Saturday, October 13, 2018

Natural Deodorant Reviews

Hey what is up hello! Ahhh the natural deodorant debate. We all do not want aluminum in our deo (how are brands still making this) yet natural deodorant sucks. I said it. So I was on a quest, and I did not know how bad I smelt until this whole thing came about.

I do not sweat all that much, and I thought how hard can this be? Wrong, my deodorant has just worked so well over the years. I have had every issue in the world with natural deodorant and here is my review, so you do not have to go on this quest too.

Tom's: Tom's worked great for about 2 weeks, and then for some reason it just started smelling sour. I give it a no go

Jason's Deodorant: This never worked ever in the history of ever. I give it zero stars. This helped with smell, not at all, and it also got the sour smell after a while.

Crystal Deo// This was the only natural one that I saw that also helped with wetness, it also had essential oils. I was sold. I was using this self tanner that was not mixing with the chemistry of my body what so ever. I was at a loss I smelt so bad. I went back to normal deo and I had no success. I picked this up and it was a winner for sure!

Friday, October 12, 2018


Hey what is up hello!  I saw this of an old post from someone else, and I was like cool I am going to do this too! Then every blogger started doing this, so now I am just behind the trend. All right ladies, we all know Q&As are the best post to read. I feel like no one ever does enough so I am jumping in her today to share a little more about myself. So lets just jump into it.


What would you do if you were not a full time blogger?
Jokes! I am not a full time blogger. I work in corporate sales in the construction industry and I work as a HR officer in the Army.

How did you Start?
in 2013 blogging was hot fire flames. I always loved magazines and this was like having my own personal magazine. I wanted to do it, and I am so glad I did!

How do you deal with criticism on blogging?

I was always told, if you do not want someone to talk about something do not open the door for them and talk about it yourself. Well, with blogging I talk about everything and everyone has an opinion. It is hard at first (Hence why I kept my blog private for so long) people make fun of you a lot. But I look at it like, well they are reading my blog. PLUS the people that make fun of it are not your ideal audience anyways.

Would you ever stop blogging?
Probably nawt. I have been doing it for 4 years, and I am working on blogging into a business. (not this blog) I love it too much to ever stop.

Do you make money from this blog?
Yes I make money, but no I do not make ~*money*~. By the time I pay for my domain and photos I break even. Honestly if you are in it for the money be a photographer! My photographer makes way more than I do and she doesn't have to do any copy writing!

What do you think about buying followers?
Pathetic, and I am just surprised brands fall for it. But honestly I do not think about it.

Do you plan on getting back to Youtube?
Youtube is the hardest thing I have ever done for this blog. I plan on getting back because it helps the blog grow soooo much, but dang it is hard.


How long have you been dating your boyfriend?
Almost 2 years!

How did you two meet?
I will do a full post on this! But we met in Des Moines.

Why do you think you two work out so well?
We both really respect each other. Our hobbies are really similar. We both are career focused. We have very similar backgrounds. He is the ying to my yang.


5 year plan?
I will be 29. Have a booming business, hopefully be in my long term location (I hate moving), and maybe starting a fam. BUT WHO KNOWS so much changes every year.

10 Year career goal?
Either 1. Have a 7 figure business or 2. on my way up the corporate ladder, but I will not be stopping my career I can promise you that.

Will you ever do an apartment/ house tour?
NO! just kidding, but I really suck at interior design/ really live under my means so I have nothing fancy. 

Favorite Food?

Wings and nachos and anything with octopus in it. 

What is your family like?
It is like my big fat greek wedding, Irish Catholic version. 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Hitt Workout with Medicine Ball

Hey what is up hello! So I have been hating cardio lately, and I know running just makes me feel so much better. However, I can not motivate myself to always do it. I remember I felt like I could not even go to bed if I did not run 3 miles a couple of years ago, but recently I hate hate hate it. 

 I still run 2 or 3 times a week. Sometimes I break it up and run a mile at the beginning of my work out and at the end, or doing sprints feels like a cop out but you still get it in!

When I do not want to run at all, I do the second best thing. HITT WORKOUTS! Hitt workouts (High-intensity interval training) Get your heart pumping, they are so hard, and the best part they only last 20-30 minutes! So here is one that I love to do with just a medicine ball! Lets get into it!

