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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Books I've Read Recently (And Whether or Not You Should Read Them).

Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid 

Plot: At the age of twenty-nine, Hannah Martin still has no idea what she wants to do with her life. She has lived in six different cities and held countless meaningless jobs since graduating college. On the heels of leaving yet another city, Hannah moves back to her hometown of Los Angeles and takes up residence in her best friend Gabby’s guestroom. Shortly after getting back to town, Hannah goes out to a bar one night with Gabby and meets up with her high school boyfriend, Ethan.

Just after midnight, Gabby asks Hannah if she’s ready to go. A moment later, Ethan offers to give her a ride later if she wants to stay. Hannah hesitates. What happens if she leaves with Gabby? What happens if she leaves with Ethan?

In concurrent storylines, Hannah lives out the effects of each decision. Quickly, these parallel universes develop into radically different stories with large-scale consequences for Hannah, as well as the people around her. As the two alternate realities run their course, Maybe in Another Life raises questions about fate and true love: Is anything meant to be? How much in our life is determined by chance? And perhaps, most compellingly: Is there such a thing as a soul mate?

Hannah believes there is. And, in both worlds, she believes she’s found him -Via Goodreads

Favorite quote: "When you sit there and wish things had happened differently, you can't just wish away the bad stuff. You have to think about all the good stuff you might lose, too. Better just to stay in the now and focus on what you can do better in the future." 

My thoughts: I read this book in one day. I loved it, until I didn't. And I can't tell you why without spoiling the entire book. So, there's that. It was my first Taylor Jenkins Reid book and I'm so excited to read more of hers, I just didn't love ____ about this one (I refuse to be someone who spoils things). I will say this: It was a genius plot, great writing, and amazing characters. 

Should you read it? Probably? This is hard!!

Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis 

Plot: “I believe we can change the world. But first, we’ve got to stop living in fear of being judged for who we are.”

Rachel Hollis has seen it too often: women not living into their full potential. They feel a tugging on their hearts for something more, but they’re afraid of embarrassment, of falling short of perfection, of not being enough.

In Girl, Stop Apologizing, #1 New York Times bestselling author and founder of a multimillion-dollar media company, Rachel Hollis sounds a wake-up call. She knows that many women have been taught to define themselves in light of other people—whether as wife, mother, daughter, or employee—instead of learning how to own who they are and what they want. With a challenge to women everywhere to stop talking themselves out of their dreams, Hollis identifies the excuses to let go of, the behaviors to adopt, and the skills to acquire on the path to growth, confidence, and believing in yourself." -Via Goodreads

Favorite quote: "If you aim at what you can hit, you'll likely get there every time: Never any higher, never any bigger, never any better. But if you aim far above your own head, even when you fail you'll fly so much higher than you can imagine." 

My thoughts: I read Girl, Wash Your Face at a pivotal time in my life, and it was full of EXACTLY what I needed to hear. Funny enough, Girl, Stop Apologizing turned out exactly the same. It came out during a terribly dark time and smacked me all up and down with exactly what I needed to hear. I'm very thankful for that. 

Note: I know Rachel Hollis can be a polarizing topic with people. I adore her, many people I respect don't. I'll say this (and only this, because there's no point in talking about it): I am of the belief that you don't have to agree with every single thing a person says and does to learn from them. I am also COMPLETELY against the whole "cancel" culture that seems to be thriving right now. If you don't like her, don't read her book. That's all! 

Should you read it? Yes! 

November 9th by Colleen Hoover 

Plot: "Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon—and simultaneously his novel—be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?" -via Goodreads 

Favorite quote: "A body is simply a package for the true gifts inside. And you are full of gifts. Selflessness, kindness, compassion. All the things that matter. Youth and beauty fade. Human decency doesn't."

My thoughts: The second this book ended, I was so sad, because I immediately missed it. I've been thinking about it ever since I closed it. It was beautiful and let me get completely lost in a story. I loved it! This was my first Colleen Hoover book and I immediately requested everything she's ever published the second this book was over. 

