How to De-Stress Affordably

Hello and welcome back! First, I want to say I hope wherever you are that you and your family are safe. Hurricane Irma was a very real and very scary thing that happened here in Florida this week and I know so many others are struggling with other natural disasters recently. My heart goes out to you if you have been affected.

I don’t know about you, but this girl is ready for the weekend. Crazy is an understatement for how this week went. Despite all the madness, I’m so incredibly thankful to say that my friends and family are all safe and their homes are all okay. This storm was not as bad as we expected it to be where I live. I can’t stress enough how big of a relief that is. So many are still without power, lost their homes, or even their lives. Needless to say, this was a stressful week for so many of us.  Continue reading “How to De-Stress Affordably”

My Fitness Favorites

Like so many people, one of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2017 was to be healthier/lose weight. I am so happy to say that we are halfway through August and I have stuck to that resolution.

I still a newbie to this lifestyle and have a lot to learn, but I’m so excited about the journey. Today I wanted to share some of my Fitness Favorites with you!

One of the biggest things I have learned is that to be fit and healthy, it can’t just be a New Year’s Resolution – it’s a lifestyle change.

A young woman in athletic clothes standing outside.

I have worked in a sit-down office environment for four years now and have fallen victim to the temptation of office goodies – donuts, cookies, and candy. One thing I found really helpful in resisting that temptation is seeing how many calories were in those donuts, cookies, and candies. My Fitness Pal is one of the best fitness apps out there and it’s totally free!

If you have never used My Fitness Pal before and you are trying to watch your weight, I highly recommend it. The most important thing with this app is that you have to be honest with yourself and log everything you eat and drink. You can even log your exercise, which I find really encouraging. The longer I used this app, the easier it was for me to make conscious healthier decisions when those sweet goodies popped up at work.

A young woman in athletic clothing doing yoga outside.

I knew that for me to be healthy, I was going to need help. When I told Isaac I wanted to be healthier, he was super supportive and helped hold me accountable. One of the best things I can tell you about changing your lifestyle to be healthier would be to make it as easy for yourself as possible. Get rid of all the chips and cookies and junk food in the house. It is sad to say goodbye, but you’ll feel so much better in the long run.

In between working full time and going to school, the last thing I want to think about is what we are having for dinner. Every Sunday, we plan out all of our meals for the week and go grocery shopping. I am constantly on Pinterest finding healthy and easy recipes. This makes life so much easier. Now all we have to do is look at our menu for the week I keep posted on the fridge to see what we are having. (Instead of driving through Chick-fil-A.)

Activewear can be so expensive. I love a good deal, especially on active leggings. Some of my favorite places to shop for activewear on a budget are TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Old Navy, and Target. You can always find great name brand clothes like Nike and Underarmour at TJ Maxx and Marshalls. Target always has the cutest and super trendy clothes with a reasonable price tag. Old Navy pretty much always has a sale happening and you can get a lot of great quality workout gear and walk out with your dignity.

Since I am such a newbie to working out and the gym is still rather intimidating for me, I love at-home workouts. I love watching workout videos on YouTube. It’s free and you don’t have to worry about being judged when you are out of breath after the first set. (Not that this has ever happened to me.) XHIT Daily is my favorite fitness YouTube channel. Most of their workouts are around ten minutes long and are easy to follow and so much fun.

A young woman in athletic clothing exercising outdoors.

What are some of your favorite ways to stay active? What helps keep you on track? Let me know in the comments!

DIY Marble Desk

With school starting back next month and with me working from home more often, I recently decided it was time for me to have a dedicated work space. As much as I love sitting on the couch or in bed and working, it can be really hard for me to call it a day. I’m one of those people who will answer “one more email” or “do one last thing,” that ends up taking an hour.

To help me stay motivated and organized, I decided to spruce up our home office! Continue reading “DIY Marble Desk”

Summer Lovin’ – What I Wore

Summer days drifting away to the oh, oh the summer nights! (Any Grease fans out there?) How is it Thursday already? I can’t believe how fast this year is flying by.

One of my all time favorite summer things is barbecues – being outside with friends and eating delicious food is a recipe for a great time. Just as long as you don’t get any sauce on you!

I recently had barbecue with my family for my birthday. I posted this picture on Instagram and have gotten so many questions about what I wore! Continue reading “Summer Lovin’ – What I Wore”

Life Hacks for Travel

I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for ways to make things easier and more efficient for myself, especially when it comes to traveling.

In honor of summer vacations (which I just got back from myself), I’ve decided to round up my five best life hacks for traveling to share with you. As much as I love to travel, it’s hard to remember to pack everything sometimes.

I have used all of these hacks in the last week and they really work!

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What I Wore – Broadway

Watching a musical on Broadway has been on my bucket list since I was a kid. Fun fact about me: I love to sing! I was in chorus from Kindergarten through high school. I was even in a school production of Annie when I was twelve. I played Grace, Oliver Warbucks’ assistant. One of the songs is called “NYC.” I remember singing it onstage and imagining what it would be like on Broadway. Earlier this week I was finally able to go to the Big Apple. It was everything I imagined it would be and more. The bright lights of Time Square, fancy people walking the streets in a hurry, the blaring horns – it was unlike anything I’ve ever seen.

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DIY Home Decor – Coffee Filter Flowers

Happy Friday Eve, friends! We are so close to the weekend. (Happy dance)

Does anyone out there like home decor? Anyone? I think there were one or two yeses out there.

I LOVE decorating (parties, homes, cookies, you name it). If it can be decorated, I love it! There is something so special about putting together pieces and bringing your own style,  especially when it comes to your home.

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A Walk in the Park

Happy Saturday everyone! Raise your hand if you live for the weekend. I know I do! Weekends are the best time to relax and refresh. Isaac and I love to take walks together especially on the weekends. We both work in an office so we love getting fresh air whenever we can. This week was full of rain so we didn’t do much walking. Fortunately the weather this morning was beautiful and sunny, so we took advantage of it and stopped by our local Farmer’s Market.

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