I’ve been using Jet Lag for over a year and with every application, I fall in love even more. However, I never got the chance to try the other two masks from the brand, R+R and Overtime, until now.
I finally gave the two masks a try and I want to share with you my first impressions of them!
Let’s start with the Overtime Mask:
Overtime is intended to exfoliate your skin and act as a mask to liven up dull skin. Some key ingredients include: oat kernel protein, vitamins A, K, C and E, apricot seed powder and pumpkin.
Taken straight from the notes on my phone, here were my first thoughts as I applied it to my skin:
This stuff smells AMAZING (like pumpkin pie).
The exfoliating ingredients are not too harsh on the skin; they’re gentle.
As the mask sits on the skin, there is a slight tingly/warming feeling. (nothing too intense or irritating.)
This tube packaging will always be my favorite.
Cute & perfect travel size!
All in all, my skin loves this product. I had a visible glow once I washed the mask off after exfoliating and letting it sit for 10 minutes. My skin appeared brighter than it looked before applying and felt so smooth.
My only caution goes to those who have sensitive skin: beware of the tingly feeling you may feel when it sits on the skin as a mask.
Next is the R+R Mask:
This is a 2-in-1 mask that works to buff away dead skin while restoring it with antioxidant-rich oils. Some key ingredients include: Bulgarian rose, argan oil, rose flower powder and more.
Again, taken straight from the notes on my phone, here were my first thoughts as I applied R+R to my skin:
It smells so much like the Fresh Beauty Rose Face Mask (one of my favorite masks on the planet,) which instantly gave me high hopes!
It doesn’t have the typical jelly “texture” that I expected. It feels more like a gel with light exfoliants in it.
The oils in this mask left my skin looking super radiant.
The smell is very relaxing; not too strong, reminds me of being in a spa.
Not a messy texture at all
Deeply hydrates & moisturizes the skin.
Great use for the winter time to reduce dryness.
The final verdict? They’re both awesome products that did not disappoint. Combined with the third mask in the trio, Jet Lag, these three masks make a magical team.
My skin enjoyed these two products and I could not stop staring at my newfound glow in the mirror.
Have you tried Summer Fridays? I’d love to hear your thoughts as well!
My smile is one of my favorite features, but my obsession with iced coffee combined with being a busy college student has taken such a toll on my teeth in the last year. I recently discovered my favorite way to whiten my teeth with an awesome brand called, Smile Brilliant.
Words can’t explain how large of a role a simple, easy-to-use system, has played in giving me so much of my confidence back. Teeth whitening is something I’ve always wanted to try, but with how expensive it can be and so many different teeth whitening solutions in the market, I had no idea where to start. This could not have come at a better time.
So, what is Smile Brilliant?
Smile Brilliant is an at-home whitening system that uses the method of custom-fitted whitening trays to whiten your teeth. Here’s the catch: this kit costs only $149, whereas the average U.S. dentist charges $500+ for the same treatment. As soon as I heard this, I knew that this kit was going to be my go-to.
As with any product, I always need to be sure that I can trust its source. This product was created by a team of dental hygienists and professionals who have extensive experience in creating custom-fitted whitening trays throughout their careers. (Phew!) Now, let’s talk about the process.
How Does This Work?
One of the factors of the system that I thoroughly enjoy is how simple and easy-to-use it is. First, using the molding material that they provide to you, you create molds of your top and bottom teeth. (The instructions they give you make this process so smooth!)
After you’ve created your molds, you mail them to Smile Brilliant where they will create your own custom teeth-whitening trays. In about a week (or less) they will mail your custom trays right back to you!
Now, onto whitening. First, you just brush your teeth with water (no toothpaste,) and make sure your custom-fitted trays are dry. Take the teeth whitening gel, and put a thin line of gel along the front surface of both trays. Pop in the trays, and whiten for 45 minutes-3 hours. I’d recommend starting with 45 minutes and working your way up as you move forward.
After you’ve finished whitening, you remove/clean the trays with cool water and then brush your teeth with toothpaste as normal. You then go in with the desensitizing gel, apply it to both trays like you did with the whitening gel and wear the trays for 15-20 minutes.
Once time is up, spit out the remaining gel and refrain from consuming any food or beverages for a minimum of 30 minutes. I find that the best time to whiten is before bed because that way you’ll give yourself plenty of space between the whitening and the next time you eat!
