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From the Drafts: Dollar.

One of the things on my list of 101 things to do in 1001 days is to clean up my blog’s Drafts folder. Sometimes I write blogs and never go back to putting pictures in them or actually hitting “publish” so you might see them sneaking in πŸ™‚ We’ve been holding hands for 669 days now and even each wear rings on them. Somehow the dollar joke wore off, but I’m going to be bringing it back because it was sweet. πŸ™‚


Update: still loving every day I get to spend with Justen Martian.

So far we’ve spent 210 (8/15) days of this year holding each other’s hand, and it’s great.

Except.

Sometimes, y’all. Sometimes he reaches for my hand at the most AWKWARD and inconvenient times. Like I’ll be holding my phone in my hand, and he’ll reach to grab my hand. or when my hand is in my pocket. I decided that it was becoming such an issue that he needed to pay me a dollar every time he awkwardly reached for my hand.

Often, we will be going about our day, strolling around Target or walking to a coffee shop or something like that. and my hand will be in my purse, feeling around for gum, and he’ll attempt to grab that hand.

and I’ll simply say “dollar.”

When I’m cold, I keep my hands tucked inside of my jacket sleeves. and he tries to hold my hand.

Dollar.

When I’m scratching my leg.

Dollar.

Right as I’m about to get up.

Dollar.

He doesn’t actually pay me a dollar, but it’s still fun. Plus he buys me coffee and dinner and puts up with me so he owes me literally nothing.

Do y’all have any cute little quirks about your relationship?

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Empties v 15 {Sept & Oct}

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So on my list of 101 things to do in 1001 days is to do an empties post every month for a year. I started this in July. I posted in July and August, and then in September I only used up TWO PRODUCTS and I was like ehhhh not even worth writing about. But then I got back on the using shhh up train and used up more products in October and figured hey, I never said I had to do one empties post per month. So here I’m combining September and October and crossing off both months because I’m the boss of my 101 list and I can do what I want, right?

Here are the products I used up in September:

Eve Lom Cleanser

Okay I have to be honest about this one. I’ve had this for… way too long. I saved up my Birchbox points and cashed them in one day to buy this full sized Eve Lom Cleanser for like a zillion dollars. Not quite a zillion, but you know… $50!!! I got a sample of it in one of my Birchboxes and LOVED it. You spread the cleanser on your dry face and then you get a muslin cloth hot + wet and let it sit on your face and breathe in deeply. You do it twice and the third time you use the muslin cloth to wipe it off. It’s amazing.

But here’s the issue I have with products I really like. I tend to not use them often because I don’t want them to run out. Is this stupid or what? So I’ve had this probably beyond its expiration date but only use it when I feel fancy, until I realized I just need to GET RID OF my products. It’s so good, but I’d highly recommend trying to find a sample of it before investing in it.

Acure Pore Minimizing Facial Scrub

Yo I’ve never really used a red clay product before so tell me this if you have: are they SUPPOSED to smell like butt? I actually gave up on using this one because it smelled so foul! I got this as part of an environmentally conscious skincare Birchbox and really hated it. I’m okay with earthy smells, but not when they smell THIS bad. Abort mission.

 

and October:

Rimmel Just Let It Go Eye Makeup Remover

I got this years ago as part of an Influenster VoxBox and then couldn’t find it ANYWHERE! Eventually I spotted it at Grocery Outlet so I picked up a bottle. It’s pretty good! I like that it’s gentle on the eyes but it’s really effective at getting eye makeup off. The bottle lasted for awhile, too!

Root Pretty Organic Peppermint Toner

I have this unofficial goal of sampling EVERYTHING from the Root Pretty line πŸ˜€ I liked this peppermint toner, but I’d rather stick with my witch hazel + lemon toner. It’s a great option for anyone looking for a new toner that’s full of really great, organic products. Also use this link to get 10% off your first Root Pretty purchase πŸ™‚Β 

Harvey Prince Petaly Noir

Yeah no. I really don’t like strong floral perfumes and this was one of them, if I remember correctly. I definitely prefer citrus or earthy scents.

100% Pure Coconut whipped body butter

That statement about keeping great products and using them sparingly applies here. Kristen got me this as a gift for Christmas maybe TWO years ago{!?} and I’ve been so stingy with using it! In my efforts to declutter my beauty products and not be scared of emptying products I love, I started applying this coconut body butter with a drop or two of lavender oil on my feet before bed. SO GOOD. It’s really moisturizing and thick so a little goes a long way. I HIGHLY recommend 100% Pure’s EVERYTHING.

