Tuesday, March 28, 2017

15 Tips For Kicking Pollen In The Butt!

I dread the Spring because I know when the season comes so does the pollen. I have really bad allergies so not only does pollen make me feel miserable but it's annoying as well. Pollen gets everywhere! There's no escaping it! It gets all over our cars and houses, even our pets!!! Sometimes I don't even go outside because it's pure yellow out. That's madness!!
This season, I will not suffer!! I will be kicking pollen in the butt and if you have allergies, you should too!

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Here are 15 tips for surviving the pollen this season:

  1. Wear a hat or scarf on your head when going outside. You'll decrease the chances of getting pollen in your hair. 
  2. Take a shower when you get home. Avoid getting straight in the bed or couch. Wash all of the dirt and pollen off of you first. 
  3. Don't drive with the windows down. 
  4. Invest in a purifier. This will clean the air in your home, eliminating all dust and pollen. 
  5. Do not hang your clothes or rugs outside to dry. 
  6. Keep your pets wiped down or bathed as much as possible. They will bring a lot of pollen back inside the home. 
  7. Avoid being outside during high pollen count days. The news will tell when these days are. 
  8. Avoid being outside during windy days. All of that pollen floating in the wind is a disaster! 
  9. Keep your hair washed often if you can. 
  10. Avoid opening windows in your home. That spring breeze may feel good but it'll only be bringing in pollen into your home. 
  11. If you wear contacts, try wearing your glasses more often. Pollen can get in your contacts, making your eyes feel extra itchy and irritated. 
  12. Wear a mask that can cover your nose and mouth. 
  13. Find some medication that will work for you such as Benadryl or Claritin. 
  14. Gargle salt water. It helps soothe a sore throat. 
  15. Don't wear the same clothes that you wore outside inside. If you don't want to take a shower, at least take off the clothes you had on earlier. It will contaminate everything else in the house with pollen. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

My Top 5 Life OBSESSIONS 😍

1. I LOVE flowers. I have a few favorites: roses, tulips, sunflowers, peonies, and hydrangeas. Just looking at them instantly makes me happier. These are my mom's birthday flowers. Aren't they gorgeous?! If it were up to me, I would have flowers [literally] all over the house!

2. I am obsessed with book stores. I love the quiet atmosphere and getting lost in thousands of books. Books-A-Million is one of my favorite places to go. I could spend the whole day there.

3. Coffee/Coffee Shops/Starbucks. Not only do I love the taste of coffee but I like the aroma and the warmth it provides. And nothing is more satisfying than walking into Starbucks and smelling all of that delicious coffee.

4. Arts and Crafts/Stationary. I love shopping for crafts and stationary. Lately I've been into painting. It's so fun and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a new [relaxing] hobby. I've also been into planners and stickers, but then again, I have always been into those 2 things.

5. My Bible. I purchased a new bible not too long ago so I could get into bible journaling. I've found myself not even journaling but just reading it and I'm really enjoying it.

What are your obsessions? And not current obsessions like a glittery lip gloss that will go out of style soon, but your life obsessions? The things you have loved or will love for years. (i.e. walking your dog or baking cupcakes) Share below.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

My Go-To Green Juice 🍏

I love my green juices but sometimes I don't love making them. I have a cold pressed juicer which is amazing however it runs very sloooowww. Sometimes I'm just not in the mood to make one. But lately, I've been juicing up a storm. I love having a juice in the early afternoon. It's the perfect pick me up. You know how they say an apple gives you sooooo much energy, well "issa" lie! Now a green juice does give you energy. It's so great for when you are feeling sluggish, I swear by it!  

Here's the green juice that I've been making lately:

1 apple

4 celery sticks

2 lemons

Spinach, Romaine lettuce, and kale (handful each)

1 large cucumber 

This is my photo. 

This is the combination that I usually go for. I like it the most because it isn't a sweet juice but it isn't bland or sour either. 

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Benefits of Smiling 😀

*Photo of my cousin Jaidus. How cute was he lol

Most people don't really think about smiling, it's just something they either do or don't do. Well, did you know there are actual benefits to smiling? Not only does smiling make you feel good but it also adds years to your life. Yes! Crazy right? 

Our bodies release endorphins when we smile, which is a chemical that makes us happier. By releasing endorphins we are also able to decrease stress and anxiety. 

