Sparkles and Sunshine: September 2018

Weekly Round Up

Friday, September 28, 2018

Happy Friday!

While this week has been insane, it's been insane in a good way. We moved into a new apartment, I had a few personal "wins" this week, and I started a new horse series on my blog yesterday. If you missed the post, click here to read it! I am very excited about what the next few months have in store and I can't wait to share it with all of you.

For anyone who is new to my blog, every Friday I share a weekly round up post. The purpose of this post is to support other bloggers that my readers may/may not already know about. I believe that everyone should support each other and what better way to do that then to showcase someone's hard work! I feature lifestyle bloggers, food bloggers, fashion bloggers, travel bloggers, and more. Below are this week's round up articles. I hope you love them!

Country Brunette girl wearing Fig and willow boutique plaid flannel shirt with bootcut jeans and cowboy boots

New Horse Rider Series | Meet Brandy Introduction

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Hey there everyone!

If you follow me on Instagram, then hopefully you saw some behind the scenes footage of my new series that launches TODAY! First off, I am so thrilled to start this new series. For those of you who do/don't know, I have loved horses my whole life. When I was little I would ask my mom all the time if we could get a horse and she would tell me that it wouldn't fit in the backyard. When I tried to convince her that we had enough land she would tell me the neighborhood wouldn't allow it. As a kid I was so frustrated but as an adult I know she was right. Since anything related to horses was also so expensive, I was never really able to learn how to ride like I always wanted to.

It wasn't until January of this year that I finally started riding. For Christmas, Chandler bought me a month's worth of lessons and since then I've been hooked (shocker) haha! I go out every weekend/chance that I can. Even on days that I don't ride, I just love helping out there. I clean stalls, groom horses, and help with anything else that I can just so I can learn as much about horses as possible. The goal is to have one of my own one day and I'm hoping it's sooner rather than later!

Brunette girl with brown quarter horse

Asos Design Broderie Sundress With Frill Sleeves

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

This post was originally supposed to go live on Monday but this move has made things so hectic. From eating out every day to having boxes anywhere and everywhere, you could say things are a little overwhelming right now. But, everything is in and the old apartment is clean and ready for the next person(s) which is a win! I can't wait to finish unpacking, get everything organized, go grocery shopping (haha), and have a few nights of relaxation. Chandler and I are definitely due for that!

Today I wanted to share my FINAL summer outfit! I know the first day of fall was a few days ago but in Florida that doesn't really happen at this time. If you're in south Florida it never does but if you're in north Florida like me, it's usually around October! So, since it's still sunny and warm here, what better way to bring summer to an end than with this bright yellow sundress from ASOS!

Brunette girl wearing yellow asos design broderie sundress with frill sleeves

Weekly Round Up

Friday, September 21, 2018

Happy Friday!

Tomorrow's finally the big day...moving day that is! I'm definitely one of those people who do not like change. I like to get comfortable somewhere and settle in. Unfortunately, since we're still renting, this isn't what happens 100%. I've never been one to get fully comfy and settled into a place that I know I'm going to be leaving in a year. Is anyone else like that? I am going to try to make this next apartment a little more homey and decorated just so that it can be enjoyed a little more. I'm finally going to decorate my office, put up fall decor immediately, and get some photos made up of Chandler and I, Diesel, the cats, and more. Once we're all settled in to our new apartment I want to give you all a home tour!

Venus Lace Detail Maxi Dress

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Happy Wednesday!

Raise your hand if you don't want summer to end. Now, raise your hand if you're over this heat and are ready for fall. Ha! I feel like I'd get mutual responses. It's sad to see summer go but I'm also very excited about the cool temps ahead (hopefully soon if you live in Florida like me ha!).

Before the season is "officially" over, I have a few more summer looks that I wanted to share! This  adorable Lace Detail Maxi Dress from Venus is one of them! I frequently look at their dress collection and I always find something that I love!

Brunette girl wearing Venus blue lace detail maxi dress

Why Risk Taking Is Important

Monday, September 17, 2018

Happy Monday!

My entire life, I have always played it safe. Now, that isn't necessarily a bad thing because I've never gotten myself into a situation where I was thinking "oh shit, I don't know how I'm going to get out of this." However, there's a difference between stepping outside your comfort zone and surpassing it so far that you've dug yourself into a deep ditch.

Weekly Round Up

Friday, September 14, 2018

Happy Friday!

This month has been insane you guys. Between everything involved in the move next week (I still haven't packed, YIKES!) and my blog and work, I have just been so so busy! I do enjoy being busy though. Anyone else? I am excited for the fun weekend ahead. Tomorrow I am attending my first horse show which will be really cool to see and on Sunday we are going to the Jags game. They won their last game so I'm hoping the momentum stays!

What Are Macros And How Do I Track Them?

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Happy Wednesday!

I have been training with Savanna for a few months now and absolutely love all of my workouts and advice she has given me. One of the first things she told me when we started my program was that I needed to track my macros. 

Long story short, macros are the exact amounts of protein, carbs, and fat that your body needs each day. If you eat more or less you're not helping yourself. These macros are determined from your level of activity, current weight, goal weight, height, etc. The reason why Savanna and I prefer this over calorie counting is because there's less guilt. With macros you are able to enjoy the types of foods you love without entirely limiting yourself. For instance I love carbs, so my diet consists of a higher carb diet with a decent amount of protein and a slightly lower amount of fat. 

Girl with fitness trainer Savanna Rose training on the beach

Summer Date Series: Sand Castle Building Contest

Monday, September 10, 2018

Happy Monday!

I know it's been a while since I've shared a fun date idea. Chandler's work schedule doesn't really go with my blog photo shoot schedule most of the time, so anytime that I have him free I try to do as much as I can! Since Summer's coming to an end, I wanted to share one last date idea because let's be honest, it is still brutally hot outside and we are all still living at the beach!

Growing up, when I would go to the beach I would LOVE to play in the sand. From building sand castles to burying people, it was always a good time! I truly believe that just because you get older, doesn't mean you have to stop doing all of the fun things you loved as a kid. For example my sidewalk chalk date idea or blank fort date idea. If you also loved building sand castles at the beach as a kid then this date idea is for you!

Girl in pink one-piece swimsuit with boyfriend and brindle dog at the beach with sand castle kit from target

My Favorite Healthy Snacks Part 1

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

How was everyone's long weekend?! I love how we're starting to get into holiday season. It's like once July 4th gets here, it's one holiday after the other which is great! Even though I love Florida summers, we're finally getting into my favorite time of year: fall! Now, with fall being right around the corner, that means there's a ton of events coming up which can make eating healthy hard. Whether it's eating unhealthy food at parties or being so busy that quick unhealthy options are easier, it can be a challenge during the upcoming months. 

Because of this, I wanted to start sharing some of my favorite healthy snacks that I like to keep on hand. Today's post features two of my favorites: 

girl in victoria's secret pink tee holding the better chip spinach and kale chips and yucatan guacamole

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