Best and Worst Places I Ate at in Vegas (Affordable!!)

If you follow my Instagram, you would know I recently went to Las Vegas for my 21st birthday. It was hands down the MOST fun I’ve ever had in my life. I loved seeing all the casinos, trying all the fun drinks, and most importantly, trying new foods we don’t have where I’m from on the East Coast. Although I’m typically fairly serious about my diet, I decided to indulge a little on my vacation and I just had to share my experience. I am by no means wealthy and didn’t eat at any of Vegas’s famous, expensive restaurants. Everything on this list is definitely affordable making it perfect for those not trying to spend a fortune in Vegas. Here are the best (and worst) places I ate at in Vegas!

Best

Earl of Sandwich– Earl of Sandwich was the perfect, affordable lunch spot. There are many different options here such as breakfast sandwiches, subs, salads, and wraps. My boyfriend and I decided to split our sandwiches in half and share so we could try some different options. I got the Italian and he got the The French Dip. Both sandwiches were so delicious and filling after a long day of walking around in the heat, and I have 0 complaints. I would highly recommend Earl of Sandwich as a quick and easy lunch spot.

Mr. Lucky’s– We went to Mr. Lucky’s for breakfast one morning, as we were staying very close to the Hard Rock. Our service was great and overall it was a cute little breakfast spot. I got the Cookies & Cream pancakes which were heavy, but delicious. I would recommend splitting the pancakes with someone because it was quite a lot of food. I also got a Cookies & Milk milkshake that was spiked with Rumchata and this was definitely the highlight of the meal. The milkshake was so nice after a hot walk over, and it really was delicious! Our waiter recommended it, and he did not disappoint.

Del Taco– I have to say, much to my surprise, I do think Del Taco is much better than Taco Bell. I’ve actually never been a huge fan of Taco Bell, and didn’t really have high expectations for Del Taco either. However, Del Taco not only gives you so much more, but it gives you much fresher food. I got the Taco Salad and it was affordable, delicious, and left me extremely full. Sorry to all you Taco Bell lovers out there, but I will only eat Del Taco from now on.

Yard House– The Yard House was a nice little restaurant to eat at for dinner that wasn’t too expensive. My favorite part of the dinner was definitely our appetizer; the Lobster, Crab, & Artichoke dip. This was incredible and came with chips and pita bread. It was a decent amount of food for a fair price. For dinner, I got the Kurobuta Pork Burger. What intrigued me about this was the blueberry ketchup which honestly, I didn’t really taste much of. Still, I really enjoyed the burger and would definitely recommend the Yard House.

Cravings Buffet– For breakfast one morning, we decided to go to Cravings Buffet in the Mirage. We went just in time to snag the end of breakfast and the beginning of lunch, so we definitely got our moneys worth. I am putting this on the “best” list because I did get my moneys worth and really can’t complain; however, it really is just your standard buffet that you can get at almost any of the hotels.

California Pizza Kitchen– I was actually a big fan of California Pizza Kitchen. As an appetizer, we got Szechwan Chicken Dumplings which are not something I’d usually go for, but were actually pretty decent. I also got the Garlic Cream Fettuccine which I’d definitely recommend!

Worst

PinkBox– I was very excited to try PinkBox after seeing pictures of all the unique donuts. However, I was let down after just the first bite. I tried a bunch of different kinds of the donuts such as the birthday cake, s’mores, captain crunch, and boston cream. The only one I’d recommend is the s’mores one. The rest were a bit stale despite the fact I arrived first thing in the morning, and overall no better than your standard Dunkin. For the price of these donuts, I was thoroughly unimpressed.

In N Out– I was beyond excited to try In N Out, as there is not much I love more in this world than a good cheeseburger. I have heard endless amazing reviews on In N Out, and watched a bunch of YouTube Mukbangs prior to my trip. I’ve heard YouTubers such as Colleen Ballinger refer to it as her favorite fast food restaurant, and I was just too excited. Not to mention, many of our Uber drivers hyped the place up so much, and referred to it as better than Five Guys. I decided to go big and order animal style everything. I have never been more let down. The first bite of the burger was pretty good because I liked the onion-y taste of the animal style. However, after a few more bites I realized this was a taste I was familiar with. The patty tasted just like a Wendy’s Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger which I could have gotten off the dollar menu. So not only was this burger no different than your standard drive thru burger (which I should have known better), but the price wasn’t even that great. As for the fries, they were okay with the animal style topping, but after about three bites I was over it. I ended up throwing most of my meal away. In N Out doesn’t even compare to Five Guys.

