My Summer Goals

Although Summer started a few weeks ago I still wanted to share my top 5 goals for this summer. It started out as a much much much longer list, but due to some mental illness difficulties I have to cut it down. So since I’m looking at it I wanted to share it with all of you.

I want to see the stars

I’ve lived in the suburbs all of my life, and although I really do like living where I do I don’t get to see the stars… at all. Honestly I’ve never been in a situation where I can really see the stars without excess light or trees not covering them up. It wasn’t until a few months ago where my friend (now boyfriend) was waiting for me outside his apartment building that I really decided I did want to see the stars. He was telling me how he missed the stars, and what he missed about where he grew up. He was telling me about the stars, and now I really want to see the stars like he used to.

I want to improve my health

My physical and mental health have both taken a toll lately, and I want to do better with that this summer. I’m making plans right now but starting soon I’m really going to be hitting it hard with exercising, eating healthy, and working on my mental health. None of this will be easy and really I’m in it for the long haul, but you have to start somewhere and I don’t want to go down any farther so I wanna try going up.

Take More Photos

If you haven’t been following my Instagram for a while you might not know that the amount of pictures that I take and post has gone down. I want to do more of this because photography is something that I truly love to do. So I want to take and post more pictures as a way to document my days, interact with the world outside my house, and express myself more creatively. (If you have any photo ideas let me know!)

Read and Write More

The worst thing about college for me was that I wasn’t reading or writing for personal pleasure. So since graduating I’ve read two books and I want to start writing again. Although I didn’t do this a ton in high school, and these have both been things that I do when I have little to do I want these to be things that I do more often. I really do enjoy doing these, so I want to get back into it.

Smile More

This one is sort of my catch all. I want to do more things that make myself and others smile. Things that help others to enjoy their lives and just spread a little more joy in the world.

For the rest of the summer I will be vlogging some/most of these adventures, so remember to follow my blog and check up on my social media pages (@happysmiles159) for updates and stories!

What are your goals this summer?

See you soon,

~Amanda

Clean and Clear Deep Action Exfoliating Scrub Review

After taking two weeks and really not taking care of my skin, like at all, during a stressful time where I really should have been taking care of my skin I can say that my skin isn’t in the best condition right now. That’s sort of what lead me to buying a Deep Action exfoliating Scrub by Clean and Clear from Walmart the other day.

So why not review this new product that I’m just starting to use in hopes that it’ll save my skin before Friday? (Spoiler: I was lazy and there was no way this breakout is clearing up before Friday)

So the scrub comes in a really simple squeeze bottle that is opaque at the top and fades to a transparent material at the bottom. It also has a gradient from a dark blue to a teal, and  it looks nice sitting in the bathroom next to the night time face wash.

I’ve been using this once every other day to try to really get some of the gross stuff off my skin quicker, and it really did. It got a lot of the dead skin off of my face and my foundation went on so much better after. It also felt oddly nice for the “beads” to sort of really scrub. I did scrub a little too hard for like a minute where it wasn’t that comfortable, but other than that it felt really nice to use and left my skin feeling so nice after.

Overall I am going to continue this product, and you’ll see it in next week’s post My Makeup and Skin Routine Summer 2017, which will be up on Monday.

What’s your favorite part of your skin care routine? Let me know in the comments below!

See you soon,

~Amanda

8 Things I Want To Try

Just like everyone else at the start of the new year, I had a few things that I wanted to do. I’m no where near getting any of the stuff on that list done, but creating a bucket list sort of seemed like a way to procrastinate (like I am on my homework today) and sort of do the resolution thing at the same time. Today I wanted to share with you some things that I want to attempt to try in my life time.  Continue reading

Top 5 Self Care Ideas

Recently I’ve wanted to start taking time for self care every day, which has made me sort of get creative with what I do so that I do things that are manageable for me to do every single day .

Self Care means that you take time out of your day to take care of yourself and make sure that you are healthy and taking time to relax. Often times for me it’s taking lazy time during the day to watch a few youtube videos or to go shopping online for a little bit, but these are my top 10 things that I do once a day to help me take care of myself and relax a little bit.

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