Jul 31, 2018

August Self Care Challenge

August Self Care Challenge
Welcome back if you joined in on the challenge for July.  If you are new to this August self care challenge then welcome.  I hope you enjoy this challenge and find it motivating and uplifting.  I hope it helps you take better care of yourself.  I hope together we can learn to love our self more every day.  Don't hesitate to email me with any questions, tips, tricks, or suggestions.  Also, make sure to join our Facebook group so we can interact more often.  


My Monthly Focus
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august self care challenge
Every month I focus on a new goal.  I like monthly goals because it can create a habit.  That is exactly what my fitness focus last month did.  By the end of the month I didn't even need to really think about what I put into my body because I only reached for good foods (with of course an occasional treat, because why not!).  Same with my exercise routine.  It started to become easy to get up early and exercise because it makes me feel so much better.

This month I am focusing on a new goal and that is mediation/prayer.  I really love the peace that meditation brings.  I need it more in my life, especially since school starts this month.  So I am excited to be focusing on it this month.  I also want to make my prayers more meaningful and really searching for answers when I pray.  So I am incorporating that as well.  Sometimes prayer in itself can take the place of mediation if that is something you like to do.

Here are some great apps and products to increase your chances of having a great mediation and/or prayer session:

 Explanation of contest
august self care challenge
If you are new here then you will find out that another fun thing that I will be doing every month will be holding a contest to go along with the challenge.  Here is how you enter:
  1. Download the self care challenge calendar.
  2. Snap a picture of you completing the challenge each day and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #aug2018selfcare.  Each picture that you post will be an entry into the challenge giveaway.  (Make sure to make the pictures public or else I can't see them unless I follow you)
  3. Join our Facebook group and post pictures on the Facebook group of you completing the challenges.  Each picture posted will be an entry into the giveaway. 
  4. Also, leave a comment on this post below and tell me your personal goal in regards to the monthly focus (meditation and/or prayer).  This will be worth 5 points.  
  5. Also you have to follow Just Nails Stephanie in order to win!  (If you don't have Instagram then email me.  We will work something out.)
Prize
august self care challenge
I am so excited to share with you the prize for August.  I have been using these for over a year and I am obsessed.  This month the winner will get a package of Color Street Nail Strips! 
  • These last a long time.  No more chips after 1 day. 
  • They are SO FAST and EASY to put on. 
  • They go on dry.  No more waiting for your nails to dry. 
After you try these you will want a million like I have.  Okay, I don't have a million, but close.  

Breakdown of certain days "challenges"
august self care challenge
I have provided some suggestions, ideas, and tips for SOME of the day's challenges.  They are all simple, maybe not easy, but simple.

Day 3: Wash your face before you get in bed.  The biggest thing I tell others to do when it comes to washing your face is to buy something you are really excited to use OR that costs enough that you will use it because you don't want to spend the money and then not use it.

Day 4: Meditate.  Since I am a religious person a lot of time my "meditation" is spent in prayer.  So I pray and then I am quiet and calm while "listening" to an answer to my prayer.  However, I also love to actually meditate.  I love to use the app, Calm.  Another great app is called Headspace.

Day 5: Paint your nails.  Better yet, use Color Street.  No streaks, no smudges, no drying time!  They are SERIOUSLY the BEST!

Day 6: Grab that book you want to read.  Check out some of my favorite books.

Day 8: Put this calendar up where you see it often.  It might be by your nightstand, or bathroom mirror, or maybe your fridge.  Just put it somewhere so you can be reminded that self care is important to you.

Day 9, 10, & 12: I love to use an app that locks me out of certain apps.  I have this set up daily.  This is the one I am currently using.

Day 11: Date Night.  Check out this post on date night ideasHere is another oneI even have a 52 Date Night Ideas e-book!

Day 15: Watch a chick flick.  I will be watching The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, but check out some of my other favorites.

