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Holiday Gift Guide: For the Men in Your Life
The Christmas season is in full swing, and that can only mean one thing -- Christmas shopping. Whether you're stumped and need some guidance, or just wanting to get the juices going, I've compiled some of my favorite items into a holiday gift guide for the men in your life -- from the Dapper Dans to the Luke Danes and everywhere in between. So sit back, grab some popcorn, and let's talk men!  

For the Dapper Dans


Alexander watches holiday gift guide for men

Alexander Watches -

Classic. Timeless. A watch that is sure to become an heirloom. Alexander watches are exquisite and perfect for the man in your life who looks to exude confidence and power. A watch by Alexander arrives in nothing short of tasteful elegance, from the packaging to the watch itself. To be honest, I would only recommend tying a red bow around the box as no Christmas paper will really match what the piece arrives in. Watchmaking is a fascinating trade... I would highly recommend spending time with a watchmaker if you ever have the chance. You can learn more about their process, the complications, as well as their signature guilloche here. Check out their watch selections here. (Feel free to use the coupon code FOXFACE30 for an extra 30% off the holiday sale until 12/31/2017. Note, this is just a coupon code, it is not an affiliate code)    

Herschel Backpack -

I bought Joseph a backpack super similar to this one last year by Herschel, and he LOVES it. The bag has plenty of room for a laptop, the quality is unparalleled, and it's a "grown-up" backpack. The backpacks have drawstring closure at the top, adjustable shoulder straps, and a pocket in the front. Especially if you know he's not quite the briefcase type, this keeps an appropriate level of professionalism without looking too stuffy. (Though if your man enjoys a quality briefcase, well done) Check it out here.    


Men's Holiday Gift GuideSephora Cologne Sampler -

I try to never buy fragrances for other people, but this idea is brilliant! Since every fragrance smells different on everyone due to their body chemistry, this gives guys the perfect opportunity to find their new scent. There are 12 samples, a voucher for a redeemable full-sized cologne, as well as a perfect men's travel bag. There's even a voucher for a full sized cologne! Check it out here.

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The Art of Shaving Kit -

I am fascinated by The Art of Shaving store in the mall. I'm not sure if any other woman feels the same way, but there's something incredible about an old-fashioned shave. I bought Joseph this Merkur safety razor kit a few Christmases ago, and I was so proud of that gift. The Art of Shaving in particular is an experience I would highly recommend for any of the husbands/ dads/ brothers/ sons/ whatever in your life to experience, and their gift sets are a great place to start the process. Check it out here.      

Holiday Gift guide for menFRYE Wallet -

FRYE has some of the most gorgeous leather products that are perfect for a man who takes pride in looking his best. I love walking through FRYE's store at Ponce City Market, and their wallets are a perfect choice for the men in your life. However, feel free to check out their bags, boots and belts as well. Check it out here.          

the UncommonGreen Wedding Shops for MenThe Uncommon Green Bar Glasses -

I love the Uncommon Green's bar glasses. (I recently recommended them as a favorite for groomsmen gifts in my Wedding Shops to Check Out for Men post) If there's a city that means a lot to you/him/both of you, this is a perfect sentimental gift that doesn't look too cheesy. They also have copper mugs, slates, and more. Check it out here.        


For the Man with the Gadgets


Playstation VR holiday gift guidePlaystation VR -

Virtual reality games are the frontier, and what better gift for a gamer than giving them the gift of actually being "in" their favorite games. The headset even provides 3D sound, so that noise behind you? ... It will actually sound like it's behind you. This may not be a good idea for me since James Bond on the original N64 freaked me out, but imagine Star Wars on this thing! Check it out here.      

holiday gift guide for menParrot Mambo Mini Drone -

Not that drones in general aren't fun, but this is actually what I would want in a drone experience. This drone gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself into the flight with an FPV camera to see things as if you're on the drone itself! Any men out there who always wanted to be a pilot? Get them this. If multiple guys get them, you could even have a race! Check it out here.        

men holiday gift guideYTech Triple Pad Charging Station -

I don't know about you, but in my life it seems that the guys who love gadgets always have the obvious ones I would think of... This is one of those gifts that I feel anyone would appreciate, but definitely the guy who enjoys his tech. This charging station actually works with Apple and some Samsung phones or tablets. (FYI - It doesn't work for the Apple watch) It also features USB ports, so you can charge your three devices and plug in a couple others at the same time. Check it out.       holiday gift guide

HP Sproket Printer -

I. WANT. THIS. (Like to the point I almost didn't give my friend's back one time) For any of the dads/brothers/significant others/etc. who love photos, this is amazing. It's a completely portable printer that connects via bluetooth to print any photo on your phone or social media. The prints even come out with a sticker option on the back. Personally, I would 100% use this to put photos on the Christmas tree or to stick on presents... Sigh. I can dream. Check it out here.        

Holiday gift guide for men

PodPockets -

Just wondering, for anyone who has the Apple AirPods, what on earth do you use to carry them in now? How have you not lost them yet? .... I feel like I need to know these things. For the man who has everything, or you're looking for the perfect stocking stuffer, these cases are such a great idea. The Apple AirPod fits snugly in the case, and the bottom is completely open so charging is still possible. Check it out here.            

