Hi There, It’s Been a While.

In case you noticed, I’ve been away from the blog for a while. April hit me like a ton of bricks and I, honestly, lost all urgency and desire to blog. But that’s ok because I’ve been too busy just living life this past month–and oh, it was such a good month.

I became an aunt again. TWICE. There are two new little guys in my family, Wolf and Jack, and they’re just some of the sweetest things ever. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again but being an aunt, to now six little kiddos, is one of the best things ever and I can’t even begin to describe that kind of love. So, welcome to the family little guys–Aunt Amy loves you so much.

I went on a weekend camping trip with a couple of girl friends and it was such an amazing weekend. And when I say camping–I mean CAMPING. I’m thinking about writing a post about it eventually but my favorite parts of the trip were being out of cellular coverage for three days, away from distractions, being out in nature, and spending quality time with friends.

This month was full of work, commitments, and a lot of behind the scene things. It was also a time of reflection for me to think about life, personal areas needing growth, and the mission behind my blog. As much as I love what I’m doing, sometimes I get a little frustrated with myself regarding the content I’m putting out there. I learned VERY quickly that my goal of three posts a week was definitely not sustainable for my lifestyle–and that may have contributed to my lack of wanting to write in April. Now that I’m getting back into the swing of things, I think that I will try to post two times a week (as life allows) and my desire is to make them more meaningful and intentional. Blog posts will be published again on Tuesdays and Thursdays, during the weeks that I am able to work on content.

See you soon in some more blog posts!

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Bless X ELLE

Hi there, it’s me again and I’ve missed you! I ended up taking a longer break from blogging than I intended, but sometimes you just need to take a break and focus your attention elsewhere. I have to remind myself that my blogging isn’t something that I HAVE to do but rather it’s something that I GET to do. I’m glad that I get to be back to blogging and this space!

I’m also excited today because I get to share with you what came in this month’s Bless Box, especially since it’s a collaboration with ELLE Magazine!

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Sunday Riley Auto Correct Brightening and Depuffing Eye Cream | Retail $24.00

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Brightening and depuffing? Yes please! I have had the worst allergy eyes lately and I know that this is going to be used very quickly. I have wanted to try Sunday Riley products for a long time as well because I have heard so many good things about their brand!

Dove Exfoliating Body Polish | Retail $5.00

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I am ready for some warmer weather for sure but I’m also definitely not sure that my skin looks the best right now. This looks like it’ll be a hydrating exfoliant for getting rid of  my dry, dead skin–just in time for spring!

Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara | Retail $9.49

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This came in perfect time because I just ran out of mascara! I don’t know what happened to my eyelashes but they seem to have broken off this winter–so I’m anxious to see if this formula really does help with providing some volume.

Nuun Hydration Vitamins in Grapefruit Orange | Retail $7.00

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I love these so much! I have bought multiple tubes of this product before, especially when I have been training for runs. Nuun is such a great alternative to Gatorade or other energy drinks because the ingredients are more natural, it provides extra hydration, and it also includes vitamins. All you need is a bottle of water and one of these tabs and you’re set to begin hydrating!

Ren Skincare & Now to Sleep Pillow Spray | Retail $ 10.00

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This smells like a spa and I think it’ll be so relaxing to use! I love a good pillow spray for those nights that you just feel little stressed, wound up from too much caffeine, or just can’t seem to fall asleep.

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Crushed Mineral Blush | Retail $22.00

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This also came in perfect time because the blush I have been using is getting old and probably needs to be tossed. I think this blush color is perfect for spring and because it’s a mineral powder–you don’t need much for the pigment to appear.

Hippeas White Vegan Cheddar Puffs | Retail $2.50

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These were promptly consumed following the taking of this photo. I was hangry–sorry not sorry! Hippeas are a much healthier version of other cheese puffs and they taste so good! I have eaten these before in airports when I’ve needed a snack and I recommend you also give them a try!

Hollywood Fashion Secrets Fashion Tapes | Retail $11.00

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No one likes a fashion faux pas or a wardrobe malfunction! Fashion tape is such a useful thing to have sometimes because it helps to keep everything in place, without having harsh reactions to your skin.

Lifeline Skincare | Retail $ 9.99

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I have not heard of this brand before but I’m always excited to try out new skin care products!

The most exciting thing in this month’s Bless Box though is a complementary one-year subscription to ELLE Magazine! How fun!

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Preparing to Come Home from Traveling

I get so excited when it’s time to travel and I build it up so much for myself that it can be really hard returning to reality. Haven’t we all be there though? As much as I love my travel routines and things that I do to prepare for a trip–I also have a routine for coming home. A day or two before I come home, there are some questions that I begin to ask myself to help prepare for “post trip letdown/depression” and getting back into my normal routine. There are also a few things that I like to do when re-packing and then as soon as I get home.

