CBD: What It Is & Why We Use It (Feat. Pretty Janes)


Being Vegas locals, we’re no strangers to cannabis. But we’re also entrepreneurs in our early twenties who are aware of how weed affects our bodies and our minds. While we love a Friday night in with a box of pizza, F.R.I.E.N.D.S. reruns, and a joint (or 2 or 3), we know that neither of us are productive stoners and we avoid it during workdays at all costs.

Maddie and I (Katie) are both prone to anxiety and overwhelm, which is probably why we’re drawn to the lovely plant in the first place. So to keep our nerves down during workdays, we found a different solution: CBD!

what is cbd

CBD, also known as Cannabidiol, is the second most active ingredient in cannabis. The most active ingredient is THC, which is the psychoactive compound that gets you high. Cannabis compounds interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which controls many vital functions, such as our immune system, sleep pattern, mood, pain sensation, memory, and appetite. THC binds with our brains’ cannabinoid 1 receptors, giving us that high feeling, while CBD’s bind is very weak.

It’s important to note that CBD is legal everywhere, while THC is only legal in certain states. More than half of the states have legalized medical marijuana, but only a handful have legalized recreational use. But because CBD has no psychoactive effect, it’s legal everywhere! And as cannabis is becoming legal in more and more states, more research is being done on the plant.

CBD is completely safe and it has tons of positive effects.

our favorite uses for cbd

CBD for Anxiety

CBD is a natural remedy for anxiety. More and more studies are proving the powerful calming effects that CBD provides. And with nearly one in three adults in the US suffering from an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives, CBD is a great alternative to prescription drugs.

CBD for Sleep

Quality sleep is essential to overall health and wellness, but nearly 80% of Americans say they struggle to fall and/or stay asleep at least once a week. Our endocannabinoid systems play a part in regulating sleep styles and according to ProjectCBD, “An insomnia study indicated that the administration of 160 mgs of CBD decreased nighttime sleep interruptions and increased total sleep time, suggesting that high-dose CBD therapy can improve the quality and duration of sleep.” If you struggle sleeping, you may want to try some CBD before bed!

CBD for Skin

Your endocannabinoid system has receptors in the skin, so CBD actually has many positive effects on your skin and hair! There are topical CBD products that have been known to heal skin conditions such as inflammation, psoriasis, eczema, and hives. CBD has both soothing and anti-inflammatory functions, making it a great solution for both existing skin conditions as well as a preventative measure.

With the rise in popularity of CBD, tons of cool CBD products are coming out, such as drops, gummies, chocolates, lotions, vapes, balms, etc. I even have CBD treats for my dog! While CBD has been proven to have tons of beneficial functions, it’s important that you’re consuming high-quality products. That’s why we highly recommend The Pretty Janes.

Whether you’re totally new to CBD or you’re already a big fan, you’re going to want to look into this new monthly subscription box.

The Pretty Janes is a monthly subscription box that provides you with a variety of high-quality CBD products for women. It’s a great way to test out different products and find out what you like and what works for you! The box officially launches on July 1st, but today you can visit their website to enter to win a YEAR of Pretty Janes boxes for free (a $1,000 value)! The runner up will receive a limited edition Pretty Jane box, valued at $125 - so you have two chances to win! Just click here to enter - good luck!

pretty janes cbd oil subscription box giveaway
pretty janes cbd oil subscription box giveaway
pretty janes cbd oil subscription box giveaway

How to Avoid Burnout as a Blogger or Entrepreneur

blogger business burnout

Being business babes, we have all struggled to want to open our laptops up and see what’s in store for today. However, have you ever thought “Man, I just can’t seem to know what to do lately.” Or even the dreaded, “What am I even doing with work anymore?” Us here at Girlcrush have felt ourselves get to that point. With blogging you get writer’s block and can’t think of any new ideas. With business you can’t help but to not want to deal with any new problems or ideas that may have risen. You kind of just wish things could go on autopilot while you went back to bed.

Listen, Linda! We’re here to help. Listed below are signs, how-tos, and preventive options to take burnout to burning up the Internet! Burnout happens to the best of us, but we can and will get through it!

Burnout happens when you avoid being a human for too long.
— The Blissful Mind

Signs That You’re Burning Out:

These are just some signs that you or someone that loves you may recognize within. Obviously we all have our off days and we’re not claiming to be doctors, but if you find yourself in the midst of the following, you may be running yourself dry.

