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foodie fridays

With Superbowl this weekend, there are bound to be a few parties. At those parties are beer, chicken wings, and pizza. YUM! Why not take something just as savory and more waist-friendly along to the party? Surprise your friends and family by telling them it's on the healthy side!

How about thi…

happy birthday, daddy

Happy Birthday to my wonderful dad! Love you, pops!

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Nugget snuggles Our pup has become more and more snuggly with age. I love it! 2. Perfect Foods Bar This is a delicious andhealthy bar that is extremely satisfying and filling.
3. Date night I think this is the one night a week I always look forward to. A time to relax and unwind with Fiance.

green shakes

This is my go-to smoothie right now. I have one for breakfast and lunch (I have snacks in between too). It's packed with protein and nutrients. Spinach, frozen tropical fruit, almond milk, and vanilla protein powder is all you need. I store them in jars and place them in the freezer. I pu…

sunday spark

prettiest woman in the world

This woman is my hero. Taking labels and judgments and smashing them into a million non-important pieces. Knowing who she is and having that define her, no matter the odds and not matter the circumstances. Bless her.
Lizzie Velasquez


bridesmaid invites

Picking bridesmaids was easy. They are women who are so special to me and have brought so much light into my life. I knew I had to ask them in a special way...and I was itching to get my craft on.

I used:
Cigar boxes
Wood Stain
Burlap lace ribbon
Wood letters
Hot glue gun
Acrylic paint
Letter st…

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. New nephew My future sister-in-law gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, and he's perfect.
2. Celebrating My best friends came over to celebrate the big engagement. They dressed me up, we played games, ate pizza, and drank wine. 3. Art My talented friend, Caroline Augusta, sent us this awesome p…

new goal

I'm tired of setting goals that don't mean anything to me anymore. Maybe I lost the drive for certain things, like six pack abs or slimmer thighs. Or maybe I just embraced my body and who I am. I realize now that these things don't validate me or bring much meaning to my life. What…

sunday spark

lessons are blessings

It's a funny thing, life is. While I haven't gone through as much as others have, it doesn't mean my life hasn't had its lessons. I tend to feel irritated by those who play the "woe is me" card with phrases such as, "If only you knew" or "Your life is easy …

foodie fridays

Casseroles have become my new favorite thing to cook and eat. They're easy and packed full of flavor. You can basically throw in whatever you want into a baking dish and bake it. That sounds perfect for me after a long day of work.

Ingredients:
Cooking spray 4 bone-in chicken thighs, skinned …

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Our wedding date Fiance wrote our wedding date in the sand in Sydney, Australia. He's so sweet.
2. Wedding Expo Mama and I had so much fun at the bridal expo this past weekend. We met plenty of vendors, and booked a lot of them for the wedding! 3. Gym It feels great to be getting my workout on…

you have the power

Too many opportunities are wasted on being spiteful. Take those opportunities to love, even if there are those who don't deserve it. Do it anyway. Everyone has their own battles. Wish well upon them and keep your heart full.

I just want my heart to keep on growing. There's too much hap…

sunday spark

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Boo Tea I'm loving this detox tea. It's delicious and perfect for after the holidays. 2. Friendship It was great to see friends and family at my future sis-in-law's baby shower! 3. Pozole We feasted on my mama's pozole and tamales this past Sunday.YUM!


violet love headbands

I've teamed up with Violet Love to offer you 20% off your entire order.
Use the coupon code: shineorset20 at checkout.

These headbands are so comfortable. I don't get a headache and they don't slip off my head. I wear them when I workout, when I go out, or when I'm relaxing at home. …

sunday spark

foodie fridays

Tomato-Baby Bell Pepper Tartlets. How yummy does that sound? I love easy recipes that pack a lot of flavor and have that delicious crisp texture. These would be great to serve as an appetizer at a party or with salad.

Ingredients:
1 sheet frozen puff pastry dough, thawed 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated Pa…

vacation recap

The vacation I took with Boyfriend-turned-fiance was so wonderful. I can't even believe we were just cruising the Bahamas and riding roller coasters in Disneyworld. We certainly were blessed to take such a memorable trip. We worked hard and saved up to make it perfect, and it was. Here are some…
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