Products I’ve used up lately & my thoughts on each one

Products I’ve used up lately & my thoughts on each one

Part of my decluttering/simplifying process involves using up things that I already own- especially when it comes to cosmetics and personal care products. Admittedly, it was sort of difficult at first. I wanted to try new lotions, thought I needed a new shade of lip gloss, and was positive that a different body wash would change my life.  But I forced myself to shop my existing arsenal of products and make use of what was in there, and now I am actually having fun with it.  It’s pretty satisfying to use things up, carry the empty...

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Easy ways to become a minimalist

Easy ways to become a minimalist

Every year at this time, I seem to go through an intense period of decluttering and purging unwanted things from my house.  But this year, I am in overdrive.  MT actually asked if I was nesting again!  And just to put it out there, no.  I am not pregnant again. More and more, I just seem to be fascinated by minimalism and having fewer possessions.  My idea of minimalism is probably laughable to a true minimalist, as I am not one who can get by on one shirt, one appliance, and a book as my sole possessions.  However, I seem to grow more...

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Lunchtime check-in (Collard wraps with chicken & hummus)

Lunchtime check-in (Collard wraps with chicken & hummus)

I tend to be a creature of habit when it comes to breakfast and lunch.  However, I actually ventured out of my comfort zone today and had something for lunch that I have never shared before in a meal time check-in. These moments don’t happen often, so I figured that today’s lunch was worth documenting. First, I baked a chicken breast in the oven.  While I waited for that to finish cooking, I took two collard greens and filled them with some sliced tomato, roasted red pepper hummus, mushrooms, and onion.  After my chicken cooled...

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Friday Favorites (1/9)

Friday Favorites (1/9)

Happy Friday! Before I get into my favorites, I want to tell about an interview that’s up on The Mini Skirt today featuring Brittany of A Healthy Slice of Life.  I know that many of you probably read her blog and might be interested to learn more about her thoughts and tips on balancing motherhood, a healthy lifestyle, and personal hobbies and interests. And if you aren’t familiar with Brittany already, trust me when I say that you’ll love her! As for this week’s favorites, I have some really good ones (yes, I say that...

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Part Two: 2014 All-Stars (Food, Health, & Fitness)

Part Two: 2014 All-Stars (Food, Health, & Fitness)

In case you missed part one, you can find it here.  I shared my beauty & skin care all-stars from 2014 in that post. Onto another subject that I love- food, health, and fitness!   1. Harvest Bay Coconut Water//2. Now Foods Popcorn//3. Orville Redenbacher Popcorn Machine//4.Barney Butter Almond Butter//5. GuruNanda Pulling Oil (more info here)//6. Organic Veggie-Go’s//7. Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil Spray//8. The Body Book by Cameron Diaz//9. Beach Babe DVD 2//10. Guava Goddess Kombucha I’ll be back on Friday...

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Part One: 2014 All-Stars (Beauty & Skin Care)

Part One: 2014 All-Stars (Beauty & Skin Care)

One of the reasons why I love blogging so much is because I get to gush about all of the products that I am enjoying at the time.   I always feel like I am chatting with my girlfriends when I read your comments on what I’ve shared, and it is just so much fun! I thought it would be a blast to round up the best of the best of 2014 in beauty & skin care and food & health (split up into two posts). Let me tell you, I didn’t realize what a challenge that would be!  It was really difficult to choose among so many favorites, but...

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Wishing you a Happy 2015

Wishing you a Happy 2015

Happy New Year! I feel like on the first of every year since I started this blog 4 years ago, I’ve shared how I don’t really make resolutions. It isn’t because I don’t believe in self-improvement or setting goals.  I definitely do!  However, I have historically avoided making resolutions because it always seems as though they are just made to be broken. I mean, just look at your gym. It will be so crowded during the first half of January that you’ll spend days just waiting for a stairmaster to become...

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10 Winter Skincare Tips

10 Winter Skincare Tips

Hello! If you celebrate Christmas, I hope that yours was wonderful.  Despite the fact that my whole family was sick, we still had a great time.  Michael was so aware of Santa (aka Ho Ho) this year, and it made Christmas so special.  Surprisingly, Addie was all into it too!  If you want to see some of our family photos, head on over to The Mini Skirt for my recap. When I lived up north, I absolutely hated winter.  Every time I had to scrape ice and snow off my car, I’d go on and on about how I was going to move to some place where I...

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TAG | The Holidays!

TAG | The Holidays!

I saw this fun and lighthearted tag on my friend Michele’s YouTube channel and thought it would make for the perfect Christmas Eve post. I hope you enjoy it! 1. Favorite Holiday Movie My favorites are Home Alone, A Christmas Story, The Santa Clause, and Christmas Vacation.  I could probably tack about ten more onto this answer, but I’ll stop myself here. (Fun fact: My friend Jen and I used to watch Home Alone all year long when we were roommates, and we know the entire movie by heart.  I’ve probably seen it over 100...

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12 Tips for growing thicker hair & managing hair loss

12 Tips for growing thicker hair & managing hair loss

I discuss outer beauty a lot on this blog, but I also try to balance those posts out with lots of information about health and overall well-being. After all, there is more to life than makeup and good hair days. With that being said, it is often hard to feel good about ourselves when we don’t look our very best. Not to overgeneralize too much, but I think that women are especially impacted when they have a physical attribute that makes them feel self-conscious. Several months ago, I was personally dealing with some postpartum hair loss...

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