dear new years resolutions, i already failed: now what?

Happy New Years you guys!!!

Okay, so to be honest, this week for me has not so much gone as I had hoped or planned as I’ve been crazy sick since January 1st!
At first, I have to admit and I’m sure Jimmy will agree, I was just a little bit grumpy and Negative Nancy about all of this, but about day 4, I realized that maybe God had a purpose in settling me down for a week…and I decided to change my perspective on the whole deal.

Now, Day 6…and just coming around the bend, I am SO thankful I got sick and had to spend nearly 6 whole days inside, either in bed or on the couch!
Never have I tried so many holistic remedies, rested so much, read so much, prayed so much, journaled so much or spent so much time just being present in the moment. I didn’t realize how much I was constantly looking ahead to the next thing, or attempting (not always actually successful) to be productive and mark just ‘one more thing’ off my ever growing to do list.

It took being sick to finally let the schedule go, take the pressure off, and surrender to whatever God has for me in this day, and oh my word, do I ever feel more at peace now!

And you guys, that’s the power of perspective…that’s the power of letting the moment be what it is instead of putting it up against what we think it should be!
Slowly but surely, I am learning….
{Maybe you’re picking up a little of what my 2016 focus will be??? #Ha! More on that soon….!}

ANYWAY!!!

All that to say, it’s the New Year and it’s definitely a time where a lot of us are attempting to put into practice new years resolutions, habits, goals or ideas!

It’s a fresh slate to start clean….
BUT!
I also know now that we’re into the middle of the first full week….and a lot of us have probably already blown it and might be thinking, “ahhh…forget it. I failed again!”

Been there, done that…learned the lesson!

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Which is exactly why Jimmy and I wanted to make this video for you guys…as we’ve walked this road MANY MANY times…not just in the New Year, but in our every day, day to day life. Thankfully, failure isn’t a bad thing, instead it’s simply an opportunity to learn and grow for the next time!

So if you’re someone who strives to make and keep your goals or someone who wants to begin making better choices and making them stick, I hope the lessons we’ve learned over the years encourage you in your journey!

To see exactly how I make my written list of goals and actions plans, check out: How I Make My Resolutions & How to Make Them Work

And since we’re all in this together, we would LOVE to hear your thoughts and wisdom as well, so be sure to leave a comment below (or leave a comment on YouTube)!

And don’t forget to like AND SHARE this video with your friends!

xoxo

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vitacost haul ft. pacifica, alba botanica, shikai + more!

It’s August Vitacost Haul Time!!!

Every month I place an online Vitacost order for my family & myself, and I love sharing these hauls with you guys because I am so passionate about proving that there are much better and healthier products out there and at affordable prices!

Plus, and I’m not even joking, shopping on Vitacost is like retail therapy – much like wandering through Target and leaving with things you didn’t know you needed – but way better because these things are HEALTHY and you actually need them!!!

It really does make such a difference what we use and put in or on our bodies, so any change you are able to make now is a step in the right direction!

Here are just a few ideas to get you started…

— Always first shop Vitacost through Ebates, Extrabux, or Top Cash Back to earn extra cash back off every order! I check them all first to see which is offering more cash back. —

Vitacost (earn $10 when you sign up!)
Ebates (earn $5 when you sign up with this link)
Extrabux (earn $5 when you sign up with this link)
TopCashBack (earn $10 when you sign up with this link)

And if you guys also prefer to shop healthier or shop on Vitacost as well, make sure to let us all know what we need to try next in the comments below!

*Previous orders for more ideas:
July Vitacost Haul
June Vitacost Haul

 

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saldana fam cam: new traditions, simplifying life, clothing haul & the craziest documentarty ever!

Welcome to our Weekly Vlogs!

Every week I include makeup I’m wearing, workouts I’m doing, healthy grocery hauls, all the goodies that come in the mail, what we shop for, church chat, as well as snippits of our every day life as a family! I hope you enjoy, and of course, if there’s anything else you would like to see or have us add in, let me know in the comments below!

This week on the Saldana Fam Cam…
New traditions, making changes to simplifying our life, the craziest documentary you HAVE to watch, church chat, a clothing haul + more!

