What I Eat in a Day

Okay this is one of my most requested blog posts. I love talking about my journey to a better and healthier me and I think this post is one of the best ways I can show you some of the things I have changed in my diet.

Start of the morning- I usually go on a run in the morning therefore when I get home I start my day with my vitamins.

I take:

A women’s daily vitamin– if you do not take a women’s daily vitamin or a men’s daily vitamin you really need to consider it. Our bodies cannot possibly get the nutrients they need from just what we eat unless you have a super versatile diet.

Probiotic- Probiotics are super important for a healthy gut. I did not know this until about a month ago and it is a complete game changer for myself. I already feel less bloated and less anxious (It is supposedly supposed to help with anxiety).

Biotin- for healthy hair, skin, nails.

Vitamin B-12 (If you are new here, I have hypothyroidism and it is super common to have a vitamin B-12 deficiency with this thyroid condition)

Thyroid Plus- I take this on top of my Synthroid for my thyroid condition and it seems to help a lot.

Capricylic Acid- for a healthy microbiome. Not really sure what this exactly means but my Dr. recommended this because he believes in gut health and I had a test done that showed a lot of unhealthy bacteria in my gut.

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Next, I will have a cup of espresso with 1/2 a cup of almond milk. This is the exact espresso machine I have and it is super affordable and has been a game changer in my morning coffee routine. I usually do 2 shots of espresso using the Starbucks Blonde coffee grains or the Starbucks Espresso roast grains and then I do 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk with 2 stevia. Sometimes, I have two coffees if I am feeling extra tired. I also treat myself to whipped cream on top somedays.

After this I try not to eat till 11 am or 12 pm. I follow the under 50 calories rule not counting my vitamins. I know, I know technically this is not intermittent fasting but I do a modified version that works for myself and for my body which in the end I think is all that matters. At 11 or 12 I start my meals by having a scoop of collagen with my daily greens supplement mixed in water with lemon juice. I use the greens from ItWorks. I necessarily do not agree with all of their products but their berry flavored green powder is super good and seems to have pretty good ingredients. Next, I take a tablespoon of coconut oil for gut health and a half of a cup of bone broth for gut health as well. It is recommended to take 3-4 cups of bone broth a day but I prefer 1/2 a cup and it seems to help myself. I recommend trying a little at a time and working up till you feel better.

To start off the day, I usually have one or two of these, I prefer smaller meals so I can snack throughout the day:

  • A vegan protein shake with frozen/fresh berries. I usually use this vegan protein or the Arbonne vanilla vegan protein. I personally prefer the Arbonne one for its flavor but it is a little more costly. I use a ninja blender and add the frozen berries usually 1/2 a cup, 1/2 a cup of fresh berries, a handful of ice, the protein mix, and I blend it this way. If it is a little too thick, I’ll add a splash of unsweetened almond milk but personally I prefer my shakes thick like a smoothie bowl. I then add flax seeds and chia seeds on top. If I have granola, I will put that on top too.
  • Oatmeal with fresh berries, bananas, peanut butter, chia seeds, and flax seeds.
  • Salad with grilled chicken (This sounds blah but I actually LOVE salad so this is one of my fave meals with avocado, tomatoes, and homemade ranch dressing)
  • Vegan Chicken with Cauliflower tots with ketchup. This is a great way to get your veggies in without feeling like you are eating healthy. The tots taste just like tater tots!
  • Bagel with lox salmon and cream cheese (I try to stay away from a ton of gluten but I will have this every once in a while)
  • Homemade Acai Bowl with granola, honey, and fresh fruit and granola on top.

Snacks-

  • I LOVE LOVE LOVE these crispbreads. They are super high in fiber and they taste amazing with avocado spread on top with tomatoes and onion slices.
  • Banana with peanut butter or almond butter (This is my absolute fave).
  • Prunes- I LOVE dried fruit and the fiber in this type of food is amazing.
  • Non-fat Greek Yogurt sweetened with stevia with granola, peanut butter/almond butter, and fruit.
  • Fruit with whipped cream.

Dinner-

I usually try to save most my calories for dinner only because I prefer to enjoy eating with Jarrett and not really feeling like I’m overeating if we have a spontaneous night out or a spontaneous ice cream run. Dinner is usually always different. I always try to make sure if I have a carb like potatoes that I pair it with a vegetable or salad. I try to eat my veggies or salad first as well that way I do not fill up on potatoes and then not eat my veggies.

