• Fitness,  Lifestyle

    An Introduction to Yoga

    I’ve gone off and on workout kicks since I was about ten years old. Ten years old. It’s embarrassing to admit that I have been aware of my body weight since elementary school, but it’s the truth. I remember doing endless crunches and training for running the mile in gym class (I wasn’t the most athletic child, and I was really self-conscious about it). It’s sad that not only my young adulthood, but also my “carefree” kid years were riddled with body image issues. But that’s how it was. I’m not going to say I don’t still struggle with my body image, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve developed healthier…

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    Food,  Lifestyle

    I Cut Out Carbs for a Month…

    …and here’s what happened. If you know me at all, you’re probably shocked to your core that I cut carbs out of my diet for an entire month. I’m the queen of pasta and garlic bread (there’s an adorably embarrassing story about Olive Garden breadsticks and a very confused waitress from 2014 that my friends still don’t let me live down), but somehow I managed to go an entire month without both. And it’s all because of Tori. In November, my brother and his girlfriend (Tori, I’ve mentioned both of them lots on the blog since they also live in Nashville) announced that they were going to be cutting out…

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    Lifestyle

    How To Create Healthy Habits

    I hate to be that person, but I’ve been pretty good about sticking to my new year’s resolutions and kicking butt in 2018. The other morning, my roommate came downstairs and caught me reading my book and drinking tea before work and she begged me to just have one unhealthy habit (trust me, I have plenty including an unhealthy relationship with sweets and a bad habit of napping when I have 10,000 things to do), which got me to thinking about how I developed my current healthy habits that I try to practice every day. I’ve talked about wanting to create habits before in my New Year, New Resolutions post, but…

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    Lifestyle

    10 Things To Do On Valentine’s Day That Are Better Than Going On A Date

    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll be spending it alone with a box (or two) of Oreos. Don’t pity me! I am stoked to spend the evening in bed in comfy sweatpants watching a romantic comedy by myself. There is absolutely nothing wrong with you if you haven’t found your special someone yet, and better yet, there’s nothing wrong with you if you don’t want to find them right now. We all find love in our time. So, for now, I say enjoy being with yourself — make it an adventure! Who says you have to constantly be around other people to…

  • single's day
    Lifestyle

    10 Things To Do On Valentine's Day That Are Better Than Going On A Date

    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll be spending it alone with a box (or two) of Oreos. Don’t pity me! I am stoked to spend the evening in bed in comfy sweatpants watching a romantic comedy by myself. There is absolutely nothing wrong with you if you haven’t found your special someone yet, and better yet, there’s nothing wrong with you if you don’t want to find them right now. We all find love in our time. So, for now, I say enjoy being with yourself — make it an adventure! Who says you have to constantly be around other people to…

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    Crafts,  Lifestyle

    DIY Knick-Knack Dishes

    I always find random bobby pins or thumb tacks scattered on my desk that need a home, so I thought no better way to provide them that place to crash than to make a DIY knick-knack dish! This craft cost me less than $10 and took me under an hour to make. What better way to spend a Saturday morning? Materials White Porcelain Dishes (I got mine from Target for $2 a piece) Acrylic Paint Markers (Optional) Sharpies (Any color) Saran Wrap (Optional) Oven Step One Make sure your dishes are clean before you start any design. Nothing ruins a good project like dog hair and dust! After you’ve cleaned…

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    Lifestyle

    7 Ways to Self-Care in 2018

    Self-care has been a huge topic lately. I see articles on self-care everywhere I look and the importance of taking care of your mind and body (duh!), but I’m also seeing people talking about how you’ve got to make sacrifices to reach your dreams and the “no pain, no gain” mentally is still very much present. It seems like 2018 doesn’t know what it wants from us, and that there’s this dichotomy between hustling and working your butt off to be the best you can be, and taking care of yourself and relaxing. I know I have a hard time stepping away from the work flow to make sure I’m…

  • Beauty,  Lifestyle

    High-End Makeup To Try in 2018

    One my biggest goals in 2018 is to go completely cruelty-free with my makeup collection. While there are a lot of drugstore brands that are cruelty-free, I find the majority of options are high-end, which means it’s a lot more of an investment. I’ve never had a problem spending money on my makeup since I’m putting it on my face and near my eyes, but it’s still hard to part with my hard earned cash for a mascara. Therefore, I’ve compiled a list of the high-end, cruelty-free products I’d like to try out over the course of 2018 — that way I’m not dropping $400 in one Sephora visit. Let’s…

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    Fitness,  Lifestyle

    10 Tips to Stay Fit in the New Year

    It’s a new year, and you are ready to change your life around. 2017 was a bit of a hot mess (or maybe it wasn’t), so you’re swearing 2018 is your year to get your crap together. The top of your priority list? Finally hitting the gym and eating clean. It’s so easy to write out these goals on the first of the year, but to actually follow through with them? Easier than you think. I’ve got 10 tips for how you can accomplish your goals in 2018 and be the best you yet (or at least a healthier you). 1. Don’t lose site of your goals. It’s so easy…

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    Beauty,  Lifestyle

    December Ipsy Bag: Snow Globe

    I hope everyone that celebrates had a happy Christmas yesterday, and for everyone else, I hope you had a great Monday! I want to continue the holiday cheer with an ipsy Glam Bag review. To be honest, December wasn’t the greatest month, but there were some hits in this holiday themed bag. Let’s get started! 1. Smashbox Always on Gel Eyeliner in Fishnet I am a girl who loves a good eyeliner (I went through the whole racoon-eyes stage during middle school and never really lived it down). Unfortunately, I’m not obsessed with the Smashbox Always on Gel Eyeliner. While it looks pigmented in my swatch, it takes a lot…