Perspective Shift (Cate Dimmitt)

Recently I have been stuck in a personal pity party. I couldn’t shake the whoa is me attitude and needed a refresher in my outlook on life. I knew just the place to go… Soul Cycle.

Soul Cycle is a spin class that is so much more than cardio. It awakens your mind, body, and soul. It leaves you feeling like the boss babe that you are. While the classes are a great workout with fun music, the instructors are people that feel like your personal therapists. My favorite instructor, Dani, is always reminding her class, “Whatever it is; it is already ok.” So when I needed a pick me up, I knew I needed Dani’s spin class.

However, going into the last song of the ride, I was disappointed. I hadn’t felt any epiphany come over my body that made me feel any better with my outlook on life. Then it happened. Dani told us to close our eyes and look within. When I did, I immediately saw 14 year old me. A sophomore in high school, in my cheer uniform, with a beautiful post-braces smile.

Lately I have felt not worthy, not good enough, like a disappointment to myself and others. I have not been as on top of my blog, I have been critical of myself at work, and I have been struggling to find the time for my own self care. However, when I saw this 14 year old version of me, she was SO proud of the woman I have become. 14 year old me never could have dreamed of the person I am right now.

When I stepped back and looked at who I am today with the eyes of who I used to be, I was astounded. On a day to day basis I feel like I fall short. I don’t get my to do list crossed off, I disappoint a friend, I don’t make it to the gym. But when I look at the big picture of who I am today, I am really proud. I have a career I love, a blog that I am passionate about, an incredibly supportive boyfriend, family, and friends.

I guess sometimes all you need is a perspective shift. When you look at yourself from an outside perspective, what you see is actually reality. And whatever it is, it is already ok.

-Cate Dimmitt

@Kickbackwithcate

http://www.kickbackwithcate..com

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My Favorite Wines Under $10

I can’t believe there are people out there who don’t like wine. Those people are the ones just as crazy as the ones who don’t like coffee.

Totally kidding. But I don’t understand it.

If you have a palate that appreciates wine, this post is for you.

In this baseball life we don’t live as lavish of a life as we do back at home. Which means we have to cut corners where we can to make ends meet. Justin and I thought about cutting down our wine consumption to save money since the bottles add up pretty quick when you think about it (2 good bottles a week is $25+ a week x 4 weeks = can’t be spending that much on wine). We were crazy for thinking of drinking less wine and I say that in the least alcoholic sounding way. We just really enjoy wine after a long day, which a lot of days are here. So we opted to buying cheaper wine.

Us being wine drinkers, we weren’t too fond of cheap wine. Until we found the good ones. Not all expensive wine is good and not all good wine is expensive. We started trying different wines from different stores, like Target, Trader Joes, Aldi and Kroger. I found a few good ones that I thought I would share with y’all since you probably like wine as much as me. I’m not going to go into too much detail about the taste of the wine because I can go on and on, so we’re going to keep it simple and list it out. Also, we only drink Cabernets and Pinot Noir, so as for the other types of wine each brand sells, we are not including those! These are our favorite red wines under $10…

Josh $9.99

Ok, this has to be one of Justin and I’s favorite wines. The price ranges from $17-$9 depending on where you go. We have found it cheapest at Trader Joes for $9.99, which means IT MADE THE CUT.

Casillero Del Diablo $9.99

Robert Mondavi $8.99

Dark Horse $7.88

Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi $10.99

I know its .99 more than the cut off, but this bottle is HUGE. So I figured we’d make an exception. It definitely has more than 6 glasses in it, where as a normal bottle contains 4 glasses.

California Roots $5.00

(Target wine, so good!)

Charles Shaw $2.99

(Trader Joes 2 buck chuck wine)

Winking Owl $2.89

(Aldi 2 buck chuck wine)

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

We all know Mom is the queen and deserves the absolute world. I don’t know about you but I can’t always afford to give Mom the world. What I do know is that it’s always the thought that counts (so cheesy). But it’s true. I’ve picked out a few gifts that won’t break the bank and you can pick up last minute since Mother’s Day is a week away! So, here are some things I know my mom would love and hopefully your Mom would love one of these items too!

BEST.MOM.EVER. Candle

Let’s start off with the simple things. My mom is in love with candles (I’m the same way!) and we are always in Bath and Body Works when there’s a sale stocking up on candles. I saw this special edition “Mom” candle and I knew it was a perfect find. It makes the simple candle way more meaningful and of course, my mom loves candles regardless so it’s a total win. Bath and Body Works “BEST.MOM.EVER. Candle” $24.50 (try to catch it on sale or use retailmenot.com for coupons!)

