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    How To Create a Life-Changing Morning Routine

    I am so excited to share with everyone the steps I took to create a morning routine that has positively change my life.

    I can honestly say that by making small changes and following the below steps I am 90% happier, more productive and overall just feel good.

    Anyone can apply these steps to create a morning routine to change their life just like I did.

    It’s not hard but it will take some motivation and time to get it together.

    My Morning Routine Experience

    Before I created my daily routine I was waking up between 7 and 7:30 AM.

    I rushed around the house feeling stressed and not having a clue what to wear.

    I was getting to work between 9 and 9:30 and coming home around 6. 

    I was pressing the snooze button EVERY DAY.

    I was oversleeping on my days off or lounging in bed for a few hours after waking up.

    I felt like I had no time to do the things I needed and wanted to do. 

    Most importantly, I was absolutely MISERABLE.

    I hate waking up and getting my day started. 

    I felt unmotivated and fatigued. 

    Then one day I decided enough was enough and started to get up earlier and create a morning routine.

    Fast forward to now and I wake between 6:10 and 6:25 on workdays. I also wake up around 7 on weekends. 

    I now get to work around 8:10 every day. 

    Most of the time I wake up on my own WITHOUT AN ALARM!

    I am excited to get up, start my day and go to work or get things done at home.

    I get just the right amount of sleep and feel motivated and energized.

    Seriously, adding a healthy morning routine has been LIFE-CHANGING!

    I feel like a new person.

    How To Create a Life-Changing Morning Routine

    Why You Should Create a Morning Routine

    If my experience wasn’t enough to convince you that having a morning routine is going to change your overall happiness and life, then keep reading below for more valid points. 

    Great Way to Practice Self-Care

    One of my goals for 2020 is to focus on self-care. Therefore, my whole morning routine encompasses self-care. I am able to physically, mentally, and emotionally work on myself during my morning routine.

    Reduces Stress

    Once you have a routine set up and in place, the stress just goes away. No more rushing or worrying about if you have time to do this or that. Your routine will make mornings a breeze.


    I truly believe that having a morning routine creates a positive mindset and that a positive mindset increases productivity. From perfecting my routine I am able to get things done in a timely manner and prioritize what’s important to me.

    Good Start to the Day

    You really have to do it to experience it, but having a morning routine and starting off your day in a great mood just makes that mood continue throughout your day. It may take some getting used to but once you get in your groove you’ll look forward to your AM time and ACTUALLY want to get out of bed. 

    Morning Routine Tips

    These are the biggest takeaways from creating a great morning routine.

    Don’t snooze your alarm

    If you struggle with this try setting your alarm or phone across the room or even in another room if you can still hear it.

    Having to consistently get out of bed to hit the snooze will wake you up and prevent you from going back to sleep. 

    Drink water first thing…better yet add lemon

    If you feel groggy and sleepy in the morning it’s probably not because you need to get more sleep, but more likely because you are dehydrated and need water. 

    Try drinking a full glass of water in the morning to keep your hydrated and help wake you up.

    You can add lemon to your water which has numerous health benefits including aiding in digestion, anti-inflammatory properties, and a good dose of vitamin C.

    You can learn more about the health benefits here.

    How To Create a Life-Changing Morning Routine

    Prepare the Night Before

    This has been HUGE in helping me have a successful morning. Get your meals prepped and ready the night before, lay out your outfit and have everything you need to take with you for the day by the door. 

    I even have my medication, probiotics, and skincare products sitting out on the bathroom counter so I don’t have to search around for them or forget to take them.

    Don’t Go Straight to Your Phone

    Heading straight to my phone to read, check my blog or social media or watch youtube videos is what had me sitting in bed for an hour or two on my days off. 

    A phone is a huge distraction for getting up and out of bed. 

    My suggestion would be to wait until you are eating breakfast or have downtime to check your phone. 

    How To Create a Morning Routine

    And now we can get to the good part…how to create an epic morning routine of your own.

    If you need an example of what a morning routine looks like, you can click HERE to take a look at what my morning work and weekend routines look like. 

    Start Small 

    If you completely change what you do in the morning all at once you may feel overwhelmed and give up.

    Start smalling by adding one part of your routine at a time. 

    For example, I chose to try to wake up earlier first, so I woke up 10 minutes earlier than I normally did for a few weeks.

    Then once I had made that a habit, I set my alarm earlier for another 10 minutes and continued the process.

    Make a list of what you want to get done

    This is where you’ll want to plan out your ideal morning. 

    List the non-negotiables like drinking the lemon water we mentioned earlier, taking a shower, brushing your teeth and getting dressed.

