Monday, May 6, 2019

April Life Update 2019

Stephanie Kamp Blog: April Life Update 2019
Hey guys,

Sorry to leave you in the dust! I absolutely did not mean to take the entire month of April off, it just kind of worked out that way. I had a pretty busy, stressful, and challenging month of April. I went out of town a couple of weekends. Planned a few things with some friends and some family members. But the biggest thing for me in the month of April was saying goodbye to my boyfriend who left for basic training for the Air Force. He left on April 8th and his basic training started on April 9th. He's been gone for almost a month and it has been a kind of sad month for me. I thought I was going to be able to handle well because I grew up with my dad being in the military and always coming and going. But it's a different feeling when it's the person you are in love with. We chose not to say goodbye because obviously it wasn't goodbye, we chose to say see you in June which is when his graduation from basic will be. My whole family and his whole family are taking a trip out to Texas to be there and support him on his graduation day. I am seriously looking forward to this day so much.

Anyways, since he's been gone, I've written him a letter pretty much every day so far. If I wasn't able to write him a letter one day I made up for it by writing two the next day! I have also sent him about 4 cards now as well just to help lift his spirits during this challenging time for him. I have also been sending him a picture or two with every letter or card I send him. I have this little printer that prints out 2x3 photos, which is like the perfect size because he can just keep them in the envelope and look at them when he's missing home! 

Also during the month of April, we took our annual trip to the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival to celebrate my mom's birthday! We had such a great time and I look forward to this trip every year! I don't think it will ever get old. I hope that we continue on the tradition for many years to come! I'll probably write a blog post about it later. I know I say that about a lot of things but I really do plan on writing the blog posts I talk about I just have to figure out when to fit them all in. There are seriously only so many hours in a day and they seem to just fly by. Except during the month of April lol where everyday seemed to be two days long or longer. 

My sister and I also met up with some friends at SeaWorld, which was a lot of fun! We got to ride some fun roller coasters and their new water raft ride which broke down on us at least 3 times in an hour and a half long period. It was crazy! We don't really go to SeaWorld that often so it was nice to be able to go and catch up with our friends and their adorable baby! I might write a blog post about that too lol, I took quite a few pictures and definitely could share my experience because it was an interesting one! 

I celebrated Easter with my family and then had dinner with my boyfriends family and it was so much fun being able to catch up with everyone. I have a lot of little cousins and it's such a great experience being able to watch them grow up and celebrate holidays with them! It was hard celebrating the holiday without Zach but there will be many more in our future and I can't wait for all of them! 

I also went to two concerts in the month of April, I went and saw Kelsea Ballerini and then we volunteered at the NewsBoys and Michael W. Smith concert, which all in all was a good experience. I actually complained like the whole time we were there because we had to get there sooo early and then we basically just sat around and did nothing for like 2 hours, it was very annoying. I am a huge fan of not wasting time so that's what really bothered me. The part we volunteered for was literally for 10 minutes during the intermission and then we were free to do whatever we wanted. Honestly, I am glad I didn't pay to see the show because I didn't really know most of the songs, I just knew the artists and a couple of their songs. I also just like going to concerts so I wanted to be able to say I saw them in concert but if I had known we were just going to be sitting there for 2 hours in the freezing cold stadium then I probably wouldn't have volunteered. But now that it is all over and I can kind of know what to expect for next time I would volunteer again as long as if it's not on a work night or right after we got back from a weekend away at Disney haha.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and I know it's not April anymore but I figured we're only a few days in to May so it still kind of works.

Talk to you soon! 
XO, Steph

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Life Lessons with Steph

Stephanie Kamp Blog: Life Lessons with Steph
Hey guys,

This post is going to be super short! For real this time! I randomly just came up with this idea and I like trying new things so we're going to try something new! I'm randomly going to write posts about life (covering pretty much any subject I think of) and things I've learned over the last 25 years. I have a few ideas already in my head for things I want to write about and I realized that they all kind of just have to deal with life and things I'm going through, things I'm working on, or things I've already gone through and have learned from them.

