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This is my “Why I am Loved” story

This post is sponsored by Helzberg Diamonds but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

When Barnett Helzberg Jr. proposed to Shirley Bush in 1967, he thought that the love he sparked should be shared. He felt that everyone should be able to feel the same kind of love. This event is what sparked the idea of the “I Am Loved” pins that Helzberg until this day provides for free. You can pick up these pins at your nearest Helzberg location and give them to your loved ones. I will share my own “Why I am Loved” story today, and also tell you how you have the chance to win a $250 gift card by sharing your story.

Love can be defined in many ways. To me, love can be family, friends, a significant other, or simply just finding joy in the small things. But, love can be found in different forms. Since moving away from my home country at 18, I’ve had my ups and downs. The hardest part was finding a place to belong in a city as big as Los Angeles.

I have finally found a place where I feel loved by the people I surround myself with. They fil me with happiness, joy, excitement, and passion. They support me for everything I do, and I support them. There is nothing better than being surrounded by people who will do anything for you, no matter what. I am loved because I have a family. And family is the most important thing. Even though I am across the globe from my biological family, I have found and created my own Los Angeles family with my friends.

You can win a $250 gif card by sharing your own story. Follow this link to participate in the Helzberg Diamond “I Am Loved” contest and get the chance of winning a gift card. Share a photo with #IAmLovedContest and finish the sentence “I know I am loved because…” for a chance to win. See your submission and the official rules here: bit.ly/IAmLovedContest

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Four reasons why the Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet will be your best travel buddy this summer

Thank you Amazon for sponsoring this post. Be sure to pick up your own Fire HD 8 tablet for your next adventure!

Whether it is a short trip to the beach or a road trip cross country, there is definitely one thing that you cannot forget to bring with you, and that is the new Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet. I received it about 2 weeks ago and have been using it nonstop for basically everything. With a battery life of up to 10 hours, you can do all of your favorite things, like watch movies or TV shows, read your favorite books, play games, or just surf the web. Let me tell you just why the Fire HD 8 tablet is the perfect companion for your next trip.

It is an all-in-one entertainment device.

The Fire HD 8 tablet offers all kinds of entertainment. Besides being able to read books and watch videos on the 8” high definition display with over 1 million pixels, you can also download a ton of different apps and games. If you are traveling for a longer period,  it has 16GB of internal storage and an additional slot for a microSD card that can add an additional 400GB of storage for all of your movies and TV shows, pictures, games and more.

It is light and the size makes it easy to bring with you everywhere. 

The 8” screen is big enough to comfortably watch movies or read a book, and it is also just the right size to fit into smaller bags and pockets for when you’re traveling or just on-the-go between meetings. And best of all, it’s very light, so it is easy to bring with you everywhere. I think that the size is just right and it is extremely comfortable to hold.

It has a front and back camera, and you can store all your photos for free on the cloud.

The Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet has an HD 720p front-facing camera for taking selfies or video chatting with friends and family. And, it also has a 2MP rear-facing camera to take pictures of your favorite moments. Best of all, you also have access to unlimited cloud storage for free so you can share your images across devices and send them to friends and family as well.

You get a ton of Amazon exclusive benefits.

If you forget to download a TV series or movie before a trip, On Deck makes sure you already have a selection shows downloaded and ready to watch while offline. Amazon’s Whispersync also remembers how much you’ve watched, read or listened to so you can pick up right where you left off. And of course, if you’re a Prime member, you have access to award-winning movies and TV shows on Prime Video, unlimited access to one thousand books and magazines with Prime Reading, and more than 2 million songs and over one thousand hand-curated playlists with Prime Music. I love that I can have the Kindle and Audible apps on my Fire HD 8 to read or listen to books.

These are my four absolute favorite things about the Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet and I will definitely continue to use mine all of the time. I feel like I’m always finding new fun things to do with it. My latest obsession is drawing on the tablet! You can find the Fire HD 8 tablet here on Amazon for only $79.99 (ARV) and it comes in Black, Marine Blue, Punch Red and Canary Yellow.

Spring Cleaning for a peace of mind, and how to keep it that way

This post is sponsored by Bona but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

It’s around the time of year where we look at our homes and kind of go. Hmm, do I really need this sweater that I haven’t worn in two years? At least that is how it is for me. This year has been an especially clustered one, considering I moved into a smaller place. In celebration of a new year and spring, here is how I have been cleaning and organizing my house. And some of my best tips to make sure it stays clean and organized.

Clean out the kitchen cabinets

One of the most satisfying things I’ve done is cleaning out the kitchen cabinets and organizing all of our dry food. I like organizing them into mason jars and we have extremely little conserved food at home. I also cleared out on items that we never use like extra jars, glasses, food containers that are missing lids etc. By clearing out the items we don’t use we instantly had way less clutter and a more organized cupboard.

