Wednesday, October 29, 2014

November is Near!


I am going to try something new starting in November. I thought I would try sending out an email newsletter! How it will work... if you leave me your email, I will send you a monthly newsletter featuring the following:

1. A healthy recipe (and other health/fitness tips)
2. What's to come on the blog
3. Some sort of motivational spill
4. Fashion/beauty tips
5. Any other randomness you might enjoy :)

Don't worry, I won't be blowing up your inbox. I will simply send you one newsletter at the beginning of each month. If you are interested, please leave your email below! Or feel free to email me at if you don't feel comfortable leaving your email out to the public. 

Hope you enjoy! I plan on sending the first one out this weekend! :) 

Oh! Before I forget, I put together a yummy and healthy week's worth of a meal plan (and workout idea) for you. I usually buy groceries once a week, so this is a good guide for what to buy to keep you fueled for a week! You can see how to make the wrap under my recipes tab at the top. You can find the pita snack pack under the what's in my lunchbox tab. As for the chili recipe, you might be seeing that recipe in November's newsletter (hint, hint)! :)

If you would like this meal plan sent to you so you can print it (I think you can print it from here though, but just in case), feel free to shoot me an email also! :)

Hope you have a wonderful rest of your week! :) Remember to keep a smile on, it's almost Friday! 

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

What's in My Lunchbox (and my mind for the week)

Okay, so I don't exactly have any recipes for you this evening. It has been a busy weekend! I ventured out to Dallas on Friday and got home yesterday. Last night, Justin and I kicked off our anniversary by celebrating Downtown. Today, Justin and I celebrated some more!

As for a post on the blog, I just wanted to fill you guys in with what I have planned for the week health wise. Since I haven't been eating as well as I'd like, I am starting tomorrow morning. Yes, tomorrow morning. Typically, I would say now, but I just downed half of our cake from our wedding. It was a little freezer burnt, but still good! Ha! 

Alright, tomorrow I am kicking off my little fall detox by eating small meals through out the day. This is what most of the week will look like:

BREAKFAST: Rice cake with natural peanut butter on top / Iced Coffee with sugar free vanilla and heavy whip
AM Snack: Fruit
LUNCH: Wrap! You can find my wrap recipe under my recipes tab at the top!
PM Snack: Kind Bar
DINNER: Grilled Chicken with Broccoli 

And of course, I can't forget WATER! Lots of it! 

As always, I hope this information is helpful to you! I absolutely love to hear from you and hope to be of some help and support. I truly speak from my heart, so I hope you find my blog encouraging and once again, helpful. Have a wonderful week!

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Here are some pics from my weekend festivities:

Walked in from Dallas and found these waiting on me! Ah!

Kicked off our One Year with Lily and a lovely walk!

Had the chance to bring this to our new home from my parents' house. It was my mom's growing up.

This is the outfit I wore on our date tonight at Uchi! SO good!

Had to add this one of us enjoying our cake! :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Let's Get Back At It


I've said it before and I will say it again... I am in a workout/healthy eating slump.

Ever since school started back up, I've been super busy with work. With moving into a home, I've been having my mind on that too. Whenever I get home, I just want to crash... and eat. At work, I eat when I'm not teaching. I haven't been active. I've been lazy and pooped when I get home. But I have to say, I am done with these excuses. 

Instead of these excuses, I could be taking 30 minutes out of my day and going for a walk. Let me tell you, I started walking Lily this week and I'm pretty sure the last time I went for a walk was over the summer. Yikes! But, I have to admit that I feel better already and I've only been walking for a mile these past three days.

That's just it though, I have to get back in the hang of it all slowly! If you go full throttle, then it usually backfires and makes you ten times more tired and ready to give up.

As for healthy eating, I hate to admit it, but I have been eating like crap. Not exactly tons of fried foods (still guilty though), but I've been devouring sweets. It's pretty disgusting actually. Just imagine a dog feasting on scraps. Yeah, that bad. 

Ironically, tonight Justin walked in and said, "I think I'm going to give up sweets and only eat them on a holiday or special occasions." I thought to myself, do Fridays count as special occasions? But really, I told him I thought that was a great idea and I'm going to do the same!

It's so bad, I know how horrible some of the foods are that I have been eating, but why do I continue to eat them? I feel like total poop and my face breaks out like a mad house.

I've come to the realization that my mind speaks over my stomach 80% of the time. 

Nobody is perfect though, and it's definitely okay to indulge every now and then, but my now and then's are becoming daily.

So it's time to get back at it.

I am writing this to prove that I can do it! Not because I want to look good, but because I want to feel good again. I want to have that energy and positivity back! 

I will continue to walk Lily after work each day. I know she enjoys it too.
I will start drinking half of my body weight in ounces of water again. Time to flush the evils out. Water cures everything.
I will not have sweets... except on holidays and special occasions.

Boom. Easier said than done, but nothing is impossible. :) I know how good being healthy feels. I just need to stop acting and start doing! 

I know this post was pretty much just me spilling my feelings, but maybe some of you are in the same rut. I promise you can do it! We can do it! And I promise you will thank yourself later. Start now. Not tomorrow. But don't beat yourself up over it, take it slow.

