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

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Lifestyle, Pets, Sponsered

Zesty Paws Doggie Supplements

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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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Beauty, Empties, Evening skincare routine, First Impressions, Lifestyle, Reviews

Collagen Mask

For MJCARE Collagen Essence Mask

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This sheet mask is supposed to firm up the face, reducing fine lines and stimulating the growth of collagen. My dad used this mask, so I cannot comment of the mask itself. I can comment on the serum inside the packet, though. I used the extra serum on my face, although there was not much left in the packet. The serum was much more thicker and more like a gel. It was sticky and felt like it tightened up the skin/pore a bit. The gel was thicker and stickier than what I am used to. It did seem to tighten my pores, but that left my face feeling tight like it was dry, even with moisturizer on. It felt that way for a couple of hours, so I would recommend using this mask before a night out if pores and wrinkles are your concern. My dad said that his wrinkles seemed plumper after application for an hour or two.

With Love,

❤ Selena Hannah ❤

 

Beauty, Empties, Evening skincare routine, Lifestyle, Reviews

Week From Hell

For Walton Wood Farms Week From Hell Bath Salts

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I won this at my work’s gift swap during Christmas time. I didn’t care for the peppery smell in the bottle, but once in the bath, it smelt like nothing. I didn’t notice anything while using this. It helped with sore muscles, but that’s it. I got about 8 baths out of this bottle. I think the bags that I buy from Walmart from Dr. Teals is way better and cheaper. I have the one with avocado and my skin is hydrated after, no need for lotion. I enjoyed using this product, but I would not purchase and do not recommend.

With Love,

❤ Selena Hannah ❤

Children, Lifestyle, My Life

Chatty Life Update

It has been a long time, since I have done a life update. To be honest, nothing had really changed and I didn’t have a reason to post an update. So much has happened in such a short amount of time that I feel like I need to do a life update post. I have so much stuff that I want to talk about. First, I’ll take about my posting schedule, which is I don’t have one. I blog on Saturday and Sunday for the most part and pre-schedule posts to go up during the week. I love blogging and if I don’t blog like yesterday, I’m writing reviews to go up on my blog. Most of my reviews are pre-written with pen and paper. I enjoy blogging, but I don’t do a set number. I try to at least post twice a week.

You are talking with a college graduate right now. Yes, you heard that right. I earned my Associates in Information Technology on August 21st. I plan pursuing another Associates in Insurance Data Analytics. I probably won’t start that until November and the first test period would be between April and June. I would probably take another break and not take the next test until October to December of next year. At the end of next year, I’ll have another degree. That is the plan BUT I have made a bid on a job within my company. I applied for the position of Actuarial Analyst. I would like to be an Actuary and this is like the starting position for that. Also, the starting salary is double of what I make now. If I get this job, I could save enough to go house shopping next year! So, depending upon if I get a new job, the degree plans could go right out the door.

Dean has been struggling with talking for a long time. He was just qualified for early intervention services in my town. He scored more than 30% lower than the average boy his age. He is seeing a speech therapist who is bringing in an occupational therapist and developmental specialist that will work with him 1 hour a week. They all come in and see Dean with my dad while I’m at work. I was there for the consultation and the assessment test that scored him. He is also getting a hearing test on Wednesday to make sure his hearing is okay, because he doesn’t listen. I know people are going to say that kids don’t listen, but he literally doesn’t pay much attention when you call for him. It’s a bit worrisome, so it’s just to rule out a hearing issue.

Later this month, Dean is going to a pediatric dentist that is like an hour and a half away to see if he can laser Dean’s tongue tie and upper lip tie. His ties are affecting his speech and the speech therapist will write a letter to that effect for the dentist for insurance purposes. Hopefully, he’ll have an appointment by November to fix his ties. It is a laser treatment and they give kids a little drink to fall asleep before using the laser. It takes 30 seconds per cut, so I’m looking at like a 10 minute procedure when it actuality it will be like 5 minutes or less and he can eat and drink right after.

The early intervention program is going to be reaching out to the Beacon program, which will work in your home for up to 40 hours with your Autistic child. Yes, you read that right. They are thinking that Dean is on the spectrum. I love my son no matter what, but I always knew he was different. Did you know that autistic children have higher than average IQs? So, my boy must be really smart. I’ll take all the help to get him to talk. I just want him to tell me he is hungry, thirsty, or went poopy. I’m also selfish and I want to hear him say mommy when he isn’t upset and that he loves me. I want to ask him if he’s hungry and get a yes or a no answer. I just want to be able to communicate with my boy.

