At Home Spa Day

Self care, self quarantine – am I right? While we won’t have a real spa day anytime soon, we might as well through one of our own in the mean time! Here are some great things to make sure you do during your upcoming self care spa day.
Hair Masks
Because what says, “It’s a self care spa day” quite like a hair mask? I’ve been using Lush’s Retread for years and absolutely love it. I’ll use this hair mask every other or every time before I wash my hair. On spa day occasions, I break out the big guns with the coconut oil. A nice oil concoction while relaxing through the rest of the spa day activities is a MUST.
Acupuncture Mat
A fun, relaxing torture device. Acupuncture has many benefits, I’ll let you Google that on your own, so I love incorporating this into a spa day. H*ll I incorporate it into every day. Fifteen to twenty minutes laying on this mat, focusing on breathing, listening to calming music (or nothing) is the definition of at home spa.
Tea Bank
It’s not a successful spa day without some great drinks. Oddly enough, one of my favorite parts of a spa day is relaxing with a hot glass of tea before my treatment even begins. I’m a tea-fanatic so welcome to my personal stash. I have a wide spectrum of teas and others in my organizer and some loose leaf teas in the back. My favorite teas for a spa day are the Chamomile with Lemon and the Dandelion Root.
Nail Strengthener
For me, my nails aren’t a priority. I don’t want to pay for someone to do them and I don’t really want to keep up on a nail polish that just chips everyday. That’s why I focus on growing healthy long nails with this polish. You apply every other day and it helps to strengthen my nails to the point where they are beautiful au natural. 
Rolling 
I’m a rolling fiend and a don’t discriminate when it comes to my rollers. I bought this jade roller / gua sha about a year ago and I absolutely love them! They are nice for a spa day or even just day to day. It’s definitely a self care day when I break out my ice roller, a gift from my mother (thanks mom!). It’s so cooling and great for de-puffing, aka hangover cure (again, thanks mom).
What are you doing during your spa days at home? Leave me some ideas below in the comments!

What We Learned In The First Year of Marriage

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In celebration of our first anniversary as husband and wife, I thought I’d do a post diving into a few things we both learned in the first year of being officially married. It’s been a whirlwind of a year but it’s been a great one. I think you’ll find the lessons we learned are a little different than what you usually see; but, they’re all good lessons that make us love each other all the more!

Similarity & Consistency

People say that the first year of marriage is the hardest year you’ll have together. We found that things stayed quite consistent for us. We had lived together for a couple years before getting married so there was no REAL big change in that department. We left for the wedding from the same home, got married, and returned to the same home and did the same things. However, the hardest year we encountered was the first year we lived together. It’s hard blending two different people’s schedules and habits, especially with someone you love. We have never been traditional so I guess living together before the wedding saved us the hard first year that everyone talks about!

The Next Big Step

The two biggest questions after you get married are about buying a house and having a baby. I didn’t even make it out of our reception before someone asked when the babies are coming. Like, can we just appreciate the fact we just got married two seconds ago?! For some reason, people are always going to be looking into your future for the next big exciting step. Your answer to those questions will start to become routine. 😉

The Ominous Word

The word marriage or the fact that I’m someone’s wife doesn’t bother me or change anything. My husband and I weren’t affected by the fact that we have an official title. Some people get giddy or go overboard with the Mr. and Mrs. décor throughout their home; however, we didn’t. We have been together for so long, and have been living together for so long, that we didn’t view the wedding as anything quite as life-changing. We got married to essentially declare to the state that we love each other. We still love each other just as much and just the same.

It’s All In A Name

If you’re the lucky duck who gets to deal with the name change, I wish you all the best. I’m still finding things to this day that need my last name changed. It is a never ending process. I thought I took care of everything when we first got married but I still consistently find new companies that have my old information. It’s a long tedious process…yay!

Patience & Compromise

As with any relationship, it’s taught us a higher level of patience and compromise. Of course, by six years into our relationship, we had learned to be patient and compromise with each other. However, after marriage, the things we needed to compromise on or be patient with doubled in scale. Life gave us more opportunities to work on these skills at a higher level. It wasn’t a compromise on where we wanted to eat or whose family holiday we would go to on which day. We now have to compromise on vehicles, houses, life changing opportunities. It’s like our entire relationship was a training exercise for the big choices we now have to make.

Leave me a comment below and tell me what the most important thing you’ve learned in your marriage is thus far!

