How to Know If You’re a Good Liposuction Candidate

Recently, an article in Cosmopolitan magazine by Megan O’Brien got a lot of attention, and it’s no surprise why with a title like this: I’m a Size 0 and I Got Liposuction. The controversy started swirling about how someone so seemingly thin could possibly be a good candidate for fat reduction surgery.
It turned out that particular patient had pretty valid reasons for her choice (a disproportionate tummy that made her appear pregnant), but the whole controversy brought to light some facts about liposuction most people might not know. A number of factors go into determining whether someone is a candidate. Here are a few:
Realistic Expectations
Anyone considering liposuction should be aware of what it can and can’t do for your body. One of the most common misconceptions is that it is for easy weight loss. Most surgeons stress that liposuction is not a replacement for good diet and exercise habits, nor is it a fool-proof solution. While liposuction has been proven to permanently remove stubborn fat cells, you still must make healthy lifestyle choices to maintain the results. Poor diet exercise can easily undue all the work completed by your plastic surgeon. If you head into a liposuction consultation expecting to drop lots of weight and never gain it back, you may be turned away.
Good Skin Elasticity
For the best results, you need to have supple, elastic skin. If you are prone to stretch marks or already have baggy skin in some areas, you may have a less-desirable end result. Tara Reid was unfortunately the poster child for bad liposuction for a while, as she discussed candidly in PEOPLE magazine back in 2008. A possible factor in the botched procedure may have been her poor skin elasticity. Skin that is more elastic will conform to your new contours once underlying fat is removed.
Stable Weight
Most surgeons stress the importance of maintaining a stable healthy weight before undergoing liposuction. As one physician states on the popular plastic surgery forum RealSelf, “If your weight fluctuates widely, liposuction has no value. The most unhappy liposuction patients are the ones who come in after surgery having gained weight wondering why their result isn’t great. This is very frustrating for the patient and the surgeon.” What this means is that liposuction really shines as a spot treatment for those with specific problem areas. If your body weight is constantly fluctuating, it can be difficult for your surgeon to really identify where the liposuction would be most beneficial and long-lasting for you. That being said, a surgeon may decide to use liposuction to help a patient jump-start weight loss. These patients often return for additional work to put the finishing touches on their body transformations.
Recovery Time
Good candidates for liposuction must be OK with downtime and activity restrictions after the surgery. Patients are usually up and walking the same day of the liposuction, but according to Washington, D.C.’s Ruff Plastic Surgery, it takes 2 to 3 days to return to work and a few weeks to return to exercise. They also have a handy recovery guide on their website that outlines what you could expect in the days and weeks after a procedure.
For those looking to take their physique up a notch, liposuction is an amazing tool. Before getting any work done though, make sure to get a consultation done with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Oftentimes, these consultations are free or the cost can be applied to the procedure. A good surgeon can also determine for sure whether you’re an appropriate candidate.

{Editorial consideration provided by Ruff Plastic Surgery. Compensation was provided in exchange for this sponsored post. }

Amsterdam Falafelshop in Clarendon: You’ve Gotta Try This Place





Last week Dave, Ella, Logan and I were invited by Amsterdam Falafelshop for dinner. The kids had their first taste of falafel in Paris and loved it, so I knew they would be happy to find out they could get falafel right here in our neighborhood. Upon entering the restaurant, we were greeted by the co-founder of Amsterdam Falafelshop, Scott Bennett. He was so chill and down to earth as he sat down with our family and shared how he decided to open up the first restaurant.

We really liked the restaurant’s set up. You’re served your falafel sandwich or bowl and then you have a toppings station where you sprinkle or mound toppings to your hearts desire. Ella and Logan had fun selecting their toppings and adding them to their sandwiches. The menu includes: falafel sandwiches, French fries (deep-fried twice– the European style), sodas and “virgin” brownies, a bit of a shout out in reference to the Amsterdam coffee shops that sell marijuana-laced brownies. We ordered fries to accompany our sandwiches and they were outstanding! They really were some of the best fries ever! The falafel is crunchy and delicious and when “smashed”, a ton of toppings can be added. The ambiance is casual and cool. The location is across the street from the Clarendon Metro and close to all of the nightly hangouts. It’s a perfect place for families during the day and an awesome restaurant for late night dining for the college kids and club goers.

