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New Year Resolutions – 2019

January 1, 2019

It’s finally 2019! I say that like it took centuries to get through 2018, but actually, the year went by pretty quickly. I remember that January and February of 2019 did seem to take a long time, then March through December went by fast. I am pretty excited for what’s to come in 2019, and I hope that everyone has a great year as well.

My New Year Resolutions

  1. Take better care of my skin
  2. Write more
  3. Procrastinate less
  4. Eat healthier
  5. Try to stay more organized

I decided this year to try to stay minimal with my new year resolutions, because I didn’t want to overwhelm myself. Instead, I am going to give myself smaller goals on a more weekly or monthly basis throughout the year. I find that I get more disappointed if I have a huge list of resolutions or goals, and mess up on them.

These top five resolutions are my main goals for the year, and what I need inspiration on the most. I already started off on my list today, and spent most of my morning deep cleaning my bedroom. Over the holiday’s it tends to get messy and crowded, and I took a few hours to try to throw away things that I have been holding onto for too long. I also re-organized a lot as well, and I already feel so much better.

Above is my new 2019 planner, and I am so thrilled to use it. Nothing feels better than having a new planner to start the year off with.

What are you looking forward to this year? Got any resolutions you want to share? Let me know in the comments below.

Other than my blog, I regularly post on Instagram. Be sure to give me a follow @annamaxwell018 or @LittlebitPatchCo for updates on my daily life.

Anna

Lifestyle

Did I Complete My June Photo Challenge?

July 10, 2018

I did it, I did it! I managed to complete all the photos for my June photo challenge. At the beginning of last month, I made the decision to start a June photo challenge, and I was to post a themed photo each day of the month. I have tried a photo challenge before, and it didn’t really go that well. I finally realized that if I really wanted to get one done, I should come up with the challenge myself, and see if that motivates me more.

What Happened During The Photo Challenge

The whole challenge went by without any major issues, but I did run into a snag here and there. I decided to do the photo challenge on my Insta stories instead of posting on my actual Instagram, and that worked relatively well. I saved each day to a highlight(which is still on my Insta profile if you want to go see it), and I occasionally forgot to save it to the highlight on a few days. Luckily my Instagram is set up to backup my photos and stories to my phone so I was able to add them, but if I do this again, I need a better reminder to do that.

I only missed posting on one day, but that was only because I purchased the game Jurassic World Evolution. I got addicted very quickly, and I played the game for about 10 hours straight that day. But I did make up for it, and I posted two photos the next day.

All 30 Photos

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Overall, I really enjoyed this photo challenge. I had something to look forward to everyday, and it was another way to express my love for capturing moments in my life. Yes, I’m most definitely not a professional photographer, but I still love all my photos.

I did have someone participate in the challenge with me this month, and I have to say I absolutely loved her photos. Her name is Chloe and her IG: @photographycnp She was so creative with each themed day, and really kept up with the challenge. I think everyone should go check out her Instagram page, and the rest of her photos from the challenge. Below, I have some of my favorites from her photos. It was hard to narrow down from her photos, but these five really caught my eye. 

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Would I do this again? Absolutely! My main focus for this upcoming month is going to be my Instagram theme, but I might do another photo challenge in August. If you have any suggestions on what challenge I should do, or you created a challenge and want me to try it, let me know in the comments below.

Anna

Go-To Beauty Products

My Summer 2018 Playlist

Pinterest Traffic Report: May 2018

30 Day Photo Challenge – June

Instagram Roundup: 3 Boss Lady Bloggers

My Georgia Travel Bucket List

St. Patrick’s Day 2018

Thank you all for reading. Be sure to link your own blog, Twitter, Instagram down below for me to get to know you.

@annamaxwell018 on snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter /// Blog twitter: @annaissblog /// Blog Insta: @littlebitpatchco

All images were created or taken by me, unless stated otherwise.

Beauty Lifestyle

My Go-To Beauty Products – June 2018

June 29, 2018

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While I try to spend my life letting my skin and hair have plenty of breaks from beauty and hair products, I do like to experiment with new beauty products regularly. So far this year, I’ve used to quite a bit of new products, and I finally narrowed down my go-to’s(we’re almost halfway through this year, where did the time go?). The list below has mostly beauty products, but I also have a couple hair and nail products in there.

