Spring Revitalization

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It’s already March?!

It’s getting warmer here in Colorado and for me, that means bust out the spring/summer clothes and slowly start swapping them out in my closet. It hasn’t been a rough winter here at all,  not like how it has been back in the State where I was born, Michigan. Even with the lack of cold weather and snow, I’m still counting down the days until Spring arrives.

To me, Spring brings a rebirth of many sorts. Not only does nature arrive on cue (sometimes……, it snowed in Denver at the end of May last year! lol), but also something deep inside us awakens. Winter brings a time of hibernation of not just our energy levels but also our mind. So I look to Spring with open arms and shorter hems on my clothes :), because it makes me happy.

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With the new season quickly approaching, who feels they need to do a little Spring cleaning in their closet? I admit, there are sometimes I may have some articles of clothing I have kept for a lonnnnggggg time that could be donated to make some space and clear unnecessary room being taken up with clothes I haven’t worn in the past year! That’s where I have to step back and realize I’m hoarding, and others could use what I am not.

So it’s time to dust the cobwebs off in your ol’ noggin (and your maybe in your home, lol!) and take a deep breath of fresh air and revitalize yourself!

This will be my first spring, and summer, in Colorado, and I am looking forward to it! With all the outdoor activities available just outside my door, and the lack of humidity (thank God), nothing stands a chance against me and my curly hair!

I cannot WAIT for these upcoming months. I have a few things in the mix and on the calendar. There will be places I’ll be traveling, events happening, and new experiences to be had! I look forward to writing about them, and sharing it with all of you!

So raise a glass to things that continue to make us grow for the better. It’s a process that lasts our whole life.

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Curling & Commentators

Recently, I decided to surprise my fiance with taking him Curling. He has mentioned many times how he would love to try it, and thankfully living in Olympic city, it’s pretty obtainable. I just searched it because I heard they have classes available to the public. Low and behold I found it, and we signed up. His birthday is coming up so I thought it would be perfect. I decided to go earlier than his b-day, and I couldn’t hold the surprise in too long….so I told him. Let me just say his smile that came on his face after, was contagious. It was stretching ear to ear.

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HE WAS SO PUMPED!

I learned so much! The history behind it, their terminology. I NEVER realized the rocks weigh 42 pounds! I was shocked. It makes sense but I didn’t realize it would weigh that much. Once you’re on the ice and actually curl, it isn’t as heavy as 42 pounds may seem to sound.

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He was so pumped! I was excited to try something new too. That’s always the best, trying something new with your significant other. You learn more about one another and grow together. Plus, you figure out things about yourself!

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I was ready for the runway wasn’t I?? haha. Well, it’s cold in the arena and they tell you to wear loose clothing that you can move easily in. If anyone has been watching the Olympics you see how low and stretched out they are when they’re curling, so this outfit was comfy and perfect 🙂

We only got to play two games, curling only one rock each due to the amount of people at the class, but it was worth it! Our instructor mentioned they were thinking of creating an actual arena JUST for curling, since the Olympic Training Site that you see in the top photo, they share the ice with MANY different groups of people/sports. So getting that ice time is difficult. I hope they do! You may see me in the 2022 Winter Olympics (sike!).

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ONE THING I want to touch on, if anyone has been following curling in the 2018 Olympics, you may know the few teams, mixed doubles, that were in the running for gold. Well, it was confirmed Canada won gold, which wasn’t a shock to me! They spoke on how well Canada is at our class. Our instructor was from Canada and said in their P.E. classes throughout school they would curl! That was apart of their gym class. So it only makes sense.

BUT, what I wanted to touch on (finally), was how I get so irritated when commentators and reporters can sometimes seem to only notice a female athlete’s attractiveness. If no one is watching the Olympics or knows what I’m talking about, the OAR, Olympic Athletes from Russia, there is a married couple for their mixed doubles. The woman, just so happened to be brought up in a conversation on how she either looked like Megan Fox or Angelina Jolie. Not that she is a great athlete, that her and her husband are doing well, her back ground on how she started curling, her stats, etc. Just her looks. It’s not the first time I noticed it, that is why it irritates me anytime I hear it. Very rare if at all when they comment on a man’s looks, especially if he is an athlete. They just touch on his skill. But not for this woman athlete curler.

