Taking a break and exploring new flavors with Liberté Yogurt

This post is sponsored by Liberté but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

 

Being a full-time student and blogger can sometimes make me feel overwhelmed with all the endless tasks and deadlines presented every day.

Since I found myself getting stressed and irritable, I decided to research ways to help me get through my day without feeling burnt out. I came across the Pomodoro Technique. This simple shift has completely improved my productivity and has actually made my assignments and work more enjoyable. This technique involves working in intervals of 25 minutes with 5 minute breaks in between.

In those 5 minutes, I either stretch, take a quick walk or do my favorite thing...have a snack.

Recently my new go to snack has been Liberté Ecuadorian Mango Yogurt.

When selecting yogurt, I tend to pick strawberry or strawberry banana flavors. They seem to be the ones that taste the best, in my opinion. But this time, I decided to be adventurous and try something completely different.

I was torn between the Liberté Ecuadorian Mango and the Liberté Phillippine Coconut flavor. Both looked so good!

I typically love coconut anything but wanted to try the mango flavor first since I've never had it in yogurt before. Mangos are one of my favorite fruits so I had high hopes the Liberté Ecuadorian Mango wouldn't disappoint.

And it didn't!

I loved the smooth creamy consistency and how light and refreshing the Ecuadorian Mango was. It was sweet but not overly sweet. It would be a great option for a quick breakfast-as is or in a smoothie, in-between meal snacking or even as dessert.

Besides winning me over with the delicious taste, I love that Liberté has partnered with Organic Valley and is now all organic.

Love their new mission and commitment to their products.

When you know what’s right,
that’s what you do.

"We believe that organic dairy makes a superior product, but that’s just one of the reasons why we made the transition to organic. Organic dairy is also better for the environment, better for the cows it comes from, and better for the farmers who bring it to us. It’s a win-win – and who doesn’t like to win?"

Next time you're feeling overwhelmed, make sure to stop what you're doing, take a deep breath and take a quick 5 minute break. Your body and mind will thank you.

If you're looking for a companion during your break, make sure to bring along a Liberté yogurt! You can find them at your local Publix supermarket. Check out their savings coupon here.

Have you tried Liberté? Let me know what's your favorite flavor. I'm excited to try them all!


Posted on September 14, 2017 and filed under Food & Entertaining.

Night time snack with Sejoyia Coco-Roons!

I've always been a big fan of snacking throughout the day. If you look inside my purse, you will probably find at least two different kinds of snacks in there. Whenever I'm busy or on the go, eating something light gives me the energy I need to be more productive.

When it comes to the type of snacks I like, I like them all! Sweet, savory, you name it, I'll eat it but ideally I prefer having healthy snacks on hand.

I recently discovered Sejoyia Coco-Roons and have been enjoying them all week. I love that all the ingredients are things I recognize and can pronounce. These delicious superfood cookies are organic, gluten free, vegan, non-GMO, paleo and made without refined sugar!

Coco-Roons

Perfect for day time snacking but also for my personal favorite: Night time snacking!

Right before I go to bed, I don't know why, I always get a craving for something sweet. Instead of going for ice cream or a pastry, I've been eating Coco-Roons! They're the perfect size to satisfy my craving without the guilt!

There's nothing better than curling up in bed, watching my favorite show and eating a healthy cookie!

Coco-Roons

Sweetened with pure, organic, maple syrup, Coco-Roons are so decadent and delicious that it will make you forget you're eating something packed with so many nutrients. These bite size cookies come in a variety of flavors. The two I've tried so far are Brownie, made with the finest raw, organic cocoa and Lemon Pie.

Although I love the deep rich flavor of Brownie, I think my favorite is Lemon Pie. It has a light and refreshing citrus taste without it being too overpowering.

Coco-Roons

Coco-Roons can be eaten at any time/multiple times a day because of the quality and health of the ingredients that goes into each bag.

Perfect for day and night time snacking!

Coco-Roons

I found Coco-Roons at Walmart in the gluten-free section. Check Sejoyia's website to see if your locations carry them.

Take advantage of the $0.75 off ibotta offer when you purchase 1 Sejoyia Coco-Roons at Walmart, while supplies last! Also, get an additional $.50 for redeeming the rebate on 3 different shopping trips!

