Guest Post from the TweenInBetween

Write Me A Guest Post!

Why hello there! Recently I made a post on writing a guest post for the freckledfashionista. I have some great bloggers lined up to share their post on my blog. The first guest post is from the Tween in Between. Enjoy her guest post, and don’t forget to comment and let her know what you think of it!

Hi! I’m Tweeninbetween, the author of the blog Tween in Between! I’m super excited to be doing a guest post here on Freckled Fashionista!

School is starting really soon!!! (Those can be exclamation points of excitement, or of tragedy, depending on what kind of mood you’re in!)

Because school is just around the corner, I wanted to share with you five different back-to-school outfit ideas, complete with sketches! I’ve been sketching and sewing for about three years, and since we’re all so excited to go back to school (NOT!), I thought this was the perfect thing!

The first one is The Rebel’s School Uniform.

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I really love this one! I think it’s just super cute and fun! I like the boots just because…well, they’re boots! Who needs another reason??? The shirt is probably my favorite part, because it ties the whole outfit together and is definitely the statement piece of this sketch. I like how this outfit could be worn at any time of the year, because, like I said, it’s so cute, but it gives off just enough ‘school’ vibe that it makes the perfect back-to-school outfit!

The Preppy (But Still Stylish) A+ Student

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This outfit is (as the name suggests) pretty preppy, but it’s still very stylish! I like the way the pink looks with the blue jeans! Of course, the shirt has a collar, and the model is wearing capris and black flats – the outfit has to live up to its name! However, I think this one does a great job of being preppy without being childish! In the back to school category, it gets an A+++ in my book!

“I Wish it Was Still Summer!”

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I think this one just might be my absolute personal favorite! I love, love, love the boho-beach-chic vibe it gives off, and it’s definitely clear the wearer does not want summer to end! (Hmmmm…maybe that’s why I like it so much. I don’t want summer to end either!) I really like how all the colors go together! This outfit is so versatile, too! The sandals are super cute, and so is the skirt! You could wear it to the beach or to a restaurant! In my opinion, that makes it an ideal school outfit!

Nerd Chic

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Ooh, this is another good one! I just think it’s sooooooo stylish and absolutely adorable! The sweater, pleated schoolgirl skirt, and messy bun bring the ‘nerd’ element, and the fishnet tights and boots add just the right amount of pizazz! This outfit just has everything! Cute boots? Check! Adorable skirt? Check! Girly sweater? Check! Just-the-right-amount-of-messy hair? Check! I would definitely wear this to school!

“I Woke Up Like This.”

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Guys, let’s be honest! We all wish we could wake up like that! This is another one of my favorites, simply because it’s got the perfect amount of looking like a nonchalant, thrown-together outfit. But it’s not so shabby-chic it couldn’t be worn to school! Now let’s break it down: I absolutely adore all the parts of the outfit! I love the off-the shoulder sweater, the ripped jeans, the comfy-looking UGGs, and especially the hair! (Messy bun half-up updo? Yes, please!) All in all, this is, in my opinion, a fabulous back-to-school outfit!

That’s it! Thanks for reading, and of course, an enormous thank you to Abigail for letting me post here today! I had fun, how about you?🙂 Comment which outfit was your favorite!

And there you have it! Thank you! Be sure to check out Tween in Between’s blog. It’s not too late to write a guest post for the freckledfashionista! Apply here. 

Write A Guest Post for the FreckledFashionista!

Hello, hello!

I want to grow the freckledfashionista to be bigger and better! I have loved featuring other bloggers in the past, in a guest post, and it’s truly great to see fresh new content on my blog. Well, I want more guest bloggers, and YOU could write a guest post for my blog! This will help you get tons of exposure to your blog. Write Me A Guest Post!.jpg

How it works: I have written an application sheet with some questions so I can get to know you better. If you have a blog that has sewing, makeup, fashion, or healthy living posts, I would love for you to write a guest post for my blog!

Here are the questions:

  1. What is your blog’s name? (Please give the link.)
  2. Describe your blog in five words.
  3. Tell me a bit about yourself and your blog!
  4. If you were going to write a guest post for the freckledfashionista, what would you write it about?
  5. Why do you blog?
  6. What blog post are you most proud of publishing? (Please give the link.)

Once you have filled the application, email your answers to me to be considered! My email is freckledfashionista.wordpress@gmail.com. Or you can contact me via the Contact Me page.

I’m going to go over the applications, and I will be emailing people that I am interested in.

Thank you!

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A Day In Woodstock!

