge for only music or innovations or you could buy a single ticket for one show.

Since I knew I would only be in Brooklyn for one day I purchased tickets for the Miguel concert featuring BJ the Chicago Kid and Saro!

**BTW if you aren’t using Bands in Town you should definitely get on it! Bands in Town is a really cool app where you can follow your favorite music artists and you will be notified if they are performing in your area. This is how I found out about the festival. As soon I saw that Miguel was going to be performing in Brooklyn I knew I had to scoop them up! 

Loving these mink lashes from Kiss and my Makeup Revolution Highlighting Balm Palette

I knew it was going to be a hot day so I decided to wear this light maxi dress I got from Charlotte Russ. I purchased it about a month ago and have been dying to wear it. Isn’t the pattern so much fun? And the sleeves add a little extra something without being too heavy for the warm weather.

I didn’t take any pictures of myself with the dress on in the city because I totally forgot! I guess that’s what happens when you are having fun. You don’t really think about what you are wearing and you just enjoy the moment! If you want to see what this dress looks like on, I am going to be putting out a post of my favorite summer dresses soon so stay tuned!

Back to my day trip to NYC!

The concert was scheduled to start at 6 with the gates opening at 5 but we wanted to leave some time to walk around and enjoy the city since we don’t go into NYC too often.

Our first stop was Bryant Park and the New York Public Library. If you have never been to the New York Public Library you really should check it out. It’s not just a library the building itself is a work of art and there are exhibitions that you can check out.

This exhibition is Latin America in Photographs. Photographers captured their experiences and impressions of Latin America.

I wish we could’ve explored the library more but it was time to get to Brooklyn for shopping and food!

When we got off the subway in Brooklyn we noticed right away that there was a block party going on! I totally forgot that this was a part of the Northside Festival!

The block party included live music, people painting blank walls, food, handmade jewelry sellers and more!

I picked up these cool sunglasses at a little boutique. It doesn’t really go with my patterned dress but they are so cute I had to wear them all day! I love how you can see my BF in the mirrored lens! He looks so confused!


Wanna see more from The Northside Festival? Stay tuned for part 2 coming this Thursday! Follow me on social media or Bloglovin so you don’t miss a post!

 

7 Reasons to Purchase an Essential Oil Diffuser

Essential oil diffusers seem to be gaining popularity. You can find them in more and more stores these days (even Target!). I have even been coming across different products containing essential oils. I first discovered the essential oil diffuser about a year ago. It seemed like such a great way to add wonderful scents to the home. What I didn’t realize was that the essential oils being emitted into the air can have such a positive effect on your mind and body!

Remember when you are purchasing essential oils you want to make sure that the oils are organic and sourced properly. The oil blends that I am showing you on today are from Healing Solutions. Although, on the Healing Solutions website it’s stated that the oils are pure and high quality they are not organic. For that reason, this set would not be my first choice but it was gifted to me so it is what I have been using. Even though they are not organic they still smell wonderful but for that reason, I probably wouldn’t add them to any skincare products.

As always it is important to do your research (especially if you’re pregnant or taking specific medications) the effects certain oils can have so I recommend reading this article from The Wellness Mama for more information before diving in and trying them out!

1. Safer than traditional candles or incense

With an oil diffuser, you don’t have to worry about the dangers of an open flame and you can leave it on unattended for several hours. Not only that but traditional candles and incense contain toxic chemicals that are released into the air once lit. Some of these hazardous chemicals are benzene and toluene which can cause allergies, asthma, and even cancer. There is a great deal of research that backs up these claims and I can’t even begin to explain it here. If you want more information to check out The Wellness Mama and this Huffington Post article.

2. Pain Relief

Certain essential oils can actually aid in pain relief. In fact, I have two blends that are for pain relief! One is for headaches and the other is for tense muscles. When you use an essential oil diffuser you are breathing in the essential oils which then, in turn, has a positive effect on your mind and body.

The set from Healing Solutions came with 2 blends for pain relief:

Deep Muscle Relief – Wintergreen, Peppermint, Chamomile Blue, Eucalyptus, Camphor Oils

Head Ease – Lavender, Peppermint, Wintergreen, Basil, Frankincense, Rosemary, Sweet Marjoram, Sweet Orange Oils

3. Relaxation and Sleep

When you use essential oils such as lavender and chamomile it has a relaxing effect on the brain helping you to relax faster and fall soundly asleep. I enjoy letting my diffuser in my room run for about an hour before I start winding down for the day so when I walk in I can instantly smell the lavender and feel relaxed. I also try to take a few breaths inhaling the scent and maybe even doing a few yoga moves before I turn in for the night.

