Sparkles and Sunshine: July 2018

Making Memories Mobile With Caseapp

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

I have always loved taking photos. To me, when I'm taking a photo I'm documenting a memory. My fear is that if I don't take photos now, one day when I'm old and forgetful, I'll have nothing to look back on to remember the good times. Some photos also mean more to me than others. You all know I love our dog Diesel. One of my favorite blog photo shoots of all time was in February when we shot Diesel's Valentine's Day photos. I would frequently look back at those photos wishing I could take them everywhere with me.




When I discovered Caseapp, I realized that this could come true! Caseapp specializes in custom IPhone cases and phone/laptop skins. Their website is very user friendly too! To create your own case or skin, simply navigate to the appropriate "design your" button. From there, you choose what type of phone you have and what type of case you want. After you've done that you can upload any photo that you want and position it where you want it. Caseapp even lets you do collages on the back too! And that's all there is to it!

                     

I love that Caseapp was able to help me take one of my favorite memories mobile. I love showing my case to everyone and I (a.k.a. Diesel) gets so many compliments on it! I hope you have fun designing your phone case or skin and that you too get a ton of compliments. I'm sure you will. 😊

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Meet The Photographer: Alondra Vega

Monday, July 30, 2018

Happy International Day of Friendship!

When I started blogging a little over a year ago, I had no idea who I would meet along the way. One person that I've met that I am so thankful for is my photographer, Alondra. She is quirky, fun, kind, and so much more! I wanted to take today to introduce her to all of you because everyone should really know how awesome she is!



Q: How old are you?

A: I am 18 years old (19 in a month whoop whoop!) 

Q:  How did you get into photography?

A: From a young age I was secretly in love with photography but it didnt really spark until I was 17. At 15 I wanted to be a Youtuber and bought a real nice camera to make videos. Well... after a while I lost interest and was now stuck with an expensive camera. I always took artsy photos on my phone so I was like why not photography. I researched everything and dragged my best friend at the time to shoot. Oh my goodness it was bad but I enjoyed it so much. I connected with a school friend who loved photography and we went out to shoot. We were taking pictures for at least 3 hours. I fell in love with photography that day. Since then, I've added some experience and determination and now it’s not only my career but my passion.

Q: How long have you been in your profession?

A:  I have been doing photography professionally for 2 years.

Q: What's your favorite thing to do in your free time?

A:  My favorite thing to do in my free time is sit down with my puppies and/or boyfriend and watch Netflix.

Q: Who is your celebrity crush?
A:  My celebrity crush...Harry Styles. I’m a sucker for guys with nice hair 🤷🏻‍♀️

Q: What quote/saying do you live by?
A: For me it’s more of a bible verse. The Bible verse it’s Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  When in times of trouble I know God has got my back.

Q: What's your favorite TV series right now?
A: It changes frequently. My all time fave has to be The Walking Dead. But right now it’s Queer Eye!

Q: If you could have one super power, what would it be and why? 
A: Telekinesis. Do I really need to explain why?

Q: What is a pet peeve of yours?
A: Mouth sounds >.<. Chewing, biting nails, etc. no thanks.

Q: What's one thing you can't live without? 

A:  I can’t just think of one because the combinations of these things are my everything: God, Family, and my boyfriend (I know that last one is cheesy but I’m for real haha)



Additional Alondra Fun Facts:
  1. I could eat a whole tub of chocolate chip ice cream.
  2. I LOVE trying out new experiences, whether that be travel or food.
  3. I am from the small island of Puerto Rico.
I hope you all enjoyed getting to know Alondra! Please please please visit her website below to see how incredible her work is and of course, follow her on Instagram here. She's also tagged in all of my photos!

Photography: Alondra Vega Photography (of course!)

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Weekly Round Up

Friday, July 27, 2018

Happy Friday!

Chandler and I have got one busy weekend ahead of us! While Chandler is at work on Saturday until the afternoon, that morning I have a blog photo shoot, then I have an errand to run, and then once Chandler is off work we are going to look at a few new apartments. We love where we are but unfortunately the rent is going up higher than we want to pay. Anyone else on a budget?! No matter what, it'll be fun to find someplace new that has everything we want at a cheaper price.

