Body Journey

I have found setting goals for myself and posting them publicly really help increase my motivation to accomplish each goal. This goal may be the most challenging so far due to a combination of my busy schedule, and pure laziness, but I am determined to become stronger and healthier. While I want to build a better physique, my main focus is my health and to see how much of a difference changes in my diet and exercise can make. I have always been comfortable and satisfied with my body. I’m a very petite girl and I have come to accept it. This isn’t so much about image, it’s about health, and becoming the best ‘me’ possible. Life is a journey and every day I want to try to make myself a little bit better than I was yesterday. And this includes my health and fitness.

I have always been slightly underweight. I want to gain muscle and become stronger and leaner. I want to tone my body and improve the overall shape I am in.

I will begin this journey with a workout plan and a healthy meal plan. My goal is to work out 5 days a week. I started following a workout plan created by Jen Ferruggia called Bikini Body Workouts. I find this workout plan perfect for beginners like me. It is not too challenging, but just challenging enough to leave me sore the next day. I already feel a difference.

As for my diet, here is what I eat in a week:

Sunday:

Breakfast- Nut butter on toast

Lunch-Chicken salad sandwich (swap the mayo for avocado!)

Dinner– Chicken breast and veggies

Snacks– Veggies and hummus; pumpkin seeds and cashews

Dessert– Ice pops made of fruit juice


Monday:

Breakfast– Fruit smoothie

Lunch– Salad with mixed greens, berries, nuts, chicken breast, and a balsamic dressing

Dinner– Salmon and veggies

Snacks– Tea plus mixed fruits; frozen yogurt

Dessert– Greek yogurt blended with frozen berries


Tuesday:

Breakfast– Berry parfait with greek yogurt, granola, and nuts

Lunch– Chicken salad wrap with lettuce and dried cranberries

Dinner– Salad with leftover salmon and veggies

Snack– Dark chocolate, mixed fruits

Dessert– Banana and peanut butter


Wednesday:

Breakfast– Oatmeal

Lunch– Turkey and avocado sandwich on rye bread

Dinner– Spaghetti with pesto and spinach

Snack– Homemade trail mix with nuts, dried cranberries, pretzels, and dark chocolate; sliced apples and peanut butter

Dessert– frozen banana dipped in dark chocolate with a side of berries


Thursday:

Breakfast– Scrambled eggs with a side of fruit and vegetables

Lunch– PB&B sandwich

Dinner– Turkey and rice

Snack– Pretzels; mixed fruits and veggies

Dessert– Oatmeal cookie


Friday:

Breakfast– Acai bowl with berries and bananas topped with peanut butter or honey

Lunch– Chicken noodle soup

Dinner– Shrimp scampi

Snack– frozen grapes; yogurt

Dessert– Frozen yogurt


Saturday:

CHEAT DAY!!

Of course my diet may not exactly follow this schedule and some things change day to day based on what I have in my house and what is available to me, but for the most part, these are the foods I keep in my diet. Not everything is perfectly healthy, but it’s a great combination for me of nutrition without ridding myself of all of my favorite things. Not to mention these recipes are simple and do not take an excessive amount of time for preparation.

I’m excited to work on myself and my body and to become the best me possible. I want to become healthy and strong and I am determined to stick to it.

Summer Bucket List

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Summer is on its way and I’m more than ready for sun-kissed skin and crazy summer nights. It’s time to take a break from all the school work and kick back with some friends and try out all of those cool Pinterest recipes you just didn’t have time for during the school year. Summer goes by in the blink of an eye, so instead of sitting at home bored and alone, why not try something new? Here is your ultimate summer bucket list!

1. Read 10+ books


2. Do yoga on the beach


3. Host a bonfire


4. BEACH!!


5. Watch the fireworks on 4th of July


6. Go to a music festival


7. Get tan!!!


8. Get funnel cake at a carnival


9. Ride a ferris wheel with a cute boy


10. Meet someone new


11. Ride a roller coaster


12. Do something that has always scared me


13. Go night swimming


14. Make popsicles


15. Hit up a few yard sales


16. Go on a nature walk


17. Go to a barbecue


18. Go on a picnic


19. Play mini-golf


20. Star gaze


21. Stay up all night with friends


22. Eat s’mores


23. Tie-dye a shirt


24. Have a paint fight


25. Go on a waterslide


26. Get a tan tattoo


27. Bake cupcakes


28. Eat ice cream


29. Watch the sunset


  1. Make this summer the best one yet!


You worked hard this year and you deserve a break. Enjoy this summer and spend time with the people you love. Most importantly, make this summer one you can look back on with great memories you created with even greater people.

