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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The Versatile Blogger Award Tag!

The Versatile Blogger Award Tag
The Versatile Blogger Award Tag

I was tagged by my girls Jay and Hollie to do this fun little post! Thanks so much ladies! (All please check out their sites!)

For the Versatile Blogger Award tag, give seven facts about yourself, tag some cool bloggers to do the same-no idea what the rules are on how many but I chose five, and include the link of the person (or in my case, people) who tagged you.  I hope this tells you a little bit more about me and I look forward to reading more about you guys! Here are my seven:

1.  I prefer soda at room temperature. People think I’m weird when I say no to ice!

2. I think there is truth in astrological signs. Sure, some descriptions are pretty broad and could fit anyone, but I’m a Capricorn and fit the typical description pretty accurately (organized, cautious, moody…).

3. I have so many tabs open in my brain at any given time and tend to get sidetracked easily. I have to really get focused in order to complete something!

4. I’m lively but have a major lazy streak. I always want to lay down and relax-that’s like the goal every day haha. I say it’s because I have a kid but I’m pretty sure I was like this before that too.

5. I don’t like fans directly blowing on me unless it’s absolutely disgustingly sweaty weather. Maybe this is because I don’t like being cold but it irks me.

6. I have a major sweet tooth. Love sweets! Candy, cake, and ice cream make my life.

7. I’m pretty short at 5’0 but never wanted to be taller (except when I’m trying to buy pants lol). It’s just part of who I am and I can’t imagine it any other way!

Those are my facts! And now I am tagging these lovely ladies:

1. Amanda at The Next Seven

2. Srna at A Crush on Life

3. Ella at Whimsicella

4. Mommy Needs Coffee

5. Courtney

Have fun guys!!

~Jen
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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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Makeup Declutter Part 1: Lip Products!

If you’re a makeup junkie makeup/beauty product enthusiast, I’m sure you can relate-my history and love of makeup has led to a pretty big stash. I’ve loved, hated, kept, tossed (though more keeping than tossing) and repeated this cycle quite frequently. Then one day a few years back I had a Forrest Gump moment. Remember that part in the movie when he was running and running with the crowd behind him, and then one day declared he was tired and just stopped? That was me a few years ago. The urgency of buying similar items in bulk had come to a sudden halt. I took a big pause and slowed down the hauls.  Not that I’ll ever stop completely, but I’ve become much pickier over time with what I’ll buy and keep.
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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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