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I bought these white leggings during the Victoria’s Secret Semi-Annual sale, so they are completely sold out now, however you can shop these extremely similar White Leggings. (They’re on sale for less than $18!!)

Victoria’s Secret is also currently having a sale on leggings, where you can find tons of workout styles for only $35 a pair! Shop the Victoria’s Secret Sale.

Xx

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Water You Waiting For?


Ladies, are you taking the time to hydrate your skin everyday with your favorite moisturizer and not really noticing a difference? Or are you washing your face everyday, doing what you should, and your skin continues to look dull, and blah?

Answer: YOU MIGHT NOT BE DRINKING ENOUGH WATER!!!

Water is one of my biggest secret weapons when it comes to good skin care, and feeling your best daily. Drinking enough water and staying hydrated to your bodies’ needs is one of the key factors to ensuring a healthy glow from within. Whether or not you have a daily morning routine, I encourage you to sleep with a big cup of water next to you, so when you wake up you have a nice, giant glass to refresh, and wake you up! I also have read, long ago, that it is important in the morning to make sure that you drink room temperature water to regulate your organs inside, and your internal thermostat. This has been proven true for me at least, because if I drink water straight out of a cold fridge in the morning I will have the chills, and be freezing until I finish my cup of coffee!

*Try this!* Every morning try squeezing a half of a lemon into a glass full of water, and add in a tiny pinch of Pink Himalayan salt. This is a natural electrolyte drink that will get your brain going, (from the sodium in the Himalayan salt) and have you feeling hydrated and ready to take on the day; focused.

Throughout the day it can be difficult to stay hydrated while you go on with your routine, which is why I recommend carrying a big, insulated water bottle around everywhere you go that is always full of water so you can stay hydrated!

Your skin will be clearer, more glowing, full of color and you’ll feel more awake! The toxins will all be flushed out of your body and you will feel refreshed and rejuvenated. You can find your daily recommended water intake here!

Xx

How to Handle School Stress


So, you’ve started school. Let me tell you a thing, or two, about starting school: it. iS. STRESSFUL!

Who would’ve ever thought that with it being pounded in our heads our entire lives that, “going to school is important,” and “you have to go to school,” that it would be so difficult to carry so many expectations at once. You have to keep good grades, and be active, and have clear skin, and eat right when in reality, no one is perfect! 

When I stress about school, it gets really bad. I get chest pains, and I become super irritable, all because I have so many expectations just piling up, one by one. Thankfully, however, I have found a few things, in a few stressor departments, that I use to keep myself feeling fresh and rejuvenated while going to school, instead of sad and depressed.

First off, we are going to talk about staying organized! 

At the beginning of every class, we ALL know about the dreaded syllabus week. But I say, take this time during syllabus week to set up your semester.

  • Use a PLANNER

    -During this week, with every syllabus you receive, go into the planner with different colored pens, and stickers, and put down the important due dates of every class. Once you have your life for the next few months planned out, you need to look at this planner every. single. day. I want you to physically see for yourself how much time you have for what assignment, and how you can coordinate your time better when you know a due date is coming up.

    • Get some FOLDERS

    -Organize a folder per class. Each class has its own folder, that way you never lose anything, or get papers mixed up between classes.

    • Set TIME aside

    -I know it sucks when friends are going out, or you would rather be headed to get dinner with your significant other, but trust me, the pain in your chest will simply build and build if you put assignments aside for too long and you procrastinate. You’ll feel so much more accomplished with yourself if you do.

    The next topic I want to talk about is EATING HEALTHY!

    Whether you eat at school in the cafe, or you go grocery shopping weekly and eat in your apartment, eating healthy is key to a healthy mind, body, and soul. When you eat better, you feel better. It’s as simple as that.

    • Breakfast

    -Breakfast IS the most important meal of the day because you want to fuel your body to get ready for everything you’re going to encounter in the day. Some of my favorite, quick and easy breakfast options are:

    Yogurt Bowl:


    (I like to use non-dairy yogurt), take a yogurt cup and put it in a bowl. Then add some granola, chia seeds, cinnamon, flax seeds, honey and almond butter and you have a superfood, protein packed, quick meal for the day! (Sometimes I like to add frozen berries!)

    Oatmeal:

    Take a bowl and pour some dry oats into it. Add some almond milk, to the consistency of your liking, add some cinnamon, almond butter, (or peanut butter!), chia/flax seeds, honey, granola, berries, whatever you like! Basically the same toppings as the yogurt bowl, and pop it into the microwave for :45-1:00min and you have some delicious, health-packed oatmeal!

