Conserving & Living Cleaner

Hi, friends!

If you haven’t seen on my Instagram lately, I’m starting something new and fun that I have wanted to do for a while now and I think now is the time to do it! Conservation is something I have always cared about and it is something that we can all do. It sounds daunting and believe me, I thought it was too! An easy thing to remember is that conserving starts at home. It is a great step to take and you will feel great because you have made the decision to live a little greener and you are helping eliminate waste! Recycling is a great key in conservation, so let’s start there!

Think of a few things that you may use daily: plastic straws, cotton rounds, a plastic toothbrush. Those are things that I use almost daily and there are products that I can replace them with that aren’t as harsh on the environment. This month(or in the next month, depending on how that works out) I plan on switching over to a bamboo toothbrush that is biodegradable, buying stainless steel reusable straws, and getting a big pack of reusable, washable cotton cloth rounds. Another great thing to do is to buy reusable grocery bags and take them with you when you go shopping. I have two of them right now and I need to stock up on them. Any plastic bags that I do get from the store go back to them so they can be recycled. Replacing those items are really affordable and very simple to do! Etsy is my go-to for all of these and I will put links in the bottom of the post!

If you are like me and you buy a water bottle almost every time you go to the store (hi, Oklahoma hot summers. I’m looking at you!), then a good idea to replace those plastic bottles is to buy a filtered water bottle that is reusable. Brita has a lot of bottles to choose from and the basic blue one is under $10! Note: you will have to buy replacement filters every two months (or after 40 gallons). I plan on buying one of these the next time I go to the store! Where I live, there aren’t any recycling centers to go to. It is a problem, but there are a few solutions to recycling if you don’t have a recycle center!

  1. Find out if you local grocery store (Walmart or Target, mainly) has a spot to put recycled items! The Walmart near me has bins to recycle plastic bags, plastic bottles, and aluminum cans.
  2. For aluminum cans, see if there is a salvage center near you. I take my crushed aluminum cans to my local salvage center and I get money back from the soda cans!
  3. Save all of your recycled items and then take them with you when you go to a bigger city!

After seeing someone pull out a plastic straw out of sea turtle’s nose, I don’t like using plastic straws. They go in the trash and for a lot of people (myself included), there is no afterthought of what happens after the garbage man picks it up. By using stainless steel reusable straws, I don’t have to worry about using plastic straws. They are also really affordable to use! Again, check Etsy! Buying there supports smaller shops and there are so many great products on there!

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If you want another great way to support conservation efforts, go online and look at shops that sell products and donate proceeds to charities! Pura Vida is one of my favorite brands that gives back and you can buy bracelets that are part of their charity collection and part of your payment goes towards charity. I recently purchased a bracelet that helps donate money to saving sea turtles. I can’t go physically help with sea turtle conservation (and believe me, I have looked!) but I can help by donating! It may not seem like a lot, but every bit helps! Once my Pura Vida order comes in, I will be doing a post on the two bracelets and the anklet I got and what charities they will be helping!

This is going to be a new theme to Glitz and Glitter, especially on my Instagram. I think more awareness needs to be brought to conservation and recycling, and we can all do our part! I’m also going to put links to different resources down below so you can know more!

Happy trails, babes!

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Etsy links: 

Stainless steal straws
Cloth cotton rounds
Bamboo toothbrush
Cloth wipes
Reusable cloth grocery bag
Mesh produce bags

Walmart:
Brita water bottle

Sea Turtle Conservancy 

Conservation.org

Conservation.org also has a page with a lot of tips on how to live green! Link here!

 

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Bright Eyes, Thick Thighs

Hi, friends!

Bright eyes? Yes, please! If you are looking for the best thing for making your eyes bright and feeling great, I have the thing for you. Does this give off any Stefon from SNL vibes? I hope so! Granted, we don’t have any Human Kites, Human Parking Cones, or Human DVRS, but I do have a tip on how to get brightened under eyes and it begins with the VII Code Oxygen Masks!

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I was sent the VII Code Oxygen Masks that are meant to brighten and hydrate your under eyes and make them feel like new. One of the things that I love about these masks is that they can be worn for up to 8 hours (or 2-4 if you don’t have the time for 8 hours!) and the gel pads mean that they don’t slide off of your face. I roll around a lot in my sleep and one of the pads actually stayed on my face in the 8 hours that I slept. And yes, you read that correctly. One pad somehow ended up coming off of my face and stuck to a pillow. It took me a while to find it the next morning when I woke up in a state of confusion!

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The gel also has a cooling effect so it really is a treatment for your eyes. The masks can also be placed in the fridge to get an extra boost of cooling, which will brighten and will help with any puffiness! Another trick that I use to help with eye puffiness is taking two spoons and putting them on my under eyes for a little bit. The coolness is so refreshing and my eyes feel so much better after using it. The masks additionally smell amazing! It reminds me of a face powder I used to use and I love it.

