Summer Is Ending, But The Summer Feeling Doesn’t Have To

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It’s officially August, which means that summer is sizzling to its end. For some people, that means heading back to school. For others, it means ending their vacations, or it possibly means sending their kids back to school. For me, it means returning to school as an educator.

Like everyone else with a career, my summers aren’t spent free of work. I’ve spent a lot of time working on licensure and professional development opportunities. Regardless of my work this summer, these next couple months usher me into a period of constant work, as I prepare and begin this coming school year. One thing that I’ve learned from being a teacher is that it can be really hard to balance your time (I have no clue how so many of my coworkers and friends with kids handle it). And I know, that as true as this is for me, it is also true for others, especially as we leave the summer and it’s time of adventuring and relaxation.

Through my time as a teacher, I’ve learned to deeply value intentional “me” time, as well as surrounding myself with things that help me relax or bring about intentional relaxing practices. If I’m honest, often when I’m busy and stressed, I’m not in the mindset to find something that will help me relax. Or sometimes my husband sees that I’m stressed and wants to help me relax. Because of this, I’ve developed an Amazon wishlist. It’s an easy go-to, and I’m not the only one who thinks having a wishlist on hand is a good idea.

Today, I’m going to share a few items off my wishlist that I think you might enjoy, that might help you relax as well.

1. Meaningful Artwork

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My sister made this cute little pot for me and it’s just the best thing! Sorry, there’s no link for this one! But I truly believe that art (and in this case pottery) can bring people so much joy. I love looking at and it’s lovely aesthetics. Blues are my favorite, and this one means even more because my sister made it.

2. Ban.do Work It Out Water Bottle

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I know I struggle to stay hydrated once I start working if I don’t actively carry a water bottle around with me. Real story: I had a few students last year who used to scold me for not drinking enough fluids. So I’m working on it, and the inspirational words will help me move forward in my goals (both about hydration and otherwise).

3. Cravings: Hungry For More, By Chrissy Tiegen

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So Chrissy’s latest cookbook isn’t out yet, and it won’t be until September, but I have this on my preorder list because I know it’s going to be great. I already love cooking all of the recipes from her first book, and I’m not the only one who loves them! All my friends and family, who I cook for, love them too. Chrissy is the person who taught me to enjoy cooking, to not let it stress me out, and instead take my time and find pleasure in the process. That reason alone has made me a lifetime supporter of her cookbooks.

4. Farmacy Natural Facemasks

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If you don’t know my love of skincare, then obviously you don’t know me and haven’t read much of my writing. Seriously, I’ve already blogged about how  important skincare is to me multiple times. But, I’m really eager to try this collection Farmacy facemasks. I love Farmacy as a brand. They use natural, clean ingredients, which is important to me. I also love that this selection includes soothing, brightening, and deep moisture (all things my skin will definitely need during the school year).

5. Be You Boxed Calendar

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I’ve always loved quotes, and I have always felt inspired by other people’s words. A calendar like this would is a great addition to a work desk, something to find words of wisdom in every day.

6. IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel

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I’m really bad about regularly styling my hair on a regular basis once I start my regular 7:30 to 3:30 hours. I got this hair product as a sample, and I instantly loved it. I have naturally wavy to curly hair patterns, and a great product like this can make the biggest difference when it comes to getting the most out of every minute in my morning.

 

So that’s it! If you want to check out my list, you can see the rest of it here. I hope that as your summer comes to an end, you find ways to milk every ounce of adventure and relaxation out of it, and even more, I hope that you can find a way to extend the spirit of summer throughout the rest of 2018!

 

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3 Hair Products That Changed My Life

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Hey all, a lot of people seemed to really enjoy my makeup post so today I decided to write about three hair products that have seriously changed my life.

I have curly hair, but not that cute curly hair that some people have. No, I have annoying curls with at least three different curl patterns. My top layer of hair is wavy at best. Then, underneath, I have a mixture of spiral curls and zig-zag curls (forget the technical terms).

For years, I dealt with frizzy, uncontrollable hair. As I got older, some of my hair problems worked themselves out, but I still wasn’t comfortable wearing my hair down naturally, and it takes forever to straighten or “curl.” Finally, in college, I realized lots of girls wore their natural hair down and it looked great regardless of the texture. So I started doing my research.

1. Bumble and Bumbles Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil

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The first thing I was introduced to was Bumble and Bumbles Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil. I first learned about this product through one of my favorite writer’s blog. Admittedly, it’s expensive and I originally had a hard to purchasing it, but I realized it was an investment and I took the plunge. Let me tell you, it was worth it! It’s lasted me years (I’m still on my first bottle of it), it smells great, and it works great at decreasing frizz and increasing shine. If you’re not ready to take the plunge, there are lots of other affordable options as well. I also use Garnier’s Triple Nutrition Marvelous Oil.

 

2. OGX’s Coconut Curls Shampoo and Conditioner

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After I did some reading, I realized that some ingredients were better for my hair and some were worse. I started reading up on shampoos that were recommended for my hair, and I happened across OGX’s Quenching Coconut Curls Shampoo and Conditioner. Coming from a family with a ton of girls, paying $7.99 for a small bottle of shampoo seemed pretty steep, but I realized that it works great and by myself, it actually lasts for awhile. It also made brushing my hair so much easier and my curls came through so well after I used it.

 

3. Not Your Mother’s Naturals Tahitian Gardenia Flower & Mango Butter Curl Defining Combing Cream

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So my mom brought this product home for my little sister. She has rocking curls, but needs products for them too. I also happen to love mango so when I saw that on the bottle, I knew I had to try it out. And I did, and I loved it. Not Your Mother’s Naturals Tahitian Gardenia Flower and Mango Butter comes in at a smooth $8.99 and it’s worth every penny. Oh my gosh, my curls looked so great the first time that I used this that I went out and bought my own bottle of it.

Ok, so these are three hair products that changed my life and made me love my natural curls. After using these products, my hair looks pretty down. I don’t worry about frizz or weird multi-level curls. Got any go-to hair products? Any suggestions? Let me know!

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