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!



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!


5 Things To Do More Often

Adulting is hard! Bills. Jobs. Family. Friends. Housework. Bills. Who knew there was so much responsibility being an adult? Why didn’t anyone ever tell us?! Instead of learning about the quadratic equation, which I have never used in my adult life by the way, why wasn’t there a class on how to balance adult responsibilities with the little things in life?

From a reformed workaholic, I can tell you from experience that it’s so easy to get wrapped up in work  and forget about the small things that are really important. But learning to balance my work life and responsibilities with my personal life keeps me in a better place. Balance not only keeps me physically heathy but also mentally healthy. I’ve come up with five things that I need/want to do more often to keep the peace in my life.

Keep in Touch with Old Friends

Some of the greatest friendships I’ve had came from high school and college. I went to college out of state and then moved out of state a few years after college. It’s difficult to keep in touch because everyone is busy. My best friends live in Las Vegas and Los Angeles so the time difference alone is a big barrier. But, since reuniting in December for a wedding, I’ve tried to be more consistent with keeping in touch. Social media makes it easier but there is nothing like good old phone conversations or FaceTime.

Get Fresh Air

Having grown up in Montana, I have an affinity for being outdoors. I’m not necessarily a camping and hiking kind of person, but I find being outside in the wide open spaces to be very relaxing. Taking a walk or just sitting outside calms my mind and reminds me of a simpler time growing up in a small town with few responsibilities.

Slow Down

Nowadays, everyone is so incredibly busy with jobs, family, friends and volunteer work that we don’t take the time to slow down and enjoy life. Prior to becoming a preschool teacher, my job was incredibly demanding and I spent a lot of time at home, catching up on paperwork that I didn’t have time to do at the office. I burned out very easily and was incredibly unhappy. By switching careers, though a difficult decision, was the best thing I’ve done for myself.

Take More Photos

Part of slowing down is enjoying life more and making memories with those we love. I always plan to take photos of outings with friends and family but get wrapped up in what we’re doing and then regret that I didn’t get a photo of that hilarious moment of the night. I’ve been trying to make an effort to take a few snapshots, even if only with my iPhone, to remember the important, fun memories.

Me Time

More often than not, I spend time doing work related things or helping out friends and family, which I love doing, but I forget that it’s just as important to do things for myself. Not only do I need to remember to take time to relax for mental health reasons, but also for physical reasons. If I do too much, my arthritis is nice enough to remind me that I need to slow down and take care of myself.

What things do you want/need to do more often? Leave me a comment below.



National Organ Donation Day

This post is a little different from others, especially considering that today is Valentine’s Day. But in a way, I am talking about love.

Organ donation is something that is very near and dear to my heart. As a junior in high school, my grandfather, who I’d only met a few years prior, fell sick and was in need of a new liver. He was never a drinker but his liver was failing anyway. I remember sitting in the hospital, just being with him while he slept, praying that someone gave him a liver.

For the first time in my 17 years, I was in danger of losing someone close to me. I’d been lucky and had never lost a family member. There I was sitting in the hospital, wishing that I had called my grandpa more often. I wished that I had gotten the opportunity to visit more and get to know him.

My grandpa was in the hospital for about a week before he was lucky enough to get a liver. I couldn’t believe it. I remember wishing I could thank the family for donating their loved one’s organ so I could have more time with my grandpa. Obviously, this wasn’t possible but I said a prayer for this mysterious person and their family for giving my grandpa a second chance at life.

Fast forward a few years when it was time to renew my driver’s license. I was asked if I wanted to be an organ donor. Sadly, I had to decline. I assumed that due to my arthritis and the medication that I was taking, I would not be able to donation organs or tissue to anyone. Turns out, I was wrong. I’ve never been so glad to be wrong in my entire life!

I am now a card carrying member of the organ donation club and I urge you to consider this as well. Don’t assume that just because you have certain diseases or physical ailments that you aren’t a candidate. Talk to your family, friends and doctors to decide if this is something that is right for you.

organ donor facts

Currently there are more than 120,000 people waiting for an organ transplant. More than 17 people die waiting for a transplant each day. According to the Health and Human Services a new person is added to the waiting list every 10 minutes.

Check out for more information. Thanks for listening to my rambling today. Just felt moved to write about this today. Have a great week and Happy Valentine’s Day!




Organize With Me

I am a huge planner/scheduler!! Let’s be honest, anyone with a chronic pain disease has to be a scheduler. Otherwise, the hundreds of appointments and medications get lost in the shuffle of everyday life.

