Help Make HIV History

Thank you Johnson & Johnson for sponsoring this post. Help make HIV history by clicking here.

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Did you know every week 7,000 young women around the world contract HIV? That’s a new young woman impacted every two minutes. In fact, young women aged 10-24 are twice as likely to contract HIV as males the same ages.

Young people make up over 20% of HIV/AIDS cases in the U.S. According to the CDC, young people between the ages of 13 and 24 account for just over one in five HIV diagnoses.

These statistics are both alarming and frightening! This is why I'm teaming up with Johnson & Johnson to help make HIV History.

#MakeHIVHistory

Johnson & Johnson has vowed to become part of the solution. In 2015, the company became a major partner in the DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, Safe women) initiative, a partnership between the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other groups aimed at reducing HIV infections among teen girls and young women in 10 sub-Saharan African countries.

As part of its commitment, Johnson & Johnson is providing up to $15 million in funding to help empower girls and young women by supporting such services as offering access to HIV testing and condoms.

WHAT IS HIV?

HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus.

It is the virus that causes AIDS.  When a person is infected with HIV, the virus enters the body and then lives and multiplies primarily in the white blood cells—the immune cells that normally protect us from disease.

There are now roughly 36.7 million people living with HIV or AIDS worldwide. Most of them do not know they are infected and may be spreading the virus to others.

In the U.S., more than 1.2 million people are living with HIV/AIDS, and approximately 44,000 Americans become newly infected with HIV each year. It is estimated that one-eighth of all people with HIV in the U.S. do not know they are infected.

For more information about HIV please click here.

 

HELP MAKE HIV HISTORY

In order to help prevent this disease from spreading, we need to get educated and tested. The survival and long-term health of people with HIV are significantly improved by beginning HIV treatment earlier. Getting tested and entering treatment sooner rather than later means that you can begin to protect your health when it matters most.

Help spread awareness about HIV by creating and sharing a video at www.MakeHIVHistory.com. Record and share a custom 15 second video, like the one I created below and tell your story, share the facts about HIV, or show your support. Johnson & Johnson will compile the most compelling submissions into a short video that will be revealed on World AIDS Day on December 1, 2017.

Share the facts, show your support and help save lives

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


Posted on November 8, 2017 and filed under Social Good.

Fall Plaid Look at the Pumpkin Patch

Fall Plaid Dress

Fall is here and let me tell you, I'm all about it!

I love dressing up in warm colors and taking my boots out for a spin! Although it doesn't get too cold here in Florida, it's always fun getting in the Fall spirit.

I rarely wear dresses but this plaid dress was super comfy and the length is perfect! It allows you to move around without feeling restricted. I paired it with my favorite boots and headed out for some Fall fun!

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Can you believe last week was my first time ever at a pumpkin patch and carving a pumpkin? I loved the whole process from picking out the pumpkin, to cleaning and carving it! I have to admit, it was much more time consuming and harder than I thought. But seeing my final carved pumpkin, made it all worth it.

If you've never gone to a pumpkin patch, I highly suggest you get to it! This particular pumpkin patch was located at Club Lake Plantation during their Fall Festival- which included games, hay rides and a corn maze. 

Such a fun experience and one I plan to do again next year!

Here are our pumpkin creations! Can you guess which one is mine?

Hint: Mine is the adorable one! ;)

Posted on October 30, 2017 and filed under Style.

Introducing Gap + GQ

Gap is launching its sixth limited-edition menswear collection with GQ's Best New Menswear Designers!

From Paris to Brooklyn and Tokyo, these three designers below, who are featured in a special advertising insert in the October 2017 issue of GQ magazine, are throwing down their mini-collections exclusively for Gap and GQ. 

Ami (Paris, France)

 AMI’s Alexandre Mattiussi draws inspiration from the streets of Paris, turning sportswear and streetwear on its head. The result is the definition of modern French style.

SHOP THE COLLECTION:

United Arrows and Sons (Tokyo, Japan)

United Arrows and Sons, the brainchild of Motofumi “Poggy” Kogi, is the driving force behind Japanese fashion, bringing together refined tailoring and cutting-edge casual-wear to create an entirely original attitude.

SHOP THE COLLECTION:

Kinfolk (Brooklyn, New York)

Founded by Jey Perie, Kinfolk is the heart and soul of the Brooklyn creative class, creating streetwise clothes with an edgy sensibility. Inspired by workwear and urbane archetypes, their clothes are easy and relaxed and coveted by those in the know.