I’m really curious to hear what other East Coasters have to say about In N Out. I know I’m not the only one who had to be disappointed. Sorry if I offended any hardcore Pinkbox or In N Out fans out there, but these places just weren’t for me. Overall, I definitely had more good food experiences in Vegas than bad and look forward to going back again some day in the future!

21 Lessons I’ve Learned in 21 Years

Each year we grow older, we grow wiser as well. There is so much to learn about ourselves and the world. Every day of life we learn more and more. Over time, we learn valuable life lessons that better who we are. Over my 21 years of life I have learned many valuable lessons. Here are 21 lessons I’ve learned in 21 years.

1. Take more pictures. The quality doesn’t have to be perfect, you’ll still enjoy looking back on the memories.
2. Don’t let anyone tell you how to feel. Your feelings aren’t something you can control and you have every right to feel the way you do.
3. Don’t waste time on someone who doesn’t value your feelings. Instead, find people who care about you and who are genuinely interested in your company.
4. You don’t need to have it all figured out. Life is a journey and you will figure things out along the way.
5. You will change, and you will grow. Don’t fight it. It’s for the best.
6. You can’t depend on others. People will let you down. The only person you can depend on is yourself.
7. Be yourself whether others like you or not. Those opinions of others really don’t matter as much as you might think they do.
8. Everyone has a bad day, but that doesn’t make it a bad life.
9. If you truly want something, you have to work for it. Not everything comes easy in life. Putting effort into something you want will lead to reward.
10. There are tons of mistakes to be made, and even more lessons to learn. Don’t dwell on mistakes or things you could have done better. Just know for next time.
11. Nobody knows anyone completely. Even if you think you know someone inside and out, you don’t. You have no idea what this person has happening in their head and all the backstory of this person’s life.
12. Always be honest. If something is bothering you, don’t deny it. Speak up. People fear the truth far too much. Honesty is an admirable quality.
13. Expecting others to make you happy will more often than not lead to disappointment. Happiness is a choice only you can make.
14. Figure yourself out before you try to figure out others. Growing up teaches us a lot about ourselves. Learn about who you are and what you are interested before you try to learn everything about someone else.
15. Surrounding yourself with good people will make yourself a better person. It’s important to have friends that give off positive vibes. Make friends who aren’t afraid to be themselves and are free of judgement. Don’t make friends who care too much about what others think and who make you feel bad about yourself.
16. Take care of your body. Eat healthy foods and go for a run. You will feel healthier and happier.
17. If he doesn’t like you for who you are, he doesn’t deserve you.
18. Odds are, whatever is bothering you now won’t be important in a week, so let it go.
19. Even at the lowest of times, just know everything will work out. Somehow, life just has a way of working itself out.
20. Spend time doing what you want to do. Even if it’s an hour of everyday. Life consists of a lot of stress and hard work, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a right to enjoy ourselves.
21. Stay true to yourself. Don’t let others dictate your life. Be yourself and honor your values.

Each year brings new and exciting adventures that teach us a lot about ourselves. Over my 21 years of life, I’ve learned so much from my experiences. Still, there is so much in this world I haven’t yet seen and that I can’t wait to learn.

A Week Without Washing My Hair

Whenever I tell people I wash my hair every day, I always get a lot of reactions like “you’re not supposed to do that” or “that’s really bad for your hair.” I understand why hair isn’t supposed to be washed everyday. It is recommended to take breaks with hair washes to allow your hair to produce its own natural oils. Sadly, this lifestyle doesn’t work for me. My hair gets greasy and it gets greasy fast. Of course, this is likely because I am in the habit of washing my hair daily, but it sure is a hard habit to break. I hate having greasy hair and I’m not sure how long I can withhold from washing my hair to fix this issue. This little personal problem of mine inspired me with a new experiment. I challenged myself to go a full week without washing my hair. Let’s see how this worked out for me.

Sunday

I washed my hair Saturday night, leaving my hair fresh and clean for Sunday. Unfortunately, I made the poor decision to go to the beach today which afterwards, left my hair salty and knotty. Overall, I’m off to a rough start.

Monday

If I could go back, I would have straightened my hair from the jump. Still, my hair actually came out pretty well despite the second day after a windy beach day. My hair remained sleek and surprisingly, not greasy.


