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Monday, January 20, 2020

Nature or Nurture? Why Not Both With This Amazing Box?!

Disclaimer: I was compensated for my honest opinion and review. 

Everyone talks about self-care, and why it is important. But so many of us never seem to get around to it. But self-care is something that is special. It is a moment in time that is taken, just for us, to take a deep breath and sit back and watch the world go by, even if just for a few fleeting minutes. I truly believe that self-care is important. We need it, and it is inherent to our wellness and being as a whole. That is why when I find a product or a company that can not only help myself but also others? Well, I have to share it.

Please allow me to introduce you to the Nature-Nurture Box. They are fairly new, but they are completely amazing! Below is an excerpt from their webpage stating what their box is all about!

"We are passionately providing natural products, motivation, and support of your wellness. The Nature-Nurture Box brings the outdoors inside, and offers monthly encouragement packed inspiration on your self-care path! Each month we thoughtfully curate packages filled with inspiration, all-natural and hand-crafted products, and lifestyle goodies that are consciously created and always cruelty-free. We promote small and home-based businesses and artisans."


Sounds really awesome, doesn't it? I was recently given the opportunity to review their boxes, and I am going to share all of my thoughts below. But I have to tell you, this company is so amazing, that Nature Nurture Box just got featured on Cratejoy's blog on 7 Boxes To Live Sustainably In Style! If that doesn't yell out I'M AWESOME, I don't know what does! I know, get on to the review already, right? You guys are just as excited as I am, yeah? Here we go...


First of all, the boxes are very appealing when they hit your doorstep. They are simple and beautiful, with their beautiful logo on the outside of the box. Take a peek below.


It's really lovely, isn't it? I love all of the beautiful colors on the tree. It makes me think of how I like to just sit outdoors and enjoy a book or do my writing. The minute that I laid eyes on the box, I was immediately intrigued and wanted to see what was inside. Here is their December Box and what it contained:

These Lovely Coasters:


I absolutely love these coasters. They are so beautiful. The box contained two of them, and I am proud to use them. I love looking at the sayings on them and be reminded of all of those beautiful quotes about strength, especially adapt to changing tides. That is especially poignant. 

This Beautiful Journal:


Winter blues are ocean hues. What a beautiful saying that really is. Instead of those pesky winter blues, I can write about how I feel in this journal. I mean just take a look at the beautiful photograph that accompanies the saying. It is a breathtaking view of the ocean. It makes me smile and lifts my spirits when I look at it. 

This Organic Lip Balm:



I have to tell you guys, I love lip balms. I have about 10 in my purse. So to add another one to my collection? I was super excited! I used it, and it made my lips feel super smooth and protected. That is really helpful for these cold winters here in northeastern New Jersey! We never know when we're going to get snow! 

These Gorgeous Stones: 



I love stones like this. I am proudly displaying these in my bedroom. Not only do they make beautiful decor, but when I am in pain, I actually can hold these in my hand, to ground myself in a situation. I love these both. When I look at them, I am reminded of all of the bountiful things that I have around me and to be grateful and thankful for all of it. 

This Amazing Soap:


Do you not just adore how these soaps look? They truly remind me of the ocean waves. They are beautifully handcrafted by Sugarysoaps on Etsy. That is another thing that I love about the Nature-Nurture box. They support small businesses like this one. 

Take Me To The Beach!


This is another beautiful item that I received from this box that I found to be special. I actually do not get to beach that often. Being chronically ill, it is kind of hard to do so. But when I first saw this, I smiled a big smile. I loved seeing all the tiny shells and beautifully colored stones that are inside of this bottle. I keep it on my dresser. 

THAT WAS THE DECEMBER BOX! 

At Nature-Nurture, they were kind enough to also provide me with their January box to review as well! Below is what I received in that box!


I began to wonder how I was going to unleash my inner sparkle. Then I opened this:

Amazingly Beautiful Necklace:


I'm going to be totally honest here. I did a little gasp when I saw it! This is such a beautiful necklace! I mean, you guys know that I am a sucker for anything sparkly, but this necklace is just on a whole other level! I want to save it for special occasions because it is just so elegant and lovely!

Sugar Scrub!


