blogmas, Collaberations

Romanticizing The Holiday Season: 3 Things I Love

Truth be told – the winter season is not my favorite & Christmas surprisingly isn’t my favorite holiday. Regardless, I’ve been trying to romanticize all seasons of my life because life is too short not to enjoy it. It’s quite easier for me to romanticize the autumn season besides the cold harsh winters. But I shall force myself to brainstorm a few aspects I love about winter & the holiday season so I feel less of a Grinch. I’m pleased to say, this post is in collaboration with a few other bloggers who I absolutely adore. Be sure to read until the end to check out their posts & blogs.

Here are 3 Things I Love About the Holiday / Winter Season:

Snow

If it’s going to be cold, it might as well look pretty! So, I’m a sucker for a cozy snow day in. At our home, I love opening the windows & admiring the woodsy views as the snow falls & covers the ground. I also love cozying up on the couch with a warm beverage & a good book. My husband & I will also bundle up & take a walk around the neighborhood, especially if it’s a weekend or a day off. And as the Christmas holiday approaches, the more a snow day feels even more magical.

Family Time

My love language is for sure quality time. I would much rather spend money on a fun activity to do with family & friends than buying a bunch of gifts to sit under the tree. This year, my side of the family is boycotting material gifts all together. Instead, we plan to fill that time & energy on experiences. A few things we’ve done in the past include – getting dinner somewhere with festive decor, taking a trip to NYC & see the Rockefeller Christmas tree or going to Hershey Park, PA & enjoy all that’s offered at the sweetest place on Earth. I also love spending more time with the “family I’ve chosen” a.k.a. my closest friends. I love grabbing lunch & catching up for hours or visiting cute boutiques or walking around historic towns. And for the friends at farther distances, I love sending Christmas cards or little notes the old fashion way to show my appreciation.

Going to the Mountains

I love driving to the mountains & spending the weekend or week skiing, tubing or simply relaxing in a cabin setting. My husband [ back when we were dating ] we booked a cabin getaway & enjoyed nature hikes, good food & evenings in the hot tub. The only thing is you need to be on the look out for bears in those parts! I would love to go again this year for the holidays. I just find the atmosphere to be so relaxing & a great way to unwind. I think one of the best forms of self care in the winter is having those moments to let go & be at peace in a cozy setting. It allows us to have a balance of

what are some things you love about the winter season?

This post is in collaboration with a group of lovely bloggers I highly recommend you check out. Head to their blogs / collaboration post & show them some love.

Jessica Lasa

Katie of Dating Bitch

Caroline of Flourish with Rose

Natalie of Examine This Moment

Headphones Thoughts

Hope you all have a wonderful winter season / holiday!

-B

Collaberations, Lifestyle

What Does Minimalism Mean To Me?

Picture this. I’m sitting in a lawn chair on my back porch starring across the sky, breathing in the fresh air, tapping my fingers rhythmically atop the arm rests trying desperately to find a moment of peace in my chaotic routine I call life. In the distance I spot a family of geese flying effortlessly across the clouds & I yearn to be as free as them. I had no idea bagging up a few old belongings & hauling them to my local donation bin would be the answer to my problems. And here I am six years later living weightless & intentional just like the geese in the sky.

Everyone’s journey to minimalism looks a bit different. Each individual’s “why” is always so fascinating to me. So, I decided to venture through the minimalist community on social media & ask others who live this more simple life the question, “what does minimalism mean to you?” As some of you have followed my blog for a while, you know my simple living journey began in 2017 when we were clearing out my Nana’s home after she passed away. I took the Swedish Death Cleaning approach & discovered how much clutter we leave behind for others to deal with. And it helped me realize the true importance to life which are experiences & relationships with others & ourselves. Since then, I’ve developed a healthier outlook on consumerism & “stuff”. It started out with donating a few bags of clothing to now living presently in the moment & cherishing the smaller moments as well as the grander ones. Minimalism saved my life. And once you cut through the service, it becomes far more than just getting rid of “stuff.” And after hearing what other minimalists have to say about the lifestyle, I’d say it’s worth trying. Here’s why:

Minimalism Get’s You Hooked

“I started minimalism in 2018 after coming across a YouTube video that resonated with me and my lifestyle at the time. I knew my clutter was affecting my life but I didn’t know how to take control over it, it was controlling me. I started decluttering, as many do as their first step to minimalism and started seeing benefits in my life, relationships, finances, and more. I was hooked! I started to share my journey and tips on YouTube in hopes of inspiring others to simplify their lives. I want others to see the amazing benefits that I’ve experienced. 

