Lifestyle, Writing

Life Updates For July

I have a couple of life updates to report. I started my Master’s Program at Walden University. My study is in Social Work with a concentration in Trauma. I am really loving it a lot more than my Bachelor’s degree. My goal is to be a therapist for children suffering from trauma. I also switched my career. I quit my job and I now work as an Applied Behavior Analysis Therapist for children on the spectrum. I currently have 5 clients during the week. I also just got my wedding dress and alterations need to get done on it. Life is just going really well right now.

With Love,

Empties, Lifestyle, Writing

Empties/Purchases Analysis: June

Empty Items:

Serum: 3
Face Mask: 4
Sheet Mask: 3
Lip Mask: 5
Eye Mask: 13
Nose Strip: 1
Face Wipes: 7 packages
Facial Cleanser: 2
Bar Soap: 1
Body Lotion: 5
Body Scrub: 2
Hand Cream: 2
Dry Shampoo: 5
Hair Leave-In / Detangler: 4
Hair Mousse: 2
Shampoo Bar: 1
Lip Liner: 1
Bronzer: 1
Blush: 1
Cream Eye Shadow Stick: 1
Liquid Eyeliner: 2
Mascara: 2
Lip Balm: 1
Liquid Lipstick: 3
Cream Contour Stick: 1
Setting Spray: 1
Primer: 2
Concealer/Foundation: 1

Liquid Highlighter: 1

Bath Salts: 1

Bath Bombs: 7

Foot Mask: 2

Brush Set: 1

Perfume: 1

Shower Gel: 1

Toner: 2

Shampoo: 1

Conditioner: 1

Eye Serum: 1

Eye Cream: 1

Number Of Empties:

97

Current Amount Used Up:

$1,596.96

Items Purchases:

Perfume: 1
Dry Shampoo: 4
Facial Wipes: 12
Hair Leave-In / Detangler: 6
Pressed Powder: 2
Primer: 3
Brush / Set: 3
Bronzer: 2
Lip Scrub: 1
Serum: 1
Facial Moisturizer: 5
Lip Liner: 1
Nail Items: 8
Samples: 16
Eye Cream: 3
Liquid Eye liner: 2
Mascara: 3
Body Balm: 1
Setting Spray: 4
Bath Salts: 1
Foot Mask: 3
Body Mask: 1
Tanning Lotion: 4
Scalp Scrub: 1
Highlighter: 3
Face Mask: 7
Toner: 2
Liquid Lipstick: 2

Hair Mask: 5

Body Cream: 4

Cream Blush: 2

Lip Stain: 1

Eye Mask: 2

Body Scrub: 4

Lip Gloss: 2

Eyeshadow Palette: 2

Contour Palette: 1

Lip Balm: 2

Foundation: 1

Eyeshadow: 1

Bath Bombs: 2

Bath salts: 2

Body Mask: 1

Deodorant: 1

Hair Spray: 1

Number Of Items Purchased:

136

Current Amount Spent:

$1,030.78

Current Beauty Balance:

– 39 Items Added To Collection
– 566.18 (More product $ used up than purchased)

I am doing good with using up more products in the monetary sense. I feel better that my number went down from 45 to 39. I have used up 6 more items than what I bought in June. I am looking forward to seeing this number go down a bit further.

With Love,

Collection, Haul, Lifestyle, SALE, Writing

EC Haul

Another planner/stationery haul. I was feeling very inspired to bring in a lot of paper goods to prepare for a couple of things that I will be announcing soon. My life has really been all good things so far this year (besides one incident). I am really proud of all the progress that I have made this year and I am excited for what is to come in my future.

I purchased these Star War stickers for my future sister-in-law as a small token of my gratitude for all of her support and the fact that she will be my sister!

I bought this memo board to put up on our desk with the magnets for any important event that is coming up or any invitation. Right now, a wedding invitation is hanging from it. It helps my fiance especially as he has a hard time remembering things.

I bought this organizer for my planner supplies. It can hold papers, folders, books, mail, etc. Our living room isn’t entirely set up yet, so I haven’t had a chance to employ this yet. I think it will be very useful in several aspects of my life.

I wanted my monthly tabs to be metallic and I believe that it should be a customizable option. The bitch of it is, that the spacing and font of the months DO NOT match the tabs in the planner. This was very disappointing to me, although I still used it.

I love Hello Kitty, so I had to get these rolls of washi!

I love the colorblends theme for EC this year, so I got the matching washi kit. It comes with 4 rolls of washi tape and two of them have blending colors that go from one color to another on the color wheel.

