Thursday, January 18, 2018

Thursday Thoughts

Things I did this week //

* Tried a new recipe! I tested out making cauliflower mashed potatoes and they turned out pretty good! I'll type the recipe up in the next week or so and share it with you! The nice thing about these 'potatoes' is that they absorb any seasoning you put on them and don't at all taste like cauliflower! A great alternative to the carb filled mashed potatoes we all love. 

* Made it 15 days working out! Which I know isn't that long but I'm pretty sure it takes two weeks to make something a habit so I think I've made it through the tough part! 

* Started rewatching The Secret Life Of An American Teenager. I saw it on Netflix and remember how much I loved watching it back in 2008 so I decided to watch it again- 10 years later & it's quite comical to think how invested I was in this show! 

Things I'm doing this weekend // 

* Kyle & I are hopefully going on a fun adventure that was supposed to happen last weekend but we got a winter storm- shocker! The weather here in Vermont has been crazy! I'll share more about this over on my Instagram- it involves a castle! 

* I mentioned before that I started working on report cards little by little, I'm going to wrap all of that up this weekend now that my assessment window is coming to a close (thank goodness!!).

* Saturday Mani! I'm not sure if I've said or not but I always get my Manicures with my Mom & Grandma, it's our little bi-weekly tradition. We love our nail salon & I think they love us because they gave us the cutest little gift bags for Christmas! I enjoy getting to spend this time with them & always look forward to it. I really need to get my nails cut down though- they're way too long! It's hard to type! 

What are your weekend plans? Let me know!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

How To Be Happy: 5 Easy Steps

Hi All & Happy Tuesday!
Today I wanted to share with you 5 easy steps to live a happier life! These are all steps you can take Today that will have a positive impact on your mental state. 

Step 1 // Focus On People Who Bring You Happiness
Only focus on people who make you feel good, if a person makes you feel like crap there's probably no reason to keep putting your focus on them. Is there a person on your Facebook feed whose posts drive you insane? Delete them. Is there a girl you follow on Instagram who bothers you? Why are you following her? It is completely up to you who you put your energy into. I think it's a hard thing to do- to not focus on people who make us unhappy or frustrate us. We seem to get into the habit of giving these people all of our attention. If you are constantly engaging with these people whether in real life or on the internet you will continue to be unhappy. Do not put your energy or thought into these people- move on! You will feel a whole lot better if you delete the girl who was mean to you in college off social media- soon enough you will completely forget about her instead of getting annoyed everytime you see one of her posts. By ridding yourself of these people you make room for all the people who can bring you true happiness. 

Step 2 // Have "Me" Time
This world we live in is so fast moving and everything is go go go at all hours. It's important you take time every day for yourself. Maybe this time is coffee in the morning, or maybe it's reading a magazine, or maybe it's baking a treat. I'd encourage your "Me Time" to not include your phone. Let this be a time where you can be with yourself- not the 500 friends on your Facebook list. This is a great time to determine what activities bring you happiness. I personally love to have a cup of tea at night while looking through new recipes. This is a time that calms me and makes me happy. It's important to be able to provide yourself with happiness. 

Step 3 // Give Out Compliments & Kind Words
How do you feel when someone says "Thank You" when you hold the door for them? How do you feel when they say nothing? Think about how you can be kinder towards others in your everyday routine. Are you in line at the coffee shop & the woman next to you has the cutest pair of shoes on? Let her know! Do you think your coworker did a great job on a project?  Tell them! The more positivity and kind words you can put out into the world the more you will get back. Positivity attracts positivity and therefore happiness. It feels really good to be kind to others- even if they're not kind to you. It is so simple to add more kindness to your day, make a conscious effort to be kinder to the people in your life. 

Step 4 // Declutter Your Mind
Do you feel happy when you've got a million to do lists and things running through your mind? Nope! It will leave you feeling overwhelmed and stressed. Declutter your mind by getting all of that info out and onto paper! I carry around a little notebook in my bag and whenever I think of something I need to do, or get, or tell someone, I write it down. This helps so that my mind isn't filled with so much junk. It has made such a difference in my life- every day I can look at the page in my notebook and have all the random things in one place without me having to remember them!

