Spring is just around the corner so that means it is time to update your wardrobe, transition your winter pieces into spring + prep for warmer weather (even when it still a tad chilly outside). Whether it is slowly wearing spring pieces mixed with winter ones or simply embracing some color or a fun spring print, there are plenty of ways to transition from winter to spring in style…especially with a fun rainbow striped sweater like this one from one of my favorite online shops Pink Lily Boutique.
The second I spotted this sweater, I became OBSESSED! I love the fun pastel colors paired with the off the sleeve detail making it the ultimate cozy top. It is great to style with white jeans like I did here for spring or regular blue jeans or leggings etc.
I scored it for under $55 + it is definitely a great buy from Pink Lily Boutique.
I paired the sweater with my trustee white skinny jeans from Old Navy. Their ‘Rockstar‘ style has been my go to for years because of the amazing quality + fit. They hug my curves in all the right places and they are flattering on every figure.
In case you missed it, I have been using the SureSmile Aligner System for the past few months in order to straighten my teeth, fix some overcrowding + ultimately achieve the picture perfect smile we all crave!
For years I struggled to smile with my mouth open, showcasing my teeth etc. It was one of those things I just refused to do. Funny enough while I was actively dating, one of the first things guys would ask me is why I never smile with my mouth open + having to explain my insecurity about the overcrowding of my top + bottom teeth was far from something I wanted to share with others.
Fast forward to now, I have been using the SureSmile Aligner System since December + I am beginning to see results which is beyond exciting. I am currently on aligner trays 6 of 25 and I can already begin starting to see my teeth straighten, one tooth that was always pushed behind another on my top row, finally pushed through to get in line with the others etc.
I have been going for monthly check ups at Dr Joseph Gray’s office so his team can make sure my teeth are progressing properly with the aligners + make adjustments to the trays if needed, and so far everything has been smooth sailing.
At first it took me some time to get used to putting them in everyday and only taking them out to eat, but like with any habit after a few weeks of doing it, you get used to it. The great thing about the SureSmile Aligner System is you can actually feel the process working. Each time you put a new tray in, you can feel it working on different sections of teeth to straighten + get in alignment.
Some weeks I can feel it on my bottom teeth, other times on my top row, either way it assures me that the SureSmile Aligner System is really working + that is an amazing feeling!
For more information on the SureSmile Aligner System + to find a dentist near you that works with the system, click here!
I’m finally back from a nice + relaxing vacay but something I can’t seem to get out of my mind is the amazing Mazda 6 Signature we got to drive throughout our amazing trip. From the smooth drive to luxe interior, my boyfriend + I have been swooning over this beauty and I am here to share all the deets on this amazing vehicle so you can snag one for yourself (I mean who doesn’t need to switch up their ride, am I right? :p)
We did plenty of driving during our trip (for the days we weren’t enjoying the magical world of Disney at the parks). We totally loved driving the Mazda 6 Signature. While I typically opt for trucks so I have extra room, this sedan is far from small. It has tons of room in the trunk + backseat (enough for my two tons of luggage hehe :p I never travel light) + roomy space in the front.
Our car had plush leather interior, heated steering, seats + more…it was an absolute dream. The interior feels very sporty + luxurious, while also feeling extremely safe.
The car comes equipped with Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Smart Brake Support + more. Even on long drives, the car will vibrate if you begin to veer outside your lane or are trying to switch lanes when something is close by etc. I find the safety features are one of the most amazing parts of the car because feeling safe is something that is priceless.
This car has an amazing audio system (thanks to Bose), touch screen media + navigation system and it has the apple car play capability (my favorite since you can basically see your iphone on the car system screen.)
The system makes it super easy to get around a new city, listen to your favorite tunes + even reply to texts + calls hands free so no distracted driving occurs.
What I loved most about the Mazda 6 Signature is that while it is an affordable ride, it feels like top tier luxury. That is always such a win / win. Between the car’s amazing interior features, safety aspects + more, the Mazda 6 Signature is a great car for you to cruise away in!
“This post is sponsored by the American Cancer Society; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.”
Almost everyone you know has been touched by cancer in some way, shape or form. Whether it was or is battling it yourself, experiencing the hardship with a loved one or friend or finding ways to reduce your risks of being diagnosed, cancer impacts everyone in some way and that is why I am proud to work with the American Cancer Society to share helpful ways you may be able to reduce your risk of getting cancer..in honor of National Cancer Prevention Month. Of course in no way do these tips + findings guarantee a clean bill of health, but they may help to reduce your risk.
