Empties, Reviews

Nothing But Blue Skies

For Ecowix Blue Skies Candle

I really enjoyed the novelty of this candle, but it didn’t burn too evenly. I like my candles to burn evenly. It’s not the end of the world if they don’t though. If I had a wax burner, I would scrape it out and use it. This candle had a fresh scent that I loved. It was also a pretty good sized candle, so it lasted me a while. I also love candles that have covers on them, because I like to keep dust out of them. I don’t like dusting them off. I’m lazy, what can I say? The wax would have burned evenly if the wick had been in the middle of the candle instead of on the edge. I would purchase this candle and I do recommend it, if uneven burning doesn’t bother you.

With Love,

❤ Selena Hannah ❤

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Beauty, Empties, Evening skincare routine, Reviews

Vanilla Swirl

For Calgon Vanilla Swirl Body Lotion

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This smelled like sweet vanilla icing and was very moisturizing. This is the fourth body lotion that I have used up for my 20 Before 2018. This is a great scent that you can layer body spray or perfume over. It isn’t overpowering and just adds warmth to whatever you use on top of it. Danielle gave this to me as part of a gift back in high school, I believe. I’m glad that I finally finished it. It’s also pretty impressive to finish 4 body lotions in less than a month. I know I have a few more lotions from Danielle that I haven’t even opened yet. Hopefully, I will finish them in 2017. I will not repurchase, because I have too many lotions. I do recommend this one, though.

With Love,

❤ Selena Hannah ❤

Beauty, Book, Lifestyle

Graduation Present From D

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I wasn’t expecting my best friend in the WHOLE WORLD to get me a graduation gift for getting my Associates Degree in Information Technology. I guess it shouldn’t come as a surprise, because I think I did something very similar for her when she got her BA in English or was it Library Studies? Well, Danielle is almost done with her Master’s degree in Library Science? I don’t know exactly what it’s called. She never knows the names of the courses she is taking. LOL. I thought I’d share the little gift that my best friend got for me, because I totally wasn’t expecting it and I really love it a lot.

Everything We Ever Wanted By Sara Shepard

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I have been a major fan of Sara Shepard, since before Pretty Little Liars was a show on TV. Danielle got me into it with the first book. I think I have to read number 7? It’s been a long time since I have read a book by Sara Shepard and I think that it would be nice to read a story that isn’t about a certain girl group. I really hope that I like it, but knowing that I liked her other books, I think that I will really like this one as well. You might see this in my October Reads post. I’m seriously considering reading this one when I am done with two other books that I want to read in September. Has anyone else read this book? Was it good? No spoilers please, I still want to read it!

Beauty 360 Brightening Radiance Facial Mask

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I love a nice brightening, moisturizing mask and this one sounds amazing. It sounds like it will be great at fading acne scarring and firming up my fine lines. I have to go through another tube of one of my open masks before cracking this one open, so it might be a while before I try this one. I have four open masks right now. I used to have 6 open masks, so that’s an improvement. I’m looking forward to the day that I can open this one up. I wonder what it smells like. I enjoy a lightly scented face mask. It’s relaxing to me. That’s it for my little “haul”. Thank you so much for the sweet gift, Danielle. I really love it and appreciate it. Your the best friend a girl could have. 🙂

With Love,

Selena

Beauty, Empties, project pan

August Empties

Well, better late than never, huh? I was busy over Labor Day weekend and it didn’t leave much time for blogging. I’ve been trying to get a lot of posts scheduled to go up this weekend and next week. There are so many posts that I want to write, plus a lot of products are piling up in my basket to review. I have a very busy end of year for me. There are so many appointments for Dean to go to and my dad is having foot surgery at the end of the year. I’m going to get in as much blogging as I can, because I might be off and one at the end of the year. I’m taking time off to take care of my dad and Dean, because he won’t be able to take care of Dean for a bit. This is such a busy year for me. Also, it has been the most productive year as well.

