What 5 years of blogging taught me.

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That feeling of new beginnings is in the air… Can you feel it? 5 years ago today, I took a leap of faith and hit the “Publish” button for the very first time on my very first blog post. It was a very nerve-wracking yet exciting start. For so many reasons, I have tried to talk myself out of starting a blog; but eventually, I started it and I never looked back. 

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It hasn’t been easy; but easy has never been promised. I’m excited to see where this new milestone takes me; but I’ve also learned to trust the process and enjoy the journey as challenging it may be. 

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So you may be wondering what’s next? Well, there’s no big announcement or exciting news today; but what I can tell you is that if you stay the course with me, you may just enjoy the ride and appreciate the experience. Most importantly, I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to you all. 💗

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I wish I had a blog anniversary post, or visual to share with you all, but this throwback will have to do for now.🙂 I have been extremely busy in the last month working towards a dear goal of mine and creating content just hasn’t been easy; but I’m working on it. 

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What I’m trying to say is,  with all new starts, fear may creep in, you may need to step out of your comfort zone, you may face criticism and challenges, you may lose friends (and gain new ones along the way), you may realize that it’s not as easy as you thought it would be; the thought of quitting may even entice you… but this is all normal and part of your new chapter and your new growth. It’s all meant to be; and if your desire to make your life learning journey a life-changing one is strong enough, you may become the absolute best version of yourself in every possible way. 

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The resounding “No’s” are one step closer to a big yes or many “yesses”. The temporary defeats are not failures. They are setbacks for a greater comeback; and failure will never overtake you, if your determination to succeed is strong enough.  If you will take anything away from this post, remember to greet each day with love in your heart, for that is the greatest secret of all success in all ventures. Cheers to a happy and prosperous August!

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Clean and Fresh with Summer’s Eve® FreshCycle™!

This post is sponsored by Summer’s Eve®, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.


Hello darlings,
If you’re anything like me, you’re always looking for ways to make your life easier, simpler, and stress free… Who wouldn’t right?! While we can’t really control all the busyness life throws at us, we can certainly decide not to worry about certain things… And for me, starting my day fresh and staying fresh through it all with Summer’s Eve® FreshCycle™ is not just an option; it’s a necessity!

Made specifically for your period, the new Summer’s Eve® FreshCycle™ line keeps me feeling fresh during my period and beyond!
If you’ve never experienced the freshness of Summer’s Eve® FreshCycle™, you’re probably wondering why the hype? Well, with ingredients including a patented odor-reducing ingredient, FreshCycle™ is proven to reduce period odor without dyes, parabens, and alcohol AND it is pH- balanced and gynecologist-tested

Summer’s Eve® FreshCycle™ is not just a perfect “refreshing” boost for that time of the month; you know what time I’m referring to… Yeah, Visit from Aunt Flo, Moon Time… or whatever you call it! FreshCycle™ is also perfect for any day of the month! We can all agree that period times are not
always the freshest moments of a girl’s life; and while that can lower your confidence and keep you anxious! Summer’s Eve ® can help.

Summer’s Eve® FreshCycle™ made it easy with their flushable* Cleansing Cloths, perfect for your everyday use and your convenience.
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While my FreshCycle™ No-Rinse Cleansing foam is a staple in my home, Summer’s Eve® FreshCycle™ Cleansing Cloths and soft packs are one of my on-the-go beauty must-haves.

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Like I mentioned earlier, they are flushable and the individually wrapped Cleansing cloths, are easily accessible and can fit in even the smallest bag! 🙂 These products sure do keep me clean and fresh at all times! Whether it’s after a nice workout at the gym or a quick bathroom break, especially during my period, they are my little secret weapon to keep things clean and fresh around “Mother Earth”! Did I mention that they are also the perfect Summer/Spring travel essentials? Furthermore, Summer’s Eve® is known for developing personal care products that are trusted, safe, gynecologist and dermatologist-tested. When personal care and intimate parts products are safely made to help women feel fresh and clean throughout the day, it can only boost their confidence and help with their daily lifestyle.

Well ladies, if you want to start your day fresh, stay fresh and stay confident, get yourself (and your girlfriends) these must-haves Summer’s Eve® FreshCycle™ essentials, and… mission accomplished! 😉

Thank you for supporting the brands that support Hypnoz Glam, Thanks to Summer’s Eve®for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

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Kicking Off Summer…

This post was sponsored Optimum Nutrition as part of Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

There’s no better time in the year than Spring and Summer to enjoy outdoors activities, and for someone who lives in the Midwest, I cannot tell you how much this time is anticipated! We Midwesterners can’t just see a warmer weather without being overly excited to enjoy some sun-filled outdoors activities.

