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October 20, 2017

Halloween Playlist // Blogtober, 2017.



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Heeello, everyone!

It's been a hot minute since I've shared a playlist with you guys, so that's what we're doing today. I've been loving doing these seasonal playlists but, let me tell you, putting together a Halloween Playlist was a little challenging. However, I'm a resourceful woman and, if I do say so myself, this playlist turned out to be really cool. As always, there's a little bit of everything: Taylor Swift, Micheal Jackson and the Weird Sisters (the band that played at the Yule Ball in the Harry Potter movies - I know, I'm a nerd and I'm not ashamed).

Talking about Taylor Swift, where the heck is her new album? I'm dying over here, Taylor! We need more than two songs. Anyway, I made this playlist on Spotify, so if you also have an account there, you can just click over here and it will take you right to the playlist - if you're reading this on your phone, it can also choose to open it straight in the app. Honestly, I'm loving blogtober because now I have an excuse to go completely overboard with Halloween. But we're not gonna get into that because I can spend hours writing about how much I love Halloween... Ok, let's get to the playlist!

Look What You Made Me Do - Taylor Swift.
Bones - The Killers.
Cross Your Mind - Wingtip, morgxn.
Surround Me - L√ČON.
Avalanrche - WALK THE MOON.
Out Of The Woods - Taylor Swift. 
youarefire - LANY.
Bad Things - Jace Everett.
I Put A Spell On You - Annie Lennox.
Thriller - Micheal Jackson.
Heads Will Roll - Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
This Is The Night - Weird Sisters.
Do The Hippogriff - Weird Sisters.
Ghostbusters - Ray Parker.
Demons - Imagine Dragons.
Wonderland - Taylor Swift. 
Miracle Worker - SuperHeavy.

That's it, guys! I hope you guys enjoy this playlist and if you want more playlists, I have a bunch of them on the blog - for literally every season or occasion. This one has some of my favorite singers and bands, like Walk The Moon and LANY, so I'd highly recommend checking out more of their songs. I've recently saw Walk The Moon live and I kinda freaked out, they're really good. I love doing these playlists because I feel like I'm always listening to the same songs and albums, so this is the perfect excuse to branch out a little. If you have any songs you think I might have missed or if you'd like to recommend something, please leave it in the comments below or chat with me on social media. I'd love to hear from you!

Do you have any songs to add?

Let's hang some more!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll talk to you soon! 

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October 19, 2017

BLOGTOBER // Spookathon TBR.

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Heeello, everyone!


I was debating whether or not I should join this readathon, but I need to shorten my TBR and get some books read, so here we are. The spookathon started on Monday and I know I'm a bit late, but it ends on the Sunday, so we still have time. This one is hosted by BooksandLala and you can watch her announcement video here or keep up with the spookathon on twitter. I'll be sharing my current reads and keeping you guys updated on my twitter and IG, so if you want to know what's up, you can follow me over there too. 


There are five challenges and I know I won't be able to read 5 books in a week, because I have a life and everything, but I will try. I only chose books that have been on my TBR for a while now and I really want to read them so I can move on. I'm setting aside Friday night and Saturday morning to really make so progress, but we'll see how things go. 
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ONE // Read a thriller.

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I'm currently reading this one right now and I'm really enjoying it. I know Gillian Flynn's books are super hyped, but I think they're it's justifiable - she's really good. I loved Gone Girl and Dark Places, so I just had to give Sharp Objects a try. I've had this book on my shelf for ages now (I think two years) and the spookathon seemed like the perfect excuse to finally read it. 
TWO // Read a book with a scary word in the tittle. 
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This is my first finished book for the spookahon, YAY! You can read my thought on it on GoodReads, but this was kinda a let down for me. I don't know why, but I was expecting something totally different. The writing felt very middle grade and the plot was just week. You have this super creepy old asylum and young impressionable kids exploring it, so I was expecting more interesting things to happen. The plot twist was super meh and not really a "twist". I won't continue on with the series. Oh, and I consider asylum a scary word, that's why I chose this one for this challenge.  


THREE // Read a book based on a childhood fear. 

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Evil spirits and demons are definitely my biggest childhood fear. I would freak out at night thinking that there were spirits watching me and I need my night light in order to keep them from getting to me because spirits can't grab your feet when the lights are on, right? I started reading this book a couple of months ago and I totally forgot I hadn't finished it yet - I still have a about 50 pages left. In this one, our main character gets possessed so that's really scary and spooky. I can't read this at night (for obvious reasons), so I don't know when I'll be able to get to it!


