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!

Should You Start A Blog?

Every week someone questions me about blogging and whether or not it’s a good idea to start one. Sometimes it’s a close friend, a family member, a friend of a family member, someone I went to high school with or just someone who follows my blog. I am always so overwhelmed with the fact that anyone would even come to me seeking advice or help regarding a blog since I am barely becoming comfortable with my own. Although, I am always flattered.

Since I have received so many questions from different people about whether or not they should start a blog I decided to write about it because there are probably a couple of people out there who do have questions but aren’t open to asking or are on the fence about the idea of starting a blog alone.

Been there, sister!

I started my blog a couple of months ago and I was one of the very few people that I personally knew who had one, which is why I’m open to answering questions for people because I didn’t have many people I could talk to about my concerns and obvious questions. Luckily, I have friends who do other things in social media, but no one I knew personally had a blog, which left me clueless a lot of the time. I did a lot of research on my own before starting this blog and I was extremely hesitant to even begin because I was so afraid of failure. If you’ve thought about a blog, this might be or might have been something that kept you back. DON’T LET IT.

BUT SERIOUSLY, now that I’ve been doing it for some time (3 months maybe), I’ve learned a few things that I want to share with people who are interested in blogging.

Being a new blogger I would say that I am very naive when it comes to whether or not it is smart to start a blog, but I always tell people who are interested the same thing, so here it goes:

If you feel like you have a story to tell or something to continuously share with people, do it. I personally wanted to start a blog because I knew that there were so many things that I was going to be doing in the upcoming months that I needed to share with the world. Sometimes I like to share things like skincare products because I’m into that stuff and I personally like seeing recommendations from my favorite influencers, so I share my insights on products with you. Other posts may be about what I am learning as a young, newly wed wife who is new to the baseball life. And sometimes there are little things I like to share because I think it may serve a purpose and help one of my followers/readers. If you’re a great cook, start your cooking blog if you know you have some crazy delicious recipes that people would want to learn. If you are a new mom that thinks she has some cool mom hacks to share with pregnant women or women who are going through the same walk of life that you are, go for it. Maybe you’re someone who travels a lot and you want to start a travel blog, go for it because I know every time I go on a trip I look up other blogs for advice on what to do or not to do when going somewhere, or must stop places, etc. Whatever it may be, if you feel like you have something people would want to read or you have something people could learn from, go for it.

Do it for the right reasons. People still ask me if this is my new job. I wish. I do it because I like to, not because I want to make money. I have made some money off of my blog, but it barely buys me a Chick-fil-A meal. NOTHING CRAY. If this does end up being successful enough for me to not work then I’ll roll with it, but my goal isn’t to make money. My goal is to share my life with y’all because I know a lot of people can relate to my posts, whether it’s baseball related, beauty related, or whatevzzz because I like to. If you’re doing it for the money, you won’t get very far because people will see that through your posts.

Quality over quantity. It is a crazy world once you’re in it. Once I started following other bloggers I realized how much time and effort they put into their blog. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be successful because I didn’t have the time to post pictures every day like others did. I didn’t have content to write about three or four times a week like others did. One of my good friends told me that I should focus on what I write, not how much I write and it really resonated with me. I only write about once a week, and that’s because I can produce one good blog a week. Once a week is my goal. Anything more I’d be writing absolute BS just to have more posts up. Make sure your content serves a purpose. Don’t write a blog post because you only wrote one the entire month and you don’t want to fall off and lose followers. You will lose followers if you’re writing just to write, and trust me people can tell. You’ll know what is good content and what isn’t. I could write a blog post every day if I wanted to, but they would probably suck. So, just remember to write about things that are helpful or serve a purpose. Like I said before, do it for the right reasons.

Determine your own success. Some people may say that having the most followers makes them successful or if they end up blogging as their sole job they’re successful. Do not let anyone else’s idea of success dictate your idea of what success is going to be or what it is for your blog. My personal definition of success for my blog is having a following that truly enjoys my blog posts. As long as I receive positive feedback and encounter a ton of engagement on my posts, then I feel satisfied. That may or may not be what success is to you. Define it yourself. Do not fall into the pressure of meeting the same goals everyone else has.

