Yogurtland: FREE Frozen Yogurt & Toppings (2/8 – 4-7PM)

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Do you live near a Yogurtland location? On February 8th from 4 to 7 PM, you can get FREE Frozen Yogurt & Toppings! You can also score a limited-edition Hershey’s Spoon! No coupon is required and no purchase is necessary. Click here for their store locator. Take your friends and family and have a great time.

Enjoy,

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Getting softer skin in 20 minutes.

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Inspired girl drowned in procrastination.

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Who doesn’t want soft skin? Here’s a quick, easy and chemical free way too touch up your skin once in a while.

What you need//

  1. Salt or sugar
  2. Water
  3. Towel
  4. Moisturizer
  5. Olive oil.

// Rub the oil onto the area of skin.
Pour a little bit of olive oil onto the area and rub it well. You can rub it by massaging in circular movements.

// Exfoliate the area with salt or sugar.
Put a generous amount of salt onto the skin area and scrub. Don’t be rough or you might hurt your skin. But don’t be afraid of scrub well. It’s important because this step removes dead skin.

//Leave it in for 10 minutes.
This step takes patience. You can scrub while you’re waiting. But be careful, because if you don’t leave it in for 1O minutes, you’re skin won’t be soft :c

// Wash the mixture off.
Preferably with lukewarm water…

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Setting goals for the new year.

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Bringing a throwback from last year to help you guys out this year🙂

Inspired girl drowned in procrastination.

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Honestly, I don’t really believe in resolutions because why should we wait for a certain date to begin doing what we want? No time is better than now and why shouldn’t we make goals and start right away?

I’ve found some really nice printables/downloadables which could help you get organized and get your life together this year. Print out and display one of these pretty resolution printables to help keep you motivated throughout the year! (PS they’re all free!) (Click the picture to be redirected to the link)

FREE New Years Resolutions Printable- Dream BIG in 2015

Open-Ended Resolutions Printable

Open-Ended Resolutions Printable

Sometimes you can get discouraged if you don’t feel like you’ve achieved your goal by a desired date. That’s why an open-ended printable like this one might be more manageable. You can list as many or as little goals for the year and achieve them when you can.

Simply Beautiful Resolutions Printable

One-Goal Resolutions Printable

One-Goal Resolutions Printable

Your resolutions shouldn’t stress you out! Just take them…

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DIY: Chanel Shirts.

DIY'S

What you need:

  • A white or a black shirt
  • Scissors
  • Sharpie
  • Chanel logo
  • Black fabric paint (or white if you’re doing it on a black shirt) [you can even use a fabric marker]
  1. Print out the logo on paper, cut out the black part of the sign (If you have an X-Acto knife, use that) and tape it onto the middle of the shirt.


2. With a sharpie carefully line the inside of the logo. Put a book or some newspaper under the top of the shirt so the ink doesn’t bleed through.


3. With your paint carefully paint the inside of your logo and let dry.

*Pic credit here. This would make a great Christmas present, birthday gift or just a fun thing you can do with your friends during a sleepover or something.

Enjoy,

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Subway: Buy 30oz. Soft Drink & Get a FREE 6″ Sub (Text Offer) + Free cookie this Friday.

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Text OFFERS to 782929 to gain access to a new mobile coupon from Subway valid for a FREE 6″ Sub when you buy a 30oz. soft drink! This offer is available in select regions. If you don’t immediately get your coupon, they’ll send it to you when it is available in your area. This will subscribe you to their text alerts, but you can unsubscribe at any time. Go here for more information!

Plus this Friday is National Cookie Day. Just walk in, and ask them about the cookies and they’ll give you one for free🙂

Enjoy,

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Fruits for beautiful skin.

Beauty., Health and Wellness.

Not only are fruits good for your insides, they’re also good for your outsides. Here are some fruits that can make your skin AMAZING:

Apples: Apples are a great conditioner & toner for your skin, they have amazing skin-healing powers and have been used as a beauty aid for centuries.

-Add a cup of apple juice to your bath to cleanse and soften your skin.

-Apple juice, when applied to your hair scalp, can prevent dandruff. You can use it as a final rinse after shampooing your hair.

-Apples are filled with pectin – essential for fighting the dreaded acne.

-The juice of apple can be used as a breath freshener too. *not relevant but nice to know

 

Lemons: Lemons are a classic home beauty ingredient for a reason.

-Lemons are used to cleanse, lighten and freshen the skin and hair.

-Use lemon slices to soften rough skin spots such as elbows & heels.

-Lemon slices help deodorize. Mix a few teaspoons of lemon juice in your bath and you’ll feel fresh the whole day.

-Lemon juice can be added to your favorite cleanser or shampoo to refresh and tone your scalp.

-If you use it a few times a month mixed with your shampoo,  it’ll help prevent dandruff.

-Lemon grinds can be rubbed on to scars as it aids healing.

-Lemon is a natural bleach so it can help to fade out dark spots and acne scars too.

 

Bananas: they are rich in protein and natural fats so they can be used on all skin types.

-Banana is a great emollient for your skin and hair

-Make an easy facemask that will make your skin supple by applying mashed banana all over your skin and leaving it on for 20 minutes. Once you’re done, rinse off with warm water and make sure to moisturize.

-Mashed banana also makes a wonderful hair conditioner when mixed with a 1 tablespoon of honey. It’s perfect for keeping hair beautiful even if dyed regularly.

 

Pineapple: Pineapples are great skin softeners, which cleanses and rejuvenates dull and dry skin.

-Use pineapple slices on rough skin spots like knees, elbows, and heels.

-Use a slice of pineapple like you would use a sponge or loofah to scrub your body in the bath or shower.

 

Papaya: Papaya is rich in papain enzyme and Vitamin A which is the best treatment for exfoliating your skin.

-Apply mashed papaya and 3 teaspoons of aloe vera gel and massage all over your body monthly for fresh and glowing skin (leave on your skin for no more than five minutes & rinse thoroughly) [use it with caution for the first time because it may sometimes irritate sensitive skin]

 

Peaches: Peaches are highly emollient and perfect for dry skin types.

-Mash a fresh peach and combine with a tablespoon of plain yogurt to make a smooth paste, apply to your skin and leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and your skin will feel moisturized and supple to the touch.

Hope these helped,

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Pumpkin pie smoothie.

Recipes.

Recipe #1
Ingredients

  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin (chilled)
  • 1 12-ounce can evaporated milk (chilled)
  • 8 ounces vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Whipped cream, to taste (optional)

Directions

  1. Combine pumpkin, milk, yogurt, sugar and spice in a blender; cover.
  2. Blend until mixture is smooth.
  3. Pour into glasses; top with whipped cream (if desired) and an additional sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice. Serves four.

Recipe #2

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup canned Pumpkin Pie Filling
  • 1/4 cup Plain Yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed ice
  • 1/2 cup Soy Milk
  • 1/8 cup Applesauce
  • 1 Tbls. Sugar (I have a sweet tooth, so you may want to try a 1/2 Tbs to start out with)
  • 1/2 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice

Directions:

  1. Put the ice into the blender and crush.
  2. Add all other ingredients and blend together.
  3. Makes 2 large servings

Enjoy,

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Pineapple-Cherry Cobbler

DIY'S, Recipes.

This recipe is to DIE for and since it’s super easy I decided to put it up as a last minute Thanksgiving dessert recipe.

Ingredients//

  • 1 – Packaged Cake Mix, Yellow or White
  • 1 – 21 oz. can of Cherry Pie Filling
  • 1 – 20 oz. can of Crushed Pineapple
  • 1 – Stick Butter (refrigerated)
  • 1 – Cup Chopped Pecans (optional)

Directions//

  • Grease a 9 x 13-inch pan or just a regular casserole bowl with butter.
  • Spread cherry pie filling over bottom of the pan. Layer the pineapple on top of it but DON’T drain it.

  • Take the spatula or a spoon and mix the cherry pie filling and crushed pineapple together in the baking pan until they are well mixed. Made sure the mixture is evenly distributed and level in the baking pan.

Read more here.

Removing Nail Polish without Remover

Beauty.

It’s so annoying when you have chipped nail polish and you don’t have nail polish remover at home so I’m here to help. Here’re some things you can use to take off nail polish without nail polish remover:

1.Hairspray
Hairspray often contains the same kind of chemicals as nail polish remover, and this allows it to serve the same purpose as nail polish remover.
Spray some hairspray onto your nail then remove the nail polish with a tissue. Don’t use a cotton ball because the substance sticks to the nail.
2. Perfume
If you have a perfume that you don’t particularly like the smell of you can use it as a nail polish remover. Spray some onto a cotton ball and rub onto your nails. Repeat as needed.
3. Nail Polish
This might sound weird, but it works. When you apply a new coat of nail polish, the old layer softens which makes it easier to remove the nail polish. Apply a layer of nail polish then take both layers with a cotton disc by rubbing firmly over your nails.
Good luck,
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Dealing with stress and frustration.