Below are this week's round up articles/blog posts. I hope you love them and have a great time reading them!


Food:

Have you ever heard of BuzzFeed Tasty? I completely forgot about it until the other day. Their Facebook and Instagram share such fun recipe inspo and everything usually looks pretty simple! Head to their account to see more!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/buzzfeedtasty/

I love finding no bake recipes! I just think they're so cool. I've wanted to try making my own granola bars for a while now and this recipe could be a great one to try. Chandler loves peanut butter and chocolate so this recipe from Ambitious Kitchen is a total win!

Read it here: https://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/no-bake-peanut-butter-granola-bars/

Do you love banana muffins?! This recipe from Super Healthy Kids not only looks delicious but it has less sugar and oil than normal recipes. Click the link below to get the recipe!

Read it here: https://www.superhealthykids.com/banana-muffins/

Entertainment/Life:

I LOVE Disney! Always have. Cosmopolitan released a list of all of the upcoming Disney live action remake movies and trust me you're going to get excited. I'm already counting down the days until the Whinnie The Pooh movie comes out in August!!!

Read it here: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/movies/a9173730/disney-live-action-remake-list/

I work at a fashion and swimwear company and so any timeline articles like this are super cool to me. Below is an article sharing the different iconic swimsuit looks over the years starting in 1980. Check it out!

Read it here: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/fashion/g22552770/bikinis-swimsuits-through-the-years/

If you haven't heard, Demi Lovato suffered from a drug overdose this week. I grew up watching Demi Lovato in Camp Rock, Sonny with a Chance, and other roles so this news makes me so sad. I truly hope she's doing ok and I hope everyone continues to show support towards her.

Read it here: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/a22558607/selena-gomez-keep-the-faith-shirt-demi-lovato-overdose/

Fashion:

I love plaid. Christmas time is always my jam because there is so much plaid it's insane. I do like to wear plaid year long and this top from Sabrina Tan is too cute and would look great for fall!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BltDxkDgI8j/?taken-by=gypsytan

Ya'll know I love bright colors! Lauren by Edit by Lauren shared the cutest top that's giving me all the summer vibes!


I first saw this top when Cathy from Poor Little It Girl shared it on her Twitter the other day. Now it's on Insta and I loved it the second time I saw it. Check it out below!


I love lace. It's feminine, girly, and elegant! Jeanette from J's Everyday Fashion shared the prettiest white lace top on her Instagram this week that I would love to wear during spring or summer!


That's all for this week's round up post. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and that you do something you love!


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Photography: Alondra Vega Photography

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New Visualization Approach To Life

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Happy Wednesday!

About two weeks ago I had a conversation with Chandler's mom about my struggle with riding. Ever since I fell off, I struggled to feel confident about getting the horse to canter again. I couldn't stop thinking that I was going to fall off again which was such a terrible mindset. When all you can think about is the negative outcome, that's exactly what's going to happen.


Chandler's mom told me that instead of envisioning the fall, think about doing it, and doing it well. This thought seems so simple and obvious but it had never occurred to me that this was all I needed to do. When something traumatic happens to us, our body instantly recognizes that event as something that shouldn't happen again. However, this situation, similar to many others in life such as falling off a bike and getting back on, is one where you have to tell your body "it's okay, I know it was scary, but you love it so try again."

That's exactly what I had to do. I had to remove that fear from my head and instead, fill it with visuals of pro riders doing exactly what I was doing with all the confidence in the world. I spent hours and days watching riding competitions, jump off's, Grand Prix events, riders cantering around a ring, and more. Once I watched the numerous amount of people doing exactly what I was doing, I thought how could I be afraid? Yeah you probably will fall off again at some point. The joke at the barn is that the more you fall off the better rider you are. While of course I want to prevent myself from falling off, I'm no longer afraid to canter around the ring. Now, I can do it and am learning more about jumping which is something I really want to do.