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The masks feel great and they fit my eye shape perfectly. Some masks are so uncomfortable to wear but the VII Code Oxygen Masks contour to your eye shape.  The gel also makes these masks special because the gel is the key to softening your skin and making you eyes look younger and rejuvenated. The fine lines and wrinkles in your skin under your eyes are also going to look better and tighter, so these Oxygen Masks really do so much for your skin. And did I mention that they smell amazing? Because they smell so good!

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(Also, I wore these backwards by accident when I took this photo! The tapered side goes pointing toward your inner corner!)

The masks retail for $55 and you get 6 gel eye masks in a pack. I use the masks one to two times per week or when I have an event to go to the next day. If I don’t have 8 hours where I can wear the masks, I will just wear them for around 3 hours and it still helps my eyes look brighter!

VII Code also has eye masks for dark circles (which I need!) and a special oxygen eye cream. Their focus with providing oxygen to the skin has helped them create a targeted skincare line that helps people maintain a glowing complexion and have hydrated and younger-looking skin.

I hope you liked today’s post and if you know someone who could benefit from VII Code’s brightening masks, please send them this post or share it on social media! The sharing buttons are below!

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Note: this product was sent to me for free. All opinions stated above are my own and I was not paid to give this product a positive review.
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Mother’s Day + A Wish For You GIVEAWAY

Happy Tuesday, m’darlings!

Today’s post is special to me for two reasons! One, we are celebrating moms and two, there is a giveaway with A Wish For You that one of you can win! More info on that will be at the end of the post!

Moms..they give us hugs, teach us how to be strong women, and they are the ones who bring us into the world. There are so many things that make a woman a mother, and sometimes they don’t need to have a baby to be a mom. A mom is someone who nurtures others, helps them grow, and stands as a mother figure. Mother’s Day is about celebrating our mothers and the women who are in our lives who have helped us grow and have been our role models.

My mom has been with me through every step of my life. She taught me how to wink, she taught me how to speak Spanish, and most of all, my mom taught me how to love and be kind. She taught me how to hold my head up when others tried to tear me down. My mom never told me to be like anyone else, just to be myself. Her constant support is always with me and her arms are always open for a hug. She is wisdom and strength. I love her so deeply and she is my best friend. As I have gotten older, our relationship has grown deeper and I am so thankful to have her in my life.

My grandma, who is my Nana Cookie, is my sass and sophistication. I get my fashion, class, and spice from her. She is grace and my abuela. When my mom laughs, it’s like my Nana Cookie is there too. Her laugh, her smile, her beauty. These two women have taught me so much in life. Lessons that can never be forgotten and will always be passed down.

My aunt Lisa has taught me so much. She is peace, the calm before the storm. Her eyes are always twinkling with laughter and a secret mischief. Her nature is gentle and she is always ready to lend a helping hand or volunteer her time to someone. She has been with me at my lowest and told be that it will be okay, and she was right. Like my mom, she has taught me to love even when it can be difficult to. Her laugh is like music and she is always ready to listen to a story or a stupid joke.

To the strong women in my life who have inspired me and loved me, thank you. You will never know how much your influences have helped me grow in life and I hope that I make you proud. I can never repay you for everything you have done for me, but I will constantly try.

This Mother’s Day, I encourage you to thank the mother figures in your life. Tell them that you love them, appreciate them, and they inspire you daily. Let them know that you care about them and let’s celebrate all of the strong women in our lives!

A Wish For You is a brand that is near and dear to my heart and you may remember them from a previous post from last year where I sent a Wish box to my friend Malori. A Wish For You is a company that sends customizable boxes to your friends, family, or a special person in your life who needs a bit of pampering. The box can be filled with what you select to go in the box to your loved one and that means you have the control over what is sent. Vicki and Jodi are the team behind A Wish For You and they were so kind as to partner with me for a sponsored giveaway that is special for Mother’s Day! Right now at A Wish For You, there are special Mother’s Day packages that you can have sent to a mother figure in your life and it will be a perfect gift for Mother’s Day!

Here are the rules for the giveaway:

  1. You must be following A Wish For You on both their Twitter and Instagram accounts.
  2. You must be following me on both my Twitter and Instagram accounts.
  3. Comment on my Instagram photo about the giveaway with your Instagram and Twitter names (so I will be able to verify if you are following us or not) and the woman in your life who is a mother figure to you!

The winner of the giveaway will receive a code that can be used on A Wish For You to make your very own Wish box for the special woman in your life who you want to celebrate on Mother’s Day!

Here are a few options for your Wish box!

My personal favorite that you can send to a loved one is the herbal first aid kit that contains six jars of healing salves that are great to keep in your purse, school bag, or car!