  • NY strip steak with half of a baked potato with cheese and steamed/sautéed zucchini and yellow squash with tomatoes added. Sometimes, I’ll make a small salad with this as well.
  • Grilled Chicken with small gold potatoes and broccoli
  • Breakfast Casserole
  • Tacos (I usually do not eat tortillas because they are so heavy on my stomach so what I do is I get homemade corn tortilla chips from Albertsons grocery store and make taco nachos or make a taco salad)
  • Lemon Pepper Chicken with sweet potato fries and a salad

If we are out to eat I usually try to go for something grilled. I love Chili’s and Applebees because they have the calories listed which is super important even if you aren’t trying to lose weight. Most Americans over eat and next time you go to a restaurant and look at the calories you can definitely see that the portions are WAY too much. I have so many friends that talk about their experiences overseas and how their portions are so much smaller there. Therefore, if I want a burger and fries or something a little more caloric dense I usually try to half it as soon as it gets to the table. Don’t make it a big deal, just ask for a to go box right away and put half in it and you will be less tempted to over eat. To my surprise, I’m usually full after eating just half and it also causes me to eat slower as there isn’t as much there. I love doing this because it makes me realize that sometimes I just eat to eat because it is there and I’m not really hungry. I also sometimes eat so fast that I do not give my body time to realize what I am doing. Therefore, slowing down and cutting portions is very important.

Dessert-

I love sweets so I usually try to always save room for dessert.

  • Half of a small mini bagel toasted and then I spread on peanut butter blended with honey and broil it in the oven with marsh-mellows on top until they are slightly golden/brown.
  • 1/2 cup or 1 cup of Halo Top ice cream. I do not like chocolate at all so I usually go for flavors like vanilla bean or birthday cake. I usually top it with whipped cream because I love the texture this adds.
  • Sorbet ice cream because its dairy free and lighter on my stomach in my opinion.
  • Yogurt with stevia and fruit.
  • Fruit with whipped cream.

Jarrett hates my sweet tooth, he says I have ruined milkshakes for him because I used to ask for one everyday. “Used to” as in, we decided last week that we are just going to make a certain day out of the week to go so I don’t ask for one the rest of the week. lol.

I truly think everything is about balance. Before Jarrett got home I was super strict on myself and only allowed myself 1-2 cheat meals in week periods but now that he is home I am following the 80/20 rule, eating more, and to my surprise I feel 10x better and my energy seems to be up but that also could because I am just happy to have my husband home lol. However, I am not the most perfect human being at eating clean. Last night, I had 4 slices of pizza. In my defense they were small slices but it is truly about balance. I had a side salad first that way I wasn’t super hungry when the pizza came. J and I split the pizza and it got rid of my pizza cravings while not over indulging or binging later on if I would have told myself I couldn’t have it.

I use MyFitness Pal to track my calories as well. If you have a smart phone, you can download it for free on the app store. I love using this app and I have it connected to my apple watch for when I workout so it adds back the calories I can eat from what I burned and believe me if your not working out to eat more, you are doing it wrong lol. I love this app because it customizes your calorie goals to what you want to accomplish and it gives you recommendations when they think your goals are too much or things like that.

From putting in my goals on MyFitness Pal, it told me for my current weight and height, I should take in about 1360 calories a day. However, since I run in the morning, it usually tells me on the app that I can have 100-200 calories more. Therefore, I end up eating about 1500 calories a day. This is customized to my current weight and height and depending on your height and current weight and your goals, the app can help customize what you need to take in, in a day.

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Buffalo Chicken Wraps

Okay, this was a recipe that I thought would be a miss. I came up with making these on a whim and Jarrett and I were so surprised on how good they were! He literally asked me to make them again today.

Ingredients-

1 lb of skinless chicken tenders. I buy the organic brand from Walmart as it seems to not have as much fat on them.

1/2 a cup of all purpose flour

3 large egg whites

1 cup of Frank’s buffalo sauce plus a tablespoon for the egg whites.

1 cup of plain bread crumbs. I buy the great value brand from Walmart.

Recipe-

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Get 3 bowls and line them up in a row. One with the flour in it. One with the 3 egg whites. One with the bread crumbs.
  3. Add a tablespoon of Frank’s buffalo sauce to the egg whites and whisk them.
  4. Start the chicken by dipping them in the flour, then the egg white/Franks Buffalo Sauce, and then the bread crumbs.
  5. Repeat until all chicken is covered.
  6. Cook on Medium/High heat on stove top in a skillet for 4 minutes on each side using some type of oil. I used a tablespoon of coconut oil just to grease the pan.
  7. Once the chicken is cooked for 4 minutes on each side, dip them individually into the 1 cup of Frank’s Buffalo Sauce.
  8. I then place the chicken on a baking dish with tinfoil spraying the tinfoil with pam to make sure the chicken does not stick.
  9. Cook the chicken for 15-20 minutes or until it is done. (Depending on thickness will depend on how long you need to cook it. I recommend a meat thermometer to make sure you get it fully cooked).
  10. While the chicken is cooling, I place the tortillas into a skillet and cook until they are pretty crispy on each side. Do not leave on too long or they will get too hard and crunchy. I just eye the tortillas until they are golden on each side.
  11. I cut up the chicken strips and place them in the tortilla and add about a tablespoon of homemade ranch.
  12. ENJOY!!!
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Buffalo Chicken Dip

I have made this dip for almost 4 years and it is a continuous hit at EVERY party we attend. What I love the most about it is that it is actually low carb when eaten with veggies. Therefore, you can bring this dip to your next outing and not feel an ounce of guilt when digging in with all your friends! I do not necessarily practice low-carb dieting but I have a TON of friends that do therefore, I thought I would let you all know that this dish is technically KETO friendly.

