This is why I look like an infant.

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My mom recently asked what I’ve been using for my skin care routine so I though I’d share for any fellow budget conscious sistas.

That’s a nice way of saying I’m cheap.

Morning: I use CeraVe Renewing SA cleanser (it’s at Walmart and target too I think), then I use vitamin C solution as a toner (it’s just crushed vitamin c pills mixed with water that I keep in a blue bottle in my fridge. Matt makes it. I knew I married him for a reason…😉). Then I just put on my Physicians Formula CC cream that I mix with my CeraVe AM moisturizer SPF 30.

Night: I use CeraVe Renewing SA cleanser, the vitamin c solution, and then I put coconut oil all over my face. If I have a breakout, I put vodka on it after the coconut oil.

Easy peasy!

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5 Ways I Stay Healthy

I’m kind of a health nut.

I’m kind of a regular but, too, but that’s neither here nor there.

What’s most definitely “here” is the looming fact that society expects so much of us in terms of the way we’re supposed to look.

So it’s one of many reasons I ditched society and got on board with God.

But that doesn’t mean I can ignore my health. In fact, for the very first time, I understand the incredible importance of maintaining and respecting my body.

Here are 5 ways I do just that: • DETOX! This one is so important. It helps your body get rid of so many nasty things that can make you sick and pack on extra pounds or even make your body actually hurt. I drink lemon water every day and do an Epsom salt/baking soda bath once a week. • CLEAN EATING! We make almost all of our meals at home , being sure to include tons of veggies and going easy on gluten and dairy. • NO COFFEE! This one was hard and originally sucked. But now I’m an herbal tea maniac and will never look back. Coffee started to give me severe stomach aches and anxiety attacks so I had to nix it. • WORKING OUT! I got to the Y twice a week to do the leg and arm machines. I used to be hardcore lifter, but I was doing it for all the wrong reasons. Now it’s less about bikini body and more about respecting my body. • PRAYING! This one sounds weird, but I pray for my safety on a daily basis. I need to stay strong (and frankly, in one piece) to be a good mama so I ask God to keep an eye out for me.

How do you take care of yourself?

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Change, Stumble, and Fall

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I’m as surprised as you are that I haven’t shaved my head yet.

Change is one of those things that comes easy for me. Too easy.

So I never understood the concept of resolutions because I didn’t need them. I was too spontaneous, too “fly by the seat of my yoga pants,” too “let’s get bangs sober” to even think about planning out my next life step.

And really, I kind of am now.

But that doesn’t mean that this year isn’t big for me.

I turn thirty soon, and there’s a crazy excitement that comes with that number.

I feel like thirty is adulthood on steroids which Type A/super responsible me is majorly thrilled about. I’m also excited because I’ve been feeling this change coming on, a sense of self that is blinding any doubt/regret/guilt that used to overpower me.

I’m Catholic and a mother. Doubt/regret/guilt pretty much courses through my blood stream.

But I’ve decided to put the kabosh on that. Here’s how:

  • Give up Facebook. I’ve officially DELETED (yup, not just deactivated), my account. It was funny how I thought doing this would be the end of the world, but frankly, it’s just the beginning. I no longer have everyone’s lives cluttered in my head, and I don’t have to deal with Facebook’s absurdity, like refusing to take down a graphic dog fighting page I reported because it somehow didn’t violate their Terms of Service. That place is toxic. Ditch it and breathe, my friends.
  • Listen to classical music. I’ve only been listening to classical music here lately, and it’s weird, but I actually feel smarter. It’s probably because Pitbull is nowhere near that station.
  • Infuse yoga into my daily schedule. Seriously, y’all, this shit is addictive. I’ve tried it before, but my relationship never lasted with yoga because I have the attention span of a yorkie. But I found Adriene, and she’s become my new best friend. She doesn’t know it yet, but that’s fine. She’ll be excited about the matching outfits I bought us.
  • Clean eats. We were vegan for about a year and a half around these parts, and I think, for me, that’s the very reason I ditched the whole healthy living thing in the first place. I felt too restricted giving up a major part of my diet, and it brought out my “naughty” side. So this go round, things are different. I’m choosing to infuse more healthy things into my life instead of focusing on taking things out. That being said, I’m lessening my dairy, gluten and alcohol intake, but that’s because these things wreck my body, and I can actually feel that damage. As my new bestie Adriene puts it, find what feels good, and for me, those things don’t.
  • Reading and writing – oh my! I’m cooling the whole “market my writing like a badass” thing to focus more on my ACTUAL writing plus taking the time to read more. It feels wonderful. I’ve also found I have more time for my amazing family now that social media is an occasional thing for me and not the reason I exist. I told you. That shit’s toxic.

So those are the things that I have “resolved” to do to grab my life by the balls and make it fit like a comfy sweater.

My friend, Cristina, calls it “shifting,” and I love that. A shift in perspective.

I know there will be a lot of stumbling and falling along this journey, but I’ll be documenting it here to clear my head and chat with you folks about it. Feel free to talk me down off the ledge, my friends.

Also? Thanks for ingesting my crazy in advance.

So tell me, how will you be shifting your perspective this year?

Turmeric and Coconut Tea

I turn thirty this year, which is difficult to digest considering I still don’t know what a 401K is, and I have the face of a fetus:

girl with dog

Told you.

But I started this year with resolutions to change my life for the better for a few reasons:

  1. I have a feeling this is what Oprah would want, and I make it a habit to please Oprah.
  2. I have family and friends I love, and I want to be the best version of me possible for them.
  3. I find that parenting is often best served by example. 

And finally: I love me, so why not prove it?

I’ll be blogging my journey along the way, hopefully giving you inspiration to love yourself as much as possible, too.

Turmeric and Coconut Tea

If you want to do something kind for yourself, I highly suggest detoxing. I’ve been getting my detox on via yoga here lately, and as one of my yogi inspirations, Adriene, puts it, “you’ve got to find what feels good.”

And a tea that cleanses plus is pleasantly sweet? That feels good to me.

Turmeric and Coconut Tea

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tsp. organic ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp. cinammon
  • 1 tsp. raw honey
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • Coconut milk
  • Boiling water

DIRECTIONS

Put all of the ingredients in a mug (except for the coconut milk) and pour boiling water until the cup is filled halfway. Steep for three minutes then add coconut milk until the cup is full.

Stir and drink!

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