It’s the end of the year and for my paper planner nerds out there, it means it’s almost time to break out the 2018 calendar. I’ve been using Inkwell Press planners since their first launch (I believe it was the 2015 bound planner). The company has grown exponentially since then, offering a line of organizational planners and products. This year they’ve included a new bound planner, which I’ll be giving away in this post! Keep reading for a list of reasons I love this company and don’t forget to enter to win a LiveWell planner of your very own! (You’ll have to forgive the terrible lighting. It’s winter in Canada and daylight is hard to come by!)
For the past few years I’ve been focusing on downsizing the amount of ‘stuff’ I own. It started with creating a capsule wardrobe and progressed to anti-hauls and decluttering my makeup collection. We recently moved house and I’m blown away by the number of things that we were able to let go of with little effort. The shift towards a more minimalistic lifestyle has been really positive. Living with less has made me feel so much lighter. So when I saw a video in my YouTube feed about decluttering the ‘fantasy self’, I was all in (thanks Allison Anderson!).
Your fantasy self is an idealized version of you. It represents who you want to be or think you should be as opposed to your true, authentic self. The basic gist of it is, we end up holding on to all kinds of crap in order to support the lifestyle of our fantasy self without even realizing it. This idea was really intriguing to me and I thought it would be interesting to figure out who my fantasy self is and what she’s keeping in my house.
Sometimes I have a hard time believing the crap that the beauty industry tries to convince us to buy. The other day while scrolling through my Instagram feed, I came across a promo shot of a product that made me roll my eyes so hard that I felt compelled to make this post. I let out an audible “c’mon son!” when I saw the price tag, promises, and list of comments from people eager to shell out their hard-earned cash for a product that was pretty well guaranteed to disappoint. Don’t get me wrong, I love makeup and skin care products and I’ve certainly given in to the hype in my time (I’m looking at you Urban Decay Naked Heat palette), but the products I’m going to list today are next-level silly. If you have oodles of money burning a hole in your pocket and these are your favourite things, that’s cool. You do you. But for the rest of you, I invite you to peruse this list and think about what you’re really getting the next time you pick up a hyped or expensive product. Drumroll please……
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.