Plus…everyone will LOVE you for bringing this dish. However, be AWARE….it may be such a hit you have to double the recipe next time. I have had this happen every time I have made it. Therefore, if I am bringing it to a party, I ALWAYS double the recipe and make enough to keep some for ourselves for lunch the next day.

I usually prep everything in the morning if I have time so I do not have to do dishes later that evening. However, that is just my personal preference and I do not feel like it makes any difference. I do not cook it at all until that night. I just put it in the baking dish and throw it in the fridge until it is time to put it in the oven.

Ingredients:

2- 8 oz blocks of cream cheese

1.5 cups of shredded cheese

2- 12.5 oz cans of white premium chunk chicken breast (drained)

3/4 cup of Frank’s Buffalo wing sauce

1/4 a cup of homemade ranch dressing ( I make my own using the Hidden Valley Ranch packets)

Recipe:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl keeping out half the shredded cheese to place it on top.
  2. Place the mixture in a baking dish
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  4. Bake for 15 minutes or until bubbly and hot
  5. Top with the rest of the shredded cheese
  6. Bake for another 5 minutes or until the cheese is nice and melted.

Serve with chips, veggies, celery, or crackers. Enjoy!!

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Sausage, Cream Cheese, and Shredded Cheese Crescent Roll Casserole

RECIPE

I’m sure from the recipe name you can guess that the recipe calls for crescent rolls, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and hot Jimmy Dean sausage.

Ingredients-

1 Block of Cream Cheese

2 cups of Shredded Cheese

1 Roll of Jimmy Dean Hot Sausage

2 cans of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls

Baking-

Step 1- Cook the sausage. I just cook it with the zero calorie spray butter.

Step 2- In baking pan, lay out one thing of crescent rolls flat. You need to press the dough until the indentions are not there anymore and it is basically just a flat layer of dough. Bake bottom layer at 375 for 7 mins.

Step 3- Mix 1 block of cream cheese, 2 cups of cheddar cheese ( I use great value extra sharp shredded cheese), and the cooked sausage together in a mixing bowl.

Step 4- Lay the sausage/cheese mixture on top of the bottom layer of crescent rolls in a flat layer.

Step 5- spread out other can of crescent rolls on top and gently press the dough until the indentions are gone on the top layer as well.

Step 6- Bake at 375 for 12-15 mins or until top is golden brown.

Step 7- Enjoy

Please leave a comment if you try this!

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Getting Married Young (And What You Should Know)

I remember this day so clearly….I was 17 trying on wedding dresses. I think back and I’m like “Wow, I was such a baby.”

I ended up getting married in a court house on July 20th, 2015. I turned 18 July 30th. I remember my mom telling me I should wait. I remember her being supportive to an extent but I think as a parent she was super concerned it wouldn’t last because we were so young. I remember telling her that if she didn’t approve that we would run off to Alabama when I turn 18 and get married. Wow wasn’t I just a pleasant bundle of sunshine at 17. LOL. Today my mom can see how truly happy J and I are and tells me so much how proud she is of us. I literally have to stop her sometimes on bragging on Jarrett. My family loves him. However, I truly understand her concerns as I’ve gotten older. I cannot believe tomorrow marks 4 years of marriage. I turn 22 in 11 days. I still feel like a baby but it’s a little different. Jarrett and I have grown so much in the last 4 years. I’m not going to lie, there were times where I felt like “What the heck are we doing? We don’t know anything about marriage.” However, no matter your age, I feel like you have to feel like that at some point. Jarrett and I always laugh because we literally probably wouldn’t be where we are in our marriage if it wasn’t for the military. We moved to New Mexico literally 10 days after our court house wedding. We knew no one but each other and I think that is the best thing that could have happened. Instead of relying on friends and family when we had a hiccup we HAD to fix it between us. I had friends I could call but truthfully it’s not like I could just leave and go to a friends house when we had a hiccup. We had no one but each other and I think that’s how it should be. I will NEVER say our marriage is perfect nor act like it is but my biggest advice in marriage at any age is to rely on God and each other. Do not bring other people into your marriage. I know that sounds like I’m saying to hide the fact you argue and that is not what I am saying. I’ll be the first to say J and I argue just like anyone else. What I am saying is learn to fix it between you both instead of bringing your friends/family into your problems because truthfully you are the only 2 people in your marriage. I also believe A HUGE impact on your marriage is your relationship with God. I remember feeling like a year into our marriage, something was just missing from my life. God had always been apart of my life but I was missing a church family here in New Mexico. I started attending a church while J was deployed and when I tell you it took everything I had to get J to go to church with me when he got back…I mean everything. He believed in God but was super uncomfortable with the idea of going to this church not knowing anyone. Fast forward to now, J is always the one that tells me to get up and go to church.. I have seen Christ grow in this man for the past 2 years and it is such an amazing thing. He is even now the person to invite his friends to church and I have to say that is probably the most attractive thing in the world.