For the Babe in the Woods


Wedding Shops for MenMountain High Outfitters Camping Gear -

I don't care who you are, hammocks are always a good idea. The one in the photo is technically called a cacoon, but you get the point. Whether you plan to use this for camping, or to hang up in the backyard, it's definitely a unique present for the Luke Danes in your life. Check it out here.            

men's gift ideasUncommon Goods Collapsible Water Bottle -

For anyone who loves light travel and hiking, this collapsible water bottle is a lifesaver! The design allows the bottle to lay completely flat, and the fact it's dishwasher safe means you know you can pop it in and it will come out clean and ready for the next use. Check it out here.            

holiday gifts for menLeatherman Wave Multi-Tool -

For any of the campers in your life, this tool is a must to have in their gear. Swiss army knives are impressive, but this has literally every type of tool you may need. Including: knives, two types of pliers, a screwdriver, scissors that can cut through a seat belt, and more. (Not to mention a bottle opener, because we all know #priorities) Check it out here.            

mens giftsUncommon Goods Portable Bike Pump -

The perfect stocking stuffer for the guys who travel everywhere by bike. This thing is lightweight and so easy to throw in a backpack. (Granted, it won't come in much handy if your car needs some air, but anything with 90 PSI will have perfect tire pressure!) Check it out here.              

For the Guy with All of the Jerseys


mens holiday gift guideAKTIVX Sports Laces -

Stocking stuffer alert! These laces are amazing for the guy who is either constantly having his laces get untied, or for the runner who doesn't want the added pressure shoelaces can add to the top of the foot during a run. These laces come in a ton of colors (personally I like the black ones), and they keep the shoe formed to the foot. Check it out here.          

men holiday gift ideasUncommon Goods Baseball Dartboard -

Take me out to the ball game! For any baseball fans in your house, this is an amazing and unique take on the game of darts that is perfect for a bedroom, study or man cave. The game is modeled to have innings, bases, and even strike outs, which adds a lot more intrigue (no offense to you dart lovers out there). Check it out here.          

holiday gifts for menFitness Insanity Resistance Band Set -

This would be an amazing travel workout kit. The bands provide up to 150 lbs of resistance, and each product included is thoughtfully selected to provide a full-body workout experience.There's even 4 workout DVDs (though T-25 by Shaun T is personally my favorite DVD workout) Check it out here.              

gifts for menUncommon Goods Hoop Mug -

It doesn't shock me at all that a kid invented this... because it's awesome. Buy two of them and you can have a competition with shooting free throws into the other person's hoop! This mug is just another example of how you can make eating cereal or drinking hot chocolate more fun. Check it out here.               So that's it! What do you think of this holiday gift guide? What gifts are you getting for the men in your life for Christmas? Leave a comment down below!   J.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!  
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Easy DIY Christmas Decor
It's officially Christmas time! As Joseph and I are in Montana with his parents celebrating the start of the holiday season, I decided to create some easy DIY Christmas decorations for us to add to their home while preparing for Christmas. All of the ingredients below I purchased at the Dollar Store, so these are incredibly easy and cheap to replicate. So pop in one of the films from the 25 Days of Christmas Movies list we made last week, and let's get crafting!  

Candy Cane Wreath

What You'll Need:

  • 20 candy canes
  • Large ribbon
  • Flat ornament of your choice
  • Hot glue gun and extra glue sticks


Arrange the candy canes onto the table. Use the hot glue gun to glue the top and bottom of the candy canes to form 10 hearts. Then create a circle of glue around the perimeter of the inside of the wreath where the ends of the candy canes are touching. Once cooled, turn the wreath over and glue the center of the back of the wreath. Then glue each side of the heart to the heart next to it so the wreath is stable. Allow to dry. Flip the wreath back over. Add hot glue over the middle circle (on top of what was glued down first), and then press the flat ornament over the center. Allow to dry. Take the ribbon and cut the desired amount for hanging. Loop the ribbon through the wreath and secure the top. Add a bow or other desired decoration.    

DIY Christmas Tree Ornaments

What You'll Need:

  • Small/medium/large glass (or plastic) ornaments
  • Hot glue gun and extra glue sticks
  • Interior decor -- i.e.: faux snow, pom-poms,
  • Exterior decor -- ribbon, small bells, Sharpies,


Always decorate the interior first. I took faux snow and filled my ornament about a third of the way. I was going for a more simplistic ornament, but feel free to create whatever your heart desires to add to the inside of the ornament (just keep in mind that it has to fit through the top of the ornament). If I were to create others, I would get some of those multi-colored pom-poms and use different sizes to fill the ornament about half way. Or I would put a small amount of a clear glue on it and secure it to different spots on the inside of the ornament. Or hey, you could create a snowman and drop it into the faux snow! Then decorate the exterior of the ornament. I started with the gold ribbon looking stuff. It always works better with ribbon to glue little dots as you go rather than drawing it on and trying to force the ribbon in the direction of the glue. Then I took some of those faux flowers and succulents that were in the dollar store and cut off a pine cone and some of the gold berries. I glues them on and then added the leaf. Finally for a cute finishing touch I put three silver bells onto a string and tied it so they stayed in one spot before finally securing it to the top.    

