Friday, January 15, 2021

A Little Self Care

 Hello Everyone!

Today I wanted to take some time out to have a self night. All that's going on in the world right now, it can become a little overwhelming.  Mentally I'm doing okay, but I have my days when I don't feel the greatest. Since I have depression and anxiety, I try to recognize the symptoms and cope with my feelings before I feel overwhelmed. 

I also wanted to do a self care day because I've been feeling a little run down physically. I know that it's probably related to my iron Deficiency Anemia again because for the past few days I don't have much energy and I've been feeling super tired. I love taking showers, but taking a nice warm bath is so relaxing. 

My nails have become brittle again, another issue I have due to iron Deficiency  Anemia so I cut them short. My nails were also breaking and I rather grow them again instead of having broken brittle nails. I usually keep my nails short in the Winter since the weather can also make my nails brittle. I wanted to show my nails a little TLC today. 

I try to limit watching the news, but I do like to watch Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo at night. I might watch this CNN Tonight until I fall asleep.

In speaking of all things self care, I'm going to take a little blogging break for a few weeks. This isn't a long break, I just need a little down time since I've been going pretty consistently the past few months, and especially during the holidays. Make sure to follow me on Instagram , I'll be posting on there, until I return to my blog. Talk with you soon!!


Sunday, January 10, 2021

Derma E Hydration Skincare Routine

Hello Everyone!

* Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Derma E. I would like to thank Derma E for sending these products. All opinions are 100% my own. Product information, courtesy of dermae.com

Its a new year and people are discussing their goals, and resolutions etc. People are also focusing on their mind, body, and spirit, but body doesn't always include skincare routines (which it should!)


Today I want to focus on hydrating my skin, and share my hydrating routine during the colder months. Moisturizing your skin is important, but so is hydrating your skin. Derma E has been my go to line for hydrating products for years.

Derma E hydrating products are formulated with Hyaluronic Acid that helps provide deep hydration for normal and dry skin. The Winters in South Carolina can be unpredictable, and when it's cold here it's typically dry. My skin benefits so much from using this line of products.

Morning Routine 

 

Derma E  Hydrating Gentle Cleanser 

Derma E Hydrating Eye Cream

Derma E Hydrating Day Cream 

Derma E Hydrating Mist

My morning routine is pretty straight forward. When I wake up after I brush my teeth, I like to wash my wash with a clean washcloth and cool/warm water before I start using my morning facial products. I like to start my routine with the Gentle Hydrating Cleanser (I also switch up and use the Hydrating Cleanser). I tend to use the eye cream in the mornings paired with the Hydrating Day Cream keeps my skin hydrated, especially during those really cold dry days. To help with extra hydration, I also use the Hydrating Mist throughout the day. 

Night Routine 1 (Makeup Removal)


Derma E Hydrating Micellar Cleanser Wipes

Derma E Ultra Hydrating Alkaline Cloud Cleanser 

Derma E Ultra Hydrating Alkaline Water Eye Gel

Derma E Ultra Hydrating Alkaline Gel Booster 

Derma E Hydrating Night Cream

Derma E Ultra Hydrating Serum 

Derma E Hydrating Mist

I've said this numerous times on my blog and I'm going to say it again, Please don't go to bed without removing your makeup!! As you can see my Night time routine is detailed when I remove my makeup. This is also a good routine when I want to give extra pampering to my skin. I'm very picky when it comes to makeup remover wipes and Derma E is one of my favorite brands for wipes. The wipes are hydrating and remove my makeup easily with one to two wipes, paired with the Hydrating Cloud Cleanser my face feels so clean. At night I use the Hydrating Night Cream and Serum to lock in hydration throughout the night. For those extremely cold nights, the Hydrating Mist is soothing on face.

     Night Routine 2 (Without Makeup Removal)


Derma E Hydrating Alkaline Cloud Cleanser 

Derma E Ultra Hydrating Alkaline Water Eye Gel

Derma E Ultra Hydrating Alkaline Gel Booster

Derma E Ultra Hydrating Alkaline Overnight Facial 

Since I'm at home more, this second routine has been my go to nightly routine. Lately I'm not wearing makeup that often, so I can truly focus on hydrating my skin. I love using both the water eye gel and gel booster as I do in my first night routine. I have dark circles under my eyes and the water eye gel helps reduce my dark circles, puffiness, and feels soothing. I just started using the gel booster and it feels lightweight and hydrating on my skin. I like to use the Overnight Facial at least twice a week because it gives my skin the extra hydration it needs and my skin feels super soft and hydrated by morning. 

If you're looking for product to help with hydrating your skin, definitely give Derma E Hydrating Line Products a try! Hydrated skin is healthy skin!


Thursday, January 7, 2021

Winter Cowl Crochet Scarf feat. Lion Brand Yarn

 Hello Everyone!


* Disclaimer: PR Samples for this post are provided by Lion Brand Yarns. All opinions are 100% my own. Product information courtesy of www.lionbrand.com

Surprisingly the weather here in South Carolina has been pretty cold the last few days, and on days like this if I'm snuggled under a blanket I like to be snuggled under a warm scarf. During the Christmas Holiday, I made this thick cowl crochet scarf.