I think now a days we see so many young couples getting married and getting divorced…no judgment here but I want you to know that it is 100% possible to get married young and be happy together 4 years later if you are both working together. Jarrett and I challenge each other to be the best people we can be and I am so happy I found my soulmate at 17. I had someone tell me how content J and I look together because we can be out and about and stay content with talking to each other. I think being away from friends and family really showed us how much we needed each other. He is my best friend and the first person I tell anything to. He definitely gets on my nerves probably 14 times a day but that’s life. Learning to grow in our marriage hasn’t always been easy but everyday I remember how worth it is to be someone that encourages me to be my best self, doesn’t hold me back, and helps me to further my relationship with God.

I have also had a lot of questions on why I celebrate two wedding dates. Jarrett hated this until I explained my reasoning to him. I do not celebrate two because I want presents for both. I do not even care about going out on either of them, just as long as J and I are together.

July 20th- The day J and I got married in Starkville, MS court house. This is such an important date to me because it’s the day Jarrett and I committed to each other forever in front of God and most of our immediate family and a few friends. I still remember the judge asked Jarrett twice to say “I do” and he never asked me so Jarrett and I have an ongoing joke that we aren’t really married. I will never forget this day and all the support my family and friends showed me on this day.

September 12th- We had a wedding and reception in Starkville, MS. We celebrated our love in front of everyone we love. Our friends and family were able to see our commitment to each other and celebrate a day with us that we will remember forever.

Therefore, however annoying it is, I will always celebrate two wedding anniversaries because they both have significant meaning in my life.

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Hypothyroidism Weight-loss

This blog post took A LOT for me to write. I just kept going back and forth with it until I finally decided to sit down and write it. Still unsure if I’ll publish it, but I guess if you are reading it then I took the plunge. 

Let’s rewind to my senior year, 2015. I had gained 30lbs + in months. I chalked it up to my birth control and never thought more of it. You will see later how this is relevant. I got the birth control removed and never really could lose weight but I also didn’t gain a ton. I just always felt bloated.

Well, 2017 came and J was deployed and I tried so hard to lose weight and couldn’t. I just couldn’t. I would eat healthy in an 80/20 fashion and only would lose 5-10lbs over a 6 month period. At the time, I was following a workout program my friend used.

When J got back, I fell back into some bad eating habits but truthfully not too bad. I always have loved healthy food. I would rather have a salad then a burger, however the weight just started piling on. I am in no shape or form saying I was overweight, however, I was unhealthy and unhappy. 

Therefore January 2019 came around and I think Jarrett got tired of me complaining constantly about being “fat” (again I know I wasn’t fat, but I felt disgusted with myself and overall was unhappy) and if you know J, he’s brutally honest. Well, J told me flat out that I needed to either do something about it or stop complaining. This hit me hard. Was I complaining and really not trying? 

Well in about 3 months, I was down 15lbs. I cut out every “bad” food I could think of and Starbucks. I limited myself to eating a certain amount of calories a day and I wouldn’t budge. I would do intermittent fasting some days which actually helped me a lot with bloating. I was probably working harder than most people have to work to lose weight and it still was difficult to get the weight off. I felt like giving up so many times because I felt like I was working my butt off and barely seeing results.

I’m just going to be brutally honest with y’all and tell you I didn’t really have a “cheat” meal until I was down 15lbs. I knew it would tempt me too much. I had Starbucks on clinical days though and that was a treat for me once or twice a week. 

At this point, I was running 3 miles a day or doing an hour of cardio everyday. I actually enjoy cardio therefore, this was not torture to me. 

Well 3 months in, I felt so blah. Really there is no other word for it but “blah,” you would think I would feel good and happy being 15 lbs lighter right? Well, I went to the doctor and he wanted to tell me I was depressed. In no reality would I say depression is not real, I know it’s real, I’ve felt it. However, I KNEW I wasn’t depressed. Like I said, I’ve felt it, I just KNEW that wasn’t it. I asked the doctor to please run all my labs. He assured me everything was 99.9% going to come back normal….

A few days later, I get a call saying everything in fact I was not 100% fine. My TSH level was 16.4 and the normal range is 0.4-4. That is 4 times the normal.  If you do not know much about hypothyroidism, it has a lot of impact on your emotions, how you feel, your weight, and etc. I got diagnosed with hypothyroidism and was put on levothyroxine (Synthroid). They also may need to remove my thyroid because of possible cysts, that’s a longer story but I’ll keep you updated about that. Praying that is not the case. I had an ultrasound yesterday and will know the results soon.