Like I said- I’m not a big time blogger and I’m fairly new to this, but whenever someone comes to me with questions, these are the things I consistently tell them in regards to starting a blog. You can apply this to any social media platform for that matter. If you have any other questions about what I do for my blog or if you need more advice on how to do certain things or how to start in general, please do not hesitate to ask me. I am all about community over competition. There is so much room for everyone on the internet. There is no need to be selfish about tips and tricks, especially if we can share with people to help them do something they want to do.

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!

God Knew What I Needed

I’ve had a tough week. We just moved across the country to Virginia. Justin and I are both from California. I was born and raised there and had lived in the same house my entire life. So, this is a big change for me. Justin has done this before since he has to leave every season, usually on the East Coast. It doesn’t mean it’s easier for him to leave because it isn’t. He is simply more experienced in this change than I am. But, like I said, for me this whole experience is unfamiliar; being away from my family, my friends, my dog, not knowing where I’m at when I’m 10 minutes from our own apartment, living somewhere new in general. ALL NEW. To top it off, there is not much to do in this town. We drove around all day, literally through every part of town and I don’t think we pinched the gas at all. I’m not kidding.

This isn’t about me complaining about the changes I’ve been struggling with because we are so blessed to be living this life. I signed up for this life and I’ll be the first one to say it before anyone else does. I chose to live with him and leave my hometown. That doesn’t mean I can’t complain or I can’t struggle, because I can. It is inevitable when adjusting to a fully new surrounding.

I am here to be completely transparent and honest with you and tell you about my recent struggle and how God came through to show me exactly what I never knew I needed.

I arrived in Virginia on Saturday morning (12 a.m.- so pretty much Friday night), which makes it a little over one whole week since I’ve lived here. On Thursday morning Justin left with his team for their first away series, which means I was left here in Virginia alone. Virginia being a place at the time that I had only been in for 6 whole days. At this point, the only person who made me feel safe and like everything was going to be fine while we were away from our family was now a little too far for comfort. He was in another state about five hours away, which means the team was not commuting back and forth each day for this away series.

Ok- Here’s where it gets real. I suffer from anxiety, like I was legitimately prescribed medication for it. I’m being transparent about it because I’ve realized there’s more people out there that also suffer from it and it is okay. I’m with you if you’re that person and it doesn’t change who we are.

So, I have anxiety right? I’m in a new town with not a single person surrounding me that I know. I FREAKED THE FREAK OUT. Thursday (the day he left), I didn’t know what to do. Our apartment is pretty bare. We have the basic necessities to live, but nothing to make this place feel homey. We don’t have cable and Netflix can only keep me so occupied. I laid in bed until I was bored out of my mind. I cried a lot. I texted all my friends and family to get my mind off of it and tried to tell myself there was familiarity around me when I was on the phone with them or texting them. Once the conversations ended I was back to square one. I don’t think I’ve ever been that kind of lonely before, ever. Sounds super dramatic right? You’d only understand the realness of it if you’ve ever been in the position I was in, which most baseball wives do go through. What made it worse was that it wasn’t just a two day series or something. He was gone from early Thursday morning to late Sunday evening, which makes it hard for me to grasp because I have to do this back to back to back days/nights.

I struggled. HARD. I knew this was part of the lifestyle, I just didn’t expect it to be that lonely. There will be many more road trips where I’ll be in the same situation which is why I cried and I prayed. I asked God to give me the strength I needed so my husband didn’t have to feel guilty about leaving me when he does have to take a road trip for an away series. I asked God to make this transition easier for me. I asked God for the days to fly by until he was back. I asked God to not let me give up and want to move back to California this soon.

Friday morning (my week mark) was a new day and I knew I had to keep myself thoroughly occupied. I decided to explore some more, even though I had seen a majority of the town already. I found a cute coffee shop on Yelp! and headed there to get myself out of the apartment and the Target I’d been circling every day since I’ve been here.

