Thursday, March 22, 2018


A couple years ago I met Milton's Craft Bakers at the Gluten Free Expo in San Diego. Afterwards I teamed up with Milton's to share the greatness of all their products and I am happy to be partnering with them again! The Milton's Gluten Free Crackers rock my world. I know the phrase "gluten-free" often makes people assume it will taste nasty, but these are delicious. They are my favorite to have in the afternoon with some hummus, or to crumble up on top of a salad. These crackers come in a variety of flavors including sea salt, cheddar cheese, multi-grain, and everything. My favorite is cheddar cheese, but all of them are equally delicious! Milton's crackers are baked, making them a healthier option than chips. I am so grateful Milton's has provided healthier alternatives to those who are eating gluten free!

FTC Disclosure: Milton's sent me their crackers in exchange for a review. All opinions are honest and my own. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Spring break is here for many people. For me, it is a couple more weeks away, but the weather is warming up and fun plans are quickly getting penciled in on my planner. Here are some tips for a fun and safe spring break whether you are traveling or staying local.

  • Stay hydrated! Whether you are spending time outdoors or enjoying a couple adult beverages, dehydration can happen quickly. Remember to drink at least 64 fluid ounces, and add to that if you weigh over 150 pounds.
  • Wear sunblock! Be sure to lather up with SPF. Reapply after a couple hours or spending time in the water. Try to avoid spray sunscreen as it can lead to inhalation issues and does not provide proper coverage.
  • Watch your cash use! Do not carry too much cash on you at any given time. If on vacation, utilize the safe in your hotel room. If you are visiting an ATM, do not go after dark for obvious safety reasons.
  • Do not drive! If you consume any amount of alcohol, please do not get behind the wheel. Convenience is not worth the price of a DUI or even worse the cost of your life or the lives of others. Walk to your destination or call for an UBER. For a free ride with Uber, use the coupon code h016x and safe yourself from the risks of a stupid decision.
What are your plans for spring break?

Monday, March 19, 2018


Spring is here (tomorrow) and I am really excited. Winter was pure chaos for me, in the best way possible, but I am hoping for a more chill spring.

Here is my bucket list for spring:

1. Attend a baseball game.
2. Go to a concert.
3. Go to a winery.
4. Lots of beach time.
5. Weekend getaway
6. Go to the Farmer's Market
7. More hikes
8. Play tennis
9. Pick berries
10. Lose 10 pounds

What are you looking forward to doing this spring?

Friday, March 16, 2018


St. Patrick's Day is tomorrow! I have some fun stuff going on tomorrow with friends and family :) And I am REALLY looking forward to sharing about it with you all in the coming weeks! In the mean time, here are some adorable St. Patrick's day outfits for you, regardless of the occasion.

Thursday, March 15, 2018


Honey Stinger offers delicious treats to keep athletes energized while on the move. Their organic waffles, energy chews, and bars, are just some of the delicious treats that they offer. The organic energy chews are my favorite product from Honey Stinger, to keep me energized throughout my busy days. Sweetened with honey and tapioca, the Honey Stinger products provide energy naturally.

Visit Honey Stinger to purchase your own pure energy snacks!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


Spring is here and for students and teachers everywhere that means spring break. I am excited for a week off to relax, but I definitely wish I was spending it on the beach with a drink in my hand. Here are ten of my favorite songs for spring break:
1. Vacation by Thomas Rhett
2. Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake
3. Finesse by Bruno Mars & Cardi B
4. Bad at Love by Halsey
5. She Likes Control by Camila Cabello
6. Sorry Not Sorry by Demi Lovato
7. Congratulations by Post Malone
8. Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen
9. Bad Blood by Taylor Swift
10. Wannabe by Spice Girls
What songs are on your spring break playlist?

Saturday, March 10, 2018


Spring is a difficult time to determine what to wear because it's 35 degrees in the morning then 72 by lunch. However, layering pieces is the best way to make sure you are dressed for the weather, while still looking great. This outfit worn by Alessandra Ambrosio is a spring favorite of mine! Recreate this look for just over $100!

