My Thoughts on Project Pan

My Thoughts on Project Pan
Project Pan

Hello again, Beauts! So I took a mini break from blogging with the Thanksgiving holiday and I will say it was well needed! Sometimes you just know when it’s time to wind down and do nothing- or as close to nothing as motherhood will allow! I had a little more time to think about different beauty concepts that are continuously floating around in my brain and decided to zone in on project pan. This post isn’t about me actually doing project pan, but more of a sounding board on what it is and how I feel about it!
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When Working and Fall Collide: An OOTD Post!

Welcome back ladies (and hopefully some gents too)! Seems as though my posts are branching out a little from my usual beauty product write-ups, and this one is no exception! Talk about random, my last post was all about signs and symbols. But that is me- random, lol. Thank God for that “lifestyle” portion of my blog! Anywhoo, I haven’t done any full outfit looks in a post- this is my first! But since it’s fall (which I 100% consider an excuse for anything) and I’m in that kinda mood, here we are!

Because I teach little kids, I don’t have to dress up in suits or really formal work clothes. My work outfits have to have to be somewhat comfortable, and I can be as creative or as boring as I wanna be, all staying within the appropriate guidelines of, well, being a teacher!

I’ve built up quite the business-casual work wardrobe over the years, which usually consists of a lot of solid tops in varying colors, some patterns (I love my stripes…) and all the basics for mix-and-match heaven. I like wearing jewelry-necklaces of all types, big and small watches, earrings, etc. and balance them all out- smaller, daintier things with larger pieces, or wear one statement piece and keep everything else to a minimum.

I don’t want to throw myself into a category of style but I guess if I had to label, I’d be a mix of conservative, fun, sometimes edgy, sometimes trendy, sometimes classic. So basically I do a little bit of everything. Ha! And I dress based on my mood, and of course weather (doesn’t everyone though?!). I don’t usually plan outfits out beforehand, but sometimes in my mind I’ll play around with one thing I’ll want to wear and then center everything around that.

Now onto the outfit-I’ve had most of these pieces for a few years unless otherwise noted. I took these pictures after work right in my room. One day, who knows when- I’ll drag someone out to take pics of me romping around in the great outdoors but this is the best I have at the moment!

Fall work outfit
Fall Work Outfit

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Signs and Symbols- Do You Believe?

ladybug, railing
Ladybug outside my house last winter

Hi again, everyone!  As always, I hope this post finds you well. This past week has been a mix of calm days, productive days, hectic ones, and days when news you receive isn’t exactly the news you really want to hear. Days where you’ll have to sit and do some processing.

I find it interesting that on some days, things happen that make you stop and smile or bring you a sense of comfort. I don’t go around hunting for signs. Anything could be a sign if you want it to be. But I feel that if you’re open to them, it seems you don’t have to hunt so much- they kinda just fall into your lap!
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Traveling: How I Pack!

Greetings all! Recently, we had the opportunity to do some traveling. I had the pleasure of seeing good friends get married-one in Punta Cana and the other wedding in Arkansas, so we definitely got in some flight time this summer! While getting ready for all of these events and hanging out in hotel rooms and airports, I was inspired to do a post on packing and travel items!

We don’t fly often at all but when we do, we try to avoid checking bags and get everything in our carry ons. For us it’s just easier-no lost luggage or waiting around for it, plus it’s one less thing you’re paying for. I like saving when I can, so this makes my frugal side very happy! You don’t get to bring as much this way, but I don’t see that as a bad thing. It’s also a lot easier to pack less in the summer or when you’re only away for 3-4 nights, so we had that advantage. We did manage to do two weeks in Europe one summer with just our carry ons and my tote, so I guess anything is doable!
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The Liebster Award!

Liebster AwardI was nominated by my lovely blogging pal Amanda over at The Next Seven to do this fun and insightful post! If you haven’t yet, please check out her blog all about living life to the fullest! I can definitely get on board with that!

I always enjoy doing posts like these-I find that they’re a great way to connect with other bloggers and to learn more about ourselves and each other. The Liebster Award is usually given to newer bloggers so other bloggers or readers can learn more about them (I decided to tag some cool bloggers who aren’t necessarily new!).  Anyway, should you choose to give it a go, here’s how it works:

1. Thank your nominator 🙂

2. Answer the questions he/she has created for you.

3. Create 10 new questions.

4. Nominate around 6 bloggers for this award and include their links in your post!

So anyway, here are my answers to Amanda’s questions!

