Valentines Day Gift Guide for Him

Every year I always wonder what I am going to gift my husband for Valentines Day and I automatically stress out. Mostly because my husband is very picky and sometimes hard to shop for. I will be sharing some of my top picks from Target because lets be honest they carry everything and I LOVE shopping there! I will be including many price points!

I asked my husband to go through the website and pick items that he would want as a gift and surprisingly he chose a lot of clothing. He picked a couple of higher priced items as well that would make amazing gifts.

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My Forever Valentine

My husband is a very simple person and although he does have an office job he does not wear a suit to work and he also doesn’t like spending too much on clothing. Target has a couple new clothing brands and my husband is a bit obsessed with Goodfellow & Co™ brand. The quality is good and the prices are better! Below are some of his favorite picks.

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Men’s Joey Casual Chukka Boot – Goodfellow & Co™ Tan

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Men’s Standard Fit Fleece Pullover Hoodie – Goodfellow & Co™ $14.99

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Men’s Standard Fit Deconstructed Chino Blazer – Goodfellow & Co™ $39.99

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Men’s Standard Fit Deconstructed Knit Blazer – Goodfellow & Co™ $49.99

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Men’s Military Winter Parka-Army Green – Goodfellow & Co™ $69.99

 

Electronics are such a great gift for your loved ones. 

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Apple iPhone X – 64GB

I have this phone and I absolutely love it! A bit of a splurge but so worth it!

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Apple® iPad 9.7″ Wi-Fi Only (2017 Model, 5th Generation)

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Beats® Studio3 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones $349.99

Beats have some amazing quality headphones that come in handy for the gym and travel.

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Xbox One S 1TB Battlefield™ 1 Special Edition Bundle

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Xbox One S 500GB $189.99

If you want to spend a little less on a console this is a great option at a great price point!

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Call of Duty: WWII – Xbox One $49.99

Video games are always a hit if your husband or boyfriend is into gaming.

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Star Wars The Black Series Luke Skywalker Force FX Lightsaber

And  of course my husband included a Lightsaber into his “want” list LOL

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF 15 Review

I was at Sephora the other day and I noticed that Bobbi Brown had came out with a new foundation and of course I had to buy it! I wanted to do a review on this new foundation and give you my honest thoughts on it. This foundation claims to last 16 hours and to have a lightweight matte finish. It runs at $46 which makes it a high end foundation. My expectations are higher I will not lie due to the price tag! Like I said you can find it at Sephora.

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I like to make sure that before I apply any foundation I have a clean canvas and I make sure that I follow my skin care routine. I also have to apply primer before wearing any foundation. Right now my favorite primer is Makeup Forever Hydrating Primer. I have combination skin but since it has been colder my skin tends to be on the dryer side. I love applying my foundation with a damp beauty blender I just feel like coverage is a lot better when I do so. When I do decide to use a brush I like using a flat head kabuki brush.

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This is my picture with no makeup on!

My first impression of the foundation is the smell is strong. The coverage is good and I would say it is full coverage but buildable. It feels lightweight and has creamy consistency. If you look closely at the pictures its a very matte foundation. The pictures below have no filters and I feel like my skin looks pretty flawless. I do set my face with the SEPHORA MicroSmooth Baked Foundation Face Powder with every single foundation that I use so I wanted to do the same thing with this new foundation. I will do a wear test as part of my final thoughts as well.

 

So this is me after using this foundation all day! I used it from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. which is over 12 hours. I work at an office job but I do go out and about all day and I truly feel like the foundation still looks really good. I did not touch up all day but to be honest I usually tend not to touch up my face! Overall I love the foundation I do wish the smell didn’t have that perfume smell but it’s a great long wearing foundation that I truly feel works well with my combination skin. If you are looking for a “natural” finish I would not recommend this but if you are looking for a high coverage foundation this is a good option for you. This foundation is definitely a keeper for me!

