Fitness Tips for Getting & Staying Motivated

For something a bit different today, I’m going to talk about exercise! (Booooo! 😉 ) I am no fan of exercise. I hate to sweat. I’m also one of those people who is told, “You don’t need to exercise” because I happen to be thin. Here’s a tip on that last part – don’t do that! It’s not only insulting, but everyone needs exercise no matter what their body type! It’s a health issue, not strictly an aesthetic one and everyone has something they would like to improve! Back to my point…. Regardless of your reasons for exercising, getting motivated and actually doing it can be really difficult. I’m no expert and certainly no fitness guru, but I’m going to share with you the things that I do to get and stay motivated, and to keep that momentum going.

Beyond the Blog – A Bit About Me

I feel like a lot of the people I’ve met through blogging over the years, I’ve met more or less within the last year or two. And though I have done “Get to Know Me” type things before, it’s been ages. Since I’m not just a beauty junkie – who is? – I thought I’d try to share some things about myself today!

Saving Money on Beauty – Tips & Tricks at Ulta



As you all may have guessed, I purchase a lot of beauty products. Whether it’s hair care, skin care, body care or makeup, I have a crap ton of it! (Not proud of that so much, but it’s the truth.) I thought I would share with you one of the ways I save on all these things specifically at Ulta today. And let me add that this post is in no way sponsored or supported or even known about by any of the places mentioned. It is just my honest experience of how to save on beauty products. Sooo…we all know that most high end brands rarely, if ever, go on sale. Fear not my fine friends because there are ways to save! To prove it, I most recently ordered $265 worth of products and paid $34 (plus tax of course). How, you’re probably wondering? Well, sit back and I shall share my secrets! 😉

Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty (Cruelty Free) – Starts Tomorrow!!! – Updated with Online Only Deals


Tomorrow begins that glorious time when Ulta rolls out a new amazing deal each day of the week for 3 weeks. That’s right! It’s time for Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty!!! There are also some great deals that last through the entire event called “Hot Buys,” which I’ll list after the Daily Deals. If that’s not enough for you, there are a ton of free gifts with purchase as well, which are included at the end of the post. All of these deals are available to everyone, whether you are an Ulta Rewards member or not! I thought I would point out the cruelty free bargains that are happening and give you some quick thoughts if I’ve tried the product. All of these deals will be available both online and in stores, but for the Daily Deals you’ll want to log in or rush to stores as early as you can each day! So get ready to mark your calendars because these hot deals often fly off the shelves!


Today marks the 14th Anniversary of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center. I had a different post planned, but it just feels kind of wrong to talk about silly beauty bits today. If you’d like to read a bit more about my experience that day (fear not, it is relatively short), click the “Read More,” but I just urge you to remember the importance of this day. We’ll return to regularly scheduled nonsense next week.

Like a lot of people, I remember the moment I heard what was happening very clearly. I received a phone call from my then boyfriend who told me that the first tower had been hit by a plane. Clearly that was asinine so I assumed he was joking. He kept telling me to turn on the TV and eventually I was persuaded. Needless to say, I was shocked. I stayed glued to the TV all day. I watched as the 2ndplane hit while the newscaster talked right over it about something else until he realized what was happening. And then…the collapse.

I watched in shock and horror while “that’s my home!” ran through my head. I didn’t live in NYC at the time, but I was close enough that most people knew someone who was affected by the event. I had lived in NYC not too many years prior and, unknown to me at the time, I would live there again in a year or two. My father worked in NYC at the time I was born – in fact, he worked in a building across the street that stood covered in a black tarp for years after the event. The company he worked for was headquartered in the World Trade Center that day. He happened to be on a trip to the West Coast at the time and his return home was delayed by the understandable air traffic issues.
I didn’t personally know anyone who lost their life that day, but I definitely felt a loss. I still don’t quite know what that loss was, but every year I shed a few tears. To me, New York City is home. It always was and always will be. I may not live there now and may never again, but it’s a place that I love, where I actually feel safe. It’s home.
There’s so much more I could say, buy it really means nothing. I feel that it’s an important day that deserves remembering. So that’s what we’re doing today – remembering. I hope you all take a moment today to remember.

Embracing Fall for the Summer Lover – Things to Look Forward To This Autumn

Days are fading faster as the mercury drops. School buses litter the streets and you have to fight with a teenager if you’ve run out of spiral notebooks. These are all signs that Fall is near; signs that I dread. I’m trying to think positively about the impeding dark, dreary bitter cold days that will be shackled upon us faster than you can type Fall. If you too are a Summer Lover like myself, I thought I would offer some encouraging aspects of the Fall to help it seem less like an impending doom and more of a time to cherish and embrace. Let’s face it, the deep freeze that sets in gives us need for as many warm thoughts as one can conjure! So today I bring you some fantastic things about Fall for those that don’t love the season! J

Let’s ease into the chill of Fall with some beauty highlights. New collections release with new products, new colors and, shockingly, Holiday Sets! Everything always looks new and exciting and, though the releases have been showing up earlier and earlier, it’s still a fantastic thing to look forward to in the Fall.

In the same vein, there’s something refreshing about retiring bright lips and switching back to deeper Fall lip colors. I absolutely love Fall lip colors and definitely find it an exciting thing to look forward to when Fall rolls around each year.
The same is true of Fall Nail Colors. By the time September rolls around, I’m ready to put away the shocking neons and paint on some deeper jewel tones and earthy hues.
When it comes to footwear, I may tend towards my Converse All Stars year round, but there’s something satisfying about tall boots as the leaves turn and the air becomes crisp.
Dresses or skirts with tights are a welcome change from the bare legs of summer. And nothing beats a cute little plaid number with some tights and cute boots! J
Though I can’t get past the fact that all the gorgeous leaves are dying, one has to admit that the changing colors of autumnal leaves is simply spectacular! And there’s always a leaf pile waiting to be jumped into for those who are so inclined.
Warm Fall drinks abound as the seasons change. Whether you love Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Hot Cocoa, or Mulled Apple Cider (so good!), there’s nothing quite like a warm mug keeping your hands toasty as you sip that one beverage you can only find in the Fall!
Speaking of seasonal food stuffs, if you live near a Trader Joe’s, you absolutely must go in the Fall! There are so many delicious offerings. Whether you’re craving ice cream or bagels, TJ’s has you covered with the most delicious seasonal foods. I personally love the Pecan Pie Ice Cream…runner up only to the Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream! The Pumpkin Bagels are spectacular too. I believe it’s a Date and Walnut Cream Cheese that is worthy of battling it out in the aisles over the last container! Teas, Chai, Desserts. Need I go on? J
All of that food can only end in a fantastic gathering of family and friends over Holiday meals and parties. Probably the absolute best times in the Fall! If you are blessed enough to have friends and family that get together in the Fall, you definitely know it’s a time to look forward to…despite the stress that often comes along with it! J
So for all of you mourning the end of the warm sunny Summer, I hope thinking about some of these things has helped brighten your outlook towards Fall just a bit. And if you already love Fall, just some friendly reminders as to why you probably already crave this time of year! J Regardless of what camp you fall into, I’d love to hear your own thoughts about what makes Fall such a magical time!

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