Websites mentioned:
Fashion Nova (XOSUMMER for 15% off)
Our Church Podcasts

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vitacost haul | shop healthy on a budget

Vitacost Haul Time | Health, Beauty & Supplements

It’s time once again for our monthly Vitacost order, and of course I had to share in hopes that it gives you guys some ideas on how to shop healthier on a budget!

And remember to always first shop Vitacost through Ebates, Extrabux, or Top Cash Back to earn extra cash back off every order!
I check them all first to see which is offering more cash back.

* Vitacost: (earn $10 when you sign up!)
* Ebates: (earn $5 when you sign up with this link)
* Extrabux: (earn $5 when you sign up with this link)
* TopCashBack: (earn $10 when you sign up with this link)

Remember to subscribe!
New Videos every Tues, Thurs and Sunday!!!

~ Wanna send me mail? ~
Summer Saldana
PO Box 720073
San Diego, Ca 92172

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~ Check out some of my other videos! ~

Erin Condren vs. Whitney English Planners
Vitacost Haul
Homeschooling Tips & Update
Holy Grail Primer
Healthy Grocery Haul
Best Natural Deodorant
Best Eyeliner for Waterline!
Hair Tutorial Quick & Easy Vintage Hairstyle | Headband Tuck & Updo

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~ Get To Know Me Better! ~
What is Le Musings of Moi
20 Things To Do Before We Die Tag
The Husband Tag
50 Random Facts About Me
My Anxiety Story
TMI Tag

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~ MY FAVORITE SHOPPING LINKS & CODES BELOW ~

*Best Natural Deodorant EVER: enter MUSINGS during checkout and get 15% off anything you order!!!

IPSY ~ You get 4-5 beauty products in a new makeup bag every month delivered to your door, for just $10!

BIRCHBOX ~ delivers top product samples from high-end brands. Only $10 a month!!!

*MEMEBOX (Use code P694C7 for $5.00 off any order over $30.00)

*TWISTED SILVER – (15% off with the code “Musing”)

* SHOPLATELY

*IRRESISIBLE ME Extensions & Flat Iron (10% off through link)

MICHAEL TODD (20% discount through link)

+ DISCLAIMER +
FTC: This is not a sponsored video. While some products are sent to me, I am very choosy and will always share my honest opinion of everything that I try and review on my channel. I will never accept payment in exchange for a positive review. Some links above may be affiliate.

~ AND MOST IMPORTANTLY OF ALL…

While I LOVE beauty, health, and all things related, more than anything my heart and soul belongs to Jesus! This quote expresses exactly what I hope shines more than anything:

“Like Paul and every other believer, my life is no longer my own. The focus must not be on me, but on Christ. When someone hears from me publicly, I want it all to point to Him.”

{quote from John MacArthur}

xoxo, Summer

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God won’t give you more than you can handle

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It’s no secret that I’ve had my fair share of struggles throughout my life…

Divorce.
Rape.
Death.
Depression.
Anxiety.
Loss.

I remember each of those moments or times in my past with such a vivid memory, that tears still come to my eyes when I fully allow myself to sit with the pain I had to endure. Because, truly, how does anyone ever forget the times they cried the most honest and heartfelt tears of their life?

And in many of those struggles, I would often hear what I imagine people meant to be comforting words,

God won’t give you more than you can handle…so know that He must really believe that you are incredibly strong!

And while I longed to find the comfort in that, the truth was, I wasn’t strong…I was weak and afraid, angry and broken. And I knew that I was most definitely was not strong enough to get through the pain I was experiencing…

If you’d like to read more, I invite you to finish the rest of this post today over at The Better Mom.

 
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october monthly favorites | beauty. fashion. fitness.

It’s time to share all my Holy Grail Goodies from the month of October in the categories of beauty, fashion and fitness, as well as some updates on previous favorites as well! (the best primer & waterline eyeliner ever!)

And of course, as always, let me know what you’ve been loving this last month as well! I love to hear from you!

