Fun Pants Friday


Happy *almost* Friday peeps. I'm always nicer when I like my outfit.. and comfortable! And I don't know how people can live in jeans?? I haven't found a pair that are chill-on-the-couch worthy - is that even possible? SO I thrive in leggings, dresses, and FUN PANTS. I feel like pants are very underrated lately. You can totally dress them up with heels and a nice top or blazer or dress them down with sneakers and a graphic tee! OR even throw them over a swimsuit and you have a freakin' two piece. Options are endless.

I stayed up way too late finding fun pants for you -

AND ALL UNDER $50

Enjoy :)


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Let's get to the goods: (all under $50!!)

Remember! Just click on the photo to take you to the exact shopping landing page :)



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SHOP THE LOOK: 

- Pants: Boohoo

- Sweater: Target (old - similar here) - 

- Shoes: Target

- Bag: Chanel - 


5 Ways You Can Save Big When Furnishing Your Home


Okay so if you are anything like me, you are the biggest homebody. I say I love to travel (and I DO love going new places and trying new things) but I loveeee being home and being cozy. If my space isn't organized, my mind isn't organized and I feel like I'm all over the place in life in general lol. I seriously envy people who can live in a mess and could care less about organization and having things put where they belong because I CANNOT FUNCTION. 

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Add being a military wife and moving around every few years to the mix... gooddddd times trying to find that new perfect "space" and feeling like everything has its place. Have you seen our new home reveal! If not feel free to check it out here :)

Back to the point of this post... when we moved from San Diego we really didn't have a whole lot of anything and almost no furniture, so we bought everything out here in Monterey! This was both bad and good - bad because we had no furniture (duh) and furniture is EXPENSIVE.... but good because we (I) could really buy things that went perfectly in our new house and actually tried to design a space that all went well together! PROPS to interior designers.. what a skill you have! I definitely did not think it was going to be as hard as it was to put furniture together and have it somewhat work and look cute, but that is HARD WORK. Don't even want to go into how many things we (I) had to return after ordering them online, then seeing them in person.. sorry Ryan. 

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Ok now SERIOUSLY the point of this post.. 

5 WAYS YOU CAN

SAVE BIG WHEN FURNISHING YOUR HOME:


1. SIGN UP FOR REWARDS PROGRAMS & EMAIL ALERTS

This should be your GO-TO! Almost every company has a "first order" or "email subscription" coupon code if you sign up for their emails! When you're buying furniture, 10% can equate to some big savings and you can always unsubscribe later (just sayin). I bought our coffee table, side table, and a bunch of pillows from World Market that came out to be like over $500, BUT they had a promotion going on for rewards members (free to signup) that you got 30% off of $300 or more, so I was able to save literally $150 for just using their rewards system!! Can't beat that!

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2. FIND COUPON CODES ON EBAY

So I got this hack from one of my favorite home improvement bloggers - @chrislovesjulia - and have to say, I was hesitant to try it out. Basically, you buy a coupon on eBay from someone to use as a coupon code when checking out. Yes, I know there are some risks to this option, but very high reward! For example, I bought a $4 coupon on eBay, but saved over $90 when I used it for our big purchase like our sofa and headboard!! Just do your research and make sure the coupon seems legit - like no "first purchase only" or "expired date"! 

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3. BUY / SELL ON FACEBOOK MARKETPLACE & CRAIGSLIST

I am a BELIEVER of the facebook marketplace and craigslist finds when you are ballin' on a budget.. In San Diego, I literally sold all of our furniture on facebook marketplace! I guess it depends on your surrounding demographics, but in San Diego people used it all the time! I probably made $2000 over selling our belongings before moving, which helped a lot when buying our new stuff. One of my FAVORITE pieces of furniture we own is my dresser - 100% wood, big drawers, redone, all for ONLY $100!!! I found in on fbook marketplace out here and Ryan and I picked it up the very same day! OH and we also got our piano from there for $100 as well!!! Yes there are random fake Louis Vutton and Michael Kors bags there, but sometimes some really amazing finds. Oh and don't forget to try and haggle a little ;) 

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4. REPURPOSE & DIY

In college, I found an old wood bedroom set at a garage sale and bought a tall dresser, vanity dresser, two nightstands, and a headboard set for $50. Solid wood. That summer, my mom and I sanded it down and painted it - a really beautiful light blue color and I distressed it by hand! Seriously my favorite furniture I've ever owned because of all the work we put into it (mostly my MOM!) but it was so perfect! When I moved from Baltimore to San Diego, I gave it to my sis-in-law who has it all at this very moment in Georgetown :) 

5. UPDATE ACCESSORIES & DECOR

If you can't get that dream sofa or dining room set right now, just update the accessories! Similar to that dress in the back of your closet, all it may need is some new light! Like throw pillows, bedding, rugs, lamps, chairs - basically just take a trip to Home Goods. Something that really helped me bring all my ideas into one place, was to pick out a palette of colors I wanted to use! I literally just went to home depot and put together random paint swatches (weirdo), and went from there in terms of colors and the vibe I was going for! 

