Monthly Minute: April Favorites 2021

Monthly Minute: April Favorites 2021

Monthly Minute: April Favorites 2021

Monthly Favorites: April 2021

Happy Monday, friends!

Recently, I took a few polls on my Instagram to better gauge what some of my followers/readers wanted to see going forward on the blog & on my social media. Usually, my Monthly Minute monthly recap posts are centered around my monthly goals as well as my monthly favorites; however, many people said they were more interested in hearing about monthly favorites vs. monthly goal recaps. So, I’m here to deliver with my Monthly Favorites of April 2021!

This monthly favorites post and my monthly favorites posts going forward will consist of a few of my favorite categories ranging from beauty favorites, skincare favorites, shopping favorites, monthly book recommendations, TV/movie recommendations, and more! Everything I share is 1,000% something I love and believe in, or else I wouldn’t consider it a favorite let alone share it with my readers!

Let’s dive right in with my Monthly Favorites: April 2021!

Monthly Beauty Favorites: April 2021

Check out my Favorite Beauty Products of April 2021

Billion Dollar Beauty Box

Monthly Beauty Favorites
April 2021
Starter Kit – Billion Dollar Beauty

I’ve been totally loving my Billion Dollar Box from Billion Dollar Beauty! The best thing about these products is their clean beauty standing! They are vegan, cruelty-free, paraben free, and Target clean beauty approved! This “build-your-own” palette utilized thin magnetic pans to reduce waste. These clean beauty products come in a variety of shades and you can buy as many pieces as you’d like! They are made to match your beauty needs! Billion Dollar Beauty products can be found at your local Target or online!

Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extension Mascara

Monthly Beauty Favorites
April 2021
Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extension Mascara

The Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extension Mascara has quickly become one of my favorite beauty products! For me, this is the best mascara I’ve ever used! This mascara doesn’t budge until you take it off, which I love! Mascaras from other beauty brands have left me looking like a racoon after a long day but Thrive Causmetics Mascara stays in place for me and I look just as good at 8pm as I did at 8am! Check it out, I think it lives up to the hype!

Claw Clips

Monthly Beauty Favorites
April 2021
Amazon Claw Clips

My hair has gotten so long that I’m constantly trying to keep it out of my way. Claw clips have become a staple in my hair and beauty routine! They’re so cute and on trend right now. Check out this affordable set of 6 in spring colors from Amazon!

At Home Gel Manicures

In the last 2 years, I’ve stopped going to salons to get my nails done and have completely transitioned to doing my own gel nails at home! I’ve been loving trying out new spring nail trends of 2021 on my own nails! If you’re interested in saving money and doing your own gel nails at home, check out my post How to Get Your Best At-Home Gel Mani for a step by step guide on getting started! I highlight all the products you need and where to find them for an affordable price! Thank me later!

Monthly Skincare Favorites: April 2021

Check out my Favorite Skincare Products of April 2021

BalmLabs ClearBalm 3-Step System

Monthly Skincare Favorites
April 2021
BalmLabs ClearBalm 3-Step System

I’m going to have a full skincare review post of BalmLabs next month, but I am currently in the middle of taking the BalmLabs Balm 30-Day Challenge!

The ClearBalm 3-step system is a plant-powered skincare system that doesn’t rely on harsh chemicals to take care of stubborn breakouts or acne prone skin! The products are formulated for the most sensitive skin and promises to deliver healthy, balanced, and glowing skin AND the power of hemp-derived CBD is an added bonus!

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Tula Protect + Glow Sunscreen

Monthly Skincare Favorites
April 2021
Protect + Glow Daily Sunscreen SPF 30 Gel by TULA SKINCARE | Skin |  Moisturizer

The Tula Protect + Glow Sunscreen is my absolute favorite SPF for all year round! This is a staple in my skincare routine. This SPF protects from the effects of the sun as well as blue light, is reef safe, and it makes your skin look dewy and gorgeous. It provides a nice glow and smells AMAZING! In the summer (and now too, honestly) I’ll throw on a little bit of this SPF and some mascara and I’m good for the day! Tula also just launched a Supersize of this product! Stock up!

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

Monthly Skincare Favorites
April 2021
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

I found this lip mask at my local Marshall’s and it’s been a game changer in my skincare routine! I’ve tried lots of different lip masks/products in my night time skincare routine but the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask is by far my favorite overnight lip product! After 7-8 hours of sleep, I can still feel the moisture on my lips! I’ll also use this product in my day time skincare routine if my lips are feeling especially dry. My favorite flavor is the Grapefruit! Amazon if the best place to find these masks for an affordable price!

Monthly Fashion Favorites: April 2021

Target Swimsuits

Finding bathing suits that I felt comfortable and confident in has always been a struggle for me. Not this year! I have been loving the bathing suits from Target! I’m usually lucky if I can find one suit I like, but I recently found 2 from Target that I love! I have found I feel more confident in a one piece, and Target has so many cute styles! Check out the two I bought for myself!