Tuesday

By Tuesday my hair was starting to feel slightly greasy. I dabbed at my roots with some Witch Hazel in hopes to dry it out and pulled my straightened locks into a half-up/half-down pony. Surprisingly, I didn’t need to touch up my hair with a straightening iron at all, as my straight hair had mostly stayed in tact.

Wednesday

I knew putting my hair down this late into the week was a risky move, but I went with it. No regrets quite yet either, after curling my hair, my hair had lots of texture and volume that I quite liked.

Thursday

I regretted my choice to wear my hair down because I woke up with extremely greasy hair. Again, I dabbed at my roots with some Witch Hazel, and put my hair up into another half-up/half-down pony. This time, I touched up my curls and although a bit frizzy, I thought my hair looked cute and fun.

Friday

It is a rare occasion that I wear my hair up, but the grease began to get out of hand and to be too much for even Witch Hazel to fix, so I opted for a pony. I found the ponytail to be great for unwashed hair because my hair didn’t look, nor feel greasy. It stayed out of my face and I don’t think my hair looked all that bad.

Saturday

Sorry for the shade over my face, but by Saturday I was completely over this. My hair felt disgusting and I was left with no choice but to throw it in a bun because it looked terrible. Saturday after work, I went home and washed my hair, and it was the best I felt in a week.

After taking this challenge, I decided I will never go a week without washing my hair again. However, I realized that I do not have to wash my hair everyday. Since this challenge, I’ve begun to wash my hair every other day. Although I don’t notice any specific changes regarding the health of my hair, I have found that my hair doesn’t get greasy quite as fast, allowing me to skip even two days of washing here and there. Not to mention, I’m saving lots of time and money, so that’s definitely a plus!

What I Eat in a Day

We all know how important it is to eat healthy, yet when given the option of eating broccoli versus chocolate, most of us will pick chocolate. I am equally as guilty as everyone else, as I’m only human for craving a bit of chocolate. However, once I changed my diet around and started eating healthier, I started craving chocolate less and less. Now that I am on a healthy diet with regular exercise, I don’t feel as guilty when I choose to indulge. It’s okay to indulge. As long as this indulgence doesn’t become your strict diet.

The nutrients we feed our bodies with affect our physical health and our mental health. Consuming the right foods will provide us with more energy throughout the day which will make the day much more bearable to get through. Having this energy will make you less groggy and make you more productive. I am not a nutritionist, and I know what works for me might not work for every person. I am not the fittest and healthiest person alive, but I do actively try to take care of my body. I wanted to share what I eat in a day, as I choose to eat healthier options that are still tasty and don’t deprive me of my sweets. I hope this provides you with some inspiration.

Breakfast: Oatmeal with Nuts + Berries

This is a great breakfast to start the day. This is a meal very high in fiber and the berries will provide vitamin C and potassium. This meal will normalize your bowel movements, help lower your cholesterol, and help your immune system.

Lunch: Salad with Chicken, Carrots, Dried Cranberries, Cucumber, and Balsamic Vinaigrette

I know a salad sounds boring, but salads actually provide a lot of flexibility. You can dress your salad up however you want. Other fun additions that can be added into a salad include fruits like pineapple or even strawberries, hard-boiled eggs, nuts, and beans. Have fun with it! Just do your best to pick a dressing that isn’t too fatty. Remember that salads consist of a lot of antioxidants, especially when adding in raw vegetables. This is great for your heart and can help combat infection.

Dinner: Chicken Breast Cooked in Olive Oil

Like salad, chicken sounds like a boring meal to many, but can be dressed up in many ways. I prefer cooking my chicken in a bit of olive oil, but other healthy additions could be lemon chicken, garlic chicken, or even something easier like putting a bit of quinoa on top of your chicken. There are many benefits to chicken breast, such as protein, heart health, and phosphorus. This will help your teeth and bones and can help fight arthritis. Another benefit many people may not know about is that chicken is high in tryptophan. This is an amino acid that will increase serotonin levels which will overall decrease stress, anxiety, and make you feel a little bit cheerier.

Snacks: Hard-boiled egg + cashews

I usually try to eat 1-2 small snacks per day, as this will help my cravings and satisfy me when I’m hungry. Eggs and cashews are two salty snacks, but with many health benefits. Eggs are high in protein and consist of healthy fats. Cashews are a great source of vitamins and minerals and contains Vitamin E, K, and B6 and minerals such as iron and selenium. This snack is great for building muscle, boosting your immune system, creating energy, and circulating oxygen.

