Sparkles and Sunshine: August 2018

Weekly Round Up

Friday, August 31, 2018

Happy Friday!

This week was SO busy!!! My week was filled with many work meetings, dinners and other events. Needless to say I was pretty tired throughout the week. Now, I can't wait to enjoy a much needed three day weekend! Is anyone doing anything fun this long weekend?

Below are this week's round up articles! I hope you all love them!


Food:

I usually don't have a sweet tooth but when I do I love macaroons. I discovered the account Mac Lab this week and was in AWE you guys. I don't think I've ever seen such gorgeous macaroons before in my entire life. This bakery is also in Atlanta, Georgia which luckily for me isn't too far away. I definitely want to go there now!

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

I've recently started adding shelled hemp seeds to my meals where I can for some added nutrition. Taylor from One Balanced Life shared a recipe for a spinach basil help seed sauce with pasta this week that sounds great. I can't wait to try this!

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

Summer's not over yet, which means there's still plenty of time to enjoy some fun, fruity drinks! Granted, you don't really need a specific season to enjoy one haha! Averie from Averie Cooks shared a recipe for a Malibu Sunset drink on her blog this week that is colorful, fun, and it looks delicious. Get the recipe below!

Read it here: https://www.averiecooks.com/malibu-sunset/

Okay, who LOVES everything bagels. They're seriously the best right? Trader Joe's seasoning comes in at a close second (or alternative) as well! The second I saw this recipe for Everything Bagel Pretzels, I freaked out of excitement. Once you see them I promise you'll get excited too!

Read it here: http://www.thecandidappetite.com/everything-bagel-pretzels/

Entertainment:

Growing up I had my own personal collection of handbags. I mean what girl doesn't? Cosmopolitan shared the most popular handbag styles by year and there are definitely some good memories here. I definitely had (still have) a Vera Bradley bag!

See it here: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/fashion/g22868802/popular-handbag-year-you-were-born/?slide=1

It is officially PSL season people. To launch the PSL season correctly, Dunkin Donuts announced that they will be selling bottled pumpkin spiced iced coffee. Like what?!?! Read more below!

Read it here: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/food-cocktails/a22887668/dunkin-donuts-pumpkin-spice-bottled-iced-coffee/

Fashion:

Polka dots on a two-piece set? I'm sold! Check out how Mina Marlena styled this fun must-have summer outfit!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BnJ7jCaHU7j/?taken-by=minamarlena

I LOVE sequins, sparkles, glitter, all that jazz. Since I'm sharing today's round up post later in the evening, I gloriously stumbled upon the most perfect jacket ever. If you love all of those things too, then you're going to love this!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BnKM05CA4hE/?taken-by=cameronproffitt

Revolve hosted a carnival event this week and it looked pretty awesome. One blogger Roos Vandekerckhove from Roses Cloud shared an outfit this week that is giving me serious Clueless vibes. 

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

Ya'll know I love color! Oliva Frost shared the cutest rainbow sweater on her Instagram that I just love. Rainbow is trending everywhere right now and I love that there's some extra color in the world right now because of it.

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BnJOn4xH-5c/?taken-by=oliviabynature

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Diesel's July Bark Box Review

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Happy Wednesday!

Hello fellow citizens! My name is Diesel, the super dog! Today I am here to tell you about my favorite Barkbox yet. Now, keep in mind that may change next month. This box had a bunch of villain toys that I needed to destroy (I mean defeat...).The evil Sensei Whiskers and Crab Van Goon have been causing trouble for too long and it was time I took care of them once and fur all!

To help fuel my powers, my Barkbox gave me some super good treats: Drool and Ka-Paw! My drool treats are pork flavored and my ka-paw treats are duck flavored. I also got a Butcher's Block chew to eat once I defeated the evil villains! It is safe to say that I won and I looked good doing it.

Cute brindle dog wearing superman bandana from Petsmart with Barkbox box
Cute brindle dog wearing superman bandana from Petsmart
Cute brindle dog wearing superman bandana from Petsmart
July Barkbox
July Barkbox
July Barkbox dog toys dog treats and dog chew
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Weekly Round Up

Friday, August 24, 2018

Happy Friday!

Tonight I am so excited because Chandler and I are going to The Main Event. It's similar to a Dave & Buster's and it's going to be a blast. Chandler will randomly get cool ticket opportunities from work (like the hockey game we went to) and it's usually first come first serve and we're always on it! Haha! Be sure to check out my Instagram story tonight to see more.