FOUR // Read a book with orange on the cover. 

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The title is orange and that counts, right? I was so obsessed with B. A. Paris's other book, Behind Close Doors, that I decided to buy this one right after I finished reading it. I don't know much about this one, but I have really high hopes for it. I think it's about a woman that witnesses a murder whilst leaving a party and she tries to solve it.. or something like that. I love her writing and I'm totally in the mood for a murder mystery. 


FIVE // Read a book that has a spooky setting. 


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I'm currently reading this book and boy, is it boring.. I had really high hopes for this book. The cover, the title and the premise of this book made it sound so interesting and intriguing. Three queens are born, each with a special gift, but they have to kill each other and only one and be crowned. I mean.. if that doesn't spark your interest, I don't know what will. I chose this one for this challenge because A) I'm already reading it and B) The setting is totally spooky. The story is set on an island where queens need to kill each other and they have very little contact with the mainland. But also, everything that happens in this place is said to be the work of a "goddess" that doesn't let people leave the island. There's also some "low magic" going on, which is really spooky to me. 

That's all for today, guys! I'm planning on including the books I finish during the Spookathon on my normal reading wrap-up at the end of the month, I don't think it's necessary to do a separate wrap-up, right? I hope you enjoyed this post and I really hope you join the readathon. Reading is fun, guys, I promise! Let me know if you decided to join or if you're already participating so we can be reading buddies and cheer each other on!

Are you also joining the spookathon? 
What are you currently reading?




Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll talk to you soon! 


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October 18, 2017

My Blogging Schedule // How I Blog Everyday.


If you've been following the blog for the past few months, you know that I've been trying to blog every single day - first with Everyday September and now with Blogtober. Like I've said multiple times, it's been incredibly challenging, but super worth it. I've seen an increase in my daily views I've never seen before and I'm also having a lot of fun creating content. However, I've started to think that maybe daily blogging is not the best way to go. 

I did a poll on Twitter this week asking you guys how often do you enjoy getting content from the bloggers you keep up with and, much to my surprise, three times a week won. I've been blogging for four years now, but I've only started to take it seriously this year. And when I say taking it seriously I mean trying to create more content and really focus on a strategy to gain more visibility and maybe turn this into something more. Despite the poll results, I still think blogging everyday is a good strategy for growing your blog and attracting more traffic to it. I tired it out myself and I was very pleased with the results, so I'm planning on keeping this up for as long as can.

So, for those of you wondering how I manage to do it, you came to the right post. I thought it would be helpful to other bloggers to see my "blogging schedule" and maybe it can be fun to some of the readers to see a little behind the scenes and how much effort we bloggers put into our blog. Enough rambling, let's get to it! 
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EVERY NIGHT // In order to get a post up everyday I have to do something blog relate every night. I tried waking up earlier than I have to and also carving out a couple of hours in the afternoon to write, but nights work better for me. I don't know why, but around eight o'clock, after dinner, something switches in my brain and it's blogging time. It usually takes me 3 hours at night to edit pictures, finish up some writing, plan content (like what is going up in which day) and answer to emails (I don't get a lot of those). That's if I do it every night. If I know that I won't be able to have that time tomorrow, it usually takes me longer obviously. 

IN THE MORNING // There are some things like taking pictures and sharing my posts on social media that I can only do in the morning. So, for that I usually set a timer on my phone for one hour and I literally power through it. If I don't set the timer, I tend to procrastinate. I start scrolling through twitter and IG, and next thing I know it's lunch time. I know myself and I need a tight schedule. 

THROUGHOUT THE DAY // Even though I try really hard to have a schedule, I can't schedule social media stuff. I know there are websites that do that, but it just doesn't work for me. I think social media is the place where my personality is important and I want to really interact with you guys, so I just do it whenever I have the time during the day - when I'm commuting, waiting for the bus or eating something. I want to get to know you and I want you to get to know the real me. It can be a bit overwhelming at times because I feel like I'm always on and always wanting to share bits and pieces of my day, but whenever I feel that way I just take a break. I put my phone down or I delete the app for awhile. 