If you have any questions/comments, don't ever hesitate to contact me! Hope you all have a wonderful rest of your night.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Aztec Please!

Hey Y'all! 

Okay, so I have to share this beautiful Aztec dress from Shoot the Moon LA with you ASAP! It is seriously one of my favorite dresses in my closet!

Below is how I styled it:

Dress: Shoot the Moon LA / Necklace: J.Crew Factory / Booties: Target / Watch: Michael Kors

Everything about this dress is an eye opener! And it's so stinkin' comfortable! I recently wore it to a wedding, so I know it is easy to move in (I prefer dancing… a lot). Also, I can wear this teaching. It is so versatile! I really recommend this dress to you! The brand is Everly, and if you know Everly, you know it is a great brand! Shoot the Moon does a wonderful job with their clothing and customer service! Such a great shop!

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P.S. Here are a few pieces to keep a lookout for! Target seriously is on my favorite list right now! Stay tuned to see how I style these pieces! :)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Deliciously, Guilt-free(ish) Chocolate Chip Cookies

Okay, so sometimes I have a really bad craving for chocolate chip cookies…

Tonight I am sharing with you a somewhat less guilty version of homemade chocolate chip cookies. 

Let me inform you first, they still contain butter… 

BUT! Next week, I will be sharing with you another cookie recipe without flour AND butter! Be sure to stay tuned for that! But in the meantime, enjoy this delightfully delicious recipe.

Here's what you'll need:

- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup organic brown sugar
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp. all natural vanilla extract
- 2 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 tsp. cornstarch
- 1tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt (I use pink salt!)
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips


First, preheat the oven to 350 F.

Second, cream together butter and sugars until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla. Blend.

Third, add the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt. Then, STIR in the chocolate chips. 

Fourth, on a prepared baking sheet, place tablespoon size scoops of the dough about 2 inches apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until barely golden brown around the edges. Be sure to not cook longer than 10 minutes.

Lastly, let cool and enjoy! :)

Hope you enjoy these cookies as much as we did! Have a great beginning to your week!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Fashion Friday

Happy Friday Everyone!

Can you believe it's already the middle of October?! Where has the time gone? And where is the colder weather here in Houston? 

For those of you in the Fall mood… Tonight I have a perfect (and cozy) fall look for you featuring my favorite vest from Lulla Blue!

Vest: Lulla Blue (Instagram: @shoplullablue) / Jeans: Citizens for Humanity / Booties: Target / Top: J.Crew / Bangles: Lulu and Larue and LeBoutique / Watch: Michael Kors / Earrings: Kendra Scott / Necklace: Lulla Blue

For more fun Fall pieces (and also my wish list!), feel free to click here!

Also, if you are interested in Conscious Box (featured in my last post), I have added a quick link to their site located on the side of my blog. Simply click the picture to find out more!

I hope you all have a fun and safe weekend! :) As always, I love hearing from you and I hope this post is helpful to you!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Conscious Box

Ready for something amazing to show up on your doorstep every month? Then you definitely need to give Conscious Box a try! 

I am beyond pleased with this product!

What is it? It's a box full of healthy sample goodies that is delivered to you once a month.

Below are some pictures of my box that I received this month. Let me tell you, the stuff is almost gone… and I cannot wait to continue to use a lot of these products. 

Here are my faves:
-the vitamins. All of them. I'm in love.
-the Lyft energy sticks… umm… so cool and so good!
-the cream soda! So good! I hardly ever drink soda, so that was a nice (and healthier) treat! 
Here are the things I have yet to try:
-the teas and coffee
-the eye creams
-the lentil crackers
-the gluten free pasta
- the protein powder (can't wait to try it)

The box I get is the Gluten-Free box, but there are others to choose from.

Where do I sign up?

You can simply click here (and get $10 off when you subscribe!)

Hope you find this info useful and helpful! I highly recommend you trying this out. I personally don't think you would be let down. 

Have a wonderful rest of your week!

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Fashion Friday!

Happy Friday! 

Today I am bringing you some fun and simple looks featuring Material Girls! 

I have to say, this is my favorite shirt right now. The words say it all! 

Top: Material Girls / Watch: Michael Kors / Pants: Lundy's Boutique / Mug: Pottery Barn / Necklace: J.Crew / Vest: Levi's / Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Be sure to check out these pieces and similar ones right here!

This next top is such a powerful color! This is actually my very first peplum top and I think I am in love! What do y'all think?

Top: Material Girls / Watch: Michael Kors / Pants: J.Crew / Necklace: J.Crew / 
Earrings: Ralph Lauren

Be sure to check out these pieces and similar ones right here!

And this last look is definitely me. It is so my style and what you can catch me wearing daily. Love this Spirit Jersey!

 Top: Material Girls / Shorts: J.Crew / Kicks: Nike / 
Earrings: Ralph Lauren

Be sure to check out these pieces and similar ones right here!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! My sister, Gabbie, is in town and we (Justin too!) are traveling up to College Station for the Texas A&M/Ole Miss game. This should be interesting considering I'm an Aggie and she's a Rebel! May the best sister win!

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