Obsessed or Nah?

I wanted to share some products that I have been currently obsessing with and some that I probably could live without. So let’s get into it!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACetaphil Oil Control Face Wash: growing up I wasn’t allowed to wear make up until I was 18 (crazy, I know). But while at the time I hated it, I’m actually very grateful my mom did that. I learned at a young age the importance of skin care. So, when I started wearing make-up, I knew I need to have products that give my skin a deep clean. Because my skin is also naturally oily, I wanted to try this face wash to see how it would help me control my oily skin a little bit better. I’ve been using this product at night to give my face a good deep clean and remove all the product and dirt from the day that my skin has. Let me just tell you, my face has never felt so clean. This product does an amazing job at removing all makeup from my face. It has also helped my oil control as well. I noticed during the day my skin isn’t as shiny as it used to be prior to using this product, which of course I love. My skin has cleared up some (I’ve been experiencing break outs and red patches) and my oily skin is under control. Definitely obsessed!

Covergirl Healthy Elixar: okay so I received this product free for testing purposes through influenster. I was really excited to try a new foundation, because I’ve become a product junkie really. I was really excited to try this as soon as it arrived. The day that I tried it, the only downside was it wasn’t the right shade for me. I felt like the shade made my face look more on the orange side. So I ended up taking part of it off and mixing it with my previous foundation. I will say it was very easy to apply, very smooth, and the coverage was great for me. It was a medium to full coverage which is something I love because I do have some redness on my cheeks. I wore it all day and to be honest it didn’t feel much different than my other L’Oréal foundation. I would purchase this product if I just felt like using something different. It wouldn’t be an everyday product for me.

Maybelline Fit Matte Poreless Foundation: I will say this product has become an obsession for me. Like I mentioned earlier, I have oily skin. So keeping my makeup looking fresh and not overly shiny is a struggle for me. This product keeps my face matte practically all day. I won’t say that it’s perfect because I do have moments every now and then where I need to blot some shininess from my face, but it no where near as much as it used to be. The coverage is great (medium-full), the application is smooth and easy and lasts all day long. For those who have oily skin, this is definitely a product I would recommend.

Eva NYC Mane Magic: I got this product free for testing purposes from Influenster. I’ve used it multiple times and do love the way my hair feels after using it. I’ve even sprayed my hair after it’s dried to give it a fresh look. I would definitely recommend this product. It helps prime your hair before styling, which is always a good thing when you’re using heat. Easy to apply, doesn’t leave my hair super oily after using it. And it smells great!

There you have it! This weeks obsessions! Xoxo

What products are you obsessed with?! Let me know below so I can give them a try!

My Healthy Journey Has Begun!!

Okay the first of the month I decided it was time to make a change. My husband and I had been talking about changing our lifestyle and I just decided it was time do it. The more we talked about it and didn’t do anything about it, the sadder I got. I decided to start by watching that documentary on Netflix called What The Health. My brother recommended that I watch it because he enjoyed it and thought it was very insightful. Now, knowing my brother, he doesn’t say that about much, so I figured it had to be good. So one day while I was working I figured I would put it on and listen while I typed up emails. To be honest, I found it to be very interesting. But I’m not one to believe everything I hear from just one source, I like to do my research.

One thing that really intrigued me about this documentary was the testimonials they incorporated of real life people going through real life health issues. While I was watching it I couldn’t help but think, “I wonder if I try this if this will help my energy levels and help me lose some stubborn weight that I’ve had since I finished chemotherapy 17 years ago.” (For those who are currently thinking, “17 years ago! And you still have weight?!” the answer would be yes. Chemotherapy jacks you up to no end.) So I decided to try a more plant based diet. I can’t say that I am completely a vegan or completely a vegetarian. But what I can say is that I have started to consciously make better decisions about what I am putting into my body and right now, I’ve cut out meat.

It’s been about 3 weeks with no meat and to be honest it hasn’t been tough at all! I wanted to start documenting this journey and sharing some recipes! The first one that I wanted to share was one that I got from my aunt. I did tweek it a bit to my personal taste but the first recipe to share with you is an Acai Bowl!

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There are so many different Acai bowl recipes out there you can try, and I encourage you to, but this recipe is one I got from my aunt and made it my own.

