Hands down my favorite pillow of all time. I have been using my My Pillow for years and now can’t live with out it. I know it might not be for everyone but if your debating GET IT! At least try it. Only thing I will say it’s not for stomach sleepers. I have mine in the Firm but I my kids have the medium and there isn’t much of a difference at all. They recommend washing it every couple of months and I couldn’t agree more. It brings the pillow back to life . Can’t say enough about it ! I also linked the silk pillow case I use as well. Good luck !
Here’s my silk pillow case I also use nightly. Also wash your pillow cases often ! I wash mine probably two times a week. I typically never wash my hair .. haha … sooo I need to keep my pillow case fresh. Plus any bacteria from your face .. ew.. just nice to have a fresh pillow case often. So I wash mine in the morning hang dry it, and by afternoon it’s ready to go back on my bed!
Each month I’m going to share my absolute FAVORITE amazon purchases. I also decided to keep it to five so its simple and not overwhelming. All products are Inspo By Jo approved. All under $30!
1. Vitamin E oil
I know i have mentioned this many times before but seriously this is my fave. I use it every morning and night. I feel like since using this i get less breakouts so don’t dare be afraid of the “oil” part of it. Also I might add all vitamin E oils are not the same. I buy a cheap $5 dollar one from Trader Joe’s for my body but would never use it for my face. This is pure Vitamin E Oil. Been using for over a year now and no plans of changing anything soon. I use unscented and i buy the 1oz. Size because I know i love it, but if your looking to try it first i would say get the .5oz.
2. URPOWER Overhead Lights (Closets, under cabinets)
Seriously look no further for battery powered lights. I have tried soo many and these are THE BEST. Instead of having an electrician come and install lighting in my new closets my contractor recommend these and best thing to happen to me. Don’t buy any knock off of these, get this exact type i have linked. Trust me i tried them they sucked i had to return them. These are motion sensor, battery powered (four AAA not included), heavy duty magnetic strip holds them up. The light these babies put out is unreal! I cant talk highly enough about these. I will say if I could find a flaw, i do replace the batteries maybe every two months, i was hoping for longer, but i will say we are in these closets ALL the time. I have them in a linen closet i barely use and those i replace not as often. Now i also just know to always have AAA batteries on hand !
3. Earnda Women’s Leather Belt
LOVE this belt. I have it in both colors as does half of the girls i work with ..haha! We love it. Literally goes with everything. $15 well spent. I got the brown loved it so much i ordered the black. Classic staple in your wardrobe. Year round look, winter spring summer and fall! I have the small, and I wear it maybe two or three notches in.
4. Charcoal Air Purifying Bags
I was a skeptic on these but after Young House Love insisted how much they loved them plus rave reviews by all, i decided to purchase. As did my cousin, who has a dog, and she also loved them! They absorb any odors, or place in closets they may get damp. i have them behind my trash can in kitchen, behind shoe bin, in a closet that gets damp. I just love them! They absorb any smells. You put these in direct sunlight prior to using them and then you reactive them in the sun again every couple of months. Great all natural way to get rid of gross smells .. example sports equipment .. i have one there too i forgot !
5. Projection Alarm Clock
A new twist on your classic alarm clock! This is your classic alarm clock BUT displays the time on the ceiling! So no need to ever move, haha. My sister, Aunt, mom, all have these. They also love them. Great for kids room, they think its cool. Yes you can move where you project the time anywhere on your wall.
I personally refuse to spend a ton on workout clothes. I also am simple – if I like it I buy like every color and I don’t stray. So I know this list is short but these are my classics I wear literally everyday. The idea is to work out and be comfortable while doing it! Plus I work out at home so even more the reason not to go crazy spending a lot . Most times ill pick up something at TJ MAxx or Marshalls. Ok I’ll shut up and get to the clothes !!!
