Hi y’all and welcome back to Alex in Asheville! It’s been a while since you’ve been a while since you’ve seen me on the blog, but I haven’t gone anywhere!
Without further ado, let me introduce to you my favorite thing ever – Scentsy! Are you looking at a loss as to what to get those hard to shop for people in your life? Look no further! I have you covered! Scentsy is your answer!
WHAT IS SCENTSY?
Scentsy is a direct selling company and international leader in home and personal fragrance, offering stylish, innovative and customizable products designed to Warm the Heart, Enliven the Senses and Inspire the Soul. Scentsy products are sold by a network of Scentsy Consultants in 11 countries.
WHAT DOES SCENTSY SELL?
The Scentsy Diffuser instantly fills the air with world-class fragrant all-natural and essential Scentsy Oils, while Scentsy’s flagship product line of scented, wax Scentsy Bars heated in handcrafted warmers provides a safe, personal alternative to traditional candles. Additional product lines include on-the-go fragrances, laundry care, inventive cleaning solutions and luxurious personal care products for women, men and kids — all featuring exclusive Scentsy fragrance.
WHAT ARE WICKLESS CANDLES?
A wickless candle is a highly fragrant wax bar that is warmed to release fragrance into the air. Because the wax is gently warmed rather than burned, it can hold more fragrance oil than a traditional candle. And because there is no flame, there is no smoke or soot. Scentsy wickless candles — Scentsy Bars — are a safer alternative to traditional candles.
HOW CAN I BUY SCENTSY PRODUCTS?
To place an order or host a party, contact your Scentsy Consultant. If you don’t have a Consultant, click the “Find a Consultant” link at the top of the page to locate one near you! The best way to shop Scentsy products is by hosting a party. Your Consultant brings fragrance testers, display products and everything else you need. You just invite your friends over to experience Scentsy and have some fun! The best part? As the Host, you can earn Host Rewards — free and half-price products — for the sales placed at your party.
Scentsy has so much more than wax warmers and melts, which are all amazing, btw. There are essential oils and diffusers, Scentsy Go & Pods, a Scentsy Body line, Scentsy Buddies, Scentsy Clean and Scentsy Laundry. These gifts make the BEST hostess gifts, teacher gifts or a just-because for yourself! Check out my website below and see for yourself! Also, you get the option to shop from your couch and to beat the mall crowds. It’s a win-win for me!
When it comes to our moms, we want to give them our best because we know they always gave their best to us. Unfortunately, time and life can get in the way of getting the best Mother’s Day gift. With that being said, I took the time to pick out the best (and easiest) Mother’s Day Gift Ideas. All of these Mother’s Day gift ideas are sure to warm her heart.
1. START WITH A CUTE BASKET
For the basket, you can’t go wrong with a traditional wicker or straw one. Alternatively, you can use a cute storage basket that she can reuse year-round!
We all have our favorite food items and surprising her with some of hers would make her day! Does she have a hard-to-find favorite? Make sure to go the extra mile and throw it in her basket. Does she have a favorite drink? If she likes chocolate (who doesn’t?!), make sure to go for the good stuff like a Godiva sampler box.
Luxurious spa and/or self-care items are a great way to show mom that she deserves to be cared for and pampered! Now is the time to get her that luxury spa or sampler set that she wouldn’t normally get herself. Safe bets are Jo Malon’s heavenly scented candles, rose scented soap petals, or luxury skincare sample sets from Nordstrom or Sephora. If your mom is like mine, she would also really enjoy a mani and pedi, so do something that they would like.
Packing the perfect beach bag is a skill. When you spend the day at the beach, packing is a balance between not packing enough and packing too much. With a bit of practice and prioritization, you’ll have the perfect system to back for the beach! Consider these beach bag essentials first and then pack more if you have the space!
