Blogtober Recap… I DID IT!

I DID IT YOU GUYS! Today is the last day of Blogtober 2017 and I completed it!!! It was a close call on a few days, but I set out to complete 31 posts in 31 days and this one will finish me out. It was kind of a fun challenge (and y’all it really was a challenge…) but I can definitely see why I do not post every single day the rest of the year.

Some of the favorite posts I made this month were:

A Quick Hello from Kelly (Not Katie)

Just a quick hello and some fun facts about me!

10 Things to Know Before Moving to Dallas

Just what it sounds like – 10 things I wish I’d heard before moving to he best city in America.

My Favorite Christian Podcasts

Some of the MANY podcasts I listen to, and I love that I get something out of these.

Random Ramblings

Some some of the random thoughts that were bumbling around inside my brain.

I Took a Baking Class (and so should YOU!)

Sharing my fun time taking a macaron baking class!


And just like that, October is coming to an end! I don’t know if I’ll ever participate in this kind of challenge again, but I’m glad that I did it and I’m glad that I stuck it out!

Did you participate in Blogtober, too? Let me know, I want to check out all of YOUR posts!!!

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How to Decorate for Halloween When You Don’t Really Feel Like It

I don’t think that I’ve ever really been too into Halloween. Don’t get me wrong – I LOVED dressing up as a kid and going around to get candy was pretty much the ultimate things, but I’ve never liked scary movies and I even remember being kind of nervous about all the scary costumes walking around (I totally blame this one neighbor we had in San Antonio who was dressed up and sat motionless on the front porch, waited until we had rung the doorbell, and then JUMPED to scare us! It was all in good fun and wasn’t that traumatic, really, but I WILL NEVER FORGET!)

Now that I’m a grown-up, I still don’t really care too much about Halloween. And this year I (for some reason) volunteered to have a Halloween gathering at my place and then realized uhh…. I HAVE NO DECORATIONS!!!! So, I ran to Target and grabbed a few little things. It took all of 20 minutes to “decorate” my place and I think it turned out just fine!!!

I got: an orange plastic tablecloth, a Halloween banner, some paper straws (everybody loves paper straws!!!), orange light bulbs, orange twinkle lights, cobwebs, and white candles for the fireplace. That’s it! I love how it turned out, and my friends said my apartment was just and “festive enough,” so I’m calling that a win.

Once Halloween is over and I take these (minimal) decorations down… I think I’ll go ahead and start decorating for Christmas! I have the PERFECT spot for my tree this year, and I didn’t really decorate my place at all last year, so I’m feeling extra antsy to get some holiday cheer in my new apartment!

Falling in Love with Stretching (Again)

Back in high school, I was part of the color guard for the marching band (you know, the really cool people that spin flags and toss wooden rifles metal sabres). It was so much fun, and I was in the best shape of my life! All that running around and training and throwing around heavy-ish objects is really great for the waistline, tbh. But another great thing about being on colorguard was the fact that I was SO FLEXIBLE! We did INTENSE stretching before every practice/performance (which was necessary before dancing and jumping as much as we did) and all that stretching really added up. I could do the splits every which way and kick all the way up to the sky and you get the picture.

Fast forward to recently and I am…. less flexible. A lot less flexible. Somewhere along the way, stretching got out of my regular habit and man, it really shows. I can NOT do the splits any ways. I can NOT kick all the way up to the sky. I can barely kick higher than waist level without bending over. #yikes

I’ve been trying to get back into stretching lately, and thankfully I remember the stretch routine that we did back in high school. It definitely takes a while but I’m slowly getting some of my flexibility back.

I wanted to share the routine that I do for stretching at home, but I can’t figure out the best way to do so… so instead I’m going to share another stretching video that I have used and love!

Are you big into stretching? Do you only do it when you workout out or do you stretch other times, too? I’ve been trying to remember to stretch every night before going to bed – hopefully I can keep it up for a while!!