Photo cred as always goes to the amazing Capture Life Portraits 🙂

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One Year Anniversary

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Hello you, and welcome to inside the mind of an Obsessive Compulsive Designer.

How am I writing this post already? It seems like we just got married last month! However, when I really sit down and think about it, we did so much during this past year and experienced so many things. It’s been a hell of a time and I’m glad this is just the first of many. You know we had to do something great to celebrate our first year of marriage; so, naturally, we called our favorite photographer. 🙂

Capture Life Portraits has been a staple of ours and has captured so many great moments of ours together. Kirstie has got me very excited to continue this tradition of anniversary photo shoots! She does such lovely work and I love getting together to be creative together. She really set the scene for us with a little picnic full of the essentials. Be sure you check out the blog post she wrote about our session and to see even more pictures from the shoot!

And, because I know you’re going to ask, I’ll provide a link to my dress here. It comes in this wine color, black, or white. It’s absolutely gorgeous and the wine color is to die for this season. I may have to break it out for a Christmas party this year!

Leave me a comment below and tell me if you’d like to see a second year anniversary photo shoot!

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Blog Photography Tips For The Minimal Sunlight Months

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If you rely mostly on natural sunlight, as I do, you know the struggle of the winter months where there’s barely enough sunlight in the day to get your usual work done. I always hate these darker months because it makes photographing things for my blog SO much harder. Here are my three tips on how I combat the lack of sunlight and get great quality pictures year round.

Plan Mass Shoots For Weekends

It’s no secret that I’m a huge planner. I have my blog posts planned out months in advance which makes it very easy to see what is coming down the pipeline. I usually look and the next couple weeks and plan out all the shots I want to get for each post and take them all at once! I live for the weekends because those are my big photoshoot days. I’ll take a week or two’s worth of blog photos in those couple days. Planning so far ahead really makes the darker months more manageable!

Natural Light LED Bulbs

I bought LED bulbs that mimick the natural sunlight and I.CANNOT.STRESS.HOW.MUCH.I.LOVE.THESE. OMG these are so much better than the usual yellow or orange tinted lights that are standard in every place you live. In my apartment, I just switched out the standard yellow bulbs but held on to them so I can take my beautiful LED bulbs with me when I moved. It’s such an easy switch that homeowners and renters can do!

Work Around The Sun

Depending on your job, this may or may not be an easy task. If you’re someone who has the ability to switch shifts or pick and choose your hours. I highly recommend choosing hours throughout the year that work with natural lighting. It will make your life so much easier not needing to stress about getting all your shots in and gives you the freedom to blog on the fly.

Photo cred goes to the amazing Kirstie of Capture Life Portraits. A new photo shoot coming to you soon 🙂

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November To-Do List

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My to-do list this month has a very distinct theme. We moved last month so a lot of my list this month will be taken over by the house; but, from what I hear, that’s normal. Everyone wishes us luck now that we are homeowners and I’m starting to understand why we need the luck (haha). I hope you enjoy getting a peek into my everyday life!

Unpack Everything

We have been in the house for about two weeks now and we have done a pretty good job moving in and making the house a home. However, I still have more boxes than I’d like to admit just laying around half empty. My goal is to be completely unpacked by the end of the month!

Get Back Into A Schedule

With everything everywhere, it’s been a fun process trying to figure out how my routines work in this new house. I’m definitely still out of wack and struggling to get into a stable routine. I’m hoping that fully unpacking and organizing will help me get into a good schedule for day to day life and blogging as well! We’ve been so incredibly busy that my blogging schedule is definitely all over the place. I apologize! I promise, this month, I’ll get back on track.

Discover New Things In Our Area

We moved to a completely different town then we were in before and I’m so unfamiliar with the area. My goal is to just drive around the area and discover all the cute restaurants and secret places to go!

Painting Party

Before we moved all of our stuff into the house, we spent a solid 3 days painting. The house was very brown and very dark colors everywhere. If you know me, you know that is not my style at all. I’m so excited to show you guys before and after’s! But, before I can do that, I need to finish up all the painting!

Plan & Order Christmas Presents

With all this moving business, I’m tired of being behind and playing catchup on everything. I want to get Christmas completely done this month so all I have to do is wrap in the month of December! It’s awfully ambitious but I think it can be done (especially with Amazon one click hehe).

Leave me a comment below and tell me what you’re looking to do this month!