    Then make a list of the things you would like to do in the morning.

    This can include other forms of self-care like yoga, meditation, journaling, or positive affirmations.

    If you need some additional self-care ideas to check out my self-care idea blog post.

    Time Each Activity

    Next, you will time each of the activities you want to do in the morning.

    For example, I give myself 10 minutes to get out of bed, drink water, take my medications and brush my teeth. 

    This is also where you want to see how much time you have to work with. 

    You may need two hours before work to get in the activities you want to accomplish and therefore will need to plan to wake up at an appropriate time. 

    Don’t forget to factor your commute so you leave in ample time and can avoid being late.

    Set Priorities

    Once you figure out the timing you can prioritize what is most important to you after your non-negotiables. 

    For example, getting 10 minutes of yoga during my morning is the highest priority after my non-negotiables. 

    How To Create a Life-Changing Morning Routine


    You know what is important to you, what you want to accomplish and how much time each task takes. Now you will want to organize them into a routine that makes sense for you. 

    If you want to work out in the morning then it would make sense to get up, get your water, work out, then shower and get ready. 

    Set Your Alarm

    At this point, you will have a morning routine set up and know exactly what time you need to get everything accomplished. 

    Now all you have to do is set your alarm. I still set two alarms 5 minutes apart in case I am in a deep sleep and don’t hear the first one. 

    Prep the Night Before

    Don’t forget to prepare in advance the night before to make your morning easier and hassle-free. 

    Track Your Habits

    Start tracking your progress in a journal, planner or self-care worksheet. 


    You have all the tips and tools on how to create a morning routine that will change your life. All you have to do is apply the steps and get started! 

    Don’t be hard on yourself if you don’t get to do everything on your list at first. Believe me, I am still struggling with getting 10 minutes of yoga and it rarely happens. This is something I am still working on but even just doing my non-negotiables and being prepared have GREATLY changed my life. 

    Let me know how your progress goes in the comments below!

    Until next time,



    My Morning Routine for a Happy and Productive Day

    Establishing a morning routine HAS BEEN LIFE-CHANGING!

    I am much more productive, I am happier and I feel less stressed. 

    Believe it or not…I ACTUALLY want to wake up in the morning and look forward to my day. 

    Having a morning routine also is a great way to add self-care into my day.

    I technically have two routines: one for heading into work and one for the weekend.

    Below I have shared both morning routines.

    If you want to learn more about WHY and HOW to create a morning routine, check out my post that provides step by step instructions and tips on how to create a healthy morning routine.

    My Morning Routine for a Happy and Productive Day

    My Workday Morning Routine

    6:15 – 6:25 – AM Wake Up 

    I set my alarm at 5-minute intervals just to make sure I don’t sleep through one of them. I also try to not hit snooze.

    6:25 – Check on Cats Water/Food

    I always make sure the cats have food and water as soon as I get out of bed.

    6:30 – Drink Water, Brush Teeth, & Take Supplements

    I drink 8 – 16 ounces of water EVERY morning.

    This has been really helpful with waking me up as being dehydrated can make you feel groggy and tired.

    Instead of reaching for coffee I HIGHLY recommend drinking water first.

    Next, I take my probiotic, D-Mannose and allergy medication.

    Recently, I added Dram CBD drops into my routine. I take a dropper full and place it under my tongue and then drink water to wash it down. 

    Then I brush my teeth and pull my hair back.

    6:35 – 10 Minute Yoga

    If I wake up early enough I try to get 10 minutes of yoga in.

    This has been the hardest part of my routine and it’s still a work in progress. 

    I use the yoga app on my phone because they have a super simple 10 minute morning yoga sequence. 

    6:45 – Shower

    After yoga, I hop in the shower so I can get ready to head into work. 

    Shower time is also where I go over what I need to get done that day in my head.

    It’s my time to give myself a pep talk to get me in a positive mindset for the day. 

    7:05 – Skincare

    After the shower, I follow up with my skincare routine which consists of the following:

    • Moisturizer
    • Eye Cream
    • Sunscreen
    • Body Lotion

    I keep my skincare routine very simple.

    I also don’t wear makeup so this helps save me time in the morning 

    7:10 – Hair 

    I am VERY low maintenance so doing my hair comes down to throwing some product in and that’s it.

    No blow-drying, straightening or styling. 

    7:15 – Get Dressed

    At this point, I start getting dressed.

    I use the Cladwell closet app that takes all of your clothing items and pairs them together to style outfits for you. 

    I try to plan ahead and do this the night before on the app.

    Planning out my outfits for the day had been the MOST significant time-saver in my morning routine. 