Health and Wellness., Lifestyle.

From teachers to friends, to work to everything, things can tend to get really stressful and unbearable at times and I’m here to help. Here are a few tips I have:

  • Sleep, you’ll be rested and feel a lot better
  • Rant to someone I promise it’ll help
  • Get a cat, they’re soothing
  • Exercise or at least do yoga every other day because it has a unique capacity to exhilarate and relax, to provide stimulation and calm, to counter depression and dissipate stress
  • GET A PLANNER. I cannot stress that enough. I promise your life will be so much easier.
  • For things not school related, make a list and check it off as you go along. You’ll get a sense of satisfaction and completion and you won’t be so overwhelmed
  • If someone gives you a job and you know you won’t be able to do it don’t agree just to be polite, apologize and tell them you can’t so they get someone who can. If you do say yes you’ll get overwhelmed and frustrated and the job won’t be done right
  • Please, please, please try to get out of the habit of procrastination. Don’t save everything for Sunday night or like some people I know, Monday morning to do things/ last minute. Do small things at a time and you’ll be calmer.
  • Cry. This might sound odd, but crying helps you because they contain a lot of stress hormones which are released when you cry.
  • Smile. Even if it’s a fake smile, your body gives out endorphins and even if you’re not happy, your body will think you are and you’ll slowly become happier.
  • Help others. Seeing the happiness in others creates this feeling in people that makes them calmer and happier.
  • Stay away from other people. If you know you’re stressed, frustrated etc stay away from others because if you’re anything like me you’ll lash out or break down and do something you’ll end up regretting.
  • Find something like an outlet to let all the anger and frustration go to like screaming, breaking things (try pencils or ripping paper), punching a pillow, chewing gum or ice etc. Just find something inanimate so you don’t lash out on someone.
  • Take breaks. Whether it be in between when you are doing homework, studying, or just during the weekend. Go outside, breathe some fresh air, eat, walk around and then come back to whatever you were doing. If you do so your mind will be well rested and you’ll think better.
  • If you’re doing something and you’re really frustrated for example a project etc. just stop. Sleep on it or come back to it in an hour or so, so that you’ll be calmer and have a fresher perspective when you see it the next time. This helps so your work won’t be sloppy and just thrown together.

Remember, if you can’t do something, it’s not the end of the world, you have second chances, extra credit and so much more, it’s not the end of the world and it will be ok.

Good luck guys and I hope this helps🙂

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Starbucks: Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Holiday Drinks (11/12-11/15)

Freebies.

If you are a fan of Starbucks, make sure you take advantage of this deal! Starting Thursday (11/12) thru Sunday (11/15), Starbucks will be offering up Buy 1, Get 1 FREE Holiday Drink! Choose from Chestnut Praline Latte, Peppermint Mocha, and Caramel Brulee Latte.  This deal is only valid between 2PM-5PM each day. Starbucks Rewards members get an extra day on the 16th from 2PM-Close. No coupon is needed!

Enjoy,

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Hair products for your hair type.

Beauty., Reviews and Unboxings


For years now I’ve just been grabbing random shampoos from the store because they either smelled nice or the packaging was pretty etc until I found this brand. They’re AMAZING and have products for basically every hair type. *sponsored*

Frizzy Hair?

Argan Oil is known for it’s deep penetrating and split end repairing qualities. It leaves hair soft and fortified. It strengthens and restores dry, damaged and frizzy hair.

Dry Hair?

Macadamia Oils is known for extreme hydration, it’s deep penetration and cuticle sealing qualities. It will moisturize and protect your hair to the point it leaves even the most damaged hair nourished and glossy.

Dull Hair?

Monoi Oil is known to nourish and hydrate all hair types. It quickly absorbs into your hair and leaves it soft, silky and shiny.

Weak Hair?

Keratin Protein is what your hair is made up of. It strengthens and smooths out your hair shaft from the inside out. It’s ultra restorative and leaves hair smooth, shiny and frizz-free. It helps repairs damage, reduces breakage and helps reduce static.

Flat Hair?

Almond Oil is known for it’s high content of Omega fatty acids, Vitamin E and Magnesium, and this helps increase the body and texture of your hair while also reviving and strengthening it.

I hope you guys give this AMAZING brand a try. Their products are really affordable so I’ll definitely me stocking up when I finish my current bottle. Hope this helped.

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How to make Pumpkin Juice.

DIY'S, Recipes.

Fall is hereee and there’s so much you can do with the vegetable of the season, and since a lot of you will be carving and getting pumpkins for Halloween, why waste the inside? If you don’t have a juicer or just happen to really like sweet things here’s a few ideas for you.

Recipe #1

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of pumpkin (chopped up into chunks)
  • 2 cups of apple juice
  • ½ cup of pineapple juice
  • 1 teaspoon of honey (or more to your taste)
  • Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg and/or Allspice (all ground, to taste)

Directions:

  1. Juice the pumpkin pieces by squeezing through a cheesecloth or using a juicer if you have one.
  2. Pour the pumpkin juice, apple juice and pineapple juice into a blender.
  3. Add the honey (start with 1 teaspoon and then add some more to taste) to the juices and blend thoroughly.
  4. Add your spices (to taste). Slowly do it though because if you add too much then the whole thing might get messed up.
  5. Put your pumpkin juice in the fridge or serve with Ice.

Recipe #2

Ingredients:

  • 2 Quarts apple cider, divided
  • 1 piece fresh ginger, (2″) sliced
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 28 oz. can pumpkin puree

Directions:

  1. Pour 3 cups of the apple cider into a saucepan; add the ginger slices, cinnamon stick, and cloves.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil, turn down to a simmer, and cook for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and then add the honey and brown sugar (stir to dissolve).
  4. Refrigerate the mixture until it’s cold.
  5. When ready to serve, strain the apple cider mixture into a large pitcher. Add the remaining apple cider and the pumpkin puree and mix.

Enjoy🙂

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How my menstrual cup changed my life.

Health and Wellness., Lifestyle., raving reviews

This may be a little sensitive for a few people out there so readers be cautioned.

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I’ve tried a few menstrual cups in and after going back and forth, I finally settled on the Sckoon cup and I love it. Honestly, switching to menstrual cups was one of the best things I’ve done for myself.

WHY?
If not all, most commercial brand tampons and pads contain the chemicals asbestos, dioxin, and rayon (fibers). Asbestos is an irritant that has been known to cause excessive bleeding. Dioxin is toxic to the reproductive and immune systems and has been known to cause endometriosis (irregular bleeding/infertility which is very common among women today.) Rayon creates a breeding ground for dioxin within the vagina (from the use of tampons) by leaving fibers behind in the uterus. Using commercial tampons and pads leave women extremely susceptible to hormonal challenges, fertility issues, and general complications with their reproductive organs. [Source: Wild Woman Speaks]

The average woman menstruates for forty years and uses approximately 20 tampons per cycle, which is roughly 240 tampons each year. This means she will use about 9,600 tampons during the entire course of her menstruating years. That’s a freaking lot of tampons! Women, we must strongly consider our choices regarding menstrual care. Not only is that a massive amount of tampons that wind up in a landfill year after year, but that’s a lot of harsh chemicals that are making their way into our bodies if we are using commercial brands of menstrual products. Choosing to care for our menstrual cycle with organic reusable cloth pads and moon cups not only does our bodies good, it does our environment a whole lot of good, too! [Source]

The tampon industry is convinced that women need bleached white products. They seem to think that we view this as “pure” and “clean.” The fact is, if Dioxin puts women at risk for cancer and Dioxin is stored in fatty tissue (just like that found in the vagina), and a woman uses as many as 11,000 tampons in her lifetime, could the long term use of tampons increase cancer risk? [Source]

How it changed my life:

Every time I used to get my period, I would always get worried that I was leaking or that I would smell etc and would go to the bathroom 2 times more than I usually do. Ever since I’ve discovered menstrual cups, I feel so much more at ease whenever I’m on my period because I don’t have to go to the bathroom every few hours. I’ve always seen the bad effects of tampons so I never used those. Now I go to the bathroom whenever I need to pee or poop, and if you insert it right, you can keep it in for up to 12 hours depending on your flow. I usually wear a pantyliner just in case my flow is a little heavier than usual, but otherwise it’s made my life SO MUCH EASIER especially at night.

So many people get grossed out about putting something up your vagina but we need to get over the “gross”- it’s part of life and natural- even though it may be inconvenient and uncomfortable at times. It makes life so much easier and saves you so much money. You just invest in one and you don’t have to keep buying boxes/packages of pads and tampons and freaking out if you don’t have any in your house when you start your cycle etc.