Dessert: Mixed Berries + Honey

I like to finish my day off with something sweet. Mixed berries with honey is a great way to get my sweet fix while still eating something nutritious. Like stated before, berries are high in fiber, vitamin C, and potassium. Berries are packed with antioxidants that can have long-term benefits. Honey is also full of antioxidants and can help lower triglycerides. This sweet dessert can help improve your memory as you age and can help keep your heart healthy.

Even little changes in your diet can make a huge difference. Just know that for every unhealthy snack you crave, there is a healthier alternative. Remember that while you might be craving the sugary snack now, eating something healthier will make you feel better in the long run.

4 Reasons to Be Grateful on the 4th of July

July has always been my favorite month of the year. Granted- I’m a bit biased, as it’s my birthday month. Still, there are so many incredible things that come with July. Sunny weather, barbecues, and even the 4th of July. America is flawed and is by no means a perfect country, but there are many aspects of our culture that are so beautiful that I’m forever grateful I can enjoy. This 4th of July when you’re grilling hamburger’s at your family gathering, remember all the gifts this world has to offer. Here are just four reasons of many why you should be grateful this 4th of July.

1. Technology

We really take technology for granted. Isn’t it incredible that nowadays all we have to do is say “Alexa” and our wish is granted? Or that we can order our groceries online to have them shipped to our house the very next day? That’s incredible, and makes even simple tasks just a little bit simpler. Right now, just being able to read this post, is something to be thankful for. Technology in America is constantly advancing. Who knows what’s next!

2. Fireworks

Fireworks. Sounds a bit silly to be thankful for something so small, right? Whenever I’m sitting and watching the fireworks burst with my closest friends and family, that’s when I feel the most gratitude. There is something about being in that moment surrounded by people you love and watching something so breathtaking that really makes you aware of the love that surrounds you and how amazing the world really can be. Be grateful for how astonishing the fireworks are, and be grateful for how something small can bring so many people together.

3. Water

Can you believe there are people around the world that do not have access to clean water? We can buy water whenever we want, or use a water filter to get cleaner water at home. We can even get free water at restaurants and not think anything of it because it’s just water. However, other countries around the world suffer from contaminated water sources and deal with constant water shortages. Next time you’re taking a long, steamy shower, remember that not everyone has access to these everyday privileges.

4. Freedom

I’m sure you’ve heard this one before, but this is another one taken for granted. We are free to become whoever we want. There is freedom to speak our minds, there is freedom to love who we love, and there is freedom to build a future that we desire. There isn’t anyone telling us what we can or can’t do, or what we can or can’t say. Take a moment and think about what you want. Now go out and get it. You have the freedom to do so.

There are endless reasons to be grateful this 4th of July. Remember to celebrate the holiday with your closest companions and enjoy the company and the wonder the world has brought you.

Happy 4th of July!

Morning Self-Care Routine

It’s important to start the morning off the right way. How your morning goes will frame your whole day, making it essential to start the morning with positive thoughts and healthy food that will provide you enough energy to get through the day. Now we may not have all the time in the world in the morning, but there are a few steps you can add to your morning routine to make your mornings a little bit brighter. For some inspiration, here is a brief summary of my morning self-care routine.

Step 1. Cleanse

Now I begin my morning the same way most people do. I brush my teeth and wash my face. My skin care routine is relatively simple consisting of cleansing, toning, moisturizing, and an eye cream. I begin by cleansing with a Dove Beauty Bar. I prefer this over any face wash because this beauty bar is much gentler on the skin and is great for people with acne (like myself). In face, my dermatologist recommended this to me years ago and I have been using it ever since.

After cleansing, I then spritz my face with my Grace Antioxidant Toner. I just added this step to my routine about a year ago because I thought it was time to add some antioxidants to my routine. Although I am only 20, it is never too early to begin the anti-aging process. I also really love this spray because it doubles as a setting spray. I then apply my CeraVe Face Moisturizer with SPF 30 which is another product I have been using for many years now. It is a great, affordable moisturizer that can be bought at any drugstore that contains SPF. Since it is summer, I recommend applying a sunscreen on top if you plan to be outdoors all day, as although this contains SPF, it is important to protect your skin from the sun’s harsh rays during this time of the year.