Day 17: Have a healthy snack.  Here are some of my favorites:

-Hard boiled egg
-Protein balls
-Protein bars
-Cottage cheese ranch dip and veggies
-Frozen grapes
-Turkey wrapped around string cheese (melt it on your George Foreman and it's even better)
-Apple and cheese stick
-Belvita crackers
-Yogurt with Love Crunch

Day 18: Try a new recipe!  Put one of those recipes you pinned to good use. 

Day 19: Go to bed early!:  Go to bed an hour earlier than when you usually do.

Day 20: Write in your journal: Journaling is so important for self care.  It doesn't have to be long.  It can be really short, but journaling really grounds you.  It makes you mindful of your life and is a great way to reflect on the past and look forward to the future.  Here are some journals I love:
                                               -Floral journal
                                               -Self Exploration Journal
                                               -5 Year Journal

Day 21:  Get up and get ready before your kids get up:  This is one thing I do every day.  There are very few days that I don't do this and it is necessary for my sanity.

Day 22: Do yoga: My favorite people to do yoga with are on YouTube, they are Sarah BethAdriene, and Kassandra.  I also love using the Down Dog app

Day 23: Get a sweet treat:  This will probably be a PB Twix or a chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich for me.

Day 25: Go on a hikeIf you want to get your hands on an awesome book then check out this one!  (That one is for Salt Lake City, but if you want to find one for near you then go to the search menu and type in "60 hikes within 60 miles and then type in a major city near you.  There are a ton of options.)

Day 26: Get cozy with your favorite drink: Frozen hot chocolate or a lime ricky are calling my name!  I want to see yours post on Instagram or in the Facebook group!

Day 27: Grab a puzzle book: Anything will do, but here are some ideas:
-Sudoku
-Word search
-Brain Games
-Games, puzzles and trivia
-Mystery and logic puzzles

Day 29: Text or call 3 friends today:  Sometimes these conversations can be long.  So talking might be hard, but actually have a conversation with them.  Don't just stalk them on social media. 

Day 30: Set up a friend date: It can be anything.  Paint night, dinner, movie, play, pedicure.  Just spoil yourself with one of your girlfriends.  Or five if you want. 

Day 31: Join a club:  It can be any club.  Book clubs have my heart. 


Jul 17, 2018

Women Colored (or White) Shorts Outfits (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)

Women Colored (or White) Shorts Outfits (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
With a small wardrobe you want to make sure you have variety in your closet to keep things fresh.  That is why having women colored or white shorts is something you need in your closet.  It will help not make the Summer months so boring by only wearing your denim shorts. 

Ways to wear women colored or white shorts
Women Colored (or White) Shorts Outfits (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
I like to wear a more neutral colored shirt with colored shorts, but if I am wearing white shorts I like to wear something with color.  I want to give a word of caution to white shorts.  White shorts with kids can be hard.  Especially if you are holding them often because their dirty shoes will rub on your shorts and it isn't pretty when you are done.  I will start getting white shorts after my youngest is around 5, until then I buy colored shorts. 

Places to purchase women colored or white shorts
Some of these links contain affiliate links which means if you purchase after clicking on the link I will receive a very small commission.  I wholeheartedly recommend these stores and commission would never sway me to recommend something I could not stand behind.

Women Colored (or White) Shorts Outfits (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
If you are looking for a good deal then this is a great place to start.  Search for "shorts" in the search bar to see if anything comes up.  Also, there are a ton of outfit ideas when you search this way! 

Women Colored (or White) Shorts Outfits (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
I check out Jane and Groopdealz at the same time.  I love both of them!

Downeast
Once again Downeast made my list.  I like looking here because I like their clothes fit me.  It is good to go with a comfortable fit. 

Gap usually is rough for me when it comes to the way their bottoms fit me, but I love the styles they have so I always look there. 



Posts about the Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe: 

-Introduction of the list (Download your own checklist)

Jul 16, 2018

Simple Jean Shorts (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)

Simple Jean Shorts (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
Simple jean shorts are a closet staple.  During the Summer I have to live in shorts otherwise I melt.  There are so many options when it comes to jean shorts.  So find a style that you love. 