    7:25 – Grab My Stuff and Walk to the Trolley

    After getting dressed I grab my lunch, jacket, and bag.

    I say goodbye to my cats and head out the door to walk to the trolley to head into work. 

    My Morning Routine for a Happy and Productive Day

    My Weekend Morning Routine

    During the weekend I like to take my time in the morning and enjoy myself. My boyfriend works most Saturdays so these are the mornings I really savor “me” time and practice self-care. 

    6:30 – 7:00 – Wake Up

    Since it’s Saturday I am not too strict with waking up. 

    I try to wake up around 6:30 to keep my routine consistent with the rest of the week but sometimes I need the extra sleep.

    Hang Out with Cats & Read 

    Some mornings I really just enjoy laying in bed cuddling with my cats and reading. Or I will watch something on YouTube.

    8:00 – Water, Supplements & Cats

    Like my workday routines, I check on the cat’s food and water and then take my supplements and drink water.

    8:10 – Coffee, Breakfast & Planner/Goals

    When I’m at home, my favorite breakfast is Kodiak Cakes protein pancakes. They are so delicious! I make these and coffee.

    Then I will sit down for breakfast and get out my planner.

    I write down everything that I need to get done over the weekend and what I want to do for fun. 

    Sometimes I will check on my finance or goal planner to update my progress.

    9:00 – Yoga

    After breakfast, I do a 20 – 30-minute yoga session. 

    I really enjoy doing this after breakfast because I am more awake and can focus on my practice. 

    9:30 – Shower – Get Ready

    Once yoga is completed I brush my teeth and get in the shower. 

    Afterward, I finish with skincare and hair just like my workdays.

    Then I will get dressed. 

    10:30 – Start My Day

    At this point, my morning is over and I will start doing whatever I planned out that day. 


    Hopefully, this has inspired you to create your own morning routine and helped to give you ideas on how to curate your mornings to include self-care and productivity!

    Let me know in the comments below what your morning routine is!

    Till next time,



    If We Were Having Coffee

    If We Were Having Coffee…March 2020

    If We Were Having Coffee

    Hey Everyone! I decided to start an “If We Were Having Coffee” series here on Some Roots Wander!

    I first became familiar with the virtual coffee date based posts on Twitter.

    I thought it was a really cool idea.

    I am also a huge coffee and tea drinker!

    I will probably be posting these every month or so.

    Make sure you subscribe to the Some Roots Wander newsletter to receive emails with the latest series post.

    Now, grab yourself a cup of delicious coffee or tea, light a candle or some incense, grab your cats to cuddle with and keep on reading.

    If We Were Having Coffee…

    I’d tell you that I haven’t been on social media lately.

    Particularly Instagram. Honestly, I hate social media. It seems so fake to me. I really go back and forth on whether I should be more active on Instagram to funnel traffic to my blog or just say fuck it. 

    I deleted Facebook a few years ago and would never ever go back to that. 

    I use Twitter for my blog as there seems to be a good blogging community there, but otherwise, I can’t stand reading most people’s tweets because they are so hateful, opinionated and judgmental. 

    I would tell you how excited I am that spring is almost here and have very exciting plans to celebrate Ostara. 

    Ostara is the spring equinox and is part of the pagan or witches wheel of the year. It has similar themes to the modern Christian Easter which is where Easter got its roots. 

    Ostara is on Thursday, March 19 so I took off work for a nice four day weekend. 

    On Thursday and Friday, I’ll be cleaning, cooking and doing some tarot readings. 

    On Saturday I’m having an afternoon tea for Kevin and I.

    I think I am going to try La Gourmandine Bakery for the baked goods. They are one of the top bakeries here in Pittsburgh.

    I also don’t think I will have the time or motivation to bake tons of little desserts.

    I am, however, going to make hot cross buns. 

    On Sunday we are going for a hike at Raccoon Creek State Park and taking the afternoon tea leftovers with us to have lunch in the woods. 

    I’d tell you I’ve been reading into zero waste and sustainability.

    I’m not exactly sure what I think of it of the zero-waste concept overall.

    I have started recycling, buying second hand more frequently and stopped purchasing paper products.

    However, I’m not exactly sure if moving to zero waste products like metal straws are actually better for the environment considering what it takes to mine for metal. 

    Part of me also thinks it’s just another marketing ploy for brands to sell you more stuff. 

    Perhaps I’ll dedicate a full post on this later. 

    I would tell you that I am looking into giving my blog a bit of a makeover.

    I may possibly be changing my theme and logos around. 

    I ordered my theme through Etsy and the seller is no longer on there. So I have no way to get any tech support on the theme or get into the FAQ section that originally came with the theme.