20 reps x 4- Reverse Lunge step up. (Holding Medicine Ball)
20 reps x 4- Russian Twist (Medicine Ball going side to side)
20 reps x 4- Squat jump (Holding Medicine Ball)
20 reps x 4- Ab tuck (holding medicine ball out)
20 reps x 4- alternating jumping lunges

If you are just starting out you can just put a time limit on it. I rest about 20 seconds between reps. Also I personally like to do 1 rep and go to the next exercise or else I would get bored. But you do what you think it best for you! My booty was kicked.

Also because I am bored out of my brains I started testing random products. I tested this pre workout bottle. I believe it was 3 dollars for the bottle. I only got it because the shop I went to did not have coffee! So I just go in country and I was tired out of my brains and I was working a late evening shift. 

I pull this baby out and all of my coworkers start freaking out. They were like "Do not drink that" and I was like okay that is weird. I will hold off. So the next day I wake up and drink it right before a workout. 

Okay this was weird. Your whole body gets itchy, and not like whole body like parts of your body at a time. I was kind of bloated at the time and it was the weirdest feeling ever. I was so focused on this where I would never be able to focus on my workout. Also as for the caffeine. Yes it gives you a boost, but I do not think it is worth it. Also it has sugarlose, which is horrible for you if you like your immune system.


Wednesday, October 10, 2018


Hey what is up hello! If yall did not know, I am queen of PJs. My roommates in college always used to make fun of me because I always walked around in a matching PJ set. Number 1 wearing matching PJ sets makes you feel like you have your life together. Number 2 they are so comfortable you will wonder why you never did it before. With fall here you need to get one so you can cozy up with a cup of coffee (or wine we do not judge here) and enjoy the crisp fall weather.

Here are my favorites:


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The Weekly Wrap Up

Hey what is up hello! So my life lately has been wake up, get ready, I ride my bike to get food, from there I work out. (I need motivation to do cardio). Then I shower, and get ready to work my late evening shift. While I am getting ready I watch youtube. Then I get back on my bike and head to work. That is pretty much my life in a paragraph. I will get more into a day in the life because before I made it to the middle east I was obsessed with what life was like. Honestly though for me it is pretty much like being at college. Which it is kind of better because I have my own room.

Anyways here is the link round up for the month. 

Dad's// I briefly moved back in with my family this summer. Which it was actually a lot of fun because I did not "live there" so they treated me like a guest, so I was living the life haha. BUT I did talk to my dad a lot and he watched a lot of youtube videos with me.

This Romper// Oh my gosh I am a sucker for a good romper. This one has all of the 70s vibes.

DOWN WITH SECRET SALARIES// Okay I am so pro sharing your salary. I mean if you are  with a group of friends or family probably not. BUT with in an organization knowing what your peers make or what higher makes is beneficial for career planning, things you need to improve on and over all keeps people honest.

Boot Season// I seriously love boots, and these you can wear to work out and about or down town.

NFL// DO NOT even get me started on the NFL. Number 1 the rules for cheerleaders are ridiculous abd sexist. NUMBER 2 those ladies do not even come close to making minimum wage. This is a great clip at looking on the inside.

Urban Decay// My 15 year old self would be going crazy. 50% off!

Enough// This was such a good way to put in perspective. "Why do not women come forward... Because they get used as a punch line"


Monday, October 8, 2018

5 Things I love about Fall

Hey what is up hello! Okay, so fall is the best season everyone knows this. My favorite memories of all will always be in college. Michigan has the best fall known to man. I love the grey days and the crisp air. It makes the whole season the best. My favorite was sleeping in on a Sunday morning, lighting some candles to get ready, and heading over to my favorite coffee shop behind my apartment and studying (with a pumpkin spice latte #Duh) and watching it rain.

This year I am in the desert, but these are my favorite things for fall time:

The Coffee Drinks// Fall has the best coffee drinks hands down. Summer, you only get ice coffee and coconut milk. FALL you get everything, mix in cinnamon and you have the season of fall in a cup.

Candles// Hello, this just sets the mood for a good morning or just handing out. I love anything woodsy or pumpkin mixed with a vanilla scent.

Vest// What is one thing that makes every outfit better? VEST! Also almost every vest has a good pocket, so you always have somewhere to put your phone.

Football// Okay I'm not the biggest ~*sports*~ fan, BUT I love talking trash and day drinking. Also cider in the mornings is just too good to pass up.