There are always obvious things that you should carry in your beach bag. You’ll need the basics, like sunscreen and a towel, but the things you haven’t thought about might actually surprise you in their usefulness. Check out the this list of 15+ beach bag essentials that will change your life! A single night getaway or a week long vacation in paradise, you’ll want to make sure you have these items on hand.
A FEW HIGHLIGHTS:
My favorite beach bags for beach outings when I travel are Scout bags because they fold up flat on the bottom of a suitcase. They are also waterproof and clean very easily. You can take a Clorox wipe (because Covid…) and wipe that sucker down! I almost always make sure to pack a wet dry bag when I travel. We tend to have wet bathing suits when packing to go home and we can just throw them in here and into the suitcase.
Generally speaking, we tend to relax more than swim, so I am not afraid to bring my compact camera and other more valuable items with me.
Beach bags are pretty essential for your day at the beach, am I right?
This one might seem obvious but here’s the thing…you can’t be too careful with these packing lists! Make sure if you are going to over pack your beach bag you take along some extra sunscreen. Take a few options. I like to have one for my face, lip balm with SPF, and an easy spray option for reapplying even when I’m sandy.
When you are deciding what to pack for the beach, you might be tempted to omit drinks from your beach bag but don’t! You need to stay hydrated. Even on days when you think it’s not overly hot or // short trips, the sun will still be leeching precious moisture from your skin. Staying hydrated is essential. Even lukewarm water is going to taste pretty good when you are baking in the sun all day. If you don’t pack a cooler along with your beach bag, be sure to take some water or hydrating beverages in your regular bag. A water bottle, like a Yeti or a Hyrdroflask, will also keep your beverage super cold throughout the day! IMO, they are definitely worth the mulah!
You’ll be making memories, there’s no doubt about that. Instead of being tied to your phone or taking the risk of getting it full of water and sand, just grab a camera! You can go with an instant version for some throwback charm or take a regular point and shoot camera to capture some unforgettable moments. Either way you’ll want something cute and travel worthy to go along with your list for what to pack for the beach.
Those beautiful sandals that you are loving this season? They’re probably not your best bet for the beach bag. Sure, they’re cute and all but they aren’t going to do you much good against the scorching sand and salty water along the shore. Grab a pair of flip flops or water shoes to keep your feet protected and happy while you are soaking up the rays.
Beach towels have been a staple in every beach bag EVER. The good news is that when you are deciding what to pack for the beach you have some stylish and light options now! The future is here. there are classy beach towel options that don’t look like they came straight from your 90’s nightmares.
You can’t exactly pack a beach bag without the ideal beach tote. It needs to be cute, of course, but also needs to have plenty of room for all of your beachbag essentials. Before you can decide what to pack for the beach, you’ll need to have the ideal beach bag to put it all in!
This item doesn’t necessarily need to be packed in your beach bag. Instead, you should wear a great buy to keep the sun off your face and shoulders while enjoying the beach. There are some adorable and effective options and it can really help with the squinting face too! A floppy hat that provides lots of coverage or a baseball cap are both great options!
If you plan to stray from the sandy shore at any point during your beach visit, you might want to pack a swimsuit cover-up. With a cute cover-up, you’ll be able to head into restaurants, stores, and more without feeling self conscious or breaking any rules about shirts, shoes, etc. Check them out and find a totally packable, comfortable cover-up for all of your travel needs!
Ideally, you will want some sunglasses that are dark enough to protect your eyes from the harsh reflections off the water. The sun near the shore is always just a little more aggressive so make sure you protect your eyes, you only get one set after all!
SWIMWEAR / BATHING SUITS
Even if you don’t plan to get in the water, no list of what to pack for the beach would be complete without swimwear. You should be prepared with something adorable just in case you want to do some swimming! If you don’t plan to swim, the options are even more plentiful because you focus strictly on style and ignore the usefulness aspect!