    I am still researching this and looking to find a theme I really love and fits my personality. I also want to make sure I am creating my dream brand.

    Along these lines, I have been taking some Pinterest courses. I am experimenting with the strategies I have learned in these courses to get more traffic.

    To be honest, I never put too much effort into Pinterest and just pinned my images. 

    I am hoping by optimizing my pins and profile I can get a significant increase in traffic over the next few months.

    What Would You Tell Me?

    If we were having coffee what news would you tell me?

    Let me know in the comments below what you would tell me over a cup of coffee or tea.

    If you are a blogger, leave me a link to your “if we were having coffee” post.

    Don’t forget to subscribe to receive the latest virtual coffee dates.

    Till next time,



    Self-Care Ideas For A Happy and Well Balanced Life

    31 simple ideas for a happier life!

    Self-Care Ideas For A Happy and Well Balanced Life

    SELF-CARE…it’s been all over my Pinterest feed and on Instagram as the new year started. At first, I thought self-care was just pampering yourself with beauty products and using it as a hashtag to look cool. I got curious and decided to research more into self-care and what it meant.

    What Self-Care IS NOT

    Despite all the lovely #selfcare photos on Instagram, it is not just about pampering yourself or taking selfies at the gym. 

    Here are a few more examples of what doesn’t count:

    • Consistently staying inside in your pajamas binge-watching Netflix and eating junk food because you had a bad day. 
    • Eating one healthy meal and then eating junk the rest of the week and saying you practiced self-care. Self-care isn’t a one-time thing. 
    • Retail therapy because you had a bad day and blew hundreds of dollars on clothing you really don’t need. 

    What IS Self Care

    Self-care is balancing and maintaining your physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and social health. It’s about making your life happy, balanced and preserving your well-being.

    It’s also:

    • Creating boundaries for yourself and saying no to things that do not bring health and happiness to your life. 
    • Eating a healthy diet and spending a few hours a week meal prepping healthy meals.
    • Getting 7-8 hours of sleep at night consistently. 
    • Treating yourself every now and then to a tasty dessert with friends.

    What Self-Care Means To Me

    After processing all of this information on self-care, I decided I didn’t have enough of it in my life. 

    When I sat down to create my goals for 2020 I made self-care a goal. I made a list of ideas that appealed to me. Then I incorporated them into my daily routines and scheduled time to do things for myself. 

    Two months into 2020 and focusing on my goal, I have significantly increased time for my well-being, feel less stressed and overall happier.

    Self-Care Idea List


    As I mentioned previously, self-care isn’t a one and done thing. It should be consistent and part of your lifestyle for it to be effective. All of these ideas can be added to your daily routine to create healthy habits. 

    • Have a Spa Night
    • Order Take Out and Watch Your Favorite Movie or TV Show
    • Do Meditation
    • Do Yoga
    • Drink a Cup of Herbal Tea
    • Journal
    • Read 
    • Go for a Walk
    • Touch Base with your Goals and Planner
    • Take Yourself on a Date
    • Catch Up with a Friend
    • Bake or Cook
    • Get in the Woods
    • Unplug from the Internet, Your Phone and Social Media
    • Organize Something
    • Clean
    • Work Out
    • Listen to Music
    • Drink Water
    • Positive Affirmations
    • Get Creative (color, draw, doodle, paint, etc)
    • Buy Yourself Some Flowers or a Houseplant
    • Take a Break/Time Off
    • Light a Candle
    • Diffuse Essential Oils
    • Create AM & PM Routines 
    • Learn Something New
    • Eat healthy foods
    • Stretch
    • Call a Family Member
    • Declutter

    What are your favorite ways to practice self-care? Are there any that didn’t make my list? Let me know in the comment sections below.


    The Top 10 Most Popular Fashion Trends I Hate - Some Roots Wander

    The Top 10 Popular Fashion Trends That I Hate

    The Top 10 Popular Fashion Trends That I Hate

    Today I am dishing out a slam session on the top 10 popular fashion trends I hate. 

    Of course, this is just my personal opinion and by no means meant to be offensive. 

    I am well aware of how widely popular these fashion trends are and if you love them then you do you. 

    I am in no way an expert in fashion and just wanted to share some of my pet peeves with everyone for fun.

    So here it is…my list of most hated popular fashion trends.

    Leggings as Pants

    The Top 10 Popular Fashion Trends That I Hate

    Okay, this is my #1 BIGGEST FASHION PET PEEVE!

    To be honest, I’ve hated leggings as pants since the trend reappeared in the early 2000s. 

