Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Farmer's Market Finds | Detox Water

Every weekend I discover something new at our local farmer’s market. This past weekend there was a juice bar station that I didn’t get a chance to stop at because we were short on time, and it was getting a little too hot for me. So, my sister and I decided to go visit their nearest location the next day. Detox water? I gave it a try and surprisingly, liked it. I’m not a big fan of water. I don’t drink as much water as I should be drinking. So, naturally flavored water sounds pretty good to me, and it has its health benefits like helping flush out toxins. While there may be negatives to spending time on Pinterest, there are positives. I’ve been all over Pinterest looking for different detox water recipes because paying $8 for a small glass bottle of detox water is not in my budget. I stocked up fruits and decided to make them on my own.

Detox Water
(Left) Cucumbers, Lemons & Organic Mint Leaves | (Right) Cucumbers, Pineapples & Mint Leaves

What are your thoughts on detox water?
What detox water recipes do you recommend?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! It has been a long, tough week. Summer school is coming to an end, meaning there is a lot of reading and last minute writing involved. I was in three different Texas cities in less than 48 hours. Laredo for my cousin’s baby shower Sunday, back in San Antonio on Monday and then Cedar Park/Austin on Tuesday for the John Legend concert. Yeah, I am exhausted and behind on my sleep. Friday night is going to be a chill night for Joseph and I. Netflix it is, with some Friday Favorites. I didn’t realize it’s been so long since I last did a Friday Favorites post. I promise to get back on that.



Cooking | Joseph and I are going to try to cook more often instead of picking up take out or going out for dinner. Most of the ideas I get from Pinterest he says no to but this little recipe I will have to just make happen. It has two of my favorite things: shrimp and avocado.

Future Home Inspiration | I think I have set my mind on gold, black & white to be the color scheme of my future master bedroom, whenever that day may come. Future hubby, be prepared for me to take over the design of our future home. #sorryimnotsorry

Style Inspiration | Shelby from Glitter & Gingham is  officially my go-to fashion blogger for style inspiration. Every time I go to her blog, I want to instantly shop the outfits she has put together. And, she shops at the same stores I shop at. I just lack in the “styling items together” department.

Quotes and Sayings | I have the travel bug. I have plans to go spend NYE at Disney World and Universal Studios but that is way too far. I’m getting anxious and impatient. Time to make a bucket list of places I want to travel to, in the United States. I’m still on a budget and in school. Any ideas? What are some must visit US cities?

Reorganization Inspiration | I have been dying to reorganize my book case. It’s a mess right now and my books, school books, and magazines are scattered everywhere. I think I’ve found the perfect way I want to set up my book case. Time to pay the Container Store and Ikea a visit. Road trip?



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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Concert Recap: John Legend's All Of Me Tour

Let me dedicate an entire blog post on how beautiful John Legend’s voice is with a recap of the most incredible, most perfect night of my life. Because flooding your Instagram and Twitter feed just wasn’t enough. (Note: I will be on a John Legend high for the next month or so.)

Joseph and I have waited years to see John Legend live in concert. As soon as John Legend announced on his Facebook that he was adding dates to his All Of Me Tour, I jumped right on it and bought tickets almost immediately after the announcement, meaning I was able to snatch a pair of floor seat tickets. I nearly past out. We requested a half a day at work so we could beat Austin traffic before the concert. I may or may not have convinced Joseph to have lunch at The Domain just so I could cause some major shopping damage at H&M and Zara. Those summer sales sucked me.

We arrived at the concert venue as soon as door opened. Marsha Ambrosius was the opening performer. I have never heard of her but wow! She was absolutely amazing. She knows how to put on a good show.

And then, it was time for John Legend. It was a small, intimate crowd so it made it even more personal. He share some stories in between songs. He performed songs from all of his previous albums. And then he performed “Ordinary People,” and I died and came back to life. A little history: this song is a pretty big song for Joseph and I. When we first started dating in college, this song pretty much became “our song” because it just speaks the truth. Relationships sometimes are tough but in the end, it’s love that keeps two people together. (Okay, let’s cut the cheesiness and go back to the concert recap.)

