Our Place’s Always Pan is AMAZING – And Now Available In This NEW Color!

You won’t be surprised to read the next few paragraphs if you know how much I love Our Place! I’ve stated these facts before, but here they are again if you haven’t seen them yet! There’s a lot to love about Our Place’s products. They recently sent me their newest Always Pan, and here’s why you will want one too!

ETHICS

I love Our Place because they are a company of people who care. One of the co-founders, Shiza Shahid, co-founded The Malala Fund and now works to celebrate and highlight the multi-cultural cuisine that Americans embrace. We are a land of immigrants, and Our Place recognizes that and focuses on how our cultural landscape weaves and intertwines. Our food is one of the major ways that we embrace other cultures and honor them. Our Place knows that, and seeks to bring us even closer.

In addition to their insight, they focus on ethical labor, using responsible materials, and the real stories that make people across America so incredible. Based in Los Angeles, California, Our Place has partnered with the Los Angeles Food Policy Council and is currently working to help people gain access to good food. Not only that, they are environmentally conscious in their packaging. All of their boxes are packaged with biodegradeable and recyclable corrugate, without any bubble wrap or plastic product involved.

INCREDIBLE PRODUCTS

I have several Our Place products in my kitchen. But my absolute favorite product is their Always Pan. Here are some of the specs on it!

  • Exclusive non toxic, nonstick ceramic coating made without potentially toxic materials like PFOAs, PTFEs, other PFAs, lead, cadmium, toxic metals, and nanoparticles.
  • Nesting beechwood spatula with integrated spoon rest
  • Custom stainless steel steamer basket
  • Sturdy aluminum body for fast, even heat
  • Lightweight construction (3lb body)
  • A modular lid to let off steam when you want to and lock it in when you don’t
  • Pour spouts, because nobody likes a mess
  • Dishwasher safe (please hand wash your spatula)
  • Compatible with all cooktops
  • 10” diameter, 2.7” depth, 2.6qt capacity

Photos by Our Place, shown here in ‘Spice’

While it states that it is dishwasher safe, I’ve always just washed mine by hand. It literally takes 2 minutes – everything comes right off, I’ve never had to scrub at it or soak it. The pan is available in Spice (pictured above), and the following colors as well:

You can order it here and use my code, MEGANG10 to get 10% off today! https://www.pntrac.com/t/2-443206-183572-217808

Our Place states that you can replace your fry pan, saute pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, non-stick pan, spatula, and spoon rest with the Always Pan. I can tell you with complete honesty that this is my all-time most preferred pan, and the one I reach for every time I’m going to cook! I’ve had it for 7 months now and it’s my absolute favorite. And launching TODAY, Our Place has added this BEAUTIFUL Lavender color as well!! It’s available starting today, and if this is the one you want, I’d order it. The new colors tend to sell out quickly when they are released.

You can use the Always Pan to braise, sear, steam, strain, saute, fry, boil, serve and store. What I love most about it, aside from the fact that nothing sticks to it, is that the sides are so high. It’s replaced my need for my skillets! I only keep them around in case I need to cook more than one thing at a time. It’s also SUPER light, which is great for my arthritis. In addition, they look GORGEOUS hanging in my kitchen!

The Always Pan has sold out 10 times. It’s truly the best one out there. Again, you can get 10% off of yours here using my code MEGANG10 https://www.pntrac.com/t/2-443206-183572-217808

Three Novels That Are Better Than The Movie

I recently wrote a blog about some films that I enjoyed more than the books they were based on. I think typically we tend to enjoy the book more than the film, but not always. And the three I discussed in that blog far surpassed the story in the book for me. But that’s not typically the case. Today I was thinking about a particular book and it’s film and it inspired me to write this blog. These have been around quite awhile, so not new information, but they were three easy examples for me to write about. As usual, I will try to give my opinions without giving anything away about either story so as not to ruin them for you if you’d like to go back and visit them.

The Tommyknockers

The first is one of the first Stephen King novels I ever read. This was probably over 20 years ago. As you can see, my copy has some wear and tear. This is a fairly scary story, and one that I recall being a page-turner. I read it fairly quickly and really loved it. So when the movie came out I was really excited to see how it translated. I really loved the interpretation of The Stand – but if I recall correctly, that movie is 6 hours long. It’s not easy to get one of King’s books to translate well because the things he puts into your head are far more horrifying than I think can be brought to life at times. Not only that, but his stories are incredibly lengthy sometimes, and it’s tough to get all of that information into a movie. Even knowing all of that, however, and not expecting a miracle, I was sorely disappointed in the movie. I just didn’t feel it was that well done, and it didn’t do the novel – or its characters – any justice.