Once I got to this cute little coffee shop, I looked around and every chair was filled. With my lack of will to make myself feel like I belonged in this town I almost walked out, but something told me to stay. Might have been the smell of the coffee or it could have been Jesus, pretty sure it was a combination of both.

I ordered my coffee and I had the nicest barista. We made small talk and she asked me if I wanted to try the sweet chai or the spicy chai. I informed her that I’d never been to the coffee shop before so whatever she liked best I’d take. She asked me if school brought me to town because one of the main things in this area is Liberty University, kind of a big deal. I told her about Justin playing for a minor league team in town, hence why we moved across the country. She was really sweet and once I finished ordering, a seat opened up. Things were starting to feel more comfortable, but I was still anxious about everything. A few minutes later she called out my drink and she gave me her phone number. She said she’d love to be my first friend here and that her husband and her would love to get to know Justin and I because they know what it was like being new to a town without knowing anyone.

I NEARLY CRIED.

I prayed for so many things, but I didn’t pray for genuine kindness in the people who surrounded me. I didn’t pray for a friend.

God knew. He knew I was hopeless and the kindness that girl showed me when she didn’t need to was everything that I needed at that moment. She didn’t know my struggle or that I was struggling at all. I was so overwhelmed with this feeling of hope and I knew it was all of God’s work.

God gave me the hope I was longing for. He showed me exactly what I needed when I needed it most. Not a second too soon or a second too late. I’m forever thankful for how faithful my God is. I was gently reminded in that coffee shop of how He will guide me through my trials and through this new path we’ve embarked on.

Some people might think it isn’t a big deal, but it was exactly what my little heart needed. I walked around town with more hope and confidence than what I had left my apartment with that morning.

I wanted to share that little story with y’all because I know some people don’t know what this lifestyle brings and people assume it’s glamorous and fun. It’s fun, it’s memorable, but it is tough. God placed Justin and I here on this unique journey because we can handle it.

He is forever faithful.

hope

What I’ve learned so far…

As you may or may not know, this is my first season traveling with my husband for baseball. I left my hometown in the beginning of March to come to spring training as we embarked on our first adventure before heading out to the other side of the country. Even though we have just begun our journey, I have learned a few things so far and I felt like I should keep y’all updated.

I’m not the only woman doing this. I am not the only one who left their hometown to travel with their boyfriend/husband. I’m not the only one who left a great job or their perfect pup. It is a lot more common than it seems and I realized it once I was actually surrounded by these brave women, thanks to spring training. Being that there are so many women traveling I realize I have so many people who can help me when it becomes challenging or intimidating. (There are a ton of women who decided to take the plunge and there are also a ton who decided to stay back for a more stable routine, and both routes are 100% okay! Everyone is different and wants/needs different things in their life.)

It will never be something I can get comfortable with because this lifestyle is so random. Everything happens at what seems to be all at once and then changes in a blink of an eye, and you cannot truly have an issue with it because that is what we all agreed to when we decided to take this lifestyle on. I got my first taste of the realness of the baseball life this week since it is the last week of spring training and we still haven’t been completely notified as to where we’re being sent for the season yet. Therefore, I have no idea where to apartment hunt, job hunt, or where to tell my friends/family my next move would be, even though it is less than a week away from when we are suppose to move across the country. We have an idea of where we are going but nothing is set in stone so we can’t make any moves right now, which is tough, but I have to get used to being a gypsy right? That’s just how baseball goes and that is how it has always gone. “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable” is my life now, you feel me?

Being a part of an experience like this is such a blessing and I remind Justin all the time, especially when things get tough for him. You’re probably uncertain with what I mean by saying I have to remind him. This lifestyle does get tough and take a toll and I do believe there isn’t a bright enough light on what these men go through everyday. His days are longer than mine when I was working full-time. It is a great job but it isn’t the glamorous idea everyone gets from what they see on TV. You can easily get caught up in being stressed and completely over it. But now that I’m living it too, I have to remind myself that we have been so immensely blessed to be able to do this. There are so many men who dream of playing professional baseball for a living or who aim to get drafted and don’t. We are very lucky to do this even though it gets tough. And to do it together is even better.