From performing “Ordinary People” to “Get Lifted” to “Green Light” to “Tonight (Best You Ever Had)” to of course, “All Of Me” – the concert was absolutely perfect.




Next week's MCM? More like Man Crush Monday every day of my life. I mean, could John Legend be any more perfect? Guys. Take some notes.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Insta Likes | 001

Friday Favorites posts list my Pinterest favorites, but what about Instagram? I follow quite a few bloggers (and YouTubers) that post some amazing photos that instantly have me wanting to double tap their photo to show I like it. Following awesome bloggers usually leads to some bedroom redecorating inspiration or it leads to me wanting to go shopping for a new agenda or coffee mug. (Reminder: I do not need a new coffee mug for the office. I have one too many.) Check out some of my insta-likes for the month. I'm going to try and post my insta-likes monthly, so make sure to follow along on Instagram!


The Every Girl | affordable decorating inspiration
Ashley Ella Design | curtain project
The Doctor’s Closet | 2015 kate spade agendas
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Whit Speaks | sprinkles cupcakes ATM
Aubrey Kinch | inside one truffle pouch
It’s Kate Baldwin | vanity rearrangement
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Shanna Said So | texas glasses
Pearls and Pastries | pearls & pastries shop
Anna With Love | pantone mug


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The first step is admitting you have a problem.



99% of the photos in my iPhone camera roll are of my dog. I have a problem.

Ever since my boyfriend and I first got Winston over a year ago, most of our attention has turned to our little furball. You would think we were parents trying to capture every moment of our child. I never realized how my life revolved around my dog until I started “clearing out” my iPhone camera roll the other day. I say “clearing out” because I didn’t. I couldn’t get myself delete the thousands of photos I have of Winston. Because, of course, I have to take 20 different shots of:

Winston at the park.
Winston sleeping.
Winston being lazy.
Winston being cute.
Winston puppy training.
Winston in his new puppy outfit.
Winston pre grooming session.
Winston freshly groomed.
Winston being high maintenance.
Winston watching me study.
 
Why? Because I have a problem. To be fair, Winston does not sit still for photos (unless I have a doggy treat in my hand) so taking 50 shots of him playing at the park is required. I’m lucky if I get at least one still shot. The rest are blurry. So, instead of “that crazy cat lady” you can call me “that crazy dog lady” because after looking through my camera roll, I’ve realized I’m exactly that. But – I love him so much. I’m a proud puppy momma.



Monday, July 14, 2014

Weekend Recap


(order is backwards, oops. starting with sunday and working backwards.)

farmer's market  | i love food so naturally, sundays are my favorite. my sister and i like to go to farmer's market to try new foods. i had a chinese chili dog while my sister went with the vegetarian dragon. and, i got a smoothie. this particular sunday, though, was ten times hotter than any other day in texas. at least, that's what it felt like to me. we lasted maybe thirty minutes tops. 

austin, tx  | joseph and i love austin, so any chance we get to enjoy a weekend away in austin, we pack our bags and head to austin whether it's for the day or for a night. this time, we had more time than usual so we decided to just go exploring. no plans. we went to zilker park, barton springs, ate at freddie's place (which, btw, is dog friendly so it was perfect since took winston along for the trip), picked up some smoothies/juices before heading back home.

friday evening outfit shots | last week i made a trip to target and, of course, came out spending more than what i was suppose to. i blame the cute new tops target had. i may or may go back and get the other color of this top. photo credit: my sister. 


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Give Me Some Texas Country Music

outfit for texas country concert
 outfit for texas country concert
 outfit for texas country concert
top forever 21 (similar
shorts gap (similar)
boots cavender's
necklace | francesca's
  
Ta-da! It's an outfit post. I'm not a fashion blogger, but I was having a good hair day and I wanted to share my outfit for a country concert. If you know me, you know that I am a fan of Texas country music. This past Fourth of July weekend, Josh Abbott Band was in town. I jumped at the opportunity at listening to live country music. I went with my sister and two of my best friends. Usually I like to just stay in the back of the crowd and just enjoy the music with a nice cold beer in my hand, but this time we got lucky and somehow ended up towards the very front of the stage. If you follow me on Instagram, you will have noticed that I took some pretty decent videos of one of my all time favorite JAB songs, "Oh Tonight." I love going to "small" country concerts. I say "small" because it was actually a big crowd. I just didn't notice how packed the venue was because I was in the front until I saw JAB post a video the next day.