I decided to sign up for the next Insurance course to get an Associates degree in Insurance Data Analytics. I’ll be getting my books in a couple of weeks. I might be blogging less. I’m going to take the exam sometime in Jan to March, which is my exam window and I get to chose the day and time to take it. Two Associates degrees kinda equal 1 BA degree right? I didn’t get to interview for that job, strictly on the basis of no BA. Talk about discrimination in the workforce.

I basically felt degraded by the HR manager that talked to me about having no degree and once I told her that I had an Associates degree (in the job description it said you could have an Associates with 4 to 6 years of documented work HISTORY, not specific work experience), she said I needed a BA and work experience to get this job. Quote: “You don’t go from down here to up here. Do you understand?” Oh, I understood perfectly. You just didn’t want to give me a chance to prove that you don’t need a formal education to work in IT.

But, let’s get to my empties post.

6. Gerber lil’ Beannies

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8. International Delight Coffee Creamer

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9. Boston’s Best Breakfast Blend Coffee

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10. New England Coffee Colombian Supremo

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11. Dunkin’ Donuts Dunkin’ Dark Coffee

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12. Garnier Micellar Mattifying Cleansing Water

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13. Dial Spring Water Antibacterial Hand Soap

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14. Swisspers Cotton Rounds

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15. Lab Series Daily Moisture Defense Lotion

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16. Davines Natualtech Repluming Hair Filler

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17. Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip & Cheek Stain in Orange

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18. Ice Breakers Cool Blasts Wintergreen Chews

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19. Roloxin Lift Instant Skin Smoothing Masque

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20. Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser

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21. FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer

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22. Palmer’s Luminous Hydration Facial Oil

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24. Perfume Samples: Chloe & Oscar Delarenta

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Not as many empties this month, but still quite a bit. I already have quite a few for September, so I think I will have more empties for this month. I am glad to be using up more of my collection. Eventually, I would like to buy some new stuff that I have been DYING to try. I’m really trying not to be a hoarder and to use and enjoy what I have. I think I have been very successful, despite splurging for my birthday and tax money treat. I need to treat myself sometimes, right? I’ll be treating myself to clip in hair extensions soon enough. I’m embracing my darker, natural hair color. No more bleach. No more blonde. Just…..me.

With Love,

Selena

Book, Reviews

August Reads

I only managed to read one book after finishing my Associates degree. I have already finished reading a book in September. I’m hoping to read at least four books this month. I really missed reading books for entertainment. This past year, I’ve been focused on my degree and it didn’t leave much time to read for fun. Now, I’m going to be able to read for fun, at least for the next two months. I’m still debating on WHEN I should start the next course for my next degree, which is only 2 courses long. I’m really looking forward to reading some books that I have wanted to read for a very long time.

Shopaholic Ties the Knot (Shopaholic, #3)Shopaholic Ties the Knot by Sophie Kinsella

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I am tired of this series. I need a break. Yes, it was a good story and yes, it wasn’t EXACTLY like the previous two books. Her spending habits take a backstage to her wedding debacle. But….Yes, there is a but. It really is the same story rehashed with different players and an altered focus on the story line. We still see Becky make the wrong decisions. For every step forward that she makes in a previous book, she takes a mile back in the next. It is almost like she starts over with zero progression. It was worse between the first and the second book. I don’t think between the 2nd and the 3rd is as bad. It’s like the author is cashing in on writing the same story over again. That’s why I think that I need to take a break from the series. I’m not enjoying it as much anymore. I need to revisit it at a later time and see if I still feel the same about it. If you have loved the previous two books, then you will love this one, because you won’t understand where I’m coming from. Don’t let my review stop you from reading it. If you agree the same with me, then you understand my frustration with the author. I love the characters. I just want to see Becky grow and continue to grow instead of always taking a step back. She needs a new adventure w/o the problems of her being very materialistic. What about a baby problem? Or something along those lines. I need something new in the next book to keep me reading, but for now, I’m not reading the next one for quite some time. Maybe next year.