I blend one packet of frozen Acai with:

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Whole banana

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Scoop of vegan vanilla protein powder

Scoop of superfoods powder

About 1/2 cup of ripple milk (this is a great dairy free milk for those who cannot have milk) (more depending on the consistency you prefer)

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About 1/4 cup of blueberries and blended!

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Once I blend everything together, I pour it into my bowl while I prep my fruit. I normally have mango, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, kiwi, coconut flakes, granola, chia seeds and hemp seeds. But you can add whatever toppings you prefer. My husband doesn’t like everything I put on top so I customize his for his preferences.

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There you have it! Super easy to make for breakfast or a snack.  And so healthy for you! Enjoy! Let me know if you tried this recipe or a different Acai bowl recipe that you love in the comments below!

nyc fun

hello everyone! this past weekend i spent some time in nyc with my hubby and two of our really close friends. i wanted to share some of the places that we visited cause they were pretty awesome!

  • cookie dough confections: normally this isn’t a place that i would ever go to. i’m not a huge cookie dough fan but because of who i was with, i made the exception. when we got there we soon realized that the line to get in started across the street. that’s right, across the street. now mind you it was like freezing cold this day so that didn’t add to our excitement. but we all decided to just stand in line and wait because we made the trip out there anyways. we waited about an hour in line before we got inside the place. than waiting another 15ish minutes before we got served. side note: one of the servers told us that the line was about 4 hours long earlier in the day so our wait wasn’t bad. 4 hours!! craziness! anywho, once we got in and defrosted, it was actually a really cool experience.

    i was able to take some pictures of the inside so you guys can see what it looks like. they give you a menu while you wait and on that menu is a ton of different cookie dough options that you can choose from. you can basically order your cookie dough like you would ice cream. cup or cone. 1 scoop or 2. so crazy. i never would have thought to create something like this, but hey, people love sugar so i guess it works! i got the heavenly mix which consisted of sugar cookie, chocolate chips, nutella, caramel bits and sea salt. plus it was gluten free! they also have some vegan options too which i thought was pretty cool.

    as much as i’m not really a cookie dough person, i thoroughly enjoyed this experience. the waiting in line was a little crazy, but it was something different for me so i’m glad i did it. plus the cookie dough tasted really good. not even gonna lie on that one. granted i couldn’t finish it all because it was a lot of sugar for me and i hardly ever eat anything sweet. but the taste was amazing. the customer service was just as equally amazing. everyone that worked there was extremely friendly and helpful. some of us had some questions and they were very gracious with us. they even had the back section of their store walled off with glass so that you can see them mixing the different flavors. that part was super cool too. pricing wasn’t bad either. i got 1 scoop in a cup and my husband got 1 scoop in a cone and that came out to a little less than $10. which for nyc, is not bad at all! personally, i don’t think i can say that it would be worth the wait if it was more than 1 hour. because i’m not into it that much. but if you love cookie dough and won’t mind waiting, then go right ahead! also, i would suggest waiting closer to spring time and not winter. its too cold to wait outside like that. but if you’re in nyc, definitely try to add it during your visit. the décor on the inside is super cute you’ll really enjoy it!

  • chelsea market: okay so the chelsea market is beyond cute. it’s an indoor market with tons of cute restaurants and shops. its perfect during the winter because it’s indoors so you can escape the frigid cold air. it was so fun just to walk around and see the different restaurants and shops. they had this super cute flea market style area with at least 12 different pop-up shops. it was really fun to see the creativity that is out there and what kinds of fashion or jewelry items people create. how cute is this wall of lights?!?! can i please have this in my house?…IMG_4218
  • los tacos: within chelsea market, we decided to eat at los tacos. of course there was a line which told me it was going to be great. so they sell tacos individually, so you can get like one chicken and one steak, or whatever you want. we decided to share 4 steak tacos and chips with guacamole. the steak was amazing. i would go back just to eat those tacos again. the guac was pretty good too. the flavor was really good but it wasn’t as dense as i like my guac. for me personally it was a little runny, but it was still good flavor wise. this is definitely a place i would go back to again.IMG_4222
  • hampton inn seaport-financial district: since i spent the weekend, i thought i should speak about our hotel experience. we decided to stay at the hampton inn. it really wasn’t anything special it was just a quick booking through booking.com. the customer service was amazing. the room was great. the only issue we had was the first room we had, the hvac was not working properly, but they worked extremely quickly to move us to a different room and they actually upgraded us in the process. i would definitely go back to this location to stay again.

