Thankful

Today, we all reflect and share what we’re thankful for. Of course, we are all thankful for our families, friends, jobs, etc. I love my family, friends and my job more than I can ever express in words. Today, I am not spending the day with family. Instead I am spending my day with my younger sister’s dogs, one of who has kidney cancer and can’t be left alone. I know these dogs are like her children and she needed to spend time with her boyfriend and his family. She is always there to help me, listen when I’m having a bad day or just want to hang out. In this small way, I am able to show her how thanksful I am for her support in my life.

While sitting on the couch, cuddling with some of the cutest dogs ever, I’ve been trying to think outside the box. What am I thankful outside of the typical traditional answers?

I’m thankful for my arthritis. I know, I know. It sounds ridiculous. But without having been diagnosed with arthritis over 17 years ago, I wouldn’t have grown up to be the person I am today. Having arthritis is hard. Sometimes it even sucks! But I’ve learned to not take life too seriously and to go after what I want, even if no one else thinks that it’s possible. I’ve learned that while I think my life is difficult, and sometimes it is, someone is always struggling more than me. I have a great job that I love, friends that are more like family and sisters and a dad that are my only family. Life is pretty amazing!

I am also thankful for women. This year as women we have taken a stand on injustice, inequality and double standards. We have stood up and reported inappropriate behavior, sexual assault, and demeaning comments. We still have a long way to go but we aren’t giving up and that’s the most important thing.  Women are amazing and even though at times, being a women can be difficult, I wouldn’t change it for anything. Some of the most powerful, amazing people I know are women.

I encourage you to think about what you’re grateful for outside of the “traditional” answers. I hope you have a wonderful, safe and loving Thanksgiving Day with those you love.

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Happy Sistersgiving

This year, due to some scheduling and unforeseen circumstances, my sisters and I didn’t get to spend Thanksgiving together. So this year we decided to do a Sistersgiving. We grew up doing simple Thanksgiving dinners without a lot of fluff and craziness so it was nice to get together this year and spend some quality time together and remember our childhood.

It’s been so long since we got together to hang out even though we live in the same city. the spread! It may not look like much but it’s the food our grandmother attempted (she wasn’t the best cook) and we later helped make with her and our mom. Someone was trying to sneak a peek at the table before dinner. Every family get together as kids, we would play rummy. Our grandfather passed away this summer and it was so nice to sit and play a game he taught us.

This was easily one of my favorite holidays to date. Hanging out with my sisters, who are more than sisters, and ate some great food and reminisced about the craziness of growing up. If you’ve never had a Thanksgiving to recreate your childhood meals, I highly recommend doing so.

Self-care

For years, I never gave much thought to taking care of myself, not in an emotional sense anyway. I was raised to help others and essentially bury my feelings to be understanding and empathic towards others. It wasn’t until a few years ago that a friend finally wore me down after weeks of nagging to finally set up a self-care plan for myself. 

At the time, I was so stressed and burned out that I wasn’t sleeping or eating and my stomach was in knots.  My job really took it toll and I wasn’t taking time for myself which in turn made my arthritis flare. I spent all of my spare time doing things for others instead of taking a few minutes or hours to myself each week. 

I try to do at least one thing from my list each week. It sounds simple but we all know life has a way of sneaking up on us and suddenly we don’t have time to get everything done, even when we organize and prioritize. Below are a few things that  try to do on a regular basis. 

  • Warm shower
  • Face mask
  • Read a book
  • Watch a movie
  • Play with my dogs 
  • Take a walk
  • Mani/pedi
  • Light a candle
  • Sleep in
  • Watch church service online
  • Shopping
  • Coloring 
  • Talk to friends
  • Coffee date
  • Journal
  • Relax in bed
  • Bullet journal 

If you’ve never tried self-care, you’re missing out. Taking even 15 minutes a day to do something for yourself makes a world of difference. Let me know what you do to de-stress after a crazy day. 

Candle Haul | Bath & Body Works

Ok. So my love of candles isn’t a secret…at all! I constantly stop and smell candles every single time I come across them. It doesn’t matter if I’m in Target or walking through the mall and come across a Yankee Candle or Bath and Body Works. I always, I mean always, stop and see what’s new.

Bath and Body Works candles are my favorite of all time. They are constantly having sales or sending coupons via email which is amazing for candle addicts like myself. A few weeks back, I purchased a few…okay 6…candles during a sale plus I had a coupon. Basically, I got six candles for the price of 2.5!


In honor of these new candles, I wanted to show you what scents I’m obsessed with right now. My favorite scents change based on the season and right now, I’m really loving the fruity, summery scents.


Tiki Mango Mai Tai is a tropical blend of mango nectar, jasmine flower and sun kissed grapefruit.
Georgia Peach is described as a blend of Georgia peaches, dewy petals and a hint of creamy vanilla.
Sundrenched Mango is fresh pineapple and salted citrus in an intoxicating island fragrance.

Bow Ties & Bourbon is a blend of dark oak, fresh bergamot and a hint of bourbon.
Mango Dragon Fruit is a blend of juicy golden mangos and lush pink dragon fruit.
Sundress is described as a blend of bright day lilies, Tonka beans and bergamot.