Below are this week's round up blog posts. This week I am featuring some incredible food, fashion, and lifestyle bloggers that I know you all will love. Enjoy!


Food:

Smoothies are by far one of my favorite drinks. They're healthy and delicious! Meg from The Autumn Girl shared 8 refreshing summer smoothies on her blog that sound yummy!

Read it here: https://theautumngirl.com/2018/08/09/8-refreshing-summer-smoothies/

While I was organizing our pantry the other day, I stumbled upon some roasted (or toasted? haha) chick peas that I forgot I had gotten from Publix. A few days later I saw this delicious snack/breakfast idea from Clean Eats By Tay that gave me a new idea that I will be trying soon!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BmyMIeUHg4n/?taken-by=cleaneatsbytay

This food post is not only a great food idea but also a reminder that you can still be healthy and enjoy amazing foods that you love. Alex Agasar shared this incredible post on her Instagram this week of a breakfast bagel sandwich with a note saying: "It’s been about a year since I ditched the obsessive clean eating so I’m celebrating with a big. ass. bagel sammy. Not a pagel, not gluten free, not a bagel thin. Just a bagel. This was the first meal I had when I realized I didn’t have to fear meat, dairy, grains, sugar, inflammation, and ‘bloat’."

How incredible is that? Click below to read more and to learn more about her/follow her!!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bm00EVEF3vL/?taken-by=eatyourhe.art.out

Entertainment/Life:

One of my mom and I's favorite singers is Pink. She has such an incredible voice and she's always been such a great person. At a recent concert, Pink stopped her concert to hug a fan who had just lost her mom. If you're emotional like I am, then get ready to bawl your eyes out at these touching moment.

Read/Watch it here: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/a22809773/pink-concert-hug-grieving-fan/

Okay, who else watched Laguna Beach and The Hills way back when?! I know I did and LC was my faveeee! MTV announced that there is going to be a reboot if The Hills in 2019 and fans (like myself) are SO excited!!! Unfortunately Lauren and Kristin won't be on the show but the majority will + some new additions. Read the article below from Cosmopolitan to get more inside scoop!

Read it here: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/tv/a22800491/hills-reboot-mtv-news-date-cast-spoilers/

Fashion:

I love cute accents on clothes that are unexpected/not always the main focus of an outfit. Brittany from Coco and Blush shared the cutest pants on her Instagram this week. Check out the bottom to see the cutest details!

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

I've always loved a good jumpsuit. They make me feel like I'm wearing pajamas out and about and it's fantastic! This week I saw two super cute jumpsuits from two amazing bloggers that I think you will love too. Check them out below!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bm1neUYH8OX/?taken-by=laceandlashesblog
See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bm1WW5mFqrd/?taken-by=dreamingblue_eyes

Ya'll know I love a good maxi dress and stripes have been a huge hit all summer long! This adorable maxi that Whitney Rife shared on her Instagram this week is beyond cute and perfect for running errands or brunch with the girls!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bm1-c09lbcp/?taken-by=whitneynrife

That's all for this week's round up post! I hope you all have a super fun weekend!

Romper: Venus 

How To: Wear A Swim Top Two Ways

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

So this blog post is kind of a funny story. When I first ordered this white ruffle bikini top from Revolve I instantly loved how it had cute wrap around strappy details. However, when I got it in the mail, I completely forgot about that and put it on a different way. When I went to look up the bikini top itself to get the URL for it, I realized then that I had put it on wrong. Haha! The good thing though is that it doesn't look bad (IMO). So below, are two ways that you can style this fun white bikini top for summer!

Option 1: Correctly***

The straps wrap around from the front to the back and are secured there. See front and back photos below.  


 Option 2: Incorrectly lol

The second way to style this top is to tie it in the front rather than the back. I will say that this top ran a little big so if you have a small chest like myself, don't get a medium, get a small. Also because of this, if you choose this option, make sure to pull it really tight before you make the bow. The straps are longer because of the first option above, so when you make the bow it will be bigger than you might be used to. However, if you like big bows then you're good haha! This option creates a straight clean look in the back.


Some people might like one option over the other because everyone has their own unique look that is absolutely wonderful. So, no matter which option you prefer, go out there and rock it!

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Photography: Alondra Vega Photography

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Weekly Round Up

Friday, August 17, 2018

Happy Friday!

What is everyone up to this weekend?! This weekend is a pretty easy going one for Chandler and I. Chandler's working tomorrow and I'll be at the barn on Sunday which is always fun. I do need to catch up on some laundry too. Doesn't that sound fun? Haha! I'd love to know what you're doing in the comments below!