April Favorites 2021- Juniors' Ribbed Side-Cinch One Piece Swimsuit - Xhilaration™
Juniors’ Ribbed Side Cinch One Piece Swimsuit- Xhilaration
April Favorites 2021- Women's Pucker Textured One Shoulder One Piece Swimsuit - Shade & Shore™ Pacific Blue
Women’s Pucker Textured One Shoulder One Piece Swimsuit – Shade & Shore™ Pacific Blue

Monthly Podcast Favorites: April 2021

Killing It On Broadway

Monthly Favorites April 2021
Killing It On Broadway Podcast

Killing It On Broadway is my absolute favorite podcast of April 2021! Broadway babes Jessica Vosk and Jennifer Simard host other Broadway stars to talk about true crime cases- because us theatre people are apparently all obsessed with true crime! It’s so entertaining, I highly recommend giving it a listen. I think it will quickly end up on your favorite podcasts list too!

Monthly TV/Movie Favorites: April 2021

The Vow (HBO Max)

Monthly Favorites April 2021
The Vow: A NXIVM Story

Killing It On Broadway led me to the true crime documentary, The Vow. The Vow revolves around the NXIVM cult and its founder, Keith Raneire. I can’t say much more about it without giving too much away, but I highly suggest watching it however you’re able. The documentary has been renewed for a second season.

Monthly Book Recommendations: April 2021

Believe It: How to Go from Underestimated to Unstoppable by Jamie Kern Lima

Monthly Favorites April 2021
Monthly Book Recommendations
Believe It: How to Go from Underestimated to Unstoppable by Jamie Kern Lima

Monthly Book Recommendation! It’s taken me a minute to get through this book, but I’ve finished it! I absolutely loved this book, and I think it is especially important for young women to read. Jamie’s writing is so unique, empowering, personal, and inviting; it makes you feel like you’re listening to a good friend! Any young woman who is finding their way through life, their job, or even becoming a businesswoman herself should take the time to read this book and listen to Jamie’s incredible story and encouraging words!


Thanks for checking out my Monthly Favorites of April 2021! See something you love and can’t wait to add to your favorites list? Let me know in the comments below!

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Talk to you soon! Lots of love!

~ Ang

How to Prep for Daylight Savings Time

How to Prep for Daylight Savings Time

How to Prep for Daylight Savings Time

Happy Monday, my friends!

I hope your March is off to a wonderful start! I love the spring but it dooooes come with one tiny little downfall…daylight savings. Losing that hour of sleep? Yikes. I don’t know if anyone else experiences this, but some years losing that hour absolutely rocks my world and other years I feel completely fine! I’ve felt better in my adult years, so maybe it was a thing of the past? Who knows, I’ll report back on that one LOL

If you are not like me and losing an hour during daylight savings time IS a major slap in the face to your routine and schedule, you might be wondering how you can prevent that from happening this year or even just lessen the blow a bit. Based on my own experiences and a little bit of research, here are some helpful hints for surviving the monster that is daylight savings time!

Don’t Change Your Routine

Even though we are about to experience a little shake up in our routines, it’s just a blip on the radar! You don’t need to let it alter your whole routine! In fact, I think maintaining your typical routine is essential in getting through this time. Are you an early riser? Don’t compromise your schedule by pushing back your daily start time. Don’t push back or put off the workout, try to keep your days going just like any other. Your body won’t notice such a sudden change if you just keep your routine going as usual!

If You Don’t Have a Routine…Get One!

How to Prep for Daylight Savings Time

On the flip side, don’t have a real routine? Get one! Particularly a morning routine. Establish a daily start time for yourself and stick to it! From there, planning out how you start your day to set yourself up for success is totally up to you! Try your best to establish the basis of your routine- what you do first, second, third, and so on. Maybe you get up, make the bed, complete your gratitude practice, chug a glass of water, do a yoga flow, shower/brush teeth/skincare, then get dressed, do makeup, and get to work! That’s just an example of how to set yourself up for greatness with your routine right off the bat. Set up your routine in a way that works for you and then stick to it!

Go to Bed Earlier & Start Earlier

Listen. I love sleep and I SO appreciate the days that I’m able to sleep in. But during the switch up of daylight savings time, I encourage you to get an early start! If you’re going to go to bed earlier, adjust the time you’re waking up accordingly as well. If your body is telling you to get up, get up! And going off of this note…

Listen to Your Body

Again, if you’re body clock is telling you it’s time to go, get goin’! But, at the same time, if your body is telling you to slow down, slow down. If your body is craving an extra hour of sleep and you can afford it, then absolutely take that. If you’re craving a little afternoon cat nap, do it up! While maintaining your routine IS important during this transition, it’s much more important to listen to what your body is telling you. Don’t run yourself down if you can help it!

