2019 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE | UNDER $25

WELCOME to today’s video which features an affordable holiday gift guide under $25 for Christmas, the upcoming holidays or any occasion for special people in your life. my gift suggestions could be for your mom, dad, friend, grandma, bae, YOURSELF… have at it!

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

THE GOOD STUFF:

Duross & Langel shower bombs – $5.00
https://www.durossandlangel.com/products/shower-bomb-stress-relief?_pos=13&_sid=6d307f698&_ss=r&variant=2247062519829

various bath bombs under $25

Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Rose Vanilla body wash – $13.50
https://www.bathandbodyworks.com/p/rose-vanilla-body-wash-andamp-foam-bath-023835151.html?cgid=aromatherapy-body-care#start=27

Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Lavendar Vanilla body lotion – $13.50
https://www.bathandbodyworks.com/p/lavender-vanilla-body-lotion-023531101.html?cgid=aromatherapy-body-care#start=23

Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Focus body cream – $15.50 (could only find this on Amazon)
https://www.amazon.com/Bath-Body-Works-Aromatherapy-Eucalyptus/dp/B075CFY9SY

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask – $25.00
https://us.laneige.com/water-sleeping-mask-1

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask – $20.00
https://us.laneige.com/lip-sleeping-mask

Coffee Mugs from various places

Amazon t-shirt (Sunnyvale from Trailer Park Boys) – $13.99
https://www.amazon.com/Sunnyvale-Trailer-Decent-T-Shirt-Bubbles/dp/B07KWSXZ8R/ref=pd_sim_193_7?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07KWSXZ8R&pd_rd_r=3e018af4-d606-4421-b104-9ec607d8471f&pd_rd_w=Vyfvt&pd_rd_wg=gcRGj&pf_rd_p=04d27813-a1f2-4e7b-a32b-b5ab374ce3f9&pf_rd_r=7N7KG9EB76783QWMPSV5&psc=1&refRID=7N7KG9EB76783QWMPSV5

Etsy prints – less than $10.00 at most shops
https://www.etsy.com/search?q=printable%20wall%20art&ref=auto-1&as_prefix=printab

Amazon frames – $11.00-15.00
https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Photo-Frame-Mat-matted/dp/B079LM82RD/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?gclid=CjwKCAiA5o3vBRBUEiwA9PVzarK5rqcq4tq1QV6ByvlhZQEKlfJ_nkWzoVoXowCJqzRGEkRFa8l_ZxoC3bUQAvD_BwE&hvadid=322319672090&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9007301&hvnetw=g&hvpos=1t1&hvqmt=b&hvrand=4842688685849127179&hvtargid=aud-836718183009%3Akwd-302016386760&hydadcr=14483_10218002&keywords=picture+frames+simple&qid=1575218911&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExREdXMjNGRzdDWFQxJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNjE3MTA4QTM1SVNWTE1QTFJUJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTAzNTM5MjgyREhDREtZRVpPNFFJJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==

Tiny Buddha’s Worry Journal – $13.45
https://www.amazon.com/Tiny-Buddhas-Worry-Journal-Creative/dp/0062849875/ref=asc_df_0062849875/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312696355873&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=9347629853467875733&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9007301&hvtargid=aud-801738734305:pla-469908081251&psc=1

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5 Tricks to Slow Down Time on Vacation

I want to talk about something. Something along the lines of self care. Today’s topic will be how to slow down time on vacation.

Sounds tricky, right? How often do you get so excited while packing, arrive at your destination, have the time of your life, and have to start packing up way too early? All too often, am I right?

Hang with me here.

I want to encourage you to think about your next vacation and how you can slow it down, enjoy the sights, and take in your experience. Vacation can be a time of self-reflection and relaxation. A chance to reset from the daily grind of work or school. A time to put yourself first and to check in with yourself: How are you feeling? has your mind been racing? Has work been stressing you out? You get the gist.

Here are five tips to slowing down time on vacation:

Bring a book

This is so important. I like to bring two: one fiction and one non-fiction/self help. I love getting lost in a good story while I’m sitting by the ocean, not to mention it’s the most soothing place to focus and smash a few chapters. Reading provides a chance to escape reality and let the worries melt away.
If you’re into self-help books, this brings you the opportunity to self-reflect. There are no distractions when you sit down with a good book on the beach (well, besides someone handing you a beer) and this provides a great chance to check in with yourself. Take a moment to reset, and find a book that will help bring you peace of mind. It’s important that we do this every so often or it becomes harder to track our feelings.

Wake up early & grab a cup of coffee with a view

THIS. Omg. This. You need to get up early (at least two of the days, c’mon I know you have it in you). Spend some solo time with a cup of coffee – or tea, I’m not here to judge. Once you do it, simply be alone with yourself. I promise it’s not as intimidating as it sounds. By waking up early, you are quite literally creating more time for yourself on vacation. Proud of you.

