7 Reasons to Love Yourself NOW & Not Just When You Lose the Weight

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015


It’s the beginning of a fresh new year, and you’ve made your resolutions. Always and forever, one of the biggest, most popular resolutions is to lose weight. I know it’s always one of mine! I find that my social media and news feeds are filled with this or that healthy dish and this or that workout plan. I also notice from talking with friends and co-workers that people are generally TOO hard on themselves, even though they have felt that they are “letting themselves go.”

I really want each of you to know that you are WORTH more than the pressure you apply to yourself to lose weight. You are worth more than the vanity sizing you wish to achieve. You’re worth more than the wedding dress you planned to squeeze yourself into. You’re worth more than that boy you are trying to impress.

I have faith in each and every one of you to get your health straightened out and make it a priority. I believe that if you put your mind to it and keep your heart in it, that you can lose the weight. I just want to make sure that you know that IT’S OKAY to love yourself at each and every size. You know what? It’s MORE than okay, it’s encouraged, it’s needed, it’s NECESSARY.

Top 7 Reasons to Love Yourself NOW & Not Just When You Love the Weight

  1. Your friends and family love you.
    • No matter what size, they think you are wonderful and awesome.
  2. If you don’t love yourself at each size/stage, you will miss out on so much.
    • If you are a size 16 at your wedding and you don’t love your self (or won’t ALLOW yourself to love yourself) until you are a size 10…you will have had such a beautiful, loving day that you spent a lot of time preparing for and a lot of money perfecting that won’t be special to you because you didn’t love yourself in that moment or at that size. It doesn’t go for just a wedding though, it goes for any important day!
  3. Other people depend on your strength.
    • Whether it’s your best friend, your husband, your kids, your coworkers- someone depends on you. Love yourself so they will know how to love you! Treat yourself respectfully so you can receive that respect and love in return.
  4. Self Love + Determination = Improvement
    • When you love yourself and you put your mind to something, you can achieve it. If you love yourself and put your mind to losing weight, you will get to each new level in your weight loss through that love for yourself and determination to lose the weight and get healthy!
  5. Forgiveness will come.
    • To forgive yourself takes LOVE. You owe yourself forgiveness, so you should love yourself to get to that point. You may think “How is this love?” It’s love because your forgiveness means your acceptance. And your acceptance means love.
  6. You will have a built in BFF.
    • Let’s face it: you can’t have a BFF you don’t love. If you love yourself, your body, your mind, you actions, then you will have a built in best friend for life.
  7. You can celebrate the small victories!
    • If you are always focused on your one end goal, you won’t be able to sit back and celebrate the small victories. You logged your food for a whole week! You lost 5 pounds. You moved down a pants size! You comfortably fit into a booth at dinner! (Come on, you know that’s been an issue for some of you- me included.) If you love yourself, you will get the opportunity to celebrate yourself every step of the way.

So please, please LOVE YOURSELF FIRST. The rest of your life, love, relationships, friendships, jobs, goals, and WEIGHT LOSS will follow shortly. Just make sure you boost your self love to an all time high. I always think for myself “If I don’t love me. If I am not my biggest fan and support…who will be?”

Life on Sundays: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn



I ended up wanting to read this book because I kept seeing the movie’s trailer with Ben Aflec. I mean, it looked compelling enough, so of course I wanted to read the book before watching the movie version. It didn’t hurt that EVERYONE kept talking about it. Yet another instance of getting peer-pressured into reading a book!



I started out listening to this book in the car with my husband on a million year trip to Canada. It was intriguing, but I had a hard time getting into it because I like to ACTUALLY read…listening to books isn’t my forte. I am glad I decided to read it the very next week though, because this book jumped to the top of my favorites list!

Long story short (not giving out any spoilers, here…) it’s a regular old mystery that turns into a big, ole WHAT THE HECK? The twists and turns of this book are awesome, but I can’t say I was too excited by the ending. It left me wanting more, so I am really wondering when/if there will be a sequel. Then again, I feel like a sequel would really throw off the whole vibe of the book….so maybe not.



Read it. Wait- read it UNLESS you are getting ready to get married! I would say this book might scare you too much to go through with it. ;) I just think this is one of those “I can’t put this book down to sleep or eat or anything else…” types of books! I really think men and women alike would enjoy this book. It’s so compelling! I highly recommend, and I can’t wait to read more of Gillian Flynn’s books!



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The Great Cleanse: Ren Hot Cloth Cleanser Review

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Ren Hot Cloth Cleanser Review

Ren Hot Cloth Cleanser (Rosa Centifolia)

What I liked:

  • The catharsis: The act of hot cloth cleansing is “like, so zen.” But really, from the first pump of this into the hand, then massaging into the face, then to letting the steam seep into the pores, to cleansing it off…the whole process is marvelous!
  • The results: This product de-congests my pores, doesn’t make my skin dry, and gives a light exfoliation. It does everything the bottle says it will do, including making my skin feel softer, smoother, and firmer.
  • The packaging: I wish all my liquid/cream products came in a pump. It’s so easy, and the packaging is so simple, yet very pretty.
  • The price: It’s $28, which is pretty average. Would I like it to be cheaper? Yes. But the cost doesn’t detour me from re-purchasing either!