Beloved

I love Toni Morrison’s books. No one writes like her and her stories truly take you on a journey. I cried reading Beloved – I was so moved by the characters and the hearbreak. The fear and the uncertainty. This novel moved me so much that even now, over 20 years after reading it, I think about it from time to time. I only read it once. I don’t think I could take reading it a second time. I keep it in my library at home though. It’s one of the most moving things I’ve ever read. So when I learned a film was coming out, I was beyond excited. Hearing that Oprah would be in it made it all the more exciting. At the time, I loved Oprah. We went to see it in the theater. Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to my expectations. It’s not that it’s a bad film. But as you often see in interpretations, things get lost. The film isn’t bad, but the book is so, so much better. The emotions and experiences are easier to absorb when you read Morrison’s words – with this one something is definitely lost in translation.

Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark

Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark is 100% one of my all-time favorite books. It is truly horrifying. The stories are terrifying and the illustrations are so disturbing that more recent publications feature newer, less unsettling imagery. Apparently someone decided it was too scary for its intended audience – children. I read it when I was in 4th grade. I couldn’t ever remember seeing anything like it. I wasn’t like most kids though. I was a fan of horror films and looked everywhere for scary books too. This one blew my expectations out of the water. Years ago my brother bought me this one, with all of books in one. Luckily he got his hands on it before they changed the illustrations. Our favorite part. So you can probably imagine how excited we were when we learned that a film was in the works. We were curious how the would take a bunch of short stories and poems and turn them into a movie. Well, it turns out, they didn’t. They chose a few of them and built a story around a group of kids. I won’t say more than that because I don’t want to give anything away. The movie just came out in 2019 and my brother and I went to the theater to see it. We were definitely not disappointed. It is a well-done film. The acting is good and it’s just scary enough. I even let my kids watch it at home, on DVD. But there is no possible way to truly capture the horror of those original stories and illustrations. I just don’t think it’s even possible. In this case, I did like the movie. Enough to go and buy it even though I’d already seen it, and I’ve watched a few times. Of the three discussed, this is the one film that, while it didn’t live up to the book, it definitely didn’t disappoint. In fact, a second movie is in the works with the same writers and director signing on and I absolutely can’t wait to see it!

The Our Place Essential Collection – Main Plates

Last month I shared the tumblers from the The Our Place Essentials Collection. This month I wanted to talk to you about their beautiful plates! The collection is a line of beautiful dinnerware that is not only gorgeous, but also fully functional. I’ve partnered with Our Place to show you what they have to offer, as well as tell you about what an extraordinary company they truly are.

ETHICS

I love Our Place because they are a company of people who care. One of the co-founders, Shiza Shahid, co-founded The Malala Fund and now works to celebrate and highlight the multi-cultural cuisine that Americans embrace. We are a land of immigrants, and Our Place recognizes that and focuses on how our cultural landscape weaves and intertwines. Our food is one of the major ways that we embrace other cultures and honor them. Our Place knows that, and seeks to bring us even closer.

In addition to their insight, they focus on ethical labor, using responsible materials, and the real stories that make people across America so incredible. Based in Los Angeles, California, Our Place has partnered with the Los Angeles Food Policy Council and is currently working to help people gain access to good food. Not only that, they are environmentally conscious in their packaging. All of their boxes are packaged with biodegradeable and recyclable corrugate, without any bubble wrap or plastic product involved.

INCREDIBLE PRODUCTS

Now let’s talk plates! Our Place’s Main Plates are beautiful, ceramic, hand-painted plates. One thing I love about these plates is how lovely they look when they are stacked (see the picture I took on the right below). They will look so beautiful in glass cabinets or open shelving!

Our Place sent me their Main Plates in Spice, but they also come in two other colors – Char and Steam. So you can match them to your decor, or mix and match them for fun! They are also both microwave and dishwasher safe. This is a major perk for me, as our dishwasher uses far less water washing our dishes than washing them by hand does. I am always happier to find dishwasher-safe tableware for this reason. Here are a couple of pictures I took of my plates!