Click here for my Tastemade City Guide DC recap of Amsterdam Falafelshop. And for more information, visit


Google Express Equals One Less Errand



I’m going to let you in on a little secret, I have been doing all my household shopping the old school way. I drive to the supermarket, big box department store and the local mall. My primary reason is because I enjoy instant gratification. I don’t have the patience to wait a week to receive an order. I hadn’t really crossed over into buying everything online—that is, until now!

All of that old school stuff is over! No more fighting traffic, no more worrying about how little time I have to go from store to store while the kids are in school or even worse—bringing my kids with me on my shopping journeys (because let’s be honest, it’s more than a journey—it’s horrible and time consuming!) No more forgetting my shopping list and thinking about coupons. Who has time to cut or print out coupons? I haven’t cut a coupon in over 20 years! But, I can easily find a code online and punch it in for internet orders.

Google Express has finally arrived in DC! The service, allows smart phone, tablet and desktop users to order items from a variety of stores including: Giant Food, Costco, Walgreens, Sports Authority, Staples, Babies “R” Us, Barnes & Noble, L’Occitane and Guitar Center and offer same day service, provided they are within a certain designated area.

I ordered my son Logan’s new “big boy” bedding set as his back to school present this year. We ordered a Star Wars comforter, sheet set and beach towels from Kohl’s thru Google Express. Signing up for my Google Express account was easy and fast. It took less than five minutes to set up, click on the items and check out. My husband’s office is located in DC and since we live in Arlington, I had it delivered to his work. I was impressed there was a choice to have the package left or signed delivery confirmation with no extra fee. My package was available to be delivered to its designated location within 6 hours of being processed. No waiting up to a week for delivery? This is truly life changing. Online shopping and Google Express is the way to go!

I’d love for you to give Google Express a try! Use the code EXPRESSDC to get $25 off your first order. This is only good for the first 2,500 shoppers to redeem it and expires August 5th, so be sure to use it asap! It is a perfect time to order all of your back-to-school items! The first three months of service is currently available for free, after that it’s $10/month. Also very important to note: they only deliver to Washington DC addresses. So if you don’t live in the District of Columbia, feel free to use yours or your spouse’s DC work address or a DC friend’s address for delivery.

As a busy mom, words can’t express how happy I am that Google Express is available in our area! One less errand and one happy mom!

{Special Thanks to The Google Express Team for collaborating on this post!}



Eventbrite Hometown Hunt: Ted’s Bulletin Restaurant





Eventbrite is an amazing online platform that helps people find events in their area and also to create events of your own. Eventbrite is a one stop shop for creating, promoting and hosting an event all while saving you time and money! I’ve used Eventbrite for several successful fitness and blogging events and I appreciate their mission: bringing people together as a community. Eventbrite offers simple, free tools to ensure a fun and successful event. You can market and and manage your own event online.

Since I’m such a huge fan of Eventbrite , I’d like to share one of my favorite local hangouts, Ted’s Bulletin Restaurant as part of Eventbrite’s Hometown Hunt.

Ted’s Bulletin is one of my favorite local DC restaurants to visit with my kids. Ted’s offers a menu filled with tons of yummy, delicious diner fare and a real family-friendly atmosphere — including a convenient early opening time of 7am.  They have five DC area locations, all of them very accommodating to families with young children.

The kids menu is filled with traditional favorites including the prettiest and largest PB&J I’ve ever seen, pasta w/ butter or marinara sauce, grilled cheese, mac ‘n cheese, chicken fingers and a kid’s size burger.  And for those favoring breakfast, there’s a special that includes a berry pancake and basics like scrambled eggs, bacon and fruit.  Ted’s is especially recognized for their signature in-house pastries including pop-tarts and doughnuts.