Should you read it? YES! 
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Monday, May 13, 2019

A Mid-May Coffee Date.

Good morning! It's early, Jack is still asleep, and I'm actually writing this while drinking my coffee, so it really is like a coffee date! 

If we were having coffee together (which might be a little awkward this morning, since I'm in bed in my pajamas, but that's neither here nor there), I'd tell you. . .

...That I'm on vacation starting TODAY! It has been a longgggg few months and this could not have come at a better time. I'm so excited to just sit on the beach and watch Jack have the time of his life digging holes in the sand. Oh, to be so easily entertained.

...That Jack had his first "performance" this weekend and I AM NOT OKAY. We were all in agreement that we thought he wouldn't even stand up there with the kids, BUT HE KILLED IT. My heart is forever melted. 

...That Target's current Sugarfix collection is speaking directly to my heart. I mean, LOOK AT IT. Do these earrings not scream that they were made for me?!
...That my best friend sent me a little Mother's Day gift and it meant the world to me. Just a "happy day, I'm thinking of you!" It took her about 30 seconds to type my address into Amazon, but it made my week a billion times brighter. It really reminded me of how easy it is to love on those closest to us. I want to do more of this. 

...That yesterday was my fourth Mother's Day, and while it's just a day on the calendar, it always makes me stop and think about what a privilege it is to have Jack. I will forever be thankful that life didn't go according to my plan. To get to help him become the best human he can be will forever be the greatest honor of my whole life. 

...That entirely too many (is there such a thing, though?) of my library holds came through all at once, just in time for vacation. So if you need me, me and my 87 books will be laying on a beach. 

Your turn! What's going on with you?! 

Have the BEST week ever! 
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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

just write: standing tall.

stand tall
you've so much to be proud of
stand tall 
and bold and brave and mighty and proud.
don't hide your scars (please don't hide)
but wear them proudly
as you stand tall, tall, taller still
reaching for who you were always meant to be, 
climbing steps that wouldn't be possible without those scars. 
stand tall. proud. bold. brave. 
full of scars. 
full of worth. 

there is something to be said 
for getting back up 
over and over and over again. 
there is something to be said 
for standing tall again 
no matter how many times you've fallen. 
there is something to be said 
for looking forward
when every voice is yelling to look back. 
there is something to be said 
for you. 
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Monday, May 6, 2019

If I Could Tell You Anything Today. . .

You are so much more beautiful than you see yourself as. || I don't care if you think you're drop dead gorgeous, you're still more beautiful than that. And not just on the outside. Your inner beauty is so much stronger than you realize. Your kindness speaks volumes. That gentleness with yourself you've been working on, it's beautiful. Inside and out, you are far more gorgeous than the flaws you probably tend to get stuck on. 

Your strength is an incredible thing, and it's worth being proud of. || Don't shrink away from it. It's worth talking about, it's worth bragging about. You're amazing. In good times and bad, you've made it! You handle more than you thought you were capable of. Don't ever minimize how big of an accomplishment that is. 

You deserve to dream. || You aren't selfish for wanting more. You're not selfish for wanting to chase those dreams. 

Your mistakes do not define you. || Every. Single. Person. makes mistakes. Sometimes those mistakes are super public, and sometimes they live in the solitary of our own lives. But we all make them. You aren't your mistakes. You're a person who has made mistakes, just like the rest of us. 

It's okay to let go of the things that are no longer serving you. || Even if at one point you thought they would be your entire life. Even if at one point, they were your entire life. If that diet you raved about forever is no longer healthy for you, find a new one. If your friendships are no longer enriching to you, it's okay to distance yourself and let them go. If the hobby you loved no longer brings you joy, it's okay to move on. You're allowed to change, and you do not have to drag all of your old selves with you into each new season. 

Have the best Monday, friends. Cheers to a fresh week! 
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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

My Favorite Things I Discovered in April.