Good Night Blend – Chamomile, Clary Sage, Copaiba, Lavender, Peru Balsam, Sandalwood, Sweet Marjoram, Ylang Ylang

The Stress Relief Blend is also really good for relaxation

Stress Relief – Bergamot, Patchouli, Blood Orange, Ylang Ylang, Grapefruit Oils

4. Can aid in purifying the air

Just like the rock salt lamp post I did a few months ago, the essential oil diffuser can aid in purifying the air! Certain oils such as thyme, clove and cinnamon bark can actually kill fungus and bacteria in the air! This can help to keep yucky viruses out of the home causing you to experience fewer coughs and colds. I do notice a difference in the air quality when I have my diffuser on. It’s almost like a humidifier in how it makes the quality of the air so much fresher.

5. Breathe Easy

I absolutely loved my diffuser when I was all stuffed up in the winter! I used the breathe right blend to help me to breathe better. Perfect for those days when you’re feeling stuffy or can’t stop coughing. Inhale deeply and it will really clear out the nasal passageways!

Breathe Blend – Peppermint, Rosemary, Lemon, Eucalyptus

6. Mood Booster

Feeling down? Essential oils can help uplift and boost your mood! Lemon, sweet citrus, lavender and rosemary oils all have uplifting and energizing properties.

7. Immunity Booster

Essential oils carry out nutrients and oxygen which can aid in boosting your immune system. Perfect for the cold winter months when viruses like the flu and colds are spreading. Lavender, peppermint, and lemon are just some of the essential oils you can use to boost your immune system.

Health Shield Blend – cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, lemon, rosemary oils

Since I have gotten my diffuser I use it pretty much every day and it makes such a big difference in the way I feel! My favorite is the good night blend. It smells so good and makes me feel super relaxed at night!

Even if you don’t have an essential oil diffuser there are so many ways to use these oils and benefit from them in your everyday life. You can add them to lotions, homemade cleaning products, homemade body scrubs or shower gels.

Do you use essential oils? How do you use them?

For More Information on Essential Oils Check These Articles Out!

Essential Oil Haven – Understanding Essential Oil Diffusers Better
Natural Living Ideas – Essential Oil Diffuser Benefits
Very Well – Essential Oils for Mood

My Experience at The Goodfest Wellness Festival in Philly

I first heard about The Goodfest on Kaite Dalebout’s Let it Out Podcast. There aren’t really any wellness events in my area. To make matters worse, it can even be difficult to find certain health products or fitness classes. So, you can understand how this event caught my attention!

Here is a little more info about the event!

The Goodfest website described the event as “an all-day event created to ignite your passion for wellness and inspire you to achieve your GOOD life.” So what does this wellness festival actually consist of? Throughout the day you hear from several speakers who share their life journey and offer information on how you can live your best life. In between sessions you get to indulge in some yummy snacks and explore the marketplace. The marketplace was full of vendors selling healthy food, natural skincare products, and sustainable fashion. In addition to being able to purchase products at the marketplace, I received a swag bag valued at over $100. I will be showing off the goods in my swag bag in another post, so keep an eye out!

If you read my New Year’s post back in January, I have decided to choose a word for the year instead of making a New Year’s resolution. The word that I chose was connect! I wanted to use this year to connect with myself and other people. At first, I was hesitant to attend the event because I did not have anyone to go with. But then I thought what better way to connect with other people than to attend an event where the women attending have similar interests? It is always strange to go somewhere new all by yourself. But you know what they say, you gotta get comfortable with being uncomfortable! Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone is the only way to experience personal growth!

The Events

The first event of the day was a yoga/pilates fusion session. Since I bought my ticket late, I missed out on the opportunity to participate. However, judging by the pics on Instagram the session looked incredible! Next year I will make sure to get my ticket early so I don’t miss out on a thing!

 

Session #1

Meditation and Intention Setting with Cassandra Bodzak

The first speaking session was Meditation and Intention Setting with Cassandra Bodzak, a meditation, and holistic lifestyle expert. Cassandra told us her story about how she was led to mediation after her brother was diagnosed with a terminal illness (Thankfully is now in stable condition). After she told her story she led us through an amazing/emotional (well at least for me) meditation, followed by a fun little dance party to shake out all of the energy that we built up during the meditation. At first, you could tell that some women felt uncomfortable dancing, but after a minute or two everyone started to let go.