    I think outside of the gym or other physical activities leggings just look…tacky and inelegant.

    The only way I can see leggings as somewhat acceptable is if you are wearing them under a dress or long tunic and your butt isn’t exposed.

    Athleisure Wear

    Not only do I hate leggings as pants, but I really hate the full athleisure uniform when you are not going to the gym, hiking or yoga class. 

    Sure it may be comfortable but I don’t see it as fashionable or classy.

    Ugg Boots

    The Top 10 Popular Fashion Trends That I Hate

    Ugg boots have been around since I was in college and I am truly shocked that they are still popular.

     They are just downright ugly. 

    I also can’t see how they can function as a proper snow boot with minimal tread on the soles and not being waterproof.

    Designer Dupes

    The Top 10 Popular Fashion Trends That I Hate

    Is it me or have designer dupes really become a huge trend on social media from influencers? Either way, intentionally buying fake designer is just tacky.

    I also don’t understand why fashion is so focused on wearing a label. Fashion is far more than a label.

    One thing I continue to ask myself on this subject: Are people buying these to make themselves look like they have more money than they actually do? 

    Walmart Hauls

    Ahh, the Walmart haul.

    This has also become an Instagram influencer trend.

    First off let me start by saying I try really really hard to not shop or go to Walmart. 

    Walmart is pretty gross. 

    Most things are not a bargain at all and are of poor quality. 

    There’s also a very unique type of people that shop at Walmart regularly if you get my drift. 

    ^*EDIT*^ It has come to my attention that the above sentence may be misunderstood as me referring to poor or low-income people who shop at Walmart. This is not what I was referring to when I wrote this. What I meant, is that oddballs/ strange people shop at Walmart. I say this because I have seen many people do weird/strange things inside of this store. Again, this is not meant to be offensive, but I wanted to make it clear I am not referring to low-income people.

    Secondly, I am trying to get away from fast fashion and trying to purchase items second hand or from more ethical companies.

    Therefore, Walmart is definitely off-limits when it comes to that.

    Overall I find it hard to believe you can get quality pieces that will last and fit well from a place known for cheap and poorly made goods.

    Super Wide Brim Hats

    The Top 10 Popular Fashion Trends That I Hate

    Super wide brim hats make you look Puritan and I am not here for it.

    Can you see the Puritan resemblance?

    80s/90s Baggy/Oversized Streetwear

    This trend screams frumpy.

    Bigger is not always better and baggy clothes don’t flatter anyone’s figure.

    Plus, those crazy bright colors and patterns make my eyes and head hurt. 

    Heavy Makeup/Contouring/Brow Filling

    Not a fashion trend, but makeup is a huge game-changer in one’s overall aesthetics. 

    The cake face, the nose contour, the highlighting, the crazy painted on eyebrows, the orange foundation face…all of it just needs to STOP

    I cannot imagine how many hours of one’s life are wasted on putting a full face of makeup.

    Or the amounts of money on makeup, but to each their own.

    And how could all of that makeup and chemicals on there not be harming your skin?

    Personally, I prefer natural and light makeup if any at all.

    Dad Sneakers

    Not a fan of these big, chunky sneakers with literally every outfit from formal to casual.

    I think dad sneakers are ugly, but I will take a classic pair of chucks or Vans anytime. 

    Bike Shorts As Pants

    Going along with the athleisure wear and leggings trend, but the bike short trend I just cannot comprehend. 

    I’ve seen bike shorts paired a lot with classic blazers and cannot get over how ridiculous it looks. 

    I have a feeling we have the Kardashians to thank for this one. 

    Final Thoughts on the Top 10 Worst Fashion Trends

    That wraps up my top 10 most popular fashion trends that I hate.

    As much as I detest some of these trends, I believe some of them are here to stay in 2020 and there’s no way I can escape them.

    Let me know if you agree or disagree in the comment section below.

    And if there are any popular fashion trends you hate that didn’t make it onto this list!

    As always, thanks for reading!



    The Top 5 Worst Skincare Mistakes I’ve Made

    The Top 5 Worst Skincare Mistakes I've Made

    The Skincare Mistakes I Wish I had Known About In My Youth

    About a year or so ago I started to notice some not so great changes in my skin and the skincare mistakes that may have led to them.

    It started off by noticing the wrinkles in my forehead. I couldn’t believe at the age of 28 I had them. 

    Then a few months ago I was putting on some powder eyeshadow and noticed my eyelid skin was saggy and wrinkly. It was the first time in a while I had put on powder eye shadow and was mortified to see how unfirm my skin has become. 

