Skin Care Routine

As I said, my blog is going to be a little all over the place at first, so here is my skin care routine! Up until a little while ago, I had no routine but since I started using the same products consistently, my skin is getting way better, and I do see a difference. Honestly, you need to find what works for you and not just do exactly what someone on youtube says, or a thread on twitter. Everyone is different, and it took me a while to realize that. So, with that being said, lets jump in.

Morning: 

In the morning, I don’t do that much, however I do try to cleanse my face before putting any makeup on it. First, I use some kind of face scrub/wash. Three times a week I use  Alba even advanced enzyme scrub, which is an exfoliating face scrub, and the other days of the week I use Neutrogena naturals facial cleanser, which is simply a cleanser. Then, I use my miscellar cleansing water to get any excess dirt or makeup off my face.

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Night:

At night, I clean my face again with the miscellar cleansing water to remove all my makeup. I then wash my face in the shower with Neutrogena acne wash, which my dermatologist recommended to me. After my shower I put on some Neutrogena clear pore, which clears out my pores. And once I am in bed I put on clindamycin phosphate topical lotion, which my dermatologist prescribed. I use this stuff is because I do have really bad acne, and epiduo was not working for me.

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Overall, I recommend trying to keep your face as clean as possible, makeup and dirt free. Other tips I recommend are drinking water, changing your pillow case every week, avoiding touching your face as much as possible, and avoiding sugary/junk foods. These are all things I have started doing, and I see a huge difference in my skin.

Let me know what works for your skin down below!
~Eva

My Daily Summer Workout

Honestly, I’ve never really been a workout person. I’ve never gone to the gym, and I stayed healthy and fit because I was dancing 30 hours a week. However, since I tore my ACL, I have barely been dancing and the only workout I get is when I do it myself. Even though I have not been home much this summer, I have gotten down a routine that works perfectly for me, and working out each day is a part of it!

It feels so good to get moving and work my muscles, and I really am loving it. Working out puts me in a good mood, and even if I get nothing productive done that day but a workout, I feel accomplished. My workout is short, and some might say it’s easy, but I am trying to get back in shape from not working out in 9 months, and it works for me!

50 crunches

45 Jumping jacks

20 lunges (10 on each leg)

35 squats

15 pushups

50 second plank

~1 minute break~

50 russian twists

30 single leg bridges

20 lunges (10 on each side)

35 squats

30 tricep dips

~1 minute break~

Right and left leg splits (Lean back/oversplit)

Middle split

Frog stretch (lean back)

Cobra

Bridge

I will be posting a video of my daily workout routine on my instagram soon, so make sure to follow me there! (itssimply.Eva)

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Having this workout written down in my bullet journal, and having a habit tracker that goes along with it also really motivates me to workout every day. Some days I take off, because it is summer and I need time to relax, but I try to workout at least 6 days a week.

~Eva

Fun And Free Things To Do This Summer

Every summer, I sat around in my house reading, or watching TV scrolling through lists of things to do. So, incase any of you are just as bored as I used to be, I’ve compiled a list of fun and free things to do this summer.

  1. Catch fireflies
  2. Pick strawberries
  3. Go stargazing
  4. Plant a garden
  5. Blow bubbles
  6. Set up a lemonade stand
  7. Ride a bike
  8. Go canoeing or kayaking
  9. Create cool DIYs
  10. Go hiking
  11. Go cliff jumping
  12. Play mini golf
  13. Attend a parade
  14. Visit the library
  15. Fly a kite
  16. Go fishing
  17. Visti a free museum
  18. Go to a drive in movie (Bengies for those of you who live in MD)
  19. Have a photoshoot
  20. Draw with chalk
  21. Play soccer
  22. Go swimming
  23. Have a yard sale
  24. Have a water balloon fight
  25. Walk your dog
  26. Read a book
  27. Volunteer
  28. Mow lawns
  29. Tie dye
  30. Babysit
  31. Make your own slip and slide
  32. Messy twister
  33. Play board games
  34. Camp in your backyard
  35. Go to a thrift store
  36. Play flashlight tag
  37. Watch fireworks
  38. Create or participate in a scavenger hunt
  39. Collect seashells
  40. Paint your nails
  41. Clean your room/house
  42. Have a picnic
  43. Geocache
  44. Have a cook off
  45. Do some youtube challenges (ex: Chubby bunny, what’s in the box)
  46. Make popsicles
  47. Start a blog
  48. Build a fort
  49. Listen to a podcast
  50. Practice origami

Hopefully, this list will provide you with ideas that will make your summer more fun and   interesting! Let me know some of your ideas in the comments and how you stay active during the summer months!

~Eva

My Summer Reading List

 

Ever since I was young, I have been a book worm. I would receive books for Christmas and read them immediately under the Christmas tree, and my teacher would have to tear books out of my hands during class to get me to pay attention. Unfortunately, since I have been in school, I have had much less time to read for fun because I am constantly reading for my English classes. During the summer, I have the opportunity to read many many books and I love discovering new novels to read on the plane or lying on the beach.

I wanted to share with you some of the books I will be reading this summer and some I have already read and loved. Feel free to share some suggestions in the comments and I’d love to check them out!

Books I’ve already read:

Ready Player One: This is one of my all time favorite books and I’m currently rereading it because I love it so much. It was recommended to me by a friend and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes sci-fi/futuristic books. It’s about a very poor boy who enters a video game competition inside a program called the OASIS, in which the prize is well over a billion dollars.

Lone wolf: This is a Jodi Picoult book and I am in love with her, you will see this when I do my favorite books of all times post. It follows the story of a man who lives with the wolves and has kind of abandoned his family for this new life. It follows the story of how he got into a car accident and how his family copes with the new situation they are in.