Some of the topics might be kind of harsh but I've always been a very truthful person and I usually tell it how it is. It's basically what I'm known for in my family. If I don't like something I'm not afraid to say it even if it might hurt someone, which yes I realize isn't really the greatest thing but it's how I've been since I was like 4 or 5. My mom always jokes that I used to run the household because if the family wanted to do something but I didn't then we didn't do it! And if we did, I usually would throw a temper tantrum. Granted I really hope my kid does not turn out this way because hearing the stories I feel awful for my mom and how I acted but sometimes you can only help a kid so much haha. 

Anyways, one of the topics I'm going to talk about first is about change. This is something has really had a big impact on me lately, especially in a couple different areas of my life. It's also been causing a lot of stress for me and I feel like if I just write about it, it might help relieve some of that stress. I might also be able to figure out a solution to the recent changes that have happened or how at least how to come to terms with everything! Some other topics include, how I deal with depression, friendships, and faith.

There isn't going to be a schedule with these posts, I'm just going to randomly write them and post them when I feel comfortable and when I feel they are ready to be seen by people. Some of them I might write and never post but like I said just writing things down might be feel better. I hope that this works and I hope that you guys enjoy reading them! 

Talk to you soon!
XO, Steph

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Beauty Products Wish List Spring 2019

Hey guys,

So I meant to post this last Friday but I ended up getting behind and was just too busy last week. Then I was going to find time and post it on the weekend but then I pretty much wasn't at home all weekend so then I had to push it back even more. You guys know that I love all thing beauty and makeup and because of this I love writing about it! So I think I would share some of the things that I've had my eye on at Sephora for quite a while now! 

Stephanie Kamp Blog: Beauty Products Wish List Spring 2019

1) Sunday Riley Multivitamins Set
2) Glow Recipe Watermelon Pink Juice Moisturizer
3) Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask
4) Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser
5) Glamglow Supermud Activated Charcol Treatment Mask
6) St. Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Mouse
7) Glamglow Supertoner Exfoliating Acid Solution Toner
8) St. Tropez Gradual Tan Watermelon Infusion Body Lotion
9) Sunday Riley Space Race Acne, Oil + Pores at Wrap Speed Kit
10) Sunday Riley A+ High-Dose Retinol Serum
11) Sunday Riley Flash Fix Kit

I have been really interested in the Sunday Riley products that Sephora has but they are sooo expensive. Since the last time I was looking at their products they've come out gift packages which I think is such a great idea for companies to do because it allows customers to be able to test out products without buying the full size first. I tend to have sensitive skin and I'm usually pretty reluctant to try out new products, especially ones that are so pricey. But I've heard that Sunday Riley has some great acne products and some scaring products. They also have some anti-aging products which are basically all products I'm highly interested in since I'm not getting any younger!

I also have been interested in the Glow Recipe products. I haven't read any of the reviews but the products seem really interesting! I also like their packaging and how they have mini trial sizes to test out. I also like how they are made of out fruit products and other natural ingredients!

One of my favorite brands is Glamglow and I absolutely love trying their new products whenever they come out with them. Also my favorite like by them is their supermud mask and I really want to try out the supertoner and see if it works well for my skin type!

I also love using St. Tropez items especially around this time of year so I can make sure I get my tan on! I currently have really tan feet though because I sit outside for lunch and my lunch is an hour long and so my feet are getting really tan because I usually wear pants every day to work. On the days that I wear dresses then I tend to get sunburnt knees and now I've recently started getting tan knees so I basically have the most strange/farmer's tan ever!

Talk to you soon!
XO, Steph

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Spring Shoes 2019

Hey guys,

So I know it might seem like I talk about shoes a lot but I did work for a shoe store for almost 2 years and I also am just obsessed with shoes! They come in so many different styles and colors, it's very hard to resist some of them! Anyways, I just wanted to write up a quick post about the shoes I'm currently craving for spring!

Stephanie Kamp Blog: Spring Shoes 2019

I have a pair that look just like these but they are by a different brand and I love them! They are also in Cognac so I would love these in Black.

I think these are super cute and the price isn't too bad considering they are Kate Spade! I don't have any gold shoes and I think these would go with a lot of outfits.

