Thursday, July 21, 2016

Fun in Austin

I had an AMAZING week with my love in Austin this week, here's a little peek into our weekend.
Absolutely everything I've tried in Austin has been DELICIOUS. The coffee, the food, the dessert, it's all been amazing. This is surprising because I am a very picky eater.

Trying to take artsy pictures at the coolest coffee shops!
Pictured above was an iced vanilla latte from Thunderbird
Below is a half moon latte from Summermoon coffee shop which so far is our favorite! It's made with their own "moon milk" which is top secret and SO good. Half moon means it's cut with half skim.

Beautiful pictures from our hiking/swimming trip. First we off trailed it and went wayyy too far and got lost... but who says getting lost is a bad thing? We had a blast and eventually found our way to the swimming hole.

My first time trying real ramen and it was SO good.

Of course on ice cream day we had to stop and get some!

Literally my life slogan

Iced coffee with a little (a lot) of cream from Irie Bean coffee bar. Very caribbean/Jamaican vibe.

And my favorite... the PIZZA from Home Slice...

Sorry... couldn't wait.

I had such an awesome trip and I already can't wait to go back! If you're ever in Austin check out some of these awesome places!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Good Medicine Beauty Lab

I recently placed an order with good medicine beauty lab after seeing their products all over instagram and they had a great sale going on on their starter kits (and they're having another NOW). I ended up ordering the kit for oily skin which includes Rain deep cleansing oil, Ashes cleansing grains, Purity clear skin tonic, Honey Dew youth serum, Clarity awakening cream, and Sand red mineral polish. I got all of these at such a great price. I have used all of these products and am really loving this brand so far.

Rain deep cleansing oil: I really like this oil and I'm going through this stuff so quickly. This feels really good on my skin and I like to rub this in for about a minute or so and leave it on in the shower. It takes off all of my makeup and leaves my skin nice and deeply cleansed. I love that this includes tamanu oil, which is one of my favorite oils for acne. This also contains other oils for cleansing, clearing, and moisturizing such as sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, aloe vera oil, castor oil, and many more. Really enjoying this so far, it's a great oil cleanser.

Ashes cleansing grains: this stuff is so interesting to me. I have never seen a cleanser like this before. You add water to this and it bubbles up and turns into this "silky liquid" as they describe. This includes powdered pearls and powdered potato which is great for aging and acne. I do get the subtle smell of french fries and essential oils when rubbing it into the face haha, quite interesting. I love the way this feels when cleansing the skin and I enjoy the texture it turns into. This cleanser is not stripping at all, it feels very gentle and doesn't dry out my skin. I like using this in the morning and would rather use an oil at night. Overall a very good cleanser.

Purity clear skin tonic: I haven't exactly figured out how I like to use this yet. It is a great product but I don't like using it with a cotton pad as recommended because it soaks in. I don't feel like I get enough product on the skin and for the size of this bottle I can't justify wasting even a drop. There are such fantastic ingredients in here that are anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antiseptic. This is so great for acneic and oily skin.  I feel like this really helps with controlling my excess oil bringing it down to a minimum. Great for balancing the skin's pH.
From website:
Organic aqueous tincture of wildcrafted desert sage, wildcrafted juniper berry, wildcrafted larrea, organic dandelion and organic alfalfa. Pure extract of organic limes, organic aloe vera, vegetable glycerin. organic apple cider vinegar, citric acid, wild desert honey. Organic potato, sodium bicarbonate, citric acid (vitamin C), 50+ trace mineral sea salts, organic sugar cane, organic milk and powdered pearls. Pure Essential oils and attars of juniper berry, pine needle, cedar wood, lime, vetiver, rose geranium, lily and peppermint.
Just looking at this ingredient list makes me so happy!

Honey Dew youth serum: this stuff is awesome. I love the feeling of this product as well as the scent. I absolutely LOVE honey and all of the amazing benefits it contains for the skin. This is amazing for getting that youthful glow and the ingredients are perfect for reducing fine lines and wrinkles, as well as fading skin discolorations and blemishes. This is perfect to use as a primer before makeup creating a perfect base and it doesn't make the skin not too oily or too dry. A few star ingredients that stand out to me are organic grapefruit, organic aloe vera, raw honey, juniper berry, frankincense, and myrrh.
From website:
As bees gather morning dew from flower petals and change it into a golden nectar fit for the gods, so we have turned the honey and precious moisture from fresh fruits, potatoes, and wild desert botanicals into a beautiful fluid for the face. Draped in this golden cloak of sweet nectar, Honey Dew brings you rays of sunshine, joy and energy.
They have such a way with words just reading this makes me want to buy it!

Clarity awakening cream: This is probably my favorite product of the bunch. I have had a little of a hard time finding a cream for my skin that it likes and I have been using a lot of oils instead. Of course I love my oils but I like to mix it up because to me there is nothing like the texture of a cream I just love it. This works great under makeup and on the website they also recommend mixing in a drop of Rain for night time for a little more nourishment, which I've tried and liked the result. This cream is so hydrating and I find my skin drinks it up. This is packed with vitamins and antioxidants that are so great for the skin. This cream includes ingredients such as calendula, aloe vera, and wild honey which are all great for healing. This does contain coconut oil and olive oil which can be comedogenic to some so I would watch out if your skin has problems with either of these ingredients.  I haven't found that this has been comedogenic for me and it hasn't caused any problems.

