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2016 Reflections | 2017 Resolutions

2016 Reflections | 2017 Resolutions

2016 Reflections | 2017 Resolutions

So January and February were like free trial months for 2017, right? Anyone else feel that way? I certainly do. I just couldn’t seem to get it together in January and clearly February either. Its been crazy. A new year is a great way to reflection, refresh, and make resolutions. Whether the resolutions are changes you want to see that you disliked in 2016 or things you plan to do that you never had a chance to before. I’m not just referring to changes such as working out more and drinking more water (although those are always great things to strive for). So now that my 59 day free trial is over I wanted to share with you my reflections on 2016 and some resolutions I have for 2017.

2016 Reflections

#1. 2016 was quick. It flew by, and now I’m sitting here trying to remember everything that happened… and it all seems like a blur.

#2. 2016 was rough. Between Stephen and I, there were lots of uncertainty, lots of change, and a lot of hard decisions. Towards the end of 2016 I caught myself thinking “please just let 2016 end.” I wanted a new start, and to start writing Day 1 of 365.

#3. 2016 was a learning experience. With all the toughness that 2016 brought us, I know I ended 2016 a strong person. I learned that I can in fact make it through when I felt like I couldn’t go on.

#4. 2016 was a dull year. When reflecting on my accomplishments and things I am proud of that I did in 2016, I really came up with nothing. That may be partly because I’m extremely hard on myself, but I also really think that I didn’t DO much. I didn’t challenge myself. I didn’t try to do new things or to better myself.

#5. 2016 was goal-less. This kind of goes with #4, but I didn’t really set any resolutions in 2016. Partly because I knew I wouldn’t work very hard at keeping them… whoops.

 

2017 Resolutions

#1. Slow Down – with 2016 flying by for me, I really want to focus on living each day and enjoying the moments and events in 2017. Its so easy to get caught up in the routine and the mundane activities of day to day life.

#2. Have Faith – now I’m not saying I lost my faith in 2016, rather I’m saying I need to have a little more faith and trust in God when it comes to the hard times I’ll for sure run into in 2017. I’m sure lots of people can relate to me when I say that sometimes I forget that I’m not necessary writing my own story. God has a plan for me and He created my story when he created me in the image of His likeness. What God brings me to, He will also bring me through it. Everything that I experience, everything that tests me is for a reason and I need to trust that.

#3. Be Positive – I hope that I can take a more positive  perspective on everything. Inherently I always think the WORST possible thing/outcome/result. I hope that in 2017 I can accept the challenges and tough times life throws at me and not just think of it as a negative thing.

#4. Challenge Myself – I want to make a list of challenges I want to complete, things I want to check off my bucket list, and things I want to accomplish in 2017. I really want to make 2017 a year I can look back on and be proud of.

#5. Set Goals – luckily, by writing this blog post I am already starting on this resolution! YAY ME. I want to set goals in 2017. Not only for me personally, but also for this blog. I want something to reach for, to strive for, to work for. I’m a very competitive person, and I know that I will work harder if I have set a goal that I want to reach.

 

Hopefully this was insightful for you! Maybe you haven’t had time to reflect on your 2016 or maybe you haven’t made any resolutions for 2017 yet. If you have any resolutions for 2017 you’d like to share, comment down below and let me know what they are!

FabFitFun | Fall 2016

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So I’m sometimes really slow at joining bandwagons… but I’m so glad I finally got on this bandwagon! I finally subscribed to FabFitFun! I just received my first box, and it was the Fall 2016 box. If you haven’t heard of FabFitFun before, it’s a quarterly subscription service that sends you the latest in beauty, fashion, and wellness for each season. This isn’t a subscription that sends you tiny sample sizes that you won’t ever use. FabFitFun sends you full-sized products, that I would actually be interested in trying if I were at a store and shopping. Each box for each season is guaranteed to have $120+ worth of full-sized products. The FabFitFun Fall 2016 box total value is $239.99! Each box is $49, but when you use my link below you’ll get $10 off! So it’s really a crazy great deal when you think about the value that you’re getting. I love to try new products and brands, so this subscription is spot on for me. A lot of celebrities love these boxes like the women from the Real Housewives and ladies from the Bachelor and Bachelorette.

So right when you open the box there is a little booklet or magazine that goes over everything that is included in the box. I skipped this part so I could be 100% surprised with all the products. This is where it tells you descriptions of each item, the cost, a little tip, and the overall value of the whole box. The boxes are always really cute, and this Fall box is like a large coloring book page! So that’s pretty neat, and ties in with some of the products that ended up being in the box.

