Midweek Motivation

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Alright everyone, it’s Wednesday. That means we are half way through the week. I don’t know about you but I can already taste the weekend. Recently I seem to find that Wednesdays drag on and on. It’s hard to stay motivated to do, really, anything.  All I can think about is the weekend, sleeping in, binge watching everything on Netflix, and pretty much anything that doesn’t have to do with my 9-5 job. Now, I hate being unmotivated. I am constantly planning out different aspects of my life in my head, so when I make plans and then don’t see them through I get pretty upset with myself. So I have decided that I am going to use Wednesdays as a day full of motivation. Instead of being upset that the day seems to be the longest day of the week, I am going to use that imaginary “extra time” to make sure I’m doing things that help me reach my goals.

(If you want to know my goals for the year go check out my Vision board post!!)

There are a few things that I am unmotivated to do when I feel the day slowing down. Some of those things include going to the gym, cleaning my house, and actually creating content. Below I am going to share with you some ticks I use to make it through my Wednesday blues.

Going to the gym:

I made it one of my goals this year to get back into shape. That means that I have to actually leave my house and interact with other humans…..I’m not really into that haha. Luckily I have a boyfriend who decided to keep me on track with this goal. My biggest problem is that once I start feeling sore I don’t want to move until I feel better. I have started using Wednesdays as the day to exercise the way I love most. Whether that means doing some yoga, a Zumba class,  going on a hike (when it’s not freezing outside), whatever makes me feel better than being surrounded by people significantly stronger than me. If I do an activity I love, not only will I be getting my workout in, but I will feel better throughout my body, mind and soul.

 

 

Cleaning my house:

Let me start by saying that I live with two boys. My boyfriend and his friend. Let me also say that I do not claim to be the cleanest person, but I usually just stick to making my office a mess with papers and unnecessary things from my past. Me and the boys are also on different work schedules, so when I get home after work there are usually multiple meals that have been had by them all over the house. So cleaning….is a job and a half. Don’t get me wrong, they will also clean so it’s not just left on me, but when it’s my turn, I like to have little to no distractions. To make cleaning better I will grab my beats and listen to a podcast. Currently I am catching up on some John Jay and Rich radio.

(I am OBSESSED with this radio show)

I like listening to podcast because it feels like I’m having a conversation with someone. It keeps my brain active. Whereas, I usually just zone out listening to music. A few other podcast I enjoy are “Not too Deep with Grace Helbig” and “Jenna+Julien Podcast”.

 

 

Creating content:

6fe6bb0a-4f79-4136-bcbe-be24703338d5This is probably one of the hardest things to do when I am feeling unmotivated. That is because I second guess everything. Everything I try to create doesn’t feel good enough to me. One thing that I have been trying not to do is put as much pressure on myself. If I am feeling stuck, I take a step back and revisit it later with a clear mind. I try to spend time not only creating content but revisiting some of my favorite content created by other amazing people. I get inspiration from the people I follow on Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest.  Revisiting the content that I love helps me focus on what I want my content to look like and represent. I highly recommend looking into other creators that you admire. I have found sooooo many people that I dream of working with through people I watch/read on the regular.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesdays can be hard but your attitude towards it is what makes the day harder. The most important thing to remember is it is OK to feel unmotivated sometimes. And it is OK to give yourself a break. As long as you don’t let that feeling take over your everyday life. Stay positive, stay motivated, stay you!!! I’d love for all of you to comment down below and tell me what helps you stay motivated during the week!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

xoxo!!

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My 2018 Vision Board

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Holy cow guys! It’s 2018!!! With the new year comes new goals, new attitudes, and new motivation. 2017 ended with a lot of struggling. Struggling with my anxiety, struggling with my career, struggling with my degree, struggling with a move to a different town, but as of now I can say I officially got through it. Some of these are still things I’m figuring out in the new year but in the last year I can say for certain that I am stronger now because of it.