Total: $108.45

Thursday, March 8, 2018


Recently I have been on a quest to drop some weight before some upcoming events. I have been trying to replace some of my favorite snacks with healthier options, which is where Kodiak Cakes comes in. Kodiak Cakes makes great breakfast options with high protein. They taste just as good as pancakes, but add a healthier alternative to a stack full of sugar and carbs. 
I was exposed to Kodiak Cakes awhile back and am grateful for them to send me some goodies to motivate me on my weight loss journey. Their flapjack and waffle mix are made with 100% whole grains, 8 grams of protein, natural honey, and NO artificial junk! These are delicious and easy to make. But my favorite thing from Kodiak Cakes is their Flap Jack on the Go. The cinnamon and maple flapjack cup makes it easy to eat on the go.
Because the response was so high on my Kodiak Cakes Instagram post, the DMS were POPPIN, I would love to give away a box of Kodiak Cakes! If you would like to win a box, be sure to follow me on Instagram & comment below on why you deserve Kodiak Cakes! Giveaway opens today, and will close on 3/14/18 at 2pm PST. Winner will be announced on Instagram!
FTC Disclosure: Kodiak Cakes sent me product in exchange for a review. All opinions are honest and my own.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018


I have been watching The Bachelor franchise since Trista was Bachelorette. Yup, since ten years old I have watched hundreds of people vie for the final rose. In the past four years I have interviewed dozens of Bachelor contestants, been on Bachelor related podcasts, and have developed incredible friendships because of this silly show.

However, after last night, I will never watch any franchise related shows again. After my final Bachelor interview I have already done, with someone from this season, I will never discuss the show on my blog again.

What ABC did to Becca last night is disgusting, immoral, and inexcusable. I still can't shake the feeling of what this beautiful woman went through in front of all America. I understand that she signed up for The Bachelor, but she did not sign up to get dumped in front of all of America on what she thought was a Happy Couple visit. Happy Couple visits are NEVER recorded. While producers are around for them, they are NEVER recorded. The fact that cameras were there to watch Arie break Becca's heart and then aired it all "unedited" on television is disgusting. The fact that Arie agreed to do this on television, instead of in private, says everything about the character of these people and the production.

Bachelor Nation, thank you for years of entertainment, quality blog posts, and new friends. I will miss my Monday night viewing parties, but I can drink my wine in other ways.

Monday, March 5, 2018


A couple weeks ago I was invited to an invite with Bloggers Who Brunch LA & Bumble. It was held at The Grove in Los Angeles and gave me an opportunity to have fun and network with other bloggers. One of the boss babes I met, Larissa, is a YouTuber who I loved connecting with. 

Larissa is an LA transplant, originally from Missouri. She started YouTube ten years ago, but put it on hold in high school out of fear of what others would think. Once Larissa headed to London to study abroad in college, she started posting on YouTube again with travel vlogs. While she is no longer traveling, she continues with her channel focusing on vlogs and lifestyle videos.
Larissa hopes to provide others with hope and to inspire young people to chase their dreams regardless of any insecurities they face. “I am so proud of myself for sticking with it and allowing myself to have it as a creative outlet,” said Larissa. 
Outside of YouTube, Larissa enjoys spending time with friends and family. She is pursuing a career in acting, but also is a dog walker with the app Wag! It gives her a chance to get some puppy love in, while also getting paid for it! Although not much of a shopper, Larissa updates her wardrobe at Express, Forever 21, and Fashion Nova. Her go to beauty products include Benefit Roller Lash mascara, Benefit Hello Flawless powder foundation, and the 100% argan oil and facial moisturizer by Josie Maran.
For more of Larissa, check her out at:
YouTube: Larissa Zellmer
Instagram: Larissa_Zellmer
Twitter: Larissa_Zellmer
Snapchat: @Larissa_Z

Friday, March 2, 2018


Today is Read Across America Day. This day, which also happens to be Dr. Seuss' birthday, promotes a love for reading in children across our nation. As an educator, I heavily promote this day, but as adults, I believe we put reading on the back burner.

We scroll through emails, news feeds, and text messages, but when was the last time you sat down and enjoyed a good book? We instill the importance of literacy in our youth without being examples of readers ourselves.

Some benefits of reading as adults include: mental stimulation, increased knowledge, improved focus, stress reduction, and free entertainment. Lately I have been enjoying audio books on my morning commute, which although not technically reading, still allows me to get creatively lost in someone else's words and often leaves me inspired. 

