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Dear Grandma,

Dear Grandma,

I dreamt about you the other night. The dream was so real and vivid I can still remember it. I remember it as if it really happened. I remember you as if you were still here.

We were in a JcPenney type store. I saw you by the dress shoes in the distance. My pace increased towards you, walking through chairs and shoes on the floor and passing my Aunts, only stopping briefly to give them a hug. My eyes were still on you. I got closer and saw you were wearing a black ¾ sleeved dress with a scalloped neckline and an A-line skirt. It was the dress I wore to your funeral. You had a side part showing your salt and pepper roots. The rest of you brown curly hair was slicked to the back in a silver sparkly clip. You were turned away and bending down, leaning on the chair next to you, looking at the shoes on your feet. I couldn’t believe it was you.

I saw my mom next to you. She was looking for something. Maybe another shoe for you to try. I asked her, “Is that Grandma? Is she really here?” Even in my dream I processed you passed away. She didn’t turn around, instead you did. You turned around and faced me. You put your hands on my shoulders and I could feel the weight. You looked me in my eyes and I looked back in disbelief. I saw your squishy cheeks, your wrinkles I loved so much, your brown skin, your light brown eyes. You answered me, “No darling, I just come visit you in your dream.” Then your brown face turned ashen gray and lost all of its color. You disappeared into the air. As your hands left my shoulders, everything started to spin. My body was unbalanced. All I could see was the store’s red carpet, people’s feet, and the brown metal legs of the chairs, the chair you were once leaning on. I fell forward into the fetal position, bawling, but no sound came out. I held my stomach screaming but no one heard.

I woke up shortly after, breathing rapidly and feeling uneasy. I cried. I was confused. What was that? You were sooo real! I just saw you and now you’re gone. Again.

This is my second dream I had about you since you passed away last month. You didn’t talk in the first dream. It was only your presence. This dream was different. You talked and it’s what you said that gets me. You told me you were visiting me in my dream. Did you really come to me or is this my mind? Did I just communicate with you? Are you communicating with me? Did you really come visit me in my dream?

Either way, I’m glad I saw you so vividly. So alive and happy. I miss you Grandma and I hope you know!

Love your granddaughter,

Kelsey

Grandma Photoshop

Words

Why is it so hard to say what you really feel? Is it the fear of believing in something you once thought was truth? Could it be the uncertainty of not knowing the response? The possibility it might not go as you planned? Why can’t you just say it? Say how you feel, what you feel.

They’re only words. But they’re not. They’re heavy. Words with a lot of meaning. Each one individually means nothing but together it’s everything.

I. Me. That’s it. It stands alone but whole. Singular. One. Love. The depths of the unknown. It hurts. It’s intangible yet we feel the unbearable pressure against our chest suffocating our minds. You. Only you. A whole by itself. The one I want. At least I think. Thought.

They’re words so hard to put together. Why? Maybe it’s too late. Maybe it’s not real. Maybe it’s fantasy. Are you my fantasy? Fantasy isn’t reality. Maybe that’s why it hurts. Maybe that’s why it’s hard.

These words.

Put them together.

What do you get?

~Kelsey Sherri

Words Poem Red Rose

Written April 22, 2017

Road Trippin’

Hey guys!

I’ve been fortunate to be able to come from an adventurous family who travels a lot. I’ve been traveling from before I was out the womb. Growing up my parents used to take me and my sister everywhere. We’d go on numerous road trips, flights, and we’ve even been on a cruise. I’ve visited a few countries and got to experience life outside of Southern California.

As you may already know, my family is from the Caribbean and I grew up heavy in both cultures. So staying in California wasn’t a “thing” for our household. I’ve never “not” had a passport. I talk to my friends and people I know and it amazes me how little people travel. They tell me it’s too expensive or they don’t see the point. But if you spent that $500 you spent on shoes and bought a plane ticket, you might see it’s not all that crazy expensive to travel. It’s all about where and how you spend your money. Now I understand if you’re living check to check, but if you have disposable income, even a little, save it for a trip once in awhile. It’s worth it!