Why a vision board?

I am a firm believer that if you put something into the universe then you will get that. Whether its something positive, negative, goals, dreams, anything. If you put it into the universe enough, it will happen. That is my attitude going into this new year. By putting my goals on a board that I will see everyday, I will be putting those goals into the universe. It’ll also remind me to do something that brings me one step closer to those goals everyday. Along with my goals, I also put positive quotes. By seeing and reading these quotes, I’m hoping it helps me keep positive throughout my day.

 

Supplies needed to make a vision board:

-Printed out pictures/quotes

-Siccsors

-Tape

-Cork board/ picture frame/ fee wall space

-Washi Tape (optional)

-Stickers (optional)

-Markers/ colored pencils/ crayons (optional)

-Basically any additional decorations that you want! (:

 

Creating my Vision Board:

My process of creating my vision board was going on Pinterest and looking up pictures of other peoples vision boards haha. I knew what they were but I wasn’t sure where to start. After getting a general idea of the goals and messages I wanted, I searched them (again on Pinterest) and printed out the ones I liked. Now, I could have taken pictures of how I put the board together, but it is pretty….boring. Print pictures, cut pictures out, tape to a board/frame. Pretty standard. Luckily I had a large cork board already, so I just repainted the frame and taped all my pictures to it.

Goals represented on my board:

-Do more yoga

-Be in nature more

-Be active

-Less stress

-Make more time to relax

-Let things go

-Stay positive

-Create more content

 

Your vision board can represent whatever you want it to! These are just expressions of who you are and what you want to achieve in your life! I would love to see if you guys make your own! Please tag me on Instagram and I’ll share my favorites!!! Can’t wait to see what you guys create!

xoxo!

 

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L’Oreal Pure Clay Face Mask Review

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Hello everyone! Today I am going to share with you some of my favorite beauty products. If you have been here before, you probably know that I am crazy into face masks. I have a growing collection in my office and I try to use one every three days (or whenever I’m stresses….Which ever comes first, ha). Recently, I have been doing reviews on sheet masks. I really enjoy those because they are convenient and they don’t make that big of a mess. However, I have been loving L’Oreal’s Pure Clay masks. 

So far I have purchased and used the Clear&Comfort, Detox&Brighten and Exfoliate-Refine pure clay masks. I found all of these (plus others that I would love to try) at Target for about $10 each. My very first thought about these products is that there is a lot of product for the price. I have used each of mine at least 5 times on my entire face and I still have a lot left to use! I also love the fact that they come in little glass jars. Very aesthetically pleasing! 

I used the e.l.f. foundation brush to apply all of the masks. I find that it applies the masks evenly and makes less of a mess. I kept each mask on for about 15-20 minutes, depending on how much I put on or how long it takes to fully dry. I have tried two different ways to remove the masks, direct rinsing and with a wet face cloth. I found that using the face cloth is less messy, but it takes longer and more effort to remove it. Rinsing directly gets water everywhere, but it comes off quicker. 

  • Detox&Brighten: charcoal + 3 pure clays mask. I was very excited to try this mask specifically. I have tried so many charcoal face mask in the search for the perfect one. I put this one on and instantly noticed how thick the consistency was and how smoothly it went on my face. Once it was applied I noticed it working right away. As the mask dried I could feel it detoxing my skin! I felt it most in my T-zone (which happens to be where I break out the most). As the mask drys it makes it very hard to move your face, so when you can’t move any part of your face you know its ready to take off! I really like to use this mask on days when I break out, or after a night out with my friends. It automatically makes my skin/face feel cleaner, brighter and overall happier!

 

  • Clear&Comfort: Seaweed + 3 pure clays. Now I will be honest, I feel like an alien when I have this mask on because my face is SO blue, haha. I was very excited to try this mask. I got it because I needed an everyday mask. This mask is supposed to draw out the build up of dirt and oils in your pores. And it does exactly that. I have combination skin, where my t-zone is either oily or dry (depending on the time of the year). I really think this mask really balances out and improves my skin. While this masks dries, it’s not as hard as the charcoal mask, but you know it’s dry. 

