Hey guys! I hope you had a fun weekend despite the inclement weather here in New Orleans. I never know what to wear to festivals or events, but I do know what you should eat to keep you healthy and happy! Did you know there is a strawberry festival here in Louisiana? In typical Louisiana fashion, we celebrate strawberries like we do jazz, the French Quarter, and beignets. There are many reasons to celebrate and of course, eat strawberries, which are in season by the way. Aside from the sweet, delicious taste, there are numerous health benefits to this little red fruit.
A few reasons why strawberries should be included in your Whole Foods shopping cart:
Since they’re currently in season I’m trying to incorporate them into my everyday diet. I started using fresh strawberries in my morning smoothies and I also managed to use them in my protein pancake mix from over the weekend. Hopefully the weather will warm up so that I can layout by my pool and keep them near by as a snack! What are some of your favorite ways to include strawberries into your everyday diet? Leave a comment below!
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I'm 26 years young and I've yet to get botox or filler. I'm not even sure if they're the same thing... I do know that the elasticity in my skin is already declining and when I look in the mirror at age 26, compared to when I was 18, I do see more fine lines. I was recently inspired to make more of an effort when it comes to taking care of my skin. I want to correct what can be corrected and preserve as much as I can in the most natural way. I got to thinking about my everyday skin care regimen and knew I needed to learn more.
I met Sarah, one of the estheticians at Earth Savers, and immediately feel in love with how passionate she is about educating her clients on proper skin care. I explained to her what my skin care regimen was, told her about my concerns, and after my hydrofacial she made some suggestions.
If there's one suggestion I can make to my readers it's to make an appointment at Earth Savers, met an esthetician and let her get to know your skin. Elaborate on your current skin care regimen and then let them give you suggestions. I was blown away with how much I learned after just one facial.
So what exactly happens during a hydrofacial?
Is the cleansing and exfoliating step. Similar to microdermabrasion, it gently exfoliates while simultaneously shooting out an AHA solution (lactic and glycolic acid) to cleanse and give a light chemical exfoliation.
Is the extraction step. This step uses a BHA solution (salicylic acid) to loosen up dirt, oil and impurities in the pores, while the suction gently removes it.
Is the hydration step. This step is a blend of hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and peptides to ‘feed’ the skin and plump it back up.
As you can imagine, after these three thorough steps, my skin is still reaping the benefits. Thanks to Sarah at Earth Savers, I learned more about my own skin and can now properly care for and correct in the most efficient and natural way possible.
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I can not wait for this New Orleans FREEZE to pass. It's been really cold and everything in the city has basically shut down. Both work and school have been canceled which gave me extra time to catch up on my to-do list and finish up on my Spring cleaning. If there's anything I'm good at it's staying productive and working hard on a daily basis (which wouldn't be possible if I wasn't organized). So I've listed a few tips on how I stay organized!
1. Don't keep things out of guilt!
I'm not a stuff collector. So if someone buys me a cute mug or notepad that says "blogging" or "boss lady," I don't hold on to it if I don't need it. I'll either re-gift, sell, or donate depending on what the most appropriate thing to do is. These items typically cause clutter and never end up serving a purpose.
2. Spring clean and then Fall clean.
Professional organizers suggest getting rid of items that you haven't touched in over a year. I like to go through all drawers, closets, and cabinets twice a year to take "inventory" if you will. Things that get broken, damaged, or have faded from the wash need to go! Perfect example from my current Spring cleaning experience is my swimsuit situation. I noticed that the elasticity in a few of my swimsuits aren't holding up and I won't be able to re-wear them in the Summer. I obviously got rid of these swimsuits because they serve no purpose just sitting in my drawer.
3. Make specific days for specific tasks.
Sunday is my grocery day. Making specific days of the week for certain tasks will help keep you in a routine, which will help keep you organized in the long run. If I don't get groceries on Sunday then our whole week is thrown off. We end up having to by lunch Monday and Tuesday or can't make coffee in the morning which is never fun. It's like the domino effect...
4. A tip for the household.
The trick is to clean a little bit each day and not over commit yourself. Garrett is always telling me that I clean too much. It's because he see's me cleaning on a daily basis but doesn't realize it's only taking me 30 minutes. I might wash our sheets and then vacuum the living room. The next day I might change the AC air filter and then clean the back-splash. We also don't have any kids! :)
5. My favorite tip!
I try to only have one major list/schedule (having 3-4 notepads is way too much for me). If I don't have my planner with me and I need to write something down, I write it in my notes. If you tend to forget about these guys then right it in your planner to check your phone notes on a weekly basis. On a daily basis, I take a sticky note and write down the most important things I need to get done and keep it on my steering wheel or on top of my planner. That sticky note tip has really been a life saver. I started doing this almost two years ago and that has really seemed to do the trick!