Finally, I finish my skin-care routine with an eye cream. This always changes for me, as I have not yet found the perfect eye cream. Currently, I am using the RoC Retinol Correction Eye Cream. Retinol is supposed to be great for lighting dark spots. Although I have not noticed any visible changes yet using this eye cream, I do like the way it feels. It’s very light and sits under my makeup very well. Along with this, a little dot goes a long way making the price completely reasonable.

Step 2. Meditate

If possible, try to wake up 10 minutes earlier to get in a quick meditation session. Lay down a few pillows, sit up straight, and play some calming music. Pick out an affirmation for the day and repeat it in your mind while also focusing on your breath. If you really can’t squeeze in a time to meditate in the morning, try to find some time in your day that you are able to meditate. All it takes is 10-15 minutes of your day.

Step 3. Write in a Gratitude Journal

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Make a gratitude journal if you haven’t already. Every morning, take a few minutes to write down 3-5 things you’re grateful for. It could even be something as simple as being grateful for sunscreen. Practicing gratitude will help you to be more positive even in times of distress. It will help you recall that even in the darkest of times, there is always something to be thankful for.

Step 4. Make Breakfast

They aren’t lying when they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Even if you’re not hungry in the morning, or if you don’t have time to cook a large, extravagant meal, eat something small that contains antioxidants. Some of my favorite quick and easy breakfasts include drizzling a bit of honey on some fruit, or eating a fruit and yogurt parfait. My go-to breakfast when I’m on the go is a peanut butter and banana smoothie with almond milk and a tiny bit of vanilla protein powder. This quick and easy breakfast is enough to keep me satisfied for a few hours, and provides me with enough energy to get through the work day.

Step 5. Eat breakfast and Read the News

Sit down and enjoy your breakfast while catching up with what’s going on in the world. Usually, I’ll either skim headlines to see what interests me, or I’ll check out what’s in my inbox using theSkimm. TheSkimm send you everything you need to know about what’s going on in the world in one short post. After catching up with news updates, I’ll see if any of my favorite bloggers have released any new content using Bloglovin’. Follow me on Bloglovin’ here!

Step 6. Get dressed and Go to Work

After my routine is over, it’s time to head into the day. I do my makeup and put on my clothes, and enter the workday with a positive headspace.

I hope you found some inspiration in this post on how to switch up your morning routine to bring in a bit more self-care to create a healthier lifestyle, both mentally and physically. Getting out of bed is tough in the morning, but try to wake up a little bit earlier to add at least one of these steps in if you haven’t already. Good luck!

18 Ways to Instantly Feel a Bit Happier

Unfortunately, not every day consists of cute puppies and fun adventures. The bad days are a part of life, and sadly are unavoidable. Sometimes when we are in a funk, we worry that we’ll feel this way forever, and that things will never get better. The good news is it will, even if you don’t believe so. Nothing lasts forever. As the bad days pass, know the good days are on its way. You can help the good days come even sooner by changing our attitude. Think more positively and engage in actions that will make you feel better. While these activities can’t fix all of your problems, I have created a list of 18 ways to instantly feel a bit happier. Just a little bit of positive energy can have a marvelous impact on your mood and your day.

1. Get a quick workout in. Getting your blood flowing will instantly relieve a little bit of stress, and keep you distracted from your troubles! You can engage in any form of physical activity that you please. Go for a run if you’re feeling angry, or do some yoga if you want to reduce anxiety. The possibilities are endless.

2. Take a warm shower/bath. Relax during a soothing, warm shower or bat that’ll help loosen your muscles and relieve tightness. Give yourself a mini massage while you cleanse to ease any tension you are feeling.

3. Listen to your favorite song. Try to pick a song that is more upbeat or that conveys a positive message. Regardless, choose a song you love and sing it out loud. Write out the lyrics in your favorite notebook, and blast the music through your headphones.

4. Spend time outdoors. Appreciate how beautiful nature is. Lay in the grass and make shapes of the clouds, or watch the stars at night. Walk across the beach and sink your toes in the sand. Go for a hike. Stop and smell the flowers. Nature is so incredible and beautiful. Take a moment to be grateful for your surroundings.

5. Watch a funny video/movie. Distract yourself by making yourself laugh! Whether you want to watch your favorite comedy or binge-watch Shane Dawson videos, take some time to laugh off your troubles. This won’t solve everything, but you’ll at least feel a bit better.