This week's round up post features some amazing articles from some incredible bloggers. I would love to know which article was your favorite!


Food:

I have been seeing these Wasa Crispbreads everywhere lately! Samantha Bowers shared a delicious looking recipe on her Instagram this week that I would love to recreate.

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BmgLVa2lnQU/?taken-by=samanthabowers

I love oatmeal! I've never heard of cauliflower oats before though. Lauren from Flora and Vino shared a recipe on her blog + a delicious fruity version on her Instagram!

Read it here: http://www.floraandvino.com/creamy-stovetop-cauliflower-oats/
See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BmgOvCkA4N7/?taken-by=flora_and_vino

I love tomatoes! They're definitely my favorite. I mean, they're the staple to marinara sauce, a.k.a. spaghetti haha! Any who, Love and Lemons shared this recipe for a Roasted Cheery Tomato Herbed Couscous Salad on her blog this week that looks amazing. I could totally see this for a fun summer cookout or dinner party!

Read it here: https://www.loveandlemons.com/roasted-cherry-tomato-herbed-couscous-salad/

This last recipe combines the best of both worlds: Greek food and mac and cheese! The second I saw this recipe I got extremely excited! Definitely check it out.

Read it here: https://www.skinnytaste.com/greek-mac-and-cheese

Entertainment:

So, apparently you can get paid to live on an island and take care of cats. When can I start? Haha!

Read it here: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/lifestyle/a22698477/greek-island-cat-rescue-caretaker-job/

Yesterday some really sad news was announced. The great Aretha Franklin sadly passed away yesterday. Growing up, my mom and aunt always listened to Aretha and it wasn't until I was a little older that I truly appreciated/liked her music. She will always be a legend in everyone's hearts and minds!

Read it here: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/a22746824/aretha-franklin-dead-music-community-reacts/

Fashion:

I absolutely loved this blue dress that Rosie Clayton shared on her Instagram this week. She always has the prettiest outfits!

Read it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BmZK3qeDDl9/?taken-by=rclayton

I feel like I had a love of polka dots this week because I found four blogger looks that I just love!
See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bmdo9rxgR9j/?taken-by=blaireadiebee
See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BmcUxp3ANkW/?taken-by=mariesbazaar
See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BmcjNRkH2Rk/
See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BmY07QfA_51/?taken-by=hannahstraffordtaylor

Every girl needs a little black dress, little white dress, and a little red dress! Whitney from Whit's Whims shared the cutest red dress on her blog this week plus a lot of other great options from a brand called Stage. Definitely check it out!

Read it here: https://www.whitswhims.com/home/2018/8/12/summerdresswithstage

It's no secret that I love the color pink! Melissa from Always Meliss shared the cutest pink jumpsuit from Vicidolls on her Instagram the other day. Is anyone else obsessed with Vicidolls? I love their clothes!!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BmgBelCBD-h/?taken-by=alwaysmeliss

Get To Know My Trainer: Savanna

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Happy Wednesday!

I have been wanting to do this post for quite some time now. However, Savanna and I's schedules are polar opposites, we haven't been able to meet up in forever just to take a photo together! Today I wanted to introduce you to this incredible woman who is responsible for my weekly workouts. Savanna and I met in college and have been friends ever since. She's that person where even if you don't see each other for a while, you can still pick up and have a great time together which is what I love!

Through Savanna's workouts I have already seen so much progress and I love the ongoing support from her. What I love most, is that my workout is customized towards my body and what it can do. One of my main goals was to strengthen my back and she makes sure that all of my moves will not irritate it along the way. Now that I've really talked her up, scroll down to learn more about her!



Q: How old are you? 
A: 24

Q: Why did you decide to become a personal trainer? 
A: I always knew I wanted to help people for a career and when I started becoming passionate about living a healthy lifestyle, I couldn’t think of any thing I’d rather do than transform people’s bodies, minds, and therefore their entire lives through exercise!!!

Q: How long have you been in your profession? 
A: 5 years! 

Q: What's your favorite thing to do in your free time? 
A: If I say working out, will you think I’m crazy? Lol that plus laying by the pool/beach:) I love sunshine!

Q: Who is your celebrity crush? 
A: Hemsworth brothers duh. 

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? 
A: "Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life." So cliche but IT'S TRUE!

