How to be a Good Friend-Kindness Challenge


Today I wanted to talk about something important to me and that is Friendship and what makes a good friend. By luck, it ties into my 2017 Goals/Promises that I made to myself. If you want to hear me talk in detail about Friendship and Goals make sure you check out my YouTube Video. I hope this video inspires you to take my Kindness Challenge and incorporate some type of kindness goals into your daily routine and see if your life and outlook doesn’t change for the better. Let me know in the comments if you are going to try a little more kindness in your life. I would love to hear from you. Please give me a “Thumbs Up” if you like this video and don’t forget to subscribe. Keep reading here for my list of what I think makes a good friend and what my 2017 Goals are.

Here are my ideas on How to be a Good Friend; I’m reading a great book Stiletto Network by Pamela Reyckman and she talks about how women need to support and uplift other women in the workforce and in daily life. She also covers how it is our responsibility to help and support other women to succeed in their goals and dreams. This has always been a philosophy of mine and has been an important part of my work, in coaching, styling designing and being a friend. I want to see others succeed and if I can do something to help that then that is an accomplishment for me as well as the person striving for self-improvement. Here is the list of 5 qualities I find important in being a good friend.

  1. Never lose yourself in a friendship.
  2. A friendship should be reciprocal.
  3. A good friendship stands the test of time.
  4. Real friends don’t gossip about their friends.
  5. Be confident in who you are; celebrate other friends good fortune. Be kind!

I originally posted a video in January that caught my viewers up on what had been going on with me and then went through my goals/promises for 2017. I think it might have been a bit too much information and many people missed the goal part; which I thought was really motivating. In that video, I am going to go through my Goals/Promises for 2017 and I totally changed it up and decided to do something new and exciting. It is an experiment that my whole family is going to join in on. If it works I think it will be life-changing. We would love to have you join us.

What I have decided to do is cut the video in half and re-post the goal part with some updates on our progress. I am also going to add some of my thoughts and feelings about being a good friend, mentor and kind person. This leads directly to the goals our family is trying to implement this year and the promises that we are keeping for ourselves. Here are what we are trying to do this year 2017 Goals/Promises:

  1. Surround my life with kindness.
  2. Forgive my transgressors.
  3. Be Frustrated, not angry and then let it go.
  4. Walk away from negativity.
  5. Positive Mental Attitude.

I am going to leave a link to both of the videos so that you can check out the first have of the Catch-up video if you want to find out some of the things that are going on in my life right now. If not I would go straight to the second video and get a full picture of our goals and some of my ideas on friendship and kindness. It is my hope that this website and my YouTube channel is a place of kindness, growth and safe exchange of ideas. I don’t want anyone to feel that they cannot share a part of them self for fear of being shamed or ridiculed; including myself. Believe me there is nothing you can say that I have probably not heard straight to my face before, so if your goal is to hurt me the written word on a blog will come far from doing it; I’m a lot tougher than that and lived through a lot worse; don’t waste your time.

To see details, check out the link to both of my video: Catch-Up & 2017 Goals/Promises My newest video with the updated goals only and friendship addition is here: How to be a Good Friend-Kindness Challenge

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Hautelook: Refer a friend link available to everyone; one time only $20 thank you if you have never shopped Hautelook before. Only to be used at Hautelook. **

Joss & Main: Refer a friend link available to everyone; one time only $15 thank you if you have never shopped at Joss & Main before. Only to be used at Joss & Main. **

Stitch Fix: I just started to use Stitch Fix and this is a Refer a friend link available to everyone; one time only $25 thank you if you have never shopped Stitch Fix before. Only to be used at Stitch Fix **

BaubleBar: Refer a friend link available to everyone; one time only 150 points to say thank you if you have never shopped BaubleBar before. Only to be used at BaubleBar **

AFFILIATE & REFERRAL LINKS:

**Right now, I only have referral links that are available to anyone who tells a new friend about one of the companies above. It has nothing to do with being a YouTube creator. The $$ I receive are only able to be used with that company to do more shopping; which I will make videos on. Videos are fun for everyone!! If I did have affiliate links (I DO NOT), the $$ would be used to help support my website and the free content. All opinions are my own. Thank you so much for your help! Heidi

Disclaimer: The content that is shared in these videos and blog are intended for informational and entertainment purposes only. Any advice and/or product(s) mentioned should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult your healthcare professional any time you start any new routine, try a new product and/or applying any of the information mentioned in any of Embellish Life’s videos. Please be advised. All products mentioned by any videos produced by Embellish Life have purchased, or given as gifts by personal friends, and family. Should any products be supplied by a vendor or sponsored by a company for profit this will be disclosed either in the video, in the description or both.