Life can be filled with fear. But if you let the fear cloud your head, similar to a bunch of sand being thrown in your face like my photo above, you'll never get past anything or do all of the things you love. I now apply what Chandler's mom said to everything. When I do box jumps in my workout, I visualize myself jumping and being on top with ease. When I'm struggling with something at work, I visualize myself being a pro at it in the future.

So, I challenge you to take on this visualization approach to life. No matter what you're struggling with, visualize yourself taking control over it and just crushing it! Think of the positive, and only the positive outcome of what you want. If you have this mindset, I promise you won't fall off the horse. 😊

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What My Dog Has Taught Me

Monday, July 23, 2018

Happy Monday!

Growing up I've always had more than one dog. I remember having those hard times in college, thinking to myself, if only my dog was here to comfort me. Dogs just know things don't they? They're so incredibly gifted it's crazy. I read a quote once saying how we don't deserve dogs which is so true. However, if you love them enough, I think that quote can somewhat go away.

I will say it is such a different experience having your own "first" dog compared to the dogs that lived with you growing up. You think you know everything there is to know about having a pet until you get your own with it's own unique personality, needs, and more. I have learned so much from Diesel this past year and a half (they grow up so fast 😭) and I wanted to share that with all of you today. Hopefully all of my fellow dog parents can relate!


  1.  You love them more than people. 
Not too long ago I asked my mom "Is it bad that sometimes I feel like I love Diesel more than Chandler" and she just laughed and said "not at all! Dog love is a different kind of love that you can't compare with what you have with Chandler. Dogs don't make you mad/frustrated as often as a partner, and all dogs do is show you love. Of course you love them more!" 

      2. You learn how to be a parent.

When you get a dog, you really learn what it's like to be a parent (to an extent of course). Depending on what age you get them at can also determine how much parental training you're getting haha. I mean think about it, if you get a puppy first like we did, you're potty training them, teaching them right from wrong (the constant don't lick this or don't touch that!), taking them to school (training), feeding them, exercising them, putting them to bed, etc.! That's the definition of being a parent!


    3. You're not a bad dog owner just because you need to go somewhere without them.

This is one of the hardest lessons I had to learn from having Diesel. When he was younger, we had some friends drive up to meet in St. Augustine which is only like 40 minutes away from where we live. Chandler basically had to convince me to get out the door and leave Diesel for just a few hours and even then, when we were STILL in the parking lot, I started crying because I wasn't with him. Now, I might sound crazy, but it was the first time that I had left him alone at night for a while and I was worried he would be afraid. He gave me the choice to stay home but I knew I had to go if I was ever going to be able to leave Diesel alone at night. I remember calling my mom and she laughed/made fun of me/completely understood where I was coming from. She's the one who told me "I promise he'll be okay. Of course he'll miss you, but he's a big boy and can handle it. You need to be able to do this too because it's going to be 10x harder with real children." She reminded me that it's okay to leave them for a little bit even though it's hard. 


   4. They're not just a dog, they're your best friend/child/soul mate.


This one kind of ties into the first point. When you get a dog (or any animal to be honest because my cats also fall into this), they don't just stay a dog. If you have a family they become part of the family, if it's just you they become your best friend and child. Dogs have been next to man's side for the longest time and there's a reason for it. When you have a dog, the bond you form is so strong. They will protect you, help you, love you, and comfort you when needed. All of what was just listed, sounds exactly how you would describe a family member, a best friend, your child, and your soul mate. If you show them love, they'll love you fur-ever. 😊

    5.  The habits they form when they're little never go away.

This one kind of goes into the parenting point. When Diesel was a puppy we let him sleep in the bed with us. To this day, he assumes that he sleeps there with us even though he's over 100 pounds haha! I even got him an orthopedic dog bed (a.k.a. a bed that's nicer than mine) and he still chooses to sleep with us. Same with training, if you let your dog think things are okay when you first get them, they'll continue to keep up those good or bad habits.