    • Lunch

    -Lunch is always different for me because it will always depend on my day! But here are two of my favorite lunch options that I will always opt for if I am home!

    Avocado Toast:

    Take two pieces of frozen ezekiel bread and pop them into the toaster. While those are getting nice and toasty, cut an avocado in half and remove the pit, then put the insides into a small bowl and mash it up! Add in whatever seasonings you like, (I typically do some himalayan salt, pepper, turmeric, and red pepper flakes) then spread the mixture onto your warm toast! I typically then will add some Sriracha sauce on top to add extra flavor!

    Salad:

    This is simple, chop up some romaine lettuce and top with your favorite veggies! Then dress with your favorite dressing, or some olive oil and vinegar!

    • Dinner

    Dinner can be SO easy as a college student if you be proactive and MEAL PREP!!

    Chicken:

    Every Sunday evening it is key that my boyfriend and I meal prep our chicken, and put it into containers so that throughout the week we can easily heat up the chicken and simply cook a veggie with it! We typically like to sauté some zucchini or brussels sprouts with different seasonings every time to keep it fresh. We also do this with pork, and different kinds of sausages!

    Vegan Chili:

    You guys, this chili is LIFE CHANGING!!!! (and SO easy!) You can find the recipe here: Vegan Chili

    • Snacks

    -Snacks are basically key to keeping you from going insane in between meals, and boring classes! I like to pack things like nuts and dried fruit, a nice, healthy protein bar, cut up celery or carrots, (or whatever your favorite veggie is), and even packing some protein powder into a bottle and drinking a protein shake throughout the day. Keep the snacks protein packed, and healthy to get you through the day without getting you off track.

    Now we are going to talk about skincare in school!

    -If you can give your skin a breather, do it. If I know I am planning a workout and then going to class, I easily know that I am just going to bring some mascara for POST workout, and some of my Mario Badescu Aloe spray to hydrate. I put on some moisturizer and I go on with my day, and I know my skin appreciates it.

    -Stress can cause breakouts, so if you do so happen to get a few here and there, DO NOT POP THEM! As tempting as it is to believe that once you pop them, you’ll have glowing, perfect skin, you are WRONG! It will only spread the pimple, and possibly leave a scar! (We don’t want scars!!)

    -Stay hydrated ladies!! Drink lots of water! Make it your drink of choice! The first thing I do when I wake up is squeeze half of a lemon into a mason jar and then fill that baby to the TOP with water, and drink it all down before I allow myself to have any coffee. Your body will immediately begin to flush out toxins, and when the toxins are out, the clearer your skin will be!

    Some side notes…

    School is SO important, and will be so much more worth it once you get that diploma in your hands, so stick with it and try your best everyday. Get the grades you aspire to have, and make an impression on your teachers; let them know that you WANT to be there, and you value what they are teaching. We will all make it, in the end!

    Xx

    How to Make a Home, Feel like Home

    Moving from Chicago to Savannah has been a huge change for me and to be honest, it was really hard at first and still is hard, some days. I had to pick my entire life up and move hundreds and hundreds of miles away from everything that is familiar to me. It truly is a huge, scary life change and I know that so many people relate to it. Everyday I see posts of people moving away from their hometowns, their friends, and their families and I see how hard it is for them. When you do finally make the jump to move, there are so many things on your to do list and sometimes the place you are moving to gets put in last place, but it really should be put be a high priority because when it comes down to it, when you are done with your huge to do list, all you really have left is the place that you are now calling ‘home.’ When you do not put the energy into making your house (condo, or apartment) feel like a home, it makes the transition even harder than it would have been in the first place, so I highly recommend focusing some on that. Since I have just been through that process, I have a few tips to help all of you that are moving out. Check them out:

     

    • Bring your memories with you

     

    Bringing memories with is the best way to hold those dear to you close to your heart, literally. Frame pictures and scatter them throughout your home, make a scrapbook full of your favorite game tickets and other memories with your friends and family, and of course, bring the things that are special to you like family heirlooms, or your baby blanket. Whatever is important to you, bring it with you!