If you want to get one, start with the a Sckoon cup because they’re a little bit smaller than the rest and are more comfortable. If you have a light to medium flow and have a low cervix, get Size 1 and if you usually have a heavier flow and a higher cervix, get size 2.

I really hope you guys get a chance to try one out and I promise you’ll love it. You just need practice. Here’s more information on how to use it.

Good Luck,

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How jewelry has the ability to empower people.

Random, raving reviews

Jewellery has the power to be this one little thing that can make you feel unique.- Jennie Kwon

“People will stare; Make it worth their while with a statement piece or stunning prints from our collection.

Our jewellery and accessory collection consists of mesmerising colours, patterns and texture; it’s the perfect finishing touch to your every great fashion look.

We pride ourselves on personally choosing each piece that we sell and we are constantly changing our products to keep up to date with the latest trends. With more products being added it means some products may no longer be available, so if you see something you like, it’s best to get it straightaway as there is no guarantee that it will be continued.

Don’t be afraid to make a statement with one of our embellished pieces.”

An acquaintance of mine has a jewelry shop, Lollypop Accessories, and I just wanted to show it to you guys. She has drop-dead gorgeous pieces at affordable prices so anyone can feel glamorous without having to splurge on anything.

Here are a few of my favorite pieces: (btw everything in her store is under $40)

Image of Gunmetal

Image of Light green flowers

Image of Frosty

Image of Butterfly Bag

Image of Sea Green

Image of Leaf bracelet

Image of Multi-coloured tattoos

Being able to afford things, in general, is great and wearing jewelry also has the ability to make a woman feel more classy, put together, sexy and beautiful. I strongly urge you to check out Lollypop Accessories, because you won’t find jewelry in that kind of quality at such an affordable price anywhere.

Enjoy,

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FREE MiniBons at Cinnabon on September 26th (11AM-1PM)

Freebies.

Who doesn’t love Cinnamon Buns? I know I do! Cinnabon is currently offering FREE Minibons! No coupons or purchases required. Go here for the Cinnabon store locator. Head to your local Cinnabon tomorrow (9/26) from 11AM-1PM to get a free Minibon (If I were you, I’d take all my friends with me). Go to their Facebook page for more information.

Enjoy,

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FREE Morgans Personal Care Products for Referring 2 Friends

Freebies.

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Head over to score a FREE Morgans Personal Care Product for Referring 2 Friends! Plus, you can score more products for referring more friends to sign up (you just need 7 total). They’ll send everyone who qualifies for a freebie an e-mail after the giveaway ends to get your mailing information. Make sure to sign up using someone’s like in the comments section. Feel free to share your referral links in the comments sectionof this post to help each other out!

Good luck.

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How to quickly lose weight.

Fitness., Health and Wellness., Lifestyle.

Before I start, you’re beautiful. Don’t look at thinspiration or anything like that, it’ll just motivate you the WRONG way. If you plan on losing a few pounds, guess what? There’s nothing wrong with that.🙂 You should want to lose weight so that you feel good and so that you’re healthy. Don’t worry about what other people think because it’s your body.

I’m going to enlighten you with the basics a little bit:

How do you gain weight?
-When you take in more calories than you burn, you gain weight. A lb of fat = 3,500 cal. Your body stores extra calories as fat. So, for every 3,500 cals you consume, you gain 1 lb.

How do you lose weight?
-If you eat calories or exercise, you lose weight. Say you eat 250 cals less than normal and burn off 250 cals. That is 500 fewer cal a day. If you do this every day, you will lose a lb a week.

500(cal) x 7(days in a week) = 3500 cal or 1 lb

[Try to aim for no more than 2 lbs a week. If you try for more, you’ll probably lose more lean muscle and water instead of fat. Just remember, “slow and steady”.]

Anyways, here’s what you can do to quickly lose weight.

  1. EXCERCISE
    1. This might be what everyone says but it’s true. The more muscles you have, the faster your fat will burn away. You build up muscle first and then you lose the fat. Even if you start noticing your legs or whatever increasing in size, eventually after keeping up with it for a while, you WILL see results. Try to maintain a consistent schedule, workout at least 3+ days a week and keep up with it. It’s up to you, if you wanna see faster results you have to either to more HIIT (High-intensity interval training workouts) [This is great if you’re lazy and quickly want to get done with the workout] or do other workouts for a longer period of time. If you want to see faster results, you yourself need to work for it.
      1. If you want to do more HIIT workouts, or just any workouts in general I recommend you start with Blogilates, the Sworkit app or 7-minute workout app because from experience, those are the best.
    2. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. Many people think that if you do arm workouts, you’ll lose fat on your arms but in reality you’re only gaining muscles in your arm. If you want to keep the muscles and strength you have, you have to constantly work those muscles or else it’ll just go back to how it was before. In order to truly lose weight in one specific place is to lose it everywhere at the same time. Fat is balanced out in your body so you can’t really get skinnier arms and have a thicker thigh.
    3. If your body isn’t used to working out, don’t jump into brutal exercises like pushups and pullups. Start in moderation and gradually work your way up to the harder stuff. During your first few sessions, I suggest just stretching and get your body acclimated to moving around a bit. Then you start launching into the workouts. I suggest you get a premade workout plan or watch a YouTube video with workouts that are already given so you don’t get discouraged and say, “Oh I can’t find any good stuff to do”
    4. GET A GYM WORKOUT BUDDY. THIS WILL HELP YOU SO MUCH. I workout by myself and this usually leads to procrastination and not getting anything done. If you workout or go to the gym with a friend, you guys can push each other.
  2. Eat healthy
    1. Eat healthy! But don’t deprive yourself! If you’ve been doing great for a few weeks and are craving.. lets say.. a donut, go eat a donut and reward yourself! I mean you’re not gonna gain ten pounds from one donut. If you have a hard time eating healthy, TRUST ME, I know how it feels. It’s hard, but once you get used to eating healthy, it’ll be a piece of cake!
      1. Breakfast IS the most important meal of the day! It gets your metabolism going and makes you fuller throughout the day! To boost your metabolism even more, drink hot water with lemon water every morning and/or add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil to your breakfast somehow every morning to make your metabolism boost up.
      2. Remember to always add a healthy side to your lunch meal! You can add things like fruits, bell peppers, hummus instead of mayo in your sandwiches, baked potatoes instead of french fries, Kale chips (Remove the leaves from the stem, drizzle some olive oil and salt over it and bake for 10-15 min until the edges are brown)
      3. You may think it’s smart to skip meals or snacks to save on calories, but if you deal with hunger as it happens (by eating every three or four hours), you’ll eat less over the course of the day! It works as long as you treat snacks like tiny healthy meals– not just as junk food breaks.
  3. DRINK A LOT OF WATER
    1. Drinking water is directly correlated with losing. A lot of people confuse thirst for hunger so they  tend to eat rather than drink water.If you’re craving a midday snack and want to make sure your pangs are caused by hunger, not hydration, drink a glass of water first. Then see if you’re still hungry 30 minutes later.
    2. Drinking enough water and staying properly hydrated is part of a healthy weight-loss system and healthy weight in general. It helps flush out harmful toxins, increases metabolism, etc.
      1. In a small recent study, researchers at the University of Birmingham in the UK found that, on average, people who drank water 30 minutes before some or all of their three meals a day lost between 5 and 9 pounds over the course of about three months. [source]
    3. If you’re anything like me and don’t like drinking plain water or just need something to help boost your weight loss process try the SlimQuick products
      1. I like their products because they:
        • Increase Metabolism
        • Reduce Appetite
        • Boost Energy
        • Reduce Excess Water
        • Support Hormones
        • Reduce Stress

These are the main ways one can really loss weight and I hope these have helped. Always remember that the number on your scale doesn’t define who you are and if you didn’t reach your goal, it’s ok, tomorrow is a new day. Stay beautiful ♥

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*sponsored*

FREE e.l.f. Cosmetics Baked Blush [Need to post a picture via Instagram]

Freebies.

I know a lot of you guys use Instagram so why not use it to get a free blush? Go over here and follow the instructions to score a FREE e.l.f. Baked Blush in Pinktastic! You’ll need to follow @elfcosmetics on Instagram and post a picture that shows your best beauty secret. The Instagram post most include #playbeautifully and #elfsecretsentry and you must tag at least five of your Instagram friends. So sign up for the challenge so that they can send you your free product! First 10,000 only! [There’s only about 1k entries so you definitely can still get one]

Plus make sure to follow me too at justbusydreaming.

Good luck🙂

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How to manage school and a job.

Lifestyle., School., Tips.