Having a dog is one of the best things in the entire world, and the experience really teaches you a lot about yourself. It teaches you discipline, responsibility, humility, understanding, and more.

To all my fellow dog parents, I hope you too were able to relate to this post and that it brought a smile to your face.

Thanks for reading!

Photography: Alondra Vega Photography

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Weekly Round Up

Friday, July 20, 2018

Happy Friday!

I had the BEST night last night you guys. My coworker's fiance had free tickets to the Rascal Flatts concert so Chandler and I got to enjoy a fun night with one of my all time favorite country bands. If you saw my Instagram story then you know how excited I was! It's funny because I grew up listening to them with my mom who also loves them and once I told her I had the tickets she said "I'm on my way lol." If she wasn't two hours away, she totally would've been there with me!

What also worked out is that I had already requested today off from work. So, I got to stay up late listening to country music and then sleep in. It doesn't get any better than that! I am also excited to share that today I am doing my first try on session with a local boutique called Fig and Willow. Fig and Willow is located in Neptune Beach, FL and carries clothing and accessories! I have always loved supporting local businesses since my mom has her own as well. We all have to support our local #girlbosses am I right?! Make sure to head over to my Instagram story to see the full try on!

Now on to today's round up articles! I have found such an amazing content to share with you all this week and I hope you enjoy it.



Food:

Okay, so I really need to stop searching for food articles while I'm HUNGRY! It's like going to the grocery store while on an empty stomach which I have done and it didn't end well. I bought bacon, pancakes and then burnt the bacon and pancakes. #godhelpme haha! The recipe below from Half Baked Harvest is almost another version of a grilled cheese sandwich and it looks so good. I'll definitely be trying this out!

Read it here: https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/marinated-veggie-cheese-sandwich/

The name of this next recipe is honestly why I'm sharing it with all of you. It is called the Chocolate Snack Cake. Doesn't that have a nice ring to it? A dessert that's called a snack? Yes, please! I don't like chocolate but I think I'm officially going to name every dessert I make from this point on a snack just because. Check out the recipe below!

Read it here: http://www.thevanillabeanblog.com/2018/07/chocolate-snack-cake.html

I have been wanting to make egg cups for quite some time. They seem like the perfect make-ahead breakfast for people on the go. This recipe includes sun dried tomatoes, spinach, feta cheese, and more! Check out the recipe below from Fit Foodie Finds to see how to make them.

Read it here: https://fitfoodiefinds.com/spinach-and-sun-dried-tomato-egg-cups/

Another recipe I chose because of the name was this recipe from Crazy For Crust. It's called the Blueberry Lemon Icebox Cake. I mean, has anyone else ever heard of an icebox cake? Dorothy from Crazy for Crust actually explains what it is and how to make one in this blog post. I definitely loved reading it!

Read it here: https://www.crazyforcrust.com/blueberry-lemon-icebox-cake/

Entertainment/Life:
I found out this past week that The New York Times actually has a page on their site dedicated to only good news! I never watch the news because I hate hearing about only negative things. I don't understand why you would want to fill yourself with worry and fear 24/7 but that's just me. If you want some good news in your day, check out the link below!

Read more here: https://www.nytimes.com/spotlight/the-week-in-good-news

I LOVE Lipsync Battle. I think it's so funny and I really really (REALLY) want to do it haha! If you're a Bachelor/Bachelorette fan then this recent episode featuring Ben Higgins and Rachel Lindsay is one you'll love!

Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rcCTnIqCTM

I love Ariana Grande's new song "God Is A Woman" but I don't exactly like/understand the music video. I'm just being honest though. However, there is a scene that's shown a few times featuring her in this colorful rippled water so to speak and Lush, creator of the most perfect bath bombs is apparently making a bath bomb to match the music video. How cool is that?!

See it here: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/beauty/a22349958/new-lush-bath-bomb-ariana-grande-music-video/


I love watching America's Got Talent. It's one of my favorite shows! They are officially in the judge cut rounds and on the most recent episode, someone almost got pretty hurt. The link below shares the scene but something more important to note is the judges commentary. They stated that no act will ever be perfect. I loved how understanding they were, I loved how the girl got right back up and was ready to try again (God bless her for that), and I loved how everyone's opinions didn't change just because of one incident. We should all have that mindset!

