Self Care Items To Boost Mental Health – Mental Health Monday

Happy Mental Health Monday! Another week has passed, and I’m another week closer to my big move! I have one more week with my family, and then at the end of the week, I’ll be back in my little apartment! Due to the fact it’ll likely be pretty stressful, I wanted to share my favorite self care items with you all!

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Self Care 101 – What is Self Care? – Mental Health Mondays

As of late, it seems that the idea of self care has become a hot topic. I personally hear just about everyone talking about self care, how it makes them feel, and how important it is to them. But, what exactly is self care? Is it just bubble baths, fancy face masks, and painted nails, or could it be more? For Mental Health Monday, were gonna chat some Self Care 101.

Self Care 101 – So, What Even Is Self Care?

Self care is a routine or action that helps you to take care of you, makes you feel good, and may even alleviate some of the symptoms of mental health issues, like anxiety or depression. Other than that, the definition of self care is incredibly vast; it means something different to just about anyone you talk to. For me personally, I like to soak in a bath or spend some time outside with a book. For some people, it might be taking a nap, or going for a run. You can personalize it as much as you want, to help it best serve you.

The one major misconception is that I had for years was that taking the time for me and what I needed was selfish. Why take the time to rest or do something fun when I had so much work hanging over my head for school? In all reality, the quality of my work was much improved after I had time to recharge and get back on track. The constant work can seriously wear on you if you aren’t careful. Add in anxiety or depression (way more common than you think!) and it can be a recipe for disaster.

Self Care 101 – How to Implement Self Care in Everyday Life

One major misconception that surrounds the idea of self care is that it’s simply taking a bath or using a face mask. While both are lovely ways for some to relax and indulge in self care (myself included!) there are literally thousands of ways to get it in on the daily basis.

For some people, it can be as simple as making sure they get enough water in during the day. They feel better when they’re hydrated (who doesn’t?) so keeping a water bottle near by is a good way for them to practice self care. For you, it might be going for a walk or listening to music. It’s unique to every single person.

If you’re looking to find a good routine for self care, I would suggest starting with the things that make you feel happiest. I like to relax with different skin care and such, but I’m really into makeup so the correlation is there. Hobbies can be a great way to practice self care!

While it seems overly repetitive, only you knows whats best! Finding a new routine is half of the fun though!

What do you do to practice self care? What makes you feel better when stuff gets stressful? Let me know in the comment section below!

Happy Monday! Kill it out there!




July Favorites – Beauty, Planner Items & More!

Ah, its finally August! This month is big for me, with a giant move, a new school year and more all packed in! We can’t start the new month though without covering my July favorites! I love writing these each month because I always find so many things that are worth writing about!

I did so much this last July. I visited flea markets, took day trips to the beach, and spent some much needed time getting back to myself, and trust me, I am feeling like a totally new person. You never realize how negative you can be when you feel stuck in experiences that make you feel miserable. I am SO thrilled to be back to being myself!

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Lifestyle July Favorites

I am finally back to writing all my to do’s down in a physical, paper planner. You would not BELIEVE how much of a difference it’s made for me. It helps me to get so much stuff done, while not forgetting to do the important things! I love my calendar on my computer and my phone, but having somewhere to write things down has been such a giant help for me.

With a cute planner, you need cute pens! I love my pastel pens that help to keep everything looking cute and upbeat! Obviously, this isn’t something you HAVE to have, but having peppy pens is so nice! I keep mine in my bag so I always have them with me.

Another essential for your planner? Planner stickers! I am obsessed with my planner stickers, because again, they help to make it super cute! I love Happy Planner stickers, even though I don’t use a Happy Planner, because they are always really cute and come in a ton of varieties! 

This month I also got my Apple Watch! I am totally IN LOVE with it and don’t think that I could live without it now! I was sent a few bands in exchange for my review, and they’re super cute! The pastel bands come in a pack of 9 with more neutral shades and the gold band comes alone! I have to say, I am loving them both! Being able to swap your bands out for different outfits is so much fun!

Beauty July Favorites

It’s no secret that I love beauty and all that comes with it! Getting to try out new treats every month is seriously one of my favorite things.

I have had a sample of the Superhero Mascara by it Cosmetics sitting around in my mascara drawer for a while and just got around to trying it this month and WOW. This is possibly my favorite mascara ever at this point. My lashes are on the sad side; they stick straight out and have no ability to hold a curl. But, this mascara helps them actually be seen, which is somewhat unheard of to me! Totally worth the money.

Will I ever stop mentioning the Mario Badescu sprays? Probably not. As always, these little sprays are a major staple in my beauty routine. I keep one in my bag, because these babies are good for a mid day refresh! They pack in so much moisture without that gross heavy feeling. 

Snack July Favorites

Snack all day, everyday.

I am nearly ashamed to admit how much I have been loving these yummy rainbow candies! I keep a bag in my purse for a little mid day pick me up. They aren’t too sour and really are super tasty, and each bag has a super generous amount of candy!

I have fallen in love with Starbucks Refreshers! These drinks are so super good for summer and have just a tiny kick of caffeine to help keep you moving. They are available in tons of delicious flavors too!

Did you have any favorite items you stumbled upon in the last month? Let me know in the comments below!



Positive Affirmations – Mental Health Monday

Happy Monday! It’s a new week, full of possibility and opportunity. Or, if you’re like me, you’re just feeling tired, ha. I wanted to start a new little series where on Mondays we take the time to talk mental health, because your physical health and mental health are intertwined. I have always loved what a good positive affirmation has brought to the table for me, and maybe, they can do the same for you!

