The weather has finally gotten warm and you’re ready to move about. That new resort in the Bahamas has your name all over it. You go on the hunt for you favorite leather travel bag. Once you retrieve it, you see that it doesn’t look how you once remembered. It’s a bit tattered, in need of some TLC. 

Caring for your leather handbags, footwear and jackets properly can sometimes be a tricky task. It can require a great amount of patience. No worries! I’m here to help you with keeping your leather goods looking and feeling like new.

Photo Credit: MAHI Leather Bags

Leather Maintenance Basics 

Love on your leather and it will last a lifetime. Give it a quick wipe down with a soft, dry cloth once a week.

Limit your leather goods exposure to direct sunlight.

Every so often, rotate your leather, this is so that one product doesn’t age more rapidly than the others.

To help prevent wrinkling or flaking, be sure use a good leather conditioner. Just take some on a soft cloth and gently rub all over. You want to repeat this step every month.

Removing Stains on Leather

It’s recommended for oil stains, to put cornstarch on it as soon as possible, rub it in, and immediately brush off the remaining powder with with a clean cloth. Afterwards, you can apply some mink oil to the rest of the area. This will often cover up the oil stain and blend in with a natural look. 

Spilled water on your leather, no worries! Simply let water spills dry on their own. Do not try to blow dry them! 

For food stains, crush a small amount of white chalk and let it sit on the stain overnight. In the morning, brush it off with a clean cloth. 

To remove fresh ink or dirt stains, use a white eraser on the affected area, lightly. If it’s an older stain that has set in, please seek the help of a professional.

Leather Storing 

Store your leather in dust bags or a cotton pillowcase. For handbags cross the handles over each other and leave them in an upright position.

To keep the shape of the leather, be sure to fill it with clothing items, butter paper or acid-free. Do avoid newspaper, it can smear and stain.  Be sure to air it out once every two weeks. 

Worried about odor while storing? To prevent or get rid of unwanted odors, fill a plastic bag with baking soda, zip the leather bag closed, and store for a few days. Dryer sheets can also save the day also.

Thank for checking out this post and I hope it helps you with caring for your leather goods. 

As a pre-diabetic who only manages the disease with diet and exercise, I really have to keep a close eye on the foods that I put in my body. This helps me to control the rise in my blood sugar levels when I eat. Those high sugar levels are what can really do damage to your body if they are consistently high. It’s a must to keep them pretty even. So, in my efforts to tame this silent killer called diabetes, I use a guide called The Glycemic Index.

What is the Glycemic Index?

The Glycemic Index (GI) is a relative ranking of carbohydrate in foods according to how they affect blood glucose levels. Carbohydrates with a low GI value (55 or less) are more slowly digested, absorbed and metabolised and cause a lower and slower rise in blood glucose and, therefore insulin levels. Below you will find some foods that I love to have in my daily diet. 

Grains- I try to really  limited the grains I consume in my diet. But when I want to reach for them, I choose brown rice, quinoa, pasta, and steel-cut oatmeal (I love to have this for breakfast in the morning). 

Nuts (Almonds, Peanuts, Cashews, and Walnuts)- These are great for snacks on the go and on top of salads. 

Vegetables- Veggies are you biggest friend, exspecially green leafy ones. I love to incorporate green beans, cauliflower, cabbage, eggplant, sweet potatoes, broccoli, collard greens, and even asparagus into my meals. If I’m in the mood for salad, I pick any lettuce I want. However, I make a beeline away from the iceberg lettuce. 

Fruits- My fruit choices are very small, as I don’t eat much fruit. If I have a fruit craving, I reach for apples, peaches, pears, plums, grapes, and strawberries. 

Meats- My meats are really simple because I don’t eat many. The main choices for my meat are turkey (ground, breast, or wings), tuna, chicken breast, salmon, sardines, and cod. If I go out to a restaurant and they have squid and scallops, I have some of them.

That’s it for my go to low glycemic index foods. If you are a diabetic, do you use the (GI) to plain your meals? If yes, how has it improved your glucose readings?  I’d love to hear your thoughts. 

A rugged man can sometimes be a nice fantasy look. But believe it of not, some of us women really enjoy the look of a well groomed man. It’s something about a man that has put some time an detail into the way he looks before he leaves the house that just eye catching and appealing. It really just raises our brow, we notice guys! 

Whether you have thick, short, curly, or no hair at all, there’s a brand for you. I know choosing a line of products can be a bit overwhelming. So I have taken some of the guess work out for you. Below are some of my picks for you to try and add to your bathroom shelf. 

