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November 2017

Lovely Places Travel Tips

How to Pack a Carry-On for a Long Holiday Weekend

November 30, 2017

Honestly packing making decisions has never been my strong suit. Menus at restaurants? My worst nightmare. More than 3 taps at a bar? Forget about it. A girl needs variety. An endless sampler platter of all the things. So naturally when it comes to packing, I tend to overdo it. It’s the same reason why my purse weighs me down everyday. I want to be prepared for everything and anything. Can anyone else relate?

Since trying to minimize my belongings and reevaluate what I really need, I am taking a more critical approach to packing. Steve and I went to San Francisco for Friendsgiving last week so what better time to reflect on how I did. Packing for colder months brings an extra challenge since warm clothes are bulky and take up precious luggage space. I only brought a carry-on because who wants to pay for checked baggage and then wait for it on the carousel? (Does anyone else get nervous when they don’t see their baggage right away?) I thought I would share my tips and why I am brought each particular thing. Continue Reading

Live + Flourish Personal Development

The Minimalism Game Roundup: Week 4

November 26, 2017
Join me on my fourth week of The Minimalists "Minimalism Game". See what I got rid of and how you can too!

Since I started the 30 Day Minimalism Game, I wanted to do weekly recaps so you could follow along and also share any struggles or triumphs I had along the way of my minimalism challenge. You can check out my first second, and third weeks here. Yes, I know in the rules it states that you must get rid of the items that same day. But I wanted to do a weekly round up for you guys to see what minimizing looks like and how easy it is. I think it would be more efficient (I didn’t want to make daily trips to Salvation Army) and impactful (all these items at once gives a “wow” factor) to see one large collection each week. Please forgive my rebellious ways ;-).

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Hikes Lovely Places

The Hiking Diaries: Talapus and Olallie Lakes

November 22, 2017
Talapus and Olallie Lakes are a must-see hike for a winter hike in the Pacific Northwest

Welcome to The Hiking Diaries, a series I’m starting to take you along on my adventures through the mountains. I will be sharing the beauty of the area, what we experienced, and the triumphs and failures along the way. You can check out my first entry from Lake Ingalls here. From every hiking and backpacking trip there is a lesson to be learned to apply to the next trip. While camping and hiking is fun and relaxing, there are many dangers so it is important to always be prepared.
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Live + Flourish Personal Development

The Minimalism Game Roundup: Week 3

November 19, 2017
Join me on my third week of The Minimalists "Minimalism Game". See what I got rid of and how you can too!

Since I started the 30 Day Minimalism Game, I wanted to do weekly recaps so you could follow along and also share any struggles or triumphs I had along the way of my minimalism challenge. You can check out my first week  and second week here. Yes, I know in the rules it states that you must get rid of the items that same day. But I wanted to do a weekly round up for you guys to see what minimizing looks like and how easy it is. I think it would be more efficient (I didn’t want to make daily trips to Salvation Army) and impactful (all these items at once gives a “wow” factor) to see one large collection each week. Please forgive my rebellious ways ;-). Continue Reading

Gorgeous + Green How To's

Nighttime Skincare Routine for Acne Prone Skin

November 16, 2017
I was able to clear my acne using a better diet and a structured skincare routine. Check out how I treat my acne prone skin at night.

Nighttime skincare is arguably the most important part of keeping your face as fresh and lovely as possible. In my morning routine, I set up and prep my skin for whatever that day has to throw at me: makeup, the sun’s rays, pollution, stress, etc. Our skin actually goes through a lot, which validates how important it is to get it back to great condition before bed.

When I first started implementing my skincare regimine I had almost identical steps for both times of day. Then I started to branch out to learn which ingredients are better suited for certain times of day like a heavier moisturizer or retinol. Again, if you’re looking to creating skin care that works for you it is about slow experimentation. I say slow because it can sometimes take a while for some ingredient’s results to show. Just like I mentioned in my morning skin care post, “listen” to your skin, it can change with the seasons, age, and hormones to name a few. Continue Reading