My Top 5 Goals for 2017 | elizabethkathrynx

With almost being halfway through the last month of the year, I thought I would share my top goals for 2017! Let's get started!

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Image courtesy of Google

1) Pay off my credit card: I have one credit card and have a small balance. It's nothing crazy but I would like to pay this off next year. My goal is to have this paid off by June 2017. Once I pay this card off, I am going to start aiming towards paying more towards my student loan. I owe less than $10,000 on that loan and want to pay it off as soon as I can!

2) Travel More: I love to travel and want to take more weekend trips! I want to visit places I have never been before, like Philadelphia or Chicago!

3) Invest in my Youtube channel/Blog: I want to invest in some new filming equipment including a new camera and maybe even a new personal computer/laptop to make some kickass videos and blog posts

4) Lose 15 pounds: I did a good job with my health & fitness in the first half of 2016 but then fell off the bandwagon in the second half of the year do to my full-time job. I have resubscribed to BeachBody On Demand and want to make it a habit to work out 5-6 times a week and get back on track with my meal planning.

5) Home improvements: Ever since my husband and I bought our house in March, there have been some furniture upgrades I have wanted to make. I want to buy a new TV for the living room and upgrade the TV stand and coffee table. I foresee a trip to Ikea in the future. I also want to finally print some of our beautiful wedding pictures and hang them in our home. We would also like to replace the dining room set and couch but we aren't sure when those purchases will occur.

What are your goals for 2017?

Cyber Monday 2016 - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW!

Cyber Monday sales have already started and I thought I would share some of the best deals around the internet! Let's get started!

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Kate Spade - Get 30% off your order with code WIRED at katespade.com

⇢ J.Crew - Get 40% off your order with code HOLIDAY

⇢Target - Get an additional 15% off your order in stores and online

⇢LOFT - Get 50% off everything  with the code CYBERMONDAY

⇢Banana Republic - Get 50% off everything online only

⇢Rite Aid - Get 30% off all orders ($34.99 minimum) with code CYBER30

⇢NFL Shop - Get 25% off all orders ($25 minimum)

⇢Ulta - Free Shipping on orders over $35; $10 off orders over $50; FREE 16 piece beauty bag with order over $75; 25% off Ulta Beauty Holiday Collections; 40% off NYX Makeup; 30% off Pacifica Makeup and Nail; 40% off Julep Holiday Sets; 40% off The Body Shop; 20% off Clarisonic Holiday Sets; 50% Ulta Beauty Holiday Bath; 50% off Matrix; 50% off Redken; 20% off Nume; 

⇢Macy's - Extra 20% off and Free Shipping on orders over $25 with code CYBER

⇢JCPenney - Extra 33% off orders over $100 or Extra 25$ off orders under $100 or Extra 25% off entire order; Free Shipping on orders over $49

⇢ Kohl's - Extra 20% with code CYBER; 40-60% off outerwear; 114.99 Nutri Ninja; 50% off watches; 50-60% off pajamas; 25% off Nike sale

These are some of the sales I could find so far; some stores have not released their Cyber Monday deals yet, like Sephora.

Will you be shopping Cyber Monday??

 

Black Friday 2016 Sales: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW!

Hi everyone! Today I am going to help you get prepared for all of the Black Friday sales!  Let's get started! You can find all these deals and more at www.blackfriday.com

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⇢Target: XBox One S $250.00 and get a free $40 dollar gift card; Powerbeats Wireless Earphones $$89.99; All Apple TV Models 25% off; Nikon D3400 bundle $499.99; GoPro HERO5 $399.99 and get a free $60 dollar gift card; All iPods 20% off; All Otterbox cases 40% off;  Nintendo 3DS $99; All apparel, accessories and shoes 30% off

⇢Walmart: Playstation 4 $249.00 with bonus $30 gift card; iPad Mini2 $199; XBox One S $250; Kitchen appliances for $9.76; Vizio 60" TV $398; Cricut Explorer $169;  

⇢ Kohl's: Get $15 Kohl's cash for every $50 spent; Some kitchen appliances for $9.99; 40-70% off kitchen and tabletop textiles; 40-70% off cookware and food prep; 60-75% off luggage; 25-60% off floor care; 20-60% off personal care; 25% off Nike; 50-65% off dress and casual shoes and boots; 50-60% off socks and slippers; 60% off handbags and wallets; 25% off Levis jeans; 60-70% off outerwear for women; 50% off clothing for girls and juniors