PS: Those shorts from Gap were on sale for like, maybe, ten bucks. I'm pretty sure they also had a BOGO deal. I need to go back and stock up on some more shorts. I fell in love with these!

Happy Tuesday!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

July Goals

July Goals


B L O G G I N G  goals

Scheduled posts. The other day I scheduled a week’s worth of blog posts and it felt amazing. I have been setting time aside to look through my blog journal filled with notes and blog ideas, while also browsing through Pinterest for some blog inspiration. Something about the new blog design has pushed me to be more consistent with my blog posts. I looked back at my most viewed blog posts (check them out on the sidebar!) to kind of get an idea of what the audience is interested in. What types of blog posts are you interested in?

Hootsuite. I recently signed up for a Hootsuite account and I am loving the schedule social media posts feature. I have always wondered how other bloggers do it with staying active on Twitter and keeping up with sharing their sponsor’s latest blog posts without them being posted back-to-back within an hour. I’ve heard of Hootsuite before but had never gotten myself to just do it, and wow! I cannot believe I waited so long. What other blogger resources do you use that you just cannot live without?


A C A D E M I C  goals

Readings. Stay on top of my reading assignments this semester for graduate school. Last semester I picked up the bad habit of waiting until the last minute to read. (I know, I know. Procrastination is bad. But at least I read.) I would find myself spending my work lunch hour at Starbucks reading the day the reading assignment was due. Let me just say, the Starbucks Protein boxes are not filling. I miss enjoying a real lunch at a sit down restaurant.

Set appointments with your professors. I think it’s important to meet with your professors every now and then, just to kind of talk about where you stand as far as your grade throughout the semester instead of having it come to a surprise when final grades are due. By then, it will have been too late. Don't wait until the last minute.


H E A L T H  goals

Eat healthier. For the month of July, I want to avoid fast food. Not only is it bad for me but, financially, the money adds up. I want to prepare my lunch meals for the week in advanced, even if it’s a small fruit salad or pasta salad. Every little bit helps. Fridays maybe I will even treat myself to eating out for lunch but at a healthy restaurant, that serves nothing to salads. I have a bridesmaid dress to fit into for a November wedding. It's time to get fit and serious.

Sleep. For some reason I cannot get myself to go to bed at a decent time. I either stay up watching television (HGTV’s Flip or Flop has been my newest obsession) or watching YouTube videos, which is bad because that means (a) I have a hard time waking up for work the next morning, (b) I am tired and in dying need of a second coffee by 10am, and (b) it's not healthy. Snoozing the alarm is no longer an option. All electronics will be off by 10pm.

What are your goals for this month?

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

My Life In Numbers


Happy July! so, I think the Texas heat has caused me to have blogger writer’s block. I have been fishing for some inspiration on Pinterest and found a list of blog post ideas, one of them being "My Life In Numbers" thanks to Becca from Becoming Adorrable. It's the perfect way to look back at your life while at the same time giving your readers an opportunity to get to know you better.
0 broken bones (thank goodness!)
1 sibling
2 cars i’ve owned (well, paying off the second one)
3 times i will have visited the wizardry world of harry potter as of this December
5 times i’ve been to vegas in the past three years alone
7 jobs i’ve had in my entire life
8 favorite number
11 pledge sisters i gained when i rushed a sorority with in college
14 aunts and uncles (I think)
21 days until the john legend concert
22 years old when i first stepped foot on disney grounds at disney world. best day of my life.
24 years old when i first experienced real snow

25 years living in this world
31 cardigans currently stored in my closet
71 weeks since a little furball by the name of winston came into my life
292 days until the ACM awards in dallas

410 twitter followers 
425 photos on instagram
1,967 happy days in a relationship with joseph 


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