Thrive Cosmetics || I'm on a mission to try all of the clean makeup (mostly because as of last year, I can't wear normal makeup without my face breaking out immediately). When I saw this article on Buzzfeed that claimed it made your skin look like you had an instagram filter on, I knew Thrive would be my next purchase. I got the buildable blur and setting powder set. I'm a fan! 

Billie razors || Lindsay posted about trying all the trendy razors a few months back, and these emerged the victor. Let me say this, I have insanely sensitive skin when it comes to shaving. I almost always have razor burn. It's a struggle. And these are the best razors I've ever used. Plus, they're cheaper than the ones I was using before! 

Cremo shaving cream || I posted about this on my stories and summed it up this way: This shaving cream is so good that it made me excited about a shaving cream, which is saying a lot. It's thick and creamy without being sticky. Also, it smells like a tropical vacation, so that's a win. 

These Korean sheet masks || I'm trying to think of a way to explain what these do to my face and I'm coming up short. They're insanely hydrating, make me look like I actually got a good night's sleep the night before, smooth everything out, and don't break me out (that alone is a tall order). Basically, they're magic. AND they're on amazon, so they arrive in 48 hours. Magic, I tell you. Pro tip: Keep them in the fridge to make them even better. 

Stars Above pajamas. || Target's newest pajama line is made up of, hands down, the most comfortable, coziest pajamas I've ever worn. So. Freakin'. Soft. I consider myself a pajama connoisseur (what does it say about me that I'm proud of that?) and this check all the boxes. I love them. 

What did you discover in April?
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Monday, April 29, 2019

What April Taught Me.

To worry WAY LESS about what other people think. || I really wish that one of these months this lesson would stick, but I'm a work in progress. This month, though, has shown me how little other people's opinions actually matter. Do I hope people like me? Duh. Do I wish everyone approved of every choice I make? Of course. But does it matter? Nope. 

I'll say this: The more I like myself and I approve of my choices, the easier it is to care less about what other people think. So for me, those are the things I need to focus on.

That forming habits isn't about making yourself like something, it's about making yourself do something. || I heard this on an episode of Rise podcast and it was a "duh" moment for me. I guess I've always thought that habits were about making yourself enjoy something...working out or being more disciplined about your day or eating healthy or cleaning your house...and then when I don't like it, I assume it's not a habit that worked. But this mindset is so helpful. You're not trying to make yourself like something that's good for you, you're just trying to do it. 

To surround myself with people that fill me up, not drain me. || Choosing who is in your circle is one of the most important and impactful decisions you can make. And (listen to this), if you're an adult, YOU DON'T HAVE TO SPEND TIME WITH PEOPLE YOU DON'T WANT TO! What a concept! If someone is draining, or mean, or belittling, what are you doing sharing your life with them? Bye!

To enjoy the slow days as much as the action packed ones. || I love adventures and trips and a day filled to the brim with plans. But I also love a slow day with some sunshine and a good book. Going out is great, but so is cooking dinner in sweatpants with your friends. Those nights are just as good, if not better. 

The good always outweighs the bad. || Always, always, always. You've just gotta do a better job of looking for it and calling it out when you see it. 

What did this month teach you? I had so much fun seeing everyone's answers on instagram last month, so here's an insta story template for April. Tell me what you've learned! 

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Birthday Shopping Finds!

Since I was about 14, all I ever want for my birthday has been the same every year...I want to lay in the sun and I want to go shopping. The shopping was GOOOOD this year, and I wanted to share my favorites! 

This crochet trim maxi dress. || This is probably my favorite thing I have ever found at Forever 21. It's flowy and hippie and fits perfectly and is GORGEOUS. I already want to go back and get it in the mustard color! 
This tropical floral maxi dress. || Forever 21 is very hit or miss for me. A lot of times I walk in and everything seems very grunge and very tiny and V CONFUSING. This month though, the stars aligned and everything was right down my this dress. Makes me feel like I'm on vacation, which is basically how I always want to feel.