 

  • Exfoliate- Refine: Red algae + 3 pure clays. I haven’t used this mask as much as the other two. I really enjoyed how the mask is creamy when you put it on and then you can feel the exfoliating part when you remove the mask. Out of the three, I would use this one about once a week. It really cleans your skin and makes your face feel SO smooth after. I really like to use this one before I get into the shower. I find it is easier to really exfoliate my skin if I’m not worried about getting water all over the place haha. I think that it would also be really nice to use one of those electric cleansing brushes to remove it. The box says to use three times a week for best results, however I am scared that if I exfoliate that often I will just break out more (my skin is weird like that). 

 

Overall, I am absolutely in love with this brand and these masks. There are a few more that I want to get my hands on, as well as, facial cleansers that match each mask. I highly recommend picking up one (or all) of these masks haha! My skin has really cleared up after using them and I just feel happy in my soul when I put one on. It truly is my favorite part of the day!

Let me know in the comments which masks or brands you like! 

xoxo!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweater Weather

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You guys….it’s happening. It’s cold Enough to wear sweaters!!!! I live for this time of the year. Temperatures are finally dropping, leaves are changing colors and the air smells like snow (yes, I can smell snow haha). I know I have mentioned before how much I love fall and my love for it continues to grow! Layers, boots, scarves and hot chocolate….count me in! Now I don’t know if I have every said how weird the weather is here in Wyoming, but let me tell you, its crazy. It usually starts snowing in October (it already has twice) but it won’t stick until about late November/ early December. The temperature does drop significantly and quickly. However, the temperature is highly inconsistent. One day it’ll be warm and sunny and the next day it’ll be as if we went into the next ice age. After growing up here I am at least a little prepared for the abnormal changes, so much so that once it is officially fall, I dress for fall. I don’t care what the weather is. I will wear boots, skinny jeans and sweaters. Luck for me I’m cold no matter what the weather, so it all works out in the end!

Along with my almost obsessive need to wear sweaters everyday, I also stick to a very basic color theme. I go for mostly blush pink, cream/white, grey, black, navy or olive. With that I will also go days in a row of wearing black on black on black on black. I love it. As I was preparing my closet for the new flow of knitted heaven, I picked out a few of my favorites so far!

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It was hard to pick my top five sweaters but I finally narrowed them down. The top two are from TJMaxx and the other 3 are from H&M. I wear these five almost religiously but I am still on the hunt for an oversized chunky sweater. I’m going to keep a look out for baggy ones as the weather starts getting colder.

If you guys have any favorites please share them down below!!!

Xoxo!!!

My Favorite Youtubers

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Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you, if I am not listening to a podcast or watching Netflix, I am watching a Youtube video. Now sometimes I get into a deep dive and end up watching compilation videos of owners coming home to their dogs after being away and just balling my eyes out (and if you don’t cry watching those videos then you really have no soul). However, I mainly go on to keep up with a few of my favorite people (none of which know I exist….so that’s fun). I watch a wide range of genres, so I am just going to share with you my overall favorite people to watch.

7. Clevver TV/Style/News: These are 3 different channels but it is the same people. I love the Clevver girls. They are relatable and funny. These videos cover a range of topics from celebrity news to cheat day food inventions. Their videos range in length (personally I like really long videos) which is great for binge watching.

6. Emma Hill: I just recently got into her videos and I am in love! I have been binge watching all of her content and it is really getting me inspired to revamp my wardrobe. A lot of her videos are fashion related. My favorite videos so far are her hauls (I just love seeing what people buy. I’m nosey like that haha). She also has a few makeup videos and vlogs. She is pretty new to Youtube but she has an amazing blog that I think you all should check out!