31 days of self love

Loving yourself is important, and sometimes a lot us struggle with. Happiness stems from acceptance and love for ourselves. We cannot depend on others to make us happy, and we cannot force others to love us. However, we can love and take care of ourselves and our own well being. I challenge and encourage you to complete these 31 days of self-love, and to hopefully take a step further to love and acceptance.

Day 1: Write out your feelings. Write about what makes you happy and unhappy. Write about what you love about yourself. Write about something you need to let go. Let it all off your chest.


Day 2: Post a picture that makes you feel pretty.


Day 3: Wear your favorite outfit.


Day 4: Cook yourself a big, healthy breakfast full of your favorite fruits.


Day 5: Take a long bath with lavender oil.


Day 6: Watch a movie that makes you laugh.


Day 7: Put on a face mask and paint your nails. Pamper yourself a little.


Day 8: Stretch. Do some sun salutations in the sunlight.


Day 9: Forgive yourself for a mistake that you mad.


Day 10: Talk to someone who makes you smile.


Day 11: Belt out your favorite song as loud as you can no matter who’s listening


Day 12: Write down all of your dreams and aspirations and set goals toward achieving them


Day 13: Pick up a book you’ve always wanted to read


Day 14: Organize your closet, strip your bedsheets, clean every corner of your room till it is sparkling.


Day 15: Go to bed an hour earlier than normal


Day 16: Wake up early and watch the sunrise


Day 17: Try a new food


Day 18: Call up an old friend you haven’t talked to in awhile


Day 19: Do something you enjoy


Day 20: Make a conscious effort to be more positive


Day 21: Stare in the mirror and list 5 things you love about yourself today


Day 22: Spend the day outside. Go for a walk. Sit in the sun. Enjoy the beauty around you.


Day 23: Listen to new music


Day 24: Dye your hair the color you’d like


Day 25: Buy yourself flowers and watch them bloom


Day 26: Realize that you should be doing things for yourself and not for others.


Day 27: Lie in the sunshine and daydream about life.


Day 28: Buy yourself a new dress and go out with your best friends.


Day 29: Fill in a coloring book.


Day 30: Bake cookies. It’s okay to treat yourself every once in awhile.


Day 31: Reflect on what makes you happy. Continue doing things and spending time with people that make you happy. And remember, most importantly, to love yourself every step of the way.

Story Prompts

For all you creative writers out there, I wanted to write a post a bit different. Instead of my typical fashion or life posts, I thought I’d give you a story prompt idea. Something I don’t really post on here is any sort of creative writing, and you probably don’t know I actually love creative writing. If I have the time, I enjoy writing short stories or poems. In college, I take a few creative writing and poetry classes which I enjoy, but sometimes inspiration just doesn’t strike. While creative writing is fun when you have an idea, sometimes it’s quite hard to find inspiration. That’s why I wanted to provide all of you writers out there with inspiration.

Story prompt ideas:

  1. Write about a broken watch, a smelly pair of underwear, and a little girl named Amber
  2. Write about a One Direction concert, a glass of chocolate milk, and a stained tee shirt
  3. Write about a lost dog, a dead bird, and a box of tissues
  4. Write about green nail polish, a pair of glasses, and a cell phone
  5. Write about an expensive eye shadow palette, a notebook, and a camera
  6. Write about a wine glass, a picture frame, and deodorant
  7. Write about a bra, a box of #2 pencils, and an invitation
  8. Write about a ticking clock, a date, and a missing sock
  9. Write about a school dance, a jar of Nutella, and a stalker
  10. Write about fresh flowers, a toilet, and breakfast

I really hope this gave you some sort of idea/ inspiration. Let me know if you liked this post and if you’d like more writer inspiration! Thanks for reading!

 

 

2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Christmas is almost here and I’m sure a lot of you are still trying to pull together some last minute presents. If you’ve run out of gift ideas, you’ve come to the right place! Here is your 2016 holiday gift guide!