This smocked dress. || I can't find it online, but I got this dress in a purple and palm leaf print and it's so cute. It's perfect for throwing over a bathing suit. When I was shopping with my mom, she made the comment, "If it's not a bathing suit or something I can throw on over my bathing suit, I don't want it." 2019 SUMMER MOOD.
This striped dress. || This is the perfect simple summer dress. It's so pretty and light and easy. I wore it out to dinner and it was adorable and comfortable, which is honestly all I want in life. 

This fringe crop top. || This had a pair of matching shorts (I love a good set) but when I tried them on, they were the most unflattering thing I've ever put on my body. So instead, I paired them with these...

Wide leg pants || I honestly tried these on just for fun because they are so unlike anything I've ever worn, and I LOVED THEM. I ended up wearing this outfit out for my birthday dinner! 

This striped romper || Soft, comfortable, and colorful. It doesn't get better. Plus, rompers are great because it's a one and done, ya know?

And also this striped romper. || I have a thing for rainbow stripes and rompers, what can I say? This one is vibrant and off the shoulder and I'm gonna wear it alllll summer long. 

This hair scarf and also this one. || These scarfs are so easy and versatile, I love them. Ponytail? Scarf it. Messy bun? Tie a scarf on that. Need a headband? Scarf! 

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Goals I Accomplished This Year.

I'm a very goal-oriented person. It's incredibly motivating to me to set a goal and be able to see specific progress being made towards that specific goal. 

I didn't set very many goals over the last 365 days. I was very tired. My heart hurt a lot. 26 was a year full of some of the very best days, but it was also full of the hardest days. And when you're walking through a season of hard days, goal setting (and goal achieving) fall to the wayside. Whether that's right or wrong, I don't know, but it was true for me. 

Around my birthday I always get a bit introspective. To be honest, I always am a bit introspective, but especially around a new year of life starting. 

So anyway, I'm all introspective last week, thinking about a new year of life and all the things I'm going to accomplish. And as I was thinking back on the last year, reaching for any sort of goal I had accomplished, I got super down on myself. It would seem I barely met a single goal. It would seem like I spent so much time trying to survive, that I didn't accomplish much of anything. 

It would seem that way. 

But because I'm on a new year, new freakin' mood kick, I didn't stop there. I forced myself to look at the last 365 days and find something I had accomplished that I was proud of. And what do you know, there was plenty. Like. . .

I kept a human child alive for 365 days. I taught him things like numbers and how to say please and thank you.

I wrote lots of words. Not as much as I would have liked, and not a book like I was hoping, but I wrote poems and blog posts and letters. 

I saw several amazing concerts. I danced my heart heart to live music and sang along with my favorite songs. 

I read a lot of good books. 

I watched sunrises and sunsets. 

I survived heartbreak. Not romantic heartbreak, but the guttural, devastating feelings of a broken heart. 

I learned the art (and necessity) of self care. 

I cultivated a routine of thankfulness.

I learned immensely valuable lessons. 

I made my circle smaller. 

I let genuine people in. 

I went on a cross-country road trip with my brother. 

I got a tattoo that means a lot to me. 

I had lots of beach days with my family. 

...I could go on for a while, actually. 

These may not have been on a pretty bucket list at the beginning of the year. They may not all be extravagant or adventurous. But you know what? That's a pretty dang full list. And I'm proud of it. 

What have you accomplished in the last 365 days? Force yourself to look and find something. Force yourself to find lots of things. At the very, very least - you survived. That's an accomplishment worth a lifetime of standing ovations. But I'm confident that's not all you did. I'm sure there's much, much more. And you should be so proud. 

So tell me...what did you accomplish this year?

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Monday, April 15, 2019

T W E N T Y - S E V E N.


