shine or set

a lifestyle blog

drop forty

You are aware of what's been an ongoing fight to remain fit. You read about it here and here. I'm so happy to say that hard work and dedication pays off. I dropped forty pounds since exactly two years ago. I don't care if it's silly to pat myself on the back.

I feel better than ever…

part of me

I'm not the biggest Katy Perry fan, but when her songs are covered by brilliant people then I do tend to enjoy them. Her newest hit, "Part of Me" is an empowering song in the aftermath of a breakup. My friend, Drew took the song and made it absolutely beautiful. Take a listen.

friday funnies

In honor of an Anchorman sequel, here is the gag reel from the classic.

guest star

The lovely Stylelista of Stylelista Confessions was kind enough to let me guest blog for her while she is soaking up the rays in Hawaii. Jealous. I jumped at the chance to be a part of her fabulous blog for a day. You should really meander around her fabulous blog for the latest in fashion and sty…

coffee + workout

There are two things (out of a lot of things) that I love in life. Working out. Drinking coffee. I was happy to read up on how the two go hand-in-hand. The Stir provides six reasons to sip a cup o' joe before you hit the gym...

1. Caffeine can help you work out longer and harder: According to r…

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. The Hunger Games I know I posted about the books last week (here), but I saw the movie and now I have to rave about that too. Jennifer Lawrence was amazing in it and made me want to be a warrior woman!
2. Early celebrations I celebrated my birthday a little early while my dad was in town. We ate …

new set-up

My friends know me well enough to know that I can't keep my bedroom a certain way for too long. I get bored easily and need a change of scenery. Today was that day. I moved some furniture around (almost got crushed by a bookcase), dressed my bed in different bedding, and painted a new picture.

chicken tamale pie

How did I just now stumble my way through the interweb to find Pinch of Yum? It's a mouth-watering foodie blog with tons of recipes, whether you want a sweet treat or a healthy dish. I opted to post a recipe that's more on the healthy side, since I've been posting calorie-packed desser…

sunday spark

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude." -Maya Angelou [click on image for source]

do as dogs do

I love my wet-nosed, silly, caring critter of a pup. I love her because she is so many goodies wrapped into one furry gift. I think it's high time we take notes from our pets, and do as they do...

Live simply.
Love generously.
Care deeply.
Speak kindly.
Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would l…


Here are some Instagram snapshots from the past week...

1. Motivation 2. Sleepy Chars 3. Pup at work 4. Bedroom nook 5. Breakfast
6. Dutch Bros. love
7. Butterfly garden Remember, you can follow me at: bskystevens!

friday funnies

These Facebook messages from FOD made me giggle...

[images via Funny or Die]

recent buys

After taking a looong break from any sort of retail therapy and saving up some paychecks, it was time to shop! Thanks, mama for treating me to some birthday items! Here are some new additions to my closet, room, and makeup drawer. I'm sure some of the goodies will be worn in some upcoming posts…


Goals. I have them. We all have them. They vary from person to person, but that's what makes them special to each of us. I have my own that I've chosen carefully over time that live cozily in my head and heart. Some are huge, some are small. Some are easy, some are hard. Some might be unre…

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. The Hunger Games I honestly can't stop reading these books. I've been zooming through them. They are seriously addicting, and I can't wait for the movie to come out. 
2. Tone it Up! I'm always looking for inspiration/motivation when it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle. I found…
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