Wednesday, February 24, 2016

TRAVEL PLAYLIST

I have been traveling a ton lately! Denver three weeks ago, Houston two weeks, and San Diego last weekend (More to come on the Gluten Free Expo!) This week I plan on binge watching Fuller House and binge eating chips and queso. While either flying or driving I love listening to music along the way. Here are some songs on my playlist for when I travel lately:

  • Die A Happy Man by Thomas Rhett
  • Adventure of a Lifetime by Coldplay
  • Cake by the Ocean by DNCE
  • Good to be Alive by Andy Grammer
  • Like I'm Gonna Lose You by Meghan Trainor feat. John Legend
  • One Call Away by Charlie Puth
  • Renegades by X Ambassadors
  • She's Like Texas by Josh Abbott Band
  • Stand By You by Rachel Platten
  • Sorry by Justin Bieber
  • Wildest Dreams by Taylor Swift

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

VISION BOARD & STARBUCKS WINNER!

I know the year is already nearly two months in, but my vision board is finally here and done!
This year I want to continue fashion blogging, become debt free, read at least one book per month, lead a Bible study, believe in myself, get a ring on my finger (ha!), run a wine 5k, finish my Master's degree, and take a snowy vacation (already done)!

And the winner of the Starbucks gift card is...
Allie W!

Please send me a message with your e-mail so I can get the card to you!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

BEAUTY HACKS FOR THE MORNING AFTER

A night out with friends is always fun. However, when you wake up the next morning, the struggle can be real and getting ready for work can be even worse. With National Margarita Day tomorrow, here are 5 beauty hacks for you to utilize Tuesday morning after a few too many shots of Patron. 

1.) Skip coffee! Your body is already dehydrated after a night of drinking, and coffee will add to that mess. Instead grab something like a Gatorade to refuel.


2.) Depuff your eyes! Put two spoons in the freezer. Once they're ice cold put them over your eyes. This will contract your eye vessels and make you look more refreshed. 

3.) Use dry shampoo. It will absorb oil, get rid of any lingering bar odors, and boost volume.

4.) Use multi-purpose products. BB Cream, CC cream, and/or color sticks can make 1 product cover multiple steps.

5.) Use dark pink. It brightens the face, brings life, and will mask any sign of a late night out, whether it's on your lips or your cheeks. 

Enjoy National Margarita Day!

Friday, February 19, 2016

JULIANNE HOUGH LOOK FOR LESS

Julianne Hough is everywhere lately and I don't mind it. From Grease Live, Lip Sync Battle, and the cover of Cosmo, she is having one hell of a 2016 and we are only halfway into February. Here is one of my favorite looks of hers for much cheaper!




Total: $151.98

Thursday, February 18, 2016

EARTH'S HEALING

Essential oils are a great, holistic way to bring healing. These highly concentrated plants are natural and can provide many benefits. Some of these benefits, dependent upon the oil, are able to clear bacteria, relax the body, help with indigestion, detox the body, help with alertness, relieve sore muscles, rid of flu symptoms, and clear sinuses. With so many different types of oils, it can be overwhelming to know the right brands and right types of oils for you.

However, with Earth's Healing Boxes, the stress is taken out of deciding. This monthly subscription box includes three therapeutic grade essential oils and recipe cards for how to create your own blends. It also includes an already blended oil and a surprise gift.



The February box had oils specific to Valentine's Day. The first oil was Rose, which is an aphrodisiac, prevents viruses, and can also act as an antidepressant. The second oil was Star Anise, which is anti-bronchial and anti-asthmatic. The third oil, french lavender, is one of my favorites. It is detoxifying, soothing, and good as an antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, and eases insomnia. The already blended oil that was in the box was Litsea Cubeba May Chang. This calming blend is anti-bronchial, anti-asthmatic, anti-viral, and anti bacterial. Lastly included were cotton balls and a tea ball diffuser.

Try out Earth's Healing Boxes and begin to heal naturally for only $49.99.

FTC Disclosure: I received these products complimentary from Earth's Healing Boxes for testing purposes only. All opinions above are true and my own

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS & STARBUCKS GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY

Kindness makes the world go round. Tiny acts of kindness have the ability to make major changes in someone's life. Tomorrow is National Random Acts of Kindness Day and I encourage you to step outside of yourself and do something kind for another person.

Some suggestions:
  1. Pay for the person behind you in line at the drive thru.
  2. Surprise a co-worker with their favorite drink from Starbucks.
  3. Pray for someone else.
  4. Carry someone's groceries to their car.
  5. Leave flowers on a stranger's porch.
  6. Call up your grandparents (or an elder family member) to check in.
  7. Donate necessities to a homeless shelter or food pantry.
Comment below with a story of something kind someone else did for you and be entered to win a $25 Starbucks gift card. Winner will be announced in a blog post on 2/23!