I really love this yarn, and it lives up to it's name, Thick and Quick. I think it took me about two and a half hours to make this scarf. 


The scarf is darker gray as pictured in the other photos. I took this birthday selfie last month by the Christmas tree so the lighting is brighter.


To complete my scarf I used a N hook was also from Lion Brand Yarn. The hook is hard plastic and it doesn't hurt my finger as I crocheted. 


For those super cold Winter days, I can see this being my go to scarf! Happy Crocheting! Also, tomorrow is my mama's birthday!! I want to wish her a very Happy Birthday! I love you mama! ❤




Saturday, January 2, 2021

2021 Affirmations

 Happy New Year Everyone!

I know that most people are happy that 2020 is over and its a new year, but honestly 2020 wasn't that bad for me. Sure I had my own feelings about everything that happened globally, but last I had more clarity and stepped more into my purpose. I've had numerous blessings and I am so thankful to God. Nothing in life is perfect, but just making it through last year was a blessing. 

Today I want to share my top 10 affirmations for 2021.

1. I'm stepping into 2021 with courage and strength because I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

2. I am worthy of good things life has to offer...happiness, love, prosperity, and peace etc.

3. I will TRY to remain hopeful and positive throughout life and personal challenges. (yes I put TRY, because I'm not perfect)

4. I am loved by the people that matter most in my life.

5. I will do great things this year.

6. I will let go of things that no longer serve me. 

7. I will speak positive words because I am continuing to create my future.

8. I choose myself over toxic and unhealthy relationships/friendships.

9. I am focused on my visions and continously working on my goals.

10. I will leave hurtful feelings, thoughts, and memories, in the past. 

Wishing everyone a Happy 2021! 




Friday, December 25, 2020

Merry Birthday Happy Christmas to Me!

 Hello Everyone!

While people are celebrating Christmas, I'm also celebrating my 35th birthday! Wow 35 years old! I feel so blessed to see another year.


Let's Start with Christmas Eve 12/24

Christmas Eve was a total washout in South Carolina and on the news it reported we could even see tornados. Thankfully it was just rainy most of the day.


Presents are all wrapped


It's something magical about Christmas Tree Lights at night on Christmas Eve

Christmas Day


I try to post a photo around midnight on My Birthday/Christmas


Birthday Behavior


This is 35


Cozy Birthday Vibes. I didn't go anywhere, but it was so cold outside today. 



Christmas Gifts 


Birthday Gifts


Since covid cases are still very high in South Carolina, I spent the day with my mom, just like I did on Thanksgiving. In speaking of my she asked me what I wanted for my birthday dinner and I chose cheeseburger pie. I didn't want traditional holiday food and I haven't had this in a long time. She even made it baking pan lol. Leftovers!!


My mom also made me a homemade poundcake. My mom makes the best homemade poundcake! It's so good!


My birthday will be over in less than an hour, and I feel so blessed and thankful to see another year. I had a wonderful day full of love, gifts, and happy memories. I want to thank everyone that sent me birthday wishes. I truly appreciate it. For all those that celebrate, I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and those who don't celebrate a have a happy holiday season. 


Sunday, December 20, 2020

Baking Spirits Bright

 Hello Everyone!

 I love to cook and bake, but sometimes during the holidays depending on time and my level of tiredness I tend to take some shortcuts with baking.


Just because I didn't bake homemade treats doesn't mean I can't improvise with ingredients right for this picture, right?! Lol well I am making homemade cheese cream frosting for cinnamon rolls later in the next few days.


Omgosh these cookies are delicious!


Cookies by the Christmas Tree


I made some cinnamon rolls and I dipped the dough in cinnamon sugar. 


I also made homemade cream cheese frosting.


Cinnamon Rolls by the Christmas Tree


This will probably be my last post until after my birthday on Christmas this Friday. I'll see you all next week. Wishing all my followers and readers a Merry Christmas. For those that don't celebrate, I'm wishing you a wonderful holiday season. 

Don't forget to check out my Holiday Themed Posts!







Thursday, December 17, 2020

Christmas is Looking Clear

 Hello Everyone!

The weekend before Thanksgiving I went for an eye exam. The last eye exam I had was mid 2018, so it was time. My vision is something that I take seriously.


Stanton Optical 
 

My eye appointment went well. The optometrist said overall my eyes are healthy. The only issue is that I can't see well without my glasses and my anemia issues have a good bit to do with that. 

Since my lenses usually have to be ordered, so I had to wait about a week to get my new glasses. ALSO...don't believe the hype the 2 pair for $59 is only for a limited selection of glasses and I mean VERY limited. (I expected to pay more than that though lol)

Christmas is looking clear, even though I'm still getting used to my new glasses.



First pair of glasses

 

Second pair of glasses

A Little Self Care

 Hello Everyone! Today I wanted to take some time out to have a self night. All that's going on in the world right now, it can become a ...