1. Plan Ahead
Before getting a job, think about how you will handle juggling your work and your schoolwork. Talking to a counselor, teacher or parent about working can help you figure out how to balance these two activities. Explain what you need to get from working and what kind of job you want and ask questions like these:
• How can I manage my time to make school and a job work for me?
• What type of job will work best with my schedule, skills and personality?

2. Pick a job with flexible hours
There are plenty of great part-time jobs out there that can accommodate a schedule that’s filled with classes, club meetings, sports, etc. A few good places to start are restaurants, tutoring places like Kumon, retail jobs, etc.
If you choose to work on school nights, just be sure to get a lot of sleep either after school or whenever you’re free. The amount of sleep you need to lead a productive day varies depending on the individual, but most experts recommend getting at least seven hours a night. I’m pretty sure you aren’t about to get any nap breaks at your job.
Also, be make sure you don’t over-commit to working more than you’re comfortable with, or your life could become a slippery slope of missed classes, low grades, broken promises and a Starbucks dependency. It’s better to target a lower number of hours to work in the beginning. If you get in a groove and are comfortable taking on more, you can ask your employer if there are more shifts available.

3. Start slowly.
Start by doing a couple of shifts a week then gradually work up the hours. Don’t just start with a whole load, and stress yourself out.

4. Make a schedule and stick to it.
You’re not going to successfully juggle work with your other priorities unless you exercise a little discipline. This doesn’t have to be as painful and horrible as it sounds. Before you take on a new job, sit down and write down all of your priorities like your homework, studying for tests, exercise, etc, followed by about how much time they take up each week.  Then figure out how much time you need to relax, hang out with your friends, etc, etc. Now crunch the numbers and see how much time you’ll have to work. Even if it’s only enough for a shift or two a week of work, that’s fine. That is, of course unless you need to work a certain amount each month to pay for college and other cost-of-living expenses, in which case you might have to sacrifice on socializing time.
Once you have your schedule sorted out, it’s important to stick to the rules. If you decided the only way to make it all work is to devote one weekend night each week to doing school work, use this time efficiently and don’t get distracted by a “Pretty Little Liars” marathon or something. By developing these time management skills now, you’ll be ready down the road when life throws even more responsibilities your way.

5. Take assignments with you.
While I advocate for keeping work and school separate, I do think you can fit in your schoolwork at other times during the day. For instance, if you’re sitting at your daughter’s soccer practice or folding laundry, use the time to study. By getting your schoolwork done a little at a time, you’ll avoid cramming the night before your chemistry exam or pulling an all-nighter to write a 20-page paper on Shakespear.

6. Be realistic. Don’t over-commit yourself, thinking you can do it all. Get in the habit of saying “no” if you know that your schedule won’t allow a lot of additional commitments.

7. Don’t stress yourself out.
This is really important!
Make sure to get enough sleep, and enough time to do homework.
Manage your time properly.

8. Get help.
Reach out to your friends or family when you really need help with all your workload. Ask them with helping you out with stuff, if you have a huge workload.

Well I hope this helps. If you have any additional helpful tips, comment below and I’ll add them (:

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Getting into the College/University of your choice.

School., Tips.

School is starting back up and I know there are many people who are in high school and are most likely going to go to college/university. Hopefully, this helps you guys out a bit and if you know anyone in high school, share it with them so they can benefit.
These tips will not ensure you get accepted into your dream school though, it will just help you out and increase your chances of being accepted!

So let’s get started:

  1. Take the right classes.
    1. You may not think that this is a big part of the college acceptance process, but it is! Taking the right courses definitely plays a role in what the college thinks of you.
      1. You want to challenge yourself by taking higher level courses. Colleges like seeing the strength in your schedule so take AP/IB/Honor/Dual Credit (if don’t know the difference comment below and I will explain) courses when you can! However, if you really are struggling in those classes it’s okay to drop as long as your still in the first quarter of the class. (It has to be then because then it will not show up on your college transcript). Also, these classes are worth more then Pre-AP/normal classes and have a heavier weight into your GPA, meaning they can boost it.
        1. In addition, take classes in high school that may reflect what you want to do later in life. For example, if you want to be something with a science major, then take a lot of science classes and try taking them at a higher level and take them seriously, they’re going to look at your grades!
          1. IF YOU CAN TAKE DUAL CREDIT COURSES, TAKE AS MANY AS YOU CAN.
            1. (I’m going to pick random Universities from Texas) Take your required Dual Credit courses then try to take courses that are mostly degree based.
              1. Decide what your top 3 colleges are and if you can narrow down to one.
              2. Go to the schools website and look up the majors offered and what you want to take from there
              3. THEN LOOK UP something like “Unt Business management degree plan” or “UNT business management 4-year plan” and they give you a bunch of courses.
              4. The first two years can usually be taken at a community college so look at what’s transferable and try to take a bunch of courses from the first two years this year🙂
                1. You should get something like this or this, NOT this.
                2. OR LOOK UP “UNT TRANSFER GUIDE” and you’ll see all the options here.
                  1. You’ll see the courses you can take at a community college, BUT not all universities accept all courses. Look up “UTA COURSE EQUIVALENCY” or whatever and you’ll get something like this.
  2. Be Active!
    1. This doesn’t only apply to sports. Be active within your community and school! Try to partake in as many clubs that interest you and volunteer whenever you get the chance. The one thing that all colleges are interested in is how involved in school and the community were you. Holistic students have a higher chance of getting accepted into universities than those who only have good test scores or a 4.0 GPA.
    2. Try joining things like sports teams, your Student Council, Yearbook, etc. because they would look great on your application.
    3. VOLUNTEER. I recommend you volunteer at a place that is in a similar field to what you want to be (like hospitals if you wanna be a doctor etc) but honestly you can volunteer anywhere. [Humanitarian things look the best like picking up trash, working at schools, hospitals, soup kitchens, shelters etc)
  3. Show Interest in the School.
    1. Go on college tours around the schools that you are applying to. When you register to go on the college tour, the name gets stored in their system so when you do apply they will check and see that you’ve shown interest so that’s some bonus points for you🙂
    2. The same goes to visiting their tables at college fairs that your school may hold or when the admission officers visit.
    3. As soon as you send in your application, send an email to the admissions officer at that school and schedule an interview. This is a BIG deal so be professional about it and go in as if you were going to a job interview.
      1. Try not to stumble over your words and be mature and use some big words here in there. In the right context of course!
      2. Also, try to look up questions they ask at college interviews.
      3. Knowing some information about the school might get you some extra points.
  4. Applying early.
    1. Apply as early as you can. Early action/decisions are a great way to show the school you are interested plus you get a faster response.
      1. There’s a catch though, Early Decision applications binding meaning if you get into that school, YOU MUST GO! So I suggest applying Early Action if you’ve figured out your number one choice.
      2. If the school has “Rolling Admissions” I would suggest applying ASAP so your application is right at the top and it shows the admissions office that you are dedicated and want to go to that school.

That’s really all I have for now.
If you don’t get in, DO NOT WORRY. Don’t worry if you haven’t got the results you were hoping for. Don’t worry if you haven’t got into your chosen University. The important thing is that you understand that your life is not ruled by results, grades and education. If your dream job requires diplomas, degrees and such, then go and try again! Don’t give up chasing your dream.

If i think of anything else, I will be sure to add it!

I hope these helped. Feel free to leave any questions or requests below🙂

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FREE Boho Betty Bracelet for Referring 5 Friends

Freebies.

Get a FREE Boho Betty Bracelet for Referring 5 Friends! Plus, you can get other bracelets for referring more friends to sign up. They’ll send everyone who qualifies for a freebie an e-mail after the giveaway ends to get your mailing information. If you’d like, feel free to share your referral links in the comments section of this post to help each other out!

Good luck,

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How to make your hair grow faster.

Beauty., Health and Wellness., raving reviews

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Hey guys, I’ve been busy working on some new things for my blog (like ^) so that’s why I haven’t been as active but I’m back and I’m here with a few great tips.