I just want to know that I’m not a terrible mother and did everything I could to help my child. People are going to blame the vaccines on why he’s autistic or that I must have done something bad during my pregnancy. But the truth is, I carry the maternal genes for autism and Asperger’s since both of my brothers have it. (One with each). But it’s not a death sentence. He’s not handicapped. He just needs help with speech, social skills, and fine motor development. He loves to be hugged and kissed. He’s a lovable boy that’s just too smart for the rest of us and they just don’t think/see the world like we do.

And we should love everyone of these kids instead of segregating them and saying they are abnormal. Maybe, to them, we are the abnormal ones that need help and they are trying to show us the way.

With Love ❤

Selena

Children, Empties, Food, Lifestyle, Reviews

Banana Cookies

For Gerber Graduates Banana Cookies

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These cookies are messy, but boy does Dean love these cookies. I haven’t repurchased these. I think I’ll buy them next week as a treat next week to surprise him. I occasionally will still buy Dean toddler cookies, but he mostly eats bread and adult crackers. He doesn’t need the special snacks anymore. I’m not afraid of him choking. I love that these are made with real bananas and the cookie is on the bigger side. There is about 16 cookies per box, so enough for two weeks if you only give one a day as a treat. I’m glad that he is branching out and trying new things. He had barbecue chicken, sausage, cheesy bread and watermelon last night. He’s growing up.

With Love,

❤ Selena Hannah ❤

Beauty, Empties, Evening skincare routine, First Impressions, Lifestyle, Morning Skincare Routine, project pan, subscription boxes

Empties: July

I have quite a few products that I used up in July. July turned out to be a good month for me and it is mostly due to my project pan. It really motivated me to use and enjoy what I have in my collection. I’m looking forward to reviewing some of these products in my post, so stay tuned for some reviews. I’m really a review blog for the most part. I love writing reviews on products that I have used up and I have a ton of posts in back stock. I just use up so many products that the reviews get backlogged. I try to mix it up, so it’s at least a variety. That means that some of these items won’t be reviewed for months though. Now that I have explained that. Let’s get counting.

Gerber Lil’ Beanies: 6 cans

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International Delight: 2 Bottles

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9. New England Coffee French Vanilla

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10. RuckPack Caffeine Free Raspberry Grenade

11. Dunkin’ Donuts Caramel Coffee Cake Coffee

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12. GlamGlow YouthCleanse Daily Exfoliating Cleanser

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13. Tony Moly I’m Real Red Wine Sheet Mask Pore Care

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14. Yes To Grapefruit Brightening Paper Mask

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15. Soo Ae Charcoal Clay Bubble Mask

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16. Kate Somerville ExfoliKate

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17. Palmer’s Coconut Oil Facial Moisturizer

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18. 19. Oribe Shampoo & Conditioner For Brilliance & Shine

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20. 21. 22. John Freida Frizz Ease Beyond Smooth Shampoo, Conditioner & Primer

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23. B&BW True Blue Spa Malibu Radiance Whipped Body Cream

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24. Coty Lady Gaga Fame Black Shower Gel

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25. Colgate Radiant Optic White Toothpaste

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26. Equate Acetaminophen

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27. Orange Paper Mate Ink Joy Pen

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28. Hair Tie

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29. Swisspers Cotton Rounds

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30. Better Than! Ears

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31. Munchkin Diaper Pail Refills

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32. Josie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm

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33. 34. 35. 36. 37. Sample Perfumes

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38. DERMAdoctor DD Cream

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39. Jouer Essential Lip Enhancer

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40. ModelCo Lip Lacquer

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I impressed myself this month with 40 empties. Granted only 23 were beauty, skin care, and hair care products. Still, 23 beauty related empty products is amazing in one month. I think August will bring around 20 items total. I really emptied quite a few products. Most of what I am using now are mostly full. I’m not thinking that I will have a whole lot, which is good. I have so many reviews to write about now. About 20 I think. I know it’s August 6th right now, but I have an empty bucket.

With Love ❤

Selena