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5 Posts I Loved: September Edition

Posted in Beauty, Fashion, Health, Lifestyle
on September 28, 2016

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Another month has passed, which means I’m sharing five posts I loved in September. Most of these posts are from new bloggers I’ve stumbled across on social media, groups, and more! So I’m happy to say I’ve found so many new, wonderful bloggers to add to my daily reading list.

Real Talk: Life Post Graduation” from Rachel

If you’re a recent college graduate who feels like they’re not moving forward with their future, please take a few minutes to read Rachel’s post. I was absolutely in love with how she shared her experience of “standing still” after graduation. If you’re not at the job you want to be at, and don’t feel good enough because you’re not moving forward—you need to read this! You will love it, and you will find that it’s okay to stand still and wait for the right opportunity.


250+ More Things I Tossed After I Downsized” from Erin

I remember leaving a comment on one of Erin’s posts saying that her content always inspires me to push myself with my minimalism journey. Even after she has downsized the amount of stuff in her home, she still continues to remove clutter from her life. Although I’m no where near her level of minimalism, her posts (especially this one) are filled with inspiration to have you remove junk you don’t need in your home!


10 Ways to Feel Beautiful Right Now” from Lucie

Sometimes, you simply don’t feel your best; and that’s perfectly okay because we aren’t perfect. If you’re in need of a pick-me-up post to make you smile and feel a little bit better about yourself, read these 10 tips from Lucie. Whether you decide to dance it out, or appreciate your flaws—you’ll love the feel-good advice from Lucie.


Things to do at the Start of Every Month to Stay Organized” from Erin

I love reading content that’s related to organization, minimalism, and everything in between. Erin shared things I never considered in my routine for a new month like budget or finance goals for each month. Since I’m working on saving money, this is a great way to stay on top of it. She gives similar tips for meal planning, fitness goal setting, etc. If you want to have a stress-free and a fully-organized month, read her post!


The Dos & Dont’s For Layering This Fall” from Taylor

Let’s be honest, fall fashion is the best fashion, and you need to know how you should layer your looks properly this season with a few tips from Taylor. Should you go a size up in a bomber jacket? (The answer is yes!) Make sure to read Taylor’s list of dos and don’ts as you start shifting your wardrobe from summer to fall. You’ll love her tips and advice as the weather cools off this season.

What blog posts have YOU loved from other bloggers this month? What blogs posts did you love from YOUR own blog this month? Make sure to share some links in the comments below!

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10 Self-Care Tips For Bloggers

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on September 26, 2016

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Whether blogging is your full-time career, a side hustle, or a hobby—it’s important to give yourself some time for self care throughout the process. Today I’m sharing some self-care tips I practice as a blogger, and how you can incorporate them into your routine. For my fellow bloggers, you will be able to add a little bliss to your life knowing you’re balancing your blog and everything in between.

1| Don’t let blogging get in the way

By this I mean, don’t let blogging become your only focus. There is so much more to life than your blog. Don’t let it become priority over your children, spouse, family, friends or your well-being altogether. It’s important to love your blog and give it your all, but don’t lose track of the big picture. Remember to balance your blog, family, friends and time for yourself.

2| Step back when you’re stressed

If posting five days a week stresses you out, and you haven’t been able to sleep well for weeks on end—change your posting schedule to three time a week. If you have a lot going on in your personal life, take a step back from your blog and focus on what you need to focus on in your life. It’s okay to time when life becomes too much. Your readers will be forgiving!

3| Take social media breaks

I take my social media breaks on the weekends. For me, taking a break from social media is important because it can be the most stressful component of blogging. Having two or three days where you’re not worrying about Twitter chats, relevant hashtags, and creating gorgeous, Instagram-worthy content is helpful for your self-care routine as a blogger.

4| Unplug consistently

Whether you set an alarm for 8 p.m. and unplug, or you don’t go on social media at all two days a week—make sure you unplug from social media. Blogging isn’t just about writing posts and taking photos. It’s all-consuming with the addition of social media. Don’t feel like you need to be “on the clock” with social media seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Give yourself time when you unplug from the digital world completely and rest.

5| Be mindful and focused

When I talk about “mindfulness,” I ask that you are present when you’re blogging. Stay focused when you do set aside two hours for writing that new post you’re excited about. Don’t let your mind wander, play YouTube videos in the background. Have no distractions so that when you’re done blogging, you will feel accomplished and satisfied.

