28 Things About Me

In the spirit of still celebrating my birthday month, today I’m sharing with you 28 random facts about me. I wrote one of these posts 3 years ago (I can’t believe it) and it’s funny to look back on those facts as well, haha! If you want to read that post, I’ve linked it here. If you are new to this blog, I hope you enjoy reading these things and getting to know me a little better.

  1. I love making lists.
  2. I cannot braid my own hair anymore–it’s too short and I don’t remember how to do it for myself. I can braid other people’s hair–just not mine.
  3. On my days off you can find me wearing ripped jeans and a black hoodie.
  4. Cooking and experimenting with food has become such a hobby of mine.
  5. I am a huge advocate for the importance of self-care, rest, and taking care of your body, mind, and soul.
  6. I have a never-ending stack of books always waiting to be read.
  7. I recently started taking boxing classes with some of my friends and I love that it makes me feel so tough.
  8. I’m trying to stop saying the words “anxious, scared, fearful, afraid, etc.” so much. I realized the other day that I had been doing that a lot and I don’t like that.
  9. My closet is pretty much black, grey, navy, and stripes.
  10. I cut my hair super short this year and I think this look is sticking for a while.
  11. I learned how to make my own almond milk this year and it’s pretty yummy.
  12. Family and my community of friends are essential in my life–I couldn’t do life without them.
  13. I think that fall mornings are just wonderful.
  14. I cry every time I watch Little Women and/or Anne of Green Gables. Every. Single. Time.
  15. I collect candles–there’s always an occasion for one.
  16. I could eat breakfast food for any/all meals of the day.
  17. I am so excited to do some traveling next month.
  18. This year I rediscovered my love of camping.
  19. Sour Patch anythings are my favorite kind of candy.
  20. Boy Meets World is my favorite show to watch if I need something to binge-watch.
  21. I believe that ice cream should NEVER be made in savory flavors. I saw a carrot and tumeric flavor the other day and, I’m sorry but, that’s just wrong.
  22. I sleep with about 6 pillows every night.
  23. I believe in speaking life into one another, and I’m trying to do that more for myself also.
  24. My cup of coffee is a highlight of my mornings.
  25. I am always planning a next vacation.
  26. When I was younger I had a yoyo named “Jimmy” and I would drag Jimmy around like a dog.
  27. I am slightly considering getting a dog next year.
  28. I am eating waffles for dinner (Can you tell that I’ve run out of facts this evening, haha!).

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Looking Back on My 27th Year

Ahhh! Another birth year is almost over! This is the year that it’s really hit me that I’m now in my late 20s. Yikes. This past year has been a really great one–full of love and exciting things and I think that will continue in the next year. There were definitely some low times this past year but God is faithful and He never left. Growing older is a funny thing to me in the sense that it’s exciting to see where you’re heading, while also being bittersweet that some things will never be the same again. But that is life–and life is precious.

I think this is the year that I fully felt like I knew myself and grasped who I am. I am confident of who I am in the Lord and who I am to those who mean the most to me. I know my priorities and what things I value the most. This is the year that I stopped apologizing for wearing so much black–it’s just my style and I’m going to embrace it. This is the year that I truly saw my life circumstances as gifts and found so much freedom in realizing that.

Some other major high moments this past year were:
-traveling to Chicago to spend time with family
-finding out my best friend was going to be a mama
-traveled to California with my cousin for a true girls weekend
-traveled to Maine for my annual “bestie time”
-seeing my best friend’s baby through an ultrasound
-became an aunt for the 5th time
-BOUGHT A HOUSE
-became an aunt for the 6th time
-went camping with friends in Palo Duro Canyon
-moved in my new house
-bestie became a mom
-found out I’m going to be an aunt for the 7th time
-and lots of house design/projects/etc

I can’t wait to see what the next year will bring and what 28 will be like. Thanks for following me in this journey 🙂

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Starting Fresh in September

Last week I wrote about how September is my favorite month and holds so much meaning for me. This month signifies a new start, the beginning of a new birth year for me, and reflection over the last year. September is about starting fresh.

Today I’m going to encourage you in some ways that you can also have a fresh start this month. What do you love most about this month??

Personal Health

Start a new workout plan. Be better at healthy meal planning and prepping. Go to bed earlier. Drink more water.