Watch it here: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/tv/a22341996/americas-got-talent-trapeze-act-duo-transcend/

Fashion:

Rachel Timmerman from Something Delightful shared the cutest N Sale find! It's a chambray cold shoulder dress that would be perfect for summer or fall! I have always had a thing for chambray and so I instantly loved this dress!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Blb-GZIlHhL/?explore=true

Another cute chambray dress was styled on Melissa from Always Meliss! It's light, breezy and would look cute at the beach!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BlcHWHWlfSl/?explore=true

I believe I've shared this dress before from another blogger but I couldn't help but share it again since I love it. Alexa Anglin from Lately with Lex shared this style from Sundress on her Instagram this week that I had to share!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bldd-5jFTTk/?explore=true

I'm originally from the Orlando area and so I grew up going to Disney. I can't believe I have not heard of Chelsea Watson before! She shares the cutest Disney fashion inspo on her Instagram that you all have to check out if you're a Disney fan like myself.

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BlWbWtwhqmZ/?taken-by=styledbymagic

Erin Miller from Over The Moon Far Away shared the cutest purple jumpsuit on her Instagram this week that I just loved. The photo is super colorful with a matching purple background and it instantly caught my interest!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bkv7bTUAZ3o/?taken-by=overthemoonfaraway

That's all for this week's round up post. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and I hope you all enjoy my try on session on my Instagram story today!

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Diesel's Favorite Dog Bones

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Happy Wednesday!

Whether we're traveling or enjoying a nice evening at home, I always have a variety of bones ready for Diesel. It's the best way to keep him occupied and happy at the same time. All three of these bones you can get at Petsupermarket or PetSmart. I usually see these bones cheaper at Petsupermarket but every store has deals and coupons so I would always look for the best deal. 


The first bone that I want to share is this Natural Chew Beef Dino Bone. Now, I'm not 100% sure if the bone I linked is the exact one, only because there are SO many meat covered bones that look like this. They usually come in beef or pork and almost look smoked. The prices for these vary by size but I don't think I've ever really paid more than $15 which is what I linked above. The average price for a big bone for Diesel is more around $8.99. Diesel loves these bones because the flavor that covers them is really addicting and he could chew on it for hours.

I will say though, watch them when they eat these bones because some of them have the knuckles at the end and Diesel usually breaks that part off first. The piece is a decent enough size for them to choke on, so I would really watch them in the beginning until that is gone and once it is you should be good. Also, if chewed on for too long (every dog is different), they can give your dog an upset stomach. I know if we let Diesel have this for hours, sometimes his tummy doesn't agree. However for just a good chew, maybe an hour or so max, he's always fine!


The next bone that I want to share is the classic antler. The good thing about antlers is that everything is natural and because of this, the scent and taste attracts dogs easily. There are two different types of antlers: elk and deer. Depending on your dog, you may see that your dog might go through one type faster than the other. I know we definitely saw that with Diesel. We tend to buy deer antlers rather than elk since Diesel is such a heavy chewer. I would try out both first just to see what your dog favors but if you know that your dog is a heavy chewer, I would do the deer antler and choose a thicker width. That also helps the bone last longer.


The last bone is called a filled bone. They come in tons of different flavors: peanut butter, bacon and cheese, and more! I usually get Diesel the bacon and cheese one, only because he has his own jar of peanut butter in the cabinet (yes, I just said that haha) that we put in other bones or for medicines. These also come in a variety of sizes which is great for any breed! These bones can have a similar effect as the beef/pork bones in terms of the bathroom schedule haha. 

With this or any bone, always keep an eye on how your dog's body reacts. Every dog is different and some have more sensitive stomach's than others. These three bones are Diesel's favorites and have lasted the longest. If you have any questions please let me know. I hope your dog loves one or all three of these bones!