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Double Jaw Surgery Essentials

When I was going through this crazy experience there were some things that I just couldn’t live without. I tried to be super prepared before surgery but there was some things that just came up that I wish I would of had. I am listing and linking some of the items that I personally bought myself for the recovery of my surgery. There is some things that I will not be linking but I will mention below! I hope this helps you out if you are about to go through this kind of surgery.

Vicks Filter-free, Ultrasonic, Visible Cool Mist Humidifier for Medium rooms

Trust me when I say you will need a humidifier by your side when you are recovering. You will be so congested this will completely help the recovery. I loved adding essential oils to the water to help me relax.

Ninja Professional Blender with Nutri Ninja Cups (BL660)

Do yourself a favor and purchase yourself a blender. I wasn’t able to chew for a solid 5 months. I had to blend a lot of my food. I will say one of my not so proud moments was when I wanted a Chipotle bowl so bad that I threw it al in the blender just so that I could eat it.

 
Afrin Original Pump Nasal Mist, Fast & Powerful Congestion Relief, 0.5oz (15mL)

This was a huge life saver!! You can only spray this I believe once a day but trust me its enough. Truly clears up your nasal passage and helps breathing.

Vaseline 100% Pure Petroleum Jelly, Original Skin Protectant, 13 Oz (Pack of 2)

I bought a very expensive lip balm before surgery that was useless! The only thing you need is vaseline. Your lips will crack. My lips got so swollen and cracked so badly they bled. Not trying to scare you but having the vaseline and humidifier by your side will be a lifesaver.



Reusable Ice Pack with Strap by TheraPAQ – Soft & Flexible Gel Pack for Hot & Cold Therapy – Best as Heat Pad or Cold Wrap for Back, Knee, Waist, Shoulder, Ankle, Calves and Hip (Large pack: 14″ X 6″)

This is supposed to be for wrapping around the knee but this works wonders for wrapping around your face. It is the perfect size to put around your face. I bought multiples of these so that I would always have one available.

Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa, 8″ HD Display, 16 GB, Black – with Special Offers

You might not want to buy this specific tablet like I did but you need something to entertain you. I was not able to talk for 4 weeks!! This was just the thing I needed along with my television. This one is inexpensive and was quite impressed with the quality. I am an Apple girl but I just couldn’t bring myself to fork out the money for an iPad.


Premier Protein 30g Protein Shakes, Chocolate, 11 Fluid Ounces, 4 Count

You must have a meal plan before going into this surgery. I was fully banded shut so I was not able to open my mouth at all. I had to fit everything through a catheter and syringe. A smoothie wouldn’t even go through the catheter. These protein drinks have the right ingredients, the taste is great and the most important thing is the liquid actually fits through the catheter trip.


Dr. Brown’s Long Spatula Spoons – 4pk

When you actually start eating you will realize that you won’t be able to fit an actual spoon or fork in your mouth. I started eating soft food and found myself truly struggling because I just couldn’t fit it in my mouth. I googled flat spoons and baby spoons came up. I ordered these and problem solved. They fit perfectly in my mouth and I was actually able to eat!

You will also need a recliner or very comfortable chair that you can sleep on. I could not sleep in my bed for the first 6 weeks. I tried sleeping in my bed once and I woke up super swollen. I also recommend you purchase very comfortable pillows you will just want to sleep with anything that will be comfortable. Before surgery I am sure you will be able to pick up all the needed medications trust me you will want to have those ready when you come home. Now the #1 thing you will need through this whole process is help from someone. You can not do this alone and you need someone who is with you 24/7 the first 2 weeks of recovery. I do not know what I would done without my sweet husband and mother. It is a rough surgery and you need all the help you can get!

I hope this helps you if you are about to endure this rough surgery!