Sand red mineral polish: SO many good things in this...Yucca Root, tincture, calendula, lily of the valley, aloe, desert mineral sand, rosemary, raw honey...YES! I like to use this a couple of times a week. Beautiful exfoliator, not too harsh. Gives me a beautiful glow and brings down the amount of redness and irritation on my face.

I know a lot of people love the Starry Eyes eye cream. I haven't had a chance to try this yet but sounds amazing! I JUST ordered another started kit to try out a couple of other products that were missing from this one. For a few more hours they are having a sale on their started kits and they are HALF OFF with code MEDICINEBAG. Yes... HALF off so RUN DON'T WALK to their website. Seriously.

How you tried any of these products? If so, how do you like them?

Learning to live in the present

Lately I have been caught up in the "what ifs" of life. I have been catching myself thinking way too much about the future instead of living in the present moments. I find my mind wandering to "I can't wait to be done with school and get a job" or thinking "when I'm out of school I can finally do what I want" or "I'll finally have time to..." or "when I'm married I won't have to worry about this"... WHATEVER. There's so much "I can't wait for this, I can't wait for that" and it's become all I'm focused on instead of what I'm actually doing. The Lord is teaching me how to live in the NOW and enjoy where I'm at no matter the circumstance because I'll never get this time back. In a few short months I won't be at this school, with these people. I may not even be at my same job with the same people... By looking too far forward I may be missing things I am supposed to be doing and learning RIGHT NOW. It is hard to be content where I'm at sometimes, but there's a reason I'm here and a time for everything. Yes, I am back in school after 4 HARD years of college, but I'm learning to do what I love and I need to enjoy and be content in the learning process.The truth is it's not that bad, although I don't have all the freedom and time to get the things I want to do done, I'm setting myself up for a better future and need to be okay with the stage I'm in. It's easy to get caught up in the thoughts of the future and thinking of the life I may one day have, but by doing that I can miss out on opportunities the Lord may be putting right in front of me.

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."  Matthew 6:34 NIV

“It is a mistake to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.” -Winston Churchill

These words continue to resonate with me and I absolutely believe that destiny is grasped one link at a time... I didn't know that this was what I wanted to do with my life until about 6 mos. ago and the Lord is showing me one step at a time. With that being said I am where I am for a purpose and I need to take life one step at a time and ENJOY each step! I was getting caught in believing the lie that if only my circumstances would change then things would be better/different, but the truth is that my mind set is what needed to change so that I can live happily in the present.

Have a great week everyone! Don't just look forward to the weekend but ENJOY this week wherever you may be in whatever you may be doing! Seize every opportunity that The Lord gives you!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Soaking Up Every Moment

I haven't had much time to blog lately with school work and spending time with my guy. I am trying to squeeze in time to write and get into a new routine.
The time has come and my man has moved to his new home in Austin for good and I am soaking up every single sweet moment I get with him. He moved last week and this week has been pretty hard to adjust. When it came time to workout and do things that we normally do together I had to suck it up and do it on my own... I can absolutely say that life is more fun with him in it. He makes mediocre tasks and chores something that I look forward to. I know everything is new for him right now and that he's having a lot of fun where he's at. I am so proud of everything he has accomplished and that he has gotten into a fantastic school. I couldn't be happier for him (unless I was there with him)!

Here's what we did leading up to his move, moving in, and now...
We went to New Orleans the weekend before he left and stopped in Sucre which smelled of sugar and happiness. I got a delicious vanilla cold brew and some yummy macaroons (strawberry, chicory, and blackberry lemon).
We had a quick Starbucks date on my lunch break, because I needed every second with him even if it was only 20-30 mins!
When we moved him in we came to visit the school! Isn't it so nice??
First meal in the new apartment thanks to his momma! :) 
We found the cutest little place to get organic fair trade desserts called Fat Cats. They had coffee, ice cream (vegan and non-vegan), donuts, cookies, anything sweet! Everything was so delicious, will definitely be going back to this place!
I'm loving Austin and can't wait to visit more often and explore the things that they have to offer there! We are definitely foodies and we LOVE our coffee and they have sooo many options! Compared to the 2-3 local coffee shops we have here in BR and the 4 restaurants we rotate through every weekend, there's a whole list in Austin of cute local coffee shops and delish restaurants... Everything we've tried there so far has been top notch and I'm excited to see all they have to offer.

Thanking the Lord that this weekend is a long weekend so I got time to come up and see him! We met in Houston and are having a great weekend together.
We spent the day shopping for him some business casual clothes and shoes so he can look fancy for all of his upcoming events. We stopped and got some coffee and dessert (duh).

 We got lemon blueberry cupcakes and cupcake lattes which is basically a latte made with vanilla icing as the sweetener/cream and milk (YES PLEASE).

Not looking forward to leaving him again, but I know it won't be like this forever. I know he will have a great but challenging time and all we can do is soak up the moments we get, have faith, and PRAY.

Have a great safe 4th everyone!