Just-Torture-Yourself January

Just a girl, standing in front of an ice cream, asking it to love her 😘😘❤️❤️😍😍😂😂

This is JT’s “endearing” term for the little detox that I’ve been doing since January 7th and will continue through the end of the month.

Here are the basics:

  1. No alcohol
  2. Mostly healthy eating/count calories when possible (small treats when I get a severe craving -> mini drumstick ✌🏼)
  3. Workout 3-5 times per week
  4. At least 5k steps a day
  5. Train to be able to run a 5k
  6. Potentially find a 5k race to run

I was sick a lot in November/December so I slacked off on healthy eating and exercising (and who doesn’t indulge over the holidays?!). Because of all that I was/am carrying some extra weight that was not unhealthy but wasn’t necessarily making me happy. Hence this little jumpstart.

I know that not all of these things aren’t sustainable long term; life gets in the way and sometimes working out isn’t the most important thing in the world. Just like how these extra ten pounds and the way my body looks isn’t the most important thing in the world. Having the opportunity to worry about my waist line and not where I’ll get my next meal is a privilege and ultimately how much I weigh doesn’t change anything.

I will now get off my self love soap box but it is something that we should all internalize!

Happy January, lovelies!

Dude gift guide

Here’s some present suggestions for the men your life!

Under Armour polo – $40-75

I’m fairly sure that my dad asks for a polo every year and I love these for their quality and color options.

Timex Watch – $99

I love the look of this classic watch.

Patagonia Better Sweater 1/4 zip – $100

This is a pricey jacket but this is so warm and such amazing quality it will last forever.

Anker portable charger – $50

These are life savers, I literally have 6 of varying sizes and brands and they come in handy ALL THE TIME. You never know when you’re going to need extra battery and these can provide up to 300% charge!

Custom dog socks – $30-40

Literally you can have you or your best friend’s face on your socks!!

Weber Roadtrip Party Propane Grill – $40

Great for tailgating or camping!

Orca 26 Qt Cooler – $225

Just as good as a YETI, for 2/3rds the price!

State silhouette cap map wall decor – $36

This would be great for a man cave! Comes in all 50 states.

Rainbow Men’s Double Layer Classic Leather – $60

These are JTs favorite shoe option. It is a negotiation every time I ask for him to wear literally anything else when it’s over 60 degrees outside! Gift them wisely haha!

Alpine Swiss RFID-blocking bifold wallet – $15

My brother has his credit card info stolen about twice a year so this is a must for him.

Happy shopping, lovelies!

Festive Jammies!

My family never had a Christmas pajama tradition. We woke up in and ran down the stairs in whatever was on us and tore into presents. However, as an adult (and with the invention of social media) I can absolutely appreciate the picture potential of a whole family in coordinating jammies around a Christmas tree. I definitely think that it’s a tradition that I want to start when I have children.

That being said, here are some super great options for festive jammies if your family has a pajama tradition.

Women’s Plaid PJ set – $20

Super cute traditional option.

Santa, I tried 4 piece set

Hahaha enough said.

Flannel PJ set – $30

These would be great all winter long!

Red Pajama set – $30

These are unfathomably soft! They also come in gorgeous Christmas tree-green!

Reindeer leggings – $16

These are so cute and totally count as PJs that can be worn out side the house!

Alright, I know this isn’t me normal content but I saw this and the matching adult PJs below and I literally couldn’t help myself. This is so stinking cute!

Buffalo Check baby onesie – $30

Women’s Buffalo Check PJ set – $60

Men’s Buffalo Check PJ set – $60

Toddler Buffalo Check PJ set – $40

Happy shopping lovelies!

Girly Gift Guide!

Hey lovelies!

I’ve rounded up some of my fave present picks for the ladies in our lives!

Fossil Smart Watch -$275

This is gorgeous but pricey so it would be great to go in on with siblings for Mom!

Boss Babe mug – $9

For the boss babe in your life!

Sherpa quarter zip -$30

I honestly think this is the softest thing I’ve ever felt and it’s so affordable! It’s definitely an over sized fit so size down if you want the fit a little more snug.

Jewelry Travel Case – $11

This is perfect for the gal on the go!

THE Spanx leather leggings – $98

These are definitely on my Christmas list!

J Crew pavé circle earrings – $25

Great for any occasion!

Birchbox subscription – $10/month

This would be great for beauty lovers! This service sends you 5 beauty samples each month and for such a low price you can easily send these several months to find some new awesome staples!

Selfie Phone light – $11

This is the best way to get the “perfect” selfie from your smartphone. What we are all looking for in life!

Happy shopping and gifting, girlies!

Face Mask Review-a-palooza

Holidays are a highly-photographed time of year. And because of this we’d all like to have the best skin possible to be memorialized in our mom’s photo albums (and instagram of course). So, I’m talking about a few of my fave drug store face masks that could take your instagrams and family photos to the next level!

First up, is the Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask for acne. I chose this one because I’ve been struggling with some breakouts recently. This one applied fairly well and I felt it start to tingle right away. Over the ten minutes the areas where I applied the mask thinner hardened slightly. I will say that it was a little difficult to wash off my face because it was so thick but once I did my skin felt dewy and fresh!

Here’s so smaller pores because that’s what society says we need to be pretty!!

Bioré Charcoal Pore Strips have a controversial rap. Do they pull out black head? Do they just pull off dead skin and hair? I may never know the real truth but what I do know is that my nose is my biggest problem area and I like how it makes it and me feel. And that, to me, is half the battle when it comes to confidence.

These are my current favorite under eye masks. I think they noticeably decreased the darkness under my eyes that really bothers me. I definitely try to put them as close to my eye as possible because that’s where the darkness begins. This makes it difficult to move my eyes too much but it doesn’t really irritate them which I like.

Next up was a first for me! This was my first peel off mask and I definitely didn’t do it right lol. If you use this one, (which smelled amazing and I actually really liked) LEAVE IT ALONE for at least 25-35 mins. I only left mine sit for 15 ish mins and it was not enough! You have to let it dry completely to have the “peel off” effect. All of that aside, I really liked this one and felt like it definitely had a brightening effect on my skin!

Asking for a friend

I love the holidays; all of them. This time of year feels so magical and full of possibility. I think that everyone should have a sense of childlike wonder about the holidays. However, one of the things that really stresses me out about the holidays is decorations. I want to be one of those people that transforms their home into a spring dream or a winter wonderland. But I’m a girl who *tries* to stick to a budget and who lives in an apartment that I know I’m going to move out of in the next year or two. None of that is really cohesive with *that* person. BUT I do like to add some seasonal flair to my apartment and I am working on adding some more adult touches to my home.

However, I feel like this is an in between time where I want to celebrate fall and Christmas all at once. So, can you celebrate both at the same time? …I’m asking for a friend?

Tray: Hearth & Hand for Target

Candle: Haven Street Candle Co – Aged Applewood

Pumpkins: Home Goods (sadly sold out)

Happy decorating, lovelies!