{Remember to subscribe!}

October Favorites:

Physicians Formula Liquid Liner
Maybelline Concealer/Illuminator
Cover Girl Sharpener
NYX Eyebrow Wax Pencil
YSL Eyeliner Effects Faux Cils
Colour Pop Eyeshadows in 3, Game Face, On the Rocks, Amaze, Lovely
Colour Pop Lippies & Lippie Pencils: Heart On, Flawless
City Cosmetics Primer
Reviva Labs Eye Cream

Twisted Silver Jewelry…
BB Bracelet
Gypsy Bracelet
Armor Bracelet
Capture Necklace
Creekwalk Necklace
Pencil Necklace

Kayla Itsines Workout
Daily Docket

While I LOVE beauty, health, and all things related, more than anything my heart and soul belongs to Jesus! This quote expresses exactly what I hope shines more than anything:

“Like Paul and every other believer, my life is no longer my own. The focus must not be on me, but on Christ. When someone hears from me publicly, I want it all to point to Him.”

{quote from John MacArthur}

xoxo, Summer

+ DISCLAIMER +
FTC: This is not a sponsored video. While some products have been sent to me, I will always share my honest opinion of everything that I try and review on my channel. I will never accept payment in exchange for a positive review. Some links above may be affiliate.
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saldana fam cam | whole foods haul, kayla itsines workout & funny yoga | #thebeautybalance

I’ve been diving right into this 31 Day Writing Challenge, where each blogger chooses a topic to write about for 31(ish) days. Because it’s right where God has me, I’ve chosen to share on Blending Beauty with Balance.
(#thebeautybalance, if you want to follow along…or better yet, join the conversation using the hashtag!)

It’ll be a fun and encouraging 31(ish) days where I’ll be sharing tips and tricks while digging deeper, finding purpose, and blending beauty with balance — all with a heart of intention. {all 31(ish) Days will be linked here}

 

Welcome to another one of our weekly vlogs from my family!

Every Sunday I include makeup I’m wearing, workouts I’m doing, healthy food hauls, all the goodies that come in the mail, what I shop for, as well as snippits of our every day life as a family.

This week started with some of the most hilarious yoga moves I have ever witnessed Jimmy bust out. I seriously had no ideas the skills this man has. If there’s one reason to watch this week, it’s definitely for his opening act!!!

Also this week…

  • I do a mini review on Kayla Itsines 12 week bikini body challenge, as I just finished up Week 4. It’s INSANE but I totally love it!!!
  • I also share what we bought for our weeks worth of groceries at Whole Foods, as well what we plan on making with it all for meals.
  • Then there’s my newest makeup obsession that caused me clear out my Extrabux account…you guys have to see this lipstick!!!
  • And then of course just the fun family moments that I’m always so thankful I captured. Like this week when Chloe in her best Brittish accent, invited us all to sit and have a lovely “fancy” tea party. The different accents we all attempted were kind of hilarious…although I think Jimmy sounded a bit more like Ozzy than a fancy Brit.

I hope you guys enjoy hanging out with us, and of course, if there’s anything else you would like to see or have us add in, let me know in the comments below!

Remember to subscribe!

While I LOVE beauty, health, and all things related, more than anything my heart and soul belongs to Jesus! This quote expresses exactly what I hope shines more than anything:

“Like Paul and every other believer, my life is no longer my own. The focus must not be on me, but on Christ. When someone hears from me publicly, I want it all to point to Him.”

{quote from John MacArthur}

xoxo, Summer

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saldana fam cam | whole foods & trader joes grocery haul & a new family member! | #thebeautybalance

I’ve been diving right into this 31 Day Writing Challenge, where each blogger chooses a topic to write about for 31(ish) days. Because it’s right where God has me, I’ve chosen to share on Blending Beauty with Balance.
(#thebeautybalance, if you want to follow along…or better yet, join the conversation using the hashtag!)

It’ll be a fun and encouraging 31(ish) days where I’ll be sharing tips and tricks while digging deeper, finding purpose, and blending beauty with balance — all with a heart of intention. {all 31(ish) Days will be linked here}

Welcome to our Weekly Vlogs from our family!

Every Sunday I’ll be including makeup I’m wearing, workouts I’m doing, what we eat, all the goodies that come in the mail, what I shop for, as well as snippits of our every day life as a family. I’m excited to document our life and share it with all of you guys!

