Saturday, May 28, 2016

MEMORIAL DAY OUTFIT

This weekend is one of my favorite weekends of the year, right up there with 4th of July. It is going to be filled with friends, family, and lots and lots of delicious eats. Whether you're having a BBQ with friends or enjoying the Memorial Day sales at the mall, here is an affordable, yet festive, look for the weekend.


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

NATIONAL WINE DAY

Today is National Wine Day...a holiday I fully support. And as much as I enjoy a glass (or two...) of wine after a rough day to destress and relax, drinking red wine actually has several health benefits.

  • Lower blood sugar
  • Delayed growth of fat cells
  • Prevents Alzheimers and Dementia
  • Protects against cell damage
  • Improves muscle strength
  • Protects against chronic disease
  • Fights cancer cells
  • Lowers risk of stroke
  • Lowers risk of heart disease

So raise your glass to celebrate National Wine Day and to drinking yourself to health and happiness! ;)


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

ERIN CONDREN REVIEW & DISCOUNT CODE

I finally took the plunge a couple of weeks ago and ordered an Erin Condren Life Planner. I have gone back and forth about it for a couple of years now, but always hesitated because of the cost. I often watch Plan With Me videos on YouTube and follow several planner accounts on Instagram. I am a big fan of lists, planning, and getting organized. When the EC planner went on sale, I finally decided to go for it, and I am so glad I did!


I have ordered many stickers to help me design the planner to fit my needs and I am excited for them to arrive. In the mean time, here is my current layout for this week based on stickers I had purchased when I ordered the planner. The first box focuses on what needs to get done that day, the second box focuses on my meals for that day, and the third box includes workouts, blog posts, TV shows, and any other less pressing events going on. Where I have goals listed I will begin to list what is going on in school that week. (Stickers are on order and I am just having syllabus week this week.)

I highly recommend an Erin Condren Life Planner to anyone who lives a hectic life and needs their order all in one place. I love that it can be as simple or as complex as you want to make it. I also love that I can leave the layout as it is or I can go to town with stickers (like above) and make it my own.

For $10 off your own Erin Condren Life Planner, click this link HERE!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

THE BACHELORETTE

The Bachelorette premieres tomorrow and I am so excited! I have not heard much about this season, which is rare for me.  I have researched the guys and am looking forward to seeing how much my predictions match up to reality.

Here is my rankings of the guys based on where I would put them, not on where I think JoJo will put them. (That will come once I can make my first impressions of the guys from the first episode!)

#1 – Jordan
He is a former professional quarterback and is brother with Aaron Rodgers. He is cute, seems to have a great personality, and I feel like him and JoJo would be a match made in heaven. The moment I heard he was going to be on this season of The Bachelorette I declared that he would win. I am sticking to it!

#2 - Alex
There is something about Alex I love. I can’t put my finger on what it is exactly, but he would be one of my front runners if I was in JoJo’s shoes. He is a Marine and seems like a family-oriented guy.

#3- Chase
Me gusta. I always like a laid back Colorado guy and he seems to have a heart on fire for the Lord.

#4 – Derek
He is so cute! And a talented athlete and singer.

#5-- Nick B.
He’s so cute! I can’t find much about him online to form an opinion of him other than based on his
face.

#6 – Wells
He reminds me of Kevin Mano, former Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky’s fiancĂ©. I think he’ll make it to the middle of the pack.

#7 – Nick S.
Another one I can’t find much about online. I guess when you research JoJo and Nick you are bombarded solely by the doofus that is Nick Viall.

#8 – Will
Super cute! I have a vendetta against Jersey though.

#9 – Coley
Bland.

#10 – Robby
Robby seems like a decent guy. But a former swimmer? Former? What does he do now? Just stare into the pool?

#11 – James Taylor
Rumor has it this guy goes far. He seems like a handsome Southern gentlemen.

#12 – Peter
Peter seems like a good guy and a hard worker. I think he will be one of those guys who flies under the radar until there are six to eight guys left, then goes home due to lack of chemistry with JoJo.

#13—Luke
This Texas vet seems like someone JoJo would love. However, he has creepy eyes!

#14—Grant
Too many tattoos and too much jaw for my liking. Shallow I know, but on night one I feel like it really has to come down to looks since there are 25+ guys.

#15—Chad
JoJo already had drama with another Chad during The Bachelor. For his name sake, I’d send him home. Plus the rumor mill shows he is going to be this season’s villain. And he’s not as cute of a villain as JJ.