Relationships with Family and Friends

Put the phone down more. Be intentional about spending time with others. Have people over and look for ways to gather others. Send more texts or messages to friends and family to let them know you’re thinking of them. Look for ways to serve those you love.

Work Life

Get to work early. Focus on work tasks and really give it your all. Facilitate a positive work culture and environment. Clean and organize your work space.

Spiritual Health

Make a point to spend time with God each day. Spend your commute in prayer and as you go about the day. Be open for opportunities to share the love and compassion of Christ. Begin a new Bible study plan.

Home

Bring out the fall candles and decorations. Make a point to keep the house clean and cozy. Put away your summer clothes and bring out all the fall wear. Declutter. Finish a project you’ve already started.

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September Favorites

I can’t believe September is already over! I look forward to that month every year and then it just seems to fly by way too fast. September brought so many good memories, cool weather, and I know fall is just getting started. Today I’m going to tell you about my favorite things from September, which is fitting because September is also my favorite month and this is my favorite time of the year.

“Chumpkin” Lattes. I’m really not a huge fan of the Pumpkin Spice Latte obsession but I did have a birthday free drink at Starbucks the other day and thought “why not just get a trendy, free one.” I saw they have a new Pumpkin Spice CHAI Tea Latte and that sounded like something I would enjoy because I love chai. I had THE most amazing vanilla chai when I was visiting cousins in Virginia recently, and I’ve been looking for a chai to help fill that void since. While the PSL Chai Latte was amazing and tasted like the holidays in a cup–it was extremely sweet so you might want to ask that they not put so much syrup in it. I looked later and for a Venti sized drink, there were 5 pumps of PSL and 5 pumps of chai. Yikes. Shades of Brown on Brookside, in Tulsa, does a really yummy replica of this drink that’s not nearly as sweet.

Maple Sea Salt RX Bar. Since doing Whole30 a few times, I’ve come to enjoy RX Bars a lot because of the ingredients. RX Bar recently came out with a Maple Sea Salt flavor and it was heavenly.

Thunder by Imagine Dragons. I’ve been training for another half marathon lately and this song has pretty much been on repeat on runs. I love the beat of songs like this that make you want to move and push yourself harder. This song will definitely be on my music play list on race day.

Next I have a few beauty favorites…

 

NYX Wonder Stick. This product is meant for contouring but I’ve been using it as a bronzer. I’ve had issues with powder bronzers working for a while but then getting muddy on my face. One end has a light cream highlighter and the other has the darker shade–I don’t really use the light shade that much but I really like the product as a whole because it’s really easy to blend out.

Glossier Generation G Matte Lipstick. Oh, Glossier! My sweet cousin bought me a few Glossier items for my birthday and I got SOOO excited once I saw the iconic pink, bubble packaging. I received the Generation G Lipstick in the shade Leo and it is the PERFECT shade for me because it’s the color of my natural lips. The formula of this is very creamy and it has been long-lasting so far.

Glossier Rose Balm Dotcom. I’ve heard so much about the Balm Dotcom product and was really wanting to try it. The Rose scent/flavor is slightly tinted and has been a very moisturizing lip product to use. You can also use this on your hands, cuticles, elbows, etc. Thank you, Bec!!

Valjean Labs Facial Serum in Glow. I found this serum for around $6 at TJ Maxx when I was looking for a new bottle of vitamin c serum. This is very similar to the Glossier Super Glow Serum from what I can tell. I’ve been focusing on trying to even out my skin tone and lighten acne scars, and this has helped a lot in the few weeks I’ve been using it.

Honey Girl Organics Face & Eye Cream. I received this moisturizer in my July BlessBox and I still love it! I’ve been using this at night and it feels like it restores my skin while I sleep. The formula is also very thick–so you don’t need to use a lot. You can see how much I’ve used since July in the picture below.

Fall Closet Essentials PDF. One of my favorite blogs to follow is The Fresh Exchange. One of the recent blog posts gave readers a PDF of Fall Closet Essentials and that has been super helpful to determine what I might be missing for the upcoming months.

Ankle Boots. IT’S BOOT SEASON!! I used to wear riding boots non-stop during the fall but in recent years I’ve only been wearing ankle boots. I was looking for a tan-ish pair of ankle boots to add to my closet and really liked these that I found at Target! I even had a Cartwheel discount for them–the Cartwheel app is a must have. This boot is called the DC Dylan Laser Cut Split Booties in Gray and I’ve had so many complements already in the few weeks I’ve worn them.