The first thing I noticed was the gorgeous fall colored blanket scarf from Modcloth. I can’t wait to style this later! Then I just started pulling things out like it was Christmas, it was so exciting! Next I pulled out the precious coffee mug with gold lettering that says, “Joy comes in the morning.” The next item was the Nude Collection eyeshadow palette from Pure Cosmetics, which I tried out already. I love the colors, perfect shades for fall. It has a lot of shimmery shades, which I don’t normally gravitate towards. The pigmentation was pretty good, but not the best I’ve ever used.

Then I pulled out the Spongelle body buffer. It is a rose body wash infused buffer that exfoliates and cleanses. It says it’s hypoallergenic and made with extracts of Yuzu, Edelweiss, and Vetiver. I was very excited to try this, because I’ve never tried anything like it. I used in the shower, which thinking back it would probably be easier to use it in the bathtub. The instructions say to submerge it underwater and squeeze it to start the lather. It had a really nice lather to it, and you can definitely feel the exfoliation. I have skin on the more sensitive side, so it was a little rough for me but I think if I had soaked it more it wouldn’t have been as rough. It smelled lovely, and I like that you can use it multiple times before the soap runs out. They also suggest using it as a regular loofah with other soaps once the infusion runs out!

Then I discovered the cute little coloring book, Things Coloring, and the coloring pencils from Pencils Of Promise (which I’ll talk more about later)! How cute, you can color the book AND the box. I LOVE to color, and it’s all the rage right now as a form of meditation and mindfulness. Next up was the Body Oil in French Lavender. It smells so good, and it says to use it in place of your nighttime moisturizer. I used it on my pulse points before bed, and even dropped some in my bath! The next item I pulled out was the toesox! I actually have a serious problem with things being in between my little toes. It seems silly, but it makes me feel claustrophobic. Flip flops are fine, but if my toes feel cramped it’s a no-go for me. But I really like that they have little grippy dots, so it would be great for barre classes or yoga.

Next was a Restoring Night Serum from Skin Laundry. It has a very watery consistency, and it doesn’t really have a smell which is a bonus for some people. I’ve only used it once, and I don’t have any complaints but I can’t speak to how well it works. Lastly, there is the BrowGal clear brow gel. It’s a clear color, so I’m a huge fan of that. I’ve used clear brow gel for my setting and taming my brows (obviously), but also for fly aways at my part in my hair! This is very wet brow gel, and feels like hairspray for your eyebrows. It’s not my favorite formula, but I’ll definitely use it again.  

What I didn’t know before getting my FabFitFun Fall box, is that as a bonus they give you bonus sponsored items and coupons! So in this box they had a cute little Secret deodorant, and Cottenelle wipes!

But what I think is the BEST part about this box is the meaning. The partnerships in this Fall box was all about women with ambition. Six of the brands included in the Fall box were founded by women. They highlight in the booklet the importance of lifting up and supporting women. Which, I LOVE. The charity for the FabFitFun Fall box is Pencils Of Promise, who work to ensure that all children have access to quality education. I’m all about supporting charities, and I love that this fun subscription box also has a bigger meaning and purpose to help others and give back.

All in all I am very pleased with my first ever FabFitFun box! My favorite items from the FabFitFun Fall 2016 box is the Modcloth blanket scarf, Spongelle body buffer, and the cute coffee mug.  and I can’t wait to see what they come out with for Winter! If you’re interested in trying it out, don’t forget to use the link below to get your $10 off!

 

$10 off your first FabFitFun box!
EVER Skincare Hoopla 2016

EVER Skincare | grace & whim

As some of you might know, I was in San Francisco last weekend for something called “Hoopla.” Long story short, Hoopla is what the Stella & Dot Family of Brands calls their weekend conference. This past weekend I was at a conference for EVER Skincare. What some of you might not know is that Stella & Dot has a sister company called EVER. I became a part of EVER Skincare within the first year of it’s existence. We are less than two years old, and we are already disrupting the beauty industry. Our fantastic peel pads have just won Allure’s Best of Beauty for the second year in a row! The first two years of EVER’s existence! I could not be more excited about what is to come for EVER Skincare as a company, and for the effect it will have on thousands and even millions of women’s lives. Personally, I joined EVER because I 1) needed new skincare products, 2) whole heartedly believed in their mission and commitment to only include good-for-you products that deliver incredible results, and 3) I thrive in jobs that aren’t confined to other people’s rules and schedules. EVER gives me that financial freedom and the flexibility to work my business wherever I am and whenever I want.

Allure Best of Beauty Award EVER Skincare | grace & whim

Coming back to Houston, reality, and humidity was really hard. Not to mention it was really difficult to process everything that I had heard, learned and felt. It has taken me this long to sit down and try and gather my thoughts to share with y’all. Over the weekend I sat in a room with 200 other specialist who started out just like me. The positivity and inspiration in the room was palpable. It’s an amazing site to see that many women (and a few good men) believing in each other and lifting each other up.

