Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal

Merry Christmas, y’all. I hope your day yesterday was filled with love and happiness and that Santa didn’t judge you too much and was pretty good to you.

I can’t believe that in 5 short days we’ll be celebrating New Year’s Eve. 2014 has been a year of crazy changes and growth. 2015 promises to be even crazier. In 6 days I move into my new apartment at the beach. In 2 months I’ll be 25. I am so excited to start this new part of my life and hope there are so wonderful changes ahead.

That being said, I can’t help but play a little bit into the “new year, new me” saga a time change brings. Although, it’s not really me trying to be a new person; every year, I get more comfortable in my skin and like myself more. I don’t want to start over again. However, we can always grow as a person, and a new year is a great way to kick yourself in the ass to start that process.

Here’s what I plan to accomplish:

1. Join the gym and stick with it. Where I live right now (my hometown), the people who go to the gym are not only people I’ve known forever, but are also the ones who “TRAIN INSANE OR REMAIN THE SAME!!!!” I don’t give a shit about paleo, I don’t want to be able to lift double my body weight, and I sure as hell don’t want judgmental looks while I’m sweating my ass off. There’s a gym right down from my apartment that is only $10 a month with free classes where I won’t know a soul except my roommate. I have no excuse. I need to get in there, especially in the winter months, because my  energy level just tanks, and I feel gross. I know consistent exercise will help curb those problems.

2. Let go of negativity. In high school, I had a friend who was only happy when something was wrong. At first, it was exhausting, but after a while, I felt myself get sucked into it. We bitched about everything and anything. My mom finally pulled me aside and pointed out that behavior was toxic, and I was becoming just as bad as she was. Ever since, I’ve tried to avoid people with that character flaw. Lately, I’ve noticed some people I spend time with exhibit this behavior. I have to start being positive in the face of their negativity, or it’ll eat me alive.

3. Stop allowing people who suck have so much control. This is self explanatory. People who don’t have my best interest in mind and bring poison to my life have to go, regardless of how long I’ve known them and what kind of relationship it is.

4. Budget, budget, budget. I am horrible about this one, but moving out on my own for the first official time (college doesn’t count) is going to make me figure it out. I need to stop eating out when I’ve taken the time to make lunch. I need to also get off my ass and cook for myself more often. It’s fine to eat out occasionally, but it shouldn’t be something I want, not a $8 sandwich on a total whim.

5. Get on a routine. I won’t sugar coat it, I’m really lucky that my job doesn’t always require me to be in work on time as long as I get my 40 hours in. I also wear khakis and a polo and hardly any make up. But that doesn’t mean I can’t get my ass out of bed in the AM, get a work out in, shower, and eat a damn good breakfast! I do a disservice to myself but not getting my ass in gear in the AM. No more getting out of bed 15 minutes before I have to leave my house. Plus, if I do that, I can’t hit up the Starbucks right down the street. 🙂

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Ipsy and Love With Food December 2014

Can you believe that 2015 (and Christmas!) are only a few weeks away? Me either. Here I am, back from a 2 month hiatus (my bad), to review food and beauty products.

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1. AHA 3% Facial Cleanser by Beauty Without Cruelty ($11.95 full sized)- I love the smell of this, and I love even more that it’s cruelty free and organic. I would buy all organic beauty products if they were more affordable. Some people posted that it was drying, but I haven’t noticed any difference. I use my Burts Bees moisturizer this time of year regardless. It does run a higher risk of sunburn, so I only use this product at night.

2. Boost Repair Treatment by Coolway ($29.95 full sized)- My hair is very oily and has gotten worse here lately (anyone have tips on how to fix that?), so I don’t use hair masks much. I’m sure it helps dry and damaged hair. It smells good too.

3. Butter Lip Balm by NYX Cosmetics in Marshmallow ($4.00)- I love NYX. LOVE it. I was disappointed at first when I saw the color of this balm in my bag. However, I was in for a surprise. The color and feel is wonderful, and the color allows for me to wear it to work or out at night. This is easily a staple for me.

4. Fairy Dust by Pixi by Petra ($10)- This product was full sized, but I had no idea what it was until going on Ipsy. Apparently this is used to make shadow pop, but the applicator sucks and does nothing but make a mess. I haven’t tried it yet to get a full report, but it seems like a frivolous beauty product.

5. deluxe lights, camera, lashes 4-in-1 mascara by tart ($20 full sized)- Let’s just have a moment of silence for how freaking awesome this product is. Oh. My. God. My lashes looked fake they were so long! I am so pleased with this product and it will make it’s way into my shopping cart!

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The coconut candies, kettle corn, and cookie chips were the best part of my box this month. Want to sign up and receive gluten free, non-GMO, organic snacks every month PLUS donate a meal to a hungry child? Click below:

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