Monday, January 1, 2018

Goodbye 2017, hello New Year!

Ah, January 1st... It's a fresh start for most of us. New Year's resolutions are the perfect opportunity to start making the changes we said we would make next week or even next month. This is your chance to prepare a list of important lifestyles changes you want to make. Some people tell themselves "why even bother, I'm going to quit after like a day." Remember that you are worth it. Why would you not want to improve yourself and become the best version of you? I enjoy sharing my goals with you guys because we're able to motivate each other to keep moving forward.  

1. Begin journaling. Not only does this improve your reading and writing but it helps keep you together. I had a journal when I was in high school and it was nice to be able to disconnect from everything around me and write my thoughts out.

2. Achieve inner peace. What exactly is "inner peace?" It's a state of being emotionally and mentally at peace, without restless thoughts and being in control of your mind and moods. I want to be able to improve my ability to focus, and have more patience. 

3. Disconnect more often. Yes, technology has wonderful benefits but it can also develop an unhealthy attachment to it. And yes I'm aware blogging deals with using technology but that does not mean I need to be on my phone 24/7. Unplugging helps remove any negative feelings of jealously and loneliness. It also provides us opportunity to reset and refocus our appreciation for the lives we have been given. With that being said, this is also connected to my goal of achieving inner peace.

*Side Note: Having too many goals at once makes it difficult to actually follow through with them so begin with only a few. 

What are your goals for 2018? 

Remember you won't accomplish your dreams or change overnight, but you can make some progress toward it every day.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Simple Christmas Decor

Everyone knows I'm a very festive person when the holidays come around. I like to wear plaid pajamas while sipping hot coco in my santa mug. I can be extra (af) on the holidays, but hey I'm not ashamed! This year I was too caught up with school and work that I didn't have time to go Christmas decor shopping. I decided to work with what I already had and kept it simple.

For the bedside: a nutcracker embellished with gold and silver + a mini tree with "snow."
On the bed: threw two snowflake embroidered pillows. Simplicity at its finest.

The ornaments my mom and I got last year are absolutely gorgeous! We are certainly going to use them as long as we can. It goes with the "Winter Wonderland" theme that we've done for the past 2 years. We're overly obsessed with the silver and gold, although we're considering a "classic" theme for the upcoming year.... Just a thought for now because I'm not sure how I feel about the red + green.
Honestly it does not take much to get in spirit. Set up a mini tree in your bedroom, throw a blanket + holiday pillows. Marshalls and HomeGoods is my go-to place. Inexpensive items & the quality is great.
 Is anyone else festive? hehe I'd love to see how you guys decorate your space!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Current Favorites (Natural/Organic)

1. Jason Toothpaste
This is my all time favorite toothpaste! I use it on the daily and have yet to find a better one. The taste is natural and leaves my mouth feeling clean and fresh. It protects your teeth from cavities and tartar without fluoride. My younger sister dropped her Colgate and refuses to use another toothpaste because of how great this one is.

2. Spry Toothbrush
I think this is the cutest thing ever! No pesticides or chemicals are used in its cultivation, making it an all-natural, sustainable, and eco-friendly alternative to the more-common materials that will take thousands of years to break down.

3. 100% Pure Argan Oil
This product is great for dry skin. I use it overnight and wake up to soft, supple skin. This product actually absorbs into your skin instead of simply sitting on it. It's lightweight but effective. Other companies mix in toxic ingredients to their oils but 100% pure always keeps it clean + CF;)

4.Alba Sunscreen
I'm pretty vigilant when it comes to protecting my skin. Sun or no sun, it's important to wear sunscreen. My mom gave me my first sunscreen when I was a sophomore and since then I've understood the importance of keeping your skin safe from overexposure of the sun. The sun can damage your skin and cause premature aging. After testing about 5 different sunscreens I found this Alba Botanica one to be my favorite. It's oil free, comes on thick but not a problem after rubbing in and it's effective under makeup. (little flashback)

5. Coconut Oil
I'm sure you've all seen those coconut oil memes. There's not a problem that coconut oil can't solve! I use coconut oil multiple ways: shaving cream, moisturizer, makeup remover, cooking. Coconut oil is nourishing and full of natural antioxidants. When used for cooking it releases its healthy fats, but remember that a little goes a long way.

Do you guys have any recommendations? I love testing new products so let me know :)

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

How To: Vegan Hot Chocolate (Simple/Easy!)

What you'll need:
DF Milk
Vanilla Extract
Cocoa Powder
V Chocolate Chips
Maple Syrup or Agave
Sugar (optional)

Directions: (Makes 1 cup)
1. Pour 1 cup of milk + 1 tbsp vanilla extract into a pot on the oven. Bring to boil then stir in the following:
1 tbsp cocoa powder, 1 tbsp maple syrup/agave, 1 tbsp cinnamon, a few chocolate chips. If you are using sugar for extra sweetness go ahead and stir in 1 tbsp as well.
2. Top with coco whip and marshmallows.