JUST APPRECIATE A WOMAN AS AN ATHLETE. Appreciate her talent. Show off her skill. I’m just tired of women athletes being deduced to their physical appearance. #Seeher (hashtag commemorating how we should see these young women and women athletes).

Alright, I’m done.

I hope everyone has a GREAT Valentines Day tomorrow! Let your significant other know how much you appreciate them for who they are or let anyone you love know, today and every day.

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Stay glowing Ponyboy

I apologize for being quiet for the past week and a half. I traveled for the holidays and it seems once I returned back home and settled in, my immune system decided to settle as well. I got sick and then after that I got conjunctivitis (pink eye). I just couldn’t win. Thank God my sister is a PA so she knew some stuff to help me heal up right away. So while recovering from that, my days have been filled with football playoffs and curling up on the couch, waiting for my school semester to start. After this Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, my classes will be starting and I am so excited for that! It is a little interesting being on the older side of the average student, but I still enjoy learning and I don’t pay too much mind to it. I thouroughly enjoy school, I believe it is something not be taken for granted. Education, and having it quite readily available, is a blessing.

So I wanted to share a few of my favorite pieces of makeup in my makeup bag since I’m going to be going back to school! (Cue all my upcoming photos and blogs to be about it)

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PEEP that GLOWWWWW. I LOVE this highlighter. Before I got it, I was completely ignorant on what to use, or even how to use it. But we all need to start somewhere, right? It makes you thankful that it’s as easy as going on Youtube and finding many different types of women doing their makeup and showing you HOW to apply it. FOR FREE! Think about how it used to be before the internet….a longer learning process I’d say!

If you notice I use an e.l.f Poreless Face Primer I put this on before my tinted moisturizer. It does exactly what it’s name claims, it fills pores and gives a smooth look. I use this mostly on my nose, I don’t have too big of pores but my T-Zone there is oily.

I am not a fan of foundation, for me it’s just too heavy and I don’t have a need for thick full coverage. So a tinted moisturizer with some SPF is important!! This Maybelline Dream Fresh BB tinted moisturizer does just that! I love the light coverage so my skin feels like it can still breath but at the same time gives me an all over coverage (again, with my sister being a Physicians Assistant, she worked in a Dermatologist Office and has seen it ALL!).

I normally don’t have dark circles under my eyes, my sister did because she had more olive undertones in her skin so they showed more. But I still like a lighter coverage under my eyes to assist with the contour. This product is great, it’s really good for those trying to hide their dark circles! Maybelline Instant Age Rewind. It’s a concentrated formula for instant coverage. I’m almost out in this picture but I plan on getting more!

I will forever use this product for my eyebrows if my bank account can handle it, lol. Anastasia Brow Wiz pencil is my ish. I also have the Brow Dip and brush to go with it. Which ever style you prefer, pencil or dip, I highly recommend Anastasia products.

This mascara my friends, is the best in my book. I have used Maybelline Voluminous Original since high school and I’ve never looked back. I’ve tried a few more expensive brands but this brand and kind never fails. Plus it’s cheap so that makes everyone happy!

I’ve also used this bronzer since high school, only because I would steal and use my sisters makeup all the time. She would used this and it has great reviews, Benefit Hoola Bronzer.

I added most of my staple items in the photo, but I didn’t include my eyeshadow pallettes. I have multiple ones that I swap out daily. It all depeneds on my outfit really. What are some of your favorites? Or what are some dupes you all know? I love when you like a color for a MAC lipstick but you can find something similar for a lot cheaper! Any rituals you do while doing your makeup? I want to hear all about them!

Oh yeah, and if I had to choose who to root for during these playoffs, only because they are in my conference, I’m going to have to say the Vikings! I just don’t know if any of these teams going on to the next round are a worthy component against the Patriots.

