My Everyday Nighttime Routine

“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on”

-Franklin D. Roosevelt

Hello my lovelies!

It’s time to talk about my every day nighttime routine to accompany my morning routine blog post. I wasn’t sure where it was most appropriate to “start” my routine, but I eventually settled on including everything I do after 4 p.m., which is when I am done with classes for the day. I chose this timing because my routine is essentially the exact same every day after that point, with some occasional variance if I have plans for the night. If you’re interested in finding out how I settle down after a long day, keep on reading!

Let’s Get Started:


4:00-6:30: Gym –

Conveniently, I decided to sign up for the gym directly above my school, making it basically impossible to come up with excuses as to why I can’t go. I like to switch things up every day and of course I give myself a break every two days by incorporating yoga at home, but this is definitely the part of my routine that I’m unwilling to skip out on.

6:30-7:00: Drive Home –

This may seem like an irrelevant step to add, but I find a lot of value in my drive home every day. It’s my time to listen to some music, relax, and get lost in the autopilot mentality of driving. After a stress relieving gym session, it’s nice to have 25 minutes to be alone with my closing thoughts, whether positive or negative, so that I can promptly melt them all away from my thoughts once I arrive home.

7:00-7:30: Shower Time –

Obviously going to the gym makes for a sweaty Zoey, so I hop in for a shower the second I get home. I don’t wash my hair during every shower, but I do rinse and wash my body, as well as take care of any hair removal if needed. I also like to save water and time by washing my face in the shower as well.

7:30-7:45: Prep for Bedtime –

I don’t go to bed until much later, but I like to prep myself around this time for my eventual slumber. I will put on my daily mask, continue on with my skincare routine, and maintain my hair depending on if I washed it or refreshed it with dry shampoo. I also throw on my pajamas and take my medication at this time to make sure that I am completely ready for bed, just in case I decide to sleep earlier than usual. I also squeeze my dinner in at this point, because the thought of skipping any meal ever gives me maximum anxiety.

7:45-8:00: Pre-Plan My Clothing –

To save time during my mornings, I like to set out what I will wear for the day the night before, as well as pack my gym bag so it’s ready to throw in my car on my way out of the door. This means I’m way less rushed during my mornings and I can actually pick something I’d like to wear instead of barely throwing clothes on my body.

8:00-8:15: Pack a Lunch –

I almost always bring my own lunch to school with me, and packing it the night before means it’s ready for me to grab and I don’t have to spend 10 minutes staring at my fridge. I also take this time to prep any make ahead breakfasts if that’s something I decide to incorporate for the next morning.

8:15-9:00: Homework and Study Time –

The great thing about my Esthetics program is that it isn’t homework intensive, but it does require some project work and study time from time to time. I absolutely limit myself on study time each night, because a quick burnout is not the way I want to go. I find that reserving this time each night and not working past it is what fits into my style of learning best.

9:00-11:00: Relaxation –

At this point I will light a candle, snuggle into bed, and finish one episode of a show, play a game for an hour, and do some light reading. This is definitely a part of my night that can allow for wiggle room if I have plans, but honestly, I don’t really like giving this part of my night up. I have long days that require a lot of physical labor, and while I wouldn’t trade my impending career for anything, it takes a lot out of me and having the time to relax is a very important part to the end of my day.

11:00: Bedtime –

I keep an 11 pm sharp bedtime regardless of plans when I have class the next day, but naturally I am open to change during my weekend. I personally find that six or seven hours of sleep is what works best for my body and energy levels, so an 11 pm bedtime and a 5 am wake up does not phase me in the slightest as it feels like a full night’s rest for me.


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Stay beautiful!

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weight and body type. Some Links may be affiliate links. All opinions are my own

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My Everyday Morning Routine

“Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out”

-John Wooden

Hello my lovelies!

Happy weekend to all of you who actually have one of those! My weekends don’t start until tomorrow, but I’m happy to celebrate with you all nonetheless.

