Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Valentia EvenGlow Serum with Vitamin C

If you know me you know I'm all about a good AM and PM serum, one that will deliver a serious punch of vitamins and antioxidants to repair my skin from the everyday stuff (to put it nicely) it encounters in the environment.

The Valentia Skincare EvenGlow Serum with Vitamin C is a serum I've been using each and every day for about the past month.  

The first thing that drew me into this vitamin C face serum product was its texture and consistency.  It felt almost more like a moisturizer than your typical serum, a bit thicker and creamier than any other serum I've used before.  My number one rule for serums is to not be sticky, and the Valentia EvenGlow Serum passed that test immediately.  A small amount provided even coverage and absorbed quickly, and applying my moisturizer over it was easy and smooth.  Also, the scent is a bit citrusy but not strong which is nice, some serums I've used have had a weird or just plain bad smell, and I'm glad this one does not- it's not overpowering at all.
Photo: Valentiaskincare.com
The EvenGlow Serum combats uneven skin tone and provides hydration to the complexion- I think this product would be spectacular for the colder months when the weather is raw and can really affect the complexion.  I can certainly say I've noticed the hydrating piece of the EvenGlow Serum, and I do feel very glow-y after applying it.  I don't have a huge issue with uneven skin tone so I can't really speak to that, but overall I've really been enjoying this product.  

I'll definitely be using this product until the very end, I love that it's a bit different from your average serum that can be much more liquid based, and it's packed with vitamin C which will boost my radiance.

Interested in trying out Valentia Skincare?  Check out the EvenGlow Serum on Amazon, it's currently on sale for $35- an awesome price for a strong skincare product, I highly suggest it.

[Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored post powered through BrandBacker.  I recieved this product to review.  All opinions are my own.]

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The First Day of 2nd Grade

I start teaching today!  Finally!  Yay!

I'm teaching 2nd grade math and science at a public school in D.C.  I could not be happier to start this new journey, and I'm really looking forward to, and excited for, this new school year.

I figured I'd share some pictures of my classroom, I've worked hard on putting everything together and organizing for the past two weeks, it's been insane.

As I do certain things I'll share them on here, if you know any teachers, please share this with them! 

This will be my morning meeting area and also the area for my whole group / small group instruction.

I wanted there to be plenty of space around the computers both for the students working on them, and to lessen distraction for other students working throughout the room.

 Student math journals and GoMath books will be housed on this bookshelf.  Each group of desks will also have their own supply caddy.  I'm not going to fill them until all of the supplies are brought in and in order.

 I always want books visible in the classroom, even though I'm teaching math & science.  I have Eric Carle's Animals Animals, National Geographic Kid's First Big Book of Why, Andrew Clement's A Million Dots, and Greg Tang's Math Fables.  Apologies on the picture being so dark!

Math manipulative area.  I'm keeping all the math manipulatives close to my desk for good reason.

 My school follows Responsive Classroom, so our first week will be all about creating community and learning our everyday routines and procedures.  This is what we'll be doing today!

Our 2nd grade theme is 2nd Grade Scholars Are Stellar
Our educational aides did an amazing job with the hallways bulletin board and our doors!

 This is my science book library & my main bulletin board with our calendar and news.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Birchbox Book Club: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

Summer is the best time to catch up on some fun and relaxing reading.  I was so happy to see Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) as the August Birchbox Book Club choice!  I knew this would be my last "fun" book of the summer, and I am thrilled that I had the chance to read it!

I love Mindy Kaling, I think she's hilarious & slightly underestimated in Hollywood- I still don't understand how she didn't get an Emmy nomination, RUDE.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) is the perfect read for a young professional woman who can appreciate the balance between sarcasm, real life dramz, and comedy.  

via Birchbox.com
Each of her short stories about her life, beginning from childhood, has something we can all relate to, crafted in a clever and witty way.  I mean seriously, I LOL'ed while reading this book, and that's a great sign..obviously.

I really love everything Chelsea Handler, so I was surprised that I enjoyed reading Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) just as much as I did Chelsea's books...if not more.

In fact, I found Mindy's book to be a bit more relatable than some of Chelsea's, and I think that's so important for capturing your audience, especially of this age and demographic.  Not only was Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) totally hilarious, but I could relate to some of her stories in my own way, which drew me into the book even more.

Ummm, I would totally love to hang out with Mindy Kaling, she's awesome. 

Pick up Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) at any major bookstore, or be really cool and stock up on some beauty products over at Birchbox, and get a copy of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) for free with a $35 purchase- just use code MINDY at checkout! 

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[Disclaimer: I received a copy of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) from Birchbox to review.]

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thursday's Fab Five

Thursday's Fab Five

Good morning everyone!
Here are my favorites of the week! 

LUSH Sandy Santa Body Butter
Yes, I realize this is something I should've used in the winter...no, I don't care.  I always exfoliate even in the summer, so Sandy Santa has worked just fine.  This exfoliating bar does it's job perfectly while still hydrating with coconut oil and Shea butter.  I know this product is no longer available at the moment, but I'll be scooping one up once LUSH releases their holiday collection!

English Laundry Signature for Her, $70
This was a perfume sample in a Birchbox, I can't remember which one though, oops.  The scent is fresh and clean with strong notes of rose and lighter notes of musk and "woody spicy".  I recieved quite a few compliments on it while I wore it, which is always a good thing.  I have my staple scents I always buy, so I probably won't be purchasing this scent, but it's still a great one to try if you love very feminine floral perfumes!

NatureBox Santa fe Corn Stix, subscription service
Snack. of. the. week.  SO YUMMY.  I'm sure you can guess the flavor by the name: tomato, green pepper, and onions- it's like a fajita without the meat, and it's still great.  Perfect for my daily car snacking since I never have time to actually eat a meal during the work hours.

The Body Shop Satsuma Soap, $4
I'm not sure why, but recently I've been obsessed with bar soaps.  I'm almost done with this one, I'm using a LUSH one in the shower, and I'm using a LUSH shampoo bar too.  So weird.  Anyway, this scent is amazing, it's a Body Shop best seller, and you can instantly figure out why- it's super citrusy and refreshing.

Bigso Kate Stockholm Desktop Collection, $7-$11
Don't you just love the Container Store?! I'M OBSESSED WITH IT.  I got this collection for my desk at work, it's super bright and punchy, and on sale, so hello it's perfect.  Next Friday I'll be doing a classroom post, so you can see these desk accessories in action looking pretty.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Dove Sleeveless Summer Challenge

Disclaimer: I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence Central for Dove Advanced Care Deodorant. I received a promotional item to facilitate my review.

I love Dove deodorants, I've been loyal to my Go Fresh Cool Essentials for many years- see my post from 2011.  When I was chosen to help promote Dove's Sleeveless Summer Challenge I could not have been more excited! 

Head on over to the Dove Sleeveless Summer Challenge page and print out a coupon for the Advanced Care Deodorant!

Use Dove's Advanced Care Deodorant with NutriumMoisture for 3 days, show off your best sleeveless style, and enter to win...are you ready for it...

A trip to NYC Fashion Week and a shopping experience with Erin Walsh, who's styled some top celebs such as Kerry Washington and Sarah Jessica Parker!!

Check out the Dove Sleeveless Summer Challenge, and start picking out a fabulous outfit!