Wednesday, August 9, 2017

SIMPLE WAYS TO GET CLEAR SKIN

When I started my journey to having a healthier lifestyle there was one side effect that truly surprised me. My skin started become clearer and now I can say that it’s clearer than it’s ever been in my life. So no, it’s not perfect at any means, but someone who has tangled with breakouts and oily to dry skin their entire life, it’s almost like this is a tiny miracle!

I’d been to many dermatologist telling me something different each time I visited a new one, yet again, I was still complaining about these bumps (that I’ve since I can remember), blemished skin. I’d tried all the creams and pills that they had told me to use over the years and here I was, looking like a teenager all over again. I finally decided to start doing research on natural ways to clear skin. The run from each doctor always telling me that it would get worse before it would get better, well that was coming to end!

I had seen over and over again the power of diet and food can do for not just your skin but your entire body. At that point I never thought to put the connection together with my diet and my skin. But knowing that Google always has the answers, the first search gave me confidence that healthy, clear skin was possible without creams and pills. I will be honest with you, the first year I decided to try this nothing truly changed, but when I made the drastic changes to my diet and lifestyle amazing things started happening.

The breakouts are have reduced frequently and overall my completion is smoother and my skin is glowing and full. With the changes in my diet and lifestyle I also found different products that work better with my skin that are more of a “clean skin product.”


So I wanted to share with you some tips for clearing your skin! 

CUT BACK ON CAFFEINE
Caffeine dehydrates your body, which I always thought to myself every morning when I finish my cup of coffee I’m always needing a huge glass of water. The dehydration can also cause different areas of your body to have inflammation. Not saying coffee is bad at any means (I drink it every day), it has antioxidants! If it’s late in the afternoon and I’m craving something warm, I’ll make a cup of green tea (non-caffeinated). The ingredients in green tea are detoxifying too!

USE CLEANER SKIN PRODUCTS
As I learn more and more about toxic chemicals in skincare lines, I’ve noticed that I pay more attention to the ingredients in not only my beauty products, but my shampoos, conditioners, body washes, body exfoliates, etc. I will say that my beauty products nor my hair/skin products aren’t 100% safe, but I’m trying to get there gradually. I get surprised to find that some of my favorite beauty products and face washes that I’ve used for years contain so many toxins. By just changing a couple products I can see a difference in breakouts and I thank those articles.

Here are the couple ingredients I look for- 

-Parabens
-Fragrance 
-Phthalate
-Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate
-Formaldehyde
-Propylene Glycol
-Triclosan
-Petrolatum


CUT BACK ON SUGAR
I LOVE CANDY – Sour Patch Kids. Candy is a weakness to me. I’ve never been a huge fan of chocolate! There were a few months I decided to take my candy obsession and replace it with more fresh fruit which would curve my sugar cravings most times. But, then I thought why I should cut back on sugar because we all know it’s impossible to avoid all sugars. And you shouldn’t, the fruits, veggies, and whole grains that we eat every day are broken down into glucose (which is sugar). Glucose is broken down slower than the simple sugars that we all love in candy. I cut back on my sugars but honestly I don’t think I will ever cut them out completely again! Eating candies in moderation hasn’t caused my skin to have breakouts, so why not.  


DRINK COLLAGEN (Recent purchase)
This is a new obsession with a lot of people! So we’ve all heard of collagen and know that as we get older our bodies start to naturally lose it. A couple of weeks ago I added Vital Proteins to my daily routine and I’m in awe. This company has a variety of different products and flavors, not only that you can mix them in any kind of liquid – hot or cold plus getting collagen (and protein) is easy to do. I enjoy adding it to my coffee in the morning because it’s easy to remember to do in the morning time.

EXFOLIATE REGULARLY
If you are like me and wear makeup on a regular basis, it’s easy for toxins to build up on your skin and clog your pores. I try to exfoliate a couple of times each week to with breakouts. I try to use different exfoliates since my face loves to get use to using the same product (insert annoyed face – haha). Not only will this help out with breakouts it will help with skin tones and scarring.

MASKS
This is something I too need to work on getting better at. Some people will say this is the same as exfoliating your skin but they are truly two different things. When I do remember I like switching up between masks such as hydrating, deep cleaning, brightening, and breakouts. Mixing the different masks has helped with having my skin guessing what is next. As most people think that this is a “chore” or “don’t have time” make it a little treat for yourself. Make yourself a cup of tea, apply your mask and turn on your favorite show – PERFECTION!

DRINK MORE WATER
This is a huge must not only for your skin, but for your entire body. When you’re not drinking enough water, toxins start to build up and get caught in your skin and your body. This starts to cause breakouts, dry skin, digestive problems, etc. When you are drinking the right amount of water you feel more naturally flushed out rather than that heavy feeling. Never underestimate the power of water!