Hello lovely readers! A few days ago, my family and I spent the day in Woodstock.It’s a charming town about an hour from my house, and it’s filled with boutiques, shops, cafes, clothing stores, and a lot more! The whole town is very artsy.

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The first stop was a wonderful sewing shop called Sew Woodstock. They sell vintage clothing, fabric, notions, and they teach sewing classes, as well as doing alterations. I loved the shop the second I walked in. The shop is bright, colorful, and inviting, which is everything a sewing shop should be.

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All in all, I really enjoyed Sew Woodstock, and if you are ever nearby it I would recommend going in there! I got a few things from the shop.

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After going to Sew Woodstock, we continued to walk around the town. Each of the shops are so diverse and unique, which is part of what makes Woodstock such a cute town.

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We found this lovely peace sign on the sidewalk! To end the afternoon, we got lunch at the “Yum Yum Noodle Bar”.

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It was a wonderful day! If you are ever near Woodstock, go and check out the town!

Thanks for reading!

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Calia Products Review

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Hello!  Recently I had the opportunity to try out a few products from a company called Calia. I was introduced to their company through Sarah Nagel’s videos, and I fell in love right away! Calia has hair and skin care products, as well as essential oils! They have a wide range of products from cleansers to toners, to shampoo and lotion.

I got sent a box full of goodies, and today I’m going to tell you about each of the products that I received, and let you know what I think about them!

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First, let’s talk about the shampoo and conditioner. Calia has a few different shampoos and conditioners on their website, and I chose to try out the Hydrating shampoo.

My hair has been a rocky road. I use to curl and straighten it a lot, which made it dry in some parts and oily in other parts. Some of my hair was healthy, but a lot of my hair was brittle and dried out. I started using coconut oil on my hair, which helped it grow and made it a lot healthier. I also got a wooden brush, and I saw an improvement from that as well. I honestly tried all kinds of things, but the one thing that I couldn’t figure out was shampoo and conditioner. I considered the No Poo method, but like I said, my hair tends to be oily in the summer and dry in the winter, so I wasn’t sure if that would work.

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I read tons of reviews and found lots of shampoos and conditioners that I wanted to try. I settled on Mane ‘N Tail, and that was the last straw. My hair was so brittle and dry after using it, and it got worse the more I used it. Eventually I realized it was because of the sulfates in the shampoo. Sulfates literally strip your hair of its natural oils. I did even more research and I found Calia! I fell in love right away and wanted to try some. I emailed Calia and here I am!

My favorite part about the shampoo & conditioner is the ingredient list. It’s nice to actually know every single thing on the list! Calia also keeps bad things out of their products–here’s the list:

  • No Animal Testing
  • No Sulfates
  • No Dea (diethanolamine)
  • No Sodium Chloride (Salt)
  • No Propylene glycol

Also, their products are 100% Canadian and environmentally friendly, and most of the ingredients are organic! They use a lot of essential oils in their products, which I’m all down for. So, onto what I thought of it…

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It smells HEAVENLY. While I was washing my hair with it, all that I could think about was the smell. It smells like roses and clean air, and who doesn’t want their hair to smell like that? My hair felt really clean while I was washing it, and once it dried, I was shocked at how silky and smooth it felt. After a few more uses, Calia has removed the buildup from other products on my hair. My hair is so silky and it’s not dry anymore! This product really lives up to its name, my hair is so hydrated now.  It is literally a miracle shampoo (and conditioner)!

Onto the other hair-related product that I received: Intensive Conditioner!

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This stuff is my life. I love it! The s & c really helped with my brittle hair, but this intensive conditioner gave my hair more moisture and made the brittle hair go away for good. :) In between days that I wash my hair, I use this to keep it healthy. This is like a hair mask–you put it in your wet hair for about two  minutes, and then rinse it out.

The intensive conditioner does not have much of a strong scent like the shampoo and conditioner, but I was fine with that! It was smooth and my hair loved it!🙂 I was shocked at how my hair felt once I rinsed it out, and my hair dried.  My hair was like silk, and it was so clean and soft! I’m going to order more of it as soon as I run out.

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Lastly for the cleanser! I’ve only gotten to use this a few times, but I really like it. It has a cool feel and lathers nicely! A lot of cleansers that I’ve used have stung, because I have very sensitive blemish-prone skin. In the evenings I use cleansers that have lots of chemicals in them, and while those have helped clear up my face, they have made my face really fragile and sensitive.