Another thing I’ve been fortunate to experience is commuting. My parents have been commuters for as long as I’ve been alive. Being a commuter, you get used to driving for hours and the fact that we’re in LA county, we get that lovely traffic everyone talks about. It’s a bittersweet thing! I’ve learned how to deal with sitting and driving in traffic because I’ve been in it all my life. Now that I’m an adult, I’ve continued in my parents footsteps as a commuter. It seems to just work out that way. I commuted everyday throughout my undergrad and every job I’ve worked so far has had a commute of at least an hour drive. The bad part is, the jobs aren’t even all that far. They usually range between 18-25 miles. That would normally be a 20-30 minute drive with no traffic.LA Traffic

Back in my Before 25 post, I mentioned I wanted to do another road trip. I haven’t done a coast to coast trip yet, but I did manage to get in a trip from LA to Sacramento and two mini road tips to Solvang and San Diego all in the beginning of this year. Some people wouldn’t be able to handle that.

I’m thankful I come from a family of drivers and travelers. That’s something I’m going to pass down to my kids and hopefully they’ll do the same.

Until next time!

~Kelsey Sherri

Pretty in Pink

Hi guys!

It’s the first day of Spring! I love spring for what it symbolizes, new beginnings. Makes me think New Years should be in March and not January. I feel like this would be the most inspirational time of the year, when everything is blossoming and growing.

But honestly,  I have a love hate relationship with Spring. I love the flowers and all the colors that come out but those same beautiful flowers give my allergies exactly what it needs to act up!

I’ve recently been doing some pinning on Pinterest, I mean when am I not? I found a picture of this beautiful pastel pink building with a fallen green tree in front of it. I don’t know if it’s the green up against the pink or the style of the photo, but I was intrigued by the pink building in the background.

Strangely, I’m not much of a pink person. I don’t usually gravitate to pink for MANY reasons and if you know me personally, you know I used to DESPISE the color, but for some reason I’m falling for this soft pastel shade of pink below. Maybe because it is a pastel. It’s so mellow and so pretty. It makes me feel like I’m in a cloud of pink cotton candy! So I’m going to overload you all with pink in this post! Click on the photos to see where I found it.
Happy first day of spring!!

~Kelsey Sherri

 

Pink Starburst

 

 

Think Your Phone Needs a Factory Reset? Here’s What You Need to Do!

These past few days has seriously tested my patience with my phone. I have an LG G3. I know some of you may think it’s a dinosaur phone now with how fast these companies spit out the latest gadget, but where I come from, if it ain’t broke, don’t to fix it. In this case this phone is ridiculously “broken” to the point where I would never get an LG phone again.lgg3-phone

I don’t want to bash the company. LG is a really innovative company with many branches outside of their cell phones. But coming from a Samsung Galaxy 3 to an LG G3 was a big difference. I’m not going to compare the phones. I mean, there really is no comparison. Aside from the new explosion of the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung makes really great phones.

Anyway, my LG phone loves to freeze on me especially when I need it the most. The battery dies rapidly and sometimes it just gets over life and shuts off. Sometimes it’s really over life and doesn’t turn back on.

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So this time I got Kanye fed up and reset that phone back to factory settings. Best and worst thing I could have done!! Seems like the phone is ok now but only time will tell.

If you’re reading this and you’re thinking of resetting your phone, lgg3-phone-factory-reset-wait

let me advise you on some things before you take that step and it’ll save you a little headache for after. I’m specifically speaking about my experiences with an LG G3 phone and a PC laptop. If you have another phone or you’re using a mac, take whatever information you can. Some things are still general and can still apply to you.

Before you reset your phone you want to backup everything. When I say everything I MEAN EVERYTHING!!!! Even if you think it’s saved to your Gmail account or a cloud or something, sit down and transfer everything either to your laptop, desktop, hard drive or if you’re comfortable with your cloud services then go ahead and do that. Just make sure your files are on a separate device from the phone.

Pictures

If you’re like me, you take pictures of everything!! A lot of time goes into that, right? So take a little more time to save them. There are a few ways to do this. You can connect your phone to your laptop/desktop and transfer your files that way. Or you can email them to yourself or use a cloud services. I used my Google Drive account for this. I made different folders and uploaded my photos from my phone into the correct folders on my Google Drive account using the Google Drive App on my phone. I had my Google Drive account open on my laptop and was able to see the photos upload instantly. All of these methods may take a while depending on how many photos you have. Just leave your phone on while the photos are transferring and hope it doesn’t shut down on you. Keep track of the progress in case it does shut down.

Music

If you have music on your phone that you downloaded and want to keep, you should do the same thing and save them to your laptop or desktop. For my music I usually connect my phone to my laptop. I look through the files to find my music on the phone and transfer it into a folder on my computer. You can copy and paste them or drag them into the folder. Sometimes there are multiple folders on your phone that holds the music. It all depends on how your phone saves and categorizes its files.

