Relax A Little

Life is super stressful. I know personally I have a million different things to do a day and each of them go in a different direction. If we break it down, I’ve got two blogs (which I love running), a job in a cosmetic department, a social media internship and on top of all that, a Spanish class. By the way I have never taken Spanish a day in my life so that has proven to be the most difficult. Needless to say I am always busy and when you are always busy you can get a little stressed. I feel like I never have time for anything. I know a lot of people feel this way too. So, how can we calm ourselves down and just relax for once so we don’t go completely crazy?

The first step is to set aside time for yourself. No matter how busy you are you need to set aside time for yourself, even if it is just for 10 minutes. Sometimes I go on a run to clear my head, but sometimes I am too lazy to do that.

This is where the Lavender Relaxation Gift Box comes in. It comes with scented shower gel, a moisturizing bath bar, body butter, body lotion and body mist, a loofah, Hemingway tea, English Tea Cookies and a Ghirardelli Chocolate bar.

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This gift basket comes from WorldMarket.com for $69.99 and it will help ease all of your stress. This would be the perfect thing to get yourself if you feel like you need a treat or you could give it to someone who really needs to calm down for once. Either way this basket will be appreciated. Drink that tea and it those cookies, then polish off that chocolate bar. Go on, you deserve it! As they say, treat yo’ self.

Picking the Perfect Fragrance

Whether you are shopping for your mother, grandma, or even your dad fragrances are a popular option for everyone. Perfumes or colognes everyone wants to smell good. But did you know the same fragrance can smell different on different people? It has to do with the PH balance of your skin and since everyone is different, everyone’s PH is different. Other things can affect smell too such as temperature, diet, lotions and even having a hangover can change the smell of your perfume!

So how can you pick a perfume that smells good on you? Obviously visiting a counter and physically testing the perfume on your skin is the best option, but if you are busy and are looking for something online you can take this handy quiz from Total Beauty called What’s Your Fragrance Personality?

I took the quiz and I got floral scents as my fragrance personality, “The best scent for this romantic, sensitive and sweet personality would be a bouquet of complementary florals, sure to woo even the most fickle of noses. Look for familiar notes like magnolia, jasmine, rose and lily. For the more fresh-minded, keep it light with a hint of lavender or a fresh, herbal top note. For those with a hidden sultry side, pick up a fragrance with a bottom note of amber, wood, musk or vanilla.”

So, if you are like me and floral is your thing try Daisy by Marc Jacobs

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Daisy has notes of violet leaves and wild strawberries. It is very fresh and light. A 3.4 oz bottle of this perfume costs $94.00

If that does not sound delicious to you try Poppy Flower by Coach.

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It smells citrusy with a dash of peonies, jasmine and rose water.

My favorite scent has to be La Vie Est Belle (or life is beautiful) by Lancôme.

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It smells of iris!

4th of July Fun

When you live in or near the big city of Minneapolis, Minnesota you tend to get thrown a lot of options when it comes to any event. This 4th of July is no exception. Many will be on their boats on Lake Minnetonka while others will be grilling in their backyards. But for those of you who don’t know what to do on the day our country was born here are a few options for the Twin Cities area.

  1. Stone Arch Bridge:
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    This is one of the best spots to view the fireworks; they’re literally above your head! The bridge is above the Mississippi river so you can only imagine how magical the fireworks look in the waters reflection. Spots fill up quick because it is so popular so get there early!
  2. Gold Medal Park:
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    This spot can be pretty buggy so if you do go make sure to bring bug spray but don’t let the thought of getting bit stop you from going because the view is perfection! Lay back on the grass, play frisbee with your friends and enjoy!
  3. Lake Calhoun:
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    Go there during the day to swim, grill, kayak and enjoy the weather and stay for the night to watch the fireworks over the water! Nothing more romantic than a view of the lake to go with some explosions.
  4. July 4th in the park:
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    This is the only Independence Day parade in St. Paul. It is accompanied by a family friendly picnic and party located in Langford Park. The parade begins at 11:00 AM on Luther Place and continues down Como Park.
  5. Watermelon Ride:
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    The 31st annual Watermelon Ride is on July 4th. This is another family friendly event and you can choose to travel either 15, 25, or 5o miles. It begins in Battle Creek Regional Park with a picnic after the ride. It costs $25.00 to join.

Lots of options here!

Father’s Day Count Down

Fathers day is coming fast! We only have one more week to find something for our dads. I know I blogged about this a little bit ago but most people probably haven’t bought their gifts yet and could use a refresher.

I decided to take a different spin on this. Think of it from a childs perspective. You could always buy something and say that it is from your kid but we all know the truth. Kids can’t exactly log onto the web and order something from themselves and if they can then that kid is dangerous and should be stopped.

So what are some ways kids can give their dads a great gift and it actually mean something?

First of all, if your kids are old enough to at least write you could print out this cute memo that lets the kids fill in the blanks and tell their pops why they love them so.

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Even though this seems like more of a mothers day idea, what dad doesn’t want to know why his kids love him? Even if he pretends its lame, look for that glimmer of a tear in his eyes that I know will be there.

Here is another cute idea that lets the kids get a little more “Hands-on” (lol)

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Just cover your kids hands in green paint and gently press it on a piece of paper that you have already printed the words “Happy Fathers Day 2015″ (or whatever you want it to say) on. This example creates a tree but you could always do something else too. It puts a nice spin on the old hand to turkey craft from Thanksgiving.

Whatever you choose to do, make sure you celebrate dad! You would not be here without him. Whether you do an at home BBQ with the family or a big sha-bang with the neighborhood just do something!

Keep it Youthful

I am a firm believer in that it is never too early to start preventing the signs of aging. I have definitely said this before. I always try to recommend products that I have tried before so I can promote my first hand knowledge. I have recently begun trying the Advanced Génifique Serum by Lancôme, and all I have to say is WOW.

First of all, I love Lancôme. All of their products are made in the USA, besides the perfume which is french of course, and 70% of their scientists creating these products are women. Products for women by women, what could be better than that?

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But this serum is almost magic. First of all you can see the results within 7 days. It targets the 10 areas we want to keep youthful: texture, resiliency, elasticity, firmness, sagginess, fine lines, wrinkles, radiance, even skin tone, and clarity. This serum soaks into the skin and doesn’t leave any residue. This serum is also the only one that can go underneath other serums and lotions and still work. As long as you use it twice a day, every day you will see results within one week.

After you wash your face you apply one pump full to your face and neck and you will instantly look like you are glowing. Watch out JLo!

The cool thing about this bottle is that the pump is self-loading. Just open the bottle and the correct amount of serum will be in the dropper. You don’t need that much to cover the skin. It is very light and spreads easily. This serum is for anyone and everyone no matter how young or old.

I have only been using this serum for a few days and I can already tell a difference.

Advanced Génefique makes the perfect gift for anyone.