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With the holiday's coming to an end and the New Year about to begin, I feel like everyone is trying to get their life together; especially their finances. A few months I wanted to cut back on a few unnecessary habits that were burning a hole in my pocketbook. I also knew I wasn't being resourceful when it came to coupons. Below are a few helpful tips that have been successful for me when trying to save money!
This one is hard for me to type let alone carry out but in the beginning of the school semester I stopped getting my nails done every two weeks. Getting a pedicure and a gel manicure was costing me almost $90 dollars every 14 days. That's a $180 "bill" every month. I went back to school full-time and now only teach THREE Pure Barre classes a week. I luckily don't have any finical obligations (ex. car note, phone bill, etc.) but I knew I couldn't continue with my lifestyle especially if I only wanted to work THREE hours a week. As of now I'm only getting a pedicure once a month and a polish change every other visit. I can handle not having polish on my nails but couldn't cave when it came to my feet. My fingers nails are just kept unpolished unless I get a gift card which comes more often than you think! It's been surprisingly easy to stick to.
2. Convenience Food
Specifically coffee. I was spending anywhere from $30-$70 a week at Starbucks. This habit could not continue if I wanted to go back to school full-time. I found a grocery store cold brew that I liked, figured out what I wanted to add to it, and started seeing a whole lot more money in my checking account at the end of each month. This was by far the most helpful when trying to save money! Also know your habits. Drinking out of a straw is a MUST for me so I had to purchase reusable straws so that this learned habit would stick!
3. Bottled Water
I started buying water by the gallon instead of in small bottles or through retail. I will admit that I do not drink tap water because I live in New Orleans but luckily a gallon of water is only $0.97 cents at Walmart. Before hand I was buying a bottle of water for an entire dollar anytime I walked into work (and I use to work a lot more than just three hours a week).
Clip your coupons! I JUST bought a 13 lb bag of dog food for only $0.49 cents at Petco. I got to apply two separate coupons and had $10 dollars worth of rewards. If you tend to forget about which coupons you have and when they expire, save them in your notes. Keep them neatly tucked away in your wallet and remember to toss them out if they've expired.
5. Only buy what you LOVE and what's on SALE.
I no longer buy anything that's not on SALE. It's totally possible to find what you need on SALE or with a promo code. Makeup, hair tools (curling iron), clothes, shoes, and household accessories, etc. etc. Where there's a will, there's a way! When buying clothes you should absolutely LOVE your purchase so much that you want to wear it again. Crazy, right?! If you truly love your style and the clothes your buying, then you should want to keep them close by. If not, toss all the extra out (aka sell)!
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I can't believe Christmas is less than two weeks away! I swear I remember 4th of July like it was yesterday. It's funny how quickly time passes the older you get. You really have to make a conscious effort to LIVE out each day and do things you truly enjoy. Wrapping Christmas presents is probably one of my favorite past times. It's unfortunate for me that it only comes once a year but it's something I truly enjoy and don't mind doing. If you think customizing your wrapping is costly or tedious you're luckily mistaken.
For starters I try to stick to a neutral roll of paper and always have Walmart's craft paper on hand for under $5 dollars. They carry several different brands but they all serve the same purpose. T.J.maxx carries a wide variety of ribbons, lace, and unique 'toppings' I usually add to the top of my Christmas gifts. This year I got both the mini Christmas trees and pinecones from Walmart. The mini Christmas trees were only $74 cents a piece and the pinecones were nine for a dollar. My red ribbon came from T.J.maxx and each roll was $6.99. Since my gift boxes are solid white I try to make sure my tissue paper is a fun print. If craft paper isn't your jam you can still add pinecones, velvet ribbon, and dried berries to the top of your gifts.
This year I wrapped all of my boxes in craft paper, tied red ribbon around each gift 3 times, and either tied pinecones to the ribbon OR wrapped the ribbon right over each mini Christmas tree. If you want to take it a step further you can always use a glue stick to hold down the folded edges or use double stick tape on the inside of your corners. Fancy, right?! I didn't do that this year because I have a puppy who seems to get into everything but knowing myself I'll probably go back and fix it before Christmas (which is annoying)! You can always add mini wreaths, small trumpets, music notes, jingle bells, or mini ornaments to any of your holiday gifts.
If you have questions or still feel stuck trying to spruce up your Christmas wrapping, leave a comment below. Happy Holiday's and Merry Christmas!
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