We heard from Christin Powell who was the co-founder of Juice Beauty and the product developer for Perricone MD. Christin explained that it takes 12-18 months of development, formulation, and product testing to complete all of our botanically derived products. She was very transparent about the lengthy process creating products that delivers clinical grade results without adding in harsh preservatives or chemicals. We met the hilarious Leslie Blodgett, who has been at the start of billion dollar companies, founded BareMinerals, and believed in EVER so much that she’s also an investor in the company! Let’s not forget she rapped about EVER Skincare… Hamilton style. We welcomed Ani Hadjinian, who left what she thought was her dream job. Ani was the General Manager of Bobbi Brown, and moved across the country to join our conscious beauty movement. New Yorkers don’t move away from New York, much less clear across the country unless it’s for something huge.

We heard from the ever inspiring Mike Lohner, who never ceases to re-instill belief in myself. One of my favorite quotes from Mike’s talk was, “You have everything you need, you just have to unleash it.” Last but not least, Jessica Herrin. Jessica is our fearless leader, CEO, mother figure, and friend. She truly believes in each and everyone of us without hesitation. I knew I would be silly not to jump on this ground breaking, ground level opportunity that is EVER Skincare. The excitement I have when I think about the difference EVER is going to make leaves me with goosebumps.

 

Stay tuned for a full post on the regimen, and the two new products that are live now!

Skin Quiz EVER Skincare | grace & whim

In the meantime feel free to take our new Skin Quiz! This skin quiz will help you address your skin concerns, and help you customize the regimen to fit your needs. If you have ANY questions, please contact me! If you are at all curious about the opportunity to be a part of EVER Skincare, let’s chat! I am so excited to grow my team and share my passion of helping women embrace their beauty by being confident in their own skin.

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Green Chef Review

Green Chef Review Grace & Whim

It’s finally summer time, and everyone wants to get that summer bod and show it off. But then you know the Bachelorette is coming on, and it’s pretty much sacrilege if you don’t order a pizza and drink wine while watching. So you order the pizza, drink the wine, and enjoy the heck out of it. But then you feel somewhat bad about your decisions the next day, and decide to get back on track and eat healthy. Dinner time finally rolls around, and you have NOTHING in your fridge… Of course. So what do you do? Run to Chick-Fil-A (again, no brainer). If this sounds like you, believe me… you. are. not. alone. But I think I can help! Enter Green Chef!

I learned about Green Chef from a fellow Stella & Dot stylist, who has a YouTube channel (check her out!). I have always heard people talk about other “healthy food subscriptions” (Blue Apron, Hello Fresh), but never bunkered down and actually tried any of them. Boy, was I missing out!

So what is Green Chef?

Green Chef is a certified organic meal subscription that delivers weekly. They send you 3 dinners for either two, four, or six people. It’s super convenient, and they give you the option to choose between a Omnivore, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, or Paleo menu. You even get to choose what day of the week you would like it delivered. One thing I don’t like about “subscriptions” is that they always seem to get you in this loop and you can never cancel. Not the case here! You can skip one week, skip weeks, or even cancel if you’re unsatisfied! The packaging is impeccable… very well thought out, no leaks, still cold after sitting out while I was working and couldn’t unpack it right away. All the meals have a label color, and all the ingredients have a matching color. Super easy to see which ingredients belong to what meal. There is very little you need to do, except do a little chopping and the actual cooking! They also give you access the recipe online if you ever wanted to recreate it, super cool!

Stephen and I have made all three meals together, and enjoyed each one. We were able to prepare and cook each of the meals in approximately the amount of time they advertised (average 35 minutes). Although I purchased meals for 2, Stephen was able to eat the leftovers for lunch the next day too. So really it’s more like 3 meals! Score! We calculated that we probably saved about $130 by eating Green Chef and not going out to eat. You can do the same when you try Green Chef for the first time! You can get 4 meals free, just like I did by using this link.

Meal #1

Mushroom & Kale LinguineGreen Chef Review - Mushroom and Kale Linguine

Green Chef Review - Mushroom and Kale Comparison

Meal #2

Coconut Shrimp TacosGreen Chef Review - Coconut Shrimp Tacos

Green Chef Review - Coconut Shrimp Taco Comparison

Meal #3

Seed-Crusted ChickenGreen Chef Review - Seed Crusted Chicken

Green Chef Review - Seed-Crusted Chicken Comparison

I’m not going to lie, Green Chef made me feel like a master chef this past week… If you try Green Chef, comment below and let me know what you think!