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Summer Must-Read: The Breakdown by B.A. Paris #TheBreakdown

The Breakdown by B. A. Paris was named one of the most anticipated thriller novels of 2017 by Bustle.

This is an advertisement for SheSpeaks/St. Martin’s Press For summertime reading lists I tend to enjoy more fiction than non-fiction, and try to mix in at least one humorous book and one juicy crime novel.  Ideally I’d be reading from a hammock on the beach, but that’s pretty far-fetched and most of my reading takes place in bed after putting the kids down for the night.  I strongly recommend The…

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah + Giveaway (2 Winners)

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This is an advertisement for SheSpeaks/St. Martins Press. The Nightingale is the latest book from acclaimed author Kristin Hannah.  I received this book for free from SheSpeaks but all of the below opinions are my own. The Nightingale is a masterful historical fiction book that is fast becoming one of the most talked about books anywhere you go.  Sometimes the most popular books just don’t do it for me, but The…

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Colorful Details Make All The Difference #MonroviaPlants #GrowBeautifully

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I always get so excited for each season, especially Spring and Summer.  One reason for this is that I love to garden.  Just a few weeks ago my kids and I planted some veggies behind the house and we’re already seeing some results.  We moved into this house about a year ago and we are still in a process of upgrading and transforming our backyard into our dream vegetable and…

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Dunn-Edwards Paints: Beyond Wild Imaginations

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One great thing about living in San Diego is that we are in close proximity to one of the two or three fashion and art capitals of the country.  A quick drive (or a brutal one depending on traffic) and we’re in the heart of cool and trendy.  Melrose Street is in my opinion the epicenter of the up and coming trends in LA with both sides of the street…

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How I found My Real Estate Agent and What I’d Wish I’d Known Before

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When buying a home, finding the right real estate agent can make a world of difference in both the process and the resulting home that you purchase.  My family has twice been involved in the purchase of a home and had two very different experiences with agents.  The first time around we just went with an agent that we had stumbled upon through a referral from a coworker.  We didn’t really…

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Two Free Movie Nights* #TysonFreeMovieNight ‘Winter to Go’ Offer

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Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own. There’s something about the silver screen that brings my family close together. Grabbing a kid’s movie and baking up the popcorn sets the tone for the four of us to have a great night in. It’s guaranteed to be stress-free time together, usually with a lot of laughs either from the movie or…

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Victoria by Daisy Goodwin (and My Own Take on Queenlike Rituals)

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“This is an advertisement for SheSpeaks/St. Martins Press”. I have always had a soft spot for historical fiction.  My dad had me reading James A. Michener in my early teens to start learning Israel,  Alaska and scores of places in between.  It’s great to learn about history while having a juicy plot to cling to and to keep the pages turning.  Like so many others I also have an affinity…

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My Favorite Item for My Productive Morning Routine + $250 Walmart Gift Card

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Thank you ekobrew for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own Finding the best morning routine for your lifestyle is essential to kicking off your days right.  While some lean on a morning routine apps or multitasking in the morning, I found that having a couple of morning time-saving products is the biggest difference-maker.  There’s no bigger time-saver than a Keurig® machine and ekobrew is the perfect companion to make your Keurig® coffee experience 100x better.  ekobrew is a reusable one…

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Homemade Facial Scrub (Or Body Scrub) & Homemade Facial Cleanser

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The post is brought to you by Activate by Bloglovin and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Powered By: THIS BLOG HAS BEEN SPONSORED BY NATURE’S BOUNTY® EARTHLY ELEMENTS™.  Please note that Nature’s provided free product and compensation to assist in the review.  Regardless, all opinions expressed are still 100% my own. Homemade Facial Scrub / Body Scrub & Homemade Facial Cleanser DIY skin care products using all natural…

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DIY Lavender Oil Diffuser

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I have been compensated by Nature’s Bounty, but all opinions are my own. The post is brought to you by Activate by Bloglovin and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Powered By: Essential oils, aka aromatherapy is extremely beneficial in so many ways. I am a big fan of aromatherapy and use essential oils to help me feel better, relax and rejuvenate. 
 