6. Write in a diary. There are many different approaches you can take here. You can release all of your inner thoughts onto the page which will help relieve anxiety by finally coming to terms with all of your emotions. Write as a diary entry, or make a list of everything that’s stressing you out. When you’re finished, read it over, and then burn it. You can also instead, choose to write about the positive. Instead of writing about all of your worries, you can instead write down things you’re grateful for. This will help you reflect positive energy, which will help you feel even happier. See what works best for you.

7. Call someone you love. It can be anyone that makes you feel good. Call your mom, best friend, significant other, grandparent, or whoever. Ask them questions about their life. Reminisce old memories. Vent if you need to, but really try to focus on the good and not the bad.

8. Roam around a bookstore. Getting lost in a good book is always a great distraction. Go to a bookstore and look around to see what you might be interested in next. It’s good to spend some time out of your house, so take your time browsing around. You never know what you might find, or who you might meet!

9. Pamper yourself Give yourself a nice DIY facial, (p.s. you can find a great, simple recipe here) and light a few candles. Paint your nails and take some time out to make yourself feel good and fresh. You deserve it.

10. Doodle Doodling can be a great distraction. Engaging in a bit of creativity can help you feel more relaxed. Next time you’re stressed, grab a pad of paper and draw out your emotions. Have fun with it.

11. Bake cookies. It’s okay to indulge every once in awhile. Bake yourself your favorite treat and take a bit of time out to treat yourself.

12. Clean your room. Cleaning may not be the most exciting task, but it can be a great way to clear your head. Along with this, getting rid of clutter will help you become more organized and will relieve stress.

13. Accept the things you can’t change. This might be easier said than done. Take some time to reflect on what’s bothering you. Sit with your feelings and accept them. Can you change these problems? If not, then accept it. What’s done is done. If you can, do it. Make a plan for yourself. Take action.

14. Fill in a coloring book. Adult coloring books are very popular now due to its ability to de-stress. This will help get creativity flowing and will cause you to focus closely on your coloring, which will reduce anxiety and stress.

15. Meditate. Meditation serves many benefits, including reducing stress and anxiety. Like coloring, focusing on your breathing will help clear your head and bring relaxation. Even just meditating for 10 minutes a day can serve long-term benefits.

16. Repeat positive affirmations to yourself. You can do this to yourself while meditating, and throughout the day when you’re feeling down. Radiating positive energy will draw in positive thoughts.

17. Craft. Crafting can be a lot of fun and can be a great distraction. Focusing on skills such as painting or scrapbooking can be a great way to express your feelings while allowing yourself to get creative.

18. Get offline. No matter what it is that is bothering you and no matter what emotions you are feeling, it is good to get offline every once in awhile. Log out of Instagram and Twitter, and take some time out to do things you like to do. It can be crafting or baking, or whatever hobbies you enjoy, but don’t get distracted by what’s going on online. Social media can be dangerous. It could make you feel insecure, upset, jealous, and overall can ruin your mood in the blink of an eye. Avoid social media every once in awhile, especially when you aren’t in the best of moods.

Remember to stay active and to avoid dwelling. Know that whatever it is you are going through is only temporary. If you believe everything will be okay, it will be. Take steps to increase euphoria. Only you can decide how you feel, so choose happiness.

Green Tea Facial (Using Just 3 Ingredients!)

When you’re feeling stressed or worn down, it is a good idea to take out some time to care for yourself. One of the ways I like to do this is by giving myself a soothing, DIY facial. There is just something about a sweet smelling facial and soft skin that instantly boosts my mood and makes me calmer. Over the years, I’ve experimented with different face masks to see what works best with my acne prone skin. After doing a lot of research, I decided to start DIY’ing my own face masks with ingredients that moisturize and brighten my skin, but that still fight against acne. I have found that green tea, my favorite drink, is even more beneficial than I had thought. You might be aware of the health benefits that come with drinking green tea, but what you might not know is that a green tea face mask can prevent acne and lighten dark spots. Although we are all born with different skin types, I wanted to share what my steps are to my favorite green tea facial.

Ingredients:
Sugar
Green Tea
Honey

Step 1: Remove Makeup

Before applying anything to your face, it is essential to remove all traces of makeup to prevent clogging your pores. I recommend using a little bit of coconut oil to remove all makeup and dirt, but feel free to use whichever product you think works best for you.

Step 2: Apply Warm Compress to Face

Next, lay a warm wash cloth over your face. The warmth will open up your pores. You could also purchase a face steamer, which is especially effective in opening up clogged pores.

