Encouragement

Why We’re Like Contestants On “The Bachelor”

I know, I know. The Bachelor is the cheese fries of the television world. You think you’ll have just one fry (or episode), and then before you know it, you’ve finished the whole thing (or series). You know it’s junk, but you can’t tear yourself away from it. The show is extremely cheesy (pun intended), formulaic,… Continue reading Why We’re Like Contestants On “The Bachelor”

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Frugality

10 Natural Beauty Items Under $15

*Please Note: This is not a sponsored post and does not contain affiliate links.  "Natural" is an imprecise term when used by beauty and food companies. It does not have a regulated definition (like "USDA Organic"), but it does usually mean that a product has fewer "bad" ingredients and more naturally derived ones.  Some products… Continue reading 10 Natural Beauty Items Under $15

Själ (Soul)

Do You Have a “Joy List”?

It can be so easy to slip into a routine of only doing the things that have to get done and forgetting about doing the things that bring us joy and renew our spirits. It's easy to forget what those things even are when we are frazzled or overwhelmed. That's where a "joy list" comes… Continue reading Do You Have a “Joy List”?

Själ (Soul)

Why Looking Like Barbie Isn’t A Bad Thing

I loved playing with Barbies as a young girl. They had fun clothes, a cool pink convertible, and a killer shoe collection. But even at 8 years old, I had doubts about Barbie. No one looks like that in real life- her waist is so small and her legs are so long, I remember thinking.… Continue reading Why Looking Like Barbie Isn’t A Bad Thing

Simple Living

My Experience With The “No Shampoo” Trend

It sounded too good to be true, but I was curious- did it really work? I had seen many pins floating around on Pinterest extolling the virtues of not shampooing your hair and that this was actually better for it; as someone with naturally oily hair, I decided to give it a try. The theory… Continue reading My Experience With The “No Shampoo” Trend

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Frugality, Simple Living

DIY Sugar Scrub | Why I No Longer Use Microbeads

If you're like me, you probably never thought about those tiny little peach beads in your face scrub, or the little blue ones in your toothpaste. They just make your skin soft and keep your breath fresh, right? It turns out they are actually not as benign as they seem; these microscopic scrubbers are so… Continue reading DIY Sugar Scrub | Why I No Longer Use Microbeads

Frugality, Simple Living

Minimalizing Your Make Up Bag To Clear Up Your Skin

Isn't it so tempting to pick up a new lipgloss or eyeshadow each time you're at the store? It's so small- I'll have space for it. I really don't have one in this shade of pink.  But it's on sale!  The neatly organized displays draw you in and before you know it, you've spent $25 or more… Continue reading Minimalizing Your Make Up Bag To Clear Up Your Skin

Culture, Fashion, Frugality, Simple Living

Review: “How to Look Expensive”

With many beauty books or magazine articles I usually find that most of the content isn't that relevant to me. Either the products featured are too pricey, the procedure involves the latest and greatest skin lasers or other needles/scalpels, or I'm left wondering, "I know you say it's the latest trend, but where would I wear glitter orange eyeshadow?"… Continue reading Review: “How to Look Expensive”