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How to Prepare Your Car for a Road Trip

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Are you going on a road trip? Lucky you. Just make sure your car is prepared before you go. Here are some quick tips to remember before you begin your adventure.

Load your GPS. Did you know that you can usually load all of your travel information into your GPS ahead of time? This makes it much more stress-free then trying to find an address or a location while your vehicle is in motion! So put all of your information in and relax.

Make sure you are up to date on routine maintenance. Oil changes up to date? Air in tires? The engine having any issues? Get everything checked out to be sure. Many mechanics will give you an estimate at no cost. It is better to figure these things out now, instead of when you are in an unfamiliar place. Oh, and fill up the gas tank!

Do you have kids? If so, you will want to make sure you complete a car seat check. Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. Check the list to be sure your vehicle is ready for the car seat.

Clean out your vehicle, especially your trunk. You will want to have all of the available space your car will allow. So remove anything that you will not need for your trip. Get the vacuum out and wipe everything down too. It sets the mood for the whole adventure if you are traveling in a clean, well-maintained car.

Enjoy! It is time to hit the open road. You and your car are both ready to go. Now sit back and enjoy the ride!

Orthaheel Technology in a High-Top Sneaker


You are not too old for the high-top sneaker trend. Especially when they combine style and support! I am in my early 40s and I love my Torri High Top Sneakers. Vionic with Orthaheel Technology brings science plus style to new heights with Torri. Vionic's contemporary designs range from sporty casuals to ballet flats and yes, high-tops.


These adorable high-top sneakers feature a combination of suede and snake print leather uppers. With a crisp, white outsole, multi-material uppers, and a metallic zipper detail, this casual shoe is a comfortably trendy way to jazz up any look. The combination of snakeskin leather and suede looks very cool. I have received so many compliments on these sneakers!


I love the side zippers, which allow you to easily get them on and off. Yet the laces still adjust for the perfect fit. They run a tad wide unless you tie up the laces tight. So wide feet ladies, like myself, these will work great for you! The Torri has the feel of a lightweight boot with the flexibility of a sneaker.

Let's talk support. Biomechanically designed to hug your arches, Vionic Orthaheel Technology helps support natural alignment from the ground up. Vionic shoes provide essential stability and addictive support. The technology in these shoes is awesome. My feet do not hurt at all even if I wear them all day. They offer so much support, especially in the arch.


Connect :: Visit to check out Vionic's fall styles. You can also connect with Sole Provisions on Facebook and Twitter.

Buy It :: You can purchase the Torri High Top Sneaker for $139.95.

I Have Essential Oils. Now What Can I Do With Them? + Giveaway

Let me begin by stating that I am by no means any kind of essential oil specialist. I am just someone like you who purchased essential oils knowing that I wanted to incorporate them into my lifestyle. But how? You can utilize essential oil supplies to create your own cleaning solutions, essential oil blends, essential oil sprays, and more.


Make a linen spray! Lavender essential oil is known for it’s relaxing and calming properties. So why not create a lavender based linen spray that will help you drift off to a peaceful sleep? First, grab a spray bottle. I used the 4 oz amber fine mist sprayer. You could use any colored bottle for this recipe. It is recommended to use a dark bottle to keep out the UV rays from your spray. You can click on their blog to get the recipe for this lavender linen spray.


Make a room spray! This is easily one of my favorite ways to enjoy essential oils throughout my home. It’s so quick and convenient. You don’t have to find a plug to plug in a diffuser or fill up a reservoir with water. This warm oatmeal cookie room spray is perfect for this time of the year! For this recipe, I used a 2 oz blue fine mist sprayer. This is a great size to carry around the house or to put one in each room. This essential oil recipe brings the aroma of delicious dessert into your home without entering the kitchen.


Create natural health remedies. Again, I am no doctor, but I do know that certain essential oils have been known to help. For example, check out this earache home remedy. I would have never thought of something like this, but it makes sense and it is worth a try. Just be careful and follow the dilution directions carefully. For this recipe, I would use an essential oil rollerball bottle.


Make an essential oil travel kit! Whether you want to take your lavender linen spray or your bug repellent on your travels with you, you will want to use a small essential oil spray bottle. 15 ml is the perfect size for tucking some essential oils in your carry-on, car, or beach bag. If you are traveling somewhere sunny, this after sun soothing spray would be perfect! These holiday room sprays from Tasty Yummies would also be perfect for these small spray bottles!


Now, what do you do with all of these bottles of essential oils? I am storing mine in this pinewood essential oil box. It holds 50 bottles of essential oils. Just label them from the top and you have the perfect way to store your oils.

One lucky reader is going to win a $25 gift card from Got Oil Supplies to purchase their choice of spray bottles, rollerballs, diffusers, or whatever essential oil supplies you would like!


Connect :: Visit to check out all of their essential oil supplies! Connect with Got Oil Supplies via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Win It :: One {lucky} reader will win a $25 Gift Card to Got Oil Supplies!

How To Enter :: Just use the simple form below to enter. Open to the US only. Must be 18+ to enter. Giveaway closes on November 15, 2017, at 11:59 pm EST. Only one person per household/IP address may enter. Good luck!

Loving Lately

I hope your fall is off to a great start! It is still pretty warm here, so knowing that it is almost Halloween seems strange. Let me put it this way, I still have my fall clothes in storage! Either way, here are ten things that I am loving lately. All ten can take you from summer to fall(mmer)??

