Favorite 5

Hello lovely people of the internet! I am sharing some things that I really love that I have gotten or discovered recently. None of these things are new by any means but maybe you’re like me and haven’t seen or tried them yet. I highly recommend them all and let me know if I can help you with anything such an an invite or links attached to sign up!

Here they are:

ThreadUp: So recently the weather just cooled down so I placed a couple orders on ThreadUp for sweater weather and replaced some warmer clothes that didn’t fit me anymore like my long sleeves and a few heavier items. If you’d like to shop using my link you get 10$ to shop and so do I!  SHOP HERE NOW 

In September, we had our tenth wedding anniversary and it was a huge milestone for us, we are overly proud of that. We decided to treat ourselves and grab some new Samsung Active2 watches to track our on the go lifestyle, help us be aware and become more healthy over all. We love them so far! We made plans to get massages at a nearby hotel and spa called mcmenamins Edgefield. It was lovely, afterwards we shopped the gift shop and walked around a bit. Then we decided that night to celebrate a bit more by having some good ‘ol fun at Dave & Busters arcade/restaurant. We had a grand time and we are planning an epic trip for next year!

SkinnyDipped almonds: OMG these are among the best things I’ve ever tasted! They are a great on the go healthy snack and there are so many flavors of which I have grabbed each one I can find, variety am I right?! My 1st choice has been the chocolate mint or the peanut butter ones.

We have been trying desperately to quit soda! And the only thing that seems to work most times for me, except when we go out (which has been too much this week) is Zevia. A stevia alternative to soda, with no extra sugar or preservatives. I’m liking it enough to not crave soda too bad but haven’t given all soda up altogether. I’m getting there and I hope to RARELY have it at all in the future. I’m enjoying the Dr pepper flavor and the ginger ale ones, although I’ve tried the cola flavored ones too and like those as well.

One day last week I discovered that I had run out or gotten rid of all my perfumes and old body sprays. I wanted to find a new low cost solution instead of sulking back to a store known for that kind of need. I asked around and after my friend Ashley told me about Scentbird I was hooked! I subscribed and chose a BUNCH of scents I think I’d like to try. A sample comes to you at a small fee, but with more value that the 3 uses from a store sample size. These you can travel with and keep, mix and match, as well as cancel at any time! I’m excited to receive my first 2 scents in the next day or two. I just received my perfume samples which will last me forever and I love the twist up holder and nice velevt small bags.
I wore my perfume today and I’m addicted…. I kept smelling it in the air and I loved it. I will continue to order perfume samples on a monthly basis for awhile to see how much I really love using Scentbird. CLICK ME FOR SCENTBIRD

Well I hope you try these things that I’ve been loving and are my current favorites! Tell me what your favorites are and if you try something I mentioned.

7 easy steps to be eco-friendly and green

7 easy steps to be eco-friendly and green

Being greener and eco friendly is important. I’ve recently come to the conclusion (a little late perhaps) that a lot of my own daily habits are making a big negative impact in ways that I could easily change. So I’ve begun to make some simple everyday changes that for me, make a big difference in my mind and make me feel better about those choices. I say do what you can, don’t fret over the rest. A bunch of small swaps is the best way to be more enviornmentally friendly to create a personal change. This is where I have started, what can you do to make a new small switch?

1. Use reusable fleece or cloth towels for clean up and spills

I have recently switched from paper towels to pretty much ONLY cloth towels and hand towels for cleans and spills etc. One of my new friends actually makes them and sells them locally at fairs and craft events. If interested contact me and I can link you up to her. Mine has dogs all over them and they work well! SO easy to use and wash and not go straight to the trash (such a waste!)

2.Use green and eco friendly sprays and all purpose cleaners

[you can also make your own using essential oils/OnGuard]

I have switched to Mrs Meyers and Method (maybe still not one of the greatest options, I know, but I intend to use doTerra OnGuard products soon and make my own cleaners without real chemicals

3. Only use glass cups and water bottles then reuse them for everyday use

(this one here I use)

I use my glass water bottle SO often. It makes me drink much more water because I can use my EO’s in the glass BPA free bottle. I use a drop or two of lemon oil and drink water much more through my day.

4. Use cloth bags and such for grocery trips instead of paper and plastic bags

Carry them in your bag with you or at least make sure they stay in your car so you never miss an oppurtunity to use them and makes it all simple to do

5.RECYCLE!!!!

Seperate glass, plastic and cardboard from strictly trash and food waste (even better start a compost if you can)

6. Start using reuseable beeswax wrap for saving leftover foods like fruit and veggies, rely on glasswares for tupperware instead of plastic

I haven’t gone this far but I have gotten rid of my plastic junky GROSS tupperware and use glass ones now, easier to clean and more sustainable

7. Walk/Bike more and Drive less if you can

I know this isn’t always feasible but I do believe in the round trip method, get all your errands done at once if you can instead of making multiple trips and drive in one long direction instead of back and forth across town.

Truthfully, I realized what a big impact my actions were making and I just know that I feel better not having so much waste (because I am not perfect in other ways). I will adjust and do what I can to make better choices. What are you doing to be more sustainable and eco friendly? To lighten your footprint on the world as far as waste and enviornment? Let me know in the comments below.  I’m sure there are more options and things you can do (like using less water, also my downfall) but here is where I’m starting. I hope this helps and I think this will be helpful for someone on the beginning of their green journey like me. Share more below in the comments if I missed any big ones! 