WEEKEND BATCH WRITING // I know some bloggers dedicate their weekends to blogging, but I can never do that. There's always something going on that takes my time, like birthday parties, family gatherings or just gym and Netflix. It's the weekend and I need to relax too. Blogging is fun and it's a hobby, but as you can it's very time consuming. However, on Sundays is usually when I write a bunch of stuff. I never finish a entire post on Sunday, I kinda start writing a few of them and just finish them up during the week as they go up. I also, when I have the time, like to take some time to kinda brainstorm. It takes a lot of creativity and brain power to keep creating new content for your blog and social media, so brainstorming sessions help a lot. 


That's it! That's how I keep Let Me Cross Over running and how I manage to get a post up for you guys everyday. I just wanted to say that you don't have to blog everyday to have a successful blog. Like I said in the beginning, three times a week won on the poll. We all do our own things, you just need to find what works for you. Some bloggers don't even have a schedule, they just blog when inspiration strikes and it works for them. Hopefully, this helped you out somehow and let me know on the comments how you often do you blog and if you have a schedule or not. I really value your feedback! 

Are you enjoying getting new posts everyday?
Is it too much?
How often do you blog?

Let's chat!

Thanks so much for reading and I'll talk to you soon! 

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October 17, 2017

BLOGTOBER // 5 Netflix Shows You NEED to Watch.

Heeello, everyone!

I know I talk about Netflix a lot here on the blog, but people say you should write about what you know and I know a lot about Netflix. I'm quite particular about my TV shows and I'm kinda set in my ways - I tend to stick to what works... I've rewatched friends more times than I care to admit, but I'm ok with that. So, today I wanted to share with you guys some of my all time favorite new shows, because you all know how much I love Friends, Pretty Little Liars, How I Met Your Mother and Modern Family. There's no point in talking more about them, even though I kinda just did. 

I've already talked about my favorite scary TV shows in honor of Halloween this month, so these are just overall favorites. These are the ones I tend to watch during lunch or right before bed. They're cute and make me laugh and I feel like they deserve more recognition. They're not masterpieces like Game of Thrones, but they do have their place. And also, you're gonna see a pattern here. I like funny stuff. If it doesn't make me laugh or at least smile, it needs to be literally a masterpiece for me to keep watching it. I'm not a big fan of drama or anything like that, so all of these shows are going to be really light.. Think easy, breezy, beautiful (I guess we should add America's Next Top Model to this list too)!
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THE FOSTERS // This show is really good, way better than I expected. I decided to watch it because I saw some people talking about it on Twitter and I was in a limbo waiting for the next season of Game Of Thrones. This is about an extremely diverse family that basically adopts a lot of children. And when I say diverse, I mean it: two lesbians (one white, one black) with two latin adaptive kids, raising the son of one of them from her previous marriage. I love it. I'm all about diversity and I think this show couldn't have come on a better time. People need to talk more about adoption, gay marriage and immigration (the show doesn't talk a lot about that), and having a popular TV show openly portraying it is amazing. The show touches a lot on the American foster care system, since I'm not American or adopted I don't know if they're doing a good job or not - I hope they are. 


Even though it talks about many different sensitive subjects, The Fosters is still extremely entertaining and fun to watch. The characters are relatable and real, the story line is creative and easy to follow and the actors are good. This one is definitely worth giving it a try if you haven't already. So good!

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THE RANCH // I'm not gonna lie, the main reason why I watched it in the first place was Ashton Kutcher. I just love him. He's cute, funny and he's married to my biggest girl crush, Mila Kunis. If you're looking for a show that will make you laugh and forget all your life worries, this is the show for you. It's my kind of funny, fast paced and easy to watch. I love the family dynamic and the small town vibe. Again, this is not a masterpiece, but it is really good. 
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UNBREAKABLE // This show is so cute. It took me awhile to get into it. The first episodes weren't that great, the beginning is definitely not the best part. However, it gets really good after the first five episodes, I would say. It starts with our main character getting rescued from a cult and we follow her as she moves to NYC to start over. I didn't think the cult thing was very funny. However, the show gets funnier and other characters come in that make everything much better. 
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FRIENDS WITH BETTER LIVES // I also found this one when I was in a limbo, but this time I was waiting for the new Modern Family season. I have no idea what made me click to watch this show, but hey, I'm glad did. I don't really get the name, though. I mean, we do follow a group of friends and they have different lives, but it doesn't seem like they think the others have better lives. I don't know, I'm probably overthinking it. All you need  to know is that this show is funny and it's clever funny - as in there are no stupid jokes and they don't rely on fart noises to make you laugh. I hate when movies and tv shows do that!
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RAISING HOPE // This was a new find for me, I think I started watching it last month, but it's quite entertaining. This one is basically about a guy that gets a serial killer pregnant and gains custody of the child after she's sentenced to death. I know, WOW! I love the family aspect and Hope is just adorable. From the ones I mentioned today, this is my least favorite, but it's still good. I usually watch it on my commute or something like that. 

