Me and moms hands

It’s been almost four years since my mother went to Heaven. Even though she was in my life for over 30 years and we made a lot of memories, the ones I really remember the most are the last eight months of her life. When she was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer I immediately went home to be with her and our whole family rallied around to take care of her. Instantly I was fearful. I was in shock. But I knew work needed to be done. I didn’t want to get a phone call that something happened. I wanted to be there if it did.

But being one of her caregivers was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.

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SYSTANE® Lubricant Eye Drops-3

Disclosure: While this post is sponsored by Alcon, you beauties know that all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that make my blog possible.

Last month I discussed my partnership with THE eyeSOLUTION from Alcon and wanted to share a little more. I’ve been wearing glasses and/or contact lenses for almost two decades. And before I became an entrepreneur I was a slave to the world of cubicles so my eyes have been in struggle mode for what feels like most of my life. After writing all day and having to attend swanky events in the city I want to feel and look my best. Throughout the years I’ve learned a few tricks, especially being a freelancer. So because I love you like fresh buttered biscuits, I am sharing my tips for how to relieve your computer eyestrain.

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ty alexander gorgeous in grey

People all over the world are obsessed with selfies, including me! Studies show that one in 14 people are now on Instagram and the app claims to have 500 million users. Social media has put a whole new twist on the pressure to look good in photos. Our faces are now on constant display for our friends and family. So how can we put our best “Face” out there and take the perfect selfie?! View Full Post

woman putting on sunscreen

The good news: you’re putting sunscreen on yourself and your kids.

The bad news: you might be doing it all wrong.

When you don’t apply sunscreen correctly it provides far less protection than you need from the harmful sun damage. Here’s the seven most common mistakes people make when putting on sunscreen–and what you should do instead! View Full Post

Ty Alexander Backlight-2

Everyone has someone in their family who is a faux photographer who has gone out and spent a little bit of their savings to grab the latest and greatest in photography equipment. Well folks, that’s me!

So much so that my friends have officially dubbed me the “Instagram selfie queen.” I have been in love with photographs since… forever! I can remember sitting for hours looking at old black and white photos of my family trying to guess the moments that happened before. Photographs are our sneak peek into the past. It’s how we keep our family memories alive.

The funny part about my love for pictures is that, while I’ve collected a few lighting equipment essentials, some of my best photographs have come from natural lighting. There are so many ways to creatively use natural light to add power and drama to your images. Whether you’ve just purchased your first DSLR or you’re making magic happen with your iPhone, here are a few tips that will help you create incredible photos no matter what type of natural light you have access to. View Full Post

how to create the perfect work life balance

Believe it or not, not every blogger is a “professional” blogger. Most bloggers have a 9-5 that they either love or hate and blogging is a community that they’ve grown to adore and are super passionate about. HOWEVER…I am no longer a part of that club. And oddly enough I find it even harder now to create a perfect work/life balance because everything is considered work for me.

Even as I type this I am sneaking away during our annual family Christmas vacation so that I can blog (my boyfriend is waiting not so patiently in the living room so that we can play spades). Because in my eyes, there are no days off. But in order for my life not to end with weekly visits to a therapist’s couch, it’s important for me to figure this out. While this post is for anyone struggling to create work/life balance, it’s also to remind me of the things I know I need to do in order to be productive.  View Full Post