⇢JCPenney: $9.99 kitchen appliances; 60% off all holiday trim; 50-70% off ready-made curtains; Up To 40% off major appliances; Extra 30% off all fine jewelry; 60% off all Arizona Guy's apparel; 60% off big and tall apparel; 30-50% kid's toys; 60-70% off boy's and girls Arizona apparel; 60% off girls apparel; 60% off girls fleece; 60% off kids sleepwear; 50-60% off women's boots; 50-80% off women's cold wear apparel; 60% off liz claiborne apparel

  ⇢Kmart: BOGO $1 All Family footwear; BOGO 50% All teams sports apparel; Up to 80% off fine jewelry; 50% off Christmas tree and decor; Up to 35% off Shark vacuums; Up to 30% off major appliances; 

⇢Michaels: 5 for $10 jar candles; 50% off all Christmas decor; 50% off all Christmas trees; BOGO 50% All kids activity sets; BOGO 50% All Crayola; 30% off ALL planners and accessories; 50% off paper crafting and essentials; See ad for coupons

⇢Best Buy: LG 50" TV $399.99; PS4 Games $29.99; PS4/Xbox One $249.99; PS4/Xbox One Controllers $39.99; Nintendo 3DS $99; FitBit Alta $99.95; JBL - Xtreme portable speaker $199.99; Amazon Echo $139.99; DJI Phantom 4 $999.99

⇢Sam's Club: Vizio 50" TV $398; Vizio 38" Sound bar $119.98; Proform 2.6 CHP Treadmill $399; Up to $80 off set of 4 tires; 27" gas grill $199

⇢AEO: 40% off holiday collection

⇢Ulta Beauty: 5 for $5 stocking stuffers; BOGO FREE OGX Hair Care; BOGO Free Ulta gift sets; 2 for $12 OPI mini trio

⇢JoAnne Fabrics: 70% off Christmas fabrics; 70% off Christmas decor; 40% off sewing machines; 40% off steamers and irons; 50% off papercrafting supplies; 50% off cricut accessories; See ad for coupons

 ⇢Lowe's: 25% off artificial christmas trees; Up to 50% off select tools; Up to 40% off appliances; 25% off all in-stock christmas ornaments

⇢Dick's Sporting Goods: 50% off entire stock of Reebok apparel; 25% off Men's or women's NFL Fleece; 25% off Under Armour Fleece hoodies; 25% off Cala apparel; 25-40% off footwear; 499 select Northface apparel; 25% off select Columbia apparel;

⇢Boscov's: 50-60% off all women's dresses; 50% off ladies designer outerwear; 60% off men's outerwear; 40% off mens and women's NFL apparel; Extra 20% off all fine jewelry; Best of Clinique collection $49.50; Estee Lauder Beauty Essentials kit $62; 39% off fine leather goods; 28-66% off active footwear; 40% off men's adidas activewear; 25% off men's nike apparel; 20-50% off fleece sheet sets; Extra 20% off all mattress sets; 60-75% off ladies boots;

⇢Sephora: Tarte Intro to tarte Set $10.00;  Ole Henriksen Try us, Love us Set $15.00; Make Up Forever Artist Palette Volume 2 - Artistic $25.00; NEST Eau de Perfume travel Set $12.00; Philosophy Purity $15.00; Origins Cult Favorites $18.00 & More deals on the Sephora App

⇢Lush: Only sales are on Boxing Day (Day after Christmas 12/26)

⇢Amazon: Black Friday Deals Week  - Deals everyday leading up to Black Friday

I think you can find the best deals at Target, Dick's Sporting Goods, Michaels, and JCPenney.

Will you be shopping Black Friday?

My Christmas Wishlist 2016

I have been making Christmas wish lists since I was a young girl. Here are a few of my favorite things on my wish list this year. 

 
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1) Lush Bath Bombs: I really want some bath bombs because I finally have a bath tub where I can take warm baths!! I found this cute set of Lush's website for less than $30 dollars.

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2) Fossil Sydney Satchel*: I have seen this bag all over the internet and think it the perfect size! I also am obsessed with this wine color! I tend to buy black bags but this color is gorgeous!

3) Clinique Happy Perfume: This is my favorite perfume of all time and I ran out of it over the summer. It has a very fresh, citrusy scent.

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4) Apple iPhone/Apple Watch Stand*: Right now, my iPhone and Apple watch just sit on the kitchen countertop when they are charing. I would like to get a nice stand like this to charge my devices on overnight, so that they do not get scratched.

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5) Sneakers: I need some new sneakers for when I workout at home. The current pair I have are starting to fall apart because I have had them for so long. 

