Get Your Glow On

Get Your Glow On

You’d always find me in a tanning bed, up until this summer. Working at a dermatologist office has opened my eyes to the effects of skin problems like melanoma.

I canceled my tanning membership a few weeks ago, but I was still wanting a tan. I feel a little naked without one. 

I searched YouTube videos, reviews, and tan types to find something that wouldn’t aggravate my sensitive skin. This brought me to Sally’s Beauty Supply (where I am eyeballing a stunning color of copper red hair dye. My hairdresser is amazing with cuts and color) in which I started my search for Toma’s Liquid Spray Tan. I’d never used any kind of spray tan or any tanning lotions but this kit had everything I needed for about $18.
Get Your Glow On - Liquid Spray Tan Review #review #summer #selfcare #beach

The kit came with 2 rubber gloves, a mitt, and the liquid spray tan. You use the rubber gloves to protect the color your applying from seeping through the mitt onto your hands. I thought it was great the kit included them because I would’ve never thought of that.

Get Your Glow On - Liquid Spray Tan Review #review #tan #beach

Once your gloves are on slide the mitt onto the hand of the leg you’re doing first. Then spray a few sprays of the liquid spray tan. Apply the mitt to your skin working in a circular motion to really blend it all in. It’s time to get your glow on!

You can go as dark or as minimal as you’d like. It took about 10 minutes to complete both legs. I’ll be doing the rest of my body since the formula didn’t break out my skin.

I was left with an even, streak free, non orange tan. I’m so happy it worked like it did, I’ll be using this secret weapon year around now.

I didn’t do my feet so you could see the difference between my natural color (foot) and the liquid spray tan (legs). This was like I said about 10 minutes of applying, I sprayed the pump 4 times onto the mitt 3 different times then worked it in. I repeated the same process on the other leg as well.
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Monthly Goals: July 2018

Monthly Goals: July 2018

Here we are, the Seventh month of the year. Summer is in full swing here in North Carolina, with heat indexes of 108 I’d rather walk around like Sandy Squirrel from Sponge Bob with a fish bowl full of cold water on my head. Since that isn’t a valid option I’m trying to seek out all the AC vents I can.

June was a slow month but busy with freelance. I’ve taken 2 weeks off to enjoy life and take a little breather. Which has been amazing.

I rearranged my desk and writing space, kind of an in with the old and out with the new, I felt the energy was stagnant. I love silk flowers because I can’t keep real flowers living, how gorgeous is the silk orchid??

Monthly Goals: July 2018 #silkflowers #goals #july #motivation

June’s Goals were as simple as I could make them, I don’t need anything overwhelming or super complicated to try and get through. 

I’m having a little bit of a hard time with my dad passing, I feel like the grieving process should be over? I feel like I should have already accepted that he’s in a better place with no pain than being here. I feel like I shouldn’t need to want to have conversations with him, or still have tears falling from my sore bloodshot eyes. He overcame everything else and those trails all took pieces of him with them when they left. Now I have pieces missing, I’d give anything to enjoy a banana split with him again.

Monthly Goals: July 2018 #silkflowers #goals #july #motivation

July Goals:
Acceptance // Learning to accept things I can not change not even for the life of me. 

Daily Journal // this little task use to help me so much throughout middle school even into high school. A brain dump for the day gets everything out, so I can be re-read or pondered over. 

Yoga // I’ve fallen out of the practice. I find myself staring off into nowhere at least a handful of times a day. I can’t focus and I don’t get a lot of sleep. Yoga puts me at ease, clears my mind, and helps to balance my energy.

Painting // this new one is recent, so recent I’ve only painted one thing. I love the mindset I fall into try to get the colors just right or the lines as straight as a board. Painting gives me something to focus on that drowns my anxieties. 

Read // the books I have waiting for me to crack open are stacking up on my bookshelf. I’d like to read two books this month, I think I can do it. 

Listen // everyone has select hearing from time to time and it usually only happens when it is something we just don’t want to do. I understand! I’m also talking about listening to my body as well. I’ve been feeding it greasy cheeseburgers, tacos, and ice cream. It’s been showing me it’s not pleased by weight gain, fatigue, and all around sluggishness. 

