We all know what is within and what is not within our comfort zone. And whether we realize it or not, we tend to stay within our comfort zone when it comes to most things in life. Even fashion trends and styles become habit for us and we stick to what is comfortable.
I have to admit I’m guilty of this. If you see me on a day-to-day basis, I typically wear loose-fitting clothing only. I rarely wear anything tight or anything that shows my arms or waist.
I decided that I am at a point in life where I should be pushing my comfort zone. From here on out, I plan to be more open-minded when I’m shopping for new clothes. I won’t be afraid to try new things, even if they’re different from what I am used to wearing.
Now, I am encouraging you to do the same. Think about what what you typically wear. Do you always cover up your arms because you’re self-conscious? Or maybe you don’t wear a certain color or style because you don’t think you can pull it off. Whatever the case may be, I am challenging you to step out of your fashion comfort zone for the month of September.
What type of clothes are in your comfort zone? What type of clothes are out of your comfort zone? Make sure to share your thoughts in the comments below!
This past weekend was my Papi’s birthday, which means I got to spend a little extra time with my family despite opening my store on Saturday. Friday night we went out to eat with my family to begin the weekend. On Saturday (his actual birthday), we ate pizza and my mom’s homemade chocolate cake. My boyfriend got to come up for the weekend to celebrate and the six of us played “Pick Two” and “Cards Against Humanity.” It was a simple weekend, but it was more than enjoyable.
It’s weekends like this where I try to stay off my phone as much as possible. I don’t even think about social media because I want to appreciate the time I have with my family. For my Papi’s birthday, I bought him a “What I Love About Dad” book from Papyrus and shaving cream from The Art of Shaving. My dad is a simple man and doesn’t like elaborate gifts. He prefers gift cards, and little gifts that aren’t too expensive. I always appreciated his simplicity and laid-back personality.
Today, I encourage you guys to spend a little time with your family even if it means calling up your mom and dad and talking to them on the phone for an hour; or, surprise them with a visit. Always make time for your parents. Time with them is precious and we should remember to never take that for granted.
How do you make time for your family? How do you celebrate birthdays in your family? Make sure to leave a comment below!
August is here, which means we only have a month left to enjoy the beach before summer is officially over (sobs). I don’t know about you, but I am not ready for summer to be over. There’s nothing I love more than warm weather, so it’s sad to know it’s almost over.
Be sure to enjoy the last few weeks of summer by taking more trips to the beach and spending time with your friends. Here are my top eight essentials for a day at the beach all under $10:
Beach Bag ($9.99):
Obviously, because you need something to carry your stuff to the beach.
Beach Towel ($9.99):
Unless you enjoy getting sand all over your body, a towel is your BFF for the beach.
Because no one wants skin cancer, so take your skin safety seriously with sunscreen.
Get a sun-kissed glow without damaging your skin with this Maybelline bronzer.
Sea Salt Spray ($4.99):
This spray adds incredible texture for natural beach waves. Trust me, your hair will thank you.
Beat sweat and the heat with Dove deodorant. Plus, it’s the best smelling deodorant ever.
Snacks are always an essential. Make sure to pack a variety for you and your friends.
Lip Moisturizer ($2.99):
EOS will always be my go-to product. Your lips will stay hydrated and protected all day
What are your essentials for the beach? How will you spend the last few weeks of summer? Make sure to leave a comment below!
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Summer is a time where I’m looking to make easy treats that aren’t unhealthy. It can be difficult if you want to keep things fresh and satisfying, which is why I’m sharing three healthy summer treats you can make at home.
The “Doughnut” Bagel:
Yes. I want to eat doughnuts just as much as you do. But for a healthy (and pretty) option, you can make a bagel that looks like a doughnut. Trust me, it’s Instagram worthy.
You’ll need: 1 bagel thin (110 calories); 2 tablespoons of cream cheese (60 calories); food coloring and sprinkles. Mix one drop of food coloring with the cream cheese, spread onto the bagel and add some sprinkles. Yes, it’s that easy to make a pretty, low-calorie treat.
Banana “Ice Cream” Sandwiches:
Ice cream sandwiches can be high in calories. Why not try a mini, frozen treat that’s under 350 calories? You can serve these to friends on a hot day by the pool, or keep them in the freezer on hand when you’re craving a sweet treat.
You’ll need: 1/2 of a banana (55 calories); 2 tablespoons of peanut butter (190 calories) and 2 Hershey chocolate pieces (100 calories). Cut the banana into thin slices and spread the peanut butter on one slice. Top the banana “sandwich” with another slice. Melt Hershey pieces in microwave in three 15-second intervals. Dunk sandwich into chocolate. Freeze for about 15-20 minutes.
If you’re sick of having the same fruit salad every morning, it’s time to switch it up with a cool treat that is also sweet. With minimal calories, fruit pops are a fun way to spice up how you eat fruit (occasionally). You’ll enjoy this on a hot summer day.
You’ll need: strawberries (25 calories), pineapple (40 calories) and two Hershey chocolate pieces (100 calories). Cut a few strawberries and pineapple pieces and put them on a toothpick. After you microwave the chocolate (same directions as above) drizzle it over the fruit. Leave them in the fridge for a cold treat with a sweet taste.
What treat do you want to try? Do you have any simple, healthy summer recipes you want to share? Make sure to leave a comment below!
(c) Above image created by Blissfully Brunette. All photos are from Lush.com
Who doesn’t love Lush? Recently, I’ve been lusting for some of their products for summer; and I’ve created a top five list of what I’ve been wanting most. If you have tried these products, or have other recommendations of other products to try for summer, make sure to leave a comment below!
Brightside Bubble Bar ($10.95): This bubble bar reminds me of everything I love about summer. If you love the colors of a summer sunset and fruity, citrus scents—you’ll love this, too! I’m daydreaming about unwinding and soaking in a bath after a long day at the beach.
Ocean Salt Cleanser ($21.95): This coconut cream and sea salt scrub will remove dead skin cells, which leaves your skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Coconuts remind me of summer, which is why it’s one of my top scents for the season. I also love scrubs for summertime.
Putty for your Hands Wash ($8.95): If you like products that are multi-purposeful, this soap-lotion combination is perfect to clean dry, sore hands. Any products I can use for different purposes is worth the splurge for me! Or it’s great for the guy who needs to give their hands some TLC.
Percup Massage Bar ($11.95): This massage bar is for all the coffee-lovers out there. Coffee beans will stimulate and hydrate your skin while easing your sore muscles. I’ve tried (and loved) every massage bar from Lush, so I can see myself loving this one, too.
Pink Bath Bomb($4.95): For all the Audrey Hepburn fans, the pink bath bomb is for you! Inspired by the queen herself circa Breakfast at Tiffany’s, this vanilla and tonka bean mix will leave your bath bright pink and freshly scented.
What products have you tried from Lush this summer? Make sure to leave your favorites in the comments!