You feel exhausted with every day/simple tasks

Are you feeling as if you’re in a rut? And when you have normal tasks, do they feel like they are harder than usual? Girl, we know the struggle. This might be one of the most common tell-tale signs that things aren’t going as they should.

You find you’re talking & thinking negatively

You might be finding that nowadays you have been a little too hard on yourself. We’re all about being the best ~YOU~ you can be, but we can have really high and unhealthy expectations of ourselves. And you might feel like others may have similar expectations for you, but all you can think of is how you’re disappointing yourself and them.

Your mood & appetite have changed

People might notice that you’re getting a little more snappy or moody lately. You might not be talking to your inner circle, either. Heck, you might even be able to tell that you’re a little more fussy than normal. Your appetite also speaks volumes when you’re stressed. You can find yourself with little to no appetite or even being a lot more snacky than usual.

Work feels just like that, work

Rather doing something you love and enjoying your job, your work feels like a drag. We’re not saying that you have to jump for joy every time you get out of bed for work, but you shouldn’t be dreading it. This should be an automatic red flag if you typically love doing your work but now you’re taking the long route to get there.

Motivation is nonexistent/Writer’s Block

You aren’t feeling it today. But you haven’t been feeling it for a while now. No new ideas are popping up for you and you can’t fathom any coming in the near future. All you feel like doing is asking the universe to take the wheel and wake you up when new things happen.

blogger burnout

What To Do:

If you find yourself in the midst of the above signs, here’s some advice on how to handle them. If you feel like none of these are helping, you may want to consider contacting a medical professional.

Address what is causing the stress

Once you recognize what is causing you so much stress and causing your burnouts, then you can start eliminating those factors. If you feel stress coming from others, a giant to-do list, or by another similar problem, you can now start a plan to tackle these head-on.

Schedule breaks during your work day

Although we would like to think that powering through the day is the best idea, taking breaks through the days is better for your mental health. How would your car feel if you drove it cross-country, non stop? Probably super damaged. That’s why you need to give it a rest and oil it when necessary - so do the same for yourself!

Step away when you feel symptoms arising

There’s nothing wrong with knowing your limits and making adjustments to make yourself comfortable. When you feel yourself getting exhausted and burning out again, remind yourself that you can 100% step away from what is making you feel this way.

Give yourself a hiatus

Go off the grid. Turn off your phone. Don’t watch the news. It is so easy to get consumed into an alternative reality and try to escape from this one. But sometimes that isn’t the healthiest alternative. Putting down your phone and taking a drive or meditating will help not only distract you from the hassles of work, but still keep you present within your own reality.

Reevaluate priorities and goals

Maybe you’re putting too much pressure on yourself and the quickest way to know if you’re doing that is to put your priorities and goals in check. Are they attainable? Keep them. Are they a long shot? Save those for a rainy day - just not today. Make sure you have your sights set on what you are able to do at this point in time.

blogger business owner burnout

How To Prevent it From Happening Again:

These tips aren’t only from preventing burnout to happen again, but use these as guidelines to not allow it to happen if it hasn’t happened to you. We want each and every one of you to enjoy life to the fullest - not racing through because you’re uncomfortable. Take time for yourself because self-care is the best thing you can do before helping others. You have to put your oxygen mask on you first before you can help others!

Slow down

Life doesn't need to be as fast as a Monday morning in NYC. Allow yourself to slow down on the regular and let things happen one thing at a time. Not everything has to be done today, not everything is do or die - you got this babe!

Follow your break schedule

Keeping up with your newly established break schedule should be a priority getting back on track. Make time for yourself through the day, no matter how busy it gets!

Find daily inspiration

Whether it be Pinterest, something cute your dog is doing, or looking back on old posts/products, try to find some inspiration to help keep motivating yourself through the day (or even week!) Not everything has to be limited to being “daily” - you can do weekly or even monthly lists for inspiration!

Accomplish goals that mean something to you

When you finish an objective that has meaning to you and you can physically see the results of it, it clicks in your head that hey! You did it! Doing so will make you have a sense of pride and accomplishment, which will lead to more motivation!

