June Favorites

Summer is whizzing by, I can’t believe it’s already July!

Here are some of the things that I loved in the month of June:

First off was the nonfiction section in my local library. I have spent a great deal of time perusing this section and have a massive stack of books that I need to read this summer. Most of the books that I’ve checked out were in the Christian section and I’m loving learning more about my faith!

Next favorite is my Sand Cloud towel. I have wanted a nice beach towel for a few years now and I finally got one that is instagram worthy. I bought the acid wash print and honestly look how nice it is! I’m so glad I got to contribute to #savethefishies.

Next up are my Pura Vida bracelets and ring. I absolutely love these and I’m excited to be able to share this with y’all. If you use my code: meagankaufenberg20 you can get 20% off your purchase from them! The bracelets are really nicely made (although I will admit they do fit me a bit large so they often slip off my arms) but the ring fits perfectly and looks great!

Next up is my favorite new top that I got from Old Navy. It fits me so well and it’s really comfortable. I’ve been sorting through my closet slowly but surely and stocking up on basic pieces and I’m definitely a fan of this basic tee.

The day lilies have been in full bloom! I love flowers and my favorite part of spring and summer is seeing all the pretty flowers bloom in my front yard.

Red lipstick has been my go-to for years now and my most recent red lip purchase is this ColourPop and Hello Kitty collab. It’s the nicest liquid lipstick I have ever purchased, goes on smoothly and stays for hours!

My last favorite is this body mist that I got while I was in London. It is scented white grape with aloe and smells like my favorite lotion (which has been discontinued) so I had to get it! I have yet to look up if I can buy this online so I’m a little nervous about using it since I’m sure I’ll run out quickly. However, I love it so much it’s worth it to use it every day.

So that’s what I’ve been loving this month! What have you guys been into this past month?

Have a great week everyone!

Sincerely,

Meagan

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Makeup Favorites

Today I’m here with a post that I’ve been planning on making for a little over a year now but I just haven’t gotten around to writing it. (Or more like I haven’t wanted to take the pictures that go with all the writing).

So here are some of my favorite makeup items! I’ll split them up into different categories and give you the details on each item.

Face items:

NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray

So I guess I’m starting off with what is actually the last item I use when doing my makeup. This is the first setting spray I’ve ever purchased and I honestly don’t think I will ever be switching it up. My makeup used to melt off my face by the end of the day and with this it all stays in place which I love because it means I can wear makeup everyday and not worry about sweating it all off!

Tarte Cheek Stain in Dazed

This is one of the only blushes that I use. I find it hard to use blush because my skin is relatively pale so I feel like even when I’m using a minuscule amount of product I still end up looking like a clown. Dazed actually blends out to look really natural and it also smells like Fruity Pebbles which I find to be a really awesome bonus.

ColourPop Sculpting Stick in Dove and Pixi Beauty Bronzer in Summertime

These are my go-to products for bronzing and contouring. I use Dove primarily in the winter when I’m paler and Summertime in the summer when I have more of a tan. They both work really well with pale skin which I really appreciate. I definitely like how well Summertime works with my skin tone because most bronzers I’ve owned in the past end up being way too orange in tone and look garish on my face no matter how tan I get. So I’ve pared down my collection to just these two products for bronzing and contouring and I’m really happy with both of them.

 

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Enthused

So even though this is described as a blush I use it as a highlight because of how sparkly it is. I bought this on a whim during some sort of holiday sale at Sephora and I didn’t even touch it for months after purchasing it. Then I started getting back into makeup and using highlighter and I picked this up to try and realized just how awesome it is!

Eye Items:

bareMinerals Brow Color in Dark Blonde/Medium Brown

This is the only eyebrow product I own and I love it! It’s really easy to apply and looks so natural.

Pacifica Eyeshadow in Ethereal:

So the more that I think about it, the more that I wonder if this is actually supposed to be a highlighter. I use it as an eyeshadow but I honestly think that I might start using it as a highlighter because it really pops.

