January 15, 2018

National Day of Service 2018

Happy Monday, friends! For those of you who are off work (or even those who are working), I certainly hope you'll be participating in today's National Day of Service in honor of MLK Day. Every day is a wonderful day to give back in your community, but hands-on volunteering on a bonus day off can be so enjoyable when done with friends, right? 

Why Should I Volunteer?

Here are some of my personal favorite volunteer opportunities that are available in most areas: 

1 // Retirement Communities
2 // Animal Shelters
3 // Food Banks
4 // Domestic Violence Shelters/Crisis Centers
5 // Libraries

There are so many great reasons to get out there and volunteer! For me, I volunteer because I want to give back to this community I call home. It's so important that I do my part to ensure the Harrisburg area is a thriving community that allows all of its citizens to feel as welcome and fortunate to live here as I do. As anyone who knows me knows, most of my volunteering is done through the Junior League of Harrisburg, which is an organization so near and dear to my heart.

In a time where everything feels like it's falling apart, being able to set aside time to volunteer each month makes me feel like the world isn't the pit of misery (dilly, dilly) that I sometimes imagine it to be. In addition to helping me put things in perspective, I can also gain valuable experiences that are not available at work, create friendships, and hone my leadership skills. Overall, volunteering - especially with friends - is something that I need for my mental health and sanity. So let's all get out there and put some good into the world today; don't you think it needs it?

November 7, 2017

Sephora VIB Sale

So how did everyone use their extra hour this weekend? Mine was spent sleeping aka recovering from a little cold and another Penn State loss. And don't even get me started on the crap that is the AP Poll! I'm interested to see what the committee brings us tonight with the updated playoff rankings.

In better news, I placed my Sephora order for the VIB Rouge sale that ended last night. I'm so excited to try some new products and replenish my stash of favorites. I kept thinks under control this year, as I'm still trying to work my way through all of the sample-size products I already own and stay on a budget. Here are my four must-haves and one wildcard purchase that should be arriving on my doorstep this week:

1 // Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Primer
A must for my disgustingly dry skin. I love the light, fresh scent and it helps my concealer stay on all day, which is also a must.

2 // Caudalie Grape Water
Again with the dry skin! I discovered this in a Sephora skincare sampler last fall, and I can't get enough. I keep it in my desk at work and spritz it all over my face and then bounce a beautyblender all over to pat it in. 

3 // Sol de Janiero Bum Bum Cream
Does this really tighten up skin? Who cares! It smells like the most incredible beach vacation and never fails to make me smile when it's cold and dark outside.

4 // Shiseido Cotton Pads
The first time I saw someone post about these I'm pretty sure I thought "Are you joking?! Ten dollars for cotton pads?" but they're so worth the money. One pad can remove my eye makeup or nail polish and they don't come apart in wispy little strips of cotton. And they're so soft!

5 // Kora Organics Daily Ritual
What is a sale for if not for trying something new? This organic brand by Miranda Kerr sparked my interest, so I put it in my cart to try. It contains a cleanser, moisturizer and spray. Here's to hoping it's a good purchase!

So that's what I picked up, plus a few holiday gifts which I can't share because I don't want to ruin any surprises ;) 

November 3, 2017

Five on Friday | tv, clothing, makeup, oh my!

Happy Friday, friends! This week has been a really rough one; work has been crazy and I'm SO GLAD we are so close to the weekend. Maybe it'll arrive faster if I hurry up and get along with my five on friday? Let's give it a try!

1 // Below Deck

So we don't have cable, but I did download the Bravo app and have been bingeing episodes of Below Deck. I was never really into this show back when we did have cable, but I'm borderline obsessed with Kate, the chief stew from the show. Her clapbacks are hilarious, and based on my creeping on her twitter, she does some amazing volunteer work. I need to be her friend!

2 // Sephora VIB Rouge Sale

It's that time of year, aka the day I spend all of my money at Sephora's VIB Rouge sale. I typically shop at Ulta because they have a much better rewards program, but there are a handful of items that are only available at Sephora so I'm filling up my cart today. I'll report back with what I got when it arrives!

3 // Le Tote

I'm still loving my rental clothing subscription with Le Tote. My clothing options have been killing it lately and I'm so tempted to keep everything they send. But where's the fun in that, right? I've got the schedule locked down so that I can maximize the number of totes I get each month. If you'd like your first tote free, please feel free to use my referral link {here}

4 // Fall Back

It's almost here! I cannot wait to go to work in the DAYLIGHT next week instead of the depressing darkness. Yes, I know it will be dark earlier, but it's so much easier to wake up and drive to work when the sun is up. And an extra hour of sleep never hurts ;) 

5 // Penn State!

The battle of the land grant universities! Tomorrow #7 Penn State takes on #24 Michigan State in East Lansing. I'll be watching the game at the Vineyard at Hershey at the Junior League's tailgate fundraiser. Penn State football, friends, and wine...if Penn State wins, it will be the perfect Saturday!

