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:


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.


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).


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.


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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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!


Influenster Vox Box Review!

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you may have noticed I’ve been a little excited about my Vox Box and the products in it, so I thought I’d take a post to tell you what the heck a Vox Box is and why I’m so obsessed with it.

I am a member of Influenster.com (if you’d like an invite let me know). As part of that they sent me a box of products to test out and review- hooray! The theme of the box I got is “sugar ‘n spice.”

holy crap, this box was filled with goodies.

holy crap, this box was filled with goodies.


1. belVita Breakfast Biscuits: I ate these immediately, which is why I have no close up picture of them. But really, if you give me free food chances are it’ll be gone in under 5 minutes. They were really good, tasted similar to a graham cracker, and for being smallish were filling with my eggs and tea.

2. Nectresse: This is a sweetener with 0 calories that is all natural. It came with a little booklet to tell you what measurements to use when substituting it for sugar, which was really helpful. I cut up a bunch of strawberries, added a packet, and chowed down. It tasted exactly like sugar, so if you’re trying to be more healthy and organic conscious it’s definitely a good way to to.

3. Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer: This guy deserves an solo photo op.

UntitledI freaking love this stuff. I’ve gotten into the routine of taking a shower, spraying this on, then blow drying my hair & by the time my hair is dry this has been totally absorbed. It promises not to be oily or greasy and it really isn’t, it ends up feeling a little bit like you just put baby powder on.

It sprays on continuously, you don’t have to pump it, so you can just cover yourself head to toe then quickly rub it in and then you’re done. I have super super painful dry sky so normally I go more for a thick lotion then something this lightweight, but it did the trick and I was really impressed.

I definitely recommend this product, especially where summer is coming up because I think it’d be really good after a day at the beach.

Have I sold you on this yet? I hope so. Because they’re not even making me say amazing things about it. I just feel that deserves to have amazing things said.


4. Colgate Optic White Regimen: There were 3 Colgate products in the box that if used together claimed to whiten your teeth within 5 days.


I’ve used the mouthwash and toothpaste everyday since I got them and Matt’s been using the toothbrush (I have an electric one my dentist said I have to use). As for the mouthwash I think Matt said it best when he said “it feels like you’re gargling with electricity.” It is intense, it took me a few days to be able to gargle for the full minute. But after brushing and gargling it literally feels like you just left the dentist, it’s that thorough. And Matt says he loves the toothbrush too, that it has all sorts of textures and it’s really lightweight. I do believe our smiles are a bit brighter as well.

5. Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Oil Controlling Towelettes: This was my most favorite product in the whole box. If I was to actually go out and buy one thing from the entire box, it would be these. I love them. I want to rub my face with these towels all day everyday and sing a song about them on a mountain top.


I work a regular day job and then I alternate between two night jobs, so in between job #1 and job #2 I’ve been wiping my face down with these and it feels ah-may-zing. Normally I’d be annoyed with something like this because it does wipe off some makeup, but holy god the tingly  happiness that happens on your skin is so worth it. A box of 20 of these is only $6, so they’re pretty cheap for all the magnificent magic that they do.


So there you have it, my first product review post. Sorry it was so wordy, I had lots of things to say and was so excited to be a part of this. 🙂


I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.