Contacts

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This is where I made my mistake! This is where my new headache began. It’s like going to the car shop. You fix one thing and another thing pops up. If you haven’t noticed by now, I love Google! They have everything you can think of and can be used in every way you can think of. So naturally, I save my contacts to my Gmail account. Every contact I added was added to my Gmail contacts list so that any device I link it to will have all my contacts and I don’t ever have to worry about losing them. Or so I thought!! Well turns out I was saving them to my Gmail account, but I never synced it! I turned off the “sync automatically” option because it kills the battery, but it never crossed my mind to sync everything like my contacts and calendar and not just my email. Don’t be like me. Sync your contacts! Sync it all!! Especially before you do a factory reset! If you’re still worried like I am now, go ahead and crank out that old school handy dandy phone book and physically write down the information. Better safe than sorry!

So now my phone seems to be doing better which is great!! But, I lost all of my contacts and I feel so disconnected to the world haha. It’s not even like I talked to everyone in my contact list but just the thought that I could was soothing I guess.

Now that you’ve backup everything, oh wait, one more thing…

Apps

Before you factory reset, go ahead and write down the names of the apps you use frequently so you can download them again. This is optional. Google has a great way of keeping everything together. There is a list of all the apps you’ve ever downloaded across all your devices connected to that Gmail in your app store. That’s great because I didn’t write down which apps I use and need. You would think you use these apps everyday and would remember them but as I was going through that list, there were a handful I forgot about. But this is an optional step thanks to Google being so awesome.

At this time I think you’re ready to factory rest. Don’t hold that against me if you’re not! I am not a phone expert and I am speaking from my own personal experience. I am not taking responsibility for your choice to press the buttons to reset. So whatever you do to your phone after reading this post is on you. Just putting that out there. 😛

phone-factory-reset

But if you reset, and you find that something wasn’t right or something was missing after that I didn’t warn you about or mention, please please comment below and let the rest of us know! I would probably have my contacts if I read somewhere to make sure I synced my Google account lol. So feel free to let us know your experiences below!

In case you need it, these were the instructions I used to factory reset my phone.

  1. Turn off your LG G3.
  2. Press Volume Down and Power buttons at the same time.
  3. The LG logo will be displayed; at the point release only the power button.
  4. Immediately press power key again until the factory reset menu if displayed.
  5. Use Volume Down to navigate to Yes
  6. Press Power to confirm
  7. You should now see the Erase All User Data and Restore Default Settings screen
  8. Navigate to Yes with the Volume Down button
  9. Press Power to confirm

Here’s a video for a visual.

Your phone will do what it does and will ask you to re-enter your Gmail account information and customize your phone. You will need to re-download your apps and change the settings like your ringtones and alerts etc. back to the way you want it.

Good luck and thanks for reading!

~Kelsey Sherri

A Season’s Cycle

My little dose of creative writing.


A Season’s Cycle


Seasons pass endlessly like there’s no time.
Life circling is continuous even when it ends.
Sun comes up and goes down, around a dime.
Wake up, work, school, children and friends.

Life circling is continuous even when it ends.
Trees’ leaves change colors green to brown.
Wake up, work, school, children and friends.
You’d think it’s over when the leaf hits the ground.

Trees’ leaves change colors green to brown.
It starts over naked like a newborn.
You’d think it’s over when the leaf hits the ground.
Just like a new life, the tree is reborn.

It starts over naked like a newborn.
A new beginning is before us.
Just like a new life, the tree is reborn.
The continuous cycle of life is all around us.

A new beginning is before us.
Sun comes up and goes down, around a dime.
The continuous cycle of life all around us.
Seasons pass endlessly like there’s no time.

~Kelsey Sherri

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HBO’s New Relatable Show: Insecure

This week I saw a video on Facebook about a new show that came out this October on HBO. It was a trailer for a show called Insecure. I couldn’t help but feel an instant connection to this show. Maybe it’s because the lead character is a black woman with natural hair and she’s a bit awkward. Or maybe it’s because she’s a black woman working in White America. Or it’s because she’s a tad bit insecure about where she is in life. Whatever the reason, I was drawn to this character and show is because it seems so relatable to me. Continue reading HBO’s New Relatable Show: Insecure

Creatively Writing

A friend of mine suggested that I put some of my poetry on my blog. I’ve been thinking of doing it, but I guess I needed the extra push. Continue reading Creatively Writing

One Year Older, One Year Wiser

Guess what?! Today is my birthday! I’m officially 24! I really don’t know where the time has gone. I feel like I just wrote that post about things I wanted to do before I turn 25 a few months ago. Now I only have one year to complete that list and I didn’t make much headway. If you haven’t read that post, you can see it here.

