What to do when you’re feeling down {Tips to Brighten your Mood)

What to do when you’re feeling down {Tips to Brighten your Mood)

Life Hacks to Improve your Mood when Life gets you Down! -Dreaming Wtih Love <3 I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes I get in a bad mood for no good reason. I’m sick of it so I made a list of tips to improve your mood!

We all have bad days. It’s just life.

That doesn’t mean that we just have to deal with the bad days and not do anything to make them better. Life is too short to be sad/mad for any longer than needed.

I’m not saying there aren’t valid reasons to be sad or mad. And I know that sometimes it is necessary to dwell in your sadness for a period of time and just cry it out. However these tips to improve your mood will help you become happy quicker. They will help you enjoy the bad day as much as possible.

It really isn’t that hard to improve your mood, but we too easily fall into the negativity hole and can’t get back out.

I hope these tips help you when life gets you down! Also I would love to hear what suggestions you have to improve your mood!

So now… ON TO THE LIST!


What to do When Life Gets you Down

Tips to Improve your Mood

JOURNAL

Whenever I am feeling upset or defeated, it helps me so much to write about it. Putting all of my thoughts down on paper really helps me think through everything and come to terms with it. After I write everything down, I take some time to reflect on my life and where I want it to go from here.

If you don’t enjoy writing very much then I have a couple other suggestions.

  1. Find a quiet place by yourself. Instead of writing everything down that you are feeling, say it out loud. Video record yourself if you want to reflect on everything. Or sometimes it really does just help to say everything out loud.
  2. Write down a list of everything, big and small, that you are currently thankful for in life. This always makes me really emotional, but I also always feel happier when I finish. Focusing on the positive things rather than the negative can completely change your mood.

GET ORGANIZED/TIDY UP

This will work best especially for my fellow OCD people. Having everything in its place with no clutter is one of the best feelings ever. I find it super relaxing to just sit down and start deep cleaning and organizing everything. Plus afterwards I feel so refreshed and calm looking at all of my accomplished progress.

If organizing doesn’t excite you then find an activity around the house that does. Everyone always seems to have a list of projects to work on. Doing something like this will likely take your mind off of whatever is getting you down and you’ll feel great being so productive!

  • Gardening
  • Baking/Cooking
  • Sewing/Knitting/Crochet/Etc.
  • Yard Work

GET ACTIVE

It has been proven that any kind of physical activity will improve your mood due to the endorphins being released. So get up and get active!

You don’t need to go run a marathon. Simply taking the dog for a walk, taking some time for a small yoga-sesh, or even just some light stretching (I love the app Sworkit for stretching). If you need a little motivation, I have a list of my favorite FITspirational quotes!

Honestly anything that will get your heart pumping a little faster will help you feel better and ready to take on the day!

TREAT YOURSELF

It’s easy to feel guilty when you forget about all of your responsibilities and just do something for yourself. However, sometimes we need to do that and you shouldn’t feel guilty. You need to take care of yourself, mentally and physically, in order to thrive in your life.

Find some time to set aside and just do something that makes you happy! Even if it is only 30 minutes to an hour, it will make a huge difference.

Some of my favorite things to do are:

  • Take a Bath
  • Read a Book
  • Spa Day (Face mask, nails, etc.)
  • Bake your Favorite Dessert
  • Watch your Favorite Movie

There are so many options and you know best what makes you happy. So forget about your responsibilities for a bit and RELAX!

USE YOUR MEDIA RESOURCES

One of my favorite things to do when I’m in a bad mood is allow myself to get zoned out on something else. This keeps my mind off of the bad things and helps my day go a little smoother.

Watch an inspirational YouTube video, turn on some of your favorite music, or binge watch a new Netflix series!

There are so many options and sometimes we just need to distract ourselves from the real world for a little bit.

 

*A lot of these ideas include “forgetting about your problems/responsibilities. I just want to say that this is not a healthy option to do every time. You need to face your problems face on in life in order to progress and grow. However, once in a while it is nice to just forget about everything and focus on your own mental health. Especially if you have a problem with no immediate solution.

There is no point is stressing and worrying about something you have no control over.

 

Let me know if any of these tips helped you. && I’d love to hear what your tips to improve your mood are!

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April 2017 Monthly Recap && May 2017 Monthly Goals

April 2017 Monthly Recap && May 2017 Monthly Goals

April was a rough month for me, to say the least. So I am hoping that my May 2017 Monthly Goals will be helpful and reachable.

I struggle with anxiety and depression and this month it showed up a lot more than normal. It usually isn’t very severe and is quite manageable, but it still sucks and is no fun. On top of that I have been dealing with a nasty cold that just won’t go away. Needless to say my energy was low this month. However life still goes on and I had such a busy and CRAZY month.

I finished up my 3rd year of college this month (yay!). Work was extra busy because we had our Spring radio auction. I reached a pretty big milestone on Dreaming With Love! Overall my life has been a chaotic mess this month. I am choosing to forget about the disappointments and all of the unmet goals and try again this month.

I am sick of the excuses I continue to create for myself. Sick of putting things off because “the time isn’t right”. This month all of that changes. I’m ready to get my life together. There will be some huge changes on Dreaming With Love and in my life in general. Hopefully when I come back here next month to tell you about May, I’ll have some great news to share! NOW let’s get into my April 2017 recap and my May 2017 monthly goals!

But first… How did your April go?

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions are my own.

April Recap 2017

Make sure to read my April 2017 Goals before reading the recap!

I’m not going to lie cause that would defeat the purpose of my monthly recap and goals. I didn’t complete any of my goals this month. Like I said I had a very busy month and still had many accomplishments, but none of which were goals I set for myself.

My depression really took over this month so whenever I had free time from work and school, I didn’t do much. I am going to put all of my April goals onto my May 2017 monthly goals. Sometimes we have bad days, weeks, and months. We just have to remember that it is NOT a bad life and it will pass. Push through, take care of yourself, and try not to worry too much.

Here’s to a GREAT month of May!

 Dreaming With Love Recap

Any progress is progress and I am so proud of the progress I have made on Dreaming With Love! April was the 4th month of my blog and I FINALLY hit a total of 1,000 page views! I know this isn’t a huge accomplishment in 4 months, but I’m still really proud. My numbers grew in most areas this month, including my social media accounts, so that makes me VERY happy! Thank you all SOOOOOO much for supporting me in this crazy journey <3

May is going to be a VERY exciting month for Dreaming With Love! I am doing a HUGE rebranding on my website and all my social media platforms. Finally I feel like I figured out what I want, for now at least. I would love to hear any input you have on my current and new design (coming soon)! But give me a break because I don’t like the current design either, haha. By the time you’re reading this I (hopefully) have done a lot of changing already.

May 2017 Monthly Goals

A lot of these goals will be the same as April’s goals, but there are a few new ones as well. Also if you want help creating achievable goals, I wrote a post with some of my best tips!

1. Start Newsletter

It’s finally going to happen. I did my research and chose the platform I am going to use. I hope to get at least 5 people signed up during May so keep your eye out for a sign up form!

In the beginning I won’t send out very many, maybe 2 a month? But I know I want to include exclusive content, access to free resources, updates, and an overview of what is going on with Dreaming With Love.

2. Finish (at least) 1 Crochet Project

I haven’t decided what I want to crochet yet, but it will be something small because I’m not very good yet. I think I want to make something for mother’s day. Also if possible I would like to do a few more projects this month. Follow me on Instagram to see pictures of the finished projects!

