Currently: June edition

Hi friends! June has been a super busy and eventful month so far, and we’re only halfway through! 

First things first… wedding pictures have arrived and I am completely in L-O-V-E all over again!

Goodness, gracious. Kristen Marie Photography is incredibly talented, right? Swoon! Don’t worry- I’ll be sharing more later on this week. 🙂

Last week I was in Chicago for work and Brian flew up to spend a long weekend with me after my work retreat concluded. It was the perfect weekend getaway and we totally made the most of those three days! Not only did we see the sights of Chicago, but we also caught a Cub’s game AND a Dave & Tim concert! My favorite part of the weekend was definitely going to Wrigley. 

I grew up a baseball fan because my grandfather, Aurelio (Abuelito) was a fan. He taught me the rules, who to root for and why, and how to fall in love with the game. We’d play catch and home run derby at Horizon Park and I learned to love to play the game too. He was a HUGE fan of the Yankees, the Braves, and Cubs. I have fond memories of sitting on the recliners of my grandparent’s house watching the Cubbies play on WGN. Abuelito taught me all of the names of the players, and how to read the stats. We would sit and cheer on Sandberg, Maddux, Dawson, and Grace while snacking on Bugles and Yoo-hoo. We collected baseball cards and Starting Line-Ups, and drove to Fulton County Stadium as often as we could to watch the Braves. He DREAMED of coming to Wrigley one day. To sing along with Harry Caray and admire the Ivy. He never got the chance to, but I hope, in some way, he is here with me today (that’s him in the picture on my phone). As I sat on those historic seats, all that I kept thinking in my head was “I made it to Wrigley, Abuelito!”

Last week I also wrapped up promoting an amazing event with Scotties Tissues

Back for their 4th year, Scotties Facial Tissues partnered with animal rescue organization up and down the east coast in an effort to get eligible cats and kittens into loving adoptive homes. Each organization – The Animal Protective Foundation (Albany, NY), Boston MSPCA (Boston, MA), and the Humane Society of Tampa Bay (Tampa, FL) all received $5,000 each to go towards the re-homing of cats. 

I’m SO happy to report that during that event over 400 cats and kittens have gone into loving forever homes! Thanks to all of my fabulous Orangespoken readers who helped to share the event details. We couldn’t have done it without you! And congratulations to Gina M.! You won a $25 Amazon gift card and a Scotties tissue care package for helping to spread the word! Check your email for more details 🙂

And last but not least… a little confession time! 

No, no, I’m not recreating a Mrs. Doubtfire scene… just trying out a new-to-me skin product! Here’s my confession: I don’t have a skincare regimen. Call it lazy (or call it cheap!), this is just not an area I have prioritized. My go-to has been washing my face with soap or body wash, then slapping on a layer of BB cream with sunscreen or tinted moisturizer before heading out the door. As I approach my 38th trip around the sun next week, I decided to dive in and start taking better care of my skin. After chatting with my friend Mary Kay by Loren, she helped me choose the perfect Mary Kay products for my dry/normal skin. For $45 I purchased the botanicals kit (pictured on the left below) which includes a foaming cleanser, mud mask (pictured above), a refreshing serum, and a daily cream! She also gave me samples of their Timewise kit to try out (aimed at preventing or addressing imperfections and damage from the sun or aging). I love that a small amount of each of the products goes such a long way too! I decided to go ahead and take her 21 day skincare challenge as a birthday gift for myself this year.

Loren has some AMAZING deals going on right now if you’re looking to try out a skincare kit for 21 days! You can receive the Botanicals kit I purchased for $45 ($58 retail), the Clearproof acne kit for $40 ($45 retail), The Timewise Miracle Anti-aging set for $82 ($95 retail), or the Timewise Repair and Reverse set for $185 ($205 retail). All you have to do is choose the skincare line that fits your needs, purchase it at the discounted price, use the products for 21 days (twice a day), take a before and after picture, and leave Loren a review on her Facebook page once the challenge is done! The best news? Your products will last long after the 21 days is through! 

On and here’s my post-mask face. 😉 So fresh and so clean clean. 

So what’s new with you, friends?