Coffee and Wine Wall Storage DecorOk, I might just buy this for myself! How cute is this coffee mug/wine glass holder? My mom loves decorating her house with cute little pieces like this. She would swoon over this since she loves her coffee and she loves her wine. This is a simple gift that lasts forever!I found it at Francesca’s. Francesca’s Coffee & Wine Wall Storage $60

Farmgirl FlowersWho doesn’t love flowers?! Especially Farmgirl Flowers. They are so unique and vibrant. They’re a little pricey for not being roses, but they’re absolutely gorgeous. I’m definitely sending my mom these. They come in a cute box but inside is a large arrangement that’s rustic yet chic. I’ve seen these flowers all over the Internet and I know it’s a clear sign to send my mom some. There are many different types of arrangements to choose from so the prices vary. Farmgirl Flowers $48+

BECCA x Chrissy Teigen Palette

If your Mom is anything like mine, she’s glamorous and would love new makeup. My mom was always stealing my makeup when I was back at home in California. I saw this and thought it would be the perfect gift. I’ve been wanting this palette for some time now, but might as well gift it to mama. You get blushes, bronzer, and a pinky highlight. Gorgeous yet subtle. My mama is def getting this as part of her gift this year. Find it at Sephora.

BECCA x Chrissy Teigen $46

Photo CanvasCanvas photos are all the rage these days. My mom has been talking about them since my wedding photos were given to us. Looking into them, I realized that these are way cuter than basic frames with photos. Of course, I love framed pictures. For a gift, I believe these are gorgeous to give and to receive. I found different layouts on Shutterfly.com. You can add notes to the canvas between photos or leave it plain with just pictures. There is a lot of room for creativity and Mom would love this! Add some pictures of your parents, siblings, and close family friends.

Barefoot Dreams RobeRobes! My mom is always snuggled up in a robe when she’s home. If you haven’t felt any Barefoot Dreams products yet, head to your nearest Nordstrom or Nordstrom Rack ASAP. The fabric they use is super buttery and cozy. It’s beyond a basic robe. The price is totally worth it, especially for Mom. If your Mom isn’t into robes, they sell blankets that are made of the same material. Totally living for this robe and all of their other products.

Nordstrom Barefoot Dreams Robe $99

Essential Oil Diffuser and Essential OilsLike I said, my mom loves candles. She has not yet tried an oil diffuser and I think it’s right up her alley. Everyone loves these hot new items. I leave mine on all the time. You can find an assortment of these diffusers on Amazon or even at Tj Maxx. They sell them everywhere. You can add scents to help with certain things: I use eucalyptus and lavender to help with my anxiety. You can make little oil concoctions to fight allergies and so many other things. But even if you don’t need to focus on anything, they make the room they’re in smell amazing and they’re way safer than leaving a candle on. You can also choose different woods or colors to get the diffuser in so it matches your mamas house. These are both from amazon.

Oil Diffuser $30.99 (prices vary depending on which size/brand)

Essential Oils $10.99-$30+

Mom MugTold y’all my mom loves mugs. So, if you end up buying your Mom that coffee and wine wall storage, pick a cute mug to go with it. Orrrr, just buy her a mug with a Starbucks gift card. Gifts don’t have to be extremely costly. Moms appreciate anything!

Francesca’s Mom Mug $16

Don’t forget the card 😉 and don’t forget to thank your mama for the life she gave you!

5 Things I Was Loving In April

Hi y’all! I only do favorite’s posts when I genuinely feel the need to share some good products and/or items. Most of these things aren’t necessarily “new,” but I was very fond of them in April once I came across them. My focus for the month was skincare and self care. April was a good month for me in terms of enjoying almost everything I tried, but I decided picking the best five would be much easier to share with you than the 100 things I enjoyed. These are some products/items that I have made permanent in my makeup routine, skincare routine, in my closet, etc.:

Drunk Elephant The Littles Set 

This set has literally changed my life. Have y’all heard me go a week without talking about Drunk Elephant on my Instagram? NO. I was originally obsessed with the Marula Virgin Facial Oil and then I found myself curiously wandering around Sephora one day. I was intrigued by the rest of the DE line, so I sampled the Babyfacial. HOOKED. Then once again, I found myself being pulled towards the other products. I ended up purchasing The Littles Set because it had their top products at a sweet deal. Now I am obsessed with the entire line. Super dangerous for my bank account y’all. I apply the line of products day and night and I honestly haven’t seen my skin look this good in years, like before-I-knew-what-acne-was years. My skin isn’t as oily, has a lot more glow, and also feels amazing. Also, also, also, it’s super convenient for my travels. I can fit 9 skincare products in my overnight back without taking up hardly any room whatsoever! Def the number one thing I was loving in April.