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Favorite Blog Posts of October

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October being my favorite month, mostly due to Halloween, so I’m particularly sad that this month is over. It was a hell of a busy month! We moved into our first house and I swear that alone ate up our whole month with planning, packing, moving, cleaning, projects. Ugh! I could seriously use another week or two of October. But, sadly, November is upon us and I’m sure this month will fly by just as fast! Take a look at my four favorite posts from this past month and be sure to tell me down below what your favorite was!

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Unique Wedding Color Schemes For Every Season

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20 Cheap/Free Fall Date Night Ideas

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We Are Officially Homeowners

New Home Inspiration

New Home Mood Board

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Things To Do This Halloween Season

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Halloween is my favorite holiday BY FAR! I go crazy for this holiday, as you’ll see in posts later this month. (Yes, I’ve already planned out my Halloween posts.) Today I wanted to talk about a few fun things to do this month in preparation for Halloween. I already posted a fall bucket list so be sure to hop over there if you’re looking for some of the less spooky aspects of fall! I just wanted to dedicate a full post for Halloween activities. So, without further ado, let’s do this!

Haunted House

Obviously. By far the most popular Halloween activity. It’s a staple in everyone’s Halloween to-do list.

Scary Movie Marathon

I live for the scares! Pack all your friends into your living room and run through all your scary Netflix movies. Grab the popcorn, a cozy blanket, and keep your friends close. And maybe schedule a sleepover for that night? J

Decorate to Scare

Get in the Halloween spirit by decking out your room, house, yard, etc. with all things scary! Don’t have any décor? Invite some friends out with you and hit up your local Target, Dollar Store, and Hobby Lobby. I love this idea for a fun and unique day to spend with friends!

See the Newest Scary Movie

Because no one does Halloween better than the movies. Go see the newest thriller in theaters with some of your friends!

Go To Local Haunt Spots

No matter where you live, there is always a nearby town with some weird history and a spooky background. Find some haunts around your area for some cheap fun and a few thrills. Maybe it’s a forest, abandoned building, an old house. Get to Google and find the craziest haunts in your area!

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20 Cheap/Free Fall Date Night Ideas

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The fall season has some of the best and most thematic things to do. If you’re looking for some great date ideas or even some cheap friend activities, look no further! I made a fall bucket list for you to enjoy this season. You’ll notice that there aren’t any Halloween related activities on this list. Don’t worry, I have a Things To Do This Halloween Season post coming shortly (don’t think I forgot!). Enjoy and let me know down below what else you’ll be doing this fall season.

 

Corn Maze

Outdoor Movie Night

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Apple Orchard

Local Farmer’s Market

Pumpkin Patch

Tailgate

Scenic Walk/Drive

Photoshoot

Toast Pumpkin Seeds

Hay Ride

Night Drive to Stargaze

Find the Best Caramel Apple

Visit an Arboretum

Make the Best Apple Cider

Host a Friendsgiving Together

Bonfire

Baking Day – pie, cookies, etc.

Visit a Petting Zoo

Do a Fall Themed DIY

Leave a comment below and let me know what your favorite fall activity is!

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How To Manage Stress

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It’s a stressful time we are living in right now. With everything being broadcasted 24/7 about what is happening in the world and the normal stressors in everyday life, sometimes it all can become a little much. In my personal life, 2017 has definitely taken a stressful toll on my health. Earlier this year I became crippled by it until I found a few extremely helpful tips for conquering any stressful situation thrown my way. Everyone gets stressed, it’s unavoidable, so let’s all learn how to properly deal with stress and come out the other side a more positive calm person.

Breathe

The first thing I try to do when faced with a stressful situation is breathe. I’m easily worked up and prone to anxiety so breathing is crucial to focusing my mind. When breathing is not helping, try focusing on your breathing by using meditation. I love meditating before bed every night to calm my mind and prevent stress. Calmer heads will always prevail; so, take the time to breathe before stressing yourself out.

Detox

Depending on where you are with your life and what is stressing you out, this will mean different things to you. Whether you need a detox from technology, toxic people/situations, or even food (No, this isn’t a diet post. The food we eat has a large effect on our mental health.). In my case, a good technology detox helps me immensely. It is so easy to become overstimulated in the culture we live in. A detox from technology now requires conscience thought. I always feel better when I lock myself in my room with nothing but a book and have a relaxing night without a screen being shoved in my face.