Make sure everything has its place.

One of the most important things when it comes to being organized is making sure everything you have has its own place. That way you will always know where it is and it will also be organized. Imagine putting your glasses with your mugs and then looking for a specific glass in the glass cabinet – but you put it in the mug cabinet. Yikes. This also helps me with space because I know what and how much will fit somewhere.

Do the dishes before you go to bed.

I know that a lot of people probably load up their dishwashers and let it run over night. but that also means that in the morning you have to empty it. Rather than having to do dishes the next day as well, run the dishwasher and empty it before bed. Then you’ll also not be left with dishes in the sink the next morning because the dishwasher is clean and full.

Cleaning out the closet, and color coordinating.

Cleaning out and organizing my closet has bene the biggest project. I am still working on how to organize smaller things like swim and accessories. But removing any item, no matter what they are, if I haven’t worn them was crucial. I have clothes that Ive had for 5 or more years that I still wear, but I also have ones that I don’t wear at all. And it was about time for me to get rid of them. After that I decided to color coordinate my closet rather than sectioning it by item. This has also let me have more space to store things like linens, towels and other extra stuff I have.

Do a deep cleaning of your house, then do a routine clean at least once a week.

After you have organized and gotten rid of items that you no longer want, it is time to get down to the nitty gritty. Doing a deep clean of kitchen, bathroom and of course floors! I have been loving my Bona Spray Mop to easily keep my laminate floors clean.When you have a little dog running around it can easily get more messy. But the bona has been so easy to use and made our floors so much cleaner.

The Bona Spray Mop comes in two variants, for either Hardwood Floors, or  Stone, Tile, & Laminate Floors. It comes with a removable and washable microfiber pad. I love that the bigger base plate moves flexible around furniture and corners! And, it also comes with a full cartridge that is easy to refill.

Learn more about Bona Spray Mop

International fragrance shipping with Selfridges

This is a Sponsored post with Selfridges. All Words and opinions are 100% my own.

Selfridges has always been a one-stop-shop for all of my favorite luxury purchases. And I am so happy to have the opportunity to write about their most recent launch. Selfridges’ international shipping service for fragrances.

Selfridges are now shipping fragrances all over the world including The Middle East, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan as well as the US. They carry some of my absolute luxury fragrance brands like Jo Malone, Roja Parfum, Dior Fragrance, Le Labo and Guerlain. That makes Selfridges the perfect international destination for me to purchase my fragrances. And the best part is that shipping usually only takes 2-3 business days so I can have my order in no time.

In celebration of the launch I went right ahead to order myself a new fragrance. I decided to go with the Guerlain Champs-Élysées eau de toilette. The bottle of the fragrance is just absolutely stunning.  They call it the Bee Bottle and it was designed in 1853 by Pierre-François-Pascal Guerlain for the Empress Eugénie. The fragrance itself is a perfect blend of rose, almond tree wood and blackcurrant berries.

Of course, this was one of many choices available at Selfridges. So, I have linked all of my favorite fragrances down below for you.

Unlimited Textbooks with Cengage Unlimited

This post is brought to you by Cengage Unlimited and Her Campus Media.

Its finally that time of the year when we are going back to school. I personally only have one week left to get all my back-to-school things together. That includes buying school supplies and preparing for all my classes this fall. The thing I dread the most is spending all that money on textbooks. Some of them are $200 or more for just one class. That’s why I am loving Cengage Unlimited. It is a more affordable option to access the course materials I need for my classes, and more.

Cengage Unlimited is a new, one of a kind, subscription service available for US students. You pay only $119.99 per semester for the subscription service and get access to all digital education materials as well as other study materials online with Cengage. The service offers more than 20,000 products from over 675 courses and you are able to access and use how ever many as you want or need. Besides getting access to ebooks and study materials, you also have access to all your Cengage courses on platforms like Mindtap and WebAssign, and you can get print rentals for every activated digital course for only $7.99. Shipping is free.

I have been loving the subscription service a little bit extra because not only can I access the materials my class requires, but I can also access other books within the same subject to further my knowledge. It has been really helpful in terms of preparing for my classes and also understanding the subjects better. What I don’t understand in one book, another one can explain in a different way. I have been extra nervous for the upcoming semester since I am taking all my gateway classes, so I can advance to my upper division classes. Having access to extra materials and study services is really going to help me out.

With only one week left to prepare for the fall semester I have made a list of the most important things I do in order to be prepared for the new semester. College can be super stressful at times so I like to plan everything out ahead of time.

  • Making sure I have the material for my classes (Cengage Unlimited has managed to make this a whole lot easier for me.)
  • Buying school supplies, notebooks, pens, staplers and anything else I might need.
  • Mapping out free time for studying and also planning out different areas where I can study in peace and quiet.
  • Planning out my schedule and mapping out where all my classes are so I know on my first day. I even put in all my classes in my calendar so I keep track of my weekly and monthly schedule.