Girl, Wash Your Face By Rachel Hollis 

This booked was hyped on Instagram by other bloggers and people who are open with their faith. Totally intrigued, I had to purchase it. I wrote a review on this book in my previous blog post because I couldn’t get enough of it. You can see that review here and find out why I loved it so much. But, it is definitely one thing I was happy to come across this past month.

Shea Woman Bath Bombs

We have a pretty decent sized tub in our new apartment which means, lots of baths. I can’t take a bath without bubbles or bath bombs. This past month I was all about bath bombs. I met a woman in another part of Virginia who sold bath bombs at a kiosk in the local mall. Her personality was vibrant and her bath bombs smelled amazing. Total win meeting Mrs Harris. We made conversation and she educated me on all of the benefits of the bath bombs she made and what they were made of. Her husband and her make them themselves, how cute?! Not only was she an absolute doll, these bath bombs were the best ones I have ever used. I bought a handful of different scents and they all left me so relaxed and rejuvenated after every bath. Justin used one and I swear y’all he smelled so good the entire night and following morning (exactly like the bath bomb he used), so I know these bath bombs are no joke!

I’m all about supporting local businesses (although, this might not be local for most of y’all), but you can try one of Mrs Harris’ bath bombs yourself by checking out her website here. She can ship some to you anywhere!

Zella Activewear

When I was browsing around Nordstrom I came across the brand Zella. I am way behind, y’all. I don’t know how I haven’t purchased any of the Zella activewear items before (hand to face emoji). They are so comparable to Lululemon but at a fraction of the cost. I love my Lulu but I think this brand has such good quality items that I wouldn’t mind incorporating more pieces into my closet. I wear my Zella long sleeve top all the time because it is so comfortable. My next purchase is definitely going to be some leggings and maybe something for Justin, lol. If you don’t want to splurge on Lululemon but want something similar, try this brand! LOVE.

Fenty Beauty Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby Highlighter 

OMG. If you’re on the market for a blinding highlighter, look no further. I am obsessed with Rihanna’s highlighters- especially the Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby duo. One is very glittery and the other is more of a subtle champagne, but I like to combine both of them to give me the perfect glow. The two colors that are absolutely perfect. These shades are suitable for almost any skin tone which is hard to come across with highlighters. I feel like I haven’t even made a dent in the highlighter yet and I’ve been using it everyday since I purchased it.

“Girl, Wash Your Face” Review

Rachel Hollis is my spirit animal (not an animal though), maybe my soul sister? Not too sure. I do know that she has a mind very similar to mine and her book confronted every insecurity or struggle that I’ve encountered in my 23 years of life.

Who does that? Who confronts that stuff and makes people feel confident after? But also makes you feel like your their best friend.

Rachel Hollis does y’all. She puts all the things we ALL need to hear right now into words that resonate with readers.

This book has transformed me in the weirdest way. Spiritually and emotionally. After reading this book, I felt refreshed. Reading her book almost made me feel like I just left a therapy session. CRAZY, right?

She mixes faith, unfiltered thoughts, and real life into the perfect words. She begins each chapter with a lie that we often will ourselves because the devil pushes these fears on us. The chapters are short and sweet, but nothing less than powerful. And, she ends each chapter with some tips on how she dealt with that lie. She makes it a point in the book that it is critical that these lies are confronted and fixed. We need to live in truth, loving others and loving ourselves.

Rachel Hollis shares so many real life trials: her traumatic childhood, her struggle with loving people, her struggle with loving herself, living life instead of just getting by, and overall becoming a better woman.

Her willingness to open up to readers with hopes of helping someone through similar trials is remarkable and brave.

I’ve gained a better perspective on issues and I feel like my faith is a bit stronger. I now know that I am in control of my thoughts and I can take my life in whatever direction I choose. I can be the person I strive to be if I believe in myself. And most importantly, by the grace of God.