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I ADORE these leggings !!! Hands down my fave . They do run small , so size up, I wear a medium. They are like butter. Oh they aren’t very warm at all which I like but someone else might not. I only use them for indoor use so what do I care .. haha ($ 26 on sale )
Now these have a little more weight to them , the aerie ones are very lightweight , these are as well BUT have a little more to them. They are apparently a Lululemon dupe. Also high wasted, has pockets on side if you prefer that. I also love that they really smooth out the look of your legs too, making you look like you have nice shapely legs, even if you dont haha. ($25)
I love this crop top tank … it’s not crop top where your stomach shows .. that’s a big no no for me . This one is breezy and lightweight . I love it . I wear a medium only because small was sold out haha but I should have gotten a small. So true to size . ($13)
Now when you click on this shirt a short white crop top may appear do not buy that one obvi .. scroll over and get the black. NOW I usually don’t like the long tanks so this one i tie in a knot and it’s perfect ! ($30 )
I know this is a classic but I love this sports bra. I am also -how do I put this – umm not large in the chest department. So for small boobs it works great. Regardless of chest size I do know these Nike ones don’t let anything move .. not even an inch ! So if you want compression this is your bra. ($30)
Wow. This one is a gem! It’s a dry spray wax, build able so you can keep spraying and it will just keep getting better. Most spray waxes if you put too much it’s not a good thing. This product is perfect when creating those beach waves and you just need to break up the waves or it needs some texture. PERFECT for short pixie cuts … you will be like where has this been my whole life. Longer styles that just need some texture after blowing it out, spray a light amount and it will just break up your hair and give it some piecey-ness ( I made up that word). All in all buy it you will LOVE IT. It’s been a favorite of mine and many clients of mine for years now . Also side note … product will last you forever so trust me it’s worth every penny!
Sometimes the New Year can be so nice. A fresh start after all the cookies, booze, junk food -over indulging at its finest. Everyone is ready to change to be the “new” them, the skinnier version of themselves, the more organized, the more present version of themselves. I ask, “What is wrong with the current version of you?” Wanting to change ad making goals for yourself is awesome, trust me i do it every year, well every month honestly. The problem lies when we beat ourselves up for not living up to this “goal” or “image” you envisioned for yourself. Listen this is YOU, you are learning and you may seem like you failed or didn’t keep up with the latest diet you tried, but you didn’t. You TRIED! These are all baby steps in the walk of life, and many years i blew off baby steps i was like who cares that i did ‘that’ I should have done ‘This’. Well no, we have it all wrong. No one ever woke up one morning and said hey i would love to be 60 pounds lighter today and did it that day , they took small steps everyday of their life to make a change. One baby step after another till yes one did they woke up and to their surprise they did indeed loose that 60 pounds ( or whatever your goal may be) Now no one will applaud you for your baby steps everyday. We only get the attention when we get to the end result – “Oh wow you look fantastic” etc. The only person you can rely on everyday to be your best cheerleader and supporter is YOU. YOU are all you got. So please i beg of you, love yourself today and tell yourself daily how good of a job YOU are doing, and for the love of God STOP beating yourself up everyday of your life! Instead of a making a list of gyms you should sign up for – i made a list of some things i do daily to stop the self abuse and self negative talk and self sabotage.
A few New Years Resolutions you should give a try.
1. Stop saying the word SHOULD.
I heard this years ago and i was blown away. Saying I should do this or i should do that leaves you with nothing but anxiety and despair. It’s a downward spiral from there. “I should have exercised and I didn’t now I’m gonna be a fat slob, and ill never meet a partner, and ill never have kids and ill die alone “ See! Just an example of how it will just get you no where. It wont help you in any way! Say to yourself, I’m doing exactly what i am supposed to be doing at this every point in my life and will exercise the next opportunity i get. Our minds play the worst tricks of all on us.
2. Comparing yourself to others
God. Literally this is my life. Huge eye roll here. There we sit happy as can be thinking we look great and we worked so hard for it and BAM we see someone or go on social media and see someone who “looks so much better then us” and we begin the self hatred. It’s Horrible!!! Why do we do it. Why aren’t we good enough. Well guess what you are, and so am i. We just made up these guidelines in our head of what looks good and we never seem to be on that list. It’s insanity! Here is a little tidbit i recently read in a book. Years ago when bigger curvy models were in, people looked only at the models and their bodies, because they were curvy and buxom, that no one was looking at the clothes! So marketing companies decided to start using extremely thin (no boobs no curves)models so that people would look at the clothing they were trying to sell rather then the model! Interesting huh. If you find yourself getting caught up in the bull shit of comparing, remember, they shit like the rest of us. No I’m just kidding.. haha. You need to either step away from phone or simply say wow she looks good and leave it at that. Don’t go down the slippery slope of self hatred. Trust been there 1 zillion times – and probably a zillion more but now I’m aware and I’m working on it. Easier said then done, but know your not alone.