All of the Ted’s locations have a small selection of toys and books for kids to play with while they wait for food. And on Saturdays, Ted’s plays cartoons on all the screens for your family’s enjoyment. Not only is Ted’s Bulletin one of my favorite places to take my family, I also enjoy date nights with husband there!

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Day Designer by Whitney English For Blue Sky Available Exclusively at Target & Giveaway

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I am super excited that Day Designer by Whitney English For Blue Sky will be available at Target beginning this Sunday, July 12th.

I was searching for a new planner for moms for only a few days when my friend Morgan Fykes of DC Funemployment whipped out her Day Designer at the CARE Conference a couple months ago. She passionately described each amazing feature and how it kept her organized while inspiring her to reach her daily, weekly and monthly goals. I knew I had found my new planner. Not only is Whitney English’s Day Designer perfect for moms, it’s perfect for creative entrepreneurs like bloggers too!

When my kids were born, I stopped using my manual (aka “paper”) planner and began using my Iphone as a schedule organizer for our family’s activities. I thought getting into the “digital age” was better because of the alerts I could set on my phone. And that everything would be best kept in one place—my IPhone. However, I became less organized and very frustrated keeping track of normal daily and weekly tasks and schedules for a family of four all on a phone calendar that was just filled with a bunch of dots at a glance. And every time I was asked to recall when we did something or what date an event was on, I literally had to click on each dot to find out what happened in the not so distant past. I couldn’t wait to get back to planner that had worked for me since college.

The Day Designer is an academic year calendar (from July 2015-June 2016) making it easy for busy moms, teachers, bloggers and other creatives to stay on top of everything during the school year.

The Day Designer is a lot larger than most other planners, but it’s easily transportable in a durable tote because of its very sturdy design. There are several designs featured in the Day Designer for Blue Sky Target Collection: a very polished black and white striped hard cover, a glamorous gold and white striped hard cover, a floral hard cover and two soft faux leather covers in a baby blue and a bubble gum pink. Each planner has high quality interior pages created with soy based ink and printed on 50% PCW recycled paper.

The first few pages of the planner are worksheets designed to inspire you to formulate your core values and goals to guide your business and life over the next year. As a very social mom and blogger, these features are incredibly helpful and truly inspiring.

Each month has an overall month calendar that you can eye at a glance, with spaces on the sides to write out important life goals for that particular month intended to inspire you to pursue your passions and values. I love how Whitney English’s design has a focus on helping you do things intentionally and with purpose—inspiring a purpose driven life.

My absolute favorite part of the planner and daily agenda is that it includes spaces to write out your daily schedule, daily to-do list, the top three things you want to accomplish, as well as smaller sections to help you organize your evening activities (like restaurant openings, birthday parties, get togethers and other events). And there’s even a box to include something that you’re grateful for—a small way to cultivate a life of thankfulness.

I am so happy I was introduced to the original Day Designer, the strategic planner & daily agenda for living a WELL-DESIGNED LIFE. And I’m super excited to introduce you to the collection available at Target!

I’d like to introduce you to it too by offering you a chance to win one! Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway Below. One winner will be announced on Friday, July 10th!

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Cheers to Independence Day & Shopping at Hagerstown Premium Outlets



I am a self proclaimed shopaholic. And when I think of Independence Day, I take time out to appreciate being an American and anticipate the backyard barbecues and fireworks.  But, I also think about all the amazing end of the season and pre-season retail sales! I had the pleasure of partnering with Hagerstown Premium Outlets, a Simon Center yesterday to check out all the weekend sales they’re having and share my shopping experience live on Twitter, Periscope and SnapChat (Angelica Talan).


Photography by Lani Furbank. Kate Spade New York Tote Bag 60% Off at Hagerstown Premium Outlets.


