5 Easy Ways To Be Kind

For some people, being a good person and spreading positivity comes at a high cost. People will say there’s no purpose in being a decent human being if others won’t return the favor. That’s just not the truth.

Spreading kindness doesn’t always mean you get something afterwards. The purpose is to (as cliché as it sounds) make the world a better place. Being negative and not being kind doesn’t make anything better in any situation. So today, I’ve put together a short list of things I feel everyone can do in order to throw some kindness into another person’s day without much effort.

Compliments

Receiving a compliment on a bad day is always really nice to hear. So, give compliments to your loved ones and strangers just because! There’s no real reason behind this other than making someone else feel good about themselves. Compliment their hair, outfit, smile, attitude, anything really. It’s guaranteed to make a difference in someone else’s mood.

Saying Thank You 

Keep it simple and sweet by showing gratitude. Most of the time, others aren’t expecting a “Thank You” but it’s a phrase everyone likes to hear said. It’s a common courtesy gesture that I don’t think people use enough. So say it and say it like you mean it!

Love 

The people around you won’t be there forever so make sure to show love whenever you can. This can be done physically or emotionally and doesn’t cost you a dime. Say “I Love You” today to the individuals who matter most.

Listen

Lending an ear to someone can be the biggest act of kindness for a person in need. It shows that you care and are interested in hearing what they have to say. Good or bad, show support and be that shoulder to lean on. To show your listening show social cues like nodding your head and responding often. This can be more helpful than you think!

Give Your Time 

Giving your time and appreciation is also very effortless. Choose to spend your time with people who make you happy and people who need it the most. Try volunteering for your community or connect with new friends and old family members. Relating to what I said above, tomorrow is never promised and we’re not sure what the future can bring. Make everyday count and spread your positivity upon others.

Reviewing The Aspyn Ovard Pixi Collection

Holy cow! When I found out Aspyn was coming out with her own line of beauty products in collaboration with Pixi, I was over the moon. If you didn’t know, Aspyn Ovard is a lifestyle YouTuber and Blogger. Not only does she have an amazing main channel full of DIY’s, reviews, style, recipes, and fashion videos. In addition, she also runs a vlog channel with her husband Parker, who together are equally adorable.

Aspyn’s style is neutral toned, flowy, and comfortable. Her makeup choices and outfits definitely coincide with one another and create a united look. I expected her products to be a true representation of just that. At first glance, I wasn’t surprised to find that her choices were light and glowy with subtle colors. They were products I could really see myself using on a daily basis and that alone was super important to me.

In the collection, there are four different products to try. This includes two highlighters, a blush, and a lower lash mascara with a brow gel. All of these tiny gems are perfect in size and easily some of the most basic basic’s a girl could have. I’m a lover for things I can throw on into my purse and head out the door with. If I’m in a rush and need a little pop of product, these are ultimately the ones I’m reaching for.

Eye Accents: Brow Gel & Lower Lash Mascara 

It’s very hard to find a mascara for the lower lashes without it being too clumpy or thick. This mascara couldn’t be farther from that. This product was smooth and creamy which ultimately made it easy to apply. I didn’t have to alter the application by re-applying and trying to remove clumps, there were none!

As far as the brow gel goes, there’s not much to say. It was similar to others I’ve tried in the past but I could feel a little difference in the hold. It lasted the entire day and kept my brows in perfect shape. Not too much to explain about this product besides the fact it served its purpose. Travel size, was one of the main features I thought set this gel apart from some of its competitors.

Glow-y Powder: Santorini Sunset 

I pictured this highlighter, despite Aspyns beauty preferences, to be a little over powering. It looked very bright in the package and maybe too glowy for my skin tone. Fortunately, I was wrong. This powder is muted in color and allows you to apply as little or as much as you’d like. At times, I’ve found certain highlighters can be too bright, making a person look shinier than need be. With that said, I’m a huge fan of a natural looking face and dislike drawing too much attention to one area. That’s why this product is so good! The shade is great, the application lasts many hours, and I’m able to use this on a daily basis.

Glow-y Powder: Rome Rose

This was the last product in the line I tried and again there’s mostly just good things to say about it. The blush styled glow powder has a slight bright undertone that allows it to turn from one product into another. I’d say this item does a great job of combining two things every girl loves: a rosy cheek and a flawless highlight. I’m sure this combination was intentional, given the name “glow-y powder” but using it for the first time, was so unexpected!

The final item in Aspyns collection I wasn’t able to get my hands on! They were completely sold out at my nearest Target. In conclusion though, I just want to say how collectively amazing this line is. I can most definitely see myself using these products daily for events or for those mornings when I just want to keep it easy. 

Let me know in the comments below or through my social media platforms if you have or are planning to try any of these! I’d love to hear your expert opinion and feedback! As always, those links are located on the homepage as well as down below.

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Cook With Me: Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Hi all!

As of late, I’ve been trying to cook more in the kitchen! Creating my own meals and experimenting with ingredients has become a ton of fun. I’m really enjoying learning what works, what doesn’t, and what I like to make.

This recent interest in the foodie world, has sparked some curiosity on Pinterest and I’ve been scoping out recipes like crazy. One of the most delicious I came across were sweet and sour meatballs! I’m a fan of tangy tastes and a salty but sweet flavor. This appetizer sounded right up my alley! I scrolled through my options and finally came across a simple recipe I thought I could manage.

In this post, I’ll be sharing the recipe I used along with some minor tweaks I’ve made along the way. If you’re into this type of blog post, let me know! I’d be willing to share more of my cooking adventures with you all in the future! In addition, if you’re looking for more of my go-to recipes, be sure to check out my Pinterest!

Things We Need 

1 Egg

1 pound ground beef

1/4 cup bread crumbs

1 onion diced or minced whichever you prefer

1 cup brown sugar

3 tbsp flour

1 1/2 cup water

1/4 cup distilled white vinegar

3 tbsp soy sauce

1 minced green pepper

Instructions

  1. Start by mixing together ground beef, egg, onion, green pepper and bread crumbs in a medium bowl. Use clean hands to thoroughly combine ingredients.
  2. Once mixture has been worked together, shape into small bite sized balls. Refrigerate meat forms for 20 minutes.
  3. In a large sauce pan, combine the brown sugar, flour, vinegar, water, and soy sauce. Fully mix the glaze until all ingredients are molded into one.
  4. Add refrigerated meatballs into pan and bring to boil. Depending on how large your pan is, be sure not to stick too many in. Bring to a boil and simmer for at least 30 minutes or until done. Make certain to stir frequently and add more water if needed.
  5. Plate these little guys with some white rice or cooked vegetables. They’re the perfect dish to share with friends!