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Love Yourself: All About That Bass

Ladies, I know I’m all about getting fit and staying healthy. But by no means do I ever want you to think that I’m telling you not to eat food or starve yourself. Heck, I just had Philly Cheesesteak French fries for dinner last night. (Don’t worry, I’ll be blogging them soon!)

But I just want us all to remember (myself included) to love yourself. Love your curves and embrace who you are. Love the way you look now! Because always reaching for that end goal is just going to drive yourself crazy! Find something you love about yourself and celebrate it!

So I’m sharing with you a song I just stumbled upon by Meghan Trainor called All About That Bass. Download it by clicking on that link. Enjoy!

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Beauty

5 Reasons I Love Red Hair

If anyone has seen me lately, they know I’m obsessed with my red hair. So much so that I’ve given up on the colors in my closet that I can’t wear anymore. I’ve corned myself into wearing blues, greens, and the occasional barely-red colored clothing. Pink, orange, and I have an understanding that we’ll figure a way to be friends again some day.

And there isn’t just one red hair color, I’ve come to learn. I may say I want to look like Ariel, but be more drawn to a purple hue. Crazy, right? Let’s share some colors
I’m dying (hehe) to try.

1. Ariel Red Hair

5 Red Hair Colors To Try

Can we say gorgeous?! This is the perfect red for going bright. I can’t help myself.

2. Light, Airy Red Hair

5 Red Hair Colors To Try

If I wasn’t afraid of what this grey/red color would do without the proper skin tone, I already would have tried it. It’s so light and feminine. And I know that I’d have to curl it every day to keep it fluffy!

3. Go Bold or Go Home Red Hair

5 Red Hair Colors To TryLike a step up from Ariel. It’s vibrant, and so the color I was going for the first time I dyed my hair. It’s called commitment. And I think I scare people when I say I’m not afraid of the color. It will grow out anyway, right?

3. Orange Red Hair with A Fade

5 Red Hair Colors To Try

Strawberry blonde was a look that we all wanted when I was in elementary school. Maybe it was all that Ann of Green Gables that we read. But I love the fade into darker red. So it’s not too young.

5. Raspberry Red Hair

5 Red Hair Colors To Try

This one is my next look, I think. It’s so gorgeous. Kind of pink, purple, not not too dark. It’s like raspberry sorbet. Love, love, love!

 

Beauty, Crafts

DIY Faux Makeup Kit

When I was little, my mom gave me a makeup kit filled with a thick theater makeup – reds, blues, blacks, pinks, oranges. You name it, I probably had the color. Now, I know I made a mess with it and probably looked like a clown most of the time.

As I got older, I realized there was “big girl makeup.” That’s the eye shadows, lipsticks, mascara, and blush. I loved it. I still love it. So when I was visiting a friend with daughters, I was more than happy to pop open my makeup bag and let them try my colors (with mom’s permission, of course). It’s funny how exciting makeup is to a little girl, pretending to get dolled up for a faux party, or a night out (in this case, pizza downtown).

Faux Makeup Kit for Kids

So when I got home, I had an idea. For those days that mom just doesn’t want the girls playing with real makeup, I made a fake case. One that doesn’t actually get any makeup on the girls’ faces, but still let’s them pretend to put some on. And all it took was two things: an empty eye shadow case and some nail polish. Volia! Faux makeup case!

Faux Makeup Kit for Kids

All I did was clean out a case, dry it, then I poured nail polish into each of the wells. When it dried overnight, the paint had condensed, so I did a second layer and let that dry. Took 24 hours. I think I might be more excited than the girls! I even bought them new eye shadow applicators in a rainbow of colors (click here) or you can find them at your local Kmart or Wal-mart usually.
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Beauty, Fitness, Health

How To Like Your Body More, Right Now

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There will always be doubt. A dress won’t fit, you’ll be jealous of a friend’s weight loss success, or you’re just feeling down. There so many ways to love yourself more right now, and while this is not a complete list, it’s a start. And most of it is way easier than you think. These are the things that get me through the tough times.

Positive Reinforcement

Make your brain believe that you’re happy with what you have. That might mean putting a Post-It note on your mirror that says “I’m beautiful.” It sounds cheesy, but if you keep telling yourself that, you will start to feel it. Every body is different, and looking at Hollister skinny models isn’t a good guide to what the best you will look like.

Wear Clothes That Fit

And I mean actually fit your body. Stop wearing clothes that tent you. You have no idea how many times I’m helping a client when I’m working retail and they say they want the large and I know they’re a medium. I pull both and make them try both on. Why? Because you’re not doing yourself any good wearing a tent, you make yourself look bigger. If you’re a woman, show your curves, accept your body. You can look good and feel good so long as you know what to do. Long necklaces elongate the body, don’t wear bulky layers, and belts are your best friend. Seriously. A good stylist won’t put you in something two sizes too big for you.

Watch TV

Well, I don’t mean grab a tub of Ben & Jerry’s and sit on the couch watching reruns of Sex & the City. I mean watch shows that encourage healthy living, and if you want to do a few crunches or walk in place, even better. I’ve found that when I watch The Biggest Loser, all I want to do is workout, eat healthy, and be like the contestants. They’re motivated. They have struggles like I do, and they feel better about themselves by the end of the show. Granted they make a ton of money if they win, but getting in shape is a prize in itself. And if that’s not your cup of tea, there are plenty of workout guides to pair with your favorite TV show, like The Walking Dead workout. Are you a mom and have to watch Disney movies, guess what? There’s a workout for you, too. My new favorite, the Psych workout because you really wouldn’t stop moving. I have a Pinterest board here: CLICK to see them.

Listen to Music

Positive upbeat music. And sometimes Skrillex. I have this belief that humans were intended to dance and that we can’t live without music. It’s a personal belief, but think about it. When we listen to upbeat tunes, we get a little upbeat, too. Especially if we’re singing along and dancing. make the mind feel better, and you’ll start to feel better about yourself.

Highlight Your Best Attribute

We all have one thing we’re very proud of on our bodies. Even if you everything else seems to be falling apart, you still get compliments on it. For some, it’s your eyes. Other’s it’s your danty feet. Some, it’s their butt. No matter what it is, embrace it. Find that one quality that you love about yourself and use that as a starting point to finding other aspects you love. Take a look in the mirror and find the good. Don’t pull out the parts you don’t like, but truly take some time, stand in front of your mirror and find the qualities you love. And embrace them.

Exercise

Sure, easier said than done. But there’s been plenty of studies that say exercise elevates your mood. Hello, anyone ever watch Legally Blonde? Exercise gives you endorphins, and endorphins make you happy. Twenty minutes, three days a week can do a world of difference in how you feel both about yourself and the world around you. Plus the workout will help you stay fit.

Be Grateful

If there’s one thing I learned over the last year, it’s that being grateful for what you have can enormously elevate your mood. Stop saying, “I’m too weak to run a 5K” and say “Yes, I’m grateful that I can walk a mile.” Your body is your best tool and if you don’t look at what you do have, you’ll only see what you don’t have. Be grateful you even made it to the gym, not that you feel bad that you couldn’t stay for a whole hour. It’s one of the easiest ways to change your mood, but one of the easiest things to forget along the journey.