Some hair bands can double as an adorable bracelet! You will need something to manage those unruly hair moments when the wind kicks up or you want to read without your hair bothering you. The best part is that you won’t have to worry because adding these to your list of what to pack for the beach doesn’t add any bulk or weight to your beach bag.
The people who make these balms, serums and shampoos do amazing things for the planet and all its residents.
You want beauty products that work, of course. Other factors the sweeten the pot: formulas without harmful ingredients (because, duh); a sustainable manufacturing process, to lighten the beauty footprint; and brands that support inspiring initiatives. We found nine companies that help you look great and feel warm and fuzzy.
1. WHEN YOU BUY BURT’S BEES, YOU HELP… GIVE BACK TO FRONTLINE WORKERS
When it comes to conservation, the makers of that little yellow tube are busy bees: They’ve reached an average of over 99 perscen natural origin for all their products; they responsibly source shea butter from West Africa – improving the livelihood of more than 14,000 women there; and they planted more than 15 million (with a b!) wildflower seeds to help restore the bee population. When Covid-19 hit, the ocmpnany donated $1.5 million in grants and products to frontline workers. We’re here for soothed lips and full hearts.
2. WHEN YOU BUY KINSHIP, YOU HELP CUT DOWN ON OCEAN-WASTEPLASTIC
We appreciate that this skin-care line uses plant-based ingredients and probities to enhance our completion. But we truly love then brand’s packaging, or lack thereof. There’s no cardboard box, no little wind of plastic film. The simple bottles for the Supermello Hydrating Gel Cream Moisturizer ($24), Insta Swipe Lemon Honey AHA Pads ($24 for 45), and Mint Mud Deep Pore Detox Mask ($23; love kinship.com) are made from plastic finished out of the Java Sea and rivers in Indonesia. Use your phones camera to scan the QR code on the bottle and see where exactly the plastic came from.
3. WHEN YOU BUY THE RIGHT TO SHOWER, YOU HELP… PROVIDE SHOWERS TO PEOPLE WITHOUT HOMES
The colorful soaps and sulfate-free shower gels with names like hope, Joy and Strength (from $6) gives you all the feels – even beyond nourished skin. This Unilever brandlet devotes 30 percent of proceeds to nonprofit organizations that operate mobile shower units for unhoused people in the United States. To date, almost 30,000 residents of all’s Angeles, Dallas, the Bay Area, North Carolina and New York have been granted access to one of the most basic human needs – a shower.
4. WHEN YOU BUY FIRST AID BEAUTY, YOU HELP… OFFER STUDENT DBT RELIEF FOR COLLEGE GRADS
Founder Lilli Gordon created this sensitive-skin-friendly collection after suffering from dryness and eczema. The deem-tested basics, like Pharma BHA Acne Spot Treatment Gel ($26), help solve such sin problems as mask. Even more stressful than chin zits? Student debt. Last year, the Fab Aid initiative ran a contest and paid off almost $1.3 million in student loans for 24 lucky women. Better yet: They’re doing it again this year.
Green tea, rice and seaweed are the foundation of very product in this less-is-more skin line. Each product serves as a self-care ritual: The Dewy Skin Cream ($68) plumps pruner skin; the Violet-C Radiance Mask ($68) impacts a glow. Founder Victoria Tsai’s passion – the Beautiful Faces, Beautiful Futures program- is the real hero. Through Room to Read, a portion of each sale helps fund girls’ education in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka,Tanzania and Vietnam. I’m six years, the beans has paid for more than 5 million days of schooling.
6. WHEN YOU BUY ‘RAHUA,’ YOU HELP PROTECT THE RAIN FOREST
Shampoo is only on your hair for a minute, but Arabia’s impact lasts way after your rinse. Refillable bottles cut down on plastic waste, while every bottle sold helps preserve one acre of the Amazon rain forest yearly, totalling 100,000 acres so far. Not to mention, the Classic Shampoo ($34) leaves hair gleaming.