I’m recommending this book because the spectrum of lessons and humbling experiences Rachel Hollis shares with us leaves the reader with various platforms to connect to. Like truly connect and leave you saying, Hey I think like that, I’ve been through the exact same experience, I struggle with that too. And no it isn’t just about struggle and flaws, it’s about how we can grow from it in an honest way.

You will laugh out loud and you will shed a tear (or sob).

I can read this book over and over again.

I am having a difficult time explaining this book to you without giving it away because I can go on and on about what Rachel Hollis talks about and how it makes me feel. But- I want you to read it. Take my word, this book is phenomenal.

If you haven’t read it yet, get your hands on it quick!

If you have read it, let me know what your take on the book was.

Cheers!

What’s Rocksbox?

 

Rocksbox has become on of my favorite companies this year. I recently partnered with Rocksbox and I have been promoting them for the past month. There are always a handful of people who get confused with the process of this monthly jewelry service when I post about it on my social media pages. So, I’m here to elaborate because it can be confusing!

Let’s start off by saying, who doesn’t want hand picked jewelry shipped right to your door?

ME, ME, ME!

Rocksbox is a company that hires stylists to hand pick pieces of jewelry for the consumer (you). When you first sign up for Rocksbox you take a style quiz so that they can get a good idea of what your style is like and what type of pieces you would swoon over.

They have different brands that they feature like Kate Spade, Kendra Scott, and Sophie Harper. Always, always, always high quality brands and gorgeous pieces.

So, Rocksbox is $21 a month membership service. You are sent three pieces of jewelry to wear as long as you want. If you like this jewelry, you can use your $21 credit towards the pieces. If you just want to rock them for a week or two, you can do that also and then send them back when you’re ready.

$21 seems like a bit of money just to get jewelry sent to your door without even getting to own, right? Well, that is true. But- I think that $21 a month for three pieces you can wear as long as you want is a deal. I know if I have a statement necklace I’m not going to constantly wear it because it is way to memorable to get away with wearing all the time. So, once you’re done having your fun with the pieces you can send them back to Rocksbox in their reusable packaging and their return label that is sent in your monthly box (easy peasy).

The hardest part about Rocksbox is taking your box to the post office when you’re ready for a new one and deciding whether or not to keep all of the pieces they sent you!

If you absolutely love your piece you can use that $21 of credit towards a piece that you want to keep. You might want to buy all of them, like I did.

Remember, you do get a bit of a discount on the jewelry through Rocksbox opposed to buying the same piece inside a department store or from the seller alone. By being a member you also get exclusive discounts on pieces on their website even if they weren’t in your box and also exclusive access to the clearance pieces.

I wanted to share this company with y’all because I am very fond of it and if you’re on the fence about it still, they have allowed me to share a special code with you to try Rocksbox free for one month.

Use code “champagneandacarryonxoxo” at checkout to receive one month free!

Happy shopping!

My Favorite Skincare Products

Skincare is sooo important to everyone at every age. It’s even better to start with a good routine before the age of 25. Even if you don’t suffer from acne or any type of skin issue, it is still important to take care of your skin. I do not have the best skin, I am still working to figure out what will get my skin where I want it to be, but I have come a long way. My skincare routine is nothing extraordinary by any means, but I’ve been posting a lot of content on my Instagram stories (@champagneandacarryon) regarding my skincare and I have received a lot of positive feedback. Through Instagram I have been able to interpret what content you like seeing me post about, that’s why I’m sharing this routine with you!

*I am not an esthetician, but my sister is if you truly have concerns about your skin I can relay the questions to her!

A little bit about my skin – I don’t have perfect skin but I don’t have severe acne prone skin either. I have some redness and discoloration on my face with a few zits here and there throughout the month (2 max.) I do have combination skin which means some days my skin is very oily and other days it’s crying for more moisturizer. I’m usually oily throughout the day and makeup plays a big factor in that oil. At night I have noticed that it’s more dry. It’s easier to gage what your skin needs or what it doesn’t need once you focus on religiously taking care of it for a good period of time. Here is what I have found works best for me and what I am loving right now.