Today’s blog post is all about my morning skincare routine, complete with Bitmojis for a little added fun. One of my favorite YouTube videos to watch is a morning or nighttime routine, mostly because I’m human and therefore incredibly voyeuristic. What can I say? I like to know what everyone is up to. If you’d like to know how I spend an average morning before my daily activities, keep reading!

Let’s Get Started:


5 AM: Wake Up –

Naturally, the first thing I do right away in the morning is wake up to my alarm. I like to use an app that picks a time between 4:30 and 5:00 to wake me up when it is most optimal (I know, yikes), and go from there. If you’re like me and have a very hard time getting out of bed on a good day, I would highly recommend propping yourself up immediately upon waking. You won’t love doing it, but you’ll actually come to your senses and won’t risk falling back asleep again. I also keep my phone on do not disturb during this time, as I don’t want to distract myself from going about my routine in the beginning stages.

5:15-5:45: Breakfast –

After I’ve done some stretching and visited the bathroom for a morning pee, I like to put some food in my stomach right away. Given all of my various stomach issues that I deal with, getting a nutritious and filling breakfast in my stomach is what helps me get through my day best, and I therefore like to do it as soon as I am awake. I generally prefer to incorporate at least one carb into my meal, be it overnight oats, my green pancakes, or some toast. I’ll then include a protein such as peanut butter, eggs, or yogurt. Obviously there’s coffee involved during this time too or I wouldn’t be the fully functional human that I am daily. Right before I move on from the kitchen, I will take around 5 minutes to pack up my lunch and any snacks I’ll want throughout my day, that way I’m ready to run out the door and don’t risk forgetting to pack a lunch.

5:45-6:00: Morning Walk –

Unless I know I will be running at the gym later in the day, I like to get a quick 15 minute walk on the treadmill in before actually getting ready for the day. This serves to wake me up even more and also gets the metabolism going and the muscles loosened. I tend to catch up on emails during this time, check up on your blogs, and try my best to keep up with Instagram posts.

6:00-6:30: Teeth and Skin –

Once I’ve finished my walk, I’ll head back to the bathroom to start washing my face, brushing my teeth, and prepping my skin for makeup if I’m wearing any that day, as well as my trusted beauty blender. I’m not going to go over every product that I used in my routine, but if you all would like a post on that, let me know in the comments down below.

6:30-7:30: Makeup –

This step can vary day to day depending on what kind of makeup I’m doing, or if I’m even wearing any at all. Regardless, I like to leave myself a solid hour to take my time to do my makeup or catch up on other things if I’m planning to workshop in class and therefore don’t need any. I will often take this time to read a book or catch up on a Netflix show I’ve been binging if I’m not applying anything.

7:30-7:40: Hair and Last Details –

Whether I’m just brushing it out, braiding, or full on styling, I like to leave at least 10 minutes to get my hair in order. If I’m planning to go simple, I’ll also take this time to change out any jewelry and other accessories, as well as make my bed so that everything feels tidy.

7:40-7:50: Get Dressed and Gather Things –

I like to save time on this step by setting out my clothes the night before, that way I’m not standing in front of my closet for the entire 5 minutes trying to decide what I want to wear for the day. Doing this saves me a LOT of time in the morning and means that I can save this step until I’m ready to head out the door, especially since I prefer to leave more time for my breakfast and makeup application. After I’m dressed, I gather all of my bags, my coat, and anything else I might need into one spot for an easy grab.

7:50-7:55: Head Out –

My morning commute takes around 20-25 minutes including traffic, so I like to give myself plenty of wiggle room to arrive at the Aveda Institute for an 8:30 start. This also gives me plenty of time to clear off any snow or ice that may have collected on my car overnight since I do live in the frozen tundra that is Wisconsin.


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Stay beautiful!

