Inspire Yourself


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Those were the words Esposo told me when I called him for what I thought would be a quick chat. What it turned into was a mini meltdown on my behalf. Excuse me while I turn this beauty blog into a venting public diary. You don’t mind, do you? You see…I’ve been going through thangs. Is it because I’ll be turning 30 and I feel like I should kinda sorta have my life in order? Is it because I want to love what I do while making money (which apparently is very rare)? Is it because I am realizing that I’m not okay with living the life that many Americans live and…hate? Okay, I know I’m being vague but roll with me.

I want happiness. I want money because money provides opportunity and experiences and…chances. Lately I’ve been getting discouraged in thinking I’ll have to work bOOOOooooring jobs that may pay well but that don’t touch anything. Or anyone. Deep down inside I know I was put here on this Earth to help people. Beyond giving them mascara recommendations, ya know? I’m not made to work in cubicles for companies for 40 hours a week, every week. That’s not my calling. Neither is being a stay at home mom. Could I do it? Absolutely. Do I want to? No.

I’ve spent my 20’s feeling lost and not knowing what I wanted and where I’m going. I can’t exactly pinppoint exactly what I want now but I know what I don’t want and I feel like it’s time to refine some things. And I don’t know how. It will require many prayers and some soul searching. I know I’ll get there but this is just a rough patch that I’m going through.

I may blog about it which may turn some of you off. Which I totally understand because you came here to talk about makeup. Not about the woes of a 29-year old. Am I right? But something is telling me that it’s okay to share a little. So…I’ll share.

But, in the meantime I’m going to inspire myself. And you should, too. Surely there were moments and times in your life that you thought you’d never get through. But you did. Here I am looking for inspiration when I have my own past experiences to glance at. So yeah, girlfriend. Inspire yo’self!!

Talk soon.

 

XOXO,
B

Did I Tell Y’all That I am A Part Time Mommy Blogger?

Yep! I blog over at Mom.me and each week I toss up a post about…parenting stuff. I’ve been a mama for almost 2 years now (OMG!!) and it is the most time-consuming, hair pulling, stressfully rewarding experience ever. I mulled over starting a parenting blog but I didn’t like writing about parenting stuff THAT much. Being a contributor to Mom.me is great because it gives me a platform to share my thoughts and experiences without letting the entire world IN on our lives. Because y’all know how I hate sharing a ton of Elle’s pictures and experiences on the internet…

But from time to time, I think I will share a post over here with the Clumps family. I know that a lot of you all are parents (or parents to be) and knowing that you aren’t alone in the struggles is always so so helpful. That said, check out my most recent post

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I put my heart and soul into that post and did a lot of crying while writing it. I know. I’m a sap.

And while you’re at it, check out 10 facts about Elle Belle. It has been forever since I’ve written about her on Clumps so I’m thinking these facts will give you a clue as to what kind of character we’re dealin’ it. :wink:

  • Elle and I both have moles on our chins!
  • Elle’s name is mispronounced 80% of the time.
  • Elle’s bedroom is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom inspired.
  • Elle was born on the same day as Blue Ivy Carter.
  • 90% of Elle’s wardrobe are from consignment stores.
  • Elle is a picky eater and eats rice and eggs with spinach almost every day.
  • Elle learned her colors by playing with Mommy’s nail polishes.
  • Elle is the first and only grandchild on both sides.
  • Elle communicates with words and she also knows sign language.
  • Elle is almost 2 years old and barely weighs 20 lbs. She’s tiny but healthy!

Life is crazy

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Sometimes life forces us to pump the brakes. Instead of fighting it and screaming “Whyyyyyy???”, I yield. I pray. I pause. I think. I breathe. I slow down. Activity on Clumps will crawl for a bit as I grasp on to real life thangs. You understand, right?

Because seriously…life is crazy.

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Join Me At The Niche Parent Conference!

Niche ParentI love when conferences come to Orlando. It happens quite a bit because helllloooo the big Mouse lives around these parts. Yours truly is an Ambassador for the Niche Parent Conference. And wait just one second. Don’t get all huffy and puffy on me and say “But I’m not a pareeeent.” Cool. You don’t have be. In fact, many of the attendees are NOT parents. The Niche Parent Conference prides themselves on bringing together the best digital influencers for a weekend of networking, learning and good ‘ol time.

