ANOTHER WEEKEND VLOG | Let’s chat: fitness & facials

HEY THERE FRIENDS of the interweb. What’s crack-a-lackin’? I need to write this fast as my husband is on his way home from a weekend trip and I need to clean the house LOL – this past week includes some gym time, yoga, food (as always), and we chat about my first facial experience!

hope you enjoy this and as always thank you for spending time with me xoxo

MENTIONED IN VIDEO:
Kalyn Nicholson lower body strength training routine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox58FHI7jMI
Yoga with Adriene (yoga in beginning of video) https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene
Facial was from Lather Up http://www.latherhairstudio.com/lather-up/

MY RECENT CONTENT:
WEEKEND VLOG https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xgwj56ZSLIo&t=1201s
MORNING YOGA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO-BS…
DATE NIGHT MAKEUP https://youtu.be/UAIvXaQfU6w

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WEEKEND VLOG | Haircut, Mukbang, 2019 Motivation

HEY THERE FRIENDS WASSUP. I have so much shit going on in this vlog lol I HOPE YOU LOVE RANDOM. we talk about my new haircut, yoga, mukbang, more of your favorite time-lapse cleaning/cooking, and the 2019 motivation bug that’s bit me.

xoxo, as always thank you for spending your time with me

MY RECENT CONTENT:
JANUARY FAVORITES https://youtu.be/chExvcBfniU
MORNING YOGA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO-BSMBxy7k
DATE NIGHT MAKEUP https://youtu.be/UAIvXaQfU6w

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CHRISTMAS DECOR VLOG | + Sunday morning & skincare | Katrina S

WE GOT OUR FIRST TREE AS MR. AND MRS. How exciting!!! This was a day full of holiday cheer and face masking. Join us as we deck the halls and Andrew tries to pull me out from under the tree lmao

Thumbs up if you’re loving the vlogs! 🙂 xoxo

MY MOST RECENT CONTENT:
Empties (makeup/skincare/hair care) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvBKr… Honeymoon / Jamaica VLOG – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9keV0…
Easy Fall Makeup – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jca1…

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COOKING VLOG | Thanksgiving meal ft. Pinterest recipes | Katrina S

I DID IT! I successfully managed to cook a *semi* Thanksgiving meal without the help of my mom for the first time ever. Shout-out to her falling for the “how long do you microwave a turkey” joke that was going around the internet LMAO love you mom. I’m proud of the outcome and it was a fun experience I hope to repeat – minus the kitchen aid mixing bowl spinning off its base

Lmk if you want to see more vlogs because even I am entertained by my life

RECIPES:
Mashed Potatoes – http://www.cookingforkeeps.com/make-c…
Green Bean Casserole – https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/cre…
Garlic Honey Glazed Carrots – https://www.pinterest.com/offsite/?to…
Gravy – https://www.ladybehindthecurtain.com/…
Apple Spiced Cookies w/ Cream Cheese Frosting – https://www.twosisterscrafting.com/ap…

MY MOST RECENT CONTENT:
Honeymoon / Jamaica VLOG – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9keV0…
Easy Fall Makeup – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jca1…
Beauty Haul Update – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5KBw…
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HANG WITH ME | Chill weekend, Plants, Some fall decor, and some skincare | Katrina S

WHAT’S UP – excited you’re here. This is my first ever VLOG so go easy on me. It was strange, yet kind of interesting. If it’s something you like please let me know one way or another 🙂

We have a little bit of fall decorations, planting, and some wedding chores

Anything at all that I could have mentioned:

Funnel cake French toast was from Green Eggs – https://www.facebook.com/MyGreenEggsCafe/
Stump Plants shop – http://stumpplants.com
Candles – DW Home, Chesapeake Bay, and the Old Candle Barn

The Old Candle Barn does have a website! But no online ordering *sadly*
http://www.oldcandlebarn.com

LET’S CHAT
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GET READY W/ ME | A night out, Soph x Revolution, Outfit details | Katrina S

WHAT’S UP YOUTUBE FAM? Who’s ready for a wine-sipping, chatty GRWM including the Soph x Makeup Revolution eyeshadow palette – because I’m bringing it to you. Let’s hang out on a weekend night and get ready TOGETHER. I love these videos, lmk if you do too!

THANK YOU FOR STOPPING BY xo

Products mentioned:
Soph x Makeup Revolution eyeshadow palette
Kathleen Lights x Colourpop satin lippie in Dreamy

ON THE FACE: *not sure as I had my bridal makeup trial this day*

Brushes (in order mentioned):
Real Techniques expert concealer
Beau Gâchis tapered blending
Luxie 207 medium angled shading
Beau Gâchis concealer brush
Morphe M210 shader brush
Luxie 227 blending

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BEAUTY HAUL |Ulta 21 Days of Beauty, Drugstore, Skincare | Katrina S

HEY Y’ALL – here’s a beauty/skincare haul where we chat about some recent products I’ve picked up and some of my first impressions. If you love these videos please let me know so I can film more of them! I’d love to also do update videos where I let you know how I’ve been liking a product.