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Happy Friday 7/12/19

Happy Friday 7/12/19

Welcome Happy Day link-up, created by Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird (one of my favorite blogs to read and follow). I have been participating in this for years but I find it as a great thing to do when you need a reminder to remain grateful and realize whats made you so happy lately. So what’s made you happy this week? Here’s mine:

1. Cleaning my apartment and trying to focus on being eco friendly
2. Good conversations with friends
3. Spending time with my pups
4. Thankful for my mom’s health and my own health
5. Music that is making me so happy
6. Snacks galore on my “lady time”
7. New Routine AM/PM-skincare, hygiene etc
8. Going to Gentle Yoga class today! (update on how I liked it)
9. The Great British Baking Show- Jo Koy’s new stand up, loving Netflix right now
10. I want Fall weather to come, its been so breezy and cool, it’s just really nice to have rainstorms that are warm and peaceful

If you come and join our little party here, be sure to tag @whygirlsareweird or go to her blog and tell her I sent ya! Use this image that shows that this is her link-up.

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Reconnecting with a childhood friend

Reconnecting with a childhood friend

Starting off I’ll give you some back story: this boy was my childhood best friend, first ever love interest and the grandson of my wonderful next door neighbors. So when I say we ‘grew up together’ we did, because because most of the time I was away with my grandparents but when he came to his grandparents then we could hang out 24/7. We were both each others first kiss. Growing up he was my person and I’d like to think I was his. That best friend who you just cant get enough of: talking, learning, being around each other and adventuring out together. I couldn’t have asked for a better childhood experience. Now I’ve grown up and moved on but he is still a VIP to me.

Recently, we reunited after a random messenger chat and a lot of “this happened and that happened” in each others lives. I didn’t know where to start and I was in shock. We just grew apart, after a few traumatic events and some drama-it just never got back to where it was. He moved to FL and I moved away and went to college. Though I never forgot our friendship, it was a new time in my life.

All I knew was that we had both been through a lot and yet it seemed so easy being back in each other’s lives. We’d had our ups and downs and it all felt natural that we snapped right back into a close knit friendship where we were against the world. And although people change constantly and grow up over a matter of years (8-10 years), sometimes it still feels the same. That’s nice to know you have “those” friends in your corner.

If you find yourself in a similar situation or trying to reconnect with someone from long ago, these are the four major tips and things I suggest:

1. We all have struggles-that we may or may not talk about

So with this one, there are a ton of things that you may not share with just anyone but that one or two closest people in your life know. Some things are so personal that they can be heavy on your soul and it feels better when you know someone gets it and feels your pain.

2. Time is irrelevant

The friend is just there through everything and will always be around no matter how much time has passed. It could be a week, 3 months or 5 years (or longer), but that person is right there when you need them on your team. Also know that if this doesn’t happen its for a reason, sometimes we grow apart and that’s okay too. Be at peace with it!

3. Friendship takes work and forgiveness

Go slow. It can be overwhelming trying to catch up and become close again after so long. And maybe it’s not weird or awkward at all but, still be patient with the other person and with yourself. Sometimes we say or do things that in the moment maybe we don’t understand from both perspectives. Take a minute, think about it and talk it over, apologize if needed and be accountable with where things went wrong.

4. You know who your people are

Don’t waste your life with the wrong crowd. You want to make sure that those around you are doing positive things in your life, understand you fully and support you when needed and don’t show any signs of use or abuse in a friendship/relationship space.

I think time can heal most wounds and although it was a great amount of time, I didn’t realize how heavy it would be. Things I had long forgot about were still affecting this other person. I had to do some inner work, apologize and more importantly forgive myself for not knowing. But the way a true soul bond friendship feels is very unique and I’m glad that I have that back again. Now we can continue a friendship as adults and once again share our lives with each other.

What do you think? Have you ever lost a true deep friendship or reunited with someone after years? What advice would you give to me or someone going through this? Leave me a comment letting me know what you thought. I felt like this was important to share and was therapeutic to get out for myself.

July Goals

July Goals

Every month I set up a few good goals to achieve and keep me going through the month. These are a few I’ve picked out to work on this month personally and to grow myself. Tell me what you’re aiming to accomplish this month?

1. Get Permit

I’ve been studying off and on for weeks using an app to learn some of the general answers to the questions. I feel good about it now that I’ve been getting lots of test questions right.

2. Keep consistent with blogging/social media

I was solid for the whole month of May and on top of it and regularly posting like a good blogger/online entrepreneur. I want to schedule some stuff out so that I don’t forget or not have content. So I’m going to create an actual plan for that set up. Also be more active on social media Fb page and Instagram.

3. Set up a VA page again of services and testimonials

I would love to help those people who need like a right hand gal for those pesky tasks done and for those who just don’t have time for admin and social media type tasks. I have done it a little in the past and would like to pick it back up.
4. Get at least 2 newsletters out this month (draft ahead of time)

Draft up a newsletter catching everyone up and create new opt in for finding and gathering new subscribers to my community. Providing  something that’s both useful and valuable is what I  need to create for others. I wanna keep my readers up to date on not only my life but my posts bi-weekly.

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