    I knew I had to do something about my skin so I bought some new products and added skincare into my nightly routine. 

    I really wish I would have put more effort into caring about my skin when I was younger so I wouldn’t have the flaws I do now. Of course, I have learned to live with them and the fact that we all age and that is nothing to be ashamed of.

    I can’t help but wonder if I had known what I know now about skincare if my skin would be in better shape now.

    I will never know, but if I could go back in time and tell myself to avoid these 5 skincare mistakes I definitely would!

    Mistake # 1: Not Quitting Smoking Sooner

    I had my first cigarette when I was 15 at a football game. 

    I smoked occasionally until I turned 18. 

    Then I started buying my own packs while still hiding my bad habit from my parents.

    But once I moved away to college I became a full-time smoker.

    I quit smoking cold turkey 1 year 7 months and 10 days ago at the age of 27.

    I don’t regret smoking altogether, but I do wish I would have quit sooner maybe when I was 25 or younger. 

    This is probably the biggest skincare mistake I have made on this whole list.

    Of course, there’s no way to know for sure if smoking is the result of aging that has appeared within the last year.

    I HIGHLY recommend anyone no matter what age they are to quit smoking. 

    Or better yet just never start and save that precious skin and body of yours.

    Mistake # 2: Not Wearing Sunscreen Everyday

    I always put on sunscreen as a child when we went outside in the summer for long periods of time. If we were outside for several hours we would always reapply sunscreen. 

    I continued this habit as an adult, but I am ashamed to say that only recently did I realize I was supposed to wear sunscreen on my face every day (google it if you don’t believe me).

    No matter how long you are outside, no matter what season you are in, you are supposed to wear sunscreen on your face. 

    To be totally honest I still make this skincare mistake and am working on making this a habit. 

    Mistake # 3: Not Drinking Enough Water

    In my youth, I rarely drank water. Within the last 3 years, I’ve made it a habit to keep water bottles nearby at work and at home. 

    Nowadays, I drink roughly 16-32 ounces a day of straight water. 

    Mistake # 4: Not Using Natural Organic Products

    I am probably not the only one to realize that organic and natural products are better for your skin.

    This has become a hot topic recently and many sources have pointed out the harsh chemicals and toxins that are in beauty products.

    Recently, I have become interested in making my own beauty and skincare products and will continue to do so.

    I also have been buying organic only products to supplement what I cannot make myself. 

    Mistake # 5: Not Washing Off Makeup 

    I am so guilty of this. I have always known you should wash your makeup off before going to bed.

    However, due to the laziness and long nights of my youth I used to fall asleep with makeup still on. 

    Fast forward to now and you rarely catch me with makeup on at all.

    If I am wearing makeup I take it off before I go to bed which is now part of my nightly routine.

    Are you guilty of these?

    Have you made any of these skincare mistakes or others that are not on this list? Let me know in the comments below.

    Thanks for reading,


    Winter 2020 Stitch Fix Review

    Winter 2020 Stitch Fix Review

    What I loved and what I sent back in my winter 2020 Stitch Fix Review!

    Hey everyone, today I am doing something I have never done on my blog…A REVIEW! I thought I would do a winter 2020 Stitch Fix review since I recently received a new “fix”. So without further ado…here’s my latest fix and review


    Per their website, “Stitch Fix is an online styling service that delivers a truly personalized shopping experience, for you and your family.”

    You create a style profile and a stylist picks out curated items for you based on this profile. The items are shipped to your door with a $20 styling fee.

    Once you receive your items, you can try them on at home and send back anything you don’t want to keep in a prepaid packaging bag.

    If you choose to keep any item your styling fee will be credited from the item total. If you choose to keep all of the items, your styling fee is credited and you get a 25% discount off the entire purchase.

    Depending on what your style profile is you can receive items such as clothing, coats, shoes, handbags, and jewelry.


    I tried Stitch Fix several years ago when subscription clothing services first became a thing. Although I enjoyed receiving new clothing every few months, I canceled the service. Not because I didn’t like it, but at the time the cost was out of my budget. 

    However, this year I started testing out subscription services again. Before going back to Stitch Fix I received two shipments from Nordstrom’s Trunk Club.

    Although I did like Trunk Club, I canceled the scheduled shipments to try Stitch Fix again. 

    I may schedule another Trunk Club shipment for review purposes later in 2020.


    I received 5 items in this fix.

    The boots I received are shown in the images below with other items I received.

    I was not able to model the skinny jeans. Keep reading to find out why.

    Overall I enjoyed everything that was sent and felt that it was really on point for my style.