Talia of Party In My Plants blog and podcast was the host for the day!

Session #2

A Guide to Eating Real with Jessica Murnane of One Part Plant

The second session was A Guide to Eating Real with Jessica Murnane of One Part Plant. Jessica told us about her struggle with endometriosis and how she uses a plant-based diet to control her symptoms. Throughout her session, Jessica gave us tips on how to incorporate more plant-based foods into our diet. She also included a list of inexpensive items to stock the pantry with. After that presentation, I had to pick up her book! Simple, healthy and delicious recipes, how could I say no?

After the first two sessions were over it was time for lunch! Snap Kitchen of Philadelphia provided these delicious salads and noodles for lunch. Snap Kitchen also provided two different chicken options.

There were also three VIP sessions with either Jordan Younger- of the Balanced Blonde, Cassandra Bodzak author of Eating with Intention, and Jessica Murnane of One Part Plant with Katie Horwitch of Women Against Negative Talk. VIP tickets were a bit pricier, but it is something to consider saving up for next year.

 

Session #3

Spark Joy with Katie Dalebout

After lunch, it was onto session three, Spark Joy, with podcast host and author Katie Dalebout. Katie spoke about how to create a life worth living and achieving a life of balance. She also spoke about body image and how we are conditioned as a society to believe that certain body types are either good or bad. She mentioned that even in children’s movies the villain often has a larger body type and is labeled “ugly” while the main character is a “beautiful princess” with an itty bitty waist. It was an interesting observation because I never thought about how children’s movies often portray the villains as larger or are said to be “ugly” (such as the ugly stepsisters in Cinderella). This proves how the importance of being thin and “beautiful” is fed to us at such an early age. It becomes ingrained in our minds that we have to look a certain way in order to be valued. It was an interesting perspective that I had never thought about before.

Session #4

Real Life Routines Panel

This panel was like listening to a podcast IRL(in real life)! The panel consisted of Sara Divello yoga teacher and author, Kimmie Smith a celebrity fashion stylist and co-founder of Athleisure Mag, Gianne Doherty co-founder of Organic Bath Co. and founder of The W.E.L.L. Summit and Katie Dalebout.  The women answered questions about their morning/bedtime rituals, how they take time for self-care, what they enjoy cooking, and how they balance work with their personal lives. I always love hearing about how other people live their lives and what they do to take care of themselves. It was an interesting discussion and I will be taking away bits and pieces of advice to use in my own life.

Session #5

Katie Horwitch, founder of Women Against Negative Talk

The final session was with Katie Horwitch, founder of Women Against Negative Talk (WANT for short). Katie spoke a bit about her life growing up, an experience in college, and her insecurities. Most of all she spoke about fear and how to push through it and get over a lack of self-trust. She gave actionable steps to take when feeling fearful and unworthy. Her session was about shifting that negative mindset and learning the tools that can help push you forward instead of letting fear hold you back.
Katie had incredible energy on the stage and her talk was the perfect way to end a day of inspiration and wellness!

The Goodfest was 7 hours of inspiration, connecting with like-minded women and learning more about health. If you have never attended an event like this I would encourage you to check it out. You will learn so much and get to meet new people with similar interests.

Did you get a chance to experience The Goodfest? If so, what was your experience like? If not, would you consider attending this festival or one similar? The Goodfest dates are not posted for next year but I definitely want to make an effort to go. It was such an inspiring and fun experience!

Spring FabFitFun Unboxing

I have been waiting for my Spring FabFitFun box to arrive and it is finally here! My box arrived on the first day of spring and I couldn’t be more excited! If you haven’t heard of FabFitFun then be sure to check out my previous post about the welcome box!

Isn’t the yellow and purple box so lovely and perfect for the season?

This month FabFitFun featured seven female-founded brands. Which is quite fitting since it is Woman’sHistory Month! Many of the brands included are cruelty-free, ethical, natural and built around positivity.

Here is what came in this month’s bag

Gypsy 05 Roundie $50

The Gypsy Roundie is a cute patterned blanket that you can use for a picnic, the beach, table top cover, or to throw on your sofa. It is made of 100% cotton and has a fun tassel trim! I will definitely be taking this to the park and the beach this season!

Milly Zip Pouch $45 Slay All Day

This canvas pouch is perfect for using as a cosmetics bag or for keeping items organized in your work bag. It is lined on the inside so you can even use it to hold your wet bathing suit in the summer time! It’s so cute I would honestly consider using it as a clutch because girl, I Slay!

Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray $20

Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin and Nails Gummies $4.99

This leave-in conditioning spray states to add softness, eliminates frizz and even protects from heat and UV rays. The formula contains a blend of rosehip, argan and coconut oils and can be used on wet or dry hair. I can’t wait to try it as it is also free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.

Also pictured is Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, and Nails Gummies. Consuming more Biotin is supposed to help you to grow longer, stronger hair and nails.

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator $79

This exfoliating scrub is good for multiple skin types and will help to improve dullness, fine lines, and blemishes. The formula contains aluminum oxide crystals, lactic acid, and botanicals which brushes away dead skin cells. This item like all others in the FabFitFun box does not contain sulfates or phthalates.

Karuna Hydrating + Face Mask $28

I am really excited to try this product because I have yet to try out face mask sheets! A while back I posted a picture on my Instagram of a cute strawberry sheet mask but I still have not tried it! This face mask might be just what I need because I have super dry skin! I’ll take anything that will help hydrate my skin. According to the Sephora website “In a clinical test on 20 subjects, ages 18 to 60: – 40% increased hydration”. Among the ingredients in the formula, it contains a blend of hyaluronic acid and peptides, as well as aloe vera and chamomile to hydrate.

Realher Lip Kit in Neutral Pink – Woman Rule the World $48

Realher was started by Bill Xiang for his little girl Yarie! The brand name is a combination of Yarie (rie for short) and her (because it was created for her). Xiang wanted to create a makeup brand that would empower women by putting a motivational quote on each of their products. Not only is the brand inspirational but all of the profits go to AAUW which is a non-profit organization that advances equality for women and girls!

Emerald DUV Joshua Tree Cage Bracelet $80

This is a statement bracelet and I can’t wait to rock it! It is a very light item which makes for comfortable wear.

Deborah Lippman Nail Polish Set in Shape of My Hear /Like a Virgin $19

A portion of the proceeds of this polish set goes to the MORE THAN ME Foundation. These mini sized nail polishes are great for travel and the colors are soft neutrals so they go with everything. Soft pinks are a must have this spring so this is the perfect set to complement your wardrobe!

If you have a subscription to FabFitFun then you have the option of adding products to your spring box. Here are a few of the items I purchased.

Add On’s

ISH Party in Pink Duo $24 and ISH Gold Bomb $22

Modcloth Scarf Red/Tan $24

This time around FabFitFun was offering a mystery bundle and I just couldn’t resist. I had to know what was inside!

Mystery Bundle $29

ISH Gold Bomb $22 (Darn! I shouldn’t have purchased it as an add on!)

Dr. Brant Power Dose D Sunshine Vitamin For Skin $55

Burn “Hinoki Temple” Scented Medallion and Refresher Oil

Stay tuned for more information and reviews on the add-ons!

I will also be doing individual makeup reviews/looks for the ISH products.

Did you get the FabFitFun box? If so what were your favorite products? And if not do you subscribe to any other boxes? Let me know in the comments or on social media!

11 Things I Love About Spring

While I love the wintertime and the super cozy clothes that come along with it I am always excited for the start of spring. The days are longer, the flowers start blooming and the birds come out. What’s there not to love about spring? I’ve rounded up my top 11 reasons why spring is one of my favorite times of year!

11 Reasons I Love the Springtime

Reason No. 1

Sunshine and sunnies – Longer and brighter days are the perfect reason to go out and purchase a new pair of sunglasses.

Reason No. 2

No more coats- Trade those bulky coats and scarves for cute bomber jackets and light comfy sweaters!

Reason No. 3

Colorful clothes – Walk into the mall or any boutique and you are sure to find beautiful soft colors like blush pink, pale blues, and soft yellows. No more dreary colors or days!

Reason No. 4

Capris and skirts – It’s finally warm enough to break out the capris and to wear skirts without stocking or tall boots.

Reason No. 5

Sandals- You get to break out your favorite pair of sandals or flip flops. Don’t forget to polish your nails.

Reason No. 6

Flowers – I love how the flowers start to bloom and all the pretty butterflies come out this time of year. Gather your besties and have a fun photo shoot in a beautiful field of flowers!

Reason No. 7

Ritas Italian Ice- March 20th is the first day of spring and means free ice for you and your friends! Make it a yearly tradition to grab a free ice on this day!

Reason No. 8

Easter – Even if you don’t celebrate Easter you will always find the best candy in the stores! It is the perfect excuse to treat yo self to a box of peeps or delicious Cadbury eggs.