My Final Thoughts
Between the price, how easy it is to use and how fast you see results, this kit is pretty amazing. As a college student, our budgets aren’t too extensive yet Smile Brilliant makes teeth whitening affordable and easy for everyone.
I love that the trays are custom-fitted just for your own teeth and that during the process of whitening, you can multitask and get so many other things done at once. Sensitivity was one of my biggest concerns prior to trying this kit out and I must say, sensitivity is the least of my worries when whitening with SB. This is my latest addition to my night routine and I am loving how it makes me feel!
Results (Before & After Shots):
Because I love this kit so much and would love for you to try this out, Smile Brilliant is giving one of you the opportunity to win a FREE Smile Brilliant kit. Click HERE to enter the giveaway today! In addition to that, you can use the code: “writtenbycamille15” for 15% off storewide. Best of luck!!
If you see me at the gym, walking from class to class, or running errands, you’ll most likely see my Apple Watch series 3 on my left wrist. One of the most common questions I hear or get asked is, “What are some good apps to have on your Apple watch?”
Funnily enough, when the watch first came out, I wasn’t crazy about it. I had no interest in purchasing one and couldn’t see myself wearing one either. But once I started seeing my favorite bloggers, influencers and friends sporting theirs, that quickly changed.
For my 20th birthday, I decided to give in and ask for one as a gift.
Now that it has been over a year, I can tell you that the watch is worth it! I never go a day without wearing mine.
I thought it would be a great idea to share with you what apps I have on my Apple Watch as a college student, blogger and writer.
A positive quote is one of my favorite ways to start off the day. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that every now and then, I love to post a snapshot of a positive quote from my Apple Watch. Motivation – Daily Quotes is the app they all come from.
Everyday you get a different quote which I find is something fun to look forward to in the morning! As a writer, these quotes serve as awesome inspiration as well.
For all music-lovers including myself, Spotify is a must. This app is on my phone and laptop so naturally, it makes sense to have on my Apple watch as well.
Spotify says it best themselves that by having this app on your watch, you become a “DJ from your wrist.” You can control the music that you’re listening to from your wrist as well as get more information about the song you’re listening to.
For all of you fitness fans, you need the Nike Training Club app if you don’t have it already.
I started off by having this app on my phone years ago. It has over 300 workouts, taught by professionals themselves, that you can do in the comfort of your own home. Their workouts also vary by level of performance, for example, beginner, intermediate and advanced.
Although you’ll need to use your smartphone to start your workout of choice, the Apple watch displays how much time in the workout you have left, how many reps you have and your heart rate/calories burned.
We all need to remind ourselves to breathe and relax especially if we tend to constantly be on the go.
The Apple watch comes with a breathe app already that will guide you through breathing exercises ranging from 1-5 minutes, however, Headspace is a great addition if you want even more.
Headspace is a guided meditation app that works wonders when it comes to relaxing your body and mind. What I love the most about the app is that you can use it anywhere and anytime. Between the SOS and touch options offered through the watch, you will always be one step closer to living a more mindful lifestyle.
4 Letter Word
I have another daily word app on my watch that speaks to my more spiritual side. The Four Letter Word app gives you a new four letter word each day. Underneath it, you’ll find a biblical passage that the word is included in. I love this because it serves as an amazing food for thought!
This app is truly changing lives and by lives, I mean mine. I am the worst when it comes to remembering to drink water. So much so, that I took the initiative to download an app that will REMIND me to do it. As crazy as it sounds, this app has helped me a lot.
You can set the quantity of water that you want to drink in the app on your phone and the app will provide you with reminders throughout the day to reach your water-drinking goals!
So now that I’ve shared some of my favorite Apple Watch apps, I need to hear yours. Whether you have an Apple Watch or not, what app can you not live without? Let me know below!
*In collaboration with Jord Watches. All opinions are 100% honest and are my own.
(Keep reading for GIVEAWAY details! Everyone wins something…)
There’s only ONE watch that I love and have had for a while. It’s the watch that I always grab and put on when I’m going out on a nice outing with family and friends, however, in my heart I knew it was time for a new one. Jord Watches (pronounced like ‘Yode,’) a wood watch company based in St. Louis, was kind enough to reach out to me and send me one to review. What PERFECT timing.
The watch that I received was the Cassia Walnut & Vintage Rose watch. Right off the bat I was intrigued by its beautiful color as rose-toned jewelry are one of my favorite tones of jewelry to wear. The rose gold face paired with the dark walnut wood make for a gorgeous and photogenic combination.
