Between the media, advertising and social pressure being single on Valentine’s Day can feel like a death sentence. Every corner you turn there are signs of gushing love, excessively oversized teddy bears, mouthwatering chocolate bars and fancy dinner specials. The colors red and pink put a knot in your stomach and you contemplate becoming a recluse until the morning of the 15th. You wish this “holiday” would vanish into thin air and didn’t make you think of him who shall not be named.
It may be easier said than done but don’t let love get you down. It is ONE day out of 365 and you shouldn’t let Hallmark win this battle, ok? Instead of turning into a bad mood monster on the day of heart shaped eyes, here are 8 ways to make the best of valentines when you’re single.
Change The Channel
So, there you are. Curled up on the couch shamelessly eating out of the Ben and Jerrys carton flipping through channels. With each click of the remote you quickly begin to notice an, appropriate, theme. Love movie after love movie after love movie. Here’s the deal, unless you want a way one ticket to a straight jacket – DO NOT STOP TO WATCH A ROMANCE MOVIE. Yup, you bet your ass that means skipping right through The Notebook. Today is not the day to be invested in Noah and Allie’s love, you know? Throw on a comedy or hell even an action movie to pass the time. Better yet, watching re-runs of The Kardashians is always a sure way to mindlessly pass time.
Make Other Plans
Last time I checked, there was no rule that banned singles from making plans on Valentine’s day. Whatever you want to do – you do. Why? Because this is a day that you can celebrate YOU. Whether you indulge in a spa appointment, start a new book or post up at a bar, the decision is yours. Point being – make a plan and stick to it so that way you will be too busy to worry about what everyone else is doing because you have plans of your own.
All The Single Ladies
Not the only single one in your friend group? PERFECT. Joining forces never hurt no body! Throw a singles party, a Galentines party – or whatever you want to call it, just do it! Remember that Valentine’s Day is about celebrating LOVE in generally and It isn’t necessarily about celebrating romance with a spouse. Enjoy a night out with your best friends or have dinner with your parents. Celebrate those amazing people in your life that you love and create memories doing so.
If you’d rather solely focus on yourself for a day – all the more power to ya! Take the day to spoil yourself, celebrate yourself and love yourself. Want to buy yourself flowers? Do it. Want to crush a box of chocolates? Do it. Want to pull the trigger on the purse you’ve had your eye on? Do it. I’m not suggesting that you go run up your CC bill or eat so much that your stomach hurts however I am saying that self-love is incredibly powerful and tends to fall on the back burner. So, light a candle, lather on a face mask and spend the night online shopping. If you ask me, that sounds like a better time than sitting in a packed restaurant you know?
So, cupid’s arrow may have missed you this year but that doesn’t mean that you can’t brighten someone else’s day. Whether it be someone you know and or a stranger the smallest gesture on Valentine’s Day could end up meaning the world to someone. Buy the person’s coffee that’s behind you in line, send flowers to your best friend or bring a treat to your neighbor. Whatever it may be, making someone else’s day can ultimately lead to adding happiness to your day.
Get Out Of Bed
The whole being single on Valentine’s Day totally messing with your head and all you want to do is stay in bed and throw yourself a pity party. At the time that may seem like the best move to make but I’m here to snap you out of that awful decision. Get up and get out. SERIOUSLY. Fresh air is the cheapest and best therapy that any of us could ask for. Go sit on the porch or go for a walk about the block. I pinky promise that you will feel better after breathing in that fresh air.
If you’re more of logistical and financial person then this point should have you exhaling relief. The average person spends $100 (ok, on the real I made that up but it seems to be a completely accurate and fair estimate) on Valentine’s Day. Since you’re only responsible for you, you’re not only saving money but also saving yourself the headache of running around buying gifts and making reservations. So basically, you’re the real winner here.
Stay Off Social Media
For the sake of your mental state, stay off social media. There is absolutely no reason you need to scroll through post after posts of red roses and lovey-dovey captions. If you need to take extreme measures because you have zero self-control, delete the apps from your phone. Whatever it takes, stay away!
