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La Fresh Nail Polish Remover Pads

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I am so excited to share with you guys my new discovery in the world of nails: La Fresh Nail Polish Remover Pads. Who hates the strong smell of normal nail polish remover and the way it dries out your nails?? Here is the solution! There are so many reasons why these pads are AWESOME.

  1. They are Acetone-free and actually contain aloe and vitamins to moisturize your nails.
  2. The packet easily slips in your purse or suitcase. So how great is that for vacation?! If your nails chip on your trip, you don’t have to worry about bringing a bottle of remover with you. I keep one in my makeup bag.
  3. Forget the strong chemical smell – these smell like delicious citrus with no artificial fragrances.
  4. They are biodegradable, so no guilt towards the environment.
  5. No mess – the pads are drip free!

La Fresh Nail Polish Remover Pads

Each pad is large enough to clean all 10 nails. First, hold the pad on your nail for a few seconds to let it dissolve the polish. Then rub nails with the pad to wipe away the color. I used them to remove purple to make sure they could stand the test to dark colors!

La Fresh Nail Polish Remover Pads

It’s as easy as that! I will be packing these on my spring break trip! I bought mine online at Birchbox here because they currently have free shipping. (They are also on amazon or the La Fresh website.)

While on the topic of nails, here is my new favorite color for spring: OPI’s “Do You Lilac It”. My toes have kept me happy on my yoga mat all week :)

OPI Lilac nail polish

Here’s to happy, healthy nails!! I promise you will love La Fresh Nail Polish Remover, and so will your nails!

La Fresh Nail Polish Remover Pads

Stocking Stuffer Gifts 2012

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A few years ago, I started making stockings for my mom and dad, which was a huge hit! My mom screamed with excitement the first year. So, naturally, the tradition has continued :) Here are some of the things I put in their stockings this year, that you might just want to try yourself or use for a future gift…

Lifefactory  Glass Water Bottle

Somehow, water just tastes better out of these bottles. They are BPA free, made of glass for clean tasting water, and super easy to keep wash! The whole bottle can go in the dishwasher. Make drinking more water a New Year’s Resolution! I’ve purchased them at Whole Foods and on amazon.

Lifefactory Water Bottles

Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm

You won’t believe how fresh your lips feel with this balm! I put it on every night before bed. I purchased mine at Sephora.

Smith's Lip Balm

Draft Magazine Subscription

I have given this to both my dad and Andrew in years past and they love it. My mom says this is the only magazine my dad reads cover to cover. So I renewed it for him this year! It highlights everything from new breweries, to best bars, to beer recipes.

Draft Magazine

Potato Chip Chocolate Bar

This sweet chocolate and salty potato chip combo is TO DIE FOR, so I had to stick it in dad’s stocking. I found it near the Lindt and Ghirardelli premium chocolate bars at the grocery store.

Chuao Potato Chip Chocolate Bar

Wine Cork Candles

These “corks” can be stuck in your favorite bottle of wine (once it’s been consumed) and lit to drip down the sides of the bottle. I ordered mine on Uncommongoods.com.

wine-cork-candles

Mustache Food or Drink Picks

Since mustaches are so “in” right now, I had to put some kind of mustache in my dad’s stocking. (Seriously, I’m seeing them everywhere, from T-shirts, to shower curtains, to the hoods of cars!) I found these mustache food picks that I thought my dad could use for olives in his martinis.

Mustache picks

Hope this gives you some ideas for gifts…or things to add to your wish-list!

Loose Tea Strainer

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Since we don’t have leaves that change colors here, one of our first signs of fall is the surfers that start wearing their wetsuits out in the water. This morning, the ocean break was dotted with what looked like little black seals, only a few brave surfers were left bare-skinned. So far, fall has brought us some beautiful sunsets…

As the temperatures cool off, what sounds better than a warm cup of tea? If you are a tea drinker, let me share with you my FAVORITE way to make tea and the strainer that makes it happen. I gave my mom one of these tea strainers for mother’s day and she loved it so much that she had to buy a 2nd one for the cabin. (You can also purchase a similar, cheaper version on amazon.)

Have you discovered the world of loose leaf teas (meaning no tea bag, just a bag of the tea leaves themselves)? My absolute favorite is Blueberry Rooibos from Alterra, a local coffee shop chain in Milwaukee:

Altera Blueberry Rooibos Tea

Generally, the problem with loose leaf teas is that they leak into your mug as you are steeping them so that you have some “nature” floating around in there. I couldn’t seem to avoid this with my old ball and chain strainer. However, this particular tea infuser completely solves that problem and is so easy to use! The mesh strainer does not let any of the leaves through and rests on top of your mug as it steeps:

Loose Tea Strainer

Just fill with a spoonful of your favorite loose tea:

Loose Tea Strainer

Steep for several minutes, depending on the type of tea, and then lift it out when ready:

Loose Tea Strainer

How great is that?? I hope you will enjoy this as much as my mom and I do! And I hope it brings more warm cups of tea into your life this fall!

Just Wink iPhone App

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I finally joined the cool kids and bought an iPhone last month! Having internet on my phone has seriously been a life changer. I really didn’t know what I was missing out on. My friend Kristen introduced me to one of my favorite apps called Just Wink. You should really Just Download it. Seriously. It’s free. Such a great find! With this app, you can send greeting cards through text message (or email to people without smartphones or pay to send a paper card to people with nophones). When you receive the card on your phone, you can “swipe” it open like you open a real card. Who doesn’t love a surprise card from a friend?? The cards range from birthdays to “miss you” to random funny notes. Click the link to my website so you can see the slideshow of cards and how it works:

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Once you pick your greeting card, (which takes awhile because there are so many fun ones!) you can insert a photo, add a message, and even use your finger to trace your personal signature to sign the bottom! It delivers free, instantly, and no concerns about losing it in the mail. Send one to a friend today! Or to me :)

Lipton Cold Brew Iced Tea

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One of my favorite things to drink in the summer is a cold glass of iced tea filled with lemons. I used to rarely ever have it at home though because it seems to take too much effort to either boil water, steep, and then chill completely, or to let a jug of water sit out on the back patio all day to steep. Someone at work introduced me to Lipton Cold Brew Iced Tea and it changed my world of poolside/oceanside drinking! If you are an iced tea drinker, of the unsweetened variety, add this to your grocery list! (You can also order it on amazon.com.)

Lipton Cold Brew Iced Tea

In order to make a full pitcher, I used 2 tea bags. First, unwrap the tea bags and fill the pitcher with water. Let the tea bags steep for 5-10 minutes.

Lipton Cold Brew Iced Tea

While the tea bags are steeping, cut up some lemon slices to add to your glass. Fill your glass with ice and a lemon slice and you are good to go. There is nothing better or more refreshing on a hot summer day!!

Lipton Cold Brew Iced Tea

One Week Free Yoga

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Today marks the first day of National Yoga Month!! If you have never tried yoga or are looking to test out a new studio, then September is the perfect time for you to go for it! The Yoga Health Foundation has organized the opportunity for students to try out a new studio for 1 week FREE in the month of September or October at participating studios. This is what you have to do:

  1. Go to this website: One Week Free Yoga
  2. Click “Request One Week Free Yoga” and fill out your information
  3. Type in your zip code to find the list of participating studios near you
  4. Select the studio you want to try and print your Free Yoga card

That’s it! Let me know which studio you try! Namaste :)