My doctor basically told me right then that I would always have a problem with losing weight. In fact, he told me the medicine isn’t even linked to weight loss. Like what?? I though this was going to fix all my problems.  He said I would always have to work harder because my metabolism is slower. Really??? There still isn’t a magic pill? However, instead of getting upset and feeling like there was nothing to do, I took this as a challenge. Yes, I have to work harder and eat better than most people to see a difference but it’s possible. I cannot say enough how hard I have worked. The diagnosis and medication didn’t cure me, but it showed me that if I wanted to lose weight and feel better than I would have to work twice as hard.

My doctor said I probably should try to go gluten and dairy free because of some other things we talked about along with the thyroid problem. I did so, and I lost about 5 more lbs. However, I was still working out and making sure my body was in a calorie deficit so I’m not really sure if you can chalk that up to being from cutting gluten and dairy. People want to tell me I lost more weight because of the levothyroxine and to an extent, I agree. I agree that maybe it helped my metabolism and energy. However, I lost 15lbs to hard work and dedication to my body. The other 10lbs I believe was the same thing, I started running 30 mins everyday and doing ab workouts 2 x a week. I felt overall so happy with my body and motivation and being gluten and dairy free gave me the energy I needed. I believe I do have a slight intolerance to both. I began to feel like myself again.

Then, Mississippi hit, I went to Mississippi for a month and at first I was doing so well, eating in, doing good. But, the food got the best of me and I fell back into old habits. No I don’t believe “cheat meals” are bad or necessarily need to be even called a cheat. It’s just food. Food= fuel for your body. However, I think cake batter shakes from sonic necessarily aren’t the best fuel lol. I am excited though to get back into routine of eating clean when I get home.

Ultimately I think my thyroid levels are off again or something because I just don’t feel like myself. But since being home, I have been completely dairy free and limiting my gluten and I feel a lot better. However, I am a girl of routine and I could just feel better because I am back in my own house lol.

Society tells us we cannot brag on ourselves or we are boasting. However, I am so proud of myself. This takes a lot of courage to even post but I finally feel happy with myself and I am far from being done on this journey but I am at a place where I feel like I am happy with myself. Basically, this blog post though is to tell you how diet and exercise do have a huge impact on your body from a mental and physical point of view. I am incredibly pleased with my results over the past 6 months. I am 25 lbs down, and have gained so much self confidence.

Please take everything I say with a grain of salt. I am not a fitness guru and I am not an expert on weight loss or hypothyroidism. But, I am happy to share my journey with you.

If you like this post, please leave me a comment and if you have any questions I am on open book. Tell me what you would like to know.

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Sale Sale Sale. Is that your favorite word? Mine too.

If you have never heard of the Nordstrom anniversary sale, you are missing out. This is a sale like no other. Instead of discounting last year items like most stores do for their half yearly sales. Nordstrom discounts their NEW fall items!! What?? Yes these are all THIS YEAR items on sale. You will see these pieces on your favorite bloggers this Fall and I want you to be the first of your friends to have these pieces. After August 5th, what isn’t sold out or when the items are restocked, the items go back up to original pricing.

This is one sale you aren’t going to want to miss. It’s one of the biggest sales of the year. It ends August 5th but I promise your favorite pieces will sale out before then.

To shop early, you can apply for the Nordstrom Credit Card. Card Holders get early access on July 12th which is the person you wanna be. You can apply here and get instant approval and your card will be linked to your account to start shopping tomorrow. Everyone else has to wait till July 15th. I waited last year and my fave pieces sold out so fast. I literally only got 2 of the pieces I wanted. One of the items I only got because the nice lady at Nordstrom in Dallas called every Nordstrom that said they had a small left in the top I wanted. Only 4 stores showed they had it, and 3 of the stores said it already sold out before we called. I ended up with a color I didn’t even really like.. Moral of the story, get the dang credit card and pay it off lol. Plus, you get $40 in Nordstrom Cash to spend on your next purchase after your first purchase. Chachingggg! Deals on deals.

Free People Jeans– One of my favorite pair of jeans. I wear a 25 or 26 in these. They are $51.90 After the sale they will be $78.

Lace Leopard Camisole– This BP lace trim camisole is on my MUST have list. I am getting a size small. Sale price is $25.90. After the sale, it will go up to $39.

BLANKNYC suede skirt– This skirt is a Fall must have. I am obsessed. I have one similar from the same brand and I wore it over and over last Fall. The sale price is $64.90 and will go up to $98 after the sale.

Green Cardigan– This cardigan is one of my favess. It is on sale for $45.90 and will go up to $69.