Take in the Sun!

Yes, daylight savings time is about to take away an hour of our beauty sleep, but what we are about to lose in sleep we are going to gain back in SUNSHINE! WOOHOO! Very few things make me happier than sunnier, longer days. Going outside, or even just finding a sweet little pocket of sun in your home is going to make you forget about that lost hour of sleep so freaking fast! There’s nothing better than a little Vitamin D to brighten your spirit and warm your soul. And, of course, if you’re going to be out in the sun make sure your skincare routine involves sunscreen and make sure to stay hydrated!

Try to Stay Off Electronics Before Bed

Limiting your electronic screen time before bed is always a good thing, but it will do you even better during the daylight savings transition. This is something I’ve been generally trying to implement into my nightly routine to ensure better rest for myself. While it seems like a no brainer, I’ve truthfully found limiting my screen time at night to be a struggle! More of a struggle of willpower, really, so if you’ve got stronger willpower than me chances are good you’ll be just fine! In the settings on my phone, I’ve set time limits on my social media apps; they lock at 11pm. The tricky part is, you always have the option to ignore the limit…which I’m guilty of doing. Aside from that, I turn my phone on do not disturb around 10pm. Staying off those screens before bed has been proven to improve your quality of sleep which will be SUPER important for you during this transition!

How to Prep for Daylight Savings Time

Develop a Wind-Down Routine

Once you’ve got your phone silenced and your limits set, you’re going to want to develop a wind-down routine for yourself to help get ready for bed. For me, my wind down routine usually starts with showering, doing my evening skincare routine, brushing my teeth, getting into my warm pajamas and getting into bed. Then, I’ll fill in my daily gratitude journal, and sometimes I’ll write in my regular journal as well. One of the monthly goals I usually set for myself is to read 1-2 books, and the last thing in my wind down routine is to at least read a chapter or two of whatever book I’m reading! I’ve found that reading before bed relaxes me just enough to get me ready for a good night’s sleep. Include anything in your wind-down routine that will get you feeling the same way!


Hopefully this little handful of tips will help you survive Daylight Savings Time and come out on the other side with your routine still intact! Mother Nature is about to pull us out of the winter blues slump and launch us forward into a beautiful new season of spring! Soak up the sun and enjoy a little extra time in your day- make the most of it however you can!

I’m sure plenty of you are feeling exactly as I am: like the month of March holds a lot of weight to it. It’s been a year since we were thrust into this new, crazy world that we’ve been living in, and of course, the month of March brings up what/how we were feeling this time last year. I’m right there with you; I had a tough time processing that we were entering March. But, and I say this in practice right along with you, I hope that the start of this spring season brings you a brand-new sense of peace and growth.

I love you lots!!

~Ang

10 Ways to ‘Spring Clean’ Your Life

10 Ways to ‘Spring Clean’ Your Life

10 Ways to Spring Clean Your Life

*this is a sponsored post

Haaaaappy March! Spring is on the way (hopefully)!

To me, spring seems to mark a fresh start more than the New Year does. I mean, think about it: we are in winter from December-March, so January and February can sometimes just feel like an extension of the previous year (this year ESPECIALLY). So, when the days start getting longer, the weather starts to heat up just a tad (again, hopefully), and all this new life starts to pop up in nature, THAT’S when I can feel the start of something new coming about (excuse my HSM reference).

If you’re anything like me, this spring fresh start also means it’s time to clean house, literally and figuratively. We want to start these new, sunnier, days with our space, our minds, and our bodies in a new place as well, right?! We are all familiar with the idea of spring-cleaning aka cleaning up our homes and spaces for the new season to come, but how can we take this idea of spring cleaning and incorporate it into other areas of our lives?

Here are 10 ways to help you ‘Spring Clean’ your life!

Spring Clean Tip #1: Find Some New Spring Inspo

Back in January I wrote about How to Create Your 2021 Vision Board, but who knows, your visions may have changed by now! You might’ve already accomplished some of the goals you had set out to accomplish, or maybe you’ve completely changed your perspective and have gone back to the drawing board. Both are great! Either way, you may need to look for some new inspiration as the spring season starts! Finding new quotes of graphics that align with where you are at this season could be a great start. Or maybe you just want to fill your life with all things spring! If you work from home, or you aren’t able to get out into nature as much as you wish you could, maybe you plaster your screens and the area around you with new spring photos/decor! You can check out my Pinterest HERE for some spring-y, new ideas!

Spring Clean Tip #2: Refresh Your Spring Goals and Approach

Start a fresh new set of goals for the spring season! As you might already know, I like to set monthly goals for myself, so maybe you just start with a fresh, new set of goals for March! Or maybe you compile a new set of spring goals just to take you until the start of summer- a more seasonal way of goal planning! If you feel comfortable and confident in the goals you’ve already established for yourself, maybe use th spring season to refresh the steps you’re taking in order to help you achieve your goals! Perhaps some are working, and others are not, which may be holding you back!

