Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Eye Creams: Which one is for you?


One of my goals for 2018 is to create a new skincare routine. As I am in the late 20s, I want to focus more on my skincare to keep it looking fresh and youthful. Reviews.com reached out to me and asked if I would check out their 'Best of Eye Cream for 2017' guide and I said yes!


Reviews.com took a look at over 300 hundred different eye creams on the market and then discussed them with dermatologists and industry experts. They tested multiple brands across multiple price points and looked at things like packaging, texture, smell, and application. The first thing they did was cut all eye creams with common skin irritants,  such as parabens, fragrances, and mineral oils, which then cut the list down to 119 products. 

Second, they looked for  ingredients/formulas that treat the three major concern with eye care: wrinkles, dark circles, and puffiness. For wrinkles, they looked for retinoids, which encourages the production of collagen. For dark circles, they looked for caffeine, which helps shrink blood vessels and lessens the dark circles less noticeable. Finally, for puffiness, they looked for caffeine and antioxidants. 

To see the finalists in each category, head over to https://www.reviews.com/best-eye-cream/

Do you use an eye cream? If so, share your favorites in the comments section!



*This post is not sponsored. All opinions are genuinely my own. 


Sunday, October 1, 2017

September 2017 Favorites | Elizabeth Kathryn

Another month over means time for another favorites post! I haven't done one of these in ages, so I kept a small list this past month of a few of my favorites things!

1) Beverage - Arizona Zero Calorie Green Tea with Ginseng 
I know this is totally random but my Mom actually introduced me to this green tea and now I drink it almost everyday! There is just something so refreshing about it and it tastes really good with zero calories! It also contains honey and ginseng! You should definetly give this a try!

2) Food - Hannaford Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal
I have been eating oatmeal for breakfast everyday for the past two months or so and mainly buy store brand t save a few bucks. We typically do our grocery shopping at Hannaford, a grocery-store chain in the northeast, and their Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal has become my favorite. It doesn't really taste like a cinnamon roll but I LOVE the cinnamon flavor it has and really makes eating my breakfast something I enjoy. I also haven't been eating breakfast until around 10:00am, so this whole waiting to eat thing has been working out. My body is now used to not eating until mid-morning, which I think is helping with my goals!


3) App - Candy Crush
I have been playing this literally every night before I go to bed. I am currently stuck on level 92! There is something relaxing yet frustrating about playing this game but I am really enjoying it again!


4) Workout - Orangetheory fitness
Over the summer, my work had a well ness fair and got I voucher to try out a free class at Orangetheory fitness. OTF is a heart rate based interval training class which is based on Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC) aka the "afterburn". You can burn an estimated 500 to 1000 calories in their 60 minute class. You do a combination of free weights/rowing/treadmill over the duration of 60 minutes having a coach guide you through the various workouts. I personally love the atmosphere and highly recommend you sign up a free class on their website! It is a little pricey but not as expensive as some HIIT workouts I have tried in the past! 


What are some of your September favorites? Leave a comment below!






Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Planner Review | Ashley Shelly Planner 2018


I am back today with a planner review! I love talking about planners and today I will be sharing with you the new Ashley Shelly 2018 planner!


The Ashley Shelly 2018 Planner features a hard, glossy cover size 7.25" by 9.25" including binding. I decided to order the Black and White stripe cover because I thought it was super professional while also being very elegant. The planner is also available in four other cover designs. The binding and metal corner cover protectors are in a silver finish. 

 When you open the front cover, you will find a small front pocket that will fit the Budget Notebook or Notebook bestie. You can also store receipts or other small documents in this space. To the right, there is a clear zip pouch that you can use to store your planner stickers. One sheet of stickers is included with purchase.
Inspiration Board

Important Contacts & Favorite Meal Ideas

Yearly Overview & 2018 Holidays


There are several pre-printed pages in the front of the planner before the calendar and weekly inserts to help with goal setting include an inspiration board, important contacts page, meal ideas, 2018 planning overview, 2018 & 2019 yearly overview, 2018 Holiday lists and some extra notes pages sprinkled throughout the planner.

Monthly view

The Ashley Shelly Planner includes a monthly calendar at the beginning of each month. Each month is marked with a laminated tab . The monthly pages are printed on heavy card stock. Monthly spread spans two pages and contains the previous month, next month, and a notes column on the left side. This calendar is a Sunday - Saturday format and also contains lined boxes. Holidays are marked in a purple colored font.
Creative Spread

At the beginning of each month, you get a creative spread to help you plan out the month. This section allows the user to creatively plan out their goals for the month including a word of the month or mantra, ways to create happiness, things to cut out such as distractions, routines and habits, personal goals, special dates, and even a monthly bucket list! I think the routines and habits is really important because many of us find ourselves falling out of habits, I even do, and this is a great reminder to help you keep you on track towards your monthly goals!
Week on Two Pages

Finally, we have the week on two page (WO2P) horizontal layout. Each month has four-five pages for the weeks of the month. Each week you get a monthly word section and notes section to capture anything important or noteworthy. Each day has nine (9) time-stamped areas for you to record meetings, appointments, etc.  You also get a daily to-do list, a due today section and dinner section. Each page has a perforated bottom corner that you can tear off each week to create a built-in bookmark! 

In addition to the monthly and weekly sections, you also get an additional ten (10) notes pages in the back of the planner. This planner runs from January 2018 to December 2018. 
The 2018 Ashley Shelly Planner retails for $49.95!

I hope you enjoyed this look into the Ashley Shelley 2018 Planner! I am truly impressed with the design and craftsmanship of this planner! I love the color scheme and the elegant nature of this book. 
To check out more Ashley Shelly products, visit her website at http://www.ashleyshelly.com/

If you would like me to review other planners on this blog, please leave a comment below and I will take them into consideration. Happy Planning!