AND SO MUCH MORE

I encourage you to check out Our Place’s website. See what other items they offer, but also read about them, the good they are doing in the world, and the incredible stories they have to share. Our Place also regularly partners with various charities, so check out their site and see who they are working with now! Use my link here to save on your first order with the code MEGANG10 and make your kitchen happy! https://www.pntrac.com/t/2-443206-183572-217808

Be Gentle With Yourself

Things are stressful right now. If you have a mental illness, for me it’s anxiety, then the added stressors can cause flare-ups in your condition. It’s really no different than running on a twisted ankle. If you apply extra pressure, you’re going to feel it.

I think that the world is opening up more and more about mental illness, its effects on us, its consequences. So many people who are famous have shared their battles, in hopes perhaps of showing us that we are not alone. It helps to remember that. And it helps to be gentle on yourself.

Mental illness is tricky. It’s no different from a physical illness, but you can’t see it, and because of that it can often be overlooked. But the consequences of dealing with the Novel Coronavirus have put a spotlight on mental illness once again, especially depression. We’ve seen stories of people who have tragically committed suicide. Perhaps the solitude was too much, the burden too great, the loss too heavy. It’s hard to know. But I think that it’s important that we remember that not one of us is perfect, and that we actually don’t have to hold ourselves up to perfection.

The world is stressful enough without the added pressures we put on ourselves, so I’m asking you to stop doing that. If you are overwhelmed, say no. Say no to additional obligations that you really don’t want to have to deal with. Say no to dealing with people in your life who only make things worse. Say no to comparing yourself to others and hurting yourself because you don’t think you measure up. You aren’t them. And you aren’t required to be anything more than what you are.

Some days you will feel productive and some days you won’t. Sometimes you might feel on top of the world, and other days you might feel the weight of it resting on your shoulders. Some days you could find that you can hardly stop smiling, and others you may find that you can hardly stop crying. And inside all of these ups and downs I urge you to be gentle. Don’t be hard on yourself. Don’t feel as though you are less than. Don’t think that you are worthless or broken. You’re not.

You aren’t alone, and you aren’t bad. You are a complicated, beautiful soul. You are loved. You are precious. You are the way God made you, and if you aren’t religious, then you are the way the Universe made you. None of us are perfect, and our imperfections make us human. They make us unique and beautiful. And sometimes they make things hard. And knowing that, it’s more important than anything else that we know how to take care of ourselves. What matters is that we are capable of handling ourselves with patience and forgiveness. Without judgment or negativity. Because we are all going to have bad days. But when you struggle with mental illness, it can make those bad days really, really hard.

Each day when you wake up, leave your negativity out of your thoughts. If it creeps in, push it away. I can’t speak for everything, but for me it’s sentences that begin with, “What if…” – this is what is called an “anxious thought” and it’s not a real thing. It’s a fear. So when my brain starts a sentence with those words, I have learned to label it and dismiss it. I have to work harder some days than others when it comes to anxiety. Sometimes it’s barely a whisper, other days it brings me to my knees. I’ve found that the best thing I can do for myself is to be gentle. To be kind with my thoughts and my words. To say the things to myself that I would say to someone I love, and that I will say to you now.

You did great today. Everything will be alright. Tomorrow will be better. I’m proud of you. You can do this. You can beat this. You are strong. I love you.

Formulate: Your New Best Friend For Hair Care

Formulate is a custom shampoo and conditioner company that has you work with a chemist to create your own perfect shampoo and conditioner. Your hair, your goals. Formulate is the world’s first personal formulation chemistry service. I’ve recently had the chance to work with Formulate in order to try their product free of charge in exchange for this review.

Formulate uses ingredients that are based on peer-reviewed scientific studies and are paraben, sulfate, and cruelty free as well as being cold-mixed. Once you join Formulate you can continually work with your chemist over time to alter your formula if your preferences or hair goals change. One thing I really love about Formulate is that I can log into my account at any time and see the formulas for both my shampoo and conditioner.

When you enter Formulate’s website you will be asked to answer some questions about yourself and then you will be matched with a personal chemist. So far I have really been impressed with both my chemist and my technician. Formulate states that they want to help you reach your hair and scalp goals, and has multiple areas from which you can choose those goals. Up to 5 different goals can be chosen. I had several goals in mind, but the ones I ultimately chose were anti-frizz, lengthen, strengthen, color protection (I dye my hair), and glossy. In addition to hair goals you will be able to choose the scent of your products. There are 10 different scents to choose from currently and you can also choose the level of strength of your scent – light, medium or strong!