Orange Potpourri

What You'll Need:

  • 3-4 oranges in various sizes
  • Cutting board and a sharp knife
  • Aluminum foil
  • Cookie sheet
  • Paper towels
  • Nutmeg and/or cinnamon (optional)


Preheat the oven to 215 degrees Fahrenheit. Slice the oranges into relatively thin wedges. Lay the wedges down onto a paper towel. From there, you have two options. You can either use another paper towel to gently press down on the tops of the oranges to extract some of the excess juice, or you can leave them out for an hour or two to naturally dry out. Cover the cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Transfer the orange wedges onto the cookie sheet (the distance between the oranges does not matter). Optional: Take a small pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon and sprinkle lightly over the oranges Pop the oranges into the oven, and bake for approximately an hour or two. (This recipe is really relaxed... just look to see that they are completely dried out, but not burned) And voila! Once the oranges cool, you can use them around the house to make it smell fresh and Christmas-y!       So that’s it! How do you prepare for the holidays? Leave a comment down below with your favorite DIY Christmas traditions.   J.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!
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25 Days of Christmas Movies
It's mid-November, and I may or may not have watched a Christmas movie tonight... but I'm not sorry about it. I love Christmas, especially for the movies. So I decided to put together my top 25 Christmas movies that I plan to watch in the month of December. Feel free to follow along in this schedule, or just binge watch them if that's your thing.  

25 Days of Christmas Movies


Frosty the Snowman best christmas moviesDecember 1: Frosty the Snowman

"Happy Birthday! Frosty the Snowman was a jolly happy soul! And the children say he could laugh and play, just the same as you and me." This is perfect film to start off December. Check it out here.          

santa claus moviesDecember 2: Santa Claus is Comin' to Town

"Burger Meister Meister Burger afraid of a baby?" Can we talk about how weird it is that the penguin in this movie says "honk" when it communicates? This movie is so weird when you stop to think about it (uh he teaches the Winter Warlock how to walk?) Check it out here.        

while you were sleeping christmas movieDecember 3: While You Were Sleeping

"Who made you the Pope?" Sandra Bullock is amaze-balls. While I'm not sure if many people consider this movie as a hard "Christmas movie," since it's set at Christmas time, I put it under the umbrella of one of my top Christmas movies. Check it out here.


best christmas moviesDecember 4: To Grandmother's House We Go

"Did you just drop a chicken bone in my case?" "There's still some meat on there!" YAS. From the UPS guy who thought he was a cowboy to the cameos of Danny, DJ and Aunt Becky in one of the last scenes, you'll be sorry if you don't add this one to your list of Christmas movies to watch. Check it out here.


the year without a santa clausDecember 5: The Year Without a Santa Claus

"I'm mister heat miser, I'm mister sun..."  An oldie, but a goodie. This was the one with heat miser and cold miser (in case you have trouble like I do remembering which film was which in this series). Check it out here.  


just friends best christmas moviesDecember 6: Just Friends

"Be yourself... be yourself... be yourself... now come on, Mikey and I are making snow angels!" Ryan Reynolds is in a fat suit and Anna Faris is absolutely psycho. That is all. Check it out here.            

The holiday christmas moviesDecember 7: The Holiday

"I've found almost everything ever written about love to be true. Shakespeare said "Journeys end in lovers meeting." What an extraordinary thought. Personally, I have not experienced anything remotely close to that, but I am more than willing to believe Shakespeare had. I suppose I think about love more than anyone really should. I am constantly amazed by its sheer power to alter and define our lives. It was Shakespeare who also said "love is blind". Now that is something I know to be true." One of the sweetest Christmas films out there. The score is absolutely genius, and Iris' opening monologue is probably one of the most honest and eye-opening realizations about love. Check it out here.


best christmas moviesDecember 8: Serendipity

"I hope you enjoy the gloves you bought yourself." "Oh I'm sure I will, I usually enjoy my own thoughtfulness." Fun fact: The frozen hot chocolate drinks from the Serendipity shop in this movie are a Christmas tradition every year during the holidays for me. Check it out here.  


Home Alone - Best Christmas MoviesDecember 9: Home Alone

"Buzz your girlfriend, woof!" The soundtrack alone is Christmas for me. Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal. Check it out here.  




best christmas filmsDecember 10: Elf

"Buddy the Elf, what's your favorite color?" Arguably one of the best Christmas movies, in my personal opinion. I will be watching this movie more than once this season, but I know some people aren't as openly weird as I am... Check it out here.  



The Santa ClauseDecember 11: The Santa Clause

"It's okay, I'm used to it. I lived through the 60s" This stupid movie messed me up so much when I tried to spell "Santa Claus" as a kid. If you enjoy the sequels, feel free to watch The Santa Clause 2 and 3... I personally stop after 2 because I feel like they aren't going to get better than the first one. Check it out here.  


25 days of christmas moviesDecember 12: Love Actually

"Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion's starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it's always there. If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around." This film is everything. Set in London, you've got Hugh Grant dancing like we all do when we think no one is watching. It's has Liam Neeson not scaring the crap out of you. Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman. Not to mention Mr. Bean makes a little appearance... Check it out here.    

Best Christmas MoviesDecember 13: Mrs. Santa Claus

If you're a 90s kid (or any time prior to the 90s), you may remember this TV musical featuring Angela Lansbury. I LOVED this movie as a kid. Mrs. Claus decides to take a spin around the world leading up to Christmas, and she decides to bring joy to kids working in a sweatshop and to some women who are working for women's rights. Check it out here.            

best Christmas moviesDecember 14: Home Alone 2 - Lost in New York

"Don't you know a kid always wins against two idiots?"  One of the very few times a sequel is just as good as the original. Check it out here.            

christmas vacationDecember 15: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

"Merry Christmas. Kiss my ass. Kiss his ass. Kiss your ass. Happy Hanukkah."  This is a favorite in my family. We joke that Clark Griswold in this film is a lot like one of my uncles. This movie is basically Americans in a nutshell -- we go too hard, all the time, for every occasion. Check it out here.          