5. Acacia and Jairus: I feel like this channel is a little controversial. A lot of people don’t like Acacia for things that happened in her past and because they do a lot of sponsored videos. I used to watch her when she was younger and then when she started making videos again I got sucked back in. Acacia and Jairus are young parents. They just had their daughter Brinley and I believe that Acacia is only 19. I enjoy watching their videos because I like to keep ups with their family and see how they are constantly growing and changing together.

4. Julien Solomita: Julien is a vlogger. He is probably one of the most creative vloggers I have ever watched. He doesn’t just talk in to the camera like other vloggers. He uses different angles, voice overs and just creates vlogs that are like movies. I know he also does short films and those are amazing too. He is dating Jenna Marbles a.k.a Jenna Mourey (whose videos I also love) so its fun to see another side of their lives outside of Jenna’s videos.

3. Grace Helbig: I have watched her FOREVER!!!!! Her videos are a lot of comedy with a little cooking, beauty and DIY thrown in. She is a hot mess express and I love every single second of her videos. Her style of comedy is very self depricating in a way that makes you want to make fun of yourself. Because if you can’t laugh at yourself then life will just be a bore. Grace has also written/produced/stared in 2 movies; Camp Takota and Dirty 30 (I highly recommend watching both of those).

2. Jenna Marbles a.k.a Jenna Mourey: Jenna also does comedy videos with a little cooking, drinking, beauty, DIY, dogs and hot mess thrown in. I believe Jenna has been around since Youtubers became a thing, ya know, one of the OG’s. She is hilarious and has the cutest dogs in the world that put up with so much of her craziness. Her earlier videos (which I think everyone in the world needs to watch) were more sketch-like videos and now she has gotten into doing whatever pops into her head. This ranges from seeing how many balloons it takes to lift her chihuahua in the air to attempting to make a wig out of eyelashes. Her and her boyfriend Julien also have a gaming channel and a podcast.

1. Zoella a.k.a Zoe Sugg: Zoe is my number one youtube to watch. I have watched her since she was making videos in her room living with her parents and now she has her own home, her own book series, her own beauty line and her own lifestyle line. She has two channels; her main channel which features beauty, cooking and lifestyle videos, and her second channel which features mainly vlogs. She also has a blog but it isn’t updated as much as I would like. She is a British youtuber who has been extremely open about her anxiety. Because of this I have related to her more then I ever thought was possible. She is one of the only youtubers whose videos I will constantly go back and watch because I genuinely love them.

I highly suggest checking out all these youtubers! Let me know below what channels you like to watch!!

xoxoxo!!!!

Autumn Festivities

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It’s that time of year again! Time for pumpkin picking!!!! I love autumn and I love pumpkin picking. Although I love pumpkin picking….I’m not the biggest pumpkin fan. I know, I know, grab the pitch forks and torches. I don’t like pumpkin spice lattes, I don’t like pumpkin pie, I don’t like pumpkin scented candles, but I love them as an aesthetic feature in my home. So every year my family and I make our way down to The Bartel’s Pumpkin Patch, which is about 40 minutes away from where I live.

Last year my boyfriend and I got about 12 pumpkins (all different sizes) that we carved. This year we didn’t get as many (and by that I mean we only got 9 haha) but I did pick some smaller ones that I want to paint and decorate our house with. For some reason this year I really wanted a big white pumpkin. I have no idea why I like the white ones so much but I think they are just so cute. I also love small, round pumpkins. I will pick 5 perfectly round little pumpkins over one weird shaped big pumpkin any day. I think I am most excited about the fact that I now have steps and a porch in the front of my house that I can put all my pumpkins on. I don’t know how long they will last outside because we currently have a raccoon problem, so I think I’m going to put them out a little closer to Halloween. That way I won’t be as sad if the wild animals (squirrels, raccoons and our dog) eat them.