I hope July finds you all well with as much fun as you and your family can handle.

5 Simple Things To Know When Moving In With Your Significant Other

5 Simple Things To Know When Moving In With Your Significant Other

Moving in with a significant other is certainly an exciting step in a relationship, but it can also be a stressful one. There are bills to cover, chores to divide and suddenly you’re faced with a lot less alone time than you’re used to. One of the biggest stresses you might not expect can be trying to find a way to peacefully blend your decor into one cohesive look. But it is possible to create a space you’ll both love without ripping each other’s heads off. These are a few quick tips for surviving the process!

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Upcycle Your New Style
Blending styles certainly doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy all new furniture to make it fit your new decor. There are plenty of easy DIY solutions to upcycle your current pieces and create a customized look. My post on the basics of upcycling furniture should be a great guide to help you get started on transforming your existing furniture. Going thrift shopping together can also be a fun way to find unique pieces to make over together that will work for your new place.

Give Their Style A Chance
An important tip throughout this process is to not write off your partner’s style right away. Even if their suggestions seem kooky or out there, give them a chance to show you their ideas and really consider if they’ll work in your home. You might find yourself liking some of their ideas that normally wouldn’t be up your alley. Moving in together is a great chance to expose yourself to new ways of doing things, including home decor.

Get Professional Help
Trying to figure out how to blend your classic, girly style with your boyfriend’s masculine, industrial tastes can sound impossible, but the good news is there are professionals out there who can help. Enlist the help of an online interior designer who can create a design that blends both of your decor preferences. They might even help you discover a brand new aesthetic you can both fall in love with that you never would’ve considered before. Best of all, they can be the ones who break it to your partner that his ratty Scarface poster from college isn’tgoing to work for the design in your new shared space.

Agree On A Color Palette
You can make two very different design styles work cohesively in one room with a unified color palette. Check out what colors you’re both already drawn to in your decor or use a color scheme generator to create a palette you can come to an agreement on. Once you’ve done this, it will be easier to incorporate decor pieces in a united way, even if your preferred styles are wildly different.
Pick Your Battles
You’re not going to be able to get your way on every design choice so talk to your partner about which spaces in your home are most important to you. Maybe you couldn’t care less about place settings, but creating a serene bathroom is important to your sanity. Or you know that your significant other will spend a lot of time in the office, but you prefer to work in the living room. These things will help you decide who should get the final say on certain decisions and avoid unnecessary arguments. Being open about what’s important to you and what isn’t will be key in creating a balanced style that represents both of you equally!

Herb Crusted flank steak

Herb Crusted flank steak

I had a craving for some meat! So I decided I’d cook, since it had been awhile, It turned out to be a great idea! The day was rainy and lazy so i whipped up some homemade horseradish sauce for the side too. I have a love hate relationship with horseradish sauce though.

I made fingerling potatoes and snow peas for the sides, which we quickly gobbled up. 

Herb crusted flank steak #recipe #dinner #food

Herb Crusted Flank Steak 

Ingredients:
2 tsp rosemary, finely minced
2 tsp thyme, finely minced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp each salt and pepper
2 lbs flank steak

Get cooking:
1. Chop the rosemary, thyme, and tarragon for the marinade. Next, mince some garlic, and add it to your herbs.
2. Drizzle in the olive oil and add pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Stir well.
3. Lay the flank steaks out over plastic wrap and pour the marinade right over. Rub in the marinade all over with your hands, make sure you don’t miss a spot.
4. Grill the steaks about five minutes on each side (for a beautiful medium steak).
5. Slice it into strips on a platter and serve.

Herb Crusted Flank Steak #dinner #food #recipe

This is a great weeknight meal and can be mixed with a little wine. I love shedding a busy day starting with dinner, a glass of wine, then a shower before bed.

5 Ways To Deal With Anxiety At Work

5 Ways To Deal With Anxiety At Work

Anxiety: A mental health disorder characterized by feelings of worry, anxiety, or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one’s daily activities.

