August 15, 2016

At Home Spa Day

Howdy, y'all! I am honestly incredibly stressed out on a day to day basis, and sometimes if I'm not feeling well I don't really put much effort into how I look.  Which is ironic, because if you look good you feel better!  However, I just finished summer classes and have a week before moving back down to A&M.  I decided the other day that I was going to use some of my new found free time to relax and make myself feel a bit better!  What is a better way to relax than a spa day?  I thought I would share with y'all my essentials for a relaxing at home spa day. Hope you enjoy!

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 Bath Bombs:  My go to thing for a spa day are bath bombs.  I love filling up the tub with piping hot water and drop a nice bath bomb in.  Lush has by far the best bath bombs as well as other bath supplies (like bubble bars!).  Unfortunately for me (but probably fortunately for my bank account), the nearest Lush is 2.5 hours away.  I did find these bath bombs at Target.  They smell amazing! They smell like your walking into a bakery and an ice cream parlor! They don't do anything pretty to the water like a lot of other bath bombs do, but you leave smelling amazing, and your skin is so soft!  They also have several other scents at Target, but I choose the Birthday Cake flavour.

Fun Soap: I personally always bathe after a bubble bath.  The way I see it, if I'm already in the bath and wet I might as well clean myself up!  I love using fun soap!  It makes me feel special and like royalty to wash with something fancy.  There is a store in Marshall, Texas that sells some nice artisan soap.  I, however, used my DIY Crystal Soap.  It smells amazing and leaved me feeling nice and clean! 

Netflix:  While I soak in my bath I like to prop my laptop up and watch some Netflix.  I've recently gotten into Vampire Diaries (Can we talk about how cute the Salvatore brothers are?) .  I stay so busy that I don't get much opportunity to watch Netflix, so getting to watch an episode was very fun and relaxing! I feel like a lot of people don't get many opportunities to really watch their favorite shows throughout the week as they are caught up in work or school.  That makes this a perfect addition to a spa day!

Moisturizing:  After a hot bath is the best time to moisturize your skin! I personally ALWAYS have dry skin, so moisturizing is a must for me! Avon's Skin So Soft is one of my all time favorite lotions.  Aveeno's smart essential daily moisturizer is great for day time use because it has SPF in it.  It also smells heavenly! I used to use it every day in Minnesota, so the fragrance always reminds me fall.  Finally, after I use a lotion, I'll go back with body oil for parts of my body that tend to get extra dry otherwise.  Dr. Teal's Body Oil in Lavender is so relaxing to smell!

 Skin Treatment: I hate to say it, but I've got some acne, especially when I am stressed.  I like to use Clean and Clear's acne control moisturizer and acne spot treatment for my face.  It honestly works pretty well!  What a better way to beat stress induced acne than a spa day! 

Hair:  Nothing makes me feel better than having my frizzy mane tamed!  These are some of the products I like to use.  I tend to straighten my hair every day so heat protecting spray is a must! 
While my hair air dries I like to put some volumizing moisturizer in my hair which gives it some lift and makes it super soft! Also to help with the straightening process I'll put some anti-frizz serum in my wet hair so that it dries straighter, and then I don't have to put as much heat on my hair. 
 If it humid outside instead of throwing hair spray in my hair I'll put some Bed Head Sugar Shock spray in which helps keep it styled and makes it smell great!

Manicure & Pedicure: What is a spa day without having your nails done? I am currently obsessed with Sally Hensen's Miracle Gel polish! It is long lasting and the colors are so bright and vibrant! Although, I have to be careful when I wear my orange polish or I might seem like a traitor to the Aggies!! 

Refreshments:  Finally, nothing finishes off a day of relaxation like a cup of coffee or tea!  I made myself a cup of chai tea! And is that not the cutest mug you have ever seen?! Of course, if you know me then you know I am obsessed with pugs.  One day I shall own a pug! 
If you're drinking a hot drink and placing it on a wooden surface, be sure to use a coaster or you may have some nasty rings on your furniture! You can learn how to make a donut coaster here!


August 13, 2016

DIY Ombré Flower Initial

Howdy! I wanted to make are really quick and easy DIY that is perfect for decorating a room or door. At my apartment in college, I like to keep my initial on my door so that people who come in know which room is mine.  I thought I would jazz my wooden initial up by adding an ombré flower design to it.  I hope you enjoy!

My letter was already painted, but if your's isn't acrylic paint or spray paint works well!