I love gel pens. I could not resist.

This seasonal sticker book is so cute! I am looking forward to using these in my spreads every month. I also use them to decorate the 12 boxes near the front of the planner for memory keeping.

I bought the newest pack of Hello Kitty stickers. Aren’t they adorable?! I cannot wait to use this in a very girly spread.

I kept some of these sheets but gave most of them to my daughter. I only wanted a couple of my favorites. She loves these stickers and I am sure her friends do, too!

With Love,

Collection, Favorites, Haul, Lifestyle, SALE, Writing

EC Summer Surprise Box 2022

Another day, another haul post. I decided to pick this up after my cousin also ordered it. I ordered this when it was 50% off plus a promo to get $10 off your order when you order the surprise box. It was a fantastic deal that I could not pass up. I paid $20 for the box and I definitely think that I got what I paid for based on what I am going to use. I wish that lifestyle items were not included as I got EC for planner supplies, not other things. I digress. Let me show you what came in the box.

I love the Banana Leaves design on the outside of the box. The inside of the box is a soft color blends theme with an adorable quote. I personally turned it inside out for the quote and color blends color. I tend to use these as gift boxes and I have a friend getting married that I thought this would be perfect for.

I love these card. Definitely keeping it to incorporate it into something.

These are metallic nail art stickers valued at $7.50 that is exclusive to the box. Not worth almost $8 in my opinion. I am giving these to my 12 year old daughter.

I love this metallic cover and I will definitely be using it on one of my discounted notebooks that I purchased with covers I didn’t care for. It will be so pretty for the summer! It is valued at $13 and is exclusive to this box. I wouldn’t have picked this out for myself and I generally don’t buy covers as I’d rather spend a few more bucks and get a notebook.

A reusable shopping bag that snaps back together is very nice to have. I own way too many of them to be honest. This is exclusive to the box and valued at $13. I think the price point is pretty typical for a pretty tote bag.

I kinda love this rose gold manicure set. I was already in the market for one, so this was a welcome surprise. It is exclusive to the box and valued at $15. It is rose gold with a metallic finish, so I would agree with the price point on this one.

This is a self care sticky notepad that I will be using weekly. It is great for making sure you follow through with habits and make time for yourself. I also love that it is in the color blends theme. It is my favorite theme so far that EC makes. It is valued at $8 and a sneak peek item. I think it is a bit high for only 20 sheets.

These are exclusive stickers valued at $5.50, which is a good deal I think with looking at the costs of full sheet of stickers on Etsy. I am not interested in them though, so I will be giving them to my daughter.

I’m excited about this one. It is exclusive to the box and valued at $12. It is a colorblends productivity journal and I look forward to using it.

This rainbow pen duo is AMAZING! It is a sneak peek valued at $8.50 and I hope that it comes in other duo color packs. I will be using them for the whole month of June in celebration of pride month. So stoked for these! I am a pen addict and these are amazing. It adds something a little special to my collection.

The included insert.

Overall, this was worth it to me. I got my $20 worth and the pens and notebook are amazing. They gave me the value of the box. Everything else was just extras. I would have been disappointed had I paid full price ($40) for this.

With Love,

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Etsy Haul: Peaches & Pines Studio

Continuing on the trend of paper goods, I am coming back to you with an Etsy Haul from @Peaches&PinesStudio. I will be back to making my own stickers with purchasing printables, but I wanted so easy stickers to start out with. Also, one week out of the month, I will be using my other stickers unrelated to any of the kits unless they are far and few inbetween leftovers. Let me show you the goodies that I got!

She included such a sweet handwritten card with the package.

She included a free metallic sticker.

She included a free sampler sheet that I can incorporate with my kits that I purchased. They are also seasonally appropriate, which is very much appreciated.

I purchased some foil butterfly dividers that I thought would add a nice touch to my spreads if I want to define anything in the white space of the columns.

I bought the Cabana add on glitter headers and and the kit came with the above bonus boxes, which is much appreciated.

I bought the full 8 page kit. I love the blush tones and pops of green.

I bought the Santorini Dreaming kit with the glitter headers.

I purchased the Boardwalk kit with the glitter headers and girls add on.

I purchased the Kalispera kit with the glitter headers and girls add on.

I purchased The Blush Edit with the glitter headers and girl add on.

I also purchased a monthly kit for July in a beach theme.

Have you purchased any stickers lately?

