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!

Go-To Body Oils

Welcome to the obsessive world of my top shelf body oils. My everyday’s, my golden children, my repurchases again and again and again. Here’s what I have in my personal arsenal, what are your go-to’s?
Argan Oil
My obsession : My everything, this oil never lets me down. If I need a boost of moisture I’ll use this oil on my hair, face, and body. My husband even uses this to maintain his beard! I’ve been using this for years but have never been loyal to one brand versus another. Every one I’ve purchased has performed just as well as the last.
When I use it : I use this oil every time I wash my hair and every time I need an extra boost. Whenever I wash my hair (every 4-5 days), I’ll use this oil immediately and allow my hair to air dry. This applying this oil to the tips of my hair helps my scalp get less oily between washes. I’ll also use this oil whenever I’m needing an extra punch of moisture anywhere.

Rosehip Oil
My obsession : I’ve been hooked on this one for YEARS. Ever since I’ve incorporated this oil into my routine, I’ve been loyal to the Radha Beauty brand. I’m very careful to use it only at night, since it is a BRIGHT orange. Don’t worry, by the time you wake up it will be fully soaked in and you’ll be back to your normal self. It’s an absolutely wonderful facial oil that I’m forever addicted to.
When I use it : I’ll use this oil every.single.day. After I wash my face at night, I’ll follow up immediately with a dime-sized amount. I’ll pat it into my face and work any excess into my neck. I’m so dedicated to a moisturizing oil at night that, whenever I’m out of this oil, I’ll replace it with my argan oil.

Cannabis Oil
My obsession : A newer obsession but definitely has earned it’s high regards. I purchased the Kiehl’s Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate and I’m hooked. It’s pricey but I only use it in special circumstances. I’m still on my first bottle but it’s lasting A LOT longer than I thought it would (another plus in my book).
When I use it : My favorite way to use this is mixed with my rosehip oil at night when my skin is acting up. The ingredients are meant to induce a calming effect, making this my go-to when my horomones inflict havoc on my face. Kiehl’s to the rescue!

Tea Tree Oil
My obsession : A long standing staple and another hero for my hormones. I have purchased a couple bottles of this and it lasts SO long. It lasts so long, mostly, because it’s such a concentrated amount that it can only be used in small doses. I wet a Qtip with some water, dip it into the tea tree oil, and then apply it. Without it watered down, it’s WAY to powerful and will dry your skin out terribly.
When I use it : I only use it on the most stubborn acne spots. I use to treat every spot with this but found it to be so strong that it would just dry my skin out. Using it on only the worst of the worst seemed to neutralize it for me and has worked perfectly!

Design Digs

Trends are fun but are fleeting. While they entertain us for a bit, and it’s always fun to jump on board for awhile, what I’m really drawn to are innovative design details. A spin on classic details that don’t belong to any specific design aesthetic and aren’t tied to trends. Those are the design moments that will really stand the test of time and continue to inspire you within your home for years to come. Here are some design details I’ve been very into as of late.

Built-ins Built Better

I cannot express to you how in love I am with this detail. It’s far less costly than it appears to be. This method really makes a statement. It’s a rich, custom detail that shows true thought to each and every detail. We have seen floating shelves in the design world for YEARS; and, while they are great and very much the aesthetic in some homes, this full trimmed out look gives the appearance of a seamlessly gorgeous shelving detail without compromising the modern flow.

And it doesn’t stop in woodwork, I love how Cambria used quartz to get this look. I absolutely love using unusual materials in new applications and taking the quartz from the countertop, up the wall, and onto the CEILING. Such a great design detail and I hope to see more of this being utilized in the future!

Tile Install That Truly Inspires

I’d be lying if I said shower designs have become rather mundane to me lately; that was, until I saw this new install pattern being used! This elongated subway tile has been showing up in kitchens, but this application of taking it vertically in showers has been very inspiring. That paired with the horizontal runs – that we have seen used with either a tile or a thicker grout line. Such a great unique twist on an area I was less than inspired to work with. It’s safe to say I’m anxious to use this install with a client soon.