christmas moviesDecember 16: A Christmas Story

"Fra-gee-lay." A polarizing film where friends of mine either love it or hate it, but you can't argue that this isn't a classic. If you haven't seen it, you need to. Otherwise, do you really know how to Christmas? Check it out here.          

rudolph christmas movieDecember 17: Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer

" ...Someday I'd like to be a... a dentist!" I get a lot of the claymation films mixed up, but honestly you should just watch all of them. (For reference, this is the one with the Island of Misfit Toys) Check it out here.          


the grinch christmas movieDecember 18: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

"Here goes nothing hot dog!" Nobody could have played The Grinch better than Jim Carrey in this film. No one. Check it out here.              

a christmas carolDecember 19: A Christmas Carol

It doesn't matter if you read the book, see the play, or watch the film, but you need to have "A Christmas Carol" as a part of your Christmas preparations. So many of these movies put life into perspective during the holidays, and I'm grateful for that (though the fact Jesus came into the world is pretty Earth-shattering already). Check it out here.  


christmas moviesDecember 20: Miracle on 34th Street

"What did you ask for?" "A baby brother" Such a sweet movie. I think if I were to imagine what my future daughter would be like, it would be this little girl. Check it out here.            

Mickey's Once Upon a ChristmasDecember 21: Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas

Technically this is a 3 in 1 movie with some short films. One with Mickey and Minnie selling their precious items to give each other a gift, one with Goofy and Max learning the importance of believing and serving others, and of course the Duck triplets wishing Christmas could be every day. Check it out here.              

The Nutcracker best Christmas moviesDecember 22: The Nutcracker

As a child, I was obsessed with The Nutcracker. Maybe it was because I was a dancer. Maybe it has a little something to do with my crush on Macaulay Culkin when he was about that age. (I'm brave enough to admit it, but definitely not sure what happened as he got older) You have to watch the 1996 version, as I have yet to watch one that rivals it. Check it out here.          

christmas moviesDecember 23: It's a Wonderful Life

Another classic. It's a more modern "A Christmas Carol" but most likely where the inspiration for "The Family Man" with Nicolas Cage came from. But this movie doesn't have Nicolas Cage, so it's a win there. Check it out here.  



the polar expressDecember 24: The Polar Express

"Well... you comin?" This movie changed my world when it came out. I remember reading the story book in elementary school and being obsessed with the illustrations, and the film of course did not disappoint. Tom Hanks sure plays a lot of roles in this movie, but who cares, you do you Tom Hanks. The Polar Express is my favorite film to watch on Christmas Eve. Check it out here.  



Charlie Brown Christmas Best Christmas MoviesDecember 25: A Charlie Brown Christmas

Is there any other movie that is more appropriate to watch on Christmas Day? Merry Christmas! Check it out here.  


  So that's it! What movies do you love to watch around Christmas time? Do you have any additions to the list above? Leave them down below!   J.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!
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Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes for Winter
This weekend I pulled out the Christmas decor (no shame), so of course it made sense for me to share my favorite winter essential oil diffuser recipes to get in the holiday spirit! I’ve said this before, but I’m not a fan of air fresheners, sprays, or plug ins. I love my candles, and I continue to burn those, but everything else makes the house feel stuffy and heavy.  
Note: If you don’t have a diffuser, no worries. Bring a medium to large pot of water to a boil and then add a few drops of essential oil for a similar result.
  I’ve been diffusing these mixtures that I received in a pamphlet by artnaturals and I wanted to share their recipes with you because so far I’ve really been enjoying them. Essential oils have so many amazing benefits. I’ve been using them regularly in my diffuser, in my skincare routine, and for my hair! You can also check out my Top 5 Essential Oils here.  

5 Winter Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes


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winter essential oil diffuser recipesCozy Night


winter essential oil diffuser recipes  Holiday Sweets


winter essential oil diffuser recipes Peppermint Candy Cane


winter essential oil diffuser recipes for holidaysChristmas Eve Night

        So that’s it! Do you have any blends for winter that you love? Leave a comment down below on what essential oil combinations you love!   J.   Check out my Autumn Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes post here.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!
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October Stars Hollow Monthly subscription box
October Stars Hollow Monthly Subscription Box
If you’re out on the road, feeling lonely and so cold. All you have to do is call my name and I’ll be there on the next train. Where you lead, I will follow, anywhere that you tell me to. If you need, you need me to be with you, I will follow… where you lead.   Today we are going to be unboxing and doing a review of the October Stars Hollow Monthly subscription box! Each box is $34, and the value of the box comes to about double the cost.
    Stars Hollow Monthly subscription boxes     So this is what I received in my Stars Hollow Monthly subscription box:  

October Stars Hollow Monthly Subscription Box


Makeup Bag (Exclusive - $14.99 Value)

This is lovely. I will say this was executed perfectly. The outside is white with a plastic feeling cover over it so it doesn't get dirty. The inside is a bright orange, so a good pop of color. The logo for the company is just the logo, no text which keeps it classy and it's in gold. This is perfect for when Joseph and I go to Montana for Thanksgiving to pack my makeup brushes in and any other toiletries.  

Pocket Mirror (Exclusive - $9.99 Value)

I'll be honest, when I first opened this, I got so confused as to what it was. It has a metal inside, so it wasn't completely clear it was a mirror. It has a side for a close-up mirror, as well as a standard, which is perfect to throw in a handbag. I'm not a huge huge fan of what quote they chose from the show to put on it, or the placement of the quote on the cover. I feel like that could have been done better. But overall, I'm pleased.  

