Friday, August 29, 2014

Fashion Friday


The first week of school is officially over and I am pooped!

Since it is so late and I know I need a little breather, I thought I'd have a short and sweet post tonight.

Along with my fashion post, tonight I am featuring my new blog makeover! Everything is now better organized (and SO cute)! Woohoo! Thanks BrandCandi! 

And now for some cute and classy gameday ideas for some of you Aggies or other maroon lovers!

Clothing by Sideline Sass

Clothing by Sideline Sass

Clothing by Sideline Sass

Clothing by Sideline Sass

Gameday Dresses by Gameday Garments

I have a ton more AWESOME clothing that I will be styling coming your within the next couple of weeks! Along with some more giveaways!

Also, remember that detox I was talking about last week? Well guess what, I want that to be my September challenge! Join me, please (I've got my puppy dog face in full effect)?.... WE CAN DO IT!

Hope you enjoy these cute maroon clothing! Have a safe and exciting Labor Day weekend! Happy Football Season!

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Confidence is Key

Good morning! 

I just wanted to share something with y'all that has recently come over me....confidence! 

Not only has changing my lifestyle changed the way I eat, but it also has helped me accept myself and my body image. No, I'm not a Victoria's Secret model or some sort of skinny goddess, but I am ME.

It's so crazy to think that as I continue to carry on a healthy life style, I have been more confident in the way I look!

My whole life I have struggled with insecurities. Whether it was weight, how I dressed, or even what people thought of me. I lacked confidence. I always had (and sometimes still have) to have some sort of reassurance. I would compare myself to others constantly. Well, over the past couple of months I have been changing....changing my lifestyle, in fact. I wrote a post called "Up Close and Personal" which talks about my life before my journey of changing my lifestyle. If you haven't read it yet, you should! :) 

But let's fast forward to now. How am I handling this lifestyle change?

After starting my blog, my best friend, Hannah, thought it would be a good idea to take some pictures of me for the blog. Okay. I was a little excited, but at the same time I was nervous! After we took the pictures, I was pretty pleased with the results! Once I posted them, I started receiving such uplifting and encouraging comments. I remember reading one comment stating how happy I looked. That's the thing.... Taking those pictures and seeing such kind words made me realize that I AM happy! 

Recently, I had the owner and founder of Sideline Sass, Megan, contact me after reading my blog. I was told that I would be a good representation for her company, and had the opportunity to partner up with her. I was in shock! I had never modeled clothing, nor ever been asked to do such a thing! Let me tell you, I am so glad I did it. It's so amazing (and fun!) to embrace my achievements of my lifestyle change through clothing. 

Changing my lifestyle has seriously been one of the best things I've done. A lifestyle change isn't just about eating healthy, it's about appreciating your body. It gives you confidence.

Below are some of the cute clothes that Sideline Sass has to offer:

Top: "The 'Huddle Up' Top"
Bottoms: "Uncle Jesse"

Dress: "XoXo Dress"

Dress: "The 'Pom Pom' Dress"
Necklace: "Flower Child Necklace- Mint"

Top: "Light As A Feather"
Bottoms: "Uncle Jesse"
Headband: "'Cowboy It Up' Necklace"

Top: "Tangerine- Split Top" (There's an awesome opening in the back!)
Bottoms: "Bow Tie Shorts"

Dress: "Tailgater"

Top: "'Knot Your's, Mine' Top"
Bottoms: "The Cabo Shorts"

To order these clothes or others, please check out their website:

I look forward to working more with Megan and Sideline Sass in the near future!

As for confidence, I hope that all of you feel confident in any sort of way. I would absolutely love to hear what makes you feel confident! You are beautiful and different than everyone else around you, be proud and embrace it

As for changing your lifestyle, don't give up....I promise you, if you make small changes to your lifestyle in a positive way, you WILL be so thankful for doing so! And as always, I am here for you. I would love to help you get started in seeking a lifestyle change.

I love all of you! And thank you for being such a huge support!


P.S. I am happy to announce that I will also be teaming up with Confetti Cake Collection, Tiff's Boutique, and FabulousFinds, so keep a lookout for some of their cute clothing items on my blog and Instagram. :)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What Protein Powder Do You Choose?

I've had a few requests for this one....

What protein powder do I recommend?

In this post, I will be breaking down different protein powders along with my suggestions.

First, why do I use protein powder and when do I use it?

I use it in a breakfast smoothie when I'm on the go, or I use it in a protein shake after a workout (and I even use it to cook! Don't worry, I will have recipes posted soon). I use it as protein…to satisfy and fill me up, or after a workout to help build muscle.

