1.24.2014 0 Notes The week from HELL

I think it's safe to say that the title of this post basically sums up the awesome week I've had... NOT. This has seriously been the worst week I've had in a long while. I mean I started school this week (let's just say I can't wait to graduate...), I managed to become like deathly ill all of the sudden, I'm broke (oopsies), and the past few nights, I've been snuggled in bed and glued to my Apple TV binge watching Sex and the City.

Basically, I'm exhausted beyond belief. I recently was drawn to this pin which led me to this blog and it totally caught my attention. Since I'm new to this wonderful world called the blogosphere, and since there are new people that start blogs everyday, I found this post to be very helpful! For those of you just starting out, read Meg's article from her blog The Well: The B Bar Blog: All things blog and business - served on the rocks . Basically, she's awesome and inspiring.

I'm definitely looking to build my blog into what I want it to be this year. I know that I don't always have the time to solely devote myself to it, but this year, I want to get organized and give my blog the identity I have a dream for :)

Thanks for reading!

P.S. > Do you have a blog? I love reading new ones! Send me a link to yours :)

1.20.2014 0 Notes Attempting to stick to my resolutions...

Over the past few weeks, I've found that sticking to my resolutions has been T-O-U-G-H. Due to some exciting news I received this morning, I have attempted yet again to stick to my guns and be better. T-MINUS: 30 DAYS!

Today was only slightly successful. I visited Ralph's to pick up some fresh produce and Target to pick up some beauty essentials and I pre-made my lunches, breakfasts, and dinners for the week!

Since I'm not any good in the kitchen, I am proud to say that I was able to tackle spaghetti squash today! I was cautious enough to look up just how to tackle this feat by googling exactly what to do and stumbled upon The Fervent Foodie's post which (thank the lord) saved my life and fingers ;)

Overall, I was pleased with how it turned out! Mind you if you attempt to make spaghetti squash, be CAREFUL! The hardest part is cutting the damn thing in half, literally probably took me 30 minutes while my PIC was worried I was going to slice off a finger.

Seriously though, check out her post before you attempt to make it for yourself!

Good luck-

PS. My semester starts this week (boo). How do you organize for school/work? What's your favorite way to stay organized? I am an organizing freak so I welcome all tips and tricks!

1.06.2014 0 Notes Bring it on 2014!

"New Year, New You!" seems to be the recurring slogan with the beginning of the NYE festivities, and so cliché. Sometimes I think that it's easy to jump on that bandwagon, but my resolutions this year focus on a better me, not a new me. This year, my plan is to build upon the foundation of myself. Now, I know myself more than I ever have. I know what I'm capable of and what my dreams are and most importantly, I have a better idea of what I want for my life. My resolutions this year are:

1. Cut out processed foods. This year, I learned the hard way that my body can't handle what I want to eat all the time. I've had to sit down and completely restructure my diet and this year, I want to get my eating problems under control.

2. Hit the gym for at least 30 minutes daily. Making the time to hit the gym always seems to be a struggle for me. I'm exhausted when I get home from work and can never wake up before I'm running 15 minutes late. This year, I've set up a schedule to stick to and hit the ground running. I plan to get 30 minutes of activity every day, whether it's walking, biking, running, lifting weights, anything I can do. Seeing as my apartment complex has a gym, there's really no excuse. And since I work where I live... lunch break exercise? BEST. IDEA. EVER.

3. Pack lunch for work every day. I am the worst at this! Since I work with my best friends and have a kick-ass boss, we eat together and snack together ALL THE TIME. Granted, normally, we're pretty good. Hummus, crackers, and health-concious meals seem to be our forte, but don't get me wrong, we love a good sushi date! The majority of what's left of my paychecks, after bills of course, is generally spent on food. In my effort to save more, I want to prepare meals so I can literally grab and go in the hurry every morning :)

4. Save all the money I would be using to eat out. With a heart that has a natural knack for travel, a great adventure, clothing, and make-up, I need to come up with a fund to devote to these luxuries. And in an effort to knock out processed foods, this is just the way to do it!