3. Read (at least) 1 book

I want to try to get back in the habit of reading a little bit every day or every other day. This month I want to finish one book and to ease myself back into reading I decided to pick an easier and shorter book than normal. I am going to read Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. I’ve had this book for a long time, but have never read it. I’m very excited to get back into reading.

4. Daily Journal

Daily journaling is SO freeing and helpful for me. I haven’t done it in months and I don’t know why. I used to do it first thing in the morning for about 30 minutes while I drank my coffee. It’s something that helped me cope with the ideas and thoughts going on in my mind and I really miss it. If you struggle with any mental health problems I think it is especially helpful for that!

I plan on getting back into a morning routine this month so hopefully I am able to stick to it!

5. Stop Biting Nails

I haven’t done so in about a week which is a huge accomplishment for me! If you read my April Favorites then you know I have been using Nail Envy Nail Strengthener from OPI and it has been a game changer. This polish strengthens my nails while also being a reminder throughout the day to NOT bite my nails.

This has been testing my will power, but I really want to stick to it! I hate being so embarrassed of my gross nails. I will post a before and after picture eventually, but for now they are still too gross. Haha.

6. Scholarships

Finals consumed my life in April so I wasn’t able to start applying to scholarships yet, which sucks. This month I want to make a list of all the scholarships I want to apply to over the summer (I’ll probably add to it as time goes on). Then I also want to apply to at least 5 scholarships this month. Wish me luck! && I’d love it if you have any tips on finding and applying to scholarships!

7. Make a Gardening Plan

I feel like I am getting a late start on this, but I’ve never had any kind of garden before so I’m not really sure. I want to do some research and make a plan for what I want to plant, when to plant it, and how to take care of it. Nothing too fancy, but a few easy vegetables would be awesome for my first garden! Please let me know any tips you have!

8. 30 Day Fitness Challenge

I posted a 30 Day Bikini Body Fitness Challenge that I was supposed to do during April, but I didn’t at all. However, I started it yesterday and really hope I can stick to it!

9. Get my Life Together

This may sound like a very vague goal, but I have a plan! May is going to be a month of decluttering and organizing in my home! Along with that I have started putting together a budget binder, a life binder, and a new and improved blog binder!

Plus I am incorporating a morning, night, and cleaning routines! Routines really help me keep my life on track so I am SO excited to be bringing them back!

 

What are some of your May 2017 Monthly Goals??

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April 2017 Monthly Favorites

April 2017 Monthly Favorites

April was a good month for discovering new monthly favorites! The month didn’t go as planned what so ever and it was a very busy and crazy month. My April 2017 monthly favorites will show you just how crazy of a month it was. Mostly due to being sick basically the ENTIRE month. Along with that I finished up my 3rd year of college and had an extremely busy month at work.

If you want to hear more about how the month of April went, keep your eyes out for my April Monthly Recap! It will be a good one this month. Plus you will get a sneak peek on some major changes happening with Dreaming With Love!

My favorites don’t always change every month, but I will keep you updated on which ones do! Some months there will be different categories than other months. Here are my April 2017 Monthly Favorites of makeup, entertainment, food, quotes, and other random things.

Check out my March Monthly Favorites as well!

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions are my own.

APRIL 2017 MONTHLY FAVORITES

YOUTUBERS

I have been watching videos from NateWantsToBattle for a few years now. Recently I have been watching them a lot more again. I am a pretty big nerd and his pokemon parodies are some of my favorite songs to jam out to in the car. If you are into video games or enjoy fantastic music then I highly recommend NateWantsToBattle! He just came out with his first album and he is SO talented! Plus he puts SO much hard work into all of his content!

Sarah’s channel popped up in my recommended a few months ago and since I have become obsessed. When I first found her channel it was largely about minimalism and veganism so it isn’t the typical type of channel I like to watch. Yet I did anyways.

Since then she has been focusing more on inspirational messages and tips on how to follow and conquer your dreams. She is so inspiring and I absolutely LOVE her positive attitude! Watching her videos brighten up my mood instantly!

I may be a little biased because she is from Wisconsin, but she is seriously so great!

PlantBasedMatt is Sarah’s husband and he has a similar outlook on life as her. His channel is mainly about veganism, which I have grown more and more interested in since watching them. He only recently started his channel and I LOVE seeing how quickly he is improving in front of the camera!

If you are interested in veganism or living a healthier life then I HIGHLY recommend PlantBasedMatt!

Oh my gosh! This girl gives me so much happiness! She is the sweetest human being ever and makes the CUTEST art projects!

Honestly though she is so incredibly talented! I also love that she will ALWAYS tell it how it is and ALWAYS tell us the honest truth. Her videos are so much fun to watch and I recommend them to anyone who needs a little cheering up!

APPS

  • Google Photos

Google Photos has been a HUGE life saver for me! I have decided to try a little on my Instagram so my memory on my phone has been filling up FAST. Google Photos is a way for me to have the photos and videos on my phone AND computer without taking up extra memory space! I love it so much!

And having access to my photos on any device QUICKLY and EASILY has been amazing! HIGHLY recommend!

  • Risk

I’m sure most of you know about the board game Risk. Well they made it into an app and it now takes up a lot of my time.

  • Musical.ly

Yes I know, I’m super late on this one. I had the app when it was first popular, but deleted it soon after. Now I’m obsessed!

It’s so much fun watching and getting inspiration from other’s videos. && I have a blast making fun videos of me and my kitties. Haha!

  • Burrito Bison

I was SO excited about this one! I used to play this game on the computer and now it’s an app. YAY! More ways for me to procrastinate….

Haha but honestly this is a fantastic game. One game of it doesn’t take long to play so it’s one of the better apps to procrastinate on.

TV SHOWS

  • Weeds

This was recommended to me by one of my friends and I have been loving it. I LOVE that it has a female lead. The show keeps you in suspense sometimes and overall has a good story-line.

  • 13 Reasons Why

I hopped on this bandwagon late and I’m about half way through the season… Still not sure how I feel about it. I already know how it ends because some JERK spoiled it for me. I think the concept for the show is really good, but I’m indifferent about how they went about some of the stuff. But I am going to continue watching and I’ll let you know my final thoughts.

  • Grey’s Anatomy

Yes I know this has been in my past couple of favorites posts, but guess what?? It’s in my April 2017 monthly favorites too!

Still one of my favorite shows even though half of the cast is dead or gone.

FOOD

  • Peeps

What is an April 2017 monthly favorites post without including peeps?

Don’t judge me. Yes I am one of the few people on the planet that likes peeps. So when Easter comes around each year I get more than one person should have.

This year I also incorporated them into an Easter Dessert!

  • Apples

My two food favorites this month are completely opposite.. Haha! I have really been loving apples for a snack though! Most of this month I have been cutting up an apple and bringing it with me after lunch to snack on at work. They taste great, they are healthy for you, and they are VERY affordable! What’s not to like?

BEAUTY PRODUCTS

  • Renpure Originals Coconut Water Mist

I ran out of leave-in conditioner in the beginning of April and when I went to buy the same stuff I have been loving and using for months, the store was all out. So I took a risk and bought this leave-in treatment from Renpure Originals. Now I LOVE it! It smells great, leaves my hair smooth and soft, and removes the tangles so well! Plus it was very inexpensive!

  • OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener

If you read my April monthly goals then you know I am trying to stop biting my nails, it is such a NASTY habit. My mom gave me a bottle of the nail envy nail strengthener from OPI and it has been helping a ton! Having it on my nails not only strengthens them, but also reminds me to NOT bite my nails!

If your nails are weaker than you want, this stuff works miracles!

  • Tarte Maracuja Oil

Still LOVING this oil! Still have the same tiny bottle that I first received. I wrote an entire review on it HERE if you wanna know more about it!

WEBSITES

I’ve loved pinterest for years now. However, this month I have been spending a ton of time on it again. It’s literally the best! So I just HAD to include it in my April 2017 monthly favorites.

I’m sure most of you already know what it is, but for those who don’t it is basically a visual search engine. I get all of my best ideas on every topic from Pinterest! I’d love it if you all checked out my Pinterest profile && leave a link to your pinterest in the comments so I can check out your profile as well!

This site is AWESOME and I know there are other sites similar, but this is my most favorite. Basically it just has every color scheme ever and you can even create your own! You can search for them with certain colors or keywords and I just love it! There is something so calming about seeing beautiful color schemes! && it makes it much easier to create beautiful graphics!

OTHER (LIFESTYLE)

  • DayQuil + NyQuil

If you follow me on twitter then you know I’ve been sick the majority of April. DayQuil and NyQuil were my best friends for a couple of weeks so I had to include them.

  • Rice Pack

I don’t think I’ve ever used my rice pack as much as I did this month. It has been such a BLESSING to have! The sickness has made my entire body sore and the rice pack has helped so much! If you don’t have one, go get one OR they are SUPER easy to make if you know basic sewing.

  • Cough Drops

My sickness passed, but the terrible and annoying cough is STILL here. Cough drops and water are the only things that help. Hoping it goes away soon!

  • Thankful Thursdays

This month I started a new series called Thankful Thursdays and just posted week 4 yesterday! I have been LOVING this series because it has been holding me accountable to really take a step back and be thankful for the little things in life. Now I don’t know if you all are enjoying it or not, but it has been helping me a ton. Check it out and I highly recommend for everyone to do something similar!

Too often in life we only look at everything going bad instead of all of the things going right. They are so easy to overlook, but we need to be reminded of all the things in life to be thankful for!

 

I hope you enjoyed my April 2017 Monthly Favorites! Let me know what things you have been loving in the month of April as well!

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April 2017 Ipsy Unboxing and Product Reviews {Monthly Subscription}

April 2017 Ipsy Unboxing and Product Reviews {Monthly Subscription}

My favorite time of the month, April 2017 Ipsy Unboxing! For those of you who have never heard of Ipsy, it is a monthly subscription. It costs $10 per month and in return you receive a makeup bag with 4-5 samples. I love it and it is almost always worth the $10! When you sign up they have you take a little quiz to give you products that you will like. Then each month you can review everything you’ve received so they can adjust what they send you. I highly recommend this monthly subscription!

*Disclaimer: This post is NOT sponsored. All opinions are my own.

April 2017 Ipsy Unboxing

April 2017 Ipsy Unboxing

This month’s bag is quite different from past bags, but I really like it. It’s probably just the film obsessed part of me that likes it so much. My mom gave her bag away as soon as she received it, haha. I’m not sure if I will use it as a bag or just decoration, but part of me really likes it.

April 2017 Ipsy Unboxing

OFRA Cosmetics Rendezvous Blush

Blush is one of my favorite products to use so I always get a little excited when I receive a new one. This blush is a very natural tone and has a slight brown tone (the picture does not show true color). I normally go for more pink and red tones for blush, but I am excited to try something new. I’ve also never used this brand which is always very exciting. However, it is a very small size and comes without a compact, which is kind of annoying.

WHEN I TRIED IT

Like I said this is a very natural looking blush, but I really like it. This will be perfect for my minimal makeup days. It blends out very smoothly and lasts all day long.

April 2017 Ipsy Unboxing

MintPear Vitamin C Serum

This product is very interesting to me and I’m not sure how to feel about it. It is a Vitamin C Serum that is supposed to “lighten, tighten, and brighten” your skin. The bottle is a very small size (like everything else in this month’s bag) but I should be able to get a decent amount of uses out of it. It doesn’t have a very strong smell, but the scent that it does have is not very good.

WHEN I TRIED IT

I used this every night for a week and was SO impressed with the results. Even the first morning I noticed a difference in the color of my face! I deal with redness in my face and this lighten the red color so much. I will definitely be repurchasing this product and continuing to use it to see if it will continue to improve my skin.

April 2017 Ipsy Unboxing

Elizabeth Mott Show Me Your Glow Shimmer Shadow & Highlighter

A BEAUTIFUL shadow AND highlighter from Elizabeth Mott. I am very excited for this product! It is also a small size, but as a shadow/highlighter it will last a long time. It is a gorgeous color, but it is a little more natural looking than most of my highlighters. However it will be GORGEOUS on the inner corner of my eyes! Overall I am happy and very excited about this product.

WHEN I TRIED IT

This product is SO GORGEOUS and lasts all day long! I absolutely love it and I hope it lasts me a long time! Elizabeth Mott never fails me.

April 2017 Ipsy Unboxing

EM Cosmetics Illustrative Eyeliner Brush Tip

I LOVE receiving new eyeliners because I have yet to find the “perfect” one. Trying different types of formula and applicators is always good because it helps me know what I like and don’t like. This liner has a very nice pigment and goes on easily. I am excited to give it a try to see how long it lasts on my oily eyelids!

WHEN I TRIED IT

It isn’t my favorite applicator for liquid eyeliner but the product is so nice. It lasts all day even on my oily eyelids! I’m going to play around with it a little more and hopefully I will start to like the brush tip more.

April 2017 Ipsy Unboxing

Josie Maran Cosmetics Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter

I always enjoy trying new skin care products so I was pretty excited about this product. It is a very small size, once again, but I should be able to get a few uses from it.

WHEN I TRIED IT

After using this for a few days, I was neither impressed nor disappointed. It’s a decent face butter, but it doesn’t do anything extra special for me. If I had a bigger size and was able to use it for longer, maybe I would like it better.

April 2017 Ipsy Unboxing

April 2017 Ipsy Unboxing Overall Review:

I wasn’t very impressed with my April Ipsy. All of the products are something new to me (which is awesome), but they are also all very small sizes. The bag is different, but I like it. Also most of the brands are new to me so that is great as well. I have nothing to really complain about, except the sizes of the products, but I also don’t have anything I am super excited about. It wasn’t a terrible bag, but it wasn’t great either.

Rating: 2/5

 

I would love to hear about what products you got in this month’s Ipsy and what you thought of it! Also let me know if you did a April 2017 Ipsy Unboxing!

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March 2017 Monthly Recap & April 2017 Monthly Goals

March 2017 Monthly Recap & April 2017 Monthly Goals

March flew by, but I am so glad it did! Not because it was a bad month, it was actually a fantastic month, but it was cold. Obviously it has been cold for the past 6 months, but in March we saw a glimpse of warmth which made the cold that much worse. Other than that I had a very busy and productive month! I am ready for April and so excited for the things I have planned! So now on to my March 2017 Monthly Recap and my April 2017 Monthly Goals!

How did your March go?

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions are my own.

March Recap 2017

Make sure to read my March 2017 Goals before reading the recap!

