My Skin Care Routine

This post is not sponsored by The Body Shop. I just love the products so much and wanted to share them. 

As I was thinking about sharing this information, it dawned on me that I posted this almost 7 years ago on my Jogging Concierge blog! I guess it shows that the products have really been working and I haven’t deterred from them since. Below is the text from that post:

Yesterday I was talking to my colleague about the store The Body Shop and I was raving about their Aloe face line. (The Body Shop did not contact me to give a product review; I just love these products so much I had to share it!) I have probably the most sensitive skin ever and I used to have the worst acne. It was dry in the winter and oily in the summer. I was on doctor-prescribed pills and face creams and it was never able to clear up my redness or breakouts. I even went on ProActiv but they instruct people to use it twice a day and it was way too abrasive for my face. I felt like it was burning my skin off (seriously). I tried Acne Free from the drugstore, Neutrogena, St. Ives, Clean & Clear; none of it seemed to work. It always irritated my face.

So then I was on the hunt for something that was made for sensitive skin. I don’t know what prompted me, but I ended up at The Body Shop. I saw they had a line of Aloe Products that included a cleansing foam, toner, exfoliater, and day cream. I scooped everything I could and even signed up for their membership card so I could continue to accumulate points and receive free products.

The products made a difference immediately. My red spots disappeared and I only get random pimples here or there but never to the extent that I used to. I can confidently walk around without makeup which was very rare for me. So if you have sensitive skin I would definitely recommend The Body Shop!!

Below are the products that I use daily.



In the morning, I use the Calming Foaming Wash while in the shower. When I’m getting my face ready (before I apply make-up), I use a cotton pad to wipe the Calming Toner on my face. Then I finish off with the Soothing Day Cream. At night, I wash off the make-up and apply the Soothing Night Cream. It’s a little bit thicker than the day cream, and it makes my skin feel soft and nourished.

And this is my face today! Very little redness and virtually no pimples. I don’t know if genes play in to things but I think these items have certainly helped in making sure my skin stays healthy and taken care of. 🙂 Don’t mind the chipped front tooth; I have to figure out if I can afford to get that fixed!


And right now The Body Shop online is offering 40% off hundreds of items, and these items are included! The discount is online only and still going on as of the writing of this post (Sunday, February 25th). Time for me to stock up!! 

What’s your skin care routine?



Life Update

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had a great week, whether you were off for the vacation week or working away (I myself was working, although we had Monday off for the holiday). I thought it would be fun to drop on in here and let you know how life was going for this “Bliss”-ful family. 🙂


What can I say about this little bundle of joy that continues to brighten our day? She is turning 10 months tomorrow and has been growing by leaps and bounds.

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Health: She is in the 80th percentile for height (!) and weighs just around 20 pounds. She’s long and lean, and the doctor said that she’s very healthy. Aside from her ear infection in October, we’ve been very lucky that she hasn’t had any major health problems. With the flu kicking around, we certainly wanted to make sure she wasn’t compromised. We took her out in public, but made sure that strangers didn’t touch her (you wouldn’t believe how many people just try and touch her cheeks without asking!) and that we had plenty of disinfectant, if needed. So far, so good. 🙂

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Growth: Her latest development is that she’s been pulling herself up on everything and standing for long periods of time. She’s still unsure about taking steps and hasn’t quite mastered being able to fall on her butt, but she’s making great progress! And I love the determination in her voice when she’s trying to climb up our legs or on the couch. She’s so stinkin’ cute!

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Food: Regarding eating, she’s still drinking formula for her nutrition, and we’ve begun to introduce new foods to her. So far she’s tried green beans, carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli, zucchini, pears, peaches, apples, bananas, strawberries, sweet peas, chicken, ground beef, pinto beans, kidney beans, peanut butter, Cheerios. She’s been pretty indifferent to everything, though, as she is still getting used to the taste and texture. She doesn’t really seem to love or hate anything.

Sleep: We have been so extremely lucky that she is still sleeping through the night. She go down around 8PM and gets up anywhere from 5:30AM to 7AM (depending on if it’s during the week or on the weekend). She really just gets up when we start making noise in the kitchen. I love seeing her smiling face over the side of the crib, ’cause you know, she can stand in it now! 🙂


My job is going wonderfully! I’ve been here for three months now and I love coming in every day. It’s still weird working for a hotel, and having no guests, though. Right now things are still pretty steady but they will start to ramp up as we continue to hire people.