Stitch Fix From Start to Finish-all you need to know!


I tried an online subscription company that sends you fashion from head to toe pulled by your own stylist for only a $20 fee. Now you may be thinking, why in the world would you want someone else to pick out your clothes (you may be thinking that for me and/or yourself). I can’t speak for why you might not want to have someone pick out your fashions for you; I can tell you my control freak, fashion diva, bargain hunting self, had quite a moment of pause before I tried it out. If I am 100% honest in my first video: Stitch Fix Set Up, I was originally trying it as an experience and being the test dummy for all my viewers. So, let me walk you briefly through the process while I set up my account, answer all my Stitch Fix fashion question and find out what Stitch Fix is all about. When you sign up they have you fill out a questionnaire and try to get to know you through some of your social media pages, if you have them. They are also establishing your size and lifestyle/clothing needs. For more details check out my first video where I go into more details.

My first Stitch Fix box arrived, it only took a few days after ordering and if you watch my second video you can see what I received. My opinion of the quality, style, and service. I will take you through the purchasing process and prices of my first order, find out what I kept and I do a quick fashion show so you can see what all the clothing looks like on. I even styled it with some of my own stuff in the way the stylist suggested. Here is the link to that video: My First Stitch Fix-Unboxing & Lookbook I do prefer shopping on sale and Stitch Fix doesn’t give you that opportunity to do that except for crediting back your $20 stylist fee if you buy something from your current fix and if you buy it all (5 pieces) you get a 25% discount on the entire order. This is something but I prefer a bigger sale. They do have a referral program where they give you $25 if a friend you referred shops with them. I think that is your best bet on getting a bigger discount. Here is my referral link if anyone is currently interested in shopping and trying out Stitch Fix:Stitch Fix Refer A Friend

To see details, check out the link to my video: Stitch Fix-How to Set-up & Get Started and the second video: My First Stitch Fix-Unboxing & Lookbook
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Hautelook: Refer a friend link available to everyone; one time only $20 thank you if you have never shopped Hautelook before. Only to be used at Hautelook. **

Joss & Main: Refer a friend link available to everyone; one time only $15 thank you if you have never shopped at Joss & Main before. Only to be used at Joss & Main. **

Stitch Fix: I just started to use Stitch Fix and this is a Refer a friend link available to everyone; one time only $25 thank you if you have never shopped Stitch Fix before. Only to be used at Stitch Fix **

BaubleBar: Refer a friend link available to everyone; one time only 150 points to say thank you if you have never shopped BaubleBar before. Only to be used at BaubleBar **

AFFILIATE & REFERRAL LINKS:

**Right now I only have referral links that are available to anyone who tells a new friend about one of the companies above. It has nothing to do with being a YouTube creator. The $$ I receive are only able to be used with that company to do more shopping; which I will make videos on. Videos are fun for everyone!! If I did have affiliate links (I DO NOT), the $$ would be used to help support my website and the free content. All opinions are my own. Thank you so much for your help! Heidi

Disclaimer: The content that is shared in these videos and blog are intended for informational and entertainment purposes only. Any advice and/or product(s) mentioned should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult your healthcare professional any time you start any new routine, try a new product and/or applying any of the information mentioned in any of Embellish Life’s videos. Please be advised. All products mentioned by any videos produced by Embellish Life have purchased, or given as gifts by personal friends, and family. Should any products be supplied by a vendor or sponsored by a company for profit this will be disclosed either in the video, in the description or both.

GRWM-Everyday Makeup

One of my first GRWM and I’m showing you all my Everyday Makeup. Stick with me I know I’ll get better at demoing makeup if you guys like it let me know in the comments. I’ve listed all the products that I used below and remember like I stated in the video, I’m a Younique Presenter so you can purchase any of the products you like online through me or your local Younique lady. It is just like Mary Kay or Avon; not sold in store. If you would like to see the how to apply everyday makeup, please watch my video; the link is just below the list of makeup I used. Here are the products I used in the order they appeared:

• No7 Airbrush Away Primer: Walgreens, Ulta Beauty & Target (for now)
• Younique BB Flawless in Honey
• Younique Touch Mineral Powder in Chiffon
• Younique Beachfront Bronzer in Sunset
• Nars Blush in Orgasm
• Younique Moonstruck Precision Eyeliner in Perfect Black
• Too Faced Chocolate Bar Semi Sweet Palette
1) 1st color Nougat
2) 2nd color Puddin’
3) 3rd color Bon Bon
4) 4th color Pink Sugar
5) Brow color Mousse
• Better Than Sex Mascara in Black
• Younique Moonstruck Lipliner in Plush
• Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit Lipstick in Rebel Rose