Cancer has touched my life in so many ways. Before I was born my mom was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. She was told she would lose all her hair, die + never have kids – well luckily she proved that doctor wrong and beat cancer and now she has three wonderful kids to show for it. My grandmother has had breast cancer a couple of times + my boyfriend’s sister passed away from leukemia at just 18 years old. This has become reality for so many people and their families. It truly breaks my heart and if there is ever anything I or my friends or family can do to help reduce the risk of being diagnosed with cancer, I am all for it.
According to the American Cancer Society about 42% of cancer cases and 45% of cancer deaths in the US are linked to modifiable risk factors and in some cases are preventable. This doesn’t apply to everyone but if there are ways I can reduce my risk and the risk of others around me, I definitely want to do what I can to prevent increasing my chances.
Here are some helpful tips on ways you may be able to reduce your risk of cancer:
Maintain a Healthy Weight Through Exercise + Eating Healthy
As I have gotten older I really started paying attention to my health and am continuing on my weight loss journey not just to look better but also feel better and reduce my risk of diseases. It’s been found that obesity or being overweight increases your risk of many cancers.
I personally have been dieting for the past 6 months following a healthy diet plan. Whether it is tweaking your daily calorie intake or making easy swaps between sugary drinks and snacks to sugar free items, every little change adds up to a healthier you!
It is also strongly recommended to get moving throughout the day + work up a sweat. Whether it is parking far in the parking lot, going for walks on your lunch break, taking the stairs, whatever you got to do to get your heart rate pumping really helps decrease your risks.
Avoiding Tobacco and Limiting Alcohol
I personally don’t smoke or drink, especially after hearing what those close to me went through. Limiting alcohol and not smoking can really change your health and life.
Alcohol use has been linked to various types of cancer so limiting your intake of alcohol whether it is how often your drink or the amount you consume can truly help with cancer prevention. (The ACS recommends no more than one drink a day for women and two for men.)
Smoking is a leading cause of certain types of cancer so living a smoke free life can dramatically cut your risks of cancer. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women, and is one of the hardest cancers to treat. Not only does smoking increase the risk for lung cancer, it’s also a risk factor for cancers of the mouth, kidney, liver, bladder, pancreas and more.
I have to admit when I was younger I didn’t always take the best care of my skin. I have since learned the importance of protecting your skin from the sun etc to reduce risks of diseases like cancer.
Some ways to protect your skin include: No matter what the weather conditions, you should always use sun protection when you’re outdoors; Sun exposure adds up day after day, and happens every time you’re in the sun – even if it’s a little cloudy or chilly outside. Also, seek the shade, cover up (with sunglasses, clothes and a wide-brim hat, use SPF 30+).
Most skin cancers are a direct result of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. When it comes to UV rays, you should also avoid man-made sources of it, like tanning beds.
And don’t forget to GET SCREENED
Screening can catch some cancers early, improving the chances for successful treatment. Check out the American Cancer Society’s full screening guidelines!
I encourage everyone to follow these tips because anyway we can reduce our risks of getting cancer, the better we all can be. You can also visit the American Cancer Society’s ”Stay Healthy Information” for a full list of tips!
This MONOPOLY Collect & Win game makes grocery shopping even more exciting. I usually shop once a week, and with this new game, my grocery shopping just became a whole lot more fun (and even a little competitive with my boyfriend who will be playing as well hehe :p).
I play the MONOPOLY Collect & Win game at my local Vons, but you can Shop, Play, Win! at any of the Albertsons Companies stores like Albertsons, Safeway, ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Shaw’s, Star Market, Carrs/Safeway, United Supermarkets, Amigos, Albertsons Market and Market Street stores. Visit www.ShopPlayWin.com to get started.
From February until May, you can head to your local store (my go-to is Vons) and pick up the SHOP, PLAY, WIN!® Collect & Win Game featuring MONOPOLY game board. You can collect pieces each time you make select purchases from the promotion list, which is available at your local store or on the VONS app. No longer is grocery shopping just buying what’s on your list, now it is fun, exciting, and a challenge you’ll want to WIN big at!
If you are more of an app person, you can win additional prizes by playing the online game on the Shop, Play, Win App! Collect tickets and game boards in-store. The app also provides a helpful guide to see which items are part of the promotion, so you can tailor your shopping accordingly! And you can track your tickets via the app.
It wouldn’t be a great game without some amazing prizes! When you SHOP, PLAY, WIN!®, you have the chance to get exclusive discounts, win free items and win grand prizes like cash, trips and more!
Are you ready to SHOP, PLAY, WIN? I sure am!
Head to the SHOP, PLAY, WINapp or website to learn how you can SHOP, PLAY, WIN!