1. Get everything completely unpacked

For those of you who don’t know, I moved in the beginning of March. One of my goals this month was to get everything completely unpacked. I am almost finished and plan on finishing up this weekend! It feels so good to have almost everything unpacked and organized.

2. Start a Budget

I kind of completed this goal. I started using an app called spending tracker and I love it. It has been helping so much and I think it put me on the right path I needed. I plan to sit down and work out a budget very soon. Let me know if you have any tips!

3. Complete 30-Day Challenge and Start a new one

I finished this goal and couldn’t be more proud! I started a 30-Day Fitness Challenge for arms and abs in the beginning of March and recently finished successfully! Also I began the 30-Day Water Gallon Challenge and am still struggling to complete it. There will be a post with a review of the gallon challenge after the 30 days are up. Also I will be starting a new 30-Day Fitness Challenge on Tuesday, April 4th!

Overall Thoughts on March

March turned out to be a better month than I thought it would be. I was finally able to start getting back into a routine and I know it will be even better when I completely finish unpacking and organizing. I was also able to start cooking and baking more after two months without my own kitchen. Oh how I have missed it!

 Dreaming With Love March Recap

March was the 3rd month of Dreaming With Love and I am so proud of how far I have come already. There has been a lot of hard work, setbacks, and daily struggles. However, I have persisted and came out on top every time! My page views and social media numbers grew the most this month than the past two which made me beyond excited. I have been having a hard time not comparing myself to other bloggers. Reminding myself daily to only compete with myself and that any progress is still progress.

April 2017 Monthly Goals

1. Start Crocheting Again

I learned how to crochet last year and love doing it. I’m not very good at it yet (practice makes perfect), but I have created a few items. I haven’t crocheted at all yet this year and I have multiple projects in mind. Normally I will crochet while I watch TV, but lately I have been so busy between work, school, blogging, and unpacking. This month I want to make time for it again!

2. Read (at least 1 book)

I used to read every day and reading is one of my absolute favorite things to do. Since I started college I rarely read anything for enjoyment anymore. This month I really hope to be able to set aside time each day or every other day.

3. Daily Journal

Having a daily journal helped me so much when I was struggling mentally last year. I really want to get back into the habit of daily journaling so I made it a goal this month!

4. Stop Biting Nails

I am so sick of being embarrassed of my short and weak nails. Since I can remember I have had an absolutely terrible habit of biting my nails. I feel too self conscious to wear nail polish because it draws attention to my ugly nails. Enough is enough. I am quitting and April will be the first month!

5. Scholarships

The fall semester will be here before we know it (I know it’s still spring semester but trust me). I want to get a head start and start applying for scholarships now. For April I am hoping to apply to at least 5 scholarships. I also want to find a bunch with deadlines later in the summer and have a list made. Let me know if you have any suggestions!

6. 30 Day Fitness Challenge

If you don’t already know, I did a 30-Day Fitness Challenge for arms and abs in March! I want to try to do a new challenge every month. My April one will be starting on Tuesday, April 4th!

7. Make a Gardening Plan

I have decided that I want to do a little gardening this year. I am finally in a house of my own with a back yard rather than an apartment! Now I don’t want a huge garden, but I would like to try to grow a few low maintenance vegetables. I have zero experience except when my parents used to force me to pick weeds. So I want to do some research and make a plan for this summer. I would love to hear any tips and suggestions you have!

 

What are some of your April 2017 Monthly Goals??

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3 Easy & Healthy Breakfast Ideas Perfect for Work or School

3 Easy & Healthy Breakfast Ideas Perfect for Work or School

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day! However, many of us (me included) skip breakfast on occasion or every single day. I find myself not having time to make breakfast in the morning and it is easily pushed down on my priority list. To overcome this I decided to have some easy, quick, and healthy options available in my fridge/freezer. Here are 3 easy & healthy breakfast ideas! All of these can be made ahead of time so they are perfect to grab before work or school!

If you want more breakfast ideas, I highly recommend checking out Pinterest! I have a board just for food recipes. 

* Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions are my own.

3 Easy & Healthy Breakfast Ideas

1. Yogurt Parfait

This is one of my absolute favorites to have in the morning! It doesn’t require cooking anything so it is the easiest of the three and it is the healthiest as well.

Easy & Healthy Breakfast Ideas

All you need is fruit of your choice (my favorite is strawberries and blueberries), yogurt, and granola.

Easy & Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Layer your yogurt with you fruit and then add the granola on top. Put it in a mason jar or Tupperware, place it in the fridge, grab it in the morning, and eat it on the go!

2. Egg & Sausage Sandwich

This sandwich is so good, comparable to the egg mcmuffin, but way better and healthier!

You will need some sausage patties, fried eggs, and english muffins. Cut the english muffins in half and toast them. Also remember to place your sausage patties on some paper towel after cooking them to help get some grease off.

Easy & Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Easy & Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Now place one egg and one sausage patty on each muffin. You can also add a slice of cheese if you want. Also if you don’t like sausage then bacon or ham is also good.

Next just wrap up the sandwiches in plastic wrap and place them in the freezer until morning.

Easy & Healthy Breakfast Ideas

3. Egg & Sausage burritos

Similar to the sandwich, but in burrito form. Good tip: Hot sauce tastes delicious on these!

For the burritos you need some tortilla shells, cooked sausage, and scrambled eggs.

Easy & Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Place some sausage and eggs in each shell. At this point you can also add shredded cheese! Now roll up the burritos!

Easy & Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Finally wrap up each of the burritos in plastic wrap just like the sandwich and place them into the freezer until morning.

Easy & Healthy Breakfast Ideas

 

Let me know if you try out any of these easy & healthy breakfast ideas! Also let me know what your favorite foods are for morning!

Easy & Healthy Breakfast Ideas

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March 2017 Monthly Favorites

March 2017 Monthly Favorites

Time for my March 2017 Monthly Favorites! How in the world is it almost April already??  I seriously can’t even believe it, but I am SO ready for Spring and Summer! I made my Spring Wish List awhile back and just recently made my summer bucket list! Living in Wisconsin, I have been over winter since the day it started. Don’t get me wrong, I love the beauty of winter and snow, but the cold can leave now. Plus I hate the transition period from winter to spring because EVERYTHING is muddy and wet. Yuck!

It’s okay though! March was a great month! I moved (almost done unpacking) and am finally feeling like I’m getting back into a good routine. Here’s to hoping April will be a good month! Make sure to start it off right with some AWESOME APRIL FOOLS PRANK IDEAS! I am SO excited for April Fools this year!

Sorry about the long intro, but NOW lets continue with my March 2017 Monthly Favorites!

My favorites don’t always change every month, but I will keep you updated on which ones do! Some months there will be different categories than other months. Here are my March 2017 Monthly Favorites of makeup, entertainment, food, quotes, and other random things.

Check out my February Monthly Favorites as well!

 

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions are my own.

March 2017 Monthly Favorites

YOUTUBERS

I’ve been watching A LOT of youtube lately because I realized how much creativity and inspiration it gives me. Something about watching youtube videos makes my creative side start going crazy and I love it! My favorite people who I’ve been watching this month are:

If you have been reading my monthly favorites for a while then you know that I have been loving Hayley Paige for such a long time. She is a new mom and also has a ton of recipes and fashion videos. She also has a blog that I LOVE! 

I discovered LaurDIY through MissRemiAshten and I have been loving her videos! As you can tell by her name, she has a ton of super awesome DIY videos. She also has a lot of life hacks and they are all super useful. Plus she has such an amazing personality!