To see details, check out the link to my video: GRWM-Everyday Makeup YouTube Video
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Hautelook: Refer a friend link available to everyone; one time only $20 thank you if you have never shopped Hautelook before. Only to be used at Hautelook. **

Joss & Main: Refer a friend link available to everyone; one time only $15 thank you if you have never shopped at Joss & Main before. Only to be used at Joss & Main. **

Stitch Fix: I just started to use Stitch Fix and this is a Refer a friend link available to everyone; one time only $25 thank you if you have never shopped Stitch Fix before. Only to be used at Stitch Fix **

BaubleBar: Refer a friend link available to everyone; one time only 150 points to say thank you if you have never shopped BaubleBar before. Only to be used at BaubleBar **

Younique: I am a Younique Presenter/Rep; to purchase Younique you must go through a Presenter it is not sold in stores. If you are interested in any of the products, you can follow my link and shop online. No parties necessary. It also helps me provide free content on Embellish Life. Thank you for your support!**

AFFILIATE & REFERRAL LINKS:

**Right now I only have referral links that are available to anyone who tells a new friend about one of the companies above. It has nothing to do with being a YouTube creator. The $$ I receive are only able to be used with that company to do more shopping; which I will make videos on. Videos are fun for everyone!! If I did have affiliate links (I DO NOT), the $$ would be used to help support my website and the free content. All opinions are my own. Thank you so much for your help! Heidi

Disclaimer: The content that is shared in these videos and blog are intended for informational and entertainment purposes only. Any advice and/or product(s) mentioned should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult your healthcare professional any time you start any new routine, try a new product and/or applying and of the information mentioned in any of Embellish Life’s videos. Please be advised. All products mentioned by any videos produced by Embellish Life have purchased, or given as gifts by personal friends, and family. Should any products be supplied by a vendor or sponsored by a company for profit this will be disclosed either in the video, in the description or both.

Good Stress vs. Bad Stress: How to Handle Them

Stress effects everyone in their life at one time or another, no one can escape it. The difference is how each person deals with stress and if the stress you are dealing with is the good or bad kind. Last year was a hot bed of stress for Peter and I; Peter had a ton of stuff going on with work and I had a bunch of random medical stuff to deal with. Both work stress and illness stress are ranked in the Top 10 High Stress Situations. Here are all 10 if you would like to see if you are experiencing any, some or all of these factors that can be known to cause stress: Death of a family member, chronic pain or chronic illness, divorce, marriage, loss of job or job change, moving, primary relationship problems, occupational problems, and severe financial problems.
I have listed a few websites that I mentioned in the video if you would like to get more information on the difference between Good Stress and Bad Stress and some of the techniques I like to use for relaxation. Please go and visit my YouTube Channel for this video and others: Embellish Life on YouTube

What is bad stress?
Bad stress can also be termed as distress, and is chronic or ongoing stress that takes over your everyday life.

What is good stress?
Good stress is a type of mild stress that can motivate a person to complete a task or goal. Instead of being harmful and detrimental to the body, it has been proven that mild bouts to actually enhance and improve cognitive brain function. It is important that it only is for a short period.
How can you identify good stress and bad stress?
That’s why it is up to us all as individuals to determine what kind of stress we are under. If it makes us feel invigorated, challenged and motivated, it is probably good stress. If it leaves us tired, worn and unenthusiastic, it is probably bad stress.

Signals of Too Much Stress
It may be tough to tell when you’re experiencing good or bad stress, but there are important ways that your body lets you know that you’re struggling with too much stress. Watch out for the following warning signs:
• Inability to concentrate or complete tasks
• Get sick more often with colds
• Body aches
• Other illnesses like autoimmune diseases flare up
• Headaches
• Irritability
• Trouble falling sleeping or staying awake
• Changes in appetite
• More angry or anxious than usual

5 Fast Relaxation Tips
1. Meditation: App I like Headspace (10 sessions free)
2. Aromatherapy: (lavender, rose, chamomile, jasmine, sandalwood, and sage) I like vanilla
3. Exercise also has some direct stress-busting benefits. Physical activity helps bump up the production of your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins.
4. Create a Positive Reality (Temporary Escape)
5. Bath with candles, music, Epsom salts (detox)

Honorable Mention
1. Spa Day (Create one at home)
2. Retail Therapy (One I use regularly and then my husband is stressed)
3. Wine and any of the above (used in moderation) 😉

