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The 2020 Bloom Skincare List

At last – my list is here. I’m sharing all of my favorite skincare products, old and new JUSTTTTT in time for the new year! Sidebar: This list took ENTIRELY too long to create – I’m sayin’ – what did I buy?!?!?!? OMG. For real, thank you for your patience. If you’ve been following me on Instagram (shameless plug @bloomchronicles) then you know, I am a certified product junkie.  I’m fully aware that all of the many products and brands I’ve shared this year alone has probably made some of you say – “ohkay, that’s just wayyyy too many products.” I’m not even going to lie to you, I’ve even said it a time or two myself, like Cheryl you don’t even need this. SIKEEEEEE 😊 I promise there is a method to what I purchase though. And it’s only because I’ve nailed down a skincare routine that keeps my skin clear that I’m able to explore now. Plus, I know how to get my skin back in balance quickly – should it start acting …

I can explain.

Now, before you just up and yell at me for poppin’ up out the blue. For realz. I can explain.   This is me marking myself safe and sound, during ‘rona.   First, I hope you all are doing well. Safe, masking, hand sanitizing, enforcing all 6 ft. of social distancing, 8 if someone is coughing – and all that other CDC stuff. Continuing to listen to Dr. Fauci. Oh, and not ingesting damn disinfectants. Ok, back to me explaining. I have been pro-cras-ti-nating. I do apologize, guys. 2019 was a whirlwind. If I have to sum it up  – I was trying to calm the waters. I haven’t blogged one word – since last year – shameful but, what better time to check in and talk to you guys – than now? I’m not doin’ nothin’. Neither are you — except moving your mouse over and to the bottom right corner of this page, entering your email address in the box, and hitting follow to like and subscribe to my blog 😊. Too kind. Thanks! …

Issa No For 2019 New Year Resolutions

I’m sitting here thinking — does EVERY year call for new resolutions? I would think not. To be honest, if anything, I feel like I’m in new year’s resolution purgatory! Ok, maybe not quite purgatory [yikes], but, you get me. Every year, I pretty much set the same goals. And sure, they might be a little remixed but for the most part, they are your typical: I have to get my life together and get healthier because I don’t want to get diabeetus and high blood pressure; I have to lose ~40 lbs, I used to be so in shape!!; I want to get better about my finances, and save for the proverbial rainy day or in case my refrigerator dies like my Dad says; or I want to actively start dating a-gain. Followed by my friend and I toasting over happy hour cocktails agreeing we will try to go on AT LEAST five dates starting in January (as said in years 2015, 2017 and 2018); and finally I want to get serious about my …

Bloom’s Five Tips for Surviving a Not-So-Great Year

I guess if you’ve lived even a little bit of life, you’re bound to have a not so great year every once in a while.   You know those times when it seems like none of your prayers are getting answered, or when your life just seems very stagnant and filled with challenges, obstacles, and uncertainty? Or some how you’ve ended up back at square one though you feel you’ve done everything right but to no avail. Yeah, those times.   Well. As I’m reflecting over my 2018, I’m thinking it’s funny how life gives you perspective.  Like, what I used to call a sucky year mainly centered around my dating woes and inevitable eff-boy problems.  However, I realized this was the first year where I didn’t say one of the following statements: “Don’t fu-&%-ng call my phone anymore!” (followed by some number blocking, then unblocking just to see if he’ll reach out for Christmas, to blocking right after they do text, because I’m hella emotional and confused); or  “This isn’t working for me. *You …

Hiatus from Hell?

Bloomies!!! I have Missed. You. Guys. This is a real live post. No editing. No outline. No drafts.  I knew I wanted to write to you guys today, right now; catch you up a ‘lil bit on what’s been going with me, and get this Bloom Train back on the tracks. Nahhh’meaannn? It’s crazy how life works right? Not that long ago, I remember in 2016, I made a promise that if I revive my blog, I was going to post monthly no matter what.  After all, you must feed passion with consistency.  And I lived up to that promise. That is, up until last October. I mean there I was, happy and livin’, minding my own business and LIFE just said, “nah,” and hit me like YOU TOO COMFORTABLE. WAKE UP. And my life has not been the same since. To set the story up right, when I’m not writing I work a 9 to 5 as a government contractor. Anyone who knows anything about contracting – it’s a very fickle but cool professional space. …