Q: If you were going to sing karaoke what song would you choose? 
A: Carrie Underwood Before He Cheats ;) 

Q: If you could have one super power, what would it be and why? 
A: To fly because then I could actually afford to travel all the time! 

Q: What is a pet peeve of yours? 
A: Loud gum smacking or chewing *gag*

Q: What's one thing you can't live without? 
A: iPhone... smh (we're all addicted) and Perfect Bars mmm. 

-Fun Facts-

1. I'm an only child and went to the same school in St. Pete, FL for all 13 years before moving to Jax for college!

2. Biggest childhood dream was to land a role on Disney Channel (even went to acting school as a tween!!)

3. When I'm not personal training or teaching group fitness, I'm either working out, stuffing my face with food, modeling, or drinking wine with my boyfriend. :) 

Now that you've gotten to know her a little better, head over to her Instagram and DM her so that she can create your own personalized workout plan for you!

Photography: Anna Carrano

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How Much It Costs To Own A Dog

Monday, August 13, 2018

Happy Monday!

Having any pet is a big responsibility. In addition to that, it can be very expensive. Having a dog isn't cheap, but it's one of those things that you need to know before you really invest in one. Never get a dog until you know you can provide, because it's not just your life anymore, it's theirs too. I know, I sound like a total mom but that's what you become. A dog parent! Below is a breakdown of the different costs associated with having a dog. Keep in mind that these costs can vary depending on where you are, what type of dog you have, etc.



