3 Budget-Friendly Strategies for Practicing Self-Care as an Introvert

3 Budget-Friendly Strategies for Practicing Self-Care as an Introvert

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3 Budget-Friendly Strategies for Practicing Self-Care as an Introvert

08-26-2020
3 Budget-Friendly Strategies for Practicing Self-Care as an Introvert
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As an introvert, a healthy self-care routine is crucial to your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Without self-care, you’re not giving yourself the time and space you need to recharge your mind and body — and you risk mental exhaustion and social burnout. According to IntrovertSpring, some signs of introvert burnout include depression, fatigue, and irritability.

Fortunately, there are some things you can do to care for your introverted mind and body —long before you begin to experience social burnout. What’s more, many of these self-care remedies can fit just about any budget — and they can be practiced from the comfort of your home.

To explore three budget-friendly self-care strategies for introverts, read on!

1. Exercise from Home

Whether you’re an introvert, extrovert, or ambivert, regular exercise is essential to your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Not only does exercise help to enhance your mood and alleviate symptoms of depression, but it could also treat or even prevent anxiety in some cases. When you’re an introvert who’d prefer to exercise at home or on your own, however, some workouts will benefit you more than others. To meet your exercise needs as an introvert, the pros at PopSugar Fitness recommend solo activities like running, swimming, cycling, or following along to a free online workout video or yoga class.

As you start a solo exercise routine, you may need to purchase some exercise gear and workout equipment that boosts your comfort and confidence. However, you can save on the purchase of your new athletic equipment and clothing if you shop online at stores like Dick’s Sporting Goods and QVC. For instance, you can find QVC promo codes and coupons before placing your online order — helping you to save big on everything from exercise equipment and fitness trackers to vitamins and nutritional supplements.

2. Make Time to Relax

If you’re an introverted personality type, alone time and relaxation are key to recharging your energy levels, clearing your mind, managing stress, relieving tension, and maintaining good physical, mental, and emotional well-being. A few budget-friendly relaxation techniques for
introverts include:

● Reading a book or magazine.
● Meditating with a free mindfulness app such as Insight Timer or Smiling Mind.
● Napping when you’re feeling drained.
● Soaking in a hot bath filled with soothing homemade salts.
● Walking in nature.
● Journaling, painting, drawing, or coloring.

While you could certainly pay for a professional massage, manicure, or facial when you’re feeling overwhelmed with life and in need of some downtime, there are plenty of other ways to relax for free or at a very low cost.

3. Disconnect from Technology

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all self-care strategy for introverted personality types, but these three ideas will help you to find an affordable self-care remedy that recharges you and enhances your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Whether you unwind with a good book, deactivate
the social media notifications on your smartphone, or enjoy a solo workout like walking, swimming, or practicing yoga at home, you’ll be recharging your mind, body, and soul — all without spending a fortune on self-care.

Covid-19

How to Breathe Through 7 COVID-19 Changes

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How to Breathe Through 7 COVID-19 Changes

By Jennifer Scott

6-27-2020
Covid-19

As a premiere resource for millennials, we get that many young adults are facing some serious changes due to coronavirus. From adapting to restrictions to adjusting to now adjusting to reopenings, it’s been a roller-coaster spring for sure. Of course, some shifts may be easier to manage than others, including these common COVID-19 changes: 

Buying Your Dream Home 

With so many things uncertain due to COVID-19, it may seem silly to buy a home right now. If you’re in the market for a new home, however, this may in fact be the perfect time to begin looking for your dream home. Interest rates are at record lows, and this means you could end up paying a lot less per month for a new house. If you are worried about COVID risks, you can also turn to online tools throughout the homebuying process, which can include 3D tours and virtual showings. 

Selling Your Current Home 

Now if you are thinking about selling your home, you may also want to think about listing it sooner rather than later. That’s because despite COVID-19 impacts, buyers are still out searching for their perfect home. So you don’t want to miss out on a hot real estate market! You can also use the same online tools mentioned above to virtually sell your home. Although, you will also want to complete a few staging projects to help your home compete with other listings. 

