24 Day Challenge: Week 2 Recap/Easter Weekend

I can’t believe it’s already been two weeks and three days since I started this special 24-day challenge! Time sure does fly, even when you’re sober(ish)!

During week two, I stuck to my meal plan most days and worked out a total of 5 out of 7 days. While I haven’t seen a major loss in pounds (maybe 3-4), my clothes are a little less snug and I feel stronger overall.

For this weeks post, I wanted to share the meal plan (one week sample below) that I follow PLUS give a couple of tips on ways to stay full/ not hungry during this challenge.

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24 Day Challenge: Week 1 Recap/Big Taste of Fort Worth Recap

Week 1 is officially under my belt…&& it’s not as bad as you’d think, ya’ll!

In case you missed it, I started a 24 day challenge with a group of girls on April 1! After sticking with it for the past week or so, I can already feel a difference. My body has gotten stronger, I can run longer and my energy lasts until the evening. Working out first thing in the morning has been such a great way to start my day!

Before getting to work, I know that I have done something positive for myself and can focus on everyone else for the remainder of the day. It also helps set the tone for my eating habits. Why waste a hard workout by eating something unhealthy for my body?

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The Finest Resort – Playa Mujeres, Mexico

Relax. Unwind. Destress. Reconnect.

Words can’t describe the feeling I had after leaving this magical resort. I left pampered, relaxed and full. Not just full of food from our indulgent all-inclusive stay, but also full of happiness and a new sense of peace. Ahhhh…I wish I could live in this state of zen forever!

After a busy start to the year, a break from the daily workflow was much appreciated. World class service, a modern atmosphere, unlimited amounts of delicious food, champagne, and tequila with NOTHING on the agenda. This trip was perfection.

We arrived in Cancun on a Thursday afternoon and stayed until Tuesday afternoon. While 5 nights and 6 days was a good amount of time, I easily could have stayed 3 more nights.

Before arriving, we researched the resort through YouTube and found several clips of bloggers describing their experience at the resort. We saw how much there was to do at the resort and planned to get there with nothing on the agenda.

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25 Things You Should Do By 25

This year I turned the big 2-5. I am officially a quarter of a century old – and I must say, it is a pretty sweet place to be! I love feeling not too young but not too old. I honestly wish I could stay at this age forever!

Before I blink and turn 26, I wanted to reflect on some of the best and worst experiences I have gone through so far. There’s seriously SO much that I want to share. Between lessons learned, trial and error, wins, losses…still MANY lessons remain.

But what is life without a little reflection along the way?! So here is my list of the 25 things I’m happy I experienced in the 25 years of my existence. Enjoy!

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Spring Cleaning: Getting Your Closet Organized

Today is the first day of SPRING (my favorite season!) Last weekend we set the clocks forward one hour, so it’s officially time to spring forward and embrace a new season! Or as they say…Out with the old, in with the new!

We just got home from a wonderfully relaxing trip from Mexico. As I began unpacking and started putting clothes away, I noticed all of my sweaters, scarves and long sleeve tops at the forefront of my closet.

That’s when it hit me – it’s time to go get rid of any clothes I haven’t worn in a year or more! This hasn’t always been an easy task. But as I’ve started to do this habitually for the past year or so, it definitely has gotten easier.

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4 Hashtag Creation Resources

Instagram Tips - 4 Hashtag Resources

Captions, Hashtags and Being Pun-Tastic

Sometimes [often times] I find myself having a creative block when it’s time to come up with effective hashtags and unique ways to caption my Instagram posts. Instead of spending hours trying to think of something catchy, a pun-inspired caption or lyrics related to my pic, I use the following blog posts to get my photos hashtagged and ready for viewers. Enjoy!

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KYLIE Matte Lip Kit: Koko K & Kristen

Okay ya’ll – I have a confession. Clearly, you can see I caved and decided to try out not one, but TWO of Kylie Jenner’s lip colors: Koko K & Kristen. After trying both colors last night for the very first time, I have to admit that I am in LOVE with this product.

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St. Thomas: Travel Guide

As I write this post, I am truly at a loss for words (friends may find this hard to believe… somehow I always have something to say :X) But I really am having a hard time finding the words to describe the remarkable beauty we encountered throughout this entire trip. To explain the feelings I had upon departure of the island, my eyes quickly filled with tears as the taxi dropped us off at the Cyril E. King airport. I was saddened to put an end to a week full of exploring, relaxing, reconnecting with the earth around me, and simply clearing my mind in order to return home refreshed and refocused. After doing some research on Pinterest, Google and the traditional asking locals around town, I can confidently share what I feel to be a solid list of things to do in St. Thomas!

Get $300 To Visit The US Virgin Islands in 2017

YES!!! It’s true – visit any of the US Virgin Islands this year and get a free $300 to use on tours, kayaking, dive shops or anything that offers historical perspective on the islands.

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NuMe Lustrum Hair Wand – Review + First Time Using

Hi everyone~ I hope you had a lovely Christmas! My favorite time of the year, mostly because it means we’ll be trying out and playing with new toys! This Christmas I decided to gift myself with the amazing NuMe Lustrum hair wand. They were running a deal on Groupon – only $99 for the entire set. && guess what?!? It’s still on sale here! Naturally I had to buy it for myself, and I had to try it for the first time on the blog!

This YouTube video is a clip of me trying the NuMe Hair Wand for the FIRST TIME EVER  ~ so yes, I am not an expert at using the wand yet. BUT – that’s besides the point. I absolutely LOVE this wand. It comes with five separate attachments to match the five different moods you find yourself in on the reg (or maybe you only have one mood-that’s cool too!). The wand is hot enough to keep your hair curled all day with just a little hair spray. They also provide you with a glove so when you’re a newb like me, you don’t scorch your precious fingers on the iron because let me tell you, it’s not a cakewalk in the beginning.

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