3. Compliment other Women or Men
Jesus for the love of God can we please swallow our pride and if you like something on another woman just go tell her! Every woman on this planet is self conscious, so if you think she’s beautiful friggin walk up to her and tell her!! If you like her outfit, tell her. If she looks good in her swimsuit tell her! No one would ever be mad if your giving them a genuine compliment. I do it all the time (only if i mean it) and its always well received. It has happened to me in the reverse- i have thought god i look awful in this and someone will say how good it looks and you feel so much better about yourself. So knock off the bull shit and share your comments with other women!
4. Exercise Daily
Sorry if your not into this one but get the hell up and do something everyday. I have been exercising for the last 17 years and i cannot imagine it not being a part of my life. I could go on for days how exercising has changed my entire life, but ill make it brief. First, i need to tell you, find something YOU like, not the latest and greatest studio, what feels good to YOU. Wether it be just walking – perfect then thats what you do. Do not dare feel like anything you do isn’t good enough. You do you, you have to like it, if you don’t you’ll never keep up with it. Try different studios if your just starting out to see what you like. Whatever you do don’t give up, remember baby steps add up and one day you’ll have one huge step accomplished! Exercise makes me a better person in so many ways which therefore I’m always happier, never tired, have better relationships with others because I’m more positive because of my workouts. There is way more to it – but i said I would keep it brief and I didn’t. Ok Last point I almost forgot … anxiety sufferers, exercise is a amazing for that. Over time your anxiety can become a distant memory. (I am referring to your everyday anxiety, not extreme cases) That i always recommend seeing someone first, then incorporating exercise, but listen I’m no M.D. I’m just a hairdresser with some good ideas.
5. Stop Dieting
HA! I know everyone is probably like “hahahahaha” GOOD ONE! On this one, but seriously lets get real for one minute. Any diet you ever did are you STILL doing it? Can you see yourself doing it till the day you die. Listen the answer is no, you don’t even need to say it. Imagine yourself at 80 … “is that Keto friendly ?” Aint happenin. So my advise to you is to become educated on food, and live a balanced lifestyle. That’s something you can and will continue to do for the rest of your life. ( if you choose to ) Then there is no falling off the wagon, because you were never on a wagon! You can eat whatever you want in life, food is here for you it’s not your enemy, against popular belief. I eat whatever i want, now am i eating cheesesteaks for lunch everyday no, but i will if the situation presents itself and if i even WANT that. Once you stop depriving yourself you’ll be able to say nah I’m not in the mood for that today and shockingly to even my surprise you’ll start to want to fuel your body with healthier choices. Back to number 4 – when you exercise you’ll also WANT to eat healthier. It’s a domino effect.
6. Stop Negative talk about yourself and others
What you give out you get back. If you keep wondering why your life is full of negativity perhaps you need to really open your eyes to your own everyday talk about yourself and or about others. Now listen i am so guilty of this don’t get me wrong, but next time you want to maybe send a text “ oh so and so is sooo annoying” Just delete it. Where is it going to get you, no where. Like your mother once said “ if you have nothing nice to say don’t say anything at all” Well ladies as we all know and found out the hard way .. Our mothers were always right! Ha! Well not always. Anyway I’m truly guilty of this and i do work on it daily. Also think of how you treat people day to day, the man who gives you your coffee, the cashier, etc. Are you always treating them with the respect they deserve? Just food for thought… think about it.
7. Try saying NO
This one is so hard for me. I am a people pleaser. Always wanting to help people which is a good thing and sometimes not so good. My mother once said to me “ Jo we are put on this earth to help people” While agree with that whole heartedly, there is also a time for you to say no. I now try to say to people” can i get back to you?“ That gives me time to think , do I BILLI JO really want to do this? Will it make my life harder, how will this effect ME or my family by saying yes. Sometimes you just need a minute to think it over. You don’t HAVE to say yes to every Tom, Dick, and Harry that asks you for a favor. ( I had to add the Tom dick and Harry line in – my mother uses that expression ALL the time) So think it over before you spread yourself to thin, and see how good it feels to say no. Yes we are here on earth to help others but we are not here to be Martyrs either.
So listen moral of the long story is you are amazing exactly the way YOU are. STOP trying to fit in a box of what you think society wants you to be like, just be yourself! STOP letting some stranger in a magazine make you feel less superior or some chic on instagram. STOP thinking horrible things about yourself, talk to yourself you would a stranger for one day and you’ll be shocked at how bad you usually talk to yourself. For fu**Ks sake be kind other women!!! Hate to break it to all of you WE ARE EQUAL. No one is better then you and trust me no one is beneath you, no looks or all the money in the world can make someone better the YOU. So stop the bullshit, tell yourself today I LOVE. YOU, exactly as you are. If there is something you want to change well shut the hell up and change it for Christ’s sake, and stop bitching about it. ( Too harsh ??) You get one ride on this rollercoaster of life make it your best. Hold your head up high, have confidence ( even if you have to fake it at first) treat other people with respect, that means EVERYONE, and enjoy this gift of life.