Photography by Lani Furbank. Kate Spade New York Tote Bag.

Most of the stores are offering 50% off their already significantly reduced merchandise. My two favorite stores Coach and Kate Spade New York are offering 70% off of all handbags! These are deals you can’t beat! I found this amazing carry-all tote bag originally retailed at $495 for less than $100!




The kids corner is offering amazing door busters at Gymboree and Janie and Jack and sales such as buy 2 get one free deals at Carter’s.



Photography by Lani Furbank. This Ann Taylor necklace is 70% off and the Banana Republic Dress is 50% Off at Hagerstown Premium Outlets.


Every store at Hagerstown Premium Outlets is offering plenty of discounted items for their summer clearance sales! There is something for everyone in your family here! From the athlete to the cook to the fashionista to the kids, you don’t want to miss! Check out my Tastemade City Guide Video Recap here and to plan your trip and learn more about Hagerstown Premium Outlet, visit their website by clicking here. Stay up to the minute by following them on Facebook and Twitter. Have a wonderful Fourth of July and Happy Shopping!

{This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Hagerstown Premium Outlets, a Simon Center.}

20 Things to Do in Washington DC with Kids


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Visiting DC With Kids?

Washington DC is one of the most family friendly cities in the US. Our nation’s capital offers family friendly attractions such as world-class museums, monuments, historic sites, outdoor recreation and live entertainment. Best of all, most of these sites are free and open to the public. Here are my Top 20 Things to See and Do in DC with Kids:

1. National Postal Museum: suitable for all ages including infants. Explore the history of postal mail beginning in the colonial times to today. The museum is loaded with interactive exhibits including a spot to make postcards and have them addressed, stamped, and mailed for free. The museum is home to two airplanes that hang from the ceiling, two stagecoaches including one that the kids can sit in, a big rig and an old train car, both of which you can sit in. Old-fashioned postal mail is actually a really fun place to begin your child’s tour of DC!

2. Tour Union Station for Tourism Trinkets & For Lunch: Union Station is a historic train station that’s part shopping mall, part tourist destination and is also home to the newly added Greyhound Bus Station. This Beaux Arts-style train station is a bustling transportation hub, with the Red Line Metro, Amtrak, and Virginia and Maryland commuter trains making stops daily. It features three concourses: The top two house more than 100 shops and eateries, and the lower one features a food court and movie theater. In the marble foyer at the front of the station—an enormous and gorgeous space with 96-foot vaulted ceilings offering plenty of space to stretch your legs and let your little runs run around and expend some energy as well. Pick up a brochure at the visitors’ desk and take some time to explore the building. Afterward, ride the elevator downstairs to the food court and grab lunch at one or two of the many food vendors available or visit Chipotle or Shop House inside Union Station on the first level.

3.Tour the Capitol Walk through the Hall of Columns, the Rotunda, and the old Supreme Court chambers, then head upstairs to the House and Senate chambers. From the visitors’ gallery, you can watch a bill become a law in person—see bills being debated, votes being counted, and speeches being given. Note: Congress is on recess for the month of August. Tickets are free but available only on a first-come, first-served basis at the Capitol Guide Service kiosk on the sidewalk on the Capitol’s southwest side (near the intersection of First Street and Independence Avenue, Southwest). Ticket distribution starts at 9 AM.

4. US Botanic Garden (245 First St., SW), one of the Smithsonian’s treasures is only a short walk from Union Station and the Capitol. It’s a year-round greenhouse and conservatory that will inspire you and your little travelers to imagine that you’re inside a jungle or on a trip to the amazon. There are over 26,000 plants organized in collections throughout ten climate-controlled rooms. In warm weather, stroll through the two outside gardens: Bartholdi Park (just south of the conservatory, across Independence Avenue), which is anchored by a large fountain, and the National Garden (just west of the conservatory), which includes rose and butterfly gardens, the First Ladies’ Water Garden, and an outdoor amphitheater.

