Five Favorites: January 2022

After a bit of a hiatus, I have brought one of my favorite style of blog posts back – the five favorites! You all loved this post when I wrote it in the past, and ultimately my goal will be to share one every month. For those of you that aren’t familiar, you can head to the original here. Those items still are some of our faves, by the way and that is the goal. I want to create items, concepts, ideas, that can be cherished. We all know we don’t need more “stuff” so my hopes is to share with you things that truly are special and/or may add to your life. You never need any of them, but they are fun and great things we have all enjoyed. Let’s dive in!

  1. First up is a tip from Onge. Ringing true with the new year theme of intention setting, came her suggestion of a “22 in 2022.” This concept actually comes from Gretchen Rubin of The Happiness Project in which you create 22 things you would like to do in the New Year. They can be as easy as throw a dinner party, to write a book. You decide!
  2. Next is an idea from Krista that I think will be super helpful for planning out your weeks – each week you sit down with your family on Sundays and lay out the week on a piece of paper (or they use a whiteboard). The factors include meals for the week, one eat out, and one dessert. Then you break down for each family member things they need to accomplish for the week or work on. Lastly, they included something they would do as a family. This could be go to the zoo, play games, watch a movie, etc. I love how streamlined this makes things, while also allowing everyone to get on the same page for the week ahead. There are expectations set, while also incorporating fun things to look forward to.
  3. Number three is an item recommended by my sister Stephanie. We were FaceTiming a lot and every time we would FaceTime with Stephanie, we all would comment on how beautiful her makeup looked. We finally asked her what she was using and she said the difference was the Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector. Now, I am pretty sure we all own this product and the difference is significant. It goes on super smooth and I love the effect! I dab mine on under my eye, on the inner corner of my eye, and my cheekbones and I swear it jut brightens up the face. You can use it by itself as a way to elevate a clean look, or layer it under or over makeup! The product is so versatile and will last you forever.
  4. If you know us as a family, then you know my mom is always full of great advice and feedback. She is always open to giving her two-sense and I can tell you that 9 times out of 10 it is spot on (whether you are ready to accept it or not), so today I thought I would share one of her many life lessons we were just recently talking about which is that you, and you alone have the power within you to work through and/or solve “most” problems life throws your way. I think many times we want to spread blame outwards in regards to our problems, but something my parents did very well was instilling empowerment within us girls. We have the POWER to get through hard things. We can take ownership for our involvement. We don’t need someone else to take care of it for us. We may have to struggle for a bit, but we can come out of it. We are problem-solvers and while some problems are harder than others (the difficulty can still remain), we can take control of our individuality within the outcome. This is much easier said than done, but a great concept to remember.
  5. Lastly, is a product recommended by me that now three of us own and that is the Aria diffuser by Young Living. I recently got this diffuser for Christmas and I couldn’t be more obsessed with it. It is pricey, but the amount of use that you will get from this item, is exponential. I like to turn it on while I brew my coffee in the morning. It has different lights and music too, which makes it an entire vibe of peace and calm – the perfect way to wake up in the morning. I linked the starter pack because not only is it cheaper than just the individual diffuser (why, I am not sure), it also comes with a ton of oils. Thus, if you are new to essential oils, you can easily get your collection started.

As always, let me know your thoughts in regards to this post, and always feel free to let me know if there is something else you want to see! I always love hearing from you all and your feedback is invaluable!




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