Micro Poptart Squishable (Exclusive - $7.99 Value)

Not for me... personally the overly cutesy stuff just isn't my vibe because it's really hard to decorate and look like an adult who has her crap together if I have a bunch of cheesy TV and movie paraphernalia all over the place. Also we received a keychain in I believe the last box, so not feeling having both. This one will be passed on to another home.  

Luke's Can Koozie! ($4.99 Value)

This is probably my favorite item in the box this month. Though, the only thing that would have gotten me even more excited is receiving one of the giant oversized yellow coffee mugs with Luke's branding. That would have been amazing. But this is great.  

Doose's Car Freshener ($2.99 Value)

No lie, I slightly bent the bottom of mine trying to get it out of the plastic wrapper... besides that, it's adorable and it smells really nice. It's got a passion-fruity smell, so I hope that lasts a long time in the car. Love.  

Miss Patty's School of Ballet Magnet (No Value Listed)

Strangely the magnet wasn't listed in the little booklet for what was included for the month. I will say I will be gifting this to a coworker (along with a few other things if she's interested), as I feel like the amount of keychains and magnets we have received are a little on the high end. This one is on pointe though... see what I did there.     So that’s it! What do you think of your October box? (Or mine if you don’t subscribe) You can check out Lit-Cube and the Stars Hollow Monthly subscription boxes here.   J.   Check out the September Stars Hollow Monthly box review here.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!
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Treating breakouts
10 Tips on Treating Breakouts
What do you do if you're suddenly breaking out? Sometimes it's one planet that surfaces, and other times it seems that there's a mutiny taking place on your face against you. While treating breakouts can be specific to each person, I've compiled a checklist of things to do when you start breaking out habitually. (Stay tuned for a sensitive skin girl's full skincare routine)  

Treating Breakouts 101


Change Your Pillowcase and Wash Your Sheets

This one's pretty obvious. Think about it. You sleep every single night in your bed, and regardless if you're a night showerer, there's going to be some stuff left on your pillow that could clog your pores and irritate your skin. The first thing you should do when treating breakouts is change your sheets, and possibly your pajamas!  

Grab a Clean Towel

Same reasoning as changing your sheets for this one. If you can't pin-point exactly how long it's been since you switched out your towel for a fresh one, maybe it's time.  

Try Using Tea Tree Oil

Add a few drops of tea tree oil to your moisturizer. Tea tree oil is an antibacterial and anti fungal essential oil, which is perfect for combatting and treating breakouts. For more info on essential oil secrets for the body, check out my post on 5 Essential Oils You Actually Need in Your Life. A budget-friendly tea tree oil option I would recommend is this one from artnaturals.  

Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Don't neglect your makeup brushes. Make sure you're washing them often, and if you're breaking out, it's a good idea to give them a thorough clean. Here's a great cleaner for brushes. On that same subject, make sure you're never using the wand on your concealer directly on any breakouts. Always put it on the back of your hand and then use a brush to apply. Otherwise you're potentially putting bacteria back into your concealer tube until the next time you're using it.  

Check Any New Makeup/Skincare

Think about it for a second. Have you introduced something new into your skincare or makeup collection? Try omitting the new item for a bit to see if you're having a negative reaction to it. If so, keep in mind that you can return makeup and skincare if it's within the return policy for the store, even if it's been used. In general, check your face wash and moisturizer to ensure it's not possibly making your face react negatively. My favorite combination is this cleanser by Cetaphil and this moisturizer by CeraVe. It's SO gentle on the skin, and it has a very simple formula so you're less likely to have flare-ups from it.  

Throw Out Old Makeup

Shocking, but did you know that makeup has expiration dates?? Are you using a year old mascara? Toss it. The same rule applies to all of your other makeup (including palettes!), so make sure you're never opening a new item before you've finished another. (Unless it's old and needs to be thrown out)  

Try a Spot Treatment

Back when I was a teenager, I did the whole white toothpaste trick. While it somewhat works, the residue left on my pillow and overall irritation makes me opt for other options nowadays. Try this one by Cosrx. Literally they are a miracle in a little tiny circle! Where were those when I was in high school?? You can also directly apply tea tree oil for the breakout, lavender for the inflammation, and frankincense for the scarring.  

Get Some Sleep

Are you stressed out? Your body needs to sleep to deal with that stress, so it goes without saying that your skin needs you to sleep as well. Missing out on sleep means dark circles and bags under the eyes, as well as... you guessed it, breakouts. Also, just in case no one ever told you, always remove your makeup before you go to bed!!! Even if you have dry skin and no breakouts, makeup will clog your pores and age your skin! Here's an article on what happens to your skin when you sleep in your makeup if you're into researching. My favorite makeup remover is also my pre-cleanser, you can check it out here.  

Drink More Water

Not trying to sound like your mom. But the more water you drink, the more your skin is hydrated and able to turn over new skin cells. I'm trying to get better at this one in particular, but this is huge for both your skin and weight. How did I encourage myself to drink more water? I got this adorable glass water container for work from kiki.K.  