With Love,

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EC Haul: The Planner

I purchased another Erin Condrin planner. This time, I went back to the vertical layout and I will be stickering the weeks again. I am going to breakout the sticker maker and buy planner sticker kits again. I did buy some already made ones though too, because I am lazy. I am also in a middle of a move, so like I don’t know where the sticker paper is yet. I also have so many stickers already laying around to use up, so I will be incorporating a kit free week every month where I just use all of the random stickers that I own and any leftovers from other kits.

I went with the gold coil this year and the colorblends theme (and cover!). I have my name in gold foil on the bottom.

The above are the freebies that come with the planner.

The above was a free gift with purchase of a planner during launch week.

The above was the Turquoise gift during launch week. I kept the Important part and gave away the rest to my daughter as I wouldn’t really use these flags.

With Love,

Lifestyle, Writing

NYE Goals: May Check-In

  1. Start wedding planning
    • I still need to do the invites, but the date and time changed due to a family emergency. Now, I have to butcher our cards unfortunately.
  2. Take better care of myself:
    • Bathe regularly (depression sucks) – Off/On
    • Get back into a regular day/night skincare routine – Slacking on night routine
    • Start exercising regularly – Inconsistent
    • Continue eating a healthy diet – The last two weeks of May haven’t been that healthy.
    • Take Dean out on more outings – He has gone to the park, swimming, to Marshalls, grocery shopping, etc.
  3. Create more family adventures – We went swimming as a family.
  4. Reinvest in my blogging schedule
    • I have been pretty dedicated to this one.
  5. Pursue a passion (I’m getting 2 Herbology diplomas this year to be a Herbologist!)
    • I am a bit behind in the homework due to the move and the family emergency.
  6. Start Youtube channel
    • No progress this month.
  7. Get a raise/promotion
    • Reviews are at the end of the summer.
  8. Go on vacation
    • Maybe????
  9. Always focus on being happy and present
    1. Doing it consistently, so I’m marking this good.
  10. Continue to support and love my children
    • Doing it now more than other. This is marked good.
  11. Read 12 books
    • I’m probably 3 books behind currently. The move and the family emergency really affected this goal. I’m going to start putting some dedicated time aside to read every week.

With Love,

Lifestyle, Writing

NYE Goals: April Check-In

  1. Get an apartment
    • Done! An empty apartment tour is in the works.
  2. Start wedding planning
    • I just purchased my wedding dress!!!! The date is set. Invitations are set to go out.
  3. Take better care of myself:
    • Bathe regularly (depression sucks) – Yes
    • Get back into a regular day/night skincare routine – Slacking on night routine
    • Start exercising regularly – Inconsistent
    • Continue eating a healthy diet – Still doing Keto
  4. Take Dean out on more outings
    • He’s been to the park and out for ice cream.
  5. Create more family adventures
    • The SO and I have been doing more things with our son together.
  6. Reinvest in my blogging schedule
    • I have been pretty dedicated to this one.
  7. Pursue a passion (I’m getting 2 Herbology diplomas this year to be a Herbologist!)
    • I missed the last class due to illness, but working diligently on the homework.
  8. Start Youtube channel
    • No progress this month. I might do TikTok.
  9. Get a raise/promotion
    • Working on it. I got my SO an interview at my job.
  10. Go on vacation
    • Still on the horizon
  11. Always focus on being happy and present
    • Doing it!
  12. Continue to support and love my children
    • Doing it!
  13. Read 12 books
    1. Working on it. I’m 2 books behind now. lol

With Love,

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Empties Analysis: March 2022

Empty Items:

  • Serum: 1
  • Face Mask: 2
  • Sheet Mask: 2
  • Lip Mask: 5
  • Eye Mask: 4
  • Nose Strip: 1
  • Face Wipes: 2
  • Facial Cleanser: 1
  • Bar Soap: 1
  • Body Lotion: 4
  • Body Scrub: 1
  • Hand Cream: 2
  • Dry Shampoo: 2
  • Hair Leave-In / Detangler: 2
  • Hair Mousse: 2
  • Shampoo Bar: 1
  • Lip Liner: 1
  • Bronzer: 1
  • Blush: 1
  • Cream Eye Shadow Stick: 1
  • Liquid Eyeliner: 2
  • Mascara: 1
  • Lip Balm: 1
  • Liquid Lipstick: 3
  • Cream Contour Stick: 1
  • Setting Spray: 1
  • Primer: 1
  • Concealer/Foundation: 1

Number Of Empties:

  • 48

Current Amount Used Up:

  • $840.17

Items Purchases:

  • Perfume: 1
  • Dry Shampoo: 1
  • Facial Wipes: 4
  • Hair Leave-In / Detangler: 1
  • Pressed Powder: 1
  • Primer: 3
  • Brush Set: 2
  • Bronzer: 1
  • Lip Scrub: 1
  • Serum: 1
  • Facial Moisturizer: 2
  • Lip Liner: 1
  • Nail Items: 8
  • Samples: 2
  • Eye Cream: 1
  • Liquid Eye liner: 2
  • Mascara: 1
  • Body Balm: 1
  • Setting Spray: 1
  • Bath Salts: 1
  • Foot Mask: 1
  • Body Mask: 1
  • Tanning Lotion: 1
  • Scalp Scrub: 1
  • Highlighter: 1
  • Face Mask: 1
  • Toner: 1
  • Liquid Lipstick: 1

Number Of Items Purchased:

  • 44

Current Amount Spent:

  • $459.12

Current Beauty Balance:

  • -4 Items Added To Collection (I’ve used up 4 more items than what I have brought in. My collection is 4 items less than it used to be).
  • -$381.05 (More product $ used up than purchased)

I am loving where my balance is at this month. I have less products in my collection and I have used up more than I have spent so far this year. I cannot believe that right now that the amount of products that I have brought in haven’t increased my collection size. But also, that despite spending $459.12 so far this year, I have already used up that amount of product (and then so), which totally justifies my purchases to myself. I am dreading April, because I did a birthday haul for the Sephora Spring Event. lol

With Love,

Lifestyle, Writing

NYE Goals: March Check-In

  • Rediscover myself
    • Doing a damn good job at this – buying new clothes that fit the new/old me. I call this goal complete – I will continue to pursue who I really am.
  • Increase my independence/sense of self/individualism
    • I drive myself back and forth to work. I’m not afraid to drive anymore. I have gained back my independence and self sufficiency. I call this goal complete. I’m doing my own thing with confidence instead of uncertainty.
  • Get an apartment
    • I just paid off a loan that I used to get rid of my credit card debt from my step-father/adopted father. I am working on saving for an apartment now. I am still 1 to 2k away from where I want to be to start looking. I want to be able to hire a moving company to move what is in the storage unit and assemble the furniture like the beds. I need to rent a UHAUL to move everything in storage at a relatives place to the new apartment. I’d also like extra money for more furniture or a washer/dryer if it has hookups.
  • Get engaged
    • This goal is complete! He proposed on the Spring Equinox on March 20th.
  • Start wedding planning
    • We are putting off a traditional wedding until his best friend comes back from being enlisted in the service. We are starting to plan the small wedding that we have planned this year though.
  • Take better care of myself:
    • Continue therapy
      • Ditto – can call this complete now. I’m dedicated.
    • Continue seeing a psychiatrist
      • Ditto – can call this complete now. I’m dedicated.
    • Bathe regularly (depression sucks)
      • Still working on this.
    • Get back into a regular day/night skincare routine
      • Still working on a regular night time one.
    • Wear makeup 3x a week at least
      • We can call this complete. I wear makeup all the time now. I have fallen back in love again with different preferences than before.
    • Start exercising regularly
      • Still working on this.
    • Continue eating a healthy diet
      • April 1st, I am going Keto.
  • Take Dean out on more outings
    • This month, he has gone to the park twice and he went with me to see my best friend.
  • Create more family adventures
    • All the Dean outings have been family trips. We even ran into Jenna during one of our park trips.
  • Take more pictures
    • Goal complete. I am forever whipping out my phone to capture memories without missing out on the moment.
  • Reinvest in my blogging schedule
    • I have been really consistent. I won’t mark this as complete until June when I know the habit has been solidified.
  • Pursue a passion (I’m getting 2 Herbology diplomas this year to be a Herbologist!)
    • I have been to 2 classes so far and I am enjoying it a ton.
  • Start Youtube channel
    • Haven’t done anything on that this month.
  • Get a raise/promotion
    • Working on it.
  • Go on vacation
    • Working on it.
  • Always focus on being happy and present
    • I have been consistent in this.
  • Continue to support and love my children
    • I have been there for both of my children to the best of my ability without sacrificing my own self, health, and happiness.
  • Take more time for myself
    • I can mark this off as complete. I make sure every day to get some me time in.
  • Read 12 books
    • I have completed another book bringing me up to 2/12. I am still a book behind, but I have purchased 2 books to read. Hopefully, I can get enough reading done in April, even if I don’t get too far into the 2nd book.

With Love,