My -vacation- Morning Routine

My -vacation- Morning Routine

Hello everyone! 

So, I’m currently on vacation!! I’m staying at a lake house in Pennsylvania for the next couple weeks! It’s literally been amazing and I got here like yesterday. Anyway, morning routines are pretty self explanatory so let’s get on to the post! 
Wake up

I normally wake up around 8-9 depending on the night before and if anyone wakes me up lol. 

Hydrate

This step is super small but it’s sooooo important to drink water before you get on with your day! 

COFFEEE 

Probably my one  fav parts of the morning. I have vanilla coffee from a local bagel store and then I use some organic vanilla creamer. ITS AMAZING and usually the only thing that can wake me up.

Breakfast 

What I have for breakfast pretty much changes everyday but recently I’ve been loving blueberry muffins from the bakery. 

Hang out

I pretty much just hang out with the fam or something until I’m done drinking my coffee

Get Ready

Once my coffee is done and I’ll head to the bathroom to do my skincare routine (which I’m going to be keeping a secret for now because I’m planning on doing a blog post about it). Then I’ll brush my teeth, brush my hair, because I never do anything special with it when I’m on vacation. 

Get dressed 

I really don’t have an explanation for this one. 

Devotions 

Once I’m all ready I’ll read my devotional and the Bible and write in my prayer journal.

And then I’m ready for the day! Thank you all so much for reading!!

Life Update; where have I been? 

Life Update; where have I been? 

Hello everyone! 

Ok, so I’ve kinda been missing in action for the last week and I really wanted to tell you guys why. 

So, to begin, I’ve been at camp for the past week. It was a Christian camp and I spent the whole week in nature, learning about Jesus and doing really fun activities. It was definitely the reset I desperately needed and I can’t wait to go back. 

Also, I’ve just not wanted to write because I was forcing myself to do so much when I really didn’t want to . So, I want to start blogging things I love and things I’m excited about and not just things everyone else is doing .

So thank you all for your patience with me! I’m back and ready to blog for you all! 

What to do when your bored in summer

What to do when your bored in summer

Hello everyone!

If your like me, you wait all year for summer vacation and then after one week you’re sitting in your room binge-watching Netflix. Although that’s very entertaining,for me it gets pretty old, really fast. But, I am here to save you from that! Here are a couple  things to do when your bored in summer!


Go outside

Whether you going for a walk or just sitting outside. Go outside and just listen to the birds or watch the clouds! Summer is about relaxation and there’s no better place to relax than the outdoors!


Clean your room 

Ok, if I’m being honest, I reallyyyyy need to be cleaning my room right now. But, this is really rewarding and can take a pretty long time.

Read
In summer my favorite thing to do is  have a day at the pool and read. I just finished between shades of grey by Ruta Sepetys, it’s an AMAZING book and I totally recommend it if you’re looking for a good summer read.


Exercise 

Come on, you and I both know that’s something we should be doing this summer! It can be as quick as a 15 minute run! You never regret a workout.


Go out for coffee

I actually love coffee shops more than coffee. I love going to local coffee shops with my mom or friends! It’s also a great opportunity to talk to the people you love, which is always a plus.


Swim

Ok, I’m insanely lucky and blessed to have my own pool. I spend most of my summer days there. But, I’m sure you can find a close-by pool, lake or beach! Personally, I love swimming because I just love the feeling of water (weird I know).


Get stuff done

I know I have some summer homework I need to get done soon. Do yourself a favor and make a to do list (lists are pretty much my fav thing everrr) and get everything done! You have so much time in summer and it feels really good to be productive during summer!


Start a blog

Ok, I was totally bored before I started this blog. You always have writing to do or pictures to take, plus you get to make some amazing friends!

And that’s it! I reallyyy hope you all enjoyed! ps. did any of you notice a difference in the quality of the photos? I started using my nice camera instead of my phone and I really like it!

My Go To Summer Makeup Look

My Go To Summer Makeup Look

Hello everyone! 


Today,  I’m going to be showing you my go to  summer makeup look! It’s really dewy and fresh which is why I love it so much. I don’t wear this much makeup everyday, most days I don’t wear anything at all. But, if I do wear makeup it’s something along these lines. Ok, let’s get started! 


1. Prep skin 

The first thing I do after cleansing and toning my skin is spray the Heritage Stone Rosewater & Glycerin. This spray really helps to moisturize my skin without clogging my pores and it’s really light which I love for summer. Then, I apply my Elf Mineral Infused Face primer, which is my favorite cruelty-free and drugstore primer at the moment. I really love the way it fills my pores and makes my skin look flawless! 