 

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sejoyia, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #CocoRoonsAtWalmart  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV


Posted on August 30, 2017 and filed under Food & Entertaining.

Disney on Ice's Dare to Dream + Ticket Giveaway!

My girlfriends and I love anything Disney!

No matter how old you are, Disney always tends to hold a special place in people's hearts. I grew up watching all the classic Disney princess movies, Beauty and the Beast, the Little Mermaid, and Aladdin!  Even now, I get just as excited for the new movies to come out.

Disney on Ice

Every year, my friends and I attend the Disney on Ice show. Watching all the characters brings back so many wonderful memories of our childhood. Attending these spectacular shows have become our new yearly tradition and one we hope to continue when we have children.

This year's theme is my personal favorite: Dare to Dream! I love the positive message it not only sends to young girls but to us adults as well. That's why I love Disney, it reminds us to always keep dreaming and believing in ourselves!

Dare to Dream Disney

Disney’s Moana voyages onto the ice for the first time as Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream, produced by Feld Entertainment Inc., brings courage and adventure to hometowns across North America. Hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse bring audiences on an expedition across raging seas and snow covered mountains in this action-packed extravaganza featuring Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Tangled and Cinderella with other beloved Disney characters to help tell these extraordinary tales.

Disney on Ice Dare to Dream

Dare To Dream takes families on a high-sea adventure as Moana sets sail on a life-changing quest to save her island with help from the demigod Maui. With the ice floor transformed into the vast oceanic scape, Disney On Ice allows Moana’s strength and determination to take center stage. This engaging atmosphere lets audiences deepen their existing connection to their favorite wayfinder and discover one’s true identity is never out of reach.

Belle

Beautiful production numbers invite audiences into the world of Beauty and the Beast, as Belle shows what it means to be fearless. Along with her new friends in the enchanted castle, Belle is encouraged to step outside the ordinary and find joy in the bleakest situation. As she looks beyond the harsh exterior of the Beast to reach his gentle heart, fans learn there are teachable moments in everyday life.

Frozen

Through the athleticism and grace of Anna and Elsa, Rapunzel and Flynn, and Cinderella, brave heroes from Frozen, Tangled and Cinderella ignite passions to believe. Showgoers will witness each characters’ unique qualities and talents inspiring children around the world to discover their inner hero. “One of the most magical things about Disney On Ice is the performers’ ability to authentically showcase the best qualities of Disney characters,” said Director Patty Vincent. “At our shows, moms and dads are able to experience the magic through the eyes of their children, allowing them to reconnect with their favorite characters and once again experience the childlike wonder and hope that inspires us all.”

Visit DisneyOnIce.com for the shows and dates coming to your hometown. Stay current on the latest developments through social media, including instructions on how to access presale codes for future Disney On Ice productions!

Now to some great news!

I am giving away a family 4 pack of tickets to the Orlando showing for either opening night Friday, September 8th at 7 pm or Saturday, September 9th at 11 am. Enter below for a chance to win!

Save 20% off select seats with code SAVE20. Not valid on premium VIP seating. Hurry for the best available seats! Code expires September 7, 2017.

I am a Feld Entertainment Blogger Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and other exclusive opportunities.


Posted on August 1, 2017 and filed under Around Orlando.

Sustainable Style with prAna

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with prAna and #WeAllGrowLatina Network.

This year has been a year of change for me. Both physically and mentally. I've slowly started incorporating healthy eating habits and consistent exercise into my daily routine. These positive changes have also shifted my views on what I should be consuming on a regular basis- the books I'm reading, the shows I'm watching and the brands I associate myself with.

I've been wanting to find cute yoga clothes for quite some time now. Clothing that was not only comfortable but also made from good quality material.

My search was over when I was introduced to prAna!

prAna

praAna creates stylish and sustainable clothing and accessories that are made out of organic cotton, recycled wool, hemp, recycled polyester and responsible down.

They partner with companies and factories that adhere to strict guidelines for safety and efficacy, so they’re able to make beautiful and functional products that we can feel good about wearing.

prAna
prAna

I love that all the pieces are versatile and can be worn for exercise activity or daily wear.

