Staying Hydrated

Processed With DarkroomSo many people are chronically dehydrated. It is recommended that we each get at least 8, 8oz glasses of water a day. Or you can drink half your body weight in ounces. Whatever is manageable. All day I’m drinking water to try to stay hydrated.

I’ve discovered the best way to ensure you are drinking the recommended amount of water is to have an amazing cup you are excited to drink out of. My favorite of all favorites is they hydroflask. I bought my first one last November and I was hooked. I love how they don’t sweat when you have cold water in it. You can leave them in the car and your water will stay cool. They even come with interchangeable tops. Some days you may want a cup, others you may want a straw. Whatever you like it is customizable.

If you are looking for a way to get more water into your diet, try using this amazing water bottle and see if you are instantly hydrated.

Summer 2017 Reading List

Hi Friends,

Happy official first day of summer! Hopefully that means life is going to slow down enough for you to stop and smell the roses or at least read a good book 🙂 I have been getting back in to reading lately and I have been loving it. A fashion blogger I follow always gives the best book reviews and each time she provides amazing books that I always love. I enjoy thrillers… one of my favorite books is Gone Girl, and I have a few book reviews I plan do in the near future. Until I get that together here are books I am looking forward to getting my eyeballs on 🙂 Happy reading!

 

Girl in the Dark by Marion Pauw

The Obsession by Nora Roberts

All by Myself Alone by Mary Higgins Clark

My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

Spring To-Do List

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  1. Go on a road tip- As long as I am not the one driving, this is the best thing to do on a nice warm day. It is the best when you hop in the car and drive to a place you haven’t been before and spend the day exploring.
  2. Start gardening- I have to admit I don’t have a green thumb and don’t have much interest in planting, on the other hand things look so much better when you plant some pretty flowers in you front yard. I did this for the first time in the fall and loved the way the yard looked.
  3. Ride my bike- Let me ask you, as an adult have you been on a bike ride? If you haven’t it is one of my favorite things to do. The weather has to be just right, if you take a leasure ride with amazing scenery you will love it too!
  4. Run 3 miles in 30 minutes- This is a new goal I have set for myself. I am not the best long distance runner, but there is nothing wrong with striving to be better. I love to work out and challenge myself. I will keep you posted and let you know if I ever succeed.
  5. Stop and smell the roses- I tend to run myself very thin. This spring I want to take more time for myself and relax more.

Fitness Check-in

Hello Friends,

Just like every other person on earth, I decided to get fit for one of my New Year Resolutions. Lately, I have been having such a great time working out. I am one of those people who enjoy working out, the endorphins you feel after that last weight and the since of accomplishment you get when you run for 30 minutes non-stop. It is the best!!!

Recently, I have changed my gym routine, for the last couple of weeks I have been solely been doing weights. Honestly, because my hair was straight and I refused to perspire with the hopes of making my blow out last longer, but I will save that for another post. Last week I started to incorporate cardio back into my routine (my favorite).  IMG_9429IMG_9462IMG_9468IMG_9489IMG_9501

Jacket: Under Armour, similar here and here ~ Leggings: Old Navy ~ T-shirt: Old Navy, similar here ~ Shoes: Nike similar here

It’s A Giveaway!!!

Now that I have introduced blogmas to you all, I told you there will be some surprises along the way… I didn’t tell you there will be GIVEAWAYS!!!!

Today’s giveaway will be this fragrance sampler from Ulta. If you are anything like me then you are constantly looking for your signature scent. Honestly, I am starting to believe they don’t exist, but there is always hope. With this giveaway you will be able to sample 14 fragrances. Included in this set are:
Calvin Klein Euphoria – Coach- Kate Spade New York Walk on Air – Michael Kors Wunderlist – Philosophy Amazing Grace – Prada Candy – Versace Bright Crystal – Clinique Happy – Juicy Couture I Love Juicy Couture – Lance La Vie Est Belle – Mugler Alien – Pink Sugar Pink Flower – Ralph Lauren Romance – Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium

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Here are the rules:

  • Subscribe to this blog
  • Follow me on Instagram
  • Leave me a comment letting me know  your favorite perfume

The giveaway will be open for one week. ****CLOSED****

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Here is what I eat…

Hey Friends,

Since I posted my fitness routine… I have received a few inquiries about my diet. I promise it is the simplest diet ever, but there are a few components to it. First, I have been gluten free for about four years. I have a stomach condition called Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), per doctor’s orders I shouldn’t eat gluten or consume dairy, along the years I learned I have a hard time processing meat as well. This is what has shaped my diet today.

In a nutshell, I eat vegetables, chicken and turkey. I try really hard to stay away from processed food, but on occasion I do eat brown rice pasta, or gluten free bread… Udis, is my favorite. Gluten free food has come a long way, when I first transitioned to a gluten free diet, I didn’t eat any of the specialized foods, they were so gross. Now they are pretty good, I can even get my husband to have some too. Unfortunately, they tend to be high in sugar and other not so great things to make it taste good, which is why I eat them only on occasion.

Here is my typical day of eating for me.

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Breakfast: Coffee… I like to use a lot of cream in my coffee so it increased the calories a lot and it fills me.

Morning Snack: Fruit, turkey bacon, turkey sausage, serving size oatmeal.

Lunch: Salad, soup, leftovers typically.

Afternoon Snack: Fruit, tea (with cream), protein shake, Gluten free cookies, or desert of some kind.

Dinner: Anything goes!

Evening Snack: Usually a popsicle, tea (no cream), fruit, sometimes a tiny bit of ice cream.

Things to note: I do consume dairy and gluten on very small scales. I eat fried foods which contain gluten, and I do eat ice cream. The coffee creamer I use is nondairy and I eat my ice cream out of a small Dixie cup. I think it is important to say I do not have Celiac’s Disease, for those of you who do, please do not consume gluten. Remember you should always consult a doctor when making changes to your diet or fitness routine.

By the way… I HATE eggs and ketchup!

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Fitness Routine

Fitness is actually a big part of my life. In high school I played a lot of sports. I started running track in the 6th grade all the way to my senior year in high school. I also played Volleyball in a recreational league when I was in the 11th grade. Now that I am way past my high school years, I like to hit the gym. Which is what I am sharing with you all now. First let me say, I am not a doctor, physical therapist, or have any formal training in fitness, I just do what works for me.
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I go to the gym about five or six times a week (I try at least). 
In addition, to going to the gym on a regular basis, we have to eat well. Overall, I have a healthy diet. For the most part I eat clean, and avoid processed foods. Like any other person, I enjoy my sweet treats and I don’t ever plan to cut them out in the foreseeable future. Although, I am getting older (I will be 30 at the end of the year!) I have noticed my metabolism has started to slow down. I also have been eating gluten free for about four years now, which helps with my carb intake. I try to stay away from the gluten free alternatives available, if it is not gluten free naturally it is my goal not to eat it. For example, gluten free bread, pasta, cookies and cakes. Keeping this honest, I do eat gluten free items, I try to keep it to a minimum, they tend to be packed with sugar and junk to make it taste good. Usually, they succeed.
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Before, I have you reading for days I am going to cut this short and revisit a post on my diet at a later date. It is very interesting and complicated all at the same time. Stay tuned.
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Light Sweater Days

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This weekend, I was perusing the mall with a friend and came across this perfect sweater in Burlington’s. I haven’t been there in years, it takes some digging but, sometimes you can find really great staples for your wardrobe. Like this sweater, which is  amazing for this time of year. It is not too heavy, but warm enough to keep you cozy on a chilly day. This sweater reminds me of something Audrey Hepburn would have worn. I love a classic piece! I choose not to wear a necklace because I wanted the sweater to be the focal point. I love the way it is made with the detail of the sleeve and the mock turtle neck. Amazing!

Did you all have a great weekend? Hopefully you got to do something that made you happy!!

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