What design details have been inspiring you lately? Drop them in a comment below!

I’m Back Baby!

Well, that was one h*ll of a hiatus. Did you miss me? I missed all of you wonderful people. I can’t believe it’s been almost TWO YEARS since my last post. Yikes!

Last time I updated you on here, I had just purchased my first home. And, being the introverted home-body that I am, decided to sprint full force into remodeling and updating the house. It took over my life and gave me less than optimal time to dedicate towards this blog. I’ve been steadily posting on my Instagram throughout my hiatus (shameless IG self promotion here) so hop on over there to stay updated on the day-to-day.

As I go through the different seasons of my life, I like to write about what components of my life take the most precedence. Which is basically my way of saying, the wedding posts are over! I’ll create a round-up for all you brides to be (or just obsessive compulsive planners) for easy reference. This season of my life is an all encompassing home decor, remodeling, and DIY influence. So, gear up and get ready for all the juicy tips and tricks I’ve been cataloging along the way.

I’m back, I’m ready, and I’m eager to share with all of you!

Confessions of Your Punctual Friend – Told In Memes

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It’s Friday night and you’ve got plans with your friends tonight. Are you on time or 20 minutes late as usual? Keep reading for confessions of your punctual friend!

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Little Patience for Tardiness

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The Urge To Call As Soon As You’re Late

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Can’t Fathom Why You’re Late

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Arriving Everywhere 10 Minutes Early = On Time

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Precise Routines & Routes

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Frustration When Those Routines Are Derailed

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Pushes You To Be On Time When Together

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Gets Flustered When You Make Them Late

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Loves You Nonetheless 🙂

Leave a comment below and let us know if you’re the punctual friend or if you’re the late friend! And, of course, have a great weekend!

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5 Gifts She Actually Wants For Valentine’s Day

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As if figuring out what to do for Valentine’s Day wasn’t hard enough, finding your significant other the perfect gift is nearly impossible. I’ve compiled a pretty solid list of some great choices for your lady that is sure to make her Valentine’s Day the best!

Diffuser

These essential oil diffusers are on the rage right now and for good reason. They are very calming and smell absolutely amazing. Get her a great set that includes the diffuser and a few different oils. I recently picked one up that is a diffuser and humidifier that I’m in love with. I’ll provide the link here.

Relaxation Kit

Another great gift would be a pamper kit. Get her a cozy blanket, some lotions, and maybe her favorite face mask. Don’t know what lotions or face masks to get her? See which ones she is using now and is running low on! If you want to really impress her, take a picture of the current products she is using and take it to your local Sephora. They will be able to recommend something new for her that will work well with the products she already has!

Book Her A Massage

If she isn’t big into pampering herself, book her a massage or facial appointment. They’ll make sure that she gets pampered plenty and is a great gesture for your Valentine’s date.

Tea/Coffee Sampler

For your drink connoisseur, explore the idea of getting her a sample set of her favorite drinks. Teavana has great sets for the tea lover in your life. Starbucks is a great place to go to for your coffee lovers. It’s a great way for her to find a new go-to drink and helps you out if you don’t remember what her current favorite is.

Precious Memory

Pick a picture from your guys’ past, frame it, and write her a little love note about your fond memory together. I guarantee that she will appreciate this gift more than anything else you could buy her. This gift shows the most thought and consideration. Best part is that it’s super simple to throw together last minute and doesn’t take much time or effort to construct.

When All Else Fails

Not great at reading signals or remembering what she mentioned she wanted? Check her Amazon cart! 🙂

I hope you found some great alternative gifts besides your standard flowers and chocolates that she will really love. Comment below what you want for Valentine’s.  I wish you all a great Valentine’s Day!

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Valentine’s Day On A Budget

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Valentine’s Day is great but also can be quite expensive. I wanted to offer some great budget friendly ideas that are quite possibly better than the traditional fancy restaurant date many people default to. These budget friendly ideas also show more thought than just making reservations. I hope you all enjoy!