QUESTIONS I ASK MYSELF BEFORE RETURNING HOME

  1. What have I learned from this trip? I think it’s important to always be evaluating yourself for things that you can learn or that you have learned. I think that trips can also be more meaningful for you personally if you have this mind-set.
  2. What am I dreading the most about going home? Face your fears and stressors head on! Yes–there will be responsibilities waiting for you, yes–there will be laundry, yes– there will be work to return to, and yes to so many other things that you will have to resume. However, I think it’s important to work through these feelings and concerns so that you can prepare strategies for dealing with these issues.
  3. When can I next look forward to time off? Something I have learned about myself, over the years, is that my work and focus tend to be better when I know that I’m working towards something or some time off. I think that it’s healthy to regularly plan time off so that you don’t become overly attached to work and forget to take care of yourself. I have tried to plan time off every few months, or as the opportunity arises, and it’s a great motivator for helping me return to everyday life and stay motivated with my responsibilities.

THINGS I DO BEFORE AND WHEN I GET HOME

  1. Put dirty laundry in a drawstring bag or separate tote bag. I think that this routine helps so much when unpacking because all of my dirty clothes are in one place and I can easily start laundry when I get home.
  2. Put away suitcase as soon as possible. About a week before a trip, I’ll pull out my suitcase so that I have something to look at that lets me know time off is coming. However, I like to put my suitcase away soon after I get home so that I don’t keep looking at it and wishing I was still on vacation. I really like to do this routine, even if this means that I literally dump out my suitcase into a pile and put it away–it helps me so much.

I hope these tips have been helpful for you! Do you have any routines for coming home from traveling?

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Airport Outfit Go-Tos

People watching is one of my favorite things to do at the airport because you get to hear where people are coming from/going to, hear different accents, and observe a variety of airport clothing styles. I’ve seen some looks that I will remember, for sure! When it comes to traveling, making sure I’m comfortable in the clothes I’m wearing is a must. I tend to wear the same things on travel days so there’s not a whole lot of variety (or color for that matter, haha!) but here are some of my go-to looks for travel days. I haven’t linked these items in this post because some of them are old or I’ve already mentioned them–but these pieces can be found in so many similar brands that it should be super easy to duplicate these looks.

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OUTFIT DETAILS

LEATHER JACKET|Stitch Fix SWEATER| GAP LEISURE PANTS| Athleta SHOES| Target

If you’ve known me for a while then you know I just really like to wear black. No, I don’t have a dark soul but I do think that black is classy and can go with pretty much anything. Also, I occasionally spill things during flights and so it’s nice to wear things that don’t show stains, haha! I think that an all black outfit is really easy to throw on if you’re rushing around. A printed sneaker is also really cute with an all black outfit!

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OUTFIT DETAILS

JACKET| Amazon SWEATER| Philosophy LEISURE PANTS| Athleta SHOES| Steve Madden

I really like this olive jacket because it’s still a neutral color and can go with so many things, while still adding in a little bit of color. This sweater has also been so many places with me and I love how it’s oversized and soft. Throw these two things on with a pair of jeans or skinny pants and it’s a great go-to outfit. I also like these shoes because they are so easy to put on and off, especially for going through security.

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OUTFIT DETAILS

ZIP HOODIE| TJMaxx TSHIRT| Walmart LEGGINGS| TJMaxx SHOES| Target

Leggings are the best for traveling because they are so soft and comfortable. I also think you can get away with wearing them as long as you have a long shirt or jacket to go with them. I think that a hoodie, a grey t-shirt, and leggings are a great combination for so many types of travel.

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Why I’m Excited About Spring

Who here is tired of the dark, gloomy, cold weather? I am for sure and I’m really looking forward to spring. Spring and fall are definitely my favorite seasons and I think that they bring such freshness, renewal, and life. Things start to bloom in the spring, marking the end of hibernation and taking refuge from the winter. It’s time to start living again.

Reasons why I’m excited about spring:

  1. Warmer weather and sunshine. I seriously can’t wait for the days to be longer, for the sun to come out, and for the weather to just be warmer and more enjoyable. I know that I don’t live in the coldest parts of the United States, but I’m just definitely over it this year, haha!
  2. That feeling in the air. You know that feeling of going outside, taking a deep breath, and thinking “spring is coming?” Yep, that’s the feeling that I want more of. That feeling is special to me because I feel like it’s instant encouragement of “things are about to get better.”
  3. More color. Spring is a time for color! I can’t wait to see flowers start to bloom and to start wearing colorful spring clothes.  I’m really into bright yellows right now and can’t wait to wear more of that.
  4. BABIES. There’s about to be a baby-boom in my family because two of my sisters, one of my cousins, and a few of my really dear friends are all about to have babies in the next few weeks and months. I can’t wait to meet and love these precious new lives!

Are you excited about spring?? What are you looking forward to the most?

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