 

Staying Hydrated

Water is very important. I know, I know… how had you gone your entire life without hearing this very important fact?!?! Aren’t you so glad that you have your ol’ pal Kelly to tell you the secrets of life?

But really, drinking water is basically one of my hobbies. I don’t understand how people can go more than a few hours without having a glass – I am constantly chugging water and keeping track of how much I drink, trying to make sure that I get enough throughout the day. I always have a glass with me around my apartment, and even when I go on a road trip, I take a big tumbler of water with me (or if I forget, I get a large cup of ice water from McDonalds or the gas station once I get on the road.)

Sitting at work all day makes it really easy for me to get sidetracked and forget to drink enough water. Ideally I’d be getting up every hour to take a break and stretch my legs and get another drink, but realistically that doesn’t happen because I get distracted or I’m on a roll and don’t want to throw off my groove (quotes The Emperor’s New Groove real quick) or I just forget. My solution – get a GIANT water cup so I only have to refill it a few times a day!!!!!

So that’s what I do! I bring a comically large water bottle/tumbler to the office and fill it up first thing in the morning, refill it at lunch, and then fill it up one more time in the afternoon. I know I’m drinking enough water simply by making sure I drink the ENTIRE thing by lunch, at lunch, and then before going home for the day. So easy!

I’m always on the hunt for more gigantic tumblers to help keep me hydrated – here are some cute ones I’ve seen recently!

Lily Pulitzer

Kate Spade

S’well

Aladdin

Kate Spade

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My Beauty Essentials

I am definitely not savvy when it comes to makeup. I don’t really know what I’m doing, I definitely don’t try to get fancy,, and I’ve been using the same “techniques” (I use air quotes because I don’t do anything special) since I first started using makeup in high school.

Even though I keep things pretty simple and I only use a few products every day, I do have a rather long list of tried and true products that I use ALL THE TIME. Some of them are old classics that I’ve been using for years and years and years, and some of them are more recent finds that I immediately fell in love with!

EYELINER || On just a regular day, I usually wear brown eyeliner. When I want to feel a little fancy and do more of a cat eye, I got for liquid black. I’ve been using the cheapest one I could find (it’s by e.l.f.) and it works great!

MASCARA || This. This is the one. I’ve been using this for YEARS and I will never ever never ever never change. I get compliments on my eyelashes ALL THE TIME and I give this mascara at least 70% of the credit.

LIPSTICK || I’m not usually a lipstick person, but this one from Julep came in the mail recently and I tried it and WOW it’s the best! The color is fantastic, and it literally lasts ALL DAY. I put it on in the morning, and then I get home from work and it still looks exactly the same.

FOUNDATION || I don’t use liquid foundation (actually I’ve never really tried it…) but I’ve been using this powder for years. It has a light coverage and does the trick!

MOISTURIZER || I don’t use this every day (usually because I forget about it, if I’m being honest…) but I do love using this bb cream from time to time. I usually use it after my regular moisturizer if my face is feeling especially dry or blah.

BROWS || When I am feeling a little bit more dramatic (or I have a little bit more time to get ready in the morning), I use this little brow powder. I love that the brush AND the product come in one tube! I’ll then top it off with the clear brow gel to make sure that everything stays in place.

CHEEKS || A little goes a long way with this one! I just dab this blush stick on my checks a few times and rub it in with my fingers and I’m good to go!

EYE SHADOW || I don’t usually wear eye shadow every day (are you sensing a theme here? hah) but I love this duo from Julep – it’s light enough that I can wear it to work, but can be layered to wear at night, too.

CONCEALER || I usually use the basic covergirl concealer, but the last time I went to target they were completely out!! Not good! I gave this e.l.f. one a try and I actually liked it a lot!!

Most of the products I use daily can be purchased at the drugstore, because I’m kinda cheap. The others are from Julep, a brand that I absolutely LOVE! They have great nail polish, and clearly I’m becoming a big fan of their makeup, too. I even have some of their face wash and night moisturizer and love that, too!! So what are your go-to products? Any good ones I should try out?