Anxiety is a tricky monster that is currently along side almost 40 million people to date. For me my symptoms at any given time range from: fatigue, sweating, worrying, heart palpitations, not being able to focus, and irritability. Which may lead to a panic attack at any time.

In the mornings while I’m getting ready for work a flood of anxiety can come over me, if i let it. Thoughts of how bad traffic will be, if there is a wreck that will be sure to make me late, then onto how busy the day will be and if I will make any mistakes, or the mistakes I made a week before creep into my mind.

I sat down to try and help others that experience morning anxiety as well, you can read “setting up your morning to combat anxiety“ and hopefully find it helpful. I tried to pick up on anything and everything that helps me, to help you too.

Once you’re at work any triggers can be set off throughout the day. So you don’t find yourself locked in a bathroom stall or crying your eyes out in your car there are a few different ways to handle your anxieties at work.

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Know your triggers – this is the very first tool in your toolkit. If you know your triggers then you’ll know what to watch for.

Build a grounding techniques – notice objects around you. Take notice of the sounds around you. Notice a scent coming from around you. By giving your brain something to distract from your anxieties you’ll gain a sense of calming.

Ask for what you may need – flexible scheduling, a mental health day.

Break things down – as long as your meeting your deadlines, you’ll be able to turn a task into several micro tasks. This will keep you focused and help with being overwhelmed.

Take a time out – take just a few minutes and take a few deep breaths. This is not hindering your work progress nor is it bothersome to anyone else around you. Although it may feel like your world is crashing in on you try to remember it’s not obvious to anyone else.

A few things to keep in mind when you’re anxious: you are bigger than your anxieties, don’t let them tell you how to feel, you are just giving into the feelings of your anxieties. Remember that it WILL pass, you will come out on the other side.

I like to keep my lavender essential oil with me at all times, just Incase I need a little dab behind the ears or across the wrist.

When I get home I’ll do some journaling about the day and how I felt to see if I by chance develop new triggers. I like to flow through my anxiety yoga sequence  as well.

I hope you’ve found these ideas helpful. Anxiety is a terrible thing full of different emotions that can be difficult or crippling at times. I’d like to hear ways that help you cope with anxiety at work.

Monthly Goals: June 2018

Monthly Goals: June 2018

Hello June, thank you for bringing gorgeous weather, chirping birdies, and time for adventures outside! 

Who else is excited that June is here? What are your plans for this month? New months are always fun because there is a little surprise in store for each. That is the beauty of life after all, isn’t it?

Monthly Goals: June 2018 #monthly #goals #life

Monthly Goals: June 2018

Freelancing // I’d like to expand a little. Although I work 5 days every 2 weeks at the part time job I’d like to pick up another freelance client or two. I am currently working with one and I absolutely love it! I feel like I am getting my footing.

Time management // I am horrible at time management, even when I KNOW I have things to do I may wait until the last minute to get it done. So I am going to try working on this in June. I’ll try by waking up 5-10 minutes earlier each week instead of peeling myself out of bed, taking a 5 minute shower, then rushing to get dressed and head out the door.

Saying no // I’ve been practicing this very recently, to say no to things that I don’t find suit me or on days I know I need a break. I recently said no to a day out and opted for a massage. Needless to say I felt great days afterwards too.

Blog // I would one to focus on the blog too. I’d love for this month to be the best month since I’ve owned this domain. The first six months of owning it I didn’t really do anything with it, I’d like to change that. June 21st is my one year blog anniversary, I can’t believe how fast time has gone by!

Meditation // I’m rather new to meditation. Though I’ve done yoga for years I’ve never gotten into meditation. People I’ve talked to who do meditate praise it, so I’m going to give it a try. With every little thought giving way to four different thoughts, I need a way to clear my mind and give it a break.

These are in no real order who has time for that, but I hope I’ll get slightly better with organizing too.

10 Things People Don’t Understand About Me

10 Things People Don’t Understand About Me

I do a lot of things friends and family question. There is a lot more than ten things but you know, why not turn this thing into a series?? Jk, I won’t do that.