I have a thing for studs and I really like how these ones look in this shoe. It is such a unique design and I think that it would go with a lot of different outfits. I also like you just slide them on and go!

I love these color of these sandals and I also love the design and the studs. I like how the color makes them more girly but the studs make it more punk!

I have a pair that is similar to these but mine are purple and a different style but they are the same brand. I love them and I would definitely buy them in more colors!

I have a couple pairs of shoes that are similar to this and I think they are so easy to just throw on with just about anything. I have a cognac color and a black pair so I think a white pair would fit in perfectly with my collection!

I have a pair of Sperry's that are similar to this but mine are white and very worn out. I seriously need a new pair to replace the ones I have and I feel like these would be a good fit!

I've really been getting into the espadrille trend lately and I love these! I think the color is great and I love the bow on the back!

I love the green in these shoes. I am not the biggest fan of the snakeskin but I think it would still pretty much go with a lot of the different outfit options. I also like how intense yet simple they are. I think they would be a really good shoe for spring and summer! 

I have this pair of shoes in purple and I absolutely love them! They are so comfortable and I honestly would buy them in several colors if they came in multiple colors!

I currently have the patent leather version of these but they are technically too small for my teeth and I have these in the nude color and I love so I want to get these in the black color to replace my current pair.

I used to have a pair of Sperry flips flops and they were super comfortable so I would definitely buy another pair. I love the color of these ones and the prices isn't too bad either!

Talk to you soon!
XO, Steph

This post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own.

Monday, March 25, 2019

How to Make Work Days Seem Shorter

Stephanie Kamp Blog: How to Make Work Days Seem Shorter
Hey guys,

Okay so now that I work a normal 40 hour work week job, this is such a huge thing for me. I am always trying to figure out new ways to make time go by faster. Yes, I love my job but obviously everyone would rather be back at home doing stuff that they need to get done around the house or spending time with their loved ones or even going out and doing the things they enjoy most.

My number 1 tip is to make sure you avoid looking at the clock as much as possible. My job is a computer job so I am always looking at a screen and my eyes always wander down to the clock. I try to avoid looking at it but I can admit it, it's very challenging. However, I have noticed that when I am focused on my work and don't look at the clock that time goes by so much faster. But I do have to admit that this only happens on some days. For example, Wednesday's and Friday's, time basically does not move and I feel like I am going to be stuck at work forever. The fastest days for me are definitely Tuesday's and Thursday's, these two days just fly by for me and it is absolutely wonderful. 

My next advice is to make sure that you are keeping yourself busy as much as possible. If you work off of a task list then just stay focused and get your stuff done. With that being said, make sure you aren't working too fast though because you don't want to finish with your tasks and there still be 3 hours left at work with nothing else for you to do. You also want to make sure that you are taking your time and not making any mistakes. Another way I keep myself busy is by interacting with my coworkers. We don't really have any rules that says we can't talk during our shifts and sometimes our supervisor will come over to us and tell us about her personal life for like 20 minutes. So if your work allows you to be social with one another then make sure you are engaging in conversations but also make sure you are still doing work. It's okay to turn around and talk to each other for a few minutes but you don't want to make it seem like you aren't working. You are getting paid to work not to talk!

Another tip is if your work allows two 15 minute break then you could definitely take them. They will go by fast but if you think about it, then that's 30 minutes total a day that you are doing something you enjoy doing or taking a break from doing something you might not love doing. I personally don't do this because I usually never know what to do during these breaks but there are quite a few people I work with that make sure they take their 15 minute breaks. 

I also recommend that you find a little joy in whatever it is that you do for a living. If you absolutely hate your job then your days are going to drag on! They will seem like they are never ending and you're just going to keep hating your job. Also, if you really hate your job then I highly recommend that you either talk to a supervisor and discuss this with them and see if you can come up with some kind of solution or if they have any advice. Most companies force their supervisors to have an open door policy so technically you are allowed to speak freely with them about whatever you want. If you guys can't come up with a solution then it might be time to start looking for another job. 

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and happy Monday! May your day just fly by so you can get back home to your family!

Talk to you soon!
XO, Steph