Here’s to a NEW YEAR and the same glorious, beautiful, unique YOU!
*Disclaimer: I am not perfect. I know, i know , your all thinking oh my god yes you are Billi-Jo , but I’m here to inform you that indeed i am not. So that being said i do all of these above suggestions most days and some days go to shit and i don’t do any of them. I am now just aware “ hey today aint the day” and i pick up the next day my best foot forward and leave yesterday in the past. Don’t give up. Love you all, and I want nothing more then the best for you. Best of luck on your new journey of life this New Year.
This one was much requested! This one was a tough one, lets face it guys can be tough to shop for. Girls have so much “stuff” you can buy them, make up, hair, accessories, boys dont have any of that. I correct myself, i did put some hair stuff for boys on here, so thats a good stocking stuffer. Naturally I didn’t put some things like sports equipment because thats very personal to each kid. So if you even just get a few ideas from this list i hope it helps. Good luck!
Every kid wants air pods so i guess buck up and get them. Sorry, BUT For those of you who refuse, i included Dupes for you! Now the only thing is the dupes i had are no longer available. A blogger recommended these, so I personally can not vouch for them. They had great reviews.
Here is the Dupe that has gotten tons of great reviews. So here is my opinion. Over 13- 14 get the real ones any age under that get fake. Boys are reckless. They would loose their head if it wasn’t attached, no offense boys, i have three i know how they operate. They might leave them on the bus and say bye bye to 150 bucks. So for younger boys get the fake ones until they have the maturity to really take care of their stuff. My son is 18 I’m still waiting for that moment…. any day now.
Are these cases the cutest thing you ever saw or what?! Love them! They are only $12 so they make a good stocking stuffer.
Found this on etsy. I got in with in a week the seller was so nice. Great quality. Order fast because it is coming from London, so I wouldnt chance it waiting too close to Christmas.
Listen i know for one pair of undies these are a little pricey ($15-$25) BUT its all my kids will wear. You know the old expression “Champagne taste with a beer wallet “ well thats us. My son who is 18, who you will never see because he wouldnt be caught dead with me at this stage of life, only wears these, same with my younger two 9 and 7. They are all the rage amongst the boys so just buck up and at least buy ONE pair. They have a million sale options, but be sure to get the polyester ones, the all cotton ones are different and not preferred in my house – of course because they are less expensive !!! Figures! Last note on these they also can double as a rash guard in the summer. BONUS!
I just love these beanies. They are not cheesy, just classic beanie. Both come in like 30 zillion color options so trust me you’ll find one. North Face is $26 Carhartt is $15. Literally pick one and order it , they always need these but don’t always ask for it. Perfect stocking stuffer too.
So literally i went through my “Amazon Orders” and am putting up all the stuff my son personally ordered. I mean guys you wanted teen gift guide well I’m hand delivering to you what a Teen Actually purchased haha . No for real last night he had this on and i was like HUMM i love that it’s going on the teen boy gift guide !
Ok here is yet another top i found in my past orders that he got. Another classic i actually want this for myself or my little boys, ill have to see if it comes in kids. $50 i know a lot for sweatshirt but name brand is what kids want, do I approve, no , but it’s Christmas just buy the damn thing – haha!
Stuff for their Bedroom
I know this may seem a weird gift but if you have a shoe lover boy like i do, these are awesome. I got them in a while back and it was the best decision i ever made and he just loved them, and honestly it makes the room look good. Boys never have anything you can put on their walls so this fills a huge space. Maybe start with just two units. You can also just stand them up you don’t HAVE to drill them into the wall. Trust me these are great.
Might as well get these now, they will need them for the summer! Then when summer comes they aren’t asking you for the money to get them, make them a gift now! I always like getting summer stuff for Christmas because you can get them what they want but as a gift. Did I really just explain how gift giving works !??! I’m nuts . Anyway you cant go wrong with these classics.
A friend of mine mentioned that she saw a voice changer in a store and thought maybe it would be a cute Christmas idea. Well i did some lookin around and found this one on amazon for $17. Multiple different voices, you can add background music to your voice, and can hook up to your phone. Its just a fun gift. Maybe now is a good time to admit i ordered it but more for me then the kids, little do they know ill be playing with it all day Christmas morning … stay tuned for some videos of that. Haha
Just something different then the usual, this is kinda cool ! $25 fun little add on gift for literally any age.