Minimalism is a tool to help you live intentionally so that you find freedom. Freedom of overwhelm, debt, and guilt. That way you can focus on what actually matters in your life.”  – Mariella Merino

Minimalism Pulls Back The Layers of Your Life

“Simplifying my life was the way I reduced stress to feel and be healthier. For me, minimalism is removing the things that remove you from your life.”

“For me that has included everything from clutter, busyness and debt to being worried about what other people think of me and drinking alcohol. There is always another layer that surprises me.” – Courtney Carver of Be More With Less

Minimalism Helps You Focus on What Truly Matters

“For me, minimalism is a lifestyle choice that helps me to focus on what is most important in my life. It allows me to live more simply and with less stuff, which in turn gives me more time and energy to focus on things that matter most to me.” 

“I initially chose minimalism because I was feeling stressed and overwhelmed by the amount of things in my house. But over time, I came to realise that minimalism meant so much more than just decluttering my ‘stuff’. It’s about living more intentionally and being more present in the moment. It’s about finding joy in the simple things and letting go of anything that doesn’t bring me happiness. For me, minimalism has been an absolute game-changer and my future self thanks me for making the choice to live more minimally!” – Vourneen of The Plain and Simple Life

Minimalism Gives You Freedom

“I started my minimalism journey in 2019 not long after the death of my great-grandmother. I was in a tough place mentally and knew I needed to make some changes in my life but I wasn’t sure where to start. One night, I was looking for something to watch on Netflix and stumbled upon the Minimalism documentary. The message was so powerful that I felt it in my bones. I cried, praised God for the door he just opened, and never looked back.

Minimalism, to me, is freedom. I’m no longer trapped by societal expectations and norms and the discontentment they bring. I say yes to what makes me happy and no to obligations. I spend money and time on things that enhance the quality of my life. I live in a way that reflects my personal values. My journey hasn’t been easy and I still have a lifetime to go- but knowing that I am finally able to live a life that is free of nonsense and full of the important things is pure freedom.” – Callie Zimmerman

Minimalism Lightens The Load

“I’m fortunate to say that I grew up with a lot of stuff. As a kid, I was spoiled with tons of clothes, books, games, etc. From my childhood into my teen years, I thought that all of these things were what made me feel safe, comfortable, and happy. This changed when I moved out of Alaska at 19 last year. I lived in Washington for a few months, spontaneously lived in Argentina for 3, and bounced between Washington and Colorado before I made it back home to Anchorage.

I found that I was happier when all of my belongings fit into a suitcase and backpack! Traveling every few months, plus embracing a slower lifestyle abroad, inspired me to live minimally from that point forward. I define minimalism as embracing gratitude for and being content with what I already have, plus living a more sustainable and adventurous life. My blog, Brew and Let Be, was created to find other slow living and minimalistic travelers who want more adventure with less baggage.” Jordan of Brew & Let Be

Minimalism Allows Us To Let Go

“Minimalism for me means letting go of everyone else’s expectations in order to create a life aligned with my values. A life in which relationships and peace take precedence over material things and status. A life that offers freedom to explore and grow instead of suffocation by the physical, mental, and emotional clutter obtained for the approval of others. Minimalism means the freedom to create a meaningful life on my own terms. ” Kelsey of The Mediocre Minimalist

Minimalism Is Customizable To You

“To me minimalism is about consciously choosing what adds value to my life.
It’s letting go of things that do not align with my values to create more time & space for the things that do.


I think everyone’s minimalism journey, and everyone’s take on minimalism will look different. We all have different values so minimalism will naturally work for us in different ways. What I love about minimalism is you can apply it as little or as much as you like, to specific areas or all areas of your life, there’s no right or wrong!


Personally, discovering minimalism has provoked me to question what really matters most to me in life and provided a sense of clarity around my personal values. With this clarity I am now able to put my time and energy towards the things that matter most to me – for me those things are connection (making memories with those I love); health & wellbeing & personal growth. I also love the sense of calm I now feel within our home.” Mel of More Joy Less Things

Minimalism Allows Me To Breath & Have Peace

“I started my minimalism journey when I felt owned by my possessions. I wanted more time freedom, and more peace in my life. I started slowly decluttering things, and now I’ve been on this minimizing journey for two years. Minimalism gives me breathing room and time for what actually matters.” Sarah of Living Less

-B

To get a taste of more intentional living & minimalism content, please check out these lovely creators:

Mariella Merino: Youtuber & content creator who shares her journey through minimalism living & decluttering tips for the household. Youtube | Blog | Instagram

Courtney Carver: the creator & author behind Be More With Less and minimalist fashion challenge, Project 333. She has wrote books & content along many platforms to teach her readers what matters most in life. Twitter | Blog| Instagram
Follow Courtney on Instagram

