Celebrating Fifth Anniversaries in 2014

PostQuoteI am so glad to back here blogging! The past year has brought some exciting changes for me and my family. My husband and I bought our first home together, and this year marked our 5 years together as a married couple.

We’ve lived in Minnesota for 5 years now, which I guess means that I should be used to the bitter cold that will likely last through next April. As I bundle up in more layers and try to look somewhat stylish, I embrace the long winter with lots of hot cocoa and snuggles with my dog. In a season of sharing gratitude and blessings, I feel very lucky for all wondrous joys in my life, and look forward to whatever the new year has in store for us.

In other news, I hope to make some changes and blog about more of my favorite things, including art, music, food and fashion, of course. I might play around with a new topic. I would love to continue to share the love with other bloggers and readers.  Do you have a topic that you would like me to cover? Feel free to share your suggestions in the comments. Have a fun weekend!



PONO Summer Sale is Here!

It’s finally starting to feel like summer! Time to get gorgeous with a visit to the PONO by Joan Goodman Sample Sale. Starting today, June 4, shop for beautiful accessories at a 50- 80 percent savings this week at their shop on the Upper West Side of NYC. While you are there, meet the designer herself, Joan Goodman, who is an incredibly talented artist and a lovely person who loves sharing stories from her travels. If you are in the New York area, see all of the details of the sale below.

PONO Sample Sale

Nuance Salma Hayek Collection Box

Nuance Salma Hayek

Nuance Salma Hayek

When Birchbox offered a limited-edition box of Nuance beauty products to their subscribers, I jumped at the chance to receive a sampling of Salma Hayek’s makeup and skincare line. Since the Birchbox team informed me that I was not guaranteed to snag a Nuance collection box, I didn’t expect to see one in my mailbox.

What a wonderful surprise to learn that I was one of lucky few to land a free collection box, in addition to my regular monthly Birchbox. Last week I  received a pretty box with floral pink sketching, filled with five deluxe samples from the Nuance beauty line. The items included body cream, a facial cream, shampoo and conditioner and a eye cream/liner, which are favorites among Hayek’s beauty devotees.

Inspired by her grandmother’s beauty recipes, Hayek created the line of gentle skincare products for the everyday woman. My favorite is the AM/PM Anti-Aging Super Cream, which has tepezcohuite to provide a lovely antioxidant -rich moisturizer. I loved that Hayek searched for new ingredients to preserve her family’s traditions. The collection from Birchbox has something for every step of my beauty routine. Nuance Salma Hayek is available exclusively at CVS/pharmacy stores nationwide.

Nuance Collection Box:
My Secret Super Moisturizing Body Cream
Mamey Fruit Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner
Lights, Camera, Action Eye Trio
AM/PM Anti-Aging Super Cream

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