there you have it guys! just a few of the stops i made this past weekend. make sure you subscribe to my email list so that you can stay up to date with my posts and other travel tips! do you have some favorite places in nyc?? leave a comment and let me know so i can check it out! xoxo

timing is everything

as i’ve gotten older i’m starting to realize that timing really is everything. as much as my personality loves to jump on the opportunity to do something or go somewhere, i have to slow myself down and realize that timing is everything. i haven’t gotten completely used to timing and how to wait on God’s timing. i’m in this stage where i am literally waiting on God’s timing. yes, my husband is still finishing school and we have probably another year left, but i’m so ready for the next thing God has for us! but again, His timing is what i need to wait for. which isn’t always that easy. but it’s necessary.

psalm 27:14 – wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, i say, on the Lord!

who knows where we will be in the next year. all i can do is wait. but what i have learned through that waiting is that this is a great time to better myself. whether that mean through diet and exercise. or even a spiritual diet, getting my relationship with the Lord back to where it needs to be. it could even learning a new talent or skill. this is my time to do that. so while i hate the waiting stage, i’m starting to enjoy having the time to learn what i can.

in the beginning of the year, i created a vision board for the first time ever. i don’t know why i never thought about doing one in the past, but this year i just felt empowered. i figured, if i’m going to be here for another year or two or however, i’m going to start putting vision to my life. i put things on there like a new car, paying off school debt, writing music, working on an ep and more. i decided that this was my year. my year to be productive and to really put vision back into my life. i feel like i lost it for a bit there. but it’s back and i’m excited. God is going to do some amazing things this year, i can feel it. and i’m just happy that i can play even a small part in that.

in the next months, i’ll be adding more to how my vision board is coming and how God is proving Himself faithful through it all. so make sure you are following my blog to keep up and you are signing up for my emails!

 xoxo

who am i?

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so for those of you who don’t know me at all, this post is for you! and probably for those who do know me might still benefit from this. so i realized i started this blog without really officially introducing myself to everyone. so i wanted to spend some time tonight doing just that. my name is megan alexis perez. i am 26 years old. i an originally from new york, i lived in yonkers and long island for about 15 years. when i 15 years old my dad got called by the Lord to go into ministry so he moved us to lakeland, florida so that he can attend southeastern university. i was in florida for about 9 years before i moved up here to pennsylvania. going from new york to florida was not an easy transition, i must say. i find new york and florida to be polar opposites.

not only in weather. it was very shocking to me. i remember in high school, the very first time that my brother and i were asked to hang out with some friends was quite the experience. they asked us if we wanted to go over and go shooting. now mind you, we just moved down here from new york. in new york, going shooting isn’t a good thing. like, you just don’t go out shooting somewhere for fun. that is not a thing. seriously. i remember going home and telling my parents that and they had to explain what they were talking about. my brother and i looked at each other and thought “really?! they do that for fun!!!???” so out our comfort zone.

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that move was probably the most difficult for me. i left a lot in new york. but i did find a lot in florida. the Lord really did a lot in me while i was down there. after high school, i ended up going to a state university first. the friends i had in high school all went to that school and i wanted to go with them. plus my boyfriend at the time was going and i didn’t want to be alone. so my first year of college was not good at all. i know many people don’t know this, and i probably shouldn’t be talking about this but who cares. the past is the past. so my first year of college all i did was hang out with my friends and boyfriend. barely went to class and barely did homework. of course my actions came with consequences. i didn’t do well in my classes and because of it i was asked not return until i got my gpa up. it was so disappointing. i was so broken. i couldn’t believe that i had allowed myself to get that far deep. i was so disappointed. after that, i knew that i needed to basically take my life back and get things on the straight and narrow real quick.

i changed my major (i started as a pre-med biology major) to music and went to community college for a year. some events took place during that year which caused me to make the move back home with my parents and attend southeastern. i ended up graduating from southeastern university with my bachelors in music business with a minor in church music.