#16—Christian
Eh. He’s cute and seems sweet, but based on his bio, him and I have nothing in common. Not to say that him and JoJo wouldn’t have a connection.

#17—Jake
I couldn’t find much about Jake online. This is good sign because he must have a wrap sheet. He’s not very attractive though.

#18—James F.
Another one I’m meh about.

#19 – Jonathan
He seems a bit dweeby. I could not be with someone from another country either. Long distance in the same state is hard enough.

#20 – Sal
Meh.

#21 – Vinny
Italian Mama’s boy. He’s a barber by day and DJ by night in Florida. Not my kinda guy!

#22 – Ali
Ew! Ali seems like a shallow stink pot. Bye Felicia! I’d send him out on night one.

#23—Brandon
His profession is hipster. I’d prefer to just shove him back into the limo when he arrives. 

#24 – Daniel
He’s a male Kim K wannabe. EW!

#25 – James S.
He’s a Bachelor super fan. As his career? Does he get paid to watch the show? Where can I sign up for this job?

#26 – Evan
Wait…erectile dysfunction specialist is a job? I’d eliminate him on night one just so I don’t have the potential of having to tell people what the guy I am dating does for a living.

Friday, May 20, 2016

BE A MILLIONAIRE DAY

It's "Be A Millionaire Day". Yup, it's a thing. And being a millionaire sounds pretty dang fun. But at the same time, I don't think I will ever be able to experience the true feeling of "Be A Millionaire" day. However, if I were handed one million dollars right now, here are the top 5 things I would do:

  1. Buy my own house.
  2. Take a vacation to Hawaii. 
  3. Go part-time at work. (I would be too bored unemployed and I love my job.)
  4. Buy an iPhone. 
  5. Spend the weekend at Disneyland with the VIP top of the line front of the line always passes. (I think this has to be a thing with enough money.)
What would you do with a million dollars?

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

FOXY BOX REVIEW

Foxy Box is a monthly subscription box that explores new health and fitness products and gives you the opportunity to sample them before buying them at full size. There are four different boxes offered are the Endurance Box, Vegan Box, Weight Loss Box, and Gym Box. Each box costs $29.99/month, with discounted prices offered when more boxes are paid for at a time.

The Endurance Box offers products for an active lifestyle including protein shakes, nutrition bars, energy boosters, fitness accessories, and more.

The Vegan Box offers natural products that are healthy and cruelty free including snacks, skincare, beauty products, and more.

The Gym Box offers products to help you build muscle and burn fat, including fat burners, pre workout, post workout, protein powders, and more.

The Weight Loss Box (pictured below) offers products that promote weight loss including healthy snacks, fat burners, energy boosters, and more.



My favorite thing about Foxy Box is being able to sample products that I otherwise wouldn't buy because I don't want to buy them at full size. The protein bars, Epic Spreads, and fat burners were my favorite! I recommend Foxy Box to anyone who is trying to lead a healthy lifestyle but also wants to try new products.

To subscribe to Foxy Box and get moving forward on your monthly journey to fitness success, visit their site here.

FTC Disclosure: All items discussed in this blog post have been sent to me courtesy of Foxy Box. I have not been financially compensated for this review. All opinions above are true and my own.

Monday, May 16, 2016

MORNING HACKS

I love mornings. Usually. When I follow these hacks to kick start my morning, I am able to really enjoy them. I love the quiet of the morning and being able to plan my day out. Here are some tips to make the most of your mornings.

1.) Don't hit snooze. Get up early when your alarm first goes off. Starting your day early increases productivity levels and allows you to start the day off calm and quietly as opposed to frantically rushing around.

2.) Drink 8 oz. of ice cold water. It detoxifies the skin and body, kick starts your metabolism and clears the mind.

3.) Set your intentions. Tell yourself it's going to be a great day. Reflect on what you are grateful for. The positive attitude will carry you through the day.

4.) Get moving. Working out in the morning increases mental clarity and keeps your body burning calories throughout the day.

5.) Plan your day. Knowing what needs to get done allows you to tackle it. Pick a couple things that are necessities to focus on and only tackle more when you complete the bigger tasks.

6.) Eat breakfast. Having breakfast does exactly what it's name says...breaks the fast. It provides you with nutrition and energy to get you through the day and vitamins and minerals to keep you feeling great.

7.) Crank the tunes. Blasting your favorite songs can boost your day and keep you feeling positive into the rest of the day.

What are your favorite tips for the morning?

