I have talked a bit in the past about skincare and beauty products I use. I am by no means a full-time beauty blogger, or even a half-time beauty blogger, but part of being a lifestyle blogger is sharing with you the experiences and things that inspire me day to day.
Skincare was something I didn’t truly pay much attention to until about two years ago. From the time I started wearing make-up around 14, I was using over-the-counter acne medicine, my beloved Cetaphil, Proactiv, and many years of different types of Neutrogena products. Now, at the time, I am sure these skincare products were helping to decently maintain my skin, and all I truly wanted for them to accomplish was decreasing the amount of acne I ALWAYS had on my face.
Fast forward 10 years, I finally woke up one day and realized that if I invested in my skin, it would be one of the best gifts I could ever give both my current and future self. Here I was, 24 and still struggling with acne, not necessarily severe, but enough that I still was not always comfortable stepping out with no makeup on or at least concealer for my pimples.
Spring is here and that makes me excited to step-up my kitchen game. I have always loved to cook and entertain, and as a twenty-something, it has taken me some time to slowly start to build up some of my favorite kitchen pieces. I didn’t register for wedding gifts, as many people do when they are planning to get married, instead, we chose to have a honeymoon fund that our friends and family could donate to.
I missed out on instantly acquiring all of the dreamy flatware, cutlery, and kitchen gadgets that so many women receive as gifts leading up to their wedding day. So instead, I have had to start slow and acquire what I can, when I can, to build up my dream kitchen. I am a woman who loves all things neutral, so it may come as no surprise that my kitchen decor and style is filled with neutral decor as well.
I have rounded up my five very favorite must-have items in my kitchen right now. They transition perfectly from winter to spring and are some of my favorites to entertain with.
I have started to open up and share more about my struggles with anxiety and panic attacks. One of the best things I have done for myself is to open up and be vulnerable about those things I saw as weaknesses. It has been such a wonderful conversation to open up to you all about my struggle and how I have learned to cope with it – if you missed that post you can read it here! I promised that I would continue to offer up ways I cope with anxiety, panic attacks, stress, etc., so today I want to dive deeper into one of my very favorite ways to calm my mind, body, and soul – floating!
We were out for brunch, a typical start to our Sunday, when I decided to pop into Sephora! I have heard wonderful things about Clinique’s new line of matte lipstick with a built-in primer. I will admit that I keep things pretty typical and natural with my makeup and I don’t tend to shy away from the norm. I saw this color, Blushing Pop, and knew that it was just soft enough to add to my everyday makeup routine.
I am going to get a tad sappy with this post and talk about how lucky I am to be married to my husband, Parker. We were married on May 2, 2015, and that’s when we began a new chapter in our book of life. Life can take you on a wild ride, with very big high’s and super bad low’s, but when you find someone who is by your side and truly has your back through it all, you know they were put in your life for a reason. I feel that way about him and I hope he feels the same way about me. Just when we think we have each other figured out, we grow and learn a little more about one another, and our relationship shifts and morphs and looks just a tad different than it did before. That is my absolute favorite thing about our marriage – it’s ever-changing and always challenging! Even though challenges can be frustrating at times, they help us grow and expand our minds, which makes me feel like I am living a much more purposeful and fulfilled life.
Valentine’s Day can be so corny, but I do appreciate that it always reminds me of how lucky I am. Not because I receive the best gifts, but because I have a man who is completely devoted to our marriage, to me, and to helping us succeed as a team. As I write that, I feel pretty lucky that those feelings and thoughts can come out of my 25 year old mind. Here are a few ways that my husband and I show love for each other throughout the year!