     

    • Incorporate your favorite colors

     

    Choose a paint color and get to work! A new paint job is an easy fix to make your house feel more like ‘you.’ The bonus to a new paint job is that it also makes your home feel cleaner, which is also a win! Remember, though. You do not have to do it all at once. Focus on the most important areas – the living room, the kitchen, your bedroom. Wherever you will spend the most time and tackle those areas first. Then, you can focus on the other rooms once you have time. Adding your favorite colors into your home will definitely make it feel more like yours.

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    • Buy something new that you love

     

    I don’t know about you, but buying something new (for yourself or for your home) is a great distraction. Adding a new couch will get you more excited about your living space. Buying a new bed will make you happier about sleeping in your new room. When I got my new car, it really took some pressure off of moving to Georgia because I knew I could drive back to Chicago whenever I wanted to. Find something that excited you and buy it for yourself!

     

     

    • Make sure that it is comfortable

     

    One important thing about a new home is that you don’t know what it is going to be like in different seasons. If you are moving to the south like I did, you have to think about the fact that your home might get hot and muggy in the summer months. Don’t worry, though. There is an easy fix to this problem if you have it! If you have heard of Window Tinting before then you know about how great it is for safety, excessive heat and cold, glare, fading, and more. If you haven’t heard about window tinting, or window films, let me tell you more. UHS Window Tinting and Blinds provides the Metro Atlanta area with premier residential and commercial window tinting and window treatments company. I am used to the cold, but I know Atlantans have ‘thin blood,’ ha, so if you are in that category, you may want to look into adding window films because it insulates your windows, so it is like upgrading from single-pane to double-pane. This also helps in the summer months when it is extremely hot. 3M™ Window Films reject the sun’s heat while preserving your view, complement and protect your decorative curtains and blinds, and increase the comfort of your home. They definitely sound like a good deal to me! UHS Window Tinting and Blinds has been serving the area since 2003 and offers the highest-quality craftsmanship out there, so if you are suffering from excessive heat or cold, definitely check them out!

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    • Spend time focusing on yourself

     

    I know this doesn’t fall under the home improvement category, but this is important – focus on yourself! Making a home takes a lot of energy and time and if you forget to take care of yourself, you could end up getting sick. Make sure you save time for some self-care like eating healthy, getting exercise, and even doing things to help make yourself happier like taking baths, getting your hair and nails done, or having a spa day!

    spa

    Xx

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    Unique Men’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide


    I believe in love. I believe in butterflies in your stomach, and someone who is out there made just for you. Valentine’s Day has always been my favorite holiday because I just love, love. 

    When my boyfriend and I first began dating, we were a long distance couple for about nine months while Zach was deployed in the Army. When he came home, we were able to begin our “honeymoon” phase of being together 24/7 and loving having each other around all of the time.

    To this day, Zach and I continue to make everyday feel like it is Valentine’s Day with the amount of love and support we bring each other. Leaving little “Good morning, beautiful” notes on the counter for me to wake up to, and even something such as cleaning the entire house before he gets home from work to have a relaxing home to come home to. Zach works so hard everyday to support me and our home, so shopping for him is always a no brainer; he deserves the best!


    With the real Valentine’s Day being right around the corner, I just couldn’t resist giving him his present early! Anyone who knows someone in the Army knows how important it is for them to be punctual. Due to this, Zach is always wearing a watch around his wrist; so after doing some research, I discovered the best men’s watch!


    What attracted my attention to this unique watch was the masculine appeal it gives off with its wooden features! The entire watch is made out of sleek, dark wood that is wearable for either every day outfits, or dressing up for a night out! The wood watch also has double clasps that open up wide enough for hands to easily slide through, and then close the clasps for a perfect fit on the wrists.


    The sleek design also packs great quality, with a sturdy feel that allows you to move without worrying about the watch falling off, and lightweight enough that your wrist doesn’t feel weighed down.

    You can shop the exact watch by clicking here: Zach’s Watch

    Or you can browse through tons of other amazing, sleek wood watches by clicking this link here: JORD Watches

    To save YOU some shopping struggles, if you are unsure about what to get your loved one (they make women’s watches too!!) for Valentine’s Day, you can enter in a special giveaway to win a $100 credit coupon code to use towards your very own, JORD Watch!

    ALL entrants will win a 10% off code just for entering!! The coupon codes will expire on February 11th, 2018 and the giveaway ends on January 28th, at 11:59 P.M!  

    Enter by clicking here: GIVEAWAY! 

    Or you can enter by clicking the link in my Instagram bio!

    Everyone deserves to feel loved on Valentine’s Day, so why not show your loved one just how special they really are?

    Xx

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