This past summer I’ve been enjoying walks with my little family around Old Town Alexandria and getting Pop’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream before walking around the waterfront. That’s the best place for Pokemon Go! Yes, I do play (Go Team Valor!) and currently I’m on the hunt for Magikarps because the evolution struggle is real. Tyler loves the walk because he sees so many people, dogs, and it gets him out of the house.
School has been so busy. I haven’t really had time for anything else such as Sunday Scene. My downtime has been playing video games which is something that just relieves my stress. Yep, I’m 30-something and still playing video games. You can find out more about that here. Since fall semester is right around the corner and my work load will double, we’ll see how much time I even have for video games on top of school and my full time job.
Tyler has been doing well as can be. He’s turning 8 this month. I can’t believe my little baby is growing up so fast. It actually scares me that the older he gets the closer I am to losing him. He’s such a sweet boy (when he wants to be). His dad started this new routine of giving him a cookie before bed and now he won’t go to bed unless he gets the cookie first. You win some, you lose some.
I’m sure I’ve mentioned theSkimm a couple times in previous blog posts. I’m terrible when it comes to current events. I have a short attention span and frankly I don’t like the way some media outlets portray the news. However, with that being said, I still want to be kept in the loop.
My friend had introduced me to theSkimm, which was founded by Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin when they left their full-time jobs at NBC to launch the daily newsletter that I’ve read every weekday morning since. The newsletter is a summary of today’s current events, easily digested for my morning commute. Now I can keep up with conversations around the office.
While I love their service, I wondered how they were staying afloat since the newsletter is free. It’s not just one person skimming the news for you but a team. Then I heard that they were coming out with an app, Skimm Ahead. Although the actual newsletter is free, the app is subscription-based. I was a little apprehensive at first but I will definitely support something that I truly enjoy.
In addition to their daily Skimms, they also have integrated events that works in conjunction with your calendar so you know when the Euro 2016 kicks off (it’s June 10th), Father’s Day reminders, and even important dates like this month is LGBT Pride Month!
I’ve tried so many different types of skincare from drugstore brands to department brands. Skincare is not cheap. So I’ll start by telling you a little about my skin. I’ve had acne since I was in my preteens up until now in my 30s. I wish I had beautiful clear skin but the harsh reality is that I don’t. I’ve been left with hyperpigmentation and the occasional breakouts. I have oily combination skin, my t-zone is usually dry and cheeks are fairly oily. There are times were my face is completely reversed. My skin is a rebel and just doesn’t seem tamable. I can’t even recall how many different chemicals (via products) I’ve placed on my skin just to remedy or even cover up an issue.
I’ve recently changed up my diet a little and I started using more natural products. I became more conscious when Tyler would give me kisses on my face and thought about what kind of chemicals he may ingest just from licking me. I know he won’t die from it but it still made me nervous. So I decided to look for natural products with minimal ingredients that would get the job done as well as be environmentally safe at the same time.
Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner
Alcohol-free toner to balance your skin and prep it for moisture. This is a simple formula that tones your skin and gives you an extra clean feeling without any harsh stinging. The smell is also pleasant.
Apple Cider Vinegar & Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay
A natural facial mask that can do wonders for your skin. You mix up raw apple cider vinegar with the Indian Healing Clay and leave it on your face for about half an hour for a deep clean. Both products together create an antimicrobial deep cleansing mask to help with acne.
100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream
This eye cream is all-natural and vegan. It smells amazing and is very absorbent. It’s turbo-charged with caffeine from coffee and green tea to provide an instant pick-me-up.
Herbivore Botanicals Bamboo Charcoal Bar Soap
I’ve been looking for a simple face soap that doesn’t strip my skin and leave it feeling parched. I came across this bar soap which is gentle enough for daily use. It’s great for oily, combination, and acne-prone skin.
Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Facial Oil
This is not your traditional cream or gel moisturizer. It’s oil. Let that sink in for a moment. It’s weird right? Why would you want to add more oil to an already oily face? The facial oil contains less fillers instead of being high in water and in effective ingredients.
I’m still on the search for a good natural sunscreen for my face. Let me know if you run into any!
Disclaimer: This post is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Have you ever noticed how the state of your closet is closely related to your outlook on life? No? Maybe it’s just me.
I recently did a purge in my closet. I got rid of clothes I haven’t worn in a year, clothes I can’t fit into and clothes that were an instant-trend that are no longer relative. It’s been a long time coming. Most of what is in my closet is new due to my recent weight gain over the last couple years. Depressing, I know.
