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NEW BLOG LAUNCH – come with me!

Hi friends!!! First of all, big shout-out to those of you who have been following along since day 1. I love you, I see you, and I want you to come with me to my newly improved blog website.

www.ksloves.com

I can do more on my new domain, including send you a weekly newsletter (if you’re interested)! So join me over there and check it out.

What do I need to know? Same content, new layout! Hopefully easy to navigate, and you can expect the same voice behind the blog posts. Admit it, you can’t get enough of me.

Excited to be on this new adventure together!! Click here to join me on my new page!

xoxo, Katrina

Finding Ways to Remain Grounded

Hi friends. Wow, what a wild year the past few weeks has been, amirite? With news developing literally eVeRy SeCoNd, it’s been hard to keep up. Similarly, it’s all felt like a blur in my mind. My husband and I started working remotely last week, and while I thoroughly enjoy his company, we’ve needed to maintain personal space for our own sanity.

Simply, I wanted to write this post to check in with y’all. How are you doing? How are you handling all of this? I’ve started incorporating new habits into my daily routine (which tbh should be my norm anyways) in hopes to check in with myself.

You are not alone, and we will make it through this to the other side.

Here are some techniques to keep grounded:

Keep a gratitude list (or write in a gratitude journal)

It’s freeing, really. Considering recently we spend all day consuming shit news about the world, we can become lost in the negativity. Pick up a journal, or simply write on a piece of paper, and catalogue the GRATITUDE you have in your life. Thankful for your spouse/partner/roommate? Write about them. How can you show them appreciation during this time? How does it feel to be appreciated? Choose something in the very room you are sitting – what brings you joy here? Describe it.

Here is a really great list of mindfulness prompts

… and here is a list of gratitude prompts

Shop your bookcase (& utilize free ebook rentals!)

You heard me. We all have books that sit in a pile and collect dust until the next time we find a shiny new book in B&N (or, let’s be honest, the used bookstore down the street you just can’t resist). I do this soooooo often. I will buy 7 books for $35 at a local used bookstore (or online at bookoutlet.com), I’ll be SO excited to add them to my bookshelf, and then guess what? I forget. lol. This down time is a great moment to shop your stash and pick up something you haven’t read.

ALSO! My good friend over at https://simplylizlemonade.com lent me this sweet inside scoop. You can download the Libby app, connect it to your local library card, and rent books straight to your Kindle (or however you read online) FOR FREE. YOU HEARD ME. Here is Liz’s blog post about how to best maximize the Libby app

Get creative – maybe pick up a new hobby

Ever wanted to draw, paint, write poetry, or anything in general you’ve wanted to create? There is no time like the present, my friend. I’ve recently picked up coloring and let me TELL YOU – it’s therapeutic. Highly suggest investing in a pack of markers, crayons, or colored pencils and hopping to it.

I love it most in the middle of a hectic day (working from home) where I get sucked into being a slave to my laptop. I take a breather, shut down email, and simply COLOR. It forces me to get out of my head and focus on something other than wanting to bop my colleagues in the head.

I’ve been grabbing my coloring pages from my FAVORITE stress journal ever, so I’ll link it here.

Stop scrolling on tiktok and do a home workout

jk obvi I don’t care if you scroll on tiktok for hours (same here honestly), but take 30 mins and get moving! I love this free HIIT workout and it gets me sweating out all the bad energy and toxins. It’s only 30 mins long and you will not regret an ounce of it. Get up, get moving, get some steps in and just sweat it out babe. You’ll feel much better after getting your blood pumping.

Also! Whitney Simmons has some of the BEST free home workouts there are. Check out this one

Two final easy tricks

Get dressed for “work” (doesn’t have to be work appropriate lol)

Yesterday I wore ripped jeans and felt like a badass. It makes a difference!

Inhale, now exhale

Don’t forget to breathe, my love. All things, both good and bad, will pass.

Xoxo,
KS Loves

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10 TIPS FOR DISCONNECTING

hello friends! I think we all need to take a collective breath *in*…. *and out*…. lol what a week. how are you? what’s been going on in your world? these are 10 tips I’ve rounded up for this week on HOW TO DISCONNECT and unwind. stay safe (and sane)!

as always, thank you for spending time with me XOXO

THE GOOD STUFF:
Whitney Simmons IG (free workouts) https://www.instagram.com/whitneyysim…
Les Mills on demand (14 day free trial) https://www.instagram.com/lesmillsond…
Libby app (free ebook rentals from your library) https://www.overdrive.com/apps/libby/

RECENT CONTENT:
SOOTHING COLORING TIME LAPSE https://youtu.be/_nQnUtwaHO8
A HEALTHY WAY TO COPE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lA-Ds…
DISNEY 2020 TRAVEL VLOG https://youtu.be/MBdIjou38cc