These are just a few things on my Christmas wish list this year. What is on yours?

Disclaimer: All of the photographs used in this post are courtesy of Google. Affiliate links are used in this post and are properly disclosed. See my disclosure policy for further details. 

Erin Condren Gift Guide 2016

Long time no blog post! I have been crazy busy with my job over the past several weeks and my blog has fallen to the side. But, now that the Holiday season is around the corner I wanted to do a post sharing my top six gifts from Erin Condren for the planner lover in your life! Let's get started!

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All images courtesy of Erin Condren

All images courtesy of Erin Condren

1) Erin Condren Life Planner - $55.00 [BUY]

Erin Condren is know for it's planners. This wouldn't be a gift guide without mentioning the Life Planner! They now come in three different layouts: Horizontal, Vertical, and Hourly. They also come in two different color schemes: Neutral and Colorful. You can also customize the coil color and pick from hundreds of different interchangeable covers. They also come in a 12-month option or 18-month option. The combinations are endless!

2) Luxe Gold Metallic Quote Clutch - $20.00 [BUY]

This a newer release by Erin Condren and is a great accessory for the planner lover in your life. It can used to store your planner supplies such as pens, washi tape, stickers, etc. It could also be used as a wallet or coin pouch! It comes in this gorgeous teal color with a beautiful gold-foiled quote.

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3) Metallic Tabletop Calendar - $12.00 [BUY]

This is another great option for a Christmas gift. This tabletop calendar comes in the classic mid-century circles pattern and it for the calendar year of 2017. This could be used in a home office or workplace.

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4) Sticker Book - $15.00 [BUY]

I mentioned in my Happy Planner gift guide last year that the planner lover in your life can't get enough stickers!! There are a few options available on the Erin Condren website and these stickers will coordinate nicely with your Erin Condren Life Planner.

5) Snap-In StylizedSticky Notes - $10.00 [BUY]

I think this is one of the best accessories that Erin Condren offers! This product can be used as a dashboard in the Life Planner or can be use outside of the planner. Sticky notes are great for pre-planning and these are some of the best quality stick notes that I have found! You can also use these are decorative stickers by using some double-sided tape or glue!

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6) Interchangable Covers - starting at $8 [BUY]

These interchangable covers are a great way to personalize your planner. You can change them up whenever you get bored with your current cover! They come in many different colors and options and can also be personalized with your name! 

This brings us to the end of my Erin Condren Gift Guide! I hope you found this guide helpful in finding the perfect gift for the planner addict in your life! I have been using Erin Condren planners and accessories for over two years now and encourage you to check them out as well! You can buy Erin Condren products online at www.erincondren.com or at select Staples stores!  

What will you be purchasing from Erin Condren this holiday season?

Disclaimer: All of the photographs used in this post are courtesy of Erin Condren. Affiliate links are used in this post and are properly disclosed. This post is not sponsored by Erin Condren. See my disclosure policy for further details. 

Beauty Review: Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer

Hi friends! Today I have another skincare review for you! I received the Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer last week and have been trying it out all week! Let's get into the review!

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The Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer is described on the packing to "illuminate skin while providing all-day hydration."  The brand makes five claims about this product:

  • Lightens dark spots
  • Restores radiance
  • Evens skin tone
  • Diminishes fine lines
  • Provides all-day hydration

The moisturizer is made with all natural ingredients and is cruelty free. It is also made in the USA! 

The moisturizer comes in a clear glass bottle with a plastic pump. The moisturizer can be applied both morning and night, but I typically apply in the morning after I take my shower. I use three to four pumps of products to cover my entire face and neck area. I would let the product sit on your face for a minute to absorb before applying any makeup. It did not break me out or cause any redness or irritation. My dark spots are definetly starting to fade after using this moisturize but I haven't noticed a huge difference in my fine lines. I will check back on social media if I noticed any more changes over time!

All in all, I enjoy using The Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer as part of my daily skincare routine. The full size 4oz bottle retails for $25.00 dollars on Amazon.  I think that is a great price for the amount of product you are receiving. You can also check on Valentia on Facebook and Instagram

The product in this post was provided for my unbiased review. All opinions are my own. See my Disclosure Policy for more information.

Beauty Review: ARK Skincare

Hi everybody! Today I am going to be doing another beauty review of a skincare line I recently got to try out called ARK Skincare! Let's get into the review!

