Where Have I Been?

Hi Everyone!  Hope you are having a great summer!  I know it has been awhile since I posted and I wanted to do a quick little update.

I have decided to take a little break from blogging this summer.  The main reason is because after starting this blog I found myself spending more money on makeup than before.  I felt like I needed to buy items so that I could review them for you guys. Although I do love giving you my thoughts on products, I could tell things were getting a little out of control.  I felt like it was becoming the opposite of “Beauty on a Budget”.  I was buying things I didn’t necessarily need so I could make sure I felt like I had content.

In no way am I going to stop blogging!  However, I have decided to take a step back this summer.  I don’t want this to feel like a second job.  I want it to stay fun and not hold myself to making 3 posts a week.  I am such a structured person it is easy for me to put additional stress on myself to be consistent.  One piece of advice I would have for anyone starting a blog for fun, don’t do research on how to blog.  Just go for it!  For me those articles only made me feel like I needed to keep up with a certain standard.  If you are starting a blog to bring in income, then that is a different story.  But if you are like me and are just wanting to share something you love or are passionate about, just follow your heart.  You will know when you are creatively ready to write a post.

I do have some new products I have been using (that I needed) that I can’t wait to share my thoughts on.  I am not sure when those posts will be coming, but stay tuned.

One thing I do have to share with you is chop my hair off this summer!!  I am still deciding on whether to keep it short or let it grow again.  I have mixed feelings since I like it both ways!!

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Enjoy your summer and take care!

If I Organized a Beauty Blogger Panel…Who Would it Be

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Eventbrite is the largest self-service ticketing platform in the world that helps people find and plan events.  I was recently inspired by them to talk about my ideal of the perfect panel of bloggers.

Since I am primarily a beauty blogger, below is a list of just a few of the beauty bloggers that I would love to set down with and talk all things beauty.

  • Styled by McKenz – I love to read McKenzie’s fashion posts.  When it comes to fashion she has an eye for style and good bargains.  Whether it is casual or dressy, she has you covered!
  • Her Quarters – Amy does amazing reviews of many different products.  I enjoy reading her reviews and learning about new products on the market.
  • Obsessive Compulsive Designer – I started reading this blog when she was writing about her recent wedding, which was beautiful.  I love reading her posts to see what things she is into at the moment.
  • Beauty by a Dutch Girl – I love reading Anne’s beauty product reviews, especially since she uses a lot of drugstore products!
  • Healthy Glow – This blog does a great job of reviewing a good mix of high end and drugstore products.

If I were to moderate this panel of lovely ladies, here are a few questions I would be sure to ask:

  1. What made you want to start a blog?
  2. When did you first become interested in beauty/fashion?
  3. What is your favorite brand of makeup/clothing?
  4. How do you describe your style?
  5. Who/What is your fashion inspiration?
  6. If you had to live with only one beauty product, what would it be?
  7. I have a post on my blog called, My Makeup Story, and it talks about my journey with using makeup.  What would be your Makeup Story?
  8. What is your ideal of the perfect day?

I think once we all got talking we could go on for hours.  This is one reason that I started my blog, to communicate with a community of people that share the same interests.

I have seen several beauty bloggers I follow on YouTube participate in conference panels like this.  They always seem to have a great time and it is interesting to see how they answer certain questions. Doing this post has made me think about how great it would be to actually get to meet some of the bloggers I follow in person. The beauty bloggers I mentioned above live in all different places.  It would be difficult to get even a few of us in the same place, but if ever possible it would be a blast!

If you are thinking about planning a conference or event in your area, check out Eventbrite’s online registration page!

 

 

 

 

Why I Drink Only Water…..Mostly

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Years ago I only drank soda, or pop as I would call it.  I hated water and could not bring myself to drink it at all.  Boy have things changed!

Several years ago I was diagnosed with acid reflux.  After doing some research I found that one of the triggers for acid reflux is caffeine, so I decided to cut caffeine out of my diet.  I first started by drinking clear drinks like Sprite and 7 Up.  But eventually I started working in water with lemon to cut down on my sugar intake too.  Now water is basically all that I drink, with or without lemon.  I will have the occasional Sprite or 7 Up, but I try to limit those to once a week or less.

If I am weak and do drink more than one pop in a week, I can tell a big difference. Although it tastes so good at the time, it makes me feel bad.  My stomach will become bloated and I feel sluggish, but the more sugar I drink the more I want.  As a result, I have learned that when there are times I have to eat fast food, I can replace the fountain soft drink with a bottled water.

Water is so much better for me and I am glad that for the most part that is all that I drink. Drinking water helps my body stay hydrated and help flush out toxins in my body.  I also know that drinking water is great for my skin.

Some of my friends can’t understand how I only drink water all the time, especially for breakfast.  But it is like anything else, it is all in what you get used to.

How much water do you drink?

Fitness Tracker or is it just another bracelet?

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Fitness trackers are very popular.  Many people wear them and they are a great way to keep up with your daily activity.  My employer offers health programs often that you can participate in for an incentive.  My fitness tracker is a great way for me to log my activity to meet the requirements for some extra cash in my pocket.

I love bracelets and apparently it shows because I received four for Christmas this year, all from different people.  There was something about wearing my beautiful bracelets and then putting on my fitness tracker with the thick rubber arm band.  It just didn’t look right.  I started not wanting to wear my tracker, which makes it hard to log my activity for some extra cash.

I had a meeting with a girl about a month or so ago and noticed a bracelet she was wearing.  It was silver, but it looked like it had a small screen.  I asked her about it and turns out it was a fitness tracker in disguise!  It was the Fitbit Alta and she had purchased a fashion band to use instead of the standard rubber arm band.

