7 Tips to Combat Dry, Winter Skin

This post is sponsored by Olay.

When the seasons change, so does my skin care routine. During the summer, Chicago is hot and humid so a sunscreen with a moisturizer usually does the trick. But winter skin is a whole ‘nuther ballgame. It gets itchy. It cracks. It’s red. And it’s just plain old uncomfortable. But I have a few tricks to keeps my skin looking heathy and silky smooth. For today’s post, I’ve partnered with Olay to share with you my top 7 tips to combat dry winter skin.

7 Tips To Combat Dry Winter Skin

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Get Your Home Holiday Party Ready

This post is sponsored by Sengled.

My neighborhood has a local moms group. Now at first thought that may not sound super awesome…or maybe it does? But it may conjure up thoughts of kids running around, babies crying, and talks of what preschool is the best. Ya no, this moms group is completely different. It’s our monthly excuse to go out at 7pm, sans children, drink wine, wear makeup, and feel non-mom-ish. Sometimes I even wear fancy shoes! Each month has a different theme at a different house. This month I’m hosting the Christmas party, and that means I’ve gotta get this house holiday party ready.

Get your home holiday party ready!

Since we are still fairly new to the neighborhood, only a couple neighbors have visited. The pressure is on…even though I know, it shouldn’t feel that way, yadda, yadda, ya…deep down it’s just the way I’m wired. I can’t help it. It’s not really a keeping up with the Jones’ per se, but more my perfectionism personality. It’s about creating ambience and wanting my guests to enjoy themselves, feel comfortable, and remember the time they spent at my home as enjoyable. So how will I avoid feeling frazzled for this soirée? I start by making a to-do list to get this home holiday party ready!

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#ReinventGiving with HP

This post is sponsored by HP.

Between the move and the basement flood last year, there was an act of kindness I missed. It slipped through the cracks and because of that, I’m going to try and make it bigger and better this time around. Every year my family adopts a family for the holidays. It’s something that I normally don’t talk about, but when HP asked me if I’d like to participate in their #ReinventGiving campaign, I knew this was a perfect opportunity for my bigger and better.

Moment of Wonder with HP Spectre x360 #ReinventGiving

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A little but powerful moment with the HP Spectre x360 #ReinventGiving

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A lot of my visuals on the blog use a handwritten font. It’s a great way to show what’s in my head or personalize an image — especially when I want to portray my excitement. Think old school Batman with the “POW”, “ZING”, “BOOM”. The only problem, it’s not my handwriting. Sadzies. I use fonts that look like handwriting. That may not bother you as a reader, but as a graphic designer who’s overly passionate about imagery, it’s maddening. There’s just something magical, something one-of-a-kind about using my own handwriting. It makes everything more personable and unique.

How I get my handwriting on images with the HP Spectre x360 #ReinventGiving

In the past, I found a work around to hand sign my cover letters when I email resumes. I literally signed my name on a piece of paper, took a picture of it with my phone, and popped it into Photoshop. Then I played with the contrast and brightness to finally get a white background but not lose the inked lines. Finally, I would place it into my file. Talk about a band-aid fix. To do this on the fly with other images it putzy and time consuming.

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Wireless Sound and Smart Lighting — Sengled Lightbulbs

This post is sponsored by Sengled. 

When Sengled Lightbulbs asked if I wanted to try their lightbulbs, I was like, ummmm, it’s a lightbulb. *shrugs* What’s to try, right? Before I agreed, I typed Sengled into google to do a little research and soon found out that these were not your ordinary lightbulbs. 

Sengled Lightbulbs - Element lightbulbs change color and dim all through an app or Alexa

The Boy is all about controlling the house from his phone. We live in a smart home. From the thermostat to vacuum cleaner, all devices bow to the palm of his hand. Sengled lightbulbs fit right in because they could be controlled from an app. Element bulbs could be scheduled, dimmed, turned on or off, and it integrated with Alexa. (Since install day, there’s been a lot of, “Alexa, dim lights to 20%.”) Pulse had a wireless built in JBL Bluetooth speaker, and Snap (which I didn’t test) has a built in security camera. Who knew lightbulbs could be exciting.

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