  • DO NOT WASH YOUR HAIR EVERYDAY
    • I cannot stress this enough. Just like our skin, our hair can get dry but unlike our skin we have limited things we can apply to our hair so prevent it from drying out. When you wash your hair with shampoo, it strips your hair of it’s natural oils. Your body then thinks, “omg their hair is too dry, lets me produce some oils to moisturize their scalp”; eventually after a while of too much shampooing your hair is used to producing so many oils that you’ll have to shampoo even more which will just dry out your hair, ruin it and prevent it from growing.
  • Eat foods that have a lot of protein.
    • Your hair is made up of keratin (a protein that’s made up of amino acids). The more protein you the longer your hair will get and just remember the healthier you eat, the better you’ll look, your body, skin, hair, nails, etc.
  • Limit the heat and chemical you use on your hair or else your hair will get brittle and start breaking.
  • Try to deep condition your hair once a week. I love to use coconut oil 30 minutes a week before I shower then I wash it off. I also love coconut oil because it has so many beauty benefits. Check them out here.
  • Damaged hair takes a long time to fix and if your hair is damaged it takes it a long time to repair and unless your hair is healthy, it’ll never grow.
    • Because of this you shouldn’t try to manipulate it too much and this includes getting it colored, a perm, etc.
  • Get a lot of vitamins into your body through your diet or supplements.
    • Omega 3 is one of the best things that can help you get and maintain smooth and shiny hair. It’s known for its ability to combat dry and brittle hair, hair loss, dry, flaky scalp and reduced circulation to the scalp. The benefits of omega-3 EFAs include adding luster, sheen and elasticity to your hair. Both DHA and EPA are vital for the nourishment of hair follicles. Omega-3 can help restart hair growth, help hair grow quicker and stronger and even prevent or reverse hair loss. (If you want to read more about the science behind it, read all about it here).
      • As a Muslim, it’s really hard for me to find supplements that don’t contain pork or just meat products in general so when I found this Omega-3 I was thrilled. It also has Omega 6, Omega 9, DHA, EPA and unlike other fish oil supplements I’ve had, this doesn’t taste weird or leave a lingering smell. Honestly, all their products are amazing.
  • Try to brush your hair often so it doesn’t knot up and force you to pull at it (which makes a lot of your hair rip off.
    • I’ve heard a lot of people raving about The Wet Brush but personally since I don’t have too much of a problem with my hair, I never had to resort to buying one but if you need it, you definitely should buy it.
  • Don’t always keep your hair in the same style, part etc. After a while, your hair gets pulled too much, your hair gets weak and your hair starts thinning which contradicts the whole idea of making your hair grow faster.

Hope these helped,

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Freebies.

Sorry I’ve been so AWOL but here’s an AMAZING freebie. Helix Sleep is a new mattress company that offers personalized mattresses and is going to launch soon. Before they launch, they are giving us a chance to score a FREE Helix Sleep Mattress ($600-$995 value) when you refer 150 friends. Just go over here and submit your e-mail address to gain access to this promotion. To help each other out, use a link found in the comments section to sign up. If you can’t refer 150 friends, you can still get Helix Sleep credits for future purchases when you refer 5+ friends. This giveaway ends on August 3rd.

I hope some of you win🙂

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Best places to buy back-to-school supplies.

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Inspired girl drowned in procrastination.

I don’t know about you but I for one get really excited for back-to-school shopping. The thing about back-to-school shopping is that you have to go to SO MANY STORES && it get’s really annoying. Unless you want to go out to get school supplies all on one day and pay $267 for school supplies which I’m sure no one wants to do, you should look for sales and be a smart shopper😉

Here are some great places to look (In order of the ones that have the most sales):

Make sure to look at the weekly ads every Saturday or Sunday and write down what is on sale and what you want to buy from each store, each week.

Hope this somehow helped🙂

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Travel beauty and health tips. (Especially for long airplane rides)

Beauty., Lifestyle., Tips.

Traveling can be a hassle and create many problems, especially towards your daily routines and skin. Here are some tips that will help you out a bit:

  1. Because of the recycled air and lack of water on the plane you need as much hydration as you can get. Find a good moisturizer that is oil based or is very hydrating. The Trilane Retinol + Vitamin C and Squalane moisturizer is filled with vitamins and a little goes a long way, it makes my face seem softer and hydrated in the mornings. If you have an oilier face then try the RegenFX Skin Care System, it’s lighter and better to use as at night treatments. The whole system will make your face look fresher and your skin look brighter and this is just what you need after you get off a long flight
  2. Before you leave the house, deep condition your hair with a really moisturizing conditioner so your hair doesn’t frizz up and get staticky. I like to apply coconut oil to my hair half an hour or an hour before I shower, but any normal conditioner will work.
  3. Try to book a flight after 10 pm so that you can get some sleep on the plane right after you get on and your sleep schedule won’t be messed up right away. I like to use Dr. Xu’s Restful Sleep Natural Sleep Aid Supplement (Use the code SAVEREST to save 20% on your purchase) and this is made with chi, herbs and vitamins which help me wake up feeling fresh, not groggy.
  4. Bring some dry shampoo (make sure this fits into your one quart sized bag) and apply some dry shampoo when your hair gets oily and weird.
  5. When you get onto the plane, run some water through your hair and tie it up in a bun so when you take it out after a few hours (do it when you’re an hour from landing) and your hair will be voluminous and have nice curls/waves instead of being flat from being against a headrest for so long.
  6. Find a serum or something with Vitamin C to keep your collagen production going to your face looks bright and fresh when you get off. The one from OZ Naturals is really great. Use this is you don’t need anti-aging and this if you do.
  7. Get oil blotting sheets and if you don’t want to, most planes have seat covers and those get the job done. Plus it’s completely sanitary so don’t freak out.
  8. Place a cotton pad on top of all of your powdered compacts, this prevents your blushes, shadow, powdered foundations etc from breaking.
  9. Try to buy products that contain more than one product like the Le Metier de Beaute Kaleidoscope products or the Naked Palettes. These products contain many shades and so you don’t have to take many along with you.
  10. Keep your liquid products and gel products in contact containers because they’re the perfect size.

Check out my tips on packing for a trip.

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Hope these help,

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Last Minute Fourth of July Party Ideas.

Planning.

Wow, I can’t believe the 4th of July is this Saturday, whaat; it just felt like summer has started.

Here are some great ideas: (click each pic for more in depth info)

Food:

American flag cake:

Decorate a cake with raspberries, blueberries, and white chocolate chips.

Patriotic Punch; 1/3 fruit punch, 1/3 blue Gatorade, and 1/3 lemon-lime soda:

Make Patriotic Punch.

Dip your ice cream sandwich in sprinkles:

Dip your ice cream sandwich in sprinkles.

Firecracker Hot Dogs:

Best 4th of July Recipes and Backyard BBQ ideas - Firecracker Hot Dogs

In-N-Out Copycat Burger:

Best 4th of July Recipes and Backyard BBQ ideas - Perfect Burger Recipe for In and Out Copycat

Decor:

Cute and easy place setting. Put bandanas in your Mason jars, which can then be used for drinks:

Cute and easy place setting: Put bandanas in your Mason jars, which can then be used for drinks.

A nice outdoor layout:

Party Favors:

Give the kids their own parade wands:

Give the kids their own parade wands.

Confetti Launchers:

Make a few Confetti Launchers for the 4th of July! An Original #kids #craft by www.piikeastreet.com #piikeastreet

A mason jar goody bag:

I’ve taken it upon myself to find the easiest party DIY’s for you:

Follow Aisha.’s board 4th of July Party Ideas on Pinterest.

Enjoy,

Top 10 skincare tips for people with sensitive skin.

Beauty., Health and Wellness.

I’ve had sensitive skin forever and it’s one of the most annoying skin care problems after dry skin. You can’t use scented things or else your skin gets red, your face reacts weirdly to products everyone else can use and it’s just plain annoying.

Since I’ve had it, I’ve learned many things from Dermatologists, skin specialists and my own experience so here are some of my tips:

  1. Don’t use scented products on your skin and this includes perfumes, body sprays, soaps etc. These almost always causes irritation and some amount of inflammation to sensitive skin. If you really love scents like I do though then just lay your clothes down onto your bed or somewhere and lightly spray it with whatever. Give the scent a few minutes to dry on the fabric before getting dressed. If you do this, it’ll prevent direct contact with your skin which will prevent irritations.
  2. DOVE is your best friend. I’ve been using the Dove Sensitive Skin body wash for years now. You know when you use other body washes your skin feels like it has some weird residue left over? That’s soap scum and Dove is one soap that doesn’t have that (Watch it and see). Try to switch to liquid soaps for your body instead of bars because bars just sit in your tub and collect bacteria over time and that rubs onto your skin causing irritation.
  3. Even though you have sensitive skin, you should still have a wash your face at least once daily. Wash your face in the morning after you wake up to get rid of the oils and bacteria that got onto your face at night from your hair, pillow, hands etc. Wash your face again at night to get rid of the other dirt and bacteria that came onto your face throughout the day. Use a gentle cleaner to remove dirt, oils etc without stripping your skin. Brands like Simple or Cetaphil are gentle but still clean really well.
  4. Try not to pile on makeup and if you can, don’t wear any at all. If you really feel like you need it, get one that’s lightweight and doesn’t clog your skin. Go to a makeup specialist (Sephora is a great place to start) and ask them for what they recommend.
  5. DO NOT BUY FULL-SIZE PRODUCTS WITHOUT TRYING IT FIRST. I cannot stress this enough, there are so many things I’ve gotten because of ads and whatever and when I tried it, it didn’t work well for my skin and I ended up not using it. So many places offer samples of products, just ask. Sometimes I go into Sephora, talk to a consultant and just get 5-10 samples to try out; it doesn’t hurt and it definitely will save your bank account.
    1. If you don’t have a Sephora near you, you could at least find products specific to your needs here.
    2. Make sure to test products on somewhere like your upper arm or the side of your neck, somewhere, if you do get a rash, it’s easy to cover up.
  6. I would say to keep away from the sun but we all know that can’t happen so invest in a really good moisturizer with SPF. I LOVE the Algenist Lightweight UV Defense Fluid. It’s SPF 50 and feels like nothing. I don’t know about you guys, but I hate applying lotion or sunscreen onto my face especially in the summer because my face gets greasy and oily so I just skip it all together. DON’T DO THAT.  Too much heat damages skin cells and can often cause skin rashes and diseases.
  7. Watch what you eat but it’s not just what you’re eating, some external factors such as smoking, stress, lack of sleep or excessive pollution can cause sensitive skin to flare up with rashes and may also cause even bigger skin problems.
  8. Always choose cosmetic products which are “Fragrance-free” because most of the cosmetics with fragrance may react on your sensitive skin to create problems. It is much better if you choose products labeled “No artificial colors”.
  9. Exfoliate your skin with something fine. This gets rid of the dead skin on your face to moisturizers can actually benefit you and go into your skin instead of just sitting on top of the dead skin doing nothing. The Ancient Orient Rice Enzyme Dermafoliant is the best one I’ve come across so far. It’s a dupe of the far more expensive Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder.
  10. Make a Rosewater soothing face mist. This will help hydrate you skin, fight acne and eczema, heal scars etc.

Check out 20 common questions about sensitive skin (answered by doctors and dermatologists)

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DIY: Rosewater Soothing Face Mist.

Beauty., Health and Wellness.

Rosewater has astringent properties and works well as a facial toner. But that’s not all, when it’s combined with witch hazel, rosewater acts as a great cleanser, removing oil and dirt accumulated in clogged pores and thus creating clear skin. If you want to kick it up a notch you can add in Aloe Vera which moisturizes, treats acne and also evens out your skin tone.

What you need:

  • A dozen freshly picked organic rose petals
  • A measuring cup/small funnel
  • A small pot with glass lid
  • A small glass bowl
  • Distilled water
  • A spray bottle
  • (optional) Organic Aloe Vera or its juice
  • (optional) Witch hazel
  1. Wash all the flowers and try to find one that’s organic and not synthetically dyed because it is going onto your face.
  2. Pull the petals off by grabbing the bottom of the bud and separating the petals from the stem; then put all the rose petals on the pot.
  3. Pour enough water into your pot so that 3/4 of the pot is filled but not too much or else your spray will be watered down. *If you want, now is the time to add the witch hazel and/or Aloe Vera; I recommend you add about 2-3 tablespoons of each*
  4. Put the bowl inside the pot and put the lid on upside down; this ensures you get the purest form of the rose water.
  5. Let the water boil for about half an hour or until your petals lose its color. (If you’re impatient like me, put some ice cubes on top of the upside-down lid)
  6. Once done, pour the liquid from the bowl into your spray bottle with the help of a measuring cup or a funnel.
  7. You can also pour it into a clean ice cube tray and just rub it onto your face when you feel really hot and grimy.

MAKE SURE TO REFRIDGERATE.This has a shelf-life of about 2-3 week or until it turns into a weird yellow color and starts to smell.

Benefits of using rosewater on your skin: here and here.

Enjoy,

Father’s Day is Today! Send a Free E-Card Now.

Freebies.

Happy Father’s Day and for those of you who forgot here’s a reminder. Send your dad a quick Father’s Day E-Card to show him you didn’t forget and will always care. No purchase necessary. Sending an E-Card is free and does not require a membership.

Remember, the best gift you can give your dad or any parent is to just spend some good quality time with them. If you want to buy anything else from the site use the code 389PC for free shipping.

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Enjoy,

8 week workout.

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Inspired girl drowned in procrastination.

IT’S SUMMERRRRRRR ♥

That means tanning, traveling, looking good (which means get up and workout) etcetera, etcetera.

So come on tell me, who wouldn’t want to loose all the weight gained from stress, random snack breaks and the couple extra pounds from just all year round? I mean come on I would love to look and feel better for the up coming school year and I know you would too.

This is why I found an eight week workout for you guys to get fit this summer.

LETS GOOOOOO!

1st and 2nd week

In first and second week you will workout on 3 days and the 4th day is optional.

Day 1:
– jog 8 minutes.
– 6 pushups
– 15 sit ups
– 10 jumping jacks
– 10 squats
– 15 butt kicks
– jog 4 minutes

Day 2:
– 6 pushups
– 20 sit ups
– 15 jumping…

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Kroger: FREE Bottle of Snapple Straight Up Tea

Freebies.

Today only. Kroger (and affiliated stores) shoppers, right now you can score a FREE Bottle of Snapple Straight Up Tea at your local Kroger or affiliated store! Just load the eCoupon onto your Kroger Card, and the next time you go to Kroger, you’ll be able to snag this freebie! Coupon is available to load today only, and is valid through June 28th.

Enjoy,

Eyeliner for your Eye shape.

Beauty.

There are many tips you can use to make your eyeliner pop. Here are some that will accentuate your eye size and type.

Asymmetrical Eyes: If one is slightly larger than the other, you’ll want to use a liner technique that will help you correct and equal out both your eyes. Jeung suggests using a black kohl liner, like Rimmel London ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eye Liner in “Black,” along the lashline, from the inner corner to the outer corner, increasing the width at the outer corner on the slightly uneven eye only to make it appear wider and even.

Close-Set Eyes: The key to this eye shape is creating the illusion that your eyes are wider apart than they are. First, use concealer on the inner corners to lighten and open up the eye area. Try NudeStix Concealer Pencil. Then, on the outer third part of your eye, create a “V” shape using a black liner, and then trace the shape with a jumbo liquid liner to make a thick wing, such as Rimmel London ScandalEyes Jumbo Liquid Eye Liner in “Black.”

Close-Set Eyes: The key to this eye shape is creating the illusion that your eyes are wider apart than they are. First, use concealer on the inner corners to lighten and open up the eye area. Try NudeStix Concealer Pencil. Then, on the outer third part of your eye, create a “V” shape using a black liner, and then trace the shape with a jumbo liquid liner to make a thick wing, such as Rimmel London ScandalEyes Jumbo Liquid Eye Liner in “Black.”

Monolids: Extend the product up the upper lid so the fold on the lower lid doesn’t hide your liner. Jeung recommends using a waterproof black pencil, like Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, along the lashline from inner to outer corner and stopping where the eye ends. You can also smudge it out at the outer corners, using a small smudger brush, like Bobbi Brown Eye Smudge Brush”.

Wide Eyes: Wide eyes can handle a lot of look, so go bold. Jeung loves a really thick cat-eye on this eye shape. Using a waterproof black liner pencil, create a tiny “V” in the inner corner of your eye. Then, go over the line with a liquid liner, like Ciatè Double Lines Liner” (a waterproof, dual-sided liner with a soft kajal eyeliner on one end and ultra-black liquid liner on the other), and wing it out at the outer corner for a patent-leather look.

Small Eyes: To widen small eyes, apply a taupe shadow over the eyelid all the way up to the crease. Next, along the lashline, use a black kohl pencil. Try Chanel Le Crayon Khôl Intense Eye Pencil in “Noir.” Smudge it with your fingertip and top with a dark brown eye shadow, increasing the amount of shadow at the outer corners. Try Nars Matte Eyeshadow in “Coconut Grove.” Along the lower lashline, repeat the black liner/brown shadow combo. Lastly, apply a light pink blush, like Benefit Cosmetics Coralista, using a fluffy eyeshadow brush to the upper outer corners of your eyelid, which instantly opens up the eye.

Almond Eyes: To accentuate almond eyes, line the inner upper and lower lashes with a waterproof kohl pencil the entire way around your eyes, then trace the outer corners of the upper and lower lashlines, smudging it with a smudged brush. Then, top it with a gunmetal gray shadow to soften it and use bronzer to accentuate the crease for a natural effect. Try Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘N’ Kohl Bedroom Black Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil, and MAC Cosmetics Eye Shadow in “Scene.”

*Credit to Cosmo, I just thought this was a really great tip.

Enjoy,

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Getting perfectly smooth shaved legs.

Beauty., DIY'S, Health and Wellness., Tips.

Woot woot, summer is here and that means shorts, beaches and smooth shaved legs.