I have found through using the shampoo and conditioner that I have had to adjust my expectations of use. The shampoo doesn’t lather up as much as store-bought shampoos seem to in my hair on the first wash, but I have to be careful not to use too much in the second washing or it lathers too much. This has shown me just how great it cleans my hair and scalp. I’m not even sure I need the second wash, but old habits die hard, right? The conditioner is very different from any other conditioner I’ve used in the past as well. This conditioner is a melt, and I found that in my trial uses I used way too much. The standard amount of conditioner ended up being far, far too much. Through trial and error and messaging with my technician, I came to realize that the cold-pressed melt that Formulate uses doesn’t require a ton of product, and I now only need a fraction of the conditioner I used in the past.

I’ve been using Formulate for several weeks now, and here is how I’m faring so far. I have tried 2 different scents. First I chose Cool Coconut. I loved the scent but my 4-year-old poured the remainder into the bath for bubbles, so I had to get a new one. Super sad day! I decided that if I was going to go again, I’d try another scent and allowed my technician to surprise me. She chose Serenity, which is a lovely blend of Lavendar and Chamomile. Perhaps she thought I needed something to help me relax after the first debacle! I loved the scent but I had chosen light for both options. I decided to tweak my formula just a little, and when I did I upped the scent factor to Medium. I don’t typically like really strong smells so I started out light. But I liked the scent so much that I stepped it up in hopes that it would remain in my hair more strongly!

Formulate offers their shampoo and conditioner sets in three sizes. You can order them in a 4oz., 8 oz. or 14 oz. size. I started with an 8 oz. set because I wanted enough to use it for awhile for my review, but not so much that if I decided to change my formula I would feel wasteful not using the rest. And while I did change my formula, I will use the rest of what I have before I start with the new set. I’m happy with it so far and don’t want to be wasteful.

So far the pros of using Formulate are that my hair definitely looks fuller. For reference, I have fine hair that is about 4-5 inches below my shoulders. It is wavy and frizzy naturally. Fullness wasn’t even one of my hair goals, and yet, here I am! Even my husband, who isn’t bad but doesn’t always notice when I’ve made a change, commented on my hair and said it looked like it had more body. It’s definitely shinier than it has been in the past as well. But I think my favorite thing about this experience has been that it really seems to clean my hair and scalp better than anything I’ve ever used. In the past I got one good hair day, and that was the day I washed it. On day two I would need dry shampoo, and even then it wouldn’t be any good down and I’d need to pull it up. But now I get two awesome hair days without the oil I used to struggle with, and even on day three I don’t always need dry shampoo and I can pull it back without it appearing greasy! This is an absolute first for me.

In all I would give Formulate a 10/10 as far as product quality, customer service and value. While Formulate costs a little more than I might have paid in the past for my products, the quality far outweighs them. Not only that, but I use far less product than I needed in the past – especially for conditioner. And it’s also saved me from continuously trying new things in order to find the right thing. I’ve been washing my hair for 43 years and it took me until now to find something I really love.

Want to win your own 8 oz. set? Enter my giveaway here for a chance! Click below to enter the giveaway, and even if you don’t win, you will get $5 off!

https://formulate.co/g/berkana_lynx

Three Films That Are Better Than The Novels

I’ve always been a bookworm and I’ve always been a cinephile. So there is a real intrigue and joy for me whenever books are made into films. I know that typically people believe that the book is always better. It’s the way the story was meant to be told, and sometimes that is lost in translation when it’s turned into a screenplay. Maybe we feel the characters were miscast or the storyline was butchered or the beauty that belongs to the book is simply missing from the film. But recently I watched a film interpretation that was far better than the book, and decided to share a few with you. I’m going to try not to discuss the storylines too much so as not to ruin them for you if you’ve not read or watched them yet.

The Devil Wears Prada

This one is fairly obvious because, by now, I don’t know anyone who hasn’t at least heard of this, even if they haven’t seen it. I read the book many years ago and, while it was an interesting read, I didn’t really like it. The book version of this film was dark. It was sad and depressing. The characters weren’t as shiny and vibrant and the plot wasn’t as bold. Without ruining it for you in case you haven’t read it and want to, I’ll just say that it was much darker, especially for Lily, than the film was.