Lastly, Nothing compares to doing this life together. We’ve been away from home for almost a month now and if there’s one thing I’ve learned in that time span, it is that nothing comes close to being with my husband. I love living life with him and I’m so glad God has given us the opportunity to travel together and go wherever baseball takes us. I get to see his games and I get to be there for him after a rough day. We were long distance for a while when we dated and it was always worth it, but this is great and we are incredibly blessed to be able to do this. Being together makes this lifestyle so much better. So, we are going to enjoy it for as long as we can because like I said previously, everything is always changing which means this can end at any time for us. For now, we are happy, we are blessed and we are loving living this life side by side.

Cheers!

6 Podcast’s you should listen to for #girlboss inspiration

Who even listens to podcasts, right? Me. And you should too. I didn’t understand podcasts at first because I was the person that much rather watch a YouTube video or watch tv or jam out to my fave country music. Anything but a podcast. I thought that they were boring and just another form of an audiobook with monotone voices. Not anymore. I was wrong, so so wrong. And I feel sorry for having such a negative stereotype towards podcasts. Now I have to remind myself that I need to stay “current” and turn on new music because once I find a good podcast, I’m out.

Once I started my blog I knew I needed to dig deeper and learn more because in this day and age of social media, you can never know enough. There is an endless amount of information to learn every day. I have stumbled across a few great podcasts that have helped stimulate my mind or just made me happy as I take on this new blogging journey.

The range of podcasts are wide and I’m so glad that it is. There’s a series for everyone. YUP, a series. It’s almost like watching a tv series without the visual. Right now I’m going to tell you all about my favorite podcasts at the moment that have helped me grow as a newbie blogger and hopefully they can help you with your social media journey or business endeavor you might be on or that you have been thinking about taking on.

Here are a few of my faves that motivate and inspire me:

Blessed and Bossed Up

The creator of the podcast’s name is Tatum Temia and she is an awesome woman of God who is pursuing this podcast to help other women. Throughout her podcast she gives all the glory of her success to God, which is what I like. She works her christianity into her motivation and entrepreneur tips, which is everything I need when my schedule is hectic. What could be better than inspo for business and getting your daily dose of Jesus? NOTHING. To make it even more of a hit, she’s hilarious. I was actually recommended to her podcast by another blogger, @littlemixico. I’m so glad this podcast exists. If you’re a #girlboss with love for Jesus, then this is for you.

Rich Bitch

Angie Lee has become one of my favorite people to listen to. She is the most adorable and hilarious girl ever, yet she’s professional and successful. PERF. As most of these podcasts I’m referring you to, she motivates the listener by giving her own experiences in business and shares her secrets to growth, challenge, and all else. My favorite thing about her podcast is her personality and how she teaches the listeners based on trial and error. Everything that she has focused on in her podcast is because she’s been there and learned from that. Therefore, she is knowledgable to speak on certain issues with a lot of confidence. This has to be one podcast I can listen to for hours.

Manifestation babe

This podcast series is about how boss babes manifested the lives that they wanted and talks about how to do so if that’s the path you are on. It’s almost like the law of attraction. I don’t listen to these in replacement of my faith, but they do help motivate me by hearing other women and show how they manifested their dreams and reached their goals. The woman behind this series is Kathrin Zenkina and she is a personal development and mind coach. We all know that our mind is our biggest enemy sometimes, which is why this is such a great help. I love being reminded to manifest good and positive things. Anything that will better me, I’m all about. I’m sure some of you are into bettering your mind and looking for that breakthrough moment to give you a kick to get started on whatever goal you have set for yourself. If so, then this podcast is one for you!

