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When you purchase directly from one of the links below, I may get compensated.
‘Tis the season and we are here for it!! As much as we wish that this was a normal year, we know that the new normal is still left unseen. For me, the sales after Thanksgiving, mark the beginning of traditions and I am trying to make this year to be a great one. So I picked my favorite shops and made a list of their offers and sales and wanted to share it with my readers.
Take a look, there may be some offers that you’d like. My favorites are the panties from Aerie, as you can see below and if you keep scrolling all the way to the bottom, I added more items (with direct links) to this list.
Hope you like it and if you know of any other sales, please let me know in your comments. Happy Shopping!!
Aerie– Up to 70% off
American Eagle– Up to 70% off
BaubleBar– Select items on sale
Banana Republic– 50% off everything
Boston Proper– 30% off select styles with code HAVEFUN
BooHoo– 60% off everything
Buddy Love– 50% OFF Site wide with Code: BF2020
Express– 50% off sitewide
Francescas– Up to 50% off sitewide
Frontgate– Up to 40% off everything
H & M– 30% off everything
JCrew Factory– 60% off
Kate Spade– 50% off everything
Kendra Scott– 30% off
Lulu’s– up to 90% off
Loft– Up to 60% off
JCrew Factory– 60% off
Kate Spade– 50% off everything
Kendra Scott– 30% off
Lulu’s– up to 90% off
Loft– Up to 60% off
Nordstrom– Up to 60% off select merchandise
Red Dress Boutique – Free shipping over $75
Sephora– Select gifts on sale
Shein– up to 80% off
ShopBop– 20% off your order of $200+ with code SHOP20
Steve Madden– 35% off sitewide
Tory Burch– 30% off sitewide
Ulta– up to 50% off Black Friday Deals
White House Black Market– 40% off entire purchase
Vanity Planet- Take an EXTRA 50% off EVERYTHING
fall 2020 - freebie
Thank you for your visit to my happy place! I figured I’d make a quick post to share this freebie, since some of you loved it when I posted it on Instagram feed. You can find it here. That was it!! Not a long post, just a short and sweet one with a gift. Hope you love it and before you go, leave me a message, a sign or a hi and if you get to use it, feel free to tag me! My ig is @planningtobehappy.
Recycle your Christmas Wreath For An Instant Fall Vibe
The story behind the wreath is that it stays hanging from this window, all year long. Since it is so big, we do not have enough storage room for it, without sacrificing the shape of the ornaments and bows, so tissue paper and a black garden bag was not cutting it.
The issue is that it faces the front of the house so I decided to give it a fall vibe, while using most of the decor from the original one. Take a look at the items that I removed and replaced with some fall flowers and decorations from Michael’s. This really was an easy one, don’t you agree?
If you get to decorate with a recycling mindset, please share?
Do-it-yourself: Floral Reed Oil diffusers
Admittedly being quarantined has given some of us a new purpose. While the whole world was made to shut-down, we started homeschooling, playing more, valuing relationships, growing gardens, adopting pets. I never thought of myself as a “Do-it-yourself” type of person because you know Amazon is there, but I have to admit that I enjoy crafting and playing with pretty things so this one was a no-brainer.
I wanted to create a certain environment in my house because having indoor pets (cats) can be sometimes overwhelming. We clean their litters twice a day but for me is never enough so when I started looking at alternatives for candles and sachet bags, oil diffusers came to mind. I recently purchased one from a store at the mall and I placed it on a table by the foyer of the house. It really did not do much on adding the desired fragrance. If you grab the small bottle and sniff it, then you feel the fragrance but not enough for that large area.
Then, I realized that I was going to throw away a dried-up bouquet of roses that I gave myself for my birthday, in January. I hung them upside down and they were pretty ready for whatever so the idea came to mind, how about I make my own pretty floral reed oil diffusers? And here we are.
- Small vases. I purchased these from Michael’s and used a 30% discount for signing up to receive their emails. Also, look for the ones with corks. You can use them to cover the bottle if the fragrances get too strong or just to store them away without having to transfer the oil.
- Reeds. Amazon has a pack for $6.98 and you get 100 of them. That’s a lot of reeds but you can switch them once they are too soaked. If you follow this link, you can buy them directly from my Amazon storefront and I may get compensated.
- Dried florals. Besides the roses that I dried-up, I got mine from Michael’s. I picked mine based on the colors that I wanted to use but the variety is great and all up to your own preference. Remember, these are not the same as seasonal florals, which are plastic. You need natural flowers so they give the same effect of the reed, which is to soak in the oils and transfer the fragrance. After I purchased mine, I found these from Amazon so I will try those next.
- Essential oils. The variety is huge!! Take your time with those. I am linking some from Amazon here and one from Anthro (here) although you can always find them at your local wellness stores, Home Goods, Kirkland’s or even make your own. I will explain: regular home fragrance-spray combined with baby oil, will give you fragrance oil, don’t you think? That is what I did with a couple of mine and so far, the reeds are soaked so a win!