I chose the ten that I get questioned about more than most. 

10 Things People Don’t Understand About Me

I’m an introvert // sure I seem cool calm and collected while I’m laughing but in reality I’m always looking at the door. I enjoy all of my friends company, I love them I do. I just like being alone in my own space.

Crowds freak me out // the world is mutating into a different place than it was when our parents were our age. It freaks me out to be around 15 strangers or more at any time. Maybe I watch too much ID Network but it’s made me cautious. I don’t know what those people are thinking or how they’re feeling; they could be simmering to attack whenever! 

Why all the hand sanitizer // you have no idea how hard it is to be a germaphobe, hah or maybe you do. Everything you touch sticks to your fingertips! Think about what you touch all day everyday.

I eat dessert first // when going to dinner I usually have a sweet treat in mind, so I order it first. If I’ve still got a little room I’ll order an entree to box up and take home. My sweet tooth pretty much rules my life.

What’s with two part times // I have two part time jobs as opposed to one full time job because things just worked out that way. I actually love it because I’m doing different jobs on different days so it breaks up the week a little.

Freelance writer // I’m trying to start a freelance writing business. I want to focus on creative writing and blog articles with advanced SEO for the time being. I love writing so much! 

Horrible car sickness // Yup, que the all natural Dramamine! This stuff is a life savor! I’ve been driving myself around since I could drive myself. I don’t like being a passenger, it’s boring over there. Matt likes giving me a break while he drives us so I always have Dramamine on hand. I didn’t the first time I rode with him and I turned a 45 minute trip into an hour 1/2. 

Why listen to songs four times // I love music with all of myself! I love all types and love finding new bands & songs (leave your favorite for me to check out). I listen to songs at least four times the first time. I do this because I listen to the words the first 2 times then the actual music the last two times.

Meditation practices // I have so much going on in my mind at this point in my life. I need a quiet place to retreat to, to find answers, to be able to focus. I get a lot of “whys” but that doesn’t bother me, it’s not really anyone else’s concern what I choose to do not to lose my mind.

Showering before a bath // I’m not bashing anyone who doesn’t shower before taking a bath, in the only person I know that does. I take a bath to relax or detox my body. I don’t want anything extra like dirt and what not in my bath with me.

Homemade Honey And Oat Energy Balls

Homemade Honey And Oat Energy Balls

I am not a good breakfast eater. I have to be awake for awhile before I am even hungry. I feel a little nauseous if I make myself eat in the mornings when I’m not hungry.

I know to get my metabolism jump started I need to eat a little something. I love breakfast bars but I don’t love what’s in them most of the time.

I personally think this recipe is the holy grail of all healthy breakfast balls (I’ve also been called a liar, but this one is SO good!) Because with honey, peanut butter, & rolled oats as the base – what’s not to love??

I will be eating these (on the way) at work so I didn’t want to make them as bars so I decided to roll them into bite size balls. They can be stored a lot easier and they’re perfect for popping one in your mouth at the desk or in commute.

Healthy Breakfast Balls

Ingredients:
1 cup of honey
3/4 cup of peanut butter
2 1/2cups of rolled oats

Optional:
Dried cranberries
Raisin
Pistachio
Dark chocolate chunks
Coconut
Peanuts

Instructions:
1. Put the peanut butter and honey in a medium mixing bowl.

Mix peanut butter and honey
2. Place in microwave and heat for 15 seconds. (You want to soften the ingredients together rather than melt them)
3. Throughly mix honey and peanut butter until well blended.

Blend the honey & peanut butter together
4. Add in the oats, then fold into peanut butter and honey mixture. (a cup at a time helps to blend all the ingredients throughly)

Mix In the rolled oats
5. Place mixture onto wax paper and spread about 1/2 an inch. (You can also used a greased rectangle pan)
6. Set in fridge for 5-6 hours to let the bar set.

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7. Use a spoon to measure the amount of the bar you desire.
8. Use spoon or hands to roll into bite sized balls.

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