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Websites to visit for more information:

Ulifeline
Mayo Clinic-Stress Management
Care2-Health Benefits of Epsom Salts
The Adrenal Fatigue Solution
Headspace

To see details, check out the link to my video: Good Stress vs. Bad Stress: How to Handle Them
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Hautelook: http://www.hautelook.com/short/2t8pC (Refer a friend link available to everyone; one time only $20 thank you if you have never shopped Hautelook before.)**

Joss & Main: https://www.jossandmain.com/invite/embellishlife (Refer a friend link available to everyone; one time only $15 thank you if you have never shopped at Joss & Main before.) **

Younique: https://www.youniqueproducts.com/HeidiEmbellish (I am a Younique Presenter/Rep; to purchase Younique you must go through a Presenter it is not sold in stores. If you are interested in any of the products you can follow my link and shop online. No parties necessary. It also helps me provide free content on Embellish Life. Thank you for your support!)**

AFFILIATE LINKS:
**I use some affiliate links, which help support my website and the free content. A percentage of the things you buy through my links will go towards supplies to keep “Embellish Life” up and running. All opinions are my own. Thank you so much for your help! Heidi

Disclaimer: The content that is shared in these videos and blog are intended for informational and entertainment purposes only. Any advice and/or product(s) mentioned should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult your healthcare professional any time you start any new routine, try a new product and/or applying and of the information mentioned in any of Embellish Life’s videos. Please be advised. All products mentioned by any videos produced by Embellish Life have purchased, or given as gifts by personal friends, and family. Should any products be supplied by a vendor or sponsored by a company for profit this will be disclosed either in the video, in the description or both.

What’s My Perfect Makeup Day

perfectmakeupWhat’s My Perfect Makeup Day is a way for my viewers to pick out what they think is the best foundation, mascara, liquid liner and lip color for me. I have been in the hunt for the best coverage, and nicest looking foundation and that inspired me to turn to my viewers for their opinion. Through the magic of technology YouTube has created the ability for me to have an interactive poll running with each of the videos as I demonstrate the products I am trying. All of the selections will be blind test so none of the viewers will know what product I’m using. I will list all the brands I’m using just not what one at each time. I did this so that I would get the most honest and unbiased answer I could… The winner of the poll will be posted the following week video and on my blog so that everyone can use the video and blog for their own makeup hunt!

This series is not only created for my personal search for the Perfect Makeup Day; it is also to help everyone else find their Perfect Makeup Day!!!

Here are some of the Makeup Lines I will be testing in all of the videos over the next 6 weeks:
It Cosmetics
Lorac
L’Oréal
Make Up For Ever
Maybelline
MAC
NYX
Tarte
Two Faced
Urban Decay
Younique

This series will post every Wednesday for the next 6 weeks. The last video will be a Get Ready With Me, where I will use all the makeup that the viewers have voted on to make what they think will be “My Perfect Makeup Day”. Follow along, vote on your favorite choice, maybe you will find a favorite foundation, mascara, liquid liner or lip color too.

I thought the perfect way to start this tour would be to take everyone on a tour of my bathroom where all the “Magic” happens. Checkout what I have done so far to my bathroom with the custom mirrors, lighting and window coverings. I also give you a peek into all my cupboards and drawers to see my makeup and skin care, how I organize it and what I use. It is just a little insight into how I achieve all the looks you see on all my videos. If you haven’t already subscribed I would love it if you did and joined us here at Embellish Life.

To see details, check out the link to my video: What’s My Perfect Makeup Day? Video
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Places I shop and love:

Hautelook: http://www.hautelook.com/short/2t8pC (Refer a friend link available to everyone; one time only $20 thank you if you have never shopped Hautelook before.)**

Joss & Main: https://www.jossandmain.com/invite/embellishlife (Refer a friend link available to everyone; one time only $15 thank you if you have never shopped at Joss & Main before.) **

Younique: https://www.youniqueproducts.com/HeidiEmbellish (I am a Younique Presenter/Rep; to purchase Younique you must go through a Presenter it is not sold in stores. If you are interested in any of the products you can follow my link and shop online. No parties necessary. It also helps me provide free content on Embellish Life. Thank you for your support!)**

AFFILIATE LINKS:
**I use some affiliate links, which help support my website and the free content. A percentage of the things you buy through my links will go towards supplies to keep “Embellish Life” up and running. All opinions are my own. Thank you so much for your help! Heidi

Disclaimer: The content that is shared in these videos and blog are intended for informational and entertainment purposes only. Any advice and/or product(s) mentioned should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult your healthcare professional any time you start any new routine, try a new product and/or applying and of the information mentioned in any of Embellish Life’s videos. Please be advised. All products mentioned by any videos produced by Embellish Life have purchased, or given as gifts by personal friends, and family. Should any products be supplied by a vendor or sponsored by a company for profit this will be disclosed either in the video, in the description or both.