5. Bureau of Engraving & Printing See real money being printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, DC! This is a fun tour for all ages. You will see how U. S. paper currency is printed, stacked, cut and examined for defects. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing also prints White House invitations, Treasury securities, identification cards, naturalization certificates, and other special security documents. Tours are offered every 15 minutes and last about 45 minutes. Tickets aren’t required during the off peak season (September through February), just line up at the entrance on 14th Street when you want a tour. Tickets, which are free, are required during peak season (March through August) and can be picked up at the ticket booth on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 8 AM on the day you wish you visit. I recommend sending one person in the morning to get tickets for the entire family while the kids are entertained another way. Tickets go fast, so plan to get there early.

6. The National Zoo (3001 Connecticut Ave., NW), is home to more than 2,000 animals. The giant pandas are the National Zoo’s most compelling feature. And the elephants, apes, reptile center, cheetah station, the Asia Trail—with sloth bears, clouded leopards, fishing cats, red pandas, and more—are all highly recommended. One of the best zoos in the United States and it’s FREE!

7. National Museum of Natural History is one of my favorite “musts” for kids of all ages. It houses thousands of specimens in exhibits, including birds, gems, fossils, mammals, ocean life, and more. In the rotunda on the first floor is a life-size African male elephant, and upstairs is the famous Hope Diamond—both of which shouldn’t be missed. The butterfly exhibit features a live butterfly pavilion that you can stroll through and see and touch the butterflies up close and personal. Admission to the museum is free, but the butterfly pavilion has an admission fee for children 2 and older. It is totally worth it! The Q?Rius Exhibit. Q?rius is a new way to connect science with everyday experience. It’s a first-of-its-kind interactive and experimental environment — part lab, part collections vault, part DIY garage, part hangout, and all fun.

8. National Air and Space Museum is my family’s absolute favorite Smithsonian museum. Within its 22 exhibition galleries are items such as the 1903 Wright Brothers plane, a V2 ballistic missile from the Cold War, a full-size Hubble Space Telescope vehicle, and the space suits worn by Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong on their visit to the moon. You may also want to check out the Albert Einstein planetarium or the IMAX theatre for a very special show. The museum is free.

9. The White House Visitors from around the world come to Washington DC to tour the White House, the home and office of the U.S. President. Built between 1792 and 1800, the White House is one of the oldest public buildings in the nation’s capital and serves as a museum of American history.

10. The National Building Museum is also on my top 3 favorite museums for kids. The Build, Work, Play is amazing!

11. The Monument is one of the most popular attractions in DC. It is the tallest structure in the District of Columbia. Take the elevator up to the highest level and have a look at DC from the birds eye view. An elevator takes visitors to the top to see a spectacular view of Washington, DC including unique perspectives of the Lincoln Memorial, the White House, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, and the Capitol Building. Sylvan Theater, an outdoor amphitheater located near the base of the Washington Monument, is a popular venue for a wide range of events including free concerts and live theatrical performances, commemorative ceremonies, rallies and protests.

12. The Tidal Basin is a man-made inlet adjacent to the Potomac River. Visitors are drawn to the area because of its beauty, especially during cherry blossom season in late March and early April. Tidal Basin Paddle Boats are available to rent on the eastern shore. A small concession offers hotdogs, a few sandwich options, drinks and snacks. Walking paths surround the area and visitors are free to picnic along the shore.

13. The Lincoln Memorial an iconic landmark on the National Mall, a tribute to President Abraham Lincoln. The Memorial has been the site of many famous speeches and events since its dedication in 1922, most notably Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963.

14.The Jefferson Memorial The Jefferson Memorial is one of the most popular attractions in DC and is located on the Tidal Basin, a dome shaped rotunda surrounded by a grove of trees making it especially beautiful during Cherry Blossom season in the spring. From the top steps of the memorial, you can see one of the best views of the White House. During the warmer months of the year, you may rent a paddle boat to really enjoy the scenery.

