I would be lying if I didn’t say it hasn’t been a hard week.
A really hard week.
I wish I had the words to sit and articulate all my thoughts and rehash all the details, but I’m just not there yet. Do not worry, as always, you’ll be the first to know when I have details to share 🙂 . I feel like my emotions are on a roller-coaster that I need to get off.
The good news?
Ironically, today’s post is sponsored by Nordstrom and ShopStyle and was scheduled to be all about self-care and right this minute, this mama needs to keep remembering to stop and take care of herself. How serendipitous is that for a post today?! Bonus, today also includes my 5 minute makeup routine! (Because this week, five minutes was all I had to get myself together!) I always love partnering with Nordstrom, but this time, it’s like they read my mind and foresaw the future 🙂 .
Right now, I love that Nordstrom is encouraging self-care because with so much going on in 2020, it could be reallllly easy to forget to take care of yourself while you’re busy taking care of everyone else. I don’t know that I even realize I’m practicing self-care when I do these things, but this little list here is what really keeps me energized, focused and rested…
#1 MY DAILY QUIET TIME: For me, starting every day in the Word is the best way to keep my priorities straight and keep my focus on what’s important. You can read all about my daily devotional time HERE.
#2 READING: Even though this week has been bananas, and I’ve stayed up way later than normal, I’ve read every night. I’m not one of those people who just close their eyes and go straight to sleep, I like the routine of unwinding, and even in the craziness, I’ve done that every night this week with a good book (my book review is next week!!).
#3 BEING OUTSIDE: Anyone else need to go outside to recharge during the day? When I feel sluggish or tired, a brisk walk, taking my computer outdoors, running around with my dogs, always peps me up.
#4 EXERCISING: I always try to give myself grace on days (or weeks) when I can’t exercise like I’d like to, but even this week, I was able to take some time most mornings for a quick run. I don’t know about you, but I never regret exercising but often regret when I make the decision not to exercise. It really is one way I can instantly feel better.
#5 TALKING TO FRIENDS: God bless girlfriends. Staying connected to friends is absolutely one of the main ways to take care of myself.
# 6 BATHS & BINGE-WATCHING: I used to not be a “bath person”, but the older I get, the more I enjoy that few minutes of uninterrupted quiet at the end of the day. I like to set my phone near the tub and watch a show while I take my bath. For me, that’s one of the only times during the day when I am really by myself…and I love it! I just started watching All American (thanks to you!), and it’s been nice to have a show and take a bath each night of this crazy week.
#7 COZY PJS: You girls know how much I love cozy pjs, a robe and slippers. It’s realllllly hard to feel stressed after putting that trio on!!
#8 LIGHTING A CANDLE: I love candles burning, and even though things have been bananas, I’ve been lighting the candle in my office every day to give me some sort of feeling of “normal”. Call me crazy, but it makes me feel like things are way more calm than they really are.
Okay, your turn!
What do you do to take care of yourself?!
Here are a few pics of my self-care faves from Nordstrom in action…
This is my VERY FAVORITE ROBE and SLIPPERS!! In fact, as I sit here now, I’m wearing both! I have gifted this combo to more people than I can count. It’s the perfect Christmas/birthday/graduation/just had a baby/sorry about your loss/I hope you recover/just because gift combination! In fact, here’s a picture of me right this minute…
…of course, wearing both! #everysingleday #thecoziest
Speaking of cozy…
…this pic is an oldie but goodie, but my girls still wear and love their slippers and of course, we always, always love PJ Salvage pajamas!! My girls wear them and so do I! They are the coziest, comfiest pajamas that wash, dry and wear on repeat beautifully! You can see current slippers for kids HERE (their pair is still in stock in limited sizes!) and then look at these cute pajamas too…
This favorite is something HUGE we’re celebrating today…
…sweet Ashby is finally having an MRI and bonus, THEY DON’T HAVE TO PUT HER UNDER TO DO IT!
(Insert alllllllllll the praise hands right here!!)
Ashby is so behind on her surgeries and MRIs, so today’s scan is a huge blessing. Two things to note, first, they’re doing this MRI before scheduling her next surgery because the next one might be even more invasive, so we need all the facts before we proceed. Second (and huge!), she doesn’t have to go under general anesthesia for this one as long as she can lay realllllllly still for an hour or so. Ashby is so excited!! We all know that GA is not her favorite thing (she’s done it 24 times so far!), so as long as she can be calm and still, she doesn’t have to go under today. We are at the hospital this morning, so prayers are, of course, always so appreciated!
