Thursday, February 25, 2021

Staying Home With Scotties + Loungewear Favorites

 Hi everyone! The winter in Buffalo always feels extremely long and this year we've been spending more time at home than ever. I've been picking up Scotties Triple Soft tissues at our local Tops and my family loves having them around the house. Not only are these tissues the best because they are so gentle on your skin, but I love the variety of box designs that match any space. I always make sure to have them in my room and on my desk in my office. You can also get cash back through the Ibotta app when you buy Scotties Triple Soft! 

I'm also sharing a few of my favorite loungewear looks below! Throughout the past year, I've really expanded my loungewear collection and hope you guys can find a few pieces you love. 

Enjoy!

My favorite loungewear:





Thank you Scotties Tissues for sponsoring this post!

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

I'm Going Back to School!

Hi everyone! As you may know, I've been blogging full-time since graduating from Mercyhurst University last spring. So many of you have been asking me what my next step is and I'm so happy that I finally know and can share! While I absolutely love blogging full-time, I've been trying to decide what the future holds for me and exploring many options. There are so many different options when it comes to choosing a career and it can get very overwhelming. After thinking about it for a while, I'm so excited to share that I'm going back to school to become a teacher! Don't worry I still will be blogging as often as I do now, but I will be working on getting my teaching degree and sharing my experiences along the way. I'm so thrilled with my decision and look forward to being in school again. 

I'm going to Buffalo State College which will allow me to live at home and take my classes online which is wonderful. Being able to continue blogging is a top priority for me and I think the schedule I'm taking on will definitely allow me to do so. Blogging has been such a source of happiness for me during my entire adult life and I truly don't know what I would do without all of you. I could not be more thankful for the friendships I've developed and the support you all give me. Please know that I am always here to talk about anything and am only a quick DM or email away.

I will be studying Business Marketing Education and also hope to get my certification in Family and Consumer Science. One of my mom's good friends is a teacher and I was able to spend a lot of time with her chatting about the job and began to realize it was the perfect fit for me. My dad always encouraged me to go to school for teaching, but when I graduated from high school I didn't think that was what I wanted to do. The more I looked into becoming a teacher, I realized that it's such a wonderful job. Classes started this week which is definitely very different from my previous college experience because of COVID. I love participating in discussions and meeting new people in my classes, but hopefully, we will be back to that soon and be able to do it virtually in the meantime! I'm pretty organized when it comes to my school and blog work so I'm hoping I will be able to keep all of my ducks in a row.  

On another note- for all of you who recently graduated, are graduating soon, or are feeling stuck in your current role I encourage you to explore new options and never give up on finding something that will fulfill you. It can feel very stressful trying to find a career path that is the best fit for you- believe me, I felt that stress for the last few months. I received so many messages on Instagram of people telling me stories about their change in career paths later in life and I love hearing about how people found their passion. It was wonderful to hear that so many people love their teaching jobs and were even sweet enough to offer assistance if I ever need it! If I can ever be of assistance to you in any way please reach out!

Thank you all so much for reading! 

Monday, February 1, 2021

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas!

 Hi everyone! I can't believe it's already February! I feel like the month flew by and I'm hoping the rest of the winter will do the same. I'm dreaming of some sunnier days! With it being February, Valentine's day is right around the corner and I thought it would be fun to share a few gift ideas with you guys. I included items at a variety of price points and included a few promo codes for you as well. 

Enjoy!

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

My Haircare Routine

 Hi everyone! I am always getting asked about my hair care routine and I'm happy to say I finally found products that I absolutely love and make my hair feel so healthy. My hair is pretty thin, so I have a hard time finding products that nourish my hair without weighing it down. In today's post, I'm sharing my go-to products and if you head over to my Instagram (@belleoftheball45) I shared how I curl my hair as well. 

My Haircare Routine:

For shampoo and conditioner, I use Olaplex No. 4 and No. 5. I know these are a higher price point- but in my opinion, it's definitely worth it. My hair has never felt so healthy and it has such a nice shine to it. I've never had a shampoo that lathers as well as this one. After I shower, I use a t-shirt to dry my hair instead of a towel and find it to be more gentle on my hair. Sleeping with a silk pillowcase has also been great for my hair! I'm linking the one I have below. I've been more mindful of my haircare routine lately - especially since I've been noticing a lot more shedding. To hopefully gain some density back in my hair, I also use The Ordinary Multi-Peptide Serum. I've heard wonderful things and definitely have started to see a difference since I've been using it. 

My favorite products:

Another thing I've switched about my routine is how I brush my hair. I used to brush immediately after I got out of the shower- which is something I try to avoid now. Ideally, I will let my hair dry completely and then run through it with a wide-tooth comb. I found an inexpensive two-pack of combs on Amazon and can't believe I've lived without them for so long! Before my hair is completely dry, I also add a few drops of the Olaplex No. 7 Bonding Oil which helps keep my ends hydrated. 

Hair Accessories:

I tend to wash my hair 2-3 times a week, so dry shampoo is my bestie! I've tried SO many throughout the years and finally found one that I love. It's from the brand Prose and they completely customize it for your hair. Like Olaplex, it is a bit higher of a price point but I bought mine a year ago and am still using it. It is great at absorbing oil and leaves my hair feeling amazing. Normally I will apply it before I do my makeup to give it time to absorb, then I give it a quick blow dry at my roots to add volume. In-between washes I try to not put my hair in too many tight styles because I think that has caused a lot of damage to my hair in the past. I have a few claw clips that I absolutely love- I always toss my hair up in them to get it out of my face!

Hair Appliances:


Everyone's hair is different, but these products work great for me and I hope this was helpful! Also- be sure to head to my Instagram to check out how I put all of the products to use. 

Thanks for reading!

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