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    Book Review: The Year of Less

    The Year of Less by Cait Flanders Rating: ★★★★☆ This book convinced me to stop buying sh*t. That in and of itself is an accomplishment. Really. If you don’t believe me, you should see my amazon account … Yikes. Anyways, I really enjoyed this book. One, I *love* memoirs that are narrated by the author. It just feel that authors know exactly where to put the emphasis and it just works. Ya know? I’m a big fan. Since lockdown, I’ve been doing a lot more chores. Normally, during the school year, I barely have time to sleep, so my parents are pretty lax about my not doing chores. In lockdown, my…

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    Simplicity at Its Finest

    There are some things that are super simple, but when they’re made well – it makes a world of a difference. In this post, I’m rounding up totally random items that I use every day that are just super thoughtfully designed and well-made. Pomelo Pill Dispenser My doctor recommended keeping my meds by alarm clock so I could take them as soon as I woke up. I wanted something cute and functional – this is that.  Kindle I love my kindle! I’ve had mine since 6th grade – it’s the 2013 2nd Generation Kindle Paperwhite. It’s so old you can’t even buy it anymore. Kindles are amazing! If you enjoy…

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    The Skincare Tip that Changed the Game

    I'm new to this whole skincare game. I learned a lot of new things for example: You can't use salicylic acid and retinol together. You shouldn't use cleansers with microbeads Anyway, this has been a huge learning experience for me. I've been reading a lot to learn more. One tip totally changed the way I thought about washing my face.

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    My Affordable Skincare Routine for Clear Skin

      I used to be really bad at keeping up with my skincare routine. Simplifying my skincare routine made it so much so much less tiresome than it used to be! Let’s be real, I’m a bit lazy and if it’s too troublesome, I won’t do it. Also, all of the products I use can be found at your local drugstore. I don’t use anything that costs more than $15. The most expensive part of my skincare is the retinol cream which is $75 without insurance, but with my plan it’s only about $5. You can also find other nonprescription retinol creams. Here is a link to a list of…

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    Quarantine Essentials: Snack Edition

    Spending loads more time at home, has some benefits: more time exercise, spending extended periods of time with your family (it’s debatable to whether that’s a benefit or not), and much more time to spend snacking. I have embraced this additional snacking time. Here’s what I’ve been snacking on! terra chips | unsalted almonds | strawberry jam | parm crisps | goldfish Terra Chips My friend, Alexa, introduced me to Terra Chips this year in our biology class. We often had bio right before lunch, so it was basically snack time. One time she shared her Terra Chips with me, and I’ve loved them ever since. Controversial opinion: I think…

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    Dealing with Disappointment

    Yesterday, I competed in an online Congressional Debate tournament. It was States. I was so amped up and excited. I thought I had a real chance at placing in the top three. I didn’t. I got sixth. I was incredibly disappointed, sad, frustrated, and angry. I spent the rest of the day “licking my wounds” and processing my own disappointment. First, I yelled and screamed. That lasted like a minute because I was pretty beat from a long day of competition. Second, I sat in bed, wallowing. My mind ran in circles beginning and ending with “What could I have done better?”, “What’s wrong with me?”, and “Why did the…

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    It’s OK if you’re struggling.

    It’s okay if you’re struggling. I am too. This is a hard time. It’s hard to be productive and feel good all the time, most of the time, or even some of the time. I struggle to focus every day. I have a hard time even starting my work, much less actually doing it. And that’s okay. We have to be kind to ourselves. It’s the only way we’re going to be able to get through this time. Here are so ways I’m practicing being kind to myself Not beating myself up when I have an unproductive, depressed day. Eating healthy foods – so I can avoid the groggy and…