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weight and body type. Some Links may be affiliate links. All opinions are my own

5 Things People Don’t Tell You About Losing Weight

“Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in looks. Not in what they say, just in what they are”

-Markus Zusak

Hello my lovelies!

I hope you’ve all had an incredible New Year ring in. I can’t say there will be a new me this year, but I can say with certainty that I have a lot to look forward to in the coming months. I’ll be graduating from my esthetics program in March, celebrating my 21st birthday in April, and flying out to Ireland in May. If you ask me, it doesn’t get much better than that.

Today’s post is going to be a much more personal one. As you can see by the title, I’m going to talk weight loss. Weight loss, for the right reasons, is a great thing and should be celebrated. It’s hard work both mentally and physically, and all credit is due to those who are able to lead a healthier lifestyle, regardless of the number of pounds lost. What people don’t tell you though, is that there are some pesky inconveniences that can occur with the lost weight, and as always, I think it’s equally as important to talk about upsides and downsides of all things in life.

For those of you who don’t know or haven’t noticed, I’ve lost a lot of weight over the past year and a half. 60 pounds to be exact. While I don’t want this post to sound unappreciative or ungrateful in any way, I want everyone to understand that losing weight isn’t as cut and dry as people will make it out to be, and that it’s ok and valid to notice and feel these things that I will talk about. I also want everyone to remember that unless you’re under doctor’s orders, you don’t need to lose weight to exist in society. You have a right to exist in the body you are already in, and don’t EVER listen to people who try to tell you otherwise. There isn’t a single thing wrong with the way you look, because there is only one you on this planet and so long as you are living your best life, no one gets to tell you otherwise.

Please note that if you have ever struggled or are currently struggling with an eating disorder, this post may not be for you. I will not talk about eating or disordered eating throughout the post, but I will be talking about body image. If you know that this might be triggering for you, practice self care and click out of this post. Your well being is far more important than anything I have to say.


Losing Weight Won’t Cure Body Image Issues –

If your main motivator for losing weight is because you hate yourself, not only is that a terrible idea, but the lost weight won’t make you not hate yourself. Diet culture feeds off of telling people that the only way they can love themselves is by being small, and I’m here to tell you that as a now small person, that’s a bunch of crap. My self esteem has improved because I release endorphins during exercise, sure, but it improved most because I made the effort to love myself BEFORE I lost 60 pounds. Being skinny is not what makes me love myself more, it’s knowing that I’m practicing self care and living the way I want to that makes me love myself most.

People Are Significantly Nicer When You’re Skinny (But Not Too Skinny) –

Deny fatphobia all you want, but people are downright dreadful to those they consider “unhealthy”, as if weight is a tell all indicator of health. Of course my weight gain was due to unhealthy habits of mine, I was sick and sedentary for almost a year. However, that does not mean in any way that people who aren’t small deserve to be ridiculed or harassed for existing in their body. You don’t know their lives or the minute details as to why they look the way they do. Most importantly, unless you’re their doctor, your opinion on their body weight is a crock of shit and is best kept to yourself.

Weight Loss Can Become Obsessive –

I am 100 percent guilty as charged on this one. After losing 60 pounds, I won’t lie to all of you and say I wouldn’t mind if I gained it all back. I worked hard to get to this point and frankly, gaining it back is a looming fear of mine. While I’m trying to work against my minor obsession with weight gain/loss, I like to remind myself that I am a woman and therefore my weight will fluctuate all the time, my weight doesn’t define my worth , and as long as I still maintain a healthy lifestyle, the number on the scale is completely unimportant to my self image and assessment of how healthy I am. Losing a lot of weight creates a sort of “high”. It feels good knowing you’ve accomplished something so many people hope to do as well, and it can become addictive very fast. Working to replace that weight loss obsession with a healthy mindset has thus far been the largest hurdle for me personally, but I know that I am capable of perseverance.