Before I turn 25, there were eight things I wanted to do: run a 5K, visit to New York, plan another international trip, get healthier, go on a road trip, have a 48 hour adventure, buy a condo, and sky dive. I’ve only done one and a half things on this list. The half comes from getting healthier because that is a constant struggle, especially my birthday weekend. Good bye diet!!

I was able to run the 5k back in April 2015. I did a 5k color run with my best friend and her cousin. That was a fun and interesting experience that I would recommend to everyone. I want to do a mud run next! But that’s a whole other topic.

Since I only have a year to 25, I might need to reconsider a few things on this list. I’ve already planned to skydive for my 25th so that’s taken care of. I’ve also decided to go to Miami for Carnival for my 25th next year so I might switch out the New York trip for Miami. It’s still a trip and I could add New York to a before 30 list. 🙂

As far as buying a condo, let’s be real, that might need to be on the before 30 list as well. I’m thinking an apartment will be just fine until I’m really financially stable enough for a condo. I don’t want to rush that and there is a lot that goes into owning one.

I haven’t gone on any road trips this year but I’m pretty sure this will happen before I’m 25. I don’t know where I’ll go or when it’ll happen but I know it will happen, even if that means spontaneously leaving in the middle of the night. The international trip will most likely happen as well. As long as I can afford it, I’ll be going to Belize for Independence Day or I’ll make a trip to Dominica to visit my best friend. She’s out there for med school right now. Shout out to you girl! I’m so proud of you!! But I’m hopeful one of the two or both will happen this following year.

I can’t believe I’m 24. I know some people are reading this thinking, “Man, I remember when I was 24. I was doing this and that…” I’ve gotten that all weekend. I know I’m not old to say but it sure does hit you hard when you realize you complain about your back pain more and more every day. I can only imagine what 25 feels like. Ha!!

Happy birthday to me!!

~Kelsey Sherri

New Seasons!

It’s been a long time since I’ve written a post. Too long. Embarrassingly long! The sad part is, everyday I wake up thinking about writing and I don’t. I must admit, I’ve been in a funk. 2016 hit me hard but I’m starting to realize that I’m the one making it worse by dwelling on things. It gets hard when you’re stuck. You tend to lose motivation and sight. But I refuse to let 2016 stop me. It’s been a tough year but it’s not too late to turn it around. We still have three more months.

With that being said…remember the 52 week challenge I wanted to participate in? Yea, the  one I completely failed at doing? Well wishful thinking right? Lol! Well like I said, we still have October, November, and December of 2016! So let’s do it! I’ll pick up where I left off and maybe do some of my favorites that I’ve missed along the way.

New Season

Cheers to a new season! Cheers to new beginnings!

~Kelsey Sherri

Could I be Addicted?

My days have been bombarded with phone calls, emails, texts, and anything else involving my phone. I got to thinking. My gosh! Am I becoming one of those people I complain about? Am I becoming the guy who can’t hold a conversation with you because the one on his phone is more important? Or am I becoming the girl who bumps into poles because her eyes are buried between her left and right thumbs? I’m always the one to tell people put down your phone for a minute and unplug yourself from electronics. Focus on life in front of you. Ironic, I know, coming from a person who has just about every social media there is out there and writes a blog. I’m just saying this new me who is always on the phone is different from what I’m used to and I’m not sure I like it.

So, let’s set the record straight. I’m not on the phone 24/7 and I promise that about 94% of my time I spend tapping and scrolling is for business. My time on Instagram is spent searching for models, photographers, make up and hair stylists. I’ll like a picture or two in the process, but I’m mostly working. My time on Facebook is for replying to all the messages I get from people who want to collaborate on something. I’ll post a selfie every now and then but honestly, even my reposts are work related. When I say work, I partly mean work that is related to growing my brand and name as a stylist and designer.

