Caring For Your Skin

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I do wish I had listened to my Mom when I was younger and moisturize my skin but instead I spent most of my days tanning which did the exact opposite and dehydrated my skin. But it's never too late to start and I consistently moisturize day and night.

When I was asked to review VIIcode T2 Oxygen Eye Cream, I was excited yet hesitant. I'm always looking for the newest anti aging skin cream but I react to almost anything new I put on my face. Well not only did this eye cream pass the sensitivity test but it has considerably helped my under eye bags and dark circles. If you are as sensitive as me and looking for a solution to under eye problems, I would highly recommend this cream.

I received this cream in December and I have been consistently using it every morning and night. I always like to use a separate eye cream from my regular facial moisturizer since it's so close to my eyes. I want to use something made specifically for the delicate skin around my eyes and the key ingredients in this eye cream are jojoba oil, elderberries and evening primrose.

A special feature of VIIcode T2 Oxygen Eye Cream is the crescent activation strip. The strip is used to massage around the eyes before applying the eye cream. This eye cream is a little on the high end regarding price but a little goes a long way and it works! And from my experience, it's great for sensitive skin!

 

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Thank you to VIIcode for sponsoring this post! As always all opinions are my own.

For the Love of Sequins

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The first month of 2018 is already halfway over! I have a feeling this entire year is going to fly by! Lots of changes and milestones hitting our household this year!

My New Years Eve outfit was perfect for our low key plans! We just stayed home with the kids and planned to go to our neighbors' house but it was freezing so we were lazy and didn't walk down the street to watch fireworks. Instead we watched them (and the ball drop) on tv!

These sequin pants are perfect to dress up or down. Since we didn't plan to go anywhere, I just paired them with a simple t-shirt and velvet blazer.

How is your year starting off? Have you kept up with any New Years Resolutions you made? So far, I've kept up with my new fitness plan that I plan to post about soon!

Recap of 2017

I can't believe the year is already over! 2017 was full of amazing memories which were mostly captured in all the trips we took. I didn't even realize how much we traveled this year! Most of it were tag alongs on my husband's business trips but were fun nonetheless!

We started 2017 in Las Vegas where we rang in the new year! So much fun watching the fireworks across the Las Vegas skyline!

 

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For a Vegas NYE, I paired this sparkly top with black leggings and heels. It was chilly so I wore my Fifi Blush Bolero.

Every Spring, we go to the Natural Product Expo in Anaheim. It usually coincides with our kids' spring break so this time, we brought them along. We had a great time at Disneyland and it was my youngest son's first visit there. From Anaheim, we headed to Huntington Beach. It was still very cold but the beach is always a favorite place!

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During the summer, we headed back to California for the E3 show. This time we went to Los Angeles. This show was something my kids had been looking forward to for a long time. It was a trade show showcasing all the new video games that were going to debut the next year. Every little boys' dream! While in LA, of course we took in all the sights of LA including Venice, the Hollywood sign, Rodeo Drive, the Ivy and all the exciting spots most tourist go to!

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My favorite trip this year was our trip to Kentucky. We were able to see our friends' hometown and everything they love about Kentucky. My son even wants to go to UK now after visiting the campus. Kentucky is known for horses and bourbon and we saw and drank plenty! It's such a beautiful part of the country that I had never seen before.

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Had to stop and get some Graeter's ice cream!

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I met my husband for the Natural Expo East show in Baltimore. It takes place in September close to our anniversary so we made it an anniversary trip too. I love to stroll the harbor in Baltimore. There are so many restaurants and shops and the boats are so pretty.

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We also took a road trip to Washington DC and stayed at The Hay-Adams. We had the most beautiful view of the White House. Unfortunately we didn't plan ahead so we weren't able to take a tour of the White House but we did go to the Capitol.

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Our last trip of the year was Thanksgiving week. We spent a week in Orlando with our friends. We had a great time at Universal Studios and spent a day at Animal Kingdom with our cousins who live in Orlando.

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I hope your year was full of fun memories! I am grateful for each and every one of you who have been following along on my blogging journey! I look forward to continue sharing more content with you in the coming years. I hope you have a wonderful new year! Cheers to 2018!!

Family Christmas Pictures

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Since I'm the only girl in the family, I dress to stand out! I love this tulle skirt because tulle is always a good idea no matter how old you are! I paired it with this cute off the shoulder bodysuit with bell sleeves. I thought the red boots made it really festive!

I absolutely love pictures! Even before social media days, I was the one known for sending really cute, creative cards/pictures in the mail. And now I sit here 2 days before Christmas and was barely able to get my family to sit for a pic. Thank goodness for social media because I did not get my pictures in time to produce cards and mail them. I'm lucky to get the kids to sit on this bench and pose for a picture. Gone are the days where I dressed them up exactly how I wanted and coached them to pose for the picture I envisioned. So here is what we get today! A far cry from Christmases past. But I have dug up a few old cards to share with you!

