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however all opinions are mine and 100% honest.

I know that wigs have been around for a long time, but I had never actually considered buying one for real, until now and I will tell you why I have changed my mind.



Lace front wigs

It's basically a hairpiece or wig, in which human hair or synthetic hair is tied by hand to a sheer lace base which goes over the scalp. Black Hairspray has very high quality, affordable options. They offer thousands of wigs and hair care products, and lots of people use their products, even professional stylists and beauticians.


OK, now onto why I want one:
  • they look amazing (and real, they look real)
  • it's a great way to try out different styles and see what best suits you (you get to experiment without having to commit to a permanent color/style change)
  • lots of celebrities wear them
  • you can express yourself by choosing the color and style that best represents who you are (even if your natural hair is not able to be that)
  • they're great for taking fun, versatile photo shoots
  • great way to get mermaid hair (currently trending) without drying it out or causing damage or breakage
Here are some of the ones I was looking at from Black Hairspray:











Have you ever considered wearing a lace front wig? Which style would you choose?
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In my other blog post,  


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I talk about how we (women, especially) need to speak up about unhealthy beauty standards and trends being pushed on us. The thought of buying or doing something that will make us look better but possibly damage our health, is outrageous; and yet, it is something that women have been doing for centuries, and continue to do even to this day.




Over the next few posts, I'm going to be:
  1. sharing why you should be using all-natural products 
  2. showing how to use essential oils to create your own products
  3.  Sharing some amazing deals on essential oils and other goodies from Spark Naturals

This will save you lots of money and 

get you started on your journey to 

being healthy and happy.



How I use it:

-add it to my foot soak/baths-
-put 1-2 drops on my pillow at night-
-mix it with coconut oil and rub some on my chest to relax-


Stay tuned for lemon ......

As I've gotten older, I've realized a couple of things. First, I've realized that women are amazing. And our amazing-ness has nothing to do with our appearance, it goes way beyond that. Secondly, I finally realized how important it is to take good care of my body, and not just by eating healthy and staying fit.

Women's bodies are incredible. We are capable and built for so much. We are so much stronger than society portrays us. Why are we referred to as the weaker, more gentler sex? We're beasts. And yet there has always been pressure on us to be the more attractive sex. According to the influence, our skin should be smooth and hairless, our faces should be wrinkle-free, our lips glossy and painted. But is that what makes a woman attractive?



Those things waste a lot of time, a lot of energy, and a lot of money. I wonder what men accomplish with all that extra time, energy and money? I wonder how much money we spend in our lifetimes on beauty routines that are not even good for us, but can actually be very damaging to our health. Such as, injecting toxins into our faces in an attempt to look younger, running needles over our face until we bleed to improve our skin tone and shooting painful lasers over our skin for hair removal. When are we going to stop spending our money on products that damage our bodies and health?

Our appearance in it's most natural state, is more striking than any unrealistic, photo-shopped, smoothed-over, contoured, computer-engineered non-human portrayed in 80% of magazines.

Check out these celebrities before and after photoshop










                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                           


So, what made me write this post? Well, I've been limping for the past three days after injuring my foot by wearing heels. When I went in my closet to find some shoes with support, what I found instead was several more pairs of high heels and some flats. Thinking back on how much money I have spent on shoes that could damage my feet was really depressing. I have barely worn these shoes. Why did I do this? What would cause a woman to buy shoes that hurt and she couldn't even walk properly in? Do you have tons of shoes you can barely wear too?

I'm sure lots of you will tell me that you enjoy looking good and wearing heels, that's fine and it's normal to want to look good. But we should really at least, be putting our health first. And remember, it's your personality, your smile, and your unique, one-of-a-kind spirit that makes you beautiful.

I just want us to be brave enough to say (if we want to) hey I'm not going to wear stilettos because they may cause serious damage to my hips and joints. I'm not going to spend all of my hard-earned money on getting waxed every week. And If I feel like a trip to the beach, I'm going to go regardless of how my body looks, or if my legs are hairy.

JUST SAYING.
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 Norabloom Botanicals is 

all natural and cruelty free.

 

I got a chance to test out 3 Norabloom products 
that were personally recommended to me 
based on my answers to the Norabloom Skin Story Quiz, 
which is available on their website. 
This quiz asks you all kinds of open-ended 
questions about your skin, and then 
Holly emails you personalized 
recommendations 
within 48 hours.  

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Here are the 3 samples they sent me:

 Hibiscus Face Crème

Packed with antioxidants. This felt so soft and gentle on my skin. 
My face felt fresh, soft and moisturized but not sticky, like some creams do.