I hope everyone has an amazing weekend - I'm counting down the minutes until I'm out of the office and relaxing. Cheers!

October 17, 2017

How to Pack Like a Flight Attendant

Hello from Phoenix! I'm traveling for work for a few days while my husband holds down the fort at home. I'm excited to be visiting a city where I've never traveled before, even if most of my day is spent in meetings ;) I do love my job though, I promise!

For those who may not know, I used to be a flight attendant. I hung up my uniform a few years ago, but during my time in the air, hotels, and at the airport, I learned quite a bit about efficient packing. When getting ready for my trip to Arizona, I recalled some of my favorite tips and tricks, and thought I would finally share them here! Without further ado, here are my best crewmember packing tips:

1 // Buy a quality suitcase

I've touched on this in a previous post, but I stand by my statement. My Travelpro Crew3 is still working perfectly, fits FAA and European guidelines for cabin baggage status, and fits everything I need. If you're a frequent traveler, just spend the money on quality luggage and step away from what you find at Marshalls!

2 // Roll, roll, roll

Undoubtedly, you've heard this one before! I roll all of my camisoles, pajamas, t-shirts, leggings, and any workout clothing and line the bottom of my suitcase with them. They help to fill the gaps and create a flat surface for all of my other goods.

3 // Don't sort by category

Specifically, don't sort your toiletries in the order in which you use them, but sort by what needs to go in your liquids baggie, what you don't need to access upon arrival at your destination, and what can be tucked into shoes or side pockets. I save up all of my Sephora samples for traveling these days (boy, sometimes I do miss being an FA and being able to take my full-size shampoo through security!) and tuck them in the side pocket of my suitcase. My non-liquid makeup (mascara, setting powder, blush, brushes, etc) get packed in a cosmetics case and added to the top of my suitcase, and my liquids stay in my purse for easy access at TSA.

4 // Heavy stuff on the left

If you lay out your suitcase like I do when packing - wheels on the left, handle on the right - you'll want to put your heaviest items on the left side. This includes denim, books, toiletries, and shoes. If you put your heavy items on the right, your bag will become top-heavy and tip over every time you let go. Balancing out the items in your suitcase is a simple trick that makes a big difference when you're rolling it behind you and standing in the long checkpoint lines!

5 // Remember your passport, phone, and a credit card

This is my best tip - do not get too worked up about fitting everything in your suitcase. Don't lose sleep over making list after list. If you have your passport (or other appropriate photo ID), a credit card, and your phone, you can get on your flight and purchase what you need at the other end. Of course, I don't recommend leaving everything behind, but it gives me such peace of mind to know that if I have the essentials, I can make everything else work. 

So that's all I have for now! Of course, some of those tips are common sense, but sometimes it helps to see them written out in front of you. I plan on updating this list even more when Jason and I travel to Europe in 2018, so if you have any good ideas to share, let me know! 

October 13, 2017

Five on Friday | Birthday Edition

Happy Friday! Oh my gosh, I didn't even realize today was Friday the 13th. Should I be superstitious? I'm not really, but I definitely took note of the date when I was getting ready to post!

In honor of wrapping up my birthday week, I'm sharing five things I accomplished while I was 32. I certainly don't want to come across as bragging, but I do want to share what I'm excited about. Linking up with Five on Friday, as usual!

1 // Found an exercise I love

Last December, I took my very first indoor cycling class. I was nervous, certain I would pass out, and not looking forward to it. Much to my surprise, I decided I loved it and I've stuck with it for the past ten months! I even went out and purchased fancy clip-in cycling shoes, so I'm pretty sure I'm legit now. ;)

2 // Got healthier

In the past month, I've lost a little over ten pounds, and I'm excited to keep moving forward with getting healthier. I'm more conscious of what I'm eating, and while I still indulge in pizza and Chick fil A, I'm already feeling so much better. If you're wondering, I've been following Weight Watchers, and yes, it works.

3 // Visited a new city

Last December I traveled to Seattle for Christmas to visit my husband's family. While I didn't get to explore as much of the city as I would have liked, it was a fun - but short - trip to a new part of the country. I can't wait to go back!

4 // Hit my stride at work

Right before I turned 32 I started a new job (with the same company) and immediately knew I found something that was a great fit for me. Things at work got even better when I was given a new focus area, and despite some growing pains, I'm still more than happy to go to work in the morning. I chalk most of that up to my absolutely amazing bosses, and I strive to be more like them each day. 

5 // Found a skincare routine that works

Does this sound silly? Probably. But anyone who knows me knows that I have crazy sensitive skin and frequently break out in a rash when I try new products. I've been more consistent about creating a skincare routine that is easy, but most importantly works for me. Sharing it on my blog is on my to-do list!

Here's to hoping I can accomplish even more while I'm 33! Have a lovely weekend, everyone!

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