SHOP THE COLLECTION:

The collection consists of a variety of pieces including outerwear, knits, sweaters, denim, tee shirts, button down shirts and accessories. The collection is available now at select Gap stores in more than seven countries, including the United States, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, and throughout Europe. The collection prices range from $29 to $299.

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


Posted on October 24, 2017 and filed under Style.

Halloween Themed Chips and Guac

Whenever I think of Halloween, I immediately envision fun Halloween parties. My favorite appetizer, and one that everyone loves, is chips and guac! Keeping with the theme, I wanted to transform this delicious appetizer into a scary monster with a fun twist.

Besides salsa, another great companion for chips and guac is cheese! And the Mini Babybel® kind is the perfect shape for the eyes for the guacamole monster!

Making the guac monster is super quick and easy. If you have kids, this would be a fun dish for them to create. 

INGREDIENTS:

• Mini Babybel® Cheese
• Black Olives
• Guacamole
• Blue Corn Toritlla Chips
• Red Chili Jelly

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Set up station for easy assembly
2. Spread guacamole in any shape serving dish or plate
3. Cut Mini Babybel®  cheese in half (keeping circle shape)
4. Cut black olives in both circle and line shape
5. Place cheese, jelly and olives on top of the guacamole to form the eyes
6. Place tortilla chips above eyes

Halloween Themed Chips and Guac ingredients
Babybel Cheese and Black Olives

For a limited time, Target is selling Halloween themed Mini Babybel® cheeses featuring favorite characters on their packaging. 

The monster guac and chips is a fun and healthy dish to serve at your next Halloween party. If you want an even more healthier option, the Mini Babybel® Light version with 50% less fat, would work perfectly with the recipe as well.

Both the Mini Babybel® Original and Mini Babybel® Light are made with 100% real cheese and are a good source of calcium and protein.

I found the Mini Babybel® in the cheese section at my local Target. These wholesome, nutrient-rich, all natural cheeses are perfect for on the go snacking or parties!

What recipes do you create for Halloween??


Posted on October 18, 2017 and filed under Food & Entertaining.

Crunchy Chocolate Covered Fruit

This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Post but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. #PrizesWithPost #CerealAnytime #CollectiveBias

Crunchy Chocolate Covered Fruit

I've always had a big sweet tooth. Pastries, ice cream, cake, candy, you name it, I love it and eat it. Lately, I've been craving the combination of chocolate and fruit. I love the melt-in-your-mouth chocolate shell and the sweet fruit beneath. Not only are these treats great for dessert and snacking, but they make great gifts as well. Best part? They're super easy to make at home. No matter your cooking skills, chocolate covered fruit always turns out looking fancier than what it really took to make them.

My fruit of choice and that holds chocolate well, are bananas and strawberries. To add a little crunch, I love incorporating Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds.It transforms the chocolate covered fruit and takes it to another delicious level!

Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds

INGREDIENTS:

• 2 Cups of Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds
• Choice of Fruit (Strawberries and Bananas work well)
• 1 Cup of chocolate sauce (homemade or store bought)

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Set up station for easy assembly
2. Roll bag of cereal with hand or rolling pin to reach desired size
3. Make sure fruit is clean and patted dry
4. Cut fruit and place toothpicks in them (ex: bananas)
5. Dip fruit in chocolate and roll into cereal mixture
6. Eat as-is or refrigerate for later

Banana and Strawberries
Chocolate covered banana
Chocolate Covered Banana

Tip: Make sure the strawberries are dry. If you have any water left from rinsing, the chocolate coating won't stick to the strawberry as well.

Crunchy Chocolate Covered Fruit
Crunchy Chocolate Covered Fruit
Crunchy Chocolate Covered Fruit

I love eating Post cereals. They have something for the whole family and a wide variety of different cereals that will satisfy everyone.

Post Cereals- Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds and Grape Nut

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Make sure to pair game time with a delicious serving of Post cereals or a unique recipe like this one.

Crunchy Chocolate Covered Fruit with Honey Bunches of Oat with Almonds cereal

The Crunchy Chocolate Covered Fruit recipe is easy to make and great for any time of the day. Need a fun cooking project with your kids? This one is perfect and they'll feel like little cooks in the kitchen!

I found the Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds in the cereal aisle of my local Walmart. Check out the #CerealAnytime Pinterest page for some delicious cereal inspirations.

What fun recipes do you make with cereal?


Posted on October 12, 2017 and filed under Food & Entertaining.

