Drink with me!

A printable water intake checklist, plus tips for increasing your water consumption. Get hydrated with me in the new year! #goals

bkr Glass Water Bottle
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As I mentioned in my 2016 resolutions post, my main goal this year is to stay hydrated. I often forget to drink water, especially while I’m at work, and only realize it after it’s too late.

In an effort to achieve this goal, I have created a simple water intake checklist which you can download and print out for yourself. The checklist is based on the common recommendation of 8 glasses of water per day.Printable Water Intake Checklist

[download the pdf here]

I was originally going to stamp dots in my planner, but 1) I ran out of blue ink, and 2) stamping 8 x 366 days by hand is a lot

In case the checklist isn’t enough motivation, here are my favorite tips for increasing water intake:

  1. Add fruits or herbs. I personally like lemons, limes, oranges, pineapples, strawberries, and mint.
  2. Use a pretty water bottle, such as the bkr (shown above) or Lifefactory glass water bottles. [Lifefactory water bottles are on my list of 2015 favorites.]
  3. Drink through a straw. Straws can be so fun, especially bright and bendy ones!
  4. Try sparkling water. I’m a big fan of LaCroix.
  5. Download a tracking app. I had success with Waterin for a little while, but eventually lost interest in it. I’m hoping that the paper checklist will work better for me since I love writing things down.

If you decide to use the checklist, let me know how it works for you! I’d also love to hear your favorite tips for staying hydrated.

New Year’s Resolutions

New Year's Resolutions 2016
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The first time I really remember making New Year’s resolutions is when I was a freshman in college. I typed up a long list, printed it out, and posted it on the wall above my bed. Some time later, my roommate and I had random visitors, and one of them wandered over to my bed and started reading my list of resolutions–something I did not appreciate, as I had some very specific and personal goals that year. Later that day, I took down the list and decided that I would never display my resolutions again.

Well, never say never, right? I initially wasn’t going to share my 2016 resolutions here, but I thought it would be good both for me and the blog. Although studies have indicated that it’s better to keep your goals to yourself, my success rate is actually higher whenever other people are aware of them. Sharing my goals motivates me to get a positive result on the off-chance that someone will ask me about them later.

So, here are my 2016 resolutions:

  1. Save more money
    I usually make a monthly budget, then completely ignore it. I think the key to this one is to stay away from Sephora.
  2. Be able to do a pistol squat
    I don’t have high hopes, but pistol squats are part of some Victoria’s Secret model workouts.
  3. Read more books
    I bought so many books in 2015, but I barely read any of them.
  4. Do more fitness classes
    Actually, 2015 was probably my most active year to date. Between spring and fall, I did a pretty good job of exercising regularly. I started practicing yoga at a studio, and I later joined a rock climbing gym. I’m hoping to get into that routine again and to make it last year-round. I also really want to try barre classes.
  5. Drink more water
    Although this is a very simple resolution, it’s actually my main one for the new year.

I usually think of way too many specific and overly ambitious resolutions and write them all down–I guess this makes sense because I love lists–but I was able to simplify things this year. There are several smaller goals that I have in mind, of course, but those mostly supplement the ones listed above.

Did you make goals for the new year? Feel free to share them in the comments below! And if you need some ideas, here’s a cool article that I found: 50 New Year’s Resolution Ideas and How to Achieve Each of Them.

Favorites of 2015

A look at my favorite beauty and lifestyle items from the past year

Snoopy & Lucy - December 31st

Can you believe it’s already New Year’s Eve (and already 2016 for those of you in different time zones)? I don’t know about you guys, but 2015 went by incredibly fast for me. I wonder just how long it will take me to get used to writing and typing “2016”…

Instead of the usual monthly favorites, here’s a list of my favorite things from the past year:

Favorites of 2015 - Skin Care

Skin Care

  • Belif The True Cream – Aqua Bomb — This gel-cream is my new favorite moisturizer and I’ve been recommending it to just about everyone I know. It’s the perfect product for maintaining hydrated, dewy skin throughout the cold winter months. [featured post]
  • COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch — These patches are like little overnight miracle workers. I’ve been using them to tackle all of my breakouts. [review]
  • Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Water — As much as I swear by the double-cleanse method, there are some nights when I am just too tired to wash my face. That’s when I reach for a cotton pad and this powerful cleansing water. It’s also perfect for busy mornings.
  • Skinfood Carrot Collagen Eye Sheet — I love pretty much all sheet masks, but these hydro gel eye patches are still my favorite of the lot. They are cooling, hydrating, and brightening. I use them at home whenever I look like a panda, and I also take them with me on trips. [featured postreview]
  • AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel — This papaya enzyme peel feels so luxurious as you work it into a foamy lather. It’s a bit expensive, but a little bit goes a long way. It’s a very gentle exfoliator, so you can use it every day.
  • Innisfree Eco Safety Aqua Perfect Sun Gel — The sunscreen that feels like an emulsion. Yes, really. [review]