Smiling also increases the strength of our immune systems and is a natural anti-depressant. 

So turn that frown upside down and keep on smiling. 

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Get A Bigger Butt TODAY!!! 🍑

Do your friends call you flatty patty? Do you lack wiggle in your jiggle? Does your backside resemble pancakes... and not the fluffy kind? Well fear no more. Today's post will show you 6 ways to boost your booty into a fabulous ba-donka-donk.




Fire Hydrants 

 Leg Lifts

Plank Jacks

Once you get used to these workouts, add on weights (i.e. ankle weights) for results. 
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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Fruit Infused Water 💦

Let's just be real here, water is plain and boring. Drinking it can be tough especially if you are trying to consume your recommended daily intake. My favorite thing to do is to infuse my water with fruit. When my water is infused, I manage to drink three times as much water than I would otherwise. This is what my water looks like today:

Simply, lemon and strawberries. I love strawberries in my water. If you can't handle the sourness of lemon water then add in a few strawberries. It balances with the tartness. Another combination that I swear by is strawberry and mint.

We all know the benefits of drinking water right? By drinking water you are fighting off diseases and illnesses, flushing out toxins, creating better digestion, etc. But by adding in fruit, you are adding in extra nutrients to your water. The fruit will provide extra vitamins and minerals that the water didn't even have before.

So if you find yourself not being able to drink enough water, just do what I do and chuck a bunch of fruit in it!! Happy Drinking.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

10 Ways To Declutter Your Mind

Declutter-to remove unnecessary items from an untidy or overcrowded place. 

While it is good to declutter our closets every once in a while or our kitchen pantries, it is also important to declutter our minds. A cluttered mind is filled with thoughts, stress, worry, and more. Being mentally cluttered is never a good thing; it can change the way we function or send us in a downward spiral. 

Below are ten ways to declutter your mind: 

1. Make sure the space around you is clean. This doesn't mean that you have to declutter your space and throw everything out. Just make sure your area is clean and tidy.  

2. Start a Journal. This is a good way of releasing thoughts and feelings whether good or bad, instead of keeping them inside. When you're finished writing, it will feel as though a weight has been lifted. 

3. Watch less T.V. It has already been proven that television messes with our brains. 

4. Go outside. Being outside can be quite relaxing... especially in the mornings, sitting on the porch with a nice hot cup of coffee.

5. Exercise or Yoga. Exercising is an amazing way to clear your head. When you exercise your body releases endorphins which reduces your perception of pain and makes you feel good. So it's a great way to release stress, anxiety, and anger.

6. Stop Overextending Yourself. Take care of yourself before you take care of others. Never saying no and always doing things for other people will eventually create stress in your life, that could end up affecting your health. Practice having "me" time.

7. Laugh. Laughing is the best way to release stress. Tell a joke, hang out with some good (Funny) friends, read a funny book. 

8. Do something simple but fun. You could do a puzzle, play the bubble shooter app (I'm currently addicted by the way!), draw or color. 

9. Do Not Multitask. Trying to do so many things at one time can create a lot of stress. Focus on one task at a time. 

10. Relax. Take a hot bubble bath with a few candles lit. Meditate. Treat yourself to a massage. 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

My First Makeup Party Featuring Mary Kay

Yesterday I attended my very first makeup party and I must say, I had a good ol time. There was makeup and food... what more could a girl ask for? Our host was Helen and our consultant was Susan. First, Susan had us to try a few hand products and then we tried a lip scrub and balm. Then we each tried skin care products catered to our skin types. I tried the TimeWise Miracle Set for normal to dry skin and I LOVED it. I would recommend that to anyone with dry skin. It's so luxurious. 

Afterwards we tried on the makeup. I ended up getting a CC cream in the shade Deep, a free hand cream, a lip scrub, and a lip balm. I liked everything! If you ever get the chance to go to a Mary Kay makeup party definitely attend. It's a lot of fun. Thank you Mrs. Helen and Susan. 

By the way, I left my camera at home so here are some cell phone shots. 

Susan, the consultant. 

The mirror and tray set for sampling products.  
What I ended up with. 

Satin Hands hand cream, Satin Lips shea sugar scrub, and Satin Lips shea butter lip balm

CC cream in "Deep"

Y'all know I'm a foodie and had to take pictures! 

Have you tried Mary Kay products before?