I’ve had so many sweet questions and DMs lately about my summer makeup routine from pics like this…
…right now, even during the chaos, I just feel better if I get myself a little put together (total self-care for me!), but I legit only have about five minutes to do so (which explains all the hats and buns!). Not only do I not have the time, but I just don’t want to wear a ton of makeup when it’s super hot outside (anyone else feel like it just melts right off?!).
I have a little video here of me applying my FIVE MINUTE MAKEUP with my favorite Nordstrom products (all already in my cabinet and ready to go!)! My video was only 4 minutes and 53 seconds long, but don’t worry, I sped it up so you can see how I apply everything so quickly…
Here are all of my favorite products from this video along with why I love them:
1: Foundation Stick: you can read my FOUNDATION REVIEW post, but this one here is my absolute fave! I love that you can apply as much or as little as you want. I love that it feels hydrating on my skin and not drying. I love that it easily glides on. I love everything about it. I’m wearing it in the shade light beige.
2: Under Eye Brightener: If I haven’t convinced you that this stuff is gold yet, I’m not sure what else I can do??? This is amazing!!!!! When I only have a few minutes to apply makeup, this instantly brightens my face!!
3: Bronzer and bronzer brush: Okay, I really think the brush is key when applying bronzer here. If I only could pick two products to wear the rest of my life, I’d pick lips and bronzer. Nothing wakes you up and makes you look glowy and vibrant more than bronzer.
4: Blush: There is a reason why this blush (in orgasm) is a cult classic. The universally flattering peachy pink color looks good on all skin types. Don’t believe me? Read the reviews!!
5: Lip Color: I love this matte lipstick!! I started wearing this one in Goals last summer. I love it because it lasts for hours (seriously, this one has staying power!!). It comes in many, many colors, but this pink color is the perfect pop when I’m not doing a lot of other makeup.
6: Eyebrow pencil: I started using this one in blonde thanks to you guys! So many of you recommended it to me, and now, I love it too. It goes on a little creamy and not harsh.
7: Eye Shadow Stick: When I’m doing my normal makeup routine (and not the abbreviated one), this is what I use as an eye shadow primer. It works for quick eye shadow too. I’m using it in rose gold.
8: Top Eye Liner in Noir: How many years now have I been saying this is my favorite eye liner?! I wear it every day. I love it for so many reasons, but right now during the summer, I love it the most because it’s waterproof!!
9: Bottom Eye Liner in Blanc: A little white eyeliner instantly wakes you up!
10: Mascara: You can read my full mascara review post HERE. For years, I’ve been saying Mac’s Haute & Naughty is my fave!
11: Beauty Blender: Last but certainly not least, a damp Beauty Blender is the only way to be! I love how seamless it applies everything, how easy it is to clean and how great it is for mid-day touchups!
…the name of the game now is get ready in upstairs bathroom as quickly as possible and then…
…head to baseball…
There are so many reasons to be a Nordstrom shopper, but right now, in the climate we’re all currently living in, I love how they’re supporting diversity, encouraging influencers to talk about self-care, they’re making pick up so easy with curbside service, and of course, they always have free shipping and returns. I haven’t been inside a Nordstrom since February, but I certainly have stayed a loyal customer because they make shopping for my entire family so easy.
Last but not least this week…
…it’s hard to believe, but July 4th is right around the corner!! If you’re looking for a festive recipe to make that day (from breakfast to snacks, and of course, dessert too!), I have all of your RED, WHITE AND BLUE recipes HERE!
I don’t know what’s happening in my world right now, it’s probably some form of grieving, and I so wish I could articulate my thoughts and feelings to each of you. I have loved this community hard for almost 13 years now, but this week, you really did overwhelm me. I could go on for hours about the notes, cards, DMs, comments, emails, messages, and more you have poured on our family. On Wednesday, I asked people on Instagram to give this fiasco a hashtag and so many of you came up with SUCH CREATIVE choices, but my favorite of the bunch was #thistooshullpass . It’s hopeful and optimistic and TRUE! This flood has been devastating, but it’s just a flood. It will pass. Everything will be just fine. Thank you for thinking of us this week. God bless each and every one of you. Have a wonderful weekend!