Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Secret Killer In Your Bathroom

Happy Monday! But for real, not really happy at all, because..Monday. And also how the hell is it already December?

We are had to leave PA and are safely back in Hawaii. More on our trip in a few days..

But for now, I am here today to talk to you about something important.

Something really important.

Do you have a bathroom in your home? If so, you're housing a secret killer and I'm about to blow your mind.

Are you ready? 

It's your bathtub.

I know, I was just as shocked as you are.

But seriously...

I was thinking about how it always seems like celebrities die in grandiose ways. I mean seriously -- every single day people everywhere pass away peacefully, but not celebrities -- oh, nay nay. They have to go out with a bang. Which led me to my first realization...

Whitney Houston and her daughter were both found unconscious in a bathtub and later died. 

That's really freaking weird to me.

...But that's not all!

The bathtub and surrounding area has also sought revenge on Brittany Murphy, Elvis Presley, Jim Morrison, Judy Garland, Amy Winehouse and Michael Jackson. The bathtub even got Orville Redenbacher, the popcorn man!

Okay, so if you haven't recognized something by now, it's that it is VERY easy for me to fall down a rabbit hole of weird happenings. People dying in bathtubs? Yes. Silverware companies that began as cults? Sure. Sister wives? Of course. And the list goes on...

So tell me...
What rabbit holes have you fallen down on the internet?

Monday, November 30, 2015

Beauty Favorites: November

If you've been around here for awhile, you know I love a good beauty roundup or two (or three or four...)

Because I was traveling a lot in November, my beauty list this month is not as extensive as months past, but I do have some winners to share!

November Beauty Favorites

VIICode O2M Oxygen Eye Masks

Last month, I shared my adventure with VIICode O2M Oxygen Eye Masks. Dane and I continued to use the treatments throughout the month and I'll be diddly darned...they were amazing! After the first treatment, I could tell that my eyes were brighter, but I could still see dark circles. After four full treatments and a facial with my favorite esthetician, my skin is feeling brighter and happier than it has in a very long time! I just ordered another box of oxygen eye masks and would highly recommend them for anyone who thinks they might be losing any sleep this holiday season ;)

Briogeo Don't Despair Repair!
Put simply: Go buy this hair mask immediately. Whether your hair is dry, damaged, color-treated, not growing, chemically-treated, whatever is wrong with it..this mask will work wonders. I have used it once per week since I chopped 11 inches off and it amazes me how healthy my hair looks. I spend a lot of time at the beach and in the pool, so dry and damaged hair is always a concern for me. It's safe to say I'll be keeping Briogeo in my beauty arsenal for a long time!
Use code: COMMUNIKAIT for 15% off your order through December 15th!

NARS Lip Matte in Vesuvio
I just started wearing lipstick this year. I know, I know, cue the shock and awe. So it's really amazing, shocking and awesome that the very first lip color I ever tried has become a total winner. Not only does NARS lipstick last (I wore it for 11 hours on Thanksgiving, ate, drank and got a little sloppy and my color stayed 100%), it has such a rich, flattering hue!

This seems like an odd beauty favorite to add, but hear me out. Vaseline actually ranks pretty high on my beauty list every single month. Why? Because it is so multi-functional. It keeps my hands soft, my lips kissable and my feet sandal ready year round. When we ventured back to PA, I forgot how annoying dry skin could be. Vaseline to the rescue! Seriously -- go buy yourself some.

What are you loving lately in the beauty department?

How To Help Pets In Need This Holiday

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It's no secret to anyone who has been around here for awhile that my dogs are my life. I love them and cater to their every need, which is why they are pretty darn spoiled. 

Sadly, not every animal is fortunate enough to have a loving family to take care of them. This bothers me year-round, but especially at the holidays. I'm not sure if it's an abundance of Christmas spirit or my crazy animal-loving self just seeping out, but I get pretty upset thinking about dogs and cats spending the holidays alone, sad and hungry. 

Each year, Dane and I pick a charity or local organization to donate our time to or show a random act of kindness toward. 
Spoiler alert: I always choose the SPCA. 
This year, I decided that instead of handing out food and toys to every animal, I would contact the local chapter and figure out what their needs were before heading over. They told me they were in desperate need of treats for all their animals. Treats? I can totally do that!

I headed out to Walmart and grabbed TEMPTATIONS® Treats for cats, as well as PEDIGREE® DENTASTIX® and PEDIGREE® Jumbones for dogs (all located in the pet aisle). 

I also grabbed a holiday bucket that the shelter could easily re-use for storing office supplies, receipts or even holiday treats for humans :)

Judy and Bill are huge fans of PEDIGREE® DENTASTIX® and PEDIGREE® Jumbones, so those were easy picks! When I noticed TEMPTATIONS® Treats came in chicken flavor, I snagged those, too! What cat wouldn't like chicken? None I've ever met!
Everything fit perfectly inside the box, which made transporting things a bit easier :)

In addition to my treat donation, I also put together a checklist of holiday hazards for new pet owners. The holidays is a high-adoption period and many families are bringing pets into their homes for the first time. It can be a crazy time without any holiday hoopla, so add it all together and things can get a little stressful.

If you're a new pet owner, or simply interested in learning holiday hazards for pets, you can download and print it HERE.

Be sure to check out more great gift ideas for pets. I'd love to hear about a favorite pet you will be gifting treats to this holiday season!

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