It’s Expensive As Hell –

60 pounds ago, I was a size 29 in my Madewell jeans. I could write you a novel on why those $128 babies are the greatest clothing investment possible, but that’s not the point. 60 pounds later, I’m a size 25. See where I’m going with this? Weight loss means new clothes, new shoes, new bras, and a cut up credit card or two. Forget clothes, buying healthier food requires you to sell your firstborn for some spinach. That gym membership will cost you a pretty penny should you choose to join one as well. It shouldn’t be a surprise that populations with a lower income majority tend to be overweight; losing weight is expensive and requires an insane amount of financial privilege. Sure, you lose the fatphobic “tax” on plus size clothing (something about using more fabric, such bullshit), but that doesn’t make having to replace your entire wardrobe and kitchen some sort of easy feat. Weight loss truly is a sign of privilege, and while it’s totally ok to have that privilege, acknowledging the existence of that concept is essential.

Your Weight Loss Becomes Your Defining Feature –

At the end of the day, my weight loss was not that dramatic. I didn’t go from an obese, borderline lifestyle to shredded abs Nutrisystem lifestyle. I just lost 50 pounds and toned up. Despite the fact that my change was nowhere near as severe as it is for many people, others have noticed, and with that noticing, it has quickly become the only thing people want to talk about with me. Here I am running a fairly successful blog, on my way to earning my Esthetician’s license in March, participating in many events and hobbies, and the main topic that people choose to discuss with me is the way I look. I’m not talking about the people who mention it once or twice then move on, I’m talking about those who continue to bring it up during multiple occasions. I’m sure some of you are sitting there thinking “oh get over it Zoey, people are just saying you look great”, but that’s not really what they’re saying. What people are actually saying when they choose to continuously discuss your weight loss with you is “Nothing else about you is as important to me as the way you look”, and that fucking sucks. What they’re saying is sure, those other things you do are cool, but the way you look is a defining characteristic and a dealbreaker. However, and this might come as a shock, literally anything else you do is more important than your weight loss transformation, and all those people who constantly make you uncomfortable by bringing it up all the time can suck on an egg.

Whether you’re trying to lose weight, gain weight, maintain your weight, or just read body image rants, I truly do hope that at least one of you can find solace in this post. And please, please, PLEASE, remember that you are worthy of love, validation, and acceptance regardless of the number on the scale, your thigh gap or lack thereof, or the way your stomach looks.


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Stay beautiful!

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Healthier Green Pancakes

“Good health and good sense are two of life’s greatest blessings.”

-Publilius Syrus

Hello my lovelies!

I am bringing you my first ever recipe to the blog! Hopefully you’re all equally as excited as I am, especially since this is a great and far healthier take on a classic breakfast staple.

Generally, I’m not a huge fan of pancakes. They’re very doughy and dense yet also pretty dry in my opinion. While being gluten free means I mostly avoid pancakes in restaurants, I’ve recently discovered my love for pancakes with an oatmeal base. Oatmeal pancakes manage to stay far more moist and filling than traditional pancakes, and I’m officially hooked.

Going forward, all of my recipes that I share will be gluten free, but this one is also 100% vegan! I will also list the nutrition stats down below if any of you like to track your calorie intake or track your macros like I do. Please let me know what you think of these cakes if you try them!

Let’s Get Started:


What you’ll need (makes 7 pancakes):

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter or other nut butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup gluten free rolled oats (I like Bob’s Red Mill)

Preparation:

  • combine all ingredients into a blender. I like to use my large blender attachment for the Ninja Bullet.
  • Blend completely into a consistently similar to a traditional pancake batter.
  • Place a large griddle pan across two stove burners. A regular frying pan will also work, but you’ll cook less pancakes in one go.
  • Spray the griddle or pan with a cooking spray to prevent sticking.
  • Using a 1/4 cup scoop, ladle the batter onto the griddle or pan.
  • Wait for the batter to begin bubbling slightly before flipping, or you will have major difficulties.
  • Flip and allow to cook evenly on both sides.
  • Serve with toppings of your choice and enjoy!

