A Little Peek Inside My Beauty Routine

This post is sponsored by Bioré but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

This past weekend, Andrew and I spent the day out by our pool. Although it was too cold to swim, my face was completely naked – no foundation, no bb cream or concealer. I couldn’t help but notice how clogged my pores were and how unbalanced my skin felt. I was embarrassed not because of how I look but how unhealthy my skin felt. Just like you deep-clean your house and swap your winter wardrobe with lighter clothing, it’s so important to update your skincare routine! You should refresh your skin when the warm weather arrives to keep your skin radiant and healthy.

Later that night, we stopped at Target to pick up some groceries and I saw the New Bioré Blue Agave + Baking Soda Balancing Whipped Nourishing Detox Mask! I love that the mask is infused with natural baking soda which is known for its ability to deep clean and with natural blue agave which is known for its ability to soothe and nourish. That’s right my friends, it lifts away dirt, oil, and pollution to seriously purify clogged pores. I’ve been a huge fan of Bioré products and the Bioré Blue Agave Baking Soda Balancing Pore Cleanser is my jam!

My skin is two-faced. Yep, that’s right! It’s a combination of in some areas and oily in others. Bioré is the brand that actually pays attention to your pores – and now more than ever before with the launch of the Blue Agave + Baking Soda Whipped Nourishing Detox Mask & Balancing Pore Cleanser products! Bioré has an extensive line of high-quality yet affordable skincare products that provide a wide variety of skincare benefits. These products lead the way in deep cleaning, exfoliating, and conditioning your pores – allowing you to achieve refreshed & nourished skin.

Clogged pores seriously need to chill! The menthol in our detox masks creates an intense pore-tingly sensation. That’s the feeling of a good deep, clean. This detoxifying sensation will leave your pores seriously purified.

*Please note: Not for sensitive skin consumers or those with sensitives to menthol as it may cause short term flushing of the skin.*

Because I was in the midst of a blackhead breakout, I started testing the detox mask, literally the second I got home. The Bioré Blue Agave + Baking Soda Whipped Nourishing Detox Mask was so easy to use. It has a whipped and creamy texture. First, I washed my face with my Bioré Blue Agave Baking Soda Balancing Pore Cleanser. Next, I applied the Bioré Blue Agave + Baking Soda Whipped Nourishing Detox Mask on my wet face. I did a little happy dance around my bathroom for about 3 minutes. Lastly, I just rinsed my face thoroughly.

My face felt so clean, refreshed and ever-so-nourished after using the Bioré Blue Agave + Baking Soda Whipped Nourishing Detox Mask. I highly recommend giving both the mask and cleanser strips a try, especially if you’re prone to blackouts– if, for no other reason, to say you’ve put menthol on your face. You can learn more about Bioré on their website but follow them on Instagram for news and tips!

If you decide to give the Bioré Blue Agave Baking Soda Balancing Pore Cleanser and Whipped Nourishing Detox Mask.a try, I picked mine up at Target. You can buy them at major retailers such as Target, Walmart, Walgreens. etc. You can see distribution here.

Have you ever tried Bioré products before? Unclog your pores!

Using TAX PRO GO Helped Me Experience A Worry-Free Mardi Gras!

This post is sponsored by H&R Block but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Tax season is upon us! Between January 1st and April 15 more than 140 million Americans will file their taxes for the previous year. Of those 140 million taxpayers, Andrew and I are included. Tax season has always been such a dreadful time of year for us… Andrew and I usually spend HOURS behind the computer adding information and uploading documents (I’m literally cringing just thinking about it) but this year was different.

I was even more worried about tax season this year because I’m self-employed. Andrew and I were thinking about just going to a professional tax office because last year, we chose a DIY product online and then it was tripled with hidden fees and cost after we spent hours, HOURS, uploading our information and walking through the online process. It was so discouraging and I totally felt cheated… but this year the thought of wasting countless hours in the tax office seriously made me want to cry. 

Luckily, H&R Block’s Tax Pro Go swooped in for the save this year! Hallelujah!! I can’t even begin to explain how incredibly easy H&R Block’s Tax Pro Go was for me and Andrew. We knew the price upfront, had a quick call with an H&R Block expert tax professional and uploaded our tax forms through the secure online portal.  Our completed return was sent back within 5 days for review and then filed for us, all without having to step foot into a tax office!  Andrew and I couldn’t have been happier this tax season!!  

When you use H&R Block’s Tax Pro Go, you get paired up with an expert whose specialties match your tax needs! That gave us the peace of mind our taxes were done right. H&R Block has truly made filing taxes with a tax professional even easier than ever before… you can now get your taxes done without ever having to step foot into a tax office. Best part? All the heavy lifting is done for you, leaving you time do whatever you love most!