It’s a more than full-time job. It’s constant and non-stop. I even had to buy extra batteries because my phone can’t keep up with my new lifestyle. I’ve never been on my phone as much as I have in the past five months, especially this last month. The crazy part is, as much as I’m on my phone, I still can’t respond to messages right away. I would get a text in the middle of setting up a meeting, read it, go back to setting up the meeting and forget to respond to the other message I read. One thing I’m happy about is having a Bluetooth! I can drive and talk, text and talk, search and talk. It makes multitasking on the phone so much easier.

Speaking of driving, I think one day, you know, after I have successfully launched my business, I will eventually invest in getting a driver! About two weeks ago, I got a ride with my partner and her boyfriend (who also occasionally works with us) drove us to a meeting we were going to about 25 minutes away. The amount of work we got done in those 25 minutes in the car was amazing! I got to send emails, texts, and messages all while still arriving to my destination. I see why every successful person has a driver. It just makes the most sense!

I’ve become so involved in my phone and I’m not really sure how to feel about that. It’s great on one end because that means I’m very busy and growing in fashion. I’m building relationships with important people and I’m making moves. But on the other hand, it takes away from “me” time, friends time, family time. There are moments when I do take my phone off for an hour or two to get a break from the scrolling and texting. But I end up hopping on my laptop and start going through blogs and Facebook. I’m addicted. There I said it. I’m addicted and I think I’m justifying my addiction to work and social media because I’m trying to make a name for myself.

I mean after all, you don’t get to the top by sleeping.

Kelsey Sherri

WKC 7: A Friend

The topic for week 7 is a friend. I’m doing this week’s post waaay out of order because today is my best friend’s birthday!!! So I want to dedicate this post to my best friend Eneti! I’m really so grateful for our relationship. She understands me better than anyone sometimes and she’s always there with encouraging and caring words. I love this girl and appreciate her so much! Don’t start crying Eneti! I know you’re reading this haha. And I’m just getting started! Lol.

So let’s see, it all started back in 7th grade PE class at Stanford Middle School. Haha… Continue reading WKC 7: A Friend

How I Did My Nails for Easter

It’s Spring time! That means vibrant colors and pastels! This is the time to experiment with your colors. The key to matching colors in any form is to stay within the same level of intensity. How saturated are the colors you’re matching? You wouldn’t necessarily combine a neon green with a pastel purple. Continue reading How I Did My Nails for Easter

52 WKC: 9 How Did You Do & Feel

This topic of the challenge, I’m supposed to talk about something I did, how I did, and how I felt about it. As you know, I’ve been on the job hunt. Well, for a full-time with benefits, grown up job in the fashion industry. I’ve had numerous interviews and it’s like fishing to me. I have to present myself in a way to make the interviewer know that I’m good stuff to grab and the interviewer has to present a job to me that I want to keep. They could easily not grab my line and I could also throw it back in the sea. The goal is hook and keep.

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I’m the type of person to get a little nervous before interviews but I’m able to calm myself enough to where people can’t tell I’m freaking out inside. There are a few things Continue reading 52 WKC: 9 How Did You Do & Feel

Color your Spring

Winter is almost over and spring is approaching us rapidly. I’m actually excited for spring. I’m not looking forward to the sinus headaches and allergy attacks but I’m looking forward to the colors. Spring symbolizes Continue reading Color your Spring

How To Create A Spa Day At Home Pt. 2

I talked about creating a quick, cheap, and easy, spa day at home already, but if you have more time on you day off, let’s continue the at home spa experience.

WINE!!
I can’t believe I forgot the WINE in my first post. No explanation needed here!

Face Mask

I know quite a few people who stand by face masks. I’m new to this territory so I can’t give you a great review about it yet. I do want to try face masks because I know they would be a great addition to my at home spa day! Do you use face masks? What kind would you recommend?

Foot Scrub

We gave our bodies a sugar scrub so let’s treat our feet with the same love. After a bath is the best time to scrub your feet. Your skin will be soft and easy to scrub off with a foot stone. After soaking and scrubbing, use a foot lotion or Vaseline and put a sock on. Your feet will be noticeably softer.

Nail Care

On spa days, I like to do my nails, but I like to do this last. I don’t want to mess up my wet nails fumbling with my face mask or something else. After scrubbing my heels and moisturizing my skin, my nails need to be repainted. Clip, file, and buff your nails for great shape and natural shine. Set up your station with your favorite nail polishes and towels. Do your feet first then your hands.

