5 For Friday – April 18

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TGIF!  The 5 for Friday was easy to come by this week…I found a lot of great articles and interesting info. This past week has been so much fun for me, having my sister, niece and nephews down for their Spring Break.  My boys were in heaven hanging out with the cousins.  I think I heard the word “butt” 5 million times (I am told it is a phase and definitely a boy-thing).  Now its time to wind down, although sad knowing that when I get home from work my sister won’t be there to hang out with.

organic rice field with dew drops during sunset

As you may know, I am always on the look out for the next best beauty treatment.  When I came across this article via FabFitFun, I was a bit taken back by some of the “interesting” beauty treatments that are out there. #6 was very different, followed by one not on their roster – the vampire facelift.  I had heard of this exotic facial previously but when chatting over dinner with a great friend heard that there was someone I knew that had it done I needed to know more.  This facial is comprised of removing blood from the face, placing it in a centrifuge where the platelets are removed where they are then “reactivated”, then replaced into the face.  I am completely simplifying the process as I need to further research it, and it does sound grotesque but at the same time intriguing…have you ever done this or know of someone that has?

organic rice field with dew drops during sunset

The most I know about Trader Joe’s as of yet is that there is a great and inexpensive wine by the name of Two Buck Chuck; their trail mixes are great; when I have visited their location by my sister in CT the people that work there are super nice…I am patiently waiting for the one by me to be completed…very patiently.  In the meantime, here are some thoughts that everyone apparently has when they shop at Trader Joe’s.  I hope to have some of these in the near future!

organic rice field with dew drops during sunset

Happy Passover to my fellow Jewish readers!  I thought you might be looking for some wine to go along with your delicious seder dinners and luckily I came across a post with Five Amazing Kosher Wines.  No more Manischewitz for me!

organic rice field with dew drops during sunset

One major thing I learned this week was patience overcomes everything.  Saturday night, sitting with my mom, dad, two boys, sister, niece and nephew, we discussed the day we had (driving 3 hours to Legoland – some of us with more challenging passengers than others, varying ride requisites and hunger needs).  Whether it was the glass of wine I had, or the actual time to SIT and reflect, I realized that taking a step back and a big breath really overcomes all of that undo stress that I put on myself (and others).  Family is there FOREVER, time passes so quickly, please embrace it all.  I need to do a lot more of that!

organic rice field with dew drops during sunset

Last but definitely not least…I am obsessed with this recycled tank from H&M.  Pair it with a white cami and skinny jeans, leggings or cut-off denim shorts…so freakin’ cute!  I received it today and LOVE IT.  It’s from their new Conscious collection, made from recycled polyester.  It’s currently sold out (whew…) but I am sure they are going to restock.




PicturesonGold.com Mother’s Day Review and Giveaway!

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I accepted right away when I saw the opportunity to create and review my own locket from PicturesonGold.com.  I love jewelry and I love anything that showcases my little men – and just in time for Mother’s Day!

It was super easy to build my own locket.  There are a lot of different clipart options you can choose from – I opted for the Mother’s Day themed art.  You can also choose to put text, or leave it as is.  Inside, I chose to put two pictures of the boys – you can have them lazered in color, black and white or actual photos.  I chose the color layering, thinking – how cool would that look?  On the back I input my oldest son’s sweetest thing he likes to say to me “I love you to the moon and back”.  I chose an 18″ sterling silver box chain to go along with it.

The locket arrived at my doorstep in what I thought was record time for something that was so personalized!  I loved it…the boys loved it…I had to wear it the very next day!!  What do you think?!?

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Want to win one of your very own???  Enter below…the locket would make a super cool gift for your mom, your friend, sister….heck, yourself – you deserve it!!!

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**Please note that I was given the locket that I created for free, in return for a review and giveaway post.  The opinions above are 100% my own.  I love my locket!

FabFitFun Box Review

If there is a subscription box to be found, I will eventually find it!  FabFitFun, curated by Guiliana Rancic, is a seasonal subscription box…and one of the more pricey ones.  I received my Spring box and it was chock full of goodies – most of which I will use!

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My favorite items were:

A favorite dry shampoo of mine – in full size no less!