The Balm’s Nude Dude Volume 2:

I’ve had this palette for a few years now and I love it more every time I use it. The colors are flawless and there’s little to no fallout which is awesome!

Tarte’s Tartelette in Bloom:

I got this for Christmas and has been my most used palette since December (although I will admit it hasn’t gotten a ton of use because I haven’t been wearing makeup as much as I used to). It does have a decent amount of powder kick up but I still really enjoy the colors. It is also pretty lightly pigmented compared to other eyeshadows that I use but it helps for those days when I don’t want a super bold eyeshadow look.

Lip Items:

ColourPop Lippies

The price and formula of these are amazing! $5 for lipsticks and $6 for liquid lipsticks, heck yeah! I have a giant stash of these and whenever I want to try a new color I go with ColourPop because I know that I’m going to get good quality for cheap so even if the color isn’t what I’m looking for I didn’t spend a fortune on it.

Some items that I love that aren’t pictured here include IT Cosmetics Superhero mascara (it is incredibly pricey but my absolute favorite). I’m using an ELF mascara right now which I enjoy but it takes about three layers before my eyelashes get anywhere near the level they are at with the Superhero mascara. I also really enjoy Kat Von D’s Tattoo eyeliner but again, using an ELF eyeliner which just doesn’t quite measure up but is way more affordable. Gotta love being a broke college student with no summer job.

On a side note, I didn’t do any swatches of my eyeshadow palettes or lipsticks because I was thinking of doing separate posts on just those items if anyone is interested in that.

So these are my favorite makeup items! What are your go-to makeup items? Also don’t forget to leave a comment below if you want me to write a more in depth post about any of my eyeshadow palettes or my collection of ColourPop lip products.

Have a great week everyone!

Sincerely,
Meagan

Five Reasons to Start Journaling

I love keeping journals. I’m really bad at it, I often skip writing entries for months at a time, but I love it just the same. The first time I started a journal I was in preschool. My mom used to ask me what I wanted to say and then she would write that in the journal for me.

As of right now I’ve had I think 12 full journals and I only have about four pages left in my 13 journal which just blows my mind! I think that keeping a journal is one of the coolest things that you can do because there’s so much you can do with a single page.

So here are my top five reasons to start keeping a journal.

1. You can have a chronological record of your life.

Which you can then look back on whenever you want, which is amazing. Like I love to go back into some of my old journals, especially those from elementary school and just laugh at what I thought were my big problems or the guys I used to have crushes on, it’s incredibly entertaining. And someday, if you continue to journal, then you will have a complete chronological record of your life.

One of my favorite things is going back and finding old prayers that I had written in my journals only to find out that it had just been answered a week ago. There are a lot of coincidences like that which make me really happy.

2. You get to be completely uninhibited creatively.

My journal is my place to write in really bad handwriting, and practice my hand lettering. It’s my place to color and draw and tape things and write about anything and everything.

The picture above is of a “creative” version of a “what I got for Christmas” journal entry. I have so many random things glued into my journal that it makes me laugh, things ranging from napkins to fortune cookie fortunes to dried out flowers, and random doodles from my classes. The thicker I can my journal nowadays the more I love them!

3. You can write about anything and everything.

And it’s all yours! No one else’s.

4. The journals you can get are pretty cool.

Like there are literally thousands of options and trust me, I have an issue with that. Far too many to choose from! (Which is exactly why I have far too many extra ones in a basket I keep at home). The three extra ones I have at school include a sketchbook that I actually just use for painting. A three dollar one from Target (honestly these are some of the best). And a knockoff Moleskine journal that I was planning on making a bullet journal with at  one point months ago.

5. Memories

The good, the bad, and the ugly. Those things will always be there, and honestly most of the time, I like those memories in my journal more than I want them in my head. I have a breakup and a new relationship chronicled. I have my entire journey thus far with depression and anxiety. There’s so many memories that I have in my journals that I’m in awe, absolute awe.

Journaling is so important to me and I hope that this inspires some of you to pick up a pen and a notebook and join me in chronicling your wonderful and eventful life.

