Two Years Blogging! So What’s Next?

Two Years Blogging!
Two Years Blogging!

Hey Everyone!

So I’ve reached two years of blogging this month! That is, if you count the last three absentee months. I haven’t blogged since April- work and life in general have sucked up most of my motivation. I honestly could not find a place or will to blog, just couldn’t bring myself to post more of the same or anything at all. So how’s that for a two-year celebration? Lol.

As you may or may not know, we are expecting our second little one in September! Of course we are thrilled, but during my first and the start of my second trimester I was pretty tired and lazy after work and pretty much valued being a bum. So with that, combined with lots of introspective musings, life situations and just lack of desire, blogging just wasn’t happening. I was struggling to see the point of it in my life.

Looking back over this last year on BeautyLifeMom, I kinda played it somewhat safe. I’m not one to be super vulnerable and spontaneous on my blog, perhaps the reason I started so many drafts yet published so few of them. I managed to get some beauty reviews out, tried some things like going dairy-free to help a skin situation, and moved a lot of products out of my stash and added a few things in too. While all of that was fine and good and will more than likely continue to be a part of my blog, I know there’s a lot more I’d like to get into. As the months and now years of blogging roll on, it’s becoming more obvious that my focus is more towards using what I have over constantly bringing new stuff in, and it’s something I want to explore further on here.

Lately I rediscovered how important and freeing writing and getting my thoughts down is for me. That it is something I need to keep doing for myself. I take note of how great the blogging community is even after not being at it for a while and how much it means to be sharing what’s on my mind while also learning so much in return.

I’m no fortune teller so I can’t predict how often I will blog going forward especially with baby number two coming, but I would like to be more deliberate and be more active on here. I will continue to blog about the ins and outs of my beauty inventory (I’m not crazy about the word “collection” for some reason), but definitely want to talk more about consumer culture, my minimalist journey and where I am on that spectrum since it’s too big a part of my life to not talk about it.

So everyone, in this third year of BeautyLifeMom, I hope to be more of a blogger than I had been my second, for no other reason than I want to be intentional and show up. Because I truly love writing and sharing what’s on my mind and hear your thoughts as well. Perhaps those are higher hopes these days especially with major changes forthcoming, but who says anything has to be perfect? Sometimes perfection is just an illusion. No promises of a perfect blog with perfect schedules, but to showing up when I can to talk about more of what’s on my mind! So cheers! On to year three!

Love always,

Jen

The Blogger Recognition Award

Blogger Recognition Award
Blogger Recognition Award

Hey all! I was tagged by two awesome ladies to participate in the Blogger Recognition Award! Thanks so much SingleVegasGirl and Melina! I try to do tag posts when I get the opportunity – I love learning about other bloggers and hope readers get to learn a little bit more about me too.  First, the rules (some which I break lol):

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers for this award
  • Comment on each blog to let them know you nominated them and link to the post you created.

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I Went Dairy Free to Clear Up Acne-Did it Work?

I’m no stranger to a hormonal breakout, but my skin was on a whole other level this summer. In June, one side of my forehead started breaking out like crazy which hasn’t happened in a really long time, and then my chin took a turn for the worst. It was getting a little ridiculous. Was it my pillowcase? Change of seasons? I’ve tried different topical treatments over the years, but I felt like those were more of a temporary fix. There had to be a better solution.

Dairy Free To Clear Acne, Does it Work?
Dairy Free To Clear Acne, Does it Work?

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Mystery Blogger Award Tag!

Mystery Blogger AwardI was recently tagged twice to do the Mystery Blogger Award a little while ago by my blogger pals Melina at IvefoundWaldo  and AlexandraQuinlan, two very dedicated bloggers I am lucky to know- thanks for the tag girls! Since starting my blog last year, getting to know these two and so many others has been one of the coolest parts of being a blogger! They totally get the blogging life and live it to the fullest. I’d also like to mention the creator of the award, Okoto Enigma.

Mystery Blogger Award Tag Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers three things about yourself.
  • Answer 5 questions from the nominator.
  • Nominate 10 or more people
  • Notify your nominees by leaving the nomination link in the “comments” of their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice, with one weird or funny question (specify)

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Lip Product Organization/Declutter Summer 2017

Hey Friends! Today I’ll be sharing with you my lip product organization and recent lip declutter (you can read about my other lip declutter here). This post has been a long time coming, but I just wanted it to be as updated as possible. For me the cycle of decluttering and acquiring never really ends, it just takes breaks. I don’t think I’ll be doing either for a while (at least with lip products) so I figured now would be a great time to share!
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What I’ve Learned after a Year of Blogging!

A Year of Blogging
A Year of Blogging
Hi everyone! Before I do another beauty review, empties post or general ramble, I had to acknowledge that it’s been one year since I started BeautyLifeMom. I didn’t know exactly what to expect after a year or what I thought I’d accomplish in that time, but here we are! Now that I have a year under my belt, I can talk a little more extensively about what I’ve learned, some things I’ve experienced, and areas where I’d like to grow.
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The Influenster Daisy VoxBox (My First!)

Daisy VoxBox
Daisy VoxBox
Greetings, Friends! Today I want to share with you my first VoxBox! I joined Influenster not too long ago and was excited to receive the Dasiy Voxbox  shortly after.  Of course I have to disclaim that I received all of these products free for testing purposes-all my own opinion (I’m an honest gal after all)-So let’s go through the products!

Daisy VoxBox
Daisy VoxBox
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Liebster Award Part 2!

 

Liebster Award

Hey everyone! I had done the Liebster Award tag last September and recently was tagged again by three awesome bloggers, Alexandra, Jonia, and Enyiie– Thanks so much ladies! I’m doing it again because heck, nothing wrong with an update. Plus their questions were too good so I couldn’t pass them up (I did all 3 sets).

I’m going to break some rules here and instead of tagging people this time around (or who knows, maybe I will), I’m going to invite anyone who hasn’t gotten a chance to do this to do it. Or even if you already did the Liebster and feel like doing an update, go for it! I really love reading facts about anyone so definitely let me know if you do this tag! 
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Mini Life Update: My Short Break, Why I Blog, Unicorn Frappucinos.

Hey Guys! I haven’t published a post in 10 11 days now which for me is a while. Give or take, I try to post once a week and if I’m really feelin’ it, twice a week. So I guess it hasn’t been been that long, but longer than usual for me. After getting some time away, I felt like doing a non-beauty post and just say what’s up.
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Does It Work: Johnson’s Baby Wash for the Face?

Johnson's baby head-to-toe wash
Johnson’s baby head-to-toe wash
Hey Everyone! Here I am today with another Does it Work hack report! I recently tried fixing broken makeup with rubbing alcohol, and now I want to share my experience using baby wash as as face wash- something I’ve been seeing around and was curious, albeit a bit uncertain. I don’t know about you, but any products meant for the body just seems off limits for the face. I have used Dove bar soap on my face at one point, but it wasn’t anything amazing and stopped there.

Now I think people actually use actual baby shampoo as a face wash as well which I haven’t really tried, so keep in mind that I used the head-to-toe wash and not their actual baby shampoo so I can’t make any claims on that.

Anyway, people have been using Johnson’s Head-to-Toe baby wash as a facial cleanser, claim it works really well and is supposed to be great for sensitive skin. I guess it would make sense-if it’s gentle enough to use on a baby’s sensitive skin, what harm could it do to an adult? Some have even said it changed their skin drastically. Again, stuff I was definitely skeptical about and I needed to have my own proof. Let’s get into some info!
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