I did some research and decided to purchase one as a small present to myself.  I received it this week and have been very happy with it.  It does everything my previous tracker did and more.  It tracks inactivity, steps, calories burned, active minutes, distance traveled, and sleep.  But it also links to my phone so that, when my phone is near, I can receive text messages and see who is calling.  I find this feature helpful if I am in meetings and can’t look at my phone.

The best part is, it doesn’t look like the typical fitness band!

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Props to anyone that noticed the paw sticking out underneath my hand 🙂 

I purchased my Fitbit Alta from Best Buy for $129.95.  This was the average price about anywhere I looked online (and believe me I looked a lot of places), plus Best Buy was offering free two day shipping.  The gold bangle band I got from Amazon for $32.90.

I can also say it seems to be very accurate.  Last night I went to a thirty minute step class before going to Zumba class that lasts an hour.  My active minutes yesterday was tracked at 92 minutes.  You can’t get much more accurate than that!

 

The Meaning Behind My Wrist Tattoo

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I have been wanting to get a tattoo to honor my furbabies for awhile.  My husband and I got our first dog after we had been married a little over a year.  He was my first dog ever and it didn’t take long for him to turn me into a dog person.  So at the end of January, I decided three small paws on my left wrist would be perfect.

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Our first dog was Cartman, a Weimaraner and Black Lab mix.  And yep, you guessed it, his name did come from the show South Park.  My husband is a big fan.  He was such a smart and caring dog.  He and his siblings had been dropped off at a local convenience center.  A high school friend had found them and was finding homes for each one.  Cartman was the only boy of the litter.  The day we brought him home I was holding him in my lap and one of my favorite songs came on the radio.  As I started to sing, he started to howl.  I knew at that moment having a dog was going to be great.  Sadly, Cartman lost his battle with bone cancer two years ago this March.  It was one of the hardest days of my life.  But I cherish all the great memories we have with him.

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Only a few weeks after we got Cartman, my husband surprised me with Chloe.  Chloe is a German Shepard mix.  We are not sure exactly what she is mixed with, but we think it may be a type of husky given the way she sheds.  My husband felt like Cartman needed a companion and I think he knew that I would be iffy about adopting another dog so soon.  He knew I wouldn’t be able to say no once he put her in my lap.  My husband saved Chloe from the local animal shelter.  I named Chloe after the character from Smallville, one of the best shows on the CW channel in my opinion.  I really miss that show.  As you can tell we were really into television shows at the time we got these babies…haha.  She turned 12 in December and has grown into a beautiful dog.  She still misses her boy, Cartman, but she has a little sister to keep her company.

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Three years ago this June, we adopting a Pit Bull and Golden Retriever mix we call Cadence.  My husband is a drummer and was in the marching band when we met in high school.  My favorite part was when they would “cadence” on and off the field.  We knew we wanted to stick with our “c” theme, so it was perfect.  We adopted her from a local rescue organization.  I knew when I saw her picture online we needed to adopt her.  She is the smartest dog!  She already knew how to sit, lay down, and shake before we got her.  I tell my husband all the time that she can understand English.  From the stories we have been told, we think she came from an abusive home. Although you would not know it by her demeanor.  She is so sweet and loves people.

I love my new tattoo!  I have three other tattoos on my back and they are all of things I love and have a lot meaning to me.  I knew I wanted my first every day visible tattoo to be something small but with just as much meaning.  I don’t think I could have picked anything better!

My Nose Piercing Experience

I have wanted my nose pierced for a very long time, but hadn’t done it for several reasons.  One, I thought it would be way too painful.  Two, I wasn’t sure if it went against the rules where I work.  Three, my dad had asked me not too.

My friend, Hannah, and I had an appointment Monday for each of us to get tattoos.  We got our tattoos, which all turned out awesome, and then went out to eat.  While we were eating we started talking about piercings.  She said she would like to get her daith pierced and I told her I had always wanted to get my nose pierced.  Long story short, we went back to the tattoo shop after we finished eating.

I was nervous when I sat down in the chair, but not like I thought I would be.  Honestly, the actual piercing didn’t hurt that much.  My right eye only barely watered and not even enough for a tear.  But then things went wrong.  The jewelry got stuck on the needle and she could not get it off.  She tried a few times, but it wasn’t budging.  My nose started to bleed pretty bad, so she had take the needle out with the jewelry still on it.  Then she got a new needle and piece of jewelry and did it again.  This time it came off like it was supposed too.  She apologized a thousand times.  She told me this only happened once in a blue moon.  I told her if it was going to happen to anyone it would be me.  But even with the mishap, I would definitely do it again.  I love it!

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So turns out getting my nose pierced didn’t hurt as bad as I thought, it isn’t against the rules where I work, and my dad although at first my have been a little disappointed agreed that is was small and okay.

I am so glad Hannah was there to give me the little extra push I needed and to hold my hand.

Sunday Pampering

To get myself ready for the week ahead, I like to do a little pampering on Sundays.  Nothing too extravagant, just a few things to get relaxed.

20170129_180257-01.jpeg  On this snowy and cold Sunday I decided to use some moisturizing products.

If you would like to read more about my thoughts on these products, you can click on their names.

I have been reading the Tradd Street series by Karen White.  She just released the fifth book of the series this month.  I started reading the series back in October because it is a ghost story with a love story weaved in.  The main character, Melanie, is a successful realtor in Charleston, South Carolina with a big hidden talent…she can communicate with the dead.  I can’t wait to get through all the books to see what happens.  These are books that will keep you reading till the wee hours of the night.

Hot peppermint tea is one of my favorites!  At home I find myself drinking more hot tea than coffee.  It is super refreshing and perfect on this cold night.

Hope you enjoyed a look into my Sunday night.  Now to go get pampering….I may even paint my nails too!  What are some of the things you like to do to get ready for the week ahead?