Step 5 // Choose Positivity & Start Your Day Happy 
Every single day when you wake up choose to be positive and happy. It is your decision how you are going to start your day & my advice is to start it on a good note. I always start my day by listening to the radio while getting ready- this puts me in a good mindset for the day. Even when I wake up feeling sick, tired, or just don't want to go to work I try my best to remain positive. There are things in life that really are so minuscule and we let them get to us but don't let them steal your positivity. Did someone cut you in line for coffee this morning? Bummer- Oh well! You will still get your coffee- that's the positive part- focus on it! We can choose to focus on the negative or focus on the positive, the more you choose positivity the happier you will be!

Do you have any tips to be happy? I'd love to hear!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Winter Skincare Routine

These dry cold Winter months can really wreck havoc on our skin. Last year my skin went crazy around Christmas time & I was struggling to find products and a routine that would work for me. If my skin gets too dry I breakout, if it gets over moisturized I break out, so it's been quite the struggle to find products that will consistently work for me. I should also mention I have extremely sensitive skin, I can't use a lot of products because they will not only break my skin out but also cause uncomfortable irritation. In the past, I've suffered from dermatitis caused by ingredients within skincare & makeup such as sulfates. I'm telling you all of this because I want you to know that when I say these products are gentle and that they work I truly mean it. I have tried so many products out and have so many let downs that I'm excited and confident these products will work for others if they work for me! So without further ado here is my skincare routine! 

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Nighttime Routine //

Step 1 // Makeup Removal: To remove my makeup prior to washing my face I use the Purity Solution Cleansing Oil . I start by putting one pump into my palm, I then rub my hands together to get it warm & then rub the oil into my face. This oil will break up all the makeup on your face, once all the makeup is loosened you can rinse your face with water. This product is much gentler than a typical makeup remover or makeup wipe!

Step 2 // Cleanse: To cleanse my face after removing my makeup I like to use the Benefit Cleanser  . This cleanser is extremely gentle on my skin and removes any products leftover after using the cleansing oil. I like that there are no harsh ingredients in this cleanser that could potentially dry out my skin. You need to be careful with facial cleansers as some are way too harsh to be using every day! I generally steer clear of any product that says "Acne Clearing" in bold letters as those are sure to make your skin dry!  This cleanser is the perfect product to use every day with no worries. 

Step 3 // Tone: I've been using this Glow Tonic toner for a little over a month now & it has made the biggest difference in my skin. Prior to this product, I had been using a different toner/astringent but I wasn't able to use it every day as it really dried out my skin & sometimes even stung. I apply this product to a cotton pad after cleansing my skin. This toner helps to firm & exfoliate skin by removing dead skin cells which leaves your face 'glowing'.  This product also has Ginseng and Aloe in it which will hydrate your skin! 

Step 4 // Spot Treat: Who likes blemishes?? Not me! There are so many spot treatments out there that claim that they will clear up your blemishes but do they really? Usually not. Most that I have tried, leave me with a red flakey mess even if the area is cleared of acne; and really who cares if you don't have a zit if you now need to deal with covering up that mess! The Clarity Serum has been a life saver for my skin, I have the travel size but it comes in a much larger bottle normally. This product really will clear up my breakouts within a day or two. I apply a small amount to the area at night and when I wake up it's always looking 10x better. This serum contains Retinol and Salicylic Acid which help to exfoliate and clear any clogged pores. Additionally, it has Willowherb, Teatree, and Aloe which reduce the redness and irritation that come along with breakouts. Trust me when I say you need this product! 

Step 5 // Moisturize: This is one of the most important steps! Your skin needs moisture! Without it, every little imperfection will look much worse. The Face for Everday Moisturizer  is a gentle lightweight daily moisturizer that hydrates with Argan Oil, Carrot Extract, and Essential Oils leaving you with baby soft skin. I have been using this product now for over 2 years. This is one of the only moisturizers I will use as it's free from harsh ingredients and has no added fragrances. I generally purchase this product at my local health food store but I've noticed it popping up in drugstores as well! I apply a dime size amount of this to my face and neck each night and rub the remainder into my hands. 

Morning Routine //

Step 1: Rinse: In the mornings I only rinse my face with cool water, I use no cleanser as I feel it overdries my skin and is unnecessary. I think the reason some peoples skin will become irritated and dry is that they're over cleansing. If you properly cleanse your skin at night there is no reason to wake up less than 12 hours later and apply another cleanser. It's good to leave some of the natural oils on your skin! 

Step 2: Moisturize: I apply a small amount of the Everyday Moisturizer and let it set in for about 10 minutes prior to applying any makeup. This moisturizer lays well under makeup as it doesn't leave a greasy layer on the skin.


I hope this post was informative, let me know if you use or have tried any of these products!