Have a great day everyone.

Sincerely,

Meagan

My Favorite Self Care Tips

I think self care is really important. Especially during the times when you’re experiencing a really low point in your mental health journey.

When you’re at your lowest, it’s hard to do anything sometimes other than lie in bed and stare at the walls. Despite these feelings, it’s extremely important to get out of bed and take care of yourself.

Before I get into my own favorite self care methods, here’s a video by Lucy and Rosianna, who are awesome, talking about self care.

(Also I wrote this before making Wednesday’s post so hahaha, enjoy another video).

So moving into my four favorite self care tips, tricks, and methods if you want to call them that.

1. Hydrate yourself

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Drink a glass of water, I love to drink a glass of ice water, or at least cold water of some sort in order to wake up a little and almost jolt me out of whatever funk I’m in at the moment. It’s definitely not a cure all but it helps immensely with motivation to then do other things.

2.Clean yourself up

Shower, brush your teeth, wash your face, put clean underwear and pajamas on or actually get dressed. Sometimes I’ll even put makeup on just because it’s something to distract me and I also love the process of applying it. It’s really important to prioritize personal hygiene when you’re feeling low. Leaving yourself dirty and feeling grimy can often make yourself feel worse than normal just because you do feel gross. It’s hard to actually care about yourself as a human being if you’re not feeling quite human.

I also think it’s important to have a cleanish space. I would change my bedding and pick up the biggest messes on my floor (probably all clothes). If you have a dishwasher, definitely put any dirty dishes in there and if you don’t, don’t feel like you have to wash them all right away however, getting that task done would be a big accomplishment. I know finishing a task always makes me feel better since it gives me less to do some other time, and I feel productive!

3.Eat something

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Eat something small and snacky if you’re not feeling up to cooking, or make yourself a nice meal and store the leftovers for the next few days. I personally like to bake when I’m sad. Sweets are kind of my weak spot. Right now I have a ton of extra peanut butter in my cupboard here at school (because I got a jar in my stocking for Christmas) and I definitely think I’m going to make some of the peanut butter balls from this post the next time I need something distracting and worthwhile to do.

I think it’s important to get your blood sugar up and some nutrients into your body. I know I can always tell a huge difference in my mood when I eat something. Carbs are my friend when it comes to being sad and I love pasta for meals. A smoothie is always good too. I tend to lean towards a chocolate protein smoothie with frozen bananas, chocolate protein powder, peanut butter, and almond milk when I’m sad. It tastes like ice cream and always makes me happier because it doesn’t come with the lovely stomachache that real ice cream gives me.

4.Do something you enjoy

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Now when I say do something you enjoy, I mean do something that you absolutely can’t mess up no matter what that you actually like doing. Like reading, or watching YouTube, or for me I really enjoy to stress crochet. I find that it’s better not to do something that could possibly be messed up, you don’t want to end up getting angry with yourself or even more sad because you can’t do what you want to do. This is not the time to start a new hobby! That is definitely a task for a different day! And don’t try to deep clean anything either, if things do need to get cleaned, see my above cleaning category.

When I do stuff like this, this is when I like to also treat myself. Usually this means drinking a soda, sometimes even a Diet Coke (because honestly I never drink diet soda).

So, when you’re really feeling down and getting out of bed is almost impossible, I really encourage you all to form a simple routine that you follow when you need some structure the most. The four things in this post are pretty broad and there are so many different things that you can do to take care of yourself.

I hope you all have a great Friday.

Sincerely,

Meagan

No Bake Peanut Butter Balls

I love cooking. Following recipes and having a bunch of random ingredients turn out into something delicious is so gratifying and it’s awesome! I’m not the greatest at cooking but I’m hoping that this semester I can fall into the habit of meal prepping and experimenting with new recipes.

The other day I made these delicious no bake peanut butter balls with my best friend, Katie. They’re really simple to make and they’re a great treat! It’s so hard to stop eating them once they’re all done! I looked up some other recipes yesterday and found most of them followed a similar pattern to this one but I figured I would just share with you all the recipe that we used.