  1. Vet Visits
    1. Usually, a regular visit to the vet costs anywhere between $35 to $45. That is the cost for the vet to just see the dog before adding anything extra. That can include medicine, shots, or anything else that could have come from your visit.
    2. In addition to any random vet visits you may have, every animal (dog or cat) has an annual check up. This includes yearly shots plus regular tests like checking for heart worms. In order for you to get any kind of flea prevention (which we'll go into next), they have to be tested for heart worms yearly.
  2. Flea/Tick Prevention
    1.  Each month your dog has to take flea prevention medicine. Now, there are multiple types out there, but the best in my opinion are: Sentinel (flea, heart worm, round worm, hookworm, whip worm, and tapeworm prevention), Trifexis (all of the previous minus tapeworm), Bravecto (flea and tick prevention). We used to just have Diesel on Trifexis, but now he is on Sentinel + Bravecto for that added tick prevention. The Sentinel pill is once a month and the Bravecto pill is every three months. Usually the total cost for both is over $100 but the cost is really determined by how many pills you buy. Most vets only carry a certain amount of dosages and online you can get more. You can almost always get a rebate if you buy a certain amount online too! Plus, the price of the pills are determined by weight, which can make it more expensive for some dogs than others. 
    2. NOTE: Not all dogs can be on the same flea prevention. Some dogs actually get upset stomach's from certain brands. It could be trial and error but you'll find out what works best for you, plus your vet should have a good recommendation!
  3.  Spay/Neuter
    1. If you adopt a rescue dog, usually they'll include the cost of the spay or neuter with it (if not already done), or they'll give you a certificate for when you can do it later on. If you buy a dog from a breeder though that is not included. Some counties offer spay/neuter programs that can really bring down the cost of that. Usually the cost for this procedure is determined by the size of the dog and to spay a girl dog is more expensive than to neuter a dog (more complex of a procedure). The cost for these can vary from $100-$400.
  4. Food
    1. This cost really varies on what your dog likes. However, JUST BECAUSE THE FOOD IS SUPER EXPENSIVE DOES NOT MEAN IT'S THE BEST FOOD. I can't stress that enough! You will see some dog food out there that costs like $60-$80 a bag. Sometimes it's worth it (if you know what to look for) but most of the time it's just overpriced. Similar to flea prevention, it could take a few tries to figure out what your dog likes/doesn't react to. Diesel has a somewhat sensitive stomach, so it took us a few tries to figure out what he likes. Plus, some dogs can actually get bored of their food and will stop eating it because they're tired of it. We had that happen once too and one of my mom's dogs does that a lot. Currently Diesel loves Nature's Recipe's Grain Free Chicken, Sweet Potato and Pumpkin recipe. I actually did a blog post about it here
  5. Toys
    1. This cost is also determined by how destructive your dog is haha! Some dogs actually enjoy their toys and will make them last. For those types of dogs, you can get a decent plus toy for $10 or less. Some dogs hate toys and they just give you this look like well, what do you want me to do with it? And then there's dogs like Diesel who don't let toys last longer than one minute haha! A lot of big dogs are destroyers. Most of Diesel's favorite toys start at $10. Also, most big dogs need bigger toys so that they won't choke on them and the size of the toy also is factored into the cost. Definitely know now that any toy that says "indestructible" is a lie. You can still try it and know that it probably will last longer than a regular plush toy, but they'll still get their teeth through it at some point.  
  6. Treats
    1. This kind of goes back to the dog food but it's slightly different. With treats, you do pay for quality most of the time. I will say though that most good dog treats are not cheaper than $7 a bag and that usually isn't the biggest bag. However, I like to keep those types of treats for training/extra good dog purposes and for regular things, I have a giant box of large milk bones that I get from Sam's Club. We always give Diesel a milk bone before we leave the house for work everyday just so that being home all day isn't seen as a really bad things since he gets a cookie. 
  7. Beds
    1. I will say this now: if you have a smaller dog, this will be cheaper. So many things about smaller dogs are cheaper because they don't require as much fabric for collars, or bedding, etc. Even when you go to buy a crate, a smaller one is cheaper. However, for this you also pay for quality. Diesel has a $30 dog bed from TJ Maxx that he LOVES, a $40 dog bed from Sam's Club that he loves, and a $100 orthopedic (a.k.a. better than my bed) dog bed that he sleeps on daily too. 
    2. Dog crates can be really expensive. However, depending on how big your dog gets, you may only buy one crate in your life, or you may have to buy two or three. Either way, it's an investment that you should get at the beginning because crate training is key when you first get a dog. If you ever have to board a dog, travel with a dog where a crate is required, leave them in a crate while you go somewhere, it's important to have that skill mastered from the beginning. If you're looking at bigger dogs, most dog crates start at like $50 to $60 and can go all the way up to $200. Again, this could be a one-time investment though!
  8. Grooming
    1. Depending on what type of dog you get, you may have to pay for grooming. Dogs with shorter hair like Diesel or a boxer, can get away with a cheap curry comb that gives their fur a good brush and spreads around the good oils in their fur. If you start getting into Labrador Retrievers, you will need to invest in either a furminator brush or something that gets into the undercoat of the dog. Those types of dogs really shed (year round but even more in the summer) and this is something that needs to be done to keep them cool and to help keep the vacuuming down in the house from two times a day to one haha! If you have a longer coat dog like a Wheaten Terrier (Diesel's best friend Neville) or even a poodle, you will have to keep up with the grooming since their fur gets so long. I know Neville's owner usually gets Neville groomed every few months or else his fur gets in the way of his sight, and since we live in Florida he can get too hot. 
  9. Puppy Costs
    1. Now, if you decide to get a puppy, not only do you have all of the above, but puppies require multiple rounds of shots at the beginning before they can be around other dogs, be taken our in public (where they can be exposed to things almost like babies), etc. Every vet does it different, but the series of shots lasts between 6-16 weeks of age. This can also vary on how old they are when you get them since some shots might have already been done. Always ask when you get them what they already have/what is still needed! 
  10. Accessories
    1. Every dog needs a collar/harness and a leash. The price of the collar depends on the brand, size, and what it's made out of. Similar to the leash. The bigger the dog the more expensive the collar (but the price usually only goes up by a few dollars as you increase size on a collar). If you have a dog that doesn't go after the leash when you walk them, then you can usually get a pretty cheap leash for under $10. If you have a dog like Diesel, who likes to play with the leash as he walks and is a toy destroyer, you might need something a little tougher. If you don't, he could chew through it and who knows what could happen next. We invested in a paracord kong leash from Petsmart for like $30-$35 when he was a puppy and it was the best investment we ever made. We've had it ever since!
  11. Training
    1. There are many options out there for training. You can invest in personal dog training (more expensive) or you can do dog training at places like Petsmart or Petco. Each round of training at Petsmart was about $100. If you enjoyed one class and wanted to continue with more, they usually have a discount for your next class. I prefer dog training that is done in groups like Petsmart because it teaches the dog how to learn with distractions and it socializes them at the same time which is extremely important. 
  12. Lots of love!
    1. Luckily this is free and will be your favorite investment. Dogs are so loving and caring and only want to shower you with tons of kisses! If you give them a ton of love, you'll get a ton of love back!

I hope this post was insightful and that it helped you prepare for you future best friend! If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments below and I will do my best to answer them! Thanks for reading. :)

Photography: Alondra Vega Photography

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Weekly Round Up

Friday, August 10, 2018

Happy Friday!