Black Hat– Okay, this will be a Fall staple piece. It is on sale for $58.90 and will go up to $88. HOLY MOLY COME TO MAMA.

Color block cardigan– Madewell is one of my favorite brands. This sweater is on sale for $64.90 and will go up to $98.

Green Sweater– The perfect piece for any outfit. Ordering a size small. On sale for $45.90 and will go up to $69.

Jeans– These jeans will be on me all Fall. Originally $169 and on sale for $112.90! One thing I’m good with spending good money on is a good pair of jeans.

Hat with snakeskin trim– This is one of the cutest pieces for Fall. Originally $59 and on sale for $38.90!

Leopard sneakers– I think these are by far the cutest shoes. A good pair of shoes is worth the $$.

Suede boots– Vince Camuto is my mom’s favorite brand and I can see why! Originally $239.95 and on sale for $159.90.

Leopard Cardigan– I love BP. They always have the cutest items and the best quality. It will be on sale for $45.90 and will go up to $69.

Tory Burch bag– Okay, I have never seen a Tory Burch bag on sale like this. Originally $528 and on sale for $352.90.

Suede Booties– On sale for $99.90 and will go back up to $149.95. My mom’s favorite brand again, Vince Camuto.

Tory Burch Pink Sandals– I NEED these in my life. Originally $228 and on sale for $149.90. I am obsessed.

Jeans– These jeans will be on me all Fall. Originally $169 and on sale for $112.90! One thing I’m good with spending money on is a good pair of jeans.

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MAGNOLIA BOUTIQUE CUTE SUMMER FINDS

Hello Ladies! Have you heard of Magnolia Boutique? It is the cutest little boutique and I am obsessing over these two outfits from them. One is a romper and one is a dress and I'm equally obsessed with both of them. I am wearing a small in both and they both fit great for reference.

The dress is super flattering for all body types. It has a loose fit and a flowy fit that makes it very comfortable and breezy for the New Mexico heat. You will catch me in this dress 24/7 this summer.

The romper is super soft and actually has tiny white polka dots that I did not notice when I picked it out, however, it made me love it so much more. Polka dots are huge for summer and are definitely one of the top trends I have seen. The material is super soft and makes you feel like you are wearing PJs. Another win in my book.

You can shop both of them with the links below. I cannot wait to  see you guys rocking these cute outfits.

 

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This post is sponsored by Magnolia Boutique but opinions are 100% my own.

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I am loving this Sephora sale. I have been loving all of these items for a long time and I am so happy to announce right now that Sephora is having a 10-20% off sale depending on what type of member you are.

INSIDER-10% off use code: HEYINSIDER

VIB: 15% off use code: HEYVIB

ROUGE: 20% off use code: HEYROUGE

I am linking some of my favorite products that I have been using for a while. The C- Firma Drunk Elephant vitamin C serum is an investment but it is definitely one you need to invest in. It is amazing. Also, the Laneige lip mask is amazing and your lips will definitely thank you. You can shop everything linked below.

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Beauty room sneak peak plus VIICODE

I recently have been all into beauty from hair to skin to nails. I wanted to show you some recent things that I have put into my beauty routine. One thing I wanted to focus on is my under eye wrinkles and overall dullness. I have always had a problem with under eye wrinkles because of using that awful thing called a tanning bed when I was in high school. Recently, I have been trying to find something to smooth those wrinkles under my eyes. I started using VIICODE T2 Oxygen eye cream and I have noticed a remarkable difference in my under eyes. The benefits the product says to have is to help your skin feel more silky, to help with under eye wrinkles, and for the dark circles under your eye. I can 100% agree that these benefits are correct. As soon as you apply it, you can feel the tightness under your eyes.

I have been also using their VIICODE O2.0 oxygen hydrating eye spray which is said to help with the daily tiredness your eyes have. I have been taking it with me on 12 our clinical days and I definitely feel like I do not look as tired once the shift is over.

One thing I love is that if you look up their key ingredients they are mostly from plants, vitamins, and fruit which I think is amazing. Everything is a bit costly but one thing I know my mom always says is to “Invest in your skin! Because, you cannot go back.”

This post is sponsored by VIICODE but opinions are 100% my own.

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BLOGGING IS MORE FUN WITH FRIENDS

Having a friend that blogs has probably been one of the best things that has happened to me since starting to blog. I know that sounds crazy but it is seriously the funnest thing because of 5 reasons.