Grab your chair and sit near the waves

Next up, I’ma need you to grab your beach chair and sit close enough so that the ocean washes up over your toes. This, of course, applies to those at the beach. Or idk, maybe you are hiking and pass a creek or lazy river. Put your toes in the water. Slow down, listen, pay attention to the feeling of cool water on your toes. This gives you another chance to slow time down a little and practice some mindfulness. Focus on feelings: sights, sounds, smells, sensations.

Don’t ignore your family (actually sit and chat with them, catch up, have real conversations instead of walking by)

I’m guilty of walking past my mom or dad, even my brother and just saying “Morning,” and walking away without having any real conversation. I challenge you to relish the time you have with family on vacation, because my guess is you don’t see them that often! A lot of us work 9-5 for five days a week, and live hours, if not thousands of miles, from our family. Take this time and relish in it. How often do you get to spend a set amount of time together? Use this time to catch up and check in on one another; I’m sure you’ll feel fulfilled by the end of your trip.

Take a walk or go for a bike ride

This is so important! Get yourself some exercise. Again, I’m going to bring this back to mindfulness. If you create the opportunity to walk/bike and clear your mind, you can focus on actual feelings in your body. Think: sights, sounds, smells, sensations. Not to mention, biking for a couple miles will tire you and the minutes literally tick by slowly when all you want to do is stop. Lmao.

Remember: any act of mindfulness will help time slow down. Life doesn’t need to feel rushed 24/7. Check in with yourself. Ask the following:

  • How am I feeling?
  • Have I experienced stress/anxiety lately?
  • What comes to mind when I think of lingering stress? Follow-up: how can I rid of said stress?

All of this being said, I hope it helps you maintain a sense of balance in your mind. When we are not rushing through our thoughts and feelings, we don’t rush through life. Thus, creating more time and slowing time down.

Thank you for hanging out with me today! Lmk any and all thoughts you have below.

5 healthy habits for your life, body & soul

“It’s time to get my mind, body, and soul aligned.”

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HEY FAM, WHAT’S UP? I’ve missed writing. So we’re diving back into it. Also because I’ve taken a small break from YouTube for the time being while it’s been hard to find time to film. It’s easier to film vlogs so I don’t have to set up a scene with a background and lights and all that shit. Know what I’m sayin’? Irrelevant, so let’s move on.

While I have you here, I want to talk to you about 5 big (but easy) changes I’ve made since the start of this year and how I’ve stuck with them. I also want to dive into how I’ve been feeling since making these changes and how it’s positively affected the health of my body and mind.

I turned 26 at the end of 2018, and the past few years of my life have felt simultaneously peaked, but like a clusterfuck all at the same time (lmao – anyone else?).

Since 2017, here’s a list of some pretty crazy life events:
– I had bell’s palsy (shitty)
– I got married (peak of my life)
– I developed cystic acne (shitty)
– I traveled outside the US for the first time (fun & exciting)
– I experienced anxiety (shitty & terrifying)
– Started a YouTube channel (both exciting & scary)

These are just a few examples of how my life has been back and forth recently. I have an amazing fucking life, don’t think I’m saying I don’t. I just want to plant the seed for explaining why I felt the need to make the following 5 life changes and the passion behind implementing them.

I’m in my mid-twenties, it’s time for me to take control of my life and not watch it pass me by. Capisce? Here’s what I’ve been doing to improve my all-around health.

Make the gym a routine

THIS HAS BEEN MY FAVORITE. Truly. When you feel strong, you feel good. It’s as simple as that. Not to mention feeling confident in your body s the most gratifying reward.
It doesn’t have to be hard and you don’t have to run on empty.
Start slow and easy. The best way I’ve found to incorporate a new routine is to take it step-by-step.
– join a gym
– commit to 1-2 fitness classes a week
– give strength training or at-home workout routines a try
– just GO and get yourself there
– don’t let “I’m out of shape and don’t know where to start” stop you!

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I promise you, if you start and commit to one week at a time, your routine will fall into place. I’ve fallen in love with a good sweat session of HIIT cardio, strength training with squats and weights, and even struggling through a yoga class. The point is, I’m making myself go – no excuses. And the beauty of it is it’s turned into a routine for me so I feel compelled (and even enjoy) to exercise weekly.

Pick up a book & set a reading goal

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THIS. Who else has a reading goal set for the year? Let me start by saying, I ADORE GOODREADS.COM – it is my ride or die reading platform. You can log and review any book you have ever read, and keep track of books you want to read. Finishing a book almost becomes addicting as I want to immediately rush to Goodreads and hear what people are saying and how those thoughts align with my own.
Seeing your reading goal and progress of books you are currently reading as a physical motivator helps to maintain this goal and set to achieving it.
Similar to the gym routine, start slow and easy. You don’t need to set a reading goal for the year, but how about you start by picking up a book? Or downloading an audiobook? Reading has given me an extra release of stress in the evenings as I wind down from work and turn my mind to OFF. Not to mention you can escape your own reality 😉