I wanted to try out this cleanser to give my skin a break for a bit! And I wasn’t disappointed! I used this after I ran once, and my face felt really clean afterwards, so I’m convinced that it got the sweat and oil out of my pores! My face was soft afterwards, so I’m going to keep using it and we’ll see what happens.🙂

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My verdict? I’m obsessed with Calia and I will never, ever, ever switch to different hair and skin care products!

Pros:

  • Their products are inexpensive
  • Calia has high standards for their products, so you can expect quality products.
  • They have high quality, organic ingredients!
  • Their products do NOT have sulfates, which is a huge plus!
  • They have many different products, like toner, cleanser, hairspray, shampoo and conditioner, essential oils, lotion, and more!
  • You will actually see results from using their products!

Cons:

  • It ships from Canada, so you do have to pay for shipping. It is worth it, though!

So, what are you waiting for? Head to Calia’s website and take a look at their products! If you have tried their products let me know how they worked for you! Thank you, Calia!

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Note: Calia sponsored  this post. 100% of my opinions  in this post are my own!

4th of July

imageimageimageimageHello! I just wanted to make a quick post to say Happy 4th of July! Although I’m a little bit late…:) I’ve been back from vacation for a few weeks now, and I’m so excited for my next posts. I have some new clothing items to share with you, a guest post, and a suprise.🙂 I hope you have a wonderful week! I had a great start to the week by someone telling me I looked 17…

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Fabric Haul

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There is nothing better than a good old fabric haul! I want to start this posting by saying a big thank you to the Renegade Seamstress. She hosted a giveaway for a $100 gift card to Joann’s, and I won! Thank you!

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The first thing that I got was some elastic, I always need to stock up on this for my projects.🙂

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I’ve dropped my scissors way too many times, and I’ve cut yarn, paper, and more with my scissors. I really needed a new pair! Joann’s was having a buy one get one free deal, so I got a pair of lefty scissors, and some thread snip scissors for small threads. Am I the only lefty here?

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It was time for some new needles, so I got a couple different sizes. The 100/16 needle in the regular point needle pack is heavy-duty–I have some upholstery fabric that I can probably use with it! My ball point needles were getting a bit dull, so I got some more ballpoint needles as well.

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This fabric is actually not from Joann’s! A church nearby was having a rummage sale, and I found this super fun print. The ladies there told me it was an African print, but the lady at the checkout said that it wasn’t. Oh well, it’s cute, and it looked like something that Marck would like. Maybe I’ll make him something out of it.🙂

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This fabric isn’t from Joann’s, either! The thrift store near my Hannaford has a big box of fabric that I always look through. I’m in love with this upholstery/outdoor fabric, and it’s stiff enough that it would make an awesome fabric box! And it already goes with my comfortor, which is a plus.

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More upholstery fabric. It’s begging to be made into a fabric box.🙂 Or what about a throw pillow?

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Onto the Joann’s fabric! I was looking through the new Nicole Miller collection at Joann’s, and I saw this gorgeous black fabric with flowers. It was on sale for $8 a yard, and was too good not to pass up. It seriously has the perfect stretch–not too stretchy, but a nice, soft stretch with a good recovery. I’m a little low on tops, so this might become a tank or a blouse.

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This fabric instantly caught my eye in the knit section. There isn’t a lot of it, it was at the end of the bolt, so I’ll probably turn it into a short skirt, or something like that. What about a One Hour Top? I went into Joann’s with some ideas of what I wanted, but I wasn’t sure what to actually sew with fabric.

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Last, but not least, 2 and 1/2 yards of eyelet cotton fabric. I am in love with this. And I know exactly what I’m sewing with it! But that’s a secret for now.🙂 I have to sew it fast, we’re going to Cape Cod in two weeks! Maybe I’ll take some pictures with it at the beach. I’ve given away too much, haven’t I?

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It was a fun haul, and I only spent around $70! I still have around $30 left on the card! Joann’s was having great deals the day that I went, so I’m glad that I didn’t have to use all of the money.

What should I do with the fabric? Thanks for reading!

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Healthy Foods: What to Make

Hello! Long time, no see! It is Day 27 of the pledge. I got a request for tips on making healthy foods. I spent a while trying to figure out how to lay out this post. So, for this post, I am going to be sharing my top two foods/recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and snacks. This is going to be a long post! If you missed the first pledge post, check it out here.Let’s start with some good old breakfast.

Breakfast

Breakfast has always been really easy for me. I’m not a breakfast person, so I typically have something small.🙂IMG_9243

One of my favorite things for breakfast is a plate of some healthy fruits & sometimes veggies, like celery. It really helps give me energy and fills my stomach.

