Product Rave: Papermate Inkjoy Gel Pens

Alright, so full disclosure – these Papermate Inkjoy Gel pens would have never been on my radar had I not been given one at work (the company I work for owns Papermate.) That said, as someone who loves to write everything from to-do lists to penpal letters, I’m so glad I was introduced to the Inkjoy Gel pens. They’ve quickly become some of my favorites – yes, including the Japanese pens from Mochi Things.

Papermate Inkjoy Gel Pens


I currently have 6 of the 14 total colors that these pens come in…which means my work notes, penpal letters, to-do lists, and planner will be quite colorful for the foreseeable future – sorry not sorry. The ink also dries very quickly, which is the biggest difference between these pens and any other gel pen on the market – thinking of you, lefties of the world! Heck, I smudge inks from regular ballpoint pens and I’m right-handed, so the lack of smudging is a godsend for me as well! (Plus if that doesn’t convince you they’re worth checking out… these pens just look so much nicer than their predecessors.)

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The pens come in a medium (.7mm, what I currently have) and fine (.5mm) point – and even though I LOVE fine pointed pens, the medium point feels perfectly good to me 😀 Ahh. I’m pretty sure that Joe, my friends, and Snapchat followers think I’m ridiculous for how much I’ve been raving about these pens, but I really am as excited about them as it sounds. Can I give 3 thumbs up? Because I totally would.

Have you used these pens yet? Let me know what you think!


Review: OZ Naturals Ocean Mineral Cleanser

Disclaimer:  OZ Naturals sent me this product, with no compensation other than the product to test and review. The following post consists of my honest thoughts & opinions!

oz naturals face cleanser

I’m usually not too picky about face wash – we buy whatever is cheap at Target, and as long as it keeps my face clean and acne-free, I’m a happy camper! Face wash is one of the only things in our shower that Joe and I currently share…we’re working our ways through particularly feminine and masculine smelling bottles of body wash right now. There are too many bottles of things in our shower. Mostly my fault (I need 3 shampoo options, right?)

oz naturals face cleanser

Anyway, last week OZ Naturals sent me their Ocean Mineral face cleanser to review, and I’m already loving it! My face doesn’t feel like it’s crying out for moisturizer after I shower, and the smell kind of reminds me of being at the spa…which let’s be real, is exactly how I’d like to wake up in the morning. I also really appreciate that the cleanser is all natural and not tested on animals, which I know is important to a lot of people!

oz naturals cleanser

The ingredients in the cleanser are all restorative and natural: Rose Hip Oil is a natural acne and eczema treatment, with anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties that help decrease environmental damage and soothe the skin. Aloe Vera has anti-bacterial properties, which help to heal, soothe, and moisturize. MSM is a skin softener that is derived from healthy super food vegetables, and CocoBetaine is a solution derived from Coconut Oil that improves the foamy-ness of the cleanser, making it feel smoother on your skin.



Vegan and not tested on animals.

All natural ingredients that you can Google to read about their benefits to your skin! (That’s what I did.)

Makes your shower smell like a spa!


It comes out of the bottle way too fast, I feel like I’m wasting a lot whenever I use it 🙁

I typically prefer a cleanser with an exfoliant – I feel like I’m getting my face cleaner than using just a foam, even when I know that’s not the case.

Info from OZ Naturals:

The CRUELTY FREE formula does not contain alcohol, parabens or sulfates, and is safe for all skin types. This face cleanser an extremely effective… you’ll want to add it to your natural skin care regimen.

MADE IN THE USA, in a state of the art FDA registered facility, OZ Naturals formulates the most effective anti aging skin care products on the market. This natural face cleanser will provide your skin a more vibrant appearance upon 1st use, we guarantee you’ll get results!

Our POWERFUL INGREDIENTS include rosehip oil, rich ocean minerals & vitamin e. This formula was developed to specifically be gentle on sensitive skin yet highly potent and effective at dissolving nasty particles that clog your pores.