  1. ASKING SOMEONE TO TAKE YOUR PICS – when you have a friend that blogs you don’t have to worry about getting annoying because you know they are about to ask you to take their pic too. Seriously, LOVE this part of it because I sometimes feel annoying when asking my friends to take an OOTD and Jarrett is usually amazing about it but this way I don’t even have to ask him (well for at least that day 😉 )
  2. SHE LIKES SHOPPING JUST AS MUCH AS YOU- that friend is the one you call for lunch, pics, and shopping. We spent the whole day about a week ago just shopping, taking pics, and eating good food. My three favorite things.
  3. YOU CAN TALK ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE HOBBY- Sometimes I feel annoying when talking to people about my blog. BUT, having a blogger friend is AWESOME because you know she cares about it too and cares about what you have to say.
  4. HELPING EACH OTHER GROW- we can give each other tips on growing our blogs/instagram
  5. YOU CAN SHARE COLLABORATIONS- Sharing collaborations is one of my favorite things. When I get a new one, I usually message my blogger gals and tell them to message this company as well so they can get a good collab too. You should help each other chase their dreams as well.
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Leopard is a Neutral

This picture is for giggles.

Leopard is a neutral… right? I love this skirt so much and it pairs so nicely with any black top! THE GREATEST PART it is only $45!! YEAHHHH! Chicwish is the amazing company it is from which is linked above when you click on the “shop the post.” Chicwish has the cutest clothes and the greatest quality. They do take a while to get here unless you expedite shipping but the wait is worth it. I am wearing a S-M in the skirt and a small in the top for reference. Their items fit TTS. The skirt is selling out fast and comes in two colors. Hurry and grab you one!

This post is sponsored by Chicwish but opinions are 100% my own.

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Arbonne experience

So..I recently tried Arbonne and I loved the experience.

First let me tell you about the fizz sticks. People, I crave them now more than I crave coffee and they are a natural energy which is amazing! Look at all this goodness underneath:

I love that they use green tea which is a natural caffeine plus Vitamin B is amazing for you! I tried citrus and blueberry and the citrus was my FAVORITE. Super yummy and the fizzy part of the drink is actually my favorite part. Makes you feel like you are drinking soda when you aren’t. Gimmeee all the fizz sticks!

Next I tried the detox bag which is supposed to:

I could tell in the morning I wasn’t as bloated and the taste was amazing. I drank it before bed and it didn’t keep me up at all. I actually feel like I had a more relaxing sleep. I used to use a lot of detox bags that would drastically make you sick. This detox bag was very gentle on the stomach which is amazing.

Digestion plus, I’m sure you can guess what this does but just in case:

I am trying to get into “gut health” because I’ve always had problems with my gut and this powder is tasteless, I put it in my flavored water and didn’t taste it at all which is amazing to me because I’ve tried a couple supplements like this that had a funny after taste. The facts about gut health are so interesting. Did you know your gut could be causing your anxiety? Might wanna give this a try!

Fiber boost….again probably self explanatory but the benefits of this is amazing especially for those of you that need the help in regulating your gut. I added it in my vanilla protein and it was daaaa bomb.

So unfortunately I hate chocolate but I had a friend try the chocolate protein and she said she loved It! I’m super sad I didn’t get to try the vanilla but I’m so happy my friend loved the chocolate! And if I loved chocolate this is how I would fix them:

Hope y’all loved my review of Arbonne! This was sponsored by @kiarashealthylife but opinions are 100% my own!

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Influencing 10k for God’s Kingdom

When you have a blog or social media with a good amount of followers you are called an “influencer.” Well I didn’t realize until this week that I needed to be influencing more people to have a relationship with God.

You know, when you go to church and they are talking DIRECTLY to you.. well yeah that happened to me! Side note: How could you not believe in a God when you go to church and they are talking about your life just as you needed to hear it.

So the big news….Wahoo I hit 10k followers!!! This is huge milestone in a blogger’s life. But the reason 10k means so much though is because Saturday at church, yes Saturday because your girl has been working every Sunday, our preacher began to speak about temptation. His sermon went a little different than I had thought it would. But boy did it make a difference. I felt God talking to me and God asking me, what am I going to do with 10k followers on Instagram?…

The preacher talked about influencing for God’s kingdom and how if we were only doing things for self gain then we are giving in to the kingdom of the world. I sent my husband this exact statement and a picture of the bible I had wrote in. It is so nice to have a partner to grow closer with God with. A friend, a spouse, or anyone (off topic, but seriously this man is my rock. I try to sleep in some Sunday’s and he is always there telling me to get up and go to church. If you knew how hard it was to get him to initially go to the Worship Center you would be laughing so hard.) I want to be that person for someone, I want to be that person telling people hey get up let’s go to church. What better way to influence 10k than by example, exactly what 1 Timothy 4:12 says. Being an example is what is going to lead people to God. From now on I am going to try to post more about God on my Instagram because like the preacher said, we need to influence for God’s Kingdom.

My idea for announcing 10k were those big 34 inch balloons to celebrate however, I kept thinking that was so impersonal. Well, I remembered a bible verse I used to love and live by as a kid; 1 Timothy 4:12 “Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, be an example to all believers in your speech, in conduct, in your faith, and purity.” I immediately knew how I wanted to announce 10k. The big balloons seemed to be insufficient now. Well that’s because I wouldn’t be here without God. If He didn’t want me here it wouldn’t have allowed me to be where I am with my Instagram/Blog. Therefore, showing Him appreciation was the best thing I could do, and the only way I knew how was some good ole bible calligraphy.

