7 tips to help you get your best skin yet, just in time for warm weather where you'll wanna be showing off more of it.7 tips to get your skin looking the best it ever has! Click through to read >>

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company,
all opinions are mine alone. #InspiredHydration #CollectiveBias

skin

This past fall and winter, it seemed like no matter what I did, I couldn’t quite get my skin to cooperate. No matter how many masks or scrubs, eventually my face and body would start breaking out again. It wasn’t until I tried to really better understand my problem areas and the root causes that I was able to make leeway. To save y’all from all the trouble I went through, I’ve put together a list of my top tips to get your skin glowing, just in time for the season where you’ll be showing the most of it.

View Post

drinking

The last time I sat down and had a drink (a glass of rosé with Kim!) was when I visited NYC back in September, 6 months ago. I didn’t have an issue with alcohol abuse, but I felt like taking a break was right for me at the time. Somehow, I stubbornly made it this long without cracking, ha! I don’t think I’ll stop drinking forever, but taking a 6 month break after drinking pretty regularly since the age of maybe 18 or 19 (sorry mom!) was definitely eye opening. I’ve learned a few things in this time and figured I might as well recap and share with y’all. View Post

3 ways to show yourself some love and also a discount for 20% off flowers with 1-800-flowers.com!

flowers

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I’ve been seeing a lot of blogs putting out their posts on ways you can show love for the important people in your life, like your significant other, your mom, your boss, or even your dog. That said, it seems as though the most important person has been forgotten: yourself! We as a society seem to have developed a mindset that it’s inherently narcissistic or selfish to consider ourselves as more than an after-thought, when hellooo, it should just be second nature to show some love on the reg.

I’ve mentioned it before here, but it’s really so important to treat yourself right and show appreciation for yourself, even in little ways. Not only can it make a physical difference, but taking time out of your day to put yourself first is totally a mood booster! I know it can be easier said than done, especially if you’re not used to making yourself a priority, so try starting small. Here’s 3 of my favorite ways to show myself a little love: View Post

Matcha power smoothie, created to get you going and keep you going. Click through for recipe >>
Matcha power smoothie, created to get you going and keep you going. Click through for recipe >>

matcha power smoothie
Lately I’ve been on a full on caffeine bender. Every once in a while I find myself going overboard, and that’s usually when I need to double check what’s going on in my life (hello, why am I trading sleep for double shots of espresso?!?) and re-evaluate. I just told you all in my post on being productive that you need to treat yourself better, so I decided to start doing just that! Step one: find something to replace my coffee with.

I talked about how great matcha is a while back, but totally forgot all about it until I started digging through my kitchen cabinets. It’s a straight up wonder ingredient, so I decided to combine it with some of my other favorite ingredients to make a well rounded power smoothie. This is something that should definitely get you going first thing in the morning, but I could see it being a great afternoon pick-me-up as well.

View Post

6 tips on how to be productive so you can start accomplishing more. 6 tips to help you be more productive, so you can stop procrastinating and start getting things done. Click through to read how >>6 tips to help you be more productive, so you can stop procrastinating and start getting things done. Click through to read how >>

being productive

I’m going to let your guys in on a little secret behind the method to my blog madness: I’m not just writing for you, I’m writing for me. Yea, I want everyone who comes to my blog to find something that inspires them, is useful, or thought provoking, but that really only works if I write about stuff that is interesting or useful to myself as well. A lot of the time, we’re totally learning about a subject together, which I think is super rad (we’re totally bonding).

That said, from the end of 2016 through till now, I’ve found myself really struggling with being productive. I don’t know about you, but I expected the new me (that I became January 1st, obv) to just kinda get with it. To help us both switch gears with this fresh year, I decided to put together a list of tips to help us stay on track. Here’s some things that are tried-and-true for me, and some new tips that I hope are helpful for you:

1. LIST IT OUT

It’s way easier to figure out how to manage everything you need to get done if you have it all laid out in front of you! Even having the most basic outline of the tasks you’re setting out to accomplish is better than nothing at all, and just the act of writing it out will help you to feel a sense of mental order so you can start on your way. Plus, writing everything out helps you to pick actual tangible goals, which makes the list more effective, and can help you remember everything you want to do. View Post

seasonal depression

I think it’s about time someone wrote a winter blues anthem in the same vein as Lana’s summertime sadness. The shorter daylight hours, crappy cold weather, and just overall feeling of gloom really do a number on a person. I know we’re on the better side of winter solstice (it was December 21) so the days are slooowly getting longer, but until we get to that point, S.A.D is gonna be hanging around.

Well, what exactly is S.A.D.?

This stands for seasonal affective disorder, which is basically depression brought on by the season change. It tends to linger from late fall until the start of spring, and results in symptoms like the following:

• low motivation
• insomnia
• fatigue
• apathy
• weight gain
• moodiness
• appetite change
• trouble concentrating

Basically, life just feels really dang hard, okay? To help us all survive until sunnier days (literally and figuratively), I decided to put together a list of tips to cope with the winter blues. I hope that if you’re struggling some of these lend themselves to be useful to you. ♥ View Post

letting go

As we’ve arrived at a new year, and for many, a proposed “fresh start” (new year, new me, right?), I felt it was only apropos to share a post on how to truly move on. I’m writing this for anyone who has something they want to move forward from, whether it be a relationship (friendship or romantic), a bad job, or just a bad mental place they want to shake themselves out of.

The problem in this day and age is that letting go and moving on from anything isn’t as hard and fast as it used to be. Things don’t just disappear when they no longer serve you, but instead relocate to the recently deleted folder, to the archives, or to the stranger side of a friend request. No, moving forward from something takes a little more now. I decided to reiterate the mindset I talked about here, which I used to get over my loss from my break-in earlier this year, and hope these tips are helpful in general for growing forward/upward/outward.

letting go

Tips for moving forward:

View Post

I think giving back and helping others is important year ’round, but I find that people are especially inclined during the holiday season. Sometimes though, you just don’t know how to give back, ya know? It can get a little overwhelming when all you’re thinking is “Where should I be putting my money? Who should I be helping?” There’s so many options out there, and unfortunately so many people who could use aid, that it gets a little hard to choose.

That’s where I decided to help you out. I picked 5 “topics” that I find to be pretty important to me, and then chose charities that fell within that spectrum. Everything I’ve picked has at least an A charity rating, and from what I found via charity navigator, actually donates pretty much all the money raised to their actual cause! Nothing worse than donating money with the intent of helping only to realize you’re just funding the CEO’s lavish lifestyle!

So here, if you feel like the presents you purchased just aren’t doing the trick, give back a little more this Christmas:

giving back View Post