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10 Ways to Self Care and Why It’s Important.

I first want to say thank you for all your support and kind words on my last blog post. It has meant the world to me that not only am I encouraging with my words but that it is resonating with so many of you. THAT post and this post are near and dear to my heart because they go hand in hand. I hope this brings you some relief in your day and clarity in thought! 


How many days do you sit while your mind rushes around you telling you that you don’t have time to sit? Maybe you have little one’s running around making it obvious you don’t have time to sit? Maybe you are sitting at the office and mentally going down the list of things you need to do at home instead of relaxing when you’re off?


When I was in treatment for my Eating disorder, I learned about self-care for the first time. In our society, we too often get caught up in the speed of life and lose ourselves. We NEED to take the time to take care of ourselves. How are we able to help others if we are not helping ourselves?! Don’t you think you can give more to your work, kids, husband, family, and friends if you are taken care of?


This doesn’t mean a spa day once a week, although that sounds really nice. This means, finding a small amount of time during your week to do the things that fill you up. This looks completely different for each person. I am listing 10 ways that I make sure I am taking care of myself. The time I spend on each of these things are dependent on my schedule for the week, but I always make the time for a little bit of each.

ONE: Take 10 minutes…
Take 10 minutes to check out. Sometimes this will be during your morning cup of coffee when no one is up yet or when everyone is tucked into bed at night. Take 10 minutes to zone out. This may be reading a book for 10 minutes, a magazine for 10 minutes, watching youtube for 10 minutes, or catching up on social media for 10 minutes. The key: keep it to the time limit you put on yourself. We easily get caught up in these things!

TWO: Make time for your hobby.
Don’t lose yourself. Make the time, whether it’s 30 minutes once a week or 30 minutes each day. Before life got busy and we grew up, there were so many activities that we used to fill our time with that filled our hearts! We don’t have all the time that we had before but we can definitely make time for a small activity here and there. For me, this is blogging. It has become a huge part of me but I am able to dedicate time to it. It may be knitting, scrapbooking, drawing, sewing, painting, home decor, etc: for you. Take some time for YOU.

THREE: Paint your nails.
I feel SO much better when my nails are painted. Toes and fingers! I make the time to be sure these are done. Regular nail polish only lasts 3 days on my nails, it will literally flake off. I finally found THIS kit that lasts almost 2 weeks on my nails while doing all my normal activities. I put together a quick video to show you how EASY it is to do! Plus this kit will last you a LONG time!

FOUR: Use a face mask.
My skin has been my worst enemy for the last 5 years. Hormones and stress have shot my skin to destruction. I have since decided at least once a week, to use a face mask. I may be using a face mask as I clean my bathroom but hey, I am using that face mask! Multitasking is an amazing technique.

Here are a few of my favorite: ELF Bubble Mask, Bliss Clay Mask, (expensive but worth it!) THIS one!

FIVE: Use a hair mask.
Pretty much the same thing that goes for my face mask, goes for my hair mask. Your roots will praise you for this. Try THIS mask once a week! I wrote all about it HERE. It feels like a day at the spa without having to leave your house or get out of your pajamas! 

SIX: Clean out the refrigerator night.
Need a break from cooking but don’t want to bust the budget? We do a clean out the refrigerator night where I think of either one meal or a couple (depending on how much leftovers we have) for everyone to eat from that night. You don’t have to cook extra and spend money!

SEVEN: Get a cup of coffee..out of the house.
Again, whatever you have the time for. Wether it’s walking through target with your little ones, or grocery shopping by yourself….get a cup of coffee sweet delight to sip on and treat yourself! That $1 section is calling your name, I know it! 
EIGHT: Talk with a friend.
When life isn’t busy, this can often times happen by going out with your friend. When life is busy, take a couple minutes to text or call each other. Keeping in touch with each other is SO important. You need to be sure you still have your sounding boards and confidants when life gets busy AND when life is easy.

NINE: Shave your legs.
Seems like common sense, but let’s be honest….how many of us don’t take the time to do this as often as we should. Take the time, and do it right! Replace the head of the razor  (THESE are my FAVORITE!) more often and use a nice oil after you shave your leg to moisturize like THIS one. The extra 15 minutes is worth it.