I also added ribbons to decorate the bottles, my friend added gold stickers with the list of the contents of the oils and someone suggested raffia bows! Depending on the season, you can switch your florals around, or make them with fruity fragrances and place them together near your kitchen for a minimal seasonal decor.
So now, my pretty floral diffusers are spreaded throughout the house, I placed a second one in the foyer, one in the guest’s bathroom and one in my own bathroom. With these and all fragrances, please make sure that you love them, remember that certain oils may to be too strong and may cause sensitivity to you or your pets so keep them in places with lots of ventilation and move them around to spread the fragrance and the instant decor that dried flowers in pretty small vases can offer.
Hope you enjoy reading and if you make your own, tag me or comment below? I would love to see what you make!
July 2020 Accountability Challenge
Welcome to the 2020 July Accountability Challenge:
Recently, I read some words that stroke a chord. Some Spanish celebrity was speaking about humankind and some of the challenges that we have been facing lately. She stated something to the effect that “at the end of this crisis, we are going to all end up being the same or worse. That nice people will remain being nice and the a$holes are going to remain the same or become bigger a$holes.”
My first instinct was to agree. For many reasons that are not relevant to this post, you and I both know that human nature is to resist change and resist being uncomfortable. No fault on that but man, haven’t we learned by now that change does not happen without sacrifice and mobility? Then my next thought was wait a minute: do I truly agree? What can I do about this? Can I make a difference?
You know that cliché phrase about change coming from within and yada, yada? Yep, that still applies and I know it dang well. I learned a lot time ago that my comfort zone is not the place that I want to remain, and that us, just like plants, must grow, in order to evolve.
So let’s talk about the challenge and go straight to it. I am going to try to make this as simple as I can and hopefully, I can interest at least one person to join me. I need an accountability partner because sharing with someone else cheering me on, is what can make this a success.
- Starting on July 1st, I will add exercises to my walking and swimming activities. The plan is to do it daily.
- At the same time, I am going to make better food choices.
- Going to use a checklist to track items 1 and 2.
- Will be using my IG stories to post about the challenge and my own tracking, on a daily basis.
NOTE: I am not a doctor, or expert so please consult with your doctor, prior to attempting any exercise or diet change.
Below are the pdf. forms which will provide some the checklist and the visual aid on the activities and the foods. As you can see, this is not a fitness challenge, this is not a diet challenge, this is not a lose weight challenge, this is a challenge to show you how capable YOU are to make changes for yourself. You are welcomed to modify the pdfs. to accurately reflect your own plan.
We are NOT going to jump into hoops, to be doing long and sweaty sessions or fad diets, with complicated routines. We are going to prove to ourselves that we are capable to control our own lives and our happiness by introducing small changes to what we have been comfortably doing and is not working for us. Because like me, if you have read this far, something is not working for you.
I am committing to keep track with you and to guide you through the process. I am eager to hear about positive results but want to do it midway so no need to weigh or measure yourself. I don’t want the challenge to be attached to a fitness goal. The intent is to came out of this challenge, more motivated and eager to work on the only person that you can control, and that is yourself. Also, this is not a all inclusive challenge. You can do both (the workouts and the healthy food choices or you can pick which one you wish to do). The more important part is continue checking the boxes from the list.
Warning: research shows that when you change, everything changes and that may or may not include your jeans size.
Let’s do this, shall we?
My Battle with Breast Implant Illness
I had to completely stop going to the gym. Next thing was the brain fog. I could not think straight, see straight, was in a constant state of lethargy and exhaustion and giving up on the things that I used to enjoy. I developed chronic pain on my shoulders and thought it was the workouts and getting old. I was also terrified of driving at night because I could not see well in the dark.
For some miraculous reason, my last mammogram revealed some “weirdness” that ended in a recommendation for removal of the implants. I jumped on that train so quickly!! Removal because whatever weirdness was showing, was going to be undetected until the implants were removed. Short story: they were both leaking, one was flipped and the pathology from both came back negative from anything harmful. Praising God!!!
Happy to report that I took the last allergy pill on the night before of explant. I am 7 weeks post-explant and my health is at is best. My skin is shining, my hair is growing, I can make full sentences without forgetting what I was talking about and the best part: the hives are GONE.
I wish to stress on how important it is to do research on this topic. Explanting is not a trend. Explanting is a method that more and more people are using to get their lives back. Please, if anything you can take from this post is my wish that you think about this thoroughly before making any kind of decision to surgically alter your body or put in an object that will chemically alter the way your body functions, please, please, please, do some research and always look for more than one source. Most surgeons, although skilled, make money on the implants that they put on you.
For any human out there looking at getting breast implants, because you think they will give you so much…please look at #BII and become aware of how much they could take from you in the process. Nothing external will fulfill you internally. N.O.T.H.I.N.G.