Spring Clean Tip #3: Examine Your Relationships/Friendships

Now that the excitement of a new year and new goals may have settled down a little bit, use this spring season to look at how your relationships are serving you and how you are serving them. This is a great time to look at your relationships, what is working, and what isn’t working from both parties. If you and your significant other, a member of your family, or a close friend have maybe been a little off and communication hasn’t been great- now is a great time to reassess where you’re at. Having an open dialogue about what you both need/do not need or want is extremely important. Are there ways you know you can do better for your people? Tell them. Are there things you need from others that you aren’t receiving? Tell them. The only thing that won’t help is keeping it all in another season longer! And ultimately, if there are people in your life you feel you need to let go of, this is the perfect time for a fresh start.

Spring Clean Tip #4: ‘Clean Up’ Your Habits

Use this new spring season to spruce up the habits in your life! Want to be more active? Cut back on junk food? Drink more water? Get to bed earlier and wake up earlier? Want to start journaling or reading more? Now is the perfect time! Take stock of what comprises your routines and adjust accordingly!

Spring Clean Tip #5: Social Media Detox/Revamp

If a social media ~cleanse~ of sorts is something you need to clear your headspace as you enter the spring, DO IT UP! Even if you don’t want to give up all platforms entirely, you can set time limits on your apps or decide to seriously limit the time you spend on your phone each day! You could also use this time to de-clutter your social media by unfollowing accounts you don’t engage with anymore. Take a scroll through who you follow and have no mercy! If you’re feeling like you need to mute someone, DO IT! There is absolutely no shame in it, and no one will know but you. If it will save your sanity when you do spend time online, I encourage it! I think this is one of the easiest ways to ‘spring clean’ your mind!

10 Ways to Spring Clean Your Life

If you’re on the opposite end of the spectrum and you’re looking to totally revamp or rebrand your social media platforms in the new spring season, this would be a great time to do that as well! Everything else is the world is blossoming into what it’s meant to be, why shouldn’t you?!

Spring Clean Tip #6: De-Clutter Your Space

This spring, if it doesn’t bring you ultimate joy, TOSS IT. Go through it all: the boxes of memorabilia everywhere, the top shelves of your closet, clothes, shoes, books, papers, files on your computer, makeup, bathroom cabinets, etc. Go through your winter wardrobe, assess what you didn’t wear, and take that stuff to Goodwill or sell it! Also spring clean the spaces where you spend most of your time…the car, your desk, or your home office! I did this when I came back home from living in my apartment and I’m SO ready to do it again! While you’re on a roll, after you’ve gotten rid of things, do your best to organize what is left in all of your spaces! Buy the cute organization boxes, you won’t regret it.

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Spring Clean Tip #7: Get Your Finances Straight

I know that I always feel 1,000% better when I have my finances straight! If you don’t already keep a spreadsheet or log of your spending/earnings/bills, now is the perfect time to start! For bills I pay, this helps me stay on top of what is coming up AND helps keep my extra spending in check. It’s as easy as making a Google spreadsheet! In my Bullet Journal Templates I also have sheets to help you track your spending/earning! This could also be a great time to start putting a little piece of your paycheck into your savings (if you don’t already)! This will help you out in the long run!

Spring Clean Tip #8: Find Quiet Time

Carve out time in your day or throughout the week to just find quiet. Put your phone on silent, close the laptop, and find time to simply be with yourself. I know for me personally, I love quiet time. I definitely suffer from constant running thoughts, so when I’m able to quiet my mind, even just for a little while, it’s always a treasure. Read a book, meditate, journal, just sit and reflect on your day, do your gratitude practice- do anything that allows you to be more present!

10 Ways to Spring Clean Your Life

Spring Clean Tip #9: Find Time for Self-Care

This might not be all that different from finding quiet time, but find time in your life to practice self-care, whatever that means to you! Moving your body, enjoying a cup of coffee, taking a bath, paying your bills, planning out your week- anything! Just find time that is completely YOURS to be selfish with!

Spring Clean Tip #10: Try Something New

We’ve all gotten really good at adopting new skills since the pandemic made us all professional bakers, knitters, and crafters! But there is always room to try something new or find a new hobby! Or, if you’ve been wanting to do something you used to do a lot, but you’ve been putting off, now is the perfect time to get into it! We are extremely lucky to live in a world where we have the technology to take online classes and find so much information online. It’s all there at our fingertips, you just have to go for it!

I hope these ideas will help you ‘Spring Clean’ your life as we approach spring! Keep holding on, the sunshine and warmth is coming our way!

Lots of love!

~Ang