3 Ways To Get The Most Out Of A Sermon

Growing up, I often had a hard time getting anything out of weekly sermons. I loved attending church, but found it difficult to really connect with what the pastor was speaking about. Over time, I've been able to develop little habits that help me better understand each message, and now I'm able to listen to a sermon and actually feel like God is speaking directly to me (instead of not understanding what was being discussed and trying desperately to not fall asleep mid-message). Getting the most out of a church sermon is quite easy, as long as you're focused and you apply yourself.

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Faith, Lifestyle, TipsMandy Ferrugia
A Little Lush Halloween Haul

I get so excited every year when Lush releases their holiday collections, and this year is no different. Their Halloween products have launched and everything looks so festive! There's just something about their overly cute products that make me feel like a kid again (anyone else?). Chilly weather and long nights mean it's bubble bath season, so I stocked up on a couple new bath time goodies to try out this month. 

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Beauty, HolidaysMandy Ferrugia
Making The Switch To Cruelty-Free

A few months ago, I saw an article that completely broke my heart. NARS has decided to start selling their products in China, which means they are no longer a cruelty-free company. This came as a shock to me because apparently I've been naive in thinking that animal testing was something that rarely ever happened anymore. After reading that article, I started looking into the relationship between the cosmetics industry and animal testing, and was shocked to find out that this is still a very real practice today for many companies. I then proceeded to have an hour long cry fest while watching videos of animals being rescued from labs, and vowed to make the switch to using strictly cruelty-free products.

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Beauty, PersonalMandy Ferrugia
13 Things To Do This Fall

Tomorrow marks the first official day of autumn, so I thought it would be fitting to share a little "bucket list" of fun things to do this season. I, like most bloggers it seems, am a huge fan of fall. There's just something so nostalgic and cozy about this season...perhaps it's the combination of falling leaves, cool weather, chunky sweaters, and spicy candles that makes my heart so happy. To celebrate the arrival of fall, here are 13 activities that really are essential for the perfect autumn season.

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    Holidays, LifestyleMandy Ferrugia
    How To Revive A Tired Complexion

    Staying up all night studying or binge watching the latest season of Orange Is The New Black might've sounded like a good idea at the time, but battling a dull, tired complexion the next morning is never fun. There's nothing less flattering than taking on the day with a sleepy zombie face. Faking that wide awake, "just got 8 hours of sleep" look isn't impossible though, as long as you've got the right tools and know how to use them.

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    Beauty, TipsMandy Ferrugia
    17 Ways To Pay It Forward As A Blogger

    As bloggers, we have an incredibly large platform, and it's one that I believe can be used to do a lot of good. I've always been a huge fan of the concept of "paying it forward" - responding to a person's kindness to oneself by being kind to someone else. This can often be seen in little daily kindnesses in real life, like paying for someone's meal in line behind you or getting donuts for everyone at the office. How can we do this more online though? Here are some easy ways to use your blog and online presence to pay it forward to others.

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    Blogging, TipsMandy Ferrugia
    New Skincare On Trial

    A ton of blogger mail has been landing on my doorstep lately, so I've decided to scrap my entire skincare routine for a few weeks so I can try a bunch of new products. This could prove to be a bad idea and my skin might revolt, but I have so many new goodies that I can't help but want to try them all out. So, my fingers are crossed that the following roundup works well for my skin (I'll be sure to let you guys know either way).

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    BeautyMandy Ferrugia
    5 Reasons Why You're Having Trouble Falling Asleep At Night

    (I'm reposting this because it never shared on Bloglovin' and I don't think anybody saw it #bloggerproblems)

    Sleep is one of those things like working out or eating healthy - we know we need it, but getting enough can often be a bit of a struggle. I've always been a night owl, but as I get older I'm starting to crave a more early bird kind of schedule. Making the switch hasn't been easy though. I've found that I have no problem getting into bed at a decent hour, but it's the whole "falling asleep" thing that I've been struggling with. After some trial and error, I've narrowed it down to a handful of things that make it harder to catch those much needed zzz's.

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    An Autumn Shower Essential

    Autumn weather has slowly been making an appearance here in the midwest, and that means it's time for me to start transitioning all of my beauty products. My shower is the first place I'm focusing on, mainly because my skin hates when the weather changes and I have to act quickly to keep it in good shape. If you're currently transitioning your shower products to fit the autumn season, there's a fantastic item on the market that is an essential for this season.

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    BeautyMandy Ferrugia
    3 Surefire Ways To Help Take On The Day

    I'm a firm believer in preparation being the key to a successful day. Each day throws new stresses our way, whether from school, work, relationships, or activities, and being prepared for anything can keep you from having a meltdown or feeling frustrated all day long. There are certain things I like to do that help me be more prepared and productive, so I'm better able to take on the day no matter what I'm facing.

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    Lifestyle, TipsMandy Ferrugia
    5 Ways To Stay Comfortably Stylish

    Now that New York Fashion Week has officially begun, I've got all things style-related on the brain. This is one of my favorite times of the year because I love getting to see all of the innovative designs and possible trends for the upcoming season. Looking at the beginnings of the street style shots from the event got me to thinking about how I would dress if I were attending the event. I would definitely want to wear killer outfits, but honestly? I enjoy being comfortable, especially when I know I have a lot of rushing around I have to do. Luckily, there are a few clever ways you can look incredibly chic without sacrificing comfort.

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    Fashion, TipsMandy Ferrugia
    September Goals

    Happy September! This post is coming to you a couple days late, but better late than never, right? Life has been a bit chaotic lately. My energy levels have been really low for the past few weeks, and it's been hard to motivate myself to do much of anything (totally "first world problems", but I thought I'd let you guys know where my head has been lately). I'm excited for September to be here because it always kind of feels like a restart month for me, and I'm desperately in need of just that. Now that school is back in session and fall is almost here, I'm excited to get back into my usual work routine and find my motivation again.

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    Goals, PersonalMandy Ferrugia