Those are the shows I have for you guys today! I hope you get the chance to check them out and I'm sorry in advance if you get addicted to any of them - Netflix can be very dangerous to your productivity levels sometimes so proceed with caution. Let me know on the comments what you're currently watching, so we can all say goodbye to our productivity together and put on our sweatpants. I'm kidding, guys! Save these shows for the weekend or at least for Friday night. Hopefully I helped you out on the "what should I watch?" 30-min internal monologue and google search before finally picking something. And if you want more recommendations on what to watch, you can click here!


What are you currently watching?!
Do you have any shows to recommend?!

Let's hang some more!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!


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October 16, 2017

BLOGTOBER // Book Haul // October, 2017.

"But Michele.." you might say, "what about your no-buy?!" Well, we all knew it was not going to last so... No, I actually started out with the best intentions, and I wanted to include everything in that no-buy. However, the main focus of it was clothes, makeup and beauty related stuff in general. I know I should cut back on buying books, specially because I haven't been reading as much as I used to, but I just can't help it. If there's a sale, I'm going to take advantage of it. 

What I did do in this case was limite myself to different genres. I already have a ton of YA romance to get to and I truly don't need anymore books in that genre. But it's October and I wanted some scary books to read during the Spookathon. I know I shouldn't have bought anything, but I wanted to so I did - that's exactly what happened here. You can never have too many books, right?! Anyway, about the books... I only bought books I've never heard of, but that seemed interesting - with one exception. I was literally typing in the titles of these books on Goodreads to check the ratings and some of the reviews as I was buying them. I wanted something different from I'm used to and I think I did a pretty good job at spicing things up for Halloween - some of these books seem very scary. So, let's get to it! 
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Beware That Girl - Teresa Toten // I've been eyeing this book for awhile and since it was October and all I decided to just go ahead and buy it. I read the first few pages and it did not disappoint. This is book is about the new girl in an elite private. Apparently, she's trying to "climb the social ladder" and someone poses a danger to her plans. The cover and the title are super spooky, I have high hopes for it!

A Murder In Time - Julie McElwain // I bought this thinking it would be something like a historical romance, but I was really far off. This is basically about a FBI agent, something goes wrong and her team gets killed and now she wants revenge. I'm a little disappointed because that doesn't look like something I might enjoy, but now I have it and I will read it. 

The Witches Of New York - Amy McKay // This one was totally a cover/title buy. It sounded so interesting that I just had to get it. I've never read anything like it, but the reviews were pretty positive. The rating isn't very high, but it's good enough. I'm really excited to read this one. 

The Cutting Season - Attica Locke // I really don't know what to expect from this one.  It's like GoodReads says one thing and the reviews say another. The title caught me, the price was good and I decided to give it a go. The reviews are ok, I think I'll just have to read it and see for myself. 

Good Me Bad Me - Ali Land // I was looking for a new psychological suspense and I decided to give this one a try. This is Ali Land's debut novel. I don't like reading debut novels because when I really like a book I want to read everything from that author, so you can see how that can be a problem with a debut author. However, this book sounds really good. It's about this girl whose mother is a serial killer and I'm sooo here for it!

Those are all the books I bought and am planning on buying this month. That's it, I promise! If you were inspired by my no-buy, please don't let this haul discourage you. I'm still following my no-buy for everything else, like I said - no new clothes, shoes or makeup. But honestly, I don't feel that bad about "breaking"the no-buy, I got some pretty good books at a good price and I will read all of them - eventually. You just gotta do what feels right to you. 


What are you currently reading?
Are you joining the spookathon? 



Thanks so much for reading and I'll talk to you soon! 

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October 15, 2017

Lazy Sundays.

I had a blogpost ready to go for today, well sort of.. I still had to edit a little bit and export some of the pictures from my phone. However, as you can guess from the title, I'm having a MAJOR lazy Sunday today. I woke up at 10:45, it took me one hour to get out of bad and I'm only now having breakfast. I don't know what's wrong with me today (maybe there's nothing wrong, maybe I just need a little break), but I can't be productive for the life of me.. it actually might kill me if I push it! 

