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What I’m Loving Lately 84

Disclosure: I’m proud to be working with CVS Pharmacy for their 2017 influencer relations program. All opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers.

Hi, guys! Happy Hump Day!

I’m sharing my What I’m Loving Lately post a little early this week, and it includes quite a variety of things I’m loving lately—everything from the pug edition of Moana to CVS Curbside and everything in between! Ok, here we go!

Moana by Doug the Pug – We love Moana and, obviously, pugs in our house, so this tribute by Doug the Pug is phenomenal. I swear, we’ve watched it like 50 times now!

Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer – I feel like I’ve tried every tinted moisturizer on the market, but they always end up going on too matte for my liking. My skin tends to run dry in certain spots, so I used to use a regular moisturizer and then a tinted one over it. The Dew Skin combines the two into one product (woohoo!), and I lovveeee it. It actually leaves my skin with a luminous glow! 🙂 It also has SPF 20 in it, so protects my skin from sun damage while providing a lightweight hydration that evens out my skin. And (!) black currant, peony flower root extract, and vitamin C in the product help to reduce the appearance of age spots and enhance skin brightness, while sodium hyaluronate promotes firmer, smoother-looking skin. Double-duty, baby! It’s the best product ever! FYI: I wear shade No. 1 in the colder months and shade No. 2 now that it’s warmer, and I have a bit more color to my skin.

One month of non-stop celebrations – Mother’s Day kicks off an entire month of celebrations. Next week (5/23) is Mal’s birthday, followed by Quinn’s (6/9), Murphy’s (6/14), my birthday (6/19), and Father’s Day (6/20). Also, mixed in there is my sister-in-law’s birthday, Cousin Matthew’s birthday, and my father-in-law’s birthday at the end of June. And, ok, our 9th wedding anniversary is in early July! 🙂 Second to Christmas, it’s my favorite time of year! 🙂 Bring on ALL THE CELEBRATIONS!! FYI: Funfetti smoothie recipe (below) is coming to CNC next week!

Brooks Heritage Sneakers – Ok, you guys have seen these kicks on my blog a few hundred times now, but I’m sharing them again because… my favorite sneakers are going away!!!! Wahhh. That’s right, people. On June 1st, the Brooks Heritage Collection will be going back in the vault, so get ’em while they’re still in stock! A bunch of styles and colors are 40-50% off!

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Does Skipping Breakfast Help with Weight Loss? – Super interesting piece from Chris Kresser. Maybe breakfast isn’t the most important meal of the day?

CVS Curbside Pickup – As you guys probably know, I’m a huge fan of CVS/pharmacy and have worked with the brand many times over the years. Well, they recently reached out to me about trying one of their digital services, including the CVS Pharmacy App, CVS Pay, CVS ExtraCare Rewards program, and CVS Curbside Pickup. My ears (well, technically, eyes) immediately perked up. I had no idea that they had a curbside pickup option and, hello, how convenient would that be with a little one? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to swing by CVS real quick to buy something, but didn’t want to go through the hassle of bringing Qman inside with me. Not that he’s a hassle at all, but it’s SO MUCH EASIER to shop without a little guy in tow. Long story short, CVS Curbside Pickup is lifesaver when it comes to dominating my errands!

How Curbside Pickup Works:

  • Buy items from a nearby store using the CVS Pharmacy app or online. I used the CVS Pharmacy app, but you can order online too– everything from health and beauty items, snacks, and any other non-prescription household essentials.
  • CVS sends you a text when your order is ready for pickup.
  • Drive to CVS and park near the store entrance. Then, someone from CVS brings your order to you. The app notifies CVS when you arrive, so you just let them know by replying “HERE” to their text.
  • Your order is hand-delivered right to you. Not only do you save time by not shopping in-store and skipping the checkout line, a CVS employee brings your order right to the car. You don’t even need to get out!

Just the other day, we ran out of toothpaste, so I used the CVS Pharmacy app to place my order for the curbside service. I also sent Mal a quick WhatsApp message to see if he needed anything. He did, so I added deodorant to the list. The app actually told me that they were on sale for buy one, get one 50% off, so I ordered two since I know Mal would use them.

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It’s so easy! And I love that you can still take advantage of the awesome deals and savings from CVS when you order through the app or online. It’s really such a great service and a serious time-saver!

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CVS Curbside Pickup is now available in 40 major markets across the US, including many locations in Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Phoenix, Dallas, Seattle and Washington, DC. For specific store locations, you can use the CVS Curbside Pickup store finder in the app or online to check local availability.

A quick shout-out to Jason from the Norwell location, who was so friendly and accommodating when I asked him if I could snap some photos for the blog. He actually thought the whole blog thing was really cool and asked if I could include him in one of my photos! Thank you, Jason, for being such a good sport and ambassador for the curbside service!

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Quinn turning 3 – I’m a little sad that my baby is growing up so quickly, but I love this almost-3 age so much. He’s so darn cute. And funny. I love watching him learn and discover new things. He sings the Alphabet and Itsy-Bitsy Spider songs with us every night before bed. He gets so happy and proud when he remembers the lyrics. He likes to use crayons and markers, and he’s starting to write his name. (Check out his Qs in the photo below!) Quinn is also starting to try some new foods (he’s obsessed with hummus lately) and going out to restaurants isn’t the nightmare that it used to be. Ha! He has a best friend at school and talks about him all the time. Funny side story: Quinn’s best friend’s name is Blake. At pickup the other day, Mal asked Quinn to say goodbye to everyone in the classroom before they left. Quinn says: “Bye, Blake!” and then turns around and leaves. Haha! The two of them have a serious bromance. Anyway, I know I’m just rambling, but I wanted to remember these things because I just love this age so much. I can’t believe he’s going to be three so soon!

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Questions of the Day

Have you ever used the curbside service at CVS?

Have you ever used any other curbside service? 

P.S. Local followers: Next week, on Tuesday, May 23rd at 6:30PM, Lululemon at the Derby Street Shoppes is hosting a POUND® class. Instead of listening to music, become the music in this exhilarating full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and pilates-inspired movements. POUND® Icons and lululemon ambassadors Cassie Burke-Martinson and Jenny Anania will get you moving with heart-pounding Fun. This is a one hour outdoor class to celebrate kicking off summer the right way! Space is limited so sign up to reserve your spot!

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