IVF Lifestyle Overhaul: Clean Household Products

Never did I imagine the makeover that IVF would have on my life. Having to go through IVF unexpectedly was enough of an adjustment but flipping practically every aspect of how I had lived my entire life inside out was something no one really talks about. You hear about the grueling injections, the emotional roller coaster and possible weight gain. You don’t hear about how the tiniest most unsuspecting of items you use every day could be having a huge impact on your fertility. After my 1st IVF cycle failed, I hit the research hard scouring resources like the EWG website, IVF blogs, and the book “It Starts with the Egg” by Rebecca Fett to uncover things that could be impacting my egg quality and overall fertility. I even went as far as undergoing a thorough blood and urine analysis to find out which toxins I had exposed myself to. Looking back over the things I have had to switch out on my IVF journey in hopes of reducing as many environmental toxins as possible (of course, in addition to my dietary changes and added supplements), I started making this list of all the changes I made to hopefully help others in the same situation give their IVF cycle the best chance of success:

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Destination Wedding: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

The minute my then-fiancé and I arrived on the rooftop of the Rosewood Hotel in magical San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for the first time, we both knew THIS was where we would get married! We dreamt up so many incredible destination wedding ideas and none of them gave us that instantaneous spark like this cobblestoned colonial town. A fun & unique yet traditional destination was a MUST for us and San Miguel oozes all of the above.

Now, planning a destination wedding in another country on your own is a task I think, in hindsight, I may have underestimated but it is and was doable and I enjoyed pouring every ounce of creativity into making that weekend as unforgettable as possible. Of course, you can hire a planner either locally, through your venue, or a specialty destination wedding planner. I just preferred to work through every detail on my own so I knew that nothing would go unconsidered…

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Beauty Reviews: March 2018

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask Dr Brandt Skincare Hydro Biotic Recovery Sleeping Mask Peace Out Acne Healing Dots Luxy Lash in #Bae Laneige Water Sleeping Mask Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask Duo Eyelash Adhesive in Dark

For my trip to Amsterdam & London, I wanted to try out some leave-on masks that I could apply and leave on during the long flight so my skin would not look so dehydrated upon arrival.  I may have gotten a little carried away with my ordering but that’s where you all get the benefit! 😜  For the products that offered a travel or mini size, I like to go that route before committing to the full purchase.  Check out which products I loved by clicking the “Continue Reading” button below:

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Cuba Packing Guide: What to Bring

Cuba Packing Guide

While honeymooning in Cuba, I couldn’t help but compile a list of all the items that either I wish I had brought with me or that I was happy I did bring with me. Cuba is such a beautiful destination but it is definitely a place trapped in time as far as many amenities and service go. To help make your Cuban adventure more hassle-free, here is the list of items I would recommend bringing with you:

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Beauty Reviews: January 2018

Cocofloss Elizabeth & James Nirvana Black Dry Shampoo Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Moisturizing Balm Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette in Smokey Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder Deep Polish Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Lipstick

Happy New Year!  I am starting off 2018 with a new focus… while I still plan to do my beauty reviews, I have so many travel posts that I have in the works that I want to share! As it is for all of us, time is limited so as much as I plan to try to continue with my monthly beauty posts, I will be shifting my priority to get in more travel posts this year.  Don’t get me wrong… I love reviewing all these beauty products, but I’ve had several requests for more travel posts and well, I’m a crowd pleaser!😜  With that said, here are the 1st of my beauty reviews for 2018! (click Continue Reading button below)

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Holiday Beauty Gift Guide 2017

Urban Decay Naked 4Some Palette Set Ouai OUAIsted Essentials Kit Drunk Elephant Volume 2: Come C About Me Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette Drunk Elephant Volume 1: Hot Date Stila Starry Eyed Liquid Eyeshadow Vault Makeup Geek In The Nude Eyeshadow Palette

For the 2017 Holiday Gift Guide, I opted to break it down into “Stocking Stuffers” for fun beauty finds under $50, “Fab Gifts” for gifts sure to please under $100, and “Splurges” over $100 for all those special babes on your list or to treat yourself! It’s time to get in the holiday spirit! 🎅🏼🎁🎀❤️ (click “Continue Reading” button below to see the full Holiday Guide & shopping links)

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Beauty Reviews: November 2017

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores Volition Beauty Turmeric Brightening Polish Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Cleanser Foaming Wash Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Exfoliating Cleansing Powder to Clear Pores Volition Beauty Oceanene Youth-Boost Gell Volition Beauty Detoxifying Silt Gelee Mask Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette Volition Beauty Oil-Control Mattifying Mist

Last month I had tried out the eye gel from brand new line Volition Beauty and absolutely fell in love with not only the product but also with the company’s philosophy.  They call upon all their customers to become their next product innovators by encouraging wannabe beauty product designers like myself to submit their ideas for what they would like to see created.  Thousands of people vote and the best ideas get created in their labs.  Genius!  Why try to guess what your customers want?  Just ask them to create the products of their dreams!  Each product comes with the story of their innovator adding a great personal touch of inspiration. My fascination with this company sent me on a buying frenzy at Sephora as I wanted to try all of their products.  With lots of excitement, here are my reviews of the Volition Beauty products (and a few others):  (click “Continue Reading” button below to see the beauty product reviews)

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