Let's explore the different types:

Soy: Soy protein is formed and defatted from soybean. It has been proven to be beneficial to the human body. It can act as a substitute for a meat protein, help reduce cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease, increase the effectiveness of other foods because of the amino acids it has, and helps reduce the risk of colon and prostate cancer. 

Whey: Whey protein comes from the by-product of cheese actually. It is low in lactose and contains all 9 essential amino acids. It is known to increase the body's power, fight effects of bad moods, and disease. According the Men's Health, whey is said to aid in losing fat and preserving muscle, increasing size and strength of muscle, reduce hunger, fight cancer, get rid of stress, and improve our immune system.

Vegan: Vegan protein is obviously formed from plants and more natural. A lot of people choose vegan proteins because they don't choose to eat dairy. Also, some choose vegan because it is less processed in most cases. Some options of vegan protein powder are the following: hemp protein (it is said to have more fiber than others), brown rice protein (I've heard that Sun Warrior is a great brand), and yellow pea protein.

Casein: Casein comes from milk. According the Men's Fitness, casein "has the ability to provide your bloodstream with a slow and steady flow of amino acids that could last for hours. Muscle may not be built overnight, but drinking a glass of casein-rich milk is the ideal protein to consume right before bed, as it'll be more helpful throughout the night than any other protein option." The other benefits are that you will gain bigger muscle quicker, it aids in fat loss, builds strength, and helps with protecting your teeth! 

Which one do I use? Whey. Of course I am definitely willing to try the others, but I find whey protein beneficial to me.

Remember, when choosing any protein powder, look for LESS sugar and MORE protein! 

My favorite protein powder so far is Elite XT in Rich Vanilla. It goes SO well with my smoothies and it doesn't taste chalky or bland!

And I will SO be making THIS in the morning (I found it on Pinterest, but I've posted the link below)!

(This is not my picture!)

I want to know, what is your favorite protein powder?

Have a great night! And of course, I hope you find this information helpful and useful!


Sunday, August 24, 2014

What's in My Lunchbox?

I've got a good one for y'all this week! (And maybe a little breakfast bonus too)

Do any of y'all like pesto? Oooor chicken salad? If so, you'll LOVE this pesto chicken salad recipe! 

I found this on Pinterest a while back, but tweaked it a bit. 

First, I will give you a homemade pesto recipe. If you don't want to use a homemade pesto, then that's fine too! Simply just scroll down to the chicken salad recipe.

My pictures show double what the recipe called for because I used some for dinner tonight! Just go by this recipe:

- 1 cup of fresh basil
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 3 tablespoons pine nuts
- 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
- salt and pepper to taste (I use pink salt)
- 1/3 cup olive oil

After I added the ingredients to the food processor, I had it on high until it chopped it the way I wanted it.

YUM! Look how fresh that looks! 

Okay, here's what you'll need for the chicken salad:

- heaping 1/4 cup pesto 
- 2 Tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt
- 2 cups of shredded chicken (I used two small grilled chicken breasts)
- salt and pepper to taste

The picture really doesn't do it any justice! It's delicious! Literally, all you do is mix the ingredients and there you have it!

I like my chicken salad on 100% whole wheat/grain bread. Of course, feel free to add whatever else you want.

I also will be bringing this along with my usual fruit and veggies. Oh, and can't forget some whole wheat goldfish!

Here's a little breakfast bonus! 

For breakfast I enjoy smoothies, but sometimes I struggle with rushing in the morning and don't have time to make them. Well, problem solved as of now.

I have prepared the majority of my smoothies for the week, and now all I need to add to them is protein powder and a liquid!

Some have strawberries, blackberries, spinach, half of a banana, and chia seeds. 
The others have strawberries, pineapple, half of a banana, and chia seeds.

And here's Lily being Lily…. Always by my feet in the kitchen. 

Have a great night and a wonderful Monday! Tomorrow is our First Day of School! AHHHH!


P.S. The giveaway winner will be announced on Instagram tomorrow!! 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Fashion Friday

It's a Giveaway kind of day!

Bangles by Lulu and Larue
Sunglasses by Ray Ban
Dress by Sideline Sass

Now is your chance to win one of these bangles! ....which one? The bullet one! HOW STINKIN CUTE IS IT?! 

I really am obsessed!

So how can you win? 

This is another Instagram giveaway (don't worry Facebook-only friends, I have one coming your way soon!). 

