Why I LOVE FabFitFun

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

This year, my resolution was to really focus on self-care and self-love. Part of that is being willing to explore new things and really focus on products that make me feel good. Trust me, it wasn't the easiest transition! I like to make sure everyone else feels good and loved through simple gestures, quality time, just-because gifts, etc., not typically concerned about what I'm doing for me. But about a month ago, I made a decision to spoil myself without going hog-wild on spending mass amounts of money.

I recently discovered a subscription box called FabFitFun. Its a box that is all about offering you products that really hone in on self-care and a little bit of a "treat yo self because you're worth it" vibe. Because who wouldn't love that?! 

I was instantly interested. This isn't like other subscription boxes that I have looked at and turned away from. It doesn't send you samples of makeup that you'll fall in love with and use up in a matter of weeks, doesn't send you socks, or random things that will most likely sit and collect dust (after you spend a week fawning over it). Don't get me wrong, subscription boxes of any kind are exciting! But they don't always offer you products that are going to prove useful. 

This box is totally different! It's like a care package that you would get from your friend that is one part socially conscious, one part incredibly active, one part perfect skin and hair, and all parts fabulous! I would like to say that I am that friend, but I can't feasibly send my best friends boxes that are worth over $200...I wish I could, but as of right now, my hubby would probably kill me! Also, I'm not nearly as fabulous as the ladies that put this box together! *I tip my hat to you ladies!* 

As of right now, I have only received two boxes: an editor's box, and the Spring box. And I am OBSESSED!!! In my editor's box, I got a little bit of everything: products to help my muscles relax (and I have conveniently started working, fate?), makeup products, jewelry, skin care products, AND the softest wrap I have ever had. The best part? Each of these products comes from socially conscious companies. 

Companies like Real Her - a brand that has set out to inspire and empower women with their products by reminding them they are fearless and powerful. All of the products are natural, vegan and cruelty-free. AND, get this, 20% of the proceeds go to organizations that empower women! Before I received my first box with the best eye shadow pallet I've ever tried, I had never heard of this company. But I can tell you that from now on, I will be finding a way to get my hands on their products! And the same goes for each of the items I received from brands like Whish, Spongelle, African Botanics, and Way of Will! 

Not only do I love the idea of self care, but I love knowing that the products I am using are natural and coming from companies that recognize their social responsibilities! Sidenote: I am currently getting all excited just talking about these products because of how passionate I am about these issues! #allthefeels! 

I am over-the-moon excited that I signed up for FabFitFun! There's nothing better than feeling spoiled while ringing in each new season with a box filled to the brim with products that'll make your spring, summer, fall, and winter that much better. Since discovering FabFitFun and everything they stand for, I decided to become a FabFitFun partner in order to spread discount codes like confetti on New Years Eve!

Sign up using the code SPRINGLOVE when you Follow this link to get $10 off the Editor's Box today!  

 Love Always, 
                        Kaitlyn B

**I am a FabFitFun partner

Women Inspiring Women: 30 of my Favorite Quotes

Sunday, March 11, 2018

I've just started watching an INCREDIBLE show on Amazon called Good Girls Revolt, and it is - in a word - inspiring. It is a show based on women rising above the "women are not meant to be bosses" norm in the late 60's - early 70's. This show is an excellent example of just how far women have come; using historic figures like Nora Ephron, and a monumental legal case that changed the course of history, how can a woman not LOVE this series?

When you watch, even just one episode, you feel like you need to go out and do something amazing because those women did. So, as a lover of quotes and inspirational memes, I have compiled a series of quotes by women, inspiring women. I hope that they will inspire you as much as they have inspired me!

  1. "Dear optimist, pessimist, and realist: while you guys were busy arguing about the glass of wine, I drank it! Sincerely, the opportunist!" - Lori Greiner
  2. Whatever it is that you think you want to do, and whatever it is that you think stands between you and that, stop making excuses. You can do anything." - Katia Beauchamp
  3. "I never dreamed about success. I worked for it." - Estee Lauder
  4. "Making the decision to not follow a system, or someone else's rules has allowed me to really dig into what my own strengths and gifts are without spending time feeling jaded or wasteful." - Ishita Gupta
  5. "Success as a woman has changed me. That's what I feel is the first thing. When I feel like a successful woman as a rounded human being, then it feeds my work in a broader way so it becomes more interesting." - Jacqueline Bisset
  6. "If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough." - Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
  7. "Just seize every opportunity you have, embrace every experience. Make a mark, for all the right reasons." - Chrissie Wellington
  8. "You are the one that possesses the keys to your being. You carry the passport to your own happiness." - Diane von Furstenberg
  9. "Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement." - Golda Meir
  10. "The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." - Amelia Earhart
  11. "You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them." - Shonda Rhimes 
  12. "It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent." - Madeleine Albright
  13. "What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." - Jane Goodall
  14. "A strong woman is a woman determined to do something others are determined not be done." - Marge Piercy
  15. "Drama is very important in life: you have to come on with a bang. You never want to go out with a whimper." - Julia Child 
  16. "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." - Coco Chanel
  17. "The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me." - Ayn Rand
  18. "Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself." - Eleanor Roosevelt
  19. "Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim." - Nora Ephron
  20. "You can be the lead in your own life." - Kerry Washington
  21. "A surplus of effort could overcome a deficit of confidence." - Sonia Sotomayor
  22. "Dying seems less sad than having lived too little." - Gloria Steinem
  23. "It's not the absence of fear, it's overcoming it. Sometimes you've got to blast through and have faith." - Emma Watson
  24. "If it's a good idea, go ahead and do it. It's much easier to apologize than it is to get permission" - Grace Hopper
  25. "There is no royal flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it, for if I have accomplished anything in life it is because I have been willing to work hard." - Madame C.J. Walker. 
  26. "The work of today is the history of tomorrow, and we are its makers." - Juliette Gordon Low
  27. "As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might." - Marian Anderson
  28. "The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not our circumstances." - Martha Washington
  29. "Just watch, all of you men. I'll show you what a woman can do...I'll go across the country, I'll race to the moon...I'll never look back." - Edna Gardner Whyte 
  30. "Once you can express yourself, you can tell the world what you want from it...all the changes in the world, for good or evil, were first brought about by words." - Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

 Love Always,
                         Kaitlyn B

Finding My "HOW?!"

