During quarantine I’ve mastered the DIY at home manicure. I use to get my nails done every other week at work (spoiled alert: we have a nail tech at the office) because I was constantly traveling to see clients (or at least, that’s how I justified it). Now that I’m home working out of my pantry (yes, you read that correctly) I have been spending time taking care of my nails myself, and they have been looking extremely healthy if I do say so myself!
I’m currently crushing on the new Zoya line, Natural 4. One of my favorite times of year is the transition from Winter to Spring….dresses + jean jackets, open toe shoes and more daylight . There are 6 new colors:
Evelyn – soft cool toned blush pink cream
Cami – pale mauve taupe cream
Barrett – taupe-violet cream
Vivian – dusty grape cream
Adeline – Deep fig taupe cream. I especially love this color because this is mom’s name!
Marlowe – duo-chrome with a rose-gold shimmer and slate blue base. This can be worn alone or as a topper over your favorite shades for added sparkle.
I’m teaming up with Zoya to giveaway the full new set, all 6 polishes from the Natural 4 line. Giveaway ends December 3rd at midnight. Must be 18+ and located in the US to enter. There are multiple different ways to enter – good luck!
I’ve been shopping more and more at Kohl’s lately. I’ve been loving Lauren Conrad’s line and most recently all of the rose colored outerwear accessories. These would go great with gray or black coats. I sent three items in this round up to my mom as part of my wish list. Can you guess which ones?
Kohl’s has pulled their Black Friday deals forward so don’t wait to shop. Free Shipping with $75+ purchase, Fast + free store pick up, and extra 15% off using the word ‘THANKS.’ Be sure to share what you purchase in the comments below. Happy Shopping!
I love giving gifts that the recipient would not have bought themselves…it’s that ‘thing’ that they didn’t know they wanted until it was given to them, and then they wonder how they lived without it. This is one of my favorite things about the holiday.
1 – The Nixplay Digital Photo Frame is an AMAZING gift for family that lives far away. We got one for my mom last Christmas and she loves when I surprise her with new pictures. You sync the Nixplay app on your phone to the picture frame, and you send pictures directly to the frame from anywhere. I love
2 – The Tile Mate is the perfect gift for someone who always loses stuff. It helps you keep track of keys, backpacks and other important items. Missing something? Just open up your Tile app and tap Find to locate your belongings. This may be the gift that keeps on giving!
3 – The Google Home Mini is the perfect little assistant. I love the sleek look – it will blend in with any type of decor or area you use it in. Even if someone has a larger Google Home, it’s a nice addition to put in a smaller room.
4 – I didn’t realize I wanted Bluetooth headphones until I got a pair. These are a great gift for someone working from home or likes working out with music. They have fun carry cases you can get to go with them too.
5 – Fitbit watches have come such a long way! They can be super cute and trendy. This is a great gift for a momma that likes to work out and stay active.
6 – Pura Smart Device air fresheners are for the ultimate tech lover! You can control the amount of scent released in your house from an app. You can set a schedule and control when it turns on and off and the intensity. They have over 50+ different scents available. You can purchase them separately or save 15% and sign up for a subscription. The device is also a nightlight as well. Use code ‘ANGELASHERMAN’ to get 15% off!
7 – Mark & Graham have the cutest personalized travel accessories. These Charging Bracelets are so cool – super fashionable bangle that turns into a phone charger. They come in small and medium and 4 different finishes. They are having an early Black Friday special and are on sale right now!
I would love to hear what other’s are gifting fellow tech lovers – drop me a line in the comments and let me know!
I’m partnering with Clever Fox to give one lucky reader their very own Clever Fox Weekly Planner. I recently posted that this planner has been the single thing keeping me organized and meeting goals while working from home. Not only do I use it for my appointments but I also use it to keep me on track for my workout goals, meal planning and as a gratitude journal.