Here’s how:

1. Start off  soaking your legs in some warm water to soften the leg hair a little bit. This will also open up your pores which will give you a closer shave. Don’t use hot water because that will dry out your skin and will eventually cause razor burns and flaky skin.

2. Liberally apply shaving cream to avoid razor bumps. Lather it onto your legs like it was shampoo. I use the Smoothing Shaving Gel with Soy from Target but any shaving gel will do.

3. Shave against the hair growth in long strokes. I find it easier to just wipe your thumb down the razor to get the hairs off the razor then wash that off instead of washing the razor off in between shaves. I really like the BIC Soleil Glow Disposable Razor and I’ve used it for a few (about 20+) and the blades are still fine. Plus I didn’t really get razor burns with this, it does the job and I like it.

4. Once you’ve shaved both of your legs, exfoliate them with a good body scrub. I use the Adovia Dead Sea Salt Scrub. This is really great because it eliminates the need to apply moisturizers after, gets rid of dead skin and also is filled with essentials oils. It really softens my body after I use it and also has a really nice smell which lasts for a few days.

Before I used to use the Barefoot exfoliating polish and it does an ok job, it exfoliates a little and smells nice but I still have to moisturize after and it runs out really quickly. If you should get anything, get the Adovia one above, that does a lot of things and also will last a while.

5. Wash off the exfoliator and shave once again. If you use the Adovia you won’t have to apply another layer of shaving cream because your legs will already have a smooth oil-based layer which will assist the shave. Doing this will ensure that any ingrown hairs that were exposed after exfoliating are removed.

6. Wash off your legs with cold water to close your pores and again if you don’t have the Adovia, you’ll have to moisturize your legs to make sure they stay silky smooth.

&& that’s it.

 

Check out common hair removal mistakes as well.

Here are some of my other summer related posts:

Good luck,

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How to make a ‘tantoo’

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Inspired girl drowned in procrastination.


Part of summer is getting tan right? And what better way to show off your tan then a sun tattoo, or ‘TAN-too’!

It’s easy & simple && here are some ways to get a tan tattoo.

1// A sticker.

Get a sticker! It should be a basic shape like heart, star, etc. Clean & dry the place you want your sticker to be, and place it on your skin. Leave it on while tanning, then remove and there you go, you have your tattoo.

2// Sunscreen.

Most people use this method. Take some sunscreen on a Q-tip or your finger and draw a simple shape. Make sure the sunscreen isn’t too think. Leave it on while tanning outside or in a tanning bed, then rinse off after consistent sun.

3// Nail Polish.

Take a color of nail polish and simple draw a basic shape, like a heart. Like the other methods…

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Trying to get rid of acne? Take a look at this.

Beauty., raving reviews, Reviews and Unboxings

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A few years ago I had smooth and clear skin but hormones started kicking in and sadly, I didn’t anymore. I’ve been trying many things and these have worked the best for me so I thought I should share.

At night, I use the Trilane Retinol +Vitamin C moisturizer with an added drop of Radha Tea Tree oil. Keep in mind that Tea Tree oil is REALLY strong and needs to be diluted, you shouldn’t just apply it to anything as it is.

The Trilane moisturizer is a good product you should invest in because it works both as a serum and a moisturizer. It noticeably made a difference on my skin. My skin seems healthier and brighter than ever; another great thing is that it didn’t clog my pores. The great thing about this that it really does go a long way. If I put a drop onto my hands, I can use it all over my face and still have some left over so I know I can use this for a while.

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Another great product is the tea tree oil. Here are some benefits of it:

  1. Helps heal and soothe sunburns.
  2. Heals skin infections naturally.
  3. Relieves itchiness from rashes as well as helps reduce rashes.
  4. Can be used as an all-purpose cleaner: Fill a spray bottle with 1-2 tsp. of tea tree oil and the rest of the bottle with water.
  5. Treats acne.
  6. Helps to prevent lice naturally; just add a few drops to your shampoo.
  7. A few drops in your pets’ crates or beds keep the fleas away.
  8. Removes ticks; just add to skin, and the little stinker will usually unlatch.
  9. Cures toenail fungus and Athlete’s foot.
  10. Helps remove skin tags.
  11. Naturally cures bad breath. (Swish some tea tree oil and water in you mouth.)
  12. Can be used in a homemade toothpaste recipe.
  13. Has been found as an effective treatment for warts.
  14. Soothes insect bites.
  15. Treats ringworm.
  16. Treats psoriasis and other skin conditions.
  17. Relieves asthma or other breathing conditions when a few drops are added to a humidifier.
  18. Works as antiseptic on small cuts.
  19. Keeps your bathroom fresh.
  20. Relieves earaches; mix 1 drop of tea tree oil with 1 tsp. olive oil, drop mixture into the ear and then remove by tilting head.
  21. Freshen laundry: Add a few drops in your washing machine to scent your clothes. Also, if you forgot to put the clothes in the dryer, run again with tea tree oil to remove mildew. You can also scent wool dryer balls with tea tree oil.
  22. Helps freshen carpet.
  23. Can be used in several homemade kitchen cleaners.
  24. Cleans mold: Mix apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil and scrub mold; place outside to sun-dry.
  25. Can be used in a homemade natural deodorant.

This bottle is WAY bigger than any other bottles I’ve seen so that’s a plus. Keep in mind it does have a strong, dirt/ pine-sol smell.

Hope this helps,

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Pretty Little Liars Themed Party.

Planning.

Check out my Gossip Girl theme party if you wanna do that instead.

Since the season 7 premiere is on June 2nd, it’ll be nice to throw a little marathon party/sleepover and just rewatch a few seasons with your friends.

Theme/Decor:

Decor is a big part of themed parties and here are a few ideas:

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Food:

Chinese takeaway: Dirt and worms:

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Chinese take away from A pretty little liars

This snack is in reference to the 16th episode of Season 2, “Let Water Hold Me Down”, where the Liars ordered Chinese take away only to find that A had intervened and replaced their food with worms and dirt.

Screen grab of Liars about to open their take away in Pretty Little Liars s02e16

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Don’t but real dirt and worms but this is an easy thing to replicate:

  • Buy Chinese takeaway containers from the Dollar store.
  • For the dirt use a cheap chocolate mud cake from the supermarket and crumbled it up with a fork.
  • Pour this into the containers and bury gummy worms in the mix.
  • Use a red sharpie to do the typical A sign off!

Invites:

Pretty Little Liars viewing party invitation! Put in an envelope and write their name on the front and

Entertainment:

  • Marathons duh. For those of you who don’t have Netflix, use this site to watch shows as much as your heart desires. (has more shows and all seasons) + you can use this on most devices as well.
  • Tell horror stories like the girls were in the pilot.
  • Play this game: (I literally made it up right now so if it doesn’t work out, sorry)
    • What you need
      • A red coat
      •  Glow-sticks (as many as the people coming) [buy a few more just in case]
    • Before the guests arrive, make sure to get a head count of how many people are coming. Go around the house and randomly hide the glow stick. Don’t really hide, hide them but place them somewhere that’s a little hard to find but still visible without having to dig around. [For example on top of a microwave or something]
    • After the guests come and you guys decide to start playing, you’ll be “red coat”/A.
    • Turn off the lights and count to 100 or something [This is kind of like a PLL hide-and-seek]. While you’re counting, tell everyone to look around the house for a glow stick. If they find the glow stick they’re “safe” and if you spot them they just have to show you the stick.
    • The goal is to find as many people as you can before they find a glow-stick
  • Try playing this at night, I feel like it’ll be better & more fun.

Gift bags:

Matching merchandise

-If you’re rich enough, get a bunch of books from the series and give one to each person

– Jewelry or other pieces similiar to the ones the girls wore.

Enjoy,

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Packing for a trip.

Lifestyle.

Ahh, summer is almost here and I’m super excited to go traveling. I’m also planning to take a few college courses online so this should be fun.