Monday, February 15, 2016

DETOX WEEK

Sometimes you need to hit reset. Like after an epic weekend of drinking and eating until your heart's content with your family from all over the country at your cousin's wedding. This week for me is going to be about starting fresh. Here's my "Detox" plan for the week.

Before breakfast - shot of apple cider vinegar (This helps flush the system and speed up metabolism)

AM Cardio - While fasted cardio is not always the best, this is a good way to get my cells blasted this week.

Breakfast - 2 hard boiled eggs, gluten free toast, avocado spread...perfect blend of protein, carbs, and healthy fats.

Snack #1 - Grapefruit (curbs hunger)

Lunch - Lean protein, veggies, quinoa

Snack 2 - Veggies, hummus

PM Cardio & Toning - I rarely do cardio twice in a day, but while detoxing the body this will help me to sweat out all the alcohol and toxins consumed this weekend.

Dinner - Lean protein, green veggies

After dinner - lemon detox tea

I will also be sure to consume at least 100 ounces of water each day to detoxify the system and remain hydrated since I will be doing double the doses of cardio.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

GRADBIN REVIEW

GradBin is a monthly subscription box tailored to college students. The box contains snacks, games, and more to get you through college life. The number of products per box depends on if you order the original (5-7) or the mini (3-4).



The theme of the January box was New Years Resolutions. It included a tote, Simple Squares Organic Snack Bars, Barney Butter Snack Packs, a Water Bean filter, Munk Pack Squeeze, and a deck of cards. I love that everything in this box is great for life on the go. I am really excited to bring all these snacks with me on my next trip and am glad to know since they survived shipping they will likely survive in the black abyss that is my purse.

The original GradBin costs $24.95 per month plus shipping. I imagine this is about the cost of the products as a whole. For the monthly price this is a kind and simple way to surprise your college student.

FTC Disclosure: I received these products complimentary from GradBin for testing purposes only. All opinions above are true and my own.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

NATIONAL PIZZA DAY!

Today is National Pizza Day! However, as I am trying to eat more healthy and I am unable to work out as much as usual due to a broken wrist, I have to be cautious in my pizza indulgence. Here is a great homemade pizza recipe that is healthier than calling Domino's!


Spring Veggie Flatbread Pizza

Ingredients:
-Pizza Dough
-Zucchini
-Pesto
-Mozzarella Cheese
-Yellow Squash
-Parsley
-Lemon

How To:
1.) Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2.) Grease a foil lined baking sheet.
3.) Stretch dough out across baking sheet, to be a 1/4" thick rectangle.
4.) Poke dough with a fork and season. (I used Mrs. Dash's Garlic & Herb Seasoning)
5.) Bake for 15 minutes.
6.) Cut zucchini and squash into 1/4" half moons.
7.) Chop parsley leaves.
8.) Halve the lemon.
9.) In a medium pan heat a tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat.
10.) Add squash, zucchini, and a squeeze of lemon to pan, cooking for 5 minutes.
11.) When pizza is done, spread 1/4 cup of pesto evenly across the crust.
12.) Top with mozzarella, squash, zucchini, lemon zest, salt, and pepper.
13.) Drizzle with olive oil.
14.) Bake another 10 minutes.
15.) Sprinkle with parsley.
16.) ENJOY!

Monday, February 8, 2016

DATES IN A BOX

It's been almost 4 years since I met my sweet boyfriend. As time passes in a relationship it begins to get hard to be creative with date nights and gift giving.

One way to combine both of those is by giving dates in a box.

Get 12 manila envelopes. Label them 1-12. Fill these envelopes with items for pre planned date nights.

Here are some ideas for potential envelopes:

1.) Picnic -- list of local parks, two brown lunch bags, plastic ware

2.) Game night -- dessert, winner prize

3.) Brunch and a yard sale

4.) Chopped -- 2 $10 bills, list of 4 ingredients

5.) Putt Putt

6.) Ice Cream Crazy -- sundae toppings

7.) Santa Monica Pier (great date night for people local to Los Angeles; there are often Groupons for the rides at the pier)

8.) Mall Scavenger Hunt

9.) Fort and a movie -- Red Box coupon code, popcorn

10.) Cowboy Date Night -- We have a local line dancing bar, it could be a fun date night!

11.) Cosmic Bowling -- glowsticks

12.) Dinner out -- restaurant gift card

Leave comments below with your idea for date in a box!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

VALENTINE'S DAY OUTFIT

Valentine's Day is just a week away. Yesterday I shared a Valentine's date makeup look and today is a Valentine's inspired outfit. This floral, pastel look was inspired by Becca Tilley's look from The Bachelor this week on her Mexico City group date. * This look is great for any Valentine's outings, from a date with BAE, brunch with the girls, or just doing the usual Sunday Funday around the house.


*I could not find a photo of this. Then again, I didn't try super hard. I can only type with my left hand do to a broken wrist and if you don't watch The Bachelor you should just leave my blog now.