2. Concealer 

Concealer is one of the products that I don’t use every time I wear makeup but, after my skin is prepped, I apply my Tarte Shape Tape concealer. Ok, this stuff is crazy, it has insane pigmention! The only thing about this concealer is you have to remember to really moisturize before application or else it can really show the texture of your skin. After that is all blended I apply my Rimmel Match Perfection concealer. This concealer is a highlighting concealer so I just apply it around my eyes and anywhere else I want to bring some light. I blend those both with my beauty blender which I think is from Marshal’s.


3. Blush

I’m not gonna lie, I rarely use blush. Personally, I just don’t like it. But, when  I do feel like my skin needs some color I’ll apply the Benefit Posie Tint which I apply with my beauty blender. On the rare occasion I do wear blush it’s a cream blush. They just look so much more natural and dewy, which is why I love this blush. 


4. Highlighter

Highlighter is the one product I never go without, specifically this liquid highlighter, NYX away we glow liquid highlighter “crystal glare” it’s my holy grail product. I apply this in one big swipe across my cheek and blend it in with my beauty blender. But, seriously guys, you need this product in your life!! 


5. Powder

I loveee this powder. I use the highlighter side of the Wet n Wild MegaGlo Contouring Pallette with the Real Techniques Setting Brush. I just apply this wherever I put concealer. Using a very light hand.

6. Eyeshadow

The Tartelette in bloom eyeshadow pallette is my first high end pallette and it’s AMAZING! I basically blend flower child, smarty pants, and jet setter all around my crease and lid using an eco tools blending brush. But, seriously guys, this pallette is incredible and you all need it in your life! 



7. Mascara

To be honest, I really don’t love this mascara and also the brush in the picture isn’t the brush it came with, but I really didn’t like the one it came with. But it’s the L’Oréal Voluminous Carbon Black and I also curl my eyelashes with an Elf eyelash curler.

8. Eyebrows

All I do for eyebrows is brush them with a spooly brush.


9. Lips

Most days I just moisturize with an EOS and use whatever cream blush I used. But, if I have special plans that day I’ll use my Tartest Lip Paint “birthday suit” which I received in my Sephora birthday gift. 

And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed and let me know your fave makeup product for summer! 

The Unique Blogger Award + Self Esteem Tag! 

The Unique Blogger Award + Self Esteem Tag! 

Hello Everyone! 

Ok, so if I’m being honest, I had a completely different post planned for today. But, as I was looking through all the blogs I follow, I saw that Azra from  Simple serenity nominated me for the Unique Blogger Award and tagged me for the Self Esteem tag! I was so excited when I saw it! So hugeeee thank you to Azra for the nomination! Ok, let’s get started…

Unique Blogger Award 

RULES:

1. Share the link to the Blogger who has shown love by nominating you

2. Answer the questions

3. In the spirit of sharing love in our blogging community, tag 8-13 people for the same award

4. Ask them 3 questions 

Do you have any plans for today? 

Actually no, I need to do some cleaning and write a couple blog posts, but that’s about it

What is the last movie you watched? 

I think it was Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.  I don’t watch movies very often, so whenever I do it’s probably  a Disney movie or Harry Potter.

What is your favorite meal at the moment? 

Probably grilled chicken with salad or rice. That’s usually my go to meal.


Questions for my nominees: 

1. If you could travel to any country in the world, where would you go? 

2. What is one thing you want to do before summer ends? 

3. Favorite summer drink? 


I nominate:

FreckledFashionista 

Heather Grace’s Life 

TheresaMarieDaily 

Gayatri Sharma 

Lucie Seviour

The Blonde Healer 

Introducing Ashley 

Kenzie’s beauty blog 


The Self Esteem TAG 

As I said before, the amazing Azra(Simple Serenity) tagged me. So, again huge thank you to her! I’ve never had that much self esteem  but I’m still excited to do this tag! 

Rules:

1.  Thank the person who tagged you and link their blog.

2. Answer the 10 questions

3. Tag as many people as you want! 


What is one facial or physical  feature you like about yourself? 

I really like my hair because it’s really long and healthy, I like my eyebrows because I think their pretty fleek and my freckles. I use to hate my freckles when I was younger but over the years I’ve grown to love them! 

What values are most important to you? 

Definitely love and kindness. My favorite people are those who are so excited about God’s love that they are bursting with the same love and kindness.

What is one personality trait you like about yourself? 

Probably how much I care about people and animals in need. I’ve always wanted to help other people since I was really little.

What is your definition of beauty? 

I’ve actually never given this much thought. But, I think for me, it’s the people who are so happy and excited about life, and Jesus and who are so happy with their life and they are just as proud of themselves as they are of others. 

What is the last thing that made you laugh or smile? 

My doggy just jumped up into my chair as I was writing this and attacked me with love and kisses:)! (Also she was looking for some crumbs because I had just finished eating some coffee cake)  her energy and zest for life always makes me smile! 

When do you feel most attractive?