This is probably the only “Halloween-ish” activity I will be participating in. I am a HUGE baby when it comes to this time of the year because I HATE being scared. Which is very hard in my current relationship because my boyfriend loves nothing more then scaring the crap out of me. I may end up giving in and going to see a scary movie with him but I refuse to go to any haunted house! I just don’t understand how people like to be scared!!!

Let me know below what your favorite Halloween/Autumn activity is!

xoxo!!!

Milk Face Mask Review

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Alighty!!!! This time around I used my Lapcos Milk sheet face mask. This one is the moisturizing mask. Like my other review I wanted you all to know my first impression, how I felt while wearing it, how my skin felt after I took it off and how my skin felt the day after I used it. I like to use a face mask as part of my bedtime routine. If you didn’t read my previous review, my night time routine is to get into my comfy pjs and wash all the makeup off my face (with my ACURE sensitive face wash) or I will wipe off my makeup using my Simple micellar cleansing wipes. I’ll put my hair up and depending on how crazy my hair was that day, I’ll use a headband to keep all my baby hairs back. Then I’ll put on a face mask and once the 20ish minutes is up, I’ll rub in the remaining product and go to sleep.

My frist impression of this mask is again, A LOT of product. This is my second Lapcos sheet mask and both seem to have this in common. This mask didn’t really have a scent to it…I guess you could say that it smelt clean (which is always a good thing). The product on this mask looked milky (makes sense right? haha). Again, the mask was hard to unfold dues to the extreme amount of product in the packaging. The mask itself fit my face nicely, however it still slid off my face if I moved around while wearing it. I kept the mask on for about 25minutes this time.

After the 25 minutes were up I took the mask off and decided to take a clean towel and dab off some of the remaining product. I then started to rub in the remaining product, this time it took about 10 minutes for my skin to absorb all of the product. My skin felt sooooooo nice!!!!!! Again after the product was all absorbed I went to bed.

The next morning I woke morning and right away I could tell that my face felt more moisturized. When I looked at my skin I could see how my skin looked healthier!!! My skin is usually dry around my knows and eyebrows, this made my whole face soooo soft and moisturized! I didn’t know how thirsty my skin was until the next morning! I HIGHLY recommend this mask to anyone who has dry skin or for everyone to use when the colder season comes around to keep your face feeling happy and healthy. I’m DEFINITELY going to be purchasing more then one of these mask in the very near future.

xoxo!!

Honey Face Mask Review

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Recently I used my Lapcos Honey sheet face mask. This one is the nourishing mask and I decided to do a little review on each mask. This is the first Lapcos product that I have tried and I have many more masks that I look forward to using and reviewing!!! I wanted you all to know my first impression, how I felt while wearing it, how my skin felt after I took it off and how my skin felt the day after I used it. I like to use a face mask as part of my bedtime routine. So what I like to do is get into my comfy pjs and wash all the makeup off my face (with my ACURE sensitive face wash) or I will wipe off my makeup using my Simple micellar cleansing wipes. I’ll put my hair up and depending on how crazy my hair was that day, I’ll use a headband to keep all my baby hairs back. Then I’ll put on a face mask and once the 20ish minutes is up, I’ll rub in the remaining product and go to sleep.

My fist impression of this sheet mask is that it smelt really nice. It has a nice honey smell (obviously) but it wasn’t overwhelming. As I was pulling it out of the packaging I noticed that there was A LOT of product. I think that this could be both good and bad; good because there is plenty of product for your skin, bad because its very messy to take out and unfold. That was my problem when I tried to unfold the mask, it was slippery and I kept wiping off my hands while unfolding it. Once I got it open I put it on my face and it fit pretty nice.

While I had it on my face I had to keep my face tilted towards the ceiling because the amount of product on the mask made it slide off my face if I tried to do anything with the mask on. I also had to constantly rub in the extra product into my neck as I was wearing the mask to avoid it from dripping all over me. During the time I had it on if felt nice on my skin and I felt my skin absorbing the product.

