Lift Off Tired With #Illumalift #Makeup #ad

A couple of weeks ago, I received a sample of a brand I had never heard of before.  In reality I received two items: the Illumalift Brightening Cream, and the Cream Foundation.

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IMG_0968My 19 year old daughter applied it, on me as the model, to test it.  It’s only fitting that we get her views.”I really enjoyed these products it is very creamy and easy to work with. Not only does it brighten your skin, it treats your skin, it helps with your dark circles and fine lines. It’s very easy to apply and blend. The finish is very natural and lasts all day long. It is anti-aging!  It has matrixyl 3000, which helps the skin look younger.   Studies show that the skin looks 2 years younger with just one month of use! It is a fairly well priced product; it’s a bit more expensive than a drugstore product but cheaper in comparison to the “higher end” products.IMG_0966The Illumalift Cream Foundation is full coverage.  Again, it is very creamy and easy to blend. The colour we received is a bit dark for our olive-toned skin right now, but it will be the perfect colour for our tanned skin in the summer.  I love the finish it renders; it’s very dewy, making the skin feel young and alive.IMG_0967My mom has some dark circles under her eyes from ongoing lack of sleep, due to insomnia.  The Illumalift Brightening Cream really hides the dark circles, and creates that really awake eye look.  It helps with my mom’s fine lines and instantly brightens under her eye area.

The only thing that I’m not a huge fan of is the pot itself.  I would probably because I am used to a different brand.  It was odd having a different packaging in my hand, especially when it is so much smaller than what I’m used to.  I’d say that overall, I’m a fan of these products and I’d rate them 3 out of 5 stars.

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Did you know  Illumalift is vegan and formulated without animal derived ingredients. It is a versatile product for busy moms who are on the run that need a quick and easy makeup routine.

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This Month of April #StreamTeam #ad

This month (April) is a special month because it’s my birthday.  I’ll be 49 years old.  April is also earth month; it’s supposed to me a month in which we bring our attention on matters pertaining to earth where we can educate ourselves, reflect on what we are doing right or wrong, and then learn to appreciate what we have … just a little more.  It’s a time in which we should be experiencing eye-opening facts; however, the only eye-opening fact that I am experiencing is the fact that it has been 3 months since my mom’s passing.

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Whoa; “how does this fact pertain to Netflix” you ask?  Hang on to your chair, that’s what I’ll be explaining next.

In no way, shape, or form am I saying that Netflix is helping to perpetuate the pain that I continue to feel since my mom passed on.  Au contraire, Netflix has helped me indirectly by just being Netflix:

  1.  For my state of mind it has been a distraction.  I find something, anything new or old to watch and pretty much just let it play (in the background) like white-noise if you will.  I continue doing whatever it is I am doing, while Netflix provides me company.
  2.  For my entertainment it has been excellent.  Binge-watching is something that I am happy to do with certain shows.  For example, Downton Abbey on April 6th (coincidentally my birthday) had its latest season become available … two nights later and I was done watching it!  It’s a break from reality … from the pain I am feeling!

…. last, but not least ….

3.  For reminiscing purposes; remembering happy moments in my life, Netflix unknowingly provided the perfect movie for me.  ‘Night Train to Lisbon’ appeared under my Netflix profile, as an option to view.  Due to my Portuguese background; naturally, I was drawn to it and decided to watch it.  While the movie was of interest to me, I can’t really say that it would be equally of interest to others.  You see, out of everything possible in the world, this movie called out to ME and while I watched the story unfold I noticed that the story itself was no longer the focal point.  For me, the focal point was focusing on the fact that this movie had been filmed exactly across the street from my Grandmother’s house in Lisbon!  Incredibly, I noticed the building in the movie and I was taken back to every summer of my youth!  I had spent almost every summer (2 months at a time) of my youth!  I was very familiar with the majority of the locations the movie was filmed at.  Oh the memories!  Suddenly, I realized just how much I missed those days.  I was sad … and happy … and then a smile came out of the depths of me and spread across my face.  It became happy memories.  I accepted that they had made me feel sad because I knew I could not have those moments back.  Those moments submersed themselves into the sea that is my past.  This ‘sea of memories’ (my past) can’t be re-lived; however, I can always choose to ‘dive’ into it whenever I want to remember any of them.

Happy Cat With #ArmAndHammerSlide #LitterBoxLife #ad

Owning a cat doesn’t mean it’s easy to understand him.  As a responsible pet owner, you do your best to keep your cat happy and healthy but there is one are that often ends up being a problem.

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Let’s face it, the litter environment can be viewed as a problem.  It can be a problem especially if your fur-baby decides not to use it!Understanding the importance of the litter box is essential, if we want our cats to remain happy, New Arm & Hammer™ Clump & Seal™ Slide™ Cat Litter was developed so that you can have an easy clean-up.

Solid clumps with heavy-duty odour eliminators is great; however, the EZ Clean Technology formula renders your cats’ litter to easily slide right out of the box … with no scraping, scrubbing, or odour!  Now that’s fabulous!As mommy to 4 cats, this is exactly the kind of help I need.  Do you realise how often I have to clean my litter boxes?  Often.  Very often.

Since cat behaviour issues arise surrounding litter usage; or lack thereof, many cats end up being surrendered to shelters!  Can you believe it?!  The majority of the time it’s not your cat’s fault!  Do you clean the litter box often enough?

Did you know?

  • you should have one litter box for each cat, plus one more
  • scoop litter 1 to 2 times daily
  • every 30 days you should change the litter
  • cats prefer uncovered boxes, so as to give them the sense/ability to escape quickly if feeling threatened
  • cats actually do need some light at night – try leaving a night-light for them

In my opinion, often one can use common sense and apply it to each cat in order to deal with perceived behavioural issues.  All my cats are rescue cats so behaviour often stems from before they came into our house.

Recently, I received an invitation to attend ‘Breaking the Cat Code’ Discussion with internationally acclaimed cat behaviourist Mieshelle Nagelschneider.  I was thrilled and instantly accepted the invite.  Being able to get insights and tips from a cat behaviourist is exactly what I needed.  Jasper Jr. has been attacking Josie since day one, and after trying:

  • food puzzles
  • pheromone treatment
  • introduction of a cat tree
  • new toys

and even …

  • a new cat (one that is close to his age)

Nothing has stopped him from attacking Josie!

And so, on March 22, 2017 I got to meet Mieshelle in a small group setting and was able to get a few of my questions answered.  I received confirmation that I was just in my attempts at remedying my cat’s behaviour.  Fortunately, she was able to offer a few more suggestions that I hadn’t yet thought of.  In particular, a stationary 5-level food puzzle!  I think this just might do the trick!  I’ll be purchasing one shortly and implementing the suggestion as soon as possible.As cat owners, we need to understand our cats’ natural ‘wild cat’ instincts.  Cats may be aggressive for a variety of reasons; such as:

  • stress
  • boredom
  • hierarchy

The reality is, our cats need mental and physical stimulation.  Our cats, like the wild cat, demand freshness in water, food, and litter.  Their instincts tell them that their food/water contain bacteria and the same goes for their litter.  In the wild, predators track cats by their use of certain sites (where they choose to relieve themselves) … if they’re smelly, it’s even easier.  By understanding our cats’ natural instincts, we learn that if our cat isn’t using their litter box it might not be a bad behaviour after all!

Keep yourself happy alongside your kitties.  Try New Arm & Hammer™ Clump & Seal™ Slide™ Cat Litter!  You’ll discover when changing the litter box that the litter will slide right out.

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