7. WHEN YOU BUY CLARINS, YOU HELP IMPROVE HEALTH AND HYGIENE IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
This French brand has earned legions of devotees, thanks in part to the splurge-worthy Double Serum (from $90). And the company’s efforts to beyond skin care: Partnering with the nonprofit Jardins du Monde, Clarins provides clean drinking water and creates medicinal-plant pharmacies in Madagascar and Burkina Faso.
Turning off the faucet when you brush your teeth helps save water, but if you want to do more, consider waterless beauty products, like the new Shampoo Concentrate ($24; helloeverist.com) from the zero-waste line Everist. The ingredients are plant-based, and the package is recyclable, travel-friendly 100-milliliter aluminium tube that’s a third the size of a typical shampoo bottle (yet lasts as long). What does all that ass up to? A product that requires less packaging and carbon to ship. Just wet hair and hands and rub to lather. The they-thought-of-everything detail: Everest includes a cotton bag that holds 10 caps and emails you a shipping label so you can easily send the caps back to be recycled.
Shop their products here.
9. WHEN YOU BUY JONES ROAD, YOU HELP SUPPORT MAKEUP ARTISTS
Makeup mogul Bobbie Brown sold her namesake company in 2016 and is back with Jones Road, a line of multitasking products packed with good-for-you ingratiates. The Cool Gloss ($22) looks nice on lips and cheeks; the Sparkle Wash Shadow ($24; jonesroadbeauty.com) doubles as a high-lighter. If you’ve pared down your makeup during the pandemic, this line will give you a no-frills, five minute fresh face. what also make me swoon: Brown’s work to help creatives in the beauty industry during the Covid-19 crisis. Through the nonprofit Support Creatives, she mentors makeup artists, host training sessions around the world, and has provided scholarships so beauty pros can update their credentials.
While our holiday parties look a little different this year, that doesn’t mean you should show up empty-handed. For those of you attending a socially distanced gathering or dreadfully attending a festive Zoom session, I have carefully picked out a handful of gifts that are better than booze (almost). Click through for thoughtful kitchen wares, chic home goods and other options that are bound to make your hostess smile.
After the Pinterest guide, you will find the links to each of the products. Most gift ideas are around $24-$35 and under, because I really wanted to keep everything reasonably priced and perfect for any budget.
When I was on the hunt to find these amazing gift options, I went with brands and products that I know and love. If it’s something that I personally don’t have, I was sure to do my research to make that I’m only recommending the best of the best!
Keep in mind that your hostess gift doesn’t have to be anything that breaks the bank. Have fun picking out a gift and be thoughtful. Remember that it can be something big or little and as long as it comes from heart, you are set!
What are some of your favorite items in this guide?! Do you have any others you’d recommend? Let’s chat in the comments! If you end up purchasing something, I’d love to know!
Who is ready for the spring and more warm weather? I know I am! We could all use a little more time outside and more Vitamin D in our lives. With that being said, I put together a list of the essentials in what you would need on a sunny, Spring day for a picnic or out on the town. If you are thinking about investing any of these items, make sure to save these posts for when you need ideas of any kind: gifts for others or as a way to treat yourself.
All of the pieces on this wishlist are linked according to number to make it easier in case anything sparks your interest. There are other items I’ve listed that aren’t pictured above, so make sure to check out each number. I hope these items channel your inner Reece Witherspoon, Elle Woods or Martha Stewart, so get to shopping and update that wardrobe of yours!
As y’all can see, I had major wicker vibes going on this week. I’ve always been a fan of all things wicker, but my love has definitely grown here recently.
With that being said, pick out a new dress, slap on some nail polish, grab your picnic basket and get to enjoying the beautiful weather, all socially distanced of course. I, personally, am ready to get experience the beauty of the western North Carolina mountains and the fresh air!
What are your favorite “spring time” essentials, including clothes, bags, shoes etc? What are you looking forward to in the upcoming months?