Ya'll, this week has been tough. Chandler and I had some hard news that we had to deal with and it kept both of us pretty tense. I shared on my personal Facebook yesterday that "being an adult sucks. Don't do it." I don't post on my personal Facebook a ton but on that post I got a ton of likes and comments. I was like well, this post was super sad but it was really relateable haha!

Alright, I'll stop being depressing and move on to the good stuff: the weekly round up articles! I hope you all love everything that is shared below.


Food:

Every Sunday I try to meal prep for the week ahead. I usually try to prep some rice, meat, and more. I absolutely loved this article from Simply Recipes. She shared 6 things to prep that will make your week easier and she shared recipes that you could use those 6 things in! This post is a total win-win!

Read it here: https://www.simplyrecipes.com/6_things_to_make_on_sunday_for_easier_weeknight_meals/

With a lot of kids starting back to school these next few weeks, that means that it's time to start making school lunches again. But, we're not going to be making amateur school lunches. No! We're going to make delicious and nutritious meals with the help of Kristin from Live Simply. Check out the two links below for multiple healthy lunch ideas!

Read it here: https://livesimply.me/2018/08/07/real-food-lunchbox-inspiration-two-weeks-of-easy-school-lunch-ideas/
Read it here: https://livesimply.me/2018/08/09/easy-real-food-school-lunch-ideas/

Chandler's favorite breakfast food is pancakes (or waffles will do too). Unfortunately, pancakes aren't the healthiest option out there. Unless you're living your Kate Spade life #eatcakeforbreakfast haha! I found this interesting recipe from Making Thyme For Health (seriously how cute is that blog name?!) for Zucchini Oat Protein Waffles. They had me at waffles but they had me curious at the other ingredients. I am wondering how this turns out, so if you make it before me, please let me know! I do want to try it sometime!

Read it here: http://makingthymeforhealth.com/zucchini-oat-protein-waffles/

Going back to the meal prepping really quick, I also found this recipe on Cafe Delights featuring a ton of chicken breast recipes. Chicken is a staple in our household because it's one of the leanest meats out there and it takes on the flavor of pretty much anything! Let me know if you try any of these recipes and which was your favorite!

Read it here: https://cafedelites.com/chicken-breast-recipes/

Ironically, this last food post has everything I don't like: chocolate and wine. Again, I know I'm weird. However, it did get me thinking about how fun it would be to have a dinner party sometime. There's so many different types you can do and they're always such a fun time. Check out the post from Pizzazzerie below for a fun chocolate pairing party idea!

Read it here: https://pizzazzerie.com/courtneys-faves/host-a-chocolate-pairing-party/

Entertainment:

Ok, who else was team Blake on The Bachelorette? I liked Garrett too but there was just something about Blake! Now, while we all watch the drama unfold on Bachelor in Paradise, we have to start thinking about who is going to be the next Bachelor! I'm honestly not sure at all. Below are the top predictions for the next season and honestly, I can see all of them except Ben. I honestly feel like it should be someone else's turn at this point. That's just my opinion.

Read it here: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/a22674550/next-bachelor-season-23/


I love watching award shows. They always have the best performances! The artists for the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards performances have been announced! I won't reveal them all, but I can't wait to see Post Malone and Ariana Grande!

Read it here: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/tv/a22690571/mtv-video-music-awards-2018-performances/

I love Missy Elliott! This week Cosmo shared the best video ever. Missy shared a video of this older woman rapping her song work it in a park for whoever wanted to listen and trust me it's fantastic. I'm pretty sure this will be me when I'm older because it's definitely me now haha!

See it here: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/celebs/a22677061/woman-sings-missy-elliott-work-it/

Fashion:

I love the color lavender. Any pastel is in my closet. Hunter Premo shared the most gorgeous lavender maxi dress that she wore to a wedding. I could totally see myself wearing this on a casual or dressy occasion depending on which shoes I paired with it.

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

I love color! Anything that's bright and pops is my style. Jenn from Cranberry Tantrums shared the most gorgeous blue suit on her Instagram this week and trust me, blue is her color! As I was scrolling through my feed this photo instantly caught my eye and I just loved it.

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BmQ9cSaA5BH/?taken-by=cranberrytantrums

I love lace and crochet details. They instantly make anything elegant and beautiful! Kylee from whine to wine shared the most gorgeous white lace dress that I really want in my closet!