Mental health is something that EVERYONE needs to get used to talking about more openly. We are super comfortable talking about having a cold, or asthma, or other physical illnesses, but so many of us are living with mental health concerns. If we all could open up just a little, we could all feel just a little bit less alone. Even if you don’t feel like it applies to you, I can guarantee that it is affecting someone in your life. Being a little more candid with how we are feeling and doing can seriously help others, and maybe even yourself.

So, What Even is a Positive Affirmation?

When you’re having a bad day, negative emotions can creep into your mind quite easily. It’s really easy to feel pretty crappy when your mind isn’t showing you any love, and, in turn, your health and wellbeing can take a nose dive.

Positive affirmations are a way to combat those nasty thoughts that can take over your mind. They help to lift you up, clear out all the negative, and get you back on the right path. They remind you what you bring to the table, and who you really are. All the negativity gets kicked to the curb, and the positive brings you back to where you need to be.

What Are Some Positive Affirmations I Can Use?

Your positive affirmation is totally up to you! It can be tailored to fit whatever you need that day, or everyday for that matter. I pretty much have meditated on the same idea for about 5 years now (all about being healthy, happy and calm!) and you can always change it to be whatever you need that day.

Some pretty generic and good for everyone affirmations are;

  • I am capable
  • I am enough
  • I can do it (seriously though, sometimes you need that push!)
  • I am strong
  • I am confident

Ad nauseam. It really is a personal choice for you to make. I can tell you though, adding one to my life has seriously helped me on the bad days to push through!

How Do You Even Use a Positive Affirmation?

Positive affirmations are great tools for meditation! This means that you can use them anywhere, at any time, when you need them! That’s what makes them the best to me; they’re simple to use at any time.

For me, I like to repeat my affirmation a few times mentally when things start to get hairy. You can write it, think it, say it aloud, whatever works for you. Positive affirmations really are personal to each person, down to how you use them to influence how you think. I used to write mine in my planner so I would see them everyday in writing, as another reminder.

Have you ever used a positive affirmation? Do you think they would be helpful for you? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Monday!



Does at Home Teeth Whitening Actually Work? My Smile Brilliant Review + Giveaway

Smile Brilliant has sponsored this post. All opinions are exclusively my own. Thank you!

The first thing that I notice about a person is their smile. I think that this is pretty common for other people too; a brilliant smile really can make all the difference in your appearance. So, naturally, when Smile Brilliant reached out to work together, I was super pumped.

Most people seem to want to whiten their teeth because they love coffee, wine, or tea. For me, I had a totally different reason. I wear lipstick just about every day, and when you wear lipstick, EVERYONE looks at your teeth. Some shades even make your teeth look more yellow. Obviously having less than white teeth limits my shade range that I can play with.

I really have shied away from those shades, because, before my Smile Brilliant treatments, I had pretty average, yellowish shade teeth. Nothing horrible, but not as bright as they could be. I always wanted to try to branch out and be the person who wears a red lip, but it always made me self-conscious.

The options for whitening from my dentist were way out of my price range. I’m currently a student, so income can be limited at times while I only work part time. That being said, a treatment through my dentist went on the back burner, as it could cost an entire paycheck for me or more.

The really cool thing about Smile Brilliant is that it is so much more affordable than the options that I get through my dentist, with the same awesome results. I can whiten at my own pace, and still see amazing changes in my smile. So, without further ado, here is my total review on the Smile Brilliant whitening system.

Making my Smile Brilliant Trays

When you first receive your package in the mail, you get all of your whitening and desensitizer gels, and also, a kit to make your impressions so you can get your trays made! One really cool thing about the Smile Brilliant system is that you get to have custom fit dental trays made, by using easy to make impression materials at home.

This is one thing that totally made me nervous.

I grew up with braces, and really detested the idea of impressions. They made me choke, and left me with this feeling of panic, because at times, they can make you feel like you aren’t able to breathe.

However, these impressions were SO MUCH EASIER! You mix two putties together, shape the putty, and put it into the tray. Press into your top and bottom teeth, wait three minutes, and tada! Your impressions are good to go! You drop them in the prepaid envelope and drop them in the mail. Super simple and easy!

One little bit of advice while doing your impressions is to keep some paper towels nearby. For me, I was a total mess because sitting with a tray in your mouth tends to make you drool like a total baby. Other than that, it was really simple!

The Smile Brilliant Whitening System

After around a week, my trays were back! Once your trays come back, that’s when the real whitening experience can begin!

Each treatment can last from 45 minutes to three hours, depending on your level of sensitivity. For my first day, I started with an hour’s worth of whitening. I didn’t experience too much sensitivity, but there was a little bit of a sting. You are lifting away years worth of stains, so it’s expected!

A trick you can use is to coat your gums with coconut oil to protect them from the gel. After your treatment, you do get to use a desensitizing gel that helps to calm your gums. It feels great even if your sensitivity levels were on the low side.

I saw differences in my smile after the first treatment, and every treatment since has been a total treat. It’s so much fun to get to see how your smile changes every day! My friends and family have been amazed at how much my smile has brightened up over the past few weeks. Getting compliments on my smile has been amazing too!

If you’re interested in trying Smile Brilliant, you should enter my giveaway and try it out yourself! You can enter here to win $149 in credit to Smile Brilliant and get your bright smile on! They are also offering a coupon code for my readers, worth 15% off! To redeem, enter code “emilyswins15” at checkout for a sweet deal!

I want to extend a gigantic thank you to the team over at Smile Brilliant for reaching out and working with me on this project! I have had so much fun and seriously, I love my new smile! It has been an absolute pleasure working with you all!

As always, have a happy Monday and an amazing week!



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