Tea & Chit Chat with Am!

Tea & Chit Chat with Am!

Hey babes! I wanted to sit down while I was having my nightly glass of tea to chit chat with y’all on what has been going on in my life and what I’m planning for my blog this year! It’s kind of random but let me know if you like these type of blog posts! Lol.

Life Updates

I took an unintended break from blogging and social media over the last few months. It was hard to get motivated after I got back from vacation in Nashville. I meant to get back to regular posting in December but then I was sick off and on. The flu and allergies are the worst! Between my grandma passing away last month and family drama, I’ve kind of been in a meh mood. I think getting back into my blogging routine will help keep my mind occupied. 🙂

2018 Goals

Blog: I’ve been really bad about sending out my newsletter. I’m wanting to get back to sending that out every week! You can sign up for it in my sidebar! I would ideally like to get back to posting 2-3 blog posts a week but it’ll probably take me a bit to work back up to that. Lol. I’m wanting to up my photography game this year! I’m going to be buying softboxes within the next week or so. I never seem to have the time to take pictures during the day. I’ve been using my sister’s Nikon off and on lately. I’m finally starting to get the hang of it and kind of obsessed with how nice my pictures are turning out. I started saving now so hopefully I can get a good deal on a DSLR around Black Friday! I’m leaning towards a Canon but I’m not 100% decided yet. If you have any softbox or camera recommendations, let me know!

Budget: This year I’m wanting to cut back on my spending, to pay off my credit cards, and save money. This means that I’m going to be using up makeup before buying more and stop spending money on stupid stuff I don’t need. Lol. I’ve been keeping track of everything in my bullet journal. It’s my newest obsession!

Fitness: Last year I lost about 15 pounds and I’m wanting to lose another 50ish. I stopped drinking soda and drink a lot of water.  I need to get back to eating healthier and working out again though. Since it’s been so cold I haven’t been walking outside. In the summer I was doing about 2 miles a day. I’ve been wanting to try yoga!

Reading: I set myself a goal on Goodreads to read 100 books. I read a bit over 80 last year so I think it’s doable! So far I’m on my 21st book of the year. Lol. Out of those 100 books, I want to 25 that I already own. I’m getting more and more advanced copies of books to read and I purchase a lot of new releases that I forget about ones I already own. Also, I’m trying to review every book I read on Goodreads. A recap of all the books I read in January will be up in a blog post this weekend! Add me as a friend on Goodreads! I love seeing what everyone else is reading! I’m currently obsessed with romance!! Lol.

School: I’m hoping to be able to start cosmetology school by the end of the year! It depends on how much I have saved and when I get my student loan and credit cards paid off. I’m super excited to finally do start! It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for years!

The Blog

Updates: I’m switching up a few things. I changed the heading font to something more my style. Let me know if you can read it fine! I’m working with someone on a new header. I’m so excited and can’t wait for y’all to see it!

Series: I’ve been slacking on a few of my series’. I plan on continuing with my Mascara Monday posts. I still have a lot of mascaras to try, so go to that page and let me know which mascara you would like me to try next! I never did a final update on my project pan. Would y’all like to see that? A beauty empties post should be up soon! My newest series will be a makeup collection and declutter by product type! I’m really excited to start that and clear out my collection!

1 Year Anniversary: Ahh!! I almost forgot! A year ago today I started my first blog, Red Lipstick Blondie which I renamed xoxo, Am last summer! I still need to go back through and edit some of the pictures in my older posts. I can’t believe my little baby is a year old already!! I had been wanting to start a blog for years and am so happy I finally took the plunge! I wish I would have done it sooner! Lol. Here were my top 5 blog posts!

I think that’s all for now! Let me know if you would like to see more of this type of post and any blog post requests you have! Thanks so much for your support!!

– xoxo, Am ♥


P.S. What’s your favorite tea? I’m kind of obsessed right now! Lol.


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  1. February 8, 2018 / 12:59 pm

    I like the heading font! You have some great goals (fitness and reading are my go-to for relaxation). Stay healthy.

    • Amber
      February 9, 2018 / 3:45 pm

      Thank you! I was wanting something different! Lol.

  2. February 8, 2018 / 3:51 pm

    Love your personal blog style. As for tea… I love Green tea with dragonberry

    • Amber
      February 9, 2018 / 3:51 pm

      Thanks so much!! I’ll have to check that out! I love regular green tea!