Hashtags and Stilettos

I know, it’s getting repetitive hearing about motivation and girl boss women. This podcast was instantly addicting because it gets straight to the point and lays it all out. Do this, not that. Try this, instead of this. And the tips and examples this podcasts gives is everything we should all know for marketing ourselves or our brand. If you’re going to listen to any of these, listen to this podcast. Everything Sakita writes resonates with me so well. The podcast is a newer one without as many episodes, but that just makes me that more excited to see what this podcast brings to that table. It makes goals more tangible for the every girl, which is what I am. I’m nowhere near being a famous blogger, but I’m where I want to be because podcasts like this are giving me the guidance required on this blog’s journey.

She Did It Her Way

For millennial girl boss minded women entrepreneurs who are striving to better themselves and their businesses. They cover topics that can help you plan a good week, send good emails, mistakes to avoid when using social media, bouncing back from a low point, literally EVERYTHING. The guests that are on the series are always super influential and have the greatest advice you could receive. Since there is always special guests on the pod, you always get a wide range of advice from people with different aspects on business/growth.

Biz Chix

This one is definitely focused on straight business for women, which is cool because if you have any type of social media line of work, such as a blog or YouTube it’s essentially a business. I love this podcasts because it’s helped me with my marketing, how to prioritize ideas, how to grow my blog successfully and time management. All of those things are crucial to being successful in this big pond that social media is. The guests that are on this podcasts always have something that we can take away from listening to their podcast.

Until next time,

cheers!

My first time at the Drybar

One of the most brilliant ideas yet, a salon that only styles your hair. Every women’s dream, well it is my dream at least.

I haaaate doing my hair, so I either curl it so it lasts a few days or I wear it in a ponytail. I hardly ever straighten it because I hate the way my hair looks straight. But, I don’t blow dry my hair because it is so thick which means it takes me a while to actually get it all dry and by the time it’s dry I’m ready for a nap.

One of my best friends has been going to this place called the Drybar, which I’ve heard of plenty of times before, but I never found interest in checking it out for myself. She literally raves about it every time she goes. And I must say, her hair is always poppin’.

This weekend she came out to visit my husband and I in AZ with some of our friends and she decided she wanted me to experience the fabulous Drybar with her. Her, another friend, and I all booked appointments and the rest was history.

Ok, I’m being dramatic. It was really great though.

So the three of us walked in and we’re instantly greeted with warm personalities and genuine smiles (and cookies, there were cookies too.) I knew that I wanted to blog about my experience which meant I had to take some pics and some places aren’t really cool with all that, but the Drybar front desk girls were so sweet and told me to take as many pics as I pleased. I loved them from that second forward.

We arrived to our appointments almost 20 minutes early because we were in the area earlier than we expected, and they still took us less than 5 minutes after we walked in on a Friday.

They allowed us to hang out purses at the stations we were going to be seated at then immediately walked us over to the sink area where we had our hair washed/conditioned with some of the best smelling products ever. Our stylists washed our hair for 5-10 minutes and it was extremely relaxing. I almost fell asleep, like who does that when their head is in a sink?

Then, once that was finished we walked back to our seats and then the magic happened (being dramatic again, but I loved this place y’all.) During the whole process there are movies playing so you can watch and relax while they do your hair. They seem to play chick flicks, cause they had 27 Dresses on when we went. Literally winning.

We were seated and offered a variety of drinks and also asked which style we wanted to go with. There is a look book for you to skim through to chose the style you want. Since it is called the DryBAR, the hairstyles are named after drinks. The cosmopolitan or mai tai are some examples of the names. Super stinkin’ cute huh?! I chose the mai tai because I loved the look of loose beachy waves since I can never manage to accomplish that look on my own.

They put Drybar products in your hair before they start blow drying for heat protection, tangles, and shine. Once your hair is completely dry they add more product to aid whatever your hair needs. Then, they continue styling if you want to do curls, waves, or crimping.