    Knotted Olive Green Striped Tee//Nine Briton//$34

    winter 2020 stitch fix review

    Pros: I love stripes and olive green so I was super excited about this when I opened the box.

    Cons: The material was stretchy and thin which I didn’t like. I also wasn’t a fan of the knot on the front.

    Verdict: I returned this because after trying it on it just felt boring and didn’t really add to my wardrobe.

    Black Lace-Up Combat Boots//DV8//$99

    Winter 2020 Stitch Fix Review

    Pros: They look cute.

    Cons: Very small width and tight across the foot. They feel and look cheap for the price tag.

    Verdict: I returned these boots because they were definitely not built for the high price tag. They also were uncomfortable and didn’t fit well.

    Burnt Orange Cardigan//Market & Spruce//$68

    Pros: I love burnt orange! Burnt orange is a color I keep in my wardrobe palette. The pockets of the cardigan are deep and unique in design.

    Cons: Didn’t have one.

    Verdict: I kept this item. This is the only thing I kept out of the whole fix and already wore it once. You can check out the outfit with the cardigan on my Instagram.

    Striped Sweater//Fate//$68

    Pros: Soft and comfy.

    Cons: Sleeves were too long. The colors were too bright for my palette.

    Verdict: I returned this because it didn’t work for my wardrobe. I thought it was really cute but the bold colors were not my thing.

    Stiletto High Rise Skinny Jeans//Sam Edelman//$88

    Winter 2020 Stitch Fix Review

    Pros: I liked the wash of these jeans.

    Cons: They were way too small!! My least favorite item out of the whole fix.

    Verdict: I returned these jeans because they didn’t fit at all. I wear a size 16/34 in Gap, Express, and Madewell so I expected these jeans to fit. When I put them up against my other jeans from the above-mentioned brands they were 1 – 2 inches smaller. Yikes…


    This is now my second fix of the year. After receiving this fix I canceled the automatic shipments. Again, I canceled due to budgeting and financial priorities. We are trying to save to buy a house and I don’t need any clothing right now so I couldn’t justify automatic shipments.

    Although I canceled all of my clothing subscription services, I still like the idea of getting a surprise batch of clothing shipped to you.

    I would definitely recommend Stitch Fix to anyone who just wants a few fresh pieces of clothing every season at an affordable price.

    Most importantly, Stitch Fix is super convenient since you get the items shipped right to you and can easily return what you do not like.

    Let me know in the comments below if you would like to see other clothing reviews!

    Till next time,


    Winter Solstice and Winter Home Decor Tour

    A recap on how I spent my winter solstice. PLUS a winter home decor tour!


    Happy Yule and winter solstice! Yesterday was the darkest day of the year before the sun returns to lengthen the days with light. 

    I wanted to share with you all how I spent my winter solstice and show you my simple winter home decor.

    I started my midwinter morning with some yoga and coffee. 

    Then I cleaned up the house a bit and did some cedar smudging. 

    I wanted to do something simple for the evening, so Kevin and I made dinner together. We had apricot cornish hens, candied yams and apple gorgonzola salad. For dessert, I made cranberry bliss bars. 

    After dinner, we lit up the yule log that I created. I found a nice chunk of oak in the woodpile at my family camp and decorated it with fresh cedar greens. I opted for battery candles instead of real candles for safety reasons. 

    Winter Solstice and Winter Home Decor Tour

    Kevin was tired and went to bed but I stayed up to enjoy the darkness.

    I made a cup of lavender chamomile tea, lit my candles and turned out the lights. I sat on my couch for a few hours doing some self-reflection. I also did a simple bay leaf ritual where I wrote down two things I wanted for the new year and then burned them in my little cauldron.

    Winter Solstice and Winter Home Decor Tour

    This morning I gave Kevin his Yule gifts ( I picked out my own gifts because Kevin is terrible at shopping. I got him a metal detector. He has been interested in metal detecting for a while. Especially because he is a big fan of the show The Curse of Oak Island and always wants to go hunt for treasure. 

    I can’t wait to get a chance to use it in the field and see what we find!


    For the seasonal occasion, I also wanted to share my winter home decor with you all. 

    Winter Solstice and Winter Home Decor Tour

    As with the Yule tradition my decoration inspiration is bringing nature in. I do this by accenting our apartment with pinecones, artificial pine, and berries.

    Winter Solstice and Winter Home Decor Tour

    I also add lots of candles for that warm and cozy hygge vibe! 

    I always make sure my candle and wax melt scents match the season. This year I bought three winter candles from Magnolia Home at Target. All three smell amazing! 

    Winter Solstice and Winter Home Decor Tour
    Winter Solstice and Winter Home Decor Tour

    Typically, I keep the winter decorations up through the beginning of February or sooner if I get tired of looking at them. 