REN Perfect Canvas Skin Finishing Serum is a light-textured, silicone-free primer with skincare benefits. Do you have drier skin now that the seasons are changing? This super serum is perfect to use with your moisturizer. Pro-biotics smooth the skin and enhance skin's structure by encouraging surface cell renewal, while the Agave extract primes skin for the perfect canvas for makeup application. Your skin's moisture balance will be restored, and it will be smoothed, plumped, primed, and ready for make-up.

Glow Tonic To-Go is everything you love about Pixi's glow tonic in travel-friendly pads! They are pre-soaked in Glow Tonic to tone, brighten, hydrate and gently exfoliate. After cleansing, sweep a pre-soaked pad across face, neck and d├ęcolletage. Follow with a serum or moisturizer. They are perfect for taking on a plane to freshen up after a long flight. 

I have some fall nail faves from Dermelect Cosmeceuticals’ Completely Classic Collection and Dr.'s Remedy. Dermelect's completely classic collection boasts rich and velvety stand-out-in-a-crowd shades. I tried the shade Phenom, which is an egyptian blue. I love the 5-free peptide-infused formula.

From Dr's Remedy, I love the shades Cheerful Cherry and Poised Pink Champagne. Both are enriched with Garlic Bulb Extract, Tea Tree Oil, Wheat Protein and Vitamins C and E. Cheerful Cherry is the perfect shade of bright red. Poised Pink Champagne is a shimmering soft pink champagne shade.

Next up, whiten teeth safely and gradually with POPWHITE. This brand new toothpaste and mouthwash corrects yellow stains on your teeth with its unique purple formula. It’s a new and natural way to whiten teeth without sensitivity. I love how it is peroxide free and infused with xylitol, coconut oil, and peppermint oil. I like using a ribbon of my regular toothpaste on top of a ribbon of POPWHITE primer. It is just a bit fresher that way. Then I rinse with the POPWHITE toner. It does not make my teeth sensitive at all!

Crimes of Beauty knows that new makeup is always a good idea. If you are obsessed with all things makeup like I am, you will love the cute, cutting-edge apparel and accessories from Crimes of Beauty! Featuring clever and creative beauty industry parodies, this fashion line speaks to the urban girl who effortlessly pulls together a stylish outfit with a side serving of sass.

The large makeup bag that I received fits so much makeup, with plenty of room for that new stuff! Thre is even an inside zipper pocket for small storage. More of my favorite beauty sayings include I Like My Chips Salty & My Lashes Stacked, Peace. Love. Lashes. and I Love You But Don't Touch My Hair. They have shirts, accessories and more! Check them out!

Earbud problems? Not anymore. Earhoox for Apple EarPods and AirPods will make you forget you’re wearing earbuds at all. Forget about earbuds falling out or being uncomfortable, a custom design enables Earhoox to attach perfectly to Apple’s EarPods or the new wireless AirPods. 

Earhoox are the cure for the common earbuds! The silicone attachments fit comfortably in your ears and ensure a secure fit. Just stretch them on and experience earbud nirvana. It will give you that secure and comfortable fit you always wish you had!

If you suffer from teeny-tiny lips, this next pick is for you. No more lip envy. Just pucker up with JuvaLips, a safe and effective do-it-at-home lip plumper! No more painful injections, coloring outside the lines with a lip liner or dealing with the burn of a lip gloss. JuvaLips is simple, painless and non-toxic.

The JuvaLips Original lip plumper device is pretty in pink and easy to hold. The sleek device features a mouthpiece with a soft contoured fit that provides a gentle and comfortable seal. It is not scary to use at all, it doesn't hurt either. Although the results are not permanent, a 1-2 minute treatment will keep your lips plump for about an hour. That is long enough for that perfect selfie or a first impression.

From Carmen Sol comes this water resistant jelly bag. Durable enough to handle it all, Carmen Sol’s Italian made totes are sturdy, waterproof, and gorgeous to boot. They come in lots of fun colors and are perfect for rainy days or sunny getaways! This mid-sized design is crafted in jelly-like plastic. There are even molded studs at the edges and a logo charm that hangs from the handle. I get so many compliments on it!

Casetify has the best iPhone cases. I love the classic grip case. It absorbs all shock, yet the matte, soft-touch frame enables a soft grip. Don't we all want a case that protects our phone without being clunky? I love my Casetify iPhone 7 Plus Classic Grip Case. It is so cute, and there are so many customization options.

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Guess Where I Found My Favorite Fall Boots

Finding the perfect pair of boots is much like finding the perfect pair of jeans.  From the moment you slip into them, you know they will be the perfect companion for fall. They go with everything and they fit like a glove. That is how I felt when I stepped into my new pair of Dede Holma Boot Red WR Nubuck Boots from Waldlaufer.

Let's just talk about how cute these boots are. The color is absolutely perfect for fall. I love how it is not a color that you see every day in a boot. They are different and I love them! A great addition to your boot repertoire, Dede features ribbed rubber soles for maximum cushion, traction, and flexibility. Yes, they are not only cute, they are oh-so-comfortable!

Added benefits include their stylish lace up and side zipper detail. The thing I hate most about boots is a non-issue with the Dede! You just use that easy zipper and you slip right in. The laces are purely for looks! So smart! 

The natural waterproof nubuck leather boots also feature insulated liners and footbeds for extra comfort. I also love the Dede because you can wear them with practically anything casual. Yet they are really quite feminine, so comfortable, and so cute! Making them my absolutely favorite boots for fall ... and beyond!

Connect :: Visit to check out all of their new boot styles. You can also connect with Waldlaufer on Facebook and Twitter.

Buy It :: You can purchase the Dede Holma Boot Red WR Nubuck for $215.