One thing that Millennials complain about more than the job market is the dating scene. I would bet money (some, not a lot) that if anyone were to walk into a room full of twenty somethings that the major topic being discussed would be revolved around the dating scene.
Omg it’s just sooooooo hard to meet someone normal. Ugh, I stayed up all night drafting up a text response to him. I’m destined to be a cat lady; no one meets my criteria.
If you’re reading this, I need you to prepare yourself for what I’m about to write.
Maybe, just maybe, some of the dating issues we experience as twenty something’s are self-inflicted.
WHAT? NO CHANCE.
Well, let’s break it down a little further and take a deeper look into the 4 annoying things that twenty something’s do when dating.
Decoding Text Messages
If you are about to tell me that you have never spent an excessive amount of time decoding a text message from someone that you’re interested in I’m going to call bullshit. We have all done it. I’ve done it, my best friends have done it, the girl sitting next to me at the coffee shop while I write this has done it. For whatever reason, it’s just what we do. We screen shot a text message and send it to 50 of our closest friends and ask them to put their detective glasses on to collectively analyze the placement of a period. When you break it down, it’s a little insane yet in a twisted way it’s totally valid. How are we supposed to decipher a tone in a text message anyway? Is he excited to make plans or is he actually blowing me off? THE TEXT COULD GO BOTH WAYS.
Well, one crazy solution to the above mayhem is to PICK UP THE PHONE AND CALL THE PERSON. I know it seems so early 2000’s but not having voice communication it’s one of the most annoying and insane things that we as generation do. Half of the “issues” we go through dating could be resolved in half of the time if we did the unthinkable and picked up the phone to hear someone’s voice instead of tossing and turning at night trying to decode the time frame he meant by saying, we will get together for drinks soon.
But, I’m So Chill
I don’t know when being totally chill become such a hot fad but if you ask me, I think it’s blatantly stupid. For whatever reason there is this notion that floats around the dating word that being chill is the ultimate. That being a girl who doesn’t express her opinion or emotions is the way to act. Let me jump in here and say that if you are in fact dating someone or striving to date someone who agrees with that mindset then sista friend, you gotta get the hell out of that relationship. Your voice, your opinions and your aspirations are valuable and should also be put on a pedestal directly next to his. You feel me on this? Being the ultimate chill girl is not necessarily something to be proud of.
Social Media Investigation
Besides spending too much time deciding on what outfit to wear, what is the one thing that all millennials do before going a date? STALK. STALK. STALK. We spend an enormous amount of time scrolling through their social media pages and tagged photos. We put our best effort forward to find his EX and see what she’s up to now. We spend so much time behind the screens trying to find out all the information we can about someone instead of going into a date ready and excited to learn about their life. That’s kind of backwards, wouldn’t you say?
Your car’s battery can be run down by the electronic keyless ignition, and, in spite of early warning systems which tell drivers they are running low on gas, more than half a million drivers were forced to call AAA because they ran out of gas. All in all, the study found that vehicles which were less than five years old actually experienced a higher proportion of key and tire-related issues than older vehicles. And, because newer vehicle systems are so much more complex, one in five service calls require towing to a repair facility.
Being Prepared for a Roadside Emergency
A car emergency kit—or even something as simple as a flashlight—are things we rarely think much about until we need them, and by then it is too late. Because so many of us now drive a later model vehicle which comes with free roadside assistance—or we have a membership to an auto club—we are lulled into a false sense of security, and often forgo an emergency kit altogether. If, however, you have ever waited for hours by the side of the road for the auto club or tow truck to show up, you may have a better understanding of how having something as simple as a flashlight or other car necessities, could have made your life much easier.
Lest you think your chances of a breakdown are so slim you can forget about such things, remember that in any given year, AAA alone receives more than 30 million calls from stranded drivers. Unfortunately, vehicles do break down, and those breakdowns rarely occur in a well-lighted area, with great weather and perfect cell phone reception. You might find that a well-thought-out roadside emergency kit can significantly reduce the pain of a breakdown.