1. Burt’s Bees for Men

Burt’s Bees has a line for men, that comes in fancy black packaging. The all-natural products are scented with an invigorating citrus aroma, which are available in a soap bar, shave cream, aftershave, body wash, plus deodorant. Everything a guy needs to stay clean. With skin-friendly gentle ingredients like Rosemary extract, Vitamin E and Chamomile, these products should be not be harsh at all. However, they are masculine enough for any man.

2. b3 Shave Coffee-Based Products for Men

b3 (Barista Bath & Body) is a coffee infused line that has a 4-step shaving system for men, that will help make the shaving process go smoother and result in soft, healthy skin. Step one involves a gentle exolfiation, step two is a pre-shave that uses an oil, step three requires the rich shave cream, and step 4 finishes the routine with a soothing, cooling post-shave formula that’s appropriately named “Chill”. How cool is that! I just love line, as I enjoy products with coffee in them for myself. So I know you fellas will love it too.

3. Cantu Men’s Line

Cantu Men’s collection is specifically formulated for the needs of men with wavy, curly, and coarse hair. The All-in-one shampoo, conditioner and body wash moisturizes dry scalp and skin. The shampoo is infused with caffeine and hemp seed oil to help hair grow stronger, thicker, healthier, and increases scalp health. Their Leave-In Conditioner deeply moisturizes to help prevent and repair dry, brittle hair. For styling, the Cream Pomade provides a strong hold thats soft to the touch. It’s made up with a blend of caffeine, hemp seed oil, and shea butter, which delivers its strong hold all while defining curls. Want to keep your beard nice and soft for the lady in your life? Cantu’s beard oil also blend of caffeine, hemp seed oil, plus tea tree oil that seals in moisture to soften and nourish the hair. 

The shaving part of the line has two steps. The first is the Cleansing Pre-Shave Scrub. It exfoliates the skin and aids in healthy hair growth, helping to minimize ingrown hairs (Who has time for that? Ouch!). The second step is the Smooth Shave Gel that helps minimize shaving bumps. This is a clear formula to allow for shaving accuracy. It has blend of caffeine, hemp seed oil, and willow bark to deliver a smooth shave by helping to minimize shaving bumps. This line for curly to coarse textures of hair.
4. Trilogy Products for Men

Who doesn’t appreciate a 3 easy step routine? This unique brown packaging system makes it simple to stay groomed. Trilogy a gentle shaving system fits the bill! brand’s All you do is cleanse and exfoliate with the Face Wash + Scrub, then use the smooth shave cream for a close, clean shave that nourishes the skin. Then top off the routine with a soothing after shave balm, fortified with cooling and calming Aloe Vera and Green Tea, skin brightening Licorice extract and a combination of softening extracts from Olive Marula, Wheat Germ and Avocado oils. Then go, you’re all done. Easy breezy! 

5. American Crew

This line provides everything a man could can imagine for his grooming needs. From pomades and gels to clays and liquid waxes, American Crew has it. If you have frizzy that won’t stay tamed, flat or limp tresses, they have a product solution to aid you. I really like the look of their packaging too. It’s so retro and the amber color grabs me! You all know I’m weak for good product package design. 

I hope this list helps you with your quest for awesome grooming products. If you try any of these please let me know your thoughts. 

Keeping a healthy mouth is very important. It’s not just about how white and straight your teeth are. You have to be able to clean between and below the gum line of your teeth. This is super important for people who are diagnosed with diabetes. We have to pay special attention to our teeth and gums. People who a diabetic must clean away food debris thoroughly. 

To do this there are many tools you can use. From flosses to washes, you have an abundance of choices to care for your mouth. I personally really wanted a Irrigator for cleaning my gums. So when the brand Toliet Tree approached me, I was so excited. They had the perfect oral Irrigator I was looking for. I didn’t want one of those big bulky ones at all. Been their, done that! I need on that was very portable and easy to pack up for travel. I ended up choosing the Poseidon Oral Irrigator.

This unit is just what I wanted. It’s very light weight, easy to use, simple to clean, and it’s rechargeable. It has a pretty quiet motor as well. Since using this system, it has really improved my overall mouth health. I just love this irrigator! 

The are three water flossing modes which are Normal, Soft, and Pulse. It comes with two color coded interchangeable tips for multiple users, plus a Lithium Ion battery. The unit is BPA-Free and FDA approved. The universal voltage for the unit is 100 to 240V~50/60Hz, which allows you to take it with you when you travel abroad. I like the carrying case for this unit too (sold separate). 