If you are interested in checking out Cengage Unlimited you can do so by following this link HERE.

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Cengage Unlimited and Her Campus Media. All words and opinions are my own.

Words With Friends 2

This post is sponsored by Zynga, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

I have always been a big fan of games that challenges me and makes me use my brain. Words With Friends 2 makes me feel super smart while playing against friends and other people online. If I’m ever unsure of whether a word actually exists I use the dictionary feature in WWF2. I find most of my friends by connecting the app to my Facebook. If you guys want to challenge me, my username is sofiaN100.

Since Words with Friends 2 is played on the phone is the perfect game for me. I can play wherever I am or wherever I am going. I have a ton of travel plans coming up and it will be the perfect pastime activity. This summer I’m enjoying laying out in the sun a lot or walking around the city. No matter where I go I can bring Words With Friends 2 with me – and play together with my friends even if they’re on the other side of the world. I’m really not the best at this game. But I am learning more words as I go and progressing towards becoming a better player.

Have you ever played Words With Friends? If not you can download it right here. Let me know in the comments down below what your favorite Words With Friends moment is. It can be an epic Words With Friends game you’ve played or just a story of maybe how you met a new friend.

What’s in my bag with Tampax Pocket Radiant

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tampax Radiant at Walmart. The opinions and text are all mine.

Being a girl and always on the go has definitely taught me a thing or two about what I should carry with me in my bag. Over the years, I have learned that less is more. And I always opt for the small cross body bag. Which yes, sometimes makes bringing more things hard. And if you’re on your period, it makes it even harder. But I have also learned to only bring what I really need. So, let’s take a look into what I bring in my bag and why the new Tampax Pocket Radiant is so convenient.

I probably have some of the smallest bags you could ever imagine, and still I manage to fit all of my favorite to-go products and other must-have things like my phone, keys, sunglasses and wallet. I always carry with me my favorite lip oil, hand crème and sunscreen because the California sun is no joke!

The new Tampax Pocket Radiant comes in a pocket size. Convenient for any girl that is always on the go. It also comes in a super cute and unique resalable wrapper with a new floral design. So no matter how much stuff I have in my purse, I will always be able to fit a Tampax Pocket Radiant in it. The new Tampax Pocket Radiant can be purchased at Walmart and if you click this link it will take you right there.

Spring with My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream

This post is sponsored by My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

If you know me you know that I love Japanese treats. Mochi Ice Cream is one of my absolute favorites as I love the combination of the rich cake and Ice Cream. If you guys haven’t checked out my past post with My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream you can check it out here. I just moved in to my new apartment and are still settling in. My new roommates love it when I bring home treats and My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream was no exception. I picked up a few of the original flavors – Vanilla, Ripe Strawberry, Sweet Mango and Green Tea.  If you’re not familiar, Mochi Ice Cream is a rice cake filled with ice cream. Besides from the flavors I brought home My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream is also available in Chocolate, Salted Caramel, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Cookies and Cream. It is the perfect snack for when your craving something but want something small for yourself or bite-sized to share. My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream is available at several stores. Follow My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream here on Instagram.

Spring skin with Olay Whips

This post is sponsored by Olay, but all opinions are my own.

If you have followed me for the past few months, you know one of my biggest changes this year was to take the time to take better care of myself. That included eating better, working out more, and also creating a good skincare routine for myself. During these past 4 months, I have seen significant change in my skin and it has definitely been for the better. A lot of it thanks to Olay.I think that for many of you time is the biggest challenge. But making small changes doesn’t have to take up a lot of time of your day. That is why I love the Olay Total Effects Whip Facial Moisturizer so much. The Olay Whip Moisturizer is a lightweight, nourishing moisturizer rich of Vitamin C and E. Thanks to the transformation from cream to liquid, fast absorption, matte and shine-free finish you can start your makeup routine right after application.

I picked up the Olay Total Effects Whip Facial Moisturizer ($29.99) at CVS and I have been using the Whip Moisturizer for almost two weeks now. I am obsessed with using it at the start of my day as a base for everything else. I have been wearing minimal makeup as the Olay Total Effects Whip Facial Moisturizer have helped evening out my skin tone and also made it look brighter. Having good skin really boosts my confidence and while wearing makeup is fun, the key is always flawless skin.

Since I am still in my early 20s I would also love to try the Olay Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream to help with my pink tones and also some sun spots. The Olay Total Effects Whip Facial Moisturizer would be more recommended if you are in your 30s and if you are in your 40s or older I would recommend the Olay Regenerist Night Recovery Cream Face Moisturizer. These can all be found at CVS. I would love for you to try our Olay Whips and let me know what you think of it as well! 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine.

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