Amongst many, there are a few details about the watch and its features that stand out to me the most:
–The watch is incredibly lightweight. For a watch that is made out of wood, I expected it to be a lot heavier on the wrist, but that is far from the truth. Its lightweight property makes it a lot more comfortable to wear and doesn’t even feel like you are wearing anything on your wrist at all!
–It has a clear and easy-to-read face. Nothing is more frustrating than a complicated watch face. While those kinds of watches may be stylish, Jord Watches combine stylish and readable with their pieces. The numbers and dials are crisp, clear and easy-to-read which is credited to this particular style’s concave dial.
–It has a double clasp. This is my first time coming across a watch that has two clasps instead of just one. I enjoy this feature because it makes the watch feel extra secure and sits on my wrist comfortably.
–They offer watch sizing prior to shipping. To make things super quick, simple and easy, Jord watches offer watch sizing prior to shipping. This can be helpful to those who do not have a jeweler near them and on top of that, your watch will be ready-to-wear!
–They are sustainable. Jord Watches uses 100% natural wood and stay away from toxic chemicals that are used to either treat or protect the wood.
The list can go on and on, but how amazing does all of that sound so far? I’ve had no issues with this watch since receiving it and have been receiving compliments left and right. This is definitely a piece I’m going to be wearing quite a lot.
Now onto the fun part…GIVEAWAY time!
In partnership with Jord Watches, one of you can win a $100 discount off on any watch. Here’s the catch, no matter the winner, ALL of you who enter will still receive a 10% gift code.
Maybe it’s time we start to rethink our whacky summer sleep patterns…
Now of course today we have thousands of skin care products to choose from that can support glowing and healthy skin even when we may not be prioritizing enough sleep. But, what if I told you there was a skincare line out there that highlights the importance of both a good night’s sleep and radiant skin?
I had the pleasure of coming across this brand back in April and my initial thought while glimpsing over their products at first was: Where has this line been all my life?
From skin care products to sleep essentials like eye masks, silk pillowcases and more, Moonlit Skincare epitomizes the importance of beauty sleep, literally and figuratively.
One of their products that caught my eye the most was their Midnight Shift Overnight Facial Oil. At the time, I was going through a facial oil craze and was on the hunt for more to try.
The vegan and cruelty-free overnight facial oil offers to provide you with “smooth, plump and redefined skin” when you wake up in the morning, while its lavender scent works to whisk you off into a peaceful slumber at night.
To use this product is very simple. You just warm up a few drops of the oil into your hands and press it into a freshly cleansed face and neck during your night time skin care routine/before bedtime.
When I first tried this product, my first impression was the cute and whimsical bottle as well as the oil’s charming, lavender scent.
Prior to trying out the oil, my concern was the possible strength of the fragrance. Would it be too strong? For me, products with too strong of fragrances are unappealing for me to use because they distract me from the true purpose of the product and can get overwhelming.
The Midnight Shift Overnight Facial Oil has the perfect balance of a pleasant, and natural synthetic-free fragrance that relaxes and calms the mind before bed. Aside from the stunning results that the oil brings to your skin in the morning, the fragrance of this oil ended up being one of my favorite parts about this product.
Some key ingredients that this oil includes are: jojoba oil, sunflower oil, ginseng, papaya and grape seed oil. All of the ingredients work together to soothe dry, dull, aging and uneven skin overnight and over the course of your usage.
When I wake up in the morning, my skin looks noticeably brighter and vivacious without any leftover residue like some facial oils can leave on your skin. Absorption of this product into the skin has never been any issue at all for me.
I can no longer go to bed without this stuff. In fact, when it comes to my nighttime routine, this oil is something that I look forward to using because not only do I know that my skin will look bright, dewy and radiant in the morning, I know that I will be getting a good night’s sleep as well.
Yes, this is a skin care product of your dreams and it. DELIVERS.
Moonlit Skincare has some EXCITING news. A few of their select products are available for PRE-SALE on Urban Outfitters!
Their Midnight Shift Overnight Facial Oil is one of the products that you can pre-order online right now. Their products will be available online and in select Urban Outfitters doors in California and New York!
The transition from high school to college was a huge leap for me. I went from being someone who lived and attended schools in small and quiet towns all my life to moving to my nearest city for college.