    We don’t have room to set up a Yule tree so I bought a festive Island Pine at Home Depot as a replacement.

    The Best Amazon Finds of 2019

    The Best Amazon Finds of 2019

    My top 10 Finds from Amazon for 2019

    As the year comes to a close I thought it would be fun to go over my best Amazon finds of 2019. After browsing through my Amazon orders I have selected my top 10 favorite purchases of the year.

    2019 was definitely the year I fell in love with Amazon. I tried to get down with the Amazon obsession a few years ago but didn’t really get it. Now, I practically order everything was Amazon now.

    Without further ado, here are my favorite purchases from 2019!

    AmazonBasics Dutch Oven 

    I have wanted a Dutch oven for a long time. Finally, I bought one for a butternut squash lasagna recipe and use it all the time. Dutch ovens can be expensive but this was only $37 and so worth it! This is perfect for soup!

    The Best Amazon Finds of 2019

    AmazonBasics LightweightBed Sheets 

    After experiencing Amazon basic sheets at an Airbnb I had to buy a set for at home. These sheets are so comfortable! They are lightweight, snuggly and smooth. Honestly, these are some of the softest sheets I’ve bought. 

    The Best Amazon Finds of 2019

    Plush Gel Pillows

    Speaking of comfy…these pillows are soft and comfy AF! These pillows remind me of those super squishy pillows they have at hotels. I put these on top of another former set of pillows and it’s just perfect! 

    The Best Amazon Finds of 2019

    Shacke Pak Packing Cubes

    I took my first plane ride ever this past June. I was at a loss on how to pack clothes for a week into a carry-on. Then I discovered packing cubes! These things are amazing! I am able to organize all my items into these cubes and remove them without a huge mess. 

    The 10 Best Amazon Finds of 2019

    No Show Socks 

    Hands down these are the best no show socks ever! I have bought so many pairs of no show socks for them to slide off my foot while wearing them. But not these! 

    The 10 Best Amazon Finds of 2019

    Owl Diffuser with LED Light

    This is such a cute essential oil diffuser! It has several settings for the lights and pumps out a good but of mist. I love to put lavender in before I go to bed. 

    The 10 Best Amazon Finds of 2019

    Waffle Knit Button Up Sweater 

    I was VERY skeptical of buying any clothing off of Amazon. But I saw so many people raving about this sweater I had to try it for myself. It’s cute and cozy. It’s great to wear around the house or to work. I’ll admit it’s not the best quality but I would purchase it again!

    The 10 Best Amazon Finds of 2019

    Phone/Tablet Stand  

    I bought two of these and do not regret it! I have one at work and one at home. I use them every day! It’s perfect for me to set my phone in while cooking to read a recipe and perfect at work to listen to music or watch videos on my lunch. 

    The 10 Best Amazon Finds of 2019

    Mini Fan with Clip/Stand

    This is another item that I have one at work and one at home. I use this in my bathroom to keep it cool during the summer after a hot shower. I have this on my desk at work because it’s sweats so hog in my office. It’s winter and I’m still using it at work. 

    The 10 Best Amazon Finds of 2019

    PILOT Fountain Pen

    This is my first fountain pen. I absolutely love it! I actually prefer it over ballpoint pens because it is smoother and flows better. I use this writing lists and in my planners.

    The 10 Best Amazon Finds of 2019

    That rounds up my favorites for 2019! What are some of your favorite Amazon purchases from this year? Let me know in the comments below!



    Festive Holiday Outfit Inspiration For Every Style

    Be inspired by these festive holiday outfits no matter what your style is!

    The holidays are fast approaching and I have put together 5 festive holiday outfit inspiration for every style!

    For the past few years, plaid and velvet have dominated holiday fashion and they were prevalent trends again this year. I’m not complaining though! I love both, especially velvet. Combining the two together you get an elegant and classy look.

    Modcloth and Unique Vintage are my two go-to stores for holiday-themed attire. Besides ModCloth’s holly skirt that I featured below, they also had many other seasonal prints and colors.

    If you are looking for a holiday dress for a formal event check out my post on holiday dresses for every budget.

    Have New Year’s Eve plans and need an outfit with a little sparkle? Check out my post with 5 New Year’s Eve outfit ideas!

    Festive Holiday Outfit Inspiration For Every Style
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    Festive Holiday Outfit Inspiration For Every Style
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    Festive Holiday Outfit Inspiration For Every Style
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    Festive Holiday Outfit Inspiration For Every Style
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    Festive Holiday Outfit Inspiration
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