15. The Franklin Delano Rosevelt Memorial The Franklin Delano Roosevelt memorial is a presidential memorial in Washington D.C. dedicated to the memory of U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and to the era he represents. The FDR Memorial is one of Washington DC’s top attractions and honors Franklin D. Roosevelt for leading the United States through the Great Depression and World War II. This impressive park-like memorial is spread over 7.5 acres and features four outdoor gallery rooms depicting the 12 years of FDR’s presidency.

16. The MLK Memorial One of the most prestigious sites remaining on the National Mall was selected for the memorial for Martin Luther King, Jr., adjacent to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. It is the first major memorial along the National Mall to be dedicated to an African-American, and to a non-president.

16. Guy Mason Playground & Recreation Center located at 3600 Calvert St., NW in the family friendly neighborhood of Glover Park. This playground is brand new as of Spring 2015 and it offers infant swings, musical instruments, slides, a state of the art, modern day steel “tree house”, hammocks, rope structure and more.

17. Georgetown Cupcake is the leading destination in DC for gourmet cupcakes. Parents and kids alike stand anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour to get their hands on these freshly baked delicious treats.

18. The National Arboretum is a 446-acre living museum 2 miles from the Capitol: gardens, collections, bonsai museum, herb garden, azaleas, flowering cherry trees, and the original columns from the Capitol. Seasonal weekend tram tours and guided tours by appointment.

19. Washington Harbour & Georgetown Waterfront Take a stroll along the boardwalk and take in the nation’s iconic scenery – watch the boats, see the views of the Kennedy Center, Watergate, Key Bridge, and across the water to Virginia. Enjoy the spray and splash park in the summer time and the ice skating rink in winter.

20. The National Harbor &  The Capitol Wheel If you’re not afraid of heights, you’ll feel like you’re sitting on top of the world when you experience National Harbor’s most iconic attraction, The Capital Wheel! As you soar 180 feet above the Potomac River waterfront, you will marvel at the incomparable views. Sights visible include the White House and Capitol, the National Mall, Arlington Cemetery, City of Alexandria, Prince George’s County and the lush parklands throughout the DC-Maryland-Virginia region.

6 Tips for Shopping & Saving at Hagerstown Premium Outlet


Summer is officially here! The Fourth of July weekend is just a few days ahead, now is the perfect time to rack up some amazing end of the season bargains and save a few bucks on a few upcoming seasonal pieces. Hagerstown Premium Outlets is my favorite retail outlet in the DC area and this Thursday, I’ll be headed there to get some amazing deals!

Here are 6 Tips For Shopping Outlets and Getting the Best Bang For Your Buck: 

1. Make a List. Take a really good look at your closet and write down your top must have items. Have a look at clothes that you no longer enjoy wearing. Consider donating them or hosting a clothing swap for those items so that you clear space for your new finds.

2. Create a Budget. You can really save yourself a lot of money by having a budget and sticking to it. I find it helpful to appoint an approximate price tag to every item on my list.

3. Wear comfortable clothes and stylish, but comfortable shoes. Wear clothes that are easy to put on and take off so that trying on clothes is fun and relaxing. Wear comfortable yet stylish shoes to compliment the look of every outfit you try on.

4. Don’t Rush. Take your time. Really enjoy the shopping experience. Set enough time aside to try on each item and to think about how it fits into your current wardrobe.

5. Snap pictures of yourself in the outfits that you like. Consider using Snapchat and invite your friends to vote on the items you’re considering.

6. Shop the perimeters of the outlet mall first. Just like shopping for groceries, most of the best finds are on the outside corners of the outlets. High end designer brands and some of the highest quality items are located there.