Many of us have been using…

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My Morning Routine to Make my Entire Day More Productive

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Why Creating a Morning Routine is Important? Today I am going to share my morning routine to make my entire day more productive.   The biggest component of which is breakfast as it boosts my energy for the day, something critical to me getting through as a working mom! I am not a morning person and struggle to wake up every day.  My 3 years old daughter often acts as my alarm clock, and…

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The Olympic Games: Let’s Power Their Dreams

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This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/P&G. The summer season is almost over and my family and I have been anticipating watching the Rio 2016 Olympic Games together for quite some time. It’s an experience that is positive in so many ways. May kids learn about working hard for their goals, sportsmanship, pride in our country, and some fun geography and culture lessons about the rest of the world, too.…

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Amazon Subscribe and Save: Never Run Out of Toilet Paper Again!

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Amazon Subscribe and Save: Never Run Out of Toilet Paper Again! Lets be honest, bath tissues aren’t the most glamorous of house products.  They are however a must-have item.  I have a huge stockpile of bath tissues in my garage which prompts questions from guests as to why we have so many rolls.  I guess it’s kind of like a gas tank, I just don’t want to find myself on “empty”.  It’s not a great feeling to suddenly realize that we’re…

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Steps I Took to be More Eco-Friendly + NEW! Tide purclean

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This post was sponsored by NEW! Tide purclean as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central Are you looking for steps to take to be more eco-friendly?  We all should be looking to make positive changes to become more environmentally friendly.  Below is a quick list of eco-friendly changes my family has made.  Going green can help us conserve energy, prevent pollution (air, water and noise). Being green is all about changing the purpose of how we live. My…

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Shaving Tips for Sensitive Skin + DIY Orange Rose Body Scrub

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Today I am going to share some tips for glowing and soft skin + shaving tips for a special night out ( date, prom night, or any event where you want to look your best). For me I don’t really have any events coming up, but I am so excited for warm weather and of course to be able to wear shorts again :). (1) Homemade remedies for exfoliating skin…

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Tips to Make Every Day Earth Day!

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The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free Earth Day is April 22, 2016 and I am excited to share a few tips that you can do every day of the year to help out mother earth a bit… she sure needs it.  With all of the other pressing stories in the news we sometimes forget one…

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HelloFresh Box : Delicious Food Box with Fresh Ingredients

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  TRY HELLOFRESH TODAY AND GET $35 OFF ON 1ST BOX + FREE DELIVERY(USE CODE : POSH35) I have been following chef Jamie Oliver for years now, he’s one of my heroes in the kitchen.  When I heard he had partnered with HelloFresh to design meals I knew it was something I wanted to try out and be a part of.  HelloFresh let me get a sneak peak of their…

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DIY Painted Plates – Express Your Artistic Self

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DIY Plates and Paintings I have been painting for a while now but haven’t shared anything on my website.  Here are 2 easy DIY pieces that I made.  One is a plate with just a couple of colors… no instructions needed, just a couple of colors of paint and a fun attitude and just a few minutes of your time.  The second one is an abstract painting that I made,…

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Home Design Tips to Visually Expand Rooms for a Minimalistic Look

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I always wanted to own a minimalistic home, the kind you see in magazines that have just a couple of elegant pieces of furniture, select pieces of modern art and expansive windows overlooking a scenic garden or better yet ocean cliffs.  Well, my home’s style is not considered minimalistic, I have two kids and with that tons of clutter, and artwork on the walls from their projects at school (art…

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Audrey, Elvis and My Vintage Style Baby Blue Beach Cruiser

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My favorite library has the inscription “Who knows only his own generation remains always a child”.  I love these words, and try to take such cues on life from books, music, movies and especially people of older generations.  Along somewhat the same lines I adore many of the looks and styles of the 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s.  Take cars for example: the gorgeous “wings” and “fins” on the back-ends of GMs,…

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