• Do you find it hard to get back on track to a somewhat normal life. I understand we are stuck inside the boundaries of our home’s perimeter but waiting on pins and needles for the government to let us know how long this quarantine will last is anxiety inducing. It’s been a Darin on my energy and I haven’t felt like myself lately. The last few days I’ve tried to get back into being active wether it’s running in place or jumping jacks or whatever fitness challenge is popular at the moment. I tried to start my day with the exercise because it seems to boost my energy but more importantly boost my positivity... that can run low these days. Do I challenge you to start your day with at least 15min of exercise (whatever that means to you) but get your heart rate up and let me know if it helped your mood. Today I did my 100 squats and ran 1 mile in my fav running shoes. #exercisemotivation #runningshoes
  • Captured the fog rolling into downtown Chicago from the lake #chicago
  • This week I’ve been really focusing on taking care of skin from head to toe. Spending most hours inside, my skin has gotten dry and flaky so I have been really focusing on using great body wash products that won’t strip my skin. So far my fav brands of #bodywash are:
@caudalie fleur de vigne
@korres shower gel
@soldejaneiro moisturizing shower gel
@dove dry skin relief
@necessaire eucalyptus body wash
@cerave hydrating body wash
@niveausa basil and white tea body wash
@dermalogica conditioning body wash
@theouai body cleanser
@kaifragrance rose body wash
  • I’ll take 2 with a side of sunshine please.
  • Pretty much sums up our household lol... finally having fun making tik tok videos  #chicago #chicagoliving #stayhome
  • In the last week I’ve been testing these serums form @yslbeauty ... i have some initial thoughts but will wait the full month to report back.
  • Still laying on the couch... what about you? #stayhome #socialdistancing #loungewear #lounging
  • A little message from us and our furry friends. It’s more important then ever to practice social distancing because staying home is the best way to not spread or contract the virus. If you think you aren’t sick... you can’t know for sure because symptoms don’t pop up right away. Especially if you have a stronger immune system. If you think you’re too young to be affected... you are wrong. And if you think it’s no big deal and people are overreacting... you are just plain ignorant. So stay home, stay safe, save lives. It’s the only choice at this point. #stayhome #staysafe #stayinghomesaveslives #socialdistancing #flattenthecurvechi
  • Strike a pose, do a workout. Wether it’s in your back yard (if you are lucky to have one) or in your living room, putting on workout clothing WILL MOTIVATE you to work out, I promise! I’m wearing JoyLab from Target (one of my fav brands) it’s super cute, fits great, looks flattering, and is affordable and easily found at Target! I’ve linked it in my @liketoknow.it in case you want to pick it up next time you get groceries delivered from Target #joylab #joylabtarget #activewear #workoutathome 📸 @munopia
  • This recipe I found on www.gimmesomeover.com is super easy and the focaccia bread is so tasty! I know you can make this so next time you’re craving some bread give this recipe a try.
Directions: Add warm water (about 110°F, which you can measure with a thermometer if you want to be sure it’s the right temp) and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough attachment, and stir to combine.  Sprinkle the yeast on top of the water.  Give the yeast a quick stir to mix it in with the water.  Then let it sit for 5-10 minute until the yeast is foamy.
Turn the mixer onto low speed, and add gradually flour, olive oil and salt.  Increase speed to medium-low, and continue mixing the dough for 5 minutes. (If the dough is too sticky and isn’t pulling away from the sides of the bowl, add in an extra 1/4 cup flour while it is mixing.)
Remove dough from the mixing bowl, and use your hands to shape it into a ball.  Grease the mixing bowl (or a separate bowl) with olive oil or cooking spray, then place the dough ball back in the bowl and cover it with a damp towel.  Place in a warm location (I set mine by the window) and let it rise for 45-60 minutes, or until the dough has nearly doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 400°F.  Turn the dough onto a floured surface, and roll it out into a large circle or rectangle until that the dough is about 1/2-inch thick*. Cover the dough with a greased piece of plastic wrap, and let the dough continue to rise for another 20 minutes.
Remove the plastic wrap, and transfer the dough to a large baking sheet.  Use your fingers to poke deep dents (seriously, poke all the way down to the baking sheet!) all over the surface of the dough.  Then drizzle a tablespoon or two of olive oil evenly all over the top of the dough, and sprinkle evenly with the fresh rosemary needles and sea salt.
Bake for 20 minutes, or until the dough is slightly golden and cooked through.  Remove from the oven, and drizzle with a little more olive oil if desired.
Slice, and serve warm.

Reader Interactions


  1. Lauren says

    I started following you on IG and then your blog. I left IG because I found myself on it way too much and becoming way too absorbed with it, but I’ve still enjoyed following your blog. I’m glad to hear you’ll be posting on here more! You’ve always seemed very “real” to me in a world of fakeness and I find that truly refreshing.

    • andreeabolbea says

      Hi Lauren, wow I’m so flattered you continued to follow my blog and I’m so grateful. Which posts resonate with you most? I’m excited to share more on my site. Hopefully, people will eventually remember to check the blog too. I really glad you are here.

      • Elena says

        Hi Andreea,

        I started following you about 3 months ago because you captured my interest with some of your posts. I really appreciate your authenticity.
        I am encouraging you to be yourself and do or post what truly gives you pleasure and satisfaction, no matter how many people will appreciate your posts, or follow you. Quality is above quantity. Don’t fall in the Instagram’s trapp on fitting in the crowd… It’s not a healthy and long lasting option. You must always put yourself above anything or anyone else, think of your own health and happiness.
        Your loved ones will be there for you, unconditionally, so don’t neglect them
        Besides, inspiring teen girls and not only, in a healthy way can really have a positive impact on society’s future.
        Keep up the good work!
        Kind regards!
        Elena 💝
        By the way, I have Romanian origins, too! :😊

  2. Abhinav Singh says

    You are beautiful inside out. I have been following you on indtagram for years.
    I am not a big social media person, but I like to see your posts on IG. I noticed that your posts perspective took a shift, from a free spirited girl to more of a commercialized set up.
    Either way, I still love your posts, and find you bery beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing your story. It definitely inspired me, and reinforced my belief that always be grateful fpr what you have and keep working towards new goals.

    • andreeabolbea says

      Thank you so much, I appreciate you taking the time to read. Yes, unfortunately, I have to take some paid jobs on IG to pay bills but I am getting back to why I loved this blogging world in the first place. the creativity and the personal connection.

  3. Jacqueline says

    I really wish you all the best for this New Year and hope you find something more interesting than Instagram, and that fills your heart with ❤️ and joy! 🥂2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣0️⃣

  4. Aurela says

    Thank you for sharing this article. I came across your article from Rose stories (she is my friend) I have been struggling and thinking of going back to work but I hold back because I love what o do and it has been my passion for so long. I’ve had amazing opportunists, worked with amazing brands but yet I feel Instagram shuttered my dream! I have to stop comparing myself too because that makes me more confused or angry! Thank you, good luck !

  5. Katherine L says

    I enjoy reading your posts and learning about your insights – whether it be self-esteem to relationships. Personal growth is always so important. Glad to hear you’re approaching the influencer lifestyle from a new perspective!

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