Saturday, February 6, 2016

VALENTINE'S DAY MAKEUP

Valentine's Day is just a week away. Start planning now for your outfits and your makeup so you don't have to ruin a day of love with stress. Below is a Valentine's Day makeup look I posted last year and am bringing back from the archives!

Face:

Clinique Superprimer Colour Corrects Redness
Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup (shade 15)
Clinique Airbrush Concealer (04 natural fair)
E.L.F. Pointed Foundation Brush
Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm (01 amp'd up apple)
NYX Dewy Finish Long Lasting Setting Spray

Eyes:

NYX SPL 856 Sand Pink
Urban Decay Naked 3 (Buzz, Dust, Trick)
Cover Girl Eyelash Curler
Maybelline The Falsies Volum' Express Mascara (Black Drama)
Makeup Forever Mascara (Smoky Extravaganza)

Eyebrows:

Mica Beauty Cosmetics Brown Line Fix Gel Eyeliner

Lips:

Rimmel London 264 Coffee Shimmer
Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm (04 Mega Melon)

Friday, February 5, 2016

GRRLBOX REVIEW

Let's be real here. The time of the month sucks. As if the cramps, headaches, and crankiness isn't enough, just getting up and going to get stuff to make you feel better adds to the mess. However, with Grrl Box all of that is eliminated.

Grrl Box is a monthly subscription service that delivers period friendly products straight to your doorstep. Each box includes snacks, chocolate, underwear, a pampering product, an item to relieve stress, and feminine hygiene products. My favorite thing about this box is that you are able to let Grrl Box know prior what kind of chocolate you prefer, your size of underwear, and what type of feminine hygiene products you prefer. 

In my Grrl Box I received coconut chips, caramel pretzel chocolate (not picture because I chowed down on that the minute it came...holy cow!), dry shampoo, a planner and pen, cake mix, underwear, and tampons. Grrl Box costs $35/month and makes that time of the month much more manageable. I highly recommend you check them out. It's like having a PMS Fairy come to your house!


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

WINTER WEDDING ATTIRE

Next weekend I am headed to a wedding in Houston. While Texas afternoons this time of year are extremely unpredictable, dressing for them formally can be slightly more difficult than just throwing on jeans and a couple layers. Below are three simple outfits for winter weddings. Throw on a cute petticoat and you're good to go. 




Tuesday, February 2, 2016

PRAYING FOR YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER

Prior to meeting my boyfriend, I prayed to God about the type of man He would provide me. In high school and the beginning of college I had horrible luck with guys. They would really like me for a couple weeks, but then hit a halt. I prayed for someone who would love me when my true colors came out beyond the honeymoon phase. I prayed for someone who would be patient, humble, encouraging, and honest. But most importantly I prayed for someone who loved God slightly more than he loved me. After God granted me with the man of my prayers (and not of my dreams) I continued to pray and I still do. I pray for our relationship, our careers, and our families. I pray for our bad days, our good days, and all in between. And I mostly pray for us to continue growing in our faith, both together and separately.

Here are 5 verses to pray for your significant other, that I often pray:

  • "As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love." Ephesians 4:1-2; Pray that they continue to grow strong in their faith and love for Christ, humbly, gently, and patiently. 
  • "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who live him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28; Pray that they will follow their God given purpose, even when days are long and rough.
  • "The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him." Psalm 28:7; Pray that they will turn toward the Lord in hardships and that they will praise Him for all of their days.
  • "Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path." Psalm 119:105; Pray that they will seek His word and guidance when looking for direction.
  • "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and He will flee from you." James 4:7; Pray that they will resist temptation and turn from evil.
How do you pray for your significant other?




Monday, February 1, 2016

SELF AWARENESS

Recently life has gotten pretty crazy. I knew 2016 was going to be a wild ride, but not to this extent. In January, I felt like I was barely swimming. Between work, school, starting a bible study, fitness coaching, blogging, and other family events, each day was a struggle to get what needed to get done in the 24 hours given. A lot of times I caught myself saying the silly Instagram quote, "You have the same 24 hours in the day as Beyonce" to give myself some sort of encouragement.

In the midst of this month, I found myself drawing more near to God, which is the best direction to go. But finally on one of the last days of the month, I cracked. My poor Dad has always been the one to receive the mental breakdown phone call. While 80% of the tears were probably pure exhaustion, the other 20% were likely me finally being aware of the fact that I had forgotten to leave myself time to just breathe.

After the sob fest, I did yoga and meditation--two things I have never been much of a fan of--and I have never felt so clear. The next day I hopped on a flight to Denver to visit my cousins, no to-do lists included. As I head back to LA (and the reality of life) on February 1st, I am promising myself time for myself this month, even if that means writing it in my planner. Fifteen minutes an evening, cell phone free, to sit in silence and meditate in His word and free myself from anything drawing me away from Him.