Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Beer Bread | 4 Simple Ingredients

We are already a week into September, like whaaaatt?! With September comes football and tailgating and fall and happiness! Isn’t it great how September starts with a 3-day holiday weekend? And what a great long weekend it was! To start off my weekend, I ended up winning a giveaway from Fit Chick Next Door that I'm pretty excited about AND scored free tickets to the Rangers baseball game Friday night. The seats came with all you can eat food and drinks, which was perfect since the game ended up being one of the longest running 9 inning games in MLB history at 4 hours and 34 minutes. It was crazy long so plenty of snacks were enjoyed!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Hello September | New Month, New Goals

Yay September! We can finally start to pretend it's fall! I have to say pretend because I'm in Texas and fall is very short here! It has been cooler here with all the terrible weather hitting Houston (donate to help those in need here), which has made it feel a little more like fall. I think that September is one of favorite months in general, I just love this time of year! I'm even more excited about this month because today started the beginning of a wonderful "healthy living" accountability group with some fellow bloggers. I really love the community of bloggers that I have met so far! Let's see how I did on my August goals and set up some new ones for this month - or maybe repeat a few if I failed them in August haha.

Friday, August 25, 2017

A Love for a Puppy: Holly

You made it to Friday, that deserves a congrats and pat on the back my friends! Today is going to be a little sweet but sad touchy feely post so carry on about your day if you don't want that in your life right now. Just the thought of writing this post got me emotional and teary eyed. I just dropped my first fur baby off at the vet to *hopefully* get all her cancer removed. I wanted to share a little background on how she ended up in my life and some pictures from over the years. Please forgive the pics as it's not like I had a fancy camera or "camera phone", as they were referred to as back in the day you youngsters, when some of these pictures were taken. But then again, that's what pictures are for, to relive memories, good or bad.

Sweet little Holly was born sometime in October 2008. We celebrate October 1st as her birthday though. The mother of my boyfriend at the time was driving back from Christmas shopping when she noticed someone was giving away puppies from a box in a parking lot. She stopped knowing that I had recently lost my childhood dog and picked out the runt of the litter. I was at her house watching a movie with their family when she gave this sweet faced little pup to me as an early Christmas gift. Since it was Christmas time, Holly seemed a very fitting name. I still use Holly Berry as her nickname.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

5 Amazing Instagram Accounts to Obsess Over

This is such a busy week for me! I am traveling to far North Oklahoma for my mother's retirement party, we are planning on visiting The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond's Mercantile while I am in town, and my dog is having surgery to remove her cancer on Friday (fingers crossed!). Before I leave town, I have 4 years worth of laundry to do, fit in some Orange Theory workouts, and pack up everyone for the 6 hour car ride! If that doesn't sound like fun, I don't know what does? Ha!

Callie | Jennifer | Savilla | Tiffani | Juli
As much as Instagram is a pain right now for most bloggers or influencers alike, I wanted to share some of my favorite accounts to remind me, and hopefully you, why we liked it so much in the first place! Before I was a blogger, I loved having all the beautiful pictures pop up on my feed! These are just 5 of my favorites and I am constantly finding more. I want to give a little detail on why I love their feeds but mostly I just want their pictures to speak for themselves.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Zella Leggings: Worth the Splurge?

We finally made it, it's Friday! I am happy to say that my August goals are going really well so far with the exception of Starbucks - hah but I'm trying so that has to count for something! During the Nordstrom Sale last month, I picked up some new leggings to try out - Zella Live In High Waisted Leggings. I had heard great things about them in regards to their comfort and quality of fabric. I first got them in this burgundy color and after I tried them on, I quickly ordered them in black as well. So now here I am after just one week of wearing them and I am OBSESSED!

I started going to Orange Theory Fitness last week and I thought this would be the perfect time, or rather place, to test these bad boys out. If you haven't been to Orange Theory, then let me give you a little rundown of what the classes entail. The general idea behind Orange Theory is to keep your heart rate in the orange zone, or 85-90% of your maximum heart rate, in order to continue burning calories for up to 36 hours following exercise. The 1 hour class itself consists of interval training with treadmills, rowing machines, and weights. It is very fast paced but it feels more like working out with a trainer than it does a regular fitness class you may find at a typical gym. You can try a class for free if there is one near you and highly recommend it if so!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Thankful for Mom on Her Birthday

Happy hump day my friends! Today is a very special hump day being that it is my beautiful mother's birthday and the winner of the $75 giveaway is announced! There are so many horrible events happening in the world today and it really makes me glad that I grew up in the times that I did. This was a wonderful time when social media didn’t run the universe, on how I miss those days. Since it is my mother’s birthday, I thought I would write a little about her and thank her for everything she has done for me.

My mother grew up in a very small Oklahoma town that had a school so small her graduating class was 5 people! She worked very hard and put herself through college. At 19, she took her first and ONLY job in the oil industry. She will retire from there next week and will move several hours closer to me in the next few months to their new Ranch home on a couple hundred acres. I’m excited to have both of my parents so much closer to me in the future as we currently live 6 hours apart.

Growing up, I thought my mother was the meanest mom ever. I think everyone feels that way about their parents when they are teenagers though. When I say she was mean, I'm referring to the times that she refused to buy the $100 pair of jeans from [insert your favorite high end store here] and instead buying me the $20 pair from not there. I really thought it was the end of the world at 16. Looking back, she was honestly being the best mom ever. She taught me that just because I wanted something didn't mean that I needed it. To this day, I always ask myself that when making a purchase. Do I want this or do I need this? This was just a small instance of how she taught me about responsibility. Thank you mom.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Every Day Beauty Essentials + $75 Giveaway!

Happy Thursday my fearless readers! August always seems like such a busy month. I'm not in school anymore but I can only imagine what it's like for those that are or who have little ones headed back to school. Today, I'm sharing the 5 makeup products I can't go a day without. These five products make my entire face every single day! They are also perfect to have on hand when I'm running late because they are in my purse ready to brew some magic in the car (this happens more often than not). Don't get me wrong, I LOVE a good highlight and contour but I do not have the time, and some days the energy, to do all that at 6 in the morning! If this were a post on the essentials for date night or girl's night out, this would be a much longer list because I go full out when I get the opportunity.

I want to throw in this disclaimer. I am not a professional makeup artist (check out my favorite hometown girl, Callie Ann Artistry, for serious makeup inspo and fitness envy) and nor should I be. These essentials are coming from a non-pro, every day, work grind girl. I know the majority of women are exactly that so I hope many of you can relate to this and it helps get you through those hectic days! All of the specific products are what I love and recommend to anyone but definitely make sure you have any brand of the products listed.

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