Here are the rules:

You must:

1. Like the picture that I post on Instagram (the one with my shaded on!) 
2. Since it is a bullet....and bullets are strong, I want you to comment about what makes you feel confident/strong.
3. You must follow @luluandlarue (she has some of the cutest bangles) and of course follow my account!

That's it! And yes, you have to do each step! (I can see everyone who follows, likes, and comments!!)

Also, be sure to check out their website at!! Their bangles are super adorable and all handmade. 

You have until Sunday at midnight (Monday, August 25th, at 12 AM Central Time)

I will be drawing a winner and posting it on the blog and Instagram on Monday's "What's in My Lunchbox"!

Good luck to you all!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Back to School… Time to Fuel!

Okay… let me go ahead and apologize… I am extremely scatterbrained, overwhelmed, tired, and stressed right now. 

It's that time of year again, but this time for me it's a new grade level! This week the teachers went back to work and tomorrow is Meet the Teacher! AH! School officially starts Monday, August 25th…. and I always get those first day butterflies…

Okay, let me get this straight… I will be teaching a new grade level, with a new team, new curriculum, new students, and not to mention a state testing grade level. I am so nervous!! 

I just ask that you please pray for all of the teachers going back to school along with the students, and also please pray for my new teaching changes I have ahead of me. I feel as though my purpose is to help others and I pray that I can do that positively and faithfully this school year. I pray my students can gain better understandings of the material, learn from the help given to them, establish friends and support, and be confident within themselves.

With all of that being said, I need to go on a detox. A positive detox… positive on the inside and out! 

When I am stressed I eat. When I eat when I'm stressed, I eat a lot. When I eat a lot I get stressed. When I get stressed I become super negative. I don't know if that's just me or what, but my goal is to not let stress stand in my way! It not only effects me, but it can effect others around me and that is the absolute last thing I want! 

That is why I plan to try this detox! I know that eating right definitely helps me balance out my stress, but I also feel as though this detox with help me stay positive on the outside too!

I stumbled across this detox on Facebook. One of my good friends, Peyton, posted it on her blog. I found it VERY motivating and inspirational! 

The detox is… are you ready?…. the 21 Day Sugar Detox.

Sounds intense, right?

No sugar? Really? I can't even…

UMMM yes you can because if I can, you can! And I would love for you to take on this detox challenge with me! I plan on getting started on it very soon (I don't want to start it on the first day because I feel like it would be too much all at once!). It's not that I don't eat bad really, but I would love to give my body a cleanse after this chaos and overeating I've been having lately, and I think it will help my body gain some positivity inside and out! 

The rest of my post is truly for you to read Peyton's post about the detox. I feel as though she covers it perfectly. Remember, everybody is different. Your results might be different than hers or mine! Even if you don't start it when I do, I still think you should give it a try at some point. I would love to support you along the way!

Also, I really like how she says that it is way easier to do with a partner…. wink, wink!

I will of course be updating you when I start the detox, so keep a lookout!  

Here is a link to Peyton's blog where you can read about her detox experience (she also has awesome recipes on her blog!):

I know it will be a great school year! God definitely has me in this position for a reason, and I cannot wait to see what He has in store for my students and me this year! 

I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday! And good luck to everyone going back to school or having loved ones going back to school! 


P.S. I smell a giveaway coming your way on Friday!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Operation Fitness Class

Okay! I know I said I would only post 3 days a week, but this one holds some exciting news!

I will be conducting my very own fitness class after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays! I am beyond thrilled to have the chance to teach a workout class to my fellow teachers (and hopefully some non-teachers)!

My goal is to eventually move it to a local high school gym or other area to get more involved! Also, I eventually want to film some of the workouts for those of you who like to workout at home!

And guess what... It's FREE! 

This class will be a mixture of muscle toning and cardio… but I plan to make it FUN!

As of right now, I will be keeping a donation jar out for whoever wants to help me raise money for equipment. Also, I am in the process of buying a house, paying off my student loans, and a car so I figured whatever is left over would really help me establish a mini second job.

But that's not all! I will be donating a percentage of what I raise to a local foundation that helps out children in need. It's called Houston Children's Charity.

Here is a link to their site so you can get a better idea of their purpose:

I am so excited to start this class and can't wait to see where it goes. It's definitely something I've been wanting to do, but I never thought I would.

But honestly, I believe in myself and I believe that I can do it! I'm so thankful for this chance to help out others! 

Below is a link where you or others can go if you feel as though you would like to contribute:

Also, here are some fun pictures that HannahB.Productions captured specifically for this post!

