Coffee With Courtney Live

Hi friends!

Last night I did a live stream on my YouTube channel. Every now and again I do these as part of my “Coffee With Courtney” series. Since it was at 8:30PM I actually wasn’t drinking coffee, I was drinking a tea. In one of the last live streams I did a few people asked me where they could get the tea I was drinking so I found it on Amazon here:

               

You can also find it at Whole Foods and possibly at some local health store you have in your area. I was drinking the chocolate flavor but I have seen other flavors like hazelnut. To me it really does taste like coffee so if you are looking for an herbal tea with a coffee taste you might check this out!

It was so great having a few of you at my Coffee With Courtney live but if you missed it then you can watch it below! Head over to the video and leave me a comment letting me know any video requests you have and also let me know if you would like to see a weekly Coffee With Courtney Dollar Tree haul.

Thanks for stopping by. Talk to you soon! <3

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1 Tip For Keeping Your Closet Free Of Clutter

Clutter happens.

I am very guilty of having little piles of clutter in my closet, on my vanity, and underneath my bathroom sink but I am working on it. One of my 2017 new year resolutions is to get rid of clutter and material things that are weighing me down. I did a big clean out where I donated things to Goodwill and gave my co-workers a big box of beauty products that I wasn’t going to use.

I have also been reading this book called Clear The Clutter, Find Happiness, which provides really quick and easy tips for removing clutter from your home/life. Here is a photo of the book in case you are interested.

I got this book at Barnes and Noble  but I also found that you can buy it on Amazon here:

This book offers a lot of different methods for not only clearing clutter in a more strategic way, but also quick cleaning tips you can do on a daily basis.

The 1 tip I want to share today in this post is really simple too. For every 1 new item you bring into your closet, take out 2 items until you have a closet full of clothes you absolutely love and wear on a regular basis. The idea is not to just throw out items randomly but rather to get rid of items you are not using or don’t fit well. I am guilty of buying pants that are too long and I tell myself I will get them hemmed. That almost never happens. Now that I think about it, I should really learn to hem my own pants. Since I haven’t mastered that skill yet I am making a pledge to just not buy pants that do not fit me 100% perfectly since I know myself and I probably won’t get them hemmed. This past Saturday I went to a sale at Old Navy and they had a bunch of pants on clearance, specifically petite sized pants. Woo-hoo! They all fit like a dream and came in some really unique and pretty colors. Score! I walked away with about 7 new pairs of pants (5 everyday and 2 for working out). So now I have the challenge to get rid of 14 items in my closet that I never wear.

My plan is to go through this big pile of t-shirts and winter shirts I have because many of them are not being used and since I live in Florida now, I don’t need a ton of winter clothes. I will keep a few for when I visit back home of course but I think I can donate several of those to a better cause like the Goodwill or Salvation Army. I know for sure I can donate about 10 t-shirts too.  There is a donation center just down the street from where I live so there really is no excuse for me not to donate my unused items for someone else to love.

What do you think of this tip? Is it too extreme to bring in 1 thing and take out 2? Let me know in a comment and I would love to hear your quick tips for organizing or clearing out clutter.

Thank you for stopping by my blog and I will talk to you very soon! <3

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Mini Motivation of the Day!

Happy Monday, friends!

If you follow me on Instagram then you saw this photo that I posted with a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson. This quote is a great reminder that we all have the power within ourselves to achieve great things. Take a moment today and think about what you want to achieve this week.

What goals do you have?

How will you use your inner strength and knowledge to reach those goals?

I also think this quote focuses on living in the present moment.

You cannot change the past or predict the future.

You can work hard to make the present the best it can be to achieve your goals.

 

I’ll keep this post short for today but let me know if you would be interested in more posts or videos about mindfulness, achieving goals, and harnessing your self esteem.

Have a great Monday and I’ll talk to you tomorrow!

<3

 

 

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Friday Five: 5 Ways To Relax This Weekend

Happy Friday! It’s time to kick off your shoes and let down your hair. The weekend is here!