( Excuse my unpainted finger nail!! )

August 6, 2016

DIY Olympic Athletic Shirt and Fitness Tips

Howdy! Or should I say "Oi" because the 2016 Rio Olympics officially kicked off yesterday! To say I am a huge fan of the Olympics might be a slight understatement.  I'm pretty much glued to NBC for two weeks every two years.  I even have the app on my phone! I remember for the 2012 London Olympics I was so upset that our marching band director scheduled band camp DURING the Olympics. I really questioned his sanity. The Summer Olympics are only every four years, he really couldn't have scheduled camp around the Olympics? 

Anyways, Nothing gets me wanting to get into shape more than watching the Olympics! To work out you have to have some athletic clothes! I wanted to spice my athletic tank top up with some Team USA flare and I thought I'd share with you how I did mine! Of course, if your cheering on a different country feel free to change up some of the decorations to match your country!  The most important part of this DIY is to have fun and show team spirit!

Now you're ready to through on some tennis shoes and get active!

I mentioned that the Olympics always get me wanting to get active, and now I desperately want to get into shape and get fit.  As I mentioned in a previous post I've never been overly happy with my body, but I also have never been incredibly athletic ( I literally tried out for every sports team and didn't make any of them..... Unless you count twirling as a sport, in which case I was pretty good at that if I do say).  I thought I'd share some of the things that have been helping me with my fitness journey recently!

Inspiration: The Olympics are a HUGE inspiration for me, but also my almost olympian father is.  That's right my dad made it to the finals for Olympic shooting trials for the 2000, 2004, and 2008 Olympic games. He was SO close to making the team!  He was also invited to compete in this year's trials for air rifle but unfortunately the car wreck I was in happened when he was suppose to do that so that pretty much blew his Olympic dream... but hey, not many people can even say they've been that close to being on the team!

Find an Activity You Enjoy: I hate running.  I'm just going to say it.  It hurts my boobs and I feel ridiculous.  What do I enjoy, however, is bike riding, fencing, kickboxing.  Bike riding has always been my go to workout, and ever since watching the Flying Scottsman I've always wanted to ride in a velodrome!  I was actually debating earlier about paying the 25$ to go take the developmental course to get certified at the Superdrome in Frisco, Tx.  There is just something so fun about the wind in your hair as you pick up speed! 

This past semester, I actually tried fencing at A&M and LOVED it.  Unfortunately, scheduling conflicts arose and I had to quit, but it was definitely a good work out! My legs felt like jello for days after! I'm hoping this semester I won't have a timing conflict and I can rejoin.

Kickboxing/martial arts is also a ton of fun!  I did Taekwondo throughout high school and loved it, and recently I've been doing a lot of kickboxing workouts at home. I think one of my favourite aspects of kickboxing is that I can let out some aggression. I am one of the sweetest, polite people you will meet, but I bottle every little thing that hurts and bothers me up.  So this allows me to just get some of it of my chest without any confrontation.

Stay Hydrated and Eat Right: Let me start off by saying low potassium, or hypokalemia, is scary!!! I've had it twice now and each time it is scary.  So drink your Gatorade and eat your banana! You lose a lot of electrolytes through sweating and those are extremely important to keep your organs functioning right.  Also, eating clean will provide you with the energy you need to workout and build muscle! I have recently switched to a primarily vegan diet (when I'm with friends and don't have much say in food choice or don't want to make a fuss I eat non-vegan, but I do try to make most of my meals vegan) and it really has given me more energy!

Have Good Tools:  By this I mean, have shoes that give you the support you need and some sort of device to really help you keep track of your efforts.  I'm lucky and have a normal foot, but if you're flat-footed or have a pronating foot, I suggest going to a store that specializes in athletic wear.  I go to Sport Spectrum in Shreveport, La.  They have a machine that analyzes your foot and then their staff will help get you fitted for the right shoe for your foot.  

I also use a variety of technology to help me with my fitness endeavours.  I use the map my ride and map my walk app to keep track of those activities and Island Boy gave me this watch that'll keep track of my heart rate while I work out! It's awesome!

I hope this post helps you get pumped for the Olympics and exercise!! Go Team USA!!


August 2, 2016

DIY Snowcone Garland

Howdy!  A few years ago I made this Snowcone garland for my bedroom.  I saw the idea somewhere (Unfortunately, I do not remember where I saw the idea at) and thought it was so cute!  I decided I would make another string to hang in my apartment room for when I move back to College Station, and I thought I'd share the process with y'all! Hope you enjoy!

I apologize for the poor photo quality! My real camera was acting weird so I used my phone's camera.

July 31, 2016

DIY Hair Tie

Howdy! With it being summer my hair stays in some sort of updo, be it a ponytail or a bun or  braid, I just have to keep it out of my face with the sweltering heat.  Unfortunately standard old hair ties are not that cute, so I decided to make so more stylish ones. Check it out!