High 5 for Friday: Personal Improvement Edition

Sometimes in the midst of working a million jobs, and doing a million house projects, and writing a million blog posts I forget to take good care of myself. That needs to stop. Sometimes you gotta treat yo’ self.

 

Instead of my usual high 5 for Friday post about great things from this week, here’s 5 super easy ways I’m taking control of feeling better about me:

1. SKIN CARE.

Back in high school I had a glorious paycheck from my part time jobs that I could spend on whatever the heck I wanted because I had no bills or responsibility. Then I grew up and had to make cuts to pay bills and now I don’t even buy shaving cream… I just lather up with Dollar Store soap and hope I don’t get razor burn.

I have always used  Neutrogena face cream in the morning before I put on my makeup, but I’ve added a before bed toner and anti-wrinkle eye cream to the mix now too.  After loving the Dickinson’s towelettes I got in my VoxBox, I decided to buy a toner by that brand as well. Then I chose an anti-wrinkle eye gel by Olay to package it with. I am LOVING both of these products. I shower at night, so the toner and eye cream go on right before bed.

The toner will probably last me 3-4 months, and the face cream and eye cream each about 6 months.

The toner will  last about 3-4 months, and the face cream and eye cream each about 6 months.

2. TEETH CARE.

I am obsessed with brushing my teeth, that is never ever an issue. However, when I buy my Dollar Store soap I usually also buy my dollar store toothpaste. Then I got Colgate Optic White toothpaste in my VoxBox and you know what… there really is an actual, noticeable difference between $1.00 toothpaste and $3.00 toothpaste. My teeth are freaking sparkling right now. So I’m going to keep that up. And also, I am flossing every single night before bed. Next time my dentist asks if I floss regularly my answer will not be a lie!

All 3 of these came in my VoxBox, the toothpaste is what I have decided to stick with (and Matt's still using the brush).

All 3 of these came in my VoxBox, the toothpaste is what I have decided to stick with (Matt’s still using the brush too).

3. GETTING OFF MY BUTT CARE.

I do not like to exercise. I choose watching Netflix under the covers with my dog 112% of the time. Unfortunately, I sit at a desk all day at work. Then I sit at a desk all night at work. Then I go home and go to bed.  My body is displeased at my lack of movement. I don’t blame it. My new goal is to walk at least 2 miles 2-3 times a week and to do solid yard work 1-2 times a week (building walls and walkways is exercise!). Baby steps here, folks. I’m not about to start training for the Olympics.

4. EATING SOME DARN VEGETABLES CARE.

Yeah, in addition to the not exercising I also eat like a 5 year old. Like I go daysssss without eating fruits or vegetables. Sometimes weeks. Obviously that needs to stop because I’m a freaking grown up and I need to eat more then bread and pizza and peanut butter. I downloaded and app for my phone and I’m tracking what I eat, which will hopefully help me make some better choices.

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5. THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN.

What do you do to “pamper” yourself that you could never give up? And I say that in quotations because seriously, my idea of pampering is buying name brand toothpaste. Let a sistah know!

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16 thoughts on “High 5 for Friday: Personal Improvement Edition

  1. I started getting gel manicures in the fall – perfect way to Treat Yo Self! It’s about $25, lasts 2-3 weeks and saves me the time I would have spent on a home manicure on the weekends and any touch-ups during the week.

  2. Highly highly recommend looking into ways to stretch out your hip flexors. This is one of the things I’ve really noticed a difference in since beginning pilates/yoga — these muscles can get very tight when you spend all day sitting at a desk (hello, adulthood) and now if I go a day or two without stretching I really do notice a difference. This is a good overview but there’s a lot out there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=8_hip_flexor_stretches_and_exercises_for_healthy_hips

  3. I totally get it. I am realizing that too. Aaron is NOT happy about me working 14 hour days now, with showing houses. So we are trying to find ways to better take care of ourselves. I love this post 🙂

  4. I started visiting a tailor. I’m a thrift store junkie, so I usually pay $5 or less for pants and dresses, then between $15-$20 to have them custom-fit. It’s a lot less expensive than I thought! And, 5 years later I’m still wearing the same clothes because they still fit great! So it really has ended up saving me money, even though it feels like a “pamper.”

  5. I take really good care of my hair. I’ve always had really frizzy, curly hair so making it manageable AND look good as been a goal and a priority. I use Garnier pure clean (it’s like 92% biodegradable!) so it gets my hair super squeaky clean. then I use either Trader Joe’s tea tree tingle conditioner or Paul Mitchell’s tea tree conditioner (which is like $15 a bottle and lasts me 3-4 months). I use the PM when my scalp is itchy from dry weather and what not. after my shower, I use morrocanoil curl creme when it’s damp to make my curls shiny and un-frizzy. THEN (hah seriously.) I sometimes use bigsexyhair soy renewal oil. I got it in my ipsy subscription box and it is WONDERFUL. it smells so delicious and calms my frizzy hair down AND makes my hair super shiny!

  6. I try to paint my nails on Sunday evening after the weekends dirty digging activities are over with!
    I have been looking for the Dickinson’s products but I can’t find them anywhere! I have tried Target, Walmart, Walgreen’s and a couple of grocery stores! Nothing!

  7. For the past 20 years I get my nails done every 2-3 wk and my hands always look very nice. I would never sacrifice that treat for myself. I can afford $20 every 2-3 weeks. I love it and so does my awesome husband! 🙂

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