The Art of Collecting Still a Great Hobby!!

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As a child you might remember having a fascination about collecting a certain toy.  I know I did, for some reason I loved teddy bears.  All kinds from panda bears, polar bears to your standard brown bear.  I’m not sure how it got started,but I remember I collected teddy bears until I was probably a teenager. Now my collection has turned into makeup, shoes and antique perfume bottles.  Collecting an item can be a great hobby if you have a healthy grasp on it.  Remember friends don’t go crazy…everything in moderation!

Why collecting items is good for your soul?  It’s exciting and gives you sense of being and a new passion. Whether it’s seeking out the latest super hero collectible, to hitting local antique stores for that unique perfume bottle.  In a world that has unfortunately become less inactive, collecting something gets your body moving.  I get chills seeking out my new find at local antique stores.  I have found most of my perfume bottles either at local antique stores or have received them as a gift.  If you’re a guy or gal that is hard to shop for having a hobby is also great because your loved one now has an idea of what to get you as a gift.  It can turn out to be a great investment as well.  Who knows, grandma’s dishes she collected and you inherited could now be worth a pretty penny.   Now go seek out your passionate find!!! Happy collecting!

-“Collect things you love, that are authentic to you, and your house become your story.” -homeowner Erin Flett

Healthy Tips : How To Relieve Stress and Anxiety in a World Full of Chaos! Annie Kotich(Contributor)

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Anxiety and stress happen to be all to common now a days with the hustle and bustle of life. I have suffered from anxiety for years and it is not an easy thing to manage.  My friends, managing stress can be easy with some simple and healthy life changes.

First of all you need to find out the root of what is causing your stress or anxiety.  Is it genetic or is it brought upon by environmental issues such as work, finances, social pressure, or family issues?  When you find the root of the cause of your stress or anxiety it will become easier to figure out how to manage it.

Remember,  I am not a medical professional, just a midwest girl who has suffered from anxiety most of my life. If your anxiety is disrupting your daily life, it’s time to seek help from a therapist or doctor.

Here are some tips I have learned over the years and most recently to reduce my stress and anxiety. Tip #1 purchase a journal or notebook of some kind to organize your tasks for the day.  I tend to get overwhelmed easily with work, bills, and even planning out when to do my blog posts. You can get a cute journal most everywhere, like the one shown above.  I purchased these two at Target for $6.99 each. One for organizing your tasks for the day as well as finances. Tip #2 find  a gratitude journal or jar. Sometimes its easy for us to forget the positive things in our life when there is negativity or stress we deal with on a daily basis.  The purpose of the gratitude journal is to write down a few things each day that you are grateful for.  Some things I’m grateful for are: I had a good night sleep or my day at work went well.  This will allow you to focus on the positive things in your life instead of dwelling on the negative. Plus it’s always fun to get a cute pen to write with!!

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Tip #3  Purchase essential oils to relieve stress and anxiety.  I am a big fan of these,  lavender oils are known to reduce anxiety, improve sleep, and brain function. You can use lavender oils in a variety of different ways. Use it with a diffuser and put by your bed or family room.  You can sprinkle some on your pillow as well for a good nights sleep.  I’m a big fan of soaking my worries away in a tub. I love sprinkling some in my bath water for a calming effect.  You can also apply lavender oil topically behind your ears for the same benefits. Another great essential oil for anxiety and stress is peppermint. Peppermint oil is known to help with headaches, nausea and opening nasal passages, allergies and more. I use it to help me breath a little better when my anxiety is acting up.  Just add a few dabs under your nose to help open nasal passages.  You can also add to a diffuser as well or dab on your temples to help relieve a tension headache.  I purchased the lavender and peppermint essential oils at Walmart for about $5.33 each. Tip #4 use therapy dough or a stress ball to relieve some of your daily stress.  I purchased “Pinch Me” therapy dough at Barnes and Noble for about $14.95.  This stuff is amazing, just roll it between your fingers when you feel stress coming on.  “Pinch Me” therapy dough is a soft, pliable dough infused with calming aromatherapy. You can even use it while your watching television, reading or in a meeting, anywhere you need to unwind.  Now go live a stress and anxiety free life!!!

Note: If you do find that your stress and anxiety is getting hard to handle on your own, it may be time to seek professional help. You may also confide in a friend or family member for support. There are many free resources available to lend a caring ear.

The Compassionate Ear phone line is a resource for talk support in non-emergency situations (1-866-WARMEAR).

In the event of a safety concern or suicidal thoughts, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255(TALK). Crisis Text Hotline (text 741741).

-“Breathe, Let go.  And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.” -Oprah Winfrey

 

 

 

 

Get The Buzz On My Latest Beauty Buys!

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Sometimes in life we need a little change.  Whether it’s changing the shade of your lipstick from a pale pink to a rosy red or a simple shimmer added to your latest shade of blush.  Ah, it’s the small things in life that make life worth living right? I love trying new products and I’m here to give you the 411 on what the latest buzz in beauty products are.

If you have read my previous posts you might recall me talking about Thrive Causemetics.  I love this company and what it stands for.  Thrive Causemetics is “Beauty with a Purpose.” Thrive’s goal is to donate a  product for each purchase to a woman in need. They are 100% cruelty free and vegan!  In the past I have tried their eyeshadow palettes and eyeliner and have not been disappointed. Recently, I decided to purchase their “Headliner” lipstick in the shade “Kennedy” which is a blue red shade that looks great on almost every skin tone, I am wearing all products listed in picture below.  It is a creamy texture that instantly hydates your lips and lasts all day. It can be purchased on their website at Thrive Causemetics for $26.00 and comes with a free adorable makeup bag.  How can you go wrong?

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Products used: Nars Blush in “Orgasm,” Thrive Causmetics Lipstick in the shade “Kennedy,” and Pixi “Rose Oil Blend.”

The second product I recently purchased is Nars Blush in the shade “Orgasm,” I’m a big fan of Princess Meghan Markle and love her fashion sense and style, One of her favorite beauty products she loves wearing is Nars Blush in the shade “Orgasm” that gives her that natural rosy glow.   I purchased this shade for myself on their website Nars Cosmetics for $30.00.  I love that it gives me a subtle peachy glow with a little shimmer added to it.  If you go on the Nars Cosmetics website it gives you a variety of shades that you can choose from virtually by uploading your picture on their website. Pretty cool huh?

The third product that I keep seeing reviews about on other blogs and articles is Pixi Beauty Products.  I was headed to my nearest Target so I decided to browse the cosmetic section and see what I could find.  I’m a huge fan of trying different skincare treatments so I decided to purchase their Pixi Skintreats “Rose Oil Blend,” and give it a whirl.  Pixi’s face oil can be used before and after you take your makeup off for the day. You just need a few drops for each application to leave your skin feeling soft and refreshed all day.  The great thing about this product is that it contains all natural products such as sweet almond, rosehip, jojoba and is cruelty free.  It can be purchased at Target or you local drugstore for around  $24.00. If you have a derma roller it can be used alongside the oil in order to rejuvenate the skin. I am wearing it under my makeup in the picture shown above.  Remember friends change is always good!

-“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” -Leo Tolstoy