Boots// What are the most functional shoes, boots hands down. Also I feel so fancy wearing boot with every outfit.


Sunday, October 7, 2018

Deployment Update

Hey what is up hello! Hey what is up hello. So just an FYI, I feel like I only talk about this once a quarter, so for my newbies on here. I am in the army reserves. A little fun fact I am deployed! So I got here a hot minute ago. And due to this blog I will give minimal details, BUT I am in the middle east. (Just a friendly reminder that your tax dollars are being sent that way)

It took me about a full 4 days to get there. Which it is not hard to travel, but it is pretty draining. Also the 1/3 of the day time change MESSED WITH ME. Which melatonin is such a life saver, I would highly highly recommend it. About the first week I was here  I was not sleeping at all/ Sleeping 4 hours staying awake a couple of hours and then sleeping 4 hours. It was such a hard adjustment.

As far as life on Post. It seriously does not feel any different than being in El Paso, Texas. Everything looks the same. The food I eat is the same, I can get everything I use in the states here. The only difference is I can only bike everywhere. WHICH by the way getting a bike was life changing. I feel like I am on my  college campus again. The only difference is instead of snow there is just dust and sand everywhere.

Also I am allowed three beers everyday, but I have to go to a certain place to consume them so I am pretty much alcohol free because I am so lazy which is a plus haha!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Fall Wedding Guest Guide

Hey what is up hello! So wedding season goes way into the fall in most places. Which means that the weather can be hit or miss. I know in the south September is still a hot summer month. Then in the north it is hit or miss if can be snowing in the fall or it can be 90 degrees. 

SO here on some choices for the mix of the season: 


Monday, September 24, 2018

September Book Club

Hey what is up hello! So this month I saw the movie Simple Favor and it was so good. One of  the main characters was a blogger and it could not but remind me of the book series: uglies, pretties, and specials. 

These books have been on my mind so much, since getting PR packages. It is kind of funny because bloggers get rewarded for what the put out and the followers they have. And this book shows that the more you put out the more you contribute and the more you get. When I read these books back in middle school I thought these were so far out.

Now that it is 2018 it feels like some of this stuff is right around the corner. These books are such a good read, but I can guarantee you will think about all of this stuff and what you put out on the internet AND how much big data you actually create. 

So check it out this month. They are oldies but goodies.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Here we go

Hey what is up hello! So this is my recap from 23 I am stealing this from carlytheprepster. But I wanted to do a little recap and show what I can work on in the future. 22 was a weird year for me I did a lot and I was in different stages of my life all through 22. 23 I was a lot more established and I felt like I was more in 1 stage/ chapter of my life. 

What I did well:
I grew a lot my 23rd year. I became very confident, in who I am and what I am capable of. I think I need to work a little more on self love, but I learned so much about myself this year, and I am happy with who I am. 

I am a very stressed out person, and a recovering people pleaser addict. I used to constantly feel like "I'm not good enough". "I'm not as good as..." and I think this year especially I have grown into myself and appreciate who I am and what I can bring to the table. 

What I need to Work on:
I need to work on being a better leader. I am the type of person that I just want to be given a task and take off and do it. I know not everyone is like this, and sometimes I just make the to- do list and expect everyone knows what I am talking about. I have found when there are comments like "We can not do this" or "Why Why Why". I tend to get frustrated. 

I need to be more understanding and more of a coach in my "manager" roll. BUT what I also learned is that humans are extremely adaptable and you can learn life skills and grow as a person. 

Here is to 24! 


Thursday, September 20, 2018

24 Things I learned in 24 years

Birthdays for me are always odd. I somehow always end up doing some sort of military training. But i always end up with my loved ones. 23 started off with everything a mystery. Hopefully 24 brings in some more answers. Here is everything i learned in the past 365 days. 