I had the idea of talking about what I usually do on lazy days, which is basically nothing, for a while now.. (it's been on my draft folder for ages) and I thought what a better day to talk about lazy days than on a Sunday? So, today that's exactly what we're gonna do. I have a very "busy" day ahead of me, plenty of activities planned: blogs to catch up on, movies to watch and youtube videos too. So, let's get to it! 
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ONE // The number one thing I do on a lazy Sunday is wake up super late. The later the better. If you wake up at 7 o'clock, force yourself back to sleep because that's unacceptable - I'm kidding, but you get my point. I need my beauty sleep and I can never get enough during the week, so I need to at least try on the weekend.   

TWO // Movie marathon. The longer the better. My favorite movies to marathon are, of course, the Harry Potter series and Lord of the Rings, but if you're in the mood for something a little more girly, you can check out these movies right here (my favorite is John Tucker Must Die). I'm also planning on watching Hocus Pocus today. I always watch it with my sister on Halloween, but she'll be traveling this year and I really want to watch it.  

THREE // Catch up on blogposts. Being a blogger myself it's easy to guess that I love blogs. However, I don't have enough time during the week to keep up with everything and see what everyone is up to. So, today, before getting up, I spent an hour reading blogs and it was wonderful. 

FOUR // Read read read. If you love reading, do a little readathon by yourself or get together with your friends. I probably won't have time fora readathon given all the movies I need to watch and all the blogs I need to catch up on, but I'm definitely planning on doing some reading. I'm currently reading Asylum by Madeleine Roux and I really want to finish it today, I'm on the last 100 pages. 

FIVE // I do my nails every Sunday, so this is not a particular lazy Sunday activity, but it is something I really enjoy doing. Doing my nails is kinda therapeutic. It's my time to watch Netflix and chill. 

SIX // Watch TV. Guys, do you remember that time of your life when you had nothing to do in the afternoon but watch TV... I certainly do. I was living my best life and I didn't even appreciate it. I don't know about you, but I don't have time to watch TV like that anymore or keep up with my favorite shows during the week. That time was taken by blogging and blogging stuff that comes with blogging like emails, answering comments and keeping up with social media. So, on this fateful Sunday, I want you to carve out at least 2 hours to watch everything and anything you want to. You like Keeping Up With The Kardashians, you watch Keeping Up With The Kardashion, no judgment. You do you and you chill however you want to chill. 

SEVEN // Shopping therapy. I wouldn't recommend it, but we don't judge here at Let Me Cross Over. Just try to keep the spending to a minimum. I got this idea from Emily Noel's new video and I've been wanting to check out Ikatehouse ever since. I'm not planning on buying anything, but if something catches my eye and it's cheap... 

EIGHT // If you spend the whole week stuck in an office, you should totally go for a walk. The idea thing here would be to go to the gym, but the title of this post is "Lazy Sunday", so I get if you're not in the mood to lift some weights. 

NINE // Chill. Meditate. Yoga.  

TEN // Get ready for tomorrow. I mean, you had an entire day of doing nothing, so getting your bag ready for tomorrow is not going to kill you, right? 

Sundays were created to chill. It's in the Bible - you can google it. The post was supposed to be funny and sarcastic, so don't take anything too seriously - you always need to make that clear on the internet nowadays, right? Those were only suggestions for you, but they're exactly what I'm planning on doing today. I also wanted to talk about the fact that we shouldn't feel guilty about taking a day off (or how many you need). We all need to relax and recharge every once in a while in order to be better and more productive. I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope you have the most relaxing Sunday ever.


What do you usually do on a lazy Sunday?

Let's chat!

Thanks so much for reading and chill! 

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October 13, 2017

Minimalism // More Things I Don't Buy Anymore.

Hey. What's up?! Hello!

It's been a while since I've last talked about minimalism here on the blog, but I'm still very passionate about it. I've just been focusing more on making my house and my life more minimal before sharing more about it with you guys. One thing I can tell you for certain is that minimalism is not a phase for me, I'm very dedicated to living with less and to getting more use out of the stuff I already have. I want to break the consumerism cycle I've put myself. it takes time and work and that's what I've been doing recently: decluttering. Going through my things, thinking about if I really need to repurchase something when it runs out or if I can live without it just fine.. things like that.

If you've been keeping up with my minimalism journey, you might remember that I did similar post a couple of months ago about the things I stopped buying. After more decluttering and downsizing, I've discovered more things I not only stopped buying, but that I'm also completely able to live without. I do not miss having those things in my life and I honestly believe they were just taking up space in apartment. It's funny that when you start to get rid off things you realize that you don't need a bigger house, you just need less things in it. 

