Things I No Longer Buy: Part One

Happy New Year! I hope 2022 is treating you well so far. I’ve never been much into resolutions, but I am trying to constantly improve and live better and more intentionally. I want everything in my life to serve a positive purpose – even the things that I buy. So, a few months ago, I started making a list of things I used to purchase on a regular basis but no longer buy. There wasn’t anything necessarily wrong with any of them, but I was able to replace them with smarter purchases that made more sense for me. Some of them were money saving moves and some were just changes due to personal preference. The full list spans a few different categories – beauty, makeup, personal hygiene, entertainment, household, etc – so I’ll be sharing them (in no particular order) as a short series along with what I’ve replaced them with and why.

Here is part one!

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Taking a Sabbatical

Hi guys! You all know by now that having a healthy financial life is something that’s very important to me, but I’ve also been trying to stress the importance of mental and emotional wellbeing on my platforms as well. Those are even more important. I’ve been spending a lot of time pouring into my website and social media, but it’s been a tricky balance while also working what I call full-time plus (being a manager calls for some long days y’all). But above all else, I’m called to take care of my family. Part of how I do that is by working and paying the bills, but an even bigger part is being present. When I’ve seen things were off-balance in the past, I’d take some time away from work – the day job – but it’s been a very long time since I’ve taken extended time away from my platforms. So, with that said, it’s time for a sabbatical. I’ll be taking some time off to focus on my family and just tending to being present there. Even though I’ll still be working my day job, I’ll be taking a break from creating content to focus on the people and things most valuable to me, and I’m really excited about it. For now, I’m planning to be away for at least 4 weeks. I have a ton of resources for you to pull from on my website, so I encourage you to look back and read or re-read those posts while I’m away. I hope you all are having an amazing September so far! Bye for now. ✌🏾

Minimalist Coffee Bar Décor

Hi guys! I’m keeping it light, short, and sweet this week with the final tour of my completed coffee bar update. I decided to keep it minimal and clean and still very functional. It’s a coffee and a tea bar for me since I drink both – perfect for this little nook in my kitchen. Photos and links to everything I purchased are below, along with a link to a video of the full tour. This update cost me about $75 with the tea organizer being the most expensive item (but so worth it!). Click the photo or the caption linked under it to see the tour!

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Home Decor On A Budget: Refreshing My Master Bathroom and Kitchen Coffee Bar

I’ve been working on some home decor updates and can officially say that I’m a plant mom. 🙂 Well, faux plant mom. I’ve been wanting to bring some greenery into my home for a long time, and I’ve finally found some that I really love. I’m excited to see how my home evolves once everything is in place. I found this little gem from the Hilton Carter Collection during a recent trip to Target – screams #budgetfriendly at only $10 but is incredibly great quality. I promise you’d never know it was artificial if I didn’t tell you.

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Taking A Mental Health Day

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Hi guys! The older I get, the more I realize how important it is to me to reduce stress in my life and protect my peace. Granted, I’m only in my thirties, but I’m also the breadwinner for my household and a single mom to a busy (and very smart) 7 year old. I manage a team of scientists, engineers and veterinary professionals at my day job, so my ‘9-to-5’ is more like a ‘7-to-5’ (when there are no fires to put out). The other time that I have is spent growing my blog and social media platforms. To put it plainly, I’m kinda busy. There are plenty of opportunities for stress to creep in and burnout to get its foot in the door.

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