My Morning Routine

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Happy Wednesday!

For the past eight weeks I've been in a steady workout routine created by Savanna(follow her here to get your workout) that in turn affects how I plan my morning routine. It really is true that it takes time to form a habit and a routine. Today I wanted to share every step of my morning routine in hopes that it can possibly give ideas to anyone who's struggling with finding/creating one!


5:00am - First of about five alarms go off. I have to put my alarm in the bathroom in order for me to get up. Funny thing is, I actually get up 4-5 times just to turn it off and get back in bed, but then on that last one I'm up. All of my alarms are 5 minutes a part so that I'm not getting too comfy. I lay out my workout outfits for the entire week Sunday night and I put my keys with my resistance bands on the table so that I'm ready to go.

5:15am - Eat half a banana. Most of my workouts are at least an hour and I personally can't not eat before I work out. It's also better for you if you do. The only time I don't is if I'm doing my 15 minute HIIT workout. Mainly because I'm jumping like nonstop and I don't want to feel like what I just ate is flying up and down in my belly haha. 

5:30am-6:30am - At the gym doing work. Of course some days I'm there a little later or earlier, but either way I'm there at least an hour and I try to be done by 6:30am. 

6:40am - Shower, feed the cats, give Felix his insulin shot.

7:10am - Start making breakfast, morning protein smoothie snack, and pack lunch. On Sundays I try to meal prep as much as possible, including what I'm making for breakfast (if it requires it) and lunch. For instance, my favorite breakfast meal is this Mediterranean Eggs recipe that I make pretty much every week day!

7:30-7:50am - Take Diesel out one more time before I start getting ready and leave for the day. Sometimes this happens before I get to start making my breakfast but either way the timing is still usually around the same.

7:50-8:00/8:10am - Get dressed, brush teeth, make sure everything is ready to go in the house while I'm gone (a.k.a. close doors to rooms that I don't want Diesel going in, put up the gate so that the cats can have their peace all day). 

8:15am - Headed to work! 

Now, I'm always trying to get to work earlier, because the earlier I get there, the earlier in the evening I can come home and relax with Diesel, the kitties and of course Chandler when he gets home. I've been trying really hard to leave my evenings for relaxing time so that I can actually go to bed at a decent hour. 

***8 hours of sleep is KEY to get up as early as I do***

Getting enough sleep isn't always easy, especially if you're someone like me who always thinks there's something that can be done. However, it is important and is a necessity for our health. 

That is essentially my morning routine. If you have any questions about it or like any part of it, please let me know. I would love to hear from you!


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Cat Litter Review

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

A while back I did a poll on my Instagram asking if you wanted to see more from my cats Oscar and Felix and you guys said yes. Today is my first official blog post featuring the infamous Felix! My cats are 14 years old and they don't look like it at all. But, since I've had them for 14 years, that also means I've been cleaning their litter box for 14 years. Not going to lie, I despise cleaning the cat litter. It's never fun and usually smells. All my fellow cat moms out there understand!

The reason why the cat litter usually smells is because even though it might advertise that it has an odor shield, it really doesn't. Or if it does it's for like an hour after the cat poops. Cool that's helpful. It wasn't until Chandler saw this cat litter called Ultra from Dr. Elsey's that my mindset of cleaning the litter improved. This cat litter is such a steal! Normally you pay $16-$20 for only 20-30 pounds max and the litter is usually really dusty, which isn't good for you, and doesn't do a good job controlling the smell or clumping what's in the litter box. For $17, you get 40 pounds of non-dusty, odor controlling awesomeness! Say you have a rough week and you couldn't clean the litter for like 2-3 days (we all know it happens). That's happened to us and we still didn't smell anything and our litter is in a pretty open spot because of how our apartment is.

I will say, I recommended this litter to my parents and they keep their litter outside and had a different experience. My parents also live in Florida and we think that the humidity and summer heat was a bad combination for that litter. For anyone who keeps their litter box inside like I do though, this is the litter for you! I normally purchase it at Petsupermarket since it's right up the road from my apartment but they also have it at Petsmart (linked above). The cats loved it instantly and I would say this is great for multi-cat households.