LoveMeg is a mom of two, a SAHM with a firefighter husband, and such a genuine person! She has a ton of cleaning and organization videos, which I LOVE. Her videos are helpful and inspiring and I have been loving watching them.

I know, I know. I am so late with this one, but I recently started watching TheGabbieShow videos and I’m obsessed. She is so real in all of her videos and is hilarious!

APPS

  • Balloon Tower Defense Battles

A HUGE throwback to my childhood! I used to play the normal Bloon Tower Defense games on the computer all the time. I found the battle version on the app store and have been playing it way too much. Haha

  • AllRecipies

If you enjoy cooking or you just want ideas for meals then I highly recommend this app. It is like a pinterest just for recipes. You can save recipes to different boards to look back on later. It is so useful and I find myself on it all the time getting ideas for new meals.

  • Spending Tracker

I have a really hard time keeping a budget, but I’m getting better at it! This app is a life saver and is perfect for someone like me who struggles to stick to a budget. The app is super simple and you just add your income and expenses as they come. You can set up expenses at a future date and the app shows your current balance along with a breakdown of each category!

FOOD

  • Breakfast Foods

I have honestly just been loving breakfast foods. Waffles, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, cereal, oatmeal, eggs, toast, and everything breakfast related. I’m not sure why, but I decided to make a post with my 3 favorite super quick, easy, AND healthy breakfast ideas!

  • Smoothies

I LOVE SMOOTHIES! enough said.

  • Soup

Soup is probably my favorite food. This month I made homemade chili, homemade potato soup, and homemade chicken dumpling. I love them all so much! I don’t make a lot of soups during the summer because that’s kind of weird in the hot months. So I decided to make them now while I have a good chance still.

So dramatic.

QUOTES

I have been reading and loving so many quotes this month! I have been feeling a little discouraged in life and quotes help me get refocused on my dreams and goals. I’d love to hear what your favorite quotes are!

  • “All our dreams will come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”  – Walt Disney

Disney quotes are incredible and so encouraging! I made a post of my 10 favorite motivational Disney quotes! I love reading them when I am feeling defeated.

  • “One day she discovered that she was fierce, and strong, and full of fire, and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.”

I LOVE this quote SO MUCH! For all of the women reading, you are amazing (men you are amazing too, but I’m talking to the women right now). So women, you are amazing and powerful and are more than capable of following your dreams and succeeding beyond your expectations! If you want more inspiration, check out my Quotes for Queens!

  • “The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.”

You can’t have goals and dreams and then barely do anything to reach them. It will take a lot of hard work, but it will be worth it! I have similar quotes on my Fitspirational post and they are especially perfect for those of you needing inspiration for a healthier life!

  • “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

I read this quote the other day and I LOVE IT! Doing things outside of your comfort zone can be awkward and intimidating, but I promise that it will be totally worth it in the end! It will help you grow as a person and open your mind to new things!

CANDLE SCENTS

I know this is kind of a weird category to have, but I finally got my candles out of storage (and bought some new ones) after 2 months. I LOVE having candles all over the house so this month I have been going crazy with them. So I decided to add it as a category on my monthly favorites. Judge Me. I don’t care <3

  • Sweet Pea 

This is one of my all time favorite smell and it’s PERFECT for Spring! 

  • Fresh Linen

Yes I know this is weird. Clean laundry, fresh linen, you can’t tell me they don’t smell super good!

MAKEUP

  • Tarte Maracuja Oil

I love this so much I made an entire post about it. It’s so worth checking out, so CLICK HERE quick!

TV SHOWS

  • Grey’s Anatomy

One of my favorite shows ever. Don’t recommend watching… SPOILER:

everyone dies.

  • Supernatural

Such a good show! My boyfriend and I started watching it and we are obsessed! He keeps watching it without me though…

  • The Voice

Loving this season so far! Happy Gwen is back, but I loved Miley too.

 

I hope you enjoyed my March 2017 Monthly Favorites! Let me know what things you have been loving in the month of March as well!

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IPSY UNBOXING && REVIEW {MARCH 2017}

IPSY UNBOXING && REVIEW {MARCH 2017}

My favorite time of the month, March 2017 Ipsy Unboxing! For those of you who have never heard of Ipsy, it is a monthly subscription. It costs $10 per month and in return you receive a makeup bag with 4-5 samples. I love it and it is almost always worth the $10! When you sign up they have you take a little quiz to give you products that you will like. Then each month you can review everything you’ve received so they can adjust what they send you. I highly recommend this monthly subscription!

*Disclaimer: This post is NOT sponsored. All opinions are my own.

This month’s bag is so adorable! It is a gorgeous rose gold color with a gold zipper and black detailing. The top folds over slightly giving it a super chic look!

March 2017 Ipsy Unboxing and Product Review

mPRINCESS PRESSED EYE SHADOW IN CHESTNUT

I always enjoy receiving new eye shadows so I can try out new looks regularly. This mPrincess eye shadow is super gorgeous. The chestnut color is a coppery brown shade and I love the shimmer that it gives off. The consistency is very creamy and it seems to blend well.

I would like to receive more colorful shadows in Ipsy that I can play around with more rather than just neutral colors. However, it is still nice to discover new brands and their formulas.

WHEN I TRIED IT

I decided to try out this eye shadow in my crease and I LOVE it! It blends so well and is such a beautiful color. The pigment is amazing and it lasted throughout the day (even on my oily lids)! Very happy with this product!

March 2017 Ipsy Unboxing and Product Review

BEAU GACHIS TAPERED BLENDING BRUSH

Every time I get a new brush from Ipsy, I get super excited. I love trying new brands of brushes without having to pay an outrageous price. This brush feels super soft yet a good firmness. I have high hopes.

WHEN I TRIED IT

As amazing as I had hoped it to be. It applied my eye shadow so nicely and it works so well for blending. I will definitely be using this brush often!

March 2017 Ipsy Unboxing and Product Review

AIR REPAIR SKINCARE COMPLEXION-BOOSTING MOISTURIZER

It is kind of a small amount at only .34 FL OZ, but besides that I am happy. I love having travel size moisturizers for nights away from home. I use them all the time and it’s so much easier than bringing my huge bottles. This one has a very ‘clean’ smell to it. I’m sure I will like it.

WHEN I TRIED IT

Regardless of the small size, I love the product! The moisturizer went on so smoothly and dried very quickly. I hate when I have to wait for my moisturizer to dry before applying makeup. It is a quite thick moisturizer, but I love how smooth it leaves my skin feeling and it doesn’t feel heavy once it is on my face. Overall loving this moisturizer!

March 2017 Ipsy Unboxing and Product Review

MARC ANTHONY ALOE VERA & JASMINE OIL DEEP REPAIRING CONDITIONING TREATMENT

I always love getting a new conditioning treatment! Usually I use one twice a week so I am always looking for new ones that I love. I’m extra excited about this Marc Anthony one because it is a deep repair, it has aloe vera in it, and it has an amazing jasmine smell.

WHEN I TRIED IT

I LOVE how this left my hair feeling and smelling! After one use my hair feels so soft and strong. It smells absolutely amazing and I will definitely be using this again.

March 2017 Ipsy Unboxing and Product Review

TARTE COSMETICS TARTEIST QUICK DRY MATTE LIP PAINT IN ROSE

YEEESSSS! I LOVE TARTE. If you know me then you know I get excited any time I get a Tarte product. I always end up loving them! (Just yesterday I reviewed the Tarte Maracuja Oil!) Plus I LOVE having small lippies to throw in my purse and for traveling!

