What's New with Keri

Its like where's Keri but where's Waldo.  Ha, life has been INSANE y'all.  So so so much of it is good stuff.  Working really hard over these past 3 years and having it all come together AT THE SAME TIME!  But it doesn't make it any less overwhelming.  Things are slowing down a little.  Well at least it feels like it and I feel like I can give more of my time to the blog (finally). 

So whats going on:

- We have busy every weekend but 2 so far since memorial day weekend.  Yikes this has been rough to catch up on adult life you know like cooking, cleaning, laundry.  Which called for a lot of new outfits, scrub outfits and take out. 

- We are almost 3 months out till the wedding.  Let me tell you I thought it would be beginning that was overwhleming with picking the venors.  No sir, its all the little details.  Like escort cards and table numbers.  SOS send help for crafting

- We moved into our dream space.  I literally have to pinch myself every day.  We worked really hard to get here, afford here and still save.  Seriously 5 apartments opened out of 170.  And you know I was calling and emailing every day.

- We may be adding a furry friend to the mix.  More on that soon!

- Health and diet have taken a total back seat.  Not having that realize has really been hurting my mental health and not helping me get to my fitness goals for the wedding.  Theres good and bad to life and Im not giving the Instagram reel here.

- Im getting veneers.  Im in the temporary phase, and I immediately called my mom and sobbed because I hate how they look (they are temporary I know) but Im so self conscious I don't even want to go out. T-8 days till prettier teeth come in.  Let me know if you want a post on this, I broke my teeth in the 5th grade and Im getting them fixed for good.

- Making friends a high priority.  I have moved so many times in my life that friendships have always been hard for me cause Im always leaving.  So Im trying to really cultivate relationships and put the time in.  That can be hard on this introvert extrovert. 

- The blog took a total back seat.  I just couldn't do it all.  And something needed to be taken off my plate.  I felt so guitly every day I wasn't working harding on it.  I had all these goals and everything took a big pause.  But Im excited and hungry to get going again.  Which I haven't been able to say that for a while about the blog. 

So there is it! The good, the bad, the super overwhelming.  I have had appointments, after work, during work and before work to keep it all going.  So thanks for you patience if you're still hanging in there.  I really appreciate it! Im excited for what's to come!

Candidly,

Keri

Real Talk: Take the break

Henry and I have been running around like chickens with our heads cut off ever since Memorial Day weekend.  Almost every weekend has been busy with visits or weddings and now packing for our move.  I was being pulled in every direction, trying to make time for my new job at work, wedding planning, being present with family and continuing my healthy lifestyle.  I was pushing until I could feel my body start to slow down and give out and I thought to myself something has to give.  I just didn't know what.  

I had to stop everything for a few days and only do things that really needed to get done.  So I took a few days off social media and just refocused.  I feel like so many of us say yes to everything and try to give everything 110% leaving us not caring for our own well being. 

A lot of my anxiety and "need" to do things often come from social media.  Feeling like I have to post constantly and every post has to be epic. It was just too much pressure and so unrealistic.  

So I didn't go on social media for a few days and it was crazy. I was able to get so much done and feel productive. I felt good about myself. I took everything off my list and only added back the things that really needed to be done. 

I guess that whole point of this post is to let you know if you're feeling overwhelmed and have a lot going on, its okay to take a step back.  Take a break.  All the to-dos will be there in the morning but if we aren't taking care of ourselves then theres no point in getting everything checked off. 

I recommend for everyone to take a few days or even just a few hours off social media every day.  It allows time for you to get done without being distracted.  And I find often times I go on social media and then am left with bad feelings and that just doesn't help me to be productive in any aspect of my life. 

Remember friends, its important to take care of our selves and mental health so take the break if you need it.  I promise everyone will be here when you come back! 

5 Minute Summer Makeup

Of course now that we are half way through summer I have nailed down my 5 minute bronze summer makeup look and I want to share with you all my favorite products! Tell me below what products you love for en effortless summer look, I want to try out some new products! 

Of course I start off with a moisturized base, I love this gel moisturizer to keep me hydrated in the summer but not make my oily.  Its super light weight and absorbs really quickly.  Then I have been liking the BB cream.  Something super light (when my skin is cooperating) but gives me enough coverage to get an even base. 

For bronzer, I have been loving too face chocolate bronzer.  I like that it smells like chocolate and gives me a really nice warmth to the face without being to orange-y.  I know that there are other chocolates in the line for different skin tones too! 

This Ulta blush I really like for the summer time because it has a lot of shimmer in it.  It just gives you this glow without being overwhelming and its a pretty peachy pink.  Perfect for the summer.

I usually don't do too much with my eyes, I like just adding a little bit of definition so I will add a taupe color to my crease or sometimes even just my bronzer! If Im feeling fancy I like adding a shimmery cooper or gold.  I think Glisten by Anastasia is just gorgeous, its pigmented but still gives off this "Im not trying hard" vibe.  If you know what I mean.

Lastly, I finish off with Tarte Mascara, I like that it gives me a lot of fluff to my eyelashes, but Im still looking for a good mascara that gives me a lot of volume and makes my lashes look fluffy.  If you have a recommendation let me know in the comments! 

Lastly, I like to finish off with a gloss! It just helps to hydrate my lips, I feel like they get so dry in the summer with the hot air.  And I just like something that adds a little pink to my lips but isn't crazy pigmented.  I like this ulta formula, now it doesn't stay on like all day but Ill take it for a five minute routine! 

Sometimes I do the All-Nighter setting spray.  I do feel like it helps to keep everything in place when Im in a hurry.  I also found this Coola setting spray that has sunscreen in it.  Now I haven't tried it so Im not going to recommend it but I thought it was a really cool concept because skin care is important especially if you're going to be out in the sun all day but the review seem hit or miss.  So let me know if you've tried it! 

I had a sample of just their regular sunscreen and I liked that! 

Tell me what are you tricks to get out the door but still have a glow! 

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