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A HEALTHY WAY TO COPE *coloring time lapse*

hi friends! today’s video is a HEALTHY way to cope with stress – enjoy the time lapse. my DMs are always open

as always, thank you for stopping by and spending time with me XOXO

THE GOOD STUFF:
Tiny Buddha’s worry journal https://www.amazon.com/Tiny-Buddhas-W…
Mysterious Planets coloring book https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-…

RECENT CONTENT:
DISNEY 2020 TRAVEL VLOG https://youtu.be/MBdIjou38cc
NEW YEAR declutter + organization https://youtu.be/BGw0gTcu_aQ
DIY COZY READING NOOK https://youtu.be/Fqepnha9imo

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TRAVEL VLOG | Disney World 2020 .. I'm a Star Wars wife

HEY FAM! wow there’s so much to unpack here lol we went to Disney World at the end of January! Saw a bunch of Star Wars land (spoiler: Rise of the Resistance ride is A+++), my husband built his own lightsaber, and we ate a butt load of good food. Enjoy!

As always, thank you for stopping by and spending time with me

XOXO THE GOOD STUFF:
Kona Cafe https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/din…
Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/din…
San Angel Inn Restaurante https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/din…
Le Cellier Steakhouse https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/din…
Yak & Yeti https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/din…
Docking Bay 7 https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/din…
Animation Station Drawing Tutorials https://www.youtube.com/user/DisneyPa… search “how-to draw” in their videos

RECENT CONTENT:
NEW YEAR declutter + organization https://youtu.be/BGw0gTcu_aQ
DIY COZY READING NOOK https://youtu.be/Fqepnha9imo
HEALTHY HABITS | mind, body & soul https://youtu.be/DeRSaNsIUn4

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DIY COZY READING NOOK

Let’s put together a cozy reading nook for your to smash your goals, journal when you feel like it, read, meditate, WHATEVER you want to do! As many items as I could find I’ve linked below

As always, thank you for spending time with me XOXO

THE GOOD STUFF:
Bohemian vintage rug https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KTJQGP3/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_image_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Pier 1 Papasan chair https://www.pier1.com/papasan-chair-frame-with-cushion/IDS032.html?cgid=papasan_wicker#origin=gridswatch
Large bulb lights https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07R9W67JP/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_image_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Picture hanging command strips https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0751SMVDC/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_image_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Command strips (hooks for lights) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01FIK56PU/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_image_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
IKEA singular cubes for bookcase https://www.ikea.com/us/en/p/eket-cabinet-white-70332124/
Macrame wall hanging https://www.amazon.com/Handmade-Macrame-Hanging-Woven-Tapestry/dp/B071JLCRR5/ref=pd_sbs_201_41?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B071JLCRR5&pd_rd_r=0fd827ce-584c-4058-962f-47686465e7de&pd_rd_w=KTmRK&pd_rd_wg=u2JZK&pf_rd_p=bdd201df-734f-454e-883c-73b0d8ccd4c3&pf_rd_r=XBGE6XH4G8TM84261V96&psc=1&refRID=XBGE6XH4G8TM84261V96
Woven basket plant stands (not the same ones but very similar) https://www.wayfair.com/storage-organization/pdp/bungalow-rose-round-bamboo-floor-3-piece-wicker-basket-set-w000112958.html?experiencetype=1&utm_source=Pinterest&utm_medium=Social
Hearth & Hand reed diffuser https://www.target.com/p/2-7oz-diffuser-sugared-birch-hearth-38-hand-8482-with-magnolia/-/A-54492862?ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google_pla_df&fndsrc=tgtao&CPNG=PLA_Home%2BDecor%2BShopping_Local&adgroup=SC_Home%2BDecor&LID=700000001170770pgs&network=g&device=c&location=9007301&gclid=Cj0KCQiA9orxBRD0ARIsAK9JDxT__O0yHf_12EQSS89yffSjD9KrbD6J-_Hfld8l0_ccmZuK6MmvaL4aAvuqEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

RECENT CONTENT:
HEALTHY HABITS | mind, body & soul https://youtu.be/DeRSaNsIUn4
MANIFEST YOUR 2020 GOALS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgFEKz_LPpg&t=499s
BIRTHDAY GET READY W ME | TURNING 27 https://youtu.be/qGrqtyJw7S0