WHEN I TRIED IT

I’m not entirely in love with this lippie, but I do like it. I LOVE the color! It is perfect for this time of year as we are transitioning from winter to spring. Also it dries very quickly, but doesn’t leave your lips feeling too dry. They do feel a little more dry than I like, but it’s hardly noticeable. It lasted a good amount of time before I had to reapply, but I would’ve liked it to last even longer.

Overall I like the lippie and will be using it, but I’m not sure if I will buy any other colors in this formula.

March 2017 Ipsy Unboxing

March 2017 Ipsy Unboxing Overall Review:

I am super happy with my Ipsy this month! Generally there are 1 or 2 products I’m not too happy with, but I will be using all of the products and the bag is one of the cutest I have received so far (which is A LOT of bags).

 

I would love to hear about what products you got in this month’s Ipsy and what you thought of it! Also let me know if you did a March 2017 Ipsy Unboxing!

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Tarte Cosmetics Product Review: Maracuja Deluxe Oil

Tarte Cosmetics Product Review: Maracuja Deluxe Oil

I recently received the Tarte Cosmetics Maracuja Deluxe Oil in an Ipsy bag. I talked about it a little bit in my December Ipsy Unboxing and again in my January Monthly Favorites. Since December, when I received the Tarte Cosmetics Maracuja Deluxe Oil, I have fallen in love with this product and all the things it can do. I know that this product has been out for years, but I stayed away from it because oils and I don’t always get along. However, I am now kicking myself for not giving it a try sooner.

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own.

I hope you read that disclaimer because I know the way I talk about this product makes it seem like it’s sponsored. So let me say it again for the people in the back… THIS POST IS NOT SPONSORED all though I wish it was ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.


Tarte Cosmetics Maracuja Deluxe Oil {Product Review}

My First Thoughts:

Number one: “Oh my goodness, this packaging is adorable!” Seriously though I love the packaging it came in and the product bottle itself. Tarte always does such  good job so I wasn’t surprised.

Next thought was a little less positive. I am not always a huge fan of new oils, especially for my face, because I tend to have pretty oily skin. However, this product is NOT just for your face (I love it on my face anyways though).

Overall I was very excited to try this, but little did I know how much I would LOVE this product.

Full Product Review:

Tarte you did a really good job with this product! At first I only used it on my hands and face. I loved it! It left my face and hands feeling soft and looking so smooth and dewy, but not shiny at all. I didn’t really like the smell that much, but the results are so worth it!

After a little while I began mixing it with my foundation and OH MY GOODNESS, this is AMAZING! I love the glow that this mixture creates on my skin, it is gorgeous. Plus my face doesn’t get too dry or oily throughout the day.

The next use is for your hair. Similar to any other oil, you rub a little bit (2-3 drops) into the ends of your hair. I use an oil in my hair everyday to help with dry and split ends. This maracuja oil worked really well, but left my hair feeling a little more greasy than I wanted. I use it at night if I know I will be taking a shower in the morning. I still really love it!

Now if you didn’t think all of that was enough then this incredible oil can also be used to soften your cuticles.

Will I Repurchase?

I looked at Tarte to find the price and it is $48 for a 1.7 oz. bottle. This bottle would literally last me over a year. I also saw that it is on sale at Ulta right now for $25 so I ordered myself one for when mine runs out. I’m not sure how long the sale lasts.

So this means that Yes I will repurchase because I already did.

Overall Rating:

4.3/5

It would be higher if it smelt good and if it didn’t make my hair so oily. Otherwise I love the product!

 

If you’ve tried the Tarte Maracuja Deluxe Oil, let me know what you thought! If you swear by a different oil, let me know what it is and why you love it!

Tarte Cosmetics Maracuja Deluxe Oil

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2017 Summer Bucket List

2017 Summer Bucket List

I know that it just officially became Spring, but I am so ready for summer! I have so many amazing things planned for this summer and I can’t wait to make Summer 2017 the best one yet! I’m not taking any classes this summer so I plan on spending a lot more time on my blog. I will still be working a full-time job, but I will make it work like always. I also plan on taking more time for filming and editing because that is truly my main passion.

Along with working, blogging, and filming, I also have a ton of other activities that I want to do. Since I couldn’t stop thinking about them I decided to create my 2017 Summer Bucket List! It is possible that this list will be added to as it gets closer to summer. I will also keep you updated whenever I complete something off of my list! Let me know if you have any other suggestions for fun summer activities!

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions are my own.

2017 Summer Bucket List

  • See a movie at the drive in theater

I used to go to the drive in quite often and I love it so much. It’s an entirely different experience than going to the actual movie theater. Bring some lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks!

  • Have a picnic in the park

  • Go star-gazing

  • Get a tan tattoo

This has been on my summer bucket list for a long time and this will be the year I finally do it! I’m not exactly sure what I want yet, but it will happen. I don’t generally tan a lot in the sun (because I burn super easy), but I plan to spend a lot of time outside.

  • Take a road trip

No idea where I want to road trip to, but I try to do a little one at least once a summer. Going to see something new in nature is my favorite and its super inexpensive! I will probably drive somewhere with some friends and go hiking (and of course take lots of pictures).

  • Take a weekend camping trip

I LOVE camping and most summers I go multiple times. However, this year I want to go somewhere at least a few hours away and spend the whole weekend there. I’ve done this in the past and it’s always a great time!

  • Visit the zoo

There are three pretty nice zoos in the area where I live and I want to go to all 3 this summer. Two of them are free admission which makes it even better. I love going to the zoo because I am a HUGE animal lover and I can always get some really nice pictures there!

  • Go to Valleyfair

Valleyfair is similar to six flags, but is way closer to me. I used to go to Valleyfair at least once a summer, but I haven’t the past couple of years. It is one of my favorite places to go and I’m making sure I can get there this summer!

  • Create a summer playlist

I want to start creating playlists for different things in my life (different moods, different activities, different time of the day/year, etc.) and my summer 2017 playlist will be one of them! I’ll let you know whenever I make new playlists.

  • Feed the ducks

I didn’t really need to put this on my bucket list because I will definitely do this multiple times throughout the summer. It’s so fun watching the ducks and enjoying the outdoors. Plus the ducks love it!

Side note: I read the other day that feeding bread to ducks is actually very bad for them. Apparently they like bird seed? I will have to do a little more research on that so I don’t hurt any more duckies.

  • Catch a fish

I don’t enjoy fishing that much and normally when I go I end up just laying in the sun because I get too impatient. It has been awhile since I have a caught a fish so this summer I’d really like to catch a bunch. Also I want to learn how to cook fish better so this is the perfect way to do that too!

  • Go to the trampoline park

A city about an hour away from me just got a trampoline park so I obviously have to go. I might do this before summer, but either way it will happen!

  • Go to Action City

Action City is a fun place with go-carts, rock climbing, bumper cars, laser tag, mini golf, and more. It’s such a fun place and I haven’t been there in a long time.

  • Go rollerblading

Rollerblading is one of my favorite things to do, but I haven’t had a pair of roller blades in way too long. This summer I am definitely getting a pair and using them all the time!

  • Wake up for the sunrise

  • Go Hiking in the Blue Hills

I’ve never hiked the Blue Hills, but I have heard of all the trails and beautiful things to see. Some of the places are 5+ miles deep in the woods, but there are other things closer as well. This summer I would love to go explore (with a map of course) multiple times! I want to take a ton of pictures out there and just enjoy the nature with family and friends. Seriously so excited for this!