Pasta A La Huancaina

This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Barilla but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. #BarillaFusion #CollectiveBias

Pasta a la Huancaina

Growing up, a dish my family would always make was Papa a la Huancaina. Served either as a side dish, main entree, or as a dip, the Huancaina sauce was always prepared at my house for any occasion. Even today, whenever my friends come over, they always request for me to make them that "creamy potato dish"!

Over the years, that "creamy potato dish" has become a popular culinary staple. Huancaina sauce, the cheesy and spicy cream that serves as the topping for Papa a la Huancaina, enhances almost any dish. There are many different ways to serve this delicious cheesy sauce, not just with Papa (potato) anymore. 

My personal favorites are: dip for fried yucca fries or served over pasta!

Since the Huancaina sauce has a cheese base, it works well for making the Pasta a la Huancaina fusion. 

I've tried many pasta brands and the one I love and always purchase is Barilla. Barilla is a blank canvas for any flavors to put a unique twist to an Italian favorite. Always al dente, always perfect!

Barilla Pasta

Traditionally, Huancaina is made with crackers, oil and aji amarillo. Although that version is how most people prepare it, my family has their own version and one that is always a big hit whenever I make it.

INGREDIENTS:

 • 8 oz of Barilla Spaghetti (Penne would also work)
 • 6 oz of Queso Blanco (white cheese)
 • 3 Slices of white bread- without the crust
 • 1 Cup of evaporated milk
 • 1/3 tsp of Salt
 • 1/2 tsp of Garlic powder
 • 1/2 tsp of Yellow food coloring
 • 1 tsp of Rocoto (hot sauce)

Pasta a la Huancaina- Barilla

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Blend Queso Blanco and half a cup of evaporated milk
2. Add salt, garlic powder, yellow food coloring, hot sauce and blend
3. Add white bread and the remaining evaporated milk (half a cup). Blend until smooth consistency
4. Pour over hot cooked pasta
5. Serve with Parmesan cheese and Chili flakes (optional)

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Pasta a la Huancaina

If you want to add a protein to this dish, you can serve it with Churrasco or Anticuchos.

Pasta a la Huancaina

I found the Barilla spaghetti in the pasta aisle at my local Safeway. Click here for a special coupon offer from Barilla.

Enter the Barilla Fusion Prize Giveaway and spin the wheel to win one of thousands of prizes available! Also, make sure to follow Barilla's Instagram page for fun recipe inspirations.

Have you tried Papa or Pasta a la Huancaina before?


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

On Your Feet at the Dr. Phillips Center!

On Your Feet

When ON YOUR FEET was first released in New York, I wanted to book a ticket and watch this amazing story unfold on stage. But timing wasn't right and I never had the opportunity to go. I always told myself that one day I would watch this beautiful show live. 

Luckily, I don't have to go to New York anymore. The second show from the 2017-2018 Fairwinds Broadway Series at the Dr. Philips Center, and one that I've been counting down for months, is ON YOUR FEET!

I was born in Miami and ever since I could remember, Gloria Estefan's was always present in my home. Throughout the years, any album Glorida would release, my mom would purchase it. I didn't get too familiar with the Estefan's story until Gloria suffered that horrific bus accident. Her and her husband's, Emilio, journey is not only inspiring but one I can relate to- having immigrants parents myself, I know too well the desire my parents felt for a better future for themselves and their kids.

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From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything.

From international superstardom to life-threatening tragedy, ON YOUR FEET! takes you behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet.

Directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), with choreography by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and an original book by Academy Award® winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), ON YOUR FEET! features some of the most iconic songs of the past quarter-century — and one of the most inspiring stories in music history.

ON YOUR FEET will be playing at the Dr. Phillips Center from October 17-22. Get your tickets here

Want to put on your dancing shoes? Take the ON YOUR FEET Master Class featuring beginning to intermediate level Latin flavored jazz, taking place October 18th from 4:30-6pm. Hurry, space is limited. Tickets for the dance class can be purchased here. 

I received complimentary show tickets but all opinions are my own.


Posted on October 6, 2017 and filed under Around Orlando.

New CHI® Clothes Iron: From Hair to Wear

CHI Steam

When I was in high school and before flat irons even existed, my sister and I used a regular clothes iron to straighten our hair. Although it worked, it wasn't practical and most importantly, safest method to straighten our hair. A few years (and a couple of burns) later, we finally purchased a real hair iron. The brand? CHI®!

I remember doing research online and all the reviews for CHI products were all positive! That was first flat iron I ever purchased and the brand I still continue to use today.

Now this world-renowned brand that has innovated the haircare industry for over 30 years, has come out with a high-performance line of irons and steamers! How amazing is that? Engineered with CHI flat iron technology, these products, from the CHI® Steam, line delivers the precise results you can only expect from CHI.

