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Badass girlbosses I follow and you should too

If you are looking to find some inspiring women to follow on Instagram, YouTube or blogs: look no further! Here are some ladies who are kicking butts and taking names. They always inspire me with their awesome, positive content and make me wanna go out and slay my goals! Here are the girlbosses I follow, and you should too!

  • Jen Sincero: The lady who I love getting my butt kicked by! I have written a little bit before about how obsessed I am with her book You Are a Badass. Like I’ve listened to it probably 7-8 times now, so…kind of obsessed! I haven’t come across anything else as motivating in my life so far, it has been super influential to me. Anytime I need a kick in the bum to get going, get motivated and stay positive that I can make big and awesome things happen in life I start listening to it again and get super pumped up! It was also the first audiobook I listened to on Audible, and so far nothing else I’ve listened to after has topped how much I enjoyed that one.

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How I cleared my acne and improved my acne scars!

Ever since I was 14, I have struggled with acne. I thought it was really bad back then, as a self-conscious teenager and young adult but when I turned about 24 it turned into a different kind of acne, adult acne. This was the kind that was cystic, deeply painful and the worse part was it left behind absolutely horrible scars. It was very debilitating and I really struggled with it. It has been quite the journey to figure all this out, and I am so happy that I finally see some light at the end of the tunnel!

Something I always swore I would do if I could ever find the elusive secret to clearing my highly problematic and acne-prone skin, is pass that info on to the rest of the world in case it could help even one person out there who is as desperate as I was for years and years to clear my skin up! Also, my biggest frustration when I was desperate for help with my acne and researching ways to help it online was that so many links I clicked on promising the cure were either scammy or an e-book that costs money. I feel like this info should be easily accessible for anyone who is desperate for help, and not some top secret you can only find out when you spend money on some book that may or may not help you. Continue reading

Beauty & Lifestyle Favorites of 2017

beauty and lifestyle favorites of 2017

I’ve finally compiled a list of all my top beauty and lifestyle favorites of 2017! I tried tons of new things last year, and these are the ones that I would say were my most favorite, the most successful and worth the money. Hope you enjoy and find some of these recommendations helpful! Not everything is pictured since I am out of a few of them currently.

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Audible: This was my all time favorite discovery of 2017 because of how much power it has to change my mindset and my life! Obviously, I have heard people talk about using audible for a long time now but it took me forever to jump on the bandwagon. Now I’m IN LOVE. Reading is one of my favorite things in life, and because I have been keeping myself busy recently on other things, I never make the time to actually sit down and read a physical book. But I also had this huge list of recommendations from my friends and things I was intrigued to read too, so I decided to do it in a way where I can also be multi-tasking and completing my mundane tasks at the same time. I will do a whole post soon with more details of why I love Audible so much and my favorite books. It is well worth the money!! Continue reading

Goals for 2018

I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to focus on this year. Putting my goals into writing these past couple years has actually been really effective for me. It’s such a good way to get them out of my head, onto paper and keep going back and checking in with them and seeing how my progress is going. It seems odd until you do it, but the process of actually saying things out loud or writing them down is just more powerful than thinking them.

I think its partly because until you really decide to do something, you don’t really hold yourself to it, it’s more of just an idea swirling around your head that you are thinking about but not deciding to do. At least that has been the case for me! I’ve really enjoyed getting to go back and see what my goals were for the past 2 years, which of them I’ve accomplished, didn’t so much or even changed direction or priorities on. Continue reading

Reflecting back on 2017

Before I post my new goals and dreams for 2018, I thought I would take a little bit and reflect back on my list of goals for 2017. I’ve done this the past couple years and it has been so cool to go back and see which things I accomplished and how I have grown in the span of a year. Btw, isn’t it simply shocking how fast time seems to go by as an adult?? Sometimes I can barely believe it, especially since when I was a teenager it seemed like timed just moved.so.slow and I was in such a hurry to grow up and live my own life!