GlamGlow ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment

A few years ago I saw a YouTube video about GlamGlow and they’ve been one of those brands I’ve become quietly in awe over and I have no reason why, haha. Getting this sample was so great because I’ve been wanting to try their products! I really liked this – it’s kind of like a mask but also a moisturizer. You apply it to your face and then let it sit. If there’s anything left over you can rub it into your face so there’s no washing or anything! It didn’t leave a greasy residue but I did feel like my face felt more oily than normal for the rest of the day, so I won’t be purchasing this.

L’Oreal Infallible Paints Eye ShadowΒ 

Okay so true story – I was at the Bins one day and saw this L’Oreal eyeshadow still in its wrapper with a Target salvage sticker on it so YOU KNOW I added it to my cart. Except I literally hated this stuff. I tried it twice. Maybe it’s a user issue (could easily be) but I felt like it was SO MUCH on my eyes. Like the creasing was out of this world after wearing it for awhile and it just felt really chalky and gross. Hard pass.

Living Proof Restore Mask Treatment

Another Birchbox – at some point just assume EVERYTHING is from or originated from a Birchbox – I like hair masks because my hair is really long and REALLY susceptible to breaking/splitting/etc. This was a pretty good hair mask, but nothing special and if I’m gonna shell out money for a hair mask, I want it to be special.

 

Well there it finally is! You can see that I was so determined to get this posted and those empty bottles out of the apartment that I took iPhone photos, but whatever!

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Debt Repayment Recap 2.0 – The Beginning

Oh. my. gosh.
Y’all, it feels SO GOOD to be able to start blogging about my Debt Repayment journey again. It’s been a huge theme in my life for the past 2 years, and as we’ve been cash flowing our wedding, aggressively paying off my debt has been on the back burner.

and now I AM MARRIED (omg what) and it’s time to get going on my our debt snowball. There is a LOT that has changed since I first started my journey to get out of debt. I’ve become an avid listener of Dave Ramsey, I’ve spent a lot of time talking about finances with people, and more than ever before I can see the Financial Freedom Finish Line way off in the distance.

There is a LOT that has changed since my very last debt repayment post. I now work for myself. It is crazy and scary but so good. I’m now part of my own family unit. Justen and I both moved out of our parents homes into our own apartment.

Right now I’m going to start with two things: the numbers and the WHY. First, the WHY.

WHY are we making a plan to get out of debt? It’s easy to wander into debt, it’s impossible to wander out. I want to be financially free. One day, I want to own a paid-for house so that we can sleep easier at night because our living arrangements are secure and paid for. Eventually, I want to be millionaires. Not because I want a lot of money, but because I want to work hard and live on less than we make and be in a place to be outrageously generous.

The numbers. They’re a little different than before, because now Justen is a part of this as well. We cash flowed our wedding !!!!!! but we did end up with some balances on our credit cards because of hotels, rental cars, etc. The numbers are all smallish, but still too big for me. They’re listed smallest to largest in true debt snowball fashion.

Debt Repayment 2.0 – November 1, 2017

Rings: $416.39
Disney card: $984.24
Southwest Card: $1,012.89
Justen’s Car: $6,533.46
Stephanie’s Car: $14,820

Total Debt: $23,766.98

That’s it. That’s the snowball. That’s what we need to plow through before we can start saving money to buy a house. Justen and I are figuring out the whole budgeting thing, but as we start to get our feet underneath us I’ll share more details about the money and how we’re snowballing and what that looks like. For now I’m just SO EXCITED to start throwing all the dollars at this debt and getting our head above water.

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November Goals

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Dang, October. I don’t even know where you went. Like LITERALLY one day it was FINALLY October and now today we’re into November, so what the actual heck. I guess the whole wedding + honeymoon thing took up a lot more time/energy than I thought. But here we are.

We got married, we honeymooned, and now we’ve been home and adjusting to life together for a week. Feels good, y’all. So it’s a great time to do two things. 1. Set some goals and 2. Start up the debt repayment. Let’s just go with one at a time for now, shall we?

Looking back at October’s goals…

October Goals

  1. Try a new recipeΒ We adapted this sweet potato hash.
  2. Buy fresh flowers Right before our wedding I bought flowers for the apartment to help me feel happy and calm πŸ™‚
  3. Read a book
  4. Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Okay the butter beer was AMAZING. The
  5. Organize the closetΒ 
  6. Clean the corners of the apartment
  7. Have 600 active listings on Poshmark
  8. Write 5 blog posts
  9. Cross something off (aside from #26 and #77) of my 101 in 1001 By doing #1, we made a recipe with only ingredients from the farmers market!
  10. Incorporate another essential oil into my daily routine lavender every night before bed.