Sprucing Up Your Home 

So maybe you’re planning on staying put in your current home. Even so, with more free time on your hands, home improvements may be top of mind. Some simple DIY projects you can use to keep yourself busy and keep your home looking its best include changing out the hardware on your kitchen cabinets, upgrading your walls with wallpaper or changing out your light fixtures. 

Changing Up Your Career 

Another major change people are dealing with right now is career shifts. With so many industries still at a standstill due to COVID-19 restrictions, people are looking for new ways to generate income. If you’re out of work or looking to supplement, online freelance job boards make it easy to find clients and customers in your industry, so you could even think about freelancing as a full-time career. For example, if you are a creative type who has a passion for writing, you could supplement your income with a creative writing gig. There are also jobs for people in law, marketing, engineering, IT; the options are truly limitless. 

Evolving Your Existing Career 

If you’re still working and happy in your current career field, you could also think about using any extra time you have to polish your skills. Many prestigious colleges are still offering free online courses in subjects like computer science, risk management and design. Another way you can boost your career is by using this time to work on your resume and cover letters. 

Boosting Your Remote Work Game 

A smaller job change that millions of Americans are dealing with right now is the transition from working in an office to working at home. This transition has become more difficult if you have kids who are out of school and stuck at home as well, but there are ways to find balance. For instance, you could set up a home office to create separation between your work and home life. You can also create a schedule and establish some rules for your family during this time. 

Giving Yourself a Brand New Look 

Depending on where you live, salons and barbershops may be opening back up. Still, many of these businesses may be operating at reduced capacity for the foreseeable future. If you want a simple change, like new bangs, you also may not have to wait for an appointment to freshen up your look. There are even quite a few tutorials you can follow online. If you want a bigger change, like highlights, you really should wait until you can see a professional. 

We’re all trying to deal with a lot of unpredictability right now. However, if there’s one thing that’s certain about life, no matter what, it’s change. So whenever you face shifts in your life, whether trivial or monumental, make sure you have the right resources to adapt and cope. 

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Ana and Amier Show Episode 10

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The Ana and Amier Show Episode 10

College and Food Truck Vibes

The Ana and Amier Show Episode 10. Ana Lefebvre and Amier Willis talk about their college experience, having multiple college degrees and the college life.  They then go to a Taco Truck near the Staple Center in Los Angeles and talk with the Food Truck Chef, Carmen. Explore Los Angeles with them…

Best Crime TV Shows to Binge Watch

Best Crime TV Shows to Binge Watch

22 Crime Dramas to Binge Watch Now

Need to a new show to watch? Try these Crime Dramas.

03.11.2019
Best Crime TV Shows to Binge Watch

Crime Dramas are one of the mostly popular genres in Television (with the occasional movie). They are both a captivating and alluring to watch.  Here is a list of the best crime shows to binge watch including some popular teen crime dramas.

1. Ozarks

Thriller/ (TV Series)

Netflix

A financial planner must make amends to a Mexican drug cartel by washing their drug money. 

2. Criminal Minds

Thriller/Police/TV Series 

CBS/Netflix

This show follows a group of FBI members that try to psychologically get inside of criminals minds to solve their cases. 

3. Mindhunter

Psychological Thriller

Netflix

Mindhunter is another psychological thriller that follows an elite FBI team. 

4. Major Crimes

Police Drama

Youtube/TNT

This show has been cancelled, but binge watch worthy. 

 

5. The Closer

Police Drama/Mystery

Amazon Prime

This show follows a CSI agent in Los Angeles that covers high profile crime cases. 

6. S.W.A.T. 

Thriller/Action/Adventure/Police Drama

CBS/Amazon

This show follows a Los Angeles S.W.A.T. lieutenant, that is caught in between two worlds. 