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Empties #7

It’s that time again–welcome to another Empties post! I’ve saved the bottles of all the beauty and skin care products I’ve used, over the last few months, and I’m going to give you my honest review of them. I really enjoy reading about what other people have used, and what they thought, because I always like trying new things. Let me know if you’ve used any of these and if you loved/hated them!

Makeup

Revlon Lash Potion Mascara. This formula is supposed to help your lashes grow longer but I didn’t notice any remarkable difference. I think the brush was also a little too big for my eyes and I never really used this mascara that much. I think the product had expired by the time I cleaned out this time.

Cover Girl LashBlast Mascara. This mascara is an awesome product to use, especially in waterproof. The formula helps you lashes to stay curled and the waterproof formula is very long-lasting.

ELF Poreless Face Primer. I have used a bottle of this primer before but did not have the same outcome as my previous experience. After I would apply my foundation, over the primer, the primer seemed to pill up and leave little grey dots all over my face. Because of that reaction, I’m not sure if I would buy this primer again. The Radiant Glow primer did the same thing on my skin, but I did like the luminosity that this product gave.

L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara. I think I am allergic to this formula because it made my eyes super red, itchy, and burn. I probably won’t buy this product again but I did notice a difference in my eyelash length.

L’Oreal Colour Riche Balm. This is one of the only lip products I ever remember finishing completely. This lipstick was more of a light moisturizer than an actual lipstick, and the pigmentation was very subtle. I will probably buy this again in the future.

Bare Minerals Prep Step Moisture Set. I found this at TJ Maxx this summer and really enjoyed it. The product left a pearlescent finish on the skin but also hydrated very nicely.

NYC Sun ‘n’ Bronze Bronzer. This bronzer is so affordable and it’s probably one of my all-time favorites. This product does not look muddy on my face and is not too shiny.

 Skin Care

Daiso Japan Charcoal Cleansing Foam. I bought this at Daiso, in Dallas, for $1.50 just for the mere fact that it was dirt cheap. Haha. I don’t know if I noticed a huge difference from using this product but, hey, for $1.50 I’ll try anything.

Retinol Gel Cleanser. I usually get this at TJ Maxx, for much cheaper, and it really helps to keep my cystic acne under control. I will keep buying this for sure and using it at night.

Andalou Glycolic Pumpkin Mask. I usually wait for this to go on sale at Sprouts or Whole Foods before I purchase it. I have used this a few times before and really like how it makes my skin look and feel. Glycolic products are also another thing that help to keep my acne under control, and I like that this product is all natural.

H20 Plus Face Oasis. I also found this at TJ Maxx, for a lot less, and used it during the colder months. The blue, gel-like product felt very hydrating and like a drink of water for my skin. If I can find this again, I would most likely re-purchase it.

Dr. Brandt Micodermabrasion Skin Exfoliant. I received this product in one of my subscription boxes and while it was a finely milled, gentle exfoliant, yikes–that price tag though. I will not re-purchase it again for that reason alone, but it was a nice treat to test this product.

ArtNaturals Serums. I really like ArtNatural products and will keep using them, when I can. I bought the Retinol and Vitamin C serums in a bundle and have been using them for a couple of years now. When used together, retinol and vitamin C are amazing for healing my problematic skin.

Body

Bath & Body Works Dark Kiss Body Wash. This scent is now retired–boo! This product has a very subtle scent of berry and musk and you have no need to wear perfume after using this.

Tone Radiant Glow Illuminating Body Wash. This was a fun product to use because it has sparkle in it and leaves your skin, literally, glowing.

Primal Pit Paste All Natural Lavender Deodorant. This is my absolute favorite deodorant to use. It’s on the pricier side but it is all natural and doesn’t make me break out in painful rashes. One your body adjusts to this deodorant, it controls everything you need it to control. I have bought this at Whole Foods and on Amazon in the past.

Hair

Garnier Volume Anti-Frizz Hairspray. This is my favorite hairspray to use because it holds for a long time and it protects against humidity.

Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray. This heat spray’s scent is really nice and is my favorite part of the product. I use this off and on before drying my hair, or using heat tools, and it helps to protect from heat damage and gives my hair healthy shine.

Desert Essence Organic Red Raspberry Shampoo. I bought this during a BOGO sale a few months ago and even though the scent was nice, it did dry my hair out a little too much.

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