Vourneen: the creator of The Plain Simple Life where she helps overwhelmed women to regain control of their lives by shifting their mindset, decluttering and organizing, and introducing simple and sustainable living practices into their daily routines.  Twitter | Blog | Instagram
Follow Vourneen on Instagram & Twitter
Callie: content creator who shares her journey to minimalism & simple living tips. Follow her on Instagram.
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Jordan: content creator of Brew & Let Be & she helps young adults pursue slow travel and live a more mindful, minimalistic, and sustainable life. Follow me along to start your journey towards an eco-friendly, adventure-filled, and simple lifestyle! 
Follow Jordan on Twitter
Kelsey: content creator of The Mediocre Minimalist who shares her tips & tricks on living more intentional & how it has improved her life along with wonderful ways to live more sustainably.
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Mel: a content creator that has embraced minimalism to create space for what matters most, sharing her passions for organization, reading, wellbeing & travel.
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Sarah: a content creator on Instagram & working wife and mom to one toddler and a fur baby. She is also late diagnosed combined type ADHD and minimalism has changed my life.
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Beauty, Collaberations

Why I Decided To Ditch Makeup

Hey, guys! It’s Penny from What Did She Type here, and I’ll be guest posting on B’s lovely blog, Mind. Beauty. Simplicity! I’m very excited to be here! I would like to thank B for this amazing opportunity! 

As I’m trying to live more mindfully and authentically, I’ve been making some changes in my life and my daily routine. I wanted to talk about a huge step I have taken recently, and that’s using less makeup in my everyday life.

I was heavily invested in makeup when I had acne problems back in middle school. I wanted to look amazing. I was trying to be someone that I was not.

But my skin wasn’t loving it. My face hated the heavy foundation, and it needed a break. I’m 24 now and I have just come to the realization that I will never be fully confident if I don’t change my mindset. 

I always thought that I would have a large makeup collection when I turned 16. Little did I know that, by 24, I ditched half of my makeup stuff. I threw away or gave away the ones that were in good condition to family and friends, including as birthday gifts. I keep gifted samples from certain brands, and I give those ones away to loved ones on special occasions. I have ditched foundation and even BB creams. I’m letting my skin breathe and accepting myself fully with my flaws and scars. People always told me that I had beautiful eyes and a smile, and now I realize that things didn’t require makeup. They are unique and they make me, “me.”

So, why am I ditching makeup?

The Cost

The first reason is that many good-quality products cost a lot. I’m a recent university graduate, and I’ve just started my own small business, so I’m spending money on that at the moment. You really can save a lot of money by not buying unnecessary makeup items, and you’ll be surprised.

Clogged Pores

Second, I began to notice that certain makeup products clogged my pores. I bought Maybelline’s Fit Me Concealer, and later I realized that my skin started breaking out because of it! Now I just use it for my under-eye circles, only. 

Choose Eco-Friendly Instead

Thirdly, I’m now buying vegan and eco-friendly products. Believe it or not, I noticed that much of our personal waste comes from skincare and makeup products! I am far from being perfect at it, but I’m still trying my best to choose environmentally friendly ones. Unfortunately, many brands use plastic that can take hundreds of years to break down in landfills, and the toxins leach into the soil and waterways. 

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Skincare Took Priority

Fourthly, instead of investing in makeup, I started relying on skincare products. When you take care of your skin, you won’t need to spend tons on a foundation that will start looking cakey on your face after a few hours. I have been told that when you take care of your skin, especially in your early 20s, your skin will thank you in your 40s and 50s.

More Storage Space

Fifth, more space! Ever since I downsized my makeup collection, I have noticed that I have more space in my drawers. I don’t need to buy more storage and spend money on IKEA boxes any longer! 

More Time

Sixth, I now have more time on my hands. When going somewhere, I don’t spend hours trying to perfect my eyeliner or spend time trying to decide which eyeshadow or which lipstick I’ll use. And… I’m not running late any longer, lol! My friends are very happy about it! 

Free Your Skin

And lastly… I feel liberated. My skin feels free. I feel more like myself. This act was definitely amazing, as I started showing myself more compassion! I realized that I’m my own best friend and taking care of myself makes me feel joyful. 

These were all my reasons for breaking up with many makeup products!

Let me know what you think about it and are you also planning to use less when it comes to makeup?

Xx Penny / www.whatdidshetype.com 

Penny is a fresh literature graduate with a passion for content creation and writes about mindfulness, mental health, astrology, lifestyle, and well-being in her little corner of the internet. She has launched her own little shop on Etsy, where she sells mental health planners and is working on the launch of her manifestation journal at the moment.

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