2.28.2015

5 Tips on Staying Motivated ♥ Fitness Friday

So lately I've been doing a horrible job at keeping up with my fitness goals. Maybe some of you are feeling the same way so on today's Fitness Friday I'm giving you guys (and myself) 5 tips on how you can break that lazy habit and get back at lifting those weights!

1. Plan Out Your Workouts
Jotting down and planning out your workouts is a great way to keep track of what you are going to do on each day. I follow the weekly Tone It schedule that they post up each Sunday and write down all the workouts in my planner with a box next to them. As the days go by I check off a box after I've completed each workout.

2. Make a Fitness Inspiration Board
Whether it's an online or a physical creating a board with positive quotes and inspiration photos is a great reminder to get into shape! I would keep your board in a place that you see often like your phone or near the fridge or something.

3. Cute Sportswear
I don't know about you guys but when I coordinate a cute workout outfit it makes me really excited to exercise! I like wearing bright sportswear like hot pinks and bright teal blues. Not only do I look cute but I feel cute too!

4. Plan Out Your Meals
We've all seen those colorful pictures on Instagram of other people's meal prep but it takes a few hours of planning during the weekend to cook your food for the week and store then in containers. However, this will really help with portion control and you don't have to stress out about what you are going to make for dinner when you get home from work/school.

5. Reward Yourself
It's alright to reward yourself with a little something from time to time but not too often because if you get too use to it becomes a habit. It can be healthy or unhealthy reward depending on what you want. Maybe it's a new dress you've been eyeing or a cheat food that you've been craving, it's up to you!

Is anybody else having problems on their fitness journey?

post signature

2.26.2015

Vacation Beauty Haul ♥ Urban Outfitters, LUSH, etc

Last week while I was in Florida I picked up quite a few beauty products and a few other bits and bobs that I would like to share with you guys. I was really proud of myself as I didn't spend too much money. Since I go to Florida once (sometimes twice) a year I normally don't bring back any souvenirs but I wish I would've brought more Disney related stuff, I really wanted to get a Alice and Wonderland teacup maybe next time.

When we first got to Orlando we went to Target and Walmart to pick up daily essentials that we forgot to pack. I found this Hello Kitty hand sanitizer at Target by the beauty travel section. At Walmart I found one of my favorite Japanese candies, Botan Rice Candy! You can find it at the foreign food section you should check out your local Walmart to see if they sell it!

On one of our days we went to The Mall at Millenia and I headed straight to Urban Outfitters because we don't have one anywhere near us. I wanted to check what Korean brands they have to offer. I ended up picking up a lot of the Tony Moly products, like the perfume bar, eye corrector, and the so cool eye cream that I love so much! I also bought the full-size Batiste blush dry shampoo and the Mario Badescu facial spray with aloe herbs and rosewater.

At the mall I also went to LUSH (which we also don't have) and got a free Cupcake mask because I had 5 of their tubs (yes I brought them all the way to Florida). LUSH recently came out with six new shampoo bars and I bought the Brazilliant bar which is suppose to tame thick curly hair, which I happen to have. It has a strong citrus scent that I absolutely adore!

Can't forget about my bae, Baymax! It's the only Disney item that I got.

When I got home from my vacation a package from Birchbox was waiting for me! I ordered from them a week before hoping to get these products before my trip but sadly it didn't show up in time! Inside was the Shea Terra Organics Argan + Green Coffee eye serum and the Ahava Rich Cleansing cream (my favorite cleanser). I'm in the process of using natural skincare products.

post signature

2.24.2015

My Trip To Orlando ♥ Vacation Pictures

Last week I hardly updated my blog because I was out of state on vacation! My family and I went on a short trip to Florida to escape from the cold winter weather. We stayed in Orlando for three days and visited Disney's Hollywood Studios and shopped a lot! I wish the trip could have been longer but sadly now I'm back home where the weather is cold and it even snowed last night! *signs*

My bags packed ready for a 6-8 hour road trip. I get carsick very easily so I was not looking forward to this ride!

As soon as we got to our hotel room we went to a nearby Target to buy items we forgot to bring like toothpaste and body wash. I got to try the new Starbucks tiramisu frappuccino with coconut milk (I usually always get soy milk but I wanted to try the new coconut milk) and I wasn't a fan of it however the tiramisu frappuccino is amazing, just make sure you get it with soy instead of coconut milk!

Fixing my face in the morning. These are the products I brought with me to Florida.

The next day we went to Downtown Disney (or Disney Springs as they're now calling it) and I found Baymax caramel apples!