Favorites of 2015 - Makeup

Makeup

  • Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lipstick in Barberry — This lipstick was part of the limited edition Frozen Berries collection. It’s a really pretty berry color that quickly became my favorite shade of the year. [featured post]
  • Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop — There are many reasons why this highlighter is so popular. The rose gold shimmer is stunning on everyone. [featured post]
  • NARS Lip Gloss (shown in Orgasm) — NARS lip glosses are my favorite thanks to their long-lasting, non-sticky, moisturizing formula. [featured post]
  • Urban Decay Naked Smoky — I bought this palette earlier this month (thank you, Sephora holiday coupon) and I’ve been reaching for it almost every day. This is definitely my favorite of the Naked palettes.
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion – Original — I have heard a lot of good things about this primer and finally purchased it on sale ($10, old packaging). It makes my eyeshadow last all day without creasing.
  • Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Lip Balm — This lip balm could be in the skin care category because it is so smooth and hydrating. [review]
  • Benefit Cosmetics Fake-Up Undereye Hydrating Concealer — This concealer is another recent purchase that made the list. It is the only concealer I’ve ever used that covers blemishes and hydrates. I also love its lipstick-like packaging.

Too Cool For School Egg Mousse Body Oil

Head & Body

  • Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo (not pictured) — I think dry shampoo is an absolute beauty essential. This one from Herbal Essences works great and is inexpensive. [featured post]
  • Versace Bright Crystal — I am all about fresh and floral scents, and this one is my favorite of the year. I absolutely love it. [featured post]
  • Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb (not pictured) — This fragrance is perfect for special occasions.
  • EOS Shave Cream (not pictured) — The thick and creamy formula is just what I need for soft, smooth, and protected legs. [review]
  • Too Cool For School Egg Mousse Body Oil — I bought this body oil on a whim, just so that I could get free shipping from Sephora (yup, those pre-Rouge days). It turned out to be an amazing investment. I have very dry skin, especially in the winter, but this stuff works wonders for me. It also smells like designer perfume.

Favorites of 2015 - Technology

Technology

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ (not pictured) — I was obsessed with this phone for a couple of months, before finally deciding to get the smaller Samsung Galaxy S6. I love my gold S6, but the S6 edge+ is undeniably stunning.
  • Samsung Wireless Charging Pad — This makes at-home charging so convenient, although I also love Samsung’s Adaptive Fast Charging Wall Charger.
  • Portable Chargers — I use my phone a lot, so I rely on these guys for some extra juice throughout the day.
  • Anker Bluetooth Ultra-Slim Aluminum Keyboard — I originally bought this to use with my tablets, but I’ve since connected it to my laptop (which sits on a raised platform on my desk). It’s quite compact and works great.

Leanne via PeanutizeMe.com

Lifestyle

  • Lifefactory Water Bottles — These glass water bottles are protected by a silicone jacket and have interchangeable lids. They are very durable and leave water tasting fresh.
  • Coloring Books — Adult coloring books were very popular this past year. I used to love coloring books as a child so I couldn’t help but get a couple for myself, plus a new set of Prismacolor pencils.
  • Moleskine 2015 Mickey Mouse Limited Edition Weekly Planner — I used this planner religiously throughout the year. I love its size (5 x 8.25″) and the split planner + notebook format.
  • All things Peanuts! — This year, I rediscovered just how much I love Snoopy and the rest of the gang. I pretty much waited all year for The Peanuts Movie–which I saw on opening weekend, of course–and I also bought a bunch of Peanuts merchandise (Happy Meal toys, Christmas stamps, apparel, movies, coloring book…). Check out PeanutizeMe.com to turn yourself into a Peanuts character like I did above! (I hesitate to admit that this is the fourth one I’ve made of myself.)

What were some of your favorite things from 2015? Let me know in the comments! Happy New Year!

Blue Bottle Coffee Bonmac Pourover Class

Bringing this back because I bought myself a Bonmac dripper (Amazon) for Christmas 😀

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Class Signups at W.C. Morse Café

Last week, I discovered free coffee classes from Blue Bottle Coffee at the W.C. Morse building in Oakland, CA. I’ve actually been quite interested in making my own drip coffee (looking at you, Chemex), so I signed up for the Bonmac Pourover Class without much hesitation.

[Click here for the full list of available classes and locations.]

You don’t need any prior experience to attend this class. I had none. In fact, let me break it down for you:

  • Professional barista experience — None.
  • At-home brewing experience — I can operate a basic coffee maker. Also, instant coffee.
  • My idea of drip coffee — Place dripper over a mug. Add filter. Add coffee grounds. Pour 8 oz. of hot water over the grounds. Wait for all of the coffee to drip out. (Surprisingly, I’m actually not too far off in terms of the concept.)

Bonmac Pourover Setup Bonmac Pourover Setup

About the class

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