Yes to Tomatoes DIY Powder-to-Clay Mask Review

I am a HUGE face mask lover, especially clay ones. I found this Yes to Tomatoes Powder Clay mask at Target for $2.50 and decided to give it a try. The Yes to Tomato line is specifically for combination and acne-prone skin, which are my 2 biggest concerns. This is what it claims on the Yes to website,

… Charcoal and tomatoes to detoxify and help clear skin. Formulated for breakout prone skin, Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal DIY Powder-To-Clay-Mask is the ultimate in customizable skin care.

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Random February Favorites

Can you guys believe how quickly February flew by, while January felt like an eternity?! I don’t have many favorites this month, but I still thought I’d share them with you!

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This month I have found myself eating a lot of avocado. It’s funny because up until recently, I hated avocado and just couldn’t stand it and now I can’t get enough! As basic as it might sound, I love avocado toast with some lemon pepper and a sprinkle of salt in the mornings. I also really like eating it from the peel with lots of nutritional yeast and a sprinkle of sea salt. Avocados are great because they are abundant in nutrients and can be incorporated into meals in different ways.

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The pros and cons about owning a dog

Too many times I have heard stories of people buying dogs or getting dogs as gifts, only to return them because they realized they were too much to handle. Dogs are a huge responsibility and a commitment that needs to be taken seriously. I own 2 dogs, a Corgi Pomeranian mix and a Pomeranian, so I thought I’d share the good and the bad of owning dogs.

1. Dogs are expensive Be prepared to spend a lot of money for your dog, including medical bills, food, grooming, and of course, my dogs’ personal favorite, squeaky toys. As many of us know, vaccinations are very important for a young pup, but they can also be expensive. There are pet stores, like Petco that offer vaccinations a little cheaper than vets. Most pups from animal shelters are up to date with their vaccinations so that also helps. Petco has a great loyalty program that helps with buying dog food and anything else they might need.

2. Dogs need a lot of time Time is key to bonding with your dog and ensuring they get the best care they need. You need to put time aside to train your dog and this is the most difficult for most owners. It can sometimes get a little frustrating, but it’s important not to give up on your dog. Dogs can get lonely too so they need constant attention. You need to make sure you put time aside for them.

3. Dogs require constant cleaning Depending on your dog’s coat, you can definitely be sure to find hair everywhere. You need to constantly be cleaning your house to get rid of their hair and any dirt or mud they may bring from your backyard. You have to clean up their poop and any accidents they may have. I know my dog loves rolling in dirt and getting into messes so I’ve learned to love cleaning.

4. Dogs make amazing friends Dogs are extremely loyal and make amazing companions. I love coming home knowing my dogs will be as excited as I am to see them.  The best part is you can vent to them and they definitely won’t judge! Haha.

5. Dogs are pretty freaking cute It’s safe to say that I love dogs, especially my own. They are the cutest, from their little paws, to their puppy stage, and their weird sleeping positions. Depending on your dog’s preference, they make some pretty darn cute clothes and accessories for them too.

6. Dogs can be great for your health Dogs need daily walks so you’ll be sure to get your daily exercise with them. They have also proven to improve stress levels and overall mental health. Believe it or not, dogs are a constant source of love, support, and comfort. They are a friend, a listener, and a companion that will never turn its back on you.

Dogs are not easy, so make sure you thoroughly research and make the proper arrangements before making this commitment. I know it isn’t always possible, but please please try to adopt and not shop!

I feel so lucky to have 2 furry best friends and I wouldn’t trade them for anything in this world!

If you want to see more cute pictures of my dogs you can follow them on Instagram here. You can find me on Instagram and Twitter ♡♡

Super Vegan Sunday Recap

Last Sunday was the Super Bowl, but it was also Super Vegan Sunday at Smorgasburg in LA! Smorgasburg is a marketplace in Los Angeles that hosts different food events every week and that Sunday was specifically geared towards vegan food, so of course I had to be there. Super Vegan Sunday

The event began at 10 am and by the time we got there it was already incredibly packed and it was only 11! The weeks leading up to the event, I was searching through the Instagram accounts of all the listed food vendors to have everything planned out. The food vendor I was most excited for was Cena Vegan. Cena Vegan serves authentic vegan tacos, burritos, nacho boats, and “meats” by the pound!  Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: All the Bright Places

One of the many goals I set up for myself this year was to read more books. I started off this goal with this book, which was highly raved about, so of course I needed to check it out. This book was written by the author Jennifer Niven and was geared towards young adults and talked about mental health issues, along with coping with death, bullying, suicide, and eating disorders. Here is a brief summary taken from the Barnes & Noble website:

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death. Every day he thinks of ways he might kill himself, but every day he also searches for—and manages to find—something to keep him here, and alive, and awake.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her small Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school—six stories above the ground— it’s unclear who saves whom. Soon it’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink. . . .

The story of these two characters is told from each of their point of view, which I thought was really interesting. Finch was by far my favorite character. He was sweet and funny and quirky (a little too quirky at times). He was a brilliant and well thought out character. Violet was an amazing character as well and I loved seeing her develop throughout the book. To be quite honest I was a bit disappointed when I first read this book because I thought it would be your typical “outsider falls in love with popular girl and popular girl surprisingly falls in love with the outsider”, but it was so much more than that! This book was raw and real when it came to mental health and I loved that. More and more people are speaking out about mental health and their own issues, but I know there are still people who suffer in silence and can’t cope with their feelings or don’t know how. The book showed that some cannot cope with their feelings, despite their intentions to feel better, something that I think many of us don’t understand. However, it also showed that others to learn to cope and find things that help them move through their life.

Honestly, it was hard not to read this book all at once because it truly consumed me and by the end of it I was a mess. I was heartbroken, but also hopeful and at peace all at once. I give this book ★★★★☆ definitely recommend it if you’re looking for something to read.

Thanks for reading and until next time!

Abby XX

2018 Resolutions

2018 is literally right around the corner and I thought I’d share a couple of resolutions with you guys. Honestly, resolutions are hard to accomplish, at least for me, so I thought I’d include small things and big aspirations.

  1. Learn to properly apply falsies (I am the worst at that lol)
  2. Read more books
  3. Be more active on this blog and hopefully increase my number of readers!
  4. Take advantage of my gym membership and go at least 3 times a week
  5. Expand and improve my cooking skills
  6. Save money to travel to Japan
  7. Be truer to who I am
  8. Hold less anger in and express my feelings the right way
  9. Graduate with a 4.0
  10. Improve my makeup skills overall
  11. Detach myself from social media a little more (I hate to admit, but I am the type of person that is constantly checking their phones)

I may not be able to achieve all my goals for 2018, but that doesn’t mean I never will! I can’t wait to see what this upcoming year has in store for me. I hope you all dream big and have a wonderful year as well! ♡

XOXO