I’m sure I’ll be adding more to my collection before I even finished burning all of these. Burning candles help me relax after a crazy day of work or a busy weekend shopping and hanging out with my family. Trust me! If you need to relax, grab your favorite candle, your favorite book or movie and just chill!

I love smelling new candles so leave me some suggestions of your favorite candles below in the comments section. Enjoy the weekend!

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Desk Tour

As someone who is an organization dork and planner freak, I love seeing people’s workspaces. Office Depot and Staples, or even the office section in Target make me very happy! I love pens, pencils, notebooks, paper clips, folders, sticky notes, I love it all!

Over the last few years, I’ve been using one large desk for doing my makeup and hair, and as a laptop station. It was incredibly inconvenient!!! A few weeks back I went to Ikea and discovered a great, inexpensive way to have 2 separate spaces for beauty things and work things.

I purchased a white table top for $7.99 and 4 table legs for $12. I simple screwed the legs into the tabletop and viola, work desk!

  I am obsessed with this desk. It’s small compared to what I had but that forces me to keep everything tidy and looks a lot more put together without makeup all over the place. The only downside is there is no storage and I’m still working on find something that works for me.
So, without further ado, here is a closer look at my blogging space.    I loving having this mirror behind the desk. It’s a great place to put pictures and gives me something to look at instead of the boring wall. I always have a candle burning and today I have one of my all time favorite Bath & Body Works candles, Peach Bellini lit. It’s smells heavenly!

 To the left of my laptop I have some sticky notes and my planner. I keep a few pens out if I need to add something but keep the majority with the rest of my planner supplies. I also keep a jar of colored pencils for coloring or doodling. Next to the colored pencils, I have another candle and a small bowl of paper clips.
 On the right side of my laptop, I have an additional notepad and my lamp, along with another candle. I told you I loved candles!

I find this space incredibly relaxing and inspiring. Let me know your favorite places to blog in the comments below.

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Philosophy Back to Nurture Replenishment | Review

I first discovered the Philosophy brand in college completely by accident. I was unhappy with my drugstore facial cleanser and had gone to an even at Nordstrom with a friend. My friend raved about the brand so I decided to splurge and give it a try. I fell in love with the purity cleanser. It’s absolutely amazing!

Over the years of trying different medications for my arthritis my skin became very dry and somewhat sensitive. My skin isn’t completely sensitive but I do react to a lot of products. I’m not completely sure if the medications actually had any affected on the change in my skin but hormones and purity, along side up to 30 pills a day, I believe they played some roll in the change.

Now as an adult, my skin has stabilized for the most part. I’ve found a routine that works and keeps my face relatively clear, with only the occasional breakout or texture on my face. The one thing I had been on the hunt for was a nighttime hydrating moisturizer.

A few weeks back I was on the Philosophy website purchasing my daily moisturizer and had a free gift with a $60 purchase. The free gift was a 2oz Back to Nurture Replenishment Crème. I did a little research and decided to spend an extra $15 to get the free moisturizer.


I’ve been trying this product out for about two weeks and I love it! It marketed to be a daily morning and night moisturizer but I find that’s too thick for me to wear under makeup so I use it strictly  as a night cream. It’s a very thick consistency but is easy to blend in all over the face and neck. The next morning my skin is supple, smooth and hydrated.

The only downside for me is the scent. All Philosophy products have a slight scent and this one is not different. It has a perfume scent to it which doesn’t linger for more than about 5-10 minutes but I could do without the scent completely.

If you struggle with finding products that work, I highly recommend the Philosophy brand to everyone I know! I even got my older sister who is even more picky than I am, to try the face cleanser and moisturizer and she loves them!

One of my favorite things about Philosophy is, if you sign up for their promotional emails on their website, they’re always having really amazing free gift with purchase giveaways. It’s a great way to purchase one or two products and get another for free! And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a free gift?!

Let me know in the comments how you deal with changes in your skin and what products work for you. Have a wonderful weekend!

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Love Your Pet Day

Happy Love Your Pet Day!! I am totally a crazy dog lady. My dogs eat better food and have more expensive bedding than I do (don’t judge).In order to celebrate this holiday, I wanted to share some of my favorite photos of my babies.

Toby is a 7 year old Pembroke Welsh Corgi. I adopted him when he was 2 years old after my previous dogs had unexpectedly died a few months prior. He has been the greatest dog. He loves people and is such a cuddle bug. He follows me everywhere and is too smart for his own good. Also, his favorite TV show is Friends. He will literally lay between me and my laptop and watch for hours if I let him. It’s adorable!! 
  

 Satchmo is a 1 year old mutt puppy. I had breed DNA testing done and he is a mix of Flat-coated Retriever, Husky, Saint Bernard and Norwegian Elkhound. Needless to say, he’s a big boy! I adopted him when he was about 5 months old. He is a typical puppy and is such a quicker learner. He graduated from beginner obedience a few months back and will be starting his intermediate class tomorrow. He’s high energy and incredibly funny. He also loves to tear up slippers. He prefers to watch Hawaii Five-O.

  
   I would love to see your favorite photos of your pets. Tweet me or tag me on Instagram. I’m @sincerelytanya on both. Have a great weekend!

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