I think I’ve transformed a lot this past year when it comes to what I’m using on my face for skincare or makeup, and I think it is important to try new things. I do want to say that if you plan on buying any of these products below, make sure you do your own research on what is compatible with your skin type or hair type. Sometimes products that work on oily skin have a completely different effect on those with dry skin. Now on with my favorites…

Favorite Scents

Favorites from Bath & Bodyworks

Lately, I have been obsessed with this rose and apple scent from Bath and Bodyworks. If you have been following me for a long time(here, Twitter, or Instagram), you know that I have a huge candle obsession. My 30+ candle collection all comes from Bath & Bodyworks, and my favorite time to buy is when they are on sale. Recently Bath & Bodyworks had their semi-annual, and I stocked up on everything. Including this lovely shower gel. I had already bought the body spray a couple months ago, and I was obsessed instantly. This is definitely a scent I recommend buying.

Mermaid Lagoon from Bath & Bodyworks

Mermaid Lagoon is one of my newer favorite scents from Bath & Bodyworks. It’s described as smelling like shimmering ocean water, tiare flowers, and sea mist. All fitting into the mermaid theme of the candle’s appearance. The one thing I like about this candle is that the scent is just right. It’s not too overpowering, but it’s not a weak smelling candle either.

Hair and Nail Products

Tresemme – [Affiliate]

I have been trying new things with my hair lately, some of which require heat, and this has been amazing for heat protection. Not only that, it helps smooth my hair out, and I definitely need that. My hair frizzes pretty easily, regardless of how hot it is outside. Just a little bit of heat causes my hair to go in all directions, and this has helped me manage my frizz a lot more.

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Essie Nail Polish, Spaghetti Strap and Peach Daiquiri – [Affiliate]

With Summer approaching, my goal was to start buying more bright and colorful nail polish, and these 2 colors caught my eye immediately. The pale pink is called Spaghetti Strap and the darker pink is Peach Daiquiri. They are both beautiful colors, but they also fit different moods. One is more bright and perfect for a pop of color, and the other is more simple but beautiful for any work or fancy occasion.

Beauty Products

These are my favorite items in my makeup collection. I L O V E my Stila mascara and eyeliner. These two are perfect on their own without eyeshadow, and they accompany eyeshadow perfectly. I am absolutely obsessed, and can’t believe I went this long in my life without using these two products. The mascara doesn’t clump, and the eyeliner is easy to apply. Something that is most important to me is eyeliner application. I don’t really have steady hands, and I can’t use a product that is difficult to apply on top of my shaky hands.

 

My Morphe palette is my typical go-to for eyeshadow. I have been not wearing as much eyeshadow lately to give my eyes a somewhat break, but when I do wear it, I always grab at least one color from this palette. On a regular day, I’m usually sticking to more earth/warm tones for my eyeshadow, and this palette is perfect to fit my eyeshadow needs. However, if this isn’t exactly your thing, Morphe has a ton of different types of palettes with all different colors. 

Last but not least, my Sun Bum sunscreen for face and lips. I absolutely love both the face sunscreen and the watermelon scented sunscreen chapstick. My pet peeve with sunscreens is usually the smell. I find that if the smell is too much like chemicals, I’m not as inclined to want to put it on. With how harsh the sun can actually be on our skin, it is very important to put sunscreen on every day, even when it’s cloudy. With these two products, I don’t think I’ll have any problem applying these every day.

I Take My Go-To’s Everywhere

My go-to’s are always in a bag, ready to go with me anywhere. Most are pretty inexpensive, and they get the job done. What’s in your go-to beauty bag? Let me know in the comments below, or comment on my Instagram photo for the blog 🙂

Anna

My Summer 2018 Playlist

Pinterest Traffic Report: May 2018

30 Day Photo Challenge – June

Instagram Roundup: 3 Boss Lady Bloggers

My Georgia Travel Bucket List

St. Patrick’s Day 2018

Thank you all for reading. Be sure to link your own blog, Twitter, Instagram down below for me to get to know you.

@annamaxwell018 on snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter /// Blog twitter: @annaissblog /// Blog Insta: @littlebitpatchco

All images were created or taken by me, unless stated otherwise.

[This post contains affiliate links. This means-at zero cost to you-I might earn a commission if you buy something through my links.]