#IDoVoxBox Review

I was recently the lucky recipient of the #IDoVoxBox from Influenster, and I had the opportunity to review a few amazing products including healthy snacks, skincare, pain relief and lipstick — pretty much everything a girl on the go needs to go from a ceremony to a wedding reception. Overall, everything was amazing, and I even found a few must haves for my makeup bag. Check out my reviews below!

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Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bar – I’m usually not a fan of snack bars and shy away from anything prepackaged, but while I was running errands before a big event, the bar came in handy, and it was pretty good. The mix of dark chocolate, almonds and coconut was sweet but not overpowering and the bar itself was filling for a quick fix.

UrgentRx Ache & Pain Relief – I love how compact and simple this product is to use.  The second you feel a headache coming on, just open the package and pour directly in your mouth — no water, no waiting!  The lemon-lime flavor is strong, but the fast acting relief is amazing and worth the taste.  {Note: There is currently a coupon available on their website!}

Sahale Snacks Grab & Go – Sharing is caring! I ripped open this little snack pack and shared the contents with my husband who was redoing the kitchen back splash. It was the perfect snack to hold us over until dinner and I loved how it included fruit and nuts. This grab and go snack is a great travel companion, and I will be bringing a few packs with me to Hawaii!

Indeed Labs nanoblur – My absolute favorite product from the bunch is the Indeed Labs nanoblur. This skin finisher will help you look camera ready in just a few minutes.  I’m in LOVE with this cream and use this product daily!

Covergirl Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation – If you’re looking for buildable coverage, this foundation is a keeper and it gives your skin a natural glow that lasts all day.  The foundation isn’t heavy and is perfect for the summer.

Covergirl Outlast Lipstick – Although I wasn’t a fan of the color that was sent to me (vixen violet 940), the product itself was okay.  The lipstick was smooth and the color was really bold.  If you’re looking for something to last through first kisses and champagne toasts, this lipstick is a contender.

Neutrogena Hand Cream – This cream is more of a gel and it’s a little sticky at first, but once it dries my hands felt softer within seconds.  It’s a great product, but don’t use it before a Spin class…In addition to your hands, this cream can be used on elbows, knees, lips and even your face.

* The products reviewed were received complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.  All opinions are my own.

 

A Stone’s Throw Away – Florida Road Trip Ideas

I originally wrote this post for my other blog, Writes of Style, but wanted to share it here as well.  enjoy!

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Florida is not the easiest place to leave by car, but luckily there’s a handful of places within the state that are worth a quick road trip. To help you plan your next getaway, that doesn’t involve mouse ears or sea creatures, here are three ideas that are just a stone’s throw away.

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Ocala:
Explore, relax and discover a simpler way of life in Ocala. The city is in the heart of North Central Florida, which is about four hours from Fort Lauderdale and a convenient one hour drive from Orlando. Nicknamed the “Horse Capital of the World,” Ocala offers a small town feel with charming shopping districts, beautiful parks, loads of history and of course horses.

If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure, Ocala has everything from biking, hiking, fishing and zip lining. To learn more about the city’s offerings, and to find places to stay, visit ocalamarion.com.

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St. Augustine:
With cobblestone streets, quaint cafes, unique shops and romantic inns, this destination doesn’t look a day over 450. Celebrating this monumental milestone in September, St. Augustine is one of the nation’s oldest cities. With its rich history and significant landmarks including the Castillo de San Marcos, Lightner Museum, Flagler College and Fort Matanzas, St. Augustine is the perfect place to get lost in time for the weekend.

For more information on St. Augustine, which is about four hours away from Fort Lauderdale, visit oldcity.com. The site includes all the resources you need to find where to stay, what to do and other community information about the unique little village.

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Amelia Island: This hidden gem located just off the coast of northeast Florida, and is approximately five hours away from Fort Lauderdale, making Amelia Island easy to reach, but hard to forget. With 13 miles of beautiful beaches, abundant native wildlife, and pristine waters, this barrier island offers a variety of sea and land activities including biking, hiking, cultural tours, paddle boarding and fishing.

