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Ringing in Holiday Cheer with the Mazda6

With both our families in Colorado, the holiday season means spending a lot of time traveling in the car from one gathering to another. Both Drew and I are really close with our families so we are lucky that most of the Denver metro area is close enough that we can celebrate the holidays with all of our family without needing to book plane tickets!  

When Mazda invited me to try out the new Mazda6 I was excited to give it a go during the holiday season when we’d be spending a lot of time in the car and on the highway. When Drew and I first started dating he drove a Mazda Speed 6 and while the new 2017 model is a bit of a different car it felt very similar in both body style and ride.

Mazda6 is the perfect car for family holiday time

I’m a sucker for metallic paint jobs and I love love love this red. The color is just a snippet of how fun the Mazda6 is to drive. 

The Nappa leather trimmed sport seats have in-seat heating, perfect for chilly winter weather around the holidays and comfortable enough for a long car ride. 

The feature I love the most and wish was in my current car is the amazing heads up navigation display. Once the location is programmed into the center console navigation, directions appear directly in the drivers line of vision, meaning you don’t need to look away to find the next turn in your route. 

Beyond not needing to be distracted trying to navigate through town, the full panel of safety features was perfect for driving on the highway. The auto monitoring cruise control helps provide a safe distance between cars and the blind spot notifier lets you know if a care is hiding out of sight in the lane next to you. 

With tight door seals and thick front and rear class, there’s little to no road noise to disturb the Bose sound system as your travel throughout town. Having XM radio for a few days spoiled me with hours of new Broadway musicals in fully immersive sound. 

The sporty Mazda6 was a lot more fun to drive than my typical daily driver SUV and I could definitely tell that Mazda has made a commitment to creating a vehicle with improved power and control. With a starting MSRP of $30,695 the grand touring trim of the Mazda6 is a great car at an amazing price point. I’m really impressed that a car with this many features and a great style is available at a mid range price point. 

Getting to drive the Mazda6 over the holidays was the perfect car for making our in-state road trip more special! How do you celebrate the holidays with your family? 

Disclosure: I received the opportunity to borrow the Mazda6 as a complimentary experience. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review. 

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Daily Skin Care Routine Helps Combat Dry Winter Skin

Living in Colorado the dry weather is a constant battle. During the winter months, the cold dry air wages war on your skin. As a native Coloradoan I’ve learned that most skincare products are too harsh and the chemicals are more likely to dry skin out than help keep your face looking refreshed throughout the winter. 

When I first found Derma-E I was so excited to find skincare line with a focus on all natural products. The sulfate and paraben-free formulas are gentle and has helped me combat dry winter skin throughout the harshest Colorado weather. I’ve been a fan of Derma-E for the last few years so when I received the opportunity to join their blogger program I was so excited to get to share some of my experience with their products with you! 

Throughout this article I’ll break down some of my Colorado Dry Winter Skin secrets and share why Dermae-E is a go to in my daily skincare routine! 

Activated charcoal is all the rage with beauty and fashion bloggers right now, but finding a charcoal mask and cleanser that isn’t going to leave your skin dry is harder than you’d think. A lot of the fly by night ‘peels’ on amazon are actually terrible for your skin and can leave your face angry and red instead of clean. 

As an all natural cleanser, Derma-E is good for your skin and the charcoal helps draw out bacteria, dirt and pollution out of your pores, preventing acne and giving you a fresh look everyday. The Purifying 2 in 1 Charcoal mask is the perfect weekend skincare treatment while the Purifying Gel Cleanser is mild enough for everyday use. 

I use the Purifying Gel Cleanser most mornings before getting ready to head into the office. Without a heavy chemical scent, it’s perfect for starting the day off right. If the weather is really cold, the Radiant Glow Face Oil is perfect for adding a bit of hydration to my skin. Afterwards I use a daily moisturizer with SPF 15 to help lock in the moisture to keep dry winter skin at bay throughout the day. 

Daily Skin Care Routine

Throughout the winter months, I’ve found its just as important to go to bed with a clean face as it is to start the day with one. Before heading to bed, I wrap up my daily routine using the Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil to remove eye makeup without adding any extra wear and tear on my face. The purifying daily detox scrub is perfect for taking away makeup and impurities from the day and providing natural toxin fighters that absorb throughout the evening. 