  • Start a small garden

Growing up my parents always had a huge garden during the summer and I loved having access to all the fresh veggies! I have a very small yard and very little experience so my garden won’t be anything special this summer. However, I want to start growing a few things so I can get better at it and one day have a huge garden. Let me know if you have any tips!

  • Make homemade bread

I have been wanting to do this literally forever (okay not literally, but it feels like it) and to hold myself to it, I had to put it on a list. Again this might happen before summer, but either way it will be accomplished before the end of summer 2017.

  • Do a 7 Day Detox

Detox are so good for you and your body and I’ve always wanted to do one. I hope to eventually do one every few months to flush out my body. Let me know if you have any recommendations as to what detox to do!

 

What activities do you have on your 2017 Summer Bucket List?

2017 Summer Bucket List

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Motivational Disney Quotes to Help you stay Determined

Motivational Disney Quotes to Help you stay Determined

There are some super motivational Disney quotes that I absolutely love! So I decided to make a list of my favorite ones to read when I need a little help staying determined and focused on the bigger goals.

My Top Ten Favorite Motivational Disney Quotes

  1. “No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dreams that you wish will come true.” –Cinderella

  2. “The only way to get what you want in this world is through hard work.” -Tiana

  3. “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” –Walt Disney

  4. “Have faith in your dreams and someday your rainbow will come smiling through.” –Cinderella

  5. “It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine.” -Eeyore

  6. “Ah yes, the past can hurt, but the way I see it, you either run from it or learn from it.” –Rafiki (The Lion King)

  7. “You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” –Christopher Robins

  8. “The difference in winning and losing is most often not quitting. If you never quit, you’ll never truly lose.” –Walt Disney

  9. “There are those who say fate is something beyond our command, that destiny is not our own. But I know better. Our fate lives within us… you only have to be brave enough to see it.” –Merida (Brave)

  10. “They say if you dream a thing more than once, it’s sure to come true.” –Sleeping Beauty

Bonus Quote: “In every job that must be done there is an element of fun.” –Mary Poppins

 

Let me know what some of your favorite motivational Disney quotes are!

 

If you love these motivational Disney quotes then also check out my list of daily inspirational quotes perfect to start your day or my list of inspirational quotes for all my queens out there!

Motivational Disney Quotes

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15 Inspirational Quotes for Queens

15 Inspirational Quotes for Queens

International Women’s Day was last week and it got me thinking. We as women need to start empowering each other more rather than nitpicking and tearing each other down because incredible things happen when women support each other. We all face struggles everyday and being a woman is so hard in today’s society. No matter how hard you try to “not care what others think,” you still will care at least a little (if you don’t, congrats and please share your secrets). Everywhere in society people are judging and comparing women. It causes us to be more self-conscious when in reality we all need to let our confidence shine through. We are QUEENS and we deserve to be treated as such!

When you’re having a hard day, these inspirational quotes for queens will help you remember how amazing you are! Share these with the special women in your life to let them know just how amazing they are!

*Disclaimer: These are not my own quotes. The authors are unknown unless otherwise noted.

Quotes for Queens

1. “No girl should ever forget that she doesn’t need anyone who doesn’t need her.”

2. “I won’t cry for you, my mascara is too expensive.” – Adriana Lima

3. “I know what I bring to the table so trust me when I say that I’m not afraid to eat alone.”

4. “The only thing more beautiful than a woman who knows what she wants is a woman who isn’t waiting on anybody else to get it for her.”

5. “A queen knows how to build her empire with the same stones that were thrown at her.”

6. “One day she discovered that she was fierce, and strong, and full of fire, and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.”

7. “Think like a Queen. A Queen is not afraid to fall. Failure is another stepping-stone to greatness.” – Oprah Winfrey

8. “The MOST important thing a girl can wear is her confidence.”

9. “Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.”

10. “If at first you don’t succeed, fix your ponytail, and try again.”

11. “One woman can make a difference, but together we can rock the world.”

12. “A girl should be two things: WHO and WHAT she wants.” – Coco Chanel

13. “To feel like a queen is as simple as believing you are one.”

14. “The woman looking back at you in the mirror is worthy of love and respect and deserves every good thing that life has for her.”

15. “Let me adjust my crown and get my day started.”

 

Share these Quotes for Queens with the Queens in your life! Also let me know what quotes you love for keeping you inspired!

 

If you liked this post, you may also like my Daily Motivational Quotes or Fitspirational Quotes!

Quotes for Queens

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10 Things I Can’t Live Without

10 Things I Can’t Live Without

The other day I was thinking about how many things I “need” in my life. When I don’t have these 10 things, it’s obviously not the end of the world. However, it does make me sad and often times gives me a little anxiety. I like things a certain way and I have certain routines I like to follow. These items play a special role in my life, but I technically would be able to live without them, I guess.

I (Kinda) Can’t Live Without:

1. Coffee

The only way I could be okay without ever having coffee again is if I just replaced it with tea. Don’t get me wrong though, I love coffee way more. I’m not dependent on it and I don’t have it every single day. However, it is a really comforting thing for me to have my coffee in the morning!

2. Slippers

I never used to wear slippers, I didn’t even own any except when I was really young. This past Christmas my brother got me a pair of slippers and I have fallen in love! My feet are literally always cold so I don’t know why I never thought of it before. Now I almost always have my slippers on when I am at home. I put them on first thing in the morning and don’t take them off unless I need to shower or leave. If you don’t have slippers, go get yourself some!

3. Mascara

Pretty self-explanatory. Even on my “no makeup days,” I almost always put on mascara. It takes barely any time and little to no skill, but it greatly transforms your look! I used to never wear mascara, but once I started to I fell in love.

4. Bubble Baths

This is another thing I fell in love with somewhat recently. I didn’t start taking bubble baths until my sophomore year of college when I was living in my first apartment. Now I take them as much as I can! I love having all sorts of smelly stuff and the bath itself is so relaxing. Light a candle, get a good book or watch a movie on your laptop, and just relax! However, I still find baths gross because you are literally laying in your own filth. So I always take a shower after as well. I know, I know… that’s wasting a lot of water, but its my treat to myself!

5. Youtube

Youtube.is.Life. I can spend all day watching youtube videos. I love everything about the platform and all of the amazing creators.

6. Cereal

My guilty pleasure. I rarely eat cereal for breakfast, but it is the perfect midnight snack! By perfect I mean unhealthy, easy, and delicious.

7. Lotion

Living in Wisconsin (dry winters) lotion is a must! I use it even when it isn’t the dry season. Everyday. Hands, legs, face, everywhere. Always moisturize!

8. Chapstick

Same thing as lotion. I HATE dry lips. I almost always have a chapstick in my pocket. Plus one in my car, my purse, at work, coat pocket, and multiple places in my house.

9. Sweatshirt

I am always cold. I also always want to be able to be comfortable. By this I mean that I don’t wear sweatshirts everywhere all the time, but I like to always have one with just in case. One of the worst things for me is wanting to feel comfy and relax, but not having comfy clothes to change into. It’s tragic.