What I'm Reading:
Faith Forward Future by Chad Veach

What's on Deck:
Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Feb Faves

February was such a great month. I knew in my bones it would be. I accepted a new job, I got back on track with my fitness goals, and I got to do some incredible things.

One of my favorite things I did was, I attended a networking event put on by Bloggers Who Brunch & Bumble. At this I met some incredible women who inspired me to keep chasing my dreams. I can honestly say that these girls will be lifelong friends. I know that we will continue to inspire each other, whether that be via Instagram or over mimosas.

One of the most challenging things I did this month was commit to LA Workout Junkie. This accountability program started by Teddi Mellencamp is a 15 day commitment to clean eating, detoxing your body, and pushing your limits. It wasn't easy but it was so worth it. Sadly on day 12 I couldn't keep up with the cardio and walked away (No pun intended!) But I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to get back on track.

For Valentine's Day I got to cross something off my bucket list, by seeing Johnny Swim in concert! My boyfriend is an absolute gem for taking me to a concert where he only knew one song (which they did not play.) I had the biggest smile on my face all night and am anxiously waiting to see them again. Also, I'm lowkey wondering how much they would charge to play at my wedding and if it's too expensive if I can just have a private show from them instead of a wedding?

Bachelor Winter Games aired this month and I did NOT expect to love it so much. I did not watch it initially, but because I had heard from everyone how it was the best show the franchise had put out, I quickly tuned in. I loved that it was a light-hearted show, with not much drama, and had a great cast. I am hoping this international cast will make its way onto Paradise this summer.

My read this month has been Faith Forward Future by my pastor Chad Veach. It has pushed me outside of my comfort zone, yet brought me comfort in the chaos I have been experiencing lately. It has been a humble reminder that God created me with a purpose and has known that purpose before I was even a thought to my parents. It is my purpose to pursue this, pursue God, and to live abundantly.

Friday, February 23, 2018


I spend a lot of time on Instagram...a concerning amount. I love using it to keep up with friends and family around the world, to stay up to date on the latest trends, and to develop my blog. Today I thought I'd share my 5 favorite Instagram accounts! Let me know in the comments your favorite accounts so I can check them out!

Simply Lauren Rose
Lauren is an East Coast blogger whose Insta feed is full of her daily outfits.

I have Bumble to thank for my relationship, but I also thank them for their daily posts about love and self care.

Katie Ryan
This hilarious little human is my spirit animal.

Join Blush
Blush is a company that provides life-coaching for women, which was started by my amazing therapist. Their Instagram account makes you laugh at the harsh realities of growing up and "adulting."

Bibles x Coffee
This account posts beautiful imagery of the scriptures to keep me going throughout the day.

Thursday, February 22, 2018


Last weekend I had the joy of attending the Gluten Free & Allergen Free Expo in San Diego. This is my third year attending and is one my favorite events to attend because they really take care of the bloggers, as well as the event attendees. B Free Foods held a blogger breakfast before the expo opened and I enjoyed getting to know the other bloggers attending the event and getting to know about B Free Foods more.

This year the event grew from last year. It was packed! I enjoyed getting to sample new products, as well as visit with some of my favorite brands from past years. 

My favorite new booth this year was Kite Hill. The set up of their booth was absolutely adorable, their employees were some of my favorite people at the expo, and their yogurts and cream cheese was delicious. 

I am excited to begin to share more about some of these gluten free companies in the coming weeks, such as RX Bars and Kite Hill!

Monday, February 19, 2018


Each month I receive a box of love and encouragement on my front porch. This month's Loved and Blessed Box had the theme REFLECTION.

This box included:
-a cosmetic case
-a theme card
-a mini poster
-a reminder sticker
-a scripture card
-an encouragement kit (to share the love with a friend!)

Loved and Blessed is a Christian subscription box service with a goal to help women share their testimony. For only $19.99/month (even cheaper if you buy in bulk!), each box includes a mini poster, reminder sticker, scripture card, and small gift. 

I enjoy receiving the Loved and Blessed Box because it provides me with encouraging reminders to remain strong in my faith. It is different than any other box I have received. It is full of meaning, heart, and joy. Place your order quickly to receive your own box of encouragement next month!