This conference will be a fantastic fit for bloggers of all genres because the content provided will be geared toward us social media junkies of all backgrounds!

“The Niche Parent Conference features a workshop-style agenda that will give digital influencers, journalists, and business owners hands-on training by top industry leaders in a peer-to-peer environment. Educational and informative continuing education workshops and sessions for attendees will cover the latest trends in blogging, social media, and entrepreneurship. The agenda will be designed to help attendees of all levels enhance their social media and marketing skills, in addition to offering entrepreneurial and business training.” (source)

Yes y’all. Good times will be had and I hope that you can make it! For more information about this very awesome conference, visit the site and to purchase your ticket, do so here!

Heading to Niche Parent and want to meet up? Let me know!

 

 

Disclosure: As Ambassador, I will receive a pass to attend the Niche Parent Conference but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. There’s an affiliate link up there so if you purchase your ticket, yours truly gets a few pennies to spend on saving up for the hotel stay during the conference. Weeee!!!

The Beauty in Washing Clothes with Safonique!

Just kidding. There is no beauty in washing clothes. It’s only the worst chore everrrr! I wash a lot of clothes, y’all. It’s unreal, really. I’m still in my baby makin’ years but I can’t see myself having more than 2 kids because with each new family member comes more loads. And honestly, washing a family of three’s loads are more than enough for me. And don’t even get me started on washing cloth diapers. It’s not a chore. It’s a lifestyle…

I received a sample of Safonique Natural Cleaning Power Eco-Friendly Lavender Sea Laundry Detergent awhile back and I’ve put it through the ringer (haha, literally) many many times. It’s hard to review a laundry detergent because so many factors come into play.


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-What kind of water do you have?
-What temperature is your water?
-How full do you load your washer?
-What kind of fabric are you washing?

Yes, girl. If you didn’t know there was a science behind washing clothes. That said, I will really only judge on its cleansing power, overall efficacy and how it smells. Developed over 15 years by Patricia A. Boswell, Safonique is a hypoallergenic detergent with pure essential oils. The ingredients are: coconut oil, palm kernels, sugar, baking soda, natural oils and natural enzyemes.

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I’m not gonna lie, it frustrates me when brands don’t go deeper with their ingredients list. WHAT natural oils? What kind of natural enzymes? These things are important to those of us with skin sensitivities. And y’know…just for overall knowledge. What Safonique does tell us is that their formula is Phosphate Free, Cruelty Free, Septic System Safe and free from Synthetic Dyes and Perfumes. Well, okay…I’m down with that.

Because of how concentrated this stuff is, you really only need about 2 ounces for regular loads. And boom…that’s it.

Those not a fan of the scent lavender won’t like this. It really is that simple. After washing and drying, my clothes smelled as if I rolled through a field of lavender and I looooved it. This is a big deal since we typically wash our clothes in detergents without fragrances. Even when I add my own drops of essential oils, I can’t get the smell to last beyond washing.

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In terms of general cleaning, this stuff works beautifully and I think it’ll be a great buy for mamas of little ones, those with sensitive skin and folx who are desirous of gently scented clothes that don’t smell too “fake”. If you’ve got a dirt slinging kiddo or serious stains throughout, you may want to reach for something a little stronger. And as much as I love Safonique, it isn’t heavy duty enough to tackle cloth diapers. Then again, very few detergents are.

Oh, and can we talk about the very cool 50 oz plastic packaging? I’d love if more brands went this route as the pouch takes up less space and looks like it’ll be easier to recycle.

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If you’re a lover of natural laundry detergents, you should definitely give Safonique a try. It is priced well under $7 at Walmart.com.

 

What do you think? Are you a naturalista when it comes to laundering the clothes or do you just use what works?

Look! I’m on YouTube…Again!

Once upon a time, long before Twitter twitted and before people posted their entire lives on Instagram, there was YouTube. Back then I used it. And pretty regularly, too. You see, I was young and free. I was 22 and 23. I lived in apartments with friends, dated losers, traveled, started a beauty blog and just…lived. YouTube was where I went to vent, talk about natural hair and showcase new beauty products that I was obsessed with.

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And then life changed and I stopped making videos. I’d like to blame getting married and having a baby as the reason why I stopped but nope, that’s not it. I lost my confidence because I had gained some weight and it was so noticeable on video. But thanks to Esposo’s encouragement and my desire to return to something that I once loved, I started doing videos again. And dare I say it but…it’s fun!

