• Best Sunscreens of 2019, a Consumer Review

    What are the Best Sunscreens of 2019? First I must start off with the fact that I am not a medical professional, but a concerned consumer and I like to educate myself on the best products to you for all occasions.  In order to rank the best sunscreens of 2019 and all previous years, there are a three factors that I consider,  how they rank on the Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Sunscreen, then how easily they fit into my lifestyle (do they have a white cast, are they super expensive, etc), then the final and most important part….will my family and I use them. Everyone who knows me, knows that I am serious about sunscreen. Why am I so serious? Both my great grandmother and mother were advocates for wearing sunscreen regularly.  My mother had very fair skin and would burn very easily, while my great grandmother loved the sun, but… Read More

  • Monterey Tides Hotel Review, Monterey Area Hotel

    I recently spent two days at the Monterey Tides Hotel in Monterey, California.  As some of you might know, I grew up in San Jose, California so my family would often drive south to Santa Cruz and Monterey for day trips.  I always remember passing by this hotel on the way to go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium as a kid.  It was a Best Western then and now it is a more upscale Joie de Vivre Group owned hotel.    I fell in love with it’s beachfront location and thought that it would be a fun place to stay, now as an adult I finally got the chance to check it out. My first experience with the Monterey Tides Hotel as an adult was getting breakfast with my family a couple years ago and being pleasantly surprised by the renovations and the good food.  A made a mental note at… Read More

  • Sanctuary Beach Resort Review, Monterey Area Hotel

    My husband and I spent three days and two nights at the Sanctuary Beach Resort in Marina, CA, just north of Monterey, CA.  We had a wonderful time and I would definitely recommend it for people that are looking for a quiet, restful, low-key get-away.   We were there at the end of March, which was during spring break so there were several families on the property, but it was still very quiet and tranquil. One of the nice things about the resort is that it has lots of Adirondack chairs overlooking the ocean so that you can watch the sunset in the evening.  They even do a bonfire every evening which was fun… and to top it off, the room has a s’mores kit with everything you need for the perfect evening around the fire.  The resort does have a pool and hot tub so that you can relax even when… Read More

  • Easy At Home Teeth Whitening for the Coffee Lover PLUS Giveaway

    This week I’m doing a review of the Smile Brilliant at home Teeth Whitening system.  They sent me a free trial of their product to check out and review. I’ll admit that I was originally hesitant because if you’re like me, tooth sensitivity is the one thing I absolutely dread when whitening my teeth. I’ve had some whitening procedures in the past, including lasers at the dentist office, but it was either ineffective or my teeth were so sensitive it hurt to eat and drink for days….good for the diet but nobody wants to be in pain for days with sensitive teeth. Fortunately, Smile Brilliant has it all figured out, each kit comes complete with a proprietary whitening agent and a very effective desensitizing gel for post whitening sensitivity. At first I was worried that I would not be able to fit the whitening into my busy schedule. Smile Brilliant recommends… Read More

  • Onyx Youth Magnet Mask Review

    This week I’m sharing my Onyx Youth Magnet Mask review with you.   Thank you to Onyx Youth for gifting me this item and here is my honest review for you.  I’ve seen other magnet mask videos on Youtube and Facebook and I was intrigued, so whenOnyx Youth reached out to me I said “Yes!”. The mask is made in Korea and contains a unique blend of botanical oils, volcanic minerals and amino acids.  This charcoal magnetic mask is an iron-rich formula which is removed with a powerful magnet that lifts impurities and rejuvenates skin.  The kit comes with: Onyx Youth Mineral Mask, Mask Applicator, Magnetic Wand and  Magnetic Wand Covers What do I think of the Onyx Youth charcoal magnetic mask?  Here’s my honest review: This mask is different than the charcoal masks that rip off your skin when they come off, we’ve all seen the horrible videos.  The charcoal magnetic face mask was very easy and smooth to… Read More