 Of course I had to buy an apple because I'm obsessed with Baymax! As you will see...

Speaking of Baymax! This is from Disney's Hollywood Studios. I could only find this Big Hero 6 stand with Baymax plush. They only had the big size but I went ahead and got him because he's my bae!

Isn't he the marshmallowest! I love him so much!

That was my trip to Florida. Sorry I didn't take too many pictures! I was trying to relax and wan't concerned about blogging or work or anything! I just wanted to enjoy myself. I will be posting a haul tomorrow!

post signature

2.11.2015

Heart Coffee Mug Cozy ♥ Crochet Pattern

Giving a handmade gift on Valentine's Day is great because it shows that you took out time from your day to create something from your heart for somebody special in your life. I came up with this adorable heart shaped beverage cozy for Valentine's Day, it's a quick project that takes less then an hour to make (so you can make multiple if you want). I wanted to make something useful that your significant other, friend, or even a family member can use on a daily basis but still is cute and fits in with the whole heart them of Valentine's Day. If you do happen to make this please tag me on Instagram I would love to see your creations!

You will need:
- I/5.50 mm size crochet hook
- Yarn (I used bulky but you can use whatever you want)
- Scissors
- Yarn needle

Abbreviations + tips
ch - chain
st(s) - stitch(es)
sc - single crochet
dec - decrease crochet
inc - increase crochet

I used two different colors of yarn to create my heart cozy but I think it would also look nice if the cozy was one color, it's really up to you. Another cute idea would be to surface crochet (or embroider) your name or the name of the person whom you are giving the cozy to.

Heart (make 2)
- Ch 3, sc starting from the 2nd ch from hook. Total = 2 sts
- Ch 1, turn, inc 1st and last st. Total = 4 sts
- Ch 1, turn, inc 1st and last st, sc middle sts. Total = 6 sts
- Ch 1, turn, sc 6 sts. Total = 6 sts
- Ch 1, turn, inc 1st and last st, sc middle sts. Total = 8 sts
- Ch 1, turn, inc 1st and last st, sc middle sts. Total = 10 sts
- Ch 1, turn, inc 1st and last st, sc middle sts. Total = 12 sts
- Ch 1, turn, sc 12 sts. Total = 12 sts
*You will be starting the 1st side of the heart*
- Ch 1, turn, sc 6 sts. Total = 6 sts
- Ch 1, turn, dec 1st and last st. Total = 4 sts
- Ch 1, turn, sc 4 sts. Total = 4 sts
- Ch 1, turn, dec 1st and last st. Total = 2 sts
- Ch 1, turn, dec 1st and last st.
Cut off (don't cut off on the 2nd time!)
*Repeat starting from the * to create the 2nd part of the heart*

With you crochet hook still on the previous st sc around your heart shape so you can make the heart smoother.

Time to sew the two hearts together! I used four x stitches to sew the hearts together.

post signature

2.10.2015

Etude House I Need You Sheet Masks ♥ Beauty Review

As you guys know I am a huge skincare junkie and one of my favorite type of products to collect are sheet masks. Koreans often use sheet masks to get their amazing flawless looking skin so I decide to try the Korean brand Etude House sheet mask to see if they give my skin flawless results! My current favorite sheet masks are the My Beauty Diary ones but I wanted to try something different and these Etude House masks were too cute to pass up! Today I will be reviewing four of the Etude House "I Need You" sheet masks that I got in my Etude House haul a while back.

Mask Fit
- Eye holes too small
- Too much material on the chin
- Mask didn't fully cover my cheeks

Pearl Bright Complexion Mask
- Nice floral scent
- Stayed on well
- Makes my skin smooth
- Clearing
- Not that brightening (compared to the other masks)
- Results didn't last long

Royal Jelly Smooth Hydrating Mask
- Has a strong alcohol smell
- Brightening
- Whitening
- Hydrating
- The serum fully adsorbed into my skin

Collagen Skin Firming Mask
- No fragrance
-Brightens complexion
- Moisturizing
- Whitening
- Mask dries fast

Vita Complex Radiating Skin Mask
- Smells nice
- Brightening
- Slighting dry
- Needs more serum

Overall the mask were great at brightening, whitening and moisturizing my face. Some smelled better then others. Two of the masks were dryer then the other two and they didn't have that much serum to pat in afterwards. My favorite mask was the Royal Jelly, I would put up with the smell to get the results I got.

You can purchase the Etude House sheet masks here.

post signature