Spa day

What are your favorite spa day routines? Did you read part 1?
~Kelsey Sherri

Life After College

As I binge watch Sex and the City for the first time, I can’t help but think about my own life. I know! Why am I comparing my life to a fictional TV show about mid 30 somethings with established lives in the city? I’m not really but it does get me thinking.

I’ve noticed a lot of my favorite shows are centered around New York City: How I Met Your Mother, The Wayans Brothers, Lipstick Jungle, even back to The Nanny, The Jefferson’s, and The Cosby show and the movies: The Devil Wears Prada, 13 Going on 30, Hitch, Trainwreck, and The Intern. These are just what I could think of off the top of my head, but honestly, the list goes on!

They all have one thing in common. New York!

Before 25

New York is clearly the place to be. But is it as exciting as it is on TV? Or am I putting New York on a pedestal?

I got the chance to visit New York back in 2008. I got to see the ball drop, at least I think I did. I’m not sure. That night was such a blur of excitement and awe, crowded with people and below zero temps. I’m not sure if I was watching the ball drop or an icicle falling. Regardless, I was 16 in the city I’ve always dreamed of going to.

Now I’m 23, fresh out of college, unemployed and living at my parents house. Not exactly what I had in mind after college. I figured I would still be at home but I had no idea I would be working a temp position, which…eventually ended.

There’s one of two things that will happen after college. You will A: get a job right away, or B: get stuck job hunting, vigorously and actively. Unfortunately I fell into category B. They don’t tell you about that category. They (colleges) give you the impression that a job with a great salary, benefits, and a friendly working environment will be waiting for you the second you walk across the stage. Maybe that’s what I’m doing with New York? Maybe I’m glorifying this city that may not even be as great as I imagined.

In my before 25 post I said I wanted to own a condo before 25 and either live in New York or have a fruitful vacation there. I can’t see myself owning a condo in New York at this moment only because I don’t think NYC would be where I spend the rest of my life. It would be more of a pit stop along the way, you know, just in case I am glorifying the land. So I would most likely invest in a condo in Los Angeles somewhere. Maybe I could rent it out while I experience my big apple adventures. Hmm how does that work? Googling renting out your condo now!

I can’t get ahead of myself though. I don’t even have a job! Haha! I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. The reason for me being jobless right now? I don’t know. Maybe it’s for me to spend time developing my blog or developing my sketching. Maybe it’s to give me time to make a good plan/revise my current one. Maybe it’s just giving me a little time to declutter my closet. In due time. I will have that job with the great salary, benefits, and the friendly working environment they told me about in college. Cheers to an unexpected life!

~Kelsey Sherri

How to Create A Spa Day at Home

We live busy and hectic lives. Sometimes we just need a break, a massage, or a full spa day. But we don’t always have the time or the money. I’ve created a list of things that you may already have in your home. If you don’t, these items are all pretty cheap ($1-$10) and easily accessible at your local Target, drugstore, or dollar store.

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Candles

I love all kinds of candles and I always have one burning! For the purpose of relaxation, go for a calming and soothing scent like lavender, vanilla, eucalyptus, or peppermint. This will set the mood for your relaxing day. Be sure to dim your lights or take them off and use as much candle light as possible.

The Bath

Make sure your tub is clean! We don’t want any issues! Fill your tub with warm water. I like to put it as hot as I can handle but not hot enough to burn me. The warmth will loosen up your muscles and the steam will open up your pores and sinus cavities for better breathing. At this time you can play some soothing music or pick out a book you’ve been wanting to start for your bath.

Bath Bombs, Bubbles, & Epsom Salt

Add bath bombs, bubbles, or Epsom salt or any combination of the three to your bath water.

I just tried a bath bomb for the first time the other day. I don’t really see the hype about bath bombs. It was fun watching the Alka-Seltzer like fizz in the tub, but other than that, I don’t see the hype.

Bubbles are just fun to play with! Who takes bubble baths without bubbles? I mean it’s in the name!
The Epsom Salt is great for relaxing your muscles as well. Pair an eucalyptus scented Epsom salt with the steam from the hot water and you have a great environment for people with breathing and sinus problems. For me personally, the mint and steam opens up my airways. I also love the lavender scent. It’s so relaxing.

