Summer beauty favorites

May 30
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Every year around this time I start to change up my daily makeup routine. With the warm days I tend to wear less makeup and reach for items that have lots of SPF and don’t melt off my face in the heat and humidity.

A few months ago in anticipation of summer I asked on Instagram about BB cream suggestions. I received lots of great suggestions and decided to start with the cheapest and work my way up. This BB cream is super cheap and on Amazon Prime. For me, one of my main needs in a foundation is something that wears all day and I don’t always get that with a foundation, let along a BB cream. This one gives me that and a great full coverage. I keep finding myself going for this in the mornings, even in place of my high end foundations.

Even on no makeup days I apply moisturizer. This gives my skin something to keep it healthy and protect it from the sun. I have been wearing this one for some time and have been very happy.  I recommend SPF 30+, especially here in the south.

I have a confession. I am the worst about reapplying lip products throughout the day. That is why I am such a big fan of longwear lip products. In the summer I am even more focused on wearing longwear lip products because with the humidity and pool time I have a hard time keeping the stuff on. For this summer I am loving this shade. I can put it on in the morning and not worry about it all day. This one is great too, but a little more pricy.

So of course with the summer, sunscreen is a must. I of course apply it to my face via moisturizer every morning, but I also like to hit my shoulders or other exposed skin when I get the chance. This one is a favorite, but a little on the expensive side. This is a great budget option.

My last summer staple is waterproof mascara. I don’t pull it out often, but I aways grab a tube each summer for those pool and beach days with friends. I like to keep it minimalist, but I have super light eyelashes so just some waterproof mascara (along with moisturizer) makes all the difference.  I haven’t tried a ton, but this one is pretty good so far. Always double check when you purchase that you are in fact buying a waterproof item and save it just for wet days! I use these pads to remove waterproof mascara.

So those are my simple summer favorites. Like I said, I don’t wear tons of makeup this time of year, but I still want to look good and take care of my skin even on pool days and in the humidity. What are your summer favorites?

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Summer weekend staples

May 27
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Just as my beauty routine gets simple in the summer, my weekend wear also starts to get very basic. here in Florida it gets hot, like for real. So when summer comes along I like to just stock up on these staples to get me through.

I love a basic v-neck and these v-neck tanks are perfect for warm sweaty days. They are nice and thin and the pocket is the perfect accent. Stock up on a few to get you through the season, or for year-long wear here in the south. (Hint: wear a cami under these for the evenings if you get chilly.)

Cut-off shorts are one of my favorite staples. They can go with just about anything, but also look stylish with just a tank. I’ve been wearing these midi legnth ones for years as they are shorter than a burmuda, but don’t make me look like a teenager in booty shorts.

I would be remiss without mentioning sandals in this post and don’t worry, I won’t. The two strap sandal is still super popular this year and I am still loving the J. Crew Factory option. Old Navy ones are cheaper, but these are are worth it if you’re going to wear them a bunch.  The fake leather is great and the soles look super nice.

I have super sensitive eyes so I don’t leave the house without sunglasses all year round. My favorite all day wear pair are these ray-bans. A classic look is always a good ideas. Check out this budget option too.

When it comes to evenings I usually just toss on a cardigan or a pair of distressed jeans. Here is Florida shorts are acceptable day or night almost everywhere.

Happy Planner Garden Planner

May 23
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One of my favorite aspects of home ownership is having a yard of my own. A space where I can create and nurture life and spend time outside. Although I have been a homeowner for several years now I had not taken the plunge into vegetable gardening until the spring. Vegetable gardening is a little different here in Florida. Our soil is bad, our temperatures are sweltering, and the bugs are everywhere. Because of this I held off on growing vegetables for so long. Finally, after seeing friends be successful I started my own little garden.

It is not much yet, I am just growing some beans, squash, cucumbers, and sweet potatoes; but it is a good solid start. This is kind of a trial run for the fall. In Florida, fall/winter gardens often have better luck as the temperatures as much more mild. My plan is to take what I learn from this season about my land and soil and use it next month.

While planting my garden I realized I needed some way to keep track of what I planted, when I planted it, and what actions where taken regarding watering, fertilizing, and weeding.  This is when it dawned on me that using a Mini Happy Planner to record my garden would be perfect.

The planner is used as a cross between a planner and a journal. I can mark when I want to plant and fertilize so I don’t forget, as well as journal how my actions, the weather, and outside factors influenced the yield.

I have also added grid paper so that I can make a diagram of my garden. I use a few varieties of seeds as well as planting methods so I wanted to be sure I remembered which plants were which in the end. This will also help in the future to see what spots work best over time as well as if I need to remember for crop rotation.

I will be keeping my punch handy so that I can punch used seed packets and keep them on hand. I also included a pocket for other literature and receipts. (Did you know many garden centers accept returns on dead plants if you keep these?)  You never know when you need to go back and see the “rules” for the plant.

Have you ever made a garden planner? How did it go? Also, please share your favorite gardening tips, especially for Florida!

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Friday Faves

May 11
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Happy Friday everyone! I hope the end of the work-week is treating you well. I have family over this weekend so we will be out and about enjoying what we can in this semi-tolerable Florida weather. I will be having both my parents and my in-laws over for Mother’s Day and am super excited for the menu I have planned.

Now on to my faves!

Right before I cut my hair, I picked up a Curl Bar. This is a unique curling iron with a handle with a 90 degree angle. Although I haven’t used it much since the chop, I really liked it and felt that the ergonomic design really does make a difference. Anyways, if you are in the market for a new curling iron check it out.