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*This giveaway is only available to those in the domestic United States.

Follow the steps right now and you’ll be entered in this giveaway!

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Coffee Chats + Giveaway Sneak Peek

Happy weekend, friends!

For many young adults and students, it is finals week and that means the rush of studying, making sure you are prepared for big exams, and trying to sleep are your top priorities- but the last one often gets neglected! With all of the rush and all of the changes happening, I decided to sit down and just have a down to earth chat with you guys and that means this post is going to be random. Grab a snack, get a coffee (or tea!), and let’s sit down and chat.

If you read my last post then you know that I took a badly needed break for my own personal reasons and I am so glad that I did. It’s been really great to reflect on everything and to start telling myself (and believing!) that it is okay to take a break, to take a step back, and to relax if it is needed. The world won’t pass you buy if you decide to stay off of Instagram for a day or disconnect from Twitter for a few days. Life will be okay and so will you..so will I. It’s a learning experience every day that I log on here or on Instagram (you should watch my stories..I’m a hoot! Steve Carell, who?) because I always talk to new people or interact with people who I admire. With all of that and seeing changes develop, it can be pretty overwhelming to think about all of the upcoming events (good or dreadful) that are coming up and that all mean change.

When change is happening and I get worried about life, the world, and every tomorrow, the one thing that I know is always reliable is my faith. Not necessarily my but the faith of Jesus. When life becomes crazy, it is always great to sit down and read passages in my Bible that reaffirm my beliefs and that remind me that the love of Jesus will never change and it will always be there. Hebrews 13:8 says “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” No matter what happens with school, with a job, or with family, the one solid thing that I know I can rely on is Jesus. There is something incredibly comforting in knowing that I have something solid in my life that will remain the same even though centuries pass.

But with my faith comes a problem that is like a nasty hurdle that always trips me up: my mind. How my brain loves to become a concrete barrier that blocks me from an unchained faith. “I sound stupid praying out loud. It’s just me in my car. I literally look like an insane fool.” “Does God really hear me? I feel like I am talking into the air.” “I’m not the best Christian in the world. I am selfish, I curse, I end up repenting for a lot of things.” And mostly, I think that I can rely on myself alone so I end up not asking for things or asking for help of any kind. It’s something I want to work on but admitting that I have a fault is never an easy thing.

An announcement for you guys, though, that is entirely unrelated to this topic, is that there is a giveaway happening right here on May 5th! It is just in time for Mother’s Day and there is going to be a special post on the holiday that will be published on the 5th and you guys will know all about the special giveaway in that post. I am so excited for you guys to see it and enter!

I hope your finals go well! Rest up, eat good food, and remember that school is almost over!

I have a few questions for you guys, though:

  1. What do you like to see on Instagram?
  2. What wallpaper designs do you typically like?
  3. What is your current favorite song or album?

Let me know down below, tweet me, or let me know on Instagram!

See you all on the 5th!

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Brain Break + Updates

Hey, friends!

This post is long overdue and I have been really nervous to post about it. This past month or so, I have been in a slump and had zero inspiration.  When I first started Glitz and Glitter, I was blogging for me and then it became something bigger than I ever expected. I started thinking of the numbers, looking at the stats, and being disappointed when I didn’t get as many views as I had expected.  Instagram became harder and harder to get interaction on and it was (still is) so disappointing to go on Instagram and see an account where there would be blank white photo slots that had more likes than photos I took time to work on. Other influencers I follow also took time for their photos and they suffered too. It became a disappointment to even open the app.

I let the numbers get to me instead of blogging for fun and I needed a break.  In honesty, the numbers still bother me and they probably will until I no longer allow them to. I forget that I have people who follow Glitz and Glitter and interact with me and I love them. I keep thinking of numbers, how to get more views, more likes, etc. It kills the happiness I once had about blogging and I am trying to change that. So for now, Glitz and Glitter is going to be fun, or how I see fun. The posts are going to be things that I want to post and if they don’t get a lot of views, okay. It won’t ruin my life and I won’t let it ruin my day.

I needed time to get into a better mindset or even admit that I needed a break from it. Trying to stay on a one-post-a-week schedule wasn’t working and I was forcing it. It became monotonous. Starting in this season of life and of change, I’m shaking it up. The posts will be up when they go up (probably one every 2 weeks-ish), I’ll still be active on all of my social medias, and I’m still here, but Glitz and Glitter is going under some planning!

I hope you will stay with me on this journey and talk to me on social media! I truly see you guys as my friends, so contact me! Tweet me, send me funny stuff- it makes my day!

Until the next post, babes…

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The Best Lingerie for Plus Size Women

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Hi, friends! Happy Monday!