1. Having a suit case with all of your toiletries and some basics packed at all times will make your life so easy.

2. Never get an apartment without a laundry machine.

3. When you are young and something sounds too good to be true IT IS.

4. When you have a quick minute to workout just do it, because it will probably rain later in the day. 

5. Do not be afraid to open up to loved ones, it is hard but it makes relationships so much better.


7. Everyone else is human just like you. People drop the ball, make mistakes, are not perfect, but so are you. 

8. Stop living like there is no tomorrow.

9. Add $$$ to your 401k.

10. Only drink 1 night a week.

11. If you do not have time to take your nail polish off, do not wear it. 

12. Find a style, that once you leave for the night you do not have to touch it up (We are too focused on more important things to care about our appearances) 

13. If everything is a priority, nothing is. 

14. Only lie if you can back it up (for a long time).

15. Never lie to a loved one (I didn't really learn this, but I can imagine it is not good).

16. Spray tan will make ya feel like a million bucks. 

17. Stop caring what everyone else thinks, and do what you love. 

18. Stop eating out so much.

19. Learn to cook.

20. Going out of your way to see old good friends will never disappoint. 

21. Make a to-do list everyday, AND DO IT.

22. Get your hair professionally done once a year. 1. it makes you feel good. 2. You need the damage control from doing it by yourself for a whole year. 

23. Make a budget and stick to it.

24. Remember who you are, where you came form, and know where you are going. 


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Top 3 From 23

Hey what is up hello! 23 was a pivotal year for me. This was one of the first years that I felt that I was a full blow adult. I was working at my job for more than a year, I was in an established relationship, I grew the blog, I traveled, overall such a great year. Here are some of my favorite moments from 23. 

Old Friends// I actually had this on my "Before 30" bucket list and it was so exciting to not only see some good family members and some good friends from forever ago. (I actually saw my best friend from kindergarten)

Travel// I thought I was done with this in 2016 and in 2018 I was traveling everywhere to see bae but I also got to go to some cool places. I mean I got to go everywhere from Seattle to twin cities back to mammoth caves. We had a lot of fun. I felt anxious to be in a distance relationship, but it felt like everytime we saw eachother it was a vacation. I even willingly went camping! I am a sucker for canoeing, and it was actually one of my favorite weekends from the summer. 

Stress// At the beginning of this year There were some stressful situations after stressful situations. I have always been bad at dealing with stress pretty much since I was 15 years old. I pretty much just ignore everything and hope it goes away. However, this stuff was a little more "real" and I had to actively learn how to deal with problems and stress management. I am still always stressed haha, but now I know how to deal with the problems head on, and I will always remember I learned this at 23. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Ultimate Birthday Wish List

Hey what is up hello! For the record, I want nothing for my birthday. I am deploying and everything I have I need to carry around with me. When you do army stuff people what to send you stuff. And I know that life, and It sucks having to transport stuff. I LOVE getting letters, and knowing that people are thinking of you. However, carrying a candle (that I would normally love) SUCKS. That being said I love these post. These are some cool things I have seen on the interwebs and I thought this was a fun post to do. 

Jhill// Oh my gosh I have talked about this before, but she has the best products. Also, she just came out with some new stuff and I want it all haha. 

Kate Spade// I recently this year invested in one of her bags. It is my favorite one. It matches everything, and I would love a more bold one fore my all black classic outfits. 

Kendra Scott// All of her stuff is my favorite. I love her classic pieces, but this is the one thing I do not own. Also her classic pieces pair perfectly with the long necklace. 

Kora// Ah! I love Kora, because their stuff is #strong. BUT also their merch gives back to human trafficking orgs. That is something I can get behind.

Starfish//Speaking of greats orgs. Starfish project gives women who are victims of human trafficking jobs, all the while making super cute merch. 

Tory Burch// I mean how could you not want tory burch shoes??

Jcrew// I mean how can you not love a good jcrew blazer?

Shinola// If you are from Michigan you know how great this amazing watch is. 

Gym Shark// I AM IN LOVE WITH ALL THINGS GYM SHARK. They have some stuff that is perfect for athletic women. Their stuff is so cute. I am just obsessed. I would literally wear anything from them.


Monday, September 10, 2018

Fall Hand Bags

Hey what is up hello! I have in the past year had way too much when I go out and about for the nights. I found taking a full hand bag out for going out on the town is a game changer. Normally, I have a wallet, phone, and keys. BUT having a purse to hold all of that is life changing. Here are my favorites for this season.


Friday, September 7, 2018

Game Day look: Alumni

Hey what is up hello! My young professional friends, us being alumni game days look a little different. Your style is different now, and you might be meeting with different friends from all over the country. BUT you want to rep your school still.