This is the one book that I was able to read in August during my lunch breaks at work. I call home to check on Dean and then I read for the remaining 30 minutes. I love reading and didn’t realize how much I missed it until I started reading for fun again. I have plans on reading at least 2 kindle books off of my e-reader this month in addition to the four regular books that I want to read. I will always buy physical books in addition to digital books. There is just something about a solid book and that nice smell to them.

With Love ❤

Selena

Children, Empties, Food, Reviews

Fruit & Grain

For Great Value Fruit & Grain Apple Cinnamon

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Dean and I both love soft granola bars. I have repurchased the Market Basket brand in the berry flavor (Blueberry?) and that one is a hit as well. Dean usually eats half the bar at a time and I break it up into small, easy to eat pieces. It can be very messy, so I always feed him this in his highchair as part of his morning snack between breakfast and lunch. I am surprised that he can eat that much of the bar, but he loves to eat. It really shouldn’t surprise me, but it does. It is made with whole grains and real fruit filling, so it is a healthier snack. Half of the bar will give you 6 grams of sugar, 1g of protein, and 1.25 g of total fat. Half of a bar is 70 calories, so it is very filling to a 21.5 pound little boy, who loves to eat everything in sight.

With Love,

❤ Selena Hannah ❤

Lifestyle, Pets, Sponsered

Zesty Paws Doggie Supplements

Zesty Paws

I am lucky enough to be working with the Zesty Paws team again bringing you a review of three different dog supplements that they have to offer. I have to admit, my easy going dog Serena did not enjoy the flavor of these as much as she enjoyed the Chicken flavored Omega Bites. She did eat these though when she realized that she wouldn’t get her Greenie if she didn’t eat these first. The flavor is just not her favorite. They are very good for her though, so withholding a treat works with her.

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I love that the brand is transparent and you know exactly what you are buying as a consumer. I like knowing all the ingredients, where they come from, and how they are going to affect my dog/the benefits. Right now, Zesty Paws are 50% off, so if you are in need of some good quality dog supplements, I would stock up now while you can. I find that these supplements get sold out fairly often. They must be doing something right!

Zesty Paws Probiotic Bites

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These bites are pumpkin flavor and Serena is a meat lover. She still ate these bites, though. I also noticed that her breathe didn’t stink as bad after she had been eating these for a few days. These supplements add in digestion and help dogs maintain a healthy immune system. I do see the benefits of digestion, since part of her bad breath does come from her stomach. I would love to see how it helps to improve her breath and tummy issues. She has a sensitive tummy and usually gets sick twice a year.

Zesty Paws Salmon Bites

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Remember when I said that Serena only likes meat flavors? Well, that does not include Salmon. She wasn’t crazy about it, but she didn’t mind it. These supplements have a bunch of Omega oils that are really good for the skin, joints, and heart. Serena has a heart murmur and arthritis. I know that this is helping to keep her heart healthy and joint pain at ease. It is a bonus that it is also good for her skin and coat as well. I love the fact that all of the supplements are cut in heart shapes. So cute!

Zesty Paws Turmeric Curcumin Bites

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Serena is familiar with the duck flavor and wile it isn’t her favorite, she eats them well. I love that this has coconut oil. It is so healthy for you and great for promoting healthy skin and coat in dogs. This is supposed to be a stronger joint supplement and I do see a slight difference between this one and the Mobility Bites. She seems to run a bit longer eating these supplements. It is also good for immune support and healthy digestion. It is supposed to give your dog more energy and improve cognitive skills. Like I said, I see more energy in her, but she’s always been a smart dog. I didn’t notice her mind being less sharp before these supplements. She’s 10 years old, so these might be better for older dogs are dogs that seem more confused at any age.

Overall, I am so happy to have received more supplements to help out my 10 year old dog Serena. Supplements are great to give at any age, but especially for old dogs to help ease their aches and pains. While she may not gobble these up like the Omega Bites, I know that the benefits are worth a little bit of food coaxing. I highly recommend these supplements and I would try a can while they are on sale.

With Love,

Selena

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