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Ingredients:
1 cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon butter (or substitute vegan butter)

1 cup peanut butter (of your choice, we used a smooth one)

2 cups rice krispies

2-3 pieces of chocolate almond bark

So when Katie and I decided to make our peanut butter balls we figured that since we were making some for both me and her family that we had better double the recipe. But the list of ingredients is for just one batch!

To begin, we mixed the butter, powdered sugar, and peanut butter together in a standing mixer. We then slowly added in the rice krispies just because I wanted to make sure they were all evenly coated with the peanut butter mixture.

Before we started the rest of the process, we took a kitten break.

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Isn’t he precious? His name is Louis!

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He was just curled up on the blanket watching us from the living room so we had to go play with him for awhile. He’s so sweet and also so mischievous.

Okay! Back to the peanut butter.

After we mixed everything together, we started to roll everything up into bite sized balls. Heads up: you will get peanut butter all over your hands and probably under your nails too. On another note it does make your hands pretty soft.

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Since Katie and I made a double batch, and made our balls bite size, we ended up with about three trays full of them. Of course this all depends on how big you roll them and if you make just the original recipe or more.

Now I’m jut imagining how it would’ve turned out had we made one giant peanut butter ball, haha.

Anyways!

After we rolled out a bunch of them, Katie and I melted down some chocolate almond bark in a bowl. The two of us just used the microwave although if you want to get fancy I’m sure you could use a double broiler or something. (If either of the two of us tried that something would go incredibly wrong. Like we specialize in microwaved soup and very crispy grilled cheese).

If you are like us and decide to go the microwave route it should take about a minute, depending on your microwave of course, to melt down the few pieces of almond bark you use.

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 After you’ve melted the chocolate, start coating the balls. We just drop them in the bowl, scoop chocolate over them until they’re completely covered and then tap off the excess after scooping it up with a fork. This was probably my favorite part of the process just because I didn’t have to get my hands coated in peanut butter again.

Once everything is covered in chocolate, eat any leftover chocolate and then put the trays into either the fridge or freezer to set the chocolate. They shouldn’t have to be in there for more than an hour and on a side note, they taste really good when they come right out of the freezer!

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There’s a look at the finished peanut butter balls.

These are really simple to make and took us about an hour from start to finish. The rolling and coating are the most time consuming parts but again, the size and quantity of what you make definitely plays into that.

If any of you decide to try this recipe let me know! I’d love to hear what you all think of it!

Have a great week!

Sincerely,

Meagan

TheSkimm

So I didn’t have anything ready to post today so I’m going to make a really short one about a daily news email that I get that I really like. TheSkimm sends out a newsletter every morning during the week. They summarize important news events in words that make it easy for me to understand. It’s exactly what it sounds like, “skims” of the important things going on that give you the basic rundown and plenty of links to do more research if you feel like it! Their website also has a lot of guides to big events that give you a lot more information than is included in the basic email. As they say they “do the reading for you -across subject lines and party lines- and break it down with fresh editorial content.”

Now, I hate reading the news, I never read it in fact. I don’t watch the news because it makes me sad so honestly, the only way I stay caught up on current events is with this newsletter.

Here’s a link to sign up for it!

You can also click the picture below!

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I’ve been using this website/newsletter for about two years now, I’ll be honest I kind of suck at reading but now it’s about the only habit I have and stick to. At school I make my coffee and then sit at the kitchen counter reading it every morning before class. It takes about five minutes which is perfect because it fits so nicely into my morning routine. One of my favorite things is when they recommend books to read! I have a lot of books on my TBR thanks to them.

These women really inspire me as entrepreneurs and I love the work that they’re doing to get more people to stay caught up on current events, world news, and other important tidbits.

This company is relatively new and I’ve been following them as they grow and it’s honestly awesome and I highly recommend you guys using the link I’ve shared with you to sign up and start reading this starting Monday morning!