Aloe & Shea Crème Cleanser

This cleanser is very gentle, for extremely sensitive skin; 
which is great because my face will breakout if a cleanser
is too strong. It smells refreshing, and the aloe heals while the shea hydrates.

Rosehip & Carrot Organic Serum 

 This one was my favorite. It says it is good for flaky skin, 
great for scars, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, and correcting dark spots. Also, apparently even great for diaper rash.

Here is the skin care chart from their website: 

 


Go Check It Out For Yourselves




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This post is sponsored by the spirit of travel and the spirit of adventure. I am not affiliated with Southwest Airlines, I just happen to really like flying Southwest and their prices are always on point. 

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Dear readers, 

I want you to do fun things. 
I want you to take adventures and make great memories. 

I want you to see things you've never seen before
 and do things you've never done before. 

 

JUST FYI.....



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Check out some of the Groupon deals in these locations:

Las Vegas, NV

Hooters Casino Hotel Near Las Vegas Strip
 Laugh Factory Las Vegas

Orlando, FL

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San Diego, CA

3.5-hour Whale-watching Cruises 
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New Orleans, LA

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Los Angeles, CA

Up to 51% Off Whale Watching Boat Tour at LA Waterfront Cruises 
One or Two Unlimited Ride Wristbands With Meal Vouchers at Pacific Park (Up to 43% Off)



I don't know about you, but these deals are making me super excited to start planning my next vacation. I hope you are inspired and I hope some of these deals will make it to your #travelgoals list. Have an adventurous life!

-Michelle

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The Peaches and Petals box for February has finally arrived! It took longer than usual because they had to change the shipping dates for all orders, since some were getting their boxes late.

I believe from now on they will all be shipped on the 16th.

In case you didn't know..

Peaches and Petals is a monthly mystery box subscription, one of the best I've seen, due to the quality and trendiness of items inside. I have never gotten a box I didn't like. I think $19.99/mo is totally worth the excitement and fun that one experiences when the box arrives at the door!

                                What I got for February:


 

  • The home spa treatment book is amazing, it has recipes for bath soaks, detoxes, facials and other amazing things! I might do a whole separate blog post on this book after I read it!!
  • The "Take a Pizza My Heart" coaster set is so freakin cute!
  • I re-gifted the bath bomb because it wasn't all natural but it looked cute. Ha!
  •  The cookie pan was my favorite, second to the book, and I had to put it to the test as you can see below. I didn't have the sticks to make cookie pops, but the heart shapes were #adorbs enough to proceed.



If you would like to subscribe to Peaches and Petals and see what it's like to get a surprise in the mail for $19.99.... or if you would like to get it as a gift for a loved one... just click this link!! click here 

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day! <3 Michelle

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In honor of Valentine's Day, 
   I thought I would share what I'm lovin' right now....

So, for my face, 
this is the makeup I'm lovin right now..

For my skincare, I'm lovin' ACURE Organics.

For friends and my dang self, 
I'm lovin Stella & Dot...

I'm lovin' planning my next beach trip by shopping these swimsuits from Modcloth....
ModCloth

For my feet, I'm lovin' these babes:

A photo posted by DFW Blogger/Social Media (@bon_voyage_luv) on
        For my heart & mind, I'm lovin' this VDAY reading list from Book of the Month!







God bless every single person 
 I have crossed paths with. 
Every loving soul. Every hateful soul. 
Thank you God for all of the love and the hate 
I have encountered on my journey thus far. 
Thank you for every trial and tribulation, 
every defeat, every struggle, and every single victory. 

Thank you for healing me from every sickness.Thank you for closed doors that redirected me to the right path. Thank you for open doors that brought me joy. Thank you for the yes's and the no's. 
Thank you for bringing me here to exactly where I need to be and all in your perfect timing. Thank you for planting me, watering me and having the patience to watch me grow.


Sometimes I feel as though my life is just a mess, especially when I'm sick, depressed, lazy or if I've been really busy. 


These are the things I have to do in order to get my shit together and set myself up for success. Pardon my french.


  1. I work on my mental and physical health.

  • I improve my diet, making fresh juices and smoothies.
  • Drink lots of water and chamomile tea.
  • Bathe in essential oils and Epsom salt.
  • Take Melatonin. 
  • Go outside for fresh air and exercise. 
  • Take a hot shower.