THANK YOU FOR STOPPING BY xo

Products mentioned:
Benefit hoola bronzer
Smashbox pore minimizer primer
Purity pore extractor mask
Neutrogena hydroboost gel
Neutrogena hydroboost serum
Mario Badescu rosewater facial spray
Mario Badescu whitening mask
Mario Badescu aloe vera toner
Alba Botanica aloe green tea oil-free moisturizer
Pixi skintreats hydrating milky mist
Farmacy bright on vitamin c mask
Makeup Revolution concealer
Makeup Revolution x Soph eyeshadow palette

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Come Hang on YouTube | Katrina S

I finally have a YouTube account! And I’d love if you stopped by to hang out. Let me know what you think as I am open to video ideas and recommendations.

Xoxo,
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30 Days on the Keto Diet: 5 Changes in my Body

“I’m going Keto, hold the Guido – any Jersey Shore fans present?”

SO I MADE IT A MONTH WITHOUT PASTA oh my lanta I never thought I’d see the day. 30 days. No pasta, no rice, no bread, none of that. It feels pretty damn good, I gotta say.

Why did I begin keto? I have three reasons:

  1. I wanted to begin putting good/fresh ingredients into my body – I am coming up on 26 and ya girl has been bloated for months.
  2. I wanted to see if I felt a difference – in my mind, body, and appearance.
  3. Someone was willing to commit alongside me – thank you to the fiancé and my best work buddy, Abby.

So those are my reasons for starting. Were there a few weeks of adjustment? Yes, definitely. You are cutting out carbs and sugar and eating more fresh *not packaged* food. Your body is gonna be like, “dude, wtf.”

The keto diet works once your body enters ketosis. Your energy is then pulled from body fat as opposed to fast-burning sugar/carbs. That is the extent I know about that – I am not a dietician nor am I a keto expert. But yes, I’ve done the research on how to be healthy with this “diet.”
*The reason I don’t like calling it a diet is because it’s a healthier lifestyle and after a month of eating this way and the improvements I’ve seen, I’d like to incorporate the new way of looking at food into a daily mindset.

MY FIRST WEEK OF KETO:

This week was rough. I keep a “keto food diary” to track how I’m feeling, energy levels, and what I am eating so I can see what my body responds positively to. The first 4 days I hit a wall immediately after lunch. My mind was kind of hazy and it made it difficult to concentrate at work. I kept wanting to get up and walk around. Keeping with the diet, I kept up with my water consumption and felt worlds better by 3:00 pm. In fact, around this time each day I then felt super alert as if it were 9:00 am again.

Towards the second half of the week I was craving SWEETS so badly. To mediate this, my fiancé and I found a great keto lemon poppyseed muffin recipe (in case you’re interested). You can also make fat bombs to curb your sweet tooth, but we have yet to do so.

SECOND WEEK OF KETO:

This week was MUCH easier – like so much. I wasn’t craving as much sweets and found more joy in the fact I could eat bacon for breakfast. Now I am excited for my lunches and dinners because riced cauliflower is a treat to me (hello, such a good rice substitute!)

I’ve expanded my meats a little more and picked up some shrimp and salmon cause ya girl cannot live off of beef and chicken on a regular basis. The variety in the seafood helps to not feel “limited” as far as what you can eat.

The was the first time someone invited me out to eat so I kept it keto and went for a salad, swapped the crispy chicken for grilled and the sugary dressing for balsamic vinaigrette. It’s better than the honey mustard they were going to coat it in! Being at the restaurant did kind of stink as far as options: you essentially can’t have any appetizers and if I eat a sandwich without a bun and swap fries for broccoli I will be hungry in 30 mins.

I do notice a drastic difference in my hormonal breakouts, they are a lot smaller and fewer. I am also feeling much more energized and concentrated, not to mention sleeping like a ROCK.

THIRD WEEK OF KETO:

This week felt incredible – and I actually mean that. I am sleeping so well and that is lending me much more/higher quality energy throughout the day. I’m completely over those mid-afternoon fogs that initially took over my brain. I have felt much lighter and my tummy continues to flatten, as opposed to constantly feeling bloated and heavy.

I’ve noticed it’s been a bit labored during my aerobic workouts, but it’s nothing I can’t push myself through. Any time I go to the gym to lift weights (and by that I mean small dumbbell sets – c’mon, I am no gym rat), I feel great and very strong!

I can’t really comment on my skin this week because I recently started two topical gels and those are making my skin go a little wonky. I will update my overall thoughts on how my skin looks once the month is over.