Step 3: Make and Apply Mask

The most exciting step: making the mask. You can make this mask in under 5 minutes after acquiring the ingredients listed. Begin by adding 3 teaspoons of sugar into a bowl. Next, add 2 tablespoons of honey. Finally, add two tablespoons of green tea. Mix the ingredients together and chill for 10 minutes. Then, apply to face using brush or fingers. Keep on the mask for about 10-15 minutes before washing off gently.

Step 4: Moisturize

The last and final step is to apply your favorite moisturizer to keep your skin soft and glowing!

Benefits

Sugar- Sugar is a great way to exfoliate your skin- however, it is important to not scrub too hard, or use to often, as this can cause irritation. Using a sugar scrub a few times a week will remove dead skin cells and leave your skin feeling silky smooth.

Green tea- There are many benefits that come along with green tea, whether consuming it, or using it as a face/hair mask. Green tea can brighten your skin, making it especially effective for treating dark spots or puffiness. Green tea is a great way to reduce scarring, and to prevent acne.

Honey- Honey is antibacterial, making it a perfect ingredient to hydrate the skin while still fighting against acne. Honey is full of antioxidants and will help prevent aging. Not to mention, honey is very moisturizing and will help brighten your complexion.

Overall, this is a great face mask that you can make in the comfort of your own home with everyday ingredients. Next time you’re brewing yourself a cup of tea with honey/sugar, try giving yourself a nice facial as well.

8 Ways You Probably Didn’t Know Yoga Can Benefit You!

Yoga provides even more benefits than you think.  Not only is yoga a challenging workout that will help with your flexibility and strength, but yoga is an exercise like no other. Yoga can have an incredible influence on both your physical and mental health, providing spiritual benefits you may not be able to achieve from other workouts. Yes, yoga is a wonderful exercise for toning your body and improving your balance, but here are eight other benefits you can achieve by engaging in yoga.

1. Help Your Heart

Yoga is good for the heart and can greatly reduce your risk of heart disease. The combination of physical exercise with meditation can help ease stress and lower blood pressure. Along with this, yoga is full of modifications and can be as challenging as you choose it to be, making it an ideal form of exercise for those with cardiovascular conditions.

2. Sleep Soundly at Night

If you’re battling insomnia at night, take a moment to do a few gentle yoga stretches. This will settle your mind, and make it easier to fall asleep. Adding a yoga practice to your daily routine can have incredible long-term effects on your sleeping behaviors, and can help you sleep more soundly through the night.

3. Cure Your Hangover

Yes, yoga can help fight even the most wicked hangover. Those mornings after a night of drinking when you just can’t get yourself out of bed, try doing a few yoga poses. Yoga helps with your metabolism, which will help you get rid of your hangover a little bit faster.

4. Helps to Conceive

Yoga is a great way to increase chances of conception. If you are stressed out about infertility, take a yoga class to calm your mind and increase blood flow. Just by doing this, you are already making yourself more likely to conceive.

5. Relieve Back Pain

Yoga is an amazing way to stretch out your muscles and increase flexibility. If you suffer from chronic back pain, yoga is one of the best activities you can do for it. Engaging in a daily yoga practice can stretch out the tightness and relieve pain.

6. Fight Your Food Cravings

Your food cravings likely come from boredom or over thinking. Yoga can stop both of these by getting you active and cleansing your mind. Next time you’re craving a sugary sweet you know you shouldn’t have, drink a glass of water and engage yourself in a mindful yoga practice.

7. Boost Your Confidence

Not only will yoga improve your posture, helping you appear more confident, but yoga will actually help you feel more confident. Getting involved in a frequent yoga practice will teach you self-love and self-acceptance through your mindful meditation.

8. Be happier!

If you are unsure if you should start practicing yoga or not, just know that one of yoga’s best benefits is its feel good effects. Yoga can aid your fight against depression or anxiety by stimulating serotonin in your brain that will automatically make you feel happier! Along with this, yoga is a great way to relieve stress and to practice mindfulness, which will overall help you develop a more positive mindset.

Although yoga may not be the answer to all of your life problems, it can certainly help and bring you numerous benefits. Take the time out of your day, whether it be 10 minutes or an hour, to engage in a daily yoga practice. Ease your mind and improve your health just by practicing a few sun salutations and focusing on your breath. Next time your hesitant to go to your yoga class, keep in mind all of these benefits.