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Hope you learned something from this post! Until next time :) 

xx


FOOD + WORKOUT DIARY: getting ready for the summer


Yo girl over here getting ready for that summertime bikini bod, but especially for the BAHAMAS this year. We are going with Ryan's family as a celebration for his youngest sister's graduation :) This will be my third time going with his family to the Bahamas and we're so excited to spend a week in paradise. We haven't been back since we got engaged there 4 years ago!! (some of these pics also from 6 years ago!)

PLEASE look at how young we look in some of these pics from 2012 !!! 

Anyways, I am starting to really focus on getting into shape and wanted to share my tips and tricks. It is totally a mindset more than anything else. Yes I want to look the best I can, but it's more about FEELING good and feeling confident. This feeling is different for everyone.  Let me just clarify that by no means am I an expert!! Just another girl trying to find peace and happiness in herself and in this crazy world. 


WATER

Like H20 all day long. More specifically, I try to aim for 4-5 liters a day. I have a refillable bottle that I fill up throughout the day and try to drink a 1 bottle before/with breakfast, 1-2 at the gym, 1 with lunch, and 1 with dinner. Bonus for drinking non-stop! I love this one because you can screw off the whole top and throw it all in the dishwasher! I've been using it for about a year now and actually about to order another. 

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Aladdin Two-Way Lid Water Vessel with infuse basket, 32 oz


NUTRITION

Definitely the most important part of getting into shape is nutrition. It's 80% nutrition and 20% exercise! Luckily, I usually crave eating healthy and thrive best when I'm eating well. With that being said, I love my pizza nights and always have to have a chocolate chip cookie now and then. Ryan also has the same mindset, which is SO nice that he is on the same page and enjoys cooking at home as much as I do. We stock up on groceries at the commissary and eat at home for breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the week - which also helps with saving moo-lah. And try not to drink during the week :( We usually have date nights on Friday or Saturday (with wine) and then go to brunch on Sunday after church somewhere. 

I could seriously eat the same thing everyday and be fine but some of my go to meals are: 

Breakfast:

  • Oatmeal with a scoop of protein + berries + chia/flax/hemp seeds
  • Peanut butter and banana ezekiel toast
  • Avocado toast with fried eggs

Lunch:

  • Salad with some sort of protein like black beans, hardboiled egg, tuna, etc..
  • Avocado toast with hardboiled eggs
  • Leftovers from dinner the night before 

Snacks: 

  • Obsessed with peanut butter cliff bars lately (tastes like a peanut butter cookie)
  • Hardboiled eggs + almonds + cheese stick
  • Apple + peanut butter

Dinner:

  • Salmon with roasted veggies
  • Grilled portobello mushroom with rice and zucchini
  • Zucchini noodles with turkey meatballs
  • Shrimp cauliflower-rice stir fry

Those are pretty much our go-to dinners and we are trying to watch our carbs at night. We are also eating less meat and more plant-based with seafood - actually gave up all meat for lent this year and felt amazing!


WORKOUT

I am definitely the type of person that has to workout or I would go insane. When I'm working towards a goal, I try to workout 5-6x a week. In the past, this has been anything from bootcamp classes, spin classes, running, barre, pilates, yoga, you name it - I've done it all. Did you know I'm a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor?!! Very passionate about fitness! 

Now, I'm very much into weights and weight-lifting. Before you roll your eyes or doubt yourself, it's not as "hard" as it seems.. and NO YOU WILL NOT GET BULKY. Is that still a thing people think anymore? I hope you don't! Its actually the opposite for me, it helps me slim down so much! Because muscle weighs less than fat. 

So nowadays, I am training 5-6 days a week and my schedule looks something like this: 

Monday: Glutes / Hamstrings + 20-30 min stair-master + ab circuit
Tuesday: Shoulders + 20 min treadmill sprints*
Wednesday: Back / Chest + ab circuit + distance run (outside usually 3-5 miles) 
Thursday: Biceps / Triceps + 20 min treadmill sprints*
Friday: Quads / Calves + 20-30 min stair-master + ab circuit
Saturday: Long distance run (usually 5-10 miles)
Sunday: REST

*Treadmill sprints = start off warming up / jogging for 5 min at a comfortable pace. Increase the speed to a sprinting pace and sprint for 40 seconds on: 20 seconds off by jumping to the side of the treadmill. I am usually at an 8.5 on my first sprint and increase my speed EVERY sprint. Lately, the last sprint of mine is around 10.5. Shoot for 10 sprints total, and cool down for the last 5 minutes. I'm going for that drive that you have to find within to really push yourself by the end! So much that I have to tell myself "if it's not challenging, it's not changing."

I know it seems like a lot, but I rarely workout for more than an hour total! Sometimes, I'm in-and-out in like 45 minutes! The goal is to go HARD for the time I'm there and really push myself, like mentioned above. 

I actually did Jordan Edwards' 4 week challenge and it seriously changed my mindset - dare I say life?? She gives you workouts and I just kept them as screenshots on my phone to use month after month. I learned SO much from her and on weight-lifting / training and the results are amazing. It almost changed my mindset to be at peace with working out vs. the opposite (I'll write a whole other blog post on that)..


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SHOP THE LOOK: 

- Bandau bikini top: ASOS

- High-waisted bikini bottoms: ASOS -

- Sunnies: Givenchy -


Still continuing to challenge myself and find what makes makes me the happiest.. most likely a life-long process. 

Hope you learned something and as always, don't hesitate to reach out! :) 

xx