On the other hand, the film is many things the book is not. It’s bright and beautiful. It’s funny and endearing. The characters were portrayed in a far better way and were so much more alive and interesting to me. They were more relatable. Not to mention that the perfomances, as we now know, by Streep and the other actors involved, were incredibly well done. I only read the book once, but I’ve watched this film several times. I’d love to entirely replace the negative feelings that the book gave me with the good feelings that the film does. They say that a good writer makes you feel. What those feeling are can really vary and, in this way, you could say that the book was well-written because it made me dislike it. But for me, that doesn’t mean a book is good. I look more to how the story makes me feel and what I take away from it. And in this case, the film did much more of that for me than the book ever could.

A Simple Favor

I’m just going to be honest here, even though it’s going to be brutal. I hate, hate, hated this book. The only reason I finished it was because I had started it and I wanted to see it through. But I literally found myself procrastinating so I wouldn’t have to read it, and audibly sighing while I did. The characters are detestable. I mean: Every. Single. Character. The only characters I didn’t hate were the children, though I did feel sorry for them. I was hoping at some point social services would arrive to remove them from the unstable environment and idiotic adults in the novel. None of the characters were likeable. More than that, they were loathsome. I couldn’t invest in any of them and didn’t want anything good for any of them either. I just hated them so much.

When the movie came out, I was leary. But I do like Blake Lively. She piqued my interest with her involvement in the film, and I did think it looked interesting, so I decided to give it a try. It was enjoyable. I loved Lively’s portrayal of Emily. I also found myself incredibly surprised by how much I liked Anna Kendrick in the film. I’ve never really been a fan of hers, but I loved her in this movie. She was likable and funny, and made me appreciate the character of Stephanie far more than I did in the book. In addition, I really liked the end of the film more than I liked the ending of the book. Books can describe something, but ultimately the visions are formed by the reader. And for me, the movie was far more beautiful than the book as well. The glamour of Emily, the beautiful scenery and sets, the gorgeous clothing – the movie was lovely to watch, and that helps too. Like with the former, I’d happily watch the movie again, and gladly burn the book.

The Girl On The Train

Unlike the last one I discussed, I didn’t hate reading this book. I did find the storyline compelling, and I did want to know what had happened. However, like A Simple Favor, I didn’t love the characters. I couldn’t stand Anna. I think she was the worst one for me, and whenever the book switched to her point of view I was irritated. I trusted Rachel’s narration and really wanted to like her. I guess I did, in a way. I felt sorry for her and I wanted better for her, but it didn’t really like her. I also wasn’t a fan of Scott or Megan’s or Tom’s, and by the end I felt largely disappointed. I suppose all along I was hoping for an ending that would be more interesting or uplifting than the one I got. I was left feeling as though something was unfinished for Rachel and had hoped to see her in a better place.

I just watched the film last night and I’ve found that I did enjoy it over the book, though not quite as much as I did for the others. In the film version the story moved much more quickly (as is often the case when a long novel becomes a film) and I really liked it better that way. In addition, without being able to know Anna as well as I did in the novel, I found that I liked her much, much more. I still didn’t love her character, but I didn’t hate her. The biggest difference for me was Rachel. The Rachel of the novel was irritatingly frustrating. It was hard to read about her mistakes and choices occurring over and over again. But in the film I felt much more sympathetic towards her. It was still hard to see her in so much pain, but it was easier to forgive her missteps.

Oftentimes a film loses so much of what the book intended that it’s nearly impossible to tell the same story both ways. And if you are going to try to then you might find yourself with a 6 hour mini-series or film like Stephen King’s The Stand. Many times the books are altered on purpose in order to deliver a happier ending or a less depressing story because that’s what people like and that’s what they will pay for. Novels are often changed for their film counterparts in order to appeal to a wider audience. And I’m alright with that. Because I’m able to keep the film and the novel separate, I don’t mind seeing another interpretation. Books and films are both magical to me and I enjoy seeing stories told through both mediums. In these three cases, however, I would say it’s safe to go ahead and watch the films and skip the books if you are the kind of person who enjoys a lighter form of entertainment.

Meet Your New Favorite Drinking Glasses

I have fallen in love. The Our Place Essentials Collection is a line of beautiful dinnerware that is not only gorgeous, but also fully functional. I’ve partnered with Our Place to show you what they have to offer, as well as tell you about what an extraordinary company they truly are.

ETHICS

I love Our Place because they are a company of people who care. One of the co-founders, Shiza Shahid, co-founded The Malala Fund and now works to celebrate and highlight the multi-cultural cuisine that Americans embrace. We are a land of immigrants, and Our Place recognizes that and focuses on how our cultural landscape weaves and intertwines. Our food is one of the major ways that we embrace other cultures and honor them. Our Place knows that, and seeks to bring us even closer.