  3. Marcie
    February 8, 2018 / 7:22 pm

    It’s so hard to blog when you’re feeling meh. I totally get that. I ended up taking a bit of unintended time off, too. Glad you’re back in the swing of things (and sorry about your Grandma.)

    • Amber
      February 9, 2018 / 3:52 pm

      Exactly! I think sometimes we just need a break. I’m excited to be back! Thanks girl!

  4. February 9, 2018 / 3:35 am

    Those are some great resolutions! Congrats on losing weight and living healthier 🙂 I also only drink water and tea (sometimes coffee, no alkohol) and it makes a huge difference!
    xx, Theresa

    • Amber
      February 9, 2018 / 4:04 pm

      Thank you! It does make a huge difference! I’m only drinking water and tea. I drink alcohol a couple times a year lol

  5. February 9, 2018 / 4:44 pm

    What a cut blog post idea. Thanks for the chit chat:)

    • Amber
      February 12, 2018 / 11:46 pm

      Thanks for stopping by!

  6. February 9, 2018 / 5:42 pm

    I am in love with your site! Like in love. I literally wrote a tea talk yesterday for the first time talking about the same things. I write about beauty and books too! Although my goal for 2018 is 30 books and I thought that was crazy. 100 is wild! I bet you can pull it off though. I find not bringing my wallet with me when I leave my house has helped me tremendously when it comes to saving money. Helps with breaking the habit anyway. Well happy writing and I hope to read more from you soon!

    • Amber
      February 13, 2018 / 12:02 am

      Thanks so much girl!! I’ll have to check it out! I haven’t found too many bloggers who blog about beauty and books! I think I can do 100! Lol. I’ve never really done a challenge before but I decided to try it this year. I either read like crazy or don’t read for a week. Haha. My problem is more with online shopping lol. I’ve been making myself wait a few days before I buy anything and it’s really helped my impulse spending.

  7. February 9, 2018 / 5:48 pm

    I do like the font. It’s pretty. I think you should take your time and build up to the number of posts you’re comfortable with.

    • Amber
      February 13, 2018 / 12:04 am

      Thank you! That’s what I’m trying to do! I’m starting out with my goal of 1 a week 🙂

  8. Karen Lizarraras
    February 10, 2018 / 8:20 pm

    Those are great goals Im also not good about sending out a newsletter and I have to do it!

    • Amber
      February 13, 2018 / 12:07 am

      Thank you! I did good with it for a few weeks but then I fell off the bandwagon. Lol.

  9. Indrani
    February 11, 2018 / 8:45 pm

    You have set some very good goals for yourself. They are doable ones. Wish you good luck with your resolutions.

    • Amber
      February 13, 2018 / 12:08 am

      Thank you!

  10. February 12, 2018 / 3:05 pm

    Love your goals! one of my goals with blogging is to START a newsletter. I’ve been blogging since 2010 and just…have never done it lol. I’ve always felt so scattered with all the various social media platforms to be on that I always thought a newsletter would just be one more thing. But I’m definitely rethinking it!

    My Goodreads goal is pitiful for this year but I just had a baby in July so I’m trying to be realistic. I totally miss all my reading time though…NOT GOING TO LIE!

    • Amber
      February 13, 2018 / 12:20 am

      You so should! I’ve been using MailerLite. It’s so easy use and FREE up to 1000 subscribers! I just honestly forget about it and haven’t been making it a priority. I feel ya with social media! I never seem to have enough time for everything. Lol. Sometimes you have to take a step back! Babies are a lot of work! My nephew monopolizes most of my time. Haha! Thanks so much for stopping by! ♥

  11. February 14, 2018 / 3:58 pm

    Oh hun 🙁 I am so sorry to hear about your grandma passing away sending rainbow unicorns your way, I hope that with time your heart will heal. Here is to a better month and I know she will be very proud of everything that you have achieved!

    • Amber
      February 15, 2018 / 12:42 am

      Thanks so much! ♥

  12. February 15, 2018 / 12:05 pm

    Wow, having read 80 books in a year is amazing! Well done and good luck with your next goal!
    As for tea, I LOVE earl grey in the afternoons, it’s lovely 🙂

    • Amber
      February 24, 2018 / 1:09 am

      Thank you!! I’ll have to try that! 🙂

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