Enter via the Rafflecopter below…you can earn extra entries by following me on Instagram, following me on Facebook or commenting on this post or my Clever Fox review post. Giveaway ends on November 1, 2020.
My boys could easily read the same book over and over again…and that’s what we do for each season. We have our ‘go-to’ books for each season and month and it helps my boys get excited for what’s to come! Here are our 3 favorite Halloween books that we go back to year after year!
“Boo!” by Leslie Patricelli is my favorite to read in funny voices. And it also taught Max (and is now teaching Xavier) what Trick or Treating is all about! It’s perfect, quick, fun story for my 3 year old and now my 6 year old is practicing sounding out words to read to it to his brother. It goes through picking out and carving the perfect pumpkin and creating a costume for Trick or Treating.
We’re big fans of “Don’t Push the Button” books by Bill Cotter. Larry is our buddy! The seasonal ones are just as cute as the originals. “Don’t Push the Button – A Halloween Treat” is so fun to read, it calls for audience participation and the kids love it. There’s lots of ‘boos!’ and clapping coming from this board book.
I love a good Michigan-centric book. “The Spooky Express Michigan” by Eric James has fun illustrations and shout-outs to Michigan cities which makes it fun for us adults to read, too. The kids on the spooky express have a wild adventure all written in rhyme.
Working from home, with kids, has both it’s ups and downs. The up side is, I get to see my kids more! One of the downs, is that I’m having trouble staying organized. There was something about going to the office each day for meetings and desk time that helped keep me productive and organized. Being at home every day has me feeling unorganized, probably because all of the days are blending together.
To get more organized and productive, I’ve been starting to use my Clever Fox planner for all aspects of life. I use it to plan both my work and personal weekly to do lists, weekly meal and dinner plans, and set weekly health and fitness goals for myself. I’m not sure if I could have designed it any better myself. I do loads of research before buying a new planner, and I’ve never found one that I like so much that I buy the same year over year…until this one.
I’ve gone through a lot of planners in my days, and this is hands down my favorite so far. Here’s what I love about it:
You fill in your own dates, so you have flexibility of when you can start using it. Most planners either start Jan 1 or July 1. This one is blank and you can start whenever. Yes, it takes about 10 minutes to fill all the days in, however, I did not find it to be too tedious. In fact, my inner nerd had fun coordinating the pen color to the month (orange for October, red for December, etc.).
I love the weekly Habits/Skills daily to do list spot. I use this to track my water intake, healthy meals and fitness goals.
Blank notes section each week is the perfect amount of room for meal planning and a grocery list.
There’s a reflection portion for this weeks wins and a spot where you can input goals for the next week.
You can also use this as a gratitude journal – there’s space in the beginning of the planner for self reflection and setting daily rituals for yourself.
Several blank pages in the back for random note taking and list making. I used 2 pages for a packing list that I referenced for 3 road trips this summer.
There’s not 1, not 2, but 3 ribbon bookmarks and an elastic band to help keep it closed.
Each planner comes with a few sticker sheets to add some color to your weekly plans!
The only thing I would change is the binding. Although it’s extremely well made, I’m a sucker for a spiral binding.
Here’s a peak inside…
I love that it has a ‘Goal’ section – Did you know that you are 42% more likely to achieve a goal if it’s written down*? I definitely find this to be true for myself.
I love having multiple bookmarks. One for my notes section and one for the week! Some people may like to color coordinate their pens to their planner (heard from a friend:)
Here’s a blank weekly view.
Blank monthly view you can fill in yourself. I actually don’t use this view.
If I’m trying to achieve something, I love having milestone goals set for myself to stay on track.
Gratitude and daily rituals. When work from home started I tried intermittent fasting and love it – I wrote my plan down in my daily rituals section to hold myself accountable.
I had way too much fun with our first ever butterfly kit. I was like a crazy butterfly lady! We purchased this butterfly kit by Insect Lore about a month ago and we just let the butterflies out last week. It was so much fun for everyone!