Friday, February 16, 2018


Between World of Dance, Super Bowl After Parties, and life with Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez has been popping up everywhere. Her style and demeanor are something I have always admired throughout the years. This simple J.Lo look is perfect for transitioning from winter to spring, and can be recreated for under $115. 
Total: $112.34

Thursday, February 15, 2018


Valentine's Day may be over, but that doesn't mean you have to stop having fun with your sweetheart.

Bonding Bees gives couples the opportunity to make date night a priority without having to find a babysitter, break the budget, or leave the comfort of their own home. It gives couples a unique, creative date night experience, with fun, themed boxes.

Bonding Bees sent me their January date night box, which focused on celebrating the new year. The date included a time capsule, a cocktail kit, a game to play, and cookies. Information came with the box explaining our date night and providing us with extra ideas for a fun night.

Past boxes have included paint night, cookie decorating, and DIY ice cream!

As an added bonus, each month Bonding Bees features a couple of the month and gives to the charity of the couples choice.

To get started with Bonding Bees, visit their site, and select between a variety of pricing options for you and your honey to enjoy date night! Use code kickback15 at checkout for $15 off your first box!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Happy Valentine's Day! I am so grateful for all the love in my life and am using today to reflect on all the love surrounding me. While I was on my run this morning I passed by a church and began thinking about the greatest love of all...the love of eternal life. I am so grateful for a God who loves me regardless of the mess I am!

1 John 4:19

I am also excited to announce the winner of the Valentine's Day Sephora gift card giveaway....Cambria P.! Congrats! Please e-mail me within 48 hours and I will get that sent your way!

Much love babes!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


This is the point in the season of The Bachelor where I start to hit snooze and could care less about what's happening in each episode, up until hometown dates. Because I am in ZERO rush to catch up on whose hoops Arie is sticking his hand through, I decided to check in with a previous Bachelorette contestant for this week's TV Tuesday.

Cue the man with the thousand watt smile who vied for Rachel Lindsay's final rose, Iggy Rodriguez. This larger than life personality was a fun one to chat with. He shocked me by sharing he worked with Nick Viall pre-Bachelor franchise and by sharing his love for The Bachelor began with an ex girlfriend. Iggy started watching the show when a girl he was dating would have her weekly girl's nights every Monday. Iggy started to join in on the wine, popcorn, and gossip sessions during Juan Pablo's season, and realizing what an awful choice ABC had made in casting, Iggy knew he could do better.

Image result for iggy rodriguez

He was cast for Rachel's season, continued his look for love on Bachelor in Paradise, and is now trying to get back to some sort of normalcy in Los Angeles. Upon completing the show, Iggy returned to a different lifestyle and new attention. Grateful for the relationships he had made on the show, Iggy said the only people to truly understand Bachelor Nation is Bachelor Nation themselves. "You dive into some real shit real quick. You talk about things you don't talk about with anyone else because you've just never been in this situation," said Iggy.

To get back to reality, and not reality TV, Iggy began working for a luxury event company in Santa Monica. This allows him to still have his hand in the entertainment industry while focusing on developing his career.

In regards to this season, Iggy is just as bored as I am. Finding Arie's romantic interactions, awkward and weird, Iggy has found entertainment in contestants Bibiana and Bekah M. And who knows...Iggy hasn't closed the door on a Bachelor return, so maybe one of these ladies and him will find each other in paradise next summer!

For more of Iggy, follow him on Instagram @iggy_rodriguez

Monday, February 12, 2018


Valentine's week is here! I am amped as can be for my Valentine's Day (night) plans because I am seeing one of my favorite bands at a small, intimate venue. Regardless of how you are spending the day, here are three festive outfits to wear that day!

Saturday, February 10, 2018


Valentine's Day is rapidly approaching. This time of year has me feeling the love and it is reflected in my music choices. Here are ten of my favorite love songs:

Thursday, February 8, 2018


One of my favorite parts of blogging is diving into the work of others in my craft. Here are FIVE of my favorite Valentine's Day related posts from other bloggers! Enjoy!

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas, Something Beautiful The Blog
This post is chalk full of Valentine's Day gift ideas for the ladies in your life. Whether it be your mom, sister, or bestie, Daryl-Ann has great suggestions at a variety of price ranges.

Valentine's Cocoa, Mix & Match Mama
Shay Shull adds a new take on her slow cooker hot chocolate just in time for Valentine's!