Dear 27, 

You've arrived! I've gotta say, I'm thrilled you're here. I've never been so excited to welcome a new year of life. How lucky I am - during a time when I was desperately craving new and fresh - to get my own personal new year. It's a gift and I'm so thankful for it.

I have high hopes for you. Maybe the highest I've ever had for a year. I hope you're full to the brim. Full of more of the good stuff. More laughing, more slow moments. More time spent however the heck I want to spend it. More speaking out about the things that matter. More time spent in the sunshine. More good books. More living - loud, bold, unapologetic living. 

I also hope you're a year of less. Less caring about things out of my control, less worrying about what other people think, less wasting my time and words on things that don't matter. 

I am full of anticipation to see what you bring. I truly believe you're going to be a year of seeing dreams coming true. 

I am thankful for you already. 

Let's do this! 
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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Birthday Coffee Date!

via MHN

YOU GUYS. I turn 27 tomorrow! That feels weird. To quote my queen Taylor Swift, "part of me still feels 18 and part of me feels 283."

Of course, I am all sorts of introspective and day-dreamy about a new year of life. I'd love to sit down with you and have coffee and chat all about it. And if we were to do that, I'd tell you...

...I am more excited for this year of my life than any other year so far. I feel like there are incredible things on the horizon. I feel strong and ready and full of motivation. It's been a long time since I've felt like this, and it makes me so happy. 

...I'd tell you all I ever want for my birthday is new clothes. I want to shop and eat delicious food and lay in the sun. A few trips this week took care of the shopping part, and I got the cutest stuff. I also got an outfit that is way out of my comfort zone, but also feels 100000% me (does that make any sense?) and I'm kind of obsessed with it. 
pants (so comfy!), top

...That 26 brought the best days and the worst days of my life. That it was broken and it was beautiful. That I feel like I'm more myself than I've ever been, but that every single bit of that was hard fought for this year. 

...That I'm treating 27 as a fresh start for nearly everything in my life. How beautiful of a gift that as I'm craving that, I get to start a new year. I'm counting myself lucky and taking advantage of my own personal new year. 
I hope you have the best weekend ever! Eat some cake or sushi for me - calories don't count on your birthday, and I feel like that can definitely just extend to you. And to get just a little bit sappy...thanks for sticking through this year with me. Love you, mean it. xo
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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

just write: 26.

to all the wins and losses 
that have filled your year, 
to every burst of laughter 
and every bitter tear. 
to each mountaintop victory
where the views took your breath away, 
to the nights spent in the valley 
where the darkness did the same. 
you grew braver, you grew stronger 
with every single one that passed
and you became a warrior 
that through every storm will last. 

I want you to know that you are enough
and I hate how those words don't do that truth justice. 
because it's true, it's so true. 
the person you were created to be, 
the person you've become through every hard day, 
every heartbreak, 
every betrayal you just knew you wouldn't survive...
that's the one. 
the one who is enough. 

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Monday Live Blog

Oh hey good morning! I've said it before and I'll say it again, I love a good live blog. It's basically a chance to just type out a whole bunch of thoughts that are completely unrelated to each other and call it a blog post. 

I'm up insanely early today, because Jack starts VPK! Or as I have been calling it when talking to him about it, baby school. Every day I've told him, "Jack loves baby school!" Even though I have a strong suspicion that when I drop him off today, he will not, in fact, be the biggest fan. 

The last few weeks have been weird, because they have been SO HARD (on a multitude of levels), but they've also left me with renewed motivation for lots of stuff in my life. I'm not sure why, or if the two are related, but I'm rolling with it. 

Speaking of new motivation, I'm back on my you-know-what with working out. I don't love working out in the moment, I just don't. I wish I was one of those people who craved it, but I'm not. I am, however, one of those people who loves it after the moment, who realizes she always feels better after working out and has decided it's just not worth it to skip it. I've been doing pure barre at home workouts, and lots of Blogilates workouts (like this ab one - short, doable, and you'll 10/10 feel it the next day). 

