Monthly Archives: February 2015

It’s Cold Around Here, #FrostyVoxBox Review

frosty review

This winter has been so cold. #NewsFlash However, the Frosty Vox Box has helped make things a little cozier and more comfortable around here.

I received a variety of products to review in this box, including: Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover, Rimmel Scanaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner, NYC New York Color Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum, Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Tea, Boots No7 Protect & Perfect ADVANCED #getadvanced, McCormick Gourmet All Natural Thyme, Fruit Vines Bites Strawberry, and the EcoTools Sleek + Shine hair brush. Woo!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may remember me using a lot of these things while traveling home for the holidays. The eyeliner, lip color, and hair brush all went to good use the day of my flight. They had me travel ready in no time! I used the Serum the night before and my skin felt fresh and ready in the morning!

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Now, I’m not beauty blogger (though I wish I had half their skills!) but this eyeliner is EVERYTHING. Since trying it here I’ve used it just about every day and plan on buying the same brand again soon. I’m in love. It glides on smoothly and stays right where it should. I haven’t had any problems with smearing or fading since using it! I can make the lines as thin or thick as I want. I love that it’s so versatile. I can wear it to work and then make it much more bold when going out with friends!

I also threw the fruit vines in my carry-on. They made the perfect snack on my layover! Instead of having to buy expensive and not-so-tasty airplane or airport food, I was able to just grab these babies and wait until I got home!

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To top it all off, I was also given tea by celestial seasonings. My favorite tea is their honey vanilla chamomile, so of course I had to do a little taste test to see which one I liked best! I liked the minty-ness of the candy cane tea but I have to say- I think I’ll stick with my favorite! The taste wasn’t great in my opinion, but others may like it!

And there we have it! The good, the bad, and the delicious!

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. All opinions are 100% mine!

You are beautiful, I believe it.

 

you are beautiful

Can we be real for a minute here? Of course. I’ve been working on being more transparent around here, and I think today is the perfect day to step a little outside my comfort zone and do just that. When Lauren announced this link up, I just about cried. It touched me because that day I was in a difficult place, and there have been days since that have been just as hard. When Lauren announced this link up, she wrote “i challenge you to stop the voice in your head that tells you are worth nothing, that tells you you are fat, that tells you you are stupid or whatever it says, and tell it to shut the *&#$ up.” So I’m taking up that challenge today. I hope that you will too.

If you’ve been reading around here for a while, you know that after a long relationship, I went through a break up a few months ago. It wasn’t pretty. It went back and forth for a while, but ultimately ended with me in a dark place, and him him continuing with his life as if I were never there. Talk about ouch. Now that I’ve had time to step away from it and do life on my own for a while, I feel like I’m in a better place, but there are still days when I’m back there. Hurt, low, and feeling anything but beautiful or wanted.

Today, I’m going to challenge that.

Today, I’m working on believing I am beautiful. I am worth loving and capable of being loved.
I am worthy. I am smart, and kind, and caring, and try my best to pour out love on everyone I come in contact with. I am hard working and have accomplished so much- my traveling, my education, the relationships I have formed. I am proud of myself for who I have become.

That right there is enough to make me beautiful.

And my body? That one is harder. However, I know that this body is worthy and lovable as well. Because this body has done so much for me. These legs have run 5ks, walked dirt roads to help a baby be born in Uganda, walked across graduation stages, and they carry me to do the work I love every day. This stomach processes the food that gives me energy to survive, to be excited and love on my kids everyday, and keeps me going. These arms have hugged and held loved ones, puppies, and new babies. They have lifted the elderly in need of assistance, my friends, and boxes to move myself across the country multiple times. This face (acne and pores and all) smiles and speaks and sings to my kids each day, shows them my feelings, and helps them learn skills they will need all their lives. And the booty? Well, I just like the way it looks, haha. Too much? (Sorry mom)

Writing about these things and thinking about my body in this way feels oh-so-good. My body is so good to me and so beautiful.

Today I challenge you to look at your body and your whole self in this way. Not only is it good to realize how beautiful you truly are, but it’s good for your whole self to feel better about your body and beauty. 

You really are beautiful. You are so worthy of everything. You are such a great addition to this world and such a bright light to so many people. I believe that. I hope you do too.

Linking up with Lauren in the name of love.

Lot 48

Oh, hey there! | Weekly goals

weekly wishes

***tap, tap*** Hello? Does this thing still work? Yes? Ok then.

This is me acknowledging that I’ve been absent from this space for a while, and trying to do better. It’s been a whirlwind few weeks around here, and some time away from blogging has been quite needed. However, I feel like I’m ready to come back. Kind of. Maybe. We’ll see. Let’s just say I HOPE to be back to blogging regularly but I can’t really promise anything. But today is a snow day for me so I’ve got extra time and motivation to do some writing.

I wanted to make sure I popped in today to set some goals for this week and get myself back to business! I know I thrive off having this structure and these goals out to reference every day!

|ONE| Blog twice this week. May not seem like much, but it’s more than I have been! Time to get back to it.

|TWO| Catch up on emails. I am admittedly the actual worst at answering emails and getting back to people. Not because I don’t want to, but emails somehow just fall to the end of my list. Even important ones! I’m working on getting better at this and hopefully this week I can catch up!

|THREE| Make something creative this week. Anything. I just know I need some color and some calm in my life and that’s a good way for me to get it.

I’m going to leave it at that for this week! Short and sweet and doable!

What are your goals for this week? Are you super sad about the Seahawks losing last night? Me too. Are you happy because you’re a Patriots fan? Well, I guess we can still be friends. But maybe not until tomorrow when I’ll have had a chance to get over it.