What I didn’t like:

  • Nothing to see here! I can’t think of one thing I dislike about this product!!


This is my favorite facial cleanser by far. I have a few more to test out, but I have been using this one a few times a week for a few months and I am completely happy with it. I highly suggest it to anyone!

Ren Hot Cloth Cleanser

The Great Cleanse: Hot Cloth Cleansers

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Hot cloth cleansers are heavenly. If you haven’t experienced them and don’t know what they are all about, let me explain.

Generally, they come in a some sort of creamy form and are to be applied by massaging directly into a dry face. Then, you will use a muslin cloth that is dampened by the hottest water you can handle. You will then take that and drape it over your face. I usually lay it on my face for a few seconds to really open up the pores. Then, you wipe the cleanser off with the cloth. The muslin cloth will do a great job at exfoliating, while the cleanser itself is usually deep cleaning and moisturizing.

With that being said, I am going to show you some that you can purchase below. I will put them in order of most affordable to the highest price. I have a few of these myself and will be doing some reviews within the next few weeks as well. I LOVE hot cloth cleansers, if you can’t tell already! ;)


Soap and Glory Ultimelt

Soap & Glory Ultimelt


Boots No 7 Radiance Boosting Hot Cloth Cleanser

Boots No 7 Radiant Skin


Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish


Ren Hot Cloth Cleanser

Ren Hot Cloth Cleanser


Soap and Glory The Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser

Soap & Glory The Fab Pore


Eve Lom Cleanser

Eve Lom Cleanser

Ipsy January 2015: Fresh Start

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Below are all the products from my bag with the sample-size price. To compare this month to Birchbox’s January Box, which is themed Let’s Do This!, you can click here.

Ipsy January 2015- Fresh Start

BellaPierre Shimmer Powder- $14.99
Elizabeth Mott All Over Shadow Brush- $9.99
La Fresh Eco-Moisturizer- $12.00
Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eyeshadow- $3.50
Probelle Into the Blue Nail Lacquer- $6.00

Total Value: $46.48

If you don’t have an Ipsy or want to know more about it, check it out and sign up here. It’s only $10/month and you get a lovely box of goodies to your door every month!

January Ipsy 2015

Birchbox January 2015: Let’s Do This!

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Below are all the products from my box with the sample-size price. I will be posting my Ipsy bag once I receive it as well, but feel free to check out last month’s Ipsy if you are interested in more subscription boxes!

Birchbox January 2015- Decked Out

Dr. Jart+ Premium BB Cream- $5.20
Sumita Color Contrast Eyeliner- $4.40
Paula’s Choice Resist C15 Super Booster- $8.60
Essentiel Elements Wake Up Rosemary Body Lotion- $3.56
Briogeo Don’t Despair! Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask- $4.95

Total Value: $26.71


If you don’t have a Birchbox or want to know more about it, check it out and sign up here. It’s only $10/month and you get a lovely box of goodies to your door every month!

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The Great Cleanse of 2015: Cleansing Tools

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

When it comes to cleansing, it’s not just about the product you use- it’s just as much about the tools. Below are a few options in tools. You will see what I use and love as well as a few popular ones you may wish to try as well! Which tool is your favorite? Are any on your list to buy?

Boscia Konja Sponge Trio

Konjac Sponges

Konjac sponges are my favorite way to get a good, manual exfoliation or to clean my face in general. I keep mine hanging in my shower along with my choice of face wash (right now, it’s First Aid Beauty’s Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay.) They are gentle and make my skin feel clean and smooth. This Mini Trio by Boscia would be ideal! Next time I need to replace mine (every 2-3 months) I am going to get this one. The mini size is ideal!

Eve Lom Muslin Cloths

Muslin Cloths

Since I am a HUGE fan of hot cloth cleansers, a good muslin cloth is important. You can use a “high end” one such as these by Eve Lom from Sephora, or you can just order some from Amazon like these. They really will be basically the same thing. The cloths also do a great job to gently exfoliate. I use one every night before bed!

Luna Mini Foreo

LUNA Mini Foreo

The Foreo is really the most interesting facial cleansing “power tool” in my opinion. If I hadn’t been sent a Sonic Brush by Clinique, I would have probably ended up purchasing one of these. I would have chosen the mini size. I am not sure why anyone would need the full size, unless they are using it for other body parts than the face. The mini seems sufficient in area coverage for face cleaning! (And they are like $40-50 cheaper as well!) The major pro in the Foreo is that you do not have to change a brush head, so you won’t have to keep paying for your product.

Clinique Sonic Brush

Clinique Sonic Brush

I just did a complete review of this product last week, so if you want to see that, click here. I think it’s a good product, but not one I would use every day. I much prefer my muslin cloths and konjac sponge paired with my chemical exfoliators!

