Exciting Announcement

Hi, welcome back!

I have an exciting announcement that I’ve been working on for a while now. Drumroll, please….

I revamped my blog! Oops, I did it again. If you know me, you know I’m never satisfied. I’m obsessed with change when it comes to my blog. I got some new fonts, a completely new color palette, a new style–my blog has a totally new feel now, it’s very minimalistic and modern.

This is the biggest update I’ve done to my blog. I had a huge to-do list of things that I needed to update, little things that have frustrated me on my blog for years. Needless to say, it took a lot of sighing and hard work. I rewrote my pages, redid every graphic, cleaned up the sidebar, and edited tons of little details so that my blog will look better overall.

Go take a peek and see how it looks! I would love your opinions!

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Change Is Good

Change is always, always a good thing.I love change, even though it’s hard. Every now and then (more like every few months), I change my blog design, because I’m obsessed with change and a fresh design.

I’ve been thinking about this for months! My blog has been getting a ton of new followers and views, and it’s past time to start making my blog look more like a professional blog. Kate did a fantastic job redoing my blog, but one problem remained, like an itch that I couldn’t reach (this is getting dramatic, folks). My blog really needed a new theme.

I finally made the leap and chose a new theme. Since the header image Kate made me didn’t fit, I made a new one. Otherwise, everything else she did for my blog remains.

Be sure to check it out and let me know what you think of it! My blog honestly needed a change and change is good. My blogging friend May Everly just changed her blog theme the other day (by the way, it looks amazing), and something inside my head snapped that I just wanted a change too. Be sure to follow her blog, her posts are fantastic.

Thank you for reading and following me during this journey! I would love to know your thoughts on it. Have an amazing Sunday, and we’ll talk in the comments.

My Evening Routine

Hey, welcome back to another post! This is a common post idea for bloggers, and although I prefer coming up with my own content, I really wanted to do this. I have a long evening routine, so I thought I would share it with you. Let’s get right into it!

I usually start my evenings with stretching and yoga, which is the best feeling after a long day. If I didn’t workout earlier in the day, I’ll squeeze in a quick run or some cardio (if I feel like it).

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When I’m done with yoga, I wash my face with the Calia facial cleanser. I’ve done a review on this and other Calia products; here’s the link. This cleanser has high quality ingredients and works well to remove makeup and sweat.

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I didn’t take a picture of this, but I usually use some oils on my face for my acne. Lastly, I moisturize my face with the Cetaphil daily facial moisturizer and brush my teeth. Many people rave about this moisturizer, but unfortunately I’m not a fan of it. It gets the job done most of the time, but lately my face has still been dry after using it.

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I don’t go on electronics before sleep, because it makes it much harder for me to fall asleep. Instead, I read my Bible, write in my gratitude journal, and cross off things in my planner. If I feel like it, I’ll write a schedule for tomorrow of the things I need to accomplish. This is my favorite part of the night! I can get all the thoughts out of my brain and spend some time talking to God. Evening Routine #1.JPGEvening Routine #2.JPG

After I’ve cleared the thoughts from my brain, it’s time to get comfy, relax, and destress. I light a candle, turn on my diffuser, and snuggle up with cozy blankets and read a book for an hour or so. Evening Routine #6.JPG

I fall asleep within minutes, and over a few years I’ve developed ways to help myself sleep easier. The best solution I’ve found is to turn on my small fan. (Yes, even in winter!). I can’t sleep without my fan on. I then snuggle under tons of blankets and the relaxing noise of the fan and the cold air hitting my face helps me to fall asleep.


If you’re interested, I would be happy to share my morning routine as well! Just let me know in the comments. Thank you for stopping by! Sweet dreams, and I hope you have a wonderful evening.

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My Makeup Holy Grails

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Hey there! This post is long overdue; I’ve been wanting to write this for a while. I usually wear a bit of makeup (some foundation, blush, mascara, eyeshadow and liquid lipstick), and in today’s post I’m going to be sharing my favorite products with you.

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I absolutely love this NYX butter gloss. The color is “Angel Food Cake” and, y’all, it smells like cake! It applies easily, the color really compliments my skin tone, and it stays on for a while. It’s inexpensive too. I can’t say enough about it, I just love it. I have large lips so I don’t usually put on lipstick or liquid lipstick, but I love this enough that I wear it almost every day.

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The other lipgloss I love is the Anastasia Beverly Hills brand in “Metallic Rose”. This one, in my humble opinion, smells even better than the NYX lipgloss. The color is similar to the NYX one, but it’s shimmery and more glossy. It doesn’t stay on as long, but I’m obsessed with the color. At $17, it’s pretty pricey, but it’s high quality and worth it.

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Don’t the colors look similar?! The first shade is NYX and the second shade is the Anastasia Beverly Hills.

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On special occasions I wear foundation, but I don’t wear it all the time because my pores clog easily, and I have acne-prone skin. When I want to cover up blemishes, I use the Erase Paste from Benefit. The shade blends with my skin tone perfectly, and I feel that it does a really good job of hiding imperfections. It spreads easily, and a little bit goes a long way, so I never have to use a lot. I would definitely recommend it!

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My last makeup holy grail is the Maybelline mascara. I’ve used other mascaras in the past, but I always come back to this one. It’s inexpensive, doesn’t clump, and gets the job done!