I love sugar scrubs, so I was very happy to find this in their January box! While I have not tried it yet, I am very excited to! It smells so lovely! This sugar scrub is from another great shop on Etsy, BodyButterGirl. Small businesses are our future, guys! You have to take a look at Nature-Nurture and snag a February box! 

Sweet Sunflower Waterbottle:


I definitely saw the theme for this box! Sunflowers abounded everywhere, including on this water bottle! I cannot wait to use this when I go out for walks when it is warmer of course! But this is going to be with me at all times. I love that it is a simple, yet beautiful design. 

More Lip Balm!


This lip balm is, well, the bomb! I love how it moisturizes my lips. But I especially enjoy the scent of peppermint when I put it on! Definitely another one for my bag! 

A Beautiful Thank You Card:


I love any kind of stationery product. So when I saw this gorgeous thank you card in the box, I did a little happy dance. I am definitely going to save it for a special occasion where a special thank-you is needed. Just take a look at that spectacular illustration on the front. I adore it. 

Sunflower Trinket Box:


With this sweet item, I am actually going to save it as a gift for someone. My grandmother absolutely adores anything and everything with sunflowers! When I saw this, I immediately thought of her, and how she could probably make it into a little travel sewing kit! It is just the right size, it fits in your pocket, and you can put whatever you want in it! 

Do you guys see why I got so excited over these two boxes? They were packed to the brim with amazing items, and I loved each and every one of them! 

If you want to check out Nature-Nurture Box for yourself, click the link below! I will also include links to their social pages! 







Friday, December 6, 2019

Do You Need Dental Implants? The Top 5 Indicators



Dental technology has progressed significantly in the recent years in many areas. From cosmetic dentistry to orthodontics to dental implants, the dentists of today are armed with the knowledge, experience and equipment to preserve your dental health for longer than ever before. In the previous years (40 years previous for example), the only solution for long term dental issues was to extract the tooth or teeth and replace with dentures.


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Many of these dentures were ill fitting and ultimately impacted on the quality of life for the wearer. Thankfully, these times are long gone. Modern dentists can correct most issues without extraction but as people age, this becomes more difficult and the only option remaining is to replace the tooth with a state-of-the-art dental implant. It’s worth bearing in mind that your dentist will only usually recommend dental implants if there is no other option. This applies to dental implants specialist based in North Shore Sydney and all dental implant specialists around the world.

Key Indicators That You May Need Dental Implants


Your dentist will be able to advise you alternatives to dental implants. However, at the end of the day, if dental implants are the most advisable course of action, he will recommend them. If you suffer from any of the conditions detailed below, you may be in need of dental implants rather than dentures or other alternatives.

  1. Bone Loss in the Jaw Area – Bone tissue in the jaw can start to erode in the spaces left by missing teeth. Dental implants are screwed into the missing socket and serve as an artificial root.
  2. Missing Teeth – A missing tooth or teeth are not only dental issues but can impact upon quality of life in general. Struggling to eat meals that others are eating in a social situation or even smiling can be embarrassing and lead to a lack confidence. High quality dental implants can rectify this.
  3. Severely Damaged Tooth or Teeth – Although your dentist will do his very best to preserve as much of your natural teeth as possible, there will come a time when nothing else can be done and dental implants are the only alternative. Several failed root canal treatments are a common cause for many people, particularly as they grow older.
  4. Loose Fitting Partial and Full Dentures – Dentures may have been the only option when you first had them fitted but as previously mentioned, dentistry has significantly advanced in recent years and dental implants are by far the better alternative.
  5. Sunken Face – This is a look that absolutely no one aims for. Commonly seen in long term denture wearers as dentures do not stimulate new bone growth whereas dental implants do.

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The above conditions are not the only reasons why people may need dental implants, and some can be avoided altogether by attending regular dental check-ups at a well-regarded practice. If you are concerned about any of the conditions detailed above, make an appointment with your local dentist without delay.

This post was published in association with MediaBuzzer



Saturday, November 23, 2019

Spiffy Socks Review + GIVEAWAY!

In my last post, I mentioned how behind I am on reviews. I would like to personally apologize to the companies that I am working with/have worked with. I know it is no excuse, but this year has been absolutely awful. I plan on catching everything up. So that is why we are going to start this review off on the right foot -- literally!