FOURTH WEEK OF KETO:

I have felt fully healthy and energetic. My stomach is 75% flatter than it was when I started. I eat cheese, butter, heavy cream, soup, keto pizza and do not feel as if I crave carbs/sugar. I mean sure, I’d love a bowl of penne a la vodka – but, I’m not in need of it. I can pass and have some riced cauliflower. ya dig?

As promised, here are 5 changes I’ve noticed after 30 days on keto:
Weight – I lost 7 pounds
Skin – for the first week I noticed a HUGE difference in my skin. I typically deal with hormonal cystic acne under my jaw and I was barely getting any new blemishes – which was awesome. About a week and a half in, however, I started two topical gels. Therefore I feel I can only comment on what I noticed prior to starting those prescriptions
Concentration – INSANELY GOOD. I feel much less distracted at work and can spend hours in the morning/afternoon working productively on a given task
Energy – my energy levels are great and I am doing so much better getting myself to the gym. My workouts are stronger, and I’m seeing a difference in the tone of my body – it’s awesome
Cravings – The cravings get so much easier then further you get into keto. On day 30 it wasn’t difficult to say no to donuts, ice cream, and pizza at work parties (I know, INSANE)
Do I enjoy it and do I plan to continue the keto way of life?
I do really enjoy keto, and plan to maintain it for awhile longer. I think it’s a great way to kickstart a healthy lifestyle while reasonably eating better (I mean cheese, cheese, everything) know what I’m saying? Eventually I will re-introduce whole grain pasta and breads, but I now know I can eat much less of it.

And packaged food! You don’t need it! Skip those unnecessary carbs/sugar and make yourself some bacon and eggs for breakfast instead of a granola bar.

Just because I know people live for it, here is a photo of me day 1 versus day 30 – go easy on me as no one looks flattering at 7 am!
*Left is day 1 and right is day 30*

Have you tried keto? What are your thoughts? Are you interested in giving it a shot? I’m so curious if anyone else has given it a go!

Xoxo,
KS Loves

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Bullet Journaling for Beginners (BuJo 101)

“I’m just a girl trying to get her shit together.”

So you want to start bullet journaling – right? You’ve come to the right place. Thanks for joining me. Please grab a cup of coffee, soda, or sparkling water if you’re a gal on the keto diet (lol – me). But really, I just want you to get cozy and hang out because this is a long post. I didn’t realize how much content I’d have for this until I started photographing my bujo.

I had a lot more put together than I previously thought, but that means a lot of juicy material for you to read through and incorporate into your bullet journal!

Let me start by saying that a friend of mine recommended getting a bujo and I was immediately intrigued. Organize, track your monthly calendar, and have the ability to record your thoughts (similar to a diary) all in one. Sign me up.

First, I purchased my journal here on Amazon. You’ll want to buy one that has dots in it for lots of creativity – and also opportunities to use your ruler for satisfying straight lines. It was $14.99 with prime shipping and came with a ruler, emoji stickers (which I have yet to use), and nice pages that barely show the ink marks of my pen through them.

It starts with my table of contents, where I lay out each page for ease of flipping through.

Next are the pages: birthdays and what makes me happy. I haven’t entirely filled in either page but it’s a work in progress! When you have something new to include, flip here and fill in more content.

Now we have a daily mood tracker and a list of books to read. Also yet to be filled out, but here you can see how I set up those pages. To track your mood you can use symbols, color-code it, or the emoji stickers. It’s up to you and your creative juices!

Up next are two pages I consider helpful for my mental health: a list of things I can control and self care tips. These help keep me in check on a daily basis and remember that the small issues controlling your emotions are just that – small issues. And frequently beyond your control.

Next is where I want to record my travel goals – we all have them! Later in the year I will be adding Jamaica for my honeymoon and Nashville for my bachelorette trip.

Yee-haw.

On the next page are chores to live in a clean house. I list out the daily chores, weekly, and monthly. This helps keep me on track to clearing out the apartment as well as tidying up on a daily basis.

For the next part we are getting into the current month: August! Here you will see my daily gratitude list. I LOVE THIS LIST. It helps me find the good in every day, because there is good in every day. Write it down – one thing or two. Prove to yourself you can spot something good in every day and at the end of the month you’ll be surprised at what you see.

Next is a calendar overview of the month, with a notes column along the side for random tidbits.

Lastly, my daily logs (notice I accidentally wrote ‘vlog’ LOL)! Here you can write a little more to what each day involves, and track your emotions here as well. The idea is to keep things short and sweet, and be honest. If it’s a bad day, it’s not a big deal – at least you can acknowledge that.

So that’s my bullet journal! It is a work in progress but I take it everywhere and try to keep up with it throughout the day or at least once a day at nighttime as an overview of how my day went.

Do you have a bujo? Are you thinking of starting one? Please lmk what your thoughts are and how you like it if you already have one!

Xoxo,
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