Valentine's Day Giveaway, Hallie Katherine
My cousin's wife runs one of my favorite blogs & Instagram accounts, and I'm not just saying that because we share a last name. Hallie shares a watch she is gifting her sweet hubby for Valentine's Day, as well as running a giveaway with Jord Watches for readers. Go check it out & enter!

Valentine's Day Outfit, Lauren Rose
Lauren curated a beautiful outfit perfect for a variety of Valentine's Day events. Whether it's dinner with your love, movie night with the girls, or just an average day at work, Lauren's outfit idea adds perfect touches of pink for the holiday.

5 Valentine's Day Date Ideas for the Couple That Likes to Stay In, The Modern Day Girlfriend
Arianna has five fun-filled ideas that are budget friendly. They're perfect for couples that want to stay in on Valentine's night, but still want to spend quality time together!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018


Valentine's Day is a week away and I am already trying to decide what to wear and how to do my hair & makeup for the Johnny Swim concert we are going to that night. Here are five fun makeup products that are perfect for Valentine's! Plus, keep reading below the products for a giveaway!

In honor of Valentine's Day, I am giving away a $50 Sephora gift card to one lovely reader! You can stock up on some of these products, or some of your own favorites. Giveaway is officially open and will close on February 14th at 2pm PST. 

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Thursday, February 1, 2018


It's a new month, which means setting intentions and redirecting focus. January tried me tough, but I am ready to dive into February. I set some time aside today to think about what I wanted to achieve in February. Here are some of the things I do on the first day of the month:

1.) Pray. I love to spend time in prayer, asking God to close whatever doors need to be closed, and guide me to which open door to walk through.

2.) Set Intentions. Being intentional with my time and how I choose to spend the month allows me to direct my focus on the proper things that will help me reach my goals.

3.) Goal Set. I review my 2018 goals and break them down into something that can be achieve in February. For example, I have a goal set this year to pay off all credit card debt, which can seem daunting. However, when I break it into a smaller goal to focus on this month, it seems much more manageable.

4.) Review Finances. I update my budget for the month, adding in any special events. I am trying to get financially right this year, so I need to be intentional with where my money goes.

5.) Look over my calendar. I have a lot on my plate right now, so I need to be aware of what is coming up. Let's just say I triple booked a day in March without even realizing it because I have been so scatterbrained lately. Staying on top of my planner and utilizing it to its full potential will really help me with this.

6.) Plan blog posts. I try to do this prior to the first day of the month, but on the first day of the month I like to write as much as I can and come up with a plan to tackle all my posts for the month.

I hope these tips help you be intentional with your time this month!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018


Is it just me or has January dragged on? This month tried me emotionally, but it is only revealing God's glory and greater purpose in my life. I can feel in my bones that February is going to be a life changing month and am ready to see what it has in store for my future. But first, a recap of my favorite things in January.

Song: Wake Within Me by Hillsong Young & Free

Beauty Product: Benefit High Beam Liquid Face Highlighter; This product gives a dewy glow to highlight cheekbones and jawline.

TV Show: Married At First Sight; It's back for season 6 and I love that my significant other is watching it with me. The cast this season is a unique one and it has sparked some incredible conversations between us.

Podcast: Let's Talk About it With Taylor Nolan; Taylor from Nick's season of The Bachelor is putting her therapy background to use, talking about dealing with anxiety, how to self care, and mental health.

Book: Single State of Mind by Andi Dorfman; Andi's 2nd book discusses her single girl adventures in New York City. Her hilarious stories leave you wishing you could share a mimosa with Andi, Jess, and Ava.

What were your favorite things this month?

Tuesday, January 30, 2018


We're at the halfway point of The Bachelor and the chain smoking fitness coach is still around. I think production did a great job this week of making all of us wonder how the heck we are still watching this trash after 22 seasons. Here are 5 questions I have after last night's episode of The Bachelor:

1.) What is wrong with production and/or Arie to bring Maquel back after her grandfather's death only to send her right back home? A little harsh, don't you think?

2.) Why would ABC play an advertisement for next week's episode midway through the episode if they are trying to make viewers wonder if she is going to be sent home? They spoil their own episodes during the episodes, but get mad at Reality Steve? Makes sense!

3.) Do you think they went back and re-edited last night's episode to have Lauren & Arie's conversation of "I'm afraid you'll pick someone else" and "I'm afraid of picking the wrong girl" after the bomb Reality Steve dropped last week?