There was a lot I had to adjust to with time: the noise, being surrounded by more people than I was used to, larger class sizes, a lot more walking from place to place, and most importantly, I had to develop a whole new level of caution when it came to personal safety.
In the fall, I’m going into my senior year of college and I guess you could say that I’ve learned quite a few things along the way about personal safety in these last few years.
I felt it would be important to share what I’ve learned to my fellow college students who follow me and read my blog because personal safety is something that never hurts to take caution of.
Here’s what I’ve learned:
Utilize personal safety apps
We live in a digital age and there’s one thing that remains true about many of us: we often tend to have our phones handy.
Nowadays there are so many apps that guarantee personal safety, but the one I trust and favor the most is the iWitness App. Here’s why:
This app turns your smartphone into your very own personal safety device. Whether you are heading back to your dorm/apartment after a night class or a night out, heading to an exercise class or on a jog outdoors, you are guaranteed to have strong layer of safety right at your fingertips.
This app works in just a few simple steps:
If at any point you want to an extra level of safety, you just open the iWitness app and it will immediately begin recording video and audio of your surroundings via your phone’s camera and track your GPS location.
It Gets You Immediate Help
If you begin to feel endangered or need some more help, you can tap anywhere on the screen in the app where it will sound an alarm and will initiate a call to 911.
Alerts Emergency Contacts
When setting up this app, iWitness asks you to provide emergency contacts that you can add so that they will be contacted via text and e-mail informing them that you feel endangered and need them to call immediately. The app will also send them your GPS location and the video that was recorded of your surroundings.
At any point needed, the videos that you have recorded can be reviewed through the iWitness app on your phone.
iWitness has been my best friend now more than ever. I’m currently on summer break and one of my goals this summer is to devote more time to fitness and spending time outdoors.
Lately, I’ve been discovering new trails in my area to go walking and jogging on. It’s simple situations like those where my iWitness app can be life-saving especially if I go by myself.
I feel so much better knowing that if anything were to happen, I have a powerful, yet easy-to-use personal safety device right by my side.
Always let a family member or friend know your location
Whenever you go out, whether that be to a party, the store or to class, make sure that at least a roommate, friend or family member knows about your whereabouts.
An easy and effective way to do this is by sharing your location on your phone with them. Such a simple action can make all the difference and can even save your life.
Walk with other people (if you can!)
Walking with other people gives you some more power in a threatening situation instead of walking alone.
I’ve witnessed a lot of people feel awkward asking another person to accompany them on a walk (I’ve definitely been there,) but I’ve come to realize that it actually isn’t an uncommon thing at all! You have to remember that your safety is a top priority.
Stay in areas that are well-lit & surrounded by other people
This is something that I love to do especially when I happen to be walking on my campus or anywhere else at night.
I have a much better peace of mind when I take paths back to my destination where I know the area is brightly lit and there are going to be other people in that same area as well. It makes me feel less alone especially if I don’t have anyone to accompany me in that moment.
Lock your dorm or apartment when you’re not there
No matter how friendly or inviting your dorm building or apartment complex seems, it never hurts to lock your doors when you’re not there. This not only keeps you safe, but it can prevent any potential or harmful situations in the future.
No matter where you are in the world, it is important to be cautious of your surroundings.
The world can be a scary place, but I hope you realize that with the right tips and tools, fear doesn’t have to hinder you from enjoying the beauty that life has to offer.
What are some of your personal safety tips? Let me know in the comments. You could be helping someone else!
Weleda Skin Food is a thick, rich moisturizer that caters to soothing and hydrating rough and dry skin.
It is instructed that you apply this moisturizer to areas that are prone to getting really dry such as your elbows, heels, knees, etc. However, applying this cream to your face alone can result in luminous, radiant results.
Something that I appreciate about this product/brand is that Weleda is cruelty-free.
Recently, I’ve been trying to incorporate more cruelty-free products into my skin care collection, and while I’m still working on getting there, this product is an addition that I’m very satisfied with.
Weleda Skin Food is full of plant-rich ingredients. To name a few, this product has Chamomile, Calendula (Pot marigold) and Viola Tricolor (Wild pansy) extracts in them which I give credit to for this product’s lovely, fresh scent.
My first impression when trying this moisturizer is that the texture is thick. Thick as in similar-to-vaseline thick.
If you are someone with very oily skin, this product may not sit entirely well with you, however, once you really take your time to rub the product into your skin, I promise it absorbs so nicely.