After a hectic week full of work, school, meetings, and chores I think it’s important for everyone to take time and just relax. Self care is something we often feel guilty for doing but it’s vital for our productivity, mental, and physical health. We need time to rest our mind and body so they will be able to perform at their highest level.

Today I am sharing 5 easy ways to relax and take care of yourself this weekend.  These activities are the exact things I am doing myself this weekend to unwind and practice self-care.

1. Escape to your happy place. Maybe your happy place is a physical location you can visit this weekend or maybe it’s a place you visit in your mind through meditation or reflection.

I spent 25 years of my life living in the Midwest so I am trying to take full advantage of living by the beach now. I love to wake up early on Saturday morning, pick out a Spotify playlist, and walk the 1.5 miles from my house to the beach. Walking is great exercise to get your blood pumping and endorphins flowing. Once I reach the beach I like to just sit for a while and watch the water. The ocean is so big that it makes all of my problems seems small. This is a great way for me to gain perspective and re-evaluate what is important in life.

2. Pamper yourself a little. A salon or at home pedicure and manicure is a classic way to pamper yourself.  I also find the act of picking out a new nail color very therapeutic because it gives you a chance to be someone new. You were neon pink last month and this month…maybe you’ll be red or navy or bright purple! At home facials and bubble baths are also two of my favorite ways to pamper myself. I have been loving bentonite clay face masks and baths using my Lush Strawberry Fields Forever massage bar. That massage bar is amazing if you have those little bumps on the back of your arms. If you want to get extra fancy you can add essential oils and dried flowers to your baths to create the ultimate at-home spa session.

3. Read something. Pick up a book or magazine and read a little this weekend. Your head and heart will thank you. Reading helps improve your memory no matter what you are reading. The top Jeopardy champions attribute reading a wide variety of books and publications to their ability to remember even the most random facts. Reading a book also helps improve your empathy skills. When you read a book you have to use your imagination to create the picture of what’s happening and by doing this you unconsciously (and sometimes consciously) put yourself in the shoes of the characters or people you are reading about. This will help you empathize better with others once you step out back into the world. These skills will be even more improved if you choose books that are about other cultures or societies.

I read quite a bit of non-fiction books and news articles throughout the week so on the weekend I like to sink into a good fiction book. This allows me to escape reality for a moment and discover worlds and situations unlike anything I experience in my everyday life. Specifically I love mystery and dystopian novels.

Here are the three books I’m working on this month:

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg- This book is written by the famous YouTuber, Zoella so I bought it out of curiosity to see what kind of story she wrote.

Control by Lydia Kang- This is a teen dystopian fantasy novel about teens who live in a society where your DNA determines you fate. I haven’t started it yet but I have a feeling it has a similar theme to the movie GATTACA.

Clear the clutter and find happiness– This isn’t a fiction book but I am really loving it. This book is more of an advice or self-help book about how to reduce the material items you have in your life that are causing undue stress.

4. Spend time with friends or family. Talking about your week and listening to others is a great form of self-care and is extremely therapeutic. I talk a lot to people about “validating feelings”. This may sound a little weird but every single person on this planet needs and wants their feelings to be validated. Sometimes we get that validation from ourselves and sometimes it feels good to have our friends or family validate our feelings. It can really take a lot of weight off of your shoulders when you talk to someone about a specific problem or concern you are having at work or home. This will help you start your new week with less stress knowing you have a good support system.

It’s also just great to spend time laughing and having a great time with those you love!

 

5. Make errands fun and relaxing. Yep. That’s right.  I said the words “fun” and “errands” in the same sentence. I like turning hours worth of usually boring tasks into a mini vacation. First, you have to get into the right mindset. Think of your grocery purchases a gifts to yourself. The food you buy and consume will either give you more energy and make you a happier person, or it will drag you down. Every healthy food you put in your basket is a small gift to yourself. Make sure to throw in some treats though, for good measure. 😉

Other ways to turn weekend errands into a more enjoyable and therapeutic experience:

  1. Wear an outfit that makes you feel comfortable yet fabulous. Maybe you have a strict dress code throughout the week so this is your chance to wear your favorite casual wear. I have a favorite pair of yoga pants I always throw on that make me feel great!  Or you can simply wear your favorite lipstick or accessory.
  2. Create an errands playlist of your all time favorite tunes and crank it up as you drive.  You can also bring earphones and continue listening in the grocery store. You can even make a playlist of soothing music to turn any location into a spa. I do that sometimes on my way to work.
  3. Treat yourself a little. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to treat yourself to a simple pleasure. As you may guess I usually choose a coffeeshop coffee as my treat. I take time to really enjoy each sip and be mindful that I am fortunate to be able to buy this cup of coffee. Life is good and everything will be ok. In those calm moments between sips I am able to reflect a little on my life and set my intentions for the upcoming week. Not into coffee? Treat yourself to something else small like a lipstick, lunch out, or your favorite beverage.

Those are the 5 tips I have for you this weekend and these are the things I most often do to relax each weekend. I didn’t include one about content creation or blogging but for me, that is another outlet I use to relax.

I do also want to point out something about these 5 tips I have just listed. I don’t have kids so I don’t know how possible these things would be with children. Let me know because I am curious and would love to update my post with advice from moms.

Let me know how you relax on the weekend in a comment on this post or head on over to my Facebook page, Instagram, or twitter to leave me a comment.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and I’ll talk to you soon! <3

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Throwback Thursday: How To Get Clear, Healthy, and Glowing Skin!

Happy almost Friday everyone!

Today I am throwing it back to a video I posted on the methods I use to keep my skin behaving well. Recently my skin has been a little rebellious so I re-watched this video and I am taking my own advice again to get my skin back on track.  Check out my video below and them head on over to me YouTube Channel and leave a comment letting me know what you do to keep your skin glowing.  I would love to get your input!

BONUS! Healthy Skin Grocery List:

Cucumber

Greens like Spinach, Kale, and Arugula

Grapefruit

Watermelon

Lemon

Nuts and seeds high in Omega 3 (chia, flax, almonds)

Green Tea

Have something to add to this list? Tweet me @courtneywval or leave a comment on my Facebook Page!

 

Talk to you soon! <3

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First Dollar Tree Haul of 2017!

Hi friends!

I know I haven’t posted a Dollar Tree Haul in a long time but I am back today with one and I have another HUGE dollar tree haul planned for next week so make sure you are subscribed so you don’t miss that!

Leave me a comment and let me know if there is anything I should be on the lookout for during my next DT trip.  Also let me know if you have any specific video request for 2017 and I will try my best to complete those.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and I will talk to you soon! <3

P.S. I had to temporarily disable comments for my blog because I was getting a flood of spam comments so I am sorry about that. I am looking into it and I will enable them again soon!

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Life Hack Of The Day

Tuesday is said to be the most productive day of the week so it’s the perfect time to put a goal into action. The number one new year resolution or goal that I hear people make is to drink more water. It seems like an easy enough goal and we all know we should be drinking 64 oz of water per day but sometimes it’s hard to remember to put down the coffee (looking at myself) and pick up the water bottle.  This CBS article shares that about 75% of the American population is chronically dehydrated. Chronic dehydration can cause mental fog, headaches, fatigue, dry skin, muscle cramps, and more. Solution? You guessed it. Drink more water….but not all at once. I am guilty of suddenly remembering that I haven’t had enough water all day and then chugging a whole liter of water at once only to get a horrible stomach ache, headache, or that feeling of a whole liter of water sloshing around in my tummy while I try to sleep.

I have developed some helpful tips and life hacks for staying hydrated in the right way.

  1. Set alarms or reminder on your phone throughout the day and every time one of the alarms goes off, drink 8oz of water.
  2. As soon as you wake up drink 16 oz of water. Do the same right before you go to bed. There’s 32 oz already!
  3. Keep a water bottle in plain sight and within reach all day. I like to keep one right next to my computer screen. I am looking at the screen all day so I see the water bottle and it’s a subtle reminder to take a sip.
  4. Take small sips throughout the day. To avoid chugging an entire days worth of water at once just take a sit every time you click send on an email or pause for a moment to think about your next task.
  5. Get a cute water bottle. If you have an eye-catching water bottle then you are more likely to pick it up and take a sip.
  6. Remind yourself of the awesome benefits of staying hydrated. Want beautiful skin? Drink water. Want bright eyes? Drink water. Want more energy? Drink water.
  7. Find out just how much water you should be drinking with this handy Water Intake Calculator.