After the 20ish minutes I took off the mask and there was A LOT of product still on my face. The instructions say to rub in the remaining product but there was soooo much that I tried to let some of it absorb for a few minutes before I started to rub it in. After about 10 minutes my face was still pretty wet. I started to rub the product into my skin but it still took a little over a half hour after I took off the mask for my face to finally dry. From there I went to bed.

When I woke up I went to see if I could notice any change in my skin or appearance of my skin. My skin was definitely softer, however there wasn’t any noticeable change that I could see. This mask was the Nourishing mask, so there may not have even been any change to notice directly. I for sure want to try this mask again, maybe dabbing off product before I start to rub it into my face.

Let me know in the comments which face masks you like to use!!!!

xoxoxo!

Current Fashion Obsessions

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It’s September…which means one of my favorite season is right around the corner….AUTUMN!!!!! I absolutely love Autumn. The leaves change colors, it gets colder and layers are back in style! I am still in the process of collection more sweaters and flannels but as of right now I have two items that I have been loving. I bought both of these at TJ Maxx (one of my favorite places to shop).

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The first item is a jean jacket. The brand is Ci Sono and it was $19.99. I have always loved jean jackets but I could never find one that I was super in love with. When I found this one, I just loved how it fit and how distressed it was. It’s very my style and although it is fitted, I can still layer it with a flannel or T-Shirt underneath. I have not jumped on the denim on denim train just yet but maybe someday I’ll get there.

Second is these sliders. They are the brand Qupid. I got them on sale for $7.99 and I believe that they are one of the best purchase I’ve ever made. All of my shoes are either booties or some form of a sneaker, so to have a shoe that I can just slide on when I’m leaving the house or put on to match a super casual outfit, makes me so happy. They are super comfortable. They don’t hurt my feet after wearing them all day. I absolutely LOVE that they have faux fur on them. The fact that the fur is maroon, white and black means that they match just about everything I own.

I love stores like TJ Maxx because they have super cute designer brands for half the price! It is a great place to shop if you’re on a budget or if you’re going back to school shopping! I can find clothes, pillows, pots & pans and pretty much anything else I need in life, all in one store!!! I can’t wait to show you guys all the other things I will be wearing this fall!! Comment and let me know some of your favorite fall trends or any trend you’ve been loving recently!!!

 

xoxoxo!!!

Exciting News!!

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I’m back! I am so sorry that I haven’t made a post in a while, my life has been CRAZY!! With getting registered for classes, work and constantly driving back and forth from the town I lived in to the town I worked in, it seemed like I never had a free moment. Well that’s all going to change now because I MOVED HOUSE!!! I actually moved from an apartment to an actual house. And I couldn’t be more excited.

So here is a little backstory to help you all understand why I am beyond excited for this move. I was living in a college town about 45 minutes away from the town I grew up in. I have been going to school for….too long and it is very hard to find a job in the town I was living in. It’s very small aside from the University being there. This past April I got a job in my home town working at a small boutique. So for about 5 months I was driving 45 minutes there and back, about 4-5 times a week. It. Was. Exhausting. About 3 months into doing this drive constantly my boyfriend and I decided that we would move to my home town. He is starting classes at the community college here in town and I am finishing my degree online. We both work inmy home town so it just made sense to move down!

It took about two months for us to find a place that we liked and saved up enough for our deposit and first months rent. We also decided that one of our friends was going to move in with us, so there are 3 of us living in our new house. I absolutely love it! There is a huge yard for our dog, a garage for my boyfriend to work in and I have a room for my own office!!! (picture above)

I am so excited for all of the post I want to do in the future! I have an office tour coming once I have everything unpacked and settled. I am just so excited for this next step in my life and I can’t wait to share it with all of you!!! I would love to hear any ideas or topics you would like me to do a post about, please please please comment below!

Until next time!

xoxoxo!