The shirt is from Boomerang Boutique. Boomerang is a very inspiring and passionate boutique. They offer wonderful products and uplifting clothing!

I would absolutely love to hear your feedback and opinions! Also, if you have any recommendations or ideas for my fitness class, please feel free to tell me!

Have a great Monday! 


Sunday, August 17, 2014

What's in My Lunchbox?

Considering this is my first post, I hope you understand that they will improve the more I do them!

Also, I have been out of town this weekend so it's been a little hard for me to post!

Since it is so late and I've been pretty busy this weekends, this will just be a preview of a lunch idea for the week! Next week, I will for sure post every detail of my lunches.

Okay, here's what I grabbed from the store for the week:

Okay... I don't really use the milk for lunch, but whatevs...

Also, I bought some fresh Cajun turkey from the deli and some shredded Colby Jack cheese! 

**Remember! I am just posting the foods I get for lunch.**

Alright, here's a little something that I am making for lunch this week! It is seriously so yummy! And filling!

I'm making a wrap using a whole wheat tortilla, baby spinach, pico, red onions, Cajun turkey, shredded cheese, and jalapeƱo hummus!

Below is a picture of each layer! I start with the hummus then end up with the spinach on top!

Roll it up and there you have it! This is very yummy! I also bought some pita bread to mix it up. Obviously, you can substitute for more veggies or take away something you don't like! This is simple and satisfying!

It also goes well with some fresh fruit! I plan on taking this wrap with some fruit and the veggies I bought! I don't limit myself to fruits or veggies. They make great snacks throughout the day! I bought the Greek yogurt to mix with a Ranch packet. It goes great with the veggies or even as a spread on your wrap!

Nom nom! 

I hope you find this recipe useful and a good lunch for you too! There will definitely be more to come next week! 

Have a fabulous week! 


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Fashion Friday

Okay, I have a very special Fashion Friday right here y'all!

Let me start by asking this... Who's ready for some football?! Or Fall in general?!

I was definitely born and raised an SEC girl, so I definitely look forward to this time of year approaching. Well, today my sister is moving into her apartment in Oxford. I'm so beyond excited (and of course a little emotional) that she will be attending Ole Miss this fall and joining the SEC clan! It should be a fun football season to say the least... My dad went to Georgia and my husband and I went to Texas A&M. 

Another one of my favorite things about fall is the wardrobe! I absolutely LOVE thetransition clothes from Summer to Fall, so that's what I will be showing you today! 

Being a teacher, I love that I can wear these cute clothes to school!

Let's start with this cute top from Fancy Free: 

I styled it with some J.Crew shorts and my super cute flippy floppies from @kreations4ubykt (Instagram account).

Also featured is a bracelet from Pretty Pants.

This shirt is perfect with shorts or pants! I can't wait to wear it to school.

This next outfit is perfect for this time of year! 

I got this beautiful top from Pretty Pants. 

Also, how cute are these bauble bangles from Le Boutique?! I'm loving them!

I paired these pieces with my Tory Burch flats and J.Crew matchstick jeans. 

Here are the links to the websites where these adorable pieces are from:

I hope y'all have a fabulous weekend!! Just wait until you see what I have in store for next week! :) 

Once again, sorry for the late and short post! It's a busy weekend. 

Love you all!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Let's Go Grocery Shopping!

Okay. I don't know about ya'll, but going to the grocery store can be such a hassle sometimes. It's either packed, I go when I'm starving so I buy everything (and I let it go to waste), or I go when I'm full and don't even know what to get.

Well, if you have any of these problems, then I hope I am about to make it a lot easier for you!

I am going to break down a grocery list that I recommend for the best results. Of course, I don't get all of this stuff at the same time. I usually plan out what I want to eat for the week and go from there, but I am going to provide you with all of your basics that are the healthiest options. Remember, you do not have to get all of these, or you might even find healthy options to add to this list!

I have mentioned this before, and I will mention it again... it's best to stay on the outside aisles of a grocery store! This is where you will find most of the non-processed foods. Also, I try and eat clean, so that is what I am basing most of my list off of.

I typically go to the grocery store once a week. Usually on Sundays...when everything is sold out or picked over. Go figure.

So whatever you buy, don't get too much. Get just enough to last you the week. Usually, the foods that I am listing only last about a week anyways because they are fresh.


Honestly, you can get any fresh fruit you want! Fruit makes great snacks, desserts, and part of your breakfast.