The items I'll be talking about in this post are a reflection of my current lifestyle. I'm trying to also be more mindful of the waste I'm creating and the amount of resources I'm using on my daily life. So, don't be discourage or think you can't be a minimalist if you're not ready to let go of these things yet or if you just don't ever want to give up on them. Minimalism does not have a set of rules, it's just about being more minimal and you can implement that however you want in your life. I've rambled enough, let's get to it!

Folders // This is a recent thing for me, but I've been digitalizing everything. I had boxes and boxes of momentos, old documents that didn't serve a purpose, travel maps and little brochures and school papers that I still wanted to keep. So, I pulled out my scanner and made an afternoon of it - got some wine and went through everything. I emptied out so many folders that I had enough to donate and I still kept 5 - just in case, because it doesn't make sense to get rid of something just to buy it again in the future and they don't take much space either.  

Body Scrubs // I found out I wasn't a fan of body scrubs by doing Project Pans and literally forcing myself to go through the scrubs I had. I wish I hadn't bought so many of them, but now that I've used them all up I can safely say that I won't be buying body/face scrubs ever again. I think some of them work, but I prefer using those exfoliating mittens or sponges for the face. I feel like they are a little better for the environment and for my wallet. 

Organizers // When you have less stuff, you also need less organizers. Who knew? After all the decluttering, I decided to donate all my empty organizers. I did that because I didn't want to be tempted to get more stuff to fill them up again.. hoarder problems. 
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Apps // I don't know if that's a thing, but I've decluttered my phone and my computer. I had so much crap in there it's insane. Apps I downloaded for trips, old useless memes, pdfs that serve absolutely no purpose and the list goes on. I wasn't a big fan of apps to begin with, so limiting the apps on my phone wasn't a daunting task. I just sticked with the one I use everyday like IG, Twitter, my bank app... things like that. This might sound silly, but it does help you to clear your mind and my computer has never worked better. 

Non Cruelty-Free Products // Another personal choice. Minimalism has opened my eyes to a lot of issues and animal testing is definitely one of them. I didn't get rid of all my non cruelty-free makeup, I just stopped buying from brands that test on animals. This did limit my shopping habits and I had to find cruelty-free alternatives for products I loved, but it's worthy for me. I've also realized that because of that I've been using more natural products, which is not only good for the environment, but it's all good for my health.  

Special Occasions Clothes // This was the hardest thing for me to let go of, but I'm glad I did. By special occasions clothes I mean special heels, fancy dresses to attend weddings or other special occasions or specific items of clothing that I used to buy and deep down knew I wasn't going to wear again. I have a fair amount of special dresses in mom's closet (I didn't even bring them when I moved out, that's how often I use them) and I also have an older sister that has a thing for fancy dresses, so whenever I need one, I either borrow one from her or my mom, or I use one I already have. It took me a while to get here, but now I feel zero shame in repeating outfit or dress, so that's not really a problem for me anymore. 

Pillows + Rugs // I'm not a big decor fan, so I stopped forcing myself to be one. I used to think that I needed to have a cute space to be happy or to feel like a grown up. I no longer feel that way. I've acknowledged that I actually feel better when I have less things laying around. I see decor as stuff taking up space. I do have a few (very few) decor items I love, but I overall don't really like having a ton stuff. So, giving up rugs and pillows was easy for me. It also made cleaning way easier. 
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Deodorant // Yes, I still use deodorant.. I just make my own now - check out this super easy recipe right here. I talk more about why I decided to stop using drugstore deodorant on that post, but it was basically because I don't think its good for you. The amount of chemicals eat or apply to our skin on a daily basis is already insane, so I decided to quit store bought deodorants and I never looked back. It's better for you and better for the environment, more zero-waste, less packaging, less chemicals.. all good stuff. 


That's all I have for today, guys! If you're interested in Minimalism and you've been wondering how you can apply it to your life, I've written a bunch of stuff about it and you can check it all out right here or you can check out my Pinterest board for more inspiration and tips. I hope this was helpful to some of you and, like I said, this post is a reflection of my lifestyle or the lifestyleI'm trying to achieve. If you want to start implementing minimalism to your life, you don't need to follow what I'm doing if you don't want to. 

Thanks so much for reading and I'll talk to you soon! 

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