I am going to be reviewing Spiffy Socks! Now before I get to all the details about these socks, I have to tell you guys, they are one of the MOST comfortable socks that I have ever had the pleasure of putting on my foot! I don't say that lightly, either. I am very specific about the socks that I wear.


I mean just look at those socks! CUPCAKES, guys! Plus, I love the color of the socks. 
Don't worry, they have plenty of less girly socks too! So, anyway, the idea behind the Spiffy Sock Club is for you to receive one pair of socks each month of the year. It's like getting a present every single month! Imagine opening your mailbox and having that beautiful green packaging staring back at you! I mean, look:


See how they say extra comfortable? Well, I can totally attest to that 100%. Like I said before, I am so picky with socks. But when I slipped these bad boys on, my feet fell amazing. I was able to wear them all day long with no problems at all! I think the thing that I like the best about them is that they are made with sustainable bamboo. Like, who knew that you could use bamboo to make socks? I find that to be very, very cool. 



All of the socks that they make are 75% bamboo fibers and 25% microfiber. Bamboo socks, guys. This is not a drill. I am totally in love with my new socks, and I wear them as often that I can! 
So, my takeaway from this? I've never found a more pair of comfortable socks in my life. And I totally mean that. I want to purchase a subscription of my own! 


Look at this adorable sticker that even came with the socks! I love stickers, guys. LOVE them. I immediately put Frank, this very debonair cat right on my laptop, where he greets me every morning when I open my computer up! But let's get down to the fun stuff! They ship the socks out on the 22nd of each month. They have men's and women's sizes, and at only $11 a month plus free shipping, you can't go wrong! 

If you want to purchase or gift a SpiffySock Club subscription, you can do that by clicking

(Seriously, super fun socks like this make a great gift!)

Now, let's get down to business. SpiffySocks Club is giving away a FREE YEAR OF SOCKS to my readers. Yes, you read that RIGHT! A FREE YEAR OF SOCKS, GUYS. THIS IS NOT A DRILL! Here are the deets on how to enter the giveaway: 

In order to unlock more entries, you must follow both @SpiffySocks and @JeninferLynnPassmore on Instagram! So, here it goes...HAVE FUN AND GOOD LUCK!









Thursday, November 14, 2019

20/20 Visions



I am going to preface this by saying I am beyond sorry that I have not posted anything but sponsored posts as of lately. Money has been tight, which I will explain why in the blog post below. I also have a ton of product reviews to catch up on. So, be prepared!

Wow. To say that this year has been a whirlwind is an understatement. The year certainly started off innocently enough.

I was blessed on April 17th at 9:41AM with a beautiful nephew when my little sister had her baby boy, Dante Michael. Cool name, right? He was 8 pounds and 1 ounce and 20 inches long. As of writing this, the boy is growing like a weed! He is seven months now and is the sweetest little mush that I have ever seen.

Just look at those eyelashes! 

But as you know, I have lived with chronic pain and passing out, due to my severe endometriosis for years. Nine years to be exact. Well, let's fast forward to June of this past year.

I was placed in the hospital for bleeding, and I was in severe pain. We're talking 2 milligrams of intravenous Dilaudid every four hours severe. Absolute agony I was in. The hospitalist and I just wished I could remember her name, so I could thank her, suggested a hysterectomy. I thought to myself, "No one is going to do that this soon." She suggested I call my OB/GYN to see if he would do an emergency one.


Turns out, he was on vacation. But, she gave me the number of two other doctors, so I decided to take the leap and call one of them. Lo and behold, I spoke to the doctor, and he said if I could come to him and his hospital - Hackensack Meridian Health Medical Center, which is about an hour-and-a-half from where we are, he would do it. But I would have to go through all the hoops of the emergency room again.

So, my husband and I hopped into the car and away we went. We did the whole emergency room thing. They gave me pain medication to make me comfortable, examined me and of course did an ultrasound. The doctor's associates came to see me. I was asleep in the emergency room overnight until I could be moved to a sort of surgical waiting area, where other fellow people waiting for various surgeries were also in beds being taken care of.