8/10 = 80%! That’s pretty darn good!

November Goals

November Goals

  1. Try a new recipe
  2. Buy fresh flowers
  3. Call the library about my library books
  4. Change my name
    Every time I try to start this, my head literally explodes. Why is it so hard to do? Help.
  5. Watch one movie Justen wants me to see & one Harry Potter movie
  6. Have 800 active listings on Poshmark
    I’m at 635 right now, but I have SO MUCH STUFF to list! I’m determined to just get ALL THE THINGS listed. Plus more things listed = more money, which I’m ready for.
  7. Try 2 new coffee shops
  8. Try 1 new restaurant
  9. Order Christmas Thank You cards
  10. Post at least one blog post a week

I’m always like blah blah I miss blogging I should blog more blah blah, but seriously. I want to throw up more blog posts. Not like literal vomit but actual publishing of blog posts. Life is changing every day it feels like, and I want to remember it all.

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Keeping skin healthy as the seasons change

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This post is sponsored by Clarisonic and Her Campus Media. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make stephanieorefice.net possible!

If you’ve been following me on social media for at least one full seasonal year, you’ll know that when the seasons change my face FREAKS OUT. My face will literally become chapped if the weather goes from cold to hot too quickly. Going outside will HURT MY FACE and it’s miserable.

I’ve started to live by this new mantra of “if something is bothering you, do something about it if you can.” That said, I developed a skin care routine that has helped my skin calm down and transition from one season or climate to the next without ruining my life. So far I’ve been able to keep my face smooth and soft and very un-chapped using this routine and I figured it was worth sharing.

This is the skeleton of my daily routine. Obviously if I’ve applied makeup or decided to use a face mask, it has a few additional steps.

STEP ONE: SONIC CLEANSE.

Clarisonic sent me their Mia 1 Cleansing brush to review and I was SO EXCITED to try it. I’ve seen a lot of people posting about how they will never go back to cleaning with a washcloth or their hands, and I’m on that bandwagon. They sent me their Refreshing Gel Cleanser and two brush heads. I chose to go with the deep pore cleansing brush head to use with the gel cleanserΒ because in addition to my face getting chapped, my pores are sometimes out of this world and could use all the gentle cleaning possible. The Mia 1 is gentle enough to use twice a day, and I love how EASY it is to use – especially in the morning when the coffee is still in the pot and not in my mug, you know? PLUS it gets your skin SIX TIMES cleaner than if you just used your hands!

All you have to do is apply the gel to the brush head, and then slowly move in small circles on your forehead, down your nose and on your cheeks. When I’m done, my face feels so soft and clean!

ps being married means I now have someone to 1. take pictures of me and 2. talk to while I wash my face. That combination leads to pictures of me talking while I wash my face like this one. πŸ˜€

STEP TWO: TONE

After getting my face squeaky clean, I squirt some witch hazel and drip a drop of lemon essential oil onto a cotton swab and gently rub it on my face. Witch hazel is a natural astringent, which means it removes excess oil from your face. Lemon oil has antibacterial and anti fungal properties and plus it smells so freaking uplifting.

STEP THREE: MOISTURIZE

I top it all off with an all-natural rose cream from Soap and Sunshine that leaves my face feeling ultra hydrated but not at all greasy, sticky or oily. A small amount on my hand, gently rubbed on my face + neck is the perfect ending to the routine. If it’s the morning, I also add a tiny bit of 100% Pure’s Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream under my eyes because…. well, obviously!

That’s it! I’m all about efficiency so instead of using a bazillion products, I try to find a few that work really well and stack them. The Mia 1 brush is a game changer, though. One of the things I love THE MOST is that I don’t have to use my hands to wash my face. Sometimes I don’t remember to wash my hands immediately before cleaning my face, and touching your face with your hands is kind of gross – think of all the germs and stuff you carry on your hands!

Right now Her Campus has an exclusive promotion for Clarisonic devices! All of the devices featured here are 15% off using the code HERCAMPUS (hellooooo Christmas gifts!). Not only that, but upon credit approval Clarisonic offers monthly payment plans (for less than 63 cents a day, you can have clear-looking skin for life! – read the terms here).

Thanks so much for the opportunity to try the Mia 1, Clarisonic! <3

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