Tips for Beating the Winter Blues


The Holidays can be a wonderful time, but for many it’s not. And let’s face it. We all have down days – Holidays or not. In fact, I wrote out these tips during a down weekend, and just focusing on them and writing them out helped a lot. So, today I thought I would share some of my tips and tricks for dealing with those not so great days where you’re just feeling down and can’t seem to shrug off the blues. Quick and necessary disclaimer: I am NOT a doctor, therapist or any other type of professional. These are just tips that have worked for me in the past, as well as things that have been recommended to me by many a professional. In other words, this is absolutely NOT meant as a substitute for professional help should the Holiday funk be a bit more than just a day here and there. In the same vein, if you have been experiencing bouts of depression, anxiety, extreme stress, or any kind of lingering or debilitating mood issues, please do not hesitate to seek professional help. And things WILL get better. For those of you just having a more manageable rough patch here and there, these are some of the best tips I have personally used for dealing with the temporary blues.

Hurricane Harvey – Ways To Help

With all the horrific events that have occurred in the wake of Hurricane Harvey over the past week, I wanted to post something regarding how to help. Let me add that to anyone affected, my heart goes out to you. I truly wish I knew what more to say, but I honestly do not know what more I can say. Instead of waffling on, I wanted to share some ways we can all help whether it be a financial donation, donation of something physical, or actual volunteer activities that are available to those in the area. Obviously being an animal lover and cruelty free blogger, I cannot leave out the animals that are in just as much need as the people. I hope this listing is helpful and that many of you will choose to pitch in in whatever manner you are capable.


Articles with Ways to Help, Donate & Avoid Scams (including Links for Donations)

Great article from The New York Times with local organizations, national organizations, ways to help online, as well as tips to help avoid scams.

CNN has a great roundup of groups that need help if you’re in the area. There’s also a donate button that allows you to provide a donatation that will be split between a number of CNN-verified (as in legit, not necessecarily endorsed) charities – you can see which charities are included. Whether you want to donate via their link or not is up to you, but I recommend checking out the charities they have included if you prefer to pick and choose.

Quick Note on the Red Cross:

I know that some people feel that supporting to the Red Cross is not a great option and that money is better sent elsewhere. I’m not taking a stand either way on the Red Cross as I don’t know enough about the controversy to have an opinion, but as I understand things, the Red Cross is often one of the first organizations on the ground to help. Given that, I urge you not to overlook the option of donating to the Red Cross. You can make a $10 donation by texting the word HARVEY to 90999.


Animal-Related Charities (in no particular order)

ASCPA’s Harvey Relief Disaster Response

Humane Society of the United States Disaster Relief Fund

SPCA of Texas

Houston SPCA

Houston Humane Society

Austin Pets Alive

Animal Defense League of Texas

Louisiana SPCA


There are so many more places that I’m sure could use help in whatever form you’re able to provide, but I feel like these are some great places to start. I would also encourage you to seek out smaller organizations that likely do not get as much attention, though I would double check with Charity Navigator before donating to ensure the organization is legitimate.


I hope this has been helpful and I hope you will consider helping out in whatever way you’re able. Again, my heart goes out to all those affected by Hurricane Harvey.


Best Bralettes for Summer – Supportive AND Pretty!

It’s Summer which usually calls for less coverage up top…well, often everywhere. Get your minds out of the gutter! You know, tank tops, skirts, shorts, dresses, etc. Often this can lead to real issues with undergarments – bras in particular. If you’re like me, you’ve never been terribly comfortable with going completely braless because the girls need at least some support. After having a mastectomy and subsequent reconstruction on one side only, this has become even more of an issue. My already lower hanging fruit is now super perky on the one side, but sagging more and more by the day on the other. Support has never been more of an issue! Since I live in semi-skimpy tops in the heat, I need something pretty that I don’t mind if it peeks out or is even somewhat on display for underneath. Enter the ever-illusive bralette. But finding one that holds the saggy side up, actually fits my small band size with my large cup size and looks pretty has been a battle I had just about given up on. But alas! I have found not only one, but three styles of bralettes that tick all my boxes!!! To learn all about them, keep on reading!

Cruelty Free At Home Waxing with Parissa Wax Strips!

This weekend begins the unofficial start to Summer!!! We all know what that means…more sun, more fun and more bare skin. Many of us choose to wear dresses or shorts and don’t want a mess of long leg hair sticking out – if you don’t mind, then you do you! No judgement from me…that sounds freeing actually, but for me I prefer to keep the leg hair to a minimum. So today I thought I would share just how I keep my legs hair free for as long as possible…and with as little effort as possible! 😉 It’s actually quite simple and relatively inexpensive, though this particular option is not vegan if that’s a deal breaker for you. There are vegan options out there, just none that I know if in this exact form. What am I referring to? Well….

My Cruelty Free “Travel” Makeup Bag!

If you saw my InstaStories this past week, a) thank you for watching my nonsense! and b) you’ll know that I went on a short road trip with my dad. It was just overnight, but I still over-packed…especially with the makeup. 😉 To be fair, I did use almost everything, but it’s a lot. Since I only took things that I love, I thought I would share the contents of my “travel” makeup bag with you! I’m skipping skin care as that’s a whole post unto itself; we’re just sticking to the makeup here. Like I said, there’s a lot so we best get to it! 😄 (Links to reviews and related posts in pink.)

Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty – Cruelty Free Edition!

The clocks have ticked forward, the sun is shining longer, and – despite the snow currently on the ground here – Spring is just around the corner! 😃 If you’re an avid beauty shopper like myself, you know what that must mean…Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty for Spring 2017 is just around the corner!!! 🎊 If you’re unfamiliar with this event, twice a year Ulta brings us fantastic prices on all kinds of beauty products that rarely, if ever, go on sale. These deals almost always are for a single day only, so you’ve got to hurry for those wildly popular products. Of course not all the deals are on cruelty free products, but many are and I’m going to share all the cruelty free details with you today…plus some tips and a few ways to get the most bang for your bucks! 🎉

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