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For my second option, I love ack-mack crackers with peanut butter on them.  Ack-mack crackers are just bland sesame crackers, but they have essential grains in them, and they’re really good for you. I also like these because they’re really basic, so you can basically put anything on them. (For a lunch option, you could melt some mozzarella on them and put a couple pieces of basil on….yum!) You can buy these at Target, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Hannaford…pretty much anywhere.

Lunch

Lunch is really fun, because you can have the same kinds of foods as dinner.

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One of the most basic, delicous things that I like for lunch is a quesidilla. I seriously have these for lunch almost every day. These are super easy, and you can add chicken, beans, sour cream, etc. Make sure you use a whole wheat tortilla, it’s healthier!

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Roasted veggies are becoming a favorite for me. I love sweet potatoes, russet potatoes, beets, carrots….I just peel and cut them and throw them in the oven for about 45 mins. To make your life easy, just cut a ton of veggies of your choice and cook them for the week. You can warm them up whenever you want them for lunch/dinner. Easy!🙂

Dinner

Rice Bowls

I love Mexican food, and one of the easiest dinners is a rice bowl. Just cook up some rice (use brown rice, it’s better for you) and add some salsa, cheese, beans, lettuce, etc. Rice is a really good foundation because it’s used in all kinds of food–from Indian food to Chinese food. I have rice bowls probably twice a week.

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Another classic for dinner is just some wheat pasta and sauce. Make sure you use a healthy wheat pasta that has essential grains. If I’m feeling lazy, I’ll just have leftover pasta for lunch, too! If you want an easy pasta, just cook the pasta of your choice and add some butter, salt and pepper, and basil.

Dessert

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If you have a sweet tooth, no worries! Me too! For dessert, you can actually have dark chocolate, if it’s over 80% cacaco. Dark chocolate is really good for you, and it’s delicious. Make sure you pick a fair trade and organic opition.

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I also love date fudge! I found this recipe on one of my favorite youtube channels, Holistic Habits. Check it out here.

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And because you can’t go wrong with more desserts, I’ll mention my favorite three ingredient peanut butter cookies. These seriously take ten mintues to make and cook, and they are so so so good.🙂 Check it out here. 

Snacks

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I love a refreshing cucumber after a long day. I always peel it, and put a pinch of salt on the slices for a better flavor.

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You have no idea how obsessed I am with dates. They are SO sweet and soft. If you put them out in the sun for a while, they get a slightly crystallized taste. Make sure you buy pitted dates to make your life easier!

And there you have it! I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a while, but it’s better late than never. Also, I went on a huge fabric haul a few days ago, so stay tuned for that! Thank you for reading!

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Spring Cleaning

It’s Day Nine of the Pledge! If you missed the orginal post, check it out here. We have some other posts up on the blog about the pledge, like how to write a gratitude journal, so check those out!

Finally, the snow has melted and spring has arrived! You know what that means….fresh buds, sunshine, and spring cleaning. There is nothing better than a clean house, it feels so good to be done. I always get dragged into cleaning, but there are ways to make it fun! Today the Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center and I are going to be sharing some ways to have a safer, and more fun cleaning session.

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1. Open the windows

After months cooped up inside during winter, open up those windows! Let the clean air freshen up your house. Say goodbye to stale, dry air! We have a sunroom on our back porch with windows lining one wall and a glass “window”  on the cieling so more sun can get in and we can watch the birds in the trees.

2. Let in the sunshine

Often times, what with furniture and curtains, tables and decor; windows can get covered up. Try moving around your furniture for a fresh look and more sunshine! The rays will warm up your house and give you some good ol’ vitamin D.

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This is the glass “window” that I was talking about.

3. Have a catchy playlist

Need some motivation? Lately I’ve been loving Spotify and Pandora. They have some of my favorite songs and making playlists couldn’t be easier. Sometimes I don’t want too much of a distraction, so I’ll turn on classical music to provide a stress-free backdrop.

4. Burn a candle

Not only do candles make your home smell good, they make your home more cozy and in some cases, can release stress. Since it’s spring, opt for a nice floral scent.

5. Use safe cleaners

Check the ingredients of your sprays and cleaners! Many contain toxins that you don’t want to be putting on your surfaces. If you’re unsure about your cleaners, just make your own! All you need is a spray bottle, some vinegar and water, and voila!

6. Be careful

If you are renovating your home, be safe! Many old homes built before the 1970s contain asbestos, a known cause of  Mesothelioma cancer.