I love a variety set as a gift. That way they can try all the different ones and see which they prefer. Also a great intro for boys who haven’t used cologne before.
I absolutely love this option, for boys who are just getting to that age they want to start “caring” what they look like and smell like. Also because its a quarter of the price of cologne ($24). Also if your kid smells like BO and you need to remedy it this is a subtle way of doing so.. haha. I like the blue one the best but it also comes in other colors/scents as well.
I love this gel, i use it on guys all the time in the salon, we sell a ton of it. Never flakes doesn’t have that super “gelled” look. Just an all around basic gel. Cant go wrong with this stocking stuffer. ($12 )
*You should always get salon hair products at an authorized salon. Both products are available for sale at Gravity Hair Salon. If you cant find one that carries it i provided amazon link.*
Another big seller, that i also love. This is a pomade but not your typical hard to work into the hair pomade. This one works nicely into the hair and easy to manipulate and then your left with a nice hold and a matte finish. Great product for thicker hair that you need a little more hold, or if your son just prefers a pomade. ($19 )
We also have this and love it because of the obvious- they will never run out of water during a game. Especially for tournaments, those brutal long days.
This is the perfect duffel for a young boy, for overnight trips and/or after school sports. It comes in two sixes x-small and small. So if you only need it for sports I’m sure x-small could do the trick. $35-$45 price point which is great for an Under Armour duffel. Just a good thing to have.
Seriously every single kid needs one of these. We all know the HORROR of a child’s worst nightmare, their phone dying!!!! Horrible. So get them this. They will always have a charger in their school backpack. Perfect gift for anyone honestly – this made the cut ALL my Gift lists for every sex or age. ($25-$35)
Another great stocking stuffer for the driver in the house. Always good just to have even if they stick it in their glove compartment they should just have it to be safe so they never run out of a charge – heaven forbid!
Calling new drivers!!! Man this one is SO cool. You can not only charge any devise you have you can also plug something into it and have power for 16 hours. Best part which is why my mom got it for my son, is that you can literally jump your car battery with it with out having some one else there!! I love it just to have for your whole household. Image needing a jump and not having to rely on anyone else. Or power goes out and you can plug a light into this and have light for a few hours. Its awesome it really is. Its also pricey ($110) but for a new driver having that piece of mind i feel like its a great gift. Also like i said its a phone charger as well so need to buy that charger, see that saves you a couple bucks!
This is so popular this season, i think i put it on every guilt guide i did. This particular one is super sleek and classy looking. It also is a fast speed charger which i personally love. This unit is available in three colors and on sale for $25,
Now this one i feel like i would get a lot more use out of, beings that i have an Apple Watch. I would to be able to charge everything in one unit and maybe even another phone in my house. Great for boys who share a room they can both put their phones on it before bed. Excellent gift at $27 dollars!
I feel like every single teen asked for this speaker this year. My son has it as well. I like this smaller portable option, BUT a lot of the colors are back ordered at this point. Try and get one before it’s too late!
Found this cool case for it for only $9!
Here is the larger option , also water proof! This is a little more expensive but perhaps they would prefer the larger speaker and this one isn’t sold out. SO pick your poison . Haha
Neat travel case for this model as well. Only $12, and i like that the cords fit in both travel cases as well so you don’t loose them!
Here’s another one my son ordered and loved. I just happen to catch the price…ouch . A little pricey for me but they are all the rage and honestly most sizes are sold out. Also yikes. I provided link so you can have it and at least maybe it can redirect you to other pairs that are similar that might have your size. Very popular pant. HOT TIP : if your son is on smaller side maybe try these in BOYS , then they might be cheaper and available in your preferred size.
Of course every boy wants these. I personally love them myself and of course my son, once again, has these.
My son ( and I ) use our chin up bar all the time. Classic one goes over door then you can take it down when not in use. We love it. One of the best exercises for you. Perfect for a teen boys room.
Another thing we have in my basement and my son uses all the time. If not this consider getting them maybe some weights, just a few things to get them started. Most athletes have gyms at their schools but i always like to have at home equipment as well.
Now i know this is a little young for most boys that are “teens” but if your reading this and have a 13 year old and he has younger siblings i feel like this could be cute. Boys usually love this nonsense, bathroom humor. Just a cute stocking stuffer i figured i would add.