Milo, My Love

8/8/2008

Hey friends, today is the birthday of my favorite guy in the whole world. From middle school dances and proms to college and beyond, Milo has been my right-hand man for 11 years now. I’m so grateful to have such a wonderful, loving puppy who’s capable of teaching me so much without saying any words.

My High, Milo, My Love

11 Lessons Milo Taught Me

  1. Let the people you love know how excited you are when you get to see them

2. Love unconditionally

3. You are where you are meant to be

4. Any place you can lay your head comfortably is a good place for a nap

5. Be grateful

6. Go for a walk

7. It’s okay to cry sometimes

8. Eat when you’re hungry

9. Ask for help when you need help

10. Always have fun

11. Believe in the Universe

11 years, 1 girl + 1 dog

Cheers to all the lessons you taught me without saying a thing,

Love Bri

The Most Important Meal

Hey friends, ever look for ways to change your life for the better, but end up feeling so overwhelmed? Unfortunately, “how to be better” lists always include several habits to change or add to your daily routine all at once. When it comes to creating a better lifestyle, remember; one step at a time!

In a world full of bullet journals and schedule blocking every hour of the day, it’s easy to get caught up and quit when you get bored or overwhelmed. After countless trial and error, falling and getting back up, I read it takes 21 days to make a habit. I decided to try to add one or two healthy habits a week to create my best lifestyle.

The best place to start is to ask yourself why? What are your intentions behind creating your better lifestyle? Now write that down so you have a reminder to keep going every time you consider quitting. It’s time to start living your best life! Let’s start by adding one of the most essential healthy habits to your morning.

The first meal gives you fuel to get going with your day!

Breakfast, literally meaning “break the fast” can have a major impact on your day. Along with a glass of water, filling your stomach with healthy food gives you the energy you need to get through the tough part of your day; mornings. By filling your stomach, you’ll eliminate so many distractions that could keep you from having the most productive days.

Become your happiest, healthiest self!

Eating breakfast has endless benefits from filling your body with essential nutrients to help you stay on track throughout the day. Not only will you see physical improvement, but your mood will also benefit from this meal. Studies show that those who eat breakfast see both a jump start their metabolism and mood.

Start with breakfast and go from there.

Adding this one habit to your day tends to have a ripple effect. Once you’re committed to breakfast, other healthy habits like drinking a glass of water every morning and taking your vitamins fall right in line. Not a morning person? Meal prep to save time for other healthy habits to include in your morning!

Cheers to being able to create our best lives, xo Bri

This is Bumpin: 7/19

Hey pals, I had some songs on repeat this month that I wanted to share!

*This playlist is for my 18+ readers as some songs may contain explicit language not appropriate for young ears*

These songs were there when I was getting ready, on the road, and going for walks all July. Thanks to the people that helped me find these songs, Spotify, and Youtube.

P.S. There is no specific genre this follows. These tunes are bumping, you should definitely check them out.

Caribbean Jawn – FH Snoop

Welcome To The Party – Pop Smoke

Good As Hell – Lizzo

Sensei – Torin Reese ft. DontBeDavid

Normal Sh*t/Stuntin – Shoa

Dangerous – Meek Mill ft. Jeremih & PnB Rock

No Sleep – Skepta

What songs were you bumpin to this month?

Cheers to songs that make you move and songs that move you,

xo Bri

Vox Box #1: bareMinerals Foundation Stick

Hey friends, here’s a long-overdue review of my very first Influenster VoxBox! I have to admit, I felt cool receiving one of these in the mail almost immediately after joining. Although I received it some time ago, my opinion on this product stands true today. This is my opinion on my bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick Broad Spectrum SPF25 in Tan 07. This product was gifted to me by Influenster.

*This post does not contain any affiliate links. While the product was a gift from Influenster, the statements in this post are 100% my opinion*

Once in a while, I like to paint my face.

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Photo: bareMinerals Instagram

I’ll admit, I’m not big on wearing makeup so it should mean something when I say: I LOVE THIS FOUNDATION! My combination skin makes it hard for me to find something that provides lasting coverage despite the crazy things I go through in my everyday life.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures of the packaging when it arrived but I’ll tell ya; it was very cute. With an informative insert featuring Hailey Beiber, I learned that this cruelty-free foundation not only hydrated my skin but provided some SPF as well! And it was a gift? Thanks, Influenster!

I began using this product in the winter when I typically wear more face makeup as I sweat less and seem to have more breakouts. It was pretty sweet and I didn’t have to worry about my mascara smudging! From spot correcting to full coverage, I rock with this foundation through the hotter months.

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Photo: bareMineral’s Instagram

But wait, it gets even better.

Their color range is solid with 20 shades to pick from! I don’t really take notice of these kinds of things but it just felt like considering all the additional perks this product provides, they have a pretty wide spectrum of colors available.

Would I buy it again?

For the price of $32 on bareMinerals website, for my personal use, I’d have to say this is an investment I’d consider making. While I plan on playing around in front of the camera more, it may become a staple in my makeup routine as the coverage is pretty outstanding. I’ve also had this tube for quite some time and it seems like it should last me a while.

Have you tried this foundation? Tell me what you thought in the comments. If not, what’s you’re favorite?

Cheers to an amazing first VoxBox experience & Influenster,

Bri

You Go Girl! : The Series

Hey friends, today I want to tell you about a special series I’d like to start here on Bri Cuz, I Said So. You Go Girl! is all about girl power, women empowerment, and supporting my fellow boss babes.

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“Empowered women empower women.”