Reason No. 9

Makeup- It’s a fun time of year to try out new bright lip colors and softer eye makeup. Experiment with pastel eyeliner or blue tinted lashes.

Reason No. 10

Hair – Spring is the perfect time of year for trying out a fresh new do! I recently cut bangs and I am loving the new look. It’s also a great time for experimenting with lighter colors or maybe even funky colors like this.

Reason No. 11

Outdoor Activities – No more curling up under the covers and binge watching Netflix because it’s too cold to do anything else. Get on your cute workout gear and head outside for a long bike ride or a run down the by the beach.

Who else is excited for the warmer weather and cropped pants? What do you love the best about the springtime? Let us know in the comments below!

5 Podcasts Worth Downloading to Your IPhone

Start Your Day with One of these Podcasts

I started listening to podcasts around this time last year when I purchased my first iPhone and noticed the podcast app. I first learned about podcasts when I purchased an Ipod Touch about 6 years ago. Curious as to what a podcast was like I downloaded a bunch on topics like learning Spanish and indie music.

 

I had all of these podcasts but I was not impressed by the quality. Many of them I actually found pretty boring. So I deleted all of them and forgot all about podcasts for the next 6 years.
When I noticed the podcast app on my phone I decided to give it another chance. I browsed through looking for podcasts about personal growth, health, and finance. I had no idea that podcasts have become so popular within the past few years!
Love starting the day by listening to one of these 5 podcasts!
I listened to a bunch of podcasts within the past year and these are the ones that I have enjoyed the most.

 

Featuring comedian Stephanie Simbari and fashionista Elizabeth Kott share their thoughts on health and wellness. With interviews from influencers from the fitness, beauty, and astrology space you are bound to learn a ton about new trends in the wellness sphere. This podcast is sure to put you in a good mood.  Stephanie and Elizabeth are real and unfiltered not to mention they are hilarious and constantly send out positive vibes.

 

Lori Harder is a former fitness competitor who is encouraging you to find your happy. She gives tips for living a fulfilling and happy life. In addition to hosting uplifting mini-episodes, she interviews many inspirational guests. If you’re interested in shifting your perspective on life and need the motivation to lead your best life then check this one out!

 

Youtubers Ingrid Nilsen and Cat Valdes host this podcast about the tricky experiences that life can bring. They give their perspective and advice on everything from relationships and sex to politics and social issues. Cat and Ingrid always aim to be understanding and respectful of the different opinions others may have on these topics. They never make it seem as though their way is the only way and their advice is always well thought out.

 

These financial podcasts are anything but boring
One of my goals for this year is to learn more about finances and money. It is important to have an understanding of how money works and how to make the most of your money. Farnoosh makes it easy for a beginner to understand personal finance, investing, entrepreneurship and more without boring you to death.

 

If you are looking for a finance show that makes you laugh and keeps you entertained then look no further. Andrew Fiebert and Thomas Frank answer your money questions with honesty and humor. At the beginning of each episode these guys let us know what they are currently drinking (perhaps a fancy ice cream flavored beer) setting the tone for the rest of the episode. Crack open a cold one and get ready to be entertained with financial advice.

Bonus Podcast!

Let it Out With Katie Dalebout

I wanted to keep this list at 5 but I can’t leave out one of my most favorite podcasts. Let it Out with Katie Dalebout. Katie Dalebout is a wellness enthusiast and author of the journaling guide under the same title as her podcast Let it Out. Katie has conversations with other bloggers, artists, girl bosses, actors, comedians and wellness experts. The conversations she has on her podcast are always meaningful discussing topics like body image, relationships, holistic living and so much more. One thing that I love about this podcast is that Katie doesn’t shy away from letting her podcast episodes go long (1-hour or more). She really takes her time with her guests and it makes you feel like you really get to know them! Plus there is always an extensive list of things that they mention in the show notes for each episode so you can try out some of the things they mention!

There you have it 5 of my favorite podcasts from this past year. Do you listen to podcasts? If so what are you favorite? I’m always looking for new stuff to listen to so let me know in the comments below!

 

 

 

7 Reasons to Buy a Himalayan Salt Lamp

This is more than just a funky looking lamp!

Here are 7 unexpected benefits to keeping a Himalayan salt lamp in every room.

Himalayan salt lamps seem to be having a moment. I first heard about these lamps a few years ago when I discovered it on Vitacost.com. I thought they were so pretty but I didn’t really know much about them and the thought of getting one just slipped my mind for the next few years. Fast forward to 2016 when I was visiting a friend of mine, I noticed what appeared to be a bowl that was made up of salt “Oh my goodness is that a Himalayan salt lamp?” I asked. Sure enough, it was and she started to tell me some of the benefits of having one your home.