I have on the lighweight Liana Sweater in the color Moonrock. There is an off white and mint option as well. I paired my top with black leggings and black sports bra.

If you're not working out, you can also wear the top with a white tank top underneath and cute cutoff shorts. Perfect for hot summer days.

prAna
prAna

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Use promo code: WAGLNNS to get 15% off.

To learn more about prAna‘s sustainability mission and the simple choices you can make to effect change in the fashion and textile industry, check out the video below.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of prAna. The opinions and text are all mine.


Posted on May 31, 2017 and filed under Style.

Golfing with Gran Reserva Wines

One of the many things I love sharing on my blog is the concept of always learning something new. Whether it's a new experience, travel destination or fashion trend- I'm all about stepping outside of your comfort zone.

I've never golfed before and I'm completely clueless on how to even begin to play. But I figured this was the year I'd give it a try.

I've gone mini golfing a couple of times before, so I relied on those "skills" and my friend Dylan to help me successfully get through the day.

Golfing

Dylan and I are pretty much on the same level when it comes to golfing: Not good!

But thankfully, there are two things we are good at.

 Having fun and drinking wine! 

Golfing with Grand Reserva Wine
Golfing with Grand Reserva Wine

After a few minutes of playing, we got comfortable with our swings and actually enjoyed our game. If you're new to golfing, don't stress too much about points or hitting the ball properly. With anything in life, it takes practice and patience to get any good. 

We went into the day focused on just having fun- and of course looking the part. Don't we look like real golfers?

In between rounds, we made sure to take our much needed Gran Reserva wine breaks.

Golfing and Grand Reserva
Golfing and Grand Reserva

Who knew golfing and wine could be such a fun combination?

Next time you purchase wine, look for the specially marked necker bottles and enjoy a $25 credit on a round of golf at major golf courses nationwide courtesy of Concha y Toro Gran Reserva.

Feeling lucky? Enter the Tee Time Sweepstakes to win one year of free golf.

Grand Reserva

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


Posted on May 23, 2017 .

Getting Married? Build Your Wedding Website with GoDaddy

Planning a wedding can often times be overwhelming and stressful. Planning your wedding website doesn’t have to be.

Last year, my sister got married and as the maid of honor, I was there to help her every step of the way. I never knew how many details and expenses were involved in having your dream wedding come to life, especially when planning a destination wedding. I can see why Bridezillas exists. Luckily, my sister was a cool and collected blushing bride- so being around her was a pleaseant and fun experience.

Blush Wedding

The part I enjoyed the most throughout the whole wedding process, well besides looking at the delicious dinner menu options, was helping her create her beautiful wedding website.

I love the concept of having a way to document your love story and providing information to your guests leading up to your special day. It was so much fun going through old pictures of my sister and brother in law and hearing the stories behind them. Such a sweet moment going down memory lane.

Recently, one of good friends got engaged and is planning to have a small destination wedding in Costa Rica. Since I have experience and love creating, I offered to help her build her wedding website with GoDaddy 's Go Central website.

GoCentral gives engaged couples an easy way for their guests to find all the wedding info they need. And because a website can be built in less than an hour – no previous website-building experience necessary!

GoCentral GoDaddy Wedding Website

Thanks to the easy step by step instructions, creating your website is super easy and fast. My friend and I poured ourselves a nice glass of wine and started building her wedding site.

We started out with the basics.

How they met and the fun details about their engagement! To me, this is the fun part. I always love hearing love stories, especially when it involves my friends.

GoCentral Go Daddy Wedding Website

We chose GoCentral because it contains all the components that make a great wedding website – a contact form to collect RSVPs, maps to help your guests navigate their way to the wedding, galleries to display photos of the happy couple, email marketing features to quickly reach guests, and ways to easily share info on registries, bridal party, and the big day itself.

The website can be updated and viewed on mobile, making it easy to keep guests updated up until the moment the ceremony begins.

GoDaddy Go Central Wedding website

When it comes down to it, weddings are over in a heartbeat - but thanks to GoCentral you can keep memories of the big day alive after.

