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65 Lifestyle Blog Post Ideas – 2018

With the new year come new ideas.  Here is a list of blog post ideas for lifestyle bloggers.   1. Tell the story behind your favorite picture that you took. 2. Show us your every day life through a series of pictures.  No words allowed! […]

Subscription Nation: December Ipsy Glam Bag

Subscription Nation: December Ipsy Glam Bag

Twinkling lights and silver bells – Christmas was so glam and fun and… it’s now over. Excuse me while I cry a bit in the corner and mourn the loss of our holiday celebrations. But even though the holiday season is over, there are still some […]

How to Winter Proof Your Skincare Routine

In honor of the temperature dropping here in Texas I decided to update my skincare research. Different seasons mean different routines. The cold weather of winter treats your skin differently then the hot air of summer. With a few tweaks you can winter proof your skincare routine.

Exfoliate

That’s right. My dreaded skincare step from previous posts. But this step is even more important in the winter as it helps allow your skin absorb goodness better. In the winter I use a gentle exfoliator more frequently than in warmer weather. This winter I am trying the Black Sugar Mask by Skin Food and the Black Head Power Cream by Corsx.

Cleanser

With the heat and humidity you produce more sweat, oil, and grime that needs to be washed off. In the winter you can give your skin a break from the harsher cleansers. The idea of winter skincare is to keep the moisture in. So changing out that harsh cleanser for one that’s nicer to your skin is a must. This winter I am swapping out my water based cleanser for the Green Tea Cleanser from Neogen. This cleanser is a liquid instead of a foam and it contains moisturizers to help hydrate your skin while you clean.

SPF

Now you may be thinking it’s winter, there’s no need for sunscreen right? Wrong. The sun is actually the closest to Earth in January. Meaning you actually need more sunscreen. Even when it is cloudy out the sun can reflect off the clouds and snow to give you even more exposure. This winter I am stepping up my sunscreen game with the Sunprise sunscreen from Etude House.

Moisturize 

With the drying effects of the cold weather moisturizing is even more important. Your skin craves more moisture in cold weather so I suggest ditching the gel moisturizers for a cream one. Look for ones with extra moisture or even double up to give your skin those huge doses of water it needs. This winter I have switched out my aloe gel moisturizer for the Super Aqua Max for oily skin by Nature Republic. The best time to apply your moisture is right after your shower (which should be warm not hot and kept short).

Nourish 

Your skin needs just as much nutrients and hydration in the winter as it does in the summer. Sometimes even more so depending on the weather where you live. If you spend your days playing out in the snow instead of in very light weight jackets your skin drys out more. I love using face masks year round but in the winter it’s nice to use my face steamer to open my pores and allow the goodness to sink in. In the winter I use a face mask nearly every day, be it a sheet mask, a sleeping mask, or a wash off mask.

Humidifier

I spend most of the year trying to hide from the humidity in the air but winter is the one exception. During the winter not only does the cold air dry your skin out but so does the heater. That’s right the thing keeping you nice and toasty is also toasting your skin. Using a humidifier is a good way to keep that moisture in the air. You can either use a large room version or a small personal version. I am currently in love with my new mini bear humidifier.

 

 

New Year, New Goals: How I Plan to Achieve Mine

With the new year comes our inevitable new year’s resolutions should they be small, large, or straying from the norm.  This year mine are to save more money, launch my personal blog, and write more in general. The problem with new year’s resolutions, in my […]

5 Common Hangover Cures that Will Get Your New Year Started Off Right

We made it! We’ve found our way to 2018, into another magical year that will have its own ups and downs – but hopefully turn out to be fantastic. And whether you’ve burned away the negative things from 2017 or started writing your new resolutions […]

Unique New Year’s Resolutions to Strive For

We are less than 24 hours away from 2018 and I’m sure we all have some ideas of the New Year’s resolutions we want to keep.  I’m all for the cliche resolutions like exercising more, eating healthier, saving more money, but those are resolutions almost everyone has.  Here’s a unique list of resolutions to consider going into 2018.

Keep a Happy Things Journal – Write down one thing that makes you happy and why every day for the whole year.  Cherish it forever.

Get rejected once a day – You’ll never know the awesome things you can get if you just ask.