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An exfoliating mitt that is perfect for the shower, especially before I try my new self tanning cream (post to follow).

fabfitfun mitt

How cute is this headband?  A. It’s polka dot (my favorite print aside from paisley). B. It has a metal bendy thing inside so it will stay perfectly.

fabfitfun headband

Overall I think it is a cool concept.  It is a bit pricey at $49.99, so thankfully it is only every season, and you can cancel at any time.

March Julep Box

I admit that I did try to cancel my Julep Box subscription for the sole reason that I never have time to do my own nails.  I LOVE the colors I have been getting, the make-up is spot on, and I just love subscription boxes!

The nail polish colors are super bright (they are the top two in the ad below) – totally perfect for my toes!  The “pore minimizing” blush is a pretty pale peach, something I will be incorporating into my makeup routine and will go great with my new Bobbi Brown eye shadow pallet.

Have you tried Julep yet?  You can get your first box for FREE (and if it’s FREE, it’s for ME!).
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Warby Parker New Spectrum Sun Collection!

Warby Parker is getting you ready for the beautiful, bright days ahead with their recently launched Sun Spectrum Collection. A colorful collection of nine new styles, including the Warby Parker Sunglasses – Minnie in Eucalyptus and the Warby Parker Sunglasses – Hall in Whiskey Tortoise with their debut triple-gradient lenses, featuring three rich colors that are exclusive to Warby Parker. That added punch will help with those extra hours of daylight. You can view the full Sun Spectrum Collection, here: http://www.warbyparker.com/spectrum-sun.

We have more exciting news, Warby Parker has opened a new New York storefront! The new store will be located on Lexington Avenue and will feature the original marquee, a photo booth to test out your new frames and and pneumatic tubes that move inventory through the store! If you are in or around New York, be sure to check it out!

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BOOK TOUR – Truth Be Told: Adam Becomes Audrey

Truth Be Told: Adam Becomes AudreyBook Tour: Meeting the man of your dreams, falling in love and getting married. It sounds like every woman’s dream. But what if you suddenly found out that your husband self-identified as and wanted to become a woman? That’s exactly what happened to Connecticut-based reporter Alexandra Bogdanovic.

As the daughter of music and television icons, Sonny and Cher, Chastity Bono grew up in the public eye. So it was shocking to people everywhere when she became Chaz. Her decision to “become” a man made headlines around the world, but Bono is not alone. Transgender men and women frequently appear on television talk shows and reality programs to share their stories. In doing so, they inevitably get the attention they seek; although it may not always be the kind of attention they want.

While many come forth in an effort to promote tolerance, acceptance and understanding in mainstream society, their decision to live as – or in some cases have surgery to become – the opposite gender often sparks curiosity and visceral reactions born from ignorance.

Truth Be Told: Adam Becomes Audrey, a new book from author Alexandra Bogdanovic, tells the other side of the story. Part tragedy, part comedy, part love story, the book tells the story of the author’s real life experience of meeting a man, falling in love, getting married and finding out her husband wanted to become a woman. This book is the story of what happened after she learned the truth.

MY BOOK REVIEW:  The main reason why I accepted this book review (including complimentary copy of the book) by Beck Valley Books was because I was somewhat curious as to how someone would conclude that they are transgender and how that would affect their loved ones.  Telling the story of the author’s husband’s sex change must have been hard, but was very well written and intriguing to read.  It broke my heart that she was in love with a man who wanted so badly to be a woman, and that she was trapped in a way she could not know when she got married.

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About the Author

Image of Alexandra BogdanovicAlexandra Bogdanovic was born in Bronxville, N.Y. and grew up in Greenwich, Conn. She knew she wanted to be a reporter at age 12, and received her first byline in the Greenwich Time when she was a high school freshman. By the time she graduated from the Convent of the Sacred Heart in 1987, she’d been covering high school sports for a daily newspaper for four years.

In 1991, Bogdanovic graduated from Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y., with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in writing. She officially began her journalism career as an editorial assistant at The Advocate in Stamford, Conn., soon after graduation.

She then decided to devote her efforts to community journalism in order to have a more direct and meaningful impact in the towns and villages where she worked. One of her greatest challenges while working in Rye was covering the mutual aid response and local reaction to the Terrorist Attacks of September 11.

The veteran reporter is now a freelance writer. She enjoys spending her free time with family and friends, chilling with her cat, Eli and watching and photographing high-goal polo.

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Photobucket I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.



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