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MUSIC:
Good Vibes by Dj Quads https://soundcloud.com/aka-dj-quads
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HEALTHY HABITS | mind, body & soul part II

today we are discussing healthy habits for your mind, body and soul. I’m sure you clicked on this to seek inspiration and that’s exactly what I’m bringing you! grab a cup and let’s manifest

as always, thank you for spending time with me XOXO

healthyhabits #goalsetting #newyear #2020

THE GOOD STUFF:
WAKING UP EARLY VLOG https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPRwfyKWl2I
MANIFEST YOUR 2020 GOALS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgFEKz_LPpg&t=499s
Tiny Buddha’s Worry Journal https://www.amazon.com/Tiny-Buddhas-Worry-Journal-Creative/dp/0062849875
Calm app https://www.calm.com/?url=https://www.calm.com/&pid=google&af_channel=g&af_c_id=1603556317&af_adset_id=61837906998&af_ad_id=378906119268&af_sub_siteid=&af_keyword=calm%20app&af_sub3=e&af_sub4=Cj0KCQiAgebwBRDnARIsAE3eZjS0eMdLQSWPa1Wq9Pd5sAOAdzlvMaN26nWp9ird5T1sjfm8amK0F1IaAvhzEALw_wcB&af_sub5=1t1&utm_medium=paid&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=1603556317+61837906998+378906119268&utm_content=homepage&utm_term=calm%20app&gclid=Cj0KCQiAgebwBRDnARIsAE3eZjS0eMdLQSWPa1Wq9Pd5sAOAdzlvMaN26nWp9ird5T1sjfm8amK0F1IaAvhzEALw_wcB
Yoga with Adriene https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene/videos
Just a Tip with Megan Batoon (podcast) https://headgum.com/just-a-tip-with-megan-batoon
Whitney Simmons fitness inspiration https://whitneyysimmons.com

RECENT CONTENT:
MANIFEST YOUR 2020 GOALS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgFEKz_LPpg&t=499s
BIRTHDAY GET READY W ME | TURNING 27 https://youtu.be/qGrqtyJw7S0
Q&A | LET’S GET PERSONAL https://youtu.be/jKQnMe_Hqoo2019

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MANIFEST YOUR 2020 GOALS

let’s manifest your 2020 goals together, shall we?! I want to help you plan for the year ahead, and see your goals come to life. in order to do that, we need to organize our ish. today I’m using google drive to help us do so!

as always, thank you for spending time with me XOXO

THE GOOD STUFF:
Cosmic Calling podcast – episode 70 https://www.soulshineastrology.com/episode70/

RECENT CONTENT:
BIRTHDAY GET READY W ME | TURNING 27 https://youtu.be/qGrqtyJw7S0
Q&A | LET’S GET PERSONAL https://youtu.be/jKQnMe_Hqoo2019
HOLIDAY DECOR https://youtu.be/upHOOB__6xs

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BIRTHDAY GRWM | turning 27

HEY FAM! today is a special one, it’s my 27th birthday! and the end of 2019. Have you reflected on this past year? set goals for 2020? I might suggest keeping a gratitude list, as I’m sure you’ve come a long way! thank you for supporting me through 2019 and CHEERS to a new decade ~ 2020, here we come