Sooo, yeah, face wash! There are lots of things you probably shouldn’t rub all over your face, but this definitely isn’t one of them 😉


2 Awards!

What?! I’ve only been blogging since August, and this past week I was nominated for two blogger awards! First,  The Versatile Blogger Award, from Stephellaneous, and second, The Liebster Award, from Be Free 2 Love! Muchas gracias <3


The Versatile Blogger Award asked for 7 facts, so here goes nothing:

  1. I have an albino hedgehog named Poppy. She’s 5.5 years old, which is about 90 in hedgehog years (hedgies are only ‘supposed’ to live 3-5 years.) She’s super grumpy 98% of the time, but I love her anyways!
  2. I’ve been an extra in a handful of movies/tv shows: LOL, 5 Year Engagement, Into the Storm, and Detroit 187 (I might be forgetting one.) I really like seeing how everything works behind the scenes and feeling like I’m a part of something important! It was also cool to tie my shoes next to Emily Blunt, and watch Miley Cyrus (fresh out of her Hannah Montana days) drop about 20 f-bombs when a bee was flying around her on set.
  3. Along those same lines, I was on an episode of My Strange Addiction on TLC! But no, not for having a strange addiction. After seeing Davecat on an episode of the show, I tweeted him on a whim, since I had been trying to figure out what to do for a photojournalism assignment. He ended up tweeting back, and we set up a date for me to come out for a photoshoot! About a week before I was set to go over to his apartment, he emailed me asking if it was okay for the TLC to come film us for the duration of our shoot – they were filming a “where are they now” segment. Of course I said yes 🙂 The day of the shoot the TLC crew was running SUPER late, so me, Davecat, and his sex doll wife Sidore watched The Life Acquatic – ya know, just normal things.Davecat
  4. In case you hadn’t caught on by now, I really like using parentheticals. And commas. And probably overuse both, but that’s okay. I also hate hate hate when people misuse to/too, their/there/they’re, and spell ‘definitely’ defiantly. Unless I really like you, misuse/misspelling any of those things = deal breakers and/or heavy judgement. And if we are close? I’ll be correcting you 24/7. Sorry not sorry, I can’t help myself 🙂
  5. I went to college for 7 years. I’m the oldest person in my group of art school friends, and oy. 7 years is just a long time. I started at Valparaiso University in Indiana, going to school for Elementary Education, but a mixture of homesickness (missing both Joe and my parents/home in general), realizing I’d really rather just take care of/teach my own kids as a parent rather than 30+ other people’s kids, and realizing after taking a few art for elementary teachers classes that I would rather go to art school, I applied and was admitted to CCS! I started there as a photography major, but a year later switched to a Graphic Design major with a minor in Photography. Hooray for indecision! Luckily I have zero regrets, and wouldn’t have nearly as many good friends if I didn’t take the path I did.Graduation!
  6. I’m a very messy, unorganized person when it comes to clothes and tabletops, but when I have to plan something (a wedding, vacation, people visiting…) a switch flips in my brain, and I turn into the most well-organized, detail oriented person in the world. I don’t get it, and I wish I could keep my life uncluttered all the time, but alas.
  7. I love bad TV. And good TV. Okay, I just like TV. I have the TV on way more than I probably should, but 99% of the time it’s just on as background noise while I work. Some must-sees for me include: The Bachelor(ette), American Horror Story, Once Upon a Time, Gotham, and Intervention. I’ve recently started watching Scream Queens, and after realizing Hulu has every season of America’s Next Top Model, I’ve been putting that on while I work on freelance things. Netflix is also great for Orange is the New Black, and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. It’s a good thing Joe and I try to stay relatively active/eat relatively healthy, otherwise I’d definitely fall under the category of a couch potato.

Whew. That was a lot of long-winded facts. Congratulations for making it through! Now for some nominations and rules: Continue reading “2 Awards!”