Behind the Blog: Why I Run

Those of you that follow me on Snapchat have probably seen my “Daily Adventures” at least one day this week. Pretty much every time I go for a run, I find these absolutely beautiful areas! So, I do what any girl my age would do and I get out my phone so I can share it with all of my Snapchat friends. Anyway, Today I’m going to be writing about why I run, what struggles I have, and any tips for getting into running.

So lets start with some background info. In March of 2015, I decided after only 1 day of training,  I was going to run a half marathon. (I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS ITS SO DANGEROUS YOU COULD DIE DON’T DO IT) Total, I ran 3 miles for my “training” and did an hour of yoga. After having a (few) mental breakdown(s), I finished my first half marathon at 2 hours and 17 minutes (that’s pretty dang good) at the age of 15. Crossing that finish line was one of the best feelings ever (because I knew there was free food).img_9233

Anyway, last year (2016) I was going to do the half marathon at the beach but I ended up injuring my knee in May. After going to too many doctors to count, I was told I needed a knee replacement. So there I was, 16 years old, getting told how to prepare for a knee replacement when just over a year ago I ran a half marathon. It was crazy. After being on crutches for almost 6 months, I started to get to where I could walk again (without surgery). So I started doing yoga again to try and fix my knee “my way” and after about a month of yoga, I was -almost- back to normal. I talked to a Physical Therapist and he basically said that if I work out more, I’ll be able to fully heal my knee and get back to walking without a limp!

So I did just that. I started doing yoga 12 times a week and I walked more. Eventually, my knee was (what seemed to be) completely healed so I decided to pick up where I left off and start actually training for another half marathon and I LOVED IT. I’ve never loved doing something active as much as I now love running. This is somethings that’s a shocker since I was never the “active” type (I “had my period” literally everyday in middle school just because it got me out of P.E.).

So now lets get to the why. Growing up, I was a bigger child. I was made fun of a lot and I had literally no self confidence. Running is not only a great way to lose weight but it also helps give me confidence in myself. It’s kinda my way of saying “EFFF YOU” to all the mean girls that would torment me in school. There’s just something about pushing yourself to be the best you can be that is so empowering and liberating. After a while, you’ll see results, not only with your body but with your endurance as well. THAT is what made me fall in love with running.

Now my tips!

  • DON’T QUIT. You may not want to run today but you should run today! It will make you feel like you can take on the world with one hand behind your back!
  • It takes time to see results so don’t get discouraged.
  • If I can run, YOU can run!
  • Don’t let yourself make excuses.
  • You have to want it bad enough to get up and do something about it.
  • ALWAYS wear good shoes! Trust me on this. Your legs will want to kill you if you don’t.
  • If you run alone, be sure to be safe and carry protection! ( I’m not old enough to buy a gun yet so I carry my stun gun named Becky with me. She’s one of the strongest on the market and will scare the SH!T out of someone with just the sound it makes)
  • Remember to eat right! You’ll basically ruin all your progress if you run 3 miles and then go eat some beefaroni and a donut.

January Faves 2017 ♥

Y’all this month has been CRAZY asf! From deciding to move out to starting a blog and even starting up my bath bomb business again; I’ve had a jam packed schedule lately. I’d most definitely be a blabbering mess right now if it wasn’t for my “me time” where I take about an hour to do something I enjoy. This month I’ve found a few new things I enjoy so I thought I’d share my Faves from January!

  • Lately, I’ve been loving the e.l.f. BB cream, mainly because I’m super lazy, but also because it matches my skin tone perfectly and smells like sunscreen!
  • If you watch my videos on YouTube, you’ll know I love The Balm and I just got my Manizer sisters Trio! It’s so amazing I’d deff recommend!
  • My fave skin care item is the Mary Kay Botanical Effects Cleansing Face Wash. It keeps my skin acne free!
  • For my birthday, my boyfriend’s mom bought me 3 pair of Lula Roe Leggings and I’m in love!!! Today I’m wearing my valentines day pair ♥
  • My most used app of the month is Tumblr- you can follow me artemis-gwen or poppin-pixie-powder for my aesthetic account
  • I’ve been killing some online poker lately (no real money of course) I’ve been using the Poker King Texas Holdem app!
  • This month’s most played song is on + off by Maggie Rogers
  • My fave movie I’ve watched this month is (FINDING DORY but since I watch that every week and I’ve seen it like 53 times I’ll go with my second fave) Trolls! It’s so stinkin cute!!
  • I’ve been watching Burn Notice on Netflix a lot this month and I’m addicted♥
  • On Hulu, I’ve been binge watching RuPaul’s Drag Race since it’s now “expiring” so I’ve finished season 6! (My fave queen is Adore♥)
  • This month’s fave emoji is the Pineapple bc it’s so ~artsy~🍍