Please join me this Thursday, July 2nd between 12 Noon and 4 PM as I shop Hagerstown Premium Outlets and takeover their social media channels. I’ll be reporting LIVE on Periscope and Snapchat (Angelica Talan) as well as live tweeting on both my Twitter account and the Hagerstown Premium Outlets account. Be sure to LIKE us on Facebook by clicking here and here. I’m so excited to host this social media takeover!  Check back on Friday, July 3rd for a Recap of all the fun and deals available at Hagerstown Premium Outlet!

Ken Paves You Are Beautiful Luxury Hair Care Products Available at Walmart



I was introduced to the runway looks of celebrity hair created by uber famous hair stylist, Ken Paves on Oprah, almost a decade ago. I remember buying his clip in hair extensions after seeing his collaboration with Jessica Simpson. So, when I found out he created an affordable line of luxury hair care products, I was beyond excited to try them! I have been searching for products for my entire family. I am very brand loyal and discovering a brand that would benefit everyone in our family meant the world to me. I was searching for products that could moisturize and tame my daughter Ella’s wild and frizzy hair. Her hair has different textures. The front part of her hair is very dry and frizzy, while the back is silky, wavy and soft. I also wanted a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner for myself that would eliminate the dryness that comes with tightly curled, kinky hair.

The Ken Paves You Are Beautiful™ hair care line was born from Ken Paves’ nearly 20 years as a celebrity hair stylist and beauty industry expert, and his belief that every woman should have access to salon-quality hair care products. The product assortment ranges from shampoos and conditioners for different need states to styling products. The hair care line is meant to inspire all women, everywhere, to celebrate and enhance their natural beauty with affordable, luxurious hair care products that provide solutions for the most talked-about hair care concerns. Ken Paves You Are Beautiful™ is made with pure, plant-based ingredients and 100% essential oils, without sulfates, parabens, phthalates, neurotoxins, aluminum, glycols or synthetic fragrances and dyes. The Ken Paves You Are Beautiful™ line is made with 100% essential oils which serve as a natural fragrance, no synthetic fragrances are added.

The products smell, look and feel amazing to the touch! I took Ella to our hair salon to have her stylist wash, condition and style her hair with the products from the Smoothing Line including: Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner, Thick Conditioning Mask, Detangling Thermal Protectant Spray and the Repair & Nourish Shine Serum today! Even Ella’s hair stylist was impressed with the quality and especially the zen inducing fragrance.

Ella and I both fell in love with Ken Paves’ new haircare collection for Walmart at first try. Everything is luxe, efficient, affordable and looks great in your shower. Taking good care of your hair doesn’t have to be a long and expensive process. You Are Beautiful™ covers everything from frizz and dryness, to detangling and repairing.

The 18-product collection includes shampoos, conditioners, a thermal protection spray, relaxing balm, volumizing mousse (which is also great for men) and more for all hair types and lengths. Prices range from $13 to $19. Available at Walmart and

{Disclosure: A complimentary sample was sent for review. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.}

Lip Smacker: The Perfect Lip Gloss for Little Girls


IMG_2717 As child, I can remember the first time my mom bought me my first set of lip glosses. I was seven years old. I can remember the smell and taste of each and every gloss vividly. They were by Lip Smacker and they were deliciously flavored and scented in all of my favorite yummy treats which included: cream popsicles, cotton candy and even my favorite soda pop, root beer. Reflecting on these happy memories, I thought it would be a great idea to partner with Lip Smacker and include their flavored lip gloss and lip balms in the goodie bags for my daughter Ella’s 7th birthday party last month. Lip Smacker is the ultimate premiere lip gloss for little girls because it offers the perfect amount of shimmer and isn’t too sticky. It’s also very long lasting (if you don’t lick it off), it has the most delectable flavors of any other brand in the market and has vibrant eye catching packaging. I’m such an admirer of Lip Smacker because it reminds me of my childhood and because it’s incredibly moisturizing and now I get to share these products with my daughter and all of her friends. 

{Special Thank-you to Lip Smacker for partnering on this post. All opinions are my own.}