File this under things currently making my life easier: Walmart grocery pick up. I can wake up, make a grocery list while still under the covers, and then take my coffee and drive up so someone can load my groceries in my car for me while I'm still in my pajamas. Magic? I think so. 

I hope you have the best Monday ever. What's on your agenda today? If you need me, I'll probably be crying into my coffee (kidding, but also maybe not) because BABY SCHOOL. Kloveyoubye. 
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Friday, April 5, 2019

Amazon: What I Ordered vs. What I Got.

It's about that time of month where I bless you all with my blurry mirror selfies (you're welcome????) and also the good and bad of my Amazon finds. Fashion blogger I am not, bargain finder I am. You win some, you lose some.

I am in full blown summer mode, and my Amazon buys this month totally reflect that. Let's get to it!

This Polkadot Lace Dress || $29, free shipping & returns. A few of my favorite things in life: polka dots, lace, open backs, and THIS DRESS. This just might be my favorite thing I've ever found on Amazon. To me, it could easily be a For Love & Lemons or Free People dress. It's amazing. I got a medium (6) only because the small wasn't available for Prime and I (obviously) needed it immediately. It's super stretchy and flowy and I love it.

This blue & white romper. || $18.99, free shipping + returns. I LOVE THIS. It's so cute, so flattering, and it looks like a dress but is actually shorts. I already know I'm going to wear this a ton this summer. It's fitted enough to look good, but loose enough to be super comfortable. WIN. I got a small!

This boho yellow dress || $23, free shipping & returns. I wanted to love this so bad, but I just didn't. The color and print are so pretty, but it was just too flowy. Like, I was wearing a potato sack, ya know? Back it went. 

This FREAKIN' ADORABLE palm leaf set || $23, free shipping & returns. I. Love. This. It's so comfy and cute and tropical and I honestly will probably never take it off. I got a small. It's definitely a different color than pictured on Amazon, but I kinda love the color it is, so that's a win. 

A too-bad-to-be-pictured-loser: This silver dress. It was cheap looking, had weird seams everywhere, and the medium was so tight on my hips I thought I might rip it. Pass.

What have you found on Amazon lately?! 

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Spending April: A To-Do List for Adventuring Through the Month.

Have the first few days of April treated you nicely? I know we already established that April is my favorite because #birthdaymonth, but I love it for so many other reasons. It feels fresh and new and full of possibilities. Summer is right around the corner, days are longer, and it just feels like a good month, anyone else think so? 

Anyway, a fresh month means a fresh to-do list, so here are some of the things I think you should do with your new month: 

  • Watch a sunrise with your coffee and no phone. Okay, you can take a picture with your phone, but then put it away!
  • Plan a summer vacation. Whether you can afford to fly somewhere tropical or just take a weekend at home, both can be so fun if you take the time to plan them out!
  • Write an April mantra for yourself. Write it down, stick it somewhere you'll see it every day, say it out loud often. It can be as simple as "I can do it." But something encouraging and life-giving!
  • Make someone a personalized Easter basket. With their favorite candy!
  • Find a smoothie recipe you like. Look, life is all about balance. I want to be good to my body. I also am not giving up pasta or pizza anytime soon. Smoothies help me balance. It's an easy way to fit a bunch of healthy things into your day. If you can find one you like, it makes being healthy a whole lot easier. PS: If you need some suggestions, I'm your girl. 
  • Hit up the TJ Maxx candle aisle. The last three candles I've bought have been from there and they're so good! And a lot cheaper than they would be anywhere else, which is a win. 
  • Make a vacation guide for your city. If someone was visiting your town, where would you recommend they spend their vacation at? It can be easy to grow immune to all the fun stuff your town has, so sit down and make a list!
  • Make a summer reading list. 
  • And a summer bucket list. Can you tell I love summer?
  • Look at the top three things you complain about the most. Then do one of two things. One, decide to try to change them, if possible. Or two, find something about them to be thankful for, and repeat that to yourself every day. Example: Your job. Is it possible to look for new jobs right now? If so, awesome! Stop complaining, start looking! If it's not a good time for that, tell yourself every day that you're thankful for a paycheck. It can suck to make yourself be thankful for things you don't like, but it's healthy and can greatly change your mood.
  • Invest ($10) in an ice roller. The epitome of bougie on a budget. 
  • Bake cookies. Or brownies, or whatever treat you like! 
  • Do one small thing a day strictly because it makes you happy. More small happy moments in April, please. 
How will you be spending your April?

