LUSH Little Monster Giveaway

Hello, my name is Anna and I am a LUSH addict.

I had to order some new shampoo last week so I decided to order something extra to do a little giveaway. YAY FREE STUFF! I loved this Little Monster immediately so I got one for one of you.

I tried to add as many ways to enter as I could for free with the Gleam app. Contest goes till October 9th at midnight. Good luck!

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Mandatory Disclaimer: I bought this Little Monster myself with my own money. It is not sponsored by anybody or any company.

Chihuly Garden and Glass

PAMF Chihuly I fell in love with Chihuly glass the day I walked into our medical group’s new building in Palo Alto and there was a three story glass sculpture installed in the lobby. I was running late to an appointment and I just stood there staring at it in absolute awe. I can’t express why I find his work so fascinating, before that day I had never even heard of Chihuly, I just knew that I had some kind of weird emotional response to this art hanging in front of me and I never wanted to move from that spot. After I learned who the artist was I read everything I could find about him online and where his work was in the Bay Area and made it a point to seek it out when ever possible. I once lost my family at the Monterey Bay Aquarium because I got so lost in my own head in his exhibit there.

When I decided to tag along with Ben on his work trip to Seattle, knowing I’d be on my own a lot, I did some research to see what all there was to do in the area. First thing I found was Chihuly Garden and Glass and I got irrationally excited. I asked Ben if he wanted me to wait for him to do it on a day he could go to and he wasn’t really interested so I decided right away it would be the FIRST thing I did.

And it was. And it was AMAZING.

I’m not going to get into the ridiculous range of feelings I had while walking through the exhibit but it was pretty powerful for me. Before then I never really understood people that had an emotional connection to art. It just didn’t make any sense to me. But it does now. I sat in one room in a corner and just stared at this HUGE room, full of glass pieces of all shapes and sizes and colors, soft angles and hard angles, long sweeping pieces, balls of different colors and sizes, huge pieces all intertwined and chaotic but somehow in complete harmony and I thought, this is my brain. All the time. A mess of fragile jumbled pieces that somehow all work together to make complete sense. I never wanted to leave that room. Ever.

Chihuly Glass and Garden

I was really happy that I ended up doing it alone so that I could FEEL all this stuff. It was absolutely the highlight of the trip and I can’t wait to go back someday so that I can show it all to Ben. And I REALLY want to do it all again at night. I think the garden would be magical.

SO! Here are some of my favorite photos (you can see the whole album here) and I made a little video too. I really love the idea of having video reminders of awesome times so expect to see more of them in the future!

Chihuly Glass and Garden

Chihuly Glass and Garden

Chihuly Glass and Garden

Chihuly Glass and Garden

Chihuly Glass and Garden

Chihuly Glass and Garden

Chihuly Glass and Garden

Peace of mind with WearSafe

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Wearsafe for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

In just 3 short days Cassidy will walk onto campus and attend her first class as a college Freshman. It is so hard to wrap my mind around that fact that my baby is a college student! I am so proud of her and so excited to see where this new adventure leads her as she makes new friends, learns new skills and life lessons, and is faced with new challenges as she tries new experiences.

I’m not going to lie though, it’s a moment I’ve been equally excited about and dreading. Did we do all we need to do as parents to prepare her for this adult world? Sure she knows how to cook her own food and do her own laundry and she’s just started learning how to pay her own bills. But you still worry as a parent! Are they eating? I know she’ll do that! That kid LOVES food! Does she have clean clothes to wear? Of course! She’s been doing her own laundry for years! Is she paying her bills! I hope so but she has an emergency credit card if anything pops up she can’t handle on her own.

My biggest question as she leaves to live this new independent life is: Is she safe?

wearsafe01But now I don’t have to worry about that because we are equipping her with the new wearable device called WearSafe. It’s a small, inconspicuous device that can alert a set group of people about a possible dangerous situation without drawing any attention at all. With just the push of a button it sends your location and audio without anybody around you even realizing it, while vibrating when your trusted contact views your information to let you know that help is on the way.

So Cassidy can press a button and Ben and I, and whoever else she has in her trusted network, can HEAR what is going on and see exactly where she is. Then, from a group chat we can coordinate to get her whatever help she needs on the way immediately. So before a situation even has the chance to escalate, she’ll know that we are there with her and are sending help. This has brought me so much peace of mind as she enters what will be long nights of study sessions, work and, yes, even those popular college parties.

Here she is with is clipped to her leggings. You wouldn’t even know it’s there if I didn’t point it out. It also comes with an attachment to put it on your car keys.wearsafe02

After setting it up we tested it out and it was so easy to use. After Cassidy hit the button I received an email, which also sent to my Apple Watch, and a text message alerting me that she was in need of assistance. I was immediately able to access her location on a map and start playing an exceptionally clear audio file that recorded everything that we were saying. I was also easily able to chat with her. Here is a screenshot of the really intuitive user interface.


The very best part? The device is FREE! You pay a $5.00 per month subscription fee but right now you can try it free. If you have kids you are sending off to college, or any kids really, I highly suggest checking it out for your own peace of mind.

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July 2016 Favorites

Hi all, hope your July was awesome! Mine started out pretty rough but ended with me in a pretty dang good place. If you do a favorites type blog post or vlog, definitely let me know in the comments because I love reading and/or watching them!

S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst: $22.47
Ben’s coworkers originally told him about this book when they were discussing 10 Cloverfield Lane at dinner one night. The book S. was conceived by J.J. Abrams and written by Doug Dorst and you can really feel J.J.’s influence on it. I don’t want to give too much away, Ben told me to not read anything about the book before reading it and I didn’t. So you shouldn’t either. Buy it, read the outside of the box, then dive into the book. I will admit a LITTLE bit of disappointment at the end but the journey to get there is well worth it!

Too Faced Primed & Poreless: $30.00
I’ve been battling super oily skin for about… 37 years now? My mom tells me that she was the same way and that when I go through menopause my skin and hair will dry out and I think I’m the only woman in the world that’s actually looking forward to going through that change! In one respect I’m lucky because I look younger than I am because the oil keeps my skin from wrinkling at all. In all other respects it SUCKS. I really hate how oily my face gets by the end of the day and the large pore look that’s common with oily skin so I picked up some of this Too Faced Primed & Poreless and I LOVE IT. There is a more matte version for sensitive skin that I’ve heard is supposed to be even better for oily skin so I might try and pick some of that up eventually but I have to use such a small amount I don’t think I’ll need any new primer for a good 6 months!

Best Internet Video: FREE! & Pokémon Go!: FREE!
I am a Pokémon Go fangirl. NO SHAME HERE #TeamMystic So when I came across this video the other day I watched it over and over and over. I LOVE it. When Jeanine, Julie and her boys and I were all Pokémon hunting this weekend we did this dance quite often. Nobody even looked at us like we were weird because the Pokémon family is awesome. Surrounded by other players, everybody interacting, talking, laughing, having fun and exploring. I know Niantic is taking a lot of heat but, honestly, videos like this one and the kind of awesome experience I had this weekend, TOTALLY WORTH IT. No app launches without some glitches and I’m excited to see how the game grows in the future.

Don’t Be Dani Mathers

I’d been trying since yesterday morning when I first saw the story about Dani Mathers to write a blog post about it but no matter how hard I tried I wasn’t able to properly convey just how I felt about it. On the way home today I figured I might as well just sit down and talk it out on video. So here you go. My take on this which TL;DR is Don’t Be Dani Mathers!

Also, I was two glasses of Moscato in at this point so. There’s that.

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