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

Last but not least is this gorgeous tiered white maxi dress from Vicidolls that Jessica shared on her Instagram. This dress could easily be dressed up or down for any occasion!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BmO0sakgeUS/?taken-by=jesshogancrum

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12 Facts About Me

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Happy Thursday!

I haven't done an about me post in a long time and so I thought I would share some fun facts with all of you so that you can get to know me a bit better!

  1.  I LOVE pasta! It's my all time favorite food. Maggiano's, Olive Garden, all of the above are places that I can't live without!
  2. I have a dog named Diesel and two cats named Oscar and Felix. I have had Diesel since he was 2 months old and he's now a year and a half. Oscar and Felix I have also had since they were kittens and they are now 14 years old! I can't even believe that. I get sad sometimes thinking about how old they are but they're still pretty frisky! 😉
  3. I have always wanted to get my pilot's license. I used to have a fear of getting on a plane. So I thought maybe if I am the one in charge of the plane (a.k.a. control issues haha) I would have nothing to worry about as long as I know what I'm doing. Now I'm not afraid of flying but would still love to get my pilot's license one day if I can afford it.
  4. I do not like chocolate. I know, let the rants begin haha!
  5. Ford is my favorite brand of car and more specifically their Mustang model. I had a 2000 Ford Mustang until last July when I decided to get a new car. I originally planned on getting the newer model, but some brindle puppy (I'm not going to name any names...Diesel) decided to keep growing and not fit in a mustang anymore. I settled on a Nissan SUV which I do love but one day I will have another mustang.
  6. My dream is to have two stables on my property. One with actual horses (maybe 1-2 max) and the other (my garage) filled with every make and model of Mustang that I love (67, 99, 2005, etc.). I want to call it Mustang Stables. 
  7. When I was little, I got our five dogs to jump through a hula hoop all at the same time. Don't ask any questions, just accept it. 😂
  8. I have been singing since I was little. I have done Phantom of the Opera, some Latin music and more.
  9. I LOVE otters! Like SO much. When we go to the zoo, unless someone gets me, I could stare at the otter exhibit for over an hour. There's a place in San Diego where you can swim with them and one day I hope I get to. 
  10. I ride horses! I started riding this January after Chandler gave me 4 lessons for Christmas. I've loved horses since I was little (first favorite animal, then otters) and have always wanted to learn how to ride. It's pretty expensive so I can usually only afford 2 lessons a month, but besides blogging, it makes me incredibly happy. 
  11. I love SALSA. I'm a pretty picky eater most of the time (I have gotten better though) but I could eat my weight in salsa. I will try pretty much any salsa as long as it's not too spicy. 
  12. I think Dinosaurs are so cool. When I was five I think, I had this giant book of dinosaurs and I could name every single one. I also loved Godzilla! My dad and I would watch all of the movies.
Now it's your turn! I would love to hear as many fun facts about yourself as you would like to share in the comments below. I'll be looking! 😊

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Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen Review

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

Have you ever wished you could put sunscreen on all by yourself? I know I have! Some days I just want to lay out at the pool by myself but I can't because I can't put the sunscreen on all the way. Now, I'm not afraid to talk to people, but I hate asking strangers to help me sometimes. I feel like I'm bugging them. Thanks to Neutrogena, your favorite sunscreen now comes with a special full reach feature.

Now, you can reach your entire back by simply touching the nozzle. What I love most about this sunscreen is that it's lightweight, cool, and it really does a good job. I usually use SPF 30 sunscreen, but if you need more than that, it also comes in 45, 70 and 100+. You can find this sunscreen at target, walmart and most drugstores. You can also purchase directly from the Neutrogrena website. Click here to see all of the different SPF options.


Photography: Alondra Vega Photography

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Weekly Round Up

Friday, August 3, 2018

Happy Friday!!!

I thought this Friday needed a few extra exclamation points. Not for any reason in particular, but sometimes I think we just need to get a little more excited about each day. I will say though that this week was definitely a struggle. I had a hard time getting up to work out, once I was at the gym it was hard for me to work out, and throughout the week I just felt super tired. Did anyone else have a similar week? I am so looking forward to sleeping in this weekend and enjoying the days off.

Plus, Chandler found an awesome deal on Groupon for tickets to Cirque Du Soleil for Saturday and I'm really excited. I've never been before but I've heard it's an incredible experience. Have you ever been?!

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


Food:

Looking for a delicious and healthy dinner entree? This one pan greek chicken and lemon rice meal from Kale Junkie looks so good. Besides pasta, rice is my favorite carb by far and this recipe has all of my favorites: rice, and greek chicken!

