2015 Recap & 2016 New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year’s Eve! 2015 has flown by, and it was such an eventful year for me. Abby and I got engaged during Christmas 2014, so wedding planning has commenced, especially in the last month. We bought our first home together and have dealt with home ownership issues already…new garage door, leaky roof, oh joy! We also said goodbye to our baby Bailey, who was 16 years old and a Jack Russell terrier. She was such a sweet dog, but her suffering was terrible. We decided to make her comfortable in doggie heaven this past August.  After deliberation and much begging from Abby, we adopted another dog. Our puppy, George! He is such a cutie. He loves to snuggle, play, and terrorize his sister, Ginger the cat.

I also dealt with crippling anxiety this past year which resulted in major GI upset and days where I couldn’t go into work. My doctor was extremely kind and has helped me through the anxiety, and George has significantly helped as well. He gives great snuggles and kisses when I feel anxious. I have better control of my anxiety now, but it still creeps up from time to time.

Overall, I’d say 2015 was a year that I will remember and are blessed to have such amazing experiences and opportunities. I am very much looking forward to 2016 where Abby and I will finally be married, go to Hawaii for the honeymoon, and I’ll finish the course work for my doctorate. I have a feeling 2016 will be just as eventful as 2015 was!

I do want to share the few New Year’s resolutions I have for 2016. I typically do not write resolutions, but this  year I decided to come up with a few that I can really work on to better my outlook, time management skills, and health. So here we go:

  1. Practice yoga twice a week.  I do NOT work out. I hate sweating and getting stinky, but I know I should do it more. However, I really enjoy yoga, and not only will this provide a form of exercise but will also help control my anxiety.
  2. Better my time management skills in work and school. I am a terrible procrastinator. If it can be done later, I’ll wait to do it later! Therefore, I want to be more on top of my work and school responsibilities. I think this will not only help my stress levels but will also produce better content since I will allow more time to focus on the task.
  3. Improve my work/life balance. This sort of falls in line with no. 2. With better time management, I will be able to leave work at work and focus on my household jobs and my family after work. I have a terrible habit of procrastinating at work with social media, YouTube, my phone, chit-chatting with my coworkers, so I need to turn off the phone, close my office door, and really hone in on my to-dos for each day. This will also open up my weekends, hopefully, so I am not doing school work when I could be with my family or friends.
  4. My last resolution has to do with this blog and my YouTube channel. I want to be putting up better content more consistently. So I am in the process of making a schedule in my new Kiki K planner, and have taken on the hobby of planning, the fun way! I am going to be trialing out this strategy over the course of January, and hopefully, I can be posting more frequently for you guys! So keep an eye out for more sharing from me!

That’s all I got, and I think it’s manageable but will improve my life significantly. Wish me luck! Let me know what your resolutions are for the new year and how you plan on meeting your goals. Happy New Year!!

Grocery Haul + Target Clearance & Dollar Spot Finds

We only needed a few groceries this week as we have been eating out or with family the last week or so due to the holidays. I did need some staples such as vegetables, fruit, and household products. I also browsed the Target holiday clearance section and found some great deals. Then I headed over to the Dollar Spot…This time of year is the best for the Target Dollar Spot with all the really cute Valentine themed products and new year organization needs. Check out what I purchased! I hope you enjoy!

Blogmas Day 25: Merry Christmas! And a Decor Tour!

Merry Christmas! It is the last day of Blogmas. I have to toot my own horn and say I successfully completed my goal of blogging every day during blogmas! Go me! For today’s post, I wanted to share something special with you all. A tour of our home and how we decorated for the Christmas season. The style in our home for Christmas is a little bit country, a little bit cutesy. Please enjoy, and I wish you all a happy, restful Christmas filled with love, family, friends, good food, and warmth.

Blogmas Day 24: Target Haul

Sorry for the back to back haulage and videos. But they are very different in terms of content. Only one more day left of Blogmas after today. Wow! I do have some great content planned for the new year, and I am looking forward to sharing it with you all.

But for today, I am sharing a quick look at what I purchased at Target this week. It includes both fashion and paper goods. I also got really great deals, some expected and one very unexpected! Check it out!

Blogmas Day 23: Christmas Groceries

Welcome to Day 23 of Blogmas! It’s almost over! I can’t believe it. I also can’t believe I stuck with my goal of blogging every day for 25 days. I’m really proud of myself! Anyway…today I am sharing a short video of the groceries I picked up for the week from Aldi, Publix, and even the Dollar Tree. My task for Christmas is to bring dessert to both dinners Abby and I are attending: one at my parents and one at her parents. We are gonna be full! So I am making a pie for each meal along with M&M cookies for both. If you celebrate, what are you bringing, cooking, or baking for your holiday feasts? Thanks for watching!

Blogmas Day 22: Empties #1

For Blogmas day 22, I am sharing recent empty products. Not only do I go through the products I have used up, but I provide mini reviews, what I would and would not repurchase again. Plus, I have included some disappointing products that I am trashing. I hate to waste a product, but these were real duds and can’t be used! Let me know what products you’ve used up lately. xoxo

Blogmas Day 21: A Red Lip Dupe

Welcome to Blogmas day 21! Today I found a red lip dupe within my collection, so I wanted to share it with you all. Makeup dupes are some of my favorite posts, videos, pinterest pins to look at! Love to find a similar product for a lot less!

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The dupe is NYX soft matte lip creme in Amsterdam against Trestique’s matte lip crayon in Chili Red. NYX retails for $5.99 at Ulta while Trestique’s is $28 on the Trestique’s website. I received the lip crayon in one of my ipsy glambags, so I have the mini version of this product. The full size actually has two products in one: the matte lip crayon on one side with a shiny lip balm on the other side in a corresponding color. I am unsure of the look of this lip combo since I do not have the full size product.

NYX is on the left with Trestique on the right. Chili Red is more matte, however, NYX dries down matte on the lips after some time. The coloring definitely pulls orange-y red on my skin tone than a true red. Honestly, I prefer the cheaper version, NYX, over the Trestique, as it is more moisturizing on the lips. I suppose that is because of the lip creme formulation as opposed to the crayon.

Both apply easily without the need for a lip liner. Trestique is a crayon which is nice for lining along with filling in the lips with color. NYX has a doe foot applicator which also provides ease with filling in color opaquely. The NYX does need one or two more layers than Trestique to reach it’s full opacity. The pictures below each have one layer of the product all over the lips.

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Trestique Chili Red Matte Lip Crayon
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NYX Soft Matte Lip Creme in Amsterdam

The appearance on the lips is almost identical, and they feel similar in texture on the lips as well. And you are able to save a boat load of money if you go with the NYX lippie.  Let me know about any dupes you have in your makeup collection! xoxo