Instead of spending hours at the tax office, Andrew and I were able to enjoy Mardi Gras to the fullest. Am I kidding? No, I’m not kidding! Andrew and I broke a personal record with our tax season this year – we filed both our taxes under an hour!! (woohoo, happy dance!) So instead of sitting in the tax office, we ate King Cake, watched parades, and spent the day doing what we love: adventuring! Let me guess… you want a worry-free tax season too?! Well lucky for you, below is a step-by-step guide I created while using H&R Block’s Tax Pro Go this year!

HOW-TO GUIDE ON TAX PRO GO:

Step 1:

Logon to www.hrblock.com and select File with a tax pro

Step 2:

Select Get Started under the Virtual tax prep option. The beginning price includes filing your taxes with one state.

Step 3:

Follow the on-screen instructions and click each option that applies to you. The instructions will ask you about your relationship status, your work income, investments, what state(s) you worked in, and much more!

Step 4:

After you are finished telling H&R Block about yourself, you will be matched with an H&R Block tax pro! I got matched with Gloria Taylor who has 20 years of tax experience. H&R block will give you your specific price up front so that you know what you are going to pay.

And if you want to pay for your tax preparation later, H&R Block will help you setup an FDIC insured refund account, your refund gets deposited, your fees are taken out, and the remaining amount is submitted to your checking/savings account.

Step 5:  Enter your personal information

You will be asked to enter basic personal information such as your name, address, social security number, email, phone number, etc.

Step 6: Upload your tax documents

If aren’t sure exactly what tax documents apply to you, open the recommended document list on the bottom of the page. If you still need help, click the second link on the bottom of the page and you will be able to get in touch with Tax Pro Go customer support.

Step 7: Review your information and SUBMIT!

Woohoo, you did it! You have submitted all your documents to your Tax Pro Go expert and can now sit back and relax while your tax expert completes your tax return.

What did you do with all the time saved by using H&R Block Tax Pro Go?

Top Designer Dupes (& Fakes) from Amazon

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I know this post will be a little sensitive because we all have our opinions on knockoffs and fakes but I will let you decide for yourself. I was never really one to wear any designer items until I saw everyone wearing the beautiful David Yurman cable cuffs in college. When I looked the cable cuffs up online, I couldn’t believe the price tag!

Of course, as a college student, I could never afford the high price tags but I really loved the bracelet. It was until I started searching cable cuff bracelets on Amazon that I came across a fake designer bracelet. As I started searching for more, I found even more designer dupes on Amazon!

Now, I’ve noticed a good amount of Fashion Bloggers sharing their favorite designer dupes and fakes across Instagram and their blogs. I feel like now it’s pretty normal to share these hidden items.

DAVID YURMAN:

GUCCI:

AND MORE:

If you order a product and it never arrives you can cancel it through Amazon. This has only happened to me once (when buying a Gucci belt) and Amazon quickly refunded me.

Start the New Year Off Right!

This post is sponsored by H&R Block but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

January is the perfect time of year to start planning your goals, organizing your to-do lists, and most importantly, finding the time to do the things you enjoy. One of my favorite things about the New Year is planning our travels for the year. Sounds crazy, right? How could we possibly plan our travel for the entire year?! Well between our full-time jobs, we have to strategically use our vacation/holiday time in order to maximize our travel time!

It’s also a great time to declutter, stop procrastinating, and minimize other types of distractions. Some people we know, dread the New Year… just because they stress out about tax season. However, that’s not the case for us!  Andrew and I start our year off right with H&R Block! The peace of mind you get from an HRB tax expert who handles all the details gives you one less thing to worry about. Plus, we really love that H&R Block has upfront transparent pricing when using their brand new Tax Pro Go service. Money matters, right? DUH! Block has your back and gets you your maximum refund, guaranteed. Woohoo!! They even had the option to use a calculator tool that helps me determine what my refund will be this year. This helps definitely me start planning for my travels ahead of time!

Andrew and I will be heading to Philadelphia after the New Year and can do our taxes online anywhere and anytime with H&R Block Tax Pro Go! It doesn’t matter if we are sitting in our hotel room, at a local coffee shop, or waiting in the airport. With H&R Block’s Tax Pro Go, we are able to upload our docs and a tax pro will do the rest, without me ever having to visit an office! Yes, it’s really that simple! It’s all virtual!  I’m even able to hand select which Tax Pro will assist me. I just put in my zip code, answered a few easy questions and then I got to research several tax pros to find one perfect for me! 

So this year make sure you start your New Year off right! Plan ahead, stop procrastinating, and let H&R Block handle your tax season! H&R Block can help you accomplish your taxes without detracting from other important aspects of your life. Instead focus on the things that bring your joy – and go after your goals! Get started on your taxes today with H&R Block Tax Pro Go! Learn more about H&R Block here and learn about H&R Block’s upfront pricing here

18 Things I Wish I Knew Before My First Carnival Cruise

18 Things I Wish I Knew Before My First Carnival Cruise

From arriving at the terminal with our luggage – we were completely lost. From there, the three of us managed to survive our first cruise. With that being said, we learned A LOT! Here are 18 things I wish I knew before my first cruise.

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