7. Person of Interest

Crime Fiction/Science Fiction

Netflix

A former CIA agent that is presumed dead and  billionaire software genius join forces to stop crimes before they happen.

8. Drug Lords

Drug/Cartel Drama

Netflix

This show is about some of the most notorious drug cartel leaders including Pablo Escobar. 

9. CSI

Mystery

Hulu

There are multitudes of CSIs set in different cities. The original CSI (Las Vegas) has 15 seasons. A great crime show to binge watch.

10. Sherlock

Mystery/Detective

Netflix

A spin on the classic Sherlock Holmes and his mate Watson. 

 

11. The Innocent Man

Netflix

The innocent man is based on John Grisham’s nonfiction book. It is a limited serious that is only found on Netflix. 

12. Lucifer

Netflix

Supernatural/Comedy

This show is about the fallen angel, Lucifer, that has abandoned his thrown in hell. 

 

 

13. Queen of the South

Netflix

Drug/Cartel

A young woman falls in love with a member of the Cartel and must pay for his crimes after he is murdered. 

14. Rizzoli & Isles

Hulu

Police

Set in Boston, this show follows a medical examiner and detective solve some of the city’s toughest crimes. 

15. The Punisher

Netflix

A man that loses everything becomes his city’s vigilante. 

16. Pretty Little Liars

Netflix

Teen Crime Drama

This show follows the lives of friends that are being tortured by an unknown person name A.

17. From Dusk till Dawn: The Series

Netflix

Action/ Horror/ Fiction 

This unique show incorporates vampires and the mexican cartel. 

18. Riverdale

The CW/Netflix

Mystery/ Crime/ Teen Crime Drama

This teen crime drama is set in the town of Riverdale, where a killer is on the loose.

19. La Casa De Papel

Netflix

Thriller

This spanish television crime drama tv show is about a criminal mastermind and his 8 recruits that plan to pull of a heist. 

20. Ray Donovan

Showtime/Amazon

Thriller/ Drama/ Black Comedy

This show follows the life of the man that fixes and cleans the messes of Hollywood. 

21. Breaking Bad

Netflix

Thriller/ Drama/ Black Comedy/Drug

A high school chemistry teacher is given the news that he has Cancer and only a certain amount of time to live. He decides to make and sell meth to provide for his family and to cover his medical bills. When he lives longer than expected, he has to pay for his life of crime. 

22. Hanna

Amazon

Thriller/ Action/ Mystery

A young girl is taught to be an assassin by her CIA parent and must fight to stay alive. 

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5 Affordable Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Women

5 Affordable Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for your Girlfriend or Wife

Gift Ideas for that special lady in your life

Updated 02-04-2019
Ana Veiga

Can’t figure out what to get your wife or girlfriend for Valentine’s Day? Here are some fail proof Valentine’s Days gift ideas that fits any budget. 

Tip:  Start with a budget and work around that.

Don’t have money for a fancy dinner- then make it.

Don’t have money for a full bouquet of roses, buy just one or go to Home Depot and buy a nice plant. 

1. Bathtub Tray

Perfect for an at home spa day. Add other gifts like bath balms and a nice loofah.

2. Jewelry Box

A jewelry box is a fantastic Valentine’s day gift idea. Just make sure the recipient has jewelry to place inside of it. 

Tip: TJMaxx is a great place to go or Amazon if you are on a time crunch. 

3. An Online Club

You can format it to your budget. Choose for a couple of months or for the whole year. The great thing about this is that it is the gift that keeps on giving.

Birchbox- awesome beauty products and makeup

AdoreMe – lingerie and more

ShoeDazzle – for the shoe lover

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4. Ouai Gift Set

Ouai is a current cult favorite. Their hair products are sheek and of high quality.

5. Yoga Mat

For your Yoga Enthusiast or Spouse that wants to get into Yoga. Yoga matts are also perfect for stretching in the house and meditating.