Saturday, May 14, 2016

ENJOY LEGGINGS REVIEW

Enjoy Leggings is a monthly subscription box for leggings. Each month they will send you a pair for only $16. The leggings are fun and fashionable, perfect for either lounging around or working out. A portion of the proceeds from each monthly box goes to a charity to promote healthy body image. Leggings are true to size.



The pair I received was the perfect fit and very fun. They were something I never would have purchased on my own, but was excited to force myself to try something funky and new.

To order your first pair of Enjoy Leggings, visit their site and be ready to Enjoy!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

THANKFUL FOR THURSDAY

Today I am thankful for...

  • Tone It Up. This community and the trainers have taught me the best way to workout and eat right without having to diet or obsess. I have never felt so great about my body.
  • Weekends! I am so excited for the weekend coming up. One of my best friends is getting married on Saturday and I have fun plans with family on Sunday.
  • La Croix water. It has helped me beat my Dr. Pepper addiction. I am doing what I can to not drink Dr. Pepper for a total of 10 weeks. I am on week 3 and doing great. Before that I only had 1-2 a week, but I want to eliminate soda completely. I am at the point where drinking a Dr. Pepper doesn't even sound good.
  • FaceTime. It allows me to stay in touch with family across the country while feeling like I am there with them.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

IDENTITY IN CHRIST

A big part of my testimony is finding my identity in Christ. I have learned that when I make my main identity be that I follow Christ, every other piece of my life falls into place and I am at peace. I am a sister, a friend, a daughter, a girlfriend, a teacher, a student, a writer, and so much more. But first I am a follower of Christ.

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

JESSICA ALBA LOOK FOR LESS

This spring time look from Jessica Alba is one of my favorites. However, the cost of it is more than any normal human being can afford. The cost of it is something I believe no one should ever spend on their attire, with the grand total running over $34,000. Granted a majority of those costs are the 18 karat gold watch Alba is sporting, it is still outrageous. However, buy shopping the links I have listed, one can create the look for an extreme fraction of the price.



Total: $123.93

Monday, May 9, 2016

VIBE ATTRACTS YOUR TRIBE

"You are most like the 5 people you associate most with."

Throughout the years I have learned the fewer, solid friends is best. People are often self focused. The older I get the more I see it. By being cautious of who you surround yourself with, you are able to have control over the level of bull you have to deal with.

Check who your top 5 are. Do they reflect the kind of person you strive to be? If not, rearrange your social hour. If so, thank them and pay it forward by reflecting their goodness on others.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

I admire my Mom most for her desire to serve others. She volunteers her time to others, cares for others, and was a nurse for 30 years. She exemplifies exactly what God calls us to do -- love and serve in His name. Thank you Mom for 23 years of loving, encouraging, and teaching me to do the best I can and leave the rest in God's hands.


Saturday, May 7, 2016

SATURDAY SMILES

Things making me happy today---

The week went by so fast. I didn't think we would survive SBAC testing. We did.

The weather is perfect. I love chilly, cloudy weather.

This week's Tone It Up workout "Tush It Good" was everything. New favorite workout.

Cellucor now makes C4 on the go. It's delicious and does the job.

Corn, avocados, and strawberries are now in season.

Friday, May 6, 2016

#FASHIONFRIDAY FITWEAR

The Tone It Up Bikini Series 8 week challenge is nearing the end of week 1. It feels so good to be pressing towards my goals before 4th of July (my favorite holiday!) The more I workout the more I am interested in my workout attire. Here is an outfit I put together that is perfect for a summer workout. Most items are currently on sale (sale price listed) so be sure to snatch them up before they are gone!


Thursday, May 5, 2016

MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE

Mother's Day is Sunday! If you haven't gotten a gift yet, you better hurry!

While I can't share what I got my Mom (I think she is reading. Hi Mom! Miss you!) I think this year is one of the better gifts. However, I do not think I can ever top getting her this necklace from an Etsy shop called The Olive Tree Designs. It has been a year and she still comments on how much she loves it and wears it nearly daily.  (Note: The shop does not appear to currently be selling jewelry, but check out her beautiful printables!)


A perfect last minute gift is a Starbucks gift card. Every woman I know loves Starbucks and a gift card is the gift that keeps on giving. 

Other great gift ideas:
Date night with Mom (treat her to dinner and a movie!)
A spa day
Subscription boxes-- (a monthly gift that can be catered to her interests!)

What are you getting your Mom for Mother's Day?

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

LA THIS MONTH

Fun things going on in Los Angeles throughout May...