He’s been working away at his YouTube channel and website, and he’s been doing really well with it! If you’re interested in learning how to make energy efficient upgrades to your home, make sure to check out DavidPoz! And it’s been a blessing that he’s been able to stay at home to watch Eleanor. He shows me pictures and videos from throughout the day, to see what they’ve been up to. I can tell that they are going to have a great relationship. 🙂

Random Bits

-For the month of January, we had an exorbitant grocery bill (we went to Costco a few times to stock up on formula), so we were determined to get that reduced moving forward. We’ve found a system of getting shelf items from Aldi (at the beginning of the month) and fresh items from Market Basket (once a week), and since doing that we’ve cut the bill in half! Hopefully we can keep the momentum going.

-The weather has been all over the place out here in New England! This past Wednesday was nearly 80°, and then yesterday we were in the 30s, with snow. But the sunrise and snow this morning was breathtaking!

-I am so excited this year, because David and I have two weddings we’re attending (his cousin in April, in Texas; my cousin in October, in Maine), a baby shower (my other cousin), and a bridal shower (for the wedding in October). There’s going to be a lot of celebrating in 2018!

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And I think that’s it from here! Like I’ve mentioned on my last post, and in Instagram, I’m really getting the hang of my camera and I love seeing the pictures that I can create! I expect a lot more updates here, with maybe a few recipes thrown in. 🙂

What’s been going on in your life??

My New Running Routine

I suppose after 3 successful runs, you can call this a “routine”. 😛

Ever since I got my hair cut in May, my day to day routine has switched up a bit.

Just to show my new ‘do.

Before I got my hair cut I would religiously straighten my hair with a flat iron each morning. But ever since my new cut, I find myself showering every other night and let it air dry while I sleep. In the morning it’s a simple task of adding some dry shampoo, hair wax (extremely light), hair spray, and just ironing out the bangs, and I am good to go!

So for the past week, every night that I have to wash my hair, I go for a run. I get home from work around 6:45, and I only go for a couple of miles (or less – it’s HOT outside!). Once I’m home it’s shower time and then dinner time.


So far I have been loving this routine. And I’ve been getting compliments on my hair! 😉

What is your routine each day? Have I said routine enough?


Life Lately

I guess that’s the generic title for those posts that are just a mish-mosh of things going on in my life. 

It’s all been same ol’, same ol’ around here. Work, garage, work, garage. Thankfully a(n) (somewhat) end is in sight since we’ve been working on getting the garage ready for our BBQ this weekend. That means go-go-go for the past couple of weekends.


First step was to grind down the concrete so that it was more level. Then we vacuumed and mopped up all of the remaining dust.

I was in charge of getting the epoxy on the edges of the floor, then David followed me around with the roller. All told it took about 3 hours of painting, with a full day to let everything dry.


And it looks fantastic! The weather is looking a bit dreary (80% chance of thunderstorms) so thankfully we have the space inside for our guests.


And this is under the overhang! The pavers are on back order so we may have to make due (do?). 🙂


Thankfully the weather was gorgeous all weekend!


As you may have read online, or seen on the news, Marriott International has acquired Starwood Hotels and Resorts…the company that I work for. So in a few weeks time, I will be a Marriott employee. It’s exciting, but a bit saddened to see Starwood disappear. Before the acquisition goes through, hotels were encourage to show that they were #StarwoodProud. We had a few days of department decorating, ice cream trucking, and having the executive committee serve lunch and dinner in the cafeteria.


Make sure to check out Sheraton Boston on Facebook to see our awesome video!

Aside from the garage work, we were able to go to a friends house for a BBQ and pool party. Unfortunately the pool was too cold, but we did enjoy the food and company. I contributed Janae’s delicious s’mores bars again. Always a hit! 🙂

And that’s our life up until this point! I can’t wait for the party this weekend; should be a great time!

How were your Fourth of July festivities?