Find a support group and allow people to help you

Accountability is always a great way to make sure you stay on a path that you want to stay on. Having loved ones keeping you on track all the while making sure you are keeping yourself healthy is a great way of helping you out so you don’t have to put all the pressure on yourself.

blogger business burnout

At the end of the day, try and find peace in the stillness of your current life. You can try to do anything, but you can’t do everything. When you feel like your mind has too many tabs open, try closing them - one at a time. But make sure you save your work first! And our best advice for anyone struggling on balancing your time and management, the most productive thing you can do sometimes is rest easy, babe.

Ted Talks for When You’re Feeling Burnt out:

Have you felt burnt out as a blogger or business owner? What do you do to prevent it or relieve it? We’d love to hear new ideas!

avoid burnout as a blogger or business owner
avoid burnout as a blogger or business owner
avoid burnout as a blogger or business owner
avoid burnout as a blogger or business owner

The Importance of Having a Morning Routine

the importance of having a morning routine

Listen, we all know that the morning can bring nothing but hitting that snooze button again and again just to jump out of bed with only enough time to put one leg through a pair of pants while chugging down a cup of coffee. Too relatable? Yeah, it is for us, too.

morning routine

Having a morning routine is actually psychologically important for making the rest of your day run smoothly. How you set the tone first thing in the morning is, give or take, how the rest of your day will flow. Now wouldn’t you want a more balanced and positive day just by allowing yourself some time in the morning to let that happen? Uh, sign us up!

Now before we dive in, look at the word “routine” not as a “gotta get up early check list” but more so as creating your own lifestyle for your days!

Ideas For Your Morning Routine

Get 7 to 8 Hours of Sleep

    • Studies have shown that the average adult needs to sleep for around 8 hours in order to achieve a healthy lifestyle and mindset. Although sometimes we feel as if when we sleep for only 4 hours we have more energy, it’s the same feeling for when you get a sugar high. It might feel like you have a lot of energy now, but you’ll have a crash later.

Get Up on Your First Alarm & Open the Blinds

    • Studies have proven people who get up on their first alarm (rather than hitting snooze a couple dozen times!) have more productive and energetic days. To help tempt you from clicking your lock button, open your blinds when your first alarm goes off. Typically, the sun will already be up and will pour its light into your room. It’ll help motivate you to get out of bed to get that sunshine out of your eyes!

morning routine

Get Up to Watch The Sunrise

    • We know that daylight savings makes this a little hard to accomplish at times, but maybe plan a few days during the week to make time to watch the sunrise (if applicable.) It will make you appreciate the little things and hey, what can beat a beautiful sunrise?

Don’t Check Your Phone ASAP

    • Adjusting your eyes from being shut for hours immediately to a blaring LED screen can really cause some destruction. Once your eyes are adjusted after a couple of minutes, then go ahead and check!

Drink Water

  • Before anything else enters your body, make sure you get a drink of water first. Think of it as the oil of a car engine, without it, things just don’t run as smoothly! If you’re not a big water drinker, try adding cucumber and lemon to add flavor and benefits! Even though wanting to reach for that coffee pot is instinctual, just a cup of water beforehand is sufficient!

Make Your Bed!

  • If you caught our newsletter about getting your life together, you’ll remember we talked about a book written by Admiral William McRaven that centers around how making your bed first thing in the morning can literally change the way you do things. The premise is to show that making sure you do one simple task every morning, it creates a habit and that can translate into every sphere of your life!

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  • Nothing starts your body up more like getting the blood flowing and warming it up! Stretching it out before leaving the house (especially if you have a desk job) will create long-term benefits that will strengthen your back and core so your body can withstand sitting for long hours. Exercising first thing in the morning engages and starts your metabolism up so that throughout the day your body is working properly when it comes to anything you eat or drink. There’s an app created but Johnson & Johnson made a 7 minute, all-encompassing workout - all at different levels! Here’s the link: https://www.7minuteworkout.jnj.com/

Meditate or Yoga

  • If you’re not about breaking too much of a sweat, try meditating or yoga. Sometimes yoga gets intense, but trying some simple yet effective apps will get the job done. Try apps like Headspace for meditation and Daily Yoga for easy, everyday moves that even strangers to meditation and yoga can do.

morning coffee morning routine

Coffee Break!

  • If you live with a roommate(s) or a significant other, take some time in the morning to make a cup of coffee for y’all and talk about the day ahead or recap on the night prior! It’s a great way to build up your relationships plus getting human interaction first thing in the morning helps engage your brain muscles before you get to work!

