Eli Young Band & A Routine Monday

On Sunday night, I went to Cowboy Coast in Ocean City to see Eli Young Band!! I’ve seen them open before at other country concerts I’ve been to, but hadn’t seen them play as the main band before. Hands down, best song is “Crazy Girl.”

with Nadia

I went with my friend, Nadia, and we had a great night!


Little story: I’ve actually known her since we were both 5 years old – she lived across the street when my family was building our new house, so I would always see her outside with her older sister. At 5 years old, it’s not like I did much to help with building the house or moving in, so I would play with Nadia when my parents were busy with the new house. We’ve been best friends ever since. Those security questions that ask for the name of your childhood best friend? Got ‘em down.

Cowboy boots were a must! I don’t have a pair of my own, so shout out to my sister for letting me borrow hers. I may or may not have also worn them yesterday to a work meeting. I figured if I was going to borrow them, I might as well wear them as much as possible before giving them back, right??


After working all day, I ran back home to let my dog, Tess, out, and spend some time with her before heading to the gym. I might be biased, but isn’t she the cutest?!


At the gym, I completed a shoulder workout that included sets of: upright rows, standing overhead presses, front raises, side raises, lateral raises, shoulder shrugs, and push-ups. It was a good one! I’m making myself take a rest day today. I’ve been exhausted all day for some reason so I think it’s time for a day off. Working out has become such a part of my daily routine, and something I really enjoy, so I have to remind myself sometimes that rest days are just as important!

I’ve never designated one day of the week as a day off from the gym or a rest day, though. Since every week is different and the workouts I do vary as well, I just try to listen to my body and take a day off when I need one. Do you have a specific day of the week that you designate as a rest day from working out and the gym? Or do you take rest days whenever life throws them at you? (i.e. you missed your alarm, your meeting ran late at work, etc.)

After my workout, I ran into Target to look for storage containers for my classroom. I’ve been looking everywhere for organizers with smaller drawers – lots of the three drawer organizers I have seen are much larger. These ones are perfect so I was excited to find them – it doesn’t take much to make a teacher excited! I am planning on using this organizer to store papers and resources that have been copied for the week: Monday, Tuesday, etc. so I will always know where to pull papers from at any time during a lesson.


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Thanks for reading! Hope you’re having a WONDERFUL week so far!

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Summer Beauty Favorites

Hello! Even though the summer is quickly coming to an end, I wanted to share a few of favorite beauty products that have been my go-to this summer. Summer isn’t over yet though – there’s still time to apply these products in your routine (—> pun intended).

Summertime is all about being outdoors and soaking up the sun, right?! So I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to waste time applying a lot of makeup that will wash off in the water, or sweat down your face while you lay at the beach. Summer is all about keeping things light and simple in my book, so let’s check out some of my go-to products! Share what you are loving with me in the comments section, I would love to hear!

Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturing Hair Cream

Beach babe hair cream

I straighten my hair almost every day, but when you spend a week at the beach, pulling out the blow dryer and straightener only to mess it up minutes later is just not worth it in my book. If I don’t straighten my hair, it is naturally wavy, so I wanted to find a product that would help to enhance my natural waves and keep the frizz down. All I can think about right now is that scene from Princess Diaries where the stylists are trying to tame Anne Hathaway’s hair.



This gel will give you natural waves without even going to the beach! Just apply it evenly through wet hair, and you’re good to go. No hairdryer required! This stuff seriously smells like the beach, I love it! (Just don’t share it with your mom).

Rimmel Lift Me Up Mascara

I initially tried this mascara because the store was out of the kind I usually use, and this one caught my eye since it was new. (Sidenote: It doesn’t take much to catch my eye – the last mascara I was buying I first tried because it was pink and I liked the color. Do I know how to pick ‘em or what?)

Rimmel lift me up mascara

Now I’m super glad I tried this mascara because I plan on using it for the rest of my life. Plus it was featured in this month’s Cosmo magazine so it must be good! This mascara is made with vitamins and cucumber extract. It honestly smells like cucumbers when you use it – it’s so refreshing! You know that feeling of having your makeup on all day, and after awhile it starts to feel a little caked on and dry and you just want to wash your face? I never get that feeling when I use this mascara! It doesn’t make my lashes feel dry, but actually makes my eyes feel more energized. I definitely plan on using this mascara year round, not just in the summer months.

Yes to Cucumbers Facial Wipes

Sticking with the cucumber theme…

Yes to cucumbers facial wipes

Make-up remover? Cleanser? Moisturizer? Yes to all three! The cucumber and  aloe vera addition to these facial wipes gives them a refreshing, invigorating appeal. These would also be great to throw into your gym bag to use if you’re running errands or going somewhere after a workout.

Clean & Clear Hydrating Gel Moisturizer

Clear and Clear Moisturizer

Since my face is naturally more oily to begin with, I thought for YEARS I shouldn’t use a moisturizer after washing my face, since that would add to the oil and not dry out my face. Just this summer I learned that is not the case! Moisturizing your face after washing it is actually recommended for all skin types. This kind is my favorite because it’s a gel moisturizer, so it feels light and refreshing. Perfect for summer! I’ve even noticed a different in my composition after beginning to apply a toner, then moisturizer, daily. Less breakouts and I feel more energized – a definite win!

Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Color Stick

Neutrogena color stick

The Neutrogena color stick reminds me of a chapstick and lipstick combined. I like this stuff though because it won’t dry out your lips like lipstick can. It moisturizes your lips while adding a subtle touch of color. Perfect for that summer sun-kissed glow!

The best part about all of my favorite summer beauty products?? They can ALL be found at Target! (As if you needed a reason to go to Target…) This article about shopping at Target always makes me laugh: 53 Thoughts Every Girl Has While Shopping At Target

I hope you enjoyed your Sunday! I am going to see Eli Young Band tonight in concert so am excited for that!

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