10. My Kitties

My two kittens are literally my world. I got Rex last year in April and he just turned one in the beginning of January. He is a big baby, but I love him. I then got Theo in October and he will turn one in the end of August. He is a little trouble maker, but can be a HUGE sweetheart. Rex and Theo are BEST FRIENDS! They play together, make messes together, cuddle together, and help clean each other. I’ve never seen two cats like each other so much and it melts my heart.

Sorry about the rambling, I love my kitties. I am always taking the best pictures of those two and plan on sharing them soon on my instagram @DreamingWithLuv (possibly making their own instagram)!

 

What are some of the things in your life that you {kinda} can’t live without?

10 Things I Can't Live Without

 

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15 Awesome and Easy  Prank Ideas for April Fools Day

15 Awesome and Easy Prank Ideas for April Fools Day

I know it’s only March, but I’m already super excited for April Fool’s Day! This year I’m preparing ahead of time. I normally last-minute realize what day it is and quick find an easy prank. It’s always a good time. However, this year I’m surprising those around me with pranks throughout the day. Here is a list of 15 super awesome April Fools Prank Ideas and they are all pretty easy. I don’t really like ones that involve food because that’s just too mean for me. I hate thinking about some of the food pranks being done to me so I just can’t bring myself to do them to others. However, I included a few food ones that aren’t terribly disgusting.

15 April Fools Prank Ideas

Also I named all of these pranks myself. Enjoy.

  • Confetti Car

Get some confetti OR get a couple of pieces of paper and a pair of scissors. Cut up the paper into little pieces, almost like… CONFETTI. Take your paper confetti and place it in someones car vents on the front dash (this only works if you live in an area where people need to use their defrost). Then when the person turns their vehicle on in the morning with the defrost… BOOM! CONFETTI!

  • Careful Where you Sit

For this prank, you need some of the little Pop-it noise makers. Place a few of them underneath the toilet seat. I shouldn’t have to explain what happens next.

  • Caramel SURPRISE

For this one you need:

  • Onions
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Caramel

Directions:

  1. Peel Onions
  2. Put Caramel on Onions
  3. Push the Popsicle sticks into the onions.

Now set a tray out on the counter at work or home. Sit back and laugh.

  • Shower Time

I’m so excited to do this prank. Get some red drink mix of any kind. Put the mix in the shower head. When someone goes to shower it will look like blood is coming out of the shower.

  • Awww My Shirt is Wet

My favorite April Fools Prank to do when I was little. Get some electrical tape or scotch tape. Go to your kitchen sink. Put the tape around the sink sprayer. Someone will turn the water on and get sprayed!

  • The Classic

I feel like everyone and their brothers know this prank. Switch the salt and the sugar! Its easy. Only problem is sometimes it takes a while before anyone uses the salt or sugar.

  • Say Cheese

Make someone orange juice on the morning of April Fools Day. How nice of you… Except now add a little powdered cheese (from a mac and cheese box) into their drink.

  • I got a cup out for you.

This one would work perfectly with the previous. When you set out the pitcher of orange juice, next to it you can place a cup for them. Except it’s not an ordinary cup. Make sure the cup isn’t see through. Fill it up with about a cup of water and a few ice cubes. Get a thin piece of cardboard (cut out a piece from a cereal box) and place it over the cup. Make sure the cardboard covers the entire opening of the cup. Now flip the cup upside down and set it on the table (with the cardboard over the opening the entire time). Quickly slide the cardboard out from under the cup. Wipe up any excess water. Now wait for your victim.

  • KaBOOM goes the coca-cola

This one works perfectly for the person who needs their Coca-Cola (not sponsored, I wish though) everyday. Freeze ice cubes with mentos inside of them. Add them to a glass of coke and once the ice cubes melt, KaBOOM goes the coca-cola!

  • The Empty Bottle that is Full

This one is so simple yet so good. All you need is Saran wrap, scissors, and some bottles from the bathroom (shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc.). Take the caps off the bottles, place Saran wrap over the opening, screw the cap back on, and cut off the excess Saran wrap.

Now someone will try to get the contents out of the bottle and nothing will come out. You can also do this with the condiments in the fridge!

  • Too Much Work

I have seen pictures of this prank and it would be hilarious! However, its gonna take a lot of time and patience to set it up.

First, get a bunch of plastic cups. Fill all of the plastic cups with water and place them on the floor. Repeat until the floor is covered in cups of water to the point where you can’t walk through the room at all. I would hate to have this prank played on me, but I would love it to happen to someone else!

  • Loud Rug

Go get yourself some bubble wrap. Put the bubble wrap under a rug. Laugh when people step on rug.

  • Ooooo Look, a Penny!

I’ve done in school before and it was so funny. Plus it is super simple. All you do is super glue a penny to the floor. I did it in the doorway of a classroom. People will stop to pick it up, but it’s glued to the floor! Just make sure to put it heads up for good luck.

  • Hide and Seek

Take some of the things from someone in your house who is sleeping (parents, siblings, roommate, etc.). Make sure the things are valuable to them and that they will notice it is missing. Place a sticky note in place of the item or items you took. On the sticky note write instructions on to how to find the items. Lead them around the house with the use of multiple sticky notes. At the end, have their items waiting for them. You can make this prank last as long as you want!

  • Sticky Notes for Dayssss

I’m sure you have seen pictures of this prank everywhere. It’s another very time-consuming one, but it’s worth it. Get a bunch of sticky notes and completely cover someone’s vehicle in the sticky notes. Don’t leave any part showing. The windows, lights, everything. Just go to town with the sticky notes.

 

I will be doing most of these to my boyfriend (good thing he doesn’t read my posts Hehe) this year on April 1st. If you want to hear updates on how they go, make sure to follow my Twitter on April Fool’s Day!

 

I would LOVE to hear any of the Prank Ideas you have so I can use some of them on April Fools Day!

Prank Ideas

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8 Fitspirational Quotes to Help you Stay Motivated to Workout & Stay Healthy!

8 Fitspirational Quotes to Help you Stay Motivated to Workout & Stay Healthy!

There are so many challenges that pop up while trying to transition to a healthier lifestyle. First you need the determination to BEGIN. Once you’ve started, you need to find reasons to CONTINUE! Continue to workout, eat healthy, and take better care of yourself. These 8 FITspirational Quotes are some of my favorite reminders as to why I started and why I should keep going!

What helps you stay motivated to live a healthy lifestyle?

*Disclaimer: These are not my quotes. This post is not sponsored in any way.

FITspirational Quotes

  1. “You can never expect to succeed if you only put in work on days you feel like it.”

  2. “Be a BADASS with a GOOD ASS.”

  3. “The pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow.”

  4. “The difference between who you are and who you want to be, is what you do.”

  5. “Slow progress is better than no progress.”

  6. “Making excuses burns ZERO calories per hour.”

  7. “Wake up. Work out. Kick ass. Repeat.”

  8. “The hardest lift of all is lifting your butt off the couch.”

I recently started a 30-Day Fitness Challenge and these quotes have helped a ton! Whenever you are feeling unmotivated, stop and think to yourself about the reasons you started. Results won’t appear immediately, but once they do you will understand why it is worth it. Living a healthy lifestyle makes you feel so much better on a daily basis and is such a good habit to get in to! Even if you have to start out with small changes, anything is better than nothing. Start TODAY, it will never be the “right time” so just get up and do it! You are the only one standing in the way of a better life for you. Trust me, your future self will thank you!

I’d love to hear your quotes or tips on staying motivated to live a healthier life!

Posted by Amanda in All Blog Posts, Fitness && Health, Inspiration, 0 comments
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