In addition to their insight, they focus on ethical labor, using responsible materials, and the real stories that make people across America so incredible. Based in Los Angeles, California, Our Place has partnered with the Los Angeles Food Policy Council and is currently working to help people gain access to good food. Not only that, they are environmentally conscious in their packaging. All of their boxes are packaged with biodegradeable and recyclable corrugate, without any bubble wrap or plastic product involved.

INCREDIBLE PRODUCTS

Now let’s talk glasses! Our Place’s Drinking Glasses are beautiful, hand-blown glass tumblers. They are also stackable! They will take up less room in your cabinets – and who doesn’t love to de-clutter and save space?

Our Place sent me their tumblers in Clear, but they also come in two other colors – Dusk and Sunset. So you can match them to your decor, or mix and match them for fun! When I say that they are functional I don’t mean that they can hold liquid – which they, of course, do – but I mean that they are also both microwave and dishwasher safe. This is a major perk for me, as our dishwasher uses far less water washing our dishes than washing them by hand does. I am always happier to find dishwasher-safe tableware for this reason.

This is a Mocktail Mule I made with Ginger Beer, Lime Juice and Grenadine!

AND SO MUCH MORE

I encourage you to check out Our Place’s website. See what other items they offer, but also read about them, the good they are doing in the world, and the incredible stories they have to share. Our Place is currently donating 10 meals for every purchase – all month long. So not only can you get beautiful items for your home, you can help feed someone in need. Use my link here to save on your first order with the code MEGANG10 and make your kitchen happy!

https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=1469461&u=2371081&m=93746&urllink=&afftrack=

Why I Love I Dew Care Skincare

Awhile back I received a couple of sample items from a company called I Dew Care. The items came in subscription bags and boxes that I subscribe to. I loved the items I tried, so when I saw an opportunity to partner with them and review more of their products, I jumped at the chance. I recently all but begged them again to allow me to review their newest line because I’ve loved everything I’ve tried so much. This is not a sponsored blog post. Several of the items I review I did receive for free from the company, but they were for campaigns for Instagram and YouTube and are unrelated to this blog review.

I Dew Care is inspired by K-Beauty, which is Korean skincare. They are 100% cruelty free, as well as free from Talc, d5/ Parabens, Synthetic Fragrances, & Petro Chemicals. They are a brand of Memebox. Their website states, “Memebox is a company based out of San Francisco with outposts in Seoul, Shanghai, and Taipei. Founded in Seoul in 2012 by Hyungseok Dino Ha, who sought to make the best of K-Beauty accessible in the West.”

The first that drew me to I Dew Care is it’s packaging. It’s fun, upbeat, bright, and interesting. That may not matter to some, but for me, my love of a product starts with the container. The names of their products are also cute and lovable! There’s something special about these products that makes me feel happy when I’m using them. The packaging and names are uplifting, and that creates a feeling for the user I believe. Beyond that, I’ve found that their products are of a great quality. They work. In addition, they aren’t ridiculously priced, which I greatly appreciate. I decided to write this post because I wanted to share with you my favorite I Dew Care products, in hopes that I can help you find skincare that you will love, and that is also cruelty-free and isn’t hard on your budget.

Below I will share my favorites, as well as a link to Ulta. I receive no commission, nor will I receive anything for sharing these links. I am simply putting them here for you so that you can easily locate the products!

Space Kitten $23

Space Kitten is a peel-off mask, specified for your T-Zone area. I find that the softness it leaves my skin is just incredible.

https://www.ulta.com/space-kitten-exfoliating-galactic-black-peel-off-mask?productId=xlsImpprod17591003

Plush Party Lip Mask

Plush Party $16

Plush Party is my new best friend. I began using it awhile back, when Clinique discontinued my favorite night-time lip mask. Plush Party moisturizes beautifully and is still on when I awaken in the morning!

https://www.ulta.com/plush-party-buttery-vitamin-c-lip-mask?productId=pimprod2006851

Berry Melting $23

My favorite makeup melt. A little of this guy goes a long way. I use it for removing my lippies and eye makeup before I wash my face. The formula is amazing and the smell is incredible!

