Monday, March 30, 2015

Motivational Monday #21

This past weekend, I was able to have a girl's night with one of my favorites Amy. After working all day, it was just what I needed! The FH was out of town at a Bachelor party, so we decided to take full advantage. :)

While we made drinks, listened to music and talked I couldn't help but feel happy. Happy that I had a great friend that we could talk about everything and not afraid of judgement. Happy that the FH and I can both be out without each other and enjoy ourselves. Happy that while distance is a factor, relationships can work out and grow, if you tend to them.

Why does this matter? While I was on theBERRY yesterday, I found this quote and felt like I had actually taken the time to stop and enjoy the happiness. Don't get me wrong, I am usually happy. But actually taking some time to enjoy the little things that actually make us happy, I am guilty of not doing.

Plenty of times you hear the phrase, stop and smell the roses. But whats the point right? Why do we need to smell the roses? Because at some point there may be not more roses, or there are fewer roses, or your sense of smell may no longer be working. That is why we stop and smell the roses. To experience them and feel them while we can. 

The big picture? Experience life and the little joys.

What things bring you joy and happiness?

How often do you stop to enjoy the happiness?

Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Favorites - Energy Breakfast Smoothie

Welcome to Friday Favorites! Usually on these days I talk about the things that I have been loving this week. Today is going to be just a little different as I am going to be sharing with you all my go-to Energy Breakfast smoothie that I have been loving.


  • 1 full scoop of Cellucor Cor-Fetti Protein Powder
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp of peanut butter
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of frozen fruit
  • 1 cup of Almond Milk
  • 1/2 of frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp Chia seeds (not pictured)
  • 1-2 Ice cubes
  1. Combine ingredients into blender ( we use the magic bullet in our household)
  2. Pulsate 2-3 times to ensure all chucks are broken up. It may help to take the container and shake it and then pulsating it a couple more times. 
  3. Take off blender, pour in convenient cup and enjoy!
  • As a side note, this shake usually keeps me full for about 3 hours!
Other things in the picture:
  1. One-A-Day TruBiotic
    • Since getting sick, this has been essential in giving my stomach a helping hand!
  2. Spring Valley Vitamin b12 
    • Since my immune system was having such a hard time repairing after getting sick for so long and I had no energy, I decided to do something about it. I can definitely tell a different when I take this and when I dont. I am more alert during the day and can concentrate on tasks longer. I also havent gotten sick thats a bonus! (fingers crossed!) --you can read more about b12 here
  3. Up & Up- Women's Daily Multivitamin
    • I picked this up around Christmas at our work's United Way fundraiser and have just started including them into my daily routine. Although I am very forgetful about taking pills, having these on the kitchen counter in view really helps me remember. Also, since most of them have to be taken with food, I just take them with my breakfast.

What is your go-to Energy Breakfast?

Anything exciting planned for the weekend?

Monday, March 23, 2015

Motivational Monday #20

I have been in a funk (and not an up-town funk either). Not going to lie. I don't know if it's because this year started off with Mexico and ended badly, the snow/cold weather, or that I haven't been to the gym very regularly since the middle of January. In all honesty, its probably all of the above. Excuses seem to find their way into my mind during certain times. Not just one excuse, but so many. And about the silliest things. While working on a Shutterfly book for Mexico yesterday, I found this quote.

So true! Don't be lazy, make things happen for yourself! You have NO excuse not to!

This really spoke to me.

It really made me think about the passions I have in life. And when I thought about it, I couldn't really find any. Yes, I love penguins and I love being around my family and friends but when it comes to something that I am very passionate about or a hobby that I love, I came up with nothing. I have said multiple times that I want to start calligraphy, but haven't yet. I keep talking about being fit and wanting to become a leaner, stronger person and yet here I sit making excuses for why I didn't go to the gym this morning.

So this Monday, I am working to finding my passion in my every day life. To find one thing that I can look forward to and that I actually enjoy doing.

Find your passion. Explore it. Love it.

What is your passion?

How was your weekend?

Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Favorites

Welcome to Friday! Anyone have any exciting weekend plans? I think we are going to get some cleaning done and maybe a little wedding planning :)

Today I am going to share with you the things I have been loving this week!

1. Tangle Teezer. This brush has seriously made brushing my hair so much easier. Since I have been little, I have had Barbie doll hair (just by looking at it, it tangles) so having this brush helps with the breakage and the time consumption with regular brushes!

2. Bumble and Bumble- Pret-a-Powder. Although this product is a little spendier than the rest, it has lasted me for about a year (and there is still half a bottle left). This powder is equal parts dry shampoo, style equalizer and volumizer. It is a powder that you shake onto your roots and go from there! When I wake up in the morning after showering at night, my hair loves sticking to my head. This product helps bring it back to life and add a little texture.

3. Maybelline Fit ME! Matte & Poreless Foundation. As I have gotten older my "T-zone" has gotten much oiler. Especially my forehead and nose. This foundation really stays on all day and helps with the oiliness. It is a medium coverage foundation but it definitely very buildable. I am wearing the shade 120 (although this shade may be a little dark for me at the moment-shhh!) and it blends flawlessly!