What Do I Need in My Car Emergency Kit?
While there are plenty of pre-packaged emergency kits on the market, you might do better to make up your own kit, which is not only tailored to the weather in your area, but also to your specific family. As an example, if you live in a tropical area, you are unlikely to need an ice scraper or a blanket, and if you travel with small children and/or pets, you will need to add specific items to your car emergency kit. There are, however, “must-haves” to include in your emergency car kit, such as:
1. Emergency lighting. A flashlight with extra batteries, as well as road flares and reflectors can keep you safe if you are stranded on the side of the road, especially at night.
2. A fully charged cell phone can make the difference between getting help quickly and not getting help at all.
3. A fire extinguisher. Of course, it is hoped you will never need a fire extinguisher, but it could potentially be a lifesaver.
4. A well-stocked first-aid kit should contain band-aids, adhesive tape, gauze, aspirin, antiseptic, and any specific items your family might need.
5. A tire gauge and a bottle of tire sealant can allow you to repair a flat quickly without having to change your tire, although you should also keep a spare tire, jack and tire tool in your car.
6. Jumper cables, a tow strap or rope, and a roll of duct tape(it really can fix almost everything!)
7. Drinking water and granola bars or other nonperishable snacks in the event you are seriously stranded.
8. A basic assortment of oil, antifreeze and brake fluids can allow you to get to a repair shop on your own, provided you know how to check the levels of those fluids in your car.
If you live in, or will be traveling through, an area which receives winter weather, you need to add a blanket, gloves, an ice scraper, a snow shovel, kitty litter and tire chains to your emergency kit. Being prepared is more than the Boy Scout motto—it can make a huge difference should your car ever break down unexpectedly.
_________________________________ The author of the article, John Newby is one of the shareholders of Tronfeld West & Durrett. Mr. Newby focuses his practice exclusively on personal injury law. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the Richmond Bar Association and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He currently serves on the Virginia Trial Lawyer’s Association Tort Law Legislative Subcommittee. Mr. Newby chairs the firm’s products liability section. Mr. Newby lives in Powhatan with his wife and daughter. When not working, he enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling with his family, and watching football.
Hello to dinners at midnight, non-stop travel, stadium lights, and tight pants.
I have received an overwhelming amount of messages asking for more of a insight into our baseball life. Asking about Robby’s journey, how it all works and how him and I handle our relationship within the madness.
To be transparent, a part of me has been hesitant to share this side of our life. For what reason? Well, I’m not entirely sure. It could be because I tend to hold my personal relationship with Robby in a sacred and private place. It could be because I’m not totally sure what aspect of the baseball world you all, as a community, are intrigued about hearing more of. Or it could because I’m still trying to navigate through this lifestyle myself. I am always striving to connect with you all throughout all facets of life so with that being said, here we go …...
Today we leave for Spring Training so, I figured what better time to give a little behind the scenes recap! That way, as this season progresses, you can be up to speed and ride this wild ride with us!
Before you read the below post in its entirety please know this: Each and every single player has been and is on their own path Each baseball family has had different experiences within the baseball world and may or may not agree with my viewpoints.
THE CALL UP
Let’s go back in time and start where it all began. Robby has been playing baseball since he was able to pick up a ball. His journey has truly been a unique one. The odds have been stacked against him but his perseverance and determination has knocked down every sky high wall that has stood in his way. He was undrafted out of college and then with blood, sweat and tears worked his way up the ranks. After spending 5 years in the minor league system he got the news that he was called up the big league team on September 1, 2016. Never in my entire life will I forget where I was when I heard the news. A sound came out of my mouth that I didn’t even know I was capable of making. Tears of sheer joy streamed down my face as I threw clothes in a suitcase. Robby made his major league debut in Oakland, California on September 2, 2016 and I bought a plane ticket before I was even cleared by my boss to miss work. I wouldn’t have missed that moment regardless of what was at stake so, to LAX I went! Oh, and for those wondering, I was not fired for going LOL!