  1.  Clothes
    1. Depending on how long your trip is, pack accordingly. If it’s a shorter trip feel  bring an outfit for every day, plus two more outfits just in case. If your trip is about a month or more, try to pack things like a plain white tee and a bunch of basic pieces so you can layer and change your look more often without having to take too many things.
      1. Make sure to consider where you’re going and take a look at the average weather temperatures.
    2. MAKE SURE TO ROLL YOUR CLOTHES TO SAVE SPACE. I’ve tried this so many times. If I fold my clothes and put it in a bag/luggage then do it all again, but this time by rolling, I can fix at least 5 or 7 more clothing pieces.
    3. Put your shoes in shower caps to prevent your clothes from getting dirty.
    4. If you have lighter clothes or really any clothes with sequins and stuff, turn it inside out to prevent it from getting dirty and your sequins from falling out
  2. Toiletries // Essentials
    1. Even if you don’t think you’ll be on your period, bring a few pads just in case because it’s better to be safe than sorry. Personally, I’ve started using Menstrual cups and they’re so convenient.
    2. Put your toothbrush and paste into a ziploc and keep it in your carry on.
      1. Make sure to also bring these:
        1. Lotion
        2. Shampoo/conditioner
        3. Your hair brush
        4. Deodorant
        5. DRY SHAMPOO (WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE)
      2. MAKE SURE IF YOU TAKE A LIQUID LIKE PRODUCT, get some plastic wrap, unscrew the bottle, cover the top and screw the top back on to prevent leakage.
  3. Electronics
    1. Definitely buy a Power Pack, it’s so helpful.
    2. If you have a camera that requires batteries, bring some extra batteries along.
    3. Remember to bring all your chargers. DO NOT FORGET.
  4. Accessories
    1. Put all your stud earring onto buttons
    2. String your necklaces through straps to prevent getting tangles
  5. MAKE A LIST or take a picture of everything you pack
    1. This is really helpful so you don’t forget anything when you’re coming back.

Take a carry-on bag and try not to take a heavy purse or else you’ll dread it. Try to find a medium-sized bag with wheels like this one:

In there, pack things like:

  • A cardigan
  • Small head pillow
  • Small blanket/throw/quilt
  • Snacks
  • A few books
  • Your chargers
  • Your laptop
  • Your “beauty bag” of things like deodorant, lotion, things you use day to day, etc.

If you do carry a purse, keep these in it:

  • Gum (helps your ear pop on the plane to help get rid of discomfort)
  • A digital camera (If you have a DSLR put it in your carry-on
  • A water bottle that has good structure (I always buy a Vitamin Water before I travel because I know it won’t get a dent easily or break) [Don’t take a reusable one because you might lose it]
    • After you go through security you can buy any drinks or food and bring it onto the plane but if you bring it before security, they won’t let you in.
      • You can also take empty water bottle through security and fill it up later.
  • Money
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Smaller snacks
  • Your cell phone/iPod
  • Hair ties
  • Pen/Paper/A notebook

MAKE SURE IF YOU TAKE ANY LIQUID-LIKE THINGS IN YOUR CARRY ON IT’S NOT OVER 3 OZ. Also do the plastic trick from above. Anything more than 3 oz must be put in your luggage.

Hope this helped.

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Benefits of taking a cold shower.

Beauty.

1//Enhance immunity against infections and cancer

Cold showers are sometimes touted as a preventative tonic for colds, flu, and infections. Researchers believe that the increased metabolic rate, which results from the body’s attempt to warm itself up, activates the immune system and releases more white blood cells in response.

2//Give your glands a boost, improving hormonal activity

3//Jump-start your mood and motivation

4//Crank up your metabolism to fight type 2 diabetes, obesity, gout, rheumatic diseases, depression, and more Normalize your blood pressure

5//Decrease chronic pain

6//Train and improve your blood circulation

7//Detoxify your body

8//Fight fatigue

9//Strengthen exhausted, irritable nerves

10//Rejuvenate, heal, and tone the skin

11//Deepen your breathing

12//Help with insomnia Improve kidney function

13//Reduce swelling and edema Improve lymphatic circulation, thereby increasing immune function

14//Reduce stress by regulating your autonomic nervous system

15//Regulate temperature, fighting chronically cold hands and cold feet and excessive sweating

16//Keep your hair healthy Improve hemorrhoids and varicose veins

17//Reduce aches and pains

So why not?

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My skincare routine + mini reviews.

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Everyone’s skin is different and reacts to every product differently than others but if you have combination, dry or oily skin these will help you because I’ve faced all.

(I’ll write if a certain product is best suited for what type of skin type. If nothing is mentioned, all skin types will like it)

Ok so let’s start off what I use when I first wake up. I usually just wash my face to emulsify the oils and then wipe it off with a towel. Then I apply the Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturizer. It’s a drugstore product but unlike the products below, this is a more natural product which has no harsh chemicals, dyes, or other harmful things for your face. That was a big part of why I switched to this. It also works as well as the products below, moisturizes really well but doesn’t make my skin oily, plus its way more affordable.

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Before I used to use Tatcha Moisture Rich Silk Cream in the winter (The sample size was only .5 oz, but it lasts a while) and the Clinique moisturizing gel in the summer. The thing was though, the Tatcha one is good for drier and sensitive skin types. It really replenishes is and makes your skin better. This is a product you’ll have to invest in because it costs $150 for a 1.87 oz tub, BUT I promise you, it lasts a long time. I had the .5 oz one and used it for months (I still have some left over after using it all winter).

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If you have oilier and more acne prone skin, I suggest you get the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. This literally feels like putting water on your skin. I use it in the summer a lot because it doesn’t make my face breakout and in a weird way it controls the oil on my face.

Throughout the day, I don’t really moisturize as much. Sometimes I do it after I’ve been out all day and kinda just wash up a bit, but most times I just moisturize in the mornings and at night.

Before I go to bed I wash my face with AVEENO Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub. Honestly for me, face washes don’t really do much besides get rid of oil and freshen up my face about it, that’s about it. This is great if you have oily skin, darker spots on your face or both even.

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I used to use the Olay Foaming Face Wash for sensitive skin, but it left a weird residue behind. It’s not really noticeable at all, but the weather started to get warmer so I started using the Aveeno above. That’s the only complaint I have about it though. This is a really nice product to you if you have drier, sensitive skin. It doesn’t dry your skin out more than it already is and if you have something like eczema on your face, this would work really well.

Once I wash my face, I like to apply this Vitamin C serum called Radha Beauty Vitamin C Serum. It’s really nice and light enough for everyday use. It smells a little like coconut oil and quickly absorbs into your skin. I love that it also doesn’t leave it feeling greasy at all so that’s amazing. The thing is with this, I really love that this quickly produces results. I had a few breakouts on my skin and within a week they were gone with no scars. A few of my older scars also had started to fade.

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After this, I apply the Simple Moisturizer from above.

A few times a week I like to use the Clinique Clarifying Lotion #2. This is really great. I didn’t really see much of an improvement on my skin after using this, but the stuff that comes off with it is AMAZING. I use it at night once a week after I wash my face. You just pour some onto a cotton pad and wipe it all across your face and neck. The amount of gunk that comes off is so surprising. I don’t even wear makeup and so many things come off from dirt left behind even after washing my face with soap, to the color left on my neck from a scarf which I can’t see.

I still use this because I feel so much better knowing all these hidden things are off my face. They also have one for dry skin and oily skin. (Mine is combination). It literally feels like wiping water on your face and it kinda just dries away.

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Every three weeks I use the Adovia Dead sea facial mask. It’s nice and thick and definitely smells like mud. Even after one use, my skin feels brighter and looks cleaner. I really recommend this to anyone because it kinda just gives your skin a little boost.

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Every six weeks I like to DermaRoll. If you guys are interested in a more in-depth post on that, comment below. I like to use the OZ Naturals Vitamin C serum. This one is a little bit thicker than the one mentioned above.

If you’re lazy like me and don’t always have time to sit and apply products, get this. Even if I don’t Dermaroll, I use this once a week at night without lotion to let this just sink into my skin. It’s really nice and does what it’s supposed to, clear up my skin.

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Hope this helped some of you,

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Last-minute Mother’s day gift ideas.

DIY'S

For those of you who didn’t know, Mother’s Day on 5/11 (this Sunday) and as soon as people hear about something like these they always think about materialistic things. This year, try something new and different instead of just buying her the typical flower bouquet.

– Take her out to a spa and just hang out with her all day

– Surprise her with a shopping spree

– If she likes floral scents, ask around or buy a new bottle of her signature perfume

– Make your own beauty products for her:

Homemade Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub & A Shaving Technique For Soft Silky Legs

So many easy ones can me found here on Pinterest.

According to a Fox article: “Nearly 9 in 10 Americans think mothers return their Mother’s Day gifts in exchange for something else. And most moms do, at least on occasion.

There’s nothing wrong with that, unless, of course, the moms had asked for the gift specifically! We found one husband and wife who know that scenario very well.

“I bought her a Mother’s Day gift probably four years ago that’s she never used,” said husband Michael Shelton. “She wanted it so badly. She never used it. It was a sewing machine.”

“I should use the sewing machine he bought me, and this summer I will, nearly five years later,” laughed Detra Shelton. “I swear!”

Whether you keep the gift or not, what’s the average amount a person spends on Mother’s Day? It’s about $65.”

Here are some more ADORABLE Mother’s Day gift ideas you can DIY (make yourself) [Because it’s the effort and love put into something that counts]

Good luck,

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