It only took about 45-60 minutes for the entire thing which isn’t bad at all, considering that’s how long it takes me to do my own hair without blow drying. And watching a movie and chit chatting with your sweetheart stylist makes time fly. Before you know it you’re poppin’ and ready to hit the town. JK. Kind of.

But your stylist will show you your hair when she’s done and then you can change whatever you want or tell her how much you love it. I wanted a little more volume and she made it happen with no hesitation.

My friend Danica didn’t quite love the way her stylist did her hair so I asked my stylist if she could fix it and she fixed it without a problem, which was really reassuring because these girls are really there to make us happy guests.

I left the Drybar so extremely happy and I almost signed up for a membership but thank goodness this baseball life has our living situation all mixed up because I was about to get an $80 membership until realizing they might not have one wherever Justin gets sent to for the season. Big save. Although, I will continue to go to the Drybar because it only cost $45 to do all that. How insane right?! It’s not incredibly cheap but it’s def a fair price for what you get. And like I said, it was so relaxing and nice to have my hair styled by a pro.

These are the final looks. Can you tell we’re happy campers? 🙂 And how gorgeous do my friends look?!

I also couldn’t leave without some of that product because the smell and the way my hair looked was phenomenal. I ended up buying a hair detangler/heat protector and their triple sec spray which is kind of like a dry shampoo/texture shampoo.

So my final words to you about the Drybar are: go to your nearest Drybar and try it out. Your hair will thank you. Every girl should experience this at least once if they can. If not, I know they well drybar products at Sephora and you can give yourself a blowout at home for cheaper!

If y’all ever need someone to go with, I’m in 😌

Cheers!

We’re where? Doing what?

I feel like I’ve been MIA for a little and I just wanted to fill you in because everyone is always DMing me or asking me what we’re doing, where we’re at, etc. and if you follow me or read my blog I’d assume you want to know also. It’s probably been less than a week but in the world of social media that’s a long time to be away since having a blog and Instagram for it requires a lot of attention to maintain afloat.

Let’s start with the fundamental facts before we go into other details. My husband plays minor league baseball with the Cleveland Indians for those of you who may or may not know. He was drafted in 2015 out of college (Cal State Fullerton) and he’s been with the Indians ever since. While he’s been with the org we have been long distance for a majority of the time because BASEBALL.

We got married this past January, and we decided it was time to live our lives together because distance isn’t very fun. He wanted to bring me along with him on this crazy baseball journey and crazy me agreed. So here we are.

This past Friday I left my awesome job at Chase bank. It was a really difficult decision I had to make only because of the circumstances. I had the best coworkers and management team anyone could dream of. I had just received a raise that would make finances a lot easier for Justin and I. I worked close to my house and my hours were great. Buuuut, Justin and I knew that even though everything was going well for me, it wouldn’t make it any easier for our marriage because we’d be apart.

We thought that being together for our first year of marriage was crucial to building a strong foundation. And I also didn’t want him to have to go through this alone because the baseball lifestyle is a total grind.

Ok, so here we are today. I got to Arizona on Sunday afternoon. We moved into an airbnb in Buckeye for the month since spring training ends April 1st and it’s nearly impossible to find a one-two month lease for an apartment. We’re pretty close to the facility which makes everything a lot easier.

Sunday we settled in and unpacked, real lowkey day. Monday I went to the field and hung out with another WAG and at night we all went out for dinner and drinks.

Today is an off day, which is extremely rare in baseball. It’s not like your 9-5, 5 days a week. Justin probably gets 10 days off throughout the entire season, some of those being travel days. So off days are big deals. We’re going to be exploring Scottsdale, Arizona together.

Tomorrow is back to the grind for Justin which means it’s back to the grind for me. I won’t be working while I’m here in Arizona because I’m not here long enough. In the free time I have I’ll be creating a lot of content for you all and of course I’ll make sure to bring you along with us on the journey we’ve just embarked on.

Also, don’t forget to enter my giveaway with JORD watches. I’ve partnered with them to give one of you $100 towards your own watch! I’m obsessed with my Cassia!

Click here to enter and good luck!