Photo taken with my iPhone 6

Photo taken with my iPhone 6

ARK Skincare is a British skincare brand, which treats skin by age and skin concern. Created in England, ARK Skincare products deliver professional, salon-grade results using the most innovative natural formulations. The result is a highly effective personalized skincare regime for every individual.

Why treat skin by age?

There are two main transition periods in the aging process where there is a dramatic shift in hormone production and a significant change in the way the body functions: late 20s to early 30s and late 50s to early 60s. ARK has looked at the skin externally and internally during these periods, to create three age-specific product ranges, which support skin with the optimum level of nourishment and skin-perfecting ingredients. Complemented by the Skin Perfector range of treatment products and the Skin Essential range of daily necessities, Ark Skincare offers a solution for all of your skincare needs.

Let' s get into the review. The first product I got to try was the ARK Skincare Age Defend Replenishing Moisturizer. This product has a pump, which always makes me happy. It has ingredients, such as Vitamin A to help keep skin strong, plump, and supple. It has a scent but it wasn't overwhelming. This moisturizer was a little thicker in consistency, so your skin can really absorb all the ingredients. This retails for $70 USD

The second product I got to try was the ARK Hydration Injection Masque. This is a mask that you are supposed to leave on for a specified amount of time depending on your age. For me, only 5 minutes. You are also only supposed to use once or twice a week. You can also leave on overnight for a more intense treatment. Again, this had a scent but wasn't overwhelming. Neither of these products caused me to break out. This mask also retails for $70 USD.

So, would I recommend this product? Yes, because I really enjoyed the effect these products on my skin. No, because they are expensive. If you enjoy luxurious makeup or skincare products, this might be for you. 

To learn more, visit http://www.arkskincareusa.com

*Products were sent for review purposes by BrandBacker

 

Beauty Review: Aquation

Hi everyone! Today I am excited to review a new line of skincare products from the brand Aquation. I always love trying new lotions and cleansers, so when I found out I got to work with this brand, I was super excited! The best part is that you can find Aquation products at your local Walmart.

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First, let me share some information about the brand and its product claims. Aquation products are made up of three key ingredients: Ceramides, Hyaluronic Acid, and Marine Algae.  Ceramides is naturally occurring and helps give your skin that fresh, youthful look. They also help prevent moisture loss. Hyaluronic Acid help's maintains the skin's water balance. Finally, Marina Algae helps provide moisture and helps prevent moisture loss from the skin's surface.

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The products come in silver, plastic tubs, and they all come with a pump. When I first received the products, one of the pumps for the cream didn't work, so I messaged the brand and they sent me a new one, free of charge! 

The cleanser was my favorite of the three products I got to review. It has a very thin consistency and has no fragrance, which I prefer. After applying to my face, it didn't itch or burn. It also left my skin feeling refreshed and very clean when I rinse off with warm water. It hasn't caused any breakouts or imperfections yet, so that is a gold star in my book.

I also enjoyed the cream and lotion. The cream was much thicker in consistency, as  I expected it to be.  It provided a lot of moisture for my skin and din't make me feel sticky or slimy. 

If you are looking for a cheap, drugstore alternative for a cleanser and lotion, you should definetly try these out on your next trip to Walmart! 

To learn more about Aquation, visit: http://www.aquationcare.com

Products were provided for review purposes only by Brandbacker

Hello July

Here we are, July 4th weekend! I sent yesterday hosting a BBQ with friends and family and we all had a great time together eating and drinking away the day! I know I haven't been the best blogger lately but I have been very focused on my part-time business as a health & fitness coach and haven't found the time for blogging. As per previous months, here are some of my goals for the month of July.

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Image courtesy of Google

1) Kick A$$ at my Workout Program! I started a new workout program last week called Turbo Fire. My goal is to complete this program over the next 60 days and share my before and after pictures when I have completed this program. It is very difficult but I know I can do it!

2) Finish a PD Book! Part of my job as a health and fitness coach, requires me to read personal development books. My goal for July is to finish one of those books I have purchased but haven't gotten around to reading. These books help give someone confidence.

3) Grow my Social Media Following! I want to work on growing my Facebook Like page and Instagram accounts this month. I am going to achieve this by posting on my accounts consistently 2-3 times daily. If you aren't already following on Facebook and Instagram, feel free to check them out!

4) More blogging! In the month of July, I want to commit to posting at least once a week on this blog. I have been slacking off but really do enjoy blogging. 

5) Save Money! This is always a goal for me! I want to try very hard for the rest of the year to double the amount of money in my savings account. 

Do you have anything planned for July? I'd love to hear what you're going to be up to and what you're hoping to achieve!