It will probably take a few days for you to get used to how this product feels on your skin, but you will get used to the texture in no time.
While I’ve applied this moisturizer on some days in both the morning and night, I’ve come to prefer applying this product during my night time skin care routine more.
Similar to an overnight mask, I find that when I wake up, my skin looks incredibly hydrated, dewy and plump when I use this product at night whereas during the day, my skin retains a bit of an oily residue (nothing too crazy, though!).
This product is 2.5 fl. Oz., yet a little bit of product goes such a long way making this something that will most likely last you for a good amount of time.
I enjoy how versatile this product is mainly due to the fact that it can be used in so many different ways. It can be used as moisturizer for the face and body, a primer for your makeup, highlighter, a mask and more.
I’ve been using this for around a week now and have no complaints or problems with it. My nose tends to get dry and flaky to the point where it can be difficult to apply makeup around the area, but the day after I used this for the first time, the flakiness and dryness was nearly gone.
If you are someone who has relatively dry skin, I would highly recommend trying this product out!
What face moisturizer are you currently using at the moment? Let me know below!
During the week, my morning routine is a mess…I don’t even consider it a routine since I’m usually rushing to get ready for school.
While I definitely need to work on my morning routine during the week, I must say that I do have a pretty solid one for the weekend.
I wanted to share a glimpse into what my weekend morning routine looks like. I love to devote time to self-care and relaxation as my weeks almost always end up being so busy and exhausting.
Contrary to the popular saying, “A Sunday well spent brings a week of content,” I think that a weekend well-spent can do just the same!
Wake Up- 10:00 A.M.
Depending on how tired I am from the week, my wake-up time varies. I’ve found that on most weekends, my body typically wakes up around 10-10:30a.m so that’s when I like to start my day.
I usually lay in my bed, grab my phone from my night stand and go through my e-mails, my personal and blog Instagram accounts, read my daily bible verse and check out a few new YouTube videos that have been posted from the channels I’m subscribed to.
I know, grabbing your phone first thing in the morning is not the best habit to have, but I’m just keeping it real (and am working on it!)
Morning Skin Care
When I finally feel ready to get out of bed, I head to my bathroom to brush my teeth and wash my face. Below is what my current morning skincare lineup looks like!
Breakfast – Avocado Toast & Eggs
I’m 100% a breakfast girl and cannot start my day without it. I love it so much that sometimes I’ll crave breakfast for dinner and have that instead of a normal dinner meal!
I’ve been eating a lot of avo toast lately and I’m not mad about it. I use Ezekiel bread for my toast, a half of an avocado from Trader Joe’s and put everything but the bagel seasoning on top. If I’m up for it, I’ll add an egg on top! I either eat this with a side of hot tea or a glass of cold water.
Catch Up, Plan, Read…
One of the reasons why I love the weekend so much is that it gives me time to breathe. I don’t feel obligated to rush or get assignments/work tasks done for the following day and actually have a bit of time to plan out the rest of the month and start some things I want to get ahead of.
Even though I recommend giving yourself at least a day or a few hours off from working on anything during the weekend, I can’t help but feel a little motivated knowing that I have more free time to do so!
After doing a little bit of catching up on some school assignments and work, I love to wind down by either reading, writing in my journal or planning content for my blog (this may be considered working, but to me it’s so much fun to do!).
This all takes place in my breakfast nook where all the amazing natural sunlight comes in. Being in this environment makes me feel so inspired and happy.
After a bit of R&R, I like to do a quick and easy workout.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that my latest obsession has been jump roping. I usually like to run, but sometimes it’s fun to switch things around!
I love to jump rope for about 10 minutes followed by 3-5 sets of a full body workout (@danalandgren and @kayla_itsines workouts on IG are my favorites!!)
Working out for as little as 30 minutes is an instant mood-booster and I highly recommend incorporating this into your morning routine if you’re not already!
Get Ready For The Day
After I’ve completed a work out, I officially get ready for whatever the day has planned. I am such a huge homebody, but even if I’m not going out, I still like to dress in comfortable clothes as it makes me feel good in general.
What’s something you can’t go without doing in the morning?
Who else is excited for Spring Break?! Whether you’re traveling or just relaxing at home, spring break is a wonderful time to unwind especially after working endlessly during the semester.
I’m so excited to be heading to Miami in just five days to temporarily escape this cold weather here in PA. If you’re headed anywhere fun, please share!