Clarisonic Mia 2

Clarisonic Mia 2

I believe they are on the “Mia 3″ now, but honestly, I can’t quite keep up. I would say that they generally all work the same. I have heard many people say that this one is much too harsh on sensitive skin, so I had never had the urge to try this one. If your skin isn’t sensitive, I say to try it! I just know I can’t say TOO much about it, because I haven’t experienced it for myself.

Sephora Duo Face Brush

Manual Face Brush

Check out this Sephora one! It has the rubberized side (like Foreo) and the brush side (like Clinique/Clarisonic.) If you’re thinking of getting one of the two, maybe try a brush like this one first! Then you will know kind of, sort of how you feel about each one before making a commitment.

Mani Monday: Nail Polish Remover Pads

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Up and Up Nail Polish Remover Pads

Well, I may have already posted my Mani from today, but I have been failing to mention one of the stars of the show for me. I don’t really know what I would do without my Up & Up (Target brand) nail polish remover pads!

They come in a pack of 10 and 1 pad will usually remove the polish from all 10 nails! (I say usually because if you have your nails coated in glitter…you may have to dig out a second one.) They are so convenient to just keep in your purse or your desk drawer for quick, no fuss polish removal on the go. I highly recommend and seriously can’t do without them. I just thought I would let you guys know that I love them and they are awesome.

You can’t get the Up & Up brand online, but you can get them in stores for under $3! If you are looking to purchase some online, you can try these by Cutex, which still ring in under $4.

Mani Monday: Indigo Night by Revlon Colorstay

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Indigo Night by Revlon

Being from Indianapolis, I feel like the Colts are a hot topic right now. If you don’t follow sports, you STILL probably know that the Colts took a brutal beating last night. Being the true, Indianapolis gal- sports and all, I figured I would still bleed blue on this crummy Monday.

Base- Orly Bonder
Polish- Indigo Night by Revlon Colorstay (2 coats)
Top Coat- Seche Vite

When wearing a blue nail polish, MAKE SURE you wear a base coat or those pretty nails of yours will get stained! I think blue polish is always fun, but the vibrancy of this blue is making my Monday a bit more bright.

Happy Mani Monday to you all!

Life on Sundays: My Embarassing Bachelor Addiction

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

The Bachelor shows are my favorite. They are the complete business, in my opinion. (As embarrassing as it may be!) For my first TOTALLY off-topic in every single way Life on Sundays posting, I am going to dedicate it to the newest season of the Bachelor.

Bachelor Chris

My Thoughts on Chris

I think Chris (AKA Prince Farming) is incredibly handsome, but is also pretty boring. I thought he was boring during Andi’s season and wasn’t excited about him being made the next Bachelor, even though it does make sense, I suppose. I think he’s incredibly sweet, wants to find love, and would set any girl up for LIFE with this big ‘ole family farming business!

Random Thoughts

First of all, bug-eyed Ashley S. is a complete publicity stunt. (She’s working it though!) She can’t be that crazy, but then again…it makes me upset because she should be there for LOVE, not to get a step up in life. (How being a crazy person would help, I have no clue.)

Props to a “plus size” lady for being on the show! She was eliminated night one, but Bo~you go, girl!

Favorites This Season

Bachelor Britt

1. Britt

I like girls with smushy faces. You know, chubby cheeks, cheeky smiles, big lips, and squinty eyes. I just think they are so adorable! Britt, who isn’t my favorite JUST because of her name, is the front-runner in my opinion. Her connection with Chris from the beginning was undeniable. I hope she goes far enough to make everyone like her…but not get Chris, because she’s my number one pick for the next Bachelorette! (Hope I’m not jumping the gun here!)

Bachelor Kaitlyn

2. Kaitlyn

This girl is hilarious. She’s adorable too, but she is just funny. I feel like she and I would be GREAT friends. On the flip side, she might be laying on the “cool, girl next door” thing a little thick. I know some people think she’s fake. I don’t care. I dig it.

Bachelor Becca

3. Becca

She just seems sweet and lovely! She’s also REALLY tan. I’m not sure how long she will make it, but she seems sweet enough! I think she will be the one he picks in the end.

Bachelor Jade

4. Jade

I like Jade. I think she’s pretty and has some GREAT hair. I did just Google her though, to see if she has an Insta or something and BOOM. She is in Playboy. That doesn’t matter at ALL to me, but I am wondering WHEN that will come out on the show and how Prince Farming will take that. (My guess is not too well.)

Bachelor Whitney

5. Whitney

Something about her is very nurturing! I mean, it’s probably the fact that she’s a nurse, but still! She has an elegant face, and a REALLY annoying voice, but I feel like she is there for the right reasons and would be a great fit for Chris. If it’s not Becca, I think he will choose Whitney!

Bachelor Alissa

6. Alissa

I had to mention Alissa even though she has already been eliminated. I think she was the sweetest thing, and he look is wholesome and adorable! I was sad she was eliminated because she seemed very genuine!


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