Analyze Any Diet Changes

Do you typically avoid fried foods? Dairy? Candy? Maybe that's contributing to your breakouts. Just something to consider, as any greasy food is never going to help the situation on your face.     So that's it! Do you have any tips on treating breakouts we haven't covered? Leave a comment down below with your tips and tricks!   J.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!  
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Honey – The Best Shopping Savings Plugin
Hello everybody! One of the major things I get asked is how I save money when online shopping. As a blogger, and a general lover of all pretty things, I tend to browse shopping websites pretty often, but I never want to pay full price for anything. I HATE signing up for random search engines or websites where you have to take a billion surveys to only get 20 cents. I tried a bunch of sites from other blogger recommendations, and I just couldn't justify spending hours to save pennies. It felt weird, gimmicky, and frustrating.  

My online shopping tool is a plugin called Honey

What is Honey?

To be honest, it's really like an app that finds you the best deal on Amazon, or gives you cash back from hundreds of retailers, from Sephora to Macy's. (Think of it as an online shopping plugin that acts like the Capital One card that gives you a percentage back from your purchases) Check it out here. Honey plugin   Do you see the little cursive h? When you install Honey on your computer, it will add that little "h" to the top of your website browser. Any time you're shopping, the plugin will activate. When you reach the website's checkout, you click the little "h" and it will immediately scan to see if there are any coupons available on the web to save you money on the spot, or it will give you cash back if the website is included on their list of retailers.  

Why do you like Honey?

There are very simple reasons for why I love this plugin:
  • It has a "best price detection" feature for Amazon!
  • There is no extra effort on my part -- no wasted time filling out surveys or watching dumb videos, no "checklist" of items
  • It doesn't make me feel sleazy or like I'm participating in something shady (anyone who has used money saving websites knows what I mean by that)
  • It's a free plugin
  • It's so stinking easy to use

How do I save and earn money on Honey?

Below is a sample transaction from my account. I purposefully tried to find a month where I purchased from two very different retailers. One is Sephora, and the other is Paper Source. Next to where it says "Gold cleared," it shows you the percentage cash back I got from those retailers. From Sephora, I got 4% cash back, which was 278 gold ($2.78 cash back). Paper Source had a much smaller cash back option available, but it was still there.   Honey online shopping plugin transaction example

  Also, during checkout, Honey will give you coupons to try from the web! You can also submit coupons to the site for others to save more as well. See below for some examples!   honey online shopping  

How is Honey free?

Honey partners with these retailers so they receive a commission from every sale. So while you get to save money on your purchase, the retailer also pays Honey. (It's a lot like Groupon in that respect)     So that's Honey! Check it out here. Pretty cool plugin huh? How do you save money while shopping? If you have any additions to something I should add to my routine, let me know in the comments below! Have a wonderful weekend and I will see you next time!   J.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!  
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September Stars Hollow Monthly Subscription box
September Stars Hollow Monthly Subscription Box
If you’re out on the road, feeling lonely and so cold. All you have to do is call my name and I’ll be there on the next train. Where you lead, I will follow, anywhere that you tell me to. If you need, you need me to be with you, I will follow… where you lead.   Today we are going to be unboxing and doing a review of the September Stars Hollow Monthly subscription box! Each box is $34, and the value of the box comes to about double the cost. It feels like the boxes are getting better each month, and I was pleasantly surprised at what the "big ticket" item was this month.       Stars Hollow Monthly subscription boxes     So this is what I received in my Stars Hollow Monthly subscription box:  

September Stars Hollow Monthly Subscription Box

  Stars Hollow Handbag (Exclusive - Value $59.99) Obviously the purse was the "big ticket" item this month. How cute is this?! Normally I'm not a fan of small purses, and I stray away from anything too crazy fandom-wise when it comes to fashion, but I can actually see myself reaching for this purse for fall quite a bit -- whether that's for outings or times that I want to be cozy and flaunt my love for Gilmore Girls.   Stars Hollow Key Fob by EOD Designs (Value $5.99) I can't be this stupid... I literally can't figure out if I'm supposed to somehow hang my gate key fob from the key ring on this so it dangles behind it (which would make sense), or if it's just supposed to go next to it like a keychain. To me, it makes sense to have it be directly attached to the fob so it "protects" it, but maybe that isn't the purpose. If it hangs like a keychain and acts like a keychain, call it a keychain and let's call it a day. But either way, it went on my keys almost immediately after I opened my box, so that's a win.   Gilmore-Inspired Framable Art Print (Value $7.99) This is adorable. The paper is a matte cardstock, which means it was a lot less likely to bend during transit. While I imagine that if they did a print in every box (because lez-be-honest, that would be the easy route), I would get pretty annoyed, but this is the first print I've received, so I loved it 🙂 It says "I'd rather be at Luke's," which since Luke is the one with the coffee in the Hollow, that's where you'd find me!     So that's it! What do you think of your September box? (Or mine if you don't subscribe) You can check out Lit-Cube and the Stars Hollow Monthly subscription boxes here.   J.   Check out the August Stars Hollow Monthly box review here.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!  
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LUSH – Halloween 2017 Releases
Hello everyone! I received a packet in the mail with information on the LUSH Halloween 2017 releases, so I wanted to share all of them with you -- as well as which ones have caught my eye! These are limited edition, so they will only be available for the season. So if you're interested, stop by LUSH, or if there isn't one near you, feel free to click the links below to check out any of these for an amazing autumn bath!  

Bath Bombs

A huge guilty pleasure of mine are bath bombs. Especially if they're infused with skin benefits, I'm a huge fan. Many times LUSH's bath bombs are a bit strong in scent, so just something to keep in mind.  