4.) Where can I buy Kendall's book of 100 questions?

5.) Who the heck is Jenna?

Wednesday, January 24, 2018


Sundance was last weekend and there have been photos circulating of fun, funky outfits perfect for a winter storm. This look from Hilary Swank is functional for all events, and perfect for any winter weather. While the Sundance version is full of designer garb, I recreated it for you for under $150.

Hilary Swank 
Total: $149.24

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


10 Songs I Have Had on Repeat:

Boy by Lee Brice
Thunder by Imagine Dragons
Perfect by Ed Sheeran & Beyonce
Bad at Love by Halsey
Meant to Be by Florida Georgia Line & BeBe Rexha
Young, Dumb, & Broke by Khalid
Heaven by Kane Brown
Bartier Cardi by Cardi B
New Year's Day by Taylor Swift
The Champion by Carrie Underwood & Ludacris

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


Migraine got the best of me tonight, but I wanted to get my thoughts on last night's episode of The Bachelor up before TV Tuesday seeped into TV Wednesday. Last night was an enjoyable one, especially compared to last week's snooze fest. I really like the ladies they cast, with the exception of Krystal though. Here are some general thoughts I had while watching last night:

I know these women from GLOW are being a**holes to the ladies to try to bring out the fight in them, but they took it to far. I don't blame Tia & Bibianna for being brought to tears. If I was on that date, I would have joined them.

I was not planning on watching The Winter Games. However, I will be tuning in strictly for my girl Bibs.

Does anyone else think this Lauren B. looks identical to Lauren Bushnell?

What if they had a season that was strictly women named Lauren?

These flashbacks of Analiese's dog trauma are giving me life.

Who the hell does Arie think he is sending my girl Bibs home? I mean I know she didn't get to have her telescope date with him, but still. #BringBackBibs

Monday, January 15, 2018


Last year I had the pleasure of attending the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo in San Diego. It was a week full of delicious food, informative seminars, and getting to know companies that have similar views as mine. This year I am excited to head back to the expo, February 10 & 11 at Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego.

The event is from 10am-3pm both days. Please note that parking at the Del Mar Fairground is $13. Some of the classes being offered this year include 3 Food to Heal Inflammation with Tiffany Hinton, Managing Food Allergies on the Road with Jenny Kleiman Dowd, and Beyond Gluten Free with Kathlena Rails.

I am excited that some of my favorite gluten free companies will be in attendance this year such as Enjoy Life, Brazi Bites, and Miltons, as well as trying out some companies that are new to me such as Green Chef, Smart Flour, and Laiki.

Tickets are currently on sale HERE
Bonus: Get 20% off with the code ADVANCE until 2/9/18.
Extra Bonus: I am giving away FIVE tickets to the Expo! Each ticket is good for one day. If you are interested in attending, leave your email in the comments or connect with me on social media.

Friday, January 12, 2018


Colder weather often leads to dry skin. While the cracked lips and wind rashed skin is bothersome, it can be prevented and treated.

1. Find the right moisturizer. Just because one works for you in the summer does not mean it will work in the winter. Find one that is oil-based because it creates more protection and retains more moisture. However, be sure it is a non clogging oil such as primrose oil or avocado oil. My favorite right now is Bioclarity Hydrate Skin Smoothie, which has floralux, argan, and olive.

2. Use a humidifier. (This one is my favorite!) When we have the heater turned up high, it feels great, but dries out the skin. Use a humidifier to prevent the skin from drying out. For an extra benefit, add lemon essential oil to the humidifier for an antibacterial effect during flu season.

3. Turn down the water temperature. A hot shower or bath feels great on a cold night, but it breaks down the lipid barrier in the skin that retains moisture. Be sure to take a lukewarm rinse and apply lotion immediately after to lock in moisture.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018


I have followed Tone It Up for the past couple years. On January 1 they released a 5 day detox, which I decided to participate in. I was nervous because I had tried detoxes before but always failed on day two. This time around I was committed. Through Tone It Up I had found an incredible accountability group and one of them created a group chat for us to connect with each other during this five day period. We chatted with each other and kept each other motivated. When one of us was craving something that would bring down our detox, we turned to each other to remember why we were doing this. At the end of the five days, I had never felt better. The lean protein, the mass quantities of vegetables, and hefty amounts of water left me feeling strong and beautiful. I also incorporated Pressed Juicery juices into my detox, to allow me to get extra greens into my diet, as well as drinking waters that left me feeling hydrated and healthy. I highly encourage every individual to try a detox, not just for the physical aspect, but also for the mental aspect. I realized during this detox that I am strong, I am capable of anything I set my mind to, and that food is fuel for my body.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018