Have you tried any of these products? How did they work for you? Thank you for reading, have an amazing weekend!

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February Wrap Up & Favorites

Would you look at that?! It’s already March! I took and edited tons of photos today for new  content in March, so stay tuned, I have some awesome posts coming up.

My February was really nice. For the beginning of February, we had a ton of snow, and towards the end it was in the 60s and sunny. How was this month for you? Let me know in the comments, I’m curious. And now, without further ado, let’s get into the post. Feb #2.jpgFeb #7.jpg

The OGX coconut oil mist was my favorite product this month. I did a review on it if you want to take a peek, here’s the link. This mist has just made my hair so soft and silky, I love it. It’s super inexpensive too, so when I run out I won’t feel bad about buying more.

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These E.L.F. brushes are only a few dollars at Target. They work well and are high quality for a low price, so I would definitely recommend them! I think I’ll buy some most of their other brushes, since E.L.F. has a good variety.

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I read so  many books this month, but out of all the books I read, this one has been my favorite! Zodiac signs are my guilty pleasure. Uh-oh, the secret’s out. I don’t do the horoscopes or any of that stuff, I just find it interesting (I’m a Virgo, by the way). This is a Sci-fi series with (you guessed it) Zodiac signs. There are some plot holes but overall the universe is really interesting!

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Not Your Mother’s is one of my favorite brands, and I’ve used their dry shampoo so much this month! It works well and doesn’t smell like strong chemicals, which I’ve found with other dry shampoos. It isn’t too expensive, either. (Do you see a common theme? I hate overpaying for products.)

March is going to be a busy, hectic month for me, but I have a lot of new content that I’m excited to share. I hope that you all have an amazing month. What was your favorite product this month, and have you tried any of these products? Thanks for stopping by!

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Things I’ve Learned From Blogging

I’ve been blogging since I was nine, and I’ve learned so many things over these years-how to get more traffic, how to edit pictures, etc. Eventually, I’ll write a post with those tips, but I really want to do a more personal post on the things blogging has taught me and the ways it has influenced me. Without further ado, hang on to your horses and enjoy this post. 🙂

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-Be Yourself-

For the first few years of having my blog, I had pretty much no views. My family read my blog, but otherwise I didn’t have many followers. I kept trying to improve my blog and make it better, but traffic was still low. Eventually my blog morphed into something that didn’t really reflect my personality. My posts became uniform and bland, my blog was just average, and that was that. Yet it still didn’t get many views. Why? Because I wasn’t being myself. 

In 2016, I was mostly writing posts on sewing, but it just didn’t feel right. I really wanted to post about hair, makeup, fitness, and beauty. Only lately have I begun posting about those things, and my blog has been getting a lot more traffic. Why? Because now that I’m posting about the things I love, I’m putting more effort into my blog. I got a new blog design (Thanks Kate!), I began pinning my posts on Pinterest, I followed tons of other blogs and started posting a few times each week. And my personality shows through my posts (I hope). And that’s the difference. Now that I’m being myself, I’m willing to work harder, and in turn, I’m gaining followers. Win-win.

I loved sewing, but over time my love for it has faded away. I’ll still post about it every now and then, but it’s not my main passion anymore. And that’s okay! Things change over time; change is good. It’s the way of the world.

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-Find Your Own Voice-

This one is similar to being yourself. There are so many makeup blogs in the world. There are so many fitness blogs, photography blogs, hey–there are cat blogs, people. What makes each of those blogs different? The author’s voice. At first it’s hard to find your voice and figure out what sets your blog apart, but as time goes by, it will develop.

But, back to the point, blogging has taught me to find my own voice, both while I’m writing a blog post and in my daily life. I no longer want to fit in with everyone else, I want to stand out and be different in the best way possible. Some people may not like that, and that’s okay.  I’m not everyone’s cup of tea.

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-Be Ahead Of The Pack-

Ever heard the quote, “Eagles fly alone. Pigeons flock together”?  This is a lesson blogging has definitely taught me. Don’t be afraid to be ahead of the pack. I try to always do extra credit and finish my homework a few days early, because I don’t settle for average grades, I want perfect grades. Yet I get called an overachiever very often, and people tell me I’m showing off. Unfortunately, from what I’ve found, society is wrapped around the fact that people who work harder are overachievers and show-offs.

Over the years of blogging, I’ve learned that it’s important to ignore this, both in blogging and real life. Bloggers that are ahead of the pack and are constantly creating new content, setting new trends, and working to improve their blogs tend to be more popular, because their hard work shows. Moral of the story? Be ahead of the pack, and no matter how hard you’re working, you’re always able to work harder.

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-Keep Going-

The last thing may seem obvious, but it’s just as important. Keep going, and never give up. Like I said earlier, I didn’t have many views on my first years of blogging. I honestly wondered what the point of blogging was if I didn’t have any followers. I’m so glad I stuck with it. (Thanks for following my blog and reading this!)

Maybe you’re reading this and you have thousands of followers. Maybe you have one. No matter what, keep going! If you want to leave your blog link down below, I’ll be sure to give it a peek.

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I hope this post was inspirational! What are some things that you’ve learned while blogging? I would love to know, let me know in the comments. Have a fantastic day!

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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!