my evening routine: skincare + at-home teeth whitening

my evening routine: skincare + at-home teeth whitening

Hello my loves! I’ve had a lot of requests for routine-type posts, but truthfully I feel like it took me until the last few months to get a truly good routine going. I remember when I graduated college I thought it would be so easy to have a routine when it was the same schedule every day, no homework to come home to, or whatever the case might have been, but I found that finding my “adult” routine took a lot of trial and error. Also, with all my skincare changes between treating acne, Accutane, and now coming off Accutane, I haven’t been sticking with one particular routine for long, so I waned to make sure I found the skincare + beauty products that I knew I wanted to stick with before sharing. And I’m so excited because I have the opportunity to host another giveaway here on The Southern Sooner – so be sure to keep reading for details!

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how I’m getting organized in 2019

how I’m getting organized in 2019

I love the new year because there’s so much determination in the air to get various areas of our lives together in hopes that maybe it’ll stay that way. I love spring cleaning but I try and get organized and purge unnecessary items long before March. Starting off the year a little bit lighter and less burdened by material things just feels good. So for any of you that are looking to do the same, here’s what I’m doing to start 2019 off organized!

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my favorite apps for instagram as a blogger

my favorite apps for instagram as a blogger

Instagram is fun + games for the most part, but if you’re a blogger then you know that it goes a lot deeper than simply being a social media platform – it’s a promotional tool that requires strategy. Between algorithms and planning a feed but also appealing to what your followers want to see and keeping it fun but also promoting… it’s a lot to keep track of. So here are a few apps that I have found made my Instagram easier to work with.

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bachelor live blog: season 23, episode 1

bachelor live blog: season 23, episode 1

I can’t remember the last time I watched The Bachelor, but I gotta be honest, I need to know why this guy hops over a fence!!! I have to admit, my Bachelor live blogging is a lot better when I’ve had a few glasses of wine, but unfortunately I do not have that tonight – but maybe in later blogs if this impromptu series holds lol

I lot of people are already familiar with Colton since he was on the previous season, but since I didn’t watch, I’m coming in with fresh eyes. The only thing I know about him is that he’s a virgin, which I have a lot of respect for. The Bachelor always makes me a little nervous watching 20+ girls get into it with each other all the time, but it’s half the fun.

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making time for the gym with a busy schedule + january habit tracker

making time for the gym with a busy schedule + january habit tracker

It’s always easy to get to the gym in the beginning of the new year when we feel all motivated, but then the reality of life sets back in and our schedules tend to get in the way of our good intentions.

The brutal truth I had to tell myself when I was letting my schedule get in the way of my going to the gym is this: it’s an excuse. It might be true, as young or established professionals we’re definitely kept busy and have other things that take up our time and energy, but if it’s something that’s important to you, you’ll make time. Since I’ve had to learn this firsthand, I wanted to give y’all some tips on how I did it for myself!

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5 self-development books I’m reading in 2019

5 self-development books I’m reading in 2019

I used to think I was never much of a reader because I’m always so picky about novels and usually end up getting sleepy halfway through a chapter. That, and being in school, more reading was usually the last thing I wanted to do. But as I’ve grown into my young adult life, I’ve realized that love the inspiration I can pull from self-development books; and I love that they can touch on so many different areas – faith, mentality, even in network marketing. Whatever walk of life you’re going through, odds are, you can find a self-development book about it. Here are some of the books I read in 2018 or am looking forward to reading in 2019!

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