WHAT TIPS DO YOU HAVE FOR CLEARING YOUR SKIN?!



Tuesday, July 11, 2017

All About the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017

It’s almost that time of year which means its game time! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is finally here. I know everyone has already heard enough about the sale, but get ready for you Instagram feed to be blowing up with it for the next month.

The good thing is that you won’t be annoyed by it. Why you ask… Because this is the biggest sale of the year – the one we’ve all been waiting for since last year sale ended! Remember these items that are on sale are BRAND NEW and discounted for a limited time only.

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Catalog
gives you a preview of everything included in the sale.  


WHAT TO DO BEFORE JULY 13TH

GET A LIST TOGETHER
The Nordstrom Sale is mostly fall items. Which means you should go through your fall wardrobe and see what items you want to invest in this year. Such as a good pair of jeans, booties, leather jacket, etc. This sale would be the time to buy those items. I remember last year stocking up on plain long sleeve shirts because you can never go wrong with accessorizing a plain T.

SET A BUDGET
We all know we don’t like the word “budget” but they are necessary when shopping this great sale! It’s easy to keep adding and adding items to your cart that you think you need only to realize you have a couple of thousand dollars’ worth of sale items in your cart. I know some people can spend that kind of money which is completely fine, but if you want to play it smart and not overbuy, SET A BUDGET just to be safe!

NORDSTROM CREDIT CARD
I know the word “credit card” scares people, but with this card its link straight to your bank account meaning it comes right away instead of paying the bill off monthly. You also get great rewards when you shop with the Nordstrom Card (link). PLUS having one will grant you Early Access on Thursday July 13th for the sale!

NO STRESS
Don’t let this sale stress you out since you keep hearing about it from everyone. It’s a great time to see what new items you can add to your fall collection plus the discount prices!

BUY ONLINE
I recommend purchasing all of your items online, picking them up at the store, or having them shipped to you. Nordstrom offers FREE SHIPPING on all orders, but if you need any of your items for an event you can pay for one day shipping for only $15! Not only is the shipping a good deal but Nordstrom also offers FREE RETURNS. Order everything online and send everything you don’t want back in the same box for FREE! This is a great way to beat the heavy crowds and crazy people. You will also have more luck when trying to find your size online rather than in the store.
SHOP FAST

The items sell out quickly especially the sizes that everyone typically wears. So yes I will be on the computer/phone at midnight adding things to my shopping cart. Don’t overthink it (remember what I said above about FREE RETURNS) go ahead and buy it before it’s gone! Nordstrom will restock a few items but nothing is ever promised.   

DATES TO REMEMBER:

July 13th Early Access begins for all Nordstrom cardholders
July 17th The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens to the public
August 6th Last day of the sale and the prices go back up on the 7th


Some of my favorites below:

 
 


 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Amazon Prime Father's Day Gift Guide


Ekk, father’s day is on Sunday! I’m finally having some wind down time to put together a gift guide for you guys! Sorry about that, BUT it’s never too late. Here are some favorite last-minute father’s day gifts that you can get on time (yay) through AMAZON PRIME!

 I went through some idea with Ryan last night to pick different gifts, and with a couple of co-workers to put together these gift ideas. 



                       45

                   67

                89

                  1011


These ideas are great for all types of dad’s. Happy shopping!

Hope everyone has a great Father’s Day!











Monday, June 5, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend













Sergio Garcia practicing his putting. 




Had to take a picture of this! Go Texan's :) 









Let’s start off with saying that the fact that we all get to have this life enjoying the freedom in our lives is unreal. We should all be forever thankful for those that have paved the way as well as those that are currently paving and protecting our freedoms today!

Traditions are something special to people’s hearts and this past weekend calls for traditions all around. Memorial Day is a time when family and friends get together to remember those who have served our country. Our family has a few sweet traditions that I have loved since they’ve been started. One being spending Friday at the Colonial in Fort Worth with my dad! We’ve done this for years now and it’s something sweet we both enjoy doing (p.s. my mom isn’t into walking around sweating and watching golf - haha)!

This year one of my dad’s best friends since elementary school and his wife joined us. We had a blast! We followed around different golfers, people watched (always looking for cute outfits), and just enjoyed one another’s company. After a full day of walking around not sweating too much we went to my house to meet my mom for dinner.

Since my dad’s friend and his wife don’t get to come up to Fort Worth much we wanted to make sure they had a good meal. We took them to the Original which is a staple in Fort Worth. A little background it’s been around since 1926 and it’s a place where generations have enjoyed bringing their kids. It’s a place where we belong, where we eat because we love it, and we enjoy sharing this tradition that has been handed down to us.



They fell in love! We all left happy and full of the best Mexican food (in my opinion) that you can get in Fort Worth.

Hope you enjoyed your Memorial Day weekend and traditions!