Water for elephants: Another one of my all time favorite books that I have read twice now. This book is about a Cornell educated vet who drops everything and joins the circus by accident. It’s the story of his time on the circus and is truly a page turner. The movie just came out too so I will be watching that soon!

Books I want to read:

Brave new world: is a story of a dystopian future where humans are genetically bred, and pharmaceutically anesthetized to uphold an authoritarian ruling order. This was recommended by a friend and seems like an interesting read.

Every Day: A has a condition in which he changes bodies every day, he must stay under the radar each time it happens, and leads a difficult body until he meets Rhiannon. This book was just made into a movie so will definitely check it out once I am done reading the book!

Moonrise: Ed is on death row. But now Ed’s execution date has been set, and Joe is determined to spend those last weeks with him, no matter what other people think. I’ve heard this book is heart-wrenching and that I will cry, so I have high expectations.

All the bright places: The story of two suicidal kids who meet each other and how they save each other. I’ve heard this is many peoples favorite book of all time so I am very excited to check it out!

We were liars: Sounds like a suspense novel about the lies upon lies between a wealthy family on an island? This one is a mystery to me.. I don’t really understand what   it’s about however I have heard raving reviews about it. If anyone knows anything about this novel let me know, because I am super curious.

Once and for all: This one sounds right up my alley. A love story where a wedding planner hasn’t met her true love but maybe he is standing right in front of her? Super excited to read this one and it’ll definitely be a page turner for me.

~Eva

My June 2018 Favorites

As June comes to an end, I thought I would share with you some of the things I’ve been absolutely obsessed with this month. This includes beauty products, music, activities, youtubers, all kinds of things. I love reading these and finding new things to try out, so I thought I would share with you!

Beauty: 

Miscellar cleansing water- This stuff is amazing. I bought it when looking for toner, and fell in love with it. It’s basically a cleanser that you don’t need to rinse off, and I use it twice a day to remove dirt and makeup! I highly recommend this product if you are looking for a good facial cleanser.

Kukui oil: I fell back in love with this a few days ago and am obsessed. I use this when brushing my hair, and it makes it feel so hydrated, and soft. It also smells so so good.

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Fashion:

Adidas: I recently got these cute sneakers at nordstrom rack and I am in LOVE. I saw them when I went to France every year, and have always had a secret longing for them. They are so cute, and go with basically everything.

Music:

This month, I was obsessed with listening to Rascal Flatts, Dan and Shay, and Jason Aldean. If you’re not a country fan, I’m sorry, but I love these singers so much, and I had to prepare for concerts that I was attending! Country concerts are so fun and I’m always down to spontaneously decide to attend one. Below are some concert pictures:)

Youtubers:

The Bucket List Family – This family has been a favorite of mine for a while now, and I love watching their videos. They travel the world with their three kids and share their travels with the world!

Kara and Nate – This channel is also a travel channel, but what can I say, I’m obsessed. Their videos always have me striving to make better quality content myself, and I’m always adding places to my bucket list when they drop new videos.

Yes Theory – This channel is one of my favorites of all time. The whole idea behind their videos is to seek discomfort, something that I am always striving to do. I definitely recommend them and hope everyone supports their message and helps grow their movement.

Let me know in the comments or shoot me an email what your current favorites are! I’m always trying to look for new music, products, and clothes and would love some reccomendations!

~Eva

My Current Personal Goals

Each new year, I set a list of about 5 resolutions, and by the end of January, I have given up on all of them. At the beginning of the summer, I set a few goals for myself for this summer before college, and for the future. I think it’s important to set goals to have something to work towards, and it is so rewarding when you accomplish these goals. A few of these are short term goals, and a few are long term, which I am constantly trying to remember to work on.

  1. Drink more water – This is something that I’m trying to work on to help with my skin, as well as my overall health. I am constantly dehydrated.
  2. Do 10 pushups each day – So far, I am not doing too well with this one. My sister inspired this because she does 50 each day. 50!!!
  3. Keep up my youtube channel, start posting more consistently, and make higher quality videos.
  4. Post on this blog consistently as well. At this point, I am not trying to use this blog as a business, but more as a medium for self discovery. It’s somewhere I can write my thoughts, ideas, and adventures, and I am going to try to keep it up throughout college.
  5. Travel to 5 new countries during the four years I am in college.
  6. Volunteer more! Participate in volunteer and service clubs in school.
  7. Buy less clothes and things I don’t need. I am definitely an impulse buyer.

Those are my goals at the moment! Let me know about your long and short term goals in the comments, or shoot me an email. I am definitely working on building healthy and smart habits, and that is the motivation behind these goals.

~Eva

My Bucket List – A Work in Progress

I’m a bucket list kind of person. I have always loved to travel and try new things and am  constantly striving to cross things off my bucket list. Usually, I have a summer bucket list, which has simple, fun things for me to complete with my friends, and I have a life bucket list with things that I hope to accomplish before I die. I’m hoping that this list will take me on new adventures, and it is constantly growing. So, here we go, in no particular order:

  1. Greece
  2. Great Wall of China
  3. Africa
  4. Scuba Diving
  5. California
  6. Live in the city
  7. Vietnam
  8. Thailand
  9. Take a dance class with Travis Wall
  10. Swim with sharks
  11. Disney world (again)
  12. Go skiing
  13. travel with friends
  14. Swim in the dead sea
  15. Move into a dorm!
  16. Aruba
  17. Costa Rica
  18. Swim with whales
  19. Go to carnival
  20. Stay in a capsule hotel
  21. Visit the pyramids
  22. Go to the olympics

 

Feel free to share some of your bucket list items in the comments, or send me an email! I’m always trying to grow my list:)

~Eva