Best Online Reads

Thursday, March 4, 2021

The ten stories from around the Web that I am loving this week:

1. Six things to stop doing in 2021 via The Everygirl.

2. How much water should you really be drinking via MindBodyGreen.

3. Eight tips from dieticians to help you eat well and live healthier via Yummly.


Tarte Sale - Buy One, Get One 50% Off!

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

A few months ago I bought several Tarte Cosmetics items during a Black Friday sale at Ulta. It was my first time using Tarte, and I wasn't sure what to expect. I had heard lots of great things about Shape Tape, but I took a chance on a few of the other items I bought and hoped for the best.

When my items arrived and I tried them a few times, I was absolutely thrilled with them. I couldn't believe that I had never tried Tarte before, but I knew that I would be a repeat customer. The prices aren't outrageous, but they aren't drugstore prices either. Luckily, Tarte has great sales several times a year, and it's the perfect opportunity to stock up and save.

Today and tomorrow, March 2nd and 3rd, Tarte is having a BOGO sale. Buy one item, get the second for 50% off with code BOGO.


Keep Moving Forward

Monday, March 1, 2021

Over the course of the past few months, I've received emails and DMs from readers inquiring about the state of the blog and social channels, specifically my inconsistent posting schedule, lack of content, and my general state of being MIA. While these questions were not a complete surprise to me, I have to admit that I was surprised that you care enough to reach out (thank you to those who have!). I appreciate your concern both for my wellbeing and that of the blog as well.

I realized months ago that there was a definite shift away from posting on the blog and on my social channels. Part of it was intentional and part of it wasn't. It's difficult to feel inspired and to think that my blog content inspires others in this current state of the world. My social posting is scarce because I hardly go anywhere or do anything. Most days I hit the gym (fully masked up), Starbucks drive-through, maybe the grocery store, occasionally the pharmacy, and sometimes restaurants to pick up take out.


My Empties

Monday, February 8, 2021

There are products that I buy to try and never use again. And then there are those products that I buy over and over again and squeeze every ounce of product out of the container. I admit to feeling a tinge of sadness when the product is completely empty, but then there's the high you feel when you replenish it. This month, I'm starting a new monthly series called "My Empties" where I'll share the products that I buy and use time and time again and are perennial favorites.

Here are this month's "empties":

What To Consider Before Investing In Real Estate

Sunday, February 7, 2021
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Many people are frequently looking for ways to invest their money in order to reap the financial benefits. There are lots of factors that go into determining whether an investment opportunity is something that will suit you. This all depends on the individual themselves; their capabilities, their funds, their dedication, and more. It’s worth noting that what works for one person may not always work for you.

One area which seems to be the most popular is to invest in real estate. Buying a property for financial gain is has been so popular because there are options when you buy an investment property. You can choose to buy a property for the purpose of renting it, or you can purchase a distressed property and then turn it around in order to make a great profit, also referred to as "flipping". No matter what your end goal is, there's a lot to consider before moving forward with a real estate investment opportunity.


Podcasts I'm Currently Loving

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Every weekday morning after I drop Harper off at school, I sit down at my desk with a mug of hot lemon water and listen to The Daily, a current events podcast from The New York Times. It's my favorite way to kick off the day, and host Michael Barbaro's voice is so soothing in the early morning. As the day goes on, I switch back and forth from music to podcasts depending on my mood and what I'm working on. If I need to be more productive, music is a better option. But when I want to chill, a podcast is ideal.

A recent group text with friends where we chatted about podcasts and offered up our recommendations inspired this post. Here are the podcasts that I am currently loving.


5 Fab Finds Under $50

Monday, January 18, 2021

I'm all about basic, functional outfits lately that are grounded in classic style. After I put this collage together, I realized that I had unintentionally chosen items that work incredibly well together. Whether you buy one item or all of them, you won't be disappointed.

Weekend Dispatch

Monday, January 11, 2021

What a year it has been, and we are only 11 days in. Sheesh! Not off to a good start, but I have hope that the year will get better. It's been hard to focus on anything this week. For the first time in months, I actually watched TV. On Wednesday one of my Facebook friends posted that protestors had stormed the Capitol and managed to make it inside. Immediately I turned on CNN. I don't think I've watched an actual TV in over a year. I stick to Netflix, Hulu, and Prime Video. So, you know it was a thing when I watched TV. Anyway, how is everyone doing? I know things are pretty heavy right now. Just want to check in to see how everyone is handling our current state of the union.

If you need a distraction, here's how I've been spending my time lately.


Remember To Take Care of Yourself

Thursday, January 7, 2021

I had a different post slated for today but in light of Wednesday's horrific events in our nation's capital, I decided, at the last minute, to shift gears. When something as monumental and as disturbing as the insurrection on the Capitol building occurs, it's easy to succumb to feelings of terror and horror. As soon as I saw a friend post about protestors storming the Capitol, I immediately turned on the TV (something I haven't done in months). For the next two hours, I sat mesmerized in front of the TV. I couldn't focus on anything else. Then I began to obsessively check social media for updates.

After a few hours, I was emotionally overcome and overwhelmed. I needed to step back and step away. I turned off the TV, got in my car, and ran a few errands that were planned for earlier in the afternoon but obviously never happened. It was good to take a break from the noise. But more importantly, it reminded me how important it is to take time to take care of yourself.

How To Prepare Your Property For Winter

Monday, January 4, 2021

This post was written in partnership with Premier Snow Management.

Now that the holidays are behind us and we have at least 3+ months of winter ahead of us, it's time to start thinking about "winterizing" your property. It's better to be ahead of the game during the winter months so that you don't find yourself without heat, with excess snow you can't remove, or with unnecessary damage to your home. Here are a few easy ways to prepare your property for winter's challenging months and treacherous weather.