I thought it would be fun to share some spring break essentials that will set you up for an amazing spring break this year that you absolutely deserve.
Cute & Trendy Sunglasses
Sunglasses are a MUST during spring break and what’s so great about them now is that you really don’t need to break the bank to pick up a nice pair anymore. My Ray-Ban aviators are my go-to sunnies, but you can find much cheaper and similar ones from places like: Quay, H&M, Zaful, Forever21, Lulu’s and Amazon.
Good Book or Journal
A lot of people (including myself) who love to read usually blame our busy schedules for preventing us from leisurely reading throughout the school year. Spring break is the PERFECT time to catch up with reading. If you’re not into reading as much, I recommend a journal so that you can reflect and capture your spring break adventures. Between free time at home or in between travels, reading and writing are awesome ways to kill time.
Spring Break Playlist
Spring break is not complete without a good playlist. The music industry is on fire right now in terms of new songs and albums that are out; there are so many great things to listen to. I don’t know about you, but creating playlists and sharing them with my friends in my free time is such a fun thing to do!
With traveling (and these spring break essentials of course,) you’re going to need something to put all of your stuff in! I love a good tote bag because they are stylish, yet hold everything you need! H&M, Madewell and Target are all great places to get one.
When it comes to spring break, a swimsuit is a core essential! Yes, while I do have swimsuits from the summer, spring break is the perfect time to begin your new collection to sport at the beach or pool. Target will ALWAYS be my #1 for suits!!
I typically wear tinted moisturizer all year long, but I find that during spring break, the lighter the makeup the better especially if you are going somewhere hot. I love my Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer because it feels like I’m applying nothing more than a moisturizer on while it still gives me a good amount of coverage. On top of that, it has SPF in it which you’ll need a lot of!
Reusable Water Bottle
Reusable water bottles are definitely in right now and you can pretty much find them anywhere! I’ve been seeing Hydroflasks everywhere I look lately, but World Market (one of my favorite stores,) has a lot of cute ones for even cheaper! Besides, hydration is ALWAYS key, spring break or not.
With the cameras that we have right at our fingertips, actual cameras don’t seem to be as much of an essential like they used to. During spring break, plenty of memories will be made. Grab your camera and capture it all!
How are you going to be spending your spring break this year? Whether you are going away or staying home, I hope you’ll make sure to do something you absolutely love!
Stress and anxiety are two things that I’ve unfortunately had a tough battle with for many years. There have been many bumps along the road, but I can say with confidence that my anxiety has gotten so much better compared to how it was just about four or five years ago.
Along this journey, one of my main priorities has been to find something that I can resort to whenever I find myself getting overwhelmed, stressed or anxious. For me it has always been important to find natural ways to relieve stress and lessen my anxiety, so I thought I would share a few of the things that have helped me so much that I hope can be useful to you.
If you follow my blog’s Instagram, you’ll know that I am a stickler for positive affirmations. Every now and then I love to write down affirmations that have just popped up into my head into my journal and I love to save a bunch to my phone that stick out to me on Pinterest or Instagram. I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to them!
Not going to lie, I used to think affirmations and positive quotes were incredibly tacky, but that’s because I never gave them a try for myself. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. They are so helpful and can really set the tone for a wonderful day. You’d be amazed at how many just speak to your situation directly!
Put Down The Phone
The last thing you want to do when feeling stressed or anxious is go on your phone just to flood your mind with more emails, notifications and tasks that you’ll eventually have to handle at one point or another throughout the day or week.
Don’t go on your phone first thing when you wake up! Give yourself at least 20-30 minutes to set a positive intention for the day. The same goes for whenever you are feeling overwhelmed. Rather than go on your phone, focus on something else like your breathing, reading an affirmation or doing whatever it is that you enjoy doing.
Talk to Someone You Trust
For me, this person is my best friend. I can always count on her to answer my snapchat messages or phone calls whenever I need someone to rant or vent to. You’ve probably heard this tip many times before, but I can assure you, it works!
Bottling up how you’re feeling inside is never a good feeling nor is it good for your mental health. I always feel so much, if not, entirely better after talking things out with my friend. If you don’t feel like you have someone like this in your life; DM me! I’m always here to listen and talk.
Bask in The Sun
I know for me when I am feeling anxious, stressed or a little bit down, I just feel like sleeping in my dark room all day. But just a little sunlight has the power to completely switch your mood I’ve noticed.