Romantic Dinner

Instead of going out to a busy restaurant and spending a reasonable amount of money, consider staying home and cooking dinner for your significant other. Just cook, light some candles, shut off electronics and spending some quality time together. A wonderful and thoughtful gesture will mean more than just taking them out to a fancy restaurant and will save you some money!

Go Into Nature

Find the nearest state park or river and take a walk/hike around in nature. Getting outside and exercising with each other is a great idea for your Valentine’s Day date. Pack a picnic and find a great spot to set up and enjoy a meal outside!

Do Something You Both Enjoy

Animal lover? Take them to the animal shelter to play with the animals. Décor lover? Take them to a local antique home décor shop and explore all the great products. Coffee lover? Find a new coffeehouse they haven’t been to and order a couple drinks. You can make any part of your significant other’s likes into a great budget friendly date!

Movie Night In

Instead of going out to a movie and spending too much money on the overpriced snacks, do a movie night in with each other! Rent a movie you’ve both been dying to see, get your guys’ favorite snacks, and cuddle up on the couch. It’ll be a great way to bond and get some alone time in without breaking the bank.

Go On An Adventure

It’s been proved that taking road trips and traveling with your significant other is a rather strong bonding activity, which makes it just perfect for a budget friendly Valentine’s date. Go to the nearest big city and explore all the little shops, go for a drive around the countryside (you’ll be surprised what you could stumble upon), or go to a town you’ve both never been to and discover what makes that town special.

I hope you find these budget friendly ideas helpful for all of you on a budget this year! Hope you all have a great Valentine’s Day! Comment below with your favorite Valentine’s date you’ve had so far!

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My Current Obsession

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I’ve always been a blue girl since the day I was born! When I was a young girl I had baby blue walls in my bedroom, throughout middle and high school you couldn’t find me without a pair of blue jeans, in college I decked out my dorm room with a bright turquoise, and now today I’m obsessing over the color navy!

I’ve been on a big navy kick for the past few months and I’m not quite sure what sparked it. For my avid readers, you know that when it comes to decorating my home I stray away from color. However, when you saw my living room set up in my Tips And Tricks For Creating Your Dream Living Room, I’ve splurged on a few navy items. The first incorporation of navy in my home were the navy and gold pillows. I saw them at Target and couldn’t resist! Then when I ran across this canvas at Homemakers, ugh. There was no way I could pass that up.

I’ve been noticing myself sway more towards this navy trend in clothing as well. I’ve found myself sorting through sites by that color alone. There’s just something about that color that I think looks so flattering. Probably because, let’s be honest, it’s so close to black. My ultimate go-to color for wardrobe, decorating, and life in general.

As I said, I have no idea what sparked this navy obsession but I don’t see it slowing down anytime soon! What are you guys currently obsessing over? Let me know in the comments below!

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Meet My Fur Baby

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Hello there, my name is Leila. I’m a two and a half year old kitty (almost three) originally from a small town farm here in the Midwest. My momma picked me out when I was just a few weeks old and could barely even meow. I’ve grown up with my mom and dad in various apartments so I love hanging around with them all the time. I always like to keep an eye on my humans. My mom and dad talk to me all the time, so I talk right back! They say I meow all the time; but, isn’t that why they talk to me?

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Some of my favorite things :

I love cuddling in my momma’s hair. I always have and always will.

I love playing with my tail (a trend I’ll never grow out of).

I love getting treats!

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Some of my least favorite things :

When dad picks me up and holds me when I’m trying to play.

Water!

When mom and dad leave for work in the mornings.

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My favorite places to sleep :

Any small box I can get my paws on (if I fits, I sits).

Mom and dad’s closet shelves, preferably dad’s sock shelf.

On my corner of the sectional by dad’s lap.

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What I’m most curious about :

Any dogs or cats that come into my home.