Read it here: https://www.kalejunkie.com/nicole-modic-blog/one-pan-greek-chicken-and-lemon-rice

Have you ever put quinoa in a taco before? I know I haven't! Rachel Mansfield shared a recipe for crispy pan fried quinoa avocado tacos and it actually sounds pretty interesting. Definitely check out the recipe below!

Read it here: http://rachlmansfield.com/crispy-pan-fried-quinoa-avocado-tacos/

Have you ever heard of milk thistle? Did you know it's actually not milk at all? I knew none of this until I stumbled upon this recipe from The Well Necessities. It is an undercover green detox smoothie bowl that has many amazing ingredients that will make your body feel amazing!

Read it here: https://thewellnecessities.com/undercover-green-detox-smoothie-bowl/

So, I have never heard of stewed berries. I've only really ever heard of stewed tomatoes. This grain free oatmeal recipe is paleo and vegan and only has two steps in the recipe!

Read it here: https://www.leahsplate.com/grain-free-oatmeal-with-stewed-berries/

Entertainment:

Is anyone else shopping for their significant other's birthday this month? Chandler's birthday is next week and I still don't know what to get him. I swear it just crept up on me. I mean, I'm still in shock that it's August! This list from Cosmopolitan has a ton of options for different types of guys, which I really liked! I hope it gives you some good ideas.

Read it here: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/fashion/g22628672/best-gifts-husband/

I will always applaud good marketing but that's because I'm a marketing nerd haha! One of my favorite restaurants, Olive Garden, shared the funniest tweet this week featuring a makeup palette with food themed colors. It doesn't look like it's actually happening anytime soon, but, if it does I'm in!

Read it here: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/beauty/a22629064/olive-garden-makeup-palette/

I've been reworking the budget lately to have better control of what I'm spending every week/month. Cosmo shared an article about multiple women and the amount of money in their savings accounts. It also goes into detail on their tricks to saving money, as well as what they wish they could improve about their savings habits. I liked this article because it was very realistic. Some people have a lot and some don't because of life circumstances. Regardless of the amount, there's a ton of advice from multiple people that could really benefit you!

Read it here: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/career/a22330620/savings-account-age-25/

Fashion:

Even though I love summer, I love seeing fall outfits. I can't wear them for a while but it's still nice to see haha. Vanessa from The Cheeky Been shared the cutest fall look featuring fun olive and rose tones. I just loved it!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bl5gZJmA81B/?taken-by=thecheekybeen

Vanessa also shared the cutest yellow dress that I could totally wear the remainder of summer plus into fall!
See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Blv8kBoAKk2/?taken-by=thecheekybeen

I love graphic tees. They're such a classic and nowadays they have the cutest sayings on them! Camille from Charmed by Camille shared the cutest graphic tee + denim skirt combo that is adorable for the summer weather.

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bl5e4BSjKgJ/?taken-by=charmedbycamille

Polka dots are so fun aren't they? Caroline from Currently Caro shared the cutest polka dot midi dress on her Instagram this week. Plus, it's on sale!!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bl-z2h5FgX7/?taken-by=currentlycaro

I fell in love with two piece sets this summer. I wasn't sure at first if I could even wear them but after I tried one on I was like ok, I got this. Haha! Hilary from By Hilary Rose shared the cutest bright colored two piece set this week. The blue hues on this set plus the scallop details totally give me mermaid vibes!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bl1fwZengJm/?taken-by=byhilaryrose

That's all for this week's round up post! I hope you all have a fabulous weekend and definitely check out my stories tomorrow night for a look at Cirque Du Soleil!

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My Summer Party Playlist

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Happy Wednesday!

Summer isn't over yet, which means there's still plenty of time for parties, beach days, and more! I'm a big music lover and a firm believer in having a soundtrack for every aspect of life. I mean think about it, there are so many different playlists out there. One for a rainy day, for throwback Thursday, workouts, and more!

Today I wanted to share my new summer party playlist, filled with all of my favorite songs that will get you pumped and excited to celebrate this time of the year! Now, since many summer parties happen at the beach or pool, you need the perfect sound system right? That's why I found the perfect summer essential from Sunnylife! They have portable mini boomboxes that have a built in radio, wireless Bluetooth that works with any smartphone or tablet and it's water and sand resistant! How cool is that?! Plus, these speakers come in many different colors and two styles. Click here to see all of the different options.

Make sure to scroll down to see my summer party playlist and don't forget to follow me on Spotify.


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