TEN: Exercise.
If it’s once or week or more, take the time to do it. Go on a walk. Go on a jog. Lift some weights at home or the gym. Do an ab workout. Stretch. Do something to lift your endorphins up. You will FEEL so much better physically and mentally. You may even see a difference in the mirror. This is the one that is the most difficult for me, I am getting better at it and feeling all the benefits! I wrote a little about the benefits of exercise HERE.


Take the time for YOU so that you can take the time for the people in your life!

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5 Steps for Healthier Hair

 Sweatshirt: Nordstrom Rack | Pants: Victoria’s Secret | Dessange Paris Shampoo and Mask: c/o Target | 
Faux Fur Throw: TJ Maxx (similar here) | Acrylic Tray: Target | Bedding: Target 

I think it’s safe to say we all struggle with our hair now and again. When I get stressed, experience weather changes, or even food changes: my hair suffers. I constantly am battling scalp shampoo buildup, an awful  combination of oily and dry hair, and repairing heat damage. I have 5 steps that I have been following that have changed my hair and scalp. I literally do not recognize it anymore!

Step 1: Only wash hair twice a week. 

Yes, I only wash my hair twice a week. I slip my hair in a bun and rinse off each day. This has changed my hair in the best way. It doesn’t get as oily anymore. The transition was difficult but if you stick with it, your hair will be so much healthier You will need to invest in dry shampoo though. I LOVE this ONE and this ONE.

Step 2: Condition from the ends of hair up to base of head.

I used to condition my hair all the way up my scalp…whoops! You only need conditioner on the part of your hair that doesn’t absorb the natural oils. For me, this is at the base of my head. I start my conditioner at the tips of my hair to add the most moisturizer there, then slower lather it up and stop at the base of my head.

Step 3: Shampoo twice. 

Use a smaller amount of shampoo and shampoo twice. This helps to really clean your hair and make sure you didn’t miss anything. You can also use two different shampoos for solving multiple problems. I use THIS one for helping with my scalp, and THIS one to help keep it moisturized! 

Step 4: Scalp mask once a week along with the scalp shampoo. 

I have always struggled with dry scalp. Your scalp holds onto shampoo when it’s dry, especially if you have thick hair like I do. I have to use the highest power setting on our shower head to rinse my shampoo. I found this Dessange Paris Purifying Clay Pre-Shampoo Mask that completely changed my scalp. You use the small brush that is included and press it into your scalp. I make about 1/2 inch wide parts along my hair and brush the mask along the part. Let it sit for 10 minutes before you shower, then wash it out with the Dessange Paris Purifying Clay Balancing Shampoo. These products smell amazing! You can find them at Target for a price that won’t break the bank. A product that helps my hair and my wallet is a win-win!

Step 5: Hair turban to dry hair 3/4 of the way.

I started using a microfiber hair turban a year ago. I haven’t stopped using it since. Instead of towel drying your hair that can cause frizz and breakage, wrap your hair in THIS and let it absorb the water. I let my hair stay wrapped in this for 30 minutes, then it only takes me about 5 minutes to give myself a super simple 
blow out. No more standing and drying my hair for 30 minutes!

I hope these steps will help you have renewed healthy hair! xo

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How I Curl My Hair [Updated]

 Robe: c/o Make Me Chic

I finally have an updated hair tutorial on youtube! I know it has been months. This whole settling into Oregon transition has been much more of a process then I thought back in April. Since moving I have tried some new products and tools to combat my hair changing texture with the new weather here. 

THIS hairspray and THIS texturizer have completely changed my hair. It will now hold a curl. I switched to THIS curling iron because it helps with heat damage and is the only one that will curl my hair now. I have never had a problem with my hair curling so it was devastating trying to find a new curling iron.

Since we haven’t found our new home yet, I have made a point to wear something that makes me feel put together. Our room is anything BUT put together. I have always struggled with anxiety and nervousness, especially when my surroundings are not necessarily stable. Wearing a cute robe such as THIS one makes my mornings just a little bit easier. You should try it sometime! 

PS be on the lookout for this makeup tutorial, it’s my new routine!

Luxy Hair Extensions Chocolate Brown 20″
use code ‘topknotsandpearls’ for money off!
T3 Curling Iron 1″ Barrel
Bioionic hair dryer