Here are some low key, ways to look your best for game day. (because lets be real. even if you do not care about sports, it is so fun to be repping your team) 


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

September Link Round Up

Hey what is up hello! So for the record, I batched a lot of blog post for the next two months. I am going to be away and I wanted to still keep the blog moving while I was gone. I do not have a laptop (shocker) and I am not going to have a lot of down town the next 60 days. September is full of Military time, and I will have my last  weekend with my family and my boyfriend. 

September is also my birthday month! For the past 5 years on my birthday I have been doing something for the military, and this year is no different! ANYWAYS here is the link round up for September.

This//  Hands down the best setting powder. 

Sisters// I thought this was so funny because if you ever have lived with your sister you would understand this.

Best Eye shadow// I love all eye shadow, but this has been the end all be all of eye shadows.

Dog Fever// I have such bad dog fever, but this cracked me up. 

Family// I spent a little bit of time with my family this summer. (With the deployment I spent a ton of time try to catch up with the fam) and if you take this and fill in Mamma Mia you get us;) 

Shoes// These are my favorite fall shoes.

Loyalty// Speaking of loyalty;) haha just kidding, but these insta pics are everything I send to my sister. 

Monday, September 3, 2018

Fall Shoes

Hey what is up hello! So I was joking with my sister in Marshalls that I am nawt a shoe gal. Which normally If I had the choice between a jacket or shoes I would choose a jacket 10 times over! I probably buy 2-4 pairs of shoes a year. 

When my sister took me down the shoe section I fell re in love. Number 1) I found like 5 pairs of jack's. 2) There were so many new styles for fall I wanted everything. Here are some of my favorite picks for the fall. 


Saturday, September 1, 2018

August Favorites 2018

Hey what is up hello! August, oh gosh. I had some good old military training this month. Which kind of backed into some important dates. It luckily got shortened and I got to go home earlier than expected. My dear mother decided to throw me a going away party before my deployment, and the bae was able to come up for that which made it even more exciting. As for the last couple of days of August I am resting up, walking my dog, and getting ready to head to Texas. 

Here is everything that got me through the month. 

Also, Y'all. I am so sorry I have not been blogging. I have tried sooo hard to focus on my Youtube channel, and every time I go to make something, everything goes wrong. Pretty much ever since I moved in May, everything that could go wrong went wrong. I am not making excuses but I think it might have been the universe telling me to stop focusing on it. The hard part is Youtube makes all of Just Around the Neighborhood grow, and fast. Brands love the Youtube. However, I am horrible at it. 

Then because of all of this every time I went to blog, I felt empty. I wanted to so bad. I sat down and went to make a post 5 million times. And I could not, I had no creative energy left. So three post in, thank you for bearing with me. Now on to my favorites. 

Laura Mercier Glow// Okay, I was not sure how I would feel about this. I am not a super glow person due to being super oily. The powder is super light and has a slight yellow tint, and holy smokes this is the best thing that has ever happened to the makeup industry. (Watch how I contour here) 

Lilly Tunic// I am not someone to splurge, but I love a good lilly outfit. I find summer after summer I always want to grab a good lilly item. 

Bliss Lotion// In my move this has been a god sent. I love the fresh lemon smell and how hydrating it is. 

Goddess Almay Glow// This is light highlighter for you lips. No matter how bold this color is, it is perfect for a girls night or giving yourself a new look. 

Crystal Deo// I am a smelly gal. I could have added 100 things to august favorites (sometimes it is actually really hard to come up with 9 favorites). The spray tan I have been using this summer, has messed with the chemistry of my body. I have been smelling bad. Extremely bad. I also have been trying to switch to a non aluminum deo. This has been hard. I have tried everything and still smell horrible. I ended up reluctantly switching back to a traditional deo and even that did not work. UNTIL CRYSTAL. It helps with smell and wetness. 

Brooks// I swear I wrote about clima cools all day every day. I wore them for a solid 3-4 years, but I finally switched to brooks. These are so light weight, but no holes at the bottom of your feet! I have had no knee problems due to these shoes too.

Gym Shark// Oh my gosh, I love all things gym shark. Also body image, what is made for who. I am just throwing it out there, athletic bodies are so not represented and clothes are so not made for athletic bodies. Gym shark is made for your girls who are working on a better lifestyle.

Cross body// I love a good cross body bag, and something I can throw everything into. 

Aerie// Holy smokes their sweat shirt feel like you are wearing a blanket. I am here for Aerie and their campaigns. Also their stuff always goes on sale.  

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