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Learning to Have a Side Hustle – and Taking It Seriously

Side Hustle

Having a side hustle has become much more popular as of late. It’s more than selling AVON or Mary Kay makeup at your house. It’s a way of life that just seems money smart. For me I’m going to take serious steps towards developing my side hustle so I can get the benefits of not only having a day job but also still doing something that I love. Continue reading “Learning to Have a Side Hustle – and Taking It Seriously”

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Our Welcome to Night Vale Road Trip 2017

Last spring, Sunshine and I went to our first Welcome to Night Vale Live Show here in South Carolina. We have only been listening to the podcast for a couple of years but we love it. The humor, the characters, the stories themselves just appeal to us. So when we found out that they were going on tour again we  got tickets to the closest showing, which this year was Durham, North Carolina.

For us this is our 3rd road trip to North Carolina, but it’s the first one where we weren’t going to see family and friends. Being just an overnight stay, we didn’t get to explore as much as we wanted to, but the car troubles we had didn’t help much either.

About half way up I-95 we noticed that our car was shaking and we kept hearing a low whomping noise coming from the passenger side of the car. After we pulled over we checked the wheels to see if something was stuck in the wheel well, but nope. Our front passenger tire was completely bald and was close to going flat on us. We made sure before we left Durham to get the tire replaced, only to realize the both of the front tires were close to popping, and that the front end of our car was a little worse off than expected.

The rest of the trip was wonderful. The show was amazing, and brought a perspective on a character that you wouldn’t think of. But I wont give any spoilers away because you have to see it for yourself.

But I did get to meet Tameka Flynn (voiced by Symphony Sanders)
And the weather, provided by Erin Mckeown.

What I can tell you is the beer they were serving was really nice. No matter where they go, the live show always has local beers available. For Durham, it was the PonySaurus IPA. Sunshine kept the beer for himself, but at least let me try it. It ended up being very smooth for an IPA, hell for a beer even, and had that perfect amount of hoppy-ness you would expect.

And he didn’t really share much of it.

The next day was when the fun really started. There was a few hours difference between checkout time and when we needed to leave Durham so we got the chance to walk around and be tourists for a change. Plus we were hungry.

For breakfast we decided to go to Beyú Cafe, a jazz lounge/cafe, and HOLY CRAP was everything amazing there. From the decor to the menu everything was meticulously selected to be a tribute to the Jazz era. Of course Sunshine wanted to go for the beignets, I wanted to go for the coffee.

The Runaway Latte

The latte’s were their man attraction on the menu, and the two that Sunshine and I ordered were the Dr. Carver’s Peanut Butter Latte and The Runaway, respectively. The Dr. Carver’s Peanut Butter Latte tasted exactly like Peanut Butter Crunch cereal. The Runaway, was made with praline syrup, cinnamon and cayenne pepper sprinkled on top, giving it this subtle heat like you would from mexican hot chocolate. They were so delicious and beautifully made that a table next to us asked what we ordered so they could get ones for themselves. (I just checked their website and sadly they aren’t on there anymore. It might just be a special menu only see in the restaurant.)

The food itself was just as wonderful. We ended up ordering quite a spread because we wanted to try a little bit of everything, particularly the beignets. From the french toast to the egg biscuit, everything was perfectly cooked, and you could tell that the owner took pride in the place because he was hands on from the minute they opened. I just hope that if they open another location it would be in Charleston. Please?

We have conquered the amazing breakfast.

With our bellies full and a couple of hours to go, we went off to explore the street. The two main stores we went into were Dolly’s Vinatge and Letter’s Bookstore.

In Dolly’s Vintage, I was a little too distracted by all the pretty things to take pictures. It was set up like a small boutique, with only a portion of it being for vintage clothing. Predominantly it was vintage jewelry and vintage themed items. Sunshine ended up with a couple of shirts and I left with my first vintage brooch. *Insert happy wiggle here*

Letter’s Bookstore on the other hand, was nice and open. Unlike a normal bookstore where it would be a billion shelves close to each other, it was set up with space in mind for people who like to stand or sit on the floor and start reading a book before purchasing it. Though there were plenty of books that I wanted, I am proud to say that I kept with my no-buy on books during this trip. Sunshine on the other hand bought a couple of books.

And you cant forget the obligatory picture of the driver.

To mark the ending of our trip, on our way home we continued a tradition of ours. Everytime we go to North Carolina, we stop at South of the Border. South of the Border is a lot of things all in one rest stop. It has a gas station, fireworks and gift shops, a putt putt golf course, a hotel, and many other things. It doesn’t look very well kept, but it is a good place to stretch your legs if you’ve been in the car for a few hours. As always we stop there to walk, use the bathroom, and goof around to push off the reality that in a few hours we would be back home and back to our normal lives.

Overall, we enjoyed our trip. For once it was just a trip for us to have fun and be ourselves. We got to talk about serious things in an environment that we felt no pressure in and just got to take the time to enjoy each other. Hopefully, we’ll get to take more trips like this soon.

 

All Hail the Glow Cloud! All Hail!

Jess

Beauty · Project Pan

Largest Project Pan Ever Update 3 (April 2017)

 

It’s that time again! At least this time I have enough to make a full post update, unlike February. For this month I was able to cross 10 items off of my list and was able to finish all of my panning goals for April. If this is your first Project Pan post, check this out for my explanation of it.

If you’ve been watching my Instagram, then you already know what products that I’ve finished this month, but this post is more for giving a more in depth review of the products.