Since starting a daily skin care routine I’ve been amazed at how big a difference it’s made on my skin. I don’t feel dry skin throughout the day and my skin is that much clearer! 

Disclaimer: I received product samples from Derma-E to inspire this article. Links throughout this post contain affiliate tracking code that supports the maintenance and upkeep of this blog. 

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Going out guide: Holiday Party Beauty Toolkit

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Tis the season for holiday parties, Christmas carols and getting together with family and friends. As we head into the hustle of the holiday season, it’s hard to block enough time out for all the things you have to do in a day AND get dressed up for a night out. I’ve put together a list of my holiday tool kit must haves to help inspire you to add some sparkle to your evening out. 

Holiday Party Beauty Toolkit

Holiday party toolkit

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#EndSeniorHunger with the AARP Credit Card from Chase

This post is sponsored advertising content by the AARP® Credit Card from Chase. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

What if every time you make a purchase, you could contribute to a cause in your community? Thanks to the AARP Credit Card from Chase, you can! Giving back to the community is something that’s important to me and when I found out about Chase’s sponsorship with the AARP Foundation I was excited to learn more and share this amazing program.

Chase has worked with AARP for 27 years and has donated over 8 million dollars toward ending senior hunger. This year, for every purchase made at a restaurant with the AARP Credit Card from Chase, $.10 will be donated to the AARP Foundation [up to $1M]. In addition to giving back, cardmembers are able to benefit by selecting from cash back, gift cards, travel or even credit towards an AARP membership of their own.

As part of their support to the AARP Foundation, Chase is a sponsor for the Summer of Service to Seniors, working alongside the AARP Foundation and local community organizations to fight food insecurity in communities throughout the country. Recently nearly 1,500 volunteers converged on Magness Arena to carefully assemble and pack wholesome meals to distribute to seniors in need throughout the Denver Metro area. 

Denver Works To End Senior Hunger


In the first event that took place in Memphis, volunteers packed 500,000 meals to help end senior hunger. In Denver, volunteers packed an additional 503,000 meals. Volunteers each served for 90 minute shifts, donning hairnets and aprons to package rice, lentils, seasonings and freeze-dried vegetables into ready to cook meal kits. As boxes were filled, cowbells rang out to signal another set of 288 meals ready to be palletized and wrapped before delivery to the Food Bank of the Rockies and Denver Indian Center for immediate distribution to Denver seniors in need. Following the Denver event, an additional 500,000 meals were packed at the Minneapolis – St. Paul event, further contributing to the 3 million goal.

I had the chance to chat briefly with AARP Foundation President Lisa Marsh Ryerson, whose infectious enthusiasm cheered on volunteers as they worked through hundreds of pounds of supplies. “Denver has a spirit of service and is known as the baby boomer capital of the U.S.” she said, “So many older adults who slip into poverty may not be asking for the help they need. Today is a day to look out for all our neighbors.”

In addition to seeking out volunteer opportunities like the Summer of Service, Ryerson encouraged participants to reach out to their neighbors and offer to lend a helping hand. In addition to the meal pack events, AARP Foundation works year-round to increase economic opportunities and social connections that help prevent and reduce senior poverty.

Following the packing shift, volunteers were invited to participate in a dance party and community affair outside, where AARP volunteers shared information about the many programs and services available to seniors throughout the country. The outdoor venue thanked the AARP Credit Card from Chase and other sponsors for the support of this event.

There is one more stop on the Summer of Service tour, DC, where volunteers will work to go above and beyond the goal to assemble 3 million meals for seniors in total. You can learn more about the Summer of Service to Seniors and sign up to volunteer at one of the upcoming events on their website. If you missed the Denver event but still want to give back locally, check out Create the Good for volunteer opportunities with organizations the AARP Foundation supports. 

JP Morgan Chase is one of the oldest financial institutions in the country, providing banking, credit cards, and more to households throughout the United States. The AARP Card from Chase has made donations to AARP Foundation since 2011.