My Favorite Quote Sites

As you might have guessed based on my Wise Words Wednesday series, I am a big fan of quotes. I have always loved the little bit of motivation or inspiration that a simple quote can offer. There is quite possibly a quote out there for every situation, and I love searching for the perfect ones. I have a few favorite places to browse for quotes, and I thought I would share them.

Favorite Quote Sites

  • Pinterest has a lot of great quote graphics. You can browse through the general Quotes category or search for something more specific. My Wise Words board on Pinterest includes all of the Wise Words Wednesday posts as well as other quotes that stand out to me.
  • I also find a lot of quotes on Twitter, such as those I retweet every Wednesday. I follow a lot of different quote-based handles, but some of my favorites are: @BeInspowered, @Quote_Soup, @Inspire_Us and @DavidRoads.
  • Searching for different quote lists can also be a good resource. Goodreads has an excellent list of literary quotes, which I’ve used several times before. If you have a specific type of quote that you’re looking for, such as for a graduation or a big move, a quick Google search will usually get you some good results!

These are just a few of the places I generally look to find the perfect Wise Words Wednesday post, but I’m a frequent flyer at each. Do you have any great quote sites to suggest?

Investment Worthy: Aruba Aloe

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had incredibly sensitive skin. While acne breakouts were never a huge problem, I always had to be concerned about having a skin reaction to any new beauty product.

In recent years, I’ve had trouble finding a sunscreen I can use without breaking out. And since I was heading to Aruba for my anniversary, I was really worried…

Luckily, the first day of our trip, we wandered down to the shops near our hotel and came across an Aruba Aloe store. Boy, am I glad we did!

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Aruba Aloe offers a variety of skin care products, including lotions, shampoo, conditioner, sunscreen, lip balm and more. Their products come from an aloe factory on the island, which you can tour along with their museum.

Their website allows you to buy and ship their products to the US, which is great for anyone who can’t make it to the island (though I highly recommend visiting!). While the prices can seem a little high, the quality is absolutely worth it.

I purchased the very water resistant SPF 50+ broad spectrum sunscreen and immediately fell in love. Unlike other sunscreens which can feel greasy, I felt like I was just applying regular lotion. And it has a great scent, which is an added bonus.

So, if you are looking for a quality sun care product for the beach this summer, definitely check out Aruba Aloe. And let me know what you think!

DIY: Photobooth

Photobooths have grown in popularity recently as a fun way to document a big event, such as a wedding or anniversary. Generally, a photographer is hired to take the pictures, and in some cases provide the costumes, and print them out right then for guests to take home.

The convenience of this method is great but the issue is, these can be rather expensive, averaging somewhere around $1,000 for 4 hours…yikes!

Instead, I’d suggest looking into creating your own photobooth, as I recently did for an event with some friends. 20140721-141431-51271573.jpg

Here’s what you need:
Large white sheet. Or if you have an organization you’re promoting, a banner would work as well! Tack it up to a wall as your backdrop and you’re good to go.

Costumes. Masks, boas, hats, beads, etc. Perhaps it’s because I just graduated from college, but I have all kinds of costume pieces from different theme parties I’ve attended. Ask your friends to bring some if you think you don’t have enough! Tip: stores have lots of costumes and accessories hugely discounted the week after Halloween.

Props. Funny little signs are a fun addition to the photos. You can make your own or purchase some on sites like Etsy. Some Etsy examples:

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Camera. We used a digital camera on a tripod. You can set the timer so you don’t need a dedicated photographer!

Digital Printer. This is optional, if you want to be able to print the pictures out right away. We just posted ours to Facebook for people to print or use as they pleased.

While you might not have all of the items above, be sure to ask around amongst your friends before buying them…you never know what someone might have. We didn’t have to spend anything on our photobooth, which was great!

And it’s that simple! Enjoy your party and send your guests home with some hilarious photobooth shots to remember the night!

Have you ever made your own photobooth? What props did you use?

Polish Perfection: Sinful Colors

I have always found doing my own nails to be relaxing. It gives me a half hour or so to just sit back and treat myself and take a break from any stress that’s going on.

I’ve never been one for manicures at an actual salon, though. My skin is incredibly sensitive to new products and I’m very picky about the finished look of my nails, so it’s never seem worth the cost to go get my nails “professionally done”.

As a result, I’ve amassed quite a collection of nail polish. I have made it a point to try a variety of different brands in order to find what works best for me, and I have definitely found a brand I like the most: Sinful Colors

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Here are some of the highlights of Sinful Colors polish:
Quality – I hardly ever have an issue with this polish chipping or smudging, which is key for me since I tend to redo my nails as soon as I see a chip!

Variety – Like any successful nail polish brand, Sinful Colors had a wide array of colors from which to choose. But in addition, there are different textures and finishes, such as a shimmer or sparkle, which allows you to add a little something unique to your manicure.

Inexpensive – The price probably varies depending on the store and your location, but I generally only pay $2 for a full-sized bottle. Compared to $8 for “high quality” brands, this is a huge bargain.

Brush Size – This may seem an unusual factor to consider, but I have very small nails beds. So when a polish brush is too wide, it’s difficult to paint my nails neatly. While Sinful Colors’ brushes are larger than some brands, they’re a good size for me and allow me to have a good amount of control when applying polish, which makes for a much better final product.

All in all, I suggest you check out Sinful Colors. While I still enjoy other brands such as Essie, OPI and Orly, I feel Sinful Brands can sometimes be viewed as low quality due to its low price. But I assure you that has not been my experience.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!