 

 
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10 ways to keep your New Year Resolutions

10 ways to keep your New Year Resolutions

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10 Ways to Keep Your New Year Resolutions

By Ana Lefebvre

12-07-2019
10 ways to keep your New Year Resolutions

The New Year is a great symbol of starting something new or pressing restart to something you are determined to re-do. It’s like the big “Monday” of the year. Most New Year Resolutions are actually great goals, i.e. “Get Healthier”, “Stop Smoking”, “Start a new hobby”…So why wouldn’t you want to do them?

According to U.S. News, approximately 80% of resolutions fail by the second week of February. Why? Because most resolutions are made unpractically and without an execution plan.

Here are 10 ways to keep your New Year Resolutions to Yourself

1. Keep it practical

Don’t set goals that are impossible to achieve. For instance, “I’m going to lose 15 lbs by February.” This is not a practical goal. Not because of the weight and time frame, but because of the fact that you are trying to lose something that you many have no idea how to track. How do you know if you are losing fat vs. gaining muscle vs. what is water weight?

What is a more practical goal: “I am going to workout three days a week for 1 hour and bring my heart rate up to my Target Heart Rate.” Now this is something that you can track.

Unless you are a trainer, have a trainer or nutritionist, know how to measure your BMI, there is no way for you to scientifically and accurately tell if you are losing Body Fat.

Be practical when writing your goals (practical and optimistic are NOT the same thing). 

2. Set ways to get there

Don’t just write a goal and leave it there. Write how you are going to accomplish your New Year Resolution.

I am going to read 30 minutes a day. Well how are you going to do that? – “Instead of watching a TV show before bed, I am going to read” or “I am going to wake up 30 minutes earlier to read” or “I am going to read during lunch.”  

3. Check-in with yourself

After you start committing to your goal, look for ways to enhance or improve it.

Maybe you noticed that reading before bed is not the best time, because you are too tired. Maybe you realized that you like this one workout class or gym better than another one. Look for ways to enhance. Do not stay stagnant.  

4. Give Yourself Motivation

Motivate yourself! If you you go to the gym 3 times a week, treat yourself to new workout pants or start saving towards something you truly want.

As children, most of our parents would reward us for our accomplishments. For instance, if you received straight A’s you might have received a toy that you really wanted. This was built into our socialization process, making this cause and effect action still valid.

5. Make sure you are doing it for you

Make sure your New Year Resolution is for you and not for someone else. Now your goal can start from somewhere, like a your spouse asking you to do something, but you still have to find the core of why you want to do it…these are double edged resolutions. 

Here are some examples of double edged resolutions:

-You are reading a book because you want to be apart of a book club; so, you can spend more time with your friends.

-You want to get healthier because you want to be around longer for your family.

-You want to save more money; so you can go on that trip.

6. Be open about what you are doing

We all need a support system. Be open about what you are doing and if someone is judgemental that is their issue.

Now you don’t have to do the above, but one thing I have learned, there will usually be a naysayer or two, but be honest. Explaining it to them, will help you keep yourself on track.

“The last office I worked in, people would judge me because I would bring in my own food prep. They took what I looked like and what I was eating and automatically made their own assumptions about me. One day someone had made a joke about my size and my food. I told the woman why I was eating healthy -because of my uncle’s battle with colon cancer, because of my grandmothers battles with breast and ovarian cancer…and she never bothered (picked on) me again.”- Ana

7. Be your own biggest cheerleader

If you are doing your Resolution..be proud of yourself! Give yourself a pat on the back. Not in a narcissistic way, but in a motivational way. Tell yourself how proud you are of YOU!

It all starts with you.

8. Motivate yourself

Investigate the why of your New Year Resolution. – I want to start dressing nicer. Why? Because I forgot how much I enjoy fashion.

I want to start working out 3 times a week. Why? To improve my health so I can run around with my kids and also teach them a healthy lifestyle.

I want to read 30 minutes a day. Why? I want to keep learning.