Write in a Gratitude/Affirmation Journal

  • What is better than physically looking at all the great things happening in your life? Writing out what you’re thankful for in your life can really put things into perspective and change your whole look on not just your day, but life!

Plan out Your To-Do List & Eat the Frog!

  • Wait - what? Make a to-do list for your day, maybe even your week and check on it every morning. So what did we mean by eat the frog? Tackle the biggest/scariest/hardest task first, so that the rest of your list doesn’t look too tough!

Enjoy Quiet Time

  • What else is better than just hanging out in silence? Take this time to just hang out in your thoughts or make mental notes for later. Or if you’re spiritual, say your morning prayers or thank the universe for a new day.

Take Some Time with Your Kids/Pet

  • Being a mom is probably one of the most busiest jobs on this Earth. Try to take some time to bond with your kiddo(s) during breakfast. If they’re younger, give them a craft to do or a coloring book. This will help stimulate their minds as they start the days! As dog moms ourselves, we take our pups to the park every morning before work! It helps get their energy out while we work during the day while also being a great way to bond with them plus their getting some socialization!

Self-Care Bathroom Routine

  • Are you just like Jonathan Van Ness and have to make sure your face is moisturized for the gods, honey? What about that bed-head of yours? Get your jush on and get that mane tamed!

Eat Breakfast

  • This seems like a no-brainer, but sometimes we just forget! Try to avoid sugar-filled things so that you don’t crash before your lunch break!

morning routine breakfast

Play a Podcast in the Background

    • Did you know that our subconscious picks up on background noise? As you get ready for your day, play an interesting podcast! Maybe it’ll help brainstorm some ideas while at work.

Take Your Time

    • If you’re getting up and rushing to get out the door, your day is going to feel a little off the entire time. I mean we all know that feeling! But if you account for enough time in your day, you can 100% be able to casually stroll your way out the door and oh no! There’s a red light! Who cares? You created enough time in your morning to deal with anything!

Pack Your Lunch/Plan Your Dinner

    • Save time, energy, and money! (And possibly calories!) Pack a lunch for the afternoon rather than driving around getting fast food. Making dinner plans or planning out to make for dinner will save time trying to figure out something while you’re starving.

Do Something That Future You Will Be Thankful You Did

    • The last thing someone wants to do after work is some annoying chore. So while you have the energy to do it, do the dishes, vacuum, fold the laundry, spiffy up the place - just little things that will go a long way for your future self!

Don’t Stress Yourself Out in Creating a Routine

    • No one’s routine is perfect and maybe Obama’s routine won’t fit your typical morning. (Does having a 2,000 calorie blasting cardio workout before breakfast sound like something you want to do? Well maybe it is, we won’t judge. ;) But keep a level head and don’t pressure yourself in becoming a morning person if you’re not. Working a little bit day by day will help create a daily routine that will eventually fit for you. Trial and error is your best friend in all of this. Trying your best already shows that you’re looking for improvement, so keep at it!

Do you have a regular morning routine? Let us know in the comments! We’re always looking for new ideas!

the importance of having a morning idea plus a list of ideas
the importance of having a morning idea plus a list of ideas

2018 Girlcrush Gift Guide

Girlcrush Gift Guide

Guess what time of year it is?!

December is in full swing and the days are already flying by. But…. You don’t have everyone on your gift list accounted for yet. OOPS. Well, never fear, girlfriend, because we’re here to help you find something perfect for that special someone or even own girl gang!

We featured gifts for everyone on your list created by female-owned businesses!

For your man:

Put away those heart eyes for just a second and focus, babe! What has he been hinting at for the last few months? Are they Rangers tickets? What about a new IPA that he’s been telling all his bros about?

What we recommend:

For a boyfriend - a really thoughtful gift that shows you listen to his sports stats (even when you don’t want to.)

For a husband - a really thoughtful gift (ya know, keepin’ the romance alive!) and then a fun or functional present where he can enjoy it over and over again like an outfit that just screams him or his favorite cologne (which honestly is a present for you, too. ;)

Gifts for your man from female owned businesses:

For your girls:

Stacking rings are such a cute trend right now! And what is better than having a sweet memento of your lady crew? You can get a few of these on Esty and even customize them to fit y’alls personalities or a slogan you have!

Your gal gang not into jewelry? That’s fine, too! Keeping their own styles in mind, a monogramed journal or a bottle of her favorite wine (hey, if you’re on the nice list she just might share some with you!) will always be a homerun with your besties.