My favorites:
Bananas (I like to cut some in half and freeze them for smoothies!)
Lemons (for my water)
Avocado (this is actually a healthy fat, but try and stay within the daily serving size)


You can pretty much get any fresh vegetable you want too. I never limit myself on how many veggies and fruit I eat.

My favorites:
Fresh Green Beans (I have a yummy recipe under My Recipes)
Fresh Spinach or "Power Greens" (I use spinach in my smoothies, in wraps, on sandwiches, or in salads)
Bell Pepper
Zucchini (SO good grilled!)
Red Onions


Mint (for my water)
Basil (I love basil! I actually have it growing in a mason jar. I love making pesto)


Boneless Skinless Chicken (I like to get the thin sliced for the panko crusted chicken under My Recipes. I also grill it… well, Justin grills it. The good thing about chicken is that you can freeze it so it lasts longer)
Turkey (freshly sliced from the deli, not pre-packaged. We also eat turkey bacon or turkey sausage for breakfast)
Chicken Sausage (LOVE it! I like the jalepeno kind.)
You can definitely get red meat and fish, but I don't eat a lot of red meat or fish. (Justin buys salmon and loves it)
Peanut Butter (aim for the all natural kind)
Eggs (I recommend egg whites)
Black Beans


Brown Rice 
100% Whole Wheat/Grain Bread
100% Whole Wheat/Grain Tortillas or Pita Bread


2% or less milk (I like white and chocolate!)
Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (love it in my smoothies)
Greek Yogurt (plain is the best for you, and you can do so much with plain! You can make a healthier ranch dressing option, sweeten it with honey and vanilla, and you can use it in replace of sour cream or mayo)
Cheese (I like cheese… a lot, but I don't buy too much of it)


Besides fruits and veggies:
Granola bars (homemade or I prefer KIND bars! Aim for granola bars that are natural)
I like whole wheat Goldfish
I like baked tortilla chips with salsa
Annie's Homegrown has a good selection of organic snacks


Bragg's Liquid Amino Acid (it's an awesome replacement for soy sauce)
Pink Salt
Crushed Red Peppers
Hot Sauce (I love Tobasco)
Salsa (aim for the fresh kind or homemade kind!)
Olive Oil

Okay, I know that this is just a list and not so much what I make with these items, but that's what my new posts, "What's in My Lunchbox?" are for! I will be posting what I make and include how I make it! I will also be posting more recipes once my new layout is set up. Keep a lookout for dinner, breakfast, sides, and snack recipes along with my lunch recipes! 

If you have any grocery item recommendations, please shout it out! I absolutely want to hear your comments and input!  

Have a great Wednesday! I've got some awesome giveaways coming your way! And some news about what I will be doing fitness wise during the school year….I'm REALLY excited! 


Friday, August 8, 2014

Fashion Friday Preview

Alright y'all, I know my blog is aimed for everyone to achieve a healthier and happier lifestyle. Don't worry, my main posts will still consist of healthy options, fitness tips, and important nutrition facts. BUT! Once I started changing my lifestyle, I started to feel better about myself. I started to gain confidence. I definitely feel more confident in clothing! 

So that is why I am going to be featuring Fashion Fridays! I want to show you clothes and accessories that will let you embrace your lifestyle changes!

As I post these, keep a lookout for some fun giveawaysI will be giving you a chance to win some awesome fashion prizes! Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook to better your chances of winning! I'm a little pumped about this!

Once I have my new blog set up, there will be a tab that organizes all of my Fashion Friday posts along with all of my other posts. This way it will be easier for you to find the right information you want to learn and know about on the blog.

Since it is Friday, I figured I would go ahead and post some cute looks for fall and football season! But hurry! These pieces are going FAST!

Thanks to Sideline Sass, I had the opportunity to show off these adorable clothing options!

Guess what y'all! I am going to kick off Fashion Friday with a bang! A GIVEAWAY! 

This first giveaway will be taking place on Instagram! So, if you are viewing my blog from Facebook, be sure to get on Instagram for your chance to win this prize. And don't worry! There will be opportunities to win prizes on Facebook too! :)

Ready for the first giveaway?….

Keep a lookout for this post on my Instagram and Facebook and be sure to follow the steps! Can't wait to see who wins! Good luck! 

And as always, I am here to help you and support you! I have a REALLY exciting post coming up about someone's lifestyle change. Keep a look out for that post on Monday. Also, I will be gearing up for my new blog makeover, so next Wednesday I will be posting a grocery list that I recommend along with some benefits of each item! :)