9. Don’t give up

There may be days where you would rather watch a movie and not read, eat saturated fats, or splurge on that jacket, but don’t give up! Go to that why and find your reason to keep going because….

10. Don’t lie to yourself

Never lie to yourself. Never break promises to yourself. How does it feel when you lie to your significant other or family member? Not to good right? Well lying to yourself doesn’t feel very good either, but some people are so used to doing so that they are hardened to this feeling. When you lie to yourself you are disrespecting yourself just as you would if you lied to someone else.

If you find that you have fallen off the track, it is never too late to press the restart button. You don’t have to wait for New Year or a Monday (or Sunday) to start a goal. You can start right now, in this very moment. *Set yourself up for success, by reassessing how to achieve your resolution.

best christmas movies

The Best Christmas Movies

The Best Christmas Movies

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12-19-2018
best christmas movies

We asked our viewers what the best Christmas Movies are. There were a ton of answers and a lot of great movies suggested… So, grab your family, some snacks and the best seat on the couch and get ready to be entertained. Here are the best Christmas Movies of all times (movies listed are family friendly).  

1. Home alone

2. Grinch

3. Elf

4. Love Actually

5. National Lampoon Christmas Vacation

6. Prancer

7. It’s A Wonderful Life

8. Jack Frost

9. Princess Switch

10. The Polar Express

11. Snow Buddies

12. A Christmas Story

13. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

14. Eight Crazy Nights

15. Miracle on 34th Street

16. Deck the halls

17. Nightmare before Christmas

18. Peanuts Christmas

19. Rudolph

20. Frosty the Snow Man

21. One Magic Christmas

22. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

23. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Best Wine to Bring to a Party

Best Wine to Bring to a Party

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Best Wine to Bring to a Party

Editor

12-10-2018
Best Wine to Bring to a Party

December is usually filled with Holiday Parties.  As a rule of thumb, you should never go to a host’s home empty handed. Wine is a traditional gift to bring, but which one should you bring. Here’s a list of the best wine to bring to a Party and since the Holiday season is a season full of celebrating, we are sticking to the bubbles (not Champaign). All wine listed are under $20.00. 

Here's our list of Best Wines to Bring to a Party

1. Cote de Roses

It is a nice Pink Wine (we won’t say Rosè because it does not advertise itself as one.) The bottle is beautiful and a conversation starter. It is not too sweet or too dry. Fresh and Fruity. 

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“I don’t usually bring a dark wine to a party because reds are known to make people relax and at a party, people are supposed to be celebrating. This wine is highly recognized and the beauty of it is a bonus.” -Ana Editor-In-Chief.

2. Cecilia B Spumante Rosé

This Rosè is dry, with a fruity finish. You can purchase at Trader Joes.

“This is one of my favorites and is under $10.00.” -Ana

3. Pink Party

Rosè with bubbles…how can you go wrong? It is refreshing with “notes of honeydew and cantaloupe” (Bevmo).

“Bevmo usually has the buy 1 get 1 for 5 cents.”- Ana

4. Cuvee 89 Sparkling Rosè

The perfect Rose to bring to a party. This one has hints of Strawberry. You can usually get a good deal at Bevmos.

Wine to print to a party

“This is hands down my favorite Rosè.” -Ana

5. Da Luca Prosecco

Da Luca Prosecco, sparkling wine from Italy. A subtle orange and apricot flavor. A great value because it can be found for around $10.00

“I fell in love with Proseccos when I worked at a Pizzeria in college.” -Ana

6. Mezzacorona’s sparkling wine

60% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Bianco, and 10%. A very light fruity flavor. According to the website: “The bouquet displays rich and intense aromas.. like red apple, pear, white peach and melon, and…pineapple…”

“It is amazing how different Proseccos are. Some are very sweet. This one is not. Very balanced.”- Ana

6. Cecilia Beretta Prosecco Treviso

On the dryer side. Light bubbles for those who do not like champaign. Refreshing and balanced.

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