4. Coastal Scents: Bionic Flat Top Buffer. This brush actually goes along with the foundation next to it! I have used my Beauty Blender as well to apply this but I find that during the day (even with a primer) the foundation just slips off my face. The bristles on the brush are also super soft and its only $6.95. Its almost a steal!

5. True Religion 'True Religion' Perfume. I found this perfume at Gordmans (surprise, surprise!) and wasn't quite sure about it at first. Then I decided to spray it on me and continue shopping. If I still liked it at the end of the trip then I would reconsider. Turns out, I really liked it and now I wear it every day! Perfumes are really hard to explain but Overstock states this about the perfume: features notes of sparkling fruits, floral heart, pear blossom, wood notes, and musks

The last thing that I have been loving is this book: Crazy Love by Leslie Morgan Steiner. It is a book based on her own accounts in an abusive relationship and how she finally left for good. She also has a  great TED talk here:

I highly suggest everyone go and watch this. It is a very eye opening and educational video.

What are your favorites this week?
Any books that you have been glued to this week?
Any exciting weekend plans?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Motivational Monday #19

Has the weather been amazing...or what?! Its definitely been nice to be able to have our windows open and let the stuffy winter air out :)

Today's Motivation Monday post is going to be a little different. It is going to be more of a PSA. 

good monday 10 A little Monday motivation (13 photos)

In celebration of the 75th anniversary, Dairy Queen is giving out small vanilla cones to their fans. 

So in celebration of the nice weather, get out there and get your free cone! 

They are also taking donations for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Motivational Monday #18

Hello all!  In honor of International Women's Day, here is this week's Motivational Monday.

          The World Is My Playground - housewifeswag: Happy International Women’s Day

You are stronger than you know!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Friday Favorites

Welcome back Friday! We have all missed you very much!

Here is what I have been loving this week:

Lorac Unzipped Palette
This makeup palette has been my jam for the past week. I think I have worn it every day this last week. The shadows are very pigmented and they blend really easily. The one thing I really like about this palette is how there are both matte and shimmer shades. It allows for a lot of versatility!

Hair Care
Clairol Hair Food: Kiwi
Even though I only wash my hair a couple times a week, this shampoo leaves it smelling great for days! It gives me shine and also makes my hair feel very soft. There is virtually no buildup on my hair (yours could be different!) and you don't need very much for the shampoo to lather right up (my favorite part).

The 100
I was recently turned to this show by a well known Youtuber: Ingrid Nilson. She is a beauty/fashion youtube sensation, I suggest you check her out! 
Anyway, she was talking last week about this show and I thought I would give it a try. Its a show set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization on Earth. Before the war, there were a select group of people spent to space to escape. Now a group of 100 will re-enter Earth's atmosphere to see if they can return. It has a pretty good story line and I love how they have a couple of strong lead characters that are women!

Almond Milk
After a couple of trials and errors, I have come to the realization that my body just hates milk. Not quite sure why since I'm ok with cottage cheese (yummy!) but the stomach cramps are just not worth it! So I have been venturing out and trying other things that I can drink with dinner/put on my cereal when I'm craving it. I actually really like the flavoring of this almond milk. It's not too sweet and it makes Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds taste amazing! I am not set on anything yet though, and cant wait to try other types.

I know this isn't technically food but when I pair it with a good salad, it is and I absolutely love it. I think I may even like it more than ranch. Almost every night for the past week, I have had this along our dinners. And I'm not going to lie, once I finish it I want another salad!

This weekend's plans: getting all dressed up on Saturday and going to a work fundraiser to raise money on Saturday!

What have you been loving this week?
What are your plans for the weekend?

Monday, March 2, 2015

Motivational Monday #17

Welcome back to Motivational Monday and welcome to March!

After being sick for a month and a half and not going to the gym, I have been feeling tired and sluggish.So what do I do to get motivated again??? Do a blog post (duh)!

I always feel that when you do so little for so long, its so easy to fall into the "do nothing routine". This routine is seriously one of the hardest ones to break. I find it easy to also find negativity in this routine. Whether that be a bad mood, negative body image, or bad eating.

This weekend I was able to do some organization of unpacked boxes (yes we moved in October...dont judge me!) and found it very enjoyable. On Saturday morning, I set out to find some pull out drawers for our bathroom. Since the cupboards are pretty narrow I wanted to find something that could hold a good amount of things, allowed things to be on top and also pulled out. I found just what I was looking for at Wal-Mart. Once I got home, I decided it was time to try and tackle some of those pesky boxes. Once those things started flying out of the box, I was on a roll! To actually be doing something with my hands and enjoying it, was amazing. And not only that, I get to see my actual work every time I open the bathroom closet. When starting a new or simple task that you may have been putting off for some time and then actually finishing it makes you feel...accomplished.

So this week (and this month) I am looking forward to trying new tasks and cant wait to see what I accomplish :)

What are some tasks that you find that you put off?
What gets you in the mood to finally tackle those tasks?
Do you have any favorite organizational methods or containers?