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Monday, April 1, 2019

Happy April!

Happy April! Or as I like to call it, BIRTHDAY MONTH. Birthdays are a big deal around here. Yes, I will absolutely start celebrating today, thank you so much for asking! 

If you're anything like me and you love a good fresh start, then new months that start on Mondays are your jam. Blank pages all the way around! 

Take advantage of it. Whether that means going after some crazy goal or just letting go of some crap you've been holding on to or promising to take better care of yourself and take more breaks or whatever that means to you. I'm a firm believer that you can have a fresh start whenever you want, but today is one of those times when the calendar gives you a fresh start. Let's use it. 

That thing you've promised yourself like 17 times you're gonna do, but never actually done it? April is your month! 

The book you've been wanting to read but haven't let yourself relax long enough to pick it up? This is the time!

The trip you want to plan, the friend you want to see, the book you want to write, the workout you want to try...IT. IS. YOUR. MONTH. 

Life is short and unpredictable, but look at you, lucky enough to see a fresh month. Let's use it and live it and enjoy it. 

Happy April, you babe. xo

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Friday, March 29, 2019

My Favorite Things I Discovered in March.

These shoes from TargetMy friend Lindsay told me about these and I'm OBSESSED with them. Leopard tennis shoes...yes please. They're so cute with jeans and cutoffs, and I know I'll wear them all summer, too. They definitely run big. I usually wear a 9 1/2, I got a 9 and they were still a little big. Definitely size down if you get some. 

This hair mask. Lindsay also recommended this hair mask and it's SO good. It makes my hair so soft and shiny without weighing it down or making it oily. I've been using it once a week and loving it. 

My new bedding! Amazon came through with this duvet and I'm obsessed. 

Pillow spray. This isn't the exact one I got (found mine at TJ Maxx, of course), but it is that scent. I also got a eucalyptus one and I spray them both on my pillow before going to sleep. It's so relaxing and refreshing. 

Did you discover anything new and recommendation-worthy this month?! Happy Friday! Hope you have the best weekend ever! 

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

let's say thank you together.

Yesterday was a day. Some. Kinda. Day

I woke up this morning so ready for a fresh day, so ready to take on this day and make it so much better than yesterday was. The best way I know how to start that is with coffee (obviously) and gratitude. So I'm sitting in bed with my coffee, about to write my thankful list, and I thought, you know what? Let's do it together today. 

 Whether you had the best day or the worst day or some kind of day in between yesterday, taking some time to shift your perspective to one of gratitude can make today so much better, I promise. 

So today, I'm thankful for: 

1. A new planner. I got this planner in the mail on Monday and it was just the motivation I needed to get organized. 

2. Easy dinners. There are times and seasons where I love cooking and love looking up new recipes and spending lots of time in the kitchen. This is not one of those seasons. Give me all the burrito bowls and pasta and anything else that takes approximately 15 minutes to throw together. 

3. Stick on nails. I have these on right now and honestly they look so good that they make me feel like I have my life together. It's the little things, you know?

4. Ice roller. I woke up with a puffy face today and AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT. I swear by this $10 little gem I got on Amazon. It feels amazing. 

5. My family, blood and not. I won the freakin' family lottery, let me tell you. But beyond that, the friends that have chosen to be my family? Gosh. Overwhelmed with gratitude for them. 

What are YOU thankful for today?
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