i will say that i was very happy i made that move back home. it was hard at first, but i know that that was the Lord working. i ended up meeting my husband my junior year in college. we met at a worship night, another story for another time. we were friends for a little over two years before we actually started dating officially. and about a year after that we were engaged. five months later we were married. it was crazy but, it was God. he is my best friend. and the love of my life. and in a few years, he will be my baby daddy! (this is not a pregnancy announcement lol)

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I will say that my life has not gone the way that i actually thought it would. i mean i thought that i would be close to finishing up medical school at this point in my life. i didn’t anticipate being married until i was about 28-29. and i was totally fine with that. but i would not change anything about my life right. maybe i would change to be a couple pounds lighter but that’s about it.

my entire life, i feel, has been centered around God. most of the time in ways that i couldn’t see. i couldn’t see Him working things out for my good. i couldn’t always feel Him there next to me even though He was always there. i know i have made my mistakes in the past, but He never left me. growing up, i took to music as my way to express myself. music was my escape. when i came to the Lord, i combined both passions and now leading worship is my “escape.” it’s my passion. and not just leading worship. but also taking my knowledge and experience and pouring that into others to help train them in worship and all that it entails. combine that with traveling and you have my dream job. i know that the Lord is preparing us for this dream job (at least i’m praying He does!).

that is pretty much the outer layer of who i am aside from the fact that i am fashion obsessed. i did work in retail for over 6 years and did a lot in visual merchandising, so over time my love for fashion and styling has grown. a little out of control for my budget i might add! haha

so that is me in a nutshell. there is so much more to who i am that is so hard to really just encompass in one blog post. but i wanted to introduce myself to you guys officially. i’m so excited about this blog and where it is going to be going in the next few months. please, if there is a topic you would like me to cover, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask! i would love to hear from you guys!

xoxo

patience.

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patience. waiting. two words not many people like. i know i didn’t. well i don’t. most of the time. while i’ve gotten used to waiting for things, my patience is taking a while to grow. there’s a difference you know. between waiting and being patient. patience, my own definition of course, is waiting for something or someone but waiting with a good attitude. waiting, for me, doesn’t come with much of a good attitude. i don’t like waiting. i’m a go-getter. i like to do things right when i think of them. i’ll work day and night on a project just to see it completed. i’ve never been a patient person because of that. i don’t like waiting. that’s just something i’m still working on with the Lord. and you all know, it’s never about our timing it’s always about His. so you can imagine how frustrated i can get. waiting on God. waiting on Him to show up. waiting on Him to answer. waiting on Him to move. for a person that is a go-getter, that loves change, waiting on God isn’t an easy thing for me. it’s sucks actually. but that waiting, has taught me patience. at the very beginners level of course, i’m not perfect.

patience, like i said before is waiting with a good attitude. my patience lately is wearing thin. i’m in a place right now that i am waiting on God. i have no choice but to wait on Him. while he is still opening doors in certain areas, the biggest area of my life right now, my career, is the one that is in the waiting room. and everyday, i’m getting more and more tired. tired of waiting. hoping that the next day, He’ll show me the next step. hoping the next day, He’ll tell me what to do. but it just hasn’t happened. and that is so frustrating. i’m just being real with you. waiting on God isn’t an easy thing nor is it fun.

my dream, is to travel the world and worship God. i want to help churches grow their worship teams and departments. i want to teach others about worship, about true worship to God. i want to inspire young people to live lives on fire for God. to live a life of integrity. of honesty. of love for people and for God. that is what i want to do. that is my dream job. but right now my reality is working at a university in the financial aid department. now, i like my job, love my boss, and love my co-workers. but lately the stress levels have increased greatly and the fun just isn’t there anymore. my heart isn’t completely in it anymore. and for me, that kills me. everything i do, no matter what it is, i put my heart and soul into it. my last job, i didn’t like some of the aspects that job at all. i would get sad when i had to go to work. i would go to work sick, even though i knew i should stay home and rest. but no matter what i was feeling, i put in overtime when they needed me too. i was there on my days off when they needed me. i poured my whole life into that job, not because i liked it but because i knew i had to do this. it’s wasn’t for my boss; it was for God. i’ve been working for Him for years now. but there comes a time when you stop and think, when can i work at my dream? when can that be my only job? am i missing something? did i do something wrong?