6| Have a schedule

Many bloggers work on their blog every day for more than eight hours a day because there are posts to write, photos to edit and social media content to create. Instead, focus on creating a schedule for blogging so that you’re not over-working yourself. For example, work from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on everything blogging-related, then give yourself time to focus on cooking, cleaning and other life commitments.

7| Stop comparing yourself

Don’t look at another blogger and play the comparison game. “She has such a beautiful Instagram theme. Maybe I don’t have as many followers because my theme isn’t like hers.” This is only one example, but there are so many ways you can compare yourself to other bloggers in the community. Remember, your blog, theme, and posts are completely original to what YOU want and that’s wonderful. Don’t compare yourself and put yourself down.

8|Schedule off-screen time

Between your laptop, iPhone, TV, etc. there is so much time we spend staring at a screen. Make sure you have time every day when you’re away from your electronics. Get outside for a walk, do a workout at home, read, go out for coffee with your friend, have a spontaneous date night, or visit family. Enjoy time offline and don’t forget to have a life outside of your blog.

9| Take time/days off

How many bloggers do something for their blog (even if it’s only 30 minutes of work) at some point during the day. You need time off. You deserve time off and you deserve a break from blogging. You won’t hard every day, and you need to let your mind recharge from its work. Schedule days off when you don’t work on your blog or stress about your blog either.

10|Take time for yourself

While you’re juggling your blog, work, family, friends, and everything else in life, don’t forget that you need time for YOURSELF! Schedule time for self care whether that’s treating yourself to a massage, creating a workout routine, or having a hobby you enjoy. Don’t forget to give yourself a little love because you’re doing great even if you don’t think you are. Remember that!

What tips would you add to the list? Make sure to leave your suggestions in the comments below!

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Fall Skin Essentials

Posted in Beauty
on September 16, 2016

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I try to update my skincare routine based on the seasons because the essentials I use in Spring and Summer are completely different from Fall and Winter. Make sure to leave a comment below telling me what your fall skincare essentials are! I want to thank Götz for sponsoring this post and sharing their product with me. Without it, I would have never known a difference one treatment could make to my skin.

1| Makeup Remover

I changed up my makeup remover for fall to an oil-based makeup remover that’s not so harsh on my skin, which is why I’ve been loving the boscia makeup-breakup cleansing oil. I would definitely recommend this if you want a remover that won’t irritate your skin and that will remove all your makeup easily.

2| Cleansers and Scrubs

Cetaphil’s face cleanser has been in my routine for five years and I’ve used Lush’s Cup o’ Coffee for over two years. I can say that both products are wonderful for fall. I treat my skin to a scrub because of the change in weather, but I don’t need to change my skin cleanser because it works well anytime of year. Both are great for normal to oily skin types.

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3| Moisturizer

Another set of products I’ve used for more than five years is the DayWear collection from Estēe Lauder. I’ve tried other moisturizers and serums over the years, but I’ve found that this collection works best for fall. Both products are incredibly hydrating but they don’t leave my skin oily or feel weighed down.

4| Treatments

Another newer product I’ve been loving this oxygen facial tonic from Götz. This product balances excessive oils in your skin, without drying out my skin for fall. It also helps soothe redness from blemishes. Let’s be honest, we all have pimples from time to time, so it’s nice to have a product in stock that helps treat any blemishes fast.

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After using the facial tonic for a month, I’ve noticed my pores are smaller, and I have less redness in the problem areas of my skin when I have breakouts. I love that it removes all impurities and leaves my skin feeling refreshed. If you’re interested in trying the product yourself, be sure to shop the facial tonic here!

What products have you been loving recently for your skincare routine? Leave a comment below so I can check them out!

 

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10 Fall Blog Post Ideas

Posted in Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle
on September 12, 2016

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Is anyone else really excited for fall? Call me basic, but this is my favorite time of year; and although the season doesn’t (technically) begin until late September, you know I’ll be celebrating all month long.

That being said, I wanted to share a little fall blog inspiration but sharing some fall-themed blog posts ideas I plan to incorporate on the blog throughout the upcoming months. Make sure to leave a comment with your fall blog posts ideas for the season!

1| Fall Bucket List

Write about what seasonal activities you want to do during fall. Whether you want to go apple picking, go to a fall festival, go to a corn maze, etc. Share what’s on your fall bucket list!