CHI® Iron
CHI® Iron
CHI® Iron
CHI® Iron

Powerful steam, precise temperature, professional results.

CHI irons are the only irons developed using the same titanium-infused ceramic soleplate technology that powers the flagship CHI® G2 Flat Iron for hair. Designed with a sleek look and engineered for high performance, the CHI® Electronic Retractable Iron is the perfect balance of style and function.

Besides the advanced technology capabilities, the iron is absolutely gorgeous! It is bigger than your standard iron but the results and performance far outweighs any weight difference. Not only can you iron but you can steam as well.

CHI® Iron
CHI® Iron
CHI® Iron

If you're looking for a more professional way to steam, CHI also has a steamer in their line. All items are available now and can be purchased at Bed, Bed and Beyond

CHI: From Hair to Wear

CHI was kind enough to send me the iron to test out and the opportunity for one of my lucky readers to win a CHI retractable iron!

Update: Contest closed and winner has been selected.

From shinny perfectly styled hair to wrinkle-free clothes for any occasion, now it's easier than ever to create a flawless look from head to toe thanks to CHI®!

 

I am a CHI® ambassador and received the iron for review but all opinions are my own.


Posted on October 2, 2017 and filed under Style.

How To Get Smooth Skin with Dry Brushing and Dove

Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash

Thank you Dove for sponsoring this post.

Up until recently, I never had a consistent skincare routine. I normally would just wash my face in the morning and night and only shower with soap.

I always say, becoming a blogger has been the best job ever. Thanks to blogging, I've been introduced and have worked with so many amazing brands, including my personal favorite, Dove. Expanding my beauty knowledge has taught me to take better care of my body, especially my skin- which is our biggest organ.

Here are two easy ways to achieve and maintain smooth and nourished skin.

Dry Brushing

Dry Brushing

I first discovered dry brushing a couple of years ago. I did it a few times then completely forgot about it. It wasn't until I did a spring cleaning in my bathroom that I found my body brush. I immediately started incorporating dry brushing again before my showers. Not only do I enjoy the feeling of the brush against my skin, I love all the great benefits it offers.

Increasing the circulation by dry brushing the skin may reduce the appearance of cellulite. Cellulite is toxic material accumulated in your body’s fat cells so by using a dry skin brushing technique can help break down unwanted toxins.

Dry body brushing also helps shed dead skin cells and encourages new cell renewal, which results in smoother and brighter skin. Best time to dry brush is before your shower because it helps your skin to absorb nutrients by eliminating clogged pores and get you ready for moisturizing.

 How To Dry Brush: 

•Start on dry skin before bathing.

•Work in gentle circular, upward motions, then longer, smoother strokes.

•Always begin at the ankles in upwards movements towards the heart - the lymphatic fluid flows through the body towards the heart, so it's important that you brush in the same direction.

•Your back is the only exception to the preceding rule; brush from the neck down to the lower back. 

•After you've finished with the ankles, move up to the lower legs, thighs, stomach, back and arms. Be cautious of softer and sensitive skin around the chest and breasts, and never brush over inflamed skin, sores, or sun-burnt skin.

•Ensure you shower to wash away the dead skin cells and impurities.

•Tip: alternating temperatures in the shower from hot to cold will further invigorate the skin and stimulate blood circulation, bring more blood to the outer layers of the skin. 

•Then follow it up with Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash to nourish the skin.

Using Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash in the Shower

Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash

After dry brushing I'm ready to shower.

Ever since I was young, I remember my mom always buying Dove products. It's a brand we love and trust and one that I continue using as an adult. Did you know that 3 in 4 dermatologists say that women often damage their skin in the shower, thinking they are caring for it?

When it comes to cleansing, all skin deserves gentleness. And the use of the right products is key. Since educating myself on proper skincare, I've seen a dramatic difference and improvement with my skin. There is no need for fancy cleansers. They can sometimes be too harsh on your skin.  88% of dermatologists advise women to use a gentle cleanser when showering.

Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash

I normally use the Dove beauty bar but a few months ago I started using Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash and love it! It's made with 100% gentle cleansers, is sulfate-free and is the #1 dermatologist recommended body wash. After I shower my skin feels nourished and ready for the day.

Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash

Purchase Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash at food, drug, mass, value, club and online retailers nationwide.

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


Posted on September 25, 2017 and filed under Style & Beauty.

Taking a break and exploring new flavors with Liberté Yogurt

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 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.

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.

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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.