Save money by trying the “double it” method – Start with just one penny.  The next day double it to 2 pennies.  The third day, double that to 4 pennies.  Repeat all the way until the end of the year.  You’ll have saved around $300 dollars.  Spend or save as you see fit.

12 months of new things – Each month, strive to mark off something from your bucket list or simply do something new.

Keep a Happy Memories Jar – Every time something good happens during the year, big or small, write it down on a piece of paper, date it, and put it in the jar.  At the end of the year, reminisce about the good things 2018 brings you.

Smile at someone once a day – Brighten up your and someone else’s day.

Keep a Dream Journal – These are great for creative folk as dreams can often inspire us.

Do a puzzle a day – The kind of puzzle doesn’t matter; keeping your mind sharp does.

Set aside at least one hour a week to destress – How you destress is up to you.  You could take a bubble bath, read a book, paint your nails, whatever makes you feel good and gets your mind off of negative thoughts is the important things.

Commit to 15 minutes of cleaning a day – Cleaning sucks, but when you only have to do it for 15 minutes, it doesn’t seem so bad.  And you’d be amazed at how much you can get done in 15 minutes.

Learn a new hobby – It’s important to find and surround ourselves with new things in order to continue growing ourselves.

Start collecting something – Collecting is good for you!  Start a collection of something that matters to you.

Cook something new once a week – Broaden your horizons and your cooking skills.  Committing to this resolution is bound to impress your friends and loved ones.

Take one picture a day – The picture should be of something significant of that day.  It doesn’t have to be big, but whatever you think is a big deal for that day.  At the end of the year, put together a photo album or scrapbook of all the pictures from the year.

Reinvent yourself – We all have that one aspect of ourselves that we hate.  Maybe it’s physical like your style or maybe it’s emotional like your inability to let go of grudges, but whatever it is, reinventing your lifestyle can be a step in the right direction to your best and happiest self.

Visit a museum a month – Being cultured is a good things.  Dedicate some time to appreciate the arts.

Commit to one hour a day with no electronics – Electronics are great for many things, but it’s important to put them down every now and then to do something else.

These are all great resolutions to attempt this year.  Picking one or two (three if your a go-getter!) can help improve your life in small ways.  I wish all of you a very happy new year and good luck on all of your resolutions.  If you need help sticking with them, Brittany has a great post on how to stick to your New Year’s resolutions.

Let me know what your resolutions are in the comments below!

I’ll see you guys on Sunday!

With Love,

Meagan

 

My Favorite New Year’s Eve Tradition

Everyone has traditions they participate in every year. My New Year’s Eve is no different. But amid the drinking, fortune-telling, fire works, and desperate attempts to gain luck in the New Year there is one tradition that is my favorite. The tradition of burning away […]

Why You Should Start a Happy Things Journal

Ever since I moved away from my friends and family thanks to the good, old military, I have been having a hard time adjusting.  I started feeling down seeing my friends hang out with each other while I was far away in a state where […]

A Merry Christmas from Inbetween Thoughts

We’ve done it, y’all. We’ve reached the 25th of December, the day we’ve been waiting all month for! Whether you are staying at home or traveling, Inbetween Thoughts would like to wish you the most merry of Christmases! And thank you for joining us on our first Blogmas adventure. We’re looking forward to many more.

To celebrate the holiday, I write a story each year called the North Pole Interview. I started doing this when I was young and emailed interviews with Santa to my friends and family. As I got older, I started to add a bit more adventure into my stories and the interview part of it disappeared. Instead, I just save Christmas or the North Pole each year.

I’d love to grow this Christmas tradition of mine and share it with all of you. Please head over to my personal blog, Saphmira, to read this year’s North Pole Interview here. The story is about 3,000 words long – which is why I’ve decided to keep it separate from this post so as not to overwhelm you all. I’m sure that you’ll still get a kick out of the characters and adventure and Christmas magic.

Enjoy your day with your loved ones!

Love,
Brittany

 

Christmas Eve Traditions to Relieve Christmas Anticipations.

With Christmas being one painstaking day away, sometimes we need a little something to relieve the pre-Christmas jitters.  Here are a few Christmas Eve traditions to help pass the time. Open one present (just one!) After seeing all those beautifully wrapped presents under the tree, […]