5. Be more positive. This is by far one of my most important resolutions this year. Simply having a smile on your face, choosing a more positive set of words or phrases, and having an overall better approach on life is something I've always had trouble with and this year my mantra is to embrace positivity!

6. Write, everyday. One of my passions is writing, yet I don't always get to do it. Sure I write emails and stuff on a daily basis, but writing about my life and things that I like is a way I de-stress and relax. This year, I vow to write a little bit every day. 

7. Travel. A girl can never travel too much! This year, I want to hit the road, whether it's exploring California, or traveling stateside, I plan to be a jet-setter whenever possible this year! Before I graduate college, my goal is to travel to all the places in the US that I want to see before I graduate. My bucket list includes visiting every single state and collecting an iconic t-shirt from each one and I WILL DO IT before I graduate in December 2015!

8. Unplug! This is something I struggle with on a daily basis and for 2014, I want to make a more conscious effort to be present. I've already done some app re-arranging on my phone in an effort to make it more difficult to quickly and mindlessly access my apps and games. I want to be able to appreciate and take in moments as they happen and not miss out. 

What are your resolutions for this year? Wishing everyone a wonderful start to twenty-fourteen!

1.05.2014 0 Notes Bonjour Mademoiselle

So let's just say... I'm not the greatest at at home manis. I can never manage to paint my right hand and I always smudge the crap out of them before they are dry. BOO! My nails are VERY thin and brittle, so normally, I head over to my favorite little hand spa nearby to get my nails and toes done but after awhile, those little trips start to add up. Hell, I go so often, my nail techs and I are on a first name/hug when we see each other basis, HA! So lately, I've opted to try and do my nails more at home!

Now, I love getting gel manis and pedis but as a new goal for this year, I've vowed to start saving more. Today, I headed over to Target to pick up a few grocery related items and found myself looking at the fab wall of nail polish for a new color. I have been using Essie's Twin Sweater Set from their Fall 2013 collection (which by the way is TO DIE FOR) but I wanted something new. 

One thing my mother always said was that your nails should always reflect feminism. Being the classic lady that she is, this means pinks, reds, or nudes. So I decided to find a faint, light pink/nude color. One color caught my eye because it was the last one in it's slot. Essie's Mademoiselle is basically my new favorite color and it goes well with my pale skin tone. It's not a white color and not pink but it's perfectly in the middle and I'm obsessed. 

I also grabbed a bottle of Essie's Fill the Gap treatment base coat which helps plump your nail beds and fill in lines and ridges for a smoother and younger looking nails. I'm a klutz, so I always use Sally Hansen's Dry Kwik to help set my nails because I can't sit still long enough for my nails to dry on their own. 

One of my Christmas gifts from my sister was a box of Lush Costmetics products. If you haven't heard of this adorbs little beauty boutique, check one out ASAP! At first, I wasn't sure what exactly the store was. Through their store windows, you could see giant, fancy chunks of soaps and all sorts of cute looking products. Why did I one day decide to venture into the store? Because there are always a million and one people in there, so clearly, I was obviously missing out on something. 

Lush is a hidden gem for sure! I love that their products are made from fresh and natural ingredients, they recycle almost/if not all containers for their products, they constantly support a wide variety of charities, and for all you animal lovers, they don't test their products on animals! I could go on and on about my love for this store and their products but we'll save that for another post :) Why is it relevant to this post? As part of my Christmas gift set, I got a small container of their Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter. It's citrus scent is refreshing and this product helps heal and soften cuticles and can be used on other areas that need some extra attention like elbows, knees and heels! If you haven't tried it, YOU MUST ASAP! It's a must-have at home manicure essential. 

Overall, I'm happy to report today's mani/pedi adventure was a success! Do any of you have any tips or tricks for at home mani/pedi treatments?