as always, thank you for stopping by and spending time with me

THE GOOD STUFF:
Alba Botanica moisturizer https://www.target.com/p/alba-hawaiian-refining-aloe-green-tea-oil-free-moisturizer-3oz/-/A-10770240?ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google_pla_df&fndsrc=tgtao&CPNG=PLA_Beauty%2BPersonal+Care%2BShopping_Local&adgroup=SC_Health%2BBeauty&LID=700000001170770pgs&network=g&device=c&location=9007301&ds_rl=1246978&ds_rl=1247077&ds_rl=1246978&gclid=Cj0KCQiAgKzwBRCjARIsABBbFuihWr9XSf0qwrgkSKSinJlaptCELepxEdm3eCcX2I_LYTBCQPNuaYAaAlO2EALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
Grace & Stella hydrating rose facial spray https://www.graceandstella.com/products/rose-facial-spray?variant=12658699370568&currency=USD&gclid=Cj0KCQiAgKzwBRCjARIsABBbFuj8yCJGdtOVBELTgoDboXrH9g0whzwhc53dsjjS-LeMJLeUWdn0d2oaAgF3EALw_wcB
Becca First Light priming filter https://www.sephora.com/product/first-light-priming-filter-P416055?skuId=1901859&om_mmc=ppc-GG_1918213323_70847771416_pla-421003749788_1901859_353573794256_9007301_c&country_switch=us&lang=en&ds_rl=1261471&gclid=Cj0KCQiAgKzwBRCjARIsABBbFujUg0LQKWRQRfw0ROrZ4iQVULByYPJv6vdFA1rbeuFmJWbGuvEvEqQaAiQuEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector https://www.sephora.com/product/under-eye-brightening-corrector-P393661?skuId=1660547
IT Cosmetics CC cream https://www.sephora.com/product/your-skin-but-better-cc-cream-spf-50-P411885
Joah Truly Yours foundation https://www.joahbeauty.com/truly-yours-liquid-foundation-jlf110?utm_source=google_shopping&gclid=Cj0KCQiAgKzwBRCjARIsABBbFuhStzupQEe0yoLBhOV6gLF-K3qELheKIql2WbrAGwrWcEL71EJmelQaAtblEALw_wcB
Joah Truly Yours full cover concealer https://www.joahbeauty.com/joah-truly-yours-concealer
JCat Beauty Aquasurance compact foundation https://www.ulta.com/aquasurance-compact-foundation?productId=pimprod2000221&sku=2537929&cmpid=PS_Non!google!Product_Listing_Ads&cagpspn=pla&CATCI=aud-843600520923:pla-294680686006&CAAGID=18002902230&CAWELAID=330000200001523724&CATARGETID=330000200001332369&cadevice=c&gclid=Cj0KCQiAgKzwBRCjARIsABBbFugsWtGDvsmDOEm7p9qCRuqqbGnfnFnkLyIj0sz526UNv3jzGqxck3waAmUmEALw_wcB
Bare Minerals Mineral Veil finishing powder https://www.ulta.com/mineral-veil-finishing-powder?productId=VP11355
Essence Luminous Matt bronzing powder https://www.cvs.com/shop/essence-luminous-matt-bronzing-powder-prodid-235872
Pretty Vulgar make them blush https://www.sephora.com/product/make-them-blush-powder-blush-P419267
PUR Sculptor Highlight and Contour palette https://www.purcosmetics.com/sculptor-highlight-contour-palette
Colourpop Disney palette (it’s a princess thing) https://colourpop.com/products/its-a-princess-thing-disney-eyeshadow-palette
Ellen Tracy Pink Neutrals matte & metallic eyeshadow palette
Tweezerman lash curler https://www.sephora.com/product/promaster-lash-curler-P398357?skuId=1707207&om_mmc=ppc-GG_1918213323_70512464357_aud-845021003238:pla-418325780300_1707207_353573794031_9007301_c&country_switch=us&lang=en&ds_rl=1261471&gclid=Cj0KCQiAgKzwBRCjARIsABBbFuhcKfOveG0oJh6VrtQNtJNmIFaCEtTlXW8hql41sMS8eeV5shTzY_AaAovqEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
IT Cosmetics superhero mascara https://www.sephora.com/product/superhero-elastic-stretch-volumizing-mascara-P411396
Wet n Wild lipstick in ‘bare it all’ https://www.wetnwildbeauty.com/megalast-lip-color-bare-it-all.html

TOOLS:
Sonia Kashuk makeup sponge https://www.target.com/p/sonia-kashuk-8482-makeup-blender-sponge-marble/-/A-52816185?ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google_pla_df&fndsrc=tgtao&CPNG=PLA_Beauty%2BPersonal+Care%2BShopping_Local&adgroup=SC_Health%2BBeauty&LID=700000001170770pgs&network=g&device=c&location=9007301&ds_rl=1246978&ds_rl=1247077&ds_rl=1246978&gclid=Cj0KCQiAgKzwBRCjARIsABBbFujAt3R6S_AQqQvpGL7yoUzBvglt5zBVueU9ol_nKC6xbBASwcKlyx8aAuzSEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
Beau Gâchis tapered blending brush https://www.beaugachis.com/products/beau-gachis-tapered-blending-brush

RECENT CONTENT:
Q&A | LET’S GET PERSONAL https://youtu.be/jKQnMe_Hqoo
2019 HOLIDAY DECOR https://youtu.be/upHOOB__6xs
LAST MINUTE GIFTS https://youtu.be/3pvJgkMpKvs

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Q&A | let’s get personal

Let’s get personal in a Q&A to finish out the year! I’ve never done one, so I hope you enjoy. thank you to EVERYONE who asked me questions – I appreciate you.

As always, thank you for stopping by and spending time with me XOXO

THE GOOD STUFF:
in my room Apple playlist https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/i…
cozy sherpa in blush https://www.ae.com/us/en/p/women/hood…
just a tip with megan batoon https://headgum.com/just-a-tip-with-m…
cosmic calling https://www.soulshineastrology.com/ep…
chicks in the office https://www.barstoolsports.com/shows/…
mile higher https://milehigherpodcast.simplecast.com
coffee talk with kalyn nicholson https://open.spotify.com/show/79LU1rA…
Crystal Bliss by Devi Brown https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3…

RECENT CONTENT:
2019 HOLIDAY DECOR https://youtu.be/upHOOB__6xs
LAST MINUTE GIFTS https://youtu.be/3pvJgkMpKvs
GIFTS FOR HIM https://youtu.be/dhbvwPHjc6c

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