Continue reading “Largest Project Pan Ever Update 3 (April 2017)”

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11 Period Hacks That You Probably Already Know

11 Period Hacks You You Already Know

If there was a way to make a woman’s period easier to deal with, she would probably do it. Some of us have it down to a science, while others still struggle. After being diagnosed with Endometriosis at 19, I spent the last few years trying to make it easier for me so I’m able to function like a normal person during that time. These are 11 tricks that I found have helped me, that more than likely you’ve figured out too. Continue reading “11 Period Hacks That You Probably Already Know”

Beauty · My Story · Product Reviews · Project Pan · Reviews

Largest Project Pan Ever 2017 Update 1

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I can’t believe we are already a month into 2017! As always the days of winter go by faster than you can expect and I’m honestly unprepared for spring to get here.

As you saw in my post last month on my Project Panning Goals for 2017, I have about 88 products left to use in my Largest Project Pan Ever. Most of these products are full sized with a sample every now and then, so this part of the project pan is going to get harder.

So far this month, I have only used up/decluttered 10 products. Most of these products are things that I would repurchase again after the project is over, or will have to repurchase because they are the last of a certain type that I have. I hope that you project pans are going better than mine, and please leave me updates in the comments! Continue reading “Largest Project Pan Ever 2017 Update 1”

Books

Reading Goals for 2017

This past year I haven’t read as many books as I normally try to. Usually I finish one a month, but this past year has been insane for everyone, and that has prevented me from enjoying reading. Because of that I didn’t reach my goal for 2016 of having a current reading list of 0.

For 2017, I want that to be my main goal again. I want to get back into reading 12 books a year, because reading is an activity that brings me joy just like writing does. At the moment my current reading list is half of my goal so I want to start there and finish them first before I start anything else.

I’m also going to use some of the habits I had when I was pushing myself to read as many books as I could in a year. For example, my reading marathons on Instagram. On my days off from work, if I’m not working on my blog, I’ll just read one book until I either finish it or my eyes get so tired that my reading glasses aren’t enough.

Also I’m going to be on a no buy for books, just like I am for makeup with my Project Pan. So even though I do visits to Barnes and Noble to see my friends, I am not allowed to buy any. It does also help that Sunshine and I are trying to let go of a lot of our books anyway to make room for the ones we would actually enjoy.

I am still going to be doing the monthly Reading Corner posts at the end of each month to check in and see what I’ve finished and review it. Hopefully there will be more than one book on there, but I’m not going to push it.

So let’s see if I can really finish 12 books in 2017!

What are your reading goals for the year? Let me know in the comments below! Also add me on Instagram to follow what books I’m reading right now.

Beauty · Project Pan

Project Pan Goals for 2017

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Over the last 3 months, I’ve been working on the Largest Project Pan Ever, involving 143 products. By New Years Eve, I have finished 54 of the products in those three months! With most of those items being samples, I’m now working on primarily full sized products, and it’s pretty daunting.

There are some products right now that I’m not seeing much progress on no matter how often I use it, but I’m also having moments where I’m getting bored or frustrated. In those moments of weakness, I have broken the No Buy rule I placed at the beginning of this project pan. To the point where I’ve become Platinum level on my Ulta Rewards.

So for the next year I’m going to push harder on the products I have and try to become creative with them so I can still enjoy them.  To help me focus, I created a list of thing that I want to finish over this year as a part of this project pan.

 

A. Both of my Essie Nail Polishes

Honestly, I know everyone raves about this polish line but actually hate the formula. It doesn’t apply very well and chips so easily I can’t stand it. Fortunately because of that flaw, I would have to redo my nails every couple of days and get through them pretty quickly.

B. All of my single eye shadows

I have a variety of single shadows, some that are samples from pallets, but I also have two full pallets that I want to work through as well. I feel like it will be easier to go through my single shadows, but I also grab them quicker when I’m busy or am late for work.

C. All Face Masks

We all know I’m a sucker for skin care, especially when I’m stressed out. Because of that I have quite a few masks that are taking up a lot of space on my bathroom counter. Using them will probably be my favorite part of this project pan, but I’m glad I have enough to alternate, because daily masking is the one thing that can get me through my day sometimes.

D. Finish all Lip Balms.

Even though I only have 3 balms at the moment, I’ve recently received a homemade lip balm that works so much better than any of the others that I have. Plus it is insanely satisfying to see a finished lip balm. If I’ve learned anything from this past year is that I will forget to reapply if it isn’t near me, so I will always have it in my pocket or within reach.

E. Finish all Bath & Body Works body lotions.

I’ve used more of my body washes than I have my lotions in the past year, but I’ve gotten into the routine of using them every time I take a shower. Most of my lotions are going on two years old now and I would really like to use them while the scent is still good.

F. Finish my two foundations

If you saw my New Years Eve Instagram post, you know that I’m trying to step away from foundations. It is my least favorite part of doing my makeup and I haven’t been able to find the right foundation for me yet. Plus, my breakouts are not being helped by wearing it anyway. So when I finish these two foundations and my concealer, I’m going to try not wearing foundation for a while.

 

For this year I am going to try the no buy again. I have way to many bills at the moment for me to be spending money on makeup and skin care. I have everything I can need for now so I should be fine but it’s the stress buying that will be a problem for me. I feel like if I just find a different (read: healthier) way to handle my stress, it will be easier to do the no buy.

I will be keeping track of each product I use on my Instagram as well as trying to keep up with monthly updates on here.

Are you doing any project pans this year? Do you have it on social media or on your own blog? Leave me a link in the comments below.