As a plus size woman, finding bras, panties, and other lingerie items can be difficult. Some stores don’t always carry our bra size and if they do, the quality isn’t always the best. I’ve been to Wal-Mart, Victoria’s Secret, and other easy stores where they sell bras and underwear and it is rather disappointing in selection. If you need a bra toot-sweet and on the cheaper side, I typically go to Wal-Mart. Sometimes the quality isn’t the best, but I know the bra will support enough to get me through…if the bra cup isn’t punched in, that is. Victoria’s Secret is lovely and I feel like a queen in the store, but they don’t carry my bra size.

For me, when my lingerie set matches, I feel confident, sexy, and empowered. I don’t know if that happens to other women (my girlfriends say it does!) but it does for me! I’ve gone through a lot of stores since I first needed to buy a bra and I have one store that tops the list and I have spent a lot of money at!

Cacique by Lane Bryant is my go to store for intimates and apparel. Their dedication to plus size women who value fashion is superb and you can wear their clothes with pride. Unlike other stores that have clothes with fabrics that look like they came from your stereotypical grandma’s house (I’m looking at you, Catherine’s! Also, I’m not paying $50 for a clearance t-shirt dress, thanks!), Lane Bryant has beautiful and trendy style for decent prices. Shoes, jewelry, perfume, sunglasses, they have everything you need to look stylish and feel confident. I have been plus size forever and even with having lost weight, I still lack confidence. I can’t tell you the difference a great set of lingerie can make you feel!

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I wear a size 44DD in bras and it is a blessing that is also a curse. Not only are bras my size harder to find, but they are also a bit more expensive than most. Bras at Cacique sell for around $40 and they often have sales so you pay less than that! I went in after Christmas and bought 4 bras for around $90. That sounds like a lot (my bank account would agree!) but the quality makes the price worth it. Cacique’s bras last for a really long time, too!

A lot of bras for plus size ladies can look a bit dull and not entirely sexy. I love bras that are comfortable and make me look and feel incredible. Cacique has bras that will suit everyone and the styles are so diverse.

Feeling great and looking great is a huge part of body confidence for me and that doesn’t mean losing weight, gaining weight, etc. You can look great by putting on your favorite outfit and feeling like Wonder Woman.

This post honestly isn’t an add for Cacique or Lane Bryant- I just love their bras! I also wanted to show you guys that bras can be fun and not be a pain. Wearing bras, or any lingerie, can truly make you feel confident and fierce- even if no one else knows you are wearing it!

What are some of your favorite styles of lingerie or shops to go to? Let me know in the comments!

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For my last post, click the arrow below to the left and you will be taken to my Bolzano Handbags PR post! My social links are above and below and follow me! I almost always follow back!

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Hey, friends!

In February, I was contacted by Bolzano Handbags PR about sending me a purse to review for their just recently launched monthly subscription box. Of course, I said yes! The absolutely lovely Leylani was my customer service representative and she is a dream to work with. She made the process so easy!

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I was sent the Alisse Messenger bag in brown and let me tell ya, I love it! Generally I am not a fan of messenger style bags because I find that they don’t have enough space to carry around all of the things I need. However, having a messenger bag has really helped me realize what I actually need and I do have enough space.

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The purse strap measures 44 inches and it is adjustable so you can get the perfect fit. There’s also a lock and key on the purse so you can keep your wallet, keys, and everything else secure. When the purse is unlocked, just pinch together the buttons on the front and your purse will open. I personally love it for the rodeo and fair seasons that are coming up! I wish I had this purse a few years ago when I was at the Tulsa State Fair!

The purse is made from cowhide, so it is real leather. Bolzano also has handbags that are made from lambskin and cowhide/lambskin combination. If you are thinking about ordering an item from Bolzano but do not want to purchase a purse or wallet that is made from animal skin, they do have options that are fabrics. If you would prefer to shop from a brand that avoids using animal hides, Bolzano isn’t the brand for you, sadly. However, there are a lot of other amazing brands that are cruelty free!

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The quality of this purse is so great and it is really sturdy, making it perfect for me! The Alisse messenger bag retails for $148. If you are looking for a well-made purse that will last you for a long time, make sure to check out this style on Bolzano’s website, which is linked above! When you tour their website, there is a chat box that pops up so there is a person to help you if you have any questions.

Thank you so much to the entire Bolzano team for sending me this amazing purse! Make sure to go check out their website and see if they have anything that suits your taste!

If you want to catch up on my previous post click here or scroll down and hit the previous post button! All of my social media links are also above and below, and I love talking with you guys on Instagram and Twitter!

What’s your favorite purse style? Let me know in the comments below!

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Disclaimer: I was not paid to review this purse or any other products from Bolzano Handbags. All opinions stated are my own and this post contains no affiliate links. Happy reading!