Fashion in My Life

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If you want to know more about my fashion experience check out my YouTube site. I have just finished a new video about why I’m making videos and where I have learned all I know about fashion and style. You can see the video, Embellish Life-All About Style and find out all you ever wanted to know about me and my fashion experience. A few jobs I didn’t mention in my video, totally forgot and I didn’t want it to go on forever… I didn’t mention working as a Manager and Buyer at a designer leather boutique in La Jolla, CA called Extravaganza and I was a stylist, fashion merchandiser at JigSaw a contemporary clothing boutique also in La Jolla, CA. I actually worked at JigSaw twice once just before I moved to Beverly Hills, CA and after I came home due to my car accident. Tip: Try never to burn bridges… You never know when you might need something from someone again. Even if it is not a job, I believe that life is spiral; hopefully in a upward movement, and always spinning and circling back around. Keep as many doors open and windows cracked, you never know when you might want to go back through to get to the other side. 🙂

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What is Embellish Life

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Now that I have moved a lot of my post onto video at YouTube I thought it would be helpful to run through why I started Embellish Life what my goals and ambitions are for the blog, videos and Embellish Life in general… Although, Embellish Life started over 10 years ago my entire life has been dedicated to supporting and inspiring people (mainly women) to reach beyond their expectations and become the very best person they have dreamed of being… I love nurturing peoples goals and dreams and I also love to help people search and strive for realistic goals so everyone can feel the joy of accomplishment. It is my belief that when you strive for the obtainable your will find the extraordinary; keeping your mind and heart open to all possibilities leaves everyone exposed to experience life in it’s fullest. If you want to see more check out my video, What is Embellish Life?

Please join me on my new venture on YouTube while I dump my knowledge onto video in hopes to teach and inspire everyone to face their fears, strive for their dreams and accomplish the possible… Because Everything in Life is Better When You Embellish!

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4th of July Party

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This was a great party! We had about 20 guests. The party was partially catered by a local BBQ restaurant which allowed for everyone to enjoy the day and no one person spent the day cooking and prepping over a hot grill. I also had guest that asked if they could help (this happens all the time and people like to chip in if they can). I don’t normally request help but depending on the party and occasion, I do let people bring dishes. Since this was a 4th of July celebration I let people choose their favorite “All American” side, dessert to bring. Depending on your guest list and volunteers you may want to ask what they are bringing so that you don’t have too much of one side or platter. You know your guest best and what will work for your party. Having people help you will definitely take the stress off of you to prepare all the food yourself. If you are a foodie and enjoy the food prep than there is nothing wrong with thanking your guest for the offer and letting them know you have it all taken care of. Suggest just bringing a bottle of wine or soda… If they will not take “no” for an answer.

Later in the evening we all walked to the bridge to watch fireworks and we even had a few of our own (yes, they are legal here 😉 ) If you would like to see more of the set-up and decorations please check out my Embellish Life YouTube Channel and watch the video!

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Supplies for the decor where purchased at:

Hobby Lobby: http://www.hobbylobby.com/

Joann: http://www.joann.com/

Save on Crafts: http://www.save-on-crafts.com/

Pier 1: http://www.pier1.com/

Watermelon MojitoHere is the recipe for the Watermelon Mojito:

It’s summer, try one, and I guarantee you’ll still be drinking them after Independence Day is over.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups watermelon (cubes about 6 cubes)
5 mint leaves
1/2 oz lime juice
1.5-2 oz rum
1/2-3/4 oz simple syrup (I swap out the simple syrup and club soda for diet ginger ale)
Club soda

Instructions
Cut the watermelon into cubes and measure out 1 1/2 cups (to save time buy the pre-cut watermelon that you can find at most grocery stores in the produce section). Combine the watermelon, lime juice, mint leaves, and simple syrup (I leave this out) in a cocktail shaker. Thoroughly muddle the mixture until the watermelon is mostly liquid. (Here is where I change it up… I use a hand blender and if I am making a big batch for a party I put it into the blender. Once it is all smooth I put it through a strainer to collect most of the pulp. Now continue on) Add the rum and some ice cubes. Shake. Next, fill a glass most of the way up with crushed ice. Strain the watermelon mixture into the glass. Top with club soda (this is where I use the diet ginger ale)

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