10 Things I Want To Do While I'm 25

Monday, July 9, 2018

Happy Monday!

I had such a great weekend! Saturday night I watched horse videos for an hour. I watched people cantering, jumping, Grand Prix videos, etc. and I was so excited. Last weekend Chandler's mom gave me some advice that really helped me. I've been having trouble cantering for the past few weeks because I've been afraid that I would fall off again. When you fall off a horse for the first time it's pretty scary (depending how you fall). The day I fell I was on a bigger horse and the experience overall wasn't fun. Ever since then I've been really scared. Chandler's mom told me that I need to visualize myself doing it since all I was visualizing was myself falling. Once I watched those videos and saw how these professional riders were doing it with ease, it made me realize that I could do it and that I had nothing to worry about.

Yesterday I finally cantered both directions (Brandy is a little off balance when you go left so this is an accomplishment in itself), did the jumping position over two flat jump poles on the ground while in canter, and I kept my cool (which is also an accomplishment). I was finally able to relax and I had the best time ever! It really is so important to visualize yourself the right way in any situation in life because if you do, you won't fall off the horse (so to speak haha)!


Now, for some more exciting news...TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY!!! I am officially 25 years old and I'm not 100% sure how I feel about it (the age that is haha!). I always get excited about my birthday because it's a big deal. I made it another year and that's something to be thankful for. I've been thinking a lot lately about things that I want to do this year and I've compiled them into a list below. I would love to look back in a year and be like yes, I did all of those, or at least a good amount. I'm sure that I'll think of more things to add in a month from now, but I'll at least start with this list.

  1. Do more fun things with Chandler. - we used to do things every weekend when we were first dating and then adulting happened. Trying to get back to that even if it's just small fun things.
  2. Reach 3,000 followers on Instagram for my blog.
  3. Work hard enough to pay for a minimum of one horseback riding lesson per week (two would be preferred).
  4. Work with at least 3 major brands for my blog.
  5. Take trips to Miami, New York, and at least one more major city/destination.
  6. Make more time to enjoy myself.
  7. Make more time to relax.
  8. Make more time to do my hair more (I don't always have time in the mornings like I'd like to and my hair is my favorite feature on myself).
  9. Visit more family on both mine and Chandler's side. 
  10.  Make more time to hang out with friends. 

Jumpsuit: Venus
Bag: Revolve 

Weekly Round Up

Friday, July 6, 2018

Happy Friday!

How was everyone's 4th of July?! Chandler and I had a nice relaxing day. We had planned on going to the beach but it rained until almost noon. Since the beach would've been too crowded to get a spot by that point, we decided to hang out by the pool, enjoy some delicious Publix subs, and enjoy some time with friends. All in all a good day!

Below are this week's featured articles. I hope you all love them!


Food:

I love popsicles! I don't think I know anyone who didn't grow up with popsicles in the summer. What Moms Love recently shared a blog post with the best healthy popsicle recipes for kids. Of course I'll be making some for myself. 😊

Read it here: https://whatmomslove.com/food/best-healthy-popsicle-recipes-for-kids/

Who knew cheese dip could be healthy? I know I sure didn't! Almost every time Chandler and I go out to eat Mexican food we order queso. It would be nice though to be able to make it at home. I can't wait to try this recipe from The Cookie Rookie for our next taco night at home.

Read it here: https://www.thecookierookie.com/healthy-queso-skinny-cheese-dip-recipe/

My birthday is on Monday which means I need a birthday cake right?! #earnedit 😂 This cake recipe from Averie Cooks has everything I want in a cake: vanilla, funfetti, and buttercream icing!

Read it here: https://www.averiecooks.com/easy-homemade-funfetti-cake-with-vanilla-buttercream/

I really like Greek food. I haven't had too much but what I have had I've enjoyed. If you've ever eaten at Zoe's Kitchen, then you know how good their Greek salad is. Once I found this greek chicken pasta salad recipe from Budget Bytes, I got super excited. I can't wait to make this one of these nights.