Originally, it was meant to be done on a Friday but was moved to Saturday at 7AM. But then the time was moved again to 12PM. All the waiting, of course, had me anxious and jumping around in my head with second thoughts. Did I really want to do this? This means I would never have children again. But, with a deep breath, after all the asking of the doctor trying to talk me out of it (I'm only 29), I was wheeled to surgery and put under.

Three-and-a-half hours later I woke up. The removed my cervix, fallopian tubes, and uterus. Just leaving my left ovary, so I wouldn't immediately go into menopause. Recovery wasn't fun, but I did it.

Note the fanciful IV poles.

Now we're fast-forwarding to a month or so later when my husband and I decided that it was best that we get a divorce. Believe me, it is amicable, and for the best. We make better friends. I know I am not the only one that this has happened to. In the midst of all this chaos of recovery and trying to figure things out, I ended up reconnecting with my old high-school boyfriend.

You can judge me all you want. I have learned that it really does not matter to me anymore. I'm learning to live life for me, well, Syrus first, really, but then me. I do deserve happiness. My high school sweetheart, Jonathan and I have been together for approximately four months and we are both happier than ever. Before you ask, no, I am not divorced yet, I am in the process, though. However, my soon-to-be-ex-husband gave me his blessing.

In August, I ended up doubling over while at my boyfriend's house. As luck would have it, that ovary that they left behind during the hysterectomy? It had a giant cyst on it. So, they took the whole thing, ovary and all. I literally have no female parts left. I was pain-free for about two months. Until about two weeks ago. I passed out again. Unfortunately, hysterectomy is not a cure, and I knew that, but took that risk. I am on Orilissa twice daily and some pain medication for when it gets really bad.



I also turned my Interstim back on. Hopefully, between all of this, something will kick in and help. I was okay once, I will be okay again. I just have to have faith that everything will work out. Right now, I am focusing on taking care of Syrus, my jewelry making, and getting ready for the holidays. I think they are going to be wonderful!

I believe that 2020 is going to be my year, for many, many reasons. I am looking forward to seeing what the future has in store for me. I know that it is going to be amazing.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

How To Plan For A Bathroom Remodel

This post was sponsored by DiamondLinks



If you have looked at your bathroom lately and thought that it could use some TLC and a redo, it might be time for a bathroom remodel. This is especially true if you're still in the same bathroom that the house had when you first purchased it. Time for an update! But before you go and scrape up the tiles and take a sledgehammer to that wall, you are going to want to sit down and plan a few things, because a bathroom remodel can take some time and resources. Check out the guide below to learn how you can plan for a home improvement product such as this one.

1. Write Down What You Want

This is your remodel, in your home, so you should have total control over what you would like the end result of your bathroom to be. There are a couple of ways that you can figure out exactly what you would like. By sitting down and writing out what you want, you make it more real. Another way is to draw up a sketch of your bathroom and draw out what it is that you would like to see happen in your bathroom remodel. If you are not the best artist (like me), you could always find a friend who is good at sketching, and show them the bathroom and have them draw it out and then you can describe what you want, and they can easily draw a mockup for you of what you want.


2. Set Up A Budget

You do not want to walk into a remodel blindly, without a semblance of an idea of what you would like to spend. It is a good idea to sit down and figure out what you want to spend on your restroom redo. This gives you a rough idea of how much you are willing to spend and you can shop within your budget. An affordable remodel in New Orleans is right at your fingertips with Max Home Now. They will help you create the bathroom of your dreams without breaking the bank.

3. Make A Checklist

Perhaps your home is one that has been in the family for a while now, and there is an element or two that you would like to keep before you remodel your bathroom. Make a checklist of everything in the bathroom that you want to replace. If you want to trade in your old bathtub or a really cool walk-in tub, write that down. By doing this, you will be able to have control over your remodel while letting the professionals do their thing.

4. Don't Forget Decor

This is possibly one of the most fun aspects of doing a remodel of any room, but especially a bathroom! You can completely change the aesthetic of the room with a brand new coat of paint and new curtains! Choose a theme that you love, and run with it! You can find great deals on decor items for your bathroom online! There are so many things that you can do, so have fun with it and let your mind run wild with it!



Monday, October 28, 2019

Commonly Used Precious Gems And Metals In Art Deco Rings

Art Deco rings are viewed as timeless elegance. They feature that classic magnetism from the sparkle of the era and their detailed designs contain glimpses of rich history but also translate really well to the modern-day as a contemporary piece of jewellery. This is why art deco jewellery will continue to be popular and hold much value in the current time and for the foreseeable future.