The kit comes with 5 baby caterpillars, a butterfly habitat and ingredients to make nectar. We didn’t use the nectar, we gave them fresh fruit every day – only the best for my baby butterflies (crazy butterfly lady here!). It took about a week for the caterpillars to cocoon, and then another few days for them to hatch into beautiful butterflies (our transitioned very fast, instructions said at least a week, but ours did within several days). Pro tip: not all transition at the same time. Our last one took 2 additional days, so don’t give up too soon!
Once they form their cocoons you can easily transfer them to the Butterfly Garden (or habitat). This kit makes it easy, and fun, to watch this wonderful transition. Although it was kind of sad, letting them go was the cherry on top. It’s like they didn’t know to use fully use their wings so they just hung out on the boys for awhile. It was so sweet!
I also purchased the below books to help educate us on the process. We incorporated these into our bedtime reading routine and it helped us to know what stages our butterflies were in. I highly recommend supporting a local book store to shop these books! I purchased mine from 2 Dandelions Bookshop in Brighton, Michigan.
If you’ve done this before, I’d love to hear about your experience! The boys are still talking about it and I’m looking forward to doing it again next year!
Did you read my review of Care skincare? If you did and I peaked your interest, here’s a great opportunity to win a full size Deep Moisture Fix to try for yourself!
Here are the rules: Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. Must be 18+ in US to enter. Once I reach out to the winner, they will have 48 hours to respond with their mailing address. If I don’t hear back within 48 hours, I’ll have to select a new winner. Good luck!
We’ve had a fairly mild winter so far in Michigan, but it’s still cold (20s!) and taking a major toll on my skin. It got to the point that I was so dry I couldn’t even wear my foundation with loads of moisturizer underneath. I was flaking like crazy!
I have sensitive skin so I sometimes shy away from trying new skincare products, but Care beauty came along and caught my eye with ‘clean beauty’ messaging. The verdict: I love this line of skincare products. Here’s what I’ve tried so far:
I started to test with this product since ‘deep moisture’ was exactly what my face needed. At first glance, this pink, fluffy gel-cream did not look like it was going to do the trick. It has a light feeling to the touch and I thought there was no way it was going to clear up my dry skin. But I was wrong. After 3 days of using this morning and night my skin was back to normal, I could wear my foundation without looking scaly, and even without makeup my skin looked refreshed. This gel is so hydrating! As soon as I put it on my face I could tell my skin was drinking up it’s moisture. This gel has Vitamins C & E that protect and nourish skin, while the caffeine helps firm and brighten (I drink loads of caffeine each day, why not also use it topically?).
This cream is thick and rich and feels so good around my eyes! It includes Hyaluronic acid which is super hydrating and also contains caffeine, like the Hydrating Moisture Cream, to help rid your under-eyes from puffiness and dark circles (I’m a mom – I NEED this!). I’ve been putting this around my eye area and lip area (not on my lips, but around them) which has been so dry with this weather. I usually worry about putting stuff around my lips because of past acne breakouts in this area, but this cream hasn’t caused me any issues. The texture is a thick, fluffy cream, very much opposite of the Hydrating Moisture Cream.
This is my first time using a toner consistently in my skincare routine. I had no idea how important it is – even after washing my face, I had so much dirt still left on my skin. I always feared toner would dry my skin out, but this did the opposite. My skin felt super clean and soft after using this. I now use this toner every night after washing my face, and before applying my night time moisturizer.
I love the background for this brand – it’s a husband and wife startup! The husband, Ricardo, wrapped up a successful career as a Clinique executive. His wife, Pilar, found skincare to be over complicated, overpriced and full of ingredients that didn’t’ have a purpose or could cause more harm than good. So together they created Care. All products are straight-forward with no hidden ingredients and they also never test on animals. I’m totally digging this backstory and brand!
If you’ve tried this line I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below!
*I received press samples, but all opinions are my own