https://www.ulta.com/berry-melting-makeup-remover-balm?productId=pimprod2006853

Saw you dew Jelly Cream Moisturizer

Say You Dew $23

This is a Vitamin C Gel + Cream. For my personal taste, it leaves my skin too dewy for the day. I’m more of a matte lover, personally. However, I use it at night on my face, neck and décollete areas. It makes my skin so incredible supple and hydrated.

https://www.ulta.com/say-you-dew-moisturizing-vitamin-c-gel-cream?productId=pimprod2006844

And I’ve saved the best for last. My absolute favorite I Dew Care products are from their newest line, the Yogi Kitten collection. It’s a line based on balancing skin and using plant extracts  including cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil, heartleaf, and power greens – to help detoxify, clarify, and calm blemish-prone skin. And I can say for a fact that it works. I’m in my 40’s now and, happily, don’t have a lot of issues with acne. However, every month in tune with my cycle, as well as in high-stress times, I do break out. Typically on my chin, around my mouth and, occasionally, elsewhere. Using these products calmed my skin and stopped my breakouts. They arrived, but they were minimal and went away quickly instead of blossoming into painful, red, irritating blemishes. I am keeping this trio handy so that anytime I hit that part of my cycle I am good to go!

NEW!  Namaste Kitten Clarifying Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil Cleanser

Namaste Kitten Cleanser $19

This cleanser is awesome. I can honestly say that this cleanser makes my skin feel more clean than any other cleanser I can remember. Plus, it’s fun to use! When you use it you should wet your hands, put a dab on them and rub it around to fluff it up!

https://www.ulta.com/yoga-kitten-balancing-heartleaf-clay-mask?productId=pimprod2012089

NEW! Yoga Kitten Balancing Heartleaf Clay Mask

Yoga Kitten Mask $23

This mask is AMAZING. I honestly cannot stop touching my face after I’ve used it! It’s so, so soft and smooth!

https://www.ulta.com/yoga-kitten-balancing-heartleaf-clay-mask?productId=pimprod2012089

NEW! Juicy Kitten Purifying Power-Green Serum

Juicy Kitten Serum $25

This serum smells amazing, and it feels incredible on my skin. It absorbs beautifully as well, and doesn’t leave a sticky residue behind.

https://www.ulta.com/juicy-kitten-purifying-power-green-serum?productId=pimprod2012555

I Dew Care is currently one of my favorite brands. Their uplifting, light approach to skincare is bright and fun, but they don’t sacrifice quality or performance for that cuteness. Don’t let the adorable packaging fool you, I Dew Care is bringing it. Their pricing is fair, and it’s honestly a brand I love using and have recommended highly to my friends. If you are looking for great skincare without a hefty price tag, give them a try. I think you’ll love them as much as I do.

Why FabFitFun Is The Best Subscription Box Out There

FabFitFun is a quarterly subscription box service. They deliver a box to your home once every 3 months, for Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. The also have Editor Boxes. These boxes are available if you join in between the seasonal boxes. The are comprised of the favorite items of, you guessed it, the Editors. Members are able to purchase these boxes in addition to the seasonal boxes if they wish. However, you aren’t required to.

Fabfitfun has a wide range of items in their boxes. You can get jewelry, wraps, scarves, socks, makeup, haircare, skincare, tech items, fitness items, and so much more. Every box I’ve received has been worth over $300. (Each box costs $49). Some of the items are a surprise, but some you are able to choose. If you are a select annual member (meaning you pay for the year upfront) you will get to choose more of what is in your box. You also get priority shipping. Contrary to what people think, this is NOT more expensive than paying quarterly. As a matter of fact, it’s a little cheaper as when my bill comes it’s $180, which means that each of my boxes are $45.

FabFitFun also has an Add-On sale at the beginning of each season, where they offer products at up to 70% off of their retail value. They also have Edit Sales, in conjunction with the release of the Editor Boxes, that do the same thing. Again, you aren’t required to purchase anything at the sales, they are just available to you if you want to shop them.

I love FabFitFun’s boxes, of course, and I’ve found so many of my new favorite products this way. However, there’s a lot more to it than just the boxes. FFF has a community page on their website where members can go to talk. It’s called the Community Forum. They talk about FFF, of course, but they also use the community to find support, talk about problems, trade items, and make friends. The discussions are so wonderful, and it makes me so happy to see strangers coming together the way they do in the community. There’s even a group who does a Christmas in July gift exchange. There’s so much to be found there, and it’s completely free when you join FabFitFun. I’m also currently in a Book Club and a Cooking Club through the Forum!