In an incredibly minuscule sized nutshell that is Robby’s baseball journey. If you’re in the mood to read details of his journey that lead him to live out his dream you can do so by reading this article.
LET’S GET PERSONAL
Since Robby and I have a background of long distance therefore the massive amount of travel and increments of time we spend apart during the season doesn’t feel too completely out of our realm. There was a 2-year span in our relationship where I lived in California and he lived on the East Coast. With a long commute of 2,000 plus miles, we became pros at having a steady and healthy relationship even though we physically spent most of our time apart. Lucky for us, that has prepped us to maintain our relationship throughout the baseball season and the demanding schedule that comes with it.
Of course I wish him and I were in the same place at the same time 365 days out of the year. Of course I wish we had the option to sit down on the couch together every night after dinner. Of course I wish that I didn’t have to ride solo to friend’s weddings between the months of February to October but you want to know something that I genuinely feel in my heart? I wouldn’t change it for anything. I honest to God would not have it any other way. Being able to sit in the ballpark stands watching Robby on the mound living out a dream that he has busted his ass for is absolutely one of the most surreal feelings that continues to give me goosebumps. Being able to have this chapter forever a part of our life is unmatched. Being able to create friendships that we wouldn’t have otherwise, travel the country and experience once in a life-time opportunities is worth all of the sacrifices.
For those that have messaged me about long distance and how to best navigate through those relationships, take some time to read these previous articles that I have written. In hopes that they speak to your heart:
To the outsiders looking in, know this – the woman who stand beside the men with uniforms on are their backbones. They are the ones who are there when the media rips them apart for not having an A+ game. They are the ones taking care of the children, solo, when the guys are on road trips. They are the ones packing up the home when he gets traded in the blink of an eye. They are the ones who support them through pure chaos and through the monumental highs. They are the ones that, without them, none of this would be possible. So before you go judging those women know that there is so much more then you see on ESPN.
Confession: before the baseball world became my own – I had a very heavy opinion about “baseball wives.” I had each and every one of them pinned into a cookie cutter corner of how I assumed they were. Then, I became one. Then, I saw the sports world through a different lens and I bit my tongue as I soon realized these are some of the most selfless, caring, creative and strong women you will EVER meet. I struggle with the given title sometimes because if Robby worked in finances I wouldn’t be dubbed as “oh, one of thoseeee financial employees wives” – right? But because he puts a jersey on every day instead of a suit jacket I am now automatically put into a different category. Kind of crazy when you think about it that way, right?
Alright my friends – that’s end it right there and have all of that marinate for a bit! Virtual pinky promise that I will do my best to keep you guys in the know about the upcoming season! If you have any questions or are interested in knowing about something in particular (EX: how we pack up all of our stuff, our game day routine, etc.) leave a comment below in the comments section! Can’t wait to hear from you guys : ) Oh and GO RED SOX!
Mid-week burnout is a real thing. Hitting a creative lull is a real thing. Waking up thinking it’s Friday but realizing it’s only Wednesday is a real thing. Wondering if your boss would fire you if simply didn’t show up at work is a real thing.
For all those moments, here are some words that are guaranteed to fuel your fire.
I’m not saying that I’m necessarily proud of this but even at the ripe age of 28, I still turn to my parents for questions on how to do this or that. Half of the time I feel naïve for asking and the other half I’m thankful they are willing to help. Growing up and learning all the ins and outs of basic tasks can be tedious but at the end of the day, makes us a well-rounded human being. So, here are 6 tasks that even though they sound adult and boring AF – it would be in your best interest to know how to do them … on our own.
Change A Tire
If you just thought to yourself – well, this list started off aggressively – I was thinking the same thing when I wrote it! In full transparency, I don’t know the first thing about changing a tire and would 100% be calling Robby in tears to come help me. But, I feel like it’s a very important let alone safe task that we should all know how to do. For those reasons, changing a tire is number 1 on the list.