To learn more about the island, where to stay and where to eat, visit ameliaisland.com.

Happy traveling! xoxo

How to survive a layoff

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Being laid off from work doesn’t have to be a bad thing, in fact, you can turn this negative into a positive to help you pinpoint you next career move, follow your passion or even travel. I’m speaking from experience. I have been laid off from work a total of three times now. The last happened just a few weeks ago, and honestly, it was the best case scenario. My whole department dismantled — The VP was forced to resign, the director and all the managers were let go, and the specialists, my position included, were no longer part of the organizational chart, so we were kicked to the curb as well.

Although it wasn’t a huge surprise — A new President was appointed, a new VP (with no marketing or communications experience) was given the department and three agencies were hired to take over the work — it definitely blindsided a few individuals. Luckily, I have some strange sixth sense about layoffs and I was able to prepare months in advance.

Being laid off wasn’t the stressful part, sitting in silence for eight hours a day trying to figure out what was going on with no answers or explanation was the stressful part — the layoff was actually a huge relief. Finally, answers!

I’m fortunate to have a husband that can help carry the financial burden of everyday life for a little while, and being a natural saver, I have a few months of savings to help too. This is the exact reason why you need to put money in an emergency fund. Trust me, you will not miss the money you put away. You probably won’t even know it’s missing.

Oh, and want to hear something funny? One week after I was laid off from work, I walked across the stage to receive my MBA. That degree was supposed to be my meal ticket to move up in the company not move out…the irony! But as they say — When life hands you lemons, make lemonade…and that is exactly what needs to be done in this situation. To help take the sting out of being laid off, here are a few tips to help you stay sane. Now, these are only suggestions…

1) Stick to a schedule – Just because you don’t have to wake up at 6 a.m. anymore to beat rush hour traffic doesn’t mean you should sleep in until noon. You might not need to report to the office to work, but there is a lot of work to get done when looking for a new job. So, set your alarm and maintain a normal routine. It’s unrealistic to look for a job eight straight hours a day, but putting aside a few hours to do what needs to be done to land a new position is a safe bet.

2)Update your resume and LikendIn profile – This is obvious, but updating a resume after a long time period can be tedious. Thankfully, there is help out there, and some is even provided free of change, especially to college grads. Reach out to your local alumni relations department to see if they offer any services to graduates. Having an extra set of eyes can help spruce up your resume and even catch a mistake or two that you missed. Additional help is also available through Score.org and other local professional organizations within your field.

3)Organize your life-Take a day or two to get you house and all your paperwork organized. Whether it’s cleaning out the garage, color coordinating your closet or finally getting rid of all the excess stuff you just don’t need anymore, organizing your home will help clear the clutter and help you focus on more important tasks.

4)Learn something new- Have you ever wanted to learn a new language or take horseback riding lessons? Now’s the time! It might sound completely ridiculous, but learning something new can actually help when you’re interviewing and it’s a great ice breaker when networking. Just think — When the interviewer asks what you’ve been doing with your time, responding that you’re volunteering at a local organization, participating in a new fitness class or tutoring students who need help with a subject matter you are an expert in, sounds better than doing nothing.

5) Travel – When I got laid off from work, I took the plunge and planned a Hawaiian vacation. I’m calling it my Eat, Pray, Love trip. And, since I’m not tied down to a desk job or have any work obligations, it’s the perfect opportunity to go away, refocus and come back refreshed. Plus, if I don’t do it now, I’ll probably never do it. You don’t have to take a trip a cross the country, a weekend getaway will do just fine. Visit a museum, plan a road trip or sit on the beach.

Although the suggestions might not be realistic for everyone’s financial situation, it’s important to stay active, even when you feel completely overwhelmed, and just keep going. A new job is out there, and remember– When one door closes, another one opens. Good luck!