Take Things in Stride

I’m a big believer in a clean and healthy mindset so you know I had to mention this. When encountered with a stressful situation, it’s so important to take things in stride. Don’t let stressful or unpleasant situations get you down. Keep your mind positive and try to find the best in every situation. Everything happens for a reason and finding the positive in everything will help you realize that. If you have searched through your mind for a positive aspect of a current stressor in your life and cannot think of one, just think that this may be teaching you a lesson or guiding you in a different path. Take everything in stride and you’ll live a much better life!

Leave me a comment below and tell me your go-to stress management tip!

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Favorite Posts This September

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Ugh, I’m beginning to see that the months go by faster and faster as the year goes on. I cannot believe this month is already gone! October is going to be a VERY busy but VERY fun month. I have so many exciting things to share with you so be sure to stay tuned. As for this month, take a look at my favorite posts from September!

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DIY Air Freshening Bouquet

I feel like fall and DIY’s go hand in hand. Tackle this easy and cute DIY this season!

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5 Helpful Tips For Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes

A chore no one likes to do; but, oh so important!

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Everyday Makeup Look Under $20

Check out this super simple and fresh makeup look. And yes, you read that right, it’s all under $20!

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Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Lifting Neck Cream Review

Skincare is my absolute favorite and this product deserves to be shared again!

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3 Tips To Stay Organized During The Busy Months

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School just got back into session. The holidays are coming up. We are starting to get less hours of sunlight. Needless to say, it’s a busy time of year! I can’t stress enough how a well maintained organizational routine is key, especially this time of year. Here are three major components on how I stay organized throughout the year.

Google Calendar

My saving grace! I love planners and journals for the occasional desire to physically write things down. However, most of the time, I love using a digital planner. I love the ability to switch things around and mess up an entry without having to erase or cross something out. It keeps my whole thoughts together and gives me the ability to move things around. Love! I plug everything into my calendar from what blogs to write, pictures to take, and when to actually post my blogs. However, I use my calendar for much more than just blogging. I use it to keep track of personal appointments, bills, and even planning out larger projects. You can color code, assign times, set up alarms, and so much more. I’m so glad I switched over to Google Calendar! They even have an easy to use app so I can get notifications on my laptop and phone. I highly recommend!

Carefully Scheduled Timers

Having an iPhone spoils me. It’s as easy as, “Siri, set a timer for….” I like to set timers for reminders of when I need to start working on things; as well as, using the timers to tell me when I need to stop doing a task. It can be tedious at first but once you really start getting into this habit, it will really start to boost your productivity. It will start to show you how long tasks actually take and how quickly you can get them done! It’s a great self-accountability habit to get into. It’s important to work and get things done but it’s equally as important to rest. Having an alarm to tell you when to quit will help act as an outside voice to really tell your brain to stop.

Set Routines

I’m a creature of habit and a stickler for routines so you know I had to include this. I have certain things that I like to routinely do every day or every other day. Keeping to a schedule helps balance all the different events going on in my life. For those who are new, I have a full time job and also push to post four blogs a week. That’s a pretty full schedule and I like to make sure it all works into my routine! If you aren’t a routine person, using timers will actually help get you on a scheduled routine. Once your mind can settle on a routine throughout your day, you’ll rest a lot easier and be so much more productive.

Leave a comment below and tell me how you stay organized during these busy months. I’d love to hear!

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DIY Air Freshening Bouquet


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I absolutely love having fresh flowers around our house but I find that they die all too fast and our fur babies seem to think they make a good snack. Faux flowers on the other hand…success! I found this super cute DIY on Pinterest and decided to give it a go. I’m so pleased with the results and I can’t believe how easy this was. Let’s jump on into it!

Here’s What You’ll Need :

Mason Jar

Faux Flowers (of your choice)

Downy Unstoppables

Spray Paint (color of your choosing)

Here’s How Simple It Is :

Spray paint your mason jar in a well ventilated space, preferably outside.

Once dry, you can assemble by pouring the air freshener inside the jar.

Trim your faux flowers to the desired height and place inside.

Switch out your air freshener whenever you want a fresh scent or when they begin losing their potency.

I love the versatility of this DIY. Depending on the time of year or your décor tastes, you can change out the air fresheners, flowers, or re-paint your mason jars. You can stretch this cute DIY all year round by using thematic elements. I love that and I especially love the look of having beautiful flowers year round.

Leave me a comment below and let me know if you plan to do this DIY!

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