South End Strolling

Even though I’m not a concierge anymore, I still get the chance to attend their events since my role does overlap with guest services. And who am I kidding, this is a tough group to get away from! 🙂


Our stops on the stroll of the South End neighborhood were:

La Motta – Italian restaurant (Washington Street)
L’Attitude – Art gallery (Harrison Avenue)
Liquid Art House – Art gallery/restaurant (Arlington Street)

The concept of a restaurant with changing chefs and art is one of a kind in the US. They change every 2-3 months and feature renowned artists as well as local ones. The chandelier above is $80,000!
Ore Jewelry – Jewelry shop (Dartmouth Street)
Formaggio – Specialty Shop (Shawmut Avenue)

I absolutely loved this store! The combination of cheese and wine is arguably the best and I look forward to frequenting this establishment more and more this summer.
Stephie’s on Tremont – American restaurant (Tremont Street)


To end the stroll (for me at least) we were treated to Korean style bbq ribs, scallops on polenta, and red pepper hummus with assorted bread and veggies. Everything was delicious and ended the night on a high note.

The neighborhood strolls are always my favorite of the concierge events. It allows you to check out new and established restaurants/shops within the neighborhood, as well as expand your contacts in case a guest has a certain request or need.

What’s your favorite city neighborhood?? 


Friday Bucket List

It’s just one of those days where I think a list would be a lot of fun! Friday is here, and it’s National Doughnut Day! I certainly celebrated. 😉 Stolen from Janae’s site!


1. Fired a gun– Yes

2. Married– Yes

3. Fell in love– Yes

4. Swam in an ocean– Yes (although I prefer the lake)

5. Gone on a blind date– Not really a blind “date”, but I’ve been blind “let me introduce you to my friend who I think you might like.” They never worked out.

6. Skipped school– In college, my friend Kristal and I skipped a day of classes to watch our friends play whiffleball at Fenway Park. Best decision ever!

7. Watched someone give birth– No

8. Been to Canada– Yes. I really want to go back to Quebec City, and visit Vancouver for the first time.

9. Been to Hawaii– No

10. Been to Europe– Yes; Ireland (best country ever!), Spain, France, Switzerland. Ireland and Spain were with school; France and Switzerland were on my own.

11. Been to Las Vegas– Twice. Both times I’ve stayed at the Paris. I love that hotel!

12. Been to Washington D.C.- Couple of times; once with school and more recently with David.

13. Been to Nashville– No, but I really want to!

14. Visited Florida– Yes, my grandfather lives on the west coast

15. Visited Mexico– Yes, as a community service with Endicott

16. Seen the Grand Canyon in person– No, but it continues to be on my bucket list!

17. Flown in a helicopter- No

18. Been on a cruise– Not yet, but I think we’re planning on one in the near future

19. Served on a jury– Almost; got called for duty but didn’t stay

20. Been in a movie– No, but I have the connections to hopefully make that one come true!

21. Been to Los Angeles– Yes, my aunt and uncle live just north of the city

22. Been to New York City– Yes

23. Played in a band– High school band; I played the trumpet because I’m cool like that

24. Sang karaoke– Yes; I love to sing!

25. Made prank phone calls– All the time when I was younger…uh, I mean no, of course not

26. Laughed so much you cried– Yes and it’s the best feeling ever


27. Caught a snowflake on your tongue– Yes

28. Had children– Not yet, but it’s in the works!

29. Had a pet– Hamster, guinea pig and rabbit (not all at the same time though)

30. Been sledding on a big hill– My house was on a big hill so every winter and ice storm was wicked fun. Thankfully the house was on a cul-de-sac

31. Been snowboarding– No; not big into skiing/snowboarding

33. Been water skiing– No, water tubing though!

34. Rode on a motorcycle– No

35. Jumped out of a plane– No

36. Been to a drive-in movie– Yes, my hometown has the best one ever!

37. Rode an elephant– No, but I did ride a camel when I was 5

38. Been on TV- No(?) I don’t think so

39. Been in newspaper- Yes

40. Stayed in hospital- Not stayed, but been to a hospital when I sprained my ankle

41. Donated blood- Yes

42. Gotten a piercing- Yes, my ears

43. Gotten a tattoo– No

44. Driven a stick shift vehicle– Yes, I loved my little Mazda Protege!

45. Driven over 100 mph- No, but I’ve been a passenger in a car that’s gone that fast

46. Been scuba diving– Yes…although I would say snorkeling instead, in Mexico

47. Lived on your own- Not really; it was either with my parents, with David, or with his sister

48. Got a speeding ticket- Yes, but not since 2014! I’m getting better. 🙂

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Feel free to add in your own bucket list in the comments! 🙂



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