CLEANSERS- I have recently tried a few cleansers that I totally stand by and would recommend to people. BUT, everyone has different skin with different concerns. The cleansers I use aren’t targeted to treat and prevent acne particularly. The cleaners I tend to gravitate to are just to wash the day away or prep it for my night routine and doesn’t make my oily skin any worse. My favorite cleansers are thePurity Face Wash by Philosphy – I had such a hard time switching from this one, even though I didn’t need to. I was getting more into skin care and wanted to broaden my horizons (aka fill my cabinets with more products!) Love Love Love the Philosphy face wash. Once I switched from Purity I tried the Enzyme Cleansing Gel by Mario Badescu and that one was a great cleanser as well and left my skin drier so when I combined it with a good moisturizer I was ready to roll without any unnecessary oil. The only thing I didn’t quite enjoy about the Mario Badescu one was the scent of the cleanser, I can’t compare the smell to anything at the moment but it wasn’t a fragrant scent at all. Recently I was given the Clinique Pep Start 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser by a friend and I’m living for it. It makes my skin feel brand new because it has gentle exfoliating beads in it and I feel like my skin is REALLY clean after. Unfortunately, when I moved to Virginia I forgot it in my shower in California so I had to run to Sephora the other day to pick up a new face wash. I will probably get my Clinique one shipped to me soon so I thought I’d try another cleanser (for the blog 😜!) I picked upOrigins Checks and Balancescleanser and I am so obsessed with washing my face because of it. If it’s a frothy face wash and it smells like spearmint! Ugh, I can’t get enough of it. It’s perfect for my skin and leaves it feeling so clean. The best part is that it wasn’t very expensive and a tiny bit of it goes a very long way, so I know this product will be in my routine for a couple of months before I can even consider trying something new and as of right now I plan on sticking with this one. My skin already looks so much better after using it.

EXFOLIATER- Trader Joe’s is the way to go y’all- for food and skincare. Trader Joe’s Blueberry & açaí facial scrub. This exfoliating scrub is cheap and it is amazing! I found it at Trader Joe’s one day and decided to give it a go since everything from that store is remarkable (big fan of the place, can ya tell?) It smells like blueberry yogurt! I exfoliate a few days a week, but def not everyday because it is bad for your skin if you over do it. Exfoliating is necessary in any skincare routine and it steps up your skincare game a bunch. It totally cleans the slate and is one thing I definitely do before I apply makeup for any type of special event because it takes off all that excess dead skin that may be built up. If you haven’t tried exfoliating with a scrub yet, I would suggest to use this one because like I said before, it’s cheap and it works great.

TONERS- If you follow me on Instagram you know that I am newly fond of the Mario Badescu Rosewater Spray. I bought it on a whim when I was in Ulta because I’ve heard a lot about it and I wanted to see what the hype was. Man, I wish I would have jumped on this bandwagon years ago. This spray is such an essential part of my skincare routine now. I spray it on my face every morning and every night. My skin loves this stuff. The only thing I don’t like is the scent, I’m not a big rose scent gal, reminds me of an old woman. BUT, it gets the job done and they have other scents that I am going to try as soon as this one runs out. I use it to hydrate my skin and I use it in place of a toner since I haven’t used a real toner in years. It really has helped my redness disappear. If you haven’t tried this one, you need to and you’ll thank me later!

MOISTURIZERS- My combination skin always always always needs moisturizer whether it’s having a dry day or an oily day. It’s always important to keep your skin moisturized. I trade off between two moisturizers at the moment because they’re both remarkable. For the majority of the time I use the Ole Henriksen Nurture Me Moisturizing Creme. It has the amazing scent to it, almost like a starburst. Super hydrating and such a good product that feels luxury and thick. Some days when I need to really focus on my dehydrated skin I use the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask. You can either leave this product on over night as an overnight mask, or you can apply it and leave it on your skin for 10 minutes then rinse. I prefer to leave it on over night two times a week. When I wake up my skin feels extremely hydrated and plump. I don’t think these two will ever be taken out of my skincare routine either.

FACIAL OILS- A newer product to me that I don’t think I can live without anymore even though it is so expensive- Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil. I apply this every morning and night after I cleanse my face, right before my moisturizer. It hydrates and nourishes my skin. It leaves a healthy glow and my skin feels firm after. I was very hesitant to try this oil because my face is highly sensitive to oil, but the girl at Sephora said that I shouldn’t be concerned because the maker of the brand made these products with sensitive skin in mind so it wouldn’t make me break out. IT DIDN’T. I was shook. Like I said, it’s expensive, but totally worth the money. I’m personally trying to invest in my skin more than anything else these days.

If you have any recommendations or want me to test out more products, send your referrals my way. I have a few products I’m still in the process of testing out, like Drunk Elephant products that I have just been able to try! I will post another blog about my updated skincare routine if it changes and if anything I’m trying out makes the cut!