Gifts for your girls from female owned businesses:

For your boss:

Need any extra push to tell your boss you need that Christmas bonus? Kidding! But if you look at her as more than “just a boss” then she deserves a sweet gift, too.

Coffee and coffee accessories are always a good call. I mean just channel Michael Scott and get a “World’s Best Boss” coffee mug! Some of her favorite freshly ground coffee would be such a #blessing in her busy life, too! Is she more of a function over everything kind of woman? Get her some trendy organizing essentials from Target - a fun gift without having to break the bank!

Gifts for your boss from female owned businesses:

For your roomie:

Roomies are the ladies who have dealt with your messes all year, and sometimes even your dog’s, so she deserves something that’ll give her some relaxation!

Her fav scented candle, a bubble bath set, or even a new cookbook that her Food Network idol wrote would all be great ideas to allow for some down-time for your best, patient roommate.

Gifts for your roomie from female owned businesses:

For your pet:

Ok, so let’s be honest. Any gift for your dog is really just a gift for you to adore them even more.

Getting a matching pajama set with them would be SO adorable - and not to mention hella Insta-worthy. Check out the brand Pajamagram!

Glam up their everyday wardrobe with some sparkles on the collar or jacket, or if he’s too manly for that, man it up with some name brand athletic wear (Adidogs)!

Gifts for your pet from female owned businesses:

We know gift shopping is stressful, especially when you’re shopping for more than just one person. We hope this list helps you ladies out a little bit so that you can stay on track with holiday shopping this year and not be freaked out by what to buy! :)

Happy & safe shopping!

girlcrush collective holiday gift guide

5 Spring Must-Haves for Boss Babes

Happy spring, boss babe. Have you done your spring cleaning yet?

I cleaned out and organized my whole office and it feels so GOOD! Now that I have gone through everything I have and got rid of the things that I don't use or don't need, I have a much better idea of what I do need for a successful and productive spring! 


Here are the 5 things that I am most excited about:

Rose Gold Beats 3

I was sold as soon as I saw "rose gold" but these headphones really are lifesavers. They are comfortable enough to wear everyday and I can use them to take calls which is way better than holding my phone to my ear (#lazy). The battery life is long enough that you don't have to worry about constantly charging them. The on-ear controls allow you to control your music and activate Siri without going to your phone!


JORD Watch

I cannot even begin to tell you now often I lose track of time while working from home. Unless I have Siri reminding me of meetings that I have scheduled, I can get lost in work for hours without having any idea how long it has been. 

When JORD watches reached out to me about trying and reviewing their watches, I figured it was a sign that it’s time to start wearing an actual watch. 

I chose the CORA series zebrawood and turquoise watch. This unique watch has sapphire crystal glass with swarovski crystal markers. The wood makes for a light, comfortable watch that doesn't pinch your wrists! And I am in love with the gold accents. I went with turquoise because I think it is so fun for spring, but this watch also comes in rose gold and rosé!

P.S. I have teamed up with JORD to give one of you a $100 giftcard to their entire site! Even if you don't win, you'll get a 10% off code just for entering. ENTER HERE!


Girl, Wash Your Face

Rachel Hollis' new book, Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be is a MUST READ ASAP, like, stop reading this blog post and go read it ASAP. 

Rachel is the founder of TheChicSite.com and the CEO of her own media company, Chic Media. She has built an amazing tribe of hundreds of thousands of girls who want to live a better life. She shares the messiness of her own life and is just so relatable which has been the key to her success. Her book will open your eyes to your own limiting beliefs and mind-sets that have been preventing you from moving forward and living your best life. 

I actually listened to the audiobook (I am always multi-tasking...ooops). Audible by Amazon is great for audiobooks and when you sign up you get one free credit for an audiobook - use that for Girl, Wash Your Face!


Bando Water Bottle

Summer is in the near future. If you have been slacking off with your health over the winter, now is the time to get your sh*t together. The easiest way to start is by getting a cute waterbottle that you will want to carry with you everywhere! 

Added bonus: add a few drops of lemon essential oil to your water for some flavor!


Daily Planner

It is almost April - if you have not been planning out your days, it is time to get started! I am big on organizing my days so I have a physical planner that I use to write down my daily tasks and events. After I write them down, I add them to my calendar app on my phone so that Siri can remind me if anything slips my mind!


What are you excited about this spring? Let us know below!