I can't wait to look back next year at all the fun memories created on my friend's special wedding day!

 


Posted on May 16, 2017 and filed under Life.

Staying cool with Outshine Fruit Bars

This post is sponsored by Outshine® but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Here in Florida the sun is always shinning and the temperatures stay consistently warm. For that reason, I'm always on a constant search for anything refreshing to get me through these hot days.

I have a huge sweet tooth and sometimes don't make the best choices. Luckily, brands like Outshine save the day and let you indulge without the guilt! Their fruit bars are not only delicious but most of them are under 100 calories!

Now that my semester for school is over, I finally have time to work on my tan and relax by the pool. I love being able to enjoy beautiful days like these. And of course, can't forget my snack to keep me cool!

Snack Brighter with Outshine

Outshine is the perfect healthy treat made with simple and honest ingredients. There is no GMO in nearly half of their products, and by the end of the year they’re aiming to have no GMO ingredients in nearly all of their bars.

How great is that? Plus there are so many fruit flavors to choose from. My favorite is coconut but decided to try out the watermelon bar. They also so have yogurt bars as well.

Click here to view all their flavors.

Check out where you can buy Outshine here! Make sure you follow them on Instagram to get some yummy inspirations.

Eat Smarter and Snack Brighter with Outshine!

How do you stay cool?


Posted on May 9, 2017 and filed under Food & Entertaining.

Kung Pao Broccoli Black Rice Noodles with Blue Apron

This post is sponsored by Blue Apron, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Deciding what to prepare for dinner is probably harder than actually making dinner. I enjoy cooking but most of the time, I end up making the same dishes and they often lack creativity. I tried buying cookbooks to spruce up my menu selections but I never got around to making any of the dishes. Part of the problem is that I rarely have the necessary ingredients in my home.

Enter my solution:  Blue Apron!

Blue Apron is a service that delivers a box filled with groceries and detailed recipes right to your door! No more having to go to the grocery store or going back and forth on what to make for dinner.

Blue Apron does all the hard work for you. All you need to do is follow the easy step-by-step instructions and enjoy! 

One of my favorite items that comes with box, is the nutrition facts for each of your meals. Perfect to keep track of what you're consuming, especially if you're on a restricted diet. 

Every Blue Apron recipe is between 500-800 calories.

All the ingredients come perfectly portioned and packaged in the Blue Apron box.

One of my meals was Kung Pao Broccoli with Back Rice Noodles. As a pasta lover, I was excited to try out and make this recipe. I've never had or even heard of black rice noodles before opening my box.

That's one of the many reason why I love Blue Apron. I get to make dishes I normally wouldn't make or even know how to attempt to create. Expanding my knowledge of different ingredients is also helpful in becoming a better cook. I enjoy introducing my palate to new flavors and cuisines!

I ordered the two person plan which comes with 3 meals that each serve two people. All meal can be customized to fit your dietary preference. They also have a family plan that serves 4 people.

Since my meal was for two, I decided to invite my grandma to not only join me for dinner but to also help me prepare the Kung Pao Broccoli.

Blue Apron
kung pao broccoli black rice noodles with Blue Apron

Dinner was a success! Recipe can found on Blue Apron's website.

Click here to learn more about Blue Apron and sign up to receive $30 off your first week of meals!

Have you tried Blue Apron before? Leave me a comment below and let me know what your favorite recipe was!


Posted on April 17, 2017 and filed under Food & Entertaining.

Boho Chic

Boho Chic- Festival Look

I've never been into the Boho Chic festival vibe look. Not because I didn't like the style. I just didn't think I could pull it off. I initially bought this red long maxi dress and wore it with a black leather jacket with black bootie heels and a black chocker. I loved how the outfit came together but wanted to find another way to wear the dress that didn't involve the jacket and that had more of the bohemian feel.

Instead of black accessories, I changed it up with gold and brown tones. I typically never wear hats but thought adding it brought together the new outfit nicely. I like evolving my style and trying out new trends or looks. That's the beauty of fashion, it's always fun to experiment!

SHOP THE LOOK:

Posted on April 9, 2017 and filed under Style.