And of course, if there’s anything else you would like to see or add in, let me know in the comments!

This weeks vlog includes…
~ Whole Foods & Trader Joes grocery haul: Basically all that we bought for a weeks worth of groceries for our family of 4.
~ The easiest and most amazing crockpot recipe ever ever ever.
~ And our newest family member… (whom I’m now slightly obsessed with)

Hope you guys had an amazing weekend!

Thanks for watching!
xo

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products i’ve used up or could use no more! | october empties 2014 | #thebeautybalance

I’ve been diving right into this 31 Day Writing Challenge, where each blogger chooses a topic to write about for 31(ish) days. Because it’s right where God has me, I’ve chosen to share on Blending Beauty with Balance.
(#thebeautybalance, if you want to follow along…or better yet, join the conversation using the hashtag!)

It’ll be a fun and encouraging 31(ish) days where I’ll be sharing tips and tricks while digging deeper, finding purpose, and blending beauty with balance — all with a heart of intention. {all 31(ish) Days will be linked here}

 

Here’s the thing.

31 days of continual blogging?
It’s tough.

And while I know I can do tough things, I also know it’s better to do tough things with balance.

Hence the reason why I needed to take these last few days off from blogging.
I just needed to be.

And oh my word, was it ever lovely.

But, I also know that if I continue to just “be” I’ll quickly get lazy and complacent, and that also is not a balanced or beautiful way to live.

You be.
And then you be right back to it.

{My wise words for the day…make sure you write that down.}

And so I’m back and ready to share todays video where it’s time to show off my trash (or “empties” as the YouTube world calls it), and let you know if all this stuff really is worth our money orrrr ya, maybe not so much…

These are some of my favorite videos to watch (and also to do) on YouTube, because once someone has finished something entirely, they really do know whether or not they’d spend the money to get it again.

And that’s where I’m here to help you!!!

So here’s what we used up this month, and if I really think it’s worth you making a trip to get it yourself!!

 

+ DISCLAIMER +
FTC: This is not a sponsored video. While some products have been sent to me, I will always share my honest opinion of everything that I try and review on my channel. I will never accept payment in exchange for a positive review. Some links above may be affiliate.
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While I LOVE beauty, health, and all things related, more than anything my heart and soul belongs to Jesus! This quote expresses exactly what I hope shines more than anything:

“Like Paul and every other believer, my life is no longer my own. The focus must not be on me, but on Christ. When someone hears from me publicly, I want it all to point to Him.”

{quote from John MacArthur}

xoxo, Summer

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bulu box for health & weight loss | #thebeautybalance

I’ve been diving right into this 31 Day Writing Challenge, where each blogger chooses a topic to write about for 31 days. Because it’s right where God has me, I’ve chosen to share on Blending Beauty with Balance.
(#thebeautybalance, if you want to follow along…or better yet, join the conversation using the hashtag!)

It’ll be a fun and encouraging 31 days where I’ll be sharing tips and tricks while digging deeper, finding purpose, and blending beauty with balance — all with a heart of intention. {all 31 Days will be linked here}

 

As I mentioned before, I’m a lover of monthly beauty subscription boxes.
Beauty products make me happy. Packages make me happy.
And the two combined just feels like Christmas every. single. time.

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Today, I’m sharing a different kind of subscription, the Bulu box, which sends new health and weight loss products for you to try out each month. And while it may not be the box for everyone, it’s always fun to see what’s out there just in case it might work for you and your lifestyle!

Bulu Health or Weight Loss Monthly Subscription Box

(For 50% off use this code at check out: BULUGAN730)

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+ DISCLAIMER +

FTC: This is not a sponsored video. While some products have been sent to me, I will always share my honest opinion of everything that I try and review on my channel. I will never accept payment in exchange for a positive review. Some links above may be affiliate.

________________

While I LOVE beauty, health, and all things related, more than anything my heart and soul belongs to Jesus! This quote expresses exactly what I hope shines more than anything:

“Like Paul and every other believer, my life is no longer my own. The focus must not be on me, but on Christ. When someone hears from me publicly, I want it all to point to Him.”

{quote from John MacArthur}

xoxo, Summer

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