 

That’s all for this month. Hopefully I’ll have more for February!♥

Dupe Day Tuesday #3

HEY GUYS! Today I’m uploading a video on YouTube so be sure to go watch that (^-^)

https://www.youtube.com/user/snug61

Anyway, today’s Dupe Day is going to feature some of my fave products! ♥

  • ColourPop is one of my favorite brands y’all don’t understand the love I have for this brand! CP’s Highlighters are the BOMB.COM no matter if they’re dupes or not! Any who, CP’s Wisp($8) is a similar dupe for Becca’s Opal($38). I do love Becca but I feel like I get a better quality from CP.♥
  • ELF has made so many dupes for higher end brands and they’re not stopping now! If you love Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop($38) then you’ll love e.l.f.’s baked eye shadow in Enchanted($3). I mean no one will know that your glow is eye shadow so it could be the perfect highlighter!
  • Wet n Wild is one of the most underrated brands. Their lippie in “sandstorm” is a perfect match for ABH’s Ashton.

 

Behind the Blog: 5 Facts About Yours Truly

I’m starting a new series called “Behind The Blog” where I tell you a little bit more about myself! This week, I’m keeping it simple and I’m going to tell you 5 facts about myself that you might not know.

  1. I ran a half marathon when I was only 15. I didn’t train AT ALL (that’s really bad) and my time was still 2:17 (that’s really good). // I’m looking into doing another one this year//
  2. I teach yoga 6 days a week.
  3. I’m obsessed with Hippie Vans ♥
  4. I skipped 3rd grade which let me graduate High School at age 16.
  5. I absolutely LOVE RuPaul’s Drag Race♥♥♥

Dupe Day Tuesday #2

YALL. This week Dupe Day is actually going to be posted!! Omg what?!?
Anyways, I found some amazing dupe pics to share!!
I have the JS and I’ve swatched the ABH so I know those are the exact same! The others look like they are!! 

I personally do not use MAC products so I wouldn’t know about that one^^ 

Huda and CP are 2 amazing brands!! I love the Huda palettes and CP has some of my all time fave lippies 😍

But these Dupes are to DIE for 😍😭💕 

Weekly Review: Kiss Freely

Kiss Freely has sent me a few items to try out and review for y’all! For those of you who don’t know, Kiss Freely is a brand that is 100% organic and vegan.

Yesterday, I received a package with a body butter, 2 lip glosses, a pink one and a white one, and a hand written note from the owner of the brand. 

I am so in love with the body butter! I’ve used a few higher name brands body butters before and they leave my skin feeling greasy or oily. This one doesn’t! It feels like you just put on lotion that is thicker than normal. It works wonders on dry skin though. I had extremely dry elbows, especially during the winter, so I tried the body butter on only my left elbow so I can compare them and there was no contest- the body butter made my elbow feel like I have normal skin after only 2 applications! I used the product when I received it yesterday as well as before bed last night! I was sent a full sized container which they are selling for $16.99 right now! It is so worth it!💕

As for the lip glosses, I like how they feel on my lips and their consistency but I’m not a fan of glosses. (I prefer matte or semi matte lip products) I could see myself wearing this if I ever did want to wear a gloss. It’s easily the best gloss I own (and I own a good bit). 💕

Adulting 101: Grocery Shopping

This week’s Adulting 101 is all about one of my fave things, FOOD♥!

Moving out and having decent meals at the same time can be quite difficult. Especially when you’re on a tight budget and only allow yourself $75 a week so you can pay off the hella expensive couch you fell in love with.

So here’s my tips and what I did to stay UNDER my budget and still have enough food for my constant snacking.

Here’s an example of my shopping list for this week:

  • 1 box of apple oatmeal
  • 1 box of cheese grits
  • 1 bag of apples
  • 1 bundle of bananas
  • 1 bag of red potatoes
  • 1 box of cereal
  • 1 carton of eggs
  • 1 bottle of Ranch
  • 2 packs of Turkey Bacon
  • 1 bag of broccoli
  • 2 cans of corn
  • 2 cans of peas
  • 2 cans of pasta sauce
  • 2 lbs of pasta
  • 1 pack of hot dogs
  • 1 pack of ham
  • 1 jar of applesauce
  • 1 bag of Steam-able Fried Rice
  • 3 Yogurts
  • 3 cans of raviolis
  • 2 bags of salad mix
  • 1 bag of tomatoes
  • 1 bag of cheese
  • 1 box of turkey bacon
  • 2 bags of Quinoa and  brown rice

My total came to just under $64 and I have enough to last 2 weeks.