Target Clothing Haul and Try On

I walked into Target the other day and as I was browsing through the clothing department I noticed the cutest new stuff! I just couldn’t help myself and decided to pick up a few things. Everything is very reasonably priced and its all from the A New Day and Who What Wear collections. I thought why not share my thoughts on the clothing and share some fun pictures. I am by no means a model I am a size 8 and a true medium and I do not consider myself a fashion guru but I thought it would be fun to attempt this haha!

 Women’s Long Sleeve Tie Waist Blouse – Who What Wear™ $27.99

I absolutely love this top I am a curvier girl and I feel like the cinching at the waist is flattering. I can dress this up for work or I can dress it down with some jeans such a cute top

Women’s Long Sleeve Front Knot Top – A New Day™ $19.99

This is my absolutely favorite top! It is so soft and comfy. I am so in love with it I want to snag it up in a few different colors. I think it’s flattering and lightweight for either layering or for California weather.

Women’s Casual Paperbag Skirt – A New Day™ $22.99

Women’s Striped Any Day Long Sleeve Shirt – A New Day™ Blue/White $19.99

I love this outfit! It reminds me of  school girl outfit but I feel like this would be super appropriate for work. The skirt cinches in at the waist and makes it flattering on my body type. The skirt can be paired with different tops. I paired it here with a button up which was super comfortable.

Women’s Long Sleeve Flounce Trim Sweatshirt – Who What Wear™ Gray $29.99

This top is super fun and flirty. Its comfortable but stylish all in one. This is the perfect sweater top for spring or for California winters. The sweater linked is not the sweater that I am wearing for some reason I couldn’t find this sweater online but it was available at my local Target. The one I linked is a very similar version and it’s the same brand.

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Women’s Short Sleeve Puff Stripe Dress – Who What Wear™ Black/White $34.99

Ok so this dress is super cute but I will be honest it just didn’t work for my body type. It is very comfortable but the stripes I feel don’t look so flattering on me. I do think this dress would be super cute maybe on someone taller since I am 5’3 it just didn’t work for me.

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Women’s dv Jameson Double Zip Booties $37.99

These are the booties I used with some of the outfits.

 

Overall I just simply love all the clothing I purchased for exception of the dress. I think for being an an affordable line the clothing is very well made and great quality. I can’t wait to see what other combinations I can make up with these new pieces.

 

My Amazon Prime Buys

The below items are things I constantly purchase from Amazon that I highly recommend. I purchase a lot of my household supplies from Amazon it is just so covinient to purchase it all on my phone and get it delivered in a few days. I will try my best to constantly update this blog post since I am constantly ordering new products from Amazon.
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Nespresso VertuoPlus Coffee and Espresso Maker by De’Longhi, Grey

This is my must have machine. I am so obsessed with this coffee that I don’t even go to Starbucks anymore.

Nespresso VertuoLine Coffee, Giornio, 30 Count

These are my must have coffee pods for my machine. I the enjoy the Melozio,Giornio, Vanizio and Half Cafeinato.

Spigen Ultra Hybrid iPhone X Case with Air Cushion Technology and Hybrid Drop Protection for Apple iPhone X (2017) – Rose Crystal

I love to buy all my phone cases from Amazon. Not only are they inexpensive but there is  such a huge selection to pick from. The one above is my current phone case.

KbeautySpark Real Mask Sheet Pack of 11

I love sheet masks they are my favorite and so easy to use! I love the Tony Moly brand masks they are so moisturizing and make my skin look super luminous. I also love the Dermal Korean brand they are so inexpensive and love buying them in bulk from Amazon.

ESARORA Ice Roller for Face & Eye,Puffiness,Migraine,Pain Relief and Minor Injury,Skin Care Products (Blue)

I love using this face roller on my face in the mornings after my skin care routine. It is very soothing and I truly believe it helps with my morning swelling. I still get a little swollen from my double jaw surgery.