Make healthier choices as to what I put in my body

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Oh baby. Boy, oh boy, is this one tricky. Again, my mantra here today is: SLOW AND EASY. You don’t have to accomplish everything all at once. Maybe your first step is cutting out pre-packaged breakfast bars in the morning and substituting that for fruit or overnight oats.
There is no need to stop eating all sweets and sugars, but maybe you can substitute healthier options one at a time. Here are the substitutes I’ve been making:


breakfast: no more packaged bfast bars w/ loads of carbs and sugar
try instead: fresh fruit & Greek yogurt, overnight oats, eggs and toast
lunch: cut out packaged meals such as easy-mac and rice-a-roni
try instead: leftovers from dinner the night before! cook a little extra so this step is a no-brainer
dinner: cut out frozen meals
try instead: fresh veggies, marinated meats (chicken & beef), whole grain pasta/rice
snacks: again, cut out the packaged food
try instead: walnuts, whole fruit, and girl allow yourself some chocolate once in awhile xo

Implementing this step has led to a stronger fitness journey (and easier since I’m not slowed down by unnecessary sugar in my diet). Plus it’ll allow you to see the results you are looking for much faster. In general, I feel better when I am putting healthier food into my body.

Take time to reflect: journaling & yoga

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JOURNALING: Don’t even think about this one – just do it. This is as easy as writing your thoughts/feelings onto lined paper. You don’t have to buy a fancy $30 planner. You can even keep a journal in Google docs. However it is, start writing. It may not be your thing, but how can you know until you begin? I found out very quickly that bullet journaling is the most natural way for me to keep track of how I am feeling as well as checking in with myself (which we often forget to do).

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YOGA: one suggestion – Yoga with Adriene. She is calming and has a yoga for every stress in your life. Back pain? She has a routine. Hungover? Yeah, there’s one for that too. Feeling anxious? This meditation melts the tightness in my chest and I feel brand new before bed. Don’t think – just try it.
Wondering what it’s like to try yoga for 7 days straight? I did, and here is my experience.

Spend less time on my phone & turn off social media notifications

This one is new for me, but damn is it having a huge impact on my mind. There are ways to disable notifications, limit your time on apps, etc. Just check your phone settings. I have the Google Pixel and on it there is a Digital Wellbeing section in ‘settings’. I know iPhones have a similar feature, and if there’s one thing you take from this, please go to this feature and check your screen time for today.

Is it higher than you expected? Lower? Regardless, maybe it can be better.

I started to feel like my phone was taking over my mind. I could come home after work and spend 45 mins scrolling on social media instead of having a conversation with my husband. Or how about watching IG stories at lunch instead of reading a book (I kicked this habit and now read non-fiction during lunch).

This is a personal goal of mine, and it may not be for everybody, but I wasn’t happy with how addicted I felt to my phone. It’s quite cringey, tbh. I turned off all notifications for IG, Twitter, and Snapchat.

Below is a screenshot of my time spent on my phone from one Wednesday to the next. Look at the difference in screen time on Instagram. Not to mention I was on my phone about 2/3 LESS than a week before. Just seeing the decrease in time lowers my stress. Lol. Anyone else?


WOW. This was wordy. I hope it wasn’t too much. If you made it this far, thank you for investing time in reading. Did you pick up some good habits? Do you already do some of these? I’m curious to know – what else should I be doing?

It starts as a small change, but makes a huge impact on your health. LOVE YOU ALL – take care of yourself.

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Xoxo,
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JANUARY FAVORITES | Makeup, skincare, fitness, & books | 2019

HEY THERE FRIENDS. Thanks for stopping by. Here are some monthly favorites: everything from skincare to beauty to lifestyle. Thanks for tuning in and spending your time with me xo

MENTIONED:
CYO Lifeproof long-lasting foundation in the shade 101
Essence satin touch blush in satin love
PUR highlighter & contour palette
Smashbox x Casey Holmes spotlight palette in pearl
Tonya Crooks the brow gal in light 03
Colourpop x Disney lux lipsticks in Ariel and Belle
Elf tinted lip oil in nude kiss
Hanalei lip treatment
The Ordinary rosehip seed oil
Ahava hydration cream mask
Tatcha rice enzyme powder
Gold hoop earrings from Shane Co. || IG: shanecompany
Brooke Burke body sliders
Old Navy hair and body spray in blush rose peony
Sephora fragrance sample set w/ redemption of full size perfume
A Sucky Love Story by Brittani Louise Taylor
bookoutlet.com
Hoya plant

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FabFitFun | WINTER BOX – Jade roller, Face mask, Exercise & MORE | Katrina S

I got my first ever FABFITFUN box and wow was it spectacular. Watch to check out descriptions of every product, how to use them, and pricing. I am blown away – this might be my favorite subscription yet.

TOTAL VALUE OF THE BOX: $326.00

ITEMS INCLUDE:
WAY OF WILL Elevate Essential Oil Set: Sweet Orange Oil & Eucalyptus Oil
Thrive Causemetics Brilliant Eye Brightener in Stella
Blaq Eye Masks with Hyaluronic Acid
H HALSTON Jewelry Portfolio
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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

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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

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