Be sure to check out these spots:

  • Insulation within the ceiling and walls
  • Lining around house piping
  • Vinyl plastic floor tiles
  • Home siding and roofing

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And there you have it! Stay safe and have a wonderful day!

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How To Keep A Gratitude Journal

Bonjour! It’s day three of the pledge! Be sure to check out the first post if you missed it. If you’re taking the pledge with me, how is it going so far? I got a request for a post on making healthy food. This is going to be a long, helpful post, so stay tuned! I’m going to be sharing some of the easiest and inexpensive meals and some resources. It should be coming out within a few weeks.

As for today’s post, this is a post I have been wanting to do too. This pledge is not just about what you feed the brain–it’s about what you feed your mind. I have found that keeping a gratitude journal really helps erase some of negative thoughts in my head.

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A gratitude journal is a place where you keep track of the things that make you happy and positive. It helps you to reflect on the good things that are happening in your life at that time.

Some people simply don’t have time to keep a journal, and I totally understand that! I’m always on a crunch for time too. Hopefully today’s tips will help you stick to writing in your journal every day.

Start by picking a time that works for you.

Some people enjoy mornings, others enjoy the evening. I personally like the morning, because it helps me start my day with some positivity.

Find out how you want to organize your journal.

There are two ways that you can organize your journal.

Way One: Write the things that you are thankful for in a list. It looks something like this:

  • I’m thankful for my blog
  • I’m thankful for my followers
  • I’m thankful for my family
  • I’m thankful for Charlie

And so on. If you don’t have a lot of time to write in your journal, I would recommend this for you. If you only have time to write a couple of things a day, that’s fine!  

Way Two: Write the things that you are thankful for in short paragraphs. This is more descriptive and tends to be like a diary, but make sure your paragraphs aren’t too long. It looks like something this:

  • I’m thankful for the rain. For the last week, it’s been very hot and the garden just needs some fresh rain. This morning, I had time to read and eat breakfast while watching the rain fall down.

Also, don’t be worried if your journal becomes a little random. The first couple pages of your journal will probably have important things, like “family” “heat” “a nice home” “food”, etc. But if the other pages stray to “Dogs” and “My arm”, Don’t worry! If you can’t think of what to write, just don’t write anything. Try to focus on things that you are thankful for that are happening in your life at the time. 

If you cannot think of anything else to write, start some new sections in your journal, like “Things That Make Me Happy”…whatever you want to add that helps you channel positivity will help. 

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Please excuse my horrible handwriting.🙂

The last step is applying this to your life. If you are having a bad day, read through the journal. Look at everything you’ve written. Remember the memories that you captured in a single word. Think of the kind words people have said to you, the smiles you’ve received. Your spirits will rise instantly.

And look at photos! Keep photos near you to help stay positive during the day.

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I have a cork board where I have a couple of my favorite photos hanging there. This is a photo of me in Boston, where I was born. 

I hope that this post has given you some inspiration! If you have ANY questions, drop me a comment or contact me via email.  If you still aren’t sure what to do for your gratitude journal, or if you have any questions whatsoever on the pledge, I’m here to help. Let’s chat!

Have a beautiful, happy, and positive day. I’ll see you in the next post!

 

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And So It Begins!

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The Pledge officially begins today! If you missed my first post, please check it out here for more details. Since it’s a Sunday, today’s post is pretty small. I just wanted to give you my quick agenda for today:

Tonight, I’m hoping to do a yoga workout. It’s a rainy day here in New York, so I’ll probably do a gentle workout, maybe this one?  Or maybe I’ll make my own little workout up.🙂

I’m going to also make some three ingredient peanut butter cookies. These are soooooooo good and since they don’t have a lot of ingredients (an egg, sugar, and peanut butter), they’re a pretty healthy choice! I make these all the time. If you want to make these, be sure to use organic & all natural peanut butter.

I’m also hoping to do a coconut oil hair mask. (I’ll have a post coming soon on this!) I do these all the time, and they work wonders for growing your hair! I cut two inches off my hair recently and I’ve noticed that it’s already grown back.

Hopefully, fingers crossed, I’ll have a post ready for you tomorrow. I’ve been thinking up some fun post ideas for this month, and here are some ones that I’ve came up with:

  • A quick yoga routine for the morning
  • Tips for growing long and healthy hair fast
  • A coconut hair mask
  • Keeping a gratitude journal

And of course I have some more sewing creations to share with you! Do any of those post ideas interest you? What kinds of things would you like to see?

Thank you very much for reading! Have a wonderful day.

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P.S. My $100 gift card arrived recently. I’m looking forward to doing a fabric haul! Stay tuned!