I’m very picky when it comes to the type of planner I like though. At my last job, I lived for the planner with scheduled times (in 15 minutes increments). Sounds rigid but with my job, I needed the structure to keep everything running smoothly.

Now that my job is less rigid and scheduled and I use my planner for personal use only, I prefer a more flexible style. Last year, I came across Plum Paper Planners on Etsy and decided to order one. I absolutely loved it!

The daily vertical format was very different from my rigid timed planner but I learned to love it. These planners are easy to customize and decorate each month and individual week. The planners are constructed so well and for a base price of $31 before add-ons, these planners are a great deal!

I know a lot of people love the Erin Condren Life Planners but I couldn’t justify spending $50 on a planner. The Plum Paper Planners can be just at customized as the Life Planners and are almost the same size. I really like the lines on these planners where the Life Planners are just blank squares.

This year, I ordered another Plum Paper Planner but with a different weekly layout. I wanted to try something new and I really hoped that I would like it. I’m still getting used to it but I think overall, I’m really going to like it.

I was pleasantly surprised at the changes they made. The cover is a waterproof, tear proof cover that seems really durable. They’ve also added a Monthly Highlights page to each month to document goals, birthday, events and other important things to remember that month.

If you’re looking for a new planner this year, I highly recommend Plum Paper Planners. They have various customizable covers and multiple different types of planners; family planners, school planners, teacher planners, etc. Let me know how you stay organized in the comments below!




7 Binge-Worthy Shows on Netflix

One thing you should all know about me is that I love Netflix. I’ve had it for years and could easily live without cable. Over the past few years, I’ve noticed that I tend to watch the same shows over and over again, intermixed with new shows and movies. I’ve watched these shows so many times that they are usually just noise in the background as I’m getting ready or cleaning up. In honor of Flare Month coming up, I wanted to share my list of binge worthy shows on Netflix.


This is an obvious choice but I still couldn’t leave it off the list. I never really watched Friends when it was on TV but in college, the reruns got me through some boring nights stuck in the dorm room studying.

Hawaii Five-O

This is one show that is still actively making episodes on TV that I’m watching. Strangely, I don’t watch the new episodes; I wait until they come to Netflix. But I still binge watch the first 5 seasons over and over again. The characters are hilarious and because it’s set in Hawaii, it’s different from other cop shows.

A Different World

I grew up watching this show. My sister and I would willing get up at 5:30 am to watch 2 episodes before my dad woke up and watched the news. It was originally a spin off of the Cosby show that followed Denise to Hillman College. However, after the first season, Denise left the show and it followed the remaining characters through college and into the real world.


This is a Canadian show my younger sister introduced me to. It’s about the Canadian equivalent of a SWAT team. It’s so addicting! The story line is from a different perspective than most crime shows. These aren’t detectives or beat cops. They are simply SWAT that comes into defuse situations.

Last Man Standing

If you loved Home Improvement from the 90s, you will love Last Man Standing! The comedy is very similar. Tim Allen is gun toting, republican member of the NRA with 3 daughters, one of which is a liberal. Every episode makes me giggle. I highly recommend this show to anyone who enjoys comedies!

One Tree Hill

I watch this One Tree Hill for nostalgia purposes. I watched this show in high school and college. It follows a group of friends from high school through adulthood. I’ll be honest, the first season is pretty cheesy but that’s part of what I love about it. The characters are relatable, humorous and dramatic. There’s a little something for everyone.


I know. I know. Another cop show. I’m sorry! I can’t help it. I love crime shows! Growing up, I had aspirations of wanting to work for the FBI in forensics. NCIS is a spin off of JAG (which I also love) and follows a team of investigators that solve crimes for the Navy. You wouldn’t believe how funny some of the characters are. One of the best shows on TV!

What are your favorite Netflix shows or movies to watch? I’m always willing to try out new ones. Happy binge watching!



Weekly Inspiration #5

If you haven’t watched the videos of James Corden doing the Carpool Karaoke segment on his late night show, you have been missing out! It’s absolutely hilarious! He does interviews with singers while driving around listening to the radio. He’s done Carpool Karaoke with everyone from Carrie Underwood to Adele to Justin Beiber to Jason Derulo.

These videos will definitely get your week off to a good start. Check them out on Buzzfeed. Tell me which one is your favorite in the comments below! Have a great week!!