In addition, FabFitFun has a TON of workout videos available to its members, again, completely free with your membership. They also send out newsletters with helpful tips, healthy recipes, and fun information. They have other videos as well for cooking and a range of informative things!

I actually love FabFitFun so much that I became an affiliate. We say #fabfitfunpartner. Which just means that I have a link to use to sign up (and I do earn a small commission on sales). I’ll post it below if you are interested in joining. I’ve taken several pictures of the actual boxes I’ve received as well, so I’ll post those here too. If you have any questions, feel free to ask, as I’m happy to help!

FabFitFun is more than a subscription box service to me. It’s inspired me to live a more happy and healthy life. It’s motivated me to connect with people all over North America, and it’s helped me find some incredible products that I’d probably never have found otherwise.

Get yours here and receive 20% off your first box using the code WOOHOO https://prf.hn/click/camref:1011l7UyZ
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RIght now the current box is the SPRING 2020 box. Here are the items I received in my Spring 2020 box!

If you want more than one item in each category, you are able to purchase additional items. The cost varies in each category, and typically it’s $15 for higher-priced items, $10 for mid-priced, and $7 for lesser priced items! During this sale I chose to add a mystery item as well as a set of tea towels to my box!

Here’s my personal referral link! Get yours here and receive 20% off your first box using the code WOOHOO https://prf.hn/click/camref:1011l7UyZ and join today!

Sites You Have to Visit in Canada’s Capital!

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Personally, I’ve never been to Ottawa, Canada. But I understand it to be an incredible city with tons of beauty and culture. If you want to visit there, here are some things to know!

Ottawa stands as the capital of Canada, making it an important part of Canada’s politics, history, and culture. Due to its importance, many important sites have popped up in the city, sites that tourists and residents can both enjoy. Some of these sites are important political and historical sites, while others simply provide entertainment or something more. If you ever find yourself in Ottawa, you absolutely have to visit the city’s best sites. So what are the top things to visit in Canada’s capital? Here are the sites you have to visit in Ottawa. 

Parliament Hill

Parliament Hill is the seat of the Canadian government, making it one of the most important buildings in the entire country. The building is much like the U.S Capitol Building in Washington D.C in this regard. However, Parliament Hill has many other things going for it as well. The area constantly has events going on, most of which are open to the public. This includes seasonal events like Christmas Lights Across Canada, an event that sees the area bathed in beautiful seasonal lights. Even if you don’t come at a specific time of the year, the building still hosts daily events. This includes the Changing of the Guard Ceremony in the day and the Sound and Lights Show at night. Both display important parts of Canada’s history and culture. When combined with Parliament Hill’s political importance, this makes the site a must-visit for all tourists. 

Rideau Canal

When in Ottawa, it’s hard not to notice the Rideau Canal. The waterway connects the city with the massive Lake Ontario. It was originally constructed as an emergency route in case the U.S ever invaded Canada, but is now primarily used for pleasure. Small boats can sail up and down the river, making it the perfect way to spend a sunny day on the water. In the winter, the waterway freezes and becomes a large ice rink for skaters to enjoy. Even if the water and ice aren’t for you, just walking by the canal and seeing all of the different sights can be a great way to spend your day.

ByWard Market

ByWard Market is a retail and entertainment district that tourists will love to shop in. If you’re someone who loves to shop and splurge, then this is the perfect location for you. Merchants, farmers, and vendors bring their goods and wares here to sell to the public. In addition, you can find some of the city’s best coffee shops, restaurants, and bars in the area. One could make an entire day out of simply browsing the wares of vendors and enjoying the cuisine the market has to offer. If that’s not enough, the ByWard Market is host to a wide variety of festivals and events, allowing you to have some great experiences. 

Fairmont Chateau Laurier

If you need a place to stay, the iconic Chateau Laurier is a great way to combine history with functionality. Even though it is a hotel, the Chateau Laurier is a designated National Historic Site of Canada. It’s not very often where one can reside in a historical site, but this hotel offers precisely that opportunity. The hotel was constructed in 1912, making it well over a hundred years old. However, don’t fret about whether the hotel is out of date, as it has exchanged hands several times and has received multiple renovations. This allows the location to be the perfect combination of history and practicality. If you’re not looking for Ottawa homes for sale and are simply looking for temporary residence while you visit the city, then you can’t go wrong with this hotel.