Read it here: https://www.budgetbytes.com/greek-chicken-pasta-salad/


Entertainment/Life

I shop at IKEA occasionally, but for those that shop there more frequently, this article from The Kitchn is pretty cool. It has a handful of family shopping perks that not everyone knows about.

Read it here: https://www.thekitchn.com/ikea-family-shopping-perks-discounts-258563

I love watching The Bachelor/Bachelorette plus all of the off season versions of the show such as Paradise. A handful of the cast from the upcoming season of Bachelor in Paradise has officially been confirmed and a few favorites of mine are on the list! I will say, there are also a few people I can't stand that are on the list too... You'll know who.

Read it here: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/tv/g21948826/bachelor-in-paradise-season-five-cast/


Fashion:

The Nordstrom Anniversary sale starts in only a few days and Holly Boyd has everything you need to know. Plus, the dress in her blog post is absolutely stunning!

Read it here: http://www.maketodayahollyday.com/2018/07/biggest-sale-of-the-year-nordstrom-anniversary-sale/

I loved seeing all of the Fourth of July looks this week, but the one below from Suzy Shattuck is by far one of my faves! I seriously want her jeans.

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bk1B4SRnaJw/?taken-by=suzyshattuck

Another one of my favorite fourth of July looks (on the dressier side) was from Ali Smith. This red jumpsuit is so flattering and the color is beautiful.

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bk0DT3fAUUE/?taken-by=alismithstyle

Looking for a suit that you can slay the summer in? Ashley Schuberg shared this cute pink suit on her Instagram this week that I would love to wear to the office on these hot summer days!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bk0ska4lM8H/?taken-by=miss_gunner

I have so many favorite swimsuits right now. If only I could afford myself. 😂 The struggle am I right?! Sumana shared this super cute red one-piece swimsuit and watermelon bag on her Instagram this week for the fourth of July and I just loved it.

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bk0LQY7g5bF/?taken-by=thecurlyana

I have seen so many gorgeous styles from Vicidolls lately. Another instance of not being able to afford myself haha! Jessica Lo shared this gorgeous blue polka dot maxi dress on her Instagram that I am really considering buying. It's such a flattering style and would look good all summer long!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bk1Va7SnUIK/?taken-by=jessthrowiton

Last but not least is this fun ruffle skirt that Gabrielle Morlet shared. I love ruffle details on different clothing styles because put in the right place, can be really flattering. This ruffle skirt is the perfect example!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bk3lNjOAMtF/?taken-by=gabriellemorlet

That's all for today's weekly round up blog post! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and if you're still celebrating the 4th of July, please be safe and have a great time. 

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Victoria's Secret Pink 4th Of July Outfit

Monday, July 2, 2018

Happy Monday!

Who else is excited about the 4th of July this week? I do secretly wish that the holiday wasn't in the middle of the week but, it's also a nice mid-week break! In Jacksonville, there's no better to place to be for the 4th than at Jax beach. It is crowded but a ton of fun! Chandler and I plan on staying until mid-ish afternoon, then coming back for the rest of the day to hang out with Diesel, grill up some ribs and enjoy the evening at home. I don't like leaving Diesel or even the cats by themselves during the fireworks just so that they know it's okay.


Today I'm sharing this cute, casual look for the 4th of July. I love graphic tees for the holidays because they always have clever sayings on them. One of my favorite places to get graphic tees (and tanks) is PINK. I love a good pun and they have the best! For anyone who shops at Victoria's Secret & PINK knows that even their underwear have clever sayings on them during the holidays like Halloween and Christmas. This tee features a fun saying on the back and strappy details plus the famous PINK dog symbol on the front. 

I'm wearing a size medium for reference and I would say that it runs bigger everywhere except the arms (just an FYI). Also, Victoria's Secret PINK doesn't have all of their 4th of July tees online but you can find them in store. This particular tee isn't available online anymore but when I went to my local store there was a TON! I have linked what they do have left online. 


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