They say that when it rains, it pours and that’s been true for us lately (in a good way). This summer has seen new jobs for both my hubby and I and, most recently, a new house! We’ve just finished the process of selling our first home and buying our second. It’s been a whirlwind and we’ve learned a lot since buying our first place 4 years ago. We’re moving at the end of the month and I thought I’d share a bit of our experience. I’m not an expert, but if you’re thinking about moving, here are the most valuable pieces of advice I can offer you:
If you’re not familiar with Influenster, it’s a site where you can read and provide reviews of products. Occasionally you may be selected to receive a Vox Box containing free products for you to try in exchange for your review based on your profile, reviews, and reach. Vox boxes are not always beauty based, and feature everything from drugstore to ohigh-end luxury brands. I was recently selected to receive the free Rimmel Vox Box featuring two of their new products. Total disclaimer, I don’t purchase from Rimmel because they’re not cruelty-free but, for the sake of the review, I’ve excluded that as a factor. Read on to find out if these products were up to snuff!
In my recent anti-haul post, I mentioned that I’d be doing a ‘no buy’ for the month of March. I’ve been working to simplify my life over the last year or so and the move towards having less stuff really appeals to me. With goals of traveling more and having experiences rather than things, I know I need to make a lifestyle change to make this a reality. My first step in this direction was adopting a capsule wardrobe, which I’ve loved and am still doing.
I recognize that I spend a lot of money on mindless things, and so am trying to be a more conscious consumer for the month of March. I’ll be spending no money on clothes, makeup, or household items. It probably sounds silly, but I’m always bringing extra crap home whether it’s a lip gloss I don’t need, some cute planter, or new towels. If all goes well, I’m planning on expanding this even further in the coming months. There is one exception to my no buy, which is that I’m able to pick up a new pair of trainers since the ones I’m currently wearing have holes in them and are due to be replaced. I’m also allowing myself to re-purchase anything I run out of.
If you’ve read my Latest Loves post from December, you know that I’ve been loving Kimberly Clark’s anti-haul videos on YouTube (what she’s not gonna buy-hiiii!). Since I’m starting a no-buy in March (more on that in an upcoming post), I thought I’d kick it off by going through some of the beauty launches that have been popping up in my inbox and Instagram feed and share why I’ll be passing on them. It can be really tempting to give into the hype of every new palette, lipstick, or [insert-anything-limited-edition-here], so sometimes it’s helpful to deconstruct that hype and realize that, no, you don’t really need another neutral blush or pretty highlighter. I’m working on being a more conscious consumer and really evaluating items before I pull the trigger. Total disclaimer – these are my personal opinions. You may be really excited about some of these new launches or have these items on your must haves list and that’s cool! I’ll just be passing them by for now.
While I love technology as much as the next person, there’s something about a paper planner that just makes my heart happy. Sitting down to intentionally plan out my week helps me feel settled, organized, and ready to get shit done. I’ve been using some variation of the Inkwell Press Livewell Planner for the past three years now and I really can’t see myself using anything else. Their product line has expanded considerably and includes (among other things) meal and fitness planners, desktop calendars, post-it notes, stickers, and pencils . Not only are the products top notch, but Tonya who owns and runs Inkwell Press just comes across as the sweetest, most genuine person who truly cares about her customers. I get a lot of questions about my planner, so I thought I’d give you a little peek inside. Even if you’re not in the market for a planner, I’d encourage you to sign up for the Inkwell Press mailing list. Tonya sends a beautiful FREE desktop and phone wallpaper every month (did I mention it’s free?). If you want to see inside this pretty planner, keep reading!
Even though I’m not much of a new year’s resolution maker, I do like to take this time to reflect on the year that’s gone by. 2016 was a bit of a roller coaster and ended on a really low note for me and a lot of people I know. There’s been a lot of loss and heartache amid the peaks of this past year, so instead of thinking about what I want to do in 2017, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to leave behind.
Welcome to the first edition of a series I’m calling ‘Latest Loves’. I didn’t want to commit to a monthly favourites post, because some months I just don’t have that many exciting things to share. You’ll see these posts pop up whenever I’ve got something new to tell you about. Want to know what I’ve been into lately? Read on!