When I wear outfits that I love and feel comfortable in and wear my favorite makeup products. Also, when I feel healthy and take care of myself.

What are you most passionate about? 

Being the best version of myself and also being happy. I’m always trying to improve on myself and do my very, very best! 

Who is the most supportive figure in your life? 

Most definitely my parents, specifically my dad. Even when I feel like I’m failing he encourages me and tells me I’m not. He’s always there for me and basically he’s the best! 

What are you most proud about yourself? 

Even when life is really hard and I feel like I can literally never be happy again, I somehow find a way and I surprise myself every time.

Do you feel good about yourself today? 

Yes and no, I haven’t been able to get the things done that I need to but I did the things that made me happy today and set goals for myself!
 
I TAG: 

All of you! Especially the people who I nominated for the Blogger Award but I want everyone to do this tag and also let me know if you do it because I would love to read it!! 

Thank you so much for reading! I hope all of you are having a super relaxing weekend so far! 

Simple ways to feel happier

Simple ways to feel happier

Hello everyone!

Welcome back, first off I want to thank everyone for all the support I got on my first post. It really means a lot! And second off, I want to announce I made an Instagram for this blog! It’s @ellies.coffee.dates ! So if I’m not uploading or anything else I’ll be updating you on there! Ok, now lets get back to the post.

I know we all have those days (or weeks) where we don’t feel ourselves and we just need a pick-me-up. I feel you. I really really do. So, whether you just had a really long cry or just a bad day, here are a couple ways to feel happier!


DRINK WATER

Ok, I honestly cannot stress this enough. Your body needs water! I can’t say I drink enough water. Not even a little. But, it is the first thing I go to after a bad day. Go get a glass now. Literally. Right now. And if you really need a pick-me-up than take a shot of apple cider vinegar. I know it sounds disgusting but trust me! You will feel amazingggg! Just put a tablespoon (or less) of ACV in some water and drink it!

PUT DOWN YOUR TECHNOLOGY

Let’s be honest, as amazing as social media may be, it can pour a lot of negative vibes into our lives. So, put down your phone, tablet or laptop and just breath.


TAKE A SHOWER/BATH

Sometimes, nothing makes me feel better than a warm shower or bath. The Jāsön lavender body wash is my absolute favorite! It really helps to calm down my mind and not to mention it smells AMAZING!

CLEAN YOUR SPACE

My mind literally cannot function properly in a room full of clutter(is it just me?). I highly recommend cleaning up the space your in, whether it be your bedroom, living room or kitchen, just clean it for 10 or 15 minutes and you will feel a whole lot better!


JOURNAL
There’s just something so satisfying seeing all your thoughts and feelings on paper, not to mention the weight lifted off your shoulders. I know it’s sometimes hard to start journaling but it’s honestly so worth it! Just start writing all the thoughts that come to mind!

TALK TO PEOPLE

Nothing beats real human interaction. Even if it’s just watching TV with your parents or talking about your day with a friend, do it! Humans need other humans to survive, and I know it’s a lot more tempting to hide in your room watching Netflix, but seriously, go  talk to people!


GO FOR A WALK

Not only will this give you gentle exercise, it will help clear your head. Also, if you have one, bring your dog! Your furry friend probably needs a walk as much as you do!


USE ESSENTIAL OILS

Honestly, these things are magic. My favorites are peppermint, lavender and grapefruit! I use lavender(by itself) to calm myself down, and peppermint and grapefruit (mixed or separate) for energy! I like to diffuse them or put them directly on my skin with a carrier!
And that’s it! I hope you guys enjoyed and  found this useful! What’s your go to pick-me-up? Let me know!

5 facts about me

5 facts about me

Hi everyone!

My name is Ellie and welcome to my brand new blog! For my first post I’m going to be sharing some facts about myself so you can know more about me! So, here we go…


1. I’ve wanted to start a blog for over a year and I’m finally getting around to it. I’ve ALWAYS loved writing and blogs  seemed like something I’d enjoy doing, so I finally decided to start one!


2. I’m OBSESSED with coffee! Which probably explains my blog name, because coffee dates are something I love and need to do more of! I LOVE LOVE LOVE homemade cappuccinos. I have one pretty much every morning. Early mornings with freshly-made, warm coffee is one of my favorite things ever!


3. I’m a HUGE potterhead! I L-O-V-E Harry Potter! It’s definitely my favorite book series. (And just so you know my Hogwarts house is Hufflepuff and I’m veryyy proud to be one! #housepride )


4. I’m a Christian! I believe in Jesus and I know not everyone believes what I do. That’s ok, but I will be talking about my faith on here!

5. I love makeup and beauty! I’m DEFINITELY going to be sharing my fav products and stuff with you! It’s something that’s really fun to me!

And that’s it! Thank you all for reading and leave me a comment saying one fact about you!