Off The Shoulder Top: The new Spring Trend

Ruffle Top

If you've been following my blog for a while now, you know I practically live in jeans every single day. They're so comfortable and versatile. You can dress it up with any type of top depending on your style and mood.

I decided to create a look that would be perfect for a casual happy hour with the girls. Living in Florida, it can get pretty hot, so wearing anything light or off the shoulder is the perfect way to stay cool.

Lately I've been seeing a bunch of tops and dresses incorporating the off the shoulder ruffle accent. I love it because it adds a bit of personality to your otherwise plain top. Put on some cute heels, colored purse and matching lipstick and you're good to go!

SHOP THE LOOK:


Posted on April 5, 2017 and filed under Style.

Protecting Paradise in St. Petersburg

The boat is going just the right speed; cooling the skin from the burning Florida sun. As the vessel meets a wave, the drink I was holding flies out of my hand and into the water. The day passes with laughter and remarkable views of paradise. It is a life many only ever dream of.

As a resident of St. Petersburg, I do not take for granted the minutes it takes for me to pick up reading material and head to the beach. Or that the close proximity allows me to do it even if for only a half hour. I do not neglect the opportunities to regale over wine with my neighbors as we watch the dolphins backdropped by perfect sunsets over the Intercostal.

It is these moments in paradise that bring unmatched serenity to an alternate life of deadlines and harsh realities. But, for those moments worthy of a St. Pete postcard, I am living the dream.

So what happens to the dream life so many work their entire lives to experience if their little piece of paradise is irrevocably lost? Gone forever. That is what we face if we don’t take measures to protect our waters now.

While we may understand when it’s ok to eat the catch of the day, many of us don’t understand the pivotal role we play in protecting our waters. In truth, a floating beer can is more than an eye soar. Pollution is detrimental to wildlife.

“Plastic strapping and six-pack holders can strangle or entangle wildlife. Many birds are indiscriminate eaters, and ingesting small pieces of plastic or debris can kill them. Scientists estimate that more than one million birds and 100,000 marine mammals and sea turtles die each year as a result of this."

Still, mindless littering isn’t the only culprit. Have you ever wondered why it’s so hard to get fertilizer between June and September? City ordinances restrict the sale of certain fertilizers during those months to prevent things like Red Tide; an algal bloom caused by the large amounts of nitrogen and phosphorous in fertilizer run off which deprives our waters of life-supporting oxygen and light.

Would you want to bring home your catch that day? The Ocean Conservancy explains that “as rainwater flows off roofs, the ground, sidewalks, and streets to storm drains, it picks up pollutants such as street litter, pet waste, automotive oil, antifreeze, and lawn and garden chemicals such as fertilizers and pesticides.” This run-off transforms our waterways and beaches from pristine playgrounds to unsafe wastelands.

It isn’t all doom and gloom though, this is the Sunshine State after all. The good news is that small actions make a big difference. Clean up after your pets. Pick up litter you may come across. Use less toxic alternatives to household cleaners or when washing your car or boat and encourage friends to do the same.

Want to go the extra mile? Do it literally!

Organize a beach clean up with neighbors. Better still, contact your homeowner’s association and request more eco-conscious alternatives and awareness campaigns. Campaigns can be anything from an informational piece in the monthly newsletter to the placement of ‘Drains to the Bay’ stickers atop storm drains (like I had my neighborhood display).

Regardless of what you do, do something.

Words by Leandra A. Gallego


Posted on April 4, 2017 and filed under Social Good.

5 Reasons to Join Jenny Craig

Thank you Jenny Craig for sponsoring this post. -- Get serious about losing weight with Jenny Craig!

 

Earlier this year, I was given the opportunity to partner with Jenny Craig on a 2 month consultation and food plan membership. This was my first time trying out the program and couldn't be happier with the results and overall experience.

Losing weight is not easy. Having the proper tools and support is beneficial in helping you achieve your weight loss goals.

Here are 5 reasons why Jenny Craig works and why I love it so much!

Jenny Craig

Portion Control:

This was my number one issue regarding food. Simply put, I LOVE food. Junk food, healthy food, desserts, you know name, I pretty much eat anything and everything. The problem is my portion control. I eat more than I should, which is something most people do- without realizing it. With Jenny Craig, you don't have to worry about overeating or even measuring your food. The proportioned meals have enough food to fill you up without feeling hungry or wanting more.