Last night's episode of The Bachelor had me the most excited I have been for a season since JoJo was The Bachelorette. The past couple seasons I have been snoozing through episodes, but I believe that Arie's girls are well cast and I have not enjoyed a group of people more since JoJo's either. And while last night's episode re-lit The Bachelor Nation fire under my butt, it also left me with some questions...

1. What is Becca thinking getting on the back of a motorcycle with a stranger? She met Arie for all of twenty minutes at the cocktail party the night before.

2. Can they just fast forward to Arie proposing to Becca in the finale, because I have never shipped a Bachelor Nation couple harder. (Besides Jade & Tanner.)

3. Was anyone else creeped out by how much Krystal and Arie's mom looked alike? It was disturbing.

4. Has anyone ever heard of a bumper car phobia? I know my fear of belly buttons is bizarre, but bumper cars!? Really!?

5. Can Bibiana be the next Bachelorette?

Friday, January 5, 2018


The Pantone color of the year is Ultra Violet, which I love because it is TCU purple! I have been rocking ultra violet for years on game day and I am excited to have even more of an excuse to wear it. Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation, non-conformity, and pushing creative limits. Here are some ideas on how to add Ultra Violet into your wardrobe.

Thursday, January 4, 2018


Each month I receive a box of love and encouragement on my front porch. This month's Loved and Blessed Box had the theme UNLIMITED.

This box included:
-an infinity case, to remind you of God's infinite power (I will be using mine as a makeup bag!)
-a theme card
-a mini post
-a reminder sticker
-a scripture card
-an encouragement kit (to share the love with a friend!)

Loved and Blessed is a Christian subscription box service with a goal to help women share their testimony. For only $19.99/month (even cheaper if you buy in bulk!), each box includes a mini poster, reminder sticker, scripture card, and small gift. 

I enjoy receiving the Loved and Blessed Box because it provides me with encouraging reminders to remain strong in my faith. It is different than any other box I have received. It is full of meaning, heart, and joy. Place your order quickly to receive your own box of encouragement next month!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018


This year I am trying something new with TV Tuesdays. Each Tuesday will host a television related post, whether that is a recap of the previous night's Bachelor, an interview with someone from reality television, or a breakdown of anything else TV related. Because The Bachelor premiered last night, I am going to kick off the first TV Tuesday with my initial thoughts regarding this season. I am excited about this season (and about and am curious to see how it all plays out!

1. Why do they always have to premiere The Bachelor during college football playoffs/championship time? Last night, and very likely next Monday, were a late start to The Bachelor for me due to the University of Alabama smackdown. Can't they just wait until mid January when football is over and I have nothing else to do with my life on a Monday night?

2. How many times this season are they going to reference Arie's relationship with Emily? We all know he was on her season of The Bachelorette and shocked everyone when Emily did not choose him at the altar. However, it has been five years. If people do not know who Arie is yet based on his relationship with Emily Maynard, then they don't need to know. And why did several girls keep bringing up Emily and that season last night? If you were on a first date with a Bumble guy, would you allude to the fact that you had google searched him, facebook stalked, and looked through the Instagram accounts of his past three girlfriends and their college roommates? No.

3. What happens in your life where you decide to start collecting taxidermy? I could see if you were a hunter in the midwest, but a 26 year old girl from a Los Angeles suburb collecting dead animals, strikes some curiosity.

4. What was the goal of Brittane's parents when they decided to spell her name like that? Coming from someone with a name that can be spelled 14 different ways, I understand her pain.

5. Can this show stop casting girls named Lauren? Not only that, but haven't we already had enough with Lauren B.'s? Four Laurens this season, which ties the four Laurens that were on Ben Higgins season. There are 157 million women in the United States. ABC can certainly find at least 30 that are not named Lauren.

Early Favorites: Caroline, Bekah, Becca, Lauren G
Early Not So Favorites: Chelsea, Krystal, Jessica

Who are you rooting for this season?