LUSH Halloween Releases 2017Pumpkin - Featured ingredient: Pimento berry oil

This "bath-o-lantern" is fall vibes. This bomb is a fizzer, and it'll fizz out a "spicy-sweet pumpkin pie perfume full of exotic pimento, sweet vanilla and cozy, warming cinnamon." Berry can be a bit more exhilarating than relaxing, but this sounds like soaking in fall, which I'm all about.        

LUSH bath bombsLord of Misrule - Featured ingredient: Patchouli oil

This one starts out with a gorgeous green and then the center releases a reddish wine-colored center. It's a spicy herbal blend, so it's a more invigorating with a stronger scent. Patchouli is great for the skin, so this is going to be a more nourishing bath bomb.        

LUSH bath bomb Halloween 2017Monsters' Ball - Featured ingredient: Himalayan Rock Salt

I'm not going to lie, I'm the most excited for this one. First of all, duh, it reminds me of Monsters Inc. Secondly, the inside of the bomb is blue, so it creates a gorgeous swirl of pink, blue and purple around the bath. It also has a fruity lime and neroli perfume, which I imagine leaves a gorgeous lingering scent when you step out of the bath.        

Bubble Bars

I typically get 3-4 uses out of the bubble bars at LUSH, so I will break off portions of the bar and crumble it under the tap for a beautiful bubbly bath. Sometimes I will even combine a small amount of a bar with a bath bomb to mix my own bath.  

LUSH Halloween 2017Bewitched - Featured ingredient: Frankincense oil

From the look of this one, it'll turn your bath into an almost black bath, which is very appropriate for Halloween. According to the website, this bubble bar will "conjure up a shroud of berry-scented bubbles and dark, mysterious waters with mountains of fluffy, fragrant bubbles." Frankincense essential oil has a lot of skin benefits, as well as for overall health. Some include: stress and anxiety relief, reducing pain and inflammation, boosting immunity and even helping to fight cancer.      

Pink pumpkin bath bar LUSHPink Pumpkin - Featured ingredient: Bergamot oil

* Warning - This bubble bar does have glitter * Marketed for those who would rather dress up as a unicorn than a zombie, this bright pink bubble bar uses a blend of bergamot, geranium and jasmine to create a bath full of pink shimmer and bubbles.        

Halloween bath bombsSparkly Pumpkin - Featured ingredient: Cinnamon stick

* Is it necessary to give a warning for glitter when it's called "sparkly"? * After reading the description, this is basically everything I love about fall in a bath. It has the warmth of cinnamon, the energizing refresh of lime and grapefruit oils, and the color of autumn. YAS.          

Other Products


LUSH 2017 halloweenLord of Misrule - Shower Cream

Just like the bath bomb, this shower cream has an herbal blend of black pepper, patchouli and vanilla. The shower creams are notorious for being really nourishing, so that plus patchouli and vanilla -- YUM. The only thing you would need to figure out is if this particular scent is for you.                

Black Rose lip tint LUSHBlack Rose - Lip Tint

I'm not sure how I feel about this... it starts out black in the tube, but when applied to the lips, it gives a pinkish red tint to the lips. It has kalahari melon and jojoba oils, as well as a fruity spearmint-mandarin flavor. But hey, maybe that sounds amazing to you!                  

LUSH halloween 2017Goth Fairy - Body Shimmer

* Warning - This body bar does have glitter * If you're looking for a body highlight, this is your shimmer fairy. During the winter, they have Snow Fairy, but this "goth fairy" applies iridescent sparkles on your skin, while adding hydration with illipe and cupuaçu butters.            

LUSH soap 2017 halloweenHedgewitch - Soap

Staring at the rows of soap is probably one of my favorite things to do at LUSH. They're just these huge tube-like structures spread out all over the counter. The featured ingredient in this soap is extra virgin coconut oil, which has amazing softening benefits for the skin. Hedgewitch has blackberries and a fruity fragrance if that's your style.          

LUSH 2017 halloweenMagic Wand - Soap

Harry Potter anyone? Another sweet/fruity smell, this soap is infused with pomegranate for brightening and charcoal for detox, leaving the skin squeaky clean!              

The Ones I Definitely Will Be Trying :