Can you really blame us? Let’s break out the snacks and refreshment and let’s head outdoors; but before anything and all things, let’s not forget the most important meal of the day. Kashi GO Cereal -Peanut Butter Crunch is a favorite on the breakfast table, and I have to admit that we also love to snack on them. It’s good that this cereal is plant-based and packed with 10 gram of protein in every serving; The Bonus is that, you can’t deny how great this crunchy, peanut butter goodness cereal tastes. Yummy 🙂

From biking, to beach times, to entertaining family and friends, Summer just could not come any sooner; and we know there’s no summer entertainment without some delicious meals or snacks and refreshments. Some of the most coveted drinks at our get-togethers are Anheuser Busch Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold and  Lime Cactus. If you enjoy a light and refreshing lime taste, Michelob ULTRA Lime Cactus is for you. On the other hand, Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold is a light lager with a superior golden taste.

It’s good to know that it contains no artificial colors and flavors and is triple filtered and brewed. I also like that it’s made with organic grains which not only leaves you with a fresh and pure taste; but also gives you that guilt-free feeling of drinking a better version of similar beverages. In all cases and circumstances, it’s important to drink responsibly and not to drive under influence.

Summer calls for a lot of outdoor activities and one of the things I always try to remind myself of is to always have natural and delicious snacks at hands at all times; especially when kids are involved. Trust me it’s a lifesaver. Some of favorite are Optimum Nutrition Salted Toffee Pretzel Protein Crisp. I love that they are protein bars, but they are very unique and delicious with crispy texture. Another favorite is Chocolate Donut Cake Bites.

They are deliciously whipped and coated with chocolate flavored frosting. I love that they are a convenient grab and go option for both active kids and adults. These snacks are not only delicious, but they keep you fueled for the day.

If you haven’t made up your mind yet as to if you should try these yummy snacks for your summer time activities, wait no longer. Go to your nearest Walmart now and thank me later.

We love to enjoy precious and unforgettable moments, and while we have our own Summertime traditions, we also love to experience new things and explore new places; Summer is just perfect to get out and get active and Walmart is inviting everyone to enter their Get out Get active Sweepstakes.

Go enter HERE now to win some awesome prizes, including a Schwinn Sidewinder bike. For official rules please visit GetActiveThisSummer.com

Schwinn Sidewinder bikes with their steel mountain-style frame and front and suspension ride so smoothly and are perfect for your summer biking activities. Their light and strong alloy rims provide added durability and stability. I also love the fact that the bikes have adjustable seat to accommodate all heights. Another great feature of the Schwinn Side bikes is that the front disc brake and rear linear pull brake combine for reliable all-condition stopping. If you ask me, all these features are all important in choosing a good and reliable bike, but for more information on Schwinn Bikes, you can click on this link.

Happy Summer!

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Blooming In Spring

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Hello darlings,

Spring got me all blooming; and I can’t complain. When I attended the Spring Blogger Bash with Bachman’s in Bloom a couple of weeks ago, I knew I was going to be in a happy place because your girl loves flowers of all sorts; and this event was all about flowers!!! Bonus: the most interesting behind the scenes of how to grow them and protect them!

Getting to learn and experience all things flowers from the well-known and loved Bachman’s in Minneapolis, was not only educational and such a beautiful experience in its own, but also so much fun.

A group of wonderful bloggers were all prepared to take in the experience and we were warmly welcome and we also enjoyed light refreshments, pizzas, cookies, and more. Another bonus: we got to go home with  goodie bags filled with, well, flowers and plants, and gardening-related goodies, how obvious!

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One of the highlights of the event was the pretty and creative selfie station set up in the growing ranch. Everyone of us wanted to take some cute pictures there! #Bloggerslife… and it was so much fun and we took some cute pics! I did manage to take pictures around the ranch, because who wouldn’t with some beautiful and colorful flowers everywhere?!

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It was such a loving and great experience and I got to make a new friend! She’s such a beautiful soul and we both just hit it off right away like we knew each other for the longest time. I even went a little emotional and shared a lengthy Instagram post here along a picture with her.

Other than that, Bachman’s made a girl happy and blooming on a beautiful Spring day; and the pictures here can certainly attest to that! 🙂 

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As always, thanks so much for visiting me and cheers to a great weekend.

Love + Light,

Edwige

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Celebrate Mother’s Day With Pure Leaf

Sometimes, self-care is adding in an herbal tea to your day while unwinding from your crazy mom life… On this Mothers Day, whether you’re on a boat, having a picnic with family and friends, or spending some alone time in front of your favorite TV show, be sure to sip on some @PureLeaf hibiscus Herbal tea. They’re blooming with flavor and naturally caffeine free and available in Peach, Mango, and cherry.


@PureLeaf is also launching a microsite https://pepsipromos.com/mom/ that allows moms to give that not so-subtle gift hints to loved ones. Be sure to check it out and also, stay tuned if you’d like to win a case of #PureLeaf for your own relaxing moment. Cheers to a fabulous weekend!

This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are 100% mine. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Hypnoz Glam

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