Here are 7 reasons why it is beneficial to keep a Himalayan salt lamp in your home!

  1. It’s Pretty – Maybe this isn’t the most important reason to own a Himalayan salt lamp but it’s my favorite reason. They look amazing! I love the texture of the lamp and how they aren’t quite perfect looking. The orangey glow is another reason I covet this lamp. It’s so nice to turn out the lights at night and cuddle up next to the mysterious orange glow. Not to mention if you take a selfie by the glow your skin will look awesome!
  2. Purifies air – Has the ability to remove air contaminants such as smoke, pollen, and dust.
  3. Reduces allergies – Since the lamp has the ability to remove contaminates from the air it can reduce the symptoms of allergies and even the common cold.
  4. Releases Negative Ions – Salt lamps emit negative ions into the air. Why is this a good thing you ask? Well according to WebMD negative ions “are believed to produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin, helping to alleviate depression, relieve stress, and boost our daytime energy.”  This is important because we are constantly being surrounded by appliances, computers and other electronics that emit positive ions. Positive ions deplete us of our energy, increases anxiety, causes difficulty breathing among many more negative outcomes. The salt lamp works to release negative ions which can help to counter those effects.
  5. Relaxing color – The orange glow of the lamp may have positive effects on your mood and can even work as an alternative to a night light. They can be used with out disturbing sleep patterns and they give a nice softness to whatever room you are in.
  6. Environmentally friendly – Many lamps use sustainable wood and the salt is natural so you know it is safe for the environment. Not only that but they generally use up very little energy.
  7. Inexpensive – These lamps are generally inexpensive and are becoming more readily available. I have this one from Amazon but they are also available at Bed Bath and Beyond and Vitacost.com.

There are actually a bunch more reasons why you might want to get a salt lamp. And if you’re interested in more of the science behind why it’s a great addition to your home check out the links below. Do you have a Himalayan salt lamp? If so how do you like it and can you tell any difference in air quality? Let me know below.

2017 One Word Theme for the Year – Accomplish Your Goals and More!

Forget new year’s resolutions!

Pick one word that will guide you throughout the year.

How are you making your new year great?

Although this post is coming a few weeks into the new year, I wanted to share something that I have been seeing all over Instagram lately. Instead of choosing specific new year’s resolutions pick one word to be the theme of the year.

Here’s how it works! Rather than trying to stick specific resolutions you know you will never keep, you pick one word that encompasses all that you desire to achieve for the year.Your goals and intentions will all be related to your one word.
Finding my Dazzle in the new year!
Sound a bit confusing? Here’s an example: let’s say your word is create. You want to figure out ways in your life that you can create more. Maybe you take a little more time in the morning to create a new makeup look for the day. Maybe you bake a cake for your mom’s birthday instead of buying one at the store. Your goal for the year is to incorporate little ways that you can be creative throughout each day, week or month. This way you don’t have to try to force yourself to stick to strict resolutions that usually leads to failure anyway (Like how I can never seem to give up coffee or chocolate).
What are your goals for this year?
Keep in mind that this is your year! Having a theme or a word for the year doesn’t mean you can’t have other goals as well! The idea of choosing one word is to help you accomplish things you want to do and give you more flexibility in your decisions. So, by all means, make financial, relationship and work goals. Maybe you can even find a way to apply your word of the year to each of those areas of your life. After all, this is your year so make it a good one in any way that you can.
My word for this year? Connect!

What’s my one word you ask? Connect! Working two jobs while trying to commit to blogging has had me feeling really disconnected to myself and others in 2016. It’s always a rush to get to the next thing or to make time for my new goals and I often feel disconnected to the world. Here are some major ways that I want to connect this year!

  • Meditation – connect to my spiritual and inner self
  • Workout/yoga – connect to my body and exercise with more intention
  • People – try new things and meet new people
  • Online – Blog more, connect with other bloggers and use my writing/blogging to connect in the real world.
These are just some ideas to start but I am going to keep an open mind as to what other ways I can incorporate my word of the year.
There are also a number of websites dedicated to choosing a one-word theme for the year! Here are a few that I found below.
What do you think about having a theme for the year? Did you choose a word? I would love to discuss in the comments or follow me on Facebook/Instagram to discuss! Much love and prosperity in the new year!