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Our kids were 13 and 9 in this pic and they were always fighting. So we thought it would be fun to mock this in our Christmas card since it pretty much summed up our year!

We took this pic in the garage of our unfinished home. We were so excited for our house to be finished and it was a year and half long wait! We would drive by every week to check the progress of it. Finally in July 2013, we were able to move in!

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I love the story behind this picture! We were driving down the streets of NYC and I saw this photographer with a line of photos hung on a wire drying. I asked my husband to stop the car and we jumped out to talk to him. He basically took pictures of all the passers-by in NYC. The people of NYC are his subject. We asked him to take our picture and I feel like this was the pic that best captured our trip to New York. I had this great idea to take it to Rockefeller Center and take a pic of the pic in front of the beautiful Christmas tree there. It turned out beautifully.

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This was the year I didn't have time to send any Christmas cards so we sent a New Year card instead. Oh the things I make my family do! lol

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The year of the selfie!

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Last but not least, this has to be my favorite Christmas card. This was made before social media days so Christmas cards were basically the only chance our friends and family (who we didn't communicate with regularly) were able to see our family. I thought my photographer captured the most creative shots! I loved how she could crop out the best parts of the photo and it turned out perfect!!

Holiday Party Style

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I hope everyone has been having a great week! I can't believe it's almost Christmas. My calendar looks like this . . . 

January, February, March, BLINK, December!

I feel like I was just in Vegas celebrating the new year and now we are about to say goodbye to 2017!

For a recent party, I chose to wear velvet and sequins. You can't go wrong with that. Seems it screams holidays! I wore these cute sequin pants by Paige denim. I love these pants because they have sequins in the front but they are plain black trousers in the back so they are really comfortable to wear.

I decided to pair it with this super cute velvet top from Express.  I think it worked perfectly paired together! 

This fur coat by Jocelyn is one of my favorites! I could not wait for it to get cold enough to wear it! It's so unique. I love that it can be worn with casual outfit like jeans and it works with a more formal outfit like this one as well! And what girl doesn't love pink? Gotta love it!

 

 

Dresses You Need for the Holidays!

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It's that time of year when you have several holiday parties to attend and you need to find that perfect dress!

I absolutely love this holiday red jumpsuit from Bebe. The strapless style along with the slits in both legs make this jumpsuit sexy yet classy! Unfortunately I did get this one several months ago and now they only have black available. But don't despair, I've also linked some other favorite dresses below that will be perfect for any holiday party!

Fashion and Cars

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It was time for a new car when the back seat was falling apart and water was running down onto my gas pedal on my old car! Oh and my Yeti did not fit in the cup holders! What did I want? Another Porsche Cayenne Turbo for sure! We made a day trip to Dallas to get the exact one I wanted which was a 2013 model with only 20K miles on it! This one was barely driven! And it had to be a Turbo! My husband would laugh at me but I needed this turbo so I can beat everyone at the light! It's funny there are so many things I can do on the road that I wouldn't do if my car wasn't fast enough. I can definitely win the race of the soccer moms SUVs! :) Thank goodness the newer models fit my Yeti too! :) It did take me a while to break the habit of holding on to my cup when I made a turn! lol

So the Porsche Cayenne is my favorite car but this has to be one of my favorite dresses I've found this year! I love the figure flattering ruching and I love how it can be dressed up or down and it can be worn all season! Here I'm wearing it with my favorite OTK boots. You can add a blazer or denim jacket if it gets chilly but you can also wear it with flip flops in the summer. It's the most versatile dresses I own! I love this coral color for Fall but it does come in several other colors.

 

My Packing Tips

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We are headed to Orlando for Thanksgiving week and we couldn't be more excited! Our good friends hooked us up with a sweet deal at the Sheraton Resort. Of course we will be hitting the theme parks this week and on Thanksgiving Day, we are having a complete Thanksgiving dinner delivered to our suite to enjoy with family and friends.

I admit, I have a little anxiety when I think about packing for a trip. As much as I love to travel, I hate that I don't have access to my entire closet and I can't stay on my eating plan. The eating part is hard but I have figured out a way to make packing a little less stressful by using travel cubes. These simple cubes have changed how I pack! I'm able to pack more and stay organized. I can even live out of my suitcase by using these cubes.

 

Since you will most likely be visiting Universal and/or DisneyWorld if you're traveling to Orlando, I also wanted to share my top 5 packing tips when you're visiting theme parks. :

1. Theme park friendly clothes such as shorts, leggings, t shirts and don't forget a light jacket for those cooler nights if you're going in the winter.

2. It's guaranteed you will be doing lots of walking so comfortable shoes are a necessity. I usually pack more than enough shoes but my husband and kids travel only with the shoes on their feet. So I did tell them to pack an extra pair in case of rain!  It always seems to rain in Florida!

3. Swimsuit for the water parks or hotel pool.

4. Light back pack to pack rain gear and other loose items.

5. Although most people use their phone to take pictures, if you do bring a camera, don't forget extra batteries and memory cards!