Convenience:

One of the reasons why people fail to maintain a healthy diet is because they don't have the time to cook a nutritious meal. The result is falling off track and opting for not so healthy options- such as take out or fast food. With Jenny Craig, not only will you make better food choices but you'll also save time cooking and going to the grocery store. Every week, after your consultation, you'll receive a week's worth of food that includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks. Super convenient for us busy people.

Jenny Craig

Balanced Diet:

Being on a diet shouldn't consist of only salads and green smoothies. Everything in moderation is the key to success for your weight loss journey. Jenny Craig has over 100 premium menu items that incorporates the right amount of carbs, protein and vegetables. You even have dessert items to satisfy your sweet tooth. Being serious about losing weight doesn’t mean you have to give up enjoying the foods you love. I found myself eating more variety of vegetables and foods that I normally wouldn't prepare  myself. I never once felt as though I was on a "diet", which is why I believe the program works.

French Toast- Jenny Craig

Easy to Follow:

Every week you are given a personalized menu based on your calorie intake, mine was 1,200 per day, that lists out the meals you are allowed to eat for that day. Having my day planned out helped me stay motivated and got me excited for the next meal. I don't know about you, but I hate having to decide on what to eat. With the personalized menu, it's super easy to stay on track. You just follow the meal plan and that's it.

Jenny Craig

Results:

It's hard to believe a program that is convenient, taste delicious and easy to follow can yield results. But it can!! In the 6 weeks I've been on the program, I've lost 9.2lbs and 7.5 inches!*  I have another two more weeks to go and I'm excited to hopefully break the -10lbs mark. My experience has been successful because I stayed faithful to the program. If I had an event or had to travel, I made sure to discuss it with my consultant and with her expertise, we came up with tips to help me in those situations. It's great to have that type of support system guiding and cheering you on along the way.

* Results not typical. Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. I received promotional consideration.

If you're thinking of starting a new lifestyle change, Jenny Craig can help! With their program, members develop a healthy relationship with food, build an active lifestyle and create a more balanced approach to living.  

I'm so happy I was able to experience this great program and I'm that much more closer to reaching my goal weight!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


Posted on March 3, 2017 and filed under Mind & Body.

The Makeup Show Returns to Orlando!

The Makeup Show Orlando

On March 18-19, The Makeup Show will return to Orlando, celebrating its 5th year in the City Beautiful!

The Makeup Show brings two-days full of inspiration, education and opportunity for fashion and beauty professionals at all levels of their career to come together with some of the best brands and biggest names in the business! 

This is the perfect event to not only learn from the industry's top professionals, but it’s also a great opportunity for the top brands to meet you! Networking and making connections is the best way to gain exposure and help you get ahead in the highly competitive beauty industry.

The Makeup Show Orlando

The Makeup Show Town Hall is being introduced this year in order to bring together attendees, artists, and experts for the purpose of engaging in conversations about the latest developments and hot topics in the industry.

Take a look at all the keynote speakers and lineup here.

The Makeup Show

In addition to having the opportunity to sit in on inspirational talks and open forums, attendees of The Makeup Show Orlando will also have receive discounts of up to 60% off major beauty brands! 

The Makeup Show brings over 50 different brands to it's exhibition, including some of favorites such as NYX, Makeup Forever and Smashbox. Since my makeup knowledge is limited, I'm equally as excited to connect and discover new brands as well!  Here is the complete list of exhibitors that will be present during the event. 

The Makeup Show
The Makeup Show
The Makeup Show

This is the must-attend event for all makeup professionals in the Southeast!

I'll be there on Saturday, so if you see me, come up and say hi!

Don't forget to get your tickets! You can purchase here.

MARCH 18-19, 2017
Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Hyatt Regency Orlando, 9801 International Dr.

 

In collaboration with The Makeup Show.


Posted on February 28, 2017 and filed under Style & Beauty.