Ways to wear simple jean shorts
Simple Jean Shorts (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)

Honestly, you can wear them with ANYTHING.  If you want to dress them up then wear them with heels.  I don't tend to do that because... mom life.  However, like in the picture above they are super cute with heels.  

Places to purchase simple jean shorts
Some of these links contain affiliate links which means if you purchase after clicking on the link I will receive a very small commission.  I wholeheartedly recommend these stores and commission would never sway me to recommend something I could not stand behind.

Simple Jean Shorts (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
If you are looking for a good deal then this is a great place to start.  Search for "shorts" in the search bar to see if anything comes up.  Also, there are a ton of outfit ideas when you search this way! 

Simple Jean Shorts (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
I check out Jane and Groopdealz at the same time.  I love both of them!

Cents of Style
Simple Jean Shorts (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
I can always find shorts on Cents of Style website.  Pluses for ordering through them: FAST SHIPPING and FREE SHIPPING.  BONUS! 

Simple Jean Shorts (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
I just love the way Downeast's clothes fit me.  So I always like to look here too.


Posts about the Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe: 

-Introduction of the list (Download your own checklist)

Jul 2, 2018

Women's Cropped Trousers (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)

Women's Cropped Trousers (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
Honestly I kind of tripped over the women's cropped trousers that I currently have.  I found them at Old Navy and they fell into my lap.  Honestly, I have been so surprised with how much I love them.  I like to wear them both to dress up...of course, but it as been fun to make them more casual as well.  

Jul 1, 2018

July 2018 Self Care Challenge

July 2018 Self Care Challenge
I am so excited to get started on this self care challenge.  In the Summer we can forget to take care of ourselves.  Especially if we have kids out of school for the Summer.  This challenge is going to continue to go through December though.  I think that is PERFECT because we also forget to take care of ourselves during the holiday season.  I feel like October through December is a time of the year that we forget about ourselves.  (For the most current challenge click here!)

Jun 21, 2018

Simple Women's Striped Shirt (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)

Simple Women's Striped Shirt (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
I love stripes.  Stripes on everything for me!  They are so simple to pair with anything and everything.  The key is to find a simple women's striped shirt.  

Jun 13, 2018

Women's Button Down Shirts (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)

Women's Button Down Shirts (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
Women's button down shirts can be casual, but they can certainly be more dressy as well.  That is what I like about them.  Since I have two in my wardrobe I usually try to get one of each style.  A more fancy one that might require a bit more care and then one that is more casual.  

May 7, 2018

Pleated or Flouncy Skirt (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)

Pleated or Flouncy Skirt (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
I've said it so many times, but I love skirts.  This is one category that I always feel like changing up.  I love skirts and dresses and the way I feel when I wear them and the way they look.  

So once again a pleated or flouncy skirt was not hard for me to add to my wardrobe.  Once again the hardest part was figuring which ONE I would choose.  I tend to change these out about every year, just to give myself something new.

Apr 30, 2018

How to Wear a Pencil Skirt (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)

pencil skirt outfits casual closet
I knew I needed a pencil skirt in my wardrobe.  Honestly, in the Summer I LOVE to wear my pencil skirt.  I like wearing skirts more than shorts.  So the hardest part is only having one! 

Ways to wear a pencil skirt
How to wear a pencil skirt?  Really how to NOT wear a pencil skirt is a better question.  Like I said I wear skirts in the Summer ALL THE TIME.  If you get a casual enough pencil skirt then you can  even wear it to a baseball game.  Just make sure it is neutral enough and also that it is comfy enough.  

Apr 16, 2018

Floral or Patterned Dresses (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)

Floral or Patterned Dresses (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
It took me awhile to get on the floral wagon.  I have been on it for quite a few years, but I remember when they became popular I was a bit hesitant.  I only have 2 dresses in my whole wardrobe!  This can be a bit difficult.

So when it comes to floral or patterned dresses I have to be very picky.  I need it to be beautiful, but I also need it to be versatile.  One year I had a striped dress, but this year I went with a floral dress.  If you have a small wardrobe know that you can swap them out when you get tired of one of them.  I tend to wear one for at least a year.  If I love it more then I continue wearing it.

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