  • Sparkly Pumpkin bubble bar
  • Monsters' Ball bath bomb
  • Lord of Misrule bath bomb
  • Either the pink pumpkin bubble bar, or the pumpkin bath bomb (not both though, cause I ain't loaded)
    So that's it for this season's LUSH Halloween 2017 releases! Which ones are your favorites? Be sure to leave a comment down below if you've already tried any of these and what your thoughts are.   J.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!  
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26 Facts About Me
Hello everybody! Is it starting to feel like fall where you are? Fall is my favorite season. The air has a crispness to it, scarves are back, football is on, and the world changes color before our eyes. I wanted to take a breather today and just share a little about me with you. I know that I write about a lot of my favorite products or experiences I've had, but I'm not terribly great at sharing things about myself. So I'm going to attempt to do that today with 26 facts about me!   1. Why 26 facts? I'm 26 years old. (At least I think I am... yes, yes I'm 26) 2. I'm married to who I believe is the perfect match for me. God knew what He was doing when He made Joseph. With the major exception of Jesus, I have never experienced the kind of love that Joseph shows me daily. I have a lot of friends who tell me all the time that they just want to be married... and I totally get it. But I also feel like that desire to be married can make people overlook how long forever actually is (and thus the desire to have that little box checked overshadows if that person is the right person). Every day Joseph reminds me what a wonderful choice I made when I said yes to spending my life with him. 3. My dog, Sookie, is where I got the name for my blog. She's a rescue from the Atlanta Humane Society and the first dog I've ever had. She's half border collie, half german shepherd, and the smartest clumsiest dog in the world. (And she's named after Sookie St. James from Gilmore Girls)  
Foxface with Jennifer
Foxface with Jennifer - Jennifer Colson
  4. I can't watch scary movies. My imagination tends to run a bit wild, and if I watch anything too scary, I have to stay up for hours or I will have nightmares. 5. If I could live anywhere, hands down it would be in London. 6. I like to have "thinking spots." Though to be honest, I'm usually observing more than thinking. When I'm inside, I like to push an oversized chair in front of a window and look out. If I'm outside I can be almost anywhere, but my favorite spot is near a lake. 7. My favorite concert was Ed Sheeran's Multiply tour. He has so much beautiful, raw talent. It didn't hurt that Rudimental opened for him, but Ed came out with only 2 guitars and a loop pedal for his entire show. And I have never been that blown away by a musician since.     8. I have a serious weakness for good BBQ. (Texas BBQ if we're getting technical) 9. Ever since working as an assistant manager at Claire's, it physically bothers me when I have chipped nail polish. 10. When I was in high school, I went through the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. (It's AP on steroids if you aren't familiar) If I'm being honest, I have never been challenged to expand my mind to that degree since. 11. I have a very strong sense of doing what's right, especially when it comes to protecting others. When I was in 9th grade, I discovered a friend of mine was cutting herself. I "tattled" on her (her words) to a counselor, and lost her (and a few other people) as a friend for a few years. Not that I had anything to do with her recovery (that was 100% her, and I'm so so proud of her), but when she healed we were able to reconcile as friends before we graduated high school. 12. I once swam with sharks when I was on my period. Not kidding. It was my last day as a PR intern at Georgia Aquarium, and to celebrate I got to swim in Ocean Voyager with the whale sharks. (There's other sharks, rays, fish, etc in there as well) I got my period that morning. The dive master told me that I would be fine since I would have a tampon in, a swimsuit on as well as a wet suit, and that the animals are so well fed that I wouldn't be in danger... but that doesn't mean my legs weren't clenched. That's me! --> Georgia Aquarium foxface with jennifer   13. I'm not a big fan of sugary desserts. I don't mind candy or smores from time to time, but it doesn't take much before I get a sugar overload... Joseph is the sweet tooth in our family. 14. I'm definitely not a morning person... I'm a night owl who likes to sleep as late as possible. 15. For the longest time, I felt like I was "performing" for what everyone else wanted. I grew up feeling like I was fat, ugly and completely undesirable. Everyone else felt it was so important to tell me what I needed to be. I'd be loved if I were smarter, so I went after the highest GPA and awards in middle and high school, but that wasn't enough. I'd be loved if I were thinner, so I was pressured into diets that didn't work and made me feel even worse about myself (even though there was nothing wrong with the way I looked). I eventually got to the point where I realized that everyone was projecting their own insecurities onto me and that if they didn't love me as is, then it didn't matter what I did because it would never be enough. I found Jesus shortly after I hit that ultimate low, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't still learning that it was never about working for love. 16. My music taste is a little all over the place, but if I can appreciate the heart and purpose behind someone's music, I'm a fan. Some of my absolute favorites include: Queen, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Ed Sheeran, and Taylor Swift. 17. My biggest mistake ever was cutting my own bangs. Hated it on day 2. Someone smack me if I ever say I want to try it again. foxface with jennifer   18. I was bullied a lot as a kid. Moving to GA from CA was the worst move (I've lived in FL, TX, CA, GA, and now specifically Atlanta). Kids can be nasty and I became really withdrawn in middle and high school to blend in and try not to get criticized for being different. College and post-college was where I started feeling a lot more confident in my skin and with who I am as a person. 19. I'm an ENFP for those of you that means something to. 20. I'm an aspiring novelist. I have a bunch of ideas that swirl around in my head, and I think I've imagined an entirely new world that my hands are itching to get down on paper. It's a process... but it's a dream of mine. Every day I take another step in brainstorming and crafting characters, their stories, and the world they live in. 21. I'm the second of four children. Joseph is the third of four children... so at the moment I have 8 siblings. (Up to 12 if everyone gets married) I also have 2 nieces and 2 nephews on Joseph's side. (This photo of me with bangs back in the 90s should have deterred me from trying again, but nope) foxface with jennifer photo   22. Basically half of what I say is movie/TV/book quotes. Most of the time they slide by without anyone noticing. But if you talk to me for more than 10 minutes, there's a very good chance there's some easter egg quotes somewhere in my dialogue. 23. I'm a Gryffindor at Hogwarts, a Pukwudgie at Ilvermorny, and I have a basset hound for my patronus according to Pottermore... I'm not mad about it. 24. If I had to get rid of one item in my makeup routine, it would probably be highlight. As a combination skin girl, my skin produces oil to where I don't need to highlight super often. (I know that probably offended some people since the Youtube community is like bonkers for having an unnatural alien-like glow) 25. I'm an aesthetics person. I love art and decorating to make a room feel comfortable and cozy. 26. Southern style house-made ranch is always the answer. On fries, pepperoni pizza, fried pickles... you name it, I'd try it with ranch. (Just for clarification, Nature Valley's ranch is not what I'm referring to. That stuff is nasty)       So there's 26 facts that you may or may not have known about me. I'm seriously impressed if you read all of that. And if you did, that's amazing, and we should be friends!  🙂   J.     For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!  
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