shine or set

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appreciate

Appreciate the... I think a lot of the times we get so wrapped up in life and finding everything that's wrong with it, that we forget what's right with it. We're filled with so many complaints: my job doesn't pay enough, my class is too hard, my boyfriend forgot to record my show, m…

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Protein shakes I've been saving money and making my own post-workout shakes. They are so yummy!
2. Victoria's Secret I sure do love when I receive Angel Rewards in the mail. It means free workout leggings and a new water bottle. 3. Treat meals Everyone should be allowed a treat meal every …

happy birthday, pops

Happy Birthday to my pops!  I love you!

boost your metabolism

We all want to boost our metabolism. It helps us maintain our weight and lose weight. However, they tend to lose their fast pace as we age. I miss the days of eating Taco Bell and still maintaining a flat tummy. Le sigh. So, now that we are older, how do we rev up our metabolism engine?

Eat protein…

asos wish list

I love ASOS, and apparently black, grey, and white judging from my wish list. These are some pieces I think are perfect for transitioning into warmer weather. I'm happy things are heating up here in Phoenix. I'm ready for Spring already. Hi-Lo Camo Skirt Never Say Never T-Shirt Studded Hobo B…

sunday spark

spanish scramble

I've been on a serious egg kick lately! I eat them hard boiled for snacks, or scramble up some egg whites for any time of day. They shouldn't be limited to breakfast! I saw this delicious recipe for a Spanish scramble on Clean Eating Mag. Check this baby out...

INGREDIENTS:6 egg whites1 …

friday funnies

Swooning.

thoughts on relationships pt. 5

Give and take.There should be a proper balance in relationships. There are times to be selfish and selfless. Being too much of either one will be painful to yourself, and the other person. It's okay to ask for the remote when it's smack dab in the middle of both of you. It's okay to go …

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Picnics Boyfriend and I decided to enjoy the beautiful weather and have a picnic in our backyard with the pups. We enjoyed some local beer, steak, corn, and kale salad. 2. Sweet snacks Whenever I get a sweet tooth, I mix together a handful of Marcona almonds and dark chocolate chips.It is so dang…

brandy melville wish list

I adore Brandy Melville. Her fashionable items are simple, cute, and well-priced. I love browsing her website for outfit inspiration when I just want dress comfy for the day. I haven't done a wish list for her shop yet, so here goes...

Darlene Dress I Love You to the Moon and Back Tank Belle Camou…

heart rate monitor

I recently purchased a Polar heart rate monitor, and I am absolutely in love with it. I don't know why I never had one before. This handy little watch tracks your time, heart rate, and calories burnt. This connects to a chest strap that is extremely comfortable.
So, why do you need a heart rat…

sunday spark

"Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out." -J. Collier

cauliflower fritters

I'm not a fan of raw cauliflower. I'm far from a picky eater, but I just can't get into those white little trees if they aren't cooked. I always want to find ways to incorporate them into my diet. I found a delicious recipe on The Gracious Pantry. She cooked 'em up as cauliflow…

friday funnies

This is what Nugget does.

hair care

I've put my hair through hell. From brown, to red, to blonde, to brown again. It's been quite a hair journey, that was also filled with impulsive cuts, nasty extensions, and blunt bangs. I apologize, little strands. I quit hair dye (for now), and I won't clip fake hair in you ever agai…

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Jennifer Zeuner I'm so in love with the necklace Boyfriend got me for Christmas. It never leaves my neck.
2. Mexican food I've been having mad cravings for Mexican food lately. It's in my blood, so it's no surprise. It's been fun finding healthy versions of the meals I love, l…

karma cleanse

Be grateful. Look around and appreciate what surrounds you. It could be people: your best friend, you significant other, your mom, your dog. It could be monetary items: your Keurig, your Jeffrey Campbell boots, your Chi that keeps your hair under control. It could be moments: snuggled up on the cou…

fitspo acronyms

Sometimes when I'm researching fitness on the web or through my books, I feel so lost when they throw in acronyms. I scratch my head and end up making up what they could stand for in my head. They end up completely wrong. Typical.

I made an acronym guide that is handy when embarking on a healt…

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sunday spark

"I'm going to make everything around me beautiful - that will be my life." -Elsie de Wolfe

free people wish list

It's been awhile since I stepped into Free People, and even longer since I was luckily an employee with an amazing discount. I love all of their pieces, and can't help but drool over everything they have whether it's online or in store. It's all so well-made and unique.
So, here is…

friday funnies

I love pranks...on other people.