The big world outside. Trees, grass, wind. So many things to explore!

When mom and dad play videos of kitties meowing. I know they’re here somewhere!

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What I’m most scared of :

The main apartment hallway, I know I smell all kinds of animals out there.

Loud sirens like the fire alarm. I know they protect you but at what cost?!

Car rides.

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Things you should know about me :

There is no place that I can’t get to.

I love playing with socks so you better hide them from me.

I have a big personality and a loud voice to back it up!

 

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New Year’s Resolutions / Goals

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Happy New Year everyone! Naturally, one of the first posts of 2017 needed to be my resolutions/goals. I’m very excited to share with you what I’m looking to get out of this New Year! If you read my How To Make Realistic New Year’s Resolutions blog, you know my opinions on these goals that people set. Keep reading to see what I’m looking forward to doing this year!

Work on my blog

I would love to start blogging more frequently throughout the week. I would eventually love to work up to every day of the week. Along with blogging more I want to put more time into my other social media outlets and really make it all a well-oiled machine. I know this will definitely be the hardest and most time consuming goal but it’s also the one that gets me the most excited!

Cook more meals at home

My husband and I did WAY too much eating out last year. It’s just so hard to come home after a long day and find the time to plan out meals and actually cook. However, this year, I would love to get better on meal planning to make it easier on the both of us.

Travel Somewhere New – even if it’s a weekend getaway

There is so much of the world that I haven’t seen and I want to get out there and experience new things. You don’t need to go halfway around the world to experience new things so I think this is a feasible goal for me this year and definitely excites me! I’ve definitely been eyeing Airbnb for a while and love the idea of traveling like this. I think we will definitely be using that site this year for cheap travel!

Comment down below what your resolutions/goals are for this year! Let’s all keep each other motivated!

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Fool Proof Hangover Cure

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I thought New Year’s Day would be a great opportunity to re-post this handy little blog to help everyone out. New Year’s tends to get a little crazy so let me help you start off on the right foot in 2017. Try out some, or all, of these times to get started on your best year yet!

Water

Obviously. Your body needs water after all the alcohol you guzzled down the night before. You really should drink a large glass of water first thing every morning; but, be sure you especially don’t skip this step when you wake up hungover.

Medicate

Pop a couple ibuprofen or take an Advil to get the healing started.

Banana

I know it probably sounds disgusting at the time. Your body doesn’t NEED the unhealthy greasy breakfast that you know you’re craving, it NEEDS the potassium. Save the calories, eat a banana.

Tea

A warm cup of tea always eases my stomach when it is upset. When I’m hungover, I opt for my detoxifying tea. I use the Roasted Dandelion Root from Traditional Medicinals. It’s a great organic detox tea (little earthy for those not accustomed). You won’t see all the celebrities promoting it but it still works just the same. Drink a cup of tea to help ease your stomach and prepare for the next step…

Get Moving – Work Out

It’s going to sound awful and the exact opposite of what you want to do but I promise you will feel so much better once it’s all said and done. Sweat out all the left over toxins in your body. You could go on a long walk, run on the treadmill, or just do a little in home ab work. Really it’s all up to you, but I promise you’ll feel a million times better after.

After these steps, you’ll feel back to normal. The best part is that this process will take only a couple hours and they’ll save the rest of your day! Try this out next time you’re feeling a little under the weather and let me know how it goes!

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December Favorite Post Round-Up

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I hope you all had a great holiday weekend and got to spend some great quality time with family. It’s one of the busiest times of the year so be sure you got to read some of my favorite posts from this month!

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Inside My Tea Cabinet

I’m obsessed with tea so come get a sneak peek into what I drink on a daily basis.

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Christmas Party OOTD

Good tidings and good cheer come together with good fashion.

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Christmas Décor – Tips for Holiday Decoration for Renters

Holiday decorating for renters can be difficult but it’s not impossible. Check out my tips for next year!

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What I Ate Today

Because who doesn’t love a little food inspiration?

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