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Monthly Favorites | May 2019

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I blog about beauty a lot, and that is something that I love! But did you know that I have a lot more interests than just that?  I wanted to do a roundup of not only my favorite beauty items (if I have anything specific to share!), but to have a post where I can share the things that I’ve been loving that aren’t in my typical wheelhouse.

This month is going to be a little less in depth than any other because I hadn’t decided to do this until the actual end of the month, so expect more from now on in these!

Podcasts:

Science Rules: Episode 2 “The Right Drug for the Right Bug”: I have become obsessed with listening to this podcast because Bill Nye was a big part of my childhood!  There’s only a few episodes out, but so far this one has absolutely been my favorite. It has to do with antibiotics and your microbiome (the bacteria in your body).  I always find this fascinating, and they talk about something very relevant to us today: the rise of resistant bacteria and what we can do to help prevent that!

Video Games:

Biffa Plays Indie Games: I found this channel randomly and I am in love with it!  He plays a game called Cities: Skylines which is a city simulation; basically you get to build a city and do whatever you want with it!  He has a series that he does where he fixes his viewer’s traffic, and for some reason it has me completely captivated.

Horse Isle 3: On of my favorite things to do growing up was play an online horse game called Horse Isle, and even though I’m definitely not the standard demographic, I can’t help but be so excited to be playing their newest iteration!  It’s like an open world game where you catch horses, explore, and build your ranch up while socializing with other players.

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The Perfect Subscriber Tag

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I know this tag is basically exclusively done on YouTube, but even though I don’t post YouTube videos (yet), I still thought this would be fun to share since I’ve been an avid watcher for so many years!

1. Do you subscribe right away when you find a new channel/video? Or try a few videos first?

It depends on how much time I have!  If I have an hour to kill, I’ll probably watch a few videos before subscribing, and if it’s on a playlist like my “declutters to watch”, I’m watching just one video and moving on.  If I don’t have much time, I’ll subscribe and then add the videos that pop up in my subscription feed to my watch later list; from there, if I don’t like them I’ll just unsubscribe again.

2. Does the “make sure you subscribe” mantra ever sway you to subscribe?

Unfortunately, no!  I rarely go outside of my subscription feed anymore (not enough time), so I’m obviously already subscribed to them, and I just don’t have the time to sort through push notifications.

3. How many channels do you have the notification bell turned on for?

None.  I try to be pretty diligent on paying attention to the people I subscribe to, so I notice when I’m not seeing their videos. If I feel like I have less videos than normal in my feed, I’ll usually go to their page specifically to make sure I’ve watched all the recent videos.

4. Do you watch every video from your subscription feed, or only your favorites?

Usually everything!  Unless it’s a video that I’m really not interested in, they all go to my watch later playlist to be watched when I have time.

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30 Days of Decluttering | April 2019

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In January I did a decluttering challenge for myself where I wanted to get rid of 31 items; one for each day.  I ended up getting rid of so much more than that, but I can’t help but feel a little overwhelmed by how much stuff I still have.  I’ve also been bringing in quite a few new items lately, so I decided to do another daily declutter for this month!

The thing about this declutter is that it’s much harder than January.  I don’t have many items in mind that need to go, so I’m going to take a deeper look into my collection of stuff to see what I really feel like I don’t need.

30 Days of Decluttering | April 2019 - A Midwest Belle

Day 1: Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Kit Packaging

Day 2: Green Grid Washi Tape

Day 3: A pair of socks

Day 4: Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color “Devotion”

Day 5: Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color “Obsession”

30 Days of Decluttering | April 2019 - A Midwest Belle

Day 6: 16 Stationery Empties (9 sticker sheets, 2 rolls of washi tape, 2 glue dot adhesives, 2 sticky note packs, 1 pen)

Day 7: Memory Box Clearout (42 items)

Day 8: NARS Rikugien

Day 9: NYX Satin Ribbon

Day 10: 6 Makeup Bags

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2019 Goals | Winter Progress

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I always love updating my progress on goals that I set for the year as a way to hold myself accountable, rekindle any motivation that may have been lost, and help motivate you all to continue working towards your own goals!

You’ll probably notice that not all of the goals that I shared in my 2019 Goals & Resolutions are listed on this update, but that’s because I haven’t made any progress on them and don’t feel like it’s necessary to list it just to say nothing has been done yet!

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Podcasts I’ve Finished Recently | Winter 2019

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One thing that I absolutely love about my job is that I get to have my headphones in.  That means that I get to listen to podcasts, and I’ve worked my way through quite a few of them!  Below I’ve shared the podcasts that I’ve listened to from the first episode up until the current one.

This time there is definitely a trend of some dark podcasts – true crime and scary stories.  I promise that it won’t be that way forever!  These are just what I’ve listened to for the longest & what I’m totally caught up on.

In no particular order, here are the podcasts I’ve listened to recently!

Podcasts I've Finished Recently Winter 2019 - A Midwest Belle

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My Current Weekend Morning Routine | Winter 2019

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Since starting my Monday through Friday job, I’ve learned to cherish my weekends, especially because I’ve always worked them since I was old enough to have a job.  Now that I have two days off in a row with no obligations but whatever I want, I like to put together a simple routine to help start my day in a way that makes me happy!

My Current Morning Routine _ Winter 2019

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How Do YOU Bullet Journal?

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If you follow my Instagram, you probably see my bullet journal spreads pop up at the beginning of each month.  I also wrote a blog post about my November 2018 spreads that you can check out here.

There are so many posts out there that talk about the “right” way to bullet journal, all sorts of different types of spreads, in general a million ways to bullet journal, and it can be incredibly overwhelming – especially when you’re just starting out!

To me, bullet journaling is an extremely personal thing, and the way you do it depends specifically on your tastes and what you want to get out of your journal.  When you’re just starting out, it can be incredibly difficult to know what style will work best with you, so I’ve picked four categories below that encompass a lot of what you’ll find when looking for inspiration.

Whatever sounds like it fits what you want from your bullet journal is the style you should give a try first!  Each category will have an example as well, so you can see exactly what it looks like and if it’s what you want or not.  If you’re interested in a specific type, be sure to check out the linked Instagram page for more, since each person has a ton of awesome pictures!

How Do YOU Bullet Journal_

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