Nutrition:

Per 1 pancake –

Calories: 89. Total fat: 2.5 g. Saturated fat: 0.3 g. Sodium: 33.8 mg. Total carbohydrates: 14.4 g. Dietary fiber: 2.3 g. Sugar: 2.6 g. Protein: 3.1 g. Calcium: 6.9%. Iron: 7.4%. Potassium: 126.3 mg. Vitamin A: 23.7%. Vitamin C: 9%.


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Stay beautiful!

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How To Keep Stress Down During The Holiday Season

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow”

– Melody Beattie

Hello my lovelies!

‘Tis the season for family, friends, food, and copious amounts of stress. If you’re anything like me, you won’t be seeing a break in your hectic schedule until springtime. The key to charging through the chaos, of course, is to find techniques and routines that help you relax during this busy time. Not sure where to start? Check out my method to keeping my stress levels low and manageable below!

Let’s Get Started:


Make Time For Yourself –

This is inarguably the most important piece of advice I can give. Pick a part of your day where you can be alone, uninterrupted, and relaxed. I know that we all lead hectic lives and have responsibilities, relationships, jobs or school to maintain, but how can you expect to succeed in all of those things if you’re not taking time to be your best self? I would highly recommend a 1-2 hour block of time before bed, as everything that needed doing during the day is now behind you.

Meditate –

This can either be guided or free form, whatever works best for you. I love using an app on my phone to pick and choose what I feel I need to kickstart my day, and using other meditations to help me relax my body at night. Mediation has so many amazing benefits, from reducing anxiety and depression, to increasing overall cognitive brain function. Since I’ve started my journey through mindfulness, I have learned to have a far more positive outlook on life and have reduced my anxiety significantly. It may seem crazy, but over time, it becomes obvious when you’ve missed a mindfulness practice, mostly to yourself, but potentially to those around you as well.

Drink Some Wine –

What? Alcohol for stress? Sounds like a bad idea right? The idea is moderation. If you can, stick with a red wine, as the benefits of red wine far outweigh the benefits of white. A single glass with dinner can help to reduce stress, anxiety, and create a calming sensation within the body before bedtime. If you absolutely do not want to drink wine, opt for decaffeinated tea instead.

Light A Candle –

I don’t have a lot of science to offer with this, but boy is a candle relaxing. Lighting up your favorite scented candle, dimming the lights, and getting comfy isn’t just reserved for getting in the mood, it’s also a great way to settle in for the night and relax. I love picking candles that coordinate with a holiday or weather change, with my current pick being “Wine Cellar” to represent a chilly-but-cozy vibe. Incense or an essential oil diffuser also work if either of those are more your speed.

Exercise –

Whether it’s yoga, running, strength training, or walking, regular physical activity is a fantastic way to keep stress at bay. Whatever your level of fitness, there’s always an activity for you. The worst thing you can do for yourself during stressful periods of time is putting physical activity on the back burner. After a good workout, endorphins release into our brain, giving us that happy, stress-free feeling that we often associate with activities we like. Regular exercise can also alleviate those winter blues that many of us fall victim to, leading to an overall happier and healthier life.

Practice Self Care –

Give yourself a manicure and pedicure. Put on a face mask. Lather up with some lotion. Watch a favorite movie or tv show. Read a book. Do things that make YOU happy and keep you rested and healthy enough to take on whatever comes your way. My nightly skincare routine is my place of happiness, and the action of doing all of my skincare steps always gives me a relaxed, carefree sensation to close out an often stressful day.


That’s all I have for you guys today. Please remember to like, comment, and subscribe, it really helps me out. Also don’t forget to have a fabulous Friday!

Stay beautiful!

Disclaimer: I will never edit my pictures in a way that misrepresents my natural weight and body type. Some Links may be affiliate links. All opinions are my own