I planned my list out by making a “menu” filled with 3 meals a day as well as 2 snacks a day. Before, I was eating 2 small meals a day with snacking on the weekend so I planned out more food than I needed. ( I don’t suggest doing this).

My meals were chosen based on what is simple, cheap, and can be reheated.

enuHere’s an example of my menu for the week. (So far, I’ve probably skipped about half the meals on here.)

I made a list of what I’ll have leftovers of as well as snack alternative so I can change it up when I want to!

So here’s my tips for staying in budget and keeping it simple:

  • Check out my pinterest for easy “college dorm meals” These are super yummy and are so easy to make! (https://www.pinterest.com/itsmeamieg/ )
  • Shop at Aldis or a Trader Joe’s – You get the same quality but for 50% of the price!
  • Calculate the cost per ounce so you can get the most bang for your buck! (for example, would you rather pay $1 for a 2oz jar of PB+J or $4 for a 15oz jar?)
  • Be sure to make a list and STICK TO IT! As long as you stick to he list, you should be able to stay in budget.
  • Plan your budget based on your local Walmart’s prices and you’ll stay under if you shop at Aldis or Trader Joe’s.
  • You can sign up for Walmart’s Grocery program to get the prices of every food item at your local Walmart without leaving home

 

Next week’s shopping list is projected to be under $20 as of today. Since I’ve saved a good bit of money by staying under budget, I’m allowing myself 1 fast-food meal next weekend. ☺

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Review: Dose Of Colors

Hey guys, sorry for missing Dupe Day Tuesday this week!!! (I know I suck) Life has been crazy this week with meal preps, classes, apartment hunting, and all the other things I fill my time with. ☺

Anyway, in all the chaos, I forgot I ordered 2 Dose Of Colors liquid lipsticks!
The ones I bought were Bare with Me and Truffle (links at the bottom ( No, I don’t make a profit from you buying them, I just love the products!)).

So, I was a little confused when I opened the boxes. The colors looked EXACTLY the same in the bottle.

But GIRL lemme tell you these were anything but the same. (unfortunately, I forgot to take a side by side pic so here’s one from doseofcolors.com )

 

I absolutely love Truffle ♥ It looks sooo good on too! Bare with me is amazing but I don’t have the badass-ness to wear nude lips out in public )):

This product does take a lil bit to dry but once it does, it’s not going anywhere!
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BARE WITH ME

TRUFFLE

 

 

Hopefully, I can make it up to y’all for missing Dupe Day by doing 2 posts in one day????? ♥

 

Adulting 101: Apartment Hunting

Recently, my boyfriend and I decided that being independent is better than having cookout for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so we’ve decided to stop eating out (yes, you read that right) and save up so we can move out this year. Even though moving out has been something I’ve wanted to do since I was 15, there’s still I haven’t learned about what to do (and not to do) when moving out for the first time. So, as I learn all the new and (not so) exciting things about “adulting”, I’m going to share them here so maybe it’ll be easier for you.
Today we started apartment hunting. My tip for this is to make a list of EVERY apartment complex that will fit in your budget along with their address, price, and any questions you have about the place. Also, it’ll help if you plan the order of where you’re going so you don’t have to do any unnecessary driving.
Here’s a few more useful tips and tricks I learned today:

Ask if the apartment you’re touring is a show apartment or a move-in apartment.

If it’s a move-in, make sure to check EVERYTHING. Try all the doorknobs, open all the cabinets, and try all the list switches. (Today, we were looking at a move-in apartment and a closet doorknob fell off as soon as we walked in.)

Be sure to ask what is included in the rent. I.e. utilities, maintenance, sewer, pest control, trash pickup, etc.

Make sure you understand what all the maintenance crew will fix and always ask if there’s an emergency maintenance crew.

If you have pets, as the leasing agent to go over all pet related fees and policies. ( Pet application fee, pet rent, breed restrictions, etc.)

Ask what kind of redecorating is allowed like painting and carpet installation.

Always ask what all comes with the apartment. Most of the apartments we’ve looked at includes a stove/oven, fridge, and a dishwasher.

Be sure to make note of the deposit and if your credit affects that.

I like to get a flyer from each place we visit and make notes on them so I can keep track of what I loved and what I hated about each place.
So that pretty much sums up what I learned today. We didn’t spend much time today since we were up late last night doing meal prep but we’re going out again Wednesday so stay tuned for a (potential) part 2!

Besame Cosmetics Discount code! #ad

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