      2. I change my atmosphere at home.


  • I clean and organize my room and house.
  • I do laundry and put it away.
  • I only keep things I really love and donate everything else.
  • I rearrange things in my room and house.
  • I improve the overall atmosphere by lighting candles, opening blinds for bright light, or opening a window for fresh air.


      3. I work on my physical appearance. 


  • I shave and moisturize.
  • I use blackhead remover strips and put on a facial mask.
  • I do my nails or get them done. 
  • I deep condition and style my hair.
  • I brush my teeth and floss.
  • I wear full makeup and nice clothes.
    

      4. I let my creativity flow.

   
  • I draw and paint.
  • I sing and play an instrument.
  • I take photos.
  • I write a blog post.
Doing these things is like my reset button. When these things get done, I feel free and happy. Productivity is always rewarding. What healthy routines do you guys follow, and how do you stay inspired??

 

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Here's what I received for January~!

Really warm and cozy socks
Decorative sticky notes
Insulated Bottle 
Makeup remover wipes
Lovely Bracelet 




It's fun, it keeps ya young.... and who doesn't like getting mail??

 

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

 


Last year, I had a really tight budget to work with.

It was a hard time but it was also good for me to learn 

how to save money and to stop frivolous spending. 

I was able to live off a very tight budget by:
  • Shopping Clearance Racks  

  •   Thrifting Home Decor

  • Buying Lightly Worn Clothing 

  • Shopping Online 

  • Making My Coffee At Home

  • Using Groupon Coupons


 I feel like a lot of people don't realize that they can save a lot of money on purchases in-store or online by using Groupon Coupons.

I used to mainly use Groupon for travel needs and attractions,

but Groupon Coupons are for every day use as well!


So many places and so many deals!
 
Check it out below!

Groupon Coupons

I can never go back to not using Groupon Coupons 

because it just doesn't make sense to. 

This is a smart and effective way to save money.
 

Here are just a few of the places that accept Groupon Coupons:


  • Forever 21
  • Kohl’s
  • Victoria's Secret
  • Target
  • JC Penny
  • Pet Smart
  • Best Buy


                  I recently purchased a juicer from Kohls.com 



I knew I didn't want to pay more than $100 bucks, so I was looking online and I finally found one online, that was originally $200.00 on sale for $145.00... so I found some coupon deals & promo codes, and I was able to bring it down to $101.00 with free shipping. 

So, now I have a $200.00 juicer for $100.00.

If I had just gone into a store, I would not have been able to find a juicer this good for anywhere close to that price. So, I highly recommend checking online for the things you need to buy. 

Check out some deals they have for Kohl's below (and other stores) and let me know what Groupon Coupons are your favorite!!


PHOTOS

 

 

Everything you need to know about taking photos for Instagram:

 

Filters

        You want your photo to look natural and unedited, so don't use strong filters. If your photo needs a lot of filtering, it is probably best to just take another photo. If you really like an Instagram filter, you can adjust it's strength. I like to use

    A Color Story


    and 

    Snapseed



    Or I'll just edit the image using the tuning features on Instagram.

    Matching Photos 


    Preview is a great app that shows you how your image will look on your grid before posting it.
      Your grid is your presentation. Don't be afraid to get OCD with it. Each set of nine photos needs to be made up of similar colors and similar filters, and editing techniques. If you are using Instagram for your business, then don't be afraid to delete any photos you aren't happy with, in order to improve the flow.

      I had been keeping some photos up that were not high quality, but were good memories. Put those types of photos on Facebook instead, or keep them in a photo album. 

      Straighten Your Images

         Instagram has a great tool for this. Just go to "edit" and "adjust" your image until it is straight. 
         

      Natural Lighting

        Take your shoot outside with the sun behind your camera, or just open up your windows.

         

        Background

        You can use a white poster board, a white rug, or some strips of fabric for nice backgrounds.


         I took this photo in the manger of my old nativity scene set, and opened up a window for lighting.



         Pay Attention To Details



        Everyone wants to be able to just grab their camera or phone, and snap a perfect picture, but that is highly unlikely. It takes a lot of work to take a decent photo.

        Pay attention to what you're shooting. I can't tell you how many photos I thought were perfect while I was shooting them, only to later discover that there's an unsightly hair in plain sight, or something is crooked, or my foot is in the shot.

          Unfortunately, this needs to be said; as I have seen way too many of these out there. If you're gonna take a photo of yourself in your bathroom, make sure to crop the toilet/toilet paper out of the photo, as It really kills the vibe.

          Same goes for your house, clean the area that will show in the picture.