What’s the #1 thing you want to cross off your bucket list this year? Oooh! Well if we’re talking about from this October to next, maybe start growing our family? And that’s a MAYBE. We’ll see how life goes-certainly can’t promise anything. I would also like to continue growing as a blogger.

What does a good friend look like? To me a good friend is someone who is dependable, has a great sense of humor, and makes an effort to reach out somehow whether it’s through a text to say “hey” or making actual plans to hang out- something, anything. Life does get very busy so I know that isn’t easy to do- I am not always the best at it myself. But you don’t realize how much any of it matters, but if it’s missing….you notice.

Tell me about the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done. The most adventurous thing I’ve done up to this point was become a mom. It’s a constant adventure as I’m sure most moms will tell you! Starting a blog (which made me a bit nauseous at first) has definitely been adventurous, as well as going to Europe for two weeks! That didn’t make me want to throw up, however.
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10 Ways I Try to Save!

ways to save money
10 Ways to Save
In the world of working 9-5 or whatever your set hours may be, it’s called work for a reason, amirite?! You may be living your dream job, but whether you love it, hate it, or something in the middle, I’m assuming some form of labor is required to get that paycheck!

I’m the kinda gal who believes that any amount of money adds up, no matter how little. And if there are small, relatively painless ways you can save that hard-earned money or maybe even get something back, why not I say!  This is NOT about being cheap or sacrificing quality- I wouldn’t ever wanna go there. Spending more is worth it where you want it to be worth it. But I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like a good deal on something they’d buy anyway, or anyone who said “YES! I am SO glad I spent more on that than I needed to!”  I save when it’s worth it. If a product is cheap but stinks, I’d rather spend more and get what I really want and like it. Know what I’m sayin?

Here are some ways I try to save or get some mula back in my pocket.  I’m sure there’s a lot more I could be doing that I haven’t even tapped into, but so far these have really worked for me and don’t take much. You may even be doing some of these already! This is not a sponsored post, just stuff I happen to like doing. Give some of these tips a whirl and see how they work for you!

1. Using Money-Saving apps and Websites
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Decluttering Part 2: Eyeshadow

I have recently decluttered a large amount of beauty products from my stash and decided to break it up into two, maybe three posts, or heck make a whole series out of it! My first was on lip products I tossed. Here I will talk about eyeshadow I finally purged.

It’s been a very long time since I’ve done a serious weeding through of products, so I have kind of an embarrassing amount that I’m tossing. Ideally, I hope to have less and less to get rid of over time, being much pickier about what I’ll buy and maybe do little purges more often as opposed to one huge one per year- maybe I’m a weirdo but I do feel a lot of gratification when I declutter a ton at once!

I decided to declutter these shadows for similar reasons as my lip gloss- 1)too old 2) no desire to use 3) formula not living up. Anyway, here are the shadows I decided to finally say goodbye to:

Eyeshadow Declutter
Eyeshadows I’m tossing

Some themes I noticed:  

Not a fan of glitter in my shadows. Maybe at one point that was my thing, but I don’t remember even wearing glitter and certainly don’t plan to in the future. I love a little shimmer and metallic finish, but glitter in eyeshadow is not happening for me.
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Reflections on My First Month Blogging!

Reflections on Blogging for One Month
Blogging: One month in!

It’s been about one month since I started this whole blogging journey- nutso!  And though I’m still a total newbie and will be for a while, I think it helps to reflect on my experience, even if it’s only been a month. No matter how little or grand, growth is growth!  I guess I’m doing this as a reminder to myself to keep going (there will be and already have been times when I wondered what the heck I got myself into), and as a shout-out to others in the same boat or who are thinking of starting one up themselves! The ups and downs have been a little crazy, but I think I’m getting to a place where I’m a little more comfortable! ::knock on wood::. Here are some things I’ve gone through my first month:
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My Summer 2016 Necessities

Summer Necessities
Summer Necessities

I used to consider myself a fall girl but have since appreciated all that comes with the warmer seasons. I am a teacher, so I welcome summers and getting a break from the normal teaching routine. There’s something about brighter days, the shore, and lack of wool and layers that makes summer special. Cannot deny that! Here are some products I commonly use (or have started to use) this summer!

SPF Products

I’m not necessarily pale nor do I burn easily, but I like to lower my cancer risks, premature wrinkles, and sun spots when I can. Is it annoying to apply sunscreen? For me, yes. And I absolutely get lazy or forget to put it on especially if I’m in a rush and trying to get out the door. I am not perfect about sun protection each time I step out, but I try when I can.
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