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Remember “channel flipping?” Yeah, luckily we don’t have to do that anymore. However, while scrolling Hulu the other day I came across a new show on Fox, LA t0 Vegas. If you’re in the mood for a fun, feel-good sitcom this is your show. Perfect for before bed when you just want something light. Also, it is super bingeable as I totally watched 5 episodes in one day.
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Did you see what The Happy Planner released at the Go Wild Conference in Austin? They have a new kids line of planners! Happy Planner Kids are super cute mini planners for boys and girls. Perfect for teaching kids proper planning and how to prepare for the week. These would make a great gift idea. They will be available in the MAMBI Shop on May 15th.

 

I am about two-thirds through the way of Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer on audiobook. As I’ve mentioned before, audiobooks are my FAVORITE. Anyways, I guess this book was a movie recently, but I have not seen it.  I actually got this book because I found a later book in the trilogy on the shelf and thought it sounded so interesting. Of course I wasn’t going to start in the middle so I went back to the first book. If you’re looking for a good sci-fi to pull you in early and keep you intrigued this would be a great series for you. Bonus: All three books are already out so you don’t have to wait for them to be written or published. Want in on all three? Check out this single-volume hardcover edition.

Did you see my post about Old Navy? If you’re looking for some tips on how to dress professionally via their collection check it out. I found some great summer office pieces and the prices are amazing.

Anyways, that is all I have for today. As always, feel free to share awesome things in the comments. You know I am always on the hunt for new awesome.

 

 

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Old Navy fashion

May 9
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For most of my adult life I have been pretty loyal to Banana Republic and Gap for work staples. I like to think I am petty easy going with these items. All I want are items that cover me, fit well, and wash well. With staples like black work pants, being able to withstand wear is important as I wear them all the time.  As of late I have not been as happy with some of the items at those stores so I decided to check out Old Navy as I had seen many bloggers shop there. Generally when I think of Old Navy I think casual wear, but if you look closely they have quite a few options in the work wear category.

The Pixie Pant is of course a cult classic, but I also have found love for their high-waist pixie which boasts a flat front and comfortable elastic waistband on the interior. They have really stepped up their cardigan game as well with items like this one and this line of open front cardigans in all the colors. I have also been grabbing a few of their casual summer dresses  because they are so easy to dress up or down for work or weekend wear. Here in Florida simple dresses rule in summer.

As for more casual favorites, I love this tee and these sandals.

So for now, I will continue to shop at Old Navy and see what works for me. Of course, all the brands mentioned as part of the same company so who knows, maybe it is all basically the same thing.

 

Knowing yourself and knowing your habit type

May 2
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Wow that feels like a long title, but this is something I have struggled with I know many of you do to. I love planning out my day and week and allotting tasks and to-dos, but sometimes when the day or time comes I find that I lack the simple motivation to make it happen. Sound familiar? Good. You’re human too. Today I want to share a little bit into my struggle, as well as a resource to help.

I have again and again failed at following through with my plans. You know all those people who show up at the gym on January 1st? That is me. I plan out a great week and schedule and then by Wednesday I stop following it.

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I finally had a light bulb moment when I read Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin. Rubin categorizes everyone into the following four habit tendencies; upholder, obliger, questioner, and rebel. Everyone more or less falls mainly into the categories which by understanding them can start to understand how we make and keep positive habits (for me, getting plans done.)

 

Here are the four tendencies:

Upholder: This person says she is going to do something, so she does it. She is accountable to herself and does it for herself. She probably stopped reading this post because she does not have this problem.

Obliger: This person may skip out on a habit (like going to the gym) unless the promised someone else that they would. She might neglect to follow plans that are just for her, but will totally make sure anything that she promised to anyone else gets done, like prepping meals for her husband. (I fall into this category.)

Questioner: This person has a hard time with things unless they understand why doing it is good as well as what the benefit is for them.

Rebel: These people resist expectations from themselves and others. Also, they probably don’t own a planner or read this blog.

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Once you understand where you fit you can start to find ways to make your plans work for you. As an obliger, I found that being accountable to others makes me work my best.  My best personal example of this is that I wanted to wake up earlier in the mornings, but was having trouble because I didn’t have to get up, I could sleep in and it would not hurt anyone. My husband leaves for work about an hour before me and I wanted to get up with him. I also wanted to make us both smoothies to take to work each day. I spoke to my husband and told him my intentions to get up and make smoothies and asked him to help me do this by reminding me if I was still in bed to make smoothies. The next day, without his reminder I was out of bed and at the blender. I wanted to do what I had promised him.  I use the same system to keep myself on track. I tell him what I intend to do and he will come back a few days later and ask how I did. To the outside eye this could come off in a slightly controlling way, but I have asked him to keep me accountable. If you’re an obliger, find someone to be accountable to and ask them to help you. When you do something for someone else you will be more likely to follow through.

Please read more about these types, it really did help put everything into view for me. Rubin has two books Better Than Before and The Four Tendencies. I suggest reading both, but if you don’t have time at least check out her website.

BONUS: Understanding the tendencies as well as how your family scores helps so much in understanding where they come from in things. My husband in a Questioner. Knowing this, I know that if I ask him to do something without giving him the WHY he will just drive me crazy with questions. I now explain why I am asking him to do something while I ask so he understands the reasoning and is more willing to comply.

While I don’t have any one great tip, I honestly believe that looking into your tendency will help you know yourself the best.

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