2| Fall Fashion Inspiration

I’m all about fashion inspiration for every season of the year. Post some photos from your favorite bloggers on Instagram and share what has been inspiring your fall wardrobe.

3| Fall Beauty/Fashion Wish List

Are there any new beauty/fashion trends or products out for 2016? Create a wish list with the products you’re wishing for this season.

4| Test some Fall Pinterest Hacks

We’ve all seen Pinterest hacks whether they’re cooking, lifestyle or beauty. Put those hacks to the test and write a post about what worked and what was a fail.

5| Favorite Fall Beauty DIYs

Are there any fall-themed beauty DIYs you love to make for this time of year? Share them with your readers by writing a how-to post.

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6| Fall Beauty/Fashion Favorites/Must-Haves

At the end of each month, share what fall fashion and beauty items you loved. Or, share what your fall fashion and beauty essentials are for change in season.

7| Fall Date Night Ideas

Who doesn’t love to get a little inspiration for date nights? Create a list of fun, inexpensive date night ideas for fall and share them with your readers.

8| Fall Activities to do in Your City

Be a tourist in your town and write about things to do in the fall. Visit different fall festivals, the best spot for apple picking or finding pumpkins, or go on a fall beer tour.

9| Halloween DIY Costumes/Makeup.

What are some easy Halloween costumes can you DIY with minimal spending? Put together four or five different looks and share them leading up to Halloween.

10| Fall recipes for Halloween, Thanksgiving, etc.

From a homemade apple crisp to the best stuffing for Thanksgiving, there are so many unique recipes to enjoy during fall. Share some of your favorites for parties, holidays, etc.

What are some other fall-themed blog posts ideas you want to share on your blog this season?  Make sure to leave a comment below!

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5 Easy Beauty DIYs Using Honey

Posted in Beauty
on September 7, 2016

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It’s been quite some time since I’ve talked about some beauty DIYs. Once in awhile, I notice my skin, hair, etc. need a little extra TLC from the change in weather, and I know I have better results when I use all natural products like honey, coconut oil, and other natural ingredients.

The best part about these beauty DIYs is that you can easily make them at home with very little time and effort. I don’t know about you, but I love DIYs are that effective and simple.

Honey has so many wonderful properties for your skin and hair. It replenishes hydration and helps to heal any acne, scarring, etc. on your skin. If you want to treat your skin weekly, you can simply rub raw honey into your skin instead of washing your face in the morning or evening. It gives your skin a break from chemicals in face wash, and it helps soothe, clean, and treat your skin.

1| Hair Mask

Ingredients: Honey and Coconut Oil.

This treatment will hydrate your hair, repair some damage from hot tools, and it will give your hair extra shine! If your hair has been looking dull and lifeless like mine (tbh it’s not pretty) I would definitely recommend it.

2| Brightening Face Scrub

Ingredients: Honey, One Lemon, and Sugar.

I have been using lemon so much from drinking hot water with lemon in the morning, to making this DIY for a skin-brightening, face scrub. You only need three ingredients to create a scrub that will brighten your skin after a few treatments.

3| Cuticle Treatment

Ingredients: Honey, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Coconut Oil.

I don’t know about you guys, but I need to take better care of my nails! My nails and cuticles have been horrible recently because I don’t have time to keep up with them weekly. So, I treat myself to a little treatment every other week to keep them moisturized and maintained.

4| Sunburn Treatment

Ingredients: Honey and Aloe Vera.

Awhile back, I fell asleep outside for almost an hour without any sun protection. When I woke up—I had two lines of sunburn. I knew aloe vera and ice were essentials, but combining honey and aloe vera is helpful for relieving your skin. I would definitely recommend this if you experience sunburn.

5| Coffee Body Scrub

Ingredients: Honey, Coffee Grounds, Olive Oil, and Brown Sugar.

You all know how much I love to use body scrubs on a weekly basis. Recently, I’ve been taking a break from Lush’s Cup O’ Coffee to create a simple, DIY version myself. You only need a few ingredients to give your skin the treatment it deserves. This will remove dead skin cells and soften your skin.

I hope this gave you a little inspiration to try a new DIY treatment for your hair, skin, etc. Make sure to leave a comment if you try any of these DIYs, or if you have a different DIY you want to share.


What was your favorite DIY? What other DIYs have you been loving recently? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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