For mom:

  • A scrapbook
  • Photo display
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  • Pajama set and slippers
  • For all you college kids, buy your mom something with your college logo like a scarf
  • DIY spa kit filled with aromatherapy candle, a face mask, nail polish, and a body scrub

For dad:

  • Again college kids, buy your dad a hoodie or tee shirt with the logo
  • A personalized mug- a basic gift, but you’ll know it’s going to great use
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  • A kindle- definitely a pricier gift, but you can find one on Amazon for $80 and you know your dad will love it
  • A mix tape because your dad might not be that tech-y can now you can download all of his favorite Pearl Jam songs for him

For him:

  • Personalized leather keychain
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  • Concert tickets- a gift and a cute date idea
  • Sports jersey
  • Buy him his favorite cologne gift set
  • A pair of beats he could use at the gym

For her

  • Alex and Ani bracelet- classic, but you can’t go wrong with jewelry
  • Polaroid
  • Urban Decay Naked palette- every makeup lover’s dream
  • Godiva chocolate gift set
  • Personalized pillow
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I hope this gift guide has helped you find the perfect gift! Happy holidays and good luck!

Halloweekend

Halloweekend is one of the most infamous weekends for college students such as myself. Unlike when we were children and dressed up in warm costumes and went door-to-door trick or treating, Halloweekend involves little clothing and sweaty basements and a 3-day adventure full of wild parties and interesting encounters. Wanna check out my costumes this year?

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Thursday night I dressed up as a Hooters waitress with my big! I have to say, this was my favorite costume because it was just so comfortable.Literally all this costume consists of is shorts, a tank top, and sneakers. SO comfortable! I also bought this costume on eBay because I don’t think people exactly make Hooters halloween costumes?? I may be wrong, but I bought this authentic costume, and it was super cheap too! ALSO I do not know why I am holding A1 sauce. I just felt like this costume needed a prop so I grabbed what was available. I’m sorry to all you Hooters fans!!

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This costume was also super comfortable even though the wings were slightly inconvenient. But okay; funny story. I bought this costume when I was in the 5th grade! Obviously it fit me WAY different and I also wore a ridiculous wig to make myself seem super dark and scary, but now the costume fits me totally differently so I decided to save some money and re-wear it. This might not work for every costume, but I totally recommend going through some of your old costumes and seeing which ones still fit you, or seeing if you can recreate them to make something new!

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Saturday was my sorority’s date night. I dressed up as a ring leader and had my date dress up as a lion. I found inspiration for this costume through my idol, Miranda Kerr (as seen below). This corset is from Charlotte Russe, and the hat and whip are both from Party City.

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Which costume was your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

 

Creative Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

Halloween is vastly approaching and sometimes we don’t feel like putting elaborate costumes together or we don’t make any plans and then last minute get a phone call about a party you just can’t miss. Well whatever the scenario, you need a costume and fast. Instead of being just another black cat at a party, here are simple yet creative last minute halloween costumes for you. NO ARTS & CRAFTS NECESSARY!

  1. Buy a Onesie at Walmart. They cost about $10-20 and can turn you into anything. Here is me as a Ninja Turtle on Black Friday.

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2.Be a Super Hero. Also at Walmart are tee shirts with super hero prints that come with Velcro capes. Here is me as a Ninja Turtle.. again. I bought the tee shirt at Walmart and the hat at Party City.

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  1. Follow my friends idea and be a scarecrow! Wear a flannel top and paint your face and your all set.

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4. A princess– Wear an old homecoming dress and add a tiara

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  1. 80’s girl– Wear a body suit with bright tights and if you have them, leg warmers! Then put your hair up into a high pony and glide on some bright eyeliner.

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7. Risky Business– All you need is a white button down, white briefs, sunglasses, and white socks. Simple enough.

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8.The Little Mermaid– Wear a purple bra and a green skirt and bam.. you’re a mermaid! Well, close enough

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  1. An emoji– Wear all black and print out an emoji mask

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  1. Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s– All you need is a black dress and some pearls.

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  1. Wednesday Addams– no makeup necessary, just a black dress and braided pigtails.

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  1. Rosie the Riveter– tie up your denim shirt and throw on a red bandana.

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  1. Blair Waldorf– Put together your preppiest outfit with a cute skirt and blazer and make sure to add her staple piece.. a cute headband!

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y15. Kylie Jenner– put on a tight dress and over draw your lips.. a lot. Then constantly take selfies where ever you go. Since her hair color is always changing, the wig is totally optional.

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  1. Hippie– put on a flow crop top with flared pants or a maxi skirt and add a pair of cute round sunglasses or a flower crown

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Happy Halloween, and good luck!