Epsom Salt

Sugar Scrub

Sugar scrubs are great for exfoliating your skin. Exfoliation helps rejuvenate your skin by rubbing off the dead skin cells and revealing the new skin cells underneath. I got my scrub from TARGET. It’s cheap, smells great, and leaves my skin feeling soft with a glow. I use it on my face as well and I’ve noticed a drastic improvement in my complexion. My skin is even and soft. These are my own experiences. Your experience may be different from mine.

Moisturizing Body Lotion

After you soak for at least 15 minutes, I tend to get carried away and soak for 45 minutes, lightly dry your skin and use your favorite moisturizing lotion. Spend time massaging your body and use plenty of it. As you lotion apply more pressure than usual. Work out any tension you feel in your neck, shoulder, legs, etc. You know your body and you know what needs to be worked.

Doesn’t that sound relaxing?

Let me know how your at home spa day turned out.

Spa day

~Kelsey Sherri

TreeHut Shea Sugar Scrub Review

This last Christmas 2015 I themed my gifts to “me time” with candles, nail polish, and sugar scrubs. I’ve never used a sugar scrub before but I felt my skin needed some love. So I went back to Target for one of the sugar scrubs I got my friends and family for Christmas. After my first use, I completely fell in love!

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My skin looked refreshed and it was soft to touch. Even my hands were softer. I’ve always had hard-ish hands because of the rings and monkey bars in elementary school, not moisturizing in middle school, and softball in high school. But honestly, I just think my hands are naturally harder than the average lady. I don’t have man hands, but they’re not delicate. So when I used the sugar scrub, it was quite shocking feeling how soft my hands were.

I used it on my face and after about 3 uses, once a week or so, my family started noticing an improvement in my complexion. My skin looked softer and hydrated. My intake of water could also be adding to this new even complexion of mine but I know the sugar scrub is working as well!

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Tree hut has a handful of scents to choose from. I got mine from Target but I see them in other stores as well.

*This is not a promotional blog post. All comments are my own opinion based on my own experiences.

52 WKC: 5 Something Someone Gave Me

For my 23d birthday last year (October 2015) my best friend got me a massage, something I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve been to a spa where you go in different rooms of different temperatures and it had a jacuzzi area, but I’ve never gotten a massage.

I went this week and it was amazing! I was so relaxed and calm. I had a full body massage right up to my fingertips. Who knew that someone rubbing your hands with oil would feel so good. I couldn’t stop repeating in my head how good everything felt.

Indulgence Spa Day

My masseuse’s name was Irma. I went to the place in Long Beach called Indulgence. Here’s their website. Irma was amazing. She made me feel so relaxed and comfortable not only with her massage but with her spirit alone.

When I got there for my appointment, I signed in with the receptionist, who is great as well. She offered me wine or tea. I hesitated and she told me she’ll give me the wine because, “anyone who hesitates usually wants to say yes to the wine.” She was right. I did want the wine. I mean why not enjoy the total experience? I only hesitated because it was one in the afternoon.

I waited for them to prepare a room and they called me in on time. Irma took me to my room. Peppermint filled the halls and I later found out it’s from the warm towels they put on your back, legs, and feet after the massage. They were playing an instrumental soundtrack of calming noises and tunes. The room was painted different tones of brown and green.

I have to say there was a time when I was undressing that I got a little self-conscious. I realized that this lady was about to see my body in a very close up fashion. She would be rubbing my back rolls and seeing my two week old chipped nail polish fingers and toes. Side note: You know you could have the healthiest nails and nail beds but if your polish is chipped, it just looks so bad! Then I was trying to get comfortable laying on my stomach and having my face in that head rest thing, but my ginormous boobs kept choking me. She laughed when I tried tucking them in under me so I could breathe. She saw my struggle and offered me a pillow. I told her I had two pillows under me already and we both started laughing. But I had to remind myself that I was there to relax and I’m sure this lady has seen everything and if she hasn’t seen it yet, then she’ll probably see it eventually. I loosened up a bit and when I finally tucked my pillows away and she started massaging my sore shoulders all my worries and insecurities disappeared.

She was so kind and applied just the right amount of pressure. She caters the massage to where ever you need it the most. She asked me what area bothers me the most and I told her my back, shoulders, and neck. So she spent the most time on those areas.

I encourage you all to get a massage, a professional massage, even if it’s only one time in your life, get it! They’re super cheap on Groupon and Living Social and worth every penny. They’re different types of massages and different time lengths. Mine was an hour long full body massage, but if you only have 30 minutes or if you only want a foot massage, there is a massage that fits your needs.

~Kelsey Sherri

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