Self Care Tips for a New Year

Hey babes!

With this crazy year being almost at a close, it’s spurred me (and a lot of others!) to look at the year we had and see where we could use some room for improvement next year. While you may think that setting resolutions for the upcoming year are cliche and redundant, I find a sense of joy in the possibilities of a new beginning! Better self care is one of my resolutions for 2021 and I’ve thrown together some tips that I’ve learned to have a better self care routine!

Keep Skin Care Masks on Hand!

Face masks are one of my favorite ways to keep my skin in decent shape. I picked up a handful of masks a month ago when Ulta had a sale and I’m glad I did! Since Covid started in the US, the mask-ne (acne caused by wearing face masks) has been real and my skin hates me! Keeping skin care masks in my cabinet has been a great way to have a quick spa night and give my skin some help it needs!

Buy Yourself a Nail Kit for Pedis!

Trying to stay home as much as possible and save money are side effects of Covid for sure, and that also means skipping nail appointments. I tend to wear press on nails from Kiss (find my favorites here) but I love getting pedicures! I picked up some supplies while I was at Ulta and my feet have been happy happy since I started using them regularly! To have an amazing pedicure I start with a foot mask then follow up with a file, scrub, and then finally a pair of socks and heel repair lotion. With winter taking a toll on my skin, the heel repair has definitely helped keep them presentable! After my feet are all moisturized, I paint my toes and call it a day!

Get Some Books To Grow Your Mind!

I can’t tell you how many books I have picked up to help me expand my mind, learn how to manifest my dreams, and help grow a healthy mind place for myself. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin is one of my current favorites that I am reading. It helps asks the question “What do I want from life?” and that’s something I ask myself almost every day. The Happiness Project is a fun read that I love to sit down with in coffee shops with. My second read of the moment is Mindfulness: How To Pay Attention The the Present by Wendy Hobson. It presents different ways to practice mindfulness, such as meditation. Mindfulness runs the reader through the ABCs of practicing mindfulness.

Find a Good Podcast or Playlist!

One thing that has helped me get through good times and bad is music. There’s a playlist for when I am happy, sad, or need a little boost of confidence. Spotify is my favorite music and podcast app, and it’s free to sign up! I have the Premium membership (ps college students: you can get a discount for Premium!) so I am constantly listening to music while I drive, cook, or take a shower. For podcasts, I love listening to educational shows! Stuff You Missed In History Class, Medical Murders, and TED are my favorite podcasts that I keep in rotation. TED has so many different episodes on topics that range from politics to lifestyle. If you are looking to learn a new language during quarantine, Duolingo has podcasts on Spotify, too!

Binge a New Show!

Sib, find a new show to watch or rewatch a favorite! I was gifted the Sex and the City series so I have been watching that since the holidays. A good chunk of us are still staying home so yes, it is perfectly fine to watch TV! If you are on Netflix, a few of my favorites are The Tudors, Orange Is the New Black, and Big Mouth. There’s a show for everyone and there are plenty of things for your kiddos! I’m trying to use screen time as an additional education source so I have been saving documentary titles as well!

I hope that 2021 brings blessings and joy for you (and me!)! We all could use a little spark in our lives and I wish that we can all start seeing each others smiling faces next year, without masks, but we can only hope. My email is always open if you want to drop a line or reach out!

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January Favorites

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Happy Tuesday, my loves!

Today’s post is in collaboration with blogger and aspiring makeup artist Luci Barker! As I am sure you can tell by the title, this BP is all about my January favorites! Instead of just beauty items, I always like to include food, movies, music, etc. into favorites posts so you guys get a bit of variety. I feel like I haven’t written a favorites post in forever, so let’s get started!

Food

Two foods that I have been loving this month are Lenny and Larry’s Complete Cookie© and GourmetNut™ Power Up trail mix.

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After I work out, I love something that is high in protein to munch on and Lenny and Larry’s Complete Cookie is one of my absolute favorites. I love the white chocolate macadamia, snickerdoodle, and the double chocolate cookies. There are so many different cookies to try and they also have protein brownies that have 20 grams of protein and muffins that have 15 grams of protein. The 4oz cookies are the ones that I buy in the stores and they have 16 grams of protein per cookie, which is 2 servings. All of Lenny and Larry’s yummy treats are very affordable and if you find them in stores, buy one and try it for yourself!

I don’t know about you, but I love trail mix! If a trail mix has cashews, peanuts, and a good variety of fruits, I will instantly be a repeat customer. GourmetNut™ has a really great line of Power Up protein trail mix that is a fruit and nut blend of cashews, peanuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, raisins, and cherries. I always grab a handful in a Ziploc and put it in my school bag so I have a snack to eat in between my college classes. Power Up trail mix is all natural, vegan, and gluten free. I buy mine at Walmart!

Beauty & Skincare

I recently purchased a cleansing power brush after seeing them all around Instagram. As of late, my skin has been breaking out and even with washing my face with charcoal soap and using other products, my face still broke out. Once I started using the brush, my face improved greatly! It really gets into my pores and whether I am using an acne targeting charcoal soap or a blackhead clearing baking soda cleanser, my skin looks so much better! I use the So Fresh So Clean© power cleansing brush and it is under $10 at Walmart.

This month, even though I have been using it for a wee bit but am just now using it regularly, I am so loving the Mario Badescu facial spray with rosewater, aloe, and herbs. I use it after I wash my face and it helps hydrate and tone my face. It smells really great, too!

Music

After seeing The Greatest Showman earlier this month, I have been loving the soundtrack! The music is soul touching and makes me want to dance around in a flowing dress while I belt my lungs out. The movie itself was also really good. I know some people were giving it bad reviews but I thought it was great. Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, and the rest of the cast are stunning.

A few playlist that I love on Spotify are Pop Chill Out, Stepping Out With The Sixties, and All Out 80s. I listen to older music more often than I do newer music because I really dig the older sound and you can never go wrong with Fleetwood Mac or the Creedence Clearwater Revival!

So there you have it, my dears! My January monthly favorites! Make sure to go check out Luci’s post over on her blog!

Until next time!

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