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In terms of gemstones, you will commonly find diamond, sapphire, ruby gemstones featured in art deco jewellery due to their ornate and eye-catching look. When it comes to the different metals, you will often see yellow gold, white gold and platinum; all very high-quality metals that look amazing too.

If you are searching for popular vintage engagement rings, there are several spots you can check out online as you discover an array of beautiful designs from almost a century ago. They are not only visually stunning but almost every piece tells a story. This is part of the enchantment behind the art deco designs.

Gemstones & Metals Used in Art Deco Rings


Each gemstone and metal tell a story when it comes to art deco rings and how they are used. The next part of this article will feature some of the most commonly used gems and metals so you can get a feel for the jewellery of this era.

Metals of Art Deco Jewellery


Art Deco jewellery reflected a time of free movement and freedom so you would expect to see glittering gowns that shimmered in the light and big parties full of champagne. This was mirrored in the jewellery too so you would often see platinum, white gold and sterling silver being most commonly used throughout this time period. They were always elegant and managed to capture the opulence of the twenties era.

Gemstones Commonly Used


When looking at Art Deco jewellery, it’s also clear to see a pattern within the gemstones that were most popular in that time frame.  The more glamorous and ‘big’ something was, the better. So, you would often see prominent gemstones with bold vibrant shades in the centre pieces of rings, necklaces and earrings. No matter where you looked, you would always see a big sparkle that grabbed the attention. 



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Julien GONG Min


Some of the most popular gemstones of the era were: green emeralds, sapphires, ruby, jade, coral and even black onyx.  The stone would often steal the focus by being in the centre but it’s also worth noting that there were those designers that chose to use a collection of smaller gems to build a big impact and sparkle in a piece of jewellery. This may be standalone or complemented by a bigger stone in the middle. 

This post is published in conjunction with MediaBuzzer

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

"Nexus" And What It Means For Online Businesses

This post is sponsored by DiamondLinks



It is an interesting thing, sales tax. It has kind of always fascinated me in a strange way. I may not be the best at math, but it has always been something that has intrigued me. So when I learned about the Wayfair sales tax exemption, I was quite interested in learning all the more about it. I will share below what I have learned about it, and maybe you will learn a little bit more about it, too. 

It all happened on June 21, 2018. The United States Supreme Court ruled in the South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. et al were able to establish something called "nexus," which is "an economic presence that triggers the obligation to collect and remit tax or at least communicate with the appropriate states." The Wayfair case not only involved the popular internet sales company, but also Overstock, and the electronics internet giant, New Egg. 

The court's decision in the case paved the way for other states to mandate that companies that are selling products in that specific state collect sales tax. Why did this happen? You may ask. Simply put, states want their share of money from companies that are making money by selling goods over the internet. They want their cut. 

E-commerce, if you will has only grown in success since the early years of the internet. "The Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce estimates that U.S. retail e-commerce sales for the second quarter of 2019 hit $146.2 billion, an increase of 4.2 percent from earlier in the year." What we are learning from the Wayfair Tax Policy is that no matter how small of a business that you may have on the internet, or even at trade shows these days, states are making sure that sales tax is being collected. 

If you run a small business, especially an online business, this can all be a bit confusing, to say the least. A common mistake made by e-commerce sellers is that they are applying income tax nexus rules to sales tax nexus rules.

Within the years ahead of us, online sellers are going to see the nexus landscape change very much. The tax landscape is something that is constantly and ever-changing. You can learn more about it by clicking here. That website is an invaluable resource for all e-commerce sellers and will help you out to make sense of nexus and taxes. They also have various questionnaires and whitepapers that you can use to learn more about nexus. 

Currently, 45 states have a general sales tax, all but Missouri and Florida tax remote (e-commerce) sales. However, a bill has entered the Florida Legislature to create the 44th state to adopt the "economic nexus." Whereas South Carolina has been the first state in the United States to rule that the internet giant Amazon will have to make up the sales taxes that it has not collected. This essentially gives other states the license to punish other online e-commerce sellers to secure uncollected back-taxes. Learn what you can do today!