May 7     
Grand Park Downtown Bookfest
This celebration of literature features Los Angeles based writers and publishers with pop-up bookshops, live readings, and panels.

May 8    
Hollywood Farmer’s Market
Celebrating their 25th Anniversary, this outdoor market features local farmers and vendors selling their home-grown eats, as well as clothing, jewelry, and other trinkets.

May 13  
Great Horror Movie Night
Celebrate Friday the 13th with a viewing of the film of its namesake at Griffith Park’s Old Zoo.

May 14  
Sounds in the Park at The Grove
Enjoy live music from Fairground Saints on the park at this famous shopping center.               

May 14  
Almost Famous at Exposition Park
Music from Ballerina Black, food trucks, and a screening of the flick will make for a great night.

May 21 
Color Run at Dodger Stadium
This colorful 5k has a tropical theme and is a fun way to spend time with friends while getting your weekend workout in.

May 21 & 22 
CA Strawberry Festival
This annual event features all things strawberry, live music, and a pie eating contest.

May 24 
You Don’t Have To Be a Shark Signing
Robert Herjavec, from ABC’s Shark Tank, will be signing his new book about selling yourself successfully at the Barnes and Noble at the LA Grove.

May 29 
ET Hollywood Forever Cemetery

The epic 1982 hit will be playing at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery after dark. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY

I have had many incredible teachers in my life, but none have ever struck me the way Mrs. B did. I had her freshman year of English, senior year for Business Seminar, and throughout the four years for Business Academy advisory. Four years with this woman was just enough time to realize my full potential, mature (though slowly) from a spastic weasel to a more reserved leader.

Mrs. B was a light to everyone on campus. She gave tough love where needed and focused more on life application than making sure I had the proper form of there, their, or they’re.

Six years after graduating high school, I still consider her to be a mentor, role model, and now good friend. When I teach my high school students, I try to channel my inner Mrs. B. I believe in them the way she believed in me. I push them the way she pushed me. And I try to give them a taste of reality when the classroom calls for it.

I hope everyone in their life has a chance with a teacher like Mrs. B. Beyond the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, she has helped me to become a more confident, honorable, educated woman.


Thank you to all the teachers like her. 

Monday, May 2, 2016

ABUNDANCE

Life is what we make it. When we’re positive, everything seems great. When we’re negative, everything seems to be dark. Attitude and belief can alter the outcome of your life ten fold. 

I have set a goal for myself to live with abundance. I already have everything and everyone I need in this life. I have happiness, family, friendships, a career, and an outpouring of goodness daily. I am grateful for all that has come to my life and the more gratitude I have, the more I see I have. 


This month I am challenging myself to not ask for me, but to just enjoy the abundance of goodness surrounding me.


Sunday, May 1, 2016

APRIL FAVES

I blinked and April was over. It was a busy month and looking back I don't even know what I did the past month. I celebrated a good friend's upcoming nuptials with her Bachelorette party and bridal shower. I went up to San Luis Obispo a few times. I finished my first semester of grad school. I started the Tone It Up Bikini Series 8 week challenge. It was a good month! Here are some things I enjoyed.

Beauty Product -- Sunkissed and Salty Lavender Coconut Body Scrub. I am big on lavender essential oils lately to help with calming, relaxation, and easing sleep. This scrub is perfect (and natural!) to use in the bath or shower before bed time. I massage it into my skin, rinse, and then feel rejuvenated from a long day and relaxed enough to fall right into sleep.

Fashion Accessory -- My new glasses from Glasses Shop! Not sure if I can count them as an accessory since I need them to be able to function, but I am obsessed. I haven't loved a pair of glasses this much in awhile. The best part about them is that I didn't have to leave the house to get them! I was able to order a pair online through Glasses Shop, enter my prescription info from my last ophthalmologist appointment and they were delivered to my front door step that next week!

#GeekSquad


Purchase -- This mug. Friends fans will get it.



Supplement -- Zaca Recovery Chewable, which is hydration in a delicious pill form. Great recovery from a long day, an intense work out, too many adult beverages, and more. It is full of electrolytes and helps to replenish and rehydrate the body.

Scripture -- Matthew 7:7



Blog Post -- How To To Do

Food -- Blueberry Bomb Smoothie from Tone It Up...it has been my go to breakfast the past week!

Thing I Did -- finish my first semester of school! One final project ended up being 27 pages long and the other being 22. Yup. That's a thing.

Song -- One Thing by Hillsong United


What were you loving in April?