SPEATE iPhone Charger Cable Nylon Braided Lightning to USB Cord with 3PACK 3FT 6FT 10FT Fast Syncing and Charging for iPhone X/8/8 Plus/ 7/7 Plus / 6/6 Plus/6s/6s Plus/ 5/5s/5c/SE and more, Black Blue

I love these charging cables they come in a pack ok three and I love the material the cord is made out of kind of like a shoelace.

Disneyland

Disneyland is such a magical place to be! I am fortunate enough to live in Southern California and have the privilege to experience the happiest place on earth on a daily basis. For those who want to make the Magic Kingdom a travel destination, here are a few pointers…..

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If you are out of town I highly recommend you staying at a Disneyland Hotel not only for the convenience but also because they offer a “Magic Hour” to all guest of the hotel. This is where you can enter the parks an hour earlier than the rest of the public. This is such an amazing feature because as you will notice quickly is that Disneyland gets full fast! Just an FYI if you live in Southern California I just highly recommend you to just invest in an annual pass it is so worth it! You get to truly enjoy the park without the pressure of doing it all at once. My family has passes and we usually just go for a couple hours at a time.

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If you can’t stay at one of the Disney resorts I highly recommend you to get to the park before they open. Trust me when I say this you will enjoy the park a lot better. I would also recommend you to purchase your tickets before you get to the park. You do not want to spend your time in the morning trying to purchase tickets. You also want to make sure you have a game plan before coming to the park and decide what are the rides that you want to tackle first.

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If you are at Disneyland take note that some of the busiest rides are Space Mountain, Indiana Jones, Star Tours, Big Thunder Mountain and the Matterhorn. The other rides are busy but not like these mentioned rides. At California Adventure the busiest rides are Radiator Springs, Guardians of the Galaxy, Mid-Way Mania and Soaring the World. I highly recommend you try to tackle the busiest rides first. My husband and I always run and get Space Mountain or Radiator Springs fast passes first then we focus on the rest. If you are there on vacation you might want to maximize your time by downloading the Disneyland app and purchasing the MaxPass. The MaxPass allows you to get your fast passes on your phone and to have access to unlimited PhotoPass photos for the day. In my opinion if you are only at Disneyland for a few days it’s worth the extra 10 dollars a person.

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One of my favorite restaurants at the park would have to be Ariel’s Grotto especially if you get a reservation during the World of Color. It is a pricy restaurant but it’s so worth it and magical. At Disneyland my favorite restaurant would have to be Blue Bayou. It is such a neat experience because you are technically having dinner inside Pirates of the Caribbean ride. If you are looking for a more inexpensive option inside the park The Star Wars lounge has great options at great prices.

 

If you want to snack or try something different my favorites would be the Dole Whip float at the Tiki Juice Bar in Frontierland. If you want dessert you can find a wide variety at Pooh’s Corner. They have the best cookies!

 

If you have little girls I recommend that you take your little one to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. They have various packages and they give your little one the royal treatment. Your little girl has to be at least 3 years old. Once your daughter receives the royal treatment and transform your little one into a princess of her choice all cast members will actual bow to her! So adorable!!

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Disneyland and California Adventure are such magical places. If this is your first time coming I recommend you wearing your most comfortable clothing and bringing spares if you plan of getting on any rides that could possibly get you wet like Splash Mountain or The Grizzly River Run. If you go during the holidays it is extra magical and I also highly recommend visiting during that time of the year. California Adventure has a festival of food during the holidays and they offer a great selection of unique eats! I will say during the summer it can get pretty hot and busy I am warning you be prepared for the crowds during that time of the year! It gets so bad that I tend to not even visit the park during the summer. Regardless of when you chose to go to Disneyland I will assure you that you will have a blast!

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Below are some pictures of my family and I during the year experiencing the most magical place on earth!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Double Jaw Surgery Swelling Journey

This is a video slideshow that I put together documenting my swelling through this whole surgery. I remember going through this whole experience and wanting to know how long it would take for my swelling to go down. I know everyone is different and recovery looks different for everyone but hope this helps.