Hope you all have a fantastic day and a wonderful weekend.

Sincerely,

Meagan

17 Things I Want To Do In 2017

I have never followed through on resolutions. Never! Not once! So I’ve decided to make a big resolution to never make another resolution. Instead I am going to make a list of 17 things that I would like to do in 2017.

 1 Blog consistently

I’m horrible at being a blogger. That’s pretty obvious to me, so this year I’d like to try and blog at least five days a week. I want to act like this is a job!

2 Crochet

I am in the process of opening an Etsy shop of crocheted items that I have made. Obviously in order to do this, I need to crochet things. I need to make things and I need to crochet every single day.

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3 Take more pictures

I just want the memories.

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4 Journal more

I’m working on a post about reasons to start journaling and I realized just how awful I am at journaling consistently so on top of blogging consistently, I would also like to journal consistently (every day would be amazing but I’d be happy with a few times a week, even just once week where I sat down and got out all my craftiness and emotions out would be awesome).

5 Workout

Starting off today I’m doing a 30 day workout calendar from Blogilates with my boyfriend and I’m hoping the two of us can hold each other accountable and workout a lot this year. We both really want to get into shape and I’m hoping by doing it together we’ll actually follow through.

6 Culture myself

Hahaha. Well I really just want to go to more museums, look at more art, go to London (hopefully!!). Hmmm. Yeah, that’s about it, I just want to appreciate stuff more. I want to go to plays and learn about history and people.

7 Go on a road trip!

Summer road trip to Seattle is currently being planned!

8 Meal plan

I’m one person. I hate making food for myself. I know that I need to take better care of myself and eat better and it’s so difficult for me because of all the food issues I have. I want to start meal planning and using the groceries I buy and really experiencing and enjoying food.

9 Develop an evening routine

Most nights this past semester have involved me working on homework until around midnight and then falling into bed and looking at my phone for over an hour until I’m finally tired enough to fall asleep (this “routine” also usually involved me forgetting to brush my teeth or take my makeup off). I want to have a routine that will help me wind down and maybe help with my insomnia some.

10 Cook more

This goes along with the meal planning. I started off the school year cooking a lot and I really enjoyed it! But then I started a second job for about a month and began to live off of granola bars and microwaveable meals which spiraled into me redeveloping some poor food habits and ended with me kind of never eating or eating really poorly. So I would like to cook more meals, I have a Pinterest board of recipes collecting dust and I intend to change that this next semester.

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11 Wear more lipstick

I love lipstick, I think it looks great on me. It makes me feel super bad ass but I rarely wear it because of my stupid anxiety. I always feel like people are judging me when I wear it. So now that I’m trying to care less about what people think of me I want to wear as much lipstick as I possibly can!!!

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12 Do more artsy things

I just painted a few days ago for the first time in about a year and it made me realize just how much I missed doing artsy things. When I had really bad insomnia in high school and middle school I used to stay up until two or three in the morning and just paint or draw or color and I really really miss just being so uninhibited with my artwork. I want to do more collages and paintings and use the adult coloring books I have.

13 Be cleaner and more organized

I have lost my student ID more times than I can count just because I put it wherever I please instead of keeping it in one specific spot. I have also run out of mugs (which is a feat for me because I have about 10 at school) just because I haven’t done dishes for so many days. I want to live with less clutter. So along with this I want to try and minimize my belongings. I’ve already done so with my books which is a pretty big deal for me.

14 Go on adventures

I want to be spontaneous and go hiking and just have fun.

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15 Save money

Kind of self explanatory. I spend too much money, should save some more than I do. So I also need to learn how to budget.

16 Read more widely

I’ve really developed a wider reading range recently and I’d like to continue to read different genres and authors and learn things and be different from my younger only reads dystopian novels self.

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17 Treat others better

Tell people when I’m thinking of them. Bake cookies for my friends when they’re stressed out. Help people when they’re down on their luck.

I basically just want to be more consistent and have more fun this year. That’s basically it.

What do you all want to do this year?

Sincerely,
Meagan