Trying Something New

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Plenty of Fish.

Y'all. I did a thing. A big thing!

I tried an online dating app!

I have never tried anything like this before. This is completely different from unlike anything I've tried.

But I've made a lot of changes this year! I entered a new decade, I lost 40 pounds and wanted to give this online dating thing a shot.

I decided to go with the online dating service Plenty of Fish. I have heard amazing things from friends about POF, and even a few of you have reached out to me--one of you even met your husband on it! I'm looking to find love, and I know many of you are in the same boat, so I thought this would be worth it to give it a shot.

I took a leap of faith and tried Plenty of Fish. And I'm so glad I did!

There are over 150 million users on POF, and I immediately found out why. Because the first thing I did was fill out my profile for POF--this was really easy and quick to do. Setting up a profile doesn't cost a thing.

But then I saw there is a free app, so I downloaded that. It made it easier to keep up with my matches and mail. We have our phones on us all the time, right? I could check things and be notified instantly, no matter where I was, even while blogging. And yes, that's iced coffee in my cup. It has been hot here lately!

You can download the POF app here:

      iOS app: http://apple.co/2sWfmMr
      Android app: http://bit.ly/2rW5Lk6

But what I really love are the conversations. What started initially as a match has sparked some fun conversations with me getting to really know these guys. Online dating seems SO intimidating--I'm kind of shy in general--but with the conversation-focused features that POF offers, it made it a breeze. The ice was immediately broken. And it's all thanks to Spark!

POF recently unveiled a newly redesigned mobile app which includes Spark, a new in-app feature that allows a user to easily initiate a conversation. By picking up and dragging a conversation icon over any aspect of a potential date’s profile, users can instantly quote and comment on profile content – from photos, to interests. Spark is part of POF’s commitment to helping singles connect in a meaningful way, to more confidently and successfully engage with potential dates. 

So far I've had some great conversations and met a couple of guys over coffee. Thanks to POF, I'm still looking for love because there are plenty of fish!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Plenty of Fish.



DIY Zodiac Candles

I'm convinced this was the fastest week in history. I had this big list of things to accomplish and pretty much threw it out the window, preferring to relax instead. I tried to stay inside, away from the sticky heat and occasional rain that hasn't really brought relief (but it has brought me tiny tomatoes that are growing--a miracle for this wanna be gardener). I decided to make my space as comfy as possible, and burned some candles instead. Speaking of candles, allow me to introduce my DIY ZODIAC CANDLES.

The idea for these started out as a need for a gift for a friend. She's one of those that has everything, and just happens to be a candle fanatic like I am. I began to research her sign, the scents that would go well with that sign, and it snowballed from there. SHE LOVED IT! It was such a hit, I've made them for many others, using different designs for the label and even trying out different scent and color combos. These take no time at all to make and are just a little something extra special.

You'll need:

essential oil(s)
glass container
label (printer and ink for label)

To make:

If you're reading this, I'm guessing you aren't a professional candle maker. This is the quick and easy version, y'all.

Glue the wick to the bottom of the glass candle container.

Take an old candle or candle wax and melt.

Carefully pour into the glass container.

Add a few drops of essential oil just for your zodiac sign (I used the list here) and stir.

Hold the wick in place by wrapping it around a pencil placed horizontally on top of the candle container. Use tape to hold it in place if needed and allow to cool completely. Trim wick.

Use sticker paper (I used clear) or labels to make your own design.

I've made these all sorts of ways--the possibilities are endless--but for this I wanted a minimalist design and white candles. I'm a Libra, so I chose vanilla, almond, and oak moss for mine.

What's your sign?
Does it describe you?

PS: Want to buy one instead? I'm selling these for $10 each. Email me!


10 Beauty Must-Buys From Amazon

Y'all, can we talk about what a yawn Amazon Prime Day was? I was expecting AMAZING deals, but nothing really lit my candle. Did you get anything? I had some things in my cart, and well, they are still there for the time being.

BUT! I do have some beauty must-buys from Amazon that are really, really, good, y'all. And I found most of these through Amazon, by browsing, reading reviews, and then trying them out. Check 'em out and let me know which ones you're interested in. Who knows? Maybe you'll find your next where-has-this-product-been-all-my-life? Now let's get ready to add some things to your cart (no affiliate links so shop away):

Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask--This is a super fun mask to try and for only $10! It bubbles up and I like it weekly.

Indian Healing Clay--Mix this clay with acv for deep pore cleansing. Recommended for oily skin.

Baebody Eye Gel--I saw this on Amazon and had my reservations, but it really works! It's great for puffy under eyes and softens lines.

LilyAna Naturals Face Cream--This is a fabulous lightweight moisturizer!

Thayers Witch Hazel--I'm pretty sure many of you have heard of this one!  I love it because it's alcohol-free. There's also an unscented version if rose petals aren't your thing.

Bella Jade Makeup Setting Spray--If you've been looking for a natural, 90% organic spray, try this. I do like it as a refresher too.

Karma Naturals Lavender Nail Polish Remover--If you're looking for an organic nail polish remover, give this one a try.

Fuschia Line Deluxe Eyelash Curler--I am not going to discuss the amount of eyelash curlers I have. But I will talk about this one, because it's one of the few that seems to work on everyone's eye shape!

Tinkle Eyebrow Razor--I use these to dermaplane my face. See my post on how to dermaplane here.

L.A. Girl Pro Conceal Correctors--You can find these in places like Dollar General, but since not everyone has those stores nearby, I thought I'd share that you can find them on Amazon. They have great concealers, too, but I love the correctors. I use the peach (this set of 3 comes with orange--great for darker skin) for under eye circles and the green for redness. You can also highlight with the lighter shade.

Those are some of my Amazon beauty must-buys...what are yours?


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