I’ve gotten over the nerves, found some confidence and I just roll with it. Yeah, I don’t have the best camera or lighting and I’m not desirous of doing a ton of editing but I do offer something that other YouTube’rs don’t. Me. I can be me. That part is easy. That said, check me out over there. I’ll be trying to do at least 1 video a week. The topics will always be random but if you can think of anything I should cover via video, let me know!

Last week I did a video talking about some of my favorite skincare products…

 

XOXO – B

I’m In The Intel Smart Squad!

Hey y’all! So I totally forgot to tell you…yours truly is the newest member in the Intel 2 in 1 Smart Squad. Weeee! I know you’re all like “Um…okay. What is that?” Good question. Intel has hand selected some influencers who they thought would be good fits to talk about the awesomeness that are their 2 in 1 devices. This opportunity speaks to my techie heart and I couldn’t be more honored to jump on board with an awesome brand. Each influencer will receive a device to use in their daily lives and then share the device’s perks with our social media networks. Easy for me! I am so here for the not just a latop but more than a tablet convenience of an  Intel 2 in 1 .

Not gonna lie – I’ve been a Mac girl for many years now but with the ole’ MacBook gettin’ old I have been entertaining the idea of getting a Windows computer. Mainly because no way will I ever spend $1K+ on a dumb laptop again. But also because I hopped in a Windows store a few months ago and was blown away at the operating system. I’m an old school Windows kid but I can’t wait to see what it’s like to use an Intel device daily.

I’ll be sure to let you know when the new family member gets here. In the meantime, check out the video below. Maybe then you’ll understand why I’m excited about getting my Intel 2 in 1 .

If you own a 2 in 1, let me know what you think!


#spon: I’m required to disclose a relationship between Clumps of Mascara and Intel This could include Intel providing me with content, product, access or other forms of payment. I was not paid for this post and all opinions are my own.

5 Ways To NOT Gain Weight On A Cruise

Did you know that it is possible to NOT gain weight on a cruise? I had no idea, but honey, I’ve done it! I managed to cruise for 5 days and not gain an ounce. This is a big deal because if you’ve ever been on a cruise, you know that they are notorious for feeding you. The portion sizes are massive, the food is generally delectable and you can get food 24 hours a day. You can get pizza at 2am, have ice cream for breakfast and eat dinner rolls by the basket. And it doesn’t stop. You try to convince yourself that it’s okay to stuff yourself full of food because, why not? You’re on a vacation! Who cares, right?

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Well, I cared. Which is why I tried my hardest to not eat like crazy and tried to get in fitness where ever I could. And here’s how you can do it.

Utilize the ship’s track – Almost every ship has a track. Use it. And daily. Walk or run at least a mile a day. I found getting up early in the morning was the best time to do this. I could to experience beautiful sunrises, cool breezes and I had a refreshing start to my day.

Just say no to desserts – It seems like a crime, but you CAN turn down dessert. At each dinner, you are offered a 3-course meal and some nights I just skipped the sweets. If you have to have that sweetness at the end, ask for a bowl of fruit instead.

Take the stairs – I lived on the stairs. Cruise elevators are usually always packed with people and if I had to get from the 4th floor to the 11th floor, I took the stairs. I almost died each time, but hey…I got in some extra exercise and usually got to the top quicker than the folx taking the elevators.

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Drink water. And only water – Some cruises offer soda packages and you know what? You don’t need it. You really don’t. I purchased a Bobble water bottle before cruising off and only drank water during meals and in between meals. I knew I was going to be eating more than usual and it made no sense to sip calories when I knew I’d rather be eating them. And speaking of eating…

Don’t eat everything on your plate – I haaaate being wasteful. But the portion sizes I got for each meal were way more than I would have ever eaten. I never finished my plate. I ate slowly, allowed my food to digest and would always be full before I was halfway finished with my meal. Also, to prevent myself from getting full off of the carbs, I always ate my protein and veggies first.

Of course these same tricks can be applied on land, too. But I found these tidbits were so useful when I was on the ship. It was a challenge, y’all. But, for me, one screw up can change my entire fitness/diet world and I didn’t want that to happen.

Have you ever lost any weight on vacation? Share your secrets!

Disclosure: Through Brandcation, I received a press trip to travel on and explore Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.