Thursday, March 1, 2018

I, like a lot of the lovely ladies I know, have a problem actually getting up the courage to begin working out. - I use the word courage because once you start, you must meet the level of dedication that you set for yourself. Once you start, you can't stop without letting yourself down. And that is some scary shit! - But, on Sunday night I decided it was time. Time to stop watching movies with bad ass women, like Gal Gadot, and thinking "I could be that bad ass...ya know, if I worked out and took better care of myself".

*If I'm being really honest, I have been doing that ^^ for the last 5 years...over and over again! It just happened to be bad ass Wonder Woman that made me realize its not okay anymore. *

Wanting a Change? Ask Yourself This Question!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The other day, I was thinking out loud...that's when I do my best work! I was discussing [with myself] the massive issue of people wanting to change their bodies and their appearances for all the wrong reasons. Be it that they want to attract the eye of more men or women, that they have been body shamed into believing they aren't good enough, or they've just developed a negative image of themselves.

An Open Letter to Those who Love Someone with Anxiety

Thursday, February 15, 2018

An Open Letter to Those who Love Someone with Anxiety:

We know it's not easy. We know its disconcerting, to see us so distraught for reasons unknown to you. We know it is hard to know what to do while we are sitting on the bathroom floor, our bed, or in our cars panicking for what seems like no reason. We know it can be scary to witness a breakdown, to see us uncontrollably crying, our hearts racing, struggling to breathe because of the panicked state we are in; witnessing it all get so much worse before it gets better.

Workouts Without the Gym

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

As a former dancer, I have found that doing regular workouts doesn't get me excited like dancing did. And, if I didn't live in the small town that  I do, you better believe I would have a membership to one of the many barre studios that have been popping up all over highly populated areas! But, that isn't the case...don't get me wrong, I LOVE where I live and the life I have started out here with my incredible husband and perfect puppers.

Since making our big move and waiting for our dream house to be built, I have fallen into complacency...wake up, get ready, go to work, go home, decompress, go to sleep, repeat. As wonderful as my in-laws are for allowing us to live in their basement, - free of charge, I might add - moving from a regular sized house to a basement that is half the size of a single floor of our old house, has come with its challenges.

Finding My "WHY?"

Monday, February 5, 2018

Sometimes it takes finding out that someone close to you is having health problems before you to realize just how important eating healthy and staying fit is. As strange as it is, I have known my family's history of health/heart problems, but I somehow didn't catch on to the fact that I might not be invincible....shocker, right?

How the Women's March Divided Feminists

Friday, February 2, 2018

January 20th marked the second annual Women's March, since our POTUS Donald Trump was inaugurated. Pieced together and led by the Women's March organization. An organization who's mission is as follows:
"to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change. Women's March is a women-led movement providing intersectional education on a diverse range of issues and creating entry points for new grassroots activists & organizers to engage in their local communities through trainings, outreach programs and events. Women's March is committed to dismantling systems of oppression through nonviolent resistance and building inclusive structures guided by self-determination, dignity and respect."

Real Love...Not the Fake-y Crap

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

This might just be the article you need to read to find the love of your life: 

I have noticed, by being that observant person that constantly convinces people to talk about their feelings, that there is one general problem we all have when trying to find The One. Believe me, I am just as guilty as the next person for having this train of thought...but as soon as it is changed, it seems that we all seem to stumble into our One.

Anxiety Combat - Be a Warrior not a Worrier

Friday, January 19, 2018

I don't know about you, but I have been under the impression that "we all have our days"...if not, then my friends must just be trying to make me feel better when I temporarily lose my mind. This isn't me being insensitive, but me trying to shed some sort of humourous light on my diagnosed anxiety disorder. You might notice - in other blog posts - I have a tendency to refer to myself as crazy, as I have accepted the fact that I have a chemical imbalance that may make me seem that way to others.

I was terrified of my, now, husband finding out I am a little far from "normal". The idea of him being around to witness one of my unforgettable panic attacks, was one I dreaded. And when it was terrible! The poor guy had no idea how to calm me down... It has been five years, and quite a few sleepless nights since he witnessed one of my panic attacks for the first time. And let me tell you, he has become unbelievably helpful when my anxiety becomes too much for my brain to handle.

Move Mountains W/ Random Acts of Kindness

Thursday, January 18, 2018

WARNING - Rant with a good purpose below:

Since when is simply doing something nice for someone else supposed to be based on whether or not they have done something just as nice for you? It seems like I have recently heard the most bull**** reason not to give someone a gift, or just do something nice to remind people they are loved...the reason: "Well they didn't do [whatever it is] for me".

I am sorry, but what the H E Double Hockey Sticks?! The thought is just to be just because the person in question never randomly thought to bring you a coffee, means you shouldn't do it for them? Just because one of your friends never offered to watch your kids for a night, you aren't going to offer to watch theirs? Since when did the whole world become so damn cynical?! I have actually heard people turn down other people's offers because they don't want to be expected to do the same thing for them in the future.

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