I love to go in my sunroom to lay in there because I can always count on that room to be filled with a ton of natural light. The warmth of the sun makes me feel so good and instantly relaxes me.
Throw Yourself a Self-Care Night
This is one of my favorite ways to de-stress. I like to choose either Friday or Sunday night to dedicate time solely to self-care. Friday nights are a perfect way to unwind especially after a long week of school or work, and Sunday nights are a great way to prepare your mind, body and soul for another week.
My self-care nights typically involve taking a long shower or bath, throwing on a mask and putting on my favorite music while I wait for it to dry. It allows me to forget about all my responsibilities for the day and just enjoy time to myself.
Practice Mindful Eating
A lot of times when we are stressed or anxious we find that our minds feel like it’s all over the place. This can make it really difficult to focus our attention on the little things, (like eating!). Mindful eating is a tip I learned from my nutritionist not too long ago.
Get rid of all distractions and focus on every single bite that you take from your meal. This is a practice that involves solely listening to your body whether that be when you’re hungry or when you’re full. It combines the practice of mindfulness with an activity we do every single day. I love to do this to clear my mind as well.
Reflect on the GOOD
Something I’ve been trying to do more and more lately when I’m having a rough day is to think of at least three good things that happened during the day no matter how bad I felt it went. This is something you can even write down or just prepare a mental list in your head.
This is such a great habit to get into because it shifts your focus from reflecting just on the negativity. It allows you to develop a more positive outlook on life and reminds the importance of taking each day one at a time.
What are your favorite ways to de-stress, relax and unwind? You might be able to help someone else.
Being a busy college student, I’ve experienced a lot of days where I’ve had to rely on snacks to get me through the day. Between super long lines for food and a schedule packed with club/organization meetings and back-to-back classes, sometimes it can be really hard to find time to wait for something. To all of you students who go to a big school for college or have a crazy busy schedule, you can probably relate!
Anyway, over the past three years as a college student and a busy gal in general, I’ve been able to discover so many snacks that have been able to sustain me up until my next meal that are both satisfying and healthy! I’m also vegetarian and dairy-free so for those of you who are on the same boat or are just looking for some more snack ideas, I’d love to provide some suggestions!
Here are some of my all-time favorite healthy snacks that never fail to satisfy me:
Almonds, pistachios, cashews, you name it! Nuts are incredibly satisfying and always give me the boost of energy that I need to move forward during a busy day. They are packed with healthy fats and protein and are so convenient and easy to bring around with you. Just make sure to be cautious of how much you are consuming in one serving!
Hummus & Carrots
Of course carrots aren’t the only option to dip in hummus. The list is endless! You can use pretzels, celery, pita chips/bread, etc. Hummus is so easy to locate in grocery stores and not to mention there are different flavors of hummus as well. Carrots and hummus are great when you want something healthy as well as to satisfy your craving for something crunchy!
Ever since I was little, popcorn has always been a huge favorite of mine, especially the ones that can go right in the microwave. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve discovered that sometimes, less (ingredients) is more! I love Skinny Pop as well as Trader Joe’s Air-popped popcorn the most at the moment! They are both light, low in calories and have a great flavor.
Apples/Bananas with Peanut Butter
This combo has been my go-to snack for the past week or two. This is the perfect snack if you are craving something sweet. Slice up some apples or bananas and use about a tablespoon of peanut butter to dip your fruit in. It is quick and easy to prepare and tastes so amazing. You can even play around with a new fruit & PB combo.
I was never a huge fan of protein bars growing up, but I’ve learned to realize that it’s all about finding the right one. My favorite brand at the moment is Larabar because they are dairy-free and are SO simple in terms of ingredients. I love the chocolate chip cookie dough and banana chocolate chip bars the most! I definitely have to try some new flavors.
For an excellent source of protein, crunchy chickpeas are a must! Now, crunchy chickpeas are something that can easily be prepared and made by yourself, but if you don’t have time to make them, my favorite brand to buy is World Cuisine Saffron Road Crunchy Chickpeas (Sea Salt). I just discovered these last month at Whole Foods and swear I can finish the entire bag in one sitting if I could!!
Edamame (Shelled or Roasted)
Believe it or not, edamame is so satisfying and so fun to snack on! You can roast them for a more crunchy and savory snack or you can eat them shelled with a bit of sea salt. These things are packed with fiber and are so versatile. When I’m not eating it for a snack, I love to sprinkle them into my salads and buddha bowls.