Overall, this is a great affordable oral irrigator. The jets really get down in between the teeth to remove the debris very well. The design of this unit fits comfortably in your hand as well. If you are in the market for one, I highly recommend this unit for its portability, ease of use, and effectiveness. If you purchase this product please let me know your thoughts. 

I love movies, you can call me a bit of a movie junkie. Recently, I had the pleasure of seeing an advance screening of a movie from Fox Searchlight Pictures called “Gifted”. This movie is directed by Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) and tells the story of a child prodigy Mary (McKenna Grace) who lives with her uncle Frank Adler (Chris Evans from the “Captain America” films) in a coastal town in Florida. Frank’s plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank’s formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures and The Help) plays Roberta, Frank and Mary’s landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary’s teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well.

My Thoughts 

This movie was surprisingly good. I thought it was going to turn out to be a snooze fest honestly. However, it really held my attention. There are moments on screen where this movie pulls right at your heart strings ( I cried and I rarely cry during movies) along with some very funny ones as well. The emotion played out in the movie is spot on and really sucks you in. 

I enjoyed viewing Gifted, I suggest you make it a family movie night and check it out for yourself. I’m sure you’ll be happy you did. Gifted releases on April 7 in select theaters. 

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 Now days, you can find great drug store makeup products on the market. One of my favorite brands is Rimmel London. I just adore their lippies and face primer. Now I have a new favorite, their new Magnif’Eyes Eyeshadow Palettes ($7.99).  The palettes come in three color combinations with a mixture of twelve matte and shimmer colors in each. The good folks over at Rimmel London sent me two out of the three palettes which are Keep Calm & Wear Gold and London Nudes Calling to review for you. Let’s get into these palettes! 

The Keep Calm & Wear Gold eyeshadow palette has a light-to-dark, warm-to-cool setup. There are four satin-matte shades and eight shimmer shades. I’m a shimmer girl, so you know I was all the way here for this palette. The palette has a very nice variety of colors and finishes which I love. It has a great balance of matte-to-shimmer, so you have wonderful transition colors making it super versatile for day to night wear. 

The eye colors have a smooth texture and are pretty pigmented. The formulation was consistent for the palette and was beautifully workable( easy to apply, blend, and build). I did not get any patchiness as the eyeshadows went on very smoothly. When I used the shadow with primer, the colors lasted throughout day with little to no creasing.

As for the London Nudes Calling palette, it has a nice nude tone. But there is only one matte color out of the twelve shades in this palette. Just like the previous palette, these eyeshadows are very easy to work with and give a smooth even color wear. I just really wished there were more matte shades. However, I feel the hues are so gorgeous! 

The Verdict 

My overall thoughts on these eyeshadow palettes is that they are of great quality for a budget friendly price tag! I enjoyed working with colors from both palettes, but I know you all want to know which one was my absolute favorite. I would definitely have to go with the Keep Calm & Wear Gold eyeshadow palette. It contains a nice mix of cool and warm shade ranges with a brilliant shimmer that I just can’t deny. Whether you choose to go with my recommendation or your own, these palettes are sure to have your eyes looks poppin for Spring and summer.

You can purchase these palettes at your favorite local drugstore.

The winter blues is real. If you’re like myself, you’re over the cold weather. One minute it’s cold, the next it’s warm, just playing with my feelings for short sleeves and open toe sandals. These crazy temps are wild and I’m ready for Spring to get here for good!

                                  Ashley Nell Tipton Boutique+ Lace Dress and Moto Jacket

To run my hopes for warmer weather through the roof, designer Ashley Nell Tipton has released her new Spring 2017 collection with some items available now at JCPenny. From nail polish lines to Simplicity Patterns collaborations (Did you know she had these projects going on?), this chick is spreading magic! This new spring line is the designer’s third collection. The Ashley Nell Tipton Boutique+ collection follows the plus size designer’s belief that every woman deserves to feel amazing and that her fashion should never have to be compromised due to her size.

The collection is fun, colorful, and full of life. The inspiration is pulled from the designer’s love of 50’s silhouettes and late 80’s punk fashion. Don’t know if the collection comes in your size? No worries, sizes range from 16W-30W and 0X-5X. Can you afford it? Absolutely! Prices are from $20 – $75, not bad right! Trendy, fun, and affordable equals winning.

This collection has some great pieces that I must have. The colorful lace bralettes and dresses are beautiful. I really like the lace trim skirt, it’s full of sexiness. The Moto jackets are awesome! They are bad ass, but flirty at the same time. Love it!

I really need this Moto Jacket in my life!

Are you ready to step into Spring in style? Get your Ashley Nell Tipton Boutique+ fix now online and in-store a JCPenny.

What do you think of the new collection? Tell me in the comments!