          LIKES


          Liking other peoples photos really does work to draw attention 
          to your profile and does increase your followers; however,
          this can be time consuming, so I recommend using a service
          that can like photos for you based on which hashtags you
          choose. You want to start the likes at only 10 likes per hour, 
          then slowly raise it each day, so Instagram doesn't block you.
          I recommend Likestagram.com
          *Of course, doing this manually is best,
          as you can discover some awesome people to follow
          and make genuine connections.

          COMMENTS


          Commenting on other photos is even more effective than likes.
          I recommend Instagress for this, but if you are going to use the
          comment bot, be sure to choose your comment carefully, as it is very annoying to get a comment
          that was obviously done by a robot. 

          For example, I once chose to leave the blush smiley face
          as my generated comment, and it ended up being posted on some
          posts that were not supposed to be reacted to positively,
          and also on some creepy half-naked gym selfie photos of
          guys....awkward!! So, think of a comment that can be said to
          a person in both a good and bad scenario.
          *Of course, doing this manually is best,
          as you can discover some awesome people to follow
          and make genuine connections.

          FOLLOWS

           

          Again, Instagress is good for this. You can set it to automatically
          follow followers of your favorite IG accounts.

          You should be following:
          • Local newspapers and magazines, their followers and their followings.
          • Local restaurants, churches and businesses, their followers and their followings.
          • Other bloggers, preferably in your niche, their followers and their followings. 

          *Of course, doing this manually is best, as you can discover some
          awesome people to follow and make genuine connections.
          And also-you won't end up following anyone
          you don't want to.

          HASHTAGS



          When using hashtags, make sure you are very specific.
          You don't want to use hashtags that have been used
          230482340924 times. Try to use specific hashtags, for example: instead of using #shoes which has been used 53,089,009 times, you can use #shoecollection which has only been used 75, 540 times.

          What do you think of these tips???

          Also, if this post helped you in any way, please leave a comment or share it.

          Thank you.
          Hello everyone!

          Sorry, I have been MIA since the holidays! 

          I was too busy reaching my 

          2016 Instagram goal of 10,000 FOLLOWERS! 


          Did I type 10,000? 

          What I meant was 10k

          That's right, folks, 

          I am now part of the "k" club. 

          I'm practically a Kardashian. 
                                              
          To celebrate, I started doing #OOTD

          photos on the gram; however, I do not

          wear expensive brand names, 

          or spend a lot of money on my clothes,

          so, I'm not sure if my posts will

          be as popular as the 

          flossy flossy girls' posts.
                  


          Hopefully some of you will still enjoy 
          seeing the outfits I'm putting together, 

          which by the way are all generated from clothes

          that have been in my closet for 6 months to a year...
          cause I have NOT been buying new clothes. 


          Why? 

          Cause I am focusing on
          M A K I N G money,
           not spending it. 

           I'm currently living  
          paycheck to paycheck (or lack thereof),

          while I continue to push hard to 


          find success as a struggling, 

          work-from-home blogger/artist. 




          Although I don't always have places to go, 

          I really enjoy getting dressed and looking nice.



          Working from home can really make someone lose 

          inspiration to look nice, and trust me, 

          I can look pretty rough some days.


          Soo I'm not just doing this for IG likes, 

          I'm doing it for myself, to stay inspired
           and feel like a human being.
                           
          As I  have been known to lounge 
          around in XXL t-shirts 24/7.

          Here are a couple of my #OOTD photos. 

          I feel really bad for not cropping 

          the TV/couch out of these photos, 

          I promise to not be so lazy in the future!!! 

          Hope ya like em. Take care!









          Good morning, everyone! My December Peaches and Petals box arrived and it's time to take a peak inside! *Affiliate Links Included *I Received Free Items* Peaches and Petals is a monthly subscription box that costs $19.99 per month, shipping is free. I have received a few of their boxes and I can honestly say that each box has been consistently great. They also happen to have a wonderful affiliate program. I've truly enjoyed reviewing these boxes, and it gives me something to look forward to each month! If you want to apply to become an affiliate for Peaches and Petals, click HERE!

          Wax-Free Fragrance Warmer is my favorite thing. It smells amazing and is so pretty.
          I also really liked the Christmas sweater + matching hat wine cover, which I used last night as you can see in the top photo! I am also really happy about the coloring calendar because I am an artist and I think coloring each day would be very therapeutic!





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          Charlotte Russe is having an amazing sale on all dresses ($25.00)

          They have an amazing selection.

          Go check it out.

           

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