Hope you all have a great long holiday weekend!

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He’s a good boy.

Happy Football weekend everyone! During the half time of the first game, my pup and I decided to go for a walk. For anyone who wants to know he is a Basset Hound and his name is Dwight. 🙂

Who else has been filling their Sunday with Wild Card Weekend, and all the amazing junk food that goes along with it? My favorite is Buffalo Chicken Dip. I use Frank Red Hot’s recipe, I ALWAYS get compliments. (Link below!)(I use the crock pot to make it)

Franks Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

So along with this football weekend, I came down with the sickness! I’ve had a cold all weekend and it’s inhibited me on a few outdoor plans that friends tried to make. But it’s always best when your body tells you to relax and calm down that you listen to it. I hope anyone reading this is feeling well.

I come to understand there has been a bomb cyclogenesis that plagued the east side of the country. Of course I had NO idea what that word meant, I just saw the name and honestly laughed out loud. I thought some crazy stuff was about to happen. The main thing that confused me was how I got back over to Colorado before NYE and that’s when this weather bomb swept through and there is NO snow where I am at. There is a peak here that is over 14k ft and it had no snow on the peak! But the east coast saw some scary stuff, and they’re still seeing it!

Have you ever seen those meme’s of Michael Scott from the Office where he says “sometimes I have no idea where my sentences are going”….that’s how I feel this post is! haha!

The main point I wanted to get at is how cute my pullover fleece jacket is! My friend found it for me and it’s a perfect dupe for those Patagonia sweaters. It’s JUST as soft, and it was $12 (she did find it at Plato’s Closet), but it is a Free Country Fleece, and I just went on their website and they’re 50% off!

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Free Country Fleeces

Like I mentioned above, it’s super soft, comfy, warm, and cute. Is it just me or does anyone else find more clothing options during the fall/winter? I love layering and anything soft this time of year.

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Hopefully you grew in someway, bettered yourself or caught some R&R (me, watching Workaholics cuddled up in a blanket and Kleenex)! Especially since tomorrow night is the College National Championships, and everyone may think Alabama will win. Which they very well may, but I’m going to go for the “underdog”. Let’s go Georgia Bulldogs!

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Treat yo’ self

How many of my ladies (and guys) have a skin care regiment that they either learned from someone they admire, learned on their own, or swear by? Or even hair products they constantly use because it’s God’s gift to earths? For myself, it’s been a never ending cycle of trying new products. Pictured above are some of the main products I’m using currently. I am in the market for some new products too! So if you got any ideas, I’m all ears!

The makeup remover shown is legit! Warning, it’s on the expensive side, my fiance’s mom got it for me. Before I got the Lancome makeup remover I used the Neutrogena makeup remover, worked just as good for less than third of the cost. I’ve never had any complaints from either, only the Lancome is just more pricey. You can find both here :

Lancome Makeup Remover

Neutrogena Makeup Remover

So for myself, my skin is both oily & dry. I have to use a clear base cleanser but always put on a moisturizer afterward. Anyone else’s skin like this? For my facial cleanser, I found mind at CVS but I just found out that Ulta sells it! It lasts a long time and SO worth the price, $12! Which I love. A little bit goes a long way 🙂

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Clearly you can see I’m almost out (haha!), I definitely plan on going back and buying this again!

Soap & Glory

Now on to hair! Ladies, and gents, though I’m sure any guys have left this post a while ago, I MISS MY LONG HAIR! This is how long my hair is now. 😦

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I got it cut two months ago. Don’t get me wrong though, it was severely needed. My ends were split and dead. The products shown are the main two I currently use. I have a different product for summer that involves some UVA/UVB protection. NORMALLY I like to use an oil, argan oil, for a consistent use, coconut oil and olive oil for hair masks. Just writing this post makes me realize the products that I’m lacking in.

Renpure Coconut Hair Mist

No matter your skin type, or your hair type, we’re all dealing with our own specific journey so all we should do is spread the knowledge and love of our skin & hair habits. Who knows, you may find something that can change the game!

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