If you are a popcorn-lover like me, another thing you need to try are popcorn cakes! Similar to rice cakes, popcorn cakes are simply just made with popcorn instead of rice. Skinny Pop sells both regular-sized and mini popcorn cakes making them an excellent alternative for chips. They taste amazing with guacamole or hummus on top!
Pretzels Dipped in Chocolate Tahini
For the perfect combination of sweet & salty, you need to try this. On a grocery trip to Whole Foods a few weeks ago, I came across a brand that was giving out samples of their chocolate tahini spread! The brand is called Soom Foods and their chocolate tahini spread tastes just like nutella, except so much better. They are dairy-free, nut-free, vegan and kosher! As with many spreads, you can play around with how you’d like to consume this!
Nut Butter Stuffed Dates
I hate to admit this, but I just tried dates for the first time last month. I can’t believe it took me so long to try them because they are so sweet and taste like a chewy, caramel candy. A quick recipe that I’ve come across many times online involves slicing open dates and filling them with a nut butter of your choice. It is so yummy!
What are some of your favorite snacks? Whether you are a college student or not, or you’re just constantly on-the-go, I’d love to hear!
Happy New Year! I hope everyone’s 2019 has been off to a wonderful start. If 2018 was a rocky year or you didn’t achieve all that you had planned, 2019 will be your year and you will achieve any and everything that you set your mind to!
I know a lotof us have 2019 goals/resolutions and many of them include getting back on track in terms of health and fitness especially after the holidays. I know mine do! It’s always hard to jump back into working out especially after a bit of time, but for me I’ve found this to be a lot easier with group fitness classes.
Today, I’m going to share some of my favorite group fitness classes that you should give a try this year if you haven’t already.
Let this be a year of trying new things! Finding a workout class that works for you is an amazing starting point to ease your way back into a successful fitness journey.
If you like to dance, love music, or simply like having lots of fun, you must try Zumba! If you’re not the biggest fan of working out, I highly suggest doing Zumba because rather than working out, it feels like one huge dance party!
Dancing burns an insane amount of calories and I never fail to feel energized and amazing after one of these classes. Not the greatest dancer? You don’t have to be! As long as you are moving and having fun that is ALL that matters. Along with that, I don’t think I’ve ever had an instructor yet who didn’t radiate positive, fun energy!
Barre is something that I tried for the first time last year and I must say that this class is the epitome of the saying, “looks can be deceiving.” Don’t let the tiny movements that look and seem easy, fool you. You will leave your first barre class feeling the burn but in the best ways possible. This is an excellent class to try if you are looking to lengthen, strengthen and tone your body quickly especially before spring break, the summer or throughout the year in general.
In the summer of 2017, I tried my first CKO kickboxing class and quickly became hooked. Not long after, I ended up getting a membership at my local CKO kickboxing gym and went twice a week for the remainder of that summer!
Kickboxing was something that I had always wanted to try, but I was so hesitant to start it because I didn’t think I was strong enough or fit enough for it. It took me the longest time to convince myself to give it a try, but after starting I realized, that’s the whole point! With every kickboxing class you feel yourself getting stronger and stronger. Every punch and kick gets becomes more powerful and your body starts to adjust to the intensity of the exercises. Aside from that, kickboxing is an excellent way to let out any pent up frustration, anger or stress.
It was during my junior year of high school that I first got into yoga. I joined a yoga club with my best friend and it was amazing for so many different reasons. Not only was it helping me cope with the stressful load of junior year, I noticed a difference in my strength by the time the quarter was over. My arms and abdomen got more toned and strong, I became more mindful and coped better with stressful situations, I connected so well with the other students in the class and I learned a lot about myself and the core principles of yoga.
After years of wanting to go to a cycling class, I finally dragged a friend along to do it with me a few months ago at my school. Cycling is INTENSE, but after one class it is so easy to understand why people continue to come back. While my legs may have been sore for what felt like weeks, I developed an urge to want to come back and push myself even harder. Not to mention, I’ve learned that instructors can get really creative with their playlists used in the class. There’s nothing better than a workout class with great music because it makes the class feel a little less painful!
What are your favorite workout classes? I personally love going to group fitness classes because I love having an instructor who can tell me exactly what to do as well as make sure that I am constantly in proper form. I love discovering new classes and am curious as to what the next hottest one is going to be this year!