Those are just my tips for getting in more water every day and I would love to hear your advice or tips. Let me know in a comment on this post or Tweet me @courtneywval

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the world today and I’ll talk to you again soon!

<3

 

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Saturday Coffee Thoughts

Good Morning!

Today is Saturday and my plan was to sleep in but my body just won’t let me.

When I woke up this morning I looked over at Luna’s cage and she was just sitting there staring right at me with her innocent little bunny eyes. I wonder just how long she had been watching me? I gave her some breakfast and bunny snuggles and now she is in her post-meal lounging position.

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Now I am enjoying a big cup of coffee and browsing the internet, thinking of my weekend plans and getting inspired for things I want to do with my blog and just life in general.

This Wednesday, November 9th is my birthday and last year I turned 30, which was a little rough. I was in Barcelona, one of my most favorite cities in the whole world but I felt down. It was weird. The day before was great but then on the day of my birthday I just felt in a funk. I hear that it happens to a lot of people when they turn 30 and I know it happened to my husband, so he was sympathetic and so sweet to me the whole day. Eventually my day turned around and I accepted the fact that years come and go but your age does not dictate who you are. This year I don’t want to allow myself to get into that funk so I am adjusting my attitude and perspective about age and birthdays in general.

Last night I was out with a girl friend and we were chatting about life, future plans, and aging in general. We got into a discussion about society and the expectations that we are all supposed to have everything figured out by 30. Society tells women that you have to be successful in your career, married, have kids, and look drop dead gorgeous. We’re expected to have it all, be it all, and do it all. This is just not realistic or necessary. Why do we have to build a life that conforms to curated images from a magazine? We should be living the life we feel is best for us, at this time. I always believe that you can have everything you want but not all at once.

I am feeling some pressure as my birthday approaches to set more finite goals about commons life events like having kids and buying a house. I have to take a step back though and think about what is best for me and my husband at this time. Once I do that I see that we are happy and we have a great life so if the picture of our life doesn’t match up to society’s standard we will just have to set our own standards.

This weekend I will spend some time brainstorming and planning for this next year of life by setting some new (reasonable) goals. Stay tuned for a follow up blog post where I will share my goals with you!

That’s why I’m thinking about at 9am on this Saturday morning. How about you? Haha

I want to do more informal blog posts like this where we can start a discussion about life and maybe we can help each other through shared advice and experiences. Leave me any comments you have about life, aging, and society in the comments section. You can also leave thoughts on my Instagram, Facebook page, or tweet me @courtneywval.

I hope you have a lovely weekend! Talk to you soon!

<3

 

 

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The Most Halloween Costumes I’ve Ever Worn!

Happy Halloween, friends!

In honor of this festive holiday I am sharing all of the costumes I have worn this month. Yes, I have worn multiple costumes! My office created a costume contest to win gift cards. All we had to do to enter was dress up at least 4 times in the month of October and our name would be entered into a raffle to win one of the gift cards. Today we are having a company Halloween party at Dave and Busters, where they will pick winners. Fingers crossed I win one! Even if I don’t win, it was really fun to dress up! I am usually a little shy about dressing up like this but I work with such an awesome and fun group of people, their confidence is contagious!

Here are the costumes I wore this month:

Harley Quinn (Suicide Squad)

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Jean Grey (Marvel)

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Wonder Girl (Teen Titans)

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Ranicorn (Adventure Time)

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Tiger

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Nerd

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Cat

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Miss Starbucks

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Tinkerbell

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Let me know which costume was your favorite and if you dressed up this year I would love to know what costume you wore! I hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween and I’ll talk to you soon!

<3

Courtney

 

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