This dress is from Chicwish and is linked below. The most comfortable and adorable dress for a wedding or any occasion. Fits large, order a size down.

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Galentines or Valentines wear with Pink Lily Boutique.

I am absolutely obsessing over these sweaters from Pink Lily Boutique! I am going to be “galentine”-ing it this year since J is gone. My mom will be here and I am super excited to have a girls day with her. Either of these outfits would be a perfect look for you on Valentines with your guy or out to dinner with the girls. Both outfits are linked above in the “shop the posts” features. I am wearing a small in both sweater and a 4 in the American Eagle jeans.

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Pink Lily Boutique’s Mauve Sweater

Happy Tuesday lovies!! How is your week going so far? So far I have made it to the gym on Monday and I am headed to the gym today! I also decided to do a lazy Keto diet. Have any of you done Keto? Comment your fave recipes for me!

About the outfit..

Pink Lily Boutique is one of my favorite boutiques. As well as Pink Lily’s mauve sweater with the distressed bottom which is now one of my fashion favessss! I have worn this sweater once already this week and I had about a million compliments. Yes, over exaggerating about the million but I had at-least 3 people come up to me and compliment it! I have linked the sweater above, just click on it! It is only $46 which is pretty amazing for the quality. I also love sweaters that are fitted at the bottom and this sweater has a tighter feel at the bottom which makes it accent your figure better. Ladies, this top is deff for you if you like that type of fitted look as well around your hips!

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How to look cute at Walmart

Walmart has really stepped up their game!! If you have been in Walmart lately, you have probably noticed that they are coming up with the cutest clothes lately. I payed a total of $60 for 6 items. I have paired these items how I would wear them and linked the entire outfits under each photo. I hope you love the styles and like how they were paired. Let me know in the comments if you have recently shopped at Walmart.




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New Year Resolutions with SPEEDZTER

If you are like me, your New Year resolution is to get healthier and happier! I make this mine every year and somehow after like 3 weeks I fall off the wagon which is super annoying. NOT THIS YEAR!! I am so determined to do better this time. I have started planning what my goals are on paper and figuring out how to make those goals reality. One thing I have learned from blogging is that you have to have plans or your goals are just dreams.

One thing I am super excited to use in the gym or outside of the gym, is this Speedzter arm band! I tried it out on one of my morning runs and it kept my phone safe and secure the entire time. If you know me, you know I drop my phone all the time trying to hold it while I am working out. Speedzter makes it super easy to keep your phone in place and secure and their bands come in multiple colors and styles which makes it easy to pair your bands with your outfit!

My favorite part of the band is there is NO velcro! Velcro always itches my skin and never seems to be able to stay. These Speedzter arm bands are made from spandex to keep them up and tight on your arm the whole time!

To help get you started on your New Year resolutions, use code SIERRA for 25% off Speedzter arm band! h

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22 things you might not know about me…

In honor of my 22nd birthday, I am telling you 22 things you might not know about me…

  1. I absolutely hate chocolate and cake.
  2. I have pretty bad anxiety.
  3. One of my pupils is always bigger than the other.
  4. I LOVE to run.
  5. I met the love of my life in the 7th grade.
  6. I got married 10 days before my 18th birthday.
  7. I have a thyroid disorder.
  8. I love to dress cute, but I also enjoy being in an XL tee with a pair of nike shorts.
  9. I have never watched the whole movie of Forrest Gump.
  10. My favorite movie is Sweet Home Alabama.
  11. I have struggled with confidence and self love.
  12. I believe in God and Jesus Christ.
  13. I love the outdoors but I hate the bugs.
  14. I would rather choose to sit indoors when I eat instead of outside.
  15. I love to eat tomatoes with ketchup.
  16. I used to drink ranch as a kid and I’m pretty sure I still would if it was socially acceptable..kidding (kinda).
  17. I never eat fries without ranch.
  18. I can spell Massachusetts without even thinking about it because my school made me learn how to spell all the states in like 3rd grade and I recited it so much it is stuck forever.
  19. I love to go to the beach, however, my favorite part is getting cute and going out to eat that night.
  20. I LOVE math. Math is by far my favorite subject.
  21. I have been sky diving.
  22. I hate noodles that are hot, I will only eat cold pasta. Ex. Pasta salad.

All of my outfits include a clothing item from Chicwish and is linked under each individual photo. Chicwish is one of my favorite clothing boutiques by far and I am never disappointed with what I get. The quality is amazing and the fit is always perfect. I am wearing a size small in everything. I have read multiple reviews to size up in their clothing but I have never had to do that. I would stick to your true size.

This blog post is sponsored by Chicwish but opinions are 100% my own.

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