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Things we learned buying our first home

My husband and I recently bought our very first home! And let me tell you, it feels like a really big deal! We have been married for 11 years now and have rented apartments the whole time. Of course, a lot of them have been very nice, and we have been very thankful for them. But there is just something about living in a house that is actually YOURS. Where you can do whatever you want to it! (within a realistic budget of course!) I have been excited for this moment for literally my entire life. I always looked forward to the day where I could have a house where there were no limitations, and I could make it look exactly how I wanted. It feels amazing to have finally made that dream come true!

That being said, there were things throughout the whole process that were a bit unexpected and we had to adjust our expectations several times throughout it. Since I am obsessed with all things Househunters and Realtor.com and I are basically besties, I assumed I knew most of what went into buying a house. But as it turns out, there were still a few things I didn’t know I didn’t know! And now I’m here to share those things with you…so YOU will know! 🙂

Here goes: The things we learned buying our first home!

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Ways I save money, so I can splurge sometimes

The other day I was thinking about how I’ve posted about a few higher end, more expensive items that can be definitely be categorized as “luxury”. (my handbag, makeup brushes and I plan to do some posts on some higher end green beauty items I’ve invested in recently)

So, lest you get the impression that I just spend money willy nilly, (I don’t!) I thought it would be helpful to do a post about some of the tips and tricks I have used over the years to be able to justify getting nicer things sometimes! If you try to save money in as many areas as possible, then it is easier to spring for some of those splurge items that truly feel worth it to you!

8 ways I save money so I can splurge sometimes

First off, I am someone who definitely tries to be as frugal as possible. I really try to stretch a dollar as far as I can, because then you get the most for your money! Being a good steward of our resources is really important to me! Continue reading

7 Things that cheer me up when I’m having a bad day

7 things that cheer me up when I'm having a bad day

You know those days where everything seems to be going wrong, the dumbest things make you want to cry and you are overall just discouraged about life? Maybe its bad news from a friend or family member, or you are disappointed about something that didn’t work out the way you wanted it to, or, I don’t know…a million other reasons. Those days where the book title: “Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” just seems like the most accurate description ever??

Well…I have those days sometimes. And I don’t know if it’s the same for everyone, but for me I have found a lot of things that seem to consistently cheer me up when I’m down. Maybe they will work for you too? I hope so! Anyways, here are the 7 things that tend to turn my bad days around! Continue reading

my list of goals for 2017

My List of Goals for 2017

My list of goals for 2017

Isn’t a new year such an intoxicating thing?? A fresh start, the slate wiped clean, a new page just waiting to see what will be written on it. It’s all up to you what you will make of it! Obviously life kind of happens to us and takes us down detours along the way, but still, I just love fresh beginnings!

I’m really excited about what this year will bring. I have some pretty ambitious goals! I recently made a vision board to really help me visualize my hopes and dreams in a way that makes it seem real. I highly recommend doing it! It really helps you remember what you are trying to achieve.

I love reading other blogger’s lists of goals too, also their “word” of the year. I love that idea. I’ve recently started focusing on one main theme, or concepts for each year too. In the past few years they have been things like being intentional, simplifying, boundaries and authenticity. Continue reading

10 Things I wish I had known before I adopted my cats

The 10 things I wish I had known before I adopted my cats

Last year we adopted 2 shelter kittens and it completely changed our whole lives! It is absolutely a change in the best way possible, since we love them more than anything and they have brought a crazy amount of joy to our lives! We would definitely do it again, but I thought it would be helpful for people thinking about getting kittens/cats for the first time to be a bit more prepared mentally for exactly what they are signing up for! So without further ado, here’s the 10 things I wish I had known before we got our cats.

1. It will be like you instantly have 2 toddlers in your house. Not even like bringing home a new baby, but immediately skipping that phase and going to the “getting into everything at all times” phase.

We brought home our kitten Milo first, and adopted our 2nd kitten Chester about a month and a half later. We had placed a hold on Milo at the shelter to give us a day to make sure he was the right one, get some cat supplies and cat-proof our house. The funny thing is I thought we did a pretty good job cat-proofing, but when we brought him home we immediately saw that we had a lot more stuff to think about. He is a little explorer and loves to get into everything and he was brave enough to jump up on all our counter tops and things up high, including being able to jump onto our refrigerator and all the top shelves! Continue reading