*This post is not sponsored. I purchase this planner with my own money. All opinions are genuinely my own. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Bathroom Renovation: The Before {Part 1}

Sorry for the lack of posts but life has gotten in the way! But, my husband and I embarking on our very first major home improvement project! We have decided to hire a contractor to help remodel our upstairs bathroom! This project has been on our to-do list since we bought our house in 2016.

Opening the bathroom door, here's the view...

Turn to your left, and you see the bathtub/shower combo...


Standing in the tub, you see the toilet and privacy wall. YUCK!


 Look at that floor tile and wall tile! It is so outdated!
And there you have it! We have researched floor tile, wall tile, paint colors, new vanity, the list goes on! I still have not 100% decided on the vanity or paint colors, but I have a few weeks to make the final decision. We are hoping the project will be completed by Christmas 2017. 

Anybody else in the middle of home renovations? Share your story in the comments!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Labor Day Weekend Sales 2017



Happy Saturday! Today I thought I would share with you all the Labor Day sales I have found!

Clothing:

  • J.Crew:30% off your purchase using code YESPLEASE. Also, 9% cash back using Ebates!
  • LOFT: 40% off full price styles
  • Old Navy: All Jeans, Dress, and Tees 50% off.
  • Banana Republic: 40% off everything
  • GAP: Up to 50% off everything plus an additional 20% off your purchase using code GETMORE
  • JCPenney: Extra 30% off $100 or Extra 25% off under $100 using code DEALS37
  • Kohls: $10 off when you $25 or more using code TAKE10 plus hundreds off markdowns
  • New York and Company: New Arrivals Buy One Get One 50% Off plus doorbusters
  • Macys: Extra 25% off plus free shipping using code LBDAY plus 25-70% off clearance
  • Sears: Semi-annual blowout up to 70% off clothing
  • Anthropologie: Extra 40% off sale
  • H&M: Up to 60% off plus free shipping on select items
  • Urban Outfitters: Extra 30% off all sale items; 40% off all bras
  • Victoria's Secret: Free shipping on $50; 7/$28 panties; $40 select bras; $6 beauty bash
  • Aerie: 40% off the Aerie Collectio; All undies 10 for $35
  • American Eagle Outfitters: 25% off jeans and pants; 25% off tops
  • Ardene: 30% off plus free shipping
  • Express: 40% off everything
  • Windsor: $5 Labor Day Sale select items
Other:
  • Bath & Body Works: All three-wick candles $12.50; Body Care Buy 3 Get 3 Free plus 25% off your entire order online
  • Vera Bradley: 50% off sale styles
  • Yankee Candle: $5 small jar candles
  • https://www.erincondren.com/: 20% off Erin's Essentials including Flip Flops, Over Sized Totes, Phone Cases, Pillows, Pajamas, Sherpa Throws, Designer Totes, and more!
Will you be taking advantage of the sales this weekend?

Monday, August 28, 2017

Announcement: I'm an Erin Condren Affiliate!


Hi everyone! I got some awesome news today! I am officially an Erin Condren Affiliate! I am SO excited to be able to continue to share with you my favorite planners and planner accessories, while making some extra money to support my youtube channel and blog.  You will now start seeing Erin Condren ads in my side bar and occasionally at the bottom of blog posts. As always, THANK YOU for your continued support!

xo Liz

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Weekly Drugstore Sales Roundup (8/27-9/2)


Here are all the latest and greatest drugstore sales for the week! I used to do this post all the time and thought it would be fun to bring it back to the blog! I went through my local Sunday newspaper to find these deals for you! Of course, always remember to check your local flyers as sales may differ in your area. Don't forget to get your Sunday paper for bonus coupons!

Walgreens:
  • Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off Dove Bath or Skin Care
  • Buy 2 Get 3rd Free Cosmetics & Nail Mix & Match Brands (8/27-9/23)
  • Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off Olay or Old Spice Bath Care
  • 30% Off Katy Perry Indi Fragrance
  • $15 off coupon for Crest 3D White Whitestrips
CVS Pharmacy:
  • Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off Neutrogena Facial, Acne, sun care or sunless therapy
  • Buy 2 Get $5 ExtraBucks Any Maybelliene foundation, powder, blush, etc.
  • Spend $15 Get $5 ExtraBucks Any NYX Cosmetics
  • Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off Covergirl cosmetics (excludes nail)
  • Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off Wet n Wild Cosmetics
  • Spend $12 Get $4 ExtraBucks Almay cosmetics or makeup remover
  • Buy 1 Get 1 50% off Cetaphil facial care
  • Buy 1 Get 1 50% off select dry shampoo
  • 2/$10 Olay body wash 18-230z
  • 20% off Conair hair tools
  • Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Nature's Bounty vitamins, CVS Health Vitamns
Rite Aid Pharmacy:
  • Buy 1 Get 1 50% off All L'oreal Cosmetics
  • Buy 1 Get 1 50% off Revlon Eye, Lips, Face Cosmetics
  • 30% off all wet n wild cosmetics
  • Buy 1 Get 1 50% off All Physicians Formula Cosmetics
  • Buy 1 Get 1 50% off Maybelline Mascara and Eyeliner
  • $5.99 Maybelline Color Sensational Lipsticks 
  • $2 off OPI Nail Polish and Treatments
  • Buy 1 Get 1 75% off Almay cosmetics
Ulta:
My local paper had a 20% off your entire purchase coupon!

The winner this week is CVS Pharmacy!