Now that I’ve found my voice, one of my favorite things to use it for is to empower others especially women that inspire me. Businesswomen, activist, yogis, musicians, artists; these women all teach me that if I am strong and persistent, I can achieve any goal I set my mind to.

“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.” —Madeleine Albright

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I’d like to use a part of my corner of the internet to shout out Boss Babes that empower and inspire me. From books and essays to social media and networking, I plan to continue this series throughout the remainder of my time as a blogger [which right now seems to be until forever].

If you’d like to be featured on You Go Girl! as an empowered woman who’s changing the world with her voice, use it to contact me! Tell me what you have going on in your life, let’s keke.

Shout out to the following Boss Babes for the images featured in this post:

K E N D A L L: Instagram | Blog

B R I C U Z: Instagram

Cheers to all the women making the world a better place,

xo Bri

bri @ 23

Hey friends, let’s get to know each other a little better today.

One of my favorite things about starting a new blog is introducing myself. It takes me back to my adolescent days of playing 21 questions. Thankfully. one good thing that comes with age is getting to add additional points to ‘About Me’ posts.

Thank you so much to everyone that asked me questions on social media. You dolls are the absolute best! I’m hoping to turn these into future posts so you may want to come back again later and see what this post grew in to!

1 I truly believe everything happens for a reason.

2 My favorite colors are pink and yellow.

3 I have a puppy named Milo who’s 10 years old. He also happens to be the cutest dog in the world.

4 I recently decided to explore my passion for music further. If you have any song or artist suggestions, leave them in the comments below or dm me!

5 My favorite past time is reading, it’s the best form of time travel.

6 I’m a Gemini that believes in the universe, moon, sun, stars, and God. I heal with my stones, move with vibrations, and radiate happy energy.

7 The best advice I ever received was practice gratitude and breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

8 One of my biggest accomplishments recently was flipping my life around and not sleeping on myself. I decided to finally invest in this potential I heard so much about.

9 I’m an extremely goofy person and enjoy making people laugh. It’s the most effective medicine.

10 I am a genre hopper across all things from music to movies.

11 Yoga is a healthy habit I adopted this year and it’s had an extremely positive impact on my life. I got started with this Morning Yoga with Adriene video on YouTube. Want to practice but don’t know where to start? Hit me up, let’s talk about it!

12 In March 2019, I decided to reduce my animal product use and waste. Ironically while I wasn’t much of a meat-eater before, I’m now more open to try new foods. Food is life and I’m almost always eating, may as well share all these yummy foods with the world!

13 One of the best road trips I’ve ever been on was from Pennsylvania to California. It gave me a different perspective on my country and I’m so excited to go exploring again.

14 Thanks to Influenster, I occasionally receive some bomb VoxBoxes to review on this site! While I’m not a beauty guru, I like to play around and put my face on every once in a while. Check out my first Vox Box review here!

15 “You Go Girl!” is one of my most used phrases. Empowered women empower women. One of my favorite books I’ve read in 2019 was all about influential women in the 21st century. (Now if only I could find where I wrote that title down…) Let’s give it up for all the Boss Babes everyday on Bri Cuz, I Said So.

16 The top three things I can’t live without right now are my chapstick, library card, and refillable water bottle.

17 While I’d like to save some surprise for my exciting plans, I will say I hope to soon build a multi-platform brand and business. I’m so excited to see the ball rolling on my big ideas. Big things are coming friends!

18 My curly hair journey has been one for the books but I’m so excited to be finding products I love that also love me. One major thing I struggled with growing up was finding info on how to treat my hair so I hope to help curly girls like me.

19 Making blogging friends across social media platforms was the scariest thing to me when I started blogging. I’ve gained some of the most supportive pals through writing and it’s been an awesome learning experience. Now I sometimes find it harder to share content with my friends IRL.

20 I enjoy creating art and experiencing it. Painting, writing, and photography are currently my favorite creative outlets. I also enjoy painting, video making, and singing. Everything we do is art in a way, isn’t it?

21 I’m currently in a committed relationship with myself. Self-love is the best love.

“How you gonna win when you ain’t right within?” -Ms. Lauren Hill.

22 Two songs I have on replay right now (because how can you narrow that down to one) are Let It Be by The Beatles and Ball by Eryn Martin.

23 I love meeting new people and making friends. Communicating with others is one of my favorite things to do!

If you made it to the end, shout out to you! This took a while to get through. I had fun turning your questions into a quick fun fact sheet about me.

Now it’s your turn; tell me something about you in the comments! (yes you can comment without an account.)

Cheers to good vibes,

Bri

My First Impression

Hey friends, welcome to my website!

I’m Bri, a twenty-something-year-old content creator with an interest in writing, reading, and communicating. In my digital collection, you’ll find my Gemini mind exploring everything from empowering women and books to travel and not eating meat in America.

I plan to fill this portfolio with writing, videos, artworks, and photography. Alongside my work, I would like to showcase other artists and content creators. If you’d like to be featured on Bri Cuz I Said So, contact me!

I’m ready to create some amazing content.

After blogging for about 4 years, I went on a long term hiatus. While I was sad to let go of something so near and dear to my heart, I knew it was the best for my creative spark.

I remembered what I loved about making art and stringing together words. Now that I’ve figured out my why and how it’s time to take action! You can check in every Thursday for a new post.

Here’s an idea of some categories you’ll find on my site:

Travel

Books & Media

Beauty

Foodie

Music

GRL PWR

Want to stay connected? Check out my social media!

Cheers to new chapters,

Bri