Morning Routine For A More Productive Day

How you start your morning can affect your productivity throughout the day. Having a morning routine can help you become more successful, make wiser choices and reinforce positive behavior. Here are a few tips that will help you tackle the day and hopefully reduce your stress.

 

Wake up and Stretch:

I recently started to incorporate stretching into my morning routine. Attempting to exercise so early in the morning can be quite the challenge. I'm not a morning person, so the thought of having to perform any type of physical activity doesn't seem appealing to me. With stretching, all you need is a few minutes to feel the benefits such as improved posture, increased blood flow and a boost in energy.

Give Gratitude:

I start and end my day with my gratitude journal. I write down three things I'm thankful for first thing in the morning, as well as three intentions I have for the day. I noticed that focusing more on my blessings rather than the things I can't control, helps me improve my outlook for the day. Research has shown that by simply keeping a gratitude journal—regularly writing brief reflections on moments for which we’re thankful—can significantly increase well-being and life satisfaction.

Skip the Shower:

If you're anything like me, you probably value sleeping in an extra 15-30 mins in the morning. I prefer to shower at night instead. I love the feeling of going to bed fresh and clean and knowing that all the sweat from the day and from my evening work out will not be all over my sheets. Gaining that extra time in the morning makes a big difference and allows me to take my time getting ready, versus being in a rush to get out the door. All I have to worry about is hair, makeup and making sure I put on deodorant.  The only brand I use and recommend is Dove. I've been loving Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant in Coconut. It offers 48 hours of odor protection and contains added skincare benefits with its NutriumMoisture formula and Dove ¼ moisturizers! It smells delicious and keeps me feeling fresh all day long.

Eat a Healthy Breakfast:

It’s no secret breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We all know it, but how many of us actually take the time to sit down and have a healthy breakfast before starting our day? The ideal breakfast should contain a good balance of carbohydrate, protein, and fat. Carbohydrates (which break down into sugars) are essential and can significantly affect productivity throughout the day. If a sit down breakfast is not possible because of time, then a healthy and delicious alternative is a green smoothie. It's packed with nutrients that will help you stay full and keep you going until lunch time.

Write Down Your Goals:

I'm a big fan of writing down your goals in the form of a to-do list. Planning ahead is an important time-management tool to keep you on track and helps you prioritize and set the trajectory of the day. My to-do list is nothing fancy, just a piece of paper with a motivational quote to pump me up for the day. I keep it simple with no more than five items on it. If your list is too long, you spend more time stressing out about how you haven’t tackled item #15, then actually focusing on accomplishing your goals. You use too much energy and mental stamina keeping track of, and feeling bad about, all the things you haven’t done. This negative thought pattern tends to hold you back and make you much less productive.

Meditate:

With only 10 mins you can transform your whole day thanks to meditation. Meditation helps center your thoughts and gives you a sense of calm, peace and balance that benefits both your emotional state and overall health. Since I'm fairly new at meditating, I prefer using guided meditations. Luckily, there are many great apps available for your phone that guides you through the whole process. Within one week of meditating, you'll feel and notice the difference in your productivity level and focus.

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


Posted on February 23, 2017 and filed under Life.

Coach Dinky Purse

Coach Dinky Purse

If you ask me, adding a pop of color can enhance any outfit- even if you're just dressed casual. Pairing a colored purse and matching lips makes the perfect accessory to what you're wearing without really trying.

I used to own only black and tan purses but soon realized how necessary expanding my color scheme was to my fashion style. Anything in the red color family is the best place to start- then you can work your way to more funkier colors.

The new Coach Spring 2017 Dinky bag is a great purse to add to your collection.  The versitile purse/clutch is the perfect size and it comes in a huge array of colors! I chose the gorgeous Glovertanned (burgundy) purse from the 1941 collection to spice up my outfit- and of course with matching lips to make the purse stand out even more.

Take a look at the whole Dinky 1941 collection here.

Coach Dinky Glovetanned
Coach Dinky Glovetanned

Coach Purse: (c/o) Glovetanned Dinky︱ Top: Grey Choker︱ Gianni Bini Shoes: Similar ︱ Sunglasses: Similar ︱ Lipstick: Smashbox Whitchy

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Posted on February 16, 2017 and filed under Style.