those are the thoughts that go through your mind. and i’m sure you’ve thought the same thing too. it’s a tough place to be in. and as i sit here writing this, i’m in that tough spot. what do i do? i came home today from another long and stressful day at work, and just put on some worship music. my favorite song right now is here waiting by david and nicole binion of covenant worship. there’s a part that says, “don’t be far from me. i’m here waiting for you. God i’m not moving, i’m here waiting on You.” once i heard that, it all became clear to me again. a little bit of true patience just grew in me tonight. this song helps to remind me in situations what true patience is all about. it’s about here, waiting on God. doesn’t matter how long it takes. it’s about not moving, but waiting here for Him. i may not like the place i’m in right now. but i choose to wait here for God to move. and i choose to love every moment of this waiting period, even though at times i know i will get frustrated. i will continue to wait for Him to show up and show me where to go.

in times like today, i need to tell myself, “it’s not about my timeline it’s about Gods.” Gods timing is the most important. i hope when you’re reading you feel encouraged. you may not like the stage that your in right now. it may be difficult. it may feel like your being stretched in ways you never thought you could be. it may be emotional and just down right now fun. but know that where you are at right now is where God wants you to be. he is in the process of breaking and molding you to remove the impurities within you. He’s drawing you closer to His heart. during times like these, remember to continue chasing after Him even if you don’t feel like He’s chasing after you. He’s still there. and He will never leave.

patience. it’s a learning process. Xoxo

size doesn’t matter

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for years i’ve struggled with the thought of “size matters.” as i’ve gotten older, i’ve come realize that it really doesn’t. your size has nothing to do with who you are as a person. your size doesn’t control your character. your size doesn’t control your heart or your actions. so why is it that as women, we put so much emphasis on our size? as if, when we drop down a couple pounds our lives will somehow magically become perfect. that if we could just lose a couple of pounds, everything will be alright. and where has that thinking gotten us exactly? more and more young girls are growing up with these self-confidence issues that it is a little crazy. but i must admit to you, i used to buy into that thinking. for a long period of time, i bought into the whole “lose weight and you’ll be happy” idea. it was a very sad time in my life. all i cared about was losing weight. i tried every diet, took every weight loss pill, did the whole work out thing and nothing happened. surprise, surprise.

i soon realized how deep this problem really was. it wasn’t so much about losing weight as it was the thought that if i lost the weight, i would be accepted. i just wanted to belong. it was a hard time in my life let me tell you. it almost sucks to write about it, because it makes it that much more real! ugh! anyways..

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being the perfect weight is hard for women, especially in the society we live in. where everywhere we turn there are gorgeous thin supermodels making us feel less than ourselves because we aren’t a size 0. i hate that. i hate that there are girls out there that are starving themselves to become something that God didn’t create them to be. as i’ve gotten older, i have realized that i will never be a size 0. and i’m perfectly okay with that. God created me just the way i am. i am beautiful. i am a daughter of the King! if you’re reading this, take a minute to say that yourself. tell yourself you are beautiful. tell yourself you are a daughter of the king. now go to the bathroom mirror, look yourself in the eyes, and say it again. it’s extremely powerful. i cry just thinking about it. our words have the power of life and death. and we have the power to control what we say about ourselves.

what really matters, is your heart. i think that is where a lot of the problem is. girls think that if they lose weight they will be accepted by everyone. but what happens when you lose that weight and people still don’t accept you because you are mean spirited? or when they find out how selfish you are? what are you going to do then? it doesn’t matter what size you are. people care more about your personality. your heart. how kind you are. how caring you are. that is what makes you, you. not what size jeans you wear!

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i know this isn’t the longest post ever, but i hope after reading this you gained a little more confidence in yourself. knowing that you are beautiful. knowing that you were fearfully and wonderfully made. knowing that you are the daughter of a King. a King who, by the way, thinks you are the most beautiful version of you. who wouldn’t change a thing about the way you look. a King that cares more about your heart than what size clothes you wear. how many of us can say that about someone else?

is this something that you struggle with? leave a comment below and lets pray together! xoxo

 

outfit details:

white button down: old navy (btw this top is on crazy sale!!!! less than $10!!)

black skinny jeans: levi’s