I opted for things that I can get multiple wear out of and wouldn’t cringe about wearing a year later.
It’s been a relief to not see my closet overflow with clothes from yesteryear. It was a depressing trip to the closet not being able to find anything to wear in the horde of clothes I owned. It was stressful and led to many bad moods of “waking up on the wrong side of the bed”.
Now it takes me a few minutes. Am I feeling bloated? Maybe I should wear a jacket. Is it warm outside? Maybe a dress! Right now my closet consists of hues of blue and white but I’m going to build up more on that later. I am also getting a lot more long sleeve dress shirts and blouses since I’m trying to dress a little more professionally and not have my tattoos be so visible.
Another tip that I have is to try the Konmari method. Hey guys, I’m slowly adulting one day at a time!
Florence + The Machine, Maccabees I Love You All the Time (Play It Forward Campaign)
Ingrid Michaelson Hell No
Young the Giant Something To Believe In
R3hab, Felix Snow, Madi Care
Meghan Trainor, Kelli Trainor Mom
Atmosphere, Grieves Fireflies
Twin Peaks Holding Roses
Remember when I was so excited about spring? Yeah, it’s been pretty cold here. Well, actually we did have that one week where it was in the 80s.
My first semester is over. It has been a really positive experience but I think that mostly attributes to having such a caring professor who is really involved with his students and want them to succeed. I’m taking some classes for summer which means they will be condensed.
I’ve been MIA, again. I’ve been busy playing video games and networking. S and I have been working on building up a presence on Twitch but it’s still very new. There’s a lot of things I’m trying to take on and still trying to work out a balance. Oh and this month, this is the month I start to get healthy. Like..I’m not very far from 200 lbs. I mean, maybe I’m exaggerating but it’s still pretty close.
Happy April Fool’s Day! Don’t worry, I don’t have any trickery for you..or do I?
It’s officially Cherry Blossom season! Do you have any plans to head into the city to view them? It’s been pretty windy so I’m not sure what the chances are that they’re still intact but it’s definitely worth a try! I haven’t been out yet myself, I’ve been attacked by allergies and have isolated myself to our apartment. Are there any big updates for us, well I can’t say there are many. I’ve registered for my summer courses and I’m happily trekking along in my art class.
I’ve finally bit the bullet and went out with my brother and got some more clothes and by more clothes I mean clothes that can fit my current body. As you can imagine, I’ve outgrown more than half of my wardrobe and have been bumming it around but I’ve grown tired of that. I shouldn’t have to sacrifice style and professionalism just for comfort. Ok, not that it was a sacrifice it was more of me being lazy and refusing to buy bigger clothes. I’ve learned that I really like Cynthia Rowley dresses and can snag some great ones from the likes of TJ Maxx and Marshals. Also, I still really like Target for simple things like blazers and dresses as well.
So as you know, I pretty much went vegetarian bordering vegan for 4o days and 40 nights. Even though I finally had a steak on Easter, I may extend it through April or at least post about things I’ve found that have been useful if you’re considering making the transition. I’m not fully vegan myself and have been on the fence but have slowly been finding things to consider a lifestyle change.
We’ve just gotten done with midterms and my professor, who is a creative individual that loves to give back the community, wanted us to write about art installments. I don’t know many artists or even knew where to begin to look for an installment piece let alone an artist. Luckily for me, my answer fell onto my lap; figuratively speaking of course. I had used Artsy on previous occasions within this past year when I had to write papers about artists or works of art and their site catalogs the information and makes it easily accessible.
After reading more in depth about Alexander Calder and connecting with one of his pieces, I was on my way to writing my paper. Who wouldn’t relate to a piece such as Jerusalem Stabile which was intended to serve as a symbol of modernity and hope in Israel?
Alexander Calder also happens to be the inventor of the mobile, so in part, you sort of have him to thank for keeping your baby occupied in their crib.
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My morning routine consists of waking up to get myself ready in about 20 minutes, take Tyler outside and head to work. I’ll have my morning coffee or tea and play a little catch up with what’s going on in the world. Before I started receiving TheSkimm in my inbox, I used to go to Refinery29 and read the 8 Things To Know This AM. They’ve had the series on their site for a while now but I’ve been pretty terrible at following along until they came out with a beautifully designed app. It’s simple and pleasing to the eye. From the 8 subjects, you’ll see a sentence summarizing the event and it will link you to a full article. The app is mostly used in conjunction with their site because it links to articles posted on there but at least you’ll be in the know and can hold a conversation with your colleagues at the next water cooler break!