Do Your Taxes
So long are the glory days when parents would hand you lunch money before heading out the door. Cut to current time and you’re praying that that your work office orders in lunch. Times have changed and you’re now the ruler of your bank account. With that being said, your mommy should not be filing your taxes for you. Learn a thing or two about your hard earned money. Sit down with a consultant and learn where your money is going, what you are getting back and why.
Don’t be a cheap ass. Unless your service was appalling, understand the person refilling your water glass and bringing you your meal is husting to meet all your requests with the underlying assumption that they will be compensated appropriately.
For some, a visit to the dentist sounds more enjoyable then having to go through small talk with someone. Even if that is the case, knowing how to dominate the small talk sector is an adulting must. Throughout life you will be put in situations where small talk is an evil necessity. Get yourself through it with grace and confidence and leave the uneasy awkwardness out of it.
Iron Your Clothes
You’ve graduated middle school. Having wrinkly clothes more times than none is hardly an acceptable let alone professional look. Facetime your mom and let her walk you through it. In a petty fight with your mom? Youtube it. Point being, there is no excuse for walking around like a slob. Get it together, ya hear me?
I’m not suggestion that you sign up for med school however, knowing the basics of how to clean a scrape or what medicine to take to cure your cold are things you should know how to do. Knowing how to take care of your body is a basic yet necessary task that you are more than capable of conquering.
Skin care can be overwhelming. Whether you buy your products at the drugstore or department store, there are so many options. Here’s my advice: invest in a face oil. I know, I know...putting oil onto your face sounds creepy. But trust me! Once you try it, you’ll be hooked. There’s an oil for everyone, regardless of your skin type.
Choosing the right face oil
There are a million face oils on the market. When picking one, be sure that it’s made of natural ingredients because they will get easily absorbed into your skin. Oils made with synthetic ingredients will just sit on top of your skin and make you greasy. Gross. I am partial to Beautycounter’s face oils, because they are plant-based, and don’t contain any unnecessary junk.
Uneven Skin or Dark Spots
The struggle is real when it comes to achieving an even skin tone. Even if you are diligent about applying sunscreen, you may still have collected some brown spots. Oils containing Vitamin C will help target dull, uneven skin. Beautycounter’s No. 1 Brightening Oil smells like oranges and is a miracle-worker for those stubborn brown spots or acne scars. I wear it under my moisturizer in the morning, and it instantly makes me smile! Citrus is the answer to everything.
Dry or Sensitive Skin
If you struggle with dry skin, look for an oil with natural ingredients like argan oil, sea buckthorn, and jasmine oil. If you have sensitive skin, avoid mineral oil. Beautycounter’s No. 2 Plumping Facial Oil is magical. During the winter months, I like to wear it under my moisturizer at night. I wake up with soft, hydrated skin. What more can you ask for?
Oily or Combination Skin
Products with meadowfoam seed oil can help restore balance to your skin, while ylang ylang, jojoba, grapeseed, or sesame oil are effective at moisturizing your skin while cutting down on grease. Beautycounter’s No. 3 Balancing Facial Oil has literally transformed my skin. I suffered from acne as a teen, and the dreaded combination skin in my 20’s. Balancing Oil does just that - it balances your skin. Genius! A study in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology showed that treating oily skin with argan oil reduced oily spots by 42% over the course of just four weeks! I use it in place of moisturizer during the warmer months when my skin is producing excess oil. Pair it with the Charcoal Cleansing Bar for maximum results.
How to Use Face Oil
When it comes to actually applying face oil, there are a few ways you can do it:
1. Mix it with your moisturizer. First, dispense moisturizer into your hands, then mix in two or three drops of face oil. Apply the moisturizer as you normally would, and you’re good to go.
2. Apply products in layers. If you’re going to layer multiple products, apply the oil first, onto freshly cleansed skin. Then apply moisturizer on top of the oil.
3. Use the oil on its own. Some people like to use their face oil in place of moisturizer. If you decide to go this route, simply dispense three or four drops of oil onto your fingertips, then gently press it into your skin.
You may have to try a few different application methods and products to see what works best for your skin. But once you find the right one, you will thank me. And your skin will thank me. #winning
____________________ More on the author: Rebecca is a Beautycounter consultant living outside of Atlanta, Georgia. She is married and has two small children. If you’re interested in learning more about Beautycounter, check out her website or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Beautycounter’s mission is to get safer products into the hands of everyone.
If you aren’t making conscious and smart decisions, you will max out on your wedding budget before you even have time to blink. One thing that any bride to be should know right off the bat is that every single thing adds up and it adds up very quickly. Here are a few ways to cut cost without sacrificing the wedding of your dreams.
The Guest List
Ah yes, the infamous wedding guest list. Let me give it to you straight, the people on your guest list might as well have a fat price tag stamped across their forehead. One of the biggest places to cut cost for your big day starts with trimming down your guest list. Cutting your list by 20 to 50 people can save you up to $5,000. So really take the time and energy in curating a guest list that best reflects your relationships as well as your budget. For ways to handle guest list dilemmas dive into this article.
The quality of paper, the type of font, embellishments, pocket, shape etc. all come with a hefty price. Know that there are ways to create a beautiful invitation without going over budget! I would suggest sticking to one beautifully detailed element and leave the remaining elements quiet simple. Also, I don’t mean to be a massive Debbie Downer but keep in mind that many people open the invitation and then put it directly in the * dun dun dun * trash can. OH THE HORROR!
Want to know a secret? Most wedding guests don’t even eat the cake. Having an over the top 7 layer tiered cake is not a suggested place to swipe the credit card if you’re trying to cut cost. There are many ways to have a bakery make a beautiful cake without running your bank account dry. Also know that many brides and grooms are staying away from serving cake all together at their wedding. For instance, Robby and I had a cake for “formalities.” One layer of the cake was real and the other two tiers were fake. Yup, totally fake. The one real cake layer was actually made from the Publix bakery (side note: it was mouthwatering delicious) however, we did not serve any at the wedding. Our guests enjoyed a frozen yogurt ice cream bar instead!
Don’t panic. I am not going to suggest that you cut out flowers entirely because that would be an awful idea! But I will suggest that you are do your research and make budget friendly decisions. For instance, there is substitute for almost every single flower known to man and the best part is, you can hardly tell the difference! Ask your florist to recommend substitutions for the expensive blooms and you’ll be surprised how much you save per stem.
Think quality over quantity. You’d rather have a 3 course meal full of insanely good food then be served a 5 course meal of mediocre tasting food, am I right? Food is a massive component of a successful wedding but does it not mean that you can’t cut some corners to save money! Also, if your venue allows it, bringing in and buying your own alcohol is a HUGE cost saver. If you have any questions on how the venue handles alcohol make a note to ask them!
More times than none I’m an advocate for the throw on some lipstick and go motto however, there are times where showing up is not best case scenario. Dating is a world with its own rules and regulations and if you ask me, is not a time where you should show up when it’s the last thing in the world you want to do.
A date should be something you look forward to and have butterflies leading up to. So, for those nights where you have a date but are unsure if you should cancel or not here’s a word from the wise to help make your decision a little easier.
7 Times You Shouldn’t Feel Guilty For Cancelling A Date:
When You’ve Had The Longest Week, Ever
It’s been the week from hell and you’ve never been happier to leave the office. All you can think about is crying into your pillow before catching up on some much needed sleep. Then it occurs to you …. DATE NIGHT. Cancelling plans is a much better option then subjecting him to your stressed out breakdown.
When You Have Nothing To Wear
We’ve all been there, you’re trying to get ready and everything you try on you hate more than the previous outfit. You’re not only convinced that someone came into your closet and stole all of your cute clothes but you’re also entirely over it. When going on a date you should feel sexy and confident AF. If it’s just not working, don’t force it. Call and ask for a rain check and snuggle up in your oversized t-shirt.
When Tea Sounds Better Then Vodka
When he’s all “let’s grab a drink” and you’re all “I really don’t feel like drinking tonight” – cancel. If you don’t feel like guzzling down alcohol, that’s ok! Tell him next Friday works better for you and brew yourself a cup of hot tea instead!
When You'd Rather Be Sweating
Regardless of the stage or your relationship, he should understand you prioritizing your health. If you’d rather not miss your workout class then don’t - schedule accordingly!
When You Just Really Want Alone Time
I realize the irony of talking about being alone when discussing dating but sometimes the only person you want to be around is yourself. Never feel guilty for cancelling a date to indulge in some 1:1 time with yours truly.
When You’re Just Not Into Him
If you’ve already been out with him a time or two and just aren’t feeling it – do yourself and him a favor and cancel your plans. There is no shame in calling a spade a spade and if the connection isn’t there then there is no need to waste each other’s time.
When Your Girlfriends Call
You had a momentary lapse in judgement and said yes to a date when you already had plans with the girls – UH OH. Unless he is your prince charming and your friends fully understand you missing out on girl’s night, stick with your original plans and hang with him another time.
Alright friends – here we go. Many of you have sent me emails and messages asking what my daily wellness routine is. I promise to eventually give you the full breakdown but in the meantime here is a little insight into my daily routine so you can start to incorporate the products that you feel your body is craving and or lacking!
This is not a sponsored post. The below products are what I personally use/ take day in and day out. In hopes you and your body love them as much as I do!
I’m one of those boring routine people that 9 times out of 10 I will have the same smoothie for breakfast. Even when I get oh so crazy and switch up the recipe from time to time the one that thing that will always be added is a scoop of collagen peptides. Not to sound like a spokesperson but the benefits of daily collagen intake are massive. Ranging from glowing skin to improved digestion, nail and hair growth – just to name a few. I personally use the vanilla flavor but if you’re new to the collagen world I would suggest purchasing the unflavored powder. OH and side note, collagen can be used in other places besides smoothies – it comes in the form of creamer, water, etc. Do your research, give it a try and I promise your body will love you a little extra!
Facial Ice Roller
I remember watching The Skinny Confidential IG story one day and there she was, rolling her glowing skin with what seemed to be some sort of roller?! I was intrigued and decided to do some research on this ice roller that she swore by. I was a sucker, purchased the roller to give it a try for myself and lorrrrrd bless above I’m so glad I did. The roller takes you from puffiness to tight before your eyes are even fully open. Using this ice roller on my face is now a part of my every morning routine and takes close to no time at all!
Sometimes talking shit is necessary, ya feel me? ;) About 9 months ago my skin started to massively break out directly under my jawline. I had never experienced any skin issues on that particular part of my face before and NOTHING that I was doing was helping to clear the breakouts – nothing. I was so frustrated and feeling incredibly self-conscious. It became my sole focus to figure out what in the hell had sparked this skin issue and how to fix it before my wedding day. Low and behold, I made a medical facial appointment. I laid on the bed and one of the first things the esthetician asked me is “how often do you go to the bathroom?” I thought well damn, that’s a pretty invasive and useless question to ask me. Before I even finished my answer she said – that’s it. All of the buildup in my pores was directly related to my body not getting rid of necessary toxins.
The reason for telling you this long winded story is because adding Probiotics to my daily routine has saved my skin. Who would have thought, right? Probiotics are a beneficial bacteria that help to maintain a healthy digestive track which in turns affects different areas of your body – one of them being your skin!
My typical day includes at least one cup of hot water with lemon but most recently I have been doing my best to drink the below mixture before each meal: 1